Here's a quick rundown of what went down today in Monte Carlo. I have not seen the show yet, but I'm sure Ryan Bivins will have more details in his big recap next week.
Gennady Golovkin TKO-3 Nobuhiro Ishida
As expected. A big right hand ended this one. To Golovkin's credit, Ishida had never been knocked out. Golovkin retains his WBA middleweight belt and improves to 26-0 (23 KO), and Ishida drops to 24-9-2 (9 KO) with his third straight loss in what was hopefully his last charity world title shot.
Denis Grachev SD-10 Zsolt Erdei
This is the first-ever loss for 38-year-old Erdei, who lost on scores of 96-94 twice, and 94-96 in his favor on the third card. Erdei (33-1, 18 KO) had been the lineal light heavyweight champion for a long time, dating back to when that got kinda goofy years and years ago, so if you're so inclined to have considered the Hungarian still The Man, that means that Denis Grachev is now The Man at 175 pounds. Even when boxing tries to be "legit" with titles, it gets stupid. It's a big win for Grachev (13-1-1, 8 KO), an unpolished but enjoyable fighter who has a lot of balls and gets it done some way or another.
Edwin Rodriguez UD-10 Ezequiel Maderna
Rodriguez (23-0, 15 KO) was reportedly not exactly thrilling again, but he got the job done and stayed unbeaten, and now he's tentatively set to face Grachev, in some kind of catchweight or the like, one assumes. Maderna (19-1, 13 KO) was hit with a low blow in the eighth round that saw him take the full five minutes to recover, and then Rodriguez lost another point hitting behind the head.
Sergey Rabchenko TKO-2 Adriano Nicchi
Rabchenko (23-0, 17 KO) retains his European 154-pound title, and could be a decent challenger on the world level soon enough. He's no joke in the ring, though Nicchi (20-4-2, 9 KO) isn't some big-time win for him or anything.