Minsk, Belarus: Light Middle: Sergey Rabchenko (24-0) W TKO 3 Gari Abajian (18-14-1). Bantam: Zhanat Zhakiyanov (21-1) W TKO 7 Yuriy Voronin (27-21-2). Light Welter: Kirill Relikh (15-0) W KO 5 Mikheil Avakyan (18-10-3). Light Welter: Petar Zivkovic (16-0) W TKO 3 George Abramishvili (8-3-1).
Rabchenko vs. Abajian
EBU champion Rabchenko is much too good for Georgian Abajian. Rabchenko, 27, dominated the first two rounds before putting Abajian down in a corner and the referee stopped the fight without completing the count. The WBC No 1 is in limbo for a while with his nominated challenger Ruben Varon having been beaten and Saul Alvarez tied into the fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Abajian, 39, had won his last four fights.
Zhakiyanov vs. Voronin
The EBU No 1 Zhakiyanov has his second fight in 18 days as he gives veteran southpaw Voronin a torrid time. Voronin was down twice and lost a point for holding when the referee decided he had seen enough. The 29-year-old Kazak has 14 wins by KO/TKO and is WBA 11/WBC 14. Now 40, Voronin lost to Nicky Cook for the EBU feather title back in 2006. He has lost his last 12 fights.
Relikh vs. Avakyan
Local boxer “Mad Bee” Relikh makes it 13 wins inside the distance with stoppage of Georgian Avakyan. The 23-year-old EBU No 7 has won his last six fights by KO/TKO and looks a good prospect. Avakyan, 21, has yet to win outside Georgia, but has been in some tough fights.
Zivkovic vs. Abramishvili
Serb Zivkovic, 30, gets his fifth inside the distance in a row, three of those first round wins. Abramishvili, 23, had won his last six fights but this was his first fight outside of Georgia.
Panama City, Panama: Super Bantam: Jhonatan Arenas (18-1) W PTS 8 Everado Castillo (10-3-1). Straw: Gilberto Pedroza (9-1) W PTS 8 Jose Sanchez (5-2-2).
Arenas vs. Castillo
“Terry” Arenas get unanimous decision over Castillo. Arenas built an early lead after flooring Castillo in the second with a right uppercut. Castillo took the mandatory count and then fought back but a spirited finish was not enough to cancel out Arenas’ lead. Scores 78-73, 78-74 and 77-74. Arenas, 26, retains the Panamanian title and wins the vacant WBC Fecarbox title. Castillo, 23, had lost only one of his last ten fights going in.
Pedroza vs. Sanchez
Pedroza wins the vacant Panamanian and WBC Fecarbox titles with close unanimous decision over Sanchez. Former amateur champion Pedroza built an early lead but with Sanchez staging a strong finish Pedroza lost a point in the last for holding. Scores 76-75 twice and 77-74. The 20-year-old Pedroza had outpointed Sanchez, 19, back in June 2012.
Salem, NH, USA: Light Welter: Henry Lundy (23-3-1) W PTS 10 Olusegun Ajose (31-2). Super Feather: Ryan Kielczewski (17-1) W KO 5 Miguel Soto (11-1).
Lundy vs. Ajose
Big bounce-back win for Lundy. The left of Lundy won this fight. Normally orthodox Lundy mirrored Olusegun and fought southpaw for long periods but southpaw or orthodox Lundy could not miss the Nigerian with his left and was just too fast of hand and movement. There were moments at the end of a couple of rounds where it looked as though Lundy was going to stop Olusegun. In the fifth the Nigerian was in deep trouble on the ropes, but the bell saved him. Olusegun is a tough character and he fought back in the eighth and ninth but by then the fight was beyond recall for him. Scores 98-92 twice and 100-90. “Hammerin Hank”, 29, won his first 19 fights but a stoppage loss to John Molina in 2010 saw him having to start again. He did in fine style beating Omri Lowther, Patrick Lopez, David Diaz and Dannie Williams. Unfortunately the Lundy locomotive came off the rails again with losses to Ray Beltran and Viktor Postol. Now he is back on track as Olusegun was WBC No 3. The 33-year-old Nigerian, a former undefeated Commonwealth champion, lost his big chance when he was stopped in ten rounds by Lucas Matthysse for the interim WBC title in September and blew any hope of a bounce back here.
Kielczewski vs. Soto
Impressive show by Kielczewski on his 24th birthday. The 2008 National Golden Gloves silver medal winner showed excellent skills and power with Soto never able to match him in either. Soto had brief moments of success in the second as he blasted away with both hands, but Kielczewski was unimpressed and was back on top on the third when a punch started a big swelling under Soto’s right eye. The swelling ballooned alarmingly in the fourth and Kielczewski was getting through with hard shots from both hands. At the end of the fifth he scored with a crushing left hook and Soto went down. With barely seconds left in the round the referee did not even bother to count. Unusual show of power from Kielczewski as 10 of his last 11 fights had gone the distance. With six first round wins Soto, 25, was supposed to be the puncher, but five of his opponents had never won a fight four had lost more than they had won and only two had modest winning records
Las Vegas, NV, USA: Super Feather: John Molina (26-3) W TKO 10 Mickey Bey (18-1-1,1ND). Super Middle: Badou Jack (15-0) W PTS 10 Farah Ennis (21-2). Super Middle: Luis Arias (6-0) W PTS 6 Latif Mundy (10-7,1ND). Super Middle: Ron Gavril (5-0) W TKO 5 Jas Phipps (4-1). Light Middle: Chris Pearson (8-0) W TKO 6 Arturo Crespin (10-3-1,1ND).
Molina vs. Bey
Molina finds last minute punch to turn the fight on its head. Bey used outstanding skills to score with sharp jab and counters against the aggressive Molina. Bey was showing good defensive work and at the same time scoring freely in every round. If anything Bey increased the pace in the middle round and was sitting down on his punches more, but was also standing and trading shots instead of using his skills. Half way through the last round Bey paid the price for the change in tactics. A left hook shook him to his boots and Molina poured in punch after punch. With Bey staggering and not firing back the referee stopped the fight. The 30-year-old Bey had his biggest win in his hands and threw it away. Molina may not be skillful but 12 of his last 13 wins have come by KO/TKO and he was always in with a punchers chance. Molina, 30, is trying to get back some respectability after being stopped in just 44 seconds by Antonio DeMarco in a WBC title fight in September. A fourth round kayo of Dannie Williams in January had been a good first step. However that was followed by losing a majority decision to Andrey Klimov in June. The aim is to get another title shot and banish the memory of those 44 seconds. Bey, 30, had a stellar period as an amateur but since turning pro inactivity, injuries and a positive test for elevated levels of testosterone last February all put a question mark over him.
Jack vs. Ennis
Jack boxes his to victory in a fight that never really caught fire. Jack was always just doing enough to win the rounds, being busier and more accurate. However, Ennis is a useful fighter and he made many rounds close without ever looking as though he was a likely winner. Although Ennis just did enough to take a round here and there Jack came on strongly over the last couple of rounds to take a wide unanimous decision. Scores 98-92 twice and 100-90. “The Ripper” was not able to dominate with his usual strong body attack but with the win he maintained his slightly inflated ratings of WBA 6 and WBC 14. Ennis looked promising in winning his first 17 fights, but lost an upset decision against Alex Johnson in 2011 and was then inactive for nine months. Since than he had won four straight, but now has to start again.
Arias vs., Mundy
Good test for prospect “Cuba” Arias (he’s not Cuban) as Mundy survives the early storms to make the unbeaten 23-year-old fight hard over the late rounds. Arias started fast showing his full range of skills and power, but Mundy refused to fold. Arias could not sustain the pace he set in those first three rounds and with Mundy still competing strongly had to be content to box his way to victory. Scores 59-55 from all three judges. Arias, the 2008 and 2010 US National Champion, is managed by Floyd Mayweather Jr and trained by Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. Philadelphian Mundy loses for the fifth time in a row.
Gavril vs. Phipps
Romanian Gavril makes it four wins by KO/TKO. The 27-year-old dominated with his strong jab ands was able to get through with fast, accurate shots as previously unbeaten Phipps tried to get inside. Gavril was slowly breaking down the Texan. In the fifth with Phipps on the ropes and shipping heavy punishment the referee stopped the fight. Gavril won a bronze medal at the World Cadet Championships and went on to represent Romania in the World Junior and 2005 and 2009 World Championships.
Pearson vs. Crespin
Pearson makes it a good night for the prospects as he halts Crespin. With Pearson having the height and reach advantages Crespin made a fast start bulling forward and trying to unsettle the younger fighter with his southpaw style. Pearson took a round to figure Crespin out and then began to break him down with choice body punches. By the fifth Crespin was bleeding copiously and had absorbed a steady beating and the referee stopped the fight. Now 7 wins by KO/TKO for the 22-year-old from Ohio. He was US champion in 2011 but lost at the Olympic Trials and turned pro. Crespin was undefeated in his last five fights.
