Weekly Report

September 6 - 9 2012

September 6

 

Chiari, Italy: Middle: Piero Mucci (10-0) W TKO 7 Jorge Ortiz (1-47-4). Abysmal match sees Mucci stop Colombian Ortiz in seven. The 42-year-old Ortiz is a very experienced loser. He lost his pro debut in 1993 as a welterweight, against the current WBA cruiser champion Guillermo Jones, and managed to avoid winning any of his next 38 fights. The skill he does have is crafty slipping and sliding with the result that only seven of his previous 46 losses had come inside the distance. He managed to frustrate Mucci for six rounds, although Mucci did not seem to be trying too hard. Finally in the seventh Mucci threw a right hook that a statue could have ducked and Ortiz went down. He timed his climb to his feet so that the referee would not have quite completed the count, but had seen enough. That gave Ortiz room to complain about the stoppage. The 22-year-old “Game Over” Mucci has five wins by KO/TKO, but this was a waste of a night.

 

September 7

 

Muelheim, German: Heavy: Francesco Pianeta (27-0-1) W PTS 10 Frans Botha. Light Heavy: Jonathan Profichet (14-8) W TKO 1 Denis Simcic (28-2). Taller, fitter and younger Pianeta was all of these, but this was not a rousing victory. The fight was slow and one paced with Pianeta boxing and Botha walking in and trying to work inside. He had some success with that, but the 6’5” tall Italian southpaw was always in control finding an easy target in the body of Botha. The South African veteran tried hard, but at 43 he does not have much left. Scores 100-90, 99-92 and 97-93. Pianeta is No 13 with the WBO and ready for tougher tests. “The White Buffalo”, was the IBF champion for a brief time when he beat Axel Schulz in 1995. That is until he tested positive for steroids. He has lost his last three fights, but I guess he is still a name so may not retire.  Frenchman Profichet registers an upset as he comes in as a late substitute and halts Simcic in two rounds. The Frenchman fired out of the blocks and drove Simcic to a corner. A right to the temple put Simcic down. Although Simcic got up he was on shaky legs and Profichet gave him no chance to recover blasting away with both hands until the referee stopped the fight. Profichet, 29, took the fight at just a few days notice, as he has before. The result was that he won the WBO European title and beat the WBO No 3. He can expect to be high in their top 15 next month. Slovenia Simcic, 31, making the first defence of his WBO title, had won nine in a row since losing to Vyacheslav Uzelkov in 2008, but against dismal opposition.

 

General Villegas, Argentina: Bantam: Diego Santillan (17-0) W PTS 12 Lucas Carranza (16-8-1,1ND). A bruising battle saw Santillan add the interim South American title with a points win over champion Carranza. The first three rounds were fairly even. Santillan had Carranza down in the fourth and built a good lead having Carranza in trouble in the seventh and eighth. Both boxers were careless with their body punches and Santillan lost a point in the ninth and Carranza in the tenth for low blows. The eleventh was delayed whilst pools of water were cleared from the corners. Carranza swept the last two rounds, but it was not enough. Scores 117-112, 116-112 and 115-114. The 25-year-old “El Fantasma” Santillan is already Argentinian champion. Southpaw Carranza, 26 lost his interim South American title, but is still Argentinian super bantam champion. He had won his last ten fights.

 

Jose Marmol, Argentina: Light: Matias Gomez (29-0) W TKO 1 Ariel Garcia (8-18-2). Another win for 24-year-old Gomez, and another bit of abysmal matching. “Tsunami” now has 28 wins by KO/TKO and has yet to fight a real opponent. He had beaten Garcia in just over four minutes in January, so I guess this counts as improvement. The Argentinian Boxing Federation are obviously not impressed as they do not even rate him in the top ten in his division.

 

Flemington, Australia: Cruiser: Daniel Ammann (25-5-1) W TKO 9 Pieter Cronje (14-6-1): Heavy: Solomon Haumono (19-1-2) W TKO 10. Franklin Egobi (16-5). Ammann makes second successful defence of his Australian title with stoppage of No 6 rated South African Cronje. Southpaw Ammann, 29, handed out a boxing lesson as Cronje was just not able to pin the Australian down to land his shots. Ammann was gradually breaking the South African down and the referee stopped the fight in the ninth. Now 6 wins in his last 7 fights for Ammann. Cronje, also 29, is 3-5 in his last eight fights, with all eight fights ending inside the distance. New Zealand-born Haumono wins vacant Australian title with stoppage of Nigerian Egobi. Despite Egobi being taller and having an edge in reach, it was Haumono who dominated the fight with his jab and Egobi had no answer. Haumono came close to finishing the fight in the fourth, but Egobi was not ready to go. Haumono continued to get through with heavy shots and finally put the Nigerian down in the tenth. Egobi beat the count, but the follow-up attack from Haumono saw the fight stopped. Haumono, 36, has 17 wins by KO/TKO. He was coming off a disappointing draw with Joey Wilson in July. Egobi, 36, has had a spasmodic career having been inactive in 2009, fought only once in 2010 and then not fought again until last July. This was his first loss inside the distance.

