By Derek Bonnett: The demise of the Puerto Rican dynasty was expedited this week after Juan Manuel Lopez suffered his third KO defeat at the hands of Mikey Garcia. Last month, I posed the question: What happened to all the Puerto Rican world class fighters. Of the top names in the sport today, only Roman Martinez is coming off a win. Sadly, there are those that actually think he lost his last two though and has only been saved by questionable scoring. Juanma, Miguel Cotto, and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. are now all coming off of losses and look to be losing all hope for a resurgence. Puerto Rico, once a leader of producing talent in the boxing world along with the USA and Mexico now has lost serious ground and has been easily usurped by Argentina, Japan, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom. Without a savior in sight, Puerto Rico boxing is On the Move and on its way off the boxing radar.
On Friday, June 14, at Sands Resort Casino, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, Sergey Kovalev continued his march through the rankings with a third round TKO of Cornelius White in a light heavyweight bout. White hit the canvas three times in the third before the bout was stopped at the 1:42 mark. Kovalev improved his record to 21-0-1 (19). White fell to 21-2 (16).
Kovalev jumped from fourth to third on the SecondsOut light heavyweight ladder. Jean Pascal fell from third to fourth.
On Saturday, June 15, at Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, Hekkie Budler won a split decision over Nkosinathi Joyi in a twelve round minimumweight bout. Budler prevailed by scores of 116-113, 115-113, and 112-116. Budler improved his resume to 23-1 (6) with the career best win. Joyi dipped to 23-2 (16).
Budler climbed from seventh to fourth in the SecondsOut strawweight rankings. Joyi fell from fourth to fifth. Wanheng Menayothin and Carlos Buitrago each fell one ranking.
At American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas, USA, Mikey Garcia stopped Juan Manuel Lopez in four rounds of a WBO featherweight title bout. Garcia lost the title on the scales after coming in two pounds heavy then proceeded to drop Lopez in the second and fourth rounds before the contest ended at the 1:35 mark. Garcia raised his dossier to 32-0 (27). Lopez fell to 33-3 (30).
Garcia solidified his SecondsOut standing as the number one featherweight in the world, but Abner Mares is a at his heels.
Also on the card, Terrence Crawford stopped Alejandro Sanabria seconds into the sixth round of a lightweight bout. Sanabria hit the canvas in the sixth and was saved at the :10 mark. Crawford advanced his ledger to 21-0 (16). Sanabria fell to 34-2-1 (25).