By Derek Bonnett: The month of June closed with numerous shifts and changes among the SecondsOut rankings. China’s only world champion made his first title defense. A popular lightweight contender suffered a minor upset. A middleweight titlist took one large step toward becoming middleweight champion and a rising contender hit a roadblock. All this and more as boxing’s best remain On the Move.
On Tuesday, June 25, at Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Suriyan Sor Rungvisai took on Renz Llagas in a twelve round bantamweight bout. Rungvisai posted his fourth win in 2013 while rebuilding from a 2012 title fight defeat at the hands of Yota Sato. The judges scored the contest 120-108 and 119-109 twice. Rungvisai raised his record to 27-5-1 (10). Renz fell to 6-5-1 (4).
Rungvisai held onto his number six bantamweight ranking in the SecondsOut standings. Weak opposition on the comeback trail could make Rungvisai wait longer than he would like for another crack at a belt.
On Friday, June 28, at Casino Hipodrome Agua Caliente, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, Moises Fuentes defeated late substitute Gerardo Verde in a ten round light flyweight bout. Fuentes prevailed comprehensively with three counts of 99-91. He raised his dossier to 17-1-1 (8). Verde fell to 18-6-1 (14).
Fuentes retained his number six ranking among SecondsOut’s premiere junior flyweights.
Also on this date, at World Trade Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Xiong Zhao Zhong won a majority Denver Cuello in a twelve round WBC minimumweight title bout. Cuello was hindered by a shoulder injury after the first round and was reduced to a left-handed fighter. Zhong defended his title for the first time with scores of 113-113, 115-112, and 113-110. The champion raised his ledger to 21-4-1 (11) with the career biggest win. Cuello fell to 33-5-6 (21).
Zhong jumped from eight to fourth among SecondsOut’s top minimumweights. Cuello crashed from first to sixth.
At Bolton Arena, Bolton, Lancashire, United Kingdom, Gavin Rees suffered a minor upset to Anthony Crolla in a twelve round lightweight bout. Crolla was awarded the majority decision by margins of 115-115, 116-113, and 115-113. Crolla improved to 26-4-1 (9). Rees fell to 37-3-1 (18).
Reese was dropped from the SecondsOut lightweight rankings. Re-entering at the ten spot is Marvin Quintero.
Also on the card, Scott Quigg kept busy with a third round stoppage of William Prado in a non-title super bantamweight bout. Quigg elevated his record to 26-0-1 (19). Prado plummeted to 21-4-1 (14).
Quigg remained ranked fourth among SecondsOut’s top performing super bantamweights.
At MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA, Gennady Golovkin stopped Matthew Macklin in three rounds of a WBA middleweight title bout. A left hook to the body ended things at 1:22 of the round. Golovkin raised his dossier to 27-0 (24). Golovkin made the eighth defense of his title. Macklin crashed to 29-5 (20).
Golovkin claimed the number one spot at middleweight. Sergio Martinez and Daniel Geale fell to number two and three respectively. Macklin exited the SecondsOut rankings. Sam Soliman was also dropped following his suspension for illegal substances. Replacing them in the top ten are Andy Lee at nine and Bryan Vera at number ten.
Also on the card, Thomas Oosthuizen drew with Brandon Gonzalez in a ten round super middleweight bout. The three judges scored the bout 95-95, 98-92 for Gonzales, and 96-94 for Oosthuizen. Oosthuizen’s record moved to 21-0-2 (13). Gonzales’ record moved to 17-0-1 (10).
Oosthuizen fell from sixth to eighth in the SecondsOut super middleweight rankings. Marco Antonio Periban and George Groves each advanced past him to six and seven.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, July 7:
On Friday, June 5:
At Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, Connecticut, USA: Billy Dib versus Mike Oliver in a ten round featherweight bout
On Saturday, July 6:
At Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Nordrhein, Westfalen, Germany: Felix Sturm versus Predrag Radosevic in a twelve round middleweight bout.
At Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom: Tony Thompson versus David Price in a twelve round heavyweight bout
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July 1, 2013