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Photos: James DeGale Returns With a Knockout Win

Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California - To open the night of fights at Citizens Business Bank Arena, former world champion James DeGale (25-2-1, 15 KOs) defeated Fidel Moterrosa (39-19-1, 31 KOs) via third round KO. (photos by Luis Meija).

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Brandon Figueroa (17-0-0, 12 KOs) knocked out Oscar Escandon (25-5-0, 17 KOs) in an action-packed 10-round super bantamweight bout live on FS1 and FOX Deportes.

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Both Figueroa and Escandon picked up the pace early as they went toe-to-toe battling in an entertaining fight from the first bell. Figueroa, who typically fights at a distance, wanted to make a statement that he isn't afraid to fight on the inside. An accidental head butt caused a large cut over the left eye of Figueroa, as blood poured the remainder of the fight. The combatants continued to throw high volumes of punches throughout the bout, but Figueroa remained more accurate and active as Escandon did his best to stay strong. In the tenth and final round, Figueroa sealed the win with a powerful combination that ended in a right upper cut to Escandon's chin, sending him to the canvas rendering him unable to stand at minute 1:42.

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The co-main event saw British Silver Medalist Joe Joyce (6-0, 6 KOs) make his U.S. debut in a heavyweight fight domnation against Iago Kiladze (26-4-0, 18 KOs) of Georgia. Thirty seconds into the second round, Joyce sent Kiladze through the ropes with a flurry of right hands. Kiladze recovered and fought back, surviving the remainder of the round. He entered the third throwing everything he could, but Joyce hit him with a hard hook to the body forcing him to the canvas again. The fight ended in the with 41 seconds to go in the fifth round as Joyce landed a hard left hook to Kiladze's body knocking him out.

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Also featured on the card was fast-rising star Joey Spencer (5-0, 5 KOs) of Union City, Calif. Against Cory Macon (0-3-0) of Durham, NC in a four-round middleweight bout. The 18-year-old Spencer, with dreams to become the youngest American with a world title, went to work immediately, going to the body of Macon. He continued to attack the body, but with a hard left hook, he sent Macon to the canvas, ending the fight just inside round number one at minute 2:36.

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Efe Ajagba (7-0-0, 6 KOs) faced Nick Jones (7-1-0, 5 KOs) of Okmulgee, OK in a six-round heavyweight fight that didn't even last one round. With a hard right hand, Ajagba sent Jones to the canvas with a devastating knockout in 2:25 of the first.
 
In a televised swing bout, young prospect Jose Balderas (5-0-0) of Santa Maria, Calif. was tested by Mexican Ivan Martino (3-3-0, 3 KOs) in a bantamweight, but was able to get his shots off, connected with several left hooks to Martino's body.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Kannabis Kid on 10-01-2018

Lmao Degale fought a lightweight at light heavyweight and it still took him 3 rounds to get him out of there this guy is beyond done his best win is over a mental midget in Andre Direll and even in…

Comment by Sparked_26 on 10-01-2018

[QUOTE=Randall Cunning;19156779]Dude has taken the hard fights though and hasn't improved his position one bit. He's OK in the Haymon world of this fights worth $3mil lets give them half each. In the UK where the division is thriving he'll…

Comment by Randall Cunning on 10-01-2018

[QUOTE=KTFOKING;19156782]Got it, though not sure what this site being owned by CBS means exactly. Unless they got a direct source to Espinoza, which is possible. That's why I asked if he is a boxing journalist or not.[/QUOTE] Ive never been…

Comment by Marvlus Marv on 10-01-2018

Geesh, that's a big crowd. 15, 20 punters? How the mighty have fallen.

Comment by KTFOKING on 10-01-2018

[QUOTE=Randall Cunning;19156700]I have no idea tbh. But youd have thought hed have a direct line to the truth. The quote from the thread was along the lines of "several journalists have reached out to PBC to find out if Chavez…

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