It's a PBC triple header tonight at Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, featuring a bevy of fighters from Floyd Mayweather's stables. In the main event, Alexis Santiago faces Alex Ruiz, while Lionell Thompson vs. Paul Parker and Lanell Bellow vs. Antowyan Aikens round out the broadcast.
As I am both less familiar with the fighters and, let's face it, cripplingly lazy, here's what Scott had to say about the card.
This is a Mayweather Promotions show. You might remember Lionell Thompson from his loss to Sergey Kovalev in 2012. Or maybe not. I don't know your life. Santiago, 25, has three losses on his record, but none since 2012, winning his last nine fights. And two of his losses came against Randy Caballero in 2011 and Roman Morales in 2012, both legitimate prospects. So we'll see what he's got here. Ruiz, 24, has himself been used as a young prospect checker, with losses to Tino Avila and Jessie Magdaleno in 2015, a year where he went 2-3 overall.
Quick results and round-by-round coverage below.
Alexis Santiago def. Erik Ruiz by unanimous decision (100-90, 99-91, 98-92)
Paul Parker def. Lionell Thompson by split decision (76-75, 75-76, 76-75)
Lanell Bellows def Antowyan Aikens by KO at 2:08 of Round Five
Alexis Santiago vs. Erik Ruiz
Round one: Santiago with rights to the body and a left hook up top, Ruiz answers with a long stretch of punches. Nice uppercut by Santiago. Body shot met by a Ruiz right hand. One minute in. Santiago to the body. Left hook lands for Santiago as they exchange. Ruiz sneaks in an uppercut. 2-1 lands. Santiago with a right downstairs. One minute to go. Clinch and infighting. Both go to the body, then land left hooks upstairs. Straight right by Ruiz. Ruiz with a right on the exit. Combination before the bell, answered by Santiago. 10-9 Ruiz.
Round two: Rapid start to the round, trading heavy power punches. Head and body shots connecting. Nice combination by Santiago. Right to the body. Lead right from Ruiz, close-range exchange Follows. One minute in. More exchanges at point-blank range. Hard uppercut by Ruiz as he's taken to the ropes. Anotehr right to the body from Santiago. One minute to go. Santiago with a combination inside. Ruiz lands a straight right, eats some hard shots from Santiago. Ruiz right in there with him but the momentum's starting to favor Santiago. Body shots and hard counters by Santiago. 10-9 Santiago. 19-19.
Round three: Another exchange in the center and he's getting the better of these exchanges. Plenty of heat coming back, though. Hard shots inside from Santiago. Ruiz comes back with right hands after eating a double left hook. Santiago with a good right downstairs. Santiago backed to the ropes, lands some solid shots. Sharp hook. Ruiz slams some shots into his guard, eats a left hook as he does so. Just a fun scrap thus far, favoring Santiago. Lead hook connects. Santiago jabbing pretty well, still getting in his licks in the exchanges. 10-9, 29-28 Santiago.
Round four: Ruiz comes out throwing. Left hook exchange. Santiago catches him with a lead hook and straight right. One minute in. Body blows land for Santiago. 1-2 from Ruiz in return. Ruiz staying active on the inside. Hard body shots from both men. Right hands by Santiago, Ruiz answers. One minute in. Ruiz eats a pair of uppercuts. Santiago again to the body. Ruiz digs a right to the body. 1-2 lands. Santiago working his jab and they exchange before the bell. 10-9 Ruiz, 38-38.
Round five: Santiago jabbing, goes low-high with a combination. Double left hook met by a Santiago left hook. Good exchanges. Santiago doing good work at close range, gets forced back with a left hook to the body. Right to the body by Ruiz. Thudding right hand and a combination by Santiago. Ruiz sneaks in a right hand as they continue to trade inside. One minute to go. Ruiz with a right uppercut through the guard. Santiago on the outside now, lands another right hand upstairs. Left hook connects, Ruiz with a 1-2 in return. Santiago cracks him with left hands before the bell. 10-9, 48-47 Santiago.
Round six: Again to the center, again they begin the round swinging. Santiago just the crisper combination puncher thus far, though Ruiz continues to land as well. Ruiz having a good first minute. Left hooks, body shots on the inside. Hard uppercut by Ruiz. Santiago with a 1-2 downstairs, then a combination to the body. One minute to go. Tit-for-tat in the center, Santiago working the jab. 1-2 from Santiago. Ruiz sneaks in a left hook, eats a 2-3 before the bell. 10-9 Ruiz, 57-57.
Round seven: Combinations early by Santiago. Heavy hooks connect for him. Busy, effective start to the round for Santiago. One minute in. Santiago to the body, then a series of shots upstairs. His punches seem significantly hard than Ruiz's. Nice exchanges. Big shots. Ruiz sneaks in a left hook, eats a three-piece combo and a left hook to the body. Hard right by Santiago and a left hook. One minute to go. Ruiz unfazed thus far. Combination again by Santiago. Big right before the bell. 10-9, 67-66 Santiago.
Round eight: Santiago still landing heavy punches to the head and body. Ruiz can take it thus far but seems outgunned. One minute in. Santiago with a hard uppercut and left hooks. Hard exchange near the ropes, again favoring Santiago. Ruiz with a good combination, started by a straight right. Santiago putting a lot behind this series of body shots. One minute to go. Ruiz with some blows inside. Ruiz with a 2-3 and Santiago immediately comes back with big shots. Fun round. 10-9, 77-75 Santiago.
Round nine: They're still throwing heat and neither man shows any sign of stopping. Big right by Ruiz, left hooks from Santiago. Right hand exchange, left hooks from Santiago. One minute in. Santiago exits with a right hand. He goes to the body. Ruiz lands an uppercut, eats one in return. One minute to go. Santiago with a right upstairs and follow-up hooks. Sharp left hook. Ruiz shrugs off a big uppercut as he throws. Lovely combination by Santiago. They keep throwing until the bell. 10-9, 87-84 Santiago.