Concordia, Argentina: Light Welter: Martin Coggi (30-5-3,1ND) W PTS 10 Pablo Barboza (19-3). Feather: Marcos Martinez (14-0) W PTS 10 Guillermo Soloppi (17-4).
Coggi vs. Barboza
Coggi boxes his way to victory. The WBC Mundo Hispano champion made good use of his height and reach and southpaw skills to outpoint late sub and fellow-southpaw Barboza. “Prince” Coggi, 29, the son of former WBA champion Juan Martin Coggi, took no chances in a messy fight. He had Barboza down from a left cross and a chopping right in the second but Barboza was up quickly and after the mandatory count suddenly came to life and scored with four rights to the head of Coggi who was momentary shaken. They stood and traded hard shots at the start of the third with Coggi having the better of the action with Barboza shipping hard shots only to beat his chest and invite Coggi to hit him again. After that the pattern was of Coggi taking position in the centre of the ring with Barboza circling and launching occasional attacks with too many clinches. Scores 97-92 twice and 98-93. Second defence of his Mundo Hispano title as Coggi extends his unbeaten run to six fights.
Martinez vs. Soloppi
Martinez won the fight but lost his WBC Youth title on the scales. Martinez who fights out of an upright, southpaw stance wanted to keep Soloppi on the outside. Soloppi was fighting from a crouch and whenever he tried to get inside Martinez made him pay with hooks and uppercuts. Martinez had Soloppi down in both the first and second rounds. Soloppi had no choice but to try to get inside and turn the fight into a brawl and occasionally Martinez would stand and trade but most of the time his southpaw jab and fast hooks had him in complete control. He just lacked the power to stop Soloppi’s rushes. Scores 100-88, 100-89 and 98-90. The 22-year-old Martinez is a skillful boxer but may lack the power to go far. Soloppi “The Axeman from the South”, 27, is crude but strong. He is 4-4 in his last 8 fights.
Neuquen, Argentina: Middle: Billi Godoi (29-1) W PTS 12 Mateo Veron (17-9-2). Godoi retains his WBC International title with unanimous verdict over Veron. It was Veron who made the better start with Godoi having difficulty getting into the fight and allowing Veron to build a lead. From the fourth Godoi took charge and over the next seven rounds he put the fight beyond Veron. The challenger went all out in a wild last round and took the points in that one, but it was nothing like enough. Scores 119-113, 118-114 and 117-113. The 26-year-old local fighter, also the Argentinian champion, makes it three wins since upset split decision loss to Sergio Sanders in October. “El Chino” Veron, 24, the FAB No 2 light middle, has twice beaten Sanders and was coming off a good win over former interim WBC title challenger Jorge Heiland.
Melbourne, Australia: Super Middle: Zac Dunn (9-0) W TKO 5 Lee Oti (17-14-1). Prospect Dunn wins the interim WBA PABA title with stoppage of New Zealander Oti. Dunn had Oti on the canvas three times in the bout.The 22-year-old won a bronze medal at the 2007 World Cadet’s championships and was a quarter-finalist at the 2008 World Youth Championships. He has won 8 of his 9 fights by KO/TKO. Oti, 28, has now lost his last three fights.
Florence, Italy: Light Middle: Francesco Di Fiore (16-8-2) W TKO 3 Riccardo Lecca (8-1-1). Local fighter Di Fiore regains Italian title with stoppage of previously unbeaten Lecca. The first round saw a fired-up Lecca come out firing and take the round with a couple of good head shots. In the second round Di Fiore took over with his more accurate punching and good body attack. Lecca tried to take the offensive again in the third and as they traded shots Di Fiore nailed Lecca with a hard right. Lecca made it to his feet but the referee stopped the fight. The 35-year-old local lived up to his “Explosive” nickname although this is only his fifth win by KO/TKO. He had won the national title by beating Lenny Bottai in 2010, but lost it to Adriano Nicchi in his first defence. He is No 17 with the EU. The 34-year-old Lucca did not turn pro until he was 30.
Hermosillo, Mexico: Fly: Carlos Fontes (15-1) W KO 6 Ernesto Guerrero (15-8). Local prospect Fontes just hits too hard for game Guerrero. He dropped his opponent in the fourth, and a hard combination of shots in the fifth opened a bad cut on the left eyelid of Guerrero. A right in the sixth put Guerrero down. He made it to his feet but a left put him on the canvas again and he could not beat the count. Now 12 wins by KO/TKO for 23-year-old “Divine”. When these two fought in April Fontes was on the floor twice before a cut suffered by Guerrero in the second round gave Fontes a lucky win. Guerrero had taken Ivan Morales the distance in November.
