By Anthony Springer Jr. and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photo by Chris Cozzone
In a super lightweight unification clash, WBC champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (24-0, 15 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round KO over newly reinstated WBA champion Amir “King” Khan (26-3, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Khan got off to a good start, but things changed when Garcia dropped Khan at the end of round three and continued batter Khan in fourth and after two more knockdowns the bout was waved off by referee Kenny Bayless. Time was 2:28.
In the evening’s co-main event super middleweight attraction, Fernando Guerrero (24-1, 18 KOs) scored a unanimous decision win over Jose Medina (17-11-1, 7 KOs). Guerrero came out aggressive in the opening round, working the right jab before dropping his foe with a straight left. The other nine frames were dominated by Guerrero, who consistently beat Medina to the punch. The judges scored it 100-89, 100-89 and 99-90.
In a super middleweight tilt, unbeaten J Love Leon (12-0, 8 KOs) looked like a super hero, blowing out Joseph De Los Santos (10-10-3, 4 KOs) in a one sided unanimous decision win. Love dropped the Puerto Rican twice in the opening round where the bell likely saved the fight from ending in a TKO win. De Los Santos was battered for the duration of the bout. All three judges scored the bout 80-70.
Unbeaten jr middleweight Phil Lo Greco (24-0, 13 KOs) made Brandon Hoskins (16-2-1, 8 KOs) look like he had no business in a professional boxing ring. Lo Greco wasted no time putting Hoskins on his back with a thunderous left hook moments into the bout. A second left hook found Hoskins staring at the canvas a second time. A pair of right hooks with the action resumed was all the referee needed to halt the bout at the 1:26 mark.
Lightweight Abner Cotto (14-0, 6 KOs) finished off Juan Manuel Montiel (7-6-3, 2 KOs) at 1:03 in the eighth round. Cotto landed a big right hand that put Montiel on the mat.
Lightweight Jamie Kavanaugh (11-0-1, 5 KOs) topped Paul Velarde (3-2-3, 0 KOs) via unanimous decision. The Hollywood, California fighter controlled the pace for the duration of the bout. All three judges scored it a shutout by way of 80-72.
Jr middleweight Daquan Arnett (5-0, 3 KOs) knocked out Eddie Cordova (3-3-1, 1 KO) in the second round round. Arnett battered Cordova from bell to bell and finished him off with a flurry in the second frame.