In the first part of “The Aura of the Stub Hub” we went over the great fights that have transpired in the nearly classic venue when it was named the Home Depot Center. Fights like the first and third battles between Vazquez and Marquez, the welterweight record setter Williams vs Margarito and the war waged between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado among others. Now we will review the fights that have gone done in Carson, California, since the ticket brokering website Stub Hub bought the rights to name the AEG controlled grounds.The first fight under the first moniker was a quick one but a scorcher when Mexican Jhonny Gonzalez captured the WBC featherweight title with a spectacular first round knockout of Abner Mares in the late summer of 2013. That fight was followed in April of the next year by the street fight between Lucas Matthysse of Argentina against California warrior John Molina Jr. Both visited the canvas, Matthysse in rounds two and five while Molina Jr went down in the eighth and tenth. After the last one, referee Pat Russell waived off the fight giving the win to “The Machine” Matthysse. Two months later in June, a similar type of fight broke out between welterweights Robert “Ghost” Guerrero and Japanese kamikaze Yoshihiro Kamegai. It was expected for Guerrero to dominate but the man from the land of the rising sun gave it as good as he got but it wasn’t enough as Guerrero took a unanimous decision over twelve rounds.

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