David Morrell Jr salvages the night for PBC in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With one massive left hand in the first round, the 23-year-old Cuban protege sent Mario Cazares crashing to the canvas. Securing the fifth win in five pro bouts for Morrell Jr and somewhat saving a very rough night for PBC. The Sunday afternoon card, which aired on FOX, was supposed to highlight and show off four, highly touted unbeaten prospects from the PBC stable, the premier stable in American boxing. However, three of them take the first losses of their careers in preliminary bouts. After some chippy back and forth action that included Cazares hitting Morrell low and Morrell seemingly retailing by hitting his foe to the back of the head, it appeared as if a scrap was just getting started but a straight left from Morrell shook his Mexican opponent and then another short left put him down and out 2:32 into the opening round. Morrell is now on the path to fighting John Ryder, which will be a major step up for the undefeated Cuban. The two were supposed to be fighting each other but Morrell requested an extension with the WBA which was granted. According to Ryder’s promoter Eddie Hearn, WBA President Gilberto Mendoza will order negotiations for the two to square off next.
The co-main event featured a cruiserweight scrap between highly touted undefeated prospect Efe Apochi of Nigeria who now trains and fights out of Houston, Texas with famed trainer Ronnie Shields up against largely unknown but unbeaten Brandon Glanton in what proved to be a back and forth slugfest. The action heated up immediately with Glanton stunning Apochi with thudding left hooks in the opening round. Apochi seized control of the fight in the third with counter-right hands hurting his unbeaten opponent. By the mid-rounds, an all-out war ensued with Glanton landing the more noticeable punches and scoring a knockdown in round six when a left hook followed by a short right wobbled Apochi and left him held up by the ropes being ruled a knockdown by the referee Gary Wiezla. Glanton continued the attack into the late rounds pouring on right hands throughout the late rounds. Securing the majority decision victory for him.
The undercard featured Omar Juarez of Brownsville, Texas who appeared to be fast-tracked for a world title fight in the relatively near future, suffered a shocking and highly controversial defeat to tough opponent, All Rivera of the Philippines. Juarez seemed to be edging out the highly competitive battle in the early and mid rounds with superior skills and hand speed. However, Rivera stayed in the fight with body shots and an aggressive physical, come forward, rough house, style. Juarez suffered the first knockdown of his young- career in the ninth after landing a short right the Texan walked into a counter right putting him down to one knee. Juarez held out the ninth trying to get his legs back. Perhaps thinking he enough of the early rounds and was ahead on the cards in the final round Juarez threw sparingly giving the final round away. Proving to be an error as Rivera won on by a single round on two of the three cards with the third card being even 95-95. 33-year old fringe contender Nathaniel Gallimore also played spoiler as he upset highly-touted 154-pound prospect Leon Lawson III of Flint, Michigan. Gallimore who had fought valiantly against many other top-notch prospects in the past few years but came up short against the likes of Julian Williams, Sebastian Fundora, Erickson Lubin and others finally got the defining win. Eeking out a well-owned majority decision by scores of 97-93 and 96-94 in his favor and the third judge scoring the fight 95-95 even.