It was an interesting Saturday night of undercard bouts at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, leading the way into Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley's big welterweight title showdown.
In the co-featured bout of the evening, Raymundo Beltran pounded out a unanimous-decision victory over a game but outgunned Arash Usmanee.
Scores were 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111.
With the win, Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KO) captured the meaningless NABO Lightweight Championship, but more importantly, he earned a title challenge against current WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford.
Beltran was just too strong for Usmanee (20-2, 10 KO). The Afghanistan-born contender stayed in the fight and largely outworked Beltran in isolated spots, but he just didn’t have anything close to the power needed to trouble his opponent.
On the undercard, Jessie Vargas captured his first world championship, taking a narrow unanimous decision and the WBA Interim Junior Welterweight Championship from Khabib Allakhverdiev.
Scores were 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 for Vargas.
Bleacher Report scored the contest 115-113 for Allakhverdiev.
Vargas (24-0, 9 KO) used a stiff jab to control the action in the early going, but as Allakhverdiev got his offense going, he had a few dicey moments later in the fight.
It was a rough, tough and bloody affair, with the former champion bleeding profusely over the second half of the fight from a gruesome cut above his left eye that was suffered during a clash of heads.
By the end of 12 rounds, you had a fight that genuinely could have gone either way.
In the opening bout of the pay-per-view telecast, Bryan Vasquez retained his Interim WBA Super Featherweight Championship, dominating touted prospect Jose Felix Jr. in the second half of the fight to capture a unanimous decision.
Scores were 117-110, 114-113 and 114-113 for Vasquez.
The champion used an impressive early body assault to wear his opponent down and then reaped the dividends, unleashing a pretty thorough beating over a foul-filled final six rounds to retain his title.
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