Fighting in his opponent’s surroundings, Mexico’s Norberto Gonzalez acknowledged he couldn’t afford a close outcome against Miami resident Michael Oliveira on Tuesday night.
Gonzalez cleared any doubt on the scoring with a convincing unanimous decision win over Oliveira in the main event of a card at Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena near Hollywood.
Landing effectively with lead left jabs, straight rights and right uppercuts, Gonzalez (20-2) solidified his victory when he dropped a bruised and swollen Oliveira with a flurry of unanswered combinations to the head in the closing seconds of the 10-round middleweight bout. Oliveira beat referee Sam Burgos’ 10-count as the bell sounded to end the fight.
Gonzalez won on two judges’ scorecards, 97-91 and 96-92.
“I wanted to knock him out because I was concerned about getting robbed of the decision,” Gonzalez said. “This victory was possible because of the hard work my trainers and I put in the gym. Hopefully we can get even bigger fights thanks to what we did [Tuesday].”
Oliveira (21-2) knocked down Gonzalez with a right to the head in the second round but could not avoid Gonzalez’s busier punch volume.
Earlier, former world junior-middleweight champion Yuri Foreman scored his first knockout win in seven years with a first-round stoppage of Mexico’s Javier Gomez.
Midway through the round, Foreman stunned Gomez (14-12) with a left and right to the head, sending his outclassed opponent to the canvas. Referee James Warring counted Gomez out at 1:56 of the round, giving Foreman his first knockout victory since a first-round stoppage of Jimmy LeBlanc in 2006.
The win was Foreman’s fourth in a row since resuming his career in January. Foreman was inactive for two years following reconstructive surgery on his right knee.
In other bouts: featherweight Hairon Socarras won by unanimous decision against Jhon Molina; heavyweight Robert Alfonso won by unanimous decision against Jamal Woods; lightweight Valentino Knowles won by majority decision over Ruben Ozuna.