By Eric Armit
-Deontay Wilder retains the WBC heavyweight title with very controversial draw against Tyson Fury
-Olek Gvozdyk knocks out Adonis Stevenson to win the WBC light heavyweight title. Stevenson is hospitalised with a brain bleed and our thoughts are with him
-Jarrett Hurd knocks out Jason Welborn in defence of his IBF and WBA super welterweight titles
-Carlos Licona wins the vacant IBF minimumweight title with split decision over Mark Barriga
-Jeff Horn knocks out Anthony Mundine in one round to end the career of “The Man”
-Luis Ortiz keeps busy with a stoppage of Travis Kauffman
-Joe Hughes and Martin Ward make it a title winning double for England in Italy
-Former WBO champion Chris Algieri returns with a win
World Title Shows(IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO only)
Chonburi, Thailand: Minimumweight: Knockout CP Freshmart (19-0) W PTS 12 Byron Rojas (25-4-3). CP (Thammanoon Niyomtrong-I’ll stick with CP-retains the WBA title with unanimous decision over former champion Rojas in a rematch. The fight started at a lively pace with Rojas making use of his longer reach to score with his jab but also following his jab in and fighting inside. CP was a bit quicker to the punch and was getting the better of the exchanges of hooks and uppercuts as they traded body punches in close. Most of the action took place inside but disappointingly even over the early rounds there were too many clinches. CP just seemed to outwork Rojas inside but many of the rounds were close. As the fight progressed CP continued to focus his attacks on the body and Rojas tired. CP began to outwork Rojas with the challenger spending more time with his back to the ropes as CP continued to land hooks and uppercuts. Rojas fired back trying to create some room where he could make better use of his jab and he had some good spells but not enough of them. There were too many clinches for it to be entertaining but the locals were happy as CP retained the title with a unanimous decision. Scores 117-111,116-112 and 115-113 all for the 28-year-old champion. CP was making the sixth defence of the title he won on a very close decision over Rojas in 2016 when all three judges carded it 115-113. Nicaraguan Rojas, 28, had won the title in an upset victory over Hekkie Budler and looked unlucky to lose his title to CP in their 2016 fight.
Los Angeles, CA, USA: Heavy: Deontay Wilder (40-0-1) DREW 12Tyson Fury (27-0-1). Super Welter: Jarrett Hurd (23-0) W KO 4 Jason Welborn (24-7). Minimumweight: Carlos Licona (14-0) W PTS 12 Mark Barriga (9-1). Heavy: Luis Ortiz (30-1) W TKO 10 Travis Kauffman (32-3,1ND). Heavy: Joe Joyce (7-0) W KO 1 Joe Hanks (23-3). Super Feather: Isaac Lowe (16-0-3) W TKO 5 Lucas Baez (34-17-5). Heavy: Chris Arreola (37-5-1) W RTD 6 Maurenzo Smith (20-11-4). Welter: Robert Guerrero (34-6-1,2ND) W KO 2 Adam Mate (28-13). Middle: Julian Williams (26-1-1) W TKO 2 Francisco Castro (28-9).
Wilder vs. Fury
Wilder retains WBC title with highly controversial draw against Fury who climbs off the floor twice in a sparkling and extroverted display and looks unlucky not to get the decision
Good opening round for Fury. He does some clowning but also some useful work. His constantly feinting freezes Wilder who is hesitating in pulling the trigger. Fury is the one who is connecting with the better punches with a left and a right unbalancing Wilder
Score 10-9 Fury.
A close round. This time Wilder waits less and throws plenty of jabs. Fury is still presenting a difficult target and doing some of his usual antics such as putting both gloves behind his back and his arms over his head. Tyson scores with a couple of jabs but Wilder just does enough to edge this one.
Score 10-9 Wilder Tie 19-19
Fury’s round. With his constant upper body movement and gloves shifting he is making Wilder a confused man. In addition his taunting is adding to Wilder’s frustration and it works for Fury as Wilder is either not throwing punches or throwing himself at his tormentor. Fury is punching in short bursts and is more accurate.
Score 10-9 Fury Fury 29-28
Fury is very agile for a 6’9” man and is constantly changing position. He is slotting jabs through Wilder’s guard with Wilder coming up short with his jab. Fury is having no trouble anticipating and ducking under Wilder’s rights and Wilder is showing the hesitancy that was a feature of most of his rounds against Ortiz.
Score 10-9 Fury Fury 39-37
Official scores: 40-36 Wilder, 39-37 Fury, 39-37 Fury
Fury’s round but a close one as neither fighter really threw that many punches in anger. Most of Fury’s punches are prodded jabs to keep Wilder off balance but over the last minute Fury scores with a couple of quick bursts of punches. Wilder is just not throwing enough and not pressing Fury hard enough.
Score 10-9 Fury Fury 49-46
Fury out jabs Wilder in this one. Fury also scores in quick attacking bursts. Wilder spends most of the round on the back foot. It is difficult to understand his tactics as he will never beat Fury that way. Wilder finally gets through with some jabs just before the bell but it is Fury’s round
Score 10-9 Fury Fury 59-55
Fury takes another round. Wilder makes a better start throwing jabs with some intent but Fury fires back scoring with jabs and again with bursts of three or four punches including a left jab right cross both of which are on target. Wilder is getting wilder. He is missing with huge swings and leaving himself open to counters.
Score 10-9 Fury Fury 69-64
Clearly Fury’s round. He is again stabbing home his long jabs and confident enough to follow in after the jab with other punches. It seems that Wilder can’t make up his mind whether he should go forward or back and Fury is taunting Wilder . When the taunts rouse Wilder to action Fury easily ducks away from the punches.
Score 10-9 Fury Fury 79-73
Official scores: 77-75 Wilder, 78-74 Fury, 77-75 Fury
This was the best round of the fight so far. Fury is confident enough to again be taunting Wilder. This time Wilder is more positive in his approach. He throws some jabs with more purpose and lands a heavy right to the head. Fury taunts him and Wilder responded with a chopping right that puts Fury down. He is up at nine and Wilder comes forward throwing punches. Fury uses a combination of ducking and weaving and holding and then drives Wilder back. Wilder lands a couple more head pinches but is again swinging and missing and a recovered Fury spends the last thirty seconds taunting Wilder.
Score 10-8 Wilder Fury 87-83
Amazingly Fury had his best round in this one. Straight from the bell he throws jabs and long rights to have Wilder backing up. Fury continues to march forward connecting with jabs and rights with Wilder hardly throwing a punch. Wilder comes alive just before the bell throwing a series of punches-all of which Fury dodges and he again taunts Wilder at the bell.
Score 10-9 Fury Fury 97-92
The action slows in this one but again it is Fury’s roujnd. He stays with his jab and long rights and Wilder just can’t get past the jab and is off target with the heavy punches he does throw as Tyson dominates the round
Score 10-9 Fury Fury 107-101
It seemed Wilder needed a knockout and he thought he scored one. Just forty seconds into the round Wilder shakes Fury with a right forcing Fury back and then lands a huge right to the side of the head and a left hook to the chin that sends Fury down spread-eagled on the canvas unmoving. Wilder is convinced the fight was over and is already starting to climb the ropes to celebrate Its was only when the count reaches six that Fury stirs and then he climbs up at the count of nine. The referee gives him the usual question and move tests and then lets the fight continue. Wilder storms forward but again is just swinging wildly. He does manage to connect with a couple of punches but Fury begins to fight back and Wilder stops punching and goes onto the back foot with Fury ending the round strongly and it is noticeable that after the last bell it is Fury who is celebrating whilst a subdued Wilder looked on.
Score 10-8 Wilder Fury 115-111
Official scores: 115-111 Wilder, 114-112 Fury, 113-113
Wilder holds on to the WBC title but his whole demeanour at the end of the fight seemed to be one resignation to defeat. After the trials and tribulations Fury has gone through his climb back to the top has been a magnificent achievement. Wilder again showed his power. That pair of punches in the last round would have knocked out most heavyweights but he also showed a confused tactical approach to this fight and his corner did not seem to have much idea either. Obviously a return would be a huge attraction and both have expressed a willingness to fight again and a fight between Anthony Joshua and either Wilder or Fury would be an even bigger money spinner-Wilder was paid $4 million and Fury $3 million- with a lot more money coming from their percentage of the profits from the fight . Good money but the purse for a Joshua fight would probably put a zero on the end of those figures. However for now Wilder and Fury have given heavyweight boxing another great boost with an enthralling fight-pity about the result.
Hurd vs. Welborn
Hurd retains his IBF and WBA titles with kayo of challenger Welborn after the English boxer had made an impressive start.
A confident, aggressive Welborn made a strong start forcing Hurd to the ropes and although Hurd blocked most of the punches Welborn was getting through with left hooks to the body and rights to the head. Hurd eventually moved off the ropes and was planting stiff jabs on the challenger and finished the round strongly but Welborn’s early work gave him the round.
Score 10-9 Welborn
This one followed a similar pattern with Hurd starting in mid ring and doing some good work with his jab until Welborn forced him to the ropes. Welborn punched away with the lefts to the body and overarm rights to the head until for an extended period until Hurd broke away and again did some good work with his jab.
Score 10-9 Welborn Welborn 20-18
Welborn was having problems getting past Hurd’s jab in this one. Hurd was forcing Welborn onto the back foot and looked to be taking over the fight. Welborn came back and with Hurd against the ropes he showered Hurd with the same pattern of lefts to the body and rights to the head until Hurd staged his usual strong finish to the round and with his work early and late Hurd took this one.
Score 10-9 Hurd Welborn 29-28
Hurd showed more purpose in this round striding forward and landing heavily with his jab and some clubbing body punches. Welborn was forced onto the back foot and looked to be hurt by some powerful jabs. Welborn then went onto the offensive and had Hurd on the ropes showering Hurd with punches. Hurd forced his way off the ropes and unloaded on Welborn with some hard hooks. Welborn had just started to fire back when a right to the body dropped him on his haunches. He was in pain and did not really start to climb up until the count was at nine and he was counted out before he could reach the vertical.
The 28-year-old “Swift” from Maryland looks an animal at this weight and this is his eighth win by KO/TKO in his last nine fights. It would be interesting to see him up against Mexican strongman Jaime Munguia or WBC champion Jermell Charlo. Welborn, 32, gave this one his best and certainly hustled Hurd over the first two rounds. He looked to be going nowhere after losses to Liam Smith and Matthew Macklin and to have hit bottom when losing to journeyman William Warburton who had lost 96 of his 122 fights. He steadied his career with three wins against modest opposition and earned this title shots with two wins this year in wars with Tommy Langford. Another world title shot is unlikely but there are plenty of domestic or European fight for him.
Licona vs. Barriga
Mexican Licona wins the vacant IBF minimumweight title with split decision over Filipino Barriga
Licona had slight edges in height and reach over southpaw Barriga and made a positive start taking the fight to Barriga getting his punches off first and scoring with some sharp lead rights. Barriga was short with his jabs and slow to counter.
Score 10-9 Licona
A very good round for Barriga. This time it was Barriga getting his punches off quicker. He was able to pierce Licona’s guard with stinging rights and connected with some good combinations. When Licona did come forward Barriga was countering well and attacked strongly before the bell.
Score 10-9 Barriga Tie 19-19
A closer round. Licona scored well with his left jab and strong rights to the body. Barriga took a little time to settle in the round but again had his right jab working well and did enough work late in the round to take the points.
Score 10-9 Barriga Barriga 29-28
Licona’s round. He was bossing the fight with his jab and landing long rights to the body. Barriga connected with a sharp right to the head but Licona fired back with two good attacks. Barriga was swinging wildly at the end of the round.
Score 10-9 Licona Tie 38-38
They both made a cautious start to this round with Barriga landing some lefts to the body. Licona then had a good spell in which he landed five rights in succession to Barriga’s head and took the round.
Score 10-9 Licona Licona 48-47
A less dominant round for Licona but one which he took. He was on the front foot walking Barriga down and was again effective with rights to the head with Barriga short with his jabs and counters A right seemed to momentarily shake Barriga but he recovered quickly
Score 10-9 Licona Licona 58-56
Another round for Licona. The Mexican was landing well with his jab and his hard rights were getting home with Barriga still too slow to block or counter. When Barriga came forward he had some success but was being caught by sharp punches from Licona.
Score 10-9 Licona Licona 68-65
Barriga needed a good round and he produced one here. He was stabbing home his right jabs and banging to the head with straight lefts. Licona is a one-paced fighter and that pace is slow. Barriga was using smart movement to change angles and doing the scoring. Licona landed a low punch and Barriga turned away from the action but Licona continued punching until the referee stopped the action and gave Barriga a bit of time to recover.
Score 10-9 Barriga Licona 77-75
This started as a slow round and then warmed up. Licona was trundling after Barriga and landed a couple of rights to the body. Barriga did some good work with his jab and then scored with a slashing four-punch combination. Licona fired back with a couple of rights but Barriga took the round with a quick burst of punches before the bell.
Score 10-9 Barriga Licona 86-85
Licona won this one. He pressurised the Filipino for the whole three minutes. He was strong with his jab and again his straight rights found the target. Barriga was short with both his jab and his counters and Licona banged home more rights to finish the round strongly.
Score 10-9 Licona Licona 96-94
Barriga outboxed Licona in this round. He was more positive with his jab sliding it past Licona’s guard and following it with quick lefts. He was also using his mobility to dodge Licona’s attacks. Licona landed a couple of rights but Barriga banged straight back and had a good round.
Score 10-9 Barriga Licona 105-104
Barriga won this round clearly. He just could not miss Licona with his lefts scoring with a sequence of them. He was also on target with his right jab and was too mobile for the slower Licona to be able to land anything of consequence
Score 10-9 Barriga tie 114-114
Official scores 115-113 and 115-113 for Licona, 115-113 for Barriga.
The margin was so narrow that this one could have gone either way and hopefully Barriga will get either a return or another shot next year. Licona, 23, was No 3 with the IBF-the No 2 spot was vacant-despite only having one eight round fight and one ten round fight on his record but he is now the champion. He looked very limited in this fight but the division is not strong at this time apart from the WBC champion Wanheng. Barriga, 25, had more depth in his experience having gone ten rounds four times and also fought a twelve round bout. In addition he had competed at the World Championships where he beat Paddy Barnes and the 2012 Olympics.
Ortiz vs. Kauffman
Ortiz stays on course for another title shot with late stoppage of Kauffman. From the opening bell it was clear that Kauffman was more interested in surviving than winning. Ortiz was almost too patient in his approach stalking Kauffman and unloading heavy lefts. He rattled Kauffman with a right late in the round and continued to walk Kauffman down in the second. A low punch from Ortiz gave Kauffman some recovery time in the third. With Kauffman not looking to engage in the fourth a frustrated Ortiz did a King Kong act as he beat his chest in frustration inviting Kauffman to stand and fight. Kauffman declined the invitation in what was not by any means an entertaining fight. Ortiz caught up with Kauffman in the sixth flooring him with a left but Kauffman beat the count and stayed out of trouble for the rest of the round. The crowds was starting to show disapproval in the seventh and Ortiz silenced them for a while in the eighth by flooring Kauffman with a left. Once again Kauffman made it to his feet and for a short while it looked as though he might go the distance. He was again given some respite when Ortiz went low again in the ninth but a left put Kauffman down again in the tenth. He again made it to his feet but another heavy left from Ortiz had him in trouble on the ropes and the fight was stopped, The draw between Wilder and Fury was not a good outcome for Ortiz. The 39-year-old Cuban was hoping to get a title fight against the winner-but there wasn’t one. Ortiz will have a long wait before the position comes clear. Kauffman was never in this fight but showed guts to get up three times.
Joyce vs. Hanks
Joyce obliterates Hanks inside a round. They both landed some jabs early. Joyce was walking Hanks down and looking to unload with his right but Hanks was quicker and was getting through Joyce’s guard with some accurate but light punches. Joyce was very slow but when he did connect with a right to Hank’s head Hank was in deep trouble. He lurched into the ropes on unsteady legs and hung his hands on the ropes obviously hurt. For some reason Joyce backed off to the centre of the ring. Hanks walked forward onto a left to the head that sent him down heavily. He struggled around trying to rise but toppled over and the referee stopped the count at six and waived the fight over. The 33-year-old 6’6” Londoner, the Commonwealth champion, has taken less than 19 rounds for his seven wins but is already No 10 with the WBA after victories over L:enroy Thomas And Iago Kiladze. He showed his strengths and his weaker points here. His power was impressive but his defence was not very sound and he is not very quick on his feet. Hanks, 35, was his toughest test to date-on paper. Hanks had suffered consecutive losses against Andy Ruiz (L TKO 4) in 2013 and Derric Rossy (majority decision) in May 2014until returning with a low level win in December last year. He had no answer to the power of Joyce in this one.
Lowe vs. Baez
Lowe, a member of Britain’s traveller community, gets a win in his first fight in America as he stops Argentinian Baez in the fifth round. Lowe was always in control here. He opened a cut over Baez’s left eye in the second and then floored Baez twice in the fifth. After the second knockdown the referee stopped the fight without bothering to count. The 24-yeatr-old former undefeated Commonwealth champion is in line for a return fight with Ryan Walsh after their British title fight in February ended in a split draw with Walsh retaining the title. In addition to winning this fight he also won a £1,000 bet with Tyson Fury over who would shave their beard off first. Florida-based Baez was 4-0-1 in his last 5 fights.
Arreola vs. Smith
Not a difficult fight for Arreola. The former title challenger beat up Smith steadily for six rounds after which Smith decided he had done enough to earn his pay and did not come out for the seventh. First fight for the 37-year-old Arreola since his loss to Deontay Wilder for the WBC title in July last year. There is plenty of action to be had for beatable heavyweights these days so he will be in action again in 2019. Smith, 41, drops to seven losses by KO/TKO.
Guerrero vs. Mate
Just a pre-Christmas payday for Guerrero as he stops Hungarian in two rounds. This really was a very poor match. Guerrero floored Mate in the first and twice in the second with a right to the temple dropping Mate to his hands and knees. He managed to struggle to his feet but the referee had already waived the fight off. The 35-year-old former IBF feather and super feather champion had lost his last three fights and this was his first contest for almost 17 months. It is difficult to see where he hopes to go on this comeback. Now nine losses by KO/TKO for Mate who was knocked out inside a round by Sandor Martin in December.
Williams vs. Castro
This was a late addition to the show but was over early. Williams dominated the first round and floored Castro late in the second. Castro beat the count but the referee stopped the fight. The Philadelphia lost to Jermall Charlo for the IBF super welter title in 2016 but is now No 1 with both the WBC and IBF after wins over Ishe Smith and Nat Gallimore. Another poor match with the 34-year-old Mexican Castro losing four in a row before retiring in December 2014. He did not fight again until scoring a win over 8-22 Carlos Urea making this only his second fight in four years
Quebec City, Canada: Light Heavy: Olek Gvozdyk (16-0) W KO 11 Adonis Stevenson (29-2-1). Welter Mikael Zewski (32-1) W PTS 10 Aaron Herrera (35-9-1). Super Middle: Shakeel Phinn (19-2-1) DREW 10 Dario Bredicean (17-1). Heavy: Oscar Rivas (25-0) W PTS 10 Fabio Maldonado (26-1). Welter: Sebastien Bouchard (18-1) W TKO 3 Vitor Jones (15-3,1ND). Heavy: Olek Teslenko (15-0) W TKO 3 Edson Antonio (40-8-1).
Stevenson vs. Gvozdyk
Gvozdyk comes from behind to stop Stevenson and win the WBC title but his victory is overshadowed by concerns over Stevenson who was stretched from the ring and rushed to hospital.
Stevenson was on the front foot straight away with the taller Gvozdyk circling the perimeter of the ring sticking out his long jab but not looking to take any chances. Stevenson landed a left late in the round.
Score 10-9 Stevenson
Gvozdyk was a bit more adventuresome in this round again shooting his jab and landing some rights. Stevenson connected with a couple of hard southpaw lefts and again did enough to edge the round.
Score 10-9 Stevenson Stevenson 20-18
A much better round for Gvozdyk. He looked to have scored a knockdown when Stevenson went down after Gvozdyk threw a right. The referee ruled it a slip but it fired up Gvozdyk who pressed his attack with Stevenson forced onto the back foot.
Score 10-9 Gvozdyk Stevenson 29-28
Stevenson’s round. He was connecting with some good lefts and most of Gvozdyk’s jabs were falling short and Stevenson was successfully dodging or blocking the Ukrainian’s rights. Stevenson complained about a punch from Gvozdyk which the Canadian thought had landed after the bell.
Score 10-9 Stevenson Stevenson 39-36
Gvozdyk took this one. He was more aggressive following in behind his jab with some rights and landing some body punches. Stevenson had a few successes but Gvozdyk finished the round strongly.
Score 10-9 Gvozdyk Stevenson 48-46
A close round. Stevenson continued to stalk Gvozdyk who was a bit more defensive in this round. Stevenson both scoring with his left and also pushing the punch out to stall any attacks from Gvozdyk. The challenger tried to finish the round with a strong attack but Stevenson landed the better punches
Score 10-9 Stevenson Stevenson 58-55
Gvozdyk took this one. He was more positive coming in behind his jab and landing long rights and uppercuts. Stevenson was focusing on the body but the better punches were coming from Gvozdyk.
Score 10-9 Gvozdyk Stevenson 67-65
Gvozdyk also took this one. He landed some good rights early and was fighting more aggressively. He was taking the fight to Stevenson and forcing the champion back. Stevenson was pawing rather firing his jabs and it was a good round for Gvozdyk
Score 10-9 Gvozdyk Stevenson 76-75
Stevenson had a better round as he shook Gvozdyk early with a left which seemed to take some of the fire out of the Ukrainian. Stevenson continued to control the round and although Gvozdyk put in a big effort late in the round it was Stevenson’s.
Score 10-9 Stevenson Stevenson 86-84
Gvozdyk really opened up in this one. He was letting his hands go and connecting with rights. A hook from Stevenson shook Gvozdyk and sent him to the ropes but he fired back with a series of head punches that had Stevenson backing off and hurt.
Score 10-9 Gvozdyk Stevenson 95-94
No sign of the drama to come as this round started. Stevenson was coming forward behind his jab trying some long lefts. A clash of heads saw Gvozdyk momentarily walk away from the action. When it resumed Gvozdyk marched forward landing punches to Stevenson’s head and forcing him back to the ropes. He landed another series of punches before Stevenson escaped from the ropes. Stevenson looked to be boxing his way out of trouble and threw a couple of jabs. Gvozdyk again stormed forward driving Stevenson to the ropes with straight lefts and rights and again Stevenson worked his way into the ring centre and the danger seemed to have passed until Gvozdyk launched a furious attack driving Stevenson back along the ropes. Stevenson held on and after the referee broke them apart Gvozdyk drilled Stevenson with a succession of lefts and rights to the head as Stevenson went back into a corner and dropped under the fire storm with the referee quickly jumping in the stop the fight. It was obvious that Stevenson was badly injured and he was stretchered out of the ring and taken to hospital where he was put into a medically-induced coma to lessen the pressure caused by brain swelling. His condition was initially described as critical and then later as stable. No further news available at this time. Obviously a great victory for Gvozdyk. Going in he had just 15 fights behind whereas the much more experienced Stevenson was making the 9th defence of the WBC title.
Zewski vs. Herrera
Zewski continues on his winning way as he outpoints Herrera. Zewski dominated the fight in every round and won on scores of 100-90 from all three judges. The 29-year-old Canadian was making the first defence of the WBC International title. This title and a run of five wins has seen him climb to No 14 in the WBC ratings. His only defeat was on points against Konstantin Ponomarev in 2015. Mexican Herrera was 24-0 at the start of his career but a number of fights with ranked boxer such as Regis Prograis, Brandon Rios and Jessie Vargas has seen him fall away.
Phinn vs. Bredicean
The IBF Inter-Continental title remains vacant after Phinn and Bredicean ended all even. Scores 95-95 twice and 98-92 for Phinn. “The Jamaican Juggernaut” Phinn, the Canadian No 1, is now 3-0-1 in his last 4 fights and has lost only one of his last twenty. Tall Miami southpaw Bredicean, 25, has been carefully matched and this was both his first real test and his first ten round fight.
Rivas vs. Maldonado
Rivas retains the NABF title with points win over Brazilian Maldonado. Just a useful ten rounds of work for Rivas as he prepares for a big fight against Bryant Jennings in January. Scores 99-90 twice and 100-89 for Rivas. Despite his 25 wins the Colombian is down at No 14 with the WBA and WBC but a win over Bryant would certainly give him a boost. As an amateur he scored wins over Andy Ruiz and Kubrat Pulev but it has taken him a long time to make an impact as a heavyweight in the pros. Maldonado, 38, was having his first fight outside Brazil and his record is heavily padded with his first twenty victims only amassing seven wins between them.
Bouchard vs. Jones
Bouchard makes it ten wins in a row with stoppage of Brazilian Jones. After handily winning the first round a body punch from Bouchard put Jones down in the second. He survived the round but in the third another series of body punches were too much for Jones and the fight was halted. Eighth win by KO/TKO for the local boxer. His only loss was on points against Frank Galarza in 2014. Former Brazilian champion Jones suffers his third inside the distance defeat including a 64 seconds crushing by Teo Lopez in May.
Teslenko vs. Antonio
Teslenko gets his twelfth win by KO/TKO as he halts Brazilian oldie Antonio. Teslenko’s body punches were too much for Antonio. Teslenko, who towered over the Brazilian, floored Antonio in the second and again in the third with the towel being thrown it after the knockdown. The 6’4”, 26-year-old Ukrainian has now won eleven of his last twelve fights inside the distance. Antonio, 41, was having only his second fight in the last three years.
Brisbane, Australia: Middle: Jeff Horn (18-1-1) W Anthony Mundine (48-8). Welter: Cameron Hammond (18-1) W PTS 10 Frank Rojas (23-2). Super Feather: Liam Wilson (3-0) W PTS 10 Brent Rice (8-1). Light: Francis Chua (6-0-1) W PTS 6 Kye MacKenzie (20-2).
Horn vs. Mundine
Horn blasts out Mundine in just 96 seconds. A fired-up Horn came out looking for Mundine and in the first few seconds landed a right to the body and then shook Mundine with a right to the head. Mundine came forward with a couple of punches of his own. Horn tried a couple more rights but came up short. There was some back and forth action and then Horn stepped in and threw a right that landed on Mundine’s hip as Mundine turned away from the punch. Horn followed that with two left hooks. The first was just short of the target but the second crashed through Mundine’s guard and sent him down on his back. He managed to get to his knees but the referee could see he was finished and waived the fight over without completing the count. Huge domestic win for the former WBO champion who confirmed his class as a person when despite the enmity before the fight he immediately showed concern for Mundine instead of jumping on the ropes to celebrate. This was Horn’s first fight since losing his WBO title to Terrence Crawford and he certainly came back with a bang and can look forward to some big paydays. At 43 hopefully Mundine will now call it a day. Although some will say he underachieved he is a former IBO and interim WBA middleweight champion and had two spells as holder of the secondary WBA super middle title. He has recorded wins over Lester Ellis, Danny Green, Daniel Geale, Bronco McKart, and Shane Mosley and beaten Sam Soliman three times. Almost every fight he has had in Australia has been Pay Per View and he has been a strong spokesman for his fellow indigenous Australians so he can walk away with his head held high.
Hammond vs. Rojas
Hammond wins the vacant WBA Oceania title with unanimous decision over Venezuelan. Hammond was too quick and outboxed the limited Venezuelan although the fight never really caught fire. Scores 100-90, 99-92 and 98-92. Hammond was out of the ring for 19 months after losing to Kris George for the vacant Commonwealth title in November 2016 and this is his second win this year. Rojas has impressive looking figures but don’t be fooled. Twelve of his victims had never won a fight and the other eleven could only muster 29 wins between. The only decent fighter he has faced is Jose Benavidez who knocked Rojas out in 84 seconds.
Wilson vs. Rice
Wilson wins the Auistralian title in only his third fight and with less than two rounds of action behind him going into the title fight. Wilson built an early lead but a point deduction for repeatedly hitting on the break and a strong finish by Rice reduced the gap but with Wilson the clear winner. Scores 97-92 twice and 96-93. Wilson’s record is also deceiving but in a very different way from that of Rojas. Wilson was an outstanding amateur. He was Queensland State champion nine times, won a variety of Australian titles and competed at this year’s Commonwealth Games. Hand injuries prevented him from qualifying for the Rio Olympics and the 2017 Australian championships and he had around 140 amateur fights. Rice, also from Queensland, was making the second defence of the Australian title.
Chua vs. Mackenzie
Major upset as novice Chua takes split decision over WBO No 2 lightweight Kye MacKenzie. Both fighters threw plenty of leather early and both faded late which has to leave a question over MacKenzie’s conditioning for this one as he has been past six rounds quite a few times. Chua took the decision on scores of 59-56 and 58-56 with the third judge seeing Mackenzie in front 58-56. A dilemma for the WBO as to what they do with MacKenzie’s No 2 rating and what do they do about rating a seven fight novice who has only been past six rounds once, and drew that fight, but beat their No 2 lightweight.
Florence, Italy; Super Light: Joe Hughes (17-3-1) W PTS 12 Andrea Scarpa (23-5). Super Feather: Martin Ward (21-1-2) W PTS 12 Devis Boschiero (46-6-2). Cruiser: Fabio Turchi (16-0) W KO 7 Tony Conquest (18-3). Super Welter: Orlando Fiordigiglio (30-2) W PTS 6 Igor Faniyan (16-18-3). Feather: Carmine Tommasone (19-0) W PTS 6 Giovanny Martinez (8-9-1). Super Middle: John Docherty (2-0) W TKO 2 Angel Castillo (1-4)
Hughes vs. Scarpa
In a mixed night for British boxers they came out on top in the more important fights. Hughes was viewed as a very beatable opponent by Scarpa but Hughes came out with the split decision that should have been unanimous and lifted the vacant European title. Hughes forced the fight from the start. Despite Scarpa having edges in height and reach a feature of the fight was the way that Hughes was the one with the quickest and most accurate jab a punch that had Scarpa’s head rocking throughout the fight. Hughes was also getting the better of the exchanges inside where he did some serious work with his left hooks. Scarpa had some success when he did manage to get on the front foot and score with combinations to the head but for the most part it was Hughes coming forward and outscoring and outworking a hesitant Scarpa who seemed to lack the fire he had shown in beating John Wayne Hibbert in England. With his corner and the crowd screaming at him Scarpa tried to turn things his way over the late rounds but Hughes never looked troubled and was a clear winner. Scores 118-111 and 116-112 for Hughes and 116-112 for Scarpa. Hughes, 28, wins his first international title at the second attempt having lost on points to Anthony Yigit for this same title in December last year. It also gives him some consolation for a loss to Jack Catterall and a split draw against Tyron Nurse in domestic fights. Big setback for Scarpa. He is a former Italian super feather and super lightweight champion and won the WBC Silver title with a stoppage of John Wayne Hibbert during a run of 19 wins. The wheels rather came off after that as he lost his WBC Silver title to Ohara Davies in 2016 and was defeated by Franck Petitjean in a challenge for the EU tile in January this year. This could be Scarpa’s last chance at this level.
Ward vs. Boschiero
Ward made it a British double with a split decision over experienced Boschiero to collect the vacant WBC International Silver title. This is a fight where the styles gelled to make for an interesting and entertaining contest. Ward had lots of height and reach over Boschiero but the Italian battler kept driving forward and scoring inside with hooks from both hands. Ward made great use of his jab and landed stinging counters but also took the fight to Boschiero leading plenty of feisty exchanges. Boschiero was forcing the fight from the start but Ward used his jab and some quick movement to blunt many of the Italian’s attacks. Boschiero just kept coming. He had a good second round as he hustled Ward back but Ward started to land some crisp left hooks to the body in the fourth only for Boschiero to put in a big effort in the sixth. A great left uppercut almost dislodged Boschiero’s mouthguard in the seventh and again Ward scored strongly to the body. Ward continued to outscore Boschiero to build a lead but Boschiero stormed back over the last three rounds and Ward needed that cushion he had established as he was deducted a point in the eleventh for pushing Boschiero’s to the canvas with his elbow. Scores 117-111 and 115-113 for Ward and 115-113 for Boschiero. Ward, 27, a former Commonwealth, British and European champion suffered his only loss when he was stopped in five rounds by James Tennyson in May. This win was an important one for Ward as it reduces the Tennyson loss to a bump in the road. With winning this WBC title and with Boschiero No 11 in the IBF ratings it will get him ranked again. At 37 the end must be near for Boschiero. He came close to a world title when losing a split decision to Takahiro Ao for the WBC super feather title in Japan back in 2011. More recently a 5-4 run including a sixth round stoppage by Stephen Smith had seemed to indicate his career was nearly over but he was 7-0-1 going into this one although it may prove to be his final fling.
Turchi vs. Conquest
Fighting in his home city Turchi gets his twelfth win by KO/TKO as he beats Conquest. After two fairly even rounds southpaw Turchi began to take the fight over with his heavier power. A left hook almost put Conquest down in the fourth and Turchi continued to pile on the pressure in the fifth and sixth. Conquest showed no sign of fading out of the fight but the end came in the seventh. Conquest had just landed a hard right to Turchi’s head but the Italian countered with an even harder left hook of his own. That punch had Conquest backing away and going down on one knee. It seemed that the punch had caused Conquest a problem with his left eye and as he dropped it was borderline whether another left from Turchi landed just before or just after Conquest’s left knee touched the floor. The referee started the count but just as he was about to waive the fight over the towel came in from Conquests corner. The 25-year-old Turchi is rated No 10 by the EBU. He was an outstanding amateur being the Italian champion in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, winning a silver Medal in 2014 Military World Championships, a bronze medal at the World Youth Championships and a gold medal in the Mediterranean Games with a reported 106-9 record. Conquest was talking retirement after this loss. The 34-year-old former Commonwealth and British champion was inactive for two years before returning with a win last December.
Fiordigiglio vs. Faniyan
Fiordigiglio just keeps thing turning over with a routine win over Fanyan. Fiordigiglio controlled this one from start to finish with some slick work with his jab and occasional combinations which was more than enough to see off Fanyan. Third win this year for Fiordigiglio who lost a split decision to Frenchman Zakaria Attou for the vacant European title in December. Armenian Fanyan is no 1-9 in his last 10 contests.
Tommasone vs. Martinez
Mexican Martinez can’t keep the wolf from his door as “Mr Wolf” Tommasone easily outboxes the import winning every round. This was the unbeaten Italian’s first fight for nine months but he looked sharp. He is No 10 with the EBU but hopes with more activity to get a shot at the EU or EBU title. At 32 he has no time to waste. He has the distinction of being the first pro boxer to compete at the Olympics as he was first into the ring in Rio after the AIBA decided to allow pro boxers to compete. He beat Mexican Lindolfo Delgado in his first fight but then lost to Cuban Lazaro Alvarez. Martinez has won only two of his last eight fights.
Docherty vs. Castillo
Scottish prospect Docherty gets his second pro win and his second inside the distance win as he floors Argentinian novice Castillo in the first and again in the second which sees the towel coming flying in from Castillo’s corner. The 21-year-old from Montrose was Scottish Junior champion in 2012 and 2013 and Senior champion in 2017. He won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games, silver at the European Youth Championships and a bronze medal at this year’s Commonwealth Games. One to watch. Castillo in way over his head.
Glasgow, Scotland: Bantam: Ukashir Farooq (11-0) W PTS 12 Iain Butcher (18-4). Super Light: Tyrone McKenna (17-1-1) W PTS 10 Lewis Benson (10-2). Super Welter: Kieran Smith (13-0) W PTS 10 Evaldas Korsakas (9-6-2). Light Heavy: David Brophy (21-2-1) W PTS 6 Charles Adamu (32-13).
Farooq vs. Butcher
Farooq retains the British title with comprehensive victory over fellow Scot Butcher. Scores 120-108, 120-109 and 118-110 for “The Untouchable” Farooq who was making the first defence of the title he won with an impressive first round kayo of Jamie Wilson in September. Born in Pakistan the 22-year-old Farooq moved to Scotland with his family in 2002. He is a former Scottish and British Youth champion and Scottish Senior champion. Three of Butcher’s four losses have come in British title fights
McKenna vs. Benson
McKenna gets the nod in a hard fought and entertaining contest against Benson. It was a war with McKenna walking forward throwing punches and Benson countering and seeming to outscore the Ulster southpaw. It really came down to Benson landing more but McKenna landing the heavier punches. The referee gave the decision to McKenna 96-95 but the decision could have gone either way. McKenna was in his second war in a row having lost narrowly in an exciting battle against Jack Catterall in June. “Kid Caramel” Benson, 26, said after the fight that he was retiring but hopefully will re-think that. As an amateur he was Scottish and British Youth champion and competed at both the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games and has lots of talent.
Smith vs. Korsakas
Smith, another former elite level amateur, had to climb off the floor to win this one. The Scottish southpaw found Korsakas a tough opponent and was floored in the third. He rebounded to put Korsakas down in the ninth which just gave him the edge in a very close contest. Scores 96-92, 96-93 and 95-93 for Smith. The 6’2” Scot wins the vacant WBC International Silver title in his move up to ten rounds. As with Benson he was Scottish and British Youth champion and fought at the Commonwealth Games, World, European and World Youth Championships. UK-based Lithuanian Korsakas was 6-0-1 in his run up to this fight and is the BBB of C Central Area champion.
Brophy vs. Adamu
Former Commonwealth champion Brophy keeps his hand in with a points win over Ghanaian veteran Adamu. Referee’s score 60-54 for Brophy who is working his way back after being stopped inside a round by Rocky Fielding for the British and Commonwealth titles in September last year. The 41-year-old Adamu, also a former Commonwealth champion has only lost once by KO/TKO
Hollywood, FL, USA: Bantam: Ricardo Espinoza (22-2) W TKO 2 Yeison Vargas (17-1). Welter: Derrieck Cuevas (19-0-1) W PTS 10 Breidis Prescott (31-15). Feather: Hairon Socarras (20-0-3) W KO 1 Mike Oliver (26-10-1,1ND).
Espinoza vs. Vargas
Espinoza destroys Vargas in two rounds with an impressive show of power. Espinoza was throwing the harder punches in the first before exploding in the second. A left hook to the head had Vargas stumbling along the ropes and down. He made it to his feet but Espinoza was on to him again quickly and the first punch he landed on the resumption, a left hook to the head sent Vargas flying back and onto the canvas against the ropes. Vargas was up quickly but then rocked with left hooks to the head. He tried to hold but Espinoza broke free and then landed a four-punch combination of hooks to the head that floored Vargas for the third time and the referee waived the fight off. The 21-year-old “Hindu” is on a hot streak with twelve wins in a row eleven of those by KO/TKO and now has a total of 19 wins by KO/TKO. The Tijuana fighter was making the first defence of his WBO Latino title. He is No 2 with the WBO although there are no names on his record apart from useful Daniel Lozano. Colombian champion Vargas was having his first outside of Colombia and his is a heavily padded record with wins over substandard opposition.
Cuevas vs. Prescott
Cuevas moves to thirteen wins on the trot with wide unanimous verdict over a very much on the slide Prescott. Cuevas almost ended it in the first and in fact the fight should not have been allowed to continue. It was “timber” as a huge left hook felled Prescott like a falling tree. He managed to make onto one knee but almost fell over. He then pushed himself up but staggered badly when the referee asked him to take steps forward. Despite that the referee went over the same routine again and decided to let the fight continue and the bell went before another punch could be thrown. Prescott recovered well and used all of his experience to remain competitive. He took the fight to Cuevas who showed he could box as well as punch. Prescott is just too slow these days to really threaten Cuevas who was a clear winner. This victory makes it thirteen wins in a row for the 24-year-old Puerto Rican Cuevas with eleven of those wins by KO/TKO. At 35 Miami-based Colombian Prescott is moving into the “fodder for up-coming fighters” category with seven losses in his last eight fights.
Socarras vs. Oliver
An easy night for Socarras as he disposes of the shell of what was once Mike Oliver in just 50 seconds. After the second knockdown Oliver indicated he was finished hopefully not just with this fight but with his career. Cuban Socarras, 25, gets his twelfth win by KO/TKO. He had just one fight in 2015 and was inactive in 2016 but he has been more active recently and was coming off a win over reasonable level opposition in Jose Nieves. Oliver, 38, went 21-0 at the start of his career and won the IBO super bantamweight title but with a couple of spells of inactivity thrown in he is now 1-8-1in his last 10 fights.
La Banda, Argentina: Middle: Bill Godoy (37-5) W TKO 4 Diego Diaz Gallardo (22-6-1). Godoy halts Gallardo in four rounds. After 14 months of inactivity a rusty Gallardo was no match for Godoy and he was on the floor in the first round. He recovered but was never really in the fight after the knockdown. Godoy continued to score with heavy shots in the second and third and ended the fight in the fourth. A salvo of punches from Gallardo rounded off by a left hook had Gallardo falling into the ropes and unable to defend himself with the fight being stopped at that point. The 32-year-old Godoy wins the vacant WBC Latino title and moves to 18 wins by KO/TKO. He was high in the world ratings after winning his first 26 fights and scoring victories over Carlos Baldomir and Jorge Heiland but life has gotten tougher as he moved to a higher level and he was down at No 5 in the Argentinian ratings before this fight. Gallardo had his big night in March last year when he stopped Michel Mothmora to win the WBFederation world title.
San Luis, Argentina: Cruiser: Marcos Aumada (20-6) W TKO 1 Nahuel Martinez (9-3). Super Bantam: Claudio Echegaray (22-2-1) W TKO 4 Maximiliano Alegre (4-3).
Ahumada vs. Martinez
Ahumada obliterates poor Martinez inside a round. Southpaw Ahumada came out flinging punches and quickly had the much taller Martinez in trouble. A couple of heavy punches staggered Martinez and he retreated to the ropes with Ahumada connecting with some fierce head shots. The referee stepped in and gave Martinez a standing count. When the action resumed a wide left again put Martinez against the ropes. He managed to get out to the centre of the ring but Ahumada landed a series of head punches driving Martinez to the ropes again and a big neck-jerking left was enough to see the referee step in and stop the fight. Ahumada retains the WBC Latino title with his fifteenth win by KO/TKO. After going 14-1 in his first 15 fights and reversing the lone loss he then slipped badly and went 3-5 in his following eight fights. This is his third win by KO/TKO as he rebuilds. He is No 2 in the Argentinian ratings. Martinez had won 6 of his last 7 fights and was No 4 in the national ratings.
Echegaray vs. Alegre
In a wild slugging match Echegaray breaks through in the fourth of a close fight to halt Alegre. Echegaray took the first round but Alegre had the better of the fierce exchanges in the second and third. In the fourth. Both fighters were ignoring defence and just throwing wild swings and Echegaray connected with a series of head punches with the referee stopping the action to give Alegre a standing count. After the count Echegaray drove Alegre back and connected with a series of hard shots that saw Alegre falling back and down with the referee immediately stopping the fight. Eleventh win by KO/TKO for Argentinian No 7 Echegaray who was badly in need of a victory after two consecutive losses this year. Second loss by KO/TKO for Alegre.
Windhoek, Namibia: Welter: Mikka Shonena (13-0) W PTS 12 Mfaume Mfaume (14-5-2,1ND). Shonena retains the WBO African title with points victory over Tanzanian Mfaume but is made to work hard. Shonena focus his attacks on the body over the early rounds with Mfaume willing to stand and trade. From the sixth Shonena switched his tactics and boxed more before staggering Mfaume with a series of hooks in the tenth. Mfaume fought back hard over the last two rounds but was never able to trouble Shonena. Scores 120-108, 119-109 and 117-111 for Shonena. The home boxer made this a bit harder than it needed to be until he switched tactics in the sixth The Namibian, a former Commonwealth Games competitor, has never fought anyone even remotely close to being rated but for winning the WBO African title is a ludicrous No 9 which makes him eligible to fight Terrence Crawford! Mfaume is now 5-4. 1ND in his last 10 fights.
Singapore: Super Feather: Hamza Farouk (7-0) W KO 1 Isack Junior (25-10-3)
Farouk collects the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council title with first round win over Indonesian Junior. After just 22 seconds a body punch put Junior on the floor and he remained there for the full count. Fifth win by KO/TKO for 30-year-old Farooq who has taken less than 19 rounds for his seven victories.. Poor Junior falls to 1-6-1 in his last 8 fights.
Glasgow, Scotland: Super Welter: Jay Byrne (8-6) W PTS 10 Marc Kerr (12-2)
Big disappointment for popular local fighter Kerr as Irishman Byrne collects the BBB of C Celtic title with unanimous decision. Scores 99-91, 98-92 and 97-94. Byrne a good winner but the scores unkind to the effort put in by Kerr. Most of Byrne’s losses have against unbeaten fighters. Scottish champion Kerr had won his last seven fights and can come again.
Huntington, NY, USA: Super Light: Chris Algieri (22-3) W PTS 10 Angel Hernandez (14-12-2). Algieri returns to his home town with a win and looks sharp. He had too much skill and speed for a willing but limited Hernandez. Algieri’s movement and hand speed put him in control from the start and outworked Hernandez all the way. Algieri has never been a hard puncher and Hernandez has a good chin so Hernandez was never in any trouble and was able to roll forward throwing punches but not landing enough to ever threaten Algieri who won by a wide margin. Scores 100-90 twice and 99-91for Algieri who was having his first fight since a fifth round stoppage loss to Errol Spencer in April last year. There are plenty of good fights out there for the 34-year-old former WBO champion. Texan Hernandez is 1-5-1 in his last 7 fights.
Harare, Zimbabwe: Middle: Lukas Ndafoluma (14-1,1ND) W PTS 8 Jimmy Mabundji (9-4). Lightweight: Peter Pambeni (13-3-3) W KO 5 Alex Gambinda (7-1).
Ndafoluma vs. Mabundji
Namibian Ndafoluma gets unanimous decision over Mabundji but the scores do not reflect how close this fight was. Ndafoluma is a tall thin fighter and Mabundji is small and stocky so it was a case of Ndafoluma dominating the fight at distance and scoring with counters as Mabundji moved forward. That sounds easy on paper but Mabundji just walked through Ndafoluma’s punches. He never stopped coming forward finding gaps for his counters and he used his strength to outfight Ndafoluma on the inside. A big left hook rocked Ndafoluma in the fifth and he was hurt again in the sixth but he was picking Mabundji off with his jabs and finding gaps for his counters and just did enough to take the decision. Scores 79-73 twice and 78-77 for Ndafoluma who gets his eighth win in a row. South-African based Congolese Mabundji is a tough customer who had won his last three fights by KO/TKO.
Pambeni vs. Gambinda
Pambeni wins the vacant national title with fifth round kayo of Gambinda. Pambeni had too much skill for the much smaller and limited Gambinda. Constantly switching guards Pambeni outboxed Gambinda in the first. In the second Gambinda choose to do some showboating and made the mistake of standing in front of Pambeni with his hands down and was put down heavily by a hard right. He made it to his feet but he was very unsteady and the fight should have been stopped. Instead of going in to finish the fight Pambeni decided to do some showboating of his own. Gambinda tried to take the fight to Pambeni in the third and fourth but was too slow to catch the quicker Pambeni. In the fifth a left hook and a vicious right put Gambinda down and he was counted out. After ten years of inactivity Pambeni is now 4-0-2 since his return. Gambinda had done all of his fighting in South Africa. In his only fight scheduled for more than four or six rounds he was knocked out inside three minutes by unbeaten Ronald Mankind.
Saltillo, Mexico: Bantam: Luis Nery (27-0) W Renson Robles (13-6).
An aggressive Nery batters Robles to defeat with vicious body attacks. Nery was stalking Robles in the first two rounds and already getting through with strong southpaw lefts to the body. Robles just could not get on the front foot but he fired back although lacking the power to discourage Nery. Robles had some success with rights in the third but Nery just continued to walk him down and was connecting with heavy lefts. In the fifth Nery went all out for the finish bombarding Robles with punch after punch. The Venezuelan got a breather when he lost his mouthguard but he had taken a whole load of punishment. Nery was a bit more studied with his attacks in the sixth with Robles still countering when he could. Nery went wild again in the seventh. He was pumping out punch after punch mostly to the body. Robles was being driven around the ring until the referee had seen enough and stopped the fight. The former WBC bantamweight champion is hoping to get a chance to regain the title that he lost by default when he failed to make the weight for a defence against Shinsuke Yamanaka in March. Robles was a late substitute and fought hard before being ground down and suffering his first loss by KO/TKO.
Gummersbach, Germany: Middle: Denis Radovan (11-0-1) DREW 10 Ronny Mittag (30-3-3). Super Welter Abass Baraou (4-0) W PTS 10 Sasha Yengoyan (41-6-1). Welter: Deniz Ilbay (21-1) W PTS 10 Denis Krieger (14-7-2). Super Welter: Nick Klappert (26-3) W PTS 8 Sergej Wotschel (11-4-1). Light Heavy: Leon Bunn (12-0) W PTS 8 Yannick N’Galeu (5-5).
Radovan vs. Mittag
Radovan and Mittag end up all square after ten entertaining rounds. Local fighter Radovan used his superior skill set to build an early lead. He boxed well, behind his jab and found plenty of gaps in the defence of Mittag. Slowly Mittag worked his way into the fight which was fought at a ferocious pace and slowly he began to eat into Radovan’s lead and force him onto the back foot. Radovan was still landing some hurtful punches and after the fight it was revealed that Mittag had suffered damage to both ear drums. Despite that he battled hard and a draw looked about right. Scores 96-94 for Radovan, 96-94 for Mittag and 95-95. Former elite level amateur Radovan was moving up to ten rounds for the first time. Mittag, 30, was 7-0-1 going into this one with the loss coming in his last fight in May when he was outpointed by unbeaten Patrick Wojcicki for the vacant German title. Hopefully Radovan and Mittag will meet again soon as this was a rousing battle.
Baraou vs. Yengoyan
German champion Baraou takes every round against experienced Yengoyan. Baraou won this one from distance as Yengoyan did his best work when he was able to get past Baraou’s jab and walk through his counters to work inside. Baraou controlled the fight and handed out some heavy punishment but never totally subdued Yengoyan and seemed to lack the power to capitalise on his superiority. The three scorecards all read 100-90 at the finish. Baraou, 24,was German amateur champion in 2014,2015 and 2016 won a gold medal at the European Championships and bronze at the World Championships and is one of the big hopes for German boxing. Armenian Yengoyan is starting to look like a toothless “Beast from the East” now being 1-4 in his most recent fights.
Ilbay vs. Krieger
Another entertaining fight but with a bit less skill on show. What there was was shown by Ilbay. He was streets ahead of Krieger in technique but had to weather some wild attacks from Krieger using good movement to frustrate his opponent. Gradually Krieger became wilder with his attacks and in an attempt to lure Ilbay in was dropping his hands and challenging Ilbay to do his worst. Krieger had some success and there was plenty of action but Ilbay stuck to his boxing and won the unanimous decision. Scores 99-90, 98-91 and 96-91 for Ilbay. The 23-year-old from Cologne wins the vacant German title in his sixth fight since losing on points to world rated Egidijus Kavaliauskas in 2016. German-based Moldovan Krieger was 2-5 in his last 7 fights. One of the two wins was a kayo over 21-0 Robert Maess for the German title but in his last fight he lost that title to Abass Baraou.
Klappert vs. Wotschel
This fight also had its moments as Klappert won on points over Wotschel. It was fiercely contested with both having good spells but the cleaner work and more accurate punching saw Klappert through to the decision. Scores 79-73 for Klappert on all three cards. German Klappert, 36, has collected a few minor titles and is 6-1 in his last 7 fights but the loss was one that established his level as he was knocked out in one round by unbeaten Russian Khuseyn Baysangurov in December. German-based Russian Wotschel had won his last five fights.
Bunn vs. N’Galeu
Bunn decisions late substitute N’Galeu. The Frankfurt prospect got the win but it was a very flat performance by Bunn. He had more trouble than expected against the French novice and although outboxing N’Galeu he never looked likely to end it early and suffered a cut late in the fight. The judges were unanimous in scoring the fight 79-73 for Bunn who keeps his 100% record. N’Galeu had won his last four fights.
Tokyo, Japan: Super Light: Valentine Hosokawa (23-6-3) W Takashi Inagaki (20-17-2). Small and getting on in years he may be but Hosokawa is enjoying something of an Indian Summer. In this one he blew away challenger Inagaki in the first round in defence of his Japanese title. Inagaki started well using his jab against Hosokawa but late in the round was badly shaken by a right uppercut and put down by a right hook. He made it to his feet but was being bombarded by punches and the referee stopped the fight. Hosokawa, 37, who has Nigerian father, won the national title at the third attempt and in his eleventh year as a professional. He claimed the impetus to win the title was that his grandmother, who had raised him, was 86 and he wanted to win the title before she died. This is his eleventh win by KO/TKO. Inagaki, 33, the Japanese No 10 has now lost his last three fights and failed in challenges for the Japanese title at super feather, lightweight and now super lightweight.
Osaka, Japan: Super Feather: Masao Nakamura (25-3) W TKO 10 Carlo Magali (23-11-3). Light Fly: Reiya Konishi (17-1) W TKO 8 Richard Rosales (13-7-2).
Nakamura vs. Magali
Nakamura gets off the floor to stop Magali and win the vacant WBO Asia Pacific title. Nakamura used a stiff jab to control much of the early action but a competitive Magali had a big fifth round flooring Nakamura with a right hook although it looked as though Nakamura partially tripped over his own feet. Nakamura was back in charge in the sixth and took the next three rounds as well as cutting Magali. By the tenth the cut had worsened and the fight was stopped. A former OPBF champion in Nakamura fights either you go or he does and only 2 of his 28 fights have lasted the distance. Filipino Magali, also a former OPBF champion, now has four losses by KO/TKO.
Konishi vs. Rosales
Konishi retains the WBO Asian Pacific title with stoppage of Filipino Rosales. Konishi had a hard time subduing Rosales. The Japanese fighter was deducted a point in the sixth for low blows but kept battering away at Rosales and Rosales was twice deducted a point for holding. Finally in the eighth a left hook from Konishi had Rosales badly hurt and the Filipino’s corner threw in the towel to save their man. Konishi was having his second fight since losing to Carlos Canizales in March for the vacant secondary WBA title. Four losses by KO/TKO for Rosales.
Mexico City, Mexico: Welter: Juan Pablo Romero (9-0). W TKO 1 Jose Luis P:rieto (26-7) Mexican Olympian Romero overwhelms Colombian Prieto. The unbeaten prospect attacked strongly from the start. He pressured Prieto constantly with Prieto trying unsuccessfully to counter. Late in the round Romero trapped Prieto on the ropes and was unloading with blistering punches from both hands and with Prieto just covering up the referee stopped the fight. Sixth win by KO/TKO for Romero. Who is a former Mexican amateur champion and represented Mexico at the 2016 Olympics and the World Championships. Prieto was 13-2 in his last 15 fights and this is his fifth loss by KO/TKO..
Catano, Puerto Rico: Light: Alfredo Santiago (10-0) W Jonathan Barros (41-6-1). Super Bantam: Abimael Ortiz (7-0-1 W PTS 10 Alexis Santiago (21-7-1).
Santiago vs. Barros
Santiago outboxes experience Barros in defence of his WBC Fecarbox title. The tall Santiago had a 5” edge in height and a much longer reach and he used those advantages plus some quick footwork to win this one easily. Barros kept barrelling forward but Santiago was popping him with jabs and connecting with long rights. He was not looking to get into trading punches and was happy to just stick with the jab/straight right and only occasionally fire a combination of more than two punches. Barros just could not get close enough often enough to hustle Santiago out of his stride. With his stick-thin long legs a quick step was all Santiago needed to be out of range but still in position to counter. He also tied up Barros inside or pushed him off for which Santiago was warned. Santiago also switched guards constantly and over the closing round did some show-boating with a frustrated Barros unable to really be a threat. Scores 99-91 for Santiago from all three judges. The 24-year-old Puerto Rica-based Dominican has scored good wins over Jayson Velez, Arturo Santos and Cristian Mino but a lack of punching power could be a big handicap against better opposition. Barros, 34, a former holder of the secondary WBA title had recently lost in two title fights against IBF champion Lee Selby and WBC champion Miguel Berchelt and this is the first time he has lost three fights in a row.
Ortiz vs. Santiago
Ortiz outpoints more experienced Santiago. This was a slow-paced fight with Ortiz simply walking down Santiago for the whole ten rounds. The Puerto Rican mixed short stiff jabs, hooks and uppercuts to keep Santiago on the back foot for round after round. He unloaded heavily on Santiago in the fifth but Santiago soaked up the punishment and kept firing counters. The fighters were rarely more than a couple of paces apart over the first six rounds as they traded punches with Ortiz throwing more, landing more and having more power but the pace of the fight was too slow to generate much excitement. Ortiz wins on scores of 100-90 twice and 99-91. The young “Hands of Stone” was moved up to ten rounds for the first time after having scored an upset win over unbeaten prospect Jantony Ortiz in August. Phoenix’s Santiago has lost four in a row but all against very good level opposition.
Estosadok, Russia: Light Heavy: Umar Salamov (23-1) W PTS 10 Emmanuel Anim (13-2-1). Salamov continues to rebuild with points win over Ghanaian Anim. Salamov was always going to be the winner here and the only question was whether Anim would go the distance. He did that and a bit more making Salamov work hard. Scores 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93 for Salamov. He retains the WBO International title and another organisations title but they are just so ridiculous I am not even going to mention them. The 24-year-old Nevada-based Russian registers his fourth win since a loss to Damien Hooper in July derailed his train. He is ranked IBF 7(5)/WBC 10/WBO 10/WBA. Anim had lost a majority decision to unbeaten Emmanuel Martey for the national title and drew with Patrick Mukala for the WBA Pan African title in his other fights this year.
London, England: Light Heavy: Miles Shinkwin (15-4) W PTS 10 Joel McIntyre (18-4). Cruiser: Deion Jumah (11-0) W TKO 5 Ossie Jervier (6-6).
Shinkwin vs. McIntyre
Shinkwin lifts the vacant English title with unanimous decision over McIntyre. Shinkwin had failed in two previous shots at this title and one at the British title but he was a good winner here. Scores 99-91, 97-92 and 96-94. The 30-year-old Shinkwin will now be looking to get another crack at the British title. McIntyre, a former English champion, is now 2-3 in his last 5 fights.
Jumah vs. Jervier
Good to see Jumah back and fighting regularly. He stops Jervier and wins the vacant BBB of C Southern Area title. The 31-year–old southpaw was twice English amateur champion but has had spells of inactivity. Hopefully new management will change that as he gathers his sixth win by KO/TKO. Jervier has been matched tough but he had won his last two fights.
East London, South Africa: Minimumweight: Simphiwe Khonco (19-5, 1ND) NO DECISON 4 Joel Canoy (14-3-1,1ND). Bantam: Ronald Malindi (15-0) W PTS 12 Makazole Tete (17-4-2).
Khonco vs. Canoy
Khonco retains the IBO title when his fight with Filipino Canoy is halted in the fourth due to a cut. Khonco came out firing punches in the first. Late in the round he landed a couple of good combinations. Unfortunately he forgot his defence and was caught with a counter right hook to the chin which dropped him on his hands and knees. He looked unsteady when he got up and Canoy staggered him with a left but Khonco made it the bell. He had recovered in the second and in the third a Khonco right sent Canoy into the ropes and he almost went down. In the fourth a clash of heads opened a gash on the forehead of Khonco. The referee called a time out to let the doctor examine the cut. It looked bad and the blood was streaming down Khonco’s face and into his left eye. The doctor allowed the fight to continue. A punch to the back of head sent Khonco sprawling and with the blood still streaming the referee again summoned the doctor and this time the fight was stopped and since the fourth round had not been completed it was ruled a No Decision. A great pity as the signs were there that it was going to be an exciting contest. Khonco had overcome the early shock and clawed back the points for the knockdown and both fighters were looking to trade punches. Hopefully there will be a return fight. The little South African was making the fourth defence of his IBO title and has lost only one of his last fourteen fights and that was a close decision to Hekkie Budler for the WBA and IBO titles in 2015. He is No 1 with the WBC. Southpaw Canoy, 25, lost to Budler for this same IBO title in 2017 and had won his last two fights and he looked sharp and dangerous here.
Malindi vs. Tete
South African champion Malindi has little trouble in keeping his 100% record intact as he outclasses Tete. Scores 119-109 from all three judges. Malindi retains the ABU title and will be looking to move up to some international fights now. Tete, the brother of Zolani, is 2-3 in his last 5 fights. Before this one his manager was warning Tete that he needed to focus on his boxing. Tete has a choir and is studying music at a University
Fight of the week (Entertainment): Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury
Fight of the week (Significance): Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury
Fighter of the week: Tyson Fury a remarkable recovery
Punch of the week: Jeff Horn’s left hook that felled Mundine and the left hook from Derrieck Cuevas that put Breidis Prescott down in the first round were special but the Wilder punches that put Tyson on his back were the brutal
Upset of the week: Francis Chua 5-0-1 beating WBO No 2 Kye Mackenzie
Prospect watch: Twenty-one-year-old Mexican Ricardo Espinoza 22-2 with 19 wins by KO/TKO.
By Eric Armit
-Khalid Yafai retains the WBA super fly title with win over a competitive Israel Gonzalez
-Dmitry Bivol successfully defends his secondary WBA light heavyweight title with wide decision over Jean Pascal
-Denis Lebedev outpoints Mike Wilson in non-title fight
-Chinese hope Fanlong Meng halts Frank Buglioni on a cut
-Michael Hunter fells another giant as he stops Alex Ustinov
-Mexican Carlos Diaz and Puerto Rican Christopher return form unsuccessful world title fights with wins
WORLD TITLE SHOWS:
Monte Carlo, Monaco: Super Fly: Khalid Yafai (25-0) W PTS 12 Israel Gonzalez (23-3). Cruiser: Denis Lebedev (32-2,1ND) W PTS 12 Mike Wilson (19-1). Light Heavy: Fanlong Meng (14-0) W TKO 5 Frank Buglioni (22-4-1). Heavy: Michael Hunter (16-1) W TKO 9 Alexander Ustinov (34-3). Welter: Daniyar Yeleussinov (5-0) W TKO 3 Marcos Mojica (16-3-2).
Yafai vs. Gonzalez
Yafai makes a successful defence of his WBA title but this was not one of his most impressive performances and one he will be happy to put behind him as he looks for some career defining fights. Yafai was on the front foot for much of the fight but from the opening round Gonzalez showed some clever movement and quick hands and Yafai had trouble pinning him down. If anything Gonzalez speeded up in the second but Yafai attacked hard and his strong jab and left hooks were enough to have taken both of the opening rounds. Gonzalez had more success in the third and despite some sharp left hooks from Yafai he looked to have edged it and some flashing combinations made the fourth a good round for the challenger. The scores at that juncture were 39-37 for Yafai and 38-38 and 38-38. Yafai was back on top in the fifth with a series of stinging hooks and a clash of heads saw Gonzalez suffer a serious cut over his left eye. The sixth, seventh and eighth were all close rounds featuring a high work rate and more quick combinations from Gonzalez against the constant pressure, hard jabs and hurtful left hooks from Yafai. At the end of the eighth the fight was still very close as the scores were 78-74, 77-75 and 77-75 all for Yafai. From that point Yafai really controlled the action. His pressure was wearing down Gonzalez and Yafai had the advantage of having gone twelve rounds five times so knew better how to judge the pace of the fight. Even when Gonzalez had been winning early rounds he was having to fight hard to do so and the pace began to tell. A left hook from Yafai had Gonzalez in some discomfort in the tenth and his strong jab gave him the eleventh but Gonzalez had enough left to put in a big effort in the last and took the round on the three cards but it was not enough. Scores 116-112 twice and 117-111 for Yafai. Fourth defence of his WBA title for the 29-year-old from Birmingham but not one of his best nights. His mandatory challenger is Norberto Jimenez a fight which constitutes a degree of risk for very little reward. A fight with WBC champion Srisaket is unlikely and the WBA No 2 Kazuto Ioka is facing Donnie Nietes for the vacant WBO title on 31 December. With Roman Gonzalez injured and IBF champion Jerwin Ancajas having just defended his title the cupboard looks a bit bare but who knows what is going to happen in boxing. Although Gonzalez’s two wins this year were over fighters with combined records of 13-18 the WBA parachuted him into the rating at No 14 to justify this as a title fight. Despite that Gonzalez put up a very good showing and hopefully will get some good matches on the back of this fight.
Lebedev vs. Wilson
Lebedev gets his second win after returning to action but his performance here will not send any shivers down the backs of the top level cruisers. The relatively inexperienced Wilson did well over the first two rounds using deft jabs and he opened a cut over Lebedev’s left eye in the second. That was as good as things got for Wilson as southpaw Lebedev took control of the fight and never relinquished it. Lebedev was too strong for Wilson and began to land some crunching hooks and uppercuts rocking Wilson in the fourth. It was a big round for Lebedev as he looked to have badly injured the nose of Wilson and also opened a cut by the American’s left eye. Lebedev dominated the middle rounds but he could not entirely subdue the limited Wilson who managed to score with occasional attacks and some solid counters. As the rounds progressed Wilson’s work became more untidy and his relative lack of experience saw him tire. Despite his dominance Lebedev was not able to really put Wilson on the verge of a stoppage and the one-sided nature of the fight saw very few highlights. Lebedev did not seem to be putting in 100% effort being willing to settle for getting twelve rounds under his belt. Scores 119-109-twice and 117-111 for Lebedev. The 39-year-old Russian has emerged from his “Champion in Recess” condition and in theory should get next shot at Olek Usyk if Usyk decides to fight again at cruiser. Lebedev’s choices are limited as most of the top cruisers are engaged in the WBSS tournament so he might end up facing the holder of the WBA secondary title Beibut Shumenov which is a fight that would garner very little interest. At 35 “White Delight” Wilson is going nowhere. He jumped into the WBA ratings at No 11 for beating Mario Aguilar who had lost 2 of his previous 3 fights by KO/TKO so the only saving grace is that at least this Lebedev outing was not being sold as a title fight.
Meng vs. Buglioni
A disappointing end for Buglioni as a bad cut rules him out of the fight although Meng did look to be in control. In the first Buglioni came out aggressively trying to get past the long southpaw reach of Meng but the Chinese fighter scored with accurate left counters. Meng’s quick footwork and speedy southpaw lefts were frustrating Buglioni’s efforts to get inside in the second and Meng was threading stiff jabs through Buglioni’s guard with Buglioni’s face redden from the attention of Meng’s left. The third was a much better round for Buglioni. He was chasing Meng down getting in close and scoring with hooks from both hands. Meng was still finding the target with his lefts but it was Buglioni’s round. Meng changed his tactics in the fourth. Over the first three rounds he had let Buglioni come to him and countered now he took the fight to Buglioni. He was scoring with straight lefts, hooks and uppercuts and had blood dripping from Buglioni’s nose. Buglioni tried to fire back but Meng had faster hands and a higher level of accuracy. Early in the fifth after some more jarring lefts Buglioni was cut over his right eye and on his right cheek. He survived a doctor’s inspection but knowing the cut was bad Buglioni went after Meng but once again he was caught with fast lefts. The cut had worsened and this time the doctor advised the fight be stopped. Big win for the Inner Mongolia-born “Cold Blood” Meng as he retains his IBF Inter-Continental title and has a chance of improving on his No 10 rating with that body. He showed some very good skills, quick movement and a sound defence. He has a good jab but it was his fast, accurate lefts that impressed here. He was twice Chinese champion and represented China at the World Junior and 2009 and 2011 Senior Championships and at the 2012 Olympics. Former British light heavyweight champion Buglioni lost to Fedor Chudinov for the secondary WBA super middle title and was stopped in one round by Callum Johnson for the British and Commonwealth light heavyweight titles in March this year. He is an entertaining and exciting fighter so hopefully he will rebuild with some lower level fights and try again.
Hunter vs. Ustinov
Hunter’s father was known as “The Bounty Hunter” well son Mike is establishing himself as the “New Goliath” after his second win in a row over opponents much bigger and heavier than himself. Hunter took this fight with Ustinov at just two weeks notice which was plenty of time when you consider how slow and untalented Ustinov is. The Russian was over 5” taller than Hunter and 66lbs heavier and glacially slow. Hunter was able to buzz around landing stinging jabs long rights and easily evading the ponderous punches from Ustinov. Hunter shook Ustinov with a left hook in the fourth and rocked him numerous other times. Ustinov’s tactics consisted of rumbling forward trying to get a grip of Hunter and lean on him so that he could use his weight to tire Hunter. Those tactics were nullified by the superior foot and hand speed of Hunter. Ustinov showed guts in taking the punishment and trying to get close but Hunter’s punches were having an effect and Ustinov was put down by a right to the head in the eighth. He beat the count but was all over the place and in a bad way but saw out the round. In the ninth a left hook dropped Ustinov to his knees and the referee stopped the fight. Hunter’s only loss was on points against Olek Usyk for the WBO cruiser title in April last year. This is his fourth fight at heavyweight including his stoppage of the bigger and heavier unbeaten Martin Bakole Illunga last month Ustinov was No 14 with the WBA so Hunter will enter the ratings but he may struggle against the better heavyweights who may not be bigger but will certainly be faster than Illunga and Ustinov. At 41 it is difficult to see a future for Ustinov. He was knocked out in eleven rounds by Kubrat Pulev for the European title in 2012 and lost on points to Manuel Charr for the vacant secondary WBA title in November. The rest of his opposition has either been old or inept-or both.
Yeleussinov vs. Mojica
It is taking former amateur star Yeleussinov a while to adjust to the pros but really he had nothing to beat in Nicaraguan Mojica. Yeleussinov was stalking Mojica in the first with Mojica circling the perimeter of the ring trying to stay out of trouble but he was sent staggering by a straight left from the Kazak southpaw. In the second a chopping left to the head dropped Mojica. He quickly got up then changed his mind and sat down again. After the eight count Mojica showed some signs of aggression as he marched forward throwing punches. That did not last long and he was on the retreat again. A left hook from Yeleussinov which seemed to land low and a left to the top of the head dumped Mojica on the floor and the bell went as he made it to his feet. Three straight lefts felled Mojica in the third. He was up at six but there was some confusion over whether he wanted to fight on or not and almost by default the fight continued until a head-snapping uppercut from Yeleussinov saw the referee stop the fight. It is the third win by KO/TKO for the former World and Olympic champion so early days to say how he will adjust. Mojica was in way over his head and gets his second loss by KO/TKO. Sloppy corner work saw him come out for both the second and third rounds without his mouthguard
Atlantic City, NJ, USA: Light Heavy: Dimity Bivol (15-0) W PTS 12 Jean Pascal (33-6-1). Heavy: Sergey Kuzmin (14-0,1ND) W TKO 6 LaRon Mitchell (16-2). Super Bantam: Murodjon Akhmadaliev (5-0) W TKO 9 Isaac Zarate (16-3-3). Super Welter: Israil Madrimov (1-0) W TKO 9 Vladimir Hernandez (10-3). Light: Karl Dragan (19-1) W PTS 8 Moises Delgadillo (17-17-2). Heavy: Evgeny Tischenko (3-0) W KO 2 Christian Mariscal (11-2)
Bivol vs. Pascal
Bivol retains the secondary WBA title with wide unanimous decision over Pascal in a monotonous and one-sided fight. From the first round Bivol was stabbing his jab into Pascal’s face and the Canadian veteran had little answer to it. Pascal was just too slow with his counters. He tried some leaping hooks but they did not connect. Bivol’s jab had Pascal on the back foot for all of the second round and he added with some heavy rights to the head. Pascal tried to hide behind a high guard in the third but Bivol was able to pick his spots and move back too quickly for Pascal to land an y counters. The fourth was a closer round with Pascal more active. He was coming forward and ducking under Bivol’s jab. Pascal overdid a lunging left hook and tumbled to the floor. Bivol was more accurate and although not getting through as often as in the other rounds he did enough to take the round. The scores after four rounds saw Bivol in front on the three cards 39-37 twice and 40-36. The fifth and sixth were easy rounds for Bivol. He was back on target with his jab and Pascal just could not get past it. Bivol was getting through with speedy rights and using quick footwork to bounce back out of range when Pascal tried to counter. Bivol controlled the eighth spearing Pascal with his jab and landing a thumping right to the head just before the bell. Pascal came briefly to life in the eighth storming forward and landing a few hard swipes. Bivol was unshaken and finished the round strongly. After eight rounds the scores reflected the one-side nature of the fight at 79-73, 78-74 and 80-72 for Bivol. Pascal put in big efforts in the ninth and tenth trying to brawl and maul Bivol out of his comfort zone but the young Russian just kept sticking Pascal with his jab and banging home rights. Pascal’s face was heavily swollen from the accurate punches Bivol was slotting home but he hung in there. It was disappointing that with such ascendancy Bivol seemed unwilling to take any chances but was content to just outbox Pascal. Bivol took the last two rounds threading his jabs through Pascal’s guard and landing rights to head and body. Pascal threw a few punches just before the bell but Bivol was untroubled. Scores 119-109 twice and a generous to Pascal 117-111. Third defence for the 27-year-old Kyrgyzstan-born Russian but it was a flat uninspiring effort by Bivol. He has shown some real power in other fights but was too cautious in this one. Former WBC light heavyweight champion Pascal, 36, has had a great career. Just last year he took Eleider Alvarez to a majority decision but this was one fight too far for the Haitian-born warrior.
Kuzmin vs. Mitchell
Russian Kuzmin proves to be too much of a step up in opposition quality for Mitchell. After winning the first two rounds Kuzmin overwhelmed Mitchell scoring knockdowns in the third, fifth and sixth rounds before the referee halted the fight. Kuzmin has a fourth round retirement win over David Price. The No Decision on his record was a technical draw against Amir Mansour that was changed to a No Decision when Mansour tested positive for a banned substance. Now 31 Kuzmin was twice Russian champion and won a gold and a silver at European Championships stopping currently unbeaten Joe Joyce inside a round on the way to the silver medal in 2013. Southpaw Mitchell, 38, suffers his first loss by KO/TKO.
Akhmadaliev vs. Zarate
Akhmadaliev is already making waves after just five pro fights. Against a very useful Zarate he broke down and then halted Zarate giving the Californian his first loss by KO/TKO. Southpaw Akhmadaliev made a fast start putting Zarate under relentless pressure before staggering him with a huge right in the third. Zarate was getting in some licks of his own and eventually Akhmadaliev developed swelling on both cheeks. Akhmadaliev kept rolling forward behind a high guard connecting with rights to the head and left hooks to the body. The end was in sight in the eighth when a right to the body had Zarate hurt. Akhmadaliev jarred and jolted Zarate with punches in the ninth until Zarate sunk to his knees and the referee called a halt giving Akhmadaliev his fourth inside the distance win. The 24-year-old Californian-based Uzbek was defending the WBA Inter-Continental title. Although he has not yet beaten a fighter anywhere near the ratings he is No 3 with the WBA because of the Inter-Continental title. In the amateurs he won a silver at the World Youth Championships at 49kgs, a gold at the Uzbek Championships, a gold at the Asian Championships a silver at the World Championships and a bronze at the 2016 Olympics all at 56kg. Certainly a prospect. Fellow southpaw Zarate had scored three useful wins in eight round fights this year but found the power of Akhmadaliev too much for him.
Madrimov vs. Hernandez
Even in these days when so many top amateurs are moving over to the pros it is unusual for a fighter to go straight into a ten round fight. “The Dream” Madrimov did that here successfully. It looked as though he might make this a quick finish but a gutsy Hernandez did not crumble. By the end of the second round Hernandez had been staggered a couple of times and was cut over his left eye. A bunch of rights floored Hernandez in the third but he survived only to take more punishment in the fourth. At the end of the round he convinced the doctor and the referee that he could continue. Madrimov seemed to take a breather in the fifth but opened up again in the sixth and bombarded Hernandez with punches until the referee stopped the contest. As you might expect the 23-year-old Madrimov has good amateur credentials including a silver medal at the World Junior Championships, Uzbek champion three times, gold medals at the Asian Championships and Asian Games. He was a quarter-finalist at the 2017 World Championships and was 5-1 in two seasons of the WBS. Denver-based Mexican Hernandez had scored wins over reasonable level opposition in his last three fights.
Dargan vs. Delgadillo
Dargan turns in another cameo appearance as despite his talent he seems to be just letting his career slip away. He had no trouble in getting past Mexican Delgadillo winning on scores of 78-73 on each of the three cards. The former Pan American Games gold medallist and two-time US national champion turned pro eleven years ago and won his first 17 fights before losing to Tony Lopez in January 2015. He was then inactive until returning with a win in August this year and at 33 has probably left it too late to make any impression. Delgadillo really just prelim level but usually goes the distance.
Tischenko vs. Mariscal
I guess Tischenko has to fight someone as he adjusts to the pro ranks but this was ridiculous. Tischenko ended the fight with a right hook in the second round. With Tischenko at 6’5” and 38-year-old Mexican Mariscal carrying loads of flab at 5’10” and 246 lbs it was not a fight for a match-maker to feel proud off. The former World and Olympic champion will have learned nothing from this. Six of Mariscal's victims had either never had a fight or never won a fight.
Moreno, Argentina: Super Welter: Diego Chaves (27-4-1) W KO 2 Jean Prada (36-10-1). In a repeat of their fight in June last year Chaves demolishes poor Prada inside two rounds. In the opening round a right saw a reluctant Prada fall backwards into a corner and then drop on his knees on the canvas in a delayed action effect. He survived the round but in the second Chaves drove Prada along the ropes with a series of punches before a right dumped Prada on his backside on the canvas propped up against the ropes and he was counted out. The 32-year-old “Jewell moves to 23 wins by KO/TKO. The Argentinian No 6 welter, a former interim WBA champion, was coming off back-to-back losses to Jamal James and Thulani Mbenge. Venezuelan southpaw Prada suffers his fourth defeat in a row by KO/TKO.
Lessines, Belgium: Welter: Meriton Karaxha (21-5-2) W TKO 1 Jean Moraiti (17-15-4). Karaxha punches much too hard for Frenchman Moraiti. The local fighter was firing jabs through the defence of Moraiti but it was the strong hooks from both hands that had Moraiti retreating. The Frenchman tried to counter with left hooks but was being driven around the ring under a barrage of punches from Karaxha. He was trapped in his own cornet and a big left hook the head shook Moraiti badly and he took a knee with Karaxha landing a left hook to the back of Moraiti’s head when Moraiti was already kneeling on the canvas. Despite that the referee started the count. Moraiti’s second threw the towel on the canvas but the referee picked it up and threw it out again. Moraiti was on his feet and Karaxha having seen the towel being thrown in was standing on the ropes celebrating his victory when the referee signalled for both to continue the fight. Moraiti protested that his corner had already thrown in the towel and only then did the referee waive the fight over. Albanian-born Karaxha wins the vacant WBFederation International title with his eighth win by KO/TKO. He is now 10-1-1 in his last 12 fights. Moraiti is now 0-4 in fights this year including two challenges for the French title.
Mexico City, Mexico: Fly: Ganigan Lopez (35-8) W PTS 10 Ricardo Rodriguez (16-7). Former WBC light fly champion Lopez eases his way back into action as he moves up to flyweight and takes a unanimous decision over less experienced Rodriguez. Lopez put that edge in experience to good use against the younger Rodriguez who pressed hard. He took the fight to Lopez but was outboxed from the start. After four rounds Lopez had already established a good lead being up on two cards at 39-37 and a wider 40-36. Rodriguez continued to march forward over the next four rounds but the countering and defensive work from Lopez served to widen the points gap so that after eight rounds with the scores 78-74 twice and 79-73 Rodriguez needed a stoppage to win. That was never on the cards and Lopez was a comfortable winner by scores of 98-92 twice and 97-93. The 37-year-old southpaw will be hoping to build to one more title fight. Rodriguez has now lost his last four fights but put in a creditable performance in taking Jonathan Gonzalez to split decision in February.
Singapore: Super Bantam: Muhammad Ashiq (6-0) W KO 5 Galih Susanto (16-8-1). Singapore’s “ Mr Fantastique” has to get off the floor to win this one. Just one minute into the fight a heavy right from Indonesian Susanto put Ashiq on the canvas. Susanto tried desperately to end it then but Ashiq survived. Susanto was on top again in the second and had Ashiq down but as Ashiq was wrestled to the floor there was no count but Ashiq did not escape unscathed as an elbow from Susanto opened a cut over the Singaporean’s left eye. Susanto’s chance for a win had gone and Ashiq took the fourth and fifth rounds before putting Susanto down and out with a left to the body in round five. Fifth win by KO/TKO for the 23-year-old Ashiq who wins the vacant WBC International Silver title, his first pro title. Susanto had won 5 of his last 6 fights.
Durban, South Africa: Cruiser: Akani Phuzi (7-0) W PTS 12 Afinni Abidun (6-1-1). Light: Ayanda Nkosi (11-1) W PTS 12 Steven Bagwasi (4-1).
Phuzi vs. Abidun
South African “Prime” Phuzi outboxes Nigerian Abidun in the first defence of his WBA Pan African title. Phuzi had too much skill for the limited Abidun and after making a cautious start he proceeded to hand out a severe beating to the visitor. Phuzi took control with flashing combinations and a strong body attack and Abidun did well to last the distance with Phuzi a clear victor.. Although this is only Phuzi’s seventh fight he has now gone the full twelve rounds twice. He was a top flight amateur being South African champion in 2012 and 2015 and winning a bronze medal at the African Cup of Nations. He turned pro after failing to get through the final World Qualifier for the 2016 Olympics. Abidun, 33, turned pro in 2013 but has had difficulty getting fights and was inactive in 2014 and 2015. He had never been past six rounds before.
Nkosi vs. Bagwasi
In another WBA Pan African title fight South African Nkosi extended his winning run to eight bouts with points decision over Botswanan boxer Bagwasi. Nkosi had height and reach over “Small” Bagwasi and that gave him the edge. Bagwasi fought hard to get inside and work the body with Nkosi getting the best of the exchanges when he could use his longer reach to outbox Bagwasi, They fought at a high pace over the early rounds and Nkosi’s experience of having gone both ten rounds and twelve gave him the edge over the inexperienced Bagwasi. Nkosi floored a tired Bagwasi in the last round and was a good winner. Second title defence for Greyhound” Nkosi. Bagwasi was going past the sixth round for the first time but will improve with experience.
Rimouski, Canada: Middle: Steven Butler (26-1-1) W KO 2 Jesus Gutierrez (25-3-2). Feather: Andranik Grigoryan (9-0) W PTS 8 Javier Franco (34-20-5). Super Welter: Artem Oganesyan (8-0) W TKO 6 Juan Mares (20-16). Super Middle: Nurzat Sabirov (8-0) W TKO 2 Rocky Montoya (32-3,1ND). Cruiser: Arutyun Avetisyan (12-0) W PTS 8 Demetrius Banks (10-7,1ND).
Butler vs. Gutierrez
Butler blows away Mexican Gutierrez inside four minutes. Gutierrez tried to take the fight to Butler in the first and paid the price. Butler cut loose with a barrage of head punches that left Gutierrez slumped on the canvas propped up against the ropes. He looked finished and Butler was climbing the ropes to celebrate his victory. However Gutierrez had somehow dragged himself to his feet before the eight count was completed and the bell went before the action could resume. In the second a couple of thunderous rights to the head and a left to the body saw Gutierrez going back and down on his knees and he sat out the count. Butler continues to live up to his “BANG BANG” nickname with this being win No 23 by KO/TKO. Since losing to Brandon Cook in January 2017 the 23-year-old Butler has scored eight consecutive victories by KO/TKO. He is No 5 with the WBO. Tijuana’s Gutierrez was 5-0-1 in his last 6 fights.
Grigoryan vs. Franco
Grigoryan outboxes Mexican Franco. The Armenian-born Grigoryan varied his attacks cleverly creating angles and firing home combinations. Franco stuck to his job but was never in the fight. Scores 80-72 twice and 79-73 for the dominant Grigoryan. If there is a question over the Montreal-based Grigoryan it is over his power with just one win by KO/TKO. Franco had won his last nine fights but the opposition had been poor,
Oganesyan vs. Mares
Young Russian prospect Oganesyan impresses in stoppage of Mares. Oganesyan controlled the fight from the outset. He outpunched and out boxed Mares before finishing the fight in style in the sixth. A series of seven consecutive uppercuts crashed through the Mexican’s guard and had him reeling with the referee stepping in to save Mares from more punishment. The 19-year-old Russian is a former Russian and European Schoolboys Champion and World Junior Champion and this is his seventh win by KO/TKO. Mares now has nine losses by KO/TKO.
Sabirov vs. Montoya
Sabirov takes on experienced Montoya and stops him in two rounds. The youth and power of the Kazak fighter just overwhelmed the seasoned Mexican who finally took a knee under the fierce attacks of Sabirov with the referee stopping the fight at that point. The 24-year-old Kazak won a number of tournaments as an amateur and has won seven of his eight fights by KO/TKO. Once a good class fighter the 36-year-old Montoya has huge gaps in his activity. He was 28-0 at one time but was inactive for nine years between 2007 and 2016 and was having only his second fight in over two years.
Avetisyan vs. Banks
In only his second fight since moving his base to Montreal Avetisyan took a wide unanimous verdict over Banks. Scores 79-71 twice and 77-73. The 6’3” 23-year-old Armenian-born Russian records his seventh win by KO/TKO. Banks, 38, has turned his career around-but in the wrong direction. He was 9-0, 1No Decision but is now 1-7 in his last 8.
Cebu City, Philippines: Super Bantam: Jeo Santisima (17-2) W PTS 12 Victor Lopez (13-7-1). Super Bantam: Albert Pagara (31-1) WKO 1 George Kampah (14-4). Super Fly: Jonas Sultan (15-4) W PTS 10 Ardin Diale (34-13-4). Bantam: Arthur Villanueva (32-3-1) DREW 10 Carlo Demecillo (11-5-1). Super Fly: K J Cataraja (9-0) W PTS 10 Victor Reyes (9-2-1)
Santisima vs. Lopez
Santisima boxes his way to victory against an aggressive and competitive Lopez. Santisima boxed with real quality early scoring to head and body on the advancing Lopez. Mexican Lopez took the punishment but started to get into the fight more from the fourth by setting a high work rate. Santisima was still the one landing the better quality shots but was being outworked and looked to be tiring. However Santisima got back in control as Lopez was shaken badly in the ninth and looked ready to go but showed a great chin. Both fighters connected with heavy punches in a wild tenth and although the pace dropped in the eleventh they went to war again in the last. Scores 117-111 twice and 118-112 for Santisima. The 22-year-old Filipino prospect retains the WBO Oriental title. This is his fifteenth win in a row. He is currently No 13 with the WBO but has the talent to climb higher with the possibly of a world title fight somewhere down the road. Lopez made Santisima fight for hard for the win. He had lost only one of his last six fights that was in return with Japanese prospect Ryo Matsumoto who was 17-0 when Lopez scored an upset win over him in 2016.
Pagara vs. Kampah
Pagara makes it 22 wins by KO/TKO as he blows away Ghanaian Kampah inside a round in a WBO Inter-Continental title defence. Pagara found the target with his rights early and staggered Kampah a couple of times. A vicious left to the body had Kampah badly hurt and Pagara followed that with a barrage that sent Kampah down and out. “Prince Albert” has rebuilt after a shock kayo loss to Cesar Juarez in 2016. He has now scored five wins and is No 5 with the WBO but he will need stiffer opposition before he is ready for a title shot. Kampah was stopped in seven rounds by Isaac Dogboe in December 2015 but had been in only one fight in the almost three years since then.
Sultan vs. Diale
Sultan outboxes experienced Diale. Sultan had a big edge in skill and was quicker and more accurate than Diale. A clash of heads in the second saw Diale with a bad cut over his right eye and Sultan was able to make that a target as he connected with accurate and hurtful shots from both hands. Diale kept coming and began to get into the fight from the sixth as he was connecting with some heavy punches of his own. That made Sultan up his game and despite Diale’s best efforts he never really threatened Sultan. Scores 98-92 twice and 97-93 for “Zorro” Sultan. He was having his first fight since losing to Jerwin Ancajas in a challenge for the IBF title in May. In this crazy, cynical world of sanctioning bodies Sultan went from No 5 to out of the top 15 for losing to the world champion. Diale was 3-3-1 going into this one with the losses being to Daigo Higa, Andrew Selby and Moruti Mthalane.
Villanueva vs. Demecillo
This turned out to be a much closer fight than expected and in fact almost a major upset as Villanueva had to fight hard to get a majority draw against unfancied Demecillo. Undeterred by being the outsider in the betting Demecillo took the offensive from the first round. Villanueva was comfortable boxing on the back foot and countering but Demecillo’s work rate was much higher and he built a lead. Villanueva realised he was handing Demecillo the initiative so from the fourth he went onto the front foot and battled his way into the fight. Even then Demecillo had a good fifth and Villanueva began to run out of rounds. They both fought hard over the last three rounds and it was obviously close. Demecillo seemed to have just done enough to hold on to his lead but it was not to be. Scores 95-95 twice and 96-94 for Demecillo so a majority draw. The 29-year-old “King Arthur” won his first 27 fights but he has lost some important fights since then. He lost on a technical decision against McJoe Arroyo in 2015 for the vacant IBF super fly title, to Zolani Tete in April 2017 for the interim WBO title and was stopped by Luis Nery in November. He had a low level win in June and was hoping to build on that but at least he avoided the banana skin of a loss here and the ALA team will be looking to get him back into the ratings.. Demecillo, 22, had won 5 of his last 6 fights with the loss being a split decision in Indonesia now he will be hoping to build on the outstanding performance.
Cataraja vs. Reyes
Cebu City hope Cataraja collects his first title as he takes unanimous decision over Tijuana’s Reyes. In a confident, composed performance Cataraja raked the aggressive Mexican with a range of hard, accurate punches as he tried to make it six inside the distance wins in a row. Reyes did not crumble and although being outboxed he kept pressing Cataraja. That policy almost paid off as Cataraja tired over the last three rounds having very little left in the last. Scores 99-91 twice and 100-90 for Catamarca. He wins the vacant WBO Youth title in a good learning fight. Reyes had won his last two fights
San Juan, Puerto Rico: Super Feather: Christopher Diaz (24-1) W KO 1 David Berna (17-6). Feather: Luis Lebron (14-0-1) W PTS 10 Luis May (21-11-1). Light: Joseph Adorno (11-0) W TKO 4 Luis Avila (8-14-3). Light: Henry Lebron (7-0) W TKO 2 Mark Szoros (5-5).
Diaz vs. Berna
“Smurf” Diaz begins his campaign to work his way back to another world title fight as he demolishes Hungarian Berna inside a round. Just one left hook to the temple was all that was needed to put Berna down and out after just 68 seconds although the punch did not look that hard. After scoring good wins over Bryant Cruz and Braulio Rodriguez the 24-year-old Diaz lost on points to Masayuki Ito in July for the vacant WBO super feather title. He has now passed hurdle No 1, albeit a low hurdle, on his way back. Fifteen of Bern’s fights have ended in the first round and he is ahead 12-3 on that score but this is his third loss by KO/TKO in his last four fights.
Lebron vs. May
Lebron won every round against May but had problems fining the target at times. Lebron was 5” taller than May so was able to work on the outside. However the height difference and the crouching style of May made it difficult for Lebron to score consistently and he was often caught by the upward trajectory of the punches from the Mexican. Despite that Lebron outscored May in every round. All three judges saw it 100-90 for “Popeye” Lebron. The 25-year-old Puerto Rican makes it eight wins in a row. Former NABF champion May came in as a very late substitute and is now 2-2- in fights this year.
Adorno vs. Avila
Adorno batters Avila to defeat. The red hot young prospect put Avila down twice in the opening round. The first came from a left hook to the head and the second from a left to the body. Adorno lost his way a little in the second and third allowing Avila to land some counters but an ear bashing from his corner saw him on fire in the fourth and he scored another knockdown to finish the fight. The 19-year-old “Blessed Hands” makes it ten wins by KO/TKO. Fifth loss by KO/TKO for Avila who had taken Henry Lebron the distance in September.
Lebron vs. Szoros
Lebron takes out poor Hungarian Szoros in two rounds. Lebron came close to finishing it when he floored Szoros with left hook in the first but with less than thirty seconds to go in the round Szoros survived. It was over in the second as a left hook put Szoros down early in the round. Szoros was over again from a combination to head and body and the third knockdown in the round came from a similar series of punches. Fifth win by KO/TKO for the 21-year-old former Pan America and Puerto Rican Youth champion and World Youth bronze medallist. Fifth loss by KO/TKO for poor Szoros.
Catamarca, Argentina: Super Middle: Sebastian Papeschi (14-1) W PTS 12 Cristian Rios (22-11-3). Super Feather: Javier Herrera (16-2) W PTS 10 Fabian Orozco (27-9-4).
Papeschi vs. Rio
Papeschi takes unanimous decision over experienced former Argentinian middleweight champion Rios. In this all-southpaw scrap Papeschi had the better jab and more accuracy and was rarely troubled by Rios. Rios pressed the fight for much of the time but lacked the power to seriously hurt Papeschi and was out-worked in most of the rounds. Scores 120-110 ½, 119-111 ½ 1119 ½ -110. All for Papeschi. He adds the previously vacant South American title to the WBC Latino Silver title he already holds. His only loss was a disqualification and he is the Argentinian No 1 but slow and limited. Rios, the Argentinian No 4 middleweight, has lost four of his last five contests.
Herrera vs. Orozco
Neighbourhood fighter Herrera gets the win as Orozco throws away the chance of a draw with a stupid infraction. Although Herrera made a promising start Orozco used his bag of trick to confuse Herrera and nullify his better skills. In the fourth Orozco turned his back to avoid punches from Herrera, which he had done a couple of times before and this time the referee deducted a vital point. The fight was close all the way with Orozco tiring at the end but with Herrera not really being able to box as well as he is capable of and in the end he took the decision on scores of 95-94 twice and 97-93 with that fourth round point deduction costing Orozco a draw. Herrera, the Argentinian No 7, put together a run of nine wins before losing on points to Jose Romero in August in a contest for the vacant national title. Orozco,33, is on the slide and is now 04-1 in his last five fights but the fights have been against high standard domestic opposition.
Melbourne, Australia: Welter; Joel Camilleri (16-5-1) W PTS 10 Adam Diu Abdulhamid (13-7). Super Light: Terry Tzouramanis (21-4-3) W PTS 10 Victor Odindo (5-2).
Camilleri vs. Abdulhamid
Camilleri returns to the winning column as he lifts the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council title with unanimous decision over Filipino Abdulhamid. Camilleri, the Australian No 6, lost a very close decision to 17-1 Dwight Ritchie in August . Filipino Abdulhamid had won his last two contests
Tzouramanis vs. Odindo
Australian No 4Tzouramanis also gets a needed win and picks up a title as he outpoints Kenyan Odindo. Tzouramanis, 33, lost a close verdict against 16-1 Filipino Jayar Inson in Kuala Lumpur in July. His only loss in his last seven fights. Australian-based Odindo was in his first ten round fight.
Montreal, Canada: Middle: Jose de Jesus Macias (24-9-2) W PTS 8 Francis Lafreniere (17-7-2) W. Light: Tony Luis (26-3) W TKO 6 Edgar Ramirez (17-14-1)
Macias vs. Lafreniere
Macias had shown in a fight in February in Montreal against 29-1 Mikael Zewski that he could be a tough handful on his night and he proved that again here as he outpointed local favourite Lafreniere. It was a close fight over the opening two rounds but Macias came on strong in the third and fourth and had Lafreniere in trouble in the fifth. Lafreniere rallied late but Macias deserved the majority decision. Scores 78-74 and 77-75 for Macias and 76-76. Good road win for the 26-year-old Mexican who was coming off a severe beating against French prospect Souleymane Cissokho in April. A big blow for Lafreniere who had compiled a run of 13 wins before losing on a majority decision to Albert Onolunose in March.
Luis vs. Ramirez
Luis too strong for Ramirez. The Mexican had gained a creditable draw against Logan McGuinness on a previous visit to Canada but Luis ground him down over six rounds. Luis kept walking past the jab of the taller Ramirez and scoring with short clubbing hooks to head and body inside. Ramirez was on the floor in the third and in the sixth he could not get off the ropes as Luis walked him around the ring scoring with chopping shots. Ramirez was trapped in a corner under fire and not throwing anything back and the referee stopped the fight. Now seven wins in a row for the Canadian No 1 since his loss to Derry Mathews for the interim WBA title in 2015. Ramirez usually goes the distance and this is only his third loss by KO/TKO.
Copenhagen, Denmark: Cruiser: Ditlev Rossing (10-0) W TKO 3 Miguel Peralta (9-2). Super Middle: Patrick Mendy (18-13-3) W PTS 8 Dmitri Chudinov (21-4-2). Super Light: Enock Poulsen (9-0) W KO 5 Kelvin Dotel (13-4).
Rossing vs. Peralta
Rossing retains his WBC Youth title with stoppage of Argentinian Peralta. Rossing was determined to end this one early and was too anxious to find that big punch instead of working his openings. Despite that Peralta was a poor opponent and Rossing had him over in the second round. Peralta survived but was on the floor twice more in the third and the fight was over. The 23-year-old Danish hope gets his sixth win by KO/TKO. A former Danish amateur champion Rossing needs stiffer tests than this. Second loss by KO/TKO for Peralta. He has a heavily padded record with six of his victims never having won a fight.
Mendy vs. Chudinov
If there is one thing you can predict about Mendy is that he will be unpredictable. This was meant to be a routine outing for Chudinov but Mendy had other plans and probably felt confident having fought a draw with the then unbeaten Chudinov in 2013.The British-based Gambian was 1-5-2 in his previous 8 fights but he outfought and outthought former interim WBA middleweight champion Chudinov. In typical style Chudinov marched forward looking to work inside and for the first two rounds Mendy obliged him and beat him at his own game. Mendy then made things easier for himself by moving more and boxing more. He was much quicker than the Russian and had Chudinov cut over his left eye and badly shaken in the fifth. If Chudinov was hoping his pressure would slow Mendy that was his mistake as Mendy was moving and punching to the final bell. Scores 79-73 twice and 80-72 for Mendy. The 28-year-old Gambian has taken plenty of short-notice fights and fought guys in their own back yard from one end of Europe to the other. This is his third fight in Demark having lost a wide decision to Patrick Nielsen and only losing on a majority decision against Lolenga Mock so a good and well deserved win here. Chudinov looks to be on the edge of a slide now being 1-3 this year.
Poulsen vs. Dotel
Considered one of the best prospects in Danish boxing Poulsen gets inside the distance win over Dotel. There was some controversy early in the fight with Poulsen putting Dotel down at the end of the first round with a left hook that seemed to land just after the bell. However the referee gave Dotel a count. He beat the count only to ship more punishment in the second and third as Poulsen rocked Dotel a couple of times. Dotel tried to press Poulsen but the Dane is an excellent counter puncher so was comfortable with that. In the fifth an uppercut put Dotel down again. He made it to his feet but the referee had seen enough and stopped the fight. The 26-year-old Poulsen gets his third win by KO/TKO. He was an outstanding amateur but under the name of Enock Mwandila. He was born in Zambia but moved the Denmark with his family when he was four. He is a former Danish amateur champion who lost at both the European and World Qualifiers so did not make it to Rio and turned pro. Spanish-based Dominican Dotel suffers his first loss by KO/TKO.
Serifontaine, France: Super Bantam: Adel Hadjouis (11-6-1) W PTS 10 Hugo Legros (9-1-2). Hadjouis retains the French title with unanimous decision over Legros. Scores 96-94 twice and 98-92 for Hadjouis. Legros gave it a good try and the fight was much closer than the last score indicates. He pressed hard but admitted that with Hadjouis being a neighbourhood fighter he probably needed to do more to get the victory. Hadjouis was making the first defence of the title and is 4-0-1 in his last 5 fights. Tough for Legros to have come so close but lose but he was going ten rounds for the first time and will probably get another title shot next year.
Cancun, Mexic0: Super Light: Carlos Diaz (27-1,1ND) W PTS 10 Jose Perez (22-2). Diaz outpoints Perez in a war. No study time in this fight. It was bombs away from the start. The opener was a big round for Diaz. As Perez came forward throwing punches a hard left hook sent him tumbling back to the canvas. Perez was up at four and after the count he plunged into Diaz holding on tight. Diaz turned and threw Perez to the floor which spoiled his good start as the referee deducted a point from Diaz. Perez had recovered and traded punches with Diaz in the second ending the round with a shower of punches. Diaz rocked Perez with a huge right uppercut in the third and was targeting the body for much of the round. Just before the bell a series of punches unbalanced Diaz and he touched the canvas trying to right himself and was lucky that the referee did not count it as a knockdown. Diaz boxed more over the middle rounds with Perez particularly strong when he could get inside and he was landing some heavy hooks and giving Diaz a torrid time. Perez continued to attack in the eighth doing some good work to the body but getting caught with sharp counters from Diaz and despite a brave effort from Perez the more accurate punching from Diaz was winning him the rounds. Scores 96-92 twice and 97-91 for Diaz. First win for 23-year-old Diaz as he starts again after a fifth round kayo loss to Jose Zepeda in June. Similar story for Perez who won his first 21 fights before losing on points to unbeaten Russian Ruslan Madiev in May.
St Johns, New Zealand: Heavy: Lucas Browne (27-1) W KO 5 Junior Paul (12-23-1,1ND) . If you like a farce then this was one for you as Browne knocks out an overmatched Paul. Browne was a full head taller than the overweight roly-poly Paul whose tactics, if you can call them that, were to bull his way inside and hold. Browne was really putting in very little effort and the longer the fight went on the more Paul was holding. He would wrap his arms around Browne and only let go very reluctantly Paul threw a few jabs but they were all short. Browne began to land some better punches in the fourth and in the fifth dropped Paul with a right uppercut inside. Paul went down on his back and the referee counted to ten. Browne wins the vacant WBC Asian Council Silver title and gets his second win since his crushing kayo loss to Dillian Whyte in March. Eleven losses by KO/TKO for Samoan Paul who had won 4 of his last 5 fights.
Barcelona, Spain: Super Light: Sandor Martin (32-2) W PTS 10 Mauro Godoy (30-4-1). European No 2 Martin keeps busy with win over seasoned Argentinian Godoy in the first fight held in Las Arenas de Barcelona for 47 years. . Martin had a game plan and he stuck to it most of the way. He boxed cleverly taking no chances against the tough Godoy. Martin slowly wound up his work rate and was much too quick and skilful for Godoy. In the eighth Godoy pressed harder and in this round and the ninth Martin choose to stand and trade. He took those rounds but went back to his boxing in the last for an easy victory. Scores 100-90 on the three cards for Martin. The 25-year-old local, a former European Union champion, has lost only one of his last nineteen fights and that was in September last year on points against Anthony Yigit in a challenge for the European title. With European No 1 Josh Taylor involved in the WBSS Martin will be hoping to get a shot at the winner of the fight this coming weekend between Joe Hughes and Andrea Scarp for the vacant European title. Godoy, twice a holder of the Argentinian title, falls to 1-3-1 in his last five fights.
Doncaster, England: Super Light: Bilal Rehman (12-0) W PTS 10 Lee Appleyard (14-5). Rehman wins the vacant BBB of C Central Area title with close points win over local boxer Appleyard. Rehman used his edges in height and reach and some good defensive boxing to hold off the constant attacks from Appleyard. Rehman tired late and lost a point for holding in the ninth but took the referee’s verdict by 96 to 94. Good win for “Billy the Kid” who was going ten rounds for the first time. Former Commonwealth title challenger Appleyard had won 4 of his last 5 fights and was hoping a victory here would lead to another Commonwealth title shot.
Windhoek, Namibia: Cruiser: Harry Simon W TKO 1 Kaminja Ramadhan (12-9-1). Heavy: Vikapita Meroro (29-7) W PTS 8 Mussa Ajibu (28-12-5). Super Light Harry Simon Jr (7-0) W TKO 2 Meshak Kondwani (20-21).
Simon vs. Ramadhan
It has been 15 years since Simon held the WBO middleweight title but he seems determined to keep fighting. He had a very early night here as he flattened poor Ramadhan with a left hook after just 69 seconds. A farcical match on a night of very poor matches on a show for which Simon was the promoter. This was only the second fight in five years for the 41-year-old Namibian who was 189lbs for this fight. Tanzanian Ramadhan, 42 suffers his seventh loss by KO/TKO.
Meroro vs. Ajibu
A hugely overweight Meroro outpointed Malawian Ajibu in a boring wrestling match taking the win on scores of 77-75 twice and 79-73. This was supposed to be a cruiserweight fight but Meroro, who turned pro as a super middleweight, weighed 225lbs. This was his first fight since being knocked out in one round by Maksim Vlasov in 106 seconds in December. Fifth loss in a row for Ajibu
Simon vs. Kondwani
Simon Jr gets his fourth inside the distance win in a row as he halts elderly Zimbabwean Kondwani. In two rounds. Impossible to say how good Simon Jr is. His other six victims had only three wins between them and 44-year-old Kondwani has now lost his last 16 fights. Terrible show.
Fight of the week (Entertainment): Not much entertainment around but the Carlos Diaz vs. Jose Perez had ten rounds of typical Mexican fire and Jeo Santisima vs. Victor Lopez was a goodie
Fight of the week (Significance): The wins for Khalid Yafai, Denis Lebedev and Dmitry Bivol could all lead to bigger and better fights-I hope as none of their fights this week were thrillers
Fighter of the week: Mike Hunter overcame the odds to beat Alex Ustinov and Fanlong Meng impressed against Frank Buglioni
Punch of the week: None stood out
Upset of the week: Patrick Mendy’s win over former interim WBA champion Dmitry Chudinov
Prospect watch: Russian Artem Oganesyan 8-0 looks good and another East European Murodjon Akhmadaliev 5-0 is worth watching
By Eric Armit
-Oleg Usyk knocks out Tony Bellew to retain his four cruiserweight titles and end Bellew’s career
- Mairis Breidis and Krzys Glowacki win through to the WBSS cruiserweight semi-finals with wins over Noel Gevor and Maksim Vlasov
-Anthony Crolla moves nearer to another title fight with a win over Daud Yordan in a WBA eliminator
-Yuriorkis Gamboa and Juan Manuel Lopez score wins in Miami and seem headed to a March meeting
-Ricky Burns keeps his hopes of a fight with Crolla alive with stoppage of Scott Cardle and Josh Kelly again impresses with one round blow out of Argentinian Walter Castillo
-Brandon Adams beats Shane Mosley Jr to win the latest The Contender series.
-Artur Szpilka outpoints Mariusz Wach in clash of Poland’s top heavyweights
-Felix Verdejo returns with a win
WORLD TITLE CARDS
Manchester, England; Cruiser: Oleg Usyk (16-0) W KO 8 Tony Bellew (30-3-1). Light: Anthony Crolla (34-6-3) W PTS 12 Daud Yordan (38-4,1ND). Light: Ricky Burns (43-7-1) W TKO 3 Scott Cardle (23-3-1). Welter: Josh Kelly (8-0) W TKO 1 Walter Castillo (13-3). Heavy: Dave Allen (16-4-2) W RTD 7 Ariel Bracamonte (8-2). Cruiser: Richard Riakporhe (8-0) W TKO 8 Sam Hyde (13-1-1).
Usyk vs. Bellew
Usyk sends Bellew into retirement with a dramatic knockout to retain all four cruiserweight titles and put the world’s top heavyweights under notice.
Bellew took the lead here. He was poking out his jab finding some gaps and testing Usyk with some straight rights. An overly cautious Usyk hardly threw a punch in the round.
Score 10-9 Bellew
Usyk was a bit more active in this round probing constantly with his jab but not really following through with the punch. Bellew scored with his jab and with a couple of rights and was almost taunting Usyk who seemed reluctant to take any chances. A good right from Bellew gave him the round.
Score 10-9 Bellew Bellew 20-18
Usyk stepped up his pace in this one and finally scored with some southpaw straight lefts. He had the better of the early action but late in the round Bellew was getting through with rights to the body and just edged a close round.
Score 10-9 Bellew Bellew 30-27
Usyk now had his right jab working and was following that with straight rights. Bellew had discarded his jab and was relying on lead rights, most of which missed or were blocked. Usyk was on the front foot and keeping Bellew on the defensive and buckled Bellew’s knees with a left and took the round.
Score 10-9 Usyk Bellew 39-37
Official scores: 39-37, 39-37, 39-37 for Bellew
This was a closer round; Bellew was able to land with his right more than in the last round. Usyk was pressing through the whole three minutes. He was slotting home jabs and landing straight lefts. He looked like a fighter with a game plan whereas Bellew looked as though he was making it up as he went along.
Score 10-9 Usyk Bellew 48-47
A better round by Bellew. After Usyk started the round confidently Bellew began to throw more punches. He was using his jab and letting go with straight rights and was more accurate and finished the round with a strong right to the head.
Score 10-9 Bellew Bellew 58-56
Usyk outworked Bellew in this one. He kept his right in Bellew’s face and scored with thumping lefts to the body. Bellew was dangerous in bursts but Usyk was starting to hound Bellew and two right jabs brought blood from Bellew’s nose.
Score 10-9 Usyk Bellew 67-66
Usyk was working the jab again and then landed a heavy left to the head. Bellew scored with a right and a left to the body but Usyk fired back with two left hooks that had Bellew backing off. Usyk followed landing more lefts and then one finally one sent Bellew down spread-eagled on the floor with his head resting on the bottom rope. He turned looking out into the crowd grabbing the ropes as he struggled to get to his feet but the referee waived the fight over without completing the count.
Official scores at the finish: 68-65 and 67-66 for Bellew and 67-67.
After a slow start Usyk just got better and better and the brutal knockout was scary. It looks as though there are no immediate plans for the fight with Anthony Joshua that Usyk so obviously wants and with the leading cruisers all involved in the WBSS it may mean an outing at heavyweight for Usyk against a rated fighter before a Joshua clash next year. Bellew won the British, European Commonwealth and WBC cruiserweight titles and beat David Haye twice inside the distance so leaves with his head high after an outstanding career.
Crolla vs. Yordan
Crolla wins a unanimous decision over Yordan in this WBA final eliminator. Crolla made a confident start. He was on target with his jab in the first and mixed in hooks to the body and some sharp uppercuts. Yordan was slower off the mark and although increasing his punch output in the second it was the hand speed and some hooks inside that helped Crolla keep the momentum. Yordan had some success when he was able to pin Crolla on the ropes but those were rare occasions. Yordan finally had some significant success in the six. He hurt Crolla with a left to the body and another series of punches had Crolla briefly in trouble. Yordan attacked hard in the seventh which was a close round but Crolla was back in control in the eighth with clever movement, changing angles and slotting home punches. Yordan pressed hard over the closing rounds. He was the heavier puncher and was always dangerous but Crolla matched Yordan’s work rate and with his controlled boxing and greater accuracy he stayed in front to the final bell for a decisive victory. Scores 116-112 from the three judges for Crolla. The former WBA champion has rebounded in style after his back-to-back losses in title fights against Jorge Linares. He scored a good win over Ricky Burns and was No 4 with the WBA going into this fight and this victory over the WBA No 2 rightly gives him in pole position for a fight with Lomachenko. The Ukrainian has a unification fight with WBO champion Jose Pedraza on 8 December and if he gets through that then Crolla will be able to press his case for a title shot. Former IBO champion and WBA title challenger Yordan may have seen his last chance of another title challenge disappear with this loss.
Burns vs. Cardle
A very sharp looking Burns blasts out former British champion Cardle. In a fast-paced first round Burns was using his extra reach to score with his jab and following it in with hard rights one of which shook Cardle. When he could Cardle was slipping Burns jab and scoring with hooks inside. Cardle made a busy start to the second but Burns used his jab to take control and twice connected with left jabs followed by right hooks and landed two more rights to the head at the bell. Burns was throwing rights in the third and a cut was opened under Cardle’s left eye. As Cardle came forward a thunderous right to the head from Burns saw Cardle’s legs go stiff and he toppled down to the canvas. It was a brutal knockdown but somehow Cradle dragged himself to his feet but the referee having counted eight sensibly waived the fight off. The 35-year-old Scot is hoping to get a fight with Anthony Crolla but Crolla is looking towards another world title shot so Burns may have to keep busy and see what transpires but this win will have boosted his confidence. The wheels have really come off for Cardle. He has gone from 21-0-1 and British champion to losing his title and three of last five fights, with two of those losses crushing early stoppages.
Kelly vs. Castillo
Kelly dismantles overmatched Castillo inside the first round. From the opening bell Kelly was snapping out his jab and throwing sharp straight rights. Kelly connected with a left hook to the body and Castillo got through with an overhand right. Kelly then unleashed a series of hooks and uppercuts that had Castillo floundering and a right cross put the Argentinian down. He beat the count but when the action restarted Kelly was driving Castillo around the ring with hooks and uppercuts. Castillo tried to fire back but was on the ropes and under yet another bombardment and the referee stopped the fight despite protests from Castillo. Just a mark-time fight for Commonwealth champion Kelly. His next date is set for 8 December against former IBF title challenger David Avanesyan which will be a much sterner test. Castillo, the Argentinian No 7,suffers his third loss in his last four fights.
Allen vs. Bracamonte
It was all bludgeons and no rapiers here as these two big men tried to beat each other down with Allen coming out the winner. Bracamonte was finding plenty of gaps for his punches in the first but did not seem to have the power to halt Allen’s attacks. Allen landed a very low punch in the first and got away with another in the second. Bracamonte kept landing and seemed on the point of overwhelming Allen in the third but Allen saw out the storm kept coming and just before the bell a thunderous right had Bracamonte seriously shaken. The Argentinian looked exhausted and close to quitting but Allen was just as tired and in a brutal fourth they both landed hefty head shots as the “pace” slowed to less than walking and they both took and landed tired punches. It was a battle of attrition. Bracamonte tried to box in the sixth but did not have the energy to sustain the effort and it was Allen’s bombs that were having the biggest effect. Bracamonte came out wildly throwing punches in the seventh but a counter right from Allen open a gash on the bridge of Bracamonte’s nose. With Allen walking Bracamonte around the ring and connecting with huge right swings the fight needed to be stopped but it wasn’t . Bracamonte’s corner sensibly retired their man at the end of the round. Allen gets the win but he can’t take many more wins like this. His defence was non-existent but he walked through the punishment which is fine against fighters such a Bracamonte but not against quality fighters. Bracamonte is No 1 in the national ratings which tells you all you need to know about the situation of the heavyweight division in Argentina.
Riakporhe vs. Hyde
Unlucky night for Hyde as he is well on his way to victory until a terrible swelling by his left eye sees the fight stopped. Hyde built a good lead he was quicker and had no problem in getting his jabs off first and getting past Riakporhe’s jab and connecting with sharp left hooks. In the sixth Riakporhe finally started to connect with rights and land some heavy body punches. He was pinning Hyde to the ropes and pounding the body. Hyde was still getting through with jabs but it was a much more even fight. Riakporhe was storming forward in the eight landing clubbing head shots and suddenly a swelling formed by the left eye of Hyde which grew at an alarming rate and to a dangerous size and the fight was over as Hyde’s corner threw in the towel. Big win for the 6’5” Riakporhe, his seventh by KO/TKO, and it wins him the vacant WBA Inter-Continental title. Hyde was unlucky to lose to such a freak injury. He had won his last 11 fights and will be back when the injury heals.
Chicago, IL, USA: Cruiser: Mairis Breidis (25-1) W PTS 12 Noel Gevor (23-2). Cruiser Krzys Glowacki (31-1) W PTS 12 Maksim Vlasov (42-3). Cruiser: Artur Mann (15-0) W PTS 10 Alexey Zubov (17-2).
Breidis vs. Gevor
Breidis moves into the WBSS semi-finals with a controversial decision over Gevor in a poor fight where the styles and tactics did not gel with too little scoring and too much wrestling and head clashes. Breidis made the better start making good use of his jab and throwing rights. Gevor showed plenty of movement but was coming up short with his jab. In the second Gevor found the range with his jab and stopped Briedis in his tracks a couple of times with that punch. He also used quick footwork and upper body movement to frustrate the attacks from Briedis. The third was a better round for Breidis. He scored with lead rights before finally getting his jab working whereas Gevor was ignoring his jab and was given a stern warning for a deliberate punch to the back of the head. Gevor had his jab working in the fourth. He rammed the jab into the face of the advancing Breidis but then ruined his good work by twice deliberately landing punches to the back of the head of Breidis and was deducted a point. After four rounds and with the deducted point taken off the scores from the judges was 40-35, 39-36 and 38-37 all for Breidis. The fifth was a poor round with both fighters doing more missing than hitting and there were clinches and head clashes throughout the round. Every time Gevor lunged in his head ended up under the arm of Breidis. In the sixth. Breidis was having trouble with the strong jabbing from Gevor in this round and he was having no more success in countering the jab in the seventh and left hook from Gevor was the best punch in the sixth and a right was the best in the seventh. The pattern of throw a couple of punches and then lunge inside continued in this round. Gevor did some good work on the outside with Breidis waiting too long to let his punches go. After eight rounds the Judges still had Breidis in front with scores of 77-74, 77-74 and 78-73. Again there was very little clean scoring from either fighter making it a close round but Gevor was working hard and just seemed to do a little more than Breidis. A clash of heads resulted in a nasty vertical gash over the right eye of Gevor. Punch and lunge continued to be the tactics in the tenth. As usually Gevor’s head ended up under the left arm of Breidis and this time the referee deducted a point from Breidis for holding Gevor’s head there. The eleventh was another low scoring round. Neither fighter really landed a substantial punch. Gevor twice complained about headwork by Breidis but was guilty of punches to the back of the head. The twelfth was a disappointing end to a disappointing fight. Breidis was the more composed in his work with Gevor throwing wild swings so the Latvian took the last round. Final scores from the judges were 116-110, 115-111, and 114-112 all for Breidis. The former WBC champion will meet Krzys Glowacki in the final but looked a lucky winner here. There was so little sustained action in any round which made the fight difficult to score and the three judges only agreed the scoring in three of the twelve rounds. Gevor, who now wants to be called by his birth name of Norair Mikaeljan, was very much the outsider here but he gave Breidis plenty of problems and looked worth at least a draw.
Glowacki vs. Vlasov
Glowacki scores emphatic win over Vlasov in this WBSS quarter-final. In the first round Vlasov made good use of his longer reach and sneaked home a couple of straight rights. The harder punches came from southpaw Glowacki who seemed to shake Vlasov temporarily with two lefts. The second was a close round. Vlasov worked hardest and threw more punches scoring with a neat burst of hooks. Glowacki was picking his punches and scored with left counters and just edged the round. Vlasov was doing good work in the third connecting with his jab and getting through with straight rights but with just seconds to go in the round after they both landed good punches Vlasov went over. It looked to have been from a left from Glowacki but the video showed that their legs were tangled and Vlasov overbalanced trying to avoid the punch. He was unhurt and protested the count and the bell went when the eight count was complete. The fourth saw both fighters scoring well. Vlasov was throwing more but Glowacki was more accurate and his counter lefts were the power punches. After the fourth scores were 39-36 twice and 40-36 all for Glowacki. Vlasov got back into the fight by out working Glowacki in the fifth but the Pole took the sixth with stiff jabs and some solid hooks to the body and although the seventh was a fairly balance round it was another one to Glowacki on the basis of his harder punches. A tired looking Vlasov had abandoned his jab in the eighth and at one point was wrestled to the floor. Glowacki was the one doing the scoring and he landed some hard kooks to the body. After eight rounds the Pole was ahead on all cards at 79-73, 78-73 and 78-73. Both fought like tired man in the ninth with Vlasov improving his accuracy to claw his way back into the fight and he outlanded Glowacki in a tenth that saw some furious exchanges late in the round with Vlasov outscoring Glowacki. The Pole’s strength gave him the eleventh. Despite suffering a gash on his left cheek and a cut over his left eye under his left eye Glowacki landed some powerful lefts to have Vlasov holding on. The Russian came back in the twelfth. He had that bit more left in the tank and kept pumping his arms with Glowacki only firing back with tired punches. Scores 118-110, 117-110 and 115-112 all for Glowacki. This had been a gruelling entertaining fight and Glowacki was a clear winner. He goes on to meet Breidis in the semi-finals and wins the interim WBO title. After losing to future WBO champion Gilberto Ramirez back in 2015 Vlasov had compiled a run of twelve wins and was No 2 with both the WBC and WBA and can still play a part in the division once the mists of the WBSS disperse.
Mann vs. Zubov
Mann wins an open entertaining fight with wide unanimous decision over southpaw Zubov. In a lively opener Zubov was moving well and scoring with quick jabs but just before the bell a powerful right cross from Mann put Zubov down. Zubov was badly shaken and when the eight count was over Mann scored with more head shots and put Zubov down again with a right cross. Zubov did well to make it to his feet and the bell went as the eight count was finished. Despite the two knockdowns the fight was far from over and Zubov staggered Mann with a right in the second. From there these two contested an entertaining contest with Zubov the busier and more accurate but Mann the heavier puncher. Zubov worked tirelessly with his jab and was more than happy to stand and trade. The heavy rights from Mann were more eye-catching and were enough to get him the decisions but the scores did not give enough credit to Zubov’s gutsy display after that near disaster in the first round. Scores 98-89 twice and 96-91 for Mann. The Kazak-born German Mann, 28, is ready to move up and take on tougher tasks. Michigan-based Russian Zubov had won his last seven fights.
Indio, CA, USA: Super Welter: Jesus Soto Karass (29-13-4,1ND) W PTS 10 Neeco Macias (17-1). Feather: Emilio Sanchez (17-1) W TEC DEC 10 Enrique Bernache (24-12). Feather: Manny Robles (17-0) W PTS 10 Jose Santos Gonzalez (23-7). Super Middle: Demetrius Ballard (19-0,1ND) W Alan Campa (17-4,1ND).
Karass vs. Macias
Veteran Karass outlasts younger Macias to take the majority decision. These two missed out on a commercial opportunity. They could have rented out the centre of the ring because after they touched gloves at the start of the contest neither ventured there again. Macias seemed to have decided to simply overwhelm Karass and he went straight into the attack forcing Karass to the ropes and the rest of the fight was a close-quarters scrap with Karass hardly ever getting his back off the ropes. Even a cut caused by a clash of heads in the second round did not get Macias to change his tactics. He kept pouring on the punches with Karass finding it hard to move from defence to attack but he was doing a better job of blocking punches and although outlanded his shots were harder. The slow start from Karass was not unexpected as he was having his first fight for a year but over the second half of the fight he gradually stepped up his punch output and although Macias kept throwing punches the power was with Karass. Scores 97-93 and 96-94 for Karass and 95-95. Karass, 36, had walked away after a run of five losses and a draw, all against top-notch opposition, but now there will be fights there for him. Californian “Rooster” Macias, 27, was fighting his first “name” opponent and came very close to victory. His stock-in-trade is all-out aggression so he is unlikely to change his tactics but some added experience will help him improve.
Sanchez vs. Bernache
Sanchez gets a technical decision over Bernache as the fight is stopped in the last round when Sanchez already had the win in his pocket. In an assured performance Sanchez always had control of the fight. He was able to use his longer reach to outscore Bernache snapping out his jab and connecting with right crosses. When Bernache did get past the jab he was outworked on the inside. Early in the final round it was decided that a cut over Bernache’s left eye was too serious for the fight to continue so with that round also being scored the cards read 100-91, 99-92 and 97-94 for Sanchez. This win constitutes the second brick in the rebuilding of Sanchez after he suffered a shock second round kayo loss against modest Eugene Lagos in March. The 24-year-old Californian is a former US Junior champion who competed at the Olympic Trials for the 2012 US Team. Seasoned pro Bernache is now 4-5 in his last 9 fights.
Robles vs. Gonzalez
Robles keeps his 100% record but in a flat performance as he gets a split decision over Gonzalez. It was Gonzalez who showed most fire early in the fight and Robles had problems settling as Gonzalez constantly switched guards and found gaps for his jabs. Robles just did not work hard enough over those early rounds but after stunning Gonzalez in the sixth he finally started to roll and was able to eat into Gonzalez’s early lead. It is questionable as to whether he did enough but two of the judges thought so and that was enough. Scores 97-93 and 96-94 for Robles and 96-94 for Gonzalez. The 24-year-old “Chato” retains the WBC NABF title. Boxing is very much in the blood for Robles as his father until recently trained Oscar Valdez and his grandfather was also a well respected trainer. Gonzalez is 1-4 in his last 5 fights but the opposition has been strong with Zolani Tete and Duke Micah both getting wins over him.
Ballard vs. Campa
Ballard returns with a win as he decisions Campa. In his first fight for just over a year Ballard had some rust to shed and Campa was very much in the fight over the first two rounds. Ballard began to find the range in the third only for Campa to land a heavy right in the fourth. Ballard shook that off and his heavier punching gave him control of the action. As Ballard got into gear Campa slipped out of the fight and his work rate dropped. Ballard finished strongly and won a clear-cut decision although Campa gave him a tougher fight than the scores indicate. Ballard took the verdict on scores of 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74. The 25-year-old “Big Meech” from Maryland was an outstanding amateur winning gold medal at the 2012 National Golden Gloves and 2009, 2010 and 2012 Ringside World Championships and at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 National Police Athletic League Championships but he failed to get through the US Olympic Trials for the London Games and turned pro in 2013. Campa has only lost twice inside the distance and those losses were against Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Jesse Hart
Inglewood, CA, USA: Brandon Adams (21-2) W PTS 10 Shane Mosley Jr (11-3). Middle: Eric Walker (18-2) W PTS 8 Michael Moore (16-2). Middle: Tyrone Brunson (27-7-2) W PTS 6 Devaun Lee (10-5-1). Middle: Gerald Sherrell (10-0) W PTS 6 Morgan Fitch (18-3-1). Middle: Ivan Khytrov (18-2) W KO 4 Malcolm McAllister (9-3).
Adams vs. Mosley
Adams outclasses Mosley to win the The Contender series. After a close first round it was all Adams. He increased his work rate from the second and Mosley was never in the fight in any meaningful way. Adams had a disappointing Mosley under constant pressure and shook Mosley in the sixth in a big round for the winner. Adams was outboxing and out landing Mosley who was cut over his left eye in a clash of heads in the seventh when it looked as though a stoppage might be on the cards. Mosley hung on and made it the final bell but was well beaten. Scores 100-90 twice and 99-91. “Cannon” Adams, 29, lost to Willie Monroe in the final of the ESPN Boxcino Tournament in 2014 and to John Thompson in the final of 2015 Boxcino but will now pick up a $250,000 prize and get a top 10 rating from the WBA. Adams made his way to the final by beating Tyrone Brunson, Ievgen Khytrov and Eric Walker. After losing a split decision to unbeaten Australian David Toussaint on the Jeff Horn vs. Manny Pacquiao undercard Mosley was inactive until knocking out Devaun Lee, the only fight he had in the Tournament prior to this final.
Walker vs. Moore
This was expected to be a close one but Walker simply outboxed Moore. Walker had big advantages in height and reach and was too quick and slick for Moore who never threw enough punches to be competitive. The clever movement and body punching from Walker saw him collecting the rounds. Moore had a good spell in the sixth but even then Walker banged back and won the round. Moore tried to stage a strong finish which resulted in some of the best action of the fight with Walker a winner by a large margin on all cards. Scores 80-72 twice and 80-73. Louisiana’s Walker, 35, only lost to Adams on a majority decision in the semi-final. His other loss is to Patrick Day, again on a close decision. Moore is just not active enough. He was inactive in 2014, had one fight each in years 2015, 2016 and 2017 so was a very strange choice for the Tournament.
Brunson vs. Lee
Brunson beats Lee in a contest between two “Contender” competitors who did not make the final. Brunson took the verdict by scores of 59-55 from all three judges. Now 33 Brunson still has that record of 19 consecutive first round wins at the start of his career and knocked out Kermit Cintron last year but was knocked out by Adams in May in the Tournament. Lee went out of the Tournament by a fifth round kayo against Mosley and has now lost his last three fights.
Sherrell vs. Fitch
This was the most competitive contest of the night. Both fighters were eliminated early in the Tournament but fought hard to make this a close fight with Sherrell getting a split verdict on scores of 58-56 twice for Sherrell and 58-56 for Fitch. Sherrell won his only Tournament fight but was unable to go further. Fitch had lost a wide unanimous decision to Yamaguchi Falcao before the Tournament and was knocked out in four rounds by Ievgen Khytrov in his first Tournament fight.
Khytrov vs. McAllister
Brooklyn-based Ukrainian Khytrov overcame the early scare of a cut over his left eye from a punch in the second round before showing his power with a fourth round kayo of McAllister. Khytrov was one of the favourites for the Tournament but after knocking out Fitch he lost to Adams in their semi-final. McAllister lost on points to Moore in his Tournament fight.
Cahors, France: Middle: Diego Natchoo (17-1-4,1ND) W PTS 10 Peter Kramer (10-2-1). Super Feather: Florian Montels (13-2-2,1ND) ND 3 Rachid Sali (6-7-2,1ND). Super Light: Bastien Ballesta (17-0-1,1ND) W KO 4 Giorgi Bliadze (8-9)
Natchoo vs. Kramer
Natchoo wins the vacant IBO Continental title with unanimous decision over Kramer. No real problems here for the strong, aggressive French champion who took the decision by 98-92 on all three cards. The 26-year-old L’Indien” is now 7-0-1 in his last eight fights and it is only four weeks ago that he stopped Michel Mothmora to win the French title. This is Hungarian Kramer’s eighth fight this year. He put up a good performance in getting a draw with Peter McDonagh in May but was halted in four rounds by Sam Eggington in June,
Montels vs. Sali
Disappointing end to this French title fight as a clash of heads results in a cut that forces an early end. Montels retains the title he won in May. He had won 5 of his last 6 fights with the loss being to Yvon Mendy in May. Sali was 1-6-2 in his previous 9 fights but was No 1 in the French ratings
Ballesta vs. Bliadze
Only the second win inside the distance for Beziers southpaw Ballesta. After a draw in his first pro fight he is now 17-0 1ND in his last 18 and is No 1 in the French ratings. Georgian Bliadze, 20, is 1-4 in his last 5 fights including three losses by KO/TKO.
Accra, Ghana: Feather: Ray Commey (19-7) W PTS 12 Isaac Netty (28-12-1). Light: Felix Ajom (10-1-1) W Ben Ankrah (17-21).
Commey wins the vacant Ghanaian title with points victory over Netty. Scores 118-111, 117-111 and 117-113 for Commey. Much needed win for Commey as in his previous two fighters this year he had lost to Isaac Sackey for the WBO African title and to Wasiru Mohammed for the Ghanaian super bantam title. Netty a former Ghanaian bantam champion and Commonwealth title challenger had won his last four fights.
Prato, Italy: Super Middle: Dragan Lepei (16-1-2) W TKO 2 Alex Marongiu (7-11-1).
Lepei wins the Italian title with stoppage of Marongiu. “Fury” Lepei was pressing hard and throwing bombs in the first but “Speed” Marongiu showed some neat defence moves to stay out of trouble. The second round was following the same pattern until a right hook sent Marongiu down heavily. He struggled to his feet but the referee decided he was in no condition to continue and waived the fight over. Ninth win by KO/TKO for Lepei who extends his unbeaten run to eight bouts. Marongiu falls to 1-4-1 in his last 6.
Konin, Poland: Cruiser: Nikodem Jezewski (16-0-1,1ND) W PTS 8 Lance Bryant (12-5). Middle: Kamil Gardzielik (9-0) W PTS 8 Marcos Cornejo (19-5). Cruiser: Igor Jakubowski (1-0) W PTS 6 Oleksil Zhuk (2-1).
Jezewski vs. Bryant
Jezewski gets the win as he outpoints New Zealander Bryant. Jezewski boxed cleverly over the first four rounds. He scored well with strong, powerful counters constantly finding gaps in Bryant’s defence. A couple of times it looked as though Jezewski would break down Bryant for a stoppage but Bryant stayed in the fight. Jezewski fell away in the second half of the fight and Bryant was able to pinch a round here and there and was never really in any trouble after that as Jezewski ran out a clear winner. Scores 79=72, 78-73 and 76-75 but the last score looked too generous to Bryant. Jezewski’s next fight will be for the Polish title. Bryant, who was stopped in three rounds by Blake Caparello in August, was having his first fight in Poland.
Gardzielik vs. Cornejo
Gardzielik easily gets past Cornejo but in the end disappoints. The local fighter looked on his way to an early night when he floored the visitor with a right late in the opening round. Cornejo survived but took a pasting again in the second. Cornejo was down but the referee decided it was a slip but it looked a genuine knockdown. Gardzielik then dropped the pace and his work rate and that allowed Cornejo to go the distance without further scares. Scores 80-71 for Gardzielik on all three cards. The 26-year-old from Konin is still seeking his first inside the distance win. Four losses on the bounce for Cornejo.
Jakubowski vs. Zuka
Yet another former high level amateur turns pro as Jakubowski outpoints Ukrainian novice Zuka. There was never any doubt that the Konin fighter would win but he struggled at times as he adjusts to the pro ranks. He took too many punches and seemed to tire early but had a strong last round. Scores 59-55 twice and 58-56 for Jakubowski. He was Polish champion at Cadet, Junior, Under-23 and Senior level, won a gold medal at the European Union Championships, competed at the World Championships and at the 2016 Olympic where he lost to Briton Lawrence Okolie.
Miami, FL, USA: Light: Yuriorkis Gamboa (29-2) W PTS 10 Miguel Beltran (33-7,1ND). Light: Juan Manuel Lopez (36-6) W PTS 10 Cristian Mino (19-3). Welter: Harold Calderon (18-0) W KO 7 Emiliano Martin (16-3).
Gamboa vs. Beltran
Cuban Gamboa returns to action with a win as he outpoints fading Mexican Beltran. Gamboa looked sharp from the start. Although it was his first fight for almost a year Gamboa was on target early with his jab and late in the first he put Beltran down with a right hook. A promising beginning but it flattered to deceive. Beltran survived and was never really in any further danger in the fight. Gamboa continued to showcase his excellent skills outboxing the aggressive Mexican in every round but not really upping his work rate or pressing his attacks hard. It was a case of Gamboa needing the ring time and not wanting to take any risks against an opponent who posed no real danger. Gamboa was content to just work to the bell and take the win. Scores 100-89, 99-90 and 98-91 for Gamboa. At 36 time is not on Gamboa’s side. It seems unfair to say that in winning the WBA and IBF featherweight titles and WBA interim super feather and lightweight titles he has under achieved but his outstanding amateur career and early pro performances seemed to promise so much more. Inside the distance losses to Terrence Crawford and particularly Robinson Castellanos put question marks over his dedication so he will have to win something big and this his last chance to do so. Beltran set off with a 27-1 1ND start to his career before losing a split decision to Roman Martinez for the WBO super feather title in 2012. Since that set-back he has gone 6-5 and lost to some very ordinary opposition.
Lopez vs. Mino
“Jaunma” Lopez also gets back into the action. He scores four knockdowns but has to settle for a points victory over Argentinian Mino. In between the knockdowns Mino was actually quite competitive but Lopez’s power was just too much for him to overcome. Punches from southpaw Lopez put Mino down twice in the third. The first knockdown came from a southpaw right hook and the second from a left. Another left hook put Mino down in the fourth but the Argentinian shook Lopez with a right in the fifth. Lopez 36-6 (32) scored his fourth knockdown with a body punch in the sixth. From there Mino managed to stay on his feet and forced Lopez to work hard to the end. Scores 96-89 twice and 97-88 for Lopez. The former WBO super bantam and featherweight champion walked away after inside the distance losses to Mikey Garcia, Francisco Vargas and Jesus Cuellar before returning to the ring in March when he was stopped by Jayson Velez. He has now challenged Gamboa to a fight and that may happen in March. Mino’s domestic victims had been very low standard and this his third consecutive bout outside Argentina sees him gets his third loss.
Calderon vs. Martin
Honduran hope Calderon moves to 18 wins with seventh round kayo of Argentinian Martin. Calderon scored three knockdowns on the way to victory. Southpaw Calderon was Honduran amateur champion and turned pro after winning a silver medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games in 2013. Martin’s record has been built on abysmal opposition but he has also been thrown to the wolves a couple of times being put in with Denys Berinchyk and Kye MacKenzie and losing both fights on fourth round stoppages
Tokyo, Japan: Super Fly: Ryuichi Funai (31-7) W TKO 2 Victor Olivo (15-3-1).
Funai wrecks poor Olivo inside two rounds. Funai took the first with some strong jabs and then floored Olivo with a right cross in the second. Olivo somehow made it to his feet and was allowed to continue but was dropped immediately by a right hook and the fight was stopped. The 33-year-old from Tokyo has won his last seven fights. Olivo suffers his first loss by KO/TKO. With the help of the magic IBF ratings elevator Funai went from No 7 to No 3 without fighting. With positions 1 and 2 vacant that made Funai the top rated fighter but he could not be put into the mandatory spot because he had not beaten someone in the IBF top 10. No problem-Olivo steps on the elevator in the basement i.e. not even in the IBF top 15 and the magic elevator takes him to No 7 even though he had not fought since beating the 4-2 Irving Fierro in June. By beating “No 7” Olivo Funai qualifies to challenge Jerwin Ancajas. Wonderful how efficiently an elevator works when there is a sanction in fee looming.
Corregidora, Mexico: Super Feather: Andres Gutierrez (37-2-1) W PTS 12 Ramiro Blanco (18-4-3). Light: Isaac Cruz (16-1-1) W TKO 3 Jose Felix (36-4-1).
Gutierrez vs. Blanco
Gutierrez wins the vacant interim WBC International title as he takes every round against a game but outclassed Blanco. Gutierrez was able to find gaps in the Nicaraguan’s defence in every round slotting home jabs and connecting with powerful uppercuts. Despite his total dominance Gutierrez was unable to add to his impressive total of inside the distance wins. Blanco showed a good chin and was always willing to trade but took a beating. Exhaustion saw him spitting out his mouthguard three times for which he lost a point as well as losing every round. All three cards read 120-107 for Gutierrez. The 25-year-old Gutierrez was unbeaten in his first 35 fights before losing a majority decision to Cristian Mijares in 2016 for the WBC Silver title. He challenged Abner Mares for the WBA feather title in October 2017 but lost a wide technical decision. This is his second win this year and he is No 13 at feather with the WBC. Three of Blanc’s losses have been on his travels in China, Switzerland and now Mexico.
Cruz vs. Felix
Surprisingly easy win for Cruz against former WBA title challenger Felix. He put the more experienced Felix down three times before the referee called a halt in the third to save Felix from further punishment. “Pitbull” Cruz, 21, was taking a big step up in quality of opposition but gets win No 13 by KO/TKO. He is 10-0-1 in his last 11 fights. Felix, who lost to Bryan Vazquez for the secondary WBA super feather title in 2014, then put together a run of eight wins but has fallen back now with 3 losses in his last 4 fights.
Gliwice, Poland: Heavy: Artur Szpilka (22-3) W PTS 10 Mariusz Wach (33-4). Light Heavy: Pawel Stepien (12-0) W KO 9 Dmitry Sukhotsky (23-7). Middle: Maciej Sulecki (27-1) W TKO 2 Jean Hamilcaro (26-10-3).
Szpilka vs. Wach
Szpilka survives last round crisis to win on a split decision over fellow Pole Wach. Southpaw Szpilka just edged the first with his superior speed overcoming the height and reach advantages of Wach but the bigger man got through with a heavy right late in the second. Szpilka again used his speed and skills to outwork Wach in the third but was trapped on the ropes and had to absorb a couple of hard punches in the fourth. Szpilka was in control for much of the fifth but again Wach connected with some power shots late in the round. The fast pace he was setting seemed to catch up with Szpilka in the sixth and he allowed his hands to drop resulting in some success for Wach. It was Wach whose work rate dropped in the seventh. He landed a hard right to the body but a left hook from Szpilka was the best punch of the round. The eighth and ninth were close with Szpilka in control early in the rounds and Wach dangerous late with rights. After nine Szpilka seemed to have the fight won and all he had to do was see out the final three minutes. Easier said than done as Wach was launching fierce attacks. Late in the round a right from Wach put an exhausted Szpilka down. He beat the count but was in a bad way. There were just forty seconds left in the fight with Szpilka out on his feet but he managed to make it to the bell. Scores 97-93 and 95-94 for Szpilka and 96-93 for Wach. After a knockout loss to Deontay Wilder for the WBC title and a stoppage by Adam Kownacki Szpilka had rebounded modestly with a win over Dominic Guinn in May this year but a loss here would have been a huge blow. With so much heavyweight action going on Szpilka has put himself back in the mix. Naturally Wach is looking for a return as he tries to rebuild after inside the distance losses to Alex Povetkin and Jarrell Miller.
Stepien vs. Sukhotsky
Stepien climbs off the canvas to get his best win so far. The first three rounds were close as Stepien countered the aggressive early attacks by Sukhotsky. The Russian had a big fourth round as he connected with some good body punches and then floored Stepien late in the round with a left hook. Stepien was up quickly and made it to the bell with no further scares. The impetus was now with Sukhotsky and he attacked strongly in the fifth and sixth but by the seventh Stepien had clawed his way back into the fight. In the ninth a left hook staggered Sukhotsky and a series of punches put him down. Sukhotsky was hurt but he seemed really to be able to get up in time only to misjudge the count and despite his protests the fight was over. The Pole makes it eleven wins by KO/TKO and his seventh in a row. Kazak-born Russian Sukhotsky was knocked out in five rounds by Adonis Stevenson in a fight for the WBC title in 2014 but at 37 he is a long way from world class now and this is his third loss on the bounce.
Sulecki vs. Hamilcaro
Frenchman Hamilcaro was expected to provide a reasonable but not too difficult task for Sulecki but was blown away in two rounds. Sulecki was already finding the target with some hurtful shots in the first and a body punch dropped Hamilcaro in the second. The Frenchman beat the count but from there it was a massacre with Hamilcaro down three more times before the fight was stopped. Sulecki easing his way back after his loss to Daniel Jacobs in April. He will be looking to get into more big fights after his New York showing. Fifth loss inside the distance for Hamilcaro who was stopped in six rounds by Josh Kelly in December.
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico; Light: Felix Verdejo (24-1) W KO 2 Yardley Armenta (24-12,1ND).
Verdejo signals his return as he obliterates Mexican Armenta inside two rounds. Verdejo was hunting Armenta down in the first with Armenta under a constant barrage and rarely getting off the ropes. Early in the second a left hook to the chin dumped Armenta on the canvas and the fight was over. The 25-year-old Puerto Rican was tipped as a future world champion as he rattled off 23 straight wins. He was rated No 1 by the WBO so the mandatory challenger to Terry Flanagan. The fight was all set for 16 September last year but had to be postponed due to an injury suffered by Flanagan. Verdejo was then injured and when he recovered he was put in a keep busy fight against Mexican Antonio Lozada in March this year only for Lozada to do the unthinkable and stop Verdejo in the last round. After a couple more fight it is expected that Verdejo will finally get a title shot. Ninth loss by KO/TKO for Armenta who was halted in two rounds by Richard Commey in August.
Ekaterinburg, Russia: Middle: Artem Chebotarev (6-0) W PTS 10 Javier Maciel (33-8). Super Light: Georgi Chelokhsaev (16-1-1) W PTS 10 Gaybatulla Gadzhialiev (6-1).
Chebotarev vs. Maciel
Russian Chebotarev hands out a solid beating to seasoned Argentinian Maciel to win the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title. Scores 99-91 twice and 98-92. The 30-year-old Chebotarev was Russian champion four times, won a bronze medal at the World Championships and gold at the European Championships. He also won an AIBA Pro Boxing title and competed at the 2106 Olympics so some good grounding. Former Argentinian champion Maciel is now 2-2 this year with the other loss coming against Willie Monroe Jr in August.
Chelokhsaev vs. Gadzhialiev
Chelokhsaev wins the strange vacant Eurasian Boxing Parliament title with close verdict over fellow Russian Gadzhialiev. Although he floored Gadzhialiev in the first round Chelokhsaev had a battle on his hands and only just took the verdict on scores of 96-93 twice and 95-94.The Russian champion Chelokhsaev put together a run of seven wins in a row by KO/TKO but has now had to go the distance twice in his most recent fights. Gadzhialiev has already fought in Azerbaijan, Argentina, Puerto Rico and the USA as well as Russia and he had won his last seven fights.
Marcos Paz, Argentina: Super Welter: Rodrigo Maizares (7-3) W PTS 10 Henrri Polanco (13-4-1).
Minor upset as Maizares easily outscores Polanco to win the vacant WBC Latino title. Southpaw Maizares led from the start finding the target throughout the fight with his jab and following lefts. Polanco just never got into the fight and in his frustration landed a very low punch in the fifth and was deducted a point. A static Polanco never posed a threat as Maizares closed the fight strongly for an emphatic victory. Scores 97-92 twice and 100-89 for Maizares on the three cards. Maizares is building a small run as this was the fourth win in a row. Argentinian-based Dominican Polanco was 3-0-1 in his last four fights.
Rio Cuarto, Argentina: Light: Javier Clavero (25-4) W PTS12 Carlos Cordoba (10-4,1ND)
Argentinian champion Clavero adds the South American title to his collection with victory over Cordoba. Clavero won this one on the back of a knockdown and a standing count in what was mostly a close fight. Cordoba used some skilled work to build a slight lead but in the sixth he was put down by a body punch. In the seventh Clavero had Cordoba in serious trouble and a stoppage looked likely but the referee gave Cordoba a chance to regroup by applying a standing count. The remaining rounds were close but both fighters dropped a point in the last Clavero for a low punch and Cordoba for spitting out his mouthguard. Scores 113-111 ½ twice and 114-110 for Clavero. The new champion is 3-1 in fights this year. Cordoba was on a good run being 7-0,1ND in his last eight fights.
Sydney, Australia: Light Heavy: Reagan Dessaix (16-1) W TKO 2 Steve Lovett (17-3,1ND).
Important domestic victory for Dessaix as he halts Lovett in two rounds. The tall 22-year-old “President” Dessaix moves to eleven wins by KO/TKO and this is tenth win in a row as he retains the WBA Oceania title. He is No 15 with the WBA. Dessaix was a good level amateur winning six Queensland State titles, two Australian Youth titles and competed at the World Youth Championships. Lovett tried his luck in the USA but after back-to-back losses to Craig Baker and Lionell Thompson returned home and had won his last two fights.
Sydney, Australia: Super Feather: Joel Brunker 34-3) W TKO 3 Rivo Rengkung (37-28-6).
Brunker starts his rebuilding with stoppage of experienced Indonesian loser Rengkung. Two of Brunker’s losses have been against world class opposition in Lee Selby and Josh Warrington but a defeat in July to New Zealander Nort Beauchamp was a surprise. Twelfth loss by KO/TKO for Rengkung.
Santo Domingo, DR: Light: Jackson Marinez (15-0) W TKO 10 Jesus Arevalo (27-4-1). Feather: Hector Garcia (10-0,1ND) W KO 2 Robin Zamora (13-5,1ND). Super Light: Alberto Puello (16-0) W RTD 3 David Bency (14-10-1,1ND). Light Heavy: Felix Varela (17-2) W PTS 10 Bryan Perez (11-1).
Marinez vs. Arevalo
Marinez much too good for Mexican Arevalo and after controlling the fight all the way he turns on the power in the tenth for a stoppage. Arvelo kept taking the fight to local boxer Marinez but he was leaning too far in with his jabs making himself an easy target for counters from Marinez. By the fifth Marinez was the one coming forward and landing left hooks to the body of Arevalo .and he had Arevalo in trouble on the ropes at the bell. Marines continued the beat down in the sixth with Arevalo reduced to wild swipes and Marinez dominated the seventh eighth and again had Arevalo in trouble on the ropes at the end of the ninth. Arevalo rallied in the tenth but then body punches from Marinez had him backing off. After a spell of showmanship Marinez then drove Arevalo back to the ropes and the referee had seen enough and stopped the fight. Local boxer Marinez was making the first defence of the WBA Fedelatin title. Arevalo was overmatched last year in losing to Cristian Mijares and Yvon Mendy and was never really in with a chance in this fight.
Garcia vs. Zamora
Garcia blasts out Zamora in two rounds. Both fighters are southpaws but there the resemblance ends. Former amateur star Garcia had some problems with Zamora in the first round but was unloading heavy punches in the second. Zamora poked out a weal right jab and Garcia came over the top with a stunning left which put Zamora on his rump and he sat out the count . Garcia, 27, won a silver medal at the PanAmerican Games and competed for the Republic at the 2016 Olympics. This is his eighth win by KO/TKO and he takes Zamora’s WBA Fedelatin title. Zamora had won his last five fights.
Puello vs. Bency
Southpaw Puello is very tall for a super lightweight and Nicaraguan Bency was giving away a ridiculous amount in height and reach. When Bency tried to get inside Puello was landing left counters and when Bency stayed outside he was getting nailed by long jabs and straight lefts. Bency did a bit better in the second. He was willing to take punches to get inside and he scored with some hooks. Puello was still using his jab to score at range and punishing Bency with lefts as the Nicaraguan marched forward. Puello started to look for Bency in the third and was coming forward scoring with left hooks and straight rights. The fight was halted due to a cut over the right eye of Bency. After a long examination by the doctor the fight was allowed to continue amazingly Bency’s corner man had climbed onto the ring apron and was about to daub Vaseline onto the cut when the referee pulled Bency away so that the fight could continue. Worried the fight might be stopped Bency threw himself forward slinging punches and paid for it as counters from Puello twice sent him staggering. Bency did not come out for the fourth due to the cut. Puello, the Dominican “Wasp” is rated No 5 by the WBA and No 15 by the WBC and is not being rushed. Bency had won 3 of his last 4 fights.
Varela vs. Perez
Varela gets the win but has to come from behind. The former interim WBA champion found novice Perez a much tougher foe than expected. He was heading for an upset loss after eight rounds but he staged a strong finish as Perez tired and escaped with a very close unanimous decision. Scores 96-94 for Varela from all three judges. After losing his interim WBA title to Dmitry Bivol Varela was then pushed further down the ratings after losing to Sullivan Barrera. This is second win this year but fellow-Dominican Perez, who had never been past the sixth round before this fight ,looked worth a draw and will be hoping for a return.
Nuremberg, Germany: Middle: Wanik Awdijan (24-1) W PTS 10 Maono Ally (8-3-1).
Awdijan wins the vacant IBF Youth title with decision over Tanzanian Ally. Awdijan used a sharp jab to keep the aggressive Ally out over the early rounds. It was the fourth before Ally really made any impression and he was wild with his punches. Awdijan stuck mainly to the jab as his right hand had been in plaster until a few weeks before the show so he used it sparingly. He was a comfortable winner on scores of 97-93 twice and 99-91. The Armenian-born Awdijan had also suffered a shoulder injury earlier in the year so is now hoping to be injury free and more active. Ally had won 5 of his last 6 fights and did his job here of giving Awdijan ten rounds of work.
Cave, Italy: Super Feather: Michael Magnesi (13-0) W PTS 10 Giuseppe Carafa (10-3-1).
Fighting in his home neighbourhood Magnesi retains the Italian title as and outpoints Carafa. The aggressive start from Magnesi almost overwhelmed Carafa. In the first round he made Carafa stumble with a right hook and then floored him late in the round with another right. Carafa made it to the bell and used some good skills to stay in the fight. Magnesi continued his storming tactics and Carafa was warned in the sixth for holding and rocked late in the seventh by a combination. Carafa was being forced to stand and trade punches and the eighth and ninth were filled with torrid exchanges but Magnesi’s harder punch saw him on top to the bell. Scores 99-90, 99-91 and 98-91 for Magnesi. The 23-year-old local was making the first defence of the national title and will now look for an opportunity to fight for the EU title. Carafa falls to 1-3 in his last 4 fights.
Fight of the week (Entertainment): Anthony Crolla vs. Daud Yordan and Glowacki and Vlasov also provided plenty of entertainment
Fight of the week (Significance): Oleg Usyk in ending Tony Bellew’s career and putting the heavyweight division under notice
Fighter of the week: Usyk
Punch of the week: The left hook from Usyk that ended his fight with Bellew and on the same show the straight right from Ricky Burns that ended his fight with Scott Cardle was a bit special.
Upset of the week: No biggies although Jesus Soto Karass was not expected to beat Neeco Macias and Isaac Cruz did well to beat favourite Jose Felix.
Prospect watch: No one I have not already named in previous reports really stood out.
By Eric Armit
Difficult decision this week on who to vote for as my favourite man/people. The candidates are UFC President Dana White and the Board of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Difficult choice. White has to be a strong candidate for saying that if the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov fight does come off it should be a UFC fight and not a boxing match. He is a candidate for making that statement and will do boxing a big favour if he sticks to that. Of course he can’t force it to be a UFC fight but hopefully his resistance to another boxing match will prove enough to end the speculation that this fight could take place. Mayweather is a genius inside the ring but hopefully, whilst no genius out of the ring still mart enough to realise he could be seriously injured in the cage and we will have dodged another farce. Go for it Dana.
The CAS has given Olympic boxing a lifeline by ordering the AIBA to allow Serik Konakbayev to be a candidate in this week’s presidential election. If interim president Gafur Rahimov had been the sole candidate there is every chance that the Olympic Committee would banish boxing from the Olympics. It is ridiculous that without this court action Rahimov, who is on the US Department of the Treasury’s sanctions list “for providing material support “ to a criminal organisation would have lead such a high profile sports body. You only have to look at the list of current world champions to see the important part Olympic competition has played. Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, Oleg Usyk, Artur Beterbiev, Demetrius Andrade, Gary Russell, Errol Spence, Vasyl Lomachenko, Isaac Dogboe, Khalid Yafai and Jose Pedraza were all Olympians. Of course there will still be amateur boxing even if the sport is not an Olympic sport but there must be a huge question over government support to boxing where the return in Olympic medals is a big factor in the support and sponsorship money given to the sport. My fear is that having been pig-headed enough to try to push Rahimov through as a sole candidate many AIBA delegates will react badly to having their plan foiled and vote Rahimov in just to thumb their noses at the CAS and the US Department of Treasury.
It is the next round of the WBSS super lights and bantams this weekend. The competition is already producing some great action and the Josh Taylor vs. Ryan Martin and Ryan Burnett vs. Nonito Donaire fights have the potential to be every bit as entertaining. The WBSS really is making a big impact and they are proving that the fights are more important than any title. With the WBSS in control of the various matches it is taking much of the decision making on who fights for what title and against whom out of the control of the sanctioning bodies but they all want to be associated with it so are playing along and basking in whatever glory comes out. All our own work? No none of your work Mr Sanctioning Body.
The next round of the WBSS cruiser tournament takes place in Chicago on 10 November. It will see the tournament favourite Mairis Breidis face Noel Gevor, or Noel Mikaeljin as he now seems to prefer to be known, and Krzys Glowacki against Maksim Vlasov. They are both very good fights between highly rated fighters. Breidis is No 1 with the WBC, and Vlasov No 2, the WBO have Glowacki No 2 and Vlasov No 5 the WBA have Vlasov No 2 and Glowacki No 3. The No 1 spot with the IBF is vacant with Andrew Tabiti who is already through to the semi-finals at No 3 and Glowacki No 7. Gevor’s only rating is No 14 with the WBC but then he is promoted by Sauerland promotions which explains his inclusion. Of course Yuniel Dorticos is also through to the semi-finals.
The elephant in the room is that on the same night in Manchester Oleg Usyk defends all four titles against Tony Bellew. Whoever wins that fight it is likely that all four titles will become vacant during the life of this WBSS tournament but until after the Usyk vs. Bellew and thee 10 November quarter-finals are over it won’t be clear who will be fighting for three of the four titles. It is impossible to know what is happening with the WBA. In their September ratings they showed Usyk as super champion, Beibut Shumenov as their secondary champion, and Arsen Goulamirian as their interim champion and Denis Lebedev as “champion in recess”. Their October ratings do not show Goulamirian at all and show Dorticos at No 1. I am not sure why Goulamirian has disappeared totally and I am also not sure how Lebedev can be “in recess” as he had a fight in September. It seems likely he will be reinstated and his fight with Mike Wilson on 24 November on a show in Monaco will be a title defence-of some title. Leave it to the WBA to screw things up at least in that they are reliable.
Apart from their headaches in the cruisers the WBA are still struggling to sort out the position on their secondary heavyweight title. Manuel Charr was to have defended the title against Fres Oquendo on 29 September but of course Charr tested positive for a banned substance. That ruled out Charr and as Oquendo rightly turned down a $500,000 offer to fight Jarrell Miller the WBA are still on the hook from the court case where they were ordered to give Oquendo a title fight. Oquendo has not fought for four years and the way it is going I can see him fighting for the title against Anthony Joshua’s grandson. That would be more like Super 88 than Super 8. No WBA title fight for Miller Instead he will fight Romanian Bogdan Dinu in Mulvane, Kansas on 17 November.
It is only natural that Daniel Jacobs should be calling out Saul Alvarez but the IBF may put a spoke in that wheel. Before the Serhiy Derevyanchenko fight Jacobs was rated behind Jack Culcay at No 3 so they may insist he fight Culcay before anyone else.
The Jeff Horn vs. Anthony Mundine fight in Brisbane on 30 November will be a huge fight for Australia. I am amazed by Mundine. At 43 he is still a force but what amazes me is that he started out as a super middle, moved up to middle, went down to super welter, fought Danny Green at cruiser and is now going to fight welterweight Jeff Horn at catchweight. He is a very controversial figure in Australia due to his strong stance on racial matters and he has said that he will not stand during the national anthem in Brisbane.
Juan Francisco will have a keep busy fight as he waits for a return shot at Srisaket. Estrada will face former WBC flyweight champion Sonny Boy Jaro. The Filipino scored a major upset when he beat Pongsaklek for the WBC title in 2012 but then lost three fights in a row including dropping the WBC title. He has won 10 of his 11 fights since then but at 36 and past his best he should pose no threat to Estrada.
The planned fight for the secondary WBA super welter title between the champion Brian Castano and former champion Erislandy Lara has been postponed until sometime early next year.
Two of Poland’s leading heavyweights, Artur Szpilka and Mariusz Wach will battle it out in Gliwice on 10 November. I don’t like the term “Crossroads” but the loser will find it hard to stay relevant if he loses here. At 29 it is not quite so critical for Szpilka but at 38 time is running out for Wach.
There will an IBF eliminator in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 5 January to find a challenger for Errol Spence. The IBF No 1 spot vacant, No 2 Yordenis Ugas is lined up to challenge Shawn Porter for the WBC title in February and No 3 Jesse Vargas declined to fight an eliminator. The outcome is that Kuala Lumpur-based Uzbek Kudratillo Abdukakhorov the No 4 and Japan’s Keita Obara No 6 will fight each other to fill the No 1 spot. It seems that the Porter vs. Ugas fight will be on the same show as Spence vs. Mikey Garcia.
With Zolani Tete tied up in the WBSS bantam tournament the WBO are already looking to crown an interim champion. Ghanaian Duke Micah is rated No 1 by the WBO with Mexican Ricardo Espinoza No 2. Micah is a certainty but as yet it is not clear if Espinoza will accept the opportunity. If Isaac Dogboe retains his WBO super bantam title against Emanuel Navarrete in New York on 8 December, then with Micha’s title fight and Richard Commey now to meet Russian Isa Chaniev for the IBF light title relinquished by Mikey Garcia Ghana could have three world champion in the first half of 2019.
Plenty of good fights to come for the EBU tiles. From the lighter to the heavier a date is awaited for Andrew Selby’s challenge to Vicente Legrand for the flyweight title. Jeremy Parodi and Luca Rigoldi contest the vacant super bantam title on 17 November, on 14 November Samir Ziani and Juli Giner fight for the vacant super feather title, Francesco Patera, fresh from his upset victory over Lewis Ritson, will defend the lightweight title against Marvin Petit with purse bids due 19 November The super light title is vacant and Joe Hughes and Andrea Scarpa will fight for that on 30 November in Italy, Kerman Lejarraga defends the welterweight title against Frankie Gavin in Bilbao on 17 November, at super welter Sergio Garcia will be allowed a voluntary defence and then has to fight Zakaria Attou, negotiations are ongoing for Kamil Szeremeta to defend his title against Martin Murray, Robin Krasniqi has a voluntary defence of his light heavyweight title against Stefan Haertel on 17 November and if he wins he then has to defend against Juergen Brahmer. Cruiserweight champion Yves Ngabu is defending against Micki Nielsen no date yet for that one and finally if no agreement is reached purse bids are due 13 November for Agit Kabayel’s defence of the heavyweight title against Otto Wallin. Quite a schedule and some high quality fights.
Marcos Maidana is still scoring victories but in the courts not in the ring. The former WBA super light and welter champion sued his former manager claiming that he had defrauded Maidana of over $600,000. The court ruled that his manager had adulterated contracts, forged Maidana’s signature and collected money in the name of Maidana including a $175,000 signing on fee that Maidana should have received as signing on bonus from Universum Media. Whether Maidana will be able to recover the money is a different matter.
On the South African scene it was good to learn that Gideon Buthelezi was finally paid in full for his IBO title defence against Lucas Fernandez. However there is a lesson there that when you bend the rules even with the best of intentions it can rebound on you. This time not insisting on the promoter having the money instead of a promise from a sponsor for the money has ended happily but that has not always been the case in the past.
There was some controversy over Tommy Oosthuizen’s win over Thabiso Mchunu in September so they will fight each other again on a Rodney Berman show on 6 December. On the same show unbeaten Thulani Mbenge will be defending his IBO welterweight title against experienced former IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez.
The Italian Boxing Hall of Fame was formally opened late last month. Nino Benvenuti, Patricio Oliva, Mauricio Stecca and the late Giovanni Parisi were the first inductees. They are unique in that they are the only Italian boxers to win both an Olympic gold medal and a world title. Parisi tragically died in an automobile accident in 2009 at the age of just 41. There have been so many great Italian boxers and boxers of Italian heritage it will interesting to see who else joins this famous four in the Hall.
Not such good news for Italians was the death last month of Piero Del Papa at the age of 80. Del Papa was Italian light heavyweight champion and twice held the European title. In his twelve year 62 fight career he fought Eddie Cotton, Mauro Mina, Carl Bobo Olsen, Giulio Rinaldi, Chic Calderwood, Tom Bogs, Gregorio Peralta, Rudi Lubbers and so many more. His only shot at a world title came in his 55th fight when he was knocked out in one round by Vicente Rondon for the WBA light heavy title. RIP Piero.
Last month also saw the death of one of Kenya’s outstanding boxers in Richard Murunga. He put Kenya on the map when he came out of nowhere to win a bronze medal at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich where Kenya also won a silver and another bronze. He turned pro in 1974 and had a few fights in Europe for Mogen Palle. After he retired despite a spinal injury making him a paraplegic he played a big part in boxing in Kenyan as a trainer and later as a manager and founded the Kenyan Boxing Federation. RIP Richard.
Former world light heavy and cruiser champion Dariusz Michalczewski is entering the ranks of promoters. His first show will be a co-promotion with Erol Celan in Gdansk on 8 December. Michalczewski was 48-2 in his pro career winning his first 48 fights including 25 consecutive victories in WBO WBA and IBF title fights over two divisions.
Always expect the unexpected in boxing. After suffering his seventh loss in his last eight fights Georgian boxer Levan Shonia went back to his corner leaned over the ropes and punched his trainer. That was more than he had managed in six rounds against Spas Genov.
By Eric Armit
-Regis Prograis outpoints Terry Flanagan to go through to the WBSS super lightweight semi-finals
-Ivan Baranchyk stops Anthony Yigit to win the vacant IBF title and join Prograis in the WBSS semi-finals
-Daniel Jacobs gets split decision over Sergiy Derevyanchenko to win the vacant IBF middleweight title
-Alberto Machado obliterates Yuandale Evans inside a round to hold on to his WBA featherweight title
-Felix Alvarado batters Randy Petalcorin to defeat to become IBF light flyweight champion
-Kubrat Pulev decisions Hughie Fury in an IBF final eliminator and brother Tervel win the vacant European Union title
-Dominic Boesel retains the European light heavyweight title with decision against Enrico Koelling
-John Ryder knocks out Andrey Sirotkin and Jordan Gill halts Sean Doyle to capture the Commonwealth featherweight title
-Kiko Martinez wins the European title with victory over fellow-Spaniard Marc Vidal
WORLD TITLE FIGHT SHOWS
New Orleans, LA, USA: Super Light: Regis Prograis (23-0) W PTS 12 Terry Flanagan (33-2), Super Light: Ivan Baranchyk (19-0) W RTD 7 Anthony Yigit (21-1-1). Super Light: Subriel Matias (12-0) W DISQ 1 Fernando Saucedo (62-9-3).
Prograis vs. Flanagan
Prograis floors out outpoints Flanagan to make his way through to the semi-finals of the WBSS.
Although Flanagan was coming up from lightweight he was much the bigger man. Both fighters were cautiously probing but when they did open up the two best punches were a lefts to the head from Prograis.
Score 10-9 Prograis
A close round. Flanagan was throwing right jabs but having trouble nailing down the clever Prograis. Both landed hard rights but Prograis was the quicker man and had slotted home some jabs
Score 10-9 Prograis Prograis 20-18
Flanagan had not been throwing enough punches over the first two round but he started to let his hands go more in this one. He drilled home some hard jabs and countered well and did enough to take the round.
Score 10-9 Flanagan Prograis 29-28
I was tempted to score this one 0-0 as neither fighter landed a real punch. Plenty of jabs which fell short and plenty of clever movement but no hits for either man.
Score 10-10 tied Prograis 39-38
Official scores: 38-36, 39-37 and 39-37 for Prograis
Prograis upped his pace in this one. Flanagan was boxing behind a high, tight guard and Prograis was having difficulty getting through with any big punches. Flanagan connected with a good left to the head but Prograis responded with a body punch and his work with his jab was enough to take this round.
Score 10-9 Prograis Prograis 49-47
Prograis went up through the gears and took this one clearly. He was getting home time and again with jarring jabs and following in behind the jab to score to the body. Flanagan was throwing punches but Prograis used clever upper body movement to slip them and countered quickly landing a heavy left. The best punch in the fight so far.
Score 10-9 Prograis Prograis 59-56
Flanagan had no answer to the speed and accuracy of |the right jabs from Prograis. They were zipping through Flanagan’s guard as Prograis circled changing angles and following the jab with straight lefts. Flanagan was struggling to get into the fight.
Score 10-9 Prograis Prograis 69-65
Flanagan was trying to get his own jab working again but was having to eat jabs from Prograis. Prograis threw a quick left over the top of Flanagan’s jab which clattered into the side of Flanagan’s head and sent him down to his hands and knees. . He got up at five and when the eight count was over Prograis leapt in trying to put Flanagan away. Instead of crumbling Flanagan fired back and scored more and harder punches than he had so far in the fight. Prograis landed some head punches that sent Flanagan back into the ropes. He looked in trouble but again matched Prograis punch for punch to the bell. A great round, but a 10-8 round and Flanagan was cut over his left eye.
Score 10-8 Prograis Prograis 79-73
Official scores: 77-74, 79-72 and 79-72 for Prograis
The bell to start this round marked the first time that Prograis had gone past the eighth round in a fight. This was a quiet round after the drama of the eighth. Prograis just did enough to win it but Flanagan worked well with his jab. He was lucky not to see the cut worsened as Prograis brought his head up inside and it crashed into the left side of Flanagan’s face. Close round.
Score 10-9 Prograis Prograis 89-82
Prograis took this one with his right jab. He was circling Flanagan firing home single jabs but not following up with any other punches. Flanagan was too slow to block the jabs and was throwing too few punches for a man clearly behind in the scoring.
Score 10-9 Prograis Prograis 99-91
Flanagan stuck to his task here. He boxed well slotting his jab through the defence of Prograis who was doing more posing than punching. He was neglecting his own jab and getting caught with jabs he should have avoided. A jolting right jab from Flanagan was the punch of the round.
Score 10-9 Flanagan Prograis 108-101
Prograis went back to his jab and took the round. He was just too quick whipping the jab through Flanagan’s defence and this time following up with some lefts. Flanagan managed to land a few jabs but not enough.
Score 10-9 Prograis Prograis 118-110
Official scores: 117-110. 118-109 and 119-108 for Prograis
The New Orleans-born Prograis goes through to the semi-finals where he will face WBA champion Kiryl Relikh. He is the favourite to win the tournament and he showed here just why that is. He has real hand speed, power in both hands and a clever, tricky style. Having gone twelve rounds will also benefit him. Flanagan just met a much better fighter on the night but performed well enough to have hopes of a world title fight next year after he gets himself a couple of wins.
Baranchyk vs. Yigit
Baranchyk wins the vacant IBF title and progresses to the semi-finals of the WBSS as a very brave Yigit is forced out of the fight after seven rounds with his left eye totally shut so it was the sensible decision for Yigit’s well-being. The Belarusian was well ahead on all three cards at the end.
Yigit scored early with some southpaw lefts but Baranchyk was finding the target with stabbing jabs and when they stood and exchanged Baranchyk was the one landing with sharp hooks inside. Yigit fired home some long lefts but Baranchyk attacked the body and took the round
Score 10-9 Baranchyk
Baranchyk dominated the round. He was much the stronger and was scoring with hard accurate hooks and uppercuts through Yigit’s guard. The action really became hot with Yigit storming into the attack only to be driven back by the power of the hooks from Baranchyk and already the Swede was cut over his left eye and showing a swelling under the eye.
Score 10-9 Baranchyk Baranchyk 20-18
Yigit started this one aggressively but he was soon on the retreat and under fire. Baranchyk was stringing together some brutal combinations. Yigit boxed well in the middle of the round sliding home right jabs and straight lefts but Baranchyk was the one landing as the round closed but he was warned for a couple of low punches.
Score 10-9 Baranchyk Baranchyk 30-27
The pace of the fight was frantic. For me Yigit took this one. He was getting through with jabs and banging lefts past Baranchyk’s guard. He outworked the Russian for most of the round. Baranchyk tried to end the round strongly but Yigit was more accurate.
Score 10-9 Yigit Baranchyk 39-37
Once again Yigit boxed well but the power of Baranchyk was proving the decisive factor. He was throwing bunches of wicked body punches. There was a time out as Baranchyk was given a stern warning for hitting on the break and another break when (surprise, surprise) the tape came loose on Baranchyk’s gloves. The Russian finished the round with a fierce attack. Yigit’s left eye was now totally closed.
Score 10-9 Baranchyk Baranchyk 49-46
Big round for Baranchyk. A jarring jab sent Yigit stumbling and Yigit finally seemed to be weakening under the pressure. Baranchyk attacked throughout the round. He worked Yigit over in a corner for a spell and kept pressing. His accuracy was slipping and Yigit kept fighting back but Baranchyk took this one.
Score 10-9 Baranchyk Baranchyk 59-55
Start of the round and within seconds Baranchyk’s tape comes loose. Is anyone working on trying to cure this seemingly too complicated equipment failing? I digress but surely something such as a very tight non-abrasive elasticised material can be slipped over the boxers wrist before the gloves and tape are fitted and then pulled into place over the wrist enclosing the tape and stopping it from coming loose-rant over! Back to the fight. The action was messy with neither fighter landing much. Baranchyk pushed Yigit’s head down and the referee deducted a point. Baranchyk finished the round strongly forcing Yigit back and digging to the body-with the tape from his wrist again flapping in the wind.
Score 9-9 (point deducted from Baranchyk) Baranchyk 68-64
In the interval the referee and the doctor were in Yigit’s corner and with his left eye closed by a huge swelling it was decided the fight was over.
The 25-year-old Russian-born Baranchyk showed why his nickname is “The Beast”. He is tremendously powerful and a wicked puncher when it come to hooks and uppercuts. He is going to give any super light problems and he is waiting for the winner of Josh Taylor vs. Ryan Martin. Yigit fought all the way in this one but even without the closed left eye he would have found Baranchyk too strong for him. He showed some quality work and real grit and he will be back fighting at the highest level again when he recovers from this one/
Matias vs. Saucedo
Chaos reigns as Saucedo is disqualified due to one of his seconds climbing onto the ring apron during the round. Saucedo was on the back foot from the start. Matias tracked him and let loose with a couple of punches. The last a jab which saw Saucedo fall into a corner. Matias then unloaded a hail of punches with Saucedo slipping to the floor. The Argentinian was up quickly and bounced on his toes as the referee counted out the eight seconds. Saucedo walked forward and got home a couple of body punches but Matias prowled after him and drove home a left hook to the body and Saucedo sunk to his knees. Matias landed a punch whilst Saucedo was almost on his knees and the referee deducted a point from the Puerto Rican. Saucedo was up quickly again and as Matias pursued him Saucedo fired some quality punches but Matias either blocked or ignored them and a left to the body sent Saucedo down for the third time. He bounced right back up and was taking punishment when almost unnoticed one of his corner men seeing Saucedo taking too much punishment stepped up onto the ring apron but the bell went to end the round. There was then total confusion. No one was sure what was happening. Both fighters were up and ready to start the second round. Although the referee had not seen Saucedo’s corner man on the apron before the bell to end the first but when it was pointed out to him he disqualified Saucedo. if a corner man climbs onto the ring apron during a round it is an immediate disqualification for his fighter. It was correct but Matias was unhappy as he lost his 100% record of wins by KO/TKO. It is doubtful whether Saucedo could have lasted another round. Saucedo won’t be happy to have a disqualification loss on his record.
New York, NY, USA: Middle: Daniel Jacobs (35-2) W PTS 12 Sergiy Derevyanchenko (12-1). Super Feather: Alberto Machado (21-0) W KO 1 Yuandale Evans (20-2).Super Welter: Patrick Day (16-2-1) W PTS 10 Elvin Ayala (29-12-1). Welter: Radzhab Butaev (10-0) W RTD 3 Azael Cosio (21-8-2,1ND). Light: David Oliver Joyce (9-0) W PTS 6 Jorge Zacazontetl (4-5-1).
Jacobs vs. Derevyanchenko
Jacobs finally wins a full title as he takes a split verdict over a combative Derevyanchenko to win the vacant IBF title having only previously held the secondary WBA title.
Derevyanchenko made the livelier start. He was on the front foot probing with his jabs and throwing a couple of rights. He landed a light punch on the break and Jacobs made the basic error of looking to the referee to complain and was nearly nailed by a right. That woke Jacobs up and with just over 20 seconds remaining in the round he landed a right to the head which saw Derevyanchenko pitch forward. He put both gloves on the floor to steady himself and as he straightened up Jacobs darted in trying to land another punch. Since Derevyanchenko’s gloves had hit the floor the referee threw himself at Jacobs to stop him landing more punches. There were only five seconds left in the round but enough time for a fierce exchange.
Score 10-8 Jacobs
After a cautious start Derevyanchenko came forward quickly and landed two hard lefts and a right to the head of Jacobs that made Jacobs stumble. From then Derevyanchenko was pressing the fight hard and out jabbed Jacobs.
Score 10-9 Derevyanchenko Jacobs 19-18
A fired-up Derevyanchenko was chasing down Jacobs but Jacobs was boxing cleverly and was quicker and more accurate with his jab. Derevyanchenko had some success when he trapped Jacobs in a corner. Jacobs switched to southpaw then back to orthodox and although under pressure his work with the jab gave him the round but it was close.
Score 10-9 Jacobs Jacobs 29-27
The pace was quickening with Derevyanchenko chasing the elusive Jacobs. Both landed hard jabs, but the impressive work was the body punching from Jacobs and he landed a thudding right to Derevyanchenko’s head.
Score 10-9 Jacobs Jacobs 39-36
Official scores: 39-36, 39-36 and 39-36 all for Jacobs
Derevyanchenko started this with connecting with a couple of stiff jabs and then with left hooks to the body and later connected with a right to the body. Jacobs landed a left hook counter as Derevyanchenko moved in but Derevyanchenko responded with two left hooks and just before the bell banged home a right to the head.
Score 10-9 Derevyanchenko Jacobs 48-46
The Ukrainian was again the one forcing the fight and he started this one with some jarring jabs. Jacobs was having difficulty getting away from the ropes but when he did they stood and traded quality hooks, uppercuts and short rights with both landing heavily It was the best moments of action so far. Derevyanchenko continued to take the fight to Jacobs but Jacobs was more accurate which was just enough to give him a very close round
Score 10-9 Jacobs. Jacobs 58-55
A close round. They fought inside in the early part of this round but the pace had dropped from the frantic exchanges in the sixth. Again accuracy from Jacobs was enough for him to take the round as he landed some crisp body shots before the bell.
Score 10-9 Jacobs Jacobs 68-64
Jacobs spent much of the round against the ropes with Derevyanchenko searching for openings. When Derevyanchenko did move in Jacobs was catching him with cute uppercuts and when Derevyanchenko stepped back he was being speared with jabs. Derevyanchenko got through with a couple of hooks but Jacobs had more variety in his work and a better defence.
Score 10-9 Jacobs Jacobs 78-73
Official scores: 76-75 Derevyanchenko, 77-74 Jacobs, 77-74 Jacobs
Derevyanchenko chased and chased in this round. Jacobs was circling the perimeter of the ring pinging Derevyanchenko with jabs and using upper body movement to let Derevyanchenko’s punches slide by. Jacobs was switching guards and landed a couple of hard straight lefts and won the round
Score 10-9 Jacobs Jacobs 88-82
A much better round from Derevyanchenko. He was ducking and weaving under Jacob’s punches and the connected with a series of head shots probably his best combination to this time Jacobs worked with his jab late in the round but Derevyanchenko had outscored him.
Score 10-9 Derevyanchenko Jacobs 97-92.
Derevyanchenko carried where he left off in the last round pressing for three minutes. He landed some clubbing punches to the body but was finding Jacobs a difficult target. Jacobs cut loose over the last thirty seconds but Derevyanchenko matched him and ended the round strongly and just edged it.
Score 10-9 Derevyanchenko Jacobs 106-102
Derevyanchenko put in a huge effort here. He just kept punching. Jacobs was scoring with some choice counters but was taking plenty of head punches as he forgot defence and traded with Derevyanchenko with the Ukrainian staging a strong finish as they battered away at each other.
Score 10-9 Derevyanchenko Jacobs 115-112
Official scores: 114-113 for Derevyanchenko, 115-112 for Jacobs and 115-112 for Jacobs
Now that he has the IBF title Jacobs is looking for Saul Alvarez next although a return with Gennady Golovkin would be a huge fight. He could choose to defend against Britain’s Martin Murray who at No 4 was listed one place behind Jacobs in the IBF ratings. He won this one on the basis of his superior skills against a strong determined contender and Brooklyn-based Derevyanchenko certainly made Jacobs fight hard all the way for victory.
Machado vs. Evans
Machado demolishes challenger Evans with three knockdowns and it is all over inside a round. Evans made a quick, confident start in this all-southpaw contest coming in behind his jab and landing a left to the body. Just past the minute mark a flashing straight left to the head from Machado floored Evans. He was up quickly and after the eight count drilled Machado with a right jab that had Machado stumbling back. Machado threw another straight left that was short and then another that crashed onto Evans head and sent him staggering back. He was on stiff lags and Machado hammered home shot after shot with both hands. Evans did not lift his hands to defend himself and totted over putting his gloves down to stop his fall then straightened up. He touchdown with the gloves which meant a count. He looked unsteady but did the moves the referee requested and was allowed to continue. Machado threw a quick burst of uppercuts and hooks at lightning speed and as Evans landed on the floor on his back the referee immediately stopped the fight. The 28-year-old Puerto Rican certainly lived up to his “El Explosivo” nickname. This is his seventeenth win by KO/TKO and he retains his WBA title in his second defence. At 5’10” he is very tall for the weight and that plus the speed and power of his punches were reminiscent of a young Alexis Arguello. He is one of those curious cases of being right-handed but boxing southpaw. Second loss by KO./TKO for 29-year-old Evans with the other being a first round stoppage against Javier Fortuna in 2012. He was a two-time National Golden Gloves champion before turning pro but had gone through a couple of spells of inactivity not fighting in 2013 or 2014 and also missing out in 2016 but wins last year over 21-1Bilel Dib and unbeaten Luis Rosa landed him in the WBA ratings at No 9. He can come back from this.
Day vs. Ayala
Day outpoints veteran Ayala. The young fighter from Freeport finally seems to be finding his feet in the pro ranks as he gets his fifth win in a row. Day had the fight winning punch in his jab which constantly found its way past the defence of Ayala and also broke up Ayala’s attacks. Body punches also played their part with Ayala in trouble from a shot to the ribs in the fifth. There was a scare for Day in the eighth when he was rocked by a right but he recovered quickly and boxed his way to the final bell. Scores 100-90 twice and 99-91 for Day who was making the second defence of his WBC Continental Americas title. A former National Golden Gloves champion Day had a couple of early stumbles losing to Alantez Fox and being stopped in the first round by 9-14-1 Carlos Garcia Hernandez but in his last three fights had beaten Virgilijus Stapulionis, 15-0 Eric Walker and Kyrone Davis. Ayala, 37, lost to Arthur Abraham in a challenge for the IBF title back in 2008 but with this defeat he is 1-6 in his last 7.
Butaev vs. Cosio
Butaev blows away seasoned pro Cosio inside three rounds. Butaev was connecting with rights to head and body over the first two rounds and ended it in the third. Late in the round a cluster of heavy punches had Cosio floundering and although he made it to the bell he retired. Eighth win by KO/TKO for the Russian “Python”. This is only his second fight this year due to a shoulder injury. He reportedly was 8-1 in bouts in the WBS and also scored wins over Cuban Roniel Iglesias and Denys Berinchyk in the amateurs. Panamanian Cosio, 37, is in the victim category now having won only one of his last six fights with four of his losses by KO/TKO.
Joyce vs. Zacazontetl
Joyce moves to eight wins but has to get off the floor to outpoint Mexican Zacazontetl. A left hook floored Joyce in the first but he paid Zacazontetl back putting the Mexican down in the second. No more scares for Joyce as he drilled Zacazontetl with strong jabs and straight rights over the next four rounds to take the decision. Scores 58-53 twice and 58-54 for Joyce. The 30-year-old Joyce has left it late to turn pro but as an amateur he was Irish champion four times, European Union champion twice, competed at the 2016 Olympics and scored wins over Luke Campbell and Carl Frampton. Four losses in a row for Zacazontetl.
Manila, Philippines: Light Fly: Felix Alvarado (34-2) W TKO 7 Randy Petalcorin (29-3-1). Fly: Giemel Magramo (22-1) W TKO 3 Petchpraya (17-2). Super Fly: Jade Bornea (13-0) W TKO 5 Macrea Gandionco (12-7-3).
Alvarado vs. Petalcorin
Alvarado overpowers gutsy Petalcorin and floors him three times on his way to winning the vacant IBF title.
Petalcorin was off the mark quickly spearing the advancing Alvarado with southpaw jabs. He landed a couple of nice body punches and a straight left. Alvarado marched forward taking Petalcorin to the ropes and fired a fusillade of punches including some wicked lefts and right to the body. Petalcorin responded with hooks of his own but Alvarado continued to attack driving Petalcorin to the ropes again and landing some hefty stuff. Petalcorin was countering but was taking more than he was giving as Alvarado continued to pound Petalcorin’s body
Score 10-9 Alvarado
Alvarado was fighting a war of attrition. He had Petalcorin trapped on the ropes for the full three minutes and never stopped throwing punches. Not all of them landed and Petalcorin scored with hard counters from both hands but nothing deterred Alvarado. He has throwing bunches of hooks to the body and sending rights through the middle of Petalcorin’s guard.
Score 10-9 Alvarado Alvarado 20-18
Petalcorin actually found some space to box in this one. Alvarado started the round on a low key and Petalcorin was connecting with right jabs and left hooks. Alvarado stormed his way through the last minute again showing the ferocity of the first two rounds but Petalcorin’s early work just took the round
Score 10-9 Petalcorin Alvarado 29-28
It was three minutes of mayhem again from Alvarado. He never stopped throwing punches he was slinging hooks from both hands firing straight rights and curving shots around Petalcorin’s guard and on to the side of the Filipino’s head. Alvarado was missing lots of times and Petalcorin was landing counters but being outpunched and looking tired.
Score 10-9 Alvarado Alvarado 39-37
Official scores: 39-37 Petalcorin, 39-37 Alvarado, 38-38
Petalcorin started the round with a series of hooks and uppercuts to the body which looked promising but he was punching with a harder puncher and soon had his back to the ropes again. Alvarado’s punch rate dropped but he was still out landing Petalcorin who was finding it difficult to get the strength to counter effectively.
Score 10-9 Alvarado Alvarado 49-46
Petalcorin was up on his toes stabbing home right jabs and firing a couple of hooks but then Alvarado took over again. With Petalcorin on the ropes Alvarado pounded him with huge head punches and hooks and uppercuts. Petalcorin found the strength to rally but again was under heavy pressure at the bell.
Score Alvarado 10-9 Alvarado 59-55
Early in the round a left to the body and two clubbing rights to the head saw Petalcorin drop to one knee. He was up at nine and his body language said he was finished but the fight continued. Alvarado drove Petalcorin back with a series of punches and Petalcorin went down on one knee again. He got up at eight and all the referee did was ask him if he was alright when it was obvious he was not. The referee is there to make those decisions not the fighter and because of that although Petalcorin bravely tried to punch with Alvarado he again went down after a succession of head punches and was counted out as he was rising.
Alvarado finally gets a title. His two losses came in 2013 when he lost on points to Kazuto Ioka for the secondary WBA light flyweight title and in 2014 when he was outpointed by Juan Carlos Reveco for the secondary WBA flyweight title. Since those two losses the 29-year-old Nicaraguan has compiled 16 wins 15 of them by KO/TKO. Petalcorin, 26 lost only one of his first 26 fights before losing to Omar Kimweri in 2016 but had rebuilt with six wins. Here he just could not live with the power or punch output of Alvarado.
Magramo vs. Petchpraya
Magramo destroys Petchpraya with a body punch in the third. Magramo stalked Petchpraya over the first two rounds. Petchpraya scored with some counters but Magramo just ignored them and In the third he sunk a rib bending left to the Thai’s body and that was the end. The 24-year-old “Pistolero” the WBO No 7 makes it 18 wins by KO/TKO as he retains his WBO Oriental title. Magramo’s only loss is a very close decision to world title challenger Muhammad Waseem in 2016. Petchpraya’s record had been carefully built to avoid any risks.
Bornea vs. Gandionco
Prospect Bornea makes it nine wins by KO/TKO as he halts overmatched Gandionco in five rounds. The former top level amateur looks one to watch. Sixth loss by KO/TKO for Gandionco.
Vesoul, France: Bantam: Georges Ory (10-2-1) W Josh Wale (27-10-2).
Local fighter Ory wins the vacant European title with very close majority decision over Wale. Southpaw Ory boxed well over the early part of the fight. He was getting inside the longer reach of Wale to score and then getting out. He knew Wale had the power so was not going to trade if he could avoid it. The Frenchman switched guards and showed a sound defence. He built a lead but then began to tire over the second half of the fight and Wale came on strongly banging to head and body with Ory countering with straight rights. This really was a fight of two halves and it came down to whether the judges felt that Ory’s early work had been overtaken by the stronger finish by Wale but they ruled otherwise. Scores 116-114 and 115-113 for Ory and 114-114. The 26-year-old Frenchman completes a treble having won the French, European Union and European titles in successive fights. It was a big event for Vesuol as this was the first European title fight held there in the last 24 years. Wale will feel he won this one and it was close enough to have gone either way but you get no favours in the other guy’s back yard. Hopefully wale will get a return.
London, England: Super Fly: Sunny Edwards (9-0) W PTS 10 Ryan Farrag (19-3). Super Bantam: Neslan Machado (15-0,1ND) W PTS 10 Fadhili Majiha (23-11-4). Welter: Michael McKinson (15-0) W PTS 10 Sammy McNess (10-2). Welter: Johnny Coyle (10-0-1) W PTS 6 Arvydas Trizno (27-84-3).
Edwards vs. Farrag
Edwards outboxes former European champion Farrag to retain his WBO European title. Farrag was his usual aggressive self pressurising Edwards from the start but “Showtime” Edwards was too quick and slick. He stayed out of trouble and outscored Farrag in every round. Scores 100-90 twice and 99-91 for Edwards. The 22-year-old from South London was making the first defence of his WBO title. The younger brother of world title challenger Charlie Edwards he is immensely talented with a great future. Farrag, a former English and European champion lost big fights to Karim Guerfi and Ryan Burnett but had scored two wins this year and is rated No 6 bantam by the EBU.
Machado vs. Majiha
In his third fight in the UK young Cuban Machado gets a split verdict over unknown Tanzanian Majiha. Machado fought mostly on the back foot as Majiha forced the fight. Machado was down but he was trying to avoid a glancing punch and went over putting his left glove on the floor. It was counted as a knockdown which left Machado with some work to do. The judges all saw a different fight here as Machado took the decision on scores of 98-91 and 96-93 with the third judge scoring it 96-93 for Majiha. The 22-year-old “Pitbull” wins the vacant WBA International title. He seems to have a problem with Tanzanians as he outpointed Nasibu Ramadhan in July by a score of 76-74 but scored two knockdowns in the fifth round which must have been a 10-8 or even 10-7 so without the knockdowns the best he would have gotten was a draw. Majiha, 25, the WBA Pan African champion, has been landed with some very tough jobs on his travels losing to Jerwin Ancajas, Marlon Tapales and Vusi Malinga.
McKinson vs. McNess
Portsmouth southpaw prospect McKinnon wins the vacant WBC International Silver title with wide unanimous decision over Londoner McNess. McKinson boxed on the back foot drawing the lead and countering. His good defensive work and hand speed were enough to win this one but McNess pressed hard and scored with some good rights to the body to make the rounds close. Scores 99-90, 98-91and 98-92. McKinnon had his best win so far in November when he stopped experienced Colin Lynes in six rounds. McNess had won his last three fights.
Coyle vs. Trizno
Essex southpaw Coyle extended his unbeaten run to 21 as he won every round against Trizno. The quality of his opposition has been unimpressive and despite his unbeaten run he is down at No 25 in the EU ratings. However the 25-year-old takes a big step up in December when he faces unbeaten Akeem Ennis Brown for the vacant IBF European title. Lithuanian Trizno is a horrible 1-15 in his last 16 fights.
Coronda, Argentina: Welter: Demian Fernandez (10-1) W PTS 10 Diego Ramirez (16-2). Mild upset as Fernandez faces home town fighter Ramirez and comes away with a close unanimous decision. This was a war all of the way. The taller Fernandez was driving Ramirez around the ring then Ramirez was opening up and putting Fernandez on the back foot. Neither paid much attention to defence in a stirring contest. It was close until Fernandez took over in the ninth and tenth to capture the decision. Scores 96-94 twice and 97-93 for Fernandez. The 28-year-old from Buenos Aires, the Argentinian No 10, collects the interim WBO Latino title. He was going ten rounds for the first time and gets his seventh win on the trot. Southpaw Ramirez, 23, the Argentinian No 1had won his last 14 fights but now he will drop down the domestic rankings as well as losing the interim title.
Quilmes, Argentina: Bantam: Fernando Martinez (6-0) W KO 1 Carlos Ruben Ruiz (21-12 Argentinian super fly champion Martinez obliterates Ruiz inside a round. After forcing Ruiz onto the retreat Martinez landed a left hook that had Ruiz staggering back. Martinez follower up with another left hook and a right to the head and finally a left to the body. Ruiz dropped to his hands and knees and was counted out. Martinez represented Argentina at the 2011, 2013 and 2015 World Championships and won a gold medal at the Americas Olympic Qualifier to get to the Rio Olympics. He also fought for the Argentinian Condors in the WBS and won the national title in his fourth fight. Ruiz is way, way down the slope and this is his ninth loss in his last ten fights.
Lagos, Nigeria: Cruiser: Olan Durodola (29-6) W TKO 3 Maroy Sadiki (15-2-1). Cruiser: Tony Salam (11-2) W TKO 6 Chamunorwa Gonorenda (12-14). Super Middle: Habib Ahmed (26-1-1) W TKO 2 Sunday Ajuwa (13-5).
Durodola vs. Sadiki
Disappointing end to this one. Durodola was punching too hard for DRC fighter Sadiki, The DRC fighter tried to match Durodola’s power but was under heavy fire in the third round when he suddenly stopped fighting and turned away. He was limping badly and seemed to have injured a muscle in his right leg. He had to be helped back to his corner with Durodola proclaimed the winner. The Nigerian banger wins the vacant WBFederation title. Second loss to Durodola for Sadiki who was stopped in five rounds in Ghana in September last year.
Salam vs. Gonorenda
Salam gets revenge for a hotly disputed loss to Gonorenda in Zimbabwe in August. Salam had promised Nigeria he would reverse that loss and he did. He made a faster start than in the August fight and looked fitter and stronger. He had Gonorenda under pressure for most of the rounds. Gonorenda launched an attack in the sixth taking Salam to the ropes but Salam spun off the ropes and put Gonorenda there. He then cut loose with a barrage of punches and with nothing coming back from Gonorenda the fight was stopped. Salam wins the WBFederation African title and a fight with Durodola would seem a logical step. After going 8-1 in fights in Britain Salam was then out of action for seven years before returning with a win in September last year and he us now 3-1 since his return. Gonorenda had won his last five fights.
Ahmed vs. Ajuwa
First fight for Ghanaian Ahmed since being halted in six rounds by Gilberto Ramirez in a challenge for WBO title in February. Initially the Nigerian was competitive but fell apart in the second round,. Ajuwa staged a big attack landing some head punches and forcing Ahmed back. Ahmed then drove forward pounding Ajuwa with a series of clubbing rights to the head and Ajuwa stopped fighting, waived his arm, turned and walked away forcing the referee to stop the fight. The “Wild Hurricane” makes it 18 wins by KO/TKO but this was too easy. “Golden Child” Ajuwa has now lost 4 of his last 5 fights.
Lublin, Poland: Middle: Lukasz Maciec (25-3-1) W PTS 8 Damian Bonelli (23-4).
Maciec outpoints Bonelli but the Argentinian gave him plenty of trouble early. Over the first three rounds Bonelli was often forcing Maciec to the ropes and landing left hooks and straight rights. Maciec finally started to roll from the fourth rocking Bonelli with some heavy rights and bringing his own left hook into play more often. Bonelli went down but it was rightly ruled a slip. Bonelli pressed hard at the end but the experienced Maciec boxed and battled his way to the win. Scores 79-73, 78-74 and 77-76 all for Maciec. The Pole’s only loss was a points decision against Hugo Centeno in 2015. He had only one fight in 2016 and was inactive in 2017 so needs to fight more often as he has dropped out of all of the ratings. Bonelli, 40, has now lost three in a row one in Canada and two in Poland.
Oviedo, Spain: Welter: Aitor Nieto (23-6-1) W TKO 4 Jonathan Valero (9-4).
Neighbourhood fighter Nieto has no trouble defending his national title. The tall “El Diamante” was miles ahead of Valero in every department. He took control in the first round and by the second Valero had swollen cheeks; blood from the nose and cuts Valero’s was already bruised and battered. Nieto handed out more punishment in the third and it was no surprise that the referee stopped the fight in the fourth. The year has not gone to well for Nieto with losses to unbeaten fighters Jordy Weiss and James Metcalf but this win will make 2018 a bit less painful for Nieto. Valero was later found to have suffered an orbital bone fracture. He is 3-1 in his last 4 fights with one of those losses also to Weiss.
Sofia, Bulgaria: Heavy: Kubrat Pulev (26-1) W PTS 12 Hughie Fury (21-2). Cruiser: Tervel Pulev (12-0) W TKO 2 Leonardo Bruzzese (19-6). Middle: Fouad El Massoudi (16-11) W PTS 10 Gennady Martirosyan (26-4). Super Welter: Yosif Panov (13-3) W PTS 10 Stiliyan Kostov (21-9).
Pulev vs. Fury
Pulev outpoints Fury to open the way to a fight with Anthony Joshua. Fury began in the “Fury” style with his hands down, plenty of movement and stabbing out his jab. Pulev made a slow start having difficulty in letting his hands go as he tried to solve Fury’s tactics. Pulev was trying to set Fury up for a right cross but it was his jab that was proving his best punch and in the second a jab opened a cut over the left eye of .Fury. Concerned about the seriousness of the cut Fury launched a furious attack at the start of the third that had Pulev stumbling. Gradually the fire died out but that early attack was enough to give Fury the round. The fight was becoming messy. Fury was tending to dive in with his attacks and his head always seemed to end up under Pulev’s arm until the referee pulled them apart. The pattern of the fight remained the same over the middle rounds with Pulev tracking Fury and letting fly with jabs and then flinging wild rights. Fury kept on the retreat probing with his jab and then trying to land big right crosses. Fury seemed at times to be worried about the injury over his eye and gradually some of the fire went out of his work and he spent more and more time retreating around the perimeter of the ring only firing an occasional big right trying to turn the fight his way. It was not an entertaining fight. Fury’s counters kept him in the fight but more and more it was Pulev scoring with his powerful jab and Fury throwing less and less punches. Pulev scored with two heavy rights in the eleventh. Fury came out throwing punches in the last but with Fury totally exhausted they lacked power and Pulev soon had Fury on the retreat and was the one doing the scoring as the round closed. Scores 118-110, 117-111 and a surprisingly close 115-113 all for Pulev. This win makes the 37-year-old Pulev the mandatory challenger for the IBF title. He is strong but oh so slow and I can’t see him causing Anthony Joshua any problems. Fury was a disappointment and he performed way below the form he showed in losing a majority decision to Joseph Parker but at 24 he has plenty of time to rebound from this.
Pulev vs. Bruzzese
Younger brother Tervel makes it a winning night for the Pulev family as he halts Italian Bruzzese in two rounds. After some preliminary jabs Pulev stepped inside and landed a couple of left hooks to the body . Bruzzese tried to keep Pulev out with his jab but the Bulgarian connected with a right to the head and a left to the body and Bruzzese dropped to his knees. He beat the count and again tried to work with his jab but Pulev muscled him to the ropes and Bruzzese went down under a few clubbing shots. Again he beat the count and the bell went. Bruzzese went forward behind his jab in the second but a heavy right cross put him on the floor on his back. He tried to rise but tumbled over again and the fight was stopped. Pulev, 35 wins the vacant EU title. He won plenty of gold medals as an amateur and also took a silver at the European Championships and a bronze at the 2012 Olympics losing to Oleg Usyk. Argentinian-born Bruzzese, a former Italian champion, was having his third shot at winning a EU title.
El Massoudi vs. Martirosyan
Frenchman El Massoudi wins a split decision over Martirosyan. Scores 99-93 and 98-94 for El Massoudi and 96-95 for Martirosyan. After a run of six losses in seven fights El Massoudi has suddenly come good as last month he scored a fourth round stoppage victory over 19-0 Pole Patryk Szymanski. Armenian-born Russian Martirosyan lost to Dmitry Pirog for the WBO middle title way back in 2011but then had only one fight in almost six years before scoring three wins last year.
Panov vs. Kostov
Panov continues his good run with unanimous verdict over Kostov to pick up the national title. Scores 98-94, 98-95 and 97-94 for Panov. He was 2-3 in his first 5 fights with the three losses being against unbeaten British fighters. From there he has won eleven in a row. Kostov has been going in the opposite direction and is now 1-5 in his last 6.
London, England: Super Middle: John Ryder (27-4) W KO 7 Andrey Sirotkin (15-2). Feather: Jordan Gill (22-0) W TKO 7 Sean Doyle (17-3-1). Super Welter: Ted Cheeseman (15-0) W PTS 12 Asinia Byfield (14-2). Cruiser: Isaac Chamberlain (10-1) W PTS 10 Luke Watkins (13-2). Middle: Felix Cash (10-0) W PTS 10 Stephen Danyo (14-2-3). Super Feather: Martin Joseph Ward (20-1-2) W KO 2 Mohammed Kambuluta (18-5).Feather: Reece Bellotti (13-1) W PTS 6 Brayan Mairena (10-4-1).
Ryder vs. Sirotkin
Ryder protects his WBA No 3 rating with stoppage of Russian Sirotkin. The visitor had a good first round. He was penetrating Ryder’s defence with quick, accurate jabs and getting home with a couple of straight rights. He was confident enough to be dancing hands down and Ryder was having difficulty finding the range. Ryder did better in the second. He was throwing more punches and had tightened his guard. Sirotkin was ignoring his jab and was a bit wild with his punches, Sirotkin looked to have edged the third and fourth His speed and movement were making it difficult for Ryder to land and meanwhile Sirotkin was popping Ryder with jabs and straight rights. There was not much power in Sirotkin’s punches but they were landing. Ryder still did not have an answer to the bobbing, weaving and dancing Russian in the fifth and Sirotkin was scoring with some wild rights and dangerously driving in head down. The fight changed in the sixth. Ryder was now taking an extra step forward cutting down the ring and putting pressure on Sirotkin. Ryder was scoring with body punches and Sirotkin’s work became ragged. With Sirotkin still diving in head first a clash of head saw Ryder suffer a bad cut over his left eye. Ryder was hunting Sirotkin down in the seventh landing thudding punches to the body. Sirotkin stumbled forward and down to his knees but it was a fall rather than a knockdown so no count but it was a sign that Sorokin was weakening. Ryder was forcing Sirotkin around the ring pounding him with punches to head and body and a right hook to the ribs saw Sirotkin go down on one knee and make no attempt to beat the count. The “Gorilla” had made heavy work of this early but his power proved too much for Sirotkin in the end. Now 15 wins by KO/TKO for the 30-year-old southpaw Losses to Nick Blackwell, Jack Arnfield and to Rocky Fielding on a split decision left Ryder some way down the pecking order but a fourth round kayo of 29-1 Dane Patrick Nielsen changed that and his second round kayo of 25-1Jamie Cox put him in sight of a title shot against Callum Smith for the WBA crown in 2019. Sirotkin, 33, had scored wins over former champion Ricardo Mayorga and Canadian hard man Ryan Ford and risen to No 4 in the WBA ratings but his hopes were dashed here...
Gill vs. Doyle
The boxer outpunches the puncher as Gill stops champion Doyle in seven rounds to win the Commonwealth title. Gill led in this one from the outset. He was drilling Doyle with jabs and using clever footwork to frustrate Doyle’s attempts to counter. Doyle managed to land a hard right in the third but Gill continued to outscore the champion. In the fourth it was Doyle’s turn to be shaken by a left hook as Gill stepped up his attacks. He continued to score with jarring jabs and in the sixth a left uppercut had Doyle in trouble and then a series of body punches drove Doyle to the canvas. He beat the count and made it to the bell but it was all over in the seventh when with Doyle on the ropes and Gill connecting with a series of punches the referee stopped the fight. A brilliant performance from “The Thrill” as he gets his sixth win by KO/TKO. Doyle had won the Commonwealth title with a career best performance in halting unbeaten Reece Bellotti in June.
Cheeseman vs. Byfield
After some nasty exchanges in the time leading up to the fight this was a much anticipated grudge match. It was seen as a 50/50 fight but Cheeseman controlled the fight from the start and won a wide unanimous decision to become British champion. The aggressive Cheeseman went onto the attack immediately with Byfield boxing cleverly on the back foot and slotting home counters. Cheeseman stepped up his attacks in the second setting a punishing work rate, getting in close and going to the body. Byfield was finding the target with jabs and rights to the head but lacked the punch to deter Cheeseman and he was too often trapped with his back to the ropes having to fight off strong attacks. A right from Cheeseman floored Byfield in the fifth and he also rocked Byfield with right in the sixth. Byfield rallied in the seventh and had a measure of success as evidenced by the blood from Cheeseman’s nose but Cheeseman connected with strong rights in the eighth and again in the eleventh. They put everything into the last round as they traded punches for the final three minutes of the fight with Cheeseman a clear victor. Scores 117-111 twice and 117-110 all for Cheeseman. The 23-year-old Londoner‘s unrelenting pressure were just too much for Byfield. A former top level amateur Cheeseman already holds a win over experienced Carson Jones and is poised to take on higher level opposition. Byfield had won his last five fights but just met a better and stronger man on the night.
Chamberlain vs. Watkins
Chamberlin beats Watkins on points but needs a last round knockout to secure the win. Chamberlain made a good start stabbing home stiff jabs and countering attempts by Watkins to get inside. Watkins did better in the second round but the superior skill of Chamberlain kept him in front. Watkins began to get through with rights to the head and his aggressive attacks saw him build a small lead. Chamberlain then found his way again and outscored Watkins over the middle rounds doing some useful body work. Watkins stormed back pressurising Chamberlain and shaking him with a right in the eighth and edging the ninth. The fight was on a knife’s edge so both fighters went at it hard in the tenth. Chamberlain controlled his punches better and found the target with a series of hooks which had Watkins badly shaken and with just seconds to go Watkins dropped to one knee but made it to his feet at the bell. Referee’s score 95-94 for Chamberlain so assuming a 10-8 last round for Chamberlain in effect Watkins was only seconds from Victory. The 24-year-old Chamberlain will now be looking for a chance to reverse his only loss a points decision to current British and Common wealth champion Lawrence Okolie in February. Watkins came so close here. He lost his Commonwealth title to Okolie in June so it is now two losses in a row but he can rebound.
Cash vs. Danyo
Cash showcases some excellent skills and outclasses Dutchman Danyo. Cash was on the attack early moving forward behind some jarring jabs and banging home body punches. Initially Danyo tried to box on the back foot but Cash was piercing his guard with jabs and raking the Dutchman’s body with hooks. Danyo turned more aggressive over the middle rounds but with Cash constantly changing angles and firing rapid combinations. Cash connected with some hard punches in the fifth to stagger Danyo and handed out plenty of punishment in the seventh. Cash was going ten rounds for the first time and slowed a little over the closing rounds with Danyo having some success but never enough to win a round. Scores 100-90 for Cash from the three judges. Cash wins the WBC International Silver title and will be looking to add some more titles after collecting his first. He has great skills but looks a little light in punch power at this stage. After being unbeaten in 17 fights it is now two losses in a row for Danyo but the other one was against the WBO No 1 Custio Clayton.
Ward vs. Kambuluta
Early night for Ward. He had some problems with the unorthodox wild swinging style of Kambuluta but ended it in the second. Kambuluta was marching forward throwing wild punches and was nailed by a right to the head that stiffened his legs. A left hook saw him stumble into a corner and he went down under a couple more punches. He grabbed the ropes trying to rise and although he made it he just failed to beat the count. First step on the road to recovery for Ward who lost his European title on a fifth round stoppage against James Tennyson in May. It’s now five fights outside Tanzania and five losses by KO/TKO for Kambuluta
Bellotti vs. Mairena
As with Ward Bellotti was also working his way back after a loss. He was much too good for Nicaraguan Mairena. Faster feet and faster hands was the story here. Mairena kept chugging forward and did enough to take a round but it was cruise control for Bellotti. Referee’s score 59-55. The Watford “Bomber” lost his Commonwealth title to Ryan Doyle in June and will be looking to build back to go for the British title or target new Commonwealth champion Jordan Gill. Four losses in a row for Mairena. You can expect that run to grow as he is a new addition to the Barcelona-based loser’s school.
Weissenfels, Germany: Light Heavy: Dominic Boesel (28-1) W PTS 12 Enrico Koelling (26-2). Cruiser: Roman Fress (5-0) W PTS 10 Bjoern Blaschke (12-10-1).
Boesel vs. Koelling
Boesel retains European title with unanimous decision over fellow-German. Koelling The champion made a confident start outboxing Koelling over the first two rounds. Koelling had some success in the third with left hooks but was outscored by Boesel. The champion was dominating the action both inside and outside. He used his better skills to outscore Koelling on the outside and also had Koelling pinned to the ropes for much of the time. By the half way mark Boesel had built a substantial lead. Koelling had also been working to the body and he focused more of his attacks there. From the seventh round he began to eat into Boesel’s lead. Boesel had a good eighth making things even tougher for Koelling but the challenger was finding the target again with left hooks. He swept the ninth and tenth rounds but with some clever boxing and greater accuracy Boesel halted Koelling’s surge by edging the eleventh. Koelling put in a strong finish in the final round but it was never going to be enough to claw back Boesel’s early lead and Boesel was a good winner. Scores 118-111, 116-113 and 115-113 for Boesel. Boesel was making the first defence of the title that he won with a points victory over Serhiy Demchenko in March. His only loss was a late stoppage by Karo Murat for the vacant European title in July last year. He is the second highest fighter in the IBF ratings at No 4(the first two spots are vacant) and with Murat rated one spot above him a return could see the winner installed as mandatory challenger to Artur Beterbiev. Koelling knows all about Beterbiev having been knocked out in the twelfth round by Beterbiev in a fight for the vacant IBF title in November .Koelling was two places behind Koelling in the IBF ratings and since they were both in the IBF top 10 Boesel now qualifies for the mandatory spot son might vault over Murat.
Fress vs. Blaschke
Fress wins the vacant German title in only his fifth fight. The former top rank amateur outboxed a willing but very limited Blaschke in every round. The speed and accuracy of his jab gave Fress domination and he worked Blaschke over on the ropes when he decided to take the fight inside. He showed excellent technical skills albeit against an inferior standard opponent. Scores 100-90 for Fress form the three judges. The 24-year-old 6’3” Kazak-born Fress was German Under 17, Youth. Under 21 and Under-23 champion and was runner-up at the German National Championships in 2015. Blaschke was never in with a chance.
Madrid, Spain: Feather: Kiko Martinez (39-8-2) W PTS 12 Marc Vidal (11-2-5). Super Middle: Adan Silvera (10-1) W KO 5 Mariano Hilario (17-7).
Martinez vs. Vidal
Martinez powers his way to victory over champion Vidal to win the European title and become the first Spaniard to be a two-division European champion. When they met in May the fight ended in a technical draw just when it was heating up. This time it went the distance and Martinez won clearly. Although giving away height and reach Martinez used his wealth of experience to dodge past Vidal’s jab and score well inside and avoid Vidal’s counters. Martinez had began the fight well with his busier style and the accuracy of his punches. He was able to connect with heavy rights and it was his best punch. Martinez’s punches saw him build a good lead but his work rate dropped in the seventh allowing Vidal the space to claw his way into the fight. Martinez came back again and a booming right in the eleventh had Vidal in trouble and Martinez was a comfortable winner. Scores 118-110, 118-111 and 117-111all for the new champion. The former IBF super bantam king has been voted Fighter of the Year four times by Spain’s boxing fraternity and naturally he now wants Josh Warrington, Carl Frampton or Leo Santa Cruz next. Vidal was making the second defence of the European title.
Silvera vs. Hilario
A mild upset sees inexperienced Silvera blast out Hilario to win the vacant Spanish title. The Canary Islander proved just too strong for the Dominican-born Hilario. He steamed forward throwing punches battering away at Hilario’s defences. Hilario was badly shaken in the fourth and was given a standing count. In the fifth a fearful straight right from Silvera sent Hilario down heavily. Hilario grabbed the ropes and tried to rise but toppled over and was counted out. Silvera, 33, did not turn pro until he was 30. After winning his first nine fights he lost in Portugal to 8-8-1 Rui Manuiel Pavanito so was not given much chance of winning this one. Hilario, 31, a former Spanish and twice EU champion falls to his fourth loss by KO/TKO.
Cutral Co, Argentina: Welter: Luis Veron (16-0) W PTS 10 Jonathan Eniz (21-11-1,1ND). Super Light: Sebastian Aguirre (16-3) W TKO 2 Martin Coggi (35-8-4,1ND).
Veron vs. Eniz
Veron retains the WBO Latino title with very controversial decision over Eniz with a wide divergence in the scoring. Eniz was the quicker man and built an early lead outscoring Veron over the first half of the fight. Veron just could not get to grips with the clever southpaw boxing of Eniz who continually pierced Veron’s guard with straight lefts. It was the sixth before Veron really got into the fight as Eniz’s work rate dropped. The seventh and eighth were close with Eniz rallying and looking to have edged them. Thinking he had an unassailable lead Eniz boxed cautiously over the ninth and tenth which Veron took but it did not look as though he had done enough, Scores 97-93 twice for Veron and 99-91 for Eniz with both scores being unrepresentative of the action. The 27-year-old winner was lucky. A former top amateur who was a member of the Argentinian Condors in the WBS Veron is No 7 with the WBO but did not look like a world rated fighter here. Eniz was 6-1, 1 ND going in having lost to unbeaten Batyrzhan Jukembayev in Canada in May.
Aguirre vs. Coggi
Aguirre disposes of Coggi in two rounds. Coggi, the son of the former world champion, had plenty of height and reach over the crude swinging Aguirre in this all-southpaw clash and took the opening round, In the second as Coggi was boxing confidently Aguirre ducked under a right jab from Coggi and came over the top with a thunderbolt left to the head and Coggi went down on his back and was counted out. Tenth win by KO/TKO for Aguirre who wins the vacant WBO Latino title. He had been a very ordinary 3-3 going in. Coggi”The Little Prince” suffers his fourth loss by KO/TKO.
Brugge, Belgium: Super Welter: Vadim Stoljartsjoek (9-0) W TKO 10 Ayoub Nefzi (26-12-2).
Stoljartsjoek wins the vacant Belgian title. Nefzi came in over the weight limit so could not win the title. Stoljartsjoek power kept him in control on this one. Nefzi was never really a force and his chances were not helped by a points deduction in the sixth round for careless use of his head. Stoljartsjoek kept up the pressure and the fight was stopped in the last round. Tajikistani Stoljartsjoek now has seven victories by KO/TKO and he went into this fight on the back of two first round wins. Tunisian Nefzi was 16-0-1 in his early days but is now 0-5-1 in his last six.
Nuremburg, Germany: Super Welter: Jama Saidi (14-0) W PTS 12 Sasha Yengoyan (41-4-1). Saidi retains the IBF European title with majority verdict over experienced Yengoyan. Scores 117-111 and 115-113 for Saidi and 114-114. Second defence for Saidi but he was lucky he was fighting ay home as this was very close. The 25-year-old German of Afghan parentage who turned pro at 17 has split his time between boxing and competing at K1. Armenian Yengoyan, 33, is past his peak and has now lost three of his last four fights.
Ensenada, Mexico: Welter: Alessandro Riguccini (22-0) W TKO 3 Andres Villaman (14-1). Super Welter: Mario Meraz (26-4) W TKO 7 Manuel Aguilar (20-12,1ND).
Riguccini vs. Villaman
Italian Riguccini wins the vacant WBC Silver title with stoppage of Mexican Villaman. It is now 11 wins on the bounce by KO/TKO and 18 in all for Riguccini. Not bad for a guy who only took up boxing to improve the boxing part of his kickboxing skills. Apart from winning the WBC Silver title he was also a champion at kickboxing, K1 and full contact- and is a computer engineer. Villman’s record is heavily padded with low level opposition. It is strange that with the prestige the WBC claims for their Silver title two fighters who are not even in the top 40 fight for it. Will Riguccini now go into the top 15 for beating such a mediocre opponent?
Meraz vs. Aguilar
Neighbourhood battler Meraz continues to get his career back on track with another win. Over 2013 and 2014 he put together a run of nine wins in ten fight with the loss being to world rated Jason Pagara. He then had only one fight in 2015 and was inactive in 2016 and 2017 before returning and now has two wins over reasonable level opposition this year. Aguilar is 3-8 in his last 11.
Culiacan, Mexico: Middle: Omar Chavez (37-5-1) W PTS 10 Nicolas Luques (10-6). Super Light: Pedro Campa (29-1) W Adrian Perez (10-4).
Chavez vs. Luques
Fighting in his home town Chavez wins but struggles to do so. It was evident in the first round that although Chavez had a much longer reach there was no snap to his punches and Luques was able to march forward and score with some hefty hooks. Chavez improved in the second using his jab more but Luques showed some good defensive work. Chavez did better in the third scoring at distance with Luques not able to get close and a punch from Chavez dislodged Luques mouth guard just before the bell. The fourth and fifth were close but there was not much quality work on show. Luques outscored Chavez in the sixth but was rocked by a hard right. Chavez work rate dropped away in the seventh and Luques pressurised him all the way but the Argentinian was missing too many shots and letting Chavez off the hook. Despite that Chavez was now cut on this right cheek. Luques continued to attack a very tired Chavez in the eighth but Chavez banged back hard to have a good ninth. Two exhausted fighters somehow found the strength to punch their way through the last with Chavez the more accurate and just taking the round. Scores 96-94 for Chavez from the three judges. Having lost his last two fights it was vital that Chavez win this one but he was far from impressive and has gone as far as he is going. Luques will feel that he deserved at least a draw but the result looked a fair one-just.
Campa vs. Perez
Boy this was a wild one until a thunderbolt from Campa finished it in the second round. Campa was wading in scoring with heavy rights in the first. Southpaw Aparicio was taller with a longer reach but under pressure from Campa he was just standing and throwing sweeping but inaccurate punches. The referee stopped the fight and asked the doctor to examine a serious cut Campa had suffered in a clash of heads. Campa was cleared to continue and the mayhem continued. Campa was landing rights again and Aparicio was just punching out blindly. He paid for that. Just before the bell a huge right from Campa dumped him on his back and although he managed to struggle to his feet he was too late to beat the count. Campa “The Rock” from Hermosillo won his first 27 fights but in a big upset was halted in seven rounds by 11-8-1 Carlos Jimenez in October. This is win No 3 since then. Aparicio’s tactics were suicidal as he made no attempt to use his physical edges but tried to outpunch Campa.
Lyubertsy, Russia: Light: Pavel Malikov (14-1) W KO 2 Ernie Sanchez (19-13-1). Welter: Olek Ivanov (16-4) W PTS 10 Dmitry Mikhaylenko (23-4). Light: Roman Andreev (22-0) W TKO 3 Evgeny Vazem (8-6).
Malikov vs. Sanchez
Malikov wins the bizarrely named Eurasian Boxing Parliament title with kayo of Sanchez after a short, fierce battle. Malikov was coming forward connecting with solid jabs and hooks to the body. Sanchez fired some hefty counters but body punches from Malikov had him on the back foot. Malikov continued to bombard Sanchez with hurtful body punches until a left to the ribs saw Sanchez take a couple of steps back and then go down on his hands and knees and get counted out. Sixth win by KO/TKO for the 32-yearold local fighter. He won his first 13 fights but in April lost for the first time on an eighth round kayo against Daud Yordan. Filipino Sanchez drops to 4-7 in his last 11 fights.
Ivanov vs. Mikhaylenko
Youth won here as Ivanov outworked Mikhaylenko to take the unanimous verdict. Ivanov did his best work inside. Mikhaylenko was the harder puncher but was not stringing his punches together and from the second round was hampered by a cut over his right eye. Ivanov was taking Mikhaylenko to the ropes and pounding away to the body with bursts of hooks and when the action moved off the ropes he was spearing the advancing Mikhaylenko with jabs. Mikhaylenko came on strongly over the closing rounds but Ivanov already had the fight won by then. Scores 100-91, 98-92 and 96-94 for Ivanov. The Russian-based Ukrainian Ivanov, 24, has won 7 of his last 8 fights. Mikhaylenko, 32, was 21-0 at one time and scored wins over Sechew Powell, Ronald Cruz, Johan Perez and Karim Mayfield but had fallen away and was 2-3 going into this fight.
Andreev vs. Vazem
Andreev wins this mismatch. He took the first two rounds keeping his left jab in Vazem’s face and driving left hooks to the body. Vazem countered but was always going backwards. In the third a left hook to the body had Vazem retreating to the ropes and another one sent him down on one knee. He got up but was still in some pain. He nodded that he was able to fight on but by then the towel had already come in from his corner. Andreev is No 1 lightweight with the WBO but the strength of his opponents does not justify that high a position and BoxRec has him rated No 23. Vazem tried hard but he is really just a four and six round fighter.
Newport, Wales: Light: Gavin Gwynne (10-0) W PTS 10 Myron Mills (12-1). Welter: Tony Dixon (11-2) W PTS 10 Kieran Gething (6-2-1). Super Welter: Ryan Toms (16-15-3) W TKO 2 Fred Evans (5-1). Fly: Andrew Selby (11-0) W TKO 2 Adam Yahaya (18-4-1).
Gwynne vs. Mills
Gwynne outpoints Mills in British title eliminator. These were two well-matched fighters with Gwynne having big advantages in height and reach which he used to build and early lead. Mills scored well to the body over the middle rounds only for a strong finish from Gwynne just do enough to get the verdict. Scores 96-94 twice and 97-93 for Gwynne. The 28-year-old Welsh champion will be looking to challenge Lewis Ritson but it may be too early in his career for such a hard fight. English champion Mills had scored wins over good domestic opposition in Luke Paddock and Marcus French.
Dixon vs. Gething
This Welsh Area title fight was even closer than the Gwynne vs. Mills fight. Dixon controlled much of the fight with his jab but Gething pressed hard. In the end it was a fourth round knockdown scored by Dixon that decided the fight on the referee’s card although Dixon did look to have won well. The referee gave the decision to Dixon seeing it 95-94. Last time out in December Dixon lost on points to Ted Cheeseman so a very welcome victory. Gething had lost his last six but this was close enough to justify a second match.
Toms vs. Evans
This was a big shock and dented the hopes of one of the best amateur boxers produced by Wales. Great things were expected from the 27-year-old from Cardiff but Toms blasted those expectations. Although only possessing a very ordinary record Toms is a known puncher and he shook fellow-southpaw Evans with lefts in the first. A left put Eva\ns down early in the second and another left put him down for the second time. Evans tried to punch his way out of trouble but he was driven to the ropes and was being bombarded with punches as the referee halted the fight. Tenth win by KO/TKO for 36-year-old Toms. He was 2-4-1 before this one but had scored upset stoppage wins in the past over 17-1 Lloyd Elliott and 17-3 Arthur Hermann. Evans, 27, had won gold medals at the Commonwealth Championships and the European Championships and won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games beating the current WBO No 1Custio Clayton, WBO 2 Egidijus Kavaliauskas and Taras Shelestyuk on the way to the final. There has to be a question mark over him now.
Selby vs. Yahaya
With his European title fight with Vincent Legrand postponed Selby took this one to keep busy. He took more chances that usual standing right in front of Yahaya and trading punches. The defensive wizardry of Selby left Yahaya swishing air but the gutsy Tanzanian tried to march forward through the hail of punches from Selby. The local fighter piled on the punches again in the second with Yahaya trying to fight back but he was cornered and taking punishment and the referee stopped the fight. Selby is No 1 with the WBC and already has a win over current champion Cristofer Rosales. A date is awaited for the delayed Legrand European title fight but as well as the No 1 spot with the WBC he is the highest rated challenger with the IBF at No 3 (positions 1 and 2 are vacant) so a world title shot early in 2019 is assured and the fight with Legrand may seem an unnecessary risk. Yahaya way out of his depth but then most fighters are when faced by Selby and he had gone the distance with unbeaten Tommy Frank just 15 days ago,
San Antonio, TX, USA: Feather: Ramon Cardenas (16-1) W PTS 10 Ramsey Luna (14-7) Cardenas wins an all-Texan contest to collect his first title as a pro as he gets narrow decision over Luna for the vacant American Boxing Federation title. Scores 96-94 twice and 97-93 for Cardenas. First ten round fight for the 22-year-old from San Antonio. Luna from Corpus Christi started his career with a run of eleven wins so is now 3-7 in his last 10.
Fight of the week (Entertainment): Ivan Baranchyk vs. Anthony Yigit
Fight of the week (Significance): Daniel Jacobs vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko
Fighter of the week: Ivan Baranchyk with honourable mention to Felix Alvarado
Punch of the week: Both the first straight left and the following uppercut from Machado were great punches. Honourable mention to the left from Sebastian Aguero which flattened Martin Coggi
Upset of the week: Demian Fernandez 9-1 was not expected to beat 16-1 Diego Ramirez and prospect Fred Evans stoppage at the hands of Ryan Tom was a shock.
Prospect watch: Ted Cheeseman 15-0 was impressive in his win over Asinia Byfield and Filipino flyweight Giemel Magramo 22-1 Filipino looks good
By Eric Armit
-Demetrius Andrade outclasses Walter Kautondokwa to win the vacant WBO middleweight title
-Rob Brant spring major upset as he outpoints Ryota Murata for the secondary WBA middleweight title
-Tevin Farmer halts James Tennyson in IBF super feather title defence
-Emmanuel Rodriguez just edges out Jason Moloney to retain the IBF bantam title and moves into the semi-finals of the WBSS tournament and Yuniel Dorticos get close verdict over Mateusz Masternak to qualify for the semi-finals of the WBSS cruiser tournament
Arsen Goulamirian stops Mark Flanagan in defence of his interim WBA cruiser title
-Kid Galahad gets unanimous verdict over Toka Kahn Clary in IBF featherweight eliminator and Brits Tommy Coyle and Scott Quigg also score wins in Boston
-Johnny Garton wins the vacant British welterweight title with stoppage of former WBO title challenger Gary Corcoran and Anthony Yarde moves to 17-0 with stoppage of Argentinian Walter Sequeira
-Prospects Michael Conlan, Esquiva Falcao, Jason Quigley and Maxim Dadashev continue unbeaten
-Emmanuel Tagoe gets wide unanimous decision over Namibian veteran Paulus Moses who announces his retirement
WORLD TITLE SHOWS
Boston. MA, USA: Super Feather: Tevin Farmer (27-4-1,1ND) W KO 5 James Tennyson (22-3). Middle: Demetrius Andrade (26-0) W PTS 12 Walter Kautondokwa (17-1). Feather: Kid Galahad (25-0) W PTS 12 Toka Kahn Clary (25-2). Super Light: Tommy Coyle (25-4) W PTS 10 Ryan Kielczewski (29-4). Super Welter: Mark DeLuca (22-1) W PTS 10 Walter Wright (17-5). Feather: Scott Quigg (36-2-2) W TKO 2 Mario Briones (29-8-2). Heavy: Niall Kennedy (12-0-1) W PTS 6 Brendan Barrett (7-1-2). Welter: Daniyar Yeleussinov (4-0) W TKO 1 Matt Doherty (8-6-1).
Farmer vs. Tennyson
Farmer uses some wicked left hooks to the body to end Tennyson’s challenge and retain the IBF title.
Fast-paced opener as Tennyson takes the fight to Farmer marching forward firing jabs and rights. Farmer on the back foot scoring with southpaw jabs and left hooks. Plenty of movement from Farmer who is quicker of hand and foot and finds gaps for counters.
Score 10-9 Farmer
Tennyson still trying to get inside but Farmer too quick. The champion is sliding home jabs and countering with lefts to head and body changing angles and firing flashy combinations. Tennyson manages to work inside late in the round but Farmer’s round easily.
Score 10-9 Farmer Farmer 20-18
Much better round for Tennyson. He hustles Farmer for the whole three minutes doing a better job of cutting off the ring. Farmer off target with many of his punches and drawn into a brawl over the last minute of the round.
Score 10-9 Tennyson Farmer 29-28
Tennyson marching forward again. Farmer on the back foot but this time avoiding working inside. He is moving fast and pinging Tennyson with light, quick punches as Tennyson comes forward. Late in the round he curves a left around Tennyson’s guard and into the ribs that collapses Tennyson to his hands and knees in pain. Tennyson is up at seven and goes back onto the attack until the bell.
Score 10-8 Farmer Farmer 39-36
Official scores: 40-35, 40-36 and 38-37 for Farmer
Farmer is put under pressure again in this one. He is getting through with rights to the body but Tennyson keeps coming. Farmer on the back foot is landing quick jabs and straight rights but without power. A right to the body sees Tennyson dip at the knees obviously hurt. He goes back onto the attack but another left hook drops him and the referee rules the fight over with Tennyson disputing the speed of the referee’s decision as he had arisen from the same punch in the fourth and fought on.
“American Idol”, Farmer, 28, was making the first defence of the IBF title he won with a points win over Billy Dib in August. After losing on an eighth round stoppage to Jose Pedraza in 2012 he was a very modest 7-4-1, He has now gone 20-0,1ND in his last 21 fights. The story behind the No Decision is that in December he lost on a split decision against Kenichi Ogawa in a fight for the vacant IBF title only for Ogawa to test positive for a banned substance resulting in a No Decision ruling. Farmer is very fast and very clever but at times looked a little light weight. Tennyson 25 was 14-1 in his last 15 fights before this one. He had won the European and Commonwealth titles by overcoming unbeaten Martin Joseph Ward but the body punching from Farmer was just too much for him and he suffers his third loss by KO/TKO.
Andrade vs. Kautondokwa
Andrade wins the vacant WBO title as he floors Namibian Kautondokwa four times on the way to a unanimous points victory.
Great start for Andrade. He was much quicker than the big Namibian and was sliding punches through Kautondokwa’s guard. Late in the round Andrade threw two straight lefts. The first landed and shook Kautondokwa but in avoiding the second he tumbled to the canvas. He had one knee and one glove on the floor when Andrade landed another punch. Kautondokwa was up at eight and before signalling for the fight to continue the referee warned Andrade for the foul punch. Andrade got off too lightly as his action deserved at least a point deduction if not disqualification. Andrade was unable to land another meaningful punch in the time remaining in the round.
Score 10-8 Andrade
Andrade used dazzling footwork and fast hands to outbox the Namibian. Kautondokwa was trundling after Andrade but was just not letting his hands go. The movement of Andrade was making it difficult for Kautondokwa to find his range and Andrade was buzzing around the Namibian nipping in and landing and getting out before Kautondokwa could counter.
Score 10-9 Andrade Andrade 20-17
After being outboxed at the start of the round Kautondokwa finally managed to get close and land some powerful hooks to the body. He threw a right cross which Andrade stepped inside and as Kautondokwa was straightening up Andrade came over the top with a crunching left that floored Kautondokwa. Andrade thought the fight was over and raced to a corner and climbed the ropes to celebrate. Whilst he was doing that Kautondokwa was climbing to his feet at the count of six and was ready to continue the fight. Andrade went for the finish and landed some lefts but Kautondokwa fought back to the bell.
Score 10-8 Andrade Andrade 30-25
Andrade was looking to finish it and letting fly with lefts. Kautondokwa seemed to have recovered from the knockdown in the third but as he drove forward Andrade drilled him with a left and Kautondokwa dropped to his knees. Andrade was knocked off balance as he landed the punch and his gloves touched the canvas as he righted himself. Kautondokwa was up at eight and tried to march forward but was walking into hard counters from both hands and another floored him. He was up early and again tried to chase down Andrade but was nailed with some hefty lefts.
Score 10-7Andrade Andrade 40-32
With Kautondokwa having been down four times it seemed that the fight could not last much longer and the referee asked the doctor to examine Kautondokwa before the start of the round but the fight continued. This was an incident free round. Kautondokwa scored with a good right early and was not lunging in so much. Andrade was moving more than punching less. He finished the round with a flashy combination but some of the punches were low
Score 10-9 Andrade Andrade 50-41
The pace had dropped dramatically Andrade was finding gaps but throwing fewer punches and Kautondokwa was slow and inaccurate with his punches. Andrade did most of the scoring but again many of his punches were landing low. Both fighters went over but they were from trips.
Score 10-9 Andrade Andrade 60-50
Andrade briefly switched to orthodox but it brought him no success so he switched back to southpaw. He was getting through with his jab and occasionally throwing a burst of punches and Kautondokwa landed one hard right but the fight was flat.
Score 10-9 Andrade Andrade 70-59
Another low action round. Andrade was moving too quickly for Kautondokwa to connect but was throwing fewer punches himself and not loading up on those he did throw. Kautondokwa did land one right to the head but that was all.
Score 10-9 Andrade Andrade 80-68
No change. Andrade was waiting for Kautondokwa to lunge forward and then scoring with a quick burst of counters but he was not taking the initiative just countering. Kautondokwa was still failing to land anything of note in a drab fight.
Score 10-9 Andrade Andrade 90-77
Another low intensity round with even less punches thrown than in the ninth. It was close as Kautondokwa had come to taking a round because Andrade did so little but Andrade was more accurate with the punches he did throw.
Score 10-9 Andarde Andrade 100-86
Andrade let his lefts go more in this round but was mostly luring Kautondokwa forward and countering and there was no sustained action from either fighter. Kautondokwa landed one right and that was his contribution to another dreary round.
Score 10-9 Andrade Andrade 110-95
Andrade threw a lot more punches in this round actually taking the fight to Kautondokwa and landing quick combinations. Again he was not sustaining his attacks and both fighters seemed content to not take any risks as Andrade boxed his way to victory.
Score 10-9 Andrade Andrade 120-104
Official scores: 120-104 twice and 119-105 all for Andrade.
Andrade wins and becomes a two division champion already having held the WBO and secondary WBA titles at super welter. Over the first four rounds he looked a class act but despite his celebration of victory in the third round he then fell away badly from the fifth and it was a pedestrian performance after that. The WBO title was vacant because champion Billy Joe Saunders had a controversial positive test for a banned substance and although the British Board followed their rules and did not suspend Saunders the Massachusetts Commission banned Saunders from fighting in their State. Hopefully the matter can be settled and Saunders gets a chance to regain his title. Namibian Kautondokwa, 33, came in at only two weeks’ notice and had never faced anyone close to the level of Andrade. He did well not to buckle under after those four early knockdowns but he lacked the speed or technique to threaten Andrade.
Galahad vs. Clary
Galahad gets an important win as he outpoints southpaw Clary in an IBF eliminator. The silky skills of the Sheffield fighter were just too much for Clary. Constantly switching guards and angles Galahad swept the early rounds. He was busier and more accurate and apart from the occasional heavy left he managed to land Clary just could not compete. After Clary landed one of those in the fourth Galahad fired back with an array of punches in the fifth to keep control of the fight. Clary banged home another of his lefts in the seventh but again Galahad came back and raked Clary with punches throughout the tenth. Clary tried hard to find a home for his left over the last two rounds but Galahad was too clever and too quick and was a clear winner. Scores 118-110 twice and 115-113 for Galahad. The No 1 and No 2 spots in the IBF ratings are vacant but with this win Galahad should be able to move into the mandatory challenger slot. The champion Josh Warrington has a big fight coming against Carl Frampton in December and Galahad will be hoping to fight the winner in the New Year. There were big questions over Clary’s future when he was knocked out in 90 seconds by Filipino Jhon Gemino but a run of six wins had seen him climb to No 8 in the IBF ratings.
Coyle vs. Kielczewski
Coyle gets a good win over late substitute Kielczewski. Both fighters enjoyed some success over the opening two rounds with Coyle just getting the better of the exchanges. The fight remained close over the following four rounds with Coyle still in front due to his busier style and more accurate punching. There was still a chance that Kielczewski might turn things around but in the seventh a left to the head saw Kielczewski drop to one knee in a delayed action knockdown. He made it to his feet and fought off Coyle’s attempts to end things. Kielczewski tired to claw back the lost points but Coyle took no chances knowing he was in front he chose to box his way to the win. Scores 99-90, 98-91 and 96-93 all for Coyle. The Hull man has been in some outstanding fights particularly his win over Daniel Brizuela in 2014 when he climbed off the floor four times before halting Brizuela in the twelfth. He floored and stopped Michael Katsidis in the same year but lost to Luke Campbell and Tyrone Nurse. He collected the Commonwealth title in April this year with a victory over Sean Dodd. “The Polish Prince” Kielczewski won his opening 22 fights. He then went 4-3 in 7 but had rebounded with three inside the distance win before this fight.
DeLuca vs. Wright
DeLuca gets revenge for his only defeat as he takes unanimous decision over Wright. DeLuca took an early lead hurting Wright with some powerful southpaw lefts in rounds one and two. Wright fired back over the third and fourth to keep things close. DeLuca was constantly switching guards in the fight. He took the fifth scoring with some strong rights but they both landed some crisp punches in the sixth. Deluca looked to have taken the seventh as a right sent Wright’s mouthguard flying but Wright fought back hard in the eighth and ninth to put the result in the balance. DeLuca just had that bit more left in the last and edged the round to take the decision. Scores 96-94 twice and 97-93 for DeLuca. “Bazooka” DeLuca gets back the IBA world and WBA-NABA titles he lost to Wright in October. Wright, 37, is now 3-1 since returning with a win in January for his first fight for five years.
Quigg vs. Briones
In his first fight since losing to Oscar Valdez for the WBO featherweight title in March Quigg blasts out Briones with a ferocious attack in the second round. Both scored with some tasty punches in the first with Briones landing a hard right. Quigg was undeterred and in the second as they traded punches Quigg landed a right uppercut a left to the head and a huge right to send Briones into the ropes. Quigg then landed three blistering head punches and the referee jumped forward to stop the fight. Briones protested but it was a good stoppage. Quigg goes to 16 wins by KO/TKO. and will be looking for a title shot next year. He suffered a broken jaw when losing to Carl Frampton and a broken nose when losing to Oscar Valdez so will be hoping for another title shot this at featherweight and an injury free fight. Mexican Briones was 21-1-1 at the start of his career but is 4-5 in his last 9 fights with four of those losses by KO/TKO.
Kennedy vs. Barrett
After having to settle for a majority draw in his last fight Irishman Kennedy puts another win on his record as he outpoints Barrett. Both scored with some crisp punches in the first. Kennedy was down in the second but he was violently thrown there and Barrett was given a warning. Kennedy was using his height and reach to do the cleaner scoring but Barrett remained competitive as they traded punches in the third and fourth. In the fifth Kennedy sent Barrett down with an overhand right and he rocked Barrett with a right in the last to secure a good win. Scores 60-53 twice and 58-55 for 34-year-old Kennedy who is making progress but slowly. Barrett loses for the first time.
Yeleussinov vs. Doherty
Brooklyn based “Kazak Thunder” Yeleussinov gets a quick win as he halts Doherty in the opening round. Yeleussinov showered poor Doherty with punches simply overwhelming the local fighter before landing a wicked body shot that had the referee stepping in quickly before Doherty even went down. The 27-year-old has gold medals from the Olympics and World championships and gets his second pro win. Third loss in a row for Doherty.
Orlando, FL, USA: Bantam: Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-0) W PTS 12 Jason Moloney (17-1). Cruiser: Yunier Dorticos (23-1) W PTS 12 Mateusz Masternak (41-5). Cruiser: Mike Perez (24-3-1) W PTS 10 Keith Tapia (18-2). Bantam: Stephon Young (18-1-3) W PTS 10 Wilner Soto (21-5).
Rodriguez vs. Moloney
Rodriguez gets split decision over Moloney to go through to the semi-finals of the WBSS tournament and keeps his IBF title.
In a fast-paced first round Rodriguez was on the front foot scoring with quick jabs and countering when Moloney surged forward. Moloney scored a couple of nice rights but the left hooks to the body and countering rights gave Rodriguez the edge.
Score 10-9 Rodriguez
They were two very quick little men. Moloney had some success with his attacks early but then Rodriguez began to anticipate them. He was landing sharp left hooks on the advancing Australian and doubling up on his left hooks inside and outscoring Moloney.
Score 10-9 Rodriguez Rodriguez 20-18
Maloney made a good start to the third landed a couple of rights and then sent Rodriguez back on heels with a left hook. He frustrated Rodriguez’s attempts to land with some clever movement and landed a couple on hooks to take the round.
Score 10-9 Moloney Rodriguez 29-28
A much closer round. Both were firing jabs and hooks. Moloney was circling the ring and then stepping in with bursts of punches. Rodriguez was tracking the Australian and countering and scoring inside and just did enough to edge the round.
Score 10-9 Rodriguez Rodriguez 39-37
Rodriguez scored with some left hooks and a straight right as he upped his pace in this one. He was spearing Moloney with his jab and landing his trade mark left hooks. Moloney was finding it difficult to score inside and it was Rodriguez’s round
Score 10-9 Rodriguez Rodriguez 49-46
Moloney was scoring with snappy jabs and then getting inside with hooks to the body and not giving Rodriguez the time to counter. He outworked Rodriguez who was unable to land anything of note.
Score 10-9 Moloney Rodriguez 58-56
Another close one. They traded jabs at the start. Rodriguez scored with a bunch of hooks half way through the round. Moloney landed some short right hooks and Rodriguez landed a sharp right and was generally more accurate which was just enough for him to shade the round.
Score 10-9 Rodriguez Rodriguez 68-65
Rodriguez was working well with the jab using it more than he had earlier and also using some clever upper body movement to slip Moloney’s punches. Moloney tried to press harder but Rodriguez was picking him off with lefts.
Score 10-9 Rodriguez Rodriguez 78-74
Once again in a $1 million fight the $5 tape on Rodriguez wrist came loose. This can’t be difficult to solve. Moloney needed a good round and he produced one. He buzzed around nipping in and scoring with burst of three or four hooks and then getting out. Rodriguez’s work rate was down and Moloney was on the front foot and pressurising Rodriguez for the whole three minutes. Rodriguez did get home one big right but that was all
Score 10-9 Moloney Rodriguez 87-84
Rodriguez was now the one on the back foot but he was boxing well and landing counter hooks as Moloney tried to get inside. Moloney kept marching forward but was being caught with jabs. Rodriguez was tying Moloney up inside and was warned for holding. Moloney kept throwing punches but not much of what he was throwing was landing
Score 10-9 Rodriguez Rodriguez 97-93
Rodriguez was doing some scoring at distance at the start of the round but then Moloney began to get inside and hook to the body with both hands. Rodriguez stopped punching and was trying just to stay close to stifle Moloney’s attacks but not really working himself and Moloney finished the round with some smart hooks.
Score 10-9 Moloney Rodriguez 106-103
In a wild last round Moloney was cut in a clash of heads and then proceeded to hunt Rodriguez down landing more and harder punches with a tired Rodriguez firing back but with no power and little accuracy
Score 10-9 Moloney Rodriguez 115-113
Official scores: 115-113 twice for Rodriguez and 115-113 for Moloney
Rodriguez just held onto his title on the basis of the early rounds and Moloney came so close to winning. The Puerto Rican will now go on to face Naoya Inoue in the semi-finals and Moloney will keep busy as he waits for another world title chance which will come for sure in 2019.
Dorticos vs. Masternak
Another round of the WBSS tournament and another close decision. It looked as though the bigger puncher Dorticos might end this one early as he dominated the opening rounds. The Cuban just did enough to edge the first and was landing straight rights through the Pole’s high guard and curving hooks around t Masternak’s elbows and into his ribs in the second. He looked to have shaken Masternak with a volley of punches at the end of the round. Things looked bleak for Masternak in the third as he suffered two cuts, one around each eye. Despite these setbacks Masternak was by no means out of the fight and he began to score with his strong jab and get home with rights of his own as he clawed his way back into the fight. Dorticos was by far the harder puncher but he had put a lot into those early rounds and by the eighth was noticeably slowing. Masternak had a good ninth and looked to be almost on level terms but Dorticos took the tenth as again his power made the difference. The eleventh was a vital round and Dorticos jarred Masternak early with his jab and landed enough long rights to take the round. Masternak put in a huge effort in the last storming forward behind his jab and landing clubbing shots up and down. An exhausted Dorticos was holding on at the end but had done enough. Scores 115-113 twice and 116-112 all for Dorticos. The 32-year-old Cuban lost in the first cruiser series on a twelfth round stoppage against Murat Gassiev. This time he will face unbeaten Andrew Tabiti. Masternak lost a very close decision to Tony Bellew for the vacant European title in 2015 but had bounced back with five wins including victories over Ismayl Sillah and Youri Kayembre Kalenga and at 31 there are still some good fights for him.
Tapia vs. Perez
The fight started badly for southpaw Perez. The taller Tapia was sliding home jabs and long rights and near the end of the round as Tapia bent over to avoid a punch Perez landed a shot to the back of the Puerto Rican’s head and was deducted a point. So one round over and already two points down for Perez. Both scored with good punches in the second but Perez began to use his strength to get past the jab and thump away to Tapia’s body. Tapia scored with some tasty counters in the fifth but again in an untidy sixth Perez was muscling his way inside. Perez continued to drive past Tapia’s jab in the seventh and eighth and rough the Puerto Rican up. A tiring Tapia was having difficulty in keeping Perez out in the ninth and was being outfought on the inside with Perez throwing Tapia to the canvas at the end of the round. Both fighters gave it everything in the last each landing some wild, tired swings as they brawled to the bell. Scores 96-93 twice and 97-92 for Perez. The 32-year-old Cuban “Rebel” started out as a heavyweight where he drew with Carlos Takam but lost on a first round stoppage against Alex Povetkin for the WBC Silver title in 2015. He took a year out and moved down to cruiser losing on points to Mairis Breidis for the WBC title in a quarter-final of the WBSS tournament. Bronx-born Tapia won his first 17 fights before losing on points to Andrew Tapia in 2016. He was then inactive for 16 months before outpointing Lateef Kayode in September last year.
Young vs. Soto
St Louis southpaw Young has too much speed and skill for a willing but limited Soto. A straight left from Young put Soto over after just two minutes of the first round but despite shipping some more rights Soto made it to the bell. The flashy skills of Young saw him outboxing Soto over the next six rounds but persistent aggression from Soto kept Young busy .Young was winning the rounds but over the last three Soto kept coming forcing Young to stand and trade more and in the end Young had to fight hard to the last bell to get the verdict. Scores 99-90 twice and 97-92 for Young. First fight for Young since losing to unbeaten Filipino Rey Gaballo for the interim WBA bantam title in March. Colombian Soto had won 5 of his last 6.
Las Vegas, NV, USA: Middle: Rob Brant (24-1) W PTS 12 Ryota Murata (14-2). Super Light: Maxim Dadashev (12-0) W PTS 10 Antonio DeMarco (33-7-1). Middle: Esquiva Falcao (22-0) W PTS 10 Guido Pitto (25-5-2). Light: Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (6-0) W TKO 2 Wilbert Lopez (23-10). Michael Conlan (9-0) W TKO 7 Nicola Cipolletta (14-7-2).
Brant vs. Murata
Brant springs a major shock as he totally outboxes Murata and wins a wide unanimous decision to lift the secondary WBA title and scupper any plans for a Murata vs. Gennady Golovkin fight.
This was a totally different Brant to the hesitant almost frozen fighter who lost to Juergen Brahmer in the WBSS. He was into his stride immediately firing jabs straight rights and hooks with both hands and a right uppercut was the best punch in the round. Murata was walking forward behind a high guard and did not really throw much until the closing minute. It was the same Murata who lost to Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam because of such a slow start.
Score 10-9 Brant
Brant’s round. He was firing lots of punches at an almost static Murata who was walking forward in a straight line. Brant was able to land a bunch of punches and move before Murata could counter. Murata was throwing single punches and being outworked.
Score 10-9 Brant Brant 20-18
Much better from Murata. He was upping his pace and using his right landing a couple of clubbing shots early. He was following his jab with solid left hooks to the body and Brant was only able to counter with light, quick punches. It was Murata’s round but he was showing a slight swelling under his right eye.
Score 10-9 Murata Brant 29-28
Brant was moving and punching again and slotting a stream of jabs thorough the guard of the advancing Murata. The Japanese fighter came to life over the last minute and landed some hard rights but Brant was peppering him with light jabs and straight rights. Murata now had swellings under both eyes.
Score 10-9 Brant Brant 39-37
Brant was comfortably outboxing Murata in the first third of this round but over the second and third parts of the round Murata was landing hard straight rights. Brant kept throwing bursts of punches but it was Murata’s round.
Score 10-9 Murata Brant 48-47
Brant back in control. He could not miss Murata with his jab and was finding a home for the straight rights and left hooks that he strung together whilst boxing on the back foot. Murata was just too slow and loading up on his rights and not throwing or landing enough.
Score 10-9 Brant Brant 58-56
Murata was marching forward throwing hard rights and for a while Brant seemed to be finding the power of the champion too much for him. He rallied and was countering with quick, accurate punches but Murata scored with some hefty rights to take the round.
Score 10-9 Murata Brant 67-66
Brant was back on form in this one. He was on the move spearing the oncoming Murata with jabs and drilling him with straight rights. Murata kept marching into the punches but the constant movement from Brant was leaving him a pace behind and all too often pawing at the place where Brant had been. Murata’s right eye had a swelling above and below and also under his left eye.
Score 10-9 Brant Brant 77-75
A close round but Brant’s Murata landed some strong rights but again single punches. Brant was raking Murata with jabs and straight rights and whenever Murata landed a right Brant was firing back with four or five punches of his own and the rights Murata did land did not shake Brant in the least.
Score 10-9 Brant Brant 87-84
Murata was a tired man trying to win the fight with one punch. He kept throwing the right. A couple landed but Brant was piercing Murata’s guard with an array of punches and Brant finished the round with a flourish forcing Murata back and landing some eye-catching combinations.
Score 10-9 Brant Brant 97-93
Another round for Brant. He was still moving slickly and scoring with flashing combinations. Murata landed a couple of rights but the only effect they had on Brant was to spur him into firing punches of his own including a blazing six-punch combination all of which landed on a wide open Murata
Score 10-9 Brant 107-102
Two tired guys swung their way through this one. Both landed some hard shots but as the round closed Brant was the one pounding the punches home with Murata rocked on a couple of occasions as his title slipped away.
Score 10-9 Brant Scores 117-111
Official scores 119-109, 119-109 and 118-110 all for Brant
Brant boxed far better than expected and Murata far worse. Brant can now put his dismal performance in the WBSS super middleweight tournament behind him and look for some big fights in his natural division. Murata was a huge disappointment. He looked limited and slow and although he has powerful backers it is difficult at 32 to see him giving any of the top middleweights sleepless nights.
Dadashev vs. DeMarco
Dadashev keeps his NABF title with victory over DeMarco. This was very much a tactical battle, interesting but not enthralling. Both showed excellent skills and the first two rounds could have been scored either way. Dadashev scored with some rights early in the third but DeMarco ended the round strongly knocking Dadashev back with a southpaw left and landing some more powerful shots. Dadashev did better in the fourth with left hooks and strong rights that twice halted DeMarco in his tracks. They both boxed neatly in the fifth until the end of the round. A fierce exchange saw the punches flying with DeMarco getting the better of the exchange. The sixth, seventh and eighth were close but Dadashev boxing on the back foot and countering did enough to shade them. DeMarco tried to force the fight in the ninth and scored with some long lefts but Dadashev was busier and bombarded the Mexican with hooks from both hands with a tired DeMarco often trapped on the ropes and under fire. DeMarco needed a knockout and he marched forward in the tenth throwing punches. Dadashev boxed brilliantly ducking, bobbing weaving to leave DeMarco punching air and then bouncing in with quick bursts of hooks and uppercuts and out again. Scores 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94 all for Dadashev but he looked a clearer winner that the last score. The 28-year-old Russian “Mad Max” from Leningrad is a class boxer with great hand speed clever and quick movement and excellent defensive skills. He had lots of success as an amateur but at the European Games in 2015 he lost a very controversial decision to Ireland’s Dean Walsh. The two judges who voted for Walsh were reportedly both sacked and that helped Dadashev make up his mind to turn pro. He is rated No 13 with the WBO. Former WBC lightweight champion DeMarco took 14 months out after consecutive losses to Jessie Vargas, Rances Barthelemy and Omar Figueroa but had two good wins last year.
Falcao vs. Pitto
Brazilian Falcao goes ten rounds for the first time with victory over Argentinian Pitto. A focused body attack from southpaw Falcao formed the basis for this win. He was always in control but came out with quite a few bumps and bruises from headwork by Pitto. Falcao’s punches already brought out a bruise under Pitto’s left eye at the end of the first round. Pitto landed some good punches in the second but a Falcao punch opened a cut over Pitto’s left eye in the third. Falcao outlanded Pitto in the fourth but the fifth was more even. From the sixth Falcao was in control and he had Pitto badly shaken in the ninth. The Argentinian survived but took more punishment in the tenth. Scores 100-90 for Falcao. He won a silver medal in the 2011 World Championships and silver at the 2012 Olympics losing to Ryota Murata at both tournaments. Pitto pulled off a big surprise when in 2013 when he took a split decision over then unbeaten Jack Culcay but lost to Culcay in a return and was stopped by Zaurbek Baysangurov for the IBO title in 2014. Now based in Barcelona he is 2-3-1 in his last six fights.
Gaibnazarov vs. Lopez
Olympic gold medallist Gaibnazarov seems to be finding his feet as a pro. The Uzbek southpaw looked more poised and let his hands go more freely than in his other five pro fights. Although Lopez was 5” taller than Gaibnazarov he could not keep the Uzbek out and was taking a beating when the referee stopped the fight. Third win by KO/TKO for Gaibnazarov. Lopez, also a southpaw, had won 5 of his last six.
Conlan vs. Cipolletta
Conlan halts a defence minded Cipolletta. Conlan had the Italian on the back foot early scoring with powerful jabs and body punches. A right had Cipolletta in trouble in the second and Conlan stepped up his body attacks in the third. From there Cipolletta was just looking to survive making life difficult for Conlan who was looking to get him out of there. Cipolletta might have survived to the last bell but the referee stopped the one-sided fight in the seventh. The 26-year-old from Belfast is more than ready for better opposition than this as he gets his sixth win by KO/TKO. Cipolletta is a former Italian featherweight champion and had lost and drawn in challenges for the super featherweight title but was no real test for Conlan.
Marseille, France: Cruiser: Arsen Goulamirian (24-0) W TKO 9 Mark Flanagan (24-6). Super Middle: Dylan Charrat (17-0-1) DREW 12 Howard Cospolite (17-6-3). Super Middle: Louis Toutin (12-0) W TKO 4 Jose Varela (25-8) Super Welter: Mohammed Rabii (7-0) W TKO 1 Gogi Knezevic (33-8-1). Super Middle; Michael Diallo (17-0-2) W KO 1 Luis Paz (12-6-1). Light Heavy: Mehdi Amar (35-6) W PTS 6 Genaro Quiroga (14-14).
Goulamirian vs. Flanagan
Goulamirian retains the interim WBA title with brutal stoppage of Australian Flanagan. The challenger made a confident start boxing on the retreat but scoring with quick jabs and left hooks to the body. He strayed low and was given two warnings. Goulamirian was tracking Flanagan but finding the Australian a difficult target. In the second Goulamirian walked in behind a high guard and Flanagan speared him with jabs and quick hooks whilst circling the perimeter of the ring. Two cracking rights from Goulamirian showed he was the one with the power. Flanagan stood and exchange punches with Goulamirian at the start of the third but then went onto the back foot again. The challenger was doing his share of the scoring but Goulamirian was increasing the pressure and it was obvious that Flanagan lacked the power to hurt Goulamirian. Goulamirian upped his punch output in the fourth again landing some body shots and Flanagan was slowing and he was shaken by a huge straight right in the fifth. Goulamirian cut loose in the sixth forcing Flanagan back with a strong jab and then landing left hooks to the body and right uppercuts. Flanagan’s work rate had dropped and he was mainly just trying to hold Goulamirian off. He was being systematically broken down by Goulamirian who was now putting together some cruel combinations. Flanagan made a spirited effort in the seventh scoring with some quick hooks but was driven back by Goulamirian who was landing left hooks to the body and a straight rights. Goulamirian continued to pound on Flanagan in the eighth landing some heavy rights to the head. A series of punches in the ninth dropped Flanagan and although he made it to his feet he was put down again. He was up quickly but was being driven across the ring by a series of head punches and the referee halted the contest. First defence of the title for the 31-year-old Armenian-born “Fire” Goulamirian and win No 16 by KO/TKO. He was just too strong and punched too hard for Flanagan. The challenger, the WBA No 10, is now 13-2 in his last 15 fights with the other loss being on points against Denis Lebedev for the WBA title in July last year.
Charrat vs. Cospolite
The European Union title remains vacant after these two Frenchman ended up honours even. The unbeaten Charrat was favourite but Cospolite looked unlucky not to get the decision. Scores 117-111 for Cospolite, 115-113 for Charrat and 115-115. No guarantee these two will contest the title again as sometimes the EBU look towards giving other fighters a chance and there is a lack of quality in Charrat’s victims and Cospolite was making the second attempt to win an EU title.
Toutin vs. Varela
No trouble here for the hot prospect Toutin. After chasing down veteran Varela over the first two rounds He caught up with him in the third flooring the Nicaraguan. Varela made it to his feet and to the bell but in the fourth two left hooks had him staggering and an overhand right and a left put him down and the fight was stopped. The 21-year-old Toutin, a member of the French Traveller community, won the French light heavy title last year with a first round kayo of experienced Hugo Kasperski but relinquished to title to return to the super middles. He gets his eleventh win by KO/TKO. Varela, 39, has been in with names such as Daniel Jacobs and Erislandy Lara but this is his fifth loss by KO/TKO.
Rabii vs. Knezevic
Rabii bombs out Knezevic in the first round. Knezevic was trying to take the fight to Rabii but a left hook stopped him in his tracks and a straight right sent him staggering back to the ropes and down. Knezevic beat the count but was on very shaky legs and when the referee signalled for the action to restart Rabii landed three rights to the head of Knezevic and the fight was stopped. The 25-year-old World Championship gold and Olympic bronze medallist from Moroccan gets his fifth win by KO/TKO. Austrian Knezevic, 39, no real test for Rabii.
Diallo vs. Paz
The hard-punching “Catalonian Bomber” Diallo wipes out Argentinian Paz inside three minutes. The French-born Diallo had an unimpressive start to his career with a couple of early draws but has now won 13 of his last 14 fights by KO/TKO. Paz was having his second fight in France having been stopped in one round by Christian Mbilli in one round in April.
Amar vs. Quiroga
Home city fighter Amar takes a gentle first step back after losing to Olek Gvozdyk for the interim WBC light heavy title in March. He got in six rounds of work in beating Argentinian Quiroga but at 36 he will find it hard to get another title shot. Quiroga was coming off consecutive inside the distance losses in Canada late last year.
Indio, CA, USA: Middle: Jason Quigley (15-0) W PTS 10 Freddy Hernandez (34-10,1ND). Welter: Eddie Gomez (22-3) W PTS 8 Shoki Sakai (23-9-2). Light: Rey Perez (24-10) W TKO 7 Chris Gonzalez (19-3).
Quigley vs. Hernandez
Quigley gets another win in bloody battle with veteran Hernandez. The outstanding Irish prospect made this tougher than it needed to be by letting himself get drawn into a brawl in parts of the fight. Over the early rounds Quigley boxed well making Hernandez eat jabs and landing cleanly to the body. A clash of heads in the fourth saw Quigley emerge with a cut by his left eye. That seemed to unsettle Quigley. He let Hernandez get a toe hold in the fight and for a couple of rounds Hernandez looked to betting on top. In the seventh both fighters were cut with a punch opening a cut by Quigley’s right eye and a clash of heads seeing Hernandez suffer a worse cut. Quigley steadied himself and although Hernandez kept marching forward Quigley finished the fight strongly. Scores 98-92 twice and 99-91 all for Quigley. The 27-year-old “Animal” retains his NABF title. He is rated WBC 4/ WBA 8. Top Rank and Teiken, who handle the business for Ryota Murata, wanted Quigley to challenge Murata for the secondary WBO title this week but the WBA had committed themselves to giving Rob Brant a title shot. Quigley must have a good chance of fighting for the title early next year. At 39 Hernandez can still give opponents a tough night. He had the misfortune to last less than a round when challenging Andre Berto for the WBC welter title in 2010 and in 2012 through 2014 suffered six losses in a row but all against high level opposition including Demetrius Andrade and Erislandy Lara. Over 2015 and 2016 he scored four wins including a decision over Alfredo Angulo but lost to Wale Omotoso in his only fight last year.
Gomez vs. Sakai
Gomez takes every round against limited Japanese fighter Sakai. After dominating the first round Gomez never really let Sakai into the fight. He had too much skill for Sakai and contented himself with outworking the Japanese fighter and coasting to victory. Scores 80-72 from all three judges. Gomez is on a rebuilding project. After going 16-0 at the start of his pro career he then went 4-3 in his next 7. He took a good first step on the road back with a victory in March over 18-1-1 Keandre Gibson. Mexican-based Sakai is now 2-4-2 in his last 8 fights but one of the two wins was over former WBA title challenger Ashley Theophane.
Perez vs. Gonzalez
Back in February Gonzalez lost an upset decision against Filipino Perez. He wanted another try to put things right but instead finishing up with another loss. Over the first six rounds Gonzalez looked to be on track to get his revenge. He was bossing the exchanges inside landing hooks and uppercuts and building a commanding lead with the scores reading 58-56 twice and 59-55 for Gonzalez. Of the two fighters Gonzalez was the bigger puncher with 15 wins by KO/TKO to 7 for Perez The body punches seemed to be getting to Perez but suddenly a in the seventh Perez had Gonzalez badly shaken with a left. Perez saw his chance and put Gonzalez over with a left hook. Gonzalez beat the count but was taking fire on the ropes when his corner waived the towel for the fight to be stopped. Perez, 28, a former Philippines super fly champion, was coming off an eighth round stoppage of Roberto Marroquin in July. Gonzalez was 16-0 at one time but a second round kayo by Filipino Romero Duno snapped that run and three fights later he lost to Perez. He needs to avoid Filipino fighters.
Bangkok, Thailand: Super Welter: Teerachai (39-1) W KO 4 Manyi Issa (11-2-2).
A gift for Teerachai. He punched too hard for Tanzanian Issa. After a feeling-out first round Teerachai staggered Issa with a punch in the second and almost dropped him in the third. The Thai ended it in the fourth. He put Issa down early in the round and although Issa beat the count he was pinned to the ropes under fire when the referee halted the fight. First fight for the 26-year-old Thai since losing on a eighth round knockout against Lucas Matthysse for the vacant secondary WBA title in January. The ratings “elevator” works both ways. From being No 1 in the WBA ratings when he fought Matthysse for the title he was dropped out of the ratings altogether the next month. Ludicrous! First fight outside Tanzania for Issa and way out of his depth.
Ontario, CA, USA: Super Feather: Rafael Rivera (26-2-2) W TKO 1 Jose Ramos (10-15-1). Bantam: Saul Sanchez (11-0) W PTS 8 Luis Saavedra (7-6).
Rivera vs. Ramos
Rivera obliterates poor Ramos inside two minutes. The first left hook that Rivera landed staggered Ramos and sent him on the retreat. A double left hook shook him and he looked very fragile. Another left hook sent him tumbling into the ropes and only the middle strand stopped him going down. The referee applied an eight count
And then Rivera drove Ramos to the ropes and with Ramos taking punishment and not making any attempt to fire back the fight was stopped. The 24-year-old “Big Bang” Rivera from Tijuana now has 17 wins by KO/TKO. He was coming off consecutive losses to unbeaten fighters Joseph Diaz and Joet Gonzalez but has win over Wilfredo Diaz Jr in the credit side of his ledger. Ramos was no match for Rivera and he is now 2-8 in his last 10 fights and this is his tenth loss by KO/TKO.
Sanchez vs. Saavedra
This was a tough exciting fight and one that was tough to score with Sanchez getting a majority decision. In a ferocious first round Sanchez stunned Saavedra with a left hook but Saavedra kept Sanchez pinned to the ropes for the last 30 seconds of the round. The fight veered from Saavedra on top and looking a likely winner in the second to Sanchez rocking Saavedra with head punches in the third and fourth. The action continued hot with neither fighter caring too much about defence and constant fiery exchanges. Feeling he was behind Saavedra switched to southpaw for much of the seventh and eighth and hunted Sanchez who was moving not looking to stand trade and countering with hooks. The result could have gone either way but Sanchez took got the vote. Scores 77-75 twice and 76-76. The 21-year-old Sanchez gets his fifth win this year and Saavedra his fourth loss in a row but he played his part in a classic small hall eight round battle.
Santiago de Chile, Chile: Light: Cristian Olivares (9-0) W PTS 10 Patricio Carrion (6-1). Former Chilean amateur champion Olivares wins the vacant national title with split decision over Carrion. It was blood and thunder from the first in this one. Local fighter Olivares was the one forcing the action but Carrion boxed well and landed sharp counters. In the seventh a right from Carrion put Olivares down but the local fighter got a point back in the same round when Carrion lost a point for careless use of his head. It was a close one to call but the winner was Olivares with two judges going 95-94 for him and the third having it 97-93 for Carrion.
Brentwood, England: Welter: Johnny Garton (23-1-1) W TKO 11Gary Corcoran (18-3). Light Heavy: Anthony Yarde (17-0) W TKO 4 Walter Sequeira (21-5). Welter: Bradley Skeete (28-2) W TKO 3 Fernando Valencia (8-7). Heavy: Nathan Gorman (14-0) W PTS 8 Kamil Sokolowski (5-13-2).Middle: Joe Mullender (11-2,1ND) W TKO 7 Ben Capps (15-4-2).
Garton vs. Corcoran
For a few years I thought that Garton was going to be one of that cast of great small
hall fighters who always entertain but never quite make it to the next level. Garton proved me wrong here as he halted Corcoran in the eleventh round of a war to win the vacant British title. Neither of these fighters are the sort to take a step back so from the first bell they were trading heavy punches. The opening two rounds were close with first one and then the other scoring well. In the third a clash of head opened a cut by the left eye of Garton but that just seemed to spur Garton on and he got through with hooks and uppercuts. Corcoran battled back and had a good fourth and they both had good spells in the fifth. In the sixth the heads banged together again and this time Garton was cut on his forehead and the blood quickly began to run down to his eyes. This time it was Corcoran spurred in by blood and he landed the bigger shots in the seventh and eighth and looked to be taking control. Garton was the fresher of the two and he had a big ninth hurting Corcoran with counters and then landing a series of hooks swinging the fight convincingly his way. Garton rocked Corcoran with a left in the tenth and then piled on the punishment with a series of left hooks as Corcoran began to buckle under the pressure. In the eleventh a right from Garton sent Corcoran stumbling back to the ropes. Garton unleashed a storm of punches to head and body and when a huge left hook saw Corcoran tumbling along the ropes the referee came in immediately and stopped the fight. Corcoran protested but it was a well timed stoppage. The 31-year-old “Pexican (he comes from Peckham in London and fights like a Mexican) gets his tenth win by KO/TKO and is now 12-0-1 in his last 13 fights. His only loss was against Sam Eggington in a Prizefighter competition in 2014. Corcoran knows all about stepping up to the next level as in December he found himself in Brisbane challenging Jeff Horn for the WBO title. The 27-year-old “Hellraiser” will take a rest and then fight his way back.
Yarde vs. Sequeira
Yarde much too big and too strong for game little Sequeira Yarde towered over Argentinian Sequeira and was scoring with stiff jabs in the first. Sequeira was lunging in with his attacks but when he did land there was no power. Sequeira made a brave start to the second taking Yarde to the ropes and throwing looping overhand rights. Yarde had no trouble getting off the ropes but Sequeira took him back there trying to nullify Yarde’s reach and deny him leverage for his punches. When he found room Yarde was scoring with thudding jabs and winning the rounds but Sequeira was proving an awkward opponent. Yarde landed a chopping right early in the third which shook Sequeira and a couple of hurtful right uppercuts and the Argentinian did well to stay on his feet after shipping two heavy rights. Sequeira was able to get inside early in the fourth but a right from Yarde that landed behind Sequeira’s ear forced him to drop to his knees. He got up and tried to fight his way out of trouble but was dropped by a right and a left to the head. He was up at seven but then Yarde landed some more shots punctuated with a heavy right and Sequeira went down again. He was up at six but the referee completed the eight count and then waived the fight off. Yarde, rated No 2 by the WBO, makes it 15 wins in a row by KO/TKO , The No 2 rating is a problem for Yarde as he needs more and better opposition before going against Eleider Alvarez or any of the other champions . Only the second loss by KO/TKO for Argentinian champion Sequeira but he was too small to pose any real threat to Yarde.
Skeete vs. Valencia
Skeete eases himself back into the winning column with stoppage of Mexican Valencia. Skeete sharpened up his skills over the first two rounds and then handed out enough punishment in the third for the referee to call things off in the third. The lanky South Londoner suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Kerman Lejarraga for the vacant European title in April. A former undefeated Commonwealth and British champion he will be back in the title hunt next year. Now four losses in a row for Valencia.
Gorman vs. Sokolowski
Heavyweight hope Gorman gets a win in a keep busy fight against former victim Sokolowski. Gorman handled Sokolowski with ease outboxing and outpunching the Pole. It was disappointing that he did not stop Sokolowski as he had beaten him in five rounds in 2016 but it was hinted that he may have injured his hand in the fight which might explain why he did not go full out. The 22-year-old 6’3” Gorman is said to be looking to get a title fight in early 2019 possibly the Commonwealth title held by Joe Joyce. British-based Sokolowski usually goes the distance.
Mullender vs. Capps
”Smokin” Joe Mullender wore down and halted Capps in the seventh round. Capps was competitive at the start with some crisp body punches but Mullender quickly took control. He put Capps down in the fourth with a left to the head. Capps beat the count but was on the floor again in the fourth from a body punch. The breaking down continued. At the start of the seventh Capps was down once more. He looked hurt and exhausted but got up and carried on in spectacular style hammering Mullender with a series of punches. When the storm blew over Mullender drove home a right to the body and Capps went down on his hands and knees and although he made it to his feet the fight was stopped. Fourth win by KO/TKO for Mullender and his first fight since his win in December over Lee Churcher which was changed to a No decision after Mullender tested positive for a banned substance. Although English born Capps turned pro in Australia and had his first twenty fights there before returning to Britain.
Tecate. Mexico: Light: Jose Zepeda (30-1,1ND) W TKO 7 Domicio Rondon (15-5). Fly: Dwayne Beamon (16-1-1) W PTS 8 Martin Tecuapetla (14-10-4).
Zepeda vs. Rondon
Zepeda keeps on track for a world title fight with stoppage of gutsy Venezuelan Rondon. It looked like an early night when southpaw Zepeda put Rondon down in both the first and second rounds. Rondon buckled but did not break and tried hard to fight back over the next four rounds. Zepeda closed the fight out in the seventh. Rondon was taking the fight to Zepeda when a straight left had him stumbling back. Zepeda followed him and landed two more powerful lefts and the referee came between them to save Rondon. When Zepeda dislocated his shoulder in the second round of his fight with Terry Flanagan for the vacant WBO lightweight title in 2015 it seemed likely that he would get another shot quickly. That still has not happened. He briefly went up to super light but in June he knocked out 26-0 Carlos Diaz for the WBA Inter-Continental lightweight title. All of the lightweight title holders already have dates on their dance cards so Zepeda will have to wait still more. Rondo was coming off a technical decision loss in June against 28-1 Pedro Campa so his last two opponents have been 57-2 with 44 wins by KO/TKO. Its great the jobs a brave manager can get you as long as you are the one doing the fighting.
Beamon vs. Tecuapetla
American “Mr Stop Running” Beamon gets a quick chance for revenge for the only loss on his record and takes it. A super aggressive Tecuapetla had forced Beamon to enter into an eight round brawl when the met in August but this time Beamon fought a smarter fight. He used his superior hand speed and accuracy together with clever movement to take this one. Tecuapetla never stopped coming and Beamon was often dragged into a brawl where Tecuapetla was able to dig to the body but Beamon was a clear victor. Scores 78-74 twice and 79-73 for the fighter from North Carolina. At 33 time is against Beamon but hopefully he will get a chance to test himself against rated opposition soon. Tecuapetla’s statistics don’t look very impressive but he only lost on a majority decision to Milan Melindo in 2014, took Akira Yaegashi to a split decision in a challenge for the IBF light flyweight title in 2016 and gave current WBC flyweight champion Cristofer Rosales a hard fight in 2017.
Cozumel, Mexico: Super Fly: Francisco Rodriguez (29-4-2) W KO 3 Hernan Marquez (43-10-2). Super Light: Lindolfo Delgado (7-0) W TKO 6 Luis Moreno (2-1).
Rodriguez vs. Marquez
Rodriguez floors former WBA champion Marquez twice to close out the fight. The sound of the bell was the signal for war to commence and these went straight to it. Rodriguez was picking his punches better and dominated the exchanges over the first two rounds. In the third he floored to advancing Marquez with a counter left to the head. Marquez made it to his feet and soaked up some heavy lefts to the head even managing to stagger Rodriguez with a right. When he tried to capitalise on that two right to the body sent him down and as the referee picked up the count Marquez’s seconds were already climbing into the ring. Rodriguez, 25, is a former WBO and IBF minimumweight champion. He relinquished both titles to move up in weight. He has scored nine wins in a row and is No 2 flyweight with the WBO. As the champion Sho Kimura is defending against No 1 Tanaka a title fight should be Rodriguez’s in 2019. Marquez has slipped a long way from when he was 27-0 at the start of his career. He is now looked on as a stepping-stone and is 4-5-1 in his last 10 fights.
Delgado vs. Moreno
Delgado makes it seven wins by KO/TKO in seven fights with stoppage of novice Cruz. It was not a very impressive showing by Delgado. He was able to score almost at will against the crude Moreno who was just putting his head down and swinging. Moreno showed “ability” to take lots of punishment but when he was hurt and staggered by a right in the sixth the referee stopped the one-sided spectacle. Delgado, 23, won a silver medal at the Central American and Caribbean games, competed in the World Series of Boxing for two seasons and at the 2016 Olympics. Hopefully he will improve
Liege, Belgium: Cruiser: Bilal Laggoune (24-1-2) W KO 4 Tamas Lodi (19-11-2). Cruiser: Ryad Merhy (26-1) W PTS 8 Demetrius Banks (10-6). Super Light: Jessy Petitjean (13-0) W PTS 10 Jarkko Putkonen (15-5-2).
Laggoune vs. Lodi
With his much anticipated fight against Jai Opetaia delayed until December 15 Laggoune took his frustration out on Hungarian Lodi. Laggoune hammered Lodi to head and body for three rounds and then ended it in some style in the fourth. He backed Lodi to the ropes and then landed a wicked right uppercut to the head and a left hook to the body with Lodi sinking to the floor to be counted out. Laggoune’s only loss is a split decision defeat against Doudou Ngumbu for the WBC Francophone title in February last year and this is his fourth win since then. After scoring an unexpected third round kayo win over Finn Juho Haapoja in Helsinki in 2016 Lodi lost fourth very tough assignments in a row but Finland must be a good place for him as in May this year he stopped 17-1 Sami Enbom in three rounds.
Merhy vs. Banks
Merhy returns with a win as he decisions Banks. Merhy was slow to get into his stride and Banks did enough to make the first three rounds close From the fourth Merhy began to roll hurting Banks with hooks to face and body. Banks had to survive a torrid time over the last four rounds but stayed the full route. Scores 80-73 twice and 79-74 for Merhy The Ivory Coast-born Merhy, rated No 9 by the WBA, is aiming to stay busy and then try to get a return with Arsen Goulamirian who stopped him in eleven rounds for the interim WBA title in March. Detroit’s Banks has lost 6 of his last 7 but the losses were all against good quality opposition.
Petitjean vs. Putkonen
Local fighter Petitjean remains unbeaten with comfortable decision over Finn Putkonen. Scores 99-90 twice and 100-89 for Petitjean. Putkonen is 3-5-2 in his last ten including losses to Jack Catterall and Robbie Davies,
Dakar, Senegal: Super Light: Mohamed Mimoune (21-2 W PTS 12 Franck Petitjean (22-5-3).
Mimoune retains the IBO title in his first defence as he outboxes fellow-Frenchman and fellow-southpaw Petitjean. Giving away height and reach Petitjean was forced to march forward but Mimoune knew those were the obvious tactics for Petitijean and he avoided the challengers attacks and scored with some strong uppercuts and straight lefts. Mimoune had suffered a fracture of his left hand and this was the first test for it. Petitjean kept marching forward but “The Problem” as Mimoune is known was a problem for Petitijean as he dodged Petitjean’s attacks with some smart footwork and was always in a position to counter and ran out a clear winner. Scores 118-110, 118-111 and 117-111 all for the 31-year-old from Toulouse. Mimoune is a former undefeated European champion and has won his last ten fights. Petitjean, a former undefeated French and European Union champion was unbeaten in his last 11 fights.
Hamilton, Canada: Super Light: Steven Wilcox (19-3-1) W PTS 8 Enrique Escobar (17-5,1ND). Light Heavy: Ryan Rozicki (8-0) W KO 1 Abokan Bokpe (8-1).
Wilcox vs. Escobar
Home town fighter Wilcox wins every round against Argentinian Escobar. The visitor was cut over the left eye but it was never a factor as Wilcox comfortably outboxed his limited opponent. Scores 80-70 for Wilcox on all three cards. Wilcox was having his first fight since returning from a trip to Australia in March where he lost on points to Darragh Foley. Escobar was having his second fight in a row in Canada having been stopped in two rounds by Mikael Zewski in December.
Rozicki vs. Bokpe
Rozicki blasts out Bokpe inside a round. The Nova Scotia fighter was tracking southpaw Bokpe and when he trapped him on the ropes landed a couple of hard combinations to head and body. Bokpe managed to get through with a couple of counters then slid his way along the ropes. Rozicki rocked him with a right and then put him down and out with a booming straight right. All of Rozicki’s fights have ended inside the distance taking him less than 14 rounds to accomplish. He collects the WBA-NABA title. Bokpe had won 3 of his last 4 fights.
Montreal. Canada: Super Welter: Sebastien Bouchard (17-1) W KO 2 Carlos Gorham (16-5-1). Super Middle: Shakeel Phinn (19-2) W TKO 1Crispulo Andino (20-12-1). Middle: Francis Lafreniere (17-6-2) W TKO 1 Samir dos Santos Barbosa (37-15-3). Super Feather: Alex Dilmaghani (18-1,1ND) W TKO 1 Cristian Arrazola (24-16-3)
Bouchard vs. Gorham
Bouchard seems to be finding some power as he registered his second inside the distance win in a row with the stoppage of Mexican Gorham. Two head punches, a right and a left ended this one early in the second. Bouchard’s only loss was on points against Frank Galarza in 2014 and he has won nine on the bounce since then against a reasonable level of opposition. Gorham is 9-2-1 in his last 12 fights with the other loss being on points against former IBF super welter champion Carlos Molina
Phinn vs. Andino
Phinn gets this one over quickly. He floored Andino early in the first round and although the Argentinian made it to his feet he was rocked by a big right and the referee stopped the fight. “The Jamaican Juggernaut” moves to thirteen wins by KO/TKO and his third win since having his winning streak snapped on a majority decision against Mexican Ramon Aguinaga in December. Eight losses by KO/TKO for Andino.
Lafreniere vs. Barbosa
Lafreniere overwhelms poor Brazilian in another bout that fails to go three minutes. Lafreniere was landing heavy punches from the start. He drove Barbosa to the ropes and was scoring with powerful shots to head and body with Barbosa soaking up the punishment and not fighting back and the fight was halted. After winning only three of his first ten fights Lafreniere then won 13 in a row before being beaten on a majority verdict by Albert Onolunose in March. Barbosa is 2-5 in his last 7 fights.
Dilmaghani vs. Arrazola
Yet another fast finish as Dilmaghani stops Arrazola just before the bell to end the round. The British-born southpaw put Arrazola down three times and the fight was stopped right on the three minute mark. Southpaw Dilmaghani started his career in England then shifted his base to Mexico and this is his fifth fight in Canada. He has 13 wins by KO/TKO. Arrazola is now 0-5 in fights in Canada.
Accra, Ghana: Light: Emmanuel Tagoe (29-1) W PTS 12 Paulus Moses (40-5,1ND). Super Light: Robert Quaye (16-0) W TKO 9 Kpakpo Allotey (12-1). Light: Sherrif Quaye (16-1-1) W PTS 12 Michael Ansah (15-9-2).
Tagoe vs. Moses
Tagoe outclasses a very faded Moses to win the vacant WBO African title. It was embarrassingly easy for the Ghanaian as Moses was too slow to be completive. Tagoe was whipping out flashy jabs with Paulus reacting too slowly to block them and rarely being quick enough to counter. Tagoe was able to move around the largely static Moses spearing him with jabs and then moving in with a string of hooks and straight rights, and getting back out of range and then repeating the process. Moses was trundling forward but was just not throwing enough punches to ever threaten Tagoe. Occasionally Moses did get close and land some body punches but those occasions were rare and did not trouble Tagoe. The Ghanaian was able to do as he liked often leading with his right off the wrong foot and it was almost exhibition stuff as he cruised to victory. Scores 120-109 twice and 120-110 which show Tagoe’s dominance. The 29-year-old “Game Boy” gave up his IBO title by refusing to fight challenger Fedor Papazov in Russia. It is surprising how often a successful fighter actually lost their first pro fight and that is what happened with Tagoe so now he has 29 wins in a row. He is not currently rated but Paulus was No 13 with the WBO so he will probably be rated now. The dream fight would be with Richard Commey. Now 40 Namibian Moses has had a great career. He won the secondary WBA lightweight title by beating Yusuke Kobori in Japan in 2009 and challenged for the WBO title losing to Ricky Burns in 2012. He fought his way back and in February this year put up a credible performance when losing to Ray Beltran again for the vacant WBO title but he was outclassed here and announced his retirement.
Quaye vs. Allotey
Someone’s “0” had to go in this one and it was Allotey’s. Quaye was the better boxer and had the power here. He was well on his way to victory when he finally ended the fight in the ninth. He had Allotey badly shaken with a couple of hooks Allotey sidled along the ropes but another couple of hooks sent him tottering across the ring until the ropes stopped him and held him up. Quaye stepped in and was unloading fierce punches from both hands when the referee threw his hands around Allotey to save him. Quaye, a former undefeated national lightweight champion and current super lightweight king now has 13 wins by KO/TKO. Allotey had scored nine wins by KO/TKO but was outpunched in this one.
Quaye vs. Ansah
Quaye retains the national lightweight title with points win over Ansah. This was a very competitive fight providing plenty of furious trading but Quaye was a good winner. His only loss was a split decision in Morocco against local fighter 17-1 Mohamed El Marcouchi last year and he has now rebuilt with five wins. This is the fourth unsuccessful challenge for a national title by Ansah.
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Super Bantam: Luis Cusolito (27-2,1ND) ND 2 Julian Aristule (33-9,1ND). Light: Elias Araujo (19-1) W PTS 8 Gustavo Pereyra (11-9-4).
Cusolito vs. Aristule
These two clash again-literally. When the fought each other in 2013 a clash of heads saw Aristule suffer a cut in the fourth round and the judges all had Cusolito in front so Cusolito won a technical decision. This time after Cusolito had taken the opening round the banged heads together again and Aristule was again cut but this time as the second round had not been completed it was ruled a No Decision so the interim Argentinian title remains vacant. It was not all bad news for the local fighter Cusolito. This was a semi-final of a national tournament and because the cut suffered by Aristule would sideline him Cusolito goes on to face Javier Chacon in the final in early December.
Araujo vs. Pereyra
Araujo returns to action for the first time since losing his Argentinian lightweight title to Javier Clavero and gets unanimous decision over Pereyra. Araujo had trouble with Pereyra’s style and dropped the first round but then dominated throught the next six before slowing and allowing Pereyra to take the last. Scores 79-75, 78-74 and 77-75 for Araujo who will be looking to get a return with Clavero. Pereyra has won only one of his last six fights.
Phoenix, AZ, USA: Super Middle: Andrew Hernandez (20-7-2,1ND) DREW 10 Fidel Hernandez (19-5-1). Two fighters named Hernandez both from Phoenix so plenty of pride at stake here. In the end with both fighters suffering cuts the fight ended as a draw with two judges giving the score as 95-95 and the third having Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez in front 97-93. “Hurricane”, very much the younger man, has been in tough losing matches against Jesse Hart, Patrick Teixeira and Caleb Plant. Fidel, 41, turned pro way back in 1996 but was out of action for 16 years before returning in 2017.
East London, South Africa: Super Feather: Azinga Fuzile (12-0) W TKO 4 Malcolm Klassen (34-9-2). Super Feather: Phila Mpontshana (15-1) W PTS 12 Anthony Moloisane (10-3-1)
Fuzile vs. Klassen
Fuzile rings up another impressive win as he floors former IBF champion Klassen twice and forces Klassen out of the fight, A growing talent the 22-year-old local southpaw had Klassen down in the first and third rounds and was punishing Klassen in the fourth when Klassen just turned his back and stopped fighting. Fuzile retains the IBF Continental Africa title and gets his fourth inside the distance win in a row, Klassen is past his best. This is only his second loss by KO/TKO but it is time to put away the gloves Malcolm.
Mpontshana vs. Moloisane
Mpontshana makes it three successful defences of the national title as he wins a wide unanimous decision over southpaw challenger Moloisane. Scores 118-109, 119-108 and 118-111 all for Mpontshana and his ninth win in a row. Moloisane was 7-1-1 going into this one.
Fight of the week (Entertainment): Johnny Garton vs. Gary Corcoran a small hall war on a big stage. Emmanuel Rodriguez vs. Jason Moloney also deserves a mention.
Fight of the week (Significance): Two really as the wins by Demetrius Andrade over Walter Kautondokwa and Rob Brant over Ryota Murata were not by any means entertaining they have blown the middleweight division wide open
Fighter of the week: Has to be Rob Brant who surprised Murata and everyone else with his smart tactics in a fight he was given no chance of winning
Punch of the week: Ryan Rozicki’s straight right that finished Abokan was a beauty but nothing too spectacular this week
Upset of the week: Has to be Rob Brant beating Murata
Prospect watch: Both Maxim Dadashev 12-0 and Azinga Fuzile 12-0 are worth follow.
By Eric Armit
With boxing it can be difficult at times to decide whether to cheer, laugh or cry and that’s how it appears right now. We have just enjoyed a master class from Terrence Crawford when beating Jose Benavidez. The show reportedly drew the highest US viewing figures this year for any boxing show either broadcast or cable this. We have Tony Bellew lining up to fight Olek Usyk on November 10 with all four cruiserweight belts on the lined. Saul Alvarez is moving up to fight Rocky Fielding for the secondary WBA super middleweight title on 16 December, we have a very competitive WBSS super light tournament on the go and a bantamweight tournament that holds out the possibility of some very tasty fights, Vasyl Lomachenko will try to unify the WBA and WBO lightweight titles when he faces Jose Pedraza on 8 December and Mikey Garcia looks set to defend his IBF lightweight title against Richard Commey. If Garcia wins then a Lomachenko vs. Garcia fight will be an immediate topic of conversation. On 22 December Josh Warrington will put his IBF featherweight title on the line against Carl Frampton and of course there will be a huge WBC heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury on 1 December with combined records of 67-0 and two very different styles and very different people. Plenty there for our pleasure.
The laugh or cry comes in with Floyd Mayweather Jr having trouble not being the big super star so announcing he is going to fight some UFC guy named Khabib Nurmagomedov on 31 December. After that somehow he will fit in another fight with Conor McGregor-once was more than enough-and then Manny Pacquiao-once was more than enough-with Mayweather claiming that he estimates his purse for Nurmagomedov could be $110 to $200 million. Hell I didn’t realise there were that many idiots in the world. This isn’t about boxing it’s about an ego that can’t stand not being the main man in the headlines. I am tempted to shout for Nurmagomedov.
Manny Pacquiao did not help my mood by saying he expected to fight Mayweather on 5 May
Looking at some of the above obviously the call now is for a Crawford vs. Errol Spence fight which would be a great event. The snag as it often is is the respective contracts Crawford and Spence are under. It would mean Top Rank and ESPN for Crawford doing business with Showtime for Spence but for a fight this big there will be plenty of incentive for the parties to find a way to make it happen.
For those interested in money-as I am-Crawford’s purse for the Benavidez fight was $3.625 million and Benavidez took $500,000. Crawford vs. Spence would be much bigger then that but let’s hope the Crawford keeps his hands to himself at any face-to-face stuff.
For Alvarez vs. Fielding the obvious size difference is a factor with Fielding having been over the light heavyweight limit in some of his early fights and Alvarez having weighed as low as 140lbs in his early days. Alvarez has never weighed more than 164lbs. The fight contract has a stipulation that at the second weigh-in to be held on the day of the fight neither fighter must be more than 10lbs over what he was in the original weigh in. It is also amazing how quickly the water flows under the bridge in boxing. A year ago Alvarez was going to throw the WBC belt in to the bin if he beat Golovkin this week he was feted by the WBC as a great champion and pictured proudly wearing the green belt.
Obviously the huge agreement signed by Alvarez and DAZN guaranteeing Alvarez $365 million for 5-year, 11 fights deal has cause quite a stir. It seems a bit ambitious to me. No one knows what will happen next week in boxing let alone five years. At the beginning of 2017 Roman Gonzalez was recognised by some as the No 1 pound-for-pound fighter yet by September after his second loss to Srisaket he was being written off. A win for Rocky Fielding would make that deal look pretty silly.
Of course Manny Pacquiao is still on the scene and he has confirmed he will fight Adrien Broner on 12 January. Manny has stayed around too long. His legacy is huge enough for us to forgive him for this but he needs to walk away soon.
The last of the HBO boxing shows will be held on 8 December. No venue yet but it will feature Roman Gonzalez and Norwegian “First Lady” Cecilia Braekhus. The 37-year-old Colombian-born Braekhus will be defending her IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO and IBO welterweight titles. An amazing fighter. There is plenty of talk of Gonzalez challenging WBA super fly champion Khalid Yafai down the line. In the meantime Yafai is set to defend his title on the big Monaco show against No 13 Mexican Israel Gonzalez who lost to Jerwin Ancajas for the IBF title in February.
Jaime Munguia is determined to be a busy champion. He will fight on either 7 or 15 December and if it is the 15th then it will be a main support to Alvarez vs. Fielding. The name being bandied about as his opponent is 13-0-1 Takeshi Inoue. Don’t worry Jamie I don’t think he is any relation to Naoya Inoue.
The WBA’s stupidity is showing again. On November 24 on a big show in Monaco Denis Lebedev will defend his ???? WBA title against American Mike Wilson. Putting aside the fact that Wilson has never fought any opponent remotely near to world rated (he is No 57 in the BoxRec ratings) the ???? is there because according to Matchroom Boxing Lebedev is defending his WBA cruiserweight title. The WBA super champion is Oleg Usyk, the secondary champion is Beibut Shumenov and the interim champion is Arsen Goulamirian and poor Denis is “champion in recess” so no matter who wins the WBA do not have a title for him. Lebedev has come out of “recess” so will want to know where his title is and they can hardly put Wilson in recess if he wins.
The WBO had their well-oiled ratings elevator working. Last weekend Angel Acosta defended his WBO light flyweight title with a second round kayo of Mexican Abraham Rodriguez. The challenger had a very impressive looking 23-1 record. So it’s okay as long as you ignore that in his last two fights he lost in March on a fifth round retirement against a guy with a 6-2 record so naturally he was not in the ratings. In July he won a six round fight against a fighter with a 4-9 record and that was good enough to get him a No 11 rating and a second round crushing kayo from Acosta.
Oscar Valdez will return to action on 12 January. No opponent named yet but it will be a defence of his WBO featherweight title with the plan then being to go for a unification match with the winner of Warrington and Frampton.
British heavyweight action will see Hughie Fury attempt to make himself the mandatory challenger for Anthony Joshua’s IBF title by beating Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in Sofia on 27 October. A very winnable fight for Fury. In December it looks likely that Dillian White will face Dereck Chisora in what White must be hoping is the last fight he has to take before getting a return against Joshua
The Philippines has only one world champion right now in WBO minimumweight title holder Vic Saludar (Pacquiao holds the secondary WBA welterweight title so not a world title in my reckoning) but that could change on 29 October when Randy Petalcorin (29-2-1) takes on Nicaraguan Felix Alvarado (33-2) for the vacant IBF light fly title. It will be Alvarado’s third shot at a title having lost to Kazuto Ioka for the secondary WBA light flyweight title in 2013 and to Juan Carlos Reveco for the secondary WBA flyweight title in 2014.
Joseph Parker will return to the ring on 15 December in Christchurch. His opponent will be Alex Flores. Flores has a 17-1-1 record with 15 wins by KO/TKO but again don’t look too closely. In 2014 he lost inside the distance to Charles Martin and boxed a six round draw with an opponent who was 4-4-2. He had one fight in 2015, did not fight in 2016 and had one fight in 2017 and one fight in June this year all against low level opposition. Should not be a hard task for Parker.
A little while back there was a problem in South Africa with visiting-and home- fighters not getting paid. It was a disgrace mainly because the rule on purses being lodged before the fights was not enforced. I thought things had improved but the influential South African web site “Sowetan Live” carried a story that seems to indicate there is still a problem. The paper alleges that the promoter did not have the money to put up before Gideon Buthelezi defended his IBO title against Lucas Emanuel Fernandez East London on 27 July. With the promoter unable to pay Buthelezi the amount he was due the fight was going to be cancelled. However an official in the Boxing South Africa Board (BSA)convinced Buthelezi to agree to sign a contract for a sum of about approx $1,400 and BSA reportedly paid him that amount with the promise that the balance would be paid later by the promoter. Nearly three months later Buthelezi is still waiting for his money. The promoter did not have the money at fight time but had partnered with the local municipality for the $30,000 needed and has assured Buthelezi he will get paid. The municipality said that it had approved the request from the promoter and that it was with their legal services and if there were no legal challenges the sum would be paid to the promoter and Buthelezi can only hope the promoter will then pays him. If the Sowetan’s allegations are true then as both the BSA and the IBO experienced this before they don’t seem to have learnt anything from it. The IBO can say that it is a domestic problem but the name of the IBO was on the title fight and it does not reflect well on them that the same thing has happened again. It would seem the BSA took this action to ensure the fight went on and in view of their promise to Buthelezi and as he is licensed by them they have an obligation to make sure Buthelezi gets paid and that this does not happen again.
Danish Hall of Fame promoter Mogens Palle has a show coming up on 24 November. He is bringing in former interim WBA Middleweight champion Dmitri Chudinov as a very tough test for his Danish light heavyweight prospect Jeppe Morell. Next year Palle will celebrate 60 years of promoting fights. Some achievement.
Former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal will get one more shot at the big time. After a number of outside the ring problems it seemed that he was going to retire but he has landed a shot at WBA champion Dmitry Bivol in Atlantic City on 24 November. Unbeaten Russian heavyweight Evgeny Tischenko is schedule to fight on the undercard.
Something that could bring tears to your eyes is the disappearance of two building in Detroit. The Kronk gym was demolished and the Joe Louis Area is closed and going the same way, It appears that the closure and sale of the land where the arena stands has had to be undertaken as part of the restructuring deal to get the City out of bankruptcy. It is ironic that they have been selling off the seats from the arena for a few months and have raised over a $1 million, It took Joe Louis 17 years to earn $4 million.
By Eric Armit
-Terrence Crawford halts Jose Benavidez in the last round in WBO title defence
-Zolani Tete outpoints Mikhail Aloyan in defence of his WBO title and moves into the semi-final of the WBSS Tournament
-Angel Acosta destroys Abraham Rodriguez in the second round with a stunning left hook in defence of his WBO light fly title
-Andrew Tabiti outpoints Russian Ruslan Fayer in second WBSS cruisers Tournament
Robbie Davies wins British and Commonwealth titles with victory over Glenn Foot but Francesco Patera upsets unbeaten Lewis Ritson to become European lightweight champion
-Lee McGregor wins the vacant Commonwealth flyweight title in his fifth pro fight with twelfth round stoppage of Thomas Essomba
-Russian hope Vlad Shishkin impresses with stoppage of world rated Nadjib Mohammedi
-Prospect Shakur Stevenson wipes out Romanian Viorel Simion inside a round and Mike Alvarado continues his comeback with stoppage of Robbie Cannon
WORLD TITLE FIGHT SHOWS:
Omaha, NE, USA: Welter: Terrence Crawford (34-0) W TKO 12 Jose Benavidez Jr (27-1). Feather: Shakur Stevenson (9-0) W TKO 1 Viorel Simion (21-3). Super Welter: Carlos Adames (15-0) W TKO 2 Joshua Conley (14-3-1). Welter: Mike Alvarado (40-4) W TKO 2 Robbie Cannon (16-14-3). Light: Ismail Muwendo (20-1) W PTS 6 Andre Wilson (15-12-1). Light Heavy: Steven Nelson (12-0) W TKO 4 Oscar Riojas (17-11-1).
Crawford vs. Benavidez
Crawford retains his WBO title and hands unbeaten Benavidez a boxing master class before flooring and halting Benavidez just 18 seconds before the final bell.
Crawford was on the back foot in the first letting the taller Benavidez come forward and then darting in with quick southpaw jabs. Benavidez dropped his hands a few times trying to lure Crawford into range but Crawford used his quicker hands to do what scoring there was in the round.
Score 10-9 Crawford.
Another round for Crawford very much as in the first. Crawford was circling Benavidez slotting home jabs and moving. Benavidez was prowling and posing but not throwing punches. Crawford scored with a good three-punch combination. There was a brief exchange just before the bell but neither fighter landed anything of significance.
Score 10-9 Crawford Crawford 20-18
Both fighters let their hands go in this round. Crawford was on the front foot more and scored early with a quick combination. Benavidez scored with a couple of rights but as single punches and Crawford came back with a bunch of four quick shots which all landed. Crawford was on the front foot and getting through with quick punches with Benavidez too slow to block or counter them.
Score 10-9 Crawford Crawford 30-27
Benavidez did a bit better in this round. He was still throwing one punch at a t time but landing a few. He got through with a right to the body early and unbalanced Crawford with another late in the round. Crawford was busier and throwing more but Benavidez just did enough to take this one but only just.
Score 10-9 Benavidez Crawford 39-37
Official scores: 40-36 Crawford, 38-38 and 39-37 Crawford
A close round but Crawford’s. his hand speed was proving too much for Benavidez who was slow in letting his punches go. Crawford was coming inside and trading more which offered Benavidez a target and he scored with some body punches but Crawford ended the round with a flourish banging home to head and body.
Score 10-9 Crawford Crawford 49-46
Whilst Benavidez was posing Crawford was punching. Benavidez seemed happy to just throw one punch and then admire his work. Crawford was buzzing around slotting home jabs and firing clusters of punches. Benavidez indicated he was not hurt by the punches but Crawford was going for quality and accuracy.
Scores 10-9 Crawford Crawford 59-55
Crawford was buzzing around a static Benavidez and sticking him with fast right jabs and some heavier straight lefts. Crawford was constantly on the move changing direction, changing angles. To have any chance Benavidez needed to do a better job of cutting off the ring and get Crawford against the ropes but he was too slow.
Score 10-9 Crawford Crawford 69-64
Easily Crawford’s round. He was taking the fight to Benavidez more and standing close and landing with a series of punches and getting out with Benavidez unable to land any counters. A flashing 5/6 punch combination saw Benavidez open his arms to say he wasn’t hurt but you don’t win fights by taking a punch you have to land them and he was not doing that.
Score 10-9 Crawford 79-73
Official scores: 80-72 Crawford 77-75 Crawford and 78-74 Crawford
Crawford gave Benavidez a boxing lesson in this one. The champion was enjoying himself able to pop Benavidez with single jabs or move inside with a volley of shots to head and body. After once flashing combination from Crawford Benavidez backed to the ropes opening his arms and inviting Crawford to bring it on but Crawford was in charge so he just sneered at Benavidez forcing Benavidez to come to him and to more punishment.
Scores 10-9 Crawford Crawford 89-82
This was a better round as Benavidez threw some good rights early before going to the ropes and just letting Crawford bang away at him. He was hoping to walk Crawford onto a counter but instead Crawford picked his spots and found gaps to head and body. Benavidez tried the ropes trick again later in the round and paid for it as Crawford banged home some hefty punches on a stationary Benavidez. That fired Benavidez into a furious attack but Crawford was scoring with accurate counters to take the round. At least Benavidez had shown some fire.
Score 10-9 Crawford Crawford 99-91
Benavidez made a furious start throwing wild rights but then counters from Crawford soon scotched that as a strategy. Crawford was now loading up on his punches more and twice knocked Benavidez off balance. Benavidez flared into action again late in the round but was leaving gaps and Crawford was finding them.
Scores 10-9 Crawford Crawford109-100
Benavidez was lunging in with his attacks in the last but was rocked by a right from Crawford. He continued to press forward but a couple of lightning quick head punches saw Benavidez back across the ring to the ropes and this time it was because he was hurt. He got off the ropes but as they traded punches a booming right uppercut to the chin put Benavidez down. He was up at six but badly dazed and when the action resumed Crawford pounced on him trapping him on the ropes and scoring with a series of head punches that brought the referee jumping in to save Benavidez.
Scores at stoppage: 110-99, 107-102 and 108-101 all for Crawford.
The 31-year-old home town hero is now 12-0 in world title fights over three weight divisions and against top level fighters has won 8 of his last 9 fights by KO/TKO which is the sign of a true world class fighter. The talk now is of a fight with Errol Spence which would be yet another huge fight if it can be made. Another important measure is that the market rating for this fight turned in the highest viewing figures for any boxing telecast across all broadcast and cable networks this year so a smart deal by Top rank and ESPN which is already delivering on its promise to be a big event for boxing. Benavidez was never allowed a foothold in the fight. He showed little sign of a workable Plan A and no Plan B. he is only 26 so is can still be a player but not against Crawford.
Stevenson vs. Simion
Stevenson blows away experienced Romanian with three knockdowns in the first round. Simion launched an early attack but the first punches landed were a couple to the body from Stevenson. Simion continued to take the fight to Stevenson but was nailed by a straight southpaw left that stopped him in his tracks and he then dropped to his knees. He was up quickly but his legs wobbled. After the eight count Stevenson came forward throwing punches to the head. Simion threw a counter and missed badly swinging himself off balance and down. He was given a count but protested strongly, Simion tried to punch with Stevenson but was rocked by a couple of left hook s and was fighting on very stiff legs and a left hook followed by a big right sent him into the ropes and down. He made it to his feet but the referee had seen enough and despite protests from Simion it was a good decision. The 21-year-old Olympic silver medallist gets his fifth win by KO/TKO and collects the WBC Continental Americas title. Simion, 36, also an outstanding amateur, suffers his first loss inside the distance. His other two losses were on points against Brits Lee Selby and Scott Quigg. Stevenson was calling out Selby after the fight.
Adames vs. Conley
Adames demolishes Conley in two rounds. The Dominican prospect put Conley down in the first with a body punch which looked to have strayed low. It was over in the second as Adames put Conley on the floor with a series of punches and although Conley beat the count another batch of shots floored him. Conley just made it to his feet but the fight was halted. The 24-year-old Adames wins the vacant NABF title. He has 12 wins by KO/TKO having beaten Carlos Molina and other good level opposition. He won a pile of medals as an amateur including tournaments such as the Jose Aponte, Copa Romano and Bolivarian Games and competed at the 2013 World Championships. Conley was halted in seven rounds by world rated Julian Williams in his last fight in June 2017.
Alvarado vs. Cannon
Alvarado blasts out overmatched Cannon in two rounds. After edging the first round Alvarado put Cannon down in the second with a heavy right. Cannon beat the count but was still badly shaken and another right put him on the canvas and the fight was stopped. The 38-year-old “Mile High” Mike has won six on the bounce now but whether there is the chance of another title shot is questionable. Poor Cannon is now 1-6-1 in his last 8 fights.
Muwendo vs. Wilson
Muwendo starts his rebuilding with a points victory over Wilson. Scores 59-55 for Muwendo on all cards. The 30-year-old “Sharp Shooter” from Kampala lost his unbeaten tag when he was floored and outpointed by useful Filipino John Vincent Moralde in May. Muwendo, who represented Uganda at the 2007 World Championships, is now based in Minneapolis. Wilson a safe choice as he was 2-5 in his last 7 fights.
Nelson vs. Riojas
Nelson gets his tenth win by KO/TKO as he halts Mexican Riojas. The Mexican usually goes the distance but not this time. After trying hard for the finish over the first three rounds Nelson ended it in the fourth. He put Riojas over with a left hook and after Riojas beat the count he was on the floor later in the round from a left and the fight was over. The 30-year-old local fighter, a former US Armed Forces, All-Army and US National champion, has won 6 of his last 7 by KO/TKO. Third loss by KO/TKO for Riojas who had taken both Ronald Ellis and Derrick Webster the distance in previous fights.
Ekaterinburg, Russia: Bantam: Zolani Tete (28-3) W PTS 12 Mikhail Aloyan (4-1). Cruiser: Andrew Tabiti (17-0) W PTS 12 Ruslan Fayfer (23-1). Super Middle: Vlad Shishkin (8-0) W TKO 10 Nadjib Mohammedi (40-7). Cruiser: Yury Kashinsky (17-0) W KO 3 Juan Basualdo (11-2-1). Heavy: Andrey Fedosov (31-3) W PTS 10 Joey Dawejko (19-6-4). Super Welter: Magomed Kurbanov (16-0) W PTS 10 Juan Rodriguez (15-1). Bantam: Zafar Parpiev (6-1) W PTS 10 Jack Bornea (14-3). Heavy: Evgeny Tischenko (2-0) W PTS 6 Artush Sarkisyan (4-7).
Tete vs. Aloyan
Tete outpoints Aloyan in a scrappy fight that opens the way for the South African to progress to the next round of the WBSS
Tete came out throwing southpaw left jabs and rights to the body. The smaller Aloyan, also a southpaw, was ducking under the lefts but the right jabs to the body were getting through. At the end of the round Tete landed a left to the head and then knocked Aloyan off balance with a right. Aloyan toppled back putting both gloves on the canvas to avoid going down and the referee gave him an eight count and the bell sounded at the end of the count.
Score 10-8 Tete
Tete was controlling the action with his right jab. Aloyan was giving away lots of height and had to lunge forward to get past the jab and as he did soTete was landing counters with a right shaking Aloyan in the closing action
Score 10-9 Tete Tete 20-17
Aloyan’s problem was clearly shown at the start of the round. As he bustled in right counters from Tete were landing to the Russian’s head and between those and Tete’s right jab Aloyan was taking but not giving. The rest of the round saw both boxers missing more than landing but the early success gave the round to Tete.
Score 10-9 Tete Tete 30-26
A close round mainly because neither fighter managed to land many punches. Tete was short with his jabs allowing Aloyan to jump in with counters and the Russian just did enough to take the round.
Score 10-9 Aloyan Tete 39-36
Official scores; 39-36, 38-37 and 39-36 for Tete
Tete was busier in this one. He was firing his jab again and landed a right hook early. Aloyan had some success with leaping attacks but Tete showed some good defensive work and just edged the round.
Score 10-9 Tete Tete 49-45
The fight was deteriorating with too much wrestling and too little punching. Aloyan wrestled Tete to the floor and when the action was inside they were both holding rather than working. Again there were very few punches landed and again Aloyan did just enough to take the round with some hooks.
Score 10-9 Aloyan Tete 58-55
Tete came back to life in this one. He was firing his jabs with a purpose that had been missing over the last three rounds and also scored with some stinging lefts. He was on the front foot more and when Aloyan rushed forward with his much longer legs Tete was able to take a couple of big steps back leaving Aloyan without a target and open for counters.
Score 10-9 Tete Tete 68-64
Another round for Tete. He was again on the front foot firing jabs and long lefts. He was using slick footwork to avoid Aloyan’s rushes and banging home quick counters and lefts to the body. A frustrated Aloyan again wrestled Tete to the floor but failed to find the target in the round.
Score 10-9 Tete Tete 78-73
Official scores: 78-73, 77-74 and 78-73 for Tete
A messy, untidy round which suited Aloyan. He was managing to block or evade Tete’s jab and leaping inside with right hooks. He bustled Tete out of his stride and held and wrestled inside with Tete’s work largely ineffective.
Score 10-9 Aloyan Tete 87-83
Tete was going to the body with hooks from both hands in this one. Both fighters had been holding inside from the opening round and both were at fault but the referee decided that Tete was the guilty party in this round and deducted a point from the South African. Tete continued to score with his jab and right hooks and in a clash of heads Aloyan was cut over his right eye. It was clearly Tete’s round but the point deduction cancelled that out.
Score 9-9 Tied Tete 96-92
Once again Tete was digging in right hooks to the body. For once they were trading punches in close but Aloyan was again holding and trying to wrestle Tete to the canvas. This time the referee deducted a point from the home fighter. Aloyan attacked furiously trying to at least win the round to compensate for the deduction but he was wild and Tete’s early work took the round which with the deduction made a two point round for Tete.
Score 10-8 Tete Tete 106-100
Aloyan launched furious attacks but the fight was already way out of his grasp. Tete kept jabbing and moving and Aloyan just could not find a big punch instead having to settle for short burst of harmless hooks. Enough to give him the round but not the victory.
Score 10-9 Aloyan Tete 115-110
Official scores: 114-111, 114-111 and 115-110 for Tete.
A disappointing fight as their styles clashed and led to too much holding but the result was what was important. Tete retains the WBO title and moves into the semi-finals of the WBSS Tournament where he will meet the winner of the November 2 fight in Glasgow between Ryan Burnett and Nonito Donaire. The South African “Last Born” has now won his last twelve fights. Aloyan never really solved the puzzle of how to beat the much taller and more skilful champion and his crude rushing attacks showed a surprising lack of technique for a fighter with such a long medal strewn career as an amateur.
Tabiti vs. Fayfer
Tabiti outpoints Fayfer in opening bout of WBSS second cruiserweight tournament in a disappointing fight marred by crude tactics from the Russian. Tabiti was mainly on the back foot in the first using his jab with Fayfer lunging forward trying to get inside. Neither fighter was accurate but Fayfer was doing the attacking. In the second Tabiti was taking the fight to Fayfer but both were falling short with their punches and there were too many clinches. Tabiti had a better third bringing his right in to the action. He scored with a right to the head and slotted jabs home. The fourth and fifth were close but there were too many clinches for the fight to flow. Fayfer had a better sixth coming in behind his jab and scoring with rights but there was not a lot of sustained action and too often Fayfer’s bull-like rushes ended up with the Russian grabbing and holding Tabiti. The American’s better skills and hand speed began to put him in control in the seventh and eighth and he scored with some good counters as Fayfer threw himself forward. The referee was letting Fayfer hold too much. Tabiti outboxed Fayer in the ninth and tenth but that was not difficult as Fayfer’s tactics were just to rush forward head down throwing one punch and then clinch. Tabiti was countering Fayer on the way in and was doing all the clean work. Tabiti took the eleventh landing three rights to the head and the referee finally issued Fayfer with a warning which was long overdue. Tabiti rocked Fayer with a right in the twelfth and finally about ten rounds too late the referee deducted a point from Fayer but not for holding but for pushing, and Fayfer went back to pushing until the final bell. Scores 116-111, 115-112 and 114-113 all for Tabiti but the scores were far too generous to Fayer. This was a poor fight but for Tabiti the result puts him into the semi-finals of the WBSS cruiserweight Tournament where he will fight the winner of the Yunier Dorticos vs. Mateusz Masternak bout. The WBC No 5 is better than he was able to show here. Fayer was awful and his position as top rated fighter in the IBF ratings would be a joke if it wasn’t such a serious misrepresentation of Fayfer’s ability. He is probably much better than he showed and had a bad night.
Shishkin vs. Mohammedi
Big win for Shishkin as he halts world rated Mohammedi. Shishkin made good use of his longer reach to outbox Mohammedi in the opening two rounds and also slid home some good rights. Mohammedi showed his experience over the next two rounds using good movement to offset the reach advantage of Shishkin and a left in the fourth started a swelling under the right eye of the Russian. Shishkin’s hopes were not helped by a clash of heads in the fifth which opened a cut on his forehead but things were levelled up in the sixth when a punch from Shishkin resulted in a deep cut on Mohammedi’s nose. Shishkin began to take charge of the fight as Mohammedi tired from the fast pace he had set and a chopping right to the head staggered Mohammedi in the eighth. Shishkin had mixed fortunes in the ninth. He again had Mohammedi in trouble with a chopping right. Another two rights saw Mohammedi slide to the canvas but as he was there Shishkin landed a hard left hook that he only started on its way after Mohammedi was already down. Mohammedi was up early and at the end of the eight count the referee deducted a point from Shishkin who was lucky not to be disqualified for such a blatant foul. Shishkin chased Mohammedi landing more rights but Mohammedi boxed his way to the bell. In the tenth another right had Mohammedi badly shaken and another couple of punches, the last which again landed as Mohammedi was almost on the floor, put the Frenchman down. When the action resumed Mohammedi slipped to the floor trying to duck under Shishkin’s punches and was given another count. Mohammedi looked to have recovered but he was staggered by two more rights and then a thunderous right to the head put him flat on his back on the canvas and the referee stopped the fight without a count. The 27-year-old Russian was defending his WBA Continental title and is rated No 15 by that body. He has five wins by KO/TKO. He is a big strong fighter with real power in his right but he should have been thrown out for that punch in the ninth. At 33 the effects of a long, hard career are catching up with Mohammedi but he is still a difficult opponent for inexperienced fighters such as Shishkin. He lost to Sergey Kovalev for the IBF, WBA and WBO titles in 2015 and was knocked out in two rounds by Olek Gvozdyk in 2016. He rebounded well with three good wins but then was blatantly robbed when losing a split decision to Fedor Chudinov in July this year.
Kashinsky vs. Basualdo
Kashinsky makes it eight wins in a row by KO/TKO as he halts Argentinian southpaw Basualdo in three rounds. Kashinsky ended this by taking Basualdo to the ropes and pounding him with rights until the Argentinian collapse face down on the floor with the referee immediately stopping the fight. No big names yet but useful stoppage of veteran Valery Brudov and second round kayo of Al sands. He has only been taken the distance once and is rated IBF 4(5)/WBO 7/WBA 11/WBC 13. Basualdo suffers his first loss inside the distance and was coming off a good domestic win over 17-1 Jose Ulrich in March.
Fedosov vs. Dawejko
Fedosov wins unanimous decision over Dawejko. The height and reach edges that Fedosov had were just too much for Dawejko to overcome. Fedosov took the first two rounds clearly but then Dawejko got in the fight. He had some success with hooks inside but it was still Fedosov doing most of the scoring. He was just too quick and too accurate for Dawejko. He gave Dawejko a torrid time in the ninth but Dawejko took the punishment and banged back hard in the last the only round he might have won. Scores 100-90 twice and 98-92. Since losing to Bryant Jennings in 2013 Fedosov has run up seven wins with the sturdy Dawejko the only fighter in those seven to last the full distance. In there are wins over Lenroy Thomas and Donovan Dennis but inactivity between June 2016 and June this year have seen him dropped out of the ratings. Dawejko had a 5-0-2 spell until also losing to Jennings.
Kurbanov vs. Rodriguez
Kurbanov too strong for the crude Rodriguez but the Venezuela climbs off the floor three times to go the distance. Kurbanov used a strong jab to score on the Venezuelan who tried to get within range by coming forward behind a high guard. Kurbanov was able to find gaps for his jab and land heavy straight rights. Rodriquez tended to be very wild with his punches missing by wide margins but occasionally scoring with some swinging shots. Kurbanov scored with a solid body punch in the second but Rodriguez was unmoved. When he was not throwing wild punches Rodriguez was doing some good work inside with left hooks but his guard was far from sound and Kurbanov was scoring with hard punches to head and body. Rodriguez continued to march forward and Kurbanov continued to spear him with jabs and clubbing rights. The Venezuelan had fought southpaw over the opening six rounds but then switched to orthodox for a few rounds and switched back again but he was still too slow and being outscored. Kurbanov piled on the punishment in the eighth as Rodriguez tired. A kidney punch from Kurbanov in the ninth brought a complaint from Rodriguez and a brief recovery time. A series of rights to the head saw Rodriguez drop to one knee. He was up at six and when the action resumed went down again from head punches a couple of which landed on the back of the Venezuelan’s head. He was up at six and the bell went after the eight was reached. In the last a barrage of hooks and uppercuts dropped Rodriguez again. He beat the count and a lost mouthguard. That gave him some respite and together with some guts saw him make it to the bell. Scores 99-88 twice and 100-87 for Kurbanov. The 23-year-old “Black Lion” outpointed world rated Charles Manyuchi in August. The IBF have him at No 4 and the WBA at No 6 but he is No 8 with the EBU. Rodriguez was gutsy but crude and limited. Of his 15 victims 5 had never previously had a fight, 7 had never won a fight and the other three had just 5 wins between them.
Parpiev vs. Bornea
Parpiev wins the vacant IBF Asian title with wide points victory over Filipino Bornea. Scores 98-92 twice and 99-91 for southpaw Parpiev. The seeming lack of experience for Tajik-born Russian Parpiev is misleading. He collected medals at many International Tournaments over ten years as an amateur including bronze medals at both the Russian Championships and the World Cup of Petroleum Countries Tournament. Bornea, 23, was stopped in seven rounds by Andrew Selby in 2016 but had scored three wins since then. He is the twin brother of unbeaten Jade Bornea and also had success as an amateur taking a gold medal at the Philippines National Games.
Tischenko vs. Sarkisyan
Rio gold medal winner Tischenko has no real trouble with poor Sarkisyan and wins every round on all three cards. Apart from the Rio gold Tischenko took gold at the 2015 and 2017 European Championships and the 2015 World Championships. The 6’5” Russian will now head off to the USA for training. Sarkisyan has been beaten in 5 of his last 6 fights
Las Vegas, NV, USA: Light Fly: Angel Acosta (19-1) W KO 2 Abraham Rodriguez (23-2). Super Welter: Bakhram Murtazaliev (14-0) W PTS 10 Norberto Gonzalez (23-12). Welter: Rashidi Ellis (21-0) W TKO Saul Corral (28-13).
Acosta vs. Abraham Rodriguez
“Tito” Acosta obliterates Rodriguez inside two rounds with a tremendous left hook to retain the WBO title.
In a fast-paced round Acosta had Rodrigues a on the back foot and was trailing him around the ring looking to land his right. He landed a couple of hooks and easily avoided the lunging attacks of the challenger
Score 10-9 Acosta
Acosta landed a right counter early in the second but it was a left hook that ended the fight. Acosta stepped inside a right from Rodriguez and exploded a left hook to the Mexican’s chin putting him on the canvas flat on his back and the referee immediately waived the fight over. In his second title defence the 28-year-old Puerto Rican keeps his 100% record of 19 wins by KO/TKO in 19 fights. .His only loss is a points decision over him by Kosei Tanaka when Acosta challenged for the WBO title in May last year. Tanaka relinquished the title and moved up to win the WBO flyweight title. How Rodriguez qualified for the title fight only the WBO and the promoter know. He lost on a fifth round retirement against 6-2 novice Alejandro Hernandez in March and then beat a 4-9 Jorge Hernandez over six rounds in July-disgraceful that he then fights for a world title in his next fight.
Murtazaliev vs. Gonzalez
Murtazaliev wins the vacant WBC United States title with decision over Mexican Gonzalez. This was a one-sided affair with Murtazaliev too strong for the fleshy Gonzalez. He was able to bull Gonzalez around the ring scoring with thumping left hooks to the body and stiff jabs. Gonzalez came to life occasionally but spent much of the fight on the back foot in survival mode. A clash of heads in the third saw Gonzalez cut over his left eye but his corner did a good job on controlling it. Murtazaliev walked Gonzalez down for the whole fight but Gonzalez threw occasional bursts of punches to let the referee know he was still active but hardly ever took a forward step and never looked like winning a round. Scores 100-90 from all three judges for the Russian. A run of nine inside the distance wins have see Murtazaliev rated WBO 9/IBF 10(9) and he is even the interim World Boxing Association champion. Gonzalez, 37, does not get given easy fights and this is his fourth loss in a row to very good level opponents.
Ellis vs. Corral
Ellis stops late stand-in Corral. Ellis was in charge of this one from the outset. His hand speed and clever movement were just too much for Corral. The Mexican fired back often enough to stay in the fight but that was all. Two rights to the head in the third saw Corral drop to one knee but he bounced up immediately and avoided further trouble in the round. Corral tried to take the fight to Ellis but when he did he was getting caught with sharp counters and then Ellis would unleash flashy combinations. A barrage of punches in the sixth shook a bemused Corral with the punches coming too fast for Corral to block. As the round ended Ellis was pounding Corral with hooks and uppercuts and with blood dripping from his nose Corral was just soaking up punishment. At the start of the seventh two rights to the head sent Corral sprawling and both gloves touched the canvas resulting in a count. Ellis then drove Corral along the ropes with a finishing left sending the Mexican down on his back. He was quickly up but the referee stopped the fight. Ellis, 25, was making the second defence of the IBF North American title and has 14 wins by KO/TKO. He has impressive wins in a first round kayo of 19-1 Eddie Gomez and a wide unanimous decision over Albert Mosquera. He is coming in under the radar as he rarely gets headlines. He sits at No 8(7) with the IBF, No 12 with the WBO and No 33 with the WBC so some way to go before his name starts to get mentioned for a title shot in a tough division. Fifth loss by KO/TKO for Corral who has been in with names such as Mike Alvarado and Sadam Ali.
Orleans, France: Light Heavy: Mathieu Bauderlique (15-1) W PTS 10 Yann Binagang (10-3-1). Middle: Diego Natchoo (16-1-4,1ND) W TKO 7 Michel Mothmora (29-27-2). Middle: Christian Mbilli (12-0) W KO 2 Luis Fernando Pina (20-2).
Bauderlique vs. Binagang
French champion Bauderlique wins the vacant WBC Francophone title with decision over Binagang. The Gabonese boxer made a good start doing well enough to at least share the first round but from there Bauderlique dominated. He worked plenty of openings for his strong southpaw jab and showed good movement and plenty of variety in his work changing angles and working to head and body. Binagang kept pressing and the action slowed after the fifth. Bauderlique came strongly over the next three rounds but with Binagang showing no sign of folding Bauderlique settled for boxing his way through the last two rounds. Scores 99-91 twice and 100-90. The 29-year-old Olympic bronze medallist was able to give his injured left hand a good test. He is not currently in the EBU ratings (13 listed) but is No 14 in the EU rankings so will probable relinquish his National title and try for the EU title. French-based Binagang was 7-1-1 in his last 9.
Natchoo vs. Mothmora
If at first you don’t succeed try, try and try again. Good advice but sometimes things are just not meant to be as seasoned pro Mothmora fails in his sixth attempt to win a Nation title in what will probably be his last chance. Mothmora was to have challenged the incumbent champion Anderson Prestot but after the weight-in Prestot learned that his son had suffered burns in an accident so he relinquished the title and headed for the hospital. Natchoo who was preparing for a fight in early November was brought in as a substitute and won the vacant title. Mothmora attacked strongly in the first focusing on the body. In the second a counter from Natchoo put Mothmora down. Mothmora was up quickly and seemed okay but a right put him down for the second time. Natchoo let his chance for a quick win slip and almost paid the price when he was stunned by a right from Mothmora in the fourth. Natchoo was back in control in the fifth and floored Mothmora twice more in the seventh to force the stoppage and win the title. The Algerian-born Natchoo, the French No 5, gets his sixth win by KO/TKO and is now 6-0-1 in his last 7 fights. Mothmora, 38, a former WBFederation champion might now consider retirement.
Mbilli vs. Pina
Mbilli obliterates poor Pina. The visitor bravely but foolishly took the fight to Mbilli. Fighting with a fierce intensity and loading up on every punch Mbilli just walked through Pina’s punches. In the second he battered Pina around the ring and then ended the fight in a brutal manner. He forced Pina to the ropes with two head punches and then landed a right to the body and with almost no leverage turned that into a sickening right uppercut to the chin. Pina was out and on his way down when Mbilli landed a left to the head and the Mexican was counted out. The 23-year-old Cameroon-born “Solide” has won all of his fights by KO/TKO taking less than 35 rounds for his twelve wins. He is a French citizen having moved to France with his family at the age of 11.He was European Youth and European Union champion and won a gold medal at the European Olympic Qualifier for Rio beating Anthony Fowler on the way. He competed for France at the 2016 Olympics losing to Cuban Arlen Lopez in the quarter-final and boxed for the Puerto Rican Hurricanes in the WSB. Second loss by KO/TKO for Pina who has a heavily padded record.
Tokyo, Japan: Super Light: Rikki Naito (21-2) W PTS 12 Daishi Nagata (11-2-1). Super Bantam: Hiroaki Teshigawara (18-2-2) W KO 5 Glenn Suminguit ( 21-4).
Naito vs. Nagata
Naito retains the OPBF title in all-southpaw, all-Japanese clash. This was a battle between the speed of Naito and the power of Nagata and was a close fight all the way. Nagata went in front over the first two rounds but then Naito had his jab working and scored some good shots to close the gap and the judges all had it 38-38 after four rounds. It was a similar picture over the middle rounds. Again Nagata attacked strongly in the fifth then Naito came on strong over the next three rounds. After eight two judges had them even with the third having Naito in front 77-75, It was difficult to split them in the ninth but Nagata had a big tenth flooring Naito with a left. Naito fought back and before the bell for the last the judges all had it 104-104. They both poured everything into the twelfth but Naito just did enough to retain his title. Scores 114-113 twice for Naito and 114-114.Naito was making the second defence of the OPBF title and gets his sixth win in a row. No one expected the Japanese No 5 Nagata to make it as close as he was having his first ten round fight.
Teshigawara vs. Suminguit
Teshigawara wins the vacant OPBF title with kayo of Filipino Suminguit. Teshigawara just punched too hard for the Philippines champion. He floored Suminguit in the first and third rounds and ended it in the fifth with a brutal right uppercut. Teshigawara is now 15-1 in his last 16 fights and has 11 wins by KO/TKO. Suminguit was 9-1 in his previous 10 fights and this is his second loss by KO/TKO.
Santiago de Chile, Chile: Super Middle: Julio Alamos (11-0) W PTS 11 Facundo Galovar (10-4-1). Fighting in his home city Alamos keeps his 100% record and lifts the vacant WBA Latino title with wide unanimous verdict over very modest Argentinian Galovar. Alamos won every round but also showed a very leaky defence. Galovar was able to stay competitive with counters and against a better level of opposition Alamos could have hit real trouble. Scores 110-100 twice and 109-103 all for Alamos. The former Chilean amateur champion boxed at 81kgs before turning pro and made the change to the pro ranks after failing to win his way through the Americas Olympic Qualifier for Rio. Galovar had won 6 of his last 7 fights.
Accra, Ghana: Super Welter: John Akulugu (15-5) W PTS 12 Daniel Lartey (13-2-1). Super Middle: Delali Miledzi (10-0) W PTS 12 Iddrisa Amadu (10-3).
Akulugu vs. Lartey
In the first show ushering in a revived Boxing League Akulugu outpoints Lartey for the vacant Ghanaian title but the title remains vacant as Akulugu failed to make the weight. He used his longer reach to control the fight with Lartey having no answer to the jab of “Fire Stone”. Lartey’s corner gave him a slapping after the seventh which seemed to work as Lartey was more competitive from there but by then Akulugu had already built a winning lead. Scores 120-108, 119-109 and 117-115 all for Akulugu.
Miledzi vs. Amadu
Miledzi wins the vacant National title with split verdict over Amadu. It was Amadu who made the better start and looked to have taken the first three rounds. Miledzi increased his work rate from the fourth and fought his way in front. Neither fighter was able to control the action which featured plenty of fiery exchanges but Miledzi had done enough to take the decision. Scores 117-112 and 115-114 for Miledzi and 117-111 for Amadu.
Salgotarjan, Hungary: Cruiser: Josef Darmos (11-2-3) DREW 10 Tomas Toth (9-6-5). Cruiser: Imre Szello (22-0) W PTS 6 Gusmyr Perdomo (25-9). Super Feather: Zoltan Kovacs (22-5-1) W TEC DEC 7 Rafael Hernandez (28-11-2,1ND).
Darmos vs. Toth
The Hungarian title is still vacant after Darmos and Toth ended up even on a technical decision. Darmos was a regular fixture in the Hungarian amateur team but despite being Hungarian champion eight times and winning bronze medals at two European Union Championships he has struggled as a pro. He started well enough here building an early lead and looking comfortable. After the fifth round Toth started to roll and by the eighth he was the one who looked on the way to victory. Early in the ninth a clash of heads saw both fighters suffers cuts which were too bad for the fight to continue so it went to the cards. Scores 86-86 twice and 87-85 for Toth making it a majority draw. Darmos “The Gladiator” is 33 and looks unlikely to get passed domestic level. “Barbarian” Toth (they had those Gladiator and Barbarian nicknames way before this fight), a former national champion had lost his last two fights.
Szello vs. Perdomo
Szello wins but in an untidy match. Szello was having problems with the awkward southpaw style of the veteran Venezuelan and for much of the fight the referee was the busiest man. Szello gradually broke down Perdomo’s resistance and after rocking Perdomo with a head-snapping right in the seventh he took Perdomo to the ropes and another right had Perdomo sliding down the ropes and the referee stepped in and halted the fight. The 35-year-old “Imo” has 13 wins by KO/TKO. He was one of the most successful of all Hungarian amateurs and is rated WBO 4/IBF 9(8)/WBC 16 but the EBU has him at No 11 in their ratings. His only chance of landing a title shot is if Oleg Usyk relinquishes the four titles. Perdomo, 41,and 16 years a pro, lost to Mikkel Kessler for the WBA super middle title in 2009 but last year he beat the 20-2 Haitian Azea Augustama in Haiti.
Kovacs vs. Hernandez
Cuts also brought this fight to a premature end. A clash of heads saw Kovacs suffer a cut early in the fight. His corner did a good job on it but for a couple of rounds the blood was affecting Kovac’s vision. He settled and was winning the rounds but the cut opened again and it was impossible for Kovac’s to continue so again it was decided on the cards. Scores 70-63, 69-64 and 69-65 for Kovac’s. The 26-year-old “Caramel” was 3-4 in his first 7 fights but is now 19-1-1in his last 20. Venezuelan Hernandez, a former interim WBA super bantam title challenger, had won 6 of his last 7 fights with the six wins all coming by KO/TKO.
Alta Valle Intelvi, Italy: Super Bantam: Iuliano Gallo (9-2) W PTS 10 Daniele Limone (16-8-1). Gallo holds on to his National title with a split decision over more experienced Limone. Gallo rocked Limone badly with a right in the first round but Limone recovered and they fought on equal terms. Over the fifth and six Limone was finding gaps in the southpaw defence of Gallo. The seventh was a close round but in the eighth and ninth Gallo outworked Limone on the inside. Both tiring fighters put everything into a frantic last three minutes with Gallo coming out on top. Scores 95-94 twice for Gallo and 95-94 for Limone. This was the first defence of the title for Gallo who won the crown at the second attempt. Former feather champion Limone had lost 3 of his last 4 fights including defeats in fights for the national super feather and European Union super bantam titles.
Mdantsane, South Africa: Fly: Ulises Lara (21-16-2) W PTS 12 Thembalani Nxoshe (19-8-2) Mexico’s “Little Mouse” Lara makes it two wins in two fights in South Africa as he collects the vacant WBC International title. Pressure and power won this one for Lara. He exerted nonstop pressure on local fighter Nxoshe who lacked the power to keep Lara out. Lara was going for quantity rather than quality in his work and leaving plenty of gaps for Nxoshe to score but the visitor came out on top in the exchanges despite a good effort from Nxoshe and Lara was a clear winner. Scores 117-111, 116-112 and 116-114 all for Lara. The Mexican had knocked out good level South African Nhlanhia Ngamntwini in July. He has a stoppage win over former IBF light fly champion Javier Mendoza and won and lost in fights with former WBO minimumweight champion Moises Fuentes so this was a big ask for former South African champion Nxoshe.
Torremolinos, Spain: Super Middle: Ronny Landaeta (16-0) W PTS 12 Anatoli Hunanyan (8-3-1). Super Welter: Navid Mansouri (18-1-2) W TKO 2 Bogdan Mitic (21-11).
Landaeta vs. Hunanyan
Predictable win for Landaeta against late substitute Hunanyan in clash for the vacant European Union title. Landaeta dominated the fight all the way but Hunanyan fought hard enough to make it an entertaining twelve rounds. Both fighters were handicapped by a damp, slippery canvas that made it difficult to get a good platform to throw their punches. Scores 118-110 twice and 117-111 for Landaeta. Venezuelan-born Landaeta will now be hoping to challenge for the EBU title next year. Armenian-born Hunanyan came in as a late substitute after Spanish middleweight champion 15-0 Cesar Nunez was injured. Hunanyan was not up to the usual EBU standard as a challenger but he saved the show and did his job well in going ten rounds with big puncher Landaeta.
Mansouri vs. Mitic
Rotherham’s Mansouri extends his unbeaten run to 12 with stoppage of Mitic. The former undefeated English champion is now 11-0, 1 technical draw including a victory over then unbeaten Sam Sheedy. After only one fight in almost three years he is now fighting in Spain and this is his third win this years. Serbian Mitic suffered his fourth loss by KO/TKO.
Rangsit, Thailand: Super Flyweight: Kongfah (24-1) W PTS 10 Mateo Handig (15-17
8A Kongfah keeps his OPBF title after unanimous decision over useful Filipino southpaw Handig. Scores 97-93 for Kongfah on all cards but Handig gave Kongfah plenty of problems along the way. Kongfah’s only loss was a seventh round knockout in 2015 to future WBC champion Daigo Higa. He has won ten fights since then but against very carefully selected opponents so the figures are meaningless. Way back Handig fought in an IBF eliminator but he has slipped away. He had a spell of eleven consecutive losses but had won twice against domestic opposition this year.
Sheffield, England: Super Fly: Tommy Frank (9-0) W PTS 10 Adam Yahaya (18-3-1). Bantam: Nasibu Ramadhan (25-12-2) W TKO 5 Loua Nassa (11-2).
Frank vs. Yahaya
In a night of mixed fortunes for local fighters Frank comprehensively outpointed tiny Tanzanian Yahaya. Frank was much taller, 5’7” to the 5’1” of Yahaya, and also had a big edge in technical ability and was able to use a strong jab to control the fight against the southpaw visitor. He also worked hard to the body with Yahaya eventually tiring under the pressure. Frank staggered Yahaya with a right hook in the sixth and had him in trouble in the eighth with a left hook but Yahaya stayed the distance. Referee’s score 100-90 for Frank. The BBB of C Central Area champion will now be hoping for a shot at the Commonwealth title. First fight outside of Tanzania for Yahaya who was unbeaten in his last 16 fights but against very modest domestic opposition.
Ramadhan vs. Nassa
This one came out as a win for the away fighter. Nassa had lots of height over Ramadhan but the little Tanzanian southpaw just walked forward punching and giving Nassa no chance to use his better skills. A tiring Nassa was shaken by a couple of punches in the seventh spitting out his mouthguard to get some recovery time and then held and wrestled his way to the bell. It was only a temporary reprieve and a series of punches from Ramadhan in the seventh had Nassa in trouble and the referee stopped the fight. The 26-year-old Ramadhan gets win No 13 by KO/TKO. He had lost 3 of his last 4 fights but the opposition had been very strong including a points defeat against former WBO bantam champion Paulus Ambunda. This is the second inside the distance loss in his last three fights for 22-year-old Nassa
Newcastle, England: Super Light: Robbie Davies (17-1) W PTS 12 Glenn Foot (23-4). Light: Francesco Patera (20-3) W PTS 12 Lewis Ritson (17-1). Light Heavy: Joshua Buatsi (8-0) W TKO 1 Tony Averlant (26-11-2). Heavy: David Allen (15-4-2) W TKO 1 Samir Nebo (10-3-1). Cruiser: Craig Glover (9-1) TKO 8 Simon Vallily (13-2-1). Super welter: Antony Fowler (8-0) W TKO 5 Gabor Gorbics (26-13). Super Bantam Thomas Patrick Ward (25-0) W KO 1 Tom Tran (6-2). Light Heavy: Lawrence Osueke (6-0) W PTS 6 Charles Adamu (32-11). Light Heavy: Hosea Burton (22-1) W TKO 1 Saidou Sall (10-9-2).
Davies vs. Foot
Davies outpoints local fighter Foot to take Foot’s Commonwealth title and win the vacant British title. This one saw a lot of blood shed as both boxers were cut. Davies took the lead early with some snappy jabs and accurate counters on the oncoming Foot. Davies took the first two rounds but the second saw the Liverpool fighter showing blood on his nose but then more seriously he was cut over his left eye. Foot was trying to drag the better boxer into a brawl and was not always too careful with his head. As the cut worsened in the third Foot came into the fight more as he was rolling inside and work well to the body. Davies took over again in the fourth and fifth jabbing strongly and landing counters on the marching Foot. There was no way Foot was going to let his Commonwealth title go easily and there had also been some bed feeling before the fight. Foot put the pressure on again in the sixth to keep the fight close but he was also cut under his left eye. Despite Foot’s best efforts from the half way mark Davies began to pull away. He was managing to stay on the outside for much of the time and catching Foot with jolting counters. The rounds were close but Davies was doing enough to win them and although Foot never stopped marching in and pressing the fight the better skills of Davies were giving the Liverpool fighter dominance and he ended up a clear winner. Scores 119-109, 118-110 and 117-112 all for the new champion Davies. Having reversed his only loss in emphatic style with a stoppage of Pole Michal Syrowatka Davies will be looking for big fights in 2019. He has now relinquished the Commonwealth title he won here so it may be he will go for defences of his British title or for the European title. Foot was making the first defence of the Commonwealth title that he won in a war against Jason Easton in March but now he has to regroup and decided which path to follow next.
Patera vs. Ritson
Belgian Patera shocks the local fans and quite a few boxing pundits by outpointing Ritson to win the vacant European title. Ritson had blown away a number of very useful British fighters and he started out looking to get rid of Patera in the same fashion. His strong jab was jerking Patera’s head back and he had Patera on the retreat. Ritson was marching forward letting fly with hooks and uppercuts to the body. Patera showed some clever defensive work and scored with rapid body punches but it was assumed that he would go when Ritson really connected. In the third it was still a case of Ritson pressing but Patera was beginning to put together bunches of hooks and uppercuts whilst still on the back foot. Ritson did enough to take the fourth but Patera was standing and trading more and the scores at that point were 40-36 and 39-37 for Ritson but with the third judge seeing it 39-37 for Patera. The Belgian really came to life in the fifth. He was firing multi-punch cluster of hooks and uppercuts, He was finding plenty of gaps in Ritson’s defence and giving the local fighter a torrid time. Ritson had a better sixth scoring with his own jab and with thumping body punches but was again wide open to counters. Patera was still mostly on the back foot but in the seventh he again peppered Ritson with bunches of punches. Patera is not a big puncher but he was landing a lot more than Ritson and he took the eighth with thumping body punches. After eight the scores were 78-74 Ritson, 76-76 and 78-74 Patera. Ritson had a better ninth on the front foot scoring with left hooks and being able to walk through the lighter punches from Patera. The fight was poised to go either way and it went Patera’s way. Over the last three rounds he was sending flashing rights and lefts through Ritson’s defence and the British fighter had no answer to the Belgian’s hand speed, movement and accuracy and Patera swept the last three rounds. Scores 116-112 Ritson, 116-112 for Patera and 116-112 for Patera. The 25-year-old Patera proved a clever boxing resilient fighter with great hand speed. He had his tactics right in seeing out early pressure from Ritson and slowly upping his work rate to be strong over the championship rounds. He had lost a very close split decision to Sean Dodd in his only previous fight in Britain. He turned in an impressive performance in taking a split verdict over Edis Tatli in Finland to win this European title but was well beaten by Tatli in the return fight. For Ritson it was a case of don’t change what works but you better have a Plan B if doesn’t but he did not seem to have a Plan B. He had rolled over top level opposition but had no answer to the clever movement and fast, accurate combinations from Patera. He did not become a bad fighter overnight and at 25 he will have plenty of chances to get back to the top if he takes the right lessons from this loss.
Buatsi vs. Averlant
Impressive power show from Buatsi as he stops seasoned French campaigner Averlant. The tall Frenchman tried to use his longer reach to box on the outside but could not keep Buatsi away. Buatsi put Averlant down twice. The second knockdown came from a thudding left hook to the body. Averlant went down on one knee then half rose and went down again. He tried for a second time and was up but then dropped again and the referee stopped the fight. The 25-year-old Ghanaian born British Olympic bronze medallist has finished six of his fights by KO/TKO and was making the first defence of his WBA International title. Averlant, a former WBFederation champion, is now 2-3 in his last 5 fights losing on points to world rated Dominic Boesel and retiring after seven rounds against Anthony Yarde.
Allen vs. Nebo
The “White Rhino” tramples all over poor Nebo ending this one in 65 seconds. Allen landed a couple of body punches in the first few seconds of the fight and quickly had Nebo on the retreat. He took him to the ropes and dug in some more shots to the body. Nebo fired some punches in return but then backed to the ropes and Allen struck with a right and then a left hook to the body. Nebo dropped to one knee and was counted out. Second inside the distance win in a row for Allen following his crushing kayo of unbeaten Nick Webb in July. Allen has been brave enough to go up against Dillian White, Luis Ortiz and Tony Yoka but is sensibly now getting some less arduous fights before taking a leap up to the top level again. Syrian-born Nebo lost his first fight on a first round kayo but then went 10-0-1 in his next eleven before being stopped by unbeaten German hope Tom Schwarz in four rounds in February.
Glover vs. Vallily
Glover moves to seven inside the distance wins on the bounce as he stops Vallily in the eighth. It looked as though this would be over quickly as Glover floored Vallily with a right in the first. Vallily made it to his feet and to the bell but he had been badly hurt. Glover had Vallily rocking with a left hook in the second. Glover continued to boss the fight despite suffering a cut by his right eye. It continued downhill for Vallily when he lost a point in the fifth for a butt and shipped punishment in the sixth and seventh. In the eighth when a strong combination from Glover had Vallily floundering the fight was stopped. Impressive show from the Liverpool fighter who will be looking to challenge for the British title in 2019. Vallily’s only other loss was a stoppage against Mario Breidis and last time out in June he drew with unbeaten Arfan Iqbal for the English title making this an even more impressive results for Glover.
Fowler vs. Gorbics
Fowler takes a few rounds to catch up with the survival minded Gorbics but then ends it quickly. Fowler found a way past the high, tight guard of Gorbics and bombarded Gorbics who dropped under the barrage. He did get up but the referee halted the contest. Seventh win by KO/TKO for the Liverpool boxer. He has considerable amateur achievements behind him including twice winning the British Championships, getting gold at the Commonwealth Games, a bronze medal at the World Championships and competing at the Rio Olympics. He is ready to step up to stiffer domestic opposition. Hungarian Gorbics is 0-4 in fights in the UK.
Ward vs. Tran
This was just a keep ticking over fight for unbeaten Ward but he made it a waste of time. Instead of getting a few rounds of work the County Durham fighter ended it early. He dropped Tran with a right bringing blood leaking from Tran’s nose and followed that with a second knockdown from a left to the body and Tran was counted out. Ward, 24, has good domestic wins over James Dickens and Sean Davis and is No 4with the WBO so will be hoping to get a title shot in 2019. German Tran in way over his head.
Osueke vs. Adamu
Osueke is still finding his feet as a pro and Adamu had enough experience to get through six rounds. Osueke had a considerable reach advantage and a far superior skill set than the Ghanaian veteran. Osueke was able to slot home his jab and dealt easily with the crude rushing attacks and wild swings of Adamu on his way to winning every round. Referee’s score 60-54. As an amateur he was a three-time British champion and competed at the European Championships. Ghanaian Adamu competed at the Olympics way back in 2000 when he beat Britain’s Courtney Fry. A former Commonwealth champion at 41 he is okay against domestic opposition but is not good enough to test fighters such as Osueke
Burton vs. Sall
Burton made it a good family night. He is the uncle of Osueke and he got his job done in just in just 29 seconds finishing poor Sall with a body punch. The 6’4” 30-year-old former British champion moves to four wins on the road back after losing his title to Frank Buglioni in 2016. Fourth loss in a row for Frenchman Sall including a six rounds points loss to Joshua Buatsi in October.
London, England: Bantam: Lee McGregor (5-0) W TKO 12 Thomas Essomba (8-5). Heavy: Michael Hunter (15-1) W TKO 10 Martin Bakole Ilunga (11-1).Light Heavy: Chris Billam Smith (7-0) W RTD 5 Robin Dupre (13-2).
McGregor vs. Essomba
McGregor wins the vacant Commonwealth title in only his fifth fight as little Essomba shows him how tough the pro game can be. McGregor had huge physical advantages and used his jab well in the first but Essomba was quick-handed and scored with a sharp left hook. The pace in this one was hot as both were looked to take control. Essomba hustled and bustled in the second with McGregor digging to the body with left hooks. McGregor chose to go inside in this round and they both cracked home uppercuts and hooks. McGregor’s cleaner work had him in front but in the fourth he went over and was given a count. He protested that he had tripped over Essomba’s right leg when avoiding a punch. The video showed that was what happened but it was understandable that the referee thought it had been caused by a punch and it was a 10-8 round for Essomba. The fight was a bit untidy in the fifth but again the hooks to the body from McGregor were connecting. It was close quarters stuff again in the sixth and seventh in what was an entertaining clash of styles. McGregor went inside again in the eighth and ninth but Essomba was scoring well with hooks and landed a couple of crisp uppercuts. McGregor had clawed back the 10-8 round and was in front but could not subdue the little Cameroon’s fighter. The tenth was a brutal round as they just stayed in the pocket and swapped punches. McGregor was getting the better of the exchanges and Essomba was showing signs of tiring but was still willing to stand and trade punches. In the last a fierce uppercut from McGregor saw Essomba stagger and then go down as McGregor landed a coupled more punches. The game Essomba was finished and just could not lift himself to beat the count. A great little fight that will have done McGregor a great deal of good for the questions it posed and the answers he gave. His other four fights had lasted less than nine rounds in total so this fight was a big step in his pro education. Former champion Essomba fought his heart out. Too often he has given away weight or taken short notice jobs to get fights and he showed here he is a flyweight who must be respected.
Hunter vs. Ilunga
Scots-based DRC fighter Ilunga loses his unbeaten tag as he is stopped by Hunter. Ilunga towered over Hunter and had a 43lbs weight advantage-or disadvantage as it turned out. Hunter was more mobile and quicker with his punches. He was buzzing around Ilunga and finding it was easy to hit the bigger man with jabs and straight rights. However his punches just bounced off Ilunga and Ilunga’s clubbing shots seemed to rock Hunter every time they landed. Hunter had to get inside score and get out again as their respective power was heavily in Ilunga’s favour. Ilunga was also tiring Hunter by leaning on him in the clinches and although Hunter was clearly outscoring Ilunga you felt that one big punch from Ilunga could end things. It came close to happening when a hefty left hook in the seventh had Hunter badly shaken with the bell coming just in time for the American. By the eighth Hunter was also cut over his right eye. A punch from Ilunga sent Hunter’s mouthguard flying in the ninth but Ilunga was looking exhausted and had now suffered an injury to his right shoulder. Hunter piled on the punches in the tenth and Ilunga was unable to hold him off. Hunter bombarded Ilunga with punches with the DRC fighter trying to punch back but only able to use his left. He did land one right hook but Hunter landed a booming right to the head and drove Ilunga stumbling to the ropes with a stream of head punches. As he pounded on Ilunga and with nothing coming back the referee stopped in and stopped the fight. The 32-year-old Hunter, the son of Mike “The Bounty” Hunter is really a cruiserweight. His only loss was on points against Oleg Usyk for the WBO title in April 2017 after which he moved up to heavyweight. In the 2012 Olympics he only lost on countback to Artur Beterbiev and he scored wins in amateur action over Andrew Tabiti, Oscar Rivas and Andy Ruiz. In his fight in June he knocked out 26-2 Igor Kiladze so this was a very risky choice of opponent for the inexperienced Ilunga. The Scottish-based Ilunga had less than 36 rounds as a pro behind him and it showed here. The brother of Ilunga Makabu Ilunga came over to Britain with his brother to act as a sparring partner for Ilunga’s fight against Tony Bellew and decided to stay. He is powerful and a big puncher but slow.
Smith vs. Dupre
Prospect Smith gets a useful stoppage win over former Commonwealth title challenger Dupree. The 6’3” Smith has an impressive build whereas Dupree looks nothing like a boxer is supposed to look. He is fleshy and looks soft-but isn’t. Smith used his reach well and boxed behind a strong jab. Dupree proved faster than he looks and showed he takes a punch well. A Smith jab staggered Dupree in the second and he was also hurt by a left hook late in the round. However he was finding gaps and scoring with some sharp counters. Smith worked the jab well again in the third with Dupree constantly on the back foot but surprising Smith some jabs and rights. A right uppercut brought blood from Dupree’s nose in the fourth as Smith upped his pace looking for a stoppage. Smith connected with heavy rights and lefts in the fifth and at the end of the round with blood dripping from his nose Dupree retired. Sixth win by KO/TKO for 28-year-old Smith who is ready for some stiffer tests. This was billed as a Commonwealth eliminator but it was not. Dupre came in as a late choice as he gets his second loss by KO.TKO.
Mexico City, Mexico: Super Feather: Eduardo Hernandez (27-0) W TKO 2 Luis Diaz (23-4-1). Is Hernandez the next Munguia? He is certainly knocking over the opposition in the same manner that Jaime Munguia did. The youngster from Mexico City dismantled Colombian Diaz scoring three knockdowns before the fight was stopped. In the first Hernandez was pressing Diaz looking for an opening. That came late in the round when a left to the body and a right to the head sent Diaz tumbling to the floor. He got up and the bell saved him from disaster-for a short while. In the second Diaz was retreating behind his jab but when his back touched the ropes there was nowhere to go and two clubbing rights to the head put him over. He climbed to his feet but then went down on his hands and knees from a series of head punches and the referee immediately stopped the fight. The 20-year-old “Rocky” has amassed 21 wins in a row by KO/TKO. This was the fifth defence of his WBC Youth title. He is No 3 with the WBC but probably needs some sterner tests before fighting for the title, but that’s what people thought about Munguia when he came in against Sadam Ali. Diaz has a heavily padded record with his last six victims having only sixteen wins between them so no test for Hernandez here.
Montreal, Canada: Super Light: Mathieu Germain (16-0) W PTS 10 Carlos Jimenez (14-9-1). Super Middle: Erik Bazinyan (21-0) W TKO 6 Francy Ntetu (17-3). Welter: Ghislain Maduma (20-3) W PTS 8 Diego Luque (21-6-1).
Germain vs. Jimenez
Germain gets his toughest test to date and has to settle for a split decision over Mexican Jimenez. The local fighter made a hesitant start under the pressure from Jimenez who looked to be in front after the first three round. A damaging left uppercut in the third sparked Germain into action and he swept the next three rounds with Jimenez’s work rate dropping. Jimenez came back to life in the eighth getting through with some sharp shots. Then it was Germain’s turn to rally and he was strong enough over the last two rounds to take the decision. Scores 99-91 and 98-92 for Germain and 96-94 for Jimenez with the first two scores looking harsh on Jimenez and the last looking too generous for Jimenez. “G-Time Germain, 29, holds on to his IBF North American title. Jimenez had won his last four fights including an upset victory over 27-0 Pedro Campa in October.
Bazinyan vs. Ntetu
Bazinyan continues on his winning way with stoppage of Ntetu. Bazinyan was forcing the fight hard over the first two rounds with Ntetu doing a lot of holding to ease the pressure. In the third it looked as though Ntetu was going to turn the fight his way as they traded punches in an exciting round. Bazinyan steadied things in the fourth when a combination took a lot of the fire out of Ntetu. From there Ntetu was too often finding himself on the ropes and taking punishment. Bazinyan pounded Ntetu in the fifth and with Ntetu trapped on the ropes floored him with an array of punches in the sixth. Ntetu made it to the vertical but was again on the ropes and sliding down under a succession of head punches when the referee stopped the fight. The Armenian-born Bazinyan, 23, was making the first defence of his WBO NABO title and wins the vacant WBA-NABA trifle. He has 16 wins by KO/TKO. A former Canadian Golden Gloves champion, Bazinyan’s parents brought him to Canada when he was 16 to avoid compulsory Army service and it is proving a wise decision. He is now No 6 with the WBO. Ntetu from the DRC won his first 16 fights but was brought down to earth by inside the distance defeats against David Bermudez and Marcus Browne.
Maduma vs. Luque
Maduma saves the night for DRC boxers as he takes a comfortable victory over Argentinian Luque. Maduma was by far the quicker with hands and feet and won every round. He had Luque in deep water in the fourth but the Argentinian did not fold. From the seventh the pace slackened with Maduma still in control and Luque not in any further bother. Scores 80-72 for Maduma on all three cards. Maduma lost two important fight against Kevin Mitchell in an IBF Eliminator in 2014 followed by a split decision defeat to Maurice Hooker in 2015, a result that looks a lot better now than it did at the time. He had two fights in 2016 but was then away from the ring for 20 months before returning with a win in June. Luque is a road loser now with overseas losses to Jack Catterall and in Canada in May to Mike Zewski on points.
Salinas, CA, USA: Super Feather: Ruben Villa (14-0) W PTS 8 Miguel Carrizoza (10-4). Another solid performance from unbeaten former top amateur Villa as he wins in front of his home town fans. He outboxed a willing but limited Carrizoza all the way and won every round. Carrizoza tried hard but he just did not have the tools to match the classy southpaw boxing of Villa. Scores 80-72 from all three judges. As an amateur the 21-year-old Villa was National Golden Gloves champion in 2014 and 2015 and came close to derailing the Olympic hopes of Shakur Stevenson but instead Stevenson reversed a previous loss with victory in the final Trial. Villa was the designated alternate if Stevenson had been unable to box in Rio. Three losses in a row for Carrizoza all against unbeaten fighters.
Villa Domenico, Argentina: Light: Gustavo Lemos (19-0) W PTS 10 Uriel Perez (17-4). “El Electrico” Lemos outpoints Perez in an entertaining ten rounder and is still IBF Latino champion. The local fighter set a fast pace and landed plenty of punches but without real power behind them. Perez was making the early rounds close but lost a point in the fourth for a low punch. The Mexican was on fire over the middle rounds eating into the lead Lemos had built but Lemos found his second wind and did enough to take the last three rounds and the decision. Scores 99-90, 98-91 ½ and 96-93. The 22-year-old Lemos was making the third defence of his IBF title. Perez had been in good form being 10-1 in his previous 11 fights with the loss being a split decision against useful Carlos Jimenez
Brisbane, Australia: Super Light: Liam Paro (15-0) W RTD 7 Robert Tlatlik (22-2). Heavy: Demsey McKean (12-0) W TKO 6 Victor Oganov (32-6).
Paro vs. Tlatlik
Brisbane southpaw Paro shines in his best win and toughest test so far. Paro was in charge all the way scoring constantly with stiff southpaw jabs and landing heavy lefts. He slowly broke Tlatlik’s resistance until Tlatlik’s corner pulled their man out of the fight at the end of the seventh round. The 22-year-old WBO No 7 has won ten of his last eleven fights inside the distance. German-based Pole Tlatlik loses inside the distance for the first time.
Demsey vs. Oganov
Australian champion Demsey (I keep wanting to put a P after the M) stops oldie Oganov in a very uneven match. Demsey won every round and dealt out considerable punishment but could not put Oganov down with the fight being stopped half way through the sixth round. Demsey makes it six wins by KO/TKO but at 6’6” to Oganov’s 5’9” and a 44lbs weight advantage it was difficult to see how the 41-year-old Russian-born one-time IBO super middle title challenger was ever going to stand a chance in this one.
Vienna, Austria: Middle: Marcos Nader (20-1-1) W PTS 10 Dejan Milicevic (14-4). Nader breezes past Slovenian Milicevic to win the vacant Austrian title. Milicevic was knocked down a few times and rocked continually by right crosses from Nader. He managed to stay there to the bell even staggering Nader with a right during the contest. All three cards had Nader the winner at 100-89. After losing his European Union title to Emanuele Blandamura in 2014 the 28-year-old Spanish-born Nader competed with no success in the AIBA pro contests in 2015 going 0-2 and was then inactive until returning with a win last April. Three losses in a row for Milicevic,
Herstal, Belgium: Super Feather: Faroukh Kourbanov (16-1) W PTS 8 Sylvain Chapelle (17-26-2). Kourbanov given eight good working rounds by French veteran Chapelle. The visitor fought hard but Kourbanov won clearly in the end. Chapelle kept walking Kourbanov down but the hand speed and movement of Kourbanov meant he was having to take punishment before he could work inside. Chapelle did well with uppercut and hooks when he did close on Kourbanov but he was being peppered with quick combinations in every round. Kourbanov does not have a big punch and that allowed Chapelle both to have some success and to last the distance. Scores 80-74, 78-74 and 77-75 for Kourbanov. The only loss suffered by the 26-year-old from Kyrgyzstan was a close verdict against experienced former WBC title challenger Devis Boschiero for the European Union title in May. He is No 6 with the EBU so could get another title shot next year. All of Chapelle’s 45 fights have gone the distance so he now has exactly 300 rounds of experience behind him. Chapelle did well when he could cut the ring off and on those occasions he was banging well to the body.
Wolfhagen, Germany: Middle: Mario Jassmann (16-0) W TKO 6 Paata Varduashvili (34-17-2). Jassmann makes a successful second defence of his German International title with stoppage of Georgian Varduashvili. After three competitive and close rounds with the Georgian getting home some choice uppercuts Jassmann upped the pace and began to land some strong shots to the body. In the sixth he floored .Varduashvili and although the Georgian beat the count after a few more punches from Jassmann the referee halted the contest. Twelfth win by KO/TKO for the home town fighter but his opposition has been modest to less than modest and he is down at No 23 in the EU ratings. Of the 17 losses suffered by Varduashvili fifteen have been by KO/TKO.
