Saturday night at the Dignity Health Sports Park , Carson, California, USA, PBC on Fox broadcast an event headlined by former two division world champion Danny Garcia taking on the always tough Adrian Granados in a welterweight bout. With a record on 1-2 in his last three fights losing to both Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman, the win being over a faded and blown up Brandon Rios, a loss or even poor showing could have very well dropped Garcia out of the upper echelon on the welterweight division.
The former champion knowing what was at stake started out strong, throwing punches at a higher volume than the normally busy Granados dominating from start to finish. With sharp counters and accurate right hands Garcia never allowed Adrian Granados to mount a sustained offense.
There would be two knockdowns in the second round and one in the fifth, then in round seven after absorbing a barrage of punches referee Thomas Taylor had seen enough of the one sided affair and halted the contest at 1:33 of the round.
With the win Danny Garcia improved to 35-2 (21) while Adrian Granados while finishing on his feet drops to 20-7-2 (14) suffering his first stoppage loss. In the post fight interview Garcia stated he would like a rematch against Shawn Porter or Keith Thurman both who hold wins over him in close bouts.
The always exciting Brandon Figueroa improved to 19-0 (13) when he defeated Yonfrez Parejo in eight rounds. It was a close start with Parejo edging out the early rounds but once Figueroa was able to get his offense going in full effect, there would be no answers from Parejo who absorbed a tremendous amount of punishment before quitting on his stool at the end of the eighth round. With the win Figueroa claimed the interim WBA Super Bantamweight title.
In a interim WBO Bantamweight title bout, former multi division world champion John Riel Casimero improved to 27-4 (17) after stopping the hard hitting Ricardo Espinoza Franco. There would be a knockdown scored in the sixth round by Casimero but Espinoza was able to shake it off and make the fight a war.
The bout was halted at :44 seconds of round twelve when Casimero had Espinoza unable to escape his onslaught. At the time of the stoppage scores read 105-103 in favor of Espinoza, 105-103 in favor of Casimero and the other card even at 104-104. With the win John Riel Casimero improved to 27-4 (18) while Ricardo Espinoza Franco after suffering his first stoppage loss drops to 23-3 (20).
In Undercard bouts.
Middleweight- Jeison Rosario 19-1-1 (13) def. Jorge Cota 28-3 (25) via SD 10
Lightweight- Carlos Balderas 8-0 (7) def. Luis May 21-14-1 (8) via KO 4.
Heavyweight- Andy Ruiz Jr 32-1 (21) def. Alexander Dimitrenko 41-5 (26) via RTD 5.
Super Middleweight- Alfredo Angulo 25-7 (21) def. Evert Bravo 24-10-1 (18) via KO 2.
Junior Welterweight- Raymond Muratalla 7-0 (5) def. Jose Cen Torres 13-12 (1) via KO 3.
Lightweight- Rolando Romero 9-0 (8) def. Andres Figueroa 9-5 (5) via KO 4.
Super Bantamweight- Shon Mondragon 2-0 (2) def. Hugo Rodriguez 0-4 via KO 4.
Junior Welterweight- Omar Juarez 3-0 (1) def. Dwayne Bonds 3-2-1 (1) via UD 4.
Lightweight- Nelson Hampton 5-2 (4) def. Phillip Bounds 0-3 via UD 4.
Super Featherweight- Ricky Lopez 20-4-1 (6) Splt Drw Joe Perez 14-3-2 (6) Splt Drw 10.