Canelo vs Kovalev: Undercard Results from MGM Grand, Las Vegas
World Boxing News provides live results from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as Canelo Alvarez faces Sergey Kovalev in a super-fight.
Ryan Garcia silenced his doubters in the best possible way with a punishing first round knockout of Romero Duno.
After taking flak previously for refusing to fight Duno at short notice, Garcia proved his decision was correct.
Waiting a few extra weeks to get the bout made was a masterstroke as ‘KingRy’ was in magnificent form.
A damage combination midway through the first round was all she wrote as Garcia blasted Duno out of there.
Taking his standout C.V. to 19-0, Garcia now seems ready for the ultimate step-up.
Speaking after the contest, Garcia said: “As soon as I took his best shot, I knew I got him.
“After I took it, I thought okay. He came after me like a bull and I just started swinging,” he added.
In a Women’s interim WBA Flyweight Title clash, Seniesa Estrada improved to 18-0 as Marlen Esparza suffered a horror cut.
Esparza boasted a serious gash on her forehead when the ringside physician called off the fight late on.
The loss was the first in eight pro bouts for Esparza as Estrada pushes towards a full title shot.
Blair Cobbs added another stoppage to his haul as Carlos Ortiz failed to come out for the seventh round.
Now 13-0-1 after a ninth KO, Cobbs was in control in the sixth and had Ortiz hurt towards the end of the session.
Apparently injured, Ortiz informed the referee of his decision from a seated position.
Despite being in trouble himself, Cobbs didn’t lack confidence post-fight.
“I am the definition of perseverance. I am the most exciting fighter today,” he declared. “I’ll fight anyone, anytime!”
Son of a legend Evan Holyfield wasted no time impressing on his debut as the youngster won in a matter of seconds.
The super welterweight looked sharp and put Nick Winstead in danger through the opening exchanges.
In what could have been labelled a premature stoppage, Winstead was waved off in a sharpish manner.
It may well have been purely a move to give Holyfield the green light to dish out more punishment should Winstead have been allowed to continue.
In what was billed as an IBF super welterweight eliminator, Bakhram Murtazaliev moved closer to his shot at glory by defeating Jorge Fortea.
Murtazaliev, now 17-0, scored a unanimous decision with the judges. He took the spoils 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110 after twelve rounds.
Cruiserweight Tristan Kalkreuth improved to 3-0 after taking Twon Smith’s best shot in their four-rounder.
Kalkreuth showed some promise despite the third round scare as he brushed aside Smtih via unanimous decision 40-36 twice and 39-37.
In the opening contest, Meiirim Nursultanov defeated Cristian Olivas to pick up the WBC USNBC Middleweight trinket.
Nursultanov was the far busier and classier of the two. He can boast a 3-0 record after a dominant win over ten rounds.
Scores carded unanimously for the Oxnard-based Kazakh who took the decision 100-90 across the board.
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