Potsdam, Germany: Super Middle: Tyron Zeuge (19-0-1) W TKO 12 Giovanni De Carolis (24-7-1). Welter: Deniz Ilbay (17-1) W KO 2 Anzor Gamgebeli (30-17-3). Super Middle: Stefan Haertel (12-0) W PTS 10 Adasat Rodriguez (14-6-2). Cruiser: Artur Mann (9-0) W TKO 5 Adam Gadajew (16-13). Middle: Patrick Wojcicki (6-0) W PTS 6 Frane Radnic (11-4).
Zeuge vs. De Carolis
Zeuge wins secondary WBA and Global Boxing Union titles with late stoppage of De Carolis. Having gone twelve rounds together both fighters knew what the other one had to offer so there was no feeling out and both got through with heavy punches in the first two rounds. The first was close with De Carolis generally the aggressor scoring with body punches and clubbing rights. Zeuge worked well with his jab and quick combinations and switched to southpaw in second as he closed the round strongly. Zeuge also took the third working his jab and blocking the shots from De Carolis. There was a trial of strength going on as the two fighters continually stood chest to chest each trying to push the other onto the back foot. The fourth was the champions. He started with a furious attack and continued to come forward in the round with clubbing hooks to the body. Zeuge was blocking many of them but not throwing enough of his own. After four rounds two judges had De Carolis in front 39-37 and the other was for Zeuge 39-37. Zeuge took the fifth constantly switching guards and catching De Carolis with sharp left hooks. De Carolis came back to take the sixth. There is nothing stylish about him. He rarely bothers with a jab but in this round he was battering away at Zeuge with left and right hooks to the body and head. Zeuge clearly took the seventh. He was again switching guard and scoring with hooks inside and some of the snap had gone out of the Italian’s punches. Zeuge was taking over the fight. In the eighth. He was pushing De Carolis back and scoring with clusters of short hooks with De Carolis just pumping his arms with no snap in his punches. He was fading fast and looking arm weary. After eight rounds the judges had the fight even at 77-75 for each fighter and 76-76. Zeuge was again in control in the ninth scoring with a series of short hooks with De Carolis constantly on the back foot and already looking a loser. Zeuge bullied De Carolis throughout the tenth ignoring his jab and just using hooks and uppercuts to drive De Carolis back. Knowing he had fallen behind De Carolis put in a big effort in the eleventh managing to come forward and score with his trade mark hooks. He did enough to win the round but was exhausted at the bell. De Carolis had used the last reserves of his strength in the eleventh and Zeuge bundled him to ropes and landed a couple of head punches as De Carolis slid to the canvas. He only just managed to drag himself up to beat the count. He stepped forward when the referee asked him to but did not raise his hands. The referee raised them for him, brushed them and let the fight continue. De Carolis tried to clinch but Zeuge drove him down and almost through the ropes and as De Carolis slid sideward along the ropes the referee stopped the fight with just 20 seconds left in the last round. Going into the last Zeuge was ahead on all three cards 105-104 twice and 106-103. The 24-year-old baby-faced German looked much better than he did in their drawn fight in July. He was stronger and paced the fight better against a tough De Carolis and was impressive. De Carolis 32 wins his fights on strength but this time the younger man was strongest at the end and as a result the Italian lost inside the distance for the first time in eight years. He will be a good test for any fighter at this weight.
Ilbay vs. Gamgebeli
German prospect Ilbay blows away poor Georgian opponent to win the vacant Global Union title. Ilbay floored Gamgebeli in the first but ran out of time to finish the fight. He struck again half way through the second round and put Gamgebeli down and out. The 21-year-old Ilbay already holds the WBFederation title which he won with a very impressive victory over experienced Bethuel Ushona in Namibia in June. He has 9 wins by KO/TKO. His loss was a wide unanimous decision against unbeaten Egidijus Kavaliauskas in Las Vegas in April. Now 11 losses by KO/TKO for Gamgebeli.
Haertel vs. Rodriguez
Haertel remains unbeaten but only just as he scrapes by on a very close unanimous verdict against Rodriguez. Haertel made a good start and captured the early rounds. He was finding gaps for his jabs and straight rights, but also getting caught time and again by shots from Rodriguez. The visitor staged a strong finish and cut into Haertel’s early lead and at the end looked to have closed the gap enough to get a share of the decision but Haertel had home advantage. Scores 96-94 twice and 97-93 all for Haertel. The German was in his first ten round fight and did not seem to have paced it too well. The 26-year-old former Olympian has yet to win a fight inside the distance which will make things tougher the higher he climbs. Spaniard Rodriguez has done most of his fighting at light heavy where he was Spanish champion. He lost to Erik Skoglund and Mehdi Amar for the European Union title and was halted in two rounds by Caleb Plant in Los Angeles in January but had won his last three fights.
Mann vs. Gadajew
”Thundermann” gets another win as German-based Russian Gadajew is pulled out in the fifth. Hard, accurate punches from Mann had the blood flowing from the nose of Gadajew in the first round. He continued to land freely Although he was taking a beating Gadajew stayed in the fight and was angry when his corner threw in the towel in the fifth. Kazak-born Mann, 26 , won his first six fights by KO/TKO but had been taken the distance in his last two fights including a points win over experienced Valery Brudov. Gadajew was 5-12 in his first 17 fights but had registered 11 wins in a row and collected the Global Boxing Council title.
Wojcicki vs. Radnic
Wojcicki moves to six wins with victory over Croatian Radnic. The German floored Radnic twice in the first round but Radnic survived the round and showed guts to take last the full six rounds helped also by two breaks in the action due to low punches from Radnic. The 25-year-old Wojcicki was German national champion in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and fought at both the European Championships and the 2012 Olympics. Radnic, 32, has lost four on the bounce all to unbeaten fighters including a one round retirement loss against Anthony Ogogo in June.
Belfast, NI, Feather: Marco McCullough (16-3) W RTD 4 Luis Lugo (17-6-3). Super Light: Philip Sutcliffe Jr (12-1) W PTS 10 Chris Jenkins (16-2-1). Super Fly: Jamie Conlan (18-0) W PTS 8 David Koos (8-3-1). Welter: Tyrone McKenna (12-0-1) W RTD 5 Seam Creagh (4-1). Heavy: Con Sheehan (4-0) W PTS 8 Kamil Sokolowski (2-8-1). Fly: Paddy Barnes (1-0) W DISQ 4 Stefan Slavchev (8-25-1). Light: Stephen Ormond (22-3) W RTD 3 Daniel Bazo (3-10-3). Light: Declan Geraghty (14-1) W TKO 1 Khvicha Gigolashvili (14-16).Super Feather: James Tennyson (17-2) W PTS 4 Rafael Castillo (14-26-3,2ND).
McCullough vs. Lugo
Both fighters made a cautious start box the action heated up in the second. McCullough was working the jab well and scoring with right crosses but at the end of the round a right from Lugo made McCullough’s legs wobble and Lugo launched a furious assault throwing wild punches with McCullough forced to duck down and cover until the storm blew over and the bell went. McCullough boxed neatly in the third as Lugo was looking to counter and waiting too long and the local fighter scored with a nice right to the chin and a choice uppercut. McCullough let the big punches flow in the fourth taking Lugo to the ropes and firing slashing hooks and right crosses. Lugo escaped each time but when McCullough threw a right to the body Lugo’s left arm got tangled with McCullough’s right and he went down indicating his arm was injured. The referee ignored the Mexican’s appeal and gave him an eight count. That fired up Lugo who kept beckoning McCullough to bring it on and was willing to trade even using his left but at the end of the round he immediately indicated to his corner that he could not continue. McCullough wins the vacant WBO International title. The former WBO European champion has suffered two inside the distance losses and it was worrying to see him wobbled by a Lugo punch but he recovered well and was on his way to a win here. Lugo was 4-1-1 going into this one but against very moderate opposition.
Sutcliffe vs. Jenkins
Sutcliffe gets victory but Jenkins looks unlucky. This was war from the outset. Sutcliffe was coming forward throwing powerful hooks and just 30 seconds into the round a straight right and a left hook put Jenkins down. He was up quickly and after the eight count Sutcliffe scored with some hooks to the head only for Jenkins to bang back with a series of left and right hooks to the body in an exciting first round. The hectic pace continued in the second. There were plenty of heavy punches being traded but they were not wild swings. Sutcliffe was firing short hooks from both hands with Jennings using his longer reach to land thumping jabs and left hooks to the body of his own. The pace slowed a little in the third and fourth with Sutcliffe coming forward and again scoring with hooks and Jenkins countering but being outpunched. Jenkins was on the front foot in the fifth forcing Sutcliffe back and hammering home hooks and uppercuts with Sutcliffe looking like a man caught in a storm. The left jab of Jenkins dominated the early part of the sixth and over the closing seconds he scored with some scorching body punches to take the round. The seventh was an even better round for the Welshman. His jab constantly penetrated Sutcliffe’s defence. He was also able to land heavy combinations to the head and looked to be taking over the fight. The eighth was three minutes of attrition. Both fighters ignored defence and Jenkins stopped using his jab. Sutcliffe was able to score with hook after hook and Jenkins was doing the same hurting Sutcliffe twice with rights to the body as they pounded away at each other in what was already looking like a candidate for Fight of the Year. Jenkins clearly won the ninth. He went back to the jab ramming it into Sutcliffe’s face and firing rights through the defence of a tired looking Sutcliffe. The tenth was the only bad round in the fight. Both were tired and there was too much holding. Jenkins was warned for careless use of his head and Sutcliffe for twice rubbing the laces of his gloves up the face of Jenkins. In the end Sutcliffe staged the stronger finish but I felt that the least Jenkins deserved was a draw. Referee’s score 98-93 was one I disagreed with completely. Important win for 27-year-old Sutcliffe and I guess for him it redresses the balance after losing a controversial majority decision to world rated Swede Anthony Yigit in May. His father Philip Senior was an outstanding amateur competing at two Olympics and winning bronze medals twice in the European Championships. Philip Jr was also a top level amateur but was plagued by hand injuries and is hoping that recent surgery will have cured that. Jenkins, 28, won his first 16 fights and then drew with Tyrone Nurse in July last year for the British title. In a return he had Nurse on the floor but lost a close unanimous decision. He will have been disappointed with the outcome here but the part he played in this tremendous scrap will only boost his reputation.
Conlan vs. Koos
Conlan wins every round against Koos but is made to work for his victory in a fast paced open fight. Despite his inexperience Koos was quick with some good defensive skills and scored with some sharp but not powerful punches. Conlan worked everything off his jab. He was faster, getting his punches off first catching Koos with counters when the smaller fighter tried to get inside and scoring with long straight rights and left hooks to the body. From the fourth Conlan’s superior speed and power began to wear down the young Hungarian. Koos was throwing less punches and was taking more punishment but never looked in trouble. The classy local boxer continued slotting home jabs and straight rights and getting through with left hooks to the body. Those rights and the left hooks had Koos in trouble late in the fifth but he showed good defensive work. Conlan continued to press and scored with a good left hook to the chin/straight right in the seventh but Koos kept his boxing together and gave Conlan eight useful rounds of work. Referee’s score 80-72 for Conan. The 30-year-old Commonwealth champion is rated No 3 by the WBO so could be looking for a title shot in 2017. Koos, 20, came in as a substitute and showed some neat boxing.
McKenna vs. Creagh
McKenna gets win over tough Creagh. Up against the 6’1” (185cm) southpaw McKenna Creagh had no choice but to rumble forward trying to take McKenna to the ropes and bustle and hustle him out of his stride. McKenna made him pay catching Creagh with right jabs straight lefts and left uppercuts as he walked in but McKenna is not a power puncher so Creagh had some success. McKenna was landing three/four punch combinations which would temporarily halt Creagh in his tracks. a left uppercut knocked Creagh’s mouthguard out in the second round but soon Creagh was be padding forward again and had some success with wild swings that Tony Galento would have been be proud to call his own. Creagh took a pounding in the fourth walking onto punch after punch and it became a question of how long he could continue to take such punishment. A straight left to the chin and a series of head punches seemed to stagger Creagh in the fifth and he was rocked again by combinations at the end of the round. Creagh wanted to continue but his corner made the right decision and would not let their man come out for the sixth. The draw on the 26-year-old Belfast fighter’s record was a technical one when McKenna was cut early. He showed good hand speed and movement here but his lack of power may be a drawback. Dubliner Creagh was taking a big step up here as his other fights had all been over four rounds. He showed terrific guts but his fights will always be wars and that can drain a fighter.
