Jorge Linares - Ethan Miller
This weekend recap is devoted to events that most casual American boxing fans haven’t seen or heard of. Fights from this past Sunday through Saturday are covered.
I know, I know. I'm slipping. I'm off schedule over and over again. But, uh, deal with it. They don't pay me enough for this... Actually, I've been busting my ass training for a fight that is tentatively scheduled every week but keeps getting delayed. That's how amateur boxing tournaments roll, unfortunately. Can only schedule so many bouts on 1 day. It is what it is. Anyways, if a card you were looking to read about from this week wasn't mentioned, I'll be surprised. I threw in just about everything I could get my hands on. There's a bunch of fun and relatively important fights detailed below. Enjoy, and check out the previous edition of my weekly column here.
2013-03-10 National Guard Armory, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA
Michael McLaughlin RTD1 Jimmy LeBlanc
LeBlanc was dropped 3 times in the opening round before surrendering in his corner prior to round 2.
Agustine Mauras UD6 Johnny Frazier
This was not a textbook example of the sweet science but was a fun fight where two guys swung for the fences and dropped each other in the process.
Greg Vendetti TKO4 Rafael Jusino
2013-03-12 Big C Shopping Center, Kubon 3, Raminthra, Bangkok, Thailand
Thai TV 7
Morakot CP Freshmart TKO3 Xiang Jing?
BoxRec says the opponent was Xiang Jing but I'm not so sure. I couldn't make out the opponent's name during the broadcast. I don't speak Thai. If you do, please contact me. Anyways, back to BoxRec. This was not a 10 round unanimous decision nor was it in the flyweight division. That I could verify with my own eyes. Thus I'm reluctant to trust that BoxRec got the opponent's name right. Anyways, CP Freshmart took him out in 3 rounds. I don't think Jing ever recovered from the beating he took in round 2. The referee was forced to step in as Jing was helpless against the ropes while Morakot flurried.
With the victory CP Freshmart retained his WBC Youth World super flyweight title. According to BoxRec this was only his 2nd pro boxing fight. Take that for what it's worth...
2013-03-13 Las Pulgas, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Edivaldo Ortega TKO6 Jose Guadalupe Tapia
The taller Ortega often gave up his height as he didn't seem to need it and was more than willing to exchange blow for blow on the inside. This, however, came back to haunt him in round 4 when Tapia floored him with a left hook. Still, Ortega got up and controlled the remainder of the round just as he did prior to the knockdown. I scored the round 10-9 Tapia and it would be the only round I awarded to him. Overall Tapia, an orthodox fighter, did a poor job of stepping outside of Ortega's lead foot in order to land his right hand. But, at least he tried.
In any event a long series of uppercuts and other assorted punches dropped Tapia in the 6th. Tapia easily beat the count and claimed it was a slip, but the writing was on the wall. Ortega continued to let his hands go and had Tapia on unsteady legs until the referee stepped in. Thus Ortega improved to 16-0-1 while Tapia falls to 7-7.
Carlos Alberto Avila SD4 Carlos Castaneda
Jesus Valadez UD4 Antonio Arellano
Sandra Robles UD4 Diana Marquez
2013-03-15 Club Ciclista Juninense, Junín, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mateo Damian Veron SD10 Marcos Hector Vergara (96-93, 95½-97½, 98-96)
Vergara was the aggressor while Veron was the more polished boxer. Overall it was a very untidy affair with few definitive clean punches to choose from. Ironically one of the better punches landed in the fight, a lead overhand right by Veron in round 5, was followed by Veron tripping over Vergara's left foot. This was unfortunately ruled a knockdown. Veron came back strong to make up for it, but just as I thought he was pulling away with the fight in round 8 Vergara turned things around and even knocked Veron's mouthpiece out with a picture perfect uppercut. The remaining rounds could go either way, much like half of the fight.
Fortunately, the knockdown proved not to be the difference in the scorecards as Veron narrowly pulled out a split decision. The 23 year old improved to 16-8-2 and picked up the interim WBC Latino middleweight title for his troubles.
Sergio Manuel Medina SD6 Roberto Carlos Mario Marin
Ezequiel Victor Fernandez TKO5 Jacinto Jose Gorosito
2013-03-15 Salle Mermoz, Yutz, Moselle, France
Fabrice Aurieng TD5 Gregory Tony (49-47, 47-48, 48-47)
Tony, unlucky to have not stopped Richard Towers in the round 5 of the previous year thanks to one of the most disgraceful referee performances of all time, found himself no luckier against Bigger's Better 14 winner Aurieng. An accidental clash of heads split open Tony's right ear in the 5th round and they had to go to the scorecards. Consequently Aurieng won via split technical decision. It was a close, debatable fight.
