December 23, 2014
December 23, 2014
Stevenson-Sukhotsky-knockout

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December 16

 

Shanghai, China: Light Fly: Ma Yiming (12-5) W PTS 10 Tommy Seran (24-4). Light Welter: Ik Yang (18-0,1ND) W TKO 5 Fahsai Sakkreerin (41-6-1).

Yiming vs. Seran

Yiming overcomes a slow start to decision experienced Indonesian. Over the first four rounds Yiming was under pressure with Seran dominating the action. From the fifth Seran began to fade and Yiming took over and boxed his way to a wide unanimous decision. Scores 98-92 twice and 100-90. The 34-year-old southpaw wins the vacant WBO Asia Pacific title and local sources say he also collected the IBF Pan Pacific title. After being 3-5 in his first eight fights in places as diverse as South Korea, Thailand, Japan and Texas he has now won 9 in a row. He admitted after the fight that he had been diagnosed with appendicitis and advised to have an operation but had decided to go ahead with the fight as it was a big opportunity for him. He is IBF 12(11). Seran, 31, lost only one of his first 24 fights without really getting anywhere and is now 1-3 in his last 4.

Yang vs. Sakkreerin

Yang (Yang Liunhui) gets impressive win over Thai. Yang’s quick combinations too much for Fahsai who is floored in the second and again in the fifth and retires at the end of the round. The 29-year-old South Korean based-Yang likes to clown in the ring but his 13 wins by KO/TKO show he can be serious and he has won 11 of his last 13 fights by KO/TKO. He had been training in the USA for the bout having had a couple of wins in Shelton, Washington in 2013. He has been South Korean, WBO China Zone and WBO Asia Pacific champion at lightweight and was WBO No 12 in that division. Fahsai, 33, once had a spell of just one loss in 32 fights but is now 2-3 in his last 5 with the three losses all by KO/TKO.

 

December 17

 

Tokyo, Japan: Light Middle: Arnel Tinampay 22-16-1) W TKO 2 Koshinmaru Saito (20-7-1).

Nice to see a fighter get a win on the road. Filipino Tinampay floored the home fighter in the first round and needed only 15 seconds in the second round to end things. The 30-year-old Australian-based Tinampay, a former GAB welter champion, had beaten useful Japanese opponents Yosuke Kirima and Shoma Fukumoto so the warning signs were there. Of his 16 losses 14 have come outside the Philippines and he has never lost by KO/TKO. Saito, 35, the JBC No 3 welter, had been hoping a win might get him a fifth shot at the JBC title having lost in 4 previous attempts.

 

December 18

 

Tokyo, Japan: Light Middle: Dennis Laurente (49-5-5) W TKO 6 Tadashi Yuba (46-10-2). Heavy: Kyotaro Fujimoto (11-1) W PTS 8 David Radeff (5-9-2).

Laurente vs. Yuba

Impressive display by experienced Filipino Laurente. From the outset in the all-southpaw scrap Laurente was able to pressurise the much taller man and work inside. Yuba was on the back foot and had no space to fire off his own shots. He looked listless from the start and Laurente dominated the bout until the sixth when he landed a hard uppercut and a damaging southpaw right hook that put Yuba down. The referee promptly stopped the fight. The 37-year-old southpaw makes it 6 wins on the bounce by KO/TKO and 30 wins in total by the short route. He also picks up the vacant OPBF title. A pro since 1994 he has collected a bunch of titles in his career such as the GAB light and welter titles, the WBA PABA light , WBC ABC light middle and OPBF light. He has lost only 1 of his last 26 fights and is WBC No 14. It’s a pity he never got a world title shot as many lesser fighters have. Laurente is managed by Johnny Elorde, son of the late, great world super featherweight champion Gabriel “Flash” Elorde. Yuba, also 37, is a former JBC welter, middle and light middle champion, in that order. He drops to six losses by KO/KO. This is his third try at the OPBF title in this division.

Fujimoto vs. Radeff

Fujimoto makes it 6 wins in a row with wide unanimous decision over French prelim fighter. The 28-year-old JBC champion and OPBF No 3 was just too quick for his limited French opponent and won on scores of 79-74 twice and 80-73. His loss was a fifth round stoppage by Solomon Haumono in December 2012. Radeff, 24, the FFB No 6 lost on points to WBA world middleweight title challenger Nobuhiro Ishida in Japan in September.

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December 19

Quebec City, Canada: Light Heavy: Adonis Stevenson (25-1) W KO 5 Dmitry Sukhotsky (22-3). Welter: Ionut Dan Ion (34-2) W PTS 12 Kevin Bizier (23-2). Super Middle: Andre Dirrell (24-1) W PTS 12 Derek Edwards (27-4-1). Light Heavy: Artur Beterbiev (7-0) W TKO 2 Jeff Page Jr (15-1). Light Middle: Sebastien Bouchard (9-1) W TKO 6 Cedric Spera (11-3). Light Middle: Custio Clayton (1-0) W PTS 4 Sophyan Haoud (3-3-1).

Stevenson vs. Sukhotsky

Stevenson was 21/1 on to win this fight and those odds were justified. It was only the awkward style of Sukhotsky that helped him hang around as long as he did. Stevenson took a while to work his way around the extended range finder left the Sukhotsky was using but as the Russian was reluctant to let his punches go the “range finder” was irrelevant. Stevenson broke through in the second flooring Sukhotsky with a southpaw left but Sukhotsky made it to his feet and to the disappointment of the crowd who were already getting restless managed to see out the round. The challenger was in survival mode in the third and fourth with Stevenson scoring with jabs and probing hard but not finding the gap for a big punch. That changed in the fifth when a big left put Sukhotsky down on his back. He made it to the vertical but was badly shaken and was put down again by a couple of power punches. He again got up but was exhausted and trying to grab on to survive. To no avail as another left put him down for the third time in the round and the fight was stopped. The 37-year-old Haitian-born Canadian makes it four successful defenses of his WBC title and 21 wins by KO/TKO including 10 in his last 11 fights. Now he is mandated to fight the winner of the bout between WBO champion Sergey Kovalev and former WBC champion Jean Pascal. There was mention of Stevenson injuring a hand before the fight but it was no big deal in the end. Sukhotsky, 33, suffers his first loss by KO/TKO. He had lost on points to Juergen Braehmer for the WBO title in 2009 and then slipped down the ratings after a loss to Cornelius White in 2012. He rebounded with four wins including a restorative stoppage of Eduard Gutknecht but was nowhere near competitive in this one.

