CARSON, Calif. – Atif Oberlton has now scored 3rd round knockouts in every single of his two pro fights. The most recent arrived at the expense of Washington D.C. journeyman Larry Pryor in their mild heavyweight preliminary bout Saturday afternoon at Dignity Wellness Sporting activities Park in Carson, California.
Philadelphia’s Oberlton scored two knockdowns, the latter developing the entire 10 count at :49 of spherical a few.
Oberlton exploited his opponent’s penchant for clowning and posing, cornering the D.C. indigenous and flooring him late in the opening spherical. Pryor provided a credible account of himself prior to the late spherical antics, having to pay the value for dropping his fingers just in advance of the bell.
The sequence delivered a everlasting momentum change for Oberlton, a 21-yr-aged southpaw who was affordable with his precision punching. Pryor struggled to adapt as he was as soon as once again rocked early in spherical two.
Oberlton sealed the deal in spherical 3. A body shot forced Pryor (14-24, 8KOs) to consider a knee, with Oberlton getting in experience just before staying sent to a neutral corner by referee Jack Reiss. Oberlton (2-, 2KOs) taunted Pryor to get up and continue, only for Reiss to access the total 10 rely.
The battle arrives 4 months just after Oberlton’s pro debut this past January in Los Angeles, on the undercard of IBF super middleweight titlist Caleb Plant’s 12-spherical shutout of Caleb Truax.
Rey Diaz loved a successful U.S. debut though scarcely preserving his unblemished record.
Crowds began to file in as 21-yr-previous Rey Diaz was forced to endure a knockdown in the 4th and closing spherical to outpoint Compton’s Sergio Gonzalez in their light-weight contest. Judges Jerry Cantu (38-37), Carla Caiz (38-37) and Dr. Lou Moret (38-37) ended up unanimous in awarding North Las Vegas’ Diaz with the get.
Gonzalez (3-5, 2KOs) entered the fight effectively intentioned, tests the coronary heart of Diaz in the opening spherical. Diaz—fighting in the U.S. for the initially time right after getting fought solely in Mexico—remained a action in advance the rest of the way, drawing in Gonzalez and then countering him with appropriate arms and remaining hooks. The unbeaten prospect labored his jab, which proved to bail him out of a in close proximity to-disastrous 4th and remaining spherical.
Motion labored its way to a neutral corner, where Gonzalez was able to crack Diaz thoroughly clean across the chin to generate the bout’s lone knockdown. Diaz beat the count but subsequently initiated various clinches in his best effort and hard work to distinct his head. Gonzalez sought to shut the present but Diaz survived the onslaught and jabbed his way to the end line in advancing to 5- (2KOs).
Each bouts served as portion of a 4-combat non-televised undercard previous the Showtime televised tripleheader.
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox