Steve Herelius was able to take a big step forward in his career, outlasting Firat Arslan for an interim cruiserweight title.
Steve Herelius RTD11 Firat Arslan. Frenchman Herelius captured the best win of his career and an interim cruiserweight titlist in wearing down and beating former titlist Arslan. Early on, Herelius was able to outbox Arslan from the outside, although Arslan's constant pressure eventually got to Herelius. In the seventh, he was only a punch or two away from knocking out Herelius, but Herelius was able to survive. From there on out, Herelius outboxed Arslan as Arslan tired out, and Arslan nearly collapsed making it back to his corner after the 10th round, necessitating the retirement. Not bad at all considering he was looking like a gatekeeper at best when he was fighting in the heavyweight division. Herelius is now the mandatory for Guillermo Jones, who hasn't fought in God knows how long.
Mexico City, Mexico
Hugo Cazares TKO7 Everardo Morales. Cazares reportedly dominated his first super flyweight title defense from start to finish, finally finishing the job in the seventh round with a left hook.
Ulises Solis UD10 Eric Ortiz. Long-time titlist Solis put on an impressive display of boxing in defeating Ortiz. Solis knocked Ortiz down in the eighth and tenth rounds. Solis is the mandatory to face the winner of the bout between Carlos Tamara and Luis Alberto Lazarte. Since Solis lost the title, it's moved around from one upset after another - Brian Viloria upset Solis, then Viloria was upset by Tamara in his first defense, then Tamara was upset by Lazarte in his first defense.
Mark Jason Melligan UD10 Agnes Adjaho. Neither fighter was particularly impressive in this one. Bob Arum has been trying to build Melligan into a new Filipino star, but he tends to look lethargic and doesn't get great power behind his punches, even though he doesn't have great handspeed. Adjaho, on the other hand, just failed to let his hands go outside of the sixth round, making it easy for the judges to score the bout for Melligan. Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman is discussing a fight against Jesus Soto-Karass next for Melligan.
Nakhon Pathon, Thailand
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam KO1 Rey Megrino. It took only a minute and a half for Pongsaklek to dispose of his hapless opponent in a non-title bout. In the future, Pongsaklek will likely need to face the winner of a bout between interim titlist Edren Dapudong and Wilbert Uicab. On the undercard, former titlist Medgoen Singsurat scored a win over some poor schlub making his pro debut, because that's how they roll in Thailand.