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Erislandy Lara made quick work of Delray Raines ending their middleweight fight at 2:59 of the opening round. Lara (15-0) followed a sweeping right with a straight left that dropped Raines (18-9-1) and rendered him unable to continue.

Referee David Mendoza reached the count of ten with Raines on his back.

“I was just getting warmed up and in a rhythm when I connected”, said Lara. “It felt great.”

Prospect Frankie Gomez shut out journeyman Luis Alfredo Lugo over six welterweight rounds to win by UD. Gomez (7-0) looked to end the fight early by loading up with the left. He found success in the second with the right yet continued to push one punch at a time.

In the third Gomez scored a flash knockdown with a left hook. Gomez pushed the tempo early in the fifth but slowed as the round progressed.

Gomez looked to close the show with a bang but had to settle for the bell as the fight came to a close. Lugo (11-15-1) offered little resistance in rolling over in defeat.

Fan favorite Randy Caballero came out banging and dominated Manuel Ortega in the ring and on the scorecards.

A Caballero (7-0) right dropped Ortega mid way through a dominant second round. Ortega’s (1-4) length bothered Caballero but couldn’t slow his charge.

Caballero’s work rate and combination punching proved too much for Ortega to overcome. All three judges scored the bout 40-35.

At 2:32 of the third, referee Mendoza pulled Ramon Valadez off Cesar Omar Garcia and called a halt to their lightweight bout.

Valadez (5-1) hooked to the body and fired rights upstairs. When Garcia retaliated Valadez found more openings. Though Garcia (3-6) had the heart to continue his face portrayed his physical well being.

Bloodied by cuts across his nose and left eye, the doctor was consulted moments before the Mendoza stopped the contest.

Greg Hackett didn’t like the quick stop. The crowd liked it even less.

Nevertheless, 2:48 into the fight referee Pat Russell stopped the super middleweight contest in favor of undefeated prospect Bastie Samir (8-0).

Hackett (2-5) was pinned against the ropes when Russell stepped in but appeared clear and able to continue.

Ava Knight blasted her way to victory through fellow flyweight Gloria Salas by stopping her at 1:55 of the first.

Knight (6-1-2) landed a 1-2 at center ring that seated the undersized Salas (3-6-1).

Salas was unable to get to her feet and was counted out by referee Mendoza.


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