Boxing results and recaps, Mar. 31 - Apr. 6: Friday Night Fights, Broadway Boxing, Paul Spafafora, Leonard Bundu, world champions, controversy and more

Rustam Nugaev KO8 Jonathan Maicelo

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.

The previous installment of my weekly fight recaps can be found here.

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2013-03-31 Rangsit International Stadium, Rangsit, Thailand

Super Cheng TV

Jomthong Chuwatana UD8 Mike Tumbaga

Chuwatana went through the motions, scoring from the outside and setting a methodical pace. Tumbaga couldn't find his range and ate jabs and straight lefts for his troubles.

Thus the Muay Thai legend improved his pro boxing record to 7-0. He's probably good enough to beat a top 10 super featherweight right now.

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2013-04-04 Roseland Ballroom, New York, New York, USA

GFL.TV

Gabriel Bracero UD8 Pavel Miranda (78-74, 79-73, 80-72)

Bracero put on a typical Bracero performance. He jabbed, he moved, and he didn't knock his opponent out (no matter how much his daughter screamed for him to do so). The man has 4 KOs in his 22 wins and he's 32 years old. If you're expecting fireworks in one of his fights, you must be counting on his opponent to bring them. All he's concerned with is landing more punches than his opponent, and he won't try to overdo it. I can't be sure if he's merely fighting within his limitations or he's simply a "do just enough to win" kind of fighter. If he takes more fights with opponents people actually rate, perhaps I'll find out. Meanwhile I'll hazard my best guess based on his fights with Danny O'Connor (an uneventful win) and DeMarcus Corley (a life and death loss).

Luis Orlando Del Valle TKO5 Andre Wilson

A right to the body followed by a right uppercut led to Wilson taking a knee at the end of round 3. Wilson took another knee in round 4 when Del Valle pulled away while Wilson was holding on after feeling a body shot. With his right eye closing in round 5, Wilson took a knee for the final time following a lead right hand from Del Valle. Wilson didn't look like he wanted to fight anymore and the referee called it off.

This was Del Valle's first fight since losing to Vic Darchinyan the previous year. His record now stands at 17-1. The 26 year old looked strong following his only career defeat, albeit rough around the edges. While Del Valle hardly puts the super bantamweight division on notice, he is a player. Expect to see him on HBO again someday.

Ionut Dan Ion UD8 Damian Frias

Jo Jo Dan thought his opponent was awkward, accounting for his difficulty with him, but also said he did his best. Truly, both fighters had their moments in this back and forth competitive battle. Both fighters also dug the body and had shots that strayed low. Dan was warned 3 times for low blows and round 1 and Frias was given a timeout to recover from a low blow in round 3, but Dan never lost a point. On the other hand, Frias lost a point in round 5 for punching on the break. Things didn't get any better for Frias as he found himself hurt and in survival mode during round 6 and was more or less a faded fighter in the final rounds.

In any event Dan improved to 31-2. His career has slowed down since his legitimate 12 round rematch loss to Selcuk Aydin in 2011 (as opposed to the 2010 highly questionable decision). Since those bouts Dan has changed promoters (now with Lou DiBella) and has had a couple of 8 rounders against non-descript opposition. But I suppose that's what Broadway Boxing is for, showcasing midlevel fighters against designated losers.

Yuri Foreman UD6 Gundrick King

Foreman toyed with King over 6 rounds en route to a shutout. He's likely to "step up" to an 8 rounder in his next bout, but as long as the opponent is of the same level as King, it will only reflect Foreman's physical conditioning. King offered very little offensively, too preoccupied with defense against a guy who doesn't punch very hard. Foreman was just too fast and too skilled for King.

The most interesting thing I learned watching this fight is that Yuri's wife Leyla Leidecker, a former fighter and model, trained Hillary Swank for her role in Million Dollar Baby.

Heather Hardy UD6 Mikayla Nebel

In this rematch of their explosive first encounter, one fighter improved or at least made adjustments while the other did not. Nebel, who scored a knockdown in the opening round of their 1st fight, never really got into this rematch as Hardy easily out pointed her. Hardy is now 5-0 as a pro.