Ion vs. Bizier

This seems to be one of those pairings who could face each other a dozen times without a decisive outcome as Ion/Jo Jo Dan gets another split decision win over Bizier. Many rounds were close with southpaw Dan relying heavily on a body attack and Bizier jabbing and head hunting. Both had successes Bizier was getting through with the jab and Dan countering with body shots. In the sixth a clash of heads saw Bizier suffer a cut over his right eye but in the seventh the Canadian blasted back to floor Romanian Dan with a left hook. Dan got up and was under heavy pressure but survived the round and had the better of the eighth and ninth as the blood running into his right eye seemed to deflate Bizier. Both were tired but fought hard over the closing three rounds with not much between them but Dan just having been slightly the busier. Scores 115-112 and 114-113 for Dan and 114-113 for Bizier. The 33-year-old Romanian was IBF 2(1) so now moves into mandatory challenger spot for crack at Kell Brook’s IBF title once the Brit recovers from his injuries. His two losses were disputed decisions against Selcuk Aydin in Turkey and he has won five fights in a row since the last loss to Aydin in 2011 including the split verdict over Bizier in November last year. Bizier, 30, a 4-time Canadian amateur champion who competed at the World Championships and Commonwealth Games was IBF 6 (5) and he can come again.

Dirrell vs. Edwards

Dirrell easily decisions a disappointing Edwards. Fighting southpaw Dirrell had his jab working early and from then never let Edwards into the fight until a brief flurry in the closing round. Dirrell made it a bit harder than it should have been by occasionally standing and trading instead of using his superior skills to outbox Edwards. It was a one-sided fight with Dirrell having Edwards hurt in the sixth, eighth and tenth rounds but to his frustration, and that of his trainer Chris Byrd and the crowd he was unable to close the fight out early. Edwards put in an effort in the last two rounds and landed two lefts in the twelfth that momentarily buzzed Dirrell but aside from that he was never competitive. Scores 120-108, 119-107 and 118-109. Dirrell reportedly suffered an injury to his right hand during the fight. “The Matrix” was in the super middle mix after losing a split decision to Carl Froch for the WBC title in 2009 and then in 2010 winning over Arthur Abraham when the Armenian/German was disqualified for hitting Dirrell when he slipped to he floor on a wet patch of canvas. That head punch led to a spell of only one fight in three years but Dirrell, 31, had recorded wins this year against Vlad Biosse and Nick Brunson and going in was rated IBF 7(6)/WBC 7/WBA 14 and with his brother Anthony holding the WBC title Dirrell is after Froch’s IBF/WBA titles after losing that split decision in Froch’s home city. “The Black Lion” Edwards, 35, was toothless and clawless in this one in contrast to his 61 second blow out of Badou Jack in February. He had been 1-3-1 going into the Jack fight but the losses were to top notch opposition in Marcus Johnson (18-0), Adonis Stevenson and Matt Korobov. Going into this one he was rated WBC 4/WBA 7(6)/WBO 10 and IBF 12(11).

Beterbiev vs. Page Jr

Beterbiev has to come off the floor to win this one. There was a mild shock at the end of the first round when an overhand right put the Russian down. He was not hurt and it seemed as though his feet had tangled with those of Page. In the second a bundle of punches put Page over and although he beat the count he was floored twice more by rights and the fight was stopped. The 29-year-old Montreal-based Chechen-born Russian, 29, has yet to be taken past the fourth round and he retains his NABA title and adds the vacant WBO NABO and IBF North American titles. As an amateur he won gold and silver medals at the World Championships and twice took gold at the European Championships and beat Sergey Kovalev in the Russian Championships in 2007. He is rated WBA 10/WBC 11. Page, 24, had been a good level amateur but as a pro was way out of his league against Beterbiev.

Bouchard vs. Spera

Bouchard returns with a win. Faced with a potential banana skin the Canadian hope used a concerted body attack to slow and then stop the Belgian. Spera was competitive over the opening rounds but then slowed under the body shots and was floored twice and halted in the sixth. Bouchard, 27, had lost his unbeaten tag in May with his defeat by unbeaten Frank Galarza. He now has 3 wins by KO/TKO. Spera, 25 had outpointed Canadian Stephane Ouellet in an upset in September.

Clayton vs. Haoud

Olympian Clayton turns pro and is given four hard rounds by French novice Haoud. Clayton had the class but Haoud came to fight and pressed the Canadian hard. Clayton made good use of his jab and hand speed to win on scores of 40-36 twice and 39-37. Nova Scotian Clayton, 27 who is promoted by Yvon Michel was Canadian amateur champion in 2009 (where he beat Mike Zewski), 2010 and 2012. He competed at the Commonwealth Games and World Champions and at the 2012 Olympics where he beat Oscar Molina and Cameron Hammond before being 14-14 with Fred Evans in the quarterfinals only to lose on count back. He is one of the best Canadian prospects to turn pro recently. Haoud, 23 was having his first fight outside France.

 

San Martin, Argentina: Fly: Juan Carlos Reveco (35-1) W KO 5 Yodmongkol (34-3). Reveco climbs off the floor to stop Thai Yodmongkol. After a cautious first round Yodmongkol sprang a major surprise one minute into the second when he floored Reveco with a short right hook on the inside. Reveco was up immediately and took the protection count and Yodmongkol was too slow to capitalise on his success. Over the third and fourth the superior hand and foot speed of Reveco gave him the lead over the strong but pedestrian challenger. In the fifth a right hook to the body from Reveco saw Yodmongkol take a step back and go down on one knee. He got up at three and took the eight count. Reveco drove the Thai to the ropes and unleashed a barrage of 30 punches. Many were blocked but after three of those shots made Yodmongkol’s head jerk and twist the referee stopped the fight. The 31-year-old “Coton” retains his secondary WBA title (the real champion is Juan Francisco Estrada) for the fifth time and goes to 19 wins by KO/TKO. Yodmongkol, 23, was WBA interim champion. After being 6-2 in his first 8 fights he had then won 28 wins in a row but all against very modest opposition.
Repentigny, Canada: Middle: Renan St Juste (25-4-1) W TKO 8 Mohammed Akrong (20-8). Light: Jesus Singwancha (20-9) W PTS 6 Roody Pierre-Paul (9-3,1ND).

St Juste vs. Akrong

St Juste gets a win/win. The veteran southpaw shook of ring rust to halt Ghanaian Akrong in eight rounds and had a successful first outing as a promoter. First fight for a year and only the second in two years as the 42-year-old decides to rebuild after back-to-back inside the distance losses to Anthony Dirrell in 2011 and Allan Green in 2012. Akrong, 31, was having his first fight since losing in five rounds to Canadian Schiller Hyppolite in Montreal in June.

