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19 NOVEMBER 2018


On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings 10/23/11

Donaire retained his titles
Donaire retained his titles

By Derek Bonnett: There is so much to enjoy about the complete picture of the sport of boxing that we often overlook much of it whilst debating the best possible outcome of the most recent boxing controversy. This week Omar Andres Narvaez lost his unbeaten record while putting on a defensive exhibition that aficionados talked about more than Nonito Donaire’s winning offense. HBO’s Max Kellerman wrongly knocked Narvaez’ performance as a poor effort to impress himself upon the American audience by not taking more risks and letting his hands go. Narvaez had more success in losing twelve rounds, than any other previous Donaire title challenger has done before. Narvaez held Donaire to an atypically low rate of punch connects and avoided the fate of most Donaire opponents, who are left twitching on the canvas. He made the third best pound for pound fighter look ordinary without ever threatening to win, which may not be what network executives want to sell, but the purists of the sport were treated to a true display of skill. I have held Narvaez in high regard for some time and feel it would be a great shame not to see him again on American soil plying his trade in the near future.

On Friday, October 21, at 11th Inf Reg, Bangkok, Thailand: Pongsaklek Wonjongkam captured a wide unanimous decision over Edgar Sosa in a twelve round WBC flyweight bout. The Thai champion won for the sixth time in 2011 by scores of 116-111 and 117-110 twice. Wonjongkam made the third defense of his second reign as WBC champion at 112 pounds. His record improved to 83-3-1 (45). Sosa, a former champion at 108 pounds, dropped to 43-7 (26).

The win may push Wonjongkam further up the pound for pound ladder, but he has nowhere to go at SecondsOut as he further affirmed his standing at the world’s best flyweight. Moruti Mthalane and Hernan Marquez, although impressive in their own right, are presently a level below Wonjongkam.

On Saturday, October 22, at Arena, Ludwigsburg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, Marco Huck kept busy with a sixth round KO of Rogelio Omar Rossi in a WBO cruiserweight title bout. Huck defended his title for the eighth time in his third victory of 2011. Huck’s dossier now stands at 34-1 (25). Rossi fell to 17-3-1 (11).

Huck also affirmed his top ranking among SecondsOut’s top cruiserweights, but rematch victories over Denis Lebedev and Steve Cunningham would do a lot more to enhance his standing the sport as a whole.

Kubrat Pulev furthered his progression up the heavyweight ranks with unanimous decision Travis Walker in a twelve round heavyweight bout. The judges’ card were 117-111, 118-109, and 119-109. Pulev upped his record to 14-0 (6). Walker dipped to 38-7-1 (30).

Pulev held his number ten ranking among SecondsOut’s big men at heavyweight.

At Arena Roberto Duran, Panama City, Panama, Richard Abril upset Miguel Acosta by decision in an interim WBA lightweight title bout. Abril dropped Acosta in the fourth and twice in the tenth to cement his victory by scores of 113-112, 117-108, and 115-111. Abril has previously lost controversial verdicts to Hank Lundy and Breidis Prescott. His ledger now reads 17-2-1 (8). Acosta fell to 29-5-3 (23).

Abril climbed aboard the SecondsOut top ten at lightweight at number nine. Acosta, who looks to be at the end of his career at thirty-three, was ousted from the top ten.

At Madison Square Garden - WaMu Theater, New York, New York, United States, Nonito Donaire won a lopsided decision over Omar Andres Narvaez in a twelve round WBC/WBO bantamweight title bout. In spite of losing every round on all three judges’ scorecards, Narvaez’ defensive display earned him major props as he avoided the usual fate of Donaire opponents. Donaire improved his record to 27-1 (18). Narvaez suffered defeat for the first time as a professional, but his stock rose as his record fell to 35-1-2 (19).

Donaire is not likely to fight at bantamweight again after shedding a lot of weight late in his camp and will now be ranked at a 122 pounder by SecondsOut. Narvaez will likely remain at 115 pounds where is still ranked first in spite of the loss.

Miguel Angel Garcia stopped Juan Carlos Martinez in four rounds of a featherweight bout. In his most impressive performance to date, Garcia dropped the usually durable Martinez in the third and twice in the fourth. Garcia’s professional resume moved to 27-0 (23). Martinez dropped to a very deceptive 19-13-1 (7).

With the victory Garcia jumped from eighth to sixth among SecondsOut’s elite featherweights. Elio Rojas is bumped down to seventh and Daniel Ponce De Leon is dropped to eighth. Although still young and inexperienced, Garcia is beginning to look like the biggest threat to Yuriorkis Gamboa at 126.

SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, October 30:

On Monday, October 24:

At Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan: Pornsawan Porpramook versus Akira Yaegashi in a WBA minimumweight title bout

On Friday, October 28:

At PalaRockfeller, Cagliari, Sardegna, Italy: Moruti Mthalane versus Andre Sirritzu in a twelve round IBF flyweight title bout

At Sherwood Inn, Salinas, California, USA: Eloy Perez versus Ira Terry in a ten round super featherweight bout

On Saturday, October 29:

At Centro de Usos Multiples, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico: Hernan Marquez versus Luis Concepcion in a twelve round WBA flyweight title bout

At Palenque de la Feria, Colima, Colima, Mexico: Takalani Ndlovu versus Giovanni Caro in a twelve round IBF super bantamweight title bout

At Coliseo Mario Quijote Morales, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico: Ivan Calderon versus Felipe Rivas in a twelve round minimumweight bout; Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. versus TBA in a ten round super bantamweight bout

In East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa: Nkosinathi Joyi versus Katsunari Takayama in a twelve round IBF minimumweight title bout

At Win Star Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma, USA: Vanes Martirosyan versus Richard Gutierrez in a ten round light middleweight bout

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