Weekly Report

February 21 - 24 2013

February 21

New York, USA: Welter: Thomas Delorme (17-1) W KO 1 Eddie Brooks (9-4). Light: Ivan Redkach (14-0) W TKO 1 Sergio Rivera (7-11-2). Light Middle: Patrick Day (2-0) W TKO 1 Dom Foster (2-2-1).

Dulorme vs. Brooks

Mismatch end is just 95 seconds. The Puerto Rican blazed away at poor Brooks with hard hooks until Brooks collapsed to the canvas. He tried to make it back to his feet but failed. First fight for 23-year-old Dulorme since crushing loss to Luis Abregu in October, but this rubbish did not even provide a work out. First fight for Brooks since March 2011.

Redkach vs. Rivera

The Ukrainian southpaw blitzed lanky southpaw Rivera. The Mexican tried to punch his way out of trouble but hard shots from Redkach saw him briefly touch down. The referee did not see it as a knockdown. That allowed Redkach to continue his assault and a left put Rivera down for the count. The 26-year-old Redkach has twelve wins by KO/TKO including 8 of his last 9 victims. Rivera is 2-6 in his last eight, but guys such as Josesito Lopez, Tim Coleman, Richard Abril and Sharif Bogere show the quality he has been up against.

Day vs. Foster

Exciting prospect Day makes it two wins by KO/TKO as he halts Foster at the end of the first round. The former US amateur champion and Alternate for the US 2012 Olympic team was having his second fight in four weeks and his second one round win. Foster out of his class.

 

Melbourne, Australia:  Light Welter: Czar Amonsot (23-3-3) W TKO 6 Addisu Tebebu (5-3-3). Welter: Fred Tukes (12-1-1) W PTS 10 Samuel Colomban (20-5). Light Middle: Mike Zerafa (9-0) W PTS 10 Adrian Campbell (11-12-1).

Amonsot vs. Tebebu

Amonsot wins vacant Australian title as Ethiopian retires at the end of the sixth round. The 27-year-old southpaw was too experienced for champion Tebebu. The Filipino scored a knockdown in the fourth and seemed on his way to a win when Tebebu retired with a hand injury. Amonsot lost to Mike Katsidis for the interim WBO light title in 2007, but the fact he is still boxing is controversial. Second defence of his Australian title for 32-year-old Tebebu. He was halted in two rounds by Mike Katsidis in 2005 and was then inactive for six years.

Tukes vs. Colomban

American Tukes upsets the odds and wins vacant Australian title. Colomban looked to be in control in the opening rounds, but Tukes came on strong in the later rounds to win the split decision. Both fighters suffered under the handicap of having to fight barefooted for much of the bout because of a slippery canvas. Despite the late effort from Tukes Colomban looked to be worth at least a draw. Scores 97-94, 96-95 and 94-96. The 40-year-old Tukes did not turn pro until he was 31. After campaigning in the USA he moved to Australia and this was his third win there. Colomban, 27, settled in Australia after representing Cameroon at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. This was his second loss in a row having been beaten on points by Denton Vassell for the Commonwealth title in his last fight in November 2011. He had won ten in a row before losing to Vassell.

Zerafa vs. Campbell

Zerafa retains WBC Asian Council Continental title with wide unanimous verdict over Campbell.  The 20-year-old Zerafa was just too skilled, dominating the fight with his jab, but unable to put the tough Campbell away. Scores 98-92 twice and 100-90.

 

February 22

Washington, USA: Light Welter: Lamont Peterson (32-1-1) W TKO 8 Kendall Holt (28-7). Super Bantam: Roman Morales (15-0) W KO 5 Jesus A Hernandez (10-1-3).

Peterson vs. Holt

Holt wins the first round as Peterson again shows his habit of being a slow starter. It was more of the same in the second and third as Holt was backing Peterson up using his jab well and scoring with good left hooks. In the fourth Peterson finally came alive as he hurt Holt with punches to the body and fast combinations. Suddenly a right-left combination from Peterson put Holt down. Holt got up but was caught with more hard shots before the bell. Peterson walked through Holt in the fifth, ignoring Holt’s attempts to keep him out and to buy time by holding. As the round ended Peterson got home with hard punches from both hands finishing with three rights to the head. Peterson came close to ending it in the sixth as he landed punch after punch before dropping Holt again with another left-right combination. Holt got up, but seemed to only have delayed the inevitable. Strangely the seventh did not bring the finish. Holt’s right eye was swelling, but it was late in the round before Peterson cut loose again, rocking Holt with a succession of hard shots. The end came in the eighth with Holt trapped on the ropes and taking heavy punishment. Peterson, 29, retains the IBF title in his first defence and his first fight since beating Amir Khan in December 2011. Former WBO champion Holt, 31, had lost a split decision to Danny Garcia in October 2010 but bounced back in March with a stoppage of Tim Coleman.

Morales vs. Hernandez

Dominating performance from 21-year-old Californian who led all the way before flooring Hernandez twice in the fourth and again in the fifth for a kayo win. Eight wins by KO/TKO for Morales who scored a good win over unbeaten Jon Arellano in September, and now added another unbeaten scalp to his belt.

 

Galati, Romania: Heavy: Manuel Charr (23-1) W TKO 2 Yakup Saglam (28-2). Cruiser: Alex Alekseev (24-2-1) W PTS 12 Garrett Wilson (13-6-1). Heavy: Christian Hammer (13-3) W TKO 6 Oleksiy Mazikin (18-9-2).

Charr vs. Saglam

No skill on show here as Charr simply outmuscles Saglam. In the first round it was Saglam walking forward and throwing hooks with both hands with Charr using a high guard to block the shots and firing back with occasional hooks of his own. That changed in the second as Charr was finally letting his shots go. He was walking through Saglam's shots and scoring with hooks and uppercuts. Saglam was trying to fight back, but Charr was bigger and stronger. When Saglam did get through with some shots Charr just dropped his guard and invited Saglam to try again. As the round ended Charr bulled Saglam to the ropes and unloaded with shots to head and body. Saglam went back to his corner indicating an injury to his left shoulder and retired. The 28-year-old Lebanese “Diamond Boy” wins the WBC International Silver title and makes it 13 wins by KO/TKO. After losing to Vitali Klitschko on cuts for the WBC title in September Charr had rebounded by blowing out Konstantin Airich in 44 seconds. First fight since April 2011 for 35-year-old Turk Saglam, who just did not have the power to compete.

Alekseev vs. Wilson

Alekseev wins IBF eliminator in dull bout. The Uzbek-born Russian southpaw controlled most of the action with his stiff jab. He had height and reach over Wilson and was able to use that jab and occasional rights to stop Wilson mounting any sustained attacks. Wilson’s only success was when he did get inside, but he was just not throwing enough leather, and too often just standing on the end of Alekseev’s jab and eating straight rights. In fairness to both boxers it was hard for them to set themselves for any significant punches due to the slippery canvas. Alekseev won on scores of 118-111, 117-111 and 116-112, but neither fighter impressed. Southpaw Alekseev, 31, has failed in title fights against Victor Ramirez and Denis Lebedev, and even with five wins and a draw with Firat Arslan in his last six fights, on this showing is unlikely to win a title. He was No 4 with the IBF. Wilson, 30, the IBF No 3 had scored wins over Aaron Williams, Omar Sheika, Chuck Mussachio and Andres Taylor, but just never got into this fight in any meaningful way.

Hammer vs. Mazikin

Hammer fails to impress against Ukrainian veteran. Both started slowly with Mazikin picking up points with his jab and rights and Hammer not letting his punches go. Mazikin was constantly probing with his jab and throwing two-fisted flurries, but he is just an arm puncher with no real power. Hammer was fighting in spurts throwing rights over the left of Mazikin. The Ukrainian kept picking up points and Hammer was relying on short bursts when he was able to catch Mazikin with that right and left hooks. Hammer had a good fourth round getting through with that right of his, but Mazikin was unshaken. Hammer just edged into the lead with a good, busier fifth. In the sixth Mazikin was on top pushing Hammer back and getting through with flurries of jabs and hooks with Hammer under pressure and a left hook sending him backwards. It was a last fling by Mazikin who retired in his corner with an injury at the end of the round. The 25-year-old Romanian-born Hammer retains his WBO European title, which he won by beating Danny Williams in September.  Hammer lost to Mariusz Wach and Taras Bidenko, but has won his last six fights; five by KO/TKO, but the opposition has been very modest. The 38-year-old Mazikin left his best days behind in the amateurs. He has good skills but is slow and lacks power.

 

Montalto di Castro, Italy: Welter: Gianluca Branco (47-3-1) W PTS 12 Lukasz Maciec (17-2-1). Middle: Emmanuel Blandamura (19-0) W TKO 4 Zoltan Surman (13-10-1).

Branco vs. Maciec

Youth does not triumph as 42-year-old (or is it 43) Italian retains European Union title. Both boxers showed excellent technique with Branco trying to force the pace and the Pole showing good skills and fast counters from both hands. Branco scores well with hooks at the end of the third and Maciec takes fourth and fifth with short counters. In the sixth a right hook momentarily has Maciec hurt and over the next three rounds the Italian is busier and just has the edge in some exciting exchanges. The tenth is all Branco and Maciec is forced to defend for almost the whole three minutes. The young Pole goes all out over the last two rounds but Branco matches him punch for punch to win the unanimous decision in an excellent little fight. Scores 118-110 twice and 117-111. Branco lost to Arturo Gatti for the vacant WBC light welter title in 2004 and to Miguel Cotto for the WBO title in 2006. Since then he had bounced back to win the European title, and his only loss in his last twelve fights was to Matthew Hatton for the European welter title. He had then been inactive since winning his EU title by beating Krzys Bienias in November 2011. The 23-year-old Maciec had won his last ten fights, and is young enough to come again.

Blandamura vs. Surman

A walk in the park for “Sioux” Blandamura against over-matched Hungarian. Surman tries to come forward in the first, but body shots from Blandamura soon stop that. Blandamura works his jab and combinations in the second and third. In the fourth the Italian busts open the lip of the Hungarian. The doctor has a look but lets the fight continue. A few more shots from Blandamura and the referee stops the fight. Only the fourth win by KO/TKO for the 33-year-old Italian who is No 16 with the EBU. Seventh loss by KO/TKO for 37-year-old Surman.

 

Cabazon. USA: Light: Alejandro Perez (17-3-1) W PTS 10 Art Hovhannisyan (15-1-2). Middle: Tureano Johnson (14-0) W PTS 8 Willie Fortune (15-1). Light: Alejandro Luna (12-0) W KO 6 Cesar Garcia (2-6-1).

Perez vs. Hovhannisyan

Perez takes unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Armenian. Perez started with the tactics that would win him the fight. He was making Hovhannisyan’s body the target and stuck with that strategy. Hovhannisyan was the more skilled and was equally determined to box and not get dragged into a brawl. The aggression of Perez was giving him the edge, but Hovhannisyan was boxing tidily, but just not letting his hands go enough. Perez was straying low with his body attack and had a point deducted in the fifth for low blows. There were plenty of furious exchanges but Perez seemed always to do just that bit more. Both went for broke in the last round with Hovhannisyan finally letting his punches flow, but Perez was matching him and more. Scores 96-93 twice and 95-94. Perez 26 was having his first fight since February 2012 but showed no rust. He took 16 months out after losing a decision to Rico Ramos in 2009,m then put Antonio Escalante away inside a round. He lost on points to Diego Magdaleno in 2011 before kayoing Derrick Wilson in February. “Lionheart” Hovhannisyan, 31, had climbed off the floor to beat former WBA secondary title holder Miguel Acosta in July

Johnson vs. Fortune

Johnson, the best prospect to come out of the Bahamas since Edner Cherry, wins battle of unbeatens with unanimous decision over Fortune. Johnson was slow out of the blocks and Fortune was bossing the Bahamian with his aggression. Eventually Johnson found his timing and slowed the aggression of the Detroit fighter. Once he got into the groove Johnson was able to score heavily with rights and lefts and put the fight beyond Fortune. However, Fortune never gave up and fought hard all the way. Scores 80-72 from all three judges. At 29 Johnson has left it late to turn pro. He was the most successful amateur produced by the Bahamas being a multi Caribbean champion and competing in the World Championships and Commonwealth Games. “Fortune 500”, 31 is useful, but limited. He has a good win over Donatas Bondoravas.

