By Derek Bonnett: For the second time in as many weeks, the world boxing scene saw limited action from SecondsOut ranked fighters. However, the action was dominated by fighters on the cusp of breaking into the elite ranks of their prospective divisions. Among the big boys of the sport, Deontay Wilder made a strong statement in dispatching, the usually durable former WBO champion, Siarhei Liakhovich in the first round. Wilder preserved his 100% knockout ration, which separates him from the pack of prospects in a sense of marketability. His resume is still not strong enough to merit a top ten ranking, but he is creeping up on number ten Bryant Jennings at the moment. On that same SHOBox card, Jermall Charlo and Francisco Vargas proved they too may be worthy of future consideration of a SecondsOut ranking at light middleweight and super featherweight respectively. Also grabbing some attention this weekend was old war-horse Nehomar Cermeno, who won the interim WBA super bantamweight title with a split decision over previously unbeaten Oscar Escandon. Cermeno appeared to be fading from relevance in his division, but this win at least ensures one more opportunity to remain in the spotlight of sorts. If he can translate this success into a win-streak, he just may regain a 122-pound ranking. Also making some noise is Dante Jardon, who stopped Gamaliel Diaz in ten rounds of a super featherweight contest. In summation, these victories did little to shape the grand scheme of the boxing landscape, but they supported the assertion that world class boxing is very healthy at all levels of the game and that even fighters off center of the boxing radar make the most of their opportunities to remain On the Move.
On Friday, August 9, at Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA Gary Russell Jr. remained unbeaten in improving his record to 23-0 (13) with a lopsided unanimous decision against, over-seasoned journeyman, Juan Ruiz. Ruiz lost for the seventh consecutive time and is winless over the last five years. He fell to 23-12 (7). The featherweight contest was scored 100-90 on all three scorecards.
Russell Jr. held onto his number nine ranking among SecondsOut’s top-rated featherweights, but that position could be in jeopardy if he does not meet a world class fighter of much higher caliber.
On Saturday, August 10, at Hipodrome Caliente, Tecate Arena, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, Antonio Demarco defeated Fidel Monterrosa Munoz in five rounds of a junior welterweight bout. Demarco dropped Munoz in the fifth. Munoz rose, but the bout was called to a halt. Demarco won for the first time since losing his WBC lightweight belt and raised his ledger to 29-3-1 (22). Munoz crashed to 31-8-1 (25).
Demarco tested the 140 pound waters and has been removed from his number five among SecondsOut’s top lightweights. Should his plans change he will be re-instated to his former ranking. Andrey Klimov replaced him in the rankings at number ten. The previously ranked six through ten contenders each advanced one ranking.
Also on this date, at Megapolis Convention Center, Panama City, Panama, Anselmo Moreno won a unanimous decision over William Urina in a twelve round WBA bantamweight title bout. The three judges favored the champion 118-110 twice and 116-112 to give him the eleventh defense of his title. Moreno lifted his dossier to 34-2-1 (12). Urina dipped to 24-3 (20).
Moreno remained a close second to Shinsuke Yamanaka among SecondsOut’s top bantamweight boxers.
Also on this date, at Auditorio Plaza Condesa, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Gamaliel Diaz was defeated by Dante Jardon in eight rounds of a super featherweight bout. The end came at the :52 mark. Jardon raised his record to 24-3 (20) with the career best win and is just outside the top ten. Diaz dropped from the rankings. The number nine and ten contenders each moved up one ranking. Will Tomlinson stepped in to fill the void at ten.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, August 18:
On Monday, August 12:
At Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan, Shinsuke Yamanaka versus Jose Nieves in a twelve round WBC bantamweight title bout; Akira Yaegashi versus Oscar Blanquet in a twelve round WBC flyweight title bout
On Saturday, August 17:
In Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico: Takashi Miura versus Sergio Thompson in a twelve round WBC super featherweight title bout
At El San Juan Resort & Casino, Isla Verde, Puerto Rico: Giovanni Segura versus Jonathon Gonzalez in a ten round flyweight bout.
At Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom: Nathan Cleverly versus Sergey Kovalev in a twelve round WBO light heavyweight title bout
At Revel Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA: Daniel Geale versus Darren Barker in a twelve round IBF middleweight title bout; Jonathon Romero versus Kiko Martinez in a twelve round IBF super bantamweight title bout
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