London, England: Middle: Billy Joe Saunders (25-0) W PTS 12 Willie Monroe Jr (21-2). Light Heavy: Anthony Yarde (13-0) W RTD 3 Norbert Nemesapati (25-7). Heavy: Daniel Dubois (5-0) W TKO 1 A J Carter (8-4).
Saunders vs. Monroe
Saunders retains his WBO title with unanimous decision over Monroe in a fight that never really caught alight but allowed Saunders to get in to some serious action and back into winning ways as he hopes to move into bigger fights.
Good opening round for Saunders. He was getting his right jab through to the body and landed a couple of good lefts. Monroe was just that bit slower.
Score 10-9 Saunders
The second round was cagier than the first. After starting to use his jab Monroe spent the rest of the round just feinting punches and throwing nothing with Saunders landing a few jabs and again taking the round.
Score 10-9 Saunders 20-18
By feinting and feinting without actually throwing punches Monroe was handing the initiative to Saunders and after another cagey start Saunders attacked hard at the end of the round. He scored with a number of chopping lefts and sent Monroe scrambling along the ropes with a right.
Score 10-9 Saunders 30-27
Monroe finally woke up and started throwing punches. He was darting out his jab and scoring with quick lefts and this time it was Saunders being too hesitant. When Saunders did let his punches flow he caught Monroe with some chopping lefts to the head but Monroe just edged the round. Saunders was showing a small cut over his right eye.
Score 10-9 Monroe 39-37
Monroe started the fifth brightly jabbing away but then he closed down again and went into a holding pattern doing nothing much. Saunders worked him over on the ropes and although Monroe came alive again late in the round Sunders had taken it.
Score 10-9 Saunders 49-46
If you were looking for a thrill-a-minute fight you were in the wrong place. This was very much a tactical battle. The side-on leaning forward style of Monroe together with his preference to counter punch was limiting action from both fighters. They were still playing cat and mouse even after five rounds. There was very little action in this one but Monroe worked his jab a little better.
Score 10-9 Monroe 58-56
Saunders brought some fire into this round. He attacked from the start. He was able to score well with his jab and a few lefts with Monroe just looking to defend. One of the problems for Saunders is that as Monroe stands very side on leaning this body to his left and whenever he bent over he was almost presenting his back to Saunders and making it difficult for Saunders to make use of his left to deliver power punches.
Score 10-9 Saunders 68-65
There was a lot more action in this one because Saunders made it that way. He was landing jolting jabs and throwing long rights and lefts and finished the round strongly with Monroe trapped on the ropes.
Score 10-9 Saunders 78-74
Monroe looked as though he was auditioning for Strictly Come Dancing in this one. He showed some slick quick footwork. The only problem was that he was not throwing punches. Saunders was and was scoring with them.
Score 10-9 Saunders 88-83
Saunders took this round by default as once again Monroe did almost no offensive work at all. Saunders did not land much himself but he was throwing some punches and landing a few. There was no sign that Monroe felt he had to put in a big effort. Even if he thought he was in front he should not have been giving away rounds this way.
Score 10-9 Saunders 98-92
Finally Monroe seemed to realise he needed to put in some effort. He took the fight to Saunders scored well with his right jabbed and landed some good left hooks to take the round.
Score 10-9 Monroe 107-102
Monroe took this one. He threw more and landed more including a hard long left cross but even now he was at times standing motionless trying to draw the lead instead of storming forward trying to swing things his way.
Score 10-9 Monroe 117-112
Official scores: 117-111, 117-112 and 115-113 all for Saunders.
Saunders retains his WBO title and importantly gets in some ring time. This was the first fight for nine months for Saunders and only the second in almost two years. With Gennady Golovkin holding the three other versions of the middleweight title and a return with Saul Alvarez a strong possibility that route seems closed. It all depends on the view that the WBO take. Since winning the title from Andy Lee in December 2015 Saunders has yet to make a mandatory defence. His No 1 challenger is David Lemieux and by rights he should be the next opponent for Saunders but who knows with the WBO. Monroe did not win and did not deserve to win. He did not fight like a challenger desperate to become a champion and after being stopped by Golovkin for the WBA and interim WBC in 2015 it is going to be difficult to sell him as a challenger again.
Yarde vs. Nemesapati
Yarde brutalises a game Nemesapati for another quick win. Nemesapati was quite willing to take the fight to Yarde in the opener but had a taste of things to come when a sharp right uppercut had him backing off. Nemesapati showed a nice jab but once Yarde began to let his punches go the Hungarian was getting caught with some powerful shots and his confidence drained away. Yarde boxed patiently at the start of the second stalking the retreating Nemesapati and using his stiff jab as a range finder for straight rights. Yarde landed a couple of sharp right uppercuts to take Nemesapati to a corner and then unleashed six consecutive rights to the head that saw Nemesapati drop to his knees. He was up quickly but when the action resumed he just tried to cover up and then dropped to his knees after three thudding rights from Yarde. Again Nemesapati was up quickly and after the count Yarde was looking to finish it but the bell went. Nemesapati’s corner should have retired their man then but instead he came out for the third. He was in total survival mode going backwards at speed and holding when he could. He looked to be on the point of going down a couple of times under heavy rights from Yarde and sensible retired in his corner at the end of the round. The 26-year-old Yarde was making the first defence of his WBO European title and wins the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title. This is victory No 12 by KO/TKO and he is already rated WBO No 8. He looks awesome in these fights and really needs to move up to tackling some of the fringe contenders where he hopefully will find someone able to take his power. Nemesapati is being thrown away. He is now 22. He turned pro at 16 and won his first 14 fights but is being thrown in way over his head. He was no match for Yarde just as he was no match for Callum Smith, Umar Salamov and Anthony Dirrell
Dubois vs. Carter
Dubois destroys Carter inside a minute. After a couple of probing jabs from Dubois a short right to the side of the head put Carter down within the first ten seconds of the fight. Carter climbed up immediately and marched forward when the eight count was completed. Dubois met him with a shower of punches and Carter fell forward to the floor again. Carter listened to the count whilst kneeling on both knees and got up ready to continue. A short right from Dubois saw him pitch face first to the canvas with the referee immediately ending the fight. All over in 48 seconds. Carter was down for quite some time and was given oxygen to aid his recovery and taken to hospital as a precaution. The 20-year-old 6’5” powerhouse Dubois collects the vacant BBB of C Southern Area title. He has taken less than seven rounds to register his five wins. He needs more ring time but it is difficult balancing act with someone as destructive as Dubois to find an opponent to give him that experience without overmatching him. Third loss by KO/TKO for Carter.
Liverpool, England: Super Middle: Callum Smith (23-0) W PTS 12 Erik Skoglund (26-1). Super Middle: Martin Murray (36-4-1) W KO 4 Arman Torosyan (18-4-1).Super Middle: Zach Parker (13-0) W TKO 1 Luke Blackledge (23-5-2). Super Light: Adam Little (18-2) W TKO 4 Reece MacMillan (7-0).
Smith vs. Skoglund
Smith gets unanimous decision in a fight that shows the best of the sport in both skill and the mutual respect between the two boxers. Skoglund was very much in the fight most of the way until Smith surged over the last third to get the deserved victory and move on to the next round of the World Boxing Super Series.
Smith vs. Skoglund
As they started with the usual exchange of jabs Skoglund scored with a sharp right to the chin. After that there were some quality punches thrown by both fighters with Smith using his longer reach to score with his jab and looking dangerous with rights and Skoglund countering well. Smith just took it.
Score 10-9 Smith
Smith’s jab and the danger from his right hand kept Skoglund on the back foot. Smith was able to slot the jab home and land with a left hooks to the body with Skoglund boxing intelligently and countering when he saw a chance to do so but again it was Smith’s round
Score 10-9 Smith 20-18
This was a much closer round. Both scored heavily in early exchanges and Skoglund used plenty of movement and quick attacks and just outworked Smith
Score 10-9 Skoglund 29-28
This was turning into a great fight. Both were trying to take centre ring by out-jabbing the other. Smith’s reach gave him the advantage and he landed a cracking right to the chin and was able to trap Skoglund on the ropes and score inside. Skoglund fought back late in the round but it was Smith’s.
Score 10-9 Smith 39-37
Skoglund’s round. The Swede worked his jab on overtime for the whole three minutes. He out jabbed Smith and slotted home some hurtful rights with Smith looking uncomfortable and on the back foot for the entire round. Smith was bleeding from the nose.
