Albert Mensah (25-3-1) defeated Michael Katsidis (28-6) by majority decision on ESPN Friday Night Fights in a tough competitive junior welterweight bout. As usual, Katsidis was an aggressive fighter but was also easy to hit. It was a close match with Mensah mostly boxing while picking off Katsidis. Mensah did lose many rounds and the fight scores were close except one. Final scorecards were 95-95, 96-94, and 98-92 with the latter seemingly misjudged.
Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1) will remain in the pound for pound rankings with his decisive win over Sergey Fedchenko (30-2) for the WBO interim junior welterweight title on HBO PPV Saturday night. Marquez was ranked sixth in The Ring magazine ratings coming into the fight. Marquez stayed active throughout the match landing flush shots, but Fedchenko was resilient enough to make it through 12 rounds. Final scorecards were 119-109, 118-110, and 118-110. Marquez will most likely pursue a fourth fight with Pacquiao.
Also on HBO PPV, Brandon Rios (30-0-1) beat Richard Abril (17-3-1) by a controversial split decision in a light weight match. Abril picked off Rios from the outside with Rios giving a lethargic performance. The final scorecards varied with judge Adelaide Byrd scoring it 117-111 for Abril, but Jerry Roth scored it 116-112 and Glenn Trowbridge had 115-113 both for Rios. Abril was infuriated by the decision.
Brandon Rios vs Richard Abril