Behind The Results w/e 31 October 2011

 Highland, USA 
Feather: Bernabe Concepcion (29-5-1) W PTS 10 Aaron Garcia (10-3-2). Fly: Rodel Mayol (30-5-2) W TKO 4 Ernie Marquez (9-9-2,1ND). Super Fly: Richie Mepranum (25-2-1) W PTS 8 Roberto Casillas (7-6-1).
Good night for Manny Pacquiao’s team as they all won. This was an important fight for Concepcion as he was trying to bounce back from consecutive inside the distance losses to Juan Carlos Martinez and Juan Manuel Lopez. The 23-year-old Filipino looked lucky to get away with the split verdict. He just did not do enough work, and only fought in spurts. Garcia was the aggressor and produced the stronger finish. Concepcion got the verdict on scores of 96-94 twice and 93-97. Concepcion, who has had two shots at the WBO feather title, losing to Steve Luevano and to Lopez, wins vacant WBC Continental Americas title. Garcia, 29, once an outstanding amateur, has never really got his paid career off the ground. He returned last year after a 19 month break, but is 1-2 in his three fights since then, although they have all been either a majority or split decision. As an amateur Garcia won the National Golden Gloves twice and the US Championships as well as silver medal at the Pan American games. He beat Brandon Rios in the US Olympic trials.
Mayol, 30, had no trouble with late substitute Marquez. The former WBC light fly champ went after Marquez with a solid body attack. Marquez was hurt in both the second and third rounds and badly shaken in the fourth when the referee stopped the fight. Mayol, 30, won the WBC title at his fifth attempt to win a world title, but lost it to Omar Nino Romero in his first defence in June 2010. This is his fourth win since that loss to Romero. Filipino southpaw Mepranum, 24, boxed his way to a unanimous verdict over Mexican novice Casillas. Mepranum was able to score easily against the aggressive Mexican, particularly with his straight lefts, but as he is not a puncher, Casillas had some minor success on the inside. Scores 79-73 twice and 78-74. Now three wins in a row for Mepranum since losing to Julio Cesar Miranda for the vacant WBO fly title last year. Casillas has registered only one win in his last seven fights.  
October 28  
 Cagliari, Italy 
Fly: Moruti Mthalane (28-2) W TKO 7 Andrea Sarritzu (32-5-4). Light: Luca Giacon (18-0) W PTS 6 Felix Soria (11-1-1). Welter: Antonio Moscatiello (13-0) W PTS 8 Juan Martinez Bas (8-21-2)

“BabyFace” Mthalane, 29, proves too strong for perennial challenger Sarritzu and retains his IBF title with a stoppage in the seventh. The Italian struggles to stay in the fight over the first three rounds, but already the superior strength of Mthalane makes it look as though the Italian will do well to last the distance. The power of Mthalane sees him dominating in the fourth and fifth, scoring with heavy hooks and uppercuts as he walks the Italian down. Sarritzu only just survives the sixth. A left to the body in the seventh has Sarritzu turning away from Mthalane who lands a right to the jaw, and Sarritzu’s corner throw in the towel. Third defence of his IBF title for Mthalane since winning the vacant title by beating Julio Cesar Miranda in November 2009, and 19 wins by KO/TKO. Mthalane is a real threat to any flyweight in the world today. His only loss in his last 15 fights was on cuts against Nonito Donaire for the IBF title in 2008. Sarritzu, 35, twice European champion, in two previous title fights had lost a split decision in 2002 and then drawn in 2003 with Omar Narvaez for the WBO title. Spanish-born Giacon has to go the distance for the first time. The 23-year-old European Union champion frustrated by the defensive tactics of unbeaten Spaniard but wins wide unanimous decision. Scores 60-54 twice and 59-55. Similar night for “Big” Moscatiello as Spaniard Bas just there to survive. Moscatiello always in command and Bas warned in 4th and 8th for what could have been either holding or just the referee getting frustrated with him. Scores 80-68, 80-69 and 80-72. Three points wins in a row for Moscatiello after winning his first nine by KO/TKO. He is the nephew of former European and WBC cruiser champ Giacobbe Fragomeni.  
 Enna, Italy 
Light Heavy: Danilo D’Agata (11-0-1) W PTS 10 Dario Cichello (20-9-2).

