Behind the Results - Worldwide Boxing Roundup with Eric Armit - May 14 2012

From Istres, where Haitian hardman Jimmy 'The Pitbull' Colas (who once lost to Yassine El Maachi) knocked out Frank Haroche Horta (who never got to fight Frankie Gavin), all the way over to Pasig City where Brian Viloria Hawaiian punches his way through Omar Nino Romero in the ninth to stay superfly WBO champ. Behind the results with Eric Armit.

May 10
Budapest, Hungary Middle: Grzegorz Proksa (27-1) W TKO 3 Rudolf Varga (1-2)

Former European champion Proksa stops novice Varga in awful mis-match. Who approves rubbish like this? Not much of a warm-up for Proksa’s return match with Kerry Hope on July 7.
 
May 11
Cordoba, Argentina Fly: Juan Reveco (28-1) W PTS 12 Karim Guerfi (18-1). Light: Marcelino Lopez (24-0) W TKO 5 Fabian Marimon (17-5-1). Middle: Marcos Vergara (27-2) W TKO 6 Leonardo Velardes (8-13). Super Bantam: Lucas Carranza (16-7-1,1ND) W PTS 10 Guillermo Soloppi (14-2,1ND)

Reveco retains WBA interim title against good French challenger. Guerfi had advantages in both height and reach. Reveco’s tactics were to use his speed to get inside, land his shots and get out again before Guerfi could counter. Those tactics were successful over the early rounds. From the seventh Guerfi started to let his punches go and as Reveco tired the Frenchman was the one putting on the pressure. Guerfi took the eighth and ninth with Reveco suffering a cut on his forehead in a clash of heads. Reveco, 28, found reserves of energy and took the tenth with a concerted effort and had Guerfi hurt in the eleventh with the bell saving the Frenchman. Both fought hard in the twelfth but Guerfi paid for his slow start that let the fight slip away from him. Scores 116-112 twice and 115-112. Fourth defence of his interim title for “Coton”, a former WBA full champion at flyweight. He has won eleven in a row since losing his WBA title to Brahim Asloum in 2007. Guerfi, 25, showed he belonged in this class and can come again.

After a slow start, Lopez finally woke up and forced a retirement out of Marimon. It was the Colombian who took the early rounds. He shook Lopez with a right in the second and edged the third and fourth. Lopez finally woke up in the fifth and staggered Marimon with a right. Later in the round another right had Marimon in deep trouble but he was saved by the bell. That was enough for the Colombian, and he retired in his corner. “Nino” Lopez, 26, retains his WBC Latino title and has twelve wins by KO/TKO. He had stopped Marimon in seven rounds for the same title in October. Vergara, 32, always on top against Velardes, and the referee finally stops the fight in the sixth. “Prince” Vergara has 21 wins by KO/TKO. He has 14 wins in a row and has won 11 of his last 12 inside the distance, but against low level opposition. A good scrap saw Carranza get a majority verdict over Soloppi to win the WBC Latino title. Southpaw Carranza floored the St Louis born Soloppi with a right in the first. In the fifth Soloppi lost a point for a low blow. Those two incidents made the difference in the scoring. In the fifth Soloppi had Carranza shaken with a right cross, but the point deduction lost him the advantage from that. Over the next five rounds it was difficult to separate them as they both had moments of domination. Scores 97-92, 95-93 and 94-94. Ten wins in a row for 25-year-old (also “The Prince”) Carranza. Only his third fight in almost three years for Soloppi.
 
Goeppingen, Germany Cruiser: Alex Alekseev (23-2-1) DRAW 12 Firat Arslan (32-5-2). Middle: Goekalp Oezekler (13-1) W PTS 12 Mouez Fhima (21-2-1). Heavy: Juan Carlos Gomez (51-3,1ND) W PTS 8 Maksym Pedyura (14-6-1). Cruiser: Rakhim Chakhkiev (14-0) W TKO 6 Zack Page (21-39-2)

Another case of two steps forward and one backwards for Alekseev. Having won the European title with a victory over Enad Licina in February he should have been able to use the 41-year-old Arslan as a stepping stone. In the end he had to stage a strong finish to get a draw. Instead of using his better skills he insisted on fighting Arslan’s fight, and almost paid the price. Alekseev seemed reluctant to let his punches go and was just not busy enough. Realising he was probably behind the 31-year-old Uzbek-born southpaw finally woke up and boxed his way to winning the late rounds, but still seemed lucky to get a draw. Scores 114-114 twice and 116-113 for Alekseev. German Arslan, a former holder of the WBA secondary title, and also a southpaw, had won three fights whilst trying to bounce back from losses to Guillermo Jones and Steve Herelius.

Turk Oezekler was also a lucky man. He only just got past Tunisian Fhima to retain his WBC Mediterranean title on a split decision. Scores 115-113, 115-114 and 112-116. Oezekler’s record has been built on very modest opposition. French based Fhima has also been carefully matched. Former WBC cruiser champion Gomez, 38, had his second fight in 20 days, and came through with a points win over Ukrainian Pedyura, who has won only one of his last seven fights and had been kayoed by Gregory Tony in December. Chakhkiev continues to look a future world title hope as he floored the normally durable and crafty Page in rounds one, five and six, forcing the referee to stop the fight. “The Machine” a 29-year-old southpaw, had put away Jaidon Codrington in under two minutes on a show just 20 days ago. Page 39 has lost his last ten fights, but this was only the fourth time he has failed to last the distance in his 62 fights.
 
Las Vegas, USA  Light Middle: Willie Nelson (18-1-1) W PTS 10 Yudel Jhonson (12-1). Super Feather: Rances Barthelemy (16-0) W PTS 8 Robert Osiobe (11-5-4). Light Heavy: Badou Jack (11-0) W PTS 8 Alex Brand (17-1-0)

Coming in as a substitute with only eleven days notice, Nelson made good use of his height and reach advantages to outpoint unbeaten Cuban Jhonson. In a back-and fourth second Jhonson shook Nelson badly with a left only to be caught with a hard right and go down in a delayed action flooring. Jhonson was hurt, but was up at four, and by the end of the round had Nelson hurt again. Nelson floored Jhonson with a right in the second. The Cuban hit back by flooring Nelson heavily with a right in the fourth. Nelson was stationary on the ropes with his right hand down after throwing a punch, and was nailed. He looked very shaky, but Jhonson threw Nelson to the floor, and Nelson was able to get himself together just as the bell sounded. Nelson had Jhonson staggering again in the fifth. Nelson was always busier and more accurate than Jhonson. The Cuban was too slow, one-paced and spent too long waiting for openings for his big left swings, whilst Nelson was picking up points with his long jab. Scores 97-92 twice and 95-94. The 25-year-old from Ohio had moved up from welterweight after being floored three times when losing to Vincent Arroyo in April 2011. How he even makes 154lbs with his 6’3” frame is a mystery. Jhonson, 30, was too casual and just did not work hard enough.

Barthelemy let Nigerian Osiobe come to him and then scored with hard, accurate counters. Constantly switching his stance the tall Cuban was in control in every round except the fourth when Osiobe managed to apply some pressure. Over the second half of the fight Barthelemy’s body attack slowed Osiobe and the Cuban cruised to victory. Scores 78-73 twice and 79-72. Osiobe lost a point in the third for wrestling Barthelemy to the floor. The 5’11” tall Barthelemy, one of three fighting brothers, had looked a real prospect when outclassing Hylon Williams in February, and remains one to watch. Osiobe, 34, has been a boxing gypsy who has found fights hard to get, but his showing here may open some doors. Jack retains his unbeaten tag, but only just. The Swede found himself up against a very awkward clever opponent whose erratic style took Jack out of his rhythm. Jack had to work hard in every round and stay on top of Brand to just edge through on a split decision. Scores 77-75 twice and 75-77.  “The Ripper”, who was escorted into the ring by Mike Tyson, represented his father’s country, Gambia, in the 2008 Olympics. This was his first real test, and he will have learned more from this fight than his other ten. Colombian Brand, 35, a top amateur who won a gold medal at the Central American & Caribbean Games way back in 2002, did not turn pro until he was 32.
 
Ontario, USA Welter: Aaron Martinez (17-1-1) W KO 7 Joshua Marks (8-4). Super Bantam: Jhonatan Romero (21-0) W PTS 8 Adolfo Landeros (21-25-2)

After two close, competitive rounds Martinez started to get through with his heavier shots. In the fourth Martinez put Marks down, but Marks bounced back to get home with a good left in the fifth. Martinez was on top again in the sixth and floored Marks with a right uppercut, and with Marks badly shaken the referee stopped the fight. Mexican Martinez, 34, has won his last nine fights. Marks has lost 3 of his last 4, but the opposition has been tough. WBO No 5 Romero had too much skill for Landeros. The 25-year-old Colombian was much faster and able to get through with hard punches from both hands. The only time he came near to putting the experienced loser away in the third, but Landeros got through the round, and was never really in trouble again. Scores 80-71 twice and 80-72. Romero had climbed off the floor to get a big win over Chris Avalos in December, and has a big one coming up against former WBA champion Rico Ramos in June. Landeros has won only one of his last 17, but remains a loser of choice for many matchmakers.
 
Aparri, Philippines Light Welter: Adones Cabalquinto (12-0) W PTS 10 Jaypee Ignacio (8-13-2)

National champion “The “Undertaker” Cabalquinto outclasses game Ignacio. It was a one-sided bout as southpaw Cabalquinto, 23, both outboxed and outpunched Ignacio, but just could not put him away. Scores 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92.
 
Cisterna, Italy Feather: Fabrizio Trotta (14-7-3,1ND) TEC DRAW 6 Mario Pisanti (10-1-1)

The Italian title remains vacant after this technical draw. A deep cut on the right eyelid of “Popeye” Trotta brought the finish. Up to the stoppage Trotta looked to have had the better of an ugly bad tempered match, but the judges saw it 58-57 Trotta, 59-57 Pisanti and 57-57. Former Italian super bantam champ Trotta boxed from the centre of the ring with southpaw Pisanti, 32, working on the outside. Both fighters tumbled to the mat at the end of the first. Brawling and wrestling continued in the second with Pisanti using his superior speed to score and get out and Trotta forcing the action. In the third Pisanti threw Trotta to the floor and then kicked him, so he was lucky not to be disqualified. Trotta had far the better of the fifth, but then the cut intervened. A poor fight and not a good advert for Italian boxing. Trotta lost to Rendall Munroe for the European title in 2008 and was stopped in four rounds by Patrick Hyland last August. Pisanti's only loss was a one round kayo by a fighter with a 0-16 record. He was unbeaten in seven since that loss.
 
Calgary, Canada Light Welter: Steve Claggett (14-1-1) W KO 2 Laszlo Balogh (14-11-1)

Chinese-Canadian Claggett destroys Hungarian with body shots. The writing was on the wall at the end of the first when Claggett hurt Balogh with a punch to the body. It was all over in the second as two more body punches put Balogh down, and he failed to get up. Fighting in his home city, Claggett, 22, made it nine wins by KO/TKO. His only loss was a disputed stoppage against Filipino Romeo Jakosalem in March last year. Balogh is a travelling loser. He has lost 5 of his last 6 including a three round stoppage by Canadian Arash Usmanee in August. He has lost to Andy Murray and John O’Donnell.
 
Istres, France Middle: Jimmy Colas (32-8) W TKO 3 Frank Haroche Horta (29-10-5)

This one had fireworks from the start as the two experienced fighters each tried to impose himself on the fight. In the second the pressure from Colas had Horta trapped on the ropes and a body punch put Horta down. Colas went for the finish in the third and scored two more knockdowns forcing the referee to stop the fight. The 32-year-old Haitian-born Colas wins vacant French title. Southpaw Horta, 31, a former French welterweight champion, beat Dean Byrne in October.
 
May 12
Pasig City, Philippines Fly: Brian Viloria (30-3,1ND) W TKO 9 Omar Nino Romero (31-5-2,1ND). Super Fly: Rodel Mayol (31-5-2) W PTS 10 Julio Cesar Miranda (37-7-1). Bantam: Dayer Gabutan (18-1-2) W PTS 12 Dado Cabintoy (9-3-2).Bantam: Robert Udtuhan (17-1-2) DRAW 12 Alvin Makiling (9-4-2)

Viloria, 31, retains WBO title for the second time with stoppage of Romero. Viloria lives up the his “Hawaiian Punch” nickname as he hurt Romero in the fourth and fifth rounds before a right had Romero reeling and staggering in the ninth and the challenger’s corner climbed onto the ring apron just as the referee stopped the fight. Romero took the first two rounds on the strength of his jab which easily penetrated the guard of Viloria. However, even then the champion was closing the distance and scoring with hooks and uppercuts from both hands. From the fourth to the eighth it was Viloria’s fight. He would draw the lead of Romero and step inside with fast hooks and uppercuts from both hands. The champion staggered the Mexican with a right in the fourth and opened a cut over Romero’s left eye in the fifth. Romero’s work became ragged and he tried to engage Viloria in a brawl. In the ninth an overhand right sent Romero staggering back to the ropes. Viloria scored with some hooks and when another right had Romero’s legs wobbling the referee quickly stepped in and stopped the fight. Viloria also lost a point in the fifth. Second impressive punching display by Viloria following his stoppage of Giovani Segura in December. Viloria broke a jinx by actually winning a second defence of a title, something he had failed to do in two other reigns. Viloria had lost his WBC light fly title to Romero in 2006. A return match was also won on points by Romero, but the Mexican tested positive for a banned substance and the result was changed to a no decision. Romero, 36, regained the WBC title by beating Rodel Mayol in 2010, but lost it to Gilberto Keb Baas in 2010.

Former WBC light fly “Kid Rapido” Mayol, 30, destroyed former WBO fly champion Miranda. The Filipino scored knockdowns in the first, second and fifth rounds on the way to a wide unanimous verdict. A right dropped Miranda in the first and Mayol almost put him down again at the end of the round. It was no better for Miranda in the second as he suffered a small cut on his left eyebrow and was floored again by an uppercut. The Mexican had some success when he was able to get inside, but a right put Miranda down again fifth. Scores 100-87, 99-90 and 97-91. Miranda, 31, showed guts to last the distance, but he needed to work inside to have a chance of winning and ran into counters when he tried. He lost his WBO title to Viloria on a close unanimous verdict in July so this was a big setback. Southpaw Gabutan, 23, given a tough test by young Cabintoy, the GAB’s No 6 super fly. Scores 116-112 twice and 115-113. Twelve wins in a row for WBO No 4 Gabutan and a successful fifth defence of his WBO Orient title. Udtuhan continues his bad patch as he fights a majority draw with Makiling. After 16 wins in a row, the 23-year-old “Battlin Bert” has won only one of his last four.
 
Brovari, Ukraine Light Middle: Zaurbek Baysangurov (27-1) W PTS 12 Michel Soro (18-1). Middle: Gennady Golovkin (23-0) W TKO 3 Makoto Fuchigami (19-7). Light Heavy: Vyacheslav Uzelkov (26-2) W PTS 8 Ravshanbek Jabbarov (10-3). Cruiser: Isa Akberbayev (10-0) W TKO 3  Mauro Ordiales (28-10). Middle : Muhitdin Rajapbaev (8-2) W TKO 7 Konstantin Rovensky (17-1-2). Welter: Viktor Plotnykov (28-1,1ND) W PTS 8 Nugzar Margvelashvili (23-17). Light Middle: Dmytro Nikulin (24-1) W PTS 8 George Ungiadze (18-13). Heavy: Andriy Rudenko (21-0,1ND) W TKO 4 Paata Berikashvili (12-14-1)

Baysangurov, 27, makes successful first defence of his WBO title but was given a tough night by the clever French challenger. Soro started well, showing good speed and movement to out box the slow starting Baysangurov in the first. The second showed just how tough a night this was going to be for the Russian as he was floored by a two punch combination. Baysangurov was hurt, but got up at the count of four, and Soro failed to follow up, letting Baysangurov off the hook. The champion recovered some ground in the third and fourth with a body attack. In the fifth a right uppercut had Baysangurov in trouble again, but again Baysangurov survived. Knowing he was behind Baysangurov concentrated on a body attack which gradually slowed the Frenchman. Baysangurov took the late rounds, hurting Soro with a body shot in the tenth, and turned the fight around. Scores 117-111, 116-111 and 115-113, with the last scoring being the most representative. Baysangurov’s only loss was an upset stoppage against Cornelius Bundrage in 2008. He has won eight fights since then. Soro’s opposition had been very weak, but he was a WBO European champion which got him the rating, and the title fight. He performed better than expected, but blew his chance in that second round. At 22 can come again.

Poor one-sided title fight sees Golovkin retain the secondary WBA title with a stoppage of Japanese challenger Fuchigami. After a slow start to the first round which saw southpaw Fuchigami speeding around the ring with his hands at waist level just pushing out feeble jabs, Golovkin finally threw some hard rights one of which opened a cut over Fuchigami’s left eye. Golovkin floored Fuchigami with a right in the second which did not look that hard. Fuchigama looked nervous and was floored with another right in the third. He made it to his feet, but the referee stopped the fight. Now 20 wins by KO/TKO for the 30-year-old Kazak fighter. Southpaw Fuchigami, 28, had earned his shot by winning nine in a row including the OPBF and Japanese titles.

Former WBA title challenger Uzelkov, 33, fails to impress in win over Uzbek Jabbarov. In his first fight since losing to Eduard Gutknetch for the European title in February the Ukrainian was slow and careless. He took shots from Jabbarov which he should have been blocking, and needed a strong finish over the second half of the fight to make sure of the decision. Scores 80-72, 79-74 and 78-74. Jabbarov had won 9 of his last 10 fights, but just lacked power in this one.

Cruiser prospect Akberbayev stopped Argentinian veteran on a cut. The 28-year-old Kazak-born Akberbayev made a slow start, but then began to hand out steady punishment to Ordiales, and looked to be on his way to a stoppage win. In the third, with heads banging together and punches also flying, Ordiales suffered a bad vertical cut on his forehead. Ordiales came out for the fourth, but the cut was bleeding heavily and the fight was stopped. The referee ruled the cut was caused by a punch. “Bumblebee” Akberbayev, 28, retains IBO Inter-Continental title. Ordiales, 37, is strong, but limited.

Upset sees unsung Uzbek fighter Rajapbaev stop previously unbeaten Ukrainian Rovensky in a good scrap. The clever, but light punching Rovensky, just could not stem the attacks of the visitor. Both fighters were cut in the battle, but Rajapbaev broke through in the third flooring Rovensky. Rajapbaev was then in control. It looked as though the fight might go the distance, but a sustained attack by The Uzbek brought the referee’s intervention. Rajapbaev had lost a six round bout to a four fight novice last time out, so he looked a safe opponent. Now two draws and a loss in his last three fights, so Rovensky making no progress.

Plotnykov, 34, gets routine win over Georgian. Plotnykov in charge all the way and puts Margvelashvili down in last. Scores 80-72,80-73 and 79-73. Nine meaningless wins for Ukrainians since his loss to Jackson Osei Bonsu for the European title in 2008. Margvelashvili is 2-6 in his last 8 fights, but beat Barry Hughes back in 2007. Southpaw Nikulin, 28, pushed hard by Georgian Ungiadze but gets unanimous verdict. Only the second fight since December 2010 for Nikulin who takes a while to shake the rust, but just does enough. Scores 79-74, 78-74 and 77-76. Ungiadze has been matched tough, and is better than his record shows.  Not much skill here as Rudenko stops Georgian. The Ukrainian had outpointed Berikashvili in 2007. Rudenko, 28, has won 9 of his last 10 by KO/TKO, but still to face a real test.
 
General Piran, Argentina Light Heavy: Roberto Bolonti ( 29-1) W TKO 3 Evert Bravo (18-4-1)

Bolonti, 33, did not have much to beat here. The Argentinian is a stand-up  boxer with a good punch, but is slow and he hangs his chin out too much. Bolonti took the first round with his left jab whilst Bravo relied on wild swings with his right. More of the same in the second with Bolonti hurting Bravo at the end of the round. In the third a hard volley from Bolonti saw the referee give the Colombian a standing count. Bravo took the fight to Bolonti forcing him to the ropes, but missing with his wild rights. That gave Bolonti the opening and he drove Bravo back with five left hooks. Once again Bravo fired back, but a thunderous right cross put him down on  his back, out cold. Bolonti, WBC No 9, has 18 wins by KO/TKO, but will be found out when he moves up in class. Bravo, 26, is strong but crude.
 
Mississauga, Canada Super Feather: Logan McGuinness (17-0-1) W TKO 2 Meacher Major (20-5-1,1ND). Welter: Sammy Vargas (11-0-1) W TKO 3 Arvydas Trizno  (14-19-2). Cruiser: Denton Daley (6-0) W TKO 6 Frank White (7-7-2)

McGuinness, 24, overwhelms Bahamian Major, 30, to win Commonwealth Council final eliminator and retain the NABA title. McGuinness had Major hurt midway through the 1st round and dropped him near the end of the round. Major was able to get to his feet, but was hurt. In the second round, the fighters went toe-to-toe with McGuinness getting cut over his left eye. Towards the end of the round, Major was taking a lot of punishment in the shape of hooks and right hands and Major finally slumped to his knees against the ropes, where the referee waved off the fight. McGuinness is now the Mandatory Challenger for Liam Walsh of England for the Commonwealth Championship. McGuinness, with wins over Hector Avila, Daniel Ruiz and Benoit Gaudet is one to watch. Easy win for Colombian-born Canadian champion Vargas. No rush from Vargas as he realised he had nothing in front of him, and took his time scoring with good, fast combinations. Trizno tried to make a fight of it in the second, but was down and cut when the referee stopped the fight in the third. Vargas impressed in February when he put away Manolis Plaitis inside a round. Poor Lithuanian Trizno was a late substitute. He lost to Junior Witter on points in September, and rarely wins outside of Lithuania. Daley gets win over former Canadian champion. Daley was able to score freely from the start and showed good skills. White was trying to get inside to maul the prospect out of his stride, but Daley boxed coolly. A clash of heads left White with a swelling on his forehead and a cut and a swelling that almost closed one eye. The Doctor advised the referee to stop the fight after the end of the sixth round. Good win for Daley, but a sliding White has lost five and drawn one of his last six fights.


Mexico City, Mexico Feather: Salvador Sanchez (30-4-3) W TKO 8 Juan Jose Beltran (27-19-3). Light: Abdiel Ramirez (14-0-1) W TKO 10 Saul Carreon (19-5-1). Light: Carlos Zarate Jr (17-0) W TKO 2 Charly Valdez (16-14-1)

Easy win for 26-year-old Sal II. Beltran tried hard, but was too crude to pose any serious risk to Sanchez. Beltran was losing clearly as Sanchez concentrated on body shots, but it was a surprise when the referee stopped the fight. Now 18 wins by KO/TKO for Sanchez who was making the fifth defence of his WBC Cabofe title. He promptly issued a challenge to WBC champ Jhonny Gonzalez, but there is nothing in his record to say he is ready for such a big step. Carreon nearly pulled it off, but Ramirez came from behind to win the fight. Carreon worked on the outside and built a good lead with his better boxing. Ramirez was looking to land one big punch, and had Carreon rocking in the third. Carreon took over again in the fourth, but his hands down style was asking for trouble. Ramirez was wild with his punches and “Cobra” Carreon was ahead on all three cards at the end of the eighth. “Mortar” Ramirez finally land a bomb at the end of the ninth which put Carreon down. Carreon got up and was saved by the bell. Early in the tenth a combination from Ramirez put Carreon down, and the fight was over. Ramirez wins vacant WBC Silver title. He has 13 wins by KO/TKO and his draw was with fellow prospect Mauricio Pintor. Carreon, 26, had won 4 of his last 5 going in and this was only the second time he had lost inside the distance. Zarate hits too hard for Valdez. The son of the great Carlos found Valdez an easy target with Valdez just trying to survive, He failed and the referee stopped the one-sided fight. Now twelve wins by KO/TKO for 23-year-old Zarate.          
 
East London, South Africa Light Welter: Mzolisi Yoyo (14-4) W TKO 4 Mzukisi Mgidi (20-5-2). Super Fly: Miniyakhe Sityatha (8-1) W PTS 10 Marjohn Yap (16-8)

Yoyo retains South African title in first defence. Yoyo started fast and blasted Mgidi to the canvas twice in the first round. The challenger not only got back on his feet, but was blazing back at the end of the round. Yoyo gradually wore his challenger down and the fight was stopped in the fourth. Ten wins by KO/TKO for Yoyo. Mgidi is just not active enough. He had been stopped inside a round by Kaizer Mabuza for this same title in 2009, and then had just one fight in 2010 and one in 2011. South African champion Sityatha was made to work hard for his victory over Filipino Yap. The 22-year-old Sityatha took the first couple of rounds, but Yap came into the fight and did better in the later rounds. Scores 98-93 twice and 99-93. The South African took the unanimous decision thanks to his better boxing, but was far from impressive although he may have been hampered by a knee injury he carried into the fight.
 
Newtown, USA Welter: Ray Robinson (14-2) W TKO 2 Terry Cauthen (36-8,1ND)

Lanky southpaw Robinson explodes on former Olympian Cauthen in the second round and scores two knockdowns to finish the fight. Three wins for 26-year-old southpaw since back-to-back losses to Brad Solomon and Shawn Porter. Cauthen, 35, and also a southpaw, who won a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics. Helooked a good prospect when he lost only one of his first 27 fights, but then fell away. He lost to John O’Donnell in 2010.
 
Poughkeepsie, USA Super Feather: Pat Hyland (26-0) W TKO 4 Frankie Archuleta (27-10-1)

Predictable win for Ireland’s Hyland, 28, over sliding veteran Archuleta. Hyland established his dominance from the start as he dropped Archuleta in the first. He continued the good work in the second round, going to the body and softening-up the Albuquerque fighter. Hyland scored another knockdown in the third and had Archuleta ready to go in the fourth when the fight was stopped. “The Punisher”, one of three boxing brothers, has twelve wins by KO/TKO and needs tougher opposition as he is not yet rated by any of the major bodies. Archuleta, 36, is 2-5 in his last 7 fights with all five losses being by KO/TKO.
 
Woodland, USA Super Feather: Vicente Escobedo (26-3) W PTS 10 Juan Ruiz (23-10)

Although winning a wide decision 30-year-old Escobedo had too much skill for game, but limited Ruiz, and won a wide points verdict. Ruiz was willing to take the fight to Escobedo, but the 2004 Olympian found Ruiz an easy target and piled up the points. He had Ruiz shaken in the sixth, but could not find the finishing punch. Scores 100-90 twice and 99-91. Escobedo got in ten useful rounds in his preparation for his shot at Adrien Broner for the WBO title in July. Escobedo has lost big fights in the past, to Mike Katsidis and Robert Guerrero, and is not likely to get another title shot if he fails against Broner. The durable Ruiz has lost 8 of his last 9 fights, but has never failed to last the distance.
 
Paranque City, Philippines Middle: Marlon Alta (12-2) W TKO 2 Afakasi Pele Faumuina (8-2-1)

“Bebot” Elorde’s middle hope Alta wins the vacant WBC Youth title with victory over Samoan. Alta kept banging to the body, and after two rounds of pain the 23-year-old Faumuina decided he had suffered enough and retired in his corner. Nine wins by KO/TKO for Alta. First loss inside the distance for Samoan.

Features

Derry Mathews

It can be rather strenuous watching a Derry Mathews fight. Like a penalty shootout in football, a Mathew’s fight squeezes enough drama, tension, and unpredictability into a short duration so his popularity and fight frequency is rightfully high. Next up for the Liverpool veteran is another chance at domestic glory as Walsall’s Martin Gethin put his Lonsdale lightweight belt on the line at the Liverpool Olympia on May 10th.

Fight Reports

Brentwood’s ‘Smokin’ Joe Mullender (6-1) got back on track with a close points win over Peckham’s Diego Burton (4-4-1) over ten rounds at the York Hall on Saturday. It was a belter of a fight on a slightly smaller than usual Goodwin bill, partly due to 'Flash' Ashley Sexton not making weight again (more on this later) and 'Big Dog' AJ Carter’s opponent, who reportedly turned up with Evo-Stick holding his mooey in place.