By Derek Bonnett: Sometimes expectations are right on the money. In the case of this week’s bouts featuring ranked fighters in action, we pretty much got what we expected. However, sometimes the expectations fight fans put on a particular bout are way too high and leave us all a little disappointed and deflated. Such was the case of the welterweight bout between Brandon Rios and Diego Chaves. From the moment it was signed, Fight of the Year implications became rampant. I even listed the bout in last week’s edition of On the Move with neither man actually being currently ranked in the SecondsOut top ten at welterweight. This was in spite of the fact that Rios had not won a bout since 2012 and was out of the ring since last November due to a suspension for banned substances. Chaves’ reputation was based largely on a tenth round TKO loss to Keith Thurman last year; his only ring appearance since yielded an early stoppage over a well-worn Argentine journeyman.
The action between Rios and Chaves produced some fine exchanges here and there, but was hardly fought at the torrid pace HBO and fans expected. From the onset, the two fighters mauled and bent the rules at will. Both fighters were penalized points and rightly so. The Argentine slugger held, pushed, laced Rios frequently. He even tried to snap his head into Rios several times during breaks, but the attempt at a foul went unnoticed by Vic Drakulich and HBO commentators. Rios stuck with pushing mostly and eventually dumped Chaves to the canvas. Late in the bout, Chaves was disqualified in round nine for allegedly gouging Rios’ eyes in a clinch. Referee Vic Drakulich seemed to go off of Rios’ word on the break more so than actually seeing the foul himself, but the excessive holding was likely what drew his attention to Chaves for the umpteenth time.
The bout was marred by two fighters more interested in fouling and cursing at one another than trading big-time leather in an attempt to deliver the fight fans expected. The opportunity was wasted by two fighter who, perhaps, should not be given any more big fight opportunities on premium cable for the foreseeable future. In the end, Chaves, Rios, Drakulich and HBO subscribers may have been better off if the Argentine’s visa trouble had not been resolved.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action:
On Saturday, August 2, at Revel Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, Sergey Kovalev stopped Blake Caparello in two rounds of a WBO light heavyweight title bout. The official time of the stoppage was 1:47. Kovalev was dropped controversially in the first round. Caparello had three knockdowns ruled against him in the second. Kovalev defended his title for the third time and lifted his ledger to 25-0-1 (23). Caparello fell to 19-1-1 (6).
Kovalev remained SecondsOut’s number three light heavyweight with the victory. A November showdown with Bernard Hopkins could put the winner at the top of the division. Caparello, ranked tenth by SecondsOut, fell out of the rankings. Eleider Alvarez returned to the ten spot.
Also on the card, Isaac Chilemba scored a seventh round stoppage of Corey Cummings in a light heavyweight bout. The TKO came at the 2:28 mark. Chilemba lifted his record to 23-2-2 (10). Cummings crashed to 17-7-1 (13).
Chilemba held onto his number nine light heavyweight ranking at SecondsOut.
At Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Jessie Vargas won a unanimous decision over Anton Novikov in a twelve round WBA light welterweight title bout. The three judges scored the contest 118-111 twice and 117-111. Vargas earned the first defense of his title and remained unbeaten at 25-0 (9). Novikov fell to 29-1 (10).
Vargas preserved his number eight junior welterweight ranking at SecondsOut.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, August 10, 2014:
On Friday, August 8:
At Gimnasio Yuyin Luzcando, Betanio, Panama, Liborio Solis versus Jose Carlos Vargas in an eight round bantamweight bout
On Saturday, August 9:
At Auditorio General Arteago, Queretara, Queretara, Mexico, Andres Gutierrez versus TBA in a twelve round super bantamweight bout
At Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Francisco Rodriguez Jr. versus Katsunari Takayama in a twelve round WBO/IBF minimumweight unification bout
At Emperor’s Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa, Thabo Sonjica versus Roli Gasca in a twelve round super bantamweight bout
At Sands Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, Vyacheslav Glazkov versus Derric Rossy in a ten round heavyweight bout
At Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA, Danny Garcia versus Rod Salka in a ten round junior welterweight non-title bout; Lamont Peterson versus Edgar Santana in a twelve round IBF junior welterweight title bout; Danny Jacobs versus Jarrod Fletcher in a twelve round vacant WBA middleweight title
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