Just a few brief thoughts about this show from TyC last night -
-Show opener for TyC was Fernando Saucedo/Cristian Palma. Palma was an undersized Chilean opponent brought in to take a whooping against occasional world title contender Saucedo. Palma gave an honest effort in this fight and was really game, even if he was super wild. Didn't matter. After about 3 good rounds, he wasn't as willing to trade and hurl bombs at Saucedo, who worked a steady groove until hurting Palma in the 7th round, dropping him a couple times, and stopping him. with Palma basically quitting This is one of those fights where the guy looking to get highlighted just doesn't come out looking that great. You see this and go "Of course he lost 12 of 12 rounds to Chris John".
-Israel Perez (who was listed as Ivan Perez, I think) beat up Orlen Padilla next. Perez has a couple decent wins, and much as in the same bout, you could see a serious difference in muscularity between him and Padilla. Padilla has fought no one anyone's heard of and been KOed most times he stepped up. This was one of those KO losses. Perez was on him like white on rice early. Ref jumped in during an exchange and I think could be argued as "early" but this was a mismatch with Padilla being dropped repeatedly anyhow.
-Cesar Velez/Azael Cosio was the most fun fight by far, though I question the result. Cosio looked much bigger and had a puffier record, and Velez dropped him 20 seconds in with a wide overhand right. There was a couple headbutts in this fight, one of which looking rather intentional, and I couldn't tell exactly when the large cut that ended the fight in the 3rd started. In any case, Cosio was stopped midway through the 3rd with blood gushing out and Velez got handed a victory.
-Not a lot of expectations for the main. You've got a Panamanian fighter fighting for a belt from a Panamanian sanctioning body with "Visit Panama" ads everywhere, and the opponent fighting him for some interim BS belt is a no name from Southeast Asia. Obvious walkover, right? Wrong. Vasquez has always been a step below the best and at this stage of his career he's well, well below the best. He's not remotely elite. While he came forward each round and tried to land some decent punches, Apolinario stayed on the defensive, blocked most of the seemingly slow punches coming in, and returned fire with crisp, straight counter shots that often hit the mark. The scoring I can see being close because of Vasquez's forward movement, Apolinario's relative lack of activity, neither guy really shaking the other up much, and no visible damage really occurring. Maybe I should have totally nerded out and scored the fight?
Apolinario won 115-113 on the TyC scorecard and took home a draw on the official cards with the deck stacked against him. I'd guess he probably won the fight based on what I saw. Vasquez looks old. Trying to decipher whether a guy's legs are shot based on mediocre quality video beamed into my house by DirecTV from South America is a tough call, but I look at him and he screams "shaky". Apolinario is a decent fighter but he's gonna have trouble at 118 being successful long term. No matter what, people are filing out of that division fast. Moreno may move up to 122 permanently. Santa Cruz is really talented. Kameda's always had a lot of pop and brings offense. Agbeko is at a strange stage of his career, but I'd expect him to outwork the young Filipino easily. I just don't know where he fits in.