By Derek Bonnett:
Boxing fans got to watch some of the sport’s best as they dominated their opposition in world class fashion. The days may be numbered for the world heavyweight champion, but his form is still top notch even if his opponents aren’t. A lighter weight world champion notched his seventeenth title defense while another made his first in convincing fashion over his greatest test to date. A future pound for pound titlist put in a performance worthy of Fight of the Year consideration and a top contender proved he’s ready for his first title shot. For SecondsOut’s top fighters, it was a great week to be on the move.
On Monday, November 5, at Sports Palace Quant, Troitsk, Moscow, Russia, Alisher Rahimov posted a unanimous decision over Michal Dufek in a ten round lightweight bout. The three judges scoring saw the contest 100-89, 100-90, and 99-91. Dufek was penalized for holding in round nine. Rahimov raised his record to 25-1 (12). Dufek fell to 9-2-1 (6).
Rahimov’s win allowed him to hold his number nine ranking among SecondsOut’s top lightweights.
On Friday, November 9, at Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore, Singapore, Chris John defeated Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo by unanimous decision in a twelve round WBA featherweight title bout. The scores favored the champion by margins of 119-109 twice and 117-111. John recorded his seventeenth defense in his eight year reign. He enhanced his numbers to 48-0-2 (22). Piriyapinyo fell to 44-1 (27).
John fell from second to third in spite of the win. He has not faced a SecondsOut ranked opponent since his win over Juan Manuel Marquez in 2006.
Also on this date, at Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA, Gary Russell Jr. stopped Roberto Castaneda in three rounds of a featherweight bout. A right hook ended the bout at 1:25 of the round in what should contend for KO of the Year honors. Russell raised his ledger to 21-0 (13). Castaneda fell to 20-3-1 (15).
Russell maintained his standing as SecondsOut’s number ten featherweight.
On Saturday, November 10, at Ice Hall, Helsinki, Finland, Robert Helenius defeated Sherman Williams by unanimous decision in a ten round heavyweight bout. The bout was scored 99-91, 90-93, and 98-93. Helenius improved his record to 18-0 (11). Williams fell to 35-12-2 (19).
Helenius kept his number nine ranking among SecondsOut’s top performing heavyweights.
Also on this date, at O2 World Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany, Wladimir Klitschko dominated Marius Wach in a twelve round WBA/WBO/IBF heavyweight title bout to win by unanimous decision. The scores read 120-107 twice and 119-109. It was Klitschko’s first appearance without Emmanuel Steward in years. He raised his dossier to 59-3 (50). Wach fell to 27-1 (15).
Wladimir has nowhere to go but down in the SecondsOut rankings as he reaffirmed his top spot among the world’s best heavyweights.
Also on this day, at Emperor’s Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa, Thomas Oosthuizen out-pointed Fulgencio Zuniga in a twelve round super middleweight bout. Oosthuizen won by scores of 120-108 and 119-109 twice. He raised his record to 21-0-1 (13). Zuniga dropped to 25-6-1 (22).
Oosthuizen held onto his number ten ranking in the super middleweight division at SecondsOut.
At Wynn Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Vanes Martirosyan fought to a ninth round technical draw with Erislandy Lara in a junior middleweight bout. Martirosyan suffered a cut over the left eye after an accidental clash of head. The bout was stopped at :27 of the round and went to the scorecards early. The final scoring was 87-84 Lara, 86-85 Martirosyan, and 86-86. Lara’s record moved to 17-1-2 (11). Martirosyan’s record changed to 32-0-1 (20).
Lara fell from fifth to sixth among SecondsOut’s top 154-pounders. James Kirkland was pushed from sixth to fifth. Martirosyan climbed from ninth to eighth. Gabriel Rosado was bumped from eighth to ninth.
Also on the card, Miguel Angel Garcia stopped Jonathon Victor Barros at 2:24 of round number eight in a super featherweight bout. Barros was dropped with a left hook beneath the orbital bone and opted not to continue once regaining his footing on unsteady legs. Garcia elevated his ring credentials to 30-0 (26). Barros dipped to 34-4-1 (18).
Garcia climbed from third to second among SecondsOut’s top 126-pounders, behind only Orlando Salido. Chris John was pushed from second to third based on Garcia’s stronger opposition and performance.
Also on this date, at Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA, Leo Santa Cruz warred with Victor Zaleta in an IBF bantamweight title bout. Santa Cruz dropped Zaleta in the fourth, seventh, an ninth rounds to win by ninth round TKO. The end came at the 1:42 mark. The bout was hotly contested and should earned recommendations as a dark horse candidate for Fight of the Year. Santa Cruz remained unbeaten at 22-0-1 (13) and defended his title for the second time. Zaleta, who moved up in weight for the bout, dropped to 20-3-1 (10).
Santa Cruz moved from third to second at 118-pounds. Joseph Agbeko fell from second to tenth after eleven months of inactivity. He will be dropped next month. The previous ranked five through ten contenders all climbed one ranking.
Also on the card, Abner Mares won a unanimous decision over Anselmo Moreno in a twelve round WBC super bantamweight title bout. Moreno was dropped in the fifth round and lost a point for pushing Mares head down in the eleventh. The scores favored Mares 120-106 and 116-110 twice. Mares remained unbeaten at 25-0-1 (13) and added his first title defense. Moreno dipped to 33-2-1 (12).
Mares claimed the number one spot at 122-pounds, moving up from number three. Nonito Donaire dropped from first to second. Guillermo Rigondeaux fell from second to third. Moreno remained SecondsOut top bantamweight in spite of the loss.