Moscow, Russia: Super Bantam: Alex Bakhtin (30-0) W PTS 12 Roli Gasca (19-3).
Light: Eduard Troyanovsky (12-0) W TKO 7 Joseph Von Minoza (14-4). Light Heavy: Igor Mikhalkin (13-1) W TKO 6 Hamza Wandera (15-4-2,1ND). Welter: Denis Shafikov (30-0-1) W PTS 8 James Onyango (9-5-1). Light Welter: Roman Andreev W TKO 2 Claudinei Lacerda (14-6). Bakhtin wins the vacant IBO title with unanimous verdict over Filipino Gasca. “Sasha” Bakhtin started well outboxing the smaller Filipino. However, from the fifth, Bakhtin slowed and Gasca began to get into the fight, and into Bakhtin’s face. The Russian was still winning rounds but was visibly weakening and some of the later rounds could have gone either way. Bakhtin wins on scores of 119-110, 118-110 and 118-111. After the fight Bakhtin was taken to hospital where it was revealed that his blood sugar level was three times more than normal, which may explain why he faded so badly. A pro for almost twelve years, the former OPBF and Japanese champion has a title at last, but at No 6 with the WBA he will be hoping he gets a shot at one of the four major ones. Gasca,23, also a former OPBF champion, had won 8 of his last 9 fights. He made Bakhtin work for this win. Filipino Minoza tried to take this fight to the bigger Troyanovsky and turn it into a brawl. The Russian refused to be drawn and controlled the fight with his jab. At the end of the seventh Minoza was caught with a volley of punches and retired at the end of the round. The 32-year-old “Eagle”, the WBO European champion, has nine wins by KO/TKO. He picked-up the vacant PABA title for this win. Minoza had won 7 of his last 8 fights, and this was the first time he had failed to last the distance. Having his first fight in his home country Mikhalkin was just too strong for Swedish-based Ugandan Wandera in this all southpaw contest. The Ugandan took a standing count in the first and was under pressure when he surrendered in the sixth. A former European Junior champion, and World Police & Fireman championships gold medalist, Mikhalkin, 27, had scored wins over DeAndre Abron and Doudou Ngumbu, but was inactive for two years after losing to world rated Aleksy Kuziemski in 2010. European champion Shafikov, 27, does his usual act. Starts slowly and then just grinds forward like a tank until the opponent crumbles. “Djingis” was not at full throttle in this one and Kenyan Onyango did all right for the first four rounds. After that the little southpaw tank was rolling and, whilst winning, did not over exert himself. Scores 80-73 twice and 80-72. The WBC No 8 may have to start faster against better opposition. When he fought in Russia in June Brazilian Lacerda nearly caused a major upset. After losing the first eight rounds he nailed Troyanovsky in the ninth and the Russian only just survived to win on points. Andreev took no chances. He won the first round scoring with heavy shots. In the second he floored the Brazilian and then ended it with another volley. Ten wins by KO/TKO for Andreev. Lacerda, 32, has lasted the distance with Andy Murray and Humberto Soto
Tokyo, Japan: Heavy: Kyotaro Fujimoto (5-0) W PTS 10 Chauncy Welliver (53-7-5). Welter: Shushes Tsuchiya (14-0) W PTS 10 Stevie Ferdinadus (12-5). Heavy: Johann Duhaupas (28-1) W TKO 6 Masataka Takehara (7-7-3). Fujimoto scores an upset victory over Welliver. The American had height and reach over his Japanese opponent and made a comfortable start taking the first round with his jab. However, Welliver did not look in the best condition, being 12lbs heavier than in losing to Sherman Williams in June, and from the second Fujimoto found an easy target on the body of Welliver. Fujimoto is not a puncher, but he was picking up the points and winning the rounds. Welliver finally got through with a hard right in the ninth, but Fujimoto survived and stayed out of trouble in the last round to win on scores of 99-91, 98-94 and 98-93. With only three six round bouts and one eight round this was a huge step for 26-year-old Fujimoto. However Fujimoto had over 30 K-1 MMA fights, and we have often see Thai fighters come straight out of Muay Thai fights into a high level at International style boxing. The problem may be that having only five fights he lacks experience, and to get that “safely” he will need to lower the level of his opposition just to get some more fights under his belt before aiming even higher. Welliver, rated No 15 by the WBC looked to have taken this fight lightly and paid the price. Tsuchiya ,26, was given a good test by Indonesian Ferdinandus. The PABA champion, had won his last four fights and gave Tsuchiya a hard time until he tired in the closing rounds. Tsuchiya was then on top and swept the late rounds to stay unbeaten. Scores 98-94 twice and 97-94. All of the Indonesian’s losses have come on the road, and only world rated Thai’s Terdsak and Prawet have beaten him inside the distance. Frenchman Duhaupas makes it eleven wins in a row with stoppage of Takehara. The 6’5” tall Duhaupas had little trouble holding off a furious start by Takehara and then with hard combinations opened cuts on both cheeks of the home boxer. The referee stopped the fight in the sixth giving Duhaupas his 17th win by KO/TKO. His only loss was a close decision to Italian Francesco Pianeta in 2008. He has won eleven straight since then. Takehara, 34, was giving away height and reach to the Frenchman. It was his first fight in Japan since 2009 as he has been mainly active in the USA and Australia.
Manchester, USA: Middle: Demetrius Andrade (18-0) W TKO 2 Alexis Hloros (16-5-2). After a cautious first round Andrade goes to work in the second. The 24-year-old southpaw landed a left to put Hloros down. He got up but and then a right hook put Hloros down again. The Michigan fighter beat the count but was in no condition to continue. The former World Amateur Champion, rated No 4 by the IBF (No 1 is vacant), has 13 wins by KO/TKO. Hloros has lost 2 of his last 3 fights with the other loss being a two round stoppage against James Kirkland.
Oklahoma City, USA; Light: Noah Zuhdi (16-1,1ND) W PTS 12 German Jurado (12-3-1). Local favourite Zuhdi wins vacant WBU title. Zuhdi, 29, under pressure all the way from 28-year-old Panamanian. Working behind a high guard Zuhdi managed to make use of height and reach advantages to score with a jab and cross approach, but he suffered from the body punches when Jurado got inside. The only time it looked like it might end early was in the seventh when Zuhdi stunned Jurado with a right, but the Panamanian was still there at the end. Scores 116-112 twice and 117-111. Oklahoman Zuhdi is unbeaten in his last seven fights, but poor opposition. For both fighters it was the first time they had gone past six rounds.
Santa Inez, USA: Super Bantam: Jhonatan Romero (22-0) W PTS 12 Efrain Esquivias (16-2). Super Bantam: Roman Morales (13-0) W PTS 8 Jonathan Arrellano (13-1-1). Bantam: Jundy Maraon (15-0-1) W TKO 3 Ernie Marquez (9-12-2). Colombian Romero continues to impress. He had a 5” height edge and used that, and his longer reach to control the fight. The aggressive Mexican had to get inside to be effective, but the classy Colombian not only showed his skills but was also ready and able to match Esquivias on the inside. There were no knockdowns, Esquivias lost a point for hitting after the bell at the end of the seventh. The Mexican might have hoped that 25-year-old Romero would slow in the late rounds but the Colombian paced the fight well and was strong all the way. Romero is No 5 with the IBF, mainly on the basis of a good win over Chris Avalos in December. This was an IBF eliminator for the No 2 spot which, since Esquivias was No 12, is again a bit of sanctioning body logic. Romero represented Colombian at both the 2007 World Championships and the 2008 Olympics. Esquivias won his first 16 fights, including a good victory over Fernando Beltran, before losing a majority decision to Rico Ramos in June. Morales emerged victorious in this clash of unbeaten fighters. Both fighters were on the floor. Morales from a left hook in the third and Arrellano from a left hook to the body in the sixth. It was an impressive showing by 21-year-old Morales in his toughest test so far. He showed he could come off the floor to win and also showed good boxing skills. Scores 78-72 twice and 77-73. Morales won a silver Medal at the 2008 National Golden Gloves and a bronze at the US Championships in the same year, losing to Ronny Rios. Arrellano had scored wins over Mike Ruiz and veteran Jose Beranza and can bounce back. Filipino Maraon wins his US debut with stoppage of Marquez. The 27-year-old southpaw, who was having his first fight since May 2009, has twelve wins by KO/TKO. The draw on his record was of the technical variety. Marquez now has seven losses and a draw in his last eight fights.
Bethlehem, USA: Light Middle: Gabriel Rosado (21-5) W TKO 10 Charles Whittaker (38-13-2). Welter: Antwone Smith (22-4-1) W PTS 10 Ronald Cruz (17-1). Light Heavy: Sergey Kovalev (19-0-1) W TKO 3 Lionell Thompson (12-2). Rosado, IBF No 3, halts No 2 Whittaker, and takes the No 1 spot to put himself in line for a shot at IBF champion Cornelius Bundrage. The first round was even without too much action with Whittaker edging it with his jab. In the second a combination from Rosado shook Whittaker, but Whittaker landed a hard right later in the round. Rosado was having difficulty getting inside and cornering the taller Cayman Islander. The fight heated up in the fifth when Rosado floored Whittaker with a right. Whittaker was badly hurt, but not finished, and shook Rosado with a left hook at the end of the round. Whittaker seemed to have recovered in the sixth, but by the end of the round Rosado was forcing him to fight with his back to the ropes. In the seventh another right from Rosado dropped Whittaker. Again Whittaker fired back. He seemed to be getting back into the fight in the eighth and ninth. Rosado brought the curtain down in the tenth. He twice blasted Whittaker to the canvas with rights and the referee stopped the fight. The 26-year-old Rosado extended his winning run to seven with Jesus Soto Karass and Sechew Powell in that list of victims. Whittaker, 38, who was on a run of only one loss in his last 24 fights, had been inactive for almost a year, and was having only his third fight in two years. Smith upset the odds with a razor thin decision over hometown fighter Cruz. Smith built an early lead doubling and tripling his jab and getting through with good body punches. Cruz did not really get untracked until the fifth when he was able to get past the Smith jab and score with rights to the body. Cruz switched to southpaw in the late rounds as both fighters finished strongly realising the fight was in the balance. Two judges had it 96-94 for Smith and the third also had it 96-94 but for Cruz. After two losses in his last three fights this was one the 25-year-old Smith had to win. Puerto Rican-born Cruz, No 10 with the WBC, was to have defended his WBC Continental Americas title, but Smith failed to make the weight so it was a ten round non-title fight. Russian banger Kovalev punches too hard for late substitute Thompson. Kovalev gave an indication of things to come when he got through with a hard right. Late in the second Thompson was down twice again from Kovalev’s right. Another knockdown early in the third was enough to get the referee to stop the fight. Kovalev was to have faced former WBA champion Gabriel Campillo but the Spaniard pulled out due to injury. The 29-year-old Russian, a former World Military champion, has 17 wins by KO/TKO and is WBC No 12. Thompson’s first loss inside the distance.
Adelaide, Australia: Super Bantam: Dianever Orcales (8-4-2) W TKO 4 Marangin Marbun (21-9-1). Filipino-born Orcales retains PABA title with stoppage of Indonesian. The fight was close until Orcales forced the finish. The 34-year-old Orcales, who moved to Australia with his family when he was twelve, has five wins by KO/TKO. He has been unsuccessful in two shots at the Australian title and was inactive from 1999 to 2007. Former Indonesian champion Marbun is 2-4 in his last six, but the losses have been to high quality opposition.
Antwerp, Belgium: Light Middle: Jackson Osei Bonsu (43-5-1) W PTS 12 Jimmy Colas ( 31-9). Ghanaian-born Belgian “Sugar” Jackson wins the vacant European Union title with a wide unanimous decision over Frenchman Colas. Jackson was busier over the early rounds with Colas seemingly content to hide behind a high guard and keep pressing waiting for Jackson to tire. Those tactics did not work and Jackson was able to get through with hard shots in the middle rounds and build a big lead. The fight was already in the bag when in the last a right to the jaw saw Colas go down on one knee. He survived to the last bell. Scores 119-108 twice and 119-108. Jackson, a former European welter champion, had won a very controversial points verdict over Colas last November. He is unbeaten in his last ten fights with nine wins and a draw. Haiti-born Colas is a former European Union champion.
Pasay City, Philippines: Fly: Froilan Saludar (16-0-1) W PTS 12 Jose Tirado (27-12). Super Fly: Jerwin Ancajas (15-1-1) W TKO 10 Miguel Tamayo (12-4-2). Light Middle: Mark Jason Melligan (23-3) W TKO 2 Sapapetch (28-11). Saludar won clearly, but Mexican Tirado showed a strong chin and a good body attack. Saludar was able to score with right crosses around the guard of Tirado and the Mexican did his best work inside. In the third an uppercut to the body had Tirado gasping and in trouble, but he survived. The Mexican continued to try to turn the fight into a brawl but Saludar was getting through with that right cross and took the last two rounds. Scores 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110. It was tougher for the 23-year-old Filipino than the scores suggest. Saludar, rated No 2 by the WBO, wins the interim WBO Oriental title. Tirado, 32, looked a good prospect when he turned pro and outpointed future world champion Cris Mijares in 2002. He then found things a lot tougher, but had won his last four fights. Twenty-year-old Ancajas had too much skill for Mexican Tamayo. The young Filipino showed excellent southpaw skills getting through with his jab all night long and totally dominating Tamayo. Just when it looked as though it might go the distance the punishment finally got too much for Tamayo and the referee stepped in to save him. Second win for “Pretty Boy” since a majority points loss to GAB No 1 rated, and more experienced, Mark Anthony Geraldo in March. Tamayo was unbeaten in his last ten fights. GAB No 1 Melligan continued his rebuilding with two round destruction of Thai
two knockdowns in the first and when a left put Sapapetch down in the second the referee stopped the fight. Melligan was world rated after wins over Norberto Gonzalez, Anges Andjaho and Gabriel Martinez (combined records of 70-4-1), but a kayo loss to Sebastian Lujan in July 2011 saw him take a year out. Sapapetch, also a southpaw, had won 5 of his last 6 fights, but ten losses by KO/TKO show his weakness.
Chantaburi, Thailand: Light Welter: Patomsuk (20-1-1) W PTS 12 Dondon Sultan (18-19-3). Light: Fahsai (38-3) W TEC DEC 6 Edgar Gabejan (23-28-5). Patomsuk retains WBC ABC title with unanimous verdict over Filipino. The 29-year-old Thai was just too aggressive and too busy for regualar loser Sultan. Scores 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111. Now 13 wins in a row for Patomsuk. Sultan, 34, has now lost 7 of his last 8 fights. Fahsai built a good lead but a clash of heads in the fifth saw him cut badly over the right eye and the referee deducted a point from Gabejan. The cut worsened in the sixth and the fight was stopped. Fahsai wins on technical decision. Scores 59-55 twice and 58-56. Fahsai wins vacant WBC ABC title after moving up from super feather. Second win over former Philippines champion Gabejan for Fahsai who beat Gabejan on points in 2008. He is rebuilding after a split decision loss to Martin Honorio in December.
London, England: Light: Martin Gethin (23-3-1) W TKO 11 Carl Johanneson (32-6). After the local sponsor pulled out of this fight Frank Warren took over. He saved the show and moved it to London. Best win so far for Gethin. After being unbeaten in his first 16 fights he then lost three in a row. He has bounced back, and this was his eighth win in succession. The Walsall 28-year-old lifts the vacant IBF international title. Johanneson, 34, a former British super feather champion, had won two fights since losing a close decision to Gary Sykes for the British super feather title in 2001. This was a setback for him.
