By Derek Bonnett: Several times a year boxing fans are treated to true crossroads bouts which force a promising talent to step up and fill the shoes of a champion and a fading star to test themselves one last time against a fighter of the next generation. Thus far in the 21st Century, age has not proven to be the decisive factor as it perhaps once was. However, on December 1 Miguel Cotto looked like an older fighter, who was only able to perform to his customary level in small pockets of his world championship bout with Austin "No Doubt" Trout. Trout on the other hand showed great promise. A promise recent champions such as Chad Dawson and Andre Berto have failed to live up to in the face of adversity. Unlike these two recently defeated titlists, Trout managed to make the necessary adjustments to improve his performance midstream and overcome the challenge of a worthy foe. At after building a small lead over two rounds on my scorecard, the champion allowed Cotto to use his crowding tactics and body work to edge him into a leading position. After following Cotto around for four rounds, Trout fell behind four to two on my tally. However, at the halfway point an adjustment was made. Trout once again resume control of the fight by fighting longer on the outside and not complying with Cotto’s will to have the champion follow him around the ring. Trout reversed the roles and forced Cotto to pursue him. What happened next? Trout swept the final six rounds on my scorecard to secure an unofficial score of 116-112.
Dawson and Berto have two losses on their record apiece now and they have shown that unless they jump out to a lead early, they have not been able to rally hard enough to take victory back from the clutches of their opposition. Austin Trout made the right adjustments against Miguel Cotto to move himself into the upper echelon of the junior middleweight division. There is No Doubt about that.
On Friday, November 30, at BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida, USA, Khabib Allakhverdiev defeated Joan Guzman by eight round split technical decision for the vacant WBA light welterweight title bout. Guzman was dropped in the third round and could not continue after an injury to his knee in the eighth. The judges’ cards favored Allakhverdiev 76-75 twice and one dissenting score of 75-76. Allakhverdiev raised his dossier to 18-0 (8) and captured his first world title. Guzman dipped to 33-1-1 (20).
Allakhverdiev climbed from ninth to seventh among SecondsOut’s top ranked 140-pounders. Mike Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov fell to eighth and ninth respectively.
On Saturday, December 1, at Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, Tyson Fury defeated Kevin Johnson by unanimous decision in a twelve round heavyweight bout. Fury was awarded the decision by wide margins of 119-108 twice and 119-110. Fury enhanced his ledger to 20-0 (14). Johnson fell to 28-3-1 (13).
Fury climbed the SecondsOut heavyweight ladder moving from eighth to seventh. Chris Arreola fell from fifth to eighth for avoiding world class opposition and inactivity this year.
At Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA, Miguel Cotto was soundly outpointed by Austin Trout in a twelve round WBA junior middleweight title bout. The three judges favored the champion by scores of 119-109 and 117-111 twice. Trout scored a career best win and raised his professional numbers to 26-0 (14). Cotto lost for the second time in two bouts this year and dropped to 37-4 (30).
Trout jumped from seventh to second among SecondsOut’s top junior middleweights. Cotto fell from second to fourth.
Also on the move, Lamont Peterson fell from third to tenth in the junior welterweight rankings after eleven months of inactivity. He will be dropped from the SecondsOut rankings after next week’s rankings adjustments. Celestino Caballero has also been inactive for eleven months and has dropped from eighth to tenth among SecondsOut’s top featherweights. He will be removed later this month. Giovanni Segura, already ranked tenth, will be dropped from the flyweight rankings for one year of inactivity if his December 8 bout against Glen Donaire does not come off.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, December 9:
On Monday, December 3:
At North Bangkok University, Bangkok, Thailand: Suriyan Sor Rungvisai versus Safwan Lombok in a six round bantamweight bout
On Tuesday, December 4:
At Bodymaker Collosseum, Osaka, Osaka, Japan: Koki Kameda versus Hugo Ruiz in a twelve round WBA bantamweight title bout; Daiki Kameda versus James Mokoginta in a ten round super bantamweight bout; Tomoki Kameda versus Ray Las Pinas in a ten round super bantamweight bout
On Thursday, December 6:
At Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Ji Hoon Kim versus Raymundo Beltran in a ten round lightweight bout
On Friday, December 7:
At Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Jessie Vargas versus Vito Gasparyan in a ten round welterweight bout
On Saturday, December 8:
At BOXEB, Herning, Denmark: Mikkel Kessler versus Brian Magee in a twelve round WBA super middleweight title bout
In Mexico (No venue listed), Giovanni Segura versus Glen Donaire in a flyweight bout of unspecified rounds; Juan Jose Montes versus Sony Boy Jaro in a super flyweight bout of unspecified rounds
At Orient Theater, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa: Nkosinathi Joyi versus Walter Rojas in a minimumweight bout of unspecified rounds
At Olympia, Kensington, London, United Kingdom: Carson Jones versus Lee Purdy in a twelve round welterweight bout
At MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Manny Pacquiao versus Juan Manuel Marquez IV in a twelve round welterweight bout; Javier Fortuna versus Patrick Hyland in a twelve round interim WBA featherweight title bout; Miguel Vazquez versus Mercito Gesta in a twelve round IBF lightweight title bout;
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December 3, 2012