Monty Meza-Clay opened up the Rivers Casino last year with a smashing win over Allen Litzau. He was back at the packed Rivers Casino last night and produced another knockout.
Meza-Clay (31-3 21 KO) foughtTampa transplant Carlos Rivera in the eight round main event. Rivera had lost six straight, to good oppoents, coming in but was there to fight.
The first round saw Meza-Clay go to the body and that was a trend that lasted all night. In round three Meza-Clay dropped Rivera with a left hook-straight right combo.
Rivera got up but went down two more times, from a right to the body, and a right to the solar plexus.
The fourth saw Rivera (16-10-2 5 KO) stay on his feet but the sixth wasn't so kind. Meza-Clay floored him with a right cross-right uppercut combination that he never saw coming.
The fight was finally stopped in round six when Meza-Clay had Rivera hurt on the ropes. In all Rivera was down four times.
Meza-Clay again looked sharp and looks like a serious challenged to the top-10 at junior lightweight. If he keeps knocking people out he should be getting the call very soon.
Andres Taylor Looks Improved and Wins
The most improved fighter of the night was Andres "Taylor Made" Taylor. Taylor had a tough outing against Kamarah Pasley but easily won the fight on scores of 60-54 (2x) and 59-55.
Mike "Mad" Alderete made a fight of it for two round but relied counterning of the ropes to much in the last three wins to get the win.
The two landed heavy punches on each other in the first two rounds and it looked like it was going to be close. But improved infighting from Taylor was the difference as he was able to smother Alderete (7-6-2 3 KO).
I was very impressed with Taylor (19-1-2 7 KO) and it appears his time with world-class trainer Tommy Yankello is paying off.
Jaque "Lights Out" Lutz UD Kentrell "The Beast" Claiborne
Lutz won on scores of 40-36 (3x) and looked extremely comfortable for someone with only 1 pro fight coming in.
Billy "The Boilermaker" Hutchinson TKO4 2:14 Allen "Pit Bull" Perkins
Hutchinson showed power in both hands and looked to have improved under Yankello
Jamel Hicks TKO1 2:14 Joe Luketic
Hicks looked very good in dismantling Luketic. He hurt him early and ended the fight quick.
Travis Hanshaw UD Andrew "Drama" Jones
"The Rattlesnake" Hanshaw won on scores of 40-36, 39-37 (2x)