By Jake Donovan
Emmanuel Robles preserved his unbeaten record following a one-sided 4th round stoppage victory over second-generation boxer Pipino Cuevas Jr. in their CBS Sports Network-televised headliner Friday evening in Tucson, Arizona.
The bout was intended to be a showcase for Robles, but unexpectedly upgraded to main event earlier in the week. Hanzel Martinez and Prosper Ankwah were supposed to headline in an intriguing battle of super bantamweights. Those plans were scrapped when Martinez was badly injured in a car accident while en route from Mexico to Arizona.
That left fans with what was a mismatch on paper and perhaps even more so in the ring.
Cuevas Jr's most redeeming quality throughout his pro career is that he is the son of Pipino Cuevas, a fearsome puncher in the 1970s and a former long-reigning welterweight titlist who is now enshrined in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
As the son's of many far more famous fathers have found out in this generation, the family name will get you in the door but the rest is entirely dependent upon talent.
With that, Cuevas Jr. literally provided a notable name for the resume of Robles, a talented southpaw from San Diego who has taken the proper steps during the prospect stage of his career. For the second straight time, he was matched versus boxing royalty, having last October scored a 2nd round knockout of Leon Spinks III, the grandson of former heavyweight champ Leon Spinks.
Friday's affair was every bit as lopsided although requiring just a little more time to get the job done. Robles was pronounced in his attack while giving the fans a good glimpse of the skilset he brings to the table for fights that will threaten to provide a more competitive edge.
His power has remained a question mark, but now has a second straight stoppage win on his ledger. The beginning of the end came late in round three, when Cuevas Jr. hit the deck hard after being trapped along the ropes. He beat the count and made it to the bell, but Robles had knockout on his mind and forced that very result with a barrage in the early portions of round four, with the referee rescuing a defensless Cuevas Jr. (17-16-1).
The official time was 0:25 of round four.
Robles rolls to 15-0-1 (5KOs), picking up his second consecutive early win after going the distance in each of his past five starts.
Unbeaten super featherweight Randy Moreno was merciless in battering Christopher Turton into submission after just one round of action. The bout was originally slated for Saturday in Moreno's hometown of Las Vegas, but was moved up one day and to this card where fresh bodies were needed. Moreno (3-0, 2KOs) wasn't at all affected by the schedule shift, dropping Turton (1-3) twice in the opening round before his opponent's corner opted to stop the contest in between rounds.
Keenan Carbajal picked up his sixth consecutive victory after stopping badly faded ring veteran Lorenzo Trejo inside of two rounds. Carbajal (11-2-1) - a super featherweight fighting just two hours from his Phoenix hometown - was in control from the beginning, scoring an opening round knockdown and two more in the 2nd round. The final knockdown of the bout promoted referee Rocky Burke to wave off the action without a count, coming at 2:21 in round two.
Well established amateur Edgar Ramirez enjoyed a successful pro debut, beating on fellow debutant Jesus Santamaria in a 1st round knockout win. Ramirez (1-0, 1KOs) scored two knockdowns, the latter forcing a stoppage on the spot at 1:13 of round one of the heavyweight televised opener.
Jake Donovan is the managing editor of BoxingScene.com. Follow his shiny new Twitter account: @JakeNDaBox_v2