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Alvarez vs. Chavez Jr. undercard results: Lemieux batters game Reyes, Matthysee returns with a vengeance, Diaz gets the better of Avila


By John J. Raspanti

Knockout artist and former middleweight champion David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs) captured a 10-round unanimous decision over gutsy Marcos Reyes (35-5, 26 KOs) at the T-Moblie Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Saturday night. Lemieux hit Reyes with everything but the kitchen sink, but couldn’t put the iron chinned Reyes away.


The scores were 99-90 (twice) and 98-91.


Lemieux opened the fight in full stalk mode. He matched forward and let his heavy hands go. A bunch of punches landed to the head and body. Reyes, the taller fighter by four inches, punched more in round two, but a left hook opened up a cut near his right eye in round two.


Reyes showed his sturdy jaw in the next stanza. A powerful left hook staggered him. Seconds later a wicked uppercut also landed. Reyes surprised Lemieux by battling back in round four. He connected with a couple of combinations that bothered Lemieux.  


Lemieux dug a hard left hook to the body in round seven. Reyes was hurt and jumped on his bicycle. Lemieux chased and landed more vicious shots, but somehow, Reyes remained upright. He was bloody but unbowed by the end of the contest.  





Lucas Matthysee knocked out Emmanuel Taylor in round five at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The bout was Matthysee’s first since being stopped by Viktor Postol 19 months ago.


Matthysee (38-4, 34 KOs) staggered Burton (20-5, 14 KOs) in the opening stanza with a right hand, and knocked him down in round three. The heavy-handed Matthysee, bleeding from a headbutt, continued to sting Burton with hooks to the head and body.


In round five, a three-punch combination sent Burton tumbling to the canvas. Burton got up at the count of seven, but referee Jay Nady looked into his eyes and waved off the contest.


The time was 2:21 seconds into round five.




In a battle of unbeaten featherweights, Joseph Diaz captured a wide 10-round unanimous over Manual “Tino” Avila at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV Saturday night.


The scores were 99-91 (twice) and 100-90.


Avila landed the first punch of the night-while Diaz, fighting out of the southpaw stance, connected with a number of crisp left hands. Avila picked up his pace in the second frame, but Diaz (24-0, 13 KOs) maintained his edge from the outside.


In rounds three and four, Avila (20-1, 8 KOs) pumped out his jab and landed a number of bodyshots. Diaz continued to time Avila’s aggressiveness with hard left hands to the head. Avila stunned Diaz with a hard shot to the chin.


Diaz began round five by landing a straight left to the head. Avila, with blood dripping from a cut near his left eye, countered but the busier Diaz seemed to be taking over the fight.


His momentum carried over into the next few rounds. Avila tried loading up, but Diaz circling to his left, tattooed him with sharp punches to the face. Diaz went to the body and head with authority in rounds nine. Another hard-left knocked Avila back a step.


Avila, aware that he was likely behind on the judges’ scorecards, went for broke in the last round. Diaz stayed on the outside and got off first with a variety of shots.


The fight was his.

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