LAS VEGAS – Later Saturday night, England’s Isaac Lowe out-worked Mexico’s Ruben Garcia Hernandez to win a unanimous decision in their eight-round junior lightweight fight. Lowe won by scores of 78-74, 77-75 and 77-75, but Hernandez tested him at times during the second half of their fight.
The 25-year-old Lowe, Fury’s close friend, upped his record to 19-0-3 (6 KOs). The durable Hernandez slipped to 25-5-2 (11 KOs).
Lowe stunned Hernandez with a right hand late in the fifth round, but Hernandez made it to the end of the round. Hernandez came back to land a hard right and later a solid left in the final minute of the sixth round, perhaps his best sequence of the fight.
Hernandez hammered Lowe with another right hand that got his attention early in the eight round. Lowe withstood that shot and boxed his way to the end of the round.
Gabe Flores Jr. won every round against Miguel Angel Aispuro on the Tyson Fury-Otto Wallin undercard Saturday night.
The undefeated Flores, still just 19, won by the same score, 60-54, on all three scorecards and improved to 15-0 by winning this lightweight fight at T-Mobile Arena. Flores, a popular prospect from Stockton, California, went the distance for the eighth time in his past nine fights.
The 29-year-old Aispuro (12-9-2, 8 KOs) lost for the third time in his past four fights. He has lost by knockout or technical knockout twice during his seven-year pro career, but Flores couldn’t finish him.
Aispuro landed some solid shots on the faster, more athletic Flores, especially during the third round. Flores took those punches well, though, worked well off his jab at times and easily won the fight.
In the first fight Saturday night, Iskander Kharsan stopped Isidro Ochoa in a battle of undefeated super bantamweight prospects.
Kazakhstan’s Kharsan (7-0, 6 KOs) knocked down Ochoa (7-1, 3 KOs), of Fresno, California, with a straight right hand about 30 seconds into the fifth round. Ochoa got off the seat of his trunks quickly and finished the round.
Before the start of the sixth round, however, Ochoa’s trainer, Robert Garcia, instructed referee Robert Hoyle to stop the scheduled eight-round fight.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.