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.