Eddie Chambers and Travis Kauffman improved their records with quick victories at the weekend.
But by beating shop-worn opponents they did nothing to enhance their standing in the heavyweight division.
Kauffman knocked out 64-fight veteran Epifanio Mendoza in the second round and “Fast Eddie” Chambers stopped Galen Brown, who had fought in 75 bouts, in the third.
Chambers, 33 years old, was fighting in his 31st professional bout and Kauffman, 30, in his 47th.
Whether the victories should enhance their rankings, is debatable. The 39-year-old Mendoza’s record dropped to 41-22, with one draw and 35 shortcut wins, when Kauffman beat him in Atlantic City.
Brown, still only 34, fell to 42-32-1, with 25 knockouts, after a tournament in St Joseph, Missouri.
IN LIVERPOOL, Stephen Smith knocked out veteran Devis Boschiero in the sixth round to set himself up for a challenge for the IBF super-featherweight title.
Smith has lost only once in 24 fights and has won 13 inside the distance. Boschiero has won 37 of his professional fights but lost four and drew one.
On the same card, highly rated Bradley Saunders spoiled his unbeaten record when he was disqualified for headbutting in the sixth round of a super-lightweight bout against Renaldo Garrido.
Saunders dropped to 21-1; 9 and Garrido now stands at 15-11-1; 2.
IN MEXICO, Luis Concepcion beat David Sanchez in an entertaining super-flyweight bout. Sanchez, the WBA’s “interim” champion, failed to come out for the eleventh round, his record dropping to 28-3-2, with 22 wins inside the distance.
Concepcion, a former “interim” champion, improved to 33-4; 24.
In a tournament in California, super-lightweights Jose Felix and Marcos Jimenez were both knocked down before Felix won on points over ten rounds. He improved to 31-1, with one draw and 24 knockouts. Jimenez, who lost by one point on two cards and by three on the third, fell to 20-5; 13.
Jamal James, a 27-year-old from Minnesota, made another move in the overcrowded welterweight division when he beat the ever dangerous Juan Carlos Abreu on points in a tournament in Florida.
James, undefeated in 18 fights, and Abreu were also both knocked down. Abreu’s record, which includes 17 wins inside the distance, now stands at 18-2.
IN SWEDEN, where boxing seems to be growing after being banned for more than 30 years, light-heavyweight prospect Erik Skoglund remained undefeated in 23 fights when he beat Oleksandr Cherviak over twelve rounds, winning inside the distance for the eleventh time.
Cherviak’s record dropped to 15-5, with one draw and five knockouts after the first 12-round fight in many years in the country.