By Derek Bonnett: The little men of boxing dominated this week’s action as seven SecondsOut ranked competitors and two formerly ranked contenders under 130 pounds battled it out on the world class stage. A new world champion was crowned. A current champion’s reign was affirmed. Two contenders let it all hang out for the chance at a title shot and busy as usual unfolded for a slew of others as boxing’s best remained on the move.
On Wednesday, April 4, at Arena, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan, Tomonobu Shimizu was TKO’d by Tepparith Singwancha in nine rounds of a WBA super flyweight title bout. The contest was narrow on the scorecards at the time of the intervention, which was the 2:15 mark. Singwancha led by split tallies of 77-75, 77-76, and 75-77. Singwancha claimed his first world title and continued his impressive seventeen bout win streak. His ledger now stands at 20-2 (13). Shimizu, whom I named as a champion who would not keep his title throughout 2012, dropped to 19-4-1 (9).
Singwancha jumped from third to first among SecondsOut’s top super flyweights. Omar Narvaez dipped to number two. Yota Sato climbed from fourth to third. Suriyan Sor Rungvisai moved from fifth to fourth. Shimizu fell from second to fifth. The 115-pound class is quickly proving to hold great depth.
Also on the card, Koki Kameda defeated Nouldy Manakane by unanimous 12 round decision in a WBA bantamweight title bout. Kameda prevailed by margins of 118-110, 117-110, and 115-113. Kameda defended his regular WBA title for the fourth time. His dossier now appears as 28-1 (17). Manakane dropped to 24-11-1 (15).
Kameda moved from sixth to fifth among SecondsOut’s top 118-pounders, but mostly because of Abner Mares leaving the division and bumping the remaining top nine contenders up one. Hugo Ruiz filled the void at number 10.
Also on the same card, Daiki Kameda scored a second round KO of Pompetch Twins Gym in an above the weight super flyweight bout. The time of the stoppage was 2:53. Kameda upped his record to 23-3 (15). Pompetch dropped to 15-4 (4).
Although Kameda fought heavy, he will remain SecondsOut’s eighth best 115-pounder until a permanent move up in weight occurs.
At Crocus City Hall, Myakinino, Russia, Denis Lebedev stopped Shawn Cox in two rounds of an interim WBA cruiserweight title bout. The end came at the 2:40 mark. Lebedev improved to 24-1 (18). His woefully overmatched foe fell to 16-2 (15).
Lebedev held his number three ranking among SecondsOut’s top cruiserweights.
On Friday, April 6, t Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan, Takahiro Ao outpointed Terdsak Kokietgym in a twelve round super featherweight title bout. Ao won by comfortable scores of 118-110 and 116-112 twice. Ao made the third defense of his title and improved to 23-2-1 (10) inside the ropes. Terdsak fell to 46-4-1 (31).
Ao improved from fifth to fourth among SecondsOut’s top 130-pounders. Argenis Mendez took the fifth spot from fourth.
Also on the card, Shinsuke Yamanaka defeated Vic Darchinyan in a twelve round WBC bantamweight title bout. The unanimous decision favored the champion by counts of 117-111 and 116-112 twice. Yamanaka made the first defense of his title and improved his ledger to 16-0-2 (11). Darchinyan fell to 37-5-1 (27).
Yamanaka crashed the SecondsOut rankings at number three. Darchinyan fell from third to sixth. The previous seven through nine contenders each dropped one ranking, pushing the newly entered Hugo Ruiz out after just two days in the top ten.
On Saturday, April 7, at Oasis Hotel Complex, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Edgar Sosa captured a unanimous decision over Wilbert Uicab in a twelve round flyweight bout. Sosa hit the canvas in round one, but dropped Uicab in the sixth. Uicab also lost one point for pushing in round four. The judges favored Sosa by three counts of 114-111. Sosa won for the second time this year and improved to 45-7 (27). Uicab dipped to 33-7-1 (18).
Sosa improved from eighth to seventh among SecondsOut’s top flyweights. Luis Concepcion fell from seventh to eighth.
Also on the card, Humberto Soto won a unanimous decision over Claudinei Lacerda in a ten round light welterweight bout. Soto prepped himself for a June 23 bout against Lucas Martin Matthysse. His record now stands at 58-7-2 (34). Lacerda dropped to 14-3 (10).
oto remained SecondsOut’s fourth best junior welterweight.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, April 15:
On Friday, April 13:
At Lanxess-Arena, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany: Felix Sturm versus Sebastian Zbik in a twelve round Super WBA middleweight title bout
On Saturday, April 14:
In Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico: Victor Terrazas versus Jose Palma in a twelve round super bantamweight bout
In New Mexico City Arena, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico: Juan Manuel Marquez versus Serhiy Fedchenko in a twelve round interim WBO light welterweight title bout
At Sablayan Astrodome, Sablayan, Mindoro Occidental, Philippines: Drian Francisco versus Wanchana Sithniwat in a twelve round super bantamweight bout
At Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom: Tyson Fury versus Martin Rogan in a twelve round heavyweight bout
At Mandalay Bay Resort& Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Brandon Rios versus Richard Abril in a twelve round interim WBA lightweight title bout; Mauricio Herrera versus Mike Alvarado in a ten round light welterweight bout
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April 8, 2012