Panama City, Panama: Super Fly: Manuel Vides (12-2) W TKO 4 Julio Escudero (12-3). Vides retains interim WBC Latino title with stoppage of old foe Escudero. It took Vines four rounds to catch up with Escudero, but when he did a volley of punches had Escudero ready to go when the referee stopped the fight. Now six wins by KO/TKO for 21-year-old Vines. He had beaten Escudero on points in November.
Tulum, Mexico: Fly: Cesar Gandara (18-2) W TKO 8 Victor Vazquez (4-1-2). Late substitute Vazquez was willing to stand and trade with favourite Gandara, but the Torreon fighter was always winning the exchanges. Finally in the eighth the referee stepped-in to stop the fight as it had become one-sided. Gandara, 23, has lost only one of his last 15 fights, and that was to hot prospect Julio Ceja. Gandara wins vacant WBC Fecarbox title; it was a big step up for Cancun fighter Vazquez who had only 21 rounds of boxing under his belt
Indio, USA: Light: Mike Perez (17-1-1) W PTS 10 Fidel Maldonado Jr (13-2). Bantam: Randy Caballero (16-0) W PTS 10 Manuel Roman (15-2-3,1ND). This was always going to be a close fight, and so it proved with Perez taking a split decision. There were a couple of feel out rounds with not much sustained action but with Perez taking both of them. Both fighters committed a few fouls in the third with southpaw Maldonado cut over his right eye in a clash of heads. Perez had a good fourth hurting Maldonado with body punches. Maldonado was the more accurate and busier fighter and took the sixth and seventh, but still had a lot of leeway to make up in the last. A dramatic end saw Maldonado hurt Perez very late in the round with a body punch and then land a volley of shots that put Perez down. Perez beat the count and there was not enough time for Maldonado to capitalise on the knockdown. Scores 97-92, 95-94 and 94-95. Perez had beaten Maldonado in the semifinals of the 2008 National Golden Gloves in which Perez won a gold medal. Second win for 22-year-old “The Artist” Perez since losing to Omar Figueroa in January. As an amateur Perez just failed to make the US team for the 2008 Olympics losing to Miguel Gonzalez at the US Trials. After 13 straight wins it is now two losses in a row for 21-year-old Maldonado. Coincidently Maldonado was runner-up in the 2008 US Championship were he also lost to Miguel Gonzalez. Good learning fight for 21-year-old Caballero against Roman. He dominated the early rounds with his jab and floored Roman with a left in the second. Focusing on the body, the Mexican started to get into the fight in the middle rounds, being busier and more accurate. There were constant exchanges in the last two rounds in an exciting finish with Caballero punching the harder and having the better of those rounds. Scores 96-93 twice and 97-92. Caballero retains WBO NABO title. Caballero is a former World Cadet bronze medal winner and 2008 US Amateur champion, but lost to Jesse Magdaleno in the 2009 National Golden Gloves. Roman, 24, kept his record of never losing inside the distance.
Corona, USA: Welter: Artemio Reyes (17-2) W KO 2 John David Charles (7-6). Welter: Ricky Duenas (12-1) W KO 2 Yair Aguiar (12-16). Feather: Daulis Prescott (26-1,1NC) W PTS 6 Juan Ruiz (23-8). Reyes gets this one over early. After a quiet first round Reyes floored Charles with a right. Charles went down in almost a delayed reaction. The referee had seen enough and did not even bother to count. “King” Reyes, 25, has 13 wins by KO/TKO. This was his second win since an upset first round defeat against Alan Sanchez in April. He holds a win over Olympian Javier Molina. Texan Charles, 25, has lost 6 of his last 7 fights. Too easy for Duenas against late sub Aguiar. Duenas was walking down the Mexican in the first and got through with some good shots. However it was a surprise when Aguiar took a couple of shots in the second and then went down on one knee and did not bother to get up. Southpaw Duenas, 29, lost his first fight, but is now unbeaten in twelve. After seven straight losses the 35-year-old Aguiar took two years out and had won two fights on his return. Colombian Prescott, the brother of Breidis Prescott, is easing himself back after an upset loss to Gabe Tolmajyan in December. The only problems he had in this fight were in getting Ruiz to fight. Prescott won every round and the three judges scores were all 60-54. The 25-year-old is flattered by his “Colombian” record and has looked less than sensational in his bouts in the USA. Ruiz, a late substitute has lost 9 of his last 10 fights.
Geelong, Australia: Middle: Sam Soliman (42-11) W PTS 12 Giovanni Lorenzo (31-5).Soliman wins IBF final eliminator. The fight was competitive for the first few rounds and then the superior boxing of Soliman put him in charge. He was well ahead going into the twelfth and nearly got a stoppage win as he floored the Dominican twice in the round. Lorenzo has never lost inside the distance and he kept that record by lasting to the bell. Scores 118-108, 118-109 and 117-110. Former Commonwealth title challenger Soliman, 38, is now the mandatory challenger for Tasmanian Daniel Geale’s IBF title. That is if Geale beats Felix Sturm (Soliman is not in the WBA ratings) in a unification bout on 1 September. Whoever wins that will have bigger fish to fry than Soliman, so the crafty veteran can’t be sure his title shot will happen. First fight for Lorenzo since October 2011. All of the 31-year-old Dominican’s losses have been to future/present/past holder of world titles in the shape of Raul Marquez, Sebastian Sylvester (a split decision for the vacant IBF title), Sturm and Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam.
Tapiales, Argentina: Super Feather: Vicente Rodriguez (36-3-1) W TKO 7 Oscar Pereyra (26-4). The “Monkey” beats the “Savage”. Moving up from super feather to light welter Rodriguez was coming forward from the first bell and landing heavy shots. A right put Pereyra down in the first and he was badly shaken again in the third. Pereyra landed a hard right in the fourth which momentarily halted the forward march of Rodriguez. In the fifth and sixth it was back to Rodriguez throwing and Pereyra catching. The end came in the seventh with Rodriguez taking Pereyra to the corner and unloading until Pereyra’s second threw in the towel. The 27-year-old Rodriguez was destroyed in three rounds by Adrien Broner for the vacant WBO super feather title in November. That’s his only loss in his last 17 fights. After losing only one of his first 25 fights Pereyra has now lost 3 of his last 5.
Catamarca, Argentina: Light Welter: Cristian Gramajo (13-0) W PTS 10 Cristian Torres (15-3). Welter: Mariano Robledo (14-3-1) W PTS 10 Oscar Nunez (12-2-1). Gramajo wins unanimous decision, but in controversial circumstances. For most of the fight the speed and strength of Gramajo had him well on top and building a big lead. A left floored the Uruguayan in the fourth and it looked like an early finish was on the cards. However, Torres survived, and looked dangerous. In the eighth the fight turned as Torres put Gramajo down and the Argentinian only just saw out the round. Gramajo got through the ninth round, but a dramatic tenth saw him on the floor twice. He was helped when there was a break as Torres lost his mouth guard, and again when Gramajo deliberately spat out his. After the second knockdown Gramajo was staggering and out on his feet and the referee should have stopped the fight. He did not and somehow Gramajo was still there at the bell. The 23-year-old Argentinian retained his WBC Youth title on scores of 94-91 twice and 95-91. Gramajo was applauded, Torres, who had won 7 if his last 8 fights, was cheered, and the referee was booed. Romero won a unanimous verdict over Torres. “La Pantera” Robledo, 26, built an early lead, but faded in the later rounds and in the end was under heavy pressure from Nunez. Scores 97-93, 97-94 and 96-94 with the latter looking the most reflective of the fight. Home town fighter Robledo retains his interim WBC Latino title and has won 7 of his last 8 fights. This was the first ten round fight for Nunez and he certainly paced himself better than Robledo
Mansfield, Australia: Light: Brett Smith (14-1-1) W PTS 12 Chaiyong (28-9-3). Australian champion Smith adds IBF Australasian title with unanimous decision over Thai Chaiyong. “Handful” Smith, 31, has won five in a row since stoppage loss to Jack Asis in February 2011. Chaiyong, also 31, has now lost 4 of his last 5 fights.
