By Derek Bonnett: HBO’s Saturday, September 11 card provided the only movement in Secondsout’s world rankings this week. The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA hosted a Boxing After Dark installment featuring lightweights and featherweights at the world class level.
In a minor upset, Brandon Rios, 25-0-1(18), handled his step up in class easily as he forced fellow unbeaten, Anthony Peterson to accept his first loss. A frustrated Peterson began firing low blows after a fifth round knockdown and was disqualified in seven rounds. Peterson’s record falls to 30-1 (20).
Peterson was previously ranked ninth at lightweight, but now dips out of the top 10. Rios replaces Peterson at ninth as he enters the top 10 for the first time at Secondsout.
Yuriorkis Gamboa remained unbeaten at featherweight and annexed the IBF title in the process with a unanimous points win over Orlando Salido. Gamboa improved his numbers to 18-0 (15), while Salido dipped to 34-11-2 (22).
Gamboa solidified his standing as the number three man in the division despite getting dropped again. Right now he stands behind only Chris John and Juan Manuel Lopez, but that may soon change. Salido, a perennial contender and two-time champion, falls from sixth to seventh. He pushes old rival Cristobal Cruz from seventh to eighth. The beneficiary of this movement is Elio Rojas, who climbs from eighth to sixth due to attrition.
Also in world class action this weekend, Wladimir Klitschko remained the best heavyweight in the world by scoring a much clearer victory over Samuel Peter in their rematch. Peter was a replacement for Alexander Povetkin and was stopped in the tenth. Edgar Sosa stayed put at ninth in the flyweight division with a stoppage of Ryan Bito. Steve Molitor remained IBF super bantamweight champion and held his Secondsout ranking with a close decision over Jason Booth.
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