Weekly Report

August 31 - September 1 2012

August 31


Carolina, Puerto Rico: Welter: Thomas Dulorme (16-0) W PTS 10 Yoryi Estrella (10-8-2). Super Feather: Jose Pedraza (10-0) W PTS 8 Jose Valderrama (2-2). Light Middle: Jorge Melendez (24-2-1) W TKO 1 Milton Nunez (24-5-1). Estrella, 32, tried to force the fight, but the talented 22-year-old Dulorme was always in command. Both fighters constantly switched guards but it was Dulorme handing out the punishment, except for the third when a shot from Estrella momentarily had Dulorme’s knees wobbling. For the main part it was Dulorme scoring repeatedly with his jab, straight rights and left hooks to the body. He had Estrella hurt in the seventh, but could not find the finisher. Born in St Marteen of Dominican parents Dulorme has great talent, but his No 2 rating with the WBC is just silly on the basis of his opposition. Estrella has six losses and a draw in his last seven fights, but took Randall Bailey the distance in September. Estrella came in 3lbs over the agreed weight. “Sniper” Pedraza, 23, just had too much of everything for novice Valderrama. He found it easy to thread punches through the guard of his fellow-Puerto Rican and confused him by constantly changing guard. Pedraza came near to finishing when he floored Valderrama with a left hook in the last. The World Championships silver medalist took the unanimous verdict on scores of 80-71 from all three judges. The Melendez vs. Nunez fight was never going to last long. Both are big punchers with questionable chins. It was a case of who got their licks in first, and it was Melendez. The 23-year-old Puerto Rican blasted Nunez to the canvas with a right in the first ten seconds of the round. Nunez got up but another right had him down again with the fight less than one minute old. Again Nunez got up, but an uppercut drove him to the ropes and Melendez was unloading when the referee stopped the fight. All over in 93 seconds. Now 23 wins by KO/TKO for Melendez. Sounds impressive but his two losses were fifth round stoppages by journeymen Clarence Taylor and Doel Carrasquillo. Melendez retains interim WBO title. Colombian Nunez, 24, had lost inside a round to both Gennady Golovkin and Hugo Kasperski, but took Deandre Latimore to a majority verdict in February.


Santa Paula, Argentina: Feather: Jesus Cuellar (20-1) W KO 2 Claudio Tapia (22-13-4). In first defence of his national title southpaw Cuellar puts Tapia away inside two rounds. In the first a body punch followed by a cross to the chin put Tapia down. Tapia lasted until the bell. In the second Cuellar took Tapia to the ropes and then two shots to the chin floored Tapia. His corner threw in the towel, but the referee ignored and counted Tapia out. Cuellar also wins the vacant WBA Fedlatin title. He has 16 wins by KO/TKO and has now won three in a row since upset loss to Oscar Escandon in October. Cuellar had stopped Tapia, rated No 2 in the Argentinian ratings, in eleven rounds in 2010.


Hurtsville, Australia: Light Welter: Gairy St Clair (43-12-2) W PTS 8 Rey Olarte (16-22-8) W. Super Middle: Junior Talipeau (18-2-1) W TKO 3 Damien Smith (4-23-1). After 5 losses in his last 6 fights the former IBF super feather champion had to win this one. Olarte made him work hard. St Clair used his superior skills to blunt Olarte’s attacks and made the Filipino pay with sharp counters. Guyana-born St Clair won on scores of 79-74, 78-75 and 78-76. Filipino Olarte, 29, a ten year pro, has won only 2 of his last 9 fights. New Zealand born Talipeau was given an easy return as he halted habitual loser Smith. Talipeau was looking for an early finish and when he hurt Smith early in the third he never let him off the hook. Talipeau, who had beaten Nader Hamdan and Shannan Taylor, had been out of action since losing to Zac Awad in July due to requiring operations on both elbows.


Avezzano, Italy: Light Welter: Istvan Nagy (21-10) W TKO 8 Ivan Fiorletta (25-8-2).  Light Middle: Giorgio Natalizi (14-0) W TKO 4 Stan Sakic (2-9). Fiorletta snatches defeat from the jaws of victory. The home town fighter was on the attack throughout, but was ignoring defence. The Italian was shaken by a right in the second, but bounced back to hurt Nagy with a left in the third. From the fourth Fiorletta was pressing hard with Nagy being forced to fight off the ropes. Fiorletta was in command over the next four rounds and ahead on all three cards. In the eighth he was still barreling forward when a right from Nagy had him stumbling, staggering and holding to survive. He was in deep trouble and the referee gave him a standing count. The count did not help and another volley of punches from Nagy brought the referee’s intervention. The experienced 31-year-old Hungarian had lost to Paul Appleby, Gary Buckland and Lee McAllister, but had won 6 of his last 7 fights. He is now IBF Mediterranean champion. Fiorletta, 33, a former Italian and IBF Mediterranean champion at super feather, lost to Paul Spadafora in 2010. He is 3-5 in his last eight fights with all five losses coming inside the distance. Natalizi makes it six wins in a row by KO/TKO with stoppage of Sakic. The 35-year-old Natalizi did not turn pro until 2007.


Dover, USA: Light Heavy: Kevin Engel (19-6,1ND) W TKO 2 Anthony Smith (13-1). Light Heavy: Dennis Hasson (15-0) W PTS 8 Daniel Judah (23-10-3). Super Middle: Mike Tiberi (20-1) W PTS 6 Mike Walker (19-16-3). An upset saw Engel stop Smith. Smith lived-up to his “Bull” nickname and was coming forward from the start. That suited Engel as he bloodied Smith’s nose with a hard jab in the first and floored and halted the previously unbeaten Smith in the second. Engel had lost 4 of his last 5 fights but to Edwin Rodriguez, Marcus Johnson, Anthony Dirrell and Blake Caparello. A much better class of opposition than Smith has met. Prospect Hasson, 28, had problems initially with the southpaw guard of Judah but stuck to his task. The awkward Judah sometimes seemed more interested in showboating than fighting, and as a result Hasson took a wide unanimous decision. “The Assassin”, 28, turned pro after failing to make it to the 2008 Olympic Trials. He is now under new management who must have been pleased at his performance in this step-up fight. Judah, 35, was unbeaten in his first 23 fights, but now has seven losses in a row. It would not be boxing in Delaware if there was not a Tiberi on the bill. Mike made it 14 wins in a row, but had to overcome the handicap of a very bad cut over his right eye in the fifth. The fight was fought on the inside with heads banging together quite often. Tiberi, 24, fought the last round through a mask of blood but took the unanimous decision. Walker is a perennial loser but usually gives a good show. He has lost 15 and drawn once in his last 16 fights.


Nakhon Si Thammarat: Fly: Pongsaklek (86-4-2) W PTS 12 Hyobu Nakagama (15-10-3). Super Fly: Oleydong (43-1-1) W PTS 6 Alex Buckie (14-27-6). Super veteran Pongsaklek wins vacant WBC International title with wide unanimous points victory over Nakagama. Scores 120-108, 118-110 and 118-111. The 35-year-old southpaw is closing in on the 100 fights mark. With his No 5 rating he is still in with a chance of regaining the WBC title. Nakagama, a durable if limited fighter, lost on points to Oleydong for the same title at super fly last year. Just a keep busy payday for former WBC strawweight champ Oleydong. He is No 3 in the WBC ratings so a title shot is assured either later this year or early next. Indonesian Buckie just there as an opponent.




September 1


Oberhausen, Germany: Middle: Daniel Geale (28-1) W PTS 12Felix Sturm (37-3-2). Heavy: Ruslan Chagaev (29-2-1) W TKO 7 Werner Kreiskott (12-19-1). Super Middle: Mauricio Reynoso (15-0-1) W PTS 6 Uladzimir Kharkevich (1-2). Light Middle: Maurice Webber (17-1-1) W KO 3 Andrei Dolhozhyieu (3-4-1). A slow start cost Sturm his WBA title in the unification match. In the first Sturm had his jab working early, but Geale finished the round strongly to probably edge it. Sturm scored with hooks to the head in the second and seemed to have leveled things up as a clash of heads saw Geale suffer a cut by his right ear. The third saw Geale going to the body and he staggered Sturm with a hard right. Both traded shots in an exciting fifth then Geale swept the sixth and seven as Sturm’s work rate dropped. The WBA champion staged a strong rally over the closing rounds, but could not overcome the lead Geale had built. Scores 116-112 twice and 112-116. Tasmanian Geale is now the first Australian to simultaneously hold two version of a major title. The WBA have mandated that the winner of this fight meets the winner of Golovkin vs. Proksa, but as a double champion Geale has other options. Sturm, who was taking part in his 19th world title fight, finally cut it too close. His win over Matthew Macklin and draw with Martin Murray were both very controversial and at 33 time was catching up with him. Sturm has said he would like a rematch. Geale, 31, who was making the third defence of his IBF title, has been the surprise package in the middleweights but his wins in Germany over Sebastian Sylvester and now Sturm show he is a quality fighter not afraid to fight in the other guy’s back yard. Despite what the WBA say, a fight with his only conqueror, Anthony Mundine, would be a huge attraction in Australia. Chagaev gets a win but a poor match. The Uzbek was always on top but not impressing. He dropped the German with a right uppercut and a left hook in the fifth. A body punch put Kreiskott down again just before the end of the round. Kreiskott briefly forced Chagaev to retreat in the sixth. In the seventh a left hook put Kreiskott down and the referee stopped the fight over the protests of the German. The “White Tyson”, a former WBA champion, is now 33, and is showing signs of slipping. Kreiskott has lost 3 of his last 4 fights, and was knocked in one round by Tom Dallas. Not too much expected from the German, let’s face it, what boxer of quality wears running shoes into the ring as Kreiskott did. Peruvian Reynoso decisioned Belarusian Kharkevich. Scores 59-54 twice and 59-55. The 35-year-old Reynoso turned pro in 2005 after losing out in the Americas Olympic qualifiers in the 81kg division for the 2004 Olympics. Webber continued his comeback with a third round stoppage of Belarusian Dolhozhyieu. Webber took three years out after losing to Frederic Serre in 2008. He has four wins since his return, but as he stopped Dolhozhyieu in two rounds in April this was a meaningless result.


