A brief round-up of the Friday Night results.
Things to look out for.
Taylor scored a nice come from behind stoppage over Cayo after being down himself. Cayo has basically taken on the role of gatekeeper to a competitive 140lbs; his previous losses are to Peterson, Maidana and a disappointing loss to the ghost of Nate Campbell. Taylor’s put together a string of three good wins since a close loss to Prenice Brewer and looks like he may be a factor in the future of the division.
On the undercard Abdusalamov continued his path of destruction. He’s slimmed down considerably since I first saw him at 250lbs and while he remains crude he certainly has power. With the TV exposure he’s had he figures to be a prospect in a stagnating HW division. That said with the way both Seth Mitchell and David Price have seen their ascent to title shots derailed his handlers may continue to build him slowly… he’s looked vulnerable in the past.
Klimov is a 15-0 Russian prospect who’s been slowly building a good ledger of opponents and wins. Gomez is a solid fighter and Klimov outclassed him. 135lbs is a fairly open division right now with Broner likely moving up and Klimov looks like he could do some damage.
Domestically there was a good win for Shayne Singleton in his first real test and solid enough wins for domestic contenders Prince Arron and Craig Watson. In truth these were little more than keep-busy bouts but they’re well positioned to get domestic title shots in the near future. Over in the US Braulio Santos looks to be someone to keep an eye on. His opposition hasn’t been great but he’s 10-0 with 9 stoppages and just crushed a 7-1 opponent in under a minute. Puerto Rico has a long history of producing talented boxers… Santos may be the latest in that line.