By Derek Bonnett: Boxing’s little men were put on exhibition this weekend as five SecondsOut ranked fighters fought in separate bouts from super bantamweight to minimumweight. However, none of the five bouts were carried by major boxing networks and none of them were even televised in the USA. A former world champion moved up in weight in search for new divisional success. A 2011 Fight of the Year rematch saw the tables turned leaving the door open for an exciting trilogy. One of the most talented fighters pound for pound remained unbeaten. A former world champion succumbed to the might of a younger star on the rise. ESPN, NBC, HBO, and Showtime need to get on the ball and stop ignoring the vast majority of fighters below the lightweight division, particularly below bantamweight. Even fighters of diminutive stature remain on the move for supremacy in their respective divisions.
On Tuesday, October 2, at Nonthaburi Pier, Nonthaburi, Thailand, Suriyan Sor Rungvisai, now fighting as a bantamweight, stopped Ricky Manufoe in four rounds of a bantamweight bout. The fight was waved off at the 2:37 mark. Rungvisai raised his ledger to 22-5-1 (8) and had put tune-up wins between himself and his last defeat. Manufoe fell to 17-16-2 (6).
Rungvisai recently entered SecondsOut’s bantamweight divisional rankings at seven. He held his position with the win.
On Saturday, October 6, at Centro de Convenciones, Toluca, Mexico, Mexico, Kompayak Porpramook was stopped by Adrian Hernandez in six rounds of their rematch for the WBC light flyweight title. Hernandez put Porpramook to the canvas twice before the bout was stopped somewhat controversially. Hernandez raised his record to 25-2-1 (16). Porpramook fell to 46-4 (31).
Porpramook fell from second to fourth among SecondsOut’s top junior flyweights. Hernandez rose from fourth to third. Donnie Nietes was pushed from third to second.
At Hotel Holiday Inn, Managua, Nicaragua, Roman Gonzalez dropped Stiven Monterrosa twice en route to a third round TKO in a flyweight bout non-title bout. Gonzalez remained unbeaten at 33-0 (28). Monterrosa fell to 9-1-2 (8).
Gonzalez retained his number one spot among SecondsOut’s elite 108-pounders. The Nicaraguan WBA champion is long overdue for a serious challenge against one of the best from 105 to 112 pounds.
Also on the card, Carlos Buitrago won a fifth round technical decision over Jose Aguilar in a minimumweight bout. Buitrago improved his record to 24-0 (15). Aguilar fell to 12-6-2 (5).
Buitrago remained SecondsOut’s number ten ranked 105-pounder.
At Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Moises Fuentes scored a career best win over Ivan Calderon by fifth round TKO in a WBO minimumweight title bout. Fuentes dropped Calderon three times in the fifth before he was counted out at the 1:22 mark. It was the second defense of his title. Fuentes improved his dossier to 16-1 (8). Calderon, likely fighting in his last contest, dropped to 35-3-1 (6).