By Derek Bonnett: The typical slow start for boxing following the new year has been a little slower than usual. So far, the best action I have seen have come in bouts that few fans outside of the hosting countries even got the chance to see. Well, that is unless you are a boxing nut who knows how to use every boxing resource site out there to find news and footage of the latest bouts. The Fight of the Year race begins on January first and since then three fights have stood out among the rest, but none will stand the test of time and will soon be footnotes as more mainstream fighters put in some exciting work. Until that happens, get yourself on YouTube and check out Evgeny Gradovich narrow, if not questionable decision over journeyman Jesus Galicia in Spain. Next came Dexter Alimento’s ill-fated eighth round retirement of Chanachai CP Freshmart which saw the Thai boxer hospitalized with a brain bleed after the frenetic action between the two unbeaten neophytes. The bout took place in the fallen fighter’s home country. Regrettably, the new of Chanachai’s progress and recovery has been minimal at best. Also in Thailand and worthy of early FOTY praise, Stamp Kiatniwat fought an extremely close twelve rounds against Gregorio Lebron. The decision, also worthy of debate, favored Kiatniwat for the second time, but the back and forth exchanges produced memorable action round after round. Instead of moping around whilst waiting for Carl Frampton versus Scott Quigg or Keith Thurman versus Shawn Porter, get on YouTube or your fight video site of choice and check out some of these recent corkers.
SecondsOut fighters On the Move:
On Friday, February 12, at Nakhon, Ratchasima, Thailand, Pungluang Sor Singyu defeated Jetro Pabustan seventh round technical decision in a WBO bantamweight title bout. The bout stopped after a series of head clashes produced a cut on Pabustan. The cards at the time of the halt were all 70-63. Singyu defended his title for the first time in two reigns and elevated his record to 52-3-0 (35). Pabustan fell to 26-3-6 (7).
Singyu remained SecondsOut’s number eight rated bantamweight in the world today.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, February 21, 2016:
On Friday, February 19:
At Nuevo Palacio Aurinegro, Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina, Omar Andres Narvaez versus Jesus Vargas in a ten round super flyweight bout
On Saturday, February 20:
At Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, Fedor Chudinov versus Felix Sturm in a twelve round WBA super middleweight title rematch
For a more in depth look at Derek Bonnett’s SecondsOut world rankings: