Filipino tallies win in Pacquiao-Bradley undercard

MANILA (3rd Update, 11:20 p.m.) -- Ernie Sanchez of the Philippines fashioned out a unanimous decision victory over Wilton Hilario in the featured featherweight bout in the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley clash Saturday (Manila time) at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.

Sanchez practically punished Hilario almost every round to earn scores of 78-74, 78-74, and 79-73 from the judges and improve his record to 13 wins in 16 fights. Hilario, who never appeared hurt despite the punishment he received, dropped his win-loss-draw record to 12-3-1.

The supporting bantamweight bout between WBO champion Jorge Arce of Mexico and Jesus Rojas of Puerto Rico unfortunately ended in the second round with no decision after an unintentional illegal blow behind the head rendered a disoriented Arce incapable to continue.

Knockout king Randall Bailey downed Mike Jones with a perfect uppercut in the 11th round to become the new International Boxing Federation welterweight champion.

It was the 37-year-old Bailey’s 37th knockout win in 50 fights, improving his career record to 43-7. Jones, who was also decked by Bailey just before the 10th-round bell, took his first-ever defeat in 27 bouts.

World Boxing Association super-bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba logged a fifth-round TKO win after sending Teon Kennedy down to the canvas five times.

The undefeated Rigondeaux, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, stretched his winning streak to 10, while the American challenger Kennedy absorbed his second loss in 21 outings.

Mikael Zewski clinched his 11th knockout win at the expense of John Ryan Grimaldo (8-2. 5 Kos) to stay undefeated in 15 fights.

Jesse Hart peppered Manuel Eastman with power punches to make a successful ring debut with a 33-second technical knockout.

In the junior- welterweight duel, Andrew Ruiz (2-0) scored a unanimous decision win over Las Vegas fighter Taylor Larson. The judges scored the contest 39-36, 40-35 and 39-36. (Sunnex)


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