November 26 Sunrise, FL, USA: Light Heavy: Tom Williams (15-0) W PTS 10 Yusaf Mack (31-7-2). Heavy: Luis Ortiz (20-0,1ND) W KO 1 Alex Gonzales (20-9). Heavy: Antonio Tarver (30-6,1ND) W TKO 4 Mike Sheppard (21-16-1). Bantam: Randy Caballero (20-0) W TKO 7 Jessy Cruz (10-6-1). Heavy: Dominic Breazeale (8-0) W TKO 2 Keith Barr (11-5).
Williams vs. Mack Williams makes good in a step-up in opposition as he outpoints experienced Mack. The 26-year-old southpaw, a good quality amateur, forced Mack to trade early and had a big second round shaking Mack on a couple of occasions. Both fought hard in the round and the pace slowed after that. Southpaw Williams used a body attack to slow the veteran but Mack was also able to score with shots of his own. Williams was getting on top after opening a bad cut over Mack’s right eye in the seventh and having the veteran on the edge of defeat in the ninth. Mack used his experience to get through the last, but was well beaten. Scores 98-92 twice and 99-91. The 26-year-old from Maryland, who beat Otis Griffin in May, will be hoping to get a world rating out of this victory. Mack, 33, beaten by Tavoris Cloud in 2011 for the IBF light heavy title and Carl Froch last year for the IBF super middle title, has lost 3 in a row.
Ortiz vs. Gonzalez “Mercedes” Ortiz had big advantages in height and weight and just rolled over oldie Gonzales. Coming in behind a big southpaw jab he drove Gonzales to the ropes then put him down and out with hard lefts. Now 17 wins by KO/TKO for the WBA No 2 (1) and his fifth first round win. Fellow-southpaw Gonzales, 39, lost to Vasiliy Jirov for the IBF cruiser title in 2001. This was the first fight in 11 months for the now fat Puerto Rican.
Tarver vs. Sheppard Tarver took a round to shake of the rust and then was way too good for Sheppard. “Magic Man” was scoring with lefts in the second and his body punches were having their effect in the third. In the fourth Tarver put Sheppard down three times and the fight was halted. First fight for 45-year-old Tarver since testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid after his fight with Lateef Kayode in June last year. He wins the interim NABA title. The 38-year-old Sheppard has lost 4 of his last 5 and this was his 12th loss by KO/TKO.
Caballero vs. Cruz “El Matador” marches on. Cruz came out swinging in the first and both fighters scored with good shots. From the second Caballero was marching forward and just punching his way through the defence of Cruz. Cruz was trying to stem the tide with counters but Caballero was punching harder and the work rate of Cruz dropped. Caballero was getting through with shots to head and body and dropped Cruz with a body punch in the sixth. Cruz survived but in the seventh another blistering barrage of head and body shots put him down for the second time. Her got up again but was being bombarded with left hooks when the referee halted the fight right at the bell. The 23-year-old IBF 4(3) has yet to face a rated fighter but has talent and could go all the way to a title. Southpaw “The Little Barber” Cruz, 30, loses inside the distance for the first time. He had won 5 of his last 6 fights going in.
Breazeale vs. Barr Olympian Breazeale makes it 8 wins all by KO/TKO and all inside four rounds. The 6’6 ½” (199cm) 28-year-old waited for Barr’s early fling to wind down and then took control. He took Barr to the ropes and banged away to the body until Barr fell to the canvas and the fight was stopped. In fairness to Barr he came in at very short notice. Lop Buri, Thailand: Welter: Teerachai (23-0) W TKO 5 Omar Marabayev (1-2)
A disgraceful bit of matching sees WBA No 12 Teerachai go to 17 wins by KO/TKO with stoppage of Kazak novice. The 21-year-old Thai retains his full PABA title for the tenth time against an opponent who was not even in their ratings. Kempton Park, South Africa: Light Heavy: Johnny Muller (15-3-2) W TKO 2 Vhonani Netshidamboni (5-2-1). Light Heavy: Ryno Liebenberg (14-0) W TKO 1 Daniel Adotey Allotey (15-5)
Muller vs. Netshidamboni Despite all the shouting before this match Muller outclassed inexperienced challenger “Terminator” Netshidamboni to retain his South African title. The 21-year-old challenger had predicted an easy win for himself but he was shaken early by a combination from Muller. In the second a big right from Mueller put Netshidamboni down and out. The 22-year-old “Hurricane” makes his first successful defence in his second reign as champion and has 12 wins by KO/TKO. The 21-year-old Netshidamboni loses inside the distance for the first time. He was Muller’s No 1 challenger.
Liebenberg vs. Allotey Top prospect Liebenberg demolishes Ghanaian. It was a massacre as the overweight Allotey was put down and out by a left hook after just 111 seconds. The 29-year-old Liebenberg, who has two wins over Mueller, has ten wins by KO/TKO. Allotey was pitiful. He had been halted in four rounds by George Groves in 2011. November 27 Sydney, Australia: Light Middle: Anthony Mundine (46-5) W TKO 7 Shane Mosley (47-10-1). Super Middle: Renold Quinlan (6-0) W PTS 8 Joseph Kwadjo (21-7). Cruiser: David Aloua (9-1) W TKO 3 Moses Sorovi (22-18)
Mundine vs. Mosley Mosley started well enough going to the body of Mundine, but the Aussie was physically the bigger and stronger man coming forward and forcing the fight with his jab his main weapon. The Australian edged the second and the third when he scored with two hard rights. Mosley also got in some hard licks but looked to be having a problem with mobility even then. In the fourth another right had Mosley hurt and later he staggered forward grabbing Mundine as he tumbled to the canvas. Rightly it was not ruled a knockdown. Mundine also took the fifth with good combinations and at the end of the round Mosley told his corner his back was “tight”. Mundine scored again with hard rights in the sixth and with Mundine ahead 58-56 on two cards and 60-55 on the third Mosley did not come out for the seventh complaining of back spasms. Big win for the 38-year-old Mundine as he wins the vacant WBA International title. He is No 10 with that body but will now climb the ratings. He is talking Saul Alvarez, Miguel Cotto or the dream-Floyd Mayweather Jr. but although he looked sharp and is the first man to beat Mosley inside the distance that may say more about Mosley than it does about Mundine. The 42-year-old Mosley had beaten Pablo Cesar Cano in May and was rated WBC 5/WBA 6 but down at welter. He made no announcement on his future but at 42 he should hang his gloves up.
Quinlan vs. Kwadjo Good win for 24-year-old Quinlan as he decisions experienced Ghanaian Kwadjo. It was a hard entertaining fight and a close one with ANBF No 11, in his first eight round fight, getting the verdict on scores of 79-74, 78-74 and 77-75. Third fight for Quinlan after 2 ½ year out of the ring. Kwadjo, 28, once world rated, is sliding with 4 losses in his last 5 fights.
Aloua vs. Sorovi New Zealander Aloua floored Sorovi in the second and forced the stoppage in the third. The 26-year-old 6’3” (191cm) Aloua lost to Daniel Ammann for the Australian title in January. His only defeat. Poor Sorovi was having his first fight for a year and suffers loss No 12 by KO/TKO. Detroit, MI, USA: Light Middle: Tony Harrison (16-0) W KO 2 Don Ward (6-3). Super Middle: Bronco McKart (56-10-1) W TKO 5 Miguel A Munguia (29-30-1)
Harrison vs. Ward Too easy for prospect Harrison. After a minimal action first round a straight right from Harrison puts poor Ward down and the fight is stopped. The Detroit 23-year-old, the grandson of one Henry Hank, one of my favourites from the 1950/60/70’s, makes it 13 wins by KO/TKO including five in a row. First loss by KO/TKO for Ward who was way out of his depth.
McKart vs. Munguia A bit of farce in this one as McKart, with a huge edge in height, reach and fitness halts Mexican veteran loser. McKart had Munguia down in rounds two and four and after two more knockdowns in the fifth the fight was stopped. Now 34 wins by KO/TKO for the 42-year-old former WBO light middle champ who lost to Anthony Mundine Jr. in December. The 31-year-old Munguia started out as a super bantam which says all you need to know about his current conditioning. Hammond, IN, USA: Light: Yakubu Amidu (21-4-2) W TKO 7 Rynell Griffin (7-19-2)
The strength of Amidu was the telling factor in this one. After a good first round southpaw Griffin tried to punch with Amidu and was getting the worst of things. He spent most of the third round on the ropes and was badly shaken and almost ready to go at the end. In the fourth Amidu was driving Griffin back with uppercuts and hooks but now Griffin was trying to box and move to offset the Ghanaians strength and scoring with good counters. Amidu had Griffin under pressure and hurt in the fifth but again failed to finish. Griffin tired noticeably in the sixth and now Amidu was scoring with left hooks and uppercuts and was in total control. In the seventh a barrage from Amidu put Griffin down on one knee. He got up only to be put down by a left hook. He made it to his feet but his corner signaled surrender. The 28-year-old “Black Mamba” has 19 wins by KO/TKO. He lost to Ricky Burns in seven rounds for the Commonwealth super feather title back in 2008 and had lost to Ji-Hoon Kim and drawn with Haskell Rhodes before shooting up the rankings with a draw against Juan Carlos Burgos in July. Poor Griffin has now won only one of his last 19 fights, but gave a good enough showing here. Panama City, Panama: Straw: Leroy Estrada (11-1) W PTS 8 Carlos Melo (21-16-2). Light Welter: John Renteria (8-1-1) DREW 8 Kelly Figueroa (4-2-3)
Estrada vs. Melo Estrada gets win over experienced Mello. “The Sensation” outboxed his slower opponent and scored a knockdown in the fourth on his way to the unanimous decision. Scores 77-74 twice and 78-74. The 19-year-old southpaw, the Panamanian light fly champion, wins the WBC Latino title. “Shangai” Melo, 31, lost in shots at the interim WBA straw and WBC light fly titles, but is on the down slope with six losses and a draw in his last seven fights.
Renteria vs. Figueroa A good little fight leaves neither fighter satisfied with the majority draw. Scores 76-76 twice and 77-75 to local 21-year-old fighter Renteria. “The Emperor” was looking to rebuild after his 8 bout run of wins by KO/TKO had ended with a loss in his last fight. Venezuelan Figueroa was also finding his way back after tough losses in 2012 to Beto Toledo and Darley Perez. November 29 Neuquen, Argentina: Middle: Jorge S Heiland (22-4-2) W KO 12 Billi Godoy (29-1)
Heiland wins dramatic fight which sees both fighters on the floor. Godoy took an early lead as Heiland made his usual slow start. Godoy was working well with the jab and floored Heiland in the third. Southpaw Heiland started rolling in the fifth and sixth scoring well with hard lefts. In the seventh a right cross from Heiland had Godoy down, Godoy was badly shaken and only just survived the round. Heiland had the upper hand in the eighth and ninth, but Godoy battled back to take the tenth making good use of his jab. After an even eleventh both fighters came out firing for the last knowing that the fight was in the balance. Heiland ended it with a tremendous left cross which sent Godoy to the canvas. He made it to his feet but was still shaken and the referee completed the ten count. Huge local win for the 26-year-old “El Gaucho de Pigue” as he rebounds from a loss to Mateo Veron in June. The former WBC title challenger, he lost on points to Sebastian Zbik for the interim title in 2010, wins the WBC International title and rejuvenates his career. Billi “The Kid” , 27, is still national champion, but blew his WBC No1 spot when losing to Sergio Sanders last year and can now expect to drop a long way from his current No 5 place. Townsville, Australia: Light Welter: Josh King (16-3) W PTS 12 Chaiyong (31-12-3). Cruiser: Mark Flanagan (14-4) W TKO 5 Ayitey Powers (18-23-1)
King vs. Chaiyong King collects another title as he takes unanimous decision over Thai. King was generally in charge but had to box carefully with hard punching Chaiyong getting through with occasional straight rights. King, 28, wins the vacant WBO Oriental title. The ABF No 2 has won 13 of his last 14 fights ruined only by a controversial one round loss to Jack Asis five fights ago. Chaiyong, 33, has only once lost inside the distance.
Flanagan vs. Powers Now up at cruiser “Bam Bam” Flanagan just punched too hard for Ghanaian Powers. The 23-year-old ANBF No 2 has won 9 of his last 10 fights with the only loss in that streak being a split decision against Daniel MacKinnon. Six losses in a row for 33-year-old former Commonwealth title challenger Powers. Clermont-Ferrand, France: Light Welter: Chaquib Fadli (13-3) W TKO 7 Bastien Laforge (19-6-1)
Hometown fighter Fadli retains the national title with a seventh round stoppage of experienced challenger Laforge. The action was wild at times with Laforge walking into his tall, slim opponent swinging with both hands. Fadli was countering with quick shots from both hands to the wide-open Laforge but allowing himself to be dragged into a brawl. He ended the fight in spectacular fashion in the seventh with a vicious left hook to the body that sent Laforge slipping down to the canvas in agony. The 32-year-old retains his title for the second time and makes it ten wins in a row. Second unsuccessful national title challenge for 35-year-old FFB No 1Laforge who had won 5 of his last 6 fights going in. Tokyo, Japan: Light Middle: Tadashi Yuba (45-8-2) W PTS 10 Yoshihisa Tonimura (16-9-4)
Yuba retains his JBC light middle title, but only just. The tall 36-year-old southpaw was under pressure from his aggressive challenger from the start. The advantage swung from one boxer to the other with the more experienced champion being less busy but more accurate holding off the bull-like rushes of Tonimura and staging the stronger finish to just edge out his challenger in a close fight. Yuba holds the distinction of being the only Japanese fighter to win national titles in 5 divisions. In order he won the JBC light, light welter, welter, middle and now light middle titles. Now a pro for 17 years he has never managed to get a world title shot. Tonimura, 30, the mandatory challenger had taken Yuba to a split decision in an eight round fight in February. Kobe, Japan: Bantam: Kohei Oba (35-2-1) W TKO 4 Yuji Hasegawa (8-3)
World rated Ohba makes successful second defence of his JBC title in his second reign as champion. The 29-year-old champion floored JBC No 10 Hasegawa with a right in the first as a sign of things to come. Hasegawa was down again in the third and when a left-right combination put him down again in the fourth the referee halted the fight. Ohba the IBF 6(5)/WBO 9/WBC 13 has lost to Filipinos Malcolm Tunacao and Rolly Lunas in OPBF title fights but has won his last 6 fights. Hasegawa was in his first scheduled ten round bout and had won 8 of his last 9 fights. Merida, Mexico: Super Feather: Eduardo Torres (15-0) W DIS 2 Martin Cardona (17-2)
Torres remains unbeaten as Cardona is thrown out in the second round for a butt. Only the second ten round fight for the 26-year-old unbeaten local. Cardona, 22, had lost his unbeaten tag in June when he was stopped in five rounds in Calais by Romain Jacob. Chonburi, Thailand: Fly: Yodmongkol (33-2) W TKO 12 Koki Eto (14-3-1). Bantam: Panomroonglek (38-2) W KO 2 Vicky Vebrian (3-5)
Yodmongkol vs. Eto Yodmongkol gets revenge for Thailand as he kayos Japanese fighter Eto to win interim WBA title. Although Eto was in the fight in the early stages it was a one-sided fight from the sixth with champion Eto using dumb tactics and fighting the Thai’s fight. He paid the price for trying to out-brawl the brawler instead of making use of his physical advantages. Yodmongkol floored Eto with a left hook in the sixth and had him in deep trouble from uppercuts in the ninth and tenth before wobbling him with a right in the last and putting Eto down with a barrage in the twelfth with the referee stopping the fight. The 22-year-old Thai, a former WBC Youth champion has won his last 27 fights and has 20 wins by KO/TKO. Eto, 25, reigned for just over three months after winning the title with an upset points victory over Kompayak. His victory then broke a sequence of 18 consecutive losses by Japanese fighters in title fights in Thailand. The JBC does not allow interim title fights in Japan which is why he had to defend abroad. Japanese reports had Eto being taken from the ring by stretcher and taken straight to hospital.
