Behind the Results - World Wide Boxing Round-up - 21 August

From sweet home Chicago, where youth and strength beat skill and experience at light heavy when Andrzej Fonfara knocked out former WBA champion Gabriel Campillo, over to Cardiff, where the force of Sergey Kovalev put an end to Nathan Cleverely's WBO reign. Behind the Results with 'Meester' Eric Armit.

New York, NY: USA: Light Middle: Boyd Melson (12-1-1) W PTS 8 Jason Thompson (5-7-3). Heavy: Tor Hamer (21-2) W TKO 1 Kertson Manswell (23-8). Super Middle: Lennox Allen (17-0-1) W PTS 6 Mike Gbenga (16-9)

Melson vs. Thompson
Melson survives cut to overcome Thompson and clean up draw on his record. The tall 31-year-old southpaw built an early lead as he boxed on the outside and used his reach advantage. Thompson eventually managed to work inside and got into the fight. Melson suffered a cut over his right in the sixth round and survived a doctor’s examination. In the seventh it was Thompson who was cut over his right eye. Both fought hard in the last round but Melson put the result beyond doubt when he floored Thompson. He won the unanimous decision on scores of 78-73 twice and 77-74. The 31-year-old, popular West Point graduate and ex-Army and Inter-Services champion donates his purses to support stem cell trials.  He and Thompson had fought a draw in October. Thompson, 32, now has 4 losses and 3 draws in his last 7 fights.

Hamer vs. Manswell
Thankfully Hamer made this short as Manswell is a shot fighter with a clutching style. After some messy non-action late in the first round Hamer, 30, floored the 36-year-old Manswell with a hard right. Manswell made it to his feet but was dropped with a left hook at the bell. Manswell was hoping for a disqualification and put on a fainting act but no one was impressed and the result stood. Second win for former Prizefighter champion Hamer since losing his unbeaten record against Vyacheslav Glazkov in December and win No 14 by KO/TKO. Bahamian Manswell goes to 5 losses in a row and the second first round loss in his last three fights.

Allen vs. Gbenga
Southpaw Allen, 28, keeps his stuttering career going with wide unanimous decision over tough but wild and limited Gbenga. Scores 59-55 twice and 60-54. “2 Sharpe” Allen from Guyana was having only his second fight since May 2011 and his first since July last year. Only 19 fights in 9 years as a pro is glacial progress. Nigerian Gbenga has lost his last three in a row now. He had shots at the Commonwealth title at both super middle and light heavy.
 
August 16
Chicago, Ill, USA:
Light Heavy: Andrzej Fonfara (24-2,1ND) W KO 9 Gabriel Campillo (22-6-1,1ND). Heavy: Artur Szpilka (16-0) W TKO 5 Mike Mollo (20-5-1).  Light Welter: Adrian Granados (12-2-2) W TKO 6 Mark Salser (15-1)

Fonfara vs. Campillo
Youth and strength beat skill and experience in this one. Southpaw Campillo had his right jab working from the first and was able to thread shots through the leaky defence of the Pole. Fonfara had some success with rights but after a fourth round dominated by Campillo the Pole was showing a cut below his left eye. Fonfara was having some success in the fifth and by the end of the round Campillo, whilst still in charge, was being troubled by a swelling by his right eye. The Spaniard had a good seventh forcing Fonfara on the retreat, but Fonfara was closing the distance and looking a bit more dangerous. The eighth saw Fonfara rocking Campillo with a right to the side of the head at the end of the round. Sensing Campillo was tiring and ready to be taken in the ninth Fonfara shook Campillo with a right and then a volley of punches saw Campillo fall to his knees. He was finished and made no real attempt to beat the count. Rated WBO 3/IBF 4/ WBC 7, the 25-year-old Fonfara has wins in the Windy City over Byron Mitchell, Glen Johnson and Tommy Karpency and is a huge draw with the Polish contingent in and around Chicago. He has 14 wins by KO/TKO. The No Decision was a fight he won in 2009 but tested positive for steroids and was given a derisory suspension. Former WBA champion Campillo is now 34 and seems ready for retirement. He has now lost 3 of his last 4 fights, but the other losses were to Tavoris Cloud and Sergey Kovalev so a tough road.

Szpilka vs. Mollo
When they fought in February the 6’4” (193cm) Pole had to climb off the floor in the first and fourth rounds before halting Mollo. As before the tall southpaw tried to use an extended right both as a block to stop Moll launching attacks and as a measuring stick for his straight lefts. As before Mollo was able to barrel past the right. He shook Szpilka with a left in the second, but Szpilka answered with a hard left of his own. In the third Szpilka was scoring with his left, but Moll got inside and floored the Pole with a short left hook to the chin. Szpilka was shaken but held on and although Mollo had him down at the end of the round this was more of a wrestling job and was not counted as a knockdown by the referee. Mollo’s work rate dropped in the fourth which allowed Szpilka to recover. In the fifth with Mollo cut by the right eye Szpilka was again finding the range with his lefts and one of those sent Mollo to the canvas. He made it to his feet at nine, but was finished and the referee stopped the fight. “Pin”, 24, moves to 12 wins by KO/TKO and has wins over Jameel McCline, Taras Bidenko and Brian Minto. Mollo has won only one of his last six fights and has not recorded a win inside the distance since 2007 so it must be concern that he has floored Szpilka three times in two fights. Mollo had been inactive from August 2010 up until the first fight with Szpilka in February this year. At 33 he is definitely at the veteran stage, but there are fights for him if he wants to continue.

