Leo, Martinez, Cortes win on ShoBox

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Angelo Leo, Xavier Martinez, and Andres Cortes all won on ShoBox.

Super bantamweight prospect Angelo Leo improved to 17-0 (8 KO) with the first 10-round win of his career, shutting out Neil Tabanao on all three score cards, 100-89, 100-90, and 100-90. BLH also had it 100-90 for Leo.

Tabanao (17-5, 11 KO) was awkward and really didn’t give Leo much of anything, which made for a dull fight, entertainment-wise. But the 24-year-old Leo, an Albuquerque native now based in Las Vegas, did the job well, clearly winning every round. He didn’t show any big superstar potential or anything, but it’s a solid win for him at this stage of his career.

Xavier Martinez TKO-3 John Moralde

Martinez, a super featherweight, looked like a real destroyer here, blasting out Moralde with no trouble at all. Martinez (14-0, 10 KO) promised to show his stuff here, promised to attack, and that’s exactly what he did. The 21-year-old drilled Moralde (21-3, 11 KO) in the third round, putting him on the deck. Moralde got up and referee Tony Weeks gave him a chance to show something, but Martinez immediately went after him again, and Weeks smartly stepped in. It was a one-sided ass-kicking, exactly what Martinez wanted to show people in his ShoBox debut.

Andres Cortes UD-8 Jahmal Dyer

Super featherweight Cortes (11-0, 6 KO) won on scores of 78-73, 78-74, and 79-73. BLH had it closer at 76-75, but it was an odd fight, too, because after it was over it felt more like a 78-74 or 79-73 kind of fight than a 76-75. Dyer (9-2, 5 KO) took the first two rounds on our card, but was shaken up a bit in the second, and then cracked hard with a left hook to end the third. Dyer never really got his legs back, and Cortes press really hard for the KO in the fourth, which then got him caught with a counter right hand, and suddenly he was on the canvas. On our card, that changed what was a 10-9 Cortes round to a 10-8 Dyer round, but you could have scored it 10-9 Dyer and been perfectly reasonable, as the knockdown was really about all Dyer did. The second half of the fight was pretty much all Cortes.

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