Richmond, Australia: Feather: Joel Brunker (28-1) W KO 2 Rey Las Pinas (19-11-5).
Brunker returns with a quick win. In his first fight since losing his unbeaten record against Lee Selby, Brunker was hoping to get some rounds under his belt. Filipino Las Pinas came to fight and was willing to stand and trade with Brunker on the inside. That got him through the first round but a wicked left hook to the lower ribs had Las Pinas retreating in agony and going down before rolling onto his back and taking the full count. Fighting in his hometown the 28-year-old Brunker makes it 16 wins by KO/TKO. The ninth round stoppage loss against Selby in October cost former Olympian Brunker his world rating and a title fight. He wins the vacant IBO Oceania crown. Las Pinas, also 28, loses inside the distance for only the second time. He is rated No 15 by the GAB and is 4-5-1 in his last 10 fights,
Perth, Australia: Cruiser: Rob Powdrill (5-1) W PTS 12 David Letizia (11-5-1). Middle: Wes Capper (9-0) W KO 2 Aswin Cabuy (14-51-4). Feather: Nat May (9-1) W KO 1 Anshori Anhar Pitulay (8-15-2).
Powdrill vs. Letizia
Powdrill climbs off the floor to outpoint veteran Letizia and reverse the only loss on his record. He also adds the IBO Asia Pacific title to his collection. A right from Letizia put Powdrill down in the first but from then on Powdrill was in charge. Letizia seemed to be hampered by an ankle injury and had to pace himself giving Powdrill the chance to set the pace and pick Letizia off for the remaining eleven rounds to take the decision. Scores 119-110, 118-110 and 117-110. The 30-year-old Powdrill broke through in a huge way when he knocked out hot prospect Damien Hooper with one overhand right after just 21 seconds of their fight in November. Powdrill, who also competes at kickboxing and Muay Thai, had lost to Letizia on points in 2009 and now says he is going to concentrate on boxing for a while. He coped well with losing his father only a few days before this fight. Letizia, 44, had said before the fight he would be happy just to last the distance so achieved that modest aim in his last fight. He turned pro in 1995 but was inactive from 1996 until returning in 2007. He was joint promoter of this fight.
Capper vs. Cabuy
Capper hits too hard for Indonesian loser Cabuy. The promising Perth fighter floored Cabuy twice in the first round before ending the fight with a left hook to the body early in the second. The local 26-year-old has 7 wins by KO/TKO the last 4 on the bounce. The 40-year-old Cabuy now moves to 23 losses by KO/TKO.
May vs. Pitulay
Teenager May destroys poor Indonesian in one. A butt from Pitulay upset May but he shook that off and floored Pitulay three times to end the fight. The 19-year-old WBO Asian Pacific champion and ANBF No 2 has 5 wins by KO/TKO. Former interim PABA champion Pitulay has 13 losses by KO/TKO.
Louvroil, France: Middle: Karim Achour (18-4-1) DREW 10 Moez Fhima (23-3-2). Middle: Howard Cospolite (11-4-1) WTKO 5 Ousmane Kone (9-13). Super Feather: Guillaume Frenois (35-1) W TKO 2 Irakli Jeiranashvili (9-4-5). Super Welter: Cedric Vitu (41-2) W PTS 6 Davit Ribakoni (6-6-5). Bantam: Hassan Azaouagh (17-9) W TKO 4 Gagi Edisherashvili (9-2).
Achour vs. Fhima
Achour retains French title with split draw against hometown fighter Fhima. It was a torrid fight at times with plenty of trading and both fighters bending the rules a little with Fhima warned in the fifth round and Achour in the ninth. Fhima had a good first round hurting Achour with a left and not allowing the champion to settle. As the fight progressed Achour was scoring well with hooks and uppercuts and Fhima was holding more to smother the visitors work. The Tunisian-born challenger showed some clever moves and many of the rounds were close In the end Achour deserved to retain his title with his higher work rate and greater accuracy. Scores 95-94 for Achour, 97-95 for Fhima and 95-95. Sixth title defence for 28-year-old Achour. The EBU No 8 has lost only 2 of his last 16 fights. The losses were on points against Martin Murray and Lukas Konecny (a technical decision). Fhima, 33, was fighting for his fifth different title in his last 8 fights and he is 2-2-1 in the 5 title fights. He is rated No 7 super welter by the FFB.
