Boxer-turned movie star-turned boxer again, Victor Ortiz put together his first win since a 2011 decision over Andre Berto when the American defeated Manuel Perez.
It’s hard to believed that the star of ‘The Expendables 3’ is still just 27 years old as Ortiz attempts to rescue what is left of his career following three straight stoppage losses.
Ortiz managed to take out Perez in three rounds of their scheduled ten round Las Vegas contest and having taken his record to 30-5-2, can now look at some tastier match-ups in 2015.
Also on the bill, Jermell Charlo won every round of ten on all three judges’ scorecards against Mario Lozano to nail down his 25th victory and keep on track for a world title challenge in the New Year.
Earlier, Japan’s big-punching Yoshihiro Kamegai put himself back in the win column by scoring three knockdowns en route to a fourth round stoppage win over Oscar ‘El Tigre’ Godoy.
Kamegai came into the bout on the back of a decision defeat to Robert Guerrero in June, but managed to pick-up his second win from five bouts on US soil. Overall, 32 year-old Kamegai boasts a record of 25-2-1, with 22 KO’s but will need to defeat some bigger name fighters to make any inroads towards the title holders at 147lb and above.
Errol Spence proved once again why he is considered a future star of the sport with a dazzling fifth round triumph over Javier Castro as the 24 year-old scored a twelfth knockout from 15 wins.
In the opener, former light-heavyweight world title holder Beibut Shumenov recovered from his lopsided defeat to Bernard Hopkins in April by making a successful transition into the cruiserweight rankings against Bobby Thomas Jr.
After struggling to deal with the talented Kazakh throughout the contest, the corner of Thomas made the decision to pull out their man at the end of the fifth round. Shumenov, 31, moves to 15-2 with a tenth career stoppage having won the world title at 175lbs in just his tenth bout back in 2010.