London, England: Heavy: Dereck Chisora (17-4) W KO 6 Malik Scott (35-1-1). Middle: Billy Joe Saunders (18-0) W PTS 12 Gary O’Sullivan (16-1). Super Middle: Frank Buglioni (9-0) W PTS 8 Kirill Psonko (10-26-2). Middle: Dmitry Chudinov (9-0-2) DREW 8 Patrick Mendy (14-6)-1. Welter: Bradley Saunders (6-0) W TKO 5 Mike Kelley (8-6-1). Welter: Bradley Skeete (11-0) W PTS 6 Dee Mitchell (9-38-1).
Chisora vs. Scott
Important win for Chisora but some controversy. As usual Chisora came out aggressively from the start. Scott showed good moves and was content to work on the outside and his left hook to the body was an impressive punch. The second round followed the same pattern with Chisora still coming forward but not being able to connect with his wide punches. Scott again scored with good hooks to the body and uppercuts. There is a reason why Scott was 35-0-1, apart from poor opposition; it is because he has excellent boxing skills-defensive skills. There is a reason why he has spent 36 fights getting nowhere; he is more interested in defence, takes no chances and is content to clinch and cruise to a comfortable win whilst boring the audience. Chisora gave him no chance to set the pattern of this fight by putting on more pressure with each round. He could not nail Scott but was making things difficult for the American spoiler. Finally in the sixth Chisora did get through with a long right which sent Scott down by the ropes. The referee picked-up the count. Scott was not badly dazed and on one knee, but seemed to misjudge the count and was rising at nine and up just as the referee got to ten. It looked as though Scott had cut things too fine but was on his feet a small shade before the ten. However, the fight was over and Chisora’s career was alive again. “Del Boy”, 29, now naturally wants a return with Vitali Klitschko, but would settle for Deontay Wilder in the meantime. Scott was IBF No 13 (none of the sanctioning bodies rated Chisora before the fight) and with his style the only thing he had going for him was his unbeaten streak. He is going to find it hard to recover the ground he lost with this fight. Chisora wins the vacant WBO International title and will certainly get a ranking from them.
Saunders vs. O’Sullivan
The 23-year-old Commonwealth and British champion again showcases his talent as he outboxes a very good opponent in O’Sullivan. In the battle of unbeaten fighters O’Sullivan got through with a left hook in the first and pressured Saunders hard over the early rounds with the fifth being his best round. However in every round Saunders was getting through with jabs, good combinations and body shots and O’Sullivan was a step behind all the time and not letting his hands go. It was master class from Saunders with the only knock being that he did not turn this superiority into an inside the distance win. Saunders eased up a bit over the late rounds but was still able to control the fight despite the constant attempts by O’Sullivan to keep him under pressure. Scores 120-109, 119-109 and 118-111. Southpaw Saunders lived up to his “Superb” nickname and is an immense talent. He won O’Sullivan’s WBO International title. I would describe it as meaningless, but winning it against an unrated Matthew Hall catapulted the unranked O’Sullivan to No 10 in the WBO ratings and without any other significant action he was somehow No 4 at fight night. The 29-year-old Cork-based Celtic Rebel did his best on the night but it was never going to be enough.
Buglioni vs. Psonko
Not a good day at the office for prospect Buglioni. He made a good start against travelling loser Psonko but then seemed to lose his way. The Lithuanian took heart from still being there after four rounds and made Buglioni work hard for his win over the closing four rounds. Referee’s score 79-74. Buglioni is better than he showed in this one and the 24-year-old “Wise Guy” remains unbeaten and a prospect. Psonko, 26, has lost 8 of his last 9 fights but all of the losses were on points.
Chudinov vs. Mendy
Records don’t tell the whole story and Mendy gives the highly touted Russian “Night Wolf” a real scare. The Gambian has a good chin and a good heart and if he gets a whiff that he might be in with a chance he goes to another level. Chudinov pressed and pressed but Mendy fought back hard and deserved at least a draw. Referee’s score76-76 had few dissenters. Chudinov, 26, had a great record as a Cadet and Junior winning the gold medal at the World and European Cadets and the World and European Juniors, but on this showing he will struggle as a pro. Mendy, 22, has given Kenny Anderson, Bradley Pryce and Patrick Nielsen tough fights and those losses to Pryce and Nielsen are his only defeats in his last 12 fights.
