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On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings 7/28/13

Figueroa  entered the SO rankings at No.10
Figueroa entered the SO rankings at No.10

By Derek Bonnett: The 2013 boxing calendar year could stop right now and it would already be one of the most memorable of the last ten or twenty years. From week to week while compiling my On the Move rankings updates, I find myself constantly writing the words "in a Fight of the Year contender". I started thinking and wondered just how many contenders have been produced. Over the last seven months, we have been graced with Juergen Braehmer UD Eduard Gutknecht, Andy Lee UD Anthony Fitzgerald, Carl Frampton KO 9 Kiko Martinez, Alexander Mirkirtchian KO 12 Andreas Evenson , Alejandro Perez UD Art Hovhannisyan, Timothy Bradley UD Ruslan Provodnikov, Anthony Crolla Draw Derry Mathews II, Mike Alvarado UD Brandon Rios, Amir Khan UD Julio Diaz , Bermaine Stiverne UD Chris Arreola, Guillermo Jones KO 11 Denis Lebedev, Erislandy Lara KO 10 Alfredo Angulo, Marcos Rene Maidana KO 6 Josesito Lopez, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk KO 8 Rakhim Chakhkiev, Sakio Bika MD Marco Antonio Periban, Juan Francisco Estrada UD Milan Melindo, Keith Thurman KO 10 Diego Gabriel Chaves, Jesus Soto-Karass KO 12 Andre Berto, and, my current leader, Omar Figueroa UD Nihito Arakowa.


There is more good news. I likely forgot something along the way and I have not even mentioned the copious Upsets, Break-Out Wins, Knockouts, and Rounds worthy of end of the year consideration. Boxing fans, cherish these last five months. There is no guarantee 2014 will deliver half of what he have seen so far.


On Tuesday, July 23, at Tokyo Big Site, Tokyo, Japan, Koki Kameda defeated John Mark Apolinario in a twelve round WBA bantamweight title bout. Kameda’s reign extended to seven defenses as he dropped his challenger in the tenth and twelfth rounds. The lopsided scores favored the champion 119-107, 118-108, and 117-109. Kameda moved his ledger to 31-1 (17). Apolinario fell to 17-3-3 (4).


Kameda kept his number three standing among SecondsOut’s throng of top 118 pounders. His career was in great need of a definitive win after a couple close calls back to back.


On Wednesday, July 24, at Central Stadium, Phitsanulok, Thailand, Oleydong Sithsamerchai defeated Hyobu Nakagama by sixth round disqualification in a super flyweight bout. Sithsamerchai won for the fourth time in 2013 and raised his record to 49-1-1 (17). Nakagama fell to 16-11-3 (11).


Sithsamerchai remains frozen at numbers seven in SecondsOut’s rankings until he takes a greater step up in opposition at 115.


On Friday, July 26, at Thunder Valley Casino & Resort, Lincoln, California, USA, Juan Carlos Burgos struggled to a twelve round split draw with Yakubu Amido in a twelve round super featherweight bout. The three judges scoring had the bout 114-114 and one card of 116-112 for each fighter. Burgos drew for the second time in consecutive fights and dipped to 30-1-2 (20). Amidu moved to 20-4-2 (18).


Burgos dropped from sixth to seventh in the SecondsOut 130-pound rankings. His rival Roman Martinez moved to sixth from seventh.



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


To check out Derek’s SecondsOut rankings click on the link below 

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July 29, 2013


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