By Francisco Salazar
Junior featherweight contender Yenifel Vicente made quick work of Victor Proa, knocking him out late Wednesday night at the Centro de Convenciones Vasco Nunez de Balboa in Panama City, Panama.
Vicente knocked down Proa with a combination to the head. Proa, who resides in Monterrey, Mexico, was counted out by referee Chris Flores at 1:22.
With the win, Vicente improves to 34-3-2, 26 knockouts and has won his last nine bouts, all by knockout.
Promoter Lou DiBella was been impressed with Vicente’s string of recent wins. The 32-year-old Vicente is now ranked number 11 by the WBO and DiBella will continue to have him stay busy with the hopes of landing a fight with WBO titleholder Isaac Dogboe late in 2019.
“Yenifel Vicente is one of the hardest punching 122-pounders in the world,” DiBella stated in a text message to BoxingScene.com early Thursday morning. “His knockouts are highlight-reel stuff and he’s a danger to anyone at his weight. He wants to fight the best, and we will keep him on track toward a shot at Isaac Dogboe.”
Vicente is originally from the Dominican Republic and currently resides in Miami, Florida.
Proa falls to 29-6-2, 22 KOs and has now lost five of his last six bouts.
In a clash of unbeaten featherweights, Jason Sanchez of Albuquerque, New Mexico upset Puerto Rico’s Jean Carlos Rivera by unanimous decision over 10 rounds.
All three judges scored the bout 97-92 in favor of Sanchez, who improves to 13-0, 6 KOs. Rivera, who is promoted by Top Rank, drops to 15-1, 10 KOs.
Junior flyweight Agustin Mauro Gauto of Argentina improved to 10-0, 6 KOs with a first round knockout win over Colombia’s Jose Antonio Jimenez (20-10-1, 9 KOs). Referee Fred Ghartey stopped the bout at 2:35.
The fight card was co-promoted by PR Best Boxing and G & V Entertainment and was took place in conjunction with the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Convention.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing