Fighting in front of a more-than-sold out crowd filled with boxing royalty, WBC #1 and WBO #3-rated middleweight Marco Antonio Rubio (53-5-1, 46 KOs) pounded out a workmanlike TKO 5 over always-tough Matt "The Predator" Vanda (44-14, 24 KOs) on Friday night at the Sampson Boxing in Association with Promociones del Pueblo night of boxing in the South Pacific Ballroom at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Rubio's heavy hands eventually wore down Vanda, who came to fight but couldn't overcome the power differential. Referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight at 2:42 of the fifth when it became apparent Vanda had stopped fighting back.
The two embraced warmly after the fight, a show of respect for the tough battle they had just waged.
Quick-fisted Dominican prospect Javier Fortuna (18-0, 13 KOs) scored a knockdown over durable veteran Miguel Roman (37-9, 28 KOs) early in their featherweight bout, but was forced to hold off a late surge before winning a unanimous...