Rances Barthelemy earned ("earned") a shot at the IBF super featherweight title tonight, beating Fahsai Sakkreerin on a second round body shot, putting the Thai fighter down for the count while barely breaking a sweat.
Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KO) is now the mandatory challenger to titleholder Argenis Mendez, but tonight probably didn't give him much preparation for that fight. Sakkreerin (39-4-1, 21 KO) was small and outclassed, and with a paper-thin paper record, little was expected, and even less was delivered.
In the co-feature, local draw Caleb Truax rather shockingly manhandled Don George, which likely put the kibosh on any faded hopes that the Chicagoan was going to become a serious contender at 160 or 168 pounds. This fight, which had a catchweight just above middleweight, saw George look physically weak, or so it seemed on TV. He just couldn't get anything going, and his always leaky defense was even worse than usual, as he just couldn't get out of the way of right hands.
Truax (22-1-1, 13 KO) is a solid fighter at this level, and it's not exactly a huge surprise that he won, necessarily, but the way he did so was totally unexpected. Truax isn't really a big puncher, but he was hurting George (24-4-2, 21 KO) in every round, and "Da Bomb" was never really in the fight. Truax had his way in there tonight, and finally finished it off in the sixth round on a massive right hand behind the ear. George may want to really consider where his career is headed at this point, because he's taken some punishment and just didn't look good at all this evening.
George said after the fight that he will be moving back to super middleweight, admitting he "had nothing" tonight.