Weekly Results March 17 2016
Edmonton, Canada: Super Welter: Brandon Brewer (18-0-1) W TKO 4 Felipe De la Paz Teniente (16-8-2). Light Heavy: Ryan Ford (5-0) W TKO 1 Dave Whittom (12-23-1).
Brewer vs. Teniente
Brewer gets a win inside the distance as he stops Mexican Teniente. The unbeaten fighter from the East Coast of Canada was scoring freely with jabs and body punches over the first three rounds and in the fourth dropped Teniente twice with head punches and the fight was stopped. “L-Jack” Brewer, 31, the Canadian No 2 had 8 wins by KO/TKO and has won his last 13 fights. Mexican Teniente, 25, has four losses in his last five fights with all of the losses being against Canadians and three by KO/TKO.
Ford vs. Whittom
“The Real Deal” Ford crushed former Canadian super middle and light heavy title challenger Whittom in 78 seconds. Ford put Whittom down with rights to the head. He was up quickly but when the action restarted Ford slammed home two right uppercuts and a left to the head putting Whittom down again. He got up but the follow-up attack quickly brought the referee’s intervention. Ford, 34, did not turn pro until quite late partially due to his competing in MMA championships and a four year period in jail, long since put behind him. He is the son of Al Ford, a former Canadian lightweight champion who had 74 fights and twice challenged for the CBC title.
Calais, France: Super Feather: Romain Jacob (24-1) W TKO 2 Amiran Abuladze (8-4-1). Middle: Joffrey Jacob (12-0-1) W TKO 4 Giga Nadiradze (18-8-1).
Jacob vs. Abuladze
Jacob takes an easy one as he marks time waiting for a chance to regain the EBU title. The 27-year-old local hero lost the EBU title to Spaniard Juli Giner in November. Giner is to defend against Frenchman Guillaume Frenois and No 1 Stephen Smith fights for the IBF title so Jacob is hoping for a title shot later this year. Georgian Abuladze gets his third loss by KO/TKO.
Jacob vs. Nadiradze
Younger brother Joffrey, 24, outboxed and then halted Georgian Nadiradze. Jacob is short on power but he was slick and quick working everything off the jab and sharp left hooks to the body. He gets only his second win by KO/TKO. Nadiradze has a typical Georgian record. He is now 6-2 in his last 8 fights. Six home wins and two losses by KO/TKO on his travels.
Tokyo, Japan: Middle: Hikaru Nishida (15-7-1) W KO 3 Akio Shibata (27-8-1).
Nishida springs surprise as he knocks out world rated Shibata to win the Japanese and OPBF titles. Champion Shibata was comfortably in charge in the first round as he used his jab and some nice boxing on the back foot to outbox his aggressive challenger. The second began the same way but Shibata’s jab was not keeping Nishida out and Nishida was scoring with hooks to the body. At close quarter’s Nishida suddenly took a step to his right and landed a short left hook to the body which put Shibata down badly hurt. He got to his feet but Nishida blasted away with 8 or 9 punches that sent Shibata tumbling to the canvas again. He was up early and after the eight count Nishida drove Shibata around the ring landing punch after punch and right on the bell Shibata went down on one knee. In the third Nishida again landed a series of punches. He dug a left hook to the body and a combination to the head which put Shibata down on his hands and knees and he was counted out. Nishida, 28, had lost on points to Shibata for these same titles in 2014 but had fought his way to the No 1 spot in the JBC ratings with four wins. He gets his seventh win by KO/TKO to show that motorcycles are not the only winners to come out of Kawasaki. Shibata, 34, was making the sixth defence of the OPBF title and fifth of his JBC title. He was No 10 with the IBF.
Barranquilla, Colombia: Light: Daulis Prescott (31-3) W KO 3 Yohangel Romero (0-15). Super Light: Hevinson Herrera (19-12-1) W TKO 2 Nestor Narvaez (1-13-1,1ND).
Prescott vs. Romero
Prescott gets a win but a painful one. The former WBA title challenger had to hold off a strong start for Venezuelan perennial loser Romero. The painful moment came from a very low punch from Romero with Prescott being close to refusing to fight on. He decided to continue and in the third body punches put Romero down twice and he was counted out. Prescott, 29, the brother of Breidis Prescott, makes it 23 wins by KO/TKO. He was 29-1 going into a fight with Nicholas Walters for the secondary WBA feather title in 2012 and was stopped in seven rounds. He was then out of the ring for almost two years and is 5-1 since his return with the loss being an eighth round kayo against Tevin Farmer in August. Poor Romero, 20, should find another way to pass his leisure hours. He has lost by KO/TKO in 14 of his 15 fights. He has never lasted more than four rounds when losing by KO/TKO and in the one six round fight he lost on points he was knocked down enough for two of the judges to score the fight 51-60 and you don’t see many guys getting only 51 in a six round fight.
Herrera vs. Narvaez
Easy win for Herrera in a poor match on a night of poor matches. Narvaez came out punching but the taller Herrera put him down with a left. Narvaez made it to his feet but a right hook/straight left put Narvaez down again. He was saved by the bell but a left hook to the body ended the fight in the second. Herrera, 31, based in Miami makes it 13 wins by KO/TKO. Fellow-Colombian Narvaez, 32, is 0-12-1 and 1 ND in his last 14 fights.
Suwannakhet, Laos: Super Feather: Terdsak (60-5-1) W KO 6 Arief Blader (20-18-1). Minimum: Panya (13-0) W TKO 6 Ichal Tobida (12-19).
Terdsak vs. Blader
Just some light sparring for Terdsak as he wins the vacant WBC ABC Continental title with knockout of Blader. Terdsak never really got out of third gear. Indonesian Blader was leaping in with attacks and Terdsak content just to throw a few southpaw jabs and straight lefts. Blader had no power but Terdsak even let the Indonesian put him in a corner late in the fifth and blaze away with some light punches. In the sixth a left hook to the body and another to the chin put Blader down on his side. He listened unmoving until the count reached eight and then leapt to his feet but the referee had counted him out. Another easy win for the 34-year-old southpaw and No 40 by KO/TKO but really meaningless. Now 5 losses in a row for Blader.
Panya vs. Tobida
Panya halts limited Indonesian in six rounds. Panya took a couple of rounds to work out the awkward style of Tobida. After that he was getting home with scorching left hooks to the body, right uppercuts and right crosses. Tobida was staggered badly in the third. He lost him gumshield three times over the fight and was deducted a point. Panya scored a knockdown in the fifth and floored Tobida again with a right to the body in the sixth. Tobida made it to his feet but a few more hard punches from Panya saw the fight stopped. The 25-year-old Thai retains his WBC ABC Continental title and has six wins by KO/TKO. Tobida, 31, has lost 8 of his last 9 fights 7 by KO/TKO.