Singwancha vs. Pierre-Paul

Local boxer Pierre-Paul continues his switchback performances. The Canadian southpaw came out of the pack to beat prospects Ibrahim Kamal and Baha Laham early in the year but was then a wide decision loser to emerging Mexican Cris Uruzquita in June. Pierrer-Paul continued the downward spiral with a majority decision loss to Thai-based DCR fighter Singwancha (that’s his sponsor’s name, his real name is Kibunde Kakonge), The 34-year-old Singwancha won on scores of 60-54, 58-56 and 57-57. He started his career 2-7 in his first 9 fights so is a respectable 18-2 in his last 20. Pierre-Paul needs to win his next one as going 0-3 would be a real set back.

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Magangue, Colombia: Cruiser: Shawn Cox (18-5) W TKO 3 Santander Silgado (25-3). Light Middle: Jose Miguel Torres (30-6) W RTD 5 Hector Santana (23-6). Welter: Janer Gonzalez (17-0-1) W TKO 2 Gabriel Martinez (27-9-1). Feather: Miguel Marriaga (20-0) W TKO 3 Carlos F Perez M (14-4). Super Bantam: Luis Melendez (41-9-1) W TKO 2 Juan C Vega (11-4-1).

Marriaga vs. Perez

“The Scorpion” stings again but this was no real match. Marriaga, perhaps the best current Colombian prospect took a round to study the Mexican and then floored him twice in the second round with hooks to the body. Early in the third Marriaga again used the hook to the body and when Perez went down the referee stopped the fight. Marriaga, rated WBC 7/WBA 14/IBF 15 has 18 wins by KO/TKO and has won 12 of his last 13 fights by KO/TKO. He scored good wins over Jesus Galicia in Mexico and Chris Martin in California so can win away from home. He was a Colombian national amateur champion and competed at the World Championships in 2005.Perez was having his first fight since February 2013 and was just a sacrificial offering.

Cox vs. Silgado

Beware late substitutes who can punch. Cox was pulled in late for this one but failed to read the script. After flooring the 39-year-old Barbadian “Sniper” twice it looked as though Brooklyn-based Silgado had this one in the bag and could end it as and when he liked. That changed dramatically in the third when a hard combination from Cox put Silgado down. The Colombian made it to his feet but another barrage from Cox left the local on the canvas with blood leaking from a cut on his right eyebrow. Silgado was down for more than two minutes and needed medical attention before leaving the ring. With 17 of Cox’s 18 wins coming by KO/TKO this was always a possibility. In fact only 2 of Cox’s 23 fights have gone the distance. On paper he looked to be on the down slope with 4 losses in his last 5 fights with all 4 losses being by KO/TKO and all inside three rounds. Behind the stats you find that he lost by kayo to Denis Lebedev for the interim WBA title, a poor loss to Danie Venter and understandable losses to unbeaten punchers in Dmitry Kudryashov and Oscar Rivas so not as bad as it seems on the surface. “Sugar” Silgado, 29, had only lost inside the distance once previously and that also was to Lebedev for the WBA title and he was coming off a points loss to Rakhim Chakhkiev for the WBC Silver title in May.

Torres vs. Santana

Torres halts late sub Santana. Torres the hometown fighter, found the Argentinian more than willing to trade and it was an exciting scrap. Torres took the first two rounds with good body punches with Santana banging back to take the third. Torres was in control again in the fourth gradually breaking Santana down and a series of hard shots in the fifth saw the referee stop the fight. The 35-year-old Torres has won 9 of his last 10 fights and now has 26 wins by KO/TKO. Unfortunately he loses the big ones with defeats against Charlie Navarro, Joe Greene, Yudel Jhonson and David Lemieux de-railing him. Santana, 30, now has 4 losses by KO/TKO.

Melendez vs. Vega

Experienced Colombian southpaw Melendez had an easy night with Ecuadorian novice Vega overwhelming Vega and forcing the stoppage in the middle of the second round. The 35-year-old Melendez was unsuccessful in shots at the WBO super fly and IBO bantam titles but is hoping his 7 wins in a row can keep his hopes alive. Three losses by KO/TKO for 33-year-old Vega.

Gonzalez vs. Martinez

Gonzalez was taking part in the last fight of the evening and he made it 4-1 for Colombia over imports. He dominated this one from the first bell with Martinez immediately under pressure. That pressure told late in the second with the referee stepping in to save the Mexican from further punishment. Now 14 wins by KO/TKO for Gonzalez a former Colombian amateur champion and South American Games bronze medalist. “El Rey” Martinez, 27, a former Mexican welter champion, was 27-1-1,1ND of his first 28 fights but has since nosedived with 8 losses in a row.

 

Guidonia, Italy: Light: Massimiliano Ballisai (18-2) TKO 8 Manuel Lancia (11-1-1). Middle: Massimiliano Buccheri (18-1-1) W PTS 6 Jon Bertonnier (18-12-3,1ND).

Ballisai vs. Lancia

Ballisai wins the Italian title with his strength and stamina proving the winning combination. In the early rounds it was Ballisai the boxer using a stiff jab to try to keep the advancing champion out in a fast-paced bout. Lancia started well getting inside and working the body, but that jab and some body punches saw Ballisai edging the first two rounds. Lancia fired home some nice combinations to take the third. It was felt the middle rounds would be Lancia’s territory but over the fourth and fifth it was Ballisai dominating with that jab and landing some hard, short rights. Lancia banged back to take the sixth but it is a last throw of the dice. Ballisai was in charge in the seventh with Lancia fading fast and shipping some heavy digs to head and body. Ballisai closed the show in the eighth flooring Lancia with a thunderous right. Lancia somehow got up and spit out his mouthpiece to buy time. He got an official warning for that but was put down again by a right. He got up again but with Ballisai landing more heavy punches the fight was stopped with just two seconds left in the round. Ballisai wins the title in his first attempt. The 30-year-old suffered knockout losses to Felix Lora in 2012 and to Brunet Zamora in July 2013. He then took a break before returning with a win in June. He has 11 wins by KO/TKO. Lancia, 27, was making the third defence of his national title and had home advantage but Ballisai was just too strong.

Buccheri vs. Bertonnier

Former Italian champion Buccheri is also on the comeback trail and made it three wins since returning to action in July with a unanimous decision over Frenchman Bertonnier. The 30-year-old “Boom Boom” won the Italian super middle title in June 2013 but did not defend it and did not fight for 13 months. He is unbeaten in his last 12 fights and should be moving up from 6 round fights. Bertonnier had won 4 of his last 5 fights

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Boquete, Panama: Welter: Aristides Quintero (19-4-1) W TKO 4 Fidel Monterrosa M. (34-12-1,1ND). Super Bantam: Jorge Sanchez (14-0) W TKO 1 Danny Erazo (6-12-2). Feather: Manuel Vides (16-3) W TKO 2 Jose L Prado (0-4). Feather: Jezreel Corrales (17-1,1ND) W TKO 1 Edgar Guillen (2-8-2)

Quintero vs. Munoz

Quintero has to battle hard to win this one. “The Rifle” was in the firing line early as Colombian Monterrosa put the local fighter down in the first round. He then fired back to put Monterrosa down in a frantic opening round. The Colombian was floored again in the second and third rounds and a clash of heads saw Monterrosa cut on his right eyebrow but he banged back to put Quintero down in the fourth. During the round Monterrosa was complaining of butts and being ignored by the referee and he just decided to stop fighting and the referee halted the fight. Now 15 wins in a row for the 23-year-old Quintero with 13 of those wins by KO/TKO. Monterrosa, 26, lost on points to Humberto Soto for the WBC light title in 2010 but is now 5-5 in his last ten fights with all 10 fights ending by KO/TKO.

