LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (August 22, 2020) — Accomplished amateur Featherweight Duke Ragan arrived at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada eager to make his leap into the paid ranks. Recently, Ragan signed to a multi-year promotional deal with Top Rank to be co-promoted along with Antonio Leonard Promotions.
With his business affairs in capable hands, the 22-year old from Cincinnati, Ohio only needed to focus on his job of being a professional fighter. His first assignment was 27-year old Luis Alvarado of Pasco, Washington.
Ragan’s first action was brief. He started his first professional round establishing his jab and controlling the center of the ring. He patiently placed his punches to the head and body, but as a result of the slow start by Alvarado (1-2, 1 KO), he asserted himself more.
Near the end of the first minute, while in distance, Ragan threw a left jab that Alvarado stepped through but with his head exposed to a punishing right hand that violently snapped Alvarado’s head around as he crumbled to the ground. Alvarado stood up quickly, staggered his way over to stand near his corner with his back to the referee. He continued to sway, indicating how badly impaired he was, and the referee waved the fight off at 1:54 after Alvarado never acknowledged him.
Ragan’s corner was very familiar to him, as long-time USA Boxing coach Kay Koroma acted as his chief second. The start to a promising career could not have gone any better. He obviously starts his campaign as pro with a great deal of pedigree, he’s a confident fighter, and he follows in the fresh footsteps of Cincinnati former champions Rau’Shee Warren, a three-time Olympian, and Adrien Broner – who held titles in three divisions by age 23.
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