Weekly Results August 11 2015
Los Angeles, CA, USA: Feather: Abraham Lopez (19-0-1) W TKO 9 Jorge Diaz (18-4-1). Super Bantam: Roy Tapia (11-0-2) W KO 3 Juan Luis Hernandez (18-6-1).
Lopez vs. Diaz
Lopez gets stoppage win over useful Diaz. Diaz came out pressing the action in the first only for a right from Lopez to put him off balance and down on one knee for a flash knockdown. Lopez had the strength and was the harder puncher but Diaz boxed well finding the target regularly with his rights. However Lopez was bossing the fight and landing the harder punches and slowly draining the energy out of Diaz. Lopez landed some vicious uppercuts in the seventh and although Diaz was still finding gaps with his counters he was not able to stop Lopez walking through his jab and dominating. It was all one way in the eighth and ninth with Diaz just soaking up punishment and between the referee and Diaz’s corner they decided that it was over at the end of that ninth round. “Chamaco” Lopez, 27, now has 14 wins by KO/TKO. He has beaten Gerardo Espinoza, Gabriel Tolmajyan and Alfred Tetteh and his draw was with Juan Carlos Martinez so a reasonable level of opposition to aid his development. Diaz, 27, a former US Under-19 champion, won his first 15 fights but is 3-4-1 in his last 8 as the opposition had gotten tougher
Tapia vs. Hernandez
Tapia was coming off a disappointing draw but he made no mistake here. Tapia’s body punches had Hernandez struggling in the first round and Tapia continued to bombard the body in the second with Hernandez driven to his knees. Tapia was scoring with thumping hooks again in the third and Hernandez went down for a second time and the fight was over. Tapia, 23, had knocked out Mexican veteran Luis Maldonado in November but only managed a draw with Ali Gonzalez (6-5) in March. Hernandez gets his fifth loss by KO/TKO. He is now 3-3 in his last 6 fights. The wins were over low level opposition but the other losses were against much tougher foes in Genesis Servania and Joseph Diaz.
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Super Welter: Guido N Pitto (20-3) W PTS 10 Luis A Moreno (18-9-5). Pitto returns from having been based in Spain and gets win. “Chico” was outboxing Moreno for most of the way but just lacked the power to end it early. He was able to get through Moreno’s guard with punches to head and body and by the third Moreno already had a swelling on his left cheek. A series of hard punches in the fourth saw Moreno spit out his gumshield to get a breather and he was competitive in the middle rounds. Pitto kept up the pressure and a left hook in the ninth had Moreno stumbling. Pitto finished strongly with Moreno again spitting out his gumshield and this time it cost him a point but the brief stoppage allowed him to last the distance. Scores 98-91, 97-92 and 97-93. Pitto had a good campaign in Europe beating Reda Zam Zam and taking away the unbeaten record of Jack Culcay, the only loss on the record of the interim WBA champion. Culcay beat him in a return but even then only on a split decision. He had a title shot in April last year losing on points to Zaurbek Baysangurov for the vacant IBO title. Moreno was out of his depth and the scoring flattered him as he hardly did enough to win one round. He is 2-7 in his last 9 fights and this is the first time he has gone more than six rounds.
Flemington, Australia, Super Light: Czar Amonsot (39-3-3) W TEC DEC 4 Rusmin Kie Raha (14-8-2). Super Bantam: Ibrahim Balla (8-0) W PTS 10 Roberto Lerio (16-22-1). Cruiser: Kane Watts (15-2) W KO 3 Emosi Solitua (5-2).
Amonsot vs. Raha
Amonsot wins vacant WBA Pan African title and makes the third defence of his PABA title with technical decision over Indonesian Raha. The 29-year-old Filipino southpaw the “Czar of Bohol” lost to Michael Katsidis for the interim WBO title in 2007 but since then is 11-0-2 in his last 13 fights and is at No 11 with the WBA. Raha, a former Indonesian light champion, is 2-6 in his last 8 fights.
Balla vs. Lerio
The talented former amateur star Balla wins the vacant Australian title with wide unanimous verdict over tough little Filipino Lerio. Scores 100-90, 98-92 and 97-97. The 24-year-old prospect is one of two boxing brothers with brother Qamil already holding the Australian super light title. They are only the fifth pair of brothers to hold Australian titles at the same time. Ibrahim was Australian amateur champion and won a gold medal at the Arafura Games and a silver at the Commonwealth Youth Championships as well as representing Australia at the World Youth, World Senior, Commonwealth Games and 2012 Olympics so a good track record there. “Hands of Stone” Lerio, 29, is the Australian bantam champion and former super bantam champion but is 2-8 in his last 10 fights.
Watts vs. Solitua
Watts wins the vacant Australian title with knockout of Solitua. Now 8 wins by KO/TKO for 33-year-old Watts. He lost to Daniel Ammann in April last year but has been busy with six wins since then. Samoan Solitua was having his first fight for almost 13 months. His other loss was a first round kayo by Brad Pitt in February 2014.
San Antero, Colombia: Super Feather: Jose L Prieto (22-4) W TKO 7 Rodolfo Puente (16-2-2). Fly: Luis Diaz (15-2-1) W PTS 8 Gustavo Vera (3-3). Fly: Karluis Diaz (22-6) W PTS 8 Alfonso De la Hoz (13-54-6).
Prieto vs. Puente
“The Hammer” Prieto wins another inside the distance. Prieto was in charge from the start but a cut put his win in danger until he launched a furious attack in the seventh with a barrage of punches that forced the referee to stop the fight. The highlight of the fight was when the boxers were exchanging punches in a corner in the third round and the referee was floored by a loose punch. He got up and continued but sported a lump on his left cheek for the rest of the fight. The 30-year-old Prieto now has 14 wins by KO/TKO (not counting the referee) with his four losses against good quality opposition and he has won his last 9 fights. Puente, the Colombian feather champion, was unbeaten in his last 18 fights but against very low level opposition.
Diaz vs. Vera
Colombian “Machete” Diaz gets unanimous decision over fellow Colombian Vera. The first round was even with little action. Vera was taking the fight to Diaz in the second and landed the telling punches in the round. Diaz finally got rolling in the third getting home with some good combinations and took the fourth. With Vera cut over his right eye and seeming to tire Diaz had his best round in the fifth looking to have Vera in some trouble and he also edged the sixth. Vera found some energy to make the seventh competitive and took the last but it was just not enough to swing the verdict his way scores 78-74, 78-74 and 79-74 for Diaz. The 22-year-old Diaz is 13-0-1 in his last 14 fights. Vera had lost a technical decision to Diaz in December.
Diaz vs. De la Hoz
Former WBA title challenger Diaz keeps busy with a wide unanimous decision over De la Hoz. Comfortable win for Diaz as veteran De la Hoz provides some entertainment and humour but just adds one more loss to his already burgeoning total. Scores 80-71, 80-72 and 78-72. Diaz, 28, has lost in title fights against Alberto Rossel for the interim WBA light fly and Hekkie Budler for the IBO and WBA minimum titles. First fight for a year for De la Hoz who last won a fight in 2007 but has only been beaten by KO/TKO 3 times in his 54 defeats.
Mexico City, Mexico: Super Bantam: Alejandro Hernandez (30-11-2) W TKO 8 Humberto Morales (14-12-4,1ND). Hernandez comes from behind to force Morales out of the fight. The “Little Clown” made a slow start and Morales was getting through with hooks and uppercuts which quickly raised a bump under the left eye of Hernandez. Gradually Hernandez began to get into the fight punishing Morales with body shots and causing a swelling by the left eye of Morales. The body attack paid dividends as Morales quickly tired under the pressure but it was still a surprise when his corner climbed onto the ring apron to save their man half way through the eighth round. Hernandez, 29 wins the vacant Mexican title. He lost on points to Omar Narvaez for the WBO fly title in 2008, drew with Marvin Sonsona for the vacant WBO super fly title when Sonsona lost the title on the scales. He then won the interim WBO bantam title when beating Daniel Rosas in June 2014 only to lose to Tomoki Kameda for the full title in November. This is his second win this year. Fifth loss by KO/TKO for Morales who is now 4-1-2 in his last 7 fights against good level opposition.
Panama City, Panama: Super Light: Alberto Mosquera (22-2-2,2ND) W PTS 11 Kelly Figueroa (8-3-3). Bantam: Liborio Solis (20-3-1) W KO 2 Jonathan Burgos (11-3-1). Super Feather: Joan Vasquez (15-1) W KO 4 Jose Forero (12-4-1). Light: Oliver Flores (27-1-2) W TKO 5 Julio Camano (10-16-1,1ND).
Mosquera vs. Figueroa
Morales wins the vacant WBA Fedelatin title with victory over Venezuelan Figueroa. Comfortable win for the local fighter on scores of 108-101,108-102 and 107-103. The 28-year-old southpaw was coming off back-to-back inside the distance losses to Charlie Navarro (nine rounds) and Sammy Vasquez (one round) so could not afford another loss. “Machine Gun Kelly” also a southpaw had lost on points to Darleys Perez in 2012 and then gone 5-0-1 before this fight.
Solis vs. Burgos
Venezuelan Solis makes it 11 wins on the bounce as he halts Burgos in two rounds. The difference in class and power meant this was always going to be a short fight. Solis had Burgos hurt in the first and then put him down with an uppercut to the body in the second and Burgos could not beat the count. The 33-year-old former WBA super fly champion beat Daiki Kameda in what was to be unification bout for the WBA and IBF titles but came in over the weight limit and lost his WBA title. He is rated WBA 3/ WBC 6/IBF 12 so may yet get a chance at one of the versions of the bantam title. Colombian Burgos had won 6 of his last 7 fights but at a much lower level.
Vasquez vs. Forero
Vasquez wins the vacant WBC Latino title as he destroys local fighter Forero. After a quiet first round Vasquez broke through flooring Forero in the second and putting him down twice in the fourth. Dominican Vasquez goes to 13 wins by KO/TKO. Once again impressive looking figures but typical Dominican with only one of his previous victims having a positive record-and he lost to him. His last four wins were over guys with combined records of 1-49-0. First loss in side the distance for Forero.
Flores vs. Camano
Nicaraguan southpaw Flores makes it 17 wins by KO/TKO as he halts Panamanian Camano in five rounds. The 23-year-old was knocked out in two rounds by Mexican banger Miguel Berchelt in two rounds in 2012. He was then inactive for ten months and this is his fourth win since returning. He turned pro at 15. “Dinamita” Camano is 2-14-1 in his last 17 fights so perhaps needs a new nickname something that reflects implosion rather than explosion.
Bangkok, Thailand: Bantam: Pungluang (51-3) W KO 2 Ryo Akaho (26-2-2). Super Feather: Chonlatarn (56-2) W TKO 6 Boido Simanjuntak (18-29-1). Kwanpichit (32-1-2) W TKO 2 Thaminkhao (4-14-1).
Pungluang vs. Akaho
Pungluang regains WBO title as he beats Akaho in bed tempered contest for the vacant title. Both were looking to dominated from the start by using stiff jabs and right crosses. They got involved in a clinch and Akaho complained about a punch from Pungluang to the back of his head. When they resumed Akaho landed two sharp hooks, the Japanese fighters was getting his punches away quicker and when Pungluang landed a right to the side of his head Akaho again complained about a foul. Both landed some hard shots but then got mixed up in a clinch and Pungluang wrestled Akaho to the floor. At the start of the second round Pungluang launched a furious attack that saw Akaho under fire and then holding on to smother Pungluang’s work and getting a warning from the referee., Now the fight became bad tempered with Akaho landing a couple of low punches and then clinching with Pungluang using his strength to wrestle Akaho around and on to the ropes. Akaho turned things around so that he was holding Pungluang against the ropes with both holding and trying to land left hooks. Pungluang swung Akaho around and pushed Akaho into a corner by putting his glove on the back of Akaho’s head and thrusting. Akaho stumbled out of the corner backwards and he was off balance and put both arms out to steady himself. That left him wide open Pungluang then landed a right/left right series of punches to the head that put Akaho down. The referee started to count but could see that Akaho was finished and he waived the fight over. Some controversy over the finish based on that push to the back of Akaho’s head being a foul but Akaho was stumbling at the time and it was the final three punches that did the damage. The 27-year-old Pungluang from the strong Onesongchaigym Gym turned pro at 16 and now enters his second period as WBO champion. He won the vacant title in 2012 by beating AJ Banal but lost it in his first defence to Namibian Paulus Ambunda. He failed in a challenge for the title in 2014 being knocked out by Tomoki Kameda in July last year and this is his fifth win since then. Akaho was quick and aggressive and will feel aggrieved at the way the fight ended but he was outmuscled by the strong Thai. This is the second unsuccessful title challenge for the 29-year-ols Akaho having lost on points to Yota Sato for the WBC title in 2012.
Chonlatarn vs. Simanjuntak
Chonlatarn dominated the first round with some stiff jabs and lefts to the body. Southpaw Simanjuntak got through with some thumps of his own but he was crude and often standing with his two feet square on to each other leaving him off balance. Chonlatarn bossed the second and third forcing Simanjuntak back with stiff jabs and banging in hard four/five punch combinations to head and body. Early in the fourth a right from Simanjuntak suddenly stopped Chonlatarn in his tracks and Simanjuntak stormed forward taking Chonlatarn to the ropes and seeming to have the Thai shaken. Chonlatarn punched his way out of trouble. Simanjuntak had another brief spell on top in the round but by the bell Chonlatarn was driving Simanjuntak around the ring and finished the round with a bunch of 15 consecutive punches. They went toe-to-toe through most of the fifth with Chonlatarn landing some serious shots and Simanjuntak trying to fire back but taking a beating. Chonlatarn surged forward in the sixth scoring time and again with hooks to the body and he was unloading on Simanjuntak on the ropes when the referee stopped the fight. The 30-year-old Thai lost on points to Chris John for the WBA title in 2012 and to Vasyl Lomachenko for the WBO title last November. This is his fourth win since then and win No 37 by KO/TKO. Indonesian Simanjuntak showed plenty of guts but not much technique. He has now lost his last 11 fights.
Kwanpichit vs. Thaminkhao
Kwanpichit wins with kayo of inexperienced Thaminkhao. Both were throwing left hooks to the body with Kwanpichit slowly forcing Thaminkhao to shut down his offence and concentrate on defence. After a couple more thumping left hooks Kwanpichit threw a straight right to the chin that sent Thaminkhao down against the ropes. Thaminkhao was up at six but the bell rang when the eight count was completed. Less than ten seconds into the second round Kwanpichit fired home a right uppercut that sent Thaminkhao down on his back and the fight was stopped without a count. Kwanpichit’s only loss was against Zou Shiming for the WBO International title in November and this is his third win by KO/TKO since then, but at 33 it will be difficult for him to get another title shot but as he is still rated at No 8 by the WBO it is not impossible. Thaminkhao a poor opponent. He showed some fire but is 1 -13-1 in his last 15 fights.
Dubai, UAE: Welter: Jason Pagara (36-2) W TEC DEC 8 Ramiro Alcaraz (15-5-1). Super Bantam: Albert Pagara (24-0) W TKO 1 Jesus Rios (31-8-1,1ND). Super Light: Jimrex Jaca (40-8-4) W PTS 8 Pablo Montiel (21-6).
Pagara vs. Alcaraz
Pagara has to fight with the handicap of a cut but gets the technical decision. Things started badly for Pagara when he initially found southpaw Alcaraz an awkward opponent and also suffered a cut on his left eye lid in the first round. That was balanced out by the referee deducting a point from Alcaraz over the clash of heads that caused the cut. He settled down in the second hurting Alcaraz with left hooks. The cut was bothering Pagara and giving Alcaraz an edge in some of the action. Pagara survived a doctor’s inspection in the fourth and was again outscoring the Mexican in the fifth. The sixth was close with Alcaraz matching Pagara but the Filipino got a break when they both punched on after the bell but the referee only penalised Alcaraz so another point deduction against the Mexican. Early in the eighth the action was temporarily suspended after a low punch from Pagara but when it resumed the blood from the cut was affecting Pagara’s vision and the doctor advised the referee to stop the fight and it went to the score cards. Scores 78-72, 77-73 and 76-74 all for Pagara. Although he deserved the victory it looked much closer even with the deductions than the first two cards showed. The 27-year-old “El Nino” has lost only one of his last 25 fights, to Rosbel Montoya, and he got revenge with an inside the distance win in a return. He is No 2 with the WBO at light welter. With No 1 Lucas Matthysse fighting Viktor Postol for the vacant WBC title that will put him in line for a shot at champion Terence Crawford. Alcaraz felt he was robbed in this one and the deductions were harsh but that won’t show on the records. He sprang a big upset when he beat Antonio Lozada (32-1) in 2013 but lost a still creditable split decision in a return fight.
Pagara vs. Rios
Younger brother Albert looks a great prospect and he blew away Rios in impressive style. Pagara was quickly stalking Rios and shook him with a right cross/left hook combination. Rios backed up to the ropes where Pagara nailed him with that right cross/left hook combination again and Rios slumped down to the canvas against the ropes. He got up but still looked very shaken. The referee had a good look at Rios then let the fight continue. Pagara stepped in and landed a series of head shots from both hands. Being pinned against the ropes Rios only went down slowly so took some of those punches on the way. Once down he was finished and the referee immediately stopped the fight without a count. Rios was in a distressed condition and needed medical help and some oxygen before recovering. The 21-year-old Filipino looks the goods and now has 17 wins by KO/TKO and is rated IBF 5/WBC 10. Difficult to know if he can go all the way as so far he has faced good but not dangerous opposition but he has talent and power. The fight was to be a defence of his IBF Inter-Continental title for Pagara but Rios failed to make the weight and gave up trying when he finally managed to get down to 124lbs which was still 2lbs over the limit.
Jaca vs. Montiel
Jaca has to get off the floor to win this one. The Filipino veteran was doing as he pleased with Montiel for three and a bit rounds. In the fourth the Mexican landed a counter that put Jaca down. The referee did not have a god view and ruled it a slip. The downside of that for Jaca was that he did not get an eight count to help him recover and later in the round Montiel scored a genuine knockdown flooring Jaca with a left hook. Jaca was badly shaken and took the step of spitting out his gumshield three times to get a breather and was lucky not to be penalised. Despite the trouble he had in the previous round Jaca came out firing for the fifth and had Montiel in trouble at the end of the round. The sixth was about even but Jaca staged a strong finish over the last two rounds to earn the decision. Scores 78-74 twice and 77-74 for Jaca. The 32-year-olod Filipino “Executioner” was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in a fight for the interim WBO feather title but then accumulated 11 wins in a row before hitting a bad patch and he was 0-2-1 going into this one. Montiel has only lost once by KO/TKO but this was his first fight for 14 months.
Atlantic City, NJ, USA: Middle: Sergiy Derevyanchenko (6-0) W PTS 8 Elvin Ayala (28-7-1). Middle: Ievgen Khytrov (11-0) W TKO 8 Nick Brinson (17-4-2). Super Light: Regis Prograis (15-0) W PTS 8 Amos Cowart (11-1-1). Middle: Avtandil Khurtsidze (31-2-2) W TKO 1 Melvin Betancourt (29-3). Middle: Thomas Lamanna (17-1) W PTS 8 Joshua Robertson (7-9). Heavy: Joey Dawejko (15-4-2) W TKO 1 Robert Dunton (11-15-1).
Derevyanchenko vs. Ayala
Derevyanchenko gets some useful ring time and shows good technical skills and patience as he goes past the fourth round for the first time. The Ukrainian used his jab both to keep Ayala on the back foot and to set up his attacks and you could see where his “The Technician” nickname came from. Ayala was almost permanently on the back foot and was unable to launch any sustained attacks as Derevyanchenko gradually beat him down. The Ukrainian shook Ayala with some good combinations in the third and fourth. He increased the pace in the fifth and sixth looking to take Ayala out of the fight but the veteran although not doing much himself was hanging in there. Derevyanchenko came close to ending it in the last with a strong attack and it could have been stopped but Ayala hung on until the bell. The 29-year-old Brooklyn-based Ukrainian won on scores of 80-71 twice and 80-72. A World Championships bronze medal winner he competed in the 2008 Olympics and in the World Series Boxing for four seasons and lost only once. He needs some more ring time as he had less than 13 rounds going into this one but he will be ready for a world rating in 2016. Ayala, 35, lost to Arthur Abraham for the IBF title in 2008. After losing inside a round to Curtis Stevens in 2013 he took a year out and in March this outpointed previously unbeaten Romanian prospect Ronald Gavril.
Khytrov vs. Brinson
Khytrov left it late to save his 100% record. Brinson was quicker to the punch and using good movement and good counters to offset the aggression from Khytrov. When Khytrov did get Brinson to stand and trade Brinson was getting his punches off first and Khytrov was finding it hard to sustain his attacks and was showing a bruise under his right eye as evidence of the effective work from Brinson. Khytrov kept pressing but Brinson had a good fifth scoring with quick, accurate punches from both hands. Brinson continued to outbox Khytrov early in the sixth but at the end of the round the Ukrainian finally began slow Brinson with body punches. Brinson tried to fight on the outside in the seventh but again as the round progressed Khytrov was pressing hard with both fighters looking tired. At the start of the last round Brinson only had to survive to win as he was up 70-62 on two cards and level at 66-66 on the third. Khytrov drove Brinson to the ropes and trapped him there throwing punch after punch with Brinson covering up and blocking most of them. When Brinson escaped from the ropes Khytrov caught him with a left hook and Brinson’s knees dipped. Khytrov again forced Brinson back across the ring scoring with long left hooks to the head. The ropes stopped Brinson going any further and three punches from Khytrov each had Brinson’s head snapping back. Brinson took a pace back and went down on one knee holding on to the ropes with his other arm. At that point the referee stepped in and without a count and waived the fight over with 33 seconds left in the round. Brinson protested that he had stepped back and taken a knee to escape the bombardment but was able to get up and fight on but Khytrov had landed some big head shots in his final attack and it was a good stoppage. The 26-year-old “Ukrainian Lion” goes to 10 wins by KO/TKO. He had won 9 in a row by KO/TKO until Aaron Coley took him the distance in April so he has started another streak. A European Junior gold and World Senior gold medallist he came so close to losing this one and there are lessons to be learnt about not giving away early rounds. Brinson, 27, now has three losses by KO/TKO but he came close to a big win. He had a bad 2014 losing consecutive fights against Dominic Wade and Andre Dirrell but had a win in June this year against low level opposition.
Prograis vs. Cowart
Prograis wins battle of undefeated fighters with wide unanimous decision over Cowart in an all-southpaw match. Prograis set a high work rate that Cowart just could not match. Prograis was also quicker and more accurate but Cowart was competitive over the first two rounds and had a good third. From there Prograis was in charge. He bloodied Cowart’s nose in the fourth and outworked him in the fifth. Cowart was walking in and taking punishment but also firing back and raisedc a lump under the right of Prograis. Over the last three rounds the pace of the fight and body punches from Prograis took their toll and saw Cowart fade out of the fight. Scores 80-72 twice and 79-71. The 26-year-old Texan was taken past the sixth round for the first time. He was a bronze medallist at the US Championships but did not make it through the final US Trials so missed out on a berth in London. Floridian Cowart, 25, just met a better fighter on the night.
Khurtsidze vs. Betancourt
Khurtsidze gets this one over quickly. The Georgian came out firing forcing Betancourt back. The Dominican tried to fight fire with fire but then it got too hot for him and it was one-way traffic. Khurtsidze just kept bombing away and put Betancourt down heavily with a left hook. Betancourt made it to his feet but was on shaky pins and the referee rightly stopped the fight. The 36-year-old pocket-sized (5’4” 163cm) Khurtsidze lost on points to Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam for the interim WBA title in 2010, his only loss in his last 24 fights, but at WBC 7/IBF 13 it looks unlikely he will get another title shot. Betancourt was knocked out in two rounds by Gary O’Sullivan in Boston in May. His statistics look good but it is a typical Dominican republic record with 26 of his 29 opponents having negative records.
Lamanna vs. Robertson
Lamanna gets back into the winning groove after his first pro loss. The lanky middle had height and reach over the much smaller Robertson. Lamanna was able to use his jab to control the tempo of the fight and counter Robertson when he tried to come inside. Although Robertson never won a round he did make Lamanna work hard for his win but the physical advantages and the superior skill of Lamanna were too much for Robertson. Scores 80-72 from all three judges. Lamanna had his 16 bout winning streak ended when he was stopped in six rounds by Antoine Douglas in March so he has started his rehabilitation. Robertson had also lost every round against Lamanna when they fought in 2013. He is game but not in this class and is now 2-8 in his last 10 fights.
