Light heavyweight prospect Bektemir Melikuziev dropped Sladan Janjanin three times en route to a third-round knockout victory under Virgil Ortiz Jr.-Michael Makinson at the Dickey Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.
Melikuzhiv, who hails from Uzbekistan and now lives and trains in Indio, California, improved to 10-1, 8 wins.
Within minutes of the bell, Melikuzhiv dropped Janjani with a vicious left hand to the body. Janjanin beat the count and played out the rest of the fight, standing in the pocket and trading blows with Melikuzhiv.
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Late in the second round, Melikuzhiv backed Zhanjanin in the corner and landed a combination to the head that dropped Zhanjanin to one knee. Janjanin once again beat the count out and was able to get out of the round.
Midway through the third round, Melikuzhiv dropped Janjanin for the third time in the fight, again with a shot to the body. Janjanin beat the count and fought back, but referee Neil Young stopped the match at 2:18.
Melikuzhiv has won his last three bouts since losing by knockout to Gabriel Rosado on June 19 of last year. Trained by Joel Diaz.
Originally from Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina and now living in Boston, Massachusetts, Janjanin drops to 32-12, 24 KOs.
Lightweight Floyd Schofield knocked out Mexico City’s Rodrigo Guerrero twice in 10 seconds of the sixth round.
Scofield, of Austin, Texas, improved to 11-0, 9 KOs.
The 19-year-old got going after a slow start, scoring a flurry of punches late in the third round. Scofield landed another shot in the fourth round, landing a right hand to her head.
After the end of the fifth round, Guerrero’s corner told referee Ruben Perez to stop the fight. Sixth round 10 second stoppage official time.
Guerrero, who has lost his last nine bouts, drops to 26-15-2, with 16 KOs.
Fringe welterweight contender Alex Martin of Chicago defeated former challenger Henry ‘Hank’ Lundy by unanimous decision.
The scores were 97-92, 97-92 and 98-91 for Martin, who improved to 18-4, 6 KOs.
Although replays showed Martin slipping to the canvas, southpaw Lundy scored in the opening round. Martin Lundin, who has been fighting with a heavy heart since his brother’s passing earlier this week, is undeterred as he mostly takes the fight outside.
Lundy, who lives in Philadelphia, drops to 31-11-1, 14 KOs.
Lightweight Carlos Nava improved to 9-0, 6 KOs by stopping Mexico City’s Rodolfo Hernandez (30-11-1, 28 KOs) in 36 seconds of the fourth round. Nava, who lives in Pasadena, Texas, dropped Hernandez in the third round and has now won his last three bouts by knockout.
Junior bantamweight Figo Ramirez Gonzalez defeated nearby Francisco Bonilla (6-14-3, 3 KOs) of Dallas by unanimous decision. All three judges scored Ramirez Gonzalez, who goes 2-0, 1 KO, 39-36. Bonilla, of Chihuahua, missed a low kick and was deducted a point in the second round.
In the opening bout of the Golden Boy Promotions card, welterweight Rohan Polanco stopped journeyman Dedrick Bell (31-33-1, 17 KOs) of Memphis, Tennessee at 2:13 of the second round. Polanco lives in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers Boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He can be reached by email. [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing