Tonight's fight card at The Forum in Inglewood featured no shortage of action, with five of the six bouts on the show ending early, including both of the HBO-televised main card fights.
We'll have more on the main event, which saw Gennady Golovkin stop Willie Monroe Jr in the sixth round, but here we'll focus on the undercard action. Most notable, of course, was flyweight star Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez finally making his major TV debut in the United States, coming to HBO and delivering the goods as advertised, stopping Edgar Sosa in the second round after three knockdowns. Gonzalez (43-0, 37 KO) battered Sosa (51-9, 30 KO), and got a great reaction from what was a fight fan-heavy and very loud attendance at the Los Angeles area venue.
Also on the undercard:
- Ivan Morales, the 23-year-old brother of Erik, knocked out Danny Flores at 0:47 of the eighth and final round in their bantamweight bout. Morales 28-0 (16), Flores 14-7-1 (8).
- Pedro "Little Pete" Duran knocked out Daniel Perales with 10 seconds to go in the sixth and final round, having also scored a knockdown in the opening frame. Duran weighed in at 139½ yesterday, with Perales at 130¾, which should be noted. Duran 11-0 (8), Perales 5-2-1 (3).
- 22-year-old Kazakhstan native Ruslan Madiev, a lightweight/junior welterweight, knocked out Julio Sanchez at 0:21 of round two. Here's hoping Ruslan becomes a star, because I have no shortage of Madea jokes if he does. Madiev 5-0 (3), Sanchez 1-2 (1).
- The only fight to go the distance was a women's super flyweight fight between Seniesa Estrada and Carly Batey, and that had a knockdown, with Batey going down in round five. Scores were 58-55, 58-55, and 57-56 for Estrada. Estrada 4-0 (1), Batey 4-5-2 (0).