ST. LOUIS – Undefeated lightweight prospect Sharif Bogere looked very sharp in his first bout of 2012, a third-round stoppage of Sergio Rivera on the non-televised undercard of the HBO Boxing After Dark show headlined by Devon Alexander-Marcos Maidana on Saturday.
Bogere (22-0, 14 knockouts), of Las Vegas by way of Uganda, repeatedly rocked Rivera (25-9-2, 16 KOs) with right hands while thoroughly outworking the Mexican with crisp combinations. The referee had seen enough after three rounds and waved the bout off.
Bogere’s trainer Ken Adams says the small but dynamic lightweight is aiming for a title bout by the end of the year.
Eddie Gomez, one of the most highly touted New York City-area prospects in years, got in some much-needed rounds with durable young journeyman David Lopez, winning a six-round unanimous decision.
Gomez (8-0, 6 KOs), a squat junior middleweight from the Bronx, N.Y., outboxed and outhustled Lopez (3-8-3), of Caldwell, Idaho, by scores of 60-54 and 59-55 (twice).
American heavyweight hopeful Deontay Wilder look awkward breaking down short and wily veteran journeyman Marlon Hayes to a fourth-round stoppage in a scheduled eight rounder.
Wilder (21-0, 21 KOs), a 6-foot-7 Adonis from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, had trouble nailing 5-foot-9 Hayes (23-11, 12 KOs), of Newark, N.J., who did his best Pernell Whitaker impression to avoid the 2008 Olympic Bronze medalists bombs.
However, once Hayes legs got tired, he was a sitting duck for Wilder’s big hooks and right hands. The referee wisely called the mismatch off after the fourth round.
Powerful Keith Thurman looked formidable in his first bout following a layoff due to a hand injury, twice dropping Chris Fernandez en route to a first-round TKO.
Thurman (16-0, 15 KOs), Clearwater, Fla., put Fernandez (19-15-1, 12 KOs), of Salt Lake City, Utah, down with a big hook and then finished the journeyman off with a brutal body attack. Thurman, who is trained by Dan Birmingham, looked sharp in his welterweight debut.
Middleweight prospect Chris Pearson (3-0, 2 KOs), Trotwood, Ohio, made quick work of Jeremy Wood (1-5, 1 KO) stopping his fellow Ohioan in one round.
Local junior middleweight Tyrone Chatman (9-1-1, 6 KOs) outboxed fellow St. Louis nativ Marlon Smith (2-1, 1 KO) to a four-round unanimous decision.
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