Glasgow, Scotland: Light: Ricky Burns (35-2) W TKO 4 Kevin Mitchell (33-2). Super Feather: John Simpson (24-9) W KO 2 Dai Davies (9-19-2). Light: Scott Harrison (27-2-2) W PTS 6 Joe Elfidh (7-2). Crushing victory for Burns as he floors Mitchell twice and retains his WBO title. After a cautious opening both fighters let their punches go at the end of the first. In the second in a taste of things to come Burns was scoring with hard rights. In the fourth a heavy left put Mitchell down on his back. The Essex man beat the count but a volley from Burns put him down again. Once more Mitchell climbed up but he was on the ropes and taking punishment when the referee stopped the fight. The 29-year-old Scot just seems to get better and better. His last loss was in 2007 and he has won 20 in a row since then. The former Commonwealth and WBO super feather champion will be looking to unify the lightweight title. His mandatory challenger is the dangerous Adrien Broner. The WBA title is vacant and both the WBC champion Antonio DeMarco and Miguel Vazquez have promotional ties which might complicate things. Whatever happens the 27-year-old Burns sits right up there with Scottish lightweight division heroes Ken Buchanan and Jim Watt. Mitchell, 27, has a more difficult decision after this crushing defeat. Former British and Commonwealth featherweight champion John Simpson retained his Celtic title with a two round blow out of Welshman Davies. The Scot got through with hard left hooks in the first and another hook in the second had Davies staggering then going down in a delayed action effect. He failed to beat the count. After a run of three losses in four featherweight title fights Simpson, 29, moved up to super feather with a stoppage of Paul Appleby in June. Despite his unimpressive statistics, Davies had won the Welsh title with a good win over prospect Paul Economides in March. Former undefeated WBO super feather champion Scott Harrison won his second comeback fight with a decision over late substitute Elfidh. Harrison had Elfidh down in the first and won every round with his trademark aggression. Referees score 60-53. Harrison, 35, has shown tremendous character to get back into shape and back into the ring after all his troubles over the past seven years. He needs harder test than Elfidh (kayoed in five rounds in his last fight) to give a real indication of his progress.
Wroclaw, Poland: Cruiser: Krzys Wlodarczyk (47-2-1) W PTS 12 Francisco Palacios (21-2). Feather: Kamil Laszczyk (10-0) W TKO 3 Ghenadie Delisandru (18-15-1). Cruiser: Lukasz Janik (23-1) W KO 2 Roman Kracik (34-10-1). Middle: Mariusz Cendrowski (23-4-2) W PTS 8 Bernard Donfack (14-10-3). Light Middle: Damian Jonak (34-0-1) W PTS 6 Laszlo Fazekas (12-3-1,1ND). Wlodarczyk retains his WBC title with unanimous verdict over Palacios. These two had clashed in April 2011 when the Pole retained his title on a controversial split decision. This time there were no complaints. Over the early rounds it began to look as though once again it was going to be close. As the action went back and forth with each fighter having good spells. At the end of four rounds it was 39-37, 38-38, and 37-39. That pattern, of each fighter taking turn to lead and counter continued and at the end of the eighth the champion had only a slight edge with the scores at 77-75 twice and 76-77. Palacios, 35, had the better of the ninth, but after that it was all Wlodarczyk. In the tenth he stunned Palacios with a hard right and had Palacios under serious pressure for the rest of the round. Wlodarczyk swept the last two rounds to win on scores of 117-112, 116-112 and 116-113. Fourth defence of his WBC title by Wlodarczyk in his second spell as champion. His last fight was in November when he impressively halted Danny Green in eleven rounds. Since 2003 the 31-year-old Pole has lost only once, to Steve Cunningham, in his last 27 fights. “The Wizard” Palacios may have suffered from having had only one eight round fight since that April 2011 loss to Wlodarczyk. He no complaints this time over the decision. Laszczyk, 21, gets fortunate win. The Moldavian visitor was very much in this fight and it was close up until the end of the third. At that point Delisandru retired with a shoulder injury. The 21-year-old US-based Pole wins the vacant WBC Baltic title. Easy win for 26-year-old Janik over Czech veteran. In the first Janik was probing for gaps in the high guard of Kracik and trying to bring the guard down with hard left hooks to the body. Kracik spent the early part of the second on the ropes. When he finally moved off the ropes Janik looped a powerful right to Kracik’s chin. The Czech’s legs did a little jig then he fell forward to the floor. He got up slowly and late. The 6’3” tall Pole has 13 wins by KO/TKO with his only loss being to world rated Mateusz Masternak in 2008. Kracik fights like the 41-year-old man that he is. He is now 3-7 in his last ten fights. After two losses in his last three fights Cendrowski gets much needed win. Cameroon Donfack was in the fight early, but his wild swings did not trouble Cendrowski. Over the second half of the fight the 34-year-old Cendrowski held his boxing together better using a sharp jab and right cross. Donfack was always dangerous with his big right hands, but lacked accuracy. The fight became a bit untidy as Donfack lunged in but the cleaner scoring was coming from Cendrowski who did enough to take the unanimous decision. Scores 78-75 twice and a 79-73 which did not reflect just how tough the 32-year-old Donfack made it for the hometown fighter. Jonak much too good for modest Hungarian. He won without really putting himself out, but seemed to have trouble getting motivated for such a mark-time fight. Scores 59-55 twice and 60-54. The 29-year-old Pole is No 3 with the WBA and with the No 1 spot vacant and Miguel Cotto No 2 next year could be a big one for Jonak. Hungarian champion Fazekas has lost his last three, but all on the road and all on points.
