- Jose Pedraza UD-10 Mikkel LesPierre (100-88, 99-89, 99-89)
- Albert Bell UD-10 Mark Bernaldez (100-90, 100-90, 100-90)
- Elvis Rodriguez TKO-1 Danny Murray (2:13)
- Kingsley Ibeh MD-6 Patrick Mailata (57-57, 58-56, 58-56)
- Robeisy Ramirez UD-6 Adan Gonzales (60-54, 60-54, 60-54)
Round By Round
Jose Pedraza vs Mikkel LesPierre
Round 1: LesPierre tries a lead jab but Pedraza is able to slip it. LesPierre misses on a jab upstairs and Pedraza comes back with a right hand to the body. Straight right lead from Pedraza falls short. Both fighters trade body shots at center ring. LesPierre throws a few shots in close but most of them get blocked. LesPierre jabs and Pedraza comes back with a short combination that gets smothered a bit. Uppercut from Pedraza makes some contact for Pedraza. Another uppercut lands for Pedraza. Straight right hand targets the body for Pedraza. LesPierre misses on a few shots upstairs as LesPierre is bleeding down his nose already. LesPierre pops a jab upstairs but takes one down to the body. Pedraza 10-9.
Round 2: Pedraza takes center ring and starts pressuring LesPierre a little more. Lead right hand from Pedraza makes a little contact. Pedraza counters with two shots that land again. LesPierre tries a jab, then another but he’s not landing it cleanly for the most part. Straight right hand lands to the body for Pedraza, who now tees off on LesPierre as he just covers up on the ropes. Pedraza throws maybe 30 punches during that sequence. Now Pedraza gets in a solid uppercut at center ring. LesPierre throes a double right hand but Pedraza comes right back with a left hand over the top from the southpaw stance. Pedraza stands in the pocket and looks for more counter opportunities. Pedraza 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Counter left hand from LesPierre misses. Pedraza comes forward and jabs to the body but falls a little short. Jab from LesPierre misses upstairs. Counter left hand lands for Pedraza after he slips a jab from LesPierre. Pedraza lands a jab upstairs, then one to the body, then another back to the head. Both fighters exchange clean jabs this time. Double right hook lands to the body for Pedraza from the southpaw stance. Jab gets in from Pedraza again, who then steps in to follow it up with a combination. Pedraza 10-9.
Round 4: Jab falls short for LesPierre. LesPierre tries a few more but doesn’t have the range. Now Pedraza comes forward but walks into a jab to the body. LesPierre throws a couple more jabs upstairs but they don’t land. Jab lands to the body for Pedraza, then a hook. Pedraza continues to fight in a southpaw stance and lands a jab upstairs. Another jab lands down to the body for Pedraza. Pedraza 10, 40-36.
Round 5: Pedraza starts this round in an orthodox stances and steps foward before getting tangled with LesPierre and LesPierre touches the canvas. Pedraza backing LesPierre towards the roeps but LesPierre gets in a shot to the body. Straight right hand lands for Pedraza. NOW LESPIERRE SCORES A KNOCKDOWN ON A BODY SHOT! Pedraza was knocked off balance more than hurt but it counts all the same. NOW A HARD RIGHT HAND LANDS UPSTAIRS FOR PEDRAZA AND LESPIERRE GOES DOWN! Pedraza continues to come forward and take advantage of LesPierre looking like he’s fading. Pedraza 10-8.
Round 6: They’re taking a timeout to review the knockdown of Pedraza which may have been a trip. It’s been ruled that LesPierre’s knockdown didn’t count, so I’ve revised my score from the last round accordingly. Right hand from Pedraza grazes LesPierre upstairs. Pedraza comes forward with a one-two. LesPierre lucked out by getting a lengthy break while they reviewed that because he was looking like he was in trouble. Counter right hook lands for LesPierre. Right hand lands to the body for Pedraza. Now Pedraza lands a jab. LesPierre tries to go to the body but doesn’t land it well. Now Pedraza comes back and glances a blow off LesPierre’s head. Pedraza 10-9, 60-53.
