What to do when the Editor in Chief is stuck without access to his website during an entire day of fight action? Grab a notepad and start scribbling observations the old fashioned way:
Abner Mares (25-0-1, 13 KOs) UD 12 Anselmo Moreno (33-2-1, 12 KOs)
Mares’ star keeps rising. The 26-year-old fought the right type of fight against a guy like Moreno. He pushed forward and hit Moreno anywhere he could– Hips, back, shoulder, forearm. Moreno barely had room or time to operate and had to
spend the majority of the fight fighting to break even. Like it or not, Mares is a star.
Leo Santa Cruz (21-0-1, 12 KOs) TKO 9 Victor Zaleta (20-3-1, 10 KOs)
Santa Cruz is just plain fun to watch. Give him a little more seasoning and set him loose on the world.
Alfredo Angulo (21-2, 18 KOs) KO 1 Raul Casarez (19-3, 9 KOs)
What can be said about “El Perro?” He may have some glaring technical flaws that will keep him from long-term success in the stacked 154 lb. division, but few fighters are as earnest and as entertaining as Angulo. I’d pay to see him against anyone in the division.
Erislandy Lara (17-1-2, 11 KOs) Tech. Draw 9 Vanes Martirosyan (32-0-1, 20 KOs)
Both fighters were fighting just barely well enough to not lose this “final” eliminator for a shot at the WBC junior middleweight title. So, in retrospect, a headbutt-provoked technical draw was appropriate. The big winner in this one was Saul Alvarez, who won’t be forced to fight either of these guys for awhile and will now be free to take one or two more vanity fights.
Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia (30-0, 26 KOs) TKO 8 Jonathan Victor Barros (34-4-1, 18 KOs)
Garcia is clearly one of the best featherweights in the world, but if he insists on several rounds of calm, calculated competence before lowering the boom in each of his fights, he won’t be a very popular featherweight. Patience is NOT a virtue among Latino fight fans.
Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KOs) UD 12 Mariusz Wach (27-1, 15 KOs)
Klitschko looked extremely sharp and somewhat “Vitali-like” in taking a one-sided unanimous decision from the iron-chinned Wach. The Polish giant took some heavy shots from Wlad, but never really seemed in trouble. Next up for Wlad– continued dominance. Next up for Wach? Super-villain in the next Superman movie.
Nathan Cleverly (25-0, 12 KOs) TKO 8 Shawn Hawk (23-3-1, 17 KOs)
A world title farce to be sure, but WBO light heavyweight champ, Cleverly, looked like the outstanding prospect he was before becoming a fraudulent “world” champ. Of course, he was fighting Shawn Hawk and not anyone even remotely in the top 30. Cleverly needs fresh, real challenges in order to keep developing.
Robert Helenius (18-0, 11 KOs) UD 10 Sherman Williams (35-12-2, 19 KOs)
If you squinted your eyes, this one looked like Larry Bird vs. Cee Lo Green in a celebrity boxing showdown. Once you “unsquinted” your eyes and actually started watching the fight? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz