Carolina Duer (left) & Marcela Acuna (right) - via ESPN Deportes
This weekend recap is devoted to events that most casual American boxing fans haven’t seen or heard of. Fights from the past Friday and Saturday are covered.
There wasn't much televised boxing to choose from during the holiday season, and consequently you won't have much to read in this edition of the "Weekend Recap". Catch the previous installment here.
2012-12-21 Club Universitario, La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Carolina Raquel Duer UD10 Marcela Eliana Acuna (97.5-93.5, 96.5-96, 98-94.5)
Acuna was too stiff and robotic with her punches while Duer was loose and free flowing. However Acuna was by far the more accurate fighter, which is what really matters. By the 3rd round Acuna began to walk Duer down and by the 4th Acuna was timing her with the best clean shots of the fight. Duer's punches stopped flowing as frequently and Acuna's superior defense and timing impressed me the most even though she was flat footed and rigid. I feel Acuna's body language must have betrayed her. Duer would get hit flush and "take it like a champ" while Acuna would look nervous after deflecting a close call. The judges should have known better, but c'est la vie. I thought Duer closed well by just being busy and gave her the last 3 rounds. Acuna still won the first 7. There were plenty of swing rounds so I won't call this an outright robbery, but it should be noted that Duer bowed at Acuna's feet before the scorecards were read...
After a shaky career start (2 wins followed by 3 losses) Duer has done rather well for herself. She's on a 12 fight winning streak and has defended her WBO super flyweight title 6 times. Duer-Acuna was a non-title fight at super bantamweight, where Acuna was recently WBC Silver champion. Despite the "loss" to Duer, Acuna still has a WBA/WBO world title fight set up with Yesica Patricia Marcos in January of 2013. If the 36 year old Acuna could somehow pull that victory off I think she clearly merits hall of fame induction (if women were given such honors). Acuna's first 2 pro fights came against a prime Christy Martin and Lucia Rijker. She obviously lost but just to have the audacity to take fights that tough goes to show how successful she eventually became. Acuna's wins over Alejandra Marina Oliveras and Jackie Nava stand out the most in her 2 division, multi-time world champion career. I'm sure Duer bowing at Acuna's feet had a lot to do with this.
Mateo Damian Veron TKO5 Carlos Leonardo Herrera
Herrera walked into a big right hand and got knocked out in highlight reel fashion. It wasn't a serious KO of the year candidate, but one well worth watching.
Ricardo Marcelo Ramallo KO1 Jose Maria Caffarena
After giving Caffarena a standing 8 count following a left hook / overhand right combination, Ramallo landed an even more devastating left hook that dropped Cafferena twice, one short of Trevor Berbick's trips to the canvas following the same punch from Mike Tyson.
2012-12-(21?) Disco Club Collage, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Emmanuel Wero Osuna TKO2 Jose Iniguez
On paper this looked like a pretty even matchup going in. Osuna was 11-1 (no KOs) while Iniguez was 11-2 (2 KOs), as per Azteca America. Given those statistics you'd have to say that this fight ended abruptly. However given the statistics you might look up on BoxRec, you wouldn't know what to think. In any event Osuna didn't appear to have the advantage until the very end of the 1st round where he seemingly stunned Iniguez with his final combination. In round 2 Iniguez was hurt by left hooks to the body and could never recover. Osuna kept going back to the body and Iniguez eventually folded over. He beat the referee's 10-count but was in no condition to continue. Both of these super bantamweights have much to work on, but Osuna was impressive.
Emmanuel Alva D8 Jhonatan Torres
Baltazar Molina TKO5 Arturo Urusouieta
The referee may have been slow to stop this fight... One as the Azteca America commentators went as far as to call him "inept."
Alan Casillas SD4 Manuel Cordero
2012-12-22 Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
I attended this event live, televised by NBC, and did a full recap here. Only results are listed below.
Tomasz Adamek SD12 Steve Cunningham (115-113, 113-115, 116-112)
Vyacheslav Glazkov RTD4 Tor Hamer
Naim Nelson UD8 Osnel Charles
David Williams D4 William Miranda
Jerome Rodriguez TKO2 Edwardo Smith
Julio Angel De Jesus D4 Korey Sloane
2012-12-22 Club Sportivo America, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Alejandra Marina Oliveras TKO4 Paulina Cardona
With no time left on the clock the referee waved the fight off in the 4th round as Oliveras teed off on Cardona against the ropes. Oliveras scored a knockdown shortly beforehand and ultimately made the 3rd defense of her WBO featherweight title. Cardona is now 0-7 in world title opportunities of her 38 fight career. Yet shockingly she's only 23 years old. This was Olivaeras' 5th straight annihilation and she should step up her opposition immediately. She's more muscular than most men and keeps her hair shorter than many. I honestly feel sorry for some of the women she fights...
Diego Oscar Silva MD10 Julian Evaristo Aristule [WBO Latino super bantamweight title]
Victoria Noelia Bustos UD6 Paula Andrea Morales
Daniela Romina Bermudez UD6 Anahi Yolanda Salles
Vanesa Lorena Taborda UD4 Soledad del Valle Frias
2012-12-22 Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza, Caguas, Puerto Rico
Abner Cotto TKO7 Sergio Perez
Perez would have been the underdog against the current Cotto 10 years ago. At age 37 Perez didn't even stand a chance. He was dropped in the 1st round and dominated throughout until the conclusion. Perez quit on his stool after the 6th round but the referee didn't call it until the start of the 7th, making it a TKO7 rather than RTD6. Cotto looked much better than he did in his recent questionable win over Alejandro Rodriguez, but the quality of the opponent dropped. I still have my doubts if the lightweight division should be put on notice anytime soon.
Cesar Seda TKO2 Lorenzo Trejo
Jose Lopez UD4 Eric Gotay
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/or 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 firstname.lastname@example.org