Abner Mares beats down stubborn Andres Gutierrez

Three-weight world title-holder Abner Mares once again displayed dazzling skills to bamboozle and systematically beat down Andres Gutierrez.

From the opening couple of rounds, the lighting combinations of Mares troubled Gutierrez who tried in vain to smile through the pain.

A horrible cut over the 24 year-old’s left eye, which worsened round by round, eventually gave ringside doctors the opportunity to stop the contest after ten sickening sessions.

Due to California rules on the cut, Mares was forced to go to the scorecards but won wide across the board for a 31st career victory.

Earlier, Antonio DeMarco rolled back the years as the ex-WBC lightweight ruler, 31, took out previously unbeaten Eddie Ramirez in just one round.

The Mexican was stunned early in the session but came back fighting with a huge uppercut and then piled on the pressure to force a stoppage despite protests from Ramirez.

DeMarco has now won two fights in a row since going through the worst phase of his career with three defeats in a year between 2014 and 2015.

In earlier results, former world title challenger Roberto Marroquin got Ruben Tamayo out of there in five rounds as the 28 year-old made it two wins on the spin.

Marroquin has suffered indifferent form since losing for the first time to the late Francisco Leal in 2011 but is one step closer to being where he wants to be with this triumph.

California-based Lithuanian Eimantas Stanionis moved to 4-0 as a pro with a maiden eight round victory, whilst Mexican Misael Rodriguez reached the same total with a six round points victory over Cesar Hernandez and Jose Balderas took a decision over Victor Torres after four rounds.

Also-ran bantamweight and brother of headliner Leo, Antonio Santa Cruz scored a third round knockout win over Jesus Godinez to make it six victories from nine contests as a pro, whilst Jerry Perez recorded a third straight W in the pro ranks with a decision of Juan Sandoval over four rounds.

Fledgling super bantamweight Jose Vargas can now boast a 3-0 C.V following a second round stoppage of Jose Perez, whilst 20 year-old super featherweight Luis Coria suffered a shock defeat to 14-loss Percy Peterson going down on the scorecard 38-37 across the board.