Panama City, Panama: Light Welter: Vicente Mosquera (32-2-1) W DISQ 6 Francisco Contreras (18-3). Middle: Juan C Novoa (21-5-1) W TKO 2 Ulises Jimenez (20-16-1).
Mosquera vs. Contreras
Both went to war in the first swopping hard body shots. The exchanges continued in the second and a right from 33-year-old Mosquera put the Dominican down. Despite the knockdown Contreras was still willing to trade in the third. Mosquera put the pressure on in the fourth and Contreras resorted to holding. Contreras was in trouble in the fifth and lost a point as he again repeatedly clinched to smother the attacks of Mosquera. When Contreras continued his holding in the sixth the referee finally disqualified him. Now eight wins for former WBA super feather champ “El Loco”. The tall Dominican, 28, had won his first 16 fights, but losses to Sharif Bogere and Pablo Cesar Cano showed were his level lies.
Novoa vs. Jimenez
Colombian veteran Novoa sinks Mexican in two rounds with the referee stopping the fight early in that second round. The 31-year-old wins the vacant WBA Fedlatin title and makes it 19 wins by KO/TKO. After a run of just one win in six fights he has rebuilt with seven consecutive wins by KO/TKO. Mexican Jimenez is a very in-and-out performer with ten losses by KO/TKO. However, in earlier trips to Canada he took Antonin Decarie to a majority decision and drew with Victor Lupo.
San Martin, Argentina: Super Bantam: Oscar F Orozco (19-2-2) W TKO 3 Ramon Contreras (11-4). Orozco easily halts outclassed Chilean. A right put Contreras down early in the first, and he needed a standing count later in the round to survive. The Chilean did well to stay out of trouble in the second but Orozco finished it the third as he again had Contreras wobbling. The referee applied two standing counts before halting the one-side fight. The “Demon”, 27, is No 4 with the FAB. He retains his IBF Latino title, which gets him a No 14 rating with that body. He has lost only one of his last 20 fights. Chilean bantam champ Contreras goes down by KO/TKO for the second time in a row in fights in Argentina.
Santenna, Italy: Super Feather: Andrea Scarpa (10-2) W TKO 2 Floriano Pagliara (14-5-2). Local fighter Scarpa retains Italian title with early stoppage of Pagliara. The taller Scarpa took the first round boxing behind his jab. In the second a hard right shakes Pagliara and a couple of more shots sees the referee giving the challenger a standing count. Scarpa gets through with more hard rights and the referee applies another standing count. Scarpa finishes it with another attack and the referee stops the fight. The 25-year-old, 6’0” tall, Scarpa has five wins by KO/TKO. The 34-year-old Pagliara, based in the USA, had won his last six.
Santa Ynez, USA: Super Bantam: Roman Morales (14-0) W KO 5 Jose Inguez (6-15). Light Middle: Francisco Santana (15-3-1) W TKO 1 Dustin Reinhold (5-4).
Morales vs. Inguez
Young Morales keeps his 100% record with win over Mexican Inguez. The 21-year-old Morales controlled the fight all the way; constantly attack the body to slow Inguez down. The end came in the fifth when one of those body punches put Inguez down for the count. Morales was a National Golden Gloves silver medal winner in 2008, and also took a bronze medal at the US Championships in the same year. Inguez, 20, has eight losses by KO/TKO.
Santana vs. Reinhold
Santana wastes no time jumping on Reinhold in the first. An early barrage has Reinhold reeling and the fight is stopped just eight second before the bell. Two first round wins in a row for 26-year-old Santana, and eight wins by TKO KO in total. His losses have been to Karim Mayfield (twice, one a split verdict) and Jermell Charlo. The draw was with unbeaten Julian Williams. The 37-year-old Reinhold has lost 3 of his last 4 fights.
Dover, USA: Heavy: Amir Mansour (17-0) W KO 1 Dom Alexander (23-16-1). Heavy: Franklin Lawrence (19-2-2) W TKO 2 Mark Brown (15-5). Light Welter: Edgar Santana (27-4) W TKO 3 Eddie Soto (12-6). Super Feather: Cornelius
Lock (20-6-1) W TKO 2 Damon Antoine (11-45-2).
