WBC #1 and WBO #3-rated middleweight Marco Antonio Rubio (53-5-1, 46 KOs) stayed busy as he continued his long wait for a world title shot with a fifth round TKO over tough guy Matt “The Predator” Vanda (44-14, 24 KOs) on Friday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The big-punching Rubio’s hard shots had busted up the game Vanda by round four and referee Kenny Bayless stepped in to stop it in the fifth with Vanda under heavy fire. Time was 2:42.
Undefeated knockout artist John Jackson (12-0, 11 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over previously undefeated Keandre Leatherwood (9-1, 6 KOs) in a fight for the vacant WBC Youth light middleweight title. The bout was waved off by referee Robert Byrd with Leatherwood taking heavy fire. Time was 1:31.
Unbeaten featherweight prospect Javier Fortuna (18-0, 13 KOs) dropped veteran Miguel “Mickey” Roman (37-89, 28 KOs) early in the bout, but was forced to go the whole ten, winning by scores of 96-92, 96-91, 97-90. Fortuna claimed the WBC silver intercontinental belt.
Welterweight Azael “Turbo” Cosio (13-1-2, 10 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over game Ronnie “The Natural” Warrior Jr (13-6-1, 4 KOs) in a clash for the WBC Latino belt. Warrior was down in round one and twice in round six. His corner stopped the bout after round six.
In a clash of unbeaten jr middleweights, Samuel Rogers (11-0, 6 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Jamar Freeman (9-1-2, 5 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC FECARBOX belt. Time was 2:10.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Badou Jack (9-0, 8 KOs) needed just 2:27 to demolish Adam Collins (10-5, 7 KOs) in round one. Collins down twice.
In a six-round female super featherweight clash, southpaw Laura “La Poeta del Ring” Serrano (17-4-3, 6 KOs) and Ela “Bam Bam” Nunez (10-11-2, 2 KOs) boxed to a draw. Scores were 59-55 Serrano and 57-57, 57-57.