Saul Alvarez's first fight under the Golden Boy banner went as expected. (Photo courtesy Golden Boy Promotions)
Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico: Saul Alvarez (31-0-1, 23 KO) knocked out Brian Camechis (19-3, 8 KO). Camechis isn't as good as his record. Alvarez is now almost surely headed for a May 1 fight with Matthew Hatton (38-4-2, 15 KO) on the Mosley-Mayweather undercard. At 19 and with this being his first fight under the Golden Boy banner, Alvarez talked after the fight about facing Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, and Manny Pacquiao, and he's spoken in the past of fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. this year. The kid's either crazy or he's got a lot of courage. Maybe both. If he does face Hatton, expect him to dominate the Brit.
Tokyo, Japan: Aging featherweight Naoki Matsuda (32-8-4, 13 KO) escaped with a split decision win over Filipino Vinvin Rufino (17-8-3, 7 KO). Matsuda, 33, never quite made it to the next level and it's unlikely he ever will. This fight did net him the vacant OPBF featherweight belt.
Katowice, Poland: Veteran lightweight Matt "Boom Boom" Zegan (41-5-1, 21 KO) won a 12-round split decision over Frenchman Pierre Francois Bonciel (17-4-2, 7 KO). The loss was Bonciel's second straight. Zegan, 34, is probably best known for a close fight with Artur Grigorian in 2003, and a fight with Nate Campbell in 2006 where Campbell beat the living crap out of him for 12 rounds.
Atlantic City, New Jersey: Shamone Alvarez (21-2, 12 KO) knocked out Alexis Camacho (17-3, 16 KO) in the seventh round. Camacho has now lost three of four. Alvarez, 33, isn't a real welterweight contender, but his only losses have come to Joshua Clottey and Delvin Rodriguez. He could stick around as a gatekeeper for a good while longer. Hell, he might be able to beat Jan Zaveck on the right night, and Zaveck holds a title. Veteran heavyweight Vinny Maddalone won a fight on the undercard, too.
Fairfax, Virginia: Veteran club fighters Chase Shields and Jimmy Lange did battle at George Mason University's Patriot Center, with Shields winning a 12-round unanimous decision. Lange has fought his last nine bouts in the same building. Guys like Shields and Lange never get much pub, and I find those type of fighters interesting. They're really not in it for the glory. They're not even out there trying to make a splash with a big fight. They just do what they do. Lange did compete on "The Contender" in the show's first season, but that's about it.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Sebastian Demers (31-2, 11 KO) beat long-shot William Joppy (39-6-1, 30 KO) by majority decision, with scores of 97-93 for Demers twice and 95-95. This was Joppy's first fight in two years, his last also being at the Montreal Casino when Lucian Bute tore him apart in Bute's first defense of the IBF super middleweight title.
Cuautitlan Izcalli, Mexico: Last night's Top Rank Live main event went from bad to worse to crap. Ricardo Dominguez (31-5-2, 18 KO) was supposed to face journeyman Ivan Valle, who has been in the ring with plenty of good figthers, and lost to just about all of them. That wasn't much of a main event, really, but it could've been a good fight at least. Then Valle was to be replaced by Carlos Urias at one point (or at least so they said), another veteran who was knocked out by Valle in three last year. But then it wound up being Dominguez against hapless Leonardo Resendiz, a fighter who had been knocked out 22 times in 23 losses. Resendiz was stopped in four, was done when the first bell rang, and is now 22-24 (13 KO) for his career.