Panomroonglek vs. Vebrian Rubbish match sees WBA No 7 kayo inexperienced Indonesian in two rounds. Panomroonglek makes it two wins since losing a split decision to Koki Kameda for the WBA secondary title in April. November 30 Quebec City, Canada: Light Heavy: Adonis Stevenson (23-1) W TKO 6 Tony Bellew (20-2-1). Light Heavy: Sergey Kovalev (23-0-1) W KO 2 Ismayl Sillakh (21-2). Welter: Ionut Dan Ion (32-2) W PTS 12 Kevin Bizier (21-1). Middle: David Lemieux (31-2) W TKO 7 Jose M Torres (27-6). Heavy: Eric Martel Bahoeli (10-3) W TKO 2 Didier Bence (9-1). Welter: Mikael Zewski (22-0) W TKO 3 Ryan Davis (24-12-3). Light Heavy: Artur Beterbiev (3-0) W KO 1 Billy Bailey (12-18)
Stevenson vs. Bellew The opening rounds saw both fighters boxing carefully with Bellew using the ring to frustrate Stevenson’s attempts to land big shots. Stevenson broke through with a hard right in the second round but Bellew fired back. Stevenson was chasing Bellew down in the third but the Brit brought blood from the champion’s nose and knocked Stevenson off balance only for Stevenson to fire back scoring with hard punches to the head. Bellew landed some good shots in the fifth and Stevenson was down but it was ruled a slip and he was straight up and back to the attack. A left to the head put Bellew down in the sixth. When he got up Stevenson had him hurt again and the referee halted the fighter. The 36-year-old Haitian-born Canadian was giving away height and reach but this was always about power. He retains his WBC title for the second time and makes it 20 wins by KO/TKO. There are plenty of good fights for him out there but at the post fight press conference he talked about quitting Montreal due to negative press about his criminal past, fighting outside Canada, but staying with his promotion group. Second loss for Brit Bellew, 30, who had lost to Nat Cleverly for the WBO light heavy title in 2011. He goes back to domestic/European level and rebuilds. but probably as a cruiserweight.
Kovalev vs. Sillakh Sillakh used his height and reach to box at a distance and looked good in the first round. That ended the first time Kovalev nailed him with a right in the second. Sillakh went down heavily. He got up but was unsteady on his feet. Kovalev finished the demolition with a right and two lefts which sent the Ukrainian to the canvas and the referee stopped the fight. The 30-year-old Russian “Krasher” retains his WBO title for the first time and makes it 21 wins by KO/TKO. The draw on his record is of the technical variety. Stevenson vs. Kovalev-bring it on, but tune in early. Second loss by KO/TKO for the 28-year-old Sillakh who blew his world No 1 rating when he lost on an eighth round stoppage against Denis Grachev in April last year. He was WBO No 15 after 4 low level wins.
Ion vs. Bizier This one was a war and one of the best fights in Montreal this year. Both were throwing bombs from the start and getting through to head and body with southpaw Dan just seeming to have the edge. After a wildly exciting fourth, which Dan again just had the better of, Bizier had his jab working and seemed to take the next three rounds to get back into the fight. Bizier got away with wrestling Dan to the canvas on occasions but in the tenth it was Dan who lost a point for holding. With both fighters tiring from the pace the fight was in the balance and they tore at each other in the last two rounds with Dan just being the more accurate and Bizier suffering a cut over his left eye but too late to be a factor. Scores 116-111, 114-113 for Dan and 117-111 for Bizier. A lot of rounds were close and this could have gone either way. Montreal-based Romanian “Jo Jo” Dan, 32, wins the NABA and WBO Inter-Continental titles. His two losses were controversial decisions against Selcuk Aydin in Turkey . He took eleven months out after the second loss in November 2011 and had won two fights since returning. He was rated WBC 6/IBF 10. Bizier, 29, lost both of his titles, but more importantly blew his IBF 3(2) rating. This loss will not dent him too severely but should motivate him to get back on top quickly.
Lemieux vs. Torres Rock-fisted Lemieux massacres Colombian Torres. After showing some nice skills in the first Lemieux exploded in the second flooring Torres twice first with a left hook and then with a right. Torres showed guts and got home with some shots of his own in the third, but Lemieux had the power. In the fourth a left put Torres down again. Torres stayed on his feet in the fifth, but he was floored twice more in the sixth. He saw out the round but after two more knockdown in the seventh his corner mercifully threw in the towel. The 24-year-old WBC No 15 makes it 29 wins by KO/TKO (he has an 87.88 KO/TKO %) and has six wins since losing a decision to Joachim Alcine in 2011. Lemieux has his limitations but his punch always gives him a chance. Torres, 34, the brother of former IBF light welter champion Ricardo Torres, losses inside the distance for the first time. He had won his last 6 fights and was flatteringly rated IBF 7.
Bahoeli vs. Bence “ The Hammer” Bahoeli gets an unexpected victory over former top amateur Bence. Early in the second a clubbing left from Bahoeli sent Bence staggering backwards and going down by the ropes. He got up but Bahoeli did not let him off the hook. A right had Bence going down on one knee . When he got up a clubbing right put him down again. He jumped to his feet but was walking away shaking his head as the referee was waiving the fight off for the third knockdown. Seven wins by KO/TKO for the CPBC champion. Crushing loss for 26-year-old “Crusher” Bence.
Zewski vs. Davis Zewski gives his usual aggressive performance. Davis only just survived the battering in the first two rounds but could not get out of the third. Zewski kept him on the ropes and was blasting away with both hands with Davis unable to find room or time to counter. After the third knockdown the fight was over. The 24-year-old tall tornado now has 17 wins by KO/TKO and has won 12 of his last 13 fights inside the distance. He is ready for better opposition than this. Davis has lost 4 of his last 5 fight.
