Trevor Bryan UD-10 Derric Rossy
In 100-degree Las Vegas heat made worse by the TV lights, prospect Bryan and veteran Rossy put on a war of attrition, starting very fast for the first few rounds before slowing down and basically surviving the rest of the way. Bryan (16-0, 11 KO) dropped Rossy in about 30 seconds, but Rossy (30-10, 14 KO) valiantly fought back in that round, and tested the prospect's resolve.
It was never quite enough, though, as Bryan was able to withstand the pace and the heat better, dominating the majority of the fight against a very brave Rossy, who deserves more than he got paid for this fight. This was a big effort in clear defeat, and a valuable fight for Bryan, who got some rounds in against a tested pro. It didn't seem like we were watching a serious rising contender, but Bryan was tough and showed some power, and made for a good TV fight, which is more than you can say for a lot of heavyweights today.
Scores were 97-92, 98-91, and 98-91. BLH had it 99-90.
Decarlo Perez UD-10 Juan Ubaldo Cabrera
Unbeaten Cabrera's prospect status was questionable at best, as he's a 36-year-old part-time fighter whose biggest claim to fame was two trips to the Olympics. Not to make light of being a two-time Olympian, but it's not like all Olympic fighters are good, and Cabrera didn't look like what you might expect of the stereotype of a two-time Olympian.
Perez (15-3-1, 5 KO) took the fight on short notice and outworked Cabrera big time down the stretch. We gave the first three rounds to Cabrera (23-1, 15 KO), and then nothing after that, as he badly wilted in the heat. He was also cut in round one on a headbutt (though ruled a punch by Vic Drakulich) and didn't seem to respond very well to that, either. It's a good win for Perez, a tough young fighter who has done some learning on the job as a pro. This is not someone who's been set up to go anywhere, sort of like another recent Philly fighter, Gabriel Rosado. Both guys can fight, though, and this could be a break for the 24-year-old Perez.
Scores were 97-92, 98-91, and 98-91. BLH had it 97-92.
Joey Dawejko TKO-1 Natu Visinia
Quick and easy in this one, as Dawejko (16-4-2, 9 KO) cracked Visinia with a chopping right hand that wobbled the Samoan early, then poured on the pressure until Russell Mora stepped in to give Visinia (11-2, 9 KO) a standing eight count, saying the ropes were holding him up. Mora could have stopped the fight there, as Dawejko was cracking him, but it didn't take much longer, as Dawejko kept pummeling Visinia until Mora had to stop the fight at 1:15.