Luna vs. Garcia

The 21-year-old Luna makes it nine wins by KO/TKO as he puts Garcia down and out in the sixth. First eighth round bout for Luna. Garcia has lost 4 of his last 5 fights.

 

Ontario, USA: Welter: Artemio Reyes (19-2) W TKO 2 Rodolfo Armenta (12-10-1). Super Bantam: Chris Martin (26-2-3) W PTS 8 Jose A Beranza (35-26-2). Middle: Alex Theran (11-0) W TKO 4 Mike Balasi (10-2).

Reyes vs. Armenta

“King” Reyes reigns. The local favourite had Armenta badly shaken in the first and when a heavy right put Armenta down in the second the referee stopped the fight. Four wins in a row for 26-year-old Reyes and 15 wins by KO/TKO. Only one loss in his last 19 fights, but that was a one round stoppage defeat against Alan Sanchez. Mexican Armenta 28 has lost 5 of his last 6 fights, four of those inside the distance

Martin vs. Beranza

Martin gets revenge for 2011 loss to Beranza. The first four rounds were close. In the fifth a right put Beranza down. He beat the count and pressed the fight from then forcing Martin on the defensive. Martin used a smart jab to counter the grizzled Mexican veteran and was busier and more accurate with his work. Beranza’s attacks in rounds six and seven and his aggression made it close. Martin wins on scores of 76-75 twice and 78-73, but the decision was not popular with the crowd. The 26-year-old “SD Kid” wins the vacant WBC USNBC title. Mixed results for Martin after losing to Beranza. A draw against Teon Kennedy and a loss to Luis Orlando Del Valle, but he has now won his last three. The 36-year-old “Pepe” Beranza has won only two of his last ten fights, but can give anyone trouble on his night and this decision did not go down well with the crowd.

Theran vs. Balasi

Red hot prospect Theran and Balasi both started fast but after an even first round Theran dominates all the way against game Balasi. A volley of shots in the fourth put the Hawaiian down. He made it to his feet, but a follow-up barrage from Theran saw the referee stop the fight. The 22-year-old Colombian southpaw has eight wins by KO/TKO. He represented Colombia at the Senior and Junior World Championships and won a silver medal at the South American Games. Balasi had won his last six fights, but had been inactive since July 2011.

 

Palm Bay, USA: Bantam: Jose Nieves (22-2-3) W TKO 9 Danny Flores (14-3). Cruiser: Yunier Dorticos (14-0) W TKO 3 Willie Herring (14-13-3).

Nieves vs. Flores

Puerto Rican southpaw Nieves climbs off the floor to halt late sub Flores. The shock came in the second round, but Nieves made it to his feet and saw out the round. Nieves then took over and was slowly breaking down the tiring Mexican. Nieves scored a knockdown of his own in the ninth and although Flores got up the fight was quickly stopped. Nieves wins the vacant WBC Latino title. He took 15 months out after being kayoed in four rounds by Chris Avalos. He has bounced back with five wins including an impressive second round kayo of Filipino Glenn Porras in December. Flores had won 12 of his last 13 fights going in.

Dorticos vs. Herring

Cuban Dorticos returns with a win. The 26-year-old had a hard night getting Herring to fight. Dorticos was coming forward and getting through with heavy shots, but Herring was using his elbows, constantly complaining to the referee about low blows and turning his back to avoid punches. It was a relief when Herring injured his leg and was unable to continue. First fight for Dorticos since November 2011. After getting into trouble with the police over domestic violence he needs to focus on his career. Four losses in his last 5 fights for Herring.

 

Miramar, Argentina: Super Middle: Ricardo M Ramallo (14-3, 1ND) W PTS 10 Richard Vidal (14-3-1). Ramallo wins but Vidal gives him a tough scrap. The Argentinian made the better start being first to the punch and scoring well with rights. The Uruguayan “Hulk” finally got into the fight in the sixth round as Ramallo’s work rate dropped. Vidal was scoring with long shots to the chin of Ramallo and after using those punches to take the seventh a right-left combination put Ramallo down in the eighth. Ramallo saw out the round and then fought hard in the ninth and clearly took the tenth to get the unanimous verdict. Scores 98-92 ½, 97 ½-94 ½, 98-94. “El Ray” wins vacant WBC Latino title and the FAB No 3 has won his last five fights. He was halted in three rounds by Marco Antonio Rubio when he got too ambitious. The 37-year-old Vidal had won 4 of his last 5.

 

Merida, Mexico: Super Fly: Juan Kantun (20-3-3) W PTS 10 Jose Cen Torres (11-3).

Kantun retains his WBC Youth title, but only just. Kantun was there to be beaten, but Torres just lacked the experience to take his chance. Torres built a lead and looked to have the fight won, but “Loquito” Kantun swept the last three rounds to win on scores of 95-94 from all three judges. After only one loss in his first 20 fights Kantun looked a good prospect, but successive poor losses to Ivan Meneses and Omar Lina have dented his reputation. “Relempago” Torres has lost three in a row after winning his first eleven fights.

 

Gijon, Spain: Light: Emiliano Casal (17-2-1) W TKO 7 Alejandro Rodriguez Pereira (6-3-1). Argentinian-born Casal retains his Spanish title with stoppage of local fighter Pereira. With almost 6” height advantage Casal was able to score with his jab and catch Pereira with hard counters when he tried to come inside. Casal was slowly chipping away and in the seventh a hard combination put Pereira down. He made it to his feet, but was in no shape to continue and also had a bad cut on his eyelid. First fight in 14 months for Casal who was making his first title defence. He has eight wins in a row now. Rodriguez had earlier lost in a shot at the Spanish super feather title and this was his third loss by KO/TKO.

 

Sydney, Australia: Super Middle: Junior Talipeau (19-2-1) W TKO 1 Eddie Lenart (0-4). Bad match but luckily over quickly as Talipeau halts no wins novice Lenart inside a round. The stocky New Zealand born Talipeau is No 3 with the ANBF. New Zealander Lenart has lost three of his four fights by KO/TKO.

 

February 23

Detroit, USA: Light Middle: Ishe Smith (25-5) W PTS 12 Cornelius Bundrage (32-5,1ND) W. Middle: J’Leon Love (15-0) W PTS 10 Derrick Findley (20-8). Super Middle: Badou Jack (13-0) W PTS 8 Don Mouton (12-6-1). Feather: Braulio Santos (9-0) W TKO 1 Terry Walker (0-3). Super Middle: Luis Arias (3-0) W TKO 1 Edgar Perez (5-3). Super Middle: Terrell Gausha (3-0) W PTS 4 Lekan Byfield (2-342).

Smith vs. Bundrage

The fight is no classic, but Smith scores upset split decision win to take IBF title. Bundrage shook Smith with a right in the first but then went into reverse gear. His awkward style gave Smith problems. Bundrage looking to score with overhand rights, but the champion was just not busy enough, and letting the challenger build a lead. Bundrage was finally galvanized in the tenth when a bad cut was opened beside his left eye. That seemed to spur both fighters and the last two rounds were more entertaining. Smith shook Bundrage with a right in the eleventh and looked close to a stoppage win but ran out of time. Scores 116-111 twice and 113-114. There was not much between the two fighters, but understandably, after a long career getting nowhere, Smith wanted the win more. Smith, 34, had done nothing to earn a title shot, and the IBF had to slip him into their ratings. The 34-year-old “Sugar Shay” turned pro way back in 2001 and won his first 15 fights, including flooring and outpointing Randall Bailey. He then lost his way with defeats against Sechew Powell, Joel Julio, Daniel Jacobs and Fernando Guerrero. He was lucky to get the title shot, but took the chance and won. Bundrage, 39, was making only his third defence of his title since winning it in August 2010, and had fought only once in 2011 and 2012.

Love vs. Findley

Excellent learning fight for Love against tough Findley. Love showcased his talents, but Findley made him fight all the way. As long as Love could keep Findley outside he was able to use a sharp jab and fast combinations. However, Findley made it rough and tough when he got inside. Love almost finished the fight in the fourth as he had Findley badly hurt. Then Findley had a good spell for a couple of rounds as he forced Love to fight off the ropes and trade on the inside. Findley, 28, tired badly over the last two rounds and they went to the young prospect. Love was a clear winner, but the scores did not do justice to how hard Findley made him fight. Scores 99-91 twice and 100-90. Findley had beaten Ronnie Hearns in two round in October.

Jack vs. Mouton

Jack gets a severe test from unfancied Mouton. The Swedish “Ripper” was made to fight hard all the way and the scores from all three judges of 78-74 did not meet with the approval of the fans. The WBA already have 29-year-old Jack at No 10 on the basis of a good win over unbeaten Alex Brand. Texan Moulton, 34, has never lost inside the distance with his best performance being a majority decision loss to Max Vlasov.

Santos vs. Walker

Puerto Rican hope Santos gets it over quickly. Three knockdowns in 79 seconds and the fight is stopped. The 23-year-old has eight wins by KO/TKO.

Arias vs. Perez

“Cuba” Arias uses body punches to put Puerto Rican Perez down twice and the fight is stopped. Two wins by KO/TKO for 22-year-old Arias, a former US National Champion and World Junior bronze medal winner.

Gausha vs. Byfield

Olympian Gausha gets four rounds of useful work against Byfield and wins every round. Scores 40-36 from all three judges.

 

Liverpool, England: Heavy: Tony Thompson (37-3) W TKO 2 David Price (15-1). Light Welter: Darren Hamilton (13-2) W PTS 12 Steve Williams (13-2). Flyweight: Kevin Satchell (10-0) W PTS 12 Luke Wilton (13-3-1). Light Welter: Adil Anwar (19-1) W PTS 6 Lance Sheehan (5-2).

Thompson vs. Price

A sneak right from Thompson puts a big dent in the ambitions of Price. The first round was fairly even with Price perhaps having a slight edge. It was all over in the second when Price was blind-sided by a right from Thompson which caught him high on the side of his head. The punch did not look thunderous, but Price went down. Its effect became obvious when Price stood up and was on wobbly legs and almost went down again. The referee stopped the fight. Having his first fight since being stopped in six rounds by Wladimir Klitschko for the IBF/WBA/WBO titles, the 41-year-old Tiger showed he was still dangerous. In 35 fights since 2000 he has won 33, losing only to Klitschko twice in title fights. Twenty-four of those wins had come by KO/TKO, so perhaps he did not get the credit he deserved for that record. He had dropped out of all of the ratings, but is right back in there again and naturally looking for a fight with Tyson Fury. The 29-year-old Price has to rebuild. He is still a good boxer with a hard punch but it remains to be seen whether this was one of those punches to the temple that can disorientate a fighter, or a fatal flaw.

Hamilton vs. Williams

Hamilton retains his British title with unanimous decision over Williams. Hamilton’s style may not be attractive, but it is effective. Williams was always coming forward but Hamilton kept him out with punches from all angles which were breaking-up the attacks of Williams rather than doing any damage. Williams had no answer to Hamilton’s tactics and was just walking into Hamilton’s well placed shots without letting his own punches go. Hamilton had Williams in trouble briefly in the tenth with an uppercut but could not finish the job. Scores 120-108, 119-109 and 118-111. Hamilton, 34, had won the title with a big upset victory over world rated Ashley Theophane and was dominant here. Williams, 28, was having his second shot at this title having lost to Lenny Daws in 2010. He is better than he showed, but just could not get to grips with Hamilton on the night.

Satchell vs. Wilton

Satchell retains his British and Commonwealth titles on a wide unanimous decision over Wilton, but the scores do not do Wilton justice. This was a classic little scrap with both boxers producing high quality boxing and constant action. Both fighters suffered cuts but they were never a factor. Satchell was picking his punchers better and going to the body more often. He was winning the rounds, but never by much. A great eighth round typified the fight as there were three minutes of sustained action with Satchell getting the better of the first two minutes and Wilton banging back at the end. Satchell finished strongly with his overhand rights and left hooks finding the target, but, although hurt, Wilton was fighting back to the bell. Satchell wins on scores of 119-110, 119-112 and 118-111 but many rounds were very close. Great to see two such good class flyweights in action.

Anwar vs. Sheehan

Predictable win for Anwar. He is just too quick for novice Sheehan and was the aggressor in every round Late in the fight Sheehan was hampered by a bad cut over his left eye, but Anwar was always in front and took every round. Referee’s score 60-54. The 25-year-old Anwar has won 18 in a row and must soon step up. Sheehan was out of his depth, but gave it a good go.

 

Gdansk, Poland: Heavy: Przemyslaw Saleta (44-7) W KO 6 Andrew Golota (41-9-1,1ND) .Light Heavy: Pavel Glazewski (20-1) W PTS 10 Bartlomiej Grafka (7-6). Feather: Kamil Laszczyk (12-0) W PTS 10 Krzys Cieslak (18-5). Light Heavy: Dariusz Sek (18-0-1) W TKO 4 Woz Remigiusz (5-1). Heavy: Krzys Zimnoch (14-0-1) W TKO 1 Damian Trzcinski (4-3).

Saleta vs. Golota

Saleta wins battle of Polish veterans. Both tried to impose themselves on the fight in an even first round with Saleta doing the pressing and Golota willing to trade and looking to have the edge. Golota took the second with Saleta shaken by a left hook. Saleta took control of the fight in the third and had Golota in bad trouble at the end of the fourth. It was more of the same in the fifth with Golota unable to turn the tide. Saleta put Golota down in the sixth and the fight was over. The 44-year-old Saleta, a former Polish and European champion, had been inactive since 2006. He regains the Polish title. His chin held up which, as all seven of his losses were by KO/TKO, was not a given. Golota, 45, was having his first fight since 2009 and has lost his last three to Ray Austin (2008), Tomasz Adamek (2009) and now Saleta. The nearest Golota came to winning a world title was a draw with Chris Byrd for the IBF title in 2004. He lost in subsequent world title challenges for the WBA, WBC and WBO titles, but is not talking retirement.

Glazewski vs. Grafka

Glazewski wins every round, but can’t put away game fellow-countryman. Grafka attacked from the first bell, but had neither the skill nor the punch to unsettle Glazewski. Over the first five rounds Glazewski was content to box on the outside and score with jabs and counters. From the sixth Glazewski was sitting down more on his punches but could not hurt Grafka who survived all of Glazewski’s efforts to put him away. Scores 100-90 from all three judges. Glazewski lacks that finishing power with only five wins by KO/TKO. This was his third win since losing a split decision to Roy Jones Jr in June. Grafka, 24, has lost 6 of his last 7 fights, but never stopped trying in this one.

Laszczyk vs. Cieslak

Laszczyk wins wide decision but in a good fight. Cieslak started with a whirlwind attack with Laszczyk forced to defends and counter. Cieslak was still coming forward and taking Laszczyk to the ropes, but in the second and third Laszczyk was living up to his “Scorpion” nickname and getting through with fast, hard shots to blunt the attacks of Cieslak. From the sixth the pace told on Cieslak and he began to tire. Laszczyk was not setting a fast pace but was picking his punches well and refusing to be drawn into a brawl. Cieslak tried to mount a strong finish but was too tired to get anything going and Laszczyk was able to get through with hard rights and left hooks. Scores 99-91 twice and 99-92. New Jersey-based Laszczyk, 22, picked up the WBO Youth, WBC Baltic and WBO Inter-Continental titles last year and is making steady progress

Sek vs. Woza

Sek takes his time picking his punches and softening-up the inexperienced Woz. Two shots to the body and a right to the head put Woz down in the second round. Woz survived the third, but two more knockdowns in the fourth saw Woz’s corner throwing in the towel. The 26-year-old Pole has seven wins by KO/TKO. The draw on his record was of the technical variety. All of Woz’s fight had been at four rounds, so too much of a step-up for him.

Zimnoch vs. Trzcinski

All over quickly. Late sub Trzinski tried to take the fight to Zimnoch but ran into a left hook which put him down. He made it to his feet, but a right put him down again. When he got up he was in a bad way and the referee stopped the fight. All over in 85 seconds. Win No 11 by KO/TKO for 29-year-old Zimnoch. Trzinski really just a prelim fighter out of his class.

 

Huntington, USA: Heavy: Malik Scott (35-0-1) DREW 10 Vyacheslav Glazkov (14-0-1). Light Welter: Chris Algieri (16-0) W PTS 10 Jose Alejo (10-2). Light Welter: Issouf Kinda (16-0) W KO 2 Javier Loya (7-2). Welter: Cletus Seldin (11-0) W KO 3 Jon Cuba (6-5-1). Light: Karl Dargan (12-0) W PTS 6 Ramises Gill (8-6-5).

Scott vs. Glazkov

A poor fight sees Scott robbed of what looked like a clear win. Scott was out-landing the Pole over the first three rounds, and it was the fourth before Glazkov really got into the fight. Even then Scott’s jab was the key punch. The fifth saw Glazkov get Scott on the ropes and be able to land some hard shots, but Scott was keeping his game together and outboxing the Pole. Knowing he was behind Glazkov staged a strong finish and made it a very close fight, but just did not seem to have done enough to catch up However, the judges scored it a draw at 98-92 for Scott, 96-94 for Glazkov and 95-95. The talented Scott is in the last chance saloon. An outstanding amateur he has never really sparked and was inactive from December 2008 until in February last year. Since then he had scored three wins the best being over Bowie Tupou (21-1). “The Czar” Glazkov, 28, had scored wins over fair opposition in Denis Bakhtov, Konstantin Airich and Tor Hamer.

Algieri vs. Alejo

Algieri wins in another impressive performance. Using his sharp, accurate jab and mixing in left hooks and hard rights the 28-year-old local fighter piled up the points. His workrate was incredible and there was no way for Alejo to match that pace. The New Jersey-based Dominican was willing to trade and fought hard despite losing the unanimous decision. Scores 98-92, 97-94 and a too close 96-94. Alejo, 22, had won his last eight fights and provided a good test.

