A non-title featherweight bout between four-division world champion and current WBO bantamweight Jorge Arce (60-6-2, 46 KOs) and Jesus Rojas (18-1-1, 13 KOs) ended in a no decision. Arce dropped Rojas almost immediately, but Rojas finished the round strong. Arce couldn’t continue in round two after a low blow followed by a shot to the back and a final punch on the ear left him disoriented. Time :09.
In a clash for the vacant IBF welterweight title formerly held by Andre Berto, former two-division champ #2 rated Randall Bailey (43-7, 37 KOs) scored a spectacular eleventh round KO over previously unbeaten #1 rated Mike Jones (26-1, 19 KOs). What looked like a great fight on paper failed to materialize for the first nine rounds as Jones was very careful to avoid Bailey’s big right hand and appeared to be headed to a lackluster decision. However, Bailey finally connected in round ten and put Jones on the deck just before the bell. Bailey then absolutely leveled Jones with an uppercut in the eleventh to end it. Time was 2:52.
WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (10-0, 8 KOs) dropped Teon Kennedy (17-2-2, 7 KOs) five times en route to a fifth round TKO. The two-time Olympic gold medalist Rigondeaux dropped Kennedy in once in round one and twice in round two, again in round four and a last time in round five before the bout was waved off by referee Russell Mora. Time was 1:11.
Ernie Sanchez (13-3, 5 KOs) outboxed Wilton Hilario (12-3-1, 9 KOs) to earn a unanimous decision in featherweight action. Sanchez plastered Hilario in nearly every round, punishing the face and body against the ropes. While Hilario never appeared hurt, he was unable to muster much significant offense. The judges scored the contest 78-74, 78-74 and 79-73.
Mikael Zewski (15-0, 11 KOs) remained undefeated with a 3rd round knockout of John Ryan Grimaldo (8-2, 5 KOs). A third round barrage, punctuated by a left hook, from Zewski caused Grimaldo to take a knee and the subsequent 10 count. Time of stoppage was :59
Jesse Hart, son of Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, made his professional debut a successful one with a swift :33 TKO annihilation of Manuel Eastman. Hart roared out of his corner and ransacked Eastman (0-2) with power shots until referee Joe Cortez rushed in for the save.
In junior welterweight action, Andrew Ruiz (2-0) continued his winning ways with a unanimous decision win over hometown fighter Taylor Larson. Ruiz was in cruise control from the moment the bell rang, stinging Larson (0-3-1) with stiff jabs at will. The judges scored the contest 39-36, 40-35 and 39-36.