One-sided bouts featured on uncercard |

One-sided bouts featured on uncercard

Tim Parsons

An impressive group of up-and-coming fighters easily won their fights against an unimpressive batch of boxers Saturday on the undercard of the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship at Caesars Tahoe.

WBC junior lightweight champion Justin Juuko won a nontitle bout. He knocked out Jorge Lopez in the ninth round.

The Ugandan relied on his fast jab for most of the fight. He had Lopez hurt in the third, but could not put him down.

“I hurt my right hand in the fourth so I had to just stay with my jab,” Juuko said. “Before the ninth I decided to go out and do it.”

Juuko improved to 29-1-1.

Joel Casamayor, a 1992 Olympic gold medal winner from Cuba, improved to 7-0 with six knockouts with a second-round stoppage of Salvador Montes in a lightweight bout.

Fernando Vargas, who fought for the United States in the 1996 Olympics, stopped Eugene Lopez in the first round to improve to 5-0 with 5 KOS.

Denmark heavyweights Brian Neilsen (35-0, 26 KOs) stopped Marcos Gonzalez in the fourth and Glen Leichti (2-0) KO’d Richard Davis in the first.

More than 2,000 fans filled the showroom in the first fight at Caesars Tahoe in 11 months.

– Tim Parsons

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