Alejandro Lopez (left) & Jonathan Romero (right) - via fightnews.com
This weekend recap is devoted to events that most casual American boxing fans haven’t seen or heard of. Fights from this past Friday and Saturday are covered.
Welcome to another Tuesday installment of my fight recaps. Monday was a holiday again, so I enjoyed it. I've put out recaps on Tuesdays so often that at this point it's no longer unusual. So from now on just expect them either Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. Don't expect them Monday of next week because I will be ringside for Patrick "The Machine" Majewski vs Jamaal "Da Truth" Davis. A full, in depth, fight report for Majewski-Davis will come on Sunday. I'll also have a pre-fight story coming out on Davis no later than Thursday.
In any event you can check out my previous fight coverage here. I actually added 2 relevant cards from Mexico since I released that the first time, which I honestly simply forgot to include last week. Humberto Soto and Enrique Bernache headlined those cards.
2013-02-15 Doncaster Dome, Doncaster, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Tyrone Nurse TKO2 Joe Elfidh
Elfidh injured his shoulder and his corner threw in the towel... Apparently it's an old injury that resurfaced on this night. Consequently Nurse is the new BBBofC Central Area light welterweight champion.
Dougie Curran PTS6 Andy Townend
This was a close competitive fight that could have gone either way.
Luke Crowcroft PTS4 Mitch Mitchell
Olly Newham PTS6 John Anthony
This was Newham's 1st fight in nearly 4 years. He's still got plenty of time for a career as he's only 26. His record now stands at 5-0.
Mickey Davies PTS4 Costas Osben
2013-02-15 Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Jon Lewis Dickinson UD12 David Dolan (118-111, 118-111, 117-112)
Dickinson comfortably retained his BBBofC British cruiserweight title utilizing a tighter defense and throwing shorter punches. Dolan was game throughout but a bit too crude to give Dickinson enough problems. Dolan lacked the power to make up for his technical deficiencies. The only person hurt in the fight was Dolan, who was wobbly throughout the 8th round after getting caught by a left hook at the beginning.
Dolan previously lost a closer 10 round decision to Dickinson in 2011.
Peter Cope PTS4 David Lake
Lake went down in round 3.
Danny Price TKO1 Tamas Bajzath
Bajzath was down twice.
Gary Fox TKO1 Mark McKray
The mini Cinderella story of McKray has ended, but it marred by Fox missing weight.
2013-02-15 PalaChiarbola, Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Brunet Zamora MD12 Krzysztof Szot (114-114, 115-113, 118-112)
Not sure what judge David John Irving was thinking, who had it for Zamora by 6 points, but this was a very close fight. The 38 year old Zamora, who dropped a weight class for this fight, was given all he could handle and then some. On paper this didn't look like a worthy vacant EBU-EU (European Union) lightweight title fight, but it delivered in the ring. That however may just be because Zamora has seen better days and Szot is a journeyman. Whatever the case may be, this was a good fight worth watching.
After getting dismantled by the very talented and much younger Denis Shafikov, Zamora has gradually made his way down the scale to lightweight. Ironically Shafikov has done the same. It would probably be best if Zamora avoided that trilogy (1st bout ended in a draw).
2013-02-15 Polideportivo Municipal, Nogoya, Entre Rios, Argentina
Fernando Angulo UD10 Miguel Leonardo Caceres (96-95½, 99-94, 99-93)
Caceres went down in the 9th round after getting soundly out boxed through most of the 8 before it. Caceres however got up, finished the fight, and raised his hands proudly. DirecTV had the fight 99-92.5 Angulo.
With the victory Angulo improved his record to 26-9. So far he's appeared on a televised Argentina card in every month of the year. On paper this fight was much easier than the Bonanni 12 rounder, but I honestly don't think Caceres did any worse than Bonanni...