Saunders vs. Kelley
Former top amateur Saunders made an impressive return to the ring. After seven months out due to a hand injury Saunders wasted no time in signaling his return as he floored Kelley with a left to the body in the first round. Kelley got up and fought on but it was a one-sided fight. Saunders was scoring with heavy punches in all of the rounds until an unanswered combination in the fifth brought the referee’s intervention. Saunders was a gold medalist at the Commonwealth Youth Games, and the European Union Championships, won a bronze medal at the 2007 World Championships and fought at the 2008 Olympics. Six losses in a row for Irishman Kelley.
Skeete vs. Mitchell
Routine win for Skeete as he takes every round against experienced survivor Mitchell. Referee’s score 60-54. The tall, 25-year-old Londoner Skeete a former ABA champion is making steady progress. Mitchell has only failed to last the distance twice in his 39 losses.
Merida, Mexico: Straw: Carlos Buitrago (27-0,1ND) W PTS 12 Julian Yedras (21-1). Super Fly: Juan Kantun (21-4-3) W PTS 10 Faustino Cupul (25-10-1,2ND). Feather: Jun Doliguez (16-0-2) DREW 8 Ruben Tamayo (22-4-4).
Buitrago vs. Yedras
Nicaraguan Buitrago wins vacant interim WBO title with victory over Mexican. Buitrago won the early and late rounds with superior skills. After a first round without much action the young “Chocorroncito” was able to stay on the outside working behind a piston like jab, controlling the centre of the ring with Yedras static in front of him and unable to offer anything more than spasmodic attacks. It was the sixth before Yedras was able to get inside and to even shake Buitrago a couple of times in the seventh and eighth. In the ninth Buitrago was back in charge using his jab to keep Yedras out and scoring with fast combinations. Buitrago looked close to finishing the fight in the eleventh but did not follow-up on his advantage and Yedras was able to last the distance. Scores 116-113 twice and 118-111. Buitrago is now 21, but even when he was just 12-13 Nicaraguan’s were sure that Buitrago was a future world with the late Alexis Arguello singing his praise. He turned pro at 16, was fighting ten round bouts at 18 and with this interim title is near to fulfilling his early promise. Mexican Yedras, 25, has a deceptively strong looking record but there is not a single name of any consequence on his record. Typical WBO.
Doliguez vs. Tamayo
Tough fight for Filipino Doliguez as he remains unbeaten with a draw against fellow-southpaw “Canelito” Tamayo. Their respective styles did not mesh so this was not a red hot battle. Neither fighter was really dominating with Tamayo slightly the more aggressive. The Mexican was cut on his left eyebrow in a clash of heads in the fifth and after a doctor’s examination the fight continued. It was close to the end and a draw seemed a fair result. Scores 76-76 twice and 77-75 for Doliguez. “Hercules” Doliguez, 22, is the WBO No 8 and had won 8 of his last 10 fights by KO/TKO. Tamayo was 2-2 in his previous four fights, but the losses had been to good opposition. This was reduced from 10 rounds to 8 to suit TV.
Kantun vs. Cupul
This was to have been for the Yucatan State flyweight title but Cupul failed to make the weight. The additional weight did not help Cupul who lost on a unanimous decision. Much needed win for “Whacko” Kantun as he was 2-3-1 in his last six fights. Things are not going too well for former NABF champion Cupul; he is now 2-8-1 in his last 9 fights.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico: Light Fly: Pedro Guevara (20-1-1) W PTS 12 Mario Rodriguez (15-8-4). Bantam: Alberto Guevara (18-1) W PTS 10 Jonathan Vidal (17-1). Super Fly: Ivan Morales (22-0) W PTS 10 Alejandro Morales (14-4). Light: Robert Manzanares (24-1) W TKO 2 Francisco Camargo (7-2-1). Light Middle: Hugo Centeno (19-0) W KO 1 Isaac Mendez (14-12).
Guevara vs. Rodriguez
Guevara retains WBC Silver title with wide unanimous decision over Rodriguez. Guevara just edges the first round then he has Rodriguez badly hurt in the second but can’t find the punch to finish things. It was more of the same in the third with an uppercut from Guevara having Rodriguez rocking, and he scored freely with both hands in the fourth. At the end of four rounds the judges have it 40-36 twice and 40-35 for the champion. Over the next four rounds neither fighter was able to dominate but Guevara was doing the better work and maintaining his lead. He was ahead 80-72 twice and 79-73. Knowing he was a long way behind Rodriguez finally came to life over the closing rounds but Guevara was able to coast his way to a comfortable victory. Scores 120-108, 119-110 and 118-110. First defence of his WBC Silver title in his second reign as champion for Guevara. He had drawn with Rodriguez in a WBC Silver title defence in 2011. Guevara lost the big one on a split decision to John Riel Casimero for the vacant IBF title in August. He is No 3 with the WBC so is hoping for a shot at Adrian Hernandez. Former IBF strawweight champion “Little Dragon” Rodriguez had lost his fire for this one. He kayoed South African Nkosinathi Joyi for the IBF title in September, but lost it in his first defence against Katsunari Takayama in March.
