From Stuttgart, where Povetkin perhaps took Captain Huck a little too lightly, to Vegas, where Vargas outpointed Tyner after both fighters strayed below the belt. Worldwide boxing roundup with Eric Armit.
Tepeji del Rio, Mexico Fly: Omar Nino Romero (31-4-2,1ND) W TKO 3 Javier Romano (7-12-1)
Former WBC light fly champion returns with a win. First fight for Romero, 35, since losing his title to Gilberto Keb Bas in November 2010. Romano not in the same class.
Dover, USA Super Feather : Juan Carlos Burgos (29-1) W PTS 10 Cristobal Cruz (39-13-3,1ND ). Light Welter: Manuel Perez (17-7-1) W PTS 10 Edgar Santana (26-4). Super Middle: Mike Tiberi (19-1) W PTS 8 Toris Brewer (14-5)
Burgos, 24, has problems with the crude but strong former IBF feather champ Cruz. Scores a knockdown with a right in the sixth and Cruz, 34, also cut over right eye. Cruz, always pressing, finishes strongly and puts Burgos down in the ninth. Overall the taller Burgos does the cleaner work and gets the decision on scores of 96-92 twice and 98-90, but the fight was closer than the scores show. WBC No 2 Burgos, who lost to Hozumi Hasegawa for the vacant WBC feather title in 2010, retains WBC Silver title.
Perez springs surprise as he outscores 33-year-old Puerto Rican Santana. Santana takes early rounds, but Hawaiian-born Perez, 27, was the busier and dictated the pace in the second half of the fight. Santana’s right eye began to swell in the ninth, and both fighters put in a big effort in the last. Scores 96-94 from all three judges as Perez wins NABA title. He is better than his record indicates as he has been in with Diego Magdaleno, Brandon Rios and Mercita Gesta. After being out for three years Santana had come back with a couple of wins. Tiberi, 23, makes it 13 wins in a row as he takes wide unanimous decision over Brewer. Scores 80-71, 80-72 and 79-73.
Las Vegas, USA Light Welter: Jessie Vargas (18-0) W PTS 10 Lanardo Tyner (25-7-2). Light Middle: Deandre Latimore (23-3) W PTS 10 Milton Nunez (23-4-1). Light Welter: Antonio Orozco (13-0) W TKO 4 Rodolfo Armenta (11-6-1)
Not the cleanest of fights. Over the early rounds both fighters threw shots after the bell and low blows. Vargas was on his knees from a low blow in the first. Tyner threw was a very low one in the fourth which put Vargas down and led to a five minute break. When they resumed it was Vargas who threw a very low one that put Tyner down. From then on then on the cleaned up their acts a bit and the fight got better until the eighth. In that round we had Vargas warned for a low blow and Tyner falling out of the ring in a bout of wrestling. Vargas, 22, rated No 8 by the IBF was stronger, younger and busier than the tough, but limited, Tyner. He scored well with a stiff jab and outworked Tyner and took the decision on scores of 99-91 from all three judges. Tyner, 36, has a win over Vivian Harris but had lost two tough ones in a row to Wale Omotoso and Kevin Bizier.
Latimore fails impress in win over Colombian. Southpaw Latimore, 26, has the skill and played safe by outboxing the dangerous Colombian. Latimore looked as though he had built a good lead by the end of the eighth, but it was just as well. He was badly hurt in the ninth and floored by a right. Same again in the last as Latimore went down again. Both knockdowns were debatable, but counted. Scores 96-92, 95-94 and 94-94. Prior to this Latimore had only one fight in the previous 19 months. He lost to Cory Spinks for the IBF title in 2009. Nunez, 24, had 21 wins by KO/TKO, but his own chin is suspect with his three previous losses all by kayo in the first round. That includes a challenge to Gennady Golovkin for the WBA interim title in 2011. Orozco produces a great left hook to finish Armenta. Now 9 wins by KO/TKO for the 24-year-old Mexican. This show was a Mayweather Promotions show.
Campsie, Australia Super Middle: Les Piper (14-9-3) W PTS 12 Zac Awad (17-2-1). Super Feather: Billel Dib (7-0) W TKO 8 Jayson Mac Gura (1-5-1)
Upset sees “Diamond” Piper, 28, break a three fight losing streak as he just edges out Awad on split verdict to take the IBF Pan Pacific title. “Shaker” Awad had won four in a row including a win over Junior Talipeau. Dib, 22, the younger brother of IBF feather champ Billy, steps up to eight rounds and halts poor Filipino in the last.
Flemington, Australia Middle: Jarrod Fletcher (11-0) W PTS 10 Johannes Mwetupunga (11-3)
Former amateur star lifts Australian title with points win. Namibian Mwetupunga, making the fifth defence of his title, tried to get inside and force the fight, but Fletcher, sticking to his “Left Jab” nickname, used a strong jab and good movement to frustrate the champion and collect the points. Fletcher suffered a bad cut on his forehead in the second, but his quick movement, and hand speed meant he was in and out before Mwetupunga could counter. Hard as Mwetupunga, 35, tried is was late when he got into the fight as Fletcher slowed. Scores 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94. Fletcher, 28, won a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games beating James DeGale, Craig McEwan, Obodai Sai and Adonis Stevenson. Mwetupunga also competed at the 2006 Games, but in a division lower.
Saint-Quentin, France Super Feather: Guillame Frenois (25-0) W TKO 9 Fabrizio Trotta (14-7-2,1ND). Cruiser: Thierry Karl (30-5) W PTS 10 Sandro Siproshvili (25-11)
Outstanding display of boxing by undefeated French southpaw Frenois to win vacant European Union title. Frenois lands with good body shots in the first and then floors Italian in second. Trotta, who came in at only two days notice, tightens his defence and keeps marching forward. Trotta is cut and Frenois is making him pay heavily for every mistake. As Trotta tires Frenois steps up the pace and floors Trotta again in the ninth. Another body shot hurts the Italian and the referee stops the fight. Only five wins by KO/TKO for Frenois, 28, but plenty of talent. ”Popeye” Trotta, a former Italian super bantam champion, has also lost to Pat Hyland and Rendall Munroe.
Karl has to go all the way for win over Georgian. The awkward, wide swinging style, of the Georgian puts Karl out of his stride in the early rounds. Karl finds the target in the second half of the fight as he boxes more than is usual for him. Karl, 27, wins on scores of 100-90, 99-93 and 97-93, and collects vacant WBFederation International title. The former undefeated French light heavy champion lost to Danny McIntosh for the vacant European title in January 2011. Siproshvili, 29, has lost 5 of his last 6 fights, but is durable. He lost his first fight by kayo, but that is the only time he has been halted.
Hamburg, Germany Middle: Hamid Rahimi (20-1) W TKO 8 Ruslan Rodvich (10-6)
Afghan-born Rahimi wins interim WBU title with stoppage of Rodvich. From the start the aggressive, two-handed attacks from Rahimi have the Belarus southpaw just trying to survive. The one way traffic is stopped in the eighth. The 28-year-old Rahimi was supported by the Afghan ambassador, and the show was broadcast live on Afghan TV. The one blot on Rahimi’s record is a loss to Attila Kiss-who’s record at the time was 9-58-3 record. In fairness he did beat Kiss on points in a return.
Rome, Italy Light Heavy: Orial Kolaj (8-5) W PTS 10 Danilo D’Agata (11-1)
Kolaj wins Italian title on split verdict. The Albanian-born southpaw Kolaj, 28, puts on pressure from the fist round, keeps the fight inside, and proves stronger than a subdued champion. Kolaj has D’Agata, 28, rocking in the sixth, but has to go the distance. Scores 97-93 twice, and a highly dubious 95-97.
Ponce, Puerto Rico Super Feather: Jose Pedraza (7-0) W TKO 4 Tony Woods (17-9)
Hot prospect Pedraza, 22, gave a display of power and skill as he dominated Woods from the start. Pedraza was teeing-off on Woods in the fourth when the towel came flying in. Six wins by KO/TKO for Pedraza as he collects WBC Youth title.
