The victor will not only secure the acclaim of becoming the first ever undisputed welterweight champion of the four-belt era, but also go down as one of the all-time greats, solidifying their status as the best welterweight of this era.
Spence, the holder of the WBA, WBC, and IBF belts, will put his titles on the line against Crawford’s sole WBO belt.
To add an extra element of excitement, a special coin toss was conducted to determine the walking order for the fight.
Crawford emerged victorious in the toss, granting him the privilege to decide, which will play out on fight night.
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Live Results: Main Card
Isaac Cruz def. Giovanni Cabrera – lightweight
Cabrera started off well, as the former undefeated fighter used his jab to keep Cruz quiet. In response, the Mexican attempted to land some power punches, but was missing early on.
Cabrera continued his jab in the second, as Cruz failed to close the gap. Cabrera used his height and reach advantage to attack Cruz’s body. However, Cabrera’s holding got a stern warning from the referee.
Cruz increased his output and began to land as his major success occurred in fourth round. A left hook connected on Cabrera’s chin, which rocked the fighter backwards.
Thereafter, Cruz began to find more success as shown in the fifth and sixth round. ‘Pitbull’ landed numerous shots to the head and body.
And the theme continued in the seventh, as Cruz landed the harder punches. Although Cabrera was trading, he merely opened himself up.
Cruz’s momentum, though, was halted in the eight. The 135-pounder lost a point for using his head in the clinch, but Cruz responded by firing more punches in response.
Cabrera, however, stayed with Cruz as his chin held up. And yet, Cabrera’s nose was bleeding heavily, as ‘Pitbull’ increased the volume of his punches.
Despite landing the more effective punches, the scorecards had a it a lot closer, much to the worry of Cruz who waited for the decision: 114-113, 114-113, and 115-112.
Official Result: Isaac Cruz def. Giovanni Cabrera via a split decision: 114-113, 114-113, and 115-112
Alexandro Santiago def. Nonito Donaire – bantamweight
The bout started at a slow pace, with both boxers looking to gain an advantage. That soon disappeared, as the duo exchanged in the second round.
The first sign of success emerged in the third, as Donaire landed a huge left hook. As a result, Santiago began to bleed above the eye, as a massive cut followed.
That signalled a change in the fight, as Santiago changed tactic. The former started to back the 40-year-old, Donaire, up against the ropes as the momentum changed.
In the second half of the fight, a clash of heads resulted in Santiago bleeding once again over the left eye. Although Donaire fired back in the ninth, Santiago hit back as the former’s eyes swelled up.
And in doing so, Santiago secured a unananimous-decision win on the scorecards: 115-113, 116-112 and 116-112.
Official Result: Alexandro Santiago def. Nonito Donaire via a unanimous decision: 115-113, 116-112 and 116-112
Yoenis Tellez def. Sergio Garcia via a third-round TKO
Live Results: Early Prelims
Steven Nelson def. R. Montgomery via a unanimous decision: 99-91, 99-91, 100-90
Jose Salas def. Aston Palicte as the latter retired in the fourth round
Demler Zamora def. Nikolai Buzolin via a unanimous decision: 80-72, 80-72, 80-72
Deshawn Prather def. Kevin Ceja Ventura via a unanimous decision: 57-56, 57-56, 57-56
Jabin Chollet def. Michael Portales via a second-round TKO
Justin Viloria def. Pedro Penunuri via a fourth-round TKO