WINTER PARK, FLA. - Juan Carlos Payano (17-0, 8 KOs) defeated Rau'shee Warren (13-1, 4 KOs) by 12-round split decision in the debut of PBC: The Next Round on Bounce TV.
Further televised action featured the first round of a four-man super welterweight tournament. In the first bout John Jackson (20-2, 15 KOs) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Dennis Laurente (49-6, 30 KOs).
The second televised bout featured a hard-hitting scrap that saw Jorge Cota Lugo (25-1, 22 KOs) defeat Yudel Jhonson (17-2, 9 KOs) by a 10-round unanimous decision.
Jackson and Cota Lugo will now meet at a later date.
Here is what the fighters had to say Sunday following their bouts:
JUAN CARLOS PAYANO
"I feel strong. Every now and then he hit me with something that affected me, but I feel good.
"All of the cuts on my face are from headbutts.
"Warren is one of the best in this division, but there are lots of other good fighters in this division. I'll fight any of them.
"I think the decision was fair.
"I don't think we'll do a rematch with Warren next, but my manager will decide."
"The one judge had it heavily for me, so I don't know what was up with the others. I think the point deductions really hurt me. (Payano) said I hit him while he was down and it cost me.
"He was strong in the first four or five rounds, but then I figured him out.
"I want a rematch. I'll be back strong."