The first, or two, world title fights took place in the Wales as Russian power house Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20) traveled from his American base to Cardiff and took on Welshman Nathan Cleverly (26-1, 12) for the WBO Light Heavyweight title.
The bout, beautifully matched on paper was seen by the bookies as a real pick 'em and priced at around evens for both men. In the ring however the bout was a mismatch. The usually busy and aggressive Cleverly was all but shut down in the first two rounds by the power and accurate Kovalev who was using his jab to just stop Cleverly from really ever getting in to the fight. After the opening two rounds Kovalev went up a gear wobbling, and then twice dropping Cleverly as the bout began to resemble that of a man against a boy.
It didn't take too much longer for Kovalev to stop Cleverly and claim the WBO Light Heavyweight title in the highest profile bout of the day.
Despite the Kovalev fight being the most notable title fight there was a trio of PABA title fights in Australia. These saw Indonesia's James Mokoginta (24-12-2, 12) being stopped by Terry TJ Doheny (5-0, 4) in a bout for the PABA Super Bantamweight title, Jonatan Simamora (23-24-5, 8) being stopped by Ben McCulloch (12-0, 9) in a bout for the PABA Super Middleweight title and Daniel Baff (15-2-1, 12) taking the PABA Cruiserweight title.
On the same card as the PABA title fights there was a female bout which saw Gretchen Abaniel (13-4, 4) stopping Thai Fahpratan Looksaikongdin (7-6) inside a round.
In the second world title fight of the day Takashi Miura (26-2-2, 19) managed to out point Sergio "Yeyo" Thomspon (27-3, 25) in what could well be added to the ever growing list of "FOTY cotenders involving an Asian fighter. Miura twice dropped Thompson before being dropped himself in an all-out thriller for the ages. Although we felt Miura had comfortably done enough the score cards did have the fight close reflecting the nature of the fans in Cancun where the fight was stage.
Unfortunately on the same card in Mexico, Filipino-American Ana Julaton (12-4-1, 2) was out pointed by Celina Salazar (5-1-2, 1) over 10 rounds.
In non-title action the unbeaten Russian contender Denis Shafikov (33-0-1, 18) stopped the over-matched Santos Benavides (23-4-2, 17). Benavides was retired at the end of the 6th and it appears only a matter of time before Shafikov is moved into a world title fight at either 135 or 140.
Remaining in the US for a little longer there were also victories for Fedor Papazov (13-0, 9), Bahodir Mamadjonov (14-1, 9) and Evgeny Chuprakov (6-0, 2).
Papazov's victory saw him living up to his nickname of "The Knockout Man" as he stopped John Willoughby (3-22, 2) in the second round. Mamadjonov, of Uzbekistan, had to settle for a decision victory over the game out outclassed Rynell Griffin (7-17-2, 2) whilst Chuprakov was too skilled for the out matched Wilbert Mitchell (1-9).
More locally, in the Philippines there was a 6 bout show. The main event here saw Jerson Mancio (18-3-3, 9) defending his Philippines Games & Amusement Board (GAB) Light Flyweight title for the third time as he stopped Jovel Romasasa (10-11, 4) in the third of a scheduled 10.
The card in the Philippines not only featured the title bout but also solid victories for both Ralph Jhon Lulu (9-0-2, 4), who stopped Ronerex Dalut (8-12-2, 2) in the sixth, and John Vincent Moralde (7-0, 4) who stopped the previously unbeaten Jestoni Makiputin (4-1-2, 2) in round 3.
The card was filled out with competitive matches which saw Raymond Tabugon (11-2-1, 4) claiming a split decision over Engelbert Moralde (5-2, 3) and majority decision for Bonjun Loperez (3-1-1, 1) over Rocky Incepido (5-1-1, 3). The closest bout however saw Jesse James Boiles (3-4-1, 3) and Glendon Ramos (0-1-1) fighting to a 4 round draw.