Accra, Ghana: Super Bantam: Wasiru Mohammed (9-0) W TKO 3 Isaac Sackey (22--1). Disgraceful scenes followed a controversial ending to this fight. Mohammed, much the bigger fighter was in control from the start. He was walking down southpaw Sackey who hardly ventured away from the ropes. Mohammed was doing all of the scoring with Sackey constantly holding and lucky not to be disqualified. On one occasion as he slid to the floor under and attack from Mohammed he clung on to Muhammed’s leg refusing to let go with Mohammed dragging him along the canvas trying to shake him loose. Mohamed was looking to nail Sackey with rights and he finally succeeded in the third. He drove Sackey to a corner and hammered home a right and left to the body and then landed a powerful right that knocked Sackey off his feet and down. It was a heavy knockdown but despite that Sackey immediately grabbed the ropes and pulled himself to his feet only to see the referee waiving the fight over. It was a ridiculously hurried action as the referee did not even wait to see what condition Sackey was in. Sackey’s corner men and supporters climbed into the ring. Some just to mouthed their objections but some to attack the referee who it was reported was struck by a chair. Muhammed’s supports also got in the ring to protect their man and the trouble rapidly spread to the crowd in a small scale riot. Disgraceful. It remains to be seen where the result will stand but there is no doubt that Mohammed was on his way to a win.
Fight of the week (Entertainment): McGregor vs. Essomba a great little scrap
Fight of the week (Significance): Zolani Tete’s win over Mikhail Aloyan puts the South African into the semi-finals of the WBSS Tournament and some big money fights. Terrence Crawford cleared the way for a huge fight with Errol Spence if it can be made
Fighter of the week: Terrence Crawford a master at work
Punch of the week: Plenty of these. The straight right from Shakur Stevenson that put Viorel Simion over was special as was the left hook from Angel Acosta that flattened Abraham Rodriguez but I go for the fearsome uppercut from Christian Mbilli which shattered Luis Pina.
Upset of the week: Francesco Patera’s win over Lewis Ritson certainly shocked British fans and Mike Hunter was not expected to beat Martin Bakole Ilunga.
Prospect watch: Evgeny Tischenko certainly has an impressive list of amateur titles so has to be watched and Rashidi Ellis looked brilliant in beating Saul Corral.
By Eric Armit
-Naoya Inoue crushes Juan Carlos Payano inside a round in the WBSS bantamweight tournament
-Kiryl Relikh gets close decision over Eduard Troyanovsky to retain the WBA super light title and move into the semi-finals of the WBSS Tournament
-Ken Shiro makes successful defence of his WBC light fly title with stoppage of Milan Melindo
- Artur Beterbiev knocks out challenger Callum Johnson in IBF light heavy title defence but suffers shock knockdown on the way
-Daniel Roman halts Gavin McDonnell in WBA super bantam title defence after a great little contest
-Srisaket retains WBC super fly title with comfortable decision over Iran Diaz
-Jack Catterall keeps on track for a world title shot with a decision over Ohara Davies in a disappointing fight
-Tomas Rojas scores upset victory over Jhonny Gonzalez and Luis Nery returns with a win in Mexican action
-Jessie Vargas and Thomas Dulorme fight to a draw and Jarrell Miller crushes Tomas Adamek on Chicago show
World Title Shows
Chicago, IL, USA: Super Bantam: Daniel Roman (26-2-1) W TKO 10 Gavin McDonnell (20-2-2). Light Heavy: Artur Beterbiev (13-0) W KO 4 Callum Johnson (17-1). Welter: Jessie Vargas (28-2-2) DREW 12 Thomas Delorme (24-3-1). Heavy: Jarrell Miller (22-0-1) W KO 2 Tomasz Adamek (53-6).
Roman vs. McDonnell
In a classic puncher vs. boxer clash just as the fight seemed to be going McDonnell’s way Roman finds a punch to end the contest in the tenth and retain his WBA title
Round 1This was a fast-paced fight from the outset. At 5’5” Roman was giving away lots of height and reach to the 5’9 ½” McDonnell so he was moving in behind a high guard and throwing plenty of hooks to the body. McDonnell was circling the ring firing jabs and letting go rights but Roman just did enough to edge a close round
Score 10-9 Roman
McDonnell was on the front foot for much of this one. He was working solidly behind his jab and landing some nice hooks. Over the latter part of the round he was staying in the pocket a little too long and Roman began to get through with hooks and just took another very close round.
Score 10-9 Roman Roman 20-18
McDonnell opened this round by scoring with a sharp left hook and a straight right. He continued to work well with his jab but Roman was getting through with hooks to the body and closed the round strongly to win this one.
Score 10-9 Roman Roman 30-27
This was proving to be a fight of the highest quality. The contrasting styles were producing an entertaining contest. No wild swings here with plenty of action and hardly a punch wasted. McDonnell took this round with excellent work with his jab and quick hooks inside and he held off a late surge from Roman that was becoming a feature of Roman’s tactics.
Score 10-9 McDonnell Roman 39-37
McDonnell was moving and jabbing and then going toe-to-toe with Ramon over the first two minutes of this round but Roman came on strong late. He scored with a series of uppercuts with McDonnell losing his mouthguard but bringing blood from Roman’s nose. Roman’s round but only just.
Score 10-9 Roman Roman 49-46
Roman’s round. McDonnell was busy, busy throwing lots of jabs and hooks but Roman was landing the harder punches. He landed a great left hook and followed that with an overhand right as he put McDonnell under strong pressure before the bell.
Score 10-9 Roman Roman59-55
Another close round with no sign of the pace dropping. McDonnell worked hard with his jab and had Roman on the back foot for much of the round as he drove forward firing hooks. Ramon once again came on strongly at the end landing some clubbing shots to the head to off-set McDonnell’s early work and steal the round.
Score 10-9 Roman Roman 69-64
McDonnell outboxed and outscored Roman in this round. He was working everything off the jab and getting home with quick bursts of punches to the body. This time it was McDonnell in charge over the last thirty-seconds catching Roman with a peach of a left hook,
Score 10-9 McDonnell Roman 78-74
Another round for McDonnell. The pace remained hot and the quality of punching from both men remained high but McDonnell was busier and more accurate and again it was he who finished the round with a flourish.
Score 10-9 McDonnell Roman 87-84
McDonnell was well on his way to winning the tenth and the fight seemed to be going his way. He had Roman on the back foot and he banged home hooks to the body. He was just doing too well and that made him confident enough to stand and trade heavy punches with Roman. Suddenly a short right from Roman saw McDonnell dip at the knees and Roman pounded him with head punches driving him across the ring and McDonnell went down on his hands and knees. In a confused way McDonnell got up and then dropped to his haunches again and when the eight count was completed the referee had a good look at him and stopped the fight. When he needed a punch Roman found it and he showed how he has grown into the role of a champion. This is the third defence of his title and win No 18 by KO/TKO. Naturally there is talk of unifications fights with Isaac Dogboe or Rey Vargas. McDonnell played his part in a high quality fight. His two losses have both come in world title fights as he dropped a majority decision to Rey Vargas for the vacant WBC title in February last year. He had fought his way back into contention with victories over unbeaten Gamal Yafai and former champion Stuart Hall and a third world title fight in 2019 is not out of the question
Beterbiev vs. Johnson
In his first fight for eleven months Beterbiev retains the IBF title in a short but explosive fight against Johnson that sees both fighter on the floor.
Both started confidently poking out jabs and throwing some testing rights. Johnson believed he had the power to win. He was taking the fight to Beterbiev and landed a couple of rights. In a frantic exchange a punch from Beterbiev had Johnson hanging on. He recovered and tried to take the fight to Beterbiev again but missed with a punch and went forward between the ropes. As he pulled himself back with his defence down he was floored by a right hook. He beat the count and the bell went before Beterbiev could do any more damage.
Score 10-8 Beterbiev
Johnson still marched forward behind a high guard in second. He landed a right but as they traded punches the power shots from Beterbiev had Johnson hurt . He fired back and landed a booming left hook counter that sent Beterbiev back and down heavily. The champion was up quickly but on unsteady legs. Johnson spent too long looking for one more big punch and let Beterbiev off the hook.
Score 10-8 Johnson Tied 18-18
This round was a close-quarters battle. Johnson landed a right and another strong left hook. Beterbiev was working his jab and the firing clubbing head punches and got the better of the exchanges and Johnson was cut over his right eye.
Score 10-9 Beterbiev Beterbiev 28-27
Johnson was marching forward with Beterbiev on the back foot. Johnson landed a sharp right to the head and forced Beterbiev to a corner. As Johnson stood and traded punches two rights, the second to the top of the head, sent Johnson down on his back. He struggled to his knees but was counted out.
The 33-year-old Montreal-based Russian has won all of his 13 fights by KO/TKO averaging less than four rounds per fight but that chin-checking left hook from Johnson almost caused an upset. He has no mandatory challenger as the first two slots in the IBF ratings are vacant and a fight with either WBO champion Eleider Alvarez or WBA champion Dmitry Bivol would be a big attraction. Johnson, also 33, obviously came with the belief that he had the power to win this one. It is a pity that the punch that floored Beterbiev came so late in the round but he paid the price for his aggression in the shape of counters from the big punching champion. He wants another shot at the tile.
Vargas vs. Delorme
Vargas and Dulorme end all even with Vargas letting the win slip away on a last round knockdown. The early rounds saw an unexpectedly quick starting Dulorme almost put Vargas down in the first with a hard left. Vargas got over that bit of trouble but in the second a clash of heads saw Vargas cut over the right eye. Vargas took a round to recover from those early mishaps but was finally rolling in the fourth stunning Dulorme with a right and then pouring on the punishment in a big round for the former WBO champ[ion. The fifth, sixth and seven were close rounds with both fighters having good spells and if one had success the other was quick to fire back. A punch from Dulorme reopened the cut over the right eye of Vargas in the eighth and worsened the injury which continued to leak blood. Vargas looked to be slightly ahead after nine and in the tenth he drilled Dulorme with a blazing right to the head and Dulorme dropped to one knee. Dulorme was up early and did not seem too badly hurt. Dulorme fought back hard over the eleventh but Vargas was in front going into the last. All he had to do was stay out of trouble but with just seconds remaining in the fight a right from Dulorme knocked him off balance and his glove touched the floor. That counted as a knockdown and a 10-8 round for Dulorme which gave him a draw,. Scores 113-113 twice and 115-111 for Vargas. The WBC Silver title remains vacant as Vargas sees his second fight in a row end up tied after his draw with Adrien Broner in April. Vargas is rated in the top three by all of the main sanctioning bodies and will probably get another big fight next year. For Dulorme, who dropped out of the ratings after losing to Yordenis Ugas in August last year, this result will give him a boost back into the top 15.
Miller vs. Adamek
Miller crushes Adamek in a mismatch. From the outset it was obvious that this was going to end early. The 41-year-old 6’1 ½” 227lbs Pole was dwarfed by the 6’4” 317lbs Miller. It was like David vs. Goliath but with David armed with a feather duster. In The first Adamek was able to come inside and land some punches to the body and he also landed a combination to the head. None of those punches registered with Miller and it was obvious that Adamek did not have to power to overcome the huge physical handicap. Miller was walking Adamek down and getting through with cuffing hooks. Fighting on the retreat Adamek was able to score with counters but a right from Miller shook him and already it looked a lost cause. Miller ended it in the second. He marched forward pouring hooks and uppercuts at a retreating Adamek. A right saw Adamek stumble and after Miller missed with a couple of punches he landed a right hook and Adamek dropped to one knee. He swayed as the referee counted and started to rise but before he was up as the count reached eight the referee waived the fight over. Now 18 wins in a row for the 30-year-old “Big Baby and 19 wins by KO/TKO. He has yet to be given a real test with Mariusz Wach and Johann Duhaupas the best known names in his list of victims. He is huge, strong and quicker than he looks and is No 2 with the WBA and No 3 with the WBO but will have to wait in line for a shot at Anthony Joshua. Adamek, a former WBC light heavy and IBF cruiser champion. has had a great career but he should end it now.
Pak Kret, Thailand: Super Fly: Srisaket (47-4-1) W PTS 12 Iran Diaz (14-3-3).
After a number of tough assignments Srisaket gets a less exacting fight as he easily outpoints a clever but light powered Diaz in the third defence of his WBC title.
Diaz had height and reach over Srisaket and the Thai marched forward from the first bell. He was ignoring defence to get inside and work on the challenger’s body. Diaz moved well and scored with sharp counters from both hands but it was Srisaket’s round
Score 10-9 Srisaket
Three minutes of pressure from Srisaket. This time Diaz chose to stand and trade more. He again showed some nifty foot work and scored with some right but Srisaket was the heavier puncher and was finding the target with his southpaw lefts.
Score 10-9 Srisaket Srisaket 20-18
A good round by Diaz. He began by taking the fight to Srisaket and then went onto the back foot. Srisaket was ignoring his jab and leading with his left. Quick footwork by Diaz had Srisaket stretching with his punches and leaving himself open to counters.
Score 10-9 Diaz Srisaket 29-28
Srisaket upped the pace in this one. He kept driving forward leading with his left and digging punches home to the body. Diaz again showed good skills but a straight right just before the bell shook him.
Score 10-9 Srisaket Srisaket 39-37
Srisaket focused entirely on the body in this round. He was again leading with his right off his left foot and hardly using his left at all. He was finding Diaz an elusive target but sent the challenger stumbling back with a right to the head.
Score 10-9 Srisaket Srisaket 49-46
Srisaket continued to land with lefts to the body but it was an unimpressive show from the champion. He was throwing one punch at a time and good movement from Diaz had him looking crude and open to counters.
Score 10-9 Srisaket Srisaket 59-55
Three minutes of relentless pressure from Srisaket in this round. He was walking through Diaz’s jab and ignoring the challengers counters to score throughout the round with lefts to the body.
Score 10-9 Srisaket Srisaket 69-64
The pressure and the body punches were beginning to tell and Diaz slowed and he looked to be tiring. Srisaket scored with a couple of lefts to the head but Diaz was denied a genuine knockdown. As they traded in close he drilled Srisaket with a right uppercut to the chin. Srisaket slid sideways and then went down but it was ruled a slip.
Score 10-9 Srisaket Srisaket 79-73
Another round of Srisaket marching through Diaz’s punches to land with lefts. For once Srisaket threw a multi-punch combination and Diaz stood and punched with him in the first moment of sustained action in the fight. There was more controversy here as Srisaket went down again. As he moved forward a right from Diaz landed on his temple. That unbalanced Srisaket and his feet slipped from under him and it could very easily have been counted as a knockdown. Srisaket finished the round strongly again rocking Diaz with a left and the Mexican was now cut under his right eye.
Score 10-9 Srisaket Srisaket 89-82
Diaz was cut over his left eye in a clash of heads in this one. Srisaket was throwing more combinations and driving Diaz around the ring. He shook Diaz with a right/left/right combination and with blood dripping from both cuts a stoppage looked likely but Diaz kept punching and kept moving.
Score 10-9 Srisaket Srisaket 99-91
Heads clashed early in the round and Srisaket was given a warning. He continued to pile on the pressure but Diaz did not buckle. Heads clashed again with Diaz complaining to the referee. Lefts from Srisaket saw Diaz buckle at the knees twice but he kept moving and kept punching and outworked Srisaket over the last minute to take a close round
Score 10-9 Diaz Srisaket 108-101
After a low key start they stood and traded punches, Srisaket landed three heavy lefts but Diaz ended the fight driving Srisaket back just throwing punch after punch with Srisaket ducking, bobbing and weaving but not finding the space to counter but his early work just gave the champion the edge.
Score 10-9 Srisaket. Srisaket 118-110
Official scores: 119-109, 119-109 and 120-108 for Srisaket.
This was not an impressive performance by the Thai. Too often he was throwing just one punch at a time and the elusive Diaz made him look crude at times. It may have been a fight Srisaket had trouble getting enthusiastic over and there are much tougher jobs ahead for him. It is very strange that he was 1-3-1 in his first five fights and has now lost only one of his last 47 fights. Diaz showed plenty of skill and a willingness to trade but did not have enough power to keep Srisaket out and coming down from super fly may have been a struggle.
Yokohama, Japan: Bantam: Naoya Inoue (17-0) W KO 1 Juan Payano (20-2). Super Light: Kiryl Relikh (23-2) W Eduard Troyanovsky (27-1).Light Fly: Ken Shiro (13-0) W Milan Melindo (37-3).
Inoue vs. Payano
Japanese “Monster” Inoue kicked-off the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) bantamweight tournament in spectacular style with a one-punch kayo of Dominican southpaw Payano. After some early sparring the first punch Inoue threw in anger was a thunderous straight right that laid Payano flat on his back out cold and with blood pouring from his nose. There was no way Payano was going to beat the count and the referee promptly waived the fight over. Inoue, 25, retained the secondary WBA title and put down a strong marker here for the other fighters in the WBSS bantamweight tournament with his fifteenth win by KO/TKO including seven in his last seven fights. He will now face the winner of the October 20 fight in Orlando between Emmanuel Rodriguez and Jason Moloney in the semi-final. First loss inside the distance for former WBA champion Payano.
Relikh vs. Troyanovsky
Belarusian Relikh just edges Russian Troyanovsky on a very close unanimous decision to retain the WBA super lightweight title and to move on the semi-finals of the WBSS tournament to meet either regis Prograis or Terry Flanagan.
Troyanovsky tried to user his longer reach to score at distance in the firat and was letting fly with some long rights landing a good one early. Relikh had more variety in his work coming forward quickly with hooks and uppercuts and hustling the upright Russian.
Score 10-9 Relikh
Another round for Relikh. He took Troyanovsky to the ropes and clobbered him with two strong rights . He was getting his punches off first and and landed a heavy left to the head. Troyanovsky was sticking to the left jab/straight right tactics but seemed to almost panic when Relikh came forward quickly. His footwork was stilted and looks to have lost the poise that was a feature of his early career.
Score 10-9 Relikh Relikh 20-18
After a quiet opening to the round relikh began to get past Troyanovsky’s jab and was scoring with short bursts of punches. Elikh sent Troyanvosky staggering back with an overhand right and Troyanovsky landed a nice right uppercut ba Relikh ended the round on the attack.
Score 10-9 Relikh Relikh 30-27
Troyanovsky seemed to be settling into the fight. Relikh was still hustling and bustling but Troyanovky was finally managing to time Relikh’s attacks and scored with some crisp counters to take the round.
Score 10-9 Troyanovsky Relikh 39-37
Relikh stepped up the pace in this one. He was leaping forward and scoring with some punches with Troyanovsky looking busy but not landing puiunches. Late in the round Relikh connented with a couple of head shots and Troyanovsky was in trouble. Relikh piled on the pressure and won the round clearly.
Score 10-9 Relikh Relikh 49-46
Troyanovsky won this one with his jab. He kept it in Relikh’s face throughout the round. Relikh was not forcing the fight as much and Troyanovsky was reading the signs and anticipating when Relikh was going to launch an attack allowing the Russian to either step back out of range or fire a counter.
Score 10-9 Troyanovsky Relikh 58-56
Troyanovsky relied on his jab again in this roun. It was jab and move, jab and move-and repeat. Relikh did a bit better than he did in the last round but was swinging wildly at times and Troyanovsky’s cleaner work gave him the edge.
Score 10-9 Troyanovsky Relikh 67-66
Jab.jab.jab. That tells you it was another round for the tall Russian. He kept the jab in Relikh’s face and when a frustrated Relikh lunged in he was swinging wildly and wide open to accurste coumnters. Relikh did kland the occasional punch but not enough.
Score 10-9 Troyanovsky Tied 76-76
Relikh needed to turn things around and he did. Early in the round he walked through Troyanovskys jab and hammered home hooks and overhand rights.Troyanovsky was pounded with a veriety of punches and looked befuddled and bewildered. He steadied himself but Relikh was again scoring with jarring punches at the bell.
Score 10-9 Relikh Relikh 86-85
The pace slowed here. Troyanovsky had lost some of his accuracy and relikh some of his fire. A straight right that set Troyanovsky back on his heels followed by burst of hooks and straight rights by Relikh were enough to give him the round
Score 10-9 Relikh Relikh 96-94
This was a very close round. Troyanovsky found the range with his jab again and Relikh hustled and bustled again. Neither really did enough to stamp themselves on the round. It could have been scored for either fighter or even a tied round but for me Relikh just did enough to edge it
Score 10-9 Relikh Relikh 106-103
Troyanovsky clearly took the last. He had more left in the tank and was coming forward landing left jabs and long rights. Relikh responded with some bursts o hooks but Troyanovsky ended the round with more long rights.
Score 10-9 Troyanovsky Relikh 115-113
Official scores 115-113,115-113 and 115-113 all for Relikh
The “mad bee” from Minsk was almost unknown before losing a very controversial decision to Ricky Burns for the WBO title in October 2016. Since then he has lost another very disputable verdict to unbeaten Rances Barthelemy and then outclassed Barthelemy in a return to win the vacant WBA title. He is very much an outsider in the WBSS Tournament but he is a very difficult opponent and can’t be discounted. Troyanovsky is now 38 and does not look the same fighter since his one round disaster against Julius Indongo in 2016. This one was very close but there are no return biuts in the WBSS so this may have been his last chance to become a champion again.
Shiro vs. Melindo
Japanese speedster Shiro proves too quick and slick for challenger Melindo and retains his WBC title for the fourth time as an injury ends this fight in the seventh round.
Shiro had a big advantage in reach and he used that to take the opening round. He was much quicker than Melindo and flitted around the static Filipino prodding his jab through Melindo’s guard and did not throw a single right in the first three minutes. Melindo was too small and too slow and could not land a punch.
Score 10-9 Shiro
Melindo did better in this round. He was drawing the lead and then moving inside to counter and a right cross to snapped Shiro’s head back. Shiro was still dancing around Melindo but was coming up short with his jabs.
Score 10-9 Melindo Tied 19-19
Shiro was back in control in this round. He was more positive with his jab stabbing it into Melindo’s face. When Melindo dived forward and landed a right Shiro caught the Filipino with a lovely right hook and then landed a couple more rights. Over the remainder off the round Shiro was
Score 10-9 Shiro Shiro 29-28
Shiro tormented Melindo with his jab slotting it through Melindo’s guard throughout the round. With Shiro’s speed and long legs every time Melindo lunged forward Shiro only needed to take one step back to be out of range but still in position to counter with his longer reach. He was not going for power at this stage.
Score 10-9 Shiro Shiro 39-37
Shiro continued to work with his jab but was now mixing in more rights to the head Melindo had no answer to the jab of Shiro. The champion was also able to jump inside and land two or three punches and leap back out of distance before Melindo could counter. He was still not loading up on his punches but he did not need to.
Score 10-9 Shiro Shiro 49-46
Melindo came forward with more purpose at the start of this round but then Shiro took over and had his most dominant round so far. He was sitting down on his punches more and using the jab to set Melindo up for driving rights and hooks to the body with the fight totally one-sided with Melindo cut over his left eye.
Score 10-9 Shiro Shiro 59-55
Shiro rocked Melindo a few times with thudding rights in the early action. Melindo was being driven back and his defence was crumbling. Shiro kept drilling him with jabs and straight rights until the referee halted the action and asked the doctor to examine the cut over Melindo’s left eye and the doctor indicated the fight should be stopped.
Official scores at time of stoppage 59-55 for Shiro from all three judges.
The 26-year-old Shiro is a clever, quick-fisted fighter with a very long reach and classy footwork who will give any fighter in the light flyweights problems. Filipino Jonathan Taconing is his mandatory challenger but is even smaller than Melindo so will face the same obstacles when he gets his shot. Although only 30 former IBF champion Melindo has been in some tough fights and is looking a bit shop worn and lacked the speed to trouble Shiro.
Bell Ville, Argentina: Cruiser: Dario Balmaceda (18-17-2) W KO 8 Mariano Gudino (12-2). Super Bantam: Javier Chacon (27-4-1) W TKO 9 Roman Reynoso (21-3-2).
Balmaceda vs. Gudino
Balmaceda wins the vacant South American title with a powerful show against home town fighter Gudino The local fighter edged the first round but in the second Balmaceda landed a fierce left hook and two rights that put Gudino down. He survived and had a good fourth and the fifth was close but a punch from Balmaceda had opened a gash on the forehead of Gudino. He survived a couple of inspections by the doctor. Balmaceda took over the fight from the sixth and in the eighth a left hook followed by a right cross put Gudino down again and he was counted out. The 34-year-old Balmaceda was blown away inside a round by unbeaten Italian Fabio Turchi in February but has now won three in a row. Gudino was coming off a points loss to Joel Tambwe Djeko in Belgium in May.
Chacon vs. Reynoso
After a slow start Chacon finally wars down and stops Reynoso. Over the early rounds with Chacon not working hard enough and having trouble finding the range Reynoso was able to build a small lead. Once Chacon finally got going he just punched too hard for Reynoso. He piled on the pressure with the referee giving Reynoso a standing count in the eighth. In the ninth a left hook drove Reynoso into a corner and he dropped to the canvas under a shower of punches. He got up but was dazed and actually reached out to touch gloves but Chacon hammered him with a left hook then unloaded a series of head punches and with Reynoso on his way down the referee stepped in and stopped the fight. The 37-year-old “Wasp” wins through to the final of a national super bantamweight competition. Chacon lost big fights against Jamie McDonnell for the secondary WBA bantam title in 2014 and in six rounds against Isaac Dogboe for the WBO International super bantam title in July last year. He had rebounded with a stoppage of 21-1-1 Claudio Echegaray in the semi-final of the national tournament in August.”220 Volts” Reynoso had lost only one of his lest twenty-five fights.
Melbourne, Australia: Bantam: Mark Schleibs (10-0) W PTS 10 Robert Trigg (3-3-1). Local boxer Schleibs remains unbeaten and collects the Australian title with unanimous verdict over champion Trigg in an entertaining ten round fight. . Schleibs was the better boxer but Trigg pressed him hard forcing Schleibs to the ropes and cutting down his space. Schleibs dominated when the action was in the centre of the ring and his hard, accurate counters gave him the edge over most of the fight but Trigg fought hard to try to hold onto his title. Scores 100-90, 98-91 and 97-93 for Schleibs. Who had won his last four fights by KO/TKO and was going ten rounds for the first time. Trigg was making the first defence of the title and played a big part in making this an excellent Australian title fight.
Northbridge, Australia: Light: Kye MacKenzie (20-1) W TKO 7 Mark Bernaldez (17-2). Super Light: Brandon Ogilvie (21-2-1) W TKO 5 Arief Blader (23-31-2).
MacKenzie vs. Bernaldez
Mackenzie wins the vacant WBO Asia Pacific title to continue his impressive run but has to come off the floor for victory. He put Filipino prospect Bernaldez down in the fourth but Bernaldez fought back to put MacKenzie down in the fifth. Mackenzie took control again and floored and halted Bernaldez in the seventh. The 26-year-old “Mr Frenzy” gets his sixth win as he rebuilds after a 2015 loss to Jack Asis for the IBO title. The Australian No 1 now has 17 wins by KO/TKO. Bernaldez suffers his second loss by KO/TKO.
Ogilvie vs. Blader
Ogilvie halts poor Indonesian in the fifth to keep busy. The 24-year-old “Brilliant” from Perth, the Australian No 2, has lost only once, on points, against George Kambosos in his last 18 fights. Nine losses in a row for Blader.
Ghent, Belgium: Welter: Meriton Karaxha (20-5-2) DREW 10 Steve Jamoye (24-6-1). Middle: Kevin Ongenae (10-6-2) DREW 10 Kevin Vanderheyden (8-0). Light: Jean Pierre Bauwens (43-5-2) W PTS 6 Angelo Turco (8-10-2).
Karaxha vs. Jamoye
The BeNeLux title remains vacant after Karaxha and Jamoye finish all square. Scores 96-94 for Karaxha, 97-93 for Jamoye and 95-95. It was a good close fight and certainly worth doing again. Albanian-born Karaxha, the Belgian champion, has lost only one of his last eleven fights. Jamoye was coming off a first round kayo loss against Florin Cardos for the vacant European Union title in May but he is a scrapper and these two are well matched.
Ongenae vs. Vanderheyden
The Belgian title remains vacant after Ongenae and Vanderheyden also fought to a draw. Ongenae could and should have won this one. He was the better fighter on the night but he seemed to coast in some rounds and in a close fight that cost him the victory. Scores 96-94 for Ongenae and two scores of 95-95.After a run of eight wins Ongenae slipped badly losing both of his fights last year. Vanderheyden was moving up to ten rounds and facing his toughest opponent so far. This one could also go again.
Bauwens vs. Turco
Bauwens gets a very much needed win in front of his home support as he outpoints Turco. In his first fight for ten months Bauwens took a little while to get into his stride but was much too good for Turco and handed out a steady beating. Scores 60-54 from all three judges. The 30-year-old “Junior” is fighting his way back after suffering back-to-back losses for the first time in his career. The former Belgian and European Union champion was 37-1-1 at one stage but has fallen away from that form. Turco was 0-4-2 coming into this fight.
Manzano, Italy: Super Light: Massimiliano Ballisai (22-5) W PTS 10 Luca Maccaroni (12-5-1). Fly: Mohammed Obbadi (17-1) W PTS 6 Llia Beruashvili (8-5).
Ballisai vs. Maccaroni
Ballisai retains the Italian title with comfortable points win over local boxer Maccaroni. Reacting to encouragement from the home crowd southpaw Maccaroni made a good start forcing the fight and often pinning Ballisai to the ropes over the first three rounds and looked to have moved into the lead. In the fifth the fight changed as Ballisai sent Maccaroni down with a right and controlled the fight from there. Maccaroni kept trying to get on the front foot but Ballisai outboxed and outlanded him the rest of the way. Scores 97-92 twice and 98-91 for “El Loco” Ballisai. The winner is a former undefeated national lightweight champion and European title challenger. He had a spell of three losses in a row against Edis Tatli, Yvan Mendy and Timo Schwarzkopf but came back to win the Italian title in May. Maccaroni was having his second shot at the national title.
Obbadi vs. Beruashvili
EBU No 2 Obbadi gets six rounds of useful work against Georgian. Obbadi used some clever footwork and fast attacks to cope with the longer reach of southpaw Beruashvili. The 25-year-old Moroccan-born Italian had Beruashvili badly shaken in the fourth but failed to finish him and had to go the full six rounds for a comfortable win. Scores 60-54 for Obbadi from all three judges. Obbadi’s only loss is a retirement against current WBC champion Cristofer Rosales in October last year. He is No 7(5) with the IBF. Beruashvili no real threat and suffers his third loss in his last four fights.
Belfast, NI: Super Feather: Marco McCullough (21-4) W PTS 10 Ruddy Encarnacion (39-27-4). Super Bantam: Tyrone McCullagh (12-0) W PTS 10 Josh Kennedy (11-1). Welter: Paddy Gallagher (14-4) W TKO 3 Jay Byrne (7-6). Light Heavy: Steven Ward (9-0) W DISQ 3 Rolando Paredes (15-8-2).). Super Feather: Nathaniel May (20-1) W PTS 8 Ruslan Berchuk (12-9).
McCullough vs. Encarnacion
McCullough beats experienced Encarnacion but has to climb off the floor to win. McCullough boxed well on the back foot over the first half of the fight. Encarnacion scored with some powerful body punches but McCullough countered well and was edging the rounds. McCullough then began to lose his way too often standing and trading inside. A clash of heads shook McCullough in the sixth and Encarnacion was able to land a volley of punches. A big right from Encarnacion rocked McCullough in the seventh but the visitor lost some headway in the eighth when a left hook saw him dip with his glove toughing the canvas resulting in an eight count and a 10-8 score. Encarnacion knew he now needed a stoppage to win and in the ninth he floored McCullough with a right. McCullough beat the count but was in deep trouble and a stoppage looked possible but the Belfast man made it to the bell and then had a good last round. Scores 97-91, 96-92 and 95-93 for McCullough. The Belfast 29-year-old wins the vacant IBO International title. Inside the distance losses against Isaac Lowe for the Commonwealth title and Ryan Walsh for the British title derailed McCullough for a while but this is his fourth win on the bounce. “The Black Wolf” Encarnacion, a Dominican-born Spaniard, is a former European Union feather champion. He has taken plenty of short-notice fights in the other guys backyard but showed again here even at 39 he can be a dangerous opponent.
McCullagh vs. Kennedy
McCullagh comprehensively outboxes Kent’s Kennedy to win the vacant WBO European title. Kennedy fought hard all the way and never stopped rolling forward working the body trying to slow the Northern Island southpaw but McCullagh was much too quick and skilful. He opened a cut under the left eye of Kennedy in the fifth and continued to rake him with punches to head and body with Kennedy unable to do anything to change the pattern of the fight. By the end McCullagh was in total control and cruising and a clear winner. Scores 99-91, 99-92 and a too close 96-94 all for McCullagh. The 28-year-old “White Chocolate”, a former European bronze medallist, was coming off a good win over unbeaten Scott Joe Ham and collecting this title will see the WBO slip him into their world ratings. Kennedy, a former BBB of C Southern Area feather and English super bantam champion just met a better fighter on the night.
Gallagher vs. Byrne
Gallagher wins the BUI (Boxing Union of Ireland) title with win over Byrne in an unfortunate ending. There was plenty of action over the first two rounds with Gallagher just coming out on top and looking to have hurt Byrne with a body punch late in the second. In the third a clash of heads saw Gallagher emerge with a cut by his left eye. Gallagher fired back with a series of punches and suddenly Byrne was in trouble and went down. When he got up he was indicating that he has injured his shoulder and could not continue and the fight was stopped. In his last fight in April Gallagher had Brad Solomon on the floor before losing a split decision in the WBC welterweight tournament. Byrne has now lost 3 of his last 4 fights with all three losses coming in BUI title fights.
Ward vs. Paredes
“Quiet man” Ward gets win but again a disappointing ending. Ward was well on his way to victory over Mexican Paredes when the referee decided that the consistent head work from the Mexican was unacceptable and threw him out in the third round. The tall 28-year-old from Belfast was a top level amateur winning three Ulster championships and a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games. Paredes very much an in-and-out performer and this was one of his “out” efforts.
May vs. Berchuk
Australian “Cheeky” May has his first pro fight outside of his home country and outboxes Russian Berchuk. Referee’s score 79-73. May, 23, has won his last 16 fights but tragically lost his long time trainer Peter Stokes to cancer and must still be feeling that loss. Berchuk has lost 3 of his last 4 fights with all of the losses being against unbeaten boxers.
Barnsley, England: Light: Robbie Barrett (17-3-1) W PTS 10 Matty Fagan (12-4). Light: Andy Townend (22-4) W PTS 8 Henry Janes (12-23-3). Fly: Kyle Yusaf (14-0) W RTD 6 Conor Blackshaw (6-3). Bantam: Josh Wale (27-9-2) W PTS 6 Rafael Castillo (14-47-3).
Barrett vs. Fagan
Barrett wins on all three cards to become IBF European champion. The local fighter was a big favourite but never really took control until very late in the fight. Fagan was competitive and made the fight close as both had good spells. The decisive moment came in the eighth. Barrett was beginning to take control and floored Fagan with a southpaw left. Fagan beat the count but the fight had slipped from his grasp and Barrett finished strongly to emerge a clear winner. Score 96-93 twice and a harsh 98-91all for the former British champion. Barrett won the British title by climbing off the floor twice to outpoint Scott Cardle in April last year. In his first defence in October he was stopped in seven rounds by Lewis Ritson, his only loss in his last 13 fights. Fagan was 6-2 in his last eight fights with the losses being on points against good opposition in Gary Buckland and Joe Murray.
Townend vs. Janes
As with Barrett vs. Fagan this one was also close until late. Townend was not in his best form and looked sluggish. Janes was very much in the fight with two rounds to go but a big right from Townend which put Janes down in the seventh really settled matters and with a good eighth Townend opened a gap in the points. Referee’s score 77-74 for Townend. The Barnsley fighter is now 15-1 in his last 16 fights losing only to world rated Thomas Patrick Ward. He stopped Jon Kays in three rounds in May last year in a fight for the vacant Commonwealth super featherweight title but failed to make the weight so could not win the title. He was ¼ lb under the super light limit here. Welshman Janes was 2-0-1 in his last 3 fights.
Yusaf vs. Blackshaw
The talented Yusaf wins the vacant English flyweight title as Blackshaw retires after six rounds. Yusaf made this harder than it needed to be by taking Blackshaw too lightly and letting himself be drawn into a brawl. He was not using his superior skills and it took an ear-bashing from his corner before he started to box on the outside from the fourth. From then he was in control and on the way to victory before Blackshaw retired with a hand injury. The Sheffield “Golden Kid” is No 8 bantamweight in the European Union ratings. Blackshaw, the European Union No 6 flyweight, had won his last 6 fights.
Wale vs. Castillo
With a fight for the vacant European title scheduled for 26 October this was a risky fight for Wale as injury could have scuppered that plan. However Wale dialled back on his usual aggression and Castillo was able to be in the fight more than he usually is. There was a cut but it was the Spanish-based Nicaraguan who was cut as Wale boxed his way to a win. Referee’s score 58-56 to Wale. Seven wins in a row for Wale who meets Frenchman Georges Ory for the vacant title in a very winnable fight Castillo is predictable-24 losses in a row.
Tampa, FL, USA: Light Heavy: Radivoje Kalajdzic (24-1) W TKO 1 Alex Theran (20-3). Kalajdzic blows away Theran. A fired-up Kalajdzic quickly found the range and drilled Theran with a straight right. With Theran on the ropes a series of punches forced him to slump to the floor. He was up quickly but Kalajdzic wobbled him with a left and then piled on the punches until Theran dropped again and the referee immediately stopped the fight. All over in 70 seconds. “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic goes to 17 wins by KO/TKO. After amassing 21 wins in a row in a 2016 fight he had Marcus Brown on the floor before losing a split decision. After a good win over unbeaten Travis Peterkin in September 2016 he was inactive until returning with a win in July this year. Born in Bosnia Kalajdzic and his family fled to Serbia during the Bosnian war before eventually moving to the United States when he was seven. Colombian Theran was having his first fight for two years and looked very fleshy. All three of his losses have come by KO/TKO against good level opposition.
Panama City, Panama: Super Feather: Pablo Vicente (13-1) W TKO 3Irving Berry (23-9-2). Super Feather: Orlando Mosquera (5-1-1,1ND) TEC DRAW 6 John Valencia(3-1-3
Vicente vs. Berry
Cuban prospect Vicente too young and too talented for veteran Berry. Vicente handed out a steady beating to Berry until late in the third round when one of Berry’s seconds jumped into the ring and asked for the fight to be stopped. The 25-year-old Vicente’s only loss was on a very controversial split verdict against Marcos Villasana Jr in Mexico in July. In Cuba Vicente started out as 48kg fighter and won medals in the National Tournaments up to 60kgs before moving to Panama.. Former WBA featherweight title challenger Berry was 18-1-2 before losing to Jonathan Barros for that WBA title in 2010. He is on the down slope now being 1-6 in his last 7 fights but losses to Tomas Rojas, Jezreel Corrales, Jhonny Gonzalez and Kid Galahad are in the list of guys he has lost to in that run so no easy nights.
Mosquera vs. Valencia
The Panamanian title remains vacant after this fight ended in a technical draw. Both fighters suffered bad cuts in a clash of heads and were unable to continue so it went to the cards. Scores 58-56 for Mosquera and 59-55 for Valencia and one scores tied at 57-57 so they will have to do it all again.
Leicester, England: Super Light: Jack Catterall (23-0) W PTS 12 Ohara Davies (18-2). Super Feather: Sam Bowen (14-0) W KO 4 Horacio Cabral (21-3). Super Feather: Archie Sharp (14-0) W PTS 10 Leon Woodstock (11-1). Heavy: Daniel Dubois (9-0) W PTS 10 Kevin Johnson (32-11-1). Middle: Mark Heffron (21-0) W TKO 4 Aryee Ayitey (15-8).
Catterall vs. Davies
Catterall retains the WBO Inter-Continental title with unanimous decision over Davies in a disappointing fight. The much anticipated clash failed to deliver as neither fighter looked willing to take too many chances and there was too much posing and not enough punching. Catterall boxed cautiously respecting the power of Davies but worked well with his southpaw jab and took both opening rounds but not by much. Davies came into the fight strongly in the third and fourth to even things up. Neither fighter was looking capable of opening a big gap in the scoring but Catterall had the better of what action there was in the fifth and rocked Davies with a hard left in the sixth. Davies clawed his way back into the fight with a good seventh but Catterall’s excellent work with his right jab saw him take the points in the eighth. It swung back to Davies in the ninth as he seemed to sense he was behind. Catterall made a big move by outscoring Davies over the tenth and eleventh to put himself in the driving seat. Davies put in a big effort in the last but in his aggression he was leaving gaps that Catterall was able to exploit to land accurate left counters and Catterall was a clear winner. Scores 115-113 twice and 118-110 with the last score looking too wide. The 25-year-old Catterall is No 2 with the WBO and champion Maurice Hooker defends the title against the No 1 Alex Saucedo on 16 November. That makes it fairly certain that Catterall will be in a position to fight the winner sometime in early 2019. Davies lost to Josh Taylor for the Commonwealth and WBC Silver titles in July last year but had re-established himself with wins over unbeaten Tom Farmer and 21-1 Paul Kamanga. He is better than he showed here in a fight where the styles did not meld and can rebuild again in 2019.
Bowen vs. Cabral
British champion Bowen impresses in stoppage of Cabral to win the vacant WBO International title. Bowen gave Cabral a torrid time in the first bundling forward and scoring with hurtful left hooks and uppercuts but the Argentinian used some clever upper body work to avoid much of the punishment. Cabral chose to stay inside in the second to deny Bowen leverage but Bowen was still the one doing the effective work. Bowen used his jab more in the third and also scored with a series of hooks and uppercuts. Cabral again showed some good defensive work but his own punches lacked power and Bowen rattled his chin with a straight right. Bowen had Cabral trapped on the ropes for much of the fourth. Cabral eventually worked his way off the ropes. Bowen drove him back there and leaped in with a vicious left hook to the body with Cabral dropping to the canvas in agony and being counted out. The 26-year-old “Bullet” gets his tenth win by KO/TKO. Cabral , the Argentinian No 4 lightweight, came in over the weight limit so could not have won the title but then he never looked likely to do so after the first bell.
Sharp vs. Woodstock
Sharp takes Woodstock’s WBO European title with close unanimous decision. There had been plenty of words exchanged between these two on Social Media and they turned those words into punches to produce an entertaining ten rounds. Sharp got a great start flooring Woodstock with a left hook in the first. Woodstock quickly recovered and in the second both fighters scored with some choice punches. There was a contrast in styles with Sharp taking the unorthodox hands down approach throwing punches from a variety of angles and Woodstock a more orthodox style using a stiff jab and quick straight rights. Sharp edged the second again scoring well with a left hook counter but Woodstock had a good third scoring well with his jab and landing a hard right cross. Woodstock started the third by banging home a couple of rights but Sharp dropped into an orthodox style and used his hand speed to repeatedly get through with jabs and swinging hooks. Sharp changed his tactics again in the fifth standing in front of Woodstock and outworking him inside. The rounds continued to be close and full of furious exchanges with both fighters having good spells. Woodstock pressed hard but in the end could not overcome the handicap of the knockdown in the first and Sharp’s taking the second which left him three points behind after two rounds. Scores 96-93 for Sharp from all three judges. The 23-year-old Sharp will now get a top 15 rating from the WBO which means in theory that he could fight for a world title in his next fight which shows how ridiculous this WBO policy is. Sharp is a very talented young fighter but miles away from being ready for something like that. Woodstock was making the first defence of the WBO European title and he has plenty of time to rebound from the loss.
Dubois vs. Johnson
Dubois outpoints veteran Johnson and goes past the fifth round for the first time. In a slow, disappointing fight Johnson did what he was there to do. He spent much of the fight on the ropes frustrating the young Dubois and never really threatening. Dubois tried to blitz Johnson over the first two rounds forcing Johnson to the ropes and bombarding him with hooks and uppercuts but Johnson covered up well and never looked in trouble. As the fight developed Dubois dialled back his efforts and paced himself as he realised he faced the longest fight of his short career. Johnson showed occasional signs of aggression particularly in the fifth but not many and spent more and more time against the ropes content to take what punishment Dubois handed out and focusing on making it to the final bell unhurt. A frustrated Dubois just could not find the punch to end the fight but the experience of going ten rounds was worth more than a meaningless inside the distance win. All three judges had it100-91for Dubois. At 21 the Londoner does not need to be rushed so there will probably be a few more learning fights to come. Johnson. 39, took both Vitali Klitschko and Tyson Fury the distance but has now lost 8 of his last 11 fights including three this year and losing to young prospect is his role now.
Heffron vs. Ayitey
Heffron racks up another win as he halts Ghanaian Ayitey in four rounds. Heffron floored Ayitey twice before the referee called the fight off. The 26-year-old “Kid Dynamite”, the WBC International champion, now has 17 wins by KO/TKO and is looking to challenge Jason Welborn for the British title in what will be a tremendous match. First loss by KO/TKO for former Ghanaian champion Ayitey.
Tijuana, Mexico: Bantam: Luis Nery (27-0) W TKO 3 Jason Canoy (27-9-2),
Filipino Canoy was never in with a chance here. Nery, the bigger man had Canoy down in the first thirty seconds of the fight with a straight right. Canoy made it to his feet but was badly shaken. Nery tried desperately to finish staggering Canoy a couple of times but Canoy was punching back at the bell. Nery was finding the lunging Filipino an easy target in the second but again a gutsy Cano was trying to come forward and throwing lots of punches. Nery was landing some heavy shots in the third and had Canoy in trouble a couple of times, Canoy kept trying to punch his way out of trouble but eventually a storming attack from Nery forced him to the floor. Canoy just beat the count but was driven to the ropes and was being pounded with punches. He was firing some of his own but when Nery landed a trio of head-snapping shots the referee stopped the fight despite Canoy’s protests. It was a good stoppage. The 23-year-old former WBC bantam champion is fighting his way back from disgrace after losing his title on the scales before beating Shinsuke Yamanaka in March. This fight was for the vacant WBC Silver title so that is a big step on the road back. Canoy suffers his first loss by KO/TKO and is now 3-4 in his last 7 fights.
Mexico City, Mexico: Super Feather: Tomas Rojas (50-16-1,1ND) W PTS 12 Jhonny Gonzalez (66-11). Light: Isaac Cruz (15-1-1) W KO 1 Angel Chan (5-3-1).
Rojas vs. Gonzalez
Gonzalez risked his WBC No 4 rating in this contest between former champions and paid the price as Rojas used clever skills to outscore his fellow Mexican and win the majority decision. Southpaw Rojas boxed on the back foot countering the advancing Gonzalez and avoiding getting dragged into a close-quarters brawl. Rojas looked to have edged the first three rounds and in the fourth a clash of heads opened a bad cut over the right eye of Gonzalez. It was a good news/bad news scenario for Rojas. His opponent was cut but under the WBC rules the referee deducted a point from Rojas making the scores after four rounds 39-36 and 38-37 for Rojas and a dissenting 39-36 for Gonzalez. Over the next four rounds Gonzalez continued to force the pace but Rojas kept his boxing together and used sharp accurate jabs to just keep his nose in front. Gonzalez had closed the scores but only slightly to 77-75 and 76-75 for Rojas and 78-74 for Gonzalez. Over the last four rounds Gonzalez tried hard to overwhelm Rojas with pressure but Rojas seemed the fresher fighter and he withstood the pressure got the better of the exchanges and emerged a deserving winner. Scores 116-112 and 114-113 for Rojas and 114-114. The 38-year-old “Worm” Rojas, a former WBC super fly champion, was fighting four division higher than he had as champion/ He had lost two of his last three fights but a title fight in 2019 is not out of the question. Two-division champion Gonzalez, 37, had reeled-off eight wins in a row but may have blown his chance of another title shot with this defeat.
Cruz vs. Chan
“Pitbull” Cruz finishes Chan inside a round. The young local prospect had Chan under pressure from the start and late in the round he landed a hurtful left hook to the body that put Chan down and he was unable to beat the count. Cruz is now 10-0-1 in his last eleven fights including eight wins by KO/TKO. Chan was 5-0-1 in his last six fights.
Baguio City, Philippines: Super Fly: Cris Paulino (19-3) W rtd 6 Jomar Fajardo (15-12-2). Southpaw Paulino wins the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council title as Fajardo gives up the fight after six rounds. Paulino had everything going for him. He was bigger, quicker, and more skilful and had the power. Fajardo kept marching forward but paid the price in the shape of strong left hand counters from Paulino. Paulino showed some classy foot work and was always in position to thread jabs through the defence of the advancing fellow-Filipino. Late in the sixth Paulino landed a series of chopping lefts to the head that staggered Fajardo and led to his retirement at the end of the round. Consecutive inside the distance losses to Koki Eto and Vic Darchinyan saw Paulino out of the ring for two years before returning in December 2017. This is his sixth win since then. Poor Fajardo has had a tough time and is 1-8-1 in his last ten fights. He caused something of a sensation when he held the then WBO minimumweight champion Francisco Rodriguez to a draw in a non-title fight in 2014 but that is just a faint memory now.
Nosalowy Dwor, Poland: Cruiser: Krzys Wlodarczyk (56-4-1) W TKO 2 Al Sands (20-4).Middle: Fouad El Massoudi (15-11) W TKO 4 Patryk Szymanski (19-1).
Wlodarczyk vs. Sands
A slow first round saw Sands the more active throwing plenty of jabs and moving inside with hooks but he did not seem to have a lot of power. The better punches came from Wlodarczyk who landed a neat hook and a sharp uppercut. After an exchange of punches in the second Wlodarczyk drilled Sands with a strong left jab. Sands went back and down. He was up at the count of five and walked to a corner. The referee reached eight and wiped Sand’s gloves and indication the fight should continue but Sands dropped to his haunches and seeing that the referee stopped the fight. It looked as though the jab had given Sands a broken nose. The 37-year-old “Diablo” Wlodarczyk has won 7 of his last 8 fights beating 22-0 Noel Gevor and Olan Durodola but being knocked out by Murat Gassiev for the IBF title in October last year. He is preparing for the next WBSS cruiser series. The 31-year-old Minnesota-based “Haitian Temptation” Sands gets his second inside the distance loss in a row having been knocked out in two rounds by unbeaten Russian Yury Kashinsky in December.
El Massoudi vs. Szymanski
Frenchman El Massoudi gets an important win as he halts unbeaten Polish prospect Szymanski. El Massoudi had Szymanski on the floor in the first round. It looked to be from a punch but video evidence showed it was a combination of a clash of heads and a forearm that did the damage. Szymanski was badly shaken and never really recovered. The second was a close round but El Massoudi dominated the third rocking Szymanski badly with a right. In the fourth El Massoudi drove Szymanski to a corner and the Pole dropped to the floor under a storm of punches. The referee started the count but the towel came in from Szymanski’s corner. El Massoudi had lost 6 of his last 7 fights so this was a good night for him. Szymanski, 25, was a Polish and World Youth champion so big things were expected from him. It will be interesting to see how he recovers from this.
Quebec City, Canada: Heavy: Dillon Carman (14-3) W KO 4 Simon Kean (15-1). Middle: Steven Butler (25-1-1) W TKO 3 Jordan Balmir (10-1).Super Light: Batyrzhan Jukembayev (14-0,2ND) W KO 7 Patricio Moreno (20-2).
Carman vs. Kean
This was intended to be another victorious night for Canadian heavy hope Kean but former national champion Carman tore up the script. Kean did enough to edge the first round but looked slow and poorly balanced. The first sign of things to come appeared in the second when a right from Carman sent Kean down. Kean beat the count then floored Carman in the third and cut him under his right eye. The fourth saw Carman taking advantage of Kean’s poor defence. He put Kean on the back foot and dropped a floundering Kean with a chopping right to the head. Kean tried to rise but never made it and was counted out. “Big Country” Carman ran up seven wins by KO/TKO, including a third round kayo of Donovan Ruddock, but lost his Canadian title when he was stopped in two rounds by Mladen Miljas in December. This win nets him Kean’s WBC Francophone and the vacant WBA-NABA titles. He has 13 wins by KO/TKO and only two of his fights have gone the distance. Kean, 29, had won his last seven fight by KO/TKO but against some poor opposituion and that had helped hide some basic flaws and he was found out here. He will be rebuilt slowly but this loss is a serious reality check.
Butler vs. Balmir
Comfortable win for Butler over Balmir. Butler took control immediately dominating from ring centre and slotting jabs through the defence of Balmir. In the second Butler began to unload with some hefty rights and opened a cut over the right eye of Balmir. Butler continued to pile on the punishment in the third and finished the fight in the fourth. He opened Balmir up with some jabs and then drove home a short right uppercut inside which sent Balmir reeling back off balance. His gloves touched the canvas and he was given a count. When the action resumed Butler pounced on Balmir landing a series of vicious hooks and uppercuts until the referee jumped in and stopped the fight. Butler, 23,wins the vacant WBC Francophone title. He has 23 victories by KO/TKO including a stoppage of experienced Carson Jones. He was stopped in seven rounds by Brandon Cook in January last year but has rebuilt with seven inside the distance wins and is No 6 with the WBO. This was too big a step up in quality of opposition for Balmir.
Jukembayev vs. Moreno
For the second fight in a row Jukembayev comes off the floor for a win. The Kazak southpaw found himself on the floor in the first round from a left to the head. He recovered and put Moreno down in the second. Jukembayev dominated the rest of the fight before putting Mexican Moreno down for the count with a body punch in the seventh. After a stumbling start that saw the 27-year-old Jukembayev’s first two fights end as No Decision due to cuts he has now won 14 on the bounce, 12 by KO/TKO. Fellow southpaw Moreno was having his first fight since taking a split verdict over Mauricio Pintor in March last year. This is his first loss by KO/TKO.
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Middle: Marcelo Coceres (25-0-1) W PTS 10 Davi Eliasquevici (14-7-1).
Coceres much too good for Eliasquevici. Coceres had lots of height and reach on his side and a far superior skill set. Eliasquevici kept marching forward fighting out of a crouch and was occasionally dangerous with some swinging hooks. Coceres was able to showboat dropping both hands, spearing Eliasquevici with jabs at distance and scoring with clubbing rights. Coceres came close to ending the fight in the eighth when he sent Eliasquevici down under a succession of head punches. Eliasquevici beat the count but the bell rang before Coceres could do any more damage. The local fighter breezed through the ninth and tenth for an easy victory. Scores 100-89 from all three judges for “El Terrible” who retains the WBO Latino title. The Argentinian No 1 has won 24 in a row. Eliasquevici is now 1-5 in his last six fights.
Sydney, Australia: Middle: Wade Ryan (16-7) W TKO 9 Les Sherrington (37-12).
Southpaw Ryan wins the vacant OPBF title with stoppage of seasoned pro Sherrington. The 28-year-old local, the Australian No 3, gets his fifth win by KO/TKO. He is now 6-2 in his last 8 fights losing decisions to unbeaten Tim Tszyu and Commonwealth champion Mike Zerafa. Sherrington, 36, is on the slide and is 2-5 in his last 7 fights with all 5 losses by KO/TKO.
Bruay-la-Buissiere, France: Bantam: Vicente Legrand (28-0) W KO 1 Khvicha Gigolashvili (18-29).
Legrand just keeps in shape with a first round win over Georgian Gigolashvili but he may be in trouble. Legrand is scheduled to defend his European title against Andrew Selby in Newport, Wales on 27 October. However there must be a minimum period of 28 days between contests for someone fighting in a European title match and he has breached that rule. Gigolashvili has won only two of his last eight fights and the two wins were back home in Georgia.
Traunreut, Germany: Light Heavy: Serge Michel (8-0) W TKO 3 Sheldon Lawrence (11-2). Heavy: Petar Milas (13-0) W KO 4 Mirko Tintor (14-2-1).
Michel vs. Lawrence
Michel wins the vacant WBC International title with stoppage of Trinidad & Tobago’s Lawrence. Michel “The Bavarian Sniper” took centre ring and worked his jab threading his left through gaps in the defence of Lawrence and getting home with some hard rights. Lawrence banged back in the second but was floored late in the round. He survived but was staggered early in the third and as Michel piled on the pressure and a right sent Lawrence stumbling the referee stopped the fight. The Russian-born German competed at the 2013 World Championships. He lost to Joshua Buatsi at the European qualifier for the Olympics but earned his place in Rio by coming second at the World Qualifier but then failed to medal. Lawrence had won his last five fights but Michel was just too good for him.
Milas vs. Tintor
Croatian Milas wins the vacant WBC Mediterranean title with fourth round kayo of Bosnian Tintor. Milas outboxed southpaw Tintor over the first three rounds. He was quicker and more accurate with his punches and showed good footwork to avoid the rushes of Tintor. A left hook floored Tintor in the forth and a volley of punches sent him down for the second time with the referee applying the full count. The 23-year-old Milas gets his ninth win by KO/TKO. He has a stoppage victory over Kevin Johnson and won a unanimous decision over Francesco Pianeta two months before Pianeta lost on points to Tyson Fury. The 6’4 ½” (194cm) Croat never took his boxing seriously as an amateur but is building nicely as a pro and has crept into the European Union ratings at No 18. Tintor had won his last seven fights.
Wolfsburg, Germany: Middle: Patrick Wojcicki (12-0-1) W PTS 12 Sven Elbir (12-1).Super Welter: Abass Baraou (3-0) W RTD 2 Robert Maess (22-2).Middle: Denis Radovan (11-0) W TKO 1 Florian Wildenhof (29-6-1).
Wojcicki vs. Elbir
Wojcicki holds on to his IBF Inter-Continental title with close unanimous decision over German “Batman” Elbir. Over the early rounds Wojcicki outboxed the aggressive Elbir. Stiff, accurate jabs, some precise counters and good footwork blunted Elbir’s attacks. Wojcicki was switching his punches smoothly from head to body and looked well in control. Over the late rounds Elbir was able to get inside as Wojcicki slowed and was forced to stand and trade more. Elbir continued to march forward and was eating into Wojcicki’s lead but ran out of rounds. Scores 115-113 twice and 116-112 all for Wojcicki/ A deserving winner but he had to fight hard to hold onto that early lead. The 27-year-old Wolfsburg boxer will be looking to step up to challenge for the EBU or European Union title but due to the modest level of his opposition he is down at No 22 in the EU ratings. As an amateur he was German champion in 2009, 2010 and 2011and competed at both the 2011 World Championships and 2012 Olympics. Elbir was in his first fight scheduled for more than eight round but showed good stamina and paced the fight well.
Baraou vs. Maess
Some are already tagging Baraou as the best prospect in German boxing. He added some substance to that description as he bounced the more experienced Maess off the floor a few time over the first six minutes and Maess corner pulled their man out of the fight at the end of the second round. The 23-year-old Baraou failed to qualify for Rio but in 2017 but won the gold medal at the European Championships beating Scott McCormack and Vincenzo Mangiacapre on the way to the final. He took bronze in the 2017 World Championships losing to Cuban Iglesias in the semi-final. This is the first defence of his German title which he won in his second pro fight. After 19 wins against modest opposition Maess is being found out and this is his second loss in his last three fights.
Radovan vs. Wildenhof
Radovan gets this one over quickly. In the first he was scoring well with his jab early and just before the bell a right hook to the head sent fellow-German Wildenhof down and he could not beat the count. The 25-year-old from Cologne gets his fifth win by KO/TKO. As an amateur he won German titles at every level from schoolboy to Seniors. Wildenhof was 6-1-1 in his last 8 fights but against mediocre opposition.
Tokyo, Japan: Super Feather: Hironori Mishiro (6-0-1) W DREW 12 Masaru Sueyoshi (18-1-1).
