Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga put on the sort of exhibition the fight's detractors might have expected, as a fit and focused Mosley stood across the ring from a flabby and uncommitted Mayorga, hitting him with clean shots for six rounds before knocking him out on a body blow.
The official time of the knockout was 2:59 of round six, as Mayorga (31-9-1, 25 KO) seemed dropped on a shot to the liver, then seemingly complained about it being a low blow. Replays showed conclusively that it was a clean, legal shot to the body, and the referee made the right call with the count, which Mayorga took willingly.
Mosley (48-9-1, 40 KO) did what he said he was going to do. He came as advertised. Mosley was in shape and came for a fight. Mayorga, on the other hand, was just there to cash a paycheck, and despite his vintage machismo posturing, featuring ball-grabbing, pelvic thrusting, shouting, and willingly taking clean shots with his hands down, he was not really here to fight. He had nothing in the ring.
There came a point when the camera panned to Mayorga's wife at ringside, seated with some of their 10 children, crying her eyes out as she watched her husband absorb punishment in an attempt to support their family, that this went from a "fun show" with Mayorga's theatrics and Mosley's can't-miss right hand bombs to something very harsh. It became quite clear that we were watching a broke 41-year-old fighter just trying to get by in life. His version of trying to get by is to show up so he can be battered for a while in order to make some money.
It was tragedy, and the enthusiasm with which the TV presentation was handled, while expected, became somewhat embarrassing. There was really nothing gleeful about what we were watching -- a broken down fighter who describes himself as a "transient" paid a monthly stipend by the President of Nicaragua, being battered in front of his family, and to what end, really? Boxing history is littered with stories like this, and the endings aren't happy.
Yulihan Luna D-10 Maureen Shea
Scores were 98-92 Shea, 97-93 Luna, and 95-95, so all over the place. I didn't score the fight, but watching it I felt like Shea had a slight edge, but the draw decision is not bad at all. The fight was plenty good and made a strong case that women's boxing should be featured on more cards.
Joel Diaz Jr TKO-4 Luis Arceo
This was supposedly Arceo looking to "get back on track," at least according to Brian Custer, but one could argue that Arceo (28-14-4, 18 KO) has never actually been on track. Or at least not the track we think of when a fighter is on track.
Arceo wound up a mess of cuts, with at least four of them opened on his face, but he did give Diaz (20-0, 16 KO) a few good shots. This was fun action if nothing else, and that's all one could really ask. Diaz, 23, is a good prospect in that Omar Figueroa way, in that he's going to be fun to watch and he's really vulnerable thanks to his indifference to defense.