In the co-main event on HBO from Las Vegas this evening, Cuban pound-for-pound stalwart and defensive wizard Guillermo Rigondeaux (18-0, 12 KOs) retained his WBA Super Bantamweight champion with a strange knockout of interim champion Moses Flores (25-1, 17 KOs) at the end of the first round. The Cuban star was in total control boxing with the grace and beauty of a choreographed ballet sequence through the opening stanza. The taller Flores couldn’t find him at all. In the closing moments of Round 1 Rigondeaux landed a series of shots in a clinch with the final one sending him down and out a moment after the bell rang. Mass confusion broke out as the referee was intervening trying to break the clinch / hold. After much discussion it was determined the knockout was legitimate and Rigondeaux was awarded the win (when for some time it looked like a disqualification was possible). It was probably the right call as Flores looked to be employing some theatrics seemingly desperate for a way out.
Local favourite Tony ‘Lightning’ Luis (24-3, 8 KOs) scored an impressive ten round unanimous decision over Red Deer, Alberta’s Cam O’Connell (15-1-1, 10 KOs) Saturday night at the Civic Complex in Cornwall, Ontario. It was a battle of Canada’s No. 1 and No. 2 lightweights and it did not disappoint. O’Connell came to fight but Luis boxed well and found the mark more often with well placed counters. Luis got off earlier and more often and while out-gunned, the Alberta charge gave an excellent account of himself pressing forward through some heavy fire. After ten fast paced rounds were in the books, Luis was ahead by scores of 100-90 and 98-92(x2) to seal the win and capture the vacant WBA-NABA lightweight title.
In other action, Ontario based light heavyweight Tim Cronin scored a close and competitive eight round split decision over Quebec’s Louisbert Altidor, and rising super welterweight Michael Brandon scored and impressive second round knockout of Rene Fernandez.
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Meanwhile, in Montreal… Eye of the Tiger Management brought pro boxing back to the storied Olympia Theatre with a massive ten fight gala. In the headlining bout, hulking undefeated Quebec heavyweight destroyer Simon Kean (10-0, 9 KOs) scored a fifth round stoppage of Marcelo Luiz Nascimento to keep his unbeaten run in tact.
In the co-feature, rising Canadian light welterweight Yves Ulysse Jr. (14-0, 9 KOs) scored an impressive win against veteran Filipino spoiler Ricky Sismundo (31-10-3, 13 KOs) scoring a wide unanimous ten round decision.
In preliminary action, Canadian junior middleweight Steven Butler (19-1-1, 16 KOs) returned to action on the card fighting for the first time since his loss to Brandon Cook earlier this year and scored a second round TKO of Poland’s Damian Mielewczyk (10-4, 7 KOs).
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