By Derek Bonnett: Controversy failed to reveal its ugly head this week as the world class boxing action came off as expected, without any assistance from judges or referees. A boxer claimed his second world title in as many divisions, a pair of longstanding champions added title defenses, and a former world champion kept busy as he hunts another title opportunity. All this and more as SecondsOut’s boxing elites remain on the move.
On Monday, April 16, at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan, Akifumi Shimoda scored a tenth round TKO of Azael Gonzalez in a featherweight bout. The time of the stoppage came at the 1:00 mark. Shimoda improved his record to 25-3-1 (11). Gonzalez dropped to 8-15 (3).
Shimoda’s last two bouts have been at 126 pounds, but he remains world ranked at 122 pounds. His progress will be monitored for a permanent move in weight. For now, he remains SecondsOut’s number six super bantamweight.
On Friday, April 20, at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA, Erislandy Lara annihilated Ronald Hearns inside a round of a middleweight bout. The time of the stoppage came at the 1:34 mark. Lara, fighting for a WBC elimination spot, improved to 16-1-1 (11). Hearns fells to 26-3 (20).
Lara kept his fourth ranking among SecondsOut’s top 154 pounders.
On Saturday, April 21, at San Juan, San Juan, Argentina, Omar Andres Narvaez outpointed Jose Cabrera in a 12 round WBO super flyweight title bout. Cabrera was deducted points in rounds eight and ten. Narvaez won for the first time since losing a decision to Nonito Donaire. It was his fourth title defense.
Narvaez maintained his number two ranking at 115 pounds, but was previously number one until Tepparith Singwancha unseated him a couple of weeks ago.
At Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas, USA, Abner Mares won a lopsided decision over Eric Morel in a vacant WBC super bantamweight title bout. The judges favored Mares by scores of 120-107 and 119-109 twice. Mares improved to 24-0-1 (13). Morel dipped to 46-3 (23).
Mares, previously number one at bantamweight, emerged as SecondsOut’s number four super bantamweight. The previously ranked four through nine contenders all dropped one ranking. Jeffrey Mathebula, the newly crowned IBF champion, exited to make room.
Also on the card, Anselmo Moreno dominated David De La Mora for a ninth round TKO in a Super WBA bantamweight title bout. The time of the stoppage was 0:10 of the round, but De La Mora seemingly opted to retire between rounds. Moreno improved to 33-1-1 (12). De La Mora fell to 24-2 (17).
Moreno remained SecondsOut’s top bantamweight in the world.
Also on the card, Luis Ramos Jr. won a unanimous decision over Daniel Attah in a ten round lightweight bout. The scores read 100-89 and 99-90 twice. Attah hit the canvas in the third round. Ramos Jr. improved to 22-0 (9). Attah fell to 26-10-1 (9).
Ramos Jr., held on to his number nine ranking at lightweight at SecondsOut.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, April 29:
On Saturday, April 28:
At Grand Oasis Report, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico: Jhonny Gonzalez versus Elio Rojas in twelve round WBC featherweight title bout; Juan Carlos Salgado versus Martin Honorio in a twelve round IBF super featherweight title bout
At Fairplex, Pomona, California, USA: Roman Gonzalez versus Ramon Garcia Hirales in a twelve round WBA light flyweight bout
At Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA: Bernard Hopkins versus Chad Dawson in a twelve round WBC light heavyweight title bout
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April 23, 2012