The second of three cards broadcast from the “Bubble” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas aired on ESPN Thursday, the “Main Event” originally was scheduled to be between former two division world champion Jose Pedraza taking on former world title challenger Mikkel LesPierre. A “Covid-19” test taken upon arrival in Las Vegas for the manager of LesPierre resulted in a negative result, a second test conducted after official weigh-ins returned a positive result and due to safety placed both fighters and teams out of the event.
The teams now have to stay quarantined in Vegas until another test can be conducted, if the test are positive they can either remain in Vegas or drive back to their perspective hometowns. This was a disappointment for both fighters who understood things like this can happen and look forward to meeting down the road hopefully in July.
The Co-Main main event would between undefeated lightweight prospect Gabriel Flores Jr and veteran Josec Ruiz would become the nights feature bout.
It was a one sided affair that showed the progress of Gabriel Flores Jr who is “Top Ranks” youngest fighter ever signed at age sixteen. While Josec Ruiz was durable and never stopped trying he didn’t have the pedigree to compete with Flores Jr.
There were no real highlight moments of the contest outside a second round knockdown of Ruiz. It would be a steady pace for the remainder, Flores boxed from a distance and force Ruiz to be uncomfortable while being picked apart by Flores jab.
The official scores read 100-89 on all three cards in favor of Gabriel Flores Jr who improved to 18-0 (6), Josec Ruiz now stands at 21-3-3(14).
It was a dominate display of boxing by Flores Jr but despite the win, his ignoring the corners instructions on switching up his attack will need to be worked on. If he had followed instructions, there is a high chance he would of scored a stoppage win.
The nights most action packed bout took place between undefeated super middleweight prospect David Kaminsky and Clay Collard.
While Collard came in unofficially as the “B-Side”, this fight would be a continuation of his success amassed between May of 2019 and Thursday night. In that time Collard who turned professional in 2017 then took a two year layoff from boxing, returned then went 5-2-3 (2). Inside those numbers it would show three of his five wins come against undefeated opponents, two of his three draws against undefeated opponents as did both losses.
This fight would be a continuation of that success, Collard used volume and an unorthodox style to keep the less experienced Kaminsky off his game. As rounds passed the face of Kaminsky who never stopped trying began to swell immensely and his best work would be performed when Collard slowed his pace.
When the fight was over, Judges scored the bout 58-56 twice in favor of Collard and 58-56 in favor of Kaminsky giving Collard another upset win by split decision. With the win Clay Collard improved to 7-2-3(2) while David Kaminsky now stands at 6-1(3).
The nights opening bout took place between twenty year old Bantamweight prospect Robert Rodriguez and Adrian Servin. This was a short notice fight for Servin who aside from nine days notice also jumped up in weight.
The short notice and weight jump was a bad combination for Adrian Servin who found himself under constant attack in round two and unable to keep Rodriguez from moving forward.
A knockdown would be scored by Rodriguez and once the fight resumed, Rodriguez bullied Servin against the ropes forcing referee Robert Hoyle to halt the action at 2:48 of round two.
With the win Robert Rodriguez improved to 8-0-1(4) while Adrian Servin now stands at 9-1-1(3).
In other action
Super Lightweight Victor Rodriguez improved to 3-0 (1) after dominating Justin Horsley 0-2 over four rounds.
Super Featherweight Frevian Gonzalez Robles improved to 3-0 after out boxing Jose Martinez 2-1(1) over four rounds.