Flemington, Australia: Middle: Sam Solomon (43-11,1ND) W TKO 9 Les Sherrington (33-7). Welter: Paddy Murphy (10-0-2) W PTS 8 Alex Ah Tong (8-26-5). Light Heavy: Damien Hooper (6-0) W TKO 3 Dechapon (6-26). Light Middle: Cameron Hammond (6-0) W PTS 6 Dennapa (12-30).
Solomon vs. Sherrington
Solomon just too good for Sherrington. The 40-year-old “King” lead from the start scoring freely with his jab and never really letting Sherrington into the fight. The, hands-down style of Solomon combined with quick reflexes and plenty of upper body movement frustrated Sherrington. Solomon had Sherrington bleeding from the nose by the second round and despite giving away height and reach was able to score continually with his faster hand speed. Sherrington had one or two good spells getting off the floor in the eighth to floor an off balance Solomon but in the ninth Solomon was handing out a beating and Sherrington’s second threw in the towel. The IBF No 1 should now get a shot at Felix Sturm but whether and where that could take place is questionable. Solomon’s win over Sturm in February was ruled a No Decision after his A sample, tested in Germany, allegedly tested positive for a banned substance only for his B sample, tested elsewhere, reportedly showing a negative result. “Lock and Load” Sherrington, 31, had lost only one of his last 15 fights coming in , and that was caused by a broken leg, but since then the opposition had been weak.
Murphy vs. Ah Tong
Newry’s Murphy remained unbeaten with a comfortable points victory over the taller Fijian southpaw Ah Tong. Scores 79-73 from all three judges. Murphy, 26, is rated ANBF No 7. The 37-year-old Ah Tong is nicknamed “The Hammer” but with 8 losses in a row, and 26 in total, “The Anvil” would be more suitable nickname.
Hooper vs. Dechapon
2012 Olympian Hooper maintains his 100% record of inside the distance wins as he floors poor Thai twice in each of the first two rounds and the fight is stopped when the Thai is knocked down again in the third. The 21-year-old “Super” , already the ANBF No 2, and one of the Ricky Hatton team, looks a great prospect. The 36-year-old Dechapon no real test as he is 1-8 in his last 9 fights with 26 KO/TKO losses in total.
Hammond vs. Dennapa
Hammond, another 2012 Olympian, has six rounds of routine work against another Thai perennial loser. Hammond wins 60-54 from all three judges. With only 3 wins by KO/TKO I am not sure that the 24-year-old from Brisbane deserves his “The Hammer” nickname but ANBF No 5 shows great promise.
Thailand: Welter: Singmongkol (75-2) W KO 1 Giovani Rota (7-6). Singmongkol pads his record with another easy win. The former WBC bantam and super feather champion puts Filipino Rota down and out in just 88 seconds to retain his WBC Asian Council Continental title for the third time. The 36-year-old Thai was WBC bantam champion back in 1997 and WBC super feather champion in 2002/03. His only defeats have been to Joichiro Tatsuyoshi in 1997 which cost him his WBC bantam title and to Jesus Chavez in 2003 which cost him his WBC super feather title. He won an WBC lightweight eliminator by beating Michael Clark in 2005 but no title fight followed. He has won 30 in a row since losing to Chavez and has 47 wins by KO/TKO but meaningless as 11 of his last 14 victims had never won a fight including 8 who where having their first fights. Rota, not rated anywhere by the GAB, now has 3 losses in a row by KO/TKO.
Indio, CA, USA: Welter: Josesito Lopez (31-6,1ND) W TEC DEC 8 Mike Arnaoutis (24-10-2). Super Bantam: Francisco Vargas (18-0-1) W PTS 10 Jerry Belmontes (18-3). Middle : Hugo Centeno Jr (20-0,1ND) W TKO 10 Angel Osuna (11-4-1). Welter: Errol Spence (10-0) W TKO 1 Pipino Cuevas Jr (17-11). Super Feather: Joe Diaz (8-0) W TKO 7 Carlos Rodriguez (18-13-4). Light Middle: Jermall Charlo (17-0) W KO 5 Joseph De los Santos (17-12-3).
Lopez vs. Arnaoutis
Lopez returns with a win but does not have it all his own way against Greek Arnaoutis. Lopez looked a bit over anxious in the first reaching with his punches. He found the target better in the second but at the end of third a right from Arnaoutis caused Lopez to touch down on the canvas with a glove which counted as a knockdown Lopez had the better of the fourth and fifth but Arnaoutis had a good sixth as both boxers tried to force the other on to the back foot. The seventh saw Lopez getting in some hard rights but Arnaoutis was still competitive and although he had some ground to make up it looked as though the last three rounds would be crucial. Unfortunately it did not get that far. A clash of heads in the eighth saw Arnaoutis suffer a deep cut over his left eye. At the end of the round the doctor advised the fight be stopped so it went to the judges. They scored it 77-74 twice and 76-75 for Lopez. Useful win for “The Riverside Rocky” as he rebuilds. In his previous 4 fights he had lost a split verdict to Jesse Vargas, halted Victor Ortiz, lost in 5 rounds to Saul Alvarez for the WBC light middle title, and been halted in his last fight in June by Marcos Maidana. Back down at his natural weight Lopez, 29, now needs to work his way back into the ratings. Arnaoutis, 34, is on the way down. He is 2-7 in his last 9 fights.
Vargas vs. Belmontes
Mexican Olympian Vargas takes one-sided decision over Texan Belmontes. The 28-year-old Vargas was just too busy, fast and accurate for Belmontes. The Mexican just kept coming and Belmontes had no answer. There was a brief pause in the fight when Belmontes landed a low punch in the third and Vargas needed time to recover. The referee deducted a point from Belmontes for the foul but Vargas did not need the help. He continued to out punch Belmontes to the final bell and the Texan failed to win a single round. Scores 100-89 from all three judges. Vargas retains both the NABF and the WBO Inter-Continental titles. As an amateur he competed for Mexico at the 2007 and 2009 World Championships and the 2008 Olympics. Belmontes, 25, “The Corpus Christi Kid” was also a top amateur winning a bronze medal at the World Cadet Championships, a gold at the US Under-19 Championships, and a silver at the 2007 US Championships, where he beat Sadam Ali and Terrance Crawford, but as a pro it looks like he is not going to make it.
Centeno vs. Osuna
Centeno only just pulls this one out late. Osuna did not know he was there to lose and in the second had Centeno so badly hurt that the fight might have been stopped. However, Centeno hung in and fought back. Osuna scored big in the sixth and seventh scoring well with Centeno almost going down and getting a count in the seventh as his glove touched the canvas. In the eighth Osuna was tiring badly and now Centeno was on top. By the tenth an exhausted Osuna was ready to go and Centeno put him down 52 seconds into the round and the fight was stopped. “The Boss” was anything but in this fight and following a disappointing performance in his short No Decision fight with Julian Williams in September the 22-year-old from Oxnard has some work to do. Mexican Osuna, 26, was on a good run with 7 wins in a row, 5 by KO/TKO, and was doing ok here until he ran out of energy. When knocked down he landed half way through the ropes onto the timekeeper’s table. He managed to get up and return to his corner only to collapse and was stretchered out of the arena. No news of his condition as I write.
Spence vs. Cuevas
Olympian Spence again shows his body punching power. After walking down Cuevas he landed a vicious body punch which put the Mexican down right at the bell. Cuevas got up and went back to his corner but wanted no more. The tall, 23-year-old Texan southpaw now has 8 wins by KO/TKO including 6 in the first round. Cuevas Jr. came in as a late substitute. He has 11 losses by KO/TKO and is 3-7 in his last 10 fights. Nothing of his father in him.
Diaz vs. Rodriguez
Southpaw “JoJo” continues to impress. The 21-year-old Californian just battered away at game Rodriguez in every round. Somehow the Mexican remained on his feet but ate punches round after round until the referee finally stopped the fight in the seventh. Now 6 wins by KO/TKO and the last 5 in a row for Olympian Diaz who was US amateur champion in 2010 and 2011. Rodriguez was a reasonable level opponent for a guy with only 8 fights being much more experienced and 6-3 in his last 9 fights.
Charlo vs. De los Santos
Charlo keeps the family’s 100% winning record as he outclasses experienced and durable Dominican De los Santos. Charlo was peppering De los Santos with fast combinations from the outset. He floored De Los Santos with a quick combination in the second and when the Dominican was put down by a right in the fifth the fight was halted. The 23-year-old Texan makes it 13 wins by KO/TKO, the last 11 in a row. He is fast catching up with twin brother Jermell who is 22-0. Jermell is rated WBO 5/WBC 13 and the IBF have Jermell 6(4) and Jermall 14 (12). Only the second loss inside the distance for De los Santos. He had won 6 of his last 7 fights and went the full eight rounds with Glen Tapia in April.
Pasay City, Philippines: Super Feather: Michael Farenas (37-4-4,1ND) W TKO 2 Jesus Rios (26-5-1,1ND). Straw: Roque Lauro (10-16-4) W PTS 10 Ronelle Ferreras (13-6-2). Bantam: Ernesto Saulong (13-0-1) Tec Draw 6 Mike Espanosa (12-6-1). Bantam: Richard Pumicpic (14-5-2) W PTS 10 Luis Lugo (15-5-2). Fly: Fernando Ocon (12-5) W KO 8 Jeffrey Cerna (14-9) . Super Bantam: Dodie Boy Penalosa Jr (12-0) W TEC DEC 7 Alem Robles (6-4-2).
Farenas vs. Rios
“Hammer Fist” Farenas hits too hard for Mexican Ruiz. The 29-year-old southpaw sent Rios to his knees in the first round with left to the body. Rios survived but a barrage of punches put him down in the second and the fight was halted. In 2012 Farenas fought a technical draw with Takashi Uchiyama for the WBA title in July and lost on points to Yuriorkis Gamboa for the interim WBA title in December. Third early finish this year with all wins inside three rounds for the IBF No 15. Rios was 8-2,1ND in his last 11 fights going in.
Lauro vs. Ferreras
Southpaw Ferreras is floored in the first but battles back hard to make the fight close. In the end Lauro gets the decision on scores of 97-92, 96-93 and 95-94. “Fireman” Lauro, 28,the GAB No 7 strawweight, gets a promotion as Ferreras was No 1.Laura had 2 draws and 3 losses in his last five fights going in. Ferreras, also 28, lost on points to Gideon Buthelezi for the vacant IBO straw title in 2010.
Saulong vs. Espanosa
A good little scrap finished in an unfortunate way as Espanosa suffered a very bad cut on his left eyelid in the sixth. The judges had the scores at 59-55 to Saulong, 58-56 to Espanosa and 55-55 so a technical draw. “Chocolate” Saulong , 24, keeps his GAB No 6 ratings but Espanosa, 21, misses out on his chance to enter the ratings.
Pumicpic vs. Lugo
“The Beast” Pumicpic was throwing bombs from the start, but Lugo was not about to stand still to be nailed. He made the GAB No 3 bantam fight hard all the way but Pumicpic took the deserved unanimous decision. Scores 98-90, 98-92 and 96-92. The 23-year-old is WBC Youth Silver champion. Mexican Lugo, who turned pro at 13, had won his last 2 fights.
Ocon vs. Cerna
Ocon climbs off the floor to win this all-southpaw scrap between GAB rated fighters. Ocon was down in the fourth but battled back to put Cerna down with a body punch in the eighth which ended the fight. Second win in a row for 23-year-old Ocon as he rebuilds after 4 losses in a row, 3 to world rated fighters on the road, and one to an unbeaten fellow Filipino. Cerna, 24, is deep in his bad run being 2-6 in his last 8 fights
Penalosa vs. Robles
The unbeaten 22-year-old southpaw Penalosa was well in front on all three cards when a clash of heads saw him suffer a bad cut over his right eye in the seventh round. It went to the scorecards and Penalosa got the decision on scores of 69-64 twice and 68-65. Penalosa had won his first 11 fights by KO/TKO only twice going past the third round. Mexican Robles put up a good fight but has now lost 4 of his last 5 fights
Florencio Varela, Argentina: Super Feather: Fernando D Saucedo (51-5-3) W PTS 10 Juan C Aparicio (26-6). Aparicio fails to make the weight so Saucedo’s WBC Silver title not on the line. Relatively simple night for WBC No 4 . The 31-year-old Argentinian was able to slot jabs through the porous defence of Aparicio and get home with straight rights and uppercuts. The only problem for Saucedo came from with a left from Aparicio which opened a cut on Saucedo’s right eyebrow. From the mid-point Saucedo was going to the body more. He had Aparicio badly hurt in the seventh with a left uppercut and scored freely over the last three rounds with the Mexican just looking to survive. Scores 100-90 from all three judges. Only one loss in his last 37 fights for Saucedo and 13 in a row since losing to Chris John for the WBA feather title in 2010.
Homebush, Australia: Heavy: Hunter Sam (9-2-2) W PTS 10 David Levi (3-4,1ND). Super Feather: Kye MacKenzie (6-0) W TKO 3 Robert Oyan (20-41-5). Super Bantam: Terry TJ Doheny (6-0) W PTS 12 Dianever Orcales (8-5-2). Light: Valentine Borge (6-0) W TKO 6 Dennis Tubieron (16-3-1).
Sam vs. Levi
Sam wins the vacant Australian title with unanimous decision over Samoan Levi. Sam was well ahead on two cards when Levi spoiled whatever chance he had by losing a point in the ninth for low blows. Scores 98-92 twice and 96-93. The 29-year-old Sam is the son of former Australian super middle and OPBF light heavy champion Doug Sam who lost to Chong Pal Park for the IBF title in 1987. Levi 34, was ANBF No 7.
MacKenzie vs. Oyan
Young hope MacKenzie wins the vacant Australian title with stoppage of Filipino Oyan. The Sydney 21-year-old is finding his feet in the pros and this was his 4th win by KO/TKO in his last 5 fights. Oyan, 31, has 3 losses and a draw in his last 4 fights but usually goes the distance.
Doheny vs. Orcales
Dublin southpaw Doheny retains his PABA title with close unanimous decision over Filipino Orcales. The 27-year-old “The Power”, ANBF No 4, wins on scores of 116-112, 116-114 and 115-113. Orcales, 35, the former undefeated PABA champion was having his first fight since September last year.
Borge vs. Tubieron
Lanky Australian champion Borge gets a good win as he halts former undefeated WBC International bantam champ Tubieron. Borge had dominated the fight before the referee stepped in to halt the action. The 5’ 10 ½”, Borge who won a silver medal at the 2011 Australian championships, won the Australian title in his fifth fight. He has won his last 4 by KO/TKO and is another one to watch. Southpaw Tubieron, 23, is GAB No 15 feather. His 3 losses have all come in the other guys backyard.
Flemington, Australia: Super Middle: Jake Carr (6-0) W TKO 6 Zac Awad (18-4-1). Heavy: Lucas Browne (19-0) W TKO 1 Clarence Tillman (11-15-2).
Carr vs. Awad
Impressive display of aggression from Carr in the first defence of his Australian title. The local 22-year-old, the bigger and stronger fighter, made a fast start and had Awad under pressure throughout the fight. He was handing out a pasting in the sixth when Awad’ s trainer chucked in the towel. Second good win in a row for Carr after his points win over Serge Yannick in July to lift the national title. Now 3 losses in his last 4 fights for 32-year-old Awad and his first fight for 11 months. Also his first loss by KO/TKO.
Browne vs. Tillman
Browne just overwhelms Tillman. After a feel out first round Browne took Tillman to the ropes, softened up the American with some body punches and then floored him with a crunching right. As the referee was counting the towel came in from Tillman’s corner. That’s 17 wins by KO/TKO for 34-year-old “Big Daddy” and he gets rid in two rounds of a guy who took him all twelve rounds in 2011. He will fight for the vacant CBC title in March. Tillman, 36, now based in New Zealand, goes to 7 losses in a row.
Aalst, Belgium: Light Welter: Ahmed El Hamwi (11-5-1) W PTS 10 Tarik Madni (18-5-1). Light Jean Pierre Bauwens (31-1-1) W KO 1 Sandor Horvath (9-9-1).
El Hamwi vs. Madni
El Hamwi wins the vacant Belgian title as he outclasses a fading Madni. It was a one-sided fight with El Hamwi winning every round and handing out a beating to Madni in a fight that perhaps should have been stopped after the eighth round. El Hamwi forced Madni to take a standing count in the tenth and won on scores of 100-86, 99-89 and 98-91. French based El Hamwi has now won 3 of his last 4 fights. The 38-year-old Madni, who had lost in previous challenges for both the Belgian and Dutch titles, won his first 14 fights so is now 4-5-1 in his last 9.
Bauwens vs. Horvath
Too easy for Bauwens as he kayos Hungarian in just 75 seconds. Fourth win for 25-year-old “Junior” since his loss on points to Ruben Nieto for the vacant EU title in April. Horvath, 20, is 1-6-1 in his last 8 fights including 3 first round losses.
Montreal, Canada: Super Middle: Renan St Juste (24-4-1) W KO 2 Martin Avila (14-13). St Juste makes successful return. In the second round a vicious body shot put Mexican Avila down and he took the full count whilst on one knee. The 41-year-old Canadian southpaw suffered successive inside the distance losses to Anthony Dirrell and Allan Green and this was his first fight since the Green loss in November 2012. Now 5 losses in his last 6 fights for Avila with all of the 5 losses by KOP/TKO.
Nouzonville, France: Light Heavy: Hakim Chioui (27-3-1) W PTS 6 Mile Nikolic (11-22-1,1ND). Light Middle: Sebastien Madani (35-2) W PTS 6 Stanislav Sakic (3-12-1)
Chioui vs. Nikolic
Former French champion Chioui eases back with unanimous points win over Serb Nikolic. The 27-year-old hometown fighter was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident earlier in the year and spent some time in a wheelchair. His next fight is scheduled to be against Jonathan Profichet for the vacant French title. They clashed in June last year with Profichet winning on a seventh round kayo. Nikolic is 3-8-1 in his last 12 fights.
Madani vs. Sakic
In his first fight since losing his WBFed title to Brazilian Anderson Clayton in April “Coco” , 32, takes every round against poor Sakic. The Anderson loss snapped an unbeaten run of 27 fights for EBU No 16 Madani. Sakic, 25, from B & H is 2-9-1 in his last 11 fights.
