Ricky Hatton won in decisive fashion over Juan Urango in the HBO main event tonight, 119-109 on all three judges' cards (117-111 on my own), and Jose Luis Castillo scored a tough, hard-fought win over Herman Ngoudjo via split decision, and now the potential Hatton/Castillo moneymaker at 140 is officially in the cards for HBO.
If you ask me, Juan Urango could not have fought worse against Hatton, and Ngoudjo could not have fought better against Castillo.
Hatton's Vegas debut was less than inspiring, but he definitely outclassed his opponent. Hatton/Castillo could be a different story, but watching Castillo at 140, I'm not sure that he's going to have much longevity at that weight. Then again, it could have simply been the 11 months out of the ring.
I'm guessing we'll find out later this year.
Elsewhere tonight, Nikolay Valuev defended the WBA heavyweight title against Jameel McCline in Switzerland, and retained when McCline injured his knee in the third round and could not continue. McCline's size at 6-foot-6 made him one of the guys I thought would have a chance to (how do I put this nicely?) rid the heavyweight title picture of Valuev, but it wasn't to be. It's not that I have anything against Valuev, really, but I am almost certain I will never want to see him fight.