Weekend scorecard: Reyes plays the running man

Before his junior welterweight bout with Jose Luis Castillo, Rolando Reyes talked a big game. But Saturday, he failed to back up his words.

Originally Published: February 6, 2006
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com


A roundup of the weekend's notable boxing results from around the world:

Saturday at El Paso
Junior welterweight
Jose Luis Castillo W12 Rolando Reyes
Scores: 119-108, 117-110, 116-111
Records: Castillo 54-7-1; Reyes 26-4-2
Rafael's remark: Wake us when this one is over. But don't blame Castillo for this horrible fight. Reyes talked a big game and even referred to the fight as his Super Bowl, but instead of competing, he ran like a thief all night. It's one thing to stick and move, which is Reyes' game. It's another to refuse to engage at all, which is what he did. With the opportunity of a lifetime in front of him, Reyes looked petrified to be touched by Castillo, who was facing him on only three weeks' notice because Diego Corrales suffered an injury to his ribs while training for their much-anticipated rubber match (Corrales was forced to withdraw). So Castillo got in 12 rounds that amounted to little more than a sparring session as he gears up for the third clash with Corrales, which is expected to be rescheduled for June 3. Castillo again had problems making weight against Reyes (138 maximum), so it remains to be seen if he will be able to get all the way down to 135 to fight for Corrales' title and avoid a repeat of the weigh-in farce from their rematch last fall. The weigh-in for the third fight will be the most dramatic one in years and probably will be far more interesting than Castillo's fight with Reyes, who should be banned from television for his noneffort.
Lightweight
Jose Armando Santa Cruz W12 Edner Cherry
Scores: 117-110, 115-112, 114-113
Records: Santa Cruz 22-1; Cherry 19-4-2
Rafael's remark: What a tremendous fight. This action-packed scrap was a fast-paced punchfest -- and a late addition to the card that was its salvation because the Castillo-Reyes main event was so bad. Santa Cruz and Cherry, both looking to make their marks, fought as though they had everything on the line. Cherry -- nicknamed "Cherry Bomb," of course -- dropped Santa Cruz in the third round. Then they battered each other in a terrific eighth round, but when it was over Santa Cruz had done just a little bit more to gain the decision. Santa Cruz won his second fight in a row since his only defeat, but the 117-111 scorecard was absurd. This was a very close fight. Neither of these guys is an elite contender, but they both fight with a lot of heart and determination and entertain the fans. We look forward to seeing them both again.
Junior featherweight
Ricardo Castillo TKO3 Sammy Ventura
Records: Castillo 29-2; Ventura 22-16
Rafael's remark:Castillo, the brother of Jose Luis Castillo, wrecked Ventura with a body shot that left him on the canvas for several minutes as he tried to catch his breath. Ventura argued that the punch was a low blow, but he didn't get his way. Instead, Ventura got his fourth consecutive loss.
Super middleweight
Chad Dawson W8 Jason Naugler
Scores: 80-72 (three times)
Records: Dawson 21-0; Naugler 13-5-1
Rafael's remark: Dawson, who is trained by 2004 trainer of year Dan Birmingham, simply dominated the overmatched Naugler on his way to a shutout decision. Dawson is a very skillful fighter and one of the top prospects in the sport. He's only a fight or two away from a world title shot, and we suspect when his opportunity finally comes, he will become a champion.

Saturday at Auburn Hills, Mich.
Cruiserweight
Thomas Hearns TKO10 Shannon Landberg
Records: T. Hearns 61-5-1, 48 KOs; Landberg 58-11-1
Rafael's remark: When will the madness end? Hearns, 47 and about 15 years removed from championship form, is still fighting, sadly. What is even more pathetic is that 15,000-plus turned out to watch the shell of the once great champion take more shots to the head. Why do people pay for this schlock? They'd be better off going to eBay to buy DVDs of Hearns' legendary fights, not dreck like this. He needed 10 rounds to stop a club fighter such as Landberg, who was fighting for the first time in three years. Hearns, in his second fight since ending a five-year layoff, didn't score a knockdown but was ahead 89-82 on all three scorecards at the time of the stoppage. And get this: Hearns has no intention of retiring yet. He said afterward that he planned to fight again in April and then pursue another world title fight as a light heavyweight. Lord help us.
Super middleweight
Ronald Hearns KO2 Kirk Douglas
Records: R. Hearns 8-0, 6 KOs; Douglas 10-11
Rafael's remark: Ronald Hearns is the son of headliner Thomas Hearns. He's not the same son who, police said, Thomas pushed and struck once in the face with "an open-handed slap." That was Thomas' 13-year-old son. (Thomas pleaded no contest to an assault charge and was sentenced to nine months of probation.) But we digress. Ronald Hearns had no problems with Douglas, dropping him with a left hook in the second round and knocking him out for good with a right hand moments later.

