Behind the Results - Worldwide Boxing Roundup with Eric Armit - April 29

From Texas, where much-fancied light heavy Ismayl Sillakh suffered his first loss by TKO to 'The Pirate' Denis Grachev, to Ghent, where our very own Ryan Barrett was dropped three times in the first by Belgian prospect Jean Pierre Bauwens. Behind the Results with Eric Armit.

April 25
Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands Light Middle: John Jackson (13-0) W TKO 3 Jesus Selig (14-1-1). Super Middle: Julius Jackson (13-0) W TKO 2 Durrell Richardson (13-5)

The Jackson brothers both extended their winning runs with stoppage victories over modest opposition. John retained his WBC Youth title with a stoppage of Arizona’s Selig. John, 23, represented the US Virgin Isles in the 2007 World championships and the 2008 Olympics. He has twelve wins by KO/TKO. Selig’s record flatters him as the opposition had been weak. Elder brother Julius, 24, handed out heavy punishment to Bahamian Richardson who retired at the end of the second round. Julius wins the vacant WBC Youth title. “The Chef” has nine wins by KO/TKO. He also represented the US Virgin Isles in both the World championships in 2007 and the 2008 Olympics, losing in both competitions to Irishman Ken Egan at 81kg. Both Jacksons are the sons of the former WBA light middle and WBC middle champion Julius Jackson
 
Bungnamthao, Thailand
Feather: Chonlatarn (43-0) W TKO 6 Randy Megrino (12-10-3)

WBC No.1 / WBO No.3 Chonlatarn retains WBO Asia Pacific title with stoppage of modest Filipino. The fast, accurate punching of Chonlatarn, was too much for Megrino. Chonlatarn has not really faced any world class fighters since 2007, but has climbed the ratings on number of wins only.
 
Calgary, Canada Heavy Ray Olubowale (9-5-1) W TKO 8 Eric Martel Bahoeli (7-2)

“Mount Kilimanjaro” Olubowale wins the vacant Canadian Professional Boxing Council title with stoppage of Bahoeli. The 6’7” Nigerian (isn’t Kilimanjaro in Tanzania ?), a former Canadian champion,  was having his first fight since being blown away in three rounds by Tye Fields in February 2011. Now two losses in a row for Bahoeli. These are big men and between them weighed 504lbs. The show raised funds for the Fight for Kids charity.
 
April 26
Tulsa, USA Welter: Carson Jones (34-8-2) W TKO 9 Allen Conyers (12-7)

IBF No 3 Jones wears down Conyers for a stoppage in the ninth and retains USBA title. Now eight wins by KO/TKO in a row for 25-yeare-old Jones, including victories over Mike Clark, Germaine Saunders, Said Ouali and Ricardo Williams. Conyers has lost 5 of his last 6 bouts, but has wins over Derek Ennis and James De le Rosa.
 
Kharkov, Ukraine Heavy: Alex Ustinov (27-0) W TKO 7 Jason Gavern (21-10-4). Welter: Valeriy Brazhnyk (28-0-1) W TKO 3 Hurshid Madaminov (6-9,1ND). Light: Valentyn Holovko (16-0) W TKO 3 Dmytro Bohachuk (6-11-1)

Another win for Ustinov but he does not impress. Gavern made a good start being quicker and more accurate with his punching. However, Ustinov stepped up the pressure from the fourth and used his 5” height and 78lbs advantages to lean on the American, and also finally got his jab working. Gavern had a few swing in the sixth, but was looking slower and Ustinov was establishing a lead. In the seventh a punch from Ustinov sent Gavern down on his knees. He got up but was floored again with a combination. Once again Gavern made it to his feet, but was down again from a left to the body and the referee stopped the fight. Russian Ustinov, 35, WBA No 3, wins vacant IBO Inter-Continental title and makes it 21 wins by KO/TKO. He has wins over Monte Barrett, Denis Bakhtov and Kertson Manswell. Gavern. 35, has wins over Martin Quezada and a draw with Jonathan Banks, but was halted in six rounds by Pole Mariusz Wach, another 6’7” boxer, in November.

A poor match-up sees Ukrainian southpaw Brazhnyk halt Uzbek Madaminov in three. The 33-year-old Brazhnyk, WBO No 10 and a European silver medal winner way back in 2000, has 17 wins by KO/TKO, but his opposition has been poor. Madaminov has won only one of his last eight fights. “Fiery Man” Holovko, 25, makes it 16 wins as Bobachuk is stopped on a cut.
 
Panama City, Panama Fly: Ricardo Nunez (24-2) W TKO 6 Carlos Tamara (22-7-1). Feather: Jhonatan Arenas (15-1) W TKO 2 Alvaro Marimon (7-4-1). Light Fly: Luis Rios (17-1-1) W TKO 5 Luis Carrillo (13-4-1). Super Fly: Jean Piero Perez (19-4-1) W KO 8 Mike Arango (34-15-3)

After three even rounds Panamanian Nunez scores heavily to head and body in fourth then floors Tamara in the fifth, and has him under pressure when the referee stops the fight in the sixth. Nunez, 24, wins IBF eliminator to fill the No 2 spot in their ratings. Nunez “El Matematico” blew a previous WBA eliminator when he was kayoed by Filipino Drian Francisco in 2010. He has won seven in a row since then. Colombian Tamara, 29, a former IBF light flyweight champion, had drawn with Jesus Jimenez in an eliminator for the same ratings spot in September.

National champion Arenas halted Colombian Marimon in two. Arenas, 24, has ten wins by KO/TKO and has won 15 in a row after losing his first pro fight. Luis “White Bread” Rios gains revenge for his only loss as he stops Colombian in five rounds. The WBC Latino champion, 22, had been stopped by Carrillo in four rounds in 2010. The WBC No 8 has won six fights by KO/TKO since then. Former interim WBA fly champion Perez, a Venezuelan, hits too hard for former WBO title challenger Arango. First fight for Perez since losing his interim title by a second round kayo against Juan Carlos Reveco in June. Arango, 32, was halted in two rounds by Julio Cesar Miranda in 2010.
 
Mexico City, Mexico Bantam: Tomoki Kameda (23-0) W TKO 10 Jairo Hernandez (8-1). Light Welter: Roberto Ortiz (24-0-1) W PTS 12 Javier Prieto (16-7). Welter: Juan Urango (23-3-1) W KO 2 Cris Chavez (24-19)

Kameda wins vacant WBC Silver title with stoppage of inexperienced Hernandez. The Mexican was in the fight for the first three rounds as he scored well with body shots, and almost lived up to his nickname of “Dangerous”. However, from the fourth it was all Kameda. He scored with hurtful body shots which gradually took their toll. Kameda came near to finishing it in the sixth, but Hernandez refused to crumble. WBC No 6 Kameda kept dishing out the punishment and finally Hernandez retired at the end of the tenth. Kameda, 20, known as the “Little Mexican” is the younger of the Kameda brothers, and looks sure to get a world title shot by 2013.

WBC No 8 “Massa” Ortiz, 26, nearly blew it all. In theory Prieto should have been a fairly easy proposition, but in the end Ortiz struggled to avoid defeat. The fight was close and both fighters scored with heavy shots.  The first four rounds looked to be even, but Ortiz took the next four rounds scoring well in the sixth. Ortiz again seemed to have the better of the ninth and tenth, but as he tired Prieto staged a big finish. In the last Ortiz was on the brink of a kayo loss but somehow survived. Scores 115-112, 115-113 and 113-115. Fourth defence of his Silver title for Ortiz. He had won 14 of his last 15 by KO/TKO, but his reputation took a knock in this one. Two of Prieto’s losses had been to Ali Chebah and Ramon Ayala, but he had been kayoed by ordinary Edgar Purta in July.

Former IBF light welter Urango had little trouble in finishing Chavez one minute into the second round. The 30-year-old Colombian southpaw beat Naoufel Ben Rabah for the IBF light welter title in 2006, but lost it in his first defence being outclassed by Ricky Hatton. Chavez has lost 14 times by KO/TKO.
 
Tokyo, Japan Fly: Takuya Kogawa (19-2) W PTS 10 Tetsuma Hayashi (18-2-1)

A poor fight sees Kogawa, 27, retain the national title with a unanimous verdict over Hayashi. It was quantity over quality as Kogawa was busier but inaccurate whilst unlucky Hayashi picked his punches better but did not impress the judges. Scores 97-93, 97-94 and 96-95. Kogawa lost by a wide unanimous decision in a challenge to Pongsaklek for the WBC title in July. Hayashi, 24, can come again.
 
Howloon, Hong Kong Heavy: Lawrence Tauasa (33-9-1) W KO 2 Grant Horwood (1-1-1). Bantam: Fernando Lumacad (26-3-3) W PTS 12 Glenn Suminguit (12-2)

Samoan Tauasa has no trouble with Australian novice Horwood and puts him away in the second. Former Aussie cruiser champ Tauasa, 32, needed the win after being 2-4 in his last six. Filipino Lumacad, 26, wins yet another “world” title. “Trigger” outscores fellow Filipino Suminguit to take unanimous decision and United Boxing Organisation title. Scores 119-109, 117-111 and 117-112. Lumacad, rated No 9 flyweight in the Philippines, is unbeaten in his last six fights. He was kayoed in three rounds by Jorge Arce for the IBF super fly title in June 2009 and outclassed in losing on points to Juan Jose Montes in November of the same year. Two losses in a row for southpaw Suminguit, Philippines No 11 super flyweight.
 