2013-03-15 Palasport Fabrizio Meoni, Castiglion Fiorentino, Toscana, Italy
Orlando Fiordigiglio UD10 Domenico Salvemini (???-???, ???-???, ???-???)
Salvemini was soundly out boxed but he at least tried to make Fiordigiglio go to war with him and was very entertaining doing so in the first few rounds. However, once Salvemini lost his early exuberance, the fight was reduced from something special to just something good. Salvemini continued to have his moments, but nothing sustained. Fiordigiglio kept it pretty basic, mostly jabbing and circling around the ring. He stood his ground and fought from time to time but was smart enough not to feed into the fight that Salvemini wanted yet could no longer force.
Before all was said and done Fiordigiglio had a black eye and Salvemini had a bloody nose. The two warriors turned the heat back up and closed the show much the way they started it, but with obvious signs of fatigue. Fiordigiglio walked away with his unbeaten record intact and a shiny new Italy light middleweight title while Salvemini left 0-2 in national title fights. The crowd was very satisfied with both the fight and the decision.
By the way, if you happen to speak Italian I can send you a link to this fight so you can tell me what the scores were...they're not listed on BoxRec at the moment. My ears are useless outside of English and Spanish.
Carmine Tommasone PTS8 Santos Medrano
2013-03-15 Phai District, Maehongson, Thailand
Thai TV 7
Patomsuk Pathompothong KO11 Ruben Kennedy
Pathompothong went down in round 1 as he walked away with his defenses lowered after he thought the round had ended. He mistook the 10 second signal for the final bell. He was also cut outside of his right eye this round, which may/may not have been from a headbutt. However Kennedy's good fortune wouldn't last forever as he was badly hurt early in round 8. A few rounds later Pathompothong was able to do it again and finished Kennedy off with a right hand to the body. Kennedy remained on his knees until the referee counted him out.
With the victory Patomsuk successfully defended his IBF Pan Pacific light welterweight title for the 6th time and improved to 23-1-1. Ruben's record subsequently fell below .500.
2013-03-15 York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
John McDermott UD10 Matt Skelton (97-93, 97-94, 97-94)
Skelton held his own early but faded in the mid rounds. McDermott's jab was the difference. Skelton tried to turn it back up in the last few rounds but most thought it was too little, too late. However, both fighters still claimed victory after the final bell. Commentator and former boxer Jamie Moore thought McDermott won every round from the 4th onward but acknowledged that there were several close rounds.
With the victory McDermott avenged his 2005 single round obliteration and picked up the vacant BBBofC English heavyweight title. The 46 year old Skelton has now dropped 2 straight but is still a pretty capable fighter. The British heavyweight contenders from the 2000's just refuse to go away quietly.
Ahmet Patterson PTS8 Max Maxwell
Maxwell was shut out and might want to consider retirement. He looked like a shell of himself.
Gary Cornish TKO5 Humberto Evora
Evora injured his right hand and quit at the beginning of round 5. Cornish was slowly getting himself back into the fight after being dropped in the opening round.
2013-03-15 Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida, USA
Orlando Cruz TKO6 Aalan Martinez
Martinez was down in rounds 1, 4, 5, and 6 before the referee had seen enough. He dominated the fight from start to finish utilizing his speed and clever boxing skills. Martinez could never adjust. All 3 judges had the bout 60-50 at the time of the stoppage.
With the victory Cruz improved to 20-2-1 and successfully defended his WBO Latino featherweight title. He's kept himself in the running to face Mikey Garcia.
Luis Olivares TKO1 Victor Vega
Adrian Perez UD4 Angel Albelo
Leonardo Sanchez D4 Carlos Lacayo
Alexei Collado TKO1 Juan Jose Beltran
2013-03-15 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, USA
Panther Promotions Ustream
Yunieski Gonzalez TKO8 Rowland Bryant
All you really need to know about this bout is that it ended in a spectacular knockout. Watch it below.
Levan Ghvamichava RTD3 Angel Rios
Miguel Cruz TKO2 James Jackson
Alphonso Black UD4 Donald Clark
Not sure what's up with BoxRec but the announced result was the exact opposite of what they have listed at this time.
