Early Results from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas
By Ace Freeman (09-Jun-2012)
Guillermo Rigondeaux TKO 5 Teon Kennedy
Rising super bantamweight star and former Cuban Olympic hero Guillermo Rigondeaux scored an impressive wipe out of previously once beaten Teon Kennedy moments ago at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, stopping him in five rounds. Kennedy had only been down once as a professional but found himself on the deck five times at the hands of the Cuban phenom before the slaughter was called off. Rigondeaux was violently accurate with his straight left hand and found every possible way to land the shot with great effect. In Round 5 and after the fifth knockdown the referee called a halt to the action moving Rigondeaux to 10-0 (8 KOs) as a pro.
Randall Bailey KO 11 Mike Jones
Unheralded journeyman Randall Bailey (43-7, 37 KOs) stunned the boxing world with a telling one-punch knockout of surging and previously undefeated welterweight prospect Mike Jones (26-1, 19 KOs) moments ago at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It was a bout that started out as a snooze fest with Jones fighting timid in the early going. Bailey, who’s known as a monster puncher, stalked Jones early but with little success. After a few rounds Jones loosened up and started to get some work in but landed little of consequence. Late in the fight after seemingly falling behind on the scorecards Bailey dropped the younger man in the tenth but Jones beat the count and was saved by the bell. In the eleventh Bailey threw a sneaky uppercut under a lazy jab from Jones and the Philadelphia native was flattened, his head smashing into the mat as he was sent reeling down. Jones tried to get up but he had no legs and stumbled twice more before the bout was waived off in dramatic fashion. The win captured Bailey the vacant welterweight world title creating a dramatic Rocky type storyline for the veteran fighter in the twilight years of his career.
Mikael Zewski KO 3 John Grimaldo
Highly regarded Canadian light middleweight Mikael Zewski remained undefeated in his showcase on the Pacquiao-Bradley undercard with a telling third round knockout of John Grimaldo. Zewski, a four time national champion in Canada and Pan-Am silver medalist was all business from the opening bell as he targeted his man with big hard punches. In Round 3 Zewski clipped and hurt Grimaldo and pounced on him, whereby landing a big left hook that dropped his man for the full count. The official time was :59 of Round 3. With the win Zewski improves to 15-0 (11 KOs).
Jorge Arce – Jesus Rojas = No Decision / Contest
After an exciting opening round Jorge Arce vs. Jesus Rojas ended prematurely in a ‘No Contest’ after Jorge Arce was unable to continue. The bizarre sequence started when Rojas hit Arce with a simultaneous headbutt / low blow in the opening moments of Round 2 that had the Mexican fan favourite hunched over in pain. As Arce crouched down and stepped away Rojas pounded him in the ear with a big hook. Arce fell and had no balance as he rolled around in pain. He laid on the mat for several minutes before the decision was made that the fight would be stopped. In Round 1 Arce had a big opening minute where he dropped Rojas but the younger fighter fought back hard and was coming on in the closing moments of the opening round. After the incident in the second, Arce’s equilibrium was visibly effected and it was clear he couldn’t continue. The official result was a no-contest.