Kinda vs. Loya

Burkina Faso boxer Kinda eases  his way through the first round and then explodes in the second. He puts Loya down with a hard right. Loya made it to his feet but was absorbing more punishment when the referee stopped the fight Now six wins by KO/TKO for the 25-year-old African. Second stoppage loss in a row for Loya, who was stopped by Jose Benavidez in August.

Seldin vs. Cuba

Another impressive power punching display by the “Hebrew Hammer”. Seldin was looking for the kayo early, but Cuba showed some good moves. A clash of heads at the end of the first resulted in a cut on the forehead of Cuba. It got worse for Cuba in the second as a punch from Seldin opened another cut over Cuba’s left eye. In the fourth a tremendous right uppercut from Seldin put Cuba flat on his back. Nine wins by KO/TKO for the 26-year-old from Brooklyn. Second loss in a row for Cuba.

Dargan vs. Gil

The enigmatic Dargan makes another of his rare appearances and just gets by Dominican Gil on a split decision. Scores 58-56, 57-56 and 56-57. Dargan had to fight back after paying a brief visit to the canvas in the first round. After that Dargan used a sharp jab to control the fight with Gil storming in trying to repeat his early success. It was close going into the last but Dargan edged it hurting Gil with a hard right.  Only twelve fights in five years for 27-year-old Dargan, which is puzzling for a guy who was a Bernard Hopkins sparring partner and a top class amateur, winning a gold medal at the Pan American Games. Only two wins in his last nine fights for Gil.

 

Ixtapa, Mexico: Feather: Jhonny Gonzalez (53-8) W PTS 12 Eusebio Osejo (21-3-2).Super Bantam: Moises Flores (18-0,1ND) W TKO 2 Rodolfo Hernandez (24-4-1,1ND). Light Welter: Marcos Villasana Jr (10-1) W KO 1 Marco Avinar Alberto (0-1),

Gonzalez vs. Osejo

Gonzalez gets a tough fight from Nicaraguan. After a slow first round both fighters started some fiery action with both landing hard combinations. Osejo was more than holding his own and sprang a major surprise when he floored Gonzalez at the end of the fourth round. After taking the fifth to recover Gonzalez finally began to dominate. Osejo was still fighting hard but the superior skill and power of Gonzalez told and he ran out a winner on scores of 116-110, 115-111 and 115-112. Gonzalez is now looking for a shot at Daniel Ponce De Leon, who took his WBC title with a technical decision in September, but will have to stand in line behind Abner Mares. Southpaw Osejo, 27, has now lost 4 of his last 5 fights, but two of those losses were to former world champions. He will be in line for some good paydays after this showing.

Flores vs. Hernandez

This battle of big punchers was never going to go the distance. Flores got his shots off first and floored Hernandez with a straight right at the end of the first round. Hernandez had not really recovered and a hard combination put him down again. Hernandez made it to his feet only to be floored by a series of punches to head and body. Hernandez again beat the count, but he was on wobbly legs and with his left eye completely closed so the referee stopped the fight. Now 13 wins by KO/TKO for 26-year-old “Chucky”, but no real tests before this. His last fight ended in a no decision which led to a riot. No trouble this time. Only five of Hernandez’s fights have gone the distance. His figures look impressive but he now has three losses by KO/TKO with two of those to very modest opposition.

Villasana vs. Avinar

Young Villasana destroys poor Avinar in the first round. Now six win by KO/TKO in a row for the 21-year-old son of the former WBC champion.

 

Hermosillo, Mexico: Super Fly: David Sanchez (20-2-2) W PTS 12 Marlon Tapales (21-2). Fly: Giovani Segura (29-2-1) W TKO 9 Omar Salado (23-6-2,1ND). Fly: Gilberto Parra W KO 3 Javier Marquez.

Sanchez vs. Tapales

Sanchez wins the vacant WBC Silver title with majority verdict over clever Filipino Tapales. It was a case of the aggression and power of Sanchez against the classy southpaw counter punching of Tapales. After Sanchez took the first round Tapales took control scoring well with right hand counters and having the local reeling in the fourth. Sanchez survived and tempered his aggression somewhat and picked his punches better. Tapales was being outworked as Sanchez ate into his earlier lead. Tapales came back into the fight strongly to take the tenth round, but with a big effort Sanchez took the last round and swung a close decision his way. Scores 116-112, 115-113 and 114-114. It could have gone either way and Tapales would probably have got the decision in the Philippines. “Tornado” Sanchez has now won his last ten fights. Tapales, 20, had won his last 13 fights, and will certainly come again. A world title fight sometime in the future looks a certainty for the “Maranding Nightmare” 

Segura vs. Salado

A thunderous war sees both Segura and Salado refusing to give ground. It was a war of attrition with no clear winner over the first four rounds. From the fifth Segura began to get on top and his hard uppercuts and hooks began to break down Salado. Segura was slowly busting up the face of Salado who tried to slow the punishment with clinches, but it was too late for that. In the ninth, with Salado under pressure and no longer firing back the referee stopped the fight. First fight for the 30-year-old former undefeated WBO light fly champion since losing in eight rounds to Brian Viloria in December 2011 and his 25th win by KO/TKO. The 33-year-old Salado drew with Ulises Solis in a challenge for the IBF light flyweight title in 2006, and was halted by Luis Concepcion and Roman Gonzalez in more recent title fights. He has won only two of his last eight fights

 

Al Jadida, Morocco: Light Heavy: Patrick Bois (9-1-1) W PTS 10 Serhiy Demchenko (14-5). Light Heavy: Rachid Jkitou (21-0) W TKO 1 Attila Orsos (5-17,1ND). Light: Samir Ziani (14-0-1) W TKO 6 Hermin Isava (9-9). Cruiser: Jeremy Ouanna (13-7) WTKO 3 Zoltan Kallai (13-28-7).

Bois vs. Demchenko

Frenchman Bois wins the vacant WBFederation International title with a unanimous decision over Italian-based Ukrainian Demchenko. The 22-year-old Bois clinched the decision with a strong finish in his first ten round fight. Scores 99-94, 97-94 and 95-94. The 33-year-old Demchenko has lost 3 of his last 4 fights.

