Hugo Cazares (right) beat Nobuo Nashiro in their junior bantamweight title rematch in Osaka. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
- Hugo Cazares UD-12 Nobuo Nashiro. Cazares and Nashiro first met September of last year, the last time that either of them had fought entering this rematch. They went to a draw in a highly-competitive fight. They returned to Prefectural Gymnasium in Osaka to meet again on Saturday, and the Mexican Cazares came away the winner on scores of 117-111 (twice) and 115-113. Cazares (31-6-2, 22 KO) is the former long-reigning junior flyweight champion, who was dethroned in a tight contest by Ivan Calderon in 2007. After another close loss to Calderon in a truncated rematch, Cazares moved up in weight and quickly found himself in the title hunt. Nashiro falls to 13-2-1 (8 KO). The AP report described Cazares' performance in this one as "dominant."
- Antonio Margarito UD-10 Roberto Garcia. Margarito (38-6, 27 KO) had a good return to action, winning on scores of 99-89, 99-90 and 100-88. Garcia (28-3, 21 KO) went down in the first round and was never competitive. It's worth saying that the crowd in Aguascalientes was very big for this fight.
- Jorge Solis UD-12 Mario Santiago. Solis retained his WBA interim belt at 130 on scores of 119-108 and 118-109 (twice). Solis is now 39-2-2 (28 KO). I'm now almost certain that the highlight of the career of Santiago (21-3-1, 14 KO) was a close fight with Steven Luevano. He's now lost two in a row by wide scores, and outside of the Luevano fight, nothing he's done has been particularly impressive.
- Urbano Antillon UD-10 Rene Gonzalez. Gonzalez (27-2-1, 21 KO) was a late replacement for the far more dangerous Brandon Rios. Antillon (28-1, 20 KO) won on scores of 100-90 and 99-91 (twice). Gonzalez's record is a mirage, and this was Antillon's second win since his upset loss last year to Miguel Acosta.
- Mikey Garcia UD-8 Pedro Navarette. Scores were 77-75, 79-75 and 78-74. 22-year-old Garcia (22-0, 18 KO) is a rising featherweight prospect worth keeping an eye on, and the scores at least indicate that he got a decent test from Navarette (24-8-3, 13 KO).
- Jose Benavidez TKO-1 Arnoldo Pacheco. 17-year-old Benavidez improves to 5-0 (5 KO). He's yet to fight anyone worth anything, but this is a serious blue chipper.
- Argenis Mendez MD-12 Martin Honorio. Honorio has had an odd career. He surprisingly took Steven Luevano's "0," got stopped by Robert Guerrero in one round, and last year he upset John Molina on ShoBox. Now he's lost to Mendez, saying simply it wasn't his night. Honorio (28-5-1, 14 KO) will always be a risky proposition, but he's a fringe contender. Mendez is now 16-1 (9 KO).
Daisuke Naito KO-5 Liempetch Sor Veerapol. Naito (36-3-3, 23 KO) went up to 115 for this fight, which is not to say he won't or can't return to 112 as far as I know. This was nothing more than a bounce-back fight after Naito's November loss to Koki Kameda.