By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr. at ringside
Photo: Chris Cozzone
WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan (24-1, 17 KOs) won a twelve round firefight against WBA interim super lightweight titleholder Marcos Maidana (29-2, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. It looked like an early night when Khan dropped Maidana with two hellacious body shots at the end of round one. Khan punished Maidana further in round two, but the rock hard Maidana kept coming. Maidana was the aggressor in round three applying heavy pressure. Maidana was deducted a point by referee Joe Cortez for throwing an elbow in round five. Maidana was relentless and found a home for his uppercut in round seven. Khan rallied in the eighth as his speed and ring movement allowed him to avoid exchanges. Maidana got to Khan in the tenth and battered him all over the ring. It was a battle of attrition in the eleventh with fighters both having their moments. Maidana desperately went for the knockout in round twelve, but Khan weathered the storm. Scores were 114-111, 114-111, and 113-112.
In a clash of super lightweight contenders, WBA #1/WBC #5/IBF #3/WBO #1 Victor Ortiz (28-2-2, 22 KOs) and WBA #4/IBF #6/WBO #9 Lamont Peterson (28-1-1, 14 KOs) battled to a ten round majority draw. The stronger Ortiz was the aggressor while the quicker Peterson boxed beautifully from the outside. Ortiz was credited with two knockdowns in round three, but in the end scores were 94-94, 94-94 and 95-93 Peterson.
Welterweight Joan Guzman (31-0-1, 18 KOs) added another notch to his belt, dominating Jason Davis (11-8-1, 3 KOs) en route to a second round TKO via corner stoppage. Two illegal blows in the first seemed to sap all the energy from Davis who clearly wanted no parts of his unbeaten foe. When the second round started, Guzman immediately went on the attack, backing Davis into the corner. From there the Brooklyn fighter unloaded a series of right and left hands at will. Before the referee could intervene, Davis’ corner sent not one, but two towels flying into the ring to halt the carnage. The official time of the stoppage was :29.
Up and coming American heavyweight prospect Seth Mitchell (20-0-1, 14 KOs) scored a 5th round TKO over Taurus Sykes (25-7-1) in a scheduled 8 round bout. Mitchell dropped a fatigued Sykes with a grazing right hook in the 5th but it would be Sykes’ conditioning that would do him in as he fell to the canvas a second time without being hit and was unable to pull himself up off the canvas by the count of 10.
Super lightweight Sharif Bogere (18-0, 11 KOs) added another notch to his undefeated record, outboxing Chris Fernandez (19-11-1, 11 KOs) over the course of eight rounds en route to a unanimous decision. The judges all scored the bout 80-72.
Super lightweight Jamie Kavanagh (4-0, 2 KOs) steamrolled Jacob Thorton (2-2) and scored a quick TKO stoppage in the first round. A vicious combination ended with a shot to the body that floored Thorton at :44.
Jessie Vargas (13-0) kept his undefeated record intact as he out hustled Ramon Montano (18-8-2) en route to a eight round unanimous decision in super lightweight action. Scores were 78-74, 79-73 and 80-72 in favor of Vargas.
Middleweight Alfonso Blanco (2-0) defeated Gustavo Medina (1-3-1) via TKO at 2:45 in the third round.
Super bantamweight Randy Caballero (6-0) won a unanimous decision victory over Robert Guillen. All three judges scored the bout 40-35.