 

Salta, Argentina: Welter: Luis Carlos Abregu (33-1) W KO 3 Marco Avendano (30-9-1). Welter: Cesar Barrionuevo (21-2-2,1ND) W KO 1 Mariano Carranza (7-27-3). Avendano managed to stagger Abregu with a right to the temple in the second, but that was as good as it got. By the third Abregu was looking for the finish. A left to the chin staggered the Venezuelan and the referee jumped in to give him a standing count. Abregu cut loose again and sent Avendano down with a volley of shots to head and body and the referee counted the ten. The 28-year-old local has 27 wins by KO/TKO with his only loss being on points to Tim Bradley in a non-title fight in July 2010.  He has won four in a row since then, all inside the distance. This was the third defence of his South American title which he won back in 2008. Next up is a fight with WBC No 1 Thomas Dulorme with a projected date of October 27. Avendano, 39, was having his first fight since losing to Vyacheslav Senchenko for the WBA title in August last year. All over early as a southpaw left from Barrionuevo puts Carranza down and out. Now 16 wins by KO/TKO for the 23-year-old “La Joya”. After winning just 3 of his first 8 fights, he has won his last 18, but that could be deceptive as he is still only an eight round fighter and not yet rated in the Argentinian top 10 in his division.

 

Halifax, Canada: Super Bantam: Tyson Cave (18-2) W PTS 10 Steve Cannell (7-5-3). The “Prince of Hali” retains his Canadian title with a unanimous decision over Steve Cannell. With both fighters based in Halifax this was a real grudge match. It did not help that Cave’s trainer had gone over to the camp of Cannell, or that Cannell was once Cave’s sparring partner. The speed and skill edge was with 30-year-old southpaw Cave who even found time to do some clowning. Cannell never stopped trying but did not have the punch to turn the fight. He did get through with some hard body shots, but was being outworked. It got rough at times with both fighters warned in the fifth for rough work. There was some pushing and shoving at the end of that round and later, in the eighth Cave lost a point for hitting on the break. Scores 98-91, 97-92 and 96-93. Cave had beaten Cannell on points in 2009 for the vacant Canadian title. This was 32-year-old Cannell’s first fight for 15 months after a lay-off due to Bell’s palsy. The fight was supervised by Ed Pearson; the President of the Commonwealth Boxing Council (got to keep in with the boss).

 

Moabit, Germany: Light Heavy: Robert Rolle (18-0) W TKO 2 Turgay Uzun (37-23-2). Rolle overwhelms poor Uzun in two rounds. Rolle had nothing to beat in late substitute Uzun. An early attack had the 38-year-old Turk on his knees. Uzun hung on to the bell. It was a brief respite as Uzun could not hold off the unbeaten German and the fight was halted. The 29-year-old Rolle wins vacant NBA world title. Rolle has won his last ten fights by KO/TKO but his record is deceptive as ten of his victims had never had a fight. Uzun has lost his last six fights by KO/TKO including being halted by Billy Joe Saunders in two rounds in April 2011.

 

Merida, Mexico: Super Feather: Miguel Berchet (16-0) W TKO 2 Berman Sanchez (26-5-3). Light Fly: Julian Yedras (19-0-0) W TKO 6 Sammy Reyes (7-9). “Scorpion” Berchet beats “Cobra” Sanchez”. In only his second ten round bout he destroyed the experienced Nicaraguan inside four minutes. Late in the first Berchet swept aside the attempts of Sanchez and landed a volley from both hands which dumped Sanchez on the canvas. He barely made it to his feet as the round finished. Hard hooks to the head put Sanchez down in the second and although he got up the referee rightly stopped the fight. The 20-year-old Berchet, twice Mexican amateur champion, wins the vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental title. He has 12 wins by KO/TKO and his two “scheduled ten rounders” have lasted less than five minutes. Costa Rican-based Sanchez, 27, had lost to world rated Dante Jardon in seven rounds in April. Unbeaten Yedras handed out a heavy beating to late sub Reyes. The 24-year-old bounced Reyes off the canvas five times. Yedras scored knockdowns in the first and fifth rounds and had him down three more times in the sixth when the referee saved the game substitute. “The Little Cannon” has twelve wins by KO/TKO.

 

Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico: Welter: Kenneth Diaz (6-0) W TKO 2 Rikardo Smith (6-1). Prospect Diaz, makes it five wins by KO/TKO as he overwhelms Smith in three. Diaz had Smith down in the first, but the Jamaican survived. Diaz handed out more punishment in the second with Smith having a bloody nose and a swelling developing under his left eye. Diaz was landing heavy shots again in the third when Smith’s corner threw in the towel. Diaz represented Puerto Rico at the 2008 World Youth championships and was a silver medal winner in the Puerto Rican championships. Jamaican champion Smith competed at the 2007 World championships and won a bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games.

 

September 8

 

Oakland, USA: Super Middle: Andre Ward (26-0) W TKO 10 Chad Dawson (31-2,2ND). Light Antonio DeMarco (28-2-1) W KO 1 John Molina (24-2). Heavy: Franklin Lawrence (18-2-2) W TKO 7 Homero Fonseca (9-6-3). Heavy: Malik Scott (35-0) W TKO 8 Bowie Tupou (22-2). Welter: Ricardo Williams Jr (20-3,1ND) W PTS 6 Tony Lenk (14-2).  Totally dominant display by Ward which puts him right up there with the best pound for pound fighters. His footwork and movement were superb but so were his tactics. After two even rounds in the third Ward clipped Dawson with a hard southpaw left that put him down. The punch was one that Ward had worked on as being the key to winning the fight. This was repeated in the fourth with Ward stepping inside a wide shot from Dawson to floor Dawson again with a short left. From then it was a case of when Ward would finish the fight-not if he would. He was able to score both when working inside and outside with Dawson being outclassed. Dawson was reluctant to let his punches go because of what he then had to take in the way of punches from Ward. In the tenth a chopping left from Ward suddenly turned Dawson’s legs to rubber and he staggered back and went down. Dawson was up at two but showed he did not want to continue. A towering performance by Ward who retains his WBC and WBA titles. Still only 28 it remains to be seen how much further Ward can go. WBC light heavy champion Dawson is a good fighter, but he was up against a better fighter. This was the first time in 35 fights that Dawson had been beaten inside the distance.  DeMarco retains his WBC title with first round stoppage of Molina. After some sparring DeMarco threw a southpaw left down the pipe which hit Molina’s chin. Molina did not seem to see it coming and staggered back across the ring struggling to stay upright. He ended up sitting on the bottom rope and DeMarco just whaled away with both hands. With Molina not going down, and not fighting back the referee stopped the fight after just 44 seconds. Second defence of his WBC title for the 26-year-old Mexican since winning the vacant title with a stoppage of Jorge Linares last October. The lanky DeMarco has 21 wins by KO/TKO and his only loss in his last 22 fights was to the late Edwin Valero for the WBC title in 2010. If Molina, 29, had been smart enough to go down on a knee he might have survived-for a while. After losing on points to Martin Honorio in 2009 Molina had won six in a row and qualified for the title shot after a good win over Henry Lundy. He is better than this result makes him look. Lawrence gets in some much needed ring time as he halts Fonseca in the seventh. First fight in eleven months for Lawrence. He has not really capitalised on his wins over Lance Whitaker and Jason Estrada. First inside the distance loss for Texan Fonseca. Scott keeps winning, but not impressing. He had too much skill for Tongan-born Tupou and was well in front in the last round when Tupou indicated he could not continue due to an arm injury. The 31-year-old Scott was considered a great prospect but he has never caught alight. He was inactive from December 2008 to February this year and this is his last chance to make a break through. Tupou had a 34lbs advantage in weight but was too slow to trouble Scott. Wins over Manuel Quezada and Donnell Homes gave his career a boost but he is strong but limited. Williams starts another comeback. Southpaw Williams, 31, a former Olympic silver medalist, had been inactive for nine months, but still had the edge in speed and skill. Lenk was being outworked, but he was never out of the fight and a good finish saw him make the fight close. Scores 58-56 twice and 57-57. William’s had made a stuttering start when he turned pro and then a went to jail for three years for selling cocaine. Fellow southpaw Lenk was unbeaten in eleven after an early career loss to Jessie Vargas.

 

Moscow, Russia: Heavy: Vitali Klitschko (45-2) W TKO 4 Manuel Charr (21-1). Heavy: Vyacheslav Glazkov (13-0) W PTS 10 Konstantin Airich (23-7-2). Heavy: Magomed Abdusalamov (16-0) W TKO 2 Jameel McCline (41-13-3). Middle: Andrey Meryasev (11-0) W TKO 10 Muhitdin Rajapbaev (8-3). Feather: Ayup Arsaev (13-0) W TKO 4 Khavazhy Khatsyhau (8-1). Another routine defence for Klitschko. In the first he was stalking Charr with hands at waist level just poking out jabs and following with right crosses. Charr just hid behind a high guard and was content to let Klitschko tee-off. Only over the last ten seconds did Charr come out of his shell to leap in with an attack. Both fighters were still throwing punches after the bell. For most of it the second was a carbon copy of the first. At times Klitschko seemed to be tiring already and conserving his energy by limiting himself again to the left jab right cross approach. At the end of the round Charr again leapt forward to start an attack. Klitschko caught him coming in and a right to the side of the head that put Charr down. He was up quickly and the bell sounded just as the standing eight count was finished. Klitschko stepped-up his work rate a bit in the third but Charr again seemed content to walk forward and absorb the jabs, crosses and occasional hooks to the body. When he did open up he had Klitschko backing up and landed one or two good shots, but was taking more than he was giving. In the fourth Klitschko landed a left which caught Charr above his right eye. Immediately the punch landed the blood flowed down the side of the face of Charr. With his face a mask of blood Charr staged a last desperate leaping attack and had Klitschko going backwards for a few seconds. When Klitschko steadied himself and started landing again the referee took Charr over to the ropes to let the Doctor have a look at the cut. It was too serious for the fight to continue and it was stopped. Charr was furious and stormed around the ring lunging at Klitschko wanting the fight to continue. He had to be restrained by his corner men. With or without the cut Charr did not have the ammunition to really cause Klitschko any concerns. He seemed to be aiming to survive early, fighting hard in only the last 20 seconds of a round, and hoping Klitschko would tire. The plan failed. The 41-year-old Vitali was defending his WBC title for the ninth time and was in his 16th world title fight, but I had the feeling that if an opponent can set a fast pace and survive those early rounds then Vitali would be vulnerable, but that’s a big if. Lebanese-born Charr, 27, will be in the mix when the Klitschko brothers go, but he never got into this fight. Glazkov handles Airich with ease. From the first round the unbeaten Ukrainian dominated the fight with his left jab. Airich had no answer to that punch or to the straight rights that usually followed the jab. Glazkov kept coming forward and Airich just was not letting his punches go. There were very few exciting moments but Glazkov did his job and never dropped a round. Scores 100-90 twice and 100-91. The 27-year-old Glazkov is being built carefully but looks a useful fighter. He was a World Universities champion, a World Championships silver medal winner and an Olympic bronze medalist. Airich should not have been fighting as it was reported that he tested positive for a banned substance after his fight in May against Odlanier Solis. Early shock for Abdusalamov as veteran McCline threads a straight right through the non-existent guard of Abdusalamov. The Russian went down and only climbed up at the count of eight. McCline shook the Russian with another volley, but Abdusalamov had recovered and was walking forward lunging and throwing wild swings for the rest of the round. In the second Abdusalamov landed a heavy right and McCline’s legs were suddenly shaking. However the finish was farcical as McCline, after seeming to be having trouble with his right leg, threw a punch which missed. He overbalanced and went down, not from a punch. McCline was scrambling on the canvas trying to get his right knee to work and he was counted out rising. All 16 of the big Russian southpaw wins have ended by KO/TKO, he has ten first round wins, and all fights have finished within four rounds. He is crude with almost no defence. He certainly can punch but is so slow and open he seems sure to get caught out one day, but that’s what we thought about George Foreman in his early days. Abdusalamov wins vacant WBC Baltic title. Former world title challenger McCline, 42, has now lost 3 of his last 4 fights and is just a name for younger boxers to add to their winning column. In an all-southpaw fight Arsaev hits too hard for 35-year-old Belarus fighter Khatsyhau. The Belarus fighter was floored heavily in the third and retired at the end of the fourth. Eight wins by KO/TKO for Arsaev who retains WBC Baltic title. Russian Meryasev wins the vacant WBC Baltic title with a late stoppage of Uzbek Rajapbaev. Now ten wins by KO/TKO for the 24-year-old Meryasev. His Uzbek opponent had won 8 of his last nine.

 

Trenton, USA: Heavy: Tomasz Adamek (47-2) W TKO 5 Travis Walker (39-8-1). Heavy: Steve Cunningham (25-4) W PTS 10 Jason Gavern (21-11-4). Heavy: Bryant Jennings (15-0) W TKO 1 Chris Koval (25-10). Super Feather: Jerry Belmontes (17-0) W PTS 8 Joselito Collado (13-2).Light: Karl Dargan (11-0) W TKO 4 Jesse Carradine (8-2-1). After a slow start as Walker came forward behind his jab and Adamek was in study mode figuring out how to get around the big edge in height and reach for Walker. The second round exploded. An overhand bomb from Walker sent Adamek crashing backwards to the canvas. The Pole was up quickly and took the eight count. Adamek was badly hurt and Walker pursued him around the ring throwing punches from both hands. At times it looked as though Walker was one good punch away from victory. Unfortunately instead he was swinging wildly and Adamek recovered from the knockdown. Things turned around completely late in the round as a right from Adamek crashed through the middle of the guard of Walker and sent him down. Walker was up quickly and took the eight count. This time it was Adamek pursuing a badly shaken Walker. Adamek had the American trapped in a corner and was landing hard shots when the bell went. At first Walker seemed to think the referee had stopped the fight but his corner were waving him back to his corner. Walker suddenly looked tired and his work rate dropped. He also seemed to be gun shy, not letting his own punches go for fear of what might come back. In the third and fourth Adamek was getting through again with hard rights. In the fifth a long right to the jaw unhinged Walker and Adamek pounced driving the America along the ropes to a corner. He was unloading with nothing coming back when the referee stopped the fight. That knockdown was a big shock for Adamek but he did well to survive and then take charge of the fight. This was both for the IBF North American title and an eliminator for the No 2 spot in the IBF ratings. Walker showed he could punch as the shot that put Adamek down would have floored any fighter. However, he also tired quickly and his low left invites a right cross. Cunningham had a successful first fight at heavyweight as he won every round against limited Gavern. Cunningham worked on the outside being first to the punch and out jabbing Gavern. When Gavern got inside he was able to do some effective work, but Cunningham was always in control and won going away. Scores 99-90 twice and 100-90. The former IBF cruiser champion moved up to heavyweight after back-to-back losses to Yoan Pablo Hernandez. The 6’3” 26-year-old Cummings will make an interesting addition to the heavyweights. Gavern, 35, has now lost 4 of his last 5, but all to rated fighters and has an earlier win over Manuel Quezada and a draw with Jonathon Banks to his credit. Jennings had nothing to beat in Koval and he ended the mismatch early. A right and a left hook put Koval down. He got up quickly but a three punch combination put him down again and the fight was stopped. All over in 35 seconds. Jennings, 27, had only a limited amateur career so is still progressing but already has wins over Siarhei Liakovich and Steve Collins. Koval has now lost 7 of his last 8 fights. Texan prospect Belmontes returns to action with close unanimous decision over useful Dominican Collado. First fight for the former top amateur in 15 months. Scores 78-74 twice and 77-75. Another former amateur stand-out Dargan had his first fight in 13 months as he halted Carradine in four rounds.

 

Las Vegas, USA: Light Welter: Lucas Matthysse (32-2) W TKO 10 Ajose Olusegun (30-1). Light Middle: Ishe Smith (24-5) W PTS 10 Irving Garcia (17-8-3). Middle: J’Leon Love (13-0) W DIS 8 Ramon Valenzuela Jr (7-2). Matthysse batters Nigerian Olusegun to defeat. The hard punching Argentinian started slowly with Olusegun probably taking the first round. In the second Matthysse got through with some hard body shots and was on top from then on. Olusegun chose to try to match the Argentinian for power and paid the price. He was badly shaken in the third but did not fold. It was the same in the fourth with Olusegun rocked by a right late in the round. Southpaw Olusegun was still willing to mix it with Matthysse and showed a strong chin, but Matthysse was getting through with hard shots again and again. Olusegun scored with volleys of hard punches in the eighth and ninth, but Matthysse was unmoved and went for broke in the tenth. A succession of hard punches got through the Nigerian’s guard and, despite a brief break when Matthysse was warned for hitting on the break, Olusegun eventually tumbled to the canvas and the referee stopped the fight without counting. Matthysse, 29, wins the interim WBC title. He has 30 wins by KO/TKO. After a couple of disputed losses he was determined to make the judges redundant. Former Commonwealth champion Olusegun, 32, had been messed around for over a year waiting for a title shot, with his last fight being a win over Ali Chebah in a WBC eliminator in February 2011. He put up a brave show and may now find it a lot easier to get fights Note: Nigerian sources all refer to Olusegun Ajose. Looked as though Smith might be in for an early night when he dropped Puerto Rican Garcia in the first. It was not to be as Garcia got up and lasted the full ten rounds.” Sugar Shay”, now with the Mayweather group, is not a heavy puncher and although he dominated Garcia was never really in trouble again. Scores 100-89 twice and 99-90. Smith, 34, who competed in “The Contender” in 2004, has a win over Pawel Wolak and floored and beat Randall Bailey. But he has also lost big ones to Sechew Powell, Daniel Jacobs and Fernando Guerrero. He was inactive from November 2010 to May this year so hopefully he will be more active now. Garcia, 33, was having his first fight since losing to prospect Kenny Galarza in June 2011. He has lost his last five fights, but they were all tough with Mike Jones and Antonin Decarie in that list. Love wins on a last round disqualification. The talented Love was just too skillful and fast for Valenzuela. Love was scoring freely with his jab and Valenzuela had no answer to it. In the end he resorted to roughing Love up. Love’s work dropped in the fifth and sixth rounds. He turned the heat up again in the seventh and was getting through with heavy punches with Valenzuela losing a point for holding. In the eighth Valenzuela seemed to decide to foul his way out of the fight and he was disqualified after trying to lift Love off his feet and toss him to the canvas, Love, 24, a former National Golden Gloves silver medalist has plenty of talent and is worth keeping tabs on. Valenzuela had been kayoed in two rounds by Donatas Bondoravas in May.

 

Mexico City, Mexico: Bantam: Felipe Orucuta (25-1) W TKO 10 Julio Cesar Miranda (37-8-1). Super Bantam: Moises Flores (17-0) W KO 3 Oscar Arenas (20-3). Big win for Orucuta in a rearranged show. Miranda was to have fought WBO No1 super fly Daniel Rosas. When Rosas pulled out at the last minute due to a throat infection Orucuta was switched up to face Miranda. Orucuta won this one easily. Shaking Miranda in the first and handing out a beating to a slower Miranda who he was able to outpunch and dominate completely. Orucuta chose to box on the retreat and speared Miranda all night with his jab and found an easy target for left hooks and right uppercuts. Miranda just could not close down Orucuta and was being hit with accurate counters in every round. Going into the last, although ahead on all three cards by 90-81, and even with Miranda seemed to be coming on with a late burst Orucuta did not play it safe. Instead he turned hunter trapping Miranda in a corner and unleashing a sustained attack. Miranda was hurt but the stoppage seemed a little premature. Miranda’s corner were enraged and at one point the President of the Mexico City Commission had to intervene when it looked as though they were going to attack the referee. “Gallito” Orucuta, 26, has 21 wins by KO/TKO. He has won six inside the distance in a row since losing to Daniel Rosas in 2010. He looked a class act here and with wins over David Ler and Roberto Castaneda (18-0-1) is one to watch. Former WBO flyweight champion Miranda, 32, suffered only his second loss by KO/TKO. He is far from a spent force. Flores and Arenas went to war and quickly showed the signs of battle. A clash of heads lead to a bad cut on the forehead of Arenas. In the second Arenas landed heavily to bring a large swelling under the left eye of Flores. The fight ended dramatically in the third when a devastating right from Flores put Arenas flat on his face out cold. “Chuky” Flores, 25, has 12 wins by KO/TKO including 7 in his last 8 fights. Arenas, 21, has now lost 2 of his last 3 fights, but the other was to world rated Jorge Lara.

 

Celaya, Mexico: Middle: Marco Antonio Rubio (55-6-1) W TKO 4 Carlos Baldomir (49-15-6). Middle: Marcos Reyes (25-1) W PTS 10 Julio Cesar Garcia (45-7). Baldomir looked every one of his 41 years in this one. Rubio barreled forward in his usual style and a hard right snapped Baldomir’s head around in the first. Before the rounds end the Argentinian was protesting about butts. Heavy combinations from Rubio in the second forced Baldomir to hold to survive. More punishment in the third with Baldomir fighting off the ropes and under pressure. In the fourth a bad cut opened on the nose of Baldomir and the Argentinian, who was carrying a more than a good few extra pounds around his middle ( he was 17lbs heavier than when losing to Bill Godoy in April), visibly tired. It was no surprise when he retired and did not come out for the fifth. The 32-year-old “El Veneno” has 48 wins by KO/TKO. This was his second fight since losing to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr for the WBC title in February. Rubio wins the vacant WBFederation title. Former WBC welter champion Baldomir really should retire. “Dorado” Reyes won a hard-fought unanimous verdict over young veteran Garcia. A right from Garcia opened a bad cut over the left eye of Reyes which forced Reyes to box more than usual. He used a good jab and counters to try to keep Garcia out. A dramatic fourth saw Reyes landing heavy hooks and uppercuts which had Garcia reeling on the ropes. The round then turned as a right from Garcia knocked out the mouthpiece of Reyes. Garcia finished strongly as Reyes battled with blood streaming down his face from the cut. The judges scored it 96-95, 96-94 and a ridiculous 99-91! Reyes, 24, has 21 wins by KO/TKO and has won twelve in a row since losing to Amilcar Funes in 2010. Garcia, 25, turned pro just after his 15th birthday and lost just one of his first 28 fights. He disappeared from the scene for three years after losses to Troy Browning and Danny Perez and only returned in April 2011

 

Windhoek, Namibia: Bantam: Immanuel Naidjala (15-0) W TKO 8 Luis Singo (15-11-2). Welter: Sacky Shikukutu (13-2-1) W KO 10 Tommy Hango (12-4). Super Middle: Wilberforce Shihepo (18-6) W PTS 12 Johannes Mwetupunga (11-4).Light: Peter Malakia (12-9-1) W TKO 2 Sam Kapapu (10-7). Naidjala much too good for Ecuadorian Singo but in the end a cut caused the finish. Naidjala found Singo an elusive target but managed to score well with sharp combinations. The Namibian scored three knockdown, but also got warnings for hitting Singo after the bell in rounds three and six. A clash of heads in the eighth saw Singo badly cut and the Doctor advised that the fight be stopped. Since it was a clash of heads it should have gone to the cards, but it would have made little difference as Naidjala was in front 70-59 twice and 68-61. “The Prince” now has ten wins by KO/TKO. Singo, 37, has lost his last six fights, but all to tough opponents. Shikukutu gains revenge for a split decision loss in June in a fight for the vacant Namibian title. This time the stronger, harder punching Shikukutu was in control. He wore Hango down with a body attack. Hango tried to match Shikukutu punch for punch but paid the price as he tired in the late rounds. The fight was ended by a right hook in the tenth which put Hango down and out.  Shikukutu wins interim WBO African title. The Namibian title was not on the line. The best fight of the night was a slam bang affair between WBO African champion Shihepo and Australian-based Namibian Mwetupunga. Shihepo had Mwetupunga down twice in the first round but was also warned for hitting Mwetupunga when he was down. In the fourth a clash of heads saw both fighters cut, Mwetupunga on his forehead and Shihepo over his left eye. Both cuts were bad, but the fight continued. It was the harder punching of Shihepo against the busier but light punching Mwetupunga. Shihepo scored another knockdown in the eighth but Mwetupunga fought back strongly to see out the twelve rounds. Scores 117-109, 117-110 and a curious 114-112. Shihepo, 29, has now won his last six fights and has 14 wins by KO/TKO. Former Australian middles champ Mwetupunga, 36, has lost two in a row. “The Butcher” lives up to his nickname as Malakia wins vacant Namibian title with stoppage of Kapapu. Malakia floored Kapapu in the first and the referee stepped in to save Kapapu in the second. That puts Malakia 2-1 ahead in their series.

 

Managua, Nicaragua: Light: Jose Alfaro (26-8-1,1ND) DREW 10 Winston Campos (15-2-4). Super Fly: Jonathan Marin (8-0-1) DREW 10 Elvis Guilin (7-6-3). Light: Moises Castro (27-19-5,2ND) W PTS 8 Carlos Velazquez (20-14-2).  Alfaro fails to deal with inexperienced southpaw Campos. With former secondary WBA champion Alfaro seeming to underrate Campos and looking to end the fight with one punch the 20-year-old Campos, was picking up the rounds with his busier style. In a messy fifth both fighters tumbled to the canvas, but no knockdown was called. Alfaro, 28, lost a point in  the seventh for low blows, and that proved crucial as one judge gave it to Alfaro 97-94, one had Campos in front 96-94 and the third had them tied at 95-95. Alfaro was 3-4 in his previous seven fights, but the losses have been to Antonio DeMarco, Erik Morales, Yoshihiro Kamegai and Humberto Soto. Nicaraguan champion Campos had been halted in four rounds by Mexican Edgar Puerta in July, breaking an eleven bout unbeaten streak. A second draw on the show allowed Marin to retain the national title. Scores 97-93 to Marin, 96-94 to Guillen and 95-95. Marin looked unlucky not to get the verdict. He had beaten Guillen on a unanimous decision for the vacant title in March. Guillen is 1-4-2 in his last seven fights now. An upset saw Castro snap a ten bout losing streak with a split decision over Velazquez.

 

Paranaque City, Philippines: Bantam: Dennis Tubieron (14-1-1) W TKO 8 Hiroki Shino (8-2) W. Super Bantam: Jaderes Padua (8-1-1) W PTS 10 Chris Abila (8-10-3). Light Fly: Benezer Alolod (11-4-3) W TKO 6 Ryu Onigashima (12-6). Super Fly: Gabriel Altarejos (12-0-1) DREW 10 Weljan Ugbaniel (8-2-1). “The Scorpion” Tubieron wins the WBC International title with stoppage of champion Shino. The 22-year-old Filipino southpaw gave his Japanese opponent no room to work being on top of him all the way and slowly breaking his resistance with a body attack. Shino was down for the first time in the fifth and down again in the seventh. Two more knockdowns convinced Bruce McTavish, surely one of the most experienced referees in the world, to halt the fight. Shino was down for quite a while being treated by medics. Tubieron’s only defeat is a split decision in South Africa against Lubabalo Msuthu for the WBFederation title in November. Shino had won his last five fights, four by KO/TKO. Padua wins the vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental title with a razor thin split decision over Philippines Federation champion Abila. Scores 96-93, 95-94 and 94-95. Padua who bears the unusual nickname of “Mayon’s Lava had been interim champion. “Bulldozer” Alolod, 21, also wins a WBC Youth Intercontinental title with stoppage of Japan’s Onigashima. The aggressive 21-year-old southpaw could not put Onigashima down but he handed out steady punishment in the shape of uppercuts and crosses so that Onigashima’s corner threw in the towel. Alolod is unbeaten in his last nine fights. In a third bout for a WBC Youth Intercontinental title the judges could not separate the two fighters. It ended as a draw with scores of 95-93, 93-95 and 95-95. Filipinos “Wonderboy” Altarejos, 210, remains unbeaten. First fight since July last year for Ugbaniel.

 

Montevideo, Uruguay: Super Bantam: Caril Herrera (32-2,1ND) W PTS 8 Raul Medina (26-14-3). Comfortable win for Herrera over Argentinian. The Uruguayan was in charge from the first and try as he might Medina did not have the tools to change the situation. It looked as though it might end early when a left put Medina down in the second but Medina got up and took the standing eight count. From then on Herrera seemed content to box his way to the finish without really trying for an inside the distance win. Scores 80-71 twice and 80-69. Herrera, 32, has lost to AJ Banal and to Oscar Gonzalez. Former Argentinian and South American flyweight champion Medina, 33, has lost 5 of his last 6 fights.

 

Costa Mesa, USA: Light Welter: Luis Ramos (23-0) W TKO 8. Noe Bolanos. (24-7-1,1ND). Heavy: Deontay Wilder (25-0) W KO 2 Damon McCreary (14-1). Middle: Demetrius Hopkins (31-2-1) W PTS 8 Doel Carrasquillo (16-22-1). This was a competitive fight early, but the workrate and accuracy of southpaw Ramos kept him on top. As Ramos increased the pace and began to go to the body the gap got even wider. Bolanos was fading badly by the eighth and was on the ropes and getting caught with hard shots when his corner threw in the towel. Ten wins by KO/TKO for 24-year-old Ramos, rated No 13 by the WBA at lightweight. Ramos has not shown this power over his last eight fights as seven have gone the distance. Mexican Bolanos is slipping. He won his first 19 fights but is 7-5-1, 1ND in his last 14 fights. Wilder vs. McCreary was an absolute disgrace. The simple fact is that McCreary was a vastly overweight 39-year-old having only his second fight in five years. His only tactics were to lunge forward throwing wild swings. He had no defence and no chance of winning. Wilder floored the old man with a couple of punches in the first. In the second a right put McCreary down and when another right put him down again the referee stopped the fight. Wilder should be ashamed to be in farcical matches like this. He is learning nothing. All 25 wins are inside the distance, but most of them were farcical mismatches. An indicating of the physique of McCreary is that he is 5’11” and weighed 262 ¼ lbs. He was 166lbs when he turned pro. Every one involved in this farce should hang their heads in shame. Good workout for 31-year-old Hopkins against experienced Puerto Rican loser. After a couple of rounds to shake off the rust Hopkins went to work in the third. Hopkins was able to score with fast combinations and Carrasquillo could offer little in return. A body punch put Carrasquillo down in the sixth and Hopkins had him under severe pressure in the last, but Carrasquillo survived. Scores 80-71 from all three judges. First fight for Hopkins since losing to Brad Solomon in March 2011. Carrasquillo is 2-7 in his last 9 fights, but those two wins over unbeaten Denis Douglin and Shamone Alvarez almost cost him his card in the “Reliable Losers” union.

 

Cuernavaca, Mexico: Light Middle: Patrick Teixeira (18-0) W TKO 8 Omar Vasquez (17-20-4). Brazilian hope Teixeira wins vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental title with stoppage of veteran Vasquez. The hard punching 21-year-old Brazilian has 16 wins by KO/TKO and had won his previous four fights all inside a round. Vasquez, 38, is a former Mexican champion.

 

Temecula, USA: Super Fly: Ivan Morales (18-0) W TEC DEC 10 Luis Maldonado (36-10-1). Southpaw Morales wins his US debut with a technical verdict over experienced Maldonado. “Terrible II”, the younger brother of Erik Morales, showed good movement using his jab to set up quick attacks. Maldonado was looking to work inside and had some success with his body punches. Maldonado suffered a bad over his left eye early but what ended the fight was a worse cut suffered by Morales in a clash of heads in the last round. The cut was too bad for the fight to continue and it went to the cards with the tenth round being scored. The judges had it 97-93 twice and 98-92. The 20-year-old Morales wins the WBC International Silver title. He showed good skills in his first real test. Maldonado, 34, has lost 8 of his last 9 fights He lost this one, but the scores did not do him justice. Some of those losses were in title fights against Nonito Donaire, Fernando Montiel and Vic Darchinyan.

 

Esteban Echeverria, Argentina: Super Middle: Pablo Farias (23-2) W KO 8 Dario Balmaceda (10-6-2). Light Welter: Cesar Velez (11-3-1) W TKO 2 Rodolfo Martinez (40-7-2,1ND). Heavy: Luis Juarez (6-7-1) W TKO 3 Gonzalo Basile (55-8,1ND). “Pokemon” Farias, 24, wins vacant IBF Latino title with kayo of Balmaceda. It was a close fight for three rounds but then Farias broke through and floored Balmaceda in the fourth. Balmaceda survived but it was only temporary. Farias continued to dictate and in the eight put Balmaceda on the seat of his pants and Balmaceda was counted out. Third inside the distance win for Farias since kayo loss to Arthur Abraham in January. In previous fights against Balmaceda Farias had won on points and stopped him in two rounds. Balmaceda had lost only one of his last ten fights. Big upset as prelim fighter Velez beats former IBF title challenger Martinez. No sign of things to come in an unspectacular first round. However, Velez staggered Martinez early in the second and then put him down twice for a crushing win. This was only the second eight round fight for 26-year-old Velez. He had shown no real punching power previously and was not even in the top ten in the Argentinian ratings. Martinez was stopped in twelve rounds by Jan Zaveck for the IBF welter title in 2010, the only other time he failed to last the distance, but had shown signs of slipping in recent bouts. An even bigger upset saw losing prelim fighter Juarez throw away the script as he stopped the experienced Basile in three. With only one win in his last eight fights, including five losses by KO/TKO, Juarez should have been just a payday, but he handed out a beating until the referee stopped it in the third.

 

Mississauga, Canada: Cruiser: Denton Daley (7-0) W TKO 4 Jason Douglas (10-5). Another example of amateur pedigree counting for nothing as Daley stops Douglas in four. Daley set a fast pace and Douglas exchanged with him over the first two round. In the third Daley upped the pace and Douglas could not match the workrate and started to unravel. In the fourth Daley dropped Douglas on his back. Douglas got up, but was taking hard punches to the head without fighting back and the fight was stopped. “Dangerous” Daley has four wins by KO/TKO. In his last fight beat former Canadian champion Frank White. Douglas was a top amateur winning a gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games where he beat Shane Cameron, Kertson Manswell and got a walk over win against David Haye. He is 3-4 in his last 7 fights.

 

Vaasa, Finland: Heavy: Janne Katajisto (11-0-1) W PTS 8 Danny Williams (44-12,1ND). The “Finnish Butterbean” Katajisto beats Brit Danny Williams on a unanimous decision. Katajisto won the first four rounds before Williams got into his stride. Williams came into the fight from the fifth looking to land a big punch which would turn the fight around. Katajisto took control again after that flurry from the “Brixton Bomber” and avoided the final round fling of Williams to win on scores of 79-74 twice and 78-74. At 5’11” and 260lbs Katajisto needs careful matching, and the 39-year-old Williams, who weighed 284lbs when losing to Leif Larsen in December, fitted the bill. What a pity the a former British and Commonwealth champion and WBC title challenger, who once stopped Mike Tyson, is now just a test for the “Finnish Butterbean”. Katajisto, twice Finnish amateur champion, is the Finnish pro champion. He outweighed his opponent by 65lbs when winning the title.

 

September 9

 

East London, South Africa: Super Bantam: Macbute Sinyabi (19-2) W PTS 12 Oscar Chauke (28-7-2). Sometimes the scores reflect the fight and sometimes they do not. Although Sinyabi retained his South African title with unanimous verdict over Chauke, it was very controversial. One major area of dispute came in the fourth when a right from Chauke sent Sinyabi tumbling to the canvas and out of the ring. No count was administered. Sinyabi was helped back into the ring, but it was unclear who did the helping. Some observers also felt that the referee was coming down on Chauke for minor infringements, whilst letting Sinyabi off, and that Sinyabi was allowed to hold whenever he was in trouble but no warning was issued for this. In between times Sinyabi, despite his 100% kayo record, was unable to hurt Chauke and had to box hard to stay in the fight as Chauke came on strong in the second half of the contest. Even Sinyabi looked surprised when he was given the unanimous decision on scores of 118-112, 117-112 and 116-114. The last score was a more fair reflection of the fight but even that did not do justice to Chauke. Naturally Chauke’s team want a rematch, but not in Eastern Cape. Sinyabi, 25, retained the national title in his eighth defence and bounces back from stoppage loss to Thangthong in an IBF eliminator in May. This is the first Sinyabi fight to go the distance as his previous wins and losses had all been by KO/TKO. Former South African champion Chauke, 31, lost to Takalani Ndlovu for the WBFoundation title in 2009 and dropped a split decision to Jeff Mathebula in an IBF eliminator in June last year. Let’s hope he gets some justice.

 

Manzano, Italy: Welter: Gianluca Frezza (18-2-2,1ND) W PTS 10 Italo Brussolo (10-6-2). Frezza wins this one with his harder punching and higher workrate. Strange scoring again at 99-91, 97-93 and 97-95. First defence of his Italian title for 32-year-old Frezza who is unbeaten in his last twelve fights. Brussolo, 34, has now won only two of his last eight fights.