Melbourne, Australia: Light Heavy: Blake Caparello (18-0-1) W PTS 12 Allan Green (32-5). Light Welter: Czar Amonsot (25-3-3) W KO 10 Stevi Ongen Ferdinandus (15-6). Welter: Lenny Zappavigna (30-2) W PTS 8 Rivan Cesaire (11-4-1). Heavy: Solomon Haumono (21-2-2) W TKO 3 Marcelo Nascimento (16-5).
Caparello vs. Green
Caparello gets biggest win so far but no real effort required to beat this version of Allan Green. The 27-year-old southpaw was able to outbox Green most of the way. There were few highlights as Caparello used his height and reach advantages to box on the outside but lacked the power to hurt Green. The American was never able to fathom out Caparello’s awkward style and spent much of the fight just looking to spoil. Scores 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111. Caparello wins the vacant IBO title. Green, 34, was a disgraceful 7 ½ lbs over the weight limit which summed up his commitment.
Amonsot vs. Ferdinandus
After demoralising Indonesian southpaw Ferdinandus with some choice low punches Filipino Amonsot finally floored the Indonesian legally in the tenth to win the PABA title. It was a tough, dirty fight with Amonsot putting Ferdinandus down in the second with a blatant low punch. The Indonesian being given an extended rest to recover. Amonsot was in charge of the fight but repeated the low blow tactics in the sixth with Ferdinandus once again in some pain. In the tenth Amonsot put Ferdinandus down and this time the Indonesian decided to stay there. The 28-year-old “Czar of Bohol” is 7-0-2 since losing to Mike Katsidis for the interim WBO title in 2007 and has 15 wins by KO/TKO. Now ex-champion, the 33-year-old Ferdinandus had won 7 of his last 8 fights.
Zappavigna vs. Cesaire
This was a fight Zappa nearly lost. Cameroon Cesaire is a fighter on the rise and he floored Zappa in the first and came close to derailing Zappa’s welterweight ambitions. As it was, despite a bad cut, Zappa managed to convince the judges, but few others, that he deserved the unanimous decision. The scores of 76-75 from all three judges show how close Cesaire came to a major upset. The 25-year-old Zappa, a former IBO light champion and IBF title challenger is IBF No 10 welter. He makes it 5 wins since losing on points to Miguel Vazquez for the IBF light title in 2011. Cesaire, 29, was 3-3- in his first 6 fights but had run up 8 wins and a draw in his last 9.
Haumono vs. Nascimento
After two even rounds New Zealander Haumono finally cut down Brazilian Nascimento in the third. The 38-year is 5-1-1 in his last 7 fights with 5 wins inside the distance but also a disappointing draw with Joey Wilson and a tenth round kayo loss to Kevin Johnson. The 6’5” (196cm) Nascimento, 32, has lost 4 of his last 5 fights and was kayoed in five rounds by Tyson Fury in 2011.
Sarcelles, France: Heavy: Fabrice Aurieng (8-6) W PTS 12 Raphael Zumbano (33-7-1). Light Heavy: Hadillah Mohoumadi (17-3-1) W KO 1 Raimonds Sniedze (8-19-2).
Aurieng vs. Zumbano
Despite his “Big Boy” nickname French No 2 Aurieng was giving away a lot in height and reach but still easily out boxed big Brazilian Zumbano to win the WBFed International title. The Frenchman had Zumbano hurt on a couple of occasions but despite numerous warnings Zumbano survived by just turning his back on his opponent to blunt the attacks. Scores 120-110, 119-112 and 118-111. The 31-year-old southpaw, a former French champion, was bouncing back from two inside the distance losses. Zumbano, 32, loses whenever he leaves Brazil.
Mohoumadi vs. Sniedze
An easy night for Mohoumadi as he finishes Latvian with a body punch. It took all of the fight out of poor Sniedze and the fight was stopped. The EBU No 3 super middle scored a big win in June beating Pawel Glazewski and gave James DeGale a very tough fight in October last year. Seven losses in a row for Sniedze.
San Martin, Argentina: Feather: Matias Rueda (15-0) W RSF 6 Diego D Tejerina (9-2-3). Rueda wins vacant Argentinian title with stoppage of Tejerina. It was matador and bull as stylish Rueda used good skills and a fast jab to blunt the attacks of Tejerina. In the second Rueda nailed Tejerina with a short right to put him down and looked close to a short route victory when he later floored Tejerina with a jab/hook. Over the next three rounds Rueda allowed the wild swinging, crude attacks of Tejerina to force him onto the retreat. In the sixth Rueda was setting himself and countering and a short left hook dropped Tejerina. After the standing count Tejerina tried to storm forward but a long right sent him reeling into a corner and a left hook put him down with the referee immediately stopping the fight. “The Little Cobra” has now scored 7 wins in a row by KO/TKO and 13 in all. The 25-year-old looks a fragile, arm puncher, but his figures are impressive. The 32-year-old Tejerina is just a wild, crude slugger. This is his second loss by KO/TKO.
Beccar, Argentina: Cruiser: Ruben A Mino (18-0) W RSF 4 Nestor F Insaurralde (10-8). The Mino circus goes on as the 39-year-old “Man of Stone” stops 40-year-old Insaurralde in four rounds. Mino retains a version of the South American title for the second time and maintains his 100% record of KO/TKO wins. He had kayoed Insaurralde in two rounds in December and this was his ninth fight since then.