Rezzato, Italy: Cruiser: Maurizio Lovaglio (15-9) W TKO 10 Leonardo Damian Bruzzese (11-1). Light Welter: Samuel Esposito (17-1) W TKO 7 Petar Zivkovic (16-1). Cruiser: Salvatore Erittu (24-1) W TKO 2 Karoly Rizsak (3-3-1).
Bruzzese vs. Lovaglio
Big upset as “The Angel” finally wins an Italian title. The 31-year-old Lovaglio won this pure simple with his left jab. Argentinian born Bruzzese had no answer to the punch that continually pierced his guard and kept him off balance for the whole fight. It did not help Bruzzese that he sprained his right ankle in the fourth round but by then the pattern of the fight was already set. Bruzzese was like a blinded bull just stumbling around unable to launch any concerted attacks. The champion was also cut on his left eyebrow as Lovaglio slammed home punches in every round. In the tenth a volley from Lovaglio saw Bruzzese trapped on then ropes. The referee administered a standing eight count. On the resumption a left/right combination put Bruzzese down and the fight was stopped. Lovaglio had failed in previous challenges for both the Italian light heavyweight and cruiser titles and has now won 6 of his last 7 fights. Bruzzese, 30, had a ready made excuse in the sprained ankle, but looked a loser before the injury.
Esposito vs. Zivkovic
Nearly an even bigger upset here. Serbian Zivkovic found himself fighting a sluggish Esposito and he built an unassailable lead by the end of the seventh. Esposito needed a stoppage and he got it with just 40 seconds left in the round. A barrage of shots finished off with a big right saw the fight stopped. Former undefeated Italian champion Esposito, 28, is known as “The Wall” nearly ran into the wall which would have scuppered his chances of a shot at the EU title. He gets his tenth win inside the distance. Zivkovic, 30, proved to a very real opponent. He had won his last 5 fights by KO/TKO and had built his unbeaten record whilst fighting in 7 different countries.
Erittu vs. Rizsak
Sardinian Erittu continues his rebuilding with stoppage of Hungarian novice. The 33-year-old 6’3 ½” (192cm) moves to 10 wins by KO/TKO and makes it three wins since returning to action. He took 21 moths out after being floored and halted by Giulian Ilie in September 2011. Rizak out of his depth.
Tijuana, Mexico: Super Bantam: Gabriel Pena (5-4-1) TKO 5 David De La Mora
( 25-5). Bantam; Luis Nery (10-0) W TKO 1 Adan Osuna (9-8-3). Light Welter: Misael Castillo (26-2) W KO 3 Fidel Lopez (9-12). Super Bantam: Jose Cayetano (16-2) W TKO 2 Eden Marquez (28-15-2).
Pena vs. De La Mora
Major upset as inexperienced Pena halts former WBA bantam title challenger De La Mora. Pena took control from the start going to the body over the first two rounds and not giving the better boxer the chance to work. De La Mora had a better third round but was badly hurt by a left hook in the fourth. A body punch put a demoralized De La Mora down in the fifth and although he made it to his feet the fight was stopped. Only the second win by KO/TKO for Pena and his first fight since October 2011. After winning his first 23 fights De La Mora is now 2-5 in his last 7 including losses to Koki Kameda for the secondary WBA title and the loss to Anselmo Moreno for the full title.
Nery vs. Osuna
Local southpaw hope Nery continues to impress as he floors and halts Osuna in 115 seconds. The southpaw “Pantera” has 6 wins by KO/TKO including 5 in his last 6 fights. Osuna has lost 6 of his last 7
Castillo vs. Lopez
Castillo continues to win the small fights as he flattens Lopez in three rounds. Both were throwing bombs on even terms over the first two rounds. In the third as Lopez missed with a punch a left to the chin from Castillo ended the fight. Castillo can punch, but his chin has let him down a couple of times. “Rapero” has scored 24 of his 26 wins by KO/TKO but lost inside the distance to Carlos Winston Velasquez and Luis Arceo. Seven losses by KO/TKO for Lopez.
Cayetano vs. Marquez
“Tigre” Cayetano gets back in the winning column with stoppage of poor Marquez. A body punch in the second put Marquez down and he was counted out. Eight wins by KO/TKO for Cayetano who lost to Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. (19-0-2) in August. For Marquez 14 of his 15 losses have been by KO/TKO.
Auckland, New Zealand : Middle: Gunnar Jackson (18-4-3) W TKO 2 Opeti Tagi (16-10). Jackson retains New Zealand PBA title with stoppage of Fijian Opeti. Jackson, 27, floored Opeti twice as he added the vacant WBO Orient title to his collection. Former Fijian champion Opeti, 32, drops to 8 losses by KO/TKO.
East London, South Africa: Feather: Lusanda Komanisi (15-3) W TKO 6 Aphiwe Mboyiya(8-2). Light: Thompson Mokwana (20-8-1) W TKO 7 Irvin Buhlalu (27-8-1). Super Feather: Xolani Mcotheli (9-0) W TKO 10 Phila Mpontshana (5-1).
Komanisi vs. Mboyiya
Komanisi wins the national title with stoppage of Mboyiya in a clash of locals. There was not much in the way of action with the styles not melding and too much wrestling. Both fighters tumbled to the canvas on occasions. The one genuine knockdown up to the ending was in the fifth round but was actually ruled out by the referee. Komanisi used his superior experience to overcome the height and reach advantages of southpaw Mboyiya. Komanisi led from the start and although his style is not attractive it is effective as he slowly wore down champion Mboyiya and put him on his knees in the sixth forcing the referee to stop the fight. Now 14 wins by KO/TKO including 10 in his last 11 fights. Mboyiya, 21, was making his seconds defence but was coming off a six round points loss to once world rated Macbute Sinyabi in June.
Mokwana vs. Buhlalu
Mokwana retains his South African title with stoppage of veteran Buhlalu. Mokwana was able to get inside the longer reach of Buhlalu and work the body. The effects of the body attack slowed Buhlalu and in the seventh he was hurt by a body punch and trapped on the ropes taking punishment when the referee stopped the fight. First defence of his national title in his second reign as champion for 26-year-old Mokwana and his 12th win by KO/TKO. The 39-year-old Buhlalu is a former champion but had only 4 fights in the last 5 years.
Mcotheli vs. Mpontshana
Big puncher Mcotheli ends an otherwise forgettable fight with dramatic last round kayo. A right put Mpontshana down and out cold. Eight wins by KO/TKO for BSA No 2 Mcotheli. Mpontshana was jumping from 6 round to 8 round class and failed.
Wat Udommongkol, Thailand: Bantam: Pungluang (46-2) W KO 3 Romnick Magos (9-3). Fly: Kwanpichit (24-0-2) W TKO 3 Cheroenchai (4-6).
Pungluang vs. Magos
After being 2lbs over at the first weigh-in finally a routine payday for former WBO champion Pungluang as he kayos Filipino novice in three rounds. Third win by KO/TKO for 25-year-old Thai since losing his WBO title to Paulus Ambunda in March. He retains his WBO International title and is No 2 with the WBO so should get a shot at champion Tomoki Kameda next year. Magos 22, the GAB No 8 flyweight and WBO Asia Pacific Youth champion, suffers his first loss by KO/TKO.
Kwanpichit vs. Cheroenchai
WBO No 4 flyweight Kwanpichit, 32, extended his unbeaten run to 26 with a stoppage of fellow Thai Cheroenchai. The draws on Kwanpichit’s record were both technical ones. There is a total absence of any “names” on his record. Three losses in a row for Cheroenchai.
Weirton, WV, USA: Heavy: Jason Bergman (22-10-2) W KO 1 Ruben Williams (29-22-1). Bergman just too big and heavy for former super middleweight Williams. Just 104 seconds into the fight Bergman scored with two clubbing shots and Williams was down and out. The 29-year-old Bergman has 15 wins buy KO/TKO and has won 13 of his last 14 but is strictly for the small town circuit. Williams 37 challenged Jeff Lacy for the IBF super middle title in 2005 but has now lost 20 in a row.
San Antonio, TX, USA: Welter: Marcos Maidana (35-3) W PTS 12 Adrien Broner (27-1). Welter: Keith Thurman (22-0,1ND) W TKO 9 Jesus Soto Karass (28-9-3,1ND). Super Bantam: Leo Santa Cruz (26-0-1) W PTS 12 Cesar Seda (25-2). Light Heavy: Beibut Shumenov (14-1) W TKO 3 Tamas Kovacs (23-1). Middle: Jermain Taylor (32-4-1) W KO 7 Juan C Candela (32-13-4). Light Welter: Ric Alvarez (23-2-3) W PTS 10 Rod Salka (18-3). Light Robert Easter (8-0) W KO 1 Hardy Paredes (16-13). Bantam: Rau’Shee Warren (9-0) W PTS 8 Jose Silveira (15-10).
