Tonight at 9 pm EST, PBC debuts on FOX Sports 1, the latest and for the time being last of the networks to take up the banner. In the main event, former junior middleweight titleholder Austin "No Doubt" Trout returns to action against Joey "Twinkle Fingers" Hernandez, who has a great nickname.
Trout (29-2, 16 KO) is gunning for his fourth straight win after back-to-back losses in 2013 against Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara. He'll be the heavy favorite tonight against Hernandez (24-3-1, 14 KO), a decent fighter but a non-contender who has lost two of his last three, most recently a 10-round shutout against Julian Williams on April 4.
The co-feature is a potentially more interesting matchup, with featherweights Jorge Lara (27-0-1, 19 KO) and Jesus Rojas (21-1-1, 15 KO) in a 10-round fight. The two are both largely untested, though Rojas did fight Jorge Arce in 2012, a fight that you may recall ended in a no-contest in the second round.
Patrick L. Stumberg will be here tonight with the round by round updates. Join us!
Austin Trout vs. Joey Hernandez: Trout def. Hernandez by KO at 3:00 of Round Six
Jorge Lara vs. Jesus Rojas: Lara and Rojas fight to technical draw (57-57 x3)
Austin Trout vs. Joey Hernandez
Round one: Tentative start to the round. Some jab pawing. One minute in. Trout to the body. Another one. Right hook from Hernandez. Another left straight to the gut from Trout. Hernandez tries to corner him, can't do so and gets clinched. One minute to go. Hernandez to the body, counter hook from Trout. Nice counter uppercut from Trout, who backs Hernandez off with the jab. Right hook lands, Hernandez comes back with an overhand left. 1-2 from Trout at the bell. 10-9 Trout.
Round two: Hernandez moving forward early, whiffs on a right hook. Back to the center, Trout lands to the body. More solid jabs from Trout. Uppercut lands for him. One minute in. Trout's jab working very well. Straight left to the body. Clinch. Another body shot. One minute to go. Hernandez really struggling with Trout's jab, tries to taunt instead. Overhand left just misses for him. Trout to the body after avoiding some fire. 10-9, 20-18 Trout.
Round three: Trout digs a left to the body. Hernandez tries to jab with him. Good head movement by Trout. Body shot around the guard. One minute in. Trout doing a good job of mixing up the jab to the head and body. Straight left lands. Hernandez really hasn't landed anything of note. One minute to go. Combination from Trout, Hernandez taunts again. Nice right hook from Trout after a jab to the body. Hernandez whacks him with a right hook that raises a cloud of sweat. Clinch. 3-2 by Trout before the bell. 10-9, 30-27 Trout.
Round four: More good jabs from Trout. Trout clinches, then Hernandez blatantly slams him to the mat. The referee takes a point from a petulant Hernandez and they continue. Trout, grinning, continues to slickly outbox his foe. One minute in. Trout continuing to land good shots and keep Hernandez at bay. Nice overhand left. Uppercut splits Hernandez's guard, right hook sneaks around it. One minute to go. Clinch. Trout using good head movement and digging to the body. Overhand left, avoids the counters. More hard lefts by Trout and a right to the body. Hernandez lands a nice body blow, eats a right hook before the bell. 10-8, 40-35 Trout.
Round five: Pace slows back down early, but Trout quickly goes to the body before they clinch. Clinch, Trout warned for putting Hernandez in a headlock. One minute in. Hernandez simply as no answer for the jab and eats an uppercut behind it. Body shots by Trout. Hernandez to the body. One minute to go. Trout to the body, comes up with a right hook. Uppercut lands. Left straight to the body. Hernandez lands one in turn. Trout again to the body with some hard punches. Trout keeps up the body attack until the bell. 10-9, 50-44 Trout.
Round six: Hernandez hasn't thrown much besides jabs lately. Trout's are significantly more effective. Left to the body from Trout, Hernandez claims it was low. Trout jabs the body and avoids the counter. Good left up top, then an uppercut between the guard. One minute in. Another left to the body. Right hook downstairs. 2-1 by Trout and Hernandez trips during an attempted clinch. Good right by Hernandez inside. Clinch. One minute to go. 2-3 from Trout. Left to the body, Hernandez comes over the top with his own left. Trout opening up and landing solid blows. Nice uppercut and body shot soon after. Another pair of lefts to the body send Hernandez to the mat. He's hurt bad and doesn't quite make it up. Solid performance from Austin Trout.
Final result: Trout def. Hernandez by knockout
Swing Fight: Fabiano Pena vs. Ahmed Elbiali
Round one: Pena aggressive early, looking to maul. Clinch. Right hand from Elbiali. Another one around the guard. Pena backs him up to the ropes and tries to unload. Good left hand by Pena. Elbiali to the body, drops him with a hard right hand up top. Referee waves it off and Pena is not happy. Paulie's not, either.
Final result: Elbiali def. Pena by TKO
Jorge Lara vs. Jesus Rojas
Round one: Lara on the front foot early. 3-2 for him. Rojas to the body, Lara answers in kind. Double left hand from Lara falls short, body shots land. Rojas counters with a left hook. Rojas to the body with the right. One minute in. Good body shots from Lara. Double left hand by Lara. Simultaneous hooks. Rojas digs a right to the body, Lara responds in kind. Good uppercut in combination by Lara. One minute to go. Good work by Lara with Rojas on the ropes. 3-2 by Rojas. Close-range exchanges in center ring. Body shot from Lara at the bell. 10-9 Lara.
Round two: Check hook from Rojas, Lara answers and follows sit with a combination to the body. Rojas to the body. Hard right hook to the body by Lara. Rojas moving forward and landing the right to the body .Good shots in the clinch. Lara halts his advance with a right hook. One minute in. More rights to the body from the Puerto Rican. Nice right hook from Lara. Two-piece to the body, 1-2 up top. Rojas' right hand landing well, Lara looking for the uppercut on the counter. One minute to go. Good exchanges inside. Lara with a combination after taking a right hand. Lara right hook. Clinch; both men warned for holding. Right hook by Lara. Lead right, body shots from Rojas. Hard left by Lara before the bell. 10-9 Lara, 20-18 same.
Round three: Lara firing uppercuts early. Clinch, Rojas warned for framing with his forearm. Rojas to the body, combinations from Lara. Lara's sneaking in the uppercut after body shots. Another long right to the body by Rojas and another into the clinch. Clash of heads slightly opens Lara's brow. One minute in. Rojas opens up on the reset and they collide again. Clinch. Again. Rojas looking to dig while they're tied up. Left hand by Lara. One minute to go. Double right hand from Rojas. Lara to the body, eats a straight right upstairs. Good counters from Lara, Rojas holds him with his left and smacks him with his right before the bell. 10-9 Rojas, 29-28 Lara.
Round four: Rojas digs the right to the body, avoiding return fire. Lara throwing single shots as Rojas works the jab. Lara to the body, bounces hooks off the guard. Clinch. Right to the body from Rojas and Lara trips to the ground in the clinch. One minute in. Rojas digs another right as they resume. Clinch. Again, Lara complains of another headbutt. One minute to go. Rojas forces him to the ropes with a good jab. Clinch. Clinch. Lara gets him to the ropes and looks to open up. Good body shot before the bell. 10-9 Rojas, 38-38.
Round five: Another clinch early. Lara looking to counter as Rojas presses forward. Rojas to the body. Lead right by Rojas, overhand lefts by Lara. Clinch. Clinch again. One minute in. Referee begs them to box and not wrestle in terrible Spanish. Good exchange in the center of the ring, favoring Lara. Good right by Rojas, clinch. 1-2 by Lara, counter right from Rojas. Rojas digs to the body on the ropes, clinch. One minute to go. Lara has a second cut, also due to a butt. Clinch. Again. Check hook by Rojas and a long straight right. Rojas to the body. Clinch. Lara with an uppercut on the break. Big shots by Rojas before the round's end. 10-9, 48-47 Rojas.
Round six: Ref pauses to examine Lara's cuts before they engage. Straight left by Lara. Again. Lead uppercut whiffs. Another lead left lands. Left hook from Rojas after another straight left. 1-2 from Lara. Clinch. Counter right from Rojas, body shot by Lara. One minute in. Left hook from Rojas connects. Uppercut and straight right from Rojas. Clinch. Quick exchange, clinch. Rojas digs to the body, takes an overhand left. One minute to go. Hard right hook and body shot from Rojas as Lara stays on the ropes. Lara fires back after taking a hard hook. Another. Rojas continues his advance until the bell. 10-9, 58-56 Rojas.
Round seven: Lara's right eye does not look good. He cannot see and we're going to a technical decision.
Final result: Lara and Rojas fight to technical draw