At the Bubble, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV, Top Rank – Bob Arum, presented over ESPN WBO World Welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford, of Omaha, NEB, stopped Kell “The Special One Special K” Brook, of Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK, in 4 rounds and in the co-feature rematch WBA World Super Flyweight champion Joshua “El Profesor” Franco, of San Antonio, was fortunate not to lose to Andrew “The Monster” Moloney, of Kingscliff, New South Wales, Australia., when he fought to a no-contest after 2 rounds of controversy by the NV Commission.
In the Main Event WBO World Welter champion Terence “Bud” Crawford, 37-0 (28), #146 ¼, of Omaha, NEB, stopped Kell “The Special One Special K” Brook, 39-3 (27), #147, of Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK, at 1:14 of the fourth round in a scheduled 12 rounds.
In the first two rounds Brook had an edge. Crawford turned southpaw near the end of the second round. In the third round Crawford stayed southpaw in order to take away the jab of Brook. In the fourth round Crawford hurt Brook with a jab on the eye driving him into the ropes causing an 8-count by referee Tony Weeks. Crawford jumped on him with a flurry of punches causing the referee to halt the fight.
In a rematch in the co-feature WBA World Super Fly champ Joshua “El Profesor” Franco, 17-1-2 (8), #114 1/2, of San Antonio, TX, and former World WBA Super Fly champ Andrew “The Monster” Moloney, 21-1 (14), #114 ¾, of Kingscliff, New So. Wales, AUST ended a no-contest after 2 rounds of a scheduled 12 rounds.
In the first round Franco suffered swelling on the right eyelid ruled an accidental clash of heads by referee Russell Mora though replay showed it was from a left jab. Moloney outworked Franco. In the second round Moloney continued to get the better of it. Referee Mora brought in the ring physician during the round to check the eye that was closed by the end of the round. Prior to the third the fight was stopped ruled a no-contest due to not going four rounds. Boxing Director Bob Bennett and Robert Byrd reviewing the fight claimed a head butt in the first round caused it. The three commentators showed there was no head butt. More controversy continues in Las Vegas!
Bantamweight Joshua “Don’t Blink” Greer, Jr., 22-2-2 (12), #118 ¾, of Chicago, IL, and Edwin Rodriguez, 11-5-2 (5), #118 ¾, of Juana Diaz, PR, fought to a majority draw over 8 action rounds.
In the first round it was all out inside fighting by both fighters. In the second round Greer’s nose bled a bit as Rodriguez kept the pressure on him in a give and take round. In the third round Rodriguez snapped back the head of Greer with a right a minute left in the round. In the fourth round the action continued with Rodriguez going to the body of Greer.
In the fifth round Rodriguez continued to outwork Greer. In the sixth round and seventh rounds Greer came back well with a body attack of his own. In the eighth and final round it was close with Rodriguez having an edge. The referee was Celestino Ruiz.
Scores were DeLuca and McKaie 76-7 6and Byrd 77-75 for Rodriguez as did this writer.
Middleweight Tyler “Hercules” Howard, 19-0 (11), #161 ¼, of Crossville, TN, defeated KeAndre Leatherwood, 22-8-1 (13), #161 ¾, of Tuscaloosa, AL, scoring a knockdown over 8 rounds.
In the first round it was all the quicker Leatherwood. In the second round due to a clash of heads Howard suffered a nasty cut into the left eyebrow. In the fourth round in the final seconds a left hook from Howard on the jaw dropped Leatherwood but ref Ortega called it a slip. In the sixth round Howard finally had a point taken away for holding in a round he was losing.
In the seventh round Leatherwood dropped to the canvas throwing a punch completely exhausted. A right from Howard on the chin hurt him prior to that. In the eighth and final round a strong jab on the chin from Howard dropped Leatherwood for an 8-count.
Scores were 77-74, 76-74 and 77-73 as did this writer have it.
Lightweight Raymond “Danger” Muratalla, 11-0 (9), #137 ¼, of Fontana, CA, stopped late sub Luis Porozo, 15-5 (8), #135 ¼, at 2:40 or the third of a scheduled 6 rounds.
In the second round Muratalla went to the body hurting Porozo. In the third round Muratalla dropped Porozo with a left hook body shot for an 8-count from referee Robert Hoyer with a minute left in the round. Muratalla jumped on Porozo upon rising landing over a dozen punchs ending it with a right to the jaw. The referee didn’t bother to count.
Featherweight Duke Ragan, 3-0 (1), #126, of Cincinnati, OH, defeated late sub Sebastian Gutierrez 1-1 (1), #126 ¼, of Oxnard, CA, scoring a knockdown over 4 rounds.
In the first round Gutierrez was the aggressor but Ragan countered him well. In the second round a right to the top of the head from Ragan made Gutierrez’s left glove barely touched the canvas causing a knockdown by ref Hoyle. In the third Gutierrez came back well but not enough. In the fourth and final round Ragan had too much speed afoot and hand with Gutierrez always coming forward.
18 year-old Bantamweight “Lethal” Vegas Larfield, 2-0 (2), #119, of Brisbane, AUSTR, stopped Juan “Beto” Alberto Flores, 2-1-1 (0), #117, of Monterrey, MEX, at 1:07 of the third in a scheduled 4 rounds.
In the first two rounds it was non-stop punching from both fighters with Larfield doing most of the leading but Flores more accurate. In the third round Larfield dropped Flores with a left hook on the chin for the first knockdown and a right to the chin for the second knockdown. Larfield got all over Flores before referee Ruiz waved it off with Flores partially through the ropes.