Hell of a weekend, gentleman. Here's the recap:
-Wlad shut out UD win over Wach in Germany-
Wlad did his absolute best to get rid of a Wach, including notching a 10-8 round in the 8th, despite not actually knocking Wach down (power punches landed were 50-0). He tried again in the 10th and 12th, but the concrete jawed Pole just wouldn't go down, surviving to the final bell. Wach did land and hurt a single right in the 5th, it was just too late in the round to matter as Wlad got through and then blasted jabs the entire 6th. Wach, though massive in size, doesn't have nearly the technique or skills Wlad has.
-Garcia TKO8 over Jonathon Barros-
It started out as a high speed chess match, with the two staying on the outside trying to figure each other out, and then, at round 6, Mikey had enough of it. As soon as he stomped on the gas, he started finding the range, and the right hand started connecting. Then, the left hook started landing.
Fallout: I do wonder how Mikey will do with Salido. He was getting caught by a feather fisted Barros quite a bit, so I'm not sure if that was because he knew he could take it, or he was actually getting caught. Either way, taking those shots with Siri won't make for a good night.
-Lara TD Vanes-
I said this could be boring, and boy was it ever. Just as Vanes is against any skilled boxing opposition. It was ugly and boring almost all fight long. Vanes pressed, Lara pot shot and held, and it was just a nightmare. Thank god it's over. While I don't care for the draw call (had Vanes winning by two rounds), I could care less. I'm just happy it's over.
Fallout: The winner was going supposed to get Canelo, per WBC. Now, with neither winning... what happens with Canelo? Well, he didn't care to fight either and is gunning for 3 names in his next fight, Floyd, Sergio and Cotto. So, even if Lara or Vanes won, they weren't going to fight the red head.
-Cleverly TKO8 over Hawk-
Hawk gave his best, but Clev is such a smooth boxer, he just couldn't get to him. Then Clev stepped on the gas and started ripping up a gassed Hawk. He dropped him twice in the 7th, and another couple times in the final stanza before the ref mercifully stopped the fight. A good showing in the US for Nathan.
Fallout: Cleverly appears destined now to fight Bernard Hopkins at Barclays in February. Or Hopkins will take Shuemenov or Cloud... but, Cleverly appears as the front runner (simply based off styles and everything else).
-Angulo KO1 over Casarez-
Angulo is back! And when I get this clip, you'll see what I mean. In less than a minute, Perro announced his return to the sport, walking through Casarez. He did show some improved boxing abilities with new trainer Virgil Hunter. The new wrinkle, that was the deciding factor... a counter left hook. Yeah, Perro throwing a counter punch. Normally it was take everything the other guy had, and then fire back. He slipped a punch and then BAM! Left hook to the jaw.
Fallout: Angulo makes a splash back at the JMW division. Talks are out there for a rematch with Kirkland, although James is tied up still with legal drama with his lawsuit with GBP and Anne Wolfe.
-Leo Santa Cruz TKO9 over Zaleta-
I really thought Zaleta was overwhelmed to start with, and it showed in the ring. LSC knocked him down 3 times, and the relentless body work just destroyed Zaleta over time. Over 50% of his shots landed, and as usual, Cruz threw well over 1000 punches in dispatching an opponent. He seems to get better with each outing, and this was a thorough thrashing.
Fallout: LSC really has his choice of opponents now.He can stick it out at bantamweight and target Shinsuke Yamanaka, or wait for Anselmo Moreno to come back down for a major fight there.
-Mares UD12 over Moreno-
Mares should be a Top 10 P4P with that win. It may be tainted because of several low blows - again, but even without the lowblows, and Moreno not complaining once of them, he still had a hell of a fight, and improved from his most recent outing. He was able to cut off the ring and match Moreno most of the time, and land flush power shots on him the entire fight. I had Mares up by 2 at the end. I have no idea how a 120-106 card was seen. I really don't.
Fallout: Mares sets up what should be a major, unification, bout with Nonito Donaire. However, Donaire is scheduled with Arce, and we still have that TR/GBP rift going on. So, the next move will be an interesting one for Abner.