Keyshawn Davis (9-0, 6 KOs) passed the stiffest test of his career in beating Belgian contender Francesco Patera (28-4, 10 KOs) via 10-round unanimous decision by scores of 100-89 2x and 99-90.
The 24-year-old native of Norfolk, Virginia, took his time to analyze Patera, feinting and cutting the ring before landing short, crisp combos when he had Patera on the ropes.
In rounds five and six, Davis decreased his punching output, and Patera attempted to claw his way into the fight.
But in round eight, he dropped Patera with a sharp right hand. Davis remained calm and outboxed Patera into the final rounds.
Davis said, “I give myself a C+ or B-. But like I said, we got the win, and that’s all that matters. I can’t really be too hard on myself if I don’t stop these guys because they have way more experience than me.
“But, at the end of the day, I am beating them unanimously in every round. I just got to take my hat off for just doing the little things like that, sticking to my game plan, listening to my coaching and just having fun in there.”
In other results:
Southpaw contender Giovani Santillan (31-0, 16 KOs) won a hard-earned decision over tough Ecuadorian Erick Bone (27-7, 14 KOs).
In the early rounds, the San Diego native controlled the action with his jab before suddenly sneaking in quick bombs.
An undeterred Bone, however, forced Santillan to earn the later rounds by answering back with several straight right hands.
Scores: 97-92, 98-92 and 97-93.
Oklahoma-born prospect, Jeremiah Milton (10-0, 7 KOs) notched a fourth-round TKO win against Willie Harvey (4-3-2, 3 KOs).
Milton used every bit of his five-inch height advantage to land hooks and right hands from the outside.
The sustained punishment wore Harvey down, obligating his corner to halt the bout before the fifth.
U.S. Olympian Troy Isley (10-0, 4 KOs) tallied a workmanlike eight-round unanimous decision against Antonio Todd (14-9, 8 KOs).
Isley outlanded Todd in nearly every exchange, but he struggled at times with Todd’s shoulder roll defense and counter punches.
Scores: 79-73 3x.
New Zealand-born standout Hemi Ahio (21-1, 16 KOs) defeated Amron Sands (12-3, 9 KOs) via sixth-round TKO.
Both fought at close range for the entire fight, but Ahio’s shorter punches landed harder and more often on the 300-pound Sands.
After an unanswered flurry, Ahio forced referee Chris Flores to stop the contest. Time of stoppage: 2:12.
Joe Goodall (10-1-1, 9 KOs) scored an upset TKO win against Stephan Shaw (18-2, 13 KOs).
After Goodall floored Shaw twice in the sixth round, Shaw’s corner threw in the towel.
Time of stoppage: 2:55.
Credit: Top Rank Boxing