Dawejko vs. Dunton
This looked a poor match on paper and it proved to be even worse as Dawejko destroyed Dunton in 31 seconds. A right put Dunton down and although he climbed to his feet the referee stopped the fight. Dawejko also rebounding, in his case from a points loss to Amir Mansour in May. Prior to that the 25-year-old from Philly had won six in a row including a victory over experienced Derric Rossy. For Dunton it is now 9 losses by KO/TKO and 10 losses in his last 12 fights.
Camaray, Australia: Super Middle: Faris Chevalier (9-1) W PTS 10 Tej Pratap Singh (4-1-1). Light Heavy: Kerry Foley (16-2-1) W TKO 4 Joel Casey (16-15-3). Super Middle: Jake Carr (11-0) W TKO 4 Togas Leota (16-17-1).
Chevalier vs. Singh
Brisbane-based Frenchman Chevalier wins the vacant Australian title with unanimous decision over Singh. Scores 100-90, 99-91 and 97-93. This was the first ten round fight for the ANBF No 5. Singh had been No 10 with the ANBF.
Foley vs. Casey
Foley retains the Australian title with knockout of veteran Casey. Foley had the fight well in hand and floored Casey twice in the fourth round. The second knockdown was spectacular leaving Casey spread-eagled on the canvas out cold. Foley, 27, making the first defence of his title now has 13 wins by KO/TKO. He had beaten Casey on points way back in 2007 but no judges were needed for this one. Southpaw Casey, 31, suffers his fifth loss in a row.
Carr vs. Leota
Carr gets win inside the distance as he halts Leota in the sixth. The ANBF No 2 was in charge from the start although Leota gave his usually gutsy display. It ended in the sixth when a left hook to the body from Carr put Leota down and the fight was stopped. Carr, 24, now has 4 wins by KO/TKO and is yet another good Australian prospect. Samoa Leota, 32, has a poor record but always come to fight and occasionally scores an upset.
Savonlinna, Finland: Super Middle: Niklas Rasanen (10-0) W PTS 8 Geard Ajetovic (26-12-1). Super Light: Jarkko Putkonen (12-0) W PTS 8 Nordeen Toure (4-1). Super Welter : Jussi Koivula (18-2-1) DREW 6 Artem Karasev (7-20-1).
Rasanen vs. Ajetovic
“Drummer Boy” Rasanen continues his winning run as he uses his height and reach to win a unanimous decision over experienced Ajetovic. The Serb had some success over the early rounds as he was able to penetrate the Finn’s defence with ease. Rasanen was much better over the second half of the fight and deservedly took the unanimous verdict. Scores 78-74, 79-74 and 79-77. The Finnish southpaw is being sensibly matched and Ajetovic proved a useful opponent. Serbian Ajetovic, 34, who turned pro in Britain, lost only one of his first 18 fights but then hit a series of tough matches with fighters such as Daniel Geale who he challenged for the IBO middle title, Dmitry Pirog, Matthew Macklin and Max Vlasov. He is 8-8 in his last 16 fights but has never lost inside the distance.
Putkonen vs. Toure
The longer this one went the better were Putkonen’s chances of winning as all four of Toure’s wins had come in the first round. It was a close, tactical fight rather than an exciting scrap. Despite his lack of experience the Finnish-based Togolese boxer was competitive all the way and Putkonen just edged this on a split decision. Scores 78-76 and 77-76 for Putkonen and 77-76 for Toure. A return would be a just reward for Toure. Putkonen, 31, a former Finnish amateur champion, was given his roughest test so far. Good learning fight for 24-year-old Toure after not going more than 150 seconds in any of his other fights.
Koivula vs. Karasev
Koivula looks to have gone as far as he is going as he is held to a draw by Lithuanian-based Russian Karasev. Scores 60-56 to Koivula, 58-57 to Karasev and 57-57. The 31-year-old Finn won his first 13 fights but has not progressed from there losing to Lukasz Maciec and Marcello Matano with the loss to Matano a poor performance. Karasev had a 1-11-1 run but had won his last two fights.
Gatteo-a-Mare, Italy: Middle: Matthew Signani (22-4-3) W TKO 8 Rafael Sosa Pinto (49-12).Super Bantam: Vittorio Parrinello (5-0) W TEC DEC 5 Daniel Lemon (13-4-1). Fly: Mohammed Obbadi (4-0) W TKO 2 Giuseppe Laguna (25-13-1,1ND).
Signani vs. Pinto
Signani wins the vacant WBA title as Pinto suffers a bad cut and is unable to continue. The Italian “Jaguar” takes the first three rounds using his longer reach to keep Pitto out and scoring with straight rights to build a lead. Pinto gets his kind of fight in the fourth and fifth as he draws Signani into a brawl where he can score with hooks and uppercuts inside. Signani back in charge in the sixth pressing Pinto taking him to the ropes and wearing him down and the seventh goes the same way with Pinto tiring. Late in the eighth after Signani landed a good left hook there was a clash of heads. Pinto went down and the referee started to count but then saw Pinto was badly cut over his right eye and stopped the count and asked the doctor to examine Pinto’s cut and the doctor advised the fight should be halted with Signani the winner. The 36-year-old local fighter a former undefeated Italian and EU champion has lost only one of his last 19 fights and is No 4 with the EBU with the hope of getting a shot at the title. Uruguayan Pinto, 34, a former Uruguayan super welter champion was 4-2 in his last 6 fights with the losses coming inside the distance against world rated fighters in Schiller Hyppolite and Callum Smith.
Parrinello vs. Lemon
Former top amateur Parrinello wins the vacant Italian title with technical decision over Lemon. Both were cautious in the first and not letting their punches go but taking time to study each other. From the second Parrinello’s class began to show. He used his speed of hand and foot to control the fight with Lemon trying hard to pin Parrinello down but just being outboxed and outscored. Parrinello increased the pace with each round doubling up on the jab and never letting Lemon launch and serious attacks. Finally in the fifth Lemon managed to draw Parrinello in close but a clash of heads leads to a severe cut on the right eyebrow of Parrinello and the fight is stopped with the score cards to decide the winner. Scores 50-45, 50-46 and 49-47 all for Parrinello. The 30-year-old Parrinello was a mainstay of the Italian team for many years being Italian champion four times getting a silver medal at the World Military Championships, competing at the European and World Championships and the 2008 and 2012 Olympics where he only lost by two points to gold medal winner Luke Campbell. Lemon, 30, a former undefeated Italian super bantam champion can at least claim they are 1-1 in their series as he beat Parrinello in the Italian Championships in 2006 but this is where he needed the win.