Granados vs. Salser
Granados builds on his draw with Kermit Cintron as he climbs off the floor twice before halting previously unbeaten Salser in the sixth. The 23-year-old Mexican “Tiger” was careless in the second round and was put down heavily by a left hook. He was badly hurt and only just survived the round. Granados was the quicker of the two and boxed well in the third. However, in the fourth his leaky defence allowed Salser to get through with a right and Granados was down again. He lasted out the round and knowing he was behind on points forced the pace in the fifth with Salser willing to stand and trade. In the sixth Granados put Salser down with a body punch. Another body punch put Salser down and the referee stopped the fight. Only one loss in his last 14 fights for Granados, and the loss was a majority decision against unbeaten former amateur star Frankie Gomez. First fight since August last year for 31-year-old Salser.
 
Surat Thanmi, Thailand: Fly: Amnat Ruenroeng (11-0) W TKO 4 Takuro Habu (11-8-2). Straw: Fahlan Sakkreerin (22-2) W PTS 8 Wilbert Andogan (9-12-4)
 
Ruenroeng vs. Habu
Former top amateur Ruenroeng has no trouble with unrated Japanese challenger and retains his IBF Asian title. He floors Habu twice in the fourth and the fight is stopped. The 33-year-old Thai left it late to turn pro after competing at the 2008 Olympics and getting a World Championships bronze. On the way to winning the Kings Cup in 2008 he inflicted a rare defeat on Japan’s Kazuto Ioka. Now four losses by KO/TKO for Habu

Sakkreerin vs. Andogan
Twenty-year-old Thai Sakkreerin gets decision over Filipino. No real test as Andogan has one draw and six losses in his last seven fights.
 
Florencio Varela, Argentina: Super Feather: Fernando D Saucedo (50-5-3) W PTS 12 Sergio Medina (39-6-1)

Saucedo outclasses Medina to win the vacant WBC Silver title. Saucedo had the superior skill and more variety in his work. He built an early lead with the crude Medina often forced to fight with his back to the ropes. A frustrated Medina lost a point in the third for careless use of the head but got into the fight in the fifth and sixth as Saucedo, 32, seemed to be coasting. Medina ruined his good work as he lost another point in the sixth for a rabbit punch. Saucedo was back in charge in the seventh which saw yet another butt from Medina resulting in a third point deduction. Saucedo swept the rest of the rounds to win a wide unanimous decision on scores of 119-106, 117-108 and 116-119. “El Vasco”, the FAB No 1 and WBC No 13, has lost only one of his last 36 fights (to Chris John on points for the WBA title) but the opposition has been modest at best. He will now get a big promotion for beating a guy who was not even rated in the WBC super feather division until after the fight was agreed, and then was only No 20. “Rocky” Medina the FAB No 3 feather, has won numerous titles but in his world title shot he was crushed in 98 seconds by Juan Manuel Lopez for the WBO super bantam title in 2008. He 6-5-1 in his last 12 fights.
 
Santa Ynez, Cal, USA: Light Middle: Francisco Santana (17-3-1) W PTS 10 Freddy Hernandez (30-5,1ND)

Not a great fight, but an important win for Santana. Both fighters are tall for light middles but Hernandez just had the edge in both height and reach. However he failed to use them and Santana was usually first to the punch getting in and out before Hernandez could respond. Hernandez was looking slower and just not busy enough. The former WBC welter contender came into the fight more in the middle rounds but it was Santana who was doing the cleaner work. Fighting his first ten round fight Santana seemed to tire late but Hernandez just could not raise his game enough to press the less experienced fighter over the closing rounds. Scores 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92 were a bit severe on Hernandez who lost but not by those margins. The 27-year-old Santana’s losses have come against fellow prospects Karim Mayfield (twice) and Jermall Charlo. This was his fifth win in a row and his biggest scalp by a long way. Mexican Hernandez is 34 and has lost 5 of his last 6. He blew his big chance in 2010 when he lost in 127 seconds to Andre Berto in a WBC welter title challenge. He has had a run of very tough fights, Berto, Erislandy Lara, Demetrius Andrade and Delvin Rodriguez, but this loss makes it look as though his future is as a stepping stone for younger fighters.
 
Hinckley, Minn, USA: Light: Jamal James (10-0) W PTS 8 Robert Osiobe (14-7-4)

Local hope James remains unbeaten with points victory over Nigerian Osiobe. At 6’2” (188cm) James had big edges in height and reach and used them well. Osiobe always gives 100% but just could not get inside often enough. James was the quicker guy. He was able to pick up the points with his jab and box his way to a unanimous decision. James, 25, won silver and bronze in National Golden Gloves Championships. Osiobe always goes the distance. He has lost to good opposition in Evgeny Gradovich, Rances Barthelemy and Mark Davis, but has a good win over Jose Hernandez.
 
Salto, Uruguay: Light Welter: Pablo Olivera (9-0-1) W PTS 10 Martin Severo (8-1-2)

Olivera remains “Golden Child” as he takes unanimous decision over local favourite “El Loco” Severo. First ten round fight for both with 24-year-old Olivera taking it on scores of 98-97 twice and 98-93 to collect the vacant interim Uruguayan title.
 
August 17
Atlantic City, NJ, USA:
Middle: Darren Barker (26-1) W PTS 12 Daniel Geale (29-2). Super Bantam: Kiko Martinez (29-4) W TKO 6 Jhonatan Romero (23-1) . Light: Jonathan Maicelo (20-1) W KO 10 Alejandro Rodriguez (19-12). Welter: Thomas Dulorme (19-1) W TKO 8 Francisco Figueroa (20-6-1). Feather: Joel Brunker (27-0) W PTS 8 Mike Oliver (25-5,1ND). Light Welter: Yordenis Ugas (15-1) W PTS 10 John Williams (11-3-1)
 
