Tonight was meant to be a showcase for Ikram Kerwat, but she was totally outclassed by Simone Da Silva.
Ikram Kerwat is trained by Roy Jones Jr and was the advertised A-side of tonight’s UFC Fight Pass main event from Tucson, Arizona, but the Tunisian-German fighter got stone cold outclassed tonight against Brazil’s Simone Da Silva, losing a clear and wide 10-round decision.
Da Silva won on scores of 98-92, 99-91, and 100-90. Bad Left Hook scored the fight 100-90 for Da Silva.
Da Silva (16-12, 6 KO) hadn’t won in a boxing ring since 2016, and came into this fight having lost eight of her last nine. But she just completely took Kerwat (9-2, 5 KO) apart in this one, never giving the favorite any chance to develop a rhythm. Da Silva was better than Kerwat in every single aspect of the fight — offense, defense, ring generalship, activity, power, combinations. There was nothing that Kerwat could do with her.
Da Silva, who is also 8-1 in mixed martial arts, was of course overjoyed by her victory, while a dejected Kerwat said she would like a rematch and that she’s going to keep on fighting.
Alfonso Olvera D-6 Carlos Villa
Olvera (11-5-3, 4 KO) is a local fighter and may have gotten some local help on the cards here, but the decision isn’t outrageous or anything. Scores were 58-56 Olvera, 58-56 Villa, and 57-57. I had 58-56 Villa (14-3-2, 6 KO). It was a decent fight, went on last so that they had a local fighter at the end of the show to keep fans in their seats, which is smart.
Max Ornelas TKO-2 Alex Rangel
Ornelas (13-0-1, 5 KO) is a 20-year-old bantamweight prospect. I missed this fight because I had to make a fast run to CVS and wound up behind two (2) people signing up for CVS cards, but I was informed that Ornelas “toyed with and then took his opponent out with like an eight-punch combo; wasn’t in with much but you could see his class.” Rangel is now 17-10-4 (11 KO) and has lost five of his last six, with the one he didn’t lose a draw.
Nick Rhoads D-4 Eduardo Ayala
A couple of Arizona middleweights, Ayala from Phoenix, Rhoads from Tucson, and it wound up a very fun four-round fight. I’m not going to lie and say either of these guys are headed for world titles, but it was entertaining action. Scores were 39-37 Ayala, 39-37 Rhoads, and 38-38. I had it 38-38, for what it’s worth.
Rhoads went 9-4 in lower-tier MMA from 2010-17, but says he’s focused entirely on boxing now. He’s 29 years old and now 5-0-1 (2 KO) in boxing, so again, not exactly stalking Canelo, but I’d be happy to watch the guy fight again. Same goes for 26-year-old Ayala, who is now 4-0-1 (1 KO).