Mansour vs. Alexander
Triple right hooks to the body sent Alexander to the floor and the referee completed the ten count before Alexander could get up. All over in just 24 seconds. The 40-year-old “Hardcore” has 13 wins by KO/TKO. This was his first fight in 13 months. Too long a gap for someone of Mansour’s age. Alexander, 30, is 3-7 in his last ten fights, with all seven losses being by KO/TKO.
Lawrence vs. Brown
Luckily this one ended early. Former wrestler Brown, stepping-in as a late substitute, and in his first fight since July 2010, was in no condition, or mood, for a fight. Lawrence did what scoring there was whilst Brown was ducking, diving, holding and ignoring warnings from the referee. At the end of the second round Brown obviously felt he had done enough and retired. “Yah-Yah Lawrence was having only his second fight in 16 months. Now seven wins in a row for Lawrence since losing a close decision to Oliver McCall in 2009. All seven have ended inside the distance, including victories over Lance Whitaker and Jason Estrada. At 37 Lawrence needed to capitalise on that run of form but has not done so. “Oak Tree”, 44, won 15 of his first 16 fights, including a win over Tony Grano, but has lost his last four.
Santana vs. Soto
In only his second fight in 21 months, and his first in eleven months, Santana wasted no time knocking off rust. He floored Soto with a left to the body in the first. After more body punches put Soto down twice in the second the fight was stopped. The 34-year-old Puerto Rican has 18 wins by KO/TKO. He had a run of only one loss in 22 fights, including victories over Meacher Major and Josesito Lopez, before losing a very close unanimous decision to Manuel Perez last February. Since then he has been inactive due to hand injuries. Now six losses in a row for 36-year-old Soto.
Lock vs. Antoine
Southpaw Lock had even more rust to shake off. This was his first fight since a stoppage loss to current WBO feather champion “Mikey” Garcia in an IBF eliminator in August 2010. As with Santana he did not waste any time. He put Antoine down in the first for a debatable knockdown, but later in the round a straight southpaw left put Antoine down again. In the second a left to the body and another to the chin floored Antoine and the fight was stopped. The 34-year-old from Detroit has wins over Roger Gonzalez and Orlando Cruz, but put his gloves away after losses to Daniel Ponce De Leon (a very close decision with two judges having 94-96) and Garcia. The 39-year-old Antoine was way out of his league and has lost 8 of his last 9 fights.
Hinckley, USA: Middle: Cerresso Fort (15-0-1) W TKO 5 Andy Kolle (25-4). Fort outmuscles Kolle to win local bragging rights. The first three rounds were fairly even with Kolle was working his jab, and Fort scoring with rights, the traditional response to a southpaw, and also looking the stronger of the two. In the fourth Fort was getting on top and a right counter put Kolle down. He made it to his feet, but was badly shaken. Fort just failed to finish the job as Kolle bravely fired back at him. In the fifth a right put Kolle down again. Once more he made it to his feet and took the eight count. It should have been halted then, but Fort landed another volley of shots and the fight was stopped. The 26-year-old “Sir” Fort has eleven wins by KO/TKO. His only draw was with tough Marcus Upshaw. Kolle, 30, had won 8 of his last 9 fights and has two wins over Matt Vanda, but Fort was just too strong for him on the night.
Verona, USA: Middle: Brian Vera (22-6) W TKO 10 Serhiy Dzinziruk (37-2-1). Light: Jose Hernandez (14-6-1) W TKO 8 Tony Luis (15-1). Light Heavy: Jackson Junior (14-0) W TKO 1 Dante Craig (20-15-1,1ND).
