By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime
Cornelius Bundrage successfully defended his IBF junior middleweight title, stopping Cory Spinks in the 7th round at the Fantasy Springs Casino Events Center in Indio, CA. Bundrage (32-4, 19 KOs) dropped Spinks with a right hand in the first round. The action was sloppy at times as Spinks (39-7, 11 KOs) would hold and Bundrage would inadvertently hit behind Spinks’ head. Bundrage dropped Spinks with a hard right hand in the opening moments of the seventh round. Moments later, Bundrage dropped Spinks again with another right hand to the head. Later in the round, another barrage of punches dropped Spinks to the canvas, prompting referee Ray Corona to stop the bout at 2:32. Bundrage has been targeted as one of a few fighters to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 15th.
WBC #3/WBA #5/IBF #5 and WBO #10 jr middleweight Erislandy Lara won a hard-fought 10 round unanimous decision over Freddy Hernandez. The southpaw Lara (17-1-1, 11 KOs) won a majority of the exchanges between the two, beating Hernandez to the punch by landing short right hooks or left crosses to the head. Hernandez (30-3 1ND, 20 KOs) hung in there, finding success by landing hooks to the body. Lara was deducted a point in the seventh round for butting Hernandez, but the point deduction had little impact on the scoring, as Lara finished strong in the final two rounds. Lara won on all three judges’ scorecards, 99-90, 98-91, and 95-94. Fightnews.com scored the bout 97-92 in favor of Lara.
Featherweight contender Gary Russell Jr. stopped outgunned Christopher Perez in the third round of a scheduled 10 round bout. After a tentative first round, both fighters opened up, which favored the faster Russell. Towards the end of the second round, Russell (20-0, 12 KOs) dropped Perez with a left-right combination. Although Perez (23-3, 14 KOs) survived the round, he was dropped in the opening minute of the third, courtesy of a hard left hand. Russell dropped Perez twice more in the round with combinations to the head. After the third knockdown in the round, referee Pat Russell saw enough and stopped the bout at 1:41.
Junior welterweight Antonio Orozco stopped overmatched Albert Cruz Jr. after the third round of a scheduled eight round bout. Orozco (15-0, 11 KOs) connected steadily with left hooks and right uppercuts to Cruz’s head. Cruz (9-4, 8 KOs) tried to fight back, but landed very few punches or his punches had little effect on Orozco. After Orozco punished Cruz in the third round, referee Pat Russell stopped the bout on the advice of the ringside physician.
Flyweight Christian Lorenzo stopped Javier Barragan in the third round of a scheduled four round bout. Barragan (2-1, 2 KOs) started well in the first round, but began to get hit repeatedly in the second. After Lorenzo (2-0, 1 KO) landed hard punches to the head of a defenseless Barragan early in the third round, referee Wayne Hedgepeth saw enough and waved the fight over at :49.