Sanchez vs. Erazo

The Quintero fight was the only competitive match on the card. “El Bufalo” Sanchez floored poor Nicaraguan Erazo twice on his way to a 103 second stoppage. The 24-year-old Panamanian & South American (well one version anyway) champion makes it 9 wins by KO/TKO. Six losses and a draw in his last 7 fights for Erazo who came in at late notice.

Vilches vs. Prado

Former WBA title challenger Vilches returned with a win as he halted fellow-countryman Prado in the second round. First fight for Vilches since being knocked out in two rounds by Juan C Reveco for the secondary WBA title in March. Three losses by KO/TKO for novice Prado.

Corrales vs. Guillen

Another abysmal match saw southpaw Corrales floor Guillen twice for a win in 128 seconds. The 23-year-old Corrales is unbeaten with 16 wins and a no decision in his last 17 fights. He is rated WBC 13. Panamanian Guillen is 1-5-1 in his last 7 fights with 4 of those 5 losses by KO/TKO.

 

Samut Prakan, Thailand: Bantam: Suriyan (38-6-1) W KO 1 Tony Arema. Super Fly: Srisaket (31-4-1) W TKO 2 Jemmy Gobel (18-26-5). Kongfah (18-0) W PTS 6 Vichannoi (0-3)

Suriyan vs. Arema

As with Panama this card was also a load of rubbish Suriyan won the vacant WBC ABC title as he put overmatched Indonesian Arema down with a left to the liver and Arema never looked like getting up inside the ten count. The 25-year-old former WBC super fly champion lost his title to Yota Sato in March 2012 and then ran up 17 wins over at best modest opposition before losing a wide points decision against Shinsuke Yamanaka for the WBC bantam title in October this year. This was his first fight since then-if you can call it a fight. He is still rated WBC 3 at bantam and is WBO 4. Arema’s record is given as 3-6-1 but there are many shows in Indonesia which just don’t get recorded.

Srisaket vs. Gobel

Former WBC champion Srisaket collects an easy payday as he disposes of Indonesian Gobel. Srisaket made a studied opening boxing and not applying too much pressure. In the second a series of body punches softened-up the Indonesian and after Srisaket put Gobel down the fight was stopped. The 28-year-old southpaw-from the town of Srisaket-has had four easy wins since losing his WBC title to Carlos Cuadras on a technical decision in May. Gobel has lost 12 of his last 13 fights and it tells you all you need to know about this show that on paper he was by far the “best” opponent on the card.

Kongfah vs. Vichannoi

The 22-year-old Thai prospect Kongfah made heavy work of decisioning the winless Vichannoi for the second time. Kongfah likes to fight even when her could box and win comfortably and that allowed Vichannoi to be competitive even in losing the unanimous decision. Scores 58-56 from all three judges. Kongfah’s record is heavily padded with 11 of his opponents never having had a fight and the other 7 having combined records of 5-55!!!
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December 20

Shelton, WA, USA: Feather: Jesus M A Cuellar (26-1) W TKO 5 Ruben Tamayo (25-5-4). Light Middle: Julian Williams (18-0-1,1ND) W TKO 8 Jamar Freeman (13-3-2). Super Middle: Julius Jackson (19-0) W TKO 9 Jonathan Nelson (19-2). Feather: Gary Russell (25-1) W PTS 10 Chris Martin (28-5-3). Middle: Dominic Wade (16-0) W Grady Brewer (32-19). Middle: Tony Harrison (19-0) W KO 1 Tyrone Brunson (22-4-1). Feather: Miguel Flores (13-0) W Jose L Ariaza (31-9-1). Welter: Fabian A Maidana (5-0) W TKO 2 Omar Avelar (3-12)

Cuellar vs. Tamayo

Cuellar retains his interim WBA title with crushing of Tamayo. The Argentinian used a vicious body assault to weaken and finish Tamayo. Cuellar was relentless in hunting down Tamayo from the first and there was little the Mexican could do to stem the tide. He survived the first three rounds but was put down by a right to the chin in the fourth. He got up only to be caught with a body punch which put him down for the second time. He only just survived to the bell. The doctor visited the challenger’s corner at the end of the round but the fight continued. It was all over in the fifth when another body punch put Tamayo down and the fight was halted. The 27-year-old Cuellar is crude but strong and after being virtually unknown before beating Claudio Marrero for the vacant interim WBA title his wins over Rico Ramos and Juan Manuel Lopez have lifted his profile but whether it is high enough to interest Nicholas Walters remains to be seen. Southpaw Tamayo is a reasonably competent fighter but not title challenger level.

Williams vs. Freeman

Williams continues to impress as he halts late stand-in Freeman. Williams had this fight well in hand outboxing and outscoring Freeman but it took him into the seventh round to make that dominance tell. He floored Freeman twice in the seventh with rights and jumped on him at the start of the eighth with another knock down bringing the referee’s intervention. Philadelphian “J Rock”, 24, is ready to move up. He already has wins over Joachim Alcine, Orlando Lora, Freddy Hernandez, Michael Medina and unbeaten Eliezer Gonzalez and was giving Hugo Centeno all the trouble he could handle when their fight was ruled a no decision due to a cut. It could be that 2015 will be his break through year. He wins the WBC Continental Americas title. Freeman had won his last 3 fights but against a lower level of opposition.

Jackson vs. Nelson

Jackson started well and finished well but was a bit flat in the middle. The son of the former world champion Julian, put Nelson on the floor in the first and it looked as though Nelson might not make it to his feet in time but a stuttering count gave him some extra seconds. Jackson pocketed the next three rounds but then Nelson had a good spell outpunching Jackson in the sixth. Jackson found his range again in the eighth and floored Nelson for the second time. Once more Nelson barely beat the count and made it to the bell. A Jackson barrage in the ninth had Nelson in trouble and the fight was stopped. The 27-year-old “Chief” now has 15 wins by KO/TKO including the last 9 in a row and is rated IBF 5/WBA 9. He has been a traveler having fought in Uruguay, Dominican Republic, Panama, Mexico, Argentina and his home in the Virgin Islands. His brother John is also a pro and as an amateur Julius competed for the Virgin Isles at both the World Championships and the 2008 Olympics. Nelson, 29, has mostly plied his trade in the boxing backwaters of the Southern States where he ran up 18 wins before losing on points to Brandon Gonzales in November last year. He was also a good class amateur winning silver and bronze medals at both the US Championships and the NGG’s.

