Canadian welterweight champion Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett routed previously undefeated Emmanuel Robles, last night as seen live on CBS Sports. It was the main event of Roy Jones Jr. Promotions’ “Knockout Night at the D” in downtown Las Vegas. Claggett was the aggressor throughout and landed an array of straight right hands to control the action. He hurt Robles with several body shots and almost had him out in the final round to punctuate the win. After ten rounds two judges had the bout 98-92 for Claggett while the third judge had the fight egregiously scored 96-94 Robles. With the victory Claggett picked up the vacant WBA-NABA USA super lightweight title in his first foray into the light welterweight division.
The “Knockout Night at the D” co-main event was an absolute barnburner as the relentless, non-stop punching machine that is undefeated junior middleweight Neeco ‘The Rooster’ Macias walked down and battered previously undefeated Rolando Garza in five torrid rounds. Macias jumped all over Garza like white on rice in the opening round and the fighters exchanged at a ridiculous pace. Somehow Macias was able to keep it up with each of the ensuing rounds and Garza, while game, eventually tired. Two massive right hands by ‘The Rooster’ to open round five were the beginning of the end. Macias finally dropped his man toward the end of the round and referee Jay Nady didn’t like what he saw and stopped the bout. With the win Macias captured the vacant USNBC super welterweight title.
In the opening bout of the CBS Sports broadcast, local Las Vegas welterweight Jeremy ‘J-Flash’ Nichols remained undefeated and handed a rugged Steve Belmontes his first pro loss via four round decision. The crafty southpaw Nichols lead with a well-placed jab and dominated all four rounds.
Meanwhile, WBA middleweight world titlist Danny Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) made violent and easy work of Sergio Mora (28-4-2, 9 KOs) in their grudge-rematch in Reading, Pennsylvania, as seen live on Premier Boxing Champions. Jacobs was in control the whole way this time, dropping Mora five times, including knockdowns in round four and five, and three more in the seventh to end the match.
The PBC undercard saw a battle between unbeaten lightweights for the vacant IBF world title with Robert Easter Jr. (18-0, 14 KOs) nabbing a 12 round split decision over Richard Commey (24-1, 22 KOs). It was a great fight, much better than the main event with fast-paced action from the opening bell. Commey’s power was a huge factor but as the fight progressed Easter’s more accurate shots were the difference. In round eight Commey scored a knockdown and in the final round Easter almost got the stoppage. Great fight! Scores were 115-112 and 114-113 for Easter, and 114-113 for Commey.
In Toronto, top-rated Canadian cruiserweight Denton Daley captured the vacant Commonwealth cruiserweight title at the Info Tech Centre with a ninth round TKO of Sylvera Louis. After building up an early lead, Daley was in control down the stretch and in round nine dialed up the punishment.
The end came in the form of a series of deadly right hands that laid Louis out stiff on the canvas in a knockout reminiscent of the evening’s co-promoter Lennox Lewis’s stoppage of Razor Ruddock back in 1992.
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