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21 AUGUST 2014

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On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings 12/8/13


Bika remains at No.6
Bika remains at No.6

By Derek Bonnett: The first week of December saw the dismissal of Edgar Sosa as a potential Fighter of the Year candidate after a close loss to Akira Yaegashi in his third appearance of 2013. However, Guillermo Rigondeaux just might take his place in the running with a late shut-out of Joseph Agbeko to compliment his impressive domination of Nonito Donaire in the year’s single greatest performance. On the same night, Shawn Porter surprised the boxing world with a title winning effort against Devon Alexander which puts him in the hunt for possible Upset of the Year honors. However, Simpiwe Vetyeka gave an even stronger claim to Upset of the Year recognition by forcing Chris John into sixth round retirement earlier this week after the Indonesian champion reigned for over a decade. Also, James Kirkland put in a spirited six rounds this year for a possible dark-horse runner for Fight of the Year, but the candidates already on the docket probably have a little too much to for Kirkland-Tapia to overcome. The win itself is unlikely to put Kirkland in too much favor for Comeback of the Year as well.

 

It may be late in the season, but boxing’s absolute best remain On the Move and hungry for year-end distinction in the closing days of 2013.

 

On Tuesday, December 3, at Bodymaker Colosseum, Osaka, Osaka, Japan, Daiki Kameda lost a split decision to Liborio Solis in a twelve round IBF/WBA super flyweight unification bout. Solis failed to make weight so his WBA title was declared vacant. Kameda was allowed to keep his belt even in defeat. Two judges favored Solis 116-112 while the third had Kameda 115-113. Solis raised his record to 16-3-1 (7). Kameda fell to 29-4 (18).

 

Solis retained his number three ranking among SecondsOut’s top super flyweights, but his future in the division is uncertain due to his weight struggles. Kameda dipped from seventh to eighth.

 

Also on the card, Tomoki Kameda defeated Immanuel Naidjala in a twelve round WBO bantamweight title bout by unanimous scores of 119-109, 118-110, and 117-111. Kameda notched his first title defense and elevated his ledger to 29-0 (18). Naidjala fell to 17-1-1 (11).

 

Kameda retained his number seven ranking amid SecondsOut’s top-flight 118-pounders.

 

Also on the card, Katsunari Takayama defeated Vergilio Silvano in a twelve round IBF minimumweight title bout to retain his title for the first time. Takayama prevailed by margins of 120-108 and 118-110 twice. The champion improved his dossier to 26-6 (10). Silvano fell to 17-3-1 (10).

 

Takayama’s win preserved his number two ranking among SecondsOut’s minimumweight muddle.

 

On Friday, December 6, at Metro City, Northbridge, Western Australia, Australia, Chris John suffered a stunning upset at the hands of Simpiwe Vetyeka in a WBA featherweight title bout. Vetyeka forced John into corner retirement after the sixth round. The loss ended John’s championship reign, which amassed eighteen defenses over ten years and was the longest reign in the sport at present time. Vetyeka raised his record to 26-2 (16) with the career best win. John fell to 48-1-3 (22).

 

Vetyeka crashed the SecondsOut rankings at number four. John fell from first to sixth. Lee Selby exited to make room.

 

In Kokukigan, Tokyo, Japan, Akira Yaegashi outpointed Edgar Sosa in a twelve round WBC flyweight title bout. Yaegashi notched his second title defense and career biggest victory by scores of 117-111 twice and 116-112. The Japanese champion improved to 19-3 (9). Sosa fell to 49-8 (29).

Yaegashi jumped from seventh to fourth among SecondsOut’s red-hot class of flyweights. Sosa fell from fourth to fifth.

 

At UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk stopped Giacobbe Fragomeni in their third encounter by sixth round corner retirement in a WBC cruiserweight title bout. The bout ended at the 3:00 mark. The Polish champion marked his sixth defense of the title he won by defeating Fragomeni in their second bout. The first was a draw also for the vacant title. Wlodarczyk lifted his resume to 49-2-1 (35). Fragomeni crashed to 31-4-2 (12).

 

Wlodarczyk climbed from fourth to third in the SecondsOut cruiserweight class. Guillermo Jones fell from third to fourth.

 

Also on the card, Andrej Fonfara stopped Samuel Miller at the :58 mark of round two of a light heavyweight bout. Fonfara increased his professional numbers to 25-2 (15). Miller crumbled to 26-8 (23).

 

Fonfara moved from seventh to sixth in the SecondsOut light heavyweight rankings. Juergen Braehmer fell from sixth to seventh.

 

 


Wlodarczyk is up 1 place to No.3
Wlodarczyk is up 1 place to No.3
Lara moves up to No.3
Lara moves up to No.3

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

 

To check out Derek’s SecondsOut rankings click on the link below http://www.digenie.net/sorankings/p_so_world.asp 

For further boxing discussion, contact Derek DBO Bonnett on Facebook or at dbo@boxinghideout.com. 

 

Porter enters rankings at No.6
Porter enters rankings at No.6
Rigondeaux is still No.1 super bantamweight
Rigondeaux is still No.1 super bantamweight


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