Cospolite vs. Kone
Cospolite wins this French League final with stoppage of Kone. The first saw Kone throwing heavy hooks and Cospolite taking time to settle down. In the second as the traded shots the left jabs and hooks from Cospolite were more dominant than Kone’s big hooks. Late in the fourth Cospolite landed a three punch combination and then a hard uppercut which had Kone badly shaken. In the fifth a series of punches from Cospolite had Kone trying desperately to hold on but with Kone not punching back the referee stopped the fight. The 32-year-old Cospolite, the FFB No 6 is 3-3 in his last 6 fights. He has 5 wins by KO/TKO and three of his losses have been to unbeaten fighters including Brit Larry Ekundayo. First loss inside the distance for FFB No 11 Kone.
Frenois vs. Jeiranashvili
Frenoise wins quickly against Georgian. After flooring Jeiranashvili with a right hook in the first round Frenoise landed a hook on the Georgian’s face and left him with a broken and bleeding nose and the fight is stopped. Fourth win for the normally light punching French southpaw since losing to Devis Boschiero for the European title in September 2013. He is rated EBU No 2 so well positioned to challenge the winner of the Romain Jacob vs. Ermanno Fegatilli title fight in April. Three visits to France for Jeiranashvili and three losses.
Vitu vs. Ribakoni
Vitu wins easily but is not in top form. Southpaw “Titu” challenges for the EBU title later this month and was not up for this fight. He was winning the rounds but as the fight progressed his work got more untidy and he was getting caught with punches he should not have been caught with. It was a win but not what he wanted with his title fight so close. Scores 60-54, 59-54 and 59-55. Vitu’s only defeat was a split decision loss to Sergey Rabchenko for the EBU title in 2012. Jeiranashvili, 20, lacked the experience to take advantage of Vitu’s off night.
Azaouagh vs. Edisherashvili
Former French Champion Azaouagh too good for Georgian novice. Azaouagh was his usual aggressive self with his constant pressure wearing away the resistance of the young visitor. By the fourth Edisherashvili was done. A right hook to the body put him down and his corner threw in the towel. First fight for 28-year-old Azaouagh since losing on a seventh round kayo against fellow-countryman Omar Lamiri for the EU title in October. Edisherashvili was thrown in over his head here and when being knocked out inside a round by world rated Zhanat Zhakiyanov in September.
Pskov, Russia: Middle: Artur Akavov (12-1) W TKO 4 Sebastian Skrzypcznski (11-10-2). Cruiser: Valery Brudov (42-5) W PTS 8 Sergey Beloshapkin (12-12-1). Welter: Sherali Mamadaliev (19-2) W PTS 6 Jevgenijs Fjodorovs (11-49-6)
Akavov vs. Skrzypcznski
Southpaw Akavov retains his WBO European title with stoppage of Pole Skrzypcznski. After a slow first round Akavov took control. He had Skrzypcznski hurt in the third and the pole did not recovered and the referee halted the fight early in the fourth to save Skrzypcznski from further punishment. The “Wolverine” was making the second defence of the WBO Europe title and holding that title gets him a No 12 rating with the WBO even though he has never met anyone of quality. He makes it 7 wins since losing to Oleg Liseev in 2012. Skrzypcznski was halted in four rounds by Andrey Meryasev in his last fight in December.
Brudov vs. Beloshapkin
Brudov wins but makes heavy weather of it. The veteran was giving away lots of height and reach to tall southpaw Beloshapkin and had to eat a lot of punches moving forward. Luckily Beloshapkin is no puncher so apart from some bruising Brudov did not pay too high a price. Brudov was able to use his strength to brawl and push Beloshapkin around and his body work paid late dividends as an exhausted Beloshapkin had nothing left in the tank in the last round with Brudov almost throwing him out through the ropes. Scores 80-72, 79-75 and 77-76. The 38-year-old former interim WBA cruiser champion was having his first fight since being kayoed by Tony Bellew in March. Next up for Brudov will be a shot at European champion Rakhim Chakhkiev. Brudov has been omitted from the EBU ratings for pulling out of a previous European title fight. As is normal in these circumstances he was given a fine and will be returned to the ratings when the fine is paid. The cheque is in the post! Beloshapkin, 33 is 3-5 in his last 8 fights and his main weakness is that he is strictly an arm puncher so no power.
Mamadaliev vs. Fjodorovs
Tajik southpaw Mamadaliev easily outpointed Latvian loser Fjodorovs. The former PABA and WBO European champion took over after a round of study and boxed his way to a wide unanimous decision. Even though he had fought here before this time he probably had more trouble getting clearance from the Russian Federation to appear on the show than he did in beating Fjodorovs. Scores 60-54 twice and 60-55. The 33-year-old “Lion” was Tajikistan champion as an amateur won a silver medal at the Central American Games and competed at the 2007 World Championships. Fjodorovs, 33, is 2-9 in his last 11 fights but has tended to go the distance recently.
Nonthaburi, Thailand: Light Fly: Paipharob (28-0) W TKO 3 Lionel Legada (12-8-1). Fly: Myung-goo Yuh (25-4-1) W TKO 2 Joan Imperial (11-6-6).
Paipharob vs. Legada
Paipharob overwhelms game Legada to retain WBO Orient title. The Champion started southpaw then changed half way through the first round. He has a lazy style throwing a couple of hard punches and then walking away. He scored with hard right to the body and Legada used his jab well whilst boxing on the back foot. Paipharob constantly switched stances in the second and increased the pressure loading up on every punch but occasionally his shots were landing with an open glove and Legada was able to slot home some good counters. In the third Paipharob was walking through Legada’s punches and landing with hard lefts and rights. He caught Legada on the ropes and drove him into a corner with a succession of heavy head punches. He kept raining in punches but it looked as though Legada was going to fight his way out of the corner only for Paipharob to landed a dozen more head punches with the Filipino dropping his hands and absorbing another 5 of 6 head shots before the referee stopped the fight. The 31-year-old “King of Knockout” a former interim WBA Minimum champ moves to 21 wins by KO/TKO. He is rated WBO 2 and IBF 12(11) but his opposition has generally been very modest. Legada, 25 is 3-6 in his last 9 fights but this is only his second loss by KO/TKO.
Yuh vs. Imperial
South Korean Yuh blows away outclassed Filipino. Yuh came out fast going after Imperial from the start and floored him early with a left hook to the body. Imperial was up at 8 and held and hid behind a high guard as Yuh bombarded him with hooks to head and body. Just when it looked as though Imperial was getting into the fight another left hook to the body put him down for a second time. Again he was up at eight but the bell went before Yuh could end it. In the second Yuh launch a two-handed attack. He rocked Imperial with a right to the head and another left hook to the ribs saw Imperial slump to the canvas and the referee stopped the fight. The 35-year-old Yuh wins the interim PABA flyweight title. He was a modest 9-4-1 in his first 14 fights but now has 16 wins in a row all by KO/TKO. The bleached blonde Korean bomber certainly looked good but Imperial was in was over his head. I am not too sure of the Filipino’s “Joan of Arc” nickname. He is now 2-6-2 in his last 10 fights with all 6 losses by KO/TKO.
Norfolk, England: Welter: Nathan Dale (17-0) W TKO 5 Bogdan Galaev (7-1-1). Middle: Billy Bird (10-0) W TKO 5 Simon Henry (3-2-1).
Dale vs. Galaev
Local boxer Dale wins the vacant IBF Youth title with stoppage of Belgian. Dale made his usual slow start but then turned on the pressure with Galaev just doing what he could to survive. Dale looked to be on his way a win inside the distance but was disappointed how it came when Galaev retired at the end of the fifth round with an injured shoulder. Dale had landed a good combination of a hook to the body and a hard right to the head in the fourth which may have contributed to the Belgian’s decision. Five wins by KO/TKO now for the 23-year-old Dale the EU No 16. The 21-year-old Galaev is 1-2-1 in his last 4 fights.
Bird vs. Henry
“Billy Boy” Bird makes it an East Anglian double as the Suffolk 21-year-old halts inexperienced Henry in five rounds. Bird wins the vacant British Masters bronze title. First fight scheduled for more than four rounds for Henry.
Uncasville, CT, USA: Super Welter: John Thompson (15-1) W PTS 6 Ricardo Pinell (10-2-1). Super Welter: Stan Skorokhod (9-0) W TKO 4 Mike Moore (13-1). Super Welter: Brandon Adams (16-1) W TKO 5 Alex Perez (18-2).Super Welter: Vito Gasparyan (15-3-5) W PTS 6 Simeon Hardy (13-1).
Thompson vs. Pinell
Late substitute Thompson seizes his opportunity in this Boxcino Tournament quarterfinal by winning every round against Pinell. Thompson came in at one days notice when Cleotis Pendarvis failed to make the weight. Thompson had height and reach over southpaw Pinell and had faster hands andgood movement. That really left Pinell nowhere to go but he tried hard to shut Thompson down and work on the inside. Thompson was outboxing Pinell from the first getting his punches off first and always being in control. Scores 60-54 from all three judges. The 6’1” (185cm) “Apollo Kid” Thompson, 25, had been knocked out in two rounds by unbeaten Frank Galarza in his last fight in January 2014 so he did well to shake 13 months rust and win. Californian Pinell had won his last 5 fights but with 4 of his victims having lost more than they had won and the other being just 2-0 the opposition had been weak.
