This was a pretty good week of fights (even though most American boxing fans thought nothing was on). Find out what was worth watching this week (below) or the week before (here). The Australian card you'll see the best of this week, but quality fights took place all over the world.
2013-08-25 Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan
Ryota Murata TKO2 Akio Shibata
The pro debut of the 2012 middleweight Olympic Gold Medalist Murata went according to plan. He's pretty much already a fringe contender after dispatching the OPBF middleweight champion in 2 rounds, although no title was on the line (fight scheduled for 6 rounds). Co-promoter Bob Arum, who made the trip to Japan for this fight, seemed very pleased with what he saw. Expect to see Murata in Macao soon enough I suppose...
2013-08-25 Sky Arena, Zama, Kanagawa, Japan
Naoya Inoue UD10 Ryoichi Taguchi (97-94, 98-93, 98-92)
Amateur standout Inoue out boxed Taguchi and picked up the Japanese light flyweight title in only his 4th pro fight. I doubt he'll move as fast through the pro ranks as Ryota Murata will, but he's only 20 years old and he'll probably turn out to be a better fighter because he's tiny. No offense to the Japanese, but their talent pool gets pretty thin above super featherweight (also historically). I believe their only middleweight champion in the history of the sport is still Shinji Takehara, who should had to win the WBA title from Reggie Johnson instead of Jorge Fernando Castro, but I digress...
2013-08-29 Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill, Queensland, Australia
Fox Sports (Australia)
Rey Anton Olarte D10 Craig Hill Jr (95-96, 96-94, 95-95)
Olarte was down at the very end of round 3 but it appeared that the referee did not count it. Otherwise I believe Hill would have squeaked out a split decision. In any event the vacant Australian light middleweight title remained, uh, vacant. Fortunately the fight was good enough for people to want to see a rematch.
Balazs Varga RTD2 Brett Peters
Peters was dropped twice in the 2nd round and retired in his corner. Vargas picked up the vacant Australia - Queensland State cruiserweight title.
Brent Elliott SD8 Waylon Law (75-77, 77-75, 76-75)
As far as action goes, this was the true main event of the card. The fight made a strong case for Australia's fight of the year with round 8 in contention for ROTY despite no knockdowns. Elliott narrowly defended his Australia - Queensland State super featherweight title. That's all I'm going to write. Just go watch it and enjoy.
Ozan Craddock UD6 Gavin Prunty (59-54, 60-53, 60-53)
Prunty was dropped in round 2 by a left hook.
Hunter Sam KO1 Scott Belshaw
A massive overhand right chopped the tree of Belshaw down.
2013-08-30 Club Atlético Talleres, Remedios de Escalada, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Matias Ariel Vidondo DQ5 Fabio Eduardo Moli
Moli received a standing 8 count at the end of round 1 and was dropped in rounds 3 and 4. But apart from that, he gave Vidondo hell. In fact, Vidondo was pretty much ready to go in round 5 before the unfortunate conclusion. Moli got tired of Vidondo flopping all over the place without getting credit for any knockdowns and eventually decided to deliver a finishing blow while Vidondo was on his knees. For this Moli was promptly disqualified, thus allowing Vidondo to become the new Argentina (FAB) heavyweight champion. If Moli had more patience he may have won by KO, but dem's da breaks! Nonetheless fans were treated to yet another fun, unskilled, heavyweight brawl as was the case the week before with Hammer-Larsen.
Wait, I thought champions can't lose their titles in disqualifications?
Nevermind, I'm thinking of pro wrestling...although heavyweight boxing might make much more sense these days as "sports entertainment." It's honestly not boring if you look at the right fights. Don't form opinions solely based on what HBO and Showtime feed to you (usually showcases and mismatches).
