Vergil Ortiz, Joseph Diaz shine on Canelo Alvarez v Daniel Jacobs bill
The co-feature of the Canelo v Jacbos middleweight unification saw Vergil Ortiz Jr. once again prove his potential as a future star in the sport.
Taking a one hundred percent KO record into his fight with ex-world title challenger Mauricio Herrera, Ortiz preserved that statistic.
In just two rounds, Ortiz had Herrera all over the place before finishing the job in emphatic style a round later.
Ortiz is now 13-0.
Jo Jo Diaz proved his credentials at super-featherweight with a dominant victory over Freddy Fonseca.
Outclassing Fonseca from the off, Diaz racked up the rounds whilst doing damage in every single session.
Dropping Fonseca at the end of the sixth, the towel came in late in the seventh with Diaz far superior.
John Ryder produced a powerful performance against late replacement Bilal Akkawy. ‘The Gorilla’ took the opening two rounds before dropping Akkawy in the third.
Taking the fight to Canelo’s chief sparring partner, Ryder put Akkawy down again. Referee Jay Nady then monitored the Aussie closely before ending the contest soon after.
In the ring, Ryder was confusingly named the WBA super-middleweight champion of the world after what was thought to be a final eliminator.
It’s not known if the WBA have made up their own rules again or whether Canelo has vacated the ‘Super’ title boosting Callum Smith up the ranks.
Knowing the WBA, it won’t be out of the realms of possibility to simply just add another title holder. More realistically, Ryder could now hold the interim strap.
As things currently stand, there seem to be three separate champions at 168, not to mention a ‘Gold’ ruler in Lennox Allen.
Ryder has put himself in the frame for sterner tests to come and a potential clash with Smith or Canelo himself.
In a shock result, Anthony Young stopped a stunned Sadam Ali in the third session.
Former world champion Ali never looked at the races and seemed lethargic from the off. Young sensed something may be wrong and landed often for the duration.
A body shot began the demise before referee Robert Byrd stepped in.
Lamont Roach Jr. survived the marauding style of ex-world title holder Jonathan Oquendo to come through via UD.
The Washington man came on strong late after being bloodied early on to take the victory 97-92 and 96-93 (twice) on the cards.
A battle of undefeated fighters at featherweight saw Aram Avagyan overcome Francisco Esparza after a ten-round tussle.
In the process, Avagyan claimed the World Boxing Council International Silver Featherweight Title.
At super middleweight, Alexis Espino kicked off proceedings with a four-round points win over Billy Wagner. Espino moved to 2-0.