Super featherweight contender Diego Magdaleno enjoyed a rare early night's work, stopping Hevinson Herrera in three rounds Saturday evening at Events Center in Pharr, Texas.
The action was never expected to be competitive - Herrera's record already suggested a showcase appearance for Magdaleno. The night turned out to be an even easier night's work for the heavy favorite, as Herrera was under siege from the opening bell.
Magdaleno came dangerously close to ending the fight in round two. A flurry of left hands along the ropes had Herrera in trouble late in the round, but managing to remain on his feet. He wasn't as lucky in round three, when consecutive left hooks to the body put Herrera down and out.
The official time was of round three.
Magdaleno improves to 27-1, 11KOS. The bout was his first since in May, when he scored an eight-round decision over Oscar Bravo on the non-televised undercard of Juan Manuel Marquez' points win over Mike Alvarado. The super featherweight contender has now won four straight since the lone loss of his career, dropping a competitive split decision to then 130 lb. titlist Roman Martinez last April in Macau, China.
The bout aired live on UniMas in the United States.
Chris Avalos kept alive a mandatory title shot in 2015 with a 4th round walkover knockout win over Jose Cena Torres.
Brad Solomon remained unbeaten after scoring an eight-round decision over Eduardo Flores (19-16-3, 13KOs), though the milk is on the verge of going stale in regards to the 31-year old welterweight's career progress. Scores were 80-72 across the board in favor of Solomon (24-0, 9KOs), who continues to nibble around the ages in the most lucrative division in the sport.
Egor Mekhontsev has yet to see the 4th round of a pro fight, a streak that continued in his undercard appearance in Texas. The 2012 Olympic Gold medalist from Russia scored his 6th knockout in as many fights, stopping Jinner Guerrero (7-3, 6KOs) inside of two rounds.
Next up for Mekhontsev (6-0, 6KOs) is an undercard appearance on a Nov. 28 show in Moscow, facing an opponent to be determined in support of a welterweight headliner between Ruslan Provodnikov and Jose Luis Castillo.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox