By Derek Bonnett:
Boxing’s bigger men of the sport got involved in the budding 2013 calendar and they certainly did not disappoint. The third week in January saw numerous world class fighters struggling to keep their feet, a new star rising to the top of the sport, and, of course, a hint of controversy to keep the boxing landscape evolving and the fans talking. All this and more as boxing’s best remain On the Move.
On Saturday, December 19, at Centro de Convenciones, Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico, Sergio Thompson scored a fifth round TKO of Moises Castro in a super featherweight bout. The bout ended at the 1:25 mark. Thompson made his 2013 debut and raised his record to 26-2 (24). Castro fell to 29-20-4 (13).
Thompson held onto his SecondsOut number five super featherweight ranking.
Also on this date, at Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA, Gabriel Campillo was crushed in three rounds by Sergei Kovalev in a light heavyweight bout. Campillo hit the canvas three times before the bout was called to a halt at the 1:30 mark. Kovalev advanced his record to 20-0-1 (18). Campillo crashed to 21-5-1 (8).
Kovalev jumped into the SecondsOut 175 rankings at number five. Campillo fell out of the top ten. Beibut Shumenov was lowered from five to nine for failing to meet world class opposition since 2010. The six through eight ranked contenders each climbed one ranking.
Also on this date, at Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA, Orlando Salido succumbed to Miguel Angel Garcia by eight round technical decision in a WBO featherweight title bout. Garcia dropped the champion twice in the first round and once apiece in the third and fourth. An accidental clash of heads caused the bout to be stopped due to a broken nose suffered by Garcia. All three judges favored the challenger by scores of 79-69 twice and 79-70. Garcia raised his ledger to 30-0 (26). Salido fell to 39-12-2 (27).
Garcia claimed the number one featherweight ranking at SecondsOut, moving up from number two. Chris John moved from third to second. Salido fell from first to third.
Also on the same card, Gennady Golovkin forced Gabriel Rosado’s corner to save him in the seventh round of a WBA middleweight title bout. A badly bloodied Rosado was saved from himself at the 2:46 mark. Golovkin defended his title for the sixth time. He raised his record to 25-0 (22). Rosado, a full-time light middleweight, fell to 21-6 (13).
Golovkin held onto his number four SecondsOut ranking at middleweight. Rosado moved from nine to eight at light middleweight given his gutsy performance.
Also on the card, Juan Carlos Burgos and Roman Martinez fought to an unpopular draw in a twelve round WBO super featherweight title bout. Many spectators felt Burgos has done enough to win the title, but Martinez retained the belt by counts of 116-112, 114-114, and 111-117. Martinez’ record moved 26-1-2 (16). Burgos moved to 31-1-1 (20).
Both Burgos and Martinez retained their previous SecondsOut rankings at eight and nine respectively.
Also on the move, Kelly Pavlik announced his retirement this week and will no longer be ranked by SecondsOut. Replacing him among the top super middleweights in the world today will be Adonis Stevens, who filled the void at the ten spot.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, January 27:
On Saturday, January 26:
At Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, The Joint, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Lucas Martin Matthysse versus Mike Dallas Jr. in a twelve round interim WBC light welterweight title bout
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