Mexican invader Norberto “Demonio” Gonzalez (20-2, 13 KOs) upset hometown favorite Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira (21-2, 16 KOs) in the main event of Tuesday’s “Knockout Night at Hard Rock Live” at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Gonzalez’ quick hands overcame Oliviera’s power for a unanimous 10-round decision (97-91, 97-91, 96-92) victory in a very entertaining fight. Oliveira dropped Gonzalez in the second round with a right cross, but Gonzalez closed the show in the 10th, sending Oliveira to the canvas. The tough 23-year-old Brazilian, rated No. 7 by the WBA and No. 11 by the WBC, beat the 10-count right before the final bell.
In the co-feature, former World Boxing Association (WBA) junior middleweight Yuri Foreman (32-2, 9 KOs) registered his first knockout since 2006, blasting out Mexican opponent Javier “Pelon” Gomez (14-12, 10 KOs) with a perfectly placed left hook at 1:56 of the opening round. Gomez went down hard and failed to move for a few anxious moments.”
“It’s been quite a few years,” Foreman said about his impressive knockout. “I pray that he’s okay. Now, I’m ready for a 10-round fight.”
Fast-rising Cuban light heavyweight prospect Yunieski “The Diamond” Gonzalez (13-0, 9 KOs) overcame a flash knockdown to stop a game Jinner Guerrero (7-2, 6 KOs) in the eighth round. Gonzalez unloaded a devastating, straight right hand that ended the fight in the eighth round.
Cuban featherweight Hairon “El Maja” Socarras (8-0, 5 KOs) kept his perfect record intact, pitching a six-round shutout for a unanimous decision win against former world title challenger Jhon Alberto Molina (32-27-3, 20 KOs).
Another unbeaten Cuban, southpaw Vilier Gonzalez (6-0, 4 KOs), floored super middleweight Marcus “The Gatekeeper” Brooks (7-15-1, 3 KOs) at the end of the second round, after which Brooks failed to answer the bell for the third.
Heavyweight Robert Alfonso (3-0), a 2008 Cuban Olympian, remained undefeated, defeating Jamal “Knockout” Woods (3-9-1, 3 KOs) by way of a four-round decision.
Bahamian lightweight Valentino Knowles improved his record to 2-0 with a unanimous four-round decision over Ruben “El Chino” Ozuma (1-1).
Cruiserweight Steve Geffard (1-3, 1 KOs) notched his first professional win against Jamel Burnside (1-1, 1 KO) when the referee halted the action in the third round.
Complete results below:
(winners in each fight listed first)
Robert Alfonso (3-0), Miami, FL by way of Cuba
WDEC4 (40-36, 40-36, 40-36)
Jamal Woods (3-9-1, 3 KOs), Forest City, AK
Steve Geffard (1-2, 1 KO), West Palm Beach, FL
Jamel Burnside (1-1, 1 KO), Orlando, FL
Yunieski Gonzalez (13-0, 9 KOs), Miami, FL by way of Cuba
Jinner Guerrero (7-2, 6 KOs), Sucumbio, Ecuador
Vilier Quinoz (6-0, 4 KOs), Miami, FL by way of Cuba
Marcus Brooks (7-16-1, 3 KOs), Colombia, SC by way of Puerto Rico.
Norberto Gonzalez (20-2, 13 KOs), Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
WDEC10 (97-91, 97-91, 96-92)
Michael Oliveira (21-2, 16 KOs), Miami, FL by way of Brazil
Yuri Foreman (32-2, 9 KOs, Brooklyn, NY by way of Belarus and Israel
Javier Gomez (14-12, 10 KOs), Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Valentino Knowles (2-0), Miami, FL by way of The Bahamas
WDEC4(39-37, 39-37, 38-38)
Ruben Ozuma (1-0), Wachula, FL
Hairon Socarras (8-0, 5 KOs), Miami, FL by way of Cuba
WDEC6 (60-54, 60-54, 60-54)
Jhon Alberto Molina (32-27-3, 20 KOs), Miami, FL by way of Colombia