TyC Sports in Argentina had this one starting a half hour earlier than it did. Oh well.
Roberto Sosa fights Tadeu Pantoja at 115 for the opener. Pantoja is from Brasil and claims a record of 11-1. Sosa, meanwhile is 21-0. So this is like, sorta meaningful. And possibly not crap! Pantoja shows some decent skills and hand speed and then he's hit with a head spinning right hand by Sosa and the fights is all over. To be completely honest, I at first thought the knockout was a dive because of how dramatic Pantoja went down, but he was hit about as clean and as hard as you're gonna get among little guys. I like what I saw from Sosa: He let the KO come to him rather than rush it, which shows restraint and patience in the ring. He has a tendency to cover up when thrown on which I find suspect. I'd like to see him in with more of a pressure fighter.
There were highlights from a few prior non-televised cards". First we're "treated" to Ademar Correa vs. Walter Armando Masseroni. For those unfamiliar with bad South American heavyweights, Masseroni is old, fat, and awful. Correa, a .500 fighter from Brazil, KOs him in the first. There's also highlights of Matias Vidondo's loss to Irineu Beato Costa Junior, which was another Brazil vs. Argentina HW clash that went the wrong way for the Argentine fighter. That one looked exceptionally bad with Vidondo and Costa Junior flopping everywhere in exhaustion. Next up was a 160lb or so bout between Abel Adriel and Gabriel Ramirez that must have mattered to someone somewhere, just not me (Ramirez won a split decision). With those highlights completed, back to live action.
Daniela Bermudez vs. Norma Caucota: Women's boxing bout. Caucota is 0-11. Bermudez is 5-2-2. Why am I watching this? Complete mismatch that sadly goes the full 6 round distance. Caucota is undersized and outgunned. She's game and has guts but that's literally it.
Sergio Blanco comes out next and he's 3-11-1. Oh Jesus. Horacio Centeno is the opposition for him and offers a 3-0 record with 2 KO wins. Usually TyC cards are way better than this. Everything is usually way better than this. The fight ends up being pretty decent actually. Blanco might be terrible and a total mauler, but he stays tight with Centeno and while he's hit with a few good countershots, by staying in tight he easily gets through to see the distance (a 4 rounder) and even gets a couple points from the judges.
And its time for the TV finale, Cristian Solis against Alberto Santillan in a lightweight affair. Not much of a fight here in spite of it being fairly evenly matches - Santillan just blows out Solis with some heavy power punching and forces a stop pretty early in the second round. Slugfest with guys going toe to toe, and the one with the heavier hands pulls out the win.
All in all, this show had some horrendous matchmaking. Yeah, you get KOs, but boxing fans know KOs don't automatically equate to good. This was not particularly good.