WBC super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka (39-4-3, 24 KOs) impressively pounded out a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over former two-division champion and fan favorite Rafael Marquez(40-7, 36 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Nishioka broke open a competitive fight with a strong finish to win by scores of 117-111, 115-113, 116-112.
Impressive U.S. debut for unbeaten WBA light flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (30-0, 25 KOs), who scored a frightening second round KO over Omar Soto (22-9, 15 KOs) to retain his world title. An uppercut from the big-punching Chocolatito put Soto down for ten, and more at the :36 mark.
In a stunning upset, super bantamweight Jose Angel Beranza (34-21-2, 26 KOs) upended the previously unbeaten Christopher Martin (23-1-2, 6 KOs) via split decision. Beranza was the aggressor throughout the ten round affair, continuously pushing forward when the San Diego fighter mounted offense. The judges scored the bout 93-97, 98-92 and 96-94 for Beranza.
Unbeaten super bantamweight prospect Jesse Magdaleno (6-0, 4 KOs) scored a demolition of Isaac Hidalgo (8-8-2, 1 KO). The one-sided contest was stopped at the end of round one by Hidalgo’s corner.
Undefeated Japanese fighter Yoshihiro Kamegai (19-0)made his U.S. debut a successful one as he scored his 17th knockout of his professional career over Hector Munoz in the sixth round. Kamegai landed power shots from the outset and overwhelmed Munoz — who took the fight on four days notice — throughout the bout. Smelling blood in the water, Kamegai put his foot on the gas in the sixth round and continuously leveled Munoz with power shots until referee Tony Weeks made the save at the 1:39 mark.
In a six round super middleweight bout, Hiromitsu Miura upended the game Hector Hernandez and scored a unanimous decision victory. Miura was effective from the outside and beat the game, yet outclassed, Hernandez to the punch. Scores were 60-54 and 58-56 (twice).
Carlos Linares (9-1, 8 KOs) needed just 1:15 to stop Kevin Riding-In (3-3-1, 0 KOs) in middleweight action. An early left hook sent Riding-In to the mat and he never recovered. After picking himself off the canvas, Riding-In was subjected to an onslaught of uncontested body and head blows prompting the official to stop the fight.