Dmitry Mikhaylenko TKO-8 Johan Perez
In a very entertaining welterweight main event, Mikhaylenko stayed unbeaten with an impressive eighth round stoppage of Perez, working relentlessly throughout the fight and breaking down his opponent. Mikhaylenko had done plenty of damage already, but he came out in the eighth round clearly looking for the stoppage, and he got it, ferociously assaulting Perez and beating him down in the corner, forcing referee Ray Corona to call a stop to the fight with Perez getting battered and busted up.
Mikhaylenko (19-0, 9 KO), promoted by Main Events, was all action in this fight, and definitely made himself someone to watch at 147 pounds. Perez (20-3-1, 13 KO) fought valiantly, and made a mid-fight adjustment going southpaw that seemed to give Mikhaylenko some minor trouble, but overall this was the Russian's night to shine, as he won all but one round on our scorecard before the stoppage.
Manuel Avila RTD-6 Yoandris Salinas
The best and worst of Salinas was on display in this fight, as the Cuban looked at times like the guy who pushed Scott Quigg to a 12-round draw, and at times like the guy who was then stopped by club fighter Enrique Quevedo in his next bout. Salinas was put down in the second round, but did battle back nicely from there before hurting his hand, which ultimately led to his corner stopping the fight after six rounds, with Avila again building up some momentum.
It's a big win for Avila (18-0, 8 KO), who may not be a Grade-A type of prospect, but showed tonight that he's definitely got a chin, as Salinas (21-2-2, 14 KO) landed some really hard right hands that Avila just shook off. So he passed this test.
Tevin Farmer TKO-8 Daulis Prescott
Farmer (20-4-1, 5 KO) looked a lot stronger than his KO percentage would indicate, and a lot better than his overall record would lead one to believe, too. He's now won 12 straight after starting his career 8-4-1, and totally dominated this fight, dropping Prescott (30-3, 22 KO) three times -- once in the fourth, again in the sixth, and then a final time for the stoppage at 52 seconds of the eighth round.
Other than Farmer's really strong performance, this fight may be most memorable later for Prescott taking a full five minutes after he was hit while down on the sixth round knockdown. Farmer's left hand barely grazed Prescott, but the Colombian took the full five. Hey, that's his right, but the crowd responded as you might expect. It was long since clear at that point that Prescott was overmatched. Farmer lost a point on the foul, but pitched a shutout in this one.