The fights have begun at the AT&T Center in San Antonio for tonight's Knockout Kings II card on Showtime and Showtime Extreme. We'll have the SHO Extreme and off-TV results for you in this post, and then individual recaps for the three bouts on Showtime, which start at 9:00 pm EDT.
Anthony Dirrell TKO-3 Anthony Hanshaw
Dirrell (26-0, 22 KO) pretty easily won this one, as Hanshaw (23-4-2, 13 KO) looked predictably slow and shopworn. The highlight, other than the stoppage, was a HIGH back body drop from Hanshaw in the first round, which Dirrell took in Ziggler-esque fashion. Pretty sweet. Anthony called out Sakio Bika after the fight. Andre wore earbuds for no reason (they weren't even Beats) and shouted stuff from ringside.
Joseph Rodriguez UD-4 Jesse Anguiano
Rodriguez dominated the first three rounds, and Anguiano took the fourth clearly. The fight was hyped by B-Tomp & The 'Hood as a fight between local friends, which is believable enough, so let's go with it, Play it to the Bone style. Anguiano did go really hard in the fourth round and looked for the knockout, but he didn't have enough, and it sort of felt like Rodriguez gave the round away a little bit, too. The official scores were 39-37, 40-36, and 40-36, the latter two scores made on autopilot. Rodriguez is now 4-0 (2 KO), while Anguiano falls to 1-3-1 (0 KO).
Armando Cardenas TKO-1 Stephen Salazar
Cardenas moves to 2-0 (2 KO) with a stoppage that came in about a minute or so against a grossly outclassed opponent. This was Salazar's pro debut, and it gave the impression that he should consider another line of work. If he reads this, I hope he has the impression that I, too, should consider another line of work. I mean, I'm just being honest, but that's kind of a dick thing for me to say, right? You could have come to that conclusion alone. Ah, well. I'm just "doing me," you guys.