Los Mochis, Mexico: Super Fly: Juan Carlos Sanchez (15-1-1) W KO 9 Rodel Mayol (31-6-2). Super Bantam: Jorge Arce (61-6-2,1ND) W PTS 10 Mauricio Martinez (36-13-1). Sanchez retains title, but it was not an easy fight for him. Mayol started quickly against a tentative Sanchez. The Filipino was scoring repeatedly with hooks from both hands and built a lead. He cemented this lead as he was credited with a knockdown in the fifth, and, although a punch was landed, it looked more like a case of legs getting tangled. The fight changed in the seventh when southpaw Sanchez began to get through with hard punches to the body, In the same round a left from Sanchez opened a cut on the right eyebrow of Mayol. The seventh was a painful one for Mayol as body shots from Sanchez had him bending over to protect his body. He was on the point of going down but was saved by the bell. Sanchez ended it in the ninth. A left-right combination sent Mayol down and he tumble out of the ring between the second and bottom ropes. Despite the help of Marco Antonio Barrera and Julio Cesar Chavez Sr, who were covering the fight for the media, Mayol failed to get back in and to his feet, and was counted out. Second defence of his IBF title for Sanchez and his eighth wins by KO/TKO. In terms of ring time the 21-year-old Mexican is still a relative novice, but a good one. Mayol, 31, a former WBC light fly champion, was taking part in his eighth world title fight. He suffers only his third loss by KO/TKO. The IBF only confirmed sanction of this fight on the day before it was due to take place. Easy but frustrating night for Arce. “Travieso” was his usual aggressive self but Panamanian southpaw Martinez came to survive, not to win. Each round followed the same pattern with Arce coming forward but Martinez proving elusive and holding to survive. He did show some slick skills which perhaps gave him one or two rounds but he was never competitive. Scores 99-90 twice and 97-92. Now 18 world title fights (excluding any interim title fights) for Arce. The 33-year-old has held world titles at light fly, super fly, bantam and super bantam and is aiming at a challenge for a version of a title at feather. Southpaw Martinez, 37, a former WBO bantam champion, has won only one of his last six fights.
Belfast, N Ireland: Super Bantam: Carl Frampton (15-0) W TKO 6 Steve Molitor (34-3). Light Welter: Paul McCloskey (24-2) W PTS 10 Manuel Perez (18-8-1). Feather: Martin Lindsay (20-1) W PTS 8 Renald Garrido (6-3). Frampton gets a big win and confirms his status as a world class fighter. From the first round he dominated the Canadian pressurising the former double IBF champion and slowly breaking him down. The second was more of the same and in the third a volley of hard shots from Frampton put Molitor down. The Canadian was on the floor again in the fourth and now it was one way traffic and a case of when rather than if Frampton would stop Molitor. In a confusing sixth with Molitor being on the floor a number of times without a knockdown being called Frampton did finally floor the Canadian again and the fight was stopped. “The Jackal” retains his Commonwealth title and has ten wins by KO/TKO. The 25-year-old, from Belfast, managed by Hall of Famer Barry McGuigan, is in a tough division along with guys such as Nonito Donaire, Toshiaki Nishioka, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Abner Mares, but in a few more fights he could be ready to challenge for a title. Now 32, Molitor is past his best but his only other losses were in world title fights and he is still a force as he showed in turning back fellow Canadian Sebastien Gauthier in November. McCloskey was said to be in a fight he could not afford to lose. At 33 and after an inside the distance loss to veteran DeMarcus Corley, every fight he is in is a fight he cannot afford to lose. McCloskey got the win and that was what was important. The fight lack excitement at times with some of the crowd become restive over the lack of exchanges. However, McCloskey was generally in control, with Perez stealing one or two rounds, but just not letting his punches go enough. McCloskey wins on scores of 118-110 twice and 118-112 and is back in business.Although his statistics are not impressive the 28-year-old Perez came in on the back of good wins over Edgar Santana and Jose Manuel Cotto. His only losses since 2008 have been to Brandon Rios, Diego Maldonado and Mercito Gesta. Belfast’s Martin Lindsay continued his comeback by winning every round over inexperienced Frenchman Garrido. The 30-year-old Lindsay was to have challenged Lee Selby for the British and Commonwealth title, but Selby had to pull out late due to illness. Lindsay lost his British title to John Simpson in December 2010 and did not fight again until March 2012. The Selby fight was to be his big chance to get back in the title picture, but the fight may still take place.
Kempton Park, South Africa: Straw: Hekkie Budler (21-1) W PTS 12 Florante Condes (25-7-1). Super Feather: Sipho Taliwe (16-2-1) W PTS 12 Mzonke Fana (31-5). Light Heavy: Ryno Liebenberg (9-0) W TKO 9 Johnny Muller (11-2-2). Cruiser: Danie Venter (15-5) W KO 4 Zack Mwekassa (13-3). Cruiser: Thabiso Mchunu (11-1) W TKO 1 Flo Simba (12-4). Budler retains his IBO title but has to overcome a rocky start. Filipino Condes, a former IBF champion, came out firing in the first and a vicious body attack had Budler wincing and clearly hurt. The little South African came back to take the next five rounds with his superior skills. Southpaw Condes, 32, was very much in the fight again in the seventh as he scored with some good combinations and opened a cut on the right cheek of Budler. Any momentum the Filipino had going was derailed by a very low left from Budler which landed well below the belt. Condes was given five minutes to recover, but never really got back into the fight as Budler was quicker, busier and more accurate. Scores 118-110, 116-112 and a too close 115-113. Good, hard fight for 24-year-old “Hexecutioner” Budler who is rebuilding after his shock loss to Gideon Buthelezi in January 2011. A defeat which cost Budler his IBF light flyweight title. Since losing his IBF title to Raul Garcia in 2008 Condes is 3-3 with the other two losses being on the road against quality opposition in Nkosinathi Joyi and unbeaten Thai Wanheng. Big win for Taliwe as he outscores former undefeated IBF champion Fana to retain the WBC International title for the fourth time. Taliwe came close to winning this inside the distance. You might term it shadow boxing as Fana was just a shadow of the fighter who had two terms as IBF champion before giving his title away by refusing to defend it. He felt the purses he was being offered were too small. A Taliwe right put Fana down with a right cross in the sixth and Fana only just saw out the round. Taliwe put Fana down again in the eighth with another right. Fana only just beat the count, but somehow Taliwe failed to apply the finish. Equally surprising was the way that, after these bad knockdowns, Fana dragged himself back into the fight over the next three rounds. Taliwe took the last and the unanimous decision on scores of 117-110 twice and 115-112. “Tsunami” Taliwe, 31, is unbeaten in his last twelve fights, and can expect to crash the world ratings. Fana, 38, was having only his second fight in over two years. His skills have deteriorated so he now needs to decide whether to retire or keep going. Liebenberg wins vacant IBO All-African title as he climbs off the floor to halt Muller. Things looked bad for the promising young South African as found himself on the floor in the second from a hard series of shots from Muller. Liebenberg beat the count. In the fifth it was his turn and he put Muller down for a count. This one was not going to go the distance and in the ninth Liebenberg scored two more knockdowns to finish the fight. Now six wins by KO/TKO for Liebenberg, who was jumping from eight rounds up to twelve rounds. He looks a good prospect. The 21-year-old Muller, a former South African champion, lost his National title to Tshepang Mohale in June 2011. He had then won two fights, but is back to square one after this loss. Thabiso Mchunu and Danie Venter will meet in the final of the “Last Man Standing” tournament. Former undefeated South African light heavyweight champion Mchunu had halted Simba in one round in the quarter-final in June. Some though the stoppage premature so they met again. Same result, but seven seconds faster. Mchunu went straight after Simba and literally battered him from corner to corner until the referee stopped the fight. The 23-year-old southpaw has eight wins by KO/TKO. His only loss was to Zack Mwekassa. The DRC fighter faced Venter in the other semi-final. Venter has probably been the surprise package of the tournament but the way he destroyed Mwekassa was impressive. A left put the DRC fighter down in the third and he was badly hurt. He did not seem to have recovered in the third and Venter dished out some more punishment. In the fourth another left put Mwekassa down and although he some got to his feet the fight should have been stopped then. The end was not long in coming as Venter put Mwekassa down heavily again and the fight was stopped. Mchunu beat Venter on a majority decision in June 2011, but this final is wide open.
Cebu City, Philippines: Fly: Milan Melindo (28-0) W PTS 12 Jean Piero Perez (19-5-1). Fly: Rocky Fuentes (34-6-2) W PTS 12 Myung Ho Lee (15-2). Bantam: Arthur Villaneuva (19-0) W PTS 8 Pramuansak (45-5-1). Fly: Merlito Sabillo (19-0) W KO 1 Jovel Romasasa (9-7). Rated No1 by the WBO, Melindo could not afford to slip up. For the first 7 ½ rounds it looked a routine win as Melindo was giving a master class of skillful boxing. He was too fast and accurate for slow starting Perez. The Venezuelan was rocked by a left hook in the first and Melindo was getting through with hard body shots. Melindo rocked Perez again in the sixth and seventh. However, in the eighth Melindo was cut over his left eye and it both hampered his vision and made him more cautious. Now Perez was on top and took both the eighth and ninth with referee Bruce McTavish having the cut examined. The fight was allowed to continue, but now it was a different fight. Perez was getting through with hard jabs and rights and he looked to have taken the tenth as well. Melindo battled back to hurt Perez with a left hook in the eleventh. Both fighters were tired in the last and Melindo had just done enough to deserve the decision. Scores 116-112, 115-113 and 114-114. The 24-year-old “Method Man” nearly threw this one away, but he showed mental strength to stay in the fight whilst handicapped by that cut. Brian Viloria is WBO champion and a fight with Melindo would be a huge draw. Perez, 31, a former interim WBA champion, could have staged an upset here if he made a better start. He is still a force in the division. Rocky “Road Warrior” Fuentes retained his OPBF title for the fifth time with a points win over Korean Lee. Fuentes was scoring with body shots and it looked as though the fight would end early. However, Lee showed a great chin and lots of guts. In the fifth the Korean rocked Fuentes with a right and hurt the Filipino again with the same punch in the seventh as Fuentes was leaving himself open looking for a finishing punch. In the ninth a shot from Fuentes sent the Korean’s mouthpiece flying and a big finish by Fuentes saw Lee only just lasting to the final bell. Scores 117-111, 117-112 and 116-112. Fuentes, the WBA No 2, has lost only one of his last 22 fights. He is also in the top three in both the WBC and WBO ratings so hopefully will get the title shot he deserves. Lee, based in Osaka, had won his last 13 fights. Villaneuva, one to watch. He moves to 20 wins with a one-sided points win over Thai veteran Pramuansak. Villaneuva was too young and too speedy for the Thai. It looked to be over when Villaneuva put the Thai down twice in the fifth. However, Pramuansak has only lost inside the distance once in his previous 50 fights and was still there at the end. Scores 80-70 twice and 79-71. GAB No 3 super fly Villaneuva had struggled in a split decision win over Jeff Cerna in June, but was back on form here. Pramuansak, 43, twice a challenger for the WBO super fly title, is past his best having lost his last four, three of those in the Philippines. In a non-title fight, WBC No 8 Sabillo, yet another of the crop of good Filipino boxers, wasted no time in getting rid of Romasasa. A left to the body put Romasasa down and he was counted out. Now nine wins by KO/TKO for the 28-year-old southpaw who holds the OPBF title. After a good start southpaw Romasasa has now lost six in a row.
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Welter: Diego Chaves (22-0) W TKO 2 Jose Miranda (12-12-3). Light Heavy: Roberto Bolonti (30-1) W KO 8 Jose Clavero (36-10-1). Middle: Jorge Heiland (20-3-2) W PTS 8 Mateo Veron (13-8-2,1ND). No surprise as Chaves retains his interim WBA title with two round destruction job on late substitute Miranda. “La Joya” was looking to get this over early and shook Miranda with a right cross in the first with only the ropes saving the Panamanian from going down. In the second Chaves opened up with a left jab and a right hook to the body. Miranda was hurt and a right to the chin put him down. He beat the count but a right cross-left hook combination sent him to the ropes and after Chaves repeated that combination the referee stopped the fight. The 26-year-old Chaves has 18 wins by KO/TKO. This was to be a tough test against Alberto Mosquera, but Mosquera finally turned the fight down and Miranda came in as a substitute. The 32-year-old Panamanian has won only four of his last eleven fights. After a slow start WBC No 7 Bolonti finally puts away veteran Clavero in the eighth. After three rounds the fight was even, with Clavero well in the fight despite a cut but then the strength and power of Bolonti had Clavero under pressure. Bolonti was in command but not putting his punches together and not following-up when he had Clavero hurt. Bolonti was on top in the sixth and seventh and finally in the eighth two hard lefts put Clavero down and he stayed there for the full count. “Hemlock” Bolonti, 33, has 19 wins by KO/TKO. The Argentinian champion wins the vacant South American title. The 37-year-old Clavero lost in four rounds to Anthony Mundine for the secondary WBA title in 2007. What should have been a routine fight for Heiland almost ended as an upset. Veron used his height and reach advantages to outbox Heiland over the first three rounds scoring well with counters. Heiland, 25, woke up and took the fourth, but Veron again nicked the fifth with his better boxing. Knowing he was behind Heiland was letting his punches go in the sixth and a left to the chin had Veron badly shaken with only the bell saving him. Body shots from Bolonti now had Veron tiring but the fight was still anyones. In the last a left to the chin put Veron down. He managed to last out to the bell. Scores 77-75, 76-75 and 76-76. Heiland “The Gaucho from Pigue” lost to Sebastian Zbik for the interim WBC title in 2010 and was coming off a loss to WBC No 1 Billi Godoy in July. “El Chino” Veron, 23, a former Argentinian light middle champ, was having his first fight since losing his title to WBO No 7 Javier Maciel in July
Montreal, Canada: Super Feather: Kevin Lavelle (11-0-1) W KO 5 Isaac Bejerano (9-13-1). Lavallee cleans up his record with kayo of Bejerano. In his fourth fight Lavelle had to settler for a majority draw against the Mexican. This time, although Bejerano took an early lead, a Lavallee left to the body in the fifth put Bejerano down and never looked like beating the count. Now eight wins in a row for Lavallee, six of those by KO/TKO. Bejerano is 0-11-1 in his last twelve fights.
Frederikshavn, Denmark: Middle: Patrick Nielsen (16-0) W PTS 12 Jose Yebes (11-3-1). Light Middle: Ahmad Kaddour (26-2-1) W PTS 8 Max Maxwell (16-12-3). Light Heavy: Erik Skoglund (12-0) W PTS 8 Ivan Maslov (7-11-1). Middle: Chris Eubank Jr (6-0) W TKO 3 Tadas Jonkus (8-12-1). A win for Nielsen but a long way from impressive. The 21-year-old Danish southpaw had too much movement and hand speed for the limited Spaniard. Yebes spent the whole fight moving forward trying to get inside the long reach of Nielsen but without much success. As the Spaniard moved forward behind his high guard Nielsen would throw a flurry of punches and then either slide away or clinch. Yebes had some success when he could force Nielsen to trade, but those occasions were few and Nielsen generally had the better of the exchanges. Nielsen won, but he won ugly. The Dane lost a point in the fourth for careless use of his head and in the ninth for holding. Throughout the fight Nielsen was holding, using his shoulder to push Yebes back, hitting on the break and once, when the Spaniard was spun round in a clinch with his back to Nielsen the Dane reached round and landed punches to the face of Yebes. In many rounds the 33-year-old Yebes just threw his hands in the air in frustration as Nielsen got away with various fouls. The slick Danish southpaw has talent, but he was very lucky not to be disqualified. Scores 117-110 twice and 116-110. Kaddour continues his comeback with hard fought win over Brit Maxwell. The Lebanese-born 30-year-old Dane started well using his superior skills to outwit the aggressive Maxwell. Maxwell’s tactics started to show some success in the fourth as Kaddour already looked tired and his work rate dropped. Maxwell had his best round in the fifth, but in the sixth he too was tiring. The fight was in the balance and of the two tired boxers Kaddour probably just did enough to deserve the victory. Scores 77-75 from all three judges. Because of time restraints this bout was cut from ten rounds to eight. Kaddour’s losses came in The Contender in 2004. He was inactive from 2006 to 2009 and has won five fights since his return. Maxwell gave Kaddour a hard fight and the crowd good value for money. It illustrates why British boxers are regular imports to Denmark. The 33-year-old “Mad Max” had lost on points to Brian Rose for the British title in March. Swedish hope Skoglund handed-out a one-sided beating to Russian Maslov. Skogland was in charge in this fight all the way, but when it became apparent that Maslov was not about to fall over the 21-year-old Swede seemed to settle for some paid sparring. Maslov soaked up the punishment round after round but lasted the distance. Scores 80-71, 80-72 and a generous 79-73. Skogland, who competed at both the World Cadet and World Junior championships, is showing steady progress. Maslov has lost 8 of his last 9 fights. His only inside the distance loss was to world rated Vyacheslav Uzelkov. Eubank Jr showed good skills and just punched too hard for modest Lithuanian. Eubank boxed nicely to take the first. He then softened up Jonkas with body shots and hard rights in the second. The Lithuanian was out of his league and was shipping heavy punishment when the fight was stopped in the third. The 23-year-old son of the former WBO super middleweight champion has plenty of talent but sometimes has struggled in fights you would expect him to breeze through, but after only six fights he looks to have a good future. Jonkus has won only two of his last nine fights, but the opposition has been tough.
