Also on the same evening, at Domo de la Feria, Leon. Guanajuato, Mexico, Chris Arreola scored his fifth win of 2011 with a third round TKO of Raphael Butler. Arreola improved to 34-2 (29). Butler dipped to 35-12 (28).
Arreola held down his SecondsOut heavyweight ranking at number seven. Arreola has proven his intent to re-establish himself among the elites at heavyweight, but is still in need of a more marketable victory to go a long with his new waistline.
Also on this date, at Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, Tomas Rojas stopped Feliciano Dario Azuaga Lesdesma in two rounds to get back in the win column since losing his 115 pound title to Suriyan Sor Rungvisai in August. Rojas scaled a career high 119 in improving his dossier to 37-13-1 (25). Ledesma dropped to 82-22-2 (67).
Rojas remains number five among SecondsOut’s super flyweights, but he will be watched carefully as a move to bantamweight to join Hugo Cazares is also a distinct possibility.
Also on November 5, at Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, Lucian Bute added the ninth defense to his IBF title reign at 168 pounds with a comprehensive unanimous decision over Glen Johnson. Bute prevailed by scores of 120-108 twice and 119-109. Bute won for the third time in 2011 and eagerly awaits the winner of the Andre Ward-Carl Froch Super Six Championship final. Bute enhanced his numbers to 30-0 (24). Johnson dropped to 51-16-2 (35), but you never can tell when we will see the last of "The Road Warrior" at the world championship level.
Bute reclaimed the number two spot at 168 by outperforming Carl Froch against Johnson. However, the line between Ward, Bute, Froch, and Mikkel Kessler is as fine as they come in the sport today. Oddly enough, Johnson remains number six since number seven ranked Kelly Pavlik has not made much of a presence at 168. Peter Quillin exits the top ten to compete at 160 pounds. Sakio Bika exits due to inactivity and not winning a bout since 2009. The newbies climbing aboard all lack the experience of Johnson and would likely get schooled at this point. Edwin Rodriguez is now ranked eighth. George Groves climbed aboard a ninth. Marco Antonio Periban rounded out the top ten.
On Sunday, November 6, at Yoyogi #2 Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan, Takahiro Ao edged Devis Boschiero by split decision in a WBC super featherweight bout. Ao was awarded the decision by two counts of 115-113 and a dissenting score of 113-116. Ao’s record grew to 22-2-1 (10). Boschiero fell to 29-1-1 (14).
Ao added to his victories by his close call with a relatively unproven fighter cost him one spot in the SecondsOut 130 pound rankings. He fell from third to fourth. Argenis Mendez replaces him at third up from fourth.
Also on the card, Toshiyuki Igarashi earned a career best win over Wilbert Uicab by taking a unanimous decision by scores of 116-111, 116-112, and 114-113. Igarashi improved his record to 15-1-1 (10). Uicab fell to 33-6-1 (18).
Igarashi entered the top ten of SecondsOut’s flyweight rankings for the first time. He climbed aboard at ninth. Uicab fell out of the top ten for the time being.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, November 13:
On Friday, November 11:
In Nong Khai, Thailand: Wanheng Menayothin versus Crison Omayoa in a twelve round minimumweight bout
On Saturday, November 12:
At MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Manny Pacquiao versus Juan Manuel Marquez III in a twelve round WBO welterweight title bout; Timothy Bradley versus Joel Casamayor in a twelve round WBO light welterweight title bout; Luis Cruz versus Juan Carlos Burgos in a twelve round super featherweight bout
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