Via Ken Hissner: At Gila River Arena, in Glendale, AZ, Saturday, Showtime promoters Sampson Boxing, TGB Promotions, PBC Promotions and Showtime featured former WBC World Super Middleweight champion David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez stopping the former IBF Middleweight champion 2nd ranked David Lemieux in the third round for the WBC Interim World Super Middleweight title.
In the main event, former WBC Super Middle Champion No. 1 ranked WBC Champion David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez, 26-0 (23), #166 ¼, of Phoenix, AZ, stopped former IBF Middle champion and WBC 2nd place David Lemieux, 43-5 (36), #166 ¼, of Montreal, Quebec, CAN, at 1:31 of the third round of 12 scheduled rounds, for the WBC Interim Super Middleweight title.
In the first round, Lemieux started to show aggression until Benavidez cornered him at the last minute knocking out dozens of unrequited punches, it looked like referee Harvey Dock might be able to stop it.
In the second round, Benavidez beat Lemieux with a left hook to the chin for a count of 8. He was about to shoot back Benavidez. It didn’t last long before Benavidez was allowed to land on the body and onto the head.
In the third half, it was all in Benavidez’s favor when Lemieux took a clever corner to block the fierce attack.
Super Welter WBA 6th place nampaw Yoelvis “La Joya” Gomez, 6-0 (5), #156 ½, of Havana, Cuba and Las Vegas, NV, easily beating nampaw Jorge “Demonio” Cota, 30-6 ( 27), #156 ¾, by Los Mochis, Sinaloa, MEX, more than ten boring innings.
In the first round, both boxers swung to the bell, with Gomez landing left on Cota’s chin. Gomez is the son of former WBC Cruiser champion Juan Carlos Gomez. In the second round, Gomez let Cota fight the rope most of the time.
In the third round, Gomez injured Cota, sending him into what could be called knockdown ropes but then threw him down because referee West Melton didn’t warn him. Gomez repeatedly landed a strong kick to the chin to keep Cota’s leg.
During the fifth and sixth rounds, hands to the side, back into the corner allowed Gomez to get to him while not returning enough fire and less grounding from both fighters until the final punch landed. of Gomez, a left hand on Cota’s chin. In the seventh inning, Gomez injured Cota for the first time with a jab to the chin, sending him into the corner.
In the round of 16, Gomez took down what is rare in the round, with Gomez able to lead Cota into the corner without even launching a punch. Cota’s corner threatened to stop the fight between rounds if he didn’t show them something. Cota moved around the ring in the ninth round, throwing little and backing into corners or leaning on ropes without being hit.
In the tenth and final inning, Cota seemed to just want to survive as he moved around the ring, throwing rarely when Gomez followed him. In the end, the fans booed, which they should have done.
Scores are all 100-90, same with this writer.
Featherweights Luis “The Twist” Reynaldo Nunez, 17-0 (12), #126, of Puerto Plata, DR, and Reading, PA, beat nampaw Jonathan “Diamante Zurdo” Jonathan Fierro, 13-1 (12), # 125 , of Guadalajara, Jalisco, MEX, more than ten innings.
It turned out to be a slugfest in the last minute of the first inning, with Nunez already close to one inning. In the second round, at the age of 18, Fierro was cut off the side of his head and Nunez in the left eyebrow due to an accidental collision with the head.
Both bombed with few landings, with Fierro having the upper hand in the third inning. In the fourth round, at the last minute Nunez shot a pretty strong right into the body, injuring Fierro.
Between the fifth and seventh rounds, there were more head-to-head clashes, with both mainly fighting inside, with Nunez winning all three rounds.
In the ninth round, the lack of ground punches continued. In the 10th and final round, both were warned by referee Tony Zaino for heading. Nunez seemed to be the winner without doing much until the final round, letting it all work out.
The scores of all three are 96-94, so is this writer.