Zlatibor, Serbia: Light Middle: Milan Piperski (9-0) W PTS 12 Bogdan Protsyshyn (7-5). Despite having his training interrupted by a virus and hands injured during the fight Piperski easily retains his WBC CIS and Slovenian Boxing Bureau title with a wide unanimous verdict over game but limited Ukrainian. Piperski build a big lead. Protsyshyn, knowing he needed a kayo, went all out over the last three rounds but never looked like turning things around. Scores 120-108, 120-110 and 118-112. The 30-year-old former Serbian amateur champion competed at the 2007 World Championships but lost to John Joe Joyce in the European qualifications for the 2008 Olympics. Protsyshyn has lost 4 of his last 5 fights, all of the losses to unbeaten fighters.
Patong, Thailand: Fly: Kwanpichit (17-0) W PTS 12 Fernando Ocon (10-2). Thai Kwanpichit, a former Muay Thai star, retains WBO Orient title with wide unanimous decision over inexperienced Filipino southpaw. The Thai was always coming forward and focusing on a relentless body attack to build a big lead. Ocon staged a strong finish picking up a couple of rounds but was never going to be able to turn the tables. With Kwanpichit previously at super fly, and Ocon coming up from strawweight, the Thai was just too strong. Scores 120-108, 118-110 and 117-111. Kwanpichit is No 5 with the WBO. Ocon, 21, holds the PBF title, the lesser of the two Philippines titles. His only other loss was to unbeaten prospect Jether Oliva for the WBO Orient title at strawweight. Ocon can come again with a bit more experience.
Sacramento, USA: Light Heavy: Otis Griffin (24-10-2) W TKO 2 Adam Collins (11-8). Predictable ending sees veteran Griffin floor Collins twice on the way to a stoppage victory. The 35-year-old “Triple OG” had lost four tough fights in a row so he needed this one. Collins, 36, has lost by KO/TKO in 4 of his last 5 fights.
Berlin, Germany: Super Middle: Arthur Abraham (35-3) W PTS 12 Robert Stieglitz (42-3). Light Heavy: Robin Krasniqi (38-2) W KO 4 Serdar Sahin (20-1). Light Middle: Jack Culcay (12-0) W TKO 3 Frederic Serre (13-7). Light Heavy: Dustin Dirks (25-0) W TKO 7 Sandro Siproshvili (25-14). Abraham becomes two division champion as he beats Russian Stieglitz to lift WBO super middle crown. Abraham was more active in the first round than he usually is and got through with some hefty hooks. Stieglitz was quicker and busier in the second and third rounds. The fourth saw Abraham get through with rights and Stieglitz ended the round with a swelling by his left eye. In succeeding rounds it was the busier, light punching coming from the champion and the much harder rights from Abraham. It was quantity against power with Stieglitz throwing more but with Abraham seeming to shake Stieglitz in each round. In the tenth facial damage, including a cuts around both eyes, saw the Doctor called to examine Stieglitz, but he was allowed to continue. Abraham had built a lead and was content over the last two rounds to fight off the ropes probably allowing Stieglitz to cut the points difference, but not enough. Scores 116-112 twice and 115-113. The 32-year-old Armenian-born Abraham has won three in a row since his bad experience in the Super Six where he lost to Andre Dirrell, Carl Froch and Andre Ward. World title fight No 14 for Abraham. Stieglitz, 31, who needed attention for two cuts above his right and a bad cut below his left eye, was making his seventh defence of the WBO title. He had won eleven in a row going in, but had no real answer to the power of Abraham. Impressive win for Krasniqi over unbeaten Sahin. Inb