IBF No. 1 heavyweight contender Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs) had his way against Detroit-based veteran Rydell Booker (26-3, 13 KOs), winning a clear unanimous decision (99-91 and 98-92 2X) in the co-feature. Pulev, who challenged Wladimir Klitschko for the unified heavyweight title in November 2014, moved one step closer to potentially challenging the winner of the upcoming Andy Ruiz Jr.-Anthony Joshua rematch.
After the fight, his message was clear. He wants to fight for the title next. Pulev has now won eight in a row since the Klitschko defeat.
“It’s been eight months from my last fight. I think my opponent was not bad,” Pulev said. “I respect him. It was a very nice fight.
“I controlled the whole fight, and I was the much better boxer. I showed everyone I’m at the world level, and I must fight the winner of Joshua and Ruiz.”
— Former world title challenger Amir Imam (22-2, 19 KOs) returned from a nearly two-year layoff, knocking out Marcos Mojica (16-5-2, 12 KOs) with a right hand in the fourth round of a scheduled eight-rounder. Imam hadn’t fought since challenging Jose Ramirez for the vacant WBC super lightweight world title in March 2018.
“I just have to be consistent at this point in my career. I’m coming back in January, and I need to take advantage of the opportunities that are given to me,” Imam said.
— Gabriel Flores Jr. (16-0, 6 KOs), the 19-year-old sensation from Stockton, Calf., dominated Aelio Mesquita (19-5, 17 KOs) over the eight-round distance, winning by identical scores of 80-72 in a lightweight bout.
— Janibek “Qazaq Style” Alimkhanuly (8-0, 4 KOs) successfully defended his WBO Global and WBC Continental Americas middleweight titles, stopping Albert Onolunose (24-3-1, 8 KOs) in the sixth round of a scheduled 10-rounder.
— Two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez (1-1, 1 KO) rebounded from the shocking loss in his pro debut to stop Fernando Ibarra (2-2, 0 KOs) in the sixth round of a featherweight tilt.
“I have a new trainer, Ismael Salas, and we worked hard in the gym together,” Ramirez said. “What happened in my pro debut is in the past. I am looking forward to a bright future.”
— Undefeated middleweight contender Esquiva Falcao (25-0, 17 KOs) knocked out veteran Manny Woods (16-9-1, 6 KOs) in the third round.