Photo by Ismael Gallardo/Westside Boxing
It ended quicker than expected, but Nick Arce scored a second-round TKO victory over Ricardo Alvarado on the undercard of Herrera-Lundy at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California.
The local fan favorite was scheduled to fight for four rounds, but due to incompetence from the referee, the bout was halted early.
In Round 1, Arce worked a long jab from to keep Alvarado away from him.
Alvarado, of Durango, Mexico, snuck in a quick right hand at the beginning of the round, but Arce managed to keep his composure to land left hooks and right hands from the outside.
In the following Round, Arce hurt Alvarado with a right uppercut, while another powerful combination sent Alvarado reeling towards the ropes.
Then, unexpectedly, referee Wayne Hedgepeth called a stop to the fight. Alvarado was taking a lot of punishment, but it was not enough to warrant the stoppage yet.
“I came here to do my job, and that’s what I did,” the 18-year-old told RBRBoxing.com.
“If that’s the referee’s call, then so be it. I came here to fight,” Arce concluded.
Backstage, a disappointed Alvarado claimed he was fine, but the series of red marks on his face and body suggested that the fight was beginning to take its toll.
“He was landing punches, but I was okay. He’s a good fighter,” Alvarado said.
Arce, who trains out of the Westside Boxing Club, brought nearly 500 fans to the arena as he continued his undefeated streak.