In a WBC super welterweight eliminator, top contenders Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (32-0-1, 20 KOs) and Erislandy “El Oro del Guantanamo” Lara (17-1-2, 11 KOs) battled to a nine round technical decision draw on Saturday night in the Lafite Ballroom at Wynn Las Vegas. Martirosyan was the aggressor and had success early while Lara was starting to turn the tables. A head clash 26 seconds into round nine left Martirosyan with a bad cut over his left eye and the bout was sent to the scorecards. Scores were 86-85 Martirosyan, 87-84 Lara and 86-86. The winner was to be the mandatory challenger for Canelo Alvarez, so a rematch is likely.
Undefeated #1 featherweight contender Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia (30-0, 26 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over former WBA featherweight champion Jonathan “Yoni” Barros (34-4-1, 17 KOs). A left hook dropped Barros and Barros told referee Robert Byrd he didn’t want to continue. Time was 2:24.
Highly regarded super bantamweight prospect Jesse Magdaleno (12-0, 9 KOs) scored an impressive first round KO over Jose Silveira (12-9, 4 KOs). Magdaleno blasted Silveira to the deck with a rapid-fire barrage of punches at 2:59.
Super middleweight Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez (5-0-1, 1 KO) scored a nice second round TKO over Rudy Puga (3-1, 3 KOs). Hernandez dropped Puga in rounds one and two. Time was 1:52.
In heavyweight swing bout action, Brett Rather scored a decision victory over Avery Gibson. The high drama in the slow, four round tilt was the reading of the score cards. The judges scored the contest 38-38, 39-37, and 39-37 for Rather, who improves to 2-0. Gibson will return to the drawing board in search of his first win with an 0-2-2 record.
Lightweight Terence Crawford (19-0) remained unbeaten while claiming his 15th knockout victim with a 6th round TKO over Sidney Siqueira (16-7-2). The end came in violent fashion as Crawford doubled and tripled up on his jab and cut loose a right hand and a left hook that sank Siqueira’s battleship and Robert Byrd called the fight at the 2:47 mark.
In an entertaining firefight, super lightweight Eric Flores earned a unanimous decision victory over Daniel Calzada in a four round super lightweight bout. Although dominant, a late knockdown by Flores sealed Calzada’s (4-6-2) fate as the judges’ scorecards read 40-36 and 40-35 (twice).
Jesse Hart (4-0, 4 KOs) flattened Joshua Meyers (1-1, 0 KOs) in the third round of their super middleweight bout. A clipping right hand sent Meyers to the mat in the third. Referee Russell Mora didn’t bother to make the count, waving the fight off immediately. Time of stoppage was 2:01. Hart is the son of Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, the highly-rated Philadelphia middleweight contender of the late ’60s and early ’70s.
Super lightweight Anthony Flores stopped Mexico, City, Mexico fighter Luis Hernandez at 1:03 of the third round in the night’s opening undercard bout. A series of unanswered punches near the ropes forced referee Kenny Bayless to call a halt to the contest. With the win, Flores moves to a perfect 3-0 with two KOs while Hernandez is all even at 1-1.