By Derek Bonnett: Surf any boxing news-site, chat-room, or discussion board on Facebook and inevitably in the span of one week’s time and you will find someone, credentialed or not, proclaiming that the boxing sky is once again falling and just a few left crosses and right hands from oblivion. One bad decision, two failed drug tests, and three contracts broken can send these types into a tizzy. I recently came across such a rant after the boring and poorly scored bout between Javier Fortuna and Luis Franco. While I agree that the action of the bout was horrendous and the scoring seemed to deny Fortuna a clear win, the match-up certainly did not carry the weight of the boxing world on its shoulders; the sport should right itself by next week, if not sooner. This notion of recovery and boxing’s Wolverine-like recuperative powers was reinforced this very same week as copious fighters not ranked by SecondsOut in their respective divisions came up big. Tomoki Kameda, previously unranked until this week, captured his third world title and carved out a little niche in boxing history. Thabiso Mchunu, still unranked, scored a strong candidate for Upset of the Year with a comprehensive unanimous decision over "Fast" Eddie Chambers at cruiserweight. Additionally, Curtis Stevens, also unranked, scored a KO of the Year performance by dropping and stopping Saul Roman in 2:26. The reports of boxing’s demise are greatly exaggerated. For, the sport itself cannot be in ill-health when its second and third tier performers are putting in such strong efforts to remain On the Move.
On Thursday, August 1, at Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, Paulus Ambunda was dethroned by Tomoki Kameda in a twelve round WBO bantamweight title bout. Kameda prevailed by unanimous scores of 118-110, 117-111, and 116-112. In doing so, he became the WBO 118-pound champion and made history as helping his family to produce the first trio of brothers to become world champions in boxing. Kameda raised his ledger to 28-0 (18). Ambunda fell to 20-1 (10).
Kameda re-entered the SecondsOut bantamweight rankings at number eight. Ambunda fell from eighth to ninth. Pungluang Sor Singyu fell from ninth to tenth. Julio Ceja fell out of the top ten.
On Friday, August 2, at Arena Roberto Duran, Panama City, Panama, Luis Concepcion defeated Nestor Daniel Narvaes in a twelve round flyweight bout. Concepcion won by margins of 118-108 twice and 118-109. Concepcion dropped Narvaes in the fifth round and was deducted a point for illegal blows in the eighth. The Panamanian fighter raised his record to 29-3 (21). Narvaes fell to 19-2-2 (9).
Concepcion maintained his number eight SecondsOut ranking among a very talented flyweight division.
At Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, USA, Javier Fortuna fought to a draw with Luis Franco in a ten round featherweight bout. One judges favored Franco 99-91 and a second preferred Fortuna 96-94. The third had the bout even. Fortuna remained unbeaten at 22-0-1 (16). Franco fell to 11-1-1 (7).
Fortuna fell from sixth to eighth in SecondsOut’s featherweight rankings as an inconsistent performer. Evgeny Gradovich and Robinson Castellanos both advanced one ranking to sixth and seventh, respectively.
On Saturday, August 3, at Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA, Tomasz Adamek dominated late-sub Dominick Guinn in a ten round heavyweight bout. Adamek advanced his resume to 49-2 (2). Guinn fell to 34-10-1 (23).
Adamek remained SecondsOut’s number sixth ranked heavyweight. However, David Haye was dropped due to one year of inactivity. The six thru ten contenders each advanced one ranking. Bryant Jennings replaced Haye in the top ten.
Also on the move, Ruslan Provodnikov has opted to be ranked at a 140-pounder for his title fight against Mike Alvarado. He has been dropped from the welterweight rankings and placed in the fifth spot at 140. Marcos Rene Maidana re-entered the SecondsOut top ten at ten. Mauricio Herrera dropped out of the SecondsOut top ten at 140.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, August 11:
On Saturday, August 10:
At Hipodrome Caliente, Tecate Arena, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico: Antonio Demarco versus Fidel Monterrosa Munoz in a ten round junior welterweight bout
On Saturday, August 10, at Megapolis Convention Center, Panama City, Panama, Anselmo Moreno versus William Urina in a twelve round WBA bantamweight title bout
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