By Jeff Zimmerman and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Unbeaten former WBO lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (32-0, 27 KOs) clinically took apart Juan Manuel Lopez (33-3, 30 KOs) before stopping him in round four on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 5,605 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Garcia drew first blood when he dropped Juanma with a straight right hand in round two. Juanma didn’t seem to have good balance as Mikey continued to break him down in round three. Mikey finally connected again with a big left hook to floor Lopez again in round four and referee Raphael Ramos waved it off. Time was 1:35. Garcia, who lost his title on the scale Friday, rehydrated to 142, while Lopez weighed 137.5. Garcia, who paid a $150,000 penalty to Lopez, attributed missing several days of training to his not making the weight. He was undecided on whether to stay at 126 or move up to 130.
Unbeaten lightweight Terence Crawford (21-0, 15 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Alejandro Sanabria (34-2-1, 25 KOs). Another impressive performance by Crawford, who pounded Sanabria to the body the whole fight, then finished with a left to the head. Time was :17.
Two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez (6-0, 5 KOs) scored TKO in round two over Gil Garcia (5-5-1, 1 KO). Valdez boxed well early on in the opening round and in round two he connected with a right hand that dropped Garcia. Shortly after he got up, Valdez landed a devastating right hand that rocked Garcia’s head back followed by a series of punches as referee Laurence Cole stops the contest at 2:32 of the second round.
Welterweight Mikael Zewski (20-0, 15KO) dominated the durable Damian Frias (19-8-1, 10KO) over 8 rounds to win a unanimous decision. If you bottled up round 1 and round 8 you may have the making of a classic. Zewski came out on fire in the 1st round throwing combinations to the head and body of Frias. It was a right, left shot to the body that eventually put Frias on the canvas. Frias survived the round. From rounds 2-7, it was much of the same. Zewski was trying desperately to score the knockout, but Frias just would not go down. Frias actually mounted a late comeback as he became much more aggressive as the fight wore on. In the final round, Zewski and Frias exchanged big bombs and at one point it appeared Frias may have hurt Zewski. Both fighters continued to fight to the final bell, but Zewski clearly threw the harder punches throughout the fight. The scores read 77-74 on all 3 judges’ scorecards.
After a slow start by middleweights Ossie Duran (27-11-2, 10KO) and Matt Korobov (20-0, 12KO) had the fans booing, Korobov decided he had heard enough when he landed a left hook to Duran’s head that put him on the canvas late in the 2nd round. Durand got back to his feet and covered up as the round ended. Korobov took that confidence into the third round and started to land combinations to the head and body of Duran. Korobov saw an opening to the body and landed devastating left hooks that may have been kidney shots that finished the fight. Duran could not get to his feet as Referee Robert Chapa called it off as Korobov came out with the knockout victory. The time was 51 seconds of the 3rd round of the scheduled eight. Korobov has yet to taste defeat as a pro and showed with his power that he could be a fighter to watch in the middleweight division.
Former amateur starsuper bantamweight Tony Lopez (4-0, 2KO) attacked Jonathan Hernandez (1-3-1, 1KO) for 3 rounds throwing multiple combinations and landed at will but appeared he would have to settle for a dominating 4 round decision. However, Lopez had other thoughts on his mind. Lopez continued to press the action and send Hernandez across the ring but this time on the end of a vicious combination, Lopez landed a short overhand left that sent Hernandez violently into the ropes and out. Several doctors flew into the ring to make sure Hernandez was ok and it appeared he was. Lopez comes out with his 2nd KO at 33 seconds of the final round and gained a lot of fans in the process of his young career.
Former 2004 U.S. Olympian and undefeated super welterweight Vanes Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21KO) used his superior skills to dominate the game but clearly overmatched Ryan Davis (24-11-3, 9KO). Martirosyan stalked Davis around the ring in the 1st round landing his combinations at will on Davis. Davis seldom threw a punch. By the 2nd round it was just a matter of time as triple straight rights first staggered Davis and by the third one put him down but not quite out. Davis slowly got to his feet and again welcomed a right hook that had him back on the canvas. Davis’ corner had seen enough and signaled to Referee Neal Young that their fighter had taken enough punishment and called for the stoppage.
Dazzling welterweight prospect John Karl Sosa (7-0, 5KO) of Puerto Rico threw punches from all angles to outclass Ramon Alejandro Pena (7-3, 5KO) and knock him out at 1:54 of the 2nd round of the scheduled six rounder. In just about 5 minutes of fight time, Sosa landed every punch in the book from beautiful combinations, to straight lefts and an occasional upper cut. It was actually a left hook to the body that finished off Pena for good in the 2nd round. Pena made no attempt to get up as Referee Neal Young threw up his hands to say Pena was done.
In an entertaining battle to open the Juanma vs. Mikey headliner in Dallas, Texas, super middleweight Kurtiss Colvin (9-3, 3KO) dropped Angel Sigala (8-4, 2KO) in the 1st and 4th round, before finishing him off in the 5th round with combinations before Referee Robert Chapa had seen enough and waived the fight finished. Colvin after Sigala from the opening bell and within the 1st minute sent Sigala to the canvas for the first time. Southpaw Sigala came back later in the round and was starting to land some combinations of his own that put Colvin on his heels. By the 3rd and 4th round it was back and forth action, before Colvin landed a left hook that dropped Sigala for the 2nd time and tried to finish him off before the bell landed. Colvin went right after Sigala to start the 5th round, before the referee called a halt at 2:38 of the scheduled 6.