By Derek Bonnett: Boxing fans can always count on the best fighters in the business to perform consistently and entertain with precision, skill, and blood and guts attitudes. However, sometimes boxing fans are treated by those not immediately on the SecondsOut radar as top ten ranked fighters.
Tommy Coyle and Daniel Eduardo Brizuela produced 2014’s front-runner for fight of the year in their epic, Dunne-Cordoba-esque thriller, on February 22. Each man hit the canvas throughout their scheduled twelve rounder. Both were penalized points and Brizuela was cut from an accidental clash of heads. Coyle hit the canvas in the second round courtesy of an overhand right. Two body shot knockdowns against Coyle followed in the sixth. The contest easily could have been waved off as Coyle struggled on the canvas, grimacing in pain. Coyle called upon Gatti-like will to survive long enough to see the round’s final bell. Brizuela seemingly punched himself out and could not close the evening.
Coyle rallied to drop Brizuela in the eighth round to turn the tide. However, he lost a point for low blows later in the round after being warned twice. Brizuela was prematurely penalized in the ninth for the same infraction. Brizuela was further hindered by a cut in the tenth after the two warriors collided head-first. Brizuela regained the momentum momentarily with another body shot knockdown early in the eleventh. The second he rose and was allowed to continue, Coyle dropped Brizuela for the second time in the fight in what appeared to be a good-night shot. Brizuela survived on shaky feet only to be dropped again in 2014’s leader for Round of the Year. Once again, the bought could have been stopped as Brizuela rose twice to shaky legs. As if the round was not full enough, Coyle managed to lose another point, this time for hitting on the break. This penalization also appeared unwarranted without warning.
With each man’s fate in the balance going into the twelfth, Coyle proved the man with greater reserves in the tank. Brizuela was dropped for a fourth time. However, of all the knockdowns in this classic, Brizuela seemed to rise with the clearest head of any of the previous seven visits to the canvas. Even still, the referee had seen enough and called a halt to the contest without controversy.
Both Coyle and Brizuela would be done a disservice if an immediate rematch is not arranged. The fans would lose out considerably as well. More importantly, at this stage of 2014, it will be easy for boxing fans to forget these two low-profile, albeit, noble warriors and their heroic battle on February 22. Too often the more popular names earn honors like Fight of the year when the work done in relative obscurity was more impressive and deserving. If you have not seen this memorable clash, watch it. Afterward, do everything you can to keep this bout fresh on your tongue when discussing Year End Awards concerning Fight of the Year. There will be no bout more deserving in 2014. Book it.
On Tuesday, February 18, at NCO Club, Royal Thai Airforce, Bangkok, Thailand Srisaket Sor Rungvisai won by second round KO over Alexis Barateau. The end came at the 2:42 mark. Rungvisai raised his record to 25-3-1 (23). This was a non-title bout for the WBC super flyweight champion. Barateau fell to 0-2.
Rungvisai remained SecondsOut’s number one 115-pounder with his second non-title win of 2014. He is rumored to be meeting Carlos Cuadras for his next title defense this spring.
On Wednesday, February 19, at Horden Pavilion, Moore Park, New South Wales, Australia, Daniel Geale forced Garth Wood into sixth round retirement a in a middleweight bout. Geale was way ahead on the scorecards at the time of the surrender. Geale raised his ledger to 30-2 (16), winning for the first time since losing his IBF middleweight title. Wood crashed to 12-4-1 (8).
Geale climbed from fifth to fourth in the SecondsOut middleweight rankings. Martin Murray dipped from fourth to fifth.
On Thursday, February 20, at Centro de Convenciones Figali, Panama City, Panama, Luis Concepcion won by ninth round technical decision against Carlos Fontes in a flyweight bout. Fontes hit the canvas in rounds five and seven. Concepcion prevailed by margins of 88-81 and 88-83 twice. Concepcion improved his dossier to 31-3 (22). He has won eight straight since his second loss to Hernan Marquez. Fontes fell to 17-2 (14).
Concepcion continued on as the SecondsOut number eight flyweight in the world.
On Saturday, February 22, at Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao, S.A.R., China, Miguel Vazquez defeated Denis Shafikov in a twelve round IBF lightweight title bout. Vazquez prevailed by scores of 119-110, 116-112, and 115-113. Vazquez notched the sixth defense of his title, breaking over a year of inactivity. Shafikov dipped to 33-1-1 (18).
Vazquez returned to the number one spot in the lightweight division after losing his ranking for over a year of inactivity. Shafikov dipped from fifth to sixth. Richar Abril was dropped from first to tenth for eleven months of inactivity. Sharif Bogere has been dropped for one year of inactivity. The previously ranked one through nine lightweights all fell one ranking.
Also on the move, Alejandro Lopez was removed from the SecondsOut super bantamweight rankings for one year of inactivity. Yoandris Salinas moved from tenth to ninth. Thabo Sonjica climbed into the ten spot to fill the void.
Also on the move, Raul Garcia was removed from the SecondsOut light flyweight rankings for one year of inactivity. Alberto Rossel, Ganigan Lopez, and Rey Loreto each climbed one place to seventh, eighth, and ninth, respectively. Naoya Inoue reclaimed the number ten spot.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through March 2, 2014:
On Saturday, March 1, at GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, Robert Stieglitz versus Arthur Abraham III in a twelve round WBO middleweight title bout
On Saturday, March 1, at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa, Hekkie Budler versus Karluis Diaz in a twelve round minimumweight bout
On Saturday, March 1, at Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, Ricky Burns versus Terrence Crawford in a WBO lightweight title bout
On Saturday, March 1, at Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA, Julio Cesar Chavez versus Brian Vera II in a twelve round super middleweight bout; Orlando Salido versus Vasyl Lomachenko in a twelve round WBO featherweight title bout; Juan Diaz versus Gerardo Robles in a ten round lightweight bout; Karim Mayfield versus TBA in a ten round light welterweight bout
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