Weekly Report

August 2 - 4 2012

August 2


New York, USA: Super Middle: Thomas Oosthuizen (20-0) W PTS 12 Rowland Bryant (16-2). Light Heavy: Sean Monaghan (15-0) W TKO 3 George Armenta (14-10). Middle: Jonathan Cepeda (12-0) W TKO 1 Orphius Waite (7-5-2). This fifth defence of his IBO title was never going to be a real test for Oosthuizen. He had too much height, reach and power for Bryant. Oosthuizen got his jab working in the first round. They exchanged heavy shots in the second, but from the third Oosthuizen was mixing his work well with shots to the head and body. Bryant had some success in the sixth as he rocked Oosthuizen with a heavy right, but by the end of the round the South African was back in charge. As the bout progressed Oosthuizen began to dominate with his jab and Bryant did not have the punch to turn the fight. The body shots from Oosthuizen had their effect as Bryant’s work rate dropped. Oosthuizen had Bryant hurt in the tenth. In the last Oosthuizen opened a bad cut over Bryant’s right eye and was able to blunt a last charge from the challenger. Scores 117-111 twice and 118-110. Oosthuizen is now looking to break into the big fight circuit against guys such as Ward, Froch, Bute, Kessler etc. Bryant spent too much time looking to land with right swings, but he has spent most of his career fighting on small shows against poor opposition and was only rated No 32 by the IBO. His win over Librado Andrade in April said more about Andrade than it did about Bryant. Monaghan had little trouble with Armenta. After boxing well in the first round Monaghan, put Armenta down with a right at the end of the second. He ended it in the third putting Armenta flat on his back with a straight right. Armenta made it to his feet but was in a bad way and the referee stopped the fight. The New York-born Monaghan, 30, has ten wins by KO/TKO. Let’s not get too excited as the 34-year-old Armenta is 1-6 in his last seven fights. Cepeda takes only 102 seconds to stop Waite. Eleven wins by KO/TKO for the 28-year-old Dominican who was a good quality amateur. Waite, 30, had found a bit of form with two wins and a draw , but was in way over his head.


August 3


Las Vegas, USA: Light Welter: Mercito Gesta (26-0-1) W TKO 9 Ty Barnett (20-3-1). Super Bantam: Jesse Magdaleno (11-0) W TKO 2 Aldimar Silva Santos (17-3). Filipino Gesta, 24, punches too hard for Barnett, and lives up to his “No Mercy” nickname. There were earlier signs that this one was not going to go the distance as Barnett was badly hurt and on rubbery legs in the first. The Washington fighter made more of a fight of it in rounds two to four (his best round) but was wobbling and reeling around the ring again in the fifth. After that Barnett was in survival mode. Gesta final ended it in the ninth. He floored Barnett with a succession of hard shots. Barnett made it to his feet but at the end of the round he was floored again by a left. There was some confusion at the end. Barnett made it to his feet and was taking the mandatory count. At the same time his seconds climbed up on  to the ring apron looking to save their man. The bell rang and as Barnett wobbled towards his corner the referee declared the fight over. Gesta is rated No 6 at lightweight by both the IBF and WBA. There is talk of a challenge to WBC light champion Miguel Vazquez. Gesta was  2 lb over the light limit and, despite his rating, Gesta has not been inside the lightweight limit since 2008. Barnett, 29, has a couple of useful wins on his record. All three of his losses have come inside the distance. Southpaw prospect Magdaleno hooks his way to victory. The younger of the Magdaleno brothers continues to deliver. In the first he softened up the Brazilian with some heavy left hooks before flooring him with a right to the head at the end of the round. Magdaleno continued the body assault in the second and put the Brazilian down with a left hook to the body. Santos got up, but a right sent the Brazilian down again and the referee stopped the fight without a count. The 20-year-old former USA and National Golden Gloves champion has eight wins by KO/TKO. Five of his previous eight fights had ended in the first round, so Magdaleno was on overtime in this one. Santos, 31, has the usual Brazilian record padded with wins at home. Two fights outside Brazil, two losses by KO/TKO.


Kanasin, Mexico: Fly: Danny Flores (13-1) W TKO 6 Faustino Cupul (25-8-1). Flores continues to show promise as he halts experienced Cupul. “Venado” makes it eleven wins in a row, including reversing his only loss, and eight by KO/TKO. Cupul, 27, was a force back in 2007/2008 when he beat Wilbert Uicab and Victor Zaleta, but is 2-5-1 in his last eight.


