Edgar Sosa successfully defends his WBC Silver flyweight title
This weekend recap is devoted to events that most casual American boxing fans haven’t seen or heard of. Fights from this past Wednesday through Saturday are covered.
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2013-03-06 Club Social y Deportivo Santa Clara, Santa Clara del Mar, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Roberto Feliciano Bolonti TKO3 Jorge Rodriguez Olivera
Olivera came out swinging for the fences in round 3 but Bolonti weathered the storm and dropped Olivera with an uppercut + hook combination. Olivera beat the count and wanted to continue, but the referee opted to stop the fight. Bolonti, now 32-2, successfully defended his WBC Latino light heavyweight title.
2013-03-08 Estadio Polideportivo Juan Domingo Ribosqui, Maipú, Mendoza, Argentina
Daniel Eduardo Brizuela UD10 Diego Alberto Chaves (97-93, 97-94, 96-93)
Brizuela was stunned in rounds 1 and 5 but recovered and out boxed Chaves for the majority of the bout. In round 9 a left hook that caught Chaves coming in put him on his behind. Chaves even went to touch gloves with Brizuela after the fact, as if to tell him, "You got me." As it turned out Brizuela had the whole fight in the bag as long as he stayed on his feet in the last round, which he easily did.
Brizuela's record improved to 25-1-2 [1 NC] while Chaves fell to 12-4-2. Despite Brizuela's nice looking record it's doubtful he progresses past local level opponents.
Carlos Gabriel Ozan TKO5 Alejandro Antonio Dominguez
Ozan got off the floor in round 2 to return the favor in round 3 and ultimately finish Dominguez off in round 5. Dominguez's corner threw in the towel. Ozan, now 10-0, is not the best unbeaten prospect in boxing but he can be fun to watch.
Carla Romina Weiss UD4 Florencia Roxana Canteros
2013-03-08 Palaiper, Monza, Lombardia, Italy
Roberto Cocco UD10 Luciano Lombardi (96-93, 97-92, 98-91)
This fight wasn't pretty or particularly skillful, but it was a war. Lombardi was fairly competitive through half of the fight but started breaking down in round 6. In the 7th round Cocco actually knocked Lombardi out of the ring, although punches were only partially responsible. Nonetheless the referee issued an 8 count. It was all academic after that.
Cocco improved to 12-9-1 and made the 1st successful defense of his Italy super middleweight title. Lombardi fell to 18-12-4 [1 NC] and is now 0-5 in national title fights.
Renato De Donato TKO6 Antonio Santoro
A sneaky uppercut caused Santoro to take a knee in the opening round and left him injured for the remainder of the bout. A left cross in the 6th round finished Santoro off. The referee let the doctor take a look at Santoro before he stopped it, but Santoro had already resigned in the middle of the ring. It looked like he may have fractured or broken an orbital bone (unconfirmed).
2013-03-08 Auditorio Plaza Condesa, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Johnny Garcia TKO11 Oscar Ibarra
Garcia out boxed, out punched, and out hustled Ibarra en route to an 11th round stoppage. Garcia did lose a point in round 8 for "using his shoulder" but it was irrelevant to the outcome.
In any event Garcia improved to 17-4-1 and picked up the vacant WBC Latino super flyweight title. Ibarra, a former WBC Silver super flyweight champion who once demolished future lineal flyweight kingpin Sonny Boy Jaro, has lost his last 5 bouts. He's only 27 but it may be time to retire. Garcia, on the other hand, showed he's a decent fighter despite his performance against Omar Narvaez.
Roberto Pucheta UD6 Jorge Otokani Reynoso
Carlos Ruiz KO1 Angel Navarrete
2013-03-08 Krylia Sovetov, Moscow, Russia
Russia TV 2
Dmitry Chudinov TKO1 Milton Nunez
A left hook followed by an overhand right that caught Nunez high on the head put him on "Queer Street". Nunez tried to hold on to survive but the referee warned him twice and forcibly removed his hand from behind Chudinov's head, thus allowing Chudinov to KO Nunez with another left hook + right hand combination. Nunez beat the count but was in no position to continue.
Chudinov improved to 8-0-1 and picked up the interim PABA middleweight title.
Eduard Troyanovsky TKO2 Orlen Padilla
Padilla, the shorter man, was in the process of throwing a left hook as Troyanovsky countered with a right cross that made Padilla do a funny dance. A follow up right hand took Padilla to his knees and another one put him on his butt. Upon getting back to his feet for the 2nd time the referee waved the fight off.
Consequently Troyanovsky improved to 14-0 with 11 KOs and made the 2nd defense of his PABA lightweight title.
Andrey Klimov TD7 Matias Ezequiel Gomez
On paper this looked like a good fight. Klimov was 14-0 and Gomez had 28 knockouts in his 29 wins (with only 1 defeat). Unfortunately the 24 year old Gomez turned out to be pretty raw and Klimov just gave him a boxing lesson. Gomez, undeterred, kept trying to win regardless and opened a huge gash above Klimov's left eye. I first noticed the gash in the 4th round but was unsure what caused it. I was evidently not alone in that sentiment because once the gash got too severe after 7 completed rounds the bout was called off but it took a long time to announce the result.
While the powers that be were fabricating the verdict, Russia TV 2 showed slow motion replays of the action leading up to the cut. It appeared that a grazing jab from Gomez was responsible. And if that's the case then Gomez should have won by RTD/TKO instead of losing by technical decision. But hey, don't take my word for it, watch the fight yourself and make up your own mind.
In any event, Klimov picked up the vacant IBF Inter-Continental lightweight title. Will he keep his title in spite of this scandal? Most likely, yes.
Dionisio Miranda TKO4 Oleg Liseev
The fight was stopped due to a bad cut above Oleg's left eye. Miranda, a power punching journeyman who once went life and death with former world champion Roman Karmazin, pretty much ruined the 6-1 prospect's face with a single right hand.
Alexander Kubich UD4 Alexey Stakanchikov
Musheg Sukiasyan SD4 Sevak Bagdasaryan
2013-03-08 Surat Thani, Thailand
Thai TV 7
Tepparith Kokietgym UD12 Daiboy Sajiro (120-109, 120-108, 119-109)
Tepparith got back to his winning ways following his shocking 4th round KO loss to Kohei Kono. Daiboy was game, but overmatched. Tepparith dictated the pace, punched in combination, slipped, blocked, and countered with ease.
Consequently Tepparith picked up the interim PABA super flyweight title and took the first step back to regaining his WBA super flyweight title. He's now 22-3 but rode an 18 fight winning streak before the Kono debacle.
2013-03-08 Bowler's Arena, Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Shayne Singleton SD10 Curtis Woodhouse (96-94, 96-95, 94-96)
Woodhouse stalked Singleton in the opening round while Singleton jabbed and moved. Both fighters continued their strategies in round 2 but Woodhouse was able to find his range more and made the round close. Round 3 saw more of the same with Singleton basically running a track meet in there. But Singleton's footwork could only keep up for so long. Woodhouse closed the gap in the 4th and made Singleton pay. Singleton began to swell around the eyes as he was consistently caught with the harder blows. This continued for the remainder of the bout.
However, because 90% of scoring is based on clean punching, Singleton still arguably edged the fight. Singleton was busy with his flicking jab and Woodhouse often walked on to it. Straight rights and counter left hooks were also apart of Singleton's arsenal but they were not as accurate. On defense I thought the two were even while Woodhouse clearly dominated in ring generalship and effective aggression. But given the vague nature of ring generalship, personal bias comes into play. Some people don't see anything wrong with a fighter circling around the edges of the ring all night while trying to avoid exchanges at all costs. These people, clearly in the minority, might think Singleton deserved to win the fight.
Nonetheless, I could easily understand someone giving Singleton the first 3 rounds and another 2 of the last 7. Singleton didn't actually get beat up in all of the last 7 rounds. Some were close. Throw in the fact that Woodhouse lost a point for hitting Singleton on the break in round 10 and all of a sudden Singleton wins the fight. Do I agree with the decision? No. But it's not a highway robbery by any means.
On the other hand, it's hard to call it a coincidence that the undefeated hometown fighter got the nod. Singleton advanced to 14-0 while Curtis Woodhouse fell to 17-5. Singleton is now the new BBBofC English light welterweight champion.
Meanwhile, Woodhouse, upset by the decision and the attacks he's received on social media, opted to track down one of his twitter trolls. Thus in only a matter of days Curtis was once again a winner, albeit by default. The troll quit like the coward that he is. Maybe I should add him to #QuitCounter2013...
Liam Hanrahan TKO3 Elemir Rafael
2013-03-08 Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA
Hugo Centeno Jr UD10 KeAndrae Leatherwood
Slightly off topic but this bout began with Barry Tompkins and Steve Farhood discussing Leatherwood's longer reach, which they couldn't see with their eyes. Farhood said it must be due to the width of Leatherwood's back and Tompkins replied that's the reason he always considered reach to be a "meaningless" measurement. Perhaps Tompkins didn't take into account the fact that a boxer turns his shoulder into a punch, thus making the radius from the center of back to his shoulder relevant. Fighters don't throw punches squared up, well, usually not the ones who are good enough for TV.
Thought I'd take the time to write that since I don't really care to describe the action itself. Scott Christ summed it up well when he wrote, "Hugo Centeno scored an ugly but wide decision over KeAndre Leatherwood." Centeno pressed the fight and let his hands go. Leatherwood was busy waiting around for counters even though he was out of range to land them. Speaking of counters, Centeno may have been robbed of a knockdown from a counter right hand in round 7 as Leatherwood fell in. The 2 fighters subsequently tangled up and it was ruled a slip. No more knockdowns followed, official or otherwise, but the fight remained just as awkward until the very end.
Braulio Santos TKO1 Kevin Hoskins
A left hook stung Hoskins 40 seconds into the round and another left hook took him out entirely 6 seconds later. Hoskins beat the count but his legs were gone and the referee had no choice but to stop it.
2013-03-09 Asociación de Fomento, San Bernardo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Erica Anabella Farias KO3 Liliana Palmera
In this world title / stay busy rematch the unbeaten Farias finished Palmera off in half the time. Palmera was rocked by right hands in all 3 rounds and floored twice by a series of hooks with both hands in the final round. Palmera was counted out on her knees following the 2nd knockdown.
Consequently Farias retained her WBC female lightweight title and improved to 16-0. Will she break Bad Left Hook's top 10 female p4p? Shouldn't she already be on it because she has a win over #8 rated Melissa Hernandez? Well, firstly Hernandez was undersized and secondly I thought she deserved to win anyways. Thirdly, since then Farias has been facing subpar opposition. However, she did seem optimistic about making better fights in the future during her post-fight interview. Hopefully they come to past.
Cesar Rene Cuenca TKO5 Diego Jesus Ponce
In the male main event of the evening Cuenca improved to 44-0 following his body shot KO of Jesus Ponce. There are 2 things I found odd about this fight: 1) the bout was only scheduled for 8 rounds and 2) this was only the 2nd knockout of Cuenca's career. Nonetheless his record now stands 1 step ahead of the one and only Floyd Mayweather Jr. People criticize Mayweather for not taking enough challenges in his career and not being a big puncher, but look at this guy... Cuenca is what a real protected, feather fisted pugilist looks like.
Leandro David Esperante KO3 Sergio Daniel Maza
Sergio Eduardo Gonzalez TKO4 Julio Cesar Ruiz
Jonatan Miguel Sanudo SD4 Leandro Martin Sevrain
2013-03-09 Barona Areena, Espoo, Finland
Edis Tatli UD12 Felix Lora (117-110, 119-111, 116-112)
Tatli fought tall, countered, and kept Lora out of range. It didn't make for a particularly thrilling fight, but Lora lunged in with enough unpredictable shots to make it kind of interesting... Ultimately Tatli out boxed his more limited opponent over 12 rounds. A big counter right rocked Lora in round 9 but he just waved Tatli on as if to ask for more.
Lora, hopelessly behind in the 12th and final round, knew he had to go for broke and swung for the fences. He wound up broke. Tatli put Lora flat on his back and sent his mouthpiece flying with about 50 seconds to go. However, to Lora's credit, he easily beat the count and made it to the finish line. Thus Tatli became the new WBA Inter-Continental lightweight champion and advanced to 20-0.
Juho Haapoja TKO5 Levan Jomardashvili
I have no idea what the hell Jomardashvili was thinking. He got dropped, complained about it, signaled to the referee that he needed to get something from his corner (guesswork on my part), then just walked over to his corner when the ref resumed action. As Jomardashvili wasn't defending himself the referee stopped Haapoja from taking his head off then waved the fight off altogether.
Mikko Alanko UD4 Renato Toth
Eemeli Katajisto TKO2 Zoltan Kiss Jr
Niko Jokinen UD8 Guzman Castillo
Fitim Latifi TKO1 Laszlo Kamhal
2013-03-09 CU Arena, Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Nico Salzmann SD10 Ali Mammadov (96-94, 97-93, 91-97)
In the "main event" of the evening prospect Mammadov was upset by journeyman Salzmann in a 10 rounder. Ultimately the hometown fighter picked up a split decision and a shiny vacant WBC Baltic Silver light middleweight title.
Alexander Dimitrenko UD8 Ivica Perkovic (77-74, 78-73, 78-73)
Dimitrenko, once considered a devastating puncher and a big favorite to beat Eddie Chambers, was reduced to going through the motions against a fat man with as many losses as wins. And none of Perkovic's wins came against fighters with winning records. It was fairly depressing watching all 8 rounds of this fight. But hey, after coming off going life and death with Michael Sprott and taking a brutal beating against Kubrat Pulev, Dimitrenko should take some easy comeback fights to regain his confidence. I just wish they didn't last the full distance.
Oh yea, did I mention that Dimitrenko got dropped at the end of round 4? Yes, it really happened. Perkovic's corner yelled out 1-2-3 and he did exactly that, forcing both of Dimitrenko's gloves to touch the canvas upon the delivery of the left hook. I'd like to tell you that Dimitrenko got off the floor to return the favor, but it never happened.
Andreas Reimer TKO7 Predrag Kovacevic
After falling like a sack of potatoes due to Reimer's leaping right hook, Kovacevic beat the count on shaky legs only to have his corner throw in the towel. He responded by trying to kick it back out of the ring. Nonetheless, it was a good stoppage.
Rafael Bejaran TKO3 Vladimir Fecko
Timur Dugazaev UD4 Petr Jasukievic
Alexander Petkovic TKO2 Senad Hadzic
Vincent Feigenbutz TKO1 Attila Korda
2013-03-09 Palasport, Civitavecchia, Lazio, Italy
Sportitalia / Round Zero (Cicalone productions)
Emiliano Marsili TKO2 Luca Giacon
Giacon, who came into the bout 21-0 with 19 knockouts, showed he was still too green for a fighter of Marsili's caliber. An overhand left floored Giacon 2 minutes into round 1 and another one floored him again moments later.
Nonetheless, Giacon would make it out of the round and surprisingly came out aggressive for round 2. Not only that, but Giacon caused 1 of Marsili's gloves to touch down upon landing a shot atop his head. Marsili complained about the legality of the blow but the referee issued an 8 count regardless. Afterward Giacon continued to press his attack but was caught yet again with an overhand left and started wobbling all over the ring after Marsili followed up with a right hook. With haste the referee waved it off while Giacon was still standing. Marsili got in a couple follow up shots before the end but nothing substantial.
Consequently Marsili improved to 26-0-1 and picked up the vacant EBU lightweight title. I'd say he has a bright future if he wasn't already 36 years old. Nonetheless I'm on the verge of rating him in the lightweight top 10.
Daniele Petrucci UD8 Pavel Semjonov
Giovanni De Carolis RTD4 Artem Solomko
Stefano Loriga UD6 Lorenzo Cosseddu
2013-03-09 Complejo Panamericano , Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Edgar Sosa KO2 Ulises Solis
Like many before him Solis learned the hard way that you don't make trilogies if you've already won the first 2 fights. It didn't work out for Luis Santana against Terry Norris (although Santana hardly had a better choice). It didn't work out for Lindsay Garbatt against Jelena Mrdjenovich. And it didn't work out for Pongsaklek Wonjongkam against Daisuke Naito or Rey Migreno! Trilogies are to break ties, not sweep a series. But I digress...
Prior to the shocking ending this was an intriguing high level chess match between two veteran, former world champions. I didn't think anyone had a significant advantage. But then, ever so suddenly, a counter left hook laid Solis out flat on his back. Solis managed to get to his knees but wasn't even close to beating the 10 count. He made the mistake of throwing an uppercut from too far away and Sosa made him pay the ultimate price for it.
But, while it's a great career accomplishment for Sosa, one does have to wonder how sturdy Archie's chin is after Canelo broke his jaw...
In any event Sosa retained his WBC Silver flyweight title and is the mandatory challenger for the winner between Toshiyuki Igarashi and Akira Yaegashi. Should Sosa somehow manage to become the lineal flyweight champion at this stage of his career, I'll probably recommend him for the IBHOF someday.
Alejandro Gonzalez Jr TKO4 Alexander Acosta
Rodolfo Quintanilla D8 Ramses Agaton
This was a good week for boxing as #QuitCounter2013 only increased by 3, highlighted in bold. The total count is at 39.
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
2013-02-21 Czar Amonsot RTD6 Addisu Tebebu
2013-02-21 Patrick Day RTD1 Dominique Foster
2013-02-22 Ariel Vega TKO4 Jose Rodriquez
2013-02-22 Christian Hammer RTD6 Oleksiy Mazikin
2013-02-22 Manuel Charr RTD2 Yakup Saglam
2013-02-22 Simona Galassi RTD2 Gabriella Vicze
2013-02-22 Yunier Dorticos RTD3 Willie Herring
2013-02-23 Chris Avalos RTD4 Jose Luis Araiza
2013-02-26 Petch Kokietgym RTD8 Albert Alcoy
2013-03-01 Michal Syrowatka KO2 Laszlo Robert Balogh
2013-03-02 Genesis Servania TKO7 Angky Angkotta
2013-03-08 Renato De Donato TKO6 Antonio Santoro
2013-03-09 Darren Barker RTD4 Simone Rotolo
2013-03-09 Giovanni De Carolis RTD4 Artem Solomko
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 email@example.com.