Erislandy Lara pulled off what turned out to be a surprise result against initial outsider Alfredo Angulo after being dropped twice in the fight and looking vulnerable throughout to the power of the Mexican.
The Cuban, who picked up the interim WBA light-middleweight title with the win, had peppered Angulo in every round as he came in to land his bombs, which eventually won him the fight as sustained damage suffered by the 30 year-old handed Lara the victory.
Angulo, 30, used slugging tactics to the body to slow Lara down and seemed to have him where he wanted him in the fourth after dropping him heavy, although was taking four and five shot combinations just to land a few of his own punches.
By the time Angulo put Lara on the canvas once again in the ninth, ‘Perro’ looked worn out and his eye was swelling up by the second. Lara capitalized on that for the remainder of round nine and into the tenth, when one hard shot to the injury had Angulo turning back to his corner in retirement.
The eye was well on its way to grotesque by that time and Angulo can certainly come again on this evidence after being up on my scorecard due to the knockdowns inflicted on Lara in the fight.
Earlier in the night, 154lb hot prospect Jermell Charlo extended his unbeaten record to 21 with a close but unanimous 115-113 win over Demetrius Hopkins on all three scorecards.