Former WBC super welterweight champion Jermell Charlo (32-1, 16 KOs) scored a devastating third round KO over Jorge Cota (28-4, 25 KOs) on Sunday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. In round three, Charlo dropped Cota, who beat the count but was then almost immediately laid out. Time was 2:14. This was Charlo’s first fight since suffering his first career loss to Tony Harrison last December. Charlo was originally scheduled to battle Harrison in a rematch until an injury forced Harrison out of the bout and Cota stepped in.
In a WBC super bantamweight elimination bout between former world champions, Guillermo Rigondeaux (19-1, 13 KOs) scored an exciting eighth round TKO over Julio Ceja (32-3, 28 KOs). It was a very rugged fight with Rigo and Ceja both more than willing to brawl. Both were deducted points for low blows in round eight by referee Russell Mora. Rigo then dropped Ceja with a huge left hand. Ceja beat the count, but Mora waved it off. Time was 2:59.
Unbeaten super welterweight prospect Joey Spencer (8-0, 6 KOs) had all he could handle with very tough Akeem Black (5-3, 2 KOs) in a six round unanimous decision. Scores were 59-55 3x.
Unbeaten lightweight Chris Colbert (12-0, 4 KOs) hammered out an eight round unanimous decision over Alberto Mercado (16-3-1, 3 KOs). Scores were 80-72 3x.
Unbeaten welterweight KO artist Jesús Ramos (10-0, 9 KOs) went the distance for the first time against a very determined Kevin Shacks (3-4-3, 3 KOs). Scores were 40-36 3x.