WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (33-1-1) exceeded expectations on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada when he stopped Brandon Rios (33-3-1) in the 9th round.
Rios entered the bout at a staggering 170lbs and clearly struggled throughout the fight. He seemed tired and couldn’t seem to throw the shots he needed to.
Bradley, on the other hand, was able to land shots on Rios at will throughout the bout, to both the head and the body.
In the sixth round, Bradley landed four left hooks with Rios unable to even make an attempt at blocking them.
In the eighth round, Bradley visibly hurt Rios with two big rights and you could sense the end was near.
In the ninth round, Rios went down twice from body shots, forcing the referee, Tony Weeks, to stop the fight at 2:49 of the ninth.
“I saw I hurt him early to the body,” Bradley said in a post-fight interview. “I kind of wanted to get him not thinking about it for a while, and then I went back downstairs.”
Vasyl Lomachenko (5-1), the WBO featherweight champion, annihilated Romulo Koasicha (25-5), unleashing a barrage of body shots to secure a tenth round stoppage.
The bout was clearly a mismatch, Lomachenko knew as much and took the chance to put on an exhibition. Perhaps, however, instead of toying with his prey, Lomachenko should have taken a blitzkrieg approach.
Miguel Marriaga (21-1) won an eight round unanimous decision against Guillermo Avila (14-5). All three judges scored the bout 80-72.
Marriaga, a featherweight contender, suffered his first defeat at the hands of Nicholas Walters in June. He will be glad to bounce back from that defeat and will be looking forward to a possible title bout.
Light welterweight, Mike Reed (17-0), remains undefeated after scoring a seventh round KO against Rondale Hubbert (10-4-1).
Hubbert went down in the seventh, and once he was back to his feet, Reed was quick to attack. Reed threw a combination of heavy shots before the referee, Kenny Bayless, stopped the bout at 1:09 of the seventh round.
Lithuanian Welterweight, Egidijus Kavaliauskas (10-0), destroyed Jake Giuriceo (17-5), detonating a huge right to the head and securing a 1st round KO. The fight was stopped by the referee, Russell Mora, at 1:00 of round one.