By Derek Bonnett: Boxing crowned a new heavyweight titlist this weekend. Bermane Stiverne repeated his win over Chris Arreola to claim the vacant WBC heavyweight title. The six rounds of action provided good entertainment for fans and what most saw as a come from behind KO by Stiverne, who patiently set traps for Arreola while giving up more ground than previously seen in their twelve round bout from last year. So, in eighteen rounds with Arreola, we have seen Stiverne show superior skills and power when matched with the durable contender.
Most boxing enthusiasts are not giving Stiverne any greater chance to unseat Wladimir Klitschko from his heavyweight pulpit. What we see now, even with the belt involved, is another worthy title challenger for Klitschko -- one far more deserving than Alex Leapai. However, the mix in the division just might get a bit thicker. Right now, Deontay Wilder is owed a shot at Klit.., er, Stiverne’s WBC belt. This match-up of punchers would delay Wladimir’s desire for undisputed unification, but it would answer some big questions about Wilder or further substantiate Stiverne’s claim to a pairing in the Big Dance.
What the hell? We’ve been waiting for a legitimate threat to rise forever anyway. We might as well see these two sort things out to provide Klitschko with the closest thing to a Super Fight the division has to offer. Wlad isn’t going anywhere. It’s Wilder and Stiverne who need to be On the Move.
On Wednesday, May 7,at Bodymaker Colosseum, Osaka, Osaka, Japan, Amnat Ruenroeng scored an upset split decision over Kazuto Ioka in a twelve round IBF flyweight title bout. Ruenroeng defended his title with scores of 119-108, 115-112, and 113-114. Ruenroeng raised his ledger to 13-0 (5). Ioka, who tried for a championship in his third division, fell to 14-1 (9).
Ruenroeng, previously dropped from the SecondsOut top ten for no fault of his own, shot back into the mix at number seven. Ioka, previously ranked seventh, fell to tenth.
Also on the card, Katsunari Takayama won a unanimous decision over Shin Ono in a twelve round IBF minimumweight title bout. Ono hit the canvas in the tenth and twelfth rounds. The judges favored the champion 117-109 and 115-111 twice. Takayama notched his second title defense and lifted his record to 27-6 (10). Ono dropped to 17-6-2 (2).
Takayama held down his number two ranking amid SecondsOut’s best 105-pounders.
On Saturday, May 10, at SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, Donnie Nietes scored a ninth round TKO of Moises Fuentes II in a WBO light flyweight title bout. Nietes avenged a previous draw by scoring three knockdowns in the ninth round. The bout ended at the 2:56 mark. Nietes was deducted one point for hitting Fuentes while he was down. Nietes made the fourth defense of his title and cruised to 33-1-4 (19). Fuentes crashed to 19-2-1 (10).
Nietes jumped from fourth to second in SecondsOut’s light flyweight rankings. Fuentes fell from second to fourth.
Also on the card, Milan Melindo won a majority decision over Martin Tecuapetla in a twelve round flyweight bout. The judges scored the bout 114-114, 116-112, and 115-113. Melindo upped his dossier to 31-1 (12). Tecuapetla fell to 11-6-2 (8).
Melindo fell from eighth to ninth among SecondsOut’s stacked flyweight rankings. Hernan Marquez climbed from ninth to eighth.
At the Galen Center, Los Angeles, California, USA, Bermaine Stiverne repeated his win over Chris Arreola with a sixth round TKO to claim the vacant WBC heavyweight title. Stiverne dropped Arreola twice in the sixth. The end came at the 2:02 mark. Stiverne captured his first world championship and lifted his numbers to 24-1-1 (21). Arreola fell to 36-4 (31).
Stiverne, previously dropped to number ten for one year of inactivity, rebounded to claim the third spot at SecondsOut among an improving heavyweight division. Arreola was TKO’d out of the top ten once again. Climbing back into the ten spot is Bryant Jennings.
Also on the move, Mike Alvarado has been pulled from the SecondsOut junior welterweight rankings to compete as a welterweight. The previously ranked five through ten contenders each climbed one ranking. Khabib Allakhverdiev returned to the ten spot.
Also on the move, Paulus Ambunda will be fighting for a regional title at 122 pounds and has been removed from the SecondsOut bantamweight rankings. Returning to the ten spot is Suriyan Sor Rungvisai. Rodrigo Guerrero moved from tenth to ninth.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, May 18, 2014:
On Friday, May 16:
At Nan Yang City Gymnasium, Henan, China, Xiong Zhou Zhong versus Roilo Golez in a ten round minimumweight bout
At Gimnasio Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua, Carlos Buitrago versus Alcides Martinez in a ten round light flyweight bout
At Pakkret Pier, Nonthaburi, Thailand, Suriyan Sor Rungvisai versus Fernando Ocon in a twelve round bantamweight bout
On Saturday, May 17:
At Anfiteatro Municipal, Villa Maria, Cordoba, Argentina, Omar Andres Narvaez versus Antonio Garcia in a twelve round WBO super flyweight title bout
At Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, Lee Selby versus Romulo Koasicha in a twelve round featherweight bout
At Forum, Inglewood, California, USA, Juan Manuel Marquez versus Mike Alvarado in a twelve round welterweight bout; Diego Magdaleno versus Oscar Bravo in a ten round super featherweight bout
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