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Friday Boxing Results: Omar Narvaez Defeats Cesar Seda, Provodnikov Stops Popoca

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Bahía Blanca, Argentina

  • Omar Narvaez UD-12 Cesar Seda: A decent fight, a bit sloppy and without much by way of good, clean punching along the way, but competitive and generally not slow-paced. Bad Left Hook scored it 115-113 for Seda, but I could have easily seen the exact score the other way, so I'm far from calling this a robbery. I will say that Seda had a devil of a time battling not only Narvaez, but referee Raul Caiz Jr., who at one point warned Seda for having his arm grabbed and held by Narvaez, among other harassment moments. At least it's a legitimately credible win for Narvaez (34-0-2, 19 KO), and while it's the first loss for Seda (20-1, 15 KO), and he showed flaws by tiring and not using his jab enough, I think the fight legitimized him a bit more, too.

Temecula, California

  • Ruslan Provodnikov TKO-8 Ivan Popoca: Popoca (15-1-1, 10 KO) was very game, but largely just outclassed by Provodnikov (19-1, 13 KO). I have my doubts Ruslan ever becomes a serious factor, but he's going to be fun along the way, because he can box but he loves to fight. Popoca's first trip outside of the Chicagoland area didn't go as he might have hoped, as he was hit by a lot of big shots before getting dropped and moments later stopped in the eighth. Provodnikov is now being trained by Buddy McGirt.
  • Marvin Quintero TKO-3 Juan Santiago: Quintero improves to 22-3 (18 KO) with this win over third-choice opponent Santiago (13-7-1, 8 KO).
  • Tyrell Hendrix D-8 Mike Gavronski

San Francisco, California

  • Eloy Perez UD-10 Alejandro Rodriguez: Perez improves to 21-0-2 (5 KO) with the win over Rodriguez (12-2, 6 KO). It's not much of a win, even with the shutout scores of 100-90 across the board. Rodriguez had been matched incredibly soft so far, and Perez has shown plenty of vulnerability in past fights. Frankly I don't see whatever Golden Boy does in Perez, but that's not new.
  • Gary Russell Jr. UD-6 Adolfo Landeros: Russell (15-0, 9 KO) is another Roy impersonator. He put down the veteran Landeros (21-19-1, 10 KO) in first round and largely cruised to 60-53 scores for the win.

Leganés, Spain

  • Kiko Martinez TKO-10 Jason Booth: This win nets Martinez (26-3, 19 KO) the vacant European title at 122 pounds, and is a fairly big setback for Booth (36-7, 15 KO), who had salvaged his career with some strong performances the last couple of years, including a tough test for Steve Molitor last year. It's the first good win for Martinez since his 2007 TKO-1 of Bernard Dunne.
  • Gabriel Campillo TKO-5 Sergey Beloshapkin: An absolute nothing win for Campillo, who remains a legit contender but really needs to get back into the real game soon.

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