Sebastian Daniel Rodriguez D6 Diego Luis Pichardo Liriano (58.5-58.5, 58-58.5, 58.5-58.5)
2013-08-30 Hotel Prado Mar, Puerto Colombia, Colombia
Luis Eduardo Flores UD8 Edinson Jimenez (77-74, 79-72, 77-74)
Belmar Preciado TKO2 Omny Padilla
Omny tried to quit early in round 2 but was shut down by both the referee AND ringside doctor. It was pretty funny to be honest. After Padilla was done spitting out his mouthpiece a half dozen times, the referee waited until he was helplessly mauled on the ropes for over a minute before he finally calling it off. Good pro debut for the super bantamweight Preciado. I guess they make sure the fans get their monies worth in Colombia...
2013-08-30 City Hall Ground, Chonburi, Thailand
Thai TV 7
Wanheng Menayothin UD12 Yuma Iwahashi (120-108?, 120-108?, 119-109?)
WBC International minimumweight title
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam UD6? Falazona Fidal
I didn't catch this one, but how could I not report on the exploits of the Thai legend? 10 victories to go before Pong gets 100 wins!
2013-08-31 Club Social y Deportivo Camioneros, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina
Marcelo Fabian Dominguez TKO7 Hector Alfredo Avila
Luis Alejandro Tejerina TKO4 Juan Ramon Amaya
Lucas German Priori MD6 Genaro Quiroga (57.5-57.5, 58-57.5, 59-57)
Fernando Ezequiel Farias UD4 Ruben Gabriel Maciel (40-36, 40-36, 40-36.5)
Ignacio Perrin MD5 Fernando Gallo (48-46, 47-47, 47-47)
Note: this was not a pro fight. Yet, if you later turn pro and fight in the United States...then apparently they count it on your pro record. I tell ya, guys, dem's really da breaks!
2013-08-31 Theaterfabrik, Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany
Maik Kurzweil TKO5 Daniel Zimmermann
Rising cruiserweight Kurzweil has now won 11 straight, all by KO, after losing his first 4 pro fights. Or at least that's what BoxRec tells me. Either way, you go, man. #TeamKurzweil
Kai Kurzawa TKO1 Robert Mueller
Maik Heil TKO2 Marlon Szabo
Pierre Dippe D4 Rabie Ben Lakhbhar Inoubli
Amir Khan W4 Maik Taeubig
Yes this is a pro boxer named Amir Khan.
Yes he's a welterweight.
No he's not the one that's going to fight Devon Alexander.
2013-08-31 Gimnasio San Juan de la Barrera, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Adrian Hernandez TKO4 Atsushi Kakutani
Hernandez was dropped by a right hand that he actually blocked but was hurt by clean right hand that landed 2 punches before that. Hernandez then regrouped and gradually took control of the fight. Kakutani had the living hell beat out of him as early as round 2. He showed the heart of a true Japanese warrior to last as long as he did after being dropped thrice in the 4th round. Thus Hernandez made another tougher-than-expected WBC light flyweight title defense against a non-descript challenger, par for his usual course. I swear, as soon as the WBC gives Hernandez a real top fighter to fight, I will be SHOCKED if Hernandez manages to win. Then again, that day may never come, and he may still eventually lose anyways... God bless the WBC.
Jessica Gonzalez SD10 Irma Garcia (97-94, 94-96, 96-94)
For whatever reason this wasn't a WBA female bantamweight title fight although both fighters entered within the weight limit and Garcia was reigning champion...
2013-08-31 Gimnasio Revolución, Calpulálpan, Tlaxcala, Mexico
Cadena 3 / Boxeo De Gala
Gilberto Gonzalez KO12 Saul Carreon
Vacant WBC Latino Silver lightweight title
2013-08-31 Complejo Deportivo Inalámbrica, Merida, Yucatán, Mexico
Azteca 7 (Mexico) / UniMas (USA)
Miguel Berchelt TKO5 Cristobal Cruz
Super featherweight prospect Berchelt added a former world champion to his resume and improved to 20-0. Cruz is badly faded so this isn't a great win, but it's pretty good for a 21 year old like Berchelt.
David Sanchez TKO7 Juan Kantun
Jose Cen Torres UD6 Ricardo Ceja (60-54, 60-54, 60-54)
Torres' nickname Relámpago is Spanish for Lightning. It's a pretty nice nickname for a 22 year old coming off 4 straight losses. He did have 11 straight wins before that, though. Based on what I saw in the Ceja victory, Lightning may be a better suited metaphor for JCT's pending career rather than his fighting style.
