Staples Center summary
By Bill Tibbs
IBF welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KO’s) got by WBC titlist “Showtime” Shawn Porter (30-3-1, 17 KO’s) with a SD 12 in a unification clash. In the end, the scores were 116-111, 116-111 Spence, 115-112 Porter.
Danny Garcia was in the ring after the fight and it looks like he is next for Spence. Garcia had been rumored to be a strong contender to face legend Manny Pacquiao.
Super middleweight David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez (22-0, 19 KO’s) regained the WBC 168-pound title with a TKO 9 over Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (33-2-1, 24 KO’s). Dirrell’s corner stepped in and halted the fight in the 9th round to stop the former champion from taking too much punishment. Dirrell was hampered for much of the bout from a bad cut over his left eye.
In a clash of unbeaten 140-pounders, Mario “El Azteca” Barrios (25-0, 16 KO’s) won a UD 12 over Batyr Akhmedov (7-1, 6 KO’s) for the vacant WBA super lightweight title
Josesito “Riverside Rocky” Lopez (37-8, 19 KO’s) TKO 8 John Molina Jr (30-9, 24 KO’s). Lopez, who lost a razor thin decision to former champion Keith Thurman in his last bout, should put himself in a good spot for another title shot with the win. For Molina, that’s enough. Molina got hit with everything and he, to be frank, looked shot. Nobody wants to see Molina hang around too long and he is in that danger zone now. He has lost 3 of his last 4 and 5 of his last 8 and it’s time to look for another line of work.
Four time world champion, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (36-6-1, 20 KO’s) UD 10 Jerry Thomas (14-2-1, 8 KO’s). Guerrero got the win but he looked like a shell of his former self. With the win, he’ll continue, but he shouldn’t. He’ll never compete with the best in the division again and the only thing left for him to do is get hurt. Time to retire. You’ve had a great career but it’s time to call it a day.
(BTW – I don’t make the comments about Molina and Guerrero lightly. I am a big fan of both fighters, I just worry about fighters who show every signs of having turned the page in their career but insist they have one (see: many) more fights left in them. If they choose to continue I will be the first to wish them the best and root for them and hope they find a way to win. But, I see a lot of signs that indicate it’s over. JMO).
Joey Spencer (9-0, 7KO) KO 3 Travis Gambardella (5-1-2, 2KO).
Jose Valenzuela (5-0, 2KO) TKO 1 Charles Clark (2-5-1, 1KO)
Middleweight Misael Rodriguez (10-0, 5 KOs) TKO 3 Brandon Maddox (7-3-1, 5 KOs)
Welterweight Fabian Maidana (17-1, 13 KOs) KO 1 Ramses Agaton (21-11-3, 11 KOs)
Middleweight Leon Lawson III (12-0, 5 KOs) KO 2 Alan Zavala (15-6, 13 KOs).
Junior welterweight Alfonso Olvera (12-6-3, 4 KO’s) UD 8 Amon Rashidi (7-1, 5 KO’s).
Featherweight Tony Lopez (15-7, 6 KO’s) UD 8 Fernando Garcia (12-2, 7 KO’s) and Tony Lopez (15-7, 6 KOs).
Super middleweight Burley Brooks (4-0, 4 KOs) TKO 1 Fabian Valdez (3-6).