Friday Boxing Results: Lara Draws Molina, Escalante Knocked Out, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam Wins Again

In this edition of your Friday results roundup, we have the full results from Friday Night Fights and Solo Boxeo, big names fighting not-so-big-names in Thailand, a riot in Illinois, and fights from all over the world. We're still waiting on some results from Mexico, but we'll add those in when we can.

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Las Vegas Nevada (Friday Night Fights - Full Recap)

  • Erislandy Lara D-10 Carlos Molina: A big blow to Lara's stock, but a shot up for Molina's.
  • Yudel Jhonson TKO-7 Richard Gutierrez: Bad stoppage, but a dominant performance. Jhonson came out looking like the far better fighter as compared to Lara tonight. They showcased two 154-pounders from Cuba, and "the other guy" wound up impressing far more.
  • Yunier Dorticos TKO-2 Jose Luis Herrera: Dorticos (12-0, 12 KO) is a Cuban cruiserweight. Herrera (16-11, 16 KO) is a glass-chinned Colombian slugger who came in on just a few days' notice. You may recall Herrera from the March Badness undercard, when BJ Flores tried and succeeded to not knock him out. Dorticos had an interesting haircut, but left little impression otherwise, except that he taunted Herrera after the fight.
  • Hylon Williams Jr. DQ-4 Jorge Cordero: Williams (13-0, 3 KO) was reportedly dominating before Cordero was DQ'd for constant low blows.
  • Puro Pairol UD-4 Franky Martinez
  • Hiromitsu Miura UD-6 Todd Manuel
  • Rances Barthelemy TKO-4 James Hope

Fairfield, California (Solo Boxeo Tecate - Full Recap)

  • Alejandro Perez KO-1 Antonio Escalante: Last year after he was knocked out by Daniel Ponce de Leon, I figured that Escalante was a big fish/small pond guy who could contend but would be hard-pressed to beat legit top opponents. Now he's really reeling.
  • Manuel Avila KO-2 Frank Gutierrez
  • Clint Coronel SD-6 Carlos Musquez
  • Guy Robb UD-4 Manuel Morales
  • Ramon Morales UD-4 Danny Pantoja
  • Trevor McCumby KO-1 Nathan Ortiz

Sara Buri, Thailand

  • Pongsaklek Wonjongkam TKO-5 Muhammad Nurfaiwad: Pong gets the 80th win of his career in this disgrace, taking an interim fight at super flyweight against a guy who came in 1-2. The two other opponents he's fought this year came in 1-3 and 0-2. These fights have come after a nip-and-tuck battle with Suriyan Sor Rungvisai in October, the first and only defense he's made of his flyweight world championship (the legit championship) that he won against Koki Kameda in March '10. At this point, I'm really considering whether he should be the top-ranked flyweight, and that just might change this week. He's the champ, but whatever. With fights like these, who cares?
  • Yormongkol Wor Saengthep UD-10 Donny Mabao

Nakhon Sawan, Thailand (Tuesday)

  • Denkaosan Kaovichit KO-2 Panca Silaban
  • Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym KO-2 Vicky Tahumil: Both Kaovichit and Poonsawat do what they were supposed to do. They still fought better fighters than Pong has lately.

River Grove, Illinois

  • Osumanu Adama TKO-4 Marcus Upshaw: You might remember Adama (19-2, 14 KO) from a highly suspect decision loss to Don George on Shobox in 2010, the fight before George got pummeled by Francisco Sierra on ESPN2. He beat veteran Angel Hernandez in December, now adds a win over Upshaw (13-5-1, 6 KO) to his record. Upshaw's a little better than his record indicates. Oddly, this fight was in Illinois when both of these guys are based in Florida.
  • Joey Hernandez DQ-8 Angel Hernandez: And here's Angel Hernandez himself! Joey improves to 18-1-1 (10 KO) with the win, while Angel drops to 30-10 (17 KO). Joe Harrison has a detailed report at BoxingScene.com, reporting that chaos erupted following the DQ when Angel struck a celebrating Joey from behind, leading to the corners brawling and spectators getting into the act.
  • Lanardo Tyner D-8 Adrian Granados: Granados (7-1-1, 5 KO) is a Chicago product. 35-year-old Tyner has been around the block a few times, but is 0-1-2 in his last three after an upset win over Antwone Smith last July. Tyner is now 24-4-2 (15 KO).
  • I wonder if the fights were held in the Jasmine Room or the Gardenia Room?

Commerce, California

  • Roberto Garcia UD-8 Jose Shibata Flores: Francisco Salazar of Fightnews.com was ringside and has the particulars. Garcia is best-known as Antonio Margarito's patsy comeback opponent in 2010. He's now 28-3 (21 KO), while Flores falls to 45-11 (26 KO).

Cronulla, Australia

  • Ryan Waters UD-12 Gairy St. Clair: Veteran St. Clair (42-11-2, 18 KO) was fighting way above his best weight at 154 for this fight, but he's also 36 and far past his best days anyway. He also hadn't fought since December '09. Waters (21-3-2, 12 KO) won on scores of 119-109, 118-110 and 118-114.

Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • Michael Oliveira UD-10 Abel Adriel: Nicknamed "Chairman of the Board," the 20-year-old Oliveira is a power-punching Brazilian prospect in the super middleweight division. Here he outpointed Adriel (10-1-2, 2 KO) on scores of 98-92 (twice) and 97-93. Oliveira, now 13-0 (11 KO), was born in Brazil but has lived in Miami most of his life, and that's where he's based now.

Ontario, California

  • Efrain Esquivias TKO-3 John Alberto Molina
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