Vera vs. Dzinziruk
Once again Vera defies the odds for a win. The Texan made a great start, flooring the former undefeated WBO light middle champion twice with rights in the first round. Vera continued to use that right against the southpaw guard of the Ukrainian with Dzinziruk trying to use his jab to create some room to work. Vera continued to dominate and a torrid eighth saw Dzinziruk under heavy pressure for the whole of the round. The ninth was a quieter round as Dzinziruk again rallied. Early in the tenth Vera got through with two rights, and with Dzinziruk hurt, Vera unleashed a barrage of shots that put Dzinziruk down. He managed to get to his feet but was in a bad way and the fight was stopped. The 31-year-old Texan, WBC No 12, retains his WBO NABO title, which he won with a majority decision over Sergio Mora in August. Vera can beat anyone on his night. He has losses to then unbeaten fighters such as James Kirkland, Craig McEwan, Isaac Rodriguez and Max Bursak. On the credit side he has won and lost in fights with Andy Lee, beaten Sebastien Demers, and twice beaten Sergio Mora. Dzinziruk, 31, won his first 37 fights and made six defences of his WBO title. However, he had only one fight between November 2008 and losing to Sergio Martinez in March 2011. He may now just become a scalp for younger climbers.
Hernandez vs. Luis
A minor upset sees “Loco” Hernandez halt previously unbeaten Canadian Luis. This was an exciting, even battle, in the early rounds as both fighters were willing to stand and trade. Hernandez was head hunting and Luis going to the body. Hernandez slowly took control and rocked Luis with an assortment of heavy punches early in the eighth and put the Canadian down. Luis got up, but instead of looking to survive, he chose to mix it with Hernandez and was being caught with more heavy artillery when his corner threw in the towel. Hernandez had losses to Matt Remillard, Sharif Bogere, Oscar Meza and Michael Perez which made it look as though his future was limited. He is 4-3-1 in his last seven which does not look much better, but there is a split decision loss to Michael Perez, majority draw with Mickey Bey Jr, a majority decision loss to Luis Ramos and another to Robert Osiobe. With luck he could have been 8-0 in those fights. Luis is young and can come again.
Junior vs. Craig
The 27-year-old Brazilian just may be able to fight. It is rare these days for a Brazilian to win on the road, but in this, only his second fight outside Brazil, Junior made it twelve wins by KO/TKO, and five first round wins as he halted Craig in one. “The “Demoledor” has wins over veterans Walter Crucce and Jose Clavero in WBO Latino title fights, but is hugely flattered by his No 11 rating by that body. We now need to see him against better opposition. Craig, 34, has 13 losses by KO/TKO and is 2-7 in his last nine fights. A sad story for a guy who was twice National Golden Gloves champion and represented the USA in the 2000 Olympics.
Huntington, USA: Light Middle: Demetrius Andrade (19-0) W PTS 10 Freddy Hernandez (30-4). Light Welter: Emmanuel Taylor (16-1) W TKO 6 Ray Serrano (18-2).
Andrade vs. Hernandez
Another impressive display by Andrade. After a couple of rounds of studying what Hernandez had to offer Andrade started to dominate the action inside and out. For once Hernandez was up against someone who was taller and that, plus the fast hands and accurate power punching from Andrade, meant he was always on the receiving end. Andrade was slowly breaking the Mexican down and scored a knockdown in the sixth. The seventh was a brutal round as Andrade was getting through with heavy shots to the head and body. Hernandez did well to survive the round. It was one-sided down the closing stretch with Andrade shaking Hernandez again with an uppercut in the ninth, but Hernandez stuck in there. The 24-year-old southpaw, a former Olympian, and World Amateur Champion, does not have the names on his record to justify the IBF top ranking and WBO No 3, but it is only a matter of time until he moves on to beating better class opposition. Hernandez, 33, has lost 3 of his last four fights, including a one round destruction by Andre Berto for the WBC welter title in 2010, but he has wins over Jesus Soto Karass, Carson Jones, Mike Anchondo and Luis Collazo.
Taylor vs. Serrano
Taylor takes a big step on his rebuilding path. After Serrano took the first two rounds on the basis of all-out aggression, Taylor took control with his superior skills and inside work. In the sixth Taylor trapped Serrano on the ropes and had him badly hurt. He followed with a barrage of hard shots and with nothing coming back from Serrano the referee stopped the fight. The 22-year-old “Tranzformer” now has eleven wins by KO/TKO. This was only his second fight since losing a split decision to Pernice Brewer in November 2011. Second inside the distance loss in a row for Philadelphian Serrano who had been halted in five rounds by Karim Mayfield in May. Both fighters were outstanding Juniors with Taylor twice winning gold medals in his age class at the PAL championships and also a gold at the Ringside World Championships. He went on to win a silver medal at the US National Championships in 2006. Serrano won a bronze medal in the World Cadet Championships, but missed out on an Olympic chance when losing in the Eastern Olympic trials.
Vitrolles, France: Light Heavy: Nadjib Mohammedi (30-3) W TKO 2 Roman Vanicky (14-31-1). Typical Mohammedi performance as his relentless pressure proves too much for veteran Czech who retires at the end of the second round. The 27-year-old local, who gave Nat Cleverly a close fight for the vacant interim WBO title in 2010, now holds the WBFederation title. He makes it six wins in a row. Czech super middle champion Vanicky wins in Slovakia and losses everywhere else.
Chihuahua, Mexico: Super Bantam: Hugo Cazares (38-7-2) W PTS 12 Rey Perez (17-3). Light Middle: Oscar Molina (1-0) W PTS 4 Hector Mendoza (1-5-1).
Cazares vs. Perez
It could be that Cazares took this fight too easy, but Perez certainly came to fight and nearly pulled-off a major upset. The younger, faster Perez was willing to stand and trade with Cazares and, although lacking power, his superior hand speed and movement gave Cazares trouble throughout the fight. The fight was close all the way, but in the end the strength and experience of Cazares saw him managing to get to the Filipino in the closing rounds. Cazares was the stronger and the aggressor, but Perez was younger and faster and refused to be intimidated. This is as close as it gets with Cazares winning the vacant WBC Silver International title on scores of 114-113 twice and 114-112. If the fight had been in the Philippines the decision would probably have gone the other way. Third win for Cazares since losing his WBC super fly title to Tomonobu Shimizu in August 2011. Now 34, “El Increible” is starting to show his age. He is No 6 with the WBC and another title fight will come along-his 16th. The 22-year-old Perez just lacks the power at this level, but has plenty of skill. His other losses were to former double world champion Nobuo Nashiro and unbeaten Marvin Mabait. This performance has boosted his stock so there should be plenty of good matches for him now.
Molina vs. Mendoza
Mexican Olympian Molina turned with pro with a competent unanimous decision. The 23-year-old won a gold medal at the World Junior Championship and a silver medal at the Pan American Games. He represented Mexico at the 2007 and 2009 World Championships and the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
Mexico City, Mexico: Feather: Ramon Koasicha (19-2) W KO 2 Eden Marquez (26-15-2). Koasicha retains his WBC US title with second round demolition of Marquez. A body punch hurt Marquez in the first and he did well to last to the end of the round. Koasicha closed the fight out in the second with a left hook to the body which left Marquez on the canvas with his legs refusing to obey him. WBC No 19 Koasicha has eleven wins by KO/TKO, but his two losses have been to pretty ordinary opponents. Marquez, 28, moves to 13 losses by KO/TKO.
Morelia, Mexico: Welter: Jorge Paez Jr (34-4-1,1ND) W KO 9 Francisco Fuentes (16-4). Super Fly: Felipe Orucuta (27-1) W KO 1 Fernando Lumacad (27-6-3).
Paez vs. Fuentes
Paez had expected a tough fight from Colombian Fuentes and he got one. Fuentes took the lead early and for three rounds outworked the slow starting Paez. The son of the former world champion finally began to roll in the fourth and Fuentes began to wilt. Paez had Fuentes down twice in the sixth. The Colombian survive only to soak up more punishment. Paez looked to be tiring and did not press as hard in the seventh and eighth. He was back on song in the ninth and when he scored a third knockdown the fight was over. The 25-year-old “Little Mouse” is finally coming good. He has 20 wins by KO/TKO, has lost only one of his last 13 fights, and has victories over Jose “Piston” Lopez, Charlie Navarro, Jose Luis Castillo and Omar Chavez (twice). Second loss by KO/TKO for 23-year-old Fuentes.