Russell vs. Martin

Russell returns with a win. The Capitol Heights southpaw was just too quick for Martin who spent too much time eating jabs and quick combinations to do much scoring of his own. Punches were bouncing of the head and body of Martin in every round with Martin trying to get in some body work of his own to slow the former Olympian. The only thing missing was power punching with Russell able to score at will but not really shaking Martin at any stage. Russell wins on scores of 100-90 twice and 99-91. The 26-year-old is looking for another shot at Vasyl Lomachenko to get revenge for his split decision loss in June for the vacant WBO title. He is rated WBO 6/WBA 7 so he has some work to do. Twenty-eight-year-old Martin, “The S.D. Kid” was unbeaten in his first 25 fights but is now a disappointing 5-5-1 in his last 11

Wade vs. Hunter

Routine win for prospect Wade as he halts substitute Hunter in two rounds. The Largo 24-year-old has 12 wins by KO/TKO and was coming off a good test in beating Nick Brunson over ten rounds in June. A World Cadet silver medalist he is yet another Al Haymon fighter. Three losses in a row for Hunter whose best win was a stoppage of Ronald Hearns in January.

Harrison vs. Brunson

Detroit’s Harrison flattens Brunson in just 62 seconds to go to 8 wins in a row by KO/TKO all of the wins inside three rounds. He has great potential and I would love to see him get all the way to the top as he was a protégé of Manny Steward and I was a big fan of Tony’s grandfather Henry Hank. Brunson started his career with a well orchestrated record 19 first round wins in a row . Realty dawned when he was stopped by Carson Jones in 2009. He did not return to the ring until 2012 and is now 1-3 since his return.

Maidana vs. Avelar

Maidana keeps the family tradition going as he halts another substitute Avelar in two rounds. The 22-year-old Argentinian had Avelar down twice in the first round before forcing the stoppage early in the second. Four wins inside the distance in a row for the 22-year-old brother of Marcos. Nine losses in his last 10 fights for poor Avelar.

 

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Cancun, Mexico: Super Feather: Bryan Vasquez (34-1) W TKO 9 Sergio Thompson (30-3). Straw: Ricardo Perez (7-2) W KO 9 Carlos Ortega (10-3-2). Welter: Silverio Ortiz (34-14) W TKO 2 Juan Jesus Rivera (27-12). Super Feather: Luis Sanchez (15-3-1) W PTS 8 Miguel Beltran (29-4). Welter: Ivan Alvarez (18-5) W TKO 4 Alejandro Quintero (8-3-3).

Vasquez vs. Thompson

Vasquez losses the WBA interim title on the scales but beats local hero Thompson. Vasquez was just too strong, mobile and accurate for Thompson. Vasquez was scoring with good combinations in the first and in an important second round the Costa Rican landed a big right that broke the nose of the Mexican. That nose bled heavily throughout the remainder of the fight making it difficult for Thompson to breathe. The Mexican had a better third round but then Vasquez took control of the fight and built a big lead. Falling way behind on points Thompson was reduced to trying to find one punch to pull the fight out of the fire. He did score heavily in the ninth but lacked the power to hurt Vasquez. Thompson’s nose was continuing to flow blood and he was also carrying bruises around both eyes and his corner retired him before the start of the tenth round. The 27-year-old Costa Rican is yet another example of a careless boxer never being close to making weight. He came in 3lbs over the limit and made no attempt to take the overage off. He was a class above Thompson and will be a force at lightweight. His lone defeat was at the hands of Takashi Uchiyama in a shot at the real WBA title and he was coming off a close decision victory over previously undefeated Jose Felix Jr(26-0-1) in a defence of his interim WBA title in April. Second unsuccessful title challenge for 31-year-old “Yeyo”. Going in to this one his only loss in his last 17 fights was to Takashi Miura in August last year for the WBC super feather title. Since then he had scored wins over useful opposition in Cesar Chavez (21-4), Ric Alvarez (23-2-3) and Adonis Aguelo. He was rated WBC 2/WBO 8, but not rated at all by the WBA!

Perez vs. Ortega

Big win for inexperienced local as he collects the WBC Silver title with kayo of No 1 rated Ortega. Perez had the power in this one and put the Panamanian down in the third and fourth rounds. “Little Spider” Ortega did well to survive and get back into the fight but a fierce combination in the ninth put the visitor down and out and he needed some attention before recovering. The 23-year-old “Little “Bull”, a former WBC Youth champion, was rebounding from a close decision loss to Nicaraguan Byron Rojas in Managua in May. Collecting the WBC Silver title will get him a huge boost in their ratings. He has 6 wins by KO/TKO. Ortega, 25, was making the first defence of the Silver title and this is his first loss by KO/TKO.

Ortiz vs. Rivera

Another inside the distance win for “Chamaco III” . The Yucatan fighter had Rivera hurt and under pressure in the first. He ended the fight late in the second trapping Rivera in a corner and unloading until the referee stopped the fight. The 32-year-old has lost only one of his last 15 fights and that was to Humberto Soto in February 2013. He has won 8 on the bounce since then and has 16 wins b y KO/TKO. Rivera, 34 , has lost 3 of his last 4 fights with the other two losses being to Dierry Jean and Samuel Vargas in Canada and the win being over former WBC champion Cesar Bazan.

Sanchez vs. Beltran

A big upset hidden down the card as Sanchez outclasses former IBF and WBO title challenger Beltran. The local fighter dominated from bell to bell and won on scores of 80-72, 80-73 and 79-71. The 22-year-old has rebounded from a 2-3 run in 5 fights with four wins in a row but nothing in this class so it was a big step-up for Sanchez. Beltran, 25 had seen a challenge to Juan Carlos Salgado for the IBF title end in a no decision and in September 2012 he lost a very debatable split decision to Roman Martinez for the vacant WBO title. However danger flags were flying earlier this year when he was knocked out in six rounds by newcomer Carlos Diaz Ramirez so the signs are not good.

Alvarez vs. Quintero

Alvarez extends his winning run to five fights as he halts Quintero in four. Southpaw Alvarez floored Quintero in the second and then ended the fight with a left hook in the fourth. Quintero got up but was in no condition to continue so the fight was stopped. Now 13 wins by KO/TKJO for Alvarez. First loss by KO/TKO for Quintero.

