By Eric Armit
The Past Week in Action 11 February 2020
-Gary Russell decisions Tugstsogt Nyambayar to retain WBC featherweight title
-Guillermo Rigondeaux wins vacant secondary WBA bantamweight title outpointing Liborio Solis
-Kid Galahad stops Claudio Marrero and Kell Brook knocks out Mark DeLuca in a British winning double
-Artem Dalakian outpoints Josber Perez and holds on to WBA flyweight belt
-Wilfredo Mendez halts Gabriel Mendoza in WBO minimumweight title defence
-Kevin Lerena retains IBO cruiser title with stoppage of Firat Arslan
-Daniel Matellon wins the vacant WBA interim flyweight title with majority decision over Erik Lopez
-Luis Concepcion wins the vacant WBA interim flyweight title with stoppage of Rober Barrera
WORLD TITLE/ MAJOR SHOWS
Panama City, Panama: Light Fly: Daniel Matellon (11-0-2) W PTS 12 Erik Lopez (14-5-1). Fly: Luis Concepcion (39-8) W TKO 11 Rober Barrera (23-3). Minimumweight: Leyman Benavides (17-6-1) W PTS 12 Carlos Ortega (14-6-3) . Bantam: Leosdan Nunez (11-0) W TKO 1 Javier Martinez (12-4). Super Feather: Pablo Vicente (16-1,1ND) W TKO 4 Eder Espitia (11-3-4). Feather: Bryan De Gracia (26-2-1) W TKO 3 Freddy Lainez (5-2).
Matellon vs. Lopez
Cuban Matellon wins the vacant interim WBA title with majority decision over Mexican Lopez. In the first round Matellon was finding gaps for his left jab but Lopez set him back on his heels with a left hook. Matellon responded by staggering Lopez with left hook and a right cross. Matellon had big edges in height and reach and was scoring at distant before moving in to fire impressive combinations. Lopez looked to be in over his head. Matellon had no trouble outboxing Lopez over the third and fourth. Lopez finally got into the fight from the fifth. Sometimes he was storming past Matellon’s jab forcing the Cuban to the ropes and firing body punches and on other occasions backing to the ropes inviting Matellon in and then countering. Lopez continued to vary his tactics and was taunting Matellon at times and outpunching him as he took the sixth. Matellon landed enough to take the seventh but it was no longer a one-sided fight and fierce attacks from Lopez made the eighth close. These two obviously believed that attack was the best form of defence as for twelve rounds they went toe-toe with neither fighter willing to take a step back. Matellon reasserted himself in the ninth as Lopez was throwing punches that had people on the street outside ducking and although Lopez showed more restraint in the tenth Matellon was now using his superior skills to outbox Lopez instead of punching with him and the Cuban looked to have taken control again. He was cruising in the eleven until Lopez sent him staggering along the ropes with a right to the head and then twice pinned Matellon in a corner and pounded him with punches with Matellon in real trouble at the bell. Matellon came out punching in the last until a left hook from Lopez sent him back on his heels and he spent the rest of the round running and holding. Scores 116-112 twice for Matellon and 114-114 although Matellon looked a clear winner. The 32-year-old Cuban showed the classy skills and hand speed we have come to expect from Cuban fighters but he has never come close to facing a real test and he certainly flagged late in this one. Lopez tried hard and set Matellon some problems but he was far too small and crude to win other by a knockout and that never came.
Concepcion vs. Barrera
Concepcion breathes some life back into his career as he stops Barrera in eleven rounds to win the WBA interim title. Barrera boxed well in the first spearing Concepcion with sharp right jabs and mixing in left crosses. Concepcion was hunting Barrera down but The Colombian showed good defensive work. Concepcion upped the pressure in the second . He was walking forward into some great shots from Barrera and firing punches of his own until a series of head punches saw Barrera go down on his knees. He was up quickly indicating he had slipped but it was a 10-8 round for Concepcion. Barrera outboxed Concepcion in the third and landed a series of lefts to the body but Concepcion again upped the pace to take the fourth. The fifth was fairly even but the accuracy from Barrera just gave him the edge. He had a big sixth connecting time and again with lefts to the head and had Concepion’s head snapping back with jabs. The seventh was close but Conception took it. Concepcion pressed hard again in the eight and although Barrera looked to be tiring he was landing constantly on a wide-open Concepcion but his punch output had dropped and there was no longer any snap in his punches. Although in front on the cards Barrera just could not keep Concepcion out in the ninth. Barrera switched to orthodox for much of the tenth and continued to find the target but his punches were just bouncing off Concepcion and two rights almost drove Barrera out through the ropes. Concepcion ended it in the eleventh. A right to the head sent Barrera stumbling back and down in a corner. He was up at six and was unsteady but the referee let the fight continue and two more right sent Barrera back to the ropes and the referee stopped the fight. Concepcion qualified to fight for the interim title by losing to Andrew Moloney and Alex Marin neither of whom are anywhere in the WBA ratings. Once again the 34-year-old Panamanian’s punch proves decisive. Barrera’s other losses have come against Carlos Canizales, the current holder of the secondary WBA light fly title and Ryoichi Taguchi for the same title.
Benavides vs., Ortega
Benavides floors and decisions Ortega. These two obviously believed that attack was the best form of defence as for twelve rounds they went toe-toe with neither fighter willing to take a step back. Hardly a jab in sight as neither had the punching room to fire one. Benavides had the edge in that he was targeting his shots whereas Ortega was often just pumping out punches with his head down. The only time the referee came into the fight was when a right followed by a left hook from Benavides dumped Ortega in a corner. In a move typical of the fight Ortega got up and proceeded to drive Benavides back under a storm of punches. A great fight. Scores 117-110 twice and 118-109 for Nicaraguan Benavides who has scored seven wins in his last eight fights including a victory over current WBO champion Wilfredo Mendez. Local fighter Ortega is a former WBC Silver champion and was 3-0-1 before this one.
Nunez vs. Martinez
Nunez obliterates Martine. Nunez put Martinez down and almost out through the bottom rope with a succession of brutal left hooks and rights to the head. Martinez made it to his feet and after a long look the referee decided to let the fight continue. Nunez jumped on Martinez crashing home a couple of rights and the referee quickly came in and stopped the .fight after just 94 seconds. Fifth win by KO/TKO for the 25-year-old Cuban. He is No 9 with the WBA and retains the WBA Fedelatin belt. He won silver and bronze in the Cuban championships but never gold. Fourth time Colombian Martinez has failed to last the distance.
Vincent vs. Espitia
Cuban Vincent defends his WBA Fedelatin belt with stoppage of Espitia. The 26-year-old Panama-based Vincent has 14 wins by KO/TKO with his only defeat being a controversial split decision against Marcos Villasana Jr in 2018. Venezuelan Espitia is now 5-2-3 in his last 10.
De Gracia vs. Lainez
Just a night out with the boys for De Gracia as he halts Lines in three rounds and collects the vacant WBA Fedecentro title.”The Rock” the WBA No 6, has 22 wins by KO/TKO . Novice Lainez really just a prelim fighter but still good enough for the WBA to get a sanction fee out of.
Allentown, PA, USA: Feather: Gary Russell Jr. (31-1) W PTS 12 Tugstsogt Nyambayar (11-1). Bantam: Guillermo Rigondeaux (20-1) W PTS 12 Liborio Solis (30-6-1). Super Feather: Jaime Arboleda (16-1) W PTS 12 Jayson Velez (29-6-1). Super Light: Gary Antuanne Russell (13-0) W KO 1 Jose Marrufo (12-10-2). Super Welter: Jamontay Clark (15-1-1) W PTS 8 Anthony Lenk (16-7). Bantam: Gary Antonio Russell (17-0) W DISQ 6 Jesus Martinez (27-11)
Russell vs. Nyambayar
Fifth defence of the WBC title for Russell and he proves too quick and too clever for the challenger and wins comfortably.
Classy boxing from Russell. He was shooting his right jab through Nyambayar’s defence following with quick rights and using fleet footwork to get away. When Nyambayar did throw punches Russell countered him with short hooks.
Score: 10-9 Russell
Another master class from Russell. His jab was darting out and finding the target and he was also connecting with left leads. Nyambayar was just plodding after Russell and bemused by Russell’s movement he was freezing on his punches and throwing very little.
Score: 10-9 Russell Russell 20-18
Nyambayar did a lot of clever bobbing and weaving but was still not throwing enough punches. Russell continued to pick up the points with his jab and occasional bursts of punches. Nyambayar pressed harder than in the first two rounds but was still not landing anything of note.
Score: 10-9 Russell Russell 30-27
A closer round as Russell did not throw as many punches and was short with his jab for much of the time. Nyambayar landed a couple of body punches but the jabs Russell did land and some quick flurries with both hands give him the round.
Score: 10-9 Russell Russell 40-36
Official Scores: Judge David Bilocerkowec 40-36 Russell Judge Glenn Feldman 40-36 Russell, Judge John McKaie 40-36 Russell
Finally a round for Nyambayar. He pressed harder connected with some jabs and straight rights and landed to the body when he caught Russell on the ropes. He was also blocking or ducking Russell’s jabs and Russell was not using his left.
Score: 10-9 Nyambayar Russell 49-46
A close round as Russell chose to stand and trade a couple of times. Russell was sneaking home jabs but also short with many and Nyambayar had some success when they traded and landing his own jabs and just took the round.
Score: 10-9 Nyambayar Russell 58-56
Russell regained control as he changed his tactics a couple of times in the round. He started by taking the fight to Nyambayar and punched with Nyambayar. His superior hand speed and better defence won those exchanges. He then went on the back foot which allowed Nyambayar a toe-hold in the round but then Russell again took the fight to Nyambayar scoring with blazing combinations before backing off again.
Score: 10-9 Russell Russell 68-65
Russell was back in the groove. Nothing spectacular just on target jabs, quick bursts of punches and dodging and diving around the slower Nyambayar. The challenger was holding back looking to land single big punches but Russell was too elusive to present Nyambayar with a chance.
Score: 10-9 Russell Russell 78-74
Official Scores: Judge Bilocerkowec 79-73 Russell, Judge Feldman 78-74 Russell, Judge McKaie 78-74 Russell
Russell made this a good round for Nyambayar. For much of the round he stood in front of the Mongolian throwing punches. That meant that Nyambayar wasn’t having to chase down Russell or wait to throw his punches. As a result Nyambayar was throwing more and having more success with strong jabs, straight rights and body shots. Russell was getting through with his punches but not enough.
Score: 10-9 Nyambayar Russell 87-84
Despite that success Nyambayar was running out of rounds so the tenth was critical and Russell captured it. There was no standing and exchanging punches. Russell was jabbing, moving and changing angles. He scored well with lead rights and although Nyambayar had some success when he could pin Russell down he had no answer to the speed and accuracy of the champions punches.
Score: 10-9 Russell Russell 97-93
Another change of tactics from Russell. For the whole three minutes he walked forward taking the fight inside and outworking Nyambayar. He kept pumping out punches to the body and denying Nyambayar any punching room. Nyambayar did manage to land some seriously good body punches but the quality and the quantity came from Russell
Score: 10-9 Russell Russell 107-102
No heroics in the final round. It was close but for me Nyambayar worked harder and just outscored Russell.
Score: 10-9 Nyambayar Russell 116-112
Comprehensive victory for Russell. He was too quick and too clever for Nyambayar and made th4 Mongolian look pedestrian at times. I can’t see Russell getting a chance to reverse his loss to Vasyl Lomachenko now that Lomachenko is campaigning at lightweight. If Russell is to leave a substantial legacy he is going to have to fight more often. Just one fight a year 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 won’t cut it and the big fights for him out there are against Leo Santa Cruz, Josh Warrington or Shakur Stevenson but none of those fights are on the horizon. This was Nyambayar’s first fight for almost thirteen months so he was lucky to still be No 1 with the WBC. He really was just too slow and predictable but he could fight his way into another title shot down the line.
Rigondeaux vs. Solis
After a slow start Rigondeaux floors Solis in the seventh and then sweeps the late rounds to win the secondary WBA title on a split decision over Solis but it is a fight very low on entertainment value.
Wow! Solis came tearing out of his corner throwing punches. He was in close firing hooks from both hands working hard to the body. Rigondeaux was caught by surprise but he landed a couple of strong straight lefts in the middle of the round before Solis again moved inside flailing away to Rigondeaux’s body.
Score: 10-9 Solis
What a contrast. Hardly a punch thrown in anger in this round. They just probed and tapped gloves with the few punches that were thrown and landed came from Solis but you could count them on one hand and still have enough fingers to make a rude gesture.
Score: 10-9 Solis Solis 20-18
Again more probing than punching. Solis was tracking Rigondeaux but just not able to trap the crafty Cuban. Of the punches landed the pick was a lightning quick straight left from Rigondeaux which sent Solis back on his heels, but another poor round as they snarled at each other but did not back up their words.
Score: 10-9 Rigondeaux Solis 29-28
Another round of posing with very little punching. Solis was the one forcing the fight but Rigondeaux was not giving him many openings. The Cuban looked dangerous when he threw his left but he was rationing himself to one a round. They both mocked each other but didn’t make any attempt to mug each other. Few punches with Solis just landing one or two more than Rigondeaux and the scores reflected how difficult it was to score such a low punch output fight,.
Score: 10-9 Solis Solis 39-37
Official Scores: Judge Don Ackerman 40-36 Solis, Judge Ron McNair 39-37 Rigondeaux, Judge Kevin Morgan 38-38
After a slow start they finally began to throw punches. Solis was still coming forward but just could not nail down Rigondeaux and the Cuban fired some fierce straight lefts that stopped Solis in his tracks, Solis threw his arms open taunting the constantly retreating Rigondeaux who paid him back with a quality left before doing a dance. Not the sort of entertainment the fans were paying for.
Score: 10-9 Rigondeaux Solis 48-47
Not difficult to sort out who won this one. Solis threw about ten rights and landed with half of them and whilst Rigondeaux put on a brilliant display of defensive movement he threw less than five punches.
Score: 10-9 Solis Solis 58-56
Rigondeaux had looked dangerous when he threw the left with purpose and he started this round by connecting with two. A third one blasted into the body of Solis and froze him to the spot for a second. Seeing he was hurt Rigondeaux leapt forward knocking Solis into the ropes with two rights. Solis slid down the ropes which were holding him up and as the referee came forward Rigondeaux landed another left . The referee stepped in and gave a standing count to Solis. After the count Rigondeaux landed two more lefts and Solis looked shaky but then Rigondeaux stopped punching and hardly threw another blow in the round.
Score: 10-8 Rigondeaux TIED 66-66
Solis hunted Rigondeaux in vain. The Cuban was too quick and too slippery. Again he was parsimonious with his punches but he was landing an occasional snappy jab and countering Solis on the way in to take the round.
Score: 10-9 Rigondeaux Rigondeaux 76-75
Official Scores: Judge Ackerman 77-74 Solis, Judge McNair 78-73 Rigondeaux, Judge Morgan 76-75 Solis
A repeat of round eight except that Rigondeaux landed a couple of laser-like lefts late in the round. Solis chased but just could not find the elusive Rigondeaux and was again being caught with an occasional counter.
Score: 10-9 Rigondeaux Rigondeaux 86-84
The tenth was going the same way until Solis lunged at Rigondeaux against the ropes. Rigondeaux spun off the ropes and blasted Solis with a left to the head that badly staggered Solis. Rigondeaux landed a couple more lefts but then Solis steadied himself and fought his way off the ropes. Rigondeaux did not press his attack but landed some more lefts before the bell.
Score: 10-9 Rigondeaux Rigondeaux 96-93
Rigondeaux was serious for the first minute poking Solis with right jabs and a few lefts then he decided to showboat instead and spent the rest of the round doing little dances around Solis who was just lunging forward trying to land a punch but could not lay a glove on Rigondeaux,
Score: 10-9 Rigondeaux Rigondeaux 106-102
Rigondeaux danced and clowned his way through the last . He threw and landed a few jabs, a very few, and Solis chased shadows but did land some jabs and a couple of rights to take the round.
Score: 10-9 Solis Rigondeaux 115-112
Official Scores: Judge Ackerman 115-112 Solis, Judge McNair 116-111 Rigondeaux, Judge Morgan 115-112 Rigondeaux
Rigondeaux wins the vacant secondary WBA title (Naoya Inoue is the real champion). The 39-year-old Cuban southpaw is a master of defence but as in this fight sees no need to entertain or take chances. He has impressive speed and power in his left but uses it sparingly and often frustrates both his opponent and the fans. It’s like saying he is a great cook but the food is awful. His ability might give Inoue nightmares and there not that many good fights out there for him other than Inoue (or John Riel Casimero of course). Former WBA super fly champion Solis is 37 and it is difficult to see where goes from here and he can only hope he gets a chance as a voluntary challenger but it will have to happen soon.
Arboleda vs. Velez
Arboleda gets split decision verdict over Velez but has to survive a desperate last round in an outstanding back-and-forth contest . The early rounds were close with both landing some heavy shots but with Velez having the edge and moving into the lead. Arboleda broke through in the fourth and fifth rocking Velez with a left hook in the fourth and clobbering him with a right in the fifth, Arboleda built on that success to outpunch Velez through the middle rounds but Velez had a good eighth. A clash of heads opened a cut over Velez’s right in the ninth which was a good round for Arboleda and by the end of the eleventh he had built a winning lead on two cards. That nearly counted for nothing in the last as Velez landed a succession of head punches including a right to the head that sent Arboleda reeling back and down. He was up quickly and when the action resumed Velez bombarded him with punches staggering him a couple more times but Arboleda punched back just enough for the referee to let him continue and he made it to the final bell. Scores 114-113 twice for Arboleda and 115-112 for Velez. Five inside the distance wins have brought Arboleda a No 10 position with the WBA but with Velez at No 3 this was recognised as an eliminator so could lead to a shot at real WBA champion Leo Santa Cruz or secondary champion Rene Alvarado. Velez, 31, had rebounded from a beating handed to him by Ryan Garcia with victories over Orlando Cruz and Victor Terrazas but this loss will scupper whatever hopes he had of a title shot.
Russell vs. Marrufo
Another quick win for Russell as he maintains his 100% record of inside the distance finishes. An over ambitious Marrufo decided to take the fight to Russell and was doing that until a right from Russell knocked him down and out at the 2:12 mark of the opening round. The 23-year-old Antuanne has taken less 23 rounds for his 13 inside the distance wins and has yet to go past the fourth round. As with his brother he is right-handed but fights as a southpaws . A former National Golden Gloves champion he beat Jaron Ennis twice in the US Olympic Trials but in Rio lost 2-1 in the quarter-finals to the eventual gold medallist Fazliddin Gaibnazarov. He is ready for much better opposition. Phoenix-based Mexican Marrufo with five losses by KO/TKO no sort of test for Russell.
Clark vs. Lenk
Clark gets unanimous decision over Lenk. He has struggled to impress in recent fights but had too much talent for Lenk. Clark made good use of his 6” advantage in height and longer reach and also found the target regularly with southpaw lefts to the head. Lenk fired briefly in the fourth staggering Clark with a right but other than that Clark was a comfortable winner. Scores 79-73 twice and 78-74. Clark’s only loss a wide unanimous verdict against the now IBF super welter champion Jeison Rosales in 2018 but he has been unimpressive in his outings since then. Fellow-southpaw Lenk has won only two of his last eight fights.
Russell vs. Martinez
Russell gets disqualification win as Martinez is thrown out. The middle of the three Russell brothers on the card Gary Antonio was well on his way to victory after taking the first five rounds when the referee lost patience with the low blows and holding from Martinez and disqualified him in the sixth. The 27-year-old is a former National Golden Gloves champion. Colombian Martinez, 39, was 23-1 until losing to Luis Nery in 2017 so it has been a long downward slope since then.
Panama City, Panama: Minimumweight: Wilfredo Mendez (16-1) W TKO 9 Gabriel Mendoza (30-7-2). Super Bantam: Jose Estrada (11-2-1 W PTS 10 Luis Lebron (17-2-1). Feather: Jose Nunez (10-0-1) W PTS 8 Francisco Ramirez (10-2). Bantam: Orlando Penalba (10-0) W PTS 10 Keiver Fernandez (20-1-1) .
Mendez vs. Mendoza
Puerto Rican Mendez batters a game Mendoza to defeat in the second defence of the WBO title.“Bambito” Mendez was 17 years younger and taller with a longer reach and he started out boxing on the back foot spearing Mendoza with southpaw jabs and easily evading the challengers attacks. Mendoza kept padding forward in the second but was constantly caught on the end of Mendez’s jab and if he got past that then Mendez clobbered him with straight lefts. Mendoza was lunging and lurching forward in the third and Mendez was starting to double up on his jab and put some combinations together. They banged heads early in the fourth but luckily no damage was done and Mendoza had some success with body punches as he continued to march forward. Mendez began to load-up on his punches more in the fifth and was digging in plenty of body shots with Mendoza starting to tire. Mendoza had slowed completely in the sixth and as Mendez continued to land hooks to the body and add in flashing straight lefts Mendoza was wilting. It was one-way traffic in the seventh as Mendez was now the one coming forward raking Mendoza with hooks and uppercuts and a cut had opened over the right eye of Mendoza. More punishment from Mendez in the eighth and the referee had the doctor examine Mendoza’s cut but he was allowed to continue. Mendez was connecting with heavy head punches and the blood was affecting Mendoza’s vision so the end was near. Mendoza tried to take the fight to Mendez in the ninth but a succession of lefts to the head staggered Mendoza and the referee stepped in to save him. The 23-year-old from Trujillo Alto gets his sixth inside the distance victory but there will be tougher tests that this with the 40-year-old Mendoza being slipped into the ratings at No 14 for this fight.
Estrada vs. Lebron
The strength and tenacity of Estrada overcomes the classier boxing of Lebron as he walks away with a unanimous decision in a spirited contest. Lebron seemed comfortably in charge over the opening rounds moving well countering the advancing Estrada with jabs and left hooks to the body and by the third Estrada was heavily bruised under both eyes. Lebron was outboxing Estrada but the problem was that he could not stop the Mexican marching forward. Estrada was connecting with vicious body punches which slowed Lebron and he floored Lebron in the seventh with a thunderous right uppercut .Lebron boxed and held to the bell but he was under pressure from the Mexican over the closing rounds and although Estrada’s face looked that of the loser his power had given him a well deserved upset win and the vacant WBO Latino title. Scores 96-92 for Estrada on all cards. Seven wins in a row for the former Mexican champion but only the second fight in fifteen months. Puerto Rican Lebron goes from 16 straight wins to 1-2 in his last three fights.
Nunez vs. Ramirez
Local prospect “Magnifico” Nunez decisions Ramirez in a youthful contest. Nunez put Ramirez down in the fourth and had him in trouble on other occasions in the fight to emerge a clear winner. Scores 80-71 twice and 78-73 for the 21-year-old southpaw who collects the WBO Youth belt. Ramirez, 19, was on a five-bout winning run before this fight.
Penalba vs. Fernandez
Local fighter Penalba takes split decision over an unlucky Fernandez. Venezuelan Fernandez had the longer reach and the greater experience and he forced the fight from the first bell to the last. Penalba countered well but Fernandez was outscoring him in a competitive and entertaining fight. Fernandez was harshly deducted a point in the fifth and the seventh for low blows which cost him the decision. Scores 94-93 twice for Penalba and a more reflective 95-92 for Fernandez. Penalba, 23, a former Panamanian amateur champion, lifts the vacant WBO Latino title in his first ten round fight . Impressive looking record for Fernandez but his last eight victims had amassed only three wins between them so lots of padding in there.
Kiev, Ukraine: Fly: Artem Dalakian (20-0) W PTS 12 Josber Perez (17-3).
Dalakian vs. Perez
Dalakian has no trouble retaining the WBA title with wide unanimous decision over Perez in an unspectacular fight that features too much holding.
Dalakian was content to box on the back foot and let Perez come to him then spearing the Venezuelan with jabs and stepping in with a cluster of punches before Perez could counter. Perez was coming forward in a straight line and slowly which suited Dalakian.
Score: 10-9 Dalakian
The second was a closer round as Perez upped his pace and connected with a couple of rights to the head. Dalakian continued to pierce Perez’s guard with quick jabs and step in quickly with a little flurry of punches and just edge the round.
Score: 10-9 Dalakian Dalakian 20-18
Dalakian was on the front foot more in the third. He was slotting jabs through the guard of Perez and scoring well inside. A combination of two jabs and two hooks to the body were typical of his work and he was tying Perez up and holding inside.
Score: 10-9 Dalakian Dalakian 30-27
Dalakian opened this one with a series of jabs and some body punches. Perez was trying to get into the fight but Dalakian fists and footwork were too quick for him. When he did get close Dalakian was just grabbing and holding and getting away with it.
Score: 10-9 Dalakian Dalakian 40-36
After Dalakian opened the round with another series of jabs Perez managed to trap him on the ropes and the first real exchanged of punches ensued, Perez was able to landed some good hooks but Dalakian had the better of the exchange and scored with more jabs and hooks later in the round.
Score: 10-9 Dalakian Dalakian 50-45
Dalakian continued to throw quick jabs and a couple of quick hooks. Perez just tried to walk through them but when he did Dalakian just grabbed and held until the referee prised them apart. Perez had brief success with some hooks but Dalakian kept finding gaps for his jabs.
Score: 10-9 Dalakian Dalakian 60-54
No way into the fight for Perez. Dalakian’s hands were too quick and his footwork was too slick. Dalakian was bouncing jabs off Perez then firing typical quick bursts and then typically holding and holding to prevent Perez doing any work inside. It was effective but not exactly entertaining. My nightmare would be Dalakian vs. Rigondeaux.
Score: 10-9 Dalakian Dalakian 70-63
A round for Perez. He pressed hard closing the distance quickly and doing some work inside before Dalakian grabbed him and held. He kept hustling Dalakian with the champion not able to use his jab quickly enough and what scoring there was came from Perez . Weak refereeing was allowing Dalakian to continually hold.
Score: 10-9 Perez Dalakian 79-73
Dalakian was in control again. Perez did not show as much aggression and Dalakian was able to score with his jab and some straight rights. He was darting in with a punch and then holding and Perez was just not able to do any work inside or at distance.
Score: 10-9 Dalakian Dalakian 89-82
Dalakian’s round. He was shooting his jab home and leaping in with rights to the head. He drove Perez across the ring with a series of jabs and his speed and movement were too much for Perez to land anything useful.
Score:10-9 Dalakian Dalakian 99-91
Not a great round but what little clean work there was came in very short spells from Dalakian. On four occasions Perez threw his arms wide to show he was not holding but no action from the referee- Kiev being Dalakian’s home. Having said that he was just too mobile for Perez.
Score: 10-9 Dalakian Dalakian 109-100
Dalakian outboxed Perez early in the round and then attacked strongly with hooks and uppercuts late to take the round.
Score. 10-9 Dalakian Dalakian 119-109
Official Scores: 117-111, 117-111 and 118-110 for Dalakian
The 32-year-old Azeri-born Ukrainian was making the fourth defence of the WBA title. He was much too good for Perez and has a style that will give anyone problems but also one that won’t find too many fans outside of Ukraine. There are very few big fights to be had at flyweight so Dalakian could rule for quite some time. Perez was down at No 12 in the WBA rankings and that looked to flatter him on this showing.
Sheffield, England: Feather: Kid Galahad (27-1) W RTD 8 Claudio Marrero (24-4). Super Welter: Kell Brook (39-2) W KO 7 Mark DeLuca (24-2). Super Feather: Martin Joseph Ward (24-1-2) W PTS 10 Jesus Amparan (16-2). Welter: Anthony Tomlinson (12-0) W TKO 9 Stewart Burt (13-2-1). Super Middle: John Docherty (8-0) W TKO 1 Pablo Mendoza (9-4). Heavy: David Allen (18-5-2) W KO 3 Dorian Darch (12-11-1). ).
Galahad vs. Marrero
Galahad rebounds in impressive style from his loss to Josh Warrington with an inside the distance wins over WBC No 4 Marrero who also holds the WBA Gold title. Galahad took the first two rounds. The action was a bit untidy but Galahad was able to land jabs from both hands and get through to the body and was constantly changing guards and forcing Marrero back. Marrero tried to up his pace in the third but he wasn’t showing much or throwing much and Galahad was darting in with three or four punches and getting out before Marrero could counter. Marrero had a better fourth. He was getting close scoring with rights jabs and some straight lefts but still had no answer to Galahad’s hand speed which had him eating jabs and getting caught with quick stabs to the body. Galahad started the fifth round by pinning Marrero to the ropes and firing a bunch of punches. When Marrero moved off the ropes Galahad then pierced his guard consistently with jabs and the round ended with Marrero against the ropes again and he had a swelling under his left eye. Galahad outboxed Marrero in the sixth. He was able to land jab after jab changing angles and connect with quick combinations . Marrero kept advancing but he was throwing too few punches and only one at a time-and missing. Huge round for Galahad. After raking Marrero with punches early in the seventh a straight right sent Marrero staggering back to the ropes. Galahad bombarded Marrero with punches until Marrero fought his way off the ropes. Just a few seconds later Galahad forced Marrero to the ropes again and unloaded. Marrero seemed angry at himself for getting into trouble and punched back fiercely cornering Galahad but was unable to land anything of consequence. In the interval Marrero’s team asked him if he wanted to continue and he said he did. He gave it a shot but when a fast, accurate jab smacked into his face the fight went out of him and Galahad had him under pressure from that point to the bell after which Marrero retired. Galahad is No 3 with the WBC and with Russell having just beaten No 1 Tugstsogt Nyambayar Galahad will rise to No 2 behind Jesse Magdaleno. He is also No 4 with the IBF behind No 3 James Dickens but positions 1 and 2 are vacant. That does not help Galahad as it means that Warrington does not have a mandatory challenger so there is no pressure on him. Dominican Marrero, a former interim WBA and IBO champion, had a mixed time in 2019 losing a close unanimous verdict to Nyambayar but outpointing former IBF title challenger 22-1-3 Mexican Eduardo Ramirez. He was outclassed here in losing inside the distance for the second time in his career.
Brook vs. DeLuca
After a slow start Brook turns on the power to floor DeLuca twice on the way to a seventh round kayo victory. Brook’s timing and distance were a bit off in the first round. DeLuca spent most of the round circling the perimeter of the ring than lunging forward swinging punches and connected with some southpaw lefts to the body. Brook fought southpaw for much of the second as he began to find the range with his jab but with his high guard and crouching style DeLuca was not an easy target. Brook found the range in the third. As DeLuca bulled forward Brook met him with two heavy rights that shook DeLuca badly and then a succession of head punches forced DeLuca to go down on one knee. He got up and survived. In the fourth Brook was starting to string together some impressive combinations and had DeLuca under pressure but DeLuca took the punishment well. DeLuca traded punches with Brook in the fifth a round in which the pace dropped and Brook did not sustain his attacks as he had in the fourth. Brook savaged DeLuca in the sixth bombarding him with hooks and uppercuts pinning him to the ropes at times as he unloaded. A gutsy DeLuca took the punishment and although by then end of the round it looked as though he was finished he kept trying to punch back. As they fought against the ropes in the seventh DeLuca went out through the ropes sitting on the apron but was pulled back in. Just seconds later as he came forward he was met with a blistering short left that put him down on his back. He struggled to his feet but was counted out just he achieved the vertical. First fight for fourteen months for Brook so some rust showed but not for long and he certainly finished in style. Despite the fourteen months without a fight he is still No 10 with the WBC but he will want at least another fighter or two before he goes looking for another world title chance. First inside the distance loss for DeLuca who had scored wins over some reasonable level opposition. He was strong, awkward and crude at times but he was tough and made Brook work hard for his victory which was just what Brook needed after his long absence.
Ward vs. Amparan
Ward gets in ten useful rounds of work against a brave but outclassed Amparan. The Mexican had a slight edge in reach but Ward’s movement and hand speed more than cancelled that out as he was quicker to the punch with a strong jab. Ward dominated from the centre of the ring and staggered Amparan with a left in the second round. He continually changed the angle of his attacks and his movement left Amparan punching to where Ward had been not where he was. Amparan marched forward trying to put pressure on Ward but Ward was raking Amparan with jabs and a variety of hooks and uppercuts and was putting on a master class of offence and defence. Amparan had some success inside but not much and he was down late in the seventh from a right to the body but he made it to the bell. Amparan got respite in the eighth after a low punch from Ward and the visitor then attacked hard but Ward ended the round by rattling punches off Amparan. Ward buzzed around Amparan in the ninth showering him with punches but Amparan did knock Ward back with a right to the head, the best punch he had landed in the fight. Another body punch dropped Amparan in the tenth but despite Ward’s best efforts he survived the round. Scores 100-88 on all three cards for Ward. Masterful display of boxing by Ward. He lost his European and Commonwealth titles when he was halted in five rounds in a shoot out against puncher James Tennyson in 2018 with Tennyson going on to challenge Tevin Farmer. Ward is rated IBF 7(5) so has a way to go before getting a title chance. Amparan did his job well but never threatened Ward in any way.
Tomlinson vs. Burt
Neighbourhood fighter Tomlinson gets late stoppage in a competitive fight. Tomlinson made a strong start attacking the body well in the early rounds with Burt often on the back foot using some smart jabbing to stay in the fight. Tomlinson was well ahead after five rounds but was rocked by a punch from Burt in the sixth. Tomlinson shook that off and increased the pressure over the seventh and eighth and although Burt still fought back hard he was being worn down and a fierce attack from Tomlinson had him in trouble in the ninth when the referee stepped in. Fifth inside the distance victory in a row for the Central Area and IBO Continental champion. Scottish Area champion Black had won his last three fights.
Docherty vs. Mendoza
Scottish prospect Docherty notches up another quick victory as he floors and stops late replacement Mendoza at the end of the opening round. The 22-year-old southpaw has six short route wins and this is the fourth of his first round finishes. A former Scottish, British and Commonwealth Youth champion and Commonwealth Games silver medallist he is one of the best young prospects in Scotland. Mendoza is a member of the team of Spanish-based Nicaraguan’s who are always available at short notice but usually last a few more rounds than this.
Allen vs. Darch
After a crushing defeat against David Price in July an undismayed Allen returns with a win. The Dave Allen we know was nowhere in sight in the first two rounds as he danced like Muhammad Ali, bobbed and weaved like Nicolino Locche and landed only a few pitty-patty punches on a bemused Darch. No “White Rhino” here. Darch had managed to land some right crosses in the second but in the third Allen came out punching and put Darch down with a left hook. Darch lay on his back until the count reached six and then was up at eight. Allen landed a series of punches ending with two hooks to the head and Darch went down on his back again. He sat up and then with refreshing honesty just shook his head to say he had had enough and lay down again until the count was completed. Allen always provides entertainment and is very popular but he seems to have gone as far as he is going. Welshman Darch suffers a depressing seventh inside the distance loss on the bounce.
Geoppingen, Germany: Cruiser: Kevin Lerena (25-1) W TKO 6 Firat Arslan (47-9-3). Super Middle: Davide Faraci (15-0) W PTS 8 Emre Cukur (14-0) W . Cruiser: Huseyin Cinkara (14-0) W PTS 8 Dzemal Bosnjak (4-2). Super Middle: Osleys Iglesias (3-0) W TKO 2 Bernard Donfack (23-24-4). Heavy: Viktor Vykhryst (1-0) W TKO 1 Andrei Mazanik (13-11). Super Light: Fatih Keles (12-1-1,1ND) W TKO 1 Ivan Njegac (12-14. Heavy: Erkan Teper (21-3) W PTS 4 Mykyta Nesterenko (1-3).
Lerena vs. Arslan
Lerena retains the IBO title with sixth round stoppage that crushes Arslan and his dream of winning a world title at 49. In the first Arslan tried to walk forward behind the high guard so favoured by German boxers but Lerena constantly pierced his guard with right jabs and found the target with straight left and body punches. More of the same in the second. Lerena was stabbing home jabs firing hooks to the body and curving punches around Arslan’s high guard with Arslan on the back foot and only tossing a few jabs. It was target practice for Lerena in the third as he teed-off on a static Arslan connecting with clubbing punches from both hands with Arslan indulging in the occasional jab and actually landing one good uppercut. Arslan did much better in the fourth, He was finally throwing punches and putting together some combinations. Lerena was still landing with his jab and thudding body shots but Arslan did enough to at least share the round. Lerena was back in charge in the fifth. He speared Arslan with a whole series of jabs and then began to unload heavy shots rocking Arslan and driving him back to the ropes and then pounding him some more and Arslan was under fire at the bell. Lerena jabbed Arslan persistently in the sixth before connecting with a booming left to the head that sent Arslan staggering back across the ring. Lerena chased him to the ropes and was pummelling him with punches when the referee stepped in and stopped the fight just as the towel came in from Arslan’s corner. Arslan was not happy with his corner but it was the right decision. The 27-year-old from Johannesburg was making the sixth defence of the IBO title with his thirteenth win in a row. He was No 2 with the WBA going into this one and since none of their myriad of champions are involved in the WSSB that may be a route for him. He is No 3 with the IBF with the No 2 spot vacant so he could be in line to face the winner of the Yuniel Dorticos vs. Mairis Breidis final so there are options for him to test himself against the best. Arslan’s age caught up with him and he fought like an old man whose best days are way past.
Faraci vs. Cukur
Faraci wins clash of unbeaten fighters with unanimous decision over
Cukur. It was a tight, close fight in the first round. Faraci was coming forward strongly with southpaw Cukur counter punching effectively. Faraci had the better of the exchanges at the start of the second but was put down by a left later in the round. The pace slowed in the third and fourth but Faraci’s speed and accuracy saw him dominate the fifth and Cukur went down in the sixth but it was ruled a slip. Faraci continued to boss the fight in the seventh and then sealed his win by flooring Cukor twice in the last to take the decision. The 28-year-old Faraci is Swiss-born and the Italian champion and has dual nationality. Best career wins so far for Faraci a former three-time Swiss amateur champion and European Under 22 bronze medallist. Cukur was the official challenger for the vacant European title and an Italian promoter had won the bidding for Cukur to fight veteran Giovanni De Carolis so Faraci will probably now be looking to replace Cukur as the official challenger. Unexpected and expensive set-back for Cukur but a good leaning fight and at 26 he has time to develop further.
Cinkara vs. Bosnjak
Cinkara decisions inexperienced Montenegrin-born Bosnjak. Cinkara was able to use his considerably edge in height and reach to come out a winner on all three cards. Scores 79-73, 78-74 and 77-75.The 35-year-old Cinkara has acted as a sparring partner for Marat Gassiev and Oleg Usyk in the past and had won his last seven fights by KO/TKO.
Iglesias vs., Donfack
Yet another former elite level Cuban is campaigning in Europe. Berlin-based southpaw Iglesias was far too good for aging loser Donfack. He was showering Donfack with sizzling combinations though out the first and dropped him twice in the second to force the stoppage. You can’t blame Iglesias for leaving Cuba, He won the silver medal at the Cuban Championships in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018-all against Pan American, World and Olympic champion Arlen Lopez. His three pro wins have been achieved in less than five rounds. Cameroon-born Donfack, 39, is now a sorrowful 0-10-1 in his last eleven fights.
Vykhryst vs. Mazanik
Vykhryst wins his first pro fight with quick finish. Mazanik tried a couple of overhand rights looking for a sensational win but none of them connected. Vykhryst, who is very Klitschko-ish in style and stature, was stabbing out his jab and then shook Mazanik with a straight right and put him down heavily with another . As the referee started the count the towel came in from Mazanik’s corner but the referee did not see it and counted Mazanik out. All over in 55 seconds. The 6’5” Vykhryst was Ukrainian Champion three times and European Champion in 2017 and 2019. Too early to get over-excited but Belarusian Mazanik had gone the distance with Peter Kadiru and Ali Eren Demirezen in his last two fights.
Keles vs. Njegac
Quick win for Keles as he blows away Njegac inside a round with three knockdowns. The 30-year-old Turk is a former European Championships gold medallist who also competed at the 2012 Olympics and World Championships, He has struggled so far as a pro but his only loss is a points verdict against world rated Liam Paro in Australia for the WBO Global title.. Four losses in a row for Njegac a late choice as an opponent
Teper vs. Nesterenko
Pretty disgraceful match really as Teper decisions Ukrainian novice Nesterenko. Teper,37, took the unanimous decision. Scores 40-36 twice and 39-37. Second win for Teper as he tries to get back on track after kayo loss to Robert Helenius in 2018. Nesterenko, 22, way out of his depth.
Indio, CA, USA: Bantam: Oscar Negrete (19-2-2) W PTS 10 Alberto Melian (6-2). Super Fly: Ricardo Sandoval (18-1) W KO 7 Ray Tabugon (22-12-1). Super Bantam: Leon Baez (18-2,1ND) W PTS 8 Moises Flores (25-3,2ND).
Negrete vs. Melian
Negrete pulls away in the second half of an entertaining scrap to take a unanimous verdict. Melian started by out jabbing the smaller Negrete in the first and second rounds. A punch opened a cut over Melian’s right eye but the aggression from Melian was stifling Negrete’s attacks in the third and Melian dominated the fourth. He was forcing Negrete back throughout the round pinning him to the ropes and unloading with left hooks to head and body and straight rights. Negrete punched back but the referee checked on him at the end of the round. Melian landed more in the fifth to put himself narrowly in front. Melian made a strong start in the sixth but Negrete slowly took control and by the bell was driving a tiring Melian back. Negrete took the seventh as Melian’s attacks seemed to run out of steam. The Argentinian rallied during the eighth but he was allowing Negrete too much space and Negrete’s accuracy won him the ninth and tenth rounds. Scores 98-92 twice and 97-93 for Negrete. The 32-year-old Colombian, a former WBC super bantam title challenger, needed a win after going 0-1-2 in consecutive fights against Joshua Franco. Melian was looking for revenge after losing to Negrete in the South American Championships back in 2010. When Melian turned pro he did so in a blaze of publicity after representing Argentina at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics and starring for Condors in the WSB but after a loss to Leonard Baez in July he is a very ordinary 1-2 in his last three fights.
Sandoval vs. Tabugon
Sandoval wars down and stops Tabugon. In the opener Sandoval showed he carried the heavier power as he opened with some strong jabs and then hurt Tabugon with a right to the head and a wicked left hook to the body. The Filipino was undeterred and was looking to trade punches in the second when a left hook knocked him off balance and he went down on one knee. He was not badly hurt and took the fight to Sandoval for the rest of the round. Sandoval handed out punishment in the third, fourth and fifth connecting with rights to the head and left to the body and Tabugon was rocked a couple of times. Tabugon managed to land some rights to the head as Sandoval came forward but he was spending more and more time trying to fend off left hooks from Sandoval. At the end of the sixth Saldivar had Tabugon pinned to the ropes and was pounding on Tabugon and he continued those attacks in the seventh until the referee came in to stop the punishment. Now 14 wins on the trot for the 21-year-old Californian. Tabugon is 2-5 in recent action including inside the distance losses to Andrew Moloney and Angel Acosta.
Baez vs. Flores
Baez wins every round against former interim WBA and IBO champion Flores. Plenty of action from the start as Baez was getting past Flores’ jab and whacking left hooks to the body. Flores was following his jab with straight rights and as they traded punches inside. Baez just had the edge. He started to add left uppercuts with Flores slinging punches without much accuracy. A clash of heads in the third saw Baez cut over his left eye but he continued to outscore Flores. Over the late rounds Baez kept landing those hurtful body punches and Flores was reduced to just lunging and inaccurate shots and getting caught with counters when he made a mistake. Flores put in a big effort in the seventh but there was still more incoming than outgoing and Baez took the last to sweep the board. Scores 80-72 for Baez from the three judges. Now seven consecutive wins for the 24-year-old from Mexicali. Flores in a rocky period. A first round kayo loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux in a fight for the full WBA title was changed to No Decision as it was ruled the knockout punch landed after the bell. He then failed to make the weight and was outpointed by Daniel Roman for the secondary WBA belt and in his most recent fight in January last year he was stopped in three rounds by Brandon Figueroa. At 33 he looked an old fighter here
Lautaro, Chile: Feather: Cristian Palma (31-10-1) W Kevin Acevedo (19-3-2). Chilean Palma holds on to the South American title but only just as the judges come up with a split draw. The smaller Acevedo was a little tiger constantly walking in getting past the jab of Palma and working inside. Palma was able to score at distance with his jab and connected with hooks and upper cuts as Acevedo marched forward and it was action all the way with the rounds difficult to score but Acevedo just seemed to have outfought the local fighter. Scores 96-94 Palma, 96-94 Acevedo and 96-95. After losing to Michell Smith in London in 2015 Palma had scored eleven consecutive contests including a points victory over Acevedo in 2017. Second shot at the South American title for Acevedo who had won 4 of his last 5 bouts.
Madrid, Spain: Light Heavy: Anthony Yarde (19-1) W TKO 2 Diego Ramirez (4-49-3). A curious bit of paid sparring for Yarde in a small hall in Spain where the real purpose was to position Yarde for a shot at the WBC title by meeting the stipulation that a fighter cannot challenge for the WBC title if he is coming off a loss-or so it is said. Ramirez went into reverse gear from the opening seconds and rarely took a step forward. Yarde walked him down with jab and rights to the body. Ramirez was better in the second and although he was usually throwing wide sweeping punches he was also standing and urging Yarde to do his worst. A left hook to the body put Ramirez down and when he went down later in the round under a Yarde attack the referee stopped the fight. First outing for Yarde since his eleventh round stoppage loss to Sergey Kovalev in August. Heads clashed a few times in this bout and it would have been silly for Yarde to risk a bad cut in such a nothing fight. Sixth loss in a row for Spanish-based Colombian Ramirez.
Bilbao, Spain: Light: Jon Fernandez (20-1) W Aristides Perez (31-13-2). Fernandez sweeps aside late substitute Perez. The local boy put Perez down with a barrage of punches finished off with a left hook to the body. Perez made it to his feet but went down again from another barrage. He dragged himself up at nine but the referee waived the fight over. The 24-year-old Fernandez lost his unbeaten label when he was outpointed by O’Shaquie Foster in 2018 and has rebuilt with five wins. Colombian Perez, 38, was a substitute for a substitute. Back in 2009 he lost in two rounds when challenging Humberto Soto for the WBC super feather title but this is his first fight for seventeen months and his third inside the distance loss in a row,
Vienna, VA, USA: Super Middle: Dusty Hernandez Harrison (34-0-1) W KO 2 Les Sherrington (38-15). Heavy: Mike Balogun (16-0) W KO 1 Adnan Buharalija (32-25-2).
Harrison vs. Sherrington
Harrison dismantles Australian veteran Sherrington in two rounds. Harrison floored Sherrington in the first with a straight left and had Sherrington hurt again at the bell. Harrison brought down the curtain in the second flooring Sherrington twice with lefts the second of which saw Sherrington counted out. Harrison is working his way back after a number of factors saw him inactive in 2017 and 2018. He had three wins last year and is looking to get back in the ratings. Five losses on the trot for 37-year-old Sherrington.
Balogun vs. Buharalija
Balogun moves to 16 wins, 12 by KO/TKO, with first round stoppage of Buharalija. All of his opposition have been mediocre at best. The 35-year-old Maryland southpaw did not turn pro until he was 31 after playing for short periods in American football for the 49ers, Redskins, Cowboys, Buccaneers, Bills and Colts. Georgia-based Bosnia Buharalija falls to 3-7 in recent action.
Fight of the week (Significance): Gary Russell’s win over Tugstsogt Nyambayar could lead to some good fights at featherweight
Fight of the week (Entertainment): Leyman Benavides vs. Carlos Ortega was war, war and more war
Fighter of the week: Gary Russell with both Kid Galahad and Kell Brook worthy of honourable mention
Punch of the week: The right uppercut from José Estrada that almost lifted Luis Lebron off his feet was spectacular and you don’t often find a left jab getting a mention but Kell Brook’s one that floored Mark DeLuca for the second time did the job
Upset of the week: Estrada beating Lebron was unexpected
Prospect watch: May be too early but I am going to go with 1-0 Ukrainian heavyweight Viktor Vykhryst .
By Eric Armit
The Past Week in Action 27 January 2020
-Danny Garcia scores comfortable win over Ivan Redkach to preserve his WBO No 1 rating
-Stephen Fulton gets wide unanimous decision over Arnold Khegai in WBO super bantam eliminator
-Jarrett Hurd eases his way back into action with decision over Francisco Santana
-Caleb Truax needs the help of two point deductions against David Kitooke to scrape by with a majority decision
-Top German prospects Abass Baraou and Artem Harutyunyan score inside the distance wins on historic first joint promotion by Team Sauerland and reconstituted Universum
- Montreal-based Kazak Batyrzhan Jukembayev and Russian Artur Ziyatdinov both score quick wins
-Irish hope Jason Quigley continues to rebuild with a win
Costa Mesa, CA, USA: Middle: Jason Quigley (18-1) W KO 3 Fernando Marin (16-5-3). Super Welter: Ferdinand Kerobyan (14-1) W KO 2 Azael Cosio (21-9-2,1ND).Heavy: Mihai Nistor (2-0) W KO 1 Jaime Solorio (12-4-2,1ND).
Quigley vs. Marin
Quigley beats down a gutsy Marin over three rounds. Quigley went to work quickly in the opener connecting with a left hook and knocking Marin off balance with a right. He was driving Marin to the ropes and landing overhand rights and shook Marin a couple of times before the bell. Quigley adopted more of a counter-punchers role early in the second but then launched a ferocious attack drilling Marin with straight rights. He drove Marin along the ropes with Marin reeling and rocking and a stoppage looked possible but Marin took the punishment and was fighting back hard at the bell. Marin was walking forward in the third signalling for Quigley to stand and fight. Quigley clipped Marin with a left hook but Marin returned to the attack. As he came forward Quigley landed a straight right that landed on Marin’s right cheek and had Marin going backwards across the ring and down with the referee immediately seeing Marin was in some distress and stopping the fight. Another brick in the wall as Irish hope Quigley continues his rebuilding after a stoppage loss against Tureano Johnson in July. The former European Youth and Senior champion has fourteen inside the distance victories. Mexican Marin had started his career by going 13-0-3 but has fallen away badly with only three wins in his last eight fights.
Kerobyan vs. Cosio
Kerobyan blows away Panamanian veteran Cosio inside two rounds. A sharp looking Kerobyan put Cosio down twice in the first. Cosio was up quickly on both occasions with poor balance seemingly an element in the two knockdowns. In the second Cosio was under pressure but just could not keep his footing as his boots kept slipping on the canvas. He lunged forward and fell bringing Kerobyan down with him. Kerobyan was connecting with heavy rights but twice Cosio’s feet just slid out under him when Kerobyan was nowhere near him. Kerobyan then scored with a succession of punches that had Cosio trapped on the ropes. As Cosio slid down the ropes to the canvas the referee stopped the fight but he too slipped as he stepped in and bumped Kerobyan who also went over so that all three of them were on the canvas at the same time. The 22-year-old Armenian-born Kerobyan gets his ninth win by KO/TKO and his third quick win since losing a close decision to unbeaten Blair Cobbs in March. Kerobyan won US titles at Under-17 and Junior levels and competed at the US Olympic Trials for Rio. He is quick and punches hard so bears watching. Cosio, 38, was a useful fighter at one time but is 1-6 in his 7 most recent outings with 5 of his 6 losses by KO/TKO.
Nistor vs. Solorio
In a piece of absolute rubbish Nistor halts a pathetic Solorio in the opening round. Inside the first minute Romanian Nistor pushed Solorio back to the ropes and the Mexican went down from a left to the body. He was up at five and Nistor huffed and puffed trying to land more body punches and suffered the indignity of a nose bleed from a Solorio right. Late in the round an innocuous straight right to the head saw Solorio drop to his knees. The referee had counted to eight by which time Solorio’s second had climbed on the ring apron and the referee waived the fight off. The 29-year-old Nistor has won both of his fights by KO/TKO but against terrible opposition. He is saleable on the basis of a stoppage win over Anthony Joshua back in 2011. He also beat guys such as Tony Yoka and Filip Hrgovic but came up short in the big events. At 5’11” and 244 ¼ lbs (17 ½ stones/111kilos) He is more in the Andy Ruiz mould than the Joshua one. He was positively svelte by comparison with Solorio. He was 5’9” and 234 ¼ lbs, was having his first fight for nineteen months and was 51lbs heavier than in that last fight. He had even been as low as 152lbs early in his career
Rosario, Argentina: Super Fly: Kevin Munoz (10-0) W PTS 12 Ramon Averanga (9-2). Light Heavy: Braian Suarez (11-0) W KO 3 Esteban Lopez (7-8-1).
Munoz vs. Averanga
Munoz wins the vacant South American title but in a flat performance. A heavy favourite Munoz just was not able to put his punches together even though dominating the action. He scored a knockdown in the third round with a left to the head but Averanga was able to survive. In the eighth Munoz was in some trouble. He was hurt by a left and as he ducked to avoid the following right his knee touched the canvas but the referee let the action continue with a shaky Munoz making it to the bell to end the round. Munoz won the rest of the way. Scores 118-108, 118-109, and 118-110 for Munoz. “The Diamond”, 21, is trained by former world champion Pablo Chacon. Bolivian Averanga suffers his second loss in a row.
Suarez vs. Lopez
Suarez gets another inside the distance victory. Fighting at heavyweight for the first time Suarez dug in some hurtful body shots in the first with Lopez dropping to one knee to survive. Suarez continued to pound Lopez in the second and then put Lopez down with a left to the body in the third with the towel then coming in from Lopez’s corner. The former top level amateur and WBS fighter jumped from light heavy to heavy for this one and gets his tenth win by KO/TKO. Lopez dips to 1-5-1 in his last seven contests.
Pomezia, Italy: Cruiser: Francesco Versaci (21-3) W PTS 10 Francesco Cataldo (7-7).Versaci lifts the vacant Italian cruiser title at the second attempt with a unanimous decision in a close fight. Cataldo was able to get close and work well with hooks inside over the first three rounds with a static Versaci struggling to make space to use his longer reach. From the fourth Versaci became more mobile using good footwork to blunt Cataldo’s attacks and finding the range with his jab and rights. Versaci built a lead but after a close eighth Cataldo had a good ninth rocking Versaci with hard right hooks. Versaci took no risks after that and boxed with caution in the tenth. Scores 97-93, 97-94 and 96-95 for 34-year-old Versaci a former holder of the national light heavy title. He turned pro back in 2005 at the age of twenty at which time he was the Youngest professional boxer in Italy but was inactive in 2014 and 2015 and in 2017 and 2018. Cataldo, 38, lost in a shot at this title in 2017 and was 1-4 in his last 5 going into this one.
Bangkok, Thailand: Super Bantam: Kongfah (31-1) W PTS 10 Edison Berwela (-44-8). Bantam: Petch Sor Chitpattana (54-1) W TKO 6 Hicham Boulahri (0-1). Super Fly: Yodmongkol (57-4) W PTS 6 Ali Mortazavi (0-2).
Kongfah vs. Berwela
Kongfah (Jakkrawut Majoogoen) outpoints Filipino travelling opponent Berwela. Scores 97-93 for Kongfah on all three cards. The 24-year-old Thai has won 17 in a row since being stopped in seven rounds by future champion Daigo Higa in 2015. Berwela is no 2-7 in his last nine fights but that includes contests in Japan, Thailand twice, Russia, Indonesia and Taipei.
Sor Chitpattana vs. Boulahri
Just some paid sparring for Sor Chitpattana (Tasana Salapat) as he stops a guy with no traceable record. Sor Chitpattana’s only loss was on points against Takuma Inoue for the interim WBC bantamweight title in December 2018.
Yodmongkol vs. Mortazavi
More paid sparring as former two-time WBA title challenger Yodmongkol decisions total novice Mortazavi. Yodmongkol has lost inside the distance in challenges against Juan Carlos Rivera for the secondary WBA title and to Artem Dalakian for the full title. Poor Iranian Mortazavi, 22, has gone the distance against two fighters with combined records of 126-9. Only in Thailand does this happen.
Montreal, Canada: Super Light: Batyrzhan Jukembayev (18-0) W KO 2 Ricardo Lara (22-8). Light Heavy: Artur Ziyatdinov (12-0) W KO 5 Cesar Reynoso (16-14-4). Super Middle: Vince Thibault (10-0) W TKO 2 Genaro Ortiz (10-8-2). Middle: Mponda Kalunga (8-2) W PTS 8 Clovis Drolet (11-1).
Jukembayev vs. Lara
Jukembayev brutalises Lara in destructive second round win. A wicked straight left followed by some heavy right hooks to the body dropped Lara in the first and he spat out his mouthguard to get some additional recovery time. It was a futile gesture as Jukembayev pounded Lara to the floor twice in the second. The 28-year-old Kazak southpaw has fourteen inside the distance wins and decisioned former IBF champion Manuel Vazquez in September. He looked sharp and vicious in his work here and the plan is to take him across the border into the USA to heighten his profile. Lara had lost a close decision to Tony Luis in October but was brushed aside in this one.
Ziyatdinov vs. Reynoso
Russian Ziyatdinov chalks up another victory as he halts Reynoso in five rounds. Ziyatdinov dominated this one all the way scoring three knockdowns before ending the fight with a left uppercut in the fifth. The 23-year-old 6’2” tall fighter from the Crimea started out as a cruiserweight but has now moved down to light heavy and has only had to go the distance three times in his twelve wins. Argentinian Reynoso, a former victim of Callum Smith is now 0-3 in visits to Canada.
Thibault vs. Ortiz
Former Elite level amateur Thibault returns after injury with quick victory over Ortiz. Thibault floored Ortiz twice in the first with head punches and after another knockdown in the second the referee just waived the fight off. A back injury sidelined the Quebec southpaw who was moving up to eight rounds for the first time. Ortiz has won only two of his last twelve fights and had been beaten on first round stoppage in each of his last two visits to Canada.
Kalunga vs. Drolin
Toronto-based Kalunga springs a surprise with split decision over unbeaten former Canadian amateur champion Drolin. It was Drolin who took the lead early with some strong attacks. He was coming forward in the third when he walked onto a left hook that put him on the floor. Drolin climbed up quickly but after a signal from his corn dropped again. He recovered well but in the fourth was sent to the canvas by a counter left hook and had to crawl to the ropes to pull himself up. He beat the count and fought back hard but the four points lost in the knockdowns was too much for him to claw back. Scores 76-74 twice for Kalunga and 76-74 for Drolin but not sure how Drolin could get 76 points after suffering two clean knockdowns. Sixth win in a row for Kalunga. Drolet was Canadian amateur champion in 2014 and 205 and competed at the Pan American Games. He had strong backing so will be given plenty of chance to get his career back on track.
Orleans, France: Middle: Rachid Achoul (15-0) W PTS 10 Michel Mothmora (31-29-2) W. Bantam: Loic Tajan (5-1) W TEC DEC 6 Anthony Chapat (5-3-1).
Achoul vs. Mothmora
Achoul outpoints champion Mothmora to win the national title. Achoul was taller with a longer reach and Mothmora never came to terms with that. The veteran is used to having edges in those departments but with Achoul the one enjoying those assets Mothmora just never really managed to get onto the fight. Achoul was on the front foot for all ten rounds. Mothmora used his experience to create some counters but was never able to get on the front foot and struggled all the way against a stronger opponent. Scores 98-92 twice and 97-93 for Achoul. The 28-year –old winner was in his first ten round fight. He looked strong but a bit stilted in his style. Mothmora was disappointed as it took him seven tries before he finally won a French title and he lost has lost it in his first defence. At 39 he has not yet announced his retirement and says he will wait until June before deciding as that will mark his 40th birthday.
Tajan vs. Chapat
Southpaw Tajan wins the vacant French title with technical decision over Chapat in an entertaining scrap. Tajan went out in front early flooring Chapat with a body punch in the first. Chapat fought back strongly bombarding Tajan with punches in the third and Tajan was cut over the left eye in a clash of heads. The third fourth and fifth saw both have some success in a fierce battle and I felt Chapat had moved into the lead. The cut over Tajan’s eye was bleeding heavily in the sixth and Chapat worsened it with some straight rights until the referee stopped the fight and the doctor ruled the cut was too bad for Tajan to continue. Scores 58-52, 58-53 and 57-53 for Tajan. His only loss was in September when he challenged unbeaten Elie Koki for the national title and lost a close decision. Former French flyweight champion Chapat battled hard but has now lost in two shots at the title.
Hamburg, Germany: Super Light: Artem Harutyunyan (9-0) W RTD 5 Miguel Antin (19-5). Super Welter: Abass Baraou (9-0) W RTD 5 Abraham Juarez (16-5). Light Heavy: James Kraft (17-0-1) W PTS 8 Nicolas Holcapfel (11-3). Heavy: Kem Ljungquist (10-0) W PTS 8 German Skobenko (5-5-2). Heavy: Mariano Strunz (14-15-1) W TKO 2 Jose Larduet (2-1).
Harutyunyan vs. Antin
On the first show co-promoted by Universum and Team Sauerland Olympic bronze medallist Harutyunyan dismantles Argentinian Antin. Harutyunyan was a few classes above Antin and was in full control from the first bell. He put Antin down in the third. Antin was already just looking to last the distance but as Harutyunyan came forward throwing punches Antin actually managed to drop before any of them landed. Harutyunyan continued to pound on Antin in the fourth and Antin declined to come out for the fifth. The Armenian-born Harutyunyan retains the IBO International title with win No 6 by KO/TKO but Antin was awful. With the help of some spectacularly judicious matching Antin was 17-0 at one time but is now 2-5 with three of those losses by KO/TKO.
Baraou vs. Juarez
Baraou has no trouble disposing of Juarez in four rounds. Baraou, one of the top prospects in German boxing was rocking Juarez with wicked combinations over the first three rounds. In the fourth Juarez took the fight to Baraou driving him to the ropes and firing some looping punches. That left him wide open and Baraou connected with a blazing left hook and straight right that had Juarez backing up on shaky legs. Baraou followed-up with more hooks as Juarez tumbled back to the floor. Juarez beat the count and made it to the bell but retired in his corner. The 25-year-old German of Togolese descent holds the WBC International title but that was not on the line here. He was one of Germany’s most successful amateur boxers winning gold at the European Championships and bronze at the World Championships. Additionally he was German champion in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and also won a gold medal in 2014. 2015 and 2016 at the prestigious Chemistry Cup Tournament. For the first time he was without his usual trainer, the almost legendary Ulli Wegner who is recovering from a broken neck bone. This is the third inside the distance loss for Juarez but they have all been against unbeaten European prospects.
Kraft vs. Holcapfel
Lanky “Baby Boy” Kraft eases to victory over late substitute Holcapfel. Kraft scored a knockdown in the fourth on his way to a unanimous points win. Scores 80-72 twice and 79-72 for Kraft. The 23-year-old 6’3” Kraft is of Kosovon descent with his real name being Musa Avdimetaj. He is being carefully matched but at 23 has plenty of time. Slovakian Holcapfel, 19, turned pro at 17 and has now lost three of his last four fights. He was given a 30 day suspension by the Swiss Commission that ended on the day of this fight.
Ljungquist vs. Skobenko
Danish heavyweight hope Ljungquist outpoints Ukrainian Skobenko but in a flat performance. The 6’6 ½” southpaw used his big edges in height and reach against the 6’0 ½” Skobenko and made a bright enough start. He never really kicked on from there with the fight being one-paced with few highlights. Skobenko never looked like turning the fight his way and Ljungquist never looked like winning inside the distance. Scores 80-72, 80-74 and 79-73 for Ljungquist. A former Danish amateur champion Ljungquist competed at the European championships where he decisioned Peter Kadiru but lost to Frazer Clarke. Four losses on the trot for Skobenko.
Larduet vs. Strunz
Huge disappointment for experienced Cuban Larduet. What should have been a comfortable win for Larduet ended in the second round with Larduet suffering a knee injury. He was unable to continue and Argentinian Strunz was crowned the winner. The 6’ 4 ½” 29-year-old Larduet only turned pro in September last year after winning a substantial number of gold medals in compiling a 118-39 record. No idea yet of the seriousness of the injury. Strunz was 1-6 going in so he gets a very unexpected victory.
Minneapolis, MN, USA: Super Middle: Caleb Truax (31-4-2,1ND) W PTS 10 David Kitooke (16-5-1). Disappointing performance by former IBF champion Truax as he relies on two point deductions against Kitooke (Basajjamivule) to get the majority division. With less than five rounds of activity over the last seventeen months at least he got in some ring time. Truax actually started well scoring with some heavy rights and opening a bad cut over the right eye of the Ugandan in the third round. Kitooke was deducted a point in the fourth for as punch to the back of the head but came on strong over the middle rounds. Truax rallied in the seventh and eighth only for Kitooke to finish strongly and then lose another point in the tenth again for a punch to the back of the neck. Scores 97-91 and 95-93 for Truax and 94-94. The 36-year-old local was having his first fight since his contest with Peter Quillin in April last year. That lasted less than two rounds when Truax was cut in a head clash leading to a No Decision verdict. He is scheduled to fight Ghanaian Ernest Amuzu in Nashville on 15 February. Kenyan-based Kitooke was having his first fight since losing to Russian Ruslan Fayfer in June 2017 but showed no rust and his losses have all come against quality fighters.
New York, NY, USA: Welter: Danny Garcia (36-2) W PTS 12 Ivan Redkach (23-5-1,1ND). Super bantam: Stephen Fulton (18-0) W PTS 12 Arnold Khegai (16-1-1).Super Welter: Jarrett Hurd (24-1) W PTS 10 Francisco Santana (25-8-1).
Garcia vs. Redkach
Garcia protects his WBO No 1 ranking with untesting victory over Redkach. Garcia just had too much of everything for Redkach and dominated the action in every round in a slow-paced fight without any real high points-apart from a biting incident. Redkach was taking the fight to Garcia in the early rounds which suited Garcia who was able to find the range with his jab and score well with body punches. Redkach kept pressing but as early as the fourth he was already showing some slowing from Garcia’s body punches. Garcia began to go on the front foot more over the fifth and six and rocked Redkach with an uppercut in the seventh. He looked close to forcing a stoppage as he bombarded Redkach with punches in the eighth with Redkach taking a bite out of Garcia in frustration but the referee missed the incident so no punishment for that sin. The doctor checked on Redkach before the start of the ninth and let him continue. In the ninth and tenth Garcia continued to get through with jabs and hooks to the body with very little coming back from Redkach. A step-up in output from Garcia might have had Redkach ready to go but that step-up did not come and Redkach actually held his own in the eleventh to take the round and he did enough against a slowing Garcia to make the last round close. Scores 117-111 twice and 118-110 for Garcia. Naturally Garcia is looking for a fight with either Manny Pacquiao for the WBA title or with IBF/WBC champion Errol Spencer but right now he is mandatory challenger to Terence Crawford. Ukrainian southpaw Redkach was coming off a sixth round kayo of Devon Alexander in June so the pendulum swings back to negative again for him. As for the biting I am not the kind to make silly jokes about hungry fighters or that Redkach would have fought tooth and nail if he had not been wearing gloves-oops I just did so,
Fulton vs. Khegai
Masterful performance from Fulton as gets wide decision over Khegai. Fulton was the first to settle into his stride as he slotted home jabs and worked well to the body with left hooks over the opening rounds but Khegai did enough to make both rounds close. Khegai was much more in the fight in the third and fourth as found the range with his jab. He earned a rebuke from the referee after slamming Fulton the floor with a wrestling hold late in the third but he clearly took the fourth with some good body punching that had Fulton backing up signalling for Khegai to do his best-never a good sign in a boxer. Fulton was in the driving seat over the middle rounds. He was outworking Khegai and was more accurate with his shots. Khegai had occasional success when he was able to back Fulton up but Fulton was winning the rounds. The fight was messy for a while with Khegai trying to hustle Fulton out of his control but he was warned for some questionable tactics as the fight slipped away from him. Fulton had swept rounds five to ten but Khegai rallied in the eleventh having Fulton backing up under some powerful hooking. Fulton boxed his way through the last finding plenty of openings as Khegai looked for a big punch to save the fight. Scores 117-112 twice and 116-112 for Fulton. The 25-year-old Philadelphian wins the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title. He was IBO champion but had to relinquish that title to get the WBO to approve this fight as an eliminator. Filipino Albert Pagara is No 1 so Fulton will probably have to wait until the second half of the year before he gets a title shot. Philadelphia-based Ukrainian Khegai, a former World and European champion at Muay Thai boxing, was No 2 with the WBO but has blown that now along with his high IBF ranking so he starts again
Hurd vs. Santana
With Santana’s poor recent record it was thought possible that Hurd might blow him away early but Hurd was more restrained than in the past and seemed to be intent on boxing his way to victory. He controlled the fight with his jab over the first two rounds with Santana having difficulty in adjusting to these unexpected tactics. Santana pushed hard over the third and fourth but just could get past the strong jabs of Hurd and was also having to take incoming hooks to the body. Briefly in the fifth Hurd upped his attacks standing and trading close with Santana and using his right more but then he went on the back foot again in the sixth and seventh. The fight was too one sided to be entertaining and there was some booing as the crowd was not getting the usual fireworks from Hurd. The situation was not helped by Hurd allowing his pace to drop in the eighth but he woke up again in the ninth connecting with some hard rights and he finished the fight strongly dropping Santana with a series of left hooks. Santana made it to his feet just as the bell went. Scores 99-90 twice and 97-92 for Hurd. The former IBF/WBA/IBO champion was having his first fight since being floored and outpointed when losing his title to Julian Williams in May. He has set a high standard of power and aggression and his more measured approach in this fight disappointed the fans and it remains to be seen whether this will be the Hurd we see in the future or he reverts to his more exciting but riskier style. Santana was 1-3 going into this one but had been matched tough and not active enough with just one fight in 2017, one in 2018 and his last against Abel Ramos in March 2019.
Fight of the week (Significance): Danny Garcia’s win over Ivan Redkach keeps him in the lucrative welterweight title hunt
Fight of the week (Entertainment): Nothing really stood out.
Fighter of the week: Danny Garcia not at his best but found a way to win
Punch of the week: Driven straight left from Batyrzhan Jukembayev that was the beginning of the end for Ricardo Lara. Honourable mention to the left from Abass Baraou that led to the Mexican’s downfall
Upset of the week: Mponda Kalunga was just meant to be another step along the road for unbeaten Clovis Drolet but proved to be a disguised trip wire.
Prospect watch: Twenty-three-year-old Russian light heavyweight Artur Ziyatdinov 12-0, 9 wins by KO/TKO is progressing well
By Eric Armit
-Jeison Rosario stops Julian Williams to win the IBF, WBA and IBO super welter titles
-Chris Colbert lifts the WBA interim super feather belt by decisioning Jezzrel Corrales
-Eleider Alvarez returns with a win as he knocks out Michael Seals
-Sebastian Formella retains the IBO welterweight title with decision over Roberto Arriaza
-Felix Verdejo outpoints Manuel Rojas as he rebuilds
-Former champion Jonathan Guzman and title challenger Chris Diaz score wins
WORLD TITLE/ MAJOR SHOWS
Philadelphia, PA, USA: Super Welter: Jeison Rosario (20-1-1) W TKO 5 Julian Williams (27-2-1,1ND). Super Feather: Chris Colbert (14-0) W PTS 12 Jezzrel Corrales (23-4,1ND). Super Feather: Jose Luis Gallegos (19-8) W PTS 8 Ricky Lopez (21-5-1). Super Welter: Jorge Cota (30-4) W TKO 5 Thomas LaManna (28-3-1). Middle: Kyrone Davis (15-2) W TKO 4 Antonio Todd (7-2). Super Welter: Paul Kroll (7-0) W TKO 4 Marcel Rivers (7-3)
Rosario vs. Williams
In a major upset Rosario wins the IBF, WBA and IBO titles as he batters champion Williams to defeat in five rounds.
Williams had his jab working well. He was quicker than Rosario and also connected with some sharp straight rights. Rosario was coming forward but not throwing much and being beaten to the punch but he landed enough to raise a bump under the right eye of Williams.
Score: 10-9 Williams
A very good round for Rosario. Now he was letting his punches fly. He found the range for his jab and was firing hooks from both hands. Williams was short with his jabs and was firing one punch at a time whereas Rosario was punching in burst. In the last minute of the round Williams was cut on his left eyelid by a punch. Rosario then bombarded Williams with hooks and uppercuts to the bell.
Score: 10-9 Rosario TIED 19-19
This was a closer round. Williams was visible affected by the cut and Rosario was able to score with some good rights early. Rosario landed a good combination but Williams stopped Rosario in his tracks with a hard right cross and had his jab on target just doing enough to take the round.
Score: 10-9 Williams Williams 29-28
Williams jabbed well at the start of the round but gradually Rosario took control and he was the one connecting with strong jabs. He was putting his punches together well cracking home hooks and outworking and outscoring Williams who was dabbing at the blood from his cut.
Score: 10-9 Rosario TIED 38-38
Williams started the round by forcing Rosario back with his jab. Williams connected with a couple of good hooks but as they traded punches a left hook staggered Williams and he backed up with Rosario in pursuit. Rosario was landing clubbing punches to the head. Williams was staggering and desperately clutching Rosario who spun around and pushed him off with Williams tumbling to the floor. It was no knockdown but Williams had trouble getting vertical again. He indicated he was willing to continue but Rosario drove him to a corner and unloaded with punches until Williams slid along the ropes and buckled at the legs. He stopped himself from going down but the referee rightly stopped the fight.
Miami-based Dominican Rosario had suffered a crushing defeat when he was floored three times and stopped by Nat Gallimore in 2017 and was distinctly unimpressive when drawing with Mark Hernandez in early 2018. From there he rebuilt in style with wins over Justin DeLoach, Jamontay Clark and Jorge Cota to earn the title shot. He is a rangy hard-punching fighter as he showed with the left hook that was the beginning of the end for Williams. There is a return clause in the contract which Williams has said he will enforce. The IBF rules exclude any return bout agreements if they interfere with the mandatory defence and since Williams was the mandatory challenger when he beat Jarrett Hurd a return with Rosario would not contravene that rule so the return could be done but Williams will need a long rest after this defeat.
Colbert vs. Corrales
Colbert wins the vacant WBA Interim title as he decisions Corrales in a poor fight. It was general posing and probing in the first with both fighters unwilling to commit themselves too much. They were still very cagey in the second with the better work coming from Corrales behind his southpaw jab. The third was dire. The fighters spent most of the round posturing and bobbing weaving around punches that only they could see. Colbert tried to be positive but Corrales hardly threw a punch and the crowd was becoming restive. By the fourth the crowd had gone from restive to outright booing as neither fighter was willing to take any chances. Corrales picked up the points with a couple of quick jabs but these two styles were like oil and water. Corrales connected with a couple of good punches at the start of the fifth then he went back to dodging phantom punches and a frustrated Colbert tried clowning with both hands flapping at waist level but Corrales did not take the bait. It was a little bit better in the sixth and seventh with a few more punches thrown and both having some success with Colbert having the edge but again with periods where the fighters just tried to out-feint each other. The fight finally broke out in the eighth and ninth with some trading and Corrales was down in the tenth as he was caught with a left and then touched the canvas with his glove as he fell back avoiding a right that grazed the top of his head. Things got rough in the eleventh as Colbert landed a series of punches that had Corrales grasping him to get out of trouble. Colbert spun around and threw Corrales off with Corrales going out through the lower ropes and almost off the ruing apron and the bell going as Corrales climbed back into the ring. The last saw both fighters trying to turn things their way but neither really dominated an untidy round. Scores 117-110 twice and 116-111 all for Colbert. A disappointing fight and if it had not been for Colbert forcing it at times there would not have been a fight. The 23-year-old from Brooklyn was US National champion in 2015 but chose to turn professional rather than compete at the US Olympic Trials. He earned his shot at the interim title with wins over Alberto Mercado and Miguel Beltran. No one looks good against a spoiler such as Corrales so Colbert is better than he showed in this fight. Panamanian Corrales, a former WBA super feather champion, lost his title when he failed to make the weight for a defence against Mercado and was knocked out in the fifth round of the fight. In his last fight he lost a split decision against Ladarius Miller but he gets a title shot-now remind me where the WBA is based-oh yes-Panama!
Gallegos vs. Lopez
Unfancied Gallegos edges out Lopez over eight competitive rounds. Scores 77-74 twice and 76-75 for Gallegos. After four consecutive losses against good level opposition including then unbeaten Erick de Leon and Jhack Tepora Gallegos has bounced back with three wins. Lopez had put together an 8-0-1 unbeaten run before this one.
Cota vs. LaManna
Cota steam-rollers La Manna to defeat in five one-sided rounds. That Cota should fight as a southpaw was unexpected but that he would march forward throwing hooks and uppercuts was certainly on the cards. The sheer work rate of Cota was just too much for LaManna. Cota never allowed LaManna any room constantly pinning the taller man against the ropes and showering him with punches. When he was able to make some space LaManna was in the fight but he was making the mistake of handing the initiative to Cota and even urging the Mexican to stand and trade which suited Cota. LaManna’s was showing facial damage from the first round. LaManna occasionally managed to stop Cota in his tracks with right counters but each time Cota just took a step back and then came forward throwing hooks, uppercuts and some punches that don’t even have names yet. The Mexican was not looking to block LaManna’s punches preferring to use upper body movement leaving his hands free to keep swinging punches. LaManna was slowly being broken apart and was throwing less and less in response. In the fifth Cota landed a couple of choice uppercuts that drove LaManna back and as the towel came in from LaManna’s corner the referee stepped in to stop the fight ironically just as LaManna was signalling for Cota to bring it on. The 32-year-old Cota was put into some tough fights last year only losing on a split decision to now champion Rosario but being knocked out in three rounds by Jermell Charlo. This win should get him some good paydays. He was No 6 with the WBA and but for the possible return match between Rosario and Williams a case could be made for Cota getting a shot at the title. Since losing to Dusty Hernandez Harrison in 2016 LaManna had gone 7-0-1 against good level opposition but any thoughts of a title fight have gone now.
Davis vs. Todd
Davis stops Todd in four rounds for his sixth inside the distance victory as he settles back in as a middleweight. A former National PAL champion Davis tried to step down a weight but a loss to Patrick Day in March 2018 followed by seventeen months of inactivity has seen him up at middleweight again. Second inside the distance loss for Todd who was beaten on a split decision by Nat Gallimore in August.
Kroll vs. Rivers
Philadelphian prospect Kroll crushes Rivers in four rounds. “The Punisher” just punched too hard for the very modest Rivers. After rattling Rivers a couple of times over the first two rounds Kroll floored him in the third and twice more in the fourth to force the stoppage. Kroll, 24, won the US Olympic Trials for the Rio Olympics but lost in both the Americas and World Qualifiers. He has won six of his pro fights by KO/TKO. Now three losses in a row for fellow-Philadelphian Rivers and this is supposed to be the City of Brotherly Love!
Verona, NY, USA: Light Heavy: Eleider Alvarez (25-1) W KO 7 Michael Seals (24-3). Light: Felix Verdejo (26-1) W PTS 10 Manuel Rojas (18-4). Super Bantam: Jonathan Guzman (24-1,1ND) W KO 3 Rodolfo Hernandez (30-9-1,1ND). Feather: Chris Diaz (25-2) W PTS 8 Adeilson Dos Santos (19-8). Super Feather: Abraham Nova (18-0) W TKO 4 Pedro Navarrete (30-25-3). Heavy: Devin Vargas (22-6) W DISQ 8 Victor Bisbal (23-5). Heavy: Jared Anderson (3-0) W KO 1 Andrew Satterfield (5-3).
Alvarez vs. Seals
Alvarez returns after eleven months of inactivity with kayo of Seals in a slow-paced fight. Alvarez made the more positive start coming in behind his jab and throwing rights. He was off in his timing apart from a strong right cross in the second and Seals was having trouble putting his punches together. By the third an occasional boo from the crowd reflected the lack of any sustained action and it was the same in the fourth with too many untidy clinches and Alvarez doing what clean work there was. Seales showed a bit more fire in the fifth but just before the bell a right from Alvarez staggered Seals. Alvarez upped his pace in the sixth and for a short while there were some fierce exchanges until the clinching started again. Seals was having some success with rights in the seventh but with less than ten seconds to go in the round Alvarez nailed him with a terrific right cross. Seals went down hard landing on his back on the canvas with his head resting on the bottom rope. The referee started to count but saw Seals was not going to get up and just waived the fight over. A great punch to end what had been a disappointing fight. The 35-year-old Colombian is still very much a player in the division in which there are plenty of possible matches for him. . Seales had never gone past six rounds before due mainly to blowing away some substandard opposition and he had managed less than five rounds of boxing in the last 15 months.
Verdejo vs. Rojas
Verdejo takes wide unanimous decision over Rojas but is still some way short of the great prospect he looked three or four years ago. It was apparent in the first that Verdejo had quicker hands and was more mobile as he pierced the guard of Rojas with jabs. Verdejo put more variety into his work in the second and third with combination of hooks and straight rights and he rocked Rojas with a crisp right uppercut. Rojas was effective with his jab bringing a bump under the left eye of Verdejo and a trickle of blood from the Puerto Rican’s nose. Rojas was working hard but Verdejo was more accurate and picking up the points. It was a fast-paced open contest but just did not seem to catch fire. The further the fight went the more important the accurate jabbing and slick movement from Verdejo was in deciding the outcome. Rojas was coming forward over the late rounds but he was never really able to apply any serious pressure on Verdejo and it was the Puerto Rican’s superior skills that dominated the fight. Scores 99-91, 98-92, 97-93 for Verdejo. After being injured in a motorcycle accident and being stopped by Antonio Lozada there were serious questions over the future of Verdejo. Top Rank will give him the opposition he needs to rebuild but on this rather flat performance he has plenty of work to do. After a second round stoppage loss to Andy Vences in 2015 Rojas had put together seven wins but he did not have the skills to match Verdejo.
Guzman vs. Hernandez
A real old fashioned donnybrook sees both former IBF super bantamweight champion Guzman and Hernandez on the floor in three rounds of action between a couple of heavy punchers. Guzman had won 22 of his 23 fights by KO/TKO and it looked like a very early night when he put Hernandez on the floor twice with body punches in the opening round. Hernandez just barely survived and was under fire again in the second. Shortly before the end of the round a big right from Hernandez dropped Guzman hard. He struggled to his feet and this time it was Guzman who only just survived. He was still shaky in the third but half way through the round he connected with a rib-bending left hook that put Hernandez down and he was counted out. Wow! This was Guzman’s first fight for fourteen months and only his second since losing his IBF title to Yukinori Oguni in December 2016. Only 4 of Hernandez’s 42 fights have gone the distance. Unfortunately that includes nine losses by KO/TKO.
Diaz vs. Dos Santos
Diaz gets in some useful work as he easily handles Dos Santos on the way to a unanimous decision. Diaz was taking the fight to Dos Santos early. He was quicker with his jab and stepping in with left hooks to the body and straight rights. Southpaw Dos Santos was mainly on the back foot with Diaz ducking under his jab to connect with hooks. From early in the fight it was clear that Dos Santos was going to be happy to go the distance and that Diaz in his first fight for nine months was boxing well within himself. Diaz put in a big effort in the last driving Dos Santos around the ropes with hooks from both hands but the Brazilian was never in any real danger. Scores 80-72 for Diaz. His two losses have come in big fights against Masayuki Ito for the vacant WBO super feather title and Shakur Stevenson over ten rounds in April last year. With inactivity he has dropped out of the ratings but will be looking to work his way to another title shot. Dos Santos was stopped in two rounds by Jessie Magdaleno in a challenge for the WBO super bantam title in 2017 and has now lost five in a row.
Nova vs. Navarrete
Another blockbuster display by Nova as he dismantles experienced Mexican Navarrete inside four rounds. The 26-year-old Puerto Rican dumped Navarrete on the floor in the second, third and fourth rounds before the fight was halted. Now fourteen wins inside the distance for “Super” Nova a former National Golden Gloves champion. He has largely flown under the radar having fought many of his recent bouts in Belgium but also in Mexico, Dominican Republic and Chile as well as the USA. Now 38 Navarrete slips to 2-10 in his last twelve fights but nearly all of them on the other guy’s territory and he usually goes the distance.
Vargas vs. Bisbal
Vargas wins a clash of oldies as Bisbal is thrown out in the eighth round. Despite being floored in the second round Vargas had built a winning lead after seven rounds over the ponderous Bisbal. He was greatly helped by Bisbal being deducted two points in the fourth for fouls. When Bisbal landed low again in the last the referee disqualified him. Vargas, 38, is on a switch-back with his recent results. Before this win he had suffered a first round kayo loss against Andy Ruiz, an inside the distance victory over Niall Kennedy and a loss on points to Junior Fa. Puerto Rican Bisbal, 39, was 21-1 at one time but this is only his fourth fight in almost four years.
Anderson vs. Satterfield
Yet another new face on the heavyweight picture. Anderson floored poor Satterfield twice ending the fight with thirty seconds left in the opening round. The 20-year-old 6’4” tall prospect from Toledo has won all three of his fights in the first round taking less than five minutes to do so. The opposition has been poor but he has shown real power. He collected gold medals at the 2015 US Junior National Championships, the 2016 US Youth National Championships, the 2017 National Golden Gloves and the US Élite National Champions in both 2017 and 2018. Third first round loss for Satterfield.
Sloan, IA, USA: Super Light: Shohjahon Ergashev (18-0) W KO 1 Adrian Estrella (29-5). Super Middle: Vladimir Shishkin (10-0) W PTS 10 Ulises Sierra (15-1-2). Super Fly: Jarico O’Quinn (14-0-1) W PTS 8 Oscar Vasquez (15-3-1). Super Light: Brandun Lee (18-0) W KO 1 Miguel Zamudio (44-15-1).
Ergashev vs. Estrella
Ergashev ends this one in quick time with a devastating body punch. He had Estrella backing up and threw a southpaw left hook which blasted under Estrella’s too high right elbow and slammed into the Mexican’s ribs. Estrella took a step back and then collapsed in pain writhing on floor whilst the referee completed the count. All over in 92 seconds. The 28-year-old Detroit-based Uzbek “Descendant of Tamerlane” has won 16 of his 18 fights by KO/TKO and is rated IBF 6//WBA 6/WBO 11 and looks a very real threat. Estrella translates as “star” and Estrella is certainly a fallen star. At one time he was world rated and considered one of the best prospects in Mexico with his record standing at 28-1 with 24 inside the distance victories, but his 1-4 in his last 5 fights indicates the direction in which he is heading.
Shishkin vs. Sierra
In a clash of unbeaten fighters Russian Shishkin takes unanimous decision over Sierra. Both fighters claimed they had been affected by pre-fight injuries and it was more noticeable in the sparse use of his left by Shishkin. The fight was fairly even over the first four rounds with both connecting well in the second and Shishkin having a slight edge. From the fifth Shishkin was outscoring Sierra landing strong straight rights and Sierra began to tire. Shishkin dominated over the last three rounds rocking Sierra with rights but a gutsy Sierra refused to crumble and was still there at the final bell. Scores 99-91 twice and 100-90 for Shishkin. The 28-year-old Shishkin, a gold medallist at the Russian Under-22 championships and the World Cup of Petroleum Countries, fought with an injured left arm otherwise he might have stopped Sierra in the late rounds. Sierra was having his first fight since beating Fidel Hernandez in April last year
O’Quinn vs. Vasquez
Detroit hope O’Quinn was made to work hard to get his win over Vasquez. Although Vasquez was giving away 6” to the 5’6” O’Quinn It was Vasquez who made the better start connecting with some good shots in the first. O’Quinn settled into the fight in the second. Vasquez kept pressing the action but the slicked and quicker O’Quinn made him pay on the way in with hooks from both hands and more than matched Vasquez inside. It was close-action stuff in every round with O’Quinn the more accurate and having the harder punch rocking Vasquez in both the seventh and eighth. Three scores of 79-73 on the cards for O’Quinn. The 24-year-old has won his last seven fights and is rated No 10 by the WBO. He was a three-time US Youth champion and looks a good prospect. Vasquez did his job by making O’Quinn work hard but is now 0-2-1in his last three fights. As with Ergashev and Shishkin O’Quinn is trained at the Kronk gym by “Sugarhill” Steward the nephew of the late Manny Steward.
Lee vs. Zamudio
If Lee keeps knocking his opposition out in quick time he is eventually going to get recognised for the prospect that he is. The 20-year-old blasted out more experienced Zamudio inside three minutes for his sixteenth win by KO/TKO and his ninth in a row. Eleven of his wins have come in the first round. Born in California Lee is of mixed Mexican and Korean parentage. He was National Junior Golden Gloves champion three times before turning pro at 17. Mexican Zamudio has been beaten inside the distance fourteen times.
Hinckley, MN, USA: Feather: Ramiro Hernandez (16-0) W PTS 8 Vincent Jennings (6-11-2). Cruiser: Al Sands (21-4-1) W PTS 8 Phil Williams (16-10-3).
Hernandez vs. Jennings
Hernandez gets off the floor to outpoint Jennings. Hernandez took the lead early forcing Jennings onto the defensive with well-timed punches to head and body. In the third as Hernandez continued to come forward a counter to the body put him down but it was as much due to Hernandez being off balance as the punch. Hernandez was not hurt and clawed back the two points in the fourth by flooring Jennings. Hernandez seemed to be cruising to victory but a right from Jennings in the last round staggered him. He recovered and finished the round strongly. Scores 78-73 for Hernandez on the three cards. The 30-year-old from Cleveland needs to win to be in contention for the post of best fighter in his family as his mother is a former martial art competitor of martial arts. Six losses in a row for Jennings.
Sands vs. Williams
Sands gets revenge for an early career defeat as he decisions Williams in a contests between two of the stalwarts of Minnesota boxing. After a couple of slow rounds both connected with good punches in the third and there were some furious exchanges in the fourth. From there Sands made use of his edges in height and reach to outbox southpaw Williams and did enough to earn the decision. Scores 78-74 twice and 77-75 for Sands. “The Haitian Temptation” Sands hovered around the edges of the ratings when he went 15-1 in his first16 bouts but was then stopped inside a round by Williams. That was in 2015 but Sands has finally been able to get revenge. Williams, 42, announced his retirement
Tacoma, WA, USA: Super Light: Dannie Williams (24-3) W PTS 10 Andre Keys (12-2) Being the “house fighter” at the Battle on the Boat does not come with any guarantee of easy fights as Keys discovers. Williams found the target at distance in the opener and Keys did better inside in the second. Williams upped his punch output in the third and used a sharp jab to outscore Keys in the fourth. The fight slowed but better boxing saw Williams take the sixth and seventh. Keys started to get through with heavy punches over the eighth and ninth to make it close and they both had enough success in the last to make that round tight but Williams just outworked Keys. Scores 96-94 twice and 97-93 all for Williams. Now 35 Williams was a national Golden Gloves champion back in 2004. He turned pro in 2006 and was 21-1 before losing on points to Hank Lundy in 2012. He was knocked out in four rounds by John Molina Jr in 2013 and then was inactive for almost six years before returning with a win last April. Keys came in over the contract weight and had to pay a forfeit as well as having his winning run ended at eleven.
Mar del Plata, Argentina: Welter: Luis Veron (18-1-2) W KO 2 Carlos Aquino (18-7-1). Veron gets second win over Aquino. Crisp, accurate jabbing from Veron put Aquino on the defensive in the first and a couple of right crosses from just whistled past Aquino’s chin. Veron continued to press in the second and when Aquino prodded out a weak jab Veron came over the top with a long right that put Aquino down face first on the canvas for the kayo. The 27-year-old local wins the vacant South American title. Important win for Argentinian No 4 Veron after a run of two draws against mediocre domestic opponents and a wide unanimous defeat by Michael McKinson. He knocked out Aquino in 2018. Aquino falls to 1-5-1in recent action.
Hamburg, Germany: Welter: Sebastian Formella (22-0) W PTS 12 Roberto Arriaza (18-2). Cruiser: Roman Fress (10-0) W PTS 10 Matteo Rondena (9-5). Heavy: Peter Kadiru (7-0) W TKO 6 Tomas Salek (11-2). Heavy: Ali Eren Demirezen (12-1) W PTS 8 Andrei Mazanik (13-10).
Formella vs. Arriaza
After a slow start Formella outboxes Nicaraguan Arriaza to retain the IBO title. The pattern over the early rounds was of a stronger looking Arriaza chasing Formella down with Formella showing good footwork but the relentless Arriaza doing the scoring. Formella was a difficult target but Arriaza was catching him with hooks to the body and although cut over his left eye was in front after three rounds. In the fourth Formella was finding gaps for his jab and was throwing more punches. He was picking his moment to stand and trade where his hand speed and accuracy gave him the edge. Arriaza continued to chase Formella but the champion’s footwork was just too classy for Arriaza and he was chasing in vain. Arriaza signalled for Formella to stand and fight in the sixth but Formella kept moving and kept sliding punches through Arriaza’s guard. Arriaza did a bit better in the eighth when he was able to trap Formella against the ropes a couple of times but other than that he was just following Formella around the ring being too slow to pin down the champion. Formella was sticking to his game plan. He was not loading up on his punches but was adding more combinations and a frustrated Arriaza was leaving himself open as he lunged after Formella. Arriaza threw everything at Formella in the eleventh but Formella was the one landing as he countered and moved and then danced his way through the last just looking to stay out of trouble with Arriaza probably edging that one. Scores 118-110, 118-112 and 117-111 all for Formella. The 32-year-old Hamburg port worker was making the first defence of the IBO title. He is rated IBF 11(10)/WBC 15 and will be looking to face tougher opposition to get in the welterweight mix. Some sources have him being German born but others say he was born in Poland and moved to Germany with his family at the age of two. Arriaza was strong but limited. His only loss before this was a third round kayo by Egidijus Kavaliauskas in 2018.
Fress vs. Rondena
Fress remains unbeaten and collects the vacant German International title in a tough and gruelling win over an underrated Rondena. The lanky Fress outboxed Rondena over the early rounds using his longer reach and quick hands to score against the slower Italian. Fress suffered a bad cut over his left eye in the third but still seemed to be in control. In the second half of the fight Rondena’s continued pressing and with Fress lacking the punch to keep the Italian out Rondena began to cut into the Kazak-born fighters lead. The better skills from Fress just gave him the edge in the close rounds and he ran out a good winner but the scores look too harsh on Rondena. The judges saw it 99-92, 98-93 and 96-94 for Fress. Fress is a former German Under-17 and Youth champion who represented Germany at the European and World Championships and is trained by former WBO super middle champion Robert Stieglitz. Rondena was moving up to ten rounds for the first time and had won his last three fights.
Kadiru vs. Salek
Kadiru halts tough Czech Salek in six rounds. In probably his most impressive performance to date Kadiru boxed well against the aggressive Salek and the fight featured plenty of fiery exchanges. His quicker hands and better accuracy gave Kadiru the edge and he built a good lead before ending the fight in some style. As they traded punches Kadiru connected with a right uppercut that put Salek down. The Czech fighter beat the count but the Kadiru landed an even better uppercut and as Salek dropped to his knees the referee stopped the fight. Kadiru,22, wins the vacant WBC Youth title with his third victory by KO/TKO . Salek, 21, a protégé of former European and interim WBO super welter champion Lukas Konecny gave Kadiru a stiff test before the knockdowns.
Demirezen vs. Mazanik
Demirezen returns to action with a routine win. The Turkish hope was just too strong for a very ordinary Mazanik and was able to bully and bulldoze him over the whole eight rounds. Mazanik bled heavily from the nose over the late rounds but was never in any serious trouble. Scores 80-72 twice and 79-73 for Demirezen. First fight for Demirezen since losing on points to Efe Ajagba in Las Vegas in July. Mazanik is 1-4 in his last five fights.
Tokyo, Japan: Middle: Kazuto Takesako (12-0-1) W PTS 12 Charlie Hosokawa (12-5-1) W. Super Welter: Takeshi Inoue (16-1-1) W RTD 2 Cheng Su (14-3-1).
Takesako vs. Hosokawa
For the first time hard punching Takesako has to go the distance for a win as he outclasses Hosokawa to lift the OPBF title. Japanese champion Takesako forced Hosokawa on to the back foot from the opening bell . Both fighters connected with heavy punches but Takesako was beating on Hosokawa with some vicious body punches and was 40-36 in front on the cards after four rounds. Hosokawa tried to get close and smother Takesako’s power over the middle rounds which led to plenty of wrestling and clinching but did nothing to affect the superiority of the challenger who moved to 80-72 in front on the cards. Takesako’s body punching drained Hosokawa and although he had enough left to trade punches furiously with Takesako in the last round he was well beaten. Scores 119-109 twice and 120-108 for the new champion. Takesako, 28, had made three defences of the Japanese title before this victory. A former University student he was 30-11 as an amateur including a loss to Ryota Murata. Hosokawa was making the first defence of his title in his second reign as OPBF champion.
Inoue vs. Su
Inoue brushes aside Chinese southpaw Su. A straight right floored Su at the end of the first round but the Chinese fighter survived and went on the attack in the second. He connected with an uppercut and a couple of hooks but late in the round a pair of rights from Inoue dumped him on the floor for the second time and he did not come out for the third round. Third quick win on the bounce for Inoue since losing to Jaime Munguia in a challenge for the WBO title in January last year. Su had won his last four fights.
Pinamar, Argentina: Welter: Franco Ocampo (13-1) W PTS 10 Walter Castillo (14-6). Ocampo lifts the vacant WBA Fedebol title with unanimous verdict over Castillo. Ocampo floored Castillo with a right to the head in the second and that remained a big punch for him throughout the fight. He landed it time and again. Although shaken on occasion Castillo stayed the distance. Ocampo, 23, the Argentinian No 7 gets his ninth consecutive win. Castillo was having his second shot at this title but drops to 2-6 in his last 8 outings
Quellon, Chile: Super Bantam: Jose Velasquez (28-6-2) W PTS 10 Cesar Paredes (14-3-1). Fighting in his home town “Pancora” Velasquez gets majority decision over Peruvian southpaw Paredes for the second time. It was a typical Velasquez fight as the 5’ 2 ½” Chilean marched forward relentlessly for all three minutes of all ten rounds. Taller southpaw Paredes scored well at distance and with counters as Velasquez came forward with Velasquez doing his best work inside. They both tired late but the cleaner and more accurate punching from Paredes should have earned him at least a draw but the decision went to Velasquez with two judges voting 97-93 and 97-95 for the local fighter and the third seeing it 95-95. That gives 30-year-old “Pancora” his nineteenth win in a row including a stoppage of 21-0 Melvin Lopez in Miami in October. He is rated WBA 11/WBO 13/IBF 14. When these two clashed in December 2018 Velasquez took a split decision and but for a knockdown the decision would have gone to Paredes.
Pili, Philippines: Fly: Michael Mendoza (11-1-2) W KO 1 Stevanus Nana Bau (10-13-2). Welter: Al Sabaupan (26-3-1) W TKO 2 Ray Rahardjo (6-13-5).
Mendoza vs. Bau
Massacre of the overmatched here as Filipino fighters blow away poor Indonesian opposition. Mendoza was the quickest finisher. He was tracking Bau when the Indonesian suddenly lurched forward to be met with a thudding left to the body and went down rolling in agony whilst the referee needless tolled out the ten. Over and done in 102 seconds. The 21-year-old Filipino southpaw gets his sixth consecutive win and takes the vacant WBFoundation International title. Tenth inside the distance loss for an inept Bau.
Sabaupan vs. Rahardjo
Sabaupan also finished his opponent with ease. Rahardjo managed to get through the first three minutes but not the second. Once again it was a left to the body that ended the fight and this time the referee did not bother with a count. It was the first fight since November 2016 for “Captain A” and win No 21 by KO/TKO. Twelfth inside the distance defeat for Rahardjo.
Montevideo, Uruguay: Feather: Caril Herrera (41-3,2ND) W TKO 3 Diego Pedreira (0-6-1). In a ridiculous mismatch little southpaw Herrera wins the vacant National title with third round stoppage of poor Pedreira. Herrera scored heavily in the first but Perrier stormed out for the second. He threw plenty of punches without really troubling Herrera and by the end of the round Pedreira was already tiring. In the third Herrera opened a cut over the right eye of Pedreira and then connect with a vicious body shot. Pedreira did not go down but he looked pleadingly at his corner who obliged and threw in the towel. Now 39 the 5’1” Herrera was actually unbeaten in his first 22 fights before losing to AJ Banal in an IBF super flyweight eliminator and has stayed active with a couple of fights each year. Pedreira turned pro back in 2009 but was then out for nine years-and is still looking for his first win.
Fight of the week (Significance): Jeison Rosario for his upset win over Julian Williams
Fight of the week (Entertainment): Jonathan Guzman vs. Rodolfo Hernandez-less than three rounds but mayhem
Fighter of the week: Jeison Rosario
Punch of the week: The body punch from Shohjahon Ergashev that collapsed Adrian Estrella was fearsome. Honourable mention to the right from Eleider Alvarez that laid out Michael Seals and the uppercut from Peter Kadiru that led to the stoppage of Tomas Salek
Upset of the week: Rosario’s win over Williams
Prospect watch: Ridiculously early but I am going for 3-0 (3 1st round wins) 20-year-old Jared Anderson
The Past Week in Action
-Jaime Munguia moves up to middleweight with win over Gary O’Sullivan and both Travell Mazion (17-0) and Hector Tanajara (19-0) score wins on undercard
-Joe Smith revives his career with a split decision over Jesse Hart in other fights in Atlantic City Steven Nelson (16-0) wins and Joseph Adorno (14-0) is held to a draw
-Jaron Ennis goes to 25-0 with stoppage of Bakhtiyar Eyubov and on the same show Russian heavyweight Apti Davtaev stops Keith Barr and is now 19-0-1
Atlantic City, NJ, USA: Welter: Jaron Ennis (25-0) W TKO 4 Bakhtiyar Eyubov (14-2-1, 1ND).Heavy: Apti Davtaev (19-0-1) W TKO 3 Keith Barr (20-13-1). 1
Ennis vs. Eyubov
Ennis stops Eyubov in four rounds. Ennis almost overwhelmed Eyubov in the opener. Eyubov was giving away lots of height and reach (5’6” tall with 66 ½” reach to Ennis 5’10 and 74” reach) and as he plodded forward behind a high guard Ennis met him with bunches of fast, accurate hooks to head and body from both hands. A series of head punches had Eyubov stumbling back and he went down on his rump. He beat the count but a blistering attack from Ennis had Eyubov forced back and as Ennis continued to land slashing shots from both hands Eyubov was forced to drop to on one knee to survive. Despite the punishment he took in the first round Eyubov marched forward again in the second and third. He landed some good shots of his own but the punches from Ennis were come too fast and from too many angles for Eyubov and at the end of the round local commissioner Larry Hazzard took it upon himself to warn Eyubov’s corner that unless he saw an improvement in the fourth the fight would be stopped. Eyubov was trying to walk through a storm of punches early in the fourth and was rocked back on his heels. He steadied himself and walked in again firing a couple of hooks then clinches at which point the referee stopped the action the timing of which was a little controversial but Eyubov was only going to soak up more punishment. The tall 22-year-old switch-hitter from Philadelphia looks an outstanding talent and 2020 will almost certainly be a breakthrough year for him. He is rated WBO 13/IBF 15 and now has fifteen inside the distance wins on the spin. Dad Derek Sr. and Brothers Derek and Farah boxed but never fought for a world title but Jaron looks capable of fighting and winning a title. The 33-year-old Houston-based Kazak Eyubov, who is trained by Charles Mooney, who won a silver medal in Montreal as a member of the great 1976 US Olympic boxing team. Suffers his second loss in a row having bean outpointed by Brian Ceballo in June.
Davtaev vs. Barr
Russian Davtaev gets another inside the distance win as he floors and halts Barr in the third. The physical differences in this one were even more pronounced than in the Ennis vs. Eyubov fight with Davtaev at 6’5” to the 5’11” of Barr. Davtaev was able to soften Barr up with jabs and long rights over the first two rounds before ending things in the third. A right cross put Barr down and although he made it to his feet the fight was halted. The 30-year-old “Thunderstorm of the Caucasus” has scored 18 of his 19 victories by KO/TKO but has yet to face anything resembling a test. Eighth inside the distance loss for Barr.
Monte Hermoso, Argentina: Light: Agustin Quintana (12-1-1) W TKO 2 Gabriel Punalef 24-10-5). Quintana batters Punalef to defeat inside two rounds. It was too easy for Quintana who shook Punalef with rights in the first before ending it in the second. Two right to the head put Punalef down. He got up but was unsteady on his feet. A right uppercut unhinged his legs and a couple of rights sent him staggering across the ring to the ropes. The referee gave Punalef a standing count and when he was shaken by more rights the referee waived the fight over. “Sugar” Quintana, 23, wins the vacant WBA Fedebol title with his fifth victory on the bounce. Fifth loss inside the distance for Punalef.
Atlantic City, NJ, USA: Light Heavy: Joe Smith (25-3) W PTS 10 Jesse Hart (26-23). Super Middle: Steven Nelson (16-0) W TKO 8 Cem Kilic (14-1). Light: Joseph Adorno (14-0-1) DREW 8 Hector Garcia (14-7-3,1ND). Super Middle: Chris Thomas (14-1-1) W TKO 1 Samir dos Santos Barbosa (37-17-3). Heavy: Sonny Conto (6-0) W KO 1 Curtis Head (5-5). Welter: Xander Zayas (3-0) W PTS 4 Corey Champion (1-2).
Smith vs. Hart
Smith gets split decision over Hart but ignore the “split” Smith one this all the way. The tactics were set early with Smith striding forward aggressively and Hart on his toes jabbing and moving with Smith indicating for Hart to stand and trade in the first thirty seconds of the fight. As quickly as Hart was moving Smith still managed to trap him on the ropes and land a series of punches to take the opening round. Hart boxed well early in the second but was shaken by rights and rocked by an uppercut later in the round. After the fight Hart said he had injured his right hand in his final sparring session and already he was using the right sparingly. Hart had a better third boxing well on the retreat and connecting with a right uppercut inside. Smith was relentless in the fourth and had Hart in trouble at the end of the round from a right. The fifth and sixth saw more pressure from Smith. Hart’s left jab and left hooks had caused a bump under the right eye of Smith but where a right was required to counter or stop Smith advancing Hart was having to twist his stance to use his left. Smith’s pressure paid off in the seventh. He had Hart reeling and landed a heavy right. Hart went down on one knee briefly touching the canvas. He bounced up immediately and Smith connected with a couple of punches before the referee was able to get between them to give Hart a count. After the count Smith landed a couple of head punches but the bell rang to save Hart. He had a better eighth but was shaky again in the ninth as a left from Smith sent him flying back across the ring and into the ropes. Hart was in deep trouble but the action stopped for the doctor to examine a cut over the left eye of Hart and after brief break Hart connected with some quality left hooks. Smith pressed hard throughout the tenth to emerge a clear winner. Scores 98-91 and 97-92 for Smith and a ludicrous 95-94 for Hart-unbelievable! Much needed win that saves Smith’s career. In a spell of just one fight in each of years 2017, 2018 and 2019 that saw him lose big fights to Sullivan Barrera and to Dmitry Bivol in a challenge for the secondary WBA title he looked to be fading out of the picture. Now he has hopes of a return with Bivol or a shot at Jean Pascal’s secondary WBA title or whoever wins the vacant WBO title. Big blow for Hart as he was No 3 with the WBO and No 4 with the WBA. It would be wrong to judge him on this showing as he was virtually a one-armed fighter so don’t be surprised if the fights for a version of the title later this year. The loss was a double blow for Hart. He had worn an executioner’s mask into the ring indicating he was there to get revenge against Smith for ending the career of Hart’s close friend Bernard Hopkins.
Nelson vs. Kilic
Nelson collects the vacant NABO title with inside the distance win over Kilic. Kilic was competitive over the first five rounds taking the fight to Nelson who was focusing on the body scoring heavily with both hands. From the sixth Kilic tired and although he tried to match Nelson on the inside Nelson was getting the better of the exchanges and slowly broke Kilic down. Nelson rocked Kilic with an uppercut late in the sixth and by the seventh Kilic had slowed and was handicapped by a right eye that was almost closed. Nelson continued to pile on the pressure in the eighth until Kilic’s trainer Buddy McGirt climbed onto the ring apron to signal his fighter’s surrender. Nelson, 31, a former US National, Army and Armed Forces champion who served in Afghanistan was rated No 15 by the WBO before this fight but should climb a few places in their next ratings and is aiming for a title fight this year. Californian-based German-born Turk Kilic was in his first ten round fight and with more experience could come again.
Adorno vs. Garcia
Minor upset as highly touted Adorno fights to a split draw against Garcia in an entertaining fight. Adorno looked sharp boxing on the back foot stabbing home jabs and countering crisply. As the fight progressed Garcia began to press harder and although he was still eating sharp shots from Adorno he was starting to have some success inside. Garcia just kept coming and although he was eating punches nothing Adorno landed was having any effect and more and more Adorno was being forced to stand and trade rather box and move. Adorno had built a slight lead after his more effective early work but Garcia was stronger over the late rounds and the draw looked right. Scores 77-75 Adorno, 77-75 Garcia and 76-76. The 20-year-old Adorno will have been disappointed with his performance but he came through a tough eighth rounds and will take away some lessons from the fight. Garcia did not fight like a guy with a 14-7-4 record but he has never lost inside the distance and faced opposition such as Devin Haney and Juan Carlos Burgos and only lost on a majority verdict against current WBO No 5 Joe Noynay.
Thomas vs. Barbosa
Thomas gets the quickest win of the night as he halts ancient Brazilian Barbosa in 47 seconds. A straight right to the head had Barbosa retreating on unsteady legs. Thomas forced him to a corner and was ramming home head punches when the referee stepped in and stopped the action. It looked a bit of a premature stoppage and Barbosa complained. “Sandman” Thomas, a 21-year-old from New Jersey, moves to eight wins in a row. Barbosa drops to three first round losses in his last three fights
Conto vs. Head
Philadelphian heavyweight hope Conto sends Head to the floor three times for a first round victory. The 6’4” Conto was giving away 53lbs to Head but the excess was all round Head’s waist. A left hook to the body saw Head drop to one knee and although he beat the count he was really finished by that belter of a body punch. After the count as Conto came forward Head dropped to a knee and Conto’s punches seemed to whistle past his head. The third “knockdown” came as Head collapsed from two hooks to the body. Fifth win by KO/TKO for Conto. No sort of test for Conto but fights such as these are a rites of passage for a newcomer. At 23 there is no need to rush Conto a former National Golden Gloves silver medallist who does his roadwork on the same South Philadelphia streets as Sylvester Stallone did for the Rocky film. Head is now 1-4 in his last 5 fights.
Zayas vs. Champion
After two first round wins Zayas gets in some useful ring time as he collects the points in every round against Champion. The 17-year-old Puerto Rican is a former US Under 19 champion who turned pro less than two month after his 17th birthday. Early days but one to follow. Champion did his job by going the four rounds.
San Antonio, TX, USA: Middle: Jaime Munguia (35-0) W TKO 11 Gary O’Sullivan (30-4). Super Welter: Travell Mazion (17-0) W TKO 1Fernando Castaneda (26-14-1). Light: Hector Tanajara (19-0) W PTS 10 Juan Burgos (33-4-2). Super Fly: Joshua Franco (16-1-2) W TKO 9 Jose Burgos (17-3). Super Light: George Rincon (10-0) W TKO 1 Diego Perez (13-10-1). Cruiser: Tristan Kalkreuth (4-0) W KO 1 Blake LaCaze (4-8-2).
Munguia vs. O’Sullivan
Munguia moves up to middleweight and halts a gutsy O’Sullivan in the eleventh round of a bell to stoppage war. Flying start from Munguia who was letting his punches go from the off. He was piercing O’Sullivan’s guard with jabs and then firing hooks to head and body. He put together a ten-punch combination before shaking O’Sullivan badly with a left and a right at the bell. O’Sullivan took the fight to Munguia in the second .He was willing to stand and trade and although Munguia scored with some heavy stuff at the end of the round a right from O’Sullivan clearly hurt Munguia. The fight was developing into a war. Munguia was throwing more punches and landing cleanly but O’Sullivan was absorbing everything Munguia chucked at him and firing back with hooks and uppercuts of his own. Munguia was throwing more and landing more but O’Sullivan was undeterred. He continued to walk forward and even though running into some thundering punches from Munguia he was just taking a few steps back and then marching in again and connecting with some strong punches of his own. The hectic action continued in the fifth and in the sixth with Munguia getting the better of the exchanges but also having to take a lot of incoming fire from O’Sullivan the Mexican went low with a left hook and was deducted a point. Munguia was landing clubbing punches in the seventh but then landed another lusty punch below the belt. O’Sullivan went down in agony and it was some time before he recovered but this time the referee did not deduct a point which made no sense. Munguia dominated in the eighth and ninth as O’Sullivan tired and his work rate dropped. O’Sullivan landed some slashing punches early in the tenth but then Munguia began to drive O’Sullivan back with huge head punches and O’Sullivan was cut and on shaky legs as he went to his corner at the bell. There was discussion in O’Sullivan’s corner over whether to go out for the eleventh round but O’Sullivan went out and took the fight to Munguia until a torrent of head punches had O’Sullivan sliding along the ropes and down and the fight was stopped. A successful move up to middleweight for the 23-year-old former unbeaten WBO super welter champion and win No 28 by KO/TKO. He goes straight to No 1 with the WBO which puts him in line to face Demetrius Andrade with an all-Mexican fight with Saul Alvarez a possibility later in the year. “Spike” O’Sullivan played his part in making this a hugely entertaining fight. The 35-year-old from Cork was 8-1 going into this one with the loss being a one round kayo against David Lemieux. His only other losses have been against Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr. With his small goatee and curled up moustache he looked more like Salvador Dali than Salvador Sanchez but he showed a fighters heart here.
Mazion vs. Castaneda
Another imperious performance from Mazion as he finishes seasoned pro Castaneda inside one minute. The tall Texan was spearing Castaneda with quick jabs and caught Castaneda with a couple of counters as Castaneda came forward. Mazion then connected with a right and just missed with another right before banging home a rib-bending left to the body that saw Castaneda turn away and drop to the floor writhing in agony. Castaneda actually made it to his feet at five but immediately dropped again still in agony from the body punch and the referee stopped the fight. The 6’2” “Black Magic” from Austin gets his thirteenth win by KO/TKO and wins the vacant NABF Junior title. Castaneda was coming off a draw with Tureano Johnson and suffers his eighth loss by KO/TKO.
Tanajara vs. Burgos
Tanajara adds another scalp to his belt as he takes unanimous decision over experienced former world title challenger Burgos. The rangy local fighter was just too young and too quick for Burgos who is not yet completely on the downslide but has not been active of late. Tanajara boxed well on the outside and found plenty of gaps in the Mexican’s defence. If there is a weakness in Tanajara it is that he lacks real power so Burgos was able to keep pressing and forcing Tanajara to fight hard. Gradually Burgos slowed and Tanajara well ahead going into the last with Burgos finding something in the well as they stood and exchanged punches in an entertaining last round. Scores 97-92 twice and 99-91 all for Tanajara. The 23-year-old former US National amateur champion was having his first fight in his home town. He collects the WBC United States title and adds Bustos to a list of victims that already includes Roger Gutierrez and Robert Manzanarez. Now 32 Burgos was having his first fight since losing on points to Devin Haney in September 2018. In three world title shots he lost on points to Hozumi Hasegawa for the WBC feather title and drew with Roman Martinez and lost on points to Mikey Garcia in WBO super feather title matches.
Franco vs. Burgos
“El Profesor “Franco stops Burgos in nine rounds. It was a case of power and accuracy against quantity here as Franco made an aggressive Burgos pay for scorning defence as he tried to overwhelm Franco. Burgos was piling forward launching punches from the opener with Franco countering with strong rights. Burgos was throwing wide shots and was rocked by a right in the second. He continued to fire a bundle of punches but Franco was blocking or dodging most and snapping Burgos' head back with rights. Burgos kept coming and kept throwing but Franco was dominating more and more. In the seventh a right uppercut had Burgos bleeding from the nose and badly shaken. Franco finished it in style in the ninth. A left hook unhinged Bustos’ legs and Franco piled on the punishment driving him to the ropes and unloading with punches from both hands until the referee jumped in to halt the fight. The 24-year-old from San Antonio was coming off a three-fight series of one win and two draws against Oscar Negrete so it must have been nice to fight someone else for a change. A former top amateur Franco gets his eighth win by KO/TKO. Burgos, also 24, had won his last six fights five inside the distance but his opposition has been poor.
Rincon vs. Perez
Texan southpaw Rincon racks up another win but with a scare at the end. A left/right combination floored Perez early in the first and although he beat the count he was soon down again. He tried to take the fight to Rincon but was put down by a counter right. He dragged himself up but went down again from two rights and the fight was stopped. Now five victories by KO/TKO for 27-year-old Rincon. A elite level amateur he won bronze then silver and finally gold at the National Golden Gloves and scored victories over Jamontay Clark, Amir Imam and Robert Easter Jr. After returning to his corner Rincon collapsed reportedly suffering a seizure but he recovered and was able to leave the ring under his own steam. Poor Argentinian Perez has lost three in a row by KO/TKO two of those in the first round.
Kalkreuth vs. LaCaze
Teenager Kalkreuth blows away LaCaze in under two minutes. The 18-year-old 6’4” Texan (his US Amateur sheets says 6’2” but he might have grown since then) was up against a 6’8” opponent in LaCaze but quickly found the range with his jab and then connected with a long left hook that dumped LaCaze on his rump. LaCaze was up at five and Kalkreuth hunted him down. He rocked LaCaze with two rights and then landed a thunderous left hook that put LaCaze down heavily with the referee immediately stopping the fight. Kalkreuth was US Under-17 and Under-19 champion and competed at the Pan American and World Youth championships before turning pro last year three months before his eighteenth birthday. Impressive but much too early to say how far he can go. He showed quick hands and the finishing punch was a blistering shot. LaCaze drops to 1-5-1 in his recent activity.
Mar del Plata, Argentina: Middle: Lucas Bastida (13-1) W TKO 1 Gonzalo Chaparro (9-5-1). Bastida wins the vacant South American title as he overwhelms Chaparro inside a round. The tall “El Tornado” certainly lived up to his name as he came out firing punches. Chaparro tried to stand and trade with him but was caught with a series of head punches that led to two standing counts. A big right sent him slumping into the ropes and the referee jumped in to save Chaparro. The 22-year-old neighbourhood fighter has won his last ten fights. Chaparro suffers his fourth stoppage defeat.
Brussels, Belgium: Welter: Anass Messaoudi (8-0) W PTS 10 Cedric Peynaud (8-7-3). Heavy: Joel Tambwe Djeko (17-2-1) W KO 1 John Cortez (12-7-1). Welter: Mohamed El Marcouchi (24-2) W KO 3 Agustin Lugo (11-12-3).
Messaoudi vs. Peynaud
Local fighter Messaoudi wins vacant BeNeLux title with wide unanimous verdict over Frenchman Peynaud. Messaoudi had height reach and more skill on his side and Peynaud never really threatened Messaoudi’s dominance. Scores 99-90 twice and 99-91for the former Belgian amateur champion in his first ten round fight. On paper Peynaud was a good test having floored Conor Benn in their first fight and beaten 16-1 Mohamed Kani in June.
Djeko vs. Cortez
“Big Joe” blasts out Barcelona-based Colombian Cortez in the first round. The popular 6’6” 30-year-old Brussels-born fighter has won eight in a row. One of five children Djeko initially competed in martial arts before turning to boxing. Six loses in a row for Cortez.
El Marcouchi vs. Santana
Miami Beach-based Belgian El Marcouchi stops Mexican loser Lugo in three rounds. El Marcouchi has lost only one of his last 23 fights and that was on a disqualification but his opposition has been carefully selected. Seven losses in his last seven fights for Lugo.
Fight of the week (Significance): Tied as Munguia’ s win over O’Sullivan put Munguia in the already crowded mix at middleweight and Smith’s win over Hart can lead him to another title shot
Fight of the week (Entertainment): Munguia vs. O’Sullivan action all the way
Fighter of the week: Tied Munguia and Smith who both had significant wins with honourable mention to both Jaron Ennis and Steven Nelson
Punch of the week: The left hook to the body from Travell Mazion that ended his fight with Fernando Castaneda was a real rib-bender. Honourable mention to the wicked left hook from Tristan Kalkreuth that flattened Blake LaCaze
Upset of the week: Hector Garcia (14-7-3) holding (14-0) prospect Joseph Andino to a draw was not in the script
Prospect watch: Texan Super Fly Joshua Franco 15-1-2
(Early to name Xander Zayas and Tristan Kalkreuth but I am sure they will figure eventually
By Eric Armit
-Teo Lopez wins the IBF lightweight title as he stops champion Richard Commey in two rounds
-Terrence Crawford halts Egidijus Kavaliauskas in nine rounds in WBO title defence
-Vergil Ortiz impresses as he foes to 15-0 15 wins by KO/TKO with stoppage of Brad Solomon
-Sandor Martin and David Avanesyan retain their European titles in Barcelona
-Yves Mendy wins the WBA Gold title with stoppage of Jaider Parra and Elie Konki wins the European bantamweight title by outpointing champion Sebastian Perez
-Michael Conlan gets win over Vlad Nikitin to exact some revenge for the controversial decision for the Russian the ruined Conlan’s chance of a gold medal in Rio
-Diego De La Hoya returns with a win but fails to impress
-Fedor Chudinov decisions Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam in Russia
WORLD TITLE SHOWS
New York, NY, USA: Welter: Terrence Crawford (36-0) W TKO 9 Egidijus Kavaliauskas (21-1-1). Light: Teo Lopez (15-0) W TKO 2 Richard Commey (29-3). ). Feather: Michael Conlan (13-0) W PTS 10 Vlad Nikitin (3-1). Light: George Kambosos (18-0) W PTS 10 Mickey Bey (23-3-1,1ND). Super Light: Josue Vargas (16-1) W PTS 10 Noel Murphy (14-2-1. Super Middle: Edgar Berlanga (13-0) W TKO 1 Cesar Nunez (16-2-1). Super Light: Julian Rodriguez (19-0) W PTS 8 Manuel Mendez (16-7-3) .
Crawford vs. Kavaliauskas
After a slow start Crawford gets into his stride and then ruthlessly cuts down Kavaliauskas
Not much in the way of commitment from either fighter. Crawford looked just a little sharper with his jab whereas Kavaliauskas seemed to be reluctant to let his hands go. Close but I gave it to Crawford.
Score: 10-9 Crawford
Kavaliauskas took this one. Crawford scored with a body punch early but Kavaliauskas made better use of his jab and connected with a hard left and followed that with a right that stopped Crawford in his tracks. He also did a good job of deflecting Crawford’s punches.
Score: 10-9 Kavaliauskas TIED 19-19
After a cautious start Kavaliauskas jumped inside scoring with a hard right to the head and threw a bunch of punches. As Crawford ducked under the punches he dropped to one knee but it was no knockdown. They both connected with punches in a brief exchange and just before the bell Kavaliauskas again got through with a left and a right.
Score: 10-9 Kavaliauskas Kavaliauskas 29-28
Crawford changed his tactics in this one. He had been standing a couple of steps away and firing punches from distance. Now he climbed into the box with Kavaliauskas crowding the challenger and throwing a lot more punches. He scored with jabs and rights and although Kavaliauskas connected with some hard rights the sudden change of pace from Crawford seemed to throw Kavaliauskas out of his stride and it was Crawford’s round although he was showing a swelling by his right eye.
Score: 10-9 Crawford TIED 38-38
Crawford again dominated the action in this round. He was much quicker with his jab and was putting together some combinations and firing fast, accurate lefts. Kavaliauskas had been matching Crawford with his jab early but now he was tending to get caught by punches and firing wildly and too late with his counters
Score: 10-9 Crawford Crawford 48-47
A close round with very little action. Crawford was not pressing as hard or throwing as many punches. That allowed Kavaliauskas to get his jab working again and try some rights as Crawford effectively gave away the round.
Score: 10-9 Kavaliauskas TIED 57-57
This round provided plenty of action. Crawford was inside the box again and they traded some hard punches with Kavaliauskas scoring with a cracking right. Crawford switched to orthodox and landed a left hook that shook Kavaliauskas. The challenger fired back but could not keep Crawford out and late in the round a right to the head saw Kavaliauskas turn away and drop .to the canvas on his hands and knees. Kavaliauskas was up at four and after the eight count Crawford chased Kavaliauskas across the ring but Kavaliauskas ducked and dodged and made it to the bell.
Score: 10-8 Crawford Crawford 67-65
For much of the early part of this round Crawford just stood in front of Kavaliauskas behind a high guard letting Kavaliauskas try to pierce the guard. When Crawford opened up he landed some heavy rights to the head. He had Kavaliauskas trapped on the ropes at the end of the round and unleashed a barrage of punches that had Kavaliauskas reeling and holding to survive.
Score: 10-9 Crawford Crawford 77-74
In the first exchange in the round Crawford took Kavaliauskas to the ropes and snapped his head back with a right uppercut. Kavaliauskas managed to get off the ropes but was driven back by some right before an fearsome right uppercut dropped him to his hands and knees. When the count was finished Crawford walked over and floored Kavaliauskas with a right to the head and as he went down the referee ended the fight.
Kavaliauskas was competitive early but once Crawford upped his pace it was only a matter of how long Kavaliauskas could survive against the power and speed of arguably the best pound for pound fighter out there right now. Crawford, 32, is a three-division champion and is 14-0 in title fights with eleven inside the distance victories in those title fights. Hopefully we will get Crawford vs. Errol Spence sometime in 2020 and not have that match put off until it is too late in the way the Mayweather and Pacquiao worked out. Lithuanian Kavaliauskas showed good technical skills and landed some testing punches but in the end he was just beaten down by superior skill and power.
Lopez vs. Commey
Lopez blasts out Commey in hugely impressive style to win the IBF title
After some early probing with jabs Commey landed a sharp right to the head. They then both connected with rights to the head with Commey adding another head punch Lopez got through with a left hook but Commey’s strong jabbing just gave him the edge.
Score: 10-9 Commey
Lopez rocked Commey back on his heels with a left hook and then exploded a straight right on the head of Commey. The champion went down on his haunches then as he tried to rise toppled sideways and down. He was up quickly but was unsteady. After the eight count Lopez chased Commey to the ropes and pounded him with punches. Commey bobbed and weaved but could not get off the ropes and with Lopez landing with a series of head punches the referee jumped in and stopped the fight.
Towering display of power from Lopez to effectively finish Commey with one punch as the Ghanaian has a very good chin. The 22-year-old from Brooklyn must be on his way to a clash with Vasyl Lomachenko with the great Ukrainian making a passing remark about seeing Lopez in April. What a fight that could turn out to be. Commey will come again. He has the style and tools to be a champion again but with Devin Haney relinquishing the WBC title and Luke Campbell and Javier Fortuna likely to contests the vacant title and Lomachenko the WBA and WBO champion it may be a long road back for Commey.
Conlan vs. Nikitin
Conlan takes a wide unanimous decision over Russian Nikitin in revenge for a very questionable loss to Nikitin in the Rio Olympics. In a cagey first Conlan was looking to find the range with his jab and Nikitin was looking for chances to dive inside with some quick punches. The fight came to life in the second with Conlan using his longer reach to pop Nikitin with southpaw jabs and counter the Russian’s charges with hooks. Nikitin had brief success when he trapped Conlan in a corner but Conlan quickly slid out of the trap. Nikitin went down in the third from what looked like a left hook from Conlan but the referee decided the Russian had been pushed down so no count. Conlan was again scoring well with his jab and punishing Nikitin on the way in. Conlan controlled the action over the fifth and sixth . Nikitin managed to connect with some straight rights and put Conlan under pressure in the seventh as they traded punches over the late part of the round. Conlan landed a very low right hook on the eighth which paused the action for a brief spell and the referee spoke to both fighters about some rough stuff inside. For the rest of the round Conlan forgot his boxing and stood and exchanged punches toe-to-toe with Nikitin and paid the price in the form of a cut by his right eye. Conlan outboxed Nikitin in the ninth and tenth handing out some severe punishment in the last. Scores 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92 for Conlan. So a measure of revenge for Conlan but not really enough to compensate for a bad decision against Nikitin which cost Conlan a chance at a gold medal in Rio. The 28-year-old from Belfast is rated WBO 1/WBA 3/IBF 9(7)/WBC 14 although the WBO No 1 looks over generous on the basis of his opposition to date. With Shakur Stevenson the WBO champion also being with Top Rank that is a fight that could be made but that might not be the fight Top Rank are aiming Conlan at although the other champions, Josh Warrington, Gary Russell and Leo Santa Cruz would be tough asks for Conlan at this stage. Despite his success as an amateur Nikitin has not impressed as a pro and I can’t see him making much progress.
Kambosos vs. Bey
Kambosos gets split verdict over Bey in a close-fought competitive match with plenty of quality work from both fighters. Kambosos all-out aggression and harder punching gave him a slight edge, Bey has a great jab and he was doubling and tripling the punch with impressive accuracy. Kambosos landed some heavy rights in the third and fourth but Bey was doing outstanding work in every round with his jab and featuring some very clever defensive work. Most of the rounds were close and although Kambosos had a slight lead going into the last the fight was there for the taking as far as both fighters were concerned. Kambosos nailed down the victory by flooring Bey with a right uppercut in the tenth. Scores 97-92 and 96-93 for Kambosos and 95-94 for Bey. Australian Kambosos has been one of Manny Pacquiao’s main sparring partners and has good domestic wins over Brandon Ogilvie and Qamil Balla. He is rated IBF 3(2)/WBO 5 so will be looking to advance to a title fight next year. Bey, 36, is a former IBF lightweight champion who relinquished the title without defending it. He lost a split decision to Rances Barthelemy in a challenge for the IBF title in 2016 and between that loss and the Kambosos contest had only one fight in over three years. A great pity as he is a slick boxer with great skills.
Vargas vs. Murphy
Vargas puts on another classy display to outpoint Murphy. Southpaw Vargas quickly established that he was much quicker than Murphy and had a more varied attack. He was sliding jabs past the Irishman’s guard and slipping inside to score with short, quick punches. The speed of movement from Vargas too often lefty Murphy prodding air. Vargas was buzzing around Murphy connecting with rapid combinations and dominating the action. Vargas landed a punch way south of the border in the third but Murphy quickly recovered. Although not listed as a southpaw Murphy was fight out of a southpaw stance and barely using his left. On occasion he shaped to throw a left but didn’t which made me wonder if he was carrying an injury because if it was a tactical decision it was not working. Vargas rocked Murphy with a left late in the fourth and had him bleeding from the nose and under heavy pressure at the end of the seventh. Murphy managed to score with enough rights to have a nasty bump develop under the left eye of Vargas and marched bravely through some heavy punches doing enough to deserve at least a share in a couple of rounds. In the end with just one usable arm and after being rocked in the tenth Murphy did well to last the distance. Scores 98-92 for Vargas on the cards of the three judges. He was going ten rounds for the first time and wins the vacant IBF North American title. His lone loss was on a disqualification. Murphy’s only previous loss was on a narrow points decision against Mike LesPierre who challenged Maurice Hooker for the WBO title in his next fight .
Berlanga vs. Nunez
Thirteen fights into his career and Berlanga has yet to hear the bell for the second round. The explosive puncher from New York blows away Cesar Nunez for another quick ending. Inside the first fifteen seconds as Nunez barrelled forward taking the fight to Berlanga he was clipped by a left to the top of his head and dropped to his knees. He was up quickly not looking shaken. After the count he again marched towards Berlanga but was caught by a chopping right and a left hook. Berlanga landed some more rights then one that landed on the back of Nunez’s head. He went down but the referee did not treat it as a knockdown. More head down rushes from Nunez were met with heavy rights from Berlanga then a left to the body that had Nunez backing off before another right put him down and the referee did not bother with a count. Nunez was just fifteen seconds from being the first fighter to take Berlanga into the second round. Thirteen one round wins but against some very modest opposition so no real way yet to know how far he can go. He did not win gold at any major tournament as an amateur and was eliminated at the quarter-finals of the US Olympic Trials for Rio but he has certainly shown some power. He had said that he was determined to finish this latest fight inside the first round in honour of his cousin Anthony Santana who was murdered whilst Berlanga was training for this fight. Second inside the distance loss for Spaniard Nunez with the other loss being an eight round stoppage against German Vincent Feigenbutz for the GBU world title in August.
Rodriguez vs. Mendez
After the usual exchange of probing jabs Rodriguez stepped in with a left hook to the body and a left and right to the head which dropped Mendez on his rear. After the count Rodriguez took Mendez to then ropes and fired a barrage of punches with a stoppage looking possible but Mendez held and moved and made it to the bell. Rodriguez was in charge the rest of the way. He shook Mendez with left uppercuts in the second and third and outscored Mendez the rest of the way. To his credit Mendez kept trying to walk through Rodriguez’s punches and was always willing to trade scoring with some shots of his own but the quality and quantity were coming from Rodriguez. The judges scored this one 80-72 twice and 79-72 for Rodriguez. A shoulder injury saw Rodriguez out of the ring for almost two years before returning to action in July this year and this is his third win since returning. Five defeats in a row for Mendez but all on points and all against good level opposition.
Barcelona, Spain: Super Light: Sandor Martin (36-2) W PTS 12 Joe Hughes (17-5-1). Welter: David Avanesyan (26-3-1) W KO 1 Jose Del Rio (29-9-1). Super Light: Jonathan Alonso (19-1) W PTS 10 Samuel Gonzalez (22-6). Light: Samuel Molina (14-0) W TKO 6 Ivan Tomas (9-2-1).
Martin vs. Hughes
Local; hero Martin outpoints Hughes in the first defence of his European title. Martin had height and reach over Hughes and also quicker hands. In the first two rounds he was getting his right jab over Hughes left landing to the head. He was firing lefts to the body and snapped Hughes head back with a left cross. Hughes pressed hard but had little success until the third when he cracked Martin with a couple of good rights. He then hustled Martin hard over the fourth and fifth but Martin was landing stiff counters and the rounds were close. Hughes forced Martin to trade in the sixth but Martin did some good defensive work and was more accurate. From the seventh Martin was in control. He was getting his punches off first then blocking or avoiding the counters from Hughes. Martin handed out some severe punishment in the eleventh with hard shots from both hands and attacked fiercely in the last for a clear victory. Scores 119-109 twice and 117-111 all for Martin. The 26-year-old from Barcelona is 20-1 in his last 21 contests with the loss coming on points against Anthony Yigit in 2017in a challenge for this same European title. Third time but not lucky for Hughes who has lost to Yigit and Robbie Davies in previous title shots.
Avanesyan vs. Del Rio
In a European title defence English-based Russian Avanesyan blows away Spanish challenger Del Rio in two rounds. In the first Avanesyan tracked an apprehensive Del Rio and sent him stumbling with a left hook. Del Rio, a southpaw, fired some lefts trying to keep Avanesyan off but was rocked badly by a right to the chin and an uppercut followed by two hooks to the body forced him to drop to his knees and then slump face down on the canvas and he was counted out. After his stoppage of Kevin Lejarraga in September that makes it two defences of the EBU title and two first round victories for Avanesyan. The 31-year-old former interim WBA champion looks to be in terrific form. He is ranked WBC 5/IBF 6(5)/WBA 10/WBO 12. Del Rio was a very sub-standard challenger and had already lost to Jordy Weiss for the EU title.
Alonso vs. Gonzalez
Alonso gets his career back on track with a decision over Gonzalez. Alonso needed all of his skills as the Italian-based Venezuelan pressured hard scoring well with uppercuts. Alonso’s accuracy and work rate gave him most of the early rounds but pressure paid off for Gonzalez over the middle rounds as he began to get through with hooks. Over the last three rounds Alonso was moving and scoring again and he held off a late burst from Gonzalez to emerge the winner. Scores 98-92, 98-93 and 97-94 for Alonso. The Dominican-born Alonso has been resident in Spain for 20 years and is a big favourite there. In his last fight in July he lost a decision against unbeaten Dominican Albert Puello for the interim WBA super light title. Gonzalez had won his last seven fights six of them in his new base of Italy.
Molina vs. Tomas
Molina retains the Spanish title by turning back the challenge of Tomas. After pocketing the points in the first round Molina floored Tomas in the second. He continued to boss the fight and with Tomas taking heavy punishment the referee halted proceedings in the sixth round. Sixth inside the distance victory for the 21-year-old fighter from Malaga who holds wins over 28-2-1 Ezequiel Fernandez and faded former WBA super fly champion Alex Munoz. Second shot at the title for Tomas who had drawn with Frank Urquiaga in February.
Tokyo, Japan: Super Bantam: Hiroaki Teshigawara (21-2-2) W KO 5 Shohei Kawashima (18-4-2). Champion Teshigawara too good for challenger Kawashima and puts him down and out in the fifth. Teshigawara was on Kawashima’s case from the opening bell using his jab to open Kawashima up and then putting together some solid combinations. At the end of the fourth the champion was in front 39-37 on two cards and 40-36 on the other. In the fifth Kawashima went for broke throwing rights but a left hook from Teshigawara knocked him over and he could not beat the count. Teshigawara retains the OPBF title for the second time with his fourteenth win by KO/TKO. A run of ten wins has seen him climb to No 7 (5) in the IBF ratings. Kawashima once put together a 16 bout unbeaten streak but is now 4-4 in his last eight outings.
Geneva, Switzerland: Super Feather: Patrick Kinigamazi (32-2) W PTS 12 Bongani Mahlangu (22-8). Successful fourth defence of the WBFederation title for Kinigamazi as he takes majority decision over veteran South African Mahlangu. The southpaw challenger lived up to his “Dancing Shoes” nickname as he led Kinigamazi a merry dance particularly over the early rounds. Kinigamazi just kept pressing and pressing and eventually the 40-year-old Mahlangu tired allowing Kinigamazi to dominate and get through with some heavy punches to emerge a deserved winner. Scores 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114. Now fourteen wins in a row for Kinigamazi but at 36 the Rwandan-born boxer is unlikely to progress further. This is only the second fight in over two years for Mahlangu a former South African super bantamweight champion.
Indio, CA, USA: Welter: Vergil Ortiz (15-0) W KO 5 Brad Solomon (28-2). Super Middle: Bektemir Melikuziev (4-0) W PTS 10Vaughn Alexander (15-3). Light: Alberto Machado (22-2) W KO 2 Luis Porozo (14-2). Welter: Alexis Rocha (15-0) W RTD 5 Roberto Valenzuela (17-2). Super Light: Luis Feliciano (14-0) W PTS 10 Herbert Acevedo (16-3-1). Super Middle: Erik Bazinyan (24-0) W KO 3 Saul Roman (45-14). Super Welter: Serhii Bohachuk (17-0) W KO 5 Carlos Galvan (17-10-1).
Ortiz vs. Solomon
Ortiz hounds experienced Solomon to defeat with a display of relentless pressure and punching power. Aware of Ortiz’s power Solomon was dancing and throwing light jabs in the first with Ortiz tracking him and having some success when he was able to pin Solomon against the ropes. Solomon fired occasional bursts of punches but was then quickly on the move again. Ortiz launched a series of ferocious attacks in the second and third. Solomon was pelting Ortiz with punches as he came forward but he had nothing in his arsenal to deter the young Texan. Solomon ducked, weaved , moved and fired back when he could but Ortiz was landing hard and often. Ortiz stepped up the pace in the fourth. He connected with a blazing combination and a straight right. Solomon took them without crumbling until a stiff left jab sat him down on his rump. He was shaken but easily beat the count. Ortiz was chasing and trying to land a finishing punch. Instead he landed a left hook well below the belt. Solomon took a couple of steps back expecting the referee to step in but with the referee making no move to do so Ortiz continued his attack until the bell. After an early burst of attacks from Solomon in the fifth Ortiz took over. He hounded Solomon around the ring banging home heavy shots to head and body. He connected with a couple of rights to the head which unhinged Solomon’s legs and another right saw Solomon go down on one knee. He was up at six but when the eight count was completed he looked as though he was inviting Ortiz to end the fight and as Ortiz was starting to let his punches fly Solomon caved in and just dropped to a knee in surrender and the referee halted the fight. Still only 21 Ortiz has the power and hand speed to be a world title challenger in 2020. He fights with a savage intensity that has brought him 15 wins by KO/TKO including respectable opposition in Mauricio Herrera and Antonio Orozco in his list of victims. He holds the WBA Gold title which he was defending here and would certainly be in with a good chance of winning against both the WBA champion Manny Pacquiao and WBA secondary champion Alex Besputin. Solomon, 36, has a great set of skills but no real power and is now a very rare sight in a boxing ring having had only one fight in 2017 and with his last fight being in April 2018.
Melikuziev vs. Alexander
Former top amateur Melikuziev wins his first pro title in only his fourth fight as he outpoints Alexander to pick up the vacant WBA Continental Americas belt. From the opening round the Uzbek southpaw dictated the fight with his right jabs that kept Alexander on the back foot. Melikuziev showed clever movement changing angles to find gaps for his left hooks. Alexander managed to get on the front foot in the middle rounds but just could not apply enough pressure to worry Melikuziev and simply did not throw enough punches. Melikuziev outscored Alexander in every round with his only concern being a cut over his left eye caused by a clash of heads in the seventh but that was never a factor. Scores 100-90 for Melikuziev from all three judges. The 23-year-old Uzbek won gold medals at the World Youth and Youth Olympics. He collected a silver medal at the 2015 World Championships and a bronze at the 2017 Championships as well as taking a silver at the 2016 Olympics. Alexander, 34, whose career was interrupted by an eleven year term in prison is 3-4 in his seven most recent contests
Machado vs. Porozo
Machado overwhelms Ecuadorian Porozo in two rounds. Machado took a round to figure out the awkward lunging style of Porozo. Early in the second Porozo landed a good right that unbalanced Machado but Machado looked to have scored a knockdown as he landed a couple of punches before Porozo went down on his knees. The referee did not apply a count then but he did on three other occasions all from body punches and Porozo was counted out. “El Explosivo” Machado, a former holder of the secondary WBA title super feather title, was having his first fight since consecutive inside the distance losses to Andrew Cancio. Porozo’s other loss was against unbeaten 16-0 Giovanni Mioletti. In his amateur days he competed at the 2008 Olympics and the 2009 and 2011 World Championships.
Rocha vs. Valenzuela
Rocha forces Valenzuela out of the fight on a fifth round retirement. Despite Valenzuela’s impressive looking 16 wins by KO/TKO in the end it was Rocha’s power that won the fight. Valenzuela was boring in from the start taking the fight inside. He stormed through the second showering Rocha with punches with Rocha rocked and almost swamped. Valenzuela had punched himself out and by the fourth Rocha was in control and he was driving Valenzuela back with Valenzuela seriously hurt by body punches and flagging. A right to the ribs saw Valenzuela sag and hold to survive but he retired at the end of the round. The 22-year-old southpaw from Santa Ana gets his tenth inside the distance victory in a successful third defence of WBC Continental Americas belt. Mexican Valenzuela, 20, has built his record on wins over sub-standard opponents and was found out here.
Feliciano vs. Acevedo
Feliciano takes wide majority decision over Acevedo. Both landed some good shots over the first two rounds with Feliciano’s jab just giving him the edge. The third was a big round for Feliciano. He shook Acevedo with a left to the head and then nailed him with a right that buckled Acevedo’s legs and he toppled to the floor. He was up at nine and had to soak up some more heavy shots but then traded punch for punch with Feliciano to the bell. To add to Acevedo’s woes he was also cut over the right eye by a punch. Acevedo walked through punishment to swap punches in the fourth and fifth and although his cut opened again to even things up a clash of heads saw Feliciano cut. They continued to wage war and eventually both fighters were cut over both eyes as they battled over the late rounds with the accuracy of Feliciano making the difference. Scores 100-89, 99-90 and 97-92 for the 26-year-old from Milwaukee. He was US Under-19 champion and US National Champion but lost at both the US Final Qualifiers for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. He retains the NABF title. Acevedo fought with guts in his first ten round contest.
Bazinyan vs. Roman
Armenian-born Canadian Bazinyan crushes Roman in three rounds. In the first Bazinyan was too quick for veteran Roman beating the Mexican to the jab and testing his chin with straight rights. Bazinyan went to work again in the second connecting with some sharp left hooks. A clash of heads saw Roam given a short break whilst he recovered. Bazinyan landed moor rights to the head and lefts to the body until heads clashed again. No cuts so the action continued with Bazinyan blasting Roman with those straight rights and lefts to the body and heads clashed again just before the bell. It was all over in the third in spectacular style. As Roman led with a weak jab Bazinyan came over the top with a right cross to the chin that put Roman on the floor on his back and the referee just waived the fight over. Now 18 wins inside the distance for 24-year-old Bazinyan. He is No 1 with the WBO which seems too rich a reward for beating David Zegarra and Francy Ntetu. He was sharp, accurate and punched hard here but the 39-year-old Roman looked his age.
Bohachuk vs. Galvan
Ukrainian Bohachuk floors Galvan three times in the fifth round to end this contest. The 24-year-old already has 17 wins by KO/TKO including victories over Freddy Hernandez and Tyrone Brunson. Colombian Galvan did well to last into the fifth.
Levallois-Perret, France: Light: Yves Mendy (44-5-1,1ND) W KO 6 Jaider Parra (33-3-1). Light Heavy: Mathieu Bauderlique (19-1) W TKO 5 Hugo Kasperski (33-10-1). Bantam: Elie Konki (9-0) W PTS 12 Sebastian Perez (12-1-1). Super Middle: Christian Mbilli (16-0) W TKO 8 KeAndrae Leatherwood (22-7-1).
Mendy vs. Parra
Mendy wins the vacant WBA Gold title with victory over Parra. An early night looked on the cards when in the opening round Mendy connected with a left jab and threw a right that just looked to have scraped past Parra’s body but sent Parra to the floor. It seemed more a case of Parra’s bad footwork opening himself up to a punch when he was off balance but he did seem hurt so it looked ominous for the Venezuelan oldie. He easily beat the count and saw out the round. The fight did not kick on from there. Mendy seemed over cautious at times as Parra showed he still had some power. Mendy got his act together and ended in style in the sixth. As Mendy came forward Parra landed a left hook to the body. Mendy countered with a right uppercut and a left hook and Parra stepped back and then went down heavily landing on his back and was counted out. The 34-year-old “French Lion” is 14-1 in his last fifteen fights with the loss being in a return match with his former victim Luke Campbell. Venezuelan Parra, 37, had won five in a row against very sub standard opposition but in January outpointed unbeaten 16-0 Fabian Maidana which probably said more about Maidana than it did about Parra.
Bauderlique vs. Kasperski
Southpaw Bauderlique adds another short route victory with stoppage of Kasperski. Bauderlique took the first two rounds with some heavy jabs and impressive power shots. In the third a four-punch combination to head and body dropped Kasperski to his knees and although he survived that he again had to take on board some more punishment in the fourth. Kasperski tried to take the fight to Bauderlique in the fifth but two rights to the head had him retreating under fire and as Bauderlique scored with more head punches the referee halted the fight. Seven inside the distance wins on the trot for the 30-year-old Olympic bronze medallist Bauderlique who was defending the WBA Inter-Continental title. He is ranked 13 by the WBA. Only the second inside the distance defeat for former French champion Kasperski.
Konki vs. Perez
Frenchman Konki boxes his way to the European title. Konki has no punch worth mentioning but he is tall for the weight at 5’7” has a long reach and highly developed defence skills. Perez just did not have the speed to match Konki but he pressed Konki all the way. He had a good third round when he briefly caught up with Konki but the challenger was quickly on the move again. Konki built a good lead but Perez managed to run him down often enough to make some rounds close. Perez landed with some heavy hooks in the ninth but Konki was constantly threading punches through the guard of Perez and took a deserved unanimous decision on scores of 117-111, 116-113 and 115-113 . “The Spider” a former elite level amateur in the French team was national champion four times and competed at the 2016 Olympics. Perez, 23, was defending the EU title for the first time after winning it in October last year.
Mbilli vs. Leatherwood
Mbilli scores devastating eighth round stoppage of Leatherwood. In his normal style Mbilli drove forward throwing big punches. Leatherwood was under pressure from bell to bell. He could not match Mbilli for power but used his experience to block or dodge the incoming shells. He made it into the last round but was backed into a corner. When tried to move out he was met with a fierce right that sent him back to the ropes then nailed with a clubbing right that had him out on his feet. Mbilli managed to land two more powerful rights to the head as the referee leapt in to stop the fight with Mbilli still trying to land rights even with the referee between them. The 24-year-old Montreal-based “Solide” has only had to go the distance once as a pro. He looks an animal but how far he can go will only become clear when he fights higher quality opposition. Leatherwood is 3-4 in his seven most recent contests.
Manezh, Russia: Super Middle: Fedor Chudinov (22-2) W PTS 12 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (37-5). Chudinov gets wide unanimous points win over N’Jikam. The strong Russian just kept walking down the fleet-footed N’Jikam who constantly circled the ring before divining in quickly with a burst of punches before going back to his circuits. As the fight progressed N’Jikam tired and spent more time and more time on the ropes and clinching. Chudinov kept banging to the body and N’Jikam looked in trouble a couple of times late in the fight but used his considerable experience-and some more clinching to go the distance. Scores 120-108 twice and 119-109 for Chudinov. The 32-year-old former WBA champion is No 1 with the WBA so in theory is the mandatory challenger for Callum Smith but Smith will be looking for a bigger fight than a defence against Chudinov perhaps an all-British clash with Billy Joe Saunders. Second loss in a row for N’Jikam having been stopped in three rounds by Smith in June
Miramar, FL, USA: Welter: Harold Calderon (22-0) W TKO 2 Krisztian Santa (16-14-2). Honduran southpaw Calderon blows away Hungarian Santa in two rounds. Fifteen wins by KO/TKO for 32-year-old Calderon. Poor Santa is 1-6 in his last 7 fights with all of his loses coming inside three rounds.
Brentwood, England: Light Heavy: Hosea Burton (25-1) W PTS 10 Bob Ajisafe (19-4). Light Heavy: Ricards Bolotniks (15-6-1) W TKO 1 Steve Ward (12-1). Light Heavy: Liam Conroy (18-5-1) W PTS 10 Andre Sterling (10-2). Light Heavy: Serge Michel (10-1) W PTS 10 Tommy Philbin (13-1) . Light Heavy: Dan Azeez (11-0) W PTS 10 Lawrence Osueke (9-1-1).
Burton vs. Ajisafe
Burton outpoints Ajisafe in a fight in the MTG Golden Contract tournament. It looked like a sensationally early finish as a right from Burton dumped Ajisafe on the floor after just six seconds. Ajisafe recovered to go the full route, He is an awkward opponent and although Burton was dangerous with rights he never really had Ajisafe in trouble again. Ajisafe came into the fight more over the second half but Burton outboxed him to take a well deserved unanimous decision. Scores 99-90, 98-91 and 99-92 for former British light heavy champion Burton who must now the favourite to win the tournament. Former undefeated British and Commonwealth champion Ajisafe only just counts as active with only one fight in each of years 2016,2017 and 2018 but was coming off a win in August.
Ward vs. Bolotniks
Bolotniks provides the surprise of the night as he blasts out unbeaten Ward inside a round. Bolotniks landed a long left late in the round that sent Ward down. He was up in plenty of time but Bolotniks took him to the ropes and a barrage of punches saw Ward drop to rest on the bottom rope for another count . After a right floored him for the third time the referee stopped the fight. Bolotniks proceeds to the semi-finals and wins the WBO European title held by Ward. The Belfast fighter will have to regroup after this shock loss.
Conroy vs. Sterling
Cumbrian Conroy boxes his way into the semi-finals with a unanimous decision over Londoner Sterling. The more experienced Conroy was pushed hard by Sterling but paced the fight well and opened a vital gap in the scoring by putting Sterling on the canvas in the seventh and had enough left in the tank stage a strong finish. All three judges had Conroy the winner but the scores varied at 98-91, 97-92 and 96-94. Former English champion Conroy was crushed in three rounds by Joshua Buatsi in a fight for the vacant British light heavyweight title in March and was defeated in June on a very close technical decision by Steven Ward . Former Southern Area champion Sterling gave a creditable performance in losing a unanimous decision to Craig Richards in June.
Michel vs. Philbin
This was another quarter final that featured a first round knockdown. The strong Michel, a former top amateur, put Scot Philbin down with a body punch in the opening round . The Scot took a while to get over that early shock but once he did he took the fight to Michel. The German boxed well within himself despite the pressure from Philbin and had a big lead going into the last. In the tenth a right from Michel floored Philbin for the second time just to punctuate Michel’s superiority. Scores 99-90 twice and 98-90 all for Michel. The Russian-born Michel , a former German amateur champion, competed at the 2016 Olympics and in the WSB. His only loss was a surprise stoppage against Canadian Ryan Ford in April. Philbin has fought as low as super middle and moved up from super middle for this tournament.
Azeez vs. Osueke
In a non-tournament fight Azeez wins the vacant English title with victory over Osueke. Scores 99-91, 98-92 and 98-93 for Southern Area champion Azeez.. Big set-back for Osueke who was an outstanding amateur winning the British title three times but did not turn pro until 2018 at the age of 30.
Mexicali, Mexico: Feather: Diego De La Hoya (22-1,1ND) W PTS 10 Renson Robles (16-7). Super Feather: Roger Gutierrez (24-3-1) W PTS 10 Andres Tapia (16-8-3). Light: Luis Lopez (20-2) W TKO 5 Cristian Baez (18-1). Light: William Zepeda (20-0) W TKO 3 Jampier Oses (16-6-1).
De La Hoya vs. Robles
De La Hoya gets a win as he returns to the ring for the first time since losing his unbeaten record against Ronny Rios in July. De La Hoya had big physical advantages again a combative but limited Robles. De La Hoya built an early lead flooring Robles in the third and benefitting from the Venezuelan losing two points for low pinches but he showed signs of tiring late. Robles then took the opportunity to get into the fight more and upped his pace. De La Hoya was exhausted and holding through much of the tenth and lucky not to lose a point but he did enough to just take that round and the decision. Scores 99-89, 98-89 and 97-94 for De La Hoya who stated that he had injured his left hand in the second round. Not an impressive showing from De La Hoya. Robles had won his last three fights but over opponents with combined records of 1-7.
Gutierrez vs. Tapia
Venezuelan Gutierrez outpoints a durable Tapia for his fifth win in a row. Gutierrez was much the bigger man and handed out a one-sided beating to the gutsy local fighter who fought hard all the w\ay. Gutierrez was able to use his longer reach to score on the outside dominating the fight with relentless pressure with Tapia too busy defending himself to build and attacking momentum. Gutierrez dropped Tapia with a right in the seventh but Tapia saw out the round and lasted to the final bell fighting all the way. Scores 98-91 on all three cards for Gutierrez. He made a spectacular entry to the world ratings with a first round stoppage of Eduardo Hernandez in July snapping Hernandez’s unbeaten record after 28 victories. Tapia had scored victories in his last five fights but was in over his head here.
Lopez vs. Baez
Lopez gains revenge for Mexicali as he stops unbeaten Venezuelan Baez. Baez, rated No 7 by the WBA, seemed to have everything going for him- an unbeaten record with 17 of his 18 wins by KO.TKO, being taller at 5’8” to the 5’4” Lopez and with an 9cm edge in reach. Baez really did not make use of his physical advantages allowing Lopez to drag him into close quarter’s action where the more accurate work gave Lopez the edge. Lopez was also much quicker and was able to pierce Baez’s guard regularly. In the fifth Lopez exploded sending Baez down with a left hook and scoring two more knockdowns to finish the fight. Lopez is now 8-1 in his last 9 fights including a victory over 18-1 Ray Ximenez and giving unbeaten prospect Ruben Villa a good test before losing a close decision. Baez had scored wins in Panama and Colombia as well as Venezuela but as with many fighters from Venezuela there is some heavy padding in his record.
Zepeda vs. Oses
Mexican southpaw Zepeda records yet another inside the distance victory with third round win over Venezuelan Oses. There were plenty of fireworks in the opening round as Zepeda landed heavily to the body and Oses stepped back and knelt on the canvas. Zepeda was marching forward trying to get a quick win and landed two right hooks to the head only to be dropped himself by a left from Oses. Zepeda was up quickly and went back on the attack. He continued to take the fight to Oses in the second and floored Oses in the third with a body punch. Oses made it to his feet but was back on the canvas after a series of punches from Zepeda and was counted out. The 23-year-old Zepeda has 18 wins by KO/TKO including ten in his last ten fights. Not a great deal of quality in his victims but a couple of experienced fighter. Third inside the distance defeat for Oses.
Melbourne, Australia: Cruiser: Jason Whateley (7-0) W TKO 1 Daniel Russell (7-2-2).
Flashy Whatley floors champion Russell twice in first round to win the Australian title. Dancing with his hands down the showy Whateley had a big reach advantage which meant Russell had to lunge forward trying to get close. Whateley simply side-stepped Russell’s attack and then stepped forward with a right to the head which sent Russell sprawling on the canvas. He was quickly on his feet and threw himself at Whateley who danced and dodged then connected with a couple of rights to the head and backed to the ropes. When Russell again lunged forward Whateley again dodged resulting in Russell leaning on the ropes looking out into the crowd and whilst Russell was in that position with his back to him Whateley curved a right around Russell which landed on the side of Russell’s head and sent him down on his back. Russell grasped the ropes trying to get up but the towel came in from Russell’s corner. The excessive arrogance and showmanship of Whateley (he makes Tyson Fury look conventional) will not be to everyone’s taste. The 29-year-old 6’5” Whateley has six wins by KO/TKO. He is a former Australian national champion and he represented Australia at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships as well as the 2016 Olympics-he raised money by crowd funding to cover his training costs for Rio- but did not medal in those competitions. Russell was making the first defence of the national title.
Plovdiv, Bulgaria: Cruiser: Tervel Pulev (15-0) W PTS 10 DeShon Webster (12-3-2). Heavy: Bogdan Dinu (19-2) W TKO 4 Osborn Machimana (23-14-2). Light Heavy: Spas Genov (12-0) W PTS 8 Levan Shonia (15-18).
Pulev vs. Webster
Pulev takes decision over Webster in a dull one-sided contest. This was mainly a battle of the jabs early but Pulev had Webster hurt with a powerful left hook to the body in the second. That was about it for excitement. Pulev had the stronger jab but he was really only using it to set Webster up for right crosses. Webster changed his tactic s from trying to box with Pulev to rushing in head down. When he did manage to get inside he was either holding or finding his head trapped under Pulev’s arm. The pattern did not change and it was a boring contests with no highlights. Scores 118-110 twice and 120-108 for Pulev. He wins the vacant WBA International title and in the crazy world of the WBA beating Webster for that title will get him a world rating. Never mind the quality look at the lovely shiny title belt! And don’t forget to send the sanctioning fee. In the amateurs Pulev, 36, won a gold and two silver medals at the European Championships and took bronze at the London Olympics losing to Oleg Usyk in the semi-finals. He had older brother Kubrat in his corner for this fight. Webster had a couple of reasonable performance this year in outpointing Marcus Oliveira and drawing with Al Sands but he certainly underperformed in this one.
Dinu vs. Machimana
Romanian Dinu stops South African Machimana in four rounds but this was just one obscene farce. Although Dinu was 2” taller than Machimana the South African at 323lbs was 75lbs heavier and most of it was around his middle. Dinu spent three rounds beating on the ponderous Machimana who absorbed the punches without throwing much back. In the fourth Dinu was again beating on Machimana who was propped up on the ropes. Dinu backed off and Machimana took a few steps forward but after a couple more punches the towel came in from Machimana’s corner which was strange timing. Other than putting some money in his pocket this farce will have done nothing towards rebuilding Dinu after consecutive losses to Jarrell Miller and Kubrat Pulev. Machimana had been knocked out in one round in a fight in September. Why anyone puts the obese Machimana on their show is a mystery to me.
Genov vs. Shonia
Genov makes one of his rare appearances and outpoints Georgian Shonia. Scores 79-73 twice and 79-74. Now 38 Genov won a trunk full of gold medals at some of the most prestigious tournaments on the European circuit but has had just 12 fights in 11 years as a pro. Poor Shonia is 1-12 in his last 13 outings.
Ensenada, Mexico: Super Welter: Carlos Ocampo (27-1) W RTD 4 Adolfo Moreschi (11-5). Super Welter: Omar Aguilar (16-0) W KO 3 Francisco Hernandez (12-2-1).
Ocampo continues his campaign to pad his record with easy wins as he beats down Argentinian novice Moreschi. From the first bell Ocampo bossed the fight connecting with accurate shots to the body. Moreschi did his best to counter but he just did not have the power or the experience to deal with Ocampo. After four one-sided rounds Moreschi stayed in his corner and did not come out for the fifth. Since his first round kayo loss against Errol Spencer for the IBF title in June last year Ocampo had fed on five relative novices. Moreschi was 1-3 in four domestic fights going into this one.
Aguilar vs. Hernandez
Angular was to have faced his first test of any kind against a fighter with a 16-0-1 record but somehow that was changed late and he had an easier job on his hands against Hernandez. Having said that he made it harder than it should have been. He put Hernandez down in the second and then down again and out in the third. The 20-year-old local showed the power that had seen him score eight first round victories in his first eight fights but also showed his defensive weaknesses as Hernandez was able to score with his jabs and some hard uppercuts before succumbing in the third.
Bogo, Philippines: Super Bantam: Jeo Santisima (19-2) W RTD 3 Rene Dacquel (20-10-1). Too easy for Santisima as he pounds on a faded Dacquel for three rounds before Dacquel retires in his corner. Twenty-three-year-old Santisima has won his last 17 fights 15 of them inside the distance. Former OPBF super fly champion Dacquel had lost his last three fights but those losses include going the distance with Andrew Moloney and only being defeated on a split decision by South African Yanga Sigqibo in a fight for the vacant WBC International title but he was poor in this one.
Manila, Philippines: Super Fly: Cris Paulino (21-4) W PTS 12 Mateo Handig (15-21). Super Feather: Dave Penalosa (16-1) W TKO 1 Virgil Puton (18-14-2). Bantam: Rey Gaballo (23-0) W TKO 6 Kongfah (32-3).
Paulino vs. Handig
Paulino wins the vacant Philippines title with decision over Handig. The 26-year-old southpaw has won 7 of his last 8 fight losing only to Jason Moloney in that sequence. Fellow southpaw Handig suffers his fifth loss in a row.
