Jermall Charlo vs Campfort, Errol Spence Jr. vs Barrera, Erickson Lubin vs Alexis Camacho, John Molina Jr vs Romero, Ryan Karl vs Alvarez, Eddie Ramirez vs Mahasin, Steve Lovett vs Miller
BY KID HERSH
PBC on NBC at 2pm on a fight filled Saturday with three different cards! This card is from Dallas, Texas. First up was Erickson Lubin (12-0, 9ko's) vs Alexis Camacho (21-5, 19ko's). It only took a half a round for Lubin to land a straight left bomb that stood Camacho straight up. Lubin followed up with a right hook that dropped Camacho. He rose and stalled out the fight a bit, clinching and buying time and managed to make it through the round right as Lubin was pouring it on again. Early in the second round Lubin landed a powerful right hook to the chin that dropped Camacho like a sack of potatoes that he did not rise from. Excellent knockout and great showing by the prospect.
Next up was Eddie Ramirez (11-0, 8ko's) vs Bilal Mahasin (7-1-1, 1ko). The first round saw Ramirez putting in great left hooks to the body and controlling the round with his accurate, sharp jab. He carried the momentum into the second round as Mahasin was swinging wildly and missing but managed to start finding his mark in the final minute of the round after stunning Ramirez with a thudding right hand that backed him up and had him covering up to end the round. In the coming rounds Ramirez would take back over, first fighting off the back foot in the third round and countering the aggressor, then stepping forward once again and lightly pressuring Mahasin while picking him apart and putting more good body work into the bank. The fifth and sixth rounds saw Mahasin catch a second wind and get busy with his punching. He was doing a lot of missing but also scoring in spots as Ramirez looked less confident and not the ring general, even if edging the rounds out. Mahasin ended the fight very well, showing he is in great condition after taking tons of body punishment and still going forward. He just is not very consistent which is what is losing him some close rounds. He showed a game heart though and did everything he could to make it a competitive fight. Ramirez would win the close but clear decision.
Next up was Errol Spence Jr. (18-0, 15ko's) vs Alejandro Barrera (26-2, 17ko's). In the first round Spence was controlling the ring and landing some sharp shots while Barrera was moving a lot and looking to land counters. He didn't land anything of note until the end of the round, landing the best punch of the round with a right uppercut that snapped Spence's head back. In the second round Spence was finding the mark with power shots rather easily unlike in the first round. He was setting a high pace tempo that was getting to Barrera who looks like a typically much more relaxed fighter that prefers a slower fight. It was more of the same in the third round, with Barrera surprisingly holding up well from Spence's power shots that normally crumble his opponents. Spence broke down Barrera more in the fourth round with straight left hands and then in the fifth round all the damage added up as he floored Ramirez a minute into the round after murdering his body. He got up but was still in trouble. Spence smelled the blood in the water and swarmed him, basically making him quit as he turned away at one point, not wanting any more, but the referee didn't see it and Spence followed him into the corner and blasted away, sending him down yet again and the referee waved off the fight. Another amazing showing for the blue-chipper. I am at the point where I fully expect this!
Next up was another prospect fight with Ryan Karl (10-0, 7ko's) vs Ken Alvarez (7-2-2, 3ko's). It took Karl less than thirty seconds to find a home for a left hook that dropped Alvarez. Surprisingly he rose and the knockdown appeared to wake him up as he rushed forward and started throwing punches in bunches, landing some and missing lots but making his presence known. Karl took control back over shortly by using his superior footwork and timing. In the second round the fight turned a bit sloppy as Ryan came out looking for the knockout. Alvarez was hurt and holding on any way he could to stall out the action. Ryan was wasting tons of energy on shots that were not landing because he was not setting anything up or looking for openings. Then at the end of the round Alvarez landed a right hand flush that hurt Ryan to end the round. The third round was back and forth, still pretty sloppy as both guys were showing inexperience with how to deal with the situations brought forth. Near the end of the round Ryan was credited with another knockdown, but it was actually just a slip by Alvarez after Ryan pushed him backwards and he lost his balance. Ryan poured on the right hands in the fourth hand, further hurting Alvarez but was unable to take him out still. This continued into the fifth round until Ryan landed a right hand that dropped Alvarez and his corner threw in the towel, even though he rose and looked ok. Sloppy fighting from Karl when he has his man hurt - he seems to box pretty well but as soon as he hurts his man he gets very reckless and his punches do not land. He needs to stick to setting his shots up and calm down when he lands good, powerful shots.
Main event time with Jermall Charlo (22-0, 17ko's) defending his IBF title against Wilky Campfort (21-1, 12ko's). This is his first defense since winning the title from K9. After a feeler first round for both fighters Charlo got going in the second round, letting loose with powerful shots and dropping Campfort midway through the second after walking him into a stiff jab. He rose and was ok but so far his game plan of walking down Charlo is not working at all. He dropped Campfort yet again less than a minute into the third round from accurate combination punching that ended with an uppercut splitting the guard. He got up and was trigger shy just like in the previous round, not able to get around Charlo's excellent jab let alone crack his defense or get around his other shots. One more knockdown would seal the end of the fight when Charlo landed an interesting combo that I have never seen before with a jab followed by a lead uppercut from an odd angle that looked like some sort of hybrid check uppercut. The shot immediately brought pain from Campfort, backing him into the ropes and forcing him to take a knee when Charlo followed him looking to pour more on. He rose but was in a lot of pain, clutching his right eye and telling the referee that he couldn't see out of it, indicating he did not want to continue. Even Sugar Ray Leonard and BJ Flores said that the punch was very odd and something they had not seen before, with Flores indicating that Campfort might have bleeding from a cut on the inside of the eye, not the outside. What a performance from Charlo who is another serious blue-chipper just like Spence Jr.!
Another fight was put on to fill the tv slot (sixth fight on the card!) with Steve Lovett (14-0, 12ko's) vs Samuel Miller (29-12, 26ko's) in the light heavyweight division. The first round was pretty tame other than Miller throwing low blows a plenty and winging occasional wide, looping shots while Lovett was trying to figure out the odd man in front of him and what game plan to employ. Miller was docked a point in the second round for low blows and followed it up with wild, looping haymakers that surprisingly were landing but not doing much damage. Miller would be DQ'ed in the third round from constant low blows, seemingly looking for a way out of the fight despite not taking much damage thus far.
Next up (fight seven on the card now!) was John Molina Jr. (27-6, 22ko's) vs Jorge Romero (24-10, 21ko's). Molina got off to a fast start in the first round - not looking rusty at all to my eyes despite the long layoff. Romero got going in the second round, out punching Molina and peppering his face with punches in bunches as Molina trudged forward behind little defense and no jab working his way inside. The fight was over in the third round when Molina landed his vaunted power shots that put Romero in a daze, legs stiffened up, taking more power shots until the referee stopped the bout. Nice comeback win for Molina, hope he gets some big shots because he is always fun to watch.