2013-08-31 Sportgym Radom, Radom, Poland
Przemyslaw Opalach RTD2 Ionut Trandafir Ilie
Ilie injured his right hand at the end of the 2nd round and didn't come out for round 3.
Michal Zerominski RTD2 Mariusz Czerniewski
Czerniewski was given a standing 8 count at the end of round 2 and opted to quietly retire in his corner.
Nikodem Jezewski W4 Michal Szebestik
Patryk Litkiewicz W4 (someone I can't spell the name of well enough to look him up)
Damian Wrzesinski TKO2 Petr Gyna
Ewa Brodnicka W4 Claudia Szymczak
Ewa Piatkowska TKO1 Pavla Votavova
2013-08-31 Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza, Caguas, Puerto Rico
Carlos Cotto DQ1 Jimmy Suarez
BoxRec currently reports this as a TKO win for Cotto but in reality Suarez was disqualified for illegal punches on the break (which were retaliatory). This was one of the fastest DQs I've ever seen for tactics that are pretty common place in boxing. Where was referee Luis Pabon when Paulie Malignaggi needed him against Adrien Broner?
2013-08-31 Open Air Theatre, Krasnogorsk, Russia
Valery Brudov UD6 Jevgenijs Andrejevs
Former (interim) world champion Valery Brudov continues to work his way down to light heavyweight where he belongs. Unfortunately for him the cruiserweight division limit stopped being 190 lbs a long time ago...
2013-08-31 Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa
Super Sport (South Africa) / BeIn Sport (USA)
Ilunga Makabu KO5 Eric Fields
Makubu ended the fight with a highlight reel left hook, out of the southpaw stance, and retained his WBC Silver cruiserweight title, which he may/may not share with Silvio Branco. If you laughed reading that sentence, you're not alone. Again, god bless the WBC.
Ryno Liebenberg TKO1 Gabriel Arturo Ramirez
Vacant WBC International Silver light heavyweight title
Johnny Muller TKO11 Tshepang Mohale
South African light heavyweight title
Nkosinathi Joyi KO9? Benezer Alolod
BeIn only showed highlights at the end of the show, but as Joyi's the new BLH #7 junior flyweight, I might as well list why. Based off Joyi's excellent standing at strawweight combined with his reported domination over a man coming off a very respectable win, Joyi places just below the serious contenders / champions in his new weight class. This is not one of boxing's deeper divisions. That aside, Joyi won the WBC International light flyweight title.
2013-08-31 Münsterplatz, Basel, Switzerland
Erkan Teper TKO1 Michael Sprott
Sprott was dropped by a devastating right hand that he never saw coming and never recovered. The next time he was floored was ruled a slip and the final time he lost his balance the ropes saved him. Just before staggering helplessly into the ropes the corner threw in the towel but the referee let it go on a few seconds longer. Teper improved to 11-0 with 6 KOs while Sprott took another step toward retirement. Unfortunately recycling used-up heavyweights is a necessary evil in this sport.
#QuitCounter2013 increased by 3, totaling to 139 after this week. New additions are listed 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 Armando Cruz RTD2 / TKO3 Carlos Martin
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
2013-03-22 Pedro Campa RTD4/TKO5 Ivan Gutierrez
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
2013-05-11 Ricky Burns RTD9 Jose A Gonzalez
2013-05-11 Stephen Simmons RTD3 Michael Sweeney
2013-05-15 Dmitry Kirillov RTD4 Alexander Saltykov
2013-05-15 Tor Hamer TKO3 Maurenzo Smith
2013-05-17 Andrew Gardiner RTD5 Emiliano Cayetano
2013-05-17 Dmitry Chudinov RTD3 Grady Brewer
2013-05-17 James DeGale KO2 Sebastien Demers
2013-05-17 Patomsuk Pathompothong RTD6 Jonas Segu
2013-05-17 Zach Bunce RTD3 Donald Willis
2013-05-18 Betiana Patricia Vinas KO6 Cynthia Munoz
2013-05-18 Haroon Khan TKO1 Vincente Medellin
2013-05-18 Wadi Camacho KO2 Hari Miles
2013-05-24 Jose Cayetano RTD4 Charly Valenzuela
2013-05-25 Genesis Servania KO3 Isack Junior
2013-05-25 Marcos Antonio Ahumada TKO4 Alejandro Emilio Valori
2013-05-26 Aik Shakhnazaryan RTD4 Jahongir Mamadjanov
2013-05-26 Fedor Papazov RTD6 Artem Ayvazidi
2013-05-31 Ammeth Diaz KO7 Martin Gethin
2013-06-01 Denton Daley RTD4 Faisal Ibnel Arrami
2013-06-01 Jesus Quijada TKO1 Misael Marciel Juarez
2013-06-07 Marcin Najman TKO2 Martin Pacas
2013-06-08 Erislandy Lara TKO10 Alfredo Angulo
2013-06-21 Riccardo Pintaudi vs Giuseppe Rauseo
2013-06-22 Arely Mucino KO2 Olga Julio
2013-06-26 Murat Gassiev TKO2 Levan Jomardashvili
2013-06-28 Vicente Mosquera RTD7 Cosme Rivera
2013-06-29 Ibeth Zamora Silva RTD8 Maricela Quintero
2013-07-05 Bogdan Dinu TKO1 Vladimir Toktasynov
2013-07-06 Carlos Daniel Aquino TKO3 Jose Gustavo Iturria
2013-07-06 Felix Sturm TKO4 Predrag Radosevic
2013-07-06 Tony Thompson TKO5 David Price
2013-07-12 Hughie Fury RTD5 Ivica Perkovic
2013-07-12 Rika Matsumoto TKO1 Saengrung Kwanjaisrikord
2013-07-13 Linda Laura Lecca TKO3 Lina Palmera
2013-07-13 Saul Rodriguez RTD3 Dominic Coca
2013-07-20 Israel Hector Enrique Perez RTD7 Francisco Lorenzo
2013-07-25 Ilya Prymak RTD3 Valentyn Kuts
2013-07-25 Lucas Browne RTD7 Travis Walker
2013-07-26 Bruno Escalante RTD1 Manuel Galaviz
2013-07-26 Miguel Gonzalez TKO8 Josenilson Dos Santos
2013-07-27 Apti Ustarkhanov KO7 Benson Mwakyembe
2013-07-27 Frankie Borg RTD6 Gary Cooper
2013-07-27 Movsur Yusupov RTD5 Mada Maugo
2013-07-27 Selcuk Aydin KO8 Aaron Herrera
2013-07-27 Uensal Arik TKO3 Omar Siala
2013-08-03 Adrian Estrella RTD4/KO5 Hector Javier Marquez
2013-08-03 Jairo Lopez RTD8/KO9 Marcos Villasana Jr
2013-08-03 Zulina Munoz TKO1 Maribel Ramirez
2013-08-09 Monica Silvina Acosta RTD6 Belinda Laracuente
2013-08-09 Rustam Nugaev KO5 Jose Hernandez
2013-08-09 Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat TKO8 Nathan Bolcio
2013-08-17 Ariel Cabrera Jr RTD1 Arnaldo Decelet
2013-08-17 Hector Alfredo Avila KO3 Jose Manuel Farias
2013-08-17 Jonathan Oquendo KO4 Miguel Tamayo
2013-08-17 Julius Jackson TKO1 Julius Fogle
2013-08-17 Samuel Rogers TKO2 Eduardo Adorno
2013-08-24 Ismayl Sillakh RTD6 Konstantin Piternov
2013-08-24 Rafael Montalvo TKO5 Jose Javier Calderon
2013-08-24 Stanyslav Kashtanov KO10 Jaime Barboza
2013-08-29 Balazs Varga RTD2 Brett Peters
2013-08-31 Michal Zerominski RTD2 Mariusz Czerniewski
2013-08-31 Przemyslaw Opalach RTD2 Ionut Trandafir Ilie
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 results column. My columns 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.