Penalosa vs. Puton
Penalosa blasts out a gutsy Puton in the first. Penalosa softened Puton up with a succession of body punches that forced Puton to the canvas. He looked very unsteady but was allowed to continue. Penalosa sunk more vicious hooks into the body of Puton who tried to punch with Penalosa. As Penalosa piled on the punches Puton looked to be out on his feet but somehow still pushed out punches and refused to go down and the referee stepped in to save him. First fight for southpaw Penalosa since losing on points to Lerato Dlamini for the WBC Silver title in July. Puton is 1-6-2 in his last 9 fights and needs protecting from himself.
Gaballo vs. Kongfah
Former undefeated interim WBA bantam champion batters Thai Kongfah to defeat in six rounds. Gaballo wound up the pressure round by round slowly breaking down the Thai. In the sixth a right to the head sent Kongfah back into a corner spread-eagled against the ring post. The fight should have been stopped then but instead Gaballo continued to land rights as poor Kongfah stumbled to-and-fro along the ropes with no defence and out on his feet. Finally the fight was stopped six or seven punches later than it should have been. The 23-year-old General Santos City “Assassin” goes to 20 wins by KO/TKO . The bantamweight is a tough division but Gaballo looks a danger man. First inside the distance defeat for Kongfah (Chaiwat Buatkrathok) .
Koscierzyna, Poland: Cruiser: Nikodem Jezewski (18-0-1,1ND) W PTS 8 Tamas Lodi (20-13-1). Fighting in his home town Jezewski celebrates being designated official challenger for the vacant European Union title with victory over Hungarian Lodi. Jezewski put Lodi down in the seventh but was unable to put him away and had to settle for a points win. Scores 80-72 twice and 79-71 for Jezewski. The 6’3”, 28-year-old Jezewski is waiting to find out who his opponent will be for the EU title fight. Lodi drops to 2-7 in his last 9 fights.
Cape Town, South Africa: Heavy: Thembani Mbangatha (11-0) W TKO 2 Aphiwe Masengwana (8-4). Feather : Abdul Aziz Kunert (10-0) W TKO 1 Mfusi Maxhayi (14-8-1).
Mbangatha vs. Masengwana
Former WBFederation African champion Mbangatha floors Masengwana in the first and repeats the feat in the second to stop Masengwana. Five wins by KO/TKO for “Baby Jake” the South African No 5. Masengwana the South African No 2 had won 3 of his last 4 fights
Kunert v. Maxhayi
Local prospect Kunert crashes the national rankings with first round stoppage of more experienced Maxhayi. Only the second inside the distance win for the 25-year-old Kunert. Southpaw Maxhayi a former South African super bantamweight title challenger was ranked No 3 and had won his last three fights. Kunert and Mbangatha will probably meet next year to settle local bragging rights. South African heavyweight champion Ruann Visser was to have been in the main event on this show but whilst waiting in the ring for the introductions he leant back against the ropes as boxers often do but the ropes collapsed and he fell out of the ring and after being examined by a doctor it was decided he should not fight.
Zaragoza, Spain: Super Welter: Ezequiel Gurria (12-0) W Jony Vina (9-4). Neighbourhood fighter Gurria collects the vacant Spanish title with points victory over Vina. Gurria had the better skills and floored Vina early in the third with a left hook. Vina managed to beat the count but was never really in the fight to any significant degree and Gurria was a comfortable winner. All three judges gave him the decision on scores of 98-91. He will now be looking to make his first defence against David Soria early in 2020. Former Spanish welterweight title challenger Vina had won his last two fights and only quality punchers Josh Kelly and Aitor Nieto have beaten him inside the distance.
Fribourg, Switzerland: Cruiser: Benoit Huber (6-1) W Seid Dzemaili (8-0) Huber comes from behind to win the vacant national cruiser title with late stoppage of Dzemaili. Huber attacked hard early with Dzemaili under a lot of pressure but staying cool and collected. Huber’s defence is not too sound and Dzemaili began to find gaps and connect with some heavy punches. Huber fought back but was behind on two cards at the start of the tenth. He turned things around by shaking Dzemaili and then putting him down with a left hook with the referee stopping the fight with less than one minute remaining. Five wins by KO/TKO now for the 32-year-old new champion who did not turn pro until he was 31. Southpaw Dzemaili will be hoping for a return match next year.
Fight of the week (Significance): Shared between Terrence Crawford’s win over Egidijus Kavaliauskas and Teo Lopez’s victory over Richard Commey. Both have some big fights out there for them
Fight of the week (Entertainment): Nothing stood out for sheer action from bell to bell
Fighter of the week: Teo Lopez for his crushing win over a never before stopped tough Richard Commey
Punch of the week: So many to chose from. I go for the right that Lopez drilled Commey with but the right uppercut from Crawford that unhinged the legs of challenger Kavaliauskas and the right cross from Erik Bazinyan that ended any interest Saul Roman had in their fight were special
Upset of the week: No biggies although Ricards Bolotniks stopping Steve Ward inside a round was something of a surprise
Prospect watch: Uzbek Bektemir Melikuziev , 23,a silver medal winner in Rio won his first pro title in his fourth fight so could go far.
By Eric Armit
-Anthony Joshua regains the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles with wide unanimous decision over Andy Ruiz
-Filipino Jerwin Ancajas stops Miguel Gonzalez in six rounds in the eighth defence of the IBF super flyweight belt
-Emanuel Navarrete destroys Francisco Horta in four rounds in WBO super bantamweight title defence
-Jermall Charlo halts Dennis Hagan in seven rounds in first defence of the WBC middleweight title
-In an interim WBA super middleweight clash Chris Eubank gets win over Matt Korobov when Korobov is unable to continue after injuring his shoulder in the second round
-Ryosuke Iwasa scores late stoppage victory over Marlon Tapales in fight for interim IBF super flyweight title
-In heavyweight action Alex Povetkin and Mike Hunter draw and Dylan Whyte and Filip Hrgovic score wins in Saudi Arabia
-Ismael Barroso posts upset victory over Yves Ulysse
-David Lemieux moves up to super middleweight and just scrapes by with a split verdict over Maksym Bursak
-Sergio Garcia retains the European super welterweight title with points win against Fouad El Massoudi
-Tim Tszyu goes to 15-0, 11 wins by KO/TKO with stoppage of Jack Brubaker as he continues to follow in his father’s footsteps
WORLD TITLE SHOWS
Diriyah, Saudi Arabia: Heavy: Anthony Joshua (23-1) W PTS 12 Andy Ruiz (33-2). Heavy: Alex Povetkin (35-2-1) DREW 12 Mike Hunter (18-1-1). Heavy: Filip Hrgovic (10-0) W KO 3 Eric Molina (27-6). Heavy: Dillian Whyte (27-1) W PTS 10 Mariusz Wach (35-6). Heavy: Mahammadrasul Majidov (2-0) W TKO 2 Tom Little (10-8). Middle: Diego Pacheco (8-0) W KO 1 Selemani Saidi (20-16-5).
Joshua vs. Ruiz
Joshua outclasses an overweight and undertrained Ruiz to regain the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles in far from exciting clash where the result was all that mattered for Joshua and he stuck to the game plan all the way.
It was strange to see a slim line Joshua just circling Ruiz prodding with his jab. Ruiz just could not get near enough to land anything but when Joshua let his hands go at the end of the round he looked to have shaken Ruiz with a right and opened a cut over the left eye of Ruiz.
Score: 10-9 Joshua
Even with two big men in the ring looked huge. It was bigger than their fight in June and Joshua used all of it as he circled Ruiz spearing him with jabs and landing an occasional right. When he did stand and trade he banged home a good right but was cut over his left eye in a clash of heads.
Score: 10-9 Joshua Joshua 20-18
Ruiz was looking ponderous and slow because he was ponderous and slow. He just could not move fast enough to cut off the ring so Joshua was able to score with his jab and just throw one quick burst of punches which was enough to win the round.
Score: 10-9 Joshua Joshua 30-27
There was a bit more heat in this round as Ruiz did a bit better at closing Joshua down. Joshua was still rocking Ruiz’s head with jabs and dropping in a couple of rights. They finally traded some punches just before the bell with Ruiz landing a couple of clubbing rights to the side of Joshua’s head which had people holding their breath but Joshua shook them off.
Score: 10-9 Joshua Joshua 40-36
No need for Joshua to take risks and he didn’t. He continued to circle Ruiz jarring him with jabs and trying a couple of right crosses but kept moving frustrating Ruiz’s effort to get close enough to land a punch.
Score: 10-9 Joshua Joshua 50-45
Joshua opened the round catching the advancing Ruiz with three rights but then went back to moving and jabbing with Ruiz too slow to block the jabs, Ruiz needed Joshua to either stand still or come to him but Joshua did neither and put another round in his pocket.
Score: 10-9 Joshua Joshua 60-54
Ruiz forced a bit harder in this round but the combination of Joshua’s reach, height and movement made it hard for Ruiz to land any telling shots. Joshua connected with a left hook and two right crosses but Ruiz was unmoved.
Score: 10-9 Joshua Joshua 70-63
Finally a round for Ruiz. Joshua was not using his jab as much and Ruiz was able to close the distance and he landed a couple of good hooks that had Joshua scrambling to hold. Ruiz kept up the pressure and sent Joshua stumbling with a left hook but was too slow to follow up on that success.
Score: 10-9 Ruiz Joshua 79-73
Back to basics for Joshua. Plenty of movement quick jabs and occasion long shots to the body. At times you could see him restraining himself from jumping in throwing punches but he did let himself off the leash briefly and connected with a series of head punches. Ruiz just stalked in vain.
Score: 10-9 Joshua Joshua 89-82
Move and jab and throw an occasional right that was yet again Joshua’s strategy and it was working from a point of view of winning but not entertaining but then this was about taking care of business. Ruiz just could not get close enough to threaten Joshua.
Score: 10-9 Joshua Joshua 99-91
Ruiz was showing signs of desperation as he swung wildly anytime he got near Joshua. Joshua just stuck to the game plan spearing Ruiz with jabs and any time Ruiz did get close grabbing hold of Ruiz to stop him scoring. Not many punches were being landed but Joshua was the one landing them.
Score: 10-9 Joshua Joshua 109-100
On a couple of occasions we saw a glimpse of the more recognisable Joshua as he landed a hard left hook and the two best rights he had produced in the fight. He continued to dance and jab and ignored a final invitation from Ruiz to stand and fight as he cruised to the bell.
Score 10-9 Joshua Joshua 119-109
Official Scores: 118-110 twice and 119-109 for Joshua
Joshua is champion again after a fight which was too one-sided to be entertaining and in which he very rarely took any chances although his discipline was admirable some fire would have been nice to see. It is suggested that Kubrat Pulev in London in May could be Joshua’s next outing. Meanwhile the triumvirate of Joshua-Wilder and Fury will rule the headlines again. Ruiz disrespected the title by partying it away. He was pathetic here just a fat guy relying on wild swipes. Hopefully he will get serious again as there are plenty of big money options for him.
Povetkin vs. Hunter
Povetkin and Hunter fight to a split draw in an entertaining heavyweight duel. No study time here as Hunter makes a fast start. He was getting his punches off first and scoring with shots to the head with Povetkin unable to get his jab working and being constantly on the defensive. A right cross had Povetkin stumbling in the second as Hunter continued to control the action. The first sniff of success for Povetkin came at the end of the round when he staggered Hunter with a right. Povetkin worked his way into the fight over the third and fourth as he finally had his jab working and some of the fire went out of Hunter’s attacks. A pivotal moment came in the fifth. Povetkin finally let fly with his favoured left hooks and drove Hunter back across the ring. Hunter fell backward into the ropes which held him up. That could and perhaps should have been counted a knockdown but with only a split second to decide the refer saw it as Hunter being off balance but it certainly looked like a knockdown should have been registered. The pace dropped over the sixth and seventh with neither fighter able to dominate but with Povetkin just looking to have done the better work. Hunter seemed to outwork a tiring Povetkin in the eighth and ninth only for Povetkin to connect with some good rights in the tenth. Hunter had a big eleventh. He hurt Povetkin inside and then drove Povetkin back scoring with a series of punches including a neck-snapping right cross. That gave Hunter a slight lead going into the last but he blew it there. Hunter fought like a man who thought he only needed to get through the last three minutes to win but that allowed Povetkin to do the better work and win the round. Scores 115-113 Hunter, 115-113 Povetkin and 114-114. The draw helps neither fighter but it looked the right result. At 40 and in the top ten of the IBF, WBA and WBC the most the Russian can hope for is one more title shot but that seems a long way away. Hunter showed he belongs in the heavyweight ranking but the extra 30lbs he has put on to get him there has came at the expense of some speed.
Hrgovic vs. Molina
Hrgovic scores kayo of Molina but is fortunate to get away with punches to the back of the head in all three rounds. He tracked the retreating Molina around the ring with Molina just skating around the ropes. Hrgovic connected with some powerful straight rights but with Molina ducking under his punches Hrgovic was landing to the back of Molina’s head throughout the round particularly just before the bell when Molina ducked lower and lower until he was kneeling on the canvas. No count but no warning for the punches to the back of the head. Hrgovic pushed a ducking Molina to the floor at the start of the second. Molina came alive striding forward throwing wide swinging rights. A number of them landed on Hrgovic’s head but the Croatian shook them off and landed a big right to the head and a left to the body that dropped Molina to his knees. Molina needed his mouthguard replaced which gave him an extra few seconds relief and he survived a couple more chopping punches to the back of his head before the bell. Molina tried a few wild swings in the third connecting with a couple. Hrgovic began to land some heavy punches and as Molina ducked low Hrgovic landed a chopping right to the back of Molina’s head and he went down and just failed to beat the count. The 27-year-old Croat retains the WBC International title with his eighth win by KO/TKO. He is showing improvements but his defence is anything but solid and he flirts with disqualification with those deliberate punches to the back of the head. At 37 and having only his second fight in two years Molina was no real test for Hrgovic.
Whyte vs. Wach
Whyte celebrates his emergence from the shadow of a possible ban with a points win over Pole Wach. Whyte took the fight at relatively late notice and he weighed a career highest. The 6’7 ½” Wach had a much longer reach then Whyte but from the first bell Whyte was quicker with his jab and able to get inside to attack Wach’s body and he punctuate a good first round with a heavy right to Wach’s head. Whyte was more accurate and outscored Wach in the second and third. Wach was getting through with jabs and an occasional body punch but Whyte was busier. Whyte connected with a heavy right in the fourth but there was the signs of a swelling by his right eye. Wach had a good fifth. He was getting through with his jab and landing some clubbing rights to Whyte’s head. Whyte was banging back but it was Wach’s round. Whyte took the next two rounds. He was throwing more and landing more than the big Pole. Wach was just too slow when coming forward allowing Whyte time and space to get his punches off first. The pace had never been fast but now it was down to a stroll. In the eighth after Whyte had done the better work early Wach finished strongly connecting with a right uppercut that seemed to stagger Whyte. Wach took the ninth as looked to have more left and he was marching forward digging to Whyte’s body. Whyte had saved something for the last round and he had the better of the exchanges with Wach the one looking more tired. Scores 97-93 twice and 98-93 for Whyte. He lost his No 1 rating with the WBC after information was leaked of a positive test before his fight with Oscar Rivas. However before this fight UKAD stated that the result “was consistent with an isolated contamination event and not doping”. So that effective cleared Whyte. I would have believed them if they had said it was a positive test and I believe them now in saying it effectively was not so there are good grounds for demanding the WBC put him back at No 1. Wach, 39, demonstrated his solid chin and his severe limitations having never won a big fight.
Majidov vs. Little
Majidov gets his second pro win with stoppage of Brit Little. Majidov shook Little in the first and it was all over in the second. A right sent Little headlong into the ropes and from there to the canvas. Little did well to beat the count but was shipping heavy punishment when the fight was halted. If amateur achievements are any guide then the 6’3” 33-year-old Azeri-born Russian, who fought under his real last name of Medzhidov in the amateurs, is a huge threat in the division. He was world champion in 2011 beating Erislandy, Ivan Dychko and on a 22-21 score Anthony Joshua. He took the gold medal again at the 2013 World Championships decisioning Cam Awesome, Magomed Omarov and Roberto Cammarelle and knocked out Dychko in the final then completed his hat-trick by capturing the gold at the 2017 Worlds. Additionally he was a bronze medal winner at the 2012 Olympics but did not get a medal in Rio losing to Dychko and walked away from boxing after the 2017 Championships. Four losses in a row for Little a member of the British Traveller community.
Pacheco vs. Saidi
Pacheco massacres poor Tanzanian Saidi. The Tanzanian had only the most basic of techniques and Pacheco was able to land left hooks to the body and right crosses to Saidi’s head. Somehow Saidi stayed on his feet. He was sent staggering by a right and Pacheco connected with a thunderbolt of a right which sent Saidi down flat on his back with no count needed. All over in 98 seconds. The 18-year-old 6’4” Pacheco who hails from Los Angeles has five first round wins but his first seven opponent had only 15 wins in total so lambs to the slaughter. Ninth inside the distance defeat for Saidi.
New York, NY, USA: Middle: Jermall Charlo (30-0) W TKO 7 Dennis Hogan (28-3-1). Super Bantam: Ryosuke Iwasa (27-3) W TKO 11Marlon Tapales (33-3). Middle: Chris Eubank Jr (29-2) W TKO 2 Matvey Korobov (28-3-1). Middle: Ronald Ellis (17-1-2,1ND) W PTS 10 Immanuwel Aleem (18-2-2). Bantam: Duke Micah (24-0) W PTS 8 Janiel Rivera (18-6-3). Feather: Cobia Breedy (15-0) W TKO 6 Titus Williams (9-3).
Charlo vs. Hogan
Good first round for Hogan as he sped around Charlo probing with jabs and stepping in quickly with a bust of punches and then evading Charlo’s counters. The speed of his attacks allowed him to score with some hooks inside and he did enough to take the round.
Score: 10-9 Hogan
Charlo upped his output in this round and did a better job of cutting off the ring. He stopped Hogan in his tracks with a jab and scored with some hooks inside. Hogan was still speeding around but his rushed attacks were wild.
Score: 10-9 Charlo TIED 19-19
A close round. Hogan did good work with his jab and surprised Charlo with some of his quick attacks which were becoming cruder and cruder as he put his head down a flailed his arms but he was landing enough to take the round-just.
Score: 10-9 Hogan Hogan 29-28
A left hook counter from Charlo put the charging Hogan over just seconds into the round. Hogan went down, did a somersault and came right back up to his feet to listen to the count. He did not seem to shaken and although Charlo landed a few more hard shots Hogan moved, jabbed and was in no real trouble in the rest of the round.
Score: 10-8 Charlo Charlo 38-37
Charlo chased in this round. He scored with the occasional jab but did his best work when countering Hogan’s rushing attacks. Hogan was still circling the ring at a high speed then lunging in but there was no accuracy or power in his attacks.
Score: 10-9 Charlo Charlo 48-46
Charlo was walking Hogan down throughout the round. He was finding the Irishman a difficult target but was again anticipating Hogan’s lunges and countering him with hooks. Hogan was holding instead of punching inside.
Score: 10-9 Charlo Charlo 58-55
Charlo started the round connecting with a left hook and a right. Hogan backed along the ropes but Charlo stepped in with a left hook to the head sending Hogan sliding down the ropes to the canvas. Hogan made it to his feet but he was shaky and after a look into his eyes the referee waived the fight over.
The former IBF super welter champion was appointed WBC champion after Saul Alvarez was kicked upstairs to become the ridiculously labelled Franchise Champion. Obviously Charlo would like a fight with WBA champion Alvarez but would probably settle for a unification scarp against Gennady Golovkin. If neither of those options are available then his mandatory challenger Daniel Jacobs would be an attractive match. Australian-based Hogan really just a super welter was coming off a very creditable majority decision defeat against WBO super welter champion Jaime Munguia in April and this is his first inside the distance loss.
Iwasa vs. Tapales
Former IBF super bantamweight champion Iwasa wins the interim IBF title with late stoppage of former WBO bantamweight champion Tapales
Both southpaw started cautiously. Tapales was coming in low with his jab getting under the taller Iwasa’s jab and he connected with a couple of lefts. Iwasa was short with his jab but also landed a left with Tapales just taking the round
Score: 10-9 Tapales
Iwasa had his jab working in the second. He was pushing shots through the guard of Tapales from distance and not allowing Tapes to get inside to work. Tapales was having to reach with his punches and was mainly off target.
Score: 10-9 Iwasa TIED 19-19
Tapales was bobbing and weaving his way inside and scoring with hooks from both hands. Iwasa managed to create some space and began to land with straight lefts; They banged heads a couple of times and then as they came together Iwasa’s head thudded onto the side of the head of the Filipino. Tapales dropped back and went down on one knee and immediately rebounded to throw a punch but the referee decided it was a punch from Iwasa that had caused Tapales to drop to one knee and gave a protesting Tapales a count. The y fought on equal terms for the rest of the round but it went down as a big round for Iwasa.
Score: 10-8 Iwasa Iwasa 29-27
Tapales was swarming forward at the start of this one trying to get close and work to the body. Iwasa used his reach to probe and pierce the guard of Tapales and was following behind his jab with right crosses. Tapales just could not find a way past Iwasa’s jab.
Score: 10-9 Iwasa Iwasa 39-36
Official Scores: 39-36 Iwasa, 39-36 Iwasa, 39-36 Iwasa
Tapales took this one. He was able to score with his own jab and then moving in to connect with hooks from both hands with a left hook the best punch he had landed so far. Iwasa upped his pace late driving a jab and a straight left through but the early work of Tapales gave him the edge.
Score: 10-9 Tapales Iwasa 48-46
A dominant round for Iwasa. He kept Tapales on the back foot with his jab and kept dropping in long lefts. Tapales needed to be coming forward getting in close and scoring with hooks but he was reduced to some long, inaccurate swings and had a growing bump under his left eye.
Score: 10-9 Iwasa Iwasa 58-55
Iwasa was pressing all the way. Again his jab was keeping Tapales on the back foot and off balance. He was also connecting with strong straight lefts and putting together some powerful combinations. Tapales landed a couple of hooks but often just threw and hoped.
Score: 10-9 Iwasa Iwasa 68-64
A very one-sided round. Iwasa could not miss Tapales with the jab and driving rights. When Tapales tried to come forward Iwasa was meeting him with hooked counters and as Iwasa pinned Tapales against the ropes and bombed him with hooks and uppercuts a stoppage looked near with the swelling under the left eye of Tapales a growing threat.
Score: 10-9 Iwasa Iwasa 78-73
Official Scores 78-73 Iwasa, 77-74 Iwasa, 78-73 Iwasa
Smart work from Tapales in this on. He was quicker to the punch at the start of the round putting together a couple of sharp combinations and sliding home some jabs. Iwasa just could not get on target with his jab as Tapales used quick footwork and upper body movement to frustrate Iwasa’s attacks.
Score: 10-9 Tapales Iwasa 87-83
Iwasa was back on his jab in this low key round. Tapales managed to snap through some sneaky shots but Iwasa was walking him down and scoring with some telling left crosses and had Tapales under pressure at the bell.
Score: 10-9 Iwasa Iwasa 97-92
After a cautious start to the round in response to a crisp right hook from Tapales Iwasa landed a left and two right hooks that rocked Tapales. He then he drilled Tapales with a straight left that dumped the Filipino on the floor. He was up at seven but when the referee asked him to take a couple of paces to the side he stumbled and the referee just waived his arms. Japan’s Iwasa, 29, just had height and reach advantages that Tapales could not match. With real champion Daniel Roman injured Iwasa will probably look for a title defence before facing Roman with a fight against IBF No 4 Cesar Juarez or a revenge against No 5 T J Doheny who alongside Shinsuke Yamanaka and Lee Haskins constitutes the three fighters to have beaten Iwasa. Filipino Tapales, 27, had won twelve in a row before this one including seven wins by KO/TKO in his last seven fights. He will have to rebuild if he is to get another title chance.
Eubank vs. Korobov
Eubank wins the vacant interim WBA middle title as Korobov is forced to retire with an injury to his left shoulder.
A feeling out round. Eubank was on target early with his jab and Korobov was looking to draw the jab and then step in quickly to work inside. Close round but Eubank’s work with his jab just took it
Score: 10-9 Eubank
Once again Eubank was jabbing and Korobov looking to counter. With just thirty seconds gone Korobov threw a left and then walked away from the action obviously in pain and clutching his left arm. He had injured his shoulder and was unable to continue so Eubank was declared the winner. Eubank is No 1 with the WBA but I can’t see the WBA ordering Saul Alvarez vs. Eubank and as WBA interim champion he won’t be made mandatory challenger by the WBC, IBF or WBO. At 36 time is running out for Korobov and he may be facing a long layoff with this injury so will slide back a bit in the queue for a title shot.
Ellis vs. Aleem
Ellis take the majority decision over Aleem to steady the ship after suffering his first loss as a pro. Ellis tried to take the fight to Aleem in the first but Aleem boxer cleverly and edged the round. Ellis kept forcing the fight over the second and third and had more success connecting with some crisp rights. Ellis outworked Aleem in the fourth to move in front but Aleem rebounded and finished the fifth with a strong attack. There were some fierce exchanges in the sixth and seventh with Ellis landing the heavier shots. Aleem got back into the fight with a strong attack in the eighth but Ellis swept the last two rounds and looked a clear winner. Scores 98-92 and 97-92 for Ellis and 95-95. Ellis dropped a majority decision to DeAndre Ware in February a result that cost him his world rating so this is an important first step on his rebuilding project. In recent times Aleem’s career has been a switchback as he is now 2-2-2 in his last six fights including a loss to Hugo Centeno and a draw with Matt Korobov
Micah vs. Rivera
Ghanaian Micah gets his second win of the year with unanimous decision against useful Puerto Rican Rivera. Micah had early success flooring Rivera with a right in the first. Micah took the second and then in an exciting third Rivera put Micah down only for Micah to fire back and floor Rivera. From there Micah was in control and went on to take the verdict. Scores 79-72, 78-72 and 77-74. The still undefeated former Commonwealth champion needs a big fight if he is to crash the ratings. . Rivera who has fought as low as minimumweight was coming of successive losses in matches against now WBO minimumweight champion Wilfredo Mendez and former WBC light flyweight champion Pedro Guevara.
Breedy vs. Williams
Breedy gets stoppage victory over Williams in an entertaining contest. Breedy had the better of the exchanges in the first and rocked Williams in the second. Williams banged back to clearly win the third with some heavy shots and floored Breedy in the fifth. Breedy saw out the round and then dropped Williams in the sixth to force the stoppage. Fifth inside the distance win for the 28-year-old Barbados-born Breedy but at 5’4” with a short reach he will struggle against some of the rated fighters. Williams had won his two fights this year but against low grade opponents.
Puebla, Mexico: Super Bantam: Emanuel Navarrete (30-1) W TKO 4 Francisco Horta (20-4-1). Super Fly: Jerwin Ancajas (32-1-2) W TKO 6 Miguel Gonzalez (31-3). Feather: Miguel Marriaga (29-3) W KO 6 Alfredo Mejia (14-3-3). Fly: Joebert Alvarez (20-2-2) W PTS 8 Luis Escobedo (0-7-1).
Navarrete vs. Horta
Navarrete disposes of undeserving challenger Horta inside four rounds in his fourth defence of his WBO title. .
After the usual prodding with jabs Navarrete tried a couple of rights. His jab was stronger and Horta never committed to his jab. Navarrete was switching guards and already there was reddening by the left eye of Horta from a right from Navarrete.
Score: 10-9 Navarrete
Navarrete cut loose in this one. He was firing long looping hooks and uppercut snapping Horta’s head back. He trapped Horta a in a corner and unloaded more hooks and uppercuts before backing off allowing Horta to come forward and throw some punches but without any power.
Score: 10-9 Navarrete Navarrete 20-18
Navarrete was in cruise control as he was landing punches and then backing off and not pressing his attacks. That allowed Horta to come forward but he was too slow and lacked power. When Navarrete did get serious he was landing hard shots to head and body and it felt he could end this anytime he wanted to.
Score: 10-9 Navarrete Navarrete 30-27
Navarrete decided to end it in the fourth. He came out firing hooks and uppercuts. A clash of heads stopped the action for a few seconds but no one was cut and Navarrete went back to business. He was pounding Horta with lefts and rights but Horta fired back hard. Navarrete forced Horta across the ring to the ropes and was bombarding him with punches as the referee stepped in to stop the fight. The 24-year-old “Cowboy” makes it 26 inside the distance victories and has 25 wins in a row. His mandatory challenger is Albert Pagara but I can’t see the Filipino bringing Navarrete’s reign to an end. Sanctioning bodies have to work with promoters but Horta’s No 3 rating from the WBO was disgraceful. He had fought only once in the previous fourteen months and in that fight in August he won an eight round majority decision over a fighter with a 8-3-2 record but even worse Horta had not been in a fight scheduled for ten round since 2015 but suddenly in the WBO October ratings he appeared at No 13. Where would they have hidden if Horta had suffered a serious injury? And if there had been a tragedy boxing would have also suffered,
Ancajas vs. Gonzalez
Filipino star Ancajas racks up the eighth defence of his IBF title with stoppage of game but outclassed Chilean Gonzalez
Gonzalez decided to take the fight to Ancajas moving inside to trade body shots. Initially Ancajas scored from distance with long southpaw lefts but then stood and traded with Gonzalez and quickly showed he had more power and more accuracy but a determined Gonzalez did not back off.
Score: 10-9 Ancajas
Gonzalez was coming forward in the second but without much success. Ancajas was spearing him with right jabs and straight lefts. When they stood and traded punches although Gonzalez connected with a few hooks Ancajas was hooking off the jab and digging home some wicked body shots.
Score: 10-9 Ancajas Ancajas 20-18
Gonzalez landed a couple of hooks early but then a left from Ancajas sent him stumbling across the ring to the ropes and Ancajas piled in with a series of hooks and uppercuts. Gonzalez survived and moved inside trying to smother Ancajas attacks and fought back but Ancajas was the one landing the harder punches.
Score: 10-9 Ancajas Ancajas 30-27
A quieter round as Gonzalez did not try to trade punches but settled for darting in throwing a couple of shots and getting out. Ancajas was happier when he did not have to go and look for Gonzalez so he did not press the fight but he again was the one doing the scoring
Score: 10-9 Ancajas Ancajas 40-36
Gonzalez did much better in this round. He was scoring with counters and darting in with quick hooks. Ancajas was off target with some of his punches but he threw more and landed more.
Score: 10-9 Ancajas Ancajas 50-45
Ancajas came storming out in this round taking the fight to Gonzalez inside and hooking to the body. Gonzalez was forced back and when he did move in a short left uppercut sent him reeling back from the action. Ancajas jumped on him showering him with punches. Gonzalez tried to hold but Ancajas wrestled him off and to the floor. It was not a knockdown but Gonzalez was very unsteady when he got up and deliberately backed into a corner and covered up until the referee stopped the fight. Ancajas extends his unbeaten run to 19 fights with his twenty-second win by KO/TKO. He has no mandatory challenger as the top two slots in the IBF ratings are vacant and fight with No 4 Donnie Nietes looks attractive. Gonzalez gave it a go but was in way over his head. He was also slipped into the ratings to legitimise the fight. In his case having just won a fight but having been stripped of the WBA Fedelatin title for not making the super fly limit!
Marriaga vs. Mejia
Marriaga is 0-3 in world title fights but he keeps hoping for a fourth shot and kept that hope alive with a win here. He needed to impress and he did so with a knockout in the sixth round. Marriaga was in front and it looked as though the fight might go the distance but a rib-bending left hook to the body in the sixth had Mejia writhing on the floor in agony and being counted out. The 33-year-old Colombian has failed in title challenges against Nicholas Walters, Vasyl Lomachenko and Oscar Valdez. He is No 6 with the WBO and No 8 with the WBC. He is seen as an acceptable level for a challenger but unlikely to win so those two factors might get him another shot. Mexican Mejia was 8-1-1 before this fight but Marriaga was a considerable step up from his other opponents.
Alvarez vs. Escobedo
Filipino southpaw Alvarez gets points decision over local Escobedo. The 30-year-old Alvarez went 14-0-1 before losing on points to Juan Francisco Estrada. He bounced back from that with a victory over 18-1-1 Jonathan Gonzalez but then suffered a devastating one round defeat against Miguel Cartagena and has struggled to impress since. He had only one fight in 2018 and this is his first fight for almost nine months but hopefully he will be more active. Escobedo did his duty by lasting the distance.
Costa Mesa, CA, USA: Super Light: Ismael Barroso (22-3-2) W PTS 12 Yves Ulysse (18-2). Middle: D’Mitrius Ballard (20-0-1,2ND) DREW 10 Yamaguchi Falcao (16-1-2,1ND). Middle: Jason Quigley (17-1) W KO 3 Abraham Cordero (13-5-2).
Ulysse vs. Barroso
Canadian Ulysse throws away any chance of a title shot with loss to Barroso. Ulysse made the better start being quicker and more accurate than Barroso. From the third southpaw Barroso picked up the pace and was getting his punches off first and taking the fight to Ulysse who was on the back foot but too slow with his counters. Ulysse was coming out of his corner in a positive manner but then promptly going on to the retreat allowing Barroso to swarm forward punching. Ulysse took the fight to Barroso in the sixth and did some useful work. Barroso’s punch output gave him the seventh and Ulysses, now showing a swelling under his left eye, flirted with disqualification after land a punch after the break call in the eighth. Barroso took the ninth and they both connected heavily in the tenth with Ulysse just taking it as Barroso appearing to tire. Barroso walked Ulysse down in the eleventh with Ulysse just not throwing enough punches and the Venezuelan was the one throwing and scoring in the last. Scores 115-113 twice and 117-111 with the last for me presenting the best picture of the fight. Barroso, 36, a former interim WBA champion had dropped out of the ratings after losses to Anthony Crolla, Isa Chanev and Batyr Akhmedov but resurrected his career with this win. Ulysse, 3, the WBO No 7 will have to go back a few steps.
Ballard vs. Falcao
In a fight that Ended as a majority draw Ballard remains undefeated and Falcao steadies his career after a loss last time out. Ballard jabbed and boxed well in a cautious first but Falcao did the scoring in the second and third drawing Ballard’s lead and countering and also unleashing a barrage of shots forcing Ballard to the ropes. Ballard did better over the middle rounds having a good seventh but these are two good technical fighters of comparable skill level so the rounds were close. Ballard had a good ninth but neither fighter did enough to deserve to take a tame tenth. Scores 95-95 twice and 97-93 for Ballard. The NABF title remains vacant but I don’t think this fight generated enough excitement for there to be raised voices calling for a return. Ballard looked to have a slight edge but too slight to be argued over and neither he nor Brazilian Falcao advanced nor harmed their career’s so they will be looking for a significant match next time out.
Quigley vs. Cordero
Quigley overwhelms Cordero for third round stoppage. Quigley had a much longer reach than the small Mexican southpaw but never used it effectively and instead tended to rush in with crude attacks. He did much better when he let Cordero get inside and stood and traded punches. After taking the first two rounds Quigley began to land with heavy rights in the third. He quickly beat down Cordero’s attempts to punch with him pinning Cordero against the ropes and unloading with both hands until with Cordero reeling under the barrage of punches the referee stopped the fight. First outing for former European Amateur champion Quigley since being stopped by Tureano Johnson in July. This was only the second fight in two years for Cordero.
New York, NY, USA: Super Feather: O’Shaquie Foster (17-2) W PTS 10 Alberto Mercado (16-4-1). Heavy: Stephen Shaw (13-0,1ND) W TKO 3 Gregory Corbin (15-3,1ND). Super Light: Mikkel LesPierre (22-1-1) W PTS 8 Roody Pierre Paul (16-6-2,1ND).
Foster vs. Mercado
Texan “Ice Water” Foster comfortably outboxes Mercado and protects his WBC No 8 rating. Foster was just too clever and too quick for Mercado. He constant found gaps for his jab and counters to the body. Mercado tried hard to hustle Foster out of his measured tactics but never really got a toe-hold in the fight. Body punches weakened Mercado and he had to survive a rocky seventh but was never really in trouble after that as Foster boxed his way to victory. Scores 99-91 twice and 98-92 for Foster. He was rewarded with his high WBC rating for winning the Silver title but has good victories over Frank de Alba, Jon Fernandez and Jesus Bravo. Southpaw Mercado has not yet lost inside the distance.
Shaw vs. Corbin
Shaw gats another inside the distance win as he halts Corbin in three rounds. The “Big Shot” from St Louis floored Corbin with a thunderous right in the first that sent Corbin down flat on his back. He made it to his feet. The ringside doctor climbed on the ring apron and walked to where the count was being administered waving his arms for the fight to be stopped. Even though he was standing right alongside Corbin the referee ignored the doctor and let the fight continue. Shaw handed out severe punishment in the second. In the third an uppercut followed by a heavy right sent Corbin back into the ropes and as Shaw pounded on him the referee jumped in to stop the fight. The 6’4” 27-year-old Shaw moves to ten wins by KO/TKO. As an amateur he won the National PAL Tournament in 2013. Curiously he also won at the US National Championships when they had two separate championships one for boxers with headgear-which Shaw won-and one without headgear which Cam Awesome won. Mainly low grade opposition so far but worth watching. Corbin was stopped inside a round by Filip Hrgovic in May.
LesPierre vs. Paul
In a clash of southpaws LesPierre just too clever for Canadian Paul. LesPierre was happy to go toe-to-toe with Paul where his better defensive work and sharp hooking gave him the edge all the way. Paul pressed hard but just could not figure a way to deal with the crafty upper body work of LesPierre. Scores 79-73 twice and 80-72 for LesPierre. The Trinidad-born LesPierre was having his first fight since losing on points against Maurice hooker in a challenge for the WBO title March. After a 7-0-2 streak it is now three losses in a row for Paul.
Sydney, Australia: Super Welter: Tim Tszyu (15-0) W TKO 4 Jack Brubaker (16-3-2). Super Feather: Bruno Tarimo* (25-2-1) W PTS 10 Nathaniel May (21-3). Cruiser: David Light (15-0) W TKO 3Trent Broadhurst (22-4). Super Bantam: Luke Boyd (9-0) W KO 1 Masing Warawara (3-2).
Tszyu vs. Brubaker
Outstanding performance from Tszyu as he dismantles Brubaker in four rounds. Brubaker launched himself at Tszyu in the first trying to blitz the young prospect. Tszyu just let the storm blow itself out and then took charge. He had Brubaker hurt with a body punch in the second and began to find the target with heavy rights to the head. Brubaker tried to match Tszyu in the exchanges in the third but Tszyu was again connecting with overhand rights trapping Brubaker in a corner and landing a big right to the head from which Brubaker did well to stay on his feet. In a brutal fourth using a straight arm to hold Brubaker on the ropes Tszyu landed a series of rights to the head. Brubaker managed to get off the ropes but a right uppercut sent him reeling back to the ropes and as Tszyu bombarded him with punches Jeff Fenech threw the towel into the ring to save his charge from more punishment. The 25-year-old Tszyu retains the WBO Global and IBO Australasian titles with his eleventh win by KO/TKO. He has beaten experienced Denton Vassell and ill-fated Dwight Ritchie and there is talk of a fight with the winner of the Michael Zerafa vs. Jeff Horn return contest which would be a tough test for the 25-year-old local. Second inside the distance defeat for Brubaker who was stopped in six rounds by Kris George for the Commonwealth title 2017.
Tarimo vs. May
Tanzanian Tarimo* (he boxed previously in Australia as Bruno Vifuaviwili but is now using his birth name) outworks and outpoints May in a mild upset. May’s better boxing saw him edge the first round but in a hotly contested second Tarimo rocked May early and just had the better of the exchanges. The Tanzania’s pressure saw him sweep the next three rounds. May worked some space for himself and countered well enough to take the sixth but looked to be tiring as the aggressive Tarimo clearly won the seventh and eighth. May dug deep and boxed and countered well to collect the ninth but Tarimo edged a close tenth. Scores 98-92 twice and 97-93 all for Tarimo. In action in Australia Tarimo has won and lost against Bilel Dib and outpointed Joel Brunker. He hit the road again in August travelling to Serbia where he beat local fighter Serif Gurdijeljac to win the IBF International title. May, 24, had put together a 16 bout winning run before being floored twice and outpointed by James Dickens for the IBF European title in July.
Light vs. Broadhurst
Light gets inside the distance win over experienced Broadhurst. After a close first round with Broadhurst probably just taking it he ran into serious trouble in the second. A right hook to the left side of Broadhurst’s head sent Broadhurst down. Broadhurst later stated that he had suffered a ruptured ear drum in training and this came back to haunt him. He was in serious trouble and floored later in the round. Only the bell saved him from a third knockdown as he was being punched through the ropes. Two more knockdowns in the third, both from rights to the left side of Broadhurst’s head had Broadhurst turning away and kneeling on the canvas and the fight was stopped. New Zealander Light retains the WBO Oriental title with his ninth inside the distance win. A former Commonwealth Games silver medal winner Light is No 14 with the IBF and a fight with unbeaten Australian Jai Opetaia would be big down there if it can be made. Broadhurst suffered a first round knockout against Dmitry Bivol when challenging for the secondary WBA title in 2017 and was stopped by Blake Caparello in 2018. He had scored two wins over modest opposition since then but needs to think about his future after this loss.
Boyd vs. Warawara
Boyd makes it five first round finishes in a row as he blows away Warawara in 96 seconds. The 32-year-old from Sydney represented Australia at the World Championships and the 2008 Olympics before turning pro in 2014. All of his wins have come by KO/TKO achieved in a total of less than 15 rounds but against low ability opposition. Warawara is from Vanuatu a nation of more than 80 islands in the South Pacific,
Singapore: Super Feather: Hamzah Farouk (10-0) W KO 4 Rey Kundimang (8-2-3). Super Feather: Muhamad Ridhwan (15-2) W TKO 5 Junny Salogaol (14-1-5).
Farouk vs. Kundimang
Singapore’s Farouk beats Indonesian teenager in four rounds to collect the OPBF Silver title which was vacant. Kundimang fought strongly to be competitive over the first three rounds but the harder punching of Farouk ended it in the fourth. Kundimang staged a fierce attack at the start of the round but then Farouk took over and bombarded Kundimang with chopping rights until he collapsed to his hands and knees and was counted out. Seventh win by KO/TKO for Farouk. After fighting in the amateurs from 2005 to 2013 Farouk was out of boxing for five years. Kundimang, 18, was 5-0-1 going in and held a version of the Indonesian title.
Ridhwan vs. Salogaol
Former IBO super bantam title challenger Ridhwan continues to put his career back on track with stoppage of Filipino Salogaol. Ridhwan dominated the fight and in the fifth drove Salogaol along the ropes landing to body and head. Salogaol was cut over the left eye and when the referee asked the doctor to inspect the cut the fight was over. Consecutive losses to Paulus Ambunda for the IBO title and to modest Filipino opposition in Landy Cris Leon knocked Ridhwan back a long way but he has made some progress with four wins.
Philadelphia, PA, USA: Welter: Mykal Fox (22-1) W PTS 8 John Arellano (10-2).
Fox makes good use of height and reach to decision Arellano. The 6’3 ½” Maryland southpaw was quicker and more mobile than Texan Arellano popping him with his jab and pivoting and shifting to dodge Arellano’s attacks. Fox constantly got his punches off first but is not a power puncher so Arrellano kept coming and running onto straight left counters, Fox’s best punch. Late in the fifth Fox landed a straight left to the body followed by a right to the head and when Arellano missed with a counter he spun off balance and almost went down but used his glove to stay up. He was given a count but was not hurt. Fox continued to boss the action to the final bell. Scores 80-71 twice and 78-73 for Fox. Third win in a row for Fox after losing on points to unbeaten Uzbek Shohjahon Ergashev in February. Not sure how far “The Professor will go as his lack of power is a distinct drawback. Arellano had won his last seven fights six by KO/TKO but he was just too slow to threaten Fox.
Montreal, Canada: Super Middle: David Lemieux (41-4) W PTS 10 Maksym Bursak (35-6-2). Heavy: Arslanbek Makhmudov (10-0) W TKO 1Samuel Peter (38-9). Heavy: Simon Kean (18-1) W TKO 10 Siarhei Liakhovich (27-8). Super Welter: Sadriddin Akhmedov (11-0) W KO 7 Jose Villalobos (12-6-2). Super Light: Mathieu Germain (18-1-1) W PTS 8 Gilberto Meza (11-9-1). Super Middle: Lexson Mathieu (8-0) W TKO 8 Rolando Paredes (16-9-2).
Lemieux vs. Bursak
Lemieux’s move up to super middle proves a hazardous one as he has to climb off the canvas twice to get the split decision. In his first fight in almost fifteen months the rust showed on Lemieux. In the opening round A right from Bursak shook Lemieux and another right sent him sprawling to the canvas and he had to survive a big effort from Bursak to make it to the bell. Lemieux steadied himself and was clawing his way into the fight outscoring Bursak over the next three rounds only to be floored again in the fifth Bursak staggered Lemieux and then exploded with barrage of punches until Lemieux dropped to the floor. He beat the count but another 10-8 round put him behind on all three cards. Knowing he was behind Lemieux forced his way back into the fight by dropping Bursak in the sixth to put himself one point in front on the cards. Now It was Bursak’s turn to fight back and he took the seventh and eighth. They battled hard over the last two rounds with Lemieux having a slight edge to convince two of the judges he had done enough to deserve the decision. Scores 94-93 twice for Lemieux and 94-93 for Bursak. With the 30-year-old former IBF champion having knocked out Gary O’Sullivan in the first round of their bout in September last year effectively Lemieux had had less than three minutes of ring time in the last seventeen months so some rust was expected but it was not an impressive showing by Lemieux and the two knockdown are a bad sign. Ukrainian Bursak, 35, has lost in shots at the IBO and WBO super middle titles but an eight round majority draw against a 10-6 opponent last year showed he was no longer a top flight competitor.
Makhmudov vs. Peter
Easy night for Makhmudov as he stops oldie Peter in143 seconds. Makhmudov connected with an overhand right and then drove Peter to the ropes and down under a barrage of punches. Peter managed to beat the count. Makhmudov then shook him with a right uppercut and another right to the head sent Peter stumbling into a corner and the referee stopped the fight. Makhmudov retains the NABF title. All ten of his wins have come by KO/TKO talking him less than 19 rounds in total and including seven first round endings. The management of the 30-year-old 6’5 ½” “Russian Lion”, has offered $20 million to the winner of Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II Makhmudov will have to beat better opposition than the than the 39-year-old Nigerian if he wants to be taken seriously
Kean vs. Liakhovich
Kean just too young and too powerful for ancient Liakhovich. Kean showed some improvement in his mobility and a slightly tighter defence but Liakhovich was no kind of test. The Belarusian was too slow to ever pose a threat and his low work rate allowed Kean to boss the fight. None of Kean’s fights had gone past the eighth round so it was a new experience going into the tenth and he finished the fight convincingly. A right cross stunned Liakhovich and Kean took him to a corner and was bombarding him with punches to force the stoppage. Kean wins the vacant WBC International Silver title. He now has 17 wins by KO/TKO and has reversed his only loss but his defence is likely to let him down against any quality opposition. A very cynical piece of matching here. Certainly Liakhovich had gone the distance with Andy Ruiz and one judge had turned in a 96-94 card for that fight but this was the 43-year-old Liakhovich’s first fight for over two years and only his second in five years.
Akhmedov vs. Villalobos
Akhmedov finished Argentinian Villalobos in the seventh. Akhmedov was generally in control of the rough contests littered with some illegal work from both fighters. He slowly punched the resistance out of Villalobos before obliterating him in the seventh. He scored with a left to the body and then exploded a thunderous right to the head that sent Villalobos down and out. The 21-year-old from Kazakhstan makes it ten wins by KO/TKO. He is an outstanding prospect having won gold at the World Youth Championships and at a number of international tournaments. He is one of eight children and his good luck talisman is a pair of gloves given to him by Roy Jones. One to follow. Second loss by KO/TKO for Villalobos.
Germain vs. Meza
Germain eases his way back into the winning column with comprehensive victory over Mexican Meza. Having lost his unbeaten tag in his last fight Germain’s team were taking no chances and he was able to win this one all the way. He showed more aggression than in recent fights and Meza never really got into the fight. Scores 80-72 twice and 79-73 for Germain. He will need to be matched carefully after the kayo loss to Uriel Perez in September. Meza is now 0-3 in fights in Canada with the losses all being on points.
Mathieu vs. Paredes
Mathieu comes through a good learning fight and wins his first title as he halts tough Mexican Paredes in the last round. Once again the young Canadian showcased some sharp skills dominating the fight before punctuating his performance with an impressive finish with two knockdowns in the last round including a spectacular five-punch combination. The 20-year-old Canadian wins the vacant NABF Junior title and with his title winning exploits in the amateurs and his seven wins by KO/TKO as a pro he looks the most exciting Canadian prospect but how good he is will only become clear after he takes on better opposition. Paredes is 0-3 in Canada with the other two losses coming on points against unbeaten Canadian-based Kazaks.
Torrelavega, Spain: Super Welter: Sergio Garcia (31-0) W PTS 12 Fouad El Massoudi (17-12). Feather: Kiko Martinez (40-9-2) W PTS 10 Alex Cazares (16-11).
Garcia vs. El Massoudi
Fighting in his home town Garcia outpoints French challenger El Massoudi in the third defence of his European title. Garcia was much the better technical boxer. The skilful Spaniard knew that El Massoudi lacked punching power so he spent more time trading inside with El Massoudi than was expected but both inside and at distance he bossed the action going in front on all three cards over the first four rounds with the cards reading 40-36 twice and 39-37. El Massoudi marched forward aggressively throughout the middle rounds and again Garcia chose to outfight El Massoudi inside using El Massoudi’s own tactics on him to extend his lead and the champion was in front 79-73 on two of the judges’ cards and up 78-74 on the third. El Massoudi had a little more success over the closing third as Garcia’s output dropped but the tall champion’s clever boxing still gave him the edge and at the end of twelve rounds Garcia had shown how wide the gap was between himself and a strong but limited challenger. Scores 118-110 twice and 117-111for Garcia. The champion is rated No 3 by the WBC and will be hoping to either get a straight shot at the winner of the Tony Harrison vs. Jermell Charlo title fight later this month or go into an eliminator with WBC No 3 Erickson Lubin. Twelve months ago Garcia was relatively unknown and underappreciated but wins over 27-1-1 Maxime Beaussire, 15-0 Ted Cheeseman and 29-4 Siarhei Rabchanka have brought his name to the fore in Europe but these are not world rated fighters so he has not yet measured himself against the best. Former French champion El Massoudi, 32, had earned his title chance with wins over 19-0 Patryk Szymanski and 26-3 Gennady Martirosyan but was outclassed here.
Martinez vs. Cazares
Former IBF super bantam champion Martinez returns with a win in his first fight since being stopped on a cut against WBC champion Gary Russell in May. Martinez was forcing the fight over the first three rounds with Cazares willing to stand and exchange shots. From the third Cazares decided to try to slow the pace by moving more and Martinez was having trouble connecting with any meaningful punches. Martinez upped the pace over the closing rounds with Cazares tiring rapidly and spitting out his mouthguard a few times to get some respite as Martinez rolled on to the unanimous decision. The man from Valencia is No 4 with the EBU so a challenge for the European title might be in the future for Martinez. Cazares has yet to lose inside the distance going the full route against Karim Guerfi, Paul Butler and recent IBF title challenger Sofiane Takoucht
Vienna, Austria: Light Heavy: Mansur Elsaev (13-0) W RTD 8 Reagan Dessaix (18-23). Elsaev collects the vacant WBC Asia belt as Australian Dessaix retires after the eighth round. Dessaix at 6’3” was much taller and had a big edge in reach. Elsaev used powerful aggression to pressure Dessaix all the way. It was a tough, close battle. Elsaev floored Dessaix in the fifth but Dessaix rebounded to take the sixth. From there Elsaev dominated taking the seventh and flooring Dessaix with a right to the head and a left uppercut in the eighth with Dessaix not coming out for the ninth. Austrian champion Elsaev gets his eleventh win by KO/TKO and takes his biggest scalp so far. Australian champion Dessaix had won twelve of his last thirteen fights with the loss in there being a on a controversial decision against Blake Caparello.
Qingdao, China: Middle: Ainiwaer Yilixiati (17-1) W TKO 2 Betuel Ushona (36-10-1). Yilixiati crushes sliding veteran Ushona in two rounds. Yilixiati chased hard trying to close this out on the first but Ushona survived. Yilixiati put Ushona on the canvas twice in the second. Both knockdowns came from heavy rights plus some follow-up punches with the referee ending the fight after the second knockdown. The tough, aggressive Yilixiati makes it seven wins in a row. His only defeat was on points against Australian Jayde Mitchell in Melbourne in 2017. Namibian Ushona is 37, just in it for the money now and this is his fifth loss in a row in fights on the road.
Argentan, France: Super Bantam: Thomas Barbier (10-20-1) W PTS 10 Anthony Buquet (15-9-3). Barbier wins the vacant French title with a split decision over fellow-veteran Buquet in a fight that was tight all the way. Barbier was giving away lost of height and reach to the 5’7” Barbier but his constant attacks brought him the win. Scores 97-93 twice for Barbier and 97-93 for Buquet. Nice to see the 36-year-old Barbier win the national title after a ten year career. He appears to be flourishing late as he is 7-3 in his last 10 contests. Buquet, 39, also a ten year veteran, has moved up and down the weights having challenged for the French flyweight title, won the French featherweight title, won the WBC Mediterranean belt at super bantam and challenged twice for the EU bantam title.
Tokyo, Japan: Super Feather: Joe Noynay (18-2-2) TEC DRAW 5 Kenichi Ogawa (24-2,1ND). Super Feather: Kosuke Saka (20-5) W TKO 6 Masaru Sueyoshi (19-2-1).
