Friday Global Boxing Results: Lucas Matthysse, Sebastian Lujan Win in Argentina

Doble_impacto_medium Rosario, Argentina

  • Lucas Matthysse TKO-1 Rogelio Castaneda Jr. HBO+ and Telefutura were in town for this card, and Matthysse put on a show in short order. Matthysse (27-0, 25 KO) put down Castaneda with a left hook midway through the first round, then knocked him down again. Castaneda was allowed to fight on with wobbly legs, and was floored once again, which got his corner to throw in the towel finally. Matthysse had a TKO-4 win in February over Vivian Harris, but the stoppage was plain awful. It was a hell of a battle while it lasted. Harris is set to face Victor Ortiz on Sept. 18, and whether or not "Vicious" Vivian pulls the upset on "Vicious" Victor, a rematch with Matthysse would be nice to see. Castaneda is now 26-16-3 (8 KO).
  • Sebastian Lujan TKO-7 Emilio Julio Julio. Lujan (33-5-2, 21 KO) was last seen by most in America when he seemingly ended the run of Jose Luis Castillo on ESPN2 in 2008 with a dominant decision win. Since then, the man whose ear was once all but knocked off by Antonio Margarito has retreated back to Argentina and earned relatively easy money with relatively easy fights, his best win in four bouts since Castillo coming over Charlie Jose Navarro in early 2009. This was reportedly not close, with Lujan completely dominating. Julio (18-6-1, 11 KO) has lost to every single decent fighter he's ever faced, and never beaten anyone with a winning record. His first four pro fights (and two after) were against debuting "boxers." Guess where he's from? If you guessed Colombia, give yourself a round of applause.

Atlanta, Georgia

  • Zahir Raheem TKO-2 Roberto Valenzuela. Raheem's comeback since getting knocked out by Al Funeka in 2008 is moving at his own pace, let's say. He faced Valenzuela in Oklahoma back in April, and swept a six-round decision. So he decided to fight him again in Atlanta in another six-rounder on Friday night, and stopped him in two. Raheem (31-3, 18 KO) is long removed from the guy who upset Erik Morales, and at 33 he doesn't have a lot of time to play with. Valenzuela is now 53-54-2 (43 KO).
  • Paul Delgado UD-6 Chad Greenleaf. Delgado (24-9-1, 4 KO) also beat Valenzuela this year. So did Michael Medina and Jose Luis Castillo. Delgado is an Atlanta resident and journeyman who has lost to some decent names over the years, including a young Paul Malignaggi back in 2002. Greenleaf is 12-16-1 (5 KO).
  • A full recap and photos from the show available at Fightnews.com.

Dover, Delaware

  • Jose Angel Rodriguez UD-12 Russell Jordan. 31-year-old "Silver Boy" Rodriguez (16-2-1, 2 KO) outpointed Jordan (15-8, 10 KO) on scores of 118-110, 117-111 and 115-113 to pick up some minor IBF-affiliated belt. Jordan, 28, has gotten some good work in the last few years as a professional opponent. You might recall his February fight against Shawn Porter, where he gave the prospect a rough go of it. Jordan has lost four of his last five, but the losses are to Sergio Martinez, Luis Collazo, Porter and Rodriguez.
  • Mike Tiberi TKO-1 Ray Cuningham. Tiberi (14-1, 7 KO) is the nephew of Dave Tiberi, the man who was robbed so badly against James Toney in 1992 that he simply quit boxing. Mike is 22 and while no major prospect, is giving a go at putting together a career in the northeast.

Los Angeles, California

  • Ronny Rios KO-4 Leivi Brea. This was the main event at Club Nokia for Fight Night Club. Rios (12-0, 6 KO) ended it with two knockdowns in the fourth round, both on body shots.
  • Antonio Orozco UD-6 Humberto Tapia. "Simple Man" Orozco is now 8-0 (5 KO).
  • Salvador Rios TKO-2 Stephen Rubalcava. Salvador is Ronny's brother. This was his pro debut.
  • Bastie Samir KO-1 Jacob Alvarez. Samir (4-0, 4 KO) hadn't fought in nearly two years. He debuted as a pro on November 13, 2008, then fought on December 13 and December 20 the next month. Those were his last appearances before Thursday. The 24-year-old Ghanaian was an amateur standout, and competed at the 2008 Olympics.
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