The third in our series of Closet Classics perhaps goes further than any other in answering the original question of negative 5 on reddit, and this time we head over to Thailand for a very obscure 2014 fight. Like the previous entry to this series this wasn't a highly skilled fight at world level, but was an entertaining little war from the middle of a strange, hyper active period of boxing in Thailand. This came from a time when Channel 7 seemed to have a show every week, and when there was a real surge in promising fighters in Thailand making their way on to the world rankings.
Kongfah Nakornluang (14-0, 8) vs Den Sithsaithong (0-6)
Before we go any further, we just need to note that not all Thai records on boxrec are complete. But if they are right in this case, we doubt we'll ever speak about fighters in this feature with more disparity in their records than we see here. Despite their different records they put on a show here!
In September 2014 there was a lot of promising talent being shown on Thai TV, the promoters had a lot of airtime to fill and they had a lot of opportunities to allow their fighters to fight. One fighter who made the most of that was Kongfah Nakornluang, also known as Chaiwat Buadkratok. He had compiled a recorded ledger of 14-0 (8) and seemed to be moving onwards and upwards to bigger things. He hadn't really impressed, and his competition had been pathetic, but he was getting opportunities to fight on TV and seemed likely to fight for a regional title in the near future, especially the way that those lower level regional titles were being used to fill out Thai TV shows.
Den Sithsaithong, or Prida Deemak, was a Thai journeyman who's early competition was a relative who's who of Thai boxing at the moment. His first 5 bouts had seen him fight Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr, twice, Eaktwan BTU Ruaviking and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and although he had gone 0-6 leading into his bout with the unbeaten Kongfah he seemed to come into this bout with some confidence. Standing and trading blows with the unbeaten man in some very entertaining, low level action.
What is strange about this contest is boxrec have it as being a 6 round bout, yet some however the full bout seems to fight into a 9 minute video. We remember watching this live and being confused at the time, and we're still unsure on the actual length of the contest, and we think the TV team were as well, though it was still a very entertaining and action packed brawl.
Don't watch this if you're looking for high skilled chess, but it you just want a mindless brawl this should be right down your alley!
By Eric Armit
-Vasyl Lomachenko retains the WBA and WBO lightweight titles with kayo of Anthony Crolla
-Jamie Munguia holds on to the WBO super welterweight title with controversial majority verdict over Dennis Hogan
-Sergiy Derevyanchenko outpoints Jack Culcay and hopes that will lead to a fight with the winner of Saul Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs
-Gilberto Ramirez tests the water at light heavyweight with inside the distance win over Tommy Karpency
-Dominic Boesel retains the European light heavyweight title with stoppage of late substitute Timy Shala
-A plethora of cuts lead to fights involving Diego De La Hoya, Peter Quillin and Otto Wallin ending as No Decisions
WORLD TITLE / MAJOR SHOWS
Los Angeles, CA, USA: Vasyl Lomachenko (13-1) W KO 4 Anthony Crolla (34-7-3). Light Heavy: Gilberto Ramirez (40-0) W RTD 4 Tommy Karpency (29-7-1). Welter: Arnold Barboza (21-0) W TKO 3 Mike Alvarado (40-5). Welter: Alex Besputin (13-0) W PTS 10 Alfredo Blanco (20-8). Middle: Janibek Alimkhanuly (6-0) W PTS 10 Cristian Olivas (16-5).Heavy: Guido Vianello (3-0) W TKO 1 Lawrence Gabriel (3-2-1).
Lomachenko vs. Crolla
Lomachenko retains the WBA and WBO title with crushing victory over Crolla
Lomachenko spent the round tracking Crolla around the ring. There were very few punch thrown or landed as Crolla was not looking to engage so was not committing himself. Lomachenko landed a straight left and a right to the body to take the round.
Score: 10-9 Lomachenko
Crolla started the round in ring centre and trying some punches. He connected with a good right to the body but was soon in full retreat with Lomachenko stalking him around the ring. Lomachenko scored with hooks and uppercuts late in the round. Crolla was hesitant and not committing himself to his punches.
Score: 10-9 Lomachenko Lomachenko 20-18
Lomachenko continued to walk down Crolla. Just before the bell he trapped the challenger on the ropes and bombarded him with rights and lefts. Crolla slumped down to be sitting on the ropes. The referee stepped in to give Crolla a count. Lomachenko though the fight was being stopped and started to celebrate but two officials climbed into the ring to stop his celebrations and lead him to a neutral corner. The referee unaware of this continued with the eight count and then turned and saw the two officials in the ring. He ushered them out and then motioned for the fight to continue but the bell went.
Score: 10-8 Lomachenko Lomachenko 30-26
Lomachenko finished the fight in style. He haunted Crolla along the ropes then landed a left to the body and a short right hook to the temple which sent Crolla face down to the canvas. The referee did not need to count and Crolla who had a long cut under his left eye and a nose bleed took some time to recover. Lomachenko was making the first defence since he unified the WBA and WBO titles by beating Jose Pedraza in December. He has said he would be willing to drop back down to super feather and would fight Gervonta Davis for free but has also named Mikey Garcia as a possible opponent. Those decisions will have to wait as it seems that Lomachenko damaged a knuckle on the middle finger of his right hand. It is not said to be a serious injury but he may be unable to spar for a few weeks. Crolla, 32, had been No 1 with the WBA after wins over Ricky Burns, Edson Ramirez and Daud Yordan but will now have to think about where he goes from here.
Ramirez vs. Karpency
Whilst still holding onto his WBO super middle title Ramirez tests the water at light heavy with victory over an out-gunned Karpency.
In a competitive first round these two southpaw were letting their punches fly early. Karpency was looking to take the fight to Ramirez and landed some good left but Ramirez was snapping to the body with left hooks and connected with a strong left to the head. Ramirez controlled the second. He was reaching Karpency with long jabs and then throwing sweeping left hooks. Karpency tried to get in close but Ramirez unleashed combinations which pierced Karpency guard and although he tried to bang back Karpency was already showing blood from his nose and mouth and had a bump under his left eye and was fading out of the fight. Ramirez continued to break Karpency down in the third. Karpency was moving into survival mode but with Ramirez losing some of his accuracy Karpency managed to see out the round without too much punishment. Ramirez was unloading with long and short punches in the fourth. Karpency tried to rally and fire back but his face was smeared with blood from his nose and a vertical cut over his left eye and his corner pulled him out of the fight at the bell. Workmanlike job by Ramirez as he was a class or two above Karpency. Talk now is of Ramirez staying at super middle for a unification fight with Callum Smith. They have combined records of 65-0 and Smith is marginally taller (Ramirez 6’2 ½” to 6’3” for Smith) and have similar statistics for inside the distance wins (Ramirez 26 from 40 fights and Smith 18 from 25 fights) so an intriguing match-up if the managements and sanctioning bodies let it happen. Karpency, 33, was a good choice as a test at light heavy for Ramirez, He has lost in world title challenges to Nathan Cleverly and Adonis Stevenson and was stopped in 2016 by Oleg Gvozdyk and had only two low level wins in the last 17 months so vulnerable.
Barboza vs. Alvarado
Barboza finishes Alvarado inside three rounds. Barboza showed impressive hand speed and good movement with Alvarado trying to get inside to work but being too slow to cut off the ring. Barboza was shooting rapid-fire bursts of punches with Alvarado occasionally getting through with hooks to the body. Alvarado pressed hard throughout the second and had some success inside but Barboza was making him pay pulling him up with crisp uppercuts as he came forward and connecting with jabs, hooks and uppercuts. Alvarado was advancing in the third when he was nailed by a perfect right uppercut followed by a left to the head. Alvarado dipped at the knees and retreated. Barboza walked forward throwing straight lefts and rights until a right to the head sent Alvarado down on his back. He tried to climb to his feet using the ropes but fell to the canvas again and when he did get up his legs were rubber and the referee stepped in to save him. The 27-year-old Barboza could be in line to challenge fellow Top Rank boxer Juan Carlos Ramirez for the WBC super light title later in the year. He is not currently rated by the WBC but showed real talent here. Former WBO champion Alvarado was 33-0 at one time but then had a 1-4 spell including losses to Ruslan Provodnikov, and Juan Manuel Marquez and going 1-2 in fights with Brandon Rios. He had won his last six fights against modest opposition but this was a crushing loss and perhaps it is time to hand the gloves on a nail.
Besputin vs. Blanco
Russian Besputin wins a comfortable points victory as he keeps busy whilst awaiting a world title shot. Argentinian Blanco caused Besputin some problems early with his clumsy awkward style and constant switching of guards and it did not help that a clash of head in the second saw Besputin cut over his right eye. Once Besputin settled Blanco faded out of the fight. It was not a sensational display by Besputin but he used his superior skills to control the fight. He never really had Blanco in serious trouble but then Blanco has never lost inside the distance and despite tiring the South American made it to the final bell here. Scores 100-90 twice and 99-91 for the 27-year-old Besputin. He is a former Russian and European gold medallist and is No 1 with the WBA so a potential opponent down the line for fellow-Top Rank boxer Terrence Crawford. Argentinian No 5 Blanco had gone the distance in Australia against Cameron Hammond and Jeff Horn and had won his last four fights, three in the first round.
Alimkhanuly vs. Olivas
Former top amateur Alimkhanuly breezes past useful Mexican Olivas as he moves up to ten rounds for the first time. Alimkhanuly took a couple of rounds to get rolling but then dominated the fight. He showed a good variety of punches and angles and denied Olivas the chance to work inside with a sharp and accurate right jab. Alimkhanuly does not have a reputation as a puncher and although he handed out plenty of punishment apart from the sixth when he rocked Olivas with a right he never really had Olivas in trouble although the Mexican was cut over his right eye from a clash of heads in the ninth. Scores 100-90 twice and 99-91 for Alimkhanuly who wins the vacant WBC Americas title (and yet another invented sanctioning fee seeker) the WBO Global title. The 26-year-old from Kazakhstan won gold medals at the Asian Championships and Asian Games, was a gold medallist at the 2013 World Championships beating Anthony Fowler in the semi-finals and Jason Quigley in the final and reached the quarter-finals of the 2016 Olympics. I guess the WBO Global title will get him a rating! Three losses in a row for Olivas who had lost against unbeaten fighter Bilal Akkawy and Tyler Howard in his previous two fights.
Vianello vs. Gabriel
Italian heavyweight hope Vianello makes it three out of three inside the distance as he stops Gabriel in 49 seconds. The Italian was stalking a retreating Gabriel and as Gabriel pawed with a weak left Vianello sent a right cross over the top and on to the side of Gabriel’s head. Gabriel backed to the ropes badly shaken and as Vianello followed up Gabriel dropped to the floor. He made it to his feet but was in no condition to continue. The 6’6” 24-year-old Vianello is a former Italian champion who represented Italy at the World Youth Tournament, losing to Hughie Fury, getting a silver medal at the European Union Championships and competed at the European Games and the 2016 Olympics as well as fighting for the Italia Thunder Team in the World Series of Boxing. Apart from the defeat by Fury he also lost three times to Frazer Clarke so UK fighters can’t be his favourite opponents. He has shown real destructive power so is one to follow. Second loss by KO/TKO for Gabriel.
Monterrey, Mexico: Super Welter: Jaime Munguia (33-0) W PTS 12 Dennis Hogan (28-2-1). Super Welter: Patrick Teixeira (30-1) W PTS 10 Mario Lozano (33-9). Feather: Diego De La Hoya (21-0,1ND) ND 2 Enrique Bernache (24-12,1ND). Feather: Irving Turrubiartes (20-0) W PTS 8 Jason Canoy (27-10-2). Minimumweight: Daniel Valladares (20-1) W TKO 7 Merlito Sabillo (27-7-1).
Munguia vs. Hogan
Munguia retains the WBO title on a majority decision but Hogan has strong grounds for an immediate return.
Hogan was buzzing around Munguia with his busy, busy style but neither fighter was committing themselves too much with Munguia’s jabs to the body edging the low activity round
Score: 10-9 Munguia
Another close round. Munguia was trying to cut the ring off but Hogan was constantly moving and changing direction then darting in with jabs and this time he just took the round.
Score: 10-9 Hogan Tied 19-19
Hogan landed a right to the head as things livened up. Munguia was doing a better job of chasing Hogan down and connected with rights and used a strong jab to pocket the points.
Score 10-9 Munguia Munguia 29-28
Hogan was conceding height and reach but making up for that by movement and speed. A frustrated Munguia was over committing himself and Hogan was making him pay with quick, accurate hooks in this round.
Score 10-9 Hogan Tied 38-38
Official Scores: Judge Rocky Young 38-38, Judge Waleska Roldan 39-37 Munguia, Judge Richard Levine 38-38
A much better round by Munguia. He was getting much closer to Hogan and letting his hands go more. He was connecting with left hooks to the body and dangerous rights. Hogan was not moving as quickly as he had been and not changing direction as much making it easier for Munguia to cut off the ring.
Score: 10-9 Munguia Munguia 48-47
Munguia’s round again. He was getting home throughout the round with his left hooks to the body and hunting Hogan around the ring. Hogan was still boxing cleverly but not throwing enough or landing enough and some of his work was ragged.
Score: 10-9 Munguia Munguia 58-56
This was a closer round but still Munguia’s. The Mexican was walking down Hogan and raking him with left hooks and got through with a crisp right uppercut. Hogan was coming up short when he dipped inside and although he did catch Munguia with a strong right counter he had slowed.
Score: 10-9 Munguia Munguia 68-65
Hogan got back into the fight in this one. He threw more punches and with more accuracy. Munguia was still landing some scorching left hooks but was wild with his right and Hogan was firing off useful hooks.
Score: 10-9 Hogan Munguia 77-75
Official Scores: Young 77-75 Munguia, Roldan 78-74 Munguia. Levine 76-76
Hogan was back in this fight. Instead of counter punching he was walking inside and scoring with hooks. Munguia was loading up on his punches and swinging wildly whereas Hogan was scoring with clusters of light shots.
Score: 10-9 Hogan Munguia 86-85
The fight had changed. Now it was Hogan taking the fight to Munguia and putting Munguia on the back foot. Hogan was coming forward firing short punches and catching Munguia with hooks to send the champion stumbling back. Munguia doesn’t like to box on the back foot but that was what he was being forced to do.
Score: 10-9 Hogan Tied 95-95
Hogan rocked Munguia back on his heels with the first punch he threw in this round. From there Munguia pressed hard pumping out punches but he was finding Hogan a difficult target and Hogan was picking Munguia off with quick, short punches and rocked Munguia back with another right and just had the edge.
Score: 10-9 Hogan Hogan 105-104
Munguia needed a big last round and he delivered it. He was scoring with hooks on a tired Hogan and looked to have Hogan rocky twice. Hogan banged back but was by far the more tired and it was clearly Munguia’s round.
Score: 10-9 Munguia Tied 114-114
Official Scores: Young 115-113 Munguia, Roldan 116-112 Munguia, Levine 114-0114.
Munguia retains the WBO title but only just. Many felt Hogan was robbed but not as I saw it and of course what counts is what the official scores came out as. The 22-year-old from Tijuana was making the fourth defence of his title in less than a year but Hogan made him look very beatable which Sadam Ali, Liam Smith, Brandon Cook and Takeshi Inoue failed to do. Irish/ Australian Hogan, 34, will press for a return and deserves one
Teixeira vs. Lozano
Tall Brazilian southpaw Teixeira starts brightly but then fades and finally struggles to get win majority decision win over Lozano. Teixeira captured the early rounds. He had quicker hands and better movement than the sluggish Lozano. As the fight progressed Teixeira’s attacks became more predictable and Lozano was rolling over the second half of the fight taking the action to Teixeira. Lozano looked to have clawed back the Brazilian’s early lead but it was just not enough to get him the decision. Scores 96-94 twice for Teixeira and 95-95. Teixeira, 28, looked hot when putting together a run of 26 wins but the opposition had not been strong and a brutal second round loss to Curtis Stevens in 2016 saw him inactive for 14 months. Despite a win over Nathaniel Gallimore in September he seems to have lost something. Mexican Lozano, 31, looked to be on the slide with a run of four losses but the opposition had mainly been world class and he had rebuilt with four wins going into this one.
De La Hoya vs. Bernache
Disappointing end as a clash of heads causes this contest to be stopped and declared a No Decision. Del La Hoya had the edge in the first round as heads banged together in the second Bernache suffered a large vertical gash in the centre of his forehead and was unable to continue. De La Hoya is rated WBA 3/ WBO 5/ WBC 7 so this fight would have provided some useful ring time in preparation for a title chance at the end of this year or early next. Bernache had lost 3 of his last 4 but usually goes the distance.
Turrubiartes vs. Canoy
Local hope Turrubiartes keeps his 100% record with a unanimous points verdict over seasoned Filipino Canoy. Turrubiartes attacked hard but Canoy used his experience to keep the fight close. A pivotal point came in the fifth with Turrubiartes flooring Canoy and after that the young Mexican never really let Canoy back into the fight. Score 78-73 for Turrubiartes on all three cards. Canoy represents the first real test Turrubiartes has faced as his opposition has been very modest so his 20-0 record is misleading at this stage. Canoy, 28, is a former holder of the bantam and super bantam titles of the Philippines Boxing Federation (A secondary title not the generally recognised Philippines title). He had lost 3 of his last 4 fights all of the losses on the road and against class opposition
Valladares vs. Sabillo
A good night for Monterrey fighters as Valladares stops former WBO minimumweight champion Sabillo. The Filipino constituted a big step up in quality of opposition for Valladares so an important win his twelfth by KO/TKO. Sabillo, 35, was 23-0-1 at the start of his career but is on the down slope now being 2-5 in his last 7 fights.
Los Mochis, Mexico: Super Light: Marcos Villasana Jr (24-6) W PTS 12 Roiman Villa (19-1). Fly: Brian Mosinos (16-2) W PTS 10 Mario Rodriguez (23-17-5).
Villasana vs. Villa
Villasana gets controversial split decision over Venezuelan Villa. With the visitor having won all of his 19 contests inside the distance it was unexpected that Villasana decided to stand and trade instead of boxing. That led to a whole series of exciting exchanges with neither boxer wanting to take a step back. Those tactics saw Villasana badly cut but he survived three doctor’s inspection to keep fighting. There was never much between these two but Villa looked to have the edge after ten rounds although Villasana finished the stronger. Scores 115-112 twice for Villasana and 114-113 for Villa/ The 27-year-old from Acapulco wins the vacant WBC Fecarbox title and now has eight wins in a row including victories over Nery Saguilan, Jose Felix Jr and Pablo Vicente but he has rode his luck in a couple of those. Not much in the way of quality in the opposition Villa has met with ten of his opponents never winning a fight but he has beaten a couple of reasonable level opponents.
Mosinos vs. Rodriguez
Best career win so far for Mosinos as he outclasses former IBF minimumweight champion Rodriguez to win the vacant WBC Fecarbox belt. Scores 99-91 twice and 100-90. The 23-year-old from Mexico City was taking a huge step up as the two opponents he lost to in 2017 and 2018 had combined records of 6-3-1. “Little Dragon” Rodriguez at 5’1” continually has to give away height and reach and has struggled since losing his IBF title back in 2013 being 8-11-1 in his last 20 fights.
Hampton, NH, USA: Welter: Derek Silveira (16-2) W PTS 8 Roberto Valenzuela Jr (14-1). Cruiser: Vincenzo Carita (20-1-1) W KO 1 Claudio Porto (8-5-1). Super Bantam: Tramaine Williams (17-0,1ND) W PTS 8 Ernesto Guerrero (31-27).
Silveira vs. Valenzuela Jr
Silveira wins the vacant New England title with wide unanimous decision over Mexican Valenzuela. Silveira put Valenzuela down in the first but was on the floor himself in the last before running out the winner. Scores 79-71, 79-73 and 78-72 for Silveira. “The Surgeon” has won 8 of his last 9 losing only to Greg Vendetti for New England bragging rights in January last year. Valenzuela had scored eight first round wins but Silveira was too good here. Silveira has the distinction of having beaten both Valenzuela Jr and his father Roberto. That is not entirely unique as Jersey Joe Walcott beat both Phil Johnson and his son future world champion Harold.
Carita vs. Porto
In a disgraceful mismatch “The American Nightmare” Carita gets this one over quickly as a body punch late in the opening round drops Porto who did not beat the count. The 34-year-old from Boston wins something called the American Boxing Federation Continental Americas title with his nineteenth win by KO/TKO. He is 16-0-1 in his last 17 fights but don’t look too closely at his opposition. Brazilian Porto, 47, suffers his fifth first round loss in a row in only his second fight in 26 months.
Williams vs. Guerrero
Home town fighter Williams gets his second win of the year with a points decision over Guerrero. Williams comfortably outboxed Guerrero but the Mexican was competitive and stayed around to allow Williams to get some ring time under his belt. Scores 80-72 twice and 78-72. Williams had finished a fight in February in just 79 seconds and since that was his first fight for eleven months he needed this ring time. A former National Golden Gloves champion Williams turned pro in 2012 after failing to get through the US Olympic Trials for a spot on the London team. Guerrero experienced but very limited.
Catamarca, Argentina: Super Welter: Cesar Barrionuevo (35-4-2,1ND) W KO 1 Juan Lencina (22-3-3).
In a non-title fight Argentinian champion Barrionuevo knocks out fellow-southpaw Lencina inside a round. A left to the head rocked Lencina early and as Barrionuevo came forward a clash of heads opened a bad cut over Lencina’s right eye. He tried to take the fight to Barrionuevo but with his backs to the ropes Barrionuevo connected with a right to the head. Lencina took a step back and then dropped to the canvas and was counted out. Barrionuevo, 30, is rebuilding after losing a big fight to Yordenis Ugas in September, only his second loss in his last 31 fights. This is win No 25 by KO/TKO. Former argentine champion Lencina, 35, has now lost three times by KO/TKO.
Melbourne, Australia: Middle: Sam Soliman (46-14-1,2ND) W PTS 12 Mark Lucas (9-2). Super Middle: Mike Zerafa (26-3) W KO 2 Les Sherrington (37-14)
Soliman vs. Lucas
Soliman, 45, goes out with a win and a title which is almost how his pro career started. Soliman was too experienced and too clever for Lucas and won the vacant WB Foundation title with unanimous points verdict on scores of 118-110 twice and 120-108. The former IBF champion had his first pro fight in April 1997 and in his second fight in June 1997 won his first professional title-the Australian cruiserweight title- in a twelve round fight. From there Soliman has won a variety of titles mostly at middleweight but with the Australian super middleweight title also in there. He beat felix Sturm for the IBF title in 2013 but the German BDB said he had tested positive for a banned substance and the result was changed to No Decision. Soliman did win the title by beating Sturm in a return in 2014 and in 2016 a German court ruled that Soliman had not tested positive for a banned substance. Soliman lost the IBF title to Jermaine Taylor in October 2014 and has had periods of low activity and not really reached the heights again but he goes out a winner. Lucas, the Australian No 2 was coming off a loss against Rocky Jerkic in February. He is a former Australian amateur champion and competed at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014
Zerafa vs. Sherrington
Former undefeated Commonwealth champion Zerafa eases back with a second round kayo of fading veteran Sherrington. First fight for the Melbourne 27-year-old since losing to Kell Brook in December and fifteenth win by KO/TKO. Sherrington, 36, a former WB Foundation middleweight and Australian super middle champion, has now suffered four losses in a row by KO/TKO.
Douai, France: Welter: Steve Jamoye (25-7-2) W PTS 10 Mehdi Mouhib (17-1). Super Welter: Fouad El Massoudi (17-11) W PTS 10 Barthelemy Lefebvre (17-101-1). Welter: Daouda Sow (20 -2) W PTS 6 Aleko Lursmanashvili (4-8).
Jamoye vs. Mouhib
Jamoye is rarely in a bad fight but does not always get justice when he travels. This was another war on the opposition’s home patch but this time the Belgian took the decision. They exchanged punches constantly with Jamoye ploughing forward and Mouhib trying to stop his charges with good counters. A fiery third saw them both connecting heavily and Mouhib occasionally managed to keep Jamoye out, but not for long. Jamoye scored with scything hooks in the ninth but lost a point in the tenth for spitting out his mouthguard but by then had already done enough to ensure he came out the victor. Scores 96-93, 97-92 and 95-94 for Jamoye. He wins Mouhib’s WBFederation Inter-Continental title and lifts the vacant IBO Mediterranean belt. Former Belgian champion Jamoye was 1-3-1 in his last five fights before this win but he is always capable of springing a surprise. Mouhib was coming off a couple of inside the distance victories but Jamoye’s pressure was too much for him.
El Massoudi vs. Lefebvre
El Massoudi makes it a bad night for the locals as he outpoints Douai’s Lefebvre to win the vacant French title. In the first round Lefebvre started out trying to use his jab to control the aggressive El Massoudi. It worked in that round but from the second Lefebvre was forced to stand and trade which handed the fight to El Massoudi who simply outworked the more skilful local and even outlanded him when Lefebvre managed to find some space. They went toe-to-toe in the last as Lefebvre put in a big effort but El Massoudi was a clear winner. Scores 98-92 twice and 98-93. El Massoudi wins the French title at the third attempt. After a 1-6 run he has now won his last three fights. Lefebvre was having his second shot at the title.
Sow vs. Lursmanashvili
Southpaw Sow gets a win for the local fighters as he easily outpoints Georgian Lursmanashvili. Sow was in a different class as far as skill is concerned but Lursmanashvili forced the former amateur star to fight hard in every round and they even continued to exchange punches after the final bell. All three cards had Sow winning 60-54. Now 36, Sow won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics beating Jose Pedraza and Yordenis Ugas but losing to Russian Alek Tischenko. After winning his first 18 contests losses to Renald Garrido and unbeaten Yazid Amghar derailed him and this is his first fight for two years. Lursmanashvili is 1-7 in his last 8 fights.
Follonica, Italy: Super Feather: Giuseppe Carafa (11-3-1) W TKO 4 Francesco Invernizio (9-8-1). Carafa wins the vacant Italian title with stoppage of Invernizio. The 24-year-old Carafa gets only his third win by KO/TKO and Invernizio his second loss by KO/TKO. Carafa had lost to unbeaten Michael Magnesi for this title in his last fight in November. Invernizio is 0-3 in his last three fights consisting of one challenge for the Italian lightweight title and two at this vacant title.
Singapore: Super Feather: Hamzah Farouk (8-0) W PTS 10 Paiboon Lorkham (19-12). Feather: Mark Magsayo (19-0) W KO 4 Erik Deztroyer (12-5-1).
Farouk vs. Lorkham
Not much of a fight here as local boxer Farouk towered over the small , balding Thai. Lorkham’s tactics varied between just laying back on the ropes and trying to bob and weave and then march forward head down throwing wild swings. Farouk found the little Thai elusive at times and got caught with those wild swipes but on other occasions was able to catch Lorkham cleanly when the Thai just dropped his hands and was too slow to dodge some of the punches. Scores 99-91 twice and 97-93 for Farouk. There were plenty of flaws in Farouk’s work and he looks unlikely to go far. At 40 and just 5’3 ½” Lorkham should not be fighting let alone fighting at super feather.
Magsayo vs. Deztroyer
Magsayo returns to action after a long break and is classes ahead of Indonesian Deztroyer. From the opening bell Magsayo was landing wicked left hooks to the body and straight rights to the head with poor Deztroyer just soaking up the punches. This was Magsayo’s first fight since November 2017 and although he was again scoring with left hooks in the second and third he was not sustaining his attacks looking to get in some ring time. Magsayo ended it in the fourth. He landed a rib crunching left hook to the body that had Deztroyer retreating to a corner and then slumping to the floor propped up against the ring post and he just sat out the full count. Now 14 wins by KO/TKO for the Filipino “Magnifico”. Magsayo, 23, was the WBO No 2 before his inactivity so will be looking to climb the ratings with a couple more fights. Deztroyer-real name Ery Subiyasno-was having his first fight of record since March 2018.
Minneapolis, MN, USA: Middle: Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-1) W PTS 12 Jack Culcay (25-3). Super Middle: Peter Quillin (34-1-1,1ND) ND 2 Caleb Truax (30-4-2,1ND). Light: Chris Colbert (11-0) W TKO 2 Mario Briones (29-9-2).
Derevyanchenko vs. Culcay
Derevyanchenko gets close unanimous verdict over Culcay in an IBF eliminator and puts himself in line for a shot at the winner of Saul Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs. The opening round saw both fighters cautiously probing with their jab and trying quick attacks. Both fighters are good tacticians with Derevyanchenko just doing enough to take the points. Culcay evened things up using quicker hands and excellent footwork to outbox Derevyanchenko in the second and third with Derevyanchenko not letting his hands go enough and finding the quick Culcay a difficult target. Derevyanchenko had a much better fourth as he applied three minutes of pressure connecting with strong jabs and a couple of heavy right crosses. At this point I had them level at 38-38. Derevyanchenko was really rolling in the fifth. He was hunting Culcay down scoring with powerful jabs and connecting with hooks to the body. Late in the round Culcay landed the best punch so far in the shape of a peach of a right uppercut that shook Derevyanchenko but it was easily Derevyanchenko’s round. Derevyanchenko was relentless in the sixth coming in under Culcay’s jab and firing hooks to head and body with Culcay too busy defending to get on the front foot. Culcay was tired of getting bullied and he stood and interchanged punches at the start of the seventh. Aggression from Derevyanchenko eventually put Culcay on the back foot and Derevyanchenko finished the round with a strong attack. The eighth was a good round for Derevyanchenko. After an early attack from Culcay when he landed two cracking rights the Ukrainian took over driving Culcay around the ring scoring with overhand rights and hooking to the body with both hands. For me Derevyanchenko had swept the last for rounds and I had him 78-74 up. This really was a high quality fight. Culcay knew he had to turn things around and he tried hard in the ninth standing and trading where his quicker hand speed inside gave him the edge. Derevyanchenko’s power then put him in charge as he landed thumping rights to the head and worked to the body. Derevyanchenko looked to be taking the tenth but then Culcay landed a right to the head that sent Derevyanchenko back tumbling into the ropes Culcay launched a furious attacks and connected with more head punches that had Derevyanchenko floundering and in deep trouble just as the bell went. A big round for Culcay but it had come too late. A clash of heads saw Culcay cut outside his left eye and Derevyanchenko in his hairline. Two tired boxer slugged it out in the eleventh. Culcay just seemed to have that bit more in the tank and although they both scored well Culcay just had the edge. In the last it was Derevyanchenko with the power and energy. He simply punched Culcay to a standstill connecting with hooks and uppercuts with Culcay trying to punch with him but taking shot after shot. A great middleweight scrap and I had Derevyanchenko winning 116-112. Official scores 116-112 twice and 115-113. Huge result for Derevyanchenko as with Culcay being No 2 and himself No 3 the winner becomes the official challenger for the IBF title. Derevyanchenko lost a split decision to Daniel Jacobs in October but Alvarez would be a bigger match if he wins the fight against Jacobs on May 4th although whoever wins will probably be looking for bigger fights. Culcay played his part in a quality fight and in losing probably gave one of his best displays.
Quillin vs. Truax
Cuts were a feature of the fights this weekend and another one ended this contest early. After a fairly even first round a brutal coming together of head saw Truax with a bad cut above his right eye. At the end of the round the doctor and the referee agreed the cut was too bad for Truax to continue so the fight ended as a No Decision. Both needed some serious ring time and were looking to build on wins in their last fight so a disappointing night for all concerned.
Colbert vs. Briones
Brooklyn hope Colbert demolishes Briones in a fight between two boxers heading in different directions. Colbert was sharp in the first and it already looked like an early night. In the second he put Briones on the canvas with a southpaw left and although Briones managed to get to his feet Colbert blitzed him with punches from both hands and the referee halted the fight. Fourth win by KO/TKO for the 22-year-old Colbert who in theory was moving up to ten rounds for the first time. Briones, 33, has gone from 20-0-1to 29-9-2 so a descending path.
Halle an der Saale, Germany: Light Heavy: Dominic Boesel (28-1) W TKO 8 Timy Shala (23-3-1). Heavy: Erik Pfeifer (5-0) W PTS 6 Kostiantyn Dovbyshchenko (4-3-1).Heavy: Peter Kadiru (2-0) W KO 4 Vincenzo Febbo (3-1).Light Heavy: Tom Dzemski (12-0) W PTS 6 Jozef Jurko (5-1).
Boesel vs. Shala
Boesel retains the European title with stoppage of very late substitute Shala. Boesel was to have defended against Orial Kolaj but after the weigh in Kolaj reported a rib injury and was replaced by Shala. Boesel made a good start flooring Shala in the first. As Shala rumbled forward Boesel showed him a left jab and then connected with a straight right that felled Sharma heavily but he made it to his feet and to the bell. Boesel lost his way a little over the next three rounds and Shala had a good fourth pressing the fight and forcing the champion onto the defensive. Boesel found his rhythm again in the fifth and by the end of the sixth not surprisingly Shala began to tire. In the seventh Boesel floored Shala heavily with a right and he was pounding on Shala with a series of rights in the eighth when the referee stopped the fight. Second defence of the European title for Boesel and his eleventh win by KO/TKO. He sits high in the ratings at WBO 2/WBC 3/WBA 13 and although he is No 3 with the IBF he is their highest rated fighter but can’t move to No 1 or No 2 as he has not beaten a rated fighter. He should land a shot at one of the belts later this year. Shala, 33, had lost a wide unanimous decision to Boesel in 2015 and was knocked out in eleven rounds by Erik Skoglund in 2016 but had scored two low level wins since then. Although nicknamed the “Albanian Bomber” Shala was born in Kosovo and is a former Austrian champion.
Pfeifer vs. Dovbyshchenko
Pfeifer struggles against Ukrainian in what should have been an easy win and has to settle for a majority decision. Pfeifer’s better skills particularly his jab gave him the edge in this one but Dovbyshchenko proved a tough customer and connected too often for Pfeifer to ever be comfortable and in the end it was a disappointing performance by Pfeifer. Scores 59-55, and 58-56 for Pfeifer and 57-57. Although winning plenty of competitions as an amateur and twice beating Rio gold Medallist Tony Yoka the Russian-born German is now 32 and is unlikely to make it to the top. Dovbyshchenko competed in the Ukrainian Championships and then fought as a pro and then went back to amateur and back to pro again.
Kadiru vs. Febbo
Kadiru gets his first inside the distance win as a pro as he flattens gutsy Italian Febbo in the fourth round. The tall German was in charge of this one all the way. He gradually stepped up the pressure with a strong jab and some meaty hooks. In the fourth a huge right to the head sent Febbo down and out cold spread-eagled on the canvas and it was a few minutes before he recovered. Early days and still some rough edges but the 21-year-old 6’4 ½” German has tremendous potential. He was a gold medallist at the Youth Olympic Games and twice at the European Under-19 Championships and at the Under-22 Championships. German-based Italian Febbo did well to last to the fourth.
Dzemski vs. Jurko
Dzemski continues to make steady progress. The local boxer was given some useful ring time by Slovakian Jurko who came to win. Dzemski had the better skill set and boxed confidently. He shook Jurko in the fourth but Jurko did not fold and did enough to take a round and make Dzemski work hard. Scores 59-55 twice and 58-56 for Dzemski. The 22-year-old hope is the son of former German champion Dirk Dzemski who was 27-2 as a pro and is now one of the top trainers in Germany. Jurko had won his last three fights inside the distance but was in his first six round fight.
Cihuatlan, Mexico: Super Fly: Pedro Guevara (34-3-1) W KO 5 Marvin Solano (21-4). Bantam: Karim Arce (15-0-2) DREW 8 Francisco Alarcon (7-2-2).
Guevara vs. Solano
Guevara stays on course for a world title shot with kayo of Nicaraguan Solano. The visitor had advantages in height and reach over Guevara but not the punch to keep Guevara out, The Mexican was getting inside from the opening round and Solano spent much of each round pinned to the ropes as Guevara worked the body. A right in the fourth rocked Guevara back on his heels but he was soon grinding Solano down again. In the fifth a powerful straight right floored Solano and he was unable to beat the count. Since losing his WBC light flyweight title to Yu Kimura in 2015 Guevara has won 8 out of 9 fights with the loss coming on a majority decision against Ken Shiro in an unsuccessful challenge for his old WBC title in 2017. He is down at No 7 super flyweight with the WBC so some way to go before he lands that title chance. First loss by KO/TKO for Solano.
Arce vs. Alarcon
Arce is a big name for any Mexican fighter to carry around and young Karim is making heavy work of it. On paper this should have been a routine win for Arce and he came out swinging trying to blow Alarcon away. Alarcon refused to fold and war commenced. They put on a rousing battle with Arce’s face a mask of blood as they swapped fierce uppercuts inside and battled to the final bell and a standing ovation. A draw was the right result. Still only 20 there is time for Arce to improve after all Hall of Famer Uncle Jorge was a modest 4-1-1 at the start of his career and went on to win five world titles in four different divisions. Alarcon was 5-1-1 in his last 7 fights but strictly a prelim level fighter.
Atlantic City, NJ, USA: Heavy: Jermaine Franklin (18-0) W PTS 10 Rydell Booker (25-2). Heavy: Otto Wallin (20-0,1ND) ND 1 Nick Kisner (21-4-1,1ND).
Franklin vs. Booker
Franklin keeps his 100% record with unanimous verdict over Booker. The youth, speed and work rate of Franklin were just too much for 38-year-old Booker. Booker was competitive overt the first half of the fight but never really looked like doing more than setting Franklin some puzzles to solve. Booker’s experience helped him get through the later rounds as Franklin was in total control. The Saginaw youngster showed excellent skills and plenty of movement and continues to improve. Scores 98-92 twice and 99-91 for Franklin. A former National Golden Gloves champion Franklin, 25, is worth following. Booker’s is a sad story. Now 38 Booker was an outstanding amateur who failed to make the US Team for the 2000 Olympics. In 2001he was selected to represent the US at the World Championships to be held in Belfast but left the training venue under a cloud. and turned pro. He won his first 22 fights but in 2004 was arrested for possession with intent to deliver heroin. Whilst out on bail he lost to James Toney for the International Boxing Association world title. Later he was sentenced to 12 to 30 years over the heroin arrest and served more than ten years. After his release he returned to the ring last year winning his two fights. As an amateur he fought at 201lbs but he was 238 ½ lbs for this fight.
Wallin vs. Kisner
Wallin’s US debut comes to an unsatisfactory end as both he and Kisner suffered cuts in a first round clash of heads, Before the start of the second the doctor advised that Kisner’s cut was too serious for the fight to continue so it ended as a No Decision. A pity as the 28-year-old 6’5 ½” Swedish southpaw had been inactive since beating fellow-Swede Adrian Granat a year ago. Kisner had won 5 of his last 6 fights.
Vienna, Austria: Middle: Marcos Nader (21-1-1) W TKO 8 Gogi Knezevic (34-9-1). Austrian Nader continues his comeback with a stoppage of Knezevic. Not a difficult night for Spanish-born Nader. Knezevic started brightly but once Nader found the range it was a one-sided contest. Nader broke Knezevic down with hooks and upper cuts. In the eighth he backed Knezevic to the ropes and floored him with a powerful right and Knezevic did well to make it to his feet. When the action restarted Nader hurt Knezevic with a couple of body punches and Knezevic turned away in pain and the referee waived the fight over. Nader, 29, collects the vacant IBF International title. A former European Union champion Nader was Austrian champion in the amateurs at 17 when he needed a special permit to compete because of his age. In the pros after losing the EU title in January 2014 Nader signed up for the AIBA Pro Boxing hoping to qualify for the 2016 Olympics but he failed and was inactive from November 2014 until returning with a win in April 2018. Knezevic, 39, now has nine losses by KO/TKO.
Henin-Beaumont, France: Light: laid Douadi (17-0-1) W PTS 10 Renald Garrido (24-22-3). Home town fighter Douadi wins the vacant French title on a split decision based on some widely varying scores leaving Garrido with good cause for complaint. Douadi boxed neatly over the first two rounds using some accurate jabs to pierce Garrido’s defence. Garrido is one tough, aggressive fighter and pretty soon Douadi was being forced onto the back foot as Garrido marched forward connecting with hooks and uppercuts inside. It developed into a clash between the crisp, accurate punching of Douadi and the busier inside work of Garrido who looked to have built a substantial lead. Douadi banged back to stage a strong finish but it was questionable whether he had done enough. It was a close fight with one judge giving it to Garrido 97-93 and a second to Douadi 96-94 and the third an unbelievable 100-90 for Douadi! The local fighter gets the title but when you see a score like that the words home town loom large. Douadi is rated No 17 in the EU ratings and was having his first ten round fight. Former French champion Garrido is a warrior who will fight anyone anywhere and he occasionally springs a surprise against the local boxer-but not this time. Hopefully he will get a return.
Luebeck, Germany: Heavy: Mohamed Soltby (16-1) W DISQ 4 Toni Thes (15-8).Light Heavy: James Kraft (15-0-1) W PTS 8 Philipp Kolodziej (10-8). Super Middle: Toni Kraft (15-0-1) W PTS 8 Tomas Bezvoda (6-5). Super Welter: Antonio Hoffmann (21-1) W PTS 8 Gabor Gorbics (26-16).
Soltby vs. Thes
Soltby wins the vacant IBF Baltic title as Thes gets thrown out for one foul too many. Russian-born Soltby was able to spear the much smaller Thes with jabs and land long rights. He put Thes down in the first but could not keep him there. Thes made bull-like head down rushes his tactic of choice and he was dangerous with his head and lost a point in the first. Thes wrestled Soltby to the floor in the second and lost another point and also tried to knee Soltby in a clinch. He was a disqualification just waiting to happen. Through all this Soltby stuck to his boxing landing some stiff jabs and thudding rights but he was a sane fighter in an insane fight. Thes lost a point for a low punch in the third. Soltby landed some heavy punches in the fourth and Thes twice tried to use his knee in a clinch and on the second occasion the referee disqualified Thes. The 6’4 ½” Soltby is trained by former WBO lightweight champion Artur Grigorian who won the title in 1996 and lost it to Acelino Freitas in his eighteenth defence. He finished with a 38-1 record. Soltby showed some useful touches but was stopped in five rounds by Nathan Gorman in November 2017. The remarkable thing about German Thes is that he has found 15 fighters to beat but then nine of his opponents had never won a fight and the other six were only a smidgen better.
Kraft vs. Kolodziej
In an all-German contest Kraft takes unanimous decision over southpaw Kolodziej. Kraft had lots of height and reach over the crude Kolodziej and easily dominated the action when he boxed at distance. Unfortunately he had problems with the wild lunging attacks of Kolodziej and too often when Kolodziej got inside Kraft promptly grabbed and held Kolodziej to stop him fighting. Kraft did what clean work there was but it was an untidy fight. Scores 78-74 twice and 79-73 for Kraft. The 6’3” 22-year-old from Munich has been very carefully matched and could be found out when he gets his first real test. Kolodziej has lost 3 of his last four fights.
Kraft vs. Bezvoda
Brother Toni Kraft boxed his way to victory in this one. Czech Bezvoda came to fight. He was walking into Kraft for the whole eight rounds. Kraft kept pumping out jabs and using quick movement to fight on the outside. Bezvoda pressed and pressed but Kraft was very nifty and quick with his punches. When Kraft chose to stand and trade he was able to connect with sweeping hooks and Bezvoda was too slow with his counters but his pressure was enough to get him a share of a round, Scores 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74 for Kraft. Again the opposition has been non-threatening so not sure at this stage how far Kraft can go but I have my reservations. Fourth loss in a row for Bezvoda but he forced the fight all the way.
Hoffmann vs. Gorbics
Hoffmann looked the most accomplished boxer on the show. The Angolan-born fighter just walked experienced Gorbics down from the first to the last bell. He was marching in behind the high guard so favoured in German rings. When he closed the distance he was firing quick bursts of hooks and uppercuts to head and body and Gorbics hardly ever ventured far from the ropes. Despite that the Hungarian was always looking to fire back. He threw plenty of jabs and connected with occasional straight rights but for most of the fight it was Hoffmann pounding away but finding Gorbics a durable opponent. Scores 78-74 twice and 79-73 for Hoffmann. The only defeat suffered by Hoffman was a points loss to Canadian Steven Butler in 2016 and he has won eight on the spin since then and collected the Global Boxing Union World title. Gorbics is 2-7 in his last 9 fights which is made up of 2 home wins and 7 losses on his travels.
Culiacan, Mexico: Fly: Ricardo Sandoval (15-1) W TKO 6 Christian Aranda (?). Feather: Joseph Landeros (16-0) W RTD 5 Ricardo Rojas (10-3).
Sandoval vs. Aranda
“Nino” Sandoval wins the vacant WBC Youth Inter-Continental title with stoppage of substitute Aranda. Sandoval dominated the fight before flooring Aranda in the sixth. Aranda made it to his feet but his corner threw in the towel. Tenth win by KO/TKO for 20-year-old Californian Sandoval. He was to have faced unbeaten Giovanni Gonzalez but local sources indicate Aranda came in instead so some confusion over the opponent.
Landeros vs. Rojas
It is now 16 fights and 16 wins by KO/TKO for young Landeros. He handed out a beating to Rojas with the bell saving Rojas in the fourth Landeros piled on the punishment in the fifth and Rojas retired at the end of the round. The 20-year -old from Riverside, Californian is trained by former WBC bantam and WBA super bantam champion Raul “Jibaro” Perez. Landeros is yet to be taken past the fifth round for a win. He lifts the WBC Youth Silver title. First loss by KO/TKO for Rojas.
Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua: Bantam: Alex Espinoza (18-1-2) W PTS 8 Martin Diaz (15-9-11ND). Diaz came in way over the limit for this fight but it did him no good as Espinoza was better in every department. He had the quicker and more accurate shots on the outside and had more power in his uppercuts and hooks inside. Diaz tried to get close to work but he always came out worse in the exchanges. Espinoza is not a big puncher and he never really had Diaz in any trouble but he was a comfortable winner taking the unanimous decision. Espinoza’s only defeat is a split decision in Russia to former World Amateur Champion Mikhail Aloyan. This is his third win since then and he is No 8 with the WBA. Diaz was 5-0,1ND going in.
Bacoor, Philippines: Fly: Alphoe Dagayloan (13-2-5,1ND) W PTS 10 Esneth Domingo (11-1). Minimumweight: ArAr Andales (10-0) W PTS 10 Cris Ganoze (17-3).
Dagayloan vs. Domingo
Southpaw Dagayloan holds on to his WBA Asian title with unanimous verdict over Domingo in a spirited battle. No prisoner taken here as the less experienced Domingo matched Dagayloan throughout the ten rounds. In the end it was the strength of the champion that saw him come out a winner. Scores 98-92, 97-94 and 96-94 with the last a better reflection of what happened inside the ropes. The 27-year-old Dagayloan stretches his unbeaten run to ten fights. Domingo, 20, lost but raised his stock.
Andales vs. Ganoze
In another WBA Asian title fight champion Andales remained unbeaten as he outpointed southpaw Ganoze. Just 19 Andales shows plenty of potential. Ganoze was 5-1 in his last six fights.
Fight of the week (Significance): Any Vasyl Lomachenko fight is significant but Sergiy Derevyanchenko’s win over Jack Culcay came a close second
Fight of the week (Entertainment): Derevyanchenko vs. Culcay was a high quality entertaining contest. They don’t have to be big to be great and Karim Arce vs. Francisco Alarcon had the fans on their feet for all eight rounds.
Fighter of the week: Vasyl Lomachenko with honourable mention to Dennis Hogan
Punch of the week: So many to choose from this week but I go for the right from Lomachenko that put Anthony Crolla face down on the canvas. I must give honourable mentions to Arnold Barboza’s right uppercut that was the beginning of the end for Mike Alvarado, Guido Vianello’s right that sent Lawrence Gabriel down, the pile-driving straight right from Pedro Guevara that destroyed Marvin Solano and Peter Kadiru’ s right that flattened Vincenzo Febbo. A painful weekend for some.
Upset of the week: No real world shakers
Prospect watch: Early days but keep an eye out for two European heavyweights with substantial amateur success behind them as Italian Guido Vianello 3-0 and German Peter Kadiru 2-0 scored wins at the weekend
By Eric Armit
The Past Week in Action 8 April 2019
- In a clash of former world champions Francisco Rodriguez decisions Oswaldo Novoa in a war in Cancun and on the same show Omar Chavez gets a win
-In Hermosillo Ramón Alvarez gets split decision over Jose Carlos Paz and Pedro Campa draws with Abner Lopez.
-On a big show in Poland England’s Andrew Robinson outpoints 41-0-1 Damian Jonak, Scottish-based Martin Bakole Ilunga stops Maurice Wach and Poles Robert Talarek and Patryk Szymanski share ten knockdown in less the 14 minutes of action!
-Marcelo Caceres 27-0-1 and Zac Dunn 29-1 score wins
- A show in Dubai sees Nigerian Aliu Bamidele Lasisi and former Irish amateur star David Oliver Joyce record victories
-Canadian Ryan Ford springs an upset as he knocks out unbeaten German hope Serge Michel
-Ricardo Mayorga 46 is stopped in two rounds by Lester Martinez in Guatemala
Melbourne, Australia: Super Middle: Zac Dunn (28-1) W TKO 2 Patrick Rokhol (16-1). Middle: Tej Pratap Singh (15-4-2,1ND) W PTS 10 Viktor Agateljan (7-1).
Dunn vs. Rokhol
Former Commonwealth champion Dunn gets his fifth inside the distance win in a row with stoppage of German Rokhol. After Dunn floored Rokhol twice in the second round the referee had seen enough and stopped the fight. It is win No 23 by KO/TKO for Dunn who retains the WBA Oceania title. For winning their European title on a split decision over a guy with a 10-0-1 record who had never been in a ten round contest Rokhol was gifted a No 13 rating by the WBO and was outclassed here.
Singh vs. Agateljan
It was expected that Armenian-born Agateljan would prove a tough challenger for Australian champion Singh but in the end it was a one-sided contest with Singh winning 99-91 on all three cards. The Indian-born Singh was making the first defence of the National title and is now 6-0,1ND in his last 7 fights. The No Decision was originally ruled a loss against Sam Soliman but on review fouls by Soliman and a couple of overlooked knockdowns scored by Singh were sufficient grounds for the decision to be changed to a No Decision. Agateljan was going past six rounds for the first time but he had an extensive amateur background under the Czech banner.
Las Vegas, NV, USA: Feather: Angelo Leo (17-0) W PTS 10 Neil John Tabanao (17-4). Super Feather: Xavier Martinez (14-0) W TKO 3 John Vincent Moralde (21-3).
Leo vs. Tabanao
Leo continues to show improvement as he takes wide unanimous verdict over useful Filipino Tabano. Leo was moving up to ten rounds for the first time and showed maturity in the way he paced the fight. He outboxed Tabano early scoring well with jabs and landing plenty of body punches. He cranked up the pressure over the second half of the fight and really put in a tremendous effort over the last three rounds with Tabamo spending most of the time pinned to the ropes and Leo banging away to head and body of an exhausted Tabano. Scores 100-90 twice and 100-89 for Leo. Although never winning a major tournament Leo was 65-10 as an amateur and is developing impressively. Tabano had won his last four fights against reasonable level opposition and is yet to lose inside the distance.
Martinez vs. Moralde
Martinez shows power as he punches too hard for the more experienced Moralde. From the opening round Martinez was landing accurate and heavy punches. He kept the pressure going through the second and ended the fight in style in the third. Moralde was gamely trying to take the fight to Martinez but was nailed with a spectacular short left hook that put him on the canvas. Moralde was up at five but still looked rocky. The referee had a look at him and let the fight continue but when Martinez forced Moralde to the ropes and landed some head punches the referee stepped in and stopped the fight. Sixth win on the bounce by KO/TKO for the 21-year-old from Sacramento and tenth in all. Moralde went 19-0 at the start of his career but suffered losses in tough matches against Toka Kahn Clary and Jamel Herring and with this loss he is 2-3 in his last 5.
Blagnac, France: Super Welter: Tomi Silvennoinen (9-1) W KO 4 Sirak Hakobyan (17-4-1).This was not supposed to happen. Young Finn Silvennoinen was supposed to lose so that home town fighter Hakobyan could add the WBC Youth title to the WBC Mediterranean title he already holds. Silvennoinen boxed neatly behind a sharp jab and countering Hakobyan who was driving forward looking to overwhelm Silvennoinen. Hakobyan did better in the second connecting with rights but in the third he was wild with his punches and Silvennoinen was scoring with stiff jabs and right counters. Hakobyan looked to be getting on top in the fourth when a straight right from Silvennoinen put him down heavily. He staggered to his feet at seven but then tumbled back and down again and the referee waived the fight over. Good away win for the 23-year-old Finn and his fifth victory in a row Hakobyan, a cousin of WBA cruiserweight Gold champion Arsen Goulamirian, had won his last ten fights.
Merida, Mexico: Middle: Elias Espadas (18-4) W TKO 2 Gabriel Lopez (10-3). Local fighter Espadas halts Lopez in two rounds. Lopez came in 5lbs over the middleweight limit and weighed nearly 176lbs by fight time so the vacant WBC Latino title was only on the line for Espadas. Lopez tired to make his weight advantage tell and forced the fight in the first. Late in the second a straight left from Espadas sent Lopez reeling and a lighter punch saw Lopez drop down in a delayed reaction to the heavier initial left. There was blood pouring from Lopez nose splashing across his chest. He made it to his feet but with the blood still flooding down the referee stopped the fight. Thirteenth win by KO/TKO for Espadas and his eighth win in his last nine fights with the loss being against unbeaten Brazilian Yamaguchi Falcao in July last year. Lopez was to have fought Omar Chavez in Cancun on 6th April but opted to take this fight instead
Malaybalay City, Philippines: Minimumweight: Robert Paradero (18-0) W TKO 1 Jonathan Almacen (5-3-2).Light Fly: Jerry Tomogdan (27-10-4) W TKO 8 Dexter Alimento (13-6).
Paradero vs. Almacen
In a WBO Asia Pacific title defence Paradero ended this one quickly with a body punch enough to put novice Almacen down and out. The 22-year-old from Valencia City has twelve wins by KO/TKO. Typical of the sanctioning body ratings measurement Paradero is the No 1 minimum in the WBO ratings for winning their Asia Pacific title with a victory over a fighter with a 5-2-1 record. Paradero’s home body, the Philippines Games and Amusement Board have him at No 4 in their minimumweight ratings! Almacen, 19, never in with a chance.
Tomogdan vs. Alimento
Southpaw Tomogdan wins the hard way-the very hard way. Alimento almost ended it in the first when he put Tomogdan down twice but failed to find the additional knockdown he needed. Tomogdan battled his way back into the fight only to find himself on the floor again in the sixth. Alimento had punched himself out and Tomogdan took control in the seventh and stopped Alimento in the eighth. Fifteenth win by KO/TKO for former Philippines minimumweight champion Tomogdan who was defending the WBO Asia Pacific title. Alimento had lost 4 of his last 5 in fights abroad in the other guy’s back yard.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Super Fly: Aliu Bamidele Lasisi (13-0) W PTS 12 Ricardo Blandon (10-2,1ND). Feather: David Oliver Joyce (10-0) W TKO 7 Stephen Tiffney (10-2). Super Bantam: Shakhobidin Zoirov (1-0) W KO 1 Anthony Holt (5-5-1).
Lasisi vs. Blandon
Locally-based Nigerian Lasisi remains unbeaten but has to climb off the floor in a tough scrap. Lasisi was the more stylish fighter and he opened well outboxing the aggressive Nicaraguan over the opening two rounds. Lasisi looked on his way to winning the third until a right put him down. He beat the count but in the fourth lost a point when Blandon was cut over the right eye in a clash of heads. Lasisi boxed his way back into the fight and used his better skills to handle the brawling approach by Blandon. Lasisi made a decisive move in the tenth putting Blandon on the floor with a light hook but Blandon staged a strong finish to make a close one to call. Acores 114-111 for Lasisi from all three judges. “Lucky Boy” wins the vacant WBC International title having previously held the International Silver title. Blandon had won his last three fights by KO/TKO,
Joyce vs. Tiffney
Irish Olympian Joyce wins the vacant WBO European title over a game Tiffney. Englishman Tiffany was very much in the fight over the first three rounds. Joyce was landing some hard body punches but Tiffany was countering well. A clash of heads in the second saw both fighters cut over their right eye and although Tiffany continued to counter well Joyce was focusing on the body with hefty hooks. Joyce was taking control with his body attacks and even though Tiffney continued to bang back he was starting to wilt. A right from Joyce floored Tiffany in the seventh and although he made it to his feet Joyce battered him around the ring and the fight was stopped just as the bell went. First professional title for the 32-year-old Joyce. In the amateurs he was European Union champion three times and competed at the 2016 Olympics and scored wins over Luke Campbell and Carl Frampton. Scot Tiffany had won his last two fights.
Zoirov vs. Holt
Olympic gold medallist Zoirov got this one over quickly. He pressed hard with Indonesian Holt throwing light jabs. Zoirov brushed them aside and landed a straight left that put Holt down on his back and he was counted out. The 26-year-old Uzbek beat American Antonio Vargas and Russian Misha Aloyan in Rio so is one to follow. Poor Holt was stopped in 89 seconds in his last fight.
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Middle: Marcelo Coceres (27-0-1) W RTD 7 Carmelito De Jesus (18-7). Coceres remains unbeaten with a win over Brazilian De Jesus. The fight was one-sided with De Jesus mainly focusing on survival making for some monotonous rounds. Coceres scored heavily with rights over the first three rounds with De Jesus briefly coming to life in the fourth. Coceres piled on the punishment in the fifth and sixth and De Jesus retired at the end of the sixth. The was to have been a defence of the WBO Latino middleweight title for Coceres but De Jesus weighed in at 168lbs. Fifteenth win by KO/TKO for the 28-year-old “El Terrible”. De Jesus, 35, was inactive in 2017 and was knocked out in three rounds by Artem Chebotarev in his only fight last year.
Unterschiebheim, Germany: Light Heavy: Ryan Ford (16-4) W KO 8
Serge Michel (8-1). Heavy: Petar Milas (14-0) W TKO 6 Denis Bakhtov (39-15). Light Heavy: Konni Konrad (24-2-1) W TKO 7 Vartan Avetisyan (18-2-1). Super Feather: Edgar Walth (7-0) W KO 3 Attila Csareklye (10-17)
Ford vs. Michel
After four points losses in tough twelve round title fights, two in Russia and two in Germany, Canadian “The Real Deal” Ford made no mistake here and took the outcome into his own hands with the kayo of unbeaten Germany prospect Michel. Ford made a storming start but Michel was willing to punch with him and they traded punches over the first two rounds. In the third a blatant low punch from Michel put Ford down in agony. Ford was given some recovery time and Michel was deducted a point. Ford looked to be the harder puncher as they continued to battle hard over the next four rounds. Both fighters were tiring by the eighth but Michel was leaving too many gaps in his defence and a huge left from Ford sent Michel down spread-eagled on the canvas and he was counted out. Ford, 37, wins the vacant WBC International Silver title. Michel had won the full WBC International title in October but relinquished it in January. Ford then lost to German Nick Hannig for the International title in February but has rebounded in style with his eleventh win by KO/TKO and ownership of the Silver title. “The Bavarian Sniper” Michel a former top level amateur, had been carefully matched. He had his weaknesses exposed here by Ford and will have a rebuilding task ahead.
Milas vs. Werwejko
Croatian heavyweight hope Milas too young, too big and too talented for Russian oldie Bakhtov. Bakhtov pressed hard trying to get past the jab of Milas to work the body but Milas was blocking most of the punches and scoring with counters. The tall Croat began to up his pace from the third and Bakhtov was soon being caught with heavy shots from both hands. Milas rocked Bakhtov with a right uppercut in the fifth. Bakhtov was cut over his left eye and soaking up punishment in the sixth and the fight was stopped. The 23-year-old 6’4 ½” Milas makes it eleven wins by KO/TKO. He did not have a great deal of success as an amateur but as a pro he has stopped Kirk Johnson and outpointed Francesco Pianeta and is in line to fight for the vacant EU title once an opponent is named. Bakhtov, 39, suffers his fifth loss in a row,
Konrad vs. Avetisyan
Montenegrin “Koko” Konrad returns after a long time out of the ring and wins the vacant German title with seventh round stoppage of Munich-based Armenian Avetisyan. The 33-year-old Konrad (real name Mevludin Cokovic) turned pro in 2002 but has had two long periods of inactivity, once even taking a job collecting dustbins. After returning from his first spell out he worked his way to a fight against Juergen Brahmer for the secondary WBA light heavy title but lost on a seventh round retirement and eventually was inactive again. This is his first fight since February 2016. Second loss in a row for Avetisyan having dropped a majority verdict to Yusuf Kanguel for the WBC Mediterranean title in February.
Walth vs. Csareklye
Former leading amateur Walth moves up to ten round class and wins his first pro title as he knocks out Hungarian Csareklye. The win, Walth’s fourth by KO/TKO, nets him the German International title. The 27-year-old Moldovan-born German won plenty of titles as an amateur being German champion in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and took a gold medal at the European Military Championships. He also competed at the 2011 European championships and was a member of the Leipzig Leopards team in the World Series of Boxing ending his time as an amateur with a claimed record 170 wins in 218 fights. Tenth loss by KO/TKO for Csareklye.
Cancun, Mexico: Super Fly: Francisco Rodriguez (30-4-1) W PTS 10
Oswaldo Novoa (14-9-4). Omar Chavez (38-5-1) W KO 7 Andres Villaman (15-2-1).
Rodriguez vs. Novoa
Rodriguez takes the unanimous decision in a war between two former world champions. In a fight that is a candidate for Mexican Fight of the Year these two knocked lumps of each other for ten rounds. From the opening ball to the bell to end the tenth they just stood and traded punches. If Rodriguez was forcing Novoa to the ropes for a spell Novoa would bang back and Rodriguez would be the one pinned to the ropes. In the end despite losing a point for a foul; in the seventh Rodriguez, the younger and physically stronger, just had the edge and came out the winner. Scores 95-92 from all three judges. Still only 25 Rodriguez retains the WBC Latino Silver title. He is a former WBO and IBF minimumweight champion. He relinquished both titles but lost to Donnie Nietes in a challenge for the WBO light flyweight title in 2015. He has now won eleven on the spin and is No 2 flyweight with the WBO. Former WBC minimumweight champion Novoa, 37, is going down the slope and now 0-5-3 in his last eight fights but he had been fighting at light flyweight before this.
Chavez vs. Villaman
Chavez keeps his career alive with win over less experienced “Engineer” Villaman. Chavez was the boss from the first bell dropping Villaman with a right in the opening round. Villaman survived but was never really in the fight after that. Chavez continued to press with Villaman too busy defending to be a threat. A left hook floored Villaman in the fifth and Chavez continued to hand out punishment in the sixth. Stamina had been a problem for Chavez in the past but he was still in high gear in the seventh before a left hook to the body saw Villaman drop to his knees and get counted out. Now 25 wins by KO/TKO for “Businessman” Chavez but he was 1-2 going into this one so could not afford to lose. Villaman’s other loss was a third round stoppage against 21-0 Alessandro Riguccini in October
Hermosillo, Mexico: Super Light: Pedro Campa (30-1-1) DREW 10 Abner Lopez (27-10). Super Welter: Ramon Alvarez (28-7-3,1ND) W PTS 10 Jose Carlos Paz (23-9-1). Fly: Joselito Velasquez (9-0) W TKO 5 Angel Guevara (15-11-4).
Campa vs. Lopez
Home town fighter Campa overcomes the handicap of a bad cut to get a split draw against tough Lopez in a war This one was a toe-to-toe brawl from the start with both wanting to stay inside and trade body punches. The hooks were thudding home when the taller Lopez might have done better to box on the outside. Campa seemed to be getting the better of the exchanges in the third and fourth but Campa’s face was beginning to swell by the fifth. Lopez was the one bossing the inside work in the sixth and Campa was cut over his left eye with Lopez dominating the seventh. Campa bounced back to rock Lopez with two hooks in the eighth but both fighters were showing tiredness after the hectic pace of the fight. They went toe-to-toe in the ninth and tenth with Campa just finishing the stronger. Scores 96-94 Campa, 96-94 Lopez and 95-95 which looked about right. After a shock seventh round loss to Carlos Jimenez which snapped a 27-bout winning run for Campa he had laid down some bricks in his rebuilding project with three wins in 2018 so this draw is a minor setback for him. Lopez had a rocky 2-5 run but against good level opposition such as Jose Zepeda and Alex Saucedo and had scored two low level wins before this fight.
Alvarez vs. Paz
Alvarez edges out Paz in a fight where the decision could have gone either way. In a lively opening round both were letting their punches go with Alvarez connecting with overhand rights and Paz left hooks to the body. Alvarez seemed to rock Paz with a right in the second but as he was marching forward he was wide open and Paz was finding the target too easily. Alvarez used his strength to force Paz back in the third and fourth and landed thudding rights to the body but was still wide open to counters. This was a terribly slow-paced fight with very little defence on show and his harder punch was giving Alvarez a slight edge in the fifth but his wide open defence saw Paz scoring well in the sixth and seventh. Both looked exhausted over the closing rounds and in the end it was whether you preferred the heavier punches of Alvarez or the lighter but more accurate ones from Paz. It was close but the split decision went to Alvarez. Scores 96-94 twice for Alvarez and 96-94 for Paz. Alvarez, 32, the elder brother of Saul, loses the big fights and is going nowhere now. It has been a bit of a rollercoaster for Paz recently. In 2018 he lost on a third round kayo to Jaime Munguia then beat Omar Chavez and Jorge Paez Jr but was knocked out by Anthony Fowler in 93 seconds in December.
Velasquez vs. Guevara
Precision and power show from hot prospect “El Huracan” Velasquez as he batters poor Guevara to defeat in five rounds. The 25-year-old from Cancun twice took the gold medal at the Pan American Games and competed at the 2016 Olympics. Eight of his wins have come by KO/TKO. Guevara now a dismal 1-7-2 in his last 10 fights.
Katowice, Poland: Super Middle: Robert Parzeczewski (23-1) W KO 2 Dmitri Chudinov (21-5-2). Heavy: Martin Bakole Ilunga (12-1) W TKO 8 Mariusz Wach (33-5). Middle: Andrew Robinson (23-4-1) W PTS 8 Damian Jonak (41-1-1). Middle: Robert Talarek (24-13-2) W TKO 5 Patryk Szymanski (19-2). Super Light: Damian Wrzesinski (17-1-2,1ND) W PTS 10 Kamil Modzinski (11-3-4).
Parzeczewski vs. Chudinov
Parzeczewski “The Arab” adds the Polish International title to the Polish title he already holds with stoppage of Chudinov who definitely looks to be fading. In the first round the Pole boxed on the back foot countering Chudinov’s attacks and staggered Chudinov with a left hook. In the second a right from Parzeczewski sent Chudinov down heavily. He beat the count but was unsteady. Parzeczewski pinned Chudinov to the ropes but Chudinov escaped only to be put down again by a right hook. Chudinov arose again but the referee rightly stopped the fight. Now 16 wins by KO/TKO for the 25-year-old Parzeczewski and his fifteenth win in a row, Former interim WBA middleweight champion Chudinov, 32, suffers his fourth defeat in his last five fights
Wach vs. Ilunga
Important win for Scottish-based Congolese fighter Ilunga. Wach boxed on the back foot in the first scoring with right counters but just before the bell Ilunga staged a strong attack. After that strong finish to the opener Ilunga took control of the fight. He was finding gaps for his jab and connecting with heavy rights. Wach’s work rate dropped away until he rallied briefly in the sixth when it looked as though Ilunga eased up pacing himself to stay strong over the last few rounds. That proved unnecessary. Ilunga was back in control in the seventh and in the eighth Ilunga launched a fierce attack landing punch after punch and with Wach not fighting back the referee halted the fight. Last time out in October 2018Ilunga had set too fast a pace and was exhausted and then stopped by Mike Hunter in the tenth round. Ilunga is the younger brother of world rated cruiserweight Ilunga Makabu and this is a career best win for him. At 39 it is difficult to see a future for Wach who suffers his third loss in a row having been stopped by Jarrell Miller and outpointed by Artur Szpilka.
Robinson vs. Jonak
Impressive win on the road for Englishman Robertson as he takes unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Jonak and snaps one of the longest unbeaten streaks in boxing today. Jonak was getting caught by counters from Robinson in the first round but trapped Robinson in a corner just before the bell and landed a series of punches. Jonak continued to attack over the second and third but some clever defensive work and accurate counters from Robinson were giving the Pole problems. Jonak started to go to the body more from the fourth but Robinson was gradually taking control. He was outboxing Jonak and constantly piecing the Poles guard with quick, accurate counters with Jonak throwing plenty but with little accuracy as Robinson eased his way to victory. Scores 78-74 and 77-75 for Robinson and 77-75 for Jonak but Robinson was a clear winner. “DAnimal” Robinson, 34, had lost big fights to Frank Buglioni and Mark Heffron but this is a career best win. Jonak, 35, was inactive in 2016 and 207 but last year scored wins over 19-1 Marcos Cornejo and 21-0-1 Sherzod Husanov so was in good form.
Talarek vs. Szymanski
This clash between two Poles almost defied description and was packed with drama with Szymanski down six times and Talarek on the floor four times-ten knockdowns in under fourteen minutes. It looked as though it would be over in less than three minutes as rights from Szymanski dropped Talarek twice (1 and 2) in the opening round. Talarek made it to the bell and landed a series of punches in the second to put Szymanski on the floor only for Szymanski to battle back and put Talarek down twice(3,4 and 5). That was as good as it got for Szymanski. He had punched himself out and in the third, Talarek toughed by his past work as a miner, sent Szymanski down twice late in the round (6 and 7). Szymanski fought hard in the fourth but twice dropped to his knees under attacks from Talarek (8 and 9). It was over in the fifth when a right from Talarek again sent Szymanski to the canvas (10). Szymanski somehow made it to his feet but the referee stopped the fight. Sixteen wins by KO/TKO for Talarek, 35, who is 11-1 in his last 12 fights. He seems to do well as long as he avoids the UK where he has lost to Conrad Cummings, Liam Smith and John Ryder. Szymanski, 25, lost in October on a fourth round stoppage to Fouad El Massoudi who had lost 6 of his previous 7 fights. That plus this defeat were enough for Szymanski to announce his retirement but at 25 he may change his mind later.
Wrzesinski vs. Mlodzinski
Wrzesinski gets a split decision over Mlodzinski in a national title fight. After two even rounds champion Wrzesinski proceeded to build a lead scoring with some sharp left hooks and a knockdown of Mlodzinski in the fourth put Wrzesinski well in front. Mlodzinski bounced back in the sixth but the accuracy of Wrzesinski’s work gave him the seventh and eighth and a strong finish by Mlodzinski was not enough to claw back Wrzesinski’s lead. Scores 97-93 and 96-93 for Wrzesinski and 96-93 for Mlodzinski. First title defence for Wrzesinski who is 6-0-1,1ND in his last 8 fights. His only loss is a split decision against Belgian Jean Pierre Bauwens in Ghent in 2017. Mlodzinski had won his last three fights and was having his second shot at the national title.
Wolfsburg, Germany: Middle: Patrick Wojcicki (12-0-1) W Marcelo Caceres (18-3). Middle: Denis Radovan (12-0-1) W PTS 10 Ronny Mittag (30-4-3). Super Middle: Leon Bauer (16-0-1) W PTS 8 Mateo Veron (28-23-3,2ND).
Wojcicki vs. Caceres
Wojcicki retains the IBF Inter-Continental title with a points victory over Argentinian Caceres. The fight was not without incidents. Wojcicki made a confident start and looked to have taken the first three rounds. Two heavy rights from Caceres in the fourth looked to have Wojcicki in deep water but the referee considered that Caceres needed to be given a lecture for infringements of the rules and Wojcicki recovered. Caceres looked to have taken the fifth but was down in the seventh and given a standing count in the ninth before the visitor staged a strong finish to make the fight close. Scores 117-109, 115-111 and 114-112 with the last score looking the best reflection of the action. The 27-year-old German is No 7 with the IBF but as the level of his opposition has not been high does not make it into the EBU top 15. South American champion Caceres had won his last eleven fights.
Radovan vs. Mittag
These two could fight each other a dozen times and they would never be separated by much. When they fought in December it finished as a split draw and this one was every bit as close. Radovan made the better start and built a lead. He seemed to fade after the half way point and a better conditioned Mittag eat into that lead and looked to have done enough to merit at least a draw but the split decision went to Radovan who wins the IBF European title. Scores 96-94 twice for Radovan and 96-94 for Mittag. The 26-year-old winner from Cologne, a former elite level amateur, will not be keen to go through a third fight with Mittag but will look to try to edge his way into the world ratings. After being 30-2-1 it has been a rough ride for Mittag who is now 0-2-2 in his last four fights including a loss to Wojcicki.
Bauer vs. Veron
Bauer gets unanimous decision over Veron but an uncomfortable night for the young German. Bauer had edges in height and reach but Veron used a whole variety of tricks to unsettle Bauer and it worked with many of the rounds close. Bauer’s case was not helped by a cut on the bridge of his nose which he suffered in the second round and which bled from then on. Bauer’s higher work rate was just enough to see him through but only just. Scores 76-75 twice and a too wide 78-73 all for Bauer. Still only 20 Bauer has time to work on his deficiencies but he has made hard work of winning his last two fights. Veron, a former Argentinian super welter champion who has taken his gloves to seven different countries, had shocked Danish fans with a win over Lolenga Mock in January but was stopped in six rounds by unbeaten Anthony Sims in February.
Fontenay-sous-Bois, France: Welter: Yahya Tlaouziti (15-4-3) W TKO 7 Bruno Marcellin (11-4-3). Tlaouziti wins this clash of former team mates in defence of his French title. Marcellin was storming forward from the start of the fight letting fly with both hands and focusing on the body. Tlaouziti was under pressure but worked well with his jab and countered with some accurate uppercuts and shook Marcellin in the third with a left hook. By the fifth Tlaouziti was landing heavy counters as Marcellin was throwing himself forward and ignoring defence and Marcellin was deep trouble and saved by the bell at the end of the sixth. A sustained attack by Tlaouziti in the seventh was enough for the referee to step in and halt the fight. Sixth inside the distance win for Tlaouziti and a much needed win. At one time he was 13-2-3 but had fallen on hard times. Second stoppage loss for Marcellin who had won both of his fights in 2018.
General Arenales, Argentina: Middle: Francisco Torres (12-3) W PTS 10 Gonzalo Coria (15-3). Torres wins his way through to the final of the national middleweight tournament with unanimous decision over favoured Argentinian No 3 Coria. Torres made use of his height and reach to outbox southpaw Coria who never really managed to get inside often enough to be competitive. Torres picked up the points in the first three rounds with Coria coming into the fight over the fourth and fifth. Torres took over again and swept four of the last five rounds and the decision. Scores 98-92 twice and 96-94 all for Torres. He sprang an upset by outscoring unbeaten Alan Castano in the quarter-finals and he did the same here. Coria had lost only one of his last 13 fights. That loss was by just a single point on two cards against Artur Akavov who challenged Demetrius Andrade for the WBO title in his next fight.
Melbourne, Australia: Super Light: Terry Tzouramanis (22-4-3) W PTS 10 Gaige Ireland (6-3-2). In an all-Australian fight Tzouramanis keeps the WBC Asian Boxing Council belt with unanimous decision over former Australian champion Ireland. The 33-year-old Australian No 5 moves to 7 wins in his last 8 fights with the loss coming last July against Filipino southpaw prospect Jayar Inson. Ireland had won 3 of 4 going into this one.
Sluneta, Czech Republic: Heavy: Ali Eren Demirezen (11-0) W DISQ 6 Adnan Redzovic (19-3). Heavy: W Pavel Sour (11-1) W PTS 10 Tomasz Salek (9-1).
Demirezen vs. Redzovic
German-based Turk Demirezen too good for old Redzovic and makes a successful second defence of the WBO European title as Redzovic is disqualified. Demirezen could probably have ended this early but as this was his first fight in seven months and Redzovic was too old and too slow to pose any danger Demirezen settled for getting in some rounds. The hard straight punches from Demirezen were too much for Redzovic and when holding did not slow Demirezen’s attacks Redzovic resorted to spitting out his mouthguard to get some respite. He did that too often and after spitting in out again and turning away the referee disqualified him. The 29yo Demirezen was Turkish amateur champion and twice won gold medals at the prestigious Ahmet Comert Tournament beating England’s Joe Joyce in the final in 2013. He also represented Turkey at the World Championships and the 2016 Olympics. Poor Bosnian Redzovic, 42, was having his first fight since March 2018 and was knocked out in two rounds by Tom Schwarz in 2017.
Sour vs. Salek
Sour retains the national title in this clash between two former Czech amateur champions. Experience and tactics decided this one. Sour at 36 was 16 years older than challenger Salek and had more depth of experience. Against the younger and more aggressive Salek Sour boxed on the outside scoring with strong jabs connecting with quick counters and either moving or holding to stifle the attacks of Salek. In addition Salek fought from the second round with a bad cut over his left eye and that was one handicap too many for the young Salek. He tried hard under the urging from his corner by former European and interim WBO champion Lukas Konecny but came up short. Scores 99-90, 99-94 and 98-94. Sour will hold on to the Czech title and now look to challenge for an international belt. Salek was going past the sixth round for the first time. He is young enough to rebound. Sour was Czech super heavyweight champion in 2014 and 2015 and Salek followed him by winning the title in 2016,
Guatemala City, Guatemala: Light Heavy: Lester Martinez (1-0) W TKO 2 Ricardo Mayorga (32-12-1,1ND). Pitiful Mayorga takes a beating in the first round and despite efforts to fight back was being punished in the second until the referee stopped the fight. Third inside the distance loss in a row in only his third fight in sixteen months. Perhaps it will convince the 46-year-old Mayorga that he should put his gloves away. Although this was Martinez’s first pro fight he was a high level amateur winning gold medals at the 2011, 2012, 2013 Central American Championships, a silver at the World Youth Championships and competed for Guatemala at the World Championships.
Tokyo, Japan: Super Light: Koko Inoue (13-0) W PTS 10 Valentine Hosokawa (24-7-3). Those Inoue’s just can’t seem to stop winning. Southpaw Koki, a cousin of Naoya and Takuma Inoue, collects the Japanese title with a unanimous verdict over champion Hosokawa. Being 5 ½”" taller and much quicker than Hosokawa Inoue was looking to box on the outside. Hosokawa’s aggression kept him, in the fight and it was close after five rounds with the judges all giving Inoue a slight edge with scores of 48-47. From there Inoue took total control outboxing and outscoring Hosokawa and easing his way to victory. Scores 98-92, 98-93 and 97-93 for Inoue. Inoue, 26, had won 7 of his last 8 fights by KO/TKO but the 37-year-old Hosokawa, who was making the third defence of the title, never looked like folding.
Elvissa, Balearic Islands Spain: Super Feather: John Carter (10-0-1) W TKO 6 Victor Bonet (10-1-1). Carter invades Bonet’s back yard and retains the Spanish title with a stoppage victory. Carter attacked strongly from the start and by the end of the fifth was in front on the cards by 5, 3 and 1 points. Bonet was having problems with injuries to his hands and just could not hold off the champion. Carter was unloading heavily and the referee stopped the fight just as the towel came in from Bonet’s corner. The 24-year-old from Granada was making his first defence of the Spanish title. Bonet was gutsy but not quite good enough.
Port Elizabeth, South Africa: Super Feather: Azinga Fuzile (14-0) W PTS 12 Romulo Koasicha (27-7-0). Super Feather: Mila Mpontshana (15-1) W PTS 12 Koos Sibiya (21-13-4. Super bantam: Ayabonga Sonjica (8-0) W TKO 8 Asiphe Ntshili (8-5-1).
Fuzile vs. Koasicha
Local hero Fuzile continues his march towards a shot at IBF champion Tevin Farmer as he outclasses seasoned Mexican Koasicha to retain the IBF Inter-Continental title. Southpaw Fuzile dropped Koasicha with a left in the first round but Koasicha survived and took the fight to Fuzile. The South African “Golden Boy” was much too smart for Koasicha and despite the Mexican’s pressure he boxed and countered and eased his way to a one-sided victory. Scores 118-109 twice and 119-108 for Fuzile. The 22-year-old former African Youth champion is No 5 with the IBF but as the top two places are vacant he is much closer to a title fight than that would indicate. Koasicha was knocked out in ten rounds by Vasyl Lomachenko for the WBO featherweight title in 2015 but had won his last two fights.
Mpontshana vs. Sibiya
Mpontshana makes a successful fourth defence of his South African title with repeat victory over Koos Sibiya. The bout produced a strange range of scores with the judges turning in cards of 119-110, 116-112 and 115-113 which might lead you to think they all watched different fights. When Mpontshana retained the title with a points win over Sibiya in July the scores were much closer at 116-113, 115-113 and 114-113 which were more understandable. Now ten wins in a row for Mpontshana. Sibiya, 37, the South African No 4, was turned back for the fourth time in a challenge for the South African title.
Sonjica vs. Ntshili
Former top amateur Sonjica continues to show his power. He was much too good for Ntshili who took a pounding in round after round until the referee stepped in to save him in the eighth round. Southpaw Sonjica, 27, the brother of former IBO champion Thabo has won each of his eight fights inside the fifth round. As an amateur he competed at the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games, twice won gold at the African Cup of Nations and was a quarter-finalist at the Commonwealth Games. First loss inside th4e distance for South African No 8 Ntshili.
Fight of the week (Significance): No high profile fights this week
Fight of the week (Entertainment): Francisco Rodriguez vs. Oswaldo Novoa was exciting but Robert Talarek vs. Patryk Szymanski with ten knockdowns takes pride of place.
Fighter of the week : Ryan Ford for his away win against unbeaten Serge Michel with honourable mention to England’s Andrew Robinson for ending the 42 bout unbeaten streak of Pole Damian Jonak in Poland,
Punch of the week: The left hook from Xavier Martinez that destroyed John Vincent Moralde
Upset of the week: Both Ryan Ford and Andrew Robinson were brought over to lose but tore up the script
Prospect watch: No one I have not already tagged really stood out this week
Last week we tried to answer reddit user negative5's question "Best Fights No One Talks About?" with our first "Closet Classic", which saw us talk about the incredible war between Koji Sato and Makoto Fuchigami. Now we go across Asia, leaving Japan and landing in Cheonan, South Korea, for an incredible Super Featherweight brawl that really was action packed, insane, and took the best from both fighters, neither of whom was ever the same again.
Taek-Min Kim (13-3, 8) vs Sonny Manakane (14-9-3, 8)
Korean warrior Taek-Min Kim was a notoriously tough guy, with an iron chin. He had gained a reputation as having a head so hard that sparring partners were hurting their hands with him. Although he wasn't the best fighter out there, he was insanely tough, with his only stoppage loss up to this point being a freak 8th round KO defeat to Sung Tae Kim, in what genuinely goes down as a freak result. Kim's toughness had seen him claim the Korean Super Featherweight title, defeat a debuting Min Wook Kim and then go on to claim the PABA Super Featherweight title. He would be making his first defense when he took on Sonny Manakane.
Manakane, from Indonesia, was nothing special as a fighter. With 9 losses in his first 25 bouts we don't think it's any surprise if we were to say he was pretty flawed. He was however a hungry fighter, and had travelled to face the likes of Z Gorres, Fahprakorb Rakkiatgym, Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym and Terdsak Kokietgym. Coming into this he has won just 1 of his previous 4, had been stopped 7 times and wasn't expected to give Kim any issues. He was expected to be beaten, and beaten quickly. Kim would be too tough to be worried of the Indonesian journeyman right?
What no one expected was for Manakane to totally ignore the script, take the fight to kim, and try to break the iron jaw of the Korean. What we got from this supposed mismatch was a ridiculous war, with Manakane trying to behead Kim at every opportunity and Kim being forced to grit his teeth and battle back.
This wasn't pretty, this wasn't highly skilled, it was however thoroughly entertaining and a full on war! Something that every fight fan owes themselves a chance to watch! Seriously, you will not regret making time for this amazing battle! Sadly we don't have many Korean fights since this to really excite us, but this was something very special!
By - George Delis (@Delisketo)
-Alexander Povetkin (34-2): WBC #7/ WBA #9
The former Olympic & World champion will be returning to action on May 18. His goal is to face Deontay Wilder in 2019.
-Sergey Kuzmin (14-0): WBA #7 / IBF #11
Kuzmin won the WBA Intercontinental title last year, after he defeated David Price (23-6), and defended it for the first time against LaRon Mitchell (16-2). He marked his second one on March 9 against Joey Dawejko (19-7).
-Aleksei Egorov (8-0): WBA #7
The 2013 European champion added 3 more wins to his record in 2018, including one over former world title challenger Lateef Kayode (21-4). He fought Thomas Oosthuizen (28-3) on March 23rd in Russia.
-Dmitry Kudryashov (23-2): WBC #5
The former WBC Silver & WBA International champion began training for his upcoming fight. Details will be revealed soon.
-Murat Gassiev (26-1): WBC #1 WBA #5 / IBF #6 / WBO #7
The former WBA & IBF World champion will travel to the US this month to start training again. He still hasn’t decided on the weight class he will be competing at next.
-Yury Kashinsky (17-0): IBF #4 / WBA #4 / WBO #5 / WBC #7
Kashinsky continued his undefeated streak in 2018, adding 2 more victories to his record.
-Ruslan Fayfer (23-1): IBF #9 / WBC #12
Ruslan will take on successful amateur boxer Rashid Kodzoev (7-0) on April 20.
-Umar Salamov (23-1): WBO #4 / WBA #7
Salamov defends the WBO International title against Norbert Dabrowski (22-7) on April 18.
-Fedor Chudinov (19-2): WBA #3 / IBF #6 / WBC #6
The former WBA World champion returned after 8 months of inactivity and defeated Wuzhati Nuerlang (11-3) on March 23rd.
- Aidos Yerbossynuly (11-0): WBA #10
The Kazakh defeated Lukas Ndafoluma (15-2) on March 24, to become the WBA International champion. Aidos already holds the WBO Global & WBC Asia Continental titles.
-Azizbek Abdugofurov (12-0): WBC #5
Abdugofurov won the WBC Silver title last year.
-Gennady Golovkin (38-1): WBO #1 / WBA #1 / WBC #1 / IBF #11
GGG recently signed with DAZN. He is expected to fight on June 8 or 14.
-Magomed Madiev (12-0): WBA #5
Madiev remained undefeated in 2018 while also winning the WBA Asia title.
-Bakhram Murtazaliev (15-0): WBO #5 / IBF #10
Murtazaliev successfully defended his WBC United States championship for the first time, on February 2nd, against Elvin Ayala (29-13).
-Aram Amirkhanyan (12-0): WBO #7
Amirkhanyan earned his biggest victory to date against Khuseyn Baysangurov (14-1), this past December, to become the unified WBO International, WBA Continental & IBF International champion.
-Magomed Kurbanov (17-0): IBF #3 / WBA #9 / WBC #11
The former WBO International & Intercontinental champion earned a unanimous decision victory over Damian Ezequiel Bonelli (23-6) on February 22nd.
-Israil Madrimov (2-0): WBA #6
One of the most accomplished amateur Uzbek boxers (Asian Games Gold Medalist & World Championships Silver Medalist) made his successful pro debut in 2018. Madrimov’s second fight took place on March 9, where he knocked Frank Rojas (24-3) out in just 2 rounds, with the WBA Intercontinental title on the line.
-Kudratillo Abduqaxorov (16-0): IBF #1 / WBC #5 / WBO #11
The undefeated former WBC Silver champion earned a decision win over the 2 time WBO Asia Pacific champion Keita Obara (20-4), in an IBF world title eliminator, on March 30.
-Alexander Besputin (12-0): WBA #1 / IBF #5
The 2013 European champion expanded his winning streak to 12 in 2018 and also gained the USBA title. His next fight will take place on April 12 against Alfredo Blanco (20-7).
-Radzhab Butaev (11-0): WBA #5
The accomplished Russian amateur boxer knocked out 50 plus fight veteran Lanardo Tyner (35-15) on March 8.
-Nursultan Zhangabayev (7-0): WBA #10
Zhangabayev won the vacant WBA Intercontinental championship after defeating Matute (28-2) on March 24.
-Batyr Akhmedov (6-0): WBA #2
After stopping former interim WBA World Lightweight champion Ismael Barroso (21-3), Akhmedov successfully opened the new year, with a victory over Viktor Plotnikov (33-6) back in Russia.
-Shohjahon Ergashev (16-0): WBA #4 / IBF #7
The WBA International champion returned to the ring on February 15, defeating Mykal Fox (19-1).
-Maxim Dadashev (13-0): IBF #4 / WBC #7
Unbeaten Top Rank fighter Dadashev earned his 11th stoppage win over Ricky Sismundo (25-13) on March 23rd.
-Georgi Chelokhsaev (16-1): WBO #7
Chelokhsaev won the Eurasian title in 2018.
-Eduard Troyanovsky (27-2): WBA #8 / WBC #8
The former World champion failed to capture the WBA title last year.
-Roman Andreev (22-0): WBO #1 / IBF #11
The undefeated former WBO European & Intercontinental champion is next in line to face the winner of Lomachenko/Crolla for the WBO title.
-Zaur Abdullaev (11-0): WBC #2
The WBC Silver title holder stopped Humberto Martinez (33-9) on February 22nd.
-Shavkat Rakhimov (14-0): WBC #5 / IBF #6
Rakhimov marked his 3rd IBO title defense, against Rofhiwa Maemu (18-8), on March 23rd.
-Akzhol Sulaimanbek Uulu (14-0): WBA #6
Sulaimanbek stopped Pipat Chaiporn (46-13) in Russia, to defend his WBA Asia championship.
-Denis Shafikov (40-4): IBF #9
Shafikov fought Gaybatulla Gadzhialiev (6-1), this past February, to a draw.
-Tugstsogt Nyambayar (11-0): WBC #1 / IBF #7
The 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist recently defeated Claudio Marrero (23-3) to earn the vacant IBO belt. Prior to that, Nyambayar stopped 2 division champion Oscar Escandon (25-5). He’s now the mandatory challenger for Gary Russell’s WBC title.
-Murodjon Akhmadaliev (5-0): WBA #1
The 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist made his pro debut last year and amassed 5 victories (4 stoppages) as well as the WBA Intercontinental championship. Akhmadaliev could be challenging for the World title around Summer.
-Nikolai Potapov (20-1): WBO #5 / IBF #13
Potapov fought on March 30, scoring another win, this time against Adam Mbega (9-2). He’s already scheduled to return on April 27 to face former world title contender Stephon Young (18-1).
By Eric Armit
I have decided to rename the heavyweight division the Mirage Division. It is now thirty-years since we had a universal heavyweight champion and that was Mike Tyson who held the IBF, WBA and WBC titles. In May of 1989 Italian Francesco Damiani won the inaugural WBO title and since then no fighter has held all four belts. Despite what they may say promoters, TV and sanctioning bodies are quite happy with multiple champions. If there is just one champion then only one promoter has a heavyweight champion, with one champion cable TV will be lucky to get three or four heavyweight title fights a year to boost their ratings and the sanctioning bodies will be scrambling to get their share of the sanctioning fees and arguing over who appoints the officials etc. With more than one champion there is pie for everyone.
The “one champion” dream is like a mirage. When Wlad Klitschko held three titles the heavyweight division was like a dessert with no oasis in sight but Tyson Fury was a breath of fresh air a fighter who genuine seemed to want to unify the titles. His problems allowed the IBF and WBA to strip him and get their own champions which Klitschko’s dominance had been denying them so a sanctioning sandstorm obliterated the one champion mirage and we were back to sand and cacti. Along came Anthony Joshua who singly handed –well with the help of a great fight against Wlad Klitschko who received more praise in defeat than he had received when a champion-and the mirage loomed again. All it needed was a Joshua vs. WBC champion Deontay Wilder unifier. And the mirage would become reality. Joshua was the money man but Wilder’s ego got in the way. Ego is like any other obstacle if you pile the money high enough it can be overcome but Wilder seemed to think he was worth the Atlas Mountains so the desert sands blew again. Last year the Wilder vs. Fury fight was a bold commitment by both fighters and all we needed to set up a unifying Joshua fight was a clear winner-instead we got a draw. That only muddied the waters-OK a bad simile for a desert setting but you know what I mean.
All of the talk after the fight was of a quick return and the mirage popped up again until Bob Arum suddenly appeared on the scene and snapped up Fury. That’s like being attacked in the desert by a shark. Where did that come from? Bob Arum doesn’t do heavyweights! Whilst Don King was still bedazzled by heavyweights Arum was making great fights with smaller fighters. Now King has all but faded and Arum is still probably the No 1 promoter in the world (sorry about the probable bit Bob). With Fury on board and ESPN at his side he is now a huge player in the heavyweight triumvirate of Joshua, Wilder and Fury and it is now impossible to forecast what lies ahead for the division. Wlad Klitschko to return and Oleg Usyk moving up -.I feel like I blinked and the mirage disappeared-once again. I just hope that at the end of the year the triumvirate does not consist of Jarrell Miller, Dominic Breazeale and Tom Schwarz-now I have moved from mirage to nightmare.
The iron fist in the velvet glove and speak softly and carry a big stick are both old sayings which are both useful, sensible approaches to a variety of problems. I could wish the WBC would adopt one of them. To their credit that have been the most vocal and the most visible in the fight to combat the use of banned substance in boxing. They made it clear that anyone who did sign up to the WADA drug testing programme would not be rated by them. Good approach but not a consistent one. Their handling of French heavyweight star Tony Yoka has been more a case of a feather duster in a velvet glove. Just over a year ago Yoka was the biggest thing in French boxing. He had won a gold medal in Rio and signed a multi-million Euro contract with French TV. Yoka “missed” three appointments with the drugs testers in July 2016, September 2016 and March 2017and after a very long and intense investigation finally in March 2018 his home French Federation gave him a one year suspended sentence for missing those tests. On June 23 he beat British fighter David Allen and appeared for the first time in the WBC ratings issued on 5 July at No 29. No harm there as it was a suspended ban. In August the French Anti-Doping Agency (FADA), the testing authority in France reviewed the evidence and overturned that suspended ban and instigated a full one year ban on Yoka. In September after the full ban had been instituted and despite Yoka not having fought since the Allen fight he had climbed from No 39 to No 23 in the WBC ratings. In December despite still being under a ban by the recognised FADA and not having fought since June Yoka had climbed to No 11 in the WBC ratings a promotion from 39 to 11 whilst banned in his own country and without fighting. He is No 12 in their current ratings. That is disgraceful behaviour from a body that prides itself on being tough on drugs. They ignored the fact that both his home Federation and the FADA carried out months of investigation and suspended Yoka and instead promoted him 27 positions in their ratings when inactive. It is true that Yoka had never given a positive test but what signal does that send out. It seems that you can sign up for the WBC testing process and get rated safe in the knowledge that to avoid the damaging positive test you can dodge the testers with impunity and may even improving your rating. The process is stringent in France and the intentions by the WBC are clearly aimed at fighting the use of banned substance but the Yoka example shows that without the iron fist or the big stick and unless you support FADA and WADA instead of undermining them you are not going to stop people cheating.
It is still not clear whether the IOC will allow boxing at the 2020 Games. The AIBA finally saw sense with President Gafur Rahimov stepping down and a new interim President Mohamed Moustahsane from Morocco being appointed. Whilst that might be a positive step it still does not address the IOC’s concerns over the “governance, ethics and financial management “of the AIBA. The IOC has said they will not consider a report into these issues until 20 May and there is no certainty that any decision would be made then. The clock to Tokyo is clicking. I recall seeing that the WBA had offered to step in and take over the duties of the AIBA and when I saw the favoured WBA word “interim” I thought my worst fears had been realised.
Whether we like it or not Olympic boxing is going to change with a reduced number of male divisions and an increased female component. The male divisions will be 52, 57, 63, 69, 75, 81, 91 and +91kgs and the female 51, 57, 60, 69 and 75kgs. From the male view it seems tough on those countries that are strong in the 49kg division which has produced some great fighters.
Omar Chavez returns to the ring tomorrow night (6 April) on a show in Cancun. He faces welter Andres Villaman who is 15-1-1. If he loses it will have been a bad week for the sons of the fathers. Last weekend Jorge Paez Jr was stopped in two rounds by Gustavo Lemos. Neither Julio Cesar or Jorge Snr seems to have passed on a full complement of genes and neither of their sons will come near to achieving what their father did. Julio Cesar has already urged Omar to retire but Omar has not yet given up on the dream. In the top fight on the Cancun show two former world minimumweight champions will clash as former WBO and IBF champion Francisco Rodriguez faces former WBC champion Oswaldo Novoa.
An all-Canadian fight will be the feature in Indio on April 25 when Yves Ulysse 17-1 takes on 27-5-2 Steve Claggett. The current Canadian ratings have Claggett at No 1 and Ulysse No 3 but Ulysse will start favourite.
Still seems to be some doubt over who Gennady Golovkin will fight in New York on 8 June. Brandon Adams was the name in the frame but now French sources have WBC Silver champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam as a possibility seeing it as a WBC final eliminator for a shot at Saul Alvarez. N’Jikam ended Martin Murray’s career with a win in December but performed poorly against Ryota Murata so that will not sell well.
Can’t get too excited over the 27 April fight for the vacant IBF lightweight title between Robert Easter and Rances Barthelemy. Good fighters and ex-champions but can’t see their styles providing a good fight.
Polish sources say that Demetrius Andrade will be putting his WBO Middleweight title on the line against Maciej Sulecki on 8 June. Sulecki is 28-1 with his lone loss against Daniel Jacobs in April last year and he is coming off a victory over Gabriel Rosado.
World title fights to look forward to this month includes on 13th Jamie Munguia vs. Dennis Hagan for the WBO super welter, Clarissa Shields vs. Christina Hammer with the WBA, WBC and WBO female middleweight titles. Surely one of the best female matchups of all time, on 20th Terrence Crawford vs. Amir Khan-who is going to need a miracle to win, 26th Srisaket vs. Juan Francisco Estrada for the WBC super fly title and Daniel Roman and TJ Doheny to unify the IBF and WBA super bantamweight titles, 27th Regis Prograis vs. Kiryl Relikh for the WBA super welter, and Zolani Tete vs. Nonito Donaire for the WBA and WBO bantam titles. Boxing-the sport that keeps on giving!
At the end of last month Brazilian boxing fans were celebrating the 83rd birthday of the great Eder Jofre "The Golden Bantam”. The best boxer ever produced by Brazil and arguably one of the greatest bantamweights of all time who went 47-0-3 at the start of his career and lost just two of his 78 fights-and still going strong.
By Eric Armit
-Oleg Gvozdyk makes first defence of WBC light heavyweight title but disappointing end sees challenger Doudou Ngumbu forced out of the fight with a calf injury
-Angel Acosta halts Ganigan Lopez and retains WBO light flyweight belt
- Uzbek fighter Kudratillo Abdukakhorov outpoints Keita Obara in IBF welterweight eliminator
-WBO No 1 welterweight Egidijus Kavaliauskas is held to a draw by Ray Robinson
Mexican hot shot Eduardo makes it 28 wins25 by KO/TKO as he halts overmatched Ibrahim Class in two rounds
-David Avanesyan shocks Bilbao fans with stoppage of unbeaten local Kerman Lejarraga to win the European title
-On big Liverpool show Liam Smith starts on road to another world title shot with inside the distance victory over Sam Eggington, Robbie Davies unifies the European and British super lightweight titles with victory over European champion Joe Hughes , Philip Bowes retains Commonwealth super lightweight title with decision over Tom Farrell and Sean Fitzgerald decision wins split decision over Anthony Fowler in clash of unbeaten British super welterweight prospects.
-Highly touted Ryan Garcia impresses as he crushes Jose Lopez
-British heavyweight Kash Ali is disqualified for taking a bite out of David Price
WORLD TITLE SHOWS
Philadelphia, PA, USA: Light Heavy: Olek Gvozdyk (17-0) W TKO 5 Doudou Ngumbu (38-9). Welter: Kudartillo Abdukakhorov (16-0) W PTS 12 Keita Obara (20-4-1). Welter: Ray Robinson (24-3) DREW 10 Egidijus Kavaliauskas (21-0-1). Welter: Juan Ruiz (21-4,1ND) W TKO 4 Frederick Lawson (27-2). Middle: Christian Mbilli (14-0) W PTS 8 Humberto Gutierrez (33-8-2).
Gvozdyk vs. Ngumbu
Gvozdyk retains the WBC title in his first defence when challenger Ngumbu is forced to retire with a calf injury.
Very little action in the round. Both were posing and probing but falling short. Gvozdyk was tracking Ngumbu who was circling the perimeter of the ring and not looking to take any risks. A right cross and a left hook from Gvozdyk were enough to give him the round.
Score: 10-9 Gvozdyk
Plenty of movement in this round but to little purpose. Again what good work there was came from Gvozdyk but he was not pressing hard enough. Sensibly Ngumbu was still on the back foot not looking to stand and trade but not throwing many punches.
Score: 10-9 Gvozdyk Gvozdyk 20-18
Ngumbu showed much more aggression at the start of the third rolling forward throwing hooks from both hands. Gvozdyk did drive home a hard straight right but never really settled into the round and the busier Ngumbu just did enough to edge it.
Score: 10-9 Ngumbu Gvozdyk 29-28
Teddy Atlas gave Gvozdyk a strong telling off before of this round and it worked. Gvozdyk stepped up the pace and finally began to let his hands go. He was dangerous with some overhand rights but the tricky Ngumbu was still an elusive target and even threw in some showboating. The referee followed Ngumbu to his corner gave him a warning about holding.
Score 10-9 Gvozdyk Gvozdyk 39-37
Official Scores: 40-36 from Judge Steve Weisfeld,39-37 form Judge Mike Ross and 40-36 from Judge John McKale all for Gvozdyk.
The fight ended in disappointing fashion. After just one minute as Ngumbu stepped back from a Gvozdyk attack he suddenly collapsed against the top rope in pain from an injury to his right calf. He was unable to continue so the fight was stopped with Gvozdyk the victor. The champion had hardly even got into his stride before the finish and his corner were unhappy with his lack of fire. Ngumbu was not a strong challenger. He had had only one fight in the last 15 months and that was a majority decision victory over an 11-0 fighter. Can’t see anyone shouting for a return and Gvozdyk’s mandatory defence against Marcus Brown will give him a much tougher test. At 37 the Congolese/French Ngumbu is unlikely to get another title shot.
Abdukakhorov vs. Obara
Uzbek fighter Abdukakhorov wins an IBF eliminator to book his place in the queue for a shot at Errol Spence. Although Abdukakhorov was in charge over the late rounds some good early work from Obara and some close rounds led to very differing scores. The Uzbek ramped up the pressure in round after round and although leaving himself open to counters he outworked and outlanded Obara. The pressure almost paid off in the tenth when Obara seemed on the edge of defeat but he battled on to last the distance. Scores 118-110, 117-111 and 115-113 all for Abdukakhorov. Although born in Uzbekistan Abdukakhorov , 25, is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and has good wins over Charles Manyuchi and Dmitry Mikhaylenko but those two victories hardly seem enough to warrant a No 4 position with the IBF-in fact he is their second highest rated welterweight as the No’s 1 and 2 spots are vacant. He is young and unbeaten with an entertaining, aggressive style but a challenge against Errol Spencer would be a hard sell as he is relatively unknown. Obara, a former IBF lightweight title challenger, showed plenty of guts but was lucky to be in an eliminator as he had done nothing of note since being knocked out by Eduard Troyanovsky in 2016.
Kavaliauskas vs. Robinson
Disappointing result and disappointing performance from WBO No 1 Kavaliauskas but having said that he looked very unlucky not to get the decision. He was the stronger fighter and southpaw Robinson spent much of the fight with his back to the ropes as Kavaliauskas pressed inside and raked Robinson with body punches. Robinson was landing plenty of accurate jabs and counters and tried switching guards but was being outworked by the unbeaten Lithuanian. Kavaliauskas looked to have rattled Robinson badly in the eighth but other than that he never really looked like ending it early. Perhaps the local crowd lifted Philadelphian Robinson and convinced the judges that he was doing better than he was as one judge saw Robinson the winner. With shot at Terrence Crawford a distinct possibility later this year for Kavaliauskas he needed to be more impressive than he was here. Scores 95-95 twice and 97-93 for Robinson. Kavaliauskas, 30, retains the NABF title. Robinson steadies his career after a seventh round stoppage loss to Yordenis Ugas in February last year.
Ruiz vs. Lawson
Big setback for Lawson who had rebuilt steadily after a loss to Kevin Bizier in 2015. This was good kittle scrap that was really just catching fire when it ended in the fourth. As they came together Ruiz landed a right cross to Lawson’s head and they also banged heads. Lawson went down heavily on his back. The referee decided it was not the punch that put Lawson down and Lawson very unsteadily pulled himself up using the ropes and was visibly unsteady. After examining Lawson the referee signalled for the fight to continue despite Lawson still looking shaky. Ruiz rushed across to where Lawson was leaning on the ropes and fired off a series of light punches. With Lawson just covering up the referee stopped the fight. Mexican-based Venezuelan Ruiz was 20-0, 1ND before being stopped by Alex Besputin in 2017. He had lost 3 of his last 4 fights but with all of the losses being to unbeaten fighters. Ghanaian Lawson will have to start again.
Mbilli vs. Gutierrez
Montreal-based French hope Mbilli is taken the distance for the first time after thirteen inside the distance victories. Having his first pro fight in the USA may have affected him as he looked a bit one-paced over the first four rounds. He fought with more fire over the second half of the fight and despite never really having southpaw Gutierrez in any trouble he dominated the action. Scores 79-73 twice and 80-72. The 23-year-old Cameroon born “Siolide” is a former European Union Youth, French Senior and European Union Championships champion and was a quarter-finalist at the 2016 Olympics. He is still improving. Mexican Gutierrez is a former interim WBC super featherweight champion and was carrying 30lbs more than his super feather days so not too tough a test for Mbilli.
Indio, CA, USA: Light Fly: Angel Acosta (20-1) W KO 8 Ganigan Lopez (35-9). Super Feather: Eduardo Hernandez (28-0) W KO 2 Ibrahim Class (22-6). Feather: Joet Gonzalez (22-0) W KO 5 Rodrigo Guerrero (26-8-2). Super Light: Antonio Orozco (28-1) W PTS 10 Jose Rodriguez (25-13-1). Light: Ryan Garcia (18-0) W RTD 2 Jose Lopez (20-4-1).
Acosta vs. Lopez
Acosta proves too young, quick and hard punching for seasoned ex-champion Lopez and retains his WBO title for the third time.
Acosta made a fast start. He had Lopez on the retreat and was scoring with sharp rights and left hooks. He continued to hunt down the experienced Mexican southpaw firing quick flurries of hooks from both hands and dominated the round.
