By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Chris Cozzone
In the latest chapter of the storied México-Philippines rivalry, former two-division world champion Nonito Donaire (26-1, 18 KOs) scored a spectacular second round knockout to take the WBC/WBO bantamweight titkes of reigning champion Fernando Montiel (44-3-2, 34 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 4,805 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. It was a left hook that put Montiel on the deck. Time was 2:25.
In a rematch of their exciting battle which took place in November, unbeaten WBO #2, WBA #3, IBF #3, WBC #4 welterweight Mike Jones (24-0, 18 KOs) won a clear twelve round unanimous decision over WBC #9, IBF #14 Jesus Soto-Karass (24-6-3, 16 KOs). This time Jones didn’t punch himself out early and issued Soto-Karass a controlled, methodical beating. By round three, Soto-Karass was cut over both eyes and Jones was in command. Soto-Karass showed a lot of heart, but by the later rounds his face was a bloody mask. Jones won by scores of 115-113, 116-112, 117-111. Soto-Karass has never been stopped. Jones retained his NABO, NABA, and WBC Continental Americas belts.
Unbeaten junior lightweight Mickey Bey (16-0-1, 8 KOs) got the first blemish on his record with a sixth round majority draw against Jose Hernandez (10-4-1, 4 KOs). Scores were 76-76 twice and 78-74 for Bey.
Welterweight Mark Melligan (21-2, 14 KOs) won a ten round decision over Gabriel Martinez (27-2-1-1, 14 KOs). Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 98-92.
Welterweight Yordenis Ugas (6-0, 3 KOs) outpointed Carlos Musquez (3-4-3, 3 KOs) over six rounds by scores of 60-54, three times.
Unbeaten super lightweight Mike Alvarado (29-0, 21 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO Over Dean Harrison (16-5, 5 KOs). No knockdowns; Harrison’s corner asked the referee to stop the fight and Harrison didn’t come out for the 5th.