Merida, Mexico Light: Aaron Herrera (23-0) W PTS 10 Joksan Hernandez (22-5). Welter: Luis Areco (24-11-1) W TKO 7 Misael Castillo (21-2)
“The Jewell” marches on as local favourite Herrera outscores Hernandez and takes unanimous decision. Trained by Ignacio Beristan, Herrera outboxed Hernandez and is showing improvement with every fight. Veteran Areco, 33, schools prospect Castillo. Cuts him badly over his right eye. Floors him in the third and fires home a volley of unanswered punches at the end of the seventh. Castillo does not come out for the eighth.
Bangkok, Thailand Straw: Wanheng (21-0) W TKO 9 Jonathan Refugio (10-2-4)
Wanheng well ahead, and has Filipino under strong pressure in the ninth when the referee stops the fight. Wanheng, 26, WBC No 3, makes fifth defence of WBC Silver International title with this stoppage of 18-year-old Filipino southpaw.
Ontario, USA Welter: Artemio Reyes (15-1) WTKO 1 Victor Correa (14-5). Super Bantam: Efrain Esquivias (16-0) W PTS 8 Adolfo Landeros (21-24-2). Welter: Aaron Martinez (16-1-1) W TEC DEC 8 Dashon Johnson (13-5-3)
Despite giving away 9lbs in weight, Reyes scores four knockdowns in the first. Now 12 wins by KO/TKO for Reyes, who had a good win over Javier Molina in October. Five losses by KO/TKO for Correa who had won his previous four fights inside the distance. Esquivias, 28, outboxes late sub Landeros. Good combinations and right counters put Esquivias in control. Scores 78-74 twice and 80-72. Just one win in his last 15 for trial horse Landeros. Johnson loses point in the first for throwing Martinez to the canvas, but evens scores up by scoring a knockdown in second. Martinez in command until the sixth when Johnson gets on top. A butt from Johnson opens bad cut over the right eye of Martinez in eighth. It goes to the cards and Martinez wins split decision on scores of 78-73, 77-75 and 75-77.
Chicago, USA Super Feather: Edner Cherry (29-6-2,1ND) W PTS 8 Guillermo Sanchez (13-5-1)
A near run thing for the “Cherry Bomb”. Cherry, 29, has to climb off the floor in the first, and fight hard over the next seven rounds, to just get by southpaw club fighter Sanchez on a close unanimous verdict. Scores 76-75 twice and 77-74. Five wins and a no decision for Cherry since losing to Tim Bradley for the WBC light welter title in 2008. Three loses in a row for “The Vampire".
Chester, USA Light Heavy: Omar Sheika (32-11) W PTS 10 Tony Ferrante (12-3)
Second win in 2012 for Sheika. He wins wide unanimous verdict on scores of 99-90 twice and 95-94 with the latter score much more representative of the hard, close fight than the other two scores. Ferrante lost a point in the seventh for pushing. Sheika, 35, had four shots at winning a world title at super middle, two at the WBC title , and one each at the IBF and WBO titles. Ferrante had won his last three fights.
