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24 MAY 2018

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Off-TV Results From the MGM Grand In Las Vegas

By Sean Wippert ( ringside: Junior lightweights Francisco Vargas and Abner Cotto took the main event’s slogan of “Toe To Toe” to heart in their bout. Both men came out swinging at the opening bell and never stopped. They took turns hitting and defending through every frame of their ten round bout.


If there was one that was getting the better of the exchanges it would have to have been Vargas. The Mexico City fighter constantly pressured his opponent and oftentimes drove Cotto backward with his offense. Cotto did, however, find ways of turning Vargas back with shots of his own from time to time.


In the end, it was a combination of constant pressure from Vargas and a slightly winded Cotto that made all the difference. When the final bell sounded the judges saw it the same way, awarding the win to Vargas with score of 97-93, 97-93 and 96-94. With the hard fought win Vargas remains undefeated, improving to 19-0-1 with13 knockouts. The tough battle awards Cotto only second professional loss as he falls to 17-2 with 8 knockouts.


Super bantamweight Joseph Diaz gave a dominating performance in his five round victory over Jovany Fuentes. The fighter from South El Monte, CA began slowly but ended fiercely. Fuentes held his own but was ill equipped to handle the offensive barrage from his opponent. The fight was officially stopped at the 2:59 mark of the fifth round. With the win Diaz remain undefeated, improving to 9-0 (7). The painful loss moves Fuentes to 5-4 (4).


In Junior welterweight action, St. Louis’ Keandre “The Truth” Gibson overpowered Antonio Wong. Although he started out decently in the opening round, Wong was pounded through most of the bout. He eventually succumbed to a hard series of shots in the fourth round. The fight was officially stopped at the 1:51 mark of the stanza by referee Russell Mora. With the stoppage Gibson remains undefeated, moving to 9-0-1 (4). With the loss Wong drops to 11-8-1 (6).


Light heavyweight Steve Lovett started off the night with a knockout win over Tijuana, Mexico fighter Francisco F. Molina. With the win the Australian Lovett improves to 8-0 (6). Molina falls to 2-3 (2).



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