By Derek Bonnett: Most boxing fans had no idea who Saensak Muangsurin was before his name came up in reference to setting a record by becoming a world boxing champion in just his third professional bout way back on July 15, 1975. This fact was repeated several times throughout Showtime’s broadcast of Vasyl Lomachenko versus Gary Russell Jr. Sadly, by next week, at least half of those same fans will have forgotten Muangsurin’s significance in history.
However, Vasyl Lomachenko will be fresh on their tongues as he matched the former Thai world champion’s feat by becoming world champion with a record of 2-1 (1). Muangsurin actually held his WBC light welterweight title twice and retired with a forgettable record of 14-6 (11). Given his amateur pedigree and promotional support, it is expected that Lomachenko will reach greater career heights than Muangsurin as a world champion. Lomachenko’s win, coupled with the recent title win of Naoya Inoue and numerous other lighter weight competitors, forces boxing enthusiasts to re-examine their position on the proper path to a world title fight and how to groom a prospect. The length of the course is perhaps not as important as the experience incurred along the way. Russell Jr.’s twenty-four fight path to a title shot did not prepare him for the .500 Lomachenko, who previously fought a twelve rounder against Orlando Salido in just his second professional bout. Lomachenko is no ordinary fighter. Yet, neither is Russell Jr. As most things in boxing, there truly are no standard operating procedures for developing talent and acclimating a fighter to the professional ranks. Some guys just get their quicker. In the end, the talent of the fighter is a huge factor, but so is the size of the balls possessed by the managing team.
On Thursday, June 19, at Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Cesar Seda defeated Alex Rangel in a ten round super bantamweight bout. Seda captured the unanimous decision with scores of 100-90 and 99-91 twice. Seda won for the first time since his title fight defeat to Leo Santa Cruz last December. He raised his record to 26-2 (17). Rangel fell to 15-3-2 (9).
Seda held onto his number seven ranking amid SecondsOut’s top performing super bantamweights.
On Saturday, June 21, at Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo, Hekkie Budler stopped Pigmy Kokietgym in eight rounds of a WBA minimumweight title bout. Budler dropped Kokietgym in rounds four, seven, and eight. The end came at 1:06. Budler defended the full title for the first time and raised his record to 26-1 (9) with his third straight stoppage.
Budler remained SecondsOut’s top-rated 105-pounder in the world.
Also on the card, Mateusz Masternak was upset by Youri Kayembre Kalenga in a twelve round interim WBA cruiserweight title bout. The split decision favored Kalenga 116-112, 115-113, and 113-115. Kalenga lifted his ledger to 20-1 (13). Masternak fell to 32-2 (23).
Masternak fell from the SecondsOut cruiserweight rankings. The eight through ten contenders each rose one ranking. Kalenga climbed aboard to fill the ten spot.
Also on the card, Martin Murray defeated Max Bursak in a twelve round middleweight bout. Murray received the unanimous decision by scores of 119-109 twice and 117-112. Murray improved his record to 28-1 (12). Bursak fell to 29-3-1 (12).
Murray remained SecondsOut’s number fourth ranked boxer at middleweight.
At StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA, Vasyl Lomachenko defeated Gary Russell Jr. in a vacant WBO featherweight title bout. The majority decision went to Lomachenko by scores of 114-114 and 116-112 twice. Lomachenko lifted his ledger to 2-1 (1). Russell Jr. fell to 24-1 (14).
Lomachenko climbed from ninth to sixth in the SecondsOut featherweight rankings. The previously ranked six through eight contenders each dropped on ranking.
Also on the card, Devon Alexander defeated Jesus Soto Karass in a ten round welterweight bout. Alexander won by scores of 99-91 twice and 97-93. Alexander raised his record to 26-2 (14). Soto-Karass fell to 28-10-3 (18).
Alexander remained SecondsOut’s number eight welterweight in the world today.
Also on the move, Robert Guerrero won a Fight of the Year candidate against Yoshihiro Kamegui in a twelve round welterweight bout. Guerrero, previously removed from the SecondsOut welterweight rankings for prolonged inactivity, returned to the ninth position. Amir Khan exited to make room.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, June 29, 2014:
On Friday, June 27:
At Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, Ricky Burns versus Dejan Zlaticanin in a twelve round lightweight bout
On Saturday, June 28:
At Grand Hotel de Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Congo, Ilunga Makabu versus Glencoffe Johnson in a twelve round cruiserweight bout
At Centro de Espectaculos, Epazoyucan, Hidalgo, Mexico, Oswaldo Novoa versus Alcides Martinez in a twelve round WBC minimumweight title bout
At Century Link Center, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, Terence Crawford versus Yuriorkis Gamboa in a twelve round WBO lightweight title bout
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