Barker vs. Geale
Brit Barker scores minor upset as he comes from behind to beat Geale to lift the IBF title. This was a close fight all the way with first one and then the other having their spells on top. Barker made the better start being busier and getting his jab working. He seemed to build a small lead over the first three rounds. Geale began to roll from the start of the fourth taking the round and was his more accurate with his shots. There was a short break for Barker to recover from a low blow and both fighters got a warning but it was not a dirty fight. Geale was on top again in the fifth shaking Barker and causing a small swelling over the left eye of the British challenger. Sometimes it is not only the punch a boxer lands that changes a fight but the one he survives. In the sixth Barker was put down by a sickening right to the body. It was a shot that would have finished most boxers and Barker was in agony. Shades of the loss to Sergio Martinez may have gone through his mind, but also the people he loved and was fighting for. He got up at nine and survived the remaining 70 seconds throwing his hands in the air at the bell to show a crisis had been faced and overcome. Barker was fully recovered and the next three rounds were close with both fighters having their moments. Importantly Barker was the one who came on strong in the tenth and eleventh edging those rounds on better workrate and accuracy. The last saw Geale shake and wobble Barker, but Barker did not fold and fought back hard. It had been a good, close, competitive fight between two class fighters and Barker became the new IBF champion on split decision. Scores of 116-111, 114-113 and 113-114. The fight could have gone either way, and Geale deserves a return, but that is not certain. The 31-year-old Barker has had spells of inactivity when fights fell through, and also personal tragedy in the death of his brother Gary. Geale, 32, was making the fifth defence of his IBF title and even if the Tasmanian does not get a quick return fight there are plenty of good paydays out there for him.

Martinez vs. Romero
A big upset as “Francisco” Kiko” Martinez wins IBF title. The hard-punching Spaniard applied pressure from the first round and Romero never really got into the fight. The aggressive Martinez just kept forcing Romero on the defensive and apart from some good counters in the second and third the Colombian could do nothing to turn the tide. He was effective when able to take centre ring where his superior skill and speed gave him an advantage, but Martinez was getting through with hard shots to head and body in every round and with Romero cut by his left eye and taking too much punishment the referee finally stopped the fight in the sixth. The 27-year-old “La Sensacion” Spaniard had no right being in with Romero as he had done nothing of note since being battered to defeat in nine rounds by Carl Frampton in February. He was just hanging on in 15th spot in the IBF ratings. However, the former three time European champion has always had power. The first time he won the European title in 2007 he blasted out Bernard Dunne in 86 seconds and the win over Romero was his 21st by KO/TKO. There has been a mild revival in Spanish boxing and hopefully this title will give boxing there a boost. Romero, 26, was making the first defence of the title that he won with a split decision over Alejandro Lopez in February.

Maicelo vs. Rodriguez
North Bergen-based Peruvian Maicelo recovers from a slow start to wear down and kayo Mexican Rodriguez. Neither fighter showed great skill but after a slow start the stronger “La Cobra” Maicelo was having the best of the action. He was getting through with the cleaner and harder punches. However, it looked like it was going to go the distance until a right from Maicelo at the start of the tenth put Rodriguez down and out. The 30-year-old Peruvian was having his first fight since Rustam Nugaev ruined his 100% record with a brutal kayo in April. Now 4 losses in his last 5 fights for Rodriguez.

Dulorme vs. Figueroa
The classy Puerto Rican makes easy work of veteran Bronx-based fellow countryman Figueroa. Dulorme seems to be getting back to the standard he reached before his upset loss to Luis Abregu in October. The tall 23-year-old was landing heavy shots early and southpaw Figueroa was soon in survival mode. Some of Dulorme’s shots were landing low and Figueroa was given breaks to help him recover. A right floored Figueroa in the third and again in the fifth. Dulorme’s rhythm was thrown slightly off balance when he was deducted a point in the fifth for a low punch but by the eighth Figueroa was shipping heavy punishment and the referee stopped the fight.  Three wins against modest opposition does not answer the questions that the loss to Abregu raised. No one can deny the exquisite skills of Dulorme, but questions on chin and heart will need tougher tests to supply the answer. The 35-year-old Figueroa, a former NABF welter champion, was on a 12 bout winning streak until kayoed by Randall Bailey in an IBF eliminator in 2009. He then took over 2 years out of the ring and this was his third loss since his return.

Brunker vs. Oliver
Second US win for Australian Brunker. His constant body attack and higher work rate saw him dominate most of the rounds. Oliver was only able to stem the flow with occasional southpaw counters but Brunker was always coming forward. Even a cut over his left eye from a clash of heads in the six did not deter the tough Aussie and he finished strongly to win by 78-74 from all three judges. The 27-year-old from Sydney, a 2004 Olympian, has wins over useful opposition in Edgar Riovalle and Ivan Hernandez. On the basis of the opposition he is slightly flattered to be WBO 4/IBF 7/ WBA 13/WBC 15, but is still unbeaten. Now 33 Oliver is on the down slope at 4-5-1ND in his last 10 fights.

Ugas vs. Williams
Unlike fellow Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux Ugas is a hard-punching, aggressive fighter and he showed it here. From the opening bell Williams’ sole aim was to still be there at the bell at the end of the tenth. Ugas was pressurising the North Carolina fighter from the off and getting through with hard shots to head and body. It was mostly one-way traffic but Ugas is not a concussive puncher, more a “wear them down” type. Williams did enough to pinch a round but also benefitted from a point deduction served on Ugas in the last round. Ugas had Williams rocking in some of the late rounds, but Williams achieved his aim of being there at the end. Scores 98-91 twice and 99-90. If amateur achievements meant anything Ugas would already be up there with Rigondeaux and Yuriorkis Gamboa. He was Cuban champion 2005/6/7/8, twice beating Olympic star Rosniel Iglesias, was 2005 World Champion at the age of 19, won a gold medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games and a gold in the Pan American Games. One he missed out on was the 2004 World Junior Championships where he lost to Amir Khan. The 27-year-old was momentarily derailed when losing a split decision to then unbeaten Johnny Garcia in March 2012. He took nearly eight months out and has now won four in a row. Williams has only failed to last the distance once and that was in his fifth fight when he was halted in six rounds by Demetrius Andrade in 2009.
 
Cardiff, Wales: Light Heavy: Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1) W TKO 4 Nat Cleverly (26-1). Light Heavy: Enzo Maccarinelli (37-6) W TKO 11 Ovill McKenzie (21-12). Super Feather: Stephen Smith (17-1) W KO 5 Gary Buckland (27-3). Welter: Lewis Rees (8-0) W PTS 8 Dee Mitchell (9-42-1). Light Middle: Ronnie Heffron (13-1) W PTS 6 Max Maxwell (16-24-3). Light Craig Evans (10-0) W PTS 8 Youssef Al Hamidi (12-57-3). Middle; Liam Williams (8-0) W PTS 8 Darren Codona (6-2)
 
Kovalev vs. Cleverly

This was always going to be a dangerous defence for Cleverly and so it proved. The first round saw Cleverly getting through with jabs but Kovalev just being busier with some quick combinations. A clash of heads in the second saw Kovalev cut by his right eye and although it spurred Cleverly to step-up his pace Kovalev remained cool and was getting the better of the action until Cleverly got through with a hard right at the end of the round. It was really all over in the third. Kovalev was scoring with straight rights and punishing left hooks. A right put Cleverly down. He got up but made the mistake of trying to trade his way out of trouble. That resulted in the WBO champion going down heavily again, this time from a left hook. Kovalev was scoring again at the end of the round with Cleverly ready to go only for the bell to sound. The champion just able to make it back to his corner. Kovalev was getting through with hard punches from both hands in the fourth and again Cleverly tried to fight back rather than survive and paid the price. Kovalev was scoring with heavy rights and lefts and the referee stopped the fight. The 30-year-old Florida-based Russian wins the WBO title and goes to 20 wins by KO/TKO. Some of his shots seemed to land late on an already down Cleverly but that was not a big factor. Kovalev has won 10 of his last 11 fights by KO/TKO with the other fight being a No Decision due to an accidental foul. The former double World Military champion had beaten both Gabriel Campillo and Cornelius White inside three rounds in his previous two fights. Kovalev vs. Adonis Stevenson-one to savor. The 26-year-old Cleverly, who was making the sixth defence of his title, has time to rebuild but it depends on how much this crushing loss has affected his spirit.

Maccarinelli vs. McKenzie
Too many of us were willing to write Maccarinelli off, but he showed guts, determination and a will to win that carried him through a tough match to lift the Commonwealth title. When these two fought in November Maccarinelli looked fragile and tentative and there were doubts over whether he had lost his punch resistance. The stoppage in favour of defending champion McKenzie looked premature which gave Maccarinelli a chance to put things right. The time the former WBO cruiser champion looked assured as he took the early rounds. It looked ominous when McKenzie seemed to get stronger and was eating into Maccarinelli’s lead in the middle rounds. However, despite a possibly broken nose, and shipping some heavy punishment, Maccarinelli dug deep and even though it was not the smart thing for a guy with his big reach and height advantages he took the fight to McKenzie. Despite showing signs of tiredness Maccarinelli kept up his attacks until McKenzie finally crumbled in the eleventh. The 32-year-old Welshman may never get back to the standard he reached before suffering inside the distance losses to David Haye, Ola Afolabi, Denis Lebedev and particularly the brutal kayo against Alex Frenkel, but he is still a force at domestic level. McKenzie, 33, was making his third defence in his second reign as Commonwealth champion and his 21-12 record does not do justice to this experienced and dangerous fighter.

Smith vs. Buckland
Big rebound win for talented Smith as he scores very scary kayo of British champion Buckland. The 27-year-old Buckland looked the bigger and stronger fighter and he made a good start in his title defence edging the opening rounds and being the aggressor. He was busier but Smith was sharper with his punches and looked to have the edge in punching power. The fight was close at the end of the third, but a right in the fourth shook the champion badly and Smith then knew he could hurt Buckland. In the fifth Buckland was coming forward when a devastating right hand counter put him face down on the canvas. Buckland was out cold and his supporters and family rushed to the ringside out of concern. Buckland was very rapidly given oxygen and thankfully recovered. Former Commonwealth and British featherweight champion Smith, 28, had moved up to super feather in 2012 after losing his titles the previous year to Lee Selby. He had won 3 of his 4 fights at super feather in one round so has obviously boosted his power. One of four fighting brothers, Smith was double ABA champion and a Commonwealth gold medal winner. He will be threat to anyone in this division and with Buckland at No 10 with the WBA, WBC and WBO he will be right in the mix. Buckland was making the third defence of his British title. This was a bad kayo and it remains to be seen how it affects him. Wins over Gary Sykes, Paul Truscott and Stephen Foster had put him at the top of the British pile.

Rees vs. Mitchell
Former Welsh amateur champion “Rhondda Boy” Rees was scheduled for a step-up fight against Stephen Haughian, but injury forced Haughian out of the fight and in stepped experienced survivor Mitchell. From then on it was a chance for Rees to hone his skills in a no risk fight. The 23-year-old southpaw, trained by Gary Lockett, did that and showed excellent skills to take every round. Referee’s score 80-72. As usual the 36-year-old Mitchell came in late, set a few problems for the youngster, went the distance and, whilst still looking to break a streak of 38 fights without a win, yet again went the distance. He has only lost twice by KO/TKO.

Heffron vs. Maxwell
A similar picture here with Heffron’s British title eliminator opponent John Thain dropping out in came Maxwell. Heffron boxed well and won on the referee’s card 59-55. After losing to Denton Vassell for the Commonwealth title in November the 23-year-oldd Heffron had been hoping to take an important step back to the top with a victory over Thain. “Mad Max” has made the transition from being a British title challenger with a draw against Prince Arron and being the only one to have a victory over current WBO No 4 Brian Rose, to joining the ranks of journeyman loser. Now 13 losses in a row, all on points. A lot of shows would fold if it weren’t for guys like Mitchell and Maxwell being there to come in at short notice.

Evans vs. Hamidi
Yet another Welsh former top amateur scored a comfortable win over a member of the “last minute-and go the distance-squad”. The talented 23-year-old southpaw showed his full range of skills but Hamidi did enough to share a couple of rounds, and you could not ask for more. Referee’s score 80-73. If there is a concern for Evans it is his apparent lack of punching power, but it is early to make any definitive judgment on that. Evans represented Wales at the 2008 European Championships and the 2009 World Championships and took a bronze medal in the European Union Championships. Syrian-born Hamidi, 35, has only one win in his last 16 fights, but is another member of that survivors club with only two losses by KO/TKO in his 57 defeats.

Williams vs. Codona
Williams made it a treble for Welsh prospects as he outboxed Codona. It was a one-sided bout with Williams always in control. Showing good moves and coming close to stopping Codona in the late rounds. Referee’s score 80-72. The tall 21-year-old, a former Welsh amateur champion, was in his first eight round fight and paced it well. Second loss in a row for Codona.
 
Cancun, Mexico: Super Feather: Takashi Miura (26-2-2) W PTS 12 Sergio Thompson (27-3). Light: Juan Pablo Sanchez (25-11) W PTS 10 Luis Sanchez (11-2-1). Fly: Cesar Gandara (22-3) W PTS 10 Raul Koh (6-7). Super Feather: Adan Mares (10-0) W PTS 6 Tomas Sierra (22-31). Light Welter: Silverio Ortiz (28-14) W PTS 10 Juan Luis Rodriguez.

Miura vs. Thompson
Miura retains WBC title in wild slugging match with Mexican Thompson. Southpaw Miura’s left won over Thompson’s right. Although there were occasions when the activity flagged and became ragged there were also plenty of wild exchanges. After being staggered Miura floored the hometown fight in the sixth only for Thompson to blast back and floor the champion with a right in the eighth. Miura forced Thompson to fight on the back foot and off the ropes and although shipping some punishment Miura was handing out even more on a static Thompson. He had Thompson badly rocked in the tenth and took the closing rounds to pull away and retain his title. Scores 114-111, 114-111 and 113-112. First defence of his WBC title for the 29-year-old Japanese fighter and his 19th win by KO/TKO. He had Takashi Uchiyama on the floor before losing in eight rounds in a challenge for the WBA title in January 2011 and won the WBC title with an impressive four knockdown ninth round stoppage of Gamaliel Diaz in April. After the fight Miura was bringing up blood and was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed as having kidney damage. He was later released from hospital and apparently well. “Yeyo” Thompson, also 29, the WBC No 1, was fighting in his hometown. His rating was largely based on a cuts win over Jorge Linares in March 2012. He had won his last 11 fights by KO/TKO.

Juan Pablo Sanchez vs. Luis Sanchez
Juan Pablo S won a unanimous decision over Luis S. Juan Pablo really won this with his jab to which Luis S had no answer. Juan Pablo S was using the jab to set up his right crosses and “The Lizard” shook Luis S  the “Titan” on a couple of occasions with those shots. The fight caught fire occasionally but there was only going to be one winner. The 25-year-old Juan Pablo S holds the WBC Mundo Hispano title. He has won 6 of his last 7 fights and took a split verdict over Luis S in July last year. Local fighter Luis S had scored two useful wins since the loss to Juan Pablo S.

Gandara vs. Koh
Not an inspiring fight. “Gandarito” got a well deserved unanimous verdict and retained his WBC Fecarbox title. Both fighters made a cautious start with neither willing to take chances and that set the tone for the fight. Even when they did trade neither fighter had the power to hurt the other so the quicker and busier Gandara won the decision. The 24-year-old WBC No 26 has won 8 of his last 9, but poor opposition and the guy he lost to in those 9 fights had a 2-0 record. Merida’s Koh is 3-6 in his last 9 fights but is durable.

Ortiz vs. Rodriguez
Ortiz had Rodriguez on the floor in the first and from then on Rodriguez took a boxing lesson but managed to stay on his feet for the remaining nine rounds losing by a wide margin on all of the cards. The 30-year-old “Chamaco III(he is the third fighter from the Ortiz clan to fight as a pro and adopt the nickname) is in good form he has won 8 of his last 9 with victories over Fernando Angulo, Efren Hinojosa, Mahonri Montes (who was 25-0-1 at the time) and Armando Robles (23-2-1). His only loss in those 9 fights was on points against Humberto Soto for the WBC Silver International and WBF titles.

Mares vs. Sierra
Despite giving away a lot of height and reach “Speedy” Mares boxes his way to points verdict over veteran Sierra. Only three wins by KO/TKO for the 24-year-old brother of Abner Mares with his last seven wins all on points. Sierra, 33, is well nicknamed as “The Ghost” as Mares could not nail him down.
 
Isla Verde, Puerto Rico: Welter: Felix Diaz (14-0) W KO 1 Edgar Llanes (12-5). Fly: Giovanni Segura (30-3-1) W KO 4 Jonathan Gonzalez (13-1,1ND). Feather: Jonathan Oquendo (23-3) W TKO 4 Miguel Tamayo (14-7-2)

Diaz vs. Llanes
Olympic gold medallist Diaz gets it over quickly against late sub Llanes. The Dominican went after the Mexican from the bell and with Llanes trapped on the ropes a volley of shots put him down and out. All over in 97 seconds. The 29-year-old southpaw, the Republic’s only Olympic boxing gold medallist, has managed only 14 fights in four years and needs to be more active. With “Iron Mike Productions” handling him hopefully he will be. He has eight wins by KO/TKO. Llanes has lost 3 of his last 5 by KO/TKO.
 
