Results: Matthew Hatton UD-12 Andrei Abramenka ... Matty Askin TKO-4 Juan Manuel Garay.
Analysis: Hatton (42-5-2, 16 KO) was taking one of his special fights against a totally overmatched, untested opponent who had an OK looking record if you didn't actually look at the record. Abramenka (15-1-2, 3 KO) is exactly the type of guy Hatton uses as an opponent when he needs to shine. Maybe that sounds like I'm being mean or something. Hatton is back at welterweight, where he belongs, after he took the risk at 150 against Canelo Alvarez in March, and then Canelo didn't even make the catchweight, and then the WBC let Canelo take the belt anyway. Oh what fun we all had! Askin (11-0, 7 KO) is a Hatton Promotions cruiserweight prospect.
Mueang Sisaket, Thailand
Results: Suriyan Sor Rungvisai UD-12 Tomas Rojas.
Analysis: Here's a belt changing hands, as Rojas (36-13-1, 24 KO) continues his inconsistent career with a decision loss on the road in Thailand, dropping his WBC super flyweight title. The great news is that now, Rungvisai (19-5-1, 7 KO) will get a chance to hide the belt away and make it totally irrelevant. YAY! This probably isn't quite as big an upset as it seems to be, though -- Rungvisai gave reigning flyweight world champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam all he could handle in October 2010, and is better than his record. Plus, he's just 22, so he's still improving. Hopefully he's ambitious and my skeptical instincts are foolish.
Hammond, Indiana (Full Recap)
Results: Demetrius Andrade UD-10 Grady Brewer ... Hank Lundy TKO-6 David Diaz ... Yakubu Amidu TKO-3 Martin Tucker ... Montell Griffin UD-8 DeAndrey Abron.
Analysis: Andrade (14-0, 10 KO) is never going to be a fan favorite. Never. Not unless he for some reason abandons what he's good at, and what has been drilled into his head, and becomes very adventurous. He compares to Andre Dirrell, so it's up to how you feel about Dirrell's style for a basis of how you might feel about Andrade if you haven't seen him. But he had zero trouble controlling the pace and dictating the action against Brewer (28-13, 16 KO), and I'm not even sure which 1 or 2 rounds the judges saw for Grady. Diaz (36-4-1, 17 KO) gave it his usual great effort against Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KO), but couldn't keep up with Lundy's speed, and a really awful cut did him in in the sixth round, when he couldn't see a left hand coming and got laid out. Amidu (20-2-1, 18 KO) has association with Vince Vaughn (yes, that one), who was in attendance and had his guest commentary cut thin by the drama of Diaz vs Lundy, and I have to give Vince real credit for knowing that it wasn't time for him to talk, and letting the action be the focus. I know that sounds dorky to say, but I really appreciated that. Amidu, 26, is very, very flawed still, but his only losses have been to Ali Funeka and Ricky Burns, and he finished Tucker (7-10, 3 KO) off pretty nicely with a good flurry. For light heavyweight veteran Griffin, it was the 50th and perhaps final win of his career. Griffin is now 50-8-1 (30 KO). He told the Chicago Tribune that he might keep fighting, and that he "hasn't lost it." Well...
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Results: Cesar Seda UD-10 Jose Silveira ... Jose Pedraza UD-6 Pedro Salcedo.
Analysis: Seda (21-1, 15 KO) gets back on the winning track in an easy home matchup after his loss to Omar Narvaez earlier this year. Pedraza improves to 4-0 (3 KO). Both wins were shutouts on the cards.
Results: Edgar Santana TKO-5 Omri Lowther ... Amir Mansour UD-10 Dominick Guinn.
Analysis: Santana (26-3, 17 KO) became a pretty popular New York club fighter a few years ago, but was out of the sport in 2009 and 2010. He's back now, and two fights this year. This win gave him the NABA belt at 140. Mansour (15-0, 11 KO) is not one to watch, as he's 39 years old, and beating former "future" heavyweight Guinn (33-8-1, 22 KO) isn't exactly a unique happening at this point.
Bronx, New York
Results: Michael Perez KO-1 Miguel Rodriguez ... Eddie Gomez TKO-1 Marcus Hall.
Analysis: Lightweight prospect Perez is now 14-0-1 (8 KO), while welterweight/junior middleweight Gomez improves to 6-0 (5 KO).