Some big things happened over the weekend, with highly-touted Amir Khan waxed by Breidis Prescott and Juan Diaz returning to the win column by schooling Michael Katsidis, but a lot of other fights happened, too. Here's a quick look.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
Albuquerque, NM: Urbano Antillon dropped former contender Daniel Attah via fourth round knockout, improving to 24-0 with his 17th KO. Antillon, 26, dropped down to 130 for the fight after fighting at 135 since 2003, really, with scattered appearances just over the 130-pound mark. He could be a player in either division, though obviously 130 is more ripe for the picking. On the same card, Albuquerque native and local celebrity Ray Sanchez was unceremoniously knocked out in the third round by Julio Zamora.
Atlantic City, NJ: At the Bally's Event Center, heavyweight slapper Kevin Johnson improved to 20-0-1 with a fifth round TKO of ancient Bruce Seldon, marking just the seventh knockout win of Johnson's career. Seldon, 41, falls to 38-7 (34). "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis won again, too, knocking out Nasser Athumani. It's Arnaoutis' third straight win since a pair of deflating back-to-back losses to Ricardo Torres (a fight he gave away) and Kendall Holt (a fight he barely showed up for).
Karlstad, Sweden: Papa Ray Mercer, now 47, continued his 20-year journey as a pro by beating Richel Hersisia via majority decision over six, two-minute rounds. Mercer last fought in January, losing to Derric Rossy for some bogus title belts in Macau. Mercer says he wants David Haye -- yeah. Right. Because God knows what makes money in the boxing world is watching pathetic mismatches between heavy-punching, chiseled Brits and has-been grandfather Americans. Ray Mercer must be out of his mind, honestly, to say he'd "school" Haye. I am sure he'd get his bell rung, but that's about it.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Manchester, England: On the non-televised undercard of Khan-Prescott, 25-year old middleweight Matthew Macklin beat Francis Cheka, 100-92. Sounds thrilling.
Moscow, Russia: Way back when, Oleg Maskaev was 26 years old and fought Robert Hawkins, then 25, in the fourth professional bout for both men. Maskaev won via fourth round knockout. All these years later, both are aging fighters, Hawkins a journeyman who has in recent years lost to Samuel Peter, Eddie Chambers, Vladimir Virchis, David Tua, Kevin Johnson, Denis Boystov, Jean Francois Bergeron, and Jason Estrada, and Maskaev an ex-world titleholder that recently was thumped by Peter. In the comeback fight for Maskaev, he failed to score another KO of the durable veteran Hawkins, but did win an easy 10-round decision (100-90 on two cards, 100-92 on the other). It is what it is. On the undercard, the crappier Ibragimov, Timor, won an eight-round decision over Kevin Montiy.
Quito, Ecuador: Debunked ex-maybe Humberto Toledo won a 12-round decision over a guy with a 13-7 record coming in. You may remember Toledo from his first round knockout loss to Lamont Peterson or his three-round manhandling at the hands of fellow Humberto, Soto.