Mexico City, Mexico: Super Feather: Carlos Ruiz (15-2) W PTS 10 Joel Montes de Oca (18-6). Ruiz outclasses Montes de Oca but can’t finish the fight early. Ruiz was quicker, more accurate and had the harder punch. Montes de Oca could not get into the fight. He took a bad beating in the third as Ruiz was scoring with hooks and uppercuts. Ruiz floored Montes de Oca with a right in the sixth only for the bell to save Montes de Oca. Ruiz continued to control the fight but had to settle for a wide unanimous decision. Scores 100-89 twice and 99-90 for Ruiz. First defence of his WBO Latino title for Ruiz. He won the title with a points victory over Raul Centeno (19-1-1) in Argentina in September and lost a very close decision to former WBC bantam and feather champion Hozumi Hasegawa in December. Montes de Oca had a run of 14 wins but has now lost three in a row.
Khon Kaen, Thailand: Light: Kaewfah (21-0) W TKO 6 Jason Butar Butar (18-17-1). Thai Kaewfah retains WBA Asian title with kayo of overmatched Butar Butar. You could have gone for drink during the first round and missed nothing as Kaewfah just went round the ring perimeter prodding jabs and Indonesian Butar Butar with wild roundhouse swings was distinctly dangerous for the spectators in the stands but not Kaewfah. From the second Kaewfah started to get serious. He is a tall upright stylist and over the second to the fifth rounds he tracked Butar Butar around the ring trapping him on the ropes and in corners and whipping in hooks and uppercuts. In the sixth a straight right to the body sent Butar Butar down. He was flat out with his head resting on the bottom rope and the referee stopped the fight immediately. Now 14 wins by KO/TKO for the 29-year-old Kaewfah. He did not turn pro until he was 23 so may have competed in Muay Thai previously. Butar Butar, who also boxes as “Juli Mike Tyson”, has now lost 7 by KO/TKO.
Cleethorpes, England: Light: Kevin Hooper (19-3) W PTS 10 Adam Dingsdale (13-3-1). Hooper retains his English title with points victory over Dingsdale. The local fighter Hooper used plenty of pressure to take the first two rounds. Dingsdale began to find some working room from the third to even things up. Hooper was more defensive but boxing well but Dingsdale had an impressive eighth. Hooper had paced the fight well and is known for his strong finish and took the last two rounds for the win. Scores 97-93, 97-94 and 96-94 all for Hooper. The 31-year-old Grimsby fighter has won 6 of his last 7 fights losing only to WBO No 9 Liam Walsh. Dingsdale, 28, has lost to Stephen Ormond and Derry Mathews on points and has good wins over Floyd Moore and Mike Devine.
Newport, Wales: Cruiser: Craig Kennedy (14-0) W TKO 3 Lukasz Rusiewicz (21-23). Fly: Andrew Selby (4-0) W TKO 6 Brett Fidoe (6-23-2).
Kennedy vs. Rusiewicz
Kennedy boxed well in the first using a quick, stiff jab to set up the experienced Pole for right crosses and left hooks. Rusiewicz was looking to land a big right but Kennedy never gave him any openings. Kennedy landed a choice right uppercut in the second but Rusiewicz absorbed it and kept pressing but he had no answer to the movement and hand speed of Kennedy. In the third as Rusiewicz tried to push Kennedy to the ropes a short right to the chin suddenly had the Pole badly dazed and facing out into the crowd on shaky legs and the fight was stopped. The tall 30-year-old Welshman makes it 8 wins by KO/TKO including victories over Wadi Camacho and Courtney Fry. He is No 15 with the EBU but has his eyes on a fight for the CBC title. Rusiewicz, 34, gets his third loss by KO/TKO.
Selby vs. Fidoe
Welsh “Wizard” Selby gets his fourth win. The 27-year-old former amateur star was always too quick and slick for experienced survivor Fidoe. The Englishman gave a determined display but the fight was halted with one minute left at the end of the sixth round. The 27-year-old Selby had been hoping to fight British champion Charlie Edwards next – another former elite amateur, but Edwards does not appear to be interested so Selby will look elsewhere. Despite his poor stats Fidoe had scored two victories over unbeaten opponents in his last three fights.
Liverpool, England: Light: Terry Flanagan (30-0) W PTS 12 Derry Mathews (38-10-2). Bantam: Zolani Tete (23-3) W TKO 7 Jose Santos Gonzalez (22-4). Middle: Tommy Langford (16-0) W PTS 12 Lewis Taylor (18-2-1). Cruiser: Matty Askin (20-3-1) W TKO 2 Simon Barclay (8-1). Super Fly: Paul Butler (21-1) W KO 9 Sebastian Sanchez (12-2). Super Bantam: James Dickens (22-1) W RTD 6 Rey Cajina (14-31-5). Middle: Vijender Singh (4-0) W KO 3 Alex Horvath (5-2-1). Bantam: Ryan Farrag (15-1) W KO 2 Stefan Slavchev (7-20-1). Fly: Kevin Satchell (15-0) W PTS 8 Adrian Dimas Garzon (10-20.
Flanagan vs. Mathews
Flanagan retains the WBO title with challenger Mathews fighting hard until fading down the final stretch. Southpaw Flanagan just edged the first round landing some good lefts to the body but Mathews came back to pocket the second with some quick combinations and near the end of the round they wrestled with both tumbling to the canvas. The fight swung back to Flanagan again as he scored with some long lefts as he pressurised Mathews. The fight remained close with neither fighter dominating and in the fourth it was Mathews who was scoring with his right. Flanagan stepped up the pace in the fifth dominating over the early part of the round, scoring with some good body shots and although Mathews ended the round strongly Flanagan had done enough to take it. Mathews made sure that the fight stayed close with a good sixth where he worked just that bit harder than Flanagan. From the seventh the youth of Flanagan and his work rate and accuracy start to see him open a gap. He took the seventh with some quick combination punching and although Mathews had some success late it was again Flanagan’s round. He also did enough to win the eighth rocking Mathews with a right but he also landed a hard elbow which saw the referee rightly deducting a point to undo his hard work. Although both rounds were close Flanagan continued to outwork Mathews over the ninth and tenth meaning that the challenger needed a stoppage in the last two rounds to win. Flanagan made sure that did not happen as he outscored Mathews in the eleventh with the challengers face swelling from the work put in by Flanagan and the champion also took the last as Mathews left eye was swollen and Flanagan finished on top. Scores 117-110 and 115-112 all for Flanagan. Second defence of his title for the 26-year-old “Turbo”, Jose Zepeda is his mandatory defence but unification fights with either Jorge Linares or Anthony Crolla would be huge draws. Mathews, 32, has had a roller coaster career resurrecting himself from a run of four inside the distance losses in a five fight run against mainly domestic opposition in 2008/09, losses in a Prizefighter tournament and also an IBO title fight and later in a fight for the British and European titles. He rebounded from all of those setbacks to have a four-bout winning run during which he won the interim WBA title. Even after a loss here with his resilience it is impossible to write Mathews off.
Tete vs. Gonzalez
Tete gives another impressive performance combining skill and power to halt Gonzalez in the seventh round. Tete was too quick in both hand and foot for the limited Mexican and this one never looked like going the distance. The classy South African southpaw put Gonzalez down with left in the second and had him rocking again by the end of the round. Gonzalez managed to get into the fight thanks to some hard rights but Tete never looked troubled. In the seventh Gonzalez was put down again this time by a short right uppercut. He was badly shaken and after the action resumed a left had him staggering and the referee halted the fight. The 28-year-old “Last Born” a former undefeated IBF super fly champion, wins the vacant IBF International title. He is rated WBC 3/WBO 3/WBA 9 with the IBF having dropped him for relinquishing their title. This win for one of their minor titles should see him rated although Tete is eyeing fights with British bantams Jamie McDonnell the holder of the secondary WBA title, and Lee Haskins the IBF champion. Gonzalez has had some useful but not outstanding wins and was coming off a points loss to another South African Mzuvukile Magwaca in August.
Langford vs. Taylor
Langford wins the vacant CBC title and makes successful third defence of his WBO Inter-Continental title with unanimous decision over Taylor. As expected from two good technical boxers both were using range-finding jabs before firing off rights and lefts. The first three rounds were close with Langford looking to have taken the second and probably the third but Taylor took the fourth scoring with some good overhand rights and working hard throughout the three minutes and used some right counters to at least share the fifth. It was a fast-paced fight and the action dropped off slightly over the middle rounds. It was here that Langford started to dominate the fight. Despite a cut over his left eye from a clash of heads Langford was bossing the action and Taylor was fading. Langford shook Taylor with a right in the ninth. Taylor tried to turn the tide in the tenth but again Langford came on strong late in the round and was in a winning position. Taylor put in another big effort in the eleventh scoring with rights and getting home with an uppercut but Langford closed the round strongly and also took the twelfth. Scores 118-111 twice and 118-110 all for Langford. The 26-year-old from Birmingham seems to improve with every fight. He wins the vacant CBC title with this victory. By winning the WBO Inter-Continental title back in July he finds himself as their No 4 in the world so he has a lot to live up to. English champion Taylor, 26, suffered his only other loss when he dropped a majority decision to IBF No 9 Eamonn O’Kane in May last year.
Askin vs. Barclay
Askin gets quick win in what promised to be a good English title fight. Barclay took the fight at short notice and despite his lack of paid experience he was a top level amateur. In the first round Askin landed a big overhand right that put Barclay down heavily. Barclay seemed to recover well but Askin got through with a couple more big rights to make it a very rocky start for Barclay. It got worse for Barclay in the second with a bad cut being opened over his left eye by a punch from Askin. The cut was too bad for the fight to continue so it was all over. Askin, 27, has lost three important fights to Jon-Lewis Dickinson for the English title, on a stoppage in eleven rounds against the now WBO champion Krzys Glowacki and on a majority decision in March last year to Ovill McKenzie for the British and CBC titles. Barclay, 26, a former ABA champion at both cruiser and heavy, took a risk coming in at short notice and it did not pay-off but he will be back and fighting for titles again.
Butler vs. Sanchez
Butler outclasses Mexican novice Sanchez. It is all Butler from the start. He is able to slot punches through the guard of the Mexican in the first and shakes him with a right in the second. The gap in both skill and size makes it an easy fight for Butler. Sanchez tries to make a fight of it over the third and fourth but is hurt again in the fifth by a straight left. The sixth, seventh and eighth are one-sided with Butler firing vicious shots through as the Mexican tries to punch his way out of trouble. It is all over in the ninth as two body punches put Sanchez down and the referee counts him out. Butler, 27, wins the vacant WBO International title and is rated No 4 with the WBO. He is ready for another title shot. Japanese fighters, Kohei Kono and Naoya Inoue, hold two of the titles, WBA and WBO, and Carlos Cuadras holds the WBC. Butler is not in a high position in any ratings except the WBO, that only leaves IBF champion McJoe Arroyo and Butler is down at No 14(12) with them. WBO champion Inoue is a huge draw in Japan so he won’t want to or need to travel. However the boxing scene is forever shifting so anything could happen. Sanchez in way over his head. Of his 12 other opponents only three had been in more than ten fights, and he lost to one of them.
Dickens vs. Cajina
Quite a comedown for Dickens as instead of a high profile fight with Guillermo Rigondeaux he ends up with Nicaraguan travelling loser Cajina. Still you have to deal with what is in front of you and Dickens did that. He floored Cajina in the second with a southpaw left and maintained the pressure with only Cajina’s finely honed survival skills keeping him in the fight. After six one-sided rounds Cajina wisely retired before the start of the seventh. The 24-year-old Dickens really emerged from the pack when, although losing, he gave Kid Galahad a tough fight for the vacant British title in 2013. He rebounded to win the vacant title in March last year with a victory over Josh Wale and retained it with a split decision over former IBF bantam title challenger Martin Ward in November. He is a tough, talented 24-year-old fighter and hopefully another big chance will come his way soon. What can you say about Cajina? He is 1-14-2 in his last 17 fights but usually goes the distance. That’s what he does and what he gets paid for. If he started winning his work would dry up.
Singh vs. Horvath
Singh gets another inside the distance win. Too easy for the former amateur star. He is too quick and punches too hard for the young Hungarian. A punch from Singh sent Horvath’s gumshield flying in the first and he kept up the pressure in the second before a right in the third which landed on Horvath’s shoulder sent the Hungarian down and he was counted out. No real test for the Indian talent. At 30 he cannot afford to take too long before moving up. Horvath, 20, not in his class.
Farrag vs. Slavchev
Farrag disposes off Slavchev inside two rounds. The European champion dominated the first round landing overhand rights and making it clear he was out to impress. In the second a right to the body was enough to put Slavchev down and he was counted out. The 28-year-old from Liverpool won the vacant European title with a stoppage of experienced former champion and WBC/WBC title challenger Stephane Jamoye in the Belgian’s backyard and was warming up tonight for a title defence at home against former interim WBA title challenger Karim Guerfi next month. Farrag’s only loss is to current IBF champion Lee Haskins in a Prizefighter Tournament. Bulgarian Slavchev has 7 of his last 8 fights with 5 of the losses in Britain.
