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22 DECEMBER 2014

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On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings 5/26/13


Froch gained revenge over Kessler
Froch gained revenge over Kessler

By Derek Bonnett: Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler once again put on an electric show for 12 rounds this weekend. While it was not as spirited as the first -- How many rematches are?-- the two proved they are still among the top three in the super middleweight division with a great gap between the number one ranked Andre Ward and themselves. I shut off my television with two points on my mind Saturday evening. The first: Mikkel Kessler has nothing to feel badly about and thoughts of retirement should be placed on hold. If his desire is there, then I support him, but if he is merely upset about losing to a primed Froch, he need to realize there is no shame in that. He still has a lucrative rubber match available with Froch, which I what I would like to see happen. Additionally, he has meaningful and winnable bouts with Robert Stieglitz or George Groves should Froch opt to take an alternative route to a third encounter. This brings me to my second point: Froch cannot do anything to change his fate against Ward. Froch has elevated his game and rebounded from his most recent loss admirably. However, Ward is on an entirely different plain than he is. Froch still carries his hands to low and is very easy to tag. Kessler landed consistently and even rocked Froch late before losing decisively. Ward is better than both men in virtually every department. Has Froch earned the right for revenge? Absolutely! Yet, I would rather see him take on Kessler a third time or even venture to light heavyweight. However, the great ones do seek to avenge their losses and I think we all know which path Carl "The Cobra" Froch will take.

 

On Saturday, May 25, at Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina, Omar Andres Narvaez labored to a split decision victory over Felipe Orucuta in a twelve round WBO super flyweight bout. One judges favored the challenger 118-110 while the others had it 115-113 twice for the champion. Narvaez made his seventh title defense and raised his ledger to 39-1-2 (20). Orucuta dipped to 27-2 (23).

 

Narvaez fell back down to number two in the SecondsOut divisional rankings after the shaky showing. Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr. moved into the top spot. Orucuta remains just on the outside of a very unstable super flyweight top ten.

 

Also on the card, Cesar Rene Cuenca won a unanimous decision over Gustavo David Bermudez in a junior welterweight bout. Cuenca elevated his professional number to 45-0 (2). Bermudez fell to 16-10-2 (6).

 

Cuenca was lowered from eight to ten in the SecondsOut 140-pound standings after sustained activity against low caliber opposition.

 

Also on this date, at Polideportivo Espana, Managua, Nicaragua, Roman Gonzalez forced a fifth round TKO of Ronald Barrera in a flyweight non-title bout. Barrera was put to the canvas in the fifth round before the referee stepped in to call a halt. Gonzalez raised his dossier to 35-0 (29). Barrera fell to 31-12-2 (19).

 

Gonzalez has a lock on the SecondsOut number one 108-pound ranking with a showdown against Kazuto Ioka on the horizon.

 

 


Also on this date, at O2 Arena, Greenwich, London, United Kingdom, Carl Froch defeated Mikkel Kessler in a twelve round IBF/WBA super middleweight unification bout. Froch won the rematch by scores of 118-110, 116-112, and 115-113. Froch raised his record to 31-2 (22) in making his second defense of the IBF strap and claiming the WBA. Kessler fell to 46-3 (35).

 

Froch moved from third to second among SecondsOut’s top super middleweights and eyes a rematch with Andre Ward. Kessler, who now eyes retirement, dipped from second to third in the division.

 

Also on the card, George Groves stopped Noe Gonzalez Alcoba in five rounds of a super middleweight bout. The end came at the :51 second mark. Alcoba was dropped in the fifth, but deemed unfit to continue. Groves raised his record to 19-0 (15). Alcoba fell to 30-3 (22).

 

Groves remained SecondsOut’s number seven super middleweight and now potentially eyes a title shot later this year.

 

SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, June 2:

On Saturday, June 1:

 

At Estadio Sonora, Hermosilla, Sonora, Mexico: Hernan Marquez versus Carlos Tamara in a twelve round flyweight bout

 

At Estadio Morelos, Ecatepec, Mexico, Mexico: Hugo Ruiz versus Giovanni Cara in a ten round super bantamweight bout; Hugo Fidel Cazares versus Gabriel Altarejos in a ten round super bantamweight bout

 

To check out Derek’s SecondsOut rankings click on the link below http://www.digenie.net/sorankings/p_so_world.asp 

 

For further boxing discussion, contact Derek DBO Bonnett on Facebook or at dbo@boxinghideout.com. 



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