By Derek Bonnett: Mid-way through the month of September, boxing fans watched as Floyd Mayweather Jr. dismissed his most desired challenger by fans at the moment. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez showed us he was not "The One" as the pay-per-view broadcast was labeled. At the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas last night, Timothy Bradley stepped into those shoes after a close, but deserved decision over Juan Manuel Marquez. With a highly disputed win over Manny Pacquiao, a Fight of the Year candidate performance in defeating Ruslan Provodnikov, and last night’s career defining win over Marquez, Bradley became the sport’s most sensible opponent for Mayweather. It’s a fight boxing fans want to see and one that shouldn’t force our attention toward catch-weight demands over the tale of the tape. However, will the Top Rank promoted Bradley be as viable of a challenger for today’s pound for pound best with Bob Arum’s blessing standing between them? The fight makes sense and puts two unbeaten fighters at the height of the sport in opposing corners for another meaningful, albeit temperate, Super Fight.
On Friday, October 11, at Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Jessie Vargas remained unbeaten with a unanimous decision over Ray Narh in a ten round welterweight bout. The judges favored Vargas by scores of 98-91 twice and 97-92. Narh was dropped in the final moments of the last round. Vargas elevated his professional credentials to 23-0 (9). Narh fell to 26-4 (21).
Vargas retained his number seven SecondsOut ranking at welterweight.
On Saturday, October 12, at Polideportivo Gustavo Toro Rodriguez, San Martin, Mendoza, Argentina, Juan Carlos Reveco defeated Ricardo Nunez by eight round technical decision in a WBA flyweight title bout. Reveco suffered a bad cut over the right eye in the eighth round of his second title defense. All three judges had the champion up 80-71. Reveco marched on to 32-1 (17). Nunez dipped to 26-4 (22).
Reveco held onto his number nine ranking among SecondsOut’s top flight flyweights.
At Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Timothy Bradley won a split decision over Juan Manuel Marquez in a twelve round WBO welterweight title bout. Two judges favored Bradley 116-112 and 115-113. The third saw the contest for Marquez 115-113. Bradley made the second defense of his title and lifted his ledger to 31-0 (12). Marquez fell to 55-7-1 (40).
Bradley climbed to the top of the SecondsOut welterweight ladder from number two. Marquez fell from first to second.
Also on the card, Orlando Salido stopped Orlando Cruz in seven rounds of a vacant WBO featherweight title bout. The time of the stoppage was 1:05. Salido dropped Cruz in the seventh round. Salido raised his dossier to 40-12-2 (28). Cruz crashed to 20-3-1 (10).
Salido remained the number five SecondsOut ranked featherweight in the world.
Also on the move, Julio Ceja, recently bumped out of the SecondsOut bantamweight rankings, climbed back in after a tenth round TKO of Juan Jose Montes. Ceja, 25-1 (23), re-entered at tenth. Paulus Ambunda exited to make room.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, October 20:
On Saturday, October 19:
At Messehalle, Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany: Robert Stieglitz versus Isaac Ekpo in a twelve round WBO super middleweight title bout; Moruti Mthalane versus Silvio Olteanu in a twelve round IBF flyweight title bout
At Arena Roberto Duran, Panama City, Panama: Luis Concepcion versus Carlos Ruben Dario Ruiz in a twelve round flyweight bout.
At Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom: Carl Frampton versus Jeremy Parodi in a twelve round super bantamweight bout.
At 1st Bank Center, Denver, Colorado, USA: Mike Alvarado versus Ruslan Provodnikov in a twelve round WBO light welterweight title bout
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