First up, recaps from all the shows for which we provided round-by-round coverage today:
Khan TKO-11 Malignaggi / Ortiz UD-10 Campbell
Katsidis TKO-3 Mitchell / Chisora TKO-2 Williams
Los Mochis, Mexico
- Humberto Soto UD-12 Ricardo Dominguez. Soto (52-7-2, 32 KO) took another relatively easy fight, defending his WBC lightweight belt against Dominguez, a fringe contender. I would REALLY love to see Soto actually take a tough fight for the first time since he lost to Joan Guzman. Since the Guzman loss, he's been the clear favorite in every single one of his bouts, and a lot of them were against guys that weren't even really on the radar. Dominguez hadn't ever beaten anyone either, and there was no doubt Soto would win. He's been handled with kid gloves.
- Joksan Hernandez TKO-9 Daniel Ruiz. Hernandez (20-2, 13 KO) has been cutting a torrid pace this year. He got lazy and didn't fight in February, but he's fought in every other month. In January, he lost to Eduardo Escobedo, and since then he's beaten Gonzalo Juzaino (a can), Miguel Beltran Jr. (who was unbeaten) and now Ruiz. Hernandez is 23 and fighting the kind of schedule you don't even see in the very first stages of a blue chipper's gimme fight stretch.
Ciudad Obregon, Mexico
- Orlando Salido SD-12 Cristobal Cruz. Salido lost to Cruz back in 2008 by split decision, and now has avenged that. Salido (34-10-2, 22 KO) is also now the WBC featherweight titleholder. Cruz (39-12-2, 23 KO) had been on a hell of a run, continually beating guys he probably shouldn't have just because he was such a reckless, exciting fighter. Nobody at the top levels cared less about defense than Cruz has the last few years. Guys like Cruz, who go on improbable runs, usually get their bubbles burst pretty hard, and even though this was a split decision, chances are probably that he never gets back to this level. He's gotten a lot out of very little skill.
New York, New York
- Daniel Jacobs TKO-2 Juan Astorga. HBO showed highlights of Jacobs (20-0, 17 KO) savagely blasting Astorga to the body and getting him out fast. Astorga has been a past TKO victim of John Duddy and Ronald Hearns, among others.
- Kelvin Price SD-6 Tor Hamer. Woops. Price, 34, is now 7-0 (4 KO). He's also a former international pro basketball player. This is a big upset, as Hamer (11-1, 8 KO) was one of the most talked-about young American heavyweights. No word yet on if the WBC is lining up Price as Vitali Klitschko's next defense, or if the WBA is considering an eliminator between Price and the retired John Ruiz.
- Breidis Prescott TKO-3 Jason Davis. Yep. They had Prescott fighting on the Khan card. No lie. You, me and six other people may remember Davis as the guy who gave Joel Casamayor way too much trouble on that Judah PPV last November. Davis has now lost six straight.
- Andy Lee RTD-2 Mamadou Thiam. Lee (21-1, 15 KO) continues his very quiet and very slow climb back after the March 2008 loss to Brian Vera on Friday Night Fights at the height of his hype. Lee has now won six straight over marginal competition.
- Andy Murray RTD-2 Amir Unsworth. This Amir didn't do as well as the other, but this Andy equaled the result of the other. Murray (19-0, 10 KO) is a 27-year-old lightweight prospect who has a couple OK wins so far, including one over Oisin Fagan. He doesn't have world stage promise, but could do well regionally if he picks it up soon.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Omar Narvaez UD-12 Evert Briceno. Narvaez has left his easy-peasy conquests at 112 behind to fight bums at 115 pounds, snaking the vacant WBO title with this one.