By Derek Bonnett: The theme of the last week of March in the sport of boxing was "Razor Close Decisions". Among the SecondsOut ranked fighters in action, four fighters’ futures were impacted by a single point. That was the margin of difference for Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios and Pedro Guevara and Raul Garcia. However, a host of fighters on the verge of earning a ranking saw similar closeness in the scoring of their bouts. Denis Grachev got the benefit of the doubt in taking Zsolt Erdei’s unbeaten record by a single point in a split verdict. Tony Bellew and Isaac Chilemba were aiming to get into the top ten, but they had to settle for a draw in their bout allowing Grachev to nab the ten spot at light heavyweight. On the very same card, lightweights Derry Mathews and Anthony Crolla rematched and fought to a draw, prompting a possible trilogy of their own.
On Friday, March 29, at Thungsimuang, Udon Thani, Thailand, Oleydong Sithsamerchai scored a seventh round TKO over Richard Garcia in a super flyweight bout. Sithsamerchai fought for the third time in ninety days and raised his record to 47-1-1 (17). Garcia fell to 24-15-1 (6).
Sithsamerchai remained ranked number six among SecondsOut’s top super flyweights.
Also on the card, Wanheng Menayothin captured a unanimous six round decision over Sammy Hagler in a strawweight bout. Menayothin won for the second time in 2013 to keep his unbeaten record intact. His dossier now holds at 27-0 (8). Hagler fell to 15-14-2 (3).
Menayothin jumped from sixth to third with the activity, but mostly due to some serious attrition in the division which occurred the following day.
On Saturday, March 30, at Estadio de Beisbol, Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico, the unlikely run of Mario Rodriguez came to an end against Katsunari Takayama in a twelve round IBF minimumweight title bout. Rodriguez took a five fight win-streak straight to knocking off the then top strawweight in the world in Nkosinathi Joyi. Takayama claimed the title by unanimous decision with scores of 119-109, 117-111, and 115-113. Takayama had failed in his previous five world title attempts. He now becomes a two-time champion having previous reigned from 2004-2005. His dossier now stands at 25-6 (10). Rodriguez falls to a deceptive 15-7-4 (11).
Some major changes occurred among SecondsOut’s top 105-pounders. Takayama returned to the rankings at an unsteady fourth. Rodriguez fell from third to fifth. Joyi fell from fourth to sixth, but holds a title defense over Takayama.
Also on the card, Raul Garcia dropped a split decision to Pedro Guevara in a twelve round light flyweight bout. The cards favored Guevara narrowly by two counts of 115-113, 114-113, and a dissenting third margin 113-114. Guevara previously lost a split decision to IBF champion Jhonreil Casimero in his last fight. His ledger improved to 19-1-1 (13). Garcia, who has had seven split verdicts in his career, dipped to 33-3-1 (21).
Guevara climbed from tenth in SecondsOut’s light flyweight rankings to sixth. Garcia fell from sixth to seventh. Casimero climbed from fifth to fourth based on a residual impact of his previous win. Donnie Nietes fell from fourth to fifth combined with this movement and his recent draw with Moises Fuentes. The previously ranked seven through nine contenders each fell one spot.
Also on this date, at Salle de etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Gennady Golovkin scored a KO of the Year candidate stoppage of Nobuhiro Ishida in round three of a WBA middleweight title bout. The end came at the 2:20 mark of the round. Golovkin raised his ledger to 26-0 (23). Ishida lost for the third consecutive time in high profile bouts and dropped to 24-9-2 (9).
Golovkin has left no doubts of his superiority over third tier middleweights, but it is time to step up in opposition if he is to retain his number three SecondsOut ranking at middleweight.
Also on this date, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Brandon Rios was forced into a rubber match with Mike Alvarado in a twelve round light welterweight bout. Alvarado gained revenge for his lone defeat by a razor close unanimous decision of 115-113 twice and 114-113. Alvarado improved his numbers to 34-1 (23). Rios lost his unbeaten record officially and dipped to 31-1-1 (23).
Alvarado jumped from seventh to fourth at SecondsOut with the victory. Rios fell from fourth to fifth among the 140 pound rankings.
Also on the move, Terrence Crawford cracked the SecondsOut top ten ranking at junior welterweight with a clear decision over Breidis Prescott. Zab Judah, also inactive for a year, exited to make room due to the young prospect’s strong showing.
Also on the move, Denis Grachev scored a narrow split decision over Zsolt Erdei to enter the SecondsOut top ten at light heavyweight. Grachev previously lost a close call to highly rated Lucian Bute. He entered at number ten. Eduard Gutknecht exited to make room.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, April 7:
On Saturday, April 6:
At Venetian Casino & Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R, China, Brian Viloria versus Juan Francisco Estrada in a twelve round WBA/WBO title bout; Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. versus Yasutaka Ishimoto in a twelve round super bantamweight bout; Roman Martinez versus Diego Magdaleno in a twelve round WBO super featherweight title bout; Milan Melindo versus Tommy Seran in a ten round flyweight bout
On Sunday, April 7:
At Bodymaker Colosseum, Osaka, Osaka, Japan: Koki Kameda versus Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym in a twelve round WBA bantamweight title bout; Sonny Boy Jaro versus Hiroyuki Hisataka in a ten round flyweight bout; Denver Cuello versus Takashi Kunishige in a ten round light flyweight bout
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