INGLEWOOD — Finesse beat fire three times at The Forum Saturday night, even though it was hot finesse.
You realized how hot when you saw people try to shake hands with Miguel Berchelt, the main event winner. He politely declined.
His fist was aching from the many times it connected with the face of Takashi Miura, the rare person who does have time for the pain. Miura kept coming forward and kept receiving more than he was giving. That is how you score boxing matches. Berrchelt won a decisive and deserved unanimous decision, holding onto his WBC super-featherweight champion and becoming something of a power center in the sport, or at least in its 130-pound world.
“We’ve got a lot of interesting mixing and matching we can do in this division,” said Eric Gomez of Golden Boy, which co-promotes the Mexican champ with Fernando Beltran. “But it goes to show that you never know in boxing. We all thought this fight would be the real war of the night, but it was more tactical than the others.”
The others? Joe Smith Jr. returned to the ring that couldn’t hold Bernard Hopkins when Smith hit him last December. The construction worker from Long Island then floored Sullivan Barrera in the first round with the first serious punch he threw.
Smith’s highlights ended there, as Barrera swarmed him with uppercuts and outboxed him decisively in another unanimous decision.
Jezreel Corrales of Panama hung onto to his WBA super featherweight belt, although he might have needed to let it out a notch. Corrales came into the ring as a welterweight, somehow picking up 17 pounds since Friday’s visit to the scale. Why this is a good idea for anybody, or why boxing officials put up with it, is an unanswered question.
The extra pounds did not help Corrales when the weathered Robinson Castellanos knocked him down twice in the same round. This happened after Corrales absorbed a low blow and was still learning Castellanos was dangerous despite his 12 career losses. Corrales, a…