Welcome to Part 2 of my bi-weekly fight recaps. Part 1 is available here.
2012-10-12 Fureai Hall, Hino, Tokyo, Japan
I found two fights from this card on YouTube, recorded via camcorder.
Makoto Fuchigami RTD6 Marlon Alta
This bout was contested for the vacant OPBF middleweight title, which Fuchigami previously won in his 2011 fight of the year candidate with Koji Sato. Fuchigami apparently relinquished the title when he took a world title opportunity against Gennady Golovkin. If you've seen either the Sato or Golovkin fights you know Fuchigami isn't particularly difficult to hit. He fights with his hands down, isn't slick, lacks head movement. But he sure is tough as nails and will fight you every minute of every round. Alta was prepared to do no such thing. After a slow start where he barely got off, Alta blew his load in the 4th round and threw everything he had at Fuchigami. Fuchigami did get caught flush a few times but came back to close the round well and pretty much dominated after that. Alta, who lost his opportunity to win the OPBF title on the scales, may have been weight drained for this bout. Whatever the excuse is, he certainly didn't have the proper conditioning to stand a chance.
Charlie Ota KO4 Jonel Gadapan
Ota allowed Gadpan to shoot his load while he picked shots off then came on during moment where Gadapan backed off. Hooks to the body broke Gadpan down in the 3rd round and dropped him. He survived the remainder of the round by getting on his bicycle. In round 4 Ota jumped on Gadapan right away and attacked the body until he fell to his knees. Although he seemingly beat the count the referee waved it off as soon as he stood up.
2012-10-12 Las Pulgas, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
This was televised by Azteca America the next day (in the usual Saturday slot). Despite being televised no results of this card appear on BoxRec at the time this was written...
Misael Castillo TKO5 Mario Hermosillo Padilla
In the main event of the evening, Padilla, a pressure fighter who has entertained me in the past, didn't disappoint against Castillo and went toe to toe from start to finish. He was likely ahead in the fight before apparently getting injured in the 4th round, which was not evident during or upon replay. As he refused to leave his stool to begin the 5th round the fight ended via TKO. The official time of the stoppage was 10 seconds into round 5. The Azteca commentators were as perplexed as I. It's as if Padilla took a page out of fellow welterweight Victor Ortiz's playbook.
Oscar Gonzalez TKO3 Roberto Lopez
Lopez, thanks to a balance and technique that betrayed him, was wobbled by a right hand and dropped by a left hook in different moments of the 1st round. Left hooks put Lopez down twice more in round 3 and forced the referee to wave the fight off. Gonzalez's composure and fundamentals were the difference in the fight.
Mario Lara MD6 Jonas Salvatierra
In an action packed, infighting 6 rounder the shorter and cleaner punching Lara earned a hard fought majority decision. The BoxRec records of each fighter going into this bout are a little hard to believe after watching it. Lara was reported winless in his 9 fight career while Salvatierra was 5-0.
Rosalio Rios TKO4 Jacobo Perez
A clash of heads halted the action almost as soon as the round began. This may have been the fastest I've ever seen a doctor have to check a cut. Fortunately Rios, who was opened up by the head clash, was deemed fit to continue and went on to win the round and the remainder of the fight. Rios, often the aggressor, punished Perez to the body and the head. Perez's best defense was to clinch, but it only preserved him as far as the 4th round. Although he never went down (from a legal punch ruled a knockdown) Perez was stopped in round 4 when the ref stepped in to save him from a defenseless beating he received.
2012-10-12 Foro Polanco, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
The main event of this card was aired by Mexico's Cadena Tres, which I was able to see via a wbcboxing.tv stream.