2013-03-15 Birchwood Manor, Whippany, New Jersey, USA
Elvir Muriqi MD8 Paul Vasquez (76-76, 77-75, 77-75)
Overhand rights from the "Kosovo Kid" highlighted the 1st round. Uppercuts did the same for Vasquez in round 2. In round 3 both fighters got more conventional and consequently it wound up much closer. I liked Muriqi's jab the most. Muriqi mixed in some big left hooks in the 4th but Vasquez was undeterred and came back strong in round 5. The momentum then shifted back to Muriqi in the 6th as he landed several huge rights that had Vasquez in some trouble. But then Vasquez came back again in the 7th, although his work wasn't too clean. Regardless, Vasquez's activity and pressure were easily enough to deserve the round. Going into the last round I only had Vasquez behind by a single point and I could understand anyone who had the same score the other way. Muriqi, the clear favorite, had his work cut out for him. The two fighters traded bombs in round 8 and Vasquez appeared to want it more. Muriqi appeared hurt in the final stages.
Unfortunately for Vasquez only 1 judge agreed with me that the fight was a draw while the others awarded it to Muriqi. I thought the rounds I gave to Vasquez (2, 5, 7, and 8) were pretty clear. Commentator and pro fighter Monte Barrett, a friend and sparring partner of Muriqi, agreed with me on the draw.
Nonetheless, Muriqi, who once took world light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver to a close decision, improved his record to 40-5 and ended a 16 month layoff. Muriqi will have to shake the ring rust off if there's any hope of competing at world level again. Meanwhile, Vasquez, who reportedly donated his entire purse to a children's hospital, has less than nothing to be ashamed of. For a man that good to get shafted on the cards in the biggest fight of his career is pretty sad. I wish him the best.
John Lennox SD6 Patrick Farrell
Vinny O'Brien UD4 Anthony Smith
Anthony Young RTD3 Ronnie Jordan
The referee should have stopped it during the 3rd round but finally made the call once it was over. This is one of those rare instances where a corner retirement was not a quit job. Jordan might not have protested stopping the fight, but he was barely conscious to begin with.
Rickey Edwards TKO3 Moses Molina
Daniel Gonzalez UD4 Carlos Nieves
Glenford Nickey TKO3 Anolan Rigal
2013-03-15 Valley Forge Convention Center, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, USA
Harry Yorgey SD6 Julius Kennedy (58-56, 56-58, 60-54)
Kennedy's own corner man told him that he gave the 1st round away but he stormed back to bang Yorgey on the inside in round 2. Kennedy continued his relentless onslaught in rounds 3 and 4 and continued to pin Yorgey against the ropes. But, just as it seemed the fight was slipping away from Yorgey he came back strong in round 5 as Kennedy seemed to lose steam. The 6th round was an all-out phone booth war. Kennedy kept up his outstanding work rate but his punches lacked the power they once had.
Personally I felt Yorgey won rounds 1, 5, and 6 while Kennedy took everything in between. A draw seemed appropriate for this bout, but a close decision to either fighter would not have been a robbery. However, the judge who scored it a shutout for Yorgey should be ashamed of himself. He clearly missed a good fight.
Also, this bout was originally scheduled for 8 rounds but was reduced to 6. Frans Botha's controversial fight with Sonny Bill Williams similarly saw 2 rounds cut but at least in this instance it appeared the shorter fight actually favored the "loser", who was fading.
Naim Nelson UD8 Georgi Kevlishvili (80-72, 79-73, 80-72)
Nelson kept his hands high and walked Kevlishvili down while snapping the jab through the first few rounds. When Kevlishvili stood his ground Nelson ripped shots to the head and body. In the latter half of round 3 Kevlishvili, who often switched between southpaw and orthodox stances, began pressing the action himself. The action went back and forth over the next few rounds with the more experienced Kevlishvili finding his moments against the younger, fresher Nelson. But ultimately Nelson just had more bullets in his clip. In the later rounds you could notice Kevlishvili wearing down. Had Nelson bent his knees, not stood so square, and used his legs to put his body weight behind his shots, he may have even stopped Kevlishvili.
Tevin Farmer UD6 Esteban Rodriguez
Jerome Rodriguez MD4 Rafael Montalvo
Travis Thompson D4 Joshua Arocho
Samuel Omar Quinones UD4 Korey Sloane
Sultahn Staton RTD2 Kenneth Brown
2013-03-16 Club Los Padres Capuchinos, Concordia, Entre Rios, Argentina
Yesica Yolanda Bopp RTD5 Carolina Alvarez
Bopp effortlessly moved in and out of range and dictated the pace. When she punched she did so in combination, brutalizing Alvarez's face in the process. Alvarez didn't actually go down in the fight but was beaten badly enough for TyC to score the 3rd round 10-8 Bopp. Although things never really got any worse than the 3rd round, Alvarez had seen enough after 5. She refused to come out of her corner for round 6. Alvarez had previously gone longer distances with flyweight world champions Susi Kentikian, Mariana Juarez, and Arely Mucino. Although quite short, Bopp should be fine when she departs from light flyweight.
In any event Bopp improved to 24-0 and defended both her WBA and WBO female light flyweight titles. She's the best fighter in her division and she's the #4 p4p female fighter according to Bad Left Hook.
Alejandro Emilio Valori TKO4 Marcos Antonio Ahumada
Gustavo David Vittori TKO2 Diego Fernando Neira
After receiving a standing 8 count following an uppercut, Neira quit. I was actually considering calling the 8 count premature before Neira refused to continue...
Ruben Dario Lopez TKO1 Sergio Leonardo Sanchez
2013-03-16 Central Gym, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
Kohei Oba UD10 Zerofit Jerope (98-93, 97-93, 96-94)
Jerope's right hand stole the show in rounds 1 and 3, badly wobbling Oba in the 3rd on what appeared to be a shot to the left elbow. Jerope rallied but Oba came right back and the two went to war. By the 4th round it was Oba that was pushing Jerope back. Oba's pressure slowly wore Jerope down and allowed him to take over the fight from the mid rounds onward. Jerope kept trying until the end but Oba managed to block, slip, parry, or roll the majority of what Jerope was throwing. Oba's energy not only didn't fade, but he actually appeared to get stronger in the later rounds.
These low key Japanese shows may not be all that relevant on the world scale, but they consistently keep me entertained, so I'll just keep watching them whether you give a damn or not... Joke's on you really. Anyways, Oba improved to 33-2-1 and is now a 2 time Japanese bantamweight champion (never losing his title in the ring). His only career blemishes have come in OPBF title fights.
2013-03-16 Grand Oasis Resort, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
USA Fox Sports Net / Mexico Televisa
Yesenia Gomez UD10 Arely Valente (98-92, 98-93, 97-93)
Believe it or not but this bout between 2 female flyweight prospects was actually the Televisa and Fox Deportes main event. Women's boxing receives the respect it deserves in Mexico. The previously unbeaten Valente was upset in what appeared to be a close fight in spite of the wide cards, dropping to 11-1 while Gomez improved to 5-2. Gomez picked up the WBC Youth female flyweight title in the process.
Marco Antonio Periban KO2 Samuel Miller
Miller took a left hook to the body and chose to stay down. He took his time, thought about getting up, changed his mind halfway there, and then waited for the ref to get to 10 before standing up again.
Jorge Linares TKO8 David Rodela
Even though this was probably the fight most people were interested in (despite being far from the main event), Fox Deportes unfortunately only televised the last 2 rounds. Linares was easily dominating the fight by then, likely the case all along. Linares showcased his fast hands while Rodela struggled to get off. Rodela tried to shell up and walk Linares down but ultimately couldn't take Jorge's power. He took a knee in round 8 and the referee would later stop it with seconds to go in the round while he was helpless against the ropes.
Thus Linares continues to come back from his devastating losses to Antonio DeMarco and Sergio Thompson. The former 2 division world champion's record stands at 33-3.
Alberto Guevara UD10 Jose Alfredo Tirado
2013-03-16 Megapolis Convention Center, Panama City, Panama
Panama TV Max / Philippines ABS-CBN / Argentina TyC Sports
Roberto Vasquez D12 John Mark Apolinario (112-116½, 116-112, 115-115)
Although TyC nearly had this a shutout for Vasquez there were several swing rounds. I felt Vasquez deserved round 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 on cleaner punching and higher volume while I felt Apolinario earned rounds 2, 5, and 6 based on harder, more effective shots. Still, I felt rounds 2, 3, 5, 7, 11 could have gone either way. Unsurprisingly round 6 was the only round TyC gave to Apolinario. Vasquez was down once in round 7 as a result of a low blow, to which a woman in the crowd responded by yelling out "sucio" (dirty in Spanish). Vasquez landed some low blows of his own in the 10th round, to which Apolinario complained and retaliated with more obvious low blows.