Cortazar, Mexico: Super Fly: Juan Jose Montes (23-2-1) W PTS 12 Oscar Ibarra (27-8). Bantam: Julio Ceja (21-0) W PTS 10 Genaro Garcia (38-10). Montes wins vacant WBFederation title with a repeat points win over Ibarra. These two mixed it from the first bell to the last in an exciting scrap. Montes was busier and more accurate with his work which had not been the case in their first fight. Ibarra was losing the exchanges but was always dangerous. Montes lasted the pace better and was strongest over the late rounds. Scores 119-109, 119-110 and 118-111. Montes, 23, won the title against Ibarra in a much closer fight in February, but lost it when he failed to make the weight for a defence against Victor Zaleta in June. That fight ended in a draw so the title was still vacant. Montes has lost just once in his last 19 fights, and that was to Tomas Rojas for the WBC title in May 2011. Ibarra, 26, had a run of 13 wins in a row, including a victory over Sonny Boy Jaro, but has now lost his last four fights. Ceja continues to look good with wide unanimous victory over veteran Garcia. Ceja was just too fast and rattled combinations off the head and body of Garcia all night long. No knockdowns, but Garcia was in trouble a few times and was glad to hear the final bell. Garcia did himself no favours by coming in 2kgs over the weight. The 19-year-old Ceja had won 18 in a row by KO/TKO including experienced opposition such as Ronald Barrera and Cruz Carbajal but his No 2 rating by the WBO (effectively No 1 as the top spot is vacant) is not justified at this time. Garcia, 35, has been unsuccessful in challenges for the WBC and IBF bantam and the WBC super bantam titles and was coming off an inside the distance loss to Filipino prospect Genesis Servania.
Niksic, Serbia: Heavy: Jovo Pudar (29-3) W PTSA 12 Raphael Zumbano (32-6-1). Middle: Milord Zizic (7-0) W PTS 8 Mamadou Thiam (49-11).Pudar retains his WBA PABA title with unanimous decision over experienced Brazilian. Scores 119-110, 119-111 and 117-114. Pudar, 41, fought in the USA from 1995 to 2004. After losing to Samuel Peter he was inactive for six years. He has seven wins against very modest opposition, but the PABA title gets him a No 11 rating with the WBA and a sponsor is ready to put up the money for Pudar to fight Alex Povetkin, if Povetkin gets by Hasim Rahman. To put Zumbano into context he lost every round against Shane Andreessen in an eight rounder in January. Most of the big crowd had come to see local boy Zizic. He had no trouble winning a wide unanimous decision over French veteran Mamadou Thiam. Scores 80-73, 80-74 and 79-74. No real test for the 25-year-old Montenegrin. Thiam, 40, is a former European champion who lost to Felix Trinidad for the WBA light middle title in 2000. He is hardly even a shadow of the fighter he was.
Manchester, England: Super Feather: Terry Flannigan (15-0) W PTS 10 Troy James (12-2-1). This started out looking like an easy win for Flannigan over the first four rounds, but from there on it was a tough fight. Using his advantages in height and reach southpaw Flannigan was able to keep James out with accurate jabs. In the third a right hook had James in trouble as he reeled around the ring. However, in the fifth James started to get through with body shots and uppercuts and he also took the fifth by relentless pressure. . Flannigan hurt James with a left in the sixth but was under pressure again as James got through with more body punches. In the seventh there were moments when it looked as though James was going stop Flannigan. However, the pace he had set finally got to James and over the last three rounds Flannigan finished strongly to win the unanimous decision. Scores 99-92, 99-93 and 98-94. Flannigan, 24, retains his English title. The only other defeat suffered by Midlands Area champion James was in the Prizefighter in October.
Sheffield, England: Light Heavy: Ryan Coyne (21-0,1ND W TKO 1 Peter Vecsei (6-7). Bantam: Stuart Hall (13-2-1) W PTS 6 Adrian Fuzesi (6-4). First fight outside the USA for American-born “Irish Outlaw” Coyne. The 30-year-old southpaw put the Hungarian down twice and it was all over in 91 seconds. Somehow Coyne gets a No 2 rating from the WBA, which bears no resemblance to the quality of his opposition, but a win is a win. Six of Vecsei’s losses have been by KO/TKO. In his first fight since losing to Lee Haskins for the European title Hall had no trouble with the Hungarian novice and wins every round. Referee’s score 60-54.
Kanazawa, Japan: Bantam: Rolly Matsushita (31-8-1) W TKO 9 Ryuichi Funai (17-6). Filipino Lunas (Matsushita) retains OPBF title with a convincing win over Funai. Lunas almost finished this in the first but just could not put a badly shaken Funai away. It did not get much better for the Japanese fighter as Lunas handed out a steady beating winning every round until the referee saved Funai in the ninth. Lunas, 28, lost a wide points decision against Anselmo Moreno for the WBA title in 2008. The WBC No 7 has won his last six fights by KO/TKO. Funai had won 9 of his last 10, but was not in the same class as Lunas.
Osaka, Japan: Feather: Hiroshige Osawa (23-3-4) W PTS 12 Noriyuki Ueno (14-11-5). This did not look a tough fight for Osawa on paper, but Ueno put on the pressure from the start. He took Osawa out of his game plan and by the end of the eighth had built a good lead. Osawa closed strongly and just did enough to hold on to his title. Scores 115-114, 114-116 and 115-115. Third defence of his OPBF title for hometown fighter Osawa. Ueno was coming off a loss in a challenge for the Japanese title, his third unsuccessful try, so was a big outsider.