By Derek Bonnett: The boxing calendar in 2014 has provided its fill of upsets and the theme of numbers being misleading continued through the month of February as Oswaldo Novoa a thirty-two year old fighter with only three years experience in the sport, professional and amateur, captured a world championship. The win came at the expense of China’s only professional boxing world champion Xiong Zhao Zhong. Neither conventional wisdom nor historical significance can be relied upon in the Sweet Science, which allows for both boxing’s best and unknowns to remain On the Move.
On Wednesday, February 5, at City Hall, Haikou, China, Xiong Zhao Zhong suffered an upset defeat at the hands of Oswaldo Novoa in a WBC minimumweight title bout. Novoa won the title by TKO at the 2:36 mark of round five. Zhong was dropped early in the bout, but was on his feet at the time the referee intervened. "Cocky" Novoa captured his first world title and raised his unassuming record to 13-4-1 (8). Zhong, China’s lone world champion, fell to 22-5-1 (12).
Novoa debuted at number seven in the SecondsOut rankings. Zhong fell from number three to number eight. The previously five through eight contenders each climbed two rankings in the ever unstable strawweight rankings.
On February 8, in Mexico, Adrian Hernandez stopped Janiel Rivera in three rounds of a WBC light flyweight title bout. The bout was waved off at the 1:34 mark of round three. Hernandez notched his sixth title defense over two reigns as WBC champion. He elevated his dossier to 29-2-1 (18). Rivera crashed to 10-2-2 (6).
Hernandez dropped from second to third after continued defenses against weak opposition. Johnreil Casimero claimed the number two spot up from three.
Also on the card, Julio Ceja stopped Jesus Acosta in four rounds of a bantamweight bout. Ceja ended the fight at the 2:22 mark. The Mexican former world title challenger raised his ledger to 26-1 (24). Acosta fell to 14-3-2 (10).
Ceja retained his number seven ranking among SecondsOuts top-rated bantamweight boxers.
Also on the move, Denver Cuello, who has been sidelined from a rotator cuff injury for six months, is not due to return for a year and, likely, above 105 pounds. He has been dropped from the SecondsOut rankings.
Also on the move, Vergilio Silvano captured a regional light flyweight title and will no longer be ranked at 105 pounds. Replacing Silvano at 105 is journeyman Edwin Diaz.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through February 16, 2014:
On Saturday, February 15, at Palenque de la Feria Mesoamericana, Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, Roman Gonzalez versus Juan Kantun in a ten round flyweight bout
On Saturday, February 15, at Puerta Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, Robinson Castellanos versus Rene Alvarado in a twelve round featherweight bout
On Saturday, February 15, at Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, London, United States, Tyson Fury versus Joey Abell in a ten round heavyweight bout; Dereck Chisora versus Kevin Johnson in a twelve round heavyweight bout
On Saturday, February 15, at C. Robert Lee Center, Hawaiian Gardens, California, USA, Diego Magdaleno versus Ernie Sanchez in a ten round lightweight bout
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