By Francisco Salazar and Edgar Gonzalez at ringside
In an all out war filled with spectacular exchanges, Marcos Maidana (26-1, 25 KOs) of Universum Box-Promotion scored a brilliant sixth round KO over hometown favorite Victor Ortiz (24-2-1, 19 KOs) to claim the interim WBA super lightweight title on Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Ortiz dropped Maidana during a wild exchange during round one, but was immediately floored in return by Maidana. Ortiz dropped Maidana twice at the end of round two. But Maidana hung in and turned the fight around with a huge round five, cutting Ortiz and continually rocking him with his right hand. Maidana went on the attack immediately in the sixth, flooring Ortiz again and the bout was stopped. Time was :46.
Middleweight Craig McEwan (16-0, 9 KOs) won an eight round split-decision over Darnell Boone (16-11-2, 6 KOs). The taller McEwan controlled most of the action in the fight, until Boone came on in the final round, landing hard shots. One judge scored the bout 77-75 for Boone, while the other two judges scored the bout for McEwan 77-75 and 79-73.
Lightweight Adrian Broner (10-0, 7 KOs) stopped William Kickett (15-2, 5 KOs) in the sixth round of a scheduled eight round bout. Kickett had his moments early in the fight, but Broner controlled most of the exchanges. Broner dropped Kickett at the end of the fourth with a left hook to the head and ended matters with another left hook to the head in the sixth. Referee Jose Cobian counted Kickett out at 2:58 of the round.
Fighting as Junior Middleweights, Sergio De La Torre (11-11-3, 1 KO) and Jaime Orrantia (11-23-5, 3 KOs) fought to a four round majority draw. Scores were 39-37 for De La Torre, while the other two judges scored the bout 38-38.
Lightweight Mike Perez (3-0-1, 2 KOs) won a workmanlike four round unanimous decision over Thomas Herrera (2-2-1). The more-polished Perez at times had his hands full with Herrera’s aggressive style. Herrera staggered Perez in the final moments of the last round, but Perez was able to hold on. Scores were 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37 for Perez.