the first round a right uppercut from Serbian-born Krasniqi put Sahin down. The German beat the count and survived the round. Krasniqi was on top in the next two rounds easily avoiding the attacks of Sahin and scoring with good counters. In the fourth another right uppercut put Sahin down. Although he again beat the count the fight was stopped. Krasniqi, real first name Haxhi, wins vacant WBO International title. The 25-year-old WBO No 5 has won his last 36 fights, but the opposition has not been strong. Sahin, 30, has had a spasmodic career. He had one fight in 2010, one fight in 2011 and has now had two fights in 2012. His statistics are misleading as his opposition has also been poor. Another classy display from prospect Culcay. The former amateur star was just too fast for his French opponent. Culcay was able to score with both hands using upper body movement to avoid the Frenchman’s punches whilst stay in range to fire hard combinations. Culcay looked to be well on his way to a win but the fight was shortened as Serre suffered a very deep cut over his left eye in the third. The referee asked the Doctor to look at the cut. The Doctor allowed the fight to continue, but the cut was too bad and the referee stopped the fight a few seconds later. The French corner claimed the cut was caused by a clash of heads, but the referee disagreed. Ecuadorian-born “Golden Jack”, 26, wins vacant WBA Inter-Continental title. He was a gold medal winner at the 2009 World Championships and won a silver medal at the 2008 European Championships. Curiously he is rated No 12 by the WBA but No 15 by the EBU. Serre, 31, loses whenever he tries to step up. Dirks wins easily enough in the end, but not without a scare. The German controlled the fight with his better boxing. He had little trouble finding his way through the guard of the Georgian who by the end of the fourth was already showing facial damage with a swelling and a bad cut by his left eye. In the fifth a series of punches from the Georgian had Dirks caught on the ropes and the German’s legs were very unsteady, with an upset on the cards for a few moments. Dirks survived and was back in charge on the sixth. The Georgian’s face was a mess in the seventh and he was taking more punishment when his corner asked the referee to stop the fight. Now 19 wins by KO/TKO for Dirks who is rated No 7 by the WBO-and by the EBU. Dirks, 23, kayoed Pat Maxwell in two rounds in 2011 and had beaten veteran Thomas Ulrich in May. Siproshvili, 29, has lost 8 of his last 9 fights.
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Super Middle: Ezequiel Maderna (18-0) W PTS 10 Oscar D Veliz (30-19-2,1ND). Maderna’s fight from begining to end. A one-sided fight saw Veliz spend time in every round with his back to the ropes shipping punishment. Maderna was able to unload heavy rights, left hooks to the body and uppercuts with very little coming back. Veliz was in survival from the start. He showed a good defence and some slick moves, but did not have the power or accuracy to give Maderna any problems. A three punch combination had Veliz staggering in the eighth, but that was the only time Maderna looked capable of ending it early. Scores 100-90 from all three judges. Maderna holds the Argentinian and South American crowns, but this was a non-title fight. “El Olympico”, 25, who lost to Shawn Estrada at the 2008 Olympics, is rated No 11 by the WBO. Veliz, 34, is a former South American middleweight champion who lost to Les Sherrington on points for the vacant WBFoundation title in March. He is 2-4 in his last six fights.
Tulum, Mexico: Light Welter: Roberto Ortiz (26-0-1) W TKO 2 Florencio Castellanos (17-5). Middle: Gilberto Ramirez (23-0) W PTS 10 Richard Gutierrez (26-10-1,1ND). Fly: Wilbert Uicab (35-7-1,1ND) W PTS 12 Ivan Diaz (7-5-2). Bantam: Raul Martinez (29-2) W KO 3 Juan Jimenez (10-4). After a shaky first round an easy win for “Massa” Ortiz against over matched Castellanos. Both were trading jabs with the Colombian having an edge in reach which Ortiz was having trouble getting inside. A right/left combination from Castellanos had Ortiz staggering back to the ropes in the first round but the Colombian was unable to get through with another good shot and paid the price. Ortiz came out firing in the second and a series of punches finished off with a right dumped Castellanos on the canvas on his side. He was up quickly but took the eight count. Ortiz was a bit wild with his punches but an uppercut in the inside saw Castellanos stagger backwards and collapse in his owner corner. One of his corner men was already up on the ring apron as the referee stopped the fight without bothering to count. WBC No5 Ortiz retains WBC Silver title for the fifth time and has 22 wins by KO/TKO including a stoppage of Antonio Lozada. He has won 16 of his last 18 fights inside the distance, but needs better opposition. In his only other fight since May 2010 Colombian Castellanos, 32, was kayoed in a round by Joan Guzman in November. Ramirez continues to impress as he outclasses veteran Gutierrez. The tall (6’ 2 ½”, 189cm) Mexican controlled the fight with his right jab, but also switched to orthodox and confused the Colombian. Gutierrez kept walking forward, but when he did get inside Ramirez was the boss there as well. In the ninth a short right had Gutierrez reeling, but he used his experience to last the distance. Scores 100-90 all for the WBC No 10. Ramirez, just 20, makes sixth defence of his WBC Youth title (against 34-year-old Gutierrez, what a farce). He looks a very good prospect, but needs to move up to better opposition. Gutierrez has won only 2 of his last 11 fights but against tough opposition such as Alfredo Angulo, Zaurbek Baysangurov and Vanes Martirosyan. “Huracan” Uicab has a tough time decisioning “Bird” Diaz. Over the first four rounds Diaz used his reach and height advantages to pile up points. From then Uicab came into the fight more landing heavy shots to the head in the fifth and then gradually pulling ahead as the less experienced Diaz tired. Two judges had Uicab winning 119-109 and 118-110 which looked way out. The third gave a more representative 115-113. Uicab, 28, wins vacant WBC Continental Americas title. He is No 10 with the WBC. He got close to a title shot when he ran up a 15 bout unbeaten streak, but back-to-back losses to Toshiyuki Igarashi and Edgar Sosa derailed him. Diaz has lost four and drawn one of his last five fights, but the judges did him no favours here. Texan Martinez takes a round to shake off the rust then puts away Jimenez in the third. Jimenez started well forcing the action with a body attack. Martinez, in his first fight since October, just used the round to size up Jimenez. In the second “The Cobra” began to unload with body shots and rocked a fading Jimenez with a right near the end of the round. One thunderous right cross in the third put Jimenez face down, out for the count. Martinez, 30, is looking for a third title fight have lost in four rounds to Nonito Donaire for the IBF fly title in 2009 and to Rodrigo Guerrero for the vacant IBF super fly title in his last fight in October. Jimenez does not do overtime. Only one of his 14 fights have gone the distance.
Tlalnepantla, Mexico: Super Bantam: Hugo Partida (17-3-2) W TKO 4 Hector Morales (11-4-2). Partida wins vacant WBC Fecarbox title with stoppage of Morales. Both were willing to mix it in this scrap. However, Partida was getting the better of the exchanges. He opened a cut on the right eyelid of Morales in the third and floored him with a body punch in the fourth. The corner of Morales retired their fighter at the end of the round. Partida has 15 wins by KO/TKO. After losing his two previous fights he needed a win. Morales had been unbeaten in his last seven fights.
Fairfield, USA: Welter: Alan Sanchez (11-2-1) W TKO 10 Manuel Leyva (21-8). Fighting in his home town Sanchez stops game but outclassed Leyva in the last. This was a brutal, one-sided fight with Sanchez handing out a beating to Leyva in every round-except the sixth. With height reach and power all going for him, the tall Sanchez had Leyva badly hurt in the fifth and it looked as though he might have ended it then. Leyva survived and in the sixth suddenly exploded with a pair of body punches. Sanchez was hurt and Leyva followed up with more body punches as Sanchez was reeling on shaky legs. Sanchez saw out the round and was then back in control. A straight right stunned Leyva in the eighth and after more punishment a clash of heads saw a cut open on the forehead of Leyva. Sanchez rocked Leyva with punches in the ninth and after flooring the Mexican with a volley of hard shots in the tenth the referee had seen enough and stopped the fight. The 21-year-old Sanchez is unbeaten in seven fights since losing a split decision to Artemio Reyes in June 2010. Sanchez got ample revenge for that loss halting Reyes in one round in April. Southpaw Leyva, 29, has lost 7 of his last 8 fights.