Two rarities and astonishing sequences to watch happened as Top Rank and promoter Bob Arum led the way in bringing boxing back.
Fresh from the MGM Grand ‘Bubble’, we saw a welterweight fight between Vlad Panin and Benjamin Whitaker produce the uppercut.
Speaking about it at the time, former world champion Tim Bradley just about found the words on his ESPN broadcast.
“Wow, I’ve never seen this before in boxing. Good shot by both men,” he said.
In the end, US-based Belarussian Panin took the decision after six close rounds.
In the second happening earlier in the series, welterweights Corey Champion and Peter Cortez dropped each other simultaneously in a double knockdown.
Champion, who fought on the Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder III undercard, got back to winning ways after three straight losses.
Downing Cortez twice, plus the double knockdown, it was a hellacious two minutes and 23 seconds in Las Vegas.
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The fighting pride of Oklahoma City put forth a clinic in Las Vegas. Junior welterweight contender Alex Saucedo. Fighting for the second time since falling short in a world title bid. Bested Sonny Fredrickson by a unanimous decision Tuesday evening at the MGM Grand Conference Center. Grand Ballroom. The scores (100-90, 99-91, and 98-92) were […]