By Mariano A. Agmi and Matt Richardson at ringside
WBO jr. featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (28-0, 25 KOs) dethroned WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano (37-2-1, 15 KOs) with an impressibe seventh round TKO on Saturday night at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City. Juanma slowly and methodically broke down Luevano, finally flooring him in the seventh. Referee Benji Estevez at the :44 mark, not allowing Luevano to continue.
WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa,, (17-0, 15 KOs) destroyed IBF #7/WBO #10 Rogers Mtagwa (26-14-2, 18 KOs) in two rounds. Gamboa simply outclassed Mtagwa, florring him once in the first and twice in the second before the bout was waved off by referee Steve Smoger. Time was 2:35. In the previous fight, Mtagwa nearly upset Juanma Lopez, but he was never in the fight tonight.
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“Ireland’s” John Duddy made an impressive return to Madison Square Garden, annihilating Juan Astorga in round one. The inaptly nick-named “Aztec Warrior” took a knee a minute into the first round after Duddy (28-1, 18 KOs) bounced a right hand off his head. A left hook to the body a few seconds later dropped Astorga (14-4-1, 9 KOs) again, and this time referee Wayne Kelly waived off the bout at 1:55 seconds of round one.
Fringe junior middleweight contender Pawel Wolak (26-1, 17 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Ishmail Arvin (15-2-4, 7 KOs). Judges scores: 80-72, 79-73 (twice). There were no knockdowns.
In a jr. welterweight bout, Green Lawn’s Chris Algieri outpointed James Hope by scores of 59-55 and 59-55 (twice), over six rounds. Hope (4-4, 4 KOs), from Rock Hill, SC, gave Algieri a tougher time than expected, bloodying Algieri’s nose and right eye with straight right hands in round three. However, Algieri roared back with a dominant round five, staggering Hope in the final seconds of the round with a huge left hook during an exchange. Another powerful combination in the final round sealed the fight for Algieri, who improved to 10-0 (5 KOs).
Unbeaten bantamweight Jorge Diaz (11-0, 7 KOs) annihilated Tommy Atencio (4-4, 2 KOs) in round one. Atencio was down twice. Time of the stoppage was 1:27
Unbeaten light heavyweight Will Rosinsky (10-0, 6 KOs) won a four round unanimous decision over Markas Gonzales (7-3, 4 KOs).
Welterweight Tommy Rainone improved to 12-3 (3 KOs), winning a four round unanimous decision against Mexico City’s Gerardo Prieto (6-8-1, 0 KOs). Southpaw Rainone boxed effectively, landing accurate counterpunches against his aggressive rival, dropping Prieto with a counter left hand in round 2. Alan Rubensteinscored the bout 40-35 while Waleska Roldan and John McKaie each saw it 39-36.
In the opening bout of the night, cruiserweight Carlos “El Flaco” Negron (7-0, 5 KOs) used his considerably longer reach and superior work rate to outpoint Garrett Wilson (7-3, 2 KOs) by unanimous scores of 60-54. While the shorter Wilson landed effective left hooks to the head early on, Negron employed a long left jab to set up big right hands and left hooks to the body to take control of the fight from the third round on.