Beterbiev vs. Bailey Former amateur star Beterbiev ended this one early. After stalking Bailey he took him to the ropes and a laser-like right over Bailey’s low left crunched into his jaw and put Bailey down on his knees and he never looked like beating the count. The 28-year-old Montreal-based Russian won a silver at the 2007 World Championships and a gold at the 2009. He was twice European gold medal winner and competed at two Olympics. He looks a can’t miss for future stardom. Bailey had won 6 of his last 7 fights but never saw the right that nailed him. Quezon City, Philippines: Light Fly: Donnie Nietes (32-1-4) W KO 3 Sammy Gutierrez (33-10-2). Straw: Merlito Sabillo (23-0-1) DREW 12 Carlos Buitrago (27-0-1). Fly: Milan Melindo (30-1) W PTS 12 Jose Alfredo Rodriguez (29-3). Light Welter: Jason Pagara (32-2) W PTS 10 Vlad Baez (19-2-2). Super Bantam: AJ Banal (30-2-1) W PTS 10 Manuel Gonzalez Garcia (16-8-2). Light Welter: Jimrex Jaca (39-6-3) W KO 1 Wellem Reyk (17-8-3)
Nietes vs. Gutierrez Nietes is still fighting for the respect he deserves. He extended his unbeaten run to 24 fights by crushing Mexican Gutierrez to retain his WBO title. The challenger tried his usual wide-open wild swinging tactics and that suited Nietes. Twice in the first round Nietes landed hard counters that put Gutierrez on the floor. The Mexican was nothing if not game and he tried to fire back in the second with a modicum of success, However, Nietes lowered the boom in the third. A series of punches rounded off by left hook and straight right floored Gutierrez. He got up and took the eight count but was in no condition to continue and the referee waived the fight over. The 31-year-old previously held the WBO straw title and has not lost a fight in almost nine years. He has won 9 of his 10 title fights and is looking to face Moises Fuentes who he drew with in a title defence in March. Gutierrez, 27, is a former interim WBA straw champion who is best described as brave but limited.
Sabillo vs. Buitrago Sabillo retains his WBO title in his second defence, but only just. The Filipino was coming forward and making the fight but the clever Nicaraguan challenger was boxing brilliantly on the back foot. The action was high paced throughout. After a cautious first round southpaw Sabillo was walking into Buitrago throwing wide, sweeping punches with Buitrago slipping and sliding and banging in hard counters. Sabillo was looking for a brawl but Buitrago was content to outbox the Filipino and get through with precise counters. The sheer work rate of Sabillo was keeping him in the fight and he showed heart and determination to keep swinging. In the ninth a big right from Buitrago stunned Sabillo, staggered him into the ropes and almost sent him down. He showed champion’s courage to just get straight back into the fight. Sabillo was still coming forward throwing punches, and Buitrago countering smartly to the last bell with Sabillo’s face showing the marks of battle in swelling over his right eye and Buitrago a cut over his right eye. Scores 115-113, 113-115 and 114-114 so Sabillo retains the title on a split draw. Many felt that Buitrago was unlucky but on the other hand if he had shown more aggression he might have taken the decision. Sabillo, a former street fighter who had no real amateur experience, fought like a lion to hold on to his title. They could do it again in February, but 29-year-old Sabillo would probably prefer a voluntary defence first. The 21-year-old Buitrago has been tipped as a future world champion from when he was just 13 or 14 and has the skills to make that prophecy come true.
Melindo vs. Rodriguez The “Method Man” gives another quality, methodical performance to win a wide unanimous decision over Mexican Rodriguez. Melindo had too much speed, movement and skill for Rodriguez and worked him over with a mixture of jabs, hooks to the body and uppercuts to boss the fight. Rodriguez had his moments but they were few and far between and Melindo took the decision on scores of 119-109, 118-109 and 118-110. He wins the vacant WBO International title. A points loss to Juan Francisco Estrada for the WBA/WBO titles in July saw him tumble from No 1 to No 8 in the WBO rankings but he can earn another title shot with more performances like this. Rodriguez, 24, a former interim WBA light fly champion was moving up to flyweight after losing his interim title to Alberto Rossel and being halted by Kazuto Ioka for the vacant WBA light fly title in December.
Pagara vs. Baez “Elk Nino” takes wide unanimous over Baez. The 25-year-old Filipino retained his WBO international title for the third time as he outboxed and outclassed the Dominican. A punch from Pagara knocked Baez’s mouthpiece out but the Dominican kept coming and even managed to edge a couple of rounds. Scores 99-90, 98-90 and 98-91. The 25-year-old Filipino has lost only one of his last 21 fights, and revenged that loss. He is WBO No 6 but in a division which is tough at the top. Baez has benefitted from some awful matching in the DR but went the distance with Victor Cayo in December.
Banal vs. Garcia “Bazooka” continues his rebuilding with unanimous verdict over Dominican Garcia. Banal got ten rounds of good work on his way to the decision. Scores 98-92 twice and 100-90. Banal has lost big fights to Rafael Concepcion for the interim WBA super fly and in October to Pungluang for the vacant WBO bantam title. He now has two wins and although he has dropped to No 14 in the WBO ratings his promotion group ALA will try to build him back to another chance. Puerto Rican based Garcia, 30, had 5 wins and a draw in his last 6 fights but has lost to Mikey Garcia, Teon Kennedy and Yenifel Vicente when trying to step up.
Jaca vs. Reyk “The Executioner” continues his winning run as he puts away Indonesian in one round. The 30-year-old southpaw needed just one punch to the body to end it putting Reyk down for the count. Jaca lost to Juan Manuel Marquez for the interim WBO feather title back in 2006 but is currently on a run of 11 victories. He has 22 wins by KO/TKO including 9 in his current run. He got a good points win over Jose Emilio Perea (22-2) in May and is WBO No 15. Reyk, 27, the Indonesian Boxing Commission champion, had won 3 of his last 4 fights. Chester, WV, USA: Light Welter: Johan Perez (18-1-1,1ND) W PTS 12 Paul Spadafora (48-1-1)
Venezuelan Perez spoils a good redemption story by taking a majority decision over Spadafora to win the vacant interim WBA title. The 38-year-old southpaw Spadafora boxed well over the first three rounds to edge ahead. Perez came on from the fourth, cutting Spadafora over his left eye with a right. Although Spadafora returned the compliment by cutting Perez by his right eye with a left hook Perez had even things up by winning the fourth, fifth and a good sixth. Spadafora used some good skills to edge the seventh but Perez had a big eighth and was now the busier fighter and he used his jab to good effect to pocket rounds nine, ten and eleven. Spadafora made a big effort in them last and may have edged it but it was not enough. Scores 117-111, 115-113 and 114-114. The 30-year-old “El Terrible” , had won this title interim title back in 20111 but lost it to Pablo Cesar Cano in his first defence in July last year. He had battled his way back into contention with wins over Steve Forbes and Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai (22-0-1). Spadafora, ”The Pittsburg Kid” was unbeaten IBF light champion back in 2003 but vacated the title in June 2033 to move up to light welter. However, he shot his girlfriend in the stomach in 2004 and in 2005 was sentenced to 21-60 months in jail. He was released in 2007 only to be jailed again for parole violation but was released shortly after. After spasmodic attempts to revitalize his career in 2007/8/9 and 10 he returned in 2012 with wins over Humberto Toledo and Solomon Egberime and won the NABF title by beating Robert Frankel in April this year. The closeness of this fight probably means he will fight on in the hope of another title match. Mexicali, Mexico: Super Fly: Zolani Tete (18-3) W KO 10 Juan Carlos Sanchez (17-1-1). Welter: Jorge Paez Jr (37-4-1,1ND) W TKO 7 Ivan Hernandez (29-5) Sanchez vs. Tete Southpaw Sanchez was forcing this fight but Tete was making him pay with hard counters. Over the first three rounds Sanchez was coming forward and taking rounds on the basis of his aggression. From the fourth Tete settled into the fight and was scoring with long shots to head and body. In the fifth Sanchez was caught with a left and went down. He got up and repaid the compliment in the sixth, flooring Tete. Sanchez began to get on top and took the eighth and at the start of the ninth with Tete losing a point for holding as he tried to slow the Mexican’s attacks. However, by the end of the round Sanchez was showing signs of tiring and Tete knew it. The end came in the tenth with Sanchez fought to a standstill Tete cracked home a left and Sanchez went down and out. Huge win for the little South African as with Sanchez IBF 3(1) and Tete 4(2) it effectively makes him the mandatory challenger to Daiki Kameda. The 24-year-old “Last Born” was due a break after losing a majority decision to Juan Alberto Rosas and a split decision to Roberto D Sosa in previous IBF eliminators. Sanchez, 22, a former undefeated IBF fly champion, failed to make the weight for his title defence against Sosa in June and after winning that fight moved up. He has wins over WBA/WBO fly Juan Francisco Estrada, Juan Alberto Rosas and Rodel Mayol. He was taken to hospital after the fight as a precaution.
