Los Angeles, Light: USA; David Rodela (15-3-2) W PTS 8 Eric Cruz (7-3-3). Bantam: Jose Navarro (27-5) W PTS 6 Ben Garcia (14-15-3). Close hard bout. Rodela, rebuilding after two losses, starts fast but Cruz finishes the stronger. Split verdict favours Oxnard’s 27-year-old Rodela over 22-year-old Puerto Rican on scores of 77-75 twice and 74-78. Navarro 28, former double world title challenger, stronger and faster, bounces back from three losses n a row, two of them world title shots, and takes all three cards 60-54 against Mexican Garcia.
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Turffontein, South Africa: Super Middle: Rudi Bruwer (6-0) W TKO 5 Chamunorwa Gonorenda (5-8). Light: Grant Fourie (12-2-1) W PTS 6 Stanford Mabasa (2-6-1) Super Middle: David Kitooke (12-2-1) W PTS 6 Simon Mokoena (16-20-5). Ugandan repeats previous win but this time a majority verdict.
Quebec City, Canada: Super Middle: Librado Andrade (29-3) W TKO 8 Eric Lucas (39-8-3). Middle: Marcus Upshaw (13-4-1) W PTS 10 Rene St Juste (21-2-1).Super Feather: Benoit Gaudet (22-2) W TKO 8 Pipino Cuevas Jr (14-5). Bad night for Canadian boxing as both Lucas and St Juste lose (and Decarie over in France). Mexican Andrade, 31, just too young, strong and aggressive for 38-year-old former WBC champ Lucas. Lucas cut above right eye in third, but competitive for four rounds then cut over left eye in fifth. Andrade pressure puts him on top and Lucas cut over the left worsens. Allowed to see out the round, but cut too bad and fight stopped by corner and Doctor. Andrade still a force. His losses have been to Lucian Bute (twice) and Mikkel Kessler, and he will get another title shot when the Super Six finishes. Lucas announces his retirement. What should have been a routine win for St Juste ended in an upset as he lost a split verdict to modest Upshaw on scores of 96-93. St Juste was outworked, so perhaps at 38 time is also catching up on him. Taller Upshaw credited a knockdown in fourth when St Juste turned his back on him. Canadian had won 13 in a row. Perhaps the danger signs were there in Upshaw only losing on a split verdict to Travis Simms in August. Easy for former WBC super feather challenger Gaudet ,30, as he staggers Cuevas a number of times and then floors and halts him in last round. Cuevas not a patch on his famous father. 96-93
Levallois-Perret, France: Welter: Souleymane M’baye (39-3-1) W PTS 12 Antonin Decare (23-1). Julien Marie Sainte (26-2 ) W PTS 10 Francois Bastient (37-8-1). Middle: Roman Dzhuman (24-8-1) W TKO 4 Chris Canclaux (41-4) . Clear win for Frenchman 35-year-old M’baye as he floors Canadian with a right in the fourth. M’Baye better skills and Decarie’s lack of a punch see the former WBA and European light welter champ a comfortable victor on scores of 116-112 and 116-113 twice. This for the WBA interim title. “Brigadier” Sainte wins the vacant French title with a wide points win over experienced ex-champion Bastient. Speed and accuracy do it for 26-year-old. Scores 98-91,97-92 and 96-93. Big surprise as Ukrainian Dzhuman floors former European champ Canclaux in third and halts him in fourth. Dzhuman , 34, with five losses and a draw in last six fights not expected to give Canclaux, also 34, any trouble.
Norfolk, USA: Heavy : Shannan Briggs (51-5-1,1ND) W TKO 1 Rob Calloway (70-12-2,4 ND ). Cruiser: Adam Seal (8-1 ) W TKO 5 Daniel Judah (23-6-3 ).Another easy blow-out for 38-year-old former WBO champion Briggs who floors Calloway three times for stoppage after just 98 seconds. Briggs last three opponents have lasted a total of just 2mins 26 secs in all, that says more about the opponents than it does about Briggs who now has 45 by KO/TKO. Calloway, 40, pads his record at home and has never won a big fight. Upset, and maybe the end of the road for southpaw 32-year-old Judah, brother of pros Zab and Josiah. Once world rated he has now lost three in a row and this one to a 34-year-old unknown from the boondocks. When under pressure former toughman competitor Seal uncorks a right uppercut which finishes Jacob.
Huddersfield, England: Super Feather: Gary Sykes (16-0) W PTS 12 Kevin O’Hara (17-6). Super Feather: Carl Johanneson (29-4) W PTS 6 Arek Malek (7-25-2). Sykes, 26, makes successful first defence of British title. Northern Irelander O’Hara starts well but from the third the better boxing and higher work rate of the champion sees him take control and win a comfortable unanimous decision on scores of 119-109 twice and 118-111. Second comeback win for former British champ Johanneson as he wins every round against Malek.
Santa Fe, Argentina: Welter: Sebastian Lujan (33-5-2,1ND ) W KO 5 Jailer Berrio (19-7). Light: Marcelino Lopez (18-0) W PTS 10 Alberto Santillan (16-5).Younger Colombian starts fast but brawler Lujan takes over from third. Former WBO title challenger floors Berrio, 22, twice in fourth with body shots and two more times in fifth and referee stops the fight. Lujan, 30, wins vacant WBC Latino title and has beaten Walter Matthysse, Jose Luis Castillo and Charley Navarro in his current run. Prospect Lopez, 24, only just holds on to his unbeaten tag with a controversial majority verdict in close, hard-fought battle, with 29-year-old “El Puma” Santillan. Lopez losses gum shield three times in the late rounds and decision not popular. Scores 97-94, 96-95 and 95-95.
Sydney, Australia: Light: Ahmed Elomar (16-1-2) W KO 5 Abner Llanasa (3-10).Ahmed, 27, in first fight since kayoing prospect William Kickett in a round in November 2008, has tough time for four rounds with Filipino then finishes it cleanly in fifth.
Ensenada, Mexico: Super Bantam: Ivan Hernandez (27-4-1 ) W TKO Lizandro de los Santos (10-5). Middle: Juan Carlos Virgen (16-0-1) W KO 5 Jorge Juarez (8-17-3). Light Middle, Mario Meraz (11-0) W KO 1 Cesar Luna (4-1). “Choko” keeps busy . Takes control early but de los Santos scores well with counters. Hernandez floors de los Santos in fourth with hook to body and right cross, but de los Santos survives to bell. Has nothing left and Hernandez scores heavily causing referee to stop it in fifth. Two wins in a row for 27-year-old former WBO super fly champ since stoppage loss to Toshiaki Nishioka for WBBC title in October. “Salado” Virgen makes it eleven by KO/TKO against Juarez. Six losses in a row for Juarez but back in 2006 he held Saul Alvarez to a draw . Meraz continues his 100% record of wins by KO/TKO and has seven first round finishes.
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Quebec, Canada: Light: Pier Olivier Cote (12-0) W PTS 4 Hugo Armenta (11-6).
Gelsenkirchen, Germany: Heavy: Vitali Klitschko (40-2) W KO 10 Albert Sosnowski (45-3-1). Heavy: Jonathan Banks (24-1-1) DREW 12 Jason Gavern (19-7-4). Heavy: Nenad Borovcanin (26-0) W PTS 6 Ray Ochieng (21-11-3). Another dominating display in the fourth defence of his WBC title from 38-year-old Klitschko as he wins every round before flooring and halting Sosnowski, 31, in tenth. The Polish “Dragon” gave it his best but just could not handle the , height reach and strength of the Ukrainian and took punishment in the ninth before Klitschko brought the show to a close. Gavern once again does not follow the script as he was supposed to lose to highly rated Banks. In fact they both threw out the script, and the rules, and participated in a foul-filled scrap with each boxer losing a point for infarctions. Scores 113-113 twice and 115-113 for Banks. Banks retains his NABF title, but this was a fight he should have breezed through. After ten years as a pro in just seven weeks Gavern, 33, has beaten Manuel Quezada and drawn with Banks and gone from “opponent” to world rated. Serbian Borovcanin made heavy work of outpointing 33-year-old Kenyan on a unanimous verdict.
Bayamon, Puerto Rico: Super Bantam: Wilfredo Vazquez (19-0-1) W TKO 10 Zsolt Bedak (15-1). Super Feather: Roman Martinez ( 24-0) W KO 4 Gonzalo Munguia (17-7-3).Even fight for four rounds then Vazquez gets through and hurts Hungarian challenger in fifth. Vazquez on top from then with vicious body attack and has Bedak down and hurt in tenth when referee stops it. Successful first defence of WBO title for 25-year-old who must be making his Dad proud. Predictable win for Martinez as he is too strong for modest Nicaraguan and after two rounds of brawling he hurts Munguia in third and kayos with a right uppercut in fourth. Second defence of WBO title for twenty-seven-year-old “Rocky”.
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Light Fly: Luis Lazarte (47-9-1,1ND ) W PTS 12 Carlos Tamara (21-5) . Feather: Jonathan Barros (29-1-1) W PTS 8 Adrian Flamenco (12-8-3). Cruiser: Roberto Bolonti (21-1) W TKO 2 Walter Cabral (10-6). If at first you don’t succeed…. In his fifth shot at a world title the 39-year-old “El Mosquito” finally becomes a champion. Tamara badly cut in clash of heads in first round then, with his all out aggression Lazarte takes the fight to the 5” taller Colombian and his busy aggression overcomes the better boxing and style switching of the defending champion. Split decision with scores of 116-112 and 115-113 for Lazarte and 115-113 for Tamara. First defence for “El Olympio” Tamara (he represented Colombia in the 2004 Olympics and won a silver medal at the 2003 Pan American Games) after wining the IBF title with a stoppage of Brian Viloria in January. In his first fight since a losing challenge to Yuriorkis Gamboa for the WBA title in March Argentinian champion Barros, 26, puts on a boxing exhibition and wins a clear unanimous decision over southpaw Flamenco. Scores 79-75.5 and 78-75.5 twice. Bolonti makes it 15 wins in a row as Cabral is stopped on a cut in the second.
Guadalajara, Mexico: Feather: Juan Carlos Burgos (25-0) W TKO 10 Ricardo Castillo(38-8-1). Feather: Miguel Angel Gonzalez (26-3) W PTS 10 Fernando Beltran (34-3-1,1ND). Bantam: Tomoki Kameda (14-0) W PTS 10 Javier Rodriguez (5-3). A surprise ending saw Castillo retire on his stool and refuse to come out for the twelfth round, Beltran, 22, made it 17 wins by KO/TKO. Burgos seemed to score a knockdown in the second, but it was ruled a slip. Castillo had the better of it in rounds six and eight, but Beltran dominated the others . The officials had it 100-91, 98-92 and 97-93 when Castillo quit. This was a WBC eliminator. Castillo, 30, had fought a technical draw with Cristobal Cruz for the IBF title in December. Burgos is the nephew of former IBF light fly champ Victor Burgos. Upset as Gonzalez floors favoured Beltran, a southpaw, with a big right in first and uses the punch to good effect throughout the ten rounds to win the decision. Beltran 8th in the IBF ratings, has had two shots at the IBF super bantam title. “El Mexicanito” Kameda, the brother of Koki and Daiki, has the edge in speed, but still has a tough time with Rodriguez before winning a unanimous verdict for the vacant WBC CABOFE title.
Juarez, Mexico: Feather: Eduardo Lazcano (19-1) W PTS 10 (26-16-1,1ND) German Meraz. Feather: Miguel Roman (29-7) W TKO 3 Daniel Valenzuela (7-10-1). Southpaw “Chucky” Lazcano scores good win over experienced Meraz and takes decision on scores of 99-91, 99-92 and 97-93. “Mickey” Roman,24, bounces back after losses to Miguel Beltran and Antonio Escalante and collects vacant WBC FECOMBOX title with easy stoppage of late sub Valenzuela.
Chicago, USA: Welter: Jesus Soto Karass (24-4-3,1ND) ND2 Gabriel Martinez (24-1-1,1ND). Clash of heads cuts Martinez badly under right eye and he is unable to come out for round two.
Bury, England: Super Bantam: Scott Quigg (18-0) W TKO 1 Andrey Kostin (20-16). Two uppercuts and two knockdowns and prospect Quigg finishes experienced Russian.
Mdantsane, South Africa: Bantam: Nkqubela Gwazela (19-7) W PTS 12 Klaas Mboyane (12-7-2). Great little all-action fight as former national flyweight champion Gwazela, 30, gains revenge for stoppage loss for vacant title last August and takes a unanimous verdict over Mboyane to win South African title on scores of 118-111, 118-112 and 117-113. Close early then Gwazela opens gap. Southpaw Mboyane, making his second defence, hampered by a cut, does much better than scores suggest.
Leon, Mexico: Super Middle: Francisco Sierra (21-3) W TKO 6 Jose Luis Lopez (50-5-2).Welter: Omar Chavez (22-0-1) W PTS 8 Rodrigo Juarez (15-11-1). Big upset as Sierra , 23, bounces back from one round blow-out by Edison Miranda to beat former WBO welter champ Lopez , 37, who takes a beating and does not come out for round six. Second fight after five year lay-off for the veteran, who also drew with Ike Quartey for the WBA title in 1997.Another unpopular split decision for young “Businessman”. Good fight with the greater accuracy of Chavez perhaps giving him the edge. Scores were 78-77 twice and 77-79. Juarez, only two wins in his last ten fights, made it close, but Omar 20, is too big a draw card to lose these tight decisions.
