Malik Scott UD-10 Tony Thompson
Thompson, 44, was awful in this fight, looking out of shape and very slow, having trouble moving and keeping pace with the 35-year-old Scott, who comparatively looked spry. But there was a ninth round scare for Scott, as he was dropped with a minute left in the round on a short right from Thompson:
Scott (38-2-1, 13 KO) came back from that to win the 10th round on our card, and really was able to pretty cleanly and easily outbox Thompson (40-6, 27 KO) for the vast majority of the fight. Our card had it 97-92 for Scott, with official scores at 95-94, 96-93, and 98-91.
During the fight, Deontay Wilder was on commentary, and play-by-play man Fran Charles, hopefully just trying to keep what was a fairly dull fight interesting, kept talking about the winner potentially facing Wilder. Scott, of course, already did, losing a 96-second knockout against his close friend last year in Puerto Rico. There's no reason anyone should want to see that fight again -- I mean, maybe Scott, who would get some money, and maybe Wilder, who would have another easy win on his hands. But other than them, why would anyone want to see that? The only controversy was whether or not the punch even landed.
Thompson looked tonight like a fighter who should probably strongly consider retirement. His optimal fighting weight has always been 240-245 pounds, and he was 263 tonight, and looked every day of his 44 years. Malik Scott can be a tricky fighter, but he's not the hardest guy to hurt, and Thompson just couldn't find him for a lot of the night.
Gervonta Davis TKO-3 Cristobal Cruz
"Tank" Davis (13-0, 12 KO) is a lightweight prospect with Mayweather Promotions, and Floyd was on hand to witness the fight. This is a fighter that Mayweather is excited about, and Davis showed some thudding power in this fight against a tough veteran in Cruz (40-19-4, 24 KO).
Davis dropped Cruz twice, with referee Frank Santore stopping the fight at 1:34 of round three.
Here's the first round knockdown, which came as the result of a straight left hand that rocked Cruz back, then a little right hand that glanced and further wobbled him to the canvas.
And here's the second knockdown, which finished the fight:
"He works hard, he's very dedicated to the sport of boxing. We're just trying to take him to the next level," Mayweather told Austin Trout after the fight. "The ultimate goal is for him to break all my records."
Sergey Lipinets UD-10 Lydell Rhodes
For the first half of the fight, Rhodes (23-1-1, 11 KO) looked sharp, using his speed and his feet to give Lipinets fits, frustrating the aggressor and neutralizing his power. But as the fight wore on and some fatigue set in for Rhodes, Lipinets (8-0, 6 KO) found the range he wanted and was able to unleash his big shots, hurting Rhodes in the ninth and tenth rounds. Rhodes really got whaled on in the 10th, in particular, and I had that a 10-8 round without a knockdown. The referee also took a point from Rhodes that round for holding, which felt like a reach to me. Rhodes really hadn't held all night and received no warnings.
This was a fight of halves, with Rhodes doing pretty well through five rounds, and Lipinets taking over in the second half, finishing particularly strong. Lipinets showed some flaws that need to be worked on, but he's a young fighter and a good prospect, and this could be a learning experience. For Rhodes, it's a tough setback, but he was just beaten by a fighter who had power and was very determined.
Scores were 96-93, 98-91, and 98-91. BLH had it 96-92 for Lipinets.
Samuel Figueroa UD-8 Javontae Starks
This was an entertaining, well-matched fight between a pair of unbeaten prospects, the sort of thing you like to see on a card like this. Figueroa (10-0, 4 KO) was just a bit more accurate, and took the scores of 78-74, 77-75, and 77-75, which seemed about right. Starks (13-1, 7 KO) looked like a fighter who can still build from here and become something if he makes improvements.