Budapest, Hungary: Super Middle: Norbert Nemesapati (9-0) W TKO 5 Michal Nieroda (12-6). Hungarian prospect Nemesapati makes it eight wins in a row by KO/TKO. The 18-year-old wins the vacant WBC Youth title. Pole Nieroda is 4-5 in his last 9 fights with all 9 ending on KO/TKO.
Avezzano, Italy: Welter: Ceferino Rodriguez (13-0) W RSF 7 Stefano Castellucci (21-2). Light Middle: Giorgio Natalizi (18-0) W TKO 4 Zorn Didanovic (17-26).
Rodriguez vs. Castellucci
Mild upset as Spaniard halts local Castellucci to win the vacant EU title. The Italian made a good start taking the first two rounds and forcing Rodriguez to fight on the back foot. The downside was a cut on his left eyebrow. From the third Rodriguez showed his quality as he took centre ring and scored with hard accurate shots. Castellucci was still dangerous with rights. In the fifth Castellucci starts well scoring again with heavy rights, but at the end of the round and in the sixth it is Spanish champion Rodriguez on top and driving through his own rights landing four heavy shots with an in trouble Castellucci getting a breather whilst his glove strapping needs fixing. At the end of the sixth Castellucci is ahead on two cards but two of the judges had the Spaniard winning 2 of the last 3 rounds. In the seventh Rodriguez sends Castellucci reeling back with a right and drives Castellucci into a corner with more rights and is banging away slamming punches through the guard of Castellucci. With Rodriguez unloading and very little coming back from Castellucci the referee stopped the fight. Castellucci complained that he could continue, but the fight was over. The 25-year-old “Ferino V” Rodriguez has 9 wins by KO/TKO. He was Spanish junior champion and twice Senior champion. “Dangerous” Castellucci, 31, had lost on a technical decision to Leonardo Bundu for the European title in July last year.
Natalizi vs. Didanovic
No trouble for “Iron Giorgio” as he halts soft-chinned Serb in four rounds. The tall, 36-year-old has 13 wins by KO/TKO. Now 19 losses by KO/TKO for 41-year-old Didanovic.
Ensenada, Mexico: Light: Sergio Lopez (17-7) W PTS 10 Jesus Navarro (21-7-1). Lopez got off to a fast start flooring Navarro in the first. Although he could not repeat the feat he did dominate the fight never letting the aggressive Navarro got untracked. Scores 100-90, 99-90 and 97-92. After being 1-4 in a series of tough matches Lopez has now won his last three. Southpaw Navarro is going the other way. After a 6-1 sequence he has now lost his last three.
L’Hospitalet de Llobregat: Spain: Light Middle: Isaac Real (7-0-1) W KO 1 Mariusz Biskupski (20-28-1). Feather: Juli Giner (11-0) W PTS 8 Ben Jones (15-3-1). Super Feather: Ian Weaver (4-0) W TKO 1 Hassan Elyatouti (0-2). Middle: Mark Heffron (7-0) W KO 3 Julio Acosta (5-3-1).
Real vs. Biskupski
Real wins the vacant WBC Mundo Hispano title with kayo of substitute Biskupski. The Pole came out throwing punches. Real let the storm blow itself out and then he landed body shots which had Biskupski down three times and the fight is over. The 31-year-old home town fighter “Chaca” was Spanish amateur champion in 2010 (when he beat new EU champion Rodriguez) and 2011. “Pitbull” Biskupski, 37, came in when Marco Avendano had Visa problems. He had lost 6 of his last 7 fights and has 15 losses by KO/TKO.
Giner vs. Jones
This was a different fight altogether. Giner, 30, won the unanimous decision, but it was much closer than a couple of the scores indicated. The 30-year-old Spanish champion used his left jab and straight rights to counter the busier Jones. Most rounds were very close with lots of trading and good spells by each fighter. Jones forced Giner to fight hard all the way and in the end the fight was so close it could have gone either way with Jones very unlucky not to get at least a draw. Scores 77-73, 77-74 and 76-75. “The Rock” from Barcelona is EU No 14. Jones, the WBO European champion, so not rated by the EBU, but is No 12 super feather with the WBO world ratings. He had won 5 out of his last 6 fights going in and was a tougher test than the former Spanish amateur champion needed at this point in his career.
Weaver vs. Elyatouti
When Wearver’s original opponent weighed-in, but then disappeared Elyatouti came in as a very late sub. Weaver wasted no time as after an early flurry from the Moroccan the Dorset man took over and a series of hard combinations saw the referee stop the fight. Two wins inside the distance for the 23-year-old “Blessed One”, a former ABA champion and European Championships silver medallist. Poor Elyatouti was flown down from Barcelona on the day of the fight and was probably well over the original contract weight.
Heffron vs. Acosta
Ancient Cuban gives Ireland’s Mark Heffron a couple of good rounds of work until a body shot puts him down in the third. Acosta tried to claim it was low, but was counted out. Still only 21, Heffron, a former ABA champion, has so far had only one fight in 2011, one in 2012 and one so far in 2013 so he needs to be more active. Three losses in a row for 38-year-old Acosta.
Benidorm, Spain: Light Middle: Roberto Santos (19-7-3) W RSF 3 Julio Sanchez (2-6). “El Tigre de Benidorm” too much for poor Sanchez and makes it 11 wins by KO/TKO. In fights against unbeaten fighters the EBU No 10 and former EU champion has beaten and drawn with Dominic Britsch and drawn and lost to Marcos Nader. Second inside the distance loss in a row for Sanchez.
