Last night, nine-time world title challenger Simone Da Silva registered the most significant victory of her pro Boxing career, stunningIkram Kerwat in the first female main event ever streamed live on RJJ Boxing on UFC Fight Pass®, at Casino Del Sol’s outdoor AVA Amphitheater in Tucson, Arizona.
Kerwat vs. Da Silva was presented by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing.
In the co-featured event, rising Las Vegas star Max “The Baby Face Assassin” Ornelas (13-0-1, 5 KOs) kept his unbeaten pro record intact, stopping veteran Mexican super bantamweight Alex “Xhino” Rangel (17-10-4, 4 KOs) in the opening round. The 21-year-old Ornelas, a criminal justice major at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, is the reigning North American Boxing Association (NABA) United States bantamweight champion.
Max Ornelas keeps rollin’
In a Special Welterweight Attraction, Tucson’s Alfonso Olvera (11-5-3, 4 KOs) and San Antonio’s Carlos “Silk” Villa (14-3-2, 6 KOs) battled to a six-round split draw.
A middleweight match between undefeated Arizona prospects, Tucson’s Nicholas Rhoads (5-0-1, 2 KOs) and Eduardo Ayala (4-0-1, 1 KO), ended in a four-round split draw.
Off-FIGHT PASS in the first fight of the night, undefeated Kazakhstan super welterweight Madiyar Asjkeyev (12-0, 6 KOs), fighting out of Oxnard, California, out-classed Maryland’s Cecil McCalla (21-4, 8 KOs) for a 10-round unanimous decision to capture the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super welterweight crown.
In a battle of Tucson middleweights, Jose “Raging Bull” Pena (3-1, 1 KO) won a four-round unanimous decision over Arturo Resendiz (2-1, 2 KOs).
Below are the official results:
CO-FEATURE – SUPER BANTAMWEIGHTS
Max Ornelas (13-0-1, 5 KOs), Las Vegas, NV.
Alex Rangel (17-10-4, 4 KOs), Cuidad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico
VACANT NABF SUPER WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Madiyar Asjkeyev (12-0, 6 KOs), Oxnard, CA by way of Kazakhstan
WDEC10 (98-92, 98-92, 97-93)
Cecil McCalla (21-4, 8 KOs), Randallstown, MD
(Asjkeyev won NABF super Welterweight title)
SPECIAL WELTERWEIGHT ATTRACTION
Alfonso Olvera (11-5-3, 4 KOs), Tucson, AZ by way of Mexico
D6 (58-56, 57-57, 56-58)
Carlos Villa (14-3-2, 6 KOs), San Antonio, TX
Nicholas Rhoads (5-0-1, 2 KOs), Tucson, AZ
D4 (39-37, 38-38, 37-39)
Eduardo Ayala (4-0-1 1 KO), 4-0, 1 KO), Phenix, AZ
Jose Pena (3-1, 1 KO), Tucson, AZ
WDEC4 (39-36, 38-37, 38-37)
Arturo Resendiz (2-1, 2 KOs), Tucson, AZ
Gurguliani Dominates Valavanis, Wins WBF World Title
It was nothing short of a real life Rocky Story on Friday night in Cairo, Egypt, when late substitute Lasha Gurguliani stepped in to face local hero Andreas Valavanis for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Super Welterweight title.
A genuine road-warrior. Gurguliani (28) has continuously taken short notice assignments all over the world, fighting in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Latvia, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, Germany and Russia with mixed results, besides his native Georgia.
Despite beating Nuhu Lawal (25-3) in Germany and Arif Magomedov (18-2) in Russia in two of his previous three outings, Gurguliani travelled to Egypt as the underdog, a natural consequence of accepting the fight not much more than a week ago.
But the visitor proved his actual class by thoroughly dominating Valavanis, scoring six knock-downs along the way to secure a unanimous decision despite being knocked down once himself, and having two points deducted for fouls. Valavanis had one point deducted for a foul.
Judge Eddie Marshal from South Africa scored the fight 116-103, while judges Adesanya Olusegun Ayodele from Nigeria and Emmanuel Mlundwa from Tanzania had it much too close at 110-107 and 110-109 respectively.
The new WBF World Champion improved his professional record to 18-6 (6), while former WBF All Africa, International and Intercontinental titlist Valavanis drops to 13-2 (11). Still only twenty-seven years old, the Egyptian showed tremendous courage to last the distance and has time to improve and come again.