Friday night in Mexico City the little guys put on a show, while Saturday night a top welterweight may have been lucky to leave with a draw and a hopeful prospect was taken down. Plus this week’s action.
Friday, October 23
Gimnasio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico
Juan Francisco Estrada vs Carlos Cuadras
As the headliner to Friday’s show, Juan Francisco Estrada and Carlos Cuadras did battle for Estrada’s RING & WBC World Super-Flyweight titles. The two fighters dropped their names in the hat for Fight of the Year in the process. Read Tre Berry’s recap here.
Roman Gonzalez vs Israel Gonzalez
In the co-main bout, Roman Gonzalez displayed his hall of fame stature as he defended his WBA Super-Flyweight title against a tough and game Israel Gonzalez. Tre Berry has the recap here.
Julio Cesar Martinez vs Moises Calleros
Proving that it meant nothing to him that late replacement Moises Calleros was over five pounds above the flyweight limit at weigh ins, WBC World Flyweight champion Julio Cesar Martinez took care of business quickly to retain his title. Tre Berry’s recap.
Toledo, Ohio, Super-Featherweight prospect Otha Jones III (5-0-1, 2KO), 20, fought to a six round split decision draw (58-56, 57-57, 56-58) against Kevin Montiel Mendoza (6-0-1, 3KO), 21, of Mexico.
South Central Los Angeles Super-Middleweight prospect Diego Pachecho (10-0-0, 8KO), 19, made easy work of his opponent, Juan Antonio Mendez (12-3-2, 10KO). Pachecho stopped the 33 year old southpaw from Mexico in the second round.
Austin Williams picked up the sixth win of his career after stopping Mexico City’s Esau Herrera (19-12-1, 8KO) in the fifth round of their scheduled six round bout. The 24 year old southpaw from Milwaukee moves to 6-0-0, with 5 knockouts.
Saturday, October 2
Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut
Sergey Lipinets vs Custio Clayton
Don’t be surprised to see a rematch here. Saturday’s headliner was highly disputed as many thought Nova Scotia native Custio Clayton ( 18-0-1, 12KO) had done enough to earn the victory over Kazakhstan’s Sergey Lipinets (16-1-1, 12KO) and win the interim IBF World Welterweight title. In the end the fight was scored a majority draw as two judges had it 114-114 and the third had it for Clayton 115-113.
Malik Hawkins vs Subriel Matias
It was said that Malik Hawkins team were concerned with the performance of the 24 year old Super-Lightweight from Baltimore after his fight with Darwin Price in December of 2019. Those feelings of unease were validated Saturday night as Hawkins was battered by Puerto Rico’s Subriel Matias until the ringside doctor decided Hawkins should not continue before the start of the seventh round. Matias has one blemish on his record, a decision loss against Petros Ananyan in February, but when he wins he gets his guy out of there as all 16 of his victories have been by knockout. It will be interesting to see how Matias (16-1-0, 16KO) is moved after this while it’s time to completely regroup for Hawkins (18-1-0, 11KO).
This weeks action
Monday, October 26
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Daigo Higa (16-1-1, 16KO) Maj Draw (96-94, 95-95, 95-95) Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-2, 4KO)
Friday, October 30
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California
Jaime Munguia (35-0-0, 28KO) vs Tureano Johnson (21-2-1, 15KO)
12 Round Middleweight Bout
Rashidi Ellis (22-0-0, 14KO) vs Alexis Rocha (16-0-0, 10KO)
10 Round Welterweight Bout
Elwin Soto (17-1-0, 12KO) vs Carlos Buitrago (32-5-1, 18KO)
WBO World Light-Flyweight Title
Bektemir Melikuziev (5-0-0, 4KO) vs Alan Campa (17-5-0, 11KO)
10 Round Super Middleweight Bout
Saturday, October 31
The Bubble, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
ESPN+, 7:30pm ET
Naoya Inoue (19-0-0, 16KO) vs Jason Moloney (21-1-0, 18KO)
For Inoue’s RING, WBA and IBF World Bantamweight titles
Mikaela Mayer (13-0-0, 5KO) vs Ewa Brodnicka (19-0-0, 2KO)
WBO World Female Super-Featherweight title
Wembley Arena, London, United Kingdom
DAZN, 2pm ET
Oleksandr Usyk (17-0-0, 13KO) vs Dereck Chisora (32-9-0, 23KO)
12 Round Heavyweight Bout
Lee Selby (28-2-0, 9KO) vs George Kambosos Jr. (18-0-0, 10KO)
12 Round Lightweight Bout
The Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Showtime PPV, 9pm ET
Gervonta Davis (23-0-0, 22KO) vs Leo Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19KO)
WBA World Lightweight Title / WBA Super World Super-Featherweight Title
Mario Barrios (25-0-0, 16KO) vs Ryan Karl (18-2-0, 12KO)
WBA World Super-Lightweight Title
Diego Magdaleno (32-3-0, 13KO) vs Isaac Cruz Gonzalez (19-1-1, 14KO)
12 Round Lightweight Bout
Regis Prograis (24-1-0, 20KO) vs Juan Heraldez (16-0-1, 10KO)
10 Round Super-Lightweight Bout