This past Saturday night, DiBella Entertainment saw a trio of its prospects pick up victories on separate cards as Abel Ramos, Dardan Zenunaj and Lamar Russ all added to the win column of their respective records.
Ramos, returning for the first time since his lone loss as a professional at the hands of red-hot undefeated prospect Regis Prograis on ShoBox in December, scored a third-round knockout over Javier Mercado (23-11-2, 21KO’s) in Mexico. The former amateur standout saw his record improve to 15-1-2, 10KO’s, and is set to return later this month in his home state of Arizona, as he looks to gear up for another big fight in the talent-laden 140lb. division.
Like Ramos, Zenunaj (12-1, 9KO’s) also fought on the December ShoBox, when he upset and stopped previously undefeated prospect Bryant Cruz in a thrilling junior lightweight contest. Returning for the first time since career-best victory, Zenunaj pounded out an eight-round decision over tough Mexican Naciff Castillo.
Following a year-and-half layoff, middleweight Lamar Russ scored a devastating one-punch, first-round knockout over former two-time world title challenger Antwun Echols in front of his hometown fans in North Carolina. Russ (16-2, 8KO’s) was involved in a bad car accident in August of 2015, and took off the rest of the year to recover and get himself back into fighting shape. There are many attractive fights to be made in the 160lb. division for the college graduate Russ, who, in 2013, dropped a competitive decision to three-time middleweight world title challenger Matthew Macklin on HBO.