Saturday at Panama City
Junior featherweight
Celestino Caballero TKO7 Roberto Bonilla
Retains an interim junior featherweight title
Records: Caballero 24-2, 17 KOs; Bonilla 23-7
Rafael's remark: Caballero, fighting in front of his home crowd, scored knockdowns in the third and fifth rounds on his way to the stoppage victory. Bonilla, of Nicaragua, is 3-4 with a no-contest in his last eight and had done nothing to earn a title shot. Of course, this is one of the more bogus titles in the sport anyway, so it should come as no surprise that the challenger was unworthy. The WBA, in its typically heinous manner, has seen fit to allow Caballero to be called interim titlist despite the fact that the full champion, Mahyar Monshipour of France, is active and not injured. What an absolute joke.
Junior welterweight
Vicente Mosquera TKO6 Carlos Saenz
Records: Mosquera 23-1-1, 12 KOs; Saenz' record unavailable
Rafael's remark: Mosquera, a reigning 130-pound champ, came in at 138 for this non-title fight as he stayed busy in the hopes that promoter Don King can put together a title defense for him. He won the title in April 2005 but has yet to defend it while taking two non-title bouts. Mosquera, of Panama, dropped his Colombian opponent in the first round en route to the victory.
Bantamweight
Rosendo Alvarez TKO6 Eduardo Pacheco
Records: Alvarez 37-2-2, 24 KOs; Pacheco 16-8-2
Rafael's remark: Alvarez got in some work with a stoppage victory in a tune-up for what is expected to be an April 8 fight against interim flyweight titlist Jorge Arce on the Floyd Mayweather-Zab Judah undercard in Las Vegas. Alvarez, a former strawweight and junior flyweight champion, came into this match at 117 pounds, although the fight with Arce will be at 112.

Friday at Airway Heights, Wash.
Junior middleweight
Sechew Powell W10 Robert Frazier
Scores: 99-91 (three times)
Records: Powell 19-0; Frazier 31-7-4
Rafael's remark: Powell, who has grown up on Showtime's "ShoBox" series, probably graduated from the prospect-oriented show with his one-sided drubbing of veteran Frazier, who is best known for losing a decision to Winky Wright when they met for a vacant title. Powell, by far the more talented boxer, had his way with Frazier. He bloodied Frazier's nose and won a virtual shutout against the most experienced opponent he has faced. Powell doesn't do anything great, but he does everything well and has become a solid all-around fighter. We expect to see him in the title hunt in the near future.
Junior middleweight
Andre Berto TKO3 Jonathan Tubbs
Records: Berto 10-0, 8 KOs; Tubbs 7-1-1
Rafael's remark: Berto, just 22, is a tremendous prospect with power and speed, both of which he showed as he easily disposed of Tubbs, whose claim to fame entering the fight was that he owned a victory over Berto when they were amateur teens. It sure didn't mean much, though, as Berto, a 2004 Olympian for Haiti who was groomed in the U.S. amateur program, overwhelmed him. Berto floored Tubbs twice in the second round and again in the third before Tubbs' corner threw in the towel. We simply can't wait to see more of Berto.

Friday at Detroit
Junior lightweight
Koba Gogoladze W12 Antonio Davis
Scores: 114-110, 113-111, 112-112
Records: Gogoladze 18-1; Davis 19-2
Rafael's remark: Gogoladze, a 1996 Olympian for the Republic of Georgia and a decorated former Soviet Union amateur champion, rebounded from the only loss of his career to handle Davis with relative ease. The scores look closer than the fight actually was because Gogoladze was docked three points for excessive holding. Gogoladze, who scored a knockdown in the fourth round, has a hard style for anybody, and Davis appeared to have no clue how to attack his awkward opponent as his 15-fight winning streak ended. This was not a very entertaining fight, mainly due to Gogoladze, but he probably didn't care. He's back on the winning side of things.
Super middleweight
James McGirt Jr. TKO3 Chris Overby
Records: McGirt Jr. 11-0, 7 KOs; Overby 6-3
Rafael's remark: McGirt, the son of former world champion and top trainer James "Buddy" McGirt Sr., manhandled the overmatched Overby, dropping him five times total before this horrific mismatch was stopped. McGirt's record is glossy but he's fought a collection of softies.
Welterweight
Mary Jo Sanders TKO3 Iva Weston
Records: Sanders 20-0, 6 KOs; Weston 10-4
Rafael's remark: Fighting in front of her hometown fans, Sanders, the daughter of former Detroit Lions star Charlie Sanders, blew out Weston. When she finally knocked Weston down in the third, referee Frank Garza halted the fight.

Friday at San Juan, Puerto Rico
Welterweight
Henry Bruseles W10 Arturo Urena
Scores: 100-88, 99-89 (twice)
Records: Bruseles 23-3-1; Urena 18-12-1
Rafael's remark: Bruseles won his second fight in a row since his lopsided eighth-round TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in January 2005. But Urena is no Mayweather, and Bruseles thoroughly dominated, pitching a near shutout. Bruseles knocked Urena down in the first and second rounds, opening a big early lead that was never in jeopardy. The outcome should come as no shock, though. Urena is now 0-10-1 in his last 11 bouts. Our thought is this: If you lose 10 of 11, you probably shouldn't be fighting. Perhaps that can be debated. However, that sort of recent record should disqualify you from being featured in a televised main event, as this bout was on Telefutura.

Dan Rafael is the boxing writer for ESPN.com.

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