Jared “Big Baby” Anderson didn’t waste any time cutting his teeth in the pro ranks.
The 19-year-old earned his first career win in his pro debut Saturday against Daniel Infante with a knockout 54 seconds into the opening bout at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Infante falls to 1-3.
Anderson, from Toledo Ohio, connected three-straight jabs to the face to set up a quick 1-2 combination to the upper body. He moved in for the kill seconds later and finished the fight with a left hook to the kidney that had Infante down on one knee.
Before his splash on the pro scene, Anderson was a three-time USA 2018 Elite National Champion. He made quite the first impression in Reno.
Sanchez KOs Santos in fourth round
Jason Sanchez got his redemption by way of a left hook to the body.
The Albuquerque, New Mexico native recorded a fourth-round knockout against Adelison Dos Santos. In his first fight since losing a WBO featherweight championship fight at the same venue in Reno to Oscar Valdez on June 8, Sanchez improved to 15-1 with eight KOs. Santos fell to 19-7.
Sanchez used the identical punch that ended the prior fight minutes early. His powerful left hook to Dos Santos’ body dropped him. Somehow, Dos Santos made it to his feet. Two grazing jabs later, Dos Santos went down for the count.
Sanchez had the opportunity to fight Dos Santos in June, but he opted for the Valdez fight instead. He paid the favor four months later.
Vences, Bernaldez goes the distance
San Jose’s Andy Vences came away victorious In an eight-round fight against Mark Bernaldez.
Vences won by decision, 79-73. His steady combinations and quick left jabs kept Bernaldez off guard for much of the fight.
Both fighters traded blows in the eighth round when Vences put a stamp on the contest with a powerful right hook to the body.
Greer Jr. rallies in 10-round slugfest
Joshua Greer Jr. improved to 22-1-1 and retained the World Boxing Council championship after defeating Antonio Nieves in 10 rounds. Nieves fell to 19-3-2.
The Chicago, Illinois, native won unanimously with scores of 95-94 and 96-93. Greer dominated the later rounds with a series of hard-hitting combinations. Nieves rallied in the 10th round with a knockdown. Green answered with a heavy body shot at the bell to secure the win.
Mayer scores sixth round TKO in dominant fashion
Mikaela Mayer lived up to her Olympic status on Saturday, scoring a sixth-round TKO against Argentinian Alejandro Zamora.
The fight was called during the sixth round intermission. Mayer scored a first-round knockdown. Mayer improved to 12-0 with five knockouts and kept her North American Boxing Federation title.
Zamora fell to 7-4 with one knockout.
Mayer was explosive from all areas of the ring. She backed Zamora into a corner and connected several hard-hitting overhead strikes. Mayer had one powerful blow after another, but Zamora took each shot with a certain appreciation. She had a noticeable smirk after the end of each round. She landed several counterpunches and a few of the rounds were close.
The 5-foot-9 Mayer displayed her explosiveness in the ring. Saturday’s contest was no different.
— Isaiah Burrows and Tim Parsons
Roundup: Andy Vences topped Mark Bernaldez in an eight-round decision. … In his pro debut, Xander Zayas knocked out Genesis Wynn in the first round. … Francisco Esparaza topped Matt Conway via split decision. … Albert Bell remained a perfect 16-0 with an eight-round decision victory over Frank De Alba.