Obbadi vs. Lagana
There are not too many flyweights in Europe so Moroccan Obbadi has had to move up to eight round level quickly. He had no trouble here as he only had to go less than two rounds to halt the experienced Lagana. The promising 21-year-old has won all four of his fights inside the distance so is still short of ring time. Lagana, 43, a former Italian and EU champion has now lost his last four fights.
Tokyo, Japan: Middle: Akio Shibata (26-8-1) W TKO 8 Yasuyuki Akiyama (10-5-1).
Shibata retains the JBC & OPBF titles with stoppage of Akiyama. Shibata was a class above Akiyama being able to work his jab and slot home hard straight rights through the leaky defence of Akiyama. Knowing he was falling behind Akiyama took chances to try to turn the fight around which only left him open for more punishment. Shibata’s punches gradually had Akiyama looking the worse for wear and with his left eye swollen and his face distorted by other swelling the doctor finally advised the fight should be stopped. Shibata, 33, was stopped in two rounds by Olympic gold medallist Ryota Murata in the Olympian’s first pro fight in 2013 but has won five in a row since then. Akiyama, the JBC No 1, had won his last 4 fights but this was his first move up to ten round level.
Tecate, Mexico: Super Fly: Felipe Orucuta (31-3) W PTS 10 Roberto Pucheta (9-5-1). Welter: Carlos Ocampo (16-0) W PTS 10 Jhonny Navarette (29-7-1).
Orucuta vs. Pucheta
Orucuta overcomes a slow start to win unanimous decision over Pucheta. Over the first two rounds Pucheta was the quicker with Orucuta doing very little and falling behind on the cards. From the third Orucuta woke up and started banging home combinations to head and body with those body punches visibly slowing Pucheta. Orucuta had Pucheta on the verge of a knockdown a few times but just could not produce the big punch when it was needed and “Scorpion” Pucheta was always trying to fire back. The last round had the fans on their feet as Pucheta tried for the knockout and they traded toe-to-toe to the bell. Scores 98-92 from all three judges. Orucuta is 13-2 in his last 15 fights with the losses controversial split and majority decision against Omar Narvaez for the WBO super fly title in Argentina. He is rated WBO 6/WBC 8 and is one of the best fighters in the division and can win the title if he gets another chance. Rucheta, 25, has yet to lose by KO/TKO and going in was 6-3 against reasonable level local opposition.
Ocampo vs. Navarrete
Prospect “Chema” extends his winning run with victory over experienced Navarrete. Ocampo made a good start putting Navarrete down with a right to the head in the first. Navarrete has a good chin and he was able to get up and get back into the fight but the younger Ocampo just kept pressing and although Navarrete had reach and height and reach over Ocampo and was always dangerous with one-off punches he only did enough to pick up a round here and there Ocampo outworked him and ran out a comfortable winner. Scores 100-89, 99-90 and 97-92. The young fighter from Ensenada had won 6 of his last 7 fights by KO/TKO so Navarrete was a good learning fight. Navarrete, 27, came in with a run of twelve wins behind him and has only been beaten inside the distance once.
Mexico City, Mexico: Light: Dante Jardon (27-5) W KO 2 Jairo Lopez (18-3). Fly: Saul Juarez (22-4) W PTS 10 Adrian Hernandez (30-4-1). Welter: Reyes Sanchez (26-6-2) W PTS 8 Diego Cruz (13-3).
Jardon vs. Lopez
This was expected to be a fight that would produce fireworks and it did. Both fighters landed heavy punches in the first and the trading continued into the second. “Doberman” Lopez got his licks in first and floored Jardon with a right hook. When Jordan got up Lopez was storming in trying to finish off his hurt opponent. Jordan was hurt but not out and as Lopez came forward he nailed him with left which put Lopez down heavily. He made it to his feet but his legs were wobbling and the referee stopped the fight. “Crazy” Jardon, 27, retains his WBC International Silver title. He now has 17 wins by KO/TKO. A run of good wins with victories over Miguel Roman and Gamaliel Diaz earned Jardon a shot at Takashi Miura in December 2013 for the WBC super feather title but he was stopped in nine rounds and in his next fight lost a wide unanimous decision against Adrian Estrella in July last year. He had done some rebuilding with a couple of domestic victories but another loss here would have been a serious setback as he had already dropped to No 24 in the WBC ratings. Lopez had been going in the other direction being 13-1 in his last 14 fights with victories over Juan Carlos Salgado and Fermin De los Santos.
Juarez vs. Hernandez
Jaures beats Hernandez again but on a split decision. Hernandez had paid for a slow start the first time they met but this time he edged ahead by flooring “Baby” in the second round. Juarez then proceeded to outbox Hernandez as he had done in their last fight. Hernandez kept pressing with Juarez moving and countering. The fight was close and it helped Juarez when a clash of heads in the last saw him cut with Hernandez losing a vital point. Scores 96-94 and 96-93 for Juarez and 96-94 for Hernandez. In their first fight Juarez had won when a punch inflicted a cut on Hernandez which was too bad for the fight to continue with Hernandez claiming it was a butt and the fight should have gone to the scorecards. Juarez lost his big chance in November when he was beaten by Filipino Milan Melindo in an IBF light fly eliminator but his win over Hernandez in their first fight has seen him up at IBF 6(4) and WBC 12 so he may yet get another chance. “Confessor” Hernandez a former WBC champion had been looking to get back into contention after losing his title to Naoya Inoue in April last year so he will feel that a third fight is needed to settle his business with Juarez.
Sanchez vs. Cruz
Sanchez uses his experience to box his way to victory over dangerous youngster Cruz. In the first Cruz was throwing bombs and trying to live up to his “Demolisher” nickname. Sanchez rode out the storm and had a better second round. From the third the taller Sanchez used his jab, body punches and hard straight counters to take charge and over the late round Cruz had to soak up a lot of punishment. Cruz tried to land the big punch in the last but Sanchez took no chances and eased to victory. Scores 78-75 twice and 79-74 for Sanchez. This was the first fight for 14 months for Sanchez who has made a habit of losing the big fights. Cruz, 21, had scored 10 wins by KO/TKO but Sanchez was by far the best opponent he has faced.