Ultimately this turned out to be one of those not so rare instances where the house fighter wasn't treated like one. I felt Apolinario was explosive but couldn't sustain his offense (he may need a better strength and conditioning program) while despite Vasquez's work rate he seemed to be a little flat, lacking snap in his punches which he often did not turn over. According to my notes if you swing everything I thought was debatable to Apolinario the fight ends up as its official result, a draw. The only thing controversial to me is Levi Martinez's scorecard, which had the fight for the Filipino by 4.5 points.
Thus for the 2nd straight bout in a row Vasquez-Apolinario ends in a draw and the interim WBA bantamweight title remains vacant. The poetic justice in this is that there shouldn't be interim WBA bantamweight title fights in the first place when they already have active regular and super champions (Koki Kameda and Anselmo Moreno). That being said, this title fight was easily more legit than Kameda's next scheduled defense against Boonsom Iamsiri (aka Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym). But, knowing Kameda, I won't be surprised if he finds a way to go life and death with the guy.
John Riel Casimero UD12 Luis Alberto Rios (119-109, 119-109, 118-108)
Going into this bout Rios hadn't beaten anyone of note and nothing changed on this night. Casimero gave him a boxing lesson in a fairly uneventful affair. The crowd booed the lack of action in spots (including after the final bell once their misery was over). TyC was apparently even more bored as they actually thought the fight was razor thin. Casimero was found guilty of doing less than he was capable of and TyC sentenced him to a draw. They gave Rios rounds 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, and 12. Personally, I thought Casimero basically won the fight with his jab alone. The hometown fighter was not robbed and the wide scorecards were perfectly acceptable.
In any event Casimero retained his IBF light flyweight title in a division where the world champions are appropriately considered the best fighters. Now if they would just fight each other things could get really interesting...
Azael Cosio TKO9 Jose David Mosquera
Cosio scored knockdowns in rounds 1 (via right uppercut), 2 (via left uppercut + short right cross), and 9 (via long straight right) before stopping Mosquera and picking up the interim WBC Latino welterweight title for his troubles. In between all of that I thought Mosquera put up a good fight, even if it didn't amount to winning rounds. Round 8 was particularly thrilling.
2013-03-16 Coliseo Miguel Grau, Callao, Peru
Alberto Rossel UD12 Walter Tello (117-111, 118-114½, 118-113½)
I didn't bother scoring this fight round by round. And no, it was not because I was busy looking at the attractive female referee (who dwarfed the fighters despite only being average sized). The outcome just never seemed in doubt to me and it didn't seem important. But while we're on the subject of referees, I found it a bit unusual for one to wear pink latex gloves. She was also unusually mobile for a ref and moved around like a fighter. She gave angles, pivoted, kept a broad stance, and moved laterally from start to finish. That, however, is neither here nor there...
Moving back to the fight, Rossel may have been robbed of a knockdown in round 3 that was ruled a slip. Tello was officially dropped by a punch to the back of the head but he was clearly hurt and off balance as a result of a legitimate punch before that. When a guy ducks below the waist shots to the back of the head are to be expected and technically aren't the offenders fault. Overall I felt when Rossel's jab was on he controlled the fight. It disappeared in some of the middle rounds but came back and allowed Rossel to close the show strong. Rossel may have been robbed of a second knockdown in round 9 when a straight right hand forced Tello backward, subsequently causing him to slip on a wet spot in his own corner.
Fortunately the fight wasn't close enough for the knockdowns to matter. Rossel successfully defended his interim WBA light flyweight title for the 2nd time and improved his record to 30-8 [1 NC]. Would the 35 year old stand a chance against regular WBA champion Kazuto Ioka? He probably wouldn't win but I still think it's a good fight to make.
2013-03-16 Sports Palace "Znamya", Noginsk, Russia
Russia TV 2
Denis Shafikov DQ11 Alisher Rahimov
Shafikov more or less toyed with Rahimov for the majority of this bout until Rahimov decided he'd retaliate by hitting Shafikov in the balls...2 brutal low blows in particular. After the second devastating ball crusher the referee had seen enough and just waved the fight off. WBC open scoring revealed that Rahimov was hopelessly behind after 9 rounds and "coincidentally" the low blows began in the next round.
Denis Shafikov, formerly a top 10 junior welterweight, now holds the same honor in the lightweight division (in my ratings and those of the WBC). He's also the WBC Baltic and WBC CIS and Slovenian Boxing Bureau lightweight champions...
Aslanbek Kozaev D12 David Avanesyan
Kozaev didn't walk away with a win but remained unbeaten and defended his WBC Baltic and WBC CIS and Slovenian Boxing Bureau welterweight titles.
Rauf Aghayev UD10 Yuriy Voronin
2013-03-16 Sports Palace "Znamya", Noginsk, Russia
Ahror Muralimov MD8 Evgeny Orlov (76-76, 78-74, 77-75)
Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Muralimov stepped up against the veteran Orlov and narrowly emerged victorious. He however did not inspire anyone into thinking he's going to make waves at heavyweight someday. He's only 25 years old but he's already fighting 45 pounds above his debut weight. Clearly he's not taking his job very seriously. For a short, fat heavyweight to get the job done he better have some hall of fame skills, ala James Toney. Muralimov is a long ways off.
Fedor Papazov UD8 Behzod Nabiev
Konstantin Ponomarev TKO7 Fariz Kazimov
Murat Gassiev TKO3 Denis Solomko
2013-03-16 Sport Palace, Kiev, Ukraine
Doudou Ngumbu UD12 Vyacheslav Uzelkov (115-113, 115-113, 116-113)
Ngumbu, the underdog, proved too fast and energetic for the faded Uzelkov, long since the fighter who starched Gabriel Campillo. Uzelkov nearly looked on his way out in the very first round. However, Uzelkov's experience saw him through the full duration as Ngumbu faded some but not enough to give away the fight. It may have helped that the referee immediately stopped the action when Ngumbu blasted out Uzelkov's mouthpiece, courtesy of a right hand, in round 7. Ironically Ngumbu was stunned himself in round 8. Clashes of heads would leave both fighters bleeding in round 11 as fatigue lead to things getting sloppy.
Uzelkov was unlucky that the slower Sofiane Sebihi pulled out due to injury. I still think he would have won that fight. But such is boxing. Fighters pull out in late stages and radically different replacement opponents take their places. In any event Ngumbu is the new WBO Inter-Continental light heavyweight champion and we'll probably see him land another semi-important fight soon. He's no elite fighter but it's not like the light heavyweight division is particularly stacked right now.
2013-03-16 Tsongas Center, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
Joe McCreedy MD8 Michael Walchuk (76-76, 78-74, 77-75)
Osumanu Adama SD12 Grady Brewer (97-93, 94-96, 96-94)
Details will come later when I watch the fight again on demand. I was multitasking when I originally watched it and due to its close / controversial nature I'm not going to claim I know for sure if it was a robbery or not. I however can tell you the decision was not popular. Based on the half-attention I gave the fight the 1st time around I felt Adama underperformed. I only had Adama losing to Daniel Geale by a single point and Brewer is several notches beneath that level.
On another note, no titles were won because Adama missed weight.
Vivian Harris UD8 Shakha Moore (77-75, 78-74, 80-72)
2013-03-16 WinStar Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma, USA
Robert Marroquin KO3 Antonio Escalante
Escalante is only 27 years old but he might want to consider a new line of work if he's going to continue to challenge himself against respectable opposition. It's one thing to lose all your big fights; it's another to get knocked out in all of them. I'm just thinking about his health.
Anyways, Marroquin walked Escalante down using a high guard while working behind a stiff jab. Marroquin dropped Escalante with a jab to the body in round 2, but it was ruled a slip. Nonetheless, right hands officially put Escalante down early in round 3. He was unable to beat the 10 count. Thus the 23 year old Marroquin improved to 23-2, rebounding from a decision loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux on the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr-Sergio Martinez undercard. Escalante dropped to 28-6.
Alex Saucedo TKO2 Norman Allen
Bo Gibbs Jr TKO2 Ritchie Cherry
Haskell Rhodes UD6 Travis Hartman
Juan Antonio Lopez UD4 Manuel Rubalcava
#QuitCounter2013 increased by 7 this week and now totals to 46. New additions appear in bold.
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
2013-03-10 Michael McLaughlin RTD1 Jimmy LeBlanc
2013-03-15 Gary Cornish TKO5 Humberto Evora
2013-03-15 Levan Ghvamichava RTD3 Angel Rios
2013-03-15 Sultahn Staton RTD2 Kenneth Brown
2013-03-16 Gustavo David Vittori TKO2 Diego Fernando Neira
2013-03-16 Marco Antonio Periban KO2 Samuel Miller
2013-03-16 Yesica Yolanda Bopp RTD5 Carolina Alvarez
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.