By Derek Bonnett: After losing to Andre Ward, Carl Froch vowed to go back to the drawing board to adjust his style. He felt his present form was not enough to elevate him to the next level of fighter he so passionately desired to be. Froch may have gone back to the drawing board before his showdown with Lucian Bute, but he didn’t change a thing. This time, it was more than enough to push him passed his favored adversary. Froch made a powerful statement in the ring on May 26. In fact, he made several. For starters, he showed that there is nothing like a tough schedule of world class opponents to prepare for you for battle against an unbeaten champion. Next, he solidified his standing as the number two super middleweight in the world as the Super Six World Boxing Classic final also concluded. In addition, he proved that Andre Ward is head and shoulders above all other super middleweights in the world today. Many boxing experts figured Bute as the perfect test for Ward, but now it’s clear he wouldn’t have belonged in the same ring as the champion. With Ward’s mind on light heavyweight endeavors, it may be time for Froch to ascend to the position he has so long coveted and certainly earned.
On Thursday, May 24, at Arena Roberto Duran, Panama City, Panama, Luis Concepcion made quick work of Odilon Zaleta in a flyweight bout. Concepcion dropped Zaleta three times in the second round. The official time of the stoppage was 1:14 of the round. Concepcion won for the second straight time since losing his second bout to Hernan Marquez and improved his dossier to 25-3 (20). Zaleta fell to 14-2 (7).
Concepcion remained SecondsOut’s number eight 112 pounder.
On Friday, May 25, in Saint Charles, Missouri, USA, Alisher Rahimov suffered a minor upset to Ji-Hoon Kim in a ten round light weight bout. Kim was awarded the unanimous decision by scores of 98-92, 97-93, and 96-94. Kim extended his win-streak to three since losing to Leonardo Zappavigna in one round. His resume now stands at 24-7 (18). Rahimov tasted defeat for the first time and dipped to 23-1 (12).
Kim re-entered the SecondsOut lightweight rankings at number eighth. Rahimov has been removed from the top ten for the time being. John Molina Jr. fell from number six to number ten after eleven months of inactivity and weak opposition since stopping Henry Lundy. Lundy, Luis Ramos Jr., and Sharif Bogere each climbed one ranking.
On Saturday, May 26, in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Sergio Thompson stopped Juan Ramon Solis in five rounds of a lightweight bout. The TKO came at the 2:34 mark. Solis hit the canvas in rounds one and four. Thompson enhanced his ring credentials to 23-2 (21). Solis dropped to 17-6 (6).
Thompson held his number five lightweight ranking at SecondsOut.
At Nottingham Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom, Lucian Bute was blown out by Carl Froch in an IBF super middleweight bout. The TKO came at 1:05 of the fifth round after Bute had been dropped along the ropes. Froch controlled the action from start to finish to capture his third title at super middleweight. He improved his ledger to 29-2 (21). Bute fell to 30-1 (24).
Froch jumped from third back to second at Secondsout among the top 168-pounders. Bute dropped from second to fourth. Andre Dirrell was pushed from fourth to third.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, June 3:
On Saturday, June 2:
At Herning Kongrescenter, Herning, Denmark: Karo Murat versus Miguel Velozo in a light heavyweight bout
At Jai Alai Fronton, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico: Moises Fuentes versus Julio Cesar Felix in a twelve round WBO minimumweight title bout
At Resorts World Hotel and Casino, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines: Donnie Nietes versus Felipe Salguero in a twelve round WBO light flyweight title bout; Milan Melindo versus Jesus Geles in a twelve round flyweight bout
At Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA: Antonio Tarver versus Lateef Kayode in a twelve round cruiserweight bout; Austin Trout versus Delvin Rodriguez in a twelve round WBA junior middleweight title bout; Peter Quillin versus Winky Wright in a ten round middleweight bout; Sharif Bogere versus Manuel Leyva in a ten round lightweight bout
At Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, The Joint, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Beibut Shumenov versus Enrique Ornelas in a twelve round WBA light heavyweight title bout
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