Orucuta vs. Lumacad
IBF No 8 “Gallito” Orucuta once again shows his punching power as he put Filipino Lumacad away with a left hook. The tall 27-year-old has 23 wins by KO/TKO. He has won nine in a row by KO/TKO with the last two both being over in the first round. His only loss was a razor thin decision to Daniel Rosas (now the WBO No 1) in the final of the Azteca Tecate tournament in 2010. Filipino Lumacad, 26, does not have much luck against Mexicans having lost to Jorge Arce, Juan Jose Montes, Hernan Marquez and Carlos Cuadras
Managua, Nicaragua: Super Fly: Everth Briceno (35-8-2) W PTS 10 Elvis Guillen (7-8-3). Super Fly: Carlos Rueda (20-6-2, 2ND) W TKO 6 Edgar Jimenez (15-9-1). Fly: Herald Molina (14-7-2) W PTS 10 Jose Cordero (6-2-2,1ND).
Briceno vs. Guillen
Promoter Briceno appeared on his own show and scored a win. His speed and accuracy were too much for the limited Guillen, The loser kept trying to force the fight but Briceno found the target in every round with good shots to body and head. The sheer pugnacious aggression of Guillen saw him win a couple of rounds but he was well beaten. Scores 100-90, 97-93 and 97-94. The 34-year-old Briceno had just edged out Guillen on a majority decision in October. Briceno lost to Fernando Montiel for the WBO super fly in 2005, to Omar Narvaez for the same vacant WBO title in 2010 and was stopped in eleven rounds by Leo Santa Cruz in May. Guillen, 28, has four losses and a draw in his last five fights.
Rueda vs. Jimenez
Rueda has to climb off the floor for the victory. An uppercut from Mexican Jimenez put the Nicaraguan down in the first. Rueda took the second but Jimenez was busiest in the next two rounds. The Mexican had built a slight lead, and had Rueda cut on his right eyebrow. He then seemed to tire, and Rueda took over. In the sixth an overhand right from Rueda put Jimenez down. The Mexican stood up and took the eight count. He then spit out his mouthpiece twice to gain some respite. It was not enough and a fresh attack from Rueda saw Jimenez again spit out his mouthpiece. It was all over when Jimenez was caught with another barrage and the referee stopped the fight. The 29-year-old “Rapidito” has 16 wins by KO/TKO. He lost on points to Cris Mijares for the IBF super fly title in May 2011, but has wins over Timur Shailezov and Nerys Espinoza. The 20-year-old Jimenez, a former Mexican fly champion, claimed he had problems at the end when the referee put his mouthpiece in the wrong way, but he was tiring in any case. Jimenez has wins over former WBC light fly champion Erik Ortiz and Filipino Juanito Rubillar.
Molina vs. Cordero
Molina, 31, wins the vacant Nicaraguan title with a close unanimous decision over Cordero. Scores 96-64 twice and 97-93. Molina has lost only one of his last nine fights, and that was to world rated Wilbert Uicab. The 19-year-old Cordero was jumping up from the six round category and did much better than expected.
Barcelona, Spain: Super Middle: Robert Stieglitz (43-3) W KO 3 Michal Nieroda (10-3). Light Welter: Sandor Martin (11-0) W PTS 6 Antonio Bento (24-11-2).
Stieglitz vs. Nieroda
Just a warm-up fight for Stieglitz. The former WBO champion floors Pole in the second and then kayos him in the third. Russian Stieglitz, 31, had to come through this one unscathed to ensure a return with Arthur Abraham. He had little trouble in moving to 24 wins by KO/TKO. Stieglitz lost a close unanimous decision to Abraham in August and gets his chance for revenge on March 23. The 22-year-old Nieroda was way out of his league.