Maidana vs. Broner
Big win for Maidana which puts him right up there at the top of the tree with a Floyd Mayweather Jr fight in 2014 not a wild dream. The aggressive Argentinian was putting on the pressure from the start. Bulling forward and walking through Broner’s punches giving the WBA champion no room for leverage. Broner did not seem to have an answer to Maidana’s attacks and in the second a thunderous left hook put Broner down. He was badly hurt but held out to the bell. Maidana lost a little of his edge in the third giving Broner the chance to regroup, but the Argentinian still did enough to take the round. Broner won his first round in the fourth and the fifth was close as was the sixth. At that point Maidana was ahead 59-54 on two cards and 58-55 on the third. After a close seventh which Maidana took as he seemed to find a second wind and the Argentinian looked to have opened a big gap by putting Broner down again in the eighth. Broner got up and as they wrestled in a clinch and their heads came together Broner took a dramatic dive to the canvas claiming a butt and hoping for a disqualification. The referee was fooled enough to deduct a point from Maidana, having ignored a whole bunch of low punches from Broner in earlier rounds. Maidana answered in the best possible way by battering away at Broner in the ninth and tenth to put himself so far in front Broner needed a kayo. Broner put in a finishing burst that saw him win the last round on all three cards, but it was not enough. Scores 117-109, 116-109 and 115-110. A great fighting performance from Maidana as the 30-year-old “Chino” gets his second WBA title. Now he wants Floyd, before or after Amir Khan gets him. The only blot on the night was Maidana’s corner seeming to use a substance in the corner between one of the late rounds. Broner was well beaten there was talk of a broken jaw which would have delighted most who just wanted his big mouth shut-somehow. The 24-year-old Broner is talented and can come again but tonight he was up against a man who was just too strong for him.
Thurman vs. Karass
Impressive win for Thurman as he retains his interim WBA title with stoppage of tough Mexican. The fight got off to an exciting start with Karass wobbling Thurman with a right in the first only to have Thurman regroup and score with a crunching uppercut and body punches and having Karass hurt by the end of the three minutes. After that burst of excitement Thurman’s head took over from his heart and he began to use good footwork and movement to box Karass from the outside. The skills of Thurman were blunting the Mexican’s attacks and he was getting caught with sharp counters. Karass kept pressurising hoping for a reprise of the first round, but Thurman was not being drawn. Karass was becoming careless in attempts to get to Thurman and found himself on the canvas in the fifth from a left uppercut. He was up quickly and went back into the action. In the sixth Karass tried to step up the pace even more and had some success, but Thurman showed not only skill but also a good chin. Karass was being broken down and in the ninth two cracking left hooks from Thurman set Karass up and another one put him down and the fight was stopped. Still only 25, Thurman looks to have a great future ahead of him. He has 20 wins by KO/TKO and fights with Maidana, Bradley or Porter would all seem possible. Karass, 31, loses inside the distance for only the third time. He had earned his title shot with wins over Selcuk Aydin and Andre Berto so was no spent force.
Santa Cruz vs. Seda
Another quality performance from Mexican Santa Cruz, one of the stars of the lighter divisions. However, the clever boxing and good movement from the Puerto Rican challenger gave him problems. Southpaw Seda was faster and elusive but Santa Cruz just kept pressing and throwing punches with a work rate that Seda could not match. Santa Cruz also had the power and floored Seda in the fifth. The Puerto Rican got straight back into the fight and forced Santa Cruz to work hard right to the final bell. Santa Cruz retains his WBC title on scores of 117-110, 116-111 and 115-112. The 25-year-old former IBF bantam champion is talking about moving up to feather to try for a third title. Seda, 27, has great skills, but he lacked the power to stop the ever advancing Santa Cruz and that cost him the fight in his second world title shot. He had lost to Omar Narvaez for the WBO super fly title in 2011.
Shumenov vs. Kovacs
Shumenov retains his WBA title with stoppage of over-hyped Kovacs. The Kazak floored the careless Slovakian at the end of the first round and again in the second. Kovacs was trying to come forward with loose flurries trying to unsettle Shumenov, but it was not working. Scoring with jolting jabs and hard rights Shumenov drove Kovacs to the ropes and then landed a crashing right cross which sent Kovacs crashing to the canvas and the fight is over. Fifth defence of his WBA title for 30-year-old Shumenov but his first fight since June 2012. Talk is that he is next in line for a unification fight with Bernard Hopkins. The 36-year-old Kovacs had good statistics but built on bad foundations.
Taylor vs. Candela
In his first fight for 14 months Taylor has an easy one against faded veteran Candela. Taylor was able to do as he liked as Candela’s best days are way behind him. Taylor controlled the fight getting through with his punches in every round with very little coming back from the Colombian. Taylor ended it in the seventh when he nailed Candela with a right and as the Colombian was sent staggering the referee had seen enough and stopped the fight. Taylor, 35, the former WBC/WBO middle champion, was forced tom take time out after being diagnosed with bleeding on the brain after losing to Arthur Abraham in 2009. He was given clearance to box again but had only one fight in 2011 and two last year. He hopes to be more active and get into title contention again. Candela, 39, lost to Winky Wright for the IBF light middle tile in 2003 but had been beaten in both of his fights in 2012
Alvarez vs.. Salka
Alvarez gets controversial majority verdict over Salka. “Dinamita” the elder brother of Saul Alvarez seemed to get the decision on the basis of quality rather than quantity , but even that was debatable. The 30-year-old Salka, a protégé of Paul Spadafora, seemed to out hustle Alvarez and land more and better shots, but the judges must have though that Alvarez was the power puncher and given that more weight. It did not look that way but Alvarez got the decision on scores of a ridiculous 98-92, 96-94 and 95-95. The 32-year-old Alvarez, the WBA11/WBC 13, makes it 5 wins in a row including victories over Mauricio Pintor and Reyes Sanchez. He retains his WBC Continental Americas title. “Lightning Rod” Salka had won 7 of his last 8 fights and can consider himself unlucky that is not 8 of his last 9.
Easter vs. Paredes
The lanky Easter gets another quick win. The 22-year-old prospect blew Chilean Paredes away with a head-body combination which put Paredes down on his knees and the referee completed the count. Fourth first round win for the 5’11” Easter and he has yet to be taken beyond the third round. Paredes has lost 3 of his last 4 fights inside the distance but in tough as Terrence Crawford and Takahiro Ao were the others to stop him
Warren vs., Silveira
Warren, one of the most successful boxers in the USA national championships continues unbeaten. The 26-year-old comfortably outboxes Mexican Silveira and gets a shut-out 80-72 from the three judges. Warren was US champion in 2205/2006/2007 and 2010 and competed at the 2004 Olympics, where he was the youngster member of the whole US Olympic Team, 2008 and 2012. Hopefully he has not left his best days behind him. Silveira, 34, is 2-6 in his last 8.
Neubrandenburg, Germany: Light Heavy: Juergen Braehmer (42-2) W PTS 12 Marcus Oliveira (25-1-1). Heavy: Kubrat Pulev (19-0) W TKO 4 Joey Abell (29-7,2ND). Light Middle: Jack Culcay (16-1) W PTS 12 Dieudonne Belinga (11-4). Super Middle: Tyron Zeuge (11-0) W TKO 5 Alessio Furlan (27-17-5). Middle: Dominik Britsch (28-1-1) W PTS 8 Soufiene Ouerghi (5-3). Light Heavy: Enrico Koelling (11-0) W PTS 8 Tomas Adamek (20-10-2).
Braehmer vs. Oliveira
Both boxers took a while to get warmed up but southpaw Braehmer made the better start getting through with his jab and counter punches and Oliveira did not really get into the fight until the fifth round. Braehmer was tending to make Oliveira’s body his target but that was not working too well as the Menominee Native American was the stronger man inside. With Oliveira’s sluggish start Braehmer was able to build a substantial lead by taking the sixth and seventh rounds only for Oliveira to battle back to take the ninth. In the tenth Braehmer connected with a southpaw straight left. There was a delayed effect from the punch with a body shot putting Oliveira down quickly afterwards. Oliveira was the fresher and stronger over the last two rounds and in the twelfth Braehmer was under heavy pressure and glad to hang on until the bell. Braehmer, 35, a former undefeated WBO champion, wins the vacant secondary WBA title on scores of 117-110 twice and 115-112. He was hoping for a WBA unification match with the real WBA champion Beibut Shumenov, but the Kazak looks to be close to landing a big money match with Bernard Hopkins. Oliveira, 34, came up short and blamed it on his slow start. He did well enough to seem a good match for anyone in the top 15 so can possibly fight his way to a second shot. After all the Menominee tribe beat the State of Wisconsin in the Supreme Court so he has winning in his genes.
Pulev vs. Abell
Predictably Abell loses inside the distance but he also puts Pulev on the floor for the first time as a pro. Pulev used his left jab to control the action in the first with Abell leaping in with swinging flurries. It was the same in the second with Pulev’s left just too quick for the defence of Abell and banging into the American’s face and forcing him back. In the third Pulev was throwing his right more and forcing the pace. At the end of the round a long right to the body put Abell down. He was up and took the eight count with the bell sounding as soon as the count ended. Pulev was again dominating the fourth when he was caught by a straight southpaw left and went down. The Bulgarian complained that he tripped but his feet were not tangled and the referee applied a count. Pulev went straight back after Abell and floored him with another long right. Abell got up but was under heavy pressure and floored by another right to the body. Again he got up and took the mandatory count only to be floored by another body punch. He slowly dragged himself up at eight and the bell went immediate. Abell did not answer the bell for the fifth round. Pulev,32, the IBF No 1 retains his IBF International title for the fifth time. This was only his second fight in almost 15 months so he needs more action to be ready for Wlad Klitschko. Southpaw Abell, 32, a dangerous puncher, 28 of his 29 wins have come by KO/TKO, loses for the 5th time by KO/TKO. This was only his second fight in 19 months.
Culcay vs. Belinga
Now trained by Gary Logan, Culcay, 28, said he intended to start this fight slowly, but came out throwing fast combinations from the get go. The 27-year-old Frenchman was not fazed. He showed good skill and was able to catch Culcay with some hard rights. A left hook from Culcay put Belinga down in the fifth but the Frenchman fought back well to take the seventh and eighth. After that Belinga started to tire and Culcay was able to take control again and had Belinga badly hurt in the eleventh. Scores 116-111 twice and118-109. “Golden Jack” won but did not impress. After losing to Guido Pitto and only getting a narrow win in a return he needs to improve if he is to progress further. Belinga, the French No 5, has yet to lose inside the distance. He had won his last 4 fights but had only gone 10 rounds once and found it hard over the closing rounds.
Zeuge vs. Furl an
Prospect Zeuge just too young, quick and clever for Italian veteran. Furlan was being beaten to the punch in every round and the 21-year-old German’s movement and accuracy had Furlan eating jabs and rights. In the fifth the referee had seen enough and stopped the fight. Welcome inside the distance win for the young German after 4 points victories in a row. Former Italian champion Furlan, 37, goes to 7 losses by KO/TKO.
Britsch vs. Ouerghi
Almost disaster for Britsch against late substitute Ouerghi. The Italia-based Tunisian had the German down twice in the first round but just could not get that third knockdown. Britsch did not fully recover until the third round. From then he outboxed Ouerghi but was still caught by some hard shots. The fight was close with Britsch’s stronger finish just seeing him get the majority decision. Scores 76-74, 76-75 and 74-74. The 26-year-old German gets his second win since drawing and losing to Roberto Santos in EU title fights last year, but does not seem to be making any real progress. Ouerghi, 26, who came in at short notice, reportedly because a scan showed a cyst on the brain of original opponent Jose Yebes, had won 4 of his last 5 fights.
Koelling vs. Adamek
Koelling given a testing eight rounds by experienced Czech Adamek. It was an interesting rather than exciting fight with most of the action at long range. When they did get close Koelling was scoring with some good body shots but Adamek did his best work outside using a strong jab. Many rounds were close and the result could have gone either way but it went to Koelling on a unanimous decision. Scores 77-75 twice and 80-73 (way out). The 23-year-old 2012 Olympian was a European Junior bronze medallist and won a silver medal at the World Youth Championships. He was given by far his toughest test yet in this one. “Jumbo” Adamek,33, is 2-5-1 in his last 8 fights but is much better than those figures show and he was unlucky to only get a draw with Dustin Dirks (27-1) in Germany in August.
London, England: Light Kevin Mitchell (36-2) W TKO 9 Karim El Ouazghari (15-4-2). Welter: Leonard Bundu (30-0-2) W TKO 12 Lee Purdy (20-5-1). Light Welter: Ricky Boylan (10-0) W TKO 4 Tony Owen (15-3). Light: Floyd Moore (10-3-1) W TKO 4 Ryan Taylor (8-2-1). Bantam: Jamie McDonnell (23-2-1) W PTS 8 Abigail Medina (9-3-2). Super Middle: Paul Smith (34-3) W PTS 6 Jamie Ambler (10-53-2). Super Middle: Martin Murray (26-1-1) W PTS 8 Sergey Khomitsky (28-10-2). Super Fly: Khalid Yafai (10-0) W TKO 4 Ashley Lane (4-4-2). Middle: Anthony Ogogo (4-0) W PTS 6 Dan Blackwell (5-27).
Mitchell vs. El Ouazghari
Mitchell looks back to his best as he gives a sizzling display of skills and also provides the finish. The hand speed and movement from Mitchell were just too much for the Spaniard who never really got to grips with the elusive Brit and was constantly caught by fast, accurate counters. When El Ouazghari was able to take Mitchell to the ropes the defensive finesse of the former WBO title challenger had him punching air. Mitchell rocked the Spaniard in the sixth and continued to pepper El Ouazghari with shots from both hands. In the ninth a combination of hard shots to the jaw saw El Ouazghari hurt. He stepped back, dropped his guard and pointed to his right elbow. Whatever the problem was his was a stupid act and Mitchell was well within his rights to crash home another combination flooring the Spaniard just as his corner were climbing into the ring waiving the towel. The 29-year-old Mitchell retains his IBF Inter-Continental title and makes it 26 wins by KO/TKO . This is his third win since being crushed in four rounds by Ricky Burns for the WBO title in September last year. He is IBF No 9 and on this form an eventual match with Miguel Vazquez is not out of the picture. The 33-year-old “Devil” El Ouazghari, a former Spanish champion, had put up a decent performance in losing to John Murray for the EBU title in 2011 but lost a wide points decision to Serhiy Fedchenko for the WBO European title in April.
Bundu vs. Purdy
Bundu remains undefeated and retains his European title with late stoppage of Purdy. The challenger came out aggressively from the start and initially Bundu was willing to punch with him and probably just edged the first and second rounds with Purdy suffering a cut over his left eye in a clash of heads. As long as Bundu was willing to stand and trade it was Purdy’s king of fight and he looked to have evened things up by taking the next two rounds. Then fight changed in the fifth when Bundu began to box instead of fight. He showed excellent southpaw skills in using angles to set Purdy up for counters and utilising his faster hand speed to get home quick punches from both hands. Purdy’s aggression saw him edge the seventh but then Bundu took control. Boxing on the back foot he was slotting home fast jabs and lefts to the body, easing himself out of the way when Purdy tried to come forward, and countering with jolting punches. Purdy never stopped pressing but the pace and punishment were beginning to tell. In the last round he was hurt early and then put down by a right. He made it to his feet but had nothing left and with Bundu unloosing more punches the referee halted the fight. A brilliant display by the 39-year-old Sierra Leone-born Italian as he makes a fifth successful defence of his EBU title. Although WBC No 4 with Floyd Mayweather Jr as champion of that body I can’t see Bundu getting a title fight. He is also No 4 with the IBF so he might get a shot at new champion Shawn Porter, although Kell Brook is first in line. The two losses on his record are both technical draws in fights he looked on the way to winning. Purdy, 26, had failed to make the weight in his losing challenge to Devon Alexander in May. He made the weight here but with two high profile losses in a row has a lot to do to get back to the top. At 26 he still has the time.
Boylan vs. Owen
Boylan comes from behind to win the Southern Area title and halt his pal Owen in a battle for local supremacy. For the first three rounds fitness instructor Owen looked to be on his way to a comfortable points win. The 26-year-old southpaw was boxing well and countering the aggressive Boylan with jabs and straight rights. However, Boylan just kept coming and in the fourth floored Owen with a barrage of shots. Owen was up but badly shaken and another volley of punches from Boylan saw the fight stopped. First ten round fight for “Pretty” Boylan and his fourth win by KO/TKO. Second loss by KO/TKO for Owen.
Moore vs. Taylor
Taylor is nicknamed “Crash Bang” but it was Fareham’s Moore who made the crash, bang start. He came out punching and put Taylor down in the first. Taylor lost a point for a butt and did well to survive the round. A right from Moore had Taylor shaken in the second and it was all one way. That changed briefly in the third as Taylor found his range and scored with fast combinations. Moore repaid in kind in the fourth and his volley of punches put Taylor down and the fight was halted. The 23-year-old “Pacman” Moore wins the vacant Southern Area title. He has 8 wins by KO/TKO and has won 7 of his last 8 fights. First loss inside the distance for 25-year-old Taylor who has to regroup.
McDonnell vs. Medina
A win for McDonnell but an unmotivated one. The former undefeated IBF champion was given a tougher than expected night by the 25-year-old Spanish-based Dominican. He gave McDonnell some awkward moments before the Brit ran out a winner on the referee’s card 78-75. With the No 1 spot in the IBF ratings vacant, and No 2 Vusi Malinga fighting No 4 Stuart Hall, then No 3 McDonnell should be sure of a chance to regain his title next year. The IBF rules that you have to have beaten someone in the top 15 to qualify for the No 1 spot and McDonnell has beaten both No 7 Jorge Ceja and No 11 Stephane Jamoye so he should move into the mandatory position after the fight for the vacant title. Moreno put up a good show considering this was only his second fight in 16 months.
Smith vs. Ambler
Smith wins every round against Ambler. The current British champion was giving away height and reach to the tall Welshman but had no trouble getting inside and working the body. A useful six rounds of work for Smith as the referee scores the bout 60-54. Third win for 31-year-old “Smigga” as he rebounds from crushing loss to George Groves in 2011. Ambler, 28, is a fully signed up member of the losers club with 10 defeats in his last 11 fights, but where would the sport be without gutsy guys like these to fill the card.
Murray vs. Khomitsky
A disappointing performance by former interim WBA champion Murray. He takes a few rounds to shake the rust of almost eight months inactivity and lets former victim Khomitsky build a lead. Once Murray got into his stride he was able to overhaul the Belarus fighter and pull away to get the win on the referee’s scorecard by 77-75. After two excellent, but ultimately unrewarded, middleweight title challenges against Felix Sturm and Sergio Martinez it looks likely that the WBA will elevate Gennady Golovkin to Super champion leaving the way clear for 31-year-old Murray to fight for their secondary title. Khomitsky, 39, the Belarus “Ghost” , had lost a points decision to Murray in 2009 and to Ryan Rhodes in 2011 but had won his last 4 fights.
Yafai vs. Lane
“Kal” Yafai made this look easy-once he woke up. He was not on top form over the first three rounds but caught fire after losing a point for a low blow. The 24-year-old former top amateur landed a volley of punches to head and body and the referee stepped in to save Lane with just one second left in the fourth round. Yafai, a World Cadet gold medal and European Juniors silver medal winner who competed at both the 2007 World Championships and the 2008 Olympics, has 7 wins by KO/TKO. He was out for 7 months from a bicep injury, but is getting back to his dazzling best. “Unstoppoble” Lane obviously isn’t as this is his third loss by KO/TKO.
Ogogo vs. Blackwell
Golden Boy signing Ogogo outclasses Blackwell. The 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner had just too much of everything for a game Blackwell. Ogogo was able to showcase his full repertoire of skills and although he tried hard at the end just could not put Blackwell away. Referee’s score 60-53. The 25-year-old is a star in the making. Blackwell, 20, goes the distance and gives better fighters some rounds under their belts. He has only failed to go the distance once in his 27 losses.
Atlantic City, NJ, USA: Heavy: Amir Mansour (20-0) W TKO 7 Kelvin Price (14-2). Light Heavy: Lionell Thompson (15-2) W PTS 10 Ryan Coyne (21-2). Heavy: Steve Cunningham (26-6) W PTS 8 Manuel Quezada (29-8). Heavy: Darnell Wilson (25-17-3) W KO 6 David Rodriguez (36-0).
Mansour vs. Price
“Hardcore” Mansour marches on as he overwhelms tall Price. Despite giving away height and reach to the 6’7” (201cm) Price Mansour was able to pressure that taller man and slowly grind him down. Mansour was going to the body in the first but had to fire back in the third after Price sent him to the ropes with a hard right. Mansour had Price hurt in the fourth and almost put him down with a succession of hard shots to the head as Price stumbled around the ring. His legs had gone but he held and wrestled his way to the bell. Price tried to take the fight to Mansour in the fifth. Mansour missed so badly with a wild swing that he tumbled to the canvas. Later in the round he nailed Price with a left which saw Price go down heavily. He was on shaky legs when he got up and the referee hesitated before signaling the fight to continue and again Price clinched to last to the bell. There was too much clinching in the sixth with both fighters flat-footed and looking tired. In the seventh Mansour got through late in the round with four clubbing left hooks. Price tried to clinch to survive but as he was on the ropes he left his chin hanging in the air and a thunderous right sent him down head first through the ropes. He struggled to his feet and as the referee was deciding whether to let the fight continue the bell went. The doctor climbed into Price’s corner and quickly informer the referee that Price was finished. At 41 southpaw Mansour, the IBF No 15, needs to try to get into some big fights. He is strong and a hard puncher, 15 wins by KO/TKO, but has negligible technique. Price, 38, had been kayoed in three rounds by Deontay Wilder in December.
Thompson vs. Coyne
Thompson just too fast and slick for Coyne. Thomson was able to slot his jab through Coyne’s guard all night and also score with long rights to the body. Southpaw Coyne kept coming forward, but was too slow to let his hands go and Thompson was able to get off with fast shots from both hands and be gone before Coyne could counter. Coyne was hampered from the fourth round by a cut over his left eye but his main handicap was his lack of hand speed which continually saw him taking punishment as he tried to move in behind a high guard. Well behind, Coyne made a big effort over the last three rounds but the slicker Thompson was never troubled. Scores 99-91 twice and 99-90. After a bad 2010 when he lost a split decision to Nelson Poulard and was halted by Sergey Kovalev, “Lonnie B” had rebounded with three good wins in 2013 over Chuck Mussachio, unbeaten Yathomas Riley and now WBA No 8 Coyne. The Missouri-born, 31-year-old “Irish Outlaw” loses for the second time in a row. He was stopped in eleven rounds by Marcus Oliveira in April in a fight that cost him a shot at the WBO title.
Cunningham vs. Quezada
Cunningham gives Quezada a boxing lesson. The former IBF cruiser champion was just too fast handed and elusive for the plodding Mexican. Cunningham was able to open up Quezada’s defence time and again with fast straight punches and never let Quezada get close. Cunningham took no chances, stayed on the outside and boxed his way to winning every round. Scores 80-72 from all three judges. The 37-year-old “USS” Cunningham needed the win after losses to Tomasz Adamek and Tyson Fury. Quezada, 36, has lost four in a row and was having his first fight since being halted in seven rounds by Bowie Tupou in May 2011.
Rodriguez vs. Wilson
Rodriguez almost makes a successful return only to be floored and halted with just one second remaining in the last round. The El Paso heavyweight had built a lead on two cards by avoiding most of the wild swings of the slower Wilson. Going into the sixth Rodriguez only had to stay on his feet to win but a right from Wilson opened a bad cut under the right eye of Rodriguez. Wilson was wild in attempts to finish but finally found a left swing which crashed into the jaw of Rodriguez and sent him down and out. The 39-year-old “Ding-A-Ling” Wilson had lost 11 of his last 12 fights and been inactive for 8 months, but this win should get him some more-losing-pay days. The 36-year-old Rodriguez was having his first fight since December 2011. He was knifed outside a restaurant in Scottsdale and the injury required 369 stitches in his face. Just as he was recovering he then pulled a calf muscle and injured his knee which resulted in surgery and another long lay off.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico: Super Feather: Sergio Thompson (28-3) W KO 1 Cesar Chavez (21-5). Light Welter: Frankie Gomez (16-0) W KO 1 Prince Doku Jr (18-4). Light: Daniel Ruiz (32-7-1) W TKO 6 Jamie Kavanagh (15-1-1). Feather: Miguel Flores (13-0) W KO 3 Jorge Rodriguez (7-1). Super Feather: Adan Mares (11-0) W PTS 6 Eugenio Lopez (32-27-1).
Thompson vs. Chavez
Thompson came out firing and looking to end it early. The taller Chavez tried to use his jab to keep Thompson out but was shaken by a right to the jaw. When he tried to bang back Thompson hit him with a left hook to the ribs. Chaves went down in pain. He got up and when the fight resumed again tried to use his jab. Thompson was throwing wild punches but twice sent Chavez staggering. On the second occasion Thompson followed up and nailed Chavez with an overhand right. Chavez went down but when he got up was staggering along the ropes and the fight was stopped. The 30-year-old “Yeyo” was having his first fight since losing a close points decision against Takashi Miura for the WBC tile in August. After winning his a first 17 fights Chavez is 4-5 in his last 9 as he was trying to move up in class.
Gomez vs. Doku Jr
The “Pitbull” destroys Ghanaian in first. A body shot put Doku down and although he got up at 9 the fight was stopped. The 21-year-old World Championships silver medallist and US amateur champion has 12 wins by KO/TKO but after only two fights in 2012 and two in this year hopefully he will be more active in 2014. Doku’s record deceptive as 13 of his victims had never won a fight.
Kavanagh vs. Ruiz
Dubliner Kavanagh losses his unbeaten record as he is halted in six rounds by hard punching Ruiz. The Mexican had a big edge in experience with all of his losses being against high quality/world rated opposition. He now has 22 wins by KO/TKO. Kavanagh, 23, a World Junior silver medal winner, had done almost all of his fighting in the USA.
Flores vs. Rodriguez
First scheduled eight rounder for Flores, but he finishes it in three. After two even rounds double left hooks to the body finish Rodriguez . The Texas-based 21-year-old was having his first fight in his native Mexico but is yet to be really tested. “Pitbull” Rodriguez had won his 7 fights inside the distance.
Mares vs. Lopez
Mares the brother of Abner only just squeaked past experienced Lopez on a split decision. “Speedy” Mares, 24, successfully rebuilding his life after serving 5 years in jail in the USA.
Rosarito, Mexico: Light Welter: Antonio Lozada Jr (32-2-1) W PTS 10 Ramiro Alcaraz (14-3-1). Light Welter: Patricio Moreno (12-0) W KO ? David Gonzalez (12-2).
Lozada vs. Alcaraz
Lozada recovers from a slow start to dominate the second half of the fight and perhaps deserve more than the draw. Despite the physical advantages held by Lozada, Alcaraz showed his upset points win over Lozada in September was no fluke by taking the early rounds and looking the likely winner. However a clash of heads opened a bad cut on his right eyelid which then saw him adopt a more cautious approach and allowed Lozada to close the gap over the late rounds. Scores 98-92 for Lozada, 96-94 for Alcaraz and 95-95. Lozada had won 9 in a row, 8 by KO/TKO, before losing to Alcaraz in September so these two fights have put questions over his future. Local sources give Alcaraz a 19-2-2 record. He is now 10-1-1 in his last 12 losing to Reyes Sanchez in January.
