Aussies Will Tomlinson and Steve Lovett have taken to the ring on the untelevised undercard of Saul Alvarez versus Alfredo Angulo at Las Vegas’ famous MGM Grand over the weekend. Unfortunately results were mixed for the Australians making their American debuts.
Super Featherweight Will Tomlinson suffered his first career defeat, dropping a 10 round unanimous points decision to Jerry Belmontes in their 10 round bout.
Although Tomlinson’s nose was bloodied in the very first round and eye cut during the 7th, this did not deter the Australian from continuing his aggressive and offensive attack. He continued to push the pace through the later rounds but the elusive Belmontes working well off the back foot was able to use his slick movement and score with counter punches.
The three ringside judges scored the bout 98-92, 98-92, 99-91. Tomlinson’s record now stands at 21-1-1, 12KOs.
In the cards opening fight , Light Heavyweight Steve Lovett was able to kick-start his American based journey successfully, overwhelming Mexican opponent Francisco Molina in their scheduled 6 round contest to score a 2nd round KO victory. His professional record improves to 8-0, 6KOs.
The main bout seen Mexican star Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez make a successful return to the ring after his first career defeat in September of last year at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Alvarez proved much too strong for Alfredo Angulo in their scheduled 12 round bout, battering him for 10 rounds until referee Tony Weeks decided to stop the contest. The TKO victory improves the much loved Mexican to 43-1-1, 31KOs.
Other undercard bouts seen WBC Super Bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz defend his title against Christian Mijares with a 12 round UD victory. Lightweight Jorge Linares scored a one sided UD against Nihito Arakawa in their 10 round bout, while Sergio Thompson got the nod against Canelo’s brother Ricardo. Undefeated prospects Francisco Vargas and Joseph Diaz also both scored victories to keep their undefeated records in tact.