Lemieux Stops Tapia; Gomez Decisions Herrera on Canelo/Khan Undercard


Lemieux returns with a 4th round stoppage victory over Tapia. Photo credit: Hogan Photos/GoldenBoy Promotions

The co-main event to Canelo Vs. Khan saw the hard-hitting former IBF Middleweight World Champion David Lemieux (35-3, 32 KOs) dominated against Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (23-3, 15 KOs) with a technical knockout in the fourth of 10 scheduled rounds to claim the vacant NABO Middleweight Title.

In the fourth round, Lemieux knocked Tapia down hard to the canvas, giving the fighter his first career knockdown. Tapia jumped up quickly, but his corner waved off the fight, leaving him pleading with them not to stop it.

“I have a lot of respect for Tapia,” said David Lemieux. “I trained very hard for this fight. This is just the beginning.”

“I was mad,” said Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia. “I know I was losing every round. I felt slow and tired, and he was quick.I felt like I was trying to save energy. Congratulations to David (on the knockdown). I wasn’t even hurt – it was more of a flash knockdown. I’m kind of mad at Freddie a little bit.”


Frankie Gomez (R) out points the always tough Mauricio Herrera (L). Photo credit: Hogan Photos/GoldenBoy Promotions

Also featured on the Pay-Per-View telecast, former WBA Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (22-6, 7 KOs) combated against the undefeated, rising contender Frankie “The Pitbull” Gomez (21-0, 13 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight brawl.

Gomez began the exchange with the first jab of the fight, however; Herrera kept cornering the “Pitbull.” The second round was filled with left jabs and speedy combinations on behalf of Gomez, with Herrera responding with power combinations. Gomez landed a body shot, leaving Herrera out of breath.

In a heated interchange of blows, Herrera received a cut under the eye. Things got heated in the ring and in the eighth round, “El Maestro” signaled the “come at me” look towards Gomez. The all-out brawl was a tough one for both fighters, but the judges agreed that Gomez deserved the victory by unanimous decision in the end.

“It feels good to get this victory,” said Frankie Gomez. “I trained really hard and it paid off. I’m ready to take on my next challenge and take on the best at 140. I want to thank my fans, and I’m glad I was able to put on a good show for them.”

“It wasn’t my night,” said Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera. “I never give up and my fans know that. I hope to be back in Las Vegas soon because I’ll go anywhere for a fight.”

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