Chichello in the fight early, but from the fourth the speed and accuracy of champion D’Agata’s punches, together with his advantages in height and reach, put him in control. Chichello constantly tries to come forward, but takes punishment coming in and is inaccurate with his own attacks. D’Agata, 27, closes well taking the last two rounds as Chichello, 32, tires. Lack of real punching power prevents D’Agata brining the fight to an early close. D’Agata ahead 97-94 twice and 98-92 as he retains national title in his first defence.  
 Salinas, USA 
Super Feather: Eloy Perez (23-0-2,1ND) W TKO 6 Ira Terry (24-7). Magomed Abdusalamov (11-0) W KO 1 Masataka Takehara (6-6-3).

After a series of tough fights, Perez, 25 gets an easy one against substitute Terry. After a quiet first round “The Prince” Perez goes to work and scores easily with both hands with Terry only able to respond with a few countering rights. With Perez not being a noted puncher Terry hung around until the sixth when a Perez volley drove him across the ring. With Terry not answering back the referee stopped the fight. Sixth defence of his NABO title for Perez who already has wins over David Rodela, Domenico Salcido, Roger Gonzalez and Dan Jimenez. After winning his first 20 fights, Terry is currently on a run of five inside the distance losses. Russian southpaw Abdusalamov, 30, just overwhelms Takehara. The 6’ 3” tall Russian bullies the Japanese fighter to the ropes and unloads with lefts until Takehara slumps to the canvas. All over in 158 seconds. All of Abdusalamov’s wins have come by KO/TKO, ten in the first round. Abdusalamov was Russian amateur champion in 2005/2006 but lost to David Price in the European qualifiers, so missed the 2008 Olympics. Takehara, 33, has a nearly career draw with Alex Leapai. 
 Atlantic City, USA 
Middle: Brandon Gonzales (15-0) W PTS 8 Ossie Duran (26-9-2). Light Middle: Artemio Reyes (14-1) W PTS 8 Javier Molina (9-1).
Gonzales, 27, gets useful win over experienced Ghanaian. Gonzales used his boxing skill to take the early rounds as Ghanaian Duran just could not get close enough to work effectively. A cut on his left eyelid in third does not hamper Gonzales, but it encourages Duran. In the fourth and fifth Duran, a former double Commonwealth champion, dominates and seems to be on a roll. Gonzales picks up the pace over the last three rounds but debateable whether he does enough to take a split verdict. Scores 77-75 twice for Gonzales and 78-74 for Duran. Reyes springs a minor upset with a unanimous verdict over former top amateur Molina. In the first round Molina in charge as he works behind his jab and blunts the attacks of the aggressive Reyes. From then on Reyes had his game plan working and he never again gave Molina the space to use his skills. “The King” Reyes, 27, lost to Mike Dallas in second fight, but has won his last 13. Molina, 21, “The Untouchable” was anything but. As an amateur he registered wins against Karl Dargan, Brad Solomon and Kevin Bizier, but lost to Brit Bradley Saunders in the 2007 World Championships and went out in the first series in the 2008 Olympics.  
  Chester, USA 
Heavy: Franklin Lawrence (17-2-2) W TKO 2 Ray Ochieng (23-15-3).

“Yah Yah Lawrence, 36, rolls on as he stops soft chinned Kenyan in second. Lawrence has lost only one of his last 16-that was to Oliver McCall on a close decision in 2009. He has wins over Lance Whitaker, Jason Estrada and Jason Gavern in his last five fights. His only other loss was when he retired with an arm injury against Bermaine Stiverne in 2006. “King Kong” Ochieng, 34, has lost eleven times by KO/TKO.

