Former Olympian Gary Russell Jr (20-0) made a quick night of Christopher Perez (23-3) with a third round knock out victory in the featherweight match. The speed and combinations were too much for the outmatched Perez. Russell knocked down Perez three times with the last one putting him through the ropes. He had knockdowns with both his right hook and straight left.
The first bout of the night was competitive with a solid unanimous decision win for light middleweight Erislandy Lara (17-1-1) over Freddy Hernandez (30-3). Lara used his boxing skills and hand speed to run the show. It did get interesting in the sixth when Hernandez was verbally challenging his opponent to fight after Lara did an awkward move featuring a double punch and headbutt all in one. In round seven, Hernandez suffered another headbutt that this time caused a cut and Lara was deducted a point. Lara coasted the rest of the way while Hernandez slowed late in the fight.