Jkitou vs. Orsos

“The Lion” Jkitou is back but only briefly. In his first fight since November 2011 the former undefeated French champion manages to put Hungarian Orsos down twice in just 30 seconds of action and the fight is stopped. Now licensed in Morocco, it was a good couple of days for Jkitou as his wife gave birth to a daughter the day before the fight. He was just above the light heavy limit for this fight but aims to get down to super middle Now four first round losses in his last six fights for Orsos.

Ziani vs. Isava

Southpaw Ziani halts Spanish-based Venezuelan. The 22-year-old was on top and had Isava reeling but the stoppage looked premature. The unbeaten Ziani looks a good prospect with wins over Ruddy Encarnacion and Andriy Kudryavtsev. Six losses in a row for Isava.

Ouanna vs. Kallai

Too easy for Ouanna as he continues his fine run of form with a stoppage of 42-year-old Hungarian Kallai. Now 9 wins in his last 10 fights for the 31-year-old Ouanna. Seven losses in a row for Kallai

 

Lipa City, Philippines: Light Welter: Jay Solmiano (16-2-1) W KO 1 Eusebio Baluarte (19-8). Super Feather: Roberto Gonzales (21-2) W KO 2 Richard Olisa (23-20-2).

Solmiano vs. Baluarte

Southpaw Solmiano keeps it short as he puts away overmatched Baluarte. The 26-year-old “Rapido” has twelve wins by KO/TKO, the last five in a row, since losing his Philippines title on the scales against Rey Lobato, and then being stopped in one round in the fight. He is No 1 contender with the GAB for the light welter title. Former Philippines champion Baluarte has now lost his last six by KO/TKO.

Gonzalez vs. Olisa

Gonzalez gets his career back on track after two bad losses. The 22-year-old “Calibre” puts away veteran Olisa in two rounds. Gonzalez started his career with 20 wins in a row, but inside the distance losses to modest opposition derailed him. He is now No 10 with the GAB. Olisa, a former Philippines super fly champion, has lost 11 of his last 12 fights.

 

Ponce, Puerto Rico: Super Feather: Marcos L Jimenez (19-4) W TKO 9 Mario Santiago (22-3-1). Super Feather: Jose Pedraza (12-0) W KO 1 Gerardo Zayas (19-20-2).

Jimenez vs. Santiago

A head clash in the first round that opened a bad cut on the right eyebrow of Santiago was what eventually brought this fight to an end. Jimenez had the strength and he built an early lead. Southpaw Santiago was the more skilful and quicker and was able to eat into that lead. He spoiled that work by straying low with body shots in the fifth and sixth rounds and was deducted a point in each round. The fight was full of exciting exchanges with Santiago behind but not out of it. However, in the ninth round Santiago’s right eye was almost closed and the fight was stopped mid round. Dominican “El Tigre” Jimenez, 29, was coming of consecutive losses to Diego Magdaleno and Carlos Molina. With only one fight in 2011 and one in 2012 he badly need a win and the activity. He collects the vacant WBA Fedcentro title. Now 34, Santiago had drawn with Steve Luevano for the WBO title in 2008. In 2010 he lost to Bernabe Concepcion and to Jorge Solis for the interim WBA title. He was then inactive until last September when he registered a win against a novice. He is determined to continue his career

Pedraza vs. Zayas

In his first main event Pedraza destroys poor Mexican inside a round. Pedraza gets a quick start nailing Zayas with a combination of fast, accurate punches.  Another volley sends Zayas down and he is still on the floor when the count reaches ten. The 23-year-old “Sniper”, an amateur stand-out, makes it eight wins by KO/TKO. Zayas, 35, is now 2-6 in his last eight fights.

 

Catano, Puerto Rico: Light Welter: Jorge Maysonet Jr (10-0) W TKO 2 Pedro Salcedo (3-5).  Light: Edgar Lopez (6-0-1) W PTS 8 Orlando Vazquez (5-2-1).

Maysonet vs. Salcedo

“Machito” will be looking for overtime payment. An injury to his right elbow curbs Maysonet’s usual first round blitz, but body punches accounted for Salcedo in the second round. This the first time that 22-year-old Maysonet has failed to put an opponent away in the first three minutes. First loss inside the distance for Salcedo, who had taken Jose Pedraza the distance.

Lopez vs. Vazquez

Sheer determination wins a this one for Lopez. He took the fight to Vazquez for all eight rounds. Lopez was throwing more punches and even though missing more he was outscoring Vazquez who was not letting his punches go. The left jab of Vazquez almost closed the right eye of Lopez and Vazquez was able to take the late rounds as Lopez tired, but he had not done enough. Scores 79-73, 78-74 and 77-75. Theses two had fought a draw in November, but “Sasso” Lopez, 23, a certified accountant and law student, clearly won this one.

 

Hawaiian Gardens, USA: Super Bantam: Chris Avalos (21-2) W TKO 4 Jose Luis Araiza (29-8-1). Welter: Mike Finney (10-0) W TKO 1 Jesus Vallejo (5-9-1).

Avalos vs. Araiza

Disappointing end to what looked to be an even fight. Araiza had his jab working well in the first, but from the second the switch-hitting Avalos was getting through with good counters. In the fourth a punch from Avalos caused a bad cut over the left eye of Araiza and the fight was stopped. Avalos, 23, is reconstructing his career after a split decision loss to Chris Martin and a points defeat against the now IBF champion Jonathan Romero. He was inactive from December 2011 until August last year when he returned with a win over previously unbeaten Yenifel Vicente (23-0-2). After losing his first pro fight Mexican Araiza ran up 29 wins, but it is seven losses and a draw in his last eight fights.

Finney vs. Vallejo

Robert Garcia trained Finney makes it eight wins by KO/TKO. Body punches floored Vallejo twice and the referee stopped the fight. The 21-year-old looks a good prospect. Seven losses by KOP/TKO for poor Vallejo.

 

Montebello, USA: Light Heavy: Anatoliy Dudchenko (18-2) W TKO 5 Sabou Ballogou (8-6,1ND). Cruiser: Ismayl Sillakh (18-1) W TKO 2 Daniel Allotey (14-4).