Johannesburg, South Africa: Welter: Tsiko Mulovhedzi (7-6-3) W PTS 12 Boitshepo Mandawe (12-3-1). Before the fight the question was whether Mulovhedzi could stand up under the constant aggression from Mandawe. After the fight it was a question as to whether anyone cared. It was a poor fight with a little fighting and a lot of clinching. Mandawe lost a point in the fourth for holding, but both fighters were at fault. Although Mulovhedzi was rated No 1 and Mandawe No 2, Mandawe was the favourite, and the puncher-11 wins by KO/TKO-but Mulovhedzi smothered his attacks and won on scores of 109-108, 116-111 and 115-112. “Gangster” Mandawe had failed in two previous attempts to win this title having lost twice to Chris van Heerden.


August 4


Mazatlan, Mexico: Light Fly: John Riel Casimero (17-2) W PTS 12 Pedro Guevara (18-1-1). Super Bantam: Arturo Santos (11-2) W PTS 12 Khabir Suleymanov (13-2). Light Fly: Javier Mendoza (19-2-1) W KO 2 Cris Aguilar (5-5).Casimero retains IBF title. Casimero starts fast and furious. In the first he was throwing bombs from the bell and dropped the home town fighter with a left hook/right cross. Guevara made it to his feet and tried to fight back, but Casimero came close to finishing it. Guevara, using his edge in height and reach, gradually fought his way back into the fight. By the fourth he was the aggressor scoring with left hooks and forcing Casimero to rely on counter punching. The fifth went to Casimero as he halted Guevara’s recovery scoring with solid head shots. The 22-year-old Filipino was on top again in the sixth. Guevara was down briefly in the round, but it was the result of a clash of heads and the referee did not count. The seventh and eighth also went to Casimero. Guevara then came into it more as Casimero was throwing single shots and the Mexican was busier. Casimero stepped-up his aggression over the closing rounds, but Guevara finished strongly to male the fight close.. Casimero gets a split decision. Scores 116-111, 114-113 and 113-114. Casimero, a former interim IBF champion, was upgraded to full champion a couple of weeks ahead of the fight after the IBF stripped Ulises Solis for failing to defend the title. Casimero had lost his interim WBO title to Ramon Garcia, had an unsuccessful shot at the IBF fly title losing to Moruti Mthalane and won the interim IBF light fly by beating Luis Lazarte in February. Casimero has been in five fights for versions of a world title-all in the other guy’s backyard. Guevara, the NABF champion, had not really been tested going into this fight, but performed well. He has a law degree, but he came up short in this trial. Former top amateur “King” Santos wins vacant WBFederation title in war with Russian. No quarter asked or given in this one. They fought hard all the way. Suleymanov was a little ahead at the mid point of the fight, but was handicapped by a bad cut on his left eyebrow. The Russian was making use of his head and was twice deducted a point for butts. Santos got stronger over the second half of the fight and in the end took a deserved decision with all three officials scoring it 116-110. Santos, 26, lost a split decision to Fernando Montiel in June. A former top amateur, he won a silver medal at the World Junior Championships, lost to the eventual gold medalist in the World Championships and lost to the eventual silver medalist in the 2008 Olympics. He also beat Rico Ramos before handing in his vest. Suleymanov, 31, was coming off a points loss to unbeaten Alberto Guevara. Southpaw Mendoza chases down Aguilar in the first then catches him in the second. A right put Aguilar down and the referee stops the fight. The “Tijuana Cobra” has 16 wins by KO/TKO, the last six in a row.


