The Cintas Center in Cincinatti, Ohio hosted Adrien Broner (33-2-1NC, 24KOs) vs. Adrian Granados (32-1-1NC, 24KOs). The two puglists slugged it out for ten rounds in front of a raucous crowd. Granados started the fight on his toes dipping in and out with pot shots. Broner seemed to time Granados movements to perfection landing visibly unnerving power-shots in Round 2. Broner, after Round 2, became a one-dimensional fighter due to an injured left hand. However, both fighters constantly traded blows with Broner seemingly landing the more effective shots in the later rounds. The action between the two men left both visibly spent by Round 10. The fight was called for Broner in a split decision 97-93 Broner, 97-93 Granados, and 96-94 Broner.
After a 16-month layoff, Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17KOs) becomes a 2-time world champ after clutching the WBA welterweight title and effectively ending David Avanesyan’s (22-2-1-, 11KOs) reign. The two worked the inside, exchanging back and forth blows. However, Peterson would spread the point gap by chopping away at Avenesyans’ body, exercising merciless, uninhibited force. As the fight progressed, a clear victor began to emerge. In the weirdest move of the night, Avanesyan attempted to tire out “King Pet’s” legs, by lying on Peterson’s back; resulting in Avanesyan being tossed off, falling into a flip. In the end, the Peterson wins the WBA “Regular” Welterweight Championship unanimous decision 116-112, 116-112, and 115-113. He becomes the #1 contender for the winner of the March 4th bout between Garcia vs Thurman.
Third times the charm. Light heavyweight ‘Sir’ Marcus Browne (19-0, 13KOs) let his right jab loose on challenger Thomas ‘Top Dog’ Williams (20-3, 14KOs). The 2nd round saw Browne begin his ascent to victory by sending Williams to the mat. However, “Sir Marcus” would tradeoff the point, by delivering a blow to the back of Williams head, while he was taking a knee. Williams would make friends with the mat for a total of 3 times, contributing to Browne’s one-sided win. The bout closed 42 seconds into the 6th round.
PBC honored the passing of the “greatest” of all time with a touching opening ten-bell count.
Two time Russian Olympian Artur Beterbiev (10-0, 10KOs) scored a knock out over Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna ( 23-3, 15KOs) in the 4th round of the light heavyweight title bout, at the Bell Center in Montreal, Canada. Beterbeiv had his way with the overmatched Maderna. Artur scored 2 knockdowns in Round 2. Beterbeiv would lay in wait for his prey in Round 4 dropping Maderna twice in the 4th round before (Maderna’s) corner threw in the towel. Time was 56 seconds.
Bryant “GoodFella” Perrella (14-0, 13KOs) retains his blemish-free record with a spectacular second round TKO against David Grayton (14-1, 10KOs).
The Floridian maintained accuracy and speed in the opening round, letting himself go, sending a dazed and footloose Grayton tumbling to the mat, 2:19 in the 2nd.
Saturday May 21, 2016, the same day the Notorious B. I.G. would’ve turned 44, Showtime sports brought twin magic; Jermell and Jermall Charlo became the 2nd twins to hold World Championships.
Venue- Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada
The feature bout of the evening saw WBA Super Welterweight Champion Erislandy Lara (23-2-2 13KOs) win over Vanes Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21KOs). Martirosyan would press the action but Lara landed the more meaningful shots during the early rounds. Martirosyan focused his shots to Lara’s body, however the veteran, Lara would brush them off. Lara would find his rhythm in the middle rounds landing strong straight lefts, which dictated the action.
The IBF Super Welterweight Championship belt settled nicely in the hands of its current owner for another title defense. Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18KOs) extends his perfect record against former WBA super welterweight champion, Austin ‘No Doubt’ Trout (30-3,17KOs). The early rounds saw Charlo dictate the bout behind a strong left jab and powerful straight right. Charlo damaged Trout’s right eye to the point of closing. However, Trout would recover in the Championship rounds behind a sneaky straight left. Charlo would win the fight by unanimous decision; scores were 116-112 2x and 115-113.
*Fireworks would continue after the bout with mandatory/confused contender Charles Hatley shoving Jermall Charlo instead of Jermell Charlo who he is set to face later this year.
Floyd Mayweather’s vacated WBC Super Welterweight belt was up for grabs in the first bout of the night. It would be one half of the Charlo duo that would snag the 154lb pound Championship after a comeback performance for the ages. Jermell Charlo (28-0, 13KOs) suffered a lackluster performance possibly winning two of the eight rounds fought. John ‘Da Rock’ Jackson (20-3, 15KOs) son of former WBC Middleweight Champion Julian Jackson put on a boxing clinic for seven rounds. Charlo seemed befuddled (the catch word of the evening) by the movement of Jackson. Derrick James, Charlo’s trainer, in between round 7 and 8 lit a fire under Charlo by questioning his stamina. Charlo raced out at the start of the 8th round and landed a hard right hook that turned Jackson into a living statue. Referee Tony Weeks stopped the bout in Round 8. At the time of the stoppage, Jackson was up 69-64 on all scorecards.