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Valdez Decisions Marriaga in War; Ramirez & Magdaleno Retain Titles


WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, México, was victorious as he made the second defense of his WBO featherweight title against No. 1 contender Miguel "Escorpión" Marriaga (25-2, 21 KOs), of Colombia Saturday night at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California in headlining the Top Rank Pay Per View card. Valdez and Marriaga went to war for twelve rounds with Valdez scoring a knockdown in the process. The fight seemed closer going the distance but the judges had scored the bout 119-108, 116-111 and 118-109, all in favor of Valdez.

In the co feature bout Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez (34-0, 24 KOs), of Mazatlán, México, returned after a year off due to injury made first defense of the WBO super middleweight title against Max "Tiger" Bursak (33-4-1, 15 KOs), of Kiev, Ukraine. Ramirez won a dominant lackluster decision over the Ukrainian as three judges scored the bout 120-106.

Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18 KOs) of Las Vegas, scored a second round knockout in making the first defense of his WBO junior featherweight title against WBO Latino champion Adeilson "Dell" Dos Santos (18-3, 14 KOs), of São Paulo, Brazil. A right hand left hand, right cross combination dropped Dos Santos early in the round but Magdaleno followed up with his attack landing the right cross a second time as the referee stopped the fight at 2:51.

2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson (1-0, 1 KO) of Newark, New Jersey made his professional debut with a unanimous decision over Edgar Brito (3-3-1) in a six-round featherweight bout.

Super welterweight Franciso Santana (24-5-1,) of Santa Barbara, California and Mahonry Montes (32-6-1,) went the distance in a scheduled ten round bout. Montes landed big punches most of the fight as Santana held his own standing and trading in what was an action packed fight. Judges score the bout 96-93 and 95-94 in favor of Montes and, 97-92 for Santana.

Russian welterweight prospect Alexander Besputin (6-0, ) dominated hard hitting veteran Breidis Prescott of Columbia (30-9, ) in going the distance in a scheduled eight round bout. All three judges scored the bout the same at 80-71 in favor of Besputin

Welterweight Maxim Dadashev (7-0, 6KOs) scored a third round knockout over Bilal Mahasin (9-4-1, 1KO) in a welterweight bout. Time of the stoppage was 2:09 in the third round of a scheduled eight round welterweight bout.

In the opening bout from the Stub Hub Center 2016 Gold medalist Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (1-0, 1 KO) of Uzbekistan made his pro debut with a stoppage over Victor Vasquez (7-3, 3 KOs) as he came off the canvas to score the knockout. Gaibnazarov was down in the opening round but in round two, Gaibnazarov dropped Vasquez with a left as he got up but could not continue. The referee stopped the fight at 1:28 of round two

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