In Bern, Switzerland on Epix, Wladimir Klitschko (58-3) defended his heavyweight championship in a rematch against Tony Thompson (36-3) with a TKO in round six. Thompson threw more punches than Klitschko, but was out of distance when throwing and had very few connects with very little power on them. Thompson needed to punch more aggressively to have had a chance.
Klitschko dropped the challenger in round five with a right hand to the mouth. Thompson never recovered and went down in round six from a barrage of punches. He was in the fetal postion on the canvas, but appeared more to be beaten with no hope to continue. It was a pathetic match up and Klitschko is in need of a real challenge. Klitschko did jab much less in the fight than his usual bouts.
On HBO, Nonito Donaire (29-1) continued his climb up the pound for pound ranks with a tough unanimous decision win over super bantamweight Jeffrey Mathebula (26-4-2). Donaire was the pressure fighter against his much taller opponent.
Mathebula was dropped by a left hook to the jaw at the end of round four, but he recovered well. It was a competitive bout with Donaire taking most of the rounds, but Mathebula appeared to do enough to win rounds and many thought it was closer than the judges' scores ringside. HBO reported that Mathebula may have had his jaw broke near the end of the fight.
In the HBO co-feature, super middleweight Kelly Pavlik (40-2) continued his comeback trail with a solid unanimous decision win over Will Rosinsky (16-2) in the ten round bout. Early in the fight, Pavlik knocked him down in round two with a short right hand to the chin. Rosinsky has fast hands and moves well, but he just did not have quite enough to win very many rounds. Pavlik did have a bruised ear and a cut over his eye after the bout.
On Fox Sports Network, light middleweight Jesus Soto Karass (26-7-3) defeated Euri Gonzalez (20-3-1) by TKO in round five. Gonzalez was dropped by a right hand and Karass kept on him until the referee halted the bout.
In the UFC 148 main event, Anderson Silva won the rematch with Chael Sonnen to retain his middleweight championship ,this time by TKO in round two. Silva started slow and Sonnen dominated in the opening session. It looked early that it was going to be a tough long fight for Silva and Sonnen dominated him on the mat most of the round.
By the second round, Silva turned the fight around and came back strong. He made Sonnen miss badly causing him to slip and he hit him with a knee to the body. Sonnen was hurt by the knee and tried hanging on, but Silva kept the barrage going with a mixture of shots eventually leading to the technical knockout with Sonnen left beat up on the mat.
In the co-feature, Forrest Griffin defeated Tito Ortiz by decision. It was a close fight with some good action. Fans in attendance seemed to favor Ortiz as the winner, but there was a lot of back and forth making it difficult to score. Both fighters showed heart in the match up and it was supposed to be the final fight for Ortiz.
Here are results of the opening bouts of the pay per view:
Cung Le defeated Patrick Cote by decsion.
Demian Maia beat Dong Hyun Kim by TKO in round one.
Chad Mendes defeated Cody McKenzie by TKO in round one.
Mike Eaton defeated Ivan Menjivar by decision.
Cornelies "K-9" Bundrage (32-4) battered Cory Spinks (39-7) in their rematch for a TKO win in round seven of the main event on ShoBox for the IBF light middleweight championship. Spinks looked really out of sorts and his legs were jello from the opening bell. Bundrage was rugged as usual, but still has a monstrous right hand. Spinks was hit by a sledgehammer overhand right from Bundrage late in the first round that dropped him. Rest of the fight was very sloppy, but Spinks did manage to get some connects and land body shots albeit with little power. By round seven, K-9 was landing solid right hands with this time dropping Spinks three times in the round which caused the referee to stop the fight.
Former Olympian Gary Russell Jr (20-0) made a quick night of Christopher Perez (23-3) with a third round knock out victory in the featherweight match. The speed and combinations were too much for the outmatched Perez. Russell knocked down Perez three times with the last one putting him through the ropes. He had knockdowns with both his right hook and straight left.
The first bout of the night was competitive with a solid unanimous decision win for light middleweight Erislandy Lara (17-1-1) over Freddy Hernandez (30-3). Lara used his boxing skills and hand speed to run the show. It did get interesting in the sixth when Hernandez was verbally challenging his opponent to fight after Lara did an awkward move featuring a double punch and headbutt all in one. In round seven, Hernandez suffered another headbutt that this time caused a cut and Lara was deducted a point. Lara coasted the rest of the way while Hernandez slowed late in the fight.
Light welterweight Ruslan Provodnikov (22-1) wasted no time on the ESPN Friday Night Fights main event with a knock out of Jose Reynoso (16-4-1) in round two. The Russian hammered Reynoso with hard shots including some good body punches and ended the fight with a sweeping right to the head. Provodnikov dominated his outclassed opponent as expected.
The co-feature was also an entertaining fight. Junior featherweight Christopher Martin (24-2-3) defeated Roberto Castaneda (20-2) by knockout in round six via a body shot. Martin started out very slow and was mostly just throwing pop shots while Castaneda was outworking him. By round five, Castaneda slowed and Martin found his weak spot which was the body. Late in the fifth, Martin dropped him with a right uppercut to the solar plexus and went back to the body in round six with a left hook to the liver that finished him off.