Yuandale Evans Captures The WBC Continentals Americas Featherweight Title With Victory Over Luis Rosa Jr.
November 10, 2017
Anthony Saldana (92 articles)

Yuandale Evans Captures The WBC Continentals Americas Featherweight Title With Victory Over Luis Rosa Jr.


By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Friday night boxing fans got their first look at eight promising prospects that came in to the ShoBox: The New Generation card with a combined record of 97-2, including two undefeated up-and-coming heavyweights and a 2016 Super Welterweight Olympian. The Masonic Temple in Cleveland hosted the quadruple header headlined by Featherweight prospects Luis Rosa Jr. (23-0, 11 KO’s) as he took on local favorite Yuandale Evans (19-1, 14 KO’s) in the 10-round main event for the vacant WBC Continentals Americas Featherweight Title. Evans who’s only loss came in 2012 to Javier Fortuna was only fighting for the fourth time since that defeat. Rosa Jr. on the other hand looked to keep his undefeated streak alive.

In a fast paced, brutal back and forth battle both fighters landed clean shots on each other early and often as Rosa Jr. applied effective aggression while Evans countered with a solid jab. In the fourth round Evans began to stray away from his jab and stand in the pocket with Rosa Jr. as both fighter threw punches at a hellacious pace in the center of there ring. Then in the fifth round Evans went back to his game plan working his jab and counter punches from great angles slowing Rosa Jr. down for the first time in the fight. Rosa Jr. however would cut the ring off in the eighth round hurting Evans with a big right hook, Rosa Jr. would control much of the round before Evans would eventually land a short hook of his own hurting Rosa Jr. in what possibly could be round of the year. Through the first nine highly competitive rounds it was Evans who just out landed Rosa Jr. 268 to 267 in a absolutely great battle. The tenth and final round brought even more action as both fighters gave it all they had in the center of the ring and having gone the distance the judges scored the fight 96-94 Evans, 96-94 Rosa Jr.  and 96-93 giving Yuandale Evans the split decision.

In the co-main event undefeated Radzhab Butaev (8-0, 6 KO’s) took on the undefeated Colombian Janer Gonzalez (19-1-1, 15 KO’s) in a 8 round welterweight bout. Butaev looked sharp from the start landing precise jabs and big counters on Gonzalez who was making his US debut. Throughout the early rounds Butaev continued to stay on the outside and counter Gonzalez at will, as Gonzalez never let his hands go throwing one punch at a time in a very slow paced fight. In the fifth round Gonzalez began to move forward and apply pressure on Butaev who seemed unwilling to exchange and solely rely on his counterpunching. That soon ended as by the sixth round both fighters continued to lull the crowd to sleep and after eight complete rounds the judges scored the fight 80-72, 79-73 and 77-75 all in favor of Radzhab Butaev.

Also on the card undefeated Junior Fa (14-0, 8 KO’s) from Auckland, New Zealand battled the undefeated Fred Latham (9-1-2, 5 KO’s) in a 8 round heavyweight bout. Fa who defeated fellow countryman Joseph Parker twice in the amateurs looked impressive as from the opening bell he wasted no time in picking apart Latham landing several big punches including 21 unanswered shots forcing the referee to call a halt to the bout at the 1:06 mark of the first round.

To kick of the Showtime quadruple header 2016 US Olympian Charles Conwell Jr. (6-0, 5 KO’s) made his worldwide televised debut in front of his home crowd against Panama’s Roque “Rocky” Zapata (4-2-3) in a six-round super welterweight bout. Conwell Jr. used big combinations early in the first round and big jab to keep Zapata the former MMA fighter at bay. Conwell Jr. continued to have his way in the second and in the third began completely dismantle Zapata. Conwell Jr. caught Zapata with a counter right uppercut that dropped Zapata for the first time in his career. Zapata beat the count only to have Conwell Jr. land a huge two punch combination followed by a left hook to the body that dropped Zapata for the second time in the round. In the fourth round Conwell Jr. land a barrage of punches including a huge overhand right that opened up cut a over the left eye Zapata and in the fifth Conwell Jr. again caught Zapata with a left hook that dropped his opponent for the third time in the bout. The game Zapata was able to go the distance but after six round of quality boxing the judges scored the fight 60-51(twice) and 60-53 all in favor of the undefeated Charles Conwell Jr.

Photo credit. Stephanie Trapp for Showtime Boxing



Anthony Saldana