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Martirosyan-Lara ends in draw
Mikey Garcia takes out Barros

Ringside by Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone

Vanes Martirosyan and Erisandy Lara battled to take the top spot in the Canelo Alvarez sweepstakes. Unfortunately, neither fighter made enough of a statement as their main event clash at the Wynn Hotel & Casino ended in a technical draw after a clash of heads opened a massive cut over the left eye of Martirosyan.

In the nine rounds of action, Martirosyan and Lara engaged in a puzzling bout. One that appeared to go one way but the judges saw it the other. With scores of 86-85 for Martirosyan, 87-84 for Lara and 86-86, the judges were just as puzzled as everyone else.

It was a fight that appeared to favor Martirosyan for the casual viewer as the Armenian was the aggressor early and jumped in with combination as Lara often looked out of sync and stagnant. However, Compubox didn't see the inactivity that others score as Martirosyan only landed 33 of 243 punches. Meanwhile, Lara landed 74 of 257 punches. It was an awkward tale of two fighters that saw Martirosyan start off strong and Lara finish stronger.

In the early goings it was the version of Lara that we saw against Carlos Molina when he was handed a gift draw. There was no sense of urgency as Lara would land one shot and allow Martirosyan to control the rounds with his pressure. A small mouse formed under the left eye of Lara as he allowed Martirosyan to attack whenever he wanted. But Lara's speed and slickness began to come to the forefront in the middle rounds when he opted to attack first rather than sit in the pocket and counter. Lara popped his foe with straight left hands and danced around the wide punches with impressive footwork and appeared to begin taking control at the end of the eighth round.

With the pendulum swinging in Lara's favor in the beginning of the 9th, a nasty clash of heads kicked off the round as a cut on Martirosyan's left brow stretched across. The cut was bad enough to end the fight, much to fans chagrin. After the scores were read, neither was satisfied and wanted an immediate rematch.

"As soon as the stitches come out, I want a rematch," Martirosyan (32-0-1, 20 KOs) said. He also stated that Lara's running annoyed him. Lara (17-1-2, 11 KOs) felt the same way about an immediate rematch. "One hundred percent, absolutely!" the Cuban said. -- Andreas Hale

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Garcia stays unbeaten, crushes Barros

Miguel Angel Garcia (30-0, 26 KOs) earned an impressive eighth round TKO victory over Jonathan Victor Barros (34-4-1, 17 KOs) at the 2:24 mark after Barros corner called a halt to the bout. Garcia delivered a blistering left hook that face planted Barros. After struggling to stand up straight, the fighter was ruled ineligible to continue.

Garcia was looking for the big left hook throughout the fight, but routinely came up short until the eighth. According to the undefeated pugilist, it was all a matter of waiting for the right moment.

"It's just about patience," a pleased Garcia said after the bout. "We knew the importance of this fight. We weren't getting excited or wild. We have big future plans and we wanted to work this fight and play safe. At the end, we landed a perfect punch."

At several points, the co-main event tilt resembled a back and forth affair with Barros closing the distance in the fourth round and upping his volume of punches. He found later success going to the body in the fifth. Garcia never feared he was in danger.

"We knew we were in control of the fight," Garcia continued. "We were winning the majority of the rounds. We didn't want to let him think he was getting in the fight. We wanted to win each round clearly and not give him an opportunity to come into the fight."

Barros saw things differently and felt he was in the bout until the crushing hook.

"I can't believe I went down," a dejected Barros said. "I thought the fight was even and then I got knocked down. I've never been knocked down before."

Barros was up 68-65 on one score card. Garcia led by identical scores on the two remaining cards.

After the highlight reel, televised performance, Garcia has his eyes on boxing gold next.

"We hope to get a title fight," he said, pointing to a future title match with WBO Featherweight champion Orlando Salido. - Anthony Springer Jr.

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Magdaleno Destroys Silveira

Jesse Magdaleno (12-0, 9 KOs) continued his streak of running through opponents as he short circuited Jose Silveira with a devastating first round TKO.

Perhaps one of the hottest prospects in all of boxing, Magdaleno wasted no time disposing of Silveira (12-9) as he jumped all over his overmatched opponent. After plucking away with his jab and a few combinations, Magdaleno cracked Silveira with a straight right hand. Silveira staggered backward and the Las Vegan with a stellar amateur background swarmed all over him with power shots.

Try as he might, Silveira couldn't withstand the salvo and went down after a straight left hand broke his nose at the 2:59 mark. Referee Kenny Bayless counted to ten and that's all she wrote. -- Andreas Hale

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Crawford Wrecks Siqueira

Terence Crawford (19-0, 15 KOs) may have made it harder than he should have but ended up shutting down Sidney Siqueira (16-7-2) with a devastating 6th round TKO in a scheduled eight round lightweight tilt. The undefeated Crawford tasted leather often from Siqueira and appeared out of sync early. By the 5th round he found his rhythm and began breaking down Siqueira and hooks behind the jab. In the 6th, Crawford doubled and tripled up on his jab and cut loose a right hand and a left hook that sank Siqueira's battleship and Robert Byrd called the fight at the 2:47 mark. -- Andreas Hale

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Rather edges Gibson

In heavyweight swing bout action, Brett Rather turned in a thin majority decision win over the still winless Avery Gibson (0-2-2, 0 KOs). The hometown hero caught Gibson with spurts of hard, looping shots but was unable to cause much damage. Gibson returned fire but was unable to bully Rather around the ring. The judges scored the contest 38-38, 39-37 and 39-37. Rather moves to 2-0 with the victory. -- Anthony Springer Jr

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Puga runs into a "Hurricane"

It only takes one punch to change the trajectory of a fight. After being out-boxed through the majority of the fight, Andrew Hernandez (5-0-1, 1 KO) showed why is nickname is "Hurricane," stopping Rudy Puga, Jr. (3-1, 3 KOs) with a straight right hand in the second frame. Bloody and battered late in the first, Hernandez rattled Puga's cage with a left hook and sent the Californian to the canvas with another left hand. The men traded shots in the second with near equal consistency until a hard straight right landed flush. Puga was sent to the mat again. Upon recover, Puga's eye was nearly closed and the bout was halted. Time of stoppage was 1:52. -- Anthony Springer Jr.

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Flores upends Calzada

In an entertaining firefight, Eric Flores earned a unanimous decision victory over Daniel Calzada in a four round super lightweight bout. Heated exchanges happened early and often with Flores (5-1-1) getting the better of them throughout the rounds. A late knockdown by Flores sealed Calzada's (4-6-2) fate as the judges' scorecards read 40-36 and 40-35 (twice). -- Andreas Hale

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Hart blasts Meyers

It wasn't pretty, but it was effective. Jesse Hart (4-0, 4 KOs) flattened Joshua Meyers (1-1, 0 KOs) in the third round of their super middleweight bout. Meyers relied on a series of sloppy lunging punches, and paid the price for it by Hart's slightly sharper defensive stand. A clipping right hand sent Meyers to the mat in the third. Referee Russell Mora didn't bother to make the count, waving the fight off immediately, to the dismay of one onlooker in the stands. Time of stoppage was 2:01. -- Anthony Springer Jr

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Flores makes short work of Hernandez

It took Anthony Flores just 63 seconds to finish up Mexico, City, Mexico fighter Luis Hernandez. A series of unanswered punches near the ropes forced referee Kenny Bayless to call a halt to the contest. With the win, Flores moves to a perfect 3-0 with two KOs while Hernandez is all even at 1-1. -- Anthony Springer Jr

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