 

Carolina, Puerto Rico: Super Fly: McJoe Arroyo (16-0) W PTS 12 Mark Anthony Geraldo (31-5-3). Light: Roman Martinez (28-2-2) W KO 2 Herbert Quartey (12-9). Light Jose A Gonzalez (23-1) W TKO 2 Antonio Joao Bento (27-15-2).

Arroyo vs. Geraldo

Arroyo wins this IBF eliminator with wide unanimous decision over Filipino Geraldo in a clash of southpaws. The styles did not mix well but the Puerto Rican was quicker and more skillful using his jab to keep Geraldo out and to give himself punching room. There were few highlights although Arroyo came close to ending it in the eighth when he floored Geraldo with a right and the Filipino struggled to beat the count. Geraldo made it and Arroyo failed to follow up his advantage. Arroyo had been complaining about some of Gerald’s tactics and in the last round the referee finally deducted a point from Geraldo for pushing. Scores 119-107 twice and 118-108. Olympian Arroyo, the IBF No 2(1) is now in line for a challenge to Zolani Tete in 2015. McJoe and his brother McWilliams were mainstays of the Puerto Rican amateur team and McJoe was a bronze medal winner at the World Championships and competed at the 2008 Olympics. Geraldo, 23, lost consecutive fights against Arthur Villanueva and Thai Oleydong but had rebounded with nine wins. He was IBF No 11 which somehow qualifies him to fight an eliminator.

Martinez vs. Quartey

Former W BO champion Martinez overcomes a slow first round to finish Quartey in the second. Martinez was having his first fight for 13 months and was slow out of the starting gate allowing Quartey to have a useful first round which he ended with a flurry of punches. Reality came in the second when a left hook to the body put Quartey down and out. The 31-year-old “Rocky” makes it 17 wins by KO/TKO. He was having his first fight since losing the WBO title to Mikey Garcia in November last year. Ghanaian Quartey 26 is 0-5 in fights outside Ghana.

Gonzalez vs. Bento

In his first fight since losing to Ricky Burns for the WBO title in May 2013 Gonzalkez eases back with destruction of Bento. A left hook from Gonzalez put the Portuguese fighter down early in the first and later another shot floored Bento who also lost his mouthpiece. A hard right in the second round put Bento down again and the referee stopped the fight. The 31-year-old “Chelo” makes it 17 wins by KO/TKO and lifts the vacant WBO Latino title. He was in front 87-84 on all three cards before retiring against Burns so will be looking for a title shot late in 2015 or in 2016. Bento, 38, had rebounded from a run of 5 losses with three wins but was in over his head here.

 

Phoenix, AZ, USA: Heavy: Andy Ruiz (24-0) W PTS 10 Siarhei Liakhovich (26-6). Light Heavy: Trevor McCumby (18-0) W TKO 6 Milton Nunez (28-12-1). Feather: Oscar Valdez (14-0) W TKO 5 Jean Javier Sotelo (19-14-2). Super Bantam: Joet Gonzalez (8-0) W KO 3 Jamie Gutierrez (4-10).

Ruiz vs. Liakhovich

Ruiz remains unbeaten with a unanimous decision over a very faded Liakhovich. The Mexican hope made a fast start having Liakhovich under heavy pressure in the first two rounds but then seeming to run out of steam. It was a slow paced fight with few highlights and with Ruiz making it much harder for himself than it needed to be. Neither fighter is quick of foot and there was very little skill on display. Ruiz has lost some weight but is still carrying too much (267.8lbs on a 6’2” -188cm- frame) and although he was the aggressor and has quick hands after that promising start he allowed himself to be dragged into a brawl filled with too many clinches. What clean work there was was coming from Ruiz but with Liakhovich improving on some recent performances. Ruiz wins on scores of 99-91, 98-92 and 96-94 so protects his WBO 3/WBC 8/IBF 13 ratings but this was a step down from his winning shows against Joe Hanks, Tor Hamer and Manuel Quezada. Belarusian Liakhovich, 38, a former WBO champion, had seemed to be on his way out of the sport after a spell of fighting just once a year over three years which saw him losing in 2011 to Robert Helenius, in 2012 to Bryant Jennings and in 2013 against Deontay Wilder. He is still a name so I guess there are still some pay days around for him.

McCumby vs. Nunez

McCumby got in some rounds against veteran Nunez on his way to a sixth round stoppage. The Arizona prospect had Nunez down in the third and fourth rounds from body punches and Nunez’s corner retired their man before the start of the sixth round. The 22-year-old former top amateur makes it 14 wins by KO/TKO. Colombian Nunez, 27, was wiped out by Gennady Golovkin for the interim WBA title in 2010 and is 7-9 in his last 16 fights.

Valdez vs. Sotelo

Valdez outclasses Sotelo to make it 6 wins in the year, 5 by KO/TKO. The former Mexican amateur star outclassed the Colombian veteran outboxing and out scoring him in every round. He was increasing the pressure and punishment with Sotelo never in the fight. After four round of pain Sotelo wisely retired before the start of the fifth. The soon to be 24 year-old Valdez (on December 22), now has 13 wins by KO/TKO and will be one to watch in 2015. Sotelo, 39, is 3-7-1 in his last 11 fights with 6 of those 7 losses by KO/TKO.

Gonzalez vs. Gutierrez

Californian youngster Gonzalez continues his winning run with stoppage of Mexican Gutierrez. The 21-year-old Gonzalez easily dominated the first two rounds before flooring Gutierrez twice in the third. The game Gutierrez got up each time but the fight was stopped after the second knockdown. Gonzalez, a former NGG silver medal winner who lost at the 2012 US Olympic trials, gets only his second win by KO/TKO. For Gutierrez it is 5 losses in a row, 4 by KO/TKO.

Echevarria vs. Lopez

Mexican southpaw Echevarria wins in his US debut as he take unanimous decision over useful test Lopez. The 22-year-old from Gomez Palacio boxed sensibly against an experienced opponent and won on scores of 60-54 twice and 59-55 to take the decision which ends his run of 6 wins in a row by KO/TKO. Lopez, also Mexican, has been in with good class opposition such as Gary Russell, Luis Orlando Del Valle and Ronny Rios and had won his last 9 fights.

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Munich, Germany: Light Heavy: Robin Krasniqi (43-3) W PTS 12 Dariusz Sek (21-2-1). Light Heavy: Dominic Boesel (17-0) W TKO 2 Mohamed Merah (12-2-3). Middle: Domenic von Chrzanowski (16-0-1) W TKO 2 Eduards Gerasimovs (5-1). Heavy: Tom Schwarz (10-0) W KO 1 Adnan Buharalija (31-24-2).

