Layton's West passes his toughest boxing test

Sunday , July 17, 2016 - 5:31 PM

DOUG GIBSON, Standard-Examiner Staff

LAYTON — Cruiserweight boxer Jesse West went to school Saturday night at the Davis Conference Center and passed his toughest test.

Using strong defensive skills and frequent punching flurries, the Layton professional boxer, 8-1, easily defeated previously unbeaten Anthony Johnson, 8-1, of San Jose, California.

Johnson pursued West most of the six rounds but without much success. West stayed on his toes most of the bout, only tiring in the last minute of the bout. Both weighed in at just under 200 pounds.

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The judges’ scores were 60-54 twice and 58-56 for West, who has signed a contract with promoter Imperial Boxing, of Los Angeles.

“I want to thank all the West fans. (They’re the) best fans in the fight game, hands down,” West said afterwards.


In the main event, West Jordan’s Jose Haro, 13-1-1, dominated outclassed Sergio Najera, of Tijuana, Mexico, knocking out the 40-bout veteran at 2.24 of round four with a hard body shot that left Najera on both knees gasping in pain. In round one, Haro also stunned Najera, with a flurry of punches.

The win earned Haro the American Boxing Association featherweight (126 pounds) title and he was presented with a belt.

Haro thanked his opponent, his fans, trainers and other supporters. “I’ll fight anybody,” he said.

Larry Gomez of Salt Lake City, a hard-punching 147-pounder, improved to 5-0, all by knockout, with a 51-second stoppage of Ogden’s LJ Shulz, 0-2. A Gomez punch downed Shulz, who has a 5-4 MMA pro record. He attempted to rise but his legs started shaking, prompting the referee’s stoppage.


Justin Morales, a Clinton 147-pounder who often trains with West, looked impressive in his pro debut, overpowering Blackfoot, Idaho’s Gabe Pelayo, 0-4, with a relentless assault. The referee stopped it at 2.58 with Pelayo, also a pro MMA fighter, taking heavy shots.

Tim Carroll, a 160-pounder from Salt Lake City, fought a four-round draw against debuting Enrique O’Jeda, who trains out of Salt Lake City. Most of the crowd felt the more aggressive Carroll, 3-1-1, merited the win.

Ogden boxer Jair Nava, a 130-pounder, was game but overmatched against Hector Bayanilla, of Allentown, Pennsylvania. The referee stopped the bout in round three. It was the pro debut for both.

In a bout between two Salt Lake City middleweights (160 pounds) making their pro debuts, Michael Gomez drew with Robby Wyatt over four hard-fought rounds. Gomez had better boxing skills but Wyatt, who is better known as a kickboxer, was more active. 

In other bouts, Juan Sanchez, 1-0, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, stopped Denver’s Richard Morales, 0-2, in round two; and Martino Jules, 126 pounds, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, won a four-round decision over Javiera Cepeda, of Roswell, New Mexico. Jules floored Morales in round two.

A full crowd of several hundred fans filled a conference center ballroom for the first Imperial Promotions card. Besides West, Imperial has a four-year contract with Haro.

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