On Saturday, July 27, at Palenque de la Feria, Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico, Marco Antonio Rubio stopped Dionisio Miranda in 2:44 of round two in a middleweight bout. Rubio won for the fifth time since his last title fight defeat. He dropped Miranda in the first and twice in the second. Miranda was on the canvas four time in the second, but two were ruled slips. Rubio upped his record to 58-6-1 (50). Miranda crashed to 22-9-2 (19). He has been stopped eight times.
Rubio solidified his number eight standing among SecondsOut’s top middleweights.
Also on this date, at Venetian Casino and Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China, Juan Francisco Estrada defeated Milan Melindo in a twelve round WBA/WBO flyweight title bout worthy of Fight of the Year consideration. Estrada dropped Melindo late in the eleventh round. The official scores favored the champion 118-109 twice and 117-109, but these scores did not accurately reflect Melindo’s strong showing. Estrada raised his record to 25-2 (18). Melindo fell to 29-1 (12).
Estrada affirmed his number one ranking among SecondsOut’s best flyweights. Melindo held onto his number six in our rankings with his competitive performance. Estrada has positioned himself for high profile rematches against Roman Gonzalez and Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr., the only two men to defeat him as a professional.
Also on the card, Evgeny Gradovich won a lopsided unanimous decision over Mauricio Javier Munoz in a twelve round IBF featherweight title bout. Gradovich made the first defense of his title with scores of 120-108 and 119-109 twice. He raised his dossier to 17-0 (8). Munoz dropped to 26-4 (12).
Gradovich moved from eighth to seventh in the SecondsOut 126-pound rankings.
Also on the move, previously unranked Omar Figueroa may have locked the Fight of the Year race with a unanimous twelve round decision over Nihito Arakawa in a bloody battle for the ages. Figueroa, now 22-0-1 (17), entered SecondsOut’s lightweight rankings at number ten. Marvin Quintero has once again exited the top ten.
Also on the move, previously unranked Keith Thurman scored the biggest win over his career by rallying to stop unbeaten Diego Gabriel Chaves in ten rounds. Thurman improved to 21-0 (19). Thurman popped in at number ten. Marcos Rene Maidana once again stepped out of the rankings.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, August 4:
On Thursday, August 1:
At Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, Paulus Ambunda versus Tomoki Kameda in a twelve round WBO bantamweight title bout.
In Bangkok, Thailand, Kompayak Porpramook versus Koki Eto in a twelve round interim WBA flyweight title bout.
On Friday, August 2:
In Nakhan Sawan, Thailand, Pungluang Sor Singyu versus TBA in a twelve round bantamweight bout
At Arena Roberto Duran, Panama City, Panama, Luis Concepcion versus Nestor Daniel Narvaes in a twelve round flyweight bout.
At Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, USA: Javier Fortuna versus Luis Franco in a ten round featherweight bout
On Saturday, August 3:
At Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA: Tomasz Adamek versus Dominick Guinn in a ten round heavyweight bout
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July 29, 2013