Errol Spence Jr. (19-0) moved a step closer to a world title shot after securing a fifth round knockout against Alejandro Barrera (28-3) during a welterweight eliminator in Dallas, Texas.
The Premier Boxing Champions bout was a one-sided affair with Spence’s power shots dominating Barrera. However, Barrera was able to give as good as he got a number of times.
Spence seemed eager for the kill from the get-go but his corner kept him reined in, focused and ready to pounce at the right time. That time presented itself early in the fifth round when Spence forced Barrera to take a knee with a barrage of body shots.
Barrera rose from the canvas but never got back into the fight. Spence caught the Mexican with a left, followed by three additional shots, sending Barrera crashing to floor and forcing referee, Laurence Cole, to wave the fight off without a count.
Spence is now one fight away from a world title fight against unbeaten IBF champion Kell Brook.
Unbeaten southpaw, Erickson Lubin (13-0), was able to do away with Alexis Camacho (21-5) in an efficient manner winning by knockout in the second round.
Lubin went on the attack instantly against Camacho and was able to send the Mexican to the canvas in the opening round. Camacho beat the count but found himself in trouble again toward the end of round two when Lubin cought him with a right hook. Camacho unable to beat the count suffered the third stoppage in his career.
Lubin is an exciting prospect in the super welterweight division and definitely one to keep an eye on.
Eddie Ramirez (12-0) and Bilal Mahasin (7-1-1) slugged it out in a super lightweight contest. It was a close encounter with Ramirez claiming a unanimous decision at the end of the bout.
Ramirez was definitely the more active but Mahasin showed true grit during the bout. The scoredcards at the end of the fight – 77-75 (twice) and 78-74.