By Derek Bonnett: The 2013 boxing year ended in good form and the 2014 boxing calendar got off to a rapid start this week. Several well-regarded Japanese champions retained their titles with strong showings, while a fourth kept his belt even though he was counted out in a non-title affair to close out 2013. The new year began with a bang, or two after the bell, as a new champion was crowned amid controversy while producing 2014’s first candidate for KO of the Year. Boxing, you got to love it!
On Tuesday, December 31, at Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan, Takashi Uchiyama rose from a tenth round knockdown to defeat Daiki Kaneko by unanimous decision in a WBA super featherweight title bout. Uchiyama prevailed by three counts of 117-110. He notched the eighth defense of his world championship and lifted his ledger to 21-0-1 (17). Kaneko dipped to 19-3-3 (12).
Uchiyama remained SecondsOut’s number one super featherweight in the world in spite of the scare.
Also on the card, Takashi Miura punished Dante Jardon into a ninth round TKO defeat in a WBC super featherweight title bout. The end came at the :55 mark. Miura added his second title defense and raised his record to 27-2-2 (20). Jardon crashed to 24-4 (20).
Miura kept his number three SecondsOut rankings among the world’s best super featherweights.
Also on the card, Kohei Kono stopped Daut Manopkanchang in three rounds of a bantamweight bout. The time of the stoppage was :50 of the round. Kono upped his dossier to 29-8 (12). Manopkanchang fell to 0-1 in his professional start. Kono will fight for his former title against Denkaosan Kaovichit on March 26. The WBA super flyweight title is now vacant.
Kono kept his number three ranking amongst SecondsOut’s top-flight super flyweights.
Also on the card, Carlos Cuadras scored a second round stoppage of Songseanglek Phosuwangym in a bantamweight bout. The end came at the 2:22 mark. Cuadras raised his stats to 29-0 (24). Phosuwangym fell to 1-10 (0). Cuadras is rumored to be meeting Srisaket Sor Rungvisai for the WBC belt in February.
Cuadras retained his number five ranking among SecondsOut’s top-performing super flyweights.
Also on this date, at Bodymaker Colosseum, Osaka, Osaka, Japan, Kazuto Ioka defeated Felix Alvarado in a twelve round WBA light flyweight title bout. The unanimous scores favored the champion 119-109, 119-110, and 115-113. Ioka defended his title for the third time this year and in total. Alvarado fell to 18-1 (15).
Ioka affirmed his number one status amid SecondsOut’s best junior flyweights.
Also on the card, Ryo Miyazaki suffered and upset third round KO loss to Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. in an eight round light flyweight non-title bout. Miyazaki was halted at the 2:22 mark, but remains the WBA minimumweight champion. Sakkreerin’s win raise his ledger to 23-2 (15). Miyazaki lost his unbeaten record and fell to 20-1-3 (11).
Miyazaki fell from fifth to eighth in the SecondsOut minimumweight rankings. The previously ranked six through eight contenders each rose one ranking.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through January 5, 2014:
Friday, January 3, at Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, Argenis Mendez was dethroned by Rances Barthelemy via second round KO in a IBF super featherweight title bout. Barthelemy twice dropped Mendez to claim the IBF belt. The final punches landed after the bell finishing the champion controversially. The official time of the stoppage was 2:59, but the count did not begin until after the bell sounded to end the second round. Barthelemy ran his record to 20-0 (13). Mendez fell to 21-3-1 (11).
Barthelemy crashed the SecondsOut super featherweight rankings at number four. Mendez fell from second to seventh. Will Tomlinson exited to make room.
Also on the move, Thomas Oosthuizen has been removed from the SecondsOut super middleweight rankings to compete at light heavyweight where he is now unranked. Replacing him at super middleweight will be Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. who takes over the ten spot.
Also on the move, Koki Kameda has vacated his WBA bantamweight title rather than face Super Champion Anselmo Moreno. Kameda has opted to drop down to super flyweight instead. Paulus Ambunda climbs back into the SecondsOut bantamweight rankings at ten. Kameda entered the super flyweight rankings at number six pushing the six through nine contenders down one place, Arthur Villanueva once again exits to make room.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through January 12, 2014:
Friday, January 10:
At Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, USA, Arash Usmanee versus Juan Antonio Rodriguez in a ten round super featherweight bout
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