Satchell vs. Garzon
Satchell wins every round against late choice Garzon. The unbeaten Liverpool fighter had Garzon in deep trouble in the second and came close to finishing it a couple more times but Garzon would come to life just when the referee might be about to step in and that way he lasted to the bell. Referee’s score 80-72. Satchell, the former undefeated European, British and CBC champion had less than three minutes of ring time in 2015 so these eight rounds were probably welcome. “Renegade” Garzon, 39, has now lost 10 of his last 11 rounds but as with Cajina did his job.
Merida, Mexico: Super Feather: Miguel Berchelt (29-1) W KO 6 George Jupp (13-3). Super Fly: Junior Granados (16-4-1) W PTS 10 Aston Palicte (20-1). Light: Carlos Jimenez (10-5-1) W KO 5 Eduardo Torres (19-1).
Berchelt vs. Jupp
Local hero Berchelt wins interim WBO title with kayo of Brit Jupp. The British fighter started confidently showing a fast jab and firing home some good body punches but over the second half of the round it was Berchelt who was stabbing home jabs and some body punches of his own. As in the first Jupp started the second brightly showing no respect for the Mexican’s power and digging in some left hooks to the body only for Berchelt to score with a left hook to the body and an uppercut inside. Jupp was countering but did not have the power to keep the harder punching Berchelt out. Berchelt increased the pressure in the third. He was relentless, coming forward dominating with his jab taking Jupp to the ropes and unleashing scything right hooks, straight lefts and a series of uppercuts. Jupp was trying to counter when he could but was kept on the back foot. The pressure began to tell in the fourth as Berchelt was hunting Jupp down and scoring with left hooks. Jupp tried to trade in ring centre but was forced back to the ropes and a brutal series of hooks and uppercuts saw Jupp go down on one knee as much to escape the storm as from being hurt by any one punch. He was up at eight but the bell range before they could re-engage. Berchelt was in charge in the fifth with a too brave Jupp trying to punch with him but getting driven back until double uppercuts followed by double left hooks saw Jupp slump to a semi-crouch with one knee briefly touching the canvas. By the end of the mandatory count there were only 20 seconds remaining in the round and Jupp survived. In the sixth a vicious left hook to the body hurt Jupp and sent him back to the ropes. He tried to punch with Berchelt but two left hooks saw Jupp tumble back on his haunches and he used his gloves to stop him falling further but the referee had seen enough and halted the fight. The 24-year-old “Scorpion” Berchelt was to have challenged Roman Martinez for the WBO title but Martinez was injured so Jupp came in as a very late substitute. Berchelt has yet to really prove himself against a top level opponent but showed a great jab and plenty of power as he made it 26 wins by KO/TKO. Jupp, 25, had been catapulted into the WBO ratings on the back of a win in December over then overrated Mitchell Smith and Jupp’s No 3 rating was ridiculous. Having said that about the WBO given such a relatively short time to prepare Jupp performed creditably. He showed a quick, accurate jab, good movement and a willingness to trade and it will be interesting to see how he fares back in domestic competition.
Granados vs. Palicte
Granados gets undeserved decision over Filipino Palicte. The visitor is tall for a super fly at 5’7” (170cm) so he had height and reach over the local fighter. He also was more than a match for Granados in power and was more than willing to trade hooks in close. After a couple of close early rounds Palicte was really in charge of the fight and built what should have been a winning lead. Granados showed guts and despite swelling around both eyes kept pressing and pressing punching and punching but was being outfought and outscored and Palicte looked a clear winner. The judges saw a different fight scoring in 97-93 and 97-94 for Granados and 97-94 for Palicte. The 23-year-old Merida fighter got lucky here but not when he visited Dublin in July and gave Irish fans a scare by flooring Jamie Conlan twice in losing a close decision. Palicte, 25, the GAB No 2, had won his last 10 fights, nine by KO/TKO and he was robbed here.
Jimenez vs. Torres
Jimenez scores big upset as he crushes unbeaten local Torres. Jimenez almost ended it in the first as he was able to bang punches through the leaky defence of Torres and almost had Torres over three times with the bell saving Torres. That scenario was repeated in the second and again Jimenez had Torres almost out when the bell ended the round. It was good news/bad news for Torres in the third. He showed some improvement and looked to have opened a bad cut on the right eyebrow of Jimenez only for the referee declare it was a butt and deduct a point. Torres looked to have steadied himself in the fourth but in the fifth a left hook to the body put him down and the referee stopped the fight. The 24-year-old Jimenez was having his first fight in 16 months. Back in 2012 he scored a knockout over Oscar Cortes who was 21-0 at the time so it’s not the first time he has upset the odds. Torres, 28, was being built into a local attraction but this was a crushing defeat.
Neubrandenburg, Germany: Light Heavy: Juergen Braehmer (48-2) W PTS 12 Eduard Gutknecht (29-4-1). Cruiser: Artur Mann (6-0) W KO 4 Bjoem Blaschke (10–1). Super Middle: Stefan Haertel (9-0) W PTS 8 Tobias Webb (16-5-1).
Braehmer vs. Gutknecht
Braehmer retains the secondary WBA title with typical performance as he outpoints Gutknecht. Braehmer was scoring with southpaw right jabs, straight lefts and hook to the body with Gutknecht just too slow. Braehmer used those tactics to take the first round and finished strongly to take the second. In the third Gutknecht just could not seem to block the straight lefts and rights from Braehmer and as he did throughout the fight inside Braehmer was wrapping his right arm around Gutknecht’s left so that the Kazakh boxer could not work. He did this many times in every round and was never warned for holding. Braehmer continued to dictate the tactics and collect the rounds. The seventh was one-sided as Braehmer was landing quick bunches of two and three shots at a time. Gutknecht finally got going in the eighth throwing more and scoring more. He started the ninth with a fierce attack and a clash of heads saw Braehmer cut over his left eye which spurred Gutknecht to stay on the attack throughout the round. Any impetus Gutknecht built was ruined on the tenth when he was deducted a point for pushing Braehmer’s head down. Braehmer had been constantly holding in every round and never even got a warning! Over the last two rounds, in typical German co-operative approach, Braehmer probably knew he only had to stay on his feet to win and despite a strong finish from Gutknecht he was never in any real trouble and ran out a clear winner. Scores 116-111 twice and 118-110 for Braehmer in his sixth defence of the secondary WBA title. The 37-year-old champion is a clever tactical boxer. He plays to his strengths and will be difficult to beat in Germany. Gutknecht, 33, who came in as a substitute after Braehmer’s defence against Tommy Oosthuizen fell through, lacked the speed or skill required.
