It's over for Spinks and Castillo
Veterans Juan Manuel Lopez, Jürgen Brähmer and Andre Dirrell have shown they can still fight at a decent level.
But for Cory Spinks and Jose Luis Castillo it is time to get out of the ring and join the league of former champions.
Spinks, fighting in his 47th professional bout, lost to Carlos Molina in Chicago on Saturday night and Castillo, in his 77th outing, was beaten by Antwone Smith in the same tournament.
Brähmer, a former WBO light-heavyweight champion, beat European light-heavyweight champion Eduard Gutknecht on points in Berlin – 114-113, 116-111 and 117-110.
Gutknecht was the aggressor but Brähmer landed the cleaner punches, despite being cut near the right eye in the fourth round. He also benefitted when Gutknecht was docked a point for illegal tactics in the ninth round.
Brähmer improved his record to 39-2, including 30 knockouts. Gutknecht dropped to 24-2; 9.
Lopez, a former junior featherweight and featherweight champion, stopped Aldimar Silva Santos in the ninth round of a junior lightweight bout in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, taking his record to 32-1, with 29 knockouts.
Santos, who now stands at 18-4; 9, was knocked down in the fifth, seventh and ninth rounds before referee Luis Pabon stopped the fight.
Dirrell, back in the ring after more than a year, beat Michael Gbenga on points over ten rounds in McAllen, Texas, improving his record to 21-1; 14. The outclassed Gbenga dropped to 13-7; 13.
Molina, improving to 21-5-2, with only 6 knockouts, beat a faded Spinks (39-8; 11) on points – 119-106 on two cards and 120-105 on the third – over twelve rounds in a IBF junior middleweight title eliminator.
Former knockouts artist Castillo, whose professional record dropped to 64-12-1, with 55 shortcut wins, was beaten 100-90, 98-92 and 99-91 as Smith moved to 23-4-1; 12, after their junior middleweight bout.
Polish heavyweight Artur Szpilka (13-0; 10) stopped Chicago’s Mike Mallo (20-4-1; 12) in the sixth round and super-middleweight Donovan George (24-3-1; 20) stopped James Cook (11-5-1; 8) in the first round.
Lightweight Jose Gonzales, rated No 1 by the WBO, remained undefeated when he beat Alejandro Rodriguez, who did not come out at the bell for the sixth round. Gonzalez now stands at 22-0; 17 and Rodriguez at 18-9; 10.
Flyweight McJoe Arroyo (12-0; 7) stopped Felipe Rivas (16-11-1; 9) in the fourth round and his brother McWilliams (14-1; 12) knocked out Miguel Tamayo (14-6-2; 12) in the fourth round, also at flyweight.
Another flyweight bout, between Jonathan Gonzalez (11-0; 10) and Omar Salado (23-5-2; 14), ended in a no-contest after only 73 seconds when Gonzalez was injured by what was ruled an unintentional rabbit punch.
London Olympic Games lightweight Felix Verdejo (3-0; 2) stopped Jose Santiago (2-4; 2) in the third.
In LAS VEGAS, welterweight Frankie Gomez improved to 15-0; 11 when he beat Lanard Lane (13-3; 8) on points over ten rounds – 100-90 on two cards and 98-92.
Lightweight Mickey Bey improved to 19-0-1; 10 when he knocked out Roberto Rodriguez (7-3; 3) in the third round. Another 2012 Olympian, Joseph Diaz, knocked out Jose Ruiz in the third round of a bantamweight bout, improving to 2-0; 1. Ruiz dropped to 2-3.
In BALLERUP, Denmark, heavyweight Claus Bertino moved to 15-4; 8 when he beat Humberto Evora (4-10-2; 3) on points over eight rounds – 77-73 and 78-73 on the other cards.