Krasniqi vs. Sek

Krasniqi gets close decision over Sek. Krasniqi fought a cautious, careful fight using his superior skills to outbox the more active Pole. Sek was looking to get inside and force Krasniqi to trade but the Kosovan stuck to his game plan and worked on the outside. It was frustrating for the Pole who was the busier but not the most accurate and that may have swayed the judges who scored it for Krasniqi by 116-112 twice and 115-113 with the latter being a better representation of Sek’s efforts. The 27-year-old Krasniqi retains the WBO International and WBA Continental titles. He has lost only one of his last 43 fights and that was to Nat Cleverly for the WBO title in 2013 since when he has scored 4 wins over a good level opposition. He is high in the ratings at WBA 2(1)/ WBO 2/ IBF 13 but I don’t believe he justifies those ratings. Sek, 28, had lost to German Robert Woge in May 2013 and then taken a year out before returning with two wins.

Boesel vs. Merah

Boesel hits too hard for French opponent. The German hope was scoring with hard combinations to the head and body in the first against a slow, easy target and he was exhibiting good skills. In the second with the bell imminent he produced a great combination to put Merah down and force the stoppage. The 25-year-old local makes it 6 wins by KO/TKO as he retains his WBO Inter-Continental title. He is rated No 6 by the WBO because he is their Inter-Continental champion and not because of the quality of his opposition. Merah, 26, was 2-1-3 in his first 6 fights but had then run up 10 wins including a useful victory over Denis Simcic (29-2) in November.

Von Chrzanowski vs. Gerasimovs

“Blue Blood Nic” Von Chrzanowski was faced by a poorly conditioned opponent and made the portly body of Gerasimovs his target. He did not find the spot in the first round by in the middle of the second a hard body punch put Gerasimovs down and out. Still no real tests for the Berlin 23-year-old who is managed by his wife. He has 9 wins by KO/TKO. Latvian Gerasimovs’s 5 wins had been scored over fighters with combined records of 0-5 so a meaningless win for Von Chrzanowski

Schwarz vs. Buharalija

This one was all over in 64 seconds. Schwarz landed a couple of hefty shots with the last landing well back on the head of Buharalija. The B & H fighter collapsed to the canvas claiming a rabbit punch but was counted out. Now 7 wins by KO/TKO for the 6’5 ½” (197cm) 20-year-old German but a lot of habitual losers on his CV. Southpaw Buharalija does not do distance fights. He is 8-16 in his last 24 fights with all 24 ending by KO/TKO.

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Rome, Italy: Super Middle: Andrea Di Luisa (17-2) W TKO 11 Roberto Cocco (16-12-1). Middle: Emanuele Blandamura (23-1) W PTS 6 Matiouze Royer (10-18-5). Super Feather: Devis Boschiero (35-3-1) W TKO 1 Jorge Luis Munguia (10-3). Cruiser: Mirko Larghetti (22-1) W TKO 3 Peter Hegyes (8-11).

Di Luisa vs. Cocco

Italian champion Di Luisa wins the vacant European Union title with late stoppage of Cocco. Di Luisa is coming forward throughout the first round and lands some good rights with Cocco responding with body punches as Di Luisa edges that round. Cocco boxes neatly on the retreat in the second with Di Luisa making good use of his jab in another close round. Di Luisa takes the third with Cocco showing some good defensive movement but being nailed by a right uppercut. The fourth sees Cocco warned for coming in with his head down but he is more competitive and Di Luisa is under some pressure. In the fifth and sixth Di Luisa is in control and with Cocco seemingly tiring he gets though with hooks and uppercuts. The seventh is also Di Luisa’s and he even has time to plant a kiss on Cocco’ s mouth which won’t get him any additional points. Perhaps galvanised by that romantic moment Cocco has a better eighth round but the ninth is a big one for Di Luisa as has Cocco badly shaken by a right uppercut and also opens a cut over Cocco’s right eye with a punch. Cocco survives the tenth but only because Di Luisa takes a breather after his exertions in the ninth. Di Luisa goes on the attack again in the eleventh and the referee calls the doctor to inspect Cocco’s cut and the doctor advises the fight should be stopped, and it is. The 32-year-old Di Luisa wins the EU title at the third attempt. In previous tries he was halted in twelve rounds by Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye in 2011 and Chris Rebrasse in 2012. He took a year out after the Rebrasse loss and then when he returned he won the Italian title for the second time before registering this win. Cocco, 37, also a former Italian champion, had lost to Spaniard Mariano Hilario for this same title in May. It took him four attempts to win the Italian title so if at first you don’t succeed ……..

Blandamura vs. Royer

The rest of the fights were just “Christmas money” fights. Easy opposition over six rounds to get that little bit extra to spend a Christmas. Blandamura got his Christmas money with a comfortable points win over French prelim fighter Royer. First fight for the 34-year-old “Sioux” since losing his European title to Brit Billy Joe Saunders in July. Royer keeps his record of not losing by KO/TKO.

Boschiero vs. Munguia

It has been a bad year for Boschiero with two loses to Romain Jacob taking away his European title and denting his world rating. He took his frustration out on poor Honduran Munguia who failed to last out the first three minutes. The 33-year-old “Boom Boom” is still a class fighter and should have a better 2015. First loss by KO /TKO for Munguia who had been beaten on points by Stephane Jamoye six weeks earlier.

Larghetti vs. Hegyes

Larghetti makes it 14 wins by KO/TKO with stoppage of Hungarian. First bout for the 32-year-old Italian since losing on points to Marco Huck for the WBO title in August. Sixth loss by KO/TKO for Hegyes.

 

Oshikango, Namibia: Light: Paulus Moses (35-2) W TKO 4 Jorge Luis Rodriguez (17-10-1,1ND). Feather: Paulus Ambunda (22-1) W PTS 12 Tshifhiwa Munyai (24-4-1).

Moses vs. Rodriguez

Moses retains the WBO International title with stoppage of Argentinian Rodriguez. It was a disappointing ending. The Namibian had floored Rodriguez in the third and opened a bad cut over the Argentinian’s left eye. Moses was getting close to a kayo win in the fourth when the referee decided the cut was too bad and the fight was halted. The 36-year-old Namibian, a former holder of the secondary WBA title, makes it 7 wins since losing a wide decision to Ricky Burns for the WBO title in 2012. He is still rated No 2 by the WBO. Rodriguez, 33, is the FAB No 8 at super feather.

Ambunda vs. Munyai

Ambunda just scrapes through in this one. As with many opponents he found the South Africa “Atomic Spider” a difficult opponent. Ambunda had Munyai down three times in the first round. The initial knockdown was from a body punch and the other two stumbles from Munyai as he was under pressure and were not counted. After building an early lead Ambunda found himself under pressure for much of the remainder of the fight and Munyai looked to have deserved at least a draw. However the judges scored it 117-112 and 116-113 for Ambunda and a more representative 113-112 for Munyai. The 34-year-old “Rock” was having his first fight for seven months. He is rated No 2 by the WBO and looking to get a chance to regain the WBO title he lost to Tomoki Kameda in August last year. Two losses in a row for former undefeated CBC bantam and IBO super bantam champion Munyai. The other was a second round stoppage when he came in as a late substitute to challenge Scott Quigg for the secondary WBA title April.

