Leonardo Zappavigna vs. Fernando Angulo
In the opening bout, Australian lightweight prospect Leonardo Zappavigna (23-0) took a hugely controversial unanimous decision over Fernando Angulo (22-7). It was a really competitive fight, but I felt Angulo had done enough to pull off the upset. One judge scored the fight 114-113 which I could have seen an argument for. The other two turned in cards of 116-111, which are just completely indefensible.
This was a step up in class for Zappavigna, who has thus far been matched very soft. It seems he’s just not ready for it yet. There were definitely positives to take from the performance. He showed a lot of grit, fighting through a fairly major cut, and he actually finished the stronger of the two, but his limitations are undeniable. He went to war with Angulo, and when that stopped working he showed an inability to adapt. He’s extremely fortunate to come out of this one with his record intact, but I’m sure it was a good learning experience for him.
Vic Darchinyan vs. Rodrigo Guerrero
In the evenings main event, WBA and WBC super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (34-2-1) battered the hopelessly outmatched Rodrigo Guerrero (13-2-1) over 12 one-sided rounds.
It was a spirited performance by Guerrero; who by rights had no real business being in the ring with Darchinyan. He never took a backwards step despite being outboxed, outfought, and just about outclassed in every possible way. I would have liked to have seen him pulled out in the mid-rounds. Darchinyan is a really hard hitter, and he was able to land at will. The kid had given it his best shot, and there was no way he was ever going to turn the fight around. The corner should have protected their fighter.
Darchinyan is still chasing a rematch with Nonito Donaire: who he was knocked out by in 2007. If that fight can’t be made, he wants to move up and make bantamweight his permanent home. Vic is currently fighting at his optimum weight. I see the move up being a mistake. I don’t think his power carries up. In the fight against Joseph Agbeko, Darchinyan looked like a fighter who had over over stepped his limits. However, there’s little reason for him to stay at 115 if mismatches like this are all that’s on offer.