Skorokhod vs. Moore
This was a 50-50 fight going in but Skorokhod made it look easy. He shook Moore with a left hook in the first and had him in trouble in the second. Early in the third Skorokhod floored Moore with a right and Moore only just survived the round. It was all over in the fourth when a right to the jaw put Moore down again and the referee stopped the fight. The 25-year-old Ukrainian was having only his second fight in the USA. Now he has 7 wins by KO/TKO and goes on to face Thompson in the semifinals. The previously unbeaten Moore, 28, had not really been tested before this.
Adams vs. Perez
Adams looks impressive in beating Perez. Despite being the shorter man the Los Angeles “Cannon” used an effective body attack and some sharp counters to build a lead over the first two rounds. A left in the third had Perez in trouble and Adams looked to be coasting to a win. Perez actually took the fourth having the better of the exchanges. However in the fifth Adams got that win. Late in the round he floored Perez with a right and after Perez made it to his feet another hard left had him in trouble and the referee stepped in. Adams, 25, lost to Willie Monroe in the final of the Boxcino Middleweight Tournament last year but moved down to super welter for another chance and he is probably the favourite. He has 11 wins by KO/TKO. He faces Gasparyan in the next round which could be much tougher. Southpaw Perez 32, “The Brick City Bullet” had impressive statistics but the real story is that after losing to Antonin Decarie for the NABF title in September 2012 he had only one fight in 2013 and one in May 2014 so very little activity prior to this fight.
Gasparyan vs. Hardy
With Gasparyan not having fought since December 2012 I had fancied Hardy to win this one but it was Gasparyan who took the deserved decision. The Californian-based Armenian was dominating the exchanges and had the harder punch. Outside or inside Gasparyan was doing the scoring with Hardy constantly changing guards, but that was all he was changing. Gasparyan had the Guyanan hurt in the both the third and fourth rounds with lefts and also took the last round to emerge the clear winner. Scores 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56. Gasparyan, 28, has quite a number of draws which is reflected in his record of 11-2-4 in his last 17 fights. The two losses were a close decision against Jermell Charlo and a wide points defeat against Jesse Vargas back in December 2012. “Candyman” Hardy, 27, had won 9 of his last 11 fight by KO/TKO and had two wins over former WBA title challenger Howard Eastman but he was well beaten here.
New York, NY, USA: Welter: John Jackson (16-3-2) DREW 8 Rafael Gonzalez (8-2-1).
Jackson and Gonzalez end all even after a good scrap. Considering that Jackson was the smaller fighter and Gonzalez the taller it was strange to see Jackson the boxer and Gonzalez the aggressive banger but they fitted well together. The fight was full of equal trading with all of the rounds close. In the end one judge had it for Gonzalez by 77-75 and two saw it a tie at 76-76 which was fair on both fighters. “Action” Jackson, 29, a former member of Kronk, suffered consecutive losses to Eusebio Osejo and Casey Ramos in 2011 and then was out until December last year but it looks as though he is serious about continuing his career. Easton PA-based Puerto Rican Gonzalez won his first 7 fights but then went 1-2 in his next 3 so on that basis this is a good result for him
Santa Pola, Spain: Feather: Evgeny Smirnov (6-0) W PTS 8 Angel Lorente (5-8-1).
Russian Smirnov remains unbeaten with unanimous decision over Lorente. Smirnov outboxed Lorente but was lucky to only get a point deduction after hitting the Mallorcan after he had slipped to the canvas. Scores 78-73, 78-74 and 77-75. Third bout in Spain for the 21-year-old Russian. Lorente, 27, a former Spanish super bantam champion is on a bad run as this was his sixth loss in a row.
Rosario, Argentina: Super Bantam: Leandro D Esperante (11-4) W KO 7 Alan I Luques Castillo (14-3). Esperante recovers from a bad first round to win the interim WBO Latino title. A right to the chin from Luques Castillo had Esperante rocking in the first and the referee applied a standing count. Slowly Esperante used his superior strength to wear down Luques Castillo. In the seventh it was a right from Esperante that unhinged the legs of Luques Castillo and a left had him slumped in the ropes as the referee counted him out. Esperante, 25, is a former WBO Latino champion at bantam and has 10 win by KO/TKO. The FAB No 4 has won 7 of his last 8 fights, 6 by KO/TKO. Castillo, 23, the FAB No 1 bantam, lost his first fight but going in had gone 14-1 in his last 15.
Livorno, Italy: Super Welter: Lenny Bottai (23-3) W PTS 8 Gyula Vajda (18-8).
Bottai gets eight rounds of work from Hungarian. Bottai controlled the fight and came close to ending it when he floored Vajda with a body punch in the fourth. The visitor got up and showed guts and good survival instincts to last the distance. Clear unanimous decision for the 37-year-old home town fighter who was having his first fight since being knocked out in three rounds by Jermall Charlo in December. The IBF have him No 15 in the world and the EBU have him No 15 in Europe! Vajda, 25, “The Hungarian Kid” is 3-4 in his last 7 fights with the losses being in Canada, Germany and Ukraine. Be a loser-see the world.
