Bangkok: Thailand: Super Fly: Chatpetch (16-3-2) W TKO 3 Tommy Seran (27-10). Both fighters were working with their jab in the first with Seran busier but the slower Chatpetch looking the harder puncher. Seran was bustling early in the second moving more and throwing more but Chatpetch was walking through the lighter punches of the Indonesian and landing hurtful hooks to the body. A chopping right and a left hook to the body put Seran down in the third. He got up at nine but Chatpetch walked him to the ropes and two left hooks to the body and a long right floored him again. He made it to his feet but then immediately dropped down again without a punch landing and the fight was stopped. Now 10 wins by KO/TKO for Chatpetch, 25, who was making the fourth defence of his PABA title. Seran was 23-1 in his first 24 fights but is now 4-9 in his last 13 with six of those losses by KO/TKO.
Beijing, China: Super Feather: Jason Sosa (19-1-4) W TKO 11 Javier Fortuna (29-1-1). Super Bantam: Nehomar Cermeno (24-5-1,1ND) W TKO 12 Jun Qiu Xiao (20-3). Super Feather: Can Xu (9-2) W PTS 12 Corey McConnell (15-2-1).
Sosa vs. Fortuna
Sixth months ago Sosa was mainly fighting prelims and was nowhere on the radar but two fights later he is a world champion. Fortuna was a heavy favourite to retain his WBA title and looked to be cruising to victory for nine of the twelve rounds. The unbeaten Dominican was too quick and slick for Sosa. The tricky southpaw was countering Sosa’s aggression and slotting home hard counters. He put Sosa down in the fifth with a counter left and by the end of the ninth had what looked a winning position being in front on all three cards at 89-81, 88-82 and 87-83. However Sosa never stopped coming and the pressure began to tell in the tenth with Fortuna going from poised to panic. Sosa floored the tiring champion in the tenth and although he beat the count Fortuna spit out his mouthguard to get extra recovery time and was deducted a point for that infraction. That round saw a three point change in the scores to a still considerable 96-91 but closer scores of 95-92 and 94-93. The lead on two scores was enough to let Fortuna keep his title if he could survive the last two rounds without going down again. Sosa dashed those thin hopes in the eleventh as he drove Fortuna to a corner with a right and with Fortuna trapped on the ropes he crashed home a thunderous left/right left to the head which saw Fortuna slump to the floor. He struggled to drag himself up by grabbing the ropes and then tried to convince the referee he was able to continue by doing a couple of jogging steps but then went back on his heels and swayed when the referee called him forward and that was enough for the referee to end the fight. The 28-year-old from Camden started his career 4-1-3 in his first 8 fights but then a run of 13 wins, 12 by KO/TKO including a first round destruction of Jerry Belmontes, earned him a call to face the returning Nicholas Walters in December. It proved a huge breakthrough fight as he fought Walters to a draw. Now he is a champion. Fortuna, 26, was making the second defence of his WBA secondary title. He had struggled to impress as champion and his stamina has been questioned. The constant pressure from Sosa and his bad pacing of the fight cost him his title.
Cermeno vs. Xiao
Cermeno fails to read the script and turns what was supposed to be the crowing of a Chinese world champion as he hands out a boxing lesson before ending the fight in the eleventh round. Xiao came out fast in the first throwing hooks and marching after Cermeno. The Venezuelan used a stiff jab to pierce the Chinese fighter’s guard and caught him with hooks when Xiao moved inside. Xiao was expected to be the aggressor as his tactics are simple he just walks forwards throwing hooks and loading up on every punch. However in the second round Cermeno used his jab to get on the front foot and scored with good lefts and rights to the head. Just before the bell as they traded punches Cermeno landed a short left hook that put Xiao down. He was up quickly and did not look in trouble but the bell went at the end of the eight count. In the third and fourth Xiao was only fighting in short fierce bursts and Cermeno was working the jab and scoring with long rights with Xiao constantly under pressure and being outboxed. Xiao was letting his punches go more in the fifth and sixth but it was the speed and accuracy of Cermeno’s jab as he doubled and tripled the punch and fired home long lefts and right hook and quick counters that were picking up the points and he was confident enough to stand and trade at the end of the sixth scoring with a series of head punches. Xiao was getting a boxing lesson. Xiao was becoming hesitant to let his fists fly. If he didn’t he was being hammered with jabs left hooks and long rights and if he did he was running onto counters. He threw more in the seventh but as in the sixth Cermeno caught him flush with lefts and rights to the head. Cermeno dominated from ring centre in the eighth and ninth. If Xiao was hoping the older fighter might tired then his tactics were pretty stupid as Cermeno stood in ring centre was moving very little whereas Xiao was going around and around the ring perimeter throwing very few punches and wasting his own energy. Xiao was getting through with some of his hooks but Cermeno never looked hurt and always banged back harder. The respective corners told the story. Cermeno’s corner was an oasis of calm confidence whereas Xiao’s was one of frantic growing panic. The tenth was a slow round as Cermeno looked to be tiring and Xiao was unable to lift his pace to take advantage of that. By the eleventh Xiao needed a knockout but there was no evidence of any big effort from him as he again threw too few punches and got caught with too many counters. With just the last round to go Cermeno was in front 100-90 on two cards and 107-101 on the third. Xiao came out throwing punches in the twelfth but suddenly Cermeno was up dancing on his toes and he shook Xiao with a right and was throwing lefts and rights to the head of Xiao. The Chinese fighter retreated to the ropes and was nailed with a left hook. Xiao escaped but his legs were wobbly. Cermeno again took him to the ropes and landed a series of head punches. Xiao managed to get off the ropes but half turned his back to Cermeno and ended up on the ropes on the other side of the ring and as Cermeno hammered home more head punches the referee stopped the fight. The 36-year-old Panama-based Cermeno won the interim WBA bantam title in 2009 but then hit the skids going 1-5-1 in seven fights. He caught a lucky break in 2013 when he was given a very disputed verdict over Oscar Escandon for the interim WBA super bantam belt but never defended the title. He was a revelation here showing he still has both the skill and the power to win at the highest level. ”The Dragon” Xiao, 25, showed his inexperience as he had no answer to the left jab or longer reach of Cermeno. He had no plan B; in fact it was difficult to figure his Plan A. He let Cermeno dictate the pace and never really sustained any of his attacks. His previous opposition had been carefully chosen to avoid any real tests but the Chinese market is so big that he will get another title shot.
