Alright, I just wanted to give quick thoughts on the other show tonight that ESPN Deportes aired. Not much of a card, honestly.
First, the main event referenced in the subject line: Guzman picked up an easy first round KO over a completely over matched fighter. To be fair, Guzman dispatched Castellano faster than Matthysee did when he fought Guzman back about a year ago. However, that's not terribly meaningful as far as statements go. The fight ended on a one punch, first round KO with Guzman landing a lead upper cut on Castellano that he simply never saw coming. Prior to that, anyone watching was treated to a flat footed Guzman cutting the ring off and moving forward while basically doing nothing offensive. Just the act of resorting to his defensive stance was enough to keep Castellano from throwing meaningful punches. Guzman might be back in the winners column, but he's still a long ways off from getting invited back to HBO or Showtime.
The chief attraction on the undercard was Julio De Jesus, an undefeated prospect, taking his first reasonable step up in class against Ramon Duran. Duran's record of 21-4-1 wasn't too awful, but he was clearly outsized in the ring and outgunned. De Jesus basically walked him down, ignored his opponents shots, and threw a lot of wide power shots in an attempt to impress.I can't say that De Jesus did a lot for me. He's very open when punching and his chin is out there to be hit. Duran, in spite of generally being hapless in the ring against his much bigger foe, landed the occasional meaningless punch. Ultimately, the pressure from De Jesus proved too much, and he ran his record to 14-0 with 13 KOs. Its one thing to be a sloppy brawler who comes to knock your block off if you have nuclear bombs in your hands like Edwin Valero. De Jesus does not, to me, appear to be an Edwin Valero.
Also making TV were a pair of other short fights: Argenis Mendez took on Cuban born record enhancer Alex Perez in a contest that lasted 2 rounds. Mendez has had a reasonable amount of success over the years having recorded wins on his ledger against the likes of Martin Honorio and Cassius Baloyi, and this was a bounce back fight following his loss to Juan Carlos Salgado in September. Some of the broadcast there was cut off due to technical difficulties, but it wasn't any great crime. Perez simply operated as a moving punching bag for Mendez and took some ugly looking punches to the head. Its one thing to see a guy who hasn't won in ten years who handles himself in the ring and comes to at least give a fighter 4/6/8 rounds of work without getting hurt. Perez has been KOed in practically every fight he's had in the last two years. Finally, the TV opener was a women's bout featuring Amanda Serrano massacring a completely overmatched Grecia Nova. Not much to say here other than that Serrano seems at least fairly skilled and is then probably capable of winning a bunch of meaningless women's belts.