Moreno vs. Gonzalez
The “Weevil” Moreno wins his first belt with kayo of late substitute Gonzalez. No round given. The 18-year-old southpaw takes the vacant WBC Fecombox title with his 9th win by KO/TKO. The only previous loss for 19-year-old Gonzalez was on a disqualification.
Tijuana, Mexico: Super Fly: Ivan Morales (24-0) W KO 2 Manuel Jimenez (13-4-1). The dynasty continues as Morales puts away Jimenez in two rounds. A combination of hard punches set Jimenez up and a devastating right to the lowed ribs put him down and he failed to beat the count. Now 14 wins by KO/TKO for 22-year-old southpaw “Nino Maravilla” who finds his punch again after three points wins on the bounce. Third loss by KO/TKO for Jimenez but the other two were against Pedro Guevara and Roman Gonzalez.
Mexico City, Mexico: Super Bantam: Cris Mijares (49-7-2) W KO 3 Jovanny Soto (37-15-1). Southpaw Mijares looks sharp in finishing Soto in three. A body punch had Soto hurt in the first as Mijares boxed for openings taking no chances with “Bambino” a noted puncher. Mijares got the opening he wanted in the third and a classic southpaw right followed by a straight left put Soto down and out. The 32-year-old former IBF/WBA/WBC super fly champion gets his second inside the distance victory since losing a split decision to Victor Terrazas for the vacant WBC bantam title in April. Former Mexican champion Soto had won 4 of his last 5 fights.
Auckland, New Zealand: Cruiser: Brian Minto (39-7) W TKO 7 Shane Cameron (29-4). Minto’s constant pressure just gave Cameron no room and no rest. In his first fight for over a year Cameron was rusty. Before he could really get into the fight his old weakness surfaced again as Minto opened a bad cut over the left eye of the New Zealander in the third round. It got worse for Cameron in the fifth when Minto’s elbow opened another cut over his eye. Minto lost a point for that and for a butt in the sixth, but the damage was done. In the seventh with Cameron bleeding heavily from the vertical cut over his left eye and one on his eyelid Minto crashed home heavy shots to the head. At the end of the round the doctor and Cameron’s seconds called the referee over and the fight was done. At 36 it is difficult to know where the “Mountain Warrior” goes from here. A fight with fellow New Zealander Joe Parker is a possibility but first the cuts have to heal. Important win for former WBO cruiser title challenger Minto. The 38-year-old wins the WBO Orient title and could find himself back in demand.
Agoncillo, Philippines: Feather: Rogelio Jun Doliguez (18-0-2) W TKO 9 Max Sithsaithong (12-4). Light Fly: Benezer Alolod (13-5-4) W TKO 5 Jayson Rotoni (13-13-1). Super Feather: Desson Cag-ong (14-9) W TKO 1 Gabriel Royo (9-8-2). Super Bantam: Jetro Pabustan (22-1-5) W PTS 10 Mike Escobia (10-6-1). Super Bantam: JR Magboo (13-0-2) W TKO 3 Danilo Pena (26-17-3). Light: Al Rivera (8-1) W TKO 3 Ronald Postrano (7-18-2).
Doliguez vs. Sithsaithong
“Hercules” gets a late stoppage over Thai. Doliguez floored Sithsaithong in the first but the Thai got up and then went into survival mode. Doliguez kept up the pressure but the Thai showed a sound defence. Doliguez finally ended it in the ninth with a body punch and the fight was stopped. Now 14 wins by KO/TKO for the 22-year-old Filipino the WBO No 7. Four losses in a row for Sithsaithong.
Alolod vs. Rotoni
Unfortunate ending as cut halts the all-southpaw fight at an interesting stage. “Bulldozer” Alolod built an early lead taking the first two rounds with some stylish boxing, but Rotoni came into it over the next two rounds with a body attack only for a punch from Alolod to open a deep cut over Rotoni’s left eye. Early in the fifth Rotoni scored a flash knockdown but further punches from Alolod worsened the cut and the fight was stopped. Former WBC International champion Alolod, 22, has lost only one of his last 13 fights and that was to former IBF champion Nkosinathi Joyi in August. “Wrecking Machine” Rotoni has lost 5 of his last 6.
Royo vs. Cag-ong
A cut also ended this one. A punch from Cag-ong opened a bad cut and a raised a swelling by the left eye of Royo and the fight was halted at the end of the first round. The 22-year-old “Bad Boy” Cag-ong, GAB No 11, was 2-4 in his previous 6 fights but might get a higher position now. Unlucky GAB No 5 Royo, 28, had won 5 of 6 with all 5 wins by KO/TKO.
Pabustan vs. Escobia
Southpaw Pabustan, the GAB No 2 bantam, just edged out Escobia. A point deduction against Escobia after Pabustan suffered a cut in a clash of heads made it closer than it might have been. Scores 96-93 twice and 95-94. The 24-year-old Pabustan has 10 wins and 4 draws in his last 14 fights. Four losses in his last 5 for Escobia but he gave Pabustan a good fight.
Magboo vs. Pena
GAB No 2 super fly “ Nightmare” Magboo jumped a couple of divisions and got a big win with a stoppage of former GAB super fly champion Danilo Pena. Magboo had Pena down in the first, but the veteran southpaw banged back to floor Magboo in the second. The end came in the third when Magboo put Pena down again. Six wins by KO/TKO for 23-year-old Magboo. Pena, now a travelling looser heading in the opposite direction. He has 5 losses and a draw in his last 6 fights.
Rivera vs. Postrano
“The Gentle Giant” Rivera goes to eight wins in a row. After two even first rounds he handed out some punishment in the third and Postrano retired at the end of the round. After losing his first fight inside a round he has won 7 of his 8 subsequent bouts by KO/TKO. Poor Postrano has won only one of his last 12 fights.
Walcz, Poland: Cruiser: Krzys Glowacki (21-0) W TKO 9 Varol Vekiloglu (20-6-1). Glowacki gets win over substitute Vekiloglu. The Polish southpaw was in control early finding the German an easy target jolting him with right jabs and straight lefts. Vekiloglu showed he could soak up plenty of punishment but little else. In the eighth the German tried to be more aggressive but Glowacki countered him with hard lefts and rights. The punishment continued into the ninth and when Glowacki pinned Vekiloglu against the ropers and got through with hard shots the referee halted the fight. The 27-yeare-old Pole goes to 13 wins by KO/TKO. He is yet to meet anything faintly resembling a world class opponent but is rated WBO4/IBF9/WBA9/WBC12 so never mind the quality just look at the 21 wins! Vekiloglu, 30, is 2-4 in his last 6 fights with 3 of the losses by KO/TKO.
Caguas, Puerto Rico: Feather: Gamalier Rodriguez (23-2-3) W TKO 8 Aldimar Silva Santos (22-3-3). Light Welter: Anton Novikov (28-0,1ND) W PTS 10 Manuel Perez (20-10-1). Super Bantam: Jose Lopez (12-0) W TKO 2 Luis Ortiz (3-16).
Rodriguez vs. Santos
Rodriguez makes it 14 wins in a row, 12 by KO/TKO as he halts Brazilian Santos. Rodriguez was on his way to an easy win against the survival minded Santos until a clash of heads in the sixth saw him cut on his left eyebrow. He stepped up the pace then and the fight was halted due to Santos bleeding from around the left ear. WBO No 6 Rodriguez, 27, retains his WBO NABO title for the second time. He aims to be back in the ring February/March. Santos, 32, has now lost 3 of his last 4 fights.
Novikov vs. Perez
Russian “Pick Hammer” Novikov does his usual efficient job on Denver’s Perez. The 25-year-old southpaw worked behind his jab slotting punches through the defence of Perez and piling up the points. Perez was by no means survival minded and was always in the fight but just being edged in the close rounds. Scores 99-91, 98-92 and 96-94. The first two scores were hard on Perez and the third too close. Novikov won clearly but it was a tough fight for him. Novikov is WBC No 11 but needs to move on to bigger fights. Hawaiian-born Perez is 4-4 in his last 8 fights but the other losses were also on points to quality opposition in Mercito Gesta, Paul McCloskey and Vernon Paris
Lopez vs. Ortiz
Lopez makes it 10 wins by KO/TKO as he finishes poor Ortiz with a left hook in the third. The 19-year-old “Wonder Boy” has had it easy so far with only two of his opponent having positive records, but he looks a good prospect. Ortiz has lost 11 of his last 12, but usually goes the full route.
Maliano, Spain: Welter: Ceferino Rodriguez (14-0) W PTS 12 Daniel Rasilla (26-5-2). “Ferino V retains his EU title with wide unanimous decision over fellow Spaniard Rasilla. The challenger made a promising start over the first three rounds scoring with good rights and bringing blood from Rodriguez’s nose. It took those three rounds for Rodriguez to adjust to the early pressure but then his better boxing put him in control. Rasilla had the better of the fifth only to lose a point for a butt. From the sixth it is Rodriguez fight. He scored with the cleaner and more accurate punches and used good defensive skills to blunt the attacks of Rasilla. Over the last couple of rounds Rodriguez came down off his toes and stood and exchanged with Rasilla looking for a kayo. The action was hot and as this excellent bout closed. Scores 118-109,117-109 and 117-111. Good win for the 25-year-old from Las Palmas. Rasilla, 33, has no luck in European title fights having lost in two shots at the EU title and once for the EBU title.
