By Cliff Rold
In the end it was revenge and, hopefully, a retirement. It would have been nice to see it. Even with over 1000 cable channels, sometimes it just doesn’t happen. The Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.-Jonathan Oquendo pay-per-view show featuring Moises Fuentes-Ivan Calderon was not available on this author’s cable. The Azteca show featuring Adrian Hernandez-Kompayak Porpramook was advertised.
As is the case, week after week ad infinitum, what was advertised was not what was shown. Azteca via author’s cable is a joke, constantly teasing Boxeo and giving mierda instead. Usually it’s some gossip show. Given poor grades in Spanish classes past, the enjoyment of those gossip shows is limited.
That means short reviews here, given the only footage of the fights seen were the knockout highlights on YouTube.
Neither outcome was a big shock.
Calderon is done, and has been since the bell rang to end the first Giovanni Segura fight. A fighter of his size, who won with his legs, is in danger when they go. Reports of the fight had him doing well early, but as soon as Fuentes got to his body it was over. He can’t get away and he has nothing to back bigger men off with (and Fuentes was visibly bigger in the ring).
It’s a solid win for Fuentes. The Mexican 105 lb. titlist is limited, but he’s also tough as he showed in an entertaining title win versus Raul Garcia. He makes good T.V. even if his ceiling is low. It’s hard to say where he goes from here, but having a belt will make him a living. In a division that struggles for visibility in most markets, that’s good enough.
Calderon, one hopes, will call it a day. Given his lack of power, he always got the most of most of his foes and used to be able to hold his own. He showed great character and skill in his two most memorable fights (Hugo Cazares I and Segura I) but time passes quickly for reflex fighters. Calderon is wished well in whatever he decides to do.
The revenge knockout scored by Hernandez over Porpramook could set the stage for a third clash. Hernandez regained his belt at 108 lbs. and looks forward. Reports described another violent encounter, if not the scorcher their 2011 Fight of the Year contender was. Both men have proven vulnerable to being knocked out, but that’s what makes them so great against each other.
What else are they going to do? Fight Roman Gonzalez? No one seems to want to do that.
Report Card Picks 2012: 52-16
Light Heavyweight: Inactive for over a year and with nothing scheduled, former World Champion and #2 Jean Pascal exits the ratings. He was given a grace period when the Tavoris Cloud fight was off due to injury, but there is still nothing scheduled and grace is up. Denis Grachev enters the ratings.
Jr. Middleweight: With two defenses of the WBO belt now under his belt, Zarubek Baysangurov enters the top ten. Delvin Rodriguez is removed from the ratings.
Welterweight: Inactive for over a year, and with rumors leaning towards a return at Jr. Middleweight, Andre Berto exits the top ten. This breaks the tie at the bottom between Paulie Malignaggi and Randall Bailey on a coin flip.
Lightweight: The long inactive Urbano Antillon exits the top ten. Sharif Bogere enters the top ten. Consideration was given to Adrien Broner but that will wait until the result is in from the fight with Antonio DeMarco in November.
Featherweight: Previously #2 and with his career still up in the air, Yuriorkis Gamboa exits due to inactivity. Billy Dib enters the top ten. While active within the last year, Rafael Marquez is returning to action against Cristian Mijares at 122. He remains in the top ten at 126 for now with that fight to determine where, and if, he is rated in the future.
Jr. Featherweight: Competing at Featherweight now for a year and change, Akifumi Shimoda exits the top ten. Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. returns to the top ten after his win over the weekend versus Jonathan Oquendo.
Jr. Bantamweight: Having retired last month, Tomonobu Shimizu exits the ratings. Shimizu will be best remembered for a narrow title win over Hugo Cazares. Having won eight straight since moving up from 105, former titlist Oleydong Sithsamerchai enters the ratings.
Jr. Flyweight: Hernandez moves up a notch with his revenge win over Porpramook. Accounts have Roman Gonzalez getting a bizarre stoppage call over the weekend. The same accounts had him firmly winning the bout. His place at the top remains secure. Can someone get this guy a big fight?
Strawweight: Calderon exits the ratings and Fuentes gets a slight bump past the recently deposed Nkosinathi Joyi. Denver Cuello enters the top ten.
The full results of note and impact on the ratings are a click away.
Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene and a member of the Yahoo Pound for Pound voting panel and the Boxing Writers Association of America. He can be reached at [email protected]