By Andreas Hale at ringside
In a clash for the WBO middleweight title vacated by Sergio Martinez, Dmitry Pirog (17-0, 14 KOs) scored a spectacular fifth round knockout over the previously unbeaten “Golden Child” Daniel Jacobs (20-1, 17 KOs). A right to the jaw laid Jacobs down and out. Time was :57.
In a clash of former world champions, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (28-1-1, 18 KOs) survived a tenth round knockdown to win a ten round unanimous decision over former mentor Joel Casamayor (37-5-1, 22 KOs) in a junior welterweight clash. Guerrero dropped Casamayor in round two Casamayor was alao deducted a point in that round. Guerrero was pretty much in charge en route to a 98-89, 98-89, 97-90 win.
Former two-division world champion Jorge Linares (29-1, 19 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Rocky Juarez (28-7-1, 20 KOs) in a lightweight matchup. Linares dropped Juarez in round five and went on to win by scores of 99-90, 99-90, 97-92.
In an IBF super middleweight eliminator, Contender Season 3 winner Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) was disqualified in the first round of his bout with Jean Paul Mendy (29-0-1, 16 KOs). Bika knocked down Mendy early in the fight, but while Mendy was still on one knee Bika knocked him out cold with an uppercut.
Unbeaten junior welterweight prospect Frankie Gomez (5-0, 5 KOs) needed just 2:14 to destroy Ronald Peterson (2-3, 2 KOs).
Unbeaten heavyweight Seth Mitchell (18-0-1, 12 KOs) destroyed Derek Bryant (20-6-1, 17 KOs) in 1:45 in the 1st round. The former Michigan State linebacker dominated from the start and annihilated Bryant with a barrage left hooks to the body before several left uppercuts forced the bout to be called to a halt.
Unbeaten super middleweight prospect George Groves (10-0, 8 KOs) defeated Alfredo Contreras (11-8-1, 5 KOs) via 6th round TKO (:48). Although Contreras was competitive, he was losing a one sided fight. Contreras wasn’t knocked down but referee Russell Mora had seen enough after Groves landed a hard two punch combination.
Lightweight Juan Manuel Montiel (6-3-1, 1 KO) dropped Mike Peralta (4-6, 1 KO) in round one, but had to go the full six for a 58-55, 58-55, 60-53 unanimous decision.