Now that I'm feeling somewhat better today, I swear an oath to you all: This week will be a big week at BLH. Well, as big a week as can be without a ton of things to talk about and no major U.S. soil fights taking place this coming weekend. So let's round up what happened last night, shall we? We'll start with the weekend's big shock.
Sergio Thompson TKO-2 Jorge Linares: The finish here wasn't completely conclusive, as Thompson (22-2, 20 KO) floored Linares, but it wasn't terribly hard. A bad cut opened up, which caused the doctor to stop the fight. Linares (31-3, 20 KO) didn't seem infuriated or anything, though. I don't know, the way it was going, it seemed inevitable that Thompson was going to find him at some point again anyway. Linares, 26, has a world of talent, but I'm going to go out on the limb now and say it's just not happening. However I won't be 100% stunned if they book the DeMarco-Linares rematch anyway, which was set for July 7.
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Kelly Pavlik TKO-2 Aaron Jaco: Pavlik (38-2, 31 KO) gets back into the mix with this win, but we still have to find out if he's going to campaign at 168 or try to move back down to 160. Jaco took a knee late in the first and was stopped in two with no trouble.
Evgency Gradovich KO-10 Francisco Leal: Leal is no pushover, so this is a good win for prospect Gradovich (13-0, 7 KO), a 25-year-old featherweight training with Robert Garcia, nicknamed "The Mexican Russian." Reports are that it was a good action fight. Leal was knocked out hard in the 10th, and taken out on a stretcher, but reportedly had consciousness and was responding.
Arthur Abraham UD-12 Piotr Wilczewski: Decent win for Abraham, as he widely outpoints former Euro champ Wilczewski (119-108, 118-109, 118-109) to win the WBO European super middleweight belt, which puts him in line, in theory, for a shot at the Stieglitz vs Groves winner, which would make sense for everyone. The WBO title scene is that step back from the real elite of the division, and they seem to be prepared to keep it that way. Abraham is now 34-3 (27 KO), while Wilczewski slips to 30-3 (10 KO), with his second loss in three fights.
Eduard Gutknecht SD-12 Tony Averlant: Gutknecht retains his Euro light heavyweight belt with the tight win over Averlant (17-6-2, 4 KO). Gutknecht is not ready for prime time, probably, but he's still a lot better than, say, the guys Nathan Cleverly fights.
Matuesz Masternak TKO-10 Felipe Romero: Another safe fight win for Masternak (26-0, 20 KO), a Polish cruiserweight prospect. He's only 24, so he's got plenty of time, and they're playing it cool so far. Romero (15-5-1, 10 KO) was coming off of two wins over faded Julio Cesar Gonzalez, plus a win at heavyweight over Saul Montana.
Brian Rose UD-12 Max Maxwell, Carlos Takam TKO-11 Frans Botha, Kohei Kono TKO-5 Yusaku Ishikawa, Nobuo Nashiro KO-6 Petchkrapee Sithsaithong, Marco Antonio Periban TKO-2 Gerardo Diaz, Nicholas Walters UD-10 Hector Javier Marquez, Jameel McCline SD-8 Livin Castillo.