Andy Ruiz Jr UD-8 Raphael Zumbano Love
This was easy for Ruiz (26-0, 17 KO), as it should have been. Bob Arum finds Ruiz's physique grotesque and the current plan is to keep him super active like that's going to give him a six-pack and the sick rip on his guns, so he fought on September 26, fought tonight, and will fight again on December 5. He's not a jeans model, but he's a good fighter who not only ripped Love (37-12-1, 30 KO) repeatedly with clean shots to the head and body, but made the Brazilian miss a lot, too. If you can criticize anything other than Ruiz's flabbiness, it would be his power, I guess, but keep in mind that muscle stud power bomber Shannon Briggs also didn't stop Love, and that fight went a full 12. Anyway, I guess my overall point is that I care more about the fact that Ruiz is a good fighter than I do the fact that he's fat. It doesn't seem to impact his stamina or his ability, so what do I care what he looks like?
Scores for this were 80-72, 80-72, and 80-70, with Grover Wiley again giving some 10-8 rounds without knockdowns. Grover Wiley is really inspiring me tonight.
Mikael Zewski KO-5 Ayi Bruce
Zewski (27-1, 21 KO) bounces back from a pretty miserable performance in a loss to Konstantin Ponomarev in May with a win over competent professional opponent Ayi Bruce, who looked a little disinterested tonight. Bruce (23-12, 15 KO) went down and stayed down in round five, counted out at 1:41 of that round.
Evgeny Gradovich SD-8 Aldimar Silva
This was a bit more competitive than you might have expected, with some close rounds and former featherweight titleholder Gradovich (20-1, 9 KO) not exactly dominating. But the rounds he won clearly were very clear, and the others were debatable and could have gone to Gradovich as easily as Silva (19-9, 12 KO). Gradovich, 29, is not an elite fighter, but he is pretty good and makes for fun TV with his pressure style.
Scores were 78-74 Gradovich, 77-75 Silva, and 79-71 Gradovich. That last card was from Grover Wiley, the fighter who retired Julio Cesar Chavez back in 2005, and is a little weird. What rounds he saw as 10-8, I'm not sure, but if it's his mission to score truly convincing rounds 10-8 and/or use more 10-10s (not the case here), then I can't really hate on that, because I think it should be done. I could do it myself, but I never do.
Julian Rodriguez UD-4 Alvaro Ortiz
This fight was originally set for six rounds and shortened to four. Which is good, because it stunk. Rodriguez (11-0, 9 KO) won on scores of 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37. Ortiz falls to 7-5-1 (5 KO).
Alex Saucedo UD-6 Angel Martinez
Scores for this one were 60-52, 60-52, and 60-54. It was an easy shutout win to push Saucedo to 20-0 (14 KO). The 21-year-old 140/147-pound prospect still has a lot of ground to cover before he's a contender, but he's looked good thus far as a pro. Martinez is now 14-8-1 (10 KO).
Alfredo Martinez UD-4 Darin Hampton
Martinez (5-0, 2 KO) dominated the fight as was the idea coming in, dropping Hampton (1-2, 1 KO) twice in the second round and again in the fourth. Scores were 40-33 twice and 40-34. Our card was 40-33, easy fight to tally. Martinez, 29, turned pro in 2010, fighting twice that year, once in 2013, and now twice this year. He's not a serious prospect right now, and showed some flaws not putting this fight away, but he battered and bloodied Hampton in this one.
Zsolt Daranyi TKO-2 Sean Rawley Wilson
Daranyi, 20, is a Hungarian junior middleweight prospect now based in Ontario and fighting in the U.S., and easily disposed of club fighter Wilson (5-16-1, 1 KO) at 1:55 of round two. Daranyi is now 5-0, all wins coming inside the distance, since turning pro in August 2014. Col. Bob Sheridan announced that Daranyi landed "29 unanswered punches" before the referee stopped the nonsense.