Last night on Premier Boxing Champions, the fireworks were exploding, and the bombs were being thrown in the StubHub Center in Carson California, as fans got a rare treat with 4 knockouts in the event.  The fights were so quick, that you were able to see all the undercards in the event.  The card opened up with Jorge Lara (28-0-2, 20 KO’s) completely destroying his idol and former champion, Fernando Montiel (54-6-2, 39 KO’s).  Lara came out swinging for the fences and caught Montiel with big shots in the first round.  After 3 knockdowns, the southpaw Lara, would land a huge right hook on an already hurt Montiel, and knock him out cold.  Lara stays undefeated, and climbs the latter of top prospects for a potential Featherweight title shot.  We also got a bonus fight before the main event, because the night was moving along so quickly, where Light Heavyweight prospect David Benevidez (14-0, 13 KO’s) knocked out Phil “Real Deal” Jackson (16-3,15 KO’s).  Jackson was target practice for Benevidez in the first round, and in the second he got badly hurt with a huge left hook.  Jackson, on wobbly feet, got nailed with another left hook after a flurry from Benevidez, and thats all she wrote.

In the co-featured bout, Thomas Williams Jr defeated Edwin Rodriguez via 2nd round KO in a scheduled 10 round Light Heavyweight bout.  These two came out of their corners like mad men, throwing huge bombs from the get go.  In the second, it looked good early for Rodriguez, after he hit Williams with a big overhand right.  Williams, staggered for a moment landed a huge right hook to even the score.  At the end of the second round, Williams would land a monster of a left hand after a big exchange, that would put Edwin Rodriguez down for the count.  Williams is now in line for a potential World Title fight against Adonis “Superman” Stevenson.

In the main event of the evening, it was the rematch of the 2011 fight of the year, where “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (31-6-2, 24 KO’s) squared of against Andre Berto (31-5, 24 KO’s).  Ortiz got the better of Berto in 2011, handing him his first career loss, and Berto was out for revenge.  In the first round, after feeling each other out for the most part, an accidental head butt opened up a huge gash above the hairline of Victor Ortiz.  The cut was so big, that the blood was pouring down Ortiz’ face.  Perhaps feeling a sense of urgency, Ortiz would start to let his hands go.

In the second round, Ortiz would start throwing the straight left hand, and it was getting through Berto’s guard.  Berto was looking very tight and jittery, perhaps thinking back to 2011, where he lost for the first time.  Ortiz’ third straight right hit Berto while he was off balance, and he went down.  Berto got up, and landed a huge uppercut that Ortiz (by his own admission) never saw coming.  Ortiz then hit the deck, and it was like deja voo and 2011 all over again.  A mirror image of their first fight.  Ortiz was badly hurt though when he got up, and Berto would come charging.  Realizing that Ortiz was on dream street, Berto landed a big left hook, and Ortiz would drop again.  He would just barely beat the 10 count, and when referee Jack Reese asked Victor if he wanted to continue, Ortiz did not respond.  Jack Reese would then stop the fight, and Andre Berto would get his revenge.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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