PALM SPRINGS – Cornelius Bundrage showed little respect toward Cory Spinks during their Showtime televised main event at Fantasy Springs Casino out in the Southern California desert near Palm Springs.
Bundrage threw haymaker after haymaker, showing no fear of the southpaw, and eventually those big punches ended the bout. Bundrage put Spinks down three times in the seventh round, the fighting being waved off after that third knockdown.
The win was Bundrage’s second victory over Spinks and it was his second KO victory over Spinks – he KO’s Spinks in the fifth round back in 2010.
Bundrage retained the International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior middleweight title with the KO victory.
Bundrage nearly finished Spinks in the opening round. Bundrage landed a haymaker right that floored Spinks at the midway point.
But by the third round Spinks had recovered and began to find his groove, using his southpaw stance and his quickness to keep Bundrage at bay.
In the fourth, however, Bundrage went on the attack and landed a hard left that jarred Spinks.
Spinks again recovered and was holding his own but the fight exploded in the seventh with another haymaker attack by Bundrage.
Bundrage landed a quick right that floored Spinks. Spinks was in big trouble from that point on; Bundrage floored Spinks with another right. And Bundrage finished with a flurry of punches as Spinks reeled around the ring, a right sending Spinks down for a third time.
The fight was waved off by referee Ray Corona at the 2:32 mark.
RUSSELL JR. DOMINATES
Undefeated featherweight Gary Russell was dominant in his third round stoppage of Christopher Perez.
Russell floored Perez four times in the second and third rounds; the final of three knockdowns in the third was enough to have the fight waved off.
The official stoppage arrived at 1:41 of the third round.
Russell, super quick and accurate, put together a stinging combination that floored Perez in the second round. Then, in the third, Russell fired away with some power shots. A straight left floored Perez for the first knockdown in the third. Russell followed that with a pair of right crosses that floored Perez a second time. Russell finished the attack with another right cross that floored Perez for the third time in the round.
Russell improved to 20-0 with his 12th KO victory. Perez dropped to 23-3.
LARA DECISIONS HERNANDEZ
Former Cuban amateur national champion Erislandy Lara looked very much like a world title contender during his junior middleweight bout against Freddy Hernandez.
Lara outboxed and outclassed Hernandez, scoring a 10-round unanimous decision. Lara, who improved to 17-1-1, won with scorecards of 95-94, 98-91 and 99-90.
Hernandez was rugged and game throughout but Lara was just too polished, too quick and too accurate as he defended his world rankings – Lara is ranked No. 3 by the World Boxing Council and No. 5 by both the World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF).
It was the second outing for Lara since his majority decision loss to Paul Williams in 2011.
Lara’s straight left did plenty of damage, he opened up a gash on the right side of Hernandez’ nose in the fifth round. Lara, however, was penalized a point after a clash of heads in the seventh.
That did little to deter Lara, who dominated the majority of the bout. Lara landed repeatedly with the straight lefts and with right crosses; he put a beating on Hernandez in the ninth.
It was the second outing for Hernandez since his first round KO loss to Andre Berto in 2011. The other blemishes on Hernandez’ record was a third round no-contest against Roberto Garcia in 2007 and a split decision loss to Golden Johnson in 2005.
OROZCO PUNISHES CRUZ
“Relentless” Antonio Orozco lived up to his nickname, bruising Albert Cruz Jr. into submission in what was supposed to be an eight round welterweight bout.
Orozco staged a constant attack for three full rounds, landing at will – crushing uppercuts, straight rights, everything he threw.
Cruz was unable to answer the bell at the start of the fourth, it was called off by the ringside physician.
Orozco remained undefeated at 15-0 with his 11th KO victory. Cruz dropped to 9-4.
LORENZO STOPS BARRAGAN
Javier Barragan had everything working in his favor in the opening bout.
He was fighting in front of his hometown fans in a venue located just minutes from where he trains.
But none of that mattered. Barragan was pounded into submission by Christian Lorenzo.
Lorenzo landed a series of power shots that had Barragan staggering around the ring, forcing a stoppage with : 49 seconds remaining in the second round.
Lorenzo got close to finishing Barragan in the second round when he began to tee off on Barragan, tagging Barragan hard in the second half of the round.
Lorenzo improved to 2-0. Barragan dropped to 2-1.
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