Vitali Klitschko still at No.2
By Derek Bonnett: September’s change in climate has been accompanied by a series of shifts throughout the world of boxing and SecondsOut’s world rankings. While longstanding elites, such as Vitali Klitschko and Yuriorkis Gamboa, reaffirmed their dominance over highly regarded opposition without breaking much of a sweat, a few new faces continued to impress their way up the divisional ladders. Some long ranked contenders said farewell due to inactivity and others put in workman-like efforts to keep off the rust. The world of boxing produced a healthy week of action and promises more to come as we continue to wait for a heavyweight worthy of removing the sword from the Klitschko stone and a featherweight who can give as much as he can take in order to topple Gamboa.
On Saturday, September 10, at Coliseo Olympico de la UG, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Juan Carlos Salgado returned to the 130 pound division to capture a controversial decision over Argenis Mendez in a vacant IBF super featherweight title bout. Mendez was penalized a point in round five, but earned it back by dropping his nemesis in the last round. Still, the scores favored Salgado 115-110 and 114-112 (twice). Salgado scaled 140 and 135 in his last two bouts, but returned to super featherweight to become a two-time champion. Salgado’s resume improved to 24-1-1 (16). Mendez dropped to 18-2 (9).
Salgado reclaimed his number two position among SecondsOut’s top 130 pounders. Mendez climbs from eighth to fifth due to the controversial nature of the scoring. Exiting the 130 pound rankings due to excessive inactivity are Mzonke Fana and Roman Martinez. Adrian Broner and Luis Cruz each climb to positions to seventh and eighth respectively. Entering the top ten at number nine to fill the void is Eloy Perez.
At Jose Cuervo Salon, Polanco, Distrito Federal Mexico, Ganigan Lopez remained sharp with a fifth round TKO over Josue Vega in a light flyweight bout. The bout was waved off at the 1:14 mark. Lopez improved his record to 19-4 (13). His overmatched opponent dropped to 1-7 (1).
Lopez’ activity helped him to maintain his number nine ranking at 105 pounds.
At Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, Milan Melindo continued to impress with a tenth round retirement of Francisco Rosas in flyweight bout. Melindo enhanced his ring credentials to 25-0 (9). Rosas, a world title challenger at 105 and 108 pounds, dropped to 22-9-2 (13).
Melindo remained the fifth best 112 pounder at SecondsOut. With a solid top four above him, he will have to start knocking off the elites in order to advance his positioning.
At Stadion Miejski, Wroclaw, Poland, Vitali Klitschko stopped Tomasz Adamek in ten rounds WBA heavyweight title bout. Adamek, thrice rocked throughout the bout was given plenty of opportunity to assert himself, but the gap between the second and third best heavyweights was vast as Klitschko dominated from the opening bell. Klitschko put in a possible career best showing in moving his record to 43-2 (40). It was his tenth consecutive win in WBC title fights and his seventh defense of his current reign. Adamek dropped to 44-2 (28).
Klitschko holds onto his second place ranking at heavyweight; however, his positioning is looking more and more like 1B. Adamek dropped from third to fourth with the loss. Alexander Povetkin reclaims the number three position without much momentum behind him. At heavyweight, for now, the world appears to be waiting on the further development of Robert Helenius.
On the same card, Mateusz Masternak stopped Carl Davis in three rounds of a cruiserweight bout. The action ended at 1:46 of the round. Masternak ran his record to 24-0 (18). Davis fell to 15-4 (11).
Masternak remains number nine at cruiserweight. A step up in class is necessary for him to advance his way up the cruiser ranks.
Ola Afolabi decisioned, late substitute, Lukasz Rusiewicz in an eight round cruiserweight bout. The judges favored him by scores of 80-72, 79-73, and 79-74. Afolabi elevated his ring credentials to 18-2-3 (8). Rusiewicz fell to 9-11 (2).
Afolabi kept his number ten ranking at 200 pounds and would make the perfect step up in class for Masternak.
At Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, Yuriorkis Gamboa outpointed Daniel Ponce De Leon by eight round technical decision in a featherweight bout. Ponce De Leon suffered a cut over his left eye after an accidental clash of heads. The judges scored the contest by wide margins for the Cuban star. Gamboa improved his dossier to 21-0 (16). Ponce De Leon fell to 41-4 (34).
Gamboa kept the top spot at 126 pounds in the SecondsOut rankings. Ponce De Leon fell from fifth to seventh. Rafael Marquez and Jhonny Gonzalez moved to fifth and sixth respectively.
At Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico, Cristian Mijares kept active with a third round TKO over Jonathon Perez in a super bantamweight bout. Mijares built up his numbers to 43-6-2 (19). Perez fell to 19-9 (16).
Mijares held on to his number eight ranking at 115 pounds, but will be watched closely given his weight for this contest.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, September 18:
On Thursday, September 15:
At County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas, USA: Jhonny Gonzalez versus Rogers Mtagwa in a twelve round WBC featherweight title bout
On Saturday, September 17:
At Indoor Sports Complex, San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic: Elio Rojas versus TBA in a featherweight contest. Rojas was removed from the SecondsOut rankings due to inactivity.
At MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Victor Ortiz versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a twelve round WBC welterweight title bout. Mayweather was removed from the SecondsOut rankings due to inactivity; Josesito Lopez versus Jesse Vargas in a ten round junior welterweight bout
At Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA: Saul Alvarez versus Alfonso Gomez in a twelve round WBC light middleweight title bout
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September 12, 2011