By Derek Bonnett: The best in the boxing business are not ready to let the SecondsOut team settle down and determine the year end award winners. The candidates keep coming! The second week of December saw a new addition to the Fight of the Year contenders as SecondsOut unranked fighters Leonard Bundu and Lee Purdy put on a stellar show until the final seconds of the twelfth round when Bundu finally forced a stoppage. Leo Santa Cruz and Cesar Seda seemingly had similar ideas in their head in their twelve round super bantamweight clash. Kubrat Pulev and Joey Abell combined for four knockdowns in the fourth round of their heavyweight clash to gain late entry for Round of the Year consideration. Not to be outdone, Marcos Rene Maidana put himself on the radar for both Comeback of the Year and Upset of the Year with his high-testosterone drubbing of Adrien Broner this weekend. The win might have also earned Maidana the SecondsOut out Service to Boxing Award as well! It’s late in the game, but boxing’s best remain steadfast in their trade and continue to be On the Move.
On Friday, December 13, in Bangkok, Thailand, Pungluang Sor Singyu stopped Romnick Magos in three rounds of a bantamweight bout. Singyu won for the third time this year since a March defeat to Paulus Ambunda. He raised his record to 46-2 (31). Magos fell to 9-3 (5).
Pungluang, recently added back into the SecondsOut top ten at bantamweight, retained his status at number ten.
On Saturday, December 14, at Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, Juergen Braehmer defeated Marcus Oliviera in a twelve round vacant WBA light heavyweight title bout. Braehmer dropped Oliviera in the tenth round to win by scores of 117-110 twice and 115-112. Braehmer won his second title in the division and raised his record to 42-2 (31). Oliviera dipped to 25-1-1 (20).
Braehmer solidified his standing as SecondsOut’s number seven light heavyweight.
Also on the card, Kubrat Pulev forced Joey Abell into fourth round corner retirement in a heavyweight bout. The end came at the 3:00 mark. Pulev was dropped once and Abell was dropped thrice in the fourth. Pulev raised his record to 19-0 (10). Abell crashed to 29-7 (28).
Pulev remained SecondsOut’s number two ranked heavyweight in the world.
At ExCel Arena, Dockland, London, United Kingdom, Martin Murray labored to win a decision over Sergey Khomitsky in a eight round middleweight bout. The referee scored the bout 77-75. Murray lifted his ledger to 26-1-1 (11). Khomitsky fell to 28-10-2 (11).
Murray dipped from third to fourth in an increasingly competitive middleweight division. Felix Sturm rose from fourth to third.
Also on the card, Jamie McDonnell won an eight round decision over Abigail Medina in a super bantamweight bout. McDonnell won by the referee’s score of 78-75. In scoring his third win over 2013, McDonnell enhanced his dossier to 23-2-1 (10). Medina fell to 9-3-2 (5).
McDonnell kept his number five ranking amid SecondsOut’s top bantamweights in the world.
At Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA, Adrian Broner was battered by Marcos Maidana in a twelve round WBA welterweight title bout. Maidana decked Broner twice in earning a unanimous decision by scores of 117-109, 115-109, and 115-110. Maidana claimed the WBA welterweight title and improved his record to 35-3 (31). Broner absorbed his first defeat and fell to 27-1 (22).
Maidana climbed from number nine to number eight in the talent-laden SecondsOut top ten at welterweight. Jessie Vargas fell from number eight to number ten.
Also on the card, Keith Thurman stopped Jesus Soto-Karass in the ninth round of an interim WBA welterweight title bout. Thurman put Soto-Karass to the canvas in the fifth and ninth rounds. The bout was waved off at the 2:21 mark. Thurman kept his perfect record intact at 22-0 (22). Soto-Karass rocked Thurman early in the first, but fell to 28-9-3 (18).
Thurman climbed from number ten to nine in the SecondsOut welterweight rankings.
Also on the card, Leo Santa Cruz defeated Cesar Seda in a twelve round WBC super bantamweight title bout. Santa Cruz dropped Seda in the fifth round and prevailed by scores of 117-110, 116-111, and 115-112. Santa Cruz improved his dossier to 26-0-1 (15) after his third win of 2013. Seda dipped to 25-2 (17).