Martin vs. Bento
Catalonia prospect Martin takes a big step up in class and adds another win. The 19-year-old dominated the fight from the start, and only the relief of a standing count in the second kept Bento in the fight. Martin won every round to take the unanimous decision. The 19-year-old lacks real power but is still a work in progress. Bento was coming off a one round loss to Tommy Coyle in November, but the 36-year-old went ten rounds with Arash Usmanee in 2011 and has had the experience of two shots at the European title and three at the European Union title.
Boston, USA: Light Welter: Danny O’Connor (20-1) W PTS 10 Derek Silveira (8-1). Super Feather: Ryan Kielczewski (15-0) W TKO 2 Washington Hago (5-5).
O’Connor vs. Silveira
A good scrap sees the superior firepower of southpaw O’Connor dominating with Silveira working from the outside and looking to counter. O’Connor continually took Silveira to the ropes where he was able to land heavy hooks with both hands. Silveira had to stay outside and keep on the move to avoid the trap of the ropes, so his shots were usually thrown long and lacked power. Meanwhile O’Connor was landing with good punches in every round. O’Connor appeared to tire from his efforts just past the half way mark, but maintained control to the end. Scores 100-89, 97-93 and somehow a 95-95! The 27-year-old O’Connor, a former US National and National Golden Gloves champion, makes it six wins since losing to Gabriel Bracero in April 2011. New England welter champion Silveira showed good, fast movement, but lacked the power to compete.
Kielczewski vs. Hago
A sustained body attack put paid to Washington. A hard hook to the body hurt Hago in the first. In the second “The Polish Prince” was again going to the body and put Hago down twice. Hago got up on each occasion but, after the second knockdown, his corner chucked in the towel. Kielczewski was a quarter finalist at the 2007 National Golden Gloves and improved to a silver medal the following year. Only three wins by KO/TKO. First fight since August 2009 for Hago.
Las Vegas, USA: Light Welter: Lucas Matthysse (33-2.1ND) W KO 1 Mike Dallas Jr.19-3-1). Welter: Jesus Soto Karass (27-8-3,1ND) W PTS 10 Selcuk Aydin (23-2). Light Middle: Jermell Charlo (20-0) W TKO 8 Harry Joe Yorgey (25-2-1). Light Welter: Chad Bennett (31-4-3) W KO 3 Ben Ankrah (17-12). Super Feather: Francisco Vargas (15-0-1) W KO 2 Ira Terry (26-11). Light Middle: Julian Williams (11-0-1) W TKO 7 Jeremiah Wiggins (10-2-1). Light Middle: Jermall Charlo (11-0) W TKO 5 Josh Williams (8-5). Light Middle: Errol Spence (4-0) W TKO 1 Nat Butcher (0-2).
Matthysse vs. Dallas Jr
This was one of those fights where the introductions lasted longer than the fight. All it took was one crushing right from Matthysse and the fight was over. Dallas started out very cautiously with Matthysse content to stalk the American. Just past the two minute mark the Argentinian suddenly exploded with a right that sent Dallas face down on the canvas. The referee started the count but, since it was obvious that Dallas was out cold, he stopped the count to let Dallas receive help. The 30-year-old Argentinian retains the WBC Interim title and makes it 31 wins by KO/TKO. His two losses were split decisions against Zab Judah and Devon Alexander. Dallas, 26, is better than this result makes him look. He was No 32 in the WBC ratings, which is about right, so he did not belong in the ring with Matthysse. It remains to be seen what effect this crushing defeat will have on Dallas.
