The biggest profile bout of the day was in Puerto Rico where Olympic bronze medal winner Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31) stopped fellow American Malik Scott (36-2-1, 13) inside a round. Whilst on paper this was an impressive result many have doubted the legitimacy of the stoppage cast aspirations that Scott took a dive, the bout was fixed or that Scott should have his purse with held. The only thing that seems certain about the result was that Scott didn't come in to win and that question marks will remain over Wilder until he faces someone who actually tries to fight with him.
With the win Wilder has set him self up as the WBC #1 contender and will face the winner of the upcoming rematch between Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola. That bout should finally answer some questions about Wilder's power, skill, stamina, chin and fighters mentality. With out trying to sound overly critical they are 5 things we shouldn't have to wait more than 30 fights to find out about.
If Wilder's bout was the highest profile contest of the day then the close runner up was in the USA as Ukrainian Vyacheslav Glazkov (17-0-1, 11) defeated Poland's brave Tomasz Adamek (49-3, 29) over 12 rounds. Adamek fought much of the bout with a swollen eye and although he was always game he really did look like a fighter who needs to seriously considering waving good bye to our great sport.
Adamek's heart and chin, which have always been his best traits, proved themselves but his power doesn't effect Heavyweights and his speed had dropped to the point that he no longer has much of a chance against a Heavyweight of any note.
In Poland we saw former title contenders battling as Polan'd very own Andrzej Wawrzyk (29-1, 15) battled South African veteran Frans Botha (48-11-3-1, 29). Botha, who looked a shadow of himself, was dropped in round 5 and then stopped soon afterwards with the Polish fighter unloading.
On the same Polish card their was also a victory for Marcin Rekowski (13-1, 11) who bounced back well following his recent loss to Oliver McCall. Rekowski, fighting the limited Mateusz Malujda (4-3-1, 1), had no problems at all in claiming a victory dropping Rekowski twice in the contest.
In France the debuting Mohamed Samoudi (1-0) got off to a great start as he out pointed the previously unbeaten Mateusz Gatek (1-1) over 4 rounds. We've struggled to get many details on this one but a win on debut seemed to be expected of Samoudi.
Staying Europe fans in Switzerland the unbeaten Arnold Gjergjaj (24-0, 18) continued to improve his record as he stopped Argentina's limited Emilio Ezequiel Zarate (18-13-3, 9) in 7 rounds. We can't but think it's now time that Gjergjaj steps up up his competition and starts fighting opponents who are a bit more testing than those he has been in with. From what we've seen we've been impressed but anyone would look impressive stepping this level of opponents.
On the subject of Argentinians fans in Argentina managed to get a chance to see former Cruiserweight champion Marcelo Fabian Dominguez (46-7-1, 24) out pointing domestic rival Manuel Alberto Pucheta (37-9, 30) over 10 rounds.