Verona, USA: Middle: Gennady Golovkin (24-0) W TKO 5 Grzegorz Proksa (28-2). Super Middle: Serhiy Dzinziruk (37-1-1) DREW 12 Jonathan Gonzalez (15-0-1). Middle: Tureano Johnson(11-0) W TKO 4 Cleven Ishe (3-9-1). Light Welter: Jorge Maysonet Jr (9-0) W TKO 1 Bryan Abraham (6-14-2). Light Welter: Tony Luis (15-0) W KO 1 Andres Ledesma (16-21-1).Impressive display of power punching by 30-year-old Golovkin as he retains secondary WBA title with stoppage of Proksa. Not a great deal of action early in the first with Golovkin stalking and Proksa scoring with occasional jabs. Near the end of the round Golovkin pinned Proksa to the ropes. He hurt the pole with a body shot and a quick two-handed flurry put Proksa down. He was up at four and kept out of trouble to the end of the round. The southpaw challenger did better in the second and third as stayed off the ropes and lunged in with right or left leads, but every time Golovkin got through with a right the difference in power was obvious. In the fourth Golovkin took Proksa to the ropes and two crunch left hooks to the body had Proksa folding in half and turning away. A left-right combination from Golovkin put Proksa down. Again he got up. The fight was messy for a while with Golovkin wrestling the retreating Proksa to the floor. The Pole tried to bang back, but the end did not look far way. Proksa actually started the fifth quite well, but again Golovkin took him to the ropes and launched a big attack. Proksa bobbed, weaved and got off the ropes. That proved to be a mistake as a hard right saw Proksa reeling backwards, and a follow-up barrage put him face down on the canvas. He was up at eight but the referee rightly stopped the fight. The Kazak fighter was making the fifth defence of his WBA title. He has 20 wins by KO/TKO, with the last ten fights all ending that way. As an amateur he was World champion at both junior and senior level. In winning the World amateur title in 2003 he beat Matt Korobov, Andy Lee, Lucien Bute (KO 4) and Yordanis Despaigne. For my money he is the best middleweight out there. European champion Proksa, 27, gave Golovkin some early problems with his awkward lunging southpaw style, but did not have the power to match the Kazak fighter. At the Friday weigh in for his fight with Dzinziruk Gonzalez came in at 162lbs for a fight at the light middle limit of 154lbs. To save the fight it was agreed that the fight would go ahead provided that Gonzalez weighed no more than 166lbs at a second weigh in on the day of the fight. Gonzalez weighed 165.2lbs so the fight went ahead. Presumably this was on the basis that by fight time Dzinziruk would also have put on weight. Gonzalez was up to 172lbs by fight time. This was supposed to showcase the highly touted 23-year-old Puerto Rican on HBO, instead it may be a long time before he again gets such high profile coverage. The fight was dull with very few highlights. Not unnaturally Gonzalez was slow and lacking his usual combination punching but was hitting harder. Dzinziruk’s face began to swell during the fight. He was the better boxer, and mostly busier, but at times at times his workrate would drop which allowed Gonzalez to pick up some of the close rounds. The draw did not suit either fighter. Scores 117-111 to Gonzalez, 115-113 to Dzinziruk and 114-114. Gonzalez, WBO No 6, is a former Pan American Games silver medalist and an Olympian. He claimed that an illness during training had forced him to come off his weight control diet. He is a very talented fighter, but he has a lot to do to give anyone confidence in his discipline. Southpaw Dzinziruk was well paid for agreeing to fight the overweight bout. If he had lost this one he would have had a limited future, but now there are still some good fights out there for the 36-year-old former undefeated WBO light middle champion. Bahamian Johnson records another win. He was on top when the fight was called off due to a cut. The 28-year-old was his country’s top amateur boxer representing The Bahamas’ at two world championships and the 2008 Olympics. Ishe’s bad run continues with eight losses and a draw in his last nine fights. Jorge Maysonet Jr. took only 84 seconds and two knockdowns to dispose of Abraham. Jorge, the son of Jorge Snr. has won eight of his nine fights in the first round with the quickest being in 19 seconds. His dad lost to Simon Brown for the IBF welter title in 1989 and was beaten by Darren Dyer at the Albert Hall in 1990.Abraham has lost 7 of his last 8 fights. Canadian Luis lived up to his “The Lightning” nickname as he put experienced Ledesma down for the count with a body punch just before the two minute mark. The 24-year-old Luis looks a good prospect. Colombian Ledesma has lost 10 of his last 11 fights.


