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May 19, 2013

Adam Denman@ringside

Devon Alexander TKO7 Lee Purdy... IBF welterweight Champion Devon Alexander earned a convincing and satisfying victory over Lee Purdy in the Atlantic City co-feature. Alexander battered the Englishman over seven action-packed rounds with his jabs and hooks. Alexander even found an opening for his uppercut. Purdy tried his best to answer with his own left and right hooks but they were far and few between. Referee David Fields stopped the fight at the end of the seveth round on the advice Purdy's corner. Purdy was beaten and battered. Even though Purdy failed to make the welterweight limit of 147 pounds at the weigh-in (he weighed 147.8 pounds in his final attempt to make weight on Friday afternoon), the fight still went on as planned.  Purdy took the fight on four weeks notice and couldn’t find a way to stop Alexander from landing at will. Alexander returned a new weapon to his arsenal that he abandoned after the Juan Urango fight and that was the uppercut.  Now 25-1 with 14 KOs, Alexander said after the fight, “If Amir Khan wants it, he can have it. If Floyd Mayweather wants it, he can have it. I just want to fight the best fights." Khan, the former world champ at 140 pounds, would be an enormous fight internationally and a victory over him would make Alexander a viable option for Floyd Mayweather in 2014.

Shawn Porter W10 Phil Lo Greco... Shawn Porter put on a boxing clinic against Phil Lo Greco. Porter's punches landed at will with speed, power, and precision. Lo Greco taunted and waived Porter on in a bid get inside his head. Porter did allow Lo Greco to gain one inch of momentum and just kept using left and right hooks to the body and head. Later on in the fight, Porter started to noticeably hurt Lo Greco and finally dropped him in the closing round. Lo Greco got on his bicycle and stayed away from Porter for the rest of the round. The official scores were 100-89 and 100-88 (twice). Porter improves to 21-0-1 with 14 KOs while Lo Greco falls to 25-1 with 14 KOs. 

Rau’shee Warren TKO4 Angel Carvajal – Ex-Olympian Rau'shee Warren pressured Angel Carvajal for the majority of the fight, closing the distance in order to get inside. Warren loaded up on his shots gunning for the knockout and came up a few inches short from connecting with his straight right hand.  Carvajal didn’t have an answer for Warren and threw wide punches. Warren’s straighter punches finally left their mark in the fourth round and he ended the fight with a knockout of Carvajal.

Anthony Peterson TKO2 Dominic Salcido – Anthony Peterson started fast and looked sharp, landing combinations to the face of Dominic Salcido. Peterson also had better defense, rarely getting hit and dodging most of Salcido's punches.  In the second round, the referee stopped the fight with Salcido suffering an apparently broken nose. There wasn’t any blood streaming down Salcido’s face but it did show signs of continued swelling. The fight was entertaining until the abrupt ending. It was a great victory for Peterson, who improves to (32-1 with 21 KOs while Salcido falls to 18-5 with 9 KOs. 

Cedar Seda W8 Miguel Tamayo -  In a one-sided fight, Cesar Seda used left hands and combinations to overwhelm Miguel Tamayo. In the third round, Tamayo decided to stand toe-to-toe with Seda and both fighters traded hard shots in the center of the ring. In the sixth and eighth rounds, Seda hurt Tamayo with left hands, but Tamayo survived and the fight went the distance. Seda is still looking for another opportunity to return to contender status since losing a razor thin decision to WBO titlist Omar Narvaez. Official scores were 79-73, 80-72, and 80-70.

Anthony Ogogo W6 Edgar Perez – Former British Olympian Ogogo won his second pro fight, dominating Edgar Perez. Even though Perez was never seriously hurt, his face showed otherwise as Ogogo peppered him with fast combinations. Perez was swollen and bloodied. Ogogo used his size advantage and kept Perez at a distance. Ogogo landed at will with high volume punching. Perez was never able to get into the fight and threw just one shot at a time. Official scores were 60-54 (twice) and 60-53. Ogogo improves to 2-0 while Perez falls to 5-5.

Thomas Williams W8 Otis Griffin –  Otis Griffin put up more of a fight than the scorecards indicated and showed tremendous heart against the undefeated power punching prospect. Early, Williams wasn’t able to figure out Griffin’s defense or time his movement. Williams started slowly, and looked off his game in the beginning of the fight. Later on, though, Williams began connecting on power punches to the body. Griffin slowed down, and Williams began loading up and letting his hands go. Griffin kept backpedaling to the ropes, and that’s when Williams would tee off on him. Official scores were 80-72, 79-73 (twice).

Haroon Khan KO1 Vicente Medellin – Haroon Khan, brother of Amir Khan, started off very fast, going right at Vicente Medellin and throwing everything at him but the kitchen sink. Khan landed a right/left combination to the head that floored Medellin. A right to the body later in the first round finished off the contest. Khan wins his second fight of his career, and look for bigger and better things in the future.

Jamel Herring TKO1 Victor Galindo – Jamel Herring dispatched of Victor Galindo in the first minute of their bout. Herring used speed, and precision power punching in order to get inside Galindo’s defense. Herring faked to the body, threw to the head, and connected on a right hook that sent Galindo collapsing to the canvas, unable to get back up.
Robert Easter TKO2 Eduardo Guillen – Robert Easter was just too much for Eduardo Guillen for the short time that Guillen was able to survive. Easter worked behind his jab, followed by a right hook to the body, and/or a uppercut to the body or head. Guillen was on shaky legs as Easter followed up with pressure and finished the job in the second round. Easter landed almost half of his power shots and improved to 4-0, while Guillen drops to 0-3.

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