By Derek Bonnett: The early goings of 2013 has still been dominated by lighter weight fighters below the featherweight division. One champion defended his title for the first time in his second reign. One SecondsOut ranked fighter lost in an above the weight bout and said farewell to his place among the world’s best 115-pound fighters. Numerous other contenders saw some movement due to other actions in the world of professional prize fighting. The new boxing year is just underway, but, in or out of the ring, boxing’s best remain On the Move.
On Saturday, January 12, in Toluca, Mexico, Mexico, Adrian Hernandez defeated Dircu Carbaca in a twelve round WBC light flyweight title bout. All three judges favored the champion by scores of 119-112, 118-108, and 117-110. Hernandez notched the first defense of his second reign as WBC champion and raised his ledger to 26-2-1 (16). Carbaca fell to 13-7 (5).
Hernandez held his number two ranking among SecondsOut’s top 108-pounders.
Also on this date, at Foro Polanco, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Juan Jose Montes was defeated by Martin Casillas in a twelve round bantamweight bout. Casillas won the split decision by scores of 97-93 twice along with a dissenting 95-96. Casillas raised his record to 12-2 (8). Montes dipped to 23-3-1 (14).
Montes was removed from the SecondsOut super flyweight rankings due to the loss and not making 115 pounds in over a year. Ryo Akaho filled the void at number ten. The previously ranked six through ten contenders advanced one ranking.
Also on the move, Josesito Lopez has opted to remain at 147 pounds rather than dropping back down to 140. He has abandoned his number four ranking at 140 and been re-instated as the number eight contender at welterweight. The previously ranked eighth and ninth welterweight contenders fell one ranking. Victor Ortiz exited to make room. Zab Judah re-entered the 140-pound ranks to fill the void, pushing the five through ten contenders up one space.
Also on the move, Edwin Rodriguez has committed himself to campaigning at 175-pounds and has been removed from the SecondsOut super middleweight rankings. Karoly Balzay entered at number ten to fill the void. The previously ranked nine and ten fighters moved up one rung apiece.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, January 20:
On Saturday, December 19:
At Centro de Convenciones, Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico: Sergio Thompson versus Moises Castro in a twelve round super featherweight bout
At Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA: Gabriel Campillo versus Sergei Kovalev in a ten round light heavyweight bout (SecondsOut will be ringside)
At Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA: Orlando Salido versus Miguel Angel Garcia in a twelve round WBO featherweight title bout; Gennady Golovkin versus Gabriel Rosado in a twelve round middleweight bout; Juan Carlos Burgos versus Roman Martinez in a twelve round WBO super featherweight title bout. (SecondsOut will be ringside)
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