Another incredibly slow boxing weekend, this time in part due to the presence of UFC 133, and also due in part to the fact that Kelly Pavlik bailed on a tune-up fight, which made for no boxing on American TV on Saturday night.
Santa Ynez, California (Full Recap)
Results: Junior Welterweights: Vernon Paris TKO-7 Tim Coleman ... Lightweights: Cristobal Cruz TD-4 Art Hovhannisyan ... Lightweights: Mikey Faragon TKO-2 Ira Terry ... Featherweights: Luis Franco RTD-4 Adolfo Landeros.
Analysis: Career-best win for Paris (25-0, 15 KO), and a strong performance where he stayed with Coleman (19-2-1, 5 KO) early and then took over the fight with some great body work. He managed to check Coleman's gas tank, and Tim came up running on empty by the sixth round. One little side note that we didn't mention in the recap is that despite the hype of this being a battle of fighters trained by Roger and Floyd Mayweather, neither famous trainer was actually there. The co-feature was shaping up to be a fun fight, with Cruz in control largely due to his fearlessness and willingness to outwork Hovhannisyan. Faragon and Franco stay unbeaten as prospects.
Tokyo, Japan (Full Recap by Sidney Boquiren)
Results: Featherweights: Ryol Li Lee TKO-5 Rikiya Fukuhara ... Middleweights: Koji Sato TKO-6 Fukutaro Ujiie ... Bantamweights: Ryosuke Iwasa KO-2 Rasmanudin.
Analysis: Lee (18-2-1, 9 KO) is officially making the move back to featherweight, so he'll be out of our rankings tomorrow. He's not done quite enough at 126 to make it into a competitive, solid top ten there. You might remember Sato (20-1, 18 KO) from a one-sided loss to Felix Sturm in 2009. He's held the OPBF title since 2007, but still has a soft record because middleweight competition isn't exactly high in Japan, where he's fought every time out except for the Sturm trip to Germany, and his pro debut back in '05 in Vegas.
Results: Lightweights: Ameth Diaz TKO-5 Leonardo Zappavigna ... Light Heavyweights: Blake Caparello UD-12 Joseph Kwadjo.
Analysis: That should about do it for the idea that Zappavigna (25-2, 17 KO) is really worth paying attention to as anything beyond being an action fighter, because Diaz (30-10, 21 KO) really is not good. This wasn't like losing to Miguel Vazquez, who is a world-class, highly-rated fighter and a titlist. Diaz bombed Zappavigna on his own turf.
Results: Middleweights: Yori Boy Campas TKO-3 Marcelo Alejandro Rodriguez ... Super Flyweights: Jose Salgado KO-1 Carlos Ariel Farias.
Analysis: Win No. 99 for Campas (99-15-1, 78 KO). Campas is far from a contender anymore, and well-faded, but he's still tough and wants that 100th win something fierce. He's now won seven in a row since an 0-3-1 stretch in 2008-09.
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Super Flyweights: Juan Mercedes MD-10 Luis Maldonado.
Mandaue City, Philippines
Super Flyweights: Rodel Mayol UD-10 Jayson Rotoni ... Junior Flyweights: Randy Petalcorin DQ-8 Michael Rodriguez ... Welterweights-ish: Jimrex Jaca RTD-3 Felipe Demecillo ... Super Bantamweights: Eden Sonsona MD-10 Eman Labanza ... Super Bantamweights: Dodie Boy Penalosa Jr TKO-3 Kong Kiatpracha Gym ... Bantamweights: Marvin Tampus UD-8 Jestoni Pepito.
Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina
Welterweights: Hector David Saldivia KO-5 Emilio Julio Julio.