David Benavidez TKO-10 Roamer Alexis Angulo
David Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs) may not be walking away from the bubble with his WBC super middleweight title after missing weight, but he did take a solid win, clearly beating up Roamer Alexis Angulo (26-2, 22 KOs) until his trainer finally stopped the fight at the end of the 10th round.
Benavidez came into the fight and worked his usual game, using his height, reach, and combination punching to keep Angulo on the defensive for long stretches of time. And even when Angulo could mount an attack he couldn’t land many effective shots. Benavidez, however, landed plenty of clean and effective punches, slowly breaking Angulo down in 10 rounds of largely one-way traffic.
In the 10th round Benavidez starting picking it up and was landing power shots a frightening rate, and as durable as Angulo has been throughout his career, his corner realized he was just taking punishment with no real prospect to turn things around. That’s when the stoppage came. At the time of the stoppage BLH had the fight 100-90 in favor of Benavidez.
In the post-fight interview Benavidez rated his performance an ‘8’ and said he knew he was in full control of the fight throughout. Benavidez still regretted not making weight for this fight, and says he’ll need to employ a more strict diet to ensure he doesn’t find himself in another situation like this. When asked if his days at 168 are over, Benavidez was non-committal, basically saying he has to take responsibility to be better prepared.
Rolando Romero UD-12 Jackson Marinez
Mayweather prospect Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero (12-0, 10 KOs) was the beneficiary of some fortunate scoring tonight, outpointing Jackson Marinez (19-1, 7 KOs) over 12 rounds of action. Romero started out trying to swing for the fences, and basically stuck to that game plan over the whole fight despite never really ever hurting Marinez. In fact, it seemed that Marinez was better controlling the action, repeatedly picking off Romero as he walked in with jabs and doing even better as the fight wore on.
The official judges turned in scores of 115-112, 116-112, and a ridiculous 118-110, all in favor of Romero. BLH scored the fight 116-112 for Marinez and the entire Showtime commenting crew scored the fight for him as well, seemingly at a loss for words to explain how Romero ended up with a unanimous decision win after it was announced. A Showtime Twitter poll also had 77% of their audience scoring the fight for Marinez, and even though Marinez was sure as hell that he was going to have his hand raised, he ended up walking off in bitter disappointment.
Otto Wallin TKO-5 Travis Kauffman
In Showtime’s opener heavyweight contender Otto Wallin (21-1, 14 KOs) took care of business, cleanly outboxing Travis Kauffman (32-4, 23 KOs) with his jab over the course of five rounds before Kauffman awkwardly landed a left hand that re-injured his surgically repaired shoulder.
With Kauffman already gassed early, and with his left arm dangling, Wallin would just start landing shots with impunity until the referee stepped in to call off the fight, citing Kauffman’s obvious injury. The official stoppage came at the 2:52 minute mark of Round 5.BLH had the fight 40-36 for Wallin at the time of stoppage.