Barcelona, Spain: Light Middle: Isaac Real (8-0-1) W TKO 7 Ivan Sanchez (22-3-1). Middle: Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (28-1) W PTS 10 Anthony Fitzgerald (14-6). Feather: Juli Giner (12-0) W TKO 6 Francisco Urena (17-9-1). Light Middle: Javier Garcia R (14-2-1) W PTS 8 Adriano Nicchi (21-5-2). Light Welter: Alex Lepelley (16-1-1) W PTS 8 Sandor Martin (15-1). Super Feather: Ian Weaver (5-0) W TKO 1 Edilson Rio (10-19).
Real vs. Sanchez
Real scores upset as he halts experienced Sanchez to win the Spanish title. Real was forcing the fight with “Dinky” Sanchez boxing cleverly using his big edges in height and reach to blunt the attacks and score with counters. It was an even fight until the seventh when a body punch from Real put Sanchez down. Sanchez got up but two quick hooks put the champion down again. Another right hook put Sanchez down and as he staggered up the fight was stopped. The 31-year-old “Chaca” was taking a big step up in class but showed deceptive power considering he previously only had 3 wins by KO/TKO. Sanchez 38 was unbeaten in his last 19 fights and was making the 7th defence of his Spanish title.
N’Jikam vs. Fitzgerald
Cameroon-born Frenchman N’Jikam gets a won on his return but Irishman Fitzgerald makes him work hard. N’Jikam was looking for a quick win. But Fitzgerald was willing and able to stand and trade with the former interim WBA champion. N’Jikam was throwing hard shots in every round but, apart from a body punch which put Fitzgerald down in the fourth, the Dubliner took it all and punched back. N’Jikam won the unanimous decision but Fitzgerald also came out with a lot of credit. First fight for the 29-year-old N’Jikam since losing to Peter Quillin for the WBO title in October last year. Three losses in his last 4 fights for 28-year-old Fitzgerald but he put up creditable showings against both Andy Lee and Eamonn O’Kane.
Giner vs. Urena
Giner wins but due to injury suffered by Urena. The first two rounds are close with Urena perhaps edging them. In the third Urena suffers an injury to his elbow. From then Giner has the advantage and Urena is just fighting on hoping to land one big punch. With the injury worsening Urena’s corner retired him before the start of the sixth. Giner 30 retains the Spanish title he won with a unanimous decision over Urena in July. Fourth unsuccessful attempt to win a Spanish title for 33-year-old Urena.
Garcia vs. Nicchi
Italian Nicchi started the fight well boxing on the counter against Garcia who was pressing the fight. Garcia just never stopped coming forward and Nicchi was forced to fight for three minutes of every round. As he tired the Italian lost a point in the seventh for holding and that plus the sheer aggression of Garcia won the Spaniard the unanimous decision. After losing his first fight on a cut Garcia went through 14 wins and a draw before losing Ivan Sanchez for the Spanish title in March. Nicchi, 33, had won 9 of his last 10 fights, losing only to Sergey Rabchenko for the EBU title.
Lepelley vs. Martin
Frenchman Lepelley takes away Martin’s unbeaten label despite some strange refereeing. Lepelley was always going to be a tough ask for the unbeaten young Spanish southpaw. The Frenchman was the harder puncher and that made the difference. In the third a big right from Lepelley sent Martin staggering into the ropes. The referee stepped in and sent Lepelley to a neutral corner but as Martin had not gone down the referee should have applied the eight count but instead he seemed to just wait until Martin recovered and then let the fight continue. Southpaw Martin took the fourth and fifth round but was hurt twice in the sixth only for the referee not to apply a count but instead deduct a point from Lepelley. Despite this Martin tired in the seventh and eighth and Lepelley got a well deserved decision. Lepelley, 31, the FFB No 6, has won his last 12 fights. The 20-year-old Martin can come again.
Weaver vs. Rio
“The Blessed One” Weaver takes poor Brazilian Rio to the ropes and is battering away. With nothing coming back from Rio the referee stops the fight. Two wins by KO/TKO for 23-year-old from Dorset both in the first round and both of his last two fights. Rio, 38, has lost 7 of his last 8 fights.
Brovari, Ukraine: Light Welter: Felix Lora (17-10-5) W PTS 12 Serhiy Fedchenko (33-3) . Heavy: Vlad Tereshkin (18-0-1) W PTS 8 Olek Mazikin (14-10-2). Middle: Max Bursak (29-1-1) W PTS 8 Gari Abajiani (20-16-1). Cruiser: Olek Usyk (2-0) W TKO 4 Epifanio Mendoza 34-16-1). Welter: Viktor Plotnykov (30-2,1ND) W TKO 1 Valeriy Brazhnyk (30-1-1).
Lora vs. Fedchenko
Coming in at just a few days notice once again Lora shows what a dangerous opponent he is and how deceptive his modest record is. Fedchenko easily took the first round being faster to the punch and getting through with his jab. The pattern was the same early in the second but near the end of the round Lora got home with a big right and Fedchenko fell forward clutching Lora before going down and dragging Lora to the canvas as well. A s his leg cumpled under him Lora was lucky to avoid injury. Down for the first time in his career Fedchenko got up and the bell rang as the eight count was completed. Lora came out firing in the third to try and finish things, but Fedchenko, still shaky went into survival mode bobbing, weaving and holding to get through the rounds. The Ukrainian also suffered a small cut in the fifth but when he finally got back into the fight his skill came into play and he was eating into Lora’s lead. He was careful to circle away from Lora’s right hand and was drawing Lora’s lead and sending fast counters. The Dominican turned the tide again in the ninth stunning Fedchenko with an uppercut and they both threw everything the had over the last three rounds. Lora gets the split decision with some widely divergent scoring of 114-112, 114-113 and a ridiculous 119-112 for Fedchenko. The Spanish-based Dominican wins the WBO European title and more importantly gets a win over the WBO No 2. Not the first upset the 29-year-old Lora has scored. He beat then unbeaten Poles Krzys Cieslak (15-0) twice and Krzys Szot (14-0-1) and Italian Massimiliano Ballisai (15-0), all in the other guys backyard, but this is his biggest win yet. “Professor” Fedchenko, 32, lost on points to Juan Manuel Marquez for the interim WBO title in April last year but had bounced back with three wins.
Tereshkin vs. Mazikin
The 6’6” (198cm) Russian wins unanimous decision over veteran Mazikin. He puts the Ukrainian down with a body punch in the third but despite dominating the fight is forced to go the full eight rounds. Scores 77-73 twice and 77-72 for the 25-year-old Russian prospect. Once a top amateur who won a World Championships silver medal and competed at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, Mazikin, 38, is 1-8-1 in his last 10 fights.
Bursak vs. Abajiani
Just a pay day for Bursak. The European champion easily dominates every round and wins on three scores of 80-72. The IBF/WBO No 5/ WBC No 9 must be hoping to land a title shot in 2014 if he can get past a tough EBU title defence against WBC No 2 Domenico Spada . The 39-year-old loser from Georgia is 2-7 in his last 9 fights.
Usyk vs. Mendoza
Too easy for Olympic gold medallist Usyk. Veteran Mendoza just came for the payday. He hardly took a step forward and only threw occasional wild swings when cornered. Southpaw Usyk at 6’3” (190cm) had huge advantages in height and reach and was able to land the jab and straight rights whenever he wanted. Usyk put Mendoza down on his knees late in the second with two overhand lefts. The Colombian got up slowly at 7 and saw out the round. In the third Mendoza was floored again by an overhand right and after he got up Usyk was teeing off with hard shots. The referee was on the point of stopping the fight when the bell sounded. You got the feeling the Mendoza was just waiting for Usyk to finish things and after the Colombian was rocked with three or four long shots the fight was stopped. The 26-year-old Ukrainian put up ma mixed performance. He had nothing in front of his but got the job done, but still looked very amateurish in his style. First fight in 13 months for the 38-year-old Mendoza who showed nothing at all in his passive performance.
Plotnykov vs. Brazhnyk
Not so much an upset as a surprise as this was seen as a 50/50 fight. Plotnykov, 36, had lost against a very modest opponent in December 2012 and not fought since a win in March. He got his career back on track here hurting Brazhnyk early and forcing the finish just past the two minute mark for win No 14 by KO/TKO. Southpaw Brazhnyk, 34, had been spoon fed some very poor opposition and was caught cold here by a “live” opponent.
Monte Hermoso, Argentina: Heavy: Gonzalo Basile (61-8,1ND) W PTS 10 Alfredo Ruiz Diaz (7-6-1,1ND). Basile wins as two mis-matched rhino’s butt heads. There was no skill on display as these two just swung crudely. Basile (6’6” and appox. 235lbs) was just too big in every department for the Diaz (5’10” and approx 212lbs) and was able to bull him around for an easy unanimous decision. Scores 100-90 from all three judges for 39-year-old Basile the FAB No 1. He takes tattoos to the extreme with his teeth being about the only (visible) part of him without a tattoo. Diaz, 30, the FAB No 8, must be slipping. When he lost to Basile in February at least he managed to convince two judges to give him one of the ten rounds.
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