There were a couple of somewhat under-the-radar world title fights this past week in boxing in the sport's two lightest weight classes, with one title changing hands and another staying put.
Last Wednesday in Thailand, Byron Rojas lost the WBA 105-pound title to Knockout CP Freshmart in a fight that was, to be entirely frank, an absolute turd. Knockout (13-0, 6 KO) won the belt on unanimous scores of 115-113, which were fair enough given the entire lack of action and almost pointlessness of the bout. It was nearer a grappling match than a boxing one, with clean punches few and far between. Rojas (17-3-3, 8 KO) had upset Hekkie Budler in South Africa to win the title in March, but the quality on display here, or lack thereof, would give you no earthly idea how that ever happened.
This was probably the worst world title fight we'll see in 2016, unless something monstrously dreadful comes along. You can watch the fight -- if you dare -- on YouTube.
On Saturday night in Mexico City, Ganigan Lopez successfully defended the WBC 108-pound title against Jonathan Taconing, retaining on scores of 115-112, 118-109, and 119-108. The 115-112 card was probably been closer than reality, more than the other two were wider.
Lopez (28-6, 17 KO) was making the first defense of the title, which he won from Yu Kimura on March 4 in Japan. Taconing (22-3-1, 18 KO) saw his nine-fight winning streak come to an end. You can also check out this fight on YouTube.