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Medina hands Love first defeat

Rogelio Medina (33-6, 27 knockouts) stunned J’Leon Love (18-1, 10 KOs) with a left hook, forcing referee Tony Weeks to call a halt at 39 seconds of the third round in the main event of their super middleweight bout Saturday at the Palms.

Numbers game costs Smith WBA title shot

The 35-year-old Las Vegan hoped to win a second world title when he faced Lara, the reigning WBA junior middleweight champion, on May 2 at the Hard Rock Hotel. Instead, Lara pulled out and will face former world champ Canelo Alvarez at the MGM Grand July 12 on Showtime Pay Per View.