On last night's Telefutura card, veteran Carlos Baldomir took a majority decision win over Luciano Perez, and Bobby Pacquiao knocked out Fernando Trejo in the fourth round in Cabazon, California.
The 36-year old Baldomir (44-11-6, 13 KO) weighed in at 157 pounds, three pounds over the junior middleweight limit, and won on scores of 97-93, 96-94 and 95-95. It was his first victory since he beat Arturo Gatti in July 2006, as he had been thoroughly outclassed by both Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and Vernon Forrest in his last two outings.
As much as I like Baldomir, none of his recent results have been encouraging. Mayweather and Forrest both boxed circles around him, though the Forrest fight was at least entertaining and was somewhat competitive for what was nearly a 12-round sweep. Weighing in heavy and winning so tight against Perez (15-7-1, 13 KO) is tough. Baldomir really belongs at 147, because he just does not have the punching power to bother anyone over that weight, or most guys at that weight. Knocking out Gatti happened because Gatti was shot. And his win over Judah, in retrospect, wasn't as impressive as it seemed then. It was still a great upset and a wonderful performance, but Judah has looked terrible since that fight, save for moments against Mayweather and Cotto, both fights he would lose convincingly in the end.
Pacquiao (28-13-3, 13 KO) also rebounded from two straight losses, his to Humberto Soto and Hector Velazquez, with a TKO stoppage of fellow gatekeeper Trejo (30-13-4, 18 KO) in a fight that I liked on paper. With the win, Pacquiao has bought himself more spots on Telefutura cards and perhaps slots on his brother's undercards, keeping his career at least somewhat relevant. There are a lot of guys that aren't that good that I generally enjoy watching, and Bobby is one of those.
On the untelevised undercard for Mayorga-Vargas, Jason Litzau (23-1, 19 KO) beat Edel Ruiz (29-18-4, 20 KO) via unanimous decision (98-92, 98-92, 97-93) and Fernando Angulo (20-4, 12 KO) won unanimous over Damian Fuller (30-5-1, 14 KO).