Paez vs. Hernandez “El Maromenito” –Little Clown after his father-extended his winning run with a crushing victory over Colombian Hernandez. He started slowly content to show off his growing skills and Hernandez took the chance to score with combinations and it looked as though Paez could be in for a tough night. Those thoughts only lasted until the fourth round when a left hook sent Hernandez crashing to the canvas. He was in deep trouble but gained some respite by spitting out his mouthpiece and losing a point for that offence. Paez took his time picking his punches and not rashly diving in and Hernandez was able to get back into the fight briefly. In the seventh a left hook to the chin from Paez sent Hernandez down heavily for the second time and the fight was stopped. Now 10 wins in a row for 25-year-old Paez including victories over Omar Chavez and Charlie Navarro, and 22 wins by KO/TKO. After the fight a pudgy Erik Morales climbed into the ring and challenged Paez and it looks as though the fight will take place-oh why why Erik??? Hernandez, 32, had his periods and this was only his fourth fight in six years. He was kayoed by Antonio Orozco in three rounds in August. Colon City, Panama: Light: Javier Prieto (24-7) W PTS 12 Vicente Mosquera (33-3-1). Feather: Celestino Caballero (37-5) W TKO 2 Jimmy Aburto (14-3-2). Welter: Jose Miranda (13-13-3) W PTS 8 Pablo Vasquez (21-5).Welter: Charlie Navarro (23-7) W TKO 8 Miguel Callist (27-10-1) W. Super Bantam: Stevie Quinn Jr (6-0) W TKO 3 Roris Samudio (2-7-2)
Prieto vs. Mosquera Prieto gets a big win but Mosquera fights with an injury. Mexican Prieto was coming forward with Mosquera content to showcase his skills to box on the back foot and score with counters. Early in the fight it became apparent that Mosquera had injured his right shoulder and was boxing almost one handed. The referee had the doctor examine Mosquera on a couple of occasions but the Panamanian insisted on continuing the fight. He tried to keep Prieto at bay with his jab and hooks but Prieto was able to win rounds on his workrate. In the last Mosquera slipped to the canvas only to have the referee rule it a knockdown. Scores 115-112 twice and 116-111 all for Prieto. Mosquera’s team is looking for a quick rematch but Mosquera’s injury will have to heal first and that might give Prieto the chance to cash-in on his win. The 33-year-old “El Loco” Mosquera is not a lucky fighter. He lost almost five years of his career when being wrongfully imprisoned and now blows his chance of a world title shot on an injury. Prieto was not an easy choice. Since losing to WBC No 4 light welter Roberto Ortiz (23-0-1) he had won 7 in a row, all by KO/TKO.
Caballero vs. Aburto A no sweat night for Panamanian Caballero as he disposes of over matched Aburto in two. The Nicaraguan was aggressive in the first trying to get inside Caballero’s long reach. He had some brief success. In the second a right from the former undefeated IBF/WBA bantam champion floored Aburto. He made it to his feet but after another knockdown the night was over for him. Now 37, “Pelenchin” wins the vacant WBC Latino title. Sixteen months out of the ring followed by a loss to Robinson Castellanos have seen him slip out of all of the ratings except the WBC (No 13) but he can still be a force. First loss inside the distance for 21-year-old Aburto who had won 4 of his last 5 outings.
Miranda vs. Vazquez In an all-Panamanian scrap “Indio” Miranda pushed Vazquez a bit further down the slope with a close unanimous decision. The 34-year-old southpaw was 3-6 in his last nine fights going in, including being blown away in two rounds by Diego Chaves for the interim WBA title. However he edged this one on scores of 78-74, 78-76 and 77-75. “El Talentoso”, 30, at one time was 19-0 with 18 wins by KO/TKO but now he is 2-5 in 7 and needs another nickname.
Navarro vs. Callist The best fight of the night saw Venezuelan Navarro and former WBA title challenger Callist knocking lumps of each other for seven rounds. Navarro proved the stronger and dumped Callist on a heap in a corner in the last. Callist got up but could not continue so Navarro got revenge for a loss in 2007. The 34-year-old Navarro is a talented fighters who has lost some tough fights on the road including his last two-a majority decision to Jorge Paez Jr. and a paper thin verdict to Omar Chavez. Southpaw Callist, 38 lost to Lavka Sim for the vacant WBA light title back in 2004. He was also coming off back-to-to-back losses against Alberto Mosquera and Luis Collazo.
Quinn vs. Samudio Young Quinn returns to action for the first time in 13 months with a third round stoppage of Samudio. The 20-year-old from Newtownards has had two fights in Northern Ireland and four in Panama. He is the son of Steve Snr. who fought Kevin Mitchell, Paul Weir and Michael Hunter. Panamanian Samudio had lost 6 of his last 7 fights by KO/TKO. London, England: Heavy; Dereck Chisora (19-4) W TKO 3 Ondrej Pala (32-4). Super Middle: Frank Buglioni (11-0) W KO 8 Stephan Horvath (11-2). Welter: Bradley Skeete (14-0) W PTS 10 Colin Lynes (37-11). Heavy: Gary Cornish (17-0) W TKO 3 Ivica Perkovic (20-23)
Chisora vs. Pala This was a competitive fight over the first two rounds as Chisora forced the action and Pala got through with some good left hooks. Chisora took over completely in the third and was getting through with heavy punches. After shipping a hard left hook Pala turned his back and Chisora landed a right on the back of Pala’s head and then a left round the front and with Pala badly shaken the referee stopped the fight. Some controversy over the shot to the back of the head but Pala looked to be walking out of the fight anyway. Zimbabwean-born “Del Boy”, 29, retains the WBO International title and wins the vacant WBA International title. Fourth win in a row by KO/TKO for Chisora who has done a remarkable job of rebuilding after his loss to David Haye in July last year. He is rated WBC 7/WBO 7/IBF 11 (10) and will be in the mix if/when the Klitschko’s retire. Czech Pala, also 29, was having his first fight in nine months and this is only his second loss by KO/TKO.
Buglioni vs. Horvath Nice win for popular Buglioni. He was boxing smartly and controlling the fight. It looked as though he might settle for a points victory but in the eighth a quick combination topped off by a left hook to the body put the Czech down in agony. Despite the pain he managed to get up but another body punch put him down and this time he stayed there. Buglioni wins the vacant WBO European title and, in the crazy “logic” of the WBO, beating a relative novice who had lost his last fight to a guy with a 22-23 record, will probably get him a top 15 rating. The 24-year-old “Wise Guy” has 8 wins by KO/TKO and is developing into a good prospect. The 30-year-old Czech had beaten veteran loser Max Maxwell in a fight in Britain in April.
Skeete vs. Lynes Career best win so far for prospect Skeete. The Penge youngster showed good boxing skills built around a solid jab to outpoint the still useful veteran Lynes. The only danger time for Skeete came in the second when a right to the head in round two forced him to go down on one knee. He showed composure , taking a count to let his head clear and then getting back to his boxing. Skeete was edging the rounds but Lynes used his experience to pick up points and stay in the fight. Skeete gets a deserved decision on scores of 97-93, 96-93 and 96-94 in a fight which will have added greatly to his education. The 26-year-old Southern Area champion adds the vacant English title to his collection. Lynes, 36, a former British and European light welter champion, is still capable of giving the youngsters a tough test.
Cornish vs. Perkovic The “Highlander” makes it 9 wins by KO/TKO and 6 early finishes in his last 7 fights. The 26-year-old 6’7” (201cm) Scot was in control over the first two rounds using his jab to keep Perkovic off balance and pile up the points. He finished in style in the third hurting Perkovic with a crunching body punch and then landing a volley of other shots to bring the referee’s intervention. He is still a work in progress, but is making good progress. Thirty-nine-year-old Croat Perkovic has lasted the distance with Alex Dimitrenko and Alex Ustinov and had gone 12 rounds with Mark de Mori for the vacant WBFoundation title two weeks earlier with one judge only giving it to de Mori only by 115-113. Malvinas Argentina: Light Middle: Ricardo R Villalba (12-1-1) W TKO 8 Cesar Velez (14-5-1)
Villalba FAB No 6 wins this clash against the FAB No 7. This was like the old joke of de fence being something you put round de garden as these two slugged it out at close quarters from the start. Up until the fifth Velez was starting the rounds at a fast pace with “Bebo” Villalba finishing each session stronger. In the sixth Villalba began to use his southpaw jab to create some space. It was still all-action in the seventh but now Villalba was getting the better of the exchanges as Velez seemed to tire. In the eighth Villalba took Velez to the ropes and landed a right cross which had Velez stumbling and then put him down with another right. Velez made it the vertical and the referee stopped the fight just as the towel came in from the corner of Velez. Villalba, 24, wins the vacant WBC Latino title and makes it 6 wins by KO/TKO as he rebounds from his first career loss on points against Nestor Romero in July. Third loss inside the distance for 27-year-old Velez who had won 4 of his last 5 going in. Mississauga, Canada: Light Middle: Brandon Cook (12-0) W TKO 4 Luca M Pasqua (16-7-1). Light: Chris Uruzquieta (11-2) W PTS 8 Steven Wilcox (8-1)
Cook vs. Pasqua Cook hits too hard for sliding Italian. “Buzzsaw” Cook floored Pasquale within 20 seconds with the old left jab right cross one-two and it went downhill from there for the Italian. Cook scored further knockdowns in the second and third rounds and Pasquale’s corner retire their man at the end of the fourth. Seven wins by KO/TKO for the Canadian champion. Pasquale, 30, is 1-5-1 in his last seven fights.
Uruzquieta vs. Wilcox Mexican Uruzquieta springs a mild upset as he outpoints local Wilcox. These two were even after six rounds but in the seventh a hard combination put Wilcox down. The Canadian was exhausted in the last and could not stage a finish to save his unbeaten record with the decision going to Uruzquieta on a split verdict. First eight round fight and first fight outside of Mexico for the victor who has now won 9 of his last 10 fights. Wilcox, 23, the CPBC, champion goes back to square one. Santiago de Chile, Chile: Super Fly: Miguel Gonzalez (18-1) W PTS 8 Raul E Medina (26-15-3)
Local hero Gonzalez returns to the winning column with wide points victory over Argentinian veteran. “Needle” Gonzalez dazzled Medina with his hand speed and was able to thread punches though Medina’s non-existent defence in every round. Gonzalez came near to finishing the fight in the fifth when he hurt Medina with a succession of body punches and uppercuts, but Medina is durable and he managed to stay on his feet. Gonzalez launched another furious attack in the last round but again a badly shaken Medina lasted to the bell. Scores 80-72 from all three judges. The 24-year-old Gonzalez, the South American champion, lost his unbeaten tag in September being outpointed by British prospect Paul Butler. Medina, 34, a former Argentinian fly champion, has now lost 6 of his last 7 fights. Maguan, China: Straw: Xiong Zhao Zhong (22-4-1) W TKO 5 Lookrak (7-5)
A truly disgusting WBC title fight sees Zhong retain his title with a fifth round kayo of Thai. A left hook to the liver ended it but the fight should never have taken place. Lookrak, not anywhere in the WBC top 40, came in at only two days notice when original opponent Omar Kimweri had visa problems. Second defence for 31-year-old Zhong. Lookrak had lost 3 of his last 4 fights coming in, 3 by KO/TKO. Hamina, Finland: Cruiser: Tamas Lodi (12-1-1) W KO 11 Janne Forsman (12-1). Middle: Fitim Latifi (8-0) W PTS 10 Timo Laine (9-3)
Lodi vs. Forsman Hungarian Lodi fails to read the script and halts hometown fighter Forsman in the eleventh to win the vacant WBO European title. The 24-year-old Lodi has 10 wins by KO/TKO. His only loss was to current WBA No 3 Ilunga Makabu in March and this is his third win since then. Forsman, 30, a good quality amateur at 91kg, had won his last 8 fights by KO/TKO.
Latifi vs. Laine Latifi wins the vacant Finnish title with unanimous decision over Laine. The Kosovo-born 23-year-old Latifi, who boxed for Finland as an amateur, wins on scores of 100-90, 100-91 and 98-94. The 29-year-old Laine had won 9 of his last 10 fights. Aix-en-Provence, France: Light Heavy: Nadjib Mohammedi (34-3) W TKO 6 Olek Cherviak (13-3-1)
French champion Mohammedi wins the vacant WBA Inter-Continental title with stoppage of useful Ukrainian. From the first the Frenchman was able to get through Cherviak’s guard and had his face reddened by the end of the first round. By the start of the third the damage had developed into swellings and the all-action style of Mohammedi has Cherviak staggering in the third and fourth. The Frenchman almost ended it in the fifth when he landed a hard uppercut and crunching left hook. Cherviak was absorbing heavy punishment on the ropes in the sixth when his corner chucked in the towel. The 28-year-old local has 20 wins by KO/TKO. He is the mandatory challenger for the European title and subject to purse offers will face No 7 Igor Mikhalkin for the vacant title. Cherviak, 32, the EBU No 8 had halted Dustin Dirks in April and this was his first loss by KO/TKO. Cergy-Pontoise, France: Welter: Ahmed El Mousaoui (18-1-1) W PTS 10 Frank Haroche-Horta (34-11-5). Super Middle: Hadillah Mohoumadi (18-3-1) W TKO 5 Bart Grafka (8-8-1) El Mousaoui vs. Horta Mandatory challenger El Mousaoui, 23, wins the French title with very close split decision over champion “F2H” Horta. The challenger got off to a good start forsaking his usual aggressive approach and boxing more. In the first round he floored Horta with a left hook. He continues to box in the second but in the third he began to stand and trade with Horta. This suited F2H who was able to score inside. The fourth, fifth and sixth saw El Mousaoui edging ahead in the scoring. F2H had some success and had his best round in the eighth scoring with left hooks and uppercuts. It was almost impossible to separate them over the last two rounds as they both put in big efforts to swing the decision. Scores 96-93, 95-94 for El Mousaoui and 96-94 for F2H. Now seven wins and a draw in his last 8 fights for the new champion. F2H, 33, making the first defence in his second reign as champion, deserves a return.
Mohoumadi vs. Grafka EBU No 3 Mohoumadi gives his usual Henry Armstrong-like performance with constant aggression and pressure. Pole Grafka held out for four rounds but surrender in the fifth. The French champion has 13 wins by KO/TKO. Good showings in losing efforts in 2012 against Nikola Sjekloca and James DeGale have not harmed him and he has won four fights this year. Grafka has won just one of his last 7 fights. Beeskow, Germany: Light Middle: Nick Klappert (18-1) W TKO 7 Idiozan Matos (32-18). Light Welter: Azad Azizov (27-4-2) W Philipp Schuster (21-1-1,1ND)
Klappert vs. Matos The home fighter had problems early with the movement of the Brazilian but took his time to break the visitor down. Finally in the seventh a quick combination followed by two left hooks to the jaw put Matos down. He got up only to be floored again and the fight was stopped. Klappert retains his IBO Inter-Continental title. He also holds the GBC title. His only loss was majority decision against Koko Murat in 2010. Lack of a promoter has made him a bit off a gypsy with wins in Poland, Luxemburg, Panama and Britain but this show drew well so he may have found a home at home. Southpaw Matos, 30, drops to 15 losses by KO/TKO.
Azizov vs. Schuster Despite the impressive statistics of Schuster Azizov was taking part his eleventh 12 rounds fight and the edge in experienced showed. The 30-year-old Azeri paced the bout better, built a good lead and staged a strong finish. Scores 117-111 twice and 118-112. Azizov wins the vacant GBC title. Schuster, 24, had won his last 7 after losing to Gabor Veto (18-0) in 2010. Toluca, Mexico: Light Fly: Pedro Guevara (21-1-1) W TKO 3 Ivan Meneses (18-13-1). Bantam: Jose Salgado (33-2-1) W PTS 8 Armando Javier Rodriguez (14-11). Super Middle: Esau Herrera (18-6-1) W PTS 8 Bruno Sandoval (15-1)
Guevara vs. Meneses WBC Silver champion Guevara wins one-sided fight against modest Meneses. Guevara handed out punishment in the first two rounds and opened a bad cut on the right eyelid. Of Meneses The punishment continued in the third with the cut worsening and the doctor recommended the fight be halted, which it was. The 24-year-old tall (5’9” 175cm) light flyweight lost a split verdict to John Riel Casimero for the IBF title in August last year. He is now IBF 4(2) so is hoping for another shot in 2014. “Little Chicken” Meneses is 2-5 in his last 7 fights but one of those two wins was over Luis Ceja (22-1-3).
Salgado vs. Rodriguez NABF champion and former interim WBA title challenger 24-year-old “Sugar” Salgado kept busy with a unanimous decision over Rodriguez. Salgado rated WBA 5 and WBC 3 lost a split decision to Liborio Solis for the interim title in 2011 but like Guevara is hoping for another shot in 2014. Three losses in a row for “Chino” Rodriguez.
Herrera vs. Sandoval Useful Herrera surprises local hope Sandoval to take away his unbeaten record. “Shark” Sandoval never really got to grips with the awkward unorthodox style of Herrera and lost the decision. Herrera, 29, was 12-2 over his first 14 fights but then suffered losses to Ben Tackie and Brit Jamie Moore and had been 3-3 in his last six fights so looked to have little chance. Sandoval, the WBC USNBC champion, had won 13 inside the distance but now has to show he can rebound. Matagalpa, Nicaragua: Straw: Byron Rojas (10-2-3,1ND) W PTS 10 Jose Aguilar (13-12-3)
Rojas did not need his home advantage as he outboxed the more experienced Aguilar to win the vacant National title. The 23-year-old was having his first ten round fight but ran out a comfortable winner on scores of 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93. Only one win in his last 10 fights for Aguilar Carolina, Puerto Rica: Welter: Thomas Dulorme (20-1) W PTS 10 Hector Velazquez (55-20-3). Super Bantam: Luis Orlando Del Valle (18-1) W TKO 4 Juan J Beltran (28-23-3)
Dulorme vs. Velazquez Fourth win for Dulorme as he climbs back after loss to Luis Carlos Abregu. He takes unanimous decision over durable Mexican oldie. The 23-year-old WBA No 5/WBC 6 light welter is taking the easy road but will have to face a big test to complete his rebuild. Velazquez 38, had shots at the WBC light and super feather titles in 2009/2010 but is simply opponent material now.
Del Valle vs. Beltran Del Valle failed to make the contracted weight for this one but went on to halt another Mexican habitual loser. Worrying when a young fighter such as 26-year-old “Orlandito” can’t have the discipline to make weight. Now 13 wins by KO/TKO for Del Valle. Beltran, 35, losses inside the distance for the 16th time. Alcala de Henares, Spain: Super Bantam: Cris Montilla (4-3) W PTS 10 David Sanchez (6-4) W. Light Middle: Ruben Varon (42-7) W TKO 1 John Edison (0-1)
Montilla vs. Sanchez Montilla was just too big and powerful for Sanchez and wins the vacant Spanish title. After Montilla established his jab in the first a bad cut on his left eyelid had Sanchez fighting with a big handicap. That allowed Montilla to take control of the fight as Sanchez was concerned to protect the injury. In the sixth a combination from Montilla put Sanchez down although there was also a push involved. Sanchez finished strongly but could not do enough to swing the verdict his way. Scores 98-92, 96-93 and 96-94. The 24-year-old from Las Palmas has bounced back from losing two of his first three fights inside a round. The 30-year-old local Sanchez had won 4 of his last 5 fights.
