On Saturday, December 7, at Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, Darren Barker was devastated by Felix Sturm in two rounds of a IBF middleweight title bout. Barker hit the canvas twice in the second round before the bout was waved off at the 2:09 mark. Sturm made history in becoming Germany’s first four-time world champion and lifted his ledger to 39-3-2 (18). Barker failed in his first defense and dropped to 26-2 (16).
Sturm climbed from seventh to fourth in the SecondsOut middleweight rankings. Barker plummeted from fourth to seventh.
At Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, Guillermo Rigondeaux dominated Joseph Agbeko in a twelve round WBA/WBO super bantamweight title bout. The Cuban champion prevailed by three scores of 120-108. Rigondeaux lifted his record to 13-0 (8). Agbeko fell to 29-5 (22).
Rigondeaux affirmed his number one ranking in the SecondsOut super bantamweight rankings. Agbeko had previously been dropped from the SecondsOut bantamweight rankings to compete at 122 where he still remains unranked.
At Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA, Sakio Bika fought to a twelve round draw with Anthony Dirrell in a twelve round WBC super middleweight title bout. Bika kept his title in his first defense by scores of 113-113, 114-112, and 110-116. His record moved to 32-5-3 (21). Dirrell dipped to 26-0-1 (22).
Bika remained SecondsOut’s sixth best super middleweight.
Also on the card, Devon Alexander suffered a surprise upset to Shawn Porter in a twelve round IBF welterweight title bout. Porter took the title by scores of 116-112 twice and 115-113. He raised his record to 23-0-1 (14) in capturing his first world title. Alexander fell to 25-2 (14).
Porter debuted in the SecondsOut welterweight rankings at number six. Alexander fell from fourth to seventh. Kell Brook and Robert Guerrero were pushed to fourth and fifth. Luis Carlos Abregu exited for the time being.
Also on the card, Erislandy Lara defeated Austin Trout by unanimous decision in a twelve round vacant WBA light middleweight title bout. Lara dropped Trout in round eleven. The career best performance lifted Lara’s dossier to 19-1-2 (12). Trout lost for the second time straight in dipping to 26-2 (14).
Lara climbed from sixth to third in the SecondsOut light middleweight rankings. Trout fell from third to fourth.
Also on the move, James Kirkland returned to the SecondsOut rankings after being removed for inactivity. Kirkland climbed in at the number eight spot after stopping Glen Tapia in six rounds. Vanes Martirosyan was bumped out of the top ten to make room.
Also on the move, IBF lightweight champion, Miguel Vazquez was dropped from the SecondsOut rankings for one year of inactivity. The two through ten ranked fighters each advanced one ranking. Paulus Moses returned to the ten spot to fill the void.
Also on the move, Paiphrob Kokietgym was dropped from the SecondsOut 108-pound rankings for one year of inactivity. Naoya Inoue replaced him at the ten spot.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, December 15:
On Friday, December 13:
In Bangkok, Thailand, Pungluang Sor Singyu versus Romnick Magos in a twelve round bantamweight bout
At Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA, Gary Russell Jr. versus TBA in a ten round super featherweight title bout
On Saturday, December 14:
At Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, Juergen Braehmer versus Marcus Oliviera in a twelve round vacant WBA light heavyweight title bout
At Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza, Caguas, Puerto Rico, Denis Shafikov versus Bayan Jargal in a ten round lightweight bout
At ExCel Arena, Dockland, London, United Kingdom, Martin Murray versus Sergey Khomitsky in a ten round middleweight bout
At Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA, Adrian Broner versus Marcos Maidana in a twelve round WBA welterweight title bout; Leo Santa Cruz versus Cesar Seda in a twelve round WBC super bantamweight title bout; Keith Thurman versus Jesus Soto-Karass in a twelve round interim WBA welterweight title bout
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