Facing an opponent who accepted the bout on 24 hours notice, rising prospect Alejandro Luna had to figure things out as they happened against Naim Nelson in their lightweight bout in Philadelphia.
Luna, in his second fight of 2016, went toe-to-toe with the Philadelphia native Nelson from start to finish, and early on found success up close by landing countless uppercuts through Nelson’s guard. The crafty Nelson was able to do enough to end up going the 10-round distance with Luna, but still ended up on the wrong end of a wide decision.
Luna won via Unanimous Decision (99-91, 98-92, 97-93), improving his career record to 21-0 (15 KO)
Facing yet another stiff test in his young career, 19-year-old super middleweight prospect David Benavidez stepped into the ring in Philadelphia against rugged veteran Denis Douglin.
Benavidez, one of boxing’s top prospects, took a couple of rounds to feel out Douglin, who was able to fight well up close and apply pressure along the ropes.
In the 7th round, with Douglin in trouble as Benavidez was coming on, the rope support broke, giving Douglin a much-needed 3-minute break in the middle of the round. He was able to then rally and come back in a competitive 8th round.
But in the 9th, Benavidez finally broke through, knocking Douglin down with a series of shots late in the round. He then was able to secure the finish just over 30 seconds into the final round, and the 10th round TKO improved Benavidez to 16-0 in his young pro career with 15 knockouts.