By Derek Bonnett: March is off to a great start with significant world boxing results shaping the landscape of the sport. This week saw two KO of the Year candidates as two boxers gained revenge over men who previously defeated them in their careers. Without question the KOs scored by Edgar Sosa and Argenis Mendez were far more emphatic wins than their counterparts scored over them. Also, boxing fans had to stop an marvel at the aged wonder Bernard Hopkins as he shattered his previous record as oldest man in boxing to win a world title. Hopkins, now 48, stands tall among the world’s best light heavyweights today and led the charge of fighters eager to remain on the move.
On Friday, March 8, at Surat Thani, Thailand: Tepparith Kokietgym won a wide decision over Daiboy Sajiro in a twelve round super flyweight bout. The scorecards favored the former world champion by margins of 120-108, 120-109, and 119-109. Singwancha won for the first time since losing his title in December. He raised his record to 22-3 (13). Sajiro fell to 3-6-1 (0).
Singwancha held onto his number five ranking among SecondsOut’s topflight super flyweights.
On Saturday, March 9, at Complejo Panamericano, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Edgar Sosa gained a large measure of revenge over Ulises Solis in a twelve round flyweight bout. It was the third meeting in this series which saw Solis winning twice by split scores. This time, Sosa scored a KO of the Year candidate stopping Solis in two rounds with a sweeping left hook. The bout was waved off at the 2:12 mark. Sosa improved his dossier to 48-7 (29). Solis fell to 35-3-3 (22).
Sosa jumped from seventh to fifth at SecondsOut with the win. Toshiyuki Igarashi fell from fifth to sixth at flyweight. Sonny Boy Jaro fell from sixth to seventh. Solis remains unranked at 112 or 108.
Also on this date, at The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California, USA, Juan Carlos Salgado lost his title to Argenis Mendez by fourth round KO in an IBF super featherweight title rematch. Salgado hit the canvas hard in the fourth round from a left hook in another performance worthy of KO of the Year honors. Mendez raised his ledger to 21-2 (11). Salgado fell to 26-2-1 (16).
Mendez jumped from fourth to second among SecondsOut’s top super featherweights. Salgado crashed from second to fifth. Sergio Thompson climbed from fifth to fourth.
Also on this date, at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA, Tavoris Cloud lost his title to Bernard Hopkins by unanimous scores in a twelve round IBF light heavyweight title bout. Hopkins controlled the bout from the start and cruised to comfortable scores of 117-111 and 116-112 twice. Hopkins shattered his own record of being the oldest man in boxing to win a world title at a young 48. He moved his numbers to 53-6-2 (32). Cloud fell to 24-1 (19).
Hopkins regained the number one spot at light heavyweight amid very unsteady times with Hopkins, Chad Dawson, and Jean Pascal all scoring wins over one of the division leaders. Dawson fell from first to second. Cloud, who had been dropped to tenth for inactivity, climbed one spot to number nine. Eduard Gutknecht fell from ninth to tenth.