Former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (38-2, 33 KOs) of Mexico simply overpowered Orlando Cruz (16-2-1, 7 KOs) in route to a third round KO win on Saturday night at the Auditorio Plaza La Condesa in Mexico City, Mexico. The official time was 2:37 seconds, Ponce De Leon won the vacant WBC Latino featherweight title with the stoppage victory. In his biggest career win to date, unbeaten welterweight Lucas Martin Matthysse (26-0, 24 KOs) stopped former world champion Vivian Harris (29-4-1, 19 KOs) by way of 4th round TKO. The official time was 2:44.
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Ponce De Leon stalked Cruz from the opening bell landing at a very high rate with lunging straight lefts and hard lead lefts to the body. Both fighters are southpaws and crashed heads on multiple occasions. Though it appeared incidental the referee deducted a point from Cruz in round one for a headbutt. Round two was a near mirror image of the first round with exception of Cruz landing a few more punches. In round three, Ponce De Leon trapped Cruz in the corner where he here caught him with a left to the head, left to the body, and a left right to the body and Cruz crumpled to the canvas. Cruz immediately looked over to his corner shaking his head as to say he had enough which apparently he did as he stayed down while the referee counted him out.
As expected by their reputations as punchers, it didn’t take Matthysse and Harris long for the action to heat up. Round one was a fairly close affair with each feeling each other out and landing occasional shots but nothing heavy. In round two, Harris landed a hard right that snapped the head back of Matthysse and possibly won him the round. In round three, however, the tide turned as Matthysse ripped the body of Harris and hurt him with a good mix of overhand rights and uppercuts as the round closed out. Matthysee went after Harris in round four from the beginning, again working the body hard and landing a hard over hand right that shook up Harris. Immediately after this the referee stopped the fight which appeared very premature. Harris and his team protested the stoppage but to no avail. Though the stoppage seemed very premature it did appear that it was a matter of time before Matthysse was going to finish him off. Harris landed some punches of his own as evidenced by the badly swollen right eye of Matthysse but he was definitely getting the worse of it in terms of physical punishment.
In another notable bout, undefeated junior welterweight Pablo Cesar Cano (18-0-1, 15 KOs) scored a first round knockout victory over Marcos Valdez (7-6, 5 KOs).