In an important WBC heavyweight eliminator, WBC #1 Ray “Rainman” Austin (28-4-4, 18 KOs) scored a fourth round stoppage of #9 DaVarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson (26-6, 22 KOs) on Saturday night on the non-televised undercard at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Williamson rocked Austin in round one with a series of right hands. Austin, however, turned the tide in round four with a big right uppercut on the chin to knock down Williamson. Williamson barely beat the count, but referee Russell Mora waved it off.
Unbeaten welterweight “King” James De La Rosa (20-0, 12 KOs) cruised to a ten round unanimous decision over Lenin “Volcano” Arroyo (20-11-1, 4 KOs). De La Rosa dropped Arroyo with a body shot in round six and was credited with a second knockdown in round eight by referee Jay Nady, although it was more of a trip. Arroyo showed a lot of heart to finish strong over the last two rounds. Scores were 100-88, 100-88, 99-94.
Heavyweight Bermane Stiverne (18-1-1, 17 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over 276lb Jerry Butler (8-7-1, 8 KOs). Referee Kenny Weeks stepped in to end it with Butler being battered on the ropes. Time was 1:34.
WBA #3 welterweight Nelson Linares (19-0-1, 12 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Archak “Shark Attack” Termeliksetian (16-8, 13 KOs).
RAY AUSTIN VS. DAVARRYL WILLIAMSON
RAY AUSTIN–(When asked what happened in the first round, Austin said) “DaVarryl was whuppin’ my ass in the first round. I appreciated it. He came to fight with no fear and no giving up. He came at me like a Mac truck. He forced me to tighten up my defense because I couldn’t get caught like that again. He’s no soft puncher. He’s a real heavyweight. When he came at me early, he kept his head high, so it was hard to find him. Later on, he dropped his head coming in to bring some action. That’s when I tagged him with the right upper cut, left hook, with the right hand behind it that ended the fight. I want another shot at a world title. I want Vitali Klitschko.”
DAVARRYL WILLIAMSON–“I absolutely felt that I could keep going and that the referee stopped it a little quick. I need to stay off the canvas. It is hard to plead your case, when you are down. I know I could have gone on.
(When asked if he thought it was over in the first round, after he rocked Austin) “Everybody thought it was over in the first round, including me. I caught him with the right hand. It was a one-two. I thought I was going to throw a few more punches and finish him. When that didn’t come, I went back to my strategy. Then I got caught. I really wish the referee would have let me continue the way he let Ray continue after I dropped him in the first round. I would love to fight him again.”
NELSON LINARES VS. ARCHAK TERMELIKSETIAN
LINARES—“I was thinking I was winning from the first round. I started very slow because I didn’t have much of a chance to warm up. After the second round, I started to get control of the fight and by the third round I was dominating. I knew I had him.”
BERMANE STIVERNE VS. JERRY BUTLER
STIVERNE—“I felt good tonight because I was dedicating my performance to my brother, Emmanuel. I lost him last May. He was just 25. He had just graduated from Graceland University in Iowa. He was a receiver on the football team. He was headed for an NFL tryout, when the driver of his car fell asleep and was involved in an accident, where my brother lost his life. I tried to win every round for my brother and I did. I feel as though I am improving. I look forward to stepping up the competition in the future.”
KING JAMES DE LA ROSA VS.LENIN ARROYO
DE LA ROSA—“I got 10 rounds in. There were some good hard punches. I got some real good work.”