Takashi Miura-Sergio Thompson was the least heralded of this past weekend's unending string of enthralling boxing matches, so make sure you catch up on it above if you haven't already for a three-knockdown donnybrook. It won't do much to breathe life into the comatose junior lightweight division, since Miura didn't exactly convince as a long-lasting contender, and it wouldn't take top honors as the best bout of the weekend, but it deserves to be mentioned among them.
And what a weekend it was. We've had superb cards in the past year (Knockout Kings II in July) and superb nights with one Saturday that delivered on two different channels (the HBO pay-per-view/Showtime dueling cards from September of last year). But it's hard to think of a full weekend off the top of my head that gave us so much. From the trio of Friday Night Fights with non-stop reversals, to the two live brawls on HBO Saturday and the rebroadcast of Sergey Kovalev's hard-hitting domination of Nathan Cleverly, to Miura-Thompson also on Saturday, it was non-stop satisfaction all around.
I've already shared some preliminary thoughts on ESPN2's FNF and on the live HBO card and the rebroadcast of Kovalev-Cleverly; Jeff Pryor also wrote something on the trio of HBO bouts; and TQBR Radio ought to have some good discussion Tuesday with plenty of material to hash over. Below are some other thoughts, though, on what's coming next for the men who fought Friday and Saturday, an asterisk on Kiko Martinez's win and a scoring peculiarity in Darren Barker-Daniel Geale. Also, photos of some nearly naked people.
I deliberately left off Andrew Harrison's contribution to this weekend, a write-up of Stephen Smith-Gary Buckland, so I could share the video related to it before jumping into said Afterthoughts. Here's how the big KO went: