FRANKFURT AM MAIN GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 11: Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine punches Samuel Peter (L) of Nigeria during the WBO and IBF World Championship Heavyweight fight between Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine and Samuel Peter of Nigeria on September 11 2010 at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Undefeated prospects Matt Korobov, Jose Benavidez Jr., Diego Magdaleno and Mike Lee all won their bouts against stepping stone opponents. Korobov had been out of commission since the Martinez-Pavlik undercard, recovering from some kind of cryptic stamina issue that was supposedly medically related. A complete review of the untelevised undercard is available at Boxing Scene.
Our full report on Wladimir Klitschko's destruction of Samuel Peter is here. For those who want to catch it, the replay is on ESPN today at 4:30 Eastern.
Johnathon Banks UD12 Saul Montana - In a fight boring enough that a crowd who was attending to watch a Wladimir Klitschko fight actually booed it, Banks cruised to a UD over bloated, 39 year-old Montana. Banks outboxed Montana from the outside early, but after getting hit a few times, Banks just seemed afraid to engage and content to just win. I'm beginning to think Banks ends up on Wlad's undercards not because they're both trained by Emmanuel Steward, but because he's a suitable warmup that makes Wlad's fights seem downright exciting.
Mexico City, Mexico
Our full report on Erik Morales's stoppage win over Willie Limond is here. And yeah, the fight was for a WBC "silver" title at 140, even though both men weighed in at 143, in what might be the most blatant recent example of the WBC making up their own rules.
Edgar Sosa TKO10 Ryan Bito - Sosa, a former titlist who had made 10 defenses, made an entertaining slugfest against the Pinoy Bito. While Sosa seemed like he would dominate, a cut on Sosa's forehead (likely the same one opened by Rodel Mayol) gave Bito confidence to get inside and make it a war. Sosa took control again late, and knocked Bito down twice on body shots, forcing a referee stoppage.
Reyes Sanchez SD12 Daniel Estrada - Sanchez won a lightweight "silver" title in defeating Estrada. It sounds like Estrada was involved in his second fight of the year candidate this year, and that the two men just traded blows from the first bell. Sanchez took it with a marginally higher workrate, but it wasn't for lack of trying on the part of Estrada.
Kiko Martinez UD12 Arsen Martirosyan - Martinez cruised to a decision over Martirosyan, who reportedly was hesitant to engage after feeling Martinez's power. Martinez wins the European super bantamweight title, and is likely to defend against Paul Hyland, a winner on the undercard, in the not too distant future.
Brian Magee RTD8 Roman Aramyan - Magee defended his European super middleweight title by battering the Armenian into submission. Magee is ranked highly by several sanctioning bodies, and should be in line for a title shot, probably for Dimitri Sartison's "regular" WBA title, in the near future.
Coleman Barrett, Luis Garcia, Alexei Acosta and Paul Hyland all scored victories over lower level opponents.
Tyne and Wear, England
Martin Lindsay also won on the card, while each of Jon Lewis Dickinson and Martin Ward was upset by seemingly lesser opposition.
Franklin Lawrence KO7 Lance Whitaker - This pretty much spells the end of Whitaker's career as a player in the heavyweight division. Both fighters were late replacements, and as the fight wore on, it became apparent that Whitaker's stamina would be an issue. At the last second of the seventh, Lawrence nailed Whitaker with a counter left hook that put Whitaker down for the count.