Score 10-9 Acosta
Lopez did better in this one. He was able to land long lefts to the body but again it was the flashing combinations from Acosta getting through and keeping him in control.
Score 10-9 Acosta Acosta 20-18
Acosta was hardly using his jab. He was darting in behind a left hook and then unleashing bursts of hooks and uppercuts. Many were missing but many were landing. Acosta’s hand speed was too much for Lopez but he fought back hard at the end of the round.
Score10-9 Acosta Acosta 30-27
A closer round. Lopez scored well early with his lefts to the body and Acosta was not as busy as he had been. However again the volume of punches by Acosta was enough to give him a slight advantage.
Score 10-9 Acosta Acosta 40-36
Official Scores Judge Robert Hoyle 40-36, Judge Lou Moret 40-36 and Judge Pat Russell 40-36 all for Acosta
Acosta took this one. He was darting in behind straight rights firing a series of hooks and uppercuts and getting out before Lopez could counter effectively. Lopez was just too slow but also looked to be trying to slow the fast pace Acosta was setting.
Score 10-9 Acosta Acosta 50-45
In the early action Lopez used his experience and a strong right jab to stave off Acosta’s attacks. Over the last minute Acosta moved up a gear and was landing with left hooks to the head with Lopez under lots of pressure. Acosta wastes a lot of punches but with such a high output he is always connecting with some of them.
Score: 10-9 Acosta Acosta 60-54
Acosta made a strong start and took Lopez to the ropes. He threw a couple of body punches and Lopez dropped to the floor but it was rightly ruled a slip so no count. Acosta continued to throw hooks but Lopez was able to come forward and land some lefts to the body as Acosta’s early fire faded but he had still landed more with Lopez firing one punch at a time.
Score 10-9 Acosta Acosta 70-63
Acosta changed to counter-punching at the start of this round. That encouraged Lopez to go forward looking to land lefts to the body. As they traded punches Lopez moved into the path of a short left hook from Acosta and was rocked badly by the punch. Acosta leapt forward throwing hooks as Lopez staggered back to the ropes. Lopez pitched forward grabbing Acosta around the waist and then dropping to his hands and knees as Acosta shook him loose. The referee counted Lopez out. With his flashing fists Acosta notches up win No 20 by KO/TKO but will face a much tougher task when he clashes with his No 1 contender Jonathan Taconing. Former WBC champion Lopez looked an old man on the night and it may be time to find a nail for his gloves.
Hernandez vs. Class
Hernandez obliterates overmatched Class in under five minutes. Hernandez patiently stalked a retreating Class through the first and connected with a few shots to soften the Tanzanian up. In the second “Rocky” put Class over with a brutal left hook. Class only just struggled to his feet at nine but Hernandez chased him into a corner and connected with some meaty hooks before connecting with a stunning right uppercut sending Class down and out. The 21-year-old from Mexico has 25 wins by KO/TKO giving him an 89% kayo ratio and has only once had to go past the fifth round for victory. Some reasonable opposition in his list of victims but no real high quality there yet but he is No 2 with the WBC so in theory should challenge for their title later this year. Class a good domestic level fighter had won 8 of his last 9 but was coming off a stoppage loss against unbeaten South African Azinga Fuzile in December
Gonzalez vs. Guerrero
Gonzalez overwhelms southpaw Guerrero. Gonzalez, a strong feather was just too much for the experienced southpaw Guerrero a former IBF super flyweight champion who was coming off a loss in an eight rounder in his last fight in April 2018. Gonzalez was pounding Guerrero from the outset. He floored and bloodied Guerrero’s nose in the first but Guerrero banged back. Despite that Gonzalez was in control and continued to punish Guerrero scoring another knockdown in the fourth and handing out enough punishment in the fifth to convince the referee that Guerrero needed to be rescued. The 25-year-old Gonzalez retains the WBO-NABO title. He has 13 wins by KO/TKO and is No 4 with the WBO but has been very carefully matched so far. Guerrero, 31, suffers his first loss by KO/TKO. This was his first fight since losing an eight rounder in April last year.
Orozco vs. Rodriguez
Orozco eases his way back with a good ten round points victory over a competitive Rodriguez. Scores 97-93 twice and 99-91 for Orozco. This is his first outing since hitting the floor a couple of times when losing a wide unanimous decision to Jose Carlos Ramirez in a challenge for the WBC title in September. He will be aiming to work his way to another title shot but like a few other super lights will have to wait to see how the WBSS tournament ends. Rodriguez a good choice for Orozco. The Mexican was 3-1-1 going in with the loss being to Jose Pedraza and the draw coming in February against unbeaten Bakhtiyar Eyubov.
Garcia vs. Lopez
Another outstanding display from youngster Garcia as he floors Lopez who stays in his corner after the second round. Lopez was rolling forward trying to hustle the composed Garcia out of his stride. He was forcing Garcia to the ropes and pitching hooks from both hands. Garcia seemed content to be on the back foot and firing fast, accurate jabs. That changed just before the bell when Garcia suddenly exploded with a series of lightning hooks of his own and a right to the head staggered Lopez. In the second Lopez was hustling again but Garcia was dropping in rights to the head on the advancing Lopez. As in the first Garcia suddenly exploded marching forward bombarding Lopes with punch after punch. Lopez tried to duck and weave but was being caught with heavy head punches and went down. He made it to his feet with the referee giving him a hard examination before indication for the fight to resume just as the bell went. Lopez was finished and retired in his corner. Fifteenth win by KO/TKO for the 20-year-old who already has wins over Jayson Velez, Carlos Morales and Braulio Rodriguez . Puerto Rican Lopez, 25, was 15-0-1 at one time but is now 5-4 in his last nine but with wins over Orlando Cruz and Miguel Angel Gonzalez in there.
Lille, France: Light Heavy: Matthieu Bauderlique (17-1) W RTD 8 Mustafa Chadlioui (12-5-2). Light: Yvan Mendy (42-5-1,1ND) W TKO 8 Hakim Ben Ali (21-7),
Bauderlique vs. Chadlioui
Sparkling display from Bauderlique as he outboxes dangerous Chadlioui early and then breaks him down to force the Moroccan’s retirement. The French hope used his right jab to control the early action. Chadlioui was storming forward trying to get inside and paying for the tactics as Bauderlique landed strong counters to head and body. Chadlioui looked to have shaken Bauderlique late in the sixth but Bauderlique upped the pace scoring with four and five punch combinations. Bauderlique continued to punish Chadlioui in the seventh and eighth and the Moroccan retired at the end of the eighth round. Bauderlique wins the vacant WBA Inter-Continental title with his ninth win by KO/TKO. He was in front 79-72 twice and 80-71 at the finish. The son of a former pro boxer he won a bronze medal in Rio and is a former AIBA Pro champion. Spanish-based Chadlioui, 35, suffers his second loss by KO/TKO.
Mendy vs. Ben Ali
Mandy keeps busy with stoppage of Ben Ali in a clash for the vacant WBA International title. Mendy put Ben Ali down four times before the referee halted proceedings. After a knockdown in the second Ben Ali went into survival mode and Mendy had problems prising open the Belgian’s defence. Mendy struggled to impress with his corner constantly urging him to show more fire. Without ever really getting out of second gear Mendy floored Ben Ali again in the fifth and sixth and when a left hook put Ben Ali down in the eighth the referee had seen enough and halted the fight. At 33 time is against the “Lion”. he was unable to translate his upset victory over Luke Campbell in 2015 into a world title shot despite a run of good victories and his loss to Campbell in September last year was a huge blow. He is No 8 with the WBC and would be good challenger for any of the lightweight champions but it looks unlikely that he will get a title shot. Ben Ali lost tough asks against unbeaten fighters Faroukh Kurbanov and Joe Cordina but had won his last two fights.
Bangkok, Thailand: Feather: Nop Kratingdaenggym (23-1) W KO 2 JR Magboo (17-3-2). Nop (real name Anurak Thisa) collects the vacant WBA Asia title with victory over Filipino Magboo. Nop went to the body immediately and it paid off. Early in the second a left hook to the body sent Magboo down and he was unable to beat the count. The 27-year-old Nop lost on a third round kayo against Nehomar Cermeno for the secondary WBA super bantam title in 2016 and he is hoping a run of six wins might get him into the ratings again. Second loss by KO/TKO for former Filipino super bantam champion Magboo.
San Antonio, TX, USA: Super Light: Kendo Castaneda (16-0,1ND) W PTS 10 Eudy Bernardo (24-4). San Antonio’s Castaneda remains unbeaten with unanimous points victory over Dominican Bernardo. It was not one of Castaneda’s most impressive showings. He was trying too hard for the knockout and Bernardo used his experience garnered against some tough opposition to stay in the fight and stay competitive. Castaneda was a clear winner but will have better nights. Scores 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93 all for Castaneda. The 25-year-old former National Golden Gloves bronze medallist is making steady progress. The No Decision was a fight he won in 2016 with the result being changed when Castaneda tested positive for a banned substance. Bernardo 32 was 21-0 at one time but times have been harder since then.
Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico: Light: Roman Martinez (30-3-3,1ND) W KO 8 William Gonzalez (30-11). Super Fly: Jeyvier Cintron (10-0) W KO 1 Eliecer Quezada (22-9-3,1ND). Super Bantam: Luis Lebron (16-0-1) W TKO 3 Jose Flores (6-9). Heavy: German Garcia (5-1) W KO 3 Clayton Laurent (3-1).
Martinez vs. Gonzalez
Martinez struggles early but finishes well. Martinez made a cautious start against an aggressive Gonzalez who was taking the fight to Martinez in the first. Martinez began to roll in the second coming forward firing hooks and Gonzalez stood and punched with him in a lively round. They brawled throughout the third. Gonzalez was busier throwing more punches and finding the target too easily. Martinez had the power but Gonzalez had him pinned to the ropes as they worked inside at the end of the round with Martinez showing a swelling around his left eye and Gonzalez cut over his right eye. The fourth was a hard round. Gonzalez was trying to come forward but by the end of the round Martinez was beginning to score with strong rights. The fifth was brutal as they traded punches for the whole three minutes with Gonzalez soaking up some heavy punches but forcing Martinez on to the back foot and outworking him inside. Despite swellings under both eyes Gonzalez continued to walk forward in the six with Martinez constantly under pressure but landing some stiff right counters. More pressure from Gonzalez in the seventh as he kept Martinez pinned to the ropes and worked inside. Martine looked tired but again he was throwing less but heavier shots. Gonzalez tried to come forward in the eighth but was constantly dabbing at the blood running into his eye from a cut over his left eye. Martinez refused to retreat and as Gonzalez came forward Martinez clipped him with a right to the chin. Gonzalez legs wobbled and Martinez drove forward punching Gonzalez across the ring. Gonzalez reached the ropes and then pitched forward and down on his knees and the fight was stopped. “Rocky “Martinez got the win but he was being given a whole load of trouble by the 38-year-old Nicaraguan and it was not an impressive showing. The 36-year-old Puerto Rican had three spells as WBO super feather champion and this is his first fight since a fifth round kayo loss to Vasyl Lomachenko in June 2016. He has said this will be his last year as a boxer and wants one more title fight but he will have to improve on this showing. Gonzalez came to win but instead gets his fifth loss in a row so should not have been this much of a problem for Martinez.
Cintron vs. Quezada
Despite supposedly being orthodox both fighters started out as southpaws and stayed that way for the brief time the fight lasted. After some early sparring Cintron trapped the more experienced Quezada on the ropes and cut loose with a succession of hooks from both hands. Quezada worked his way of the ropes but when Cintron again put together a fierce combinations Quezada stood and tried to match the young Puerto Rican. A big mistake as Cintron nailed him with explosive right hook that put Quezada on his back and he was counted out. Only ten fights but already the 24-year-old Cintron is rated WBO 8/IBF 12(11). The son of a former pro of the same name Cintron is the only Puerto Rican to have competed at two Olympics, the 2012 and 2016 and twice beat current unbeaten IBF champion Emmanuel Rodriguez. This his fifth win by KO/TKO. Fifth loss by KO/TKO for Quezada who in better days had gone the distance with Cristofer Rosales and current IBF light flyweight champion Felix Alvarado.
Lebron vs. Flores
Easy night for Lebron as he halts Flores inside three rounds. “Popeye” Lebron had height and reach over Mexican Flores and had Flores under pressure from the start. Lebron was piling forward with Flores lacking the skill or the power to keep the Puerto Rican out and there is no way this was going to go ten rounds. In the second Lebron cornered Flores and landed a series of hooks with Flores dropping to his knees. He beat the count and tried to take the fight to Lebron before going down on his knees again from a left hook. After the count he was down for third time but the referee ruled that Lebron’s punch had landed on the back of Flores head so no count. Some more hooks and uppercuts floored Flores at the bell. Flores tried to come forward in the third but when he was dropped by a left hook the referee stopped the fight. Tenth win in a row for the 24-year-old Lebron. Flores was a very late substitute and is no 2-7 in his last 9 fights.
Garcia vs. Laurent
Upset here as Mexican Garcia flattens highly favoured Laurent in the third. Laurent had height and weight over Garcia with Laurent being 6’5 ½” and 287lbs and southpaw Garcia 6’2” and 221lbs. Laurent was rumbling forward in the first using his physical advantages to force Garcia back. Mexican Garcia was quicker and finding Laurent an easy target with neither fighter showing much in the way of defence. The second was a brawl with Garcia looking dangerous with rights and Laurent looking to be getting on top as the round closed. Laurent was trying to walk through Garcia’s punches in the third but as he threw a right Garcia landed with a right to the forehead of his own. Laurent’s legs stiffened and then he dropped to the floor on his back. He tried to rise but actually finished up face down and was counted out. In his last fight in March 2018 Garcia, 30, had been stopped in two rounds by a fighter having his first pro fight but his four wins had all come by way of KO/TKO. US Virgin Islander Laurent, 28, had competed at the 2007 and 2009 World Championships the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games and the 2016 Olympics so with that background looked a sure winner.
Belfast, Northern Ireland: Middle: Luke Keeler (16-2-1) W PTS 10 Conrad Cummings (16-3-1). Light Heavy: Steven Ward (10-0) W PTS 8 Josip Perkovic (5-9-1).Welter: Tyrone McKenna (18-1-1) W PTS 6 Oscar Amador (10-16).
Keeler vs. Cummings
Keeler regains the WBO European title with comprehensive victory over Cummings in a heated return fight. Keeler set a fast pace outpunching Cummings in the first but it was much closer in the second. In the third Keeler’s strong jabbing put Cummings on the back foot. A left hook opened a cut by Cummings right eye and they traded heavy punches to the bell. Keeler’s jab gave him the edge in the fourth but Cummings banged back with hooks in the fifth. Keeler’s jab was proving decisive and he was picking up the points in the sixth and seventh with that punch and some hurtful hooks and uppercuts. Cummings started the eighth strongly and this time his jab was doing the better work but Keeler scored with a hard right counter that sent Cummings onto the retreat. Keeler outboxed Cummings in the ninth and with the fight won he skated through the tenth piercing Cumming’s guard with quick light shots from both hands. Scores 98-92 twice and 99-91 for Keeler. The Dublin fighter had scored a wide points victory over Cummings for the title in April last year but had then had to relinquish the title. Cummings had won the vacant title with a victory over Hungarian novice Ferenc Berki in December so was making his first defence. The 31-year-old Keeler will now be looking to build on this to land some big fights. The future is less certain for 27-year-old Cummings but he is a popular entertaining fighter with a big following so he will regroup and come back.
Ward vs. Perkovic
Just a marking time fight for Ward as he decisions late choice opponent Perkovic. “The Quiet Man” worked away to the body of the Croat fighter and was slowly breaking him down. Ward had Perkovic in deep trouble in the sixth with those body punches but was not able to close the fight out. Perkovic made it out of the round and some of the fire seemed to go out of the fight in the last two rounds as Ward boxed his way to victory. Referee’s score 79-73 for Ward. The tall Belfast fighter won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games at 91kg but is looking comfortable at light heavy in the pros. He is ready to step up. Perkovic usually goes the distance which has made him a popular loser and he has fought in eight different countries in his 15 contests.
McKenna vs. Amador
Paid sparring for southpaw McKenna as he gets a welcome easy night after three hard ten round fights in 2018. He had no real trouble decisioning the perennial loser from Nicaragua but Amador was busy enough to keep the fight interesting and McKenna took the chance to get in six rounds of work with an important fight against Ohara Davies looking likely later this year. Referee’s card 60-54 for McKenna. Ninth loss on the bounce for Barcelona-based Amador.
Toronto, Canada: Heavy: Olek Teslenko (16-0) W PTS 10 Fabio Maldonado (26-2). Welter: Custio Clayton (16-0) W KO 6 DeMarcus Corley (51-33-1). Super Welter: Stanyslav Skorokhod (18-2) W KO 2 Jose Zuniga (16-6-1). Middle: Patrice Volny (14-0) W RTD 2 Nicolas Holcapfel (10-1).
Teslenko vs. Maldonado
Ukrainian Teslenko outpoints Brazilian oldie Maldonado. Teslenko went looking for a quick win and handed out some fierce punishment in the first and second rounds. Maldonado is an experienced survivor and managed to get through those early attacks and stay in the fight. Teslenko seemed to run out of ideas when Maldonado did not fold and although winning by a wide margin on the cards never really had Maldonado in any serious trouble. It had been some time since Teslenko had to go past six rounds for a win and his failure to pace the fight, too much holding and a low work rate from Teslenko saw Maldonado strong at the end. Scores 98-92 for Teslenko from all three judges. The right decision but the scores were a little unkind to Maldonado. Teslenko wins the vacant WBA-NABA title. The 26-year-old 6’4” Canadian champion Teslenko has a University degree and is a former member of the Ukrainian Army. He has built a big following in Toronto and is making good progress. Maldonado, 39, has a deceptive record as his first 20 victims only had nine wins between them and the other six were not much better but he went the full ten rounds against big punching Oscar Rivas in December
Clayton vs. Corley
Another impressive performance from Clayton as he beats former WBO champion Corley. Clayton was in charge from the start. Corley has a wealth of experience and that allowed him to survive over the early rounds. Clayton gradually wound up the pressure rocking Corley in the fifth and finishing him in the sixth. He pinned Corley to the ropes and unleashed a ferocious attack that was too much for Corley who went down and was counted out. A top amateur Clayton was Canadian champion three times and competed at the 2012 Olympics and 2014 Commonwealth Games. This victory makes it eleven by KO/TKO and he is rated WBO 7/IBF 11(9). Now 44 Corley suffers his eighth loss by KO/TKO .
Skorokhod vs. Zuniga
Puncher Skorokhod starts his rebuilding with spectacular kayo of Mexican Zuniga. The Ukrainian was returning after losing a split verdict to unbeaten Aram Amirkhanyan in Kiev in June . Skorokhod moves to 15 wins by KO/TKO. His other loss was also a split decision that one against John Thompson in the semi-finals of the 2015 Boxcino Tournament . Zuniga had won 9 of his last 10 with the loss being a second round stoppage against unbeaten Brit Josh Kelly.
Volny vs. Holcapfel
Volny gets his ninth inside the distance victory as he forces second round retirement by Slovakian teenager Holcapfel. After edging the first a body punch in the second had Holcapfel down and in pain and it was no surprise when his corner pulled him out at the end of the round. Following his good win over Albert Onolunose Volny is now No 13(12) with the IBF. Holcapfel, 18, in way over his head.
Quilmes, Argentina: Super Fly: Fernando Martinez (9-0) W KO 7 Carlos Farias (13-17-3). “Little Lion” Martinez much too good for Farias in a non-title bout. The Argentinian champion dominated the fight with his superior skills and harder punching. Farias was never really able to get into the fight before it ended in the seventh. Martinez landed a series of left hooks then drove Farias to a corner and unloaded with hard punches from both hands. The referee stepped in and gave Farias a standing count . When the action resumed Martinez walked forward and landed a lethal left hook that sent Farias down, He made it to the vertical but was swaying badly and the referee stopped the fight. An elite level amateur Martinez represented Argentina at the 2009, 2011 and 2015 World Championships and the 2016 Olympics. In addition he was a member of the Los Angeles Matadors and Argentinian Condors in the WSB. Eighth loss in a row for poor Farias
Massy, France: Middle: Anderson Prestot (22-1) W Jose Fandino (13-5). Prestot adds another belt to his collection as he halts Spaniard Fandino to win the vacant WBC Mediterranean title. Fighting in his home town Prestot built a lead over the opening three rounds but Fandino took the punishment and connected with some solid hooks as Prestot’s work rate dropped. The Frenchman has had problems of this nature in the past but he is a better tactician now and settled to boxing behind a quick, accurate jab and used some sharp uppercuts to blunt Fandino’s attacks. Fandino only just survived the eighth but some heavy hits by Prestot in the ninth saw the referee give Fandino a standing count and when the Spaniard went down again the fight was stopped. Prestot is European Union champion so will be hoping for a shot at the European title this year. A member of the French Traveller community he was French champion but on the eve of a title defence he received a call saying one of his son’s had been badly burned in a domestic accident so instead of fighting he headed off to find how serious the injuries were and so relinquished the national title. His son has now recovered. Fandino fought hard in this one. It was his second fight in seven weeks having lost on a split decision for the vacant Spanish title in February.
