Don George's fight with Osumanu Adama stole the show on Shobox. (Photo via Showtime Boxing @ Facebook)
Here's a rundown of Friday night action from around the globe.
Shobox in Chicago, Illinois
- Marcus "Too Much" Johnson UD-10 Derek Edwards. Johnson (19-0, 14 KO) really has a lot of potential, and in this one showed off his more tactical side. Edwards (25-1, 13 KO) had a solid defensive gameplan, but offensively he was about as vanilla as it gets, and "Too Much" won comfortably on scores of 98-92 (twice) and 97-93. It wasn't a flashy performance, but it showed that Johnson has the confidence and ability to take what a decent opponent will give him, rather than having that young man's urge to get wild and try to do too much.
- Don George UD-8 Osumanu Adama. George won on scores of 76-75, 77-74 and 79-72 in a fantastic fight that you can perhaps argue Adama deserved to win. George (20-0-1, 17 KO) and Adama (17-2, 13 KO) both showed a willingness to mix it up and lay into one another, at least for the parts of the fight that were broadcast, as Showtime had some technical difficulties. It's hard to say with any certainty that Adama should have won, since parts of the fight were missed on TV, but I do know 79-72 was pure home cookin'.
- Edwin Rodriguez KO-6 Kevin Engel. Rodriguez (15-0, 11 KO) blew past the club fighter from St. Louis with ease.
- On a sadder note, this was the last Shobox for play-by-play commentator Nick Charles, who is again battling cancer, as tumors have reappeared in his lungs. Charles is facing the cancer once again with a lot of determination and resolve. "You could get hit by a truck and not hear what people would say at the funeral. This has been the most life-affirming thing for me, to know you're valued and then show your resolve to not just curl up and die," he told USA Today. Bad Left Hook sends our absolute best wishes to Nick Charles and his family. We hope to see him back again.
Las Vegas, Nevada
- Robert Guerrero TKO-8 Roberto David Arrieta. Guerrero (26-1-1, 18 KO) was shaking off some rust against Arrieta, as he's returned to the ring with his wife Casey's leukemia in remission. He fought this bout at 135 pounds, where he was scheduled to face Michael Katsidis before having to pull out of that one.
- Frankie Gomez TKO-2 Ricardo Malfavon. That sounds like "Ricardo Montelban" as spoken by a man with a mouth full of Jay's Potato Chips. Super prospect Gomez improved to 2-0 with his second fight pro fight, 27 days after his debut on the Jones-Hopkins card.
- William Gonzalez TKO-2 Jose Luis Araiza. Gonzalez, still likely best-known for a rough, close loss to Joseph Agbeko in December 2008, has now won four in a row. This was a WBO eliminator at bantamweight, meaning Gonzalez is in the long line for a shot at Fernando Montiel, who added the WBC belt to his collection on Friday morning. Gonzalez is behind Eric Morel and Jorge Arce, at least.
- Takahiro Ao TKO-8 Whyber Garcia. In the lone untelevised fight of the Hasegawa-Montiel card, Ao won his second in a row since dropping the WBC featherweight belt to Elio Rojas. Ao (19-2-1, 9 KO) has moved up to 130 pounds after a tough four-fight run at featherweight against Hiroyuki Enoki (D-12), Oscar Larios (L-SD-12 and W-UD-12) and Rojas (L-UD-12). With the 130-pound ranks as thin as they are now, Ao really might get another belt on his resume. I'll always remember Garcia for his fight with Yuriorkis Gamboa on the Lopez-Mtagwa PPV, when someone here remarked, "You can't spell 'why bother' without 'Whyber.'"