Los Mochis, Mexico: Super Feather: Adrian Estrella (21-0) W TKO 10 Adones Aguelo (23-11-2). Light: Miguel Roman (49-11) W DISQ 6 Adrian Verdugo (22-10-1). Super Feather: Edgar Monarrez (19-2-1) W KO 3 Carlos Jacobo (20-8-1).
Estrella vs. Aguelo
Estrella makes successful defence of his WBC Fecarbox title with stoppage of Filipino Aguelo. The unbeaten Mexican was on the attack from the outset putting plenty of pressures on Aguelo who despite having a very modest record was known for his durability. The Filipino was willing to trade in the first two rounds and scored with some good rights of his own. However it was Estrella who had the power and his body punches were too much for Aguelo to handle with the Filipino badly shaken in the third but surviving. Despite the courage of the Filipino Estrella was slowly grinding him down and a furious attack in the ninth left Aguelo with little in the tank. Early in the tenth Estrella drove Aguelo into a corner with a left hook and unloaded a series of punches which saw Aguelo go down on one knee and the referee stopped the fight. Now 19 wins by KO/TKO for the 23-year-old “Star” who was making the 9th defence of his WBC Fecarbox title. He won his fist 17 fights by KO/TKO but then had to go the distance for wins over Dante Jardon and Celestino Caballero. Now he is back on the kayo track with two wins in a row by KO/TKO. He is rated WBC 6/IBF 10(9). Aguelo, 26, a former interim GAB featherweight champion had gone the distance with both Nery Saguilan and Sergio Thompson in fights in Mexico and this is only his second loss by KO/TKO. He is rated No 5 super feather by the GAB.
Roman vs. Verdugo
Roman gets unsatisfactory win as Verdugo again shows his disregard of the rules. In his usual style Roman took the fight to Verdugo. Verdugo could not handle the pressure on the inside and tried to box from a distance, but Roman just kept coming. There were some early head clashes and with the fight going Roman’s way Verdugo started deliberately butting his fellow-Mexican. The referee deducted a point from Verdugo for butting at the start of the sixth and when he persisted in charging in head first the referee disqualified him. The 29-year-old “Micky” has now won 11 fights in a row including inside the distance victories over former world champions Juan Carlos Salgado and Daniel Ponce De Leon. He maintains the Mexican macho tradition with his style. This was the first fight for a year for local fighter Verdugo and actually an improvement on his last appearance when he was disqualified inside the first three minutes.
Monarrez vs. Jacobo
Monarrez gives Jacobo no time to shed some rust and overpowers him. A burst of punches in the third forces the local fighter to his knees and he is counted out. The 25-year-old from Torreon has 13 wins by KO/TKO including a win over former WBC title challenger Juan Jose Montes and in his last fight a draw with Adrian Young (see below). First fight since September 2013 for Jacobo.
Hermosillo, Mexico: Super Fly: David Sanchez (27-2-2) W TKO 10 Juan Alberto Rosas (40-9). Light Fly: Gilberto Parra (19-2-1) TEC DRAW 2 Max Flores (16-3,1ND). Super Feather: Adrian Young (21-1-2) W KO 1 Josue Veraza (14-6-1).
Sanchez vs. Rosas
“Tornado” Sanchez retains interim WBA title with impressive stoppage of durable Rosas. Sanchez took the first round with good body punches and despite some hard rights from Rosas he used a good jab and more body shots to increase his lead. The pace dropped in the fourth. The start of the fifth was delayed whilst excess Vaseline was wiped off Rosas’s face and then he strayed low with a couple of punches and was given a warning. The sixth was an even round but after that is was all downhill for “El Topo” as Sanchez was taking him to the ropes and was scoring with hard punches to head and body. He was slowly grinding the resistance out of Rosas. In the tenth he had Rosas trapped in a corner and was unloading with both hands when Rosas’s second climbed up to the ring apron and threw in the towel. First title defence for Sanchez and win No 21 by KO/TKO. With victories over good opposition in Marlon Tapales and Marco Demecillo he is standing in line for a fight with WBA champion Kohei Kono. First loss by KO/TKO for 30-year-old Rosas a former IBF super fly and Mexican fly champion. He was in good form being 8-2 in his last 10 fights with the losses to top opposition in Juan Carlos Sanchez for the IBF title and Daniel Rosas and wins over Zolani Tete and Alejandro Gonzalez (22-0-2).
Parra vs. Flores
This one was just warming up when a cut brought it to an end. “Parrita” had a good first round but Flores took control with in the second scoring with body punches until a clash of heads saw Parra suffer a deep cut over his left eyebrow so it ended as a draw. Hopefully they will meet again as it looked a good match.
Young vs. Veraza
Young ends this one early. As long as it lasted Veraza made a good impression scoring with some good right hands but it was over when a left hook to the body put Veraza down and he was not able to beat the count. The 22-year-old “Chinito” makes it 17 wins by KO/TKO After being 19-0-1 in his first twenty fights he lost on points to Oscar Gonzalez (21-2) in 2013 and drew with Edgar Monarrez (18-2) last October but has rebounded with two wins . Veraza came in as a late substitute and is 3-5 in his last 8 fights.
Managua, Nicaragua: Super Fly: Jose Perez (14-0) W PTS 10 Everth Briceno (35-11-2). Teenager Perez wins the vacant Nicaraguan title with unanimous decision over veteran Briceno. Briceno had the better of the first two rounds jumping on the youngster and getting home with a series of head shots. After that Perez made some adjustments and from then his youth, strength and speed saw him pocketing the rounds and he sealed the win by flooring Briceno in the last round. Scores 97-93 twice and 96-93. The 19-year-old champion had won his last 5 fights by KO/TKO so getting ten round with a fighter as experienced Briceno was a big plus. Twice a WBO super fly challenger Briceno, 17 years older than his conqueror, was coming off a loss to British prospect Khalid Yafai in November.
Adana, Turkey: Super Middle: Bugra Oener (8-0) W PTS 10 Ramazi Gogichashvili (16-5-2). Super Middle: Alptug Oener (8-0) W KO 2 Mindia Nozadze (16-7). Heavy: Mohamed Al Zein (4-0) W KO 1 Zeljko Bojic (4-6). Cruiser: Aziz Karaoglu (2-0) W TKO 2 Adil Rusidi (7-9).
Oener vs. Gogichashvili
Oener wins the vacant WBC Youth title with unanimous decision over Georgian. The local fighter built an early lead but some of his tactics were right on the line of legal. He had never gone past six rounds before and tired badly but had done enough to deserve the verdict. Scores 97-93 twice and 98-92. The Adana 24-year-old was a good level amateur getting a bronze at the World Cadet Championships and competing at the World Junior Championships but lost to Jason Quigley at the quarterfinals of the European Junior Championships before turning pro in 2010. Gogichashvili, just 20, has been in tough fights with opposition such as Roberto Santos and Max Bursak and gave Oener a good test.
Oener vs. Nozadze
This was a family double as brother Alptug knocked out Nozadze to win the vacant WBC EPBC title. Southpaw Oener took the first round but was under some worrying pressure from Georgian Nozadze in the second when he produced a crunching left to the body that put Nozadze down and he was counted out. Oener, 25, did not reach the same heights as Bugra but was a useful amateur in international competitions. Third win in a row by KO/TKO for the Adana fighter. Fourth loss by KO/TKO for Nozadze.
Al Zein vs. Bojic
Zein knocks out poor Bojic in one. The 23-year-old German-born and German based Turk disposed of the fighter from B & H with ease in a total mismatch. A busy Al Zein, 23, was having his fourth bout of the year and wins the vacant WBC Mediterranean title. It was disgraceful that Bojic, who suffered his fourth loss by KO/TKO in 3 months and his second in three weeks, should be fighting for a WBC title at any level.
Karaoglu vs. Rusidi
This was just as bad as newcomer Karaoglu stops another poor fighter from B&H in two rounds for a vacant WBC Mediterranean title. Both of Karagoglu’s wins have come by KO/TKO. All of Rusidi‘s losses have come by way of TKO/TKO and this is his fourth loss that way in just nine weeks. Disgraceful as a fight but beyond that as a fight for any version of a WBC title. If it has your name on it you should care about the product but obviously the WBC does not care in these cases.
Pattaya, Thailand: Bantam: Tepparith (27-3) W PTS 6 Joaquin Mahe (8-2).
Tepparith gets the unanimous decision but only just. The Thai-based Frenchman was much quicker than the Thai drawing Tepparith’s lead and jumping in with fast combinations. When he chose to lead again he had the quicker hands with Tepparith often wide and wild with his swings. Tepparith upped the pace from the third knocking out Mahe’s gumshield and scoring with bludgeoning rights. Mahe was landing more punches but without power and his work rate dropped over the closing three rounds. Even then he was still getting through with quick flurries and Tepparith was having trouble hunting him down. Only in the sixth did Tepparith finally start attacking the body and he just did enough to take that round and the decision. The 26-year-old former WBA super fly champion was not impressive but I guess it can be difficult to get excited about these six round payday fights. French Mahe, 26, showed excellent skills. He was quick with his hands and his movement gave Tepparith problems. He has some brave management as in his last two fights he has now been in with former triple world title challenger Sod Kokietgym and former WBA champion Tepparith
Rose vs. Jones
Rose suffers disastrous loss in controversial stoppage. The British fighter started well scoring with sharp jabs and shaking Jones with a right. Jones was banging back but Rose was quicker and more accurate. He had Jones hurt but as he tried to follow up Jones fired a left hook inside and then looped a right over Rose’s jab. Suddenly Rose was badly shaken and Jones poured on head punches with Rose’s legs jerking apart. Jones continued the attack with Rose stumbling backwards and the referee quickly jumped in and stopped the fight. Rose immediately protested and it did look a premature stoppage. Huge blow for Rose who is rebuilding after performing well below standard in freezing against Demetrius Andrade in a challenge for the WBO title in June. He wants a return to try to claw back the prestige ha has lost in this one. The 28-year-old Jones made a big impression when running Kell Brook close in 2012 but a draw with Dean Byrne and a beating by Brook saw Jones disappear back into the pack. Rose had also dropped out of the ratings but this win will get Jones some high profile fights or a return with Rose at the least.
Cardle vs. Vasilev
Two fights ago with just 3 wins by KO/TKO in his 15 fights it would have been reasonable to describe the excellent young prospect Cardle as a light puncher. Well that will have to be reconsidered as he wiped out experienced Bulgarian Vasilev in just 36 seconds. That makes it two first round wins in a row for the 25-year-old Lytham St Annes English champion a former top amateur. Eighth loss in visits to the UK for Vasilev.
Wolverhampton, England: Light: Terry Flanagan (27-0) W DISQ 10 Stephen Ormond (17-2). Middle: Jamie Cox (18-0) W TKO 1 Alistair Warren (8-9-4). Light: Craig Evans (14-0) W PTS 8 Jacek Wylezol (11-6). Middle: Tommy Langford (12-0) W TKO 5 Wayne Reed (11-10). Super Light: Joe Costello (4-0) W TKO 1 Sandor Horvath (9-11-1).
Flanagan vs. Ormond
Disappointing finish but an important win for Flanagan. From the start Ormond’s problem was getting close enough to Flanagan to work inside. Try as he might he was being outboxed and when he did get inside Flanagan’s southpaw jab he found his work being smothered. He was getting through with enough punches to be competitive but falling further behind in the scoring as the bout progressed. He needed to get Flanagan flustered and out of his stride so the Irishman decided to rough Flanagan up. As he admitted himself he over did the rough stuff particularly with his head. He was finally deducted a point in the ninth for a butt and when he committed the same sin in the tenth was disqualified. “Turbo” Flanagan, 25, was on his way to a convincing win anyway and up to the disqualification the British champion had put on an excellent exhibition of boxing. This win gets him the WBO European title but more importantly puts him line to meet the winner of the Juan Diaz vs. Takahiro Ao semifinal in a fight for the (soon to be) vacant WBO title. He was rated No 9 by the WBO before the fight. The Dublin “Rock” Ormond, 31, had won 6 in a row including a victory over Derry Mathews. He had been WBO No 5 going in and was making the fourth defence of his WBO Europe title.
Cox vs. Warren
Cox signals his return with early destruction of Warren. The Swindon fighter put Warren down early in the first with a southpaw right and when a crunching left hook put Warren down again the referee halted the fight. The tall 28-year-old former undefeated CBC super welter champion was having his first fight since June 2013. This is his tenth win by KO/TKO and he put out the message that he is back and dangerous. Warren continues his poor run and is 0-7-3 in his last 10 fights.
Evans vs. Wylezol
Welshman Evans overcomes hand injury to win. The classy Welsh southpaw injured his left hand early in the contest but still had the skills to box his way to victory although Wylezol made him work hard in every round. Referee’s score 80-73. The 25-year-old Evans was a top class amateur winning the Welsh championships, taking a gold at the prestigious Tammer Tournament, getting a bronze at the EU Championships but losing on points to Valery Lomachenko at the 2009 World Championships. Pole Wylezol is 2-6 in his last 8 fights including contests in Canada, France and the UK.
Langford vs. Reed
Langford overcomes rugged southpaw Reed in the fifth. Reed came out trying to rough the favourite up and take him out of his stride. It worked at times with Langford getting caught with some punches he should have been able to avoid but he stayed composed worked the body well and looked for his openings. He found the target in the fourth putting Reed down twice. Each time Reed made to his feet at the eight count but only just survived the round. He had nothing left in the fifth and was under heavy pressure when the referee stopped the fight. The Devon-born Langford,25, a former captain of the English amateur team who has win over Callum Smith in their amateur days gets his third win by KO/TKO. Former English title challenger Reed has lost 5 of his last 6 fights.
Costello vs. Horvath
Costello gets rid of Hungarian in quick time. A left hook put Horvath down. He was up at eight but a left cross deposited him on the canvas again. He made it to his feet but was finished and the referee stopped the fight after just 99 seconds. The Birmingham 21-year-old has 3 wins by KO/TKO. An outstanding amateur boxing is in his blood with his brother Tommy also a pro and his dad having fought as an amateur. Poor Horvath has won only one of his last 10 fights and this is his third inside the distance loss in a row.
New York, NY: USA: Heavy: Derric Rossy (30-9) W PTS 10 Akhror Muralimov (16-1). Light Heavy: Mike Lee (14-0) W TKO 2 Gary Tapusoa (6-4-1).
Rossy vs. Muralimov
Rossy keeps his career alive with close unanimous decision over touted Muralimov. The Medford 34-year-old needed all of his skill and stamina to get through this one. The tough Uzbek was giving away height and reach so kept rumbling forward trying to pin Rossy on the ropes or in corners. He had some success in the third when he rocked Rossy with a left and opened a cut over Rossy’s left eye. A big round for the Uzbek. However Rossy kept composed and boxed well behind his jab and although the fight was close he really nailed down the decision with a big ninth where he dominated with his jab and then stayed in there in the last as Muralimov finished strongly. Scores 96-94 twice and 97-93. Rossy wins the vacant IBF North American title. His career looked to be nearing its end when he lost consecutive decisions against Fres Oquendo and Joey Dawejko but he rebounded with a win over Joe Hanks and looked very unlucky not to get the decision over IBF No 2(1) Vyacheslav Glazkov in his last fight in August. This win makes him a viable opponent for any rated fighter. Texas-based 27-year-old Muralimov the NABA USA champion made this one close enough not to dent his profile too much and with power he will be tough opposition but never happy against movers.
Lee vs. Tapusoa
Lee puts Tapusoa away inside two rounds. The former Chicago Golden Gloves champion easily took the first round and then floored Tapusoa three times in the second. Lee, 27, wins the vacant UBF All American title and has 8 wins by KO/TKO. A graduate of Notre Dame with a degree in finance Lee turned down job offers from Wall Street to give boxing a shot but just in case that does not work he is also busy as a model. Don’t you just hate him! “Freak Train” Tapusoa, 35, now has 3 losses in a row by KO/TKO with the other two ending inside the first round-so some improvement.
Rizal, Philippines: Heavy: Rio Hidaka (11-2) W KO 1 David Koswara (11-13-2). Super Light: Takamori Akita (10-4-1) W KO 1 Desson Cag-on (14-13). Bantam: Sonny Boy Jaro (39-13-5) W TKO 2 Albert Alcoy (14-22-7)
Hidaka vs. Koswara
Rubbish fight sees Japan’s Hidaka win the vacant WBC ABC Continental title. A left hook to the body floored and finished Indonesian Koswara after just 61 seconds. Farcical. The 34-year-old Hidaka turned pro in New Zealand and won his first 10 fights before suffering back-to-back losses to Frenchman Gregory Tony and fellow-countryman Kotatsu Takehara in 2013. This was his first fight in almost 19 months. Koswara, 38, was a disgrace as an opponent in any title fight. He originally fought as a middleweight until May 2008. He reappeared in January 2014 as a heavyweight and was knocked out in one round. This is his first fight since then. Again this rubbish has the WBC’s name on it.
Akita vs. Cag-on
This one was just as bad. Akita wins the WBC ABC Continental title by knocking out Filipino Cag-on with one right hook. All over in 40 seconds! Third win by KO/TKO in a row for 32-year-old Akita who is not in the top 15 in Japan in his division. Now 6 losses in his last 7 fights for Cag-on and two in a row inside the first roiund
Jaro vs. Alcoy
Former WBC flyweight champion Jaro has an easy night as he floors loser Alcoy twice for stoppage. The 32-yeart-old Filipino extends his current winning run to 5. At No 5 with the WBC at super fly he is angling for a shot at Carlos Cuadras. Alcoy is 0-8-2 in his last 10 fights and has 11 losses by KO/TKO so not much of a match.
Jakarta, Indonesia: Super Light: Roy Tua Manihuruk (17-12-2) W TKO 9 Philipus Rangga (8-9). Indonesian Boxing Council champion Manihuruk halts Rangga to retain his title. He floored Rangga in the first round and again in the seventh before the fight was stopped in the ninth. First defence for the 29-year-old who has 13 wins by KO/TKO. Second loss in a row for Rangga having dropped a split decision to Eddy Comara in October for the Indonesian Boxing Federation version of the title.