By Derek Bonnett: The first week of the month of April played quite a few April Fools on the SecondsOut top ranked fighters in action. It was the week of the upset as the world’s top flyweight lost to a terrific looking upstart in China. Another flyweight contender lost on the cards to an underdog and as a result lost his SecondsOut ranking. A former world titlist also fell out of the SecondsOut world rankings due to an unforeseen loss in China. This week proved that whether fighting at home or on the road, boxing’s best will continue to be On the Move.
On Saturday, April 6, at Venetian Casino & Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R, China, Brian Viloria fell victim in an Upset of the Year candidate. Juan Francisco Estrada won a split decision in a twelve round WBA/WBO title bout to claim his first titles. Estrada won with scores of 117-111 and 116-111. The third judge favored Viloria 115-113. Estrada raised his ledger to 23-2 (18). Viloria dropped to 32-4 (19).
Estrada crashed the SecondsOut flyweight rankings by claiming the top spot without previously being ranked. Viloria fell from first to second. Juan Carlos Reveco was pushed out of the top ten to accommodate Estrada. The previously ranked two through nine contenders fell one ranking.
Also on the card, Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. was also an upset victim after losing to Yasutaka Ishimoto by majority decision in a ten round super bantamweight bout. Vasquez Jr. was dropped in the eighth round. Ishimoto prevailed by scores of 95-95, 95-94, and 96-93. He raised his record to 22-6 (5). Vasquez Jr. dropped to 22-3-1 (19).
With the loss, Vasquez Jr. fell out of the SecondsOut top ten super bantamweight rankings. Jeffrey Mathebula returned to the top ten due to this attrition and his rubber match victory over Takalani Ndlovu. The eight through ten contenders climbed one ranking.
Also on the card, Roman Martinez won a split decision over Diego Magdaleno in a twelve round WBO super featherweight title bout. Martinez dropped Magdaleno in the fourth. The judges favored Martinez 115-113, 114-113, and 111-116. Martinez improved to 27-1-2 (16) with his second defense and third straight split verdict. Magdaleno lost his unbeaten record and fell to 23-1 (9).
Martinez held onto his number nine SecondsOut ranking at 130 pounds.
Also on the card, Milan Melindo stopped Tommy Seran in four rounds of a flyweight bout. Melindo dropped Seran in the first, second, and fourth rounds. The stoppage came at the 2:38 mark. Melindo raised his record to 29-0 (12). Seran fell to 23-2 (14).
Melindo fell from third to fourth among SecondsOut’s top flyweights due to Estrada’s emphatic entrance.
On Sunday, April 7, at Bodymaker Colosseum, Osaka, Osaka, Japan, Koki Kameda won a split decision over Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym in a twelve round WBA bantamweight title bout. The judges allowed Kameda to keep his belt by scores of 115-114, 114-113, and 113-116. Kameda made the sixth defense of his title and raised his dossier to 30-1 (17). Kaiyanghadaogym (formerly Kratingdaenggym) dipped to 36-2 (19).
Kameda’s number three SecondsOut ranking at bantamweight is on shaky ground following back to back split verdicts
Also on the card, the upset bug bit Sonny Boy Jaro against Hiroyuki Hisataka in a ten round flyweight bout. Hisataka won by scores of 98-94, 98-94, and 96-94. Hisataka raised his record to 22-10-1 (10). Jaro fell to 34-12-5 (24).
With the loss, Jaro fell out of the SecondsOut flyweight top ten. Giovani Segura re-entered at number nine after deciding to settle back at flyweight.
Also on the card, Denver Cuello defeated Takashi Kunishige by majority decision in a ten round light flyweight bout. The scores were tallied at 95-95, 97-92, and 96-93. Cuello lifted his ledger to 33-4-6 (21). Kunishige fell to 24-9-2 (2).