Sheehan vs. Sokolowski
Sheehan gets points win in a fight that almost doubled his ring time to this point. The 6’5 ½” (197cm) Irishman towered over the 6’1”(185cm) UK-based Pole and was able to make good use of his longer reach to spear Sokolowski with jabs and long rights. Sokolowski was competitive trying to come forward and get inside when he could but Sheehan was able to catch him with left hooks and straight rights. Sheehan showed good skills and speed for a big man but was caught inside with uppercuts from Sokolowski and some hard rights when he ignored his boxing and just stood and traded. Luckily Sokolowski is not a big hitter. Sheehan got the win and showed both strengths and weaknesses but he has plenty of time to learn. Referee’s score 79-74 for Sheehan. The 27-year-old from County Tipperary was Irish champion six times and won a gold medal at the European Union Championships. He also competed at the 2009, 2011 and 2013 World Championships on his way to a 203-18 record. First eight rounder for 30-year-old Sokolowski who gave Sheehan useful ring time.
Barnes vs. Slavchev
Barnes was looking to impress in his first pro fight but Slavchev made that difficult. The Bulgarian retreated around the ring weaving away from the punches of Barnes stopping to throw an occasional punch and rarely moving more than a pace from the ropes. Slavchev used some eccentric moves to frustrate Barnes in the second and landed some punches but Barnes was finding the target with his rights. Slavchev was doing some holding and when Barnes swung around trying to break free they both tumbled to the canvas. In the third the wrestling continued with Slavchev holding and Barnes swinging around to shake him off with the result that they again both ended on the floor and both were given a warning. Barnes showed his frustration by taking a Floyd Mayweather Jr pot shot when Slavchev extended his hand to touch gloves after a clinch. The frustration continued for Barnes in the fourth and when Slavchev hoisted Barnes on his shoulders and began to propel him across the ring the referee had had enough of the Bulgarian’s tactics and disqualified him. A disappointing night for the 29-year-old. He was an outstanding amateur winning bronze medals at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, gold medals at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games and a gold and silver at the European Championships. He will be a force as a pro. Slavchev has now lost 9 of his last 10 fights and it is almost impossible to look good against a fighter with such an eccentric and negative style.
Ormond vs. Bazo
The tall, slim Bazo spent the first round retreating around the ring at speed prodding out his jab and stopping occasionally to throw a couple of punches. Ormond landed a couple of left hooks but had trouble cutting the ring down. Early in the second as Bazo was on his circular tour of the ring again he slipped and did the splits and seemed to hurt his upper leg. He shook that off (the injury not the leg)and threw a lot more punches in the round firing quick combinations but there was no power in the punches and Ormond was landing left hooks to the body and a long right rocked Bazo’s head. Bazo visibly tired in the third and Ormond was pounding him with double left hooks and clubbing rights but it was a surprise when Bazo retired before the start of the fourth due to a shoulder injury. Last month the 33-year-old Dubliner was knocked out by Hungarian novice Zoltan Szabo but there was no danger of that this time as the former WBO European champion gets his12th win by KO/TKO. Czech Bazo, 19, has won only one of his last 15 fights.
Geraghty vs. Gigolashvili
Although not a noted puncher Geraghty gets this one over quickly. The Dublin southpaw came out firing and put Gigolashvili down in agony with the fight being waived off after just 33 seconds. The 26-year-old “Pretty Boy” lost on a disqualification in his seventh fight but now has a run of eight wins. Georgian Gigolashvili has eighth loss by KO/TKO.
