By Derek Bonnett: Top ten heavyweight contenders Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora have cleared the paths for their rematch later this year. It’s a rematch that many feel will yield a far different result than the unanimous decision Fury posted back in 2011. For that bout, fans felt Chisora looked overweight and mentally unprepared in spite of his exciting effort. Fury won cleanly, but has never been afforded the same respect bestowed upon Chisora for his controversial loss to Robert Helenius and his brave defeat at the hands of Vitali Klitschko. Fury has been rocked and dropped since that 2011 win, but he has always recovered and typically finished his opponent soon after. Instead of being praised for his excitement and recuperative powers, Fury is denigrated for his weak chin and flabby mid-section. Once the dust settles between Fury and Chisora, it’s hard to imagine fans feeling any better about the landscape of the heavyweight division. If Fury affirms his supremacy over Chisora, the overwhelming opinion about him will not likely change. After all, he already beat Chisora. If Chisora prevails, he will continue to receive more credit than Fury, but the truth will remain that now leading contender in the heavyweight division has already proven he cannot make it at the top. Sadly, neither man, no matter how he performs, will convince the masses he is worthy enough to remove Excalibur from the stone grip that is Wladimir Klitschko.
On Saturday, February 15, at Palenque de la Feria Mesoamericana, Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, Roman Gonzalez stopped Juan Kantun in six rounds of a flyweight bout. Gonzalez won for the fourth time in his new division as the referee called a halt at the 1:01 mark. Gonzalez lifted his ledger to 38-0 (32). Kantun fell to 21-6-3 (15).
Gonzalez continued on as SecondsOut’s number one rated flyweight in the world. However, a mini-super fight with Akira Yaegashi or a rematch with Juan Francisco Estrada is a must for boxing fans if he wish to reside at number without dispute.
On Saturday, February 15, at Puerta Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, Robinson Castellanos unlikely run came to an end against Rene Alvarado in a featherweight bout. Alvarado scored a ninth round TKO to snap the Mexican’s eleven bout win-streak. Alvarado enhanced his resume to 20-2 (14). Castellanos fell to 19-10 (12).
Castellanos fell out of the SecondsOut featherweight rankings. Javier Fortuna was removed from the rankings to compete at 130. The number eight through ten contenders climbed two rankings. Alvarado climbed into the ninth spot. Nicholas Walters entered at number ten.
On Saturday, February 15, at Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, London, United States, Tyson Fury stopped Joey Abell in four rounds of a heavyweight bout. The TKO win was secured at the 1:48 mark of the round. Abell was put to the canvas four times. Fury improved his record to 22-0 (16).
Fury maintained his shaky hold on the SecondsOut number three position in a highly unstable heavyweight division.
Also on the card, Dereck Chisora defeated Kevin Johnson in a twelve round heavyweight bout. The unanimous decision scores by 118-109 twice and 118-110. Chisora dropped Johnson in the fifth round. Chisora upped his professional numbers to 20-4 (13). Johnson dipped to 29-5-1 (14).
Chisora retained his number nine ranking among SecondsOut’s best heavyweights. Chisora and Fury will rematch later this year for further heavyweight progression.
On Saturday, February 15, at C. Robert Lee Center, Hawaiian Gardens, California, USA, Diego Magdaleno stopped Jorge Pazos in four rounds of a lightweight bout. The end came at the 2:27 mark. Magdaleno raised his record to 25-1 (10). Pazos crashed to 14-7-1 (8).
Magdaleno competed as a lightweight in this bout, so his place among SecondsOut’s top super featherweights will be monitored. Magdaleno remained SecondsOut’s number ten ranked 130-pounder.
On Saturday, February 15, at Hotel El Panama, Panama City, Panama, Liborio Solis stopped Alex Olea after the first round in a bantamweight bout. The end was recorded at the 3:00 mark. Solis improved his record to 17-3-1 (8). Olea fell to 10-7 (5).
Solis kept his number five SecondsOut ranking at 115 pounds. Suriyan Sor Rungvisai was supplanted by Rodrigo Guerrero for the ten spot.
Also on the move, Darren Barker has opted for retirement due to repeated hip problems. He has been removed from the SecondsOut middleweight rankings. Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam re-emerged at number ten.
Also on the move, Brian Viloria will return to the ring as a super flyweight and will no longer be ranked among SecondsOut’s top flyweight. Amnat Ruenroeng climbed into the number ten spot to fill the void.
In addition, Abner Mares is rumored to be moving to 130 pounds to meet Takashi Miura for the WBC belt. Mares’ place among the world’s best featherweights will be monitored.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through February 23, 2014:
On Wednesday, February 19, at Horden Pavilion, Moore Park, New South Wales, Australia, Daniel Geale versus Garth Wood in a twelve round middleweight bout
On Thursday, February 20, at Centro de Convenciones Figali, Panama City, Panama, Luis Concepcion versus Carlos Fontes in a twelve round flyweight bout; Edwin Diaz versus Leroy Estrada in an eight round minimumweight bout
On Saturday, February 22, at Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao, S.A.R., China, Miguel Vazquez versus Denis Shafikov in a twelve round IBF lightweight title bout
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February 16, 2014