Sunday, 10 June 2012 17:45

Rigondeaux and Bailey Score Knockouts on Pacquiao vs Bradley Undercard

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Photo Courtesy of Chris Farina, Top Rank Photo Courtesy of Chris Farina, Top Rank

In last night's first televised bout on the undercard of Pacquiao vs Bradley from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on HBO's pay per view, The RING's No. 2 ranked undefeated southpaw super bantamweight Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux (10-0, 8 KO) defended his WBA World super bantamweight title against Philadelphia born Teon Kennedy (17-2-2, 7 KO).

In the first round, Rigondeaux landed a well-placed left to the jaw of Kennedy sending the challenger to the canvas for a standing eight count.
In the second stanza, the undefeated southpaw caught the challenger with another perfectly timed left to the jaw flooring the Philadelphian for the second time in as many rounds.

Later in that same round, the undefeated super bantamweight champ caught Kennedy with another left to the jaw, dropping the challenger to the canvas for the third time in the fight.

In the final ten seconds of the fourth, Kennedy again landed on his back as the result of yet another well-timed left to the jaw from the Cuban superstar. Kennedy, who didn't appear to be hurt from the blows he received from the champ, seemingly didn't see the punches coming.

And finally in the 5th, Rigondeaux landed another well timed power shot to the jaw of his challenger; this time Kennedy staggered as he attempted to regain his footing. Referee Russell Mora had seen enough punishment and stepped in to call a halt to the bout at 1:11 of the fifth round. The victories was Rigondeaux's first defense of his WBA World super bantamweight title.

Bailey KO 5 Jones
In the second televised bout, undefeated Mike "Machine Gun" Jones (26-1, 19 KO) of Philadelphia met "The Knock-Out King," 37 year old Randall Bailey (43-7, 37 KO) for the vacant IBF welterweight title in a scheduled 12 round bout.

In the early rounds, both fighters started out slow in what appeared to be a lengthy "feeling out" process. The slow pace continued throughout the middle rounds, much to he obvious disapproval of the fans in attendance. A chorus of boos rained down on the two fighters and only grew louder as the fight progressed to the 10th round.

But at the end of the 10th Round, fireworks erupted as Bailey caught Jones with a straight right hand that sent the undefeated Jones to the canvas for the first time in his pro career. Following the knockdown, Randall Bailey appeared to seize control and landed power shots that had the potential to end the fight at any time.


By the end of the 11th round, Randall Bailey caught Mike Jones with an uppercut that sent the undefeated Philadelphian to the canvas. Jones appeared hurt and unable to recover from the devastating punch as Referee Tony Weeks stepped in to stop the bout at 2:52 of round 11.

Randall Bailey improved to 43-7 with 37 KO's while Mike Jones, who fell to 26-1 with 19 KO's, suffered his first loss as a pro. 

Arce NC 2 Rojas
In the last undercard fight before the main event, Mexican Jorge Arce (60-6-2, 46 KO) fought Puerto Rican Jesus Rojas (18-1-1,13 KO) in a scheduled 10 round non-title bout. 

In the first round, Arce landed a left hook that sent Rojas to the canvas. Rojas beat the count and went toe to toe with Arce for the remainder of the first round.

The fight was stopped just nine seconds after the start of the second round when there was an accidental clash of heads, followed by a Rojas low blow and hard a left hook that caught Arce, who was already bent over in pain, in the left ear. Arce fell to the canvas and, after timeout had been called, insisted he was not able to immediately stand without staggering moments later. As a result, Arce was examined by the ringside physician who determined Arce was unable to continue.

The fight was ruled a no contest.

 
Sam Gregory



Sam Gregory has been a professional boxing writer since 2002 for publications such as BoxingTalk.com, Boxing Digest, EastsideBoxing.com The Cyberboxing Zone, StraightJab.com, boxingnews24.com and TheSweetScience.com. He has covered numerous fights and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the sport.

As a member of the International Boxing Research Organization, Gregory specializes in boxing history, and contributes regularly to that organization's quarterly publication. He is the author of numerous biographical articles about legendary fighters, classic match-ups, memorable boxing trilogies and other subjects.

He started covering live boxing matches for the website, "Boxingtalk" in February of 2002. The first live event he covered was the Bernard Hopkins-Carl Daniels fight on February 2nd, 2002 in Reading, Pennsylvania. He also wrote several boxing related articles, interviews with boxers and trainers for Boxingtalk.

Among some of the interviews he's done was an interview with Kermit Cintron when he trained at Kings Gym in Reading. He interviewed and wrote an article about the trainers of Wrecking Crew Boxing, Norm Bagi and Lenny De Jesus in New York City. Sam visited Norm and Lenny when they were working out of a gym in the Bronx to photograph them and some of the fighters they were training. 2 or 3 separate articles came out of that one visit, including interviews with and about foreign boxers coming to the U.S. He also wrote a profile for one of their female boxers from the U.K. in order to help obtain an athletes visa for her.

All together he covered about a dozen live events as a correspondent from February of 02' thru the following year, 03'.

The first article he published in Boxing Digest was in the October 02' issue. The article was with Bernard Hopkins at ringside and the questions Sam asked him about up-coming fights, his career, etc...

Sam had about seven more articles published in Boxing Digest until they folded in 2010. The other articles were interviews with fighters, match-ups for up-coming fights and an article about Lennox Lewis at the time of his retirement. The last article he wrote for Boxing Digest was a profile of Jose' Torres when he passed away in 2009.

Sam is a member of the International Boxing Research Organization and has written several articles for their quarterly publication along with participating in the pound for pound weight class ratings for their website. IBRO also held their own Hall-of-Fame voting this year which he also participated in.

He wrote articles and stories for The Sweet Science website from early 04' until the spring of 05'. He was paid in advance by TSS to write 20 articles of my choice about anything regarding boxing from a historical point of view. He wrote biographies, stories about great fight trilogies, match-ups, etc... The Sweet Science had him do an interview with Sharmba Mitchell in 2004 before his second fight with Kostya Tszyu. That interview was also posted on Showtime's website.

Since he wrote his first article for Boxingtalk in February 02', he had articles about upcoming fights, interviews with boxers, trainers and promoters, along with covering boxing matches on TV and live events. published on several boxing websites including, Eastsideboxing, StraightJab.com, BoxingInsider.com, The Cyberboxingzone, aneutralcorner.com and boxingnews24.com. He also had articles and letters published in Boxing Digest and KO magazines.