Caguas, Puerto Rico: Minimum: Janiel Rivera (13-2-3) W PTS 10 Israel Vazquez (9-3-2). Super Fly: Jose Martinez (15-0) W KO 3 Armando Vazquez (24-15-1,2ND). Light Fly: Angel Acosta (11-0) W KO 1 Luis Almendarez (3-4).
Rivera vs. Vazquez
Rivera wins the vacant WBC Silver title with unanimous decision over Vazquez. The young Rivera showcased some excellent skills, fast hands plenty of lateral movement. Vazquez claimed he had injured a hand in the second round but he was just not quick enough to catch Rivera. To a large extent the fight was already beyond the reach of Vazquez when he was floored in the fifth round allowing Rivera to open a wide gap in the scoring. Vazquez finished strongly but was well beaten. Scores 98-91, 97-91 and 97-92. The 23-year-old Rivera was No 19 with the WBC but because he has won the Silver title he will now shoot up the ratings. These two had fought a draw back in 2010 when they were both pro novices but Rivera had improved since then. Vazquez, the brother of Wilfredo Jr. and the son of the great Wilfredo Snr. has now lost three fights in a row and is rethinking his future.
Martinez vs. Vazquez
Martinez adds to his KO total and retains the WBC Latino title. The 22-year-old Puerto Rican was giving away height and reach but Vazquez did not have the punch to keep Martinez out and the local hope ended this one with just one second left in the third round and continues to make impressive progress. The former Puerto Rican amateur silver medal winner had 10 victories inside the distance. Mexican Vazquez has mixed in good company but is on the slide being 1-5 in his last 6 fights.
Acosta vs. Almendarez
Acosta blitzes Almendarez in just 30 seconds. The explosive prospect put Almendarez down with a body punch and although Almendarez got up he was in no condition to continue. The 24-year-old Acosta has won all of his fights by KO/TKO. He is a former Puerto Rican national champion and won a gold medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games. Almendarez just fodder really.
Indio, CA, USA: Super Welter: Dmitry Mikhaylenko (20-0) W TKO 8 Johan Perez (20-2-1,1ND). Super Bantam: Manuel Avila (18-0) W TKO 6 Yoandris Salinas (21-2-2). Super Feather: Tevin Farmer (20-4-1) W KO 8 Daulis Prescott (30-3,1ND). Feather: Joet Gonzalez (11-0) W KO 3 Miguel Tamayo (17-15-2). Super Middle: Jason Quigley (8-0) W KO 2 Mike Faulk (3-3).
Mikhaylenko vs. Perez
Mikhaylenko grinds down Perez for stoppage win and collects the WBA NABF title from the Venezuelan. The power and strength of Mikhaylenko saw him dominate this one. Perez was always trying to come forward and was willing to trade but continually found himself being out-powered and forced to fight with his back to the ropes. The Russian was landing neck jarring shots and strength sapping body punches. By the eighth Perez was sporting a cut over his left eye and had run out of gas. Once again Mikhaylenko forced Perez to the ropes and was unloading with both hands when the referee stopped the fight to save an exhausted Perez. The 29-year-old Russian “Mechanic” wins the WBA NABA title and gets his ninth win by KO/TKO. He has wins over Sechew Powell and Ronald Cruz and with winning this WBA minor title will now get a rating. Perez, 32, a former Interim WBA champion, lost his title to Mauricio Herrera on a majority decision in July last year so an impressive performance by Mikhaylenko to get such a one-sided victory.
Avila vs. Salinas
Avila gets win but hand injury for Salinas takes the edge off it. Avila’s best punch throughout the fight was his right and it was that punch that put Salinas down in the second round. The former top amateur from Cuba got up and back into the fight. Salinas was competitive in the third and had a good fourth although by the end of the round he had injured his right hand. That made the end certain as Salinas had only limited use of the hand. Avila was in control of the fight in the fifth and sixth and at the end of the sixth Salinas was unable to continue due to the injury. Avila, 23, wins the vacant interim WBA NABF title and will also be hoping this gets him a rating. He has wins over Enrique Quevedo and David De La Mora. “El Nino” Salinas, 29, came close to a big win when he drew in London with Scott Quigg for the secondary WBA title in 2013 but next time out he was floored three times and stopped in five rounds by Quevedo. He was a regular member of the Cuban team at major competitions twice winning the national title and getting a silver medal at the PanAmerican Games.
Farmer vs. Prescott
They are starting to call Farmer the “Cinderella Man” because of the way he has turned his career around and arguably he got his best win so far with the kayo of Prescott. In fairness to Prescott he came in as a late replacement and although he made a fight of it over the first three rounds Farmer took over completely in the fourth. He floored Prescott late in the round with a vicious southpaw left and after Prescott got up he was again getting hurt and only just made it to the bell. Farmer continued the pressure in the fifth and dropped Prescott in the sixth with a right. Unfortunately he also threw a left which landed when Prescott was down. The referee deducted a point for the foul and gave Prescott some recovery time. It did not help much as in the eighth a thunderous left from Farmer put Prescott down again and the referee waived the fight off without counting. The 25-year-old Farmer was 7-4-1 in his first 12 fights but has now won 13 in a row. Two of those early losses were to high quality opposition in unbeaten Kamil Laszczyk and Jose Pedraza. He has wins in that 13 bout streak over Emanuel Gonzalez and Viktor Chernous but this is his biggest win to date. Colombian Prescott, 28, the brother of Breidis, lost in seven rounds to Nicholas Walters for the secondary WBA feather title in 2012 and was then inactive until returning to action in November last year since when he had won 4 fights. His most recent win was three weeks ago so he was in some kind of shape but obviously not top shape with only one week’s notice.
Gonzalez vs. Tamayo
Gonzalez keeps his 100% record intact with crushing victory over Tamayo. Gonzalez was hunting Tamayo down from the opening bell and hurt Tamayo with a body shot in those first three minutes. In the second Gonzalez was still in control and he finished the job in the third. He floored Tamayo with a quick combination. Tamayo got up but another combination put him down for a second time and he was counted out. Now 5 wins by KO/TKO for the 21-year-old Californian a former US Junior champion and a silver medallist at the National Championships. He is yet another who did not make it through the final US Olympic Trials. Mexican Tamayo is 3-10 in his last 13 fights but all against good level opposition.
