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Boxing results: Ioka, Takyama retain titles; Malignaggi, Adamek return with wins in Europe

World titles were defended in Osaka, veterans returned to action in Italy and Poland, and more from this weekend in boxing.

Osaka, Japan

  • Kazuto Ioka UD-12 Roberto Domingo Sosa: Ioka (18-1, 10 KO) was the big favorite to retain his WBA flyweight "world" belt and he did, on scores of 119-109, 119-109, and 120-108.
  • Katsunari Takayama TKO-8 Ryuji Hara: Takayama, 32, made a successful defense of the IBF strawweight title with this win, and led on scores of 68-64, 68-65, and 69-64 when the fight was stopped. Takayama is now 30-7 (12 KO), with Hara falling to 19-2 (11 KO).

Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Juan Carlos Reveco UD-10 Breilor Teran: This fight is notable mostly because the win means that Reveco (36-2, 19 KO) keeps his scheduled New Year's Eve rematch in Japan against Kazuto Ioka in play. This was a stay-busy fight for the Argentine contender, and he got some rounds in, winning on scores of 99-91, 100-90, and 100-90. Teran (14-13-1, 7 KO) was no threat to him, but weird things can happen in boxing, or even very not weird things like hand injuries. But it appears Ioka-Reveco II is good to go.

Birmingham, Alabama

We covered the Wilder-Duhaupas and Breazeale-Kassi fights already. Here are some notes from the rest of the show.

  • Charles Martin TKO-3 Vicente Sandez: Martin (22-0-1, 20 KO) is another American heavyweight who took up boxing late, at the age of 22. He won the National PAL Championships in 2012 when he was 26, and is now 29. Simple math, you guys. Anyway, he can punch, but like the Wilders and Breazeales and Seth Mitchells of the world, there's a lot to prove before he can be taken seriously. Of course, since I don't think Wilder is terrible I'm apparently his biggest fan, so maybe I'll like Charles Martin before the rest of the world, too. BOMBZQUAAAAAAD
  • Terrell Gausha UD-8 Eliezer Gonzalez: Gausha (16-0, 8 KO) stays unbeaten as a pro, winning on scores of 78-72, 77-73, and 77-73. Gonzalez (15-2, 10 KO) was dropped in the fifth round and lost a point for low blows in the seventh, so it's worth noting that two of the three judges had this 5-3 in rounds, so hardly a blowout. But Gonzalez isn't a bad fighter, either. His only loss before this was against Julian Williams, who is arguably a top 10 junior middleweight now.
  • Andrzej Wawrzyk TKO-3 Mike Sheppard: Mike Sheppard is a great example of familiarity being the key to paydays in boxing's lower levels. Sheppard (24-19-1, 10 KO) isn't any better than dozens of other heavyweight club fighters, but the 40-year-old West Virginian was chosen to fight Antonio Tarver in 2013, and has turned that into Haymon card appearances against Gerald Washington last year and Wawrzyk this year. Anyway, he lost in three rounds. Wawrzyk (31-1, 17 KO) has won four straight since a 2013 blowout loss to Alexander Povetkin, but two of those four wins are Danny Williams and Frans Botha, and one is Mike Sheppard, and the other was a guy who was 3-14.

Lemoore, California

  • Andy Ruiz Jr UD-8 Joell Godfrey: Ruiz (25-0, 17 KO) weighed in at 247¾ for this fight. Now, considering Ruiz is 6'2", that might not sound great. But his last two outings saw him tip the scales at 272¾ and 267¾. First of all, he loves that extra ¾ of a pound. I mean, who doesn't, right? Cheat day! But it's definitely important for the 26-year-old prospect to be back down to his prior fighting weight. He is, frankly, a fat dude. He's just fat. It's nothing to do with his skills, which are legit, or his desire, or whatever else. He's just got a soft, flabby body. I'm not trying to be a dick here! I really mean this, it's just a thing. Who cares if he fights well? He started his career in 2009 barely under 300 pounds, and worked down to 250-255 pretty regularly between 2012 and May 2014, but he packed on the poundage over the summer of 2014. Must've been a good time for Andy Ruiz. Anyway, it's good to see him back at a better fighting weight. Some folk out there will complain that he's FAT AND DOESN'T TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY!!! but I don't care. I'm body positive, you guys.
  • Danny Valdivia KO-6 Jeremy Ramos: 23-year-old Valdivia (9-0, 7 KO) is a junior middleweight prospect from Tulare, California, a town immortalized in song by the great Merle Haggard. Both fighters were down in the second round.
  • Esquiva Falcão KO-2 Zoltan Papp: "Zoltan" is such a badass name. Falcão is now 11-0 (8 KO), as he quietly continues building his pro career after winning silver for Brazil as a middleweight in London.

Milan, Italy

  • Paulie Malignaggi UD-8 Laszlo Fazekas: Malignaggi made a quick turnaround following a TKO-9 loss to Danny Garcia on August 1, fulfilling a personal dream with a fight in Italy. The 34-year-old "Magic Man" won on scores of 80-72, 80-72, and 79-73, easily handling Fazekas (27-22-1, 17 KO), a veteran Hungarian club fighter you may recall seeing on UK cards in the past. Malignaggi (34-7, 7 KO) may fight again, or may not. He's really going fight-to-fight at this point, knows he has a career outside of the ring, and has the luxury of really deciding whether he'll fight on or not.

Lodz, Poland

  • Tomasz Adamek RTD-5 Przemyslaw Saleta: Adamek, 38, ended a two-fight losing streak and what was briefly thought to be a retirement with a win over 47-year-old Saleta, who had last fought in 2013, knocking out Andrew Golota. Prior to that, Saleta's last fight was in 2006, and he fought Oliver McCall in 2005. Needless to say, it's unlikely Adamek (50-4, 30 KO) is going to get back in the heavyweight mix or anything, but he did pick up his 50th career win, and that's a nice mark for one of the more memorable action fighters of the modern era.
  • Nagy Aguilera TKO-10 Marcin Rekowski: Aguilera (20-9, 14 KO) snaps his own two-fight losing streak and probably buys himself a couple more fights as a gatekeeper against some prospects. Speaking of Oliver McCall, Rekowski (16-2, 13 KO) also has a win over the former heavyweight champion, which came in April 2014. His last two bouts were wins over Albert Sosnowski and Gbenga Oluokun. He was ahead 87-81, 87-81, and 88-82 at the time of the stoppage.

Ekaterinburg, Russia

  • Evgeny Chuprakov KO-8 Dmitry Kirilov: Chuprakov, 25, signed a deal with Banner Promotions in 2013 after some glowing reports from Freddie Roach, who got to see the Russian up close at the Wild Card sparring with the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan, and Ruslan Provodnikov. He's fought in Russia again recently, and this was a step up bout of sorts. The positive headline would be "Chuprakov beats former world champion." The more realistic headline would be "Chuprakov beats former world champion four weight classes and five years past his prime."

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