Andre Berto emerged victorious after five entertaining rounds against Jan Zaveck on Saturday. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Biloxi, Mississippi (Full Recap)
Results: Andre Berto RTD5 Jan Zaveck ... Gary Russell Jr. UD-8 Leonilo Miranda ... Thomas Oosthuizen UD-12 Aaron Pryor Jr.
Analysis: An entertaining give and take struggle between Berto and Zaveck ended after five when the Slovenian welterweight was forced to pull out with a damaged right eye. It appeared that the fighter's corner made the call to stop the bout, though the official announcement had the stoppage coming via recommendation of the ringside physician. Either way, it was hard to argue with the decision as Zaveck's eye looked in very rough shape. Given the closely contested nature of the fight, a rematch would be most welcome.
Russell showed his class in easily topping Leonila Miranda, though the match-up didn't tell us a whole lot more about the 2008 Olympian than we already knew. With quick hands and good technique, Russell appears to have a very bright future - but we'll need to see him against some real opposition soon.
Oosthuizen beat Pryor by scores of 117-111 on the cards of all 3 judges. According to reports, Ooshuizen scored a third round knockdown and won convincingly in an entertaining, though somewhat sloppy, super-middleweight contest.
Doncaster, United Kingdom (Full Recap)
Results: Jamie McDonnell UD-12 Stuart Hall ... Tony Jeffries PTS Paul Morby
Analysis: McDonnell pulled away over the second half of the bout to win a clear-cut decision over Hall in a fast paced battle. Plenty of talent in the 118lb class, and one imagines that the quick and clever McDonnell might like to try his luck beyond the British/European level in the not too distant future.
Tony Jeffries failed to impress on the undercard in a dreary eight rounder with Paul Morby.
Results: Vic Darchinyan UD-12 Evans Mbamba
Analysis: In his first career fight in his native Armenia, Darchinyan won by scores of 120-107 twice and 119-107. According to the Daily Telegraph, a sell-out crowd of 12,000 turned out to watch Darchinyan dominate his South African opponent. The full fight video can be found on YouTube, while a gallery from the fight can be seen here.
San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Results: Marco Antonio Rubio TKO-5 Mohammed Akrong
Analysis: The visiting man, fighting for the first time outside of Africa, gave a strong effort, though was in over his head against the veteran Mexican middleweight. Video of the bout can be seen here.
Results: Humberto Soto TKO-2 Jose Alfaro
Analysis: Both fighters reportedly suffered bad cuts after an accidental clash of heads in the second round, with Soto hurting Alfaro soon after. A full recap can be found at Saddoboxing.com.