Noynay vs. Ogawa
A lot of blood spilt here as both fighters suffer severe cuts before the fight is halted in the fifth and goes to the cards which add up to a split draw. Both scored well in the first Ogawa with his jab and Noyna with southpaw straight lefts. The blood began to flow in the second. Noynay was cut over his left eye in a clash of heads but passed doctor’s inspection. It was Ogawa’s turn in the third as he suffered a bad cut over his right eye and although the vertical cut was situated so the blood affected his vision he was also allowed to continue. After Noynay was cut over his right eye in the fifth the fight was halted . Score 48-47 Noynay, 49-46 Ogawa and 48-48 so Noynay retains the WBC Asia Pacific title. Winning this fight was supposed to open the door for drugs cheat Ogawa to challenge for the IBF title. He had outpointed Tevin Farmer for the title in December 2017 but tested positive for a banned substance and was out for fourteen months. When he returned the IBF reinstated him into their top five and after two wins over low grade opposition he is now their top rated boxer at No 3 (positions 1 and 2 are vacant ) which just does not seem right for a cheat to be treated so generously. Filipino Noynay had won his last six fights and was No 6 with the WBO.
Saka vs. Sueyoshi
Saka wins the Japanese title with stoppage of champion Sueyoshi. This fight was to have taken place earlier in September but was postponed due to Sueyoshi suffering a foot injury. He must be regretting it ever took place. Saka took charge of the action immediately with strong attacks that saw him rock Sueyoshi in the first on his way to capturing the opening three rounds. Sueyoshi did a little better in the fourth with some useful body punches but was cut over the left eye by a punch. Although his aggression cooled somewhat Saka took the fifth and at that stage was in front on the three cards on scores of 49-46 twice and 50-45.Saka wound up the pressure in the sixth connecting with series of punches driving Sueyoshi to a corner and pounding the champion until the referee stopped the fight. Third time lucky for Saki as he had lost in fights for the Japanese featherweight title and to Joe Noynay for the WBO Asia Pacific title. Sueyoshi was unbeaten in his last 17 fights and was making the fifth defence of the national title.
Naucalpan. Mexico: Light: Jovanni Straffon (21-3-1) W TKO 10 Carlos Cardenas (24-16-1). Straffon comes from behind to win by late stoppage. Mexican-based Venezuelan Cardenas had used his greater experience to build a good lead with the accuracy of his punching too much for Saffron. He was just seconds away from victory when Saffron unleashed a thunderous right hook to the jaw that put Cardenas down. He climbed to his feet but with Saffron showering Cardenas punches and nothing coming the other way the referee stopped the fight with just twenty seconds remaining. The 26-year-old southpaw from Torreon adds a thirteenth inside the distance win to his total and gets his seventh win on the trot. Cardenas came so close to a win but instead is 3-8 in his last eleven.
Mashantucket, CN, USA: Light Heavy: Peter Manfredo (42-7-1) W TKO 4 Milton Nunez (37-23-1). Manfredo gets hi s second win in two weeks as he stops Nunez in four rounds. Nunez, 40, has reached the stage where he needs protection from himself. He was competitive in the first round but then just soaked up punishment. In the fourth he was stumbling and reeling under punches from Manfredo when his corner thankfully tossed a towel into the ring. The 39-year-old Manfredo turned pro nineteen years ago. He won his first 21 fights before being beaten in the “The Contender” reality show. He won the IBO belt but lost in title fights to Joe Calzaghe and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and then had only one fight in six years before returning with a win on 23 November this year. Now 18 losses by KO/TKO for Nunez who was 21-1-1 until being obliterated on a first round kayo by Gennady Golovkin for the interim WBA title in 2010.
Ekaterinburg, Russia: Aleksei Egorov (10-0) W PTS 10 Serhiy Radchenko (7-5). Super bantam: Mukhammad Shekhov (7-0) W PTS 10 Aron Juarez (15-7-3).
Egorov vs. Radchenko
Egorov wins every round against Radchenko. It looked as though Egorov might add to his tally of inside the distance wins when he floored Radchenko with a big right in the first but the Ukrainian is an accomplished survivor and Egorov had to settle for a points victory. Scores 100-89 on the three cards for Egorov. He has wins over Lateef Kayode and Thomas Oosthuizen and is ranked No 12 by the WBC. Radchenko is 1-5 in his last 6 outings but has always lasted the full distance even in losing to Krzys Glowacki and Ruslan Fayer.
Shekhov vs. Juarez
Uzbek southpaw Shekhov outpoints fellow southpaw Juarez to pick up the vacant WBA Inter-Continental title. As usual for Nicaraguan’s fighting in Europe Juarez proved hard to put away but was never really competitive. Scores 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92 for Shekhov who was in his first ten round contest. First fight outside Nicaragua for Juarez.
San Francisco, Argentina: Light: Jose Acevedo (13-0-1) W TKO 2 Lucas Montesino (7-2-1). Super Feather: Fabricio Bea (15-0-1) W TKO 1 Silvio Arano (7-5-1). Light: Hector Sarmiento (21-1) W PTS 6 Cesar Perez (5-16-3).
Acevedo retains the Argentinian title and adds the South American belt to his collection. In front of his home town supporters he rolled over Montesino with ease. A left hook floored Montesino in the opening round and he continued to punish Montesino in the second until a big right shook Montesino badly and his corner threw in the towel to save their man. Acevedo was making the second defence of the national title and gets win No 8 by KO/TKO. Montesino, really just a prelim fight was badly overmatched.
Bea vs. Arano
Bea racks up another inside the distance victory with first round stoppage of Arano. Bea does not do decisions. He took Arano to the ropes and pinned him there unloading with heavy hooks from both hands until Arano slumped to the floor. Arano managed to rise but the towel came flying in and the fight was over. All of the South American champion’s wins have come by KO/TKO and he averages less than three rounds per fight. Former Argentinian bantamweight title challenger Arano was having his first fight for two years.
Sarmiento vs. Perez
Just a Christmas money fight for Sarmiento as the Argentinian champion eased his way to a unanimous decision. Scores 60-54 ½ twice and 59 ½ -56 ½ for “Little Bird”. His only loss was on a technical decision in a fight that had hardly got started. Perez has won only two of his last eighteen fights.
Fight of the week (Significance): Anthony Joshua’s win over Andy Ruiz has already got the rumour mill going about who and where he will fight next and revives the hope of a fight with either Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury
Fight of the week (Entertainment): David Lemieux and Maksym Bursak traded knockdowns over ten entertaining rounds and Mike Hunter vs. Alex Povetkin kindle plenty of interest. .
Fighter of the week: Anthony Joshua as he faces down his ghosts and regains his titles.
Punch of the week: An overhand right from Stephen Shaw that floored Greg Corbin was special with honourable mention to the right cross from Sadriddin Akhmedov that starched Jose Villalobos and the right from Diego Pacheco that flattened Selemani Saidi
Upset of the week: Nothing jumps out-perhaps Ismael Barroso decisioning Yves Ulysse
Prospect watch: Former World Youth Champion 21-year-old Sadriddin Akhmedov from Kazakhstan is 11-0 with 10 wins by KO/TKO so keep an eye on his progress
By Eric Armit
-Alex Besputin wins the vacant secondary WBA welter title with unanimous decision over Radzhab Butaev
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-Patrick Teixeira wins the vacant interim WBO super welter title by outpointing Carlos Adames
-Carl Frampton and Oscar Valdez score wins at super featherweight
WORLD TITLE SHOWS
Birmingham, England: Bantam: John Riel Casimero (29-4) W TKO 3 Zolani Tete (28-4). Super Feather: Anthony Cacace (18-1) W PTS 12 Sam Bowen (15-1) . Welter: Chris Jenkins (22-3-3) TEC DRAW 4 Liam Taylor (21-1-1). Super Middle: Lerrone Richards (13-0) W PTS 12 Lennox Clarke (19-1-1). Super Light: Sam Maxwell (13-0) W TKO 7 Connor Parker (12-1).
Casimero vs. Tete
In an upset result Casimero becomes a three-division champion as he floors Tete twice and stops him to win the WBO bantamweight belt.
Casimero took the first. He was circling Tete then darting in with quick attacks scoring with rights to the body and then getting out before Tete could counter. Tete stuck to his right jabs but was coming up short.
Score: 10-9 Casimero
Casimero continued to circle Tete in this one but Tete was anticipating Casimero’s attacks and the challenger was unable to score. Tete ended the round connecting with a couple of jabs and a left hook that got Casimero’s attention.
Score 10-9 Tete TIED 19-19
Casimero was fired-up at the start of the round piling forward throwing punches. Tete stayed cool and Casimero then became a little more cautious. He then launched another quick attack and as Tete tried to duck Casimero connected with two hard rights to the side of the head. Tete slumped to his hands and knees. He was up at five but looked unsteady and after grabbing Casimero he slipped to the floor. When the action resumed Casimero drove Tete to the ropes .Tete bent over to avoid Casimero’s punches but a couple landed and Tete tumbled face down on the canvas. He got up at six and convinced the referee he was able to continue but Casimero forced Tete to a corner and landed a couple of head punches with the referee quickly stepping in and stopping the fight. The 30-year-old former IBF light fly and fly champion was giving away 5” in height but his speed evened that out and his power did the rest. It seemed as if he might be about to hit the down slope after losing to Jonas Sultan (13-3) in 2017 but he took ten months out and in April this year knocked out favoured Ricardo Espinoza to win the interim WBO title. Now he will be looking for a unification fight with Naoya Inoue although an all-Filipino contest with Nonito Donaire would be big. Tete, 31, was making his sixth defence of the WBO title but due to injury was having his first fight for 13 months. He will recover from this shock and still has a part to play at bantam or perhaps even super bantam.
Cacace vs. Bowen
Cacace lifts the British title with points win over champion Bowen. The respective styles, southpaw Cacace boxing cleverly and Bowen pressing and looking to do damage on the inside melded to give an entertaining fast-pace twelve rounds, Cacace was on target with his jab over the first two rounds and already there were signs of some swelling around Bowen’s left eye. Bowen did some good work in the third with left hooks to the body and rattled Cacace with a left and looked to also have taken the fourth. Cacace had a good fifth. He was constantly switching guards and stood and traded punches and was more accurate and then Bowen lost a point in the round for being dangerous with his head but rebounded to outscore Cacace in the sixth. The fight swung to Cacace again as he took the seventh and eighth only for Bowen to up his pace and take the ninth. The tenth and eleven were close with the more accurate punching of Cacace just giving him the edge. With the point deduction Bowen may have felt his title was slipping away and he attacked hard in the last but was wild at times whereas Cacace picked and place his punches better. Scores 115-113 twice for Cacace and 115-112 for Bowen. Cacace lost his unbeaten tag in his 16th fight when he was beaten on a close decision by Martin Joseph Ward for the British and Commonwealth titles in 2017. He was inactive in 2018 and had just one fight this year in February but no rust was showing. Bowen was making the second defence of the British title and he came so close to retaining it and will fight for titles in 2020 perhaps the British one again as this was close enough to merit a return match.
Jenkins vs. Taylor
Disappointing end to what promised to be an entertaining scrap as a cut brings a premature finish with Jenkins retaining the Commonwealth Boxing Council and British titles on a technical draw. Taylor settled quickly and looked to have edged the first round. That led to an exciting and entertaining second. Rights from Taylor shook Jenkins who went down on one knee under the fire. Jenkins was shaken but not finished and he banged back over the remainder of the round. They traded punches wildly with Jenkins getting the better of the exchanges. Jenkins began to get into his stride in the third and fourth working well to Taylor’s body but Taylor was still very much in the fight. During the fourth a clash of heads opened a cut on the left eyebrow of Jenkins and the referee halted the action and asked the ringside doctor to examine the injury. It was decreed that the injury was too severe for Jenkins to fight on and as the fourth round was four seconds short of being completed it was ruled a technical draw. Jenkins was making the second defence of the British title and the first of the Commonwealth title. He has been plagued with cuts in his career but he retains his titles. Taylor had won his last ten fights and deserves another shot at the titles.
Richards vs. Clarke
Richards retains the Commonwealth title and wins the vacant British title as he takes a split verdict over Clarke. The slicker southpaw boxing of Richards gave him the edge form the opening round. He was sliding jabs through Clarke’s defence and then following in with straight lefts and hooks to the body. Clarke was hunting Richard but was too slow with attacks and Richards was able to slide around them with some quick footwork. Too often Clarke was getting in close but not letting his punches go and making it easy for Richards to score with a jab and some hooks and then get away before Clarke could counter. In the fifth it was the right jab and the straight lefts that were the scoring punches for Richards and it looked all too easy. Clarke’s pressure began to pay over the second half of the fight. Richards was still finding gaps for his jab and straight lefts but was slowing and was being dragged into mauling, brawling phases. Clarke put in a big effort in the eleventh as Richards tired and he was stronger in the last but had not done enough to overtake the big lead Richards had established. Scores 117-112 and 116-113 for Richards and 115-113 for Clarke. Following his win over Tommy Langford in April that makes it two good wins on the bounce for Richards. Clarke came close but less than ten rounds of work in his three fights since April last year may have left him with some rust to shed over those early rounds.
Maxwell vs. Parker
Maxwell punches too hard in the end as fellow southpaw Parker puts in an admirable but vain effort to separate Maxwell from his WBO European title. Maxwell scored well early with left hooks but Parker took then and banged back with some good punches of his own stopping Maxwell in his tracks in the fourth with a strong combination. Maxwell was working to the body and was piling up the points but Parker took the fight to Maxwell in the fifth trying to drag Maxwell into a brawl and for a while Maxwell went off the game plan and slugged with Parker. Maxwell dominated the sixth and in the seventh he rocked Parker badly with a left to the head and launched a fierce attack that had Parker reeling and the fight was stopped. The Liverpool southpaw is a former English and British amateur champion and competed at the World and European Championships and took a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games losing to Josh Taylor in the semi-finals. First defence of the WBO European title which has handed him a No 14 rating with them. Parker’s 2019 experience consisted of just two four round fights so this was a huge step up in opposition for him.
Las Vegas, NV, Super Welter: Patrick Teixeira (31-1) W PTS 12 Carlos Adames (18-1). Super Feather: Oscar Valdez (27-0) W TKO 7 Adam Lopez (13-2). Feather: Carl Frampton (27-2) W PTS 10 Tyler McCreary (16-1-1). Super Light: Arnold Barboza (23-0) W KO 5 William Silva (27-3). Welter: Larry Gomez (10-1) W PTS 8 Brian Mendoza (18-1). Heavy: Guido Vianello (6-0) W KO 1 Colby Madison (8-122).
Teixeira vs. Adames
In a stirring battle a bloodied Teixeira put in a strong finish to win the interim WBO title.
Not a great deal of action in the first. Teixeira was moving smoothly and probing with his right jab with Adames prowling and looking to counter. Teixeira was quick enough to move away from Adames advances and did enough with his jab and a right hook late to take the round.
Score: 10-9 Teixeira
It was a different Adames in the second as he piled forward getting under Teixeira’s jab and scoring with hooks inside. Teixeira managed to get his jab working late in the round but Adames was still getting past the jab to score with rights.
Score:10-9 Adames TIED 19-19
Adames was again pressurising Teixeira in this round. The Brazilian’s jab had nuisance value but was not strong enough to keep Adames out. Adames was getting through with hooks and straight rights and Teixeira was under fire at the bell.
Score: 10-9 Adames Adames 29-28
Adames continued to march forward. He was bobbing and weaving under Teixeira’s punches and landing clubbing punches from both hands. Teixeira was connecting with jabs and straight lefts but Adames was shrugging them off and pounding at Teixeira inside. Teixeira was cut over his left eye and things were looking ominous for the Brazilian.
Score: 10-9 Adames Adames 39-37
A better round from Teixeira. He was moving and firing rights and lefts at the advancing Adames. He still had to take punishment from hooks when Adames got inside but he kept firing lefts and rights at the advancing Dominican and did enough to take the round but was now cut under the right eye.
Score: 10-9 Teixeira Adames 48-47
Adames was on the hunt again in this one and was loading up on every punch. Teixeira just could not keep Adames out or get away and was being forced to stand and trade and getting the worse of the exchanges.
Score: 10-9 Adames Adames 58-56
For most of the seventh it was a dreadful round for Teixeira. Adames was forcing him back around the ring and he snapped Teixeira’s head back with a series of uppercuts. Under that punishment and with his face covered in blood from the two cuts he was a sorry figure. Suddenly a right from Teixeira staggered Adames who moved inside on unsteady legs. Teixeira realised Adames was hurt and drove forward landing lefts and rights on an unsteady Adames and then sent him tumbling to the floor under a series of punches. Adames was up quickly but on shaky legs and luckily for him the bell went as the eight count was completed.
Score: 10-8 Teixeira TIED 66-66
Now it was Teixeira coming forward throwing punches as he tried hard to find a punch to put Adames away. He dominated the first two minutes of the round but then Adames showed he had fully recovered from the knockdown and was again connecting with some heavy punches but Teixeira did enough early to take the points in this one.
Score: 10-9 Teixeira Teixeira 76-75
Neither fighter did a great deal of useful work in this one. Teixeira was dancing around Adames but just pushing out jabs with no power. Adames found it hard to track Teixeira down but he did what scoring there was ,
Score: 10-9 Adames TIED 85-85
Adames also took this one. He was reaching Teixeira with long rights and working him over to the body inside, Teixeira was moving plenty and throwing plenty but mostly was off target in another low key round.
Score: 10-9 Adames Adames 95-94
Teixeira needed a good round and he delivered it. Adames had slowed and Teixeira was bouncing punches off Adames and easily avoiding the lunging attacks of the Dominican. Over the last minute it was Teixeira coming forward and landing punches and Adames under fire and throwing very little back.
Score: 10-9 Teixeira TIED 104-104
The fight was there for the taking and Teixeira took it. He was again firing rights and lefts through the guard of the advancing Adames until Adames went on the back foot effectively handing the round to Teixeira who was winging lefts and rights with little coming back from Adames as he danced his way to victory.
Score: 10-9 Teixeira Teixeira 114-113
Official Scores: Judge Tim Cheatham 116-111 Teixeira, Judge Julie Lederman 114-113 Teixeira, Judge Glenn Trowbridge 114-113 Teixeira
It was close but the gutsy Brazilian deserved victory for the way he came back from what looked certain defeat in the sixth to floor Adames and fight his way to victory. A second round stoppage loss against Curtis Stevens in 2016 saw Teixeira have only one fight in the next two years but he had put his career back on track with four wins. Adames let this one slip at the end but at 25 it is certain he will be back in contention and fighting for a title probably late in 2010.
Valdez vs. Lopez
Valdez gets the win but is given a much tougher time than expected and has to get off the floor before halting Lopez. Valdez put strong pressure on late sub Lopez in the first but once Lopez settled down he showed a sharp jab and rocked Valdez back with a straight right. Valdez was pressing hard in the second but Lopez showed some smart punching and then as Valdez ducked under a right Lopez connected with a short left hook that sent Valdez down. Valdez was up quickly but was under fire to the end of the round. Valdez upped the pace in the third and fourth landing some hefty hooks to the body and shaking Lopez with a left to the head but Lopez still showed some sharp punching of his own. In the fifth Lopez stood and traded and it was Valdez who was forced onto the back foot as Lopez blazed away with combinations. Valdez pressed and Lopez boxed in the sixth. Lopez was still jerking Valdez’s head back with jabs but he was slowing and Valdez was landing the heavier punches. After six two of the judges had Valdez in front 58-55 and 57-56 and the third saw it 57-56 for Lopez. A right cross put Lopez down in the seventh. He made it to his feet but Valdez drove him around the ring landing hooks and uppercuts to the head until the referee jumped in and stopped the fight. The former WBO feather champion was having his first fight at super feather and made hard work of beating down the inexperienced Lopez but I would take him to beat any of the current super feather title holders except Miguel Berchelt. Lopez was to have fought down the card but was thrown in with Valdez after the original opponent Andres Gutierrez came in a whopping 8lbs over the contract weight. Lopez showed good skills and at 23 is a promising young fighter.
Frampton vs. McCreary
Frampton being several levels above McCreary floors him twice and wins every round on the way to a wide unanimous decision. McCreary had the longer reach but from the outset Frampton was able to get away from McCreary’s jab and come inside with his own and he rattled McCreary with a right late in the first. Frampton continued to find gaps for his jab in the second and third and started to go to the body more. With his jab not working McCreary had little else to rely on and as Frampton upped his pace he dominated the fourth and fifth putting together some useful combinations and hurting McCreary with a right to the body. McCreary was being forced to stand and trade more and in the sixth Frampton connected with a left and right to the body and McCreary backed off and went down on one knee. He made it to his feet and saw out the end of the round. McCreary rallied in the seventh but it did not last long and soon Frampton was again battering to the body and two more body punches in the ninth saw McCreary dip to one knee. He survived that and the last round which is about as much as he could have hoped for from this fight. Frampton won by 100-88 on the judge's cards. Plenty of options out there for Frampton notably a shot at WBO super feather champion Jamal Herring and even a third fight with Leo Santa Cruz or even Oscar Valdez. He stated that he had injured his hand in the second round of this fight so he may need a little time to heal but it will be an interesting 2020 for Frampton. McCreary had a mixed 2019 being held to a draw by a sliding Roberto Castaneda who was 2-5 going into their fight but then outpointing 22-2-1 Jessie Cris Rosales but I can’t see that he has enough to make much progress.
Barboza vs. Silva
Barboza gets his tenth win by KO/TKO as he finishes Silva with a cracking body punch. Barboza was in charge in the first forcing Silva back with a strong jab and then moving inside with crisp hooks. Silva landed a good right but did little else. Barboza upped his pace in the second and began to connect with some good left hooks to the body. Barboza was putting his punches together in the third and rocked Silva with a right to the head then connected with a left hook that dropped Silva on his back. Silva was up at seven and although Barboza landed some more heavy punches he made it comfortably to the bell. Barboza tracked Silva in the fourth but just could not land anything big and Silva moved, jabbed and fired back with a left hook and a right to the head. Silva tried to take the fight to Barboza in the fifth but some sharp straight lefts and rights to the head drove him back. Just seconds before the bell Barboza stepped in and drove a wicked right into Silva’s side and the Brazilian immediately dropped to the canvas and was still writhing in agony when the court reached ten. The 27-year-old Californian already has wins over Mike Reed and Mike Alvarado and is rated WBO 5/WBC 11 and could be a real threat in a tough division. Silva, 32, was stopped in seven rounds by Teo Lopez in July last year but had won his last two fights.
Gomez vs. Mendoza
Not everything goes with the script. Gomez looked a safe match for Mendoza but came to fight and gave Mendoza his first loss. It was a tough fight and close over the early rounds with perhaps Mendoza slightly ahead. Gomez had a big fifth rocking Mendoza badly and used that as springboard to get into the fight and staged a strong finish to just edge out the unbeaten fighter. Scores 77-75 twice for Gomez and 77-75 for Mendoza. Gomez’s loss was against 6-1 Kevin Johnson so did not seem a threat but he had scored ten wins by KO/TKO. He hails from West Jordan which was home to the Fullmer clan. There has to be some lessons here for Mendoza and if he takes them on board he will only improve.
Vianello vs. Madison
“The Gladiator” Vianello brushed aside Madison and finishes the fight in 44 seconds. Vianello is very quick for a big guy and he was stabbing out jabs to put Madison on the retreat. He missed with a big right but then jabbed again and threw an overhand right that crashed onto Madison’s head and Madison skipped back and then went down on his knees and was counted out. All six of the 6’6” Italian’s fights have ended early taking him a total of less than ten rounds for the six wins. Two losses in a row for Madison.
Monte Carlo, Monaco: Welter: Alex Besputin (14-0) W PTS 12 Radzhab Butaev (12-1). Super Feather: Joe Cordina (11-0) W PTS 10 Mario Tinoco (18-6-4,1ND).Heavy: Zhilei Zhang (21-0) W PTS 10 Andriy Rudenko (32-4).
Besputin vs. Butaev
Besputin wins the vacant secondary WBA title with unanimous decision as he outboxes a disappointing Butaev who never really got a toe hold in the fight.
Confident opening round from Besputin. He was circling Butaev threading right jabs home and coming in quickly with lefts to the body. He was anticipating Butaev’s attacks and sliding away from them.
Score: 10-9 Besputin
Clever boxing from Besputin as he alternated between circling Butaev and spearing him with jabs and quick lefts and taking the fight inside where he connected with short hooks. Butaev found the target with some heavy rights but it was Besputin’s round.
Score: 10-9 Besputin Besputin 20-18
Butaev did a much better job of cutting the ring off in this one. Besputin was still tossing out quick, light punches but Butaev was blocking most on them and scored with a couple of crisp uppercuts and a right to the head.
Score: 10-9 Butaev Besputin 29-28
Besputin buzzed around Butaev slotting home jabs and following up with quick combinations. Butaev was static in the centre of the ring and Besputin was darting in scoring and then moving. Butaev was too slow to counter and although he connected with a couple rights late in the round Besputin responded with a hard left hook to the head.
Score: 10-9 Besputin Besputin 39-37
Official Scores: Judge Jean Robert Laine 39-37 Besputin, Judge Stanley Christodoulou 39-37 Besputin, Judge Pawel Kardyni 40-36 Besputin
Besputin was flitting around the ring again but Butaev was pressing much harder. He nailed Besputin with a right to the chin then pinned Besputin to the ropes and unloaded hooks with both hands. Besputin escaped but Butaev kept the pressure on and took the round.
Score: 10-9 Butaev Besputin 48-47
Besputin outboxed Butaev in this one. He was moving and changing direction too quickly for the plodding Butaev to respond. He was threading jabs through Butaev’s guard firing quick bursts of punches and Butaev throwing just one punch at a time was a step behind all the way. Score: 10-9 Besputin Besputin 58-56
More of the same. Footwork and hand speed from Besputin and Butaev just too slow and predictable to do anything about it. Besputin was scoring with jabs and then quick combinations and he had Butaev staggering back from a right hook. Butaev just could not cut off the ring to force Besputin to trade and his frustration was obvious.
Score: 10-9 Besputin Besputin 68-65
Too easy for Besputin. He was rattling five and six punch combinations off Butaev’s head. They were light punches as he was not staying still long enough to wind up on the shots but Butaev seemed to have no guard against them and Besputin had no trouble ducking under and around the few punches Butaev was throwing.
Score: 10-9 Besputin Besputin 78-74
Official Scores: Judge Laine 77-75 Besputin, Judge Christodoulou 78-74 Besputin, Judge Kardyni 79-73 Besputin
Butaev turned things around completely in this round. He was no longer trying to pad forward behind a high guard instead he was coming in behind his jab and cutting off Besputin’s escape routes. He pinned Besputin on the ropes and was finally able to unload some heavy hooks. Under the pressure Besputin's cool demeanour disappeared and he was swinging wildly just to survive.
Score: 10-9 Butaev Besputin 87-84
This was a much closer round. Butaev continued to press hard but did not have as much success as in the ninth and although Besputin was moving less and throwing less he was by far the more accurate and it was his round but a close one.
Score: 10-9 Besputin Besputin 97-93
Besputin's round. He was back to quick movement and rapid combination punching and Butaev was back to chasing in vain and never being to cut the ring off. Besputin was slipping and sliding away from the few punches Butaev did throw and connecting with his own punches.
Score: 10-9 Besputin Besputin 107-102
Butaev needed a knockout but never looked like getting one as Besputin just did enough to stay out of trouble and practically gave away the round. He finished with a bad cut on his right eyelid that could have been a big problem if it had happened early in the fight.
Score: 10-9 Butaev Besputin 116-112
Official Scores: Judge Laine 116-112 Besputin, Judge Christodoulou 116-112 Besputin, Judge Kardyni 116-112 Besputin.
The 28-year-old Russian gets a title but is unlikely to get a seat at the top table against Manny Pacquiao, Errol Spence or Terrence Crawford but who know what the picture may look like later in 2020. It was a case of the Oxnard Russian beating the Brooklyn Russian and really Butaev had the power but neither the speed nor the skill to make that a factor.
Cordina vs. Tinoco
Cordina picks up the vacant WBA Continental title as he outboxes Mexican Tinoco. Cordina was firing speedy jabs and putting together some sharp combinations in the eagerly action. Tinoco was slower. He tried switching guards to throw Cordina off his game plan and had some success when he was able to get inside and hook to the body. Cordina was moving sweetly but Tinoco was chasing hard and bit by bit forcing Cordina to stand and trade and Cordina was scoring with some tasty hooks and uppercuts once he got in close Tinoco was firing hooks of his own catching Cordina with a series in the sixth and the eighth and making Cordina fight hard in every round. Cordina constantly found gaps for a left jab/straight right combination and although the rights landed flush he did not seem to have the punch to hurt the Mexican but his accuracy was piling up the points and despite constant aggression from Tinoco he clearly came out on top. Scores 98-92 twice and 96-94 for Cordina. Good learning fight for the 28-ywar-old Welshman, a former European Championships gold medal winner who fought at both the European Championships and the 2016 Olympics. He has already collected four title including the British and Commonwealth but needs more experience under his belt before being ready for the top fighters. Tinoco was a very live opponent having been in with Miguel Roman, Mario Barrios and Devin Haney and stopped 23-0 Jordan Gill in England in May.
Zhang vs. Rudenko
Zhang keeps hold of his WBO Oriental title with decision over Rudenko. Zhang was taller and had a big edge in reach and outweighed Rudenko by 24lbs. He was able to prod with his jab to keep Rudenko off balance and then scored with long southpaw lefts. The pace was slow but Zhang managed to string together some combinations and had Rudenko in trouble with a heavy lefts in the third and fifth but Rudenko has a good chin and Zhang was not able to capitalise on those occasions. Rudenko fought back well enough to take a couple of rounds having a good seventh when he connected with clubbing punches on a tiring Zhang but generally Zhang was in control and dominated the mauling in the last two rounds. Scores 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93 for Zhang. The 36-year-old Chinese fighter is big, 6’6” and was 278lbs for this fight, and very strong with 16 wins by KO/TKO but is slow and has very little footwork so he will struggle against more mobile opposition and better opposition than the easy jobs he has been fed so far. Rudenko, 36, hardly counts as active with just one fight in 2017 and one in 2018 and in his last fight in March was outpointed by Agit Kabayel in a challenge for the EBU title.
Windham, NH, USA: Heavy: Cassius Chaney (18-0) W KO 3 Nick Jones (7-3). Super Welter: LeShawn Rodriguez (12-0) W TKO 8 Francisco Castro (28-12).
Chaney vs. Jones
Chaney extends his streak of inside the distance wins to seven as he knocks out Jones in the third round for the vacant WBC USNBC title. Chaney was much the bigger man and he used his additional poundage to bully Jones around in the first. He staggered Jones with right in the second and after a series of left hooks softened Jones up in the third a wicked right uppercut floored him heavily. After starting the count the referee just waived the finish. The 32-year-old 6’6” Chaney was an outstanding basketball player before winning the New England Golden Gloves and turning pro in 2015. He had won his previous three fights in 2019 in the first round so almost doubled his 2019 ring time in this contests. He had a 42lbs edge in weight over Jones who has now lost three in a row by KO/TKO and was having his first fight almost a year.
Rodriguez vs. Castro
Former Elite level amateur Rodriguez moves up to eight rounds class for the first time with last round stoppage of Castro. Nine wins by KO/TKO for Rodriguez so steady progress by the former US National champion. He lost to Charles Conwell in the final of the US Olympic Trials for a place in the US Team for the Rio Games. Texas-based Mexican Castro has won only one of his last nine fights
Florence, Italy: Light Heavy: Davide Faraci (14-0) W TEC DEC 8 Vigan Mustafa (21-4). Faraci makes a successful first defence of the national title with technical decision over oldie Mustafa. This was a poor fight with both contestants missing more than hitting and the referee working harder than the boxers. As heads bumped in the eighth Mustafa suffered a bad cut and the outcome was decided on the cards. Scores 77-75 twice and 79-75 for Faraci. The tall Swiss-born Faraci was putting his title on the line for the first time. Kosovon-born Mustafa, 40, a former Italian champion, was out of the ring for five years and was 6-1 since returning.
Panama City, Panama: Feather: Anselmo Moreno (38-6-1) W DISQ 7 Luis Nino (15-6). Moreno continues his campaign for a world title shot with disqualification win over Venezuelan. Southpaw Moreno had too much skill for the crude Nino who chased the former WBA bantam champion in vain. A frustrated Nino lost points in the sixth and seventh for punches kidney punches. As he charged forward early in the eighth he landed a right hook way below to belt sending Moreno down in some pain and the referee disqualified Nino. Moreno, now 34, is somehow No 8 with the WBA but I can’t see him as a threat in this division. As usual for a Venezuelan Nino’s record is heavily padded. Having won his last eight fights by KO/TKO might have made him seem a dangerous choice but those eight victims had only mustered two wins between them.
Quincy MA, USA: Cruiser: Chris Traietti (28-4) W TKO 1 Fabio Garrido (29-7-1). Predictably easy win for Quincy favourite Traietti as he stops Brazilian Garrido in 112 seconds. When you are the promoter, matchmaker and fighter you get to choose the opponent. In his first fight for a year Traietti wins the American Boxing Federation Continental Americas belt with victory No 22 by KO/TKO. Garrido, 40, lost his last fight just 27 days before this one and that also lasted less than a round as he was knocked out in 106 seconds!
Sheffield, England: Fly: Tommy Frank (13-0) W PTS 10 Martin Tecuapetla (15-12-4). Feather: Josh Wale (30-11-2) W PTS 10 Felix Williams (27-12). Heavy: Kash Ali (16-1) W TKO 2 Artur Kubiak (2-5).
Frank vs. Tecuapetla
Local fighter Frank wins the vacant IBO Inter-Continental title as he decisions unpredictable Mexican Tecuapetla. Frank, the Commonwealth and WBC International Silver belt holder at super fly dropped to flyweight for this one. Tecuapetla is an aggressive, tough but limited fighter and although he pressed Frank hard for all ten rounds the better skills of the local fighter frustrated his efforts to get a foothold in the fight. On aggression alone Tecuapetla took a couple of rounds but Frank boxed coolly and cleverly without taking any chances and came out with the unanimous decision. Scores 97-93 twice and 97-94. Good test for the 26-year-old Frank and a third title after just thirteen fights. Tecuapetla lost a split decision to Akira Yaegashi for the IBF light flyweight title and last year was 1-1in fights with world title challenger Dewayne Beamon.
Wale vs. Williams
Williams came in with a heavily padded record and a reputation as a puncher, Wale was unconcerned by the Ghanaian’s reputation and his southpaw stance and took a majority decision which should have been unanimous. Wale took the fight to Williams forcing him on to the back foot out-throwing and outlanding Williams who was often pinned to the ropes for long periods. Williams had his moments but they were too few to threaten Wale’s dominance and the vacant IBO International title went to Wale. Scores 99-91, 97-93 and a strange 95-95. The 31-year-old former British champion from Barnsley lost back-to-back fights for the vacant European and British titles but has worked his way back with three wins. Williams had won his last eleven fights but Wale was too big a step up in quality for him.
Ali vs. Kubiak
Ali commences his rehabilitation with stoppage of Pole Kubiak. With Kubiak down twice and cut over his left eye the referee had seen enough and called a halt early in the second round. The Birmingham heavyweight may never live down his disqualification for taking a bite out of David Price but this, his eighth win by KO/TKO, is a step in the right direction. Fourth loss in a row for Kubiak.
Elk, Poland: Super Light: Michal Syrowatka (21-3) W Atilla Kayabasi (11-1). Fighting in his home town Syrowatka gets unanimous verdict over Kayabasi. Syrowatka had height and reach on his side but a gutsy little Kayabasi just kept marching forward. Syrowatka was spearing the German with jabs and connecting with left hooks to the body but Kayabasi kept pressing in every round. In the sixth Syrowatka caught Kayabasi with a series of rights to the head which put Kayabasi down. The German beat the count and stood up under a ferocious attack from Syrowatka even staggering the Pole with a left hook late in the round. Both tired over the last two rounds. Syrowatka continued to outscore Kayabasi and the German continued to drive forward throwing punches. Scores 79-72, 79-73 and 78-73. Syrowatka’s best result was a late stoppage of unbeaten Robbie Davies but he was stopped by Davies in a return match and lost to Enock Paulsen for the vacant EU title in June this year. Kayabasi lived up to his “Rock” nickname but at 5’5” was too small to be a threat to Syrowatka,
Moscow, Russia: Super Light: Georgi Chelokhsaev (17-1-1) W PTS 10 He Su-Khan (6-5-1). Chelokhsaev has to put his birthday celebrations on hold to defend the Russian title against less experienced He. Chelokhsaev had to climb off the floor and find a way past the jab of the taller He to take the unanimous decision. Chelokhsaev turned 28 the day before this fight and was making the first defence of the national title. Twelve wins in a row for Chelokhsaev. He, a Russian of Korean antecedents, has boxed in Spain and Japan and is a better fighter than his record indicates.
Madrid, Spain: Super Middle: Damian Biacho (10-0) W PTS 10 Eusebio Arias (7-2). Biacho wins the vacant national title with unanimous decision over Arias. Their respective styles mixed well with Biacho boxing, moving and countering and Arias aggressive marching in behind his jab and applying pressure. Biacho, a little too flashy at times, boxed his way into a lead but it was close after the eighth with neither fighter able to dominate. Arias launches a fierce attack at the start of the ninth but was leaving himself open and was nailed by clubbing rights and shaken by a right uppercut. Biacho piled on the punches and Arias dropped to one knee. He was up at eight and managed to stay out of trouble for the rest of the round. Biacho took the last to be a clear winner. Scores 99-90, 97-92 and 96-93 all for Biacho with the last score looking the best refection of the action. Biacho, 28, was twice Spanish amateur champion.
Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania: Super Welter: Hassan Mwakinyo (16-2) W PTS 10 Arnel Tinampay (26-25-1). Mwakinyo gets the decision but Tinampay looked to have won this one clearly. In the early rounds Mwakinyo used his longer reach to outbox Tinampay but as the fight developed the pressure from the smaller visitor saw him take control. Mwakinyo was constantly forced to the ropes and although he with some hard counters he was outlanded by Tinampay. The Filipino set a higher work rate and kept that going to the final bell and he was the one celebrating at the end-but not when the local judges somehow saw Mwakinyo as the winner. Now six wins in a row for Mwakinyo including an upset stoppage of Sam Eggington last September. Tinampay gets an undeserved loss but he should be used to local bias as in his last 13 fights he has fought in Thailand, South Korea, Australia , Japan, China, Russia and now Tanzania. Some of those fights he lost clearly but some were close enough for him to feel hard done by.
Bangkok, Thailand: Bantam: Petch Sor Chitpattana (53-1) W TKO 3 Aries Buenavidez (13-4). Fly: Petchmanee (29-1) W TKO 2 Petchwiset Sithoei (0-1).
Sor Chitpattana vs. Buenavidez
Filipino Buenavidez no match for Thai Sor Chitpattana (Tasana Salapat) and is blown away inside three rounds. Buenavidez was competitive in the first but Sor Chitpattana handed out fierce punishment in the second and floored Buenavidez in the third with the referee stopping the fight. Sor Chitpattana retains the OPBF Silver title. His only loss was a decision against Takuma Inoue for the interim WBC title in December with this his fifth inside the distance in 2019. Buenavidez was 9-1 in his last 10 fights but in way over his head here.
Petchmanee vs. Sithoei
Petchmanee (Panya Pradabsri) rolls over novice Sithoei. Really just public sparring for world rated Petchmanee who put Sithoei down with a body shot in the second to end the match. The WBO No 3 light fly has only fought outside Thailand once and lost that fight. He has won twelve on the trot but six of those victims had never won a fight-make that seven with novice Sithoei
Brisbane, Australia: John Wayne Parr (11-3) W PTS 10 Anthony Mundine (48-10). Super Welter: Ben Mahoney (9-0) W TKO 3 John Ruba (19-7-1).
Parr vs. Mundine
Parr wins unanimous decision over Mundine with both fighters retiring after the ten rounds. Parr was only one year younger than the 44-year-old Mundine but he set a work rate that Mundine could not match and did not try to match. Mundine relied on his defensive skills and more accurate punching. Mundine looked close to victory when hr staggered Parr with a heavy right just before the bell in the third which almost sent Parr stumbling to the canvas. He then connected with a series of hooks but Parr absorbed the punches well. In the fourth under a furious attack from Parr Mundine slip sideways and fell out through the middle ropes and almost out of the ring and he was given a count . Mundine was down in the fifth but the referee decided that it had been the result of a straight arm push so ruled it a slip. The pace naturally slowed late but the tactics stayed the same with Parr driving forward throwing punches and Mundine slipping and sliding around them and countering so it was volume vs. accuracy and volume won out. Scores 96-93, 95-93 and 95-94 all for Parr but without the fourth round when Mundine slid through the ropes it would have been a split draw. Parr was having his first boxing contest for 16 years but had been very active in kickboxing and Muay Thai and won numerous titles in a 110-37-1 record. He announced his retirement and was going to have a hip replacement. Mundine has been a controversial character partially due to his strident stance over rights of his fellow indigenous people but has won titles from light middle to super middle including the IBO middle title and WBA secondary title. In addition he was a very successful Rugby League player.
Mahoney vs. Ruba
Australian Mahoney wins the vacant IBO Asia Pacific title and makes it a double for former Muay Thai fighters. Mahoney looked on his was to victory when the fight was stopped in the third round due to a cut over Ruba’s left eye which had been caused by a punch. Mahoney gets his fifth inside the distance win. Indonesian Ruba suffers his second loss by KO/TKO.
Qingdao, China: Light: Yongqiang Yang (13-0) W KO 2 JR Magboo (18-4-2). Super Bantam: Xiaolu Mou (16-0-1) W TKO 2 Brian Lobetania (14-7-3).
Yang vs. Magboo
Yang wins the vacant WBO Global title with kayo of Filipino Magboo. The 5’9” Yang was able to use his longer reach to score with jabs as Magboo desperately tried to get within range. Yang’s jab and movement were frustrating Magboo. In the second as Magboo lunged forward to get inside Yang blasted him with right and left hooks to the body which put Magboo down and ended the fight. Tenth win by KO/TKO for Yang and although neither fighter was rated in the WBO top 15 this win could open the door to a world title fight next year for Yang. Former Philippines bantam champion Magboo is 3-4 in his last 7 bouts.
Mou vs. Lobetania
Southpaw Mou overwhelms Lobetania for his seventh inside the distance win. Mou was in control from the opener forcing Lobetania onto the back foot with some aggressive attacks. He ended it in the second driving Lobetania along the ropes with southpaw lefts until Lobetania was pinned in a corner and as Mou was unloading to head and body the referee stopped the fight. Twelve wins on the bounce for the 23-year-old Chinese hope. Only one win in his last five fights for Filipino Lobetania
Narva, Estonia: Heavy: Robert Helenius (29-3) W KO 2 Mateus Osorio (9-5). This was awful. Anyone dumb enough to pay to watch this does not deserve to have their money back. Helenius towered over the small tubby Osorio who started the fight by throwing a wild punch missing by a mile and ending up on the floor. Helenius just padded after Osorio connecting with an occasional jab and some body punches (he could hardly miss that body) before knocking Osorio down with a left and a right just before the bell. Helenius shook Osorio with a right in the second and was landing clubbing punches on an unresponsive Osorio. He twice invited the referee to stop the fight but the referee let it continue. Osorio charged forward and then fell to the canvas indicating there had been a clash of heads. The referee declined to take any action but helped Osorio to his feet so the fight could continue and mercifully Helenius landed a body punch and Osorio went down on his hands and knees and was counted out. Farce and Helenius showed his anger at being in such a ridiculous match. Helenius is now aiming to head for American to try his luck there. Only in Brazil could there be nine opponents Osorio could beat and none of his fights have gone beyond three rounds-winning or losing.
Salo, Finland: Cruiser: Jarkko Ojapalo (7-0) W PTS 10 Samuli Karkkainen (10-0). Super Light: Damian Yapur (16-15-3) W PTS 8 Jarkko Putkonen (16-7-2).
Karkkainen vs. Ojapalo
Ojapalo collects the vacant Finnish title with split decision victory over Karkkainen. This all-southpaw clash took a couple of rounds to catch alight and Karkkainen fought his way into an early lead as the traded furiously in every round. Ojapalo came into the fight over the middle rounds and was outworking Karkkainen from there although many rounds were close but Ojapalo just did enough to earn the decision. Scores 98-92 and 98-94 for Ojapalo and 96-95 for Karkkainen. Both fighters were in their first ten round fight and provided plenty of entertainment.
Putkonen vs. Yapur
Wins have been scarce for Argentinian Yapur but he scored a well deserved one here. Yapur came in as a late substitute but he had given a good account of himself in losing over ten rounds in Holland on 7 November so was in some kind of shape. In a close fight Yapur scored a knockdown in the fourth and rocked Putkonen a couple of times in the late rounds to take the split decision. Scores 78-75 and 77-75 for Yapur and 76-75 for Putkonen. The Madrid-based Yapur was on an eight bout losing streak before this one. Putkonen, 35, had lost 3 of his last 4 fights but the losses were all against unbeaten opposition on their territory.
La Paz, Mexico: Fly: Joselito Velazquez (12-0) W PTS 10 Adrian Curiel (15-3). Super Feather: Carlos Ornelas (25-2) W PTS 8 Jose Guzman (21-3-3).
Velazquez vs. Curiel
Olympian Velazquez keeps his 100% record with hard fought unanimous decision over Curiel. With Freddy Roach in his corner Velasquez made a fiery start getting inside and bombarding Curiel with body punches. Velasquez dominated the early action scoring heavily with hooks but late in the round a series of hooks from Curiel stopped Velasquez in his tracks and the fight was on. They traded left hooks throughout the third with Velazquez just having the edge and he dominated the fourth connecting with some rights to the head before again working the body. They continued to go toe-to-toe in the fifth and not surprisingly the pace dropped a little in the sixth. There were more fierce exchanges in the seventh with Curiel more than holding his own and he outscored Velazquez in a torrid eighth only for a counter from Velazquez to knock him off balance and his glove touched the canvas and he was given a count. They traded punches in the ninth and tenth with neither fighter willing to take a step back. Velazquez had built a lead but with Curiel finishing the stronger this was a close one with that count in the eighth making the difference. Scores 95-94 twice and 97-93 for Velazquez. He competed for Mexico in Rio and won a gold medal at the PanAmerican Games. It is in a furnace such as this contest that the fighting spirit of Mexican fighters is forged and the 20-year-old Curiel showed he is going to heard from in the future.
Ornelas vs. Guzman
In another no quarter clash local southpaw Ornelas outscored Guzman. He outboxed and outscored Guzman who was willing to walk through punishment to get inside. Ornelas just could not find the punch to punctuate his superiority with a stoppage but he emerged a clear winner taking the unanimous decision. Despite his impressive looking figures the two losses Ornelas has suffered have been to modest opposituion. Guzman was 11-0-2 before this one so a very live threat.
Zakopane, Poland: Cruiser: Krzys Wlodarczyk (58-4-1) W PTS 10 Taylor Mabika (19-5-1). Wlodarczyk outpoints Mabika but he was far from impressive. He stunned Mabika with a left hook in an otherwise quiet first round and then patiently worked himself in front. His left jab was not working as well as it usually does and Mabika was rarely under strong pressure over the second half of the fight as Wlodarczyk seemed to run out of ideas and too often was not pressing home his attacks even after landing a heavy shot. Mabika had a good seventh round but never looked like winning and Wlodarczyk eased his way to victory. Scores 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94 for Wlodarczyk. The Pole, now 38 and a former IBF and WBC champion, is said to be in line for a fight with Ilunga Makabu for the vacant WBC title but will have to improve on this performance if he is to become a cruiserweight champion for the third time. In fairness to Wlodarczyk this is his first fight for eight months as he has been recovering from hand and knee injuries. French-based Gambian Mabika, 40, had a twelve bout unbeaten run which saw him collect the WBFederation, WBC Mediterranean and WBC Francophone belts but was coming off two losses including one against Makabu.
Maykop, Russia: Cruiser: Ruslan Fayer (25-1) W PTS 12 Yury Kashinsky (18-1). Light Heavy: Maksim Vlasov (45-3) W PTS 10 Emmanuel Martey (15-1).
Fayer vs. Kashinsky
Fayer gets the win but only just. Fayer had the superior skills but Kashinsky was busier and stronger. Fayer did his best work when he used his jab and stepped in with hooks and uppercuts. Kashinsky was the one coming forward and doing better work there. Fayer was not looking to work inside so there was too much clinching for the fight to flow. Kashinsky lost a point in the third but for what it was hard to figure as initially the referee indicated it was for pushing Fayer’s head down and then for holding. Kashinsky continued to take the fight to Fayer scoring with hooks and uppercuts as he came forward and Fayer did his scoring with his jab and counters. Kashinsky was cut over his right eye but luckily the blood was running down the side of his face so not into his eye. Gradually the better boxing saw Fayer edge into the lead but as they both tired Kashinsky seemed the stronger but when he lost another point in the eleventh for a couple of innocuous low punches that really wrapped up the decision for Fayer who spent the last round just avoiding trouble. Scores 115-111 twice and 114-112 for Fayer. The 28-year-old Russian lost on points to Andrew Tabiti in a WBSS quarter-final but is still rated IBF 5(3)/WBC 8/WBO 12 so could get a title shot next year when the smoke clears from the WBSS. Kashinsky, 33, made Fayer work hard for the win but he has a heavily padded record.
Vlasov vs. Martey
Vlasov wins every round against unbeaten Ghanaian Martey. Vlasov had height and reach over Ghanaian southpaw Martey who decided his best tactic was to adopt a high guard and march through Vlasov’s punches. Vlasov was able to pierce Martey’s guard with jabs and used clever upper body movement to slip Martey’s punches. Martey was not coming forward quickly enough or strongly enough to put any real pressure on Vlasov who never seemed to be in top gear. On the occasions where he did seem to have Martey hurt he did not follow through and seemed happy to get in some rounds. Too often Martey found himself pinned to the ropes whilst Vlasov picked his spots and connected with straight punches, hooks and uppercuts as Martey just tried to cover up. Martey showed a useful jab and countered when he could but never came close to winning a round. Scores 100-90 for Vlasov on the three cards. Vlasov, 33, has lost at crucial times in his career against Isaac Chilemba and Gilberto Ramirez. He was outpointed in November by Krzys Glowacki for the interim WBO title in the WBSS but regained some ground with a revenge victory over Chilemba in July. First fight outside Ghana for Martey he showed some skills and a good chin but at 5’6 ½” was too small to ever threaten the 6’3 ½” Vlasov.
Kempton Park, South Africa: Light Heavy: Rowan Campbell (12-0) W TKO 4 Nicholas Radley (9-1) Super Welter: Brandon Thysse (12-2-1) W KO 7 Roarke Knapp (9-1-1). Super Welter: Boyd Allen (5-0-1) W TKO 10 Tristan Truter (8-2) W. Super Fly: Ricardo Malajika (6-0) W TKO 8 Mngobi Mkhize (8-1).
Campbell vs. Radley
Campbell beats down the taller Radley for a stoppage in the fourth round. This was a clash of South African champions but without a title at stake. Super middle Campbell was giving away a lot of height and reach against light heavy title holder Radley but proved stronger and was able to move in behind a high guard to work on Radley in close. Campbell bossed the action over the first three rounds before bringing the end in the fourth. He forced Radley to a corner and then landed a huge right to the head. Radley tried to escape along the ropes but Cameron reached him with lefts and rights to the head driving Radley back along the ropes and was unloading more heavy hooks when the referee stopped the fight. Campbell, who also holds the IBO All-African title gets his eighth inside the distance win and looks ready for better opposition. Despite having won 8 of his 9 fights by KO/TKO Radley just did not have the power to hold Cameron off.
Thysse vs. Knapp
Thysse wins the first semi-final of a super welter tournament with stoppage of Knapp. Although the records looked very similar Thysse had twice the ring time behind him the Knapp did. Thysse made the brighter start clearly taking the first couple of rounds but being shaken by a right in the third. Thysse looked to have edged the fourth but Knapp banged back in the next two rounds to even things up. The end came unexpectedly in the seventh when Thysse broke through and put Knapp down three times to force the stoppage,. Former South African champion Thysse gets his tenth win by KO/TKO and a chance to gain revenge against Boyd Allen. At 21 Knapp can come again.
Allen vs. Truter
Allen comes from behind to stop Truter in the second bout in the super welterweight tournament. Truter looked to have moved in front early but Allen was stronger and kept pressing to close the gap and it was all up for grabs by the tenth. In the tenth a huge right cross from Allen unhinged Truter’s legs and he pushed and punched Truter to the ropes. Once there Allen landed some neck-jerking punches from both hands and the referee jumped in to save Truter. Whilst having less fights Allen, the WBA Pan African champion, had twice gone into the twelfth round and the experience of that helped here. Truter had won his last seven fights but had never been past four rounds. Allen will now go on to fight Thysse in the final of the tournament. He beat Thysse over twelve rounds for the WBA Pan African title in May but it was a split decision so it should make a good final.
Malajika vs. Mkhize
Malajika retains the ABU SADC belt as he halts Mkhize in a fight that sees both fighters on the canvas, Not a lot of skill on show from these two novices. Malajika scored the first knockdown flooring Mkhize in the first. Mkhize returned the favour by flooring Malajika in the second. They continued to flail away. With Malajika cut and floored in the sixth it seemed to have swung towards Mkhize’s but he tired badly in the seventh and was docked a point for spitting out his mouthguard. A big right in the eighth had Mkhize staggering and stumbling to the ropes and after a series of head punches from Malajika Mkhize turned away and dropped his hands and the referee stopped the fight. Fifth win by KO/TKO for South African Malajika. Mkhize had won his last five fights by KO/TKO and was South African No 6
Barcelona, Spain: Super Feather: Moussa Gholam (14-0) W Chonlatarn (61-5). Super Light Alejandro Moya (13-0) W TKO 6 Ruben Rodriguez (8-5-1). Super Welter: Kerman Lejarraga (29-2) W KO 1 Anderson Clayton (41-15-2).
Gholam vs. Chonlatarn
Thai former world title challenger Chonlatarn took another big slide down the slope in this fight. At 5’10” to the 5’5 ½” Thai Moroccan Gholam had huge advantages in height and reach over Chonlatarn. The Thai drove forward constantly but was being caught with punches at distance and with hooks and uppercuts when coming forward. Gholam scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in the seventh and was punishing Chonlatarn heavily in the last when the fight was stopped. The 24-year-old Gholan wins the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title with his eighth win by KO/TKO but he will face bigger tests than this and it is difficult to assess his potential. Chonlatarn (Suriya Tatakhun), 34, could not win the title as he was 3kgs over the contract weight. He was 51-1 before losing on points against Vasyl Lomachenko for the WBO feather title in 2014 and his only other inside the distance loss was against Miguel Berchelt for the interim WBO title in 2016 but he is only a shadow now.
