Multiple time world champion Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) went head to head with the Mayweather-McGregor extravaganza, retuning to the ring Saturday night in Carson, California where he pounded out a hard fought yet dominant twelve round unanimous decision over Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-4-2, 24 KOs). The fight was closer than the wide scores would make it seem with both men taking and receiving good action. After twelve rounds were in the books the Puerto Rican star was ahead by scores of 120-108, 119-109, and 118-110 to seal with victory and earn the vacant WBO World Super Welterweight Title.
In a good scrappy co-main event in Carson, WBC super bantamweight champion Rey Vargas (30-0, 22 KOs ) out-dueled a game Ronny Rios (28-2, 13 KOs) over twelve rounds to earn a unanimous decision nod.
On Friday’s edition of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1, Sergiy Derevyanchenko (11-0, 9 KOs) capped a powerful performance with a 12th-round TKO of Tureano Johnson (20-2, 14 KOs) in an IBF 160-pound title eliminator.
On the undercard, once-beaten Hugo Centeno Jr. (26-1, 14 KOs) upset previously undefeated Immanuel Aleem (17-1-1, 10 KOs) via thunderous one-punch KO in Round 3. Check it out:
Mayweather-McGregor Undercard Results:
Mayweather Promotions charge Gervonta Davis (19-0, 18 KOs) looked somewhat awkward and lackluster despite being awarded an eighth round TKO over Francisco Fonseca (19-1-1, 13 KOs) in a hard fought encounter. ‘Tank’ was given a rough fight by Fonseca and the end came at the hands of an illegal blow. Davis hurt his man with a body shot in Round 8, but on the way down landed a punch to the back of the head. Fonseca went down in distress grabbing the back of his head and the referee just counted him out. Bizarre win after losing his title on the scales yesterday.
TMT product Badou Jack ‘The Ripper’ (21-1-3, 13 KOs) put on an impressive showing in Las Vegas in moving up to light heavyweight where he ran Nathan Cleverly (30-4, 16 KOs) out of the ring in five one-sided rounds. It was all Jack in this one as he picked up a second world title in as many weight classes lifting Cleverly’s WBA light heavyweight belt via TKO.
Andrew Tabiti (16-0, 13 KOs) was awarded a unanimous decision over former world champion Steve Cunningham (29-9-1, 13 KOs) in preliminary action. It was a lackluster fight with not much separation between the two despite the wide scores for Tabiti of 100-90 and 97-93 (x2).
Great scrap in the early going on the May-Mac card with Welterweights Yordenis Ugas (20-3, 9 KOs) and Thomas Dulorme (24-3, 16 KOs) going toe to toe for ten rounds. Both men were down and had each other rocked. After ten rounds were complete Ugas edged it by scores of 94-91 and 93-92 (x2).
Things didn’t start out well for TMT as their young charge Kevin Newman (7-1-1, 3 KOs) dropped a six round upset unanimous decision to Antonio Hernandez (10-1, 2 KOs) in a super middleweight bout. Newman started well but Hernandez came on and dropped him in the final round.
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