Dudchenko vs. Ballogou

Ukrainian Dudchenko wins vacant NABA title. Togo’s Ballogou made the better start and was ahead on two cards at the end of the fourth round. Dudchenko woke up in the fifth and floored Ballogou twice and the referee stopped the fight. “The Dragon” 34-year-old and 6’3” makes it 13 wins by KO/TKO and has now won 5 of his last 6 inside the distance. Southpaw Ballogou, 37, has won only one of his last six fights, but looked better than that here.

Sillakh vs. Allotey

Californian-based Ukrainian returns with a win. Sillakh just punched too hard for Ghanaian. Allotey down in the first and after two more knockdowns in the second the fight is stopped. Sillakh, 28, makes it 15 wins by KO/TKO. He blew his high world rating when being stopped by Denis Grachev in April, but is still No 8 light heavy with the WBC and will soon be back in the picture.

 

Atlantic City, USA: Middle: Patrick Majewski (21-1) W PTS 10 Jamal Davis (14-9-1). Light Heavy: Lionel Thompson (13-2) W TKO 2 Chuck Mussachio (18-3-2).

Majewski vs. Davis

“The Machine” grinds down Davis. In the first round Davis was getting through with rights and edged the round. From the second Majewski was able to score with rights of his own and evened things up. Majewski also edged a close third with Davis fighting back strongly in the fourth. From that point Majewski was in charge. He was just too strong for Davis who was finding the step up to middleweight tough. Majewski was scoring well to the body and Davis just could not match him for power or strength. The final round saw Davis only just surviving as Majewski tried for a finish. Scores 99-91 twice and 98-92. The 33-year-old Pole makes it three wins since an upset stoppage loss to Jose Miguel Torres in November 2011. “Da Truth” Davis in truth put up a good fight but was just outmuscled.

Thompson vs. Mussachio

Minor upset as Thompson halts Mussachio in two. Mussachio had the edge in height and reach, but Thompson was able to get inside and won the first round getting through with hard rights. Mussachio just could not seem to get untracked and late in the second he was floored by a left hook. He made it to his feet but was retired by his corner. The 27-year-old from Buffalo makes it nine wins by KO/TKO as he rebuilds after back-to-back losses to Nelson Poulard (split decision) and Sergey Kovalev. Mussachio, 33, has lost 2 of his last 3 fights, with both losses coming inside the distance. He claimed a bout of flu affected his training and his performance.

 

Tagbilaran City, Philippines: Super Fly: Melvin Gumban (13-0) W PTS 10 Marjun Tabamo (8-2-1). Gumban remains unbeaten with wide unanimous decision over Tabamo. “Vinz” was too skilful and fast-handed for game but limited Tabamo. Gumban piled up the points with his fast, accurate jabs and combinations. Tabamo had brief success at the end of the third round but Gumban never relinquished control of the fight and won on scores of 99-91 twice and 100-91. The talented 22-year-old from the ALA Gym is No 6 with the GAB. Tabamo’s only other loss was to world rated Marco Demecillo.

 

February 24

Kampala, Uganda: Light Heavy: Joey Vegas (15-6-1) W KO 3 Mustapha Noor (0-20-3).  Awful match as Vegas kayos poor Noor in three rounds. After tough wins in their own backyard against Hany Atiyo and Kirt Sinnett Vegas was due an easy night, but this was too easy. The only comfort for the ABU and WBC International champion is that he took one round less than when he beat Noor in 2011.

 

Georgetown, Guyana: Bantam: Elton Dhary (12-5-1) W PTS 10 Rudolph Hedge (7-1-3). Light Heavy: Shawn Cox (17-2) W TKO 4 Kwesi Jones (10-3). Super Bantam: Dexter Marques (12-2) W TKO 3 Selwyn Lett (2-4).

Dhary vs. Hedge

Dhary gets off to a good start as he floors Jamaican Hedge in the first with a right hook. The Jamaican had a good fourth round but Dhary’s jab was causing swellings under both  of Hedge’s eyes. Dhary was giving Hedge a boxing lesson. The Jamaican was looking for a one punch finish but Dhary was scoring with fast combinations to head and body and the result was a formality. Scores 99-91 twice and a generous 96-93. Dhary, 27, wins the WBU Americas title and has now won his last ten fights. First ten round fight for Hedge.

Cox vs. Jones

Jones tried to negate the big punch of Cox by staying away from the left hand and clinching whenever danger appeared. That worked until the fourth when he forgot the game plan and walked into a thunderous southpaw left. Jones went down but was up again too quickly and staggered into the ropes on wobbly legs and the referee stopped the fight. Barbadian “The Sniper” Cox, 38, has used that left to good effect in Guyana scoring three quick wins there including a one round destruction of former WBC cruiser champion Wayne Braithwaite. This was the first fight for Cox since being kayoed in two rounds by Denis Lebedev for the interim WBA title in April. Jones had won 8 of his last 9 fights.

Marques vs. Lett

Marques had too much experience and power for Lett and evened the score for Guyana against Barbados. The WBC Cabofe flyweight champion just punched too hard for Lett and the referee halted the one-sided fight in the third. Marques has 8 wins in his last 9 fights with the loss coming against Dhary.

 

East London, South Africa: Light Flyweight: Bongani Silila (10-2-2) W TKO 9 Luzuko Siyo (10-1). Interim South African champion Silila upgrades to full champion as he beats reigning champion Siyo. After making a slow start southpaw Silila showed his power as he floored Siyo with a left in the third round. Siyo stayed out of trouble until the eighth when Bongani again shook the tiring champion with lefts. Siyo was floored by a left in the ninth and although he made it to his feet the follow-up attack saw the referee stop the fight.

 

Additional Commonwealth Results:

February 22

Rotherham, England: Light Middle: Navid Mansouri (11-1-1) W PTS 8 Max Maxwell (16-14-3).

February 23

Roeselare, Belgium: Super Feather: Hedi Slimani (11-2) W TKO 3 Mike Nyawade (9-2-2).

Newport, Wales: Light: Craig Woodruff (4-1) W TKO 6 Tony Pace (4-5). Welsh Area title.

February 24

Makonde, Tanzania: Super Middle: Karama Nyilawila (15-9-2) W TKO 4 Bagaza Mwambene (20-11).

Kampala, Uganda: Bantam: Sande Kizito (14-10-1) W KO 3 Serunjogi Migade (3-3).