Friday Night Global Boxing Results: Wilczewski Claims European Title at 168

Lake Buena Vista, Florida

  • Ismayl Sillakh UD-10 Yordanis Despaigne, Ray Narh UD-10 Freddie Norwood: Read the full recap of Friday Night Fights here.
  • Yunier Dorticos KO-6 Epifanio Mendoza: Dorticos (11-0, 11 KO) is a 24-year-old Cuban cruiserweight who wasn't quite the amateur stud that a lot of his fellow Cubans are, and thus isn't quite the hyped prospect. He placed second three years in a row (2005-07) in the Cuban nationals and in 2008 came in third. Mendoza (30-11-1, 26 KO) has the dimensions to fight at cruiserweight, but he's 35 and spent most of his career around the middleweight division. You likely remember him from such losses as Chad Dawson, BJ Flores or Beibut Shumenov. At this point, the Colombian veteran is a gatekeeper wherever he can find a fight.
  • Puro Pairol UD-4 Corey Edwards: Pairol is another Cuban, a 30-year-old lightweight with no power who has won four straight after drawing in his February 2010 pro debut. You don't need to pay much attention to him, most likely.

Helsinki, Finland

  • Piotr Wilczewski TKO-11 Amin Asikainen: The late stoppage win nets Poland's Wilczewski (29-1, 10 KO) the vacant European super middleweight title, which Brian Magee abandoned to step up and fight Lucian Bute on March 19. At 32, he's very unlikely to make any serious waves at 168, but with the way things go, maybe he'll fight Bute by the end of the year. His only career loss was a TKO-3 to Curtis Stevens in 2009, and while Stevens is limited, he can bang. Asikainen (28-4, 19 KO) hasn't scored a good win in years and gets stopped every time he steps up since 2007, falling at the hands of Sebastian Sylvester, Khoren Gevor, Matthew Macklin and now Wilczewski. Considering that's not really a list of big punchers, well...you can figure out the rest. He's got name value at the Euro level, especially in his home country of Finland, but that's about it.
  • Andreas Evensen TKO-3 Yordan Vasilev: Evensen (14-2, 6 KO) bounces back from his wide loss to Ricky Burns in a fight he didn't deserve with a win over a pro opponent. This might be the last time we ever mention Evensen on this site again, because he's probably not likely to jump back into contention.

Woodland Hills, California

  • Yusaf Mack SD-12 Otis Griffin: This win puts Mack (29-3-2, 17 KO) in line for a shot at the alphabet belt held by Tavoris Cloud. Sounds like just the sort of fight King would love to get for Cloud, and then not televise it.

Indio, California

  • Vicente Escobedo UD-10 Walter Estrada: Escobedo improves to 23-3 (14 KO) and looks to get back into serious contention at 135 pounds. You know what I wouldn't mind seeing later this year? A Katsidis-Escobedo rematch.
  • Randy Caballero, Sharif Bogere and Michael Finney all won on the undercard.

Doncaster, England

  • Mike Perez PTS-8 Ismail Abdoul: Well, at least Perez got rounds this time, though he won an 80-72 shutout. Perez (13-0, 10 KO) is a Cuban based in Ireland with some legitimate heavyweight upside. He's a 6-foot tall southpaw with power and good skills, and while he might come in heavier than you'd want for a guy with his frame, he's not sloppy like countryman Odlanier Solis. He's also not as talented as Solis, so you take the good with the bad, I guess. It'll be a while before he makes any significant leaps up in competition, or at least it should be.

Deurne, Belgium

  • Jackson Bonsu UD-10 Jose del Rio: Bonsu improves to 34-4 (25) with the win over his Spanish visitor, who falls to 11-2 (4 KO).

Creil, France

  • Cedric Vitu UD-10 Mehdi Nekaies: Vitu (31-1, 13 KO) retains his French junior middleweight belt with a win over Nekaies (15-6, 8 KO). The 25-year-old Vitu has a pretty record and a win over Christophe Cancalux on his record. It would be nice to see him gun for Euro level sometime this year.

Atlantic City, New Jersey

  • Giorbis Bathelemy TKO-2 Derek Ennis: Ennis (22-3-1, 13 KO) is a Philly mainstay at this point, but this is a bad loss for him. Bathelemy (25-8-2, 10 KO) is a 38-year-old Cuban who turned pro in 1994 as a welterweight and at this point fights anywhere from 160 to 175. And the referee for this was Steve Smoger, so you know it probably wasn't a quick hook or anything. Hell, maybe they'll just rematch. Ennis, 30, wasn't exactly on the rocket ship to the moon or anything.
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