Results: Billy Dib KO-1 Alberto Servidei.
Analysis: This actually happened early this morning (EST), but here it is. Dib (33-1, 20 KO) holds the IBF featherweight title, which he picked up in a vacant title fight against Jorge Lacierva in June, and this was his first defense. Servidei (31-1-2, 7 KO) obviously wasn't much worth the flight in if one was looking for a competitive opponent, but then I don't think I'm going nuts here to say that probably wasn't really the case. Servidei's record was very empty and he's 36 years old.
Results: Cosme Rivera UD-12 Antonio Pitalua.
Analysis: The third fight between these two long-running battlers wasn't as heated as their September bout, as Rivera largely dominated the fight with side-to-side movement, picking off Pitalua and neutering the offensive of the powerful Colombian. Pitalua (52-6-1, 46 KO) has long been a fun TV fighter, but at 41 he didn't have the legs to keep pace with Rivera (34-14-3, 24 KO), who at a spry 35 years of age was more than capable of controlling almost all of the fight. Neither of them have much of anywhere to go in the sport, as they're established gatekeepers, but these are the type of fighters you don't hear about a whole lot, and they've both paid their dues and then some. It's nice to see them fighting one another instead of being sent in to lose to prospects.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Results: Joan Guzman KO-1 Florencio Castellano ... Argenis Mendez TKO-2 Alex Perez ... Julio De Jesus TKO-2 Ramon Duran.
Analysis: Anyone else reminded of Juan Manuel Marquez's summer knockout of Likar Ramos? Joan Guzman doesn't have a Manny Pacquiao fight to protect, but ... well. Judge for yourself. Anyway, whatever -- Guzman (31-0-1, 18 KO) may well retire undefeated at some point. Though he got himself down below the 140-pound limit, he still looks kinda soft in there, because he's simply not a 140-pound fighter. He's 35 years old and still has style and talent, but he's kind of becoming one of those guys who gets older and looks like he's doing an imitation of himself, sort of like Roy Jones the last five years.
Super featherweight contender Argenis Mendez (19-2, 10 KO) stopped Perez (23-43-4, 18 KO) in two, a bounce-back win after his close loss to Juan Carlos Salgado in September.
Results: Enzo Maccarinelli TKO-1 Gyorgy Marosi, Tony Conquest PTS-10 Toks Owoh.
Analysis: Maccarinelli (33-5, 26 KO) didn't have to do much in this one, just crack Marosi (12-1, 8 KO) a couple times before referee Jeff Hind stepped in. I guess Hind could have let it go a bit further, but Marosi was probably just going to get flattened at that point. In the co-feature, Conquest (8-0, 2 KO) picked up a wide points win on referee Ken Curtis' card (100-91) to capture the vacant Southern Area cruiserweight belt. Owoh falls to 20-6 (11 KO).
Results: Alexander Alexeev TKO-8 Daniel Bruwer ... Manuel Charr RTD-5 Marcelo Luiz Nascimento.
Analysis: 30-year-old Alexeev could still be a contender at cruiserweight if he's over his two-round thrashing at the hands of Denis Lebedev in 2010, and this was the best of his three wins since then. He's a big puncher and not a bad boxer, he just got whomped by Lebedev is all. Charr (20-0, 11 KO) stays undefeated and picks up -- I shit you not -- the vacant WBC International Silver heavyweight title with this win. They're making Silver titles for minor belts now. Outstanding.
Results: Sam Soliman UD-12 Eromosele Albert ... Brad Pitt TKO-5 Victor Oganov ... Czar Amonsot D-12 Solomon Egberime.
Analysis: Well, prepare for Daniel Geale to hide that IBF belt away despite his saying he doesn't want to do that, as 38-year-old Soliman (40-11, 17 KO) is now the mandatory challenger after defeating Albert (24-6-1, 12 KO) in an eliminator neither of them should have been in in the first place. Why the IBF decided to give Albert, 37, an eliminator shot after widely and clearly losing to Geale -- another fight he shouldn't have had -- in a title fight all of three months ago is anyone's guess. Why Soliman got the opportunity is pretty obvious: Geale vs Soliman will sell some tickets in Australia. I think I wanted to hope Geale would be one of those guys to come out of the shell of being a regional fighter holding a world title, and Geale is talented, but right now, outlook not so good.
Pitt (12-0, 10 KO) is an interesting cruiserweight prospect, but Oganov (31-5, 29 KO) is really a way blown up super middleweight.
Results: Ryosuke Iwasa UD-10 Zerofit Jerope Zuiyama ... Takuya Mitamura UD-10 Takashi Kunishige.
Analysis: Iwasa (10-1, 7 KO) is a still-interesting 21-year-old bantamweight prospect whose only loss came to a quality fighter (Shinsuke Yamanaka). Iwasa won on scores of 98-92, 98-92, and 97-92. This win gave him the vacant Japanese belt at 118. The vacant Japanese title at 105 went to Mitamura (11-0, 1 KO), as well, who won on scores of 97-94, 98-93, and 96-94.