By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr. at ringside
Photos: Mary Ann Owen/boxinginlasvegas.com
WBC interim super lightweight world champion Lucas Matthysse (33-2, 31 KOs) showed why he may be the most exciting fighter in boxing as he knocked Mike “The Silent Assassin” Dallas Jr. (19-2-1, 8 KOs) out cold in the very first round of their clash on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Matthysse landed a crushing right hand that left Dallas Jr. motionless on the canvas. Time was 2:26.
In an entertaining battle between jr middleweight sluggers, Jesus Soto Karass (27-8-3, 17 KOs) pounded out a ten round majority decision over Selcuk Aydin (23-2, 17 KOs). Scores were 97-93, 97-93, 95-95.
Unbeaten super welterweight Jermell Charlo (20-0, 10 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over Harry Joe Yorgey (25-2-1, 12 KOs). Charlo dropped Yorgey twice in round two and battered Yorgey until Harry Joe took a knee in round eight and referee Kenny Bayless waved it off. Time was 1:09.
Unbeaten Olympian jr middleweight Errol Spence (3-0, 3 KOs) destroyed overmatched Nathan Butcher (0-2) 63 seconds.
Unbeaten 2008 Mexican Olympian Francisco Vargas (14-0, 11 KOs) annihilated Ira Terry (26-11, 16 KOs) with a right hand in round two of a junior lightweight clash. Terry was unable to beat the count of referee Vic Drakulich. Time was 1:46.
Unbeaten super welterweight Julian Williams (11-0-1, 6 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Jeremiah Wiggins (10-2-1, 5 KOs). The bout was waved off at 1:05 when Wiggins’ corner threw in the towel. Wiggins was given a standing eight count in round four.
Unbeaten jr. middleweight Jermall Charlo (11-0, 6 KOs) defeated Joshua Williams (8-5, 5 KOs) when Williams’ corner threw in the towel at the close of the fifth.
Featherweight Juan Sandoval kept it entertaining but was soundly beaten by Julian Ramirez (7-0, 5 KOs) via unanimous decision. The scrappy Sandoval (7-12-1) was docked a point in the sixth round for after holding Ramirez’ glove. The judges scored the bout 59-53, 59-53 and 60-52.
Chad Bennett (31-4-3, 22 KOs) scored a resounding 3rd round KO over Ben Ankrah (17-12) in a scheduled ten round super welterweight attraction. Bennett’s power was simply too much for Ankrah as he dropped him in the second frame and finished the job at the :59 mark in the third.
Will Sands (3-0-2) and Herb Begay (0-0-2) may not be the most technically sound fighters around but they put on an entertaining back and forth four round middleweight bout that ended via draw. Both Begay and Sands had one another in trouble, Begay rocked Sands in the first and fourth while Sands nearly took out Begay in the third. In the end, scores were 39-37 Begay, 39-37 Sands and 38-38.