Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada– In the heavyweight main event of a Fox Sports 1 Golden Boy card, Luis Ortiz (22-0, 19 KOs) stopped former cruiserweight contender Lateef Kayode (20-1, 16 KOs) in the first round of a scheduled 12-round bout.
Kayode looked over his head in his heavyweight debut, dropped by Ortiz at the 37-second mark of the first round and generally skittish about engaging his heavier-handed opponent.
Ortiz, meanwhile, calmly stalked Kayode and eventually cornered him at the end of the round, managing to buzz him and render him virtually defenseless. Ortiz was unable to drop Kayode with the barrage of punches, but the defenseless Kayode pinned against the ropes prompted referee Robert Byrd to stop the bout.
Kayode, who was actually throwing a punch when the bout was stopped, fiercely protested the stoppage to no avail.
With the victory, Ortiz takes the WBA interim heavyweight title.
— Argentina’s Jesus Cuellar (25-1, 19 KOs) stopped two-division former world titlist, Juan Manuel Lopez (34-5, 31 KOs) in the second round with a brutal left-right-left combo that dropped the Puerto Rican former champ and provoked the referee to immediately wave off the bout. With the win, Cuellar retains his WBA interim featherweight title. This is the second straight loss inside the distance for Lopez.
— Jermall Charlo (19-0, 15 KOs) beat up a tough Norberto Gonzalez (20-5, 13 KOs) for six-and-a-half rounds before the Gonzalez corner mercifully called an end to the one-sided punishment in the seventh. Charlo scored a knockdown in the fifth round and had a point deducted from him in the fourth for low blows.
— Julian Williams (17-0-1, 10 KOs) won a unanimous eight-round decision over Eliezer Gonzalez (14-1, 9 KOs) in a well-fought battle of undefeated prospects. The three judges would share the same scorecard of 80-72.
— Errol Spence (14-0, 11 KOs) took a TKO victory over overmatched Noe Bolanos (24-11-1, 16 KOs), who refused to continue, claiming a hand injury after the second round.
— In the eight-round televised opener Josesito Lopez (33-6, 19 KOs) scored a one-sided, but utterly forgettable unanimous decision over Rafael Cobos (15-4-5, 3 KOs) by three judges’ scores of 80-72.