Guevara vs. Vidal
A good night for the Guevara clan as Alberto survives a last round knockdown to outpoint Puerto Rican Vidal. Guevara wanted this to be a boxing match where he could keep Vidal away and pick up points with his jab and fast combinations. Vidal managed to work inside in the third round, but Guevara did the better work in the fourth and was in front 39-37 on two cards and level at 39-39 in the third. In the fifth a right had Vidal staggered but the Puerto Rican recovered well. Guevara increased his lead in the sixth and seven and was setting a fast pace with Vidal just that bit slower and the Mexican was able to keep Vidal at the end of his jab. At the end of the eighth Guevara was in front 79-73 on two cards and by 77-75 on the third. Vidal needed a kayo and he nearly got in the last when a hard right put Guevara down. He got up and survived to the bell. Scores 97-92 twice and 95-94. “Metro” wins the vacant WBC International Silver title and that plus the WBC’s ranking of Vidal at No 13 should see Guevara get a spot in their ratings. This is his second win since losing to Leo Santa Cruz for the IBF title in December. This was quite a big step-up from his past opposition for “Pitbull” Vidal, 23. He was out boxed but he can come again.
Morales vs. Morales
Southpaw Ivan M retained his WBC International Silver title with a points win over Alejandro M. Ivan M was the aggressor here constantly attacking and trying to breakdown the solid defence of Alejandro M. That was the pattern for most rounds. In the ninth a left from Ivan M sent Alejandro M reeling into the ropes, but he survived. In the last Alejandro M made a big effort but Ivan M boxed his way to a comfortable win. Scores 98-92, 98-93 and 97-93. The 21-year-old looks to have a chance of joining elder brothers Erik and Diego as a world champion but there will be tougher tests ahead. Alejandro “Terrible” Morales is 2-4 in his last 6 fights but all of the losses to good opponents.
Manzanares vs. Camargo
Teenager Manzanares, the WBC Youth champion, got another inside the distance win and retained his title. Left hooks discouraged Camargo in the first and already he was just looking to survive. No chance. Early in the second a right hook put Camargo down. He got up but his legs were wobbling and the referee stopped the fight. The 18-year-old local has 20 wins by KO/TKO. Phoenix-born Manzanares was halted in six rounds by experienced Alejandro Barrera in November and losing to a guy who had lost his last seven fights, six by KO/TKO dented the young local’s ambitions. This fight was never going to last long. Camargo has six first round wins and a first round loss.
Centeno vs. Mendez
Just 46 seconds and a straight left and this one was over. Oxnard’s Centeno, 22, was coming off useful wins over Allen Conyers and KeAndre Leatherwood. The 6’1” (185cm), Centeno has ten wins by KO/TKO. Five losses in a row for Mendez who was halted in seven rounds by Enrique Ornelas in May.
Indio, CA, USA: Super Bantam: Randy Caballero (19-0) W KO 7 Miguel Robles (12-3-2). Light Middle: Errol Spence (7-0) W KO 1 Eddie Cordova (4-5-1). Super Bantam: Joseph Diaz (6-0) W KO 1 Luis Cosme (8-3-1).
Caballero vs. Robles
After a cautious first round both began to let their punches go more in the second but Robles was already beginning to look to smother Caballero’s work by clinching. Caballero was still having problems with the style of Robles in the third and although Caballero was doing enough to win the rounds Robles was getting through with some hard punches in the fourth. Caballero took the fifth, his best round so far, as he was finding room and hurting Robles with sharp shots from each hand. The sixth was spoiled by the holding by Robles and he was also warned for a low punch. The end came suddenly in the seventh when a left to the body put Robles down and he failed to beat the count. Caballero, 22, is a great talent but his No 1 rating by the WBO owes nothing to the strength of the guys he has beaten such as Manuel Roman, Jose Luis Araiza and Luis Maldonado. He is there for winning the WBO NABO title. Puerto Rican Robles, 31, made it difficult for Caballero. After a run of nine wins he has now lost two fights in a row.
