Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz 2: Las Vegas undercard results
Leo Santa Cruz claimed a ‘title’ in a fourth weight class with a gutsy display against an outclassed Miguel Flores.
Santa Cruz was clearly acclimatizing to the higher division but was by far the more skilled operator.
After twelve rounds, Santa Cruz carded a unanimous decision.
After coming in four and half pounds overweight, Julio Ceja was kept on the bill by Brandon Figueroa‘s desire to fight, and fight he did.
For the duration, the pair engaged in a gutter war, with the final decision being a split draw.
Both had successes in the fight, but Figueroa seemed to do enough to take the decision.
In the Pay-Per-View opener, Leduan Barthelemy was guilty of not protect himself at all times when allowing Eduardo Ramirez to land clean shots without keeping his guard up.
Ramirez clocked Barthelemy clean many times and the lack of covering up came back to haunt the pre-fight favorite in the fourth.
In the process of gaining a technical knockout, Ramirez avenged a previous loss to Barthelemy.
Marsellos Wilder, brother of Deontay, was brutally taken out by a one-punch haymaker from Dustin Long.
In a nothing fight, which was tentative for the first three rounds, Long landed a massive left to lay Wilder out completely.
As soon as Wilder’s head hit the canvas, referee Jay Nady had no hesitation calling it off in the fourth.
Wilder has now lost two fights already, badly by stoppage, and may have to reconsider his career path.
The prelims main event, super lightweight Omar Juarez dropped Kevin Shacks three times, one sickening, to prevail victorious.
Juarez almost got the job done in the first. But eventually ended the bout in the final round of six when taking away Shacks’ equilibrium.
Teenage welterweight Vito Mielnicki Jr remained undefeated with a somewhat controversial stoppage of Marklin Bailey.
Mielnicki, 17, was always in control, although was handed the triumph a little faster than necessary when the official stepped in too early.
The more experienced lightweight John Gemino scored a fifth round stoppage of undefeated Arnold Alejandro. Gemino was seen as a stern test for Alejandro, and so it proved.
Gemino recorded his 21st win from 34 contests as Alejandro dropped his first loss in twelve.
Meanwhile, brother Angel Alejandro – fighting at featherweight, ground out a win against another hardened Filipino in Mark John Yap.
Angel got the verdict after six for an eighth pro triumph.
At super featherweight, Viktor Slavinskyi remained unbeaten by out-scoring Rigoberto Hermosillo.
In the opener, super featherweight Jose Manuel Gomez knocked out Daniel Placeres in the third round. Gomez is now 12-0.