Las Vegas, NV: Super Light: Rances Barthelemy (23-0,1ND) W PTS 10 Antonio DeMarco (31-5-1). Welter: Sammy Vasquez (19-0) W PTS 10 Wale Omotoso (25-2). Super Middle: J’Leon Love (20-1, 1 ND) W TKO 7 Jason Escalera (15-4-1). Super Middle: Ronald Gavril (13-1) W PTS 8 Jessie Nicklow (24-7-3). Welter: Haskell Rhodes (24-0) W PTS 8 Jared Robinson (15-3).
Barthelemy vs. DeMarco
Barthelemy gets wide unanimous decision over DeMarco. The tall Cuban was just too slick for the former WBC light champion. Barthelemy was able to use his jab to keep DeMarco on the outside and also mixed in a few switches of his guard. De Marco had no choice but to keep pressing forward and paid the price being caught time and again with counters. Barthelemy floored DeMarco with a straight left late in the fourth and the Mexican southpaw just could not catch Barthelemy for long enough to do any useful work of his own. Barthelemy had been straying low with his punches and the referee deducted a point for that infringement in the ninth but he outboxed DeMarco in the last again switching guards frequently. Scores 99-89 from all three judges. The 28-year-old former undefeated IBF super feather champion will be a force at this poundage. First time in his career that 29-year-old DeMarco has suffered back-to-back losses after being outpointed by Jesse Vargas for the WBA secondary title in December.
Vasquez vs. Omotoso
Vasquez passes his toughest test to date as he takes unanimous decision over dangerous Omotoso. Southpaw Vasquez was just that bit too quick for the Nigerian scoring continually with sharp accurate combinations. Vasquez was blooded in head clashes in the fourth and sixth rounds and again by an accidental elbow from Omotoso in the seventh. Omotoso got into the fight over the late rounds but despite the cuts above both eyes and a nosebleed Vasquez stuck to his boxing and was a clear winner. Scores 98-92 from all three judges. Impressive performance from 29-year-old former US Army and Inter-Forces champion who should be but isn’t currently in the world ratings. Omotoso, 30, has lost his two big fights as he was also outpointed by Jesse Vargas in 2013 but he remains a good quality fighter and a dangerous one.
Love vs. Escalera
Love rebounds from a first round knockdown to halt Escalera. In a wild first round Love shook Escalera and Escalera fired back a left hook to put Love on the floor. Love got up and was not seriously hurt. In the succeeding rounds it was Love who was landing the bigger and better punches and a sustained barrage by Love in the seventh saw the fight stopped. Love climbing back to contention with his second win since kayo by Rogelio Medina in March. Escalera had scored wins over unbeaten fighters Naim Terbunja and Norbert Nemesapati but in his last fight in August lost a wide unanimous decision to Badou Jack.
Rhodes vs. Robinson
Rhodes only just holds on to his unbeaten tag with split draw against Robinson. Rhodes built a lead over the early rounds but faded badly and had to fight hard in the last to get the draw. Scores 77-75 for Rhodes, 77-75 for Robinson and 76-76. The 27-year-old “Hackman” Rhodes has been carefully protected so we might be finding his real level is much less than his record might indicate. Robinson’s two losses have been to unbeaten prospect Amir Imam and Michael Perez (20-1-2) so no disgrace in those losses. On the plus side “The Quiet Storm” won plenty of local amateur titles and took bronze medals at both the US National and National PAL tournaments.