By Derek Bonnett: Prior to his clash with David Haye, universal heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko expressed that he would nullify his opponent’s speed advantage with anticipation. The fans’ anticipation for this heavyweight title fight rivaled any, surely, since Mike Tyson squared off with Lennox Lewis. Haye-Klitschko did not live up the expectation of the fans, nor did Tyson-Lewis to many. Anticipation, it would seem, is not just a killer of speed, but also a distorter of reality. How often are we disappointed by the biggest match-ups in the sport? The best records in the business combined with the highest rankings and the most belts on the line, do not an instant classic make. One cannot expect to find surprise where there had previously been great anticipation. The expectation will almost always outshine actuality. Thankfully, this sentiment is more relevant to heavyweight action and not the norm for the remaining sixteen divisions.
There was only minor movement among the SecondsOut rankings this first week of July. The action was modest overall and the world of boxing maintained its course.
On Friday July 1, in Songkhla, Thailand, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam defeated Takuya Kogawa by unanimous decision in a twelve round WBC flyweight title bout. Wonjongkam made his second title defense of his second reign as WBC champion. The Thai fighter improved his ring credentials to 81-3-1 (44). Kogawa dropped to 17-2 (10).
Wonjongkam remained SecondsOut’s premiere flyweight and now eyes a showdown with his mandatory challenger Edgar Sosa later this year.
On Saturday July 2, at Plaza De Toros El Paseo, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Edgar Sosa stopped Julio Paz in a single round of their flyweight bout. Sosa, ranked number one by the WBC, lifted his record to 43-6 (26) and ran his win-streak to six since losing his 108 pound crown. Paz dropped to 12-2 (4).
Sosa’s victory kept his number seven ranking at SecondsOut and kept him on track for a world title fight against Pongsaklek Wonjongkam later this year.
On the same evening, at Centro de Usos Multiples, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, Hernan Marquez stopped Edrin Dapuodong in a three rounds of their WBA flyweight title bout. Marquez notched his first title defense since capturing the crown from Luis Concepcion. Marquez, 22, now stands at 31-2 (24). Dapuodong dropped to 22-4 (13).
With the win, Marquez holds his number three ranking among SecondsOut’s top flyweights.
Also on the same night, at Polideportivo La Colonia, Junín, Mendoza, Argentina, Jonathon Victor Barros defeated Celestino Caballero by twelve round split decision in a WBA featherweight title bout. Barros lifted himself off the canvas in the first round to claim victory and his second title defense. Barros’ dossier improved to 33-1-1 (18). Caballero, who has lost by split decision in his last two bouts, fell to 34-3 (23).
Barros re-enters the SecondsOut featherweight rankings at nine. Caballero dropped down to tenth. Hozumi Hasegawa exits for the time being.
Also on the same date, at Imtech Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany, Wladimir Klitschko dominated David Haye in a twelve round IBF, WBA, and WBO heavyweight unification bout. In typical fashion Klitschko controlled his opponent from beginning to end with his jab and right hand follow-ups. Klitschko’s ledger improved to 56-3 (49). Haye dropped to 25-2 (23).
Wladimir held on to his number one spot at SecondsOut among the big boys. Haye fell from third to fifth due to his lack of effort and poor showing. Tomas Adamek and Alexander Povetkin each climbed one ranking to third and fourth respectively.
On the same card, Ola Afolabi stopped Terry Dunstan in one round of a cruiserweight bout. Afolabi scored his third straight victory since losing in a title big against Marco Huck. Afolabi’s ring credentials now stand at 17-2-3 (8). Dunstan dropped to 24-4 (14).
Afolabi hangs on to his number ten ranking among the world’s best cruiserweights at SecondsOut.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, July 10:
On Saturday July 9:
In Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico: Hugo Fidel Cazares versus Arturo Badillo in a twelve round WBA super flyweight title bout
In Veracruz, Mexico: Sammy Gutierrez versus TBA in a minimumweight bout
At Romexpo, Bucharest, Romania: Lucian Bute versus Jean Paul Mendy in a twelve round IBF super middleweight title bout
At Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA: Paul Williams versus Erislandy Lara in a twelve round junior middleweight bout; Akifumi Shimoda versus Rico Ramos in a twelve round WBA super bantamweight title bout; Jhonny Gonzalez versus Tomas Villa in a twelve round WBC featherweight title bout; Chris Arreola versus Friday Ahunanya in a ten round heavyweight bout
At Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA: Brandon Rios versus Urbano Antillon in a twelve round WBA lightweight title bout; Carlos Molina versus Kermit Cintron in a ten round junior middleweight bout;
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