London, England: Light Middle: Freddie Turner (9-0) W PTS 10 Nathan Graham (14-6-1). Turner remains unbeaten with very narrow points win over local fighter Graham to take the Southern Area title. Graham took the first three rounds and the champion appeared on his way to an easy win as he constantly scored with right hooks against the 25-year-old Essex fighter. In the fourth Turner closed the distance and now he was in charge. He was finding gaps and every time Graham opened up Turner was scoring with left hooks. Turner was on top again in the sixth scoring with those hooks and it was a tired Graham showing damage by his left eye by the end of the round. The seventh was closer but again Turner seemed to have the edge. He looked to have settled things in the eighth when he floored Graham near the end of the round with a left. Graham was up at seven but only just survived on wobbly legs. Surprisingly Graham stormed out of his corner for the ninth and Turner was under fire and hurt. A barrage from Graham finished off with a left floored Turner. The fight might have ended then, but Turner had lost his mouthpiece and gained precious seconds as it was recovered and reinserted and lasted out the remaining time. Both were tired in the last which Graham looked to have just shaded. Referee’s score 94-93 reflected a close contest which got a standing ovation and 31-year-old Graham deserves a chance to win back his title. Fist fight beyond six rounds for Turner and a good win.
Ontario, CA, USA: Super Bantam: Enrique Quevedo (15-6-1) W PTS 8 Chris Martin (27-2-3). Super Bantam: Juan Reyes (10-1-2) W PTS 8 Daniel Roman (8-2-1). Bantam: Carlos Carlson (12-0) W TKO 3 Lupe Barrera (5-2-3,1ND).
Quevedo vs. Martin
Mexican Quevedo gets upset win over lackluster “SD Kid” Martin. Quevedo was the one making the fight with Martin trying to counter and close Quevedo down. Quevedo was working inside from the first bell and easily took the first two rounds with a superior workrate whilst Martin was throwing single shots. He had Martin missing with his leads in the third and getting through with counters. The fourth was a rough round for Martin as Quevedo had him trapped on the ropes for most of the three minutes and was getting through with hard shots from both hands but Martin was using clever defence to negate many of the punches. Over the closing four rounds Martin stole a couple of rounds but Quevedo had built a big lead and despite a good last round from Martin Quevedo was a clear winner. Scores 79-73 from all three judges. Quevedo, 29, was rebounding from two straight losses. His brother Daniel had fought a draw with Martin back in 2007. Two losses to Jose A Beranza and Luis Orlando del Valle and a draw with Teon Kennedy had set 27-year-old Martin back but he had won his last four and was favoured to win this one. Now he starts again.
Reyes vs. Roman
Reyes wins in a great little war. Reyes was coming forward all night and although Roman was being outworked he was the one scoring with the better placed and cleaner shots. Reyes was forcing Roman to fight on the back foot and trying to overwhelm him with quantity. Roman was countering sharply particularly with the left hook to the body and had the greater hand speed. It was only over the last two rounds that Reyes opened any real gap between them and even then Roman threw everything at Reyes in the last knowing it was close. All three judges gave it to Reyes 77-75 but it was a great fight. Mexican Reyes, 24, is 6-0-1 in his last 7 fights and was coming off a draw with Jon Arellano. “Baby Faced Assassin” Roman, 23, had won his last six and was moving up to eight rounds for the first time.
Carlson vs. Barrera
An all-Mexican fight saw 23-year-old Carlson impress as he crushed Barrera with body punches. In the first round the pattern was set as Carlson stalked Barrera and put him down with a left hook to the body. It got no better in the second for Barrera as Carlson twice nailed him with the left to the body for two more knockdowns. Another left hook to the body in the third saw Barrera go down on one knee and the referee stopped the fight.
Now 6 wins by KO/TKO in a row for the Tijuana prospect and nine in total. Barrera had 2 wins, 3 draws and a no decision in his last 6.
Tampa, FL, USA: Light Heavy: Radivoje Kalajdzic (11-0,1ND) W TKO 1 Otis Griffin (24-14-2). Big win for 22-year-olkd from B&H as he floors and halts veteran Griffin with a series of hooks in the first round. Griffin wanted to fight on but the referee halted the action. “Hot Rod” has 8 wins by KO/TKO, and now 7 inside the first round. The 36-year-old “Triple OG” must be near the end of the road but won’t want to go out on this note.
Kolding, Denmark: Light Heavy: Erik Skoglund (18-0) W PTS 12 Lolenga Mock (31-14-1). Light Middle: Torben Keller (9-0-1) W PTS 10 Bradley Pryce (34-14). Feather: Dennis Ceylan (8-0) W TKO 6 Emiliano Salvini (15-19-2). Light Welter: Kim Paulsen (23-1) W PTS 8 Puriya Haidari (6-1). Light Heavy: Oscar Ahlin (9-0)W PTS 8 Serhiy Demchenko (14-6). Cruiser: Micki Nielsen (10-0 W PTS 6 Sandro Siproshvili (27-16),
Skogland vs. Mock
Apart from the third round this was a routine win for Skogland. With a slight edge in height and reach Skogland was able to keep Mock on the outside during the first two rounds. Early in the third a big right from Mock knocked Skogland into the ropes and almost down. With only the ropes holding him up the referee gave Skogland a standing count. Mock tried to follow up and got through with some more clubbing blows but Skogland manage to last out until the bell. After that Skogland went back to trying to keep Mock on the outside. Mock continued to be the aggressor but as the fight went on his 41-year-old legs tired and Skogland was trying for a stoppage win. However, the tough DRC-born Mock did not fold and gave Skogland a bit of a shock and 12 good rounds of work. Swede Skogland, 22, the EBU No 18 wins the vacant EU title. Mock, a three-time EU super middle champion was inactive from June 2011 until returning in February with a win over Patrick Dobroschi. Mock has said he may now retire.
Keller vs. Pryce
Career best performance from Keller as he out boxer experienced Welshman Pryce. Keller showed improvement over previous performances as he clever boxed on the counter and mixed in good right hands. Pryce tried to force the action but Keller was too quick and accurate and built a big lead. The only moment of worry came in the eighth when Keller suffered a bad cut over his left eye. Pryce came on strongly over the last two rounds but Keller’s lead was too big and his corner did good work to make sure the cut did not worsen. Scores 99-91 twice and 98-92. Keller handled the step up to ten rounds well although Pryce looked the stronger at the finish. Unfortunately the 26-year-old Keller lacks punching power but has plenty of skill. Former Commonwealth champion Pryce has lost 3 of his last 4 fights, but all to class opposition.
Ceylan vs. Salvini
With Ceylan having height reach and class on his side non-puncher Salvini was never in the fight. With the Italian intent on survival Ceylan was able to score with punches to head and body in every round until Salvini’s corner waived the white towel in the sixth. The 24-year-old former top amateur was having his second eight round fight and won every round. Only the second time the 34-year-old Italian has failed to last the distance. He has won only 2 of his last 13 fights and failed in four Italian title fights.
Paulsen vs. Haidari
Typical Paulsen performance as he shows excellent technical skills and no power. Clever, classy counter-punching keeping Haidari on the outside saw 26-year-old Paulsen take every round with the judges all seeing it 80-72. Now 20 wins in a row against modest opposition for Paulsen since an upset loss to Frenchman Tony Jourda in his fourth fight back in 2007. Iraq-born Haidari, 28, was Danish amateur champion in 2010 and 2011
Ahlin vs. Demchenko
Swedish “Golden Boy” Ahlin only just got the decision against Ukrainian Demchenko as his defensive frailty was shown up. Ahlin did most of the pressing and scored with hard shots in every round. Unfortunately he was also caught with regular hard punches from Demchenko. The 23-year-old (24 on the day after the fight) Swede was the busier and just earned the unanimous decision but he made the fight tougher than it needed to be. Scores 78-74, 77-75 and 77-76. Ahlin had won his other 8 fights by KO/TKO, all ending within four rounds so this was new territory for him and it showed some flaws. Demchenko, 34, had gone the distance with Karo Murat and only lost on a split decision over ten rounds against WBC No 9 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye in an early career fight.
Nielsen vs. Siproshvili
It takes two to tango and only Nielsen came to fight. Georgian Siproshvili came to spoil and survive and he did that. The tall 20 year-old Danish southpaw won every round but the holding and spoiling from the Georgian had a frustrated Nielsen throwing him to the canvas on occasion but never getting a clean enough shot for a genuine knockdown. Scores 60-53 twice and 60-54. Only the second time the Danish prospect has had to go the distance for a win. The 30-year-old Czech-based Siproshvili is 2-7 in his last 9 fights but has only failed to go the distance four times in his 16 losses.
Abbeville, France: Heavy: Johann Duhaupas (30-1) W KO 4 Jarno Rosberg (14-1,1ND). Light Heavy: Hugo Kasperski (20-4-1) DREW 8 Gabriel Lecrosnier (15-22-3). Bantam: Bouleghcha (20-6-2) W PTS 6 Sergei Tasimov (10-44-3). Welter: Denis Farias (16-5-1) W PTS 8 Arvydas Trizno (17-26-2).
Duhaupas vs. Rosberg
From the first Duhaupas shows he has the power and the Finnish southpaw is on the defensive. Rosberg was also forced to fight off the ropes for much of the second and had no answer to the strong jab of Duhaupas. In the third a left hook put the Finn down and he only just managed to get up and stay in the fight. It was over in the fourth as Rosberg was again put down and counted out. The French champion, 6’5 (195cm), both fighters are 32-years-old and 6’5” but Duhaupas looked much bigger, wins the vacant EU title and has 13 wins in a row since losing on points to Francesco Pianeta for the same title in 2008. Rosberg, a former top amateur, had a career break after testing positive for a banned substance in 2009. He had won six fights since returning.
Kasperski vs. Lecrosnier
Lecrosnier fought much better than he had any right to and looked to have done enough to beat favourite Kasperski. One judge saw it that way but the other two saved Kasperski’s blushes by scoring it a draw. Former French super middle title challenger Kasperski is 3-3-1 in his last 7 fights. Lecrosnier had lost 6 of his last 7 fights.
Bouleghcha vs. Tasimov
Former French and EU champion Bouleghcha warms up for his shot at the French title by winning every round against experienced survivor Tasimov. The 31-year-old “Little Joe” has won 8 of his last 9 losing only to Brit Lee Haskins. Estonian Tasimov has 16 losses and one draw in his last 17 fights.
Farias vs. Trizno
FFB No 1 Farias takes no chances against the aggressive Trizno and coolly boxes his way to a unanimous decision. The 27-year-old is 6-2 in his last 8 fights and is hoping to get a shot at the national title in the New Year. Lithuanian Trizno is 2-7 in his last 9 fights but usually goes the distance.
Leipzig, Germany: Super Middle: Robert Stieglitz (46-3) W PTS 12 Isaac Ekpo (22-2). Heavy: Manuel Charr (25-1) W TKO 5 Denis Bakhtov (36-9). Light Heavy Dominic Boesel (13-0) W PTS 10 Mirko Ricci (10-2). Welter: Jan Zaveck (33-3,1ND) W PTS 8 Sebastien Allais (15-8-4).
Stieglitz vs. Ekpo
A win is a win, but not a sterling performance from Stieglitz. He retained his WBO title with a clear unanimous decision over the awkward Ekpo but the fight never caught fire. Their styles did not mix well. Stieglitz was the busier with the Nigerian really just trying to get a big right hand home. The Russian found the leaning, awkward Ekpo a difficult target and only in the ninth did he really get through with any damaging punches. Scores 118-110 twice and 119-109. The 32-year-old champion makes the second successful defence of his WBO title in his second reign as champion. Ekpo, 30, had won his last 17 fights but the opposition had not been strong.
Charr vs. Bakhtov
Typical arrogant Charr performance as he spends a lot of time just standing in front of Bakhtov with his gloves up and letting the Russian pound away. Bakhtov was able to score to the body and jerk Charr’s head back with occasional jabs. Charr even spent 30 seconds in the third round doing an Ali impression dancing around the ring perimeter with his hands at his sides whilst a frustrated Bakhtov chased after him. Charr seemed to be more determined in the fourth and fifth and it was obvious he had the power, but was only fighting in short bursts. Bakhtov was getting caught with hard shots in the fifth but still coming forward and scoring with punches of his own. At the end of the round the Russian indicated to the referee that he was retiring seemingly due to an injury to his right hand. The referee spoke to just about everybody at ringside for about five minutes before finally accepting the Russian’s retirement. The Lebanese-born 29-year-old makes it 14 wins by KO/TKO but had by no means subdued the Russian and with his spasmodic attacks could even have been behind on the cards. In today’s mad sport he retains the WBC International Silver, WBC Mediterranean and WBC Baltic titles and wins the WBC CISBB title. Four sanctioning fees for titles that mean nothing. “Darth Vader” Bakhtov,33, was very much in the fight before his retirement and is now 3-3 in his last six fights.
Boesel vs. Ricci
Boesel retains his WBO Youth title with a majority verdict over Italian Ricci. The German champion had trouble with the rough, aggressive tactics of Ricci. The Italian was trying to deny Boesel room to work but was also leaving plenty of gaps allowing Boesel to score continuously with counters. Ricci lost a point in the eighth and although it was not clear why it was probably for use of his head. Boesel looked a clear winner. Scores 98-91, 97-92 and 95-95.
Zaveck vs. Allais
Former IBF welter champion Zaveck returns with a win. The 37-year-old Slovenian had a good work out against the experienced Frenchman. Zaveck and Allais fought a technical battle both displaying good skills but with the former champion being quicker and more accurate and looking a fresh fighter again. He tried hard to get Allais out of there in the late rounds, but Allais has only lost once inside the distance and in his last fight took Frank Haroche Horta to a split decision for the French title.. Scores 80-71 twice and 79-73. First fight for Zaveck since losing to Keith Thurman in a WBO eliminator in March. French No 2 Allais did his job in giving Zaveck eight good rounds of work.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: Light Middle: Omar Chavez (31-2-1) W PTS 10 Joachim Alcine (33-6-1). Super Bantam: Raul Hirales (20-2-1) W KO 8 Francisco Leal (20-8-3).
Chavez vs. Alcine
Alcine was in this fight over the early rounds as Chavez was doing his scoring with counter punches and Alcine, although being caught often with long shots, used his experience to minimise the damage. However Chavez was concentrating on the body and this began to tell after the half way mark. With Alcine slowing Chavez was reeling in the rounds. Alcine tried to put in a big effort in the last round but as the former WBA champion wound up a right hook Chavez beat him to it with a left to the body that put Alcine down on his knees. Alcine got up and tried to take the fight to Chavez again but ran out of time. Scores 98-89, 98-91 and 98-92. Good learning fight for the 23-year-old Chavez Jr. He has rebounded from two losses to Jorge Paez Jr with wins over Pablo Vazquez, Charlie Navarro and now Alcine. Haitian-born “Ti-Joa”, 37, has won only one of his last 7 fights. Some to good quality such as Alfredo Angulo, Matt Macklin and Brian Rose, but also to a lesser luminary in novice Julian Williams.
Hirales vs. Leal
This was a wear from start to finish. These two stood toe-to-toe for round after round with neither wanting to take a step backwards. Both were landing hooks and uppercuts with hardly a jab on show. “Rayito” Hirales was mainly working the body with southpaw Leal mixing his punches more. In the sixth a left and a straight right sent Leal staggering back and down against the ropes. He was up quickly and after the eight count took the fight to Hirales. War resumed in the seventh with Hirales starting to outscore Leal and he got through with hard shots at the end of the round. In the eighth they were exchanging blows when suddenly the fight seemed to go out of Leal after a couple of not too hard looking punches. He backed into a corner and was neither punching back or defending himself adequately. He staggered out of the corner and along the ropes. Hirales landed a couple of cuffing punches to the side of Leal’s head and he slumped into the other corner and slid down to the canvas. The referee saw his distress and immediately stopped the count. Leal fell into a coma and was stretchered out of the ring and rushed to the hospital. It is very worrying as he was also stretchered out and hospitalised after losing on a tenth round stoppage against Evgeny Gradovich in March last year. No news at this time on the condition of Leal. Hirales lost to Carl Frampton and Adrian Young in 2012 but has scored four wins in a row since then.
Mexico City, Mexico: Light Welter: Roberto Ortiz (30-0-1) W PTS 12 Reyes Sanchez (24-6-2). Super Fly: Ivan Morales (23-0) W PTS 10 Cesar Gandara (22-3). Heavy: Gerald Washington (10-0) W TKO 1 Travis Fulton (21-33-1). Super Bantam: Mario Briones (24-3-2) W KO 2 Gabriel Perez (11-9).
Ortiz vs. Sanchez
Ortiz makes 8th defence of his WBC Silver title with a close unanimous decision over Sanchez. “Massa” Ortiz made a good start. After a quiet first round he floored Sanchez with a right cross in the second. Sanchez took the eight count but was on the defensive for the rest of the round and into the third. Ortiz remained on the attack in the fourth and under the open scoring was in front 39-36 on two cards and 40-35 on the other. The fifth was a painful round for Sanchez as Ortiz scored again and again with hard punches to head and body, but Sanchez stood up well to the punishment. The sixth saw a complete change as Sanchez was on top and opened a cut on the left cheek of Ortiz. Sanchez also had the better of the seventh and the eighth but with Ortiz making the rounds close. After eight rounds Ortiz was still ahead on all three cards with scores of 77-74, 76-75 and 78-73. They fought on even terms in the ninth but in the tenth a clash of heads saw Sanchez suffer a bad cut on his left eyebrow and the referee deducted a point from Ortiz. The doctor examined the cut but let the fight continue. With the decision in the balance both fought hard over the last two rounds with Sanchez looking to have the better in the eleventh but Ortiz just doing enough to hold onto his lead. Scores 144-112 twice and 115-112. Ortiz, 27, has 27 wins in a row and is WBC No 2 but his name somehow never comes up for the big title fights. He also won the WBC Silver welterweight title in February. Sanchez ,28, has points losses to Miguel Vazquez, Antonio DeMarco and Ric Alvarez and gave Ortiz a real battle in this one.
Morales vs. Gandara
Morales remains unbeaten but only just. Gandara made the better start building a lead over the first three rounds scoring well with hard rights. In the fourth a right from Morales put Gandara down and that proved important in the final decision. Morales was just edging the fight with both fighters showing respect for the others punch power. In the ninth Gandara scored heavily and Morales struggled to survive. Gandara also took the last round but just came up agonizingly short. Scores 95-94 from all three judges and that fourth round 10-8 round making the difference. “Nino Maravilla”, 23, the brother of Erik, retains his WBC International Silver belt and his WBC No 10 rating, but only just. Gandara, 25, had won 8 of his last 9 fights and came real close to making it 9 out of 10.
Washington vs. Fulton
A ridiculous mismatch saw Washington floor Fulton three times for a quick win. Washing towered over the pudgy Fulton and after stalking the nervous Fulton rocked him with a right and then put him down with a right cross. Fulton got up but it did not look as though he was going to respond when asked to put his gloves up. However the referee realised that Fulton had lost his mouth piece and took him to his corner to get it put back in. Two more right crosses caused two more knockdown and the referee stopped the fight after the second knockdown without completing the count. The 31-year-old “El Gallo Negro, The Black Rooster” Washington , 31, is 6’5” tall(196cm) and has six wins by KO/TKO. He beat veteran Sherman Williams on points in June. The 36-year-old 6’0” (183cm) Fulton loses inside the distance for the 25th time.
Briones vs. Perez
An easy one for hard punching Briones as he puts late substitute Perez down with a body punch and Perez sits out the ten count. Now 19 wins by KO/TKO for 27-year-old Briones. In June he fought a draw with Evans Mbamba in South Africa for the vacant WBFederation title. Poor Perez loses for the fifth time in a row in only his fifth fight in the last five years.
Mexico City, Mexico: Feather: Miguel Marriaga (17-0) W TKO 3 Mario Macias (25-11,1ND). Colombian records can be deceptive due to poor matching out there, but perhaps Marriaga is for real. The young Colombian battered Mexican Macias mercilessly for two rounds and was pouring on the punishment in the third shaking Macias badly with a straight right and then a left. The referee looked content to let it continue but former WBC super fly champion Jose Luis Bueno climbed into the ring to save his fighter. Marriage, who had been training in Mexico for an extended period, has won 9 of his last 10 by KO/TKO and has 15 such wins in total. Macias lost in four rounds against Koki Kameda for the secondary WBA bantam title in 2011 and is 1-3 since then.
Panama City, Panama: Fly: Luis Concepcion (30-3) W KO 10 Ruben Dario Ruiz (17-3). Super Feather: Antonio Fernandez (17-4-1) W PTS 10 Devis Perez (22-10-4). Light Fly: Erick Flores (7-6) W TKO 9 Mercedes Concepcion (15-3).
Concepcion vs. Ruiz
Former interim WBA champion Concepcion pulls the fight out of the fire with a one punch kayo. Argentinian “Bad Boy” Ruiz was ahead on two cards after eight rounds neutralizing the power of the Panamanian and even putting Concepcion down in the second with a short right and a left hook. Concepcion had trouble with the lunging awkward style of the Argentinian and was getting caught too often with long rights and sweeping hooks. As the fight progressed the workrate of Diaz decreased and the Panamanian was starting to get to him with hooks of his own. The end came suddenly in the tenth. Concepcion ducked under a left from Diaz and as he came up he nailed Diaz with a left hook to the chin. Diaz went down flat on his back and after counting two the referee wisely abandoned the count and summoned help for Diaz. The 28-year-old Concepcion retains his WBC Silver title and makes it 21 wins by KO/TKO. The WBC No 2/IBF No 3(1), makes it six wins in a row since losing twice in dramatic fashion against Herman Marquez for the WBA title in 2011. Ruiz, 27, the FAB No 1. loses inside the distance for the first time. Since early 2012 losses to Luis Ceja and Sammy Gutierrez Diaz had also rebounded with six wins and was WBO No 14.
Fernandez vs. Perez
“El Gordo” only just edged past Colombian Perez to win the vacant IBO Latino title. The Panamanian needed a strong finish to take the decision on scores of 96-94 twice and 97-93 and Perez could consider himself unlucky not to come away with at least a draw.
Flores vs. Concepcion
Flores proves again that he has Concepcion’s number. Flores had the 23-year-old "Chicho” down in the first and although Concepcion got back into the fight he faded badly and failed to answer the bell for the ninth round. Flores wins the WBO Latino title. He had outpointed Concepcion in 2010 but only had one fight since then in April 2012 and lost that. Concepcion, 23, loses his Latino title and his world rating. He had won six straight and was WBC No 14/ IBF 13(11).
Wieliczka, Poland: Welter: Rafal Jackiewicz (43-11-2) W PTS 8 Michal Zeromikski (5-1). Heavy: Krzys Zimnoch (17-0-1) W PTS 8 Art Binkowski (16-4-3). Krzys Glowacki (20-0) W Tko 4 Richard Hall (30-14).
Jackiewicz vs. Zeromikski
Jackiewicz makes his usual slow start and things are complicated by an injury to his left hand. However as the fight progressed the inexperienced Zeromikski faded badly and Jackiewicz was trying hard to end it early-unsuccessfully. Scores 80-71 twice and 78-74. The 36-year-old former European champion and IBF title challenger is still not ready to be relegated to opponent status. First eight round fight for 26-year-old Zeromikski but he suffered no harm and may have learned a lot.
Zimnoch vs. Binkowski
After an even first the superior hand speed of Zimnoch had him taking charge of the fight and he also dominated the third. Binkowski got into the fight in the fourth and fifth scoring well with hooks and the occasional elbow as well. The fight got dirtier in the sixth with both fighters using their head and their elbow. Zimnoch went back to his boxing over the last two rounds and had Binkowski on the verge of a stoppage in the last. Scores 80-71 twice and 79-74. Reportedly the referee took a point from both men at the end of the sixth but that is not reflected in the scores?. The 30-year-old Zimnoch, the EU No 21, has a win over Oliver McCall but has not really made much progress. Chicago-based Binkowski, 38, who won his first 13 fights, was inactive from October 2007 until November 2012 and this was his first fight since then
Glowacki vs. Hall
Glowacki stops veteran Hall. Glowacki boxed cautiously in the first but then began to score heavily with southpaw lefts in the second. He was content to let the Jamaican come to him and in the third nailed Hall with a left hook. Hall made it to his feet but was unsteady on his legs and sporting a cut on his right eyebrow and the fights was stopped. The 27-year-old Glowacki has 12 wins by KO/TKO including an eleventh round kayo of Brit Matty Askin. He is EBU No 11. Former interim WBA light heavy champion Hall, 41, also a southpaw, was unsuccessful in three shots at winning a full title. He has lost his last 6 fights.
Belfast, N Ireland: Super Bantam: Carl Frampton (17-0) W KO 6 Jeremy Parodi (35-2-1). Middle: Eamonn O’Kane (11-1) W PTS 12 Kerry Hope (19-6). Super Fly: Jamie Conlan (10-0) W TKO 1 Walter Rojas (20-4-1). Feather: Marco McCullough (8-1) W TKO 9 Willie Casey (14-3).
Frampton vs. Parodi
Frampton power just too much for brave Parodi. The French challenger lacked the power to keep Frampton out for long, but boxed well over the first five rounds. Frampton was able to score with hard punches in each round but Parodi fought the right tactics. After retreating throughout the first round he then got onto the front foot and used a fast jab to break up the attacks of Frampton. He was often short and tentative with the jab, but it made Frampton fight on the back foot for much of the fight. Despite this Frampton was getting home single shots and quick combinations with one judge strangely scoring the fourth a 10-8 round although in fairness a Frampton right did stagger Parodi and cause his nose to bleed. Parodi was again trying to get onto the front foot in the sixth but in a close quarters exchange a vicious left to the solar plexus saw the Frenchman stop in his tracks and then go down on one knee in agony. He stayed there for the full count. “The Jackal” retains his European title and makes it 12 wins by KO/TKO. He has now won 6 of his last 7 by KO/TKO including a sixth round stoppage of Steve Molitor and a nine round battering of IBF champion Kiko Martinez. Parodi, 26, EBU No 2, showed good skills but had nothing to keep Frampton out and suffered his first loss inside the distance.
O’Kane vs. Hope
O’Kane climbs off the floor for victory. O’Kane built an early lead but Hope put him down in the tenth and finished strongly. Scores 118-111, 116-112 and 114-113. The 31-year-old Irish champion “King Kane” gets his best win since stoppage defeat against John Ryder in December and wins the vacant IBF Inter-Continental title. Southpaw Hope, 31, sprang a major surprise when he beat Grzegorz Proksa for the European title in March last year but a loss in the return against Proksa and a fourth round defeat against now IBF champion Darren Barker put him back into the pack.