Karass vs. Aydin
Karass gets an upset decision, but it should not have been all that unexpected. The tough, experienced Mexican had the edge in both height and reach (72” to 65”) and he used those advantages well. After Aydin got through with rights and left hooks in the first Karass was able to force Aydin to come forward trying to get inside and make him pay when he did. Karass built an early lead and Aydin was never able to get back on level terms. Aydin tried to turn the tide in the eighth and ninth, but Karass closed the fight better taking the last round and looked a clear winner. Two judges saw it that way with 97-93 cards, but the third somehow had it 95-95. The 30-year-old Karass had lost 4 of his last 6 fights going in, but two were to Mike Jones (one a majority decision), a cut-eye loss to Gabriel Rosado and a stoppage loss to Marcos Maidana. However, he has wins over Carson Jones, David Estrada, Chris Smith, Michael Rosales and Vince Phillips. On his night he is a tough opponent for anyone-as Aydin discovered. The 29-year-old Turkish “Mini-Tyson” had lost on points to Robert Guerrero for the interim WBC title in July. His two best wins are over Ionut Dan Ion, but I though he was lucky to get the decision in both fights. He blows his WBC No 3 rating to guy who was not even in their top 40.
Charlo vs. Yorgey
Impressive performance from talented Charlo. If there has been a question over the 22-year-old “Iron Man” it has been his punching power. He may have gone some way to answering that question by flooring Yorgey twice in the second round. A fast right/left combination caused the first knockdown and another right put Yorgey down for the second count. From then on Yorgey just could not seem to get out of the way of the quick-handed flurries from Charlo. It was another right to the side of the head which put a tiring Yorgey down in the eighth. He got up but stumbled and the referee had seen enough. Yorgey’s only other inside the distance loss was to big puncher Alfredo Angulo for the interim WBO title in 2009. Charlo, one of twins, built the win on his jab, but finished with those rights. He wins the vacant WBC Continental Americas title and has ten wins by KO/TKO. Yorgey, 35, got the shot at the interim WBO title after wins over Jason LeHoullier and Ronnie Hearns who were both unbeaten at the time. He took 14 months out after the Angulo loss and had since scored three wins in the backwoods of boxing.
Bennett vs. Ankrah
Aussie “Hollywood” Bennett hits too hard for game but limited Ankrah. Bennett had the edge in height, reach and power. He put the Ghanaian down in the second and then finished it in the third with a punch that left Ankrah flat on his back. The 39-year-old Bennett made it three wins in a row over fighters from Ghana having beaten James Armah twice in his most recent fights. The former WBFoundation welter champ has won his last seven fights, six by KO/TKO. His career has failed to progress due to his losing fights that he should have breezed through. “The Congo Soldier” Ankrah, 33, was having his fourth fight in the USA and his fourth loss.
Vargas vs. Terry
Too easy for promising Vargas. The 28-year-old former Olympian patiently stalked Terrey in the first, shook him with a left in the second and then finished the job with a right that put Terry down for the full ten. Vargas dominated the 60kg division in Mexico from the time he won his first national amateur title in 2002. He went on to represent Mexico at the 2008 and 2007 and 2009 World Championships. He can be a force at super feather. Terry is 2-9 in his last 11 fights with 7 of those 9 losses being by KO/TKO.
Williams vs. Wiggins
The 22-year-old Williams looks a good prospect as he shows power in overwhelming game Wiggins. The Philadelphian was getting through with hard punches from the first round and Wiggins could do little to stem the flow. Williams knocked Wiggins down with a left-right in the fourth and scored heavily in the sixth with the end looking near. Wiggins hung in there, but was taking punishment in the seventh when his corner threw in the towel. Six wins by KO/TKO for Williams who needs a few more wins before thinking of moving up. After taking 19 months out, Wiggins has lost two in a row by KO/TKO.
Charlo vs. Williams
Jermall is some way behind twin brother Jermell in development, but has potential. He had it easy against Williams being unable to miss an opponent who did a lot of catching but very little throwing. The corner of Williams pulled their man out at the end of the fifth round. Five wins by KO/TKO in a row for Charlo.
Spence vs. Butcher
London Olympiad quarter finalist Spence takes only 63 seconds to batter Butcher to defeat. The 23-year-old Texan has a style which is more suited to the pros and is a good prospect. As an amateur he was twice US National champion and won a gold and a silver in two National Golden Gloves tournaments.