Xu vs. McConnell
“Monster” Xu retains his WBA Oceania and WBA International titles with unanimous decision over Australian McConnell. Xu had height and reach over the visitor and superior skills. Xu was able to outbox McConnell on the outside and outpunched the Aussie on the inside. McConnell fought hard but was very short of recent ring time and never really got into the fight which lacked highlights. Scores 118-110 twice and 116-112 all for Xu. The 22-year-old from Kunming has won his last six fights but against low level opposituion and has yet to win a fight inside the distance so his WBA No 6 ratings is typically ridiculous. Former Australian champion McConnell was outclassed and stopped in five rounds by Lee Selby for the CBC title in 2013. Going into this one McConnell had had only one fight in the last 22 months and that fight was 11 months ago and lasted less than two minutes.
Malvern, Australia: Super Bantam: Jason Moloney (8-0) W KO 3 Virden Rivera (8-3-2). Bantam: Andrew Moloney (8-0) W PTS 8 Cris Alfante (11-6-1).
Moloney vs. Amuzu
Moloney gets another inside the distance win as he knocks out Filipino Rivera. As long as he kept moving and boxing the Filipino avoided serious trouble. Moloney kept pressing until Rivera was forced to stand and trade when a right put him down and out. Moloney retains his WBA Oceania title. The 25-year-old from Melbourne has won all of his fights by KO/TKO and has yet to go past the fifth round for a win. The “Smooth One” is a former Australian Under -17 and Under-19 champion and was a quarter-finalist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games where he beat the current World Amateur champion Michael Conlan. Filipino Rivera came in as a late substitute as Moloney’s scheduled opponent had visa problems. Third inside the distance loss for Rivera who has won only one of his last five fights.
Moloney vs. Alfante
Twin brother Andrew kept pace with Jason with his win. The young Australian just had too much of an edge in skill and won clearly over Filipino southpaw Alfante. Moloney was also stronger when they went inside but a stoppage of gutsy Alfante was never on the cards. Scores 80-72 twice and 79-73. Moloney has impressive amateur credentials having been Australian champion five years in a row. He won a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and competed at the 2009,2011 and 2013 World Championships. Alfante, 24, gave it a try but is now 1-5-1 in his last 7 fights.
Nanning, China: Heavy: Ian Lewison (12-2-1) W KO 2 Zhi YU Wu (7-1). Super Light: Xiang Xiang Sun (8-0) W KO 2 Campee Phayom (9-2). Fly: Jing Xiang (9-4-2) W PTS 10 Joel Taduran (7-4-1).
Lewison vs. Wu
Brixton’s “Lay Em Out” Lewison gets a win on the other side of the world. The Londoner was giving away 26lbs to a fat, overweight local fighter. Lewison sensible went to the flabby body of Wu until the Chinese fighter went down from a left to the body in the second and did not beat the count. Somehow-and only the WBO know how-Lewison, 34, wins the WBO Asia Pacific title and gets his eighth win by KO/TKO. He has won 8 of his last 9 fights with the loss being to Derric Rossy in a 2013 Prizefighter. He had trained hard for this one taking off 19lbs since his last fight in April. Wu,33, who was a substitute, had gone the other way being 275lbs, 35lbs more than when he fought last year.
Sun vs. Phayom
Chinese hope Sun impresses with kayo of Thai. Sun dropped Phayom with a left hook in the first and a lightning combination in the second put Phayom down and out cold with the Thai needing medical assistance before being able to get up. Sun, 23, collects the vacant WBO Asia Pacific has won his last six fights by KO/TKO. Phayom, 18, was flattered by his record as his none of his nine victims had ever won a fight with six of them never having previously had a fight.
Xian vs. Taduran
This one went the distance with local fighter Xian winning a wide unanimous decision. There was not a lot between them with Xian the busier and more accurate but with Taduran never out of the fight. Scores 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93. Xian wins the interim WBO Oriental title and is 6-1-2 in his last 9 fights. Taduran went the full ten rounds in losing to former WBC champion Toshiyuki Igarashi last month.
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