Super featherweight contender Mikaela Mayer improved to 11-0 (4 KO) with a wide decision win over Lizbeth Crespo (13-5, 3 KO) in tonight’s featured prelim undercard fight on ESPN2 from Las Vegas.
Mayer, 28, was an Olympian for Team USA in 2016, and is hoping to get a 130-pound title shot in her next outing. She’s skilled and marketable, and was able to use superior height and reach tonight to outbox Crespo, who started pretty aggressively but was outclassed overall.
Albert Bell UD-10 Andy Vences
A minor upset here, as Bell (15-0, 5 KO) outpoints Vences (22-1-1, 12 KO), a former prospect who appears to have hit the wall trying to graduate from prospect to contender. Vences went to a draw with Erick De Leon in March 2018 for his first blemish, came back to win two fights, and came up short here. Vences was hurt in the seventh, but came back and made it exciting down the stretch, but it wasn’t enough. Bell won on unanimous scores of 97-93, and deserves the W.
Isaac Lowe UD-10 Duarn Vue
Lowe (18-0-3, 6 KO) is a close friend of Tyson Fury’s, a skilled featherweight boxer who outclassed the rugged but limited Vue (14-2-2, 4 KO) in this one, winning on scores of 97-93, 98-92, and 99-91. Lowe doesn’t seem to me like someone who would be a big threat to win a world title at 126, but you never know — he’s got talent, he boxes very nicely, and he’s got a chip on his shoulder, which can be valuable if utilized properly.
Guido Vianello TKO-2 Keenan Hickman
A mismatch, as Vianello is a 6’6” Italian with promise who competed at Rio 2016, and Hickman is just a squat, 5’10” guy from Baton Rouge who does his best. And Hickman (6-4-1, 2 KO) did his best here, but this was basically over at the end of the first round when Vianello rocked him. The Italian finished in the second, dropping Hickman three times for the stoppage. Vianello is now 4-0 (4 KO).
Peter Kadiru UD-4 Juan Torres
Don’t know the scores because some lady who wasn’t Lupe Contreras was allowed to read the winner and she just said Kadiru won by unanimous decision. I’m sure it was 40-36 across the board, though. Kadiru is a 21-year-old German heavyweight, now 4-0 (1 KO), and the ceiling on him looks very low. He was much better than tubby Torres (3-2-1, 1 KO), but that’s not saying a lot.