Raeese Aleem (18-0, 12 KOs) impressively broke down in a fight for the vacant WBA interim 122lb title and stopped Vic Pasillas (16-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut in round eleven.
Aleem dropped Pasillas in round two with a hard right hand and battered Pasillas for the remainder of the round. Pasillas got back into the fight, but in round six he was dropped again. Aleem had a major round in round seven, but Pasillas had a nice round in round eight. In round nine, Pasillas’ glove hit the canvas for a third knockdown. After Pasillas was dropped again in round eleven, the bout was waved off. The time was around 1:00.
“I was dominant,” said Aleem. “I wanted to put an exclamation point with this performance. It feels absolutely amazing. It just confirms what I knew in my head, that I have elite power. He’s one of the top fighters in the division so to knock him out, it means I’m a true threat.
“I think a lot of people were sleeping on me and my power. I wasn’t surprised that I stopped him, I didn’t think he’d be able to go the distance with me. I think a lot of the fighters in this division should really be on notice.
“It doesn’t matter who I fight next. I’m ready to fight any world champion. Whether it’s Fulton or if Murodjon Akhmadaliev wants to come out of hiding. Any current world champion that’s willing to fight, I’m ready. I’ve got the pen, send the contract.”