Saturday Global Boxing Results: Alexander, Sturm Wins Stir Debate

Felix Sturm and Matthew Macklin were about this close for 12 rounds on Saturday. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Cologne, Germany

  • Felix Sturm SD-12 Matthew Macklin: A surprisingly great fight, a toe-to-toe phone booth war, and Macklin came up short on scores of 115-113, 112-116, and 112-116. I didn't think this one was a robbery, as I scored it 115-114 for Sturm, but felt it could have gone either way, and had the fight been in the UK, Macklin probably would have won by reverse scores. The reactions to this fight surprised me, as I thought it just a terrific scrap that either guy could have taken. Sturm said he'll rematch Macklin later this year. (Full Recap)
  • Manuel Charr TKO-7 Danny Williams: Charr (18-0, 10 KO) is really not very good, so that should tell you all you need to know about Williams these days, who is now 37 years old and running a comeback based in Germany.

Saint Charles, Missouri

  • Devon Alexander SD-10 Lucas Matthysse: Pretty certain I already made my feelings more than clear about this one, but I think I should note that I'm not, like, upset with Alexander himself. He went out and did his job, showed grit, and once again fought a well-regarded opponent. Alexander doesn't hide from tough fights and he's not a chump. But visiting fighters are now going to question whether or not they'll get a fair shake in St. Louis (or in this case, a nearby city). (Full Recap)
  • Tavoris Cloud TKO-8 Yusaf Mack: Mack had his moments, but in the end his stamina betrayed him, which was a familiar outcome. He's now been stopped in all four of his career losses by guys he can't keep off of him long enough. It was a decent fight, unfortunately contested in front of a crowd that couldn't have cared less about the contestants. (Full Recap)
  • Bermane Stiverne TKO-10 Ray Austin: Typical awful heavyweight nonsense, and any hopes for Stiverne have probably been serious stunted. We know what Ray Austin is and is not, and he's not a top of the line heavyweight. But he was leading on two cards at the time of stoppage, and Stiverne had serious issues pulling the trigger and dealing with a tall fighter. That makes his potential spot as Vitali Klitschko's next challenger -- should Vitali beat Tomasz Adamek -- just so, so appetizing, doesn't it? (Full Recap)
  • Cornelius Bundrage UD-12 Sechew Powell: HBO showed only highlights, but if they needed a triple-header here -- and I'm all for triple-header shows -- this really should have been the third fight, and given the mess that was the heavyweight affair, I can only hope HBO regrets the decision. Bundrage got revenge for a 2005 loss to Powell on escalating scores of 115-113, 117-111, and 119-109 to retain his IBF junior middleweight title.
  • Cory Spinks UD-10 Shakir Ashanti: Spinks won an easy matchup on scores of 100-90 across the board. Quite a fall from the not-too-distant days when Alexander was trying to get some shine on Spinks undercards.
  • Ryan Coyne UD-12 David McNemar: Coyne was supposed to face cruiserweight trinketholder Guillermo Jones, but Jones pulled out with injury (shocking). Instead they dug up a 38-year-old guy from West Virginia who hadn't fought since 2007 and Coyne barely got by on scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 116-114. The Jones fight apparently would have been an even bigger mismatch than I suspected.
  • Yuri Romanov TKO-5 Darien Ford: This was Romanov's first fight in three years and his first fight ever in the United States. Go figure. Lot of guys cropping up out of nowhere this year.
  • Also: Omar Henry TKO-1 Chris Tyler, Nelson Linares UD-8 Jose Spearman, Valery Brudov TKO-2 Jim Franklin, Chaen Chess TKO-2 Michael Lunsford

Cozumel, Mexico

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  • Humberto Soto TD-11 Motoki Sasaki: The stoppage came on an injury to Soto, who slipped and sprained his leg. Soto retained his lightweight belt on scores of 100-88 and 99-89 two times.

Culiacan, Mexico

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  • Fernando Montiel TKO-3 Nehomar Cermeno: Weird ending to this one, as Cermeno was hurt near the end of the second round and then pushed down. A count was started to begin the third with Cermeno still on his stool. Cermeno got off his stool to break the count, but his team was still in the ring with the buckets and whatnot, so Cermeno was stopped there.

Sheffield, England

  • Kell Brook UD-12 Lovemore N'dou: Brook dominated the fight and came close to stopping the adamantium-chinned N'dou, but couldn't quite do it. (Full Recap)
  • Richard Towers PTS-8 Ismail Abdoul: Towers improves to 11-0 (8 KO) with the win over veteran Abdoul.
  • Robin Reid TKO-4 Wayne Reed: The 40-year-old Reid's comeback continues with this stoppage win, making him 2-1 since he came back this year after a three-plus year retirement.

Ciudad Del Carmen, Mexico

  • Victor Terrazas TKO-3 Feider Viloria: Terrazas wins a slugfest and stays in the discussion at 122 pounds.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Mike Jones KO-2 Raul Munoz: A disgraceful mismatch ends predictably. This fight had no business being sanctioned. Pennsylvania should be ashamed.
  • Mike Oliver UD-6 Felipe Almanza: Oliver is going to be Orlando Salido's opponent on July 23, and tuned up with this win over journeyman Almanza.
  • Glen Tapia UD-6 Taronze Washington: Prospect Tapia improves to 10-0 (5 KO).

Rzeszow, Poland

  • Dawid Kostecki UD-10 Lolenga Mock: Kostecki won on scores of 99-91, 97-92 and 97-92.
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