Mesi wins four-rounder vs. 9-27 opponent

13/08/2006

Mesi wins four-rounder vs. 9-27 opponent

Joe Mesi TKO2 Denny Matthews... Joe Mesi keeps on wining, but last night the former contender was reduced to a four rounder in Arkansas against a former light heavyweight, no-hoper,  Denny Matthews.  Mesi, in his third fight back from a brain injury, stopped Matthews in the second round, but even hardcore Mesi fans will have a hard time justifying this mismatch. Matthews had lost seven in a row and then took over a year off before this fight. Previously, he had been knocked by light heavyweights and cruisers, and not even top ones at that. Shame on the local commission for allowing state-sanctioned slaughter. The bout improved Mesi's record to 32-0 overall with 26 knockouts. source: Buffalo News

Humberto Soto KO4 Ivan Valle... On the Maskaev-Rahman undercard in Las Vegas, Humberto Soto, who conquered Rocky Juarez about a year ago, knocked out Ivan Valle in the fourth round of a WBC super featherweight eliminator. Valle lost four points for low blows in the first three rounds, and Soto responded in kind before flooring Valle in the fourth. Soto held the WBC interim belt, but the sanctioning body did not deliver Soto his promised shot at the 126-pound title. They probably took more sanctioning fees tonight, and it remains to be seen if the WBC can deliver the deserving Soto a shot at the Juarez-Marco Antonio Barrera winner after next month. What the mediocre Valle, 25-5, was even doing in a WBC title eliminator in boxing's deepest division deserves an explanation from the sanctioning body. source: associated press

Vanes Martirosyan W6 Marcus Brooks...Also in Las Vegas, 2004 U.S. Olympian Vanes Martirosyan earned a unanimous decision over Marcus Brooks but paid for the win in the form of an injured right hand. The 20-year old junior middleweight was being brought along at a reasonable clip, and is now 10-0. Brooks falls to 6-2. source: associated press