LAS VEGAS-Former junior featherweight champion Daniel Ponce De Leon methodically punished fellow Mexican Eduardo Lazcano (24-3, 11 KOs) throughout the first five rounds with little risk. In round six Lazcano made his move but with limited results. After 10 one-sided rounds at the Hard Rock Hotel the southpaw beat the southpaw on Friday.
Right-left combinations rained down from Ponce De Leon repeatedly like an old rerun. Though everyone in the arena knew what to expect Lazcano never did much to take advantage of the cookie cutter combinations.
In round seven of the junior lightweight fight, Ponce De Leon fired four wide open uppercuts consecutively and Lazcano was unable to capitalize on the open guard. The former champion Ponce De Leon never showed signs of weariness despite the machine-like volume of blows coming from his direction.
Lazcano's only weapon was his hard head that withstood blow after blow. He tried firing a few flurries but was unable to change the momentum at any time of the fight.
After 10 rounds the judges scored it 100-90 for Ponce De Leon, who captured a regional WBC title. There were no knockdowns.
Las Vegas junior middleweight Ishe Smith (23-5, 11 KOs) needed four rounds to crack through New Yorker Ayi Bruce's (21-7, 13 KOs) defense and ended the fight at 2:20 of round four. Smith looked more experienced and that proved itself after numerous quick combos up and down Bruce's guard. After some punishing body shots an overhand right sent Bruce wobbling. Soon after that, Smith ended it with another right hand over the top.
Daquan Arnett (3-0, 2 KOs) had too much speed for Arizona's Jose Martell and floored the boxer twice with thudding body shots. Arnett landed some big blows to the head and nothing happened, then went down below and dropped Martell. The Arizona corner asked the fight to be stopped at 2:41 of the first round of a junior middleweight contest.
Former lightweight world champion Jessica Rakoczy (32-3, 12 KOs) had little trouble in dispensing with Colorado's Britanny Cruz (8-6-1) in a featherweight bout set for eight rounds. After two knockdowns by Rakoczy the fight was finally stopped in the fourth round by referee Vic Drakulich.
Puerto Rico's Jeffrey Fontanez (6-0, 6 KOs) had all of the advantages in height, reach and speed against Las Vegas boxer Rocco Espinoza (3-5) and used them well. Two knockdowns forced a stoppage.
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