Segura vs. Gonzalez
Gonzalez wanted this fight, but in doing so he made a bad mistake. Segura was trying to walk down the young Puerto Rican in the first round, but Gonzalez showed good speed and skills and took the round. The second round also started well for Gonzalez until Segura nailed him with an overhand right which put the Gonzalez down. He got to his feet and survived. He seemed to have recovered in the third, again boxing smartly on the retreat and catching Segura with counters as the Mexican came forward, but Segura was getting through with hard jabs and Gonzalez was not blocking as many punches as he had in the first round. In the fourth another right from Segura put Gonzalez down. His corner was urging him to get up but he shook his head and said “no mas”. Due to losses to Brian Viloria and Edgar Sosa, “The Aztec Warrior” was assumed to have gone from a double world champion and a Top 10 Pound-for-Pound rater to being a stepping-stone for younger fighters. Despite being a former WBA/WBO light fly champion, the IBF, WBA and WBC had all dropped him out of their top 15 with the WBO having Gonzalez at No 7 and Segura No 11. He showed that although he is past 30 his punch is still as good as ever and Gonzalez became victim No 26 by KO/TKO. No real relevance but Segura won the interim WBO Latino title. It would be stupid to dismiss the 22-year-old “Bomba” Gonzalez, a former World Youth Championships gold medal winner, on the basis of this loss. He has talent but this was the wrong fight for him.

Oquendo vs. Tamayo
Oquendo much too good for late substitute Tamayo. In the first Oquendo hurt Tamayo with hard shots to head and body and blocked or ducked any rejoinders from the Mexican. Oquendo was walking Tamayo down in the second and it was obvious this was not going to be a long fight. In the third a right hook put Tamayo down. He beat the count but was floored again by a left to the body. Early in the fourth Oquendo had Tamayo trapped on the ropers and a barrage of punches finished off with a left hook brought the fight to a close. First fight for 30-year-old Polvo” since being halted in seven rounds by Wilfredo Vazquez Jr in October. Apart from a disqualification his only other loss was a third round stoppage against Juan Manuel Lopez in 2008. He has 16 wins by KO/TKO. After being beaten in his last two fights by McWilliams Arroyo and Cesar Seda this makes it a hat-trick of losses for Tamayo against Puerto Ricans
 
Laredo, Tex, USA: Light: Juan Diaz (37-4) W TKO 5 Adailton De Jesus (30-8). Light Denis Shafikov (33-0-1) W TKO 6 Santos Benavides (23-4-2). Light Welter: Jose Carlos Ramirez (5-0) W TKO 1 Mike Maldonado (6-2)

Diaz vs. De Jesus
Diaz looked to be close to his old form as he handed the Brazilian a one-side hammering. Whether it was fast combinations or big single shots Diaz was always able to pierce the guard of De Jesus. The Brazilian did well to last as long as he did. In the fifth Diaz had De Jesus ion the ropes and rocking and the Brazilian’s corner threw in the towel-well almost. It got caught on the ropes and they had to throw in a second one to get the fight stopped. The 29-year-old “Baby Bull”, a former IBF/WBA/WBO lightweight champion had a run of 2 wins and 4 losses in title fights between 2008 and 2010 and then retired. He returned in April with a win over Pipino Cuevas Jr and is slowly rebuilding. De Jesus, 35, has been in with opposition such as Marco Antonio Barrera and Humberto Soto but this was his first fight since December 2011.

Shafikov vs. Benavides
Chug, chug, chug. Here comes the little Russian tank Shafikov. The guy just keeps coming getting inside the reach of taller fighters; he is just 5’5” (165cm) and has short, powerful arms. In this all-southpaw battle he slowly broke down the resistance of the experienced Nicaraguan to force a stoppage at the start of the seventh round. “Djingis Khan” is No 2 with the WBC and IBF No 4 (but positions 1 and 2 are vacant). He won an IBF eliminator at light welter but is now rated as a lightweight. Although not a concussive puncher the 28-year-old just grinds them down. He has 18 wins by KO/TKO. Benavides, 31, has been world rated in the past and was having his first fight since losing to Bryan Vazquez for the interim WBA super feather title in November 2011. The only other fighter to beat him inside the distance was Roman Martinez in 2008.

Ramirez vs. Maldonado
Olympian Ramirez massacres poor Maldonado putting him down three times in the space of just 66 seconds. The tall 21-year-old from California has four wins by KO/TKO, all one round finishes. A three-time US amateur champion Ramirez failed to medal in both the World Amateur Championships and the London Olympics but don’t write him off as a pro. Two losses in a row for Oklahoma State champion Maldonado.
 
Malvinas Argentinas, Argentina: Middle: Sergio Sanders (21-9-2) W KO 7 Abel Adriel (13-8-2)

Sanders has to come from behind to win. Adriel worked inside to build a lead over the first three rounds and the FAB No 7 looked to be on his way to an upset win over No 1 Sanders. However from the fourth the superior power of Sanders began to tell and a volley of hard shots in the seventh put Adriel down and he took the full count whilst on his knees. Now 12 wins by KO/TKO for 34-year-old Saunders. After a run of just one win in nine fights he has now won his last three including a points victory over previously unbeaten Billi Godoy. Godoy was WBC No 1 at the time. He is now No 7 and Sanders does not even make the WBC top 20! First loss inside the distance for 24-year-old Adriel who lost to Sanders on points in August last year.
 
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Light Welter: Juan M Witt (24-0-2) W KO 3 Benjamin Centero (11-3). Cruiser: Ruben Mino (17-0) W KO 2 Jorge Berto (0-6)

Witt vs. Centero
Predictable win for Witt but not before he suffered a shock. Witt found himself on the floor in the second but banged back to finish his Paraguayan opponent in the third. Witt wins a version of the South American title (this is boxing-of course there is more than one version of the title) with this kayo of Centero. “The Little Prince”, 26, has 16 wins by KO/TKO and has won 7 of his last 8 fights that way, but he is not in the top ten in the FAB (Argentinian Federation) ratings. He also holds a version of the South American lightweight title. Centero had lost his first two pro fights then won his next eleven. Sounds ok, but six of his victims had never had a fight and the other five had combined records of 1-14!

Mino vs. Berto
Another piece of rubbish saw 38-year-old “Man of Stone” Mino maintain his 100% record of wins by KO/TKO and his 100% record of being in awful mismatches.  Only one of his fights has gone more than three rounds. Like Witt he holds a version of the South American title. Like Witt he is not in the FAB ratings. Berto came in as a late sub and made it three losses on second round kayos in a row.
 
Sydney, Australia: Cruiser: Dan Baff (15-2-1) W PTS 12 Ayitey Powers (18-21-1). Super Middle: Ben McCullough (12-0) W TKO 5 Jon Siamamora (23-23-5). Super Bantam: Terry Doheny (5-0) W TKO 10 James Mokoginta (24-12-2)

Baff vs. Powers
“Biff” Baff (don’t blame me I didn’t give him the nickname) wins the vacant PABA and WBA Pan Pacific titles with win over Ghanaian veteran Powers. In a one-sided fight Baff outscored the slower Powers all the way and took the decision on scores of 120-108, 119-108 and 119-109. The 30-year-old Baff, ANBF No 4, has lost only one of his last 16 fights. Powers, 33, lost to Richard Williams for the Commonwealth light middle title back in 2004, but has put on some fat since then. In fights in Britain he has also been in with Nat Cleverly, Dean Francis and Tony Bellew.

McCullough vs. Siamamora
ANBF No 1 McCullough retains his PABA title for the first time with stoppage of experienced Indonesian. The 31-year-old from Sydney has nine wins by KO/TKO including the last six fights in a row. Poor Siamamora is on a streak of just one win in his last 14 fights

Doheny vs. Mokoginta
Dubliner Doheny comfortably makes the jump from six rounds to twelve rounds but finishes it inside the distance with a kayo useful Mokoginta. The 26-year-old Irishman wins the vacant PABA title. A good achievement in only his fifth fight. “The Power” has four wins by KO/TKO. He was a good class amateur back home but just failed in attempts at winning a national title. Indonesian Mokoginta has lost his last five fights but the opposition has been good quality and he went the distance with former WBC flyweight champion Daiki Kameda in December.
 
Savonlinna, Finland: Welter: Jussi Koivula (14-1) W TKO 6 Lukasz Janik (8-2-1). Light Welter: Edis Tatli (21-0) W KO 5 Innocent Anyanwu (21-10-3). Middle: Virgilijus Stapulionis (21-2) W PTS 8 Niko Jokinen (21-1)

Koivula vs. Janik
Former top amateur Koivula gets back on the winning trail with stoppage of Pole Janik. It was a one-sided fight with Koivula winning clearly. Janik was knocked down by the ropes in the sixth. He made it to his feet but failed to respond correctly when the referee asked him to step forward with a side-step, the reasoning being that a forward step can be instinctive and not a sign that the fighter is okay. Janik did not do it so the referee ended the fight. The 29-year old, who was Finnish amateur champion from 2002 through to 2008, is not a noted puncher with only four wins by KO/TKO. He was cut and stopped by Pole Lukasz Maciec in April. Now two losses and a draw in his last three fights for Janik.

Tatli vs. Anyanwu
It could be argued that with only five wins by KO/TKO before this fight Tatli is also no puncher. After he had dominated the first five rounds he may even have surprised himself as a thunderous right hook put the Dutch-based Nigerian down and out. The 26-year-old is currently EU champion and looks a good prospect. The once promising Anyanwu, 34, is now just a travelling loser and has nine losses and a draw in his last ten fights.

Stapulionis vs. Jokinen
On paper Stapulionis looked a good test for Jokinen with the rider being that his record was deceptive as all but two of his wins had been against poor opposition in Lithuania and Latvia. However, one of wins in Britain was a one round stoppage to send former world rated Richard Williams back into retirement. His two losses had come on the road against a pair of fighters with combined records of 43-0.The 27-year-old Lithuanian proved to be too tough a handful. He won the first two rounds with Jokinen coming back at him to take the next two. From being fairly even after four rounds Stapulionis won three of the last four rounds to take a well deserved decision as Jokinen surrendered his unbeaten record. Scores 78-74, 78-75 and 77-75.  The Lithuanian just seemed to have that bit more desire. He has good amateur credentials having competed in both the World and European Championships. The tall 25-year-old Jokinen goes back to the drawing board. His statistics looked impressive but there were no real tests there. He was also a good amateur competing in both the World Junior and Senior Championships.
 
Mexico City, Mexico: Feather: Miguel Marriaga (16-0) W PTS 12 Jesus Galicia (12-7)

Colombian Marriaga retains his WBC Continental Americas title with unanimous decision over Mexican Galicia. Southpaw Galicia was the aggressor over the early rounds getting through with some fast combinations, but it was Marriaga who was scoring with the harder and cleaner punches. The sheer workrate of Galicia was getting him some of the close rounds. From the sixth Marriaga stayed with his counter-punching game plan. He was landing hard shots to head and body of the advancing Mexican and Galicia could do nothing to turn the fight around as he lacked the power to swing things his way. Scores 115-113 twice and 116-113. The WBC No 25 built most of his record on poor opposition back home, but this his third win in Mexico. Galicia has good wins over Jesus Ruiz and Romulo Koasicha, the current WBC No 18, who he beat in April.
 
Dipolog City: Philippines: Super Fly: Marco Demecillo (19-1) W PTS 12 Giovanni Escaner (10-1)

Demecillo retains his Philippines title but is given a tough time by newcomer Escaner. Demecillo had lost his unbeaten tag when being widely outpointed by Arthur Villaneuva in April so needed to bounce back, but only just made it. Scores 116-114, 117-116 and 115-113. Third defence of the national title for the 23-year-old who is still considered a prospect. First twelve round fight for GAB No 4 “Little Giant” Escaner, also 23,-who is also very promising despite this first loss.
 
St Thomas, US Virgin Islands: Light Middle: John Jackson (17-1) W PTS 8 Tony Hirsch (14-5-2). Super Middle: Julius Jackson (16-0) W TKO 1 Julius Fogle (16-9,1ND). Middle: Sam Rogers (14-0) W TKO 2 Eduardo Adorno (2-19-1)

John J vs. Hirsch
A good night for the Jackson family. John J gets a unanimous but hard fought decision over Hirsch. There was plenty of action with both fighters chins winning out over the power of the punch from his opponent. John J was busier and more accurate but Hirsch was competitive in every round but just not doing enough. Both went for broke in the last but again neither could dent the other. John “Da Rock” J, 24 took the decision on scores of 79-73, 78-74 and 77-75. Fourth win for John J since close decision loss to current WBC No 3 Willie Nelson in September. As an amateur John J competed in the 2007 World Championships and beat Diego Chaves on his way to the 2008 Olympics. Hirsch, 29, had been earning his living as a sparring partner to Andre Ward.

Julius J vs. Fogle
A poor fight saw Julius J remain unbeaten with a first round stoppage of veteran Fogle. Late substitute Fogle was shaken early but it looked more like a clash of heads than a punch. Julius J then put Fogle down twice finishing the bout with a body punch. The 26-year-old “Chef” makes it 12 wins by KO/TKO the last six in a row. Julius competed at both the 2007 World Championships and the 2008 Olympics, but each time was beaten by Ireland’s Kenneth Egan. Fogle, 41, won a whole raft of US Army and Inter Services titles but just came up short in both the 2000 and 2004 Olympic trials. He left it far too late to turn pro and although winning his first 15 fights he is now 1-9, 1ND in his last 11.

Rogers vs. Adorno
An abysmal bit of matching saw promising “Rock City Cobra” Rogers destroy late sub Adorno. Rogers scored four knockdowns, three in the first round and one early in the second and the referee stopped the fight. Indiana-born, Virgin Islands based Rogers did not turn pro until he was 26. He has 8 wins by KO/TKO but poor opposition. Puerto Rican Adorno was having only his second fight since May 2011 and has lost his last six by KO/TKO.
 
August 18
Atlanta, GA, USA:
Cruiser: Jaidon Codrington (21-3) W TKO 2 Steve Walker (26-30)

In his first fight for almost 16 months Codrington put Walker down three times for the victory. A right dropped Walker in the first and he only just lasted to the bell. Early in the second a body punch put Walker down on his knees. He got up only to be floored again by a left and the fight was stopped. Codrington won 18 of his first 19 fights, 14 by KO/TKO, including a second round kayo of Brian Vera in the 2007 “The Contender” series. He was stopped in eight rounds by Sakio Bika in 2007, had one fight in 2008 and one in 2010, both at super middle. He returned in April 2012 as a cruiserweight and was kayoed in 116 seconds by Rakhim Chakhkiev, and disappeared again.
 
August 19
New York, NY: USA:
Middle: Danny Jacobs (26-1) W TKO 3 Giovanni Lorenzo (32-6). Light Middle: Eddie Gomez (15-0) W TKO 4 Steve Upsher Chambers (24-3-1). Middle: Terrell Gausha (5-0) W KO 2 Austin Marcum (5-4).Light Heavy: Marcus Browne (6-0) W KO 1 Robert Hill (1-2)

Jacobs vs. Lorenzo
The 26-year-old “Golden Child” continued his resurgence with a stoppage of Dominican Lorenzo. Jacobs was handling the rough tactics of Lorenzo well over the first two rounds but the Dominican had some success early in the third. He halted Jacobs in his tracks with a hard hook and also opened a cut by his left eye. All that did was to galvanise Jacobs who landed a hard left-right combination putting Lorenzo face down. Lorenzo tried to get up but just fell again and the fight was over. The only loss suffered by the former amateur star was an upset stoppage against the then hardly known Dmitry Pirog. He won his biggest fight by recovering from cancer with a large life threatening tumor on his spine. Now he is as much the “Miracle Man” as the “Golden Child”.  He wins the vacant WBC Continental Americas title, goes to 23 wins by KO/TKO, and makes it four wins by KO/TKO since returning to the ring. A lot of people are rooting for him on the basis of his courage alone. Lorenzo won his first 26 fights but is now 6-6 in his last twelve. The opposition has been tough with losses on points in IBF, WBA and interim WBA title fights, but this is the first time he has failed to last the distance.

Gomez vs. Chambers
Impressive display from former top amateur Gomez. He had the power in his right hand and Chambers could not match him. In the first a right had Chambers staggering along the ropes, but he survived. Chambers got through with some right hand counters in the second, but did not have the power to deter or hurt Gomez and was again shaken by rights. In the third Gomez was getting through with hard, fast combinations and it was all Chambers could do to just defend himself. More hard rights in the fourth saw the referee stop the fight. Now 10 wins by KO/TKO for 20-year-old “Eboy” who looks a good prospect. Chambers, 28, had a 23 bout unbeaten streak broken by Luis Collazo in October and now has two losses in a row.

Gausha vs. Marcum
No test for Golden Boy’s Olympian Gausha as he knocks out Marcum early in the second. Third win by KO/TKO for the 25-year-old from Ohio. Rated No 1 in the USA in his division he went out by one point against Indian Vijender Singh in the 2012 Olympics. No way was Marcum going to provide any sort of test.

Browne vs. Hill
Another pointless bit of mismatching. Olympian Browne floored Hill with a straight left after just 59 seconds and it is all over-thankfully. The 22-year-old southpaw represented the USA at the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics, losing a close decision in London to Australian Damien Hooper. All six of Browne’s fights have ended in under three rounds, but so they should against such as the 35-year-old two fights Hill.

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.