By Francisco Salazar
When the fight was made between junior middleweights Ishe Smith and Ryan Davis, it was not a question who would win the fight, but more so on when the fight would end.
To no one's surprise, the fight ended early and painfully for Davis.
Smith knocked out Davis in the second round of a scheduled 10 round bout inside The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
The bout headlined an eight-bout Golden Boy/ Mayweather Promotions card and was televised live on Fox Sports One and Fox Sports Deportes.
Smith was scheduled to fight Erislandy Lara on Friday night, but Lara backed out of the fight when the opportunity to fight Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on July 12th came up.
Davis entered the fight on Friday night having lost four out of five bouts and his best days way behind him.
From the opening bell, Smith overwhelmed Davis, repeatedly landing hard combinations to the head. Davis was not visibly hurt, but it looked like he was one or two punches away in a sequence from getting dropped to the canvas.
Smith continued to back Davis down in the second. Towered the end of the round, Smith landed a hard combination that dropped Davis to the canvas. Davis made no real effort to get up, watching referee Jay Nady count him out at 2:59.
Smith, from Las Vegas, NV, goes to 26-6, 12 KOs. Davis, from Granite Hills, Il, falls to 24-14-3, 9 KOs.
Lightweight Mickey Bey won a 10 round unanimous decision over Alan Herrera.
Bey controlled the fight in the first half of the fight, repeatedly landing left hooks to the head of Herrera. Undaunted, Herrera attempted to attack Bey's body in the hope of taking his legs away.
With each passing round, Herrera would connect more. He would hit pay dirt in the seventh round when he dropped Bey with a left uppercut to the head. Bey was able to survive the round.
Sensing he was down in the fight, Herrera pressured his attack in the eighth round. He was winning the round until he ran into a right hand by Bey that stunned him. Herrera was able to make it out of the round. Bey controlled the action in the final two rounds, staying away from Herrera, but countering him to the head with right hands.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Bey, 98-92, 98-92, and 97-92.
Bey, from Las Vegas, NV, goes to 20-1-1, 10 KOs. Herrera, from Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, drops to 32-6, 21 KOs.
Jesus Cuellar successfully defended his interim world featherweight title by winning a 12 round unanimous decision over Rico Ramos.
The southpaw Cuellar dropped Ramos near the end of the first round with a straight left to the head. Ramos was able to make it to the bell to end the round. Cuellar would walk Ramos down during most of the first half of the fight, repeatedly landing left crosses to the Ramo's head. Ramos tried to counter with right hands to the head. Some would land, but Ramos would wait too long, allowing Cuellar to initiate first and often.
There were times where Cuellar landed behind the head of Ramos. During one exchange in the eighth round, Cuellar landed a right hand behind the head as Ramos turned around, prompting referee Kenny Bayless to deduct a point from Cuellar.
Ramos had to deal with a cut over his right eye, but he looked lethargic and tired in the last few rounds. While he would sometimes miss, Ramos came on aggressively, landing more hooks and crosses to the head.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Cuellar, 116-110, 117-109, and 114-112. Boxingscene.com scored the bout 117-109 in favor of Cuellar.
Cuellar, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, improves to 24-1, 18 KOs. Ramos, from Los Angeles, Calif., drops to 23-4, 12 KOs.
Bantamweight and three-time United States Olympian Rau'shee Warren won a one-sided and sloppy 10 round unanimous decision over Martin Alvarado. Warren (11-0, 3 KOs) dropped Alvarado with a counter left hand to the head in the second round. Both fighters spent a lot of time grappling and fouling each other during most of the bout. In the fifth round, each fighter was deducted a point by referee Robert Byrd. Warren was deducted a point for hitting Alvarado low, while Alvarado (7-3, 6 KOs) was deducted a point for hitting Warren in the back of the head. Warren continued to control the action, even dropping Alvarado again in the ninth round with a body punch. All three judges scored the bout 99-88 in favor of Warren.
Lightweight Robert Easter, Jr. won an eight round unanimous decision over Carlos Cardenas. The taller Easter (10-0, 8 KOs) controlled the action by being busier. Cardenas (20-8-1, 13 KOs) began landing with more frequency in the third round and stunned Easter in the fourth round with a right hand. Easter was able to swing momentum in his favor, initiating exchanges, increasing his punch output, and landing to the body. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Easter, 79-73, 79-73, and 80-72.
Junior welterweight and 2012 United States Olympian Jamel Herring stopped Rogelio Casarez in the second round of a scheduled six round bout. The much-taller and stronger Herring (8-0, 5 KOs) rained down the harder punches on top of Casarez. Herring threw in spurts and did not use his jab to keep Casarez (6-2, 3 KOs) from getting inside his guard. In the second round, Herring stunned Casarez with an uppercut. Casarez tried to hold on, but was unable to keep Herring off of him. Herring continued to land a barrage of punches until referee Vic Drakulich stepped in and stopped the bout at 2:22.
Lightweight Raynell Williams won a one-sided four round unanimous decision over Joshua Arocho. Williams (4-0, 3 KOs) almost dropped Arocho with hard shots to the body. The shorter Arocho (3-9-4, 2 KOs) did little to engage with Williams, throwing one punch at a time and looked like he was in survival mode from the third round on. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Williams.
Super welterweight Javonte Clark knocked out Miguel Rico in the first round of a scheduled four round bout. Clark (2-0, 2 KOs) landed a right cross that dropped Rico to the canvas. Rico (2-6-1) remained on the canvas as referee Jay Nady counted him out at 25 seconds.