By Chris Cozzone at ringside
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Unbeaten boxing superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) defended his WBC welterweight belt with a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Southpaw Guerrero didn’t come out as aggressive as expected and Mayweather landed a few pot shots in round one. Slow pace in round two where neither did much. Mayweather connected with some lead rights in round three. Mayweather repeatedly beating Guerrero to the punch in round four. Mayweather’s right continued to pick Guerrero apart while Guerrero was unable to apply meaningful pressure. Guerrero was cut over the left eye in round eight, motivating Floyd to become more aggressive. Floyd continued to put rounds in the bank until round twelve when he mostly stayed out of range. Scores were 117-111 on all cards.
Unbeaten two-division world champion Abner Mares (26-0-1, 14 KOs) scored dethroned WBC featherweight champion Daniel Ponce de Leon (44-5, 35 KOs) by ninth round TKO. Not the all action fight people expected. Mares dropped Ponce de Leon at the end of round two then mostly put on a boxing clinic before dropping the champion again in round nine. Mares then finished Ponce de Leon with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:20.
Former IBF super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (24-0-1, 14 KOs) scored an explosive fifth round KO over former two-time WBA super flyweight champion Alexander “Explosivo” Munoz (36-5, 28 KOs). Cruz knocked down Munoz in round three and punished him in round four and battered Munoz to the deck again in round five before Munoz’ corner stopped it. Time was 1:05.
In a grudge match, rising middleweight J’Leon Love (16-0, 8 KOs) survived a sixth round knockdown to win an unpopular split decision over recent world title challenger Gabriel Rosado (21-7, 13 KOs) in a battle for the vacant NABF middleweight title. Rosado dropped Love with a right hand at the end of round six and rocked him in round nine, but in the end Love was ahead 97-92, 95-94 on two cards. Rosado was up 95-94 on the third card.
Super middleweight Ronald Gavril (4-0, 3 KOs) halted Roberto Yong (5-7-2, 4 KOs) with a barrage of punches in round three.
Super middleweight Luis Arias (5-0, 3 KOs) won a six round majority decision over DonYil Livingston (8-3-1, 4 KOs) by scores of 57-57, 58-56, 58-55.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Badou Jack (14-0, 10 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Michael Gbenga (16-8, 16 KOs).
Unbeaten super middleweight Lanell Bellows (4-0-1, 4 KOs) stopped Matt Garretson (2-1, 1 KO) in round four.