Varon vs. Edison Too easy for Varon in awful match. The 34-year-old former European title challenger ended the farce with two body punches which put Edison down and the fight was halted. Varon blew a scheduled European title fight when he was shockingly halted in two rounds by Rafael Chiruta (5-29) in July. Edison, said to be a Romania-based Colombian, has no record of any previous fights. Baton Rouge, LA, USA: Super Middle: Jeff Lacy (26-4,1ND) W TKO 3 Martin Verdin (20-17-2). Light Middle: Travis Scott (16-0) W TKO 5 Don Clark (2-7) Lacy vs. Verdin Lacy wins return with stoppage of game Verdin. From the start Lacy was walking forward trying to cut off the ring against Verdin who hardly got his back off the ropes as he sped around the ring throwing quick flurries. In the last minute Lacy managed to corner Verdin a couple of time but looked ponderous with his rights. Early in the second Verdin launched some short attacks throwing quick jabs and straight rights. They were landing mainly because Lacy was just walking through them as Verdin had no real power in his punches. At the end of the round Verdin actually cornered Lack and threw a volley of shots only for Lacy to blast back and drive Verdin across the ring. Lacy came out looking to finish it in the third. He took Verdin to the ropes and shook him badly with a right cross and an uppercut. Lacy was getting through with some heavy shots but Verdin was ducking and trying to fight back when the referee stepped between the fighters. Lacy looked at the referee and asked why he had stepped in and the referee pointed to the towel thrown in by Verdin’s corner. Both fighters looked surprised. First fight in almost three years for 36-year-old Lacy. He looked powerful but a long way from sharp. Verdin showed quick hands and feet but totally lacked power.
Scott vs. Clark “Sweet Feet” Scott gets rare stoppage as the corner of late substitute Clark pull their man out half way through the fifth. Only the third win by KO/TKO for 33-year-ols Scott. Sixth loss in a row for Clark who had lasted the full eight rounds with Scott in April. Cincinnati, OH, USA: Welter: William Jackson (11-2-1) W PTS 10 Chris Rudd (12-1). Super Feather: Brandon Bennett (17-1) W PTS 10 Roody Pierre-Paul (7-1,1ND). Super Middle: Aaron Pryor Jr (19-7) W PTS 8 Kurtiss Colvin (9-2).
Jackson vs. Rudd “Action “Jackson” bounces back from two losses in a row with majority verdict over unbeaten Rudd. Six of 24-year-old Jackson’s fight have ended on either a majority or a split decision . The lanky Rudd was having his first ten round fight in a record that has been built on poor opposition around the South.
Bennett vs. Pierre-Paul In all-southpaw fight Bennett has big trouble making the weight but the fight goes on and he takes unanimous decision over formerly unbeaten Canadian southpaw. The 25-year-old local “Untouchable” went back a few steps after losing a wide unanimous decision to unbeaten Mexican Francisco Vargas in August. First ten round fight for Pierre-Paul and first fight outside Montreal for the Canadian No 4 lightweight.
Pryor vs. Colvin Poor performance by Pryor as he is pushed all the way and only scrapes past novice Colvin on a split verdict. The 35-year-old now has 3 wins after a spell of 5 losses in 6 big fights but will have to do better than this. Texan Colvin’s only other loss was on points to DonYil Livingston in 2011 and he had won three in a row since then, but this was only his second eight round fight. Reading, PA, USA: Heavy: Travis Kauffman (27-1) W TKO 1 Jason Barnett (14-15)
Kauffman continues to fight down and climb up. He stalked late sub Barnett and then landed a right to the body which put Barnett on the canvas. Two more knockdowns and the fight was stopped. The 28-year-old “GWH” –Great White Hope-has 19 wins by KO/TKO and has won eight in a row since being knocked out by Tony Grano in 2009. Since then he has only taken very safe fights with only two of those victims having positive records but somehow the WBA have him at No 10. Burnett, 39, is 2-5 in his last 7 fights. He was having his first fight in 14 months and in his last 7 fights he has lost inside a round in 4 of them. December 1 Bundall, Australia: Light Heavy: Trent Broadhurst (12-1) W TKO 5 Joel Bourke (15-25-2)
Local 25-year-old Broadhurst marks time with stoppage of veteran loser Bourke. Now 5 wins in a row for ANBF No 1 since loss to Robert Berridge in 2011. Bourke, 38, has lost 8 of his last 9 now. Trieste, Italy: Super Middle: Roberto Cocco (14-10-1) W PTS 10 Fabrizio Leone (6-3)
Challenger Leone started well and took some of the early rounds. After that the superior boxing and greater experience of Rocco saw him edge in front and just deserve the close unanimous decision. First defence in second reign as Italian champion for 36-year-old Cocco and fourth win in his last 5 fights. Leone was coming down from light heavy for the challenge and that may have weakened him over the late rounds. Paranaque City, Philippines: Fly: Cris Paulino (13-1) W PTS 10 Renren Tesorio (12-4-3)
The 20-year-old GAB No 1 floored Tesorio in the second round and won the unanimous decision on scores of 98-89, 96-91 and 95-92. He collects the WBC Youth Intercontinental title. His only loss was to experienced Ardin Diale for the GAB title in April. “Rainman” Tesorio has won only one of his last five fights. Marabella, Trinidad & Tobago: Light Heavy: Kirt Sinnett (22-2) W TKO 2 Selwyn Guy (0-3). Heavy: Kertson Manswell (24-8) W KO 2 Wendell Jorkhu (3-2). Cruiser: Sean Corbin (16-4) W TKO 3 Ken Bishop (1-1).
Sinnett vs. Guy Sinnett returns after 15 months with a stoppage over fellow local Guy. The 39-year-old has 18 wins by KO/TKO but it may be too late to rebuild. First loss inside the distance for Guy.
Manswell vs. Jorkhu Manswell returns home to break losing streak. The 37-year-old had no trouble putting away late sub Jorkhu at the two minute mark of round two. First fight back home since December 2011 as he tries to start again Trinidadian Jorkhu way out of his class. His first fight since May 2012 and he now weighs almost 70lbs more than when he turned pro.
Corbin vs. Bishop Guyanan Corbin comes back with a win over yet another novice. First fight for the 38-year-old Marabella-based Corbin since loss to Mateusz Masternak in April. December 3 Osaka, Japan: Super Fly: Liborio Solis (16-3-1) W PTS 12 Daiki Kameda (29-4). Straw: Katsunari Takayama (26-6,1ND) W PTS 12 Vergilio Servania (17-3-1). Bantam: Tomoki Kameda (29-0) W PTS 12 Immanuel Naidjala (17-1-1).
Solis vs. Kameda Solis failed to make weight so blows his WBA title on the scales. The fight goes on with Daiki’s IBF title not on the line but with the Japanese fighter able to win the WBA title. Instead the Venezuelan won the unanimous decision on scores of 116-112 twice and 115-113 so the WBA title is vacant.
Takayama vs. Servania Successful first defence for Takayama. He was just too quick for his Filipino challenger. A left hook shook southpaw Servania in the first and he took a battering in the seventh with the ninth being his best round. Takayama, 30, a former WBC strawweight champion, gave up his Japanese license in 2009. He wanted to chase an IBF title but the JBC did not recognise the IBF or WBO at that time. He got his license back after beating Mario Rodriguez for the IBF title in Mexico in March. Servania, the 23-year-old IBF No 6(4), was unbeaten in his lat 17 fights going in.
Kameda vs. Naidjala Kameda, 22, gives the family a win as he regains his WBO title in his first defence and beats a Namibian in two fights in a row. After two rounds Kameda took the fight inside and was just too strong and busy for the 29-year-old “Prince”. Scores 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111 for “El Mexicanito” won the WBO title in August with a win over Namibian Paulus Ambunda. First fight outside Namibia for Naidjala.
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