Munguia and Co. photos by Al Applerose

WBO super welterweight titlist Jaime Munguia was declared the winner after 12 brawling rounds versus former champion Liam "Beefy" Smith at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It wasn't easy for the Mexican youngster shown here with referee Russell Mora.




Smith, who formerly held the same WBO title, was not easily discouraged and was able to connect throughout the night with rights. Prior to Saturday night, the only loss Smith had endured was to another Mexican fighter Saul "Canelo" Alvarez two years ago. The fighter from Liverpool, England wanted his title back and was willing to go through a buzz saw to get it back. 









Smith battled back even after getting dropped with a left hook in the sixth round the British fighter was not surrendering. Here a short left hook caught Munguia walking in, but the Mexican from Tijuana showed a good chin over the 12 round fight.







WBA super featherweight titlist Alberto Machado had too much of everything against Ghana's Raphael Mensah who in this photo was caught with a stream of blood emanating from his mouth during an exchange. Machado won the fight by decision.







Here's another last look at the brutal exchanges by Liam Smith and Jaime Munguia that left fans applauding the two warriors. 

Both Munguia and Smith are known for attacking the body. Munguia began the action immediately with a right to the ribs.


Munguia walked through rights to the head and blows to the body in a war of attrition with Smith. Here the Mexican fighter digs in with a left to the body in search of a fight ending liver shot. 






Munguia was relentless and kept firing despite taking incoming fire from Smith. At times it seemed that Munguia had no sense of pain or nerve endings as he walked through blow after blow and slowly turned the tide in his favor. He was like a machine.





Brazil's Yamaguchi Falcao connects with this sidewinding right to the face of Elias Espadas in a 10 round middleweight clash. Falcao remained undefeated with a win by unanimous decision.




Sitting all in a row from left to right are promoter Don King, promoter Oscar De La Hoya, fighter Ryan Garcia, manager Roger Ruiz, Golden Boy president Eric Gomez and promoter Miguel Cotto. All watched the fights side by side at the Hard Rock.
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