Conlan vs. Rojas
Too easy for Conlan as he floors sub Rojas twice and halts him in just 115 seconds. The Belfast 27-year-old has six wins by KO/TKO. Rojas has built impressive statistics against poor opposition, The FAB only rates four super flyweight, and Rojas is not one of them.
McCullough vs. Casey
Big win for McCullough over former undefeated European champion and interim WBA title challenger Casey. McCullough started well scoring with his southpaw jab and rights. A rusty Casey was having his first fight since July last year and was slow to get into the fight. The younger, quicker McCullough has been fighting at lightweight and above and was the naturally bigger man. Despite this Casey fought his usual tigerish fight, but was slowly fading. In the ninth a hard right floored Casey and although he got up a barrage of punches saw the referee stop the fight. McCullough, 23, wins the vacant Irish title and makes it 7 victories in a row. Casey, 31, had wins over Tyson Cave and Paul Hyland. He lost to Andreas Evensen in April last year but rebounded to outpointing Jason Booth.
Houghton-le-Spring, England: Light: Kirk Goodings (10-1) W PTS 10 Paul Truscott (19-5) . Goodings wins local bragging rights as he takes wide unanimous verdict over former Commonwealth champion Truscott. Goodings pressed from the start and Truscott was forced into trading instead of using his superior skills and experience. Goodings high workrate gave him the edge in some of the close middle rounds and with Truscott cut in the seventh and Goodings pacing the fight well the decision was never in doubt. Scores 99-91 twice and 99-92. Big win for the 24-year-old “Bulletproof” Wearsider who collects the vacant English title. His only loss is to Steve Williams in December and this is his third win since then. Three losses in his last 4 fights for Truscott.
Denver, CO,USA: Light Welter: Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2) W TKO 10 Mike Alvarado (34-2) . Light Welter: Juan Diaz (38-4) W PTS 10 Juan Santiago (14-11-1).
Provodnikov vs. Alvarado
A tough, brutal fight sees the power of Provodnikov prove too much for Alvarado. Provodnikov came out forcing the fight from the start and edged the first round on his aggression, Over the next four rounds Alvarado made his edge in skill count and built a lead with his better boxing. However the power was with Provodnikov and his body punches were slowing and tiring Alvarado. The home town fighter rallied at the start of the seventh and got some encouragement from a cut opened over the right eye of the Russian, but by the end of the round he was being caught with heavy shots from Provodnikov. In the eighth a shot staggered Alvarado and a barrage of punches put him down. He got up just before the ten and a right to the body put him down on one knee. Somehow on guts alone Alvarado survived the ninth and tenth but with a big swelling over his right eye he was a battered and beaten fighter and retired at the end of the round. Big win for 29-year-old Provodnikov. It could be said that up to this point his career had grown big on a loss-the total war with Tim Bradley-but now he has beaten a good champion and holds the WBO title. This fight and the Bradley fight were exciting enough to make Provodnikov a fighter the public wants to see again so he has some good paydays out there. Two hard fights with Brandon Rios may have taken it out of the 33-year-old Alvarado now he needs to re-think his future.
Diaz vs. Santiago
Diaz is too strong for competitive Santiago and slams his way to a unanimous decision. Diaz came out firing and knocked out the mouth piece of Santiago with a left hook in the first round. Diaz kept up the pressure in the second getting inside the longer reach of Santiago, but Santiago bounced back to take the next two rounds with some good shots inside. Diaz was able to work the body in the fifth and also raised a swelling around Santiago’s right eye. Diaz kept up the pressure from the half way mark but Santiago made him fight hard in every round and was still punching back in the last. Scores 100-90, 99-91 and 97-93 with the first two looking a bit unkind to the effort put up by Santiago. The 30-year-old “Baby Bull” makes it three wins as Top Rank sets out to get the former IBF/WBA/WBO lightweight champion back to contender level. Santiago has lost 7 of his last 8 now but put up a gutsy showing.
Pico Rivera, CA, USA: Light: Alejandro Luna (16-0) W TKO 6 Daniel Attah (28-17-1.1ND). A sustained body attack from the 22-year-old Mexican proved too much for the 34-year-old Nigerian. In this all-southpaw fight Luna was always the aggressor and with his sustained body attack and his guard changes he had Attah on the defensive all the way. Luna softened Attah up in the fifth and staggered him with a right in the sixth and Attah decided to retire at the end of the round. Twelve wins by KO/TKO for Luna and he is making good progress. Attah took Acelino Freitas the distance in a fight for the WBA/WBO super feather titles in 2002, but is 2-10 in his last 12 fights.
Callao, Peru: Fly: Carlos Tamara (24-8-1) W PTS 10 Adrian Garzon (9-16). Light: Jon Maicelo (20-1,1ND) No Decision 2 Jorge Rodriguez (15-9-1).
Tamara vs. Garzon
Former Olympian and former IBF light fly champion Tamara closed his professional career with a wide unanimous decision over Argentinian Garzon. The 30-year-old Colombian, a Pan American Games silver medal winner fought at the 2004 Olympics. He held the IBF title briefly in 2010 stopping Brian Viloria in twelve rounds to win the title but losing it in his first defence to Luis Lazarte on a split decision.
Maicelo vs. Rodriguez
This one was all over in the second when a clash of heads left Rodriguez badly cut and the fight was halted. Peruvian Maicelo trying to rebuild after kayo loss to Rustam Nugaev just when a title fight was a possibility. Rodriguez had won 9 of his last 10 fights.
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