Michael McKinson got back to winning ways after his defeat to Vergil Ortiz Jr in August as he claimed a six-round decision over Nicaragua’s Roberto Arriaza on the Billam-Smith-Xhojhaj undercard in Bournemouth.
McKinson, 28, had been unbeaten in 22 fights prior to being stopped by Ortiz in Texas as while he beat Arriaza clearly enough, the Nicaraguan gave him a good, solid workout. The Portsmouth fighter was sharper and built an early lead by picking Arriaza off, but as McKinson slowed after halfway, Arriaza came on strong and landed some decent shots when he tempted McKinson – who is the WBA’s No 15 welterweight - into an exchange.
Referee Chas Coakley scored it 59-55, giving Arriaza one round, presumably the fifth when he had his most success.
Lee Cutler recorded the best win of his career to date as he claimed a six-round decision over former world-title challenger Joel Julio at super-welterweight.
The Colombian, who now lives in Barcelona, was once a regular in world class and twice boxed for the WBO title – against Serhiy Dzyndzyruk and Alberto Angulo – although that was more than a decade ago. Now 37, Julio came into this off nine straight defeats.
Cutler pressured Julio for the whole six rounds. Julio showed a bit of ambition for the early rounds, but soon settled into a pattern and was happy to concede the round and work his way through.
Referee Sean McAvoy scored it 60-54 as Cutler boosted his record to 12-1.
Super-featherweight Mace Ruegg moved to 8-0 with a four-round decision over Jahfieus Faure, while debutant Harvey Lambert kicked off his pro career with a second-round stoppage of Sebastian Wojtan at super-welterweight.
Ron Lewis is a senior writer for BoxingScene. He was Boxing Correspondent for The Times, where he worked from 2001-2019 - covering four Olympic Games and numerous world title fights across the globe. He has written about boxing for a wide variety of publications worldwide since the 1980s.