Moya vs. Rodriguez
Moya wins his first title as he stops Rodriguez in the sixth for the vacant national crown. With his superior power and accuracy Moya was in control from the first bell. He rocked Rodriguez in the second and fourth rounds. Moya also took the fifth and ended it in the sixth. He connected with two lefts to the head and then a rib crunching left hook to the body which shook Rodriguez then put him down with a right. Rodriguez managed to rise but was in no state to continue and the fight was over. Moya, 27, has nine early ending on his record now. Rodriguez has three early losses.
Lejarraga vs. Clayton
Ridiculously easy win for Lejarraga as he finished ancient Brazilian Clayton in the opening round. Lejarraga’s strong left had Clayton going into survival mode and Lejarraga took Clayton to the ropes and connected with a right uppercut and a left hook to the body. Clayton staggered back a couple of steps and then went down and was unable to beat the count. After his two inside the distance losses to David Avanesyan Lejarraga has a major rebuilding task on his hands. Brazilian Clayton has lost his last four fights-all to unbeaten opposition- and this is his seventh defeat by KO/TKO.
London, England: Super Feather: Liam Dillon (9-0-1) DREW 10 Youssef Khoumari (10-0-1). Welter: Ekow Essuman (13-0) W TKO 8 Curtis Felix (10-1). Super Bantam: Ryan Walker (11-1) W PTS 10 Piotr Mirga (5-1). Middle: Linus Udofia (15-0) W PTS 10 Tyler Denny (12-2-2).
Dillon vs. Khoumari
A draw in this fight meant that the BBB of C English title remained vacant but then neither fighter deserved to lose or did enough to convince the three officials they were the winner. It was very much a close quarters battle fought at a fast pace. Dillon was mainly the aggressor but Khoumari defensive work and sharp counters kept him in the fight. Dillon looked to have just edged it but a draw was a popular outcome. Scores 97-94 Dillon, 96-95 Khoumari and 95-95. Dillon, 23, is the Southern Area champion. Londoner Khoumari was going past six rounds for the first time .
Essuman vs. Felix
Botswanan Essuman retains the English title with stoppage of Felix. The challenger was in the fight over the early rounds with some clever boxing Essuman just kept on pressing and Felix did not have the punch to stop Essuman’s progress. A tired Felix was floored in the seventh and when he went down again in the eighth the fight was halted. Essuman was making the second defence of the English title and he has a useful win over experienced Tyrone Nurse. Felix just did not have the power to compete here.
Walker vs. Mirag
Walker outpoints British-base Pole Mirag. Walker simply outworked Mirag in most rounds. Mirag tried to use his slightly longer reach to give him some punching space but Walker was strong and continually got past Mira’s jab and outscored him on the inside. Mirag did enough to make it close but Walker was a clear winner. Referee’s score 97-94. The win gives Walker the vacant BBB of C Southern Area title. After being floored twice and stopped inside a round by Mike Ramabeletsa in November Walker has regrouped well with three wins. Perhaps this fight came a bit too early for the 22-year-old Mirag but he too can rebuild.
Udofia vs. Denny
In another close fight on the excellently matched show Nigerian-born Udofia became the English champion with a majority decision over Denny. It was Udofia who showed up best in the early rounds outboxing the aggressive Denny but Denny brought on the pressure late. Southpaw Denny looked to have turned things his way with a flash knockdown in the eighth but the referee did not consider it a knockdown and that proved important in a close fought encounter. Scores 97-94 and 96-94 for Udofia and 95-95. Excellent learning fight for the 26-year-old Udofia against his toughest opponent so far. Denny’s only previous loss was due to facial damage against 21-1 Reece Cartwright for this same title and he had scored three wins since then.
Swindon, England: Welter: Ryan Martin (13-2-1) W KO 2 Mziwoxolo Ndwayana (18-5-2). Super Middle: Germaine Brown (8-0) W RTD 4 Sam Smith (8-3).
Martin vs. Ndwayana
Martin wins a Commonwealth Boxing Council eliminator with second round victory over Ndwayana. The more experienced South African champion Ndwayana looked a stiff test for Martin in an even first round. Early in the second Martin hurt Ndwayana with a body punch and when Martin spotted that he went to the body again dropping Ndwayana to his knees and being counted out. Sixth win by KO/TKO for the 25-year-old from Swindon. Ndwayana was 7-1 before this fight, his first in England.
Brown vs. Smith
Surrey’s Brown made sure it was not a local double as he forced Brown to retire after four rounds. Despite giving away height to the 6’3” Smith Brown was landing the heavier punches which caused a large swelling over Smith’s left eye and Smith did not come out for the fifth round. Third inside the distance win in a row for Brown who lifts the vacant BBB of C Southern Area title. Smith had won his last three fights.
Fight of the week (Significance): John Riel Casimero’s win over Zolani Tete opens up some good possibilities in the bantamweight division for 2020
Fight of the week (Entertainment) : Patrick Teixeira vs. Carlos Adames had plenty of action and a drop or two of drama. Honourable mention to the war between Jose Velazquez and Adrian Curiel
Fighter of the week: Difficult to see past a bloodied but unbowed Teixeira
Punch of the week: Arnold Barboza’s rib bending right that finished William Silva was special
Upset of the week: Casimero was a slight outside against Tete and 9-1 Larry Gomez was not expected to give 18-0 Brian Mendoza too much trouble.
Prospect watch: Heavy weight Guido Vianello 6-0 6 wins by KO/TKO looks quick and has power
By Eric Armit
Highlights:-Arsen Goulamirian defends the WBA cruiser title with easy victory over Kane Watts
-Michele Soro halts fellow-Frenchman Cedric Vitu in WBA Gold title defence
-Andrew Moloney wins the vacant interim WBA super fly title with stoppage of Elton Dharry and twin brother Jason blows away Dixon Flores in two rounds
-Dominic Boesel wins interim WBA light heavyweight title and IBO title with late stoppage of Sven Fornling
-Lee McGregor retains his Commonwealth bantam title and wins the British title with hotly disputed victory over Ukashir Farooq
-Rocky Fielding returns to the ring with second round kayo of Abdallah Paziwapazi and Martin Murray and Terry Flanagan register victories
-Alex Dilmaghani and Francisco Fonesca end all even in candidate for Fight of the Year contest
-Junior Fa makes it 19 wins as he outpoints Devin Vargas
-Jai Opetaia impresses with stoppage of Mark Flanagan
WORLD TITLE SHOWS
Paris. France: Cruiser: Arsen Goulamirian (25-0) W KO 4 Kane Watts (21-4). Super Welter: Michel Soro (35-2-1) W TKO 5 Cedric Vitu (47-4). Super Middle: Louis Toutin (14-1) W KO 1Bruno Sandoval (20-4-1). Super Welter: Dylan Charrat (19-0-1,1ND) W TKO 2 Johan Perez (24-7-2). Super Welter: Ahmed El Mousaoui (31-3-1) W TKO 7 Dzmitry Miliusha (9-3-1).
Goulamirian vs. Watts
Goulamirian makes the first defence of his newly awarded WBA title with easy win over Australian Watts. Early in the first Goulamirian was content to stalk Watts who stabbed out jabs. A right to the head from Goulamirian seemed to propel Watts from the ropes and on to the floor but the referee waived to say it was not a knockdown and then indicated the punch had landed to the back of the Australian’s head. An attack from Goulamirian saw him connect with some head punches which had Watts floundering but the challenger steadied himself with some jabs. In the second Goulamirian took Watts to the ropes and rocked Watts with couple of hard hooks. Watts tumbled forward to the canvas but again it was not counted as a knockdown. Goulamirian continued to pound on Watts who fired back connecting with a sharp uppercut and a clubbing right with Goulamirian just shrugging off the punches. A ferocious attack in the third had Watts in deep trouble being jarred and jolted by head punches. He kept swinging wild punches and although rocked by a big right was still there at the bell. A sickening right to the body dropped Watts in the fourth. He struggled trying to get up but was counted out just as his corner threw in the towel. No real test for the 32-year-old, Armenian-born Frenchman. He was upgraded to super champion without even having to meet any the WBA requirements and he was far too good for a very ordinary Watts, The only name of note on Goulamirian’s record is Ryad Merhy-the only rated fighter he had met which makes a mockery of his super champion status. The cruisers are still embroiled in the WBSS tournament so Goulamirian will have to wait for any unification fight. The rating of 37-year-old Watts by the WBA shows what a farce their ratings have become. After being inactive in 2017 he scored wins over opponents with a 2-1-1 and a 7-1-1 record but because the fight with the 7-1-1 guy was for the WBA Oceania title he was jumped into their ratings-for beating a guy with a 7-1-1 record-that had lost his last fight against a guy with a 6-1-2 record !!! Box Rec has Watts at No 87 in the world ratings. This is the sort of mess the WBA and other sanctioning bodies are making of our sport.
Soro vs. Vitu
A much anticipated clash between two of France’s top fighters turns out as a one-sided victory for Soro. A fiercely focused Soro was crowding Vitu immediately looking to score with left hooks; Vitu showed his excellent skills but was not able to dent Soro’s resolve. Soro continued to press in the second closing Vitu down and digging to the body with right hooks. Vitu kept moving but was clearly hurt buy a left to the body and Soro followed that up with a series of hooks and straight rights. Vitu was countering but without the power to keep Soro out. He went on to the offensive just before the bell clattering Soro with a shower of punches but to no effect. Soro powered home lefts and rights at the start of the third. Vitu used good movement to frustrate some of Soro’s attacks but Soro kept hunting him down and firing clusters of hooks and uppercuts when he managed to pin Vitu to the ropes. Soro handed out a brutal beating to Vitu in the fourth. For extended periods he was knocking Vitu from side to side as he landed with lefts and rights Vitu escaped a couple of times but too often Vitu was standing in front of Soro letting Soro punch away without responding. After chasing Vitu down for the first minute of the fifth Soro connected with a bust of punches and Vitu dropped to the canvas on his rump. After the count Soro was driving Vitu around the ring until a left to the head had Vitu stumbling forward and almost going down and the referee had seen enough and made a good stoppage. The 32-year-old Ivory Coast-born Soro retains the WBA Gold title. He has lost in challenges for the WBO/IBO titles against Zaurbek Baysangurov way back in 2012 and to Brian Castano for the interim WBA title in 2017 and a third chance seems certain for 2020. It is retirement time for Vitu. He was stopped in twelve rounds by Castano for the secondary WBA title and this loss has killed any faint chance he had of another title shot.
Toutin vs. Sandoval
French poster boy Toutin demolishes Mexican Sandoval in the first round. Although Sandoval was taller with a longer reach Toutin quickly had him backing up with some strong jabs. He forced Sandoval to the ropes and connected with left hooks and rights to the head and Sandoval dropped to the canvas. He was up at eight but driven to a corner where Toutin unloaded a series of lefts and rights until Sandoval went down on his hands and knees. It looked as though he was up at nine but the referee went to ten and the fight was over. The 22-year-old Gypsy, a former European Under-17 European champion, had his defensive flaws exposed in a ninth round loss to Ukrainian Petro Ivanov in December but in the short time he was in the ring here he looked more compact and composed. He has 13 wins by KO/TKO and collects the vacant WBC Youth title. Sandoval at one time was 19-1-1 but was then knocked out in three rounds by Ryota Murata and was coming off an eighth round stoppage by novice Ramil Gadzhyiev in October.
Charrat vs. Perez
Very impressive win for EU champion Charrat. The young French fighter proved too strong and aggressive for the more experienced Venezuelan. Charrat pressed hard in the first and broke Perez down. In the second he forced Perez to the ropes and jolted Perez with a series of punches to head and body before connecting with a booming downward driven right sent Perez along the ropes and to the canvas and the fight was stopped. Some power show from a “non-puncher “ with this being just the fifth inside the distance win for the 24-year-old French hope. Only the second KO/TKO loss for the fading former interim WBA super light champion.
El Mousaoui vs. Miliusha
Former EU champion El Mousaoui floors southpaw Miliusha twice for a win in seven rounds. El Mousaoui put Miliusha on the canvas in the second with a heavy right and continued to boss the fight. In the seventh a left hook put Miliusha down again and the fight was halted. Seventh win on the spin for El Mousaoui. Belarusian Miliusha was having only his second fight in the last two years.
Melbourne, Australia: Super Fly: Andrew Moloney (21-0) W TKO 9 Elton Dharry (24-6-1). Bantam: Jason Moloney (20-1) W KO 2 Dixon Flores (16-7-3, 2 ND).
Moloney vs. Dharry
Moloney wins the vacant interim WBA title with stoppage of Dharry who is unable to continue after eight rounds due his right eye being effectively shut. Moloney was coming forward in the first and scoring with some quick jabs and straight rights. He switched guard for a while but Dharry showed a useful jab of his own and also connected with rights to the body. Moloney continued to press in the second. He landed a good right cross but Dharry evened things up with a snappy overhand right late in the round. Moloney was quicker and busier over the third and fourth but Dharry remained dangerous with rights. The danger manifested itself in the fifth. As Moloney came forward Dharry nailed him with a right uppercut that unhinged Moloney’s legs. He staggered backwards and nearly went down. Dharry piled forward trying to apply a finisher and landed some more rights but Moloney danced and hugged and made it out of the round. Moloney had survived but of equal importance was a growing swelling under Dharry’s right eye. Dharry had the better of the exchanges in the sixth but was tending to use his right more and more as a guard to the swelling under his right eye and the doctor examined the injury before the start of the seventh, Dharry took the seventh. He was the one coming forward and he was connecting with rights to the head with Moloney not looking to stand and trade. Dharry got through another examination by the doctor but his vision through his right eye was restricted. An entertaining eighth saw Moloney busy targeting the swelling with jabs and landing a hard right cross and Dharry scoring with some good rights to the head. The bell went for the start of the ninth and both fighters left their corner but before a blow was struck the referee took Dharry over to the doctor who advised the fight be stopped. Having won the interim title Moloney is naturally keen to fight the real WBA champion Khalid Yafai. Dharry, 33, was No 5 with the WBA and was unbeaten in his last 21 fights. He gave Moloney a tough night and he was very much in the fight until the doctor’s decision but he needs to be more active with this just his fourth fight in almost three years.
Moloney vs. Flores
Moloney crushes Flores inside two rounds in a defence of the WBA Oceania title. Flores took the fight to Moloney from the start. He was throwing quick jabs and right hooks but was being caught by swift counters from Moloney. Flores threw some more hooks but Moloney stepped in with two jabs and a right that just seemed to brush the top of Flores head and Flores went down on one knee. He was up quickly and after the count piled forward trading punches with Moloney. Flores began the second round coming forward again and he connected with a couple of good left hooks to the body. Moloney was on the back foot jabbing strongly. He shook Flores with a right and then with Flores pinned to the ropes fired a burst of punches rounded off by a left hook dug into the body which saw Flores drop to the floor and roll around in agony and it was a couple of minutes before he was able to get up. Moloney lost a split verdict against Emmanuel Rodriguez for the IBF bantam title in what was also a WSSB quarter Final. He is rated highly by the sanctioning bodies at No 3 with the WBA, No 4 with the WBC, No 5 (4) with the IBF and No 5 with the WBO and he will be hoping to get another title chance now that the WSSB tournament is over. Flores, a loser inside a round against Khalid Yafai, was coming off a surprise victory over 18-1-2 Alex Espinoza.
Halle an der Saale, Germany: Light Heavy: Dominic Boesel (30-1) W TKO 11 Sven Fornling (15-2). Super Middle: Stefan Haertel (19-1) W RTD 5 David Zegarra (34-4). Heavy: Erik Pfeifer (7-0) W RTD 5 Adnan Redzovic (21-4).Heavy: Peter Kadiru (6-0) W RTD 4 Pedro Martinez (11-3): Super Welter: Mohammed Rabii (10-0) W PTS 8 Jesus Gurrola (27-15-3). Cruiser: Roman Fress (9-0) W TKO 1 David Vicena (12-27-2). Light Heavy: Tome Dzemski (14-0) W RTD 3 Zoltan Sera (32-21-1).
Boesel vs. Fornling
Boesel wins the vacant interim WBA title and the IBO title with late stoppage of Fornling. Boesel made a confident start probing with his jab and then pushing it through gaps in Fornling’s gloves. Fornling was not as positive and came up short with his punches. Fornling was more aggressive in the second stepping forward and throwing combinations but they were being blocked or avoided by Boesel who again found the target with his jab. Boesel scored with a couple of good counters and as Fornling walked in again a right to the side of the head sent Fornling sprawling to the canvas on his hands and knees. He was up immediately and the bell went the moment the eight count was completed. It was very much a battle of jabs in the third and Fornling was doing much better work. Fornling clearly took the fourth as he pressured Boesel for the whole three minutes and did what scoring there was but he also suffered a cut over his left eye in a clash of heads. Fornling continued to outscore Boesel in the fifth and six but Boesel came back to edge the seventh before Fornling, with a growing bruise under his left eye, rebounded to edge the eighth. Both fighters looked exhausted in the ninth. Boesel’s jab was still a potent weapon but the cleaner and more accurate work was coming from Fornling. The tenth was Boesel’s round. Fornling was walking onto some heavy counters and his face was dotted with bumps and bruises. He rallied at the end of the round but Boesel looked the stronger. In the eleventh a strong right stiffened Fornling’s legs and as they tangled Boesel pushed Fornling back and down. It was no knockdown but Boesel knew the right had hurt Fornling and he rushed him to the ropes and pounded away until the referee jumped in and stopped the fight in just as Fornling dropped to the floor. It was two for the price of one here as with this victory as Boesel won both the interim WBA title and took Fornling’s IBO belt. Sixth win for the 30-year-old German since a stoppage defeat against Karo Murat in 2017. He won’t land a fight with WBO champion Saul Alvarez and I can’t see him beating Artur Beterbiev or Dmitry Bivol but there are some attractive defences out there. Swede Fornling, 30, went to the hospital for tests as a precaution. When he lost to 6-4 Yevgenii Makhteienko in 2016 it was difficult to see where he could go but he rebounded to win the IBO title and to defend it in December with a win over Boesel’s conqueror Murat
Haertel vs. Zegarra
Haertel wins the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title with easy stoppage of Peruvian Zegarra. Haertel was able to spear Zegarra with jabs and follow through with straight right and toss in the occasional combination. Zegarra hardly took a step forward in the fight and rarely threw a punch. He backed to the ropes and then circled the ring with Haertel striding after him and scoring with bursts of punches. Zegarra was a little livelier at the start of the third but then reverted to his passive resistance as Haertel was able to slot home jabs and tee off on the Peruvian. The fourth was one-sided and it was target practice for Haertel in the fifth with Zegarra retiring at the end of the round. Other than getting his third inside the distance win there was little for Haertel to celebrate. He did his job and it is not his fault it was an easy job. It can’t have been easy to find 34 people for Zegarra to beat but after being 30-0 he is now 4-4 with all four wins back home against undemanding opposition.
Pfeifer vs. Redzovic
Pfeifer gets off the floor to win the vacant WBO European title in his seventh fight as Redzovic retires after five rounds. Pfeifer had the better jab and that put him in charge. He used the jab to keep Redzovic on the back foot in the first and rocked him with a right cross. Redzovic tried to match Pfeifer jab for jab in the second but Pfeifer was quicker and more accurate and sent Radovic stumbling with a right to the head and they traded hard punches late in the round. Pfeifer was on his way to winning the third when a right from Redzovic knocked his legs from under him and he tumbled to the canvas. He was up quickly but looked shaken and Redzovic stormed forward trying for an upset win. He shook Pfeifer a couple of times but Pfeifer was banging back before the bell. Pfeifer boxed cautiously at the start of the fourth but an uppercut sent Redovic’s mouthguard flying and he bossed the rest of the round with strong jab and long rights. The sixth saw Pfeifer battering Redzovic with a barrage of rights to the head. Redzovic fired back occasionally but by the end of the round was being rocked by those big rights and he retired before the start of the sixth. The 32-year-old Russian-born German has left it late to turn pro. He was twice a bronze medal winner at the World Championships and competed at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics but he faces an uphill climb to make it to the top with his late start. The four losses for the 42-year-old Bosnian Redzovic have all come against unbeaten fighters
Kadiru vs. Martinez
This one was fought a funereal pace. There also seemed to be an unwritten law banning the throwing of more than one punch at a time. Kadiru took a round to find his range and then just kept threading jabs through Martinez’s leaky guard. They finally began to throw more punches and traded shots in the third and fourth. Kadiru was the one doing most of the scoring with Martinez getting no leverage at all behind his pushed shots. Kadiru began to put his punches together in the fourth. His jab was still his dominant punch but he was also letting fly with overhand rights and left hooks to the body. There was nothing coming back from Martinez and it was no surprise when he retired at the end of the round. Second win by KO/TKO for the 22-year-old 6’4 ½” German hope. Martinez was awful but then the eleven guys he had beaten had only “amassed” three wins between them. Lies, damn lies and boxer’s records.
Rabii vs. Gurrola
Rabii outclasses a game and experienced Gurrola. The Moroccan was too quick and too clever for the Mexican. He controlled the fight well and regularly pierced Gurrola’s guard with punches from both hands. Gurrola pressed hard and did enough to take a round but he had to soak up serious punishment over the late rounds. Scores 79-73, 79-74 and 78-74 for Rabii. The Moroccan won a gold medal at the 2015 World Championships where he beat Josh Kelly and took silver in Rio. Former IBO title challenger Gurrola now fills the role of imported loser but usually stays the full route.
Fress vs. Vicena
Fress wasted no time here. He floored Czech Vicena with a hook early in the first and after Vicena made it to his feet Fress bombarded him with punches until the referee stopped the fight with just 87 seconds having elapsed. The 6’3” Kazak-born German gets win No 5 by KO/TKO. He is a former German Under-21 champion who represented Germany at the 2015 World Championships and is trained by former WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz. Vicena, 40, has thirteen inside the distance defeats
Dzemski vs. Sera
With his father Tom in his corner Dzemski pads his record with his eighth win by KO/TKO. Dzemski dropped Sera in the first and third rounds. Sera was also bleeding heavily and he did not come out for the fourth round. The 22-year-old Dzemski is being matched carefully and has plenty of time to learn from his father, one of Germany’s top trainers, before moving up. Three inside the distance losses on the spin for Sera.
Los Angeles, CA, USA: Light: Carlos Morales (19-4-4) TEC DRAW 6 Mercito Gesta (32-3-3). Super Feather: Jonathan Oquendo (31-6) W PTS 10 Charles Huerta (21-7). Super Welter: Travell Mazion (16-0) W PTS 10 Diego Cruz (19-8-2).
Morales vs. Gesta
This one was adjudged a majority draw after a cut suffered in a clash of heads in the fourth round proved too serious for Morales to continue after the end of the sixth. Morales took the fight to southpaw Gesta early with a busier style and more movement. Gesta came forward more in the third and was getting past the longer reach of Morales and scoring inside with right hooks and straight lefts but Morales scored with a cracking right to the head and seemed to have built a slender lead. A clash of heads opened a cut over the left eye of Morales in the fourth and that energised Gesta who stepped up his pace. The position of the cut meant that blood was seeping into the left eye of Morales and hindering his vision. Gesta attacked in bursts in the fifth with Morales more composed and countering well but he was having trouble keeping Gesta out as they traded punches. Gesta attacked wildly in the sixth. Most of his punches were missing but with Morales focusing on defending the cut Gesta landed enough to win the round. After the bell it was obvious the cut over the left eye of Morales was too severe for the fight to continue and it was decide on the scorecards with one judge having it 58-56 for Morales and the other two seeing it 57-57. It had been entertaining until the stoppage. After defeats in tough assignments against Alberto Machado, Ryan Garcia and Rene Alvarado Morales had rebounded with two wins. Filipino Gesta, 32, was 26-0-1 until he lost to Miguel Vazquez for the WBC light title. He also lost to Jorge Linares for the WBA version of the title and was coming off a disappointing inside the distance defeat by Juan Antonio Rodriguez.
Oquendo vs. Huerta
Oquendo gets back to winning ways after blowing the chance of a world title shot with a defeat against Lamont Roach in May. Strength, determination and a higher work earned Oquendo the win. From the opening bell this was war on the inside. Oquendo bossed the action there banging home lefts and rights to the body. Huerta chose to stand and trade but slowly he began to lose the battle and Oquendo was on top for the second half of the fight. He was able to pin Huerta to the ropes in the later rounds and mix overhand rights along with his focused body attacks. Huerta could not change the flow of the fight and his work rate dropped under the consistent pressure from Oquendo as the Puerto Rican won every round. Scores 100-90 for 36-year-old Oquendo on the three cards. The Puerto Rican wins the vacant WBO Latino belt. He lost to Jesus Cuellar for the secondary WBA title in 2015 and is down at No 12 in the WBO ratings so will need to put together some impressive performances to get another title fight but time is against him. Huerta was out for two years before returning in February this year with a loss to Joseph Diaz.
Mazion vs. Cruz
Mazion showcases some flashy skills as he takes wide unanimous decision over Cruz. Since he was giving away lots of height and reach to Mazion Cruz came out punching and rocked Mazion with a right. Mazion paid Cruz back later in the round with a driven straight right that pierced Cruz’s guard and thudded into his face. From the second Mazion took control. Cruz had no answer to the fast, accurate jabs of Mazion and was having to swing wide punches trying to get around the jab but was leaving himself open and eating counters. Despite the best efforts of Cruz it was a one-sided contest. Mazion was quicker and stronger and unloaded some heavy stuff on Cruz in each round and Cruz did well to last the distance, Scores 99-90 twice and 98-91 for Mazion. The 24-year-old 6’2” Texan looked a class act and now needs to move up to better opposition so that we can measure his full potential. Cruz falls to 0-5-1 in his last six fights although the draw was a reasonable performance against experienced 35-1-1 Roberto Ortiz
Saint Petersburg, Russia: Super Light: Eduard Troyanovsky (28-2) W PTS 10 Josef Zahradnik (11-4). No real problems here for Troyanovsky in his first fight for 13 months but he looked laboured in his points win over Czech Zahradnik. Losses in title fights against Julius Indongo and Kiryl Relikh seem to have affected the former IBF champion and he did not look as sharp or as confident as when he put together a run of 25 wins. He outboxed the Czech but had to work hard and there was no trace of the power that had garnered him 24 wins by KO/TKO. At 39 and with the lacklustre showing here if he does get another title shot it will end badly for him. Zahradnik’s previous losses have all come against unbeaten fighters on the road.
Liverpool, England: Super Middle: Rocky Fielding (28-2) W KO 2 Abdallah Paziwapazi (26-7-1,1ND). Super Middle: Martin Murray (39-5-1) W PTS 8 Sladan Janjanin (27-5). Light: Terry Flanagan (36-2) W PTS 8 Jayro Duran (14-7).
Fielding vs. Paziwapazi
Fielding blows away Tanzanian Paziwapazi inside two rounds. A real power show from Fielding but it was Paziwapazi who started the fireworks trapping Fielding against the ropes and firing punches with both hands in the first. Fielding made some room and rocked Paziwapazi with a hard combination. Paziwapazi again pushed Fielding to the ropes throwing punches but he was ignoring his defence and was rocked twice more by Fielding before the end of the round. In the second Paziwapazi again drove forward and landed usefully to head and body but Fielding was landing some vicious counters. Paziwapazi fired a straight right to the head of Fielding pushing Fielding back to the ropes. As Paziwapazi came forward Fielding connected with a four-punch combination to the head with the last, a wicked left putting Paziwapazi down. Paziwapazi lay flat on the canvas with his hands clasped behind his head as if just resting. He then climbed to his feet but the referee waived the fight over. First fight for local lad Fielding since his loss to Saul Alvarez in December. There are plenty of good fights out there for Fielding both domestic and international. Paziwapazi was 9-0-1 in his last 10 fights and coming off a win in China but he was overconfident of his power here and was too busy throwing punches to even adopt the most basic defence.
Murray vs. Janjanin
Solid if uninspiring performance from Murray as he wins all eight rounds against Janjanin. The problem for Murray was that Janjanin was in survival mode from the first bell. He rarely took a step forward and Murray was forced to track him around the perimeter of the ring. When Murray had Janjanin pinned to the ropes the Bosnian was ducking low behind a tight guard not leaving Murray much of a target. Murray was able to connect with hooks to the body from both hands but never really had Janjanin in trouble. Occasionally Janjanin showed some fire with a burst of punches but they were rare occasions as Murray put eight rounds of work in the bank. Referee’s score 80-72 for Murray. The 37-year-old former interim WBA middleweight champion has had four shots at winning a world title and in the fights with Felix Sturm, Sergio Martinez and Arthur Abraham could and perhaps should have been the winner but another title shot seems a long way away. Janjanin’s losses have all been against a good/reasonable level of opponent and all on the road. This is Janjanin’s first visit to the UK and after going the distance with Murray will probably be asked back again.
Flanagan vs. Duran
Flanagan was looking to put Honduran Duran to the sword in the first three minutes. He found the range with his right jab and then throughout the round dug in wicked body punches. Duran survived the storm but had shown nothing himself. A right to the head put Duran down in the second but it was more of a cuff than a punch and Flanagan was teeing off on him with punches at the end of the round. Duran shipped heavy punishment in every round without really managing to do any good work of his own. He was coming in behind a high guard but not taking that extra step so was standing in front of Flanagan within punching range and paying for it. A clash of heads opened a small cut over the left eye of Flanagan but it was no hindrance as Flanagan pounded on Duran to the final bell. Referees score 80-71 for Flanagan. Eight rounds of not very useful work for former WBO lightweight champion Flanagan and fourth win over very modest opposition since back-to-back losses to Maurice Hooker and Regis Prograis last year. Third decision defeat in a row for Duran
Salt Lake City, UT, USA: Heavy: Junior Fa (19-0) W PTS 10 Devin Vargas (21-6). Heavy: Hemi Ahio (16-0) W TKO 2 Joshua Tufte (19-4). Welter: Ivan Golub (18-1) W KO 10 Janer Gonzalez (19-3-1). Super Middle: Mike Guy (12-4-1) W PTS 8 Denis Douglin (22-7).
Fa vs. Vargas
Fa floors Vargas twice and remains undefeated. Fa attacked strongly in the first. He used his 50lbs pull in weight to bull Vargas to the ropes and land clubbing rights. Vargas showed good defensive skills from the days when he was the best at his weight in the US amateur ranks. Fa continued to bull his way forward over the second, third and fourth but Vargas was not buckling and countering when he could. He often had Fa on the back foot and connected with some sharp uppercuts. To Fa’s frustration when he did land some heavy punches Vargas was urging him to keep punching. Vargas had built some momentum in the fifth forcing Fa to the ropes with Fa clinching as Vargas scored with rights. Vargas was still coming forward when a left to the body forced him to drop to one knee. He was up at nine and had spit out his mouthguard so had a bit more time to recover. He then drove Fa back around the ring with hooks and uppercuts to the bell. Fa landed heavily in the sixth and seventh. Vargas stayed competitive until the eighth when he suddenly turned away from the action and went down on a knee indicating Fa had landed low but the referee gave Vargas an eight count and there had been no sign of one of Fa’s punches landing below the belt. Fa outpunched Vargas over the ninth and tenth and was a clear winner. Scores 100-88, 99-89 and 97-91 for Fa. The 30-year-old New Zealander is still untested and Vargas showed many of his weaknesses here. Fa was slow his defence was anything but tight. He is big and strong but it remains to be seen how he will fare against better opposition. The 37-year-old Vargas competed for the USA at the 2004 Olympics and had early success as a pro but after losses to Kevin Johnson and Andrzej Wawrzyk he seemed to lose interest with just four fights in six years. He was flattened inside a round by Andy Ruiz in March 2018 but breathed some life back into his boxing with a fifth round stoppage of unbeaten Irish heavyweight Niall Kennedy in August this year.
Ahio vs. Tufte
This one goes way beyond being a farce as Ahio floors a vastly overweight Tufte three times before the “fight” is stopped. Ahio scored the first knockdown in the opening round with a straight right that was really only an arm punch with no leverage behind it. In the second round two rights to the side of the head sent Tufte staggering to the ropes and down. A short right hook put Tuft down for the third time and thankfully the fight was stopped. New Zealander Ahio, 29, will learn nothing from abysmal mismatches like this. The 6’1” Tuft weighed 269lbs which gives some idea of how obese he was.
Golub vs. Gonzalez
Golub wins with a late kayo. There was a contrast of styles here between the upright, technical southpaw Golub and the more fluid Gonzalez. Golub worked solidly behind his jab before moving in with straight rights and hooks. Gonzalez was attacking in spurts and often looking to lure Golub onto counter punches. It became a tactical match with neither fighter really taking control but Golub was busier and more accurate whereas Gonzalez was waiting and waiting for the perfect counter opportunity. In the interval between the eighth and ninth Gonzalez did not sit in his corner but instead took a stroll out and around the centre of the ring and his second leant over the ropes some way from the corner haranguing officials at the ringside instead of tending to his fighter-strange. Golub had built a good lead by outworking Gonzalez. It looked as though it was going to go to the judges to decide the outcome but in the tenth Golub rattled Gonzalez with a left. Gonzalez tried to walk away but Golub followed him and landed two lefts to the head which sent Gonzalez down backwards to the canvas. He tried to use the ropes to pull himself up but then fell back again and was. counted out. Golub now has 14 wins by KO/TKO and this was his second defence of the WBC USNBC title. His loss was a points defeat by Jamontay Clark in 2017 and this his fifth win since the Clark fight as he tries to climb back into the ratings. Gonzalez has gone from 19-0 to 19-3 and was coming off an inside the distance loss against Jamal James in February.
Guy vs. Douglin
Guy gets surprise win over Douglin on a split decision. Douglin had a huge edge in skill here but Guy had strength and determination. He was getting in close and roughing Douglin up on the inside and there was too much wrestling for the fight to be entertaining. Douglin wasting time with some showy antics but Guy just kept chugging forward. When Douglin stood back and boxed on the outside he was able to find gaps for his right jab but too often he was letting himself be dragged into a brawl. The fight was close and they both fought desperately in the last with both just tossing punches and both having periods on top. Scores 78-74 and 77-75 for Guy and 77-75 for Douglin. I thought Douglin did enough to at least merit a draw but it was too close to argue over. The 38year-old Guy gets his third win in succession. His record is deceptive as his four losses have all come against high quality opponents such as Tyrone Zeuge, Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Junior Younan and Ali Akhmedov who were all unbeaten when Guy fought them. This loss is a big a blow to Douglin. He was 5-3 ahead of this fight with the losses against world champion George Groves, David Benavidez and Anthony Dirrell. He had come back with useful wins over unbeaten Vaughn Alexander and experienced Saul Roman.
Sloan, IA, USA: Light Heavy: Joseph George (10-0) W PTS 10 Marcos Escudero (10-1). Welter: Alberto Palmetta (13-1) W TKO 10 Erik Vega Ortiz (16-1). Middle: Amilcar Vidal (10-0) W TKO 1 Zach Prieto (9-1).
George vs. Escudero
Geroge gets a much disputed split decision over Escudero. George boxed well but Escudero was busier and seemed to outscore George early to build a lead. George was stronger as it went into the late rounds and seemed to have made it close. A strong last round should have been enough for Escudero take the decision but it was not to be. Scores 97-93 and 97-94 for George and 96-94 for Escudero. Houston’s George was in his first main event. Escudero, the Argentinian No 2, had won his last seven fights inside the distance.
Palmetta vs. Ortiz
Palmetta looks on his way to a points victory before he explodes on Ortiz in the last for a stoppage. Southpaw Palmetta went in front early. Ortiz had a much longer reach but the skills Palmetta had acquired over many years as a top level amateur helped him nullify that. Ortiz did better over the middle rounds but was behind on the cards going into the last. Palmetta connected with some straight lefts in the tenth and then he staggered Ortiz with a left and unleashed a torrent of punches and just kept pumping the punches out until the referee jumped in to rescue Ortiz. Seventh win on the bounce and ninth win by TKO for Palmetta a bronze medallist at the Pan American Games who fought for Argentina at the World Championships and the 2016 Olympics. Ortiz was up at ten rounds for the first time and his lack of experience showed.
Vidal vs. Prieto
Imperious display from Vidal in his first fight in the USA. Prieto tried to hustle the taller Vidal out of his stride early in the first but Vidal stayed composed and then scored impressively with a double left hook to head and body. Prieto continued to be busy but Vidal stepped in with an overhand right and an explosive left hook that put Prieto down on his back. Prieto arose but still looked unsteady and Vidal battered him with heavy punches until he went down again and the fight was stopped. The tall 23-year-old Uruguayan showed fluid power in his ninth inside the distance victory. It will be interesting to see how he develops under the guidance of Sampson Lewkowicz. Prieto outclassed.
Ugento, Italy: Light: Giuseppe Carafa (12-3-2) W PTS 10 Nicola Cipolletta (14-9-2). Home town fighter Carafa wins the vacant WBC Mediterranean title with unanimous decision over fellow-Italian Cipolletta. Scores 96-94 twice and 97-93. Carafa moved up to lightweight after a draw and a loss in Italian title fights. Cipolletta, a former Italian featherweight champion, falls to six losses in his last seven fights.
Mamburao, Philippines: Minimumweight: Joel Lino (11-3-1) W TKO 6 ArAr Andales (10-2). Something of an upset as Lino stops former WBA title challenger Andales. After five hard rounds a spectacular attack from Lino ends it in the sixth. With Andales in trouble Lino showered him with light punches. None were that hard but the sheer quantity overwhelmed Andales until the referee stopped the fight. The 24-year-old Lino had lost his last three fights but produced it when it mattered as this win gives him the Philippines title. Andales, 20, had lost a technical decision against Knockout CP Freshmart for the WBA minimum title in Thailand in August.
London, England: Super Feather: Alex Dilmaghani (19-1-1,1ND) DREW 12 Francisco Fonseca (25-2-2). Super Feather: John Joe Nevin (14-0) W PTS 10 Freddy Fonseca (27-5-1,1ND).
Dilmaghani vs. Fonseca
Dilmaghani and Fonseca share the honours with a majority draw after twelve stirring rounds of non-stop action. These two got down to work immediately. It was quality stuff as they traded punches with first one and then the other driving forward letting fly with fast, crisp and accurate shots. In the first Dilmaghani had slightly the better of the exchanges as he banged home southpaw rights hooks to the body but Fonesca was trying to match him punch for punch and Fonseca seemed to outland Dilmaghani in the second. Both fighters were connecting heavily to the body and with Dilmaghani edging the third and Fonesca banging back to take the fourth the scene was set for a classic battle. There were no wild punches here. Both were throwing quality hooks, uppercuts and strong jabs and putting together flashing combinations. Fonseca just had the edge in the fifth and Dilmaghani the sixth but every round was close. Excellent body punching from Dilmaghani probably gave him the seventh only for some fierce attacking from Fonesca getting him back into the fight in the eighth. If the CompuBox system had been in use it would have overheated from the sheer volume of punches thrown. A clash of heads early in the ninth saw Fonseca drop to the canvas pawing at his head. The referee stopped the action until Fonseca recovered but Dilmaghani had actually come off worse as he had a cut over his left eye towards the centre of his forehead so the blood was running down the left side of his nose. That fired up Fonseca and he attacked hard to take the round. In the tenth twice punches from Fonseca loosened Dilmaghani’s mouthguard but he responded by driving rights and lefts through Fonseca’s guard. The pace had been frantic but neither showed signs of tiredness over the final two rounds which Fonseca looked to have edged as he made the stronger finish. Scores 114-114 twice and 115-114 for Fonseca but boxing was the winner here with an exhilarating battle and a candidate for Fight of the Year. The IBO title remains vacant and it would be great to think these two could compete for it again when they are both recovered. Dilmaghani extends his unbeaten run to 16 fights. Fonseca has lost in IBF title challenges against Gervonta Davis and Tevin Farmer and a third shot is not out of the question.
Nevin vs. Fonseca
Brilliant performance from Nevin as he floors Fonseca on the way to a unanimous points victory. Nevin had the quicker hands and in the first was finding the target with his jabs and counters against the Nicaraguan southpaw. In the second a driven straight right put Fonseca down. He was up at five and did not seem too shaken and easily saw out the round. Nevin continued to showcase his skills over the middle rounds. His jab was too fast for Fonseca and his defensive skills often left Fonesca swishing air. The visitor came into the fight more over the late rounds as Nevin’s work rate dropped but the Irishman was a good winner. Scores 97-92 twice and 99-90 for Nevin. The 30-year-old Nevin was one of the best amateurs every to represent Ireland beating Oscar Valdez and Cuban Lorenzo Alvarez at the 2012 Olympics before losing to Luke Campbell in the final. He also won bronze medals twice in the World Championships and a gold at the European Championships. Winning the vacant WBA International title here will see him jump into the world ratings. Fonseca, the elder brother of Francisco, is now 1-3 in fights this year including a loss to 28-1 Joseph Diaz for the WBA Gold title.
Glasgow, Scotland: Bantam: Lee McGregor (8-0) W PTS12 Ukashir Farooq (13-1).Super Welter: Kieran Smith (16-0) W PTS 10 Vincenzo Bevilacqua (16-1).
McGregor vs. Farooq
Another thrilling domestic fight as McGregor retains the Commonwealth title and wins the British title with a split decision over fellow-Scot Farooq which was not popular with the crowd. The rangier McGregor just about did enough to take a close first round as he worked well with his jab. In the second Farooq was coming in low and the taller McGregor was unable to find the target with his jab or with rights and Farooq turned up the heat with three fast hooks that rattled McGregor’s head. Farooq’s defensive bobbing and weaving was brilliant. McGregor probably edged the third as he worked at range and then either used his strength to push Farooq off or clinched to stop Farooq working inside and Farooq had a small cut under his right eye. Farooq rebounded by edging the fourth, fifth and sixth as he was getting past McGregor’s jab and scoring inside with short hooks. His bobbing and weaving left McGregor swishing air but he was also now cut over the right eye. Farooq was on a roll and he simply outworked McGregor inside pumping out hooks. McGregor took the eighth as he jabbed and moved and avoided getting dragged into close-quarters stuff. The pace was frenetic and emotions were running high but there had been too much holding for it to be a classic. Farooq was storming into McGregor in the ninth denying McGregor any room to box but he was also cut over his left eye in the round. With just seconds to go when they were in a clinch McGregor walked Farooq backwards to the ropes and Farooq went out through the middle ropes with McGregor almost joining him . Farooq was helped back in to the ring and McGregor was given a warning. Farooq continued to attack in the tenth and McGregor was clinch more and more to stifle Farooq’s work, He went too far and the referee deducted a pout from McGregor. The left McGregor with a mountain to climb. He put everything onto then last six minutes and may have edged both rounds but for me that was not enough but the official scores did not all agree on that. Two of the judges had McGregor the winner 115-112 and 114-113 and the third saw it for Farooq 114-113. McGregor retains the Commonwealth title and takes Farooq’s British title. The 22-year-old McGregor goes onwards and upwards from here and will not be keen to give Farooq a return. Farooq takes a step back but he will come again and will win titles in 2020.
Smith vs. Bevilacqua
In a clash of unbeaten fighters Smith retains the WBC International Silver title with a clear points victory over Italian Bevilacqua. The tall Scot shook off a cut over his left eye suffered in the first round the built a commanding lead before being cut again in the last. He took the decision on scores of 98-92 twice and 99-91. Southpaw Bevilacqua, a former Italian champion never figured out how to counter the longer reach of the 6’2” Scot.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: Super Light: Pablo Cano (33-7-1,1ND) W KO 2 Roberto Ortiz (35-5-2). Light: Ricardo Sandoval (17-1) W TKO 5 Gilbert Gonzalez (15-3-1). Light Flyweight: Hasanboy Dusmatov (1-0) W KO 2 Jesus Cervantes (9-8).
Cano vs. Ortiz
Cano comes off the floor to kayo Ortiz in a dramatic slug fest. No feel out time here as Cano and Ortiz came out slinging hooks with little regard for defence. It was total war and Cano seemed to be getting the best of the exchanges and Ortiz was forced onto the back foot. That changed when he caught the incoming Cano with an explosive right to the head that saw Cano drop to his hands and knees. Somehow Cano beat the count but he wobbled badly as he walked to a corner gazing out into the crowd. He turned around and after a quick glance the referee allowed the fight to continue. Ortiz rocked Cano a couple of times with rights but Cano shook of the punishment and then fired back and it was Ortiz whose legs wobbled at the end of a dramatic first round. There was a short break early in the second with Ortiz given some respite after a punch to the back of the head from Cano. When the action restarted Cano marched forward firing hooks and uppercuts Ortiz tried to punch with him but was simply overwhelmed and dropped face down on the canvas under a shower of punches. Ortiz got as far as being on one knee but then he stayed there until the count was completed. Cano was defending his WBC International Silver belt but as Ortiz came in 3lbs over the limit Ortiz could not win the title. Back-to-back losses to Fidel Maldonado and Marcelino Lopez in 2017 seemed to signal Cano was on the slide but that all changed in January when he floored Jorge Linares three times for a one round stoppage victory. Ortiz was unbeaten in his first 32 fights but has now lost his last 4.
Sandoval vs. Gonzalez
In a clash of young fighters Sandoval overpowers Gonzalez for a fifth round stoppage. Sandoval showed his intent in the first two rounds as he rocked Gonzalez with a left hook and knocked him back with a right cross. Gonzalez had a better third he was busier and moved and countered well as Sandoval continued to force the action. It was a similar picture in the fourth as Sandoval surged forward and Gonzalez found gaps to counter. Sandoval’s pressure finally paid off in the fifth. He pressed Gonzalez to the ropes and connected with a left to the body and a right to the head. Gonzalez went down on his hands and knees and deliberately spit out his mouthguard. After the count Sandoval continued to hunt down Gonzalez until he connected with two vicious rights that sent Gonzalez into the ropes and Sandoval landed two more punches as Gonzalez headed for the canvas. The 20-year-old Sandoval, he turned pro at 17, has eleven wins by KO/TKO. Venezuelan Gonzalez, also 20, is now 0-2 in fights in Mexico.
Dusmatov vs. Cervantes
Another interesting name for the lighter division’s as Rio gold medal winner Dusmatov turns pro. A huge gap in ability here. Dusmatov was slipping right jabs home and then changing angles and connecting with left s. The movement and hand speed were too much for the young Mexican and it was just light sparring for the talented Uzbek. Dusmatov ended it late in the second with a left to the body that sent Cervantes down. He spat out his mouthguard and was counted out. Dusmatov, 26, looks high quality and has power. Cervantes never in with a chance.
Sydney, Australia: Cruiser: Jai Opetaia (19-0) W TKO 8 Mark Flanagan (24-8). Welter: Darragh Foley (18-4-1) W PTS 8 James Bacon (23-4).
Opetaia vs. Flanagan
Opetaia faces his biggest test so far and passes it in style with inside the distance win over seasoned operator Flanagan, Opetaia was much quicker than Flanagan and was spearing him with jabs in the first and then easily avoiding Flanagan’s attacks. Opetaia dominated the second string together multi-punch combinations to head and body and then slotting southpaw jabs through Flanagan’s guard. Flanagan had some success inside but not much. Flanagan did a little better in third until he was nailed by a straight left which saw him freeze and then drop forwards on his hands and knees to the canvas. He got up immediately but was shaky then took the fight to Opetaia to the bell. Opetaia was down from a low punch in the fourth and also lost his mouthguard and Flanagan was more aggressive and had a good round. Opetaia worked well with his jab and straight lefts to take the fifth and sixth with Flanagan making him work hard to take the points. Flanagan was coming forward in the seventh and Opetaia was allowing himself to get dragged into a brawl until late in the round he unleashed a left that dropped Flanagan. He beat the count and the bell went before another punch could be thrown. Opetaia finally started to put together combinations again and although Flanagan tried to punch back he was taking a lot of punishment in the eighth and retired at the end of the round. The 24-year-old 6’2” from Sydney has now won 14 of his last 15 fights by KO/TKO. He is not yet in the top ten with the sanctioning bodies but with displays like this he very soon will be. He was making the first defence of the WBA Oceania belt. Flanagan has had a tough time recently losing to Denis Lebedev for the WBA title and then suffering consecutive losses against Arsen Goulamirian and unbeaten David Light.
Foley vs. Bacon
Foley overcomes early shock to outpoint useful Filipino Bacon. Foley was floored in the first round but recovered and clawed his way back into the fight to take the unanimous decision. Scores 77-74 twice and 78-75. Ireland’s Foley has a rebuilding job after losses in the UK to Akeem Ennis-Brown and Tyrone McKenna. Former Philippines champion Bacon had won his last four outings and provided Foley with a stern test.
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Light Fly: Augustin Gauto (14-0) W KO 2 Kenny Cano (14-2). This was supposed to be a big test for WBO N0 6 Gauto but he powered his way to a quick victory. Cano looked busy as he buzzed around in the first but was soon on the back foot. Gauto tracked him and connected with a couple of sharp left hooks to the body and a right to the head. In the second Gauto was content to shadow Cano who was firing bursts of light punches. Gauto had Cano shaken by a left to the body and a straight right to the head. As Cano backed to the ropes a pile driver of a right to the head stiffened his legs and then he went down heavily ending spread eagled on the floor out cold. The 21-year-old Gauto retains the WBO International title with his eighth win by KO/TKO. He showed some nice boxing and real power. Venezuelan Cano’s record looks reasonable but ten of his victims had never won a fight.
Brampton, Canada: Super Welter: Brandon Cook (21-2) W TKO 1 Jose Zuniga (16-6-1). Super Middle: Ryan Young (14-4) W TKO 2 Genaro Ortiz (10-7-2). Middle Sukhdeep Singh Bhatti (7-0) W TKO 1 Hector Santana (26-10). Light: Josh O’Reilly (16-0) W TKO 6 Cecilio Santos (36-35-6).
Cook vs. Zuniga
In his first fight for fourteen months “Bad Boy” Cook might have been looking to get some ring time but when in the first round he saw the opportunity to take out Zuniga it was too good to let go. After some cautious sparring he staggered Zuniga badly with a right to the head and then jumped on the Mexican and handed out some fierce punishment until the referee stepped in and stopped the fight. First fight for the 33-year-old Canadian since being stopped in three rounds by Jaime Munguia in a WBO title challenge in September last year. Second loss in Canada in consecutive fights for Zuniga who was also halted in two rounds by Josh Kelly in 2017.
Young vs. Ortiz
In a night of easy wins for the home fighters Canadian champion Young halts Ortiz in two rounds. That victory levels Young’s recent record at 4-4 against mainly domestic opponents. This is win No 11 by KO/TKO for Young. Ortiz had won two low level contests prior to this but in his last visit to Canada he was knocked out in 91 seconds by Albert Onolunose.
Bhatti vs. Santana
Indian boxer Bhatti halts Santana inside a round. Santana made a confident start firing jabs but that confidence evaporated when Bhatti nailed him with a right to the head. Santana backed off and Bhatti landed a couple of heavy hooks to the body which had Santana retreating to the ropes. The Argentinian fought his way off the ropes as they traded heavy punches until a clubbing right to the head floored Santana and the towel came in from the Argentinian’s corner. Bhatti, a former silver medallist in the Indian Championships wins the vacant IBA Inter-Continental title. First fight for Santana since being knocked out in two rounds by Brandon Cook in December 2017.
O’Reilly vs. Santos
O’Reilly stops oldie-and fatty-Santos in the sixth round. Santos drew with Dmitry Kirilov in a challenge for the IBF super fly title in 2008. Over the eleven years since then has become a travelling loser relying on some defensive skills to get through the fights. He did that here until a body shot in the sixth sent him down on his knees and although he survived that the fight was stopped later in the round. Sixth win by KO/TKO for O’Reilly who scored a good domestic victory in January by decisioning Cam O’Connell. Santos, 41, is now 0-8 in visits to Canada
Levallois-Perret, France: Super Middle: Kevin Lele Sadjo (14-0) W TKO 1 Rolando Mansilla (15-7-1). Cruiser: Herve Lofidi (13-3) W PTS 12 Vasil Ducar (8-2-1). Middle: El Moutaouakil (12-1) W KO 2 Johanny Bola (5-4-3). Cruiser: Siril Makiadi (13-2) DREW 10 Dylan Bregeon (10-0). Super Middle: Gustave Tamba (14-1). W PTS 10 Steven Crambert (8-6).
Sadjo vs. Mansilla
Sadjo gets early win over unfortunate Mansilla to continue his ownership of the WBA Inter-Continental title. In the opening round Mansilla banged some punches to Sadjo’s body. With less than 25 seconds gone in the round Sadjo then connected with a left and right to the body and a right to the head and Mansilla went down. He was up at three but noticeably limping badly. Despite this the referee let the fight continue. With his limited mobility Mansilla could get no leverage in his punches and he slid down the ropes to the floor under a series of punches from Sadjo. He made it to his feet gingerly but the referee again ignored Mansilla’s injury and waived for the fight to continue. As Sadjo walked forward and threw a punch which missed Mansilla turned away and held on the ropes to stay upright and finally the referee stopped the contest. The 29year-old “The Phenomenon” has won all 14 of his fights by KO/TKO. Fourth inside the distance loss for Argentinian Mansilla.
Lofidi vs. Ducar
Lofidi takes unanimous verdict over Czech Ducar. Lofidi attacked hard from the outset but Ducar proved durable and occasionally dangerous, The 6’5” Frenchman was trying too hard for an inside the distance win and leaving himself open. He nearly paid the price for that when he was rocked by hooks and uppercuts in the fourth and from a sustained attack in the fifth. His corner instructed him to dial back the pressure and box. That let Ducar into the fight more and Lofidi forgot the advice over the closing rounds and stood and traded with Ducar in an exciting finish. Scores 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113 for Lofidi who retains the WBC Francophone title that he won with a split decision over Taylor Mabika in June but it was not an impressive performance. The 6’2” Ducar lost on points to Kevin Lerena in a challenge for the IBO title in South Africa in June
El Moutaouakil vs. Bola
When these two clashed last year El Moutaouakil just scraped through on a split decision. This time El Moutaouakil made sure the judges were not needed. After taking the first he connected with a huge right that put Bola down heavily. Surprisingly Bola actually made it back to the vertical but was very unsteady and the fight was over. El Moutaouakil was moving up to ten rounds for the first time and has won his last three fights. Bola suffers his first defeat inside the distance,
Makiadi vs. Bregeon
The French have introduced some very strict rules on how often their champions must defend their title and they are strict enough for some champions to vacate rather than get tied to such a strenuous schedule. That’s why Makiadi and Bregeon found themselves contesting the vacant cruiser title. It was a close fight all the way with the 6’4” Makiadi having edges in height and reach but Bregeon seemed to have done enough to lift the title as in a strong finish he had Makiadi close to a stoppage in the last round. Despite that two judges had them level at 95-95 with the third seeing Bregeon the winner at 96-94. Bregeon will be aiming to lift the title in their return match. Makiadi, a former champion had lost the title in 2018 on a 90 second kayo by Herve Lofidi but had won his last four fights.
Tamba vs. Crambert
Tamba retrains the national title with a wide points win over challenger Crambert. Tamba was a heavy favourite and played the part. He looked on his way to an inside the distance win when he sent Crambert to the canvas with a body punch in the third but a gutsy Crambert got up and was still fighting hard at the end of the tenth. All three judges saw 100-89 for the 28-year-old champion who was defending the title for the first time. Crambert is a better fighter than his indifferent record shows. He has been thrown into some tough assignments including losses to Louis Toutin, former top amateur Michel Tavares and unbeaten Zach Parker.
Cologne, Germany: Super Welter: Ibrahim Guemues (18-0) W TKO 6 Gennady Martirosyan (26-5). Heavy: Hussein Muhamed (14-0) W PTS 10 Yakup Saglam (42-6,1ND). Welter: Ilhami Aydemir (17-1) W PTS 8 Viktor Plotnykov (33-7,1ND).
Martirosyan vs. Guemues
Guemues stop[s a tricky Martirosyan. An interesting opener saw Guemues moving forward behind a probing jab and Martirosyan shooting our jabs and using plenty of movement to unsettle Guemues. Guemues continued to take the fight to Martirosyan but constant changes of guard and direction befuddled him and Martirosyan built a substantial lead. The end came suddenly in the sixth. Guemues forced Martirosyan to the ropes with jabs and then hammered a left hook to the body that saw Martirosyan drop to one knee in pain. Martirosyan made it to his feet but then Guemues drove Martirosyan along the ropes and across the ring connecting with hooks to the body and with Martirosyan pinned on the ropes the towel came in from Martirosyan’s corner. German Guemues wins the vacant IBF Mediterranean title and has 17 victories by KO/TKO but against such inferior opposition that there is no real guide to his ability. Armenian-born Martirosyan had plenty of tricks but crumbled dramatically when under pressure.
Muhamed vs. Saglam
Muhamed outpoints more experienced Saglam in a fight that turned nasty. Basically Muhamed did the boxing. He was jabbing and countering the advancing Saglam who was just trying to get inside but was wild with his punches. The second round last more than six minutes. Muhamed led with his head which smacked into Saglam’s forehead and Saglam dropped to the canvas rolling around looking for a disqualification. The arguments over that went on for four minutes. Eventually the fight resumed and an enraged Saglam tried to butt Muhamed which typified the rest of the contest. By the end of the fourth Muhamed’s left eye was closed and it looked like a thumb had caused it. Muhamed continued to score on the advancing Saglam and Saglam connected with uppercuts inside. Late in the last there was a clash of heads and again Saglam went down looking for a disqualification win and when that did not happen the two rolled their way in bad tempered clashes to the end. The locally-based Muhamed took the unanimous verdict for his first points win. He had score twelve wins by KO/TKO and one on a disqualification but against some dreadful opponents. Saglam, 42, loses whenever he moves up being halted by Joseph Parker and Marco Huck.
Aydemir vs. Plotnykov
Aydemir takes unanimous decision over Plotnykov. Aydemir was faced with the challenge of getting past the jab of the 5’11” Plotnykov and managed that with better hand speed and quick darting attacks. Plotnykov worked hard with his jab in every round and was also able to score with some long rights to the body on the outside. Aydemir was drawing the lead and then coming inside with bursts of punches with Plotnykov lacking the punch to keep Aydemir out. It was an interesting rather than exciting fight with Aydemir rightly taking the verdict but with Plotnykov making him work hard in every round. .Cologne-based Aydemir, the GBU world champion, gets his eighth consecutive win. Ukrainian Plotnykov, 42, a former European title challenger, was inactive in 2018 and this is his second loss since returning.
Kingston, Jamaica: Super Feather: Carlos Dixon (10-1) W TKO 6 Edinso Torres Jr (12-5). Heavy: Vladimir Tereshkin (22-0-1) W RTD 4 Francisco Silvens (23-1). Super Light: Yurik Mamedov (12-1) W RTD 4 Eduardo Cordovez (13-2-1).
Dixon vs. Torres
Despite a four hour delay due to rain that meant this opening fight did not happen until almost midnight Dixon looked sharp as he dominated from the start before halting Torres in the sixth. Dixon’s power put him in the driving seat from the first bell and he bombarded Torres with punches with Torres spitting out his mouthguard to get a break when under pressure. He lost a point for that in the fourth and two heavy rights put him down in the fifth. Torres was forced to stand and trade as Dixon threw everything at the Venezuelan and overpowered him with two knockdowns to force the stoppage. Louisville’s Dixon, 22, wins the vacant WBC Youth Silver title with win No 8 inside the distance. Torres Jr, 21, has now lost three times by KO/TKO. Torres Snr was an IBO champion who had 80 pro fights with the last being a loss to Kevin Mitchell in London in 2008. Torres Jr is not going to reach that level.
Tereshkin vs. Silvens
Tereshkin gets another win but the physical difference made this a ridiculous spectacle. The 6’6” Russian southpaw towered over the 5’11” Dominican but the tubby Silvens weighed the same as Tereshkin which gives an indication of the spare fat he was carrying. Tereshkin is not very mobile but he was able to score with his jab and straight rights. Silvens kept marching into the punches and throwing wild, but dangerous, swipes, Tereshkin was leaving his chin hanging out and was badly shaken in the second before coming back to rock Silvens. Tereshkin used his physical advantages to punish the charging Silvens in the third and fourth with an exhausted Silvens not coming out for the fifth. The 31-year-old Russian did not impress. He is slow does not have a great defence and has largely been inactive having only two fights between December 2013 and July this year. Silvens record reflects the standard of matching in the Dominican Republic. Seventeen of the fighters he has beaten had never won a fight and the other six had managed 26 wins with twelve of those claimed by one opponent.
Mamedov vs. Cordovez
Mamedov makes it a double for Russia as he wins the vacant WBA Fedecaribe title (Russia relocated to the Caribbean-no problem for the WBA). As with Tereshkin Mamedov had physical edges here at 5’9” to the 5’4 ½ “for Cordovez. The Venezuelan was a very live opponent in the first and much of the second as he traded punches with Mamedov. The turning point came late in the second when Mamedov sunk a rib-bending left hook to Cordovez’s body. The Venezuelan did well to get up and survive. In the third Mamedov connected with some heavy rights putting Cordovez down twice and Cordovez did not come out for the fourth round. The 28-year-old Brooklyn-based Mamedov lost on points to 3-8-3 Marcus Bedford in 2017 and this is his fourth win since then against low standard opponents. As with Silvens Cordovez has also benefitted from some abysmal matching with twelve of his 13 victims never having won a fight.
Oslo, Norway: Cruiser: Kai Robin Havnaa (16-0) W PTS 10 Mariano Gudino (13-4). Being the son of Magne Havnaa makes Kai Robin a good ticket seller but this fight showed why he is not being rushed. He outboxed the Argentinian but only just. He was most effective when he was able to use his longer reach to score at distance or as a lever to open up the Argentinian’s guard. Too often Gudino was getting past Havnaa’s guard and scoring with hooks inside but he was cut over his left eye in a clash of heads in the fifth. Gudino’s confidence grew over the second half of the fight and it looked as though he might have clawed back Havnaa’s early lead but two of the judges disagreed. Scores 97-94 and 96-94 for Havnaa and 96-95 for Gudino. They will have to continue to be careful in the opposition they put in front of Havnaa but as he is 30 they can’t wait too long before taking riskier fights. Gudino has now lost 4 of his last 5 fights including a seventh round stoppage against Lawrence Okolie in July.
Orlando, FL, USA: Super Fly: Marvin Solano (23-4) W PTS 10 Dewayne Beamon (16-3-2). Nicaraguan Solano gets an unexpected win as he decisions Beamon. In his first fight in the USA Solano took the unanimous decision but it was a close thing. Scores 96-94 twice for Solano and a very different 100-90 also for Solano. The Nicaraguan was 3-3 in his last six fights consisting of three easy domestic jobs and losses on the road against Mikhail Aloyan, Jeyvier Cintron and Pedro Guevara. He wins the vacant WBC Continental Americas title. Beamon was halted in nine rounds by Juan Francisco Estrada for the WBC title in August.
Conroe, Texas: Alfonso Lopez (32-3) W PTS 10 Denis Grachev (19-10-1). Lopez grinds out decision win over Grachev for the vacant NASBF title. Grachev worked well over the first two rounds. He was coming forward behind his jab with hooks and outworking Lopez. From the third Lopez began to win the jab war. He was quicker and more accurate and on the front foot. He outboxed Grachev over the fourth and fifth but Grachev put in a big effort in the sixth driving forward and roughing Lopez up on the inside. Both fighters were cut over their right eye and Lopez seemed to have problems with the blood hampering his vision at times. Both had good spells in the seventh with Grachev still coming forward and Lopez countering. In the eighth it was Lopez coming forward and he was connecting with strong overhand rights. There were too many clinches in the ninth as both tired but Grachev looked to have done the better work. Lopez dug deep in the last and outpunched Grachev. Scores 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94 for Texan Lopez. He won but the scores are harsh on the performance Grachev put up. Lopez gets his tenth win on the bounce since moving up to light heavy. No names on his record but at 37 he will have to move up soon. Grachev, also 37, has come a long way from the days when he beat 17-0 Ismayl Sillah and outpointed the 33-0 Zsolt Erdei. He is the only fighter to beat the former WBO cruiser champion before he retired. This is his third loss in a row –all tough jobs but he needs a win.
Fight of the week (Significance): Nothing screams out but the wins for Arsen Goulamirian, Dominic Boesel and Michel Soro could lead to some big fights next year.
Fight of the week (Entertainment): Alex Dilmaghani vs. Francisco Fonseca was special. Honourable mention to Pablo Cano vs. Roberto Ortiz-less than two rounds but a savage few minutes and to Lee McGregor vs. Ukashir Farooq
Fighter of the week: Michel Soro for his crushing victory over Cedric Vitu
Punch of the week: The straight left from Jai Opetaia was impressive and although he lost the right from Ortiz that put Cano down in the first was a hammer blow and I have to add the spectacular left hook from Amilcar Vidal that effectively ended his fight with Zach Prieto
Upset of the week: No biggies
Prospect watch: Super Welter Travell Mazion 16-0 is worth following Travell Mazion super welter 16-0
By Eric Armit
-Naoya Inoue unifies the IBF and WBA bantamweight titles and wins the Ali Trophy with unanimous decision over Nonito Donaire in a true classic
-Nourdine Oubaali retains the WBC bantam title with wide unanimous verdict over Naoya’s brother Takuma Inoue
-Jamal Herring takes unanimous decision over Lamont Roach in WBC super feather title defence
-Billy Joe Saunders wins on late stoppage against Marcelo Coceres Argentinian in WBO title defence in a disappointing fight
-Devin Haney outpoints Alfredo Santiago in WBC light title defence
-Kubrat Pulev keeps his hopes of a title fight alive with decision over Kubrat Pulev
- Ronny Rios, Amir Imam, Esquiva Falcao and Janibek Alimkhanuly score inside the distance wins and former WBC light champion Dejan Zlaticanin returns with a victory.
WORLD TITLE SHOWS
Saitama, Japan: Bantam: Naoya Inoue (19-0) W PTS 12 Nonito Donaire (40-6). Bantam: Nourdine Oubaali (17-0) W PTS 12 Takuma Inoue (13-1).
Inoue vs. Donaire
In a dramatic, high quality Fight of the Year” candidate Inoue wins the Ali Trophy and unifies the IBF and WBA titles with a unanimous points victory over veteran Donaire despite suffering a fractured eye socket during the fight..
After some initial probing Inoue cut loose beating Donaire to the punch with a left hooks and then firing a short burst of punches. Donaire pierced Inoue’s guard with a left to the body late in the round but Inoue responded with some quick jabs.
Score: 10-9 Inoue
The pace was quick and both fighters were letting their hands go. Inoue landed good shots early in the round staggering Donaire with a left hook. Donaire countered and then went on the front foot and scored with a cracking left hook as he finished the round strongly. Inoue was cut over his right eye.
Score: 10-9 Donaire TIED 19-19
Donaire pressed throughout the round but Inoue boxed brilliantly on the back foot. He was threading jabs through the guard of Donaire and then stepping in with quick hooks and getting out before Donaire could counter.
Score: 10-9 Inoue Inoue 29-28
Inoue took this one. His hand speed and fast footwork saw him spearing Donaire with sharp jabs and getting off some hooks and uppercuts. They both connected with heavy rights and Donaire tried to up the pace late but again Inoue was finding gaps for his jabs. Donaire was showing a growing bruise under his left eye.
Score 10-9 Inoue Inoue 39-37
Official Scores: Judge Lou Boscarelli 39-37 Inoue, Judge Robert Hoyle 38-38, Judge Octavio Rodriguez 40-36Inoue
A big round for Inoue. He outboxed Donaire early stabbing home jabs and quick rights with his movement frustrating Donaire’s efforts to counter. Late in the round Inoue shook Donaire with a right to the head and then with a cracking left hook and battered the Filipino to the ropes and was unloading heavy punches at the bell.
Score: 10-9 Inoue Inoue 49-46
A close round. Inoue was in counter-puncher mode which allowed Donaire to get on the front foot and score with his own jab. Both landed hard rights and later simultaneous left hooks. Donaire worked hard throughout the round and just edged it
Score: 10-9 Donaire Inoue 58-56
Donaire connected with a good right early and was getting his punches off first scoring with some sharp one-twos to the head of Inoue. It looked as though Donaire might take this one but Inoue picked up the pace piercing Donaire’s guard with jabs and landing clubbing rights and Donaire had a swelling under his right eye
Score: 10-9 Inoue Inoue 68-65
Inoue got through with some jabs and then landed a hard right. Donaire banged straight back with a right of his own which had Inoue retreating. Donaire continued to score with his jab and rights. Inoue threw a blazing combination but then Donaire began to connect with left hooks and rights to the head. Donaire continued to find the target and Inoue was going back and bleeding heavily from his nose. A great round for Donaire just when he needed one.
Score: 10-9 Donaire Inoue 77-75
Official Scores: Boscarelli 77-75 Inoue, Hoyle 77-75 Donaire, Rodriguez 78-73 Inoue (Rodriguez scored the 5th 10-8 for Inoue).
Inoue made a confident start in this one firing quick jabs and finding the target with rights. Donaire kept coming forward and pressing a big right to the head staggered Inoue who dipped at the knees and was in deep trouble. Inoue went on the run but Donaire connected with a thudding right. Inoue responded by urging Donaire to bring it on but really he was just staying on the retreat giving himself some recovery time.
Score: 10-9 Donaire Inoue 86-85
This was a great little fight and Donaire was right back in it. Inoue showed his quality as he upped his pace slamming jabs into Donaire’s face and connecting with sneak rights. Donaire fought his way back into the round with some hard jabs but late in the round Inoue unleashed a storm of punches rocking Donaire’s head from side to side.
Score: 10-9 Inoue Inoue 96-94
Inoue was brutal at the start of this round connecting with a series of right crosses to Donaire’s head. Donaire tried to stem the onslaught with his jab but Inoue landed a rib-wrecking left hook to the body. Donaire turned away from the action and actually trotted around the ring before dropping to his hands and knees. It looked as though Donaire was not going to get up and Inoue had already started to turn away in celebration when Donaire made it to his feet at-let’s say 9 ½ -and the round was only half over. Inoue tried hard to finish it and he dealt out plenty of punishment but Donaire used experience gained in 17 world title fights and a large measure of courage to make it to the bell.
Score: 10-8 Inoue Inoue 106-102
Inoue laid some heavy punishment on Donaire in the last. He was scoring with flashing four and five punch combinations. Donaire fought to the end trying to plough forward and find a fight-saving punch but in the end did well to be there at the final bell.
Score: 10-9 Inoue Inoue 116-111
Official Scores: Boscarelli 116-111 Inoue, Hoyle 114-113 Inoue, Rodriguez 117-109 Inoue
I found one score (117-109) a little hash on Donaire but if it had not been for the 10-8 eleventh round Judge Hoyle would have had Donaire winning the fight which I can’t agree on. Irrespective of that this was a great little fight between youth and experience and along with the Josh Taylor vs. Regis Prograis it shows the value to boxing of the WBSS tournaments. Inoue is still only 26 and has the speed, ability and power to become a four division champion. It seemed as though Donaire was a spent force after losses to Jessie Magdaleno and Carl Frampton but if there was some luck for him in having the easier path to the final he showed here that he deserved to be there and fought like the champion that he is. Over an eleven years career he has won eight version of world titles in four divisions from flyweight to featherweight and they have all been full titles-no secondary, no interims a remarkable feat.
Oubaali vs. Inoue
Oubaali proves too clever and too experienced and floors and outpoints Inoue, the younger brother of Naoya, to retain the WBC title and prevent a double for the Inoue family.
Both fighters were buzzing around at the start pushing out quick jabs but mostly coming up short. Inoue connected with a nice one-two but Oubaali landed a couple more punches jabbing to the body and following with southpaw lefts. Inoue worked well and accurately with his jab and did enough to take the round
Score: 10-9 Inoue
Oubaali was starting to find the target with straight rights. As Oubaali moved inside Inoue landed a left to the body and an off balance Oubaali stumbled back and put his right glove on the canvas to steady himself but was not given a count. Inoue used a quick jab and straight rights to score but Oubaali’s early work gave him the round.
Score: 10-9 Oubaali TIED 19-19
After some early sparring Oubaali began to get through with straight rights and left hooks. He sent Inoue stumbling back with a strong jab before snapping Inoue’s head back with an uppercut. They traded punches with Oubaali connecting with southpaw lefts and Inoue with straight rights with Oubaali’s early work taking the round
Score: 10-9 Oubaali Oubaali 29-28
Their styles were not mixing too well and for much of the round although plenty of punches were thrown very few landed. Oubaali ended that when with 45 seconds remaining in the round. When Inoue missed with a right Oubaali stepped in and caught Inoue with a perfect left cross that dumped Inoue on his backside up against the ropes. He was up at six and frustrated Oubaali’s attempts to land anything of consequence by circling the perimeter of the ring at high speed.
Score: 10-8 Oubaali Oubaali 39-36
Official Scores: Judge Jun Bae Lim 38-37 Oubaali, Judge Alejandro Rochin 39-36 Oubaali, Judge David Sutherland 40-35 Oubaali
Oubaali was forcing too hard in this round and as a result Inoue was catching him with right counters. Oubaali landed a few punches when he pinned Inoue to the ropes but Inoue worked his way off the ropes and was again effective with his jab. Late in the round Oubaali pinned Inoue to the ropes again and let fly with punches. He left himself open and a huge left hook from Inoue straightened Oubaali’s legs but Oubaali quickly recovered.
Score: 10-9 Inoue Oubaali 48-46
A closer round with more misses than hits from both fighters. Inoue was effective with his jab and right crosses but Oubaali found the target with enough straight lefts to take the points.
Score: 10-9 Oubaali Oubaali 58-55
Another round that could have been scored to either fighter. The pace was fast but the exchanges were brief so plenty of interest but little excitement. This time the clever boxing, accurate jabbing and right counters saw Inoue take it.
Score: 10-9 Inoue Oubaali 67-65
Both fighters have excellent technical skills but the separator in this round was Oubaali throwing combination whilst Inoue was a one punch at a time merchant. Oubaali rocked Inoue with a big left cross and although Inoue landed a heavy right of his own Oubaali was again on target with his left before the bell.
Score: 10-9 Oubaali Oubaali 77-74
Official Scores: Lim 77-74 Oubaali, Riochin 79-72 Oubaali, Sutherland 80-71 Oubaali.
Oubaali’s round. Again he was throwing plenty of short punches as he drove forward. He was getting past Inoue’s jab and although some of his punches were short or blocked he was first to the punch as Inoue was waiting too long to let his own go. There was a recklessness about Inoue’s attacks as he must have know he was behind in the scores
Score:10-9 Oubaali Oubaali 87-83
Not much between them in this round. Inoue was fired up but he had trouble hunting Oubaali down. Oubaali moved, countered and jumped in with quick attacks and on the occasions when they did stand and trade a few punches Oubaali’s lefts came out on top.
Score: 10-9 Oubaali Oubaali 97-92
Same scenario here. Inoue was forced to try to take the fight too Oubaali but just could not pin Oubaali down long enough to be effective. Oubaali continued to throw plenty of hooks and enough pierced Inoue’s guard to make it the champion’s round-just.
Score: 10-9 Oubaali Oubaali 107-101
Inoue attacked wildly in the last. He was charging forward slinging wild punches and walking onto counter after counter from Oubaali as the champion easily took the round.
Score: 10-9 Oubaali Oubaali 117-110
Official Scores: Lim 115-112 Oubaali, Rochin 120-107 Oubaali, Sutherland 117-110 Oubaali.
Second defence of the WBC belt by the 33year-old former French double Olympian. After defences in Kazakhstan and Japan he must be hoping for a home defence next-or a triple title unifier against Naoya Inoue or a two title unifier against the winner of Zolani Tete vs. John Riel Casimero but the WBC will probably push him to defend against his mandatory challenger Luis Nery. Loser Inoue gave it his best but he just lacked both the experience and the class to win this one. He is only 23 and will have plenty of money behind him so could land another title shot next year but his weaknesses were exposed here.
Fresno, CA, USA: Super Feather: Jamal Herring (21-2) W PTS 12 Lamont Roach (19-1-1). Heavy: Kubrat Pulev (28-1) W PTS 10 Rydell Booker (26-3). Middle: Janibek Alimkhanuly (8-0) W TKO 6 Albert Onolunose (24-3-1). Middle: Esquiva Falcao (25-0) W TKO 3 Manny Woods (16-9-1). Welter: Amir Imam (22-2) W TKO 4 Marcos Mojica (16-5-2). Light: Gabriel Flores Jr (18-0) W PTS 8 Aelio Mesquita (19-5). Feather: Robeisy Ramirez (1-1) W KO 6 Fernando Ibarra (2-2).
Herring vs. Roach
Herring retains the WBO title with a unanimous decision over a disappointing Roach who starts slowly and never really catches up as Herring effectively controls the fight with his jab.
Dominant first round from Herring. He had height and reach over Roach and was spearing Roach with right jabs. He was following in with lefts to the body and bossing things from the centre of the ring. Roach landed a couple of hooks inside but that was all.
Score: 10-9 Herring
A closer round but still Herring’s. Roach decided to box on the back foot and try to draw Herring in. Herring was again finding gaps for his jab and throwing more and landing more. Roach fired some short bursts of punches but mostly came up short.
Score: 10-9 Herring Herring 20-18
Herring continued to boss the fight. He took control of the ring centre and just kept connect with right jabs and long lefts to the body. Roach was waiting and waiting and threw very few punches. Herring was in his comfort zone on the outside and Roach never threatened to change that.
Score: 10-9 Herring Herring 30-27
No real change here. With his strong jab and plenty of movement Herring was outboxing Roach who just could not get close and when he did Herring was quicker to the punch and then moved to distance and went back to the jab again. Roach just did not seem to have a game plan for dealing with Herring’s jab.
Score: 10-9 Herring Herring 40-36
Roach did better in this round. He pressed his attacks more and connected with some hooks when he got inside. He was only fighting in bursts whereas Herring was ramming home the jab and landing lefts to the body and just did enough to take the round.
Score: 10-9 Herring Herring 50-45
Herring upped his pace at the start of this one. He was getting through with lefts and then raked Roach with a cluster of punches. Roach managed to get inside a couple of times but was largely ineffective and Herring was doing most of the scoring including a right hook which shook Roach and was the best punch landed so far in a disappointing fight.
Score: 10-9 Herring Herring 60-54
Finally a round for Roach. He was coming forward with more purpose and getting past Herring’s jab to score inside. Herring’s work rate dropped and he was not as accurate with his jabs and he looked a lot less composed under the pressure.
Score: 10-9 Roach Herring 69-64
Herring was on the front foot at the start of this round jabbing well and firing lefts to the body. Roach picked up his pace and was taking an extra step forward getting in range where he was able to score with right hooks. Herring did a bit more than he had in the seventh and Roach a bit less but Roach just had the edge.
Score: 10-9 Roach Herring 78-74
Herring took charge of the round. Instead of standing outside he moved forward putting Roach under pressure and was the one landing with hooks. The change of tactics threw Roach and Herring continued to get the better of the exchanges with lefts inside and he made Roach stumble with a right to the head.
Score: 10-9 Herring Herring 88-83
Another round for Herring. He was back to the jab and Roach was stuck on the end of it. He needed to get inside where his hooks would work for him but he did not force the fight enough and Herring was able to score on the outside and smother Roach's work inside.
Score: 10-9 Herring Herring 98-92
Although all he had to do was box his way through the last two rounds Herring started out standing and trading and was caught by a big left hook to the head. Herring steadied himself and went back to his boxing. Just before the bell Roach clipped Herring with a right to the side of the head and suddenly Herrings legs turned to spaghetti. Roach threw punches trying desperately to capitalise on that but the bell came before he could do more damage. If that punch had landed two minutes earlier Herring would have been in deep water.
Score: 10-9 Roach Herring 107-102
In the last. Roach was lunging forward trying to find the punch that had shaken Herring in the eleventh but was too wild and Herring picked him off with jabs and did the cleaner work.
Score: 10-9 Herring Herring 117-111
Official Scores: Judge Rey Danseco 117-111, Judge Max DeLuca 115-113, Judge Gary Ritter 117-111 all for Herring.
The 34-year-old former Marine won the title with a wide points victory over Masayuki Ito in May in a career that seemed to be going nowhere but has been revitalised with Top Rank. Oscar Valdez is his mandatory challenger and that will be a much harder fight. Roach, 24, is a better fighter than he looked here and he seemed to freeze over the early rounds. He has time to recoup and try again.
Pulev vs. Booker
Pulev outpoints Booker in a pedestrian performance and does nothing to advance his hopes of a world title fight. Although carrying 48lbs more than he did when he first turned pro Booker has some skill and he did enough to take the first round. Pulev did better in the second and third jarring Booker with jabs and scoring with a few long right crosses and starting a swelling under the right eye of Booker. Booker is vastly overweight and most of the surplus is around his waist but Pulev ignored that target and just kept head hunting. The best punch in the third round was a right to the chin from Booker. The pace was slow but even that was too fast for Booker and his work rate dropped as the fight went on. Pulev was able to land heavy jabs on a static target and Booker was often content to lie against the ropes behind a high guard and let Pulev try to find gaps. A big right cross had Booker hurt at the end of the sixth. Pulev was able to tee-off against a passive Booker in the seventh and eighth but Booker took the punishment without really looking to be in any trouble and just threw enough punches to convince the referee to let the fight continue. Pulev landed a series of straight right in the ninth with Booker only looking to survive. Booker was a little livelier at the start of the tenth but then went back into his shell as Pulev piled on the punches to the bell. Scores 98-92 twice and 99-91 for Pulev. The 38-year-old Bulgarian, the IBF No 1, is big, strong and limited. If he stays unbeaten then the IBF will probably insist that the winner of the Andy Ruiz vs. Anthony Joshua fight Pulev or be stripped so he could land a title fight in the first half of 2020 but time is running out for him. Booker, 38. Has stayed busy since returning to the ring in 2018 after almost 14 years in prison and he looks destined to just be an evening’s work for better heavyweights.
Alimkhanuly vs. Onolunose
Kazak southpaw Alimkhanuly has an easy night against Onolunose who looked every one of his 39 years in a hapless performance. In a slow start the much taller Alimkhanuly was able to work at distance with his southpaw jab and Onolunose had to reach with his punches and Alimkhanuly was countering him when he did. Alimkhanuly picked up the pace in the third circling a static Onolunose spearing him with right jabs and landing right hooks and occasionally putting together accurate combinations. Alimkhanuly was buzzing around the painfully slow Onolunose in the fourth picking his spots as the Nigerian-born Canadian plodded forward behind a high guard rarely throwing a punch. It was exhibition stuff from Alimkhanuly in the fifth as he constantly circled Onolunose prodding him with jabs and banging home body punches. Onolunose was dire. He was so slow and looked frightened to throw a punch in case he opened himself up to counters. Alimkhanuly ended it in the sixth. He had Onolunose backing off with a hook to the body and followed Onolunose to the ropes and proceeded to drive Onolunose around the ring until Onolunose dropped to one knee. He got up at eight-reluctantly-and as Alimkhanuly was again unloading on the retreating Onolunose the referee stopped the fight. Alimkhanuly was making the second defence of the WBC Continental Americas title and collects the WBO Global belt. Onolunose was a reasonable looking 6-1-1 in his last 8 fights but really should think of walking away.
Falcao vs. Woods
No danger to Falcao’s world rating in this one as he pounds Woods to defeat in three rounds. Falcao was aiming to get this one over quickly. He came out firing and rocked Woods early with hooks. Woods hit back occasionally but when he did he was opening himself up to more punishment and was pinned to the ropes under pressure for the last minute of the opening round. The Brazilian southpaw worked a more measured rate in the second but it was still one-way traffic and he bombarded Woods with hooks and rocked him consistently with left uppercuts. Woods tried to stay off the ropes in the third but it made no difference to the punishment he was taking. A left to the body hurt Woods badly and he backed to the ropes and almost went down. The referee had seen enough and stopped the fight. The World and Olympic silver medallist is rated WBC 6, IBF 7(5) and WBO 15 and has a useful 17 wins by KO/TKO. He lost to Ryota Murata in both the Worlds and Olympics and a shot at the WBA secondary title held by Murata seems Falcao’s best chance of a world title fight at this stage. Floridian Woods in way over his head as he suffers his fifth loss in his last six fights,
Imam vs. Mojica
“Young Master” Imam eases his way back into action with a stoppage of Mojica. It was obvious in the first that Imam was much too quick for the limited Nicaraguan. He was using his longer reach and superior hand speed to shoot jabs through Mojica’s guard, doubling and tripling them and he ended the round with a vicious left hook to the body. Mojica landed a few jabs of his own at the start of the second but for most of the round he was eating jabs from Imam. It looked as though Imam was happy to get in some ring time in the third as he stuck to the jab. Mojica was able to come forward and connect with some hooks but Imam closed the round with some crisp combinations. In the fourth as Imam missed with a lazy right he came back with a left hook to the body and Mojica dropped to one knee in some pain. He was up at seven and when the action resumed Imam forced him to a corner and as Mojica slid down to the canvas the referee stopped the fight. First fight for Imam since losing on points against Juan Carols Ramirez for the vacant WBC super light title in March 2018. A long dispute over his contract has kept him out of the ring but now he will be aiming for another title shot once he gets a few fights under his belt. Third too tough assignment in a row for Mojica with losses to unbeaten prospects Daniyar Yeleussinov and Gary Antuanne Russell before this one to Imam.
Flores vs. Mesquita
Exciting prospect Flores gets eight rounds of useful work from Brazilian Mesquita. In the first Flores was using his long reach to both pierce Mesquita’s guard and open him up for right crosses. In the second Flores continued to come forward behind his jab and connected with a series of punishing left hooks at the end of the round. He rattled Mesquita with combinations in the third but after he landed a hard right Mesquita just poked his tongue out and fired back. Mesquita was much more aggressive in the fourth and although still having to eat jabs and straight rights he landed some hooks of his own and threw in some showboating. Flores was on target again with jabs and rights in the fifth and sixth but again Mesquita was fighting back in short bursts. Flores came on strong over the last two rounds but Mesquita whilst never looking like winning a round stayed competitive to the end. Scores 80-72 for Flores on the three cards. The 19-year-old from Stockton is developing well and there is no reason to rush him. Mesquita has been beaten inside the distance four times but all in fights where he was matched tough and expected to lose.
Ramirez vs. Ibarra
Former Cuban amateur star Ramirez gets his first pro win at the second attempt. After his shock loss to Adan Gonzalez no chances were taken here. Ramirez was several levels better than novice Ibarra on skill and Ibarra was a no-power puncher. That allowed Ramirez to display his considerable talent. He boxed, traded and showboated often toying with Ibarra. After five one-sided rounds Ramirez landed a hard body punch that had Ibarra backing away. Ramirez took him to a corner and landed a series of punches with another body punch putting Ibarra down with the fight being stopped immediately. The 25-year-old two-time Olympic champion is on track and now needs to prove that the Gonzalez loss was just a bump on his road to fame as a pro. Ibarra, 19 did better than expected by going into the sixth round so did his job.
Los Angeles, CA, USA: Super Middle: Billy Joe Saunders (29-0) W KO 11 Marcelo Coceres (28-1-1). Light: Devin Haney (24-0) W PTS 12 Alfredo Santiago (12-1). Super Bantam: Ronny Rios (32-3) W TKO 4 Hugo Berrio (28-7-1,1ND).
Saunders vs. Coceres
Saunders conjures up a stoppage victory but can’t really avoid the fact that this was a disappointing performance against a modest if awkward challenger.
A cautious round from both boxers. Saunders was quicker with his right jab and landed a good left early Coceres circled the perimeter of the ring countering with a few left hooks. Saunders ended the round on the attack and they traded punches with Saunders doing enough to take the round.
Score: 10-9 Saunders
Too much posing by both boxers at the start of the round but then the action warmed up. Saunders was again on target with his jabs. Coceres was stepping in firing short bursts of light hooks but Saunders was blocking many and was more accurate with his punches.
Score: 10-9 Saunders Saunders 20-18
Coceres tried some rushing attacks but good footwork and clever upper body movement from Saunders meant nothing got through. Saunders was quicker with the jab and landed some sneaky lefts and in a round in which neither fighter had much success that was enough to give him the round.
Score: 10-9 Saunders Saunders 30-27
Greater accuracy and better defensive work gave Saunders this round. His jab was too quick for Coceres and when Coceres marched forward pumping out short punches Saunders was blocking or dodging them. Saunders landed low and the referee sent Coceres to a corner for some recovery time. Saunders followed them and launched a punch before the referee had signalled for the action to continue and he was give a stern warning.
Score: 10-9 Saunders Saunders 40-36
Official Scores: Judge Patricia Morse Jarman 38-38, Judge Lou Moret 40-36 Saunders, Judge Robin Taylor 39-37 Saunders.
A round for Coceres. He was connecting with lead rights and Saunders just could not get on target with his jab. Saunders countered well with hooks when against the ropes but Coceres continued to score with his rights.
Score 10-9 Coceres Saunders 49-46:
Another round to Coceres. Both fighters were spending too much time trying to out-feint each other and not punching. Coceres again had success with lead rights and pinned Saunders to the ropes and connected with some body punches. Saunders seemed to be having trouble working out his tactics against someone who was using his own tactics on him.
Score: 10-9 Coceres Saunders 58-56
Saunders just edged a close one. Neither fighter did a lot of useful work in a round and a fight that was lacking in entertainment. Saunders was more accurate with his jab. Coceres threw more punches but missed with more punches and Saunders finished the round strongly.
Score: 10-9 Saunders Saunders 68-65
Coceres round. He was getting through with his rights. He was either leading with the right or drawing the jab and then countering. Saunders was showing some fancy footwork but throwing too few punches and Coceres was outworking him.
Score: 10-9 Coceres Saunders 77-75
Official Scores Jarman 77-75 Coceres, Moret 78-74 Saunders, Taylor 77-75 Saunders
Neither fighter did a great deal in this round. Saunders used his jab a bit more and Coceres attacked a little less. Saunders scored with some hooks late in the round and that was enough to give him the edge.
Score: 10-9 Saunders Saunders 87-84
This one swung back to Coceres. Saunders went away from his jab and traded hooks with Coceres which favoured the challenger. He was connecting with rights and ended the round with a flourish of hooks.
Score: 10-9 Coceres Saunders 96-94
As they traded punches early in the eleventh Saunders landed with a right to the side of the head and then a left to the head. Coceres dropped to his hands and knees. He stood up but then took a couple of steps and went down on his hands and knees again. The referee continued the count from when Coceres had first gone down and Coceres was up at eight. Coceres tried to punch his way out of trouble and as they both swung wildly a left hook put Coceres down again. He beat the count but when he was floored by another left the referee waived the fight over. Saunders was making the first defence of his WBO title and had a faint hope that an impressive performance might just impel him into a huge fight with Saul Alvarez. It is questionable whether Alvarez would want to take a match with Saunders because of the Brits style but after this showing it would be an impossible sell. It is difficult to get enthusiastic over Saunders vs. his mandatory challenger Erik Bazinyan and a fight with WBC champion Callum Smith looks unlikely so it is hard to see where Saunders goes from here. Coceres did much better than expected but I feel this performance flattered him and he will struggle against any of the top super middles.
Haney vs. Santiago
Haney has no trouble holding on to a version of the WBC title (Vasyl Lomachenko is the real champion for me despite the “franchise” rubbish) as he outboxes a modest Santiago who falls away after a competitive start.
Santiago had edges in height and reach and tried to find the target early with his jab. Haney had no trouble dodging or blocking the jabs and jumped in quickly to land with hooks, Santiago connected with a right late but Haney made him pay with rapid jabs and a series of rights.
Score: 10-9 Haney
Both fighters were short with their punches in the second until Santiago scored with a lunging right to the head. Haney showed some smart defensive work and some aggression late but Santiago did good work with his jab and did enough to earn the round.
Score: 10-9 Santiago Haney 20-18
Haney was having trouble dealing with the longer reach of Santiago and was caught with a long right. Haney had more success when he put together some combinations. He was just doing enough to edge the round but it was close and it was Haney’s defensive work rather that his punches that saw him take this round.
Score: 10-9 Haney Haney 29--28
Santiago switched to southpaw in this round and now his right jab was getting though with Haney looking crude with some head down rushes trying to get inside. Santiago continued to score with his jab and landed a couple of rights. Haney tried to get inside but Santiago was tying him up and for me did enough to take the round.
Score: 10-9 Santiago TIED 38-38
Official Scores: Judge Karen Holderfield 40-36 Haney, Judge Alejandro Rochin 40-36 Haney, Judge Zachary Young 40-36 Haney
There had been nothing of the wonder kid about Haney so far but he stepped up in this round. He was now beating Santiago to the jab putting together combinations connecting with straight rights and right hooks. Santiago missed with a right and Haney connected with two rights to the head and missed with two other punches as Santiago went back and down. He beat the count and although stumbling and floundering made it to the bell.
Score: 10-8 Haney Haney 48-46
Santiago used his jab well and found the target with a couple of rights and tied Haney up inside but the fire had gone out of his work. Haney finished the round well jabbing strongly and getting the better of a furious exchange
Score: 10-9 Haney Haney 58-55
Haney was now controlling the fight with his superior hand speed. He was scoring with quick jabs and following right hooks. Santiago was no longer on the front foot, his jab had vanished, and he was throwing less punches and just looking to hold inside.
Score: 10-9 Haney Haney 68-64
Santiago landed a couple of hooks at the start but then Haney took over. His jab was just too quick for Santiago to block or dodge and Haney was connecting with rights to the head. Santiago was doing a lot of holding inside and not working and Haney ended the round with a burst of punches.
Score: 10-9 Haney Haney 78-73
Official Scores Holderfield 80-71, Rochin 80-71, Young 80-71 all for Haney.
Haney was now totally in charge. He was putting together some flashy combinations scoring with lefts to the body and rights to the head. Santiago was just lunging forward so that he could get close enough to hold Haney and smother the champions work but was throwing very few punches.
Score: 10-9 Haney Haney 88-82
Santiago went southpaw again but a couple of rights from Haney quickly made him change back to orthodox. This was a poor round with Haney landing an occasional left hook and Santiago doing a lot of holding and very little punching in what was turning out to be a disappointing fight.
Score: 10-9 Haney Haney 98-91
Santiago came to life again and threw some punches and landed some. Haney found the range with jabs and left hooks and Santiago went back to holding. A punch opened a cut over Santiago’s left eye and they exchanged punches late in the round with Haney the most accurate.
Score: 10-9 Haney Haney 108-100
No last round heroics from Santiago. Haney just kept sticking him with the jab and Santiago never managed to scrape up any meaningful attacks as Haney boxed his way to the bell.
Score 10-09 Haney Haney 118-109
Official Scores: Holderfield 120-107 Haney, Rochin 120-107 Haney, Young 120-107 Haney.
The 20-year-old Californian will have better nights than this. He found Santiago an awkward opponent and had little chance to shine. After the fifth round knockdown Santiago lost his confidence and from then did more clinching than fighting. Haney showed his talent when he could but had little opportunity to do so here. Gervonta Davis is No 1 with the WBC and that would be an interesting clash between two very talented young fighters. Puerto Rican-based Dominican Santiago looked useful for four rounds then he just turned spoiler and made this a dull fight.
Rios vs. Berrio
This was scheduled for twelve but never looked likely to go that far. Rios was hunting Berrio down in the first loading up on his punches and connecting with overhand rights and left hooks to the body. Berrio battled back strongly in the second but lacked the power to worry Rios who was mixing uppercuts along with the hooks and overhand rights and opened a cut over Berrio’s left eye with a punch. Rios put together some brutal combinations in the third and was doubling up with his left hooks. The doctor examined Berrio in the interval but let the fight continue. Berrio tried to punch with Rios in the fourth but was beaten down and forced back until a driven straight right dumped him on the floor. He bravely climbed to his feet but the referee saved him from further punishment. Rios, a former WBC super bantamweight title challenger, revived his career with a stoppage of unbeaten Diego De La Hoya in July which won him the NABF and WBA Gold titles and he was defending his Gold title here. He must be hoping that he can land a shot in 2020 against Daniel Roman who holds both the WBA and IBF titles. Colombian Berrio had been confining himself to domestic tussles and was 5-0,1ND going in having won the Colombian title but he was never in with a chance against the power of Rios.
Tucson, AZ, USA: Heavy: Alex Flores (18-2-1) W TKO 6 Mario Heredia (16-8-1). Welter: Santiago Dominguez (20-0) W KO 1 Ravshan Hudaynazarov (17-3). Super Middle: Juan Jose Barajas (11-0) W PTS 8 Fidel Hernandez (20-8-1).
Flores vs. Heredia
Californian Flores stops a bloated Heredia in six rounds. The 6’4” Flores towered over an elephantine Heredia (Heredia’s height was given as 6’3” but BoxRec shows a more representative 5’10”) and Flores dominated the action. Heredia had some success when he could use his 52lbs weight advantage to bull Flores to the ropes but mostly he just soaked up punishment. Flores drove Heredia to the ropes in the third and Heredia slid down to rest on the middle rope before bouncing back and was belatedly given a count. . Heredia survived but was really just a punch bag. In the fifth with Heredia pinned on the ropes Flores landed heavily to head and body and Heredia went down on one knee for another count. A vicious left hook to the body put Heredia down again. He briefly arose only to turn round and go down again and although he made it to his feet the fight was stopped. Flores, 29, has 16 inside the distance victories. His losses have come inside the distance against Charles Martin and Joseph Parker. Seventh loss by KO/TKO for Heredia who was stopped in three rounds by Filip Hrgovic in December.
Dominguez vs. Hudaynazarov
Outstanding performance by unbeaten Dominguez in what looked a fairly even match on paper. Dominguez landed a left hook to the body and a right to the head and then repeated the sequence and Hudaynazarov went down flat on his back. He tried to get up but was counted out so all over in 40 seconds. Fort Worth-based Mexican makes it eight quick finishes in a row and only four of his victims has gone the distance, but the quality has been questionable. He collects the vacant WBC USNBC belt. After scoring 17 wins in a row Uzbek Hudaynazarov, 35, was then inactive for four years and has now lost all three of his contests since he returned in February 2018.
Barajas vs. Hernandez
Barajas wins every round against ancient Hernandez. At 6’3” the unbeaten Barajas was 7” taller and 20 years younger than Hernandez and was able to control the fight from the start. Hernandez bravely marched forward but was speared with jabs and then rocked by straight rights. Hernandez took the lumps and rolled on. He lost a point in the seventh for a low punch and despite a big effort in the last Barajas could not get him out of there. Scores 80-71 for Barajas from all of the judges. The 22-year-old “Just Business” is being sensibly matched. Hernandez, 42, turned pro before Barajas was born and was away for the ring for 16 years before returning in 2017. He is 4-4-1 since then but announced this was his last fight.
Amsterdam, Holland: Super Light: Rafik Harutjunan (13-3) W PTS 10 Damian Yapur (15-15-3). Welter: Xavier Kohlen (7-0) W PTS 10 Denis Krieger (14-10-2).
Harutjunan vs. Yapur
Harutjunan wins the vacant Dutch title with unanimous decision over Madrid-based Argentinian Yapur. It was a closer fight than the scores indicate. Harutyunyan was cut over the left eye in a clash of heads but built a lead with Yapur coming on strong over the late rounds. Scores 97-93 twice and 98-92. The Armenian-born Harutjunan rises to 4-3 in his last 7 fights. Spanish-based Yapur suffers his eighth loss in a row but as always he came to fight and gave Harutjunjan a good test.
Kohlen vs. Krieger
Kohler stays busy with points victory against German-based Moldovan Krieger. Many of the rounds were close with the harder punches from making the difference. Scores 99-91 twice and 98-92 for Kohlen. The highly educated Kohlen was moving up to ten rounds for the first time and he claims the Dutch title. Fifth loss on the bounce for Krieger but he has been overmatched and competed well here.
La Banda, Argentina: Super Light: Hugo Roldan (17-0) W PTS 10 Victor Velasquez (17-10) Roldan moves to 17 wins with comprehensive victory against the overmatched veteran Velasquez. Scores 100-90, 100-90 ½ and 100-92. No 1 Roldan will be looking to challenger for the national title early in 2020. Velasquez, 37, a former Argentinian welterweight champion was having his first fight for two years.
Guerande, France: Middle: David Papot (23-0-1) W PTS 8 Vaghinak Tamrazyan (16-6). If Papot was expecting a nice, easy night he was mistaken. Tamrazyan walked through everything Papot threw to get inside and work to the body. Papot had height and reach and he made Tamrazyan pay every step of the way but just could not subdue to storming Russian. He rocked Tamrazyan occasionally and did most of the scoring but it was a hard twenty-four minutes of work for the former undefeated French champion. Scores 78-74 for Papot on all of the judges score sheets. The 28-year-old from Saint Nazaire put on impressive performance in drawing with James McGirt Jr in June and will be looking to build on that. Armenian-born Tamrazyan was 4-1 in his previous 5 outings.
Bergisch Gladback, Germany: Middle: Uensal Arik (30-2) W PTS 8 Siarhei Huliakevich (43-12-1).Cruiser: Tervel Pulev (14-0) W TKO 2 Kai Kurzawa (38-9).
Arik vs. Huliakevich
Arik wins the vacant WBC Asian Silver title with hard fought win over Huliakevich. There was plenty of honest endeavours here but not a great deal of quality work. Arik won the fight on the basis of his strength, constant aggression and high work rate. Huliakevich tended to fight in burst but showed some useful defence moves and was never really in any trouble. Arik had bumps and bruises around both eyes and went to the hospital after the fight just to be checked and was OK. The 39-year-old German-born Turk is a former WBU and GBU world champion. He has been a harsh critic of Turkish Premier Tayyip Erdogan and there was a security service at the hall for his protection. He is now aiming to enter politics in Germany. Belarusian Huliakevich, 38, was 0-5-1 going into this one but he showed power and durability.
Pulev vs. Kurzawa
A poor excuse for a match sees Pulev stop oldie Kurzawa inside a round. Pulev floored Kurzawa early and then had him wincing from a left hook to the body before driving Kurzawa to the canvas with a straight right to force the stoppage. The 36-year-old Bulgarian, the younger brother of Kubrat, moves to eleven inside the distance victories but he is going to have to take risks and face much better opposition as he is too advanced in age to waste time with fights like this. Kurzawa, 43, has lost 5 of his last 6 fights all inside four rounds.
Oviedo, Spain: Super Welter: Jose Fandino (15-6) W TKO 2 Sergio Fernandez (9-1-1). Welter: Aitor Nieto (25-6-1) W PTS 6 Khalid Habchane (7-4-1).
Fandino vs. Fernandez
Fandino wins a Spanish title at the third attempt with stoppage of Fernandez. When these two met in February Fernandez won the vacant national title with a split decision over neighbour Fandino. It looked as though the second match might be set to go the same way as Fernandez outboxed Fandino over the first round. Fernandez was on his way to collecting the points in the second when a huge right from Fandino dropped him heavily. He struggled to his feet but was in no condition to continue and the referee stopped the fight. At 35 Fandino was probably in the last chance saloon . His figures do not look good but he had been in tough losing fights against Ronny Landaeta, Esquiva Falcao and Anderson Prestot who at the time he faced them had combined records of 51-1. He is strictly domestic level but it was a big night for him this time.
Nieto vs. Habchane
Neighbourhood fighter Nieto marks time with comfortable victory over Moroccan Habchane. Nieto floored Habchane in the second round and then boxed his way through the remaining four rounds for a comfortable victory. The Spanish champion and twice EU title challenger was returning after nine months out due to an injury to his left hand. Habchane, 42, never posed any threat.
Sydney, Australia: light: Kye MacKenzie (21-2) W PTS 10 Francis Chua (7-1-1). Super Bantam: Luke Boyd (8-0) W KO 1 Jon Jon Jet (10-1). Cruiser: Ben Sila (9-0) W TKO 8 Victor Oganov (32-8). Heavy: Lucas Browne (29-2) W TKO 2 John Hopoate (12-7).
MacKenzie vs. Chua
When these two met in November southpaw Chua pulled off a shock win over the highly rated and much more experienced MacKenzie over six rounds, Mackenzie had everything in his favour in this return match, He was the home fighter and it was over ten rounds with Chua never having gone more than six. MacKenzie was much the better technician and used his longer reach to do some good work at distance. Southpaw Chua was less skilful but strong and aggressive and never stopped coming and it was war in round after round. The eighth was a great round as they just stood and belted each other and it was MacKenzie who proved the stronger. Despite a vertical cut over his left eye MacKenzie greater experience saw him pace the fight better and emerge a good winner. MacKenzie got his revenge but Chua also showed that the first result was no freak as Mackenzie had to fight hard all the way. Scores 96-94 twice and 97-93 for MacKenzie who lifts the vacant WBA Oceania title. MacKenzie had climbed into the world rating on the back of a run of six wins before the loss to Chua and will be looking to get back into the ratings and climb from there. Chua’s stock has been boosted even in this losing effort and he will be eyeing a national title now.
Boyd vs. Jet
Boyd overwhelms Indonesian Jet and knocks him cold in the first round. Boyd was crouched like a sprinter ready to start a 100 metre race and he came out fast. He jumped on poor Jet and rocked him early with a right. He then drove forward sending lefts and right crashing through the Indonesian’s defence. He took Jet to the ropes but Jet fought his way off only to be nailed with a full-blooded straight right that deposited the Indonesian flat on his back spread-eagled on the canvas. The referee just waived the fight off. Local fighter Boyd, 32, wins the vacant interim WBA Oceania title with his six win by KO/TKO. He was a top class amateur winning the Australian title and twice collecting gold medals at the Oceania Games. He represented Australia at two world championships and the 2008 Olympic Games but had only five fights in his first four years as a pro. He seems to be taking things much more seriously as this is his third win this year with all three ending inside the first round. First fight outside Indonesia for Jet who is basically a prelim fighter.
Sila vs. Oganov
The only surprise in this fight is that Oganov last as long as he did. A fat and shop-worn Oganov was giving away height, reach and age and was an easy target for Sila. Oganov took his lumps but was never in the fight. Finally in the eighth Sila pinned Oganov to the ropes and snapped his head from side to side until Oganov dropped to the floor. The referee gave Oganov an eight count and should have stopped the fight then. Instead he signalled for the fight to continue and then stepped in and halted the fight before Sila could land another punch. Sila can expect to move up from his No 14 position in the Australian ratings but needs better opposition as his previous eight victims had just twelve wins between them. Oganov, 43, was No 7 in the ratings but had his best days as a super middleweight.
Browne vs. Hopoate
This fight made Sila vs. Oganov look good. Browne had 5” in height over the slow-footed ponderous and grossly overweight Tongan. Browne was able to score with jabs and heavy rights at distance but occasionally Hopoate would bundle Brown to the ropes and swing crude hooks. Hopoate stumbled past Browne into the ropes after missing with a wild swing and he went down under a couple of punches from Browne. He was up quickly and they wrestled to the bell. Hopoate tried some wild swings in the second and had some success but was totally gassed and after Browne took him to the ropes and landed a series of head punches the fight was stopped. A waste of time for Browne and the crowd but he needed a win after being stopped in three rounds by Dave Allen in April. The 44-year-old Hopoate was out of the ring for almost nine years before being knocked out in two rounds by Paul Gallen in February and weighed a career high of 256 ½ lbs.
London, England: Welter: Michael McKinson (18-0) W PTS 10 Luis Veron (17-1-2). Light: Liam Walsh (23-1) W PTS 10 Maxi Hughes (19-5-2). Middle: Danny Dignum (12-0) W TKO 5 Conrad Cummings (17-4-1). Super Light: Daniel Egbunike (6-0) W PTS 10 Billy Allington (8-012).