Tennyson vs. Castillo
Tennyson gets back into winners circle with points win over Castillo. The Belfast fighter was able to outbox the limited Castillo with ease in what was intended to be a workout before his Irish title fight against Declan Geraghty. Unfortunately Tennyson picked up a cut by his right eye which will force the much anticipated fight to be postponed. Referee’s score 40-36 for 23-year-old Tennyson who was having his first fight since being stopped in five rounds by Ryan Walsh for the British feather title in April. Nicaraguan Castillo now 2-7-1ND in his last 10 fights
Munich, Germany: Super Middle: Avni Yildirim (14-0) W TKO 3 Schiller Hyppolite (21-2). Light Heavy: Toni Kraft (10-0) W PTS 10 Abdallah Paziwapazi (14-4). Cruiser: Goran Delic (29-1) W PTS 6 Robert Rosenberg (7-4).
Yildirim vs. Hyppolite
Yildirim wins vacant WBC International Silver title as he pounds Hyppolite to defeat inside three rounds. Hyppolite had edges in height and reach but Yildirim quickly took the Canadian to the ropes with a stiff jab and was firing hard hooks to head and body. Hyppolite tried to counter but Yildirim just walked through the punches and hurt Hyppolite with two left hooks to the body. He continued to pressurise Hyppolite banging home left hooks and right uppercuts in a one-sided opening round. The second round was almost a copy of the first. This time Hyppolite threw and landed more counters but they had no effect on Yildirim. The Turk was living up to his “Robot” nickname just walking forward driving Hyppolite around the ring and scoring with short hooks and uppercuts inside. Hyppolite tried to stand and fight in the third but crunching body punches and uppercuts were draining his resistance and a short left hook followed by a clubbing right to the head sent him tumbling across the ring and down on his back in a corner. He was up at seven and indicated he was OK to continue but looked shaky. Yildirim finished the fight with a series of hooks to the head and the referee stopped the fight. Hyppolite disputed the stoppage but the timing was right. The 25-year-old Turk had previously won the WBC International Silver title at light heavy but was moving down a division and he looks very powerful at 168lbs.. There is nothing fancy about Yildirim he is a strong, hard punching fighter who wins through relentless pressure. His previous opposition has not been of top quality but he was impressive here getting his ninth win by KO/TKO. A former standout amateur he initially succeeded at kickboxing before moving over the boxing representing Turkey at the World Championships. He is rated WBC 4/IBF 12(11). Disappointing showing by Haitian-born Hyppolite as he was simply steamrollered by the power of Yildirim. This was his first fight outside of Quebec and also the first real test he has faced and he was never in the fight.
Kraft vs. Paziwapazi
Kraft wins the vacant WBC Youth title with unanimous verdict over Paziwapazi. Kraft used his superior skills to win this one. He worked well behind his jab whereas the Tanzanian was looking to land fewer but bigger punches. There was too much clinching for it to be exciting but it was entertaining. Kraft went down in the sixth from what looked to be caused by a punch whilst he was off balance but the referee ruled it a slip. The referee also deducted point from Kraft for pushing Paziwapazi to the floor in the eighth round but the deduction was not important as Kraft dominated the fight and was a clear winner. Scores 98-91 twice and 97-92 all for Kraft. The 23-year-old Kraft won the vacant WBC Youth title at cruiser in January but he is a natural light heavy. Paziwapazi, 23, had won his last 7 fights all by KO/TKO.
Delic vs. Rosenberg
Delic pads his record with another win as he takes unanimous decision over Czech in a contest between two boxing senior citizens. The 42-year-old German-born, B&H- based southpaw has won a number of minor titles but faced only one real opponent in Juan Carlos Gomez who stopped him in five rounds in 2014. This is his third win this year. Czech Rosenberg, 41, has now lost 4 of his last 5 fights.
Dublin, Ireland: Middle: Luke Keeler (11-2) W PTS 8 Bradley Pryce (38-21). Super Feather: Eric Donovan (2-0) W TKO 2 Krzys Rogowski (10-21)
Keeler vs. Pryce
Keeler rebounds from stoppage loss to Tom Doran and comes through good level test with points win over experienced Pryce. Keeler had his jab working well in the first and put Pryce down late in the second. Pryce had tried to march forward through the punches from Keeler but a sharp uppercut and a right to the head put him down heavily. He wobbled when he got up but the bell went before Keeler could nail him again. Keeler was in command in the third despite a punch from Pryce opening a cut over his right eye. He edged a close fourth and banged home some good shots to take the fifth. A low punch cost Keeler a point in the sixth but he outboxed Pryce for the last two rounds throwing some show boating into the mix in a good performance. Referee’s score 78-73 for “Cool Hand Luke” Keeler. The 29-year-old Dubliner also lost to Doran in a Prizefighter Tournament but will be aiming to rebuild with some fights at home. Welshman Pryce, 35, a former Commonwealth champion, had a bad spell of 7 losses in 8 fights but had won his last three before this Dublin fight.
Donovan vs. Rogowski
With Andy Lee in his corner former top amateur Donovan gets his second pro win. Donovan put the experienced Pole down with a body punch at the end of the first round. The speed and accuracy of Donovan’s punches were just too much for Rogowski in the second round and he was put down twice more and the fight was stopped. The 31-year-old “Lilywhite Lightning” was Irish Elite National champion five times ranging from bantam to light, and won bronze medals at both the European Championships and the European Union Championships. The only question is whether he has left it too late to make it to the top as a pro? Rogowski did leave it too late and has settled for travelling loser status with only one win in his last 11 fights. He had similar success as an amateur being three-times Polish champion and three times runner-up also winning a bronze medallist at the European Union Championships plus a claimed win over Carl Frampton. Now he just fights for a pay day.
Siena, Italy: Super Feather: Mario Alfano (9-0-1) W PTS 10 Angelo Ardito (9-6-2). Cruiser: Fabio Turchi (8-0) W PTS 8 Arturs Kulikauskis (18-30-6). Super Welter: Orlando Fiordigiglio (26-1) W PTS 6 Nikola Matic (14-33).
Alfano vs. Ardito
Alfano holds on to his national title with close unanimous decision over Ardito. The challenger took the fight to Alfano from the first round pressing hard and throwing bunches of punches. Alfano was forced to box on the back foot but was much more accurate with his punches. Ardito had his nose in front at the half way mark and kept pressing but Alfano was producing the quality work with precise counters and good defensive skills to blunt the challengers attacks. It was a case of whether Alfano’s work over the second half of the fight was enough to get the decision and the judges decided it was-just. Scores 96-94 for Alfano from all three judges. The 25-year-old from Rome was making the first defence of his title. Former champion Ardito, 38, lost the title to Mario Pisanti on a split verdict in November last year.
Turchi vs. Kulikauskis
Turchi gets unanimous decision over Kulikauskis. With only 17 rounds of fighting behind him Turchi got some useful work against the courageous Latvian southpaw. Turchi won all the way but Kulikauskis soaked up the punishment and stayed in the fight without ever really threatening the Florence “Stone Crusher”. The 23-year-old Turchi will now be looking to challenge for the national title so the ring time here was valuable. As an amateur he was Italian champion four times, won a gold medal at the Mediterranean Games, a silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games and the World Military Championships and a bronze medal at the World Junior Championships so big things are expected from him. Kulikauskis is 2-6-1 in his last 8 fights including a stoppage loss against Tony Bellew last year.
Fiordigiglio vs. Matic
This turned out to be a far from comfortable night for Fiordigiglio against former victim Matic. Although he edged the first three rounds he was being caught too often by hooks to the head from Matic. Things got worse in the fourth when a big left hook stunned Fiordigiglio and had his legs quivering. Matic sensed an upset and stormed forward trying to find a punch to finish the job. Fiordigiglio managed to duck, weave and hold to the bell but it was a near thing. Fiordigiglio recovered over the interval and boxed carefully over the fifth and sixth to take the decision. The 32-year-old former European Union champion won his first 21 fights before being halted in eleven rounds by Cedric Vitu in 2015 for the vacant European title when he was in front on two cards. This is his fifth win since then but he was given a real scare. Matic, the Bosnia & Herzegovina champion, had lost 7 of his last 8 fights but missed a big chance here.
Tokyo, Japan: Fly: Daigo Higa (11-0) W KO 4 Felipe Cagubcob (6-3-5). Super Fly: Koki Eto (19-4-1) W KO 8 Jun Blazo (5-2-3).
Higa vs. Cagubcob
Japanese prospect Higa much too good for modest Philippines champion Cagubcob. Higa came out firing and southpaw Cagubcob was willing to stand and swop body punches toe-to-toe but was constantly driven back by the speed and power of Higa. The Filipino’s cause was not helped by a cut over his right eye in the third round but it was the body punches which were weakening him. In the fourth Higa put Cagubcob down twice and although he made it to his feet at the second knockdown he was counted out. The 21-year-old from Tokyo retains his OPBF title. He has won all of his fights by KO/TKO but despite his No 3 rating by the WBO he has yet to come up against a top level opponent. Cagubcob had won the Philippines title with a kayo of OPBF No 5 Donny Mabao in July which saw him elevated to the No 1 spot by the OPBF but he was way out of his depth here.
Eto vs. Blazo
Eto gets his second win of 2016 as he halts Filipino novice Blazo in the last round. It was not a sharp display by Eto who struggled at times to subdue the little Filipino. Just a prelim fighter Blazo has never been passed the sixth round and his lack of experience caught up with him in the eighth as body punches put him down three times and he was counted out. Former interim WBA flyweight champion Eto was outpointed by Carlos Cuadras for the WBC super fly title in November. Blazo was having only his second fight in eleven months and gets his second loss by KO/TKO.
Kasarani, Kenya: Bantam: Gabriel Ochieng (16-5-1) W KO 3 Juma Fundi (29-14-3). Ochieng gets inside the distance win over experienced Tanzanian Fundi. Ochieng easy outboxed Fundi over the first two rounds before putting him down and out in the third with a left hook. Ochieng was 2-5-1 in his first 8 fights but has now won 14 on the bounce but against low level opposition. Fundi, 29, was 4-1-1 going in with the loss coming in July last year when he was thrown in over his head against Filipino Bernabe Concepcion and stopped in two rounds.
Los Mochis, Mexico: Light: Nery Saguilan (37-7-1) W Rosekie Cristobal (12-1). Super Fly: Felipe Orucuta (32-4) W Efrain Perez (17-9).
Saguilan vs. Cristobal
After back-to-back losses Saguilan needed a win here and he got it but not the way he would have wanted. The colourful, eccentric Mexican was showing off his bag of tricks over the first two rounds scoring well with both hands and dancing and show boating. Cristobal kept switching guards but mainly was dangerous with his head and severely frustrated. In the third a head butt saw the referee deduct a point from the Filipino. With Saguilan still an elusive target Cristobal landed another butt and the referee disqualified him. The 28-year-old “Pantera” put his losses this year against Marcos Villasana and Dante Jordan down to problems outside the ring but for whatever reason he has been dropped from the ratings and needs to fight his way back in. Filipino southpaw Cristobal suffers his second disqualification loss in a row. Head butts and low punches saw him thrown out in the tenth round of his fight with Villasana in August.
Orucuta vs. Perez
Orucuta continues his reconstruction with stoppage of Perez. Orucuta used his longer reach to slot homes jabs and then scored with good left hooks. Perez kept coming but was not able to land anything of substance. In the third a left hook put Perez down. He made it to his feet but after the eight count Orucuta landed and overhand right followed by a cluster of shots and the referee stopped the fight. Now 27 wins by KO/TKO for Orucuta. He was unlucky to lose a split and then a majority decision in challenges to Omar Narvaez for the WBO title in Argentina but lost in six rounds to Jose Cayetano in December. He is No 11 with the WBC and has the talent to win a title if he gets another shot. Former Mexican champion Perez has now lost six fights in a row.
Lomianki, Poland: Light Heavy: Dariusz Sek (26-2-2) DREW 8 Mustafa Chadlioui (8-2-2). Heavy: Marcin Siwy (16-0) W PTS 6 Michael Sprott (42-27). Welter: Michal Syrowatka (16-1) W RTD 6 Norwin Galo (7-6).
Sek vs. Chadlioui
Sek escapes with a draw against aggressive Moroccan Chadlioui. The visitor was bundling forward over the first round with Sek thrown out of his stride. The Pole steadied things in the second but was still being forced to fight in close. In the third he managed to open some space and boxed his way through the round making good use of his southpaw right jab. Chadlioui was firing again in the fourth and a couple of left hooks in the fifth had Sek unsteady. Sek got through with a hard left hook at the end of the sixth and shook Chadlioui in the seventh then staged a strong last round which saw him awarded a share of the points. Scores 79-76 for Sek, 78-76 for Chadlioui and 77-77. A sub standard performance from Sek. His losses both came in fights in Germany against Robert Woge and Robin Krasniqi. He is now 5-0-1 in his last 6 fights and the EBU No 4 but he nearly blew that rating here. Spanish-based Chadlioui, the Spanish champion, had a good win last year when he stopped British fighter Travis Dickinson inside a round. In his last fight in July he had to retire after eight rounds against unbeaten Sergei Ekimov due to a foot injury and he showed here he can be a tough handful.
Siwy vs. Sprott
Siwy too young and quick for Sprott. Siwy landed a good left hook to the chin in the first but Sprott was unmoved and used some survival tactics to keep the Pole out. Siwy continued to press over the second, third and fourth when he got through with another left hook. Siwy had Sprott on the floor in the fifth from a right to the body but it also looked as though Sprott got his feet mixed up and that was the main cause of his going down. Siwy tried hard to end it in the sixth but Sprott was too cunning and was still there at the bell. Scores 60-54, 60-55 and 59-54. Useful experience for Siwy. The 41-year-old Sprott breaks a run of five losses in a row by KO/TKO including four in the first round.
Syrowatka vs. Galo
Syrowatka has easy win over Galo. The local fighter scored early with body punches and was throwing four and five punch combinations. Galo was just hiding behind a high guard and trying to survive. Syrowatka blasted away at Galo in the fifth and Galo retired at the end of the round. Syrowatka, 28, gets his fifth win by KO/TKO. His loss was to former European champion Rafal Jackiewicz in December and he scored a revenge win over Jackiewicz in April. Spanish-based Nicaraguan prelim fighter Galo was beaten in four rounds by Mitchell Smith last month in his first fight outside Nicaragua.
Tandil, Argentina: Feather: Matias Rueda (27-1) W TKO 1 Daniel Brizuela (28-7-2,1ND). Rueda obliterates Brizuela inside a round. Brizuela started out boxing at a distance showing good movement and switching guards. Rueda closed the distance and then began to let his punches go forcing Brizuela to stand and trade. A right followed by a straight left shook Brizuela and a right to the body followed by a booming right sent Brizuela down and the referee immediately waived the fight over. First fight for the 28-year-old “Little Cobra” since being destroyed inside two round by Oscar Valdez for the vacant WBO title and only the second defence of his Argentinian title in three years. He has 24 wins by KO/TKO but Valdez exposed him when he tried to move up. Brizuela, 30, now has 5 losses by KO/TKO. He was 3-4 going in with losses in tough fights against Tommy Coyle, Luke Campbell, Mauricio Munoz and Stephen Smith
Henin-Beaumont, France: Bantam: Hassan Azaouagh (20-11) W PTS 10 Jeremy Beccu (10-2).Local fighter Azaouagh wins the vacant French title with controversial unanimous decision over Beccu. The fight started badly for Beccu as a clash of heads left him with a cut over his left eye. Despite the injury Beccu took the fight to Azaouagh but was leaving himself open and the precision and power of Azaouagh’s counters saw him build a good lead by the end of the fifth. From there Beccu stepped up the pressure and although he lacked accuracy the volume of punches saw Azaouagh began to tire and his work rate dropped. Beccu finished strongly and looked to have down enough to get at least a draw but the judges all gave the decision to Azaouagh two by two points and one by a ridiculous four points. The 30-year-old Azaouagh, a policemen in Rouen and a former French flyweight champion, had lost in his last four championship contests, two for the national bantam title and two for the European Union title. Weight problems may mean he goes up to super bantam next. Beccu,26, was an outstanding amateur being French champion in 2009,2010 and 2011 and competing at the 2012 Olympics but at light flyweight and he struggling to impress as a pro.