Behind the Results - Worldwide Boxing Roundup with Eric Armit - May 7th

From Erfurt, where Ola Afolabi's Kryptonite turns out to be potent enough to earn him a points draw against Superman Cap'n Huck, to Vegas, where Mr Mayweather and Mr Cotto provide a highly pleasing pugilistic performance before 'Lil Floyd goes away to serve his bird (sorry Ms Jackson). Worldwide Boxing Roundup with Eric Armit.

May 1
Moscow, Russia: Middle Dmitry Pirog (20-0) W PTS 12 Nobuhiro Ishida (24-8). Heavy: Vyacheslav Glazkov (12-0) W TKO 7 Gbenga Oloukun (19-8)

Pirog retains WBO title for third time, but fight tougher than scores indicate. Pirog, 31, started slowly. The champion picked-up the pace in the middle rounds scoring well, but Ishida was willing to exchange with him and many rounds were close. Over the last three rounds Pirog found the target more with his jab, short hooks and uppercuts inside. Ishida fired back, he was game, but his defence was almost non-existent. Both punchers were mainly throwing arm punches, but both suffered cuts over their right eye. Pirog rattled Ishida badly and the start and end of the last round, and ran out a clear winner. Scores 120-108, 119-109 and 117-111 (which looked the most accurate). Pirog is talking about a unification fight with Daniel Geale, but the WBO pointed out that they had not agreed to this. Ishida, 36, qualified for the title shot by losing every round against Paul Williams for the WBC International Silver title in February.

Glazkov has an easy time with Nigerian Oloukun. The tall Ukrainian was able to control the bout with his jab and combination punches. Oloukun was restricted to leaping swings which mostly missed. Glazkov, 27, began to load up on his punches in the sixth, and a left to the body put Oloukun down on his knees. The Nigerian got up, but too late to beat the count. Glazkov has nine wins by KO/TKO. He took a silver medal at the 2007 World Championships. An injury forced him to settle for a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics after having beaten the Cuban hope Robert Alfonso. In the 2006 Strandja Cup he stopped David Price, but again had to pull out due to injury, this time before the final. Oloukun, 28, won his first 16 fights, but is 3-8 in his last eleven.
May 2
Donetsk, Ukraine:
Light Middle: Artem Karpets (15-0) W PTS 8 Arvydas Trizno (14-18-2). Feather: Stas Merdov (33-8) W PTS 8 Mikheil Avakian (14-6). Super Middle: Artem Redko (20-2-3) DREW 8 Shalva Jomardashvili (32-4-2). Light Heavy: Server Yemurlayev (22-0) W PTS 8 Ivan Maslov (7-10-1)

With the exception of Redko, all the usual Ukrainian suspects came out on top. Karpets, 28, in his first fight for nine months, won every round against durable young Lithuanian Trizno. Scores 80-72 from all three judges. Former WBA title challenger Merdov, 36, had to fight hard to take a close unanimous decision over Georgian Avakian. Merdov gave a creditable performance in climbing off the floor to go the distance in losing to Chris John for the WBA title in November. Four fights outside Georgia and four losses for 20-year-old Avakian, but the opposition has been tough.

Redko, 30, rides his luck again. Second very controversial draw in a row for Ukrainian. Redko was down twice when drawing with journeyman Sergey Beloshapkin in January. He looks to be going nowhere. All 32 of Jomardashvili’s wins have been scored in Georgia, including his first 26 in a row. He is No 20 super middle with the EBU. He had a good draw with Yves Studer (24-0) in Switzerland, but lost to Martin Murray and Matthew Macklin in Britain. WBA No 7 super middle Yemurlayev, 26, made hard work of getting by Russian “Big Heart” Maslov. Scores 80-72, 79-74 and 78-75. Yemurlayev has yet to face any real kind of test.
Howard Beach, USA: Heavy Vinny Maddalone (35-7,1ND) W TKO 4 Chris Koval (25-9). Light Welter: Mike Arnaoutis (24-7-2) W TKO 7 Broderick Antoine (11-13-1). Light Welter: Issouf Kinda (13-0) W PTS 8 Luis Rodriguez (6-4-1)

It was bombs away from the first bell. Maddalone, 38, got through with a big right and put Koval down. That was just the beginning as Koval nailed Maddalone with a left which shook him only for Maddalone to land another hard right that had Koval reeling. The second and third rounds saw more of the same as both fighters ignored defence. The end came in the fourth when another right put Koval down and the referee stopped the fight. The 38-year-old Queen’s heavyweight has 26 wins by KO/TKO. This was only his second fight since losing to Tomasz Adamek in December 2010. “Special K “Koval, 29, has lost 6 of his last 7 fights, 5 by KO/TKO.

Arnaoutis, 32, continued his comeback with a stoppage of southpaw Antoine. The Greek fighter was always in command until the Doctor instructed the referee to stop the fight at the end of the seventh. Arnaoutis lost to Ricardo Torres for the vacant WBO light welter title in 2006. He lost 5 out of 6 fights, all to top class opposition, then was inactive from October 2010 until February this year. Antoine has lost 5 of his last 6 fights. Kinda, from Burkina Faso, remained unbeaten as he had a good workout in decisioning Puerto Rican Rodriguez. Scores 80-70 twice and 80-71. Kinda, 24, who represented Burkina Faso at the World Junior and World Senior championships, wins the vacant New York State title.
May 3
Buriram, Thailand:
Light Fly: Kompayak (45-3) W TEC DEC 5 Jon Taconing (13-2-1)

Kompayak retains WBC title in first defence. The younger, faster Filipino southpaw made a good start and got through with some hard shots. Kompayak has a good chin and he slowly began to get into the fight although he had problems with the Filipino’s southpaw stance. Both boxers exchanged heavy blows in the third. In the fourth the fight was stopped when in a clash of heads Kompayak suffered a cut over his right eye. After an examination the fight continued. In the fifth the Filipino was deducted a point for a low blow. Kompayak was in trouble from the all-out offensive of the Filipino. At the end of the round the Doctor again examined Kompayak’s cut and ordered the fight stopped. With the open scoring Kompayak’s corner knew they were ahead so gratefully accepted the decision. It went to the score cards. Scores 50-45, 48-46 and 47-47. Kompayak,  is unbeaten in 23 fights, his last loss was to Australian Hussein Hussein in 2006. He is trained by Chatchai Sasakul, the former WBC flyweight champion, who lost his title to a Filipino-Manny Pacquiao-in 1998. The 25-year-old Taconing is the WBC International champion and was unbeaten in his last ten fights.
May 4
Levallois-Perret, France: Middle: Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (27-0) W PTS 12 Max Bursak (24-1-1). Super Bantam: Ali Hallab (12-0-1) W KO 4 Jorge Perez (10-5). Middle: Sofiane Cherfioui (20-0) W TKO 4 Sergei Melis (18-10). Cruiser: Youri Kayembre Kalenga (12-0) W TKO 2 Prince Anthony Ikeji (12-6-1). Cruiser: Chris Dettinger (17-2-1) W PTS 6 Marko Angermann (10-10.) Light Welter: Yvan Mendy (25-2-1) W TKO 2 Denis Farias (12-4-1)

N’Jikam picks up interim WBO title with a wide unanimous decision over Ukrainian. The hand speed and movement of N’Jikam were just too much for the aggressive but limited Bursak. N’Jikam was able to land quick, light flurries and be away before Bursak could counter. Bursak kept coming forward, but was taking punches to get inside, and not doing enough when he did get inside. By the ninth N’Jikam was showboating with his hands down and nearly paid the price. The Cameroons fighter landed a good left hook, but stood within distance admiring his work when Bursak nailed him with a counter. N’Jikam staggered back to the ropes and was badly hurt, but held and ducked and weaved until the bell. N’Jikam was late out for the tenth and Bursak was given a warning for hitting on the break. These two things gave a tiring N’Jikam a few moments rest. However, later in the round Bursak got through with a hard combination which saw N’Jikam stumble. N’Jikam went immediately into a clinch. He looked at his corner over Bursak’s shoulder, nodded his head at their advice, and deliberately spit out his mouthpiece to get relief from the pressure. That marked Bursak’s last chance to pull out a win. There were heated exchanges in both of the last two rounds but N’Jikam’s speed and skill had banked the rounds. Scores 118-112 twice and 118-111. N’Jikam had been WBA interim champion, but now he is looking for a shot at WBO champion Dmitry Pirog.

Early shock as a left hook from Spaniard Perez floored Hallab in the second. However, the French champion recovered and fed Perez an extensive diet of hooks from both hands. In the fourth a body punch put Perez down and the referee waived the fight over. Hallab, 31, a top amateur who won a bronze medal at the World Championships and represented France at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, wins WBO European title. He has six wins by KO/TKO. Perez, 27, is 3-5 in his last eight fights, which is about par for the course for a challenger for the WBO European title.

Algerian Cherfioui successful in first fight outside his country. The 29-year-old halts experienced Estonian to make it 14 wins by KO/TKO. Melis, also 29, has lost 7 of his last 8 fights. Congolese fighter Kalenga, 24, who won the French League tournament, halts German-based Nigerian in second. Ikeji, 32, has lost three in a row. Dettinger outpoints German Ankermann in his first fight since losing to Faisal Ibnel Arrami for French title in December. Mendy boxes in the first to keep Farias on the outside. An uppercut has Farias badly shaken and as Mendy opens up the towel comes in to save Farias. Mendy, 26, has 13 wins by KO/TKO and makes it four wins since losing to Abdoulaye Soukouna for the French title in June. Farias also French had won 8 of his last 9 fights. Mendy makes it four wins since losing to Abdoulaye Soukouna for French title in June.
Avezzano, Italy:
Feather: Davide Dieli (11-2) W PTS 12  Zebenzui Garcia (9-2). Light Welter: Ivan Fiorletta (25-7-2) W PTS 6 Jozsef Garai (2-4-1). Welter: Stefano Castellucci (20-1) W KO 1 Laszlo Szakeres (10-18-4)

Good technical boxing rather than blood and thunder in this one. Not much between them over the first three rounds. Dieli edges ahead with a good fourth round where he gets through with hard right hooks. A straight right from Spaniard Garcia stops Dieli in his tracks in the eighth. In the ninth Garcia again gets though with rights only for the Italian to bang back and edge the round. Dieli is stronger and more accurate over the closing rounds and takes a deserved unanimous decisions. Scores 117-111 twice and 118-111 which all looked to be too wide as this was a close fought battle.  Italian champion Dieli, 32, wins vacant European Union title. Garcia was lucky to get the title shot, having been kayoed in five rounds by Argentinian Cristian Gramajo in February.

Fiorletta wins every round against inexperienced Hungarian. Fiorletta almost finished it in the second, but the one-sided beating goes the full six rounds. First fight since August 2010 for the 33-year-old former Italian super feather champion. He had walked away after four losses by KO/TKO in a run of six fights. A left to the body from Castellucci puts Hungarian down and he stays there for the full ten count. Ten wins by KO/TKO for 30-year-old Castellucci, but not the best preparation for his challenge to European champion Leonard Bundu in July. Only one win in his last twelve fights for Szakeres.
Managua, Nicaragua: Super Fly: Carlos Rueda (18-6-1,1ND) W PTS 10 Everth Briceno (33-7-1). Light Welter: Walter Castillo (17-2) W PTS 10 Moises Castro (27-19-4, 2ND)

The aggression, and a left hook that Briceno just could not seem to get away from, were the elements that gave Rueda a clear unanimous decision. That left hook almost finished the fight late in the eighth as Briceno was sent tumbling to the canvas. He beat the count, but was on shaky legs and the bell saved him. Scores 97-92 twice and 98-93. “Rapidito” Rueda, 28, lost on points to Cris Mijares for the IBF title in May. After losing to Darwin Zamora in October he then knocked out Nerys Espinoza in one round in December. Briceno, 34, lost in shots at the WBO title to Fernando Montiel and Omar Narvaez. In his last fight in November he was stopped in eleven rounds by Leo Santa Cruz.

But for an injured hand 23-year-old Castillo might have made this a short fight. He floored the experienced Castro twice in the second, but could not find the punch to finish it. From then on he settled for boxing his way to victory. Scores 98-90 twice and 97-93. Castillo’s only loss in his last 18 fights was a razor thin split decision to former WBA champion Vicente Mosquera in February. Southpaw Castro, 33, is on the down slope with nine losses in a row.
Bacolod City, Philippines: Straw: Merlito Sabillo (18-0) W TKO 7 Jon Refugio (10-3-4). Super Fly: Melvin Gumban (9-0) W PTS 10 Nelson Llanos (22-28-3)

Sabillo’s body punching too much for teenage challenger. Sabillo did not have it all his own way as 18-year-old Refugio got through with some hard combinations in the early rounds. The body attack of 28-year-old Sabillo gradually wore the youngster down. In the seventh a succession of body punches forced Refugio to fall to his knees. After the mandatory eight count he indicated he was finished. Sabillo, the WBO No 8, retained his WBO Orient title. He has eight wins by KO/TKO. Three losses in a row for Refugio, but against tough opposition.

Gumban, 22, wins slugging match with more experienced Llanos to collect vacant Philippines Boxing Federation title (The more prestigious title is that of the Philippines Games and Amusement Board). In an all-out battle both were heavily marked with Llanos sporting a big bump on his forehead and Gumban a cut over his left eyebrow. Scores 98-91, 97-92 and 96-93. The 29-year-old Llanos has won only one of his last six fights.
Loznica, Serbia: Cruiser: Nenad Borovcanin (30-0) W TKO 7 Varol Vekiloglu (19-4-1)

WBO No 9 Borovcanin has very little trouble with German. The 33-year-old Serbian southpaw almost finished the fight in the second, but Vekiloglu survived. Borovcanin continued to boss the fight with his jab and kept the aggressive Vekiloglu from getting momentum. The Serb was scoring easily and at the end of the sixth the German’s corner retired their man. Now 21 wins by KO/TKO as Borovcanin retains his interim WBO European title. Two losses by KO/TKO in a row for 28-year-old Vekiloglu.
Las Vegas, USA: Super Feather: Daniel Ponce De Leon (43-4) W PTS 10 Eduardo Lazcano (24-3). Middle: Ishe Smith (23-5) W TKO 4 Ayi Bruce (21-7)

In an all-southpaw fight former WBO super bantam champion De Leon outpoints Mexican Lazcano. More known as a puncher (35 wins by KO/TKO) De Leon boxes his way to victory. He uses a strong jab mixed with hard combinations and body shots to dominate. Lazcano showed a good chin, but just did not do enough work to make the fight competitive. Scores 100-90 from all three judges. De Leon wins vacant WBC US title. Two wins in a row for 31-year-old De Leon after losing his two fights last year to Adrien Broner and Yuriorkis Gamboa. “Chucky” Lazcano’s previous losses were on points to Miguel Beltran and Nery Saguilan, who were both unbeaten at the time.

Smith has too much skill for crude but strong Bruce. Smith, 33, found the Ghanaian an easy target for his sharp jab and left hooks to the body. Bruce was game, but was taking a solid beating when the referee stopped the fight in the fourth. First fight for Smith since November 2010. He lost to Daniel Jacob in 2009 and Fernando Guerrero in 2010. Eleven wins by KO/TKO for Smith. Bruce “Lee”, 26, who scored his best win by beating Shamone Alvarez, has lost 4 of his last 5 now.
Montreal, Canada: Super Feather: Arash Usmanee (19-0) W TKO 3 Cris Faccio (21-8). Super Feather: Kevin Lavallee (9-0-1) W KO 1 Dave McQuaker (1-6-1)

Usmanee too big and strong for little Uruguayan. The Afghan-born Canadian, 30, was able to walk through Faccio scoring with heavy shots to head and body. Half way through the third round Faccio’s corner had seen enough and threw in the towel. WBA No 10 Usmanee has nine wins by KO/TKO. Faccio, only really a super bantam, lost in two rounds to Hozumi Hasegawa for the WBC bantam title in 2008 and also lost to Bernard Dunne in the same year. He has now lost 4 of his last 6 fights by KO/TKO. Prospect Lavallee puts away poor McQuaker. A body punch followed by a right to the chin ended it. Eight wins by KO/TKO for 21-year-old from Quebec.
Soongnem, Thailand: Fly: Kwanpichit (15-0) W KO 5 Noel Adelmita (12-4-2)

The 30-year-old Thai moves down from super fly to win his second vacant WBO Orient title with fifth round kayo of Philippines No 4 light flyweight Adelmita. Don’t get too excited about Kwanpichit yet, twelve of his victims had never win a fight.
May 5
Las Vegas, USA: Light Middle: Floyd Mayweather Jr (42-0) W PTS 12 Miguel Cotto (37-2). Light Middle: Saul Alvarez (39-0-1) W PTS 12 Shane Mosley (46-7-1,1ND). Light Welter: Jesse Vargas (19-0) W PTS 10 Steve Forbes (35-11). Light Middle: Carlos Quintana (28-3) W TKO 6 Deandre Latimore (23-4). Welter: Keith Thurman (17-0,1ND) W TKO 3 Brandon Hoskins (16-1-1). Light: Omar Figueroa (16-0-1) W TKO 2 Robbie Cannon (12-7-2). Welter: Antonio Orozco (14-0) W TKO 3 Dillet Frederick (8-6-3)

No matter the result, boxing was the winner in this fight. Mayweather and Cotto did the sport a big favour by staging an exciting and competitive fight. Over the early rounds Mayweather was quite brilliant as he used his hand speed, movement and fast reflexes to gets through with some hard shots whilst blocking or avoiding the Puerto Rican’s attacks. Despite this, Cotto stayed in there pressuring and he caught Mayweather with good shots in the third. From the fourth Mayweather changed his tactics and began to stand and fight against Cotto and paid for it with a nose bleed from a Cotto jab. Neither fighter was ready to give way and the close quarter’s battle continued through the next three rounds. Mayweather created some space from the ninth, although the action stayed hot with Mayweather getting through with solid uppercuts and Cotto landing hard to the body. Mayweather went all out in the last and had Cotto shaky near the end of the round, but Cotto deservedly is there for the final bell. The scores 117-111 twice and 118-110 were too wide.

Mayweather won clearly, but Cotto’s work deserved a greater reward. Floyd Jr, 35, wins WBA title making him a five division champion. Over to you Mr. Pacquiao. Cotto, 31, gave Mayweather his hardest fight since Floyd Jr beat Oscar De Las Hoya on a split decision in 2007.  His showing here in losing has improved rather than dented his reputation and there are still some big fights for him out there.

Youth was served as 21-year-old Alvarez was too young and too strong for 40-year-old Mosley. Over the first couple of rounds Alvarez was content to let Mosley establish his jab whilst only firing his own punches in short burst. In the third a clash of heads left Alvarez with a bad cut over his left eye. The cut bleed profusely and the referee immediately took Alvarez to the corner to have it examined before letting the bout continue. From then on it was all Alvarez as he walked the veteran down scoring with heavy hooks and uppercuts to the head and body. Mosley tried to turn the tide, but he no longer had the speed or power to match Alvarez and took plenty of punishment. The late rounds were one-sided and Alvarez walked away with a wide unanimous decision and retained his WBC title in the fourth defence . Scores 119-109 twice and 118-110. Retirement beckons for Mosley.

No trouble for unbeaten Vargas as he strolls to a win over veteran Forbes. WBA No 9 Vargas, 22, showed an abundance of skill and very little power. The former top amateur was able to outbox Forbes but never took any risks and never had Forbes in trouble. Scores 100-90, 99-91 and 97-93. His lack of power may hinder Vargas as he climbs though the ranks. Forbes, 35, a former IBF super feather champion, is 3-7 in his last ten fights. In fairness to Forbes he was a late substitute.

Quintana puts himself back into the picture with stoppage of Latimore. The 35-year-old Puerto Rican southpaw had some ring rust to shed as this was his first fight in almost 15 months. Latimore shaded the first two rounds, but then Quintana began to let his punches go. By the fifth Quintana was in command and had Latimore hurt. In the sixth Quintana sent Latimore backwards to the ropes with a left. Latimore was in deep trouble as he was battered along the ropes and floored by another left. He got to his feet but was in no condition to defend himself and the fight was stopped. Now 23 wins by KO/TKO for the former WBO welter champion. Latimore, also a southpaw, had lost a split decision to Cory Spinks for the vacant IBF title in 2009. He was on the floor twice when struggling to a majority verdict over Milton Nunez in February, so the danger signs were there for him.

“One Time” Thurman, 23, shows his power again. He staggers Hoskins in each of the first two rounds. In the third a thunderous uppercut effectively ended the fight. Now 16 wins by KO/TKO for the 23-year-old who lost to Demetrius Andrade for an Olympic berth in Beijing. The record of Hoskins deceptive as most of his wins have been scored over poor opposition in Missouri.

Easy win also for Figueroa. He was just too good for poor Cannon. Constantly switching guard, Figueroa was hunting down the fragile looking Cannon from the first bell. A left hook to the ribs in the first round saw Cannon go down on one knee grimacing in pain. Figueroa got through with more hard shots, but Cannon made it to the bell. Cannon tried to be more aggressive in the second, but a swinging left to the temple put him down. He got up at nine, but the referee rightly stopped the fight. The 22-year-old “Texan Panther” likes to get inside and wear his opponents down with short hooks. He has a very strange habit of looking away when throwing a shot, and he was probably the only one in the arena who did not see the finishing punch, except for Cannon of course. Thirteen wins by KO/TKO for Figueroa who has impressed with wins over Mike Perez (15-0-1) and Ramon Ayala (23-2-1) this year. Cannon, another with a Missouri record is 2-7-1 in his last ten fights.

Orozco made it three wins for a trio of hard punching prospects as he halted Frederick half way through the third round. The 24-year-old Mexican has nine wins by KO/TKO. Frederick has lost 3 of his last 4 fight, all three losses early stoppages.
Erfurt, Germany: Cruiser: Marco Huck (34-2-1) DRAW 12 Ola Afloabi (19-2-4). Super Middle: Robert Stieglitz (42-2) W PTS 12 Nader Hamdan (43-10-1). Heavy: Kubrat Pulev (16-0) W KO 11 Alex Dimitrenko (32-2). Heavy: Edmund Gerber (20-0) W PTS 8 Maurice Harris (25-16-2,1ND). Light: Dustin Dirks (24-0) W KO 4 Thomas Ulrich (32-7). Light Heavy: Robert Woge (9-0) W TKO 3 Ferenc Hafner (12-1)

Huck retains his title with majority draw in return with Afolabi. It was the challenger who made the better start and looked to have floored Huck in the second round only for the referee to rule it a slip. In the third, although Afolabi started the round well, Huck came back with some heavy shots to shade the round. However, Huck was now sporting a deep cut over his right eye and Afolabi seemed to edge the fourth and fifth. Huck finally woke up in the sixth and began to match Afolabi in power and workrate. The Brit was forgetting to stick to his boxing and Huck was making him pay for it. The Serbian-born champion had Afolabi hurt with rights to the head in the eighth and in deep trouble at the end of the ninth.

With Afolabi still in front due to picking up the early rounds, Huck staged a storming finish and again had Afolabi wobbling at the end of the last round. Scores 114-114 twice and 115-113 to Huck. A lot of the rounds were close, but Afolabi looked slightly unlucky. Huck, 27, retains WBO title in his ninth defence. Interim champion Afolabi, 32, had lost a close unanimous decision to Huck for the title in 2009. It could be that Huck made this defence too soon after his unsuccessful challenge to Alex Povetkin for the WBA secondary heavyweight title on February 25. That loss to Huck is the only one Afolabi has suffered since moving up to cruiser in 2003. He deserves another shot.

Stieglitz gets predictable win over 38-year-old Australian in sixth defence of his WBO title. Hamdan was a late substitute and was never really in the fight. Stieglitz led from the first. He had a lump coming under Hamdan’s left eye in the second, and had him hurt in the third and sixth. From then on the 30-year-old Russian let the pace drop and coasted until the late rounds. Hamdan did well to last the distance, but this was not a quality title fight. Scores 117-111 twice and 120-108. Just a warm-up for Stieglitz’s defence against Arthur Abraham on August 25. Hamdan is durable (only one loss inside the distance and that was to Arthur Abraham in 2004), but after failing to win four fights he beat Daniel Pawsey (13-4) in July 2011 for the WBO Asia Pacific title, so naturally gets a WBO rating.

Bulgarian Pulev wins vacant European title with kayo of Dimitrenko. In the early rounds the 29-year-old, 6’7” Ukrainian was trying to use his big reach advantage to get through with jabs and long right crosses. Pulev was content to box on the retreat, and when he saw an opening would throw an overhand right. It was noticeable that Dimitrenko lacked the power to hurt Pulev, but every time Pulev got through with the right Dimitrenko was shaken. The pattern was the same in every round with Dimitrenko pawing with his jab, being the busier fighter, but always looking susceptible to those overhand rights. Pulev just kept the right hand cocked just waiting for an opening. In the tenth it was noticeable that Dimitrenko was tiring and his work became untidy. Near to the end of the round Pulev got through with a hard left-right combination to the chin and all of the fight seemed to drain out of the giant Ukrainian. In the eleventh Pulev was walking Dimitrenko down, the same walking pace he had used throughout the fight. A volley of left-right combinations had Dimitrenko stumbling. Pulev stepped in with a left jab and Dimitrenko went down on his knees. He was finished and did not get up until the ten count had been completed.  The 30-year-old Bulgarian already has wins over Matt Skelton, Dominic Guinn, Paolo Vidoz, Derric Rossi and Travis Walker. At 6’4 ½” and 250lbs, Pulev has the strength to take on the Klitschko’s and has real power in his right hand. Dimitrenko has his height but little else. He does not snap his punches and has a big stamina problem.

Kazak-born Gerber, 23, wins but does not impress against veteran Harris. Gerber forced the pace, but the experience of Harris showed the flaws in Gerber’s armoury, which could hurt when he tries to move up in class. Scores 79-73 twice and 78-74.

Dirks. 23, makes it 18 wins by KO/TKO as he finished Ulrich with a body punch. Dorks has won 14 of his last 15 fights by KO/TKO. Ulrich 36, a former European champion and WBC and WBO title challenger, was having his first fight since an October 2010 loss to Lithuanian novice. Woge has it easy against overmatched Hungarian southpaw. Woge got through with heavy shots in the first and had Hafner wobbling. Another heavy hit saw Hafner down at the end of the second. It could have been stopped then. In the third Woge scored two more knockdowns before ending the fight with a right hook for the third knockdown. Woge, 27, German amateur champion in 2004/5/6/7, has eight wins by KO/TKO. This was his third fight in ten weeks, all ended by KO/TKO, including putting away Carl Dicks in three rounds. Hafner’s wins have been over poor opposition.
Singapore: Feather: Chris John (47-0-2) W PTS 12 Shoji Kimura (24-5-2). Feather: Daud Cino Yordan (29-2,1ND) W KO 2  Lorenzo Villaneuva (22-1,1ND). Light Middle: Yao Yi Ma (11-1) W PTS 6 Kengo Nagashima (10-8-2)

John easily retains his WBA title with wide unanimous verdict over Japanese challenger. The Indonesian “Dragon” dominates from the start. Stalking the elusive challenger John piled up the points with fast accurate punching and Kimura was on the back foot and unable to launch any significant attacks of his own. After six rounds John had won every round on two cards and won five of the six in the other. The only excitement came in the seventh when Kimura nailed John with a shot to the chin. The 32-year-old champion was momentarily stunned, and it looked as though Kimura might pull off a shock win. However, John regrouped, and was firing back at the bell. From then on showing an incredible workrate the champion took every round including the ninth, although he was deducted a point in that round for low blows. A sparkling performance from John in his 15th title defence. Scores 118-109 twice and 117-110.  Kimura, 34, had been kayoed in four rounds by Poonsawat for the WBA secondary super bantam title in 2010. He showed speed and durability in this fight, but was outclassed.

Inexperience against top fighters shows as Filipino kayo kid Villaneuva stopped by Indonesian Yordan. A left from southpaw Villanueva put Yordan down early in the first. Although hurt, Yordan was able to last out the round thanks partially to his good defensive work but mainly due to Villaneuva swinging wildly trying to find the finishing punch. In the second Yordan was landing counters on the wide-open Filipino, and dropped him with a right. Villaneuva got up and took the eight count, but was still badly shaken and when Yordan put him down again the fight was over. Taiwanese prospect Ma easily outpoints his Japanese opponent. Scores 59-55 twice and 59-56. Now nine wins in a row for the 27-year-old Australian based fighter. He has good wins over Pradeep Singh and the experienced Virgil Kalakoda. Nagashima has won only 2 of his last 7 fights.
Tijuana, Mexico: Super Bantam: Rafael Marquez (41-7) W TKO 1 Eric Aiken (16-9-1,1ND). Welter: Jorge Silva (19-2-1) W PTS 8 Orlando Escobar (14-7)

Marquez overwhelms late sub Aiken. After about 30 seconds of study Marquez went to work and hurt Aiken early. He followed up with a barrage the put Aiken down. The former IBF featherweight champion made it to his feet and the fight should have been stopped then. However, the referee allowed the fight to continue and another flurry of heavy shots forced the stoppage. Even at 37, and after four wars with Israel Vazquez, Marquez is still a danger man. Now 37 wins by KO/TKO for the former WBC super bantam and IBF bantam champion. Aiken 32, who was IBF champion for a mere four months in 2006, is without a win in his last seven fights. Local prospect Silva usually wins early, but Escobar showed durability and good skills and forced Silva to go all the way. Scores 79-72, 78-73 and 78-74. Only one loss if his last 13 fights for 20-year-old Silva. Escobar is better than his record suggests.
Uncasville, USA: Light Middle: Demetrius Andrade (17-0) W TKO 1 Rudy Cisneros (12-4,1ND)

Former amateur World Champion Andrade ends it in the first. Southpaw Andrade, 24, had his jab working early and was also softening-up Cisneros with body shots. A shot to the temple wobbled Cisneros and he was hurt by two body punches. With just seconds to go in the round Cisneros tried to move inside, but was nailed with a right and a left to the chin, and went down on his back. The referee took up the count, but then waived the fight off so that Cisneros could get medical attention. Cisneros was carried from the ring on a stretcher. He recovered, and was taken to the hospital just as a precaution. Now twelve wins by KO/TKO for Andrade, but he is ready for stiffer opposition. Second loss inside the distance in a row for 30-year-old Cisneros.
Tokyo, Japan: Super Feather: Daiki Kaneko (15-2-3) W TKO 8 Seiich Okada (16-2). Super Feather: Satoshi Hosono (22-2) W TKO 8 Hirotsugu Yamamoto (14-5-2)

Mild upset sees Kaneko lift Japanese title with stoppage of Okada. Kaneko, 23, is unbeaten in his last 12 fights, but this was his first over ten rounds. Okada, 30, was making his fourth defence of his title. His only other loss had been to world title challenger Takashi Miura. Hosono returns to the winning column with a stoppage of prelim fighter Yamamoto. First fight for Hosono since loss to Celestino Caballero for WBA secondary title in December.


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.

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Scott Quigg

Bury's Scott Quigg retained his WBA world super bantamweight title at the Phones 4 U Arena with a second round stoppage of South African Tshifhiwa Munyai, and now looks towards unification fights with Leo Santa Cruz, Kiko Martinez and, hopefully at some point, Carl Frampton.