Windhoek, Namibia: Light Miguel Acosta (27-3-2) W KO 6 Paulus Moses (25-1). Welter: Bethuel Ushona (21-0) W PTS 12 Phil Kotey (20-5-1). Fly: Abmerk Shindjuu (8-3-2) W KO 4 Juma Fundi (12-4). Bantam: Paulus Ambunda (12-0) W PTS 8 Sipho Nkadimeng (4-7-3).Huge disappointment for local fans as Moses just does not get into the fight. Venezuelan Acosta, 32, always threatening and always moving forward and Moses, 31, throwing very little back. Finally in sixth a big right from the Panamanian puts Namibian down and he sits out count. Acosta, WBA interim champion wins WBA secondary title and registers win No 21 by KO/TKO and 18 wins in a row. Brilliant boxing display by Ushona, 28, as he handles game but limited Ghanaian with ease. Only Ushona’s lack of a punch lets fight go the distance. Scores 119-108, 118-109 and 116-111.This a Commonwealth title eliminator . Another Commonwealth eliminator saw Shindjuu control the fight from the outset and finish Tanzanian Fundi with a volley of punches in round four. Ambunda cuts South African in fourth and floors him in sixth on way winning every round and score 80-70 from all three officials.
Berne, Switzerland: Yves Studer (24-0-1) DREW 12 Shalva Jomardashvili (27-2-1). Good match-up in the EBU-External title as 27-year-old local Studer retains title and remains unbeaten . Georgian Jomardashvili, 23, is the aggressor but Studer picks his shots better and maybe has the edge. Scores 117-111 Studer, 116-112 Jomardashvili and 114-114.
Belgrade, Serbia: Light Middle: Nikola Stevanovic (21-1-1) W PTS 12 Chris Van Heerden (14-1-1). Cruiser: Goran Delic(16-0) W PTS 12 Alex Mogyewski (12-5 ).“Johnnie” Stevanovic , 23, boxes his way to split verdict over aggressive South African to retain IBF Intercontinental title. Local judge and one of South African judges give it to champion and the other South African goes for Van Heerden who loses his unbeaten tag after moving up from welter. Bosnian Delic, 35, wins something called the IBF East/West Europe title with unanimous decision over modest Ukrainian.
Spittal/Drau,Austria:Light: Ali Chusseinov (21-0, 2ND) W KO 4 Uwe Tritschler (1-2-1). A pro at 17, the twenty-year-old still being fed easy ones to pad his record and has no trouble flooring and kayoing 40-year-old German. Two no decision are fights that Chusseinov originally won but tested positive for THC after the first fight in 2008 which was then declared a no contest, and then fought again whilst under suspension which was again declared no contest.
Hammond, USA: Montell Griffin (49-8-1) DREW 10 Ross Thompson (27-14-3). Disappointing for going-on-40 Griffin. Looking for win No 50 he is outboxed by 36-year-old Thompson, who had lost seven of his last eight going in. Scores 97-93 Thompson, 96-94 Griffin and 95-95 but Thompson looked unlucky. Griffin’s first fight since loss to Beibut Shumenov in August 2008.
Balcetta, Australia: Cruiser: Adam Forsyth (7-0) W KO 1Walter Pupu’a (11-7). New Zealand born Aussie Forsyth takes just 125 seconds to kayo usually durable Tongan. Forsyth, four times Aussie amateur champ at 91kg, was a quarter finalist at the 2004 Olympics and is already probably the best cruiser down under.
Masaya, Nicaragua: Feather: Luis Perez W TKO 2 Freddy Madrigal (0-5). Former IBF super fly and bantam champ Perez, 32, bounces with an easy win in a mismatch as he floors and halts poor Madrigal. Perez suffered a shock stoppage loss to Sergio Gomez last October, his third loss in a row, the other two being in title fights to Joseph Agbeko and Ricardo Cordoba.
Gomez Palacio, Mexico: Light: Ricardo Mijares (16-0) W TKO 7 Adrian Hernandez. Now eleven inside the distance for “Silencio” Mijares, brother of Cristian.
OTHER COMMONWEALTH RESULTS
Bedford, England: Light Welter: Jay Morris (12-15-1) W PTS 10 Kristian Laight (6-76-6). For vacant British Masters title. Score 98-95.
Shediac, Canada: Super Middle: Chris Aucoin (3-3-1) W PTS 6 Ian Mackillop (25-12-3). Upset comeback loss for Mackillop who is now without a win in his last seven fights, including a loss to Adnan Amar in 2008.
Mzuzu, Malawi: Light: Perpetual Mkandawire (3-4) W TKO 6 Marshall Ali (1-2).
Dar-Es Salaam, Tanzania: Bantam: Francis Miyeyusho (27-8-2) W TKO 7 Tony Kariuku (2-3-1). Super Fly: Ramadhan Kumbele (8-4-2) W TKO 3 Ibraham Hassan (0-1)
Lusaka, Zambia: Bantam: Kennedy Kanyanta (8-0) W TKO 3 Twalib Mibiru (10-5-2). ABU title defence for Kanyanta.