We're underway this morning from Macao for Top Rank's Fists of Gold II card, and this post will contain early results and quick recaps for the opening three bouts of the morning. After that, we'll have individual recaps for the rest of the bouts on the card.
Dave Penalosa KO-3 Ngaotawa Sithsaithong
Penalosa (7-0, 5 KO) had his way as expected, dominating a journeyman to kick off the show. Sithsaithong was ripped with an uppercut in the third round, went down, and just couldn't get back to his feet, counted out as he stumbled trying to make it back up. Penalosa, 22, is a good-looking prospect so far, and has been impressive on both of the first two Macau shows. There's a long road ahead, obviously, but he appears to have legitimate promise.
Genesis Servania TSD-9 Konosuke Tomiyama
This was a shame that it had to end early, because this was a hell of a fight. The bout was stopped in the ninth on a cut opened up by a headbutt, though it was hard to see if there was a butt that caused that cut or not. Tomiyama (23-6-1, 8 KO) celebrated like he'd just become champion of the galaxy, and tried his best to hit on all three ring card girls who were inside the squared circle after the fight, but then we had to watch the life drain from his eyes as the scores were read and he lost 87-82, 86-83, and 84-85. Personally, I do think up to that point Servania (22-0, 8 KO) deserved the duke, but it's still a tough deal for Tomiyama, who was floored early in the first round, then dropped Servania twice. Tomiyama went down again in the third round, and hard, then got up and ran at Servania. He was in trouble several more times, but always there for the fight. It was a hell of a battle.
Rex Tso MD-6 Rusalee Samor
Tso (10-0, 6 KO) had to fight his ass off for this one, as Samor (20-5-2, 9 KO) gave him constant pressure and no room to breathe, but the popular Chinese fighter got the win, which he deserved. It was another really good fight, and Tso will be one to watch for sure.