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Managua, Nicaragua: Light Heavy: Ricardo Mayorga (31-8-1) W TKO 5 Andrik Saralegui (7-2). Oliver Flores (25-1-2) W PTS 8 Moises Castro (31-23-4). Super Fly: Jose Perez (13-0) W KO 7 Roberto Lopez (31-25-1).

Mayorga vs. Saralegui

Someone who used to be Ricardo Mayorga got a win here. The 41-year-old former WBA/WBC welter and WBC light middle champion was up at light heavyweight for this fight. Fortunately Mexican “Loco” Saralegui though younger was fatter and slower. It was more farce than fight as Mayorga teased and taunted the Mexican before flooring him in the fourth with Saralegui failing to answer the bell for the fifth. Second win in three months for Mayorga who was inactive from losing to Miguel Cotta in March 2011 until returning in September this year. It was his first fight in his native country since 1998. The fatter version of Mayorga, he weighed 173lbs for this one, has a very limited shelf life. Saralegui was well chosen. The 33 year-old Mexican was having his first fight for a year and only his second one in 8 years!

Flores vs. Castro

Southpaw hope Castro given a tougher than expected night by oldie Castro and only just avoided defeat. Scores 77-75 twice and 79-73. The 23-year-old from Leon has now beaten Castro three times but their ten round fight in May was just as close. A kayo by Mexican Miguel Berchelt in November 2012 is the lone loss on the record of Flores. Castro, 36, is 2-5 in his last 7 fights but just seems to have the style to trouble Flores.

Perez vs. Lopez

Teenage hope Perez remains unbeaten with stoppage of Mexican Lopez. After six one-sided rounds Perez finally broke Lopez down flooring him and halting him in the seventh. Now 8 wins in a row by the 19-year-old Nicaraguan and 11 wins in total by the short route. The 41-year-old Lopez has lost 5 of his last 6 fights but was coming off a useful win over Arturo Badillo in May.

 

Huntington, NY, USA: Light Welter: Cletus Seldon (15-0,1ND) W TKO 9 Bayan Jargal (17-6-3,1ND). Light Heavy: Joe Smith Jr (17-1) W TKO 1 Maxell Taylor (18-10-1).

Seldon vs. Jargal

The last time these two met a clash of heads and a resulting cut lead to a no decision but this time Seldon came out on top. Seldon got a great start putting Jargal down with a right in the first round and was looking to end it then. Jargal withstood the onslaught and then was firing back himself. They continued to trade over the next five rounds with Seldon having the edge with a sustained body attack slowing Jargal. Seldon scored another knockdown in the seventh from a hard combination and although Jargal survived and was again willing to trade it was obvious the Seldon had the harder punch. The “Hebrew Hammer” ended it in the ninth as with Jargal bleeding from the mouth and being caught with a series of head punches the referee halted the fight. Seldom has competed at a good level at American Football, wrestling, judo and body building and is now making his mark in boxing. The 28-year-old from Brooklyn has 11 wins by KO/TKO. Jargal “The Mongolian Mongoose” has now had three losses and that no decision in his last four fights. Jargal has been matched tough resulting in losses to Breidis Prescott, Chris Algieri, Chris Howard and Zahir Raheem. Under his real name of Bayanmunkh Bayanjargal he represented Mongolia at the 2003 and 2005 World Championships.

Smith vs. Taylor

Smith overwhelms Taylor in just 37 seconds. Smith came out firing and drove Taylor into a corner where he scored with a barrage of punches and with nothing coming back from Taylor the fight was stopped. The 25-year-old “Irish Bomber” from Long Island now has 11 wins in a row, 9 by KO/TKO. Taylor, 30, the brother of pro Emmanuel Taylor, was a high class amateur but has not cut it as a pro and this is his sixth loss in a row, five by KO/TKO.

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Abbreviations

ABC=Asian Boxing Council an affiliate of the WBC

ABF=Asian Boxing Federation. I assume this is an affiliate of the IBF

ABU=African Boxing Union an affiliate of the WBC

ACC=WBC Asian Council Continental title

ANBF=Australian National Boxing Federation who administer Australian titles

BBB of C=British Boxing Board of Control

BBB of C Southern/Central/Midlands/Scottish Area etc. British Area titles

BDB= Bund Deutscher Berufsboxer one of the German boxing bodies

B & H=Bosnia & Herzegovina

BSA=Boxing South Africa responsible for administering boxing in South Africa

CBC=Commonwealth Boxing Council a sanctioning body for titles competed for by citizens of Commonwealth countries

CISBB-WBC title covering the rump of the USSR and the Slovenian Boxing Board

DRC=Democratic Republic of the Congo

EBU=European Boxing Union

FAB=Argentinian Boxing Federation

FFB=French Boxing Federation

GAB=Philippines Games & Amusement Board responsible for administering boxing in the Philippines

GBC= Global Boxing Council a sanctioning body

IBA=International Boxing Association a sanctioning body

IBF=International Boxing Federation a sanctioning body

IBO=International Boxing Organisation a sanctioning body

JBC =Japanese Boxing Commission

NABA=North American Boxing Association, a WBA affiliate

NABF=North American Boxing Federation a WBC affiliate

NABO= North American Boxing Organisation, a WBO affiliate

NCC=National Championships of Canada

NGG=US National Golden Gloves

NZPBF=New Zealand Professional Boxing Federation a national sanctioning body

OPBF=Orient & Pacific Boxing Federation

PABA=Pacific & Asian Boxing Association, a WBA affiliate

PBF=Philippines Boxing Federation, a sanctioning body in the Philippines

UBF=Universal Boxing Federation a sanctioning body

UBO=Universal Boxing Organisation a sanctioning body

USBA= United States Boxing Association, an IBF affiliate

USBO=United States Boxing Organisation an WBO affiliate

WBA=World Boxing Association a sanctioning body

WBC=World Boxing Council a sanctioning body

WBFed=World Boxing Federation, a sanctioning body

WBFound=World Boxing Foundation, a sanctioning body

WBU=World Boxing Union, a sanctioning body

IBF WBA Rating=Both bodies leave vacancies in their ratings so when showing a IBF or WBA rating for a fighter where there is a vacant position ahead of them in the rankings which affects his rating I will put his numerical rating i.e. No 6 and in brackets and his rating based on the number of fighters ahead of him so IBF 6 (5) shows his numerical position is 6 but there are in fact only 5 fighters listed ahead of him due to one or more ofthe higher rating positions being vacant.