Stuttgart, Germany Heavy: Alex Povetkin (24-0) W PTS 12 Marco Huck (34-1). Middle: Dominick Britsch (26-0-1) DREW 12 Roberto Santos (17-6-2,1ND). Middle: Marcos Nader (15-0) W PTS 10 Baker Barakat (36-12-4). Heavy: Edmund Gerber (19-0) W TKO 5 Olek Mazkin ( 17-7-2). Light Heavy: Robert Woge (7-0) W TKO 7 Robert Cocco (10-9-1). Light Middle: Jack Culcay (11-0) W TKO 7 Salvatore Annunziata (15-6-4)
Good, competitive fight sees Russian Povetkin, 32, retain the secondary WBA title with majority decision over Serbian-born Huck. Povetkin used his additional weight and some good combination punches to take an early lead. Huck got into the fight in the fourth as he scored with overhand rights, a punch that Povetkin had trouble with for the whole of the fight. Huck also had a good fifth. Povetkin had a better sixth, but Huck had a big round in the seventh when he had Povetkin in deep trouble and the WBA secondary champion only just made it to the bell. Povetkin was picking up points, but the spectacular stuff was coming from Huck. He again caught Povetkin with a big right in the tenth. Povetkin looked exhausted, but kept working and was still getting through with his punches. The last saw Huck, now with gash over his right eye, hurt Povetkin with another right. The scores were 116-112, 116-113 and 114-114. Povetkin won more rounds, but Huck won his rounds big. A slow start cost the WBO cruiser champion the fight. Huck wants a return, and deserves one. Povetkin admitted that he had taken Huck lightly, and nearly paid the price.
Britsch, 24, loses his 100% record after tough battle with Spaniard. Santos, 30, proved tougher than was expected after he lost to Luis Crespo in December. Britsch took the early rounds but after that Santos often forced the German prospect on the back foot and cut him over his right eye. Scores 117-112, 113-115 and 114-114. This for the vacant European Union title. Disappointing result for Britsch. Spanish-born Austrian Nader, 21, boxes his way to a comfortable win over Syrian Barakat. Scores 100-90 twice and 99-90. Still only two wins by KO/TKO for 21-year-old Nader. Barakat had won his last 17, including a victory over Khoren Gevor. Well protected prospect Gerber, 23, makes it 13 wins by KO/TKO as Ukrainian Mazkin, 37, does not come out for the sixth. German Woge, 27, given a good workout by Italian Cocco. Floors the Italian in the seventh and has him rocking when the fight is stopped. Only one win in his last nine fights for Cocco. Culcay cruises to a win over Italian southpaw Annunziata. Culay controls the fight with Annunziata on the defensive throughout. Finally two rights put the Italian down in the seventh and Culcay scoring heavily when the referee stops the fight. First fight under the Sauerland banner for 26-year-old former World amateur champion.
St Louis, USA Super Feather: Adrien Broner (23-0) W KO 4 Eloy Perez (23-1-2,1ND) .Welter: Devon Alexander (23-1) W PTS 10 Marcos Maidana (31-3) W. Light: Sharif Bogere (22-0) W TKO 3 Sergio Rivera (25-9-2). Welter: Keith Thurman (16-0,1ND) W TKO 1 Chris Fernandez (19-15-1). Heavy: Deontay Wilder (21-0) W TKO 3 Marlon Hayes (23-11)
All of the advantages were with Broner, and he used them well. The taller, stronger and harder puncher, Broner , 22, never allowed Perez into the fight. It looked like a welterweight against a featherweight as Broner was just so much bigger and stronger. He had Perez hurt with a volley of punches at the end of the second. He walked Perez down in the third and you knew this was a fight that would end sooner rather than later. A crunching straight right caught Perez on the right side of his face and a left to the back of the head helped him on his way. First defence of his WBO title for “The Problem” Broner and win No 19 by KO/TKO, with 12 of his last 13 fights ending that way. The Prince” Perez, 25, had some success with scrappy attacks, but did not have the power to worry Broner.
Southpaw Alexander, 25, impresses as he outclasses Maidana. Despite a cut in the third round, Alexander was scoring feely with left, hooks, rights and body punches. Maidana did not get into the fight as former IBF/WBC light welter champ Alexander made him look slow and one-paced. Alexander seemed to have floored Maidana in the sixth, but the referee ruled it a push. However Maidana was badly shaken. Over the late rounds it looked as though Maidana was just ting to survive. Scores 100-99 twice and 99-91. Alexander had disappointed in losing to Tim Bradley, and just squeaking past Lucas Matthysse, but this win over the Argentinian, who had lost a wafer thin decision to Amir Khan and Beaten Erik Morales really boosted his stock. Maidana just could not handle the skill of the St Louis fighter, but remains WBA secondary champion at light welter.