Quigley vs. Faulk
Quigley blows away another opponent. The brilliant Irish prospect was frustrated in the first wit the taller Faulk already in survival mode and trying to stay out of trouble forcing Quigley to make the fight. Quigley sorted out what he needed to do and went to work in the second flooring Faulk three times with the referee stopping the fight with one second left in the round. The 24-year-old Ballybofey fighter has won all 8 fights by KO/TKO taking a total of less than 14 rounds to get the jobs done but to date the opposition has been weak and he is ready for much stiffer challenges. First loss inside the distance for Faulk.
Opelusas, LA, USA: Super Light: Cody Richard (17-2-1) W DISQ 4 Blake Franklin (12-8-2). Mason Menard (29-1) W KO 1 Jesus Lule (7-13-1).
Richard vs. Franklin
Richard returns to the winning ranks as Franklin is disqualified. Richard was in front having floored Franklin in the second with a body punch. Franklin was still competitive in the third but was floored again in the fourth. That led to some angry words between Franklin and the referee which resulted in Franklin being disqualified. Texan Richard was unbeaten in his first 15 fights but is now 3-2 in his last 5 with one of those loses being inside a round against former interim WBA title challenger Santos Benavides. Franklin, 20, was 9-3-1 in his last 13 fights going into this one.
Menard vs. Lule
Menard wipes out late selection Lule in first round. Menard was quick and accurate from the start. He took Lule out with a left hook to the body followed by a left hook to the chin and Lule was out. The was “Rock Hard Mighty” Menard’s first fight since July last year so he was hoping to get some rounds under his belt. It was hoped he might get some here but Lule disappointed as he goes to 1-9-1 in his last 11 fights
St Louis, MO, USA: Heavy: Charles Ellis (10-3-1) W PTS 10 James Toney (76-10-3).
What a sad sight as an old, fat Toney loses unanimous decision to Ellis. Toney had to get inside the reach of the 6’5” (196cm) Ellis but he no longer has the speed to achieve that and the fight therefore lacked any excitement or sustained exchanges. Ellis kept Toney out over the first half of the fight but as he slowed to Toney’s pace the once great Toney had a measure of success. Scores 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93. The 233lbs (105kg) Toney is a shadow of the great fighter of the 1990’s and the shadow he casts now is a grossly fat one. At 46 for the sake of his health he should no longer be fighting. The 40-year-old Ellis is just a prelim fighter who had never previously been in a bout scheduled for more than six rounds which shows how low Toney has descended.
Montevideo, Uruguay: Super Bantam: Roberto Vasquez (32-6-2) W TKO 4 Rafael Concepcion (18-8-1). Super Feather: Braulio Rodriguez (18-1) W TKO 2 Marcos Martinez (17-3). Welter: Azael Cosio (20-3-2,1ND) W TKO 5 Guillermo de Jesus Paz (24-27-4).
Vasquez vs. Concepcion
Vasquez beats fellow-Panamanian Concepcion to keep his career alive. This was a closely contested fight over the opening two rounds. Vasquez looked to be getting on top and landing the better punches in the third but it was a surprise when he landed a right in the fourth that saw Concepcion’s legs doing an involuntary dance. Vasquez followed up with a body punch which floored Concepcion and his corner threw in the towel. “The Spider” wins the vacant WBA Fedebol title. The 32-year-old southpaw, a former WBA light fly and interim WBA fly champion, was having his first fight for two years and this win could see him get another title shot. Concepcion, a former interim WBA super fly champion had his last fight in October 2013 when he was stopped in two rounds by Genesis Servania so it is questionable whether he will fight on.
Rodriguez vs. Martinez
Rodriguez gets another inside the distance win but this one had a bad smell to it. The end came in the second round when the flashy Dominican threw a three punch combination at Argentinian Martinez. Martinez went down, rolled on to his back a slowly eased his gumshield out with his tongue. He then tried to rise but staggered across the ring and fell into the ropes and the fight was stopped. The only problem was that slow motion showed all three punches skimming over the head of Martinez and not landing. That Rodriguez must be some puncher if even the breeze from his punches can put someone down. The 26-year-old “El Chavo” has won 17 of his fights by KO/TKO and he wins the interim WBC Latino title. His lost was a wide decision against Carlos Diaz in Mexico in April. In his next fight he knocked out former interim WBC champion Francisco Lorenzo (although Lorenzo is not accepted as such by the WBC) inside a round. How good Rodriguez is has still to be proved. Very puzzling over Martinez. The 24-year-old insists it was a genuine knockout and he nothing to gain and a lot to lose from losing this one. In his last fight he had climbed off the floor in losing a majority decision to Daniel Brizuela which was a very creditable performance in domestic boxing and he is No 5 with the FAB so perhaps it was a genuine result but certainly did not look like one.
Cosio vs. Paz
Panamanian champion Cosio wins cuts victory over Paz. The styles did not mix well with Paz showing clever defensive moves but not opening up and Cosio doing all the work and all of the scoring. The boring spectacle ended in the fifth when a left from Cosio opened a cut on the right eyebrow of Paz and the fight was stopped. The 33-year-old Cosio has a good record and has beaten some reasonable opposition but has never hit the heights. Southpaw Paz, 34, the FAB No 8 super light has a spotty record but scored an upset win over Gumersindo Carrasco (22-2) in June.
Bogota, Colombia: Super Middle: Alexander Brand (24-1) W PTS 12 Bernard Donfack (22-12-3).
Brand keeps his name in the super middle mix with comprehensive victory over Donfack to win the WBFed title. The Colombian veteran had over 300 amateur fights so was vastly more experienced. He also had a big edge in skills and although Donfack stuck to his task he was never in the fight and did well to be credited even with one round. Scores 119-109 twice and 120-108. The 38-year-old native of Bogota lost a split decision to Badou Jack in 2012 and this is his seventh win since then. He is rated No 8 by the WBC. German-based Cameroon fighter Donfack, 36, was making the second defence of his title and had won 8 of his last 9 fights.