Panama City, Panama: Fly: Moruti Mthalane (29-2) W TKO 8 Ricardo Nunez (24-3).. Fly: Luis Concepcion (26-3) W PTS 8 Pablo Carrillo (9-1-1). Feather: Jezreel Corrales (11-1) W PTS 8 Fabian Marimon (17-6-1). Most fights involving Nunez just do not last the distance. This one was almost over in the first when IBF champion Mthalane floored the Panamanian late in the round. Mthalane landed more hard punches, but Nunez ran and held to clear his head. Nunez is a naturally aggressive banger, and he took the fight to Mthalane in the second. In the third the fight turned completely around when Nunez floored Mthalane near the end of the round. Mthalane was badly hurt and was on the defensive in the fourth and fifth using his height and reach advantages to keep Nunez at bay. It was the seventh before Mthalane started to dominate again. In the eighth the South African crashed home a series of hard shots. Nunez was driven back and went down. He was suspended over the middle rope with his feet inside the ring and his head resting on the ring apron outside the ring. The referee immediately stopped the fight having already allowed Nunez to take too many heavy head punches in the round. Fourth defence ( all inside the distance) for the  29-year-old South African, but he needs to be more active. After winning the vacant title by beating Julio Cesar Miranda in November 2009 he made only one defence in 2010 and two in 2011, with the last one in October 2011. Mthalane’s only loss since 2004 was on cuts against Nonito Donaire for the IBF title. Panamanian “Mathematician” Nunez, 24, had been kayoed in five round by Drian Francisco in a WBA eliminator in 2011, but had seven wins since including inside the distance wins over Oscar Blanquet and Carlos Tamara. “El Nica” Concepcion given eight good rounds by unbeaten Colombian Carrillo. The former interim WBA flyweight champion had struggled to make the weight, having to strip naked to do so, and lacked some of his usual zip. Scores 78-74 twice and 78-75. Concepcion is No 2 with the WBC and looking for a shot at the winner of Sonny Boy Jaro’s defence against Edgar Sosa. Panamanian champion Corrales won a comfortable unanimous decision over Colombian Marimon. Corrales, 21, has won his last ten fights.


Cordoba, Argentina: Super Fly: Roberto Sosa (24-0) W PTS 12 Zolani Tete (16-3). This was very much a fight of two halves as Sosa came from a long way behind to win this IBF eliminator on a split decision. Tete made good use of his big advantages in height and reach to outbox Sosa over the early rounds. Tete boxed beautifully scoring with fast accurate punches and Sosa had no answer. In the fourth Tete had Sosa badly hurt and it even looked as though the South African was going to win inside the distance. Sosa was standing off and letting Tete dictate the fight. Finally, in the sixth, the Argentinian listened to his corner and fought with much more determination. He was able to get inside and attack the body of Tete with hard, short hooks. With the crowd urging him on Sosa seemed to get stronger with each round. At the end it was a case of whether Sosa had done enough to overcome the huge lead Tete had built. Two judges decided it was and scored the fight 115-114 to Sosa. The third had115-114 to Tete. Some local reporters felt Tete deserved a draw. “Incho”, 27, is now in line for a shot at IBF champion Juan Carlos Sanchez. In a fight this close Tete would probably have got the decision if it had been held in South Africa. He is a talented boxer whose other defeats have been a majority decision loss in Mexico against Juan Alberto Rosas in another IBF eliminator and a stoppage against Moruti Mthalane for the IBF fly title in 2010. He can come again.


Guasave, Mexico: Straw: Mario Rodriguez (15-6-4) W KO 7 Nkosinathi Joyi (22-1,1ND). Super Feather: Alberto Garza (25-5-1,1ND) W KO 8 Nery Saguilan (24-2-1). The “Little Dragon” halts Joyi to win IBF title. The all-out two-handed aggression by local favourite Rodriguez was the difference, but the ringside temperature of 35 degrees also played a part. South African Joyi showed excellent southpaw skills but Rodriguez, with the partisan crowd urging him on, just kept attacking and landing shots to head and body. In  the seventh a left uppercut had Joyi hurt and a hook to the body followed by a couple of head shots put Joyi down. Joyi seemed to indicate a back injury and was shaking his head to say he was finished, but the referee completed the count. Rodriguez, 23, has a deceptive record. He was 7-5-1 at the start of his career, but in the last twelve fights he has lost only once, and that was to Donnie Nietes for the WBO title in 2010. He had beaten good opposition such as Manuel Jimenez, Karlius Diaz, Gilberto Keb Baas and Armando Vazquez. Joyi, 29, was making his third defence of his title. He is a talented fighter and you can be sure his promoter Branco Milenkovic will be looking to get him back in the title picture. “Kichis” Garza outlasts favourite Saguilan to get an upset victory. The former WBC Silver champion was way behind on points, but his constant attacks had Saguilan tiring. Needing a knockout Garza battered the fading Saguilan to the canvas two minutes into the ninth round. The 27-year-old Garza wins the vacant IBF Latino title. He has 20 wins by KO/TKO. After good wins over Hiryuki Enoki in Japan and over previously unbeaten Justin Savi he climbed the ratings, but a stoppage loss against Robinson Castellanos cost him his WBC Silver title. Now he is right back in the picture. After winning his first 22 fights, Saguilan showed his weakness when being kayoed in two rounds by Edgar Riovalle, so against a puncher like Garza this was always a risky match.


Osaka, Japan: Super Fly: Tepparith (21-2) W PTS 12 Nobuo Nashiro (18-5-1). A brave effort by challenger Nashiro just falls short as Thai Tepparith retains his WBA title with a majority decision. Nashiro took the first round with a strong jab and good body punches. From the second Tepparith took control being the quicker and scoring with well with his jab and hard uppercuts. Nashiro was always in the fight, but Tepparith was shading the rounds. By the end of the eighth Tepparith had built a solid lead. In the eighth Nashiro began to target the body of the champion. In the ninth he had the Thai hurt and as the champion tired Nashiro dominated taking the tenth and eleventh rounds. In the last both fighters were exhausted but fought hard knowing the fight was in the balance. The scores of 115-113, 115-114 and 114-144 show just how close it was. “Astro Boy” Tepparith, 23, had shown his talent in beating Filipino Drian Francisco for the interim title and in victories in Japan over Daiki Kameda and former champ Tomonobu Shimizu. Nashiro, 30, who won this same title in 2006 in only his eighth fight, lost it won it back again, and then lost it. He was trying for his third reign. Nashiro left his strong finish just too late and deserves a return if he wants it.


Tokyo, Japan: Super Feather: Daiki Kaneko (16-2-3) W KO 2 Michiya Sato (9-4-3). All over quickly as Kaneko scores three knockdowns and retains his National title in his first defence. More known as a boxer, Kaneko floored Sato with a right at the end of the first round. Sato had not really recovered at the start of the second, and he was knocked down twice more brining the towel fluttering in from his corner. The 24-year-old Kaneko had won the title with an upset stoppage of Seiichi Okada in May. He has nine wins by KO/TKO. Since suffering back-to-back losses in 2007 he is unbeaten in his last 13 fights. Sato, 33, is 2-3-1 in his last six fights, but this was his first loss inside the distance.


Los Mochis, Mexico: Super Middle: Rogelio Medina (29-2) W TKO 6 Luis Serrano (13-2). Super Feather: Miguel Angel Garcia W KO 2 Mauricio Pastrana (35-17-2). Feather: Adrian Young (17-0-1) W PTS 8 Raul Hirales (16-2-1). Light Fly: Alejandro Morales (14-2) W PTS 8 Gerardo Verde (17-5-1). A wild slugging match sees “Porky” Medina climb off the floor twice to win. Both were just throwing bombs from the start. A big right from “Animal” Serrano put the favourite down. Medina got up and again they both just threw punches without any consideration of defence. Same again in the second as a Serrano right put Moreno down again, and again Moreno got up swinging. Over the next four rounds each fighter took turns in dominating, but surprisingly at the end of the sixth Serrano retired. Poor bit of matching sees WBO No 1 Garcia dispose of Colombian oldie Pastrana in two rounds. After a feeling-out round Garcia landed a two punch combination and Pastrana went down and was counted out, Next for Garcia is a challenge to WBO champion Orlando Salido. Colombian Pastrana, 39, a former IBF super fly champion, has lost 10 of his last 11 and this was his first fight for 15 months, a disgraceful mismatch. A great little fight sees prospect “ Chinaman” Young take a unanimous decision over Carl Frampton victim Hirales. This was a bloody battle with both fighters suffering bad cuts. It was a close fight with Hirales the better boxer but Young faster and busier. Local boy Young was ahead on the cards after seven round and a knockdown scored in the last round by Young put it beyond doubt. Scores 78-73, 77-75 and 77-74. The 19-year-old Young has 15 wins by KO/TKO and this was a big step up for him. Another exciting scrap saw home town fighter Morales take a unanimous decision over Verde. Morales needed the win after losing two of his last three fights. The more experienced Verde had beaten Carlos Tamara and lost a split decision to Kermin Guardia.


Dundee, Scotland: Middle: Craig McEwan (21-2) W PTS 6 Jay Morris (15-25-3). Light: Willie Limond (35-4) W PTS 6 Bill Warburton (5-36-2). Light: Ronnie Clark (5-0-1) W PTS 8 Youssef Al Hamidi (11-45-2). Southpaw McEwan, 30, not really tested as he cruises to a points win over journeyman Morris. McEwan had Morris down in the first but did not seem to have his foot all the way down on the accelerator. The referee scored it 60-54. McEwan has been disappointed in his return to Britain and has said he will go back to America where he expects to be more active. It is no surprise as he was involved in high profile fights against Brian Vera, Andy Lee and Peter Quillin over there, but has been restricted to fighting down the bill in Britain. Morris is a young journeyman pro but I am not too sure about his “Isle of Wight Assassin” nickname. Limond, 33,in his first fight since losing to Anthony Crolla for the British title in November, also won every round against Warburton. Limond was always in control, but Warburton never stopped trying. Referee’s score 60-54. Former Commonwealth and European Union champion Limond, a loser to Erik Morales in 2010, is looking for at shot at Commonwealth champion Lee McAllister. Warburton has a good chin and only 2 of his 35 losses have been inside the distance. Local fighter Clark, 23, made his move up to eight rounds a success as he decisioned Al Hamidi. Referees score 80-73. This was the first show in Dundee in 23 years.


Mazatlan, Mexico : Light Middle: Josue Castaneda W PTS 10 Jose Luis Cruz (41-9-2). Feather: Daniel Hernandez (14-7) W PTS 10 Moises Delgadillo 11-11-2). Not a pleasant return home for experienced Cruz. Castaneda is the more accurate and busier and brings off a huge upset. Scores 96-90, 96-93 and 95-95. At 35, and with three losses in a row, the end must be near for Cruz. This was a huge step up for Castaneda who had never been in a fight scheduled for more than six rounds. Hernandez retains his WBC Youth title with a unanimous decision over Delgadillo. The challenger got through with some hard shots and had Hernandez hurt on two or three occasions. However, Hernandez came on strong in the last three rounds to win the decision. Scores 98-94, 96-94 and 94-96. An unpopular verdict with heavy booing from the crowd. Hernandez lost a split decision to Fermin de los Santos, but had a big win in May when he stopped Sergio Villaneuva(22-1-2 record). Delgadillo has lost his last five fights, but two of those were to Fermin de los Santos and Gamaliel Diaz




Additional Commonwealth Results:

September 1

Doncaster, England: Light Heavy: Carl Wild (13-17-5) W PTS 10 John Anthony (8-26-1). Super Bantam: Gavin McDonnell (6-0-1) W TKO 6 Scott Gladwin (5-1).

Wild retains Central Area title. Referees score 96-95. McDonnell wins vacant Central Area title

September 2

Nairobi, Kenya: Middle: Daniel Wanyonyi (14-5-2) W TKO 3 Bernard Mackoliech (3-3). Bantam: Emilio Norfat (17-3) W TKO 4 Joshua Omukhulu (0-7).

Wanyonyi wins vacant Kenyan title. Norfat seems to be a good quality fighter.