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On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings 10/2/11


Nishioka(right) is still No.1 at 122lbs
Nishioka(right) is still No.1 at 122lbs

By Derek Bonnett: This week was one filled with high expectation and sound match-making. Many fighters were predicted to perform at their highest levels and create massive explosions in the ring. Even a member of the adult film industry took special interest in a middleweight bout. In the end, most bouts didn’t live up to their hype and some of the final results left both parties unsatisfied along with the fans. However, the world boxing scene continued to evolve and take shape into something new as we entered the last quarter of 2011.

On Saturday, October 1, at Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, Steve Cunningham caught a bad break as he lost his title to Yoan Pablo Hernandez by sixth round technical decision in an IBF cruiserweight title bout. Hernandez looked to be headed for an early night after a thunderous first round knockdown, but the champion showed great recuperative ability to not just get up, but to work his way back into the fight. Hernandez sustained cuts on the side of his head and above his right eye. The latter occurred after a clash of heads and the bout was soon halted and left in the hands of the judges. Hernandez won by split scores of 59-54, 58-55, and 56-57, but the momentum had shifted Cunningham’s way. With the win, Hernandez improved his ledger to 25-1 (13). Cunningham dipped to 24-3 (12).

Hernandez jumped from seventh to third among SecondsOut’s top cruiserweights. Cunningham only fell from third to fourth. Pushed up from third to second is Denis Lebedev. Troy Ross, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, and Guillermo Jones all dropped one ranking.

Also on the card, Sebastian Sylvester was upset by Grzegorz Proksa by third round retirement in a middleweight bout. Sylvester sought to re-establish himself after losing his title to Daniel Geale, but had his hands more than full with the impressive Proksa. Proksa improved his dossier to 26-0 (19) with the career best win. Sebastian dropped to 34-5-1 (16).

Proksa enters SecondsOut’s middleweight rankings at seventh. Sebastian fell from fifth to ninth given the nature of the defeat. Sebastian Zbik exits the top ten for now. Matthew Macklin and Dmitry Pirog each advanced one ranking.

Also in Germany, Karo Murat and Gabriel Campillo drew in their rematch after twelve rounds in a light heavyweight bout. The decision was controversial in nature as most favored a Campillo victory. Murat previously won by split decision. Campillo’s record now stands at 21-3-1 (18). Murat stands at 24-1-1 (14).


Campillo held his number eight ranking at 175 pounds. Murat moved from tenth to ninth. Adrian Diaconu fell from ninth to tenth.

In Puebla, Puebla, Mexico, Sammy Gutierrez stopped Roilo Golez in five rounds of a light flyweight bout. The TKO occurred at 2:06 mark. Gutierrez fought for the fourth time this year and picked up his third win. His ledger is now 30-6-2 (21).

Gutierrez, previously ranked seventh at 105 pounds, will now campaign at 108. He is removed from the SecondsOut strawweight rankings and will remain unranked at 108 pounds for the time being. Juan Palacios, who defeated Gutierrez in May, also left the 105 pound class to campaign as a junior flyweight. Palacios is now ranked eighth at 108 pounds. Ivan Calderon surrendered his number six ranking at 108 to finish his career back at 105 where he is currently ranked third.

At Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Juan Manuel Lopez made quick work of Connecticut’s Mike Oliver in two rounds of a featherweight bout. The bout was halted at the 2:32 mark. Lopez won for the first time since his upset loss to Orlando Salido in April. His resume improved to 31-1 (28). Oliver, once a promising contender, continued to slide further out of contention and now dipped to 25-3 (8).

Lopez remained the fourth best featherweight in the world at SecondsOut. A rematch with his old nemesis Salido looms.

Also on the card, Roman Martinez returned to action with a sixth round TKO of Daniel Attah in a super featherweight bout. Martinez, a former WBO 130 pound champion, was recently removed from the SecondsOut rankings for one year of inactivity. Martinez upped his professional record to 25-1-1 (15). Attah dropped to 26-8-1 (9).

