Lateef Kayode Decisions Nicholas Iannuzzi, Rises to 16-0
Nigerian-born cruiser weight (200 pounds) Lateef Kayode was pushed to the 10-round distance for the first time in his career on the way to being awarded an unpopular unanimous decision over Nicholas Iannuzzi of Tampa, Fla., in Friday night's Showtime televised bout at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif.
Kayode rose to 16-0, with 14 knockouts, ending a streak of 14 straight stoppages since his only route-going performance -- a four-round unanimous decision over Mike Miller in his professional debut in August of 2008.
Kayode won by scores of 95-94, 97-92, and, 98-91, respectively, on the cards of Ray Balewicz, Ralph McKnight, and, Steve Morrow.
Iannuzzi was penalized a point by referee Raul Caiz Jr. for hitting after the final bell.
Nicknamed, "Power," Kayode, who will turn 28 in March, has gone as much as four rounds six times in his career, including an August, eighth-round knockout of Alfredo Escalera. Jr., an October sixth-round stoppage of Epifanio Mendoza, and December's sixth-round stoppage of Ed Perry in his last fight.
Kayode is trained by five-time Trainer of The Year, Freddie Roach, sharing Roach with a talented group that includes eight-division titlist and WBO welterweight (147 pounds) and WBC junior middleweight (154 pounds) king Manny Pacquiao, WBA junior welterweight (140 pounds) titlist Amir Khan, middleweight (160 pounds) prospect Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and unbeaten rising junior middleweight (154 pounds) star Vanes Martirosyan.
The 34-year-old Iannuzzi (16-2, nine KOs) had won four consecutive fights, two of them by knockout. Iannuzzi was stopped in the first round of his only other loss by Harvey Jolly in September of 2009.