Luis Olivares UD4 Christopher Williams

Donte Strayhorn UD4 Michael Carrera

Patrick Day UD4 Yosmani Abreu

Bryant Cruz TKO3 Antoine Knight

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2013-04-05 Club Deportivo San Vicente, San Vicente, Buenos Aires, Argentina

TV Publica

Sergio Javier Escobar TKO3 Vicente Martin Rodriguez

Escobar dropped a 6 round decision to Rodriguez in 2012 but kept history from repeating itself on this night with a well-placed right hand. Ironically it was Rodriguez who had been loading up on big right hands throughout the fight but Escobar would be the one to land the most effect right of the night. A counter right-cross caught Rodriguez coming in recklessly at the beginning of round 3. Rodriguez beat the count but was never able to recover. I'd call the first knockdown a delayed reaction, but then I'd have no words to describe the second time Rodriguez went down. The two fighters exchanged blows, took a few steps back, got ready to throw again, then Rodriguez just went down... The third and final knockdown was just a good old fashioned immediate reaction to a body shot, and the ref promptly waved it off.

Thus Escobar pulled off the upset, improved to a modest 23-19-2, and picked up the Argentina (FAB) super featherweight title. The belt may not matter to you, but this will likely be Escobar's career high accomplishment. I wish him well.

Federico Jesus Benjamin Malaspina UD6 Cristian Javier Diaz

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2013-04-05 Civic Hall, Grays, Essex, United Kingdom

Eurosport

Lee Markham PTS10 Harry Matthews (99-92)

Markham improved to 8-1 and picked up the vacant British Masters Silver middleweight title.

Stepan Horvath PTS8 Max Maxwell

Mad Max extended his losing streak to 7 while Horvath improved to 11-0.

AJ Carter PTS4 Paul Morris

Carter made a successful heavyweight pro debut against a natural cruiserweight.

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2013-04-05 Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA

ESPN

Rustam Nugaev TKO8 Jonathan Maicelo

The fight began with the undefeated Peruvian Maicelo slipping, sliding, and easily out boxing Nugaev. Nugaev applied pressure but was too slow to get off. However, as early as round 2 Maicelo found himself trading more than he would like even if he was still winning. Slowly but surely the bigger and more durable Nugaev wore Maicelo down. The more tired Maicelo seemed to get, the more he brawled. And no matter how much of a target he made himself, he kept his hands down and tried to live off his reflexes. It made for a very entertaining, if not intelligent performance.

By the 7th round Nugaev was hurt and desperate. He spit out his mouth piece to buy himself some time and was dancing around the ring before and after to avoid punishment for as long as he could. Teddy Atlas had the fight 68-65 Nugaev after 7 rounds, only giving Maicelo rounds 1 and 3. Conversely, Facebook fans had the fight 4-3 Maicelo, additionally giving him rounds 2 and 5 (the 5th barely). I found both scores reasonable.

But ultimately the scorecards were irrelevant. Nugaev, coming off a 21 month layoff, came away with what might be a career best win as he face planted Maicelo in round 8 with a lead, short right hand. The knockout, although technical (the referee refused to give Maicelo the chance to get up), was good enough to make SportsCenter's Top 10 "plays" for the day.

In any event Nugaev improves to 23-6-1 while Maicelo falls to 19-1. Maicelo will need to tighten up on his defense and basic fundamentals if he's going to make it outside of Peru. Lightweights get much better than Nugaev.
However, I wouldn't call Maicelo a complete hype job. He did beat Fernando Angulo after all, even if it was close. But I'd have to watch that fight again to tell you who I thought deserved to win.

Alejandro Luna UD4 Mario Hermosillo

Gabriel Tolmajyan UD8 Jorge Maysonet Jr

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2013-04-06 Centro de Educación Física Nº 83, Pigue, Buenos Aires, Argentina

TyC

Jorge Sebastian Heiland DQ6 Douglas Damiao Ataide

Unbeaten prospect Ataide out boxed his linear opponent by working behind the jab and stepping around. Unfortunately at the beginning of round 6 one of the officials ringside found an illegal object (which appeared to be some kind of a stimulant) and insisted Ataide had used it (or at least that it came from his corner). And just like that the fight was called off and Heiland won by disqualification. However, due to a lack of evidence that Ataide was actually guilty of something, the fight is still under investigation. The decision may yet change in time.

In any event, at this moment Heiland is the new WBC Latino middleweight champion with a record of 21-3-2 while Ataide falls to 9-1. The best man clearly didn't win on this night but maybe the one the played by the rules did. We shall see...maybe.

