LAS VEGAS – Raymond Muratalla was too quick, too sturdy and too energetic for Jose Gallegos all through their combat Saturday.
The unbeaten light-weight prospect unloaded an array of energy punches on Gallegos throughout the fourth and fifth rounds of their scheduled eight-rounder on the Jose Ramirez-Josh Taylor undercard. Referee Mike Ortega had seen sufficient simply after the midway level of the fifth spherical, when he stepped between them to cease the motion at 1:40 of that spherical.
Gallegos (20-11, 15 KOs), of Bakersfield, California, remained on his ft all through their bout, however he clearly had little probability of coming again to win when Ortega stopped their combat at The Theater at Virgin Lodges Las Vegas. The 26-year-old Gallegos misplaced inside the space for the third time in his six-year professional profession.
Muratalla (12-0, 10 KOs), of Fontana, California, has received seven consecutive bouts by knockout. He was in entrance by the identical rating, 40-36, on all three scorecards coming into the fifth spherical.
Within the first combat Saturday, Javier Martinez obtained the spectacular knockout he sought Saturday after three-plus rounds.
The middleweight prospect from Milwaukee caught Calvin Metcalf with a proper hook he snuck round Metcalf’s guard simply earlier than the halfway mark of the fourth spherical. That devastating shot despatched Metcalf flat on his again.
Referee Robert Hoyle rapidly stopped the motion as Metcalf convulsed on the canvas. The 26-year-old Metcalf recovered rapidly, although, and left the ring with none help.
The 25-year-old Martinez, a southpaw who was a embellished beginner, improved to 4-0 and recorded his second knockout.
Kansas Metropolis’s Metcalf (10-6-1, 3 KOs) misplaced by knockout for the primary time in almost 5 years as a professional. He’s 1-5 in his previous six fights.
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He might be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.