Youngstown, OH (WKBN) – Alejandro “Popo” Salinas came up with a first round TKO victory on “Championship Night” outside the Covelli Centre Saturday.
With the win, the 21 year-old Youngstown native captures his first professional belt, the Ohio State Super Featherweight Title. Salinas made quick work of his opponent, Devonte Allen from Cincinnati.
“It means a lot, look at the crowd, the crowd can say it all,” said Salinas. “I have to come for a fight and he came for a fight and the best man wins. Put two lions in the cage, and there’s one that comes out winning.”
In the 147 pound class, Campbell’s Jake “The Bull” Giuriceo came out with a close Split Decision win over Jose Abreu from the Dominican Republic. Abreu came in with a 12-0 record and decent size advantage over Giuriceo, but the fight went down to the wire. After 8 rounds, the decision went to the scorecards, and Giuriceo won by the slimmest of margins.
“It’s a fight that kind of levels the competition,” said Guiriceo. “A guy that comes in to your backyard, 12-0 with 7 knockouts. Go the distance, he went toe to toe. He ran a little bit. He’s a good fighter, I take nothing from him, but he knew how to move and that’s a great win for me.”
Warren’s Anthony Taylor dominated 115 pound weight class against Jajuan Gills from Indiana. Taylor came out firing from the start and came away with a 3rd round TKO victory for his 4th career victory.
“I’m happy, I got the victory,” said Taylor. “I mean just use my aggressiveness to the best of my ability. Be in and out, just let my hands go.”