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15 NOVEMBER 2018


On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings 9/25/11

Maidana (left) keeps his No.3 spot
Maidana (left) keeps his No.3 spot

By Derek Bonnett: In boxing, sometimes fans get what they want; sometimes they don’t. On other occasions, fans get what is expected, but, more often than we like, fans end up getting less than they deserve. This week provided boxing junkies with a little bit of everything as we watched the elites keep busy against inferior opposition mostly. However, one SecondsOut contender said farewell to his top-ten ranking after a surprise upset. Another made claim to a top-ten ranking in a new division after a battle of world class contenders.

On Friday, September 23, at Sociedad Alemana, Villa Ballester, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Marcos Rene Maidana made quick work of Petr Petrov in a WBA welterweight title bout. Maidana prevailed by fourth round TKO to improve his record to 31-2 (28) while he awaits a rematch with Amir Khan or Erik Morales. Petrov dropped 29-3-2 (13).

Maidana maintained his number three standing among SecondsOut’s top performing 140 pounders.

At Makati Coliseum, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines, Drian Francisco won a close ten round decision over Michael Domingo in a ten round bantamweight bout. Francisco successfully made his 118 pound debut and ran his record to 21-1-1 (16). Domingo, who still has some fight left in him, fell to 42-16-3 (23).

Francisco, no longer ranked at 115 pounds, enters SecondsOut’s battalion of bantamweights at number nine.

On Saturday, September 24, at Dima-Sportcenter, Lohbruegge, Hamburg, Germany, Alexander Dimitrenko won a slow-paced unanimous decision over Michael Sprott in a twelve round heavyweight bout. Dimitrenko added some rounds for the year in improving his dossier to 32-1 (21). Sprott dipped to 36-17 (17).

Dimitrenko held on to SecondsOut’s number nine ranking at heavyweight.

At Foro Polanco, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Adrian Hernandez Gideon Buthelezi in two rounds of their WBC light flyweight title bout. Buthelezi hit the canvas three times in the second round to give Hernandez his first title defense. The bout was waved off at the 2:20 mark.

Hernandez will have to face stiffer opposition to climb the highly competitive 108 pound ladder. However, he retained his number three ranking at Secondsout.

At Plaza del Toros, Juriquilla, Queretaro, Mexico, Oscar Ibarra was upset by Sylvester Lopez by eighth round TKO in a super flyweight bout. With the win, Sylvester captured the right to try for the WBC 115 pound crown, which was recently captured by Suriyan Sor Rungvisai. His record now stands at 17-3-1 (13). Ibarra had his thirteen bout win-streak snapped and fell to 27-5 (18).

Sylvester, previously unranked, grabs the SecondsOut number nine position at 115. Ibarra drops out of the top ten for the time being.

At Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, Jorge Arce avenged a 2009 decision defeat to Simphiwe Nongqayi by fourth round KO in a WBO super bantamweight bout. Nongqayi was dropped in the opening round before the bout was halted at 2:01 of the fourth. The victory gave Arce the first defense of his championship and improved his ledger to 58-6-2 (45). Nongqayi fell to 16-2-1 (6).

Arce held his second place standing among SecondsOut’s elite 122 pounders.

On Sunday, September 25, at Olimp, Krasnodar, Russia, Dmitry Pirog forced Gennady Martirosyan to retire in ten rounds of a WBO middleweight title bout. Pirog notched the second defense of his championship and moved his ledger to 19-0 (15). Martirosyan fell to 22-3 (11).

Pirog, while full of talent, remains a low man in the SecondsOut top ten due to his level of opposition, which should increase after this victory. Pirog holds the seventh slot down.

SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, October 2:

On Saturday, October 1:

At Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany: Steve Cunningham versus Yoan Pablo Hernandez in a twelve round IBF cruiserweight title bout; Sebastian Sylvester versus Grzegorz Proksa in a twelve round middleweight bout; Karo Murat versus Gabriel Campillo II in a twelve round light heavyweight bout

In Puebla, Puebla, Mexico: Sammy Gutierrez versus Roilo Golez in a twelve round light flyweight bout

At Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico: Juan Manuel Lopez versus Mike Oliver in a twelve round featherweight bout; Roman Martinez versus Roman Maas in a twelve round super featherweight bout

At Newport Leisure Centre, Newport, Wales, United Kingdom: Gavin Rees versus Derry Mathews in a twelve round lightweight bout

At Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States: Sergio Gabriel Martinez versus Darren Barker in a twelve round middleweight bout

At MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States: Roman Gonzalez versus Omar Soto in a twelve round WBA light flyweight title bout; Toshiaki Nishioka versus Rafael Marquez in a twelve round WBC super bantamweight title bout;

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