By Dave Spencer at ringside
IBF #7, WBO #12, WBC #13 middleweight KO artist David Lemieux (32-2, 30 KOs) destroyed former world title challenger Fernando Guerrero (26-3, 19 KOs). Lemieux dropped Guerrero in rounds one and two. Guerrero also sustained a bad cut over his right eye in round two. In round three Guerrero took a knee then was dropped again and the fight was over. A spectacular right uppercut ended things definitely for the Montreal fighter who powered through his opponent who tried some slick early movement in the fight but had no answer for the fast charging locomotive that was more and more powerful as the fight progressed. Somehow Guerrero got himself a time-out as he took a knee and requested the ring doctor look at his eye that was busted up in the second round. The respite was a short one and he should have stayed down as only moments later Lemieux managed to punctuate an impressive performance with the third and final knockdown.
Undefeated junior-middleweight Jermell Charlo (24-0 11KO) survived a third round knockdown and a point deduction to go on to a convincing 115-111, 118-109, 118-109 unanimous decision over Charlie Bellamy Ohta (24-2-1 16KO) in IBF elimination fight for the #2 spot in the division. The Texas fighter was caught off-balance by a right hand as he was back pedalling to start the third and was forced to take an eight count but came back strongly to finish the round. The top five 154-pounder by WBC/WBAIBF used his marked height and reach advantage to neutralize Ohta who never did get inside effectively. Any attempt at an offensive front by Ohta was quickly met by crunching counters from Charlo as they were to end the sixth round where a good flurry by the New Yorker by way of Japan was ended with a left hook by Charlo that brought oohs from the Bell Centre crowd. A point deduction for an errant low blow in the ninth was charged Charlo but wasn’t nearly enough to have an effect on the final outcome.