Mann vs. Blaschke
Mann maintains his 100% record of wins inside the distance with kayo of tall German Blaschke. Despite giving away height and reach to the 6’4” (193cm) Blaschke Mann was able to outpunch and halt the German. The 25-year-old Kazak “Thunderman” has taken less than 16 rounds for his six wins. Blaschke is 1-6-1 in his last 8 fights.
Haertel vs. Webb
Former Olympian Haertel still looking for his first inside the decision win as a pro. He takes unanimous decision over useful British opponent Webb, his toughest test so far. The 28-year-old Berliner was moving up to eight rounds for the first time and Webb pushed him hard all the way. Perhaps in Britain Webb would have done enough to at least get a draw but you get no justice on the road. Scores 77-75 twice and 77-74. . At the 2012 Olympics Haertel beat Ireland’s Darren O’Neill but lost to Brit Anthony Ogogo in the quarter-finals. He has plenty of skill but not sure if he will make it as a pro. Former Welsh champion Webb, 27, lost only one of his first 16 fights and that was to Rocky Fielding in a Prizefighter Tournament but is now 2-4 in his last six after tough losses to Callum Smith, Liam Cameron and Dave Brophy.
Montreal, Canada: Super Middle: Schiller Hyppolite (20-1) W PTS 10 Darnell Boone (23-23-4). Super Welter: Steven Butler (15-0-1) W TKO 3 Sladjan Janjanin (13-1). Super Welter: Mian Hussain (15-0) W PTS 6 Tobia Giuseppe Loriga (28-7-2).Super Light: Ayaz Hussain (10-0) W TKO 2 Jacek Wylezol (14-14). Heavy: Simon Kean (4-0) W TKO 2 ().
Hyppolite vs. Boone
Hyppolite gets the unanimous decision but only after a couple of scares and a strong finish. Hyppolite had built a lead when a right put the Haitian-born fighter down in the fifth. He saw out the round but was still unsteady in the sixth and a right sent Hyppolite staggering into a corner and almost down with the referee deciding the ropes had held him up and giving the favourite another count. This time Hyppolite was not hurt too badly and he bit down and fought back to take the seventh round and do enough over the last three rounds to just deserve the close decision. Scores 95-93 twice and 96-93. The Montreal-based, 29-year-old “Batman” could have blown his WBC No 7 rating here but moves to 15 wins in a row “Deezol” Boone, 36, can be dangerous on his night as a two-round stoppage of Adonis Stevenson, a points win over Willie Monroe and a split decision loss to Sergey Kovalev show.
Butler vs. Janjanin
With the David Lemieux fight falling through Butler was in the nominal main event. The young Canadian handed out plenty of punishment in the first round in the shape of hooks and uppercuts to the head and body. He had the B&H fighter under pressure on the ropes for much of the second flooring Janjanin with a chopping right and a left hook to the body. Janjanin got up but was trapped again and a left hook to the body saw him sitting on the ropes and the referee stepped in and gave him a count. Janjanin made it to the bell but in the third he was crouched over on the ropes again with Butler scoring with clubbing punches from both hands and the referee stopped the fight. The 20-year-old from Montreal, the son of Marshall Butler who gave John Stracey his first pro defeat, wins the vacant IBF Youth title. He has 12 wins by KO/TKO as he tries to put behind him a poor showing in drawing with Jamie Herrera in June last year. Janjanin’s record does not stand up to scrutiny as nine of his victims had either never won a fight or never had a fight.
Hussain vs. Loriga
The talented Hussain again showcases his skills and although not a known puncher he puts former Italian champion Loriga down in the second, third and fourth rounds on his was on his way to a wide unanimous verdict. Scores 60-50, 60-51 and 60-52. The 25-year-old southpaw, the Canadian No 2 welter, had won 8 of his last 10 fights on points. He is a former Canadian national champion and won a bronze medal at the Pan American Games. He also split wins with top prospect Custio Clayton. Loriga, 39, has now lost 5 of his last 6 fights.
Hussain vs. Wylezol
Ayaz makes it a family double as he wipes out Pole Wylezol in two rounds. After taking the first round the hard-punching young prospect floored Wylezol with a right in the second. Wylezol got up but some more hard shots saw the referee stop the fight. The 24-year-old “La Machine”, the Canadian No 4, also a former national champion, looks to be the puncher in the family as this is his fifth win in a row by KO/TKO. Wylezol, 27, is 3-6 in his last 9 fights but has been matched tough.
Kean vs. Fulton
Rubbish fight as the referee saves an overmatched Fulton as Kean was unloading in the second round. The big 27-year-old Canadian Olympian now evens up his record with two wins in the first round and two in the second. The 38-year-old Fulton has 30 losses by KO/TKO and this is already his third fight this year. His conditioning? Well I guess 254lbs (115kgs) on a 6’0” (183cm) frame tells you all you need to know.
Levallois-Perret, France: Super Welter: Cedric Vitu (44-2) W TKO 4 Ruben Varon (43-9). Light Heavy: Igor Mikhalkin (18-1) W PTS 12 Patrick Bois (14-5-1). Light: Yvan Mendy (34-4-1,1ND) W TKO 9 Samir Kasmi (19-12-1). Middle: Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (32-2) W PTS 8 Patrick Mendy (16-10-1). Light Heavy: Hakim Zoulikha (22-8) W PTS 8 Hugo Kasperski (26-7-1). Welter: Yazid Amghar (14-0) W PTS 8 Jean Moraiti (11-9-4,1ND). Welter: Ahmed El Mousaoui (23-2-1) W PTS 6 Fouad El Massoudi (13-7). Super Light: Renald Garrido (16-13-1) W PTS 8 Daouda Sow (18-1). Super Light: Franck Petitjean (16-4-3) W PTS 12 Hakim Ben Ali (13-4).
Vitu vs. Varon
Vitu retains his European title with stoppage of Spanish veteran Veron. Frenchman Vitu was tracking the retreating challenger in the first round throwing southpaw right hooks and straight lefts with Varon on the back foot. Varon moved centre ring and traded a few punches late in the first but it was easily Vitu’s round. Varon changed his tactics in the second coming forward letting his hands go and scoring with some smart hooks inside. Vitu was content to fire counters and as Varon’s hands were slow and he had no snap in his punches Vitu did enough to take the round. Varon again came forward at the start of the third but once Vitu began to let his punches go Varon was in trouble. With Varon up against the ropes a series of hard hooks to head and body from both hands took the round for Vitu. In the fourth Vitu drove Varon along the ropes with straight lefts and cornered the Spaniard. He then just punched away with lefts and rights until Veron slumped down sitting on the canvas. Although he got up it was obvious he was finished. The referee completed the eight count wiped Varon’s gloves and motioned Veron to walk forward. Being no mug Veron did a quick stagger and the referee stopped the fight. Second defence of his EBU title for 30-year-old Frenchman Vitu who has lost only one of his last 26 fights and has now won nine in a row. He is rated IBF 7(6)/WBC 10. Former EU champion Veron, 36, lost to Felix Sturm for the WBA title way back in 2003, and may now retire.