April 27
Miami, USA Super Middle: Thomas Oosthuizen (19-0-1) W PTS 10 Marcus Johnson (21-2). Super Bantam: Luis Orlando Del Valle (16-0) W PTS 10 Chris Martin (23-2-3). Super Feather: Jose Pedraza (8-0) W PTS 8 Gil Garcia (5-3-1). Heavy: Joe Hanks (20-0) W KO 1 Marcus Rhode (35-44-2)

Good win for 24-year-old South African southpaw as he takes unanimous decision over former top amateur “Too Much” Johnson. Despite giving away height to the 6’4” Oosthuizen, Johnson strangely had a longer reach, and looked to have taken a slight lead over the first four rounds. The body punching started to slow Johnson and a right to the body put him down in the eighth. Oosthuizen's height made it difficult for Johnson to score cleanly and Oosthuizen remained in control. Scores 98-91 from all three judges.  This was a non-title bout. Oosthuizen is rated WBC 10/IBF 7. Another set back for 26-year-old Johnson, a former US amateur champion who lost to Andre Ward in a box-off for the US Team for the 2004 Olympics.

A step-up in class for Puerto Rican prospect Del Valle. “Orlandito”, 25 did the pressing against a clever Martin, and had Martin on the floor in the seventh. Martin got into the fight over the late rounds as Del Valle tired. Scores 100-89, 98-91 and 97-92. Del Valle a clear winner, but scores do not reflect Martin’s contribution.  Del Valle is a former National Golden Gloves winner and a good prospect. “The SD Kid” Martin has lost his way with two losses and a draw in his last three fights, but has beaten Chris Avalos, Jose Luis Araiza and Charles Huerta and drew with Teon Kennedy in his last fight.

Highly touted Pedraza given eight good rounds by Garcia. The 26-year-old Puerto Rican found Garcia an easy target, but Garcia just kept coming and made Pedraza fight hard all the way. Scores 80-71 twice and 79-72 “The Future” Hanks, 29, floors veteran loser Rhodes three times in 96 seconds and it is all over. Now 14 wins by KO/TKO for Hanks. “Big Tuna” Rhode, 39, has lost 11 of his last 12 fights.
 
Austin, USA Light Heavy: Denis Grachev (12-0-1) W TKO 8 Ismayl Sillakh (17-1). Super Feather: Javier Fortuna (19-0) W KO 1 Yuandale Evans (16-1-0)

Major upset as unheralded Russian Grachev, 29, halts WBC No 2 Sillakh. The Ukrainian was in control of the fight against the crude and slow but strong Russian. His height and reach advantages, superior hand speed and movement put Sillakh in command. When he floored the Russian with a right in the third it look as though a quick win for Sillakh was on the cards. However, Grachev was not discouraged, and kept pressing and kept swinging. In the eighth a hard right sent Sillakh back into the ropes. Grachev kept throwing hooks from both hands until Sillakh crumpled to the canvas. The referee stopped the fight immediately. “The Pirate” Grachev, a former European Cadet silver medalist, makes it eight wins by KO/TKO and collects the NABF title. Back in 2009 he was only able to get a six round draw with Ernesto Castaneda (11-8-1). Now he will be in the top ten. Sillakh is only 27, so he can come again if he takes away some lessons from this loss.

Dominican southpaw Fortuna scored a surprise first round stoppage in a clash of unbeaten prospects. A devastating left hook from Fortuna put Evans down. Although Evans beat the count another volley from Fortuna put him down again and the referee stopped the fight. WBA No 7 Fortuna, 22, had the durable Miguel Roman down and almost out in the first round in their bout in December, and now has 14 wins by KO/TKO. Evans, 23, had not really been tested but was being highly touted.
 
Caseros, Argentina Light Middle: Javier Maciel (22-2) W KO 1 Carlos Vilches (58-12-2,1ND)

A left hook to the body by “La Bestia” Maciel and it is all over in 50 seconds as Maciel retains WBO Latino title. That makes it four first round wins in a row for 27-year-old Maciel, and 16 wins by KO/TKO in all. Maciel put up a good show when losing to Dmitry Pirog for the WBO middle title in July. Vilches, 35, is a former South American and Argentinian champion who lost on points to Ricky Hatton for the WBU title in 2004.
 
Ghent, Belgium Light Welter: Jean Pierre Bauwens (24-0-1) W TKO 1 Ryan Barrett (25-11-3). Light Middle: Sasha Yengoyan (20-0-1) W TKO 2 Islam Teffahi (11-5-1). Light Middle: Jackson Osei Bonsu (40-5-1) Drew 6 David Makaradze (18-8-1)

Belgian prospect Bauwens blitzes Brit Barrett. Bauwens, 24, fighting in his hometown, dropped southpaw Barrett three times and the fight is stopped after 140 seconds. Now 14 wins inside the distance for EBU No 6 Bauwens, who has moved up to light welter, but he has still to be really tested. Two stoppage defeats in a row for former British title challenger Barrett. A wild four minutes saw Yengoyan beat Tunisian Teffahi to retain his BeNeLux title. The first round saw Teffahi down four times. Two were ruled slips, but the other two were genuine knockdowns, and Teffahi was staggered again by a right at the bell. In all of this Armenian-born Yengoyan also suffered a bad cut over his left eye. The end came early in the second as Teffahi, with his face a mess and his right eye closed, was taken out of the fight by the referee. Typical showing by “Le Bestia del Este”. Plenty of power, twelve wins by KO/TKO, but somewhat lacking in technique. On this showing former European welter champion Jackson has very little left. Georgian Makaradze probably edged the first and third with Jackson having a slight edge in the second and fourth. Jackson’s was busier and edged the fifth but had a disastrous last round. He was floored with a right at about the one minute mark, but beat the count. An overanxious Makaradze missed his chance when he pushed Jackson to the floor and the referee gave Jackson a count. That recovery time saved Jackson and although he was out on his feet he survived. The scores of 56-56 from the three judges was loudly booed by the 4000 crowd who felt the visitor was the true winner. At 31, Jackson is looking a shot fighter. The 32-year-old Georgian had lost 3 of his last four, but those losses were to opponents with total records of 62-0-1, so matched tough.
 
Georgetown, Guyana Bantam: Dexter Marques (10-2) W TKO 2 Ric Blackman (5-12). Bantam: Elton Dharry (9-5-1) W KO 1 Carlton Skeete (1-4)

In a non-title fight WBC Cabofe champion Marques halts Blackman. After a quiet first round Marques put Blackman down with a right. Bahamian Blackman beat the count but was floored again with another right and the fight was stopped. Marques has won 6 of his last 7 fights. Now eight losses in a row for Blackman. “Cooly Bully” Dharry blows away poor Skeete in 84 seconds. Dharry floored Skeete twice and it was all over. However, somewhere in those 84 seconds a clash of heads left Dharry with a gaping cut on his forehead. Dharry has won his last seven fights.
 
Guadalajara, Mexico Bantam: Jorge Lara (16-0-1) W KO 5 Francisco Marquez (21-22). Light: Oscar Cortes (20-0) W PTS 10 Ramon Barajas

Local prospect “Pylon” Lara, 21, steps up in class against experienced southpaw Marquez and extends his unbeaten run. It was anybodies fight until the fifth when a left hook put Marquez down and out. Lara has eleven wins by KO/TKO. The draw was of the technical nature. The 36-year-old Marquez is 2-5 in his last seven fights. Cortes, 18, was too strong and too accurate for Barajas, but the loser survived by clinching and running and Cortes had to settle for a points win.
 
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand Super Fly: Oleydong (41-1-1) W TKO 7 Hayato Kimura (18-5). Straw: Wanheng (22-0) W TKO 2 Boy Tanto (3-10)

Former WBC straw champion Oleydong halts Kimura to retain WBC International super fly title. The 26-year-old southpaw slowly broke down the Philippines-based Japanese fighter with heavy hooks on the inside to make it 15 wins by KO/TKO. WBC No 3 Wanheng marks time with stoppage of Indonesian in rubbish match. Tanto has won only one of his last ten fights. Wanheng’s only worthwhile win was over former IBF champion Florante Condes.
 
Kiev, Ukraine Cruiser: Dmytro Kucher (16-0) W KO 2 Walter Cabral (14-7). Light Welter: Viktor Postol (18-0) W PTS 10 Jose Lopez (15-2-1)

Kucher too strong for 41-year-old Argentinian. After dominating the first round Kucher finished things with a hard right which put Cabral down, and he failed to beat the count, without trying too hard. Now 13 wins by KO/TKO for 23-year-old Kucher. A slippy canvas almost turned the Postol-Lopez fight into a farce. Both fighters constantly slipped to the floor. It was not a pretty fight with Lopez seeming to think that Postol’s body extended all the way down to his knees, and Postol using his head for more than just thinking. The tall, light punching Postol, 28, used his height and reach advantages to keep 21-year-old “Piston” Lopez on the outside, but the fight was closer than the scores of 98-93 twice and 99-92.
 
Atlantic City, USA Light Heavy: Yusaf Mack (30-4-2) W PTS 12 Omar Sheika (32-12). Super Middle: Derrick Webster (13-0) W PTS 8 Sabou Ballogou

This was a fight Mack had to win and he did. He took the centre of the ring and found the aggressive Sheika an easy target for his jabs and right counters. Showing good movement and sharp punching he was able to get home with his shots and blocked and avoided those of Sheika. Both fighters showed signs of tiring in the late rounds, and although Sheika kept trying to apply pressure, Mack showed improved stamina over some of his past performances, and started to take the fight to Sheika. A left hook floored Sheika in the last round as Mack ran out a clear winner. Scores 118-109 twice and 119-107. “Mack Attack”, 32, the IBF No 9, retains his USBA title in his first fight since being stopped in eight rounds by Tavoris Cloud for the IBF title in June. Sheika, 35, lost to Joe Calzaghe (WBO), Jeff Lacy (IBF) and Marcus Beyer (WBC) in title shots at super middle, and may now retire. Webster remains undefeated, but only after a severe scare. Webster’s superior skills saw him build an early lead as he easily out boxed the man from Togo. The 6’4” (193cm) southpaw was able to work from the outside against the 5’9” (175cm) Ballogou and pile up the points. It all changed in the seventh when a right from Ballogou floored Webster. Although Webster beat the count he was badly shaken and was floored again by another right. Webster survived and both fought hard in the last. Scores 77-72 from all three judges.
 
April 28
Atlantic City, USA Light Heavy: Chad Dawson (31-1) W PTS 12 Bernard Hopkins (52-6-2, 2 ND) W. Heavy: Seth Mitchell (25-0-1) W TKO 3 Chazz Witherspoon (30-3). Welter: Shawn Porter (19-0) W TKO 6 Pat Thompson (18-17-1). Light Welter: Mike Faragon (18-0) W PTS 8 Sergio Rivera (25-10-2). Welter: Phil Lo Greco (23-0) W PTS 6 Hector Orozco (5-11)

Dawson convincingly beats Hopkins in return, even if one judge sees a different fight. This was not a high quality or exciting contest, with too many fouls and too little action. Dawson used his southpaw jab and superior hand speed to pile up the points. Hopkins showed his usual smart defence, but just did not throw enough punches. The first three rounds were scrappy with too many clinches and fouls. In the fourth a clash of heads saw Dawson badly cut over his left eye. Dawson, 29, got on top and swept rounds 5, 6, 7 and 8, but was again cut in a clash of heads, this time over his right eye. Hopkins managed to get through with some shots over the next two rounds, but Dawson staged the stronger finish. Scores 117-111 twice and a way out 114-114. Dawson did not shine in this one, but regains the WBC title, and he got the job done. He may have ended the career of Hopkins. “The Executioner” at 47, has been in 27 world title fights, but is not talking retirement yet.

Suddenly Mitchell does not look a cert to be the USA’s big hope at heavyweight. The Mitchell band wagon almost came off the rails in the first round. A right from Witherspoon suddenly had Mitchell on shaky legs. Witherspoon was throwing big rights looking for the finish and Mitchell was holding and just trying to survive. Somehow Mitchell stayed on his feet. Witherspoon was throwing the right again early in the second, but Mitchell blasted back with a right that hurt Witherspoon. In the third a left hook from Mitchell put Witherspoon down. He was up at six, but Mitchell landed some more heavy shots and the referee stopped the fight. Now 19 wins by KO/TKO for 29-year-old Mitchell, the last ten in a row. A win, but that shock in the first round puts a question mark over him. Witherspoon, 30, has talent, but loses the big ones.  

Former National Golden Gloves champion, and Olympic alternate, Porter returned to the ring after 14 months out and won, but did not impress. Against veteran Thompson Porter struggled to shake off the rust in a sloppy mauling fight. “Showtime” finally found the target with a left hook and then battered away to force the stoppage. Porter, 24, has 14 wins by KO/TKO, but will have to do better than this when he meets tougher opposition. Thompson, 39, is a useful trial horse who usually goes the distance. Routine win for “Baby-Faced Beast” Faragon against another good trial horse in Rivera. Faragon used a good body attack to dominate the fight, but is not really a hard puncher and had to settle for a unanimous decision. Scores 79-73 twice and 79-74. Faragon, 24, has yet to be really tested. Mexican southpaw Rivera, 30, has lost his last five but Josesito Lopez, Tim Coleman, Richard Abril and Sharif Bogere adds up to some very tough opposition. “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco hardly lived up to his nickname. However, he was having his first fight in eleven months. He was caught cold as Orozco floored him with a left in the first. The fight remained close up to the end of the fourth and then Lo Greco took the last two rounds and the decision. Scores 58-55 twice and 59-54.Lo Greco, 27, has dual Canadian/Italian citizenship. Orozco is 2-6 in his last eight fights.
 
Cancun, Mexico Feather: Jhonny Gonzalez (52-7) W PTS 12 Elio Rojas (23-2). Super Feather: Juan Carlos Salgado (25-1-1,1ND) W PTS 12 Martin Honorio (32-7-1). Super Bantam: Julio Ceja (19-0) W KO 3 Cruz Carbajal (32-19-2). Light Fly: Luis Ceja (22-1-3) W TKO 5 Sammy Reyes (7-9)

Gonzalez retains WBC title with clear points win over former undefeated champion Rojas. Gonzalez, 30, won this one by taking control of the centre of the ring and out boxing a rusty Rojas. The nearest Gonzalez came to an early finish was a body shot which put Rojas down in the tenth. Rojas beat the count and managed to avoid any more bombs. Scores 117-111, 116-111, 116-112. Fourth defence of the WBC title for Gonzalez, who is now looking for a unification match with fellow Mexican Orlando Salido. Rojas was the WBC champion, but a serious injury saw the WBC declare him “Champion in recess”. The 29-year-old Dominican was inactive from February 2010 until a comeback win over Arturo Gomez in September.

