Errol Spence Jr.-Shawn Porter live undercard results
Before welterweight world titleholders Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter meet to unify belts at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, many good fights will take place on the undercard.
Anthony Dirrell puts his WBC super middleweight world title on the line against David Benavidez and Mario Barrios faces Batyr Akhmedov for the vacant WBA “regular” junior welterweight belt.
On the opening bout of the pay-per-view event, former welterweight title challengers Josesito Lopez and John Molina Jr. meet in a 10-round battle.
Josesito Lopez vs. John Molina Jr., 10 rounds, welterweights
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Guerrero wins wide decision over Thomas
Former two-division world titleholder Robert Guerrero continued his comeback with a lopsided unanimous decision over Jerry Thomas in a welterweight fight.
Guerrero won 99-91, 99-91 and 98-92 to notch his third win in a row since coming out of a 17-month retirement in December.
Guerrero (36-6-1, 20 KOs), 36, a southpaw from Gilroy, California, was pushed by the scrappy Thomas (14-2, 8 KOs), 30, of St. Mary’s, Kansas, but had little trouble. He carried most of the action against the awkward Thomas, who fought hard and never stropped trying to compete. Thomas seemed to rattle Guerrero multiple times in the ninth round with right hands to the head but Guerrero shook it off and closed with a strong 10th round, including landing an uppercut that stunned Thomas.
After Guerrero lost three fights in a row, including a third-round knockout to Omar Figueroa Jr. in July 2017, he retired. But now he is hoping to eventually get another shot at a world title.
Spencer destroys Gambardella
Junior middleweight Joey Spencer, who Premier Boxing Champions officials consider one of their best prospects, pummeled Travis Gambardella, knocking him down three times en route to a third-round TKO victory.
Spencer (9-0, 7 KOs), 19, of Linden, Michigan, did as he pleased during a dominant first round. Late in the round, he hurt Gambardella (5-1-2, 2 KOs), 29, of Revere, Massachusetts, with a right hand, then dropped him with a left to the body. Gambardella barely beat the count and was down again moments later from another hook to the body.
Spencer continued to do damage in the second round, landing a brutal onslaught of punches punctuated by a left hook that dropped Gambardella for the third time. Gambardella took more hard shots through the rest of the round but fired back enough that referee Ray Corona, who was looking closely at stopping the fight, let him continue.
As Spencer continued to have his way in the third round, Corona intervened and waved off the bout at 53 seconds.
“I saw my shots coming in hard and he had already been down three times,” Spencer said. “The ref was trying to make sure there wasn’t another tragedy in the sport of boxing. I feel like I did what I needed to do. I felt like this was my best opponent yet.”
Valenzuela wins again
Unbeaten junior lightweight Jose Valenzuela (5-0, 2 KO), of Mexico, drilled Charles Clark (2-5-1, 1 KO), of Dallas, in a first-round knockout victory. Valenzuela nailed Clark with a heavy right hand that dropped him along the ropes. He was very shaky as he attempted to get up, and referee Gerard White waved off the fight at 1:06.
Rodriguez dominates Maddox
Super middleweight Misael Rodriguez (10-5, 4 KOs), a 2016 Mexican Olympic bronze medalist, laid a beating on Brandon Maddox (7-3-1, 5 KOs), of Dallas, until his corner pulled him out of the fight after the end of the third round.
Maidana wins in Round 1
Junior welterweight Fabian Maidana (17-1, 13 KOs), the younger brother of former welterweight and junior welterweight world titlist Marcos Maidana, blew away journeyman Ramses Agaton (21-11-3, 11 KOs), of Mexico, in the first round. Maidana scored three knockdowns before referee Thomas Taylor stopped the fight at 2:07. Maidana rebounded from suffering his first defeat, a 10-round decision to Jaider Parra in January.
Lopez outpoints Garcia
In an all-Dallas featherweight bout, Juan Antonio Lopez (15-7, 6 KOs) outfought Fernando Garcia (12-2, 7 KOs) to score the upset. He won 79-73, 79-73 and 77-75 in an action fight in which he got the better of most exchanges.
Lawson KO’s Zavala
Junior middleweight Leon Lawson III (12-0, 5 KOs), of Flint, Michigan, knocked out Alan Zavala (15-6, 13 KOs), of Mexico, in the second round of their scheduled eight-rounder. Lawson, the cousin of super middleweight titleholder Anthony Dirrell, dropped Zavala in the second round and referee Thomas Taylor counted him out at 2:27.
Olvera uspets Rashidi
Welterweight Alfonso Olvera (11-7-3, 4 KOs), of Mexico, upset Amon Rashidi (7-1, 5 KOs), of Dallas, in a one-sided fight. Olvera outhustled Rashidi and outpunched him throughout the bout to win 79-73, 79-73 and 78-74.
Brooks stops Valdez
Dallas light heavyweight Burley Brooks (4-0, 4 KOs) easily disposed of Fabian Valdez (3-6, 0 KOs), of Mexico, in a fight that had no remote aspect of competition. Brooks dropped Valdez four times with left hooks to the body before the fight was waved off at 2:25 of the first round.
Still to come:
Title fight: Anthony Dirrell vs. David Benavidez, 12 rounds, for Dirrell’s WBC super middleweight title
Title fight: Mario Barrios vs. Batyr Akhmedov, 12 rounds, for vacant WBA “regular” junior welterweight title
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