The fights are underway at the StubHub Center on Showtime Extreme, with Terrell Gausha and Jermall Charlo both winning as expected in their junior middleweight bouts. For our live coverage thread, click here.
Terrell Gausha UD-8 Charles Whittaker
Totally one-sided fight, dictated entirely by Gausha, who improves to 9-0 (5 KO) with a shutout win on scores of 80-71 across the board. Whittaker (40-15-2, 24 KO). Gausha, 26, scored a knockdown in round six, and didn't really face much coming back from the 40-year-old Whittaker, who had promised to "put on a show" and, um, didn't. It's a good win for Cleveland's Gausha, one of the members of the maligned and unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Olympic team from London, and his move down to the 154-pound weight class appears to be a good idea. His body seems better suited for this division at this stage of his career than it did at middleweight, as Showtime's Steve Farhood pointed out. Certainly he'll someday fight at 160, but right now, junior middle appears a superior fit.
Jermall Charlo TKO-4 Hector Munoz
Short-notice specialist Munoz took his customary beating in this one, and the doctor and referee decided to stop the fight after four rounds, quite understandably. Charlo (18-0, 14 KO) is looking to step up to the world level soon, as he had been scheduled to fight Carlos Molina for the IBF 154-pound title on March 8 before that fell apart when Molina was arrested. Munoz (22-13-1, 14 KO) did his job, and showed once again that he's a tough SOB.
Joseph Diaz Jr UD-6 Luis Maldonado
Another of the 2012 Olympians, Diaz improves to 10-0 (7 KO) with an easy six-round shutout win over veteran Maldonado (36-13-1, 27 KO), who has now lost 11 of his last 12 fights.
Welterweight prospect Frankie Gomez (17-0, 13 KO) scored a KO-2 win over Orlando Vazquez (12-4-1, 6 KO).
Sharif Bogere (24-1, 16 KO) beat Arturo Urena (20-17-1, 16 KO) when the fight was stopped in the sixth round.