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23 NOVEMBER 2014

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On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings 8/25/13


Gonzalezs Upset Mares In Carson
Gonzalezs Upset Mares In Carson

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.

 

 


 Mendez keeps him at No.2 at super featherweight
Mendez keeps him at No.2 at super featherweight
Santa Cruz moves to No.3 at super bantamweight
Santa Cruz moves to No.3 at super bantamweight

Also on the card, Arthur Abraham defeated Willbeforce Shihepo by unanimous decision in a twelve round super middleweight bout. Abraham got back in the win-column by scores of 117-111, 116-112, and 116-113. Abraham raised his record to 37-4 (28). Shihepo fell to 20-7 (15).

Abraham remained SecondsOut’s number ten super middleweight.

 

At Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Ganigan Lopez outscored Mateo Handig in a twelve round strawweight bout. The Mexican fighter raised his record to 23-5 (15). Handig fell to a deceptive 13-6 (7).

 

Lopez jumped from tenth to eighth among SecondsOut’s top strawweights on the premise that Handig previously upset number two ranked Katsunari Takayama.

 

At StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA, Abner Mares suffered a potential Upset of the Year to Jhonny Gonzalez in a WBC featherweight title bout. Gonzalez became a three time world champion with a first round KO of Mares at the 2:55 mark. Mares was floored twice in the round. Gonzalez raised his ledger to 55-8 (47). Mares tasted his first defeat and fell to 26-1-1 (14).

 

Gonzalez shook up the featherweight rankings at SecondsOut by jumping from fifth to second. Mares fell from first to third. Chris John reclaimed the top spot.

 

 Also on the card, Victor Terrazas lost his title to Leo Santa Cruz in three rounds of a WBC super bantamweight title bout. The end came at the 2:09 mark after the champion was dropped twice. Santa Cruz became a two division champion in raising his professional numbers to 25-0-1 (15). Terrazas fell to 37-3-1 (21).

 

Santa Cruz climbed the SecondsOut super bantamweight rankings from fifth to third. Terrazas crashed from sixth to tenth. Vic Darchinyan and Scott Quigg each fell one ranking.

 

SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, September 1:

On Saturday, August 31:

 

In Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico: Adrian Hernandez versus Atsushi Kakutani in a twelve round WBC light flyweight title bout

 

To check out Derek’s SecondsOut rankings click on the link below http://www.digenie.net/sorankings/p_so_world.asp 

 

For further boxing discussion, contact Derek DBO Bonnett on Facebook or at dbo@boxinghideout.com. 

Pulev (R) moves up to No.3 at heavyweight
Pulev (R) moves up to No.3 at heavyweight
 Abraham's win keeps him at No.10 at 168lbs
Abraham's win keeps him at No.10 at 168lbs


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