One thing I find really sad lately is that it seems like it's constant that we have some kind of controversy to discuss more than the fights in boxing. It's almost every weekend, really. But let's get on with the results from this past week in boxing.
Las Vegas Nevada (Full Recap)
Results: Abner Mares MD-12 Joseph Agbeko ... Eric Morel TKO-4 Daniel Quevedo ... Angelo Santana TKO-2 Ramzan Adaev ... Eric Molina TKO-3 Warren Browning ... Carlos Molina D-8 Juan Montiel.
Analysis: I could say something like, "Refereeing aside, it was a fine fight," but the refereeing shouldn't be brushed aside. Russell Mora ruined the fight. The rest of the guys on the card were in mismatches, except for heavyweights Molina and Browning. That's not the "real" Carlos Molina -- that's the lightweight prospect, whose stock now takes a hit.
Tokyo, Japan (Full Recap by Sidney Boquiren)
Results: Kazuto Ioka UD-12 Juan Hernandez ...Shuhei Tsuchiya TKO-9 Hirohito Fukuhara.
Analysis: Ioka (8-0, 5 KO) gets what might actually be the best win of his young career over Hernandez (18-2, 13 KO), a top ten guy at 105 who was a legit opponent.
Saint Charles, Missouri (Full Recap)
Results: Kermit Cintron UD-10 Antwone Smith ... Dannie Williams KO-4 Antonio Cervantes ... Keandre Gibson UD-6 Lawrence Hughes.
Analysis: I'm going to say straight off that I don't think Cintron (33-4-1, 28 KO) is ever going to be a serious threat to a top fighter again. I always thought his power was overrated, but now it looks really sapped. There's just no snap on his punches, and there's no urgency to the way he fights. For a guy whose career was kind of hanging in the balance, he sure didn't fight like it in this one. He threw a lot of punches, but most of them were of little consequence. When Cintron fights now, he looks like he's at work, if you know what I mean. He has very little enthusiasm and just doesn't seem to be 100% in it. Smith (20-3-1, 12 KO) is someone I don't mind watching, but I also have gotten a pretty good read on him at this point, and if an opponent is willing to fight inside with him, he's not a hard case to handle. He's got very little power, and his incessant barking is really annoying.
Results: Michael Katsidis KO-3 Michael Lozada ... Jack Asis TKO-2 Nestor Rocha.
Analysis: Not a notable win for Katsidis (28-4, 23 KO), since Lozada (38-9-1, 30 KO) is just a tune-up toy who was stopped by Paul Malignaggi in December 2010. But what is notable is that Katsidis will be staying at 140 pounds.
Manukau City, New Zealand (Full Recap)
Results: Monte Barrett UD-12 David Tua.
Analysis: A pretty fun fight, spirited once Tua got going in the second half of the bout, and had an incredibly dramatic 12th round where I thought Barrett (35-9-2, 20 KO) was for sure knocked out, but he got up and survived another 45 seconds. Tua (52-4-2, 43 KO) is long past done, but so is Barrett. The two have made for a couple of solid fights with one another, though. It's pretty much seniors tour stuff, but I wouldn't object to a third fight.
Panama City, Panama
Results: Luis Concepcion KO-1 Manuel Vargas.
Analysis: After some aborted dates, this was Concepcion's comeback fight from his thrilling loss to Hernan "Tyson" Marquez in April, and he wiped out "Chango" Vargas in just 1:16. Vargas (30-9-1, 15 KO) is known mostly for losing to top fighters, but he usually gives it all he has in a hell of a scrap. For Concepcion (23-2, 18 KO), this is a fine bounce-back win. Getting Vargas out that quickly is no small feat. It took the likes of Nonito Donaire three rounds (in a massive physical mismatch), and Giovani Segura seven.
Tokyo, Japan (Full Recap by Sidney Boquiren)
Results: Charlie Ota KO-6 Akio Shibata ... Makoto Fuchigami TKO-6 Takayuki Hosokawa.
Analysis: If you missed Sidney's excellent feature piece of Charlie Ota (18-1-1, 13 KO), do yourself a favor and go read it. I really hope we see him stretch his wings beyond Japan, because he's a pretty good fighter and the competition there is limited at 154 pounds.
Results: Kohei Oba TKO-8 Yoshihiro Sasaki.
Analysis: Oba (29-1-1, 12 KO) is a solid super bantamweight whose only loss came at bantamweight to a streaking Malcolm Tunacao in July 2010. This wasn't much of a challenge for him, as Sasaki is a guy with a .500 record.
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Results: Alejandro Lopez UD-12 Teon Kennedy ... Karl Dargan TKO-6 Juan Suazo ... Yordenis Ugas UD-6 Fernando Rodriguez.
Analysis: There goes the undefeated record for Kennedy (17-1-1, 7 KO), which was going to happen sooner or later, and I guess it was sooner. Lopez (22-2, 7 KO) was fighting his first 12-round bout here, and definitely wasn't brought in to win the fight. Dargan (10-0, 5 KO) is another limited prospect still facing weak opposition. Ugas (9-0, 4 KO) is a second or third-tier Cuban welterweight.
Results: Juan Palacios TKO-9 Armando Torres ... Miguel Roman TKO Abraham Rodriguez.
Analysis: Not a really big win for Palacios (29-3, 22 KO), plus he came in two pounds overweight on the scales and forfeited his interim WBA belt at 105. Mickey Roman is probably best remembered for his loss to Antonio Escalante, but he usually wins fights like this. He's a limited fighter, but I wish we saw more of him on Friday Night Fights or shows like that, because he's great fun and could be an excellent prospect checker.
Results: Ed Paredes TKO-8 Juliano Ramos ... Richard Abril TKO-5 Sergio Rivera ... Luis Ortiz RTD-7 Arron Lyons ... Carlos Buitrago UD-10 Felipe Rivas ... Yoandris Salinas KO-3 Felipe Almanza ... Yoelvis Gamboa TKO-4 Larry Yanez.
Results: Antonio Diaz RTD-8 Ernesto Zepeda.
Analysis: This was Diaz's first fight since his December 2009 loss to Victor Ortiz, which started the Ortiz rehab assignment after Victor's loss to Marcos Maidana. Both Diaz (47-6-1, 30 KO) and Zepeda (39-15-4, 34 KO) are well past their best. This was Zepeda's fourth straight loss, and Diaz's first win since March 2009.
Results: Paipharob Kokietgym KO-3 Sammy Hagler.
Analysis: Paipharob (17-0, 15 KO) retains his PABA strawweight belt. No word on whether or not Hagler can drive 55.
Results: Kimbo Slice KO-1 James Wade.
Analysis: This was Slice's, erm, "long-awaited" pro boxing debut. He knocked the fellow out of the ring or something in 17 seconds. Whatever.