By Derek Bonnett: Boxing’s best remained on the move as some serious changes unfolded in the SecondsOut world rankings. A former champion moved up in weight to regain a SecondsOut ranking. A newly crowned champion made his first defense to establish some stability in his division and one of boxing’s most avoided contenders punctuated his case for a world title shot. All this and more as the month of May rolls on.
On Saturday, May 19, at Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark: Mikkel Kessler climbed off the canvas to stop Allan Green in four rounds of a light heavyweight bout. Kessler was decked in the opening round, but leveled Green with a left hook in the fourth. The time of the stoppage was :17 of the round. Kessler made his light heavyweight debut and improved his record to 45-2 (34). Green fell to 31-4 (21).
Kessler, recently removed from the SecondsOut 168 pound rankings, entered the 175 pound pool of fighters at number six. Jean Pascal was removed from the top ten for one year of inactivity. The previously ranked six through nine contenders each fell one ranking.
Also on the card, Mateusz Masternak kept busy with a unanimous decision over trial-horse Hari Miles in a cruiserweight bout. The scores favored Masternak 99-91and 99-90 twice. He improved his ledger to 27-0 (20). Miles fell to 7-5 (2).
Masternak is in terrible need of a world class opponent if he is to ever move up the SecondsOut cruiserweight ladder. He remained number ten.
At Arena TKT Box Tour, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr. defended his title for the first time with a unanimous decision over Juan Alberto Rosas in a twelve round IBF super flyweight title bout. Rosas was dropped in the first round. Sanchez went on to win by commanding scores of 118-109 twice and 120-107. Sanchez raised his record to 14-1-1 (7). Rosas dropped to 36-7 (27).
Sanchez moved from tenth to eighth in the SecondsOut 115-pound rankings. Daiki Kameda and Denkaosan Kaovichit each fell one ranking.
At Palenque de la Feria, Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico, Denver Cuello make quick work of Ganigan Lopez in two rounds of a minimumweight bout. The time of the stoppage was 2:37 of the round. Cuello’s march to the top of the division continued as he enhanced his ring credentials to 31-4-6 (21). Lopez dropped to 20-5 (14).
Cuello climbed from third to second at SecondsOut among 105-pounders. Nkosinathi Joyi was pushed from second to third. Lopez dropped from eighth to tenth. Akira Yaegashi and Carlos Buitrago each move up one ranking.