Rome, Italy: Light: Gianluca Ceglia (15-3-1) W TKO 7 Pasquale Di Silvio (21-10-3). Ceglia wins the vacant European Union title with stoppage of seasoned pro Di Silvio in a dramatic all-Italian contest. The drama started in the opening round with Di Silvio finding himself on the floor. He beat the count but had to use all of his experience to make it to the bell. Ceglia continued to hunt Di Silvio down in the second and third pinning him to the ropes and pounding away to head and body. In the fourth a heavy counter from Di Silvio suddenly had Ceglia’s legs wobbling and in the fifth a three-punch combination floored Ceglia. He survived but in the sixth was cut in a clash of heads and things looked to be going Di Silvio’s way. Ceglia changed that and won the title in the seventh. A right to the head saw Di Silvio dip at the knees and a left put him on the canvas and the fight was stopped. A great title fight. Hopefully winning the EU title will make the 29-year-old former undefeated Italian champion Ceglia more active. He had only one fight in 2016, one in 2017 and fought a split draw with Di Silvio in April last year-his only fight of the year. Local hero Di Silvio, 39, is also a former Italian champion who was 4-5-1 in 10 Italian title fights.
Dzierzoniow, Poland: Welter: Lukasz Wierzbicki (18-0) W KO 9 Mykola Vovk (15-4). Welter: Michal Lesniak (10-1-1) W TKO 7 Vladyslav Gela (9-1).
Wierzbicki vs. Vovk
Tall southpaw Wierzbicki retains the Polish title with kayo of Ukrainian Vovk. As expected Vovk took the fight to the taller Wierzbicki with the Pole using some good movement and counters. Vovk stepped up the pace in the second and third trying to hustle Wierzbicki out of his stride and roughing the Pole up somewhat. In the fourth a right hook from Wierzbicki dumped Vovk on the boards but he was only shaken and went back to pressurising the local fighter. Vovk was warned for low punches in the sixth but had a strong seventh and looked to have Wierzbicki in trouble until he landed another low punch which gave Wierzbicki some valuable recovery time. Pressure from Vovk had Wierzbicki on the back foot in the eighth but he was looking steadier and slotting home some sharp counters. Vovk continued to march forward in the ninth but an explosive right hook to the chin put him down on his back under the ropes. He climbed to his feet but just too late and the fight was over. Sixth win by KO/TKO for 28-year-old Wierzbicki but time for him to step up to higher quality opposition if he is to improve of his No 22 ranking in the EU lists. First loss by KO/TKO for Vovk.
Lesniak vs. Gela
Lesniak wins the vacant Polish International title with stoppage of Ukrainian Gela. Lesniak was bigger and stronger and although Gela was able to match Lesniak in the early rounds Lesniak gradually took control. He hurt Gela on a number of occasions with body punches and that was how the fight ended. A wicked left hook to the body had Gela backing away. He did not go down but stood still and then bent in half in agony. The referee stopped the action to establish the Ukrainian’s ability to continue but he could not straighten up and the referee had to waive the fight over. Lesniak was moving up to welter having drawn in a previous attempt to win the Polish super light title. Gela, just 19, was having his first fight outside of the Ukraine and his first fight scheduled for ten rounds.
Melrose, MA, USA: Super Welter: Greg Vendetti (21-3-1) W PTS 10 Alan Zavala (15-4). Light: Ryan Kielczewski (30-4) W PTS 8 Nick Otieno (31-16). Super Light: Luis Arcon (6-0) W TKO 2 Zack Ramsey (8-7).
Vendetti vs. Zavala
Vendetti gets back to winning ways with points verdict over Mexican Zavala. Offence is Vendetti’s default position and he needed to be that way here. Zavala was much taller with a longer reach so Vendetti had to take the fight to Zavala. He was able to duck past the jab and work with short punches inside with Zavala doing his best work at distance. It was a busy, fast paced contest and Zavala was not looking to run or hide and did some good work with his jab and straight rights. Vendetti’s movement, aggression and hand speed gave him the edge and he was also that bit busier but Zavala was competitive until he tired late in the fight. The Mexican was a short-notice substitute and slowed in the ninth still punching but dropping his arms repeatedly. Vendetti pressed hard and a right sent Zavala into the ropes. Vendetti attacked strongly but an exhausted Zavala fought back hard. A clash of heads early in the tenth saw Zavala cut on his left eyelid but he survived a doctor’s inspection and connected with a left uppercut that was probably the best punch in the fight. Both finished strongly with Vendetti a clear winner. Scores 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93 for “The Villain” . Vendetti lost on a second round stoppage in December against world class French fighter Michel Soro and that is the only loss for Vendetti in his last 18 fights. The 28-year-old local will be looking to build back to that level. Zavala, 25, was coming off a loss to unbeaten Travell Mazion in September but before that had won twelve in a row eleven by KO/TKO.
Kielczewski vs. Otieno
Kielczewski takes unanimous decision over Kenyan oldie Otieno. Kielczewski was too young and too quick for Otieno. He was able to score well with his jab and drop in some right hands. Otieno is really too small to be fighting lightweights but he showed some clever moves and kept trying to get inside and work with hooks and uppercuts. Kielczewski seemed to rock Otieno with a right in the third but other than that Otieno was never in any real trouble. Kielczewski was working the jab well and with neither man being a big puncher it provided Kielczewski with eight rounds of useful work at low risk and provided Otieno with a pay day. Scores 80-72, 79-72 and 79-73 all for Kielczewski. The 29-year-old “Polish Prince” is 4-2 in his last 6 fights with the losses being to good quality opponents in Frankie de Alba and Tommy Coyle. There were high hopes for him when he went 22-0 at the start of his career but he may now have found his ceiling. Otieno, 45, is now 0-5 in his fights in the USA but has only failed to last the distance twice in his 47 bout career.
Arcon vs. Ramsey
Former top amateur Arcon makes it six out of six by KO/TKO with stoppage of Ramsey. In the first Arcon, a fighter with a very upright stance, opened up early bombing Ramsey with long hooks and uppercuts. Arcon trapped Ramsey in a corner and scored with a series of punches to head and body. Ramsay slumped to his knees and Arcon was lucky to get away with a right to the head that landed whilst Ramsey was on one knee. The referee considered a couple of Arcon’s hooks had landed low and did not apply a count . Just before the bell a volley of punches from Arcon forced Ramsey to go down on one knee and this time the referee did count. In the second Arcon tracked Ramsey around the ring then shook Ramsey with a left hook and a right to the head before connecting with a couple of left hooks that dropped Ramsey to his hands and knees at the two minute mark of the round. Although the referee started the count he could see Ramsey was finished and waived the fight off. The lanky 26-year-old Venezuelan won a silver medal at the South American championships and a bronze at the PanAmerican Games. He beat Gary Russell in the Americas qualifier for Rio but did not get past the preliminary round at the Olympics. Sixth loss in a row for Ramsey.
Liverpool, England: Super Welter: Liam Smith (27-2-1) W TKO 5 Sam Eggington (24-6). Super Light: Robbie Davies Jr (17-1) W PTS 12 Joe Hughes (17-4-1). Super Light: Philip Bowes (20-3) W PTS 12 Tom Farrell (16-2). Super Welter: Scott Fitzgerald (13-0) W PTS 10 Anthony Fowler (9-1).Heavy: David Price (24-6) W DISQ 5 Kash Ali (15-1). Super bantam: Paul Butler (28-2) W PTS 6 Fadhili Majiha (23-12-4).
Smith vs. Eggington
Smith returns to winning ways as he proves too strong for a game and competitive Eggington and picks up the vacant WBC Silver title. Smith made a strong start with Eggington spending most of the opening round with his back against the ropes as Smith unloaded with left hooks and uppercuts. Eggington was countering but with much less power. Eggington did much better in the second. He stayed off the ropes for most of the round slotting jabs throught Smith’s guard and connecting with quick combination. Over the last thirty seconds Smith forced Eggington into a corner and connected with punches to Eggington’s head. In the third and fourth Eggington threw more punches and landed more but the power shot were coming from Smith particularly some of his trade mark left hooks to the body and thudding rights to the head. A left hook and straight right had Eggington hurt in the fifth and a relentless Smith raked him with hooks, uppercuts and straight rights until with very little coming back from Eggington the referee stepped in and stopped the contest. First fight for Smith since his points defeat against Jaime Munguia for the WBO title last July. He showed he is still a force in this division and will be looking to put in another title challenge later this year. Former European welterweight champion Eggington is rebuilding after a shock stoppage loss against Tanzanian Hassan Mwakinyo in September. Here lacked the power to match Smith.
Davies vs. Hughes
There were two titles at stake here with Davies putting his British title on the line and Hughes risking his European title. In the end it was Davies who walked away with two belts with a unanimous decision that was not unanimous with the fans. Hughes made a confident start. Davies was switching guards but Hughes focused on his task and by the end of the round he had taken the points and given Davies a bloody nose. In the second and third despite his nose still bleeding strongly Davies did some good work inside but Hughes pressed hard in two close rounds and just had a small lead. He extended that lead over the fourth and fifth doing useful work inside and rocking Davies with a left hook in the fifth. There was a danger that Davies was letting the fight get away but he was sharper than Hughes in the sixth and outboxed him in the seventh as he made some space to work on the outside. The eighth saw plenty of trading and was close and the pace dropped as they both tired in the ninth. Davies was again able to box on the outside in the tenth and was countering the advancing Hughes with quick accurate punches .He kept that impetus into the eleventh but Hughes worked hard and it was a round that could have been scored either way. I had Hughes slightly ahead but Davies had more left in the last and despite Hughes best efforts to try to get Davies to stand and trade Davies finished the round stronger. Scores 118-110, 115-113 and 115-114 all for Davies. We call them as we see them but the 118-110 looked very hash on Hughes with some seeing him as the winner. Davies, 29, will be hoping that this win will push him up the WBA ratings where he was No 9. This was a voluntary defence of the European title for Hughes so Davies should now meet the mandatory challenger Sandor Martin. Hughes deserves a return but he will have to wait for that and meanwhile may look for some domestic opposition.
Bowes vs. Farrell
Bowes returns to action after just a one month break and outpoints Farrell to retain the Commonwealth title he won with a victory over Benson Nyilawila on 2nd February. Farrell had won his last three fights but against opposition who would be flattered to be described as modest. Southpaw Bowes simply never let the local boxer get into the fight. He was quicker and more varied in his work with Farrell pressing the fight for much of the time but without success. Bowes swept the first five rounds with Farrell taking the sixth but not being able to build on that as Bowes was even confident enough to stand and trade with the harder puncher. He put the fight beyond Farrell’s reach by outscoring the challenger over the seventh, eighth and ninth. Farrell rallied over the tenth and eleventh as Bowes slowed but Bowes boxed his way confidently enough in the last to emerge a comfortable winner. Scores 118-110, 118-111 and 117-112 for Bowes. The 34-year-old from East London is now 11-1 in his last 12 fights. Farrell’s other loss was a stoppage against Ohara Davies in 2017.
Fitzgerald vs. Fowler
In a fast-paced skilful clash of unbeaten prospects a last round knockdown by Fitzgerald is all the separates them after ten entertaining rounds with Fitzgerald taking a split decision. Both were looking to get their jab working early and each was looking to dominate the centre of the ring. Fowler was just that bit sharper with his jabs but the first two rounds were very close and if one fighter landed a good punch then the other was looking to bang back immediately. Fowler had the better of the third. He was circling Fitzgerald and using his longer reach to spear Fitzgerald who was replying with some quick hooks to the body. Neither fighter was looking to clinch and the referee might as well have sat in the front row for all the work he was required to do. If Fowler had edged in front then Fitzgerald began to eat into the lead in the fourth as he connected with some good right crosses, The fifth was close but perhaps was just edged by Fowler although he suffered a cut over his left eye but Fitzgerald captured the sixth and seventh again with some sharp right hands and edged the eighth. Fowler cut loose in a hectic ninth. He was driving Fitzgerald around the ring with hooks and uppercuts. Fowler almost seemed to have punched himself out but he was still the one doing most of the scoring but he looked a very tired man at the end of the round. For me Fowler was one point in front going into the tenth. Fowler had the better of the early exchanges but then Fitzgerald stepped in with three left hooks that sent Fowler back and down. He was up at five but the look on his face said he knew how important that knockdown was to his chances and the fight ended without any more fireworks. Scores 95-94 twice for Fitzgerald and 96-95 for Fowler. The 27-year-old Fitzgerald wins the vacant WBA International title and will now probably go on to challenge Ted Cheeseman for the British title. Setback for Fowler but more of a bump in his career than a derailment and he will be back and winning again soon.
Price vs. Ali
Farcical ending to this one with Ali thrown out for biting. Price had huge advantages in height and reach and over the first two rounds Ali tried to come in under Price’s jab and Price tried to measure Ali for chopping rights but neither had much success. Price began to find the target in the third and things got rough with Price showing a red mark on that shoulder complaining of a bite from Ali and Ali losing a point for a punch to the back of the head. Price was in charge in the fourth using his jab well and connecting with strong uppercuts. Both fighters had some success in the fifth until Price looked to have shaken Ali with a right. Ali then leaned heavily on Price so that they tumbled to the canvas with Ali on top. When the referee managed to prise Ali off Price it was obvious that Ali had bitten Price just below his left ribs and the referee immediately disqualified Ali. Madness. A win for Price but he struggled against a very ordinary Ali and he shows no signs of improvement. Ali has had his licence suspended by the British Board of Control.
Butler vs. Majiha
Butler gets six rounds of work against Tanzanian Majiha but has to work for his win as Majiha put in a good effort and was competitive enough to make it closer than expected. Referee’s score 58-56 for Butler as he marks time awaiting the outcome of the WBSS bantamweight Tournament. Three points losses in a row in British rings for Majiha.
Bilbao, Spain: Welter: David Avanesyan (24-3-1) W TKO 9 Kerman Lejarraga (27-1). Avanesyan breaks Basque hearts as he stops local hero Lejarraga. In the first local Lejarraga looked much the bigger man and strode forward using a strong jab and straight rights. Avanesyan settled into the counter puncher role showing lots of movement and hand speed and digging in some sharp left hooks and uppercuts. Lejarraga continued to walk forward in the second starting to let fly with straight rights to the head. Avanesyan was boxing cleverly landing some quick punches but not staying to exchange shots. Lejarraga looked to be getting on top in the third as he connected with straight rights and left hooks to the body. Avanesyan was on the back foot constantly switching guards and slotting home counters that already had Lejarraga’s face flushed red. Lejarraga was storming forward in the fourth but was caught with a right hook to the head and went down on his knees. He was up immediately and did not look badly hurt but had to take an eight count. He went after Avanesyan with clubbing shots to the body but Avanesyan was showing some great movement and sharp if lighter punching and looked to have shaken Lejarraga with a left just before the bell. Lejarraga pressed hard in the fifth landing some trade mark thudding rights with Avanesyan’s work rate dropping a little. Avanesyan was in total control in the sixth. He was again switching guards and sending flashing lefts and rights through the guard of a static Lejarraga punctuated by a sparkling three punch combination with all three punches landing flush on the face of a too slow Lejarraga. Avanesyan was giving Lejarraga a boxing lesson. In the seventh with the speed and accuracy of his punches and clever defensive work Avanesyan had built confidence to a stage where he was willing to stand in front of Lejarraga and fire hooks and uppercuts with Lejarraga not knowing where the next punch was coming from. Lejarraga need to do something to change the pattern of the fight and he put in a huge effort in the eighth. He had Avanesyan pinned to the ropes for much of the first two minutes of the round connecting with heavy left hooks to the body and right uppercuts. It looked as though he was going to take control but left himself open and a right uppercut staggered him. He again moved forward but it was Avanesyan who was now doing the scoring. Lejarraga’s early work may have given him the round but it took a lot out of him. With 10,000 supporters cheering him on Lejarraga was taking the fight to Avanesyan at the start of the ninth until a short right hook to the head saw him badly shaken. Avanesyan then piled on the punches driving Lejarraga across the ring and hammering him with a series of head shots that had Lejarraga defenceless and the referee stopped the fight. A great win for the UK based Russian a former interim WBA champion. Perhaps a stoppage loss to Egidijus Kavaliauskas in February 2018 and a year of inactivity made Lejarraga’s team think this was a low risk fight but they were wrong. Lejarraga was high in the ratings of all four sanctioning bodies at WBC 2/IBF 5(3)/WBA 5 and WBO 5 so after this win another world title fight could be there for Avanesyan. Lejarraga was making the second defence of the EBU title and had won 22 of his fights by KO/TKO but after the fourth round he was hardly in this fight and has a reconstruction job on his hands but has said there was a return clause in the contract and he wants revenge. Once again this shows just how difficult it can be to win or hold on to an EBU title.
Tres Arroyos, Argentina: Welter: Gustavo Lemos (21-0) W TKO 2 Jorge Paez Jr (40-13-2). Big win for home town fighter “El Electrico” as he destroys a sliding Paez inside two rounds. Lemos confidently took the fight to Paez in the first scoring with some crisp left hooks to the body and a couple of clubbing rights to the head. Paez tried to get inside in the second. He walked forward and Lemos nailed him with a straight right. Paez stumbled and Lemos cracked him with a series of hooks to the head rounded off by a right and a tremendous left hook which sent the Mexican flying back and down. He struggled to his feet but the referee decided he was in no condition to continue and the fight was over. Now eleven wins by KO/TKO for the 23-year-old Argentinian No 1. Paez, 31, has won only one of his last eight fights and will only go downhill from here.
Sydney, Australia: Bantam: Jason Moloney (18-1) W TKO 5 Cris Paulino (19-4). Super Feather: Billel Dib (23-3) W TKO 8 Roy Juntilla (23-8-5).
Moloney vs. Paulino
Moloney was facing a southpaw for the first time in his career but that did not faze the New South Wales fighter as he ground Filipino Paulino down until the referee halted the fight in the fifth. First outing for "The Smooth One” since losing a split decision against Emmanuel Rodriguez in a challenge for the IBF bantam title in a WBSS tournament bout. Moloney retained the WBA Oceania title here and will now be hoping for another title shot later this year. Paulino had won his last five fights, four by KO/TKO, but Moloney was just too good for him.
Dib vs. Juntilla
Dib also scored a win over Filipino opposition as he stopped experienced Rey Juntilla in eight rounds. Dib dominated the action against the small Filipino and was on his way to a points win when the Filipino’s team pulled their man out of the fight during the eighth round. Dib was up 69-64 on two cards and 70-63 on the other. Dib was also defending the WBA Oceania title as he gets his second win in a row after previously suffering back-to back losses. After the fight in a nice gesture Dib paid tribute to the New Zealand victims of the recent shooting. Fourth loss by KO/TKO for Juntilla.
Brisbane, Australia: Welter: Ben Kite (14-4-1) W PTS 10 Michael Whitehead (6-2-1). Kite wins the vacant Australian title with points victory over Whitehead in a battle between two Brisbane fighters. A strong finish earned the win for Kite against a tough but less experienced Whitehead. Kite had gone ten rounds and twelve rounds in previous fights whereas Whitehead had never been past the sixth and that was a factor as the fight went into the later rounds. Scores 99-91, 97-94 and 96-94 all for the 28-year-old Kite who gets his eighth win on the bounce. Two loses in a row for Whitehead.
Shanghai, China: Super Light: Yusuke Konno (15-4) W TKO 11 Baishanbo Nasiyiwula (15-3-1). Fly: Wulan Tuolehazi (11-3-1) W PTS 12 Ryota Yamauchi (4-1). Fly: Sho Kimura (18-2-2) W TKO 3 Pigmy Kokietgym (60-1012).
Konno vs. Nasiyiwula
Konno scores late stoppage to beat Nasiyiwula in a night of China vs. Japan contests. Japanese No 2 Konno made the perfect start flooring Nasiyiwula in the first round. He failed to capitalise on that early success and Nasiyiwula gradually worked his way back into the fight and looked to have built a lead by the end of the tenth. His aggression had taken him to that position but he was leaving openings and in the eleventh a right counter from Konno put Nasiyiwula down. He struggled to rise but was too late and was counted out . Big surprise as Konno, 34, had spent his career fighting in supporting bouts with his only ten round fight ending on a last round knockout loss. However this is his sixth win in his last seven fights and he collects the WBA Asia title and may inherit Nasiyiwula’s WBA No 15 rating. Nasiyiwula had lost on points to Frederick Lawson in April last year in the now vanished WBC welterweight tournament but was coming off two wins.
Tuolehazi vs. Yamauchi
Tuolehazi evens things up for China with a unanimous decision over Yamauchi but some controversy over the scoring. Plenty of action in this one all the way. Tuolehazi moved ahead early after putting an overconfident Yamauchi on the floor with a big right in the third. Yamauchi beat the count but was in deep trouble and rocked a couple of more times before the bell. The Japanese fight steadied the ship over the fourth and fifth and paid Tuolehazi back in kind putting him down with a left hook to the body in the sixth. It was a close hotly contested fight over the second half with Yamauchi looking to have just done enough to take a close verdict. The scores said otherwise with a unanimous verdict to Tuolehazi on scores of 117-109 twice and 115-112. The Chinese fighter wins the vacant WBA International title. After going 2-3 in his first 5 fights Tuolehazi is now 8-0-1 in nine. Although having had only four pro fights and being down at No 11 in the Japanese ratings Yamauchi was 53-15 in his time as an amateur.
Kimura vs. Kokietgym
More of a massacre than a contest here as Kimura hammers out experienced Thai veteran Kokietgym in three rounds. Kimura worked patiently with his jab over the first two rounds and then put Kokietgym down three times in the third to force the stoppage. Kokietgym wanted to continue but the referee did the right thing. First fight for the 30-year-old Kimura since losing his WBO fly title on a majority decision to Kosei Tanaka in September. He wins the vacant OPBF Silver title. Pigmy (real name Wicha Phulaikhao) has been a pro for 19 years and had shots at the IBF and WBA minimum titles but is on the down slope at 3-4 in his last 7 fights. He failed to make the weight so could not have won the title anyway.