Round 7: LesPierre paws with a jab as Pedraza feints and then jabs to the body. Counter right hand lands upstairs for Pedraza, then a right hand to the body. Jab to the body lands for Pedraza this time, followed by a clean jab upstairs. Right hand lands for Pedraza. Several shots from Pedraza hit LesPierre to the head. Straight right hand lands to the body again for Pedraza, then a cuffing hook to the head. Pedraza misses on two shots as LesPierre slips. LesPierre tries coming forward now but is misses on most of his punches. Pedraza 10-9.
Round 8: LesPierre tries to throw a couple jabs that don’t find the range. Now LesPierre looks to the body but still not much success. Jab lands upstairs for Pedraza, who’s stayed orthodox these past few rounds. Left to the body falls short for LesPierre. Left hand lands upstairs for Pedraza this time. Now Pedraza throws a straight right to the body. Pedraza brings the straight right to the head now. Right hand lead makes contact for Pedraza. LesPierre leads with a elft hand and touches Pedraza a little. Pedraza 10-9, 80-71.
Round 9: Pedraza tries a couple of shots that don’t land as LesPierre ducks under. Right hand lands upstairs for Pedraza. LesPierre is now showing a cut around his right eye that’s bleeding down his face. Straight right to the body scores for Pedraza, then a right uppercut as LesPierre trades with him. Left hand from Pedraza scores well to the head. LesPierre lands a left hand to the body. Pedraza comes back and knocks LesPierre back to the ropes. Jab and right hand lands for Pedraza. Pedraza 10-9.
Round 10: LesPierre comes out look to go to the body with a left hand. Pedraza just jogging around the ring as he knows he has this fight in the bag. Left hand from Pedraza puts LesPierre but it looked almost to be from exhaustion more than the impact. Right hand to the body lands for Oedraza and LesPierre stumbles across the ring. Pedraza tries to look for a shot to end this fight and lands a straight right upstairs. Jab lands for Pedraza. LesPierre on the ropes and Pedraza is trying to dial up a knockout punch. Straight right lands for Pedraza. LesPierre comes back with his own jab and then goes to the body with a left hand. Jab lands for LesPierre. Pedraza 10-8. I’ve got it a shutout for Pedraza, 100-88.
Albert Bell vs Mark Bernaldez
Round 1: Bell takes center ring and sticks a long jab. Bell is much, much taller and longer than Bernaldez, who is going to have to find a way to close the distance. Check hook makes contact for Bell. Jab comes from Bell again and He’s effectively been keeping Bernaldez on the outside for the opening minute of this fight. Right hand lands to the body for bell, followed by a check hook. Jab lands clean for Bell again. Bell tries a lead right hand from range but Bernaldez blocks that one. Jab comes from bell again but this one doesn’t land. Bell 10-9, easy.
Round 2: Bell tries a counter hook that doesn’t land clean. Bell moving laterally, both sides, and picking off Bernaldez will long punches. Bernaldez momentarily gets in but gets hit with a shot for his trouble. Bernaldez misses badly and falls into the ropes. Lead hook from Bernaldez misses again as he can’t throw from a range he can land at without getting picked off first. This could be a long, boring fight at this pace. Jab to the body lands for Bell, who then measures another counter hook as he anticipates a response. Two more long shots come from Bernaldez. Bell 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Bernaldez tries to lead with a jab to the body and then quickly tries to crowd bell to force his way on the inside. Bernaldez tries another right to the body but doesn’t land it clean. Bell pops several jabs and then stabs to the body with a straight right hand. Bell throws another long jab and then gets on the move. Now Bell times a counter right hand that he partially lands before getting in a solid right uppercut. Counter left hook lands for Bell. Bell digs down to the body with two punches and then steps back out of range. Bell 10-9.
Round 4: Bell misses on a jab but uses good footwork to step to the side and escape the counter. Check hook makes a little contact for Bell. Now Bernaldez tries a left hook upstairs but it catches Bell on the shoulder. Right hand lands downstairs for Bernaldez as he tries to apply more pressure. Sharp jab lands for Bell, who continues to use long punches and foot movement to completely dominate the much shorter Bernaldez from range. Bernaldez leaps in with a left and right hook but can’t make much of it. Bell pops another jabs and steps to his left, then his right, then back-and-forth before finding the time to throw a counter right. Bernaldez tries a wishful right hook that misses badly. Easiest fight I’ve had to score in a while. Bell 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Jab misses for Bell. Bernaldez pressures but walks into the next jab. Check hook makes partial contact for Bell. now Bernaldez actually lands a clean shot upstairs. Nice one-two lands well for Bell. Right hand lead falls a little short for Bell. Jab makes partial contact for Bell. Bell sticks more jabs that don’t land but keep Bernaldez at a range he can’t land anything. Desperate left hook from Bernaldez misses. Bell is just plainly using his advantages to his advantage — imagine that. Bell 10-9.
