By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Undefeated heavyweight Deontay Wilder (29-0, 29 KOs) extended his unbeaten and knockout streaks when he annihilated former world heavyweight champion Sergei “White Wolf” Liakhovich (25-6, 16 KOs) in the first round on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. A single right hand left Liakhovich writhing on the canvas. Time was 1:43.
In a good action clash between undefeated junior lightweights, Francisco “El Bandito” Vargas (17-0-1, 13 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over southpaw Brandon “The Untouchable” Bennett (16-1, 7 KOs). Despite a bad cut over his left eye, Vargas brought the fight to Bennett and was a deserving winner by scores of 99-91, 99-90, 98-92. Bennett was accompanied to the ring by Adrian Broner who was rapping into a mic the whole way.
Unbeaten junior middleweight Jermall “The Hitman” Charlo (15-0, 11 KOs) dominated Antwone Smith (23-5-1, 12 KOs) before knocking him down with a right hand to the head. Smith was wobbly when he got up and the bout was waved off. Time was 2:23 of the second round. Smith seemed drained after failing to make weight and coming in at 159. He was fined 20 percent of his purse for coming in heavy.
2008 U.S Olympian jr lightweight Gary Russell Jr. (22-0, 13 KOs) of Capital Heights, Maryland dominanted Juan Ruiz (23-12, 7KOs) as he won a unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout unanimously 100-90, Gary Russell Jr. remains undefeated as he improves his record to 23-0, 13 KOs.
Former USC Football tight end turned heavyweight Gerald Washington (8-0, 5 KOs) scored a devastating knockout over Jerry Forrest (7-0, 6 KOs). A right hook knocked out Forrest as referee Ray Corona waived the bout at 1:32 of the second round.
Undefeated lightweight Jamie Kavanaugh (14-0-1, 6 KOs) took less than a minute to knock out Antonio Meza (29-12-1, 21 KOs). A crunching body shot sent Meza to the canvas as referee Ray Corona reached a ten count 59 seconds of the opening round.
In the opening bout from the Fantasy Springs Event Center in Indio, California, lightweight Robert Easter (5-0, 5 KOs) won by second round knockout over Lowell Brownfield (11-9-1, 4 KOs). A left hook to the body dropped Brownfield as referee Ray Corona stopped the contest 38 seconds into round two.
Making their pro debuts, local lightweights Allen Nevarez of Indio and Rigoberto Hermosillo went the distance. A short right hand by Rigoberto Hermosillo dropped Nevarez in round three as Rigoberto Hermosillo went on to win a unanimous decision as the judges scored it 39-36, 39-36 and one judge had it 38-37.
Middleweight Juan Gonzalez (7-0, 4KOs) of Phoenix won a unanimous decision over Lehson Sims 5-14, 3KOs. Gonzalez was dominant as all three judges scored it 40-36.