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Saturday Global Boxing Results: Burns stuns Martinez, Sturm tops Lorenzo

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Felix Sturm was successful in his first outing as a fighter-promoter. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Felix Sturm was successful in his first outing as a fighter-promoter. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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Glasgow, Scotland

  • Ricky Burns UD-12 Roman Martinez. Our full recap of this fight and the Simpson-Smith bout is here. Both fights were good, particularly the huge upset in the main event.
  • Stephen Smith SD-12 John Simpson.
  • Paul Appleby TKO-2 Yordan Vasilev.
  • Alex Arthur PTS-8 Peter McDonagh. The wins for Arthur and Appleby were of the bounce-back, tomato can variety.

Cologne, Germany

  • Felix Sturm UD-12 Giovanni Lorenzo. Sturm took scores of 117-111 (twice) and 118-111. Lorenzo reportedly had trouble pulling the trigger. This should likely all but finish Lorenzo's run of getting title shots, especially with lots of coming talent in the middleweight division. He's a solid puncher, but he lacks much else at all. Hopefully Sturm will look to make another good fight soon now that he's promoting himself.

Guadalajara, Mexico

  • Jorge Solis TKO-6 Francisco Cordero. Stop bewaring unheralded Colombian sluggers. They suck. Cordero (23-1, 15 KO) had your usual creampuff Colombian build-a-record, and what do you know, he was no match for Solis, and never had any business fighting him in the first place. 
  • Omar Nino RTD-6 Ronald Barrera. Another predictable result, as Nino is actually good and Barrera has made a career out of being a holdover opponent for titlists.
  • Rafael Guzman TKO-5 Sergio Lopez. The build is slow and steady for 24-year-old Guzman (26-2, 18 KO), whose two losses are understandable. For one thing, he's no great prospect. His first loss came to Ricardo Dominguez in 2008, which was simply a step too high for Guzman at the time. His second was a TKO-1 in March to Carlos Cardenas. Guzman had knocked Cardenas down first, but was floored and stopped after. He might be a young featherweight worth watching, or he might not be. Beating Lopez doesn't tell us much.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

  • Jan Zaveck MD-12 Rafal Jackiewicz. Zaveck (30-1, 17 KO) gets a measure of revenge for his lone career loss by beating Jackiewicz (36-9-1, 18 KO) on scores of 117-111 (twice) and 114-114. Zaveck retains the IBF welterweight trinket.

Mar del Plata, Argentina

  • Luis Lazarte UD-12 Nerys Espinoza. For the first time in 2010, the IBF junior flyweight title has been successfully defended, and the titlist has not been upset. In January, Carlos Tamara beat Brian Viloria, an upset even considering Viloria's up-and-down history. And then in May, after flat-out hand-picking Lazarte as an "easy" opponent that the IBF had ranked, Tamara lost a decision to Lazarte. Nicaragua's Espinoza (29-6-1, 20 KO) couldn't continue the streak. Lazarte won on scores of 116-111 across the board, with Espinoza docked a point in the final round. Lazarte, who is 39, improves to 48-9-1 (18 KO).

Monterrey, Mexico

  • Julio Cesar Miranda RTD-9 Ronald Ramos. Miranda (33-5-1, 26 KO) can bang, and he's on a nice little comeback run right now. His last two losses have come to Pongsaklek Wonjongkam and Moruti Mthalane, so not exactly something over which he should be hanging his head. His other three losses were very early in his career. In his last three, he's stopped Ramos, Richie Mepranum and Faustino Cupul. Not exactly an All-Star team, I admit, but in a top-heavy and competitive flyweight class, his power on the right night could make some noise.

Tokyo, Japan

  • Charlie Ota UD-12 Tadashi Yuba. Ota (15-1-1, 10 KO) might be worth watching out for at 154 pounds. He retained his OPBF and Japanese titles with the win over Yuba (37-6-2, 28 KO).
  • Nihitio Arakwawa TKO-5 Mitsuya Omura. Arakawa (18-1-1, 12 KO) keeps his Japanese lightweight title.

Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

  • Maksym Bursak UD-12 Bryan Vera. Apparently, he's no longer Brian Vera. Hell if I know. Bursak (21-0-1, 8 KO) won on wide scores of 118-111 (twice) and 119-110. Alexey Sukachev has a full recap at BoxingScene.com, and called it an exciting fight. Vera (17-5, 11 KO) usually is in exciting fights.

Helsinki, Finland

  • Amin Asikainen TKO-4 Jaudiel Zepeda. Second bounce-back fight for the Finnish star since his 2009 TKO-1 loss to Matthew Macklin. Asikainen is now 28-3 (19 KO).

Cuernavaca, Mexico

  • Antonio Pitalua KO-5 Joe Rivera. Pitalua (49-4, 43 KO) is now fighting at welterweight, and still has a punch up there, not that Rivera is some stalwart top contender or the like.