Mobile, USA: Heavy: Deontay Wilder (24-0) W TKO 1 Kertson Manswell (22-6). Feather: Jayson Velez (19-0) W TKO 6 Levi Brea (19-10-3). Light Middle: Dmitriy Salita (34-1-1) W TKO 4 Roberto Valenzuela (65-63-2). Wilder destroys veteran Manswell in 150 seconds. A huge right hook first put Manswell down and partially through the ropes. After a standing eight count a left put Manswell down again. The Trinidad and Tobago fighter made it to his feet and tried to hold, but another combination put Manswell down and the referee stopped the fight. Wilder has won all 24 fights by KO/TKO, 15 in the first round. The 6’7” former Olympic bronze medal winner is beating better opposition, but only by the standard of his early opponents as the 35-year-old Manswell is 2-5 in his last seven fights against tough opposition. Wilder obviously can punch but has yet to face anyone who could punch back. After a slow start Puerto Rican Velez forced the fight with a good jab and strong straight rights, hooks and uppercuts. Southpaw Brea was willing to trade with the 24-year-old prospect, but did not have the firepower to halt his forward march. It was over in the sixth when a left hook from Velez put the Dominican down. He got up, but was on unsteady legs and the fight was stopped. Now 13 wins by KO/TKO for La Maravilla. Brea has been in some tough matches such as Juan Manuel Lopez, Jhonny Gonzalez. “Star of David” Salita,30, was having his first fight since April 2011 so had some rust to shed. He went to the body of veteran trial horse Valenzuela and wore the 39-year-old Mexican down, flooring him in the third, and halting him in the fourth. The Ukrainian-born fighter has won four times since his disastrous challenge for the WBA light welter title against Amir Khan which saw Salita down three times in 76 seconds. Fight 130 for Valenzuela.


Las Vegas, USA: Super Feather: Diego Magdaleno (23-0) W TKO 4 Antonio Davis (29-8). Welter: Jose Benavidez (16-0) W TKO 4 Javier Loya (7-1). Heavy: Mike Lee (10-0) W TKO 2 Tyler Seever (13-13). Magdalena marches on with rare inside the distance win. The WBA/WBC No 2 hurt Davis in the first and out boxed him in the second. In the third a body shot had an immediate impact on Davis and Magdaleno fired more body shots looking to finish it. In the fourth a right uppercut unhinged Davis and Magdalena continued to land with heavy punches until the referee stepped-in and stopped the fight. Fifth defence of his NABF title for the 25-year-old southpaw, and his eighth win by KO/TKO. A good weekend for the Magdaleno brothers. Not a tough test as the 40-year-old Davis is not a force now. He failed in title challenges to Joan Guzman for the WBO super feather title, Steve Luevano for the WBO feather title and Humberto Soto for the WBC super feather. In only his second fight in almost nine months Benavidez is a class above Loya. Benavidez walks down Loya but cautiously due to Loya’s six wins by KO/TKO in his seven fights. Benavidez was getting through with hard punches in the second and whenever Loya tried to get inside Benavidez made him pay with heavy counters. Benavidez brought the finish in the fourth as he stunned Loya and then unloaded a barrage of punches finished off with a right which snapped Loya’s head back. That convinced the referee to stop the fight. The tall 20-year-old now has 13 wins by KO/TKO. A former National Golden Gloves champion, and a great prospect, now a hand injury has mended, he needs to get back to a regular fighting schedule. Lee just walks through Seever. After winning the first round the former Notre Dame graduate floored Seever with a right early in the second. Seever beat the count, but a combination sent him down again and the referee immediately stopped the fight. Lee, who has a degree in finance and turned down offers to work on Wall Street, is training in Houston with Ronnie Shields.


Atlanta, USA: Light Middle: Grady Brewer (30-14) W DIS 5 Giorbis Barthelemy (25-10-2). Bizarre ending as Cuban Barthelemy is thrown out for biting Brewer. Barthelemy looked to be in control of the fight edging the first two rounds and flooring Brewer in the third. Brewer came back swinging. In the fourth Barthelemy seemed to lose it completely. He swept Brewer off his feet with an illegal punch and the referee deducted a point. In a clinch in the first the fifth Barthelemy took a bite out of the right side of Brewer’s neck and was disqualified. It is Brewer who is known as “Bad Boy” but the Cuban may steal his nickname. Former “Contender” winner, the 41-year-old Brewer wins vacant IBO Inter-Continental title. Barthelemy, 39, needs to fight often as it might be dangerous if he became a hungry fighter.


Tokyo, Japan: Feather: Akifumi Shimoda (26-3-1) W PTS 10 Richard Betos (19-6-1). Former WBA super bantam champion gets ten rounds of work against game Filipino No 1 rated Betos. Southpaw Shimoda had Betos down in the second, fourth and sixth rounds and won on scores of 100-86, 100-87 and 100-88.


Mexico City, Mexico: Welter: Pablo Munguia (15-3) W TKO 10 Gustavo Garibay (7-5). Mexican champion Munguia wins the vacant WBC US title with stoppage of inexperienced Garibay. The “Gravedigger” had to come from behind, but wore Garibay down and had him in big trouble when the referee stopped the fight. Munguia has lost only one of his last eleven fights.