Mikhalkin vs. Bois
Mikhalkin outclasses poor level challenger Bois. The Russian southpaw dominated every round and almost treated it as a sparring match so a rare poor EBU title fight but Bois was not the original opponent so some excuse for that. Bois started each round with a flurry of activity but Mikhalkin usually took over mid round and finished strongly. Mikhalkin had decided to fight on the back foot and counter Bois. The Frenchman tried hard and might have shared the fourth and the last but lacked the skills to compete in most rounds. Scores 120-108 twice and 120-110 all for Mikhalkin. The 30-year-old German-based Mikhalkin was making the third defence of his EBU title. His only loss was on points against WBO title challenger Aleksy Kuziemski in 2010. He is rated WBC9/IBF8/WBO 15. Bois, 25, twice the French champion, had lost a close decision to Hugo Kasperski in his last fight in June and had only short notice of this fight..
Mendy vs. Kasmi
Mendy retains the WBC International title with stoppage of fellow-countryman Kasmi. Mendy was stronger and a bigger puncher but Kasmi kept taking the fight to Mendy and had some success but Mendy showed a good defence and Kasmi had to eat a lot of hooks from Mendy. Kasmi had a good fifth but Mendy was breaking the gutsy challenger down. It was a hook in the ninth that unhinged Kasmi and put him down. Kasmi made it to his feet but the referee stopped the fight. The 30-year-old Mendy, a former French champion of Senegalese roots, was making the first defence of the title he won with a shock victory over unbeaten Luke Campbell in December. He is rated IBF 13 (11), WBC 14. Kasmi,33, a former EU champion gets his fifth loss by KO/TKO.
N’Jikam vs. Mendy
N’Jikam returns with a win but struggles to shine against the awkward Mendy. The lanky Cameroon-born boxer showcased his skills over the first four rounds working the jab and scoring with power punches with Mendy being competitive in the third but otherwise N’Jikam was just too experienced and had the superior technique. N’Jikam was less impressive over the second half of the fight as Mendy kept pressing. He was winning the rounds but it was a workmanlike performance rather than inspiring. Scores 79-72 twice and 80-71 all for N’Jikam. The 32-year-old N’Jikam was having his first fight since losing to David Lemieux for the vacant IBF title in June. British-based Gambian Mendy can be a difficult opponent on his night as a draw with Dmitry Chudinov and a win over Virgilijus Stapulionis show.
Zoulikha vs. Kasperski
In the best fight of the night Zoulikha’s aggressive attacks were enough to beat Kasperski. An explosive first round saw Zoulikha score with a series of hard punches only for Kasperski to fire back and have Zoulikha wobbled. The sheer work rate of Zoulikha was making the difference as he piled on the hooks from both hands with Kasperski forced to take a knee in the second. There was back and forth action in every round with Kasperski more accurate and the harder single punch hitter but by the end of the fight Zoulikha had worn him down but lacked the power to finish the fight inside the distance. Scores 77-72, 77-73 and 76-73 all for Zoulikha. The FFB No 2 breaks a four-bout losing streak. Former French champion Kasperski, rated No 1by the FFB, lost to Mikhalkin for the EBU title last time out in October.
Amghar vs. Moraiti
Amghar boxes his way to victory over Moraiti. The fight proved harder than expected for the unbeaten Amghar as he was suffering from a swelling by his left from the second round. Moraiti survived a doctor’s examination for a damaged nose in the fifth. Amghar’s better skills saw him box his way to the unanimous decision. Scores 79-73 twice and 78-72. Useful win for 25-year-old Amghar as Moraiti was rated No 2 super light by the FFB and Amghar No 6.
El Mousaoui vs. El Massoudi
“The Prince” wins this one but pressure tactics from the less skilful El Massoudi makes one judge see it an even fight. El Mousaoui was landing hard counters in every round but El Massoudi just walked through everything and the harder he was hit the wider his smile. El Mousaoui, whilst a quick, clever boxer, is not a hard puncher so El Massoudi was able to press his attacks and make it an interesting contest. Scores 59-55 and 58-55 for El Mousaoui and 57-57. El Mousaoui, 25, a former French and EU champion, had a 13 bout winning run broken by a loss to unbeaten Australian Jeff Horn in December. He is No 7 with the EBU. El Massoudi, 28, had lost 2 of his last three fights but to high class opposition in Kell Brook’s challenger Kevin Bizier-on a majority decision- and Sasha Yengoyan
Garrido vs. Sow
In French terms this was a huge upset as journeyman Garrido beat former Olympian and FFB No 1 Sow. This one went the way most expected over the first four rounds with Garrido doing his best but being outboxed. The fight turned in the fifth when a right to the body from Garrido had Sow in trouble. From there Sow tried boxing in a crouch but was hurt again and Garrido swept the last four rounds to take the split decision. Scores 77-75 and 77-74 for Garrido and 77-75 for Sow. Former French title contender Garrido, 32, was 2-6 in his previous 8 fights. Southpaw Sow, was a silver medallist at the 2008 Olympics where he beat Jose Pedraza and Yordenis Ugas. He has held the French light title but relinquished. He was EBU No 10.
Petitjean vs. Ben Ali
Petitjean wins the vacant WBC Francophone title and takes every round against late replacement Ben Ali. French champion Petitjean cruised in this one never looking to be putting 100% in to it. That could be because it was the last major fight on a long night. Scores 120-108 from all three judges. The 28-year-old southpaw is now 5-0-1 in his last 6 fights and No 9 with the EBU. Former Belgian champion Ben Ali won his first 12 fights but has now lost 2 of his last 3 fights. He must mend quickly as he reportedly suffered a dislocated shoulder when losing a fight on 6 February.
Sydney, Australia: Light: Brandon Ogilvie (15-1) W PTS 10 Darragh Foley (8-2). Welter: Jack Brubaker (10-1-1) W TKO 6 Paddy Murphy (11-2-2).