Score 10-9 Skoglund 48-47
Skoglund did the better work in this one as well. Again he was quicker to the jab and was darting in scoring and getting out before Smith could unload his heavy rights.
Score 10-9 Skoglund 57-57
This one was much closer and Smith just edged it. Skoglund again showed his quick jabbing early but Smith began to throw some heavier stuff later in the round and just took it.
Score 10-9 Smith 67-66
Another close round. Skoglund started well using plenty of movement and hand speed to put Smith on the back foot. From the middle of the round Smith was on the front foot scoring with his jab and landing some good rights to take the round.
Score 10-9 Smith 77-75
Another round for Smith. He started the round on the back foot with his jab more accurate than Skoglund’s and ended with a right/left to the head in a series of good head punches.
Score 10-9 Smith 87-84
Another round for Smith this one more decisive. He was scoring freely with a strong jab and long rights and also digging in some hurtful body punches. Skoglund was still very mobile but his punches were falling short as he could not get past Smith’s jab. Smith seemed to have paced the fight well.
Score 10-9 Smith 97-93
Smith upped his work rate and let some heavy stuff fly. A big right cross to the head saw Skoglund badly shaken and as Smith followed up on that success with a couple more head punches Skoglund dropped to one knee. He was up at four and after the eight count Smith strode forward scoring with rights and left hooks. Skoglund used good movement to frustrate Smith’s efforts to put him away and was even firing back at the bell but it was a huge round for Smith.
Score 10-8 Smith 107-101
Skoglund outworked Smith in the last round. He was quick and throwing lots of jabs with Smith mainly on the back foot and firing an occasional power shot but it looked as though Smith knew he had the win and was coasting and taking no chance.
Score 10-9 Skoglund 116-111
Official scores: 117-110, 117-111 and 116-112 all for Smith
Smith, 27, now goes on to the semi-finals of an incredibly tough super middle Worlds Boxing Super Series tournament where he will meet the winner of the Juergen Brahmer vs. Rob Bryant. You would not expect Smith and Skoglund to fight each other unless there was a world title to be won but this tournament is breaking down these barriers as the ultimate prize in money and prestige is worth taking the risk. There were times when the hand and foot speed of Skoglund had Smith looking hesitant and apprehensive and it was strange to see him out-jabbed. However he had a big edge in power, was more accurate and paced the fight better. Skoglund, 28, gained many admirers after this display of classy boxing-me for one-and it said everything about his skill that he constantly out-jabbed Smith and was very much in the fight until the late rounds when he flagged a bit and Smith took over. Really boxing was also a winner here as this was a fast-paced action filled high quality fight between two excellent boxers with the referee almost surplus to requirements and the mutual respect was illustrated in the way that the embraced before the bell to start the last round.
Murray vs. Torosyan
Murray too strong and hits too hard for Armenian Torosyan. Murray had the more powerful jab and had Torosyan on the back foot in the first He landed some good body punches and a hard right just before the bell. Torosyan showed quick hands but very little power. He tried to get on the front foot in the second but again Murray’s jab was too strong. Murray was able to crowd Torosyan and score well to the body and Torosyan was hurt by a body punch just before the bell. Murray was stalking Torosyan throughout the third. He was landing meaty hooks to the body from both hands and clubbing rights to the head. Torosyan landed a hard counter that momentarily had Murray backing off but the British fighter again took control. Murray was landing some vicious body punches in the fourth. He drove Torosyan to a corner with two of them and then landed a right to the body and Torosyan went down showing considerable pain and he stayed there and was counted out. The 34-year-old from St Helens has had four world title shots looking unlucky not to get something out of three of them and taking Gennady Golovkin into the eleventh round. He is rated No 6 with the WBA but a fifth title shot looks unlikely. German-based Torosyan was coming off an upset victory over Danish hope Abdul Khattab in January but he had no answer to the power of Murray.
Parker vs. Blackledge
Parker blasts out the more experienced Blackledge in the first round. Parker had height and reach over Blackledge who struggled to find a way past Parker’s jab. He was darting in but getting caught with counters. Parker scored a lovely double hook to body then head and then switched to southpaw. At first he did not look comfortable but after missing with a couple of punches he landed a left to the chin that sent Blackledge flying back and down heavily. He struggled to get up and when he did he staggered into a corner and the referee stopped the fight. The 23-year-old from Derbyshire now has 10 wins by KO/TKO including 7 in his last 8 fights. This was supposed to be his first ten round fight and Blackledge was a much higher class of opponent than he had met previously but he showed impressive power and is one to watch. Blackledge, 27 a former undefeated Commonwealth champion has now lost 3 of his last 4 fights with Callum Smith and Lolenga Mock beating him but he gave Mock a tough fight in Denmark in June.
Little vs. MacMillan
No feeling out here these two went at it hammer and tongs from the bell. Both were landing some choice punches. MacMillan was coming forward for much of the round with Little scoring with left hooks to the body and rights to the head and both landing uppercuts. MacMillan shook Little with a sharp combination but Little just had the edge in accuracy. They set off at the same fast pace in the second. Both fighters were firing quality shots inside and at a distance. MacMillan’s mouthguard came out twice as Little continued to dig to the body and the referee warned MacMillan not to let it happen again. Despite that a body punch from Little in the third saw the mouthguard pop out again and it was obvious they were hurting MacMillan badly. MacMillan continued to plough forward but yet another body punch saw MacMillan’s mouthguard out and this time the referee deducted a point. MacMillan continued to take the fight to Little in the fourth but he was receiving more than he was giving and a crunching right to the body saw him drop to one knee. He got up but after the eight count a left to the body saw him go down on both knees. MacMillan’s corner threw in the towel and the referee stopped the fight when he completed the eight count. The 26-year-old Little, a former undefeated English champion, had scored a big win with a kayo of Martin Gethin in September last year but then lost to Glenn Foot in December. MacMillan came in as a very late replacement and did his bit in making this a stirring scrap.
Cebu City, Philippines: Light Fly: Milan Melindo (37-2) W PTS 12 Hekkie Budler (31-3). Super Fly: Jonas Sultan (14-3) W PTS 12 John Riel Casimero (24-4). Bantam: Arthur Villanueva (31-2) W RTD 4 Richie Mepranum (31-7-1). Welter: Jason Pagara (40-2-1) DREW 10 James Onyango (23-11-2).
Melindo vs. Budler
Melindo retains the IBF title with a split decision over South African Budler, Melindo was hampered by a cut from the fifth and a much worse one from the tenth but it was the speed and precision of Budler’s work that for me gave him the verdict. The judges decreed otherwise and a gutsy Melindo remains champion
Both were throwing jabs early. Budler was showing good movement and hand speed. Melindo scored with a couple of hooks inside. He switched to southpaw a couple of time but Budler scored well with a couple of quick combinations and darted away from Melindo’s attack to take the round
Score 10-9 Budler
Budler was again much quicker. He was fast and accurate with his jab and threw his right whenever he saw an opening. Melindo was going for hooks to the body. He scored with a couple and then just before the bell landed a disgracefully low punch put Budler down in agony. He was given time to recover and the bell went before the action could recommence but there should have been at least a warning to Melindo but it did not happen.
Score 10-9 Budler 18-20
Budler was snapping out his jab and finding the target. Melindo landed a solid left hook that looked to have Budler hurt but the South African stuck with his clever boxing and did enough to take this one.
Score 10-9 Budler 27-30
Melindo had a better round. He was finally letting his punches go particularly his trade mark left hook. Budler was sill sticking and moving but Melindo just did enough to pocket this one.
Score 10-9 Melindo 37-39
Melindo was slowly warming to the task. He was letting his left hook loose and scoring with short powerful counters. Budler was showing some class movement and throwing plenty of quick combination but the power from Melindo won out.
Score 10-9 Melindo 47-48
Budler maintained his frantic pace zipping around Melindo and slotting home jabs and quick rights. Melindo landed a couple of hooks but was waiting too long to fire off his shots. Melindo was now showing a cut over his left eye
Score 10-9 Budler 56-58
I could not believe what happened at the start of this round. After the fighters had left their corners for the start of the round the referee took Melindo back to his corner so that the doctor could examine the cut over Melindo’s left eye. The doctor cleaned away the blood and seemed satisfied Melindo could continue. Nothing wrong with that except that Melindo’s corner man then began to treat Melindo’s cut using a swab and putting ointment on it which he should never have been allowed to do. The referee should have stopped it happening. How can a second be allowed to treat a cut once his man has left the corner. It was an untidy round with more missing than connecting from both fighters. Budler was bit more accurate and Melindo landed fewer but harder punches so I did what I don’t like to do and made this one level.
Score 10-10 Even 66-68
Budler’s round. The speed and precision of his punches saw jab after jab pierce Melindo’s guard and he scored with a couple of cracking rights. Melindo also landed a hard right but was too slow with his counters and left swishing air.
Score 10-9 Budler 75-78
Incredibly once again the referee escorted Melindo back to his corner. The doctor said it was OK to continue and Melindo’s corner man treated the cut. What’s going on here? Don’t the officials know you can’t allow this? Once a boxer has left his corner only the doctor should be allowed near the cut. Melindo took this one but only just. He was countering well, landing his left hook and although busier Budler was not as accurate as he had been in other rounds.
Score 10-9 Melindo 85-87
Budler’s speed again took this one. Melindo had no answer to the jab Budler was constantly sliding past his leaky guard. The South African was also getting home rights. Melindo landed a good right and a left hook and as they traded a clash of heads sent Melindo staggering backwards. Blood was now running from a cut over the right eye of Melindo. He complained to the referee that is was a deliberate butt. The referee saw nothing wrong and in fact only warned Budler about a punch to the back of the head. Budler finished the round strongly to take it.
Score 10-9 Budler 94-97
The cut on the right eyelid was a bad one and for a third time when the round began the referee took Melindo back to his corner and after the doctor had stopped examining the cut Melindo’s second used a swab and ointment on the cut. This was Budler’s round Melindo scored early with his best combination of punches in the fight but then Budler took over. He was banging jab after jab through Melindo’s guard and following that with straight rights as Melindo fired desperate counters which missed
Score 10-9 Budler 103-107
Yet again the referee took Melindo back to his corner and once again when the doctor had finished his examination Melindo’s second treated the cut and the referee actually pulled Melindo away with the second still smearing ointment on the cut. It was streaming blood down the side of Melindo’s face and the two cuts must have been affecting Melindo’s vision. As they traded punches Melindo landed a couple of head shots and sent Budler sprawling to the canvas. The South African was up immediately and not hurt. Melindo let go some hard hooks and piled forward but Budler met him half way and they exchanged punches on level terms to the bell.
Score 10-8 Melindo 113-115
Official scores 117-110 and 115-112 for Melindo and 115-113 for Budler.
Melindo had struggled to make the weight for this one. He failed on the first try and had to strip naked to make it on attempt No 2 and appeared sluggish at times. The 29-year-old “Method Man” had won the IBF title with a spectacular one round win over Akira Yaegashi in Japan and was making the first defence of his title. Melindo does not have a mandatory challenger as the top two positions in the IBF ratings are both vacant but it will be quite some time before these two cuts heal so he will be on the sidelines for a while. I though the Budler won this one. His hand speed and accuracy gave him the edge in most rounds but you get no favours on the road even with neutral officials. He is unlikely to want or get a return but he has the skills to challenge any of the other three title holders.
On the matter of the cuts being treated. Even if the bell to start a new round had not sounded you cannot allow a fighter’s corner to take advantage of the doctor’s inspection to work on a cut. Their one minute is up-the referee can get them to wipe excess ointment off yes-but swab the cut and put on more ointment-no.
Sultan gets massive win as he take well deserved unanimous decision over former undefeated IBF flyweight champion Casimero. Sultan bossed the bout most of the way. He used some sharp jabbing and hefty hooks and Casimero was having trouble finding his range and getting into gear. Sultan swept the early rounds and rocked Casimero with a strong combination in the fifth. That seemed to awaken Casimero who attacked hard in the sixth and seventh but Sultan showed some classy defensive work and he dictated the pace of the fight over the following rounds to build a winning lead. Casimero tried hard for a knockout in the last but to no avail and Sultan was a clear winner. Scores 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113 all for Sultan. The 25-year-old “Zorro” from the ALA Gym and a former undefeated Philippines title holder has turned his career around with 10 wins in his last 11 fights. Casimero was rated No 3 by the IBF but position No 1 was vacant and Rau’shee Warren was No 2. Since Warren has not beaten a fighter in the current IBF ratings he cannot go to No 1 but as Sultan, rated No 7, beat No 3 Casimero he can go to that top spot. A fight with champion Jerwin Ancajas would be the first world title fight between two Filipino’s since 1925 when Pancho Villa defended the flyweight title against Clever Sencio. The fly in the ointment could be WBO champion Naoya Inoue who may be eyeing a unification fight with Ancajas. As for Casimero he had looked imperious in defeating British challenger Charlie Edwards in September but has some hard work to do after being a clear loser here.
Villanueva vs. Mepranum
Villanueva returns to the winning column as Mepranum has had enough after four rounds. A focused body attack proved too much for the clever but light punching Mepranum. although Villanueva also landed some excellent straight rights and lefts to the head through the first three rounds it was the barrage of hooks to the body from both hands that undid Mepranum. He showed some classy skills but by the fourth he was fighting out of a half crouch trying to protect his body from Villanueva’s body punches. He did not look like a finished fighter but at the end of the fourth he retired. “King Arthur” was having his first fight since being floored and losing a very wide unanimous decision against Zolani Tete for the interim WBO bantam title in April. His other loss was also in a fight for a vacant title when he was beaten on a technical decision by McJoe Arroyo for the IBF super fly title in 2015. He is rated WBC 10 so another title shot is a distant hope. As with Villanueva Mepranum has been beaten twice in world title fights with his losses coming against Julio Cesar Miranda and Juan Francisco Estrada. This loss to Villanueva is his third inside the distance defeat in a row but you don’t get much tougher opposition than Carlos Cuadras, Luis Nery and Villanueva
Pagara vs. Onyango
Pagara almost steps on a banana skin here as he only just scrapes a split draw where a loss would have cost him his WBO No 3 rating. It was very much a fight of two halves. Pagara swept the first five rounds and floored Onyango in the second and fifth rounds. However the Kenyan stayed in the fight and Pagara faded badly over the last five rounds. Pagara was being caught with hard punches from both hands and looked close to going down a couple of times. A cut over his left eye suffered in the eighth just added to his problems and he had to fight hard to still be there to the last bell. Scores 95-93 Pagara, 94-93 for Onyango and 94-94. When you realise that Pagara had the benefit in his scoring of two 10-8 rounds it shows how close Onyango came to a major upset. Home town fighter Pagara, 29, was having his first fight for 10 months and there were questions before the fight about his preparation and those fears were confirmed. He may also have seen Onyango as an easy opponent. The 34-year-old Kenyan has been in with some high class opposition in David Avanesyan, Denis Shafikov and Julius Indongo and ten of his losses have been in the other guy’s town and he can feel unlucky that he did not get the win here.
Escobar, Argentina: Light: Elias Araujo (17-0) W PTS 10 German Benitez (19-2,1ND). Araujo wins the interim WBC Latino title with split verdict over Benitez. There was a complete difference in styles here. Araujo lived up to his “Macho” nickname with constant wild attacks with Benitez forced to box on the back foot and counter. They both had enough success for this to be a tough one to call. The first three rounds were fairly even but Benitez boxed better over the middle round. He looked to have built a lead by the end of the eighth but threw that away when he was deducted a point for a number of low punches in the ninth. Araujo just did enough to edge the last to take the division. Scores 96-93 and 95-94 for Araujo and 96-93 for Benitez so the deduction cost Benitez a draw. The 30-year-old Araujo is the Argentinian No 5. Benitez who was rated No 4 had won his last three fights.
Hobart, Australia: Feather: Luke Jackson (15-0) W PTS 10 Humberto de Santiago (14-4-1). Jackson moves on with unanimous verdict over Mexican de Santiago. After a couple of even rounds Jackson got into his stride in the third with some stiff jabs and a right to the head of de Santiago. He also had the better of the fourth with a succession of good hooks. de Santiago had a better fifth bringing blood from Jackson’s nose with a hook but Jackson was back in control from the seventh shaking the Mexican with a big right and taking the eighth and ninth and also opening a cut on de Santiago’s lip. They both finished strongly in the last. Scores 100-91, 98-92 and 97-94 with the first two scores a little harsh on de Santiago. “Action” Jackson, 32, retains his WBO Oriental title in his first defence and protects his WBO No 10 rating. de Santiago was a very live opponent. He had won 13 of his last 14 fights, 10 of those wins by KO/TKO admittedly against very modest opposition.
Vaasa, Finland: Heavy: Johann Duhaupas (36-4) W TKO 4 Evgeny Orlov (17-16-1). Just a keep busy fight for Duhaupas. He had outpointed Orlov way back in 2009 and has come far since then. This time the fight did not go the distance. After spearing Orlov with jabs over the first two rounds Duhaupas ended it in the third. He had Orlov in a corner and just unloaded with both hands until the referee halted the action. The 36-year-old Frenchman, the WBC No 10, won two big fights beating Manuel Charr and knocking out Robert Helenius but lost three biggies to Erkan Teper, Deontay Wilder for the WBC title and Alex Povetkin. He will try to keep busy hoping to get another chance at the world title. The 39-year-old 6’9 ¾” (207cm) Orlov weighed 307lbs (139kgs) and was every bit as slow as that indicates.
Kiev, Ukraine: Welter: Karen Chukhadzhyan (10-1) W KO 5 Steve Suppan (7-1-1). Super Light: Viktor Postol (29-1) W PTS 10 Jamshidbek Najmiddinov (14-1). Light: Denys Berinchyk (7-0) W TKO 6 Ismael Garcia (8-2). Feather: Oleg Malynovskyi (21-0) W PTS 8 Alex Cazares (15-10). Welter: Mishiko Beselia (16-0) W PTS 8 Aristides Quintero (20-9-1).
Chukhadzhyan vs. Suppan
Kiev boxer Chukhadzhyan wins the vacant WBO Youth title with savage kayo of Dutchman Suppan. The taller Chukhadzhyan bossed most of the rounds but Suppan showed some nice skills and was competitive all the way. The end came in the fifth. Chukhadzhyan landed a heavy right to the chin that sent Suppan into the ropes. Chukhadzhyan forced Suppan off the ropes with a right to the body and the sent him staggering back with another right before landing a crushing left hook that put Suppan down flat on his back and it was some time before he recovered. The 21-year-old Chukhadzhyan lost his first pro fight so that is now 10 wins in a row, 5 by KO/TKO. Suppan came into this fight with only two week’s notice and did well considering that handicap
Postol vs. Najmiddinov
Postol was too experienced and too big for the Uzbek novice but had a couple of shaky moments on the way to the win. He was outboxing Najmiddinov in the first but when a punch brushed across his chin and landed on his shoulder Postol staggered back and put his right glove on the canvas to stop himself going over which was technically a knockdown but it was ignored. Later in the opening round even more clearly a left hook landed on Postol’s chin and again he tumbled back and put his glove firmly on the floor so two knockdowns but no count and no points lost. Postol had no trouble outboxing the crude Uzbek southpaw over the next three rounds but was having trouble landing anything heavy and still getting caught on occasion by some wild lefts. In the fifth Najmiddinov finally got a knockdown that was registered. He launched a rushing attack and landed what did not look a heavy left but Postol went down. When he got up his legs were wobbling. After the count a frantic Najmiddinov threw Postol to the canvas which gave Postol some small respite. Najmiddinov was too wild in his attacks and Postol managed to hold and wrestle to the bell. It had been a near thing but Najmiddinov’s chance had gone. Postol controlled the rest of the fight with his jab and straight rights. Najmiddinov was still dangerous with occasional wild lefts but he tired badly and Postol was a clear winner. Scores 97-92 twice and 98-92 all for Postol. First fight for Postol since losing his WBC title to Terrence Crawford in July last year and he did not impress in a messy fight with a relative novice. This was a huge step up in the level of opposition for the Uzbek but he gave Postol a very uncomfortable ride.
Berinchyk vs. Garcia
Berinchyk is just too quick and too skilful for brave Spaniard Garcia. The local fighter confused Garcia with constant movement and as the Spaniard continued to roll bravely forward Berinchyk was catching him with jabs and stinging counters. Garcia kept coming but Berinchyk was making him pay and landed a scorching tight uppercut in the second. As Garcia pressed hard Berinchyk went down in the third but it was ruled a slip and Berinchyk went back to banging home shots from both hands and not being there when Garcia tried to land his own punches. Hooks, uppercuts, right crosses Berinchyk used them all and Garcia took them all and punched back. It was exhibition stuff from Berinchyk and by the end of the fifth Garcia’s face was heavily smeared with blood. In the sixth the referee had the doctor examine Garcia’s nose which was pouring blood. He survived that examinations but more punishment from Berinchyk had Garcia’s face a mask of blood and the as the referee asked the doctor to examine him again the towel had come in from Garcia’s corner. The 29-year-old Berinchyk came into the ring in a prison jump suit with shackles on both his hands and feet but I have no idea what that was about. As an amateur he won silver medals for Ukraine at the World Championships and the 2012 Olympics with a win over Jeff Horn in the London games. He is brilliant boxer but at 29 he needs to start working his way up to top level opponents. Garcia showed guts, almost too much and he lacked the skill and experience to match someone as good as Berinchyk.
Malynovskyi vs. Cazares
Southpaw Malynovskyi had a good deal of height and reach over Mexican Cazares but found the little Mexican a difficult opponent. Malynovskyi was able to slot home jabs and straight rights with Cazares looking to draw the lead and then dart forward head down throwing punches and by the end of the second round Malynovskyi was showing a swelling over his left eye from a punch. From the third Malynovskyi had figured Cazares out and was dropping in his own punches and anticipating the Mexican’s rushes. Malynovskyi kept up the pressure and Cazares indulged in some clowning which Malynovskyi just ignored and got on with the job but the little Mexican was never an easy target and was never in trouble. Scores 79-73 twice and 80-72 all for Malynovskyi. The 29-year-old from Kiev has an inflated No 6 rating with the WBO due having won their European title (over a guy with 11-5 record). He is a very orthodox stand up stylish fighter but lacks any real power. Cazares has never lost by KO/TKO and has gone the distance in fights in Europe against Karim Guerfi, Paul Butler and Sofiane Takoucht.
Beselia vs. Quintero
Beselia gets comfortable victory over Spanish-based Panamanian Quintero. This time it was the visitor who had height and reach on his side. Luckily for Beselia Quintero had no idea of how to put those to use. In the second Beselia landed a right cross to the chin. Quintero took a couple of steps back and then went down on one knee. After the eight count he just covered up until late in the round when he suddenly rocked Beselia with a big left hook. From there Quintero decided to just walk forward behind a high guard allowing Beselia to score with hooks and uppercuts and too often when he got close Quintero was swishing air. He improved in the fourth and fifth firing home some hard head punches and some swinging hooks but was being outpunched. Beselia was cut over his left eye and during a time out for tape on Quintero’s gloves to be fixed Beselia was allowed to go back to his corner where his corner worked on the cut-no way that should have been allowed. Quintero continued to march forward with Beselia picking him off with body punches but the Panamanian remained competitive to the end. Scores 80-71, 80-72 and 79-72 all for Beselia. The 25-year-old Georgian-born Beselia had won 8 of his last 10 fights by KO/TKO but despite the knockdown he never looked like putting Quintero away. Now four losses in a row for Quintero.
Lincoln, RI, USA: Welter: Jimmy Williams (15-0-1) W PTS 10 Juan Rodriguez (13-5). Williams scores an early knockdown but has to work hard for ten rounds to finally get the Verdict. Williams was off to a flying start putting Rodriguez down with a right in the second round. Southpaw Rodriguez did not fold but got up and fought back hard over the middle rounds. Williams stuck to his boxing and ran out a deserving winner. Scores 98-91, 97-92 and 96-93 for Williams who was making the second defence of his WBC USNBC title. He gets his second win in three weeks having knocked out Issouf Kinda in four rounds in another WBC USNBC title defence on 26 August. Now 4 losses in his last 5 fights for Rodriguez.
Fight of the week: Callum Smith vs. Erik Skoglund. Golovkin vs. Alvarez was a bigger event but hot a great fight
Fighter of the week: Gennady Golovkin-for me he won the fight
Punch of the week: .The Jesus Rojas left hook that ended his fight with Claudio Marrero with honourable mentions to Karen Chukhadzhyan’s left hook that flattened Steve Suppan and Daniel Dubois right that ended the fight with AJ Carter
Upset of the week: Jonas Sultan’s win over John Riel Casimero with honourable mentions to Jesus Rojas who was the underdog against Claudio Marrero and Zach Parker’s one round win over Luke Blackledge and James Onyango was brought to the Philippines just to give Jason Pagara some work but instead nearly ruined Pagara’s world title hopes.
One to watch: Has to be Anthony Yarde