Spence vs. Cordova
Body punches were the flavour of the night. Olympian Spence landed a left to the body and Cordova was finished. Third one round win in a row for the 23-year-old Texan southpaw and his sixth win by KO/TKO in his seven fights. He is ready for better opposition. Utah’s Cordova has lost 5 of his last 6 fights.
Diaz vs. Cosme
Another young southpaw prospect, another 2012 Olympian another left to the body and an early night. Twenty-year-old southpaw Diaz ended this one just 129 seconds into the fight. As with Spence, “JoJo” looks to be one to watch as he gets his fourth win by KO/TKO. Puerto Rican Cosme was having his first fight since February 2012.
Huntington, NY, USA: Light Welter: Chris Algieri (17-0) W PTS 10 Mike Arnaoutis (24-9-2). Algieri adds good scalp to his belt as he get unanimous decision over Arnaoutis. The Greek fighter has been in with some top opposition and had come to win. He made the better start and edged the first round on workrate alone. Good lefts scored in the second also saw Arnaoutis take the points in that one. Algieri began to roll in the third and fourth and evened things up. Algieri was now starting to control the fight as Arnaoutis already showed signs of fading. Algieri was getting through with good body and head shots and Arnaoutis was soon bleeding heavily from a damaged nose. In the eighth a cut on his right eyebrow added to the Greek’s problems and he survived a doctor’s inspection to go the full distance. Scores 98-92 twice and 99-91. The 29-year-old local ticket seller handled this step-up to tougher opposition well. Back in 2006 Arnaoutis was within a couple of points of a world title as he lost a split decision to Ricardo Torres for the vacant WBO title. Since then he has been in with Kendall Holt, Victor Ortiz, Tim Coleman, Delvin Rodriguez, Demetrius Hopkins and Danny Garcia and those tough matches seem to be catching up on him.
Panama City, Panama: Bantam: Yonfrez Parejo (14-1-1) W KO 3 Luis Cuadrado (12-15). Venezuelan Parejo dominates from the start before finishing Colombian Cuadrado with a left to the body in the third. Parejo, 26 a former Venezuelan amateur champion, is based in Panama. This is his third win since losing to Hugo Ruiz for the interim WBA title in March 2012. Now 9 losses in his last 10 fights for Cuadrado.
Lop Buri, Thailand: Fly: Nawaphon (16-0) W PTS 12 Roque Lauro (9-14-4). Thai Nawaphon retains his WBC Asian title with a points win over Filipino Lauro. The 21-year-old Thai won on scores of 119-110 twice and 118-110 in this his fifth title defence. He is WBC No 15. “Fireman” Lauro is 1-4-3 in his last 8 fights.
Guidonia, Italy: Light: Manuel Lancia (8-0-1) W PTS 10 Pasquale Di Silvio (16-5-1). Lancia wins Italian title as he beats defending champion Di Silvio. The champion started well taking the centre of the ring and keeping the aggressive Lancia at a distance. Lancia was looking to work inside and use his left hook. The pattern saw Lancia working hard in the early and late part each round with Di Silvio doing his best work in the middle of the rounds. Lancia’s aggression was causing heads to bump and he was given a warning in the fourth round with Di Silvio cut on his forehead. Lancia continues to force the fight and Di Silvio to score with quick counters. The doctor examines the cut on Di Silvio’s head in the seventh but let’s the fight continue. Lancia steps up his attacks but now Di Silvio’s skills show and he boxes well on the retreat picking up points and there is nothing between them going into the last round. Lancia gets through again with hooks and Di Silvio scores with good one-twos. A close fight. Scores 95-94 and 96-95 to Lancia and 95-94 to Di Silvio. The 26-year-old hometown fighter Lancia was having his first fight schedule for more than six rounds. Di Silvio, 33, had failed in two attempts to win the Italian title before beating Michele Focosi for the vacant title in April
Barranquilla, Colombia: Light: Wilfredo Buelvas (12-1) W PTS 9 Luis Flores (13-1). Light Middle: Janer Gonzalez (14-0-1) W TKO 6 Emilio Julio Julio (27-11-2). Welter: Juan De Angel (14-3-1) W TKO 10 Miguel Angel Suarez (5-29). Light: Walter Estrada (44-16-1,1ND) NO DEC 3 Ever Garcia (14-36-2,1ND).
