All eyes are on Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan, but before the main event, HBO served up what looked like some well booked and exciting fights on the PPV undercard. What we ended up getting were not competitive fights, but they certainly were exciting. Here are the results:
David Lemieux def. Glen Tapia, KO, R4, 0:56
This was Lemieux's big return after the GGG loss, and he reminded everyone that he is a force in the Middleweight division. Lemieux's combination of hand speed and punching power is truly special, as he was able to outland Tapia here and hurt him significantly every single round. Tapia was game though, staying in it and having his moments, but every time he seemed to get in the fight for a moment, Lemieux would land the power shot and stagger him. Finally, in the 4th, Tapia went down for the first time in his career, and while he made it to his feet, his corner had seen enough and waved it off. Tapia didn't like it, but this was a good choice. Post-fight, Lemieux asked for the Canelo/Khan winner, but that's already reserved for GGG.
Frankie Gomez def. Mauricio Herrera, Unanimous Dec (100-90, 100-90, 100-90)
Gomez has been talked about as a big prospect for some time, with trainer Freddie Roach calling him "my next Pacquiao", and this fight showed some of why. Gomez completely dominated the fight, and he did so against a very talented opponent. Herrera holds a win over Ruslan Provodnikov, and many felt he should have beaten Danny Garcia. Yet here, Gomez completely shut him down, with Herrera finding no success at any point. Gomez exhibited excellent combination work here, landing all over with fast hands to stop any potential Herrera offense. There's no denying that Gomez is a talented fighter, and this fight reminded us of that fact. The question is if he can keep everything outside of the ring together so that he can make weight and consistently fight at this level. If he does, he's a major player at either 140 or 147.
Curtis Stevens def. Patrick Teixeira, KO, R2, 1:04
This was the first time Stevens fought with new trainer John David Jackson in his corner, and if this is any indication, it's a fantastic pairing. Stevens could have been the old guard here fed to the young lion in the undefeated Teixeira, but instead, he dominated the fight in spectacular fashion. Within the opening seconds, Stevens took control of the fight, and never gave it back. He came in aggressive, but also technically sound, hurting Teixeira early. In the 2nd round, he waited for the perfect opening, then landed a perfect right hand to drop Teixeira. The Brazilian fighter regained his fight, but referee Tony Weeks wisely waived it off. This was a terrific showing for Stevens, who revitalizes his career here.