Boxing results and recaps, Mar. 24-30: Friday Night Fights, Katsunari Takayama, Ismayl Sillakh, Oleydong Sithsamerchai, upsets and more

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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.

Welcome to the latest edition of my weekly fight recaps. Last week's edition can be found here. Sorry for the lateness again but I'm scheduled to fight this weekend.


2013-03-24 Ce.De.M. N° 2, Caseros, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Hugo Hernan Verchelli TKO2 Stiven Monterrosa

Monterrosa's failure to step into his punches caused him to consistently fall short with them. Verchelli first floored Monterrosa with a left hook to the body followed by a left cross to the head out of his southpaw stance. With plenty of time still on the clock in round 2, Monterrosa was never given an opportunity to recover and was eventually floored again by a flurry, just as the ref was in the process of waving the fight off.

Subsequently Verchelli improved to 10-1 and picked up the vacant WBC Latino minimumweight title.


2013-03-25 City Hall's Ground, Khon Kaen, Thailand

Thai TV 9

Petch Kokietgym KO8 Dondon Jimenea

Body shots had Jimenea close to quitting in round 6 and finally convinced him to do so in round 8. Thus Petch improved to 17-1 and picked up the vacant WBC Asia Council Continental bantamweight title.


2013-03-29 Topsporthal Vlaanderen, Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Sport 10 / Camcorder

Delfine Persoon KO2 Kremena Petkova

Although the main event of the card it's the only pro bout I haven't seen from it (didn't bothering watching the amateur fights). My main source for Belgium boxing on the internet doesn't seem to care much about female fighters. Sad, but I'm happy for whatever I can get.

Anyways, this was apparently a WBC female final lightweight title eliminator. So now Persoon, 24-1, is at the head of the line to challenge for her third world title against Erica Anabella Farias (16-0). These fighters deserve to be the highest rated in their division so the winner should be considered the true female lightweight champion of the world. I'd also like to see Layla McCarter, who says she can still make lightweight, come back down to fight the winner of that fight. But I'm getting way ahead of myself...

Frank Haroche Horta TKO2 Jackson Osei Bonsu

In the male main event of the evening Sugar Jackson once again proved to be as chinny as his name is sweet and was dispatched inside 2 rounds by France's welterweight champion. It was a gun fight from the opening bell and Horta had heavier and more abundant ammunition. Jackson didn't dance away and just went toe to toe until the very end. A left hook sent Jackson through the middle ropes and the referee rightfully gave him an 8 count. Horta jumped right back on him afterward had him "down" again moments later (this time Jackson fell into a neutral corner). Then immediately following that Horta pummeled Jackson right back into the corner for a 2nd time. The ref had no choice but to wave it off.

Consequently Sugar Jackson falls to 43-7-1 while Horta improves to 32-10-5. This was Horta's biggest win since taking Dean Byrne's zero in 2011.

Sasha Yengoyan TKO6 Sergei Melis

Ermano Fegatilli UD8 Karim Chakim

Ismail Abdoul UD8 Toni Visic

Tony Ingelrest RTD3 Ivica Cukusic

Bilal Laggoune D6 Joel Tambwe Djeko

Gian Carlo Liesdek MD4 Carlos Torres Suarez


2013-03-29 Thungsimuang, Udon Thani, Thailand

Thai TV 7

Oleydong Sithsamerchai TKO7 Richard Garcia

Open scoring revealed that Sithsamerchai had shut Garcia out through the first 4 rounds and the domination continued over the next 3. Oleydong walked Richard down and dropped him with a lead straight left hand in round 7. Garcia beat the count but didn't want to continue. He immediately took out his mouthpiece, turned away, and walked back to his corner.

Consequently Oleydong improves to 47-1-1. The former WBC minimumweight champion continues to rebound from his loss to Kazuto Ioka. He's 12-0 since then but hasn't beaten anyone of note. That being said, this was still his 6th WBC International super flyweight title fight in that time period.

Wanheng Menayothin UD6 Sammy Hagler


2013-03-29 Metrodome, Barnsley, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Hatton Boxing TV

Josh Wale RTD9 Ashley Lane

Lane quit on his stool following 2 knockdowns in the 9th round. Although body shots ultimately caused Lane to fold, his pressure and infighting made him competitive through most of the fight.

Nonetheless, Wale improved to 15-5-1 and picked up the vacant British Masters super-bantamweight title.

Matthew Mallin PTS6 Dee Mitchell

Ryan Hardy PTS6 Matt Seawright

Ben Davies PTS4 Dan Blackwell

Adam Kettleborough PTS4 Dan Carr

Joe Hockenhull PTS4 John Mason


2013-03-29 Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, USA


Brian Vera RTD7 Donatas Bondorovas

The ringside doctor looked Bondas over toward the end of round 6. The bout should have been 3-3 or at the most 4-2 in either direction. Bondas, truly a bloody mess by that point, had a very strong round 7 and looked like a fighter who might actually pull off the upset. But when asked between rounds if he could see, Bondas made the fatal mistake of being honest. And just like that, the referee stopped the fight. The language barrier may have been the culprit but there's a catch 22 in boxing that all fighters should know: no matter what ails you, if you want to continue, tell the referee you are fine.

Consequently Vera improves to 23-6 and maintains his #1 WBO middleweight rating, along with his NABO middleweight title. However, Vera's chances of actually winning the WBO world title are slim to none. Just calling it as I see it...

Antoine Douglas UD4 John Worthy

Umberto Savigne TKO4 Jackson Junior

Junior was down once at the end of round 2 and thrice more in round 4. The last "knockdown" was more of a slip than anything, but the stoppage made sense regardless. Junior tried to hold his hands high as he came forward but his defense fell apart whenever he threw a punch. He squared up and practically begged Savigne to tag him with right hands. Savigne obliged.

Taras Shelestyuk TKO1 Kamal Muhammad

Fans didn't get to learn much about the 2012 welterweight Olympic Bronze medalist from watching this mismatch of a pro debut, but he at least did what he was expected to do.


2013-03-30 Estadio Carranza Limón, Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico


Katsunari Takayama UD12 Mario Rodriguez (117-111, 119-109, 115-113)

From the opening bell Takayama maintained a high work rate while simultaneously moving his feet as fast as his hands. It did not appear humanly possible to sustain the pace he was setting. He somehow combined the footwork and speed of a prime Cory Spinks with the volume of a prime Antonio Margarito. Meanwhile Rodriguez plodded forward and ate punches working his way inside. Rodriguez would land really good shots from time to time once he felt comfortable to punch, dropping Takayama in round 3 with a left hook along the way, but overall was simply out worked.

Takayama's energy was so absurd that he'd run to meet his opponent in the center of the ring well into the fight and mix in Ali shuffles between combinations. However, Takayama did turn out to prove human after all and although his hands kept firing the footwork diminished in the late stages of the fight. The two fighters traded violently and Takayama's left eye wound up a bloody mess. But it was all too little, too late for Rodriguez to change his fate.

Thus Takayama improved to 25-6 and won his 3rd world title with as many different sanctioning bodies. The newly crowned IBF minimumweight champion was coming off a split decision loss to Mateo Handig in an eliminator for the #1 IBF ranking. So why did Takayama get the title shot instead of Handig? Well, apparently because there was no mandatory drug test before or after Takayama-Handig, the IBF ordered a rematch.

The rematch never happened for reasons that I'm unfamiliar with. But I would assume that because Takayama ultimately landed the fight with "Dragoncito", Handig was the one to opt out of the rematch. But don't quote me on that, it's all just speculation. In any event, Handig is probably more interested in the rematch now...


2013-03-30 Galich Hall, Krasnodar, Russia

Boytsovskiy Klub

Dmitry Kudryashov TKO3 Levan Jomardashvili

Jomardashvili was simply too short, out of shape, and unskilled. Jomardashvili did not pressure Kudryashov and let the taller, fitter man work at his own pace from a comfortable distance. Jomardashvili took 3 knees following a left hooks to the body in round 2 and the referee waved the fight off...then changed his mind and let it continue half a minute later. All this accomplished was delaying the inevitable 1 more round. Left hooks to the body put Jomardashvili down another 3 times and enough was finally enough.

Consequently Kudryashov improved to 8-0, all by way of knockout, and defended his WBC CIS and Slovenian Boxing Bureau (CISBB) cruiserweight title. He's rated at #36 in the April WBC ratings. The 27 year old isn't an amazing talent but he's solid enough to make waves someday.

Apti Davtaev RTD2 Ivan Bogdanov

Murad Dalkhaev UD6 Gor Akopyan

Apti Ustarkhanov D4 Artavazd Margaryan

Alik Kanbolatov KO2 Mykhaylo Lydovskyy

Viskhan Murzabekov TKO4 Mamikon Akopyan

Egor Kuleshov UD4 Andriy Danichkin

Felix Amoev UD4 Varazdat Chernikov


2013-03-30 AKKO International, Kiev, Ukraine


Timur Akhundov UD12 Khavazhy Khatsyhau (119-109, 117-111, 117-111)

Early on it looked like Akhundov might be in for a tough fight but his consistency, range, superior hand speed, and movement coasted him to a unanimous decision victory. Too often was Khatsyhau found covering up and waiting for openings rather than creating his own. Meanwhile Akhundov let his hands go and is now the new World Boxing Federation featherweight champion. Akhundov, now 15-2-1 [1 NC], was previously the "Intercontinental" WBF champion but has now acquired their "World" title. Both titles were vacant prior to winning them.

Daniyar Hanyk UD10 Volodymyr Harabuga

Serhiy Chichikalov SD6 Jaba Gatsiashvili

Oleksandr Okhrey TKO2 Dmytro Zayats

Volodymyr Baranovskyy TKO1 Vitaliy Bohodukhov

Vepkhia Tchilaia TKO1 Kostyantyn Novikov

Alexander Benidze TKO1 Kostyantyn Novosedlyuk


2013-03-30 Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA

All Star Promotions

Ismayl Sillakh UD8 Mitch Williams

Sillakh was tentative, seemingly concerned about punches that were never coming back to him, but thoroughly dominant. Williams went down in round 4 from a left hook to the body. The pre-Grachev Sillakh would have likely finished Williams off but that was only 2 fights ago. "The Black Russian" (who is actually Ukrainian) should be given some time to regain his confidence before we write him off just yet. Prior to getting stopped by Denis Grachev, many of us thought Sillakh would be the future of the light heavyweight division. With a record of 19-1 at only 28 years of age, he still has time.

Also, since then we've learned that Grachev is quite the capable pugilist. Grachev even holds a claim to the lineal light heavyweight championship of the world now following his split decision victory over Zsolt Erdei. I didn't necessarily agree with that decision, but it was certainly debatable.

Jaime Ocegueda UD6 Rynell Griffin

Javier Garcia TKO2 Omar Avelar

Karihi Tehei SD6 Humberto Zatarain

Vladimir Gavrilov TKO1 Justin Santistevan


2013-03-30 McElroy Auditorium, Waterloo, Iowa, USA

Tailored Productions and Simplicity Photo

Jeremy Williams DQ3 Travis Fulton

Holding was a large part of Fulton's game plan. It made for an ugly fight and it wasn't enabling him to win rounds. Thankfully the referee disqualified him after 3 of them. And thus the 40 year old, once fringe heavyweight contender from the ‘90s dubbed Half-Man, Half-Amazing improved to 43-5-1. This was Jeremy's second bout since getting destroyed by an undefeated Samuel Peter back in 2004.


#QuitCounter2013 increased by 7 this week, now totaling to 58. 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


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

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