Ogilvie vs. Foley
Ogilvie retains his WBO Oceania title with unanimous decision over Foley. Ogilvie set the scene for this one by flooring Foley with a right in the first round. The English-born Foley was up quickly but already two points down. Despite his height and reach edge Foley was having trouble with Ogilvie and in the second was deducted a point for holding. Foley continued to have problems with the stronger Australian and looked to be seeking a big punch to turn the fight his way and also tried switching guard. None of that worked and when Foley continued to hold inside he was deducted another point in the seventh with Ogilvie going on to win the unanimous decision. Scores 98-89, 96-91 and 96-94 all for Ogilvie. The 22-year-old from Perth now has 10 wins in a row. He is a very good prospect but rated a ridiculous No 10 by the WBO for winning the Oceania title with a win over a fighter with a 9-3-4 record. He is No 5 with the ANBF. Foley’s Australian title was not on the line. He had scored good wins in domestic action over Valentine Borg and Miles Zalewski.
Brubaker vs. Murphy
Australian Brubaker makes successful first defence of his OPBF title with stoppage of Murphy. The local “Ripper” had Murphy down in the third and fifth rounds before the fight was halted in the sixth. The 24-year-old Brubaker also holds the WBC Youth title and is rated No 3 by the ANBF. Australian-based Murphy from Newry in Northern Ireland was having his first fight since losing a majority decision to Rivan Cesaire in November 2014.
Emilia Romagna, Italy: Super Welter: Alessandro Angelini (11-0) W PTS 12 Stefano Castellucci (25-6). Angelini wins the vacant IBF Mediterranean title with unanimous decision over the more experienced Castellucci. The local fighter dominated the fight on the outside and after a good first round Castellucci was never able to make an impact. Apart from the fourth when Angelini was cut and eleventh when he was shaken by a right from Castellucci, Angelini, 33, bossed the fight using his reach and speed to work on the outside and paced the fight well even though was his first time past eight rounds. Former Italian champion Castellucci has not had much luck in title fights recently. He does OK in non-title fights but is 0-6 in the last 6 title fights he has contested.
Rome. Italy: Light Heavy: Serhiy Demchenko (16-9-1) W TKO 10 Mirco Ricci (17-3). Demchenko springs a surprise as he wins the vacant EU title with stoppage of Italian Ricci. For few rounds it looked as though Ricci would just do enough to edge the fight. Ricci was the quicker shaper man with Demchenko needing to catch Ricci to stand any chance of winning. After a slow start Ricci used his reach advantage plus quick in and out attacks to dominate the fight over the first two rounds. Demchenko outworked the Italian in the third only for Ricci to take the fourth. At that point Ricci was in front 39-37 on two cards and the other judge had them level at 38-38. Ricci edged further in front by taking the fifth but Demchenko kept applying pressure and outscored Ricci in the sixth and in the seventh hurt Ricci with a right only for Ricci to have the better of the exchanges in the eighth making it still anyone’s fight. The scores after eight were 77-75 twice for Ricci and 76-76. In the ninth Ricci was being forced to stand and trade more and Demchenko was landing hard punches with the Italian fading. In the tenth Demchenko drove Ricci to the ropes with a hard combination and then landed a left hook with unhinged the Italian’s legs and another series of punches from Demchenko had Ricci in deep water and the fight was stopped. Ricci made a mild protest but it was a good stoppage. Demchenko, 36, a Ukrainian based in Rome now has 12 wins by KO/TKO. He was 2-6-1 going into this one including a points loss to Mehdi Amar for this same title in October so quite an outsider. Ricci, 25, also from Rome, had won his last 6 fights including an impressive win over unbeaten German prospect Enrico Koelling and was rated WBA 10/WBO 13 but after this second loss by KO/TKO he needs to go back to basics.
Villacidro, Italy: Middle: Alessandro Goddi (24-1-1) W PTS 8 Artem Karasev (8-22-2). Sicilian Goddi given eight hard rounds by Karasev. Goddi was able to edge the rounds with his higher work rate and good combination punching but Karasev is an experienced survivor. He showed plenty of nice movement and was able to score at distance with his longer reach and when none of that worked he repeatedly fell into a clinch. Despite that there was plenty of action and Goddi put in some useful rounds as he took the unanimous decision. The 28-year-old “Highlander”, a former undefeated Italian champion and current WBC International Silver title holder is 12-0-1 in his last 13 fights. Lithuanian-based Russian Karasev, 23, has only lost twice by KO/TKO.
Campolongo Maggiore, Italy: Feather: Devis Boschiero (38-4-1) W KO 5 Tamas Laska (7-5-1). Just a light workout for former European champion and WBC title challenger Boschiero. The Italian was much too good for very late replacement Laska and could have ended it earlier but got it over in the fifth. The34-year-old local fighter had his hopes of another world title shot dashed when he was stopped in six rounds by Stephen Smith. He is No 4 with the EBU so in the mix for a European title shot at champion Juli Giner, alongside Guillame Frenois and Roman Jacob. Laska is 5-1-1 in his last 7 fights now but the 5 men he beat had only one win between them.
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico: Super Feather: Marco I Gonzalez (16-1) W TKO 4 Rafael Reyes (18-6). Gonzalez stops Reyes. The local fighter was too good for the visitor and floored Reyes twice. In the fourth a left uppercut followed by a straight right put Reyes down for the second time and the referee stopped the fight. Now 9 wins by KO/TKO for 25-year-old Gonzalez. He lost on points to Venezuelan Alfonso Perez in 2014 and this is his fourth win against modest domestic opposition since then. Reyes is now 4-5 in his last 9 fights.
Pasig City, Philippines: Super Bantam: Jimmy Paypa (18-3-1) W PTS 12 Bernabe Concepcion (34-7-2). Light: Roberto Gonzales (27-2) W TKO 7 Arjan Canillas (13-1-2).
Paypa vs. Concepcion
Paypa continues his good run with upset victory over former world title challenger Concepcion. Paypa got the perfect start flooring Concepcion in the first with a chopping right thrown over a tentative jab from Concepcion. It was a heavy knockdown. From there Paypa continued to box cleverly against the aggressive Concepcion who eventually began using rights of his own to shake Paypa and take over in the middle rounds. Paypa kept plugging away with his southpaw jab and did enough over the closing rounds to deserve to be a unanimous winner but had to settle for a split verdict. Scores 116-111 twice for Paypa and 115-112 for Concepcion. Paypa, 22, wins the WBO Oriental title from champion Concepcion. Paypa is now 16-1-1 in his last 18 fights with the loss coming when he was caught cold by a punch from Japanese fighter Shingo Wake in February last year and knocked out inside a round. Concepcion, 28, lost to Steve Luevano and Juan Manuel Lopez in WBO feather title fights. He was stopped in seven rounds by Mikey Garcia for the NABO and NABF titles in 2012 but was 4-0-1 going into this one.
Gonzales vs. Canillas
Gonzales wins the vacant Philippines title with stoppage of previously unbeaten Canillas. Gonzales employed the well tried tactics of using his jab to break-up the rhythm of Canillas game plan and open the way for straight rights. Canillas was caught time and again by rights and his face quickly began to show the marks of battle. He was cut over his left eye but a bigger problem was the selling by the right eye which grew to obstruct his vision. When Gonzales switched to using right uppercuts which Canillas could not see coming the referee had the ringside doctor examine the damage and the fight was stopped. Gonzales, 25, the new GAB champion, now has 17 wins by KO/TKO. He suffered consecutive inside the distance losses in 2012 but has now won 7 in a row, 6 by KO/TKO. Canillas, 22, had scored some fine wins over experienced domestic opposition and will come back stronger.
Torrelavega, Spain: Super Welter: Sergio Garcia (20-0) W PTS 10 Igor Faniyan (15-11-3).Middle: Ruben Diaz (21-1-2) W TKO 1 Giorgi Beroshvili (24-10-2). Middle: Koba Karkashadze (20-10-2) W PTS 6 Kevin Dotel (10-3).
Garcia vs. Faniyan
Garcia gets win No 20 to cheer his hometown fans. The unbeaten Spaniard was never in any danger of losing this one but Faniyan had not come to lie down and was competitive over the early rounds without doing enough to win any. Garcia tried for a kayo over the last two rounds but Faniyan lasted the distance. The tall 23-year-old “El Nino” needs to take a step up soon. The modest nature of his opposition is reflected in his failing to get a rating in the EBU top 15 in his division. Faniyan, a Armenian based in Ukraine is 1-7-1 in his last 9 fights but has only lost twice by KO/TKO.
Diaz vs. Beroshvili
Diaz wastes no time with overmatched Beroshvili. A left hook to the body put the Georgian down and out in the first round. The 36-year-old Spanish champion, another who needs to face better opposition if he wants to climb out of the EU ratings and into the EBU, is 19-0-2 in his last 21 fights but was inactive from May 2008 until February 2012. He has 13 wins by KO/TKO. Beroshvili has lost inside the distance in 5 of his last 6 fights outside Georgia.
Karkashadze vs. Dotel
This was supposed to be a routine win for Spanish champion Dotel and it looked like a good forecast when former victim Georgian Karkashadze was floored in the first round. Karkashadze showed real fighting spirit by getting up and going after Dotel putting him under pressure for the rest of the fight and getting a well deserved unanimous decision. The 29-year-old Karkashadze was 0-4-2 in his last six fights, all in Spain, including a points loss to Dotel in June but he showed the sort of fighting spirit we would like to see from more Georgian’s. Madrid-based Dominican Dotel had won 4 of his last 5 fights.
Lugo, Spain: Super Middle: Jose Manuel Iglesias (11-4-1) W Alberto Pineiro (8-0-1). Iglesias holds onto his Spanish title with majority draw against local fighter Pineiro. The physical difference between the two fighters dictated the tactics in this one. The 6’5” (196cm) Iglesias towered over the 5’10” (178cm) Pineiro so Iglesias was using his height and reach to try to control the fight and Pineiro was bundling inside where he could work on the body. The contrasting tactics made an untidy fight with many rounds close but the locals were incensed when the result was announced. One judges scored it 99-93 for “Pineapple” Pineiro but the other two both scored it 95-95 making it a majority draw so “Punky” Iglesias retains the title. First defence of his title for 34-year-old Iglesias. He was knocked out in 77 seconds by Callum Johnson in April last year but had won his last three fights. First loss for Pineiro and the first time he has gone more than six rounds. In view of the controversy it could soon be “Punky” vs. “Pineapple” again.
Hull, England: Feather: Samir Mouneimne (16-2-1) W TKO 1 Elvis Guillen (9-20-4,1ND). Too much of an early night for Mouneimne. In his first fight for sixth months he put late substitute Guillen down twice with body punches and the fight was over in 89 seconds. The Hull 29-year-old had lost a split decision to Ryan Walsh for the vacant British title in September and the EBU No 9 is anxious to get back into title contention. His only other loss was to world rated Josh Warrington for the vacant CBC title in 2013. Now 9 losses in a row for Spanish-based Nicaraguan Guillen and the quickest defeat he has suffered so far.
Burbank, CA, USA: Light: Casey Ramos (22-0) W TEC DEC 8 Jonathan Perez (35-14,1ND). Feather: Miguel Marriaga (23-1) W PTS 8 Adones Aguelo (24-14-2). Super Feather: Guy Robb (18-1) W TKO 4 Carlos Padilla (15-4-1).
Ramos vs. Perez
Ramos wins technical decision to extend his unbeaten record to 22 fights. Ramos was content to work on the outside and counter the attacks of the aggressive Perez. In bundling forward Perez was presenting a good target and a left hook floored the Colombian in the second round. Ramos continued to outbox Perez in the third but in the fourth a clash of heads opened a cut over the right eye of Ramos. Despite blood trickling into his eye Ramos continued to control the fight with his jab and rocked Perez with a right in the sixth. Late in the eighth the referee had the ringside doctor examine the cut and he advised the fight be stopped. It went to the scorecards and all three judges had it 80-71 for Ramos. The 26-year-old Texan “Wizard” was moving up to ten rounds for the first time but did not get the benefit of that extra experience. Perez, 29, had scored a good win over Puerto Rican Gamalier Rodriguez in December.
Marriaga vs. Aguelo
Colombian Marriaga makes it three wins in four months but is given a hard scrap by Filipino Aguelo. This was a close fight all the way. Marriaga had the better of the first four rounds but then had to withstand a strong finish to preserve his world rating. Scores 77-75 twice and 79-73 all for Marriaga. The 29-year-old “Scorpion” lost to Nicholas Walters in a fight for the vacant WBA title in June (Walters did not make the weight so the title was vacant with only Marriaga with a chance to win it). With only the WBO still rating Marriaga, and then down at No 8, he has a hill to climb if he is to get another title shot. Aguelo has now lost 4 of his last 5 fights but in there with the losses are Adrian Estrella, Will Tomlinson on a majority decision and Casey Ramos.
Robb vs. Padilla
Robb makes it eleven wins in a row. He was backing Padilla up with his jab and forcing Padilla on the defensive. Padilla was scoring with counters but Robb was busier and more accurate. A left hook wobbled Padilla in the fourth and Robb drove him to a corner and put him down with a series of punches. Padilla made it up and through the rest of the round but then retired. The 27-year-old from Sacramento now has 8 wins by KO/TKO. Colombian Padilla has lost 4 of his last 5.