Round 6: Left hook from Bernaldez to the body doesn’t land clean. Bernaldez continues to try to come forward but eats another left jab from Bell. Bell jabs again, and again, then moves off to the side. Right hand makes a little contact for Bell. Right hand comes from Bernaldez down to the body. Bernaldez gets in a little left to the body as Bell misses upstairs. Now Bell lands a straight right to the body. Bell jabs downstairs, then upstairs. Counter right hand lands over the top for Bell. Bell gets back on his jab and Bernaldez can’t really do anything about it. Now Bernaldez lunges in behind a combination that makes a little contact but doesn’t land clean. Bell 10-9, 60-54.
Round 7: Bell comes out on the move while using his jab and luring Bernaldez into spots where he can sit down on a shot or two. Three jabs come from Bell as Bernaldez tries a counter. Left hand tries to target the body for Bernaldez but not much success. Right hand lead comes from Bell and makes partial contact. Jab lands for Bell again, who then misses on a follow up right hand. More jabs come from Bell and Bernaldez just can’t effectively close the distance for long enough to get any work done. Bell 10-9.
Round 8: Bernaldez probably never saw the Broadway musical Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, but tonight he’s getting a live demonstration. Bell 10-9, 80-72.
Round 9: Lots of jabs from Bell, lots of ineffective lunging from Bernaldez. Rinse and repeat for three minutes minutes. Bell 10-9, again.
Round 10: Bell actually started picking up the pace and pushing Bernaldez back towards the end of the last round, so let’s see if he tries to get him out of there. Bell also seemingly hurt his right hand at the end of the last round so that might be a big hinderance. Jab lands for Bell, who then throws a few more before letting go that injured right hand. Another jab comes from Bell who continues to keep Bernaldez off balance with his length and movement. Now Bell turns southpaw momentarily but can’t find the angle he’s looking for so goes back to orthodox. Bell 10-9, 100-90.
Jose Pedraza and Mikkel LesPierre were supposed to fight on June 18, but are up tonight instead, headlining a five-fight card on ESPN starting at 8 pm ET.
Wil Esco will be here for round-by-round updates during the co-feature and main event.
Pedraza, 31, is a former titleholder at 130 and 135 looking to chase another belt at 140. His run at the new weight got off to a bad start last September, dropping a decision to Jose Zepeda, but he’s determined to make this work. LesPierre has one notable fight in his career, a title challenge against Maurice Hooker last year that ended in a shutout loss. Tonight’s fight is a catchweight bout technically at welterweight.
The co-feature is a lightweight bout between unbeaten Albert Bell, really a 130 prospect but it’s another catchweight, and Mark Bernaldez, and we also have a notable rematch between two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez and the man who beat him in his pro debut last year, Adan Gonzales, plus a one-week turnaround from heavyweight project Kingsley Ibeh and junior welterweight prospect Elvis Rodriguez also in action.
Ramirez-Gonzales will be opening the show if you’re particularly interested in tuning in to see that one.
Main Card (ESPN, 8:00 pm ET)
- Jose Pedraza (26-3, 13 KO) vs Mikkel LesPierre (22-1-1, 10 KO), welterweights, 10 rounds
- Albert Bell (16-0, 5 KO) vs Mark Bernaldez (20-3, 14 KO), lightweights, 10 rounds
- Elvis Rodriguez (6-0-1, 6 KO) vs Danny Murray (5-3, 0 KO), junior welterweights, 6 rounds
- Kingsley Ibeh (4-1, 4 KO) vs Patrick Mailata (4-0, 2 KO), heavyweights, 6 rounds
- Robeisy Ramirez (3-1, 3 KO) vs Adan Gonzales (5-2-2, 2 KO), rematch, featherweights, 6 rounds