Juan Francisco Estrada vs Dewayne Beamon
WBC Super-flyweight world champion Juan Francisco Estrada made a successful first
Beamon looked like a soft first defence on paper but proved himself to be a confident fighter with fast hands, and when he got up from a pair of 2nd round knockdowns to take the fight back to the champion he won some new admirers. Of course, he was in with a boxer that holds his place in the mythical top ten P4P rankings, so he didn’t have the skill set to compete for long, Estrada choosing to step things up in the 9th round and proceedings.
Estrada will now ask Matchroom Boxing USA boss Eddie Hearn for a unification match with WBA Super-flyweight champion Kal Yafai which we will probably see at some stage this year.
Liam Smith vs Mario Alberto Lozano
Liverpool’s Liam Smith became only the second man to score a stoppage of tough Mexican Mario Alberto Lozano on the Estrada vs Beamon undercard. Smith marched forward behind a high guard and although Lozano stayed competitive it always looked as though the former WBO world Super-welterweight title holder held the upper hand.
Smith took some well-placed shots from Lozano but stepped up the pace in the 6th, dropping the 32-year-old from Chihuahua with a nice left hook to the body. The Mexican decided to fight fire with fire at the start of the 7th round but was caught by another hurtful left hook downstairs and the referee decided to save Lozano from any further punishment when he was caught with another left hook to the head.
Smith will now be looking ahead for another world title challenge.
Hrgovic vs Mario Heredia
Croatian heavyweight contender Filip Hrgovic took another step along the road to a crack at one of the heavyweight titles by scoring a 3rd round Tko of Mexican journeyman Mario Heredia (16-7-1).
After having already gained wins over fringe world class fighters, it seems strange to pit Hrgovic with this standard of opposition, but he had only taken part in 7 professional bouts before Heredia, so Matchroom must be slowing the march to world title contention so that he can get some value experience. Unfortunately the 6’ 6”, 27-year-old Croation dipped to Heredia’s level and failed to setup his shots as well as he did against the likes of Kevin Johnson, Amir Mansour, and Gregory Corbin in previous outings.
The win bumps up his total ring appearances but does little else to aid his education.
Carroll vs Eleazar Valenzuela
Ireland’s Jonno Carroll scored a convincing unanimous points win over game Mexican Eleazar Valenzuela to restart his career after losing to IBF Super-featherweight world champion Tevin Farmer in March.
Valenzuela came to fight in the true Mexican tradition and the fight was fought on equal terms at times. The Irishman known as ‘King Kong’ did find his
Giyasov vs Darleys Perez
Uzbekistan’s Shakhram Giyasov destroyed former WBA world Lightweight champion Darleys Perez after only 30 seconds of the 1st round to put himself in line for a shot at the 140lb Super-lightweight title.
The 26-year-old who now resides in Brooklyn, New York landed some pawing jabs before uncorking a fast left hook that landed flush on the jaw of the Columbian Perez. Perez didn’t beat the count and the fight was waved off.