Toulon, France: Welter: Jose Gomez (18-0) W PTS 10 Nahuel Galessi (13-5-1). Gomez remains undefeated and retains the IBF International title with unanimous decision over Argentinian Galessi. Without ever looking likely to win Galessi performed well making Gomez fight hard for victory. Scores 97-93 twice and a harsh 99-91 for Gomez . After 18 wins Gomez is still down at No 19 in the EU ratings and No 4 in the French list so he will need to step up the quality of his opposition. Galessi had won 5 of his last 6 fights. He is trained by former WBO Featherweight champion Juan Pablo Chacon.
Sassari, Ital: Cruiser: Salvatore Erittu (30-3,1ND 1ND) W Maurizio Lovaglio (22-16). Erittu retains the Italian title in a tight hard fought contest against his former conqueror Lovaglio. After two close rounds in a decisive third a right from Erittu floored Lovaglio who was up quickly and in no real trouble but it was a 10-8 round for Erittu and in the end that was the deciding factor in the scores. Lovaglio battled back to rock Erittu in the fourth and as they traded punches in the sixth a cut was opened over the left eye of Erittu, They blazed away over the closing rounds with very little between them but in the end it was Erittu who took the split decision. Scores 97-93 and 95-94 for Erittu and 94-93 for Lovaglio. Erittu, a 38-year-old Sardinian, is a former Italian heavyweight champion. He challenged the then champion Lovaglio for this title in 2014 and was knocked in just 36 seconds so sweet revenge. Erittu is now 6-1,1ND in his last 8 fights. Lovaglio, 37, has been going in the opposite direction and is 2-6 in his last 8 fights but deserves a return.
Vladimir, Russia: Welter: Vaghinak Tamrazyan (15-4) W PTS 12 Eric Kapia Mukadi (22-3-2,1ND). Super Bantam: Arnold Khegai (15-0-1 ) W RTD 8 Haidari Mchanjo (10-6-4). Bantam: Nikolai Potapov (20-1-1) W RTD 3 Adam Mbega (9-2). Welter: Batyr Akhmedov (6-0) W RTD 6 Viktor Plotnykov (33-5).
Tamrazyan vs. Mukadi
Tamrazyan takes unanimous decision over South African based Congolese fighter Mukadi. Scores 119-108, 117-110 and 116-111. The 33-year-old Armenian-born former Russian champion is a modest 5-4 in his last 9 fights but has won the last three. Mukadi/Kapia was 18-0-1 in fights in the DRC but better opposition has injected some realism into his record.
Khegai vs. Mchanjo
Philadelphia-based Ukrainian Khegai makes it ten wins in a row as he wins every round before Tanzanian Mchanjo decides to retire at the end of the eighth. The 27-year-old has wins in the USA over Adam Lopez and Jorge Diaz. He switched to boxing after snapping his cruciate ligaments in training for Kickboxing where he had been a World, European and Ukrainian champion. The over-matched 20-year-old Mchanjo is 0-2-2 in his last four outings.
Potapov vs. Mbega
World rated Potapov fed an easy one as he gets a three round win over Tanzanian novice Mbega. After three rounds under fire Mbega retired. Abysmal excuse for a match with Potapov taking on a 19-year-old prelim fighter. In his only defeat so far Potapov, the WBO No 7, was the one to quit as he retired after seven rounds against Omar Narvaez in 2017.
Akhmedov vs. Plotnykov
Everyone seemed to be retiring on this show. Akhmedov, probably the best fighter on the card, made it six wins when Ukrainian veteran Plotnykov quit after six rounds. No real surprise as Akhmedov had stormed past the longer reach of the tall Ukrainian and won the six completed rounds. Going into this one Akhmedov was already rated No 2 by the WBA partially for a ninth round kayo of former interim WBA light champion Ismael Barroso but mostly for winning the minor WBA Inter-Continental title. Akhmedov has impressive credentials from before turning pro in 2017 but you need a bloodhound to track them down. Born in Uzbekistan but of Crimea Tartar antecedents he moved the Crimea and was runner-up in the Ukrainian Championships. He then transferred his allegiance to Turkey and under the name Batuhan Gozgec won the Turkish Championship and represented Turkey at the 2016 Olympics reaching the quarter-finals. Akhmedov is his birth name so let’s hope he sticks with it. Plotnykov, now 41, made it to the world ratings when he was 27-1,1ND but this is his first fight for 16 months so no real test for Akhmedov.
Fight of the week (Significance): With Olek Gvozdyk and Angel Acosta retaining their titles none of the big fights proved significant
Fight of the week (Entertainment): Roman Martinez vs. William Gonzalez was a war all the way and Scott Fitzgerald vs. Anthony Fowler provided quality and entertainment
Fighter of the week: David Avanesyan’s performance in beating Kerman Lejarraga was outstanding
Punch of the week: The right from Jeyvier Cintron that flattened Eliecer Quezada was special and the peach of a punch from Gustavo Lemos the floored Jorge Paez Jr was a wow!
Upset of the week: Again Avanesyan was expected to lose against 27-0 Lejarraga and German Garcia was not even expected to last the distance against unbeaten Clayton Laurent.
Prospect watch: French Olympian Matthieu Bauderlique at 17-1 is progressing well.
Recently Reddit user negative5 created a threat asking about the "Best Fights No One Talks About?" and that made us realise that we really don't talk about closet classics very often. We share a lot of videos, but rarely single any of them out as being anything massively special, or drawing longer term attention to a fight from the past. With that in mind we've decided to answer negative5's question, with a regular feature looking at the great bouts that no one talks about.
Like our "Introducing..." features we're wanting to make this a weekly feature, talking about a fight, putting things into perspective, and then sharing the video of the bout.
To begin this series we're going to look at a Japanese Middleweight bout. On paper that might seem like a strange place to start, though the reality is that Japanese bouts at Middleweight are regularly amazing bouts. In just the last few years we've seen a handful of amazing Japanese title bouts at 160lbs and this is among the best of them.
Koji Sato (20-1, 18) Vs Makoto Fuchigami (17-6, 8)
This bout took place on December 12th 2011, coming in this bout Sato was a seen as the biggest hope in Japanese Middleweight boxing since Shinji Takehara took the WBA title from Jorge Castro in 1995. Sato had been a Japanese amateur standout, a huge puncher who had won an OPBF title in his 9th fight, and would later challenge Felix Sturm in 2009. Despite losing to Sturm there was still real hope that he could go on to win a world title before his career would end. He had rebuilt from the loss to Sturm with 6 wins, including 5 by stoppage.
Whilst Sato was the OPBF champion and the man expected to go on to big things Fuchigami was the Japanese champion, a slippery fighter who had lost 3 of his first 5 bouts and 5 of his first 12. Despite those setbacks the southpaw was developing his skills, and in his 20th bout he would take the Japanese title, stopping Tetsuya Suzuki in 6 rounds. Coming in to this bout he had won 7 in a row, 6 by stoppage, recorded 3 defenses of the title but was still regarded as a major under-dog against Sato, in fact he was there to play the next victim to the huge punching Teiken promoted fighter.
What we got was one of the best fights of 2011, and one of the best Japanese and OPBF unification bouts of all time. This is our first Closet Classic, and this is a fight that really does answer negative5's question, of "Best fights no one talks about?".
Enjoy and just as a heads up, this won't be the only Fuchigami fight in this section!
By - George Delis (@Delisketo)
-Samuel Salva (17-0): IBF #1 / WBO #2
Sava scored a major victory over Rene Mark Cuarto (16-2), on March 23rd, to secure a future IBF world title shot.
- Rhenrob Andales (9-0): WBA #10
”ArAr” captured the vacant WBA Asia title earlier this year. He will defend it for the first time on April 13 against Cris Ganoza (17-2).
-Melvin Jerusalem (14-2): WBC #2 / IBF #8 / WBO #13
Jerusalem got a unanimous decision victory over 2 time world title challenger Toto Landero (10-4) this past November.
-Robert Paradero (17-0): WBO #1
Paradero’s faces Jonathan Almacen (5-2) on April 5th.
-Pedro Taduran (13-2): IBF #5 / WBC #8
Taduran began 2018 very promising as he dropped former world title challenger Jerry Tomogdan (26-10) in the fifth round, but couldn’t capitalize on that momentum in his World championship bout against Chayaphon Moonsri (52-0). He beat Jeffrey Galero (17-6) in December.
-Rene Mark Cuarto (16-2): IBF #7 / WBO #8
As mentioned above, Cuarto lost to Samuel Salva (17-0) in Manila.
-Mark Anthony Barriga (9-1): IBF #3 / WBC #10
Barriga failed to capture the vacant IBF World Championship in December.
-Jonathan Taconing (28-3): WBC #1 / WBA #3 / WBO #3 / IBF #6
Taconing defended his WBC International championship, for the second time, this past September against former world title contender Vince Paras (13-2). A match with the WBC World champion Ken Shiro (15-0) seems to be the next step for him.
-Edward Heno (14-0): WBO #2 / WBC #2 / WBA #5
Heno made 2 title defenses of the OPBF championship, within 2018, over Jesse Espinas (19-3) as well as former World champion Merlito Sabillo (27-6). His third successful OPBF title defense took place in Japan, against Koji Itagaki (18-14), on February 11.
-Jing Xiang (16-4): WBA #9 / WBO #9 / WBC #9
2018 was a quite successful year for Xiang as he, not only captured the vacant WBO Intercontinental title in January, but also earned a huge victory after defeating former World champion Merlito Sabillo (27-6), this past September, to become the WBC Silver champion. 2019 already brought another major test for the Chinese rising star as he successfully defended his WBC Silver title against 2 division World champion Suriyan Satorn (59-7), on January 5th, in China.
-Tanawat Nakoon (11-0): WBA #12
Muay Thai phenom turned pro boxer, the former Lumpinee & Rajadamnern Stadium champion earns his place at the world rankings as he challenges Hiroto Kyoguchi (12-0) in June, for the WBA Super World championship.
-Christian Araneta (17-0): IBF #3 / WBA #10 / WBC #10 / WBO #12
Araneta added 3 more wins to his perfect record, in 2018, including a stoppage victory over former world title contender Jerry Tomogdan (26-10), in August.
-Rey Loreto (24-14): WBC #8
Loreto has only fought once in 2018.
-Randy Petalcorin (29-3): IBF #10 / WBA #13
The former interim WBA World champion will return to action on April 6, in Australia.
-Giemel Magramo (23-1): WBO #3 / WBC #5 / IBF #5 / WBA #9
The Filipino captured the vacant WBO Oriental title on March of 2018 and successfully defended it in October, against Petchchorhae Kokietgym (17-2). Magramo kicked off 2019 with a bang as he stopped Wenfeng Ge (11-1) for the WBO International title on January 5th, in China.
-Wulan Tuolehazi (11-3): WBA #5
The WBC Silver champion fought Japanese standout Ryota Yamauchi (4-1), on March 30, to win the vacant WBA International title.
-Sarawut Thawornkham (20-1): WBA #1
Undefeated since September of 2014, Thawornkham will go on to challenge Artem Dalakian (18-0) for the WBA World championship.
-Nare Yianleang (69-5): WBA #2 / WBC #9
Since losing to Kazuto Ioka in 2017, Yianleang has won 7 fights in a row.
-Komgrich Nantapech (25-5): IBF #3
Nantapech became the IBF Pan Pacific champion in 2018, when he earned a decision win over Naoki Mochizuki (15-3). He was supposed to face Masayuki Kuroda (30-7) in an IBF World title eliminator bout on November 21st, but due to a sudden injury, he wasn’t able to compete. Komgrich later had to vacate his belt but still managed to pick two more victories before the year was over.
-Sirichai Thaiyen (52-4): WBA #8
The former WBA interim World champion failed the recapture the crown this summer in Ukraine when he fought Artem Dalakian (18-0). Since then, he has won 2 more fights.
-Aston Palicte (25-2): WBO #1 / WBC #6
Palicte stopped Jose Martinez (20-1) on January 31st, in a WBO world title eliminator. He is set to meet Kazuto Ioka (23-2) for the vacant championship, on June 19.
-Donnie Nietes (42-1): IBF #4 / WBC #5
The 4 division world champion decided to relinquish his WBO strap and enter himself back to the title chase.
-Michael Dasmarinas (29-2): IBF #1 / WBC #13
Tsarinas picked up a unanimous decision win over Kenny Demecillo (14-5), on March 23rd, to become the #1 contender for the IBF World title.
- John Casimero (26-4): WBO #6
The former 2 division world champion stopped Kenya Yamashita (13-5) on February 16. Casimero will fight Ricardo Espinoza Franco (23-2) next, on April 20, for the vacant WBO International title.
-Sukpraserd Ponpitak (22-9): IBF #5
“Sukkasem Kietyongyuth’s” toughest challenge will take place on May 8, as he takes on the former IBF Super Bantamweight World champion Yukinori Oguni (20-2) in Japan.
- Ben Mananquil (17-1): WBA #9 / IBF #10 / WBO #11
The Filipino earned a huge win against Japanese star Tenta Kiyoshe (15-3), on February 10, to win the WBO Asia Pacific championship. He will defend it for the first time against Yuki Strong Kobayashi (14-8), on May 26.
-Kenny Demecillo (14-5): IBF #8
Demecillo lost to Michael Dasmarinas (29-2) in Singapore, as mentioned above.
-Arthur Villanueva (32-3): WBO #8 / WBC #14
Villanueva has one win and one draw in 2018.
-Albert Pagara (31-1): WBO #1 / IBF #6
Pagara stopped Laryea Gabriel Odoi (20-4) this past June, to become the WBO Intercontinental champion. He successfully made his inaugural title defense against George Krampah (14-4) in November.
-Juan Miguel Elorde (28-1): WBO #2
Elorde has won the WBO Asia Pacific championship in 2015 and has defended it successfully 4 times since then, most recently against Shohei Kawashima (17-3).
-Marlon Tapales (32-2): IBF #4 / WBO #4
The former WBO Bantamweight World champion has been 2-0 since moving up a weight class.
-Nawaphon Kaikanha (44-1): WBC #8
Kaikanha went 5-0 in 2018 and even scored a TKO victory over former World champion Amnat Ruenroeng (20-3).
-Jeo Santisima (17-2): WBO #10
he Filipino won the vacant WBO Oriental title this past summer and has defended it only once.
-Joe Noynay (16-2): WBO #10
The Filipino rising star finished 2018 on a 3 fight winning streak. He will now face Kosuke Saka (18-4), on April 20, for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific title in Japan.
-Mercito Gesta (32-3): WBO #2
Gesta was knocked out from Juan Antonio Rodriguez (30-7) on March 21st.
-Apinun Khongsong (15-0): IBF #1
The undefeated Thai fighter stopped former WBO Asia Pacific champion Akihiro Kondo (31-8) with a thunderous uppercut, to become the #1 contender for the IBF World title.
-Meng Fanlong (14-0): IBF #7 / WBA #12 / WBO #14
Meng stopped the former British & Commonwealth champion Frank Buglioni (22-4), this past November, to defend his IBF Intercontinental title for the first time.
-Zhilei Zhang (20-0): WBO #6
The undefeated Chinese giant and Olympic Silver Medalist beat Don Haynesworth (15-3) this past September in his first WBO Oriental title defense.
By - George Delis (@Delisketo)
-Tatsuya Fukuhara (21-6): WBC #5
The former World champion will get another shot at Chayaphon Moonsri (52-0) and the WBC title, on April 24, in Thailand.
-Tsubasa Koura (14-1): WBC #3 / WBA #7 / WBO #9
In a shocking turn of events, Koura lost his OPBF title to the unheralded Lito Dante (16-10) on March 31st.
-Masataka Taniguchi (11-3): WBO #6
Taniguchi defeated Joel Lino (10-1), back in November, for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific title. He unsuccessfully challenged Vic Saludar (19-3) on February 26 for the WBO World title.
- Norihito Tanaka (18-7): IBF #9 / WBC #9 / WBO #10 / WBA #13
Tanaka won the Japanese title, this past January, for the first time in his career.
-Tetsuya Hisada (33-9): WBA #1 / WBO #1 / WBC #3 / IBF #9
Hisada is rumored to be challenging Angel Acosta (19-1) for the WBO title, potentially this Summer.
-Reiya Konishi (17-1): IBF #3 / WBA #4 / WBO #4 / WBC #6
The WBO Asia Pacific champion will clash with Felix Alvarado (34-2) for the IBF World title, on May 19.
-Kenichi Horikawa (39-18): WBC #5
Horikawa ended 2018 with a 4-0 record. He beat Satoru Todaka (9-3) on February 14, to win the Japanese title for the second time in his career.
-Sho Kimura (18-2): WBO #5
The former WBO World champion dominated Wicha Phulaikhao (60-11) on March 30 to win the vacant OPBF Silver title.
-Junto Nakatani (18-0): WBC #4 / WBO #4 / IBF #12 / WBA #15
The unstoppable Japanese prospect has fought 4 times in 2018 and has won all of his bouts, 2 of them via KO. He finally won his first championship, when he stopped Naoki Mochizuki (15-4), on February 2nd, for the vacant Japanese crown.
-Masayuki Kuroda (30-7): IBF #4
Kuroda, who is currently on a 6 fight winning streak, will meet Moruti Mthalane (37-2) for the IBF World title on May 13.
-Kazuto Ioka (23-2): WBO #2 / WBC #3
The 3 division world champion will take on Aston Palicte (25-2) for the vacant WBO title, on June 19, in Japan.
-Ryuichi Funai (31-7): IBF #1 / WBO #3
The former Japanese & WBO Asia Pacific champion will challenge Jerwin Ancajas (30-1) for the IBF World title, on May 4th.
-Sho Ishida (27-1): IBF #5/ WBO #4 / WBA #6 / WBC #11
Since losing to the WBA world champion Khalid Yafai (25-0) in 2017, Ishida has won all of his 2018 bouts, against Ratchanon Sawangsoda (12-3), Richard Claveras (18-6), as well as former world title contender Warlito Parrenas (26-9).
-Koki Eto (24-4): WBO #5 / WBC #8 / WBA #7 / IBF #9
The former interim WBA Flyweight World champion has been on a 7 fight winning streak, since losing to Carlos Cuadras (37-3) in 2015. He is expected to be involved in a WBO Eliminator against Jeyvier Cintron (10-0).
-Daigo Higa (15-1): WBA #5
The former WBC Flyweight World champion is expected to make his return to the ring at some point this year.
-Ryosuke Iwasa (26-3): IBF #1
Iwasa won an IBF title eliminator against Cesar Juarez (23-7), on February 16.
-Shingo Wake (26-5): WBC #2 / IBF #3
The former Japanese & OPBF champion has been on a 6 fight winning streak since losing to Jonathan Guzman (23-1) in 2016.
-Hiroaki Teshigawara (19-2): IBF #8 / WBO #15
Teshigawara made his Super Bantamweight debut last year, stopping Glenn Suminguit (21-4) to win the OPBF championship. He marked his first successful title defense on February 14, against Yuki Iriguchi (10-3).
-Yukinori Oguni (20-2): WBA #4
After losing his World title in 2017, Oguni has picked only one victory in 2018. He’s scheduled to compete on May 8. (Opponent TBA)
-Satoshi Shimizu (8-0): IBF #3
The 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist has made 3 successful title defenses of the OPBF crown in 2018, against Kyung Min Kwon (6-5), Shingo Kawamura (16-5) and Takuya Uehara (16-1).
-Hiroshige Osawa (34-5): WBA #1 / IBF #13
The former OPBF & WBO Asia Pacific champion finds himself once again in the world rankings, since losing to WBO World champion Oscar Valdez (24-0) in 2016. He will fight Indonesian journeyman Ahmad Lahizab (4-7) on April 7.
-Reiya Abe (19-2): IBF #4 / WBC #9
Abe is the number 1 contender for Taiki Minamoto’s (16-5) Japanese title. These 2 men will collide at the 2019 Champion Carnival, on May 1st.
-Shun Kubo (13-1): WBA #10 / WBC #12
The former WBA Super Bantamweight World champion moved up a weight class last year, defeating Hiroshige Osawa in his Featherweight debut on April of 2018.
-Masaru Sueyoshi (18-1): WBO #4
Sueyoshi will defend his Japanese championship for a 4th time, against Ken Osato (15-2), on May 4th.
-Kenichi Ogawa (23-1): IBF #4
The former Japanese champion returned to ring, after his one year suspension, and defeated Roldan Aldea (12-7) on February 2nd.
-Nihito Arakawa (32-6): WBO #7
The former Japanese, OPBF & WBO Asia Pacific champion will challenge Denys Berinchyk (10-0) for the WBO International title, on April 20.
-Masayoshi Nakatani (18-0): IBF #3 / WBC #8 / WBO #12
Nakatani marked his 11th successful OPBF title defense this past December, when he stopped the former WBC International champion Hurricane Futa (25-8) in round 6.
-Keita Obara (20-4-1): IBF #10 / WBO #15
Obara lost to the undefeated former WBC Silver champion Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (16-0), on March 30, in an IBF world title eliminator.
-Takeshi Inoue (13-1): WBO #8
The former Japanese, OPBF & WBO Asia Pacific champion unsuccessfully challenged Jaime Munguia (32-0) for the WBO World title, on January 26.
-Ryota Murata (14-2): WBA #3 / WBC #4 / IBF #6
The 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist & former WBA (Regular) World champion will be returning to the ring soon, probably this May.
-Kyotaro Fujimoto (20-1): WBO #10 / WBA #10
The former K-1 champion has unified the Japanese, OPBF & WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight titles. He is now looking for a World championship fight before he retires from the sport.
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