Weekend Worldwide Results - Gesta knocks out Valle; Walsh claims Commonwealth

Mercito Gesta scored a career best win by decimating Ivan Valle, showing he might be about ready to take the next step up in class. via mercitogesta.fragmob.com/

The biggest fights of the weekend won't happen until tomorrow morning, but in the meantime, here's the rest of the weekend's results.  

San Diego, California

Mercito Gesta TKO2 Ivan Valle - Gesta, one of the better Pinoy prospects around, scored the biggest win of his career by overwhelming high-level gatekeeper Valle.  Gesta scored two knockdowns in the first round, and then put Valle away 30 seconds into the second round, bolstering his reputation as an aggressive finisher.  He rises to 20-0-1 with 10 knockouts, a deceptively low knockout ratio because Gesta started his career at age 16 and didn't get many knockouts before moving to America at age 20.

Michael Franco UD8 Adolfo Landeros - Franco moves up to 17-0 with the win.  

Puebla, Mexico

Sammy Gutierrez TKO3 Luis Carrillo - Gutierrez applied constant pressure, and it didn't take long for him to get to Carrillo, whom he knocked out with an overhand right to the jaw.  Gutierrez claims an interim strawweight title that is likely to be vacated in the near future, as actual titlist Roman Gonzalez is fighting for a light flyweight title tomorrow morning, and if he wins, he'll need to give up one or the other.  Gutierrez improves to 28-5-2 with 19 knockouts, though his only blemishes in the past five years have come to Nkosinathi Joyi, Raul Garcia and Omar Nino.

London, England

Liam Walsh UD12 Maxwell Awuku - Liam becomes the first of the Walsh brothers to capture a title of any kind, winning the Commonwealth super featherweight title.  According to reports, Walsh was hurt a couple of times, including getting a bloodied nose in the second, but was just a lot slicker and Awuku just wasn't active enough, even though he did land the hardest punches of many of the rounds.  

Saschen, Germany

Timo Hoffmann D12 Alexander Petkovic - In case it wasn't obvious already, Hoffmann is toast.  He's gone from slow to molassess.  Stick a fork in him.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Marcelo Luiz Nascimento KO1 Gonzalo Omar Basile - Somehow, the WBO saw it fit to rank Basile in their top 10 at heavyweight after knocking off a winning streak over nobody special in particular.  This ends the gravy train for him and puts Nascimento, a 13-0 Brazilian who hadn't previously faced anyone even halfway decent, on the map. Nascimento will probably go into the WBO's rankings, meaning he too might have a shot at being another meaningless Klitschko victim.  He's been a rumored opponent of Tyson Fury before, so don't be surprised if that gets picked back up.

Also scoring wins this weekend: Ryo Miyazaki, Emmanuel Taylor, Sergei Gulyakevich, Edmund Gerber, Samuel Vargas, Jorge Luis Teron, Jesus Pabon (Antonio Pitalua pulled out, so he beat up on a journeyman), Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar, Eduardo Escobedo and Dawid Kostecki.

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