By Derek Bonnett: We may have just witnessed 2013’s Upset of the Year. Sure, Adonis Stevenson’s one round blowout of Chad Dawson deserves heavy consideration, but Jhonny Gonzalez’ one round KO of Abner Mares held greater shock value and sent ripples across the sport. Unlike Dawson, Mares had never been defeated as a professional, never mind stopped. Dawson was on the heels of a humiliating defeat and Mares was on a run through the Pound For Pound rankings with a quality of opposition only rivaled by Carl Froch. Since 2010, Mares had faced Yonnhy Perez, Vic Darchinyan, Joseph Agbeko twice, Eric Morel, Anselmo Moreno, and Daniel Ponce De Leon consecutively without a loss. This was why we forgot that Gonzalez was still a formidable puncher and focused on his recent defeat to Ponce De Leon and his historically reachable chin. When it comes down to it, both bouts were upsets, but only one of them was huge. I actually predicted Stevenson’s KO of Dawson, but saw Gonzo’s chances in his match with Mares as only slight at best. There are still a few opportunities for Gonzalez’ win over Mares to get unseated from the top spot, but for now it’s my pick for Upset of the Year.
On Friday, August 23, at Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York, USA, Argenis Mendez retained his title for the first time with a controversial majority draw against Arash Usmanee in a twelve round IBF super featherweight title bout. Two judges scored the bout 114-114 while a third favored the challenger 115-113. The popular opinion was that Mendez deserved a close win. Mendez’ record changed to 21-2-1 (11). Usmanee now stands at 20-1-1 (10).
Mendez held onto his SecondsOut number two ranking at super featherweight. Arash Usmanee claimed the number ten spot with two strong showings back to back in spite of not winning either. The recently added Will Tomlinson fell out of the top ten to make room.
On Saturday, August 24, at Gimnasio Municipal N. 1, Trelew, Chubut, Argentina, Omar Andres Narvaez stopped Hiroyuki Hisataka in ten rounds of a WBO super flyweight title bout. The end came at the 1:26 mark. Narvaez marked his eighth title defense in raising his ledger to 40-1-2 (21). Hisataka fell to 22-11-1 (11).
Narvaez held his number two ranking at SecondsOut among the world’s best 115-pounders.
At Scherwin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, Juergen Braehmer won a unanimous decision over Stefano Abatangelo in a twelve round light heavyweight bout. All three judges favored the champion by scores of 119-108 twice and 115-111. Braehmer moved his dossier to 41-2 (31) and has not lost in nearly five years. Abatangelo fell to 17-3-1 (6).
Also on the card, Kubrat Pulev defeated Tony Thompson by unanimous decision in a twelve round heavyweight bout. The scores favored Pulev 118-110, 117-111, and 116-112. Pulev increased his resume to 18-0 (9). Thompson dipped to 38-4 (26).
Pulev claimed the number three ranking at heavyweight for SecondsOut. Thompson fell from seventh to ninth. Povetkin fell from third to fourth.