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On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings 9/18/11

By Derek Bonnett: Whenever a fight of high magnitude pulls into town, boxing fans should anticipate the accompanying controversy clinging to its heels. The levels of controversy will vary from bites to fan-men to illegal tactics to bogus decisions. This week we saw a slightly questionable verdict go to the undefeated prospect, a hasty stoppage benefit the undefeated champion, and an intentional foul greeted with a KO that was deemed by many to be a cheap shot. Victor Ortiz deserved to be penalized a point after he intentionally came in to head-butt Floyd Mayweather Jr. Then Ortiz, apologized, again, again, and again. Mayweather had to start punching eventually and referee Joe Cortez had already called the two back together to fight. Ortiz broke the cardinal rule of boxing and failed to protect himself at all times because he was too busy try to get on Mayweather’s good side after he intentional tried to foul him.

On Thursday, September 15, at County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas, USA: Jhonny Gonzalez stopped Rogers Mtagwa in an exciting two rounds of a WBC featherweight title bout. The bout was called to a halt at the 2:15 mark and saw the champion Gonzalez landing his trademark left hooks along with other power shots. Gonzalez earned his second title defense and enhanced his resume to 50-7 (44). Mtagwa dropped to 27-15-2 (19).

Gonzalez remained sixth among SecondsOut’s featherweight elite. However, his recent title challengers have been weak stand-ins and he will need to mix it up with the best if he is to advance his way up the rankings. A bout with, Champion in Recess, Elio Rojas will serve up the right type of challenge.

On Saturday, September 17, at Indoor Sports Complex, San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic, Elio Rojas stopped Arturo Gomez in eight rounds of a super featherweight contest. Rojas was removed from the SecondsOut featherweight rankings due to inactivity. Rojas improved his dossier to 23-1 (14). Gomez dropped to 18-18-5 (8).

Rojas returned to the featherweight rankings at number seven. Daniel Ponce De Leon and Miguel Angel Gonzalez each lose one place. Jonathon Victor Barros exits for the time being.

On the same evening, at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Victor Ortiz was stopped by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in four rounds of a WBC welterweight title bout. After intentionally trying to head-butt Mayweather, Ortiz was deducted a point for the infraction. Instead of resuming his attack, Ortiz opted to play nice and shower Mayweather with apology after apology. Instead of delaying the action further, Mayweather scored with a quick one-two and put the lights out on Ortiz. Some labeled it a cheap shot, but what fueled the controversy was the fact that Joe Cortez was not eyeing the action when it happened. Mayweather upped his numbers to 42-0 (26), but lost the verbal tirade to Larry Merchant during the post-fight interview. Ortiz dropped to 29-3-2 (22).

Mayweather was removed from the SecondsOut rankings due to inactivity earlier in the year, but now reappears among a thinning welterweight pool at number two. Ortiz only fell from second to third given that he defeated Andre Berto recently and Berto re-established himself with a win over Jan Zaveck last time out. Everyone underneath Manny Pacquiao lost one ranking and Randall Bailey exits for the time being.

Also on the card, Jesse Vargas was awarded a close, split decision over Josesito Lopez in a ten round junior welterweight bout. Lopez was the aggressor throughout and appeared to land the more damaging blows early on. However, after sustaining a bad cut late in the fight, Vargas asserted himself well. It was the fight of the night in Las Vegas and deserves a rematch. Vargas remained unbeaten at 17-0 (9). Lopez dropped to 29-4 (17).

Vargas debuts at the number ten spot among SecondsOut’s top 140 pounders. Lopez, previously ranked ninth, exits for the time being.

Also on the same night, at Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA, Saul Alvarez dropped Alfonso Gomez in the opening round of WBC light middleweight title bout, but then fell behind on the scorecards. Alvarez stunned Gomez badly in the sixth, but the challenger appeared able to continue. The referee called the fight a bit too hastily at the 2:36 mark. Alvarez’ ledger moved to 38-0-1 (28). Gomez fell to 23-5-2 (12).

Alvarez moved from fourth to third at 154 pounds in the eyes of SecondsOut. Vanes Martirosyan dropped from third to fourth.

SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, September 25:

On Friday, September 23:

At Sociedad Alemana, Villa Ballester, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Marcos Rene Maidana versus Petr Petrov in a WBA welterweight title bout

At Makati Coliseum, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines: Drian Francisco versus Michael Domingo in a ten round bantamweight bout

On Saturday, September 24:

At Dima-Sportcenter, Lohbruegge, Hamburg, Germany: Alexander Dimitrenko versus Michael Sprott in a twelve round heavyweight bout

At Foro Polanco, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico: Adrian Hernandez versus Gideon Buthelezi in a twelve round WBC light flyweight title bout

At Plaza del Toros, Juriquilla, Queretaro, Mexico: Oscar Ibarra versus Sylvester Lopez in a twelve round super flyweight bout

At Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico: Raul Martinez versus Rodrigo Guerrero in a twelve round vacant IBF super flyweight title bout; Jorge Arce versus Simphiwe Nongqayi in a ten round super bantamweight bout

On Sunday, September 25:

At Olimp, Krasnodar, Russia: Dmitry Pirog versus Gennady Martirosyan in a twelve round WBO middleweight title bout

To check out Derek’s SecondsOut rankings Click here

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September 20, 2011

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