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21 MAY 2018

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Crawford, Flores Brothers’ Wins Highlight Vegas Undercard


Mike Sloan – The undercard of the HBO-televised Erislandy Lara-Vanes Martirosyan battle was an entertaining, if not unpredictable one. It was loaded with young prospects throughout the country and each of the favored fighters won their respective fights inside the LaFite Ballroom in the Wynn Las Vegas.


Unbeaten lightweight contender Terence Crawford took his time against Sidney Siqueira, but he eventually got the job done. The two paced themselves from the start, but Crawford was always a pinch better and faster. Siqueira was able to withstand much of the Omaha fighter’s power and hung tough with the favored Crawford throughout. However, Crawford landed a crippling left hook mid-flurry which sent Siqueira crumbling to the canvas, out cold. Referee Robert Byrd stopped his count midway through and waived it off. The official time of the KO came at 2:47 of the sixth round, allowing Crawford to improve to 19-0 with 15 KOs. Siqueira, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, now stands at 16-7-1 with 8 KOs.


Super lightweight prospect Eric Flores had to earn a unanimous decision the hard way because opponent Daniel Calzada was much tougher than expected. The two tore into each other for the first two rounds, but once fatigue sat in, Flores boxed well and countered beautifully from the outside. A left hook that floored Calzada in the fourth more than sealed the win for the Inglewood, Calif. Fighter, who won via scores of 40-35 (twice) and 40-36. With the win, Flores improved to 5-1-1 (1) while Calzada, from Denver, Colo. dipped to 4-6-2 (1).


The heavyweight matchup between local kid Brett Rather and Avery Gibson was a spirited, entertaining affair for the entire four-round duration. The two were extremely busy from the start and fought in a virtual phone booth throughout the fight, but Rather was a step ahead of his opponent. In the end, it was Rather who did more and landed the cleaner, more effective shots and won a majority decision by the scores of 38-38 and 39-37 (twice) to rise to 2-0. Gibson, from Los Angeles, dipped to 0-2-2.


Philadelphia’s Jesse Hart remained unbeaten by dismantling the hopelessly out-gunned Joshua Meyers and stopping him in the third. After two rounds of tearing into the tough Torrance, Calif. Fighter, Hart finally ended the super middleweight bout with a loopy overhand right. The punch sent Meyers to the canvas, which prompted referee Russell Mora to stop the contest. Meyers wasn’t out cold or even badly rocked but he had taken so much abuse up to that point that Mora halted it. The official time of the TKO came at 2:01 of the third, allowing Hart to rise to 4-0 with 4 KOs. Meyers fell to 1-1.


Super lightweight prospect Anthony Flores improved to 3-0 with his second career knockout by stopping Mexico City’s Luis Hernandez in the third round. A loopy left hook caught Hernandez coming in and the punch badly wobbled him. Hernandez (1-1, 1 KO) tried to recoup his bearings, but Flores, from Inglewood, Calif., was all over him, landing several unanswered blows. Finally referee Kenny Bayless had seen enough and stopped the action. The official time of the TKO came at 1:03.




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