LAS VEGAS – Reshat Mati’s knockout streak ended Saturday, but his unblemished record remains intact.
The welterweight from Staten Island out-pointed Ryan Pino by unanimous decision in what was at times a competitive six-rounder on the Devin Haney-Jorge Linares undercard at Mandalay Bay’s Michelob Ultra Arena. Judge Lisa Giampa scored all six rounds for Mati (60-54), but judges Max De Luca (58-56) and Chris Migliore (58-56) had it closer.
Mati (10-0, 7 KOs) had won his previous five bouts by knockout or technical knockout. Puerto Rico’s Pino (8-7-2, 4 KOs) is 0-6-2 in his past eight bouts, but he has lost by knockout only once, and not since his third fight in August 2015.
Pino blasted Mati with a left hook after Mati connected with yet another right hand in the sixth round. Mati landed one last overhand right just before the sixth and final round concluded.
Mati rocked Pino with a right hand late in the fifth round.
Pino backed up Mati with a right hand early in the fourth round. Mati connected to Pino’s head and body later in the fourth.
Mati’s left hook to the body and right hand up top backed Pino into the ropes later in the fourth round.
Pino pressed the action for much of what was a very competitive third round.
Mati’s right hand backed Pino into the ropes in the second round, but Pino waved him forward. Pino connected with a right hand of his own later in the second round that knocked Mati off balance.
Mati and Pino each landed flush punches in an exchange just before the second round ended. Pino landed a left hook in the middle minute of the first round that caught Mati clean.
Earlier Saturday, Ramla Ali boxed her way to remaining unbeaten.
The Somalian featherweight was the busier, more effective fighter overall in her six-round fight against Mikayla Nebel. The London resident won all six rounds on the cards of judges Adalaide Byrd, Tim Cheatham and Eric Cheek, each of whom scored their fight 60-54.
The 31-year-old Ali improved to 3-0. Each of her three pro bouts have gone the distance.
Las Vegas’ Nebel fell to 4-9.
Ali worked well off her jab in the sixth and final round. She kept Nebel at a distance better in those two minutes than she did during the previous two rounds.
Nebel began pressing the action in the fourth and fifth rounds, when she was more active than Ali. A left hook by Ali backed up Nebel late in the third round.
Ali landed two hard right hands in the opening minute of the second round. Ali’s right hand made Nebel retreat with about 35 seconds to go in the first round.
In the first fight Saturday, one of Haney’s proteges produced a quick knockout.
Amari Jones, a 19-year-old junior middleweight prospect, knocked out Jonathan Ryan Burrs in the first round of their scheduled four-rounder. Jones dropped Burrs once before referee Mike Ortega stopped their fight with four seconds remaining in the opening round.
Las Vegas’ Jones wobbled Burrs with a right hand with just under a minute remaining in the first round. Another right by Jones knocked Burrs flat on his back with 22 seconds to go in the opening round.
Burrs (3-4, 0 KOs), of Frederick, Maryland, beat Ortega’s count. Once he stumbled backward, Ortega waved an end to their brief bout.
Burrs was knocked out for the first time in seven professional fights.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.