By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer at ringside
In an IBF junior welterweight title eliminator #4 ranked Lamont Peterson and #3 ranked Victor Cayo engaged in a grueling 12 round tug of war until Peterson poured it on in the 12th round and pulled out an exciting knockout victory in the final seconds on Friday night at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. It was an all action bout that featured both fighters having their fair share of highlights. But it would be Peterson’s (29-1-1, 15 KOs) deposits into Cayo’s body bank account early that would end up paying off in late. With both fighters fatigued down the stretch, Peterson’s inside work would give him the upper hand as he smothered Cayo’s offensive attack. A late rally in the 12th round by Peterson shredded Cayo and a right hook sent him to the canvas on his knees. Referee Kenny Bayless began to count but Cayo was simply too exhausted to get up as the count reached ten at the 2:46 mark.
In an awful ending to an all-action crowd pleasing fight, Yordanis Despaigne (9-1) earned a 5th round disqualification victory over former IBF and WBC middleweight contender Edison Miranda (34-6) due to low blows. Prior to the stoppage that drew a chorus of boos from those in attendance, the dynamic duo slugged it out in an affair that most expected to be entertaining. After a brief feeling out session, Despaigne opened Miranda up by following his jab with a short right hand and rocked the Columbian at the end of the first. Miranda would open up in the middle rounds and score with thudding short rights and body punches. An insane sequence that saw Miranda drop his hands and allow Despaigne uncork six unanswered punches to no effect brought the crowd to its feet in the 4th round. Unfortunately for Miranda, too many blows went south of the border as he was docked in both the 2nd and 3rd rounds and another punch that drifted low forced referee Vic Drakulich to stop the fight and DQ Miranda at the :45 mark. A rematch seems inevitable for these two.
In a bout that went down to the wire, Rances Barthelemy out pointed Gerardo Robles en route to a unanimous decision win. The highly touted and undefeated “Kid Blast” went to work on Robles’ fight during the course of the bout, leaving his opponent with plenty of reminders that a fight had taken place. Robles scored consistently with body blows, but was unable to significantly threaten Barthelemy. The judges scored the contest 76-75, 78-73 and 79-72. On a related note, an unidentified man hopped in the ring to confront the referee about alleged repeated low blows on the part of Robles that went unchecked. The man was escorted from the ring by security.
Sergey Kovalev snared the NABA light heavyweight championship from Douglas Otieno, earning a second round knockout over the Kenyan. A couple of big uppercuts hurt Otieno in the final frame. The official time of the stoppage was 2:39.
In a one sided drubbing, Badou Jack shredded Timothy Hall with a TKO at 1:39 in the second round. After a relatively uneventful first round, Jack turned on the gas early in the second round. A right hand connected sharply to Hall’s face to signal the beginning of the end. After recovering from a left hook to the body that sent him to the mat, Hall was flattened with a right hook that landed firmly on the face.
In a four round heavyweight attraction, Razvan Cojanu (1-1) earned his first win with a unanimous decision victory over Kourtney Boden (3-3). Scores were 40-36 across the board.