There was a Japanese title and an OPBF title on the line here but neither changed hands as these two fought savagely to a draw. The fight started badly for Mishiro when he was put down by a right hook in the first round. He recovered but Sueyoshi continued to score well with his jab and after four rounds was in front with two judges having it 39-37 and the third 40-36, all for Sueyoshi. Over the middle rounds Mishiro had his jab working and was banging home hooks to the body and began to eat into Sueyoshi’s lead. After eight rounds Sueyoshi was still in front on two cards at 78-74 and 77-75 with the third seeing it even at 76-76. Mishiro closed the gap by clearly winning the ninth and tenth only for Sueyoshi outscore him in the eleventh and two judges gave Mishiro the last to make it terribly close. Scores 115-113 Sueyoshi, 115-113 Mishiro and 114-114. Mishiro, a University Graduate and member of the Watanabe gym, holds on to his OPBF title in his first defence and Sueyoshi, the WBO No 7, keeps his Japanese title in his third defence. This was a tough, entertaining fight so hopefully there will be a return.
San Juan, Puerto Rico: Feather: Jonathan Oquendo (28-5) W TKO 6 Jose Lopez (20-2-1). Oquendo continues his comeback with stoppage of “Wonder Boy” Lopez. The fight started badly for Oquendo as a right to the head floored him in the opening round. He was not badly hurt and took control of the fight from the second when he split open Lopez’s lip with a punch. Oquendo kept barrelling in forcing Lopez to the ropes and denying him punching room. Lopez was looking like a beaten man by the fourth and Oquendo landed some heavy shots in the fifth. Body punches in the sixth saw Lopez dropping his guard to block the shots but Oquendo switched to the head and with Lopez under fire and not throwing anything back the fight was stopped. Now 19 wins by KO/TKO for the 35-year-old Puerto Rican. He was goiung along well until loses to Wilfredo Vazquez Jr and Abner Mares derailed him. He rebounded with an upset victory over Jhonny Gonzalez in September 2015 and that landed him a shot at the WBA feather title three months later. He lost that fight on points to Argentinian Jesus Cuellar and was then inactive in 2016 and had only one fight in 2017 before returning with a win over Daulis Prescott in August this year. He hopes this victory over Lopez will get him a title shot against WBO champion Masayuki Ito. Neither he nor Lopez are in the ratings but let’s not forget where the WBO is based so a rating and a title shot in 2019 are quite possible. Some of the shine had worn off "Wonder Boy” Lopez in a draw and two losses against very modest opposition.
Paisley, Scotland: Light: Ahmed Ibrahim (7-2-1) W TKO 5 Ryan Collins (13-3-2). Bantam: Scott Allan (9-3-1 W PTS 10 Gary Rae (8-1).
Ibrahim vs. Collins
Good win for Ibrahim as he floors in-form Collins in the fourth and the fight is stopped early in the fifth due to facial damaged suffered by Collins. The bad news for “The Black Assassin” Ibrahim is that he failed to make the weight so the BBB of C Celtic title remains vacant. Ibrahim makes it 4 wins in his last 5 fights with the defeat being against rated Ohara Davies. Collins was also on a good run with five wins and then two technical draws against unbeaten Charlie Flynn for this same Celtic title.
Allan vs. Rae
Minor upset as Allan takes unanimous verdict over previously unbeaten “Razor” Rae Allan was the busier fighter and outworked Rae. In his left uppercut he had the punch that made the difference. The former Scottish Area champion collects the vacant Celtic title partially living up to his nickname of “Title Taker”. Paisley’s Rae was moving up to ten rounds for the first time.
Brooks, CA, USA: Super Middle: Ryan Bourland (16-2) W PTS 10 Jose Hernandez (19-5-1). Light: Joel Diaz Jr (24-1) W KO 1 Miguel Huerta (28-16-1).
Bourland vs. Hernandez
Bourland gets revenge win over Hernandez / When these two met over eight rounds in February Hernandez took the majority decision. This fight was every bit as close but this time Bourland came out the winner on a majority vote on scores of 97-93 twice and 95-95. That gives the 30-year-olf Bourland nine wins in his last ten fights. Hernandez’s win over Bourland was his seventh in a row but that streak was snapped in June with a loss against Mike Lee.
Diaz vs. Huerta
Diaz returns to the winning column with first round kayo of Mexican oldie Miguel Huerta. Diaz need a booster after being stopped in two rounds by Regis Prograis in June last year and this victory is a first step on the road to recovery. Huerta, 40, drops to nine losses by KO/TKO. He has now lost 6 of his last 7 fights but the quality of the opposition has been strong.
The show featured a very touching salute to the memory of Hall of Fame promoter and matchmaker Don Chargin who died last month. Don and his wife Lorraine were an iron fist/velvet glove partnership except that it was Lorraine who was the iron fist. Two great boxing people who I was proud to call friends.
St. Petersburg, FL, USA: Light: William Silva (26-2) W TKO 9 Jose Forero (13-8-1). Brazilian Silva halts Panamanian Forero in nine rounds. The tall, 6’1”, Brazilian wins the vacant American Boxing Federation Continental Americas title with his fifteenth victory by KO/TKO. After winning his first 23 fights Silva was outpointed by Felix Verdejo in 2016. He scored a couple of low level wins and was then bounced on the canvas a few times and stopped in six rounds by Teo Lopez in his last fight in July this year. Forero has won only one of his last six fights.
Philadelphia, PA, USA: Heavy: Darmani Rock (13-0) W KO 4 Pedro Rodriguez (23-6) Rock gets another win but is not on top form. The 6’5” Philadelphian looked to be carrying too much weight and made a slow start. From the second he began to land heavily to the body of the disgracefully overweight Cuban. Rock ended it in the third dropping Rodriguez with a right to the body and a left hook with Rodriguez going down and being counted out. Eighth win by KO/TKO for the 22-year-old Rock. As an amateur he was Youth Olympic Games and PanAmerican Youth champion and took gold medals at both the National Golden Gloves and US National Championships but failed to get through the US Olympic Trials for Rio. He was 275 ½ lbs here and has to be careful. Not everybody is a Jarrell Miller or Andy Ruiz who carry lots of weight but are still quick. Rodriguez was fat. He started out in 2010 as a cruiser weighing 188lbs but was 56lbs heavier for this fight.
Renteria, Spain: Bantam: Sebastian Perez (10-0-1) W PTS 12 Jacob Barreto (10-2). Local fighter Perez wins both the European Union and Spanish titles with unanimous verdict over Barreto. The Basque fighter proved stronger and paced the fight better. His hard, accurate hooks gave him a definite edge and he came out on top on scores of 118-111, 117-111 and 115-113. The 22-year-old “Whip” will now have to give up one of the titles as he cannot hold a national title and a European title so the Spanish title will probably be vacant soon. Barreto had won his last nine fights but was well beaten here.
Fight of the week (Entertainment): Artur Beterbiev vs. Callum Johnson was explosive whist it lasted. Honourable mentions to Daniel Roman vs. Gavin McDonnell quantity with quality and Archie Sharp vs. Leon Woodstock a real scarp.
Fight of the week (Significance): Naoya Inoue vs. Juan Carlos Payano which must have raised danger flags for the rest of the WBSS bantamweights.
Fighter of the Week: Nana Inoue- chilling
Punch of the week: Callum Johnson’s left hook that put Artur Beterbiev over was special as was mark Bowen’s left hook that destroyed Horacio Cabral but that one right from Inoue tops them all, Inoue straight right, Bowens left hook to the body
Upset of the week: Dillon Carman’s kayo of unbeaten Simon Kean and Fouad El Massoudi stoppage of 19-0 Patrick Szymanski were unexpected as was the victory for Tomas Rojas over Jhonny Gonzalez
Watch List: German hope Abass Baraou looks good even after just three fights.
By Eric Armit-
-Saul Alvarez gets controversial majority decision over Gennady Golovkin
-Jose Ramirez retains the WBC super light title with scintillating display against unbeaten Antonio Orozco
-Jaime Munguia crushes Canadian Brandon Cook in WBO super welter title defence
-Roman Gonzalez signals that he is back with spectacular kayo of Moises Fuentes
-David Lemieux wins grudge match as he stops Gary O’Sullivan inside a round
-Avni Yildirim outpoints Lolenga Mock to move in sight of a WBC title fight
-Dmitry Kudryashov obliterates Alexandru Jur inside a round
WORLD TITLE SHOWS:
Fresno, CA, USA: Super Light: Jose Ramirez (23-0) W PTS 12 Antonio Orozco (27-1). Welter: Alex Besputin (11-0) W KO 9 Alan Sanchez (20-3-1). Super Light: Hiroki Okada (19-0) W PTS 10 Cristian Coria (27-7-2). Super Feather: Jamel Herring (18-2) W PTS 10 John Moralde (20-2). Super Feather: Bryan Vasquez (37-3) W PTS 10 Carlos Cardenas (23-15-1).Light: Gabriel Flores Jr (10-0) W PTS 6 Roger Gutierrez (7-1-1).
Ramirez vs. Orozco
Ramirez too quick, too accurate and the harder puncher as he wins wide unanimous decision over a game Orozco on the first defence of his WBC title.
Orozco came out fast trying to hustle Ramirez but the champion was banging home his left jabs and going to the body with left hooks. Orozco continued to come forward and landed some hard left hooks to head and body but even when on the back foot Ramirez was doing most of the scoring with right to the head and searing body punches. Eventually the power and accuracy of Ramirez forced Orozco to dial back his offensive. Three all-action minutes.
Score 10-9 Ramirez
In the first exchange a left to the head sent Orozco back on his heels and Ramirez landed another similar punch seconds later. Orozco shrugged them off and drove forward again and began to find the target with hooks and long rights. Ramirez showed stiff accurate jabs in a very close round with Ramirez early work just giving him the edge.
Score 10-9 Ramirez Ramirez 20-18
There was a calmer start to this round after the furious action in the first two. The dominant punch in the period was the ramrod jab of Ramirez. He was outboxing Orozco rattling Orozco’s head with jabs, landing left hooks and moving rather than standing and trading. Ramirez landed a heavy punch to the head and dug in yet another left hook to the body to take the round.
Score 10-9 Ramirez Ramirez 30-27
Orozco got his wish in this one but be careful what you wish for. He wanted Ramirez to stand and trade and Ramirez did. That allowed Orozco to work inside with hooks and uppercuts. Ramirez was bossing the exchanges throwing and landing more. He cut loose with a ferocious attack bouncing punches off the head of a retreating Orozco. Whilst on the retreat Orozco landed a hard right counter and then Ramirez exploded a thumping right which sent Orozco down on his back. Orozco climbed to one knee and arose at the count of nine. There was just under a minute to go in the round and Ramirez jumped on Orozco firing from both hands. He snapped Orozco’s head back with a left hook and pounded on Orozco but Orozco took the punishment and even managed to fire back. Orozco had also been cut over his left eye by a punch.
Score 10-8 Ramirez Ramirez 40-35
They both boxed their way through this round which gave Ramirez the edge. Orozco had no answer to the speed of Ramirez’s jab and hurtful left hooks to the ribs. Ramirez kept changing angles and firing quick combinations shaking Orozco with rights and easily taking the round.
Score 10-9 Ramirez Ramirez 50-44
Ramirez was again slotting home jabs but Orozco changed his tactics completely. He went onto the back foot countering Ramirez and the champion’s work rate dropped. It was a close round Orozco edged it but was cut over his right eye by a punch
Score 10-9 Orozco Ramirez 59-54
Ramirez took this one. Again Orozco cut back on his aggression. Ramirez was firing jabs through the middle of Orozco’s defence and jarring Orozco with some heavy rights. He was not as accurate as before but outworked and outscored Orozco.
Score 10-9 Ramirez Ramirez 69-63
Big round for Ramirez. Orozco again chose to box. He was getting through with some punches but whereas he was stringing together a couple of punches at a time Ramirez was firing four and five punch combinations. Ramirez threw three left hooks Orozco blocked the first, the second thudded into the left side of his body and the third hit him in the chest as he turned away. The delayed effect of the one that landed to the body kicked in and Orozco slumped to his knees but rolled up immediately. After the eight count Ramirez stormed in firing a stream of punches and it looked like it might be the end but Orozco survived.
Score 10-8 Ramirez Ramirez 79-71
Before the start of the round the referee asked the doctor to examine Orozco and he passed the inspection. Surviving seemed to spark Orozco. He upped his punch output and used some clever upper body movement to get under Ramirez’s punches with Ramirez showing some sign of tiring from the exhausting pace of the fight. A right uppercut from Orozco, his best punch in the fight so far, jerked Ramirez’s head back to make it a good round for the challenger
Scores 10-9 Orozco Ramirez 88-81
Orozco had the better of the early action in this one but Ramirez dominated the second half. Orozco was now letting his hands fly putting together 5/6 punch combinations. Both were digging in left hooks and one sequence saw Orozco score with four successive head punches only for Ramirez to immediately counter with three harder head punches. A brutal exchange. Orozco was now cut over his left eye and Ramirez finished the round with more shots to head and body to earn the points.
Score 10-9 Ramirez Ramirez 98-90
Ramirez was proving stronger and he took this round. He was again using the jab and letting his hands go with real power. Orozco’s punches now lacked any crispness and he was the one breaking off the exchange as Ramirez hammered away with both hands.
Score 10-9 Ramirez Ramirez 108-99
Ramirez was on his toes just too quick on his feet and too quick with his punches. He was again putting together some flashing combination. Orozco continued fighting to the end but just before the bell he was badly shaken by a couple of punches and under pressure to the bell.
Score 10-9 Ramirez Ramirez 118-108
Official scores: 119-107, 119-107 and 119-107 all for Ramirez
Impressive performance from 26-year-old Ramirez against the WBC No 3. He showed great lateral movement, a high level of accuracy through a whole range of punches and real power. With both the WBC interim champion Regis Prograis and their No 1 Josh Taylor committed to the WBSS a defence against No 2 Adrien Broner would make sense so it will be interesting to see where Ramirez heads from here. Orozco did his part in making this a furious and entertaining contest. He did well to recover from two knockdowns and fought hard in every round but was well beaten by a much better fighter on the night. He is 30 but could recover enough to be in the chance with a title fight in 2019-but not against Ramirez.
Besputin vs. Sanchez
Besputin ended this one just as soon as he was able to catch the fleet-footed survival focused Sanchez. Besputin just kept the pressure on as he tracked the retreating Sanchez for round after round. He looked to have scored a genuine knockdown with a right in the fourth but it was ruled a slip. Sanchez was burning energy trying to stay out of trouble and eventually that caught up with him. Besputin landed some hard lefts in the ninth and with Sanchez in badly shaken and blood pouring from a nose injury his corner indicated that they wanted the fight stopped and it was ended after 1:44 of the ninth. Russian Besputin wins the vacant IBF USBA title with his ninth win by KO/TKO. Besputin was a gold medal winner at the European Youth and Senior Championships and won a silver medal at the 2015 European Games. First loss inside the distance for Mexican Sanchez who had won his last eight fights.
Okada vs. Coria
Recent Top Rank signing Okada was looking to impress on his first fight in the USA and he got the win but only just .Although Coria does not figure in the Argentinian ratings he was a much tougher opponent than expected and made the better start to the fight outworking Okada. In the fourth a left shook Coria and Okada built from there with Coria starting to fade out of the fight. Okada had a comfortable lead going into the tenth and was also taking that round and heading for victory but was floored late in the round making the fight much closer on the cards. Scores 95-94 for Okada from the three judges. Okada, 28, scored a good win in December stopping the 40-2-1 Jason Pagara in six rounds and is No 4 with the WBA and No 9 with the WBC but if the aim was to showcase him for a shot at Jose Ramirez this performance won’t have helped his cause. Coria, 36, was having his first fight since being floored and losing by a very wide unanimous decision against the WBO’s No 1 welterweight Custio Clayton.
Herring vs. Moralde
Herring wins the vacant USBA title with wide unanimous decision over Filipino Moralde. Herring has dropped down from lightweight and showed here that he is going to be a force at the new weight. The former Marine very quickly got into his stride and was finding gaps for his strong southpaw lefts from the second round. An effective body attack had Moralde hurt in the fifth and Herring continued to dominate the action. He was on his way to an uneventful victory when a clash of heads in the last saw Herring cut over the right eye but it posed no real danger. The three judges all came up with the same score-makes a pleasant change- of 100-90 for Herring. The 2012 Olympian, a team mate of Ramirez in London, takes his “Semper Fi” nickname from his time in the Marine Corp where he served two tours in Iraq. After 15 wins in a row Herring then went 1-2 in his next three losing to Denis Shafikov and Ladarius Miller. He was out for nine months after the Miller loss but came back with a win in May this year over experienced Juan Pablo Sanchez. Moralde, 20, has a similar track record having won his first 19 fights before losing in seven rounds against Toka Kahn Clary in December. He outpointed 19-0 Ismail Muwendo in May so is 1-2 in his last 3.
Vasquez vs. Cardenas
Vasquez gets unanimous decision over Cardenas, Former interim WBA super feather champion Vasquez made this one closer than it had to be. He had the better of the exchanges early scoring with some impressive body punches but also allowed his work rate to drop too often. Cardenas was able to take advantage of that to pick up some rounds but never really threatened to win the fight. Vasquez had the better skills and the harder punch but if he is going to get into position for another title shot he will have to work harder and focus harder. Scores 96-94 twice and 98-92 all for Vasquez. The 31-year-old Costa Rican scored important wins over Rene Gonzalez, Jose Felix Jr and Sergio Thompson but lost to Takashi Uchiyama and Javier Fortuna in WBA title fights. After moving up to lightweight he lost a majority decision to Ray Beltran in August last year but halted Miguel Angel Gonzalez in February. Mexican-based Venezuelan Cardenas is on that slippery downward slope being 2-7 in his last 9 fights.
Flores vs. Gutierrez
Flores climbs off the floor to register his tenth win. A right from Gutierrez in the opening round put Flores down. He was not badly hurt and dominated the round so much that two judges made it 10-9 not 10-8. From there the speed of his jab and accuracy of his rights saw Flores win each of the remaining rounds. He did not look to mix it with Gutierrez but used excellent footwork to have Gutierrez struggling to counter. Scores 59-54 twice and 58-54 for Flores. The 18-year-old Flores is certainly one to watch. In 2015 he won a silver medal at the World Junior Championships and gold at the US Junior Championships on the way to compiling a 91-7 amateur record. When Top Rank signed him in 2016 at the age of 16 he was the youngest fighter they had ever signed. He was unable to box in his home State of California as 18 is the minimum age for professionals there so he fought under a special licence in Texas and Nevada until after his 18th birthday in July this year. There is a family tragedy spurring him on as his mother was killed by a stray bullet in 2013 in a dispute in which she was not involved. Gutierrez was 3-0,1ND in his last four fights.
Las Vegas, NV, USA: Super Welterweight: Saul Alvarez (50-1-2) W PTS 12 Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1).Middle: Super Welter: Jaime Munguia (31-0) W TKO 3 Brandon Cook (20-2). Middle: David Lemieux (40-4) W TKO 1 Gary O’Sullivan (28-3). Super Fly: Roman Gonzalez (47-2) W KO 5 Moises Fuentes (25-6-1). Super Light: Vergil Ortiz Jr (11-0) W TKO 2 Roberto Ortiz (35-4-2).
Alvarez vs. Golovkin
Alvarez takes disputed majority decision in return with Golovkin with most neutral observers seeing Golovkin the winner but the judges giving Alvarez the decision leading to talk of a third episode in this boxing drama.
A cagey opening round saw both fighters probing with their jab. Alvarez was looking more to stand his ground than in the first fight and threw a good left hook but. Golovkin found the range and just outlanded Alvarez on jabs.
Score 10-9 Golovkin
Once again Alvarez showed he was going to use different tactics in this fight. He was the one coming forward taking the fight to Golovkin. A couple of stiff jabs and a neat right uppercut saw Golovkin do the better work early. Alvarez came on over the second half of the round. Golovkin was still finding gaps but Alvarez scored with a good left hook which curved around Golovkin’s guard and later with a another solid left hook to the body to make it his round. Golovkin was showing a small bump under his left eye.
Score 10-9 Alvarez Even 19-19
Golovkin worked well with his jab and landed a quick left hook. Alvarez was moving in behind a high guard and out jabbing Golovkin. He was scoring with hooks to the body and took this round too.
Score 10-9 Alvarez Alvarez 29-38
Alvarez was pressing in this one stabbing home his jab. Golovkin then began to pick and place some class hooks and uppercuts and landed a right uppercut that turned Alvarez half way around. There were some furious exchanges with both landing well but Golovkin was the one landing most. Alvarez showing a small cut over his left eye.
Score 10-9 Golovkin Even 38-38
Official scores 38-38, 38-38, 38-38
Not a wasted punch here as both boxers showed great technique and timing. The role reversal from the first fight continued with Alvarez walking Golovkin down. Alvarez scored with a right cross to the head and a left hook to the body. They both landed short hooks and exchanged jarring punches at the end of the round. Very close round. Alvarez cut on his left eyelid wider now.
Score 10-9 Alvarez Alvarez 48-47
A battle of jabs in this one with Golovkin quicker and more accurate. Not action packed but a fascinating battle between two well matched highest quality fighters. Both were landing single punches in this round with Golovkin’s early work just giving him the edge in yet another close round.
Scores 10-9 Golovkin Even 57-57
Some toe-to-toe stuff to start this round with Alvarez scoring with a couple of uppercuts and a right cross and Golovkin again sharp and accurate with his jab. Alvarez scored with a left hook to the body and a straight right. Golovkin continued to work with his jab with Alvarez going to the body and it was his round.
Score 10-9 Alvarez Alvarez 67-66
Alvarez really loading up on his left hooks and lands two hard punches to the side of Golovkin’s head. Alvarez is the stronger man and Golovkin is blowing a bit. Both work rates dropped with Golovkin just edging this one. Alvarez now has blood trickling down his face from the cut on his left eyelid.
Score 10-9 Golovkin Even 76-76
Official scores: 77-75, 78-74 and 78-75 all for Alvarez
Alvarez thumping in body punches and Golovkin working behind his jab. Golovkin is the more accurate and throwing more punches. They are not as heavy as Alvarez’s but still count. As they come together Alvarez complains that Golovkin tried to butt him. Golovkin outworks Alvarez.
Score 10-9 Golovkin Golovkin 86-85
More heavy loads from Alvarez in this one. Golovkin came back with strong accurate shots with Alvarez showing some clever bobbing and weaving but still having to take some stick. Both were looking tired. Alvarez was throwing one punch at a time with Golovkin firing punches from both hands piercing Alvarez’s guard as Alvarez marches forward and it is Golovkin’s round.
Score 10-9 Golovkin Golovkin 96-94
Golovkin was piling on the punches in this one. Alvarez was tired and Golovkin was banging home jabs and straight rights. Alvarez was walking onto punches and his own attacks were laboured. It was all about heart here with both fighters exhausted.
Score 10-9 Golovkin Golovkin 106-103
They battled hard in this one. At first the jabs and quick rights from Golovkin gave him the edge but gradually Alvarez took over. He was coming forward whacking Golovkin to the body with hooks and uppercuts with Golovkin trying to punch back but getting the worst of the exchanges. Alvarez finished the stronger with blood dripping from a cut over Golovkin’s right eye.
Score 10-9 Alvarez Golovkin 115-113
Official scores: 115-113 Alvarez, 114-114 even, 115-113 Alvarez
Alvarez wins the WBA and WBC titles. I had Golovkin winning the first fight and I had him winning this one. For me the fight was close and any cry of robbery is misplaced but Golovkin can consider himself very unlucky. Both fighters seem willing to go for a third fight but Golovkin must wonder if it is worthwhile as he thought he won the first two and did not get the decision. Alvarez changed his tactics for this fight and the changed worked for him. At 28 he has plenty of years of boxing ahead. Golovkin is 36 so if there is to be another fight then it has to be early next year for the Kazak boxer. This was a much better fight than the first one. Both fighters went for quality rather than quantity with few extended exchanges but the very fact that it was Golovkin vs. Alvarez created a special excitement to make it memorable.
Munguia vs. Cook
Munguia gives another power performance as he destroys Cook inside three rounds to retain the WBO title.
Both fighters prodded out their jabs early but neither was on target. Munguia came forward with a right and then landed a left hook that was low enough to hit Cook on the thigh. Cook was not hurt but the referee gave him a very brief respite. Cook threw a couple of rights but then Munguia drove him to the ropes and unloaded some heavy punches. Cook got off the ropes but was forced across the ring to the ropes again. Munguia landed a big right cross and then pounded Cook with body punches, going low again with one, and Cook looked in trouble as the bell went
Score 10-9 Munguia
Cook came out aggressively getting inside to try to work on the champion’s body. Munguia soon had Cook under pressure again. With Cook on the ropes Munguia was letting fly with rights and slinging left hooks. Cook came off the ropes and took the fight to Munguia getting inside to deny Munguia the space to get any leverage on his punches. Munguia landed a hard right and then raked Cook with body punches at the bell.
Score 10-9 Munguia Munguia 20-18
Once again Cook came out of the corner in a rush forcing Munguia back. He tracked Munguia around the ring then came in close throwing punches to the body. Munguia landed clubbing rights to the head two of which landed on the back of Cook’s head, He went down on his hands and knees but was up quickly. After the eight count Munguia jumped on Cook landing heavy lefts and rights and with Cook bent double under the storm the referee stepped in and stopped the fight.
The 21-year-old from Tijuana again looked so big and strong at the weight-and he is still a growing lad. This is his second defence in four months in fact if you include his win over Sadam Ali his third world title fight in four months and he is talking about defending his title again in November or December. He obviously likes to be busy. He has won 25 of his fights by KO/TKO giving him a very impressive 84% KO ratio. Naturally he wants Saul Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin at some stage but says he wants to unify the super welterweight titles first. Cook was vastly outgunned. He tried to get inside to work but Munguia just punched too hard for him. His other loss was a stoppage against Kanat Islam in September and wins over Hector Santana and Miguel Suarez should not have been enough to get him a No 3 rating. At 32 he is unlikely to get another title chance,
Lemieux vs. O’Sullivan
Lemieux crushes O’Sullivan inside a round to get back into the big picture.
Lemieux came out stabbing with his jab and he tried a right cross. O’Sullivan was using a high guard but Lemieux was finding gaps. The action slowed fleetingly with Lemieux again working with his jab and O’Sullivan not letting his punches go. They exchanged jabs and then Lemieux was throwing hooks to the body. As O’Sullivan came forward Lemieux landed a short left to the chin and O’Sullivan fell sideways to the floor on his hands and knees. A badly dazed O’Sullivan was turning his head to see where the referee was to establish what the count was. The referee had reached five but when he looked into O’Sullivan’s eyes he waived the fight off with no protest from O’Sullivan. Lemieux showed he still has punching power. After being outclassed by Billy Joe Saunders in December he had a big rebuilding job to do. He took the first step with a points win over Karim Achour in May but this was a much more impressive performance. If a third Alvarez vs. Golovkin fight does go ahead the middleweight division is in danger of stagnating. With O’Sullivan being rated No 3 by both the WBA and WBO this win could put Lemieux’s name up as a challenger to Ryota Murata the holder of the secondary WBA title or WBC interim title holder Jermall Charlo. Huge blow for “Spike” O’Sullivan. A win would have given him a good chance of a title fight in 2019 but he has now lost huge fights against Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr and now Lemieux so he has a hill to climb if he is to get back to the top of the ratings.
Gonzalez vs. Fuentes
Early days but some of the old Gonzalez shines through as he dismantles the bigger Fuentes and finish the fight with a “Punch of the Year” candidate. Cautious start in the opening round from both fighters. Gonzalez naturally the smaller man was giving away height and reach to Fuentes, The action picked up in the second half of the round with Gonzalez throwing some body punches and as they traded shots before the bell Gonzalez landed the better punches. Fuentes pressed the action at the start of the second scoring with jabs and straight right using his strength to force Gonzalez back. Once Gonzalez got into his stride he was peppering Fuentes with hooks and uppercuts. He shook Fuentes with a right and opened a cut over the right eye of Fuentes with a left hook. He looked more like his old self as he pinned Fuentes to the ropes and bombarded him with a variety of short punches. The blood from the cut on his right eyebrow was hampering Fuentes vision and he was being rocked by shots to the head. Fuentes took the fight to Gonzalez in the third but was soon put on the back foot by rapid, accurate combinations piercing his guard. It was more of the same in the fourth with Gonzalez landing with almost every punch he threw. A blooded Fuentes was unable to stem the attacks or block the punches. Gonzalez continued to bounce punches off the head of Fuentes until he backed Fuentes to the ropes and landed a crushing short right hook that put Fuentes down on his back spread-eagled and out of the fight. The referee started to count but then just signalled it was over. It was a perfect punch. Sparking performance by the four division champion as he had his combinations flowing again on the way to win No 39 by KO/TKO. There are tougher tests ahead but after seeming hesitant at the start of this fight his confidence grew with each round and he is ready to get into the mix for bigger fights. Fuentes, a former WBO minimumweight champion, fought a draw with Donnie Nietes for the WBO light flyweight title but was knocked out in a return match. His form had flat-lined to 1-2 going into this one with two of the losses in world title fights but there are still some good paydays for him to collect.
Ortiz vs. Ortiz
Another destructive display by young Vergil. He ended this fight with two knock downs in the second round to make it eleven wins by KO/TKO in eleven fights. The 20-year-old from Dallas already has wins over experienced battlers in Jesus Rodriguez and Juan Carlos Salgado. Roberto Ortiz was right up at the top of the ratings after going 31-0-1 in his first 32 fights but a crushing second round kayo by Lucas Matthysse brought some realism to bear and coming into this one he had lost two in a row against Cletus Seldin and Jose Lopez.
Las Vegas, NV, USA: Super Light: Pablo Cano (31-7-1,1ND) W TEC DEC 5 Ruslan Madiev (12-1). Feather: Can Xu (15-2) W PTS 8 Enrique Bernache (24-11). Feather: Isaac Zarate (16-3-3) W PTS 8 Horacio Garcia (34-5-1). Super Middle: Bilal Akkawy (18-0-1) W PTS 8 Cristian Olivas (17-3).
Cano vs. Madiev
Cano gets technical decision over Madiev. Cano used his longer reach and superior speed to outwork Madiev. He was slotting home his jab and scoring with quick rights. Madiev was throwing plenty of big rights but missing the target. Cano had been trouble d by cuts in the past and a clash of heads in the first opened a cut over his left eye. He continued to outbox and outmanoeuvre Madiev putting together some quick combinations but the young Kazak boxer was now landing a few of his rights and they were worsening Cano’s cut. In the fourth Cano was cut on the forehead again above the left eye and his face was smeared with blood. Late in the fifth Madiev connected with a hard right that knocked the mouthguard out of Cano’s mouth. In the interval before the start of the sixth the doctor examined the gash of Cano’s forehead and ruled it too serious for the fight to continue so it was decided by the judges’ cards with all three giving the decision to Cano 49-46. Cano, 28, a former WBA interim super lightweight champion is recovering for a poor 2017 that saw him suffer consecutive losses against Fidel Maldonado and Marcelino Lopez. Madiev has scored wins over useful opponents in 23-1-1 Abdiel Ramirez and 21-0 Jesus Perez Campos
Xu vs. Bernache
Chinese “Monster” Xu gets a reality check as he only just scrapes past experienced Mexican Bernache on a split decision. It was an entertaining contest with the better skills of Xu just giving him the edge. Although No 2 with the WBA his struggle to get by Bernache must have scuppered thoughts of Xu fighting Leo Santa Cruz or Jesus Rojas any time soon, Scores 78-74 and 77-75 for Xu and 77-75 for Bernache. The 24-year-old Xu has useful wins over Jack Asis and Nehomar Cermeno. Bernache, 29, was an impressive 15-1 when he set out on his career but has fallen away badly since then.
Zarate vs. Garcia
Zarate outpoints more experienced Garcia in another entertaining fight which was also ended on a split decision with identical scores to Xu vs. Bernache. This was a gruelling close quarters battle most of the way. Garcia was taller and forced the fight. Southpaw Zarate had to soak up some hard left hooks from Garcia but fought well on the back foot both when countering and when moving inside and his left hook proved a more potent weapon than that of Garcia. There was never much in the fight but Zarate outfought Garcia over the late rounds. Scores 78-74 and 77-75 for Zarate and 77-75 for Garcia. The 26-year-old Californian Zarate is on a good run being 4-0-1 in his last 5 fights including a win over WBC bantamweight title challenger Carlos Carlson with the draw being a technical one. Garcia, 28, was like a shooting-star as he won his first 29 fights. Then the opposition got tougher and he is now 5-5-1in his last 11contests but it does not get much tougher than Hozumi Hasegawa, Joseph Diaz and Carl Frampton and Garcia went the distance with all three of them.
Akkawy vs. Olivas
Australian hope Akkawy floor and decisions Mexican Olivas in his first pro fight outside of Australia. It was a dominating performance from Akkawy who won every round and floored Olivas in the second. Akkawy used a strong jab to control the fight and landed a series of head punches in the second to put Olivas down. Olivas beat the count and survived the round-just-but was never any threat to the much stronger Akkawy. Scores 80-71 from all three judges for Akkawy. The 25-year-old from Sydney broke Kerry Hope’s jaw in beating him in 2016 and took a wide decision over tough Italian Giovanni De Carolis a former holder of the secondary WBA title. Akkawy has 15 wins by KO/TKO. Legendary trainer Johnny Lewis said that Bilal’s father Mahmoud (Michael) was one of the hardest punchers he ever saw but sadly Michael’s career was brought to an end after just two fights when he was badly injured in a car crash. Bilal is now training under Eddy Reynoso who trains Saul Alvarez and he will relocate to Mexico. Olivas, 26, had been fed on some low level opposition in Mexico and was never in with the sniff of a chance here.
Zhengzhou, China: Super Middle: Ainiwaer Yilixiati (14-1) W TKO 1 Mada Maugo (23-17). Welter: Adam Diu Abdulhamid (13-6) W PTS 10 Youli Dong (12-1-1).
Yilixiati vs. Maugo
Chinese fighter Yilixiati blows away poor Maugo inside a round. Maugo made a bright start throwing lots of punches but a counter hook saw him stumble and touch the canvas with a glove. After the eight count Yilixiati put Maugo down twice with body punches and the referee waived the fight off with just five seconds left in the first round. The 25-year-old Yilixiati retains the WBC Asian Boxing Council title and adds the vacant WBA Asian title to his collection. He has 11 wins by KO/TKO. His loss came in a fight with Australian Jayde Mitchell for the OPBF title in 2017 with Mitchell winning every round on two cards. Now four wins in a row since the Mitchell fight for Yilixiati Ninth loss by KO/TKO for Maugo.
Abdulhamid vs. Dong
Abdulhamid wins majority verdict over Dong in a competitive clash to take the WBO Asia Pacific title. The Filipino used a strong aggressive attack to win this one. Dong had height and reach and kept the fight close early. He scored on the advancing Abdulhamid with some cracking counters but Abdulhamid was walking through the punches and hammering at Dong’s body inside. The middle rounds were close but Abdulhamid rocked Dong in the seventh. Dong had a better eighth but Abdulhamid then came back working the body and outscored Dong over the ninth and tenth. Scores 97-93 and 96-94 for Abdulhamid and 95-95. The 23-year-old “Big Daddy” Abdulhamid from General Santos City went 2-5 in a rocky patch but has now won his last two fights. Champion Dong, also 23, was unbeaten but no real tests before this fight with his twelve previous opponents only having 22 wins between them.
Philadelphia, PA, USA: Welter: Terrell Williams (17-0) W PTS 10 David Grayton (15-3-1). Three knockdowns in the first six rounds are enough to see Williams safely to a wide unanimous decision. The opening two rounds were a nightmare for Grayton as he hit the floor twice. He recovered to be competitive over the fourth and fifth but was put down again in the sixth. Grayton stayed out of trouble in the seventh and came into the fight more over the last three rounds as Williams tired but there was no way he could overcome those three knockdowns which cost him six points in the scoring. The judges saw it 98-89, 99-90 and 97-92 for Williams. The tall Californian was the opponent in October 2015 when Prichard Colon was injured with it being alleged that blows to the back of the head caused the brain injury to Colon. Williams did not fight again for two years but is now rebuilding his career. Southpaw Grayton won his first 14 fights but is now 1-3-1 in his last 5 with his other two losses being against Bryant Perrella and Miguel Cruz.
Lincoln, RI, USA: Super Light: Nick DeLomba (14-2) W PTS 8 Chris Singleton (18-6-2). Local fighter DeLomba gets comfortable win over substitute Singleton. The visitor was in the fight over the first couple of rounds forcing the better boxer DeLomba to fight inside but then DeLomba outboxed and outlanded Singleton the rest of the way. He was able to pierce Singleton’s defence with well placed jabs, hooks and uppercuts with Singleton just too slow to block or counter many of the punches. DeLomba is not a big puncher so Singleton was rarely in trouble but never really in the fight with a chance. Scores79-73 twice and 78-74for DeLomba. The Rhode Island native gets his third win in a row and retains the UBF All American title. Singleton was a replacement for Irelands’ Ray Moylette who withdrew a few weeks before with an injury. He is 3-3-2 in his last 8 fights.
Glasgow, Scotland: Super Welter: Stefan Sanderson (5-0) W PTS 10 Paul Kean (8-1). The BBB of C Area titles continue to provide a path for young local fighters to get good experience and prepare themselves for moving up to challenge for the next level titles. They also tend to be hotly contested and competitive matches. This contest between two undefeated boxers for the vacant Scottish Area title was one example. The 6’0” tall Kean had the edge in reach against southpaw Sanderson so Sanderson was looking to take the fight inside with Kean working cleverly with his jab on the back foot. The styles gelled well to make it an interesting contest with the deciding moment coming early with Sanderson scoring a knockdown in the second. It was close all the way with that knockdown making the difference as the referee scored the fight 96-94 for Sanderson. It was close enough for both boxers to come away with credit and to go forward with confidence. Both fighters were going ten rounds for the first time and that will also help build their confidence.
Concordia, Argentina: Super Welter: Adrian Veron (22-3) W KO 6 Luis Tejerina (16-7-3). Veron wins the vacant South American title with kayo of Tejerina. Southpaw Veron had the longer reach and more power. Veron used smart lateral movement to avoid the punches from Tejerina and was able to land regularly with his right jab and lefts to the head. He slowly eroded Tejerina’s resistance and was scoring easily. In the sixth he staggered Tejerina with a right jab then backed him into a corner and threw a whole bundle of punches none of which were very heavy but with Tejerina not punching back the referee stepped in and gave Tejerina a standing count. When the action resumed a left to the temple from Veron sent Tejerina down on his back and he was counted out. Veron, the Argentinian No 6, was coming off consecutive kayo losses to Cesar Barrionuevo. He gets his fourteenth win by KO/TKO. Fourth inside the distance loss for Tejerina
Budakalasz, Hungary: Light Heavy: Mate Kis (12-0-2) W RTD 8 Richard Baranyi (19-4). Super Welter: Balasz Bacskai (8-0) W PTS 8 Nkululeko Mhlongo (16-7).
Kis vs. Baranyi
Kis and Baryani clash in a return match with the National title on the line and Kis wins again. Baranyi made the better start. He looked an improved fighter from his loss to Kis in November and boxed well early. Kis was forcing the fight and ready to take punches to land his own with Baranyi boxing and countering. That made for entertaining clash with Kis gradually getting on top. He landed some booming rights and caustic uppercuts with Baranyi firing back but getting the worst of the exchanges. In the eighth after scoring with a combination to the head Kis banged home a wicked left hook to Baranyi’s body. Baranyi folded in half with his gloves almost touching the canvas. It looked as though he was going down and for a couple of seconds both Kis and the referee stood waiting for him to fall. When he managed to straighten himself he was in pain and Kis took him to the ropes and landed some neck-jerking head shots. The bell went saving Baranyi but he retired in his corner. Kis, 25, retains the National title with his fifth win on the bounce by KO/TKO. Baranyi was a top level amateur but is now 1-3 in his last 4 fights with all three losses inside the distance. Apart from the two losses to Kis he was stopped inside a round by Anthony Yarde in July last year.
Bacskai vs. Mhlongo
Bacskai wins every round against South African Mhlongo but the height and reach of Mhlongo posed some problems for the local fighter. Bacskai was scoring with fast combinations in the first but Mhlongo did not fold and fought back hard. Head clashes in the second round saw Mhlongo suffer a bad cut over his left eye with the blood hampering his vision. Bacskai continued to outscore Mhlongo and the cut worsened with the referee asking the doctor to examine Mhlongo in the fifth round. The fight was allowed to continue and Bacskai handed out some fearsome punishment to Mhlongo often trapping him on the ropes and rocking him with booming rights and uppercuts. Mhlongo took his lumps and tried to fight back but the power and hand speed of Bacskai were too much for him but he gamely stayed there to the last bell, Scores 80-72 for Bacskai on the three cards. The 30-year-old “Benji” was a prominent member of the Hungarian National squad in the amateurs winning gold medals at the World and European Youth Championships, the European and European Union Championships and was Hungarian national champion seven years in a row. “Bulldog” Mhlongo did well to go the distance with such a handicap but is now 1-4 in his last 5 fights.
Cusano Mutri. Italy: Domenico Valentino (6-0) W TEC DEC 5 Benoit Manno (17-2) Former star amateur Valentino wins the vacant Italian title in his sixth fight with technical decision over Manno. With Valentino by far the more skilled boxer Manno had to try to take the fight to Valentino and hustle him out of his comfort zone or hope that Valentino tired as he had never been past six rounds before. In the end his first option proved impossible and the second never came into play because the fight did not go past the fifth round. Valentino took control of the centre of the ring and outboxed Manno from there. Manno’s aggression was enough to win him a round but he ran out of time after Valentino suffered a cut on his left eyebrow from a clash of heads and the doctor ruled the injury was too severe for the fight to continue. The judges saw it 49-47 twice and 49-46 for Valentino. He is 34 so he has had to move up quickly. It is a pity he left it so late to turn pro. He won gold medals at the World Military games, the European Union Championships the Mediterranean Games and medalled at every World Championships from 2005 through to 2013 winning the gold medal in 2009 beating Jose Pedraza in the final but never won a medal at the three Olympic Games he competed at. He scored wins over both Jose Ramirez and Josh Taylor but that’s history and I can’t see him staying around long enough to win a world title. Southpaw Manno was 11-1 going into this one with the loss being to Emilio Marsili for the European title in 2014..
Bialystok, Poland: Middle: Robert Swierzbinski (21-7-2) W PTS 10 Rafal Jackiewicz (50-20-2) Fighting in his home town Swierzbinski wins the vacant Polish title with his second victory in four months over veteran Jackiewicz. Swierzbinski made this look easy over the first four rounds as he raked Jackiewicz with jabs and dug home body punches.. Jackiewicz was just too slow to get within range against the naturally bigger man. Luckily for Jackiewicz Swierzbinski was going for quantity rather than power but he was unable to get into the fight. That changed in the fifth with Swierzbinski’s work rate dropping and Jackiewicz finding gaps in Swierzbinski’s defence. Jackiewicz continued his good work in to the sixth mixing up his attacks and showing the benefit of his greater experience. He closed the points gap further in the seventh Swierzbinski was cut over his left eye in a clash of heads but staged a late rally in the round. The eighth and ninth were close and could have gone to either fighter . Swierzbinski tried to stage a big finish in the tenth and Jackiewicz seemed to be coasting but he still did the better work and looked to have just done enough to take a very close decision, Scores 99-92 and 96-94 for Swierzbinski and 96-94 for Jackiewicz but Jackiewicz looked worth at least a draw. Swierzbinski has had some very testing assignments against world champions such David Lemieux, Chris Eubank and Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam but is now 5-1-1 in his last 7 fights losing only to French prospect Christian Mbilli. Now 41 Jackiewicz, a former European champion and IBF title challenger at welterweight, again announced his retirement but he has done that before.
Ludwigshaffen, Germany: Super Middle: Avni Yildirim (21-1) W PTS 12 Lolenga Mock (42-42-1). Super Middle: Vincent Feigenbutz (29-2) W RTD 5 Yusuf Kanguel (16-3-1). Welter: Deniz Ilbay (20-1) W PTS 8 Jean Pierre Habimana (9-14-3).
Yildirim vs. Mock
Mock in a close entertaining contest Yildirim retains the WBC International title and moves within touching distance of WBC champion David Benavidez with majority victory over Mock. Yildirim made the perfect start flooring Mock with a right hook in the first round. It was not a heavy knockdown and Mock quickly recovered but he was already two points down. Yildrim likes to fight inside and although Mock had the better jab he was quickly forced to meet the Turkish fighter literally head on. That suited Yildirim but Mock was working well enough to make all of the rounds close. Yildirim looked to be in front but Mock was coming on strongly over the middle rounds. Mock gradually came into the fight more and was eating into Yildirim’s lead. Yildirim responded with a good eighth round but in the ninth a right from Mock knocked Yildirim off balance and his glove brushed the canvas. It could have been counted as a knockdown but the referee saw it as a slip so did not apply a count and that proved a huge factor in the outcome. The rounds continued to be close and both fighters lost a point in the eleventh for hitting on the break. Mock attacked strongly in the twelfth and looked to have won that one but it was not enough. Scores 116-111 and 113-112 for Yildirim and 113-113. Yildirim was making the second defence of the WBC International title. He was No 5 in the latest WBC ratings with Mock at No 15 but a challenge to David Benavidez looks set to come early next year. The 46-year-old Mock will feel he was worth at least a draw out of this and time is not on his side. However he has kept himself active whilst scoring eleven wins in a row and came close enough here not to give up on his hopes of a title fight.
Feigenbutz vs. Kanguel
Feigenbutz beats late substitute Kanguel. Feigenbutz was looking for a quick win and attacked strongly from the outset. He continually forced Kanguel to the ropes and scored with some heavy body punches. Kanguel fought back well when he could get some space to build his own attacks and landed some of good punches late in the round. Feigenbutz continued to press in the second and third rounds. Kanguel also had more success but he was leaving himself too open and taking punishment. The fourth was Kanguel’s best round as he was the one taking Feigenbutz to the ropes but Feigenbutz was countering with hard punches to head and body and a tiring Kanguel lost a point for spitting out his mouthguard. Feigenbutz was on top as Kanguel faded in the fifth. He scored early with a couple of cracking head punches and dug in a hook to the body. Kanguel punched back but a straight right from Feigenbutz had him backing off. He looked very tired and was rocked by another right just before the bell and his team retired their man at the end of the round. Former interim WBA champion Feigenbutz retains the Global Boxing Union Inter-Continental title with his 26th win by KO/TKO. He is rated WBA 2/IBF 3(4)/WBO 4 but his No 8 with the EBU is a more representative reflection of his opposition and performances at this stage. He is still only 23 so there is no need to rush him. German-based Kanguel had the handicap of being a substitute for a substitute. Going into this fight he had won nine fights in a row, eight of them inside the distance, so with more time to prepare he might have been a danger to Feigenbutz.
Ilbay vs. Habimana
Ilbay returns to action and outpoints Rwandan-born Belgian Habimana. Ilbay had the speed and the power but Habimana came to fight and threw plenty of punches. Ilbay had better skills and a harder punch and won every round but Habimana was still trying to fight back to the final bell. First fight for Ilbay for ten months so the eight rounds will help him shed any rust. He beat Bethuel Ushona for the WBFederation title back in 2016 and is the current Global Boxing Union champion. His only loss is against WBO No 2 Egidijus Kavaliauskas in 2016. Habimana is 2-5 in his last 7 fights but has only lost inside the distance once.
Magdeburg, Germany: Heavy: Tom Schwarz (22-0) W KO 2 Julian Fernandez (11-1). Light Heavy: Adam Deines (16-0-1) W PTS 12 Mustafa Chadlioui (12-4-2). Super Welter: Mohammed Rabii (6-0) W PTS 8 Anderson Clayton (41-13-2).
Schwarz vs. Fernandez
Too easy for Schwarz as he blows away overmatched Mexican novice Fernandez. Schwarz was too big and too strong for the very limited Fernandez landing big punches in the first with Fernandez lucky to last the three minutes. Schwarz used his weight advantage to bull Fernandez to the ropes in the second and bombarded him with head punches. A left to the head sent Fernandez staggering across the ring and Schwarz followed him and landed a huge overhand right that sent Fernandez into the ropes and down to the canvas with the referee immediately stopping the fight. The 24-year-old 6’5 ½” (197cm) Schwarz boxing in his home city retained the WBO Inter-Continental title with his fourteenth win by KO/TKO. He has wins over moderately good opposition but is still largely untested. Fernandez was a lamb to the slaughter. He is basically a prelim fighter. Nine of his victims had only six wins between them and another was 10-14-2. The only one with a positive record, 11-4-5, was a fat, flabby 286 ½ lbs. Schwarz gets nothing out of rubbish like this.
Deines vs. Chadlioui
Deines wins the vacant WBC International Silver title with unanimous decision over rough and tough Chadlioui. Deines had to box a disciplined fight here against the unpredictable Chadlioui as he could not afford to get down in the trenches with the wildly unpredictable Moroccan. Sticking with his jab and scoring well to head and body Deines had some spells of discomfort from the crude, wild swings of Chadlioui and his carless head work but never really lost control of the fight and won handily. Scores 118-110, 117-112 and 117-113 all for the 27-year-old local southpaw. He won the vacant German title with a victory over unbeaten Stefan Haertel in March and is progressing well. Spanish champion Chadlioui lost a close decision to Albanian Orial Kolaj in for the European Union title in February and can be a dangerous opponent.
Rabbi vs. Clayton
Moroccan Rabii easily outpoints shop worn Clayton. Rabii was too young, too quick and too accurate for the Brazilian and won on scores of 80-72 twice and 79-73. The 25-year-old 2016 Olympics bronze medal winner won gold at the World Championships and is a former World Boxing Series Fighter of the Year. Clayton, 39, was inactive throughout 2017 and this is his second loss this year.
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Middle; Marcelo Caceres (18-3) W TKO 7 Gaston Vega (28-14-2,1ND). Caceres stops Vega and keeps the South American title. Caceres attacked veteran Vega from the first round. Initially he was wild with his work and head hunting but once he settled the fight was soon over. Vega landed a hard right to the head in the sixth which stopped Caceres in his tracks but he quickly recovered. In the seventh a right to the body saw Vega on the floor. He beat the count but another couple of punches put him down again and the fight was halted. Now eleven wins in a row for the Argentinian No 2 and his thirteenth win by KO/TKO. Former undefeated South American super middleweight champion Vega slides on down the slope under his eleventh loss by KO/TKO.
Brisbane, Australia: Light Heavy: Rohan Murdock (23-1) W TKO 4 Pablo Nieves (33-16-1). Murdock marches on. The local fighter extends his winning run to 20 as he floored Nievas twice in the fourth to bring the curtain down. Murdock gets win No 16 by KO/TKO. He is rated WBO 7/IBF 15(14). Argentinian Nievas is 2-4 in his last 6 fights all of which have ended early with two wins by KO/TKO and four losses by KO/TKO
Qinzhou, China: Light Fly: Jing Xiang (15-4-2) W PTS 12 Merlito Sabillo (27-6-1). Heavy: Zhiyu Wu (9-2-1) W PTs 10 Kotatsu Takehara (15-12-3).
Xiang vs. Sabillo
Xiang outpoints a fading Sabillo to get important win. The younger Chinese boxer was in charge for much of the fight. Sabillo was competitive early and occasionally threatened but then tired. Xiang pressed all the way taking the fight to southpaw Sabillo and getting the better of some fiery exchanges as he worked his way to a wide unanimous verdict. Scores 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111 all for 28-year-old Xiang. The win gets him the WBC Silver title. He was No 30 in the latest WBC ratings but will get a big boost for winning the Silver title. Sabillo, 34, is a former WBO Minimumweight champion. He was 23-0-1 at the start of his career but is now 4-6 in his last10 fights which shows how he has slipped.
Wu vs. Takehara
Wu wins the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council (WBC ABC) title with tight decision over Japan’s Takehara. Don’t take this one too seriously as basically it was a very chubby Chinese fighter vs. an elderly Japanese one. Despite that it was entertaining at times with the local fighter getting a slim verdict. Scores 96-94 for Wu from all three judges. The 35-year-old 5’11” Wu won his first seven fight s actually winning the WBC ABC title at cruiserweight in only his second fight but is 2-2-1 in his last 5. Takehara, 40, had won his last five fights but against very modest opposition.
Hamburg, Germany: Christian Hammer (23 -5) W RTD 3 Tornike Puritchamiashvili (11-11). Heavy: Erik Pfeifer (1-0) W TKO 2 Davit Gogishvili (22-12).
Hammer vs. Puritchamiashvili
Hammer beats Puritchamiashvili (thank goodness for cut and paste) on a third round retirement. If you paid to see this then you should ask for your money back. It was dreadful and an insult to Hammer to put him in fights like this. Puritchamiashvili is fat slow and hardly threw a punch. Hammer never got beyond a plodding pace. He was able to score with his jab when he liked and could not miss Puritchamiashvili with body punches. For a very short period in the second and third rounds Hammer cut loose with some uppercuts and hooks to the body but it was not even useful sparring for him. Puritchamiashvili had never been down or in any serious trouble but retired after the third round. German-based Romanian Hammer has scored wins over Erkan Teper and David Price but was beaten in seven round by Tyson Fury and in his last fight in December he was outclassed by Alex Povetkin but went the full ten rounds. Georgian Puritchamiashvili was to have fought Pfeifer but he switched places with Gogishvili. He is 6’3” and weighs around 315lbs-you get the picture?
Pfeifer vs. Gogishvili
This fight was just as bad. Former amateur star Pfeifer floored Gogishvili three times before the fight was stopped. Pfeifer had a much longer reach and lots of height on his side. He was able to pierce the southpaw guard of Gogishvili with ease and was measuring him for right hands. One of these landed but did not look to be more than a glancing blow and Gogishvili went down. Pfeifer tracked Gogishvili throwing more rights before taking Gogishvili to the roes and landing a series of lefts and rights that sent Gogishvili down once more. He made it to his feet as the bell went, Just after the bell to start the second Pfeifer landed another half power right and Gogishvili was on the floor again. When he got up the referee just waived the fight over-thankfully. I guess Pfeifer had to fight someone in his first pro fight but this was pitiful. The 31-year-old Russian-born German Pfeifer is another high level amateur entering the pro heavyweight rankings. He won bronze medals at both the 2011 and 2013 World Championships, gold at the European Union Championships and competed at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. He lost in the semi-finals of the 2011 to World Championships to Anthony Joshua when Joshua broke Pfeifer’s nose in the first round. He is 6’3” and was German champion three times.
Heerlerheide, Holland: Middle: Gevorg Khatchikian (28-2) W TKO 2 Volodymyr Romanenko (8-8). Heavy: Ricardo Snijders (14-0) W RTD 5 Paul Zummach (3-2).
Khatchikian vs. Romanenko
Khatchikian brushes aside Ukrainian Romanenko inside two rounds. The Armenian-born Dutchman was not looking to spend too long in the ring. In the first he drove Romanenko to a corner late in the round and dropped him with a rib busting body punch. Romanenko survived but in the second a thumping right put him down again and the referee stopped the fight. Khatchikian wins the vacant BeNeLux title (for fighters from Belgium, Netherlands/Holland and Luxemburg) and now has 14 wins by KO/TKO. The champion Josemir Poulino refused to face the challenge of Khatchikian and was stripped of the title. As no fighter from the BeNeLux was willing to tackle Khatchikian the Ukrainian was brought in. Khatchikian’s two losses have come in fights against James DeGale for the WBC Silver title and Gilberto Ramirez for the NABF title. Fifth loss by KO/TKO for Romanenko.
Snijders vs. Zummach
Dutch champion Snijders dominates all the way and forces retirement by Zummach. Snijders worked patiently breaking down the heavier Zummach who tried unsuccessfully to bully Snijders. Snijders used a strong jab and good technical ability to dominate the action and really cut loose in the fourth and fifth rocking Zummach with some booming punches and the German did not come out for the sixth round. Former national amateur champion at 91kg Snijders was Dutch and BeNeLux champion at cruiserweight before moving up to heavyweight earlier this year. He has won his last four fights by KO/TKO but will now probably move down to cruiser again. Novice Zummach in over his head.
Kemerovo, Russia: Cruiser: Dmitry Kudryashov (23-2) W KO 1 Alexandru Jur (17-2). Light: Vyacheslav Gusev (25-5) W TKO 2 Yotchanchai Yakaeo (26-13,1ND).
Kudryashov vs. Jur
In his second fight in ten days Kudryashov Obliterates Jur inside a round. Jur showed some nice touches early jabbing well and landing a couple of rights. With about 30 seconds to go in the round Kudryashov staggered Jur with a left hook and then sent Jur sprawling on the canvas with a right to the head and he was counted out. The “Russian Hammer” moves to 23 wins by KO/TKO. The second round stoppage loss to Yunier Dorticos in September for the secondary WBA title saw him drop out of the ratings with only the WBC featuring him at No 11. He is dangerous and is fighting his way back and could very well compete for a title in 2019. Romanian Jur is the WBC Mediterranean champion with his only loss being a split decision against Taylor Mabika in Gabon.
Gusev vs. Yodchanchai
Gusev scores win over a dancing Thai Yodchanchai (Yakaeo). This one was amusing. The veteran Thai flitted around the ring like the Sugar Plum Fairy on speed with some very strange but clever movement. Gusev just kept walking Yotchanchai down with Yodchanchai throwing lots of light punches from some very strange angles. Gusev eventually caught up with Yodchanchai in the second and landed a left to the side of Yodchanchai’s head and the Thai dropped to one knee complaining the punch had landed on the back of his head. When the action restarted two booming rights from Gusev sent Yodchanchai down heavily and almost out under the bottom rope. His body slid from the rope until only his head was resting on the bottom rope and that was enough for the referee to immediately stop the fight. Russian Gusev, 32, a former European title challenger has lost important fights against Gary Russell Jr and Guillaume Frenois but less impressively lost last time out to inexperience Peruvian Frank Urquiaga. Yodchanchai, 39, is 1-4 in his last five fights.
Hockessin, DE, USA: Super Middle: Derrick Webster (28-1) W PTS 8 Milton Nunez (35-20-1). Tall southpaw Webster has no problems with Colombian Nunez and boxes his way to victory. At 6’4” (193cm) Webster had a big edges in height and reach over the 5’9” (175cm) Nunez. Webster was able to keep Nunez on the end of his jab for most of the fight and found plenty of gaps for his jab, hooks and uppercuts. He had Nunez badly shaken in the fifth and outpunched him all the way to be a wide winner. Scores 80-72 twice and 79-73. The 36-year-old Webster has useful victories over Frankie Filippone and Les Sherrington and this is his fourth win this year but at 36 he has to make a move soon. Nunez went 21-1-1 at the start of his career but in fight No 24 in 2010 he was knocked out in 58 seconds by Gennady Golovkin in a challenge for the interim WBA title. He has never won a fight outside of Colombia.
Fight of the week (Entertainment): Jose Ramirez vs. Antonio Orozco. Despite the wide scores there was three minute of action in every round.
Fight of the week (Significance): Saul Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin
Fighter of the week: Jose Ramirez with honourable mention to David Lemieux for his one round demolition of Gary O’Sullivan
Punch of the week: Plenty to choose from. The enormous right from Tom Schwarz which flattened Julian Fernandez and the right from Ramirez that put Orozco down in the fourth round but I go for the perfect short right hook from Roman Gonzalez that shattered Moises Fuentes.
Upset of the week: None at all this week
One to watch: Australian Bilal Akkawy 18-0-1 with honourable mention to teenager Gabriel Flores
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