Buelvas vs. Flores
Buelvas wins the vacant WBA Fedcentro title with unanimous decision over Flores. Theses two were swopping heavy punches in the first with Buelvas getting the better of things. The pattern of the fight saw Buelvas forcing the action but Flores, although having the edge in both height and reach trying unsuccessfully to counter the attacks of Buelvas. Flores was badly hurt in both the fifth and sixth and he only survived in the sixth by holding on to Buelvas like a limpet. The decision was a formality. “The Rock” Buelvas, 24, makes it three wins since being kayoed in October by veteran Walter Estrada. National champion Flores was never in the fight.
Gonzalez vs. Julio
Gonzalez wins the vacant Colombian title and clears up the draw on his record. “Arenita” Gonzalez was just too strong for the veteran Julio. The fight was one-sided and with Julio just soaking up punishment in the sixth the referee stopped the fight. Twelve wins by KO/TKO for former amateur champion Gonzales. These two had fought a draw back in 2011.Julio, 33, claimed that he had to lose 8lbs before this fight and was drained.
De Angel vs. Suarez.
An explosive start saw Suarez rock De Angel with two hard rights only for De Angel to blast back in the second and have Suarez in deep trouble with a volley of head shots. They continued to trade heavy punches for seven more rounds but the 43-year-old Suarez was tiring and a big attack by 26-year-old De Angel in the last round had the referee jumping in to save the veteran. De Angel wins the vacant WBC Latino title. After being 2-2-1 in his first five fights De Angel is 12-1 in his last 13 with the loss being to world rated Mexican Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez. All of De Angel’s wins have come by KO/TKO. Suarez, is a former Colombian lightweight champion.
Estrada vs. Garcia
The 37-year-old Estrada took the first two rounds but a clash of heads in the third left him with a bad gash on his cheek and the fight was declared a no decision. Garcia complained that the gash had been opened by a punch but the referee decided otherwise. Estrada is a dangerous fight on his night and has wins over Likar Ramos, Verquan Kimbrough, Nate Campbell, Tyrese Hendrix and the above named Buelvas. He lost to Scott Harrison for the WBO featherweight tile back in 2004.
Paysandu, Uruguay: Super Feather: Israel Perez (26-2-1) W RTD 7 Francisco Lorenzo (39-12,1ND). Veteran Perez makes it 18 fights without a loss as Lorenzo retires in his corner before the start of the eighth round. The fight was almost farcical at time as Lorenzo was like a charging bull and fought as if he had never had a glove on in his life. The Dominican was lunging forward, head down and throwing wild swings. Anyone off the street could have shown more finesse. Perez had the height and reach and was throwing straight punches but the bull-like rushes of Lorenzo made it difficult for the Argentinian to put any punches together. A chopping right in the second put Lorenzo down. Perez landed a light blow as Lorenzo was down and the Dominican had his hand wrapped around the foot of Perez and also bright him down. Lorenzo was showing sings of tiring from the third and his attacks became fewer but even wilder. He was now boring in with his head down and trying to clinch. He did enough holding in the sixth alone to have been disqualified in that round but the referee did nothing. In the seventh Perez landed the best punch of the fight, as right that drove Lorenzo reeling back into the ropes. Lorenzo did not come out for the eighth-thankfully. The 34-year-old Perez has done very little with his career. He was 2-2 in a couple of fights in the USA in 2002/2003 but since then has stuck to the Argentinian/Uruguayan rings. It is incredible to think that Lorenzo, now 41, was once a world rated fighter and briefly an interim champion when he ”won” the WBC title on a disqualification against Humberto Soto in 2008. He was awful.
Additional Commonwealth Results:
Accra, Ghana: Welter: Frederic Lawson (21-0) W PTS 12 Giorgi Ungiadze (22-15). Super Middle: Ernest Amuzu (16-1) W KO 5 Sammy Abu (0-5). Super Middle: Emmanuel Anim (4-0 W KO 3 Bab Musah (0-7). Bantam: Manyo Plange (9-0) W KO 2 Alfred Quaye (2-25). Bantam: Prince Dzanie (3-0) W TKO 2 Emmanuel Laryea (0-3). Light Middle: Joseph Lamptey (15-5-1) W RTD 5 Charles Tetteh (2-10).
Christchurch, New Zealand: Light Heavy: Reece Papuni (3-0) W PTS 10 Andrew Robinson (2-1).
Bolton, England: Light Heavy: Luke Blackledge (13-1-2) TEC DRAW 2 Alastair Warren (8-4-3). Light Middle: Chris Jenkinson (4-6-1) W KO 8 Lyndon Newman (5-3-1). Light Welter: Shayne Singleton (15-0) W PTS 6 Kevin McCauley (11-57-3).