HAMBURG GERMANY - OCTOBER 16: Vitali Klitschko lands one of many straight right hands that landed flush on Shannon Briggs while scoring a completely and utterly dominant victory. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Vitali Klitschko UD12 Shannon Briggs - Our full report of this complete domination is here.
Ola Afolabi UD10 Sandro Siproshvili - Afolabi shook off some ring rust with an easy but unimpressive decision over Siproshvili. It was the former interim cruiserweight titlist's fight under the K2 banner, and while he's still not the world's most exciting fighter, maybe if he can work himself back into shape we'll see him providing the main support more than Alexander Ustinov and Jonathon Banks.
Alexander Ustinov TKO2 Oezcan Cetinkaya - Speaking of the devil, Ustinov looked like his usual plodding self, but was able to be aggressive and score a quick knockout against a guy who obviously was just looking to cash a paycheck. 21 fights into his career, Ustinov probably is what he is (a not very skilled or talented fighter who happens to be absolutely huge), so hopefully we'll see the Klitschkos step up his level of competition soon.
Zaurbek Baysangurov RTD3 Eugenio Monterio - Baysangurov has rattled off five straight wins since losing to now titlist Cornelius Bundrage. Montiero is a faded journeyman who hadn't fought in a year, and it really showed. Baysangurov didn't look spectacular, but he got the job done against a patsy.
Lucian Bute TKO9 Jesse Brinkley, Adrian Diaconu UD10 Omar Sheika, Benoit Gaudet KO6 Ceferino Labarda, Jo Jo Dan KO4 Andres Villafane - Our full write-up of this card is here.
Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. TKO11 Ivan Hernandez - Vazquez successfully defends his super bantamweight title. According to reports, Hernandez came out aggressive early on, but Vazquez started to take over and dominate around the fifth. Vazquez hurt Hernandez in the 10th, and Hernandez never quite recovered as Vazquez was able to score the stoppage. Vazquez has been improving from fight to fight recently, and it would be nice to see him step up to facing a top-10 level guy in the super bantamweight division next.
McJoe Arroyo and Patrick Majewski both got wins as well. Despite all the promotion about this being a juniors night, at the end of the day, none of the other famous juniors ended up fighting, nor did Vazquez's brother, who was supposed to make his pro debut.
Julio Cesar Miranda TKO2 Michael Arango - This was reportedly a mismatch from the get-go, and while Arango tried to be aggressive, he just couldn't handle Miranda's power, which is probably tops in the flyweight division. Miranda successfully defends his flyweight title in impressive fashion. In the last five years, Miranda has only lost twice, to Pongsaklek Wonjongkam and Moruti Mthlane.
Michel Rosales and Robert Marroquin both won on the undercard.
Antonio Tarver UD10 Nagy Aguilera and Shawn Porter TKO9 Hector Munoz - Our full write-up of this fight is here.
Lateef Kayode RTD6 Epifano Mendoza - Kayode captured a regional belt by beating tough but spent former light heavyweight title challenger Mendoza. Kayode dominated outside of getting deducted a point for low blows. Kayode, who is trained by Freddie Roach, was signed by Gary Shaw a week ago, so expect to see a lot more of him on Showtime in the near future.
Anthony Dirrell and Ronald Hearns also both scored wins against overmatched opponents. Dirrell reportedly looked very good, fighting for the second time in a month after a year long layoff.
Jamie Arthur UD12 Kris Hughes - Hughes was taking a huge step up in class for this fight, and Arthur pretty much bullied him most of the night. It was a pretty decent bout, but Hughes just didn't have the poise to withstand Arthur's constant pressure. While the final scores of 114-112, 114-112, 114-113 look close, they only came out that way due to two point deductions from Arthur for ticky tack low blows. It's been an interesting year for Arthur - he lost a wide but entertaining fight to Martin Lindsay, then he lost in Prizefighter, and coming off that loss he upsets a prospect to take home a Commonwealth title at super bantamweight, recently vacated by Rendall Munroe.
Sam Webb TKO11 Martin Concepcion - Webb successfully defended his 154 pound Commonwealth belt for the first time since winning it from Anthony Small, A.K.A. Sugar Ray Clay Jones Jr., A.K.A. Abdul Haqq, A.K.A. the bane of my existence. In this one, it was Concepcion who applied the pressure, but Webb is just a class or two above Concepcion and was able to land the better punches. Keeping his composure, Webb landed a knockout blow in the 11th.
David Price and Tom Dallas both also scored wins over building block opponents. As someone who was a much more polished amateur than, say, Tyson Fury, and who went professional with the benefit of having been an Olympian, it would be nice to see Price step things up a bit soon. He scored a 7th round TKO against a Belorussian club fighter with a 6-15 record. I'm not saying he needs to step up to world class, but I find it hard to believe he's learning much of anything against the piss poor opposition he's been facing as a pro so far.
Alexander Povetkin KO5 Teke Oruh - Povetkin reportedly struggled with Oruh, who's a level closer to journeyman than prospect, for several rounds and mostly failed to impress. Fortunately, he got a highlight reel knockout with a straight right hand that sent Oruh to dreamland in the last second of the fifth round. While the plan was for him to fight again in two weeks, reportedly he won't be doing that as his team feels he still needs to get in more work in the gym.
Eloy Perez MD10 Dominic Salcido - Perez barely squaked by in an ugly fight that he was supposed to dominate. While Golden Boy has been pushing Perez pretty hard, this was the third time in four fights he struggled against someone he was supposed to beat. Maybe that's just part of the learning experience, but more likely, the promotional company should start pushing a different product.
Seth Mitchell KO1 Derrick Brown - Mitchell knocked out Brown on a body shot in the last second of the first round. Mitchell is one of the better American heavyweight prospects out there, and while it's nice to see him keeping busy, this level of competition doesn't prove much of anything. Sure, Brown was 13-5-3 coming in, but he'd only fought once since 2007 and was at his best at cruiserweight. Hopefully we'll see Mitchell get a stiffer test soon, maybe on next year's Friday Night Fights.
Deontay Wilder, Frankie Gomez, Charles Huerta and Randy Caballero all got wins on the card as well. Gomez was taken the distance for the first time in his young career. Wilder arguably took a step up against a 17-21-2 fighter who's won five fights out of 25 since the '90's. I realize Wilder was rail thin when he went pro and didn't have much amateur experience, but this is getting ridiculous. While I complain about Top Rank's business model, at least we wouldn't see this from them. Golden Boy's matchmakers just don't seem to be very good.
Also winning this weekend: Ruslan Provodnikov, Teerachai Or Ekarin (now going by Kratingdaenggym), Sebastian Lujan, and Damian Jonak.