Daniel Alejandro Sanabria TKO4 Walter David Cabral
Roberto Carlos Mario Marin UD4 Johnatan Ramon Martinez
Abel Nicolas Adriel UD4 Bruno Ezequiel Ibanez
2013-02-16 Hilton Lac Leamy, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Dierry Jean TKO2 Juan Jesus Rivera
Although Rivera missed weight and was clearly the bigger man in the ring, the fight was still a mismatch. It took longer for Jean to walk to the ring than it took to finish Rivera off. However, to be fair, Juan Jesus Rivera was a late replacement for Cosme Rivera. I just hope the promotion didn't make the substitution just to keep the billing #JeanRivera.
As for the fight itself, Rivera got caught with a counter left hook at the end of round 1 and his gloves touched the canvas. In round 2 Rivera was put down again, this time by a counter right hand, and looked as if he wasn't getting back up. But as the referee's count got closer to 10 Rivera quickly got to his feet. However, Jean jumped right back on Rivera and the referee quickly waved it off while Rivera was complaining about shots to the back of the head.
Ahmad Cheikho UD8 Giuseppe Lauri
Cheikho called out Selcuk Aydin after this dreary fight, whom Lauri is scheduled to fight next month.
Andrew Gardiner UD8 Konstantin Piternov
Piternov's defense and countering ability gave Gardiner trouble. The crowd gave each fighter a standing ovation at the end.
Pascal Villeneuve TKO1 Nuno Lagarto
Schiller Hyppolite TKO3 Hassene Azouz Neffati
Brandon Cook RTD3 Raul Saiz
Francis Lafreniere KO1 Pawel Seliga
Mian Hussain UD4 Sylwester Walczak
Walczak was hurt in the 2nd and 3rd rounds but wound up as the 1st fighter to go the distance with Hussain. Hussain plans to compete as a welterweight in the future.
2013-02-16 Sociedad de Fomento Barrio La Josefa, Campana, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Juan Manuel Witt KO3 Jonathan Ariel Riquelme Ramirez
Witt improved to 23-0-2 following this rematch, where he stopped his opponent in the same amount of rounds as before. Apparently the vacant WPC Latino lightweight title was on the line.
Ruben Angel Mino TKO1 Carlos Alberto Suarez
Cruiserweight prospect Mino improved to 11-0 with 11 knockouts. Could he be Argentina's version of Deontay Wilder? Well, perhaps if he wasn't short, pudgy, and 38 years old...
Daniel Alejandro Barroso TKO1 Carlos Sebastian Aguirre
This was the pro debut for Barroso, who at the very least has a good build for a heavyweight.
2013-02-16 Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Some fights were broadcasted by UniMas while others were broadcasted by Azteca America / Mexico.
Jonathan Romero SD12 Alejandro Lopez (112-115, 115-112, 116-111)
In a bout which alternated between fighters playing offense and defense, Romero fouling, and Lopez "asking" to be fouled, Romero's effective aggression and power punching proved to be the difference. Although I personally had the fight wide for Romero, I saw a lot of swing rounds and can understand how someone might give the fight to Lopez. But as far as concrete rounds go, Lopez only took 1, the 4th. For whatever reason Romero decided he wasn't going to punch that round. The 12th round was either even or a 2 point round for Lopez as a result of a Romero point deduction for hitting Lopez in the back. Romero was sternly warned for doing that as early as round 6.
Former world champion Carlos "El Famoso" Hernandez, part of the Solo Boxeo commentary team, agreed that Romero deserved the win. Hernandez was retired by Vicente Escobedo in 2009, who ironically had a fight on this very night.
Nonetheless Romero pulled out the victory in Lopez's hometown and walked away with the previously vacant IBF super bantamweight title. The 26 year old skilled boxer-puncher is now 23-0 as a pro and could be a real player in the division in the not too distant future.
Alejandro Gonzalez Jr TKO2 Hanzel Martinez
Hanzel planned to fight for a world title later this year, but those plans may have been derailed by Gonzalez, courtesy of a few devastating left hooks. The first left hook that Gonzalez landed was a counter hook while he was moving backwards. Gonzalez then ran toward a retreating Martinez to finish him off with another one. Martinez did beat the count but was in no shape to continue. He protested the stoppage and was very emotional after the fight. His brother in law and cornerman, Antonio Margarito, calmed him down.
With the victory Gonzalez Jr, son of former WBC featherweight champion Alejandro Gonzalez, improved his record to 16-0-2 and picked up the vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental bantamweight title.
Jose Uzcategui UD10 Rogelio Medina (97-92, 97-92, 96-93)
This was the main event of the Azteca America card. "Porky" Medina was hurt in round 9 by a body shot and dominated for the rest of the round. In round 10 he was hurt to the body again and responded with a pro wrestling move and an intentional low blow. Consequently Porky lost a point, but it wasn't enough to change the outcome of the fight on the official judges' scorecards.
But since Azteca America had the fight 86-85 Medina (giving him rounds 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7) going into the last round, had Uzcategui merely won round 10 without a deduction, they would have had the fight even. The Azteca America team was practically flabbergasted by the 6 point margin produced by 2 of the judges. I, however, could see it either way. That's just what happens when rounds are won by inches, feet, and yards rather than miles.
In any event Uzcategui closed strong and maintained his unbeaten pro record. He's now 17-0.
Rafael Guzman KO5 Rodolfo Manriquez
Juan Heraldez TKO1 Benjamin Romanio
A swift and sweet left hook sent Romanio crashing to the canvas. The referee stopped the fight without bothering to count. There was no chance Romanio was getting up, but by the books it's still a technical knockout. That being said, it's a must see TKO.
Luis Esteban Nery TKO1 Leonardo Reyes
2013-02-16 Domo Deportivo, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Mexico Televisa / USA Fox Deportes
Roberto Ortiz TD6 Fidel Monterrosa Munoz (58-54, 58-54, 56-56)
After an untidy but competitive opening, a forearm (which may have contained glove lacing) opened a cut outside of Munoz's left eye. A break was taken for the doctor to check it out and Ortiz was deducted a point per WBC rules. Ironically later that round a clash of heads opened a cut outside of Ortiz's left eye and Munoz lost a point as well. Consequently this ended up being one of those rare 9-8 or 9-9 rounds (it could have gone either way). The fight had degenerated to the point where the referee yelled at both fighters to keep it clean at the start of the 3rd round. The warning appeared to work until the end of the round where Munoz landed an obvious low blow and Ortiz took a short break to recover.
Overall the fight was very much nip and tuck although Ortiz appeared to be ahead. Ortiz landed the cleaner punches and more of them. It eventually became difficult for Munoz to see out of his left eye, which was closing and had a bleeding gash above it. Punches caused the eye to get worse, but because it all began with an illegal tactic the fight went to the scorecards. One judge thought the bout was even while the other two had Massa up by 4.
In any event Ortiz picked up the vacant WBC Silver welterweight title for his troubles and improved his record to 28-0-1. Ortiz was previously the WBC Silver light welterweight champion and made 6 defenses of that title. He's a good "prospect" to watch.
Fidel Maldonado Jr KO3 Jorge Romero
Maldonado busted Romero's nose open in the first round, probably the result of a head snapping straight left, and continued to dismantle his orthodox opponent from then on. Maldonado did lose a point for holding Romero down while hitting him in the 2nd round, but wasn't too concerned with scorecards on this night. A 1-2 combination put Romero down in round 3 and the referee waved it off after Romero fell again on his first attempt to get up. Romero had to be supported and escorted back to his stool, so the stoppage proved to be wise.
Maldonado improved his record to 15-2 and picked up the WBC Latino Silver lightweight title.
Dorely Valente D10 Mayela Perez [WBC Youth female super flyweight title]
Joseph Aguirre UD4 Israel Huerta
2013-02-16 Coupole el Menzah, Tunis, Tunisia
Tunisia TV / InfoSport
Ayoub Nefzi RTD6 Ishmael Tetteh
I honestly have no idea why Tetteh's trainer wanted to stop this fight. Nothing bad appeared to happen in the previous round to necessitate a stoppage. In fact, if anyone was injured, it was Nefzi from an arm lock that Tetteh put him in. Nefzi was likely ahead but by no means was he dominating Tetteh.
Consequently Nefzi won the vacant IBF Continental Africa light middleweight title, but I didn't see anything to suggest he's going to be a player in the division anytime soon. His record improved to 20-2-1.
Joel Tambwe Djeko TKO6 Bassam Belkhir
After Belkhir got dropped in the 6th and took an 8 count, he just didn't want to continue. For some reason however the referee called a time out, allowed Belkhir to walk to his corner and get water, and had a conversation with the corner before finally stopping the fight nearly 30 seconds after the 8 count ended...
2013-02-16 Club Colon, Montevideo, Uruguay
Argentina TyC Sports / Uruguay VTV
Gonzalo Omar Basile UD10 Alfredo Brigido Ruiz Diaz (100-90, 99-94, 99-90)
6'6" El Patón, 38 years old and 67 fights to his name, added another name to his win column after an uneventful fight. TyC generously gave Diaz the 7th round.
In any event Basile picked up the interim WBC Latino heavyweight title, again.
Noe Gonzalez Alcoba KO1 Idiozan Matos
This fight gets my personal nomination for KO of the week.
Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias TKO2 Ramon Carlos Garcia
Farias, who is scheduled to fight James DeGale next month, was dropped by a left hook early in round 1 but got up to dominate the rest of the fight. It didn't last much longer however as the referee waved it off in round 2.
Luis Alejandro Tejerina UD6 Cesar Dario Milla
Lucas German Priori TKO2 Nicolas Facundo Quiroz
If Quiroz pretended he was KOed the 1st time he was dropped he may have had a case to win by DQ. Priori landed multiple, obvious shots while Quiroz was on the floor. But the fight continued and the referee waved it off after Priori flurried and put Quiroz down again.
#QuitCounter2013 returns this week with 4 new additions, highlighted in bold. The total count is now at 25.
2013-01-05 Reyes Sanchez RTD5/TKO6 Ramiro Alcaraz
2013-01-11 Brandon Holmes TKO4 Javier Esparza
2013-01-11 Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym TKO4 Noli Morales
2013-01-12 Hector Alfredo Avila RTD6/TKO7 Emilio Ezequiel Zarate
2013-01-12 Matias Carlos Adrian Rueda RTD3/TKO4 Sergio Alejandro Blanco
2013-01-18 Brandon Riddell TKO1 Eric McNorris
2013-01-19 Khalid Yafai RTD4 Gonzalo Garcia
2013-01-19 Roberto Feliciano Bolonti RTD7/TKO8 Franco Raul Sanchez
2013-01-23 Delen Parsley RTD2 Tyrone Selders
2013-01-23 Eugene Russell KO1 Granson Clark
2013-01-25 Brian Vera TKO10 Serhiy Dzinziruk
2013-01-25 Edgar Santana TKO3 Eddie Soto
2013-01-25 Franklin Lawrence RTD2 Mark Brown
2013-01-25 Omar Douglas RTD2 David Warren Huffman
2013-01-30 Erick Martinez TKO2 Miguel Angel Garcia Nava
2013-02-01 Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo RTD4 Arief Blader
2013-02-08 Kevin Bizier RTD8 Nate Campbell
2013-02-09 Carlos Gabriel Ozan KO1 Modesto Rodriguez
2013-02-09 Javier Francisco Maciel TKO5 Emilio Julio Julio
2013-02-09 Micki Nielsen KO1 Josef Krivka
2013-02-09 Saul Juarez KO10 Armando Torres
2013-02-16 Brandon Cook RTD3 Raul Saiz
2013-02-16 Demetrius Hopkins RTD6 Charles Whittaker
2013-02-16 Jamel Herring RTD3 Carlos Lopez
2013-02-16 Joel Tambwe Djeko TKO6 Bassam Belkhir
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, Tuesdays, 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.