Salgado, 27, makes successful second defence of his IBF title with narrow majority verdict over Honorio. It looked like an early night as Salgado floored Honorio in the second, and again in the third. The fight changed in the fourth when a clash of heads saw Salgado suffer a bad cut on his left eyelid. The cut bled throughout the fight and Honorio got stronger as the fight progressed. Those two knockdown proved vital as with two 10-8 rounds Salgado just edged out Honorio on scores of 114-112 twice and 113-113. A bad cut on the same eyelid lead saw Salgado’s first defence against Miguel Beltran end in a no decision when Salgado was cut in the second round. Salgado is a former WBA champion in the same division having blown away Jorge Linares in 73 seconds only to lose the title in his first defence to Takashi Uchiyama. Honorio, 32, did better than his previous challenge for an IBF title. In 2007 Roberto Guerrero stopped him in 58 seconds in a fight for the IBF feather title.

Julio Ceja, the younger of the two brothers on this show, got his best win so far as he kayoed former WBO bantam champion Carbajal in three rounds. The sensational little 19-year-old has won 18 of his fights by KO/TKO. In his previous fight put away the tough Colombian Ronald Barrera in four rounds. He is being touted as a future world champion. Carbajal, 37, is past his best, but is no pushover. Elder brother Luis took a bit longer. He floored Reyes twice with lefts in the third and finished the fight with another left in the fifth. A gutsy Reyes got up, but the referee stopped the fight. Luis 21, is the WBC Fecarbox champion, and also has 18 wins by KO/TKO.
 
Pomona, USA Light Fly: Roman Gonzalez (32-0) W TKO 4 Ramon Garcia (16-4-1). Welter: Wale Omotoso (22-0) W KO 8 Larry Smith (10-10). Super Bantam: Jesse Magdaleno (9-0) W KO 1 Nick Fast (7-2-2)

Once again little Gonzalez blows away a challenger. The WBA light fly champion showed his class and his power as he overwhelmed the former WBO light fly champion. “El Chocolatito” Gonzalez worked his way inside the southpaw guard of the Mexican to score with hooks and uppercuts from both hands. A classy boxer, Garcia just did not have the punch to keep Gonzalez away. In the fourth a right to the chin from Gonzalez put Garcia down. He beat the count, but was floored again by another right and the fight was stopped. Fourth defence for the 24-year-old Nicaraguan, a former undefeated WBA straw champion. He has 26 wins by KO/TKO and is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters out there. Garcia, 29, had lost his WBO title to Donnie Nietes in October. This is the first time he has failed to last the distance. Omotoso wins again. The 26-year-old Nigerian showed his punching power as he walked down Smith before flooring him in the seventh and finishing the fight in the eighth. Now 19 wins by KO/TKO for Omotoso. He has won 12 of his last 13 fights inside the distance and could be a Nigerian John Mugabi. Smith, 33, no real test as he has now lost 8 of his last 9 fights. Top prospect Magdaleno wastes no time. The 20-year-old floors poor Fast twice and the fight is waived off without a count after the second knockdown.
 
Charleroi, Belgium Feather: Alex Miskirtchian (21-2-1) W PTS 12 Philippe Frenois (15-6-1). Heavy: Herve Hubeaux (11-0) W TKO 3 Alek Dunecs (7-9-5). Cruiser: Ivica Bacurin (16-3-1) W TKO 7 Geoffrey Battelo (25-3). Super Feather: Guillaume Frenois (26-0) W PTS 6 Pascal Bouchez (2-29). Middle: Jamel Bahki (24-3-2) W PTS 8 Ciro Ciano (7-7-4)

Georgian-born Miskirtchian, 26, retained European title with wide unanimous verdict over Frenchman Frenois. Showing the benefits of nine weeks training at Big Bear Miskirtchian easily out boxed and outworked the game but limited Frenois. The WBC No 13 won on scores of 118-110 twice and 119-109. Miskirtchian won the European title with a points win over Sofiane Takoucht in September, and has won eight in a row since losing to Paul Truscott in 2008. Frenois, 26, not up to the usual standard of EBU challenger, is now 4-6 in his last ten fights.

Big Hubeaux, 6’4” and 252 ½ lbs, hit too hard for limited Latvian. After two knockdowns the fight was stopped. Hubeaux, 20, has seven wins by KO/TKO, and adds the WBC Youth title to his Belgian title. Dunecs, 23, has lost nine times by KO/TKO, and was no real test for promising Hubeaux. Croatian Bacurin sprang a big shock when he halted Battelo. The Belgian was shaken by a punch in the first, but knocked Bacurin down with a hard counter. Bacurin had the better of the next two rounds to even things up. Once again Battelo was being caught too often as open exchanges saw both men landing heavily. Both fighters also had problems with the slippery canvas, but the removal of the publicity panels on the canvas solved that. Bacurin staged a big attack in the seventh and floored Battelo with a hard combination of shots. Battelo made it to his feet but another series of hard punches from Bacurin put him down again and the fight was stopped. Croatian champion Bacurin, 29, had lost on points to Ismail Abdoul in his only previous visit to Belgium. Battelo, 32, had only previously lost to Marco Huck (European title) and Lubos Suda (European Union title).

Guillaume Frenois, European Union champion, and the brother of Philippe, had a comfortable win against Bouchez, but could not put the Belgian away. Scores 60-53 from all three judges. “The Elegant” Bakhi was less then elegant in winning a majority verdict over Italian Ciano. It was not a very skilful fight with Bahki doing too much holding, but he picked enough points over the willing visitor to convince the judges and won on scores of 78-76 twice and 77-77. Bakhi has good statistics, but he has stepped up in class three times and lost three times. Ciano is 2-4 in his last six, but deserved something out of this fight.
 
Loncin, Belgium Light Welter: Steve Jamoye (11-0) W PTS 10 Tarik Madni (15-4)

Jamoye wins vacant Belgian title with unanimous verdict over Madni in competitive match. Scores 97-94 from all three judges. The 22-year-old is the twin brother of Stephane. He is a good boxer, but like his twin lacks punching power. Madni, 36, had lost 3 of his last 4 going in, but to opponents with combined records of 57-2-1.
 
Mexico City, Mexico Light Welter: Javier Castro (27-4) W TKO 2 Carlos Urias (45-23-1). Bantam: Mario Macias (24-8,1ND) W PTS 10 Martin Casillas (8-2)

Castro floors veteran Urias with left hook to the body in the first and with a right in the second. Urias retires at the end of the round. Castro, 28, has 22 wins by KO/TKO and scored good wins over Jesus Pabon (17-1) and Javier Monserrate (24-1-2) in his last two fights. Urias 37, is over the top, but still dangerous. Macias wins controversial victory over Casillas. Macias floored Casillas with a right in the second. Casillas bounced back to bust up Macias and split open his nose and cut him over the left eye. The fight was close but the judges saw Macias the winner on scores of 97-93, 96-93 and 96-94. Macias lost on a kayo to Koki Kameda for the WBA secondary title in December.
 
La Trinidad, Philippines Fly: Edrin Dapudong (26-4) W PTS 10 Dondon Jimenea (27-18-4). Super Bantam: Rolando Magbanua (20-2) W PTS 10 Rene Manlapaz (6-2-3).  Super Bantam: Ronnie Apilado (17-1) W TKO 2 Dexter Mendoza (10-11-2)

Former WBA title challenger Dapudong floors Jimenea in the first, but has to go the full ten rounds for a unanimous decision. The 25-year-old Filipino has lost only twice, to Hernan Marquez for the WBA title, and to Wilbert Uicab, in his last 16 fights. The experienced Jimenea usually goes the distance. In his first fight for 16 months Magbanua overcomes an injured elbow to outpoint Manlapaz. Another young Filipino prospect on the horizon. Apilado makes it 11 wins by KO/TKO as halts Mendoza in two. Apilado is now unbeaten in his last 14 fights. Seven losses in a row for Mendoza.
 
Geneva, Switzerland Light Heavy: Sofiane Sebihi (19-2) W TKO 5 Artsiom Salomka (6-20-1)

Sebihi makes it 13 wins by KO/TKO with stoppage of Belarus fighter late in fifth round. The 33-year-old has some useful wins, but a 2009 68 second loss to Djamel Selini still leaves a question mark over him. Salomka, out for almost a year has lost to Tony Jeffries and Tony Quigley.
 
Albuquerque, USA Light: Fernando Carcamo (9-3) W TKO 2 Fidel Maldonado Jr (13-1)

Unheralded Mexican shocks local favourite Maldonado. Maldonado came out firing only to run into a left hook and hit the floor. Maldonado fought back and seemed to have recovered. In the second Carcamo lured Maldonado onto a left uppercut which again put Maldonado down. He got up and tried to take the fight to Carcamo again only to be put down by another left and the referee stopped the fight. The 5’11” (180cm) Mexican has seven wins by KO/TKO and lifts WBC Youth Silver title. Southpaw Maldonado is only 20 and can come again if he learns his lesson from this loss.
 
Toledo, Ohio Middle: Bronco McKart (54-9-1) W PTS 12 Jose Medina (17-10-1)

Must have been some Kryptonite around as “Superman” McKart only scrapes past Medina to retain his UBO world title. Scores 116-112 twice and 114-114. Now 42, McKart is no longer the fighter who won the WBO light middle title way back in 1996. In fairness to McKart Mexican Medina, 28, was unbeaten in his last six, including a draw with former WBA champion Joachim Alcine and a win over unbeaten Chris Fitzpatrick. Medina lost a split decision to Matthew Hatton way back in 2006.
 
Bunbury, Australia Cruiser: Mosese Sorovi (27-16-1) W TKO 6 Pieter Cronje (13-5-1)

Fijian Sorovi, 41, halts South African Cronje and relieves him off his IBF Pan Pacific title. Sorovi survives two standing counts in the third to floor Cronje three times in the sixth for a stoppage. Sorovi, a former Australian cruiser champion, having previously lost five on the bounce, has now won two in a row. He was inactive from March 2003 to January 2011 and has 22 wins by KO/TKO. Set-back for 29-year-old Cronje. After being stopped in one round by 41-year-old Anton Nel he had won four in a row by KO/TKO.
 
April 29
Donetsk, Ukraine Welter: Paul Malignaggi (31-4) W TKO 9 Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-1). Cruiser: Iago Kiladze (19-0) W KO 2 Julien Perriaux (15-9). Light: Samir Ziani (11-0-1) WPTS 12 Andriy Kudryavtsev (38-10). Light Welter: Vlodoymyr Kravets (26-1) W PTS 12 Abdoulaye Soukouna (14-11-6). Feather: Oleh Yefimovych (22-2) WPTS 12 Sergio Santillan (29-12-3)

Brilliant performance by Malignaggi as he gives away height, reach and home advantage and wins WBA welter title to become a two division champion. Senchenko was much the bigger in height and frame, but Malignaggi stayed in the pocket and used his superior hand speed, accuracy and skills to score a career revitalising win. Senchenko was in the fight early, but in the fourth he suffered a cut by his left eye and a mouse began to develop below the eye. Malignaggi made the eye a target and was able to penetrate Senchenko’s guard with ease. By the ninth the eye had closed and Senchenko could not see punches coming at from that side. A couple of rights from Malignaggi landed on the Ukrainian and although Senchenko was not badly shaken the referee realised the champion could not see the punches and stopped the fight. Big win for former IBF light welter champ Malignaggi, 31, who had moved up to welter after being stopped by Amir Khan in a challenge for the WBA light welter title in May 2010. Senchenko, making his fourth defence, blew a big payday in this one, and at 35 may not get too many other chances. His team had bid $1 million to make sure this fight took place in the Ukraine, but it was money wasted.

A right from Ukrainian-based Georgian Kiladze puts Frenchman Perriaux down and out in the second. The tall 25-year-old has 13 wins by KO/TKO and retains WBA Inter-Continental title. Southpaw Perriaux, 31, is WBC Mediterranean champion, but has lost seven times by KO/TKO. A good learning fight sees 21-year-old French prospect Ziani clearly outbox 35-year-old Ukrainian Kudryavtsev to lift the vacant WBA International title. Southpaw Ziani already holds the WBC International silver title. Kudryavtsev lost to Anthony Mezaache and John Murray in shots at the European title. Another southpaw, 30-year-old Kravets, continued his rebuilding with a unanimous decision over French champion Soukouna for the International Boxing Council title. The Ukrainian was halted in one round by Ignacio Mendoza in August and this was his second win since then. Soukouna, 31, was unbeaten in his last six fights including good wins over Chris Sebire and Yvan Mendy. He lost to Gavin Rees in 2010 and Lee McAlister in 2009. “Doctor” Yefimovych had the clearest victory as he took every round against limited Argentinian Santillan. Former European champion Yefimovych retains WBA Inter-Continental title on scores of 120-108 from all three judges. Four points wins in a row for Yefimovych since losing his European title to Frenchman Sofiane Takoucht in 2010. South America champion Santillan, 38, had won his last six fights. He lost to Bernard Dunne back in 2006.

Features

Crolla V Murray

A lot of people consider the lightweight bout taking place in Manchester this weekend between Anthony Crolla (27-4-1) and John Murray (32-2) to be a very close call indeed. The contest, in UK's second biggest city on Easter Weekend, is for the WBO lightweight Inter-continental title, but the significance of the result means more than the marginal title as it will put them a step closer to a world title fight. Even if this isn't immediately forthcoming, the division is stacked in Britain, and can throw up some massive domestic scraps.

Fight Reports

Crag Whyatt v Ben Moorish, Camden Centre, 11th April

Last Friday at the Camden Centre, Morden super featherweight Craig Whyatt (7-1) liquidated Plymouth’s Ben Morrish (3-8-2) in the first round to bag the Masters Bronze super featherweight belt. This was scheduled for eight, but when Morrish tried to turn it into a brawl he quickly came off second best after Jeff Hinds halted proceedings following his third knockdown.