Las Vegas, Nevada's T Mobile Arena got the night started with some very intriguing undercards that truly set the stage for our main event. John Ryder controlled the action into a 3rd round tko over Bilal Akkawy to win the vacant WBA interim super middleweight title.
Sadam Ali vs. Anthony Young, a scheduled 10 round welterweight bout ended in a 3rd round stoppage as Anthony Young a.k.a. "Juice" unleashed a barrage of body shots on the former world champion Sadam Ali. Young, the Vegas 13 to 1 underdog, had the best fight of his career as he places his name on the welterweight list.
Lamont Roach jr. vs Jonathan Oquendo started as a tough fight to score, Roach jr. had a bloody nose very early in the fight, Oquendo was warned several times during the fight for holding and there were questionable head butts throughout the bouts. Initially, this was a very close fight to start, but Roach settled down and changed the tide of the fight in the later rounds as he got the unanimous decision.
Joseph Diaz jr. vs Freddy Fonseca, two south paws fighting for championship contention but Diaz was on a mission in the early rounds to redeem himself from his last outing in which he did not make weight. And redeem himself he did in outstanding fashion, Diaz out punched and out landed Fonseca clearly throughout the fight and in round 7 the referee stopped the fight after Fonseca's corner threw in the towel.
Vergil Ortiz jr. vs Mauricio Herrera displayed a wicked attack started by a counter right hand by Ortiz jr. that put Herrera down in the end of the 2nd round. And much of the same to start the 3rd round as Ortiz dropped the veteran Herrera in the opening bell and becomes the first opponent to stop Herrera by TKO.
Canelo Alvarez(51-1-2, 35KO's) vs Daniel Jacobs(35-2, 29KO's) in the main event of the night began with the classic first round feeling out process. But the second round showed signs of picking up pace with shots thrown and landed. Rounds 3 through 5 were leaned heavily in the favor of Alvarez who made Jacobs miss constantly as he walked forward and countered Jacobs. Alvarez led on the scorecards through 7 rounds, Jacobs switched between orthodox and southpaw throughout the fight, in the 8th round he mixed up his attack and took some chances letting his punches go although he placed himself in danger by doing so. But at that point, Canelo had a comfortable enough lead and that allowed him to continue to be the calm and settled fighter he'd been the entire fight.
The fight did have its moments that made it hard to call. Both fighters had an impact on there opponent at times but it was Alvarez that had that deciding factor giving him the edge.