Martinez climbed back into the mix at number nine. Terdsak Kokietgym is pushed down to tenth.

At Newport Leisure Centre, Newport, Wales, United Kingdom, Gavin Rees and Derry Mathews fought to a technical draw prior to four complete rounds of lightweight action. Mathews was unable to continue after an accidental head-butt broke his nose. Rees had been warned for roughhouse tactics and was in danger of disqualification, but the clash of heads was ruled as unintentional. Prior to the stoppage Rees was troubled by Mathews height. Rees’ record stalled at 35-1-1 (16). Mathews’ numbers now stand at 29-5-1 (16).

Rees held onto his number ten SecondsOut lightweight ranking for the time being.

At Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States, Sergio Gabriel Martinez stopped Darren Barker in eleven rounds of their middleweight bout. Barker put in a gutsy performance, but the world’s premier 160 pounder proved too much at this time. Martinez, sought out by adult film star, Lisa Ann, prior to the bout may have some major celebrating to do. His record moved to 28-2-2 (27). Barker fell to 23-1 (14).

Martinez remained number one at middleweight in the SecondsOut rankings.

At MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, Roman Gonzalez proved once again that he is among boxing’s most overlooked stars with a second round KO of Omar Soto in a WBA light flyweight title bout. Soto was counted out at the :36 mark of the second round after being dropped by a thunderous uppercut set up by a shot to the body. Gonzalez notched his second defense of the full title. His ledger improved to 30-0-0 (25). Soto dropped to 22-8-2 (15).

Gonzalez affirmed his number one standing at 108 pounds and is a clear head above Ulises Solis and Adrian Hernandez in the division. However, unification bouts with either man would be greatly welcome to the division.
Also in Las Vegas, Toshiaki Nishioka outscored Rafael Marquez after twelve rounds of a WBC super bantamweight title bout. The champion was favored by tallies of 117-111, 116-112, and 115-113. The wider margins appeared the more accurate scores. Nishioka posted his highest profile win to date and should be climbing the P4P ladder. His professional dossier was enhanced to 39-4-3 (24). The future Hall of Famer, Marquez, fell to 40-7 (36).

Nishioka left no doubt of his number one ranking among SecondsOut’s 122 pound elites. Marquez, previously ranked at 126, was removed from those rankings. His future plans are unclear concerning weight division and he will be ranked at 122 until things become clearer. He enters the super bantamweight ranks at ninth. Rendall Munroe, who briefly re-entered the ranks before this bout, dropped out once again. Takalani Ndlovu fell from ninth to tenth.

Other world ranking shifts occurred without any corresponding ring action as both Hugo Cazares (third) and Cristian Mijares (eighth) exit the 115 pound division after citing weight difficulties. Both plan to campaign at bantamweight, but neither are currently ranked by SecondsOut. Daiki Kameda and Sylvester Lopez replace them among the top ten. Kameda climbs aboard at seventh. Lopez rounds out the top ten.

Former 122 pound champion, Ryol Li Lee (fifth) abandoned the 122 pound class to return to the featherweight division. He also remained unranked at this time.

Ricky Burns leaves the 130 pound rankings to campaign as a lightweight. He has a November bout scheduled with Michael Katsidis. He is unranked at lightweight at SecondsOut.

Devon Alexander has been removed from the junior welterweight rankings at SecondsOut to campaign at 147 pounds. Similarly, he is now unranked. For the time being, Danny Garcia entered the rankings at tenth, but we will learn more about Garcia after his October 15 clash with Kendall Holt.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, October 9.

At Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico: Raul Martinez versus Rodrigo Guerrero II in a twelve round vacant IBF super flyweight bout

At University of St. La Salle Gymnasium, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines: Donnie Nietes versus Ramon Garcia Hirales in a WBO light flyweight title bout

A Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom: Kell Brook versus Rafal Jackiewicz in a twelve round welterweight bout

To check out Derek’s SecondsOut rankings Click here

For further boxing discussion, contact Derek "DBO" Bonnett on Facebook or at mabfan@comcast.net.

October 2. 2011


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