On the undercard, “The Golden Child” Daniel Jacobs beat Ishe Smith via UD in a bout that clearly highlighted Jacobs’ rising stock against a solid second-tier fighter despite being stunned briefly in the fifth.
However, one got the feeling that had Smith been a little busier and more intent on consistantly causing harm instead of just looking like he wanted to cause harm, the 22-year old prospect may have struggled mightily. (scores: 96-93, 96-93, 100-89. The BTBC had it 97-92, also for Jacobs) Smith was penalized a point in the 9th round for hitting after the bell.
The second televised bout saw Fernando “The Ghost” Guerrero take South African Malcolm Klassen’s title away via another UD.
With exactly 1,200 punches thrown over 12, Guerrero was way too busy for Klassen, who was highly effective whenever he actually threw punches…which wasn’t too often.(scores: 117-111, 116-113, 116-112. The BTBC had it 117-111, also for Guerrero)
In the main event, Juan Diaz won a controversial UD over Paulie Malignaggi in a very close bout that could’ve gone either way.
Diaz came out strong, but eventually Malignaggi caught his rhythm and was winning the late rounds by boxing on the outside. Diaz suffered 2 cuts over his left eye and Malignaggi had a minor cut over his own left eye.
The controversy of the evening came as the scores were read: 116-112, 115-113 and 118-110 from Texas judge Gale Van Hoy. The BTBC had it 114-114.
After the bout, Malignaggi praised Diaz and the Houston crowd, but said that boxing “is full of sh*t…the only reason I do this is because it gives me a good payday.”