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17 NOVEMBER 2018


On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings 7/17/11

Rodriguez and Wolak battled to a draw
Rodriguez and Wolak battled to a draw

By Derek Bonnett: Pawel Wolak and Delvin Rodriguez were two fighters on the cusp of SecondsOut rankings. Wolak was working his way to get there and Rodriguez was fighting to make his way back. When the fight was signed, I knew it would be a barn-burner. The ten rounds these two men put together will be a strong candidate for Fight of the Year once all is said and done in December. The result, a twelve round majority draw, was the most satisfying outcome. Wolak applied perpetual pressure, while Rodriguez landed the sharper punches until Wolak resembled Quasimodo. Rodriguez could have completed a photo shoot for GQ afterward as he was somehow unscathed. Their appearances did not tell the whole story and it is a story very deserving of a sequel. Due to the exit of Alfredo Angulo after one year of inactivity, Wolak enters the top ten at SecondsOut based on his victory over Yuri Foreman and his FOTY performance against Rodriguez. Delvin had been inactive for a year previously, but good things should come his way as well.

On Saturday, July 16, at Olympia Eissportzentrum, Munich, Bayern, Germany, Marco Huck stopped Hugo Hernan Garay in ten rounds of a WBO cruiserweight title bout. Huck sent Garay to the canvas in the first and tenth rounds. Huck, now seven title defense into his reign, improved his professional ledger to 33-1 (24). Garay, who may have seen his final title opportunity, dropped to 34-6 (18).

Huck holds on to his SecondsOut number one ranking at cruiserweight. His greater activity has kept him a hair above the competition. However, it is necessary that Huck validate his ranking in rematches with Steve Cunningham and Denis Lebedev to enhance his historical legacy.

Also on the same evening, at Plaza del Toros, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Roman Gonzalez stopped a brave Omar Salado in seven rounds of WBA junior flyweight title bout. Gonzalez dropped Salado twice in the opening round with powerful, precision punching. Salado hit the deck again in the seventh before the bout was halted. Gonzalez returns to Nicaragua 29-0 (24) and with the second defense of his title. Salado dropped to 22-4-2 (13).

Gonzalez remains the man to beat at 108 in SecondsOut’s rankings. Gonzalez recently became number one after Giovanni Segura left the division to compete at a higher weight.

Also on the same card, Juan Manuel Marquez blasted Likar Ramos in one round junior welterweight tune-up bout before he meets Manny Pacquiao for a third time. Ramos did not survive long enough to see the completion of the second minute. Marquez increased his professional numbers to 53-5-1 (39). Ramos dipped to 24-4 (18).

Marquez has yet to vacate his lightweight titles, so he will remain number one at lightweight until it is clear he will not be moving back down after his bout with Pacquiao.

Also on the same card, Rafael Marquez broke down late sub Eduardo Becerill for a sixth round retirement in featherweight bout. Marquez dropped Becerill in the fourth round, but could not keep his game opponent there. Marquez dominated the action, but the gutsy replacement earned some merit for bravery. Marquez marches on to 40-6 (36). Becerril dropped to 12-8-2 (4).

Marquez holds his number six ranking at featherweight in the eyes of SecondsOut. However, there has been some talk of him moving back to 122 to face Toshiaki Nishioka for the WBC title.

Also on the same evening, at Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom, Ricky Burns prevailed against Nicky Cook after one round of a WBO super featherweight title bout. Cook could not continue after sustaining a back injury. Burns improved his dossier to 32-2 (9). Cook drops to 30-3 (16).

Burns holds on to his number two ranking at 130 pounds and will need to face a considerable challenged and win in order to unseat Takashi Uchiyama.

SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, July 24:

On Wednesday, July 20:

At Entertainment Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia: Danny Green versus Antonio Tarver in a twelve round cruiserweight bout

On Saturday, July 23:

At Centro de Usos Multiples, Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico: Orlando Salido versus Kenichi Yamaguchi in a twelve round WBO featherweight title bout

At Coliseo Olympico de la UG, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico: Ulises Solis versus Omar Nino Romero in a twelve round IBF junior flyweight title bout; Jorge Solis versus TBA in a twelve round interim WBA super featherweight title bout

At Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Amir Khan versus Zab Judah in a twelve round WBA/IBF unification title bout

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