Former middleweight titleholder David Lemieux stopped Glen Tapia in the fourth round of the featured undercard bout tonight in Las Vegas, with Tapia's corner stopping the bout after a knockdown. It was the first time Tapia had been down in his career, but his third stoppage loss.
Tapia (23-3, 15 KO) had the right idea, trying to box his way around the hard-punching Lemieux (35-3, 32 KO), but he just couldn't do enough defensively to keep Lemieux from hammering away with left hooks to the head and body, as well as his right hand. It was a hook that dropped Tapia early in the fourth, and though he got up, his corner made the call to stop the fight there. Tapia protested, heartbroken, but it was probably the right call.
Top prospect Frankie Gomez (21-0, 13 KO) shut out Mauricio Herrera (22-6, 7 KO) over 10 rounds in a welterweight fight, winning on scores of 100-90 across the board, which is the same card that SB Nation had. Gomez, a fighter who has trained and sparred with the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, and Amir Khan, has been called by trainer Freddie Roach the most talented fighter in the Wild Card Gym, but there have been some times in his career where he's been stalled by issues outside of the ring. Tonight, though, he showed the sort of promise that has been hyped for years. Herrera, normally a very tough out, was just outclassed in this one.
Veteran middleweight Curtis Stevens scored a second round stoppage win over previously unbeaten prospect Patrick Teixeira of Brazil, hurting Teixeira with a jab in the first round before dropping and stopping him with a right hand about a minute into the second round. Stevens (28-5, 21 KO) was a dangerous proposition for an untested young fighter, and Teixeira (26-1, 22 KO) got something of a wake-up call in this fight. It was an encouraging night to say the least for Stevens, who is looking to rebuild his career under trainer John David Jackson.
On the undercard live stream before the pay-per-view, a pair of rising prospects picked up victories as anticipated. Super bantamweight Diego De La Hoya, the younger cousin of Oscar, put away Rocco Santomauro in the seventh round, when Santomauro's trainer Shane Mosley told the referee to stop the fight.
Santomauro (13-1, 1 KO) was confident and brave, but outgunned by the stronger De La Hoya (15-0, 9 KO), who put his punches together nicely, bloodied Santomauro's nose and both eyes, and pretty much pummeled him as the fight went on. Santomauro was down in the second round, but he did get up and continued to give a real effort, but he was outclassed. De La Hoya was thought to be the superior prospect, and he proved it.
Middleweight Jason Quigley (11-0, 9 KO) beat young veteran James de la Rosa (23-4, 13 KO) in a ten-round shutout on the judges' scorecards, 100-90 across the board. Bad Left Hook/SB Nation had the fight 98-92 for Quigley, a 24-year-old Irish prospect now fighting out of California. Quigley passed what was a real test here, as this was a significant step up for him as far as his opposition. It was also the first time he'd ever gone past the fourth round.