2013-04-28 Convention & Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Lucas Browne UD12 James Toney (117-111, 119-108, 120-108)
Through 6 rounds I felt the fight was about even. At no point was Toney offensively doing much but he often managed to completely shut down Browne's offense. Toney rolled and slipped like an old master and Browne could hardly touch him. Toney still looked shot of course, but you could tell he was once great.
However, that only lasted so long. Once Browne finally started to land his jab (round 7 or so) the fight changed. Age and "good eating" caught up to Toney and his fatigue was apparent. He was shut out in the second half of the fight.
In fact, Browne had Toney in trouble in the 12th and final round but took his foot off the gas, seemingly out of respect. Toney got to walk away from his 87th pro fight on his feet, a never-been-stopped streak dating back to 1989. Meanwhile Browne will advance to the second stage of this mini-tournament where he'll fight Kevin Johnson later this year. Johnson looked better than Browne on the undercard (though against a lesser fighter). Browne-Johnson should be interesting, but more on that later.
For now Browne is 16-0 with 14 KOs. With the victory over Toney he picked up the World Boxing Foundation heavyweight title.
Kevin Johnson TKO10 Solomon Haumono
Johnson took Haumono to school and picked him apart. The referee finally showed mercy in round 10 after Johnson sent Haumono to the canvas. Johnson's talent always shines through when he lets his hands go. Unfortunately he only seems to let his hands go against lower caliber opposition. So I suppose his willingness to engage with Lucas Browne later this year will let us know whether or not "Big Daddy" is the real deal.
Daniel Ammann UD10 Kane Watts
Razvan Cojanu TKO3 Paula Mataele
Jake Carr UD6 Joel Bourke
Qamil Balla TKO1 Jay Thompson
Matthew Lytwynenko D6 Singsiam Kokietgym (Tom Ford)
Joe Lloyd TKO1 Anton Tuilotolava
2013-05-02 Omega Products International, Corona, California, USA
Mauricio Herrera UD10 Ji-Hoon Kim (99-91, 99-91, 98-92)
Miguel Gonzalez UD10 Miguel Acosta
2013-05-03 Gimnasio Municipal, Esquel, Chubut, Argentina
Monica Silvina Acosta TKO4 Darys Esther Pardo
In the first 2 rounds Acosta simply out boxed Pardo. From the 3rd onward she got more aggressive and beat Pardo up. Round 3 was 10-8 worthy even without a knockdown. Pardo got off her stool to start round 4 but her corner threw in the towel immediately.
Subsequently Acosta improved to 18-0-2 and defended her WBA female light welterweight title. Acosta also holds the WBC title and will probably be universally regarded as a top 3 junior welterweight once Holly Holm "retires". Her primary competition at the moment is fellow Argentine / WBO champion Fernanda Soledad Alegre and IBF champion Myriam Lamare.
Fabian Oscar Orozco UD6 Diego Herminio Alejandro Sananco
Cesar David Inalef UD6 Marcelo Gaston Barros
2013-05-03 Gimnasio Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua
Carlos Buitrago TKO1 Yader Escobar
Buitrago's razor sharp jab contained Escobar and eventually set him up for a counter right uppercut that nearly had him out on his feet. Everything after that was merely a formality. Buitrago floored Escobar with a straight right hand, then again with a left hook, then one final time with an overhand right. Escobar quickly got back to his feet each time but the referee had seen enough.
Thus Buitrago improved to 25-0. This 21 year old is a prospect to watch. Nicaragua has some quality little fighters (most notably Roman Gonzalez).
Giovany Rayo SD6 Julio Buitrago
Leopoldo Lanuza TKO2 Ariel Ramirez
Rene Conde KO1 Ricardo Duarte Turcios
Valentin Baltodano UD4 Brayan Suazo
Pablo Narvaez TKO2 Cesar Gaitan
2013-05-03 Khonmuangsri Stadium, Si Sa Ket, Thailand
Thai TV 7
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai TKO8 Yota Sato
Sato, despite being considered by many to be the best junior bantamweight in the world, looked like a deer in the headlights from the very 1st round. Srisaket pounded him from pillar to post, relentlessly attacking the body and head until the referee finally showed mercy. This was a beatdown of epic proportions. Imagine Carl Froch vs Lucian Bute but worse and with 3 extra rounds. Yeah, it was that bad.
Thus Srisaket, born Wisaksil Wangek, went from prospect to #2 junior bantamweight in the world behind the long reigning champion Omar Andres Narvaez. His record stands at 19-3-1 with 18 knockouts and he's now the WBC super flyweight champion. Not bad for a guy who started his career 1-3-1.
2013-05-03 Cosmopolitan Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Fox Sports Net
Antonio Orozco TKO7 Jose Reynoso
Two former sparring partners fought the 1st round much like a sparring session, tentatively. But by round 2 Orozco began to open up, landing a big right hand and left hook along the way (punches that continued to find their mark throughout the fight). Reynoso's lack of head movement began to really cost him the more Orozco let his hands go. When the taller, upright man doesn't keep range or move his head, he's practically begging his opponent to knock his block off. It became target practice for Orozco. But Reynoso took shots to the head very well.
However, when Orozco dug the body in round 5 Reynoso took a knee and was in full retreat upon getting up. Reynoso didn't regain any control until the tail end of the round. But the tide didn't change. Reynoso continued to take a beating in round 6 and had the referee on the verge of stopping it a few times. Reynoso went down from another body shot in round 7 and the ref waved it off.
Thus Orozco improved to 17-0, 13 by way of knockout. So far he's lived up to his moniker "Relentless". The junior welterweight division should have a new player in the not too distant future.
Anthony Dirrell UD8 Don Mouton (78-74, 77-75, 77-75)
Most of this fight was a toe to toe war. Dirrell clearly had the superior footwork but chose not to use it. He beat Mouton at his own game. Did he do this because he knew he was classes above his opponent and could afford to please the fans without risking defeat? Or are his legs just not there yet following the motorcycle accident and 1.5 year layoff? Your guess is as good as mine. All I know is Dirrell used better angles on the inside, allowing him to land the better shots. But every once and a while Dirrell would pull out with is hands down and get clipped by a left hook. He didn't seem to care much...
In any event Dirrell made a successful comeback and improved to 25-0. Mouton is the 1st fighter to go 8 rounds with Dirrell, keeping his never-been-knocked-out streak intact. Dirrell weighed in at 172.5 for this fight but should be moving back down to super middleweight once he gets back into the swing of things.
Carlos Ivan Velasquez UD6 Giorgi Mtchedlishvili
Errol Spence TKO1 Brandon Hoskins
Joseph Diaz TKO3 Eric Gotay
2013-05-04 Club Social y Cultural El Cruce, Malvinas Argentinas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ramon de la Cruz Sena TKO9 Elias Leandro Vallejos
In a rematch of their 6 rounder from 2011, where Vallejos escaped with a split decision, Sena got his revenge via a TKO following 2 knockdowns in the 9th round. The straight right hand did the trick, a weapon that Sena had been trying to capitalize upon the entire fight. Vallejos was dropped for the first time with the right at the very end of round 2 but made a spirited comeback in the middle rounds. However, Sena clearly closed the show.
Thus Sena improved to 12-7-2 and picked up the WBC Latino welterweight title. It's his biggest win to date.
Cristian Javier Medina SD4 Facundo Javier Solis
Sergio Daniel Cordoba UD6 Alberto Sebastian Guzman
2013-05-04 SAP-Arena, Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
EpiX (USA) / RTL (Germany) / Russia TV 2
Wladimir Klitschko TKO6 Francesco Pianeta
Mike Perez UD10 Travis Walker (100-90, 100-90, 100-94)
Travis Walker has made a name for himself as quite the fighter inside the first few rounds, most notably by decking Chris Arreola and Tomasz Adamek. He's generally a very live dog early in the fight. However, against Perez, Walker was never in the fight. Perez put on a boxing clinic, slipping his way inside the taller Walker's range with ease. Odlanier Solis better watch out. Cuba's got a new heavyweight hope. Perez advanced to 19-0.
Christina Hammer UD10 Zita Zatyko (100-89, 99-90, 99-90)
In the female main event of the evening Hammer dominated like she always does. There's really no one out there to challenge her at middleweight / super middleweight. The divisions are paper thin. However, when I bought up Hammer to 2012 middleweight Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields, Shields said she could take her. Too bad we'll have to wait a long time to see it...if it happens at all. Shields is on track to defend her Gold medal in the 2016 games.
In any event Hammer improved to 14-0, lifted the World Boxing Federation female super middleweight title off Zatyko, and acquired the vacant WBO female super middleweight title. She previously held the same titles in the middleweight division.
Moritz Stahl UD6 Olegs Fedotovs
#QuitCounter2013 only advanced by 1 this weekend. The total count stands at 75.
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
2013-04-08 Shinsuke Yamanaka TKO12 Malcolm Tunacao
2013-04-09 Saiyok Poompanmuang KO2 Muhammad Sapata
2013-04-12 Mikael Zewski KO2 Daniel Sostre
2013-04-18 Teerachai Kratingdaenggym KO3 Ronnel Esparas
2013-04-19 Andy Townend RTD8 Ben Wager
2013-04-19 Konstantin Airich TKO1 Claudiu George Dinu
2013-04-19 Konstantin Airich TKO1 Wieslaw Kwasniewski
2013-04-20 Artur Szpilka RTD1 Taras Bidenko
2013-04-20 Callum Smith KO1 Ruslans Pojonisevs
2013-04-20 Luis Alejandro Tejerina TKO3 Claudio Esteban Romero
2013-04-26 Mark de Mori TKO1 Iko Dzafic
2013-04-27 Terry Flannigan RTD4 Nate Campbell
2013-05-04 Badou Jack TKO3 Michael Gbenga
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 email@example.com.