Fans are back in attendance in California, on hand to celebrate a ten-fight card spanning three separate Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) platforms.
Headlining the show—all of which airs live from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California—former unified heavyweight titlist Andy Ruiz (33-2, 22KOs) faces three-time title challenger Chris Arreola (38-6-1, 33KOs) atop a Fox Sports Pay-Per-View event.
Carlos Negron picked up his third consecutive win following an eight-round decision win over South Central’s Scott Alexander.
Judges Thomas Taylor (79-73), Alejandro Rochin (78-74) and Damian Walton (77-75) all ruled in favor of Negron, whose strong start set the tone in an entertaining heavyweight battle.
Negron brushed off occasional right hands from Alexander to serve as the aggressor for much of the bout. The 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian—who now fights out of Miami—hurt Alexander in round two, courtesy of a left hook along the ropes.
A brief momentum shift came late in round three, as Negron was rung by a counter left hook after peppering Alexander with jabs for much of the frame. Alexander looked to increase his work rate in round four, though the 6’6” Negron—who enjoyed a three-inch height advantage—was able to nullify his opponent’s attack and keep him in desired punching range.
Two-way action ensued over the back half of the fight. Alexander was able to work his way inside of Negron’s jab, connecting with left hooks and right hands. Negron struggled defensively but was able to make up for it with enough combinations to remain a step ahead in the fight and ultimately on the scorecards.
Negron improves to 23-3 (18KOs), having won his last three starts after suffering back-to-back knockout losses. Alexander falls to 16-4-2 (8KOs), ending a modest two-fight win streak.
Featherweight prospect Anthony Garnica maintained his perfect record following a four-round unanimous decision win over Jessi Bazzi in the event’s curtain raiser. Judges Sergio Caiz, Ron Scott Stevens and Damian Walton all scored the contest 40-35 in favor of Garnica, who returned following a 15-month layoff.
Oakland’s Garnica set the tone early, flooring Bazzi with a straight right hand in the opening round. The threat of a knockout resurfaced in round two, when Garnica connected with a left-right combination to snap back the head of Bazzi, who suffered a 5th round knockout loss just five weeks ago.
Action settled down, with Garnica—who shares a trainer with Ruiz in 2019 Trainer of the Year Eddy Reynoso—content to box his way to victory. The 21-year-old improves to 6-0 (3KOs) with the win.
The bout opened a three-fight livestream airing live on PBC on Fox’s YouTube channel.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox