By Derek Bonnett: This week in boxing could be titled the week that almost wasn’t. Visa issues prevented Guillermo Rigondeaux from lacing them up underneath Flanagan-Mathews and David Lemieux couldn’t shed two pounds and found himself out of a fight. In case you weren’t keep track, Zab Judah had his comeback fight scrapped for what seemed like the hundredth time as well, not that it held any world class ramifications. However, even though he made weight and showed up, Derry Mathews seemed like he wasn’t quite there in his WBO lightweight title challenge of Terry Flanagan. One judge had it a close competitive fight, but I didn’t see it. I had Flanagan the victor 10-1-1 in rounds. The fight was not competitive on the cards and only had a few good moments. The positive is that Flanagan went twelve rounds and can move on to bigger and better things. Similarly, Juergen Braehmer’s career is starting to seem like it isn’t there as well. Although soundly defeating Eduard Gutknecht for a second time, the rematch lacked the tempo of the first clash and became only mildly interesting in spots. The favored fighters won and they preserve their opportunities for bigger fights, but the weekend came and went without much to talk about boxing-wise. Oh well, there’s always next week.
SecondsOut fighters On the Move:
On Saturday March 12, at Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, Juergen Braehmer won a unanimous decision over Eduard Gutknecht in a twelve round WBA World light heavyweight title rematch. Gutknecht lost a point in round eleven. Braehmer notched his sixth title defense by scores of 118-110 and 116-111 twice. Braehmer’s dossier improved to 48-2-0 (35). Gutknecht fell to 29-4-1 (12).
Braehmer continues on as SecondsOut’s number five rated light heavyweight in the world, but is in great need of a marquee name on his resume.
Also on this date, at Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom, Terry Flanagan won a unanimous decision over Derry Mathews in a twelve round WBO World lightweight title rematch. Flanagan lost a point for rough tactics in the eighth. The unanimous scores favored the champion 117-110 twice and 115-112. Flanagan retained his title for the second time and lifted his ledger to 30-0-0 (12). Mathews fell to 38-10-2 (20).
Flanagan jumped from sixth to fourth in the SecondsOut rankings in a very complex lightweight division.
Also on the card, Zolani Tete scored a seventh round TKO over Jose Santos Gonzalez in a bantamweight bout. Tete dropped Gonzalez in round two and seven. The official time of the stoppage was 2:30. Tete lifted his record to 23-3-0 (19). Gonzalez sank to 22-4-0 (12).
Tete remained SecondsOut’s number three rated super flyweight as he is expected to drop back down in weight.
Also On the Move, Oleydong Sithsamerchai has been dropped from the SecondsOut super flyweight rankings to campaign at bantamweight. Takuma Inoue climbed from tenth to ninth. Juan Hernandez entered the rankings at tenth. Sithsamerchai will not yet be rated at 118 pounds.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, March 13, 2016:
Saturday 19 March 2016
Toluca, México, Mexico view event
12 Minimumweight Saul Juarez 22 4 1 (12) S Oswaldo Novoa 14 6 3 (9)
Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa
television: Panama Cable Onda Sports
12 Minimumweight Hekkie Budler 29 1 0 (9) S Byron Rojas 16 2 3 (8) IBO/WBA Super World minimumweight title
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