On tonight's special ESPN2 card at the Camp Lejuene Marine base in North Carolina, Jason Litzau won a wide decision over ex-Marine Johnnie Edwards in the main event, and Frankie Figueroa and Rashad Holloway fought to a six-round draw in the co-feature.
Litzau (26-2, 21 KO) was largely unimpressive in beating Edwards (15-5-1, 8 KO), and didn't exactly hold up to the constant claim by ESPN's Brian Kenny that he was a "world class fighter." Litzau went back down to 130 for this fight, picking up a meaningless trinket title belt, which he also did in August at 135 pounds on the Jones-Lacy undercard. Litzau's career isn't in bad shape with Roy Jones' Square Ring Promotions, but the one time he really stepped up in class came against Robert Guerrero, and he was badly beaten that night.
He seemed tentative and sloppy for most of this fight. Litzau's calling card was always his flash and above average speed and power, but his confidence appeared a bit shot tonight. He had a massive six-inch height and nine-inch reach advantage against Edwards, but he didn't really use it to his advantage at all. In the tenth and final round he did fight a bit more like the Litzau you probably remember during his rise up the prospect ranks, but it seemed almost like he was forcing that.
Litzau won on scores of 99-91, 98-91 and 97-93.
In the co-feature, Manny Pacquiao sparring partner Rashad Holloway and former Miguel Cotto sparring partner Frankie Figueroa fought like a couple of sparring partners, killing the awesome live crowd at Lejuene with a rotten non-fight. Like Litzau, Holloway had and failed to use a significant size advantage by steadfastly refusing to jab. Figueroa really landed nothing the entire fight, which I suppose was an example of both his "Gato moves" and his "thang thang." It was an awful fight, a contender for worst TV fight of 2009. I scored it a draw, which more accurately could be described as my feeling that nobody deserved to win.
The best fight of the night was undoubtedly the four-round showcase for 20-year old Yaundale Evans, who met up with double-game Jason Rorie. Evans improved to 3-0 and knocked Rorie down twice, but he had an awful cut opened up, likely from a combination of Rorie rights and some pretty clear headbutts. The two put on a four-round war that definitely stole the show.