Mike Faragon lands a shot against Sergio Rivera tonight in Atlantic City. Faragon won on the untelevised undercard, staying unbeaten. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
With the HBO broadcast set to go live at 10:15 p.m. EDT, you can join us for live round-by-round coverage and results of the televised doubleheader, but before we get to the big names in action, let's run down what happened on the undercard at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Shawn Porter TKO-6 Patrick Thompson
Porter (19-0, 14 KO) was back in action for the first time since February 2011 after some promotional issues, and the former Manny Pacquiao sparring partner stayed unbeaten as he's returned to the ring as a junior middleweight, after there were previous ideas to try to get him down to junior welterweight. There was a ton of ring rust on the 24-year-old Ohio native, and this wound up a really sloppy brawl against an old fighter who had enough in the tank for a couple of rounds, but beyond that was pretty well spent.
Thompson (18-18-1, 8 KO) was finally finished off when Porter landed one of the many leaping hooks he tried over the course of the fight, staggering the 39-year-old veteran from Nebraska, after which Porter took him apart and got the referee to stop the fight. It was at best a C-minus performance from Porter, but going forward we'll find out how much was rust and how much has to do with his limitations. I'm not cautiously optimistic or pessimistic about trying to project Porter right now. Just plain cautious.
Mike Faragon UD-8 Sergio Rivera
Faragon (18-0, 8 KO) isn't a blue chipper, either, but he's a gritty young lightweight who likes to go to the body. He stays unbeaten with a win over journeyman Rivera (25-10-2, 16 KO), who has also been used as a stepping stone for Sharif Bogere, Richard Abril, Tim Coleman, and Josesito Lopez in recent fights. Only Coleman was unable to stop Rivera, so that probably tells you a little bit about Faragon's power. Scores were 79-73, 79-73, and 78-74.
Julian Williams UD-8 Hector Rosario
Williams is a 22-year-old junior middleweight from Philly, whose record now stands at 9-0-1 (4). Rosario drops to 7-2-2 (5).
Phil Lo Greco UD-6 Hector Orozco
Lo Greco (23-0, 12 KO) is a 27-year-old Italian from Toronto who has been signed by Golden Boy for whatever reason. He's pals with Paulie Malignaggi and you may remember him from some of Malignaggi's vacation videos in Sicily, if you're a Twitter type. He turned pro in 2006, fought in Canada through 2008, and then started traveling for fights in Hungary, Germany, and Italy. Now he's made his way to the States. His record is very empty and what I've seen of him didn't lead me to believe he's any type of future star. You know how Major League Baseball clubs have to fill out their systems with guys who are basically just organizational depth? Maybe that's what this is.
Lavarn Harvell KO-3 Anthony Pietrantonio
Harvell (10-0, 5 KO) is an AC light heavyweight, a 23-year-old guy fighting on the local circuit for now. Pietrantonio (7-9, 6 KO) is another East Coast club guy.