LAYTON -- Ogden heavyweight Valente Tinajero, at age 33, possessed better boxing skills than Los Angeles slugger Geovanni Sarran, 24. However, Sarran (4-5-1 overall), used his youth, a constant attack and swarms of punches to upset Tinajero (8-5), who was fighting for the first time in 30 months, on Saturday night at the Davis Conference Center.
On the rare occasions that he could get space on Sarran, Tinajero, 224 pounds, scored easily. But throughout the bout Sarran, 214.5 pounds, got off first with his punches and kept the fight in close quarters, being busier. The scores after six rounds were 60-55, 60-54 and 58-56. The Standard-Examiner gave the nod to Sarran by a 58-56 tally.
In the semi-main event at the Conference Center, Clearfield welterweight Eddie Cordova, at 146 pounds, scored a tough unanimous six-round win over Luis Hernandez, of San Bernadino, Calif. Cordova (4-4) used his experience to maintain a slight but consistent punching advantage over his opponent (2-3). Scores were 58-56, 60-55 and 59-55. The Standard-Examiner had Cordova winning 59-56.
Ogden heavyweight Billy Zumbrun (26-13-2) scored an easy second round TKO over worn out Russellville, Ark., veteran Marcus Rhode (35-48-2). Zumbrun, at 233.5 pounds, was completely at ease with the poorly conditioned Rhode, 257.5 pounds, before abruptly ending the fight with a combination.
Utah and Rocky Mountain Golden Gloves heavyweight champion Jesse West, of Fruit Heights, scored a KO win in his pro debut, battering Junaid Farooki, of Las Vegas, around the ring for four minutes before leaving Farooki face down on the canvas in round two, a TKO loser.
West, at 199.5 pounds, plans to fight professionally as a cruiserweight. Farooki, also making his pro debut, weighed 197.5 pounds.
The card also included two celebrated out-of-town fighters. Welterweight contender Said Ouali, from Morocco, ended a long layoff with a brutal second-round stoppage over outgunned Bryan Abraham, of Schenectady, N.Y. In his first bout in 22 months, Ouali (146.5 pounds, 29-4) ended things with a hard shot that knocked Abraham (144.5 pounds, 6-18) halfway through the ring ropes.
Also, Russian junior-middleweight prospect, Sukrab Shidaev (152 pounds, 4-0) used hard left hooks to the body and the head to wear down and stop courageous Palmdale Calif., boxer Robert Hill (153.5 pounds), who was making his pro debut. Shidaev, trained in Las Vegas by boxing legend Freddie Roach, is considered one of the top prospects in the world.
In a bout between two California heavyweights, Los Angeles boxer Scott Alexander moved to 8-0 with a narrow four-round decision victory over Riverside's Kevin Howard (3-10). The scores were 39-37, 39-38 and 39-37. The Standard-Examiner scored the bout a draw at 38-38.
A large crowd enjoyed the action at the Conference Center. CCC Promotions plans another boxing card soon, perhaps in August. Possible local fighters for that card include Jose Haro, Cesar Olmedo, Gary Cobia and Charles Presnell.