ESPN Friday Night Fights results: Zahir Raheem, Lateef Kayode, Juan Antonio Rodriguez get wins

Zahir Raheem, Lateef Kayode, and Juan Antonio Rodriguez all notched victories on this week's ESPN Friday Night Fights, but none of them were particularly impressive.

Here is this week's ESPN Friday Night Fights recaps. I deal in straightforwardness, you guys.

Juan Antonio Rodriguez MD-8 Yenifel Vicente

Vicente is a super bantamweight by trade and took this fight on eight days notice. He was the much smaller man, but was in it throughout, losing on scores of 77-75, 77-75, and 76-76, which seemed fair enough. Rodriguez (26-4, 23 KO) was originally supposed to face Arash Usmanee as the B-side of the main event. Given what we saw tonight, Usmanee would have had no real trouble with the southpaw. Vicente falls to 25-2-2 (17 KO), but he was fighting two weight classes above his normal division.

Zahir Raheem UD-10 Bayan Jargal

Scores were 99-91, 99-91, and 97-93. After about four rounds, I admit I pretty much tuned out. It was the same old Zahir Raheem fight, dirt dull and less palatable every round. Jargal (17-5-3, 11 KO) is losing steam as a consistent TV choice. You either have to notch some wins or force action. Raheem, 37, improves to 35-3 (21 KO).

Lateef Kayode TKO-6 Jonte Willis

Kayode towered over the club fighter who was listed at 5'11" but looked closer to 5'9". That or Kayode's a bit taller than his 6'1" listing. Either way, it wasn't much of a fight. The stoppage wasn't impressive and Kayode isn't any better as a heavyweight than he was as a cruiserweight. His future is in Europe, which he seems determined to avoid. Kayode is now 20-0 (16 KO), with Willis falling to 9-8-1 (3 KO).

Other Highlights

During the Fight Plan, Saul mimed putting a key into an ignition and starting a car.

Teddy Atlas went on a rampage about not reversing last week's controversial official decision in the Rances Barthelemy win over Argenis Mendez, despite it obviously needing to be changed to a no-contest. Atlas made comparisons to football or whatever, as if that has anything to do with boxing. He was simply wrong on this one.

Atlas later went on a rampage about a loose rope being dangerous for the fighters. It's OK to slug dudes after the bell and win that way, though. Because it makes a fighter happy to win a world title by getting a knockout after the bell.

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