When: Saturday evening, July 16, 2016
Venue: Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
Bommmb Squaaaaaaad! The Alabama Summer heat and humidity paled in comparison to the intensity inside the Legacy Arena, Saturday night. The fight shown courtesy of Premiere Boxing Champions (PBC) on Fox network featured WBC Heavyweight Champion, Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36KOs) and Los Angeles native Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-5-1, 31KOs). Wilder showcased a stiff left jab for most of the fight. He landed a fierce right hand which sent Arreola to the canvass in Round 4. Arreola would recover but his nightmare would not come to the end until the eight round when his corner call the fight at the end of Round 8. Wilder later revealed during his post fight interview, he fought Arreola, with broken right hand, and possibly torn bicep.
Erickson the “Hammer” Lubin (16-0 11KOs) maintains his stellar perfect record, after a one-sided win against, Ivan “Terrible” Montero (20-2, 8KOs). Lubin stayed busy during the 8-round matchup, sticking straight shots to the body and keeping the action close. The end of round 4, referee Flynn Gerald, doles out his second warning to Lubin, for low blows. The scores were: 80-72×3
The Alabama commission reexamines earlier scores, changing a majority draw into a unanimous decision win, for welterweight contender, Felix Diaz (18-1, 8KOs). It seems there was some confusion after referee Keith Hughes deducted a point, in the 10th round after Sammy Vasquez (21-1, 15KOs) lost his mouthpiece, for the third time. The 2008 Olympic Gold medalist (Dominican Republic) Diaz had to prove his fight game is developed enough to stay in the professional arena after an October 2015 loss to Lamont Peterson (33-3-1, 17KOs). By the third round, Diaz showed more of his Olympic vigor landing substantial combinations against the overmatched Vasquez. The end of round 8 saw Diaz open a huge gash on the Vasquez’s right lip. Although, the punch stats had the fighters landing a similar number of punches, Diaz was more effective as evident by Vasquez’s face. The scores were 96-93, 95-94×2.