By Derek Bonnett: Before the highly anticipated 154-pound unification bout between Saul Alvarez and Austin Trout, I had a feeling that regardless of what Trout actually did in the ring outside of a knockout, Alvarez would walk away the undefeated champion with two titles. After the scorecards were announced, that assumption was proven somewhat true as Stanley Christodoulou and Oren Shellenberger handed in scorecards that sounded as if they were tallied an hour before the opening bell. They scored the bout 118-109 and 116-111 disgracefully. Only Ray Danesco handed in a credible card of 115-112. Make no mistake, my own score card was in agreement with Danesco’s and I felt Alvarez deserved a clean victory. I could not conceive giving the fight to Trout. However, the hardworking former champion from New Mexico deserved a shot at a fair shake. After eight rounds, Trout was in need of a miracle to claim a victory. The Showtime team scored the bout effectively, recognizing the close nature of the fight rarely straying from a one to two point margin throughout. The fans seemed to agree. So, why is it that the experts are the ones who seem way out of touch with the true nature of this competitive contest?
On Friday, April 19, at Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, Javier Fortuna made an easy night of Miguel Zamudio in one round a WBA interim title bout. Fortuna lost the title on the scales, but Zamudio was unable to make a claim to it. Fortuna dropped Zamudio twice in the opening minute of the bout before it was waved off at the 1:08 mark. Fortuna improved his record to 22-0 (16). Zamudio fell to 25-2-1 (13).
Fortuna climbed from seventh to sixth in the SecondsOut featherweight files. Gary Russell Jr. fell from sixth to seventh.
On Saturday, April 20, at Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Victor Terrazas won a split decision over Cristian Mijares in a twelve round vacant WBC super bantamweight title bout. The two judges favored Terrazas 115-112 and 114-113. The third favored Mijares 114-113. Terrazas claimed his first world title and moved his ledger to 37-2-1 (21). Mijares dipped to 47-7-2 (22).
Terrazas climbed from seventh to sixth in the SecondsOut super bantamweight bunch. Carl Frampton was pushed from sixth to seventh.
Also on this date, at Arena Roberto Duran, Panama City, Panama, Luis Concepcion scored a sixth round TKO of Anuar Salas in a flyweight bout. Salas hit the canvas in the first round and three more times in the sixth. Concepcion was decked in the third. The end of the contest came at the 2:36 mark. Concepcion raised his dossier to 28-3 (21). Salas fell to 13-2 (10).
Concepcion held down the number eight spot in SecondsOut’s flyweight rankings.
Also on this date, at Wembley Arena, Wembley, London, United Kingdom, Nathan Cleverly pitched a near shutout of Robin Krasniqi in a twelve round WBO light heavyweight title bout. The judges scored the bout 120-108 twice and 119-109. Cleverly defended the title for the fifth time and raised his resume to 26-0 (12). Krasniqi fell to 39-3 (13).
Cleverly held down his number six SecondsOut ranking among the top light heavyweights.
Also on this date, at Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA, Tyson Fury rallied to stop Steve Cunningham in seven rounds of a heavyweight bout. Fury rose from a second round knockdown to put Cunningham down for the count at the 2:55 mark of the seventh. Fury raised his record to 21-0 (15). Cunningham dipped to 25-6 (12).