Before Manny Pacquiao stepped back in the ring to defend his WBO welterweight championship against Timothy Bradley tonight (Sat., June 9, 2012) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, a trio of exciting undercard bouts went down live on HBO pay-per-view (PPV).
Pacquiao vs. Bradley wasn't the only welterweight championship showdown taking place tonight, as undefeated rising star Mike Jones looked to snatch the vacant IBF welterweight title away from the prying hands of Randall Bailey.
It was slow rolling early. Jones came out tentative before finally letting his hands go a bit in the later rounds. Even then he was cautious, as he seemed to be overly aware of Bailey's big right hand.
For good reason, too. Bailey's claim to fame is his power and while you hear it a lot, in his case it's truth. And it saved him here.
Jones dominated most of the fight, though it was a terribly boring affair. Then, out of nowhere, Bailey came down the pipe with that big right hand Jones was so worried about and knocked him on him flat on his ass. It was a prelude to the finish, as round 11 saw Bailey land a TIGER uppercut that put Jones out cold.
Goodbye, title, good night, Jones.
But that's not all.
Here's our complete recap of the Pacquiao vs. Bradley undercard.
Yet another title was on the line tonight, as Guillermo Rigondeaux looked to defend his WBA world super bantamweight title against Teon Kennedy.
Rigondeaux's professional record -- he sauntered his way to "Sin City" with just nine fights (all wins) under his belt -- betrays his experience in the squared circle, significantly more than Teon Kennedy, the man charged with knocking him off.
He never had a chance.
Rigondeaux simply outclassed him in every way imaginable, knocking him down four times in the first four rounds. His combination of speed, power, and head movement was too much to overcome.
By the fifth round, it was only a matter of time and after another shot landed flush on Kennedy's temple and took his legs from him, the referee stepped in to stop it to give Rigondeaux the technical knockout victory.
Jorge Ace, who has been in more wars than his opponent, Jesus Rojas, has fights, came into the evening looking to prove that old dogs can still learn new tricks.
And use them to knock off rising prospects hoping to make a name for themselves at his dispense.
Sure enough, the veteran banger came out throwing leather at the ring of the bell and it only took a couple of well placed body shots to put Rojas on the mat. But it would have been a mistake to count the young lion out, as he battled back to emphatic declare his place in the center of the ring.
And that was just the first round.
Unfortunately, controversy reigned in the second. Rojas came in with a headbutt before landing a low blow that had Arce staggering off to the side. Before the referee could come in, though, Rojas landed an unobstructed left hook straight to Arce's ear that put him down and destroyed his equilibrium.
The fight was called and declared a no decision due to an unintentional foul.
It's really too bad, too, because this one was shaping up to be an amazing showdown. The rematch should be explosive.
Here are the complete undercard results:
Randall Bailey def. Mike Jones via knockout in round 11
Jorge Arce vs. Jesus Rojas ends via no decision have unintentional foul
Guillermo Rigondeaux def. Teon Kennedy via TKO in round five
That's it for the undercard portion of the Pacquiao vs. Bradley event.
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