Raul Horacio Centeno TKO5 Jorge Samuel Fredes

Gabriel Fernando Punalef Calfin SD6 Sergio Mauricio Gil

Alfredo Rodolfo Blanco SD4 Cesar Dario Milla (Announced as a SD, contrary to the UD on BoxRec)

Martin Fidel Rios UD4 Roberto Eduardo Adriel

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2013-04-06 Tendastrisce, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Polsat (Poland) / SportItalia (Italy) / Cicalone productions (YouTube)

Leonard Bundu KO11 Rafal Jackiewicz

Jackiewicz, 36, has clearly seen better days but it still takes a credible fighter to out point him and someone even better to stop him. Bundu, no spring chicken himself at 38, continued his unbeaten reign after making the 4th defense of the EBU welterweight title. On paper Jackiewicz was Bundu's toughest challenge to date but the Italian cut through the Pole like a knife through butter. Jackiewicz was in full retreat by the 11th round but was not undone until Bundu landed a devastating left hook to the body. Jackiewicz stayed down for the count.

Consequently Bundu improved to 29-0-2 and made a case for himself to be considered among the 10 best welterweights in the world. Jackiewicz, who picked up most of his losses at the beginning of his career, fell to 42-11-2.

Fabrizio Leone TKO1 Gianluca Tamburrini

This is a must see knockout.

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2013-04-06 Hessenhalle, Giessen, Hessen, Germany

Boxen.TV

Andreas Sidon TKO3 Sheldon Hinton

Sidon, who turned 50 in February, dominated his portly 40 year old opponent en route to finishing him off with lead right hands in round 3. You would hardly guess this was a rematch from 2009 where Hinton won in the same amount of rounds.

With 41 wins and 11 losses to Sidon's name it's a bit surprising that his lone no contest against future world champion Nikolay Valuev is the most eye catching opponent on his resume. And to think that was only Sidon's 2nd pro fight...well, according to BoxRec.

Mark de Mori RTD4 Jonathan Pasi

Through 4 rounds this was anyone's fight to win, and it was pretty entertaining too. But apparently Pasi injured his right shoulder during the 4th round, which was the best so far, and quit in his corner.

Thus Mori improved to 21-1-2. The Aussie heavyweight saw his career stall a few years back but has a busy schedule as of late. Unfortunately the opponents are no better than what he faced in his 6th pro fight (Alex Leapai). That fight ended in a draw.

Dennis Ronert TKO1 Faruk Boldas

Chris Herrmann PTS4 Sabrillas Goecmen

Roman Skerlo TKO1 Tarik Ipek

Ipek took a shot on the chin and quit, seemingly concerned about his jaw.

Florian Wildenhof TKO2 Mavran Schade

Sandro Reinhardt TKO1 Ahmed Bourji

Dennis Kurt TKO2 Gerino Grell

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2013-04-06 U.S. Army Camp Zama, Zama, Kanagawa, Japan

AthleteJapon (UStream)

Charlie Ohta UD12 Kyung-Suk Kwak (120-107, 120-109, 118-109)

Ohta out boxed his game but overmatched opponent in a sloppy, yet fun affair. The crowd cheered loudly as they traded down the stretch of the final round.

Thus Ota successfully defended his OPBF light middleweight title and improved to 22-1-1. Born Charles Bellamy, the name he also dons on twitter, Ota has fought out of Japan since the beginning of his pro career despite being born in New York City. Domestically (in Japan) Ota has already beaten the best junior middleweights the country has to offer. He's been trying to make fights happen in the United States but hasn't had the best luck. I hope things turn around for him.

Tomomi Takano TKO1 Ozora Hikaru

Junta Sekimoto TKO6 Ik-Soo Han

Nobuhiro Hisano TKO4 Jovy Katsumata

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2013-04-06 Unidad Deportiva El Chamizal, Zamora, Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico

Televisa (Mexico) / Fox Sports Net (USA)

Irma Garcia SD10 Janeth Perez (96-94, 94-96, 97-93)

A tentative opening round saw Perez reaching and Garcia stepping out of range and countering, as was much the case in their first fight. Things heated up briefly in round 2 but returned to script shortly thereafter. Perez would continue to have her moments throughout the fight but was never able to sustain them long enough to win more than a few rounds on my card. But, given the subjective nature of scoring I can see how people would be influenced by the more exhilarating work from Garcia to find enough rounds to give her the decision.

Yet, the scoring arguably wasn't the most controversial aspect of the fight. In round 9 Perez really started to turn it up. Garcia slipped on a wet spot early in the round and Perez was all over her after that like it was a real knockdown. This pressure lead to Perez pushing Garcia down early in round 10 and caused Garcia to roll her left ankle in the process. However, I wouldn't call it a dirty move by Perez as she was merely trying to break Garcia's clinch.

Anyways, 4 minutes later the final round resumed and Garcia did her best to fight on 1 good leg for a minute and change. It probably wasn't good enough to win the round, but it easily got her across the finish line. Thus Garcia successfully defended her WBA female bantamweight title and advanced her record to 7-0-1 [4 NC]. Perez fell to 17-2-2.

Ricardo Alvarez KO2 Carlos Valdez

With less than a minute to go in round 2 Valdez was dropped by a left uppercut. Half a minute later he was down again following a volley of hooks. He was unable to beat the 2nd 10 count.

Consequently Alvarez improved to 20-2-3 and made the first defense of his WBC Continental Americas light welterweight title.

Jesus Silvestre TKO6 Luis Carlos Leon

Silvestre, rated #9 at strawweight in the latest Bad Left Hook Rankings, performed as good as his rating by dispatching Leon inside 6 rounds. Leon wasn't actually knocked out or anywhere close to it, but the referee showed him mercy for the beating he was taking.

Bruno Sandoval KO1 Isaac Mendez

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2013-04-06 Miami Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida, USA

Nelsons Boxing

Azea Augustama RTD2 David McNemar

McNemar took a left hook early in round 2 and tried to hold on but slid down to the canvas anyways. The referee didn't rule it as a knockdown but McNemar never recovered. Augustama followed up by punishing the body but McNemar managed to see the bell. He however chose not to come out for round 3.

Thus Augustama improved to 14-1, his only loss by majority decision to the current lineal light heavyweight champion Denis Grachev. Since then Augustama has moved up to cruiserweight.

Kanat Islam TKO2 Yolexcy Leiva

Leiva went down at the end of round 1 and his corner waved the white flag at the beginning of round 2.

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2013-04-06 Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia, USA

GFL.TV

Paul Spadafora UD10 Robert Frankel (97-93, 98-92, 99-91)

Spadafora struggled early with Frankel's volume but eventually found his rhythm and out boxed Frankel from the mid rounds onward, apart from the 6th. It however was not nearly as dominant as the ringside commentary would lead you to believe. I swear they saw Willie Pep in there...covered in tattoos.

Subsequently Spaddy improved to 48-0-1 and picked up the vacant NABF light welterweight title. The WBC will now rate him in their top 5. Perhaps if Lucas Matthysse ever gets a shot at the full WBC title he'll relinquish his interim strap and Spadafora will fight for it against some obscure fighter the WBC happens to rate... What? Were you expecting Spadafora to fight one of the 140 elite for a title? Hah! You're funny.

Ed Latimore TKO2 Donnie Crawford

Wilkins Santiago UD6 Mustafah Johnson

Bill Hutchinson TKO4 Damon Antoine

Travis Clark TKO1 Martez Williamson

Williamson apparently didn't think Clark's antics were fair and quit after going down a few times.

Joey Holt TKO4 Austin Marcum

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#QuitCounter2013 increased by 4 this week, now totaling to 62. New additions are highlighted 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
2013-03-09 Jon Hill RTD1 Greg Maynard
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
2013-03-22 Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo TKO5 Nathan Bolcio
2013-03-22 Luciano Leonel Cuello RTD7/TKO8 Joaquim Carneiro
2013-03-22 Marc Pagcaliwangan RTD1 Jose Adan Fernandez
2013-03-22 Michael Walsh vs Krisztian Laufer
2013-03-23 Robert Stieglitz TKO4 Arthur Abraham
2013-03-25 Petch Kokietgym KO8 Dondon Jimenea
2013-03-29 Josh Wale RTD9 Ashley Lane
2013-03-29 Oleydong Sithsamerchai TKO7 Richard Garcia
2013-03-29 Tony Ingelrest RTD3 Ivica Cukusic
2013-03-30 Apti Davtaev RTD2 Ivan Bogdanov
2013-03-30 Callum Smith RTD1 Iain Jackson
2013-04-06 Azea Augustama RTD2 David McNemar
2013-04-06 Mark de Mori RTD4 Jonathan Pasi
2013-04-06 Roman Skerlo TKO1 Tarik Ipek
2013-04-06 Travis Clark TKO1 Martez Williamson

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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 once a week, 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 rgbivins@gmail.com.


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