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Worldwide Weekend Results

Eduardo Escobedo captured a silver title by defeating Aristides Perez.  via <a href=""></a>
Eduardo Escobedo captured a silver title by defeating Aristides Perez. via

San Antonio, Texas

  • Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. UD John Duddy, Marco Antonio Barrera UD Adailton De Jesus, Raul Martinez TKO7 Gabriel Elizondo, Tomas Villa UD Salvador Sanchez II -Our full card report is here.

Mohegan Sun, Connecticut

  • Nicolai Firtha TKO2  Tony Grano - Well, the Tony Grano bubble didn't last long.  Grano had been mentioned as a possible opponent for some big names after upsetting Travis Kaufman in a wild fight.  Instead, Grano's team took the option of trying to build him into a local draw.  Firtha, who was recently beaten by luminaries such as Tye Fields, Josue Blocus and Manuel Quezada, was able to knock down and badly hurt Grano at the end of the first round.  Grano never recovered, and Firtha put him away in the second.
  • Mike Oliver DQ8 Mauricio Pastrana - Oliver dominated this fight with his quickness and combination punching, and as Pastrana got more frustrated, he got dirtier.  After already being deducted several points, the referee disqualified Pastrana when he suplexed Oliver out of a clinch. 

Los Mochis, Mexico

  • Eduardo Escobedo TD5 Aristides Perez - Escobedo opened up a huge cut on Perez after what appeared to be a clash of heads, leading Escobedo to win on the scorecards,  Escobedo wins one of those stupid "silver" titles at super featherweight, and now is a mandatory in what might be the weakest weight class in all of boxing.
  • Juan Carlos Salgado TKO4 Guadalupe Rosales.  Salgado smothered the tough veteran Rosales to force a referee stoppage and get back on the winning track after losing his title earlier in the year.

Odessa, Ukraine

  • Alexander Ustinov UD12 Paolo Vidoz - I'm not even sure why the Klitschko brothers bother to have K2 promotions cards without a Klitschko headlining the card.  This can't be anyone's idea of a good time.  Anyway, Ustinov pounded his way to a boring decision over the severely faded former European titlist.  Reportedly, there was more clinching than punching, and this might have rivaled Banks-Gavern (another K2 fight) for the most boring fight of the year. 
  • Victor Plotnikov TKO10 Christian Bladt.  Plotnikov is ranked in the top 10 at welterweight by the WBC, and may be in line to face titlist Vyacheslav Senchenko in a fight that would do well in Ukraine but that nobody else in the world would care about.

Verona, New York

  • LaJuan Simon UD10 Jose Angel Rodriguez - Simon took a decision against the agressive fighter in what was reportedly a hard fought bout.  Simon has now rattled off a few decent wins since losing to Arthur Abraham, including a wide decision over Elvin Ayala, and may be on track for another title shot soon.

Mexico City, Mexico

  • Pablo Cesar Cano SD10 Oscar Leon - Cano had been thought of as a solid light welterweight prospect, but struggled badly against former featherweight title challenger Leon, who's been on a losing streak lately, ekeing out a split decision in what most commentators have called a robbery.  While there were a few rounds of good action, Cano didn't have enough gas in the tank to go a hard 10 rounds, and it turned into a clinchfest late in the bout.

Essex, UK

  • Tyson Fury TKO9 John McDermott - Our full report of the bout is here
  • Larry Olubamino KO1 Dave Ferguson - The Nigerian scored his best win to date by knocking out the normally durable Ferguson.  Olubamiwo is now getting some training assistance from former champ Lennox Lewis, who seems to be finding life after HBO.
  • David Price TKO1 Pavel Polakovic - The UK Olympian earned his best win, although it doesn't prove too much, as the Czech had been knocked out five times before. 
  • Tom Dallas PTS6 Daniil Peretyatko - Dallas scored a shutout over the journeyman who falls to 4-16 in his last 20, mostly against domestic UK competition.

Also winning their fights this weekend - Frankie Gomez, Gary Russell Jr., Mike Perez, Alexei Acosta, Luis Garcia, Daniele Petrucci, Jesse Vargas, Edwin Rodriguez, Omar Henry and Andy Murray.

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