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Bogere Retains Title with KO over Contreras in Three

By German Villasenor


Las Vegas, Nevada- Lightweight Sharif Bogere, 21-0 (13), ended Francisco Contreras’ undefeated status with a third round KO in the “ShoBox: The New Generation” main event at the Texas Station Casino on Friday night.
 
The hard-hitting Contreras, 16-1 (13), used his superior height in the first round, landing shots from the outside, catching the much shorter Bogere as the latter tried reaching in with his own shots.

The fight heated up midway into the second round as Contreras jumped in with hard, lead rights as Bogere looked to counter-hook. Both fighters came very close to clashing heads as things began to get rough on the inside. Bogere repeatedly hit his foe on the side of his head along with a clean shot to the face at the end of the round as Contreras was held behind the neck.
 
The end came quickly at the end of the third round as Bogere managed to land a hard, right hand to Contreras’ jaw as the fighter was turned. A follow-up right hand smashed unto Contreras’ shoulder, with the Dominican fighter going down face first in a corner.
 
Referee Jay Nady reached the count of ten as Contreras kept holding the back of his head.
 
As Contreras remained on the canvas, medical response came in to stabilize him with a neck brace and remove him from the ring in a stretcher.
 
The official time was 2:01 of the round, with Bogere retaining his NABO lightweight title.
 
Charlo Defeats Santana in Eight
 
Super welterweight Jermell ’”Ironman” Charlo moved to 16-0 (7) by controlling Francisco Santana, 12-3-1 (6), en route to an eight round decision win.
 
Charlo, hailing from Houston, Texas, worked the angles and punches-in-bunches very well against an incoming Santana in the first round.
 
Santana kept up the pressure, closing the gap in the second frame and worked the body and head while trapping Charlo against the ropes momentarily. Santana came close to landing a very good right hand against the ropes at the end of the round.
 
Charlo kept popping his jab while Santana stayed in pursuit behind a very high guard through the next couple of rounds. Santana succeeded in landing sporadic shots of his own against the mobile Charlo.
 
Santana briefly buckled his foe in the fifth, getting the crowd into what progressed into a ho-hum affair.
 
Charlo began to stand his ground a bit more by the end of the round, landing some good head and body shots.
 
A big right hand hurt Charlo in the sixth. Staying on the attack, Santana kept his opponent in trouble until seemingly gassing out while Charlo closed the round with some long-range shots to the bell.
 
Clearly tired, Santana did more following than pressuring against Charlo, who regained his feet in the seventh stanza.
 
Charlo went on to box the eighth and final round en route to a unanimous decision win via scores of 79-73 twice and 78-74.




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