Vitali Tajbert retained his WBC 130-pound title with a win over veteran Hector Velazquez. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
There was a lot of action this weekend in the boxing world, so let's catch up in case anyone missed anything.
Fights We've Already Covered:
- Rafael Marquez over Israel Vazquez, Yonnhy Perez draws Abner Mares
- Ruslan Chagaev beats Kali Meehan
- Ji Hoon Kim and Ruslan Provodnikov win on FNF
- Ryan Rhodes dominates Luca Messi
- Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym, Vic Darchinyan win
Now on to the "other" action.
- Vitali Tajbert TD-9 Hector Velazquez. Tajbert (20-1, 6 KO) was leading on scores of 88-83, 88-82 and 87-83 when the fight was halted after a Velazquez-initiated headbutt caused a cut on Tajbert. Alexey Sukachev called the win for Tajbert "unspectacular," and also recaps the rest of the action from the Chagaev-Meehan undercard. The 35-year-old Velazquez (51-15-2, 35 KO) has now lost three in a row and four of five.
- Sergei Liakhovich KO-9 Evans Quinn. Liakhovich (25-3, 16 KO) is making another comeback bid, or more likely just fought the one time he'll fight this year. He was ahead on the cards and had put Quinn (18-4-1, 16 KO) down in the seventh. Quinn's record is fluff built mostly in Nicaragua.
- Peter Manfredo Jr. TKO-10 Angel Hernandez. Manfredo picked up the irrelevant IBO middleweight belt with this one, so he'll call himself middleweight champion. Hernandez (30-8, 17 KO) had come in riding a two-fight win streak over the quadruple shot Antwun Echols and James McGirt Jr., but was trailing on all three cards before Manfredo (35-6, 19 KO) stopped him in the tenth. It's the fourth straight win over "eh" competition for Manfredo after he was beaten up by Sakio Bika, but he's definitely better at 160 than he was 168, and in a weak class, there is a chance he could pick up a more notable strap, if he could get any of those guys to fight him. I really though Pavlik-Manfredo would have made a lot of sense for a Pavlik comeback fight, but Kelly's leaving 160 and Manfredo intends to stay there.
- Matt Remillard TKO-4 Carlos Rivera. Remillard (22-0, 13 KO) continues to build his record. Rivera (16-5-2, 5 KO) really never had a chance with this one, and the win is really no better or worse than several of the marks already on Remillard's sheet. Remillard's handlers call him the best American featherweight, which I might counter with Steven Luevano, but hype aside, he's a legitimate prospect and I really hope he gets a TV shot this summer on Friday Night Fights or something. Putting Manfredo in with someone decent and Remillard in against a veteran would make for a nice double-header. Remillard-Mickey Roman could be a hell of a lot of fun, and the right type of next step for the 23-year-old.
- Danny O'Connor UD-6 Broderick Antoine. O'Connor (12-0, 3 KO) is a former Olympic alternate with a bit of hype coming out of the northeast. His problem is always going to be that he can't punch, and Antoine (10-10-1, 5 KO) was another very soft opponent for him.
- Logan McGuinness D-6 Walter Estrada. McGuinness (10-0-1, 4 KO) is a 22-year-old from Ontario with one of the most Irish names ever. Estrada (35-13-1, 24 KO) you may well recall from a series of recent defeats on TV, against Kevin Mitchell, Yuri Gamboa, Luis Ramos Jr., etc. Overall, Estrada has lost nine of his last twelve counting this draw.
Los Angeles, California
- Carlos Molina UD-8 Humberto Tapia
- Rodrigo Garcia UD-6 Taronze Washington
- Ronny Rios UD-6 Guadalupe de Leon. All three were showcase bouts for the victorious prospects, and served as the full off-TV undercard for the Vazquez-Marquez show. As an aside, the 9,000 fans that came to the fight at Staples Center had to have been a big disappointment for the promoters and the fighters.
- Tunica, MS: Shawn Porter TKO-5 Robert Kliewer. Step down in competition for Porter (15-0, 12 KO), the Ohio prospect who has seen some good TV time already. But at least Kliewer (10-11-2, 5 KO) didn't roll over dead like Raul Pinzon did in Porter's last fight.
- Atlantic City, NJ: Teon Kennedy UD-12 Jose Angel Beranza. Kennedy (15-0-1, 6 KO) won on scores of 115-113 and 117-111 (twice). Pretty good win for the 23-year-old super bantamweight prospect, as Beranza (32-18-2, 25 KO) has definitely been around the block, and has faced nothing but prospects since a 2007 loss to Jhonny Gonzalez.
- Reno, NV: Joey Gilbert TKO-7 Anthony Bartinelli. You might remember Bartinelli (20-14-2, 13 KO) from his long-haired loss to Matt Korobov on the Hatton-Pacquiao PPV, which was also the last time he'd fought. For Gilbert (19-2, 15 KO), it's a second straight win after his Reno grudge match loss to Jesse Brinkley last year.
- Reading, PA: Travis Kauffman TKO-2 Chris Koval. Kauffman (20-1, 16 KO) presumably would still love another crack at Tony Grano. Koval is one of those cans Tye Fields got to step on during his incredible run.
- Mexico City, Mexico: Juan Hernandez DQ-3 Denver Cuello. Cuello (19-3-5, 10 KO) struck Hernandez (17-1, 13 KO) while Hernandez was down and was disqualified. They're both contender-ish in the nearly impossible to track minimumweight division.
- New York, NY: Shannon Briggs TKO-1 Dominique Alexander. Briggs (50-5-1, 44 KO) is now going to fight Rob Calloway (70-11-2, 57 KO) in Norfolk this Friday. Combined, they are 78 years old.