Some early weekend results

Gutknecht was able to insert himself into the super middleweight mix by defeating the former titlist Balzsay. via www.boxing.de
  • Raphael Butler defeated Joey Abell in the most ignominious way possible. Butler was knocked down by Abell in the first round and was on weak legs.  Neither fighter heard the bell ring and continued to fire away for a few seconds after the round ended, with the referee actively trying to break up the fight.  Abell then nailed Butler with a shot that knocked him clean unconscious, leading to Butler's "victory" by DQ1.  As Butler is lying on the floor, a mini-riot broke out between Abell's camp and Butler's camp.  Just nasty, nasty stuff.  The reports made it sound like he was really laid out, so hopefully Butler's okay. Note by SC: This appears to have been changed to a no contest.
  • Eddy Gutknecht won a split decision over former super middleweight titlist Karoly Balzsay. Well, either that was an awfully short prime for Balzsay, Denis Inkin was never as good as some made him out to be, or the super middleweight division is even deeper than I thought. The German betters his record to 18-0 and moves near the top of the rankings for the title currently held by Robert Stieglitz.
  • Anselmo Moreno battered Frederic Petrac for 11 rounds before scoring the technical knockout. This was Moreno's sixth defense of his bantamweight title. From what I hear, Moreno painfully outclassed the Frenchman. Hopefully he can get on US TV eventually - with wins over Wladimir Sidorenko (twice) and Mahyar Monshipour, he's building up quite a resume.
  • Tim Coleman SD12 Mike Arnaoutis. As mentioned in BabyBull's fanpost, this one was a pretty painful robbery.  The Versus announcers gave all but one or two rounds to Mighty Mike, and while that may have been a bit of homerism, he pretty clearly won the fight. Coleman wins the USBA light welterweight title, becoming easy fodder for some prospect to move up the rankings. We'll see if this ends Arnaoutis's career as a main event fighter.  On the undercard, Brad Solomon won a close decision over Ray Robinson in rare prospect-prospect bout. 
  • Tyrone Brunson got his cherry popped by Carson Jones, who teed off on a defenseless Brunson until the ref was forced to step in for a third round TKO.  Brunson started his career at 19-0 with 19 first round knockouts, breaking Edwin Valero's record.  This garnered him a lot of attention and got him signed with Gary Shaw.  Since then, he had already been exposed as a less than stellar boxer, and this pretty much ends his notoriety.
  • Mike Anchondo beat Mauricio Herrera, also continuing Gary Shaw’s recent streak of just absolutely horrible matchmaking with his fighters. It seems like every time he tries to get his guys to step up, they lose.  Anchondo looked less than spectacular his last few fights, but he seemed a bit refocused here, and the 13-0 fighter is the best win the former titlist has had in about four years.  In the past few months, Herrera, Brunson, Bowie Tupou, Marvin Quintero, Anfredo Angulo and Travis Kaufman have all been upset, not to even mention losses for his big money fighters, Vic Darchinyan and Andre Dirrell. 
  • Two other Shaw prospects were on the untelevised undercard of the Shobox card. Marvin Quintero, who lost not too long ago, TKO2ed a guy who was 12-9 going into the fight. Chris Avalos, who actually has looked better to me than most of the Shaw prospects, beat late replacement Jose Pacheco (who has an absurd record of 2-10-6) by second round TKO.
  • Zsolt Bedak KO7 Ramie Laput. Bedak moves to 14-0 and moves near the top of the rankings to contend for Juan Manuel Lopez's belt.  Ramie moves back down the chain.  The Filipino has lost about every time he's stepped up, but is still a solid gatekeeper.
  • Euri Gonzalez squeaked by rugged veteran Cosme Rivera, whose 31-14-2 record is deceptive. Rivera won the early rounds, then Gonzalez picked it up in the middle, but ran out of gas in the late rounds. Rivera was almost able to score a 12th round knockout, but Euri, a Golden Boy prospect, was able to survive for the victory. Gonzalez is rumored to be facing Antonio Pitalua next. His lone loss came to Saul Alvarez in a fight where he was simply outclassed.  On the undercard, Yoelvis Gamboa, Yuriorkis's little brother, moved to 2-0. 
  • Welterweight prospect Ed Paredes beat former featherweight title challenger Oscar Leon. This sets up a rematch of his draw with undefeated prospect Joey "Twinkle Fingers" (I kid you not) Hernandez on Friday Night Fights (on a Guillermo Rigondeaux undercard) in February. No word on the results of the Cubans (Yudel Jhonson, Yordanis Despaigne, Umberto Savigne) fighting on the undercard, although what promised to be an exciting fight between undefeated Cuban amateur star Stalin Lopez and solid welterweight prospect Joshua Marks was canceled when Lopez weighed in at an absurd 155 pounds for what was supposed to be a light welterweight bout. In other absurdities, Savigne, only in his second pro bout but already 30 years old, was scheduled to face former title challenger and puncher extraordinaire Epifanio Mendoza.
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