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On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings 3-29-15

Nietes retained his No.2 light flyweight rating
Nietes retained his No.2 light flyweight rating

By Derek Bonnett: There are multiple ways a fighter can lose. Simplistically, he can be stopped or he can be outpointed. He can be ahead on points be deemed unfit to continue due to cuts or swelling and he can also get screwed by the judges. In boxing, perhaps more than any other sport, how one loses is a huge factor and a loss is not necessarily a loss. On some occasions, a "loss" can actually be a "save".


Just this weekend we saw a multiple fighters take "stoppage" losses, but in a slightly different manner than via a ten count. Instead, we saw a more active role from the corner and saw bouts stopped from throwing in the towel or by corner retirement between rounds. Most of this week’s major bouts ended this way in fact. Rommel Ansenjo was hurt in his bout with Juan Francisco Estrada, but it was the corner who pulled the plug and not the referee. Both Donnie Nietes and Alberto Pagara beat their opponents, but not enough to put them down and out. Rather than sending their charges out to absorb unnecessary punishment, they opted to "live to fight another day". The same was determined for Ionut Dan Ion against Kell Brook after four knockdowns in four painfully lopsided rounds. In each case, the fighter was going to see a loss added to his ledger, but was prevented from losing something more.


Each boxer has a limited amount of time inside of the ring and each effort costs a fighter an undetermined piece of that time win or lose. A bad loss certainly takes more from a boxer and he is usually never quite the same afterward. Some call it quitting, but I would much rather see a fight stopped too early than too late. I applaud a corner who takes matters into their own hands to say when enough is enough, particularly when a trained official has not done his job.


SecondsOut contenders On the Move:


On Saturday, March 28, at Poliforum Zamna, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, Juan Francisco Estrada defeated Rommel Asenjo by third round TKO in a WBA/WBO flyweight title bout. Estrada produced his fourth title defense and lifted his record to 32-2 (23). Asenjo fell to 23-4 (20). Asenjo’s corner threw in the towel to saved their fighter from further punishment.


Estrada remained SecondsOut’s number two flyweight in the world. A rematch with Roman Gonzalez rates among the top five match-ups in the sport, but is no closer to happening than it was a year ago.


At Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, Donnie Nietes forced Gilberto Parra into ninth round corner retirement in a WBO light flyweight title bout. The time of the stoppage was 3:00. Nietes notched his sixth title defense and raised his dossier to 35-1-4 (21). Parra fell to 19-3 (17).


Nietes kept on as SecondsOut’s number two light flyweight in the world today.


Also on the card, Nonito Donaire scored a TKO of William Prado in two rounds of a super bantamweight bout. Donaire returned to his previous division for the first time since losing to Guillermo Rigondeaux. Donaire lifted his ledger to 34-3 (22). Prado crashed to 22-5-1 (15).


Donaire re-entered the SecondsOut super bantamweight rankings at number four. Alberto Pagara was bumped out of the ratings for the time being. The previously rated four through nine contenders each fell one ranking.


Also on the card, Alberto Pagara retired Rodolfo Hernandez on his stool after four rounds of a super bantamweight bout. The official time of the stoppage was 3:00. Pagara raised his numbers to 23-0 (16). Hernandez dipped to 26-6-1 (24).


In spite of the victory, Pagara was bumped from the top ten by his countryman Nonito Donaire.


At Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, Kell Brook dominated Ionut Dan Ion to produce a fourth round corner retirement in a IBF welterweight title bout. Ion hit the canvas twice in the second and twice in the fourth. The official time of the stoppages went down at the 3:00 mark. Brook made the first defense of his title and lifted his ledger to 34-0 (23). Ion crashed to 34-3 (18).


Brook climbed from seventh to fifth in the SecondsOut welterweight rankings.


At Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, Jhonny Gonzalez was stopped in four round by Gary Russell Jr. in a WBC featherweight title bout. Gonzalez was down once in round three and twice more in round four. The official time of the stoppage was :37. Russell claimed his first world championship, moving to 1-1 in championship bout. His professional record was elevated to 26-1 (15). Gonzalez crashed to 57-9 (48).


Russell crashed the SecondsOut featherweight rankings at number three. His emergence pushed Nicholas Walters from second to first and Vasyl Lomachenko from fifth to second. Gonzalez fell from first to fifth. The previously rated five through nine contenders each fell one ranking. Alexander Miskirtchian was pushed out of the top ten.


Also on the card, Jermell Charlo won a close decision over Vanes Martirosyan in a ten round super welterweight bout. Charlo received scores of 97-93 and 96-94 twice. Martirosyan sustained a small cut over his left eye midway through the bout. An accidental clash of heads was ruled. Charlo improved to 26-0 (11). Martirosyan fell to 35-2-1 (21).


Charlo remained SecondsOut’s number five light welterweight in the world. Martirosyan climbed from eighth to sixth based on the closeness of the contest.


Also on the card, Jermall Charlo won a unanimous decision over Michael Finney in a ten round super welterweight bout. All three judges scored the bout 100-90. Charlo raised his record to 21-0 (16). Finney fell to 12-3-1 (10).


Charlo remained SecondsOut’s number ten rated light middleweight in the world.

Also On the Move, Sakio Bika will be meeting Adonis Stevenson in a light heavyweight title bout on April4. He has been removed from the SecondsOut super middleweight rankings. Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez and Felix Sturm each climbed one ranking. Rogelio Medina claimed the number ten spot to fill the void.


SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, April 5, 2015:


On Saturday, April 4:

At Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, Adonis Stevenson versus Sakio Bika in a twelve round WBC light heavyweight title bout; Artur Beterbiev versus Gabriel Campillo in a ten round light heavyweight bout.


At Metepec, Mexico, Mexico, Carlos Cuadras versus Luis Concepcion in a twelve round WBC super flyweight bout


At Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, Luis Rosa versus Ernesto Guerrero in an eight round super bantamweight bout


To check out Derek’s SecondsOut rankings click on the link below

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Stevenson meets Bika this week.
Stevenson meets Bika this week.
Cuadras puts his belt on the line against Concepcion.
Cuadras puts his belt on the line against Concepcion.

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