Bogere continues unbeaten as he halts Rivera in three. The 23-year-old Ugandan makes it 14 wins by KO/TKO. Previous wins over Ray Beltran and Francisco Contreras show his progress. Mexican Rivera, 30, has lost 7 of his last 8, but all to good prospects. Thurman gets back into action with a stoppage of journeyman Fernandez. Now 15 wins by KO/TKO for “One Time” who just missed out on a spot on the US team for Beijing when he lost to Demetrius Andrade in the final of the US Trials. Thurman was having his first fight since November 2010. Wilder wins another mismatch. Against the 40-year-old 5’9” Hayes, who was having his first fight since October 2007, Wilder got in a few rounds but could not have learned anything much. Wilder was looking to end it early, but despite taking a beating Hayes did a good job of surviving. Big rights in the fourth almost had Hayes out and the referee called it off at the end of the round. Olympic bronze medal winner Wilder, 26, keeps his 100% record of wins by KO/TKO and 100% record of meaningless mismatches.
Accra, Ghana Light: Sam Amoako (16-4) W PTS 12 Martin Haikali (10-5). Welter: Joshua Okine (24-4-1) W PTS 12 Amilcar Funes (22-11). Light Heavy: Brahim Kamoko (23-0) W TKO 3 Hamza Wandera (14-4-2). Light Welter: Ebenezer Lartei Lartei (21-1) W PTS 12 Eduardo Flores (11-6-3). Super Feather: Emmanuel Tagoe (19-1) W PTS 10 Miguel Caceres (27-34-7). Feather: Ishmael Aryeetey (6-2) W TKO 6 Hope Mawuli
In a close fight a punch landed after the bell cost Namibian Haikali his WBO African title, but even then he looked unlucky not to get at least a draw against former victim and Commonwealth title challenger Amoako. Scores 118-112, 114-113 and 113-113. Okine wins wide unanimous verdict over Argentinian. This also looked to be a close bout but scoring at 119-109 twice and 119-108 was way out of line. Former Commonwealth champion Okine wins vacant interim WBO title by beating an Argentinian!. Fifth win for Okine since loss to Joe Greene in 2008. Controversial ending as Wandera turn his back on the fight. The Ugandan southpaw put Kamoko down in the first, but failed to follow-up on his success. In the third Wandera twice turned his back and finally walked out of the fight after complaining that fouls by Kamoko were going unpunished. Kamoko retains WBO African title and is still a ridiculous No 2 with that body. Lartei Lartei, 25, extends winning run to nine with a close decision over Ecuadorian Flores for vacant WBO African title. Scores 115-112, 114-113 and a ludicrous 117-108. Tagoe makes it 19 wins in a row since losing his first pro fight. Aryeetey wins vacant National title with stoppage of novice Mawuli.
Georgetown, Guyana Cruiser: Shawn Cox (15-1) W KO 1 Wayne Braithwaite (24-4). Bantam: Elton Dhary (8-5-1) W KO 1 Selwyn Lett (2-3). Middle: Edmund DeClou (10-1-1) W TKO 9 Kevin Placide (12-6-1). Fly: Dexter Marques (9-2) W PTS 12 Orlando Rogers (5-13,1ND ). Light: Miguel Antonie (17-0-1) W PTS 12 Revon Lake (6-6-2 )
“The Sniper” Cox destroys “Big Truck” Braithwaite in one round. Within the first 30 seconds a right from Cox put Braithwaite down. The former WBC cruiser champion beat the count, but was floored by a straight right. Once again Braithwaite beat the count, but was hit with another volley of punches and slipped to the canvas and the fight was stopped. First defence of his WBC Cabofe title by 37-year-old Cox, and win No 15 by KO/TKO. As an amateur Barbadian Cox competed at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth games. He beat Tony Jeffries when winning a gold medal at the 2005 Commonwealth championships. First fight since March 2010 for Braithwaite.
“The Real Coolie Bully” Dhary, 26, throws a right over a lazy jab from Barbadian Letts and it is all over. Six wins in a row for Dhary who retains his Cabofe title. DeClou extends his unbeaten run to ten as he floors Placide in the first and finally stops an exhausted Placide early in the ninth. DeClou, who holds a points win over Howard Eastman, wins vacant Cabofe title. Placide, 37, from Trinidad and Tobago lost to Young Mutley in 2008. This was his first fight since April 2010.Marques climbs off the floor in the first and then outboxes Rogers to win the vacant Cabofe title on scores of 116-111 twice and 118-109. Marquez has now beaten Rogers four times. Commonwealth Zonal champion Antoine beats Lake for the third time and wins vacant Cabofe title. Lake was looking to last out the early rounds and come on strongly at the finish, but Barbadian Antoine, 24, won all the way. Scores 118-110 twice and 117-111.
Savigliano, Italy Super Feather: Ermano Fegatilli (25-4) W TEC DEC 6 Antonio De Vitis (22-2-1,1ND). Super Feather : Benoit Manno (9-1) W PTS 10 Angelo Ardito (5-4-1)
A close fought battle end on a technical decision. After an even first round European champion Fegatilli, 27, gets the better of the early part of the second with good body punches and uppercuts. Italian De Vitis, 33, fighting in his hometown, comes back at the end of the round. De Vitis presses hard in the third to overcome the better skills of Fegatilli, but Fegatilli takes the fourth. In the fifth, Fegatilli on top, a clash of heads sees De Vitis suffer a cut on his right eyelid. The Referee gets the Doctor to look at the damage to the Italian but the fight continues. Although the cut does not seem bad at the end of the round the referee surprisingly stops the fight and it goes to the cards. Belgian Fegatilli wins on scores of 58-56, 57-55 and 57-57 and retains the European title. Fegatilli won the title by beating Stephen Foster in February 2011. He beaten De Vitis on a majority decision in 2007, and the Italian deserves another try. Southpaw Manno retains Italian title with unanimous decision over Ardito. That makes it three points wins for Manno in three fights with Ardito.
Mexico City, Mexico Super Feather: Gamaliel Diaz (35-9-2) W PTS 10 Jhean Aparicio Romero ( 15-3)
WBC No 6 “El Platano” Diaz,31, retains his Cabofe title with a unanimous decision over inexperienced youngster Romero. Once more a set of strange scores as the judges see it 118-110, 116-111 and 114-113. Diaz, who was 3-5 in his first eight fights, has wins over Elio Rojas and Robert Guerrero. This was too big a step up in class for 25-year-old Romero.
Guadalajara, Mexico Super Fly: Juan Jose Montes (22-2) W PTS 12 Oscar Ibarra (27-6). Super Bantam: Rey Vargas (11-0) W KO 1 Gabriel Aguillon (7-4)
“Goofy” Montes 22, wins vacant WBFederation and IBF International titles with unanimous verdict over Ibarra. Exciting battle sees Montes continually pressing and Ibarra dangerous with rights. Ibarra uses his head-literally-and Montes hampered by gashes on both eyebrows, the first opened in the fourth and the second in the tenth. By the finish he also has a bloody nose and plenty of other facial damage. He looked the loser, but appearances were deceptive. Both battled hard all the way. .Ibarra had a point deducted in the eleventh for butting. A long standing ovation for both fighters after a great contest with Montes the winner. Strange score as judges have it 117-109, 116-111 and 114-113! The last score was a true reflection of the fight. Montes lost to Tomas Rojas for the WBC title in May 2011. His only loss in his last 15 fights. Ibarra was also on a good run until losing to Sylvester Lopez for the WBC Silver title in September. Vargas puts Aguillon down twice and the fight is over in 77 seconds. Ten wins by KO/TKO for 21-year-old Vargas who wins IBF Youth title.
Berne, Switzerland Welter: Riad Menasria (31-2-1) W PTS 8 Zoran Cvek ( 7-18-3)
Menasria wins unanimous decision over Croatian but fails to impress against the late substitute. At 35, the Algerian-born fighter found his ceiling when being stopped in two rounds by Craig Watson in 2009. Since returning in February 2011 he has won three fights, but against poor opposition. Cvek had been stopped in four rounds by Jackson Osei Bonsu on January 28, but was allowed to box as the finishing punch from Bonsu was a body shot.
Belfast, N Ireland Super Bantam: Willie Casey (13-1) W KO 1 David Kanalas (6-2)
Casey continues his rebuilding. In second fight since one round loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux in March last year Casey halts Hungarian in one round. Southpaw Casey, 30, has wins over Tyson Cave and Paul Hyland. Kanalas, 19 had been stopped in one round by Paul Butler in October.
Roeselare, Belgium Welter: Kobe Vandekerkhove (20-13-3) W PTS 10 Ahmed El Hamwi (6-2-1). Welter: Sasha Yengoyan (19-0-1) W TKO 4 Albert Starikov (16-18-1). Light Welter: Jean Pierre Bauwens (23-0-1) W PTS 6 Jevgenijs Kirilovs ( 10-14-1)
Vandekerkhove retains Belgian title with close decision over El Hamwi in a brawl. The seventh round proves decisive as El Hamwi is floored and deducted a point for spitting out his mouthpiece to gain recovery time. Scores 96-92, 96-93 and 96-94. “The Beast from the East” shows his power, but has some rocky times against Estonian. Yengoyan staggered a few times. Although the one time he was on the floor was ruled a slip, a question hangs over his chin. When not being staggered he was knocking 38-year-old Starikov down, and the fight was halted after the fourth knockdown. Now 11 wins by KO/TKO for 26-year-old Yengoyan. Bauwens moves up to light welter but fails to impress as he has to settle for a majority verdict over Latvian. Scores 58-56, 58-57 and 57-57. Next up will be Ryan Barrett, so “Junior” will have to show some improvement.
Port Hueneme, USA Feather: Jose Miguel Aguiniga (32-0) W PTS 8 Juan Ruiz (23-9)
In his first fight since 2007 former National Golden Gloves champion Aguiniga, 29, came in 11lbs over the contract weight and has a tough time with experienced 33-year-old Ruiz. Both wanted to work inside with Ruiz forcing the pace, but Aguiniga just had the edge with his shorter quicker hooks . Scores 80-72, 78-74 and 77-75. Both fighters had early career wins over future IBF champion Cristobal Cruz..
Atlantic City, USA Welter: Ronald Cruz (16-0) W PTS 10 Allen Conyers (12-6). Cruiser: Garrett Wilson (12-5-1) W TKO 3 Pedro Martinez (6-5)
“Dream Shatterer” Conyers, 35, looks in charge early in the first only to find himself on the floor from a shot by Cruz. Puerto Rican Cruz, 25, then takes control, constantly switching guards and outworking Conyers. There was a strong fight back by Conyers in the fifth when he had Cruz rocking. However, Cruz bounced back and swept the late rounds. Scores 99-90 twice and 98-89. Cruz had won his last eight by KO/TKO. Conyers had scored upset wins over Derek Ennis and James De la Rosa. Wilson continued his good run as he stopped Martinez. Wilson scored heavily on the inside. It was one-sided over the first two rounds. It got worse for Martinez in the third when he was floored early in the round and the fight was stopped. The 29-year-old stocky Wilson had beaten Aaron William, Omar Sheika and Chuck Mussachio in his previous three fight.
Chabut, Argentina Welter: Hector Saldivia (41-2) W PTS 10 Jonathan Duran (12-5-1)
Not a pretty fight with very little defensive work or skills on show. Just a battle of attrition with Saldivia on top. He floored the Mexican with a right in the second, but could not find the finish. These two just slugged away for ten brutal rounds. Scores 98-91, 99-90 and 100-92 ½. Eight wins for Saldivia, IBF NO 4, since one round loss to Said Ouali in May2010. Now only one win in his last five for Mexican, but he came to fight.