Results: Hernan "Tyson" Marquez KO-1 Luis Concepcion.
Analysis: Well, this one didn't live up to the first fight, but it did have action. Hernan Marquez has finally cemented his status as one of the world's best flyweights, and not just a fluke guy who got a stoppage win in a great brawl against Concepcion earlier this year. Marquez (32-2, 25 KO) made the second defense of his WBA flyweight title with this win, hammering Concepcion (23-3, 18 KO) with gusto in the opening frame, dropping him three times before the referee stopped it. He's the real deal, and when you think back to the way Nonito Donaire dicked around trying to box southpaw against him in 2010, it's kind of amazing. My kingdom for a Pongsaklek Wonjongkam vs Hernan Marquez fight -- I think that might be something of a flyweight Calderon vs Segura.
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Results: Ivan Calderon SD-10 Felipe Rivas, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr TKO-3 Roberto Carlos Leyva.
Analysis: This was supposed to be Calderon against 105-pound titlist Raul Garcia, but then Garcia went and lost his 105-pound title to Moises Fuentes on August 27 in a great fight, so Calderon instead went with Felipe Rivas. This fight kind of reminds me of Israel Vazquez vs Angel Priolo a couple years back, except Calderon's eyeball doesn't look like it's made of candy. Calderon (35-2-1, 6 KO) is 36 years old and is, quite frankly, a shell of the fighter he was at his peak. It's one thing to get overpowered at 108 by Giovani Segura, one of the hardest punchers, pound-for-pound, in the sport. It's quite another to struggle with Rivas (9-10-1, 4 KO). I think it's time that the "Iron Boy" consider hanging it up. If he shoots for higher glory at 105, he's just going to lose. He's no longer slick enough to beat the top fighters at the weight. The other fight is, obviously, a comeback win for Vazquez (21-1-1, 18 KO) after his May defeat at the hands of Jorge Arce. Vazquez still wants a rematch with Arce, and I think they should do it. I have a lot more legit interesting in Arce vs Vazquez II than I do Donaire vs Arce, but I couldn't blame Jorge for going for more money and more glory against Nonito.
Results: Moruti Mthalane TKO-7 Andrea Sarritzu.
Analysis: Mthalane improves to 28-2 (19) and retains his IBF flyweight title with a trouncing of Sarritzu (32-5-4, 12 KO), whose corner threw in the towel.
Results: Vanes Martirosyan UD-10 Richard Gutierrez, Casey Ramos UD-8 Joselito Collado.
Analysis: Hey, another win for Martirosyan (31-0, 19 KO), who took this thriller on scores of 100-90, 100-90, and 99-91. Gutierrez (26-8-1, 16 KO) hasn't been good in years, and Martirosyan really, really needs to step it up soon. He's trained by Freddie Roach, he's promoted by Top Rank. He has connections. It's getting harder and harder to think that everyone is avoiding him or ignoring him. Ramos (15-0, 4 KO) wins the battle of light-punching prospects over Collado (12-1, 3 KO) on scores of 78-73, 78-74, and 77-74.
Results: Takalani Ndlovu SD-12 Giovanni Caro.
Analysis: Ndlovu (33-6, 18 KO) retains his IBF super bantamweight title despite hitting the canvas in round one. If the South African was looking for an easy first defense of the belt he won from Steve Molitor in March, he didn't find it against the determined Caro (22-10-4, 17 KO), a 27-year-old non-contender who really shouldn't have been given a title shot at all, since he lost his last fight and all.
Atlantic City, New Jersey (Full Recap)
Results: Brandon Gonzales SD-8 Ossie Duran ... Artemio Reyes UD-8 Javier Molina.
Analysis: Corey Erdman suggested on Twitter that Molina is more Non-Alcoholic Paul Malignaggi than the Paul Malignaggi Lite I called him after the fight in the recap, and he might be right. I watched the main event a second time to get a better feel for it. I still think Duran deserved the nod, and there was just nothing about Gonzales that really impressed me. He looked good in spurts, but that's it.
Results: Eloy Perez TKO-6 Ira Terry.
Analysis: I'm only surprised that Terry (24-7, 15 KO) lasted as long as he did against Perez (23-0-2, 7 KO). Eloy is no puncher, but Terry has been crumbling for a while now, and this six-round outing was the longest he's lasted in his last five, all of which he's lost, all by stoppage. Perez, 25, will likely find himself in line for some type title shot next year.
Results: Franklin Lawrence TKO-2 Raymond Ochieng.
Analysis: I'm not saying that the 36-year-old Lawrence (17-2-2, 12 KO) is beating the most notable competition, but he seems like someone that could emerge as a potentially dangerous contender. He's probably better than Ray Austin, anyway. He's knocking guys out, fighting frequently, and has said he'd like to fight a Klitschko. Of course, everyone would like to fight a Klitschko.