October 29
  Hervie Bay, Australia 
Middle: Jarrod Fletcher (11-0) W PTS 10 Bill Hadlow (7-26-5).

“Left Jab Fletcher, 28, remains unbeaten with a wide unanimous verdict over Hadlow. Scores 100-90 twice and 100-88. Fletcher, 28 was Commonwealth gold medal winner in 2006, where he beat Craig McEwan, James DeGale and Adonis Stevenson. This is his home town and he is the youngest person to have received the keys of the town. No wins in his last twelve fights for Hadlow.

  Les Mureaux, France 
Super Bantam: Ali Hallab (11-0-1) W PTS 10 Bastien Rozeaux (8-2-1). Super Bantam: Khedafi Djelkhir (10-0) W TKO 6 Sergio Gomez (16-11).

Hallab, 30, retains French title as he outclasses game Rozeaux. This was a one-sided fight as former top amateur Hallab was in charge throughout with fast, accurate punches to which Rozeaux had no answer. A concerted attack from Hallab in the fourth came close to finishing Rozeaux, but he had the courage to survive. Hallab took a breather in the sixth which allowed Rozeaux some success. In the later rounds the challenger developed a swelling under his left eye. As Hallab tried to finish it in the last a clash of heads saw Hallab cut but he ran out an easy winner. Scores 100-90, 98-92 and 98-93. Hallab, of Lebanese ancestry, has left it late to turn pro. He represented France at the World Championships in 2003, 2005 and 2007 and at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. Another Olympian, Beijing silver medallist Djelkhir wasted no time getting in close to Nicaraguan Gomez and working his body. A left to the temple in the third has Gomez in trouble. It was too easy and Djelkhir became careless and was himself shaken by a straight right in the fourth. That wake-up call was what he needed. His strong hooking had Gomez looking for a way out in the fifth and in the sixth a volley of shots from Djelkhir literately sent Gomez tumbling into the arms of the referee, and the fight was stopped. Djelkhir, 28,the French featherweight champion moved down to super bantam for this fight. Gomez has lost six of his last seven fights.

  Ruimveldt, Guyana 
Middle: Ed De Clou (8-1-1) W PTS 12 Howard Eastman (46-9). Welter: Iwan Azore (13-4-3) W PTS 8 Troy Lewis (4-12-1).

Novice De Clou may have brought the curtain down on Eastman’s career. The taller De Clou kept the pressure on the 40-year-old Eastman for most of the fight. Eastman was hampered by constantly slipping on the wet canvas, but De Clou made the veteran fight off the ropes for most of the fight. There were times when De Clou was so, dominant that a stoppage seemed likely, but he let Eastman off the hook each time. De Clou wins vacant Guyana title (he is already the Guyana interim super middle champ) on a majority verdict which should have been unanimous Scores 117-111 twice and 114-114. Former British, Commonwealth and European champion Eastman is just a shadow of the boxer who won those titles, and lost in middleweight title fights to William Joppy and Bernard Hopkins. He really should retire when he is being beaten by novicies. Southpaw Azore took a split decision over Lewis. These two fought to a draw in May last year. There were all sorts of problems with the show. It was held in the open air and a cloudburst soaked the unprotected ring. As cleaning of the ring was underway a floodlight burst into flames, but somehow the show was completed.
  Colima, Mexico 
Super Bantam: Takalani Ndlovu (33-6) W PTS 12 Giovanni Caro (22-10-4).
Fierce battle sees Ndlovu climb off the floor to retain his IBF title on a split decision. Things looked bleak for the 33-year-old South African when an overhand right from “Russian” Cano dumped him on the floor in the first round. Ndlovu was up and took the mandatory count, and then survived until the bell. In the second a wicked left hook to the body from Ndlovu had the Mexican gasping. From then on these two put up a great battle with very little separating them. By the end both fighters were showing signs of what a tough battle this had been. Ndlovu had a badly swollen left eye and Cano had a cut on the bridge of the nose and one on his left eyebrow. The scores were as close as they get with Ndlovu retaining his title on scores of 114-113 twice and 113-114. First defence for Ndlovu of the title he won by beating Steve Molitor in March.  
  Mexico City, Mexico 
Feather: Salvador Sanchez (26-4-3) W TKO 2 Jovanny Soto (32-12-1). Light Fly: Ganigan Lopez (20-4) W TKO 3 Samuel Garcia.
Sanchez, 26, retains WBC Cabofe title with second round stoppage of experienced Soto. Sal II, the nephew of the great Salvador Sanchez, attacked throughout the first with hooks to the body hurting Soto, who was in trouble before the end of the round. Early in the second a straight right had Soto on wobbly legs and the referee stopped the fight. Although he lost his first two fights, Sanchez has stuck to it and improved from year to year. He has now lost only one of his last 18, that was to Tomas Villa in June 2010.  Soto is a former Mexican super fly champion. WBC Silver belt holder Lopez had no trouble with late substitute Garcia. The 29-year-old southpaw was well on top when the referee stopped the fight in the third. Ganigan has eight wins in a row since losing a split decision to the now WBC light fly champion Adrian Hernandez in February 2010.This show started at midnight on 28 October.
  Hermosillio, Mexico 
Fly: Herman Marquez (32-2) W TKO 1 Luis Concepcion (23-3). Fly: David Sanchez (15-2) W PTS 8 Francisco Rosas (22-10-2).
Last time Marquez and Concepcion met it was a war, this time it was a massacre. Panamanian Concepcion was fast out of his corner and took the fight straight to the Mexican. He ran into a right and left from southpaw Marquez, and went down. The Panamanian got up immediately, and again went looking for Marquez. Another right had Concepcion down again. When he arose Marquez put him down for the third time with a left and the referee stopped the fight with the Panamanian on the canvas. All over in 109 seconds. “Tyson Marquez retains for the second time the WBA title he won in an exciting slugging match against Concepcion in April. In that fight they were both down in the first and Concepcion was down again in the third and tenth before the fight was stopped in the eleventh. The 23-year-old Marquez has 25 wins by KO/TKO and a fight between Tyson and Giovanni Segura would be one to savour. Those two losses for “El Nica” Concepcion broke a winning streak of 19 bouts. Local hero “Tornado” Sanchez floored experienced Rosas in the first, but the durable veteran was never going to going to be beaten that easily. Rosas, 31, used his experience to survive, but could not match the speed or bustle of his younger opponent. Rosas also lost a point in the fourth for a low blow, but Sanchez was always going to be the winner in this one. Scores 80-71 twice and 79-72. Five wins in a row for Sanchez. Rosas a big scalp as he had fought twice for the WBA interim title at light flyweight and once for the full WBA title at straw weight.
  Guayama, Puerto Rico 
Light: Abner Cotto (12-0) W PTS 10 Fernando Torres. (17-3-1).

Impressive win for young Cotto as he steps up in class and gets wide unanimous verdict over Torres to win the vacant Puerto Rican title. Cotto took control in the first as he caught Torres with a two-punch combination which had Torres reeling. Torres kept barrelling forward but left hooks and straight rights from Cotto continually caught him coming in. In the fourth a combination put Torres down and he only just survived the round. Cotto was on top in the fifth, but took a breather in the sixth, which let Torres do some useful work, but even then Cotto blasted back at the end of the round, and had Torres hurt again. The 24-year-old, who is a second cousin to Miguel Cotto, wrapped it up when he floored Torres again in the tenth. Scores 98-90 twice and 97-91. The 27-year-old Torres looked a prospect when he lost only one of his first 19 fights, but now has two suffered two defeats in a row.

  Guaynabo, Puerto Rico 
Straw: Ivan Calderon (35-2-1) W PTS 10 Felipe Rivas (9-10-1,1ND). Super Bantam: Wilfredo Vazquez (21-1-1) W TKO 4 Roberto Leyva (27-15-1). Light Welter: Javier Castro (26-4) W TKO 6 Javier Monserrate (24-2-2). Light Middle: Jorge Melendez (21-2-1) W PTS 10 Eric Mitchell (23-8-1).
“Iron Boy” Calderon comes back down to straw weight and wins a tough split decision against substitute Rivas. Southpaw Calderon, 36, showed many of his class touches in blocking and avoiding punches and countering the advancing Mexican. After shaking Rivas early with a right Calderon then went back to what he does best and boxed the Mexican on the outside. As Calderon started to tire Rivas came into the fight and staged a strong finish as Calderon was forced out of his comfort zone and into a war/brawl. Some felt that Rivas had more than closed the gap, but Calderon wins on scores of 97-93, 96-94 and 94-96. The former WBO straw and light fly champion, who has clocked up 21 world title fights, was bouncing back from two stoppages loss to Giovanni Segura. “Panther” Rivas, 27, has lost his last three fights. It was just a matter of time before Vazquez caught up with Mexican Leyva. Vazquez was looking for a quick finish and, although his left hooks were not working, his rights were. Southpaw Leyva was under pressure from the start and was finally laid out in the third with a big right. The referee did not bother to complete the count. Former WBA super bantam champ Vazquez was having his first fight since losing his title on a last round stoppage against Jorge Arce in May. He wins the vacant WBO Inter Continental title and makes it 18 wins by KO/TKO.
“Shark” Leyva, 32, was IBF straw champion briefly in 2001/2002 but has lost nine of his last ten fights, and announced his retirement after this loss. Once again “El Zorro” Castro proves a dangerous opponent. He floors favourite Monserrate twice and is well on his way to a win when the referee stops the fight due a bad cut suffered by Monserrate. Mexican Castro, 27, who has 21 wins by KO/TKO, retains the interim WBO Latino title he won with an upset victory over Jesus Pabon in June. Monserrate, 28, was unbeaten in his last 18 going in,and had won his last 13 by KO/TKO, but against poor opposition. Melendez, 28, looked lucky to walk away with the decision against 42-year-old Mitchell. “Murder” started well and grew in confidence against the Puerto Rican. He seemed stronger and was getting his punches off first. However, in the later rounds as Mitchell tired Melendez came on strong and the judges thought he done enough to get the verdict although Mitchell looked very unlucky. Melendez wins on scores of 96-94 from all three judges and collects the vacant WBO Latino title. His record is heavily padded with poor opposition and his two, losses have come inside the distance against Doel Carrasquillo and Clarence Taylor. Mitchell came in with only two fights since August 2008 but should have got a win here.

  Thackerville, USA 
Light Middle: Vanes Martirosyan (31-0) W PTS 10 Richard Gutierrez (26-7-1,1ND). Super Feather: Casey Ramos (15-0) W PTS 8 Joselito Collado (12-1).

Just a payday for Martirosyan. The 25-year-old Armenian born fighter started out using good lateral movement and controlling the fight with his jab, which broke up any attempted attacks of Gutierrez. From the middle rounds Martirosyan set himself more and used a wider variety of shots, but then took his foot off the pedal, and eased his way to a wide unanimous verdict. Scores 100-90 twice and 99-91 for Martirosyan. Colombian Gutierrez has lost his last four, but all to rated fighters. Ramos has to climb off the canvas in the third to win a unanimous points victory over previously unbeaten Collado. A left from Collado put 22-year-old Ramos down in the third, but “The Wizard” got up and went on to win on scores of 78-74 twice and 77-74. His harder and more accurate punching saw him home. Dominican Collado is based in New York. 


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