McKinson vs. Veron
In a clash of unbeaten fighters southpaw McKinson boxes his way to victory against an aggressive Veron. The bout started at a fast pace with both boxers stabbing out quick jabs. As Veron moved in McKinson threw a light punch which just brushed the top of Veron’s head and Veron dropped to one knee. It looked more as though Veron had overbalanced but he was given a count. Veron was coming forward forcing the fight in the second and third. McKinson was scoring well with counters and they traded punches throughout the round with Veron connecting with some strong hooks. Veron continued to forge forward in the fourth with McKinson forced to stand and trade and landing the better punches. In the fifth a straight left from McKinson knocked Veron over. He was not badly hurt and was up immediately and attacked for the rest of the round. McKinson’s boxed cleverly on the back foot over the sixth and seventh and Veron was cut over his right eye. McKinson did not have the punch to stop Veron marching forward in the eighth and ninth but his smart defensive moves and accurate counters gave him the edge in both rounds. With two 10-8 rounds against him Veron had no choice but to go for broke in the last. He had some success but was wide open and McKinson was able to find the target with counters throughout the round and was a clear winner in an entertaining ten rounds. Scores 99-89, 98-90, and 97-91all for McKinson. The 25-year-old WBO European champion has excellent skills but he has only two wins inside the distance and that lack of power could be a drawback against higher class opposition. Veron was strong and aggressive but after 17 starlight wins he was coming off two draws against very moderate domestic opposition.
Walsh vs. Hughes
Walsh takes the unanimous decision over Hughes in a quality contest between two experienced high level professionals. This was supposed to be a clash of two southpaws but Walsh came out in the first in the orthodox left hand lead stance and fought that way through the whole ten rounds. Walsh took the opener with sharp left jabs and some accurate straight rights. These are two excellent technicians and Hughes was working well with his jab in the second and landed a couple of crisp lefts but Walsh was quick and on target with his jabs and was driving rights through the defence of Hughes and clearly won the round. In the third Hughes was on the back foot trying to draw the lead and counter but Walsh was too quick slotting jabs home and again finding the target with long rights. Hughes did better in the fourth and fifth. He was getting through with his jab and counter lefts with Walsh short with his punches and he got Walsh’s attention with an uppercut in the fifth. As expected this was turning out to be a fast-paced entertaining contest. Walsh was back in charge in the sixth. He found the range for his left jabs and for the last two minutes cracked Hughes with right after right. Walsh was working the jab again in the seventh but Hughes landed a beautiful right uppercut and followed that with a solid left to the head. Walsh laughed the shots off but they were quality punches. Walsh took the eighth as he added some vicious left hooks to the body to his accurate jabbing. Hughes countered when he could and again connected with a quality uppercut but the body punches from Walsh were hurtful. There was no let up in the pace as Hughes decided to try to get in close to avoid the jabs and long rights from Walsh. He managed to score with some meaty hooks inside but for much of the round he was on the end of Walsh’s jab and right crosses. Hughes fought hard in the last but the better quality work came from Walsh as he finished strongly earning the decision. There were a number of good matches on this show and this was the best. Scores 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94 for Walsh and the 97-93 seemed about right to me. Walsh, 33, wins the vacant WBO European title. This is the second brick in his rebuilding process. He was stopped in three rounds by Gervonta Davis for the IBF super feather title in May 2017 and was then inactive until returning with a low level win in May this year. Hughes is a warrior and his losses have come in top level domestic fights two of them for the British super feather title and it would not surprise me if he fights for a British title again in 2020.
Dignum vs. Cummings
Dignum wins the vacant WBO European title as he halts Cummings in five rounds. Cummings made a storming start piling forward over the first two rounds bobbing and weaving to get inside and to rough Dignum up. Southpaw Dignum was forced on to the back foot but he boxed and countered well. Cumming lost a point for continually thrusting his elbow into Dignum’s face. Cummings continued his head down rushing attacks in the third but Dignum was moving smartly creating room and connecting inside with hooks to the body and sharp uppercuts. In the fourth Cummings was given a stern warning for yet another offence with his elbow. He looked to be tiring and was walking onto some wicked hooks and uppercuts from Dignum and at the bell was bleeding from the nose and cut over the right eye. As Cummings walked forward in the fifth Dignum met him with two punishing straight lefts. Cummings took a step back and when he started forward again an even stronger left had him staggering and stumbling and the referee made a good stoppage. Quality performance from the tall fighter from Essex and his sixth win inside the distance. He will get a world rating from the WBO for winning their European title but as this was Dignum’s first ten round fight that is quite ridiculous. Cummings was having his third shot at this title having lost twice on points to Luke Keeler in previous attempts.
Egbunike vs. Allington
Egbunike wins the vacant BBB of C Southern Area title with points victory over Allington. Egbunike was the more composed fighter with more variety in his work. Allington did his best work with the jab but Egbunike was busier with quicker hands. Neither fighter was ever in trouble but the mix of styles worked well to make an interesting fight. Although it was his first ten round fight Allington staged a strong finish to take the last but it was not enough to offset Egbunike’s earlier dominance. Referee’s score 97-93 for Egbunike. The winner showed some good skills but at 30 he may have to take some risky fights to make the progress he needs. Allington was competitive but his lack of power will limit his horizon.
Hamburg, Germany: Super Light: Artem Harutyunyan (8-0) W PTS 10 Islam Dumanov (10-2). Super Welter: Nick Klappert (29-3) W PTS 10 Antonio Hoffmann (22-2). Heavy: Zhan Kossobutskiy (12-0) W TKO 1 Agron Smakici (15-1). Super Middle: Leon Bauer (17-0-1) W PTS 8Toni Kraft (16-1-1). Middle: Patrick Wojcicki (14-0-1) W TKO 4 Robert Swierzbinski (21-10-2). Super Middle: Osleys Iglesias (2-0) W KO 2 Rafael Bejaran (26-5-1).
Harutyunyan vs. Dumanov
This show marked the return to boxing of Universum. Armenian-born German Harutyunyan had to fight hard to get a majority verdict over inexperienced Russian Dumanov. Harutyunyan made an impressive start with his quick movement and stiff jabs. He staggered Dumanov with a left in the first round and soon built a lead. Dumanov got into the fight by switching tactics instead of taking the fight to Harutyunyan he went on the back foot and was successful with some accurate counters. Harutyunyan looked to be back in control but Dumanov switched tactics again and began to drive forward rocking Harutyunyan with a left in the seventh. Harutyunyan took the eighth but Dumanov finished strongly. Harutyunyan’s early work made him a clear winner despite the majority decision. Scores 98-92 and 97-93 for Harutyunyan and 95-95. The 29-year-old Harutyunyan collects the vacant IBO International title. He won bronze medals at both the 2013 European Championships and the 2016 Olympics. Dumanov had won his last four fights including victories over 22-2 Dmitry Mikhaylenko and former IBF title challenger Ali Funeka
Klappert vs. Hoffmann
There was some excellent matchmaking on this show and Klappert, a slight underdog, also won on a majority decision over Universum fighter Hoffmann. At the start of the fight Hoffmann was on the offensive taking the fight to Klappert and collecting rounds on the basis of his aggression and higher work rate. Klappert gradually worked his way into the fight. He was not matching Hoffmann’s work rate but was more accurate and connecting with the harder punches. Hoffmann seemed to have no plan B and Klappert ate into Hoffmann’s lead and finished strongly to take the decision. Scores 97-93 and 96-94 for Klappert and 95-95. The 36-year-old German makes it 8 wins in his last 9 fights and goes home with the vacant IBO Continental title. His loss in that run was a first round kayo by the then unbeaten Khuseyn Baysangurov. Angolan-born Hoffmann’s loss was against Steven Butler who challenges Ryota Murata for the secondary WBA title next month. Hoffmann had rebuilt with ten wins nine by KO/TKO.
Smakici vs. Kossobutskiy
Oh dear this certainly was a disaster for the house fighter as Kossobutskiy demolished Smakici inside a round. Both were looking for the knockout and the 6’6” Smakici landed first. Southpaw Kossobutskiy fired back with two lefts which staggered Smakici. Kossobutskiy followed up with another left and dropped Smakici with a right. Smakici jumped straight up but was very shaky. Smakici tried to use his longer reach to stay out of trouble but Kossobutskiy stepped in with a thunderbolt of a left cross and Smakici was dumped into the ropes and then down and the referee stopped the fight without a count. The 30-year-old 6’3” Kazak has put seven of his opponents away in the first round so it was some brave matching to put the unbeaten Smakici in with him-or dumb matching perhaps. Kossobutskiy becomes the IBO Inter-Continental champion and German-based Croatian Smakici goes back to basics.
Bauer vs. Kraft
The crowd were certainly being given their money’s worth as this was again a very close, competitive contest between two unbeaten fighters. Things looked ominous for Bauer when he was cut over his left eye in a clash of heads in the first round. That in fact made Bauer go on the attack probably fearing an early stoppage and a technical draw. The rounds were close with the fight swinging one way and then the next but Bauer’s higher work rate just gave him the edge in a fight which could have been scored either way. Scores 78-74, 77-75 and 77-76 all for Bauer. Only 21 Bauer turned pro at 16 so is still learning and this was an excellent test and a good win. Kraft, 26, was coming off a win over Sasha Yengoyan and will rebound under Universum’s guidance.
Wojcicki vs. Swierzbinski
Wojcicki brushes aside a sliding Swierzbinski. This was Wojcicki’s fight from the outset. He was scoring with strong uppercuts and Swierzbinski was down three times in the second round but survived. Wojcicki continued to pound on Swierzbinski until the Pole’s corner threw in the towel in the fourth. Wojcicki has wins over useful opponents in Ronny Mittag and Marcelo Caceres. Third loss in a row for Swierzbinski.
Iglesias vs. Bejaran
German-based Cuban Iglesias flattens experienced Bejaran. After taking the first round early in the second Iglesias knocked Bejaran out cold with a thunderous punch. It was a worrying kayo with Bejaran down for more than two minutes needing medical attention and it was a relief when Bejaran was eventually able to rise and be taken back to his corner. Southpaw Iglesias may be one to watch. The Cuban southpaw won silver medals at the Cuban National Championships in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 losing in each final to World and Olympic champion Arlen Lopez. The 37-year-old Bejaran lost to Jack Culcay and Fedor Chudinov in recent fights but no one did a job on him like this.
Rio Cuarto, Argentina: Super Welter: Adrian Sasso (14-2) W PTS 12 Marcelo Bzowski (11-11-3). Super Feather: Matias Rueda (33-1) W KO 2 Julian Aristule (34-13,1ND)
Sasso vs. Bzowski
Sasso gats wide unanimous decision over fellow-Argentinian southpaw Bzowski in South American title defence. Scores 120-108 ½ , 119-109, 119 ½ -112. The local hero makes it seven wins on the trot. Second loss in a South American title fight for Bzowski who lost for the welter title in August.
Rueda vs. Aristule
Rueda adds another inside the distance win as he finishes experienced Aristule in the second round. Rueda had dominated the fight before a savage right uppercut dropped Aristule and he was counted out. Rueda is now 7-0 with 6 wins by KO/TKO since being stopped in two rounds by Oscar Valdez in a WBO title fight in 2016. Fourth loss in a row for Aristule.
Guerande, France: Welter: Jordy Weiss (25-0) W PTS 6 Kelly Figueroa (12-12-3). Welter: Marvin Petit (24-2-1) W Karin Menasria (8-23-1).
Weiss vs. Figueroa
With nothing on the calendar for him just a keep busy night for European Union champion Weiss as he wins every round against Spanish-based Venezuelan Figueroa. Gypsy Weiss was a bit more aggressive than usual but he lacked the power to end this one early. All three judges had it 60-54. Fifth loss on the bounce for southpaw Figueroa.
Petit vs. Menasria
Petit gets back on track with unanimous verdict over fellow-Frenchman Menasria. The former undefeated EU and French champion was having his first fight since losing a close decision against Francesco Patera for the European title in February. Menasria, 41, has now lost 8 of his last 9 fights.
Henin-Beaumont, France: Light: Laid Douadi (18-0-1) W PTS 10 Aboubeker Bechelaghem (12-11-2). Journeyman Bechelaghem gives French champion Douadi a tough night. Douadi retains the national title but only on a split decision. Scores 97-92 and 96-93 for Douadi and 95-94 for Bechelaghem. First defence of the title for 26-year-old home town fighter Douadi. Fourth shot at winning a French title for Bechelaghem, 32, but on the back of this he could get one more chance.
Korbach, Germany: Super Middle: Mario Jassmann (20-0) W RTD 5 Ericles Torres (20-13-1). Jassmann delights his home fans with inside the distance win over Cuban Torres. Jassmann slowly broke Torres down. The Cuban was competitive over the first two rounds but then the greater strength of Jassmann took its toll. Torres was floored by a left hook to the body at the end of the fifth round and did not come out for the sixth. Jassmann wins the vacant WBFederation Inter-Continental title. He has impressive looking figures and has 17 wins by KO/TKO but is strictly domestic level and has been carefully matched. Hungarian-based Torres, 48, was having his first fight since losing in three rounds to Robert Talarek in October 2017.
Corregidora, Mexico: Welter: Juan Pablo Romero (12-0) W TKO 2 Ranses Payano (21-3) Romero blows away Payano in two rounds. The local fighter was in control from the first bell against a rusty Payano. He never really gave Payano a chance to settle and ended it in the second. He trapped Payano in a corner and just kept punching and with Payano being rocked several times by hooks and uppercuts the referee jumped in and halted the fight. Romero was defending the WBC Fecarbox title for the first time. He gets win No 9 by KO/TKO. No name opposition yet but a couple of reasonable level wins. Dominican Payano had lost only one of his last thirteen fights but that run was spread over four years and this was his first fight in 2019.
Hawaiian Gardens, CA, USA: Super Welter: Madiyar Ashkeyev (14-0) W RTD 5 Rodolfo Martinez (43-9-3,1ND). Ashkeyev picks up the vacant WBC USNBC belt as he floors Martinez three times before the Argentinian oldie retires after five rounds. Seventh win by KO/TKO for the unbeaten Kazak fighter. Martinez, 37, hardly counts as active after just five fights in the last seven years.
Podgorica. Montenegro: Light: Dejan Zlaticanin (24-2) W PTS 10 Viskhan Murzabekov (19-5). Former WBC champion Zlaticanin returns after 17 months out and takes wide unanimous decision over Russian Murzabekov. Zlaticanin was credited with a questionable knockdown at the end of the first round and looked like he had quite a bit of rust to shed. Scores 98-90, 98-91 and 97-92 for Zlaticanin. The 35-year-old Montenegrin was fighting in his home town for the first time since 2011 and has said he intends to continue his career. “Little Tyson” Murzabekov had won 4 of his last 5 fights.
Fight of the week (Significance): Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire opens the door for more great fights at bantam once Inoue recovers and the fight also confirmed Donaire's legacy.
Fight of the week (Entertainment): Kye MacKenzie vs. Francis Chua a war from beginning to end. Honourable mention to Liam Walsh vs. Maxi Hughes high-paced quality contest.
Fighter of the week: Double nomination as both Inoue and Donaire played their parts in a possible Fight of the Year
Punch of the week: Another shared nomination in the right from Donaire that badly shook Inoue and the body punch from Inoue in the eleventh that put Donaire down. Honourable mention to the straight right from Luke Boyd that flattened poor Jon Jon Jet.
Upset of the week: None as everything worked out as expected.
Prospect watch: I am going to go for Cuban Robeisy Ramirez now he has his first win.
By Eric Armit
-Saul Alvarez halts Sergey Kovalev to win the WBO light-heavyweight title
-Miguel Berchelt retains the WBC super feather title with crushing victory over Jason Sosa
-Javier Fontana wins clash of former champions with second round stoppage of Jesus Cuellar
-Brian Castano gets injury win over Wale Omotoso but already looked on his way to victory
-Ryan Garcia, Javier Molina and Alex Saucedo all score one round wins
-Felix Cash retains the Commonwealth middleweight title with stoppage of Jack Cullen
-On a good night for East European fighters Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov, Magomed Kurbanov, Evgeny Tischenko, Bakhram Murtazaliev and Meiirim Nursultanov all record wins
WORLD TITLE SHOWS/ MAJOR SHOWS
Las Vegas, NV, USA: Light Heavy: Saul Alvarez (53-1-2) W TKO 11 Sergey Kovalev (34-4-1). Light: Ryan Garcia (19-0) W KO 1 Romero Duno (21-2). Super Welter: Bakhram Murtazaliev (17-0) W PTS 12 Jorge Fortea (20-2-1). Welter: Blair Cobbs (13-0-1) W RTD 6 Carlos Ortiz (11-5). Middle: Meiirim Nursultanov (13-0) W PTS 10 Cristian Olivas (16-6).
Alvarez vs. Kovalev
Alvarez stops Kovalev in the eleventh round to win the WBO title and become a four-division champion-in some eyes.
Kovalev worked with his jab occasionally curling a right around the high guard of Alvarez. He also scored with a couple of straight rights but was not really letting his hands go. Alvarez was padding forward behind his guard not throwing much and came up short with a couple of left hooks late.
Score: 10-9 Kovalev
Kovalev took the second almost exclusively with his left jab. He kept poking his jab through gaps in the guard of Alvarez and moving before Alvarez could counter. Alvarez threw moiré punches than in the first but was swishing air by Kovalev’s movement. He did connect with a left hook but Kovalev also found the target with his right.
Score: 10-9 Kovalev Kovalev 20-18
Kovalev kept moving and jabbing. Some of the jabs were short, some were blocked but others were getting through. Kovalev also threw an occasional combination and connected with rights. Alvarez was just not throwing enough punches and was not crowding Kovalev enough.
Score: 10-9 Kovalev Kovalev 30-27
A much closer round. Alvarez threw more punches and connected with some heavy shots particularly a right hook to the body. He also got through with some jabs and a couple of combinations. Kovalev stuck with his jab and move but was not committing himself enough and most of his jabs fell short.
Score: 10-9 Alvarez Kovalev 39-37
Official Scores: Judge Julie Lederman 38-38, Judge Dave Moretti 39-37 Alvarez, Judge Don Trella 39-37 Kovalev
Another close round but this one was Kovalev’s. He was throwing bundles of jabs and although not heavy punches they were scoring Alvarez was throwing one punch at a time and although he landed a quality left hook it was not enough. Kovalev ended the round strongly mixing in left hooks to the body with straight rights.
Score: 10-9 Kovalev Kovalev 49-46
A better round for Alvarez. He was stepping in with his punches and connected with a heavy combination to the head early. Kovalev was really just prodding with his jab and Alvarez was able to leap in quickly with trade mark left hooks to the body.
Score: 10-9 Alvarez Kovalev 58-56
Kovalev was throwing twenty punches for each one thrown by Alvarez. Many of Kovalev’s jabs were again short or blocked and Alvarez connected with the heavier punches and finished the round strongly to only just edge it.
Score: 10-9 Alvarez Kovalev 67-66
Clearly Kovalev’s round. After a lively start from Alvarez Kovalev dominated the action with his jab. At one point Alvarez suddenly walked away. One moment he was coming forward and then he backed off and walked across the ring looking to get Kovalev to come forward. He tried to lure Kovalev into a trap and even tried some rope-a-dope tactics but Kovalev was careful getting some punches through but not standing and trading.
Score: 10-9 Kovalev Kovalev 77-75
Official Score: Lederman 77-75 Alvarez, Moretti 78-74 Alvarez, Trella 76-74 Alvarez
Once again it was quantity versus quality. Kovalev continued to stab out his jab but some of the snap had gone out of it. Alvarez was able to get closer and looked to have rocked Kovalev briefly with a right to the head as his heavier punches gave him the round.
Score: 10-9 Alvarez Kovalev 86-85
Alvarez upped his pace from the start in this one. He was getting closer and sinking in left hooks. For the first time in the fight he trapped Kovalev in a corner and although Kovalev countered him with a good right Alvarez landed a much heavier right of his own. Kovalev was slowing and Alvarez recognised it.
Score: 10-9 Alvarez Tied 95-95
Kovalev looked heavy-legged as Alvarez piled on the pressure in the round. For a spell Kovalev fired home some quick, accurate combinations but Alvarez kept stalking. A thumping right to the head wobbled Kovalev and a left hook had him stumbling with a following right to the side of the head dumping him on the floor against the ropes with his right arm hanging out over the bottom rope. The referee immediately waived the fight over. Magnificent power performance from Alvarez but he is only a four-division champion if you include the secondary WBA super middle title which he won by beating Rocky Fielding-and I don’t. Where next for the Mexican wonder? It would be nice to think he would give Gennady Golovkin a third fight but this win keeps Alvarez in the driving seat and money will decided his next opponent. At 36 it might be time for Kovalev to walk away. He won himself a second life when he beat Eleider Alvarez to regain the WBO title and he could earn good paydays against Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol but he has had a great career and it would be good to see him retire.
Garcia vs. Duno
Garcia wrecks Duno in just 98 seconds. Duno bustled forward bobbing and weaving trying to get past the much longer reach of Garcia but was being caught with rights to the head. Duno managed to get inside briefly and rough Garcia up but once again Garcia was connecting with rights. Garcia began to tee-off on a static Duno and yet another right sent Duno back and down. Duno rolled up to his knees but was scrabbling around on the canvas and the referee waived the fight over without a count. Another outstanding performance for the 21-year-old “Flash” who has 16 wins by KO/TKO and victories over Jayson Velez, Carlos Morales, Braulio Rodriguez and Jose Lopez. This wins gets him the vacant WBC Silver and WBO NABO belts. Going in he was rated WBA 4/WBO 6/WBC 8 and he looks certain to be fighting for a world title in 2020. First inside the distance loss for Duno who had won his previous twelve fights. His nickname is “Ruthless” but it could just as easily be “reckless” for the way he walked onto Garcia’s counters but as he is 5’5” with a 68” reach facing a fighter who is 5’10-“with a 70” reach there is not much else he could have done.
Murtazaliev vs. Fortea
Murtazaliev wins an IBF eliminator with decision over Spaniard Fortea. Murtazaliev’s jab had turned Fortea’s face red before the end of the first round. The tall Russian increased the pace from there connecting with hooks, uppercuts and straight punches. Fortea stuck to his uneven task and countered well with uppercuts and hooks of his own starting a swelling on the left cheek of Murtazaliev. The strong Russian continued to pound on the Spaniard who was spending more and more time trapped against the ropes as he lacked the power to keep Murtazaliev out. Later in the fight Fortea managed to spend a little more time in the centre of the ring trading punches with Murtazaliev and put up a creditable losing performance as Murtazaliev had won 11 of his last 12 fights by KO/TKO. Scores 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110. Murtazaliev was rated IBF 6(4) and Fortea No 8(6). By beating Fortea Murtazaliev now qualifies to fill one of the vacant No 1 or No 2 spots in the IBF ratings which makes a mockery of the ratings. Fortea was given the No 8 spot for winning the interim IBF title with a decision over Navid Mansour even though neither fighter was rated when they fought and as a reference BoxRec have Fortea at No 126 in their world ratings and Mansour No 158!
Cobbs vs. Ortiz
In a clash of southpaws Cobbs overcomes a flash knockdown in the first to batter Ortiz into retirement after the sixth. A left from Ortiz in the opener saw Cobbs knocked off balance. He had to touch the canvas with a glove to stop himself from going down and was given a count. Cobbs recovered to take the second but was shaken by a left from Ortiz in the third. Cobbs was in charge in the fourth and fifth and floored Ortiz with a right in the sixth and Ortiz retired at the end of the round. Cobbs, a 29-year-old from Philadelphia has won his last six fights with the draw on his record being of the technical variety. Mexican Ortiz suffers his fourth loss in a row,
Nursultanov vs. Olivas
A competent, workmanlike performance by Nursultanov as he wins every round against a combative Olivas. The Kazak fighter showed a sharp, accurate jab and impressed when he put his punches together. Olivas stuck to his boxing but never found an answer to the accuracy and stunning power of Nursultanov’s jab. Pressure from Olivas brought Nursultanov a warning for holding in the fourth and although he was winning every round he was not able to subdued Olivas who made the Kazak fight hard in every round. An array of high quality hooks and uppercuts had Olivas hurt and backing up in the sixth but he did not fold and although Nursultanov continued to dominate the closing rounds Olivas was still trying to come forward to the end. Scores 100-90 for Nursultanov on the cards of the three judges. The 26-year-old former Kazak amateur champion and outstanding WSB performer is No 10(8(with the IBF. That is not really justified on the basis of his opposition so far but he has talent and will bear watching. Mexican Olivas suffers his fourth loss on the bounce all against unbeaten fighters.
Carson, CA, USA: Super Feather: Miguel Berchelt (33-1) W KO 4 Jason Sosa (23-4-4). Super Light: Javier Molina (21-2) W KO 1 Hiroki Okada (19-2). Super Light: Alex Saucedo (29-1) W TKO 1 Rod Salka (24-6).
Berchelt vs. Sosa
In the sixth defence of his WBC title Berchelt has an easy night against a brave but under-powered Sosa.
Sosa made an aggressive start coming forward trying to get close but Berchelt was moving well and finding gaps for strong jabs. Sosa continued to press but Berchelt started to put together some quick combinations. Sosa connected with a left hook and a right but Berchelt responded with a series of punches at the bell.
Score: 10-9 Berchelt
Sosa took the fight to Berchelt and fired some useful hooks. Sosa stumbled as he tried to get inside and was off balance, Berchelt strode forward firing left hooks and as an off-balance Sosa went back Berchelt connected with a strong left hook and a right and Sosa toppled to the canvas. Sosa took his time getting up and after the eight count both were throwing wild punches and Sosa went down but it was rightly ruled a slip. Sosa tried to trade with Berchelt but Berchelt was putting together multi-punch combinations of sweeping hooks. Sosa was rocked time and again as he walked in.
Score: 10-8 Berchelt Berchelt 20-17
Sosa had a much better round. He was swarming forward with hooks and uppercuts and landed early with a left hook to the body and a right to the head. He was anticipating Berchelt's attacks and although Berchelt fired some bursts of punches his work rate had dropped and it was Sosa’s round. Felt like Berchelt eased off after his exertions in the second
Score: 10-9 Sosa Berchelt 29-27
Sosa was storming forward in this one until Berchelt began to let his hands go. He hurt Sosa with a big right and Sosa was cut over his left eye. Berchelt was winding up the combinations and Sosa was walking into a storm of swinging hooks and uppercuts. He kept coming but was being pounded to head and body until a left hook to the body saw him drop to one knee. He was up at nine and was allowed to continue. Berchelt battered Sosa with series after series of hooks until Sosa’s corner threw in the towel to save their man. The 27-year-old from Cancun has won 15 of his last 16 fights inside the distance and has an impressive 87% KO/TKO ratio. A fight with No 1 Oscar Valdez would be a great fight but Berchelt vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko would be even better. Sosa, a former holder of the secondary WBA title, showed guts and determination but that was not enough against the fire power of Berchelt.
Molina vs. Okada
After being upped to the joint main event when the Jerwin Ancajas vs. Jonathan Rodriguez fight fell through Molina grabs his chance to make a statement with spectacular blow out of Okada. The round opened with the usual prodding and probing with jabs until Molina unleashed a lightning quick right cross that staggered Okada. Molina jumped in with a right and a left and Okada tumbled back a few steps and went down. He was up quickly shaking his head to indicate he felt he had just been off balance and did not deserve a count. When the action restarted he tried to punch with Molina but was caught but a hard, short right. A left then unhinged his legs and a crushing right to the head put him down with the referee immediately stopping the fight after just 65 seconds. The 29-year-old former 2008 Olympian, who beat Danny Garcia in the US Trials, has lost crucial fights in the past to Artemio Reyes and Jamal James but will look to use this win as a springboard to the world ratings. Second crushing loss in a row for Okada having been floored three times in losing to Ray Beltran on a ninth round stoppage in February.
Saucedo vs. Salka
Yet another first round finish in this one. Sauceda was throwing bombs from the off. He clipped Salka with a left hook to the head and pressed hard. Salka had a genuine complaint over a punch to the back of the head but it was ignored and as they traded punches in the centre of the ring Salka threw a right. Saucedo saw the opening and landed a wicked left hook to the body. Salka stood still for a split section and then backed from the centre of the ring to the ropes and went down clutching his right side in obvious agony. That was enough for the referee who rights ruled the action over. Saucedo starts to rebuild after losing on a seventh round stoppage against Maurice Hooker for the WBO super light title in November last year. Salka, 36, was having his first fight since retiring after six rounds against Francisco Vargas in April 2018.
Oxon Hill, MD, USA: Light: Javier Fortuna (35-2-1,2ND) W TKO 2 Jesus Cuellar (29-4).Super Welter: Brian Castano (16-0-1) W RTD 5 Wale Omotoso (28-5,1ND).Feather: Ranfis Encarnacion (17-0) W KO 1 Emmanuel Dominguez (26-9-2). Welter: Ryan Karl (18-2) W RTD 5 Bergman Aguilar (15-6-1). Super Light: Gary Antuanne Russell (12-0) W TKO 2 Juan Huertas (14-3-1). Bantam: Gary Antonio Russell (16-0) W TKO 1 Sam Gutierrez (16-26-6).
Fortuna vs. Cuellar
Fortuna wins clash of former holders of the secondary WB featherweight title as he floors Cuellar twice on the way to a stoppage victory in a fight for the vacant WBC Continental Americas title. Sometimes Fortuna can be a frustrating fighter to watch but Cuellar s typical aggressive tactics forced the Dominican to trade punches in a short but entertaining match. In the opener Cuellar was pitching punches trying to overwhelm Fortuna. He had some success connecting with a left hook and a hard right but was leaving himself open to counters and as he released another right Fortuna beat him to the punch with a right hook that sent Cuellar tumbling down on his backside. He beat the count but was on the ropes and under fire at the bell. Cuellar was driving forward again in the second until Fortuna drilled him with a straight left and a right hook which sent Cuellar sliding sideways. He grabbed the ropes to stop himself going all the way down and was given a count and then Fortuna unloaded punches from both hands until the referee stepped in and stopped the fight. Southpaw Fortuna, 36, had a frustrating 2018 as he lost a split verdict to Robert Easter for the IBF lightweight title and then his fight with Adrian Granados ended on a No Decision after Fortuna injured his arm when he fell out of the ring. This has been a better year as he outpointed the 32-1Sharif Bogere in February and was No 3 with the WBC going into this one. Argentinian Cuellar, 33, has now lost three big fights with Abner Mares and Gervonta Davis beating him in WBA title fights.
Castano vs. Omotoso
Castano makes a good case for getting a shot at the WBA title as he beats Omotoso who is way behind on points when forced to retire with a shoulder injury. Castano has come a long way from the wild banger he was when he first turned pro. In the first he stalked Omotoso shooting some useful jabs and quick straight rights. Omotoso was on the back foot jabbing well but Castano looked threatening with his rights. Castano was fired up in the second launching furious attacks and connecting with shots to head and body with Omotoso countering when he could but taking plenty of punishment. Omotoso was on the front foot and matching Castano for the first two minutes of the third but then Castano cut loose. He bombarded Omotoso with furious combinations and by the end of the round Omotoso was trapped on the ropes and shipping straight rights hooks and uppercuts. You could make a case for Omotoso winning the fourth. He was able to slot home jabs and get through with rights and Castano did not really let his hands go until very late in the round and Omotoso was never in any trouble. Castano lit the fuse early in the fifth and went onto the attack. Omotoso missed with a jab which went past Castano’s head. As Omotoso drew his arm back it got tangled at an awkward angle with Castano’s arm and Omotoso stepped back from the action grimacing with pain and shaking his left arm. From that point Castano drove the Nigerian around the ring with Omotoso countering when he could but was being bombarded with heavy shots. During the interval the doctor carried out an extensive examination of Omotoso’s shoulder and was not happy to let him continue. Argentinian Castano had held the secondary WBA title but vacated it over a dispute regarding the contract for his defence against Frenchman Michel Soro. Castano was concerned that the his money for a previous defence against Soro was delayed and he wanted the purse for the return put into an escrow account before the fight .Soro’s team refused and the WBC took their side forcing Castano to vacate the title. He is No 2 with the WBA but also in the top ten with the WBC and WBO so could go in their direction. Unfortunate loss for Omotoso. He had only one fight in 2017 and was inactive in 2018 but had fired himself into the ratings with a crushing third round victory over Curtis Stevens in August. At 34 not too many more chances will come his way.
Encarnacion vs. Dominguez
Early night for Dominican prospect Encarnacion as he blasts out Dominguez inside a minute. A left followed by a thunderous right felled Dominguez for the count. The 25-year-old Encarnacion makes it thirteen wins by KO/TKO. He fills the No 12 spot with the IBF. Mexican Dominguez came in on the back of four wins in his last five fights.
Karl vs. Aguilar
Karl gets off the floor to beat an injured Aguilar who retires at the end of the fifth. The fight started badly for Karl when he was caught in the first by a thunderous over hand right that had him pitching forward and almost out through the bottom ropes. He beat the count but unknowing had a big advantage as Aguilar damaged his left hand just prior to the knockdown. Karl went on to dominate the fight with a much higher work rate and with Aguilar unable to use his left. By the end of the fifth the pain was too much for Aguilar and he was forced to retire. The Texan “Cowboy” has won 5 of his last 6 fights including reversing the one of his two losses. Costa Rican-based Nicaraguan Aguilar takes his fourth loss in his last five appearances.
Russell vs. Huertas
The Russell brothers don’t believe in hanging about particularly Antuanne. He ended this one in the second round to maintain his 100% record of wins by KO/TKO. He belaboured poor Huertas in the first and then overwhelmed him early in the second. Pressure forced Huertas into a corner and then Russell whacked away until Huertas dropped to one knee and stayed there for the full count. The 23-year-old Rio quarter-finalist has taken less than 22 rounds for his twelve wins. Panamanian Huertas just did not have the punch to get Russell’s respect and this is his second defeat by KO/TKO
Russell vs. Gutierrez
Antonio has actually had to go the distance for some of his wins but he took less time than Antuanne to end this one. An overhand right to the head floored Gutierrez in the first and the referee immediately stopped the fight. Twelfth win by KO/TKO for Antonio. Brothers Gary and Gary Antuanne both qualified for the Olympic Games but Gary Antonio did not. Although current WBC featherweight champion Gary qualified he did not fight at the 2008 Games as he collapsed before his first fight suffering from dehydration. Poor Gutierrez is 0-6-1 in his last 7 fights and Antonio deserves better opposition than this.
Las Vegas, NV, USA: Super Feather: Xavier Martinez (15-0) W KO 1 Jessie Cris Rosales (22-4-1). Super Light: Richardson Hitchins 10-0) W PTS 10 Kevin Johnson (7-1).
Martinez vs. Rosales
If you blinked you might have missed this one as Martinez blasts out useful Rosales in just 21 seconds. Martinez rocked Rosales with the first punch he threw. It was a straight right to the head that had Rosales hurt. He tried to move away but a right cross thudded onto the side of his head and Rosales went down heavily. His head thudding onto the floor and he ended up spread-eagled on the canvas with the referee instantly waiving the fight over. Devastating punching from the 22-year-old from California and his seventh win in a row by KO/TKO. Martinez turned pro at 17 after winning a bronze medal at the US Youth Championships on the way to compiling an 85-10 record in the amateurs. Rosales was 21-0-1 in his first 22 fights but it is now 4 losses in his last 5 fights but all of the losses have come against top level opposition including Jhonny Gonzalez and Shakur Stevenson and the win was a good victory over Ibrahim Balla in Australia.
Hitchins vs. Johnson
Hitchins continues to climb as he goes ten rounds for the first time with a unanimous decision over Johnson on ShoBox. Johnson was busier but could not match the quickness and accuracy of Hitchins who used a strong jab and worked the body well in the early rounds. Johnson staged a strong finish but Hitchins had enough rounds in his pocket to be able to ease his way to victory. Scores 97-93 twice and 96-94 for Hitchins. The 22-year-old from Brooklyn just lost out at the US Olympic Trials for Rio but then entered the World Qualifier representing his parent’s country of origin Haiti and qualified through that route only to lose to Gary Antuanne Russell who had beaten him at the US Trials. The Mayweather Promotions youngster shows real promise. Johnson’s other loss came at the hands of Rio gold medal winner Fazliddin Gaibnazarov but he had won his last two fights.
Izegem, Belgium: Welter: Meriton Karaxha (26-5-2) W PTS 12 Mikkel Nielsen (8-2). Albanian-born Belgian Karaxha collects the vacant WBFederation title as he takes unanimous decision over Dane Nielsen. After a couple of close rounds Karaxha’s higher work rate and better accuracy gave him the edge and he built a good lead digging left hooks to the body and putting the Dane on the back foot but Nielsen remained competitive throughout. The Dane took the fight at only a few days notice and was expected to tire over the late rounds. He lost a point in the eighth for a butt then actually finished the stronger but was unable to bridge the gap and Karaxha was a clear winner. Scores 116-111 for Karaxha on the three scorecards. The 27-year-old former Belgian champion is 8-0-1 in his last 9 fights but struggles when he tries to move up. Credible display for Nielsen taking account of his short preparation but he suffers his second loss in a row, Steve Jamoye was to have fought Karaxha but he was stopped by Conor Benn on 26 October and as a result was not eligible to box until 10 December.
Oshawa, Canada: Super Light: Steven Wilcox (22-3-1) W RTD 3 Gustavo Torres (9-7-1). Canadian champion Wilcox gets a win as Mexican Torres retires after three rounds citing an injury. Wilcox struggled to master the taller southpaw Torres but his crisp counter punching gave him a distinct edge and Torres was under pressure at the end of the third of what promised to be an entertaining fight. The 29-year-old Wilcox is 6-1 in his last 7 fights including a loss to Darragh Foley and a victory over Roody Pierre Paul for the National title. This was only the third fight in the last two years for Torres and his third inside the distance defeat.
Bangkok. Thailand: Super Welter: Teerachai (43-1) W PTS 10 Salehe Mkalekwa (14-8).*
Teerachai (Tewa Kiram) gets ten rounds of undemanding work against Tanzanian Mkalekwa winning all the way but never really getting out of second gear. Mkalekwa showed reasonable skills but as with so many Tanzanian it is all show and little substance. Teerachai was content to work in bursts and Mkalekwa lacked the power to be a threat. Scores 99-91 twice and 100-90. Teerachai, who lost to Lucas Matthysse for the vacant secondary WBA welter title in 2018, has won five in a row but is nowhere in the ratings. Four losses in his last five for Mkalekwa having lost in contests in Eswatini (Swaziland), DRC and Egypt.
Ekaterinburg, Russia: Super Feather: Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov (15-0) W PTS 12 Abraham Montoya (18-2-1). Super Welter: Magomed Kurbanov (18-0) W PTS 12 Diego Chaves (27-5-1). Cruiser: Evgeny Tischenko (6-0) W RTD 6 Issa Akberbayev (20-1). Super Feather: Mark Urvanov (17-2-1) W TKO 3 Evgeny Chuprakov (21-2).
Yaqubov vs. Montoya
Yaqubov wins wide unanimous verdict over a strong and determined, but limited Montoya. Mexican Montoya pressed hard in the first two rounds coming in behind his jab but southpaw Yaqubov was quicker showing smart movement and countering with lefts to the body. He was straying low and was warned three times to keep his punches up and finally cleaned up his act after a final warning. Montoya had a good third as he pressed for the full three minutes outworking Yaqubov and connecting with straight rights and left hooks. Yaqubov lost his mouthguard and was warned as it looked deliberate. Yaqubov strung together some flashy combinations in the fourth but also lost his mouthguard twice and the referee deducted a point from him. This was turning out to be a fast-paced entertaining fight with Yaqubov showcasing some excellent skills and Montoya relentless but controlled aggression. As the fight progressed Yaqubov was opening up more driving through left hooks to the body and straight rights and he kept his jab in Montoya’s face. The Mexican was willing to walk through Yaqubov’s punches but rarely landed anything heavy and began to slow. Yaqubov was warned again for a low punch in the ninth and a clash of heads saw a cut open high in the hairline of Montoya. The referee decided that the cut was not a danger so did not deduct a point from Yaqubov and Montoya was under heavy pressure at the end of the round. Yaqubov had a swelling over his right eye but it was not a factor and although Montoya continued to march forward he was just too slow and Yaqubov flitted around him dabbing out punches and using clever footwork to differ the angle of his attacks as he boxed his way to victory. Scores 118-110 for Yaqubov on all three scorecards. The 24-year-old Tajik boxer, the WBC No 10, was defending the WBC International title for the second time. He has silky skills but now needs to move up against higher level opposition. Montoya, the NABF champion, was unbeaten in his last 18 fights and had beaten a couple of reasonable level fighters in domestic contests but was outboxed all the way here.
Kurbanov vs. Chaves
Kurbanov takes unanimous decision over experienced Chaves. This was a slow-paced fight that never really caught alight with neither boxer committing himself fully to attacking but instead they fought in bursts. Kurbanov was the busier of the two taking the fight to Chaves. The Argentinian is an clever, crafty boxer and he was skilful in defence and scoring with quick counters. Kurbanov was warned for hitting to the back of the neck in the second and again at the start of the sixth. The pace picked up a little as the fight progressed with Kurbanov looking to have Chaves hurt in the sixth and he outscored Chaves in the seventh and eighth. He also took the ninth scoring with some meaty left hooks but was finding Chaves and elusive target and was again warned for a punch to the back of the head and he eventually lost a point for that. Kurbanov scored with clubbing punches in the tenth and almost threw Chaves out of the ring with a wrestling move in the eleventh as both fighters tired. Kurbanov was stronger in the last and was a clear winner. Scores 117-110, 116-111 and 115-113 for Kurbanov. The 24-year-old Ekaterinburg-based “Black Lion” won the vacant WBO International belt. No big names yet but he has beaten some credible opposition and is rated WBA 9/WBC 10. The 33-year-old Chaves is a former interim WBA welter champion. He fought a split draw withTim Bradley but more recently had lost to Jamal James and to Thulani Mbenge for the IBO title.
Tischenko vs. Akberbayev
Olympic gold medallist Tischenko gets an inside the distance victory over Akberbayev. Tischenko had edges in height and reach and Akberbayev never really found an answer to those. Tischenko was able to get through with southpaw jabs and long lefts to the body. He seemed content to let Akberbayev come forward but after scoring well late in the third he upped his pace in the fourth and in the fifth. He met a Akberbayev charge with a left to the body and simultaneously Akberbayev's head thumped into Tischenko’s chest and the combination of those two collisions sent Akberbayev down. He was not badly shaken but he shipped some heavy punishment in the sixth and retired in his corner at the end of the round. The 6’5” Rio heavyweight champion has four wins by KO/TKO. His height and southpaw style will give opposition problems but he is yet to be really tested. Kazak Akberbayev, 35, has impressive looking statistics but was having his first outing since December 2017 and never really got into this fight.
Urvanov vs. Chuprakov
Former WBO title challenger Chuprakov was the favourite here but he never looked the part. In a slow first round Chuprakov crouching and hiding behind a high guard just circled the perimeter of the ring hardly throwing a punch. Urvanov tracked Chuprakov and landed some left hooks to the body . Chuprakov was a bit more active in the second but not much and Urvanov began to find the target with hooks late in the round. Chuprakov worked from the centre of the ring in the third just pushing out jabs. Urvanov stepped inside with a left hook to the head and suddenly Chuprakov’s legs wobbled. Urvanov drove him to the ropes and kept throwing hooks with both hands and with Chuprakov not punching back the referee stopped the fight. Big win for the 23-year-old red-headed Russian “ Canelo” he has lost only one of his last 19 fights and that was to Yaqubov in 2018. He wins the vacant WBO International title which will net him a rating. Chuprakov was pitiful. Some very conservative matching brought him 21 wins and a fight with Masayuki Ito for the WBO super feather title in December but he lost every round before being stopped in the seventh.
Manchester, England: Middle: Felix Cash (12-0) W TKO 8 Jack Cullen (17-2). Super Bantam: Qais Ashfaq (8-0) W TEC DEC 7 Joe Ham (16-2). Light: Anthony Crolla (35-7-3) W PTS 10 Frank Urquiaga (13-2-1).Feather: Gamal Yafai (17-1) W TKO 3 Lee Clayton (10-4 ). Heavy: Martin Bakole Ilunga (15-1) W TKO 2 Rod Hernandez (13-9-2).
Cash vs. Cullen
In the first defence of his Commonwealth title Cash batters the resistance out of a game and competitive Cullen for an eighth round stoppage. Cullen made good use of his longer reach to stab home jabs early in the first. Cash then connected with five consecutive overhand rights the last of which caused Cullen to drop to one knee. He jumped up quickly and although Cash threw and connected with plenty of hard shots Cullen fired back with jabs and left hooks to the bell. Cullen chose to ignore his physical advantages in the second and third to go toe-to-toe with Cash. Both landed some cracking shots but Cash was getting the better of the exchanges in what was turning into a war. A clash of heads opened a small cut by the left eye of Cash in the third. The strength and pressure from Cash began to tell in the fourth and fifth. Cullen was still landing some cracking punches but Cash was landing more and working solidly to the body. Cash was pressing hard in the sixth with Cullen banging back but he seemed to be tiring and at the pace these two relatively inexperienced boxers were setting it looked unlikely to go the distance. Cullen was on fire at the start of the seventh raking Cash with hooks to the body and he was on his way to winning the round until the last thirty seconds. Cash forced Cullen to the ropes and connected with a couple of clubbing rights before getting through with too hooks to the body that saw Cullen fall to his knees. After the count there was less than ten seconds remaining in the round but enough time for Cash to land a solid right to the head. Cullen was now cut over his left eye and bleeding from the nose. He tried to trade punches with Cash in the eighth but Cash brutally beat the resistance out of Cullen and he was reeling under Cash’s punches when the referee stopped the fight. The 26-year-old Cash gets win No 8 by KO/TKO and will now be looking to move up in the level of opposition. English champion Cullen played his part in an entertaining all-action scrap but Cash was just too strong for him in the end and at 6’4” his future may lie in a higher division.
Ashfaq vs. Ham
Former Elite level amateur Ashfaq wins his first pro title with a technical decision over Ham. Ashfaq had outboxed Ham hardly letting the Scot get into the fight and looked to be on his way to victory after flooring Ham in the third. In the sixth a clash of heads saw Ham emerge with a bad cut over his left eye. He made it to the bell but a time out was called at the start of the seventh round and as Ham’s cut was too bad for him to continue it was decided on the scorecards with Ashfaq winning on scores of 70-63, 70-64 and 69-64. Ashfaq wins the vacant WBA Continental title. Ashfaq had beaten Ham in the quarter-finals of the Commonwealth Games in 2014. Ashfaq was English and British champion and won silver medals at the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships losing to Michael Conlan in both competitions He fought at the 2016 Olympics but did not medal. Ham was a 5-time Scottish champion as an amateur and competed at the Commonwealth and European Championships. His other pro loss is against unbeaten Tyrone McCullagh. Ham is from the Gorbals. This is a area of Glasgow that has been much enhanced now. In the old days it was said to be the toughest city in Europe and the only one where the milk delivery lorries were fitted with a rear gunner!!
Crolla vs. Urquiaga
Crolla brings the curtain down on his career with a less than impressive majority decision victory over Urquiaga. The fight started badly for Crolla when he suffered a cut over his left eye in the first round and was rocked briefly in the third. A lively, busy and confident Urquiaga did enough to establish a lead over the first half of the fight but then Crolla took over. The former holder of the secondary WBA title had too much experience and skill for the Spanish-based Peruvian and the early pace he had set caught up with Urquiaga and he faded badly. Scores 98-92 and 97-93 for Crolla and 95-95. A tremendously popular and respected pro Crolla had to overcome career threatening injuries to fight his way to a title. Urquiaga’s only other defeat was on a very close decision against Edis Tatli for the European title in August last year.
Yafai vs. Clayton
Yafai returns to the ring with a quick win. In his first bout for 14 months Yafai floored late substitute Clayton twice in the third round to force the stoppage. Gamal is then younger brother of WBA super fly champion Khalid. Southpaw Clayton had won his last four fights.
Ilunga vs. Hernandez
Ilunga gets his fifth win in a row as he halts Hernandez in two rounds. The Scottish-based Congolese puncher was just too strong for Hernandez from the start. By the second he had Hernandez cut and in full retreat. With Hernandez against the ropes he landed a solid right and as Hernandez tried to escape a left hook sent him staggering across the ring and down heavily and the referee stopped the fight without a count. Since losing to Mike Hunter in October Ilunga has shown considerable improvement with inside the distance victories over Mariusz Wach, Ytalo Perea and Kevin Johnson. Hernandez had scored good wins over 16-0 LaRon Mitchell and 17-0 Onoriode Ehwarieme and last time out lost a creditable close points decision to Joey Dawejko in July.
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Welter: Maximiliano Veron (12-3-1,1ND) W PTS 10 Diego Ramirez (21-2). Veron upsets the odds with unanimous decision over Ramirez. Ramirez tried to box his way to victory here and made it close over the early rounds. Over the second half of the fight Veron upped his pace and battled past the guard of the taller Ramirez scoring with a variety of hooks and uppercuts and rocking southpaw Ramirez with neck-snapping shots. A late stoppage looked a possibility but Ramirez survived. Scores 97-93 for Veron on the three cards. Veron was 0-4-1 in his previous 5 fights and was not rated in the top ten nationally so No 1 Ramirez was a big favourite. Veron lifts the vacant IBF Latino title. Ramirez, the WBO No 9 had lost only one of his last twenty fights and had scored wins over Bradley Skeete and 26-3 Nestor Gonzalez.
Toowoomba, Australia: Super Light: Jamie Hilt (11-4-1) W TEC DEC 9 Cairo George (18-2). Hilt wins a “world” title at 39 as he takes unanimous technical decision over New Zealander George to collect the vacant WBU belt. A clash of heads left George with a cut that was too severe for the fight to continue and it went to the cards with local fighter Hilt in front 89-82, 87-84 and 87-86. Local fighter Hilt, the Australasian champion, did not turn pro until he was 35 and has tended to lose when he steps up too far. George has a heavily padded record with his previous six opponent having combined records of 7-22.
Mariakerke, Belgium: Cruiser: Bilal Laggoune (25-1-2) W TKO 3 Elvis Smajlovic (10-8-2). Welter: Mohamed El Marcouchi (23-2) W PTS 8 Ivan Njegac (12-11). Cruiser: Youri Kayembre Kalenga (25-6) W TKO 2 Ermin Avdic (12-8).
Laggoune vs. Smajlovic
Laggoune returns to action after almost thirteen months out. He had no trouble with the very modest Bosnian Smajlovic stopping him in the third round. Laggoune’s only loss is a split decision against Doudou Ngumbu in 2017 and the 27-year-old Belgian will be looking to rebuild towards a European title fight. Smajlovic had won his last four bouts but is 1-2 in visits to Belgium.
El Marcouchi vs. Njegac
US-based Belgian El Marcouchi wins every round against Croat fighter Njegac. Scores 80-72 twice and 80-71 for the BeNeLux champion (a title for fighters from Belgium, Holland and Luxemburg). He has lost only one of his last 22 fights and that was on a disqualification. Poor Njegac is 2-8 in his last 10.
Kalenga vs. Avdic
In his first fight since March Kalenga provides an early finish. The French-based Congolese fighter has gone through a rocky period so a much needed win over Bosnian Avdic on a second round stoppage. A former challenger for the WBA and IBO cruiser titles had lost 3 of his previous 4 fights including a seventh round retirement defeat against unbeaten Pole Michal Cieslak in March. Fifth loss in his last 6 fights for Avdic.
Koblenz, Germany: Light Heavy: Leon Bunn (15-0) W PTS 12 Enrico Koelling (26-3). Bunn holds on to his IBF International title with a career best victory over Koelling. It was a close fought battle between two Germans who just may be heading in opposite directions. Bunn was stepping up in class whereas Koelling was trying to retain his high level status after defeats in very hard, high profile, fights against Artur Beterbiev for the vacant IBF title and a close decision loss to Dominic Boesel for the European title in October. There was very little between them over the first half of the fight but the busier and more accurate Bunn forged in front over the late rounds to take a deserved verdict. Scores 116-112 twice and an almost insultingly wide 119-109 all for Bunn. The 27-year-old Bunn was a star on the Bundesliga boxing and ended his time as an amateur with a 80-25-7 record. Winning the IBF International title has netted him a No 8(7) rating with that body. Despite the loss Koelling, rated No 11 (10) by the IBF is not by any means over the hill and will be back in top level action next year.
Tokyo, Japan: Super Welter: Hironobu Matsunaga (16-1) W TKO 4 Koki Koshikawa (9-2). Matsunaga retains the Japanese title with stoppage of Koshikawa. The challenger made a fast, aggressive start but the southpaw skills and good movement from Matsunaga quickly blunted Koshikawa’s attacks. Matsunaga took control in the second cutting Koshikawa over his right eye with a punch. Koshikawa piled forward in the third but was wide open and soaking up counters from the champion and although he attacked again in the fourth he was soaking up counters and was a well beaten fighter when the fight was stopped in the fourth. First defence of the Japanese title and tenth win by KO/TKO for the 33-year-old Matsunaga. Koshikawa had won his last five fights but was moving up to ten rounds for the first time and his lack of experience showed.
Keta, Ghana: Bantam: Joseph Agbeko (37-5) W TKO 9 Gabriel Ochieng (20-8-1). Super Bantam: Isaac Sackey (24-1-1) W PTS 12 Michael Nyawade ( ).
Agbeko vs. Ochieng
Agbeko makes a successful defence of his WBO African title with stoppage victory over useful Kenyan Ochieng. The 39-year-old former IBF champion has won his last eight fights and still dreams of another world title fight. Ochieng was 18-2 in his previous 20 fights mostly against domestic opposition.
Sackey vs. Nyawade
Sackey boxes his way to points win over Nyawade to regain the WBO African title. He lost the title to Wasiru Mohammed in October in a fight that not only cost him his title but also snapped his 23 fight unbeaten run. Kenyan Nyawade has done most of his fighting recently at super feather and light so must have taken off some weight for this one. He was 6-2 in his last 8 fights.
Fight of the week (Significance): Saul Alvarez’s win over Sergey Kovalev gives the Mexican more options
Fight of the week (Entertainment): Felix Cash vs. Jack Cullen. It didn’t go the distance but it was action all the way
Fighter of the week: Saul Alvarez
Punch of the week: The overhand right from Bergman Aguilar that floored Ryan Karl in the first was a beauty. With honourable mention to the final right from Javier Molina that finished Hiroki Okada and the gut busting left hook from Alex Saucedo that cut Rod Salka in half.
Upset of the week: Unsung Mark Urvanov stopping former world title challenger Evgeny Chuprakov was one but Max Veron (11-3-1) beating Diego Ramirez (21-2) was also unexpected
Prospect watch: Super Feather Xavier Martinez 15-0 with 11 wins by KO/TK
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