Results from Last Night: Paul Spadafora got his 40th career win, improving to 40-0-1, with a split decision victory over Irish-born Oisin Fagan in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, home of the Central Michigan Chippewas. Spadafora was deducted a point in the eighth round for low blows, but won on two scorecards, 97-92 and 98-91, while losing on the third, 96-95. I don't know when we'll see Spadafora get a higher-profile fight again, but as long as he wins, it'll come.
Robbie Peden, fighting for the first time since his 2005 loss to Marco Antonio Barrera, was knocked out in the eighth round by Ranee Ganoy in Australia. Peden (25-4) was ahead on two of the three scorecards at the time of stoppage, but had also been dropped in the seventh round. Ganoy's record is now 22-10-2.
And in Texas, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., improved to 30-0-1 with a third round knockout of Raul Munoz. Any day now, we might see Chavez actually fight someone worth a shit. Yes, he's only 21, but he has 31 fights under his belt. On the same card, Fernando Beltran, Jr., won a unanimous decision over Baudel Cardenas, which was about as quality of a matchup as Chavez/Munoz was. Beltran may be fighting Julio Zarate on the undercard of the Pacquiao + Arce pay-per-view in April.
But Today/Tonight!: It's not often you get a Saturday afternoon fight on TV anymore, but today we have one. Nobody thinks Austin has a shot, but that's been the case many times in heavyweight title fights. Ray Austin could slide into history right alongside Buster Douglas.
For the IBF and IBO Heavyweight Titles
(47-3, 42 KO, Kiev, Ukraine)
(24-3-4, 16 KO, Cleveland, OH)
LIVE on HBO from the SAP-Arena in Mannheim, Germany