BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Cleveland rising super bantamweight prospect Antonio Nieves remained undefeated after earning a tough and hard fought eight round unanimous decision win over Saul Tejada Saturday night at Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York
The 27-year-old Nieves (11-0, 5ko’s) started off strong and showed patience throughout the first several rounds, picking and choosing his shots against the game Tejada. He was able to keep the fight in the center of the ring and scored with some nice counter shots in round one and then again in the second stanza.
But Tejada, a 29-year-old native of Leon, Castilla y León, Spain, started to find his rhythm in the third and fourth round, landing some crisp and clean body shots against Nieves, who did not seem to get rattled or thrown off his game.
In the sixth round, Nieves dropped Tejada with a sound left hook and kept up his activity in the round. He would cruise from there and understood not every bout is going to be an easy one.
“I missed some opportunities to put him away, but I give him credit. He took some big shots and continued to come forward,” Nieves said Monday to JMB.
The 29-year-old Tejada fell to 5-4-2 and has now dropped three out of six.
In other action, Cindy Serrano will likely see herself drop in the rankings after earning a draw after a very good boxer in Fatuma Zarika over six rounds. Serrano saw her seven-fight winning streak snapped in the process. She is now 22-5-3 with 10ko’s while Zarika stands at 24-9-2 with 14ko’s. She did put an end to her brief two-fight losing streak.
In a six-round welterweight affair, Ariel Duran snapped a seven-fight winless streak when he beat up a very disinterested Raphael Luna, stopping him in the third round of their contest.
In the third round, Duran landed a sound power shot, which cut Luna’s bridge of his nose, which made the decision by the ringside doctor very easy in stopping the bout. However, prior to that, it looked like Luna just showed up to collect a check as he came into the bout looking very sluggish and out of weight and it showed.
He was winless in his last 10 fights and has not won since 2009. The 33-year-old from Albany, New York fell to 4-11-3, while a very game and ready Duran snapped a five-fight losing streak to improve to 8-7-1.
Joe Williams (5-0, 4ko’s) earned an ugly win over Kentrell Claiborne (4-11) in a six-round heavyweight affair, while Ivan Baranchyk remained perfect at 6-0 by scoring a first-round TKO win in his six-round super lightweight affair against over Damien Hill, who dropped to 4-9.
David Sparks (2-0) defeated Marcellus Yates (0-3) in a four-round cruiserweight contest, while a debuting Julian Sosa picked up his first pro win by cruising past Kamal Muhammad (0-4) over four rounds.
Dimash Niyazov (7-0-3, 4ko’s) sent Micah Branch to his sixth-straight defeat with an easy win. In a shocker, Frank Castillo (5-0-1) looked very shaky as Lionel Charles fought him to a four-round draw to snap a five-fight slide.