By Derek Bonnett: With one week to go in 2012 and a New Year rapidly approaching, I am left wondering what the Super Fight of 2013 will be. Some say Juan Manuel Marquez put to rest the prospects of boxing fans ever seeing Manny Pacquiao square off with Floyd Mayweather. For others, Duane Ford and C.J. Ross effectively put an end to the world’s greatest prizefight match-up since Chavez-Whitaker. However, from where I am sitting, I see two entirely different culprits and think Marquez, Ford, and Ross are just Patsies for the real guilty parties. The only people to blame are Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao themselves. The year 2012 should not have been the time for Pacquiao-Mayweather. If anything, it should have been the year of their trilogy or fourth contest. This Super Fight was so overdue and the combination of greed and fear is what spoiled the event. Mayweather and Pacquiao were too afraid to lose to the other to let the leather fly. Both teams conjured up myriad demands to stall the prospects of a signed contract. All the money in the world could not have got these two in the ring with each other and now it would be an outright insult to fans to even consider the match-up as plausible. So, Mayweather will have to settle for far less money to meet Saul Alvarez and Robert Guerrero to conclude his career. Pacquiao might as well fight Marquez for the remainder of his career, but if he wants to win or claim a title, he’ll probably have to set his sights much lower. Last I heard, Paulie Malignaggi was looking for a big payday.
On Monday, December 17, at Crocus City Hall, Myakinino, Russia, Denis Lebedev scored a sensational fourth round KO over Santander Silgado in a WBA cruiserweight title bout. Silgado was counted out after being dropped with a left uppercut. The end came at the 2:14 mark. Lebedev defended the full-WBA title for the first time and raised his record to 25-1 (19). Silgado fell to 23-1 (18).
Lebedev remained SecondsOut’s third rated cruiserweight, but he is in need of facing a top level opponent in his prime. His last four opponents have been quite over the hill or vastly unproven.
On Tuesday, December 18, at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan, Rocky Fuentes defeated Yuki Nasu by unanimous decision in a twelve round flyweight bout. The three scores favored Fuentes 117-111, 116-112, and 115-113. Fuentes improved his ledger to 35-6-2 (20). Nasu fell to 23-7 (16).
Fuentes remained ranked as SecondsOut’s number nine flyweight in the world.
On Friday, December 21, Auditorio Ernesto Rufo, Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico, Julio Ceja remained unbeaten with a second round TKO of Eden Marquez. The time of the stoppage was 1:46. Ceja elevated his record to 23-0 (21). Marquez fell to 25-13-2 (19).
Ceja moved to the number eight spot with the win and some other shifting factors.
On Saturday, December 22, at Auditorio del Bicentenario, Morelia, Michoacan de Ocampo, Mexico, Raul Garcia stopped Sammy Gutierrez in three rounds of a light flyweight bout. Garcia avoided the fourth fight jinx by registering his easiest time against Gutierrez. Previously, Garcia fought Gutierrez to a draw, a split decision win, and then a majority decision win. A bad cut led to the stoppage win. Garcia upped his numbers to 33-2-1 (21). Gutierrez fell to 33-9-2 (23).
Garcia held onto his number eight ranking at 108-pounds among SecondsOut’s top performers.
At Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, Tomasz Adamek controversially outpointed Steve Cunningham in a twelve round heavyweight rematch. The split decision favored Adamek 116-112, 115-113, and dissenting vote of 113-115. Adamek improved his resume to 48-2 (29). Cunningham fell to 25-5 (12).
After two questionable decisions and a knockdown in 2012, Adamek fell from third to fifth in SecondsOut’s heavyweight hierarchy. Alexander Povetkin and David Haye passed him by at third and fourth respectively.
Also on the move, Hugo Cazares has opted to campaign at 122 pounds and has been removed from the bantamweight rankings at SecondsOut. Rodrigo Guerrero has also opted to leave the bantamweight division to return to super flyweight where he is now ranked number seven. Filling the void at 118 are Jamie McDonnell at number nine and Alberto Guevara in the ten spot. Rodel Mayol exited the top ten at 115 to accommodate Guerrero.
Also on the move, Ulises Solis is looking to campaign back at 108 pounds to reclaim his title. He has been removed from the flyweight rankings and back at number five in the 108-pound division. Filling the void is Juan Carlos Reveco, who claimed the ten spot.
Also on the move, Moises Fuentes has yet to vacate his 105-pound title, so he has been removed from the 108-pound class and returned to the number two spot at 105. Raul Garcia has opted to move back from 105 to 108 and now holds down the eight spot there. Alberto Rossel exited to make room and the eight and nine contenders each dropped on ranking.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, December 30:
On Friday, December 28:
At Chom Thong District Office, Bangkok, Thailand: Oleydong Sithsamerchai versus Danilo Pena in a six round bantamweight bout
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