Odilon Zaleta KO12 Armando Torres
Torres, dropped by a counter straight right hand in the very first round, appeared to be out of his depth on a technical and physical level. Torres was battered into the ropes and dropped by another right hand in round 2. If anyone told me he would last until the 12th round I would have called them crazy. But then somehow Torres came to life in the backend of the second round and he just kept coming... I mean, I wouldn't go as far as to say he definitely won rounds, but he was at least competitive in them. Cadena Tres gave Torres the 6th and referee Rafael Saldana took a point from Zaleta in the 7th for dirty tactics. A major head clash in the 8th then saw Zaleta take the brunt of the damage. The easy fight Zaleta once had in front of him appeared to have disappeared. After 8 rounds open scoring announced that one judge only had Zaleta ahead by a single point. By round 11 it even looked like Zaleta was in danger of not seeing the finish line himself as Torres bullied him around the ring. But then, seemingly out of nowhere, a big overhand right by Zaleta put Torres down for the count in one of the most bizarre fights I've seen all year. I suggest watching this.
2012-10-13 Southampton, Bermuda
Bernews.com was kind enough to upload the two female fights of this card to YouTube.
Teresa Perozzi D10 Tori Nelson (95-95 Even, 98-93 Perozzi, 95-95 Even)
Although a world title fight, the referee Steve Smoger was easily the most famous person in the ring this night in Bermuda. The quality of the fight itself didn't make up for the obscurity of the fighters either. Nonetheless both the WBA and WBC middleweight titles were on the line in this fight. I couldn't help but think to myself that 17 year old Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields could have wiped the floor with either of these two fighters. I didn't actually bother scoring this but the uneventful nature of the fight lead me to believe the ruling of a draw was just. Nelson does deserve a fair amount of credit for even drawing against the vastly more experienced Perozzi on Perozzi's home soil. Perozzi, at 38, has probably seen better days but is still less than a decade into her career.
Jennifer Salinas UD6 Karen Dulin
Salinas, previously 12-3, did what was expected against Dulin, previously 2-11.
2012-10-13 Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Found the main event of this card on the internet, clearly recorded by a friend of the winner ringside.
Michael Anderson TKO1 Miguel Angel Munguia
A lead straight right hand dropped a cornered Munguia and signaled what was the come shortly afterward. Another right hand caught a crouching Munguia on top of the head and dropped him again. The 3rd and final knockdown appeared to be delivered by a jab. The referee didn't even bother to count and waved it off while Munguia was on his knees. Anderson was way too fast for his overmatched opponent. The 31 year old "Slick" Anderson hadn't fought in a year since his only career defeat to Nick Casal. Unfortunately Casal still hasn't fought since and had to cancel a scheduled meeting with Ruslan Provodnikov earlier this year after being brutally assaulted in Buffalo, New York.
2012-10-13 Kopalnia Soli, Wieliczka, Poland
Poland's Canal+ Sport aired 5 bouts from this card.
Pawel Glazewski UD10 Sofiane Sebihi
In the main event of the evening Pawel Glazewski was given all he could handle against Sofiane Sebihi. Glazewski, most famous for his questionable defeat to Roy Jones Jr earlier in the year, dug deep and successfully defended his Polish International light heavyweight title. Sebihi's right glove touched the canvas in round 2 after tasting a big overhand right mid round. A minute later Glazewski touched the canvas himself from a short counter right that caught him as he came in. Whereas Sebihi was more annoyed that he was caught and lost balance, Glazewski was visibly hurt. From there on Sebihi continued to make it difficult for Glazewski but came up short in the scoring department. Sebihi felt he did enough to win and was shocked by how wide the cards were. Judge Eugeniusz Tuszynski didn't give Sebihi a single round but was kind enough to at least score one of them even, probably the 2nd round. Perhaps the judges were kind to Glazewski on this night to make up for RJJ fight.
Andrzej Soldra TKO7 Ricky Dennis Pow
Soldra's natural boxing ability was on an entirely different level to Pow's and consequently cut his face up so bad the referee and ringside doctor felt enough was enough after 7 hard fought rounds. In this meeting of undefeated prospects Soldra advanced his record to 5-0 with 4 KOs and marked himself as one to watch in the future. He has excellent speed and reflexes.
Lukasz Wawrzyczek UD8 Anton Sjomkin
Wawrzyczek dominated the fight by getting off first and controlling the pace, using his jab to set things up. Sjomkin has his moments when he let his hands go, but too infrequently.
Konrad Dabrowski UD4 Ivans Levickis
Green prospect Dabrowski was clearly the more skilled of the two and boxed intelligently to secure the victory. Fighting out of the southpaw stance Dabrowski proved too tricky for the now 1-5 Levickis to figure out.
Michal Syrowatka UD4 Jevgenijs Fjodorovs
This was a dominant pro debut for Syrowatka who out classed Fjodorovs in every round using his speed and combinations. Fjodorovs, now 8-35-4, has pretty much made a career out of losing.
2012-10-13 Estadio Aldo Cantoni, San Juan, San Juan, Argentina
TyC broadcasted what appears to be the entire card in their weekly installment of "Boxeo de Primera".
Mauricio Javier Munoz SD12 Luis Franco (115-113, 115-114, 110-118)
In an official IBF featherweight title eliminator Argentinian Munoz narrowly escaped the undefeated Cuban Franco. It's rare to see a prospect like Franco go from appearing on Showtime's ShoBox and ESPN's Friday Night Fights to ending up on TyC's Boxeo de Primera. That said, given Franco's inability to attract a following in the United States it's not surprising the fight ended up where it did. Anyways, after dropping the first 3 rounds Munoz turned up the heat on Franco and the two exchanged at a furious pace. Munoz learned that as long as he got off first and dictated the pace, Franco was not all that difficult to hit. A big right hand bomb that shook Franco highlighted the 5th round although TyC scored it for him anyways. Anyways, while TyC and Panamanian judge Fernando Murray may have favored the more artistic work of Franco, American judges Valerie Dorsett and Al Wilensky appreciated the pressure and activity of Munoz. However, it's not as if Franco got out hustled in every round. Actually I felt the tide turned in round 7 where Franco pretty much dominated Munoz at his own game, except with more skill and precision. Personally I felt Franco let his hands go enough from rounds 7-9 to win them, and probably even out worked Munoz in at least 2 of them. Munoz however came back strong in round 10 and closed the fight like a man possessed, rocking Franco a few times in the process. I didn't think Munoz did enough to win the fight, but in my generous scoring for him he managed a draw. TyC, who had the bout 117-111 for Franco, was surprised by the official result.
Fabian Oscar Orozco TKO7 Gaston Dario Bustamante
From early on in the fight Orozco showed he was the more explosive puncher of the two and largely walked Bustamante down throughout the bout. A left hook to the body put Bustamante down in round 2 and as soon as action resumed a right hook to the body put him down again. Follow up body work didn't put Bustamante down again and he appeared to have recovered by the next round. Although recovered, Bustamante still took a beating for the remainder of the fight and was taken out by combinations that had him falling down and through the ropes early in round 7. Bustamante beat both counts in the 7th as he did in the 2nd, but the referee felt he had seen enough.
Segundo Ariel Senteno SD6 Maximiliano Gaston Mujica
The taller Mujica did well to land bombs from the outside and took the first 4 rounds on the TyC scorecard. I also felt Mujica faded down the stretch and was out hustled, but he definitely didn't lose the fight by the wide margin judge Osvaldo Presiozza had (59½-56).
Leonela Paola Yudica Andino MD4 Alejandra Maria de Lujan
In an evenly matched contest Andino escaped with a majority decision victory and improved her record to 2-0 while Maria de Lujan fell to 3-3. TyC felt Rios took the first 2 rounds while Andino took the last 2 and scored the bout even.
If a bout is not mentioned which took place on one of the above cards it's most likely because I haven't got around to watching it yet. In the event that I do watch such a bout at a later time it's still unlikely I will update this recap. My recaps will be posted on Mondays and Wednesdays, devoted to cards that most casual American boxing fans haven't seen or heard of. For available footage of the previously reported bouts follow @sweetboxing on twitter. You may also email the author of this piece at email@example.com