By Ryan Maquiñana, Rick Reeno and Ernest Gabion at ringside, Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.
PETER QUILLIN-JASON HEHOULLIER
In a one-sided beating, rising middleweight contender Peter Quillin (25-0, 19KOs) punished Jason LeHoullier (21-6-1, 8KOs) for five rounds before the Lehoullier's corner threw in the towel to end the slaughter at 1:38 of the fifth.
GARY RUSSELL JR.-ERIC ESTRADA
Featherweight prospect Gary Russell Jr. (17-0, 10KO) won an easy one-sided eight round decision over Eric Estrada (9-2, 3KOs). All three judges scored it 80-71. The fight was as one-sided as you can get, with Russell landing many of his punches at will and boxing the ears off Estrada.
RONNY RIOS-NOE LOPEZ
California prospect Ronny Rios made quick work of of former Mexican Amateur standout Noe Lopez dropping him initially with a bodyshot then finishing him off with a right hang to the head forcing his corner to come in and stop the fight at 1:12. Rios impressively now moves to 15-0 (7KOs) while Lopez drops below .500 at 8-9 (5KOs).
BRYANT JENNINGS-THERON JOHNSON
Heacyweight prospect Bryant Jennings (9-0, 4KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Theron Johnson. The scores were 60-53, 59-54 and 60-53. Johnson was down in the fourth round and the fight probably should have been stopped in the inside the distance.
JAMES KIRKLAND-ALEXIS HLOROS
In his continued comeback James Kirkland showed some of the fire that made people believe in his future in stopping Alexis Hloros. Hloros looked as if he would not make it out of the first as an onslaught of punches dropped him twice before the bell rung. The 2nd round was much of the same as Kirkland jumped on Hloros stopping him at 25 seconds of the round. Kirkland moves to 29-1 (26KOs) while Hloros drops to 15-4-2 (11KOs)
JAMIE KAVANAGH UD6 MARCOS HERRERA
With Freddie Roach in his corner, Irish lightweight prospect Jamie “The Nuisance” Kavanagh put his offensive repertoire on display in a six-round unanimous decision over Marcos Herrera. Almost right away, the Hollywood-based Kavanagh, 135.5, peppered the stationary Herrera, 135.5, with a stiff left jab and a variety of four and five-punch combinations, almost scoring at will to dominate the first round.
In the second, Herrera aimed to mix it up inside by throwing the one-two, but Kavanagh was more than willing to exchange in close quarters, switching to a body attack and a double left hook. Herrera had a much better go of it in the frame, but seemed to land one shot for every three of the Irishman’s.
Round three started with Herrera plodding forward in hopes of bullying Kavanagh on the ropes, and it was momentarily effective as he dug a left hook to the body. But Kavanagh proved too elusive, circling to his left away from his assailant and reverted to using his effective left jab. The toe-to-toe action then returned, with both fighters landing meaningful punches. For Herrera, it was the counter right uppercut, and for Kavanagh the counter left hook.
Kavanagh opened the scoring in the fourth with a sneaky left hook that landed cleanly. Herrera fired back with a looping right over the top that found its mark. Kavanagh, seemingly more confident as the fight progressed, was more willing to lower his hands as he looked for an opening. Herrera now switched his attack with a lead right hand, but it found Kavanagh’s gloves. Suddenly, Kavanagh unleashed a flurry punctuated by a left hook that hurt Herrera, following it up with a variety of shots that buckled Herrera’s right leg. Kavanagh now muscled his foe into the ropes, touching Herrera anywhere he could in hopes of prompting referee Russell Mora to wave it off. Three straight left hands from Kavanagh almost accomplished the deed, but to his credit, the gritty Herrera refused to tumble and threw a couple of right uppercuts in defiance to close an exciting round.
The Irishman looked to finish what he started in the previous round by sitting on a one-two that barely missed its target. Herrera tried to re-establish his jab, and for a time. However, the Colorado native’s punches had lost their sting, and Kavanagh found him less and less harder to find. Even when Herrera backed up his opponent, Kavanagh found a way to bounce a one-two off the back foot. He then followed it up with an overhand right as the two traded once more to end the stanza.
The final round was anti-climactic. Herrera, who had to know he trailed by a large margin by this point, gathered enough energy for one last barrage. Herrera landed with a stinging lead right to the ribcage, but could not follow it up with anything substantial. Of course, going for broke opened him up for retaliation, and Kavanagh obliged him with an overhand right that clipped him. Herrera seemingly found a second wind and charged forward again, forcing the two into an inside battle. However, Kavanagh danced on his toes and used his lateral movement to evade Herrera before one last engagement before the final bell.
Dick Houck scored the bout 59-54, Duane Ford 60-54, and Tim Cheatham 60-53, all in favor for Kavanagh. The 21-year-old moves to 8-0, 3 KOs.
Herrera, of Arvada, Colo., drops to 6-6-1, 2 KOs.
JOSIAH JUDAH MD6 RAFAL JASTRZEBSKI
Brooklyn-based Josiah Judah, whose older brother Zab fights in tonight’s main event, toughed out a six-round majority decision victory over Rafal Jastrzebski. The theme for Jastrzebski, 166, early on was pressure, and the native of Bydgoszcz, Poland, landed the tail end of a double left hook that got the attention of Judah, 163. Jastrzebski followed the Brooklynite around the ring for the majority of the round. Judah, for his part, found a home for his overhand right, but the round should have gone to Jastrzebski based on volume alone.
The second round was much like the first, with the Pole coming forward. While it wasn’t necessarily effective pressure, Judah finally landed a right hand over the top, but it did not hurt his opponent, who continued to press him at every opportunity.
After the lackluster stanza, the Judah connected on a double left hook, which would be a sign of things to come. His plan now seemed to be centered on catching Jastrzebski walking in, and the Brooklynite was finally able to time the Pole’s advances, and while Jastrzebski grazed his foe with a lead straight right to end the round, the third was undoubtedly Judah’s.
The fight turned ugly in the fourth, as a lack of activity from both fighters contributed to some subpar action. Among the few highlights of the round were Judah catching the charging Pole with a one-two that stopped him in his tracks, and a clubbing right from Jastrzebski when he got Judah on the ropes.
Jastrzebski tried to turn the tide in the fifth, pushing a double jab forward that found air. If at first you don’t succeed, try again, and a second assault from the Pole finally yielded results on the scoreboard. However, Judah weathered the strike and continued to counter the Pole repeatedly in another uneventful round.
The sixth and final round was emblematic of the last five frames of the bout. Judah landed a counter right uppercut and left hook as he slid to his left away from the trudging Pole. Judah then hammered home another right uppercut. Jastrzebski threw yet another telegraphed lead right that got lost on the way to its destination, as he just could not muster a string of power punches together to change the complexion of the bout. The Pole attempted in vain for a home run swing, and that endeavor was unsuccessful as the final bell tang. Judah’s offense wasn’t exactly electric, but it was clean and effective enough to win.
Jerry Roth saw it 58-56 and Ricardo Ocasio had it 59-55 for Judah, which overruled C.J. Ross’s 57-57 tally.
Judah jumps to 10-1-1, 2 KOs; Jastrzebski falls to 4-7, 1 KO.
Tags: James Kirkland , Peter Quillin , Ronny Rios , Gary Russell Jr.