By Derek Bonnett: So often in boxing we see that the unfortunate Achilles heel to major league power is a little league chin. In a significant match-up between heavyweight hopefuls this weekend, we saw Mike Perez and Magomed Abdusalamov go to war for 10 rounds in the most aesthetically pleasing heavyweight contest in some time. Perez established himself as a stalwart heavyweight hopeful with excellent boxing ability, stamina, and chin. Abdusalamov, in defeat, proved he was more than just a punch and braved through a very damaged face from the second round on. He took the Irish-Cuban’s best shots and did not fold up under the pressure as soon as Perez extended him beyond the fifth round. Both "The Rebel" and "Mago" earned a lot of new fans in New York last night and the run toward serious title contention continues on for both men albeit at different paces. Both men showed considerable entertainment value at Madison Square Garden and should provide boxing gurus with much to discuss over the next few years.
On Saturday, November 2, at Centro de Usos Multiples, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, Hernan Marquez was stopped in the twelfth round by Giovani Segura in a crucial flyweight bout. Segura dropped Marquez in the fourth, eleventh, and twelfth rounds. The fight was waved off with about a minute to go in the fight despite conflicting time reports. Segura raised his ledger to 31-3-1 (27) with the career best win. He know eyes Juan Francisco Estrada for a shot at the WBO/WBA titles. Marquez fell to 36-4 (26) in a game showing.
Segura jumped from ninth to fifth among SecondsOut’s dynamic pack of flyweights. Marquez fell from fifth to eighth. Luis Concepcion was pushed from eighth to ninth.
At Madison Square Garden Theater, New York, New York, USA, Gennady Golovkin forced an eighth round retirement of Curtis Stevens in a WBA middleweight title bout. The bout was called at the 3:00 mark. Golovkin put Stevens down hard in the second round. Golovkin added the eighth defense of his title and ran his dossier to 28-0 (25). Stevenson fell to 25-4 (18).
Golovkin maintained his number one standing among SecondsOut’s top middleweights, but for universal recognition he must defeat Sergio Martinez in the divisional best match-up.
Also on the move, Mike Perez won an exciting unanimous decision over Magomed Abdusalamov in a clash of unbeaten heavyweights. The Cork-based Cuban won by two scores of 97-92 and one of 95-94. Perez raised his professional credentials to 20-0 (12). Abdusalamov bravely fell to 18-1 (18).
Perez jumped aboard the SecondsOut heavyweight rankings at number ten. He bumped fellow unbeaten prospect Bryant Jennings, who should return soon enough.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, November 10:
On Saturday, November 9:
In Coacalco, Mexico, Mexico, Juan Carlos Salgado Jr. versus Miguel Roman in a ten round lightweight bout
At Emperor’s Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa, Hekkie Budler versus Hugo Hernan Verchelli in a twelve round minimumweight bout; Thomas Oosthuizen versus Esquivel Osvaldo Maderna in a twelve round super middleweight bout
At American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA, Roman Martinez versus Mikey Garcia in a twelve round WBO super featherweight title bout; Nonito Donaire versus Vic Darchinyan II in a ten round featherweight bout; Vanes Martirosyan versus Demetrius Andrade in a twelve round vacant WBO light middleweight title bout
Sunday, November 10:
In Kokukigan, Tokyo, Japan, Shinsuke Yamanaka takes on Alberto Guevara in a twelve round WBC bantamweight title bout; Roman Gonzalez versus Oscar Blanquet in a ten round flyweight bout; Takahiro Ao versus Edgar Alejandro Lomeli in a ten round lightweight bout
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