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17 NOVEMBER 2018


On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings 7/10/11

Molina vs Cintron (pic Tom Casino)
Molina vs Cintron (pic Tom Casino)

By Derek Bonnett: This week’s boxing action sizzled and forced a multitude of changes across the divisions as boxing’s best remains on the move. Fans witnessed a couple of failed comebacks regardless of the final outcomes, were reminded that busyness is next to godliness, got what was expected when champions take on inferior opposition, watched a new champion being crowned, and were treated to a brief, but thrilling lightweight slugfest.

On Saturday July 9, in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, Hugo Fidel Cazares dismissed unworthy title challenger Arturo Badillo in three rounds of a WBA super flyweight title bout. Badillo crashed to the canvas three times in the third to prompt the stoppage. Cazares, who is in need of a serious challenge, elevates his record to 35-6-2 (25) and earned his fourth title defense. Badillo dropped to 20-2 (18).

Cazares needs to affirm his number one ranking against better opposition soon. Number two ranked Omar Andres Narvaez is in hot pursuit and Tomas Rojas is not far behind either of them. A unification bout is necessary to clear things up at the top of the 115 pound class.

On the same evening, at Romexpo, Bucharest, Romania, Lucian Bute scored an impressive fourth round KO of Jean Paul Mendy in a IBF super middleweight title bout. A chopping left cross to the jaw ended the night for Mendy and stole his unbeaten record. Bute recorded his eighth title defense. Bute lifted his dossier to 29-0 (24). Mendy dipped to 29-1-1 (16).

Bute is probably the most impressive SecondsOut fourth ranked fighter in the sport. Andre Ward is the clear number one, but Mikkel Kessler, Carl Froch, and Bute are neck to neck to neck. Bute’s ranking has suffered due to the quality of opposition he has faced by not being involved in the Super Six tournament. However, he is every bit on the same level as his three counterparts. A potential match-up with Kelly Pavlik looms later this year.

Elsewhere on the same evening, at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, Paul Williams received a dubious majority decision over Erislandy Lara in a twelve round junior middleweight bout. Williams was hit cleanly throughout and only inflicted damage to his opponent during an accidental clash of heads. Lara appeared to walk away with nine of the twelve rounds, but suffered his first loss. Williams’ ledger improved to 40-2 (27). Lara unfairly dropped to 15-1-1 (10).

Williams, previously ranked second, looks like a shot fighter and drops to seventh at SecondsOut. Lara, although declared the loser receives some justice, by rising from tenth to sixth. Miguel Cotto is pushed to second while Vanes Martirosyan and Saul Alvarez elevate to third and fourth respectively. Alfredo Angulo drops to tenth for inactivity and will be removed next week.

Also on the same card, Akifumi Shimoda outfought Rico Ramos for six rounds before suffering a one punch knockout loss in a WBA super bantamweight title bout. Shimoda won virtually every round up until the stoppage. Ramos improved his ledger to 20-0 (11) and captured his first world championship. Shimoda fell to 23-3-1 (10).

Ramos jumps from tenth to third at SecondsOut with his come from behind KO. However, because he was being sadly out-boxed, he pushes Jorge Arce into the second spot. Shimoda drops from second to fourth, pushing Ryol Li Lee and Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym down to rankings each.

Also on the same card, Jhonny Gonzalez stopped substitute opponent Tomas Villa in four rounds of a WBC featherweight title bout. Villa did little to deserve his title shot and made little of the opportunity. The bout was stopped at 49 seconds into the round. Gonzalez made his first defense of his title and enhanced his record to 49-7 (43). Villa dropped to 23-8-4 (14).

Gonzalez held on to his number seven ranking at SecondsOut and will need to fight greater opposition to advance his way up the featherweight rankings.

On the same card, Chris Arreola outpointed Friday Ahunanya in a ten round heavyweight bout. Arreola scored his fourth win in 2011 and improved his ring credentials to 33-2 (28) after nearly shutting out his opponent. Ahunanya dropped to 24-8-3 (13).

Arreola’s activity helps him move up one more ranking from eighth to seventh. Arreola has been named as a possible challenger for Wladimir Klitschko in December.

Also on the same evening, at Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA, Brandon Rios stopped Urbano Antillon in three rounds of their WBA lightweight title bout. The action was heated from start to finish, but Antillon’s inability to avoid punishment led to two knockdowns. Rios made the first defense of his title and remained unbeaten at 28-0-1 (21). Antillon dropped to 28-3 (20).

Rios moves from fourth to third at 135 pounds, but has hinted this may be his last bout at 135. Humberto Soto is removed from the rankings after he vacated his WBC title to campaign at 140 pounds. Antillon is removed from the rankings after suffering back to back losses. Entering the top ten are John Molina Jr. and Gavin Rees at ninth and tenth respectively.

Also on the card, Carlos Molina dominated Kermit Cintron in a ten round junior middleweight bout. Molina won by unanimous scores, only losing two rounds on each judge’s card. Molina improved his dossier to 19-4-2 (6). Cintron, who may need to seek other employment, dropped to 32-4-1 (28).

Molina, who controversially received a draw with Erislandy Lara in March, jumps from ninth to fifth. Cintron had previously been ranked fourth, but was removed due to inactivity.

SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, July 17:

On Saturday, July 16:

At Olympia Eissportzentrum, Munich, Bayern, Germany: Marco Huck versus Hugo Hernan Garay in a twelve round WBO cruiserweight title bout

At Centro de Cancun, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico: Wilbert Uicab versus Anuar Salas in a twelve round flyweight bout

At Plaza del Toros, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico: Roman Gonzalez versus Omar Salado on a twelve round WBA junior flyweight title bout; Juan Manuel Marquez versus Likar Ramos in a ten round junior welterweight bout; Rafael Marquez versus Eusebio Osejo in a ten round featherweight bout

At Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom: Ricky Burns versus Nicky Cook in a twelve round WBO super featherweight title bout

At Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Julio Cesar Miranda versus Brian Viloria in a twelve round WBO flyweight title bout; Cuello D. Singwancha, formerly Denver Cuello, versus Omar Soto in a ten round junior flyweight bout

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