Round ten: The crowd remains firmly behind Santiago in the final round. Ruiz with a solid right hand, eats a series of left hooks. Phone booth exchange. One minute in. Santiago with combinations to the body and head. Heavy shots from Santiago. Santiago jabs, then goes back to exchanging on the inside. One minute to go. The mutual bludgeoning continues. Ruiz with a sharp right hand. Santiago rips off a combination in the last ten seconds, eats a heavy right hand before the bell. 10-9, 97-93 Santiago.
Lionell Thompson vs. Paul Parker
Round one: Parker jabbing early. Thompson flicking his out as well. One minute in. Parker tries a right hand downstairs. Straight right connects. One minute to go. Clinch. 1-2 again from Parker. Thompson might not have even landed a power punch yet. 1-1-2 connects for him before the bell. 10-9 Parker.
Round two: Straight right by Parker, clinch. Counter uppercut, clinch. One minute in. Jab exchange. Clinch. Thompson's just not doing much at all. One minute to go. Thompson jabs the body, gets grazed by a right hand. Double jab by Parker at the bell. 10-9, 20-18 Parker.
Round three: Clinch to start the round. Jab exchange. My god, this is awful. BIG counter right buckles Thompson and forces his glove to touch the canvas. One minute in. Parker looking a bit more aggressive now. Clinch. Jabs by Parker. One minute to go. Both land right hands. Clinch before the bell. 10-8, 30-26 Parker.
Round four: Thompson seems a little more active, although it remains a jab battle. Clinch. Parker to the body, Thompson upstairs with the left. One minute in. Clinch. Clinch, some infighting. Parker still controlling with the jab. One minute to go. Thompson now throwing a bit harder. 1-2 by Parker, clinch. 2-3 by Parker, both dig to the body inside. Clinching. 10-9 Thompson, 39-36 Parker.
Round five: Jabbing, yay. Clinch. Clinch. One minute in. More jabs, right hand by Thompson. Clinch. This is not fun to watch. One minute to go. Thompson to the body, right straight up top. 1-2 by Thompson connects. 10-9 Thompson, 48-46 Parker.
Round six: Thompson goes to the body early. Parker tries a combination inside. One minute in. Body jab by Thompson, counter right by Parker. Thompson to the body, then simultaneous rights. Parker lands another right hook afterwards, then falls after overextending and eating a check hook. Ref calls it a slip. One minute to go. Paul storms after him in the waning second, clinch. 10-9, 58-55 Parker.
Round seven: Jabs, clinch, right by Thompson on the break. Parker whiffs a pair of right hands. One minute in. Clinch. Left hook by Thompson on the exit. Lead right lands for Parker. Clinch. One minute to go. Thompson moving forward, jab exchange. Jab by Thompson, both men land right hands. Clinch. Right by Parker at the bell. 10-9 Thompson. 67-65 Parker.
Round eight: Slightly upped aggression from both sides, it seems. Thompson is the more accurate of the two. Clinch. Clinch. One minute in. Thompson lands a solid right hand amidst his jabs. Parker with a right downstairs, then a clinch. combination by Thompson, right to the body from Parker. One minute to go. Not a particularly gripping final minute. 10-9 Thompson, 76-75 Parker.
Final result: Parker def Thompson by split decision
Lanell Bellows vs. Antowyan Aikens
Round one: Circling and jabbing by Aikens early. Bellows lands a right to the body. Lead hook connects for the shorter Bellows. One minute in. Clinch by Aikens. Bellows still looking for the right downstairs. The broadcast breaks a moment later, leaving only AM radio-quality commentating and a "TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES" image. It comes back with 45 seconds to go. Clinch. Bellows with another right downstairs. Clinch. 10-10.
Round two: Bellows remains aggressive, still planting that right hand to the gut. Aikens with a short right hand and clinch. Another body shot. One minute in. Bellows doing some jabbing as well. Bellows lands a counter jab, clinch. One minute to go. Left hook lands for Bellows. Another left hook trips Aikens up a bit. Clinch. Clash of heads. Aikens falls short with a 1-2, then lands a left downstairs. 10-9, 20-19 Bellows.
Round three: Bellows continues to pursue. Aikens not offering much besides movement, clinching, and the occasional left hook. Bellows finding success with the pressure and continues chipping away at the body on the outside and the clinch. One minute in. Clinch. Bellows has the more effective jab thus far. Clinch. One minute to go. Bellows working to cut the ring off, just misses with right hands. Bellows cracks him with some more right hands, then gets clinched. 3-2 at the bell by Bellows. 10-9, 30-28 Bellows.
Round four: Aikens eats another left hook; he's staying out of major trouble but he is deeply unpleasant to watch. Bellows blasts him with a four-punch combination and gets clinched. Check hook lands for Aikens. One minute in. Clinch. Clinch. Check hook lands once again for Aikens, then a 1-2. To the body. one minute to go. Aikens tries to clinch, eats a body shot. Clinch. Clinch. 1-2 to the body by Bellows. Clinch. Bellows cracks him with a right before the bell. 10-9, 40-37 Bellows.
Round five:. There are plenty of fighters who can't punch but can entertain. Aikens is not one of them, and it's annoying to see zero repercussions for blatant and excessive clinching. There's plenty of that in the first minute. Bellows walks into a jab. Bellows with a right to the body, then a 3-2. Clinch. Right to the body, clinch. Tony Weeks finally chides him a bit for it and Bellows immediately decks him with a right cross. Aikens, clearly lucid, quits on his knee.
Final result: Bellows def. Aikens by KO