On Saturday night in San Antonio, Texas at the Alamodome an action pack card promoted by Ring Star sports and Sauerland promotions featuring a “Muhammad Ali Cup” quarter final main event between WBA Cruiserweight champion Yunier Dorticos and Dmitry Kudryashov. There was electric in the air as both Dmitry Kudryashov and WBA Cruiserweight champion Yunier Dorticos made their ring walks, those in attendance anticipated a “Knockout” as Jimmy Lennon Jr made introductions. The expression on both fighters faces validated those anticipations.
It was tactical opening round with neither man wanting to make a mistake, Kudryashov jabbed Dorticos body followed by hooks to the head and Dorticos in return let loose one two combinations trying to break the high guard of Kudryashov. Once round two began the champion showed his superior handspeed, he drove Kudryashov to the ropes and let loose a barrage of punches that confused the Russian slugger.
Once back in the middle of the ring, Kudryashov pushed forward in attempts to regain ground but a missed left hand gave Dorticos an opportunity to counter and send Kudryashov to the canvas. While he gave a valid effort, Kudryashov unable to regain his composure was counted out and Dorticos advances to the semi-finals. With the win and first defense of his WBA Cruiserweight title, Yunier Dorticos improved to 22-0 (21), Dmitry Kudryashov now stands at 21-2 (21).
The co-feature was a ten round bout between cruiserweight tournament reserves Keith Tapia and Lateef Kayode. This would be a “Bull versus Matador” fight, with Kayode playing role of the bull pushing forward throwing power punches at Tapia. The footwork of Tapia combined with head movement kept Kayode off balance and a cut in round six suffered by Kayode made things worse. As blood ran into his eye, Tapia easily landed fast combinations and built up a wide points margin. The effort of Kayode was there and he never stopped trying but he lacked the basics to make it more than an intriguing contest. The official scorecards read 100-89 twice and 99-90 in favor of Keith Tapia who improved to 18-1 (11). In his second career loss Lateef Kayode drops to 21-2 (14).
In a featherweight contest, former world champion Nonito Donaire who last fought in October of 2016 when he lost his WBO Super Bantamweight title against Jessie Magdaleno stepped in against Ruben Garcia Hernandez. It was a dominate performance from the multi-division title holder, as Donaire used his trademark left hook to keep Hernandez at bay for most of the fight. When the bout ended final scores read 100-90, 97-93 and 99-91 all in favor of Donaire who also claimed the vacant WBC Silver Featherweight Title. With his win Donaire improved to 38-4 (24), Ruben Garcia Hernandez now stands at 22-3-1(9).
In undercard action
Welterweight Eimantas Stanionis 3-0 (2) def. Oscar Valenzuela 9-3-1 (5) via UD 6.
Super Welterweight Daniel Baiz 10-1(5) def. Yunier Calzada 6-2-1(1) via UD 4.
This was an exciting night of boxing and despite no United Stated television broadcast, the event was shown live on WWW.WorldBoxingSuperSeries.com
As this event progresses there will be many networks sorry they didn’t make a deal with Ringstar sports and Sauerland promotions.