By Derek Bonnett: It’s been said that the state of boxing rests greatly on the state of the heavyweight division. Now, boxing aficionados, as opposed to sports fans, know this adage isn’t true. However, we also know the state of the heavyweight division isn’t as bad as advertised; it’s just decidedly un-American.
This week brought us a brave effort from a fringe heavyweight contender against a dominant champion. One of boxing’s littlest prospects also kept his stride to the top. A pair of old veteran favorites moved in opposing directions among the lighter weight classes. A one-time pound for pound leader showed he still has a little something left in his tank and a young champion proved he still has a lot to learn about elite class boxing. All this and more transpired as the best in the boxing business remain on the move.
On Friday, February 17, at Casino Pharaohs, Managua, Nicaragua: Carlos Buitrago defeated unbeaten Gabriel Mendoza by ten round unanimous decision in a minimumweight bout. Buitrago was awarded the decision by wide margins of 98-92 and 100-90 twice. Buitrago, 20, enhanced his dossier to 22-0 (14). Mendoza dropped to 14-1-2 (12).
Buitrago held onto his number ten SecondsOut ranking at 105 pounds. The Nicaraguan prospect is sure to make some noise in 2012.
On Saturday, February 18, at Olympiahalle, Munich, Bayern, Germany, Vitali Klitschko outpointed Dereck Chisora in a spirited twelve round WBC heavyweight title bout. Klitschko, 40, prevailed by scores of 119-111 and 118-110 twice. The champion improved his record to 44-2 (40). The very brave Chisora dropped to 15-3 (9).
Klitschko remained the number two man at SecondsOut among the big men of the sport. Chisora still lurks outside of the top ten.
In Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, Jorge Arce stopped Lorenzo Parra in five rounds of their super bantamweight rematch. The stoppage came at the 1:02 mark of the round. Arce, 32, raised his ring credentials to 60-6-2 (46). Parra dropped to 31-4-1 (18).
Arce, SecondsOut’s 2011 Comeback Fighter of the Year, continues to remain active and put forth impressive showings. Arce held onto his number five ranking at bantamweight, but it is unclear is he intends to move back to 122, where his ranking would improve.
At Grand Oasis Resort, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Gilberto Keb Baas suffered a surprise fifth round KO loss to Mario Rodriguez in a light flyweight bout. The stoppage came at the 2:01 mark of the round. Rodriguez raised his record to 13-6-4 (8). Keb Baas, a former world champion, fell to 35-22-4 (22).
Keb Baas dropped out of the SecondsOut rankings at 108 pounds. Re-entering the top ten at number nine is Armando Torres. Climbing aboard at number ten is Jose Alfredo Rodriguez, 28-0 (17). Jose Alfaro Rodriguez holds a decision victory over Mario Rodriguez. Ramon Garcia Hirales is bumped up from eighth to seventh. Johnreil Casimero climbed from ninth to eighth. Luis Alberto Lazarte was dropped from the SecondsOut rankings at 108.
At American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA, Paul Williams dominated Nobuhiro Ishida for a twelve round unanimous decision in a light middleweight bout. All three judges scored the contest 120-108. Williams refocused his career with the win and improved his record to 41-2 (27). Ishida dropped to 24-7-2 (9).
Williams jumped from eighth to fifth at 154 pounds at SecondsOut. Serhiy Dzinziruk dropped from third to eighth due to inactivity. Carlos Molina moved from fourth to third. Erislandy Lara moved from fifth to fourth.
Also on the card, Chris Arreola stopped Eric Molina in one round heavyweight bout. The stoppage came at the 2:30 mark. Arreola improved to 35-2 (30). Molina dropped to 18-2 (14).
Arreola held his number six heavyweight ranking at SecondsOut.
Also on the card, Tavoris Cloud defeated Gabriel Campillo by controversial twelve round split decision in an IBF light heavyweight title bout. The three judges scored the bout 116-110 and 114-112 for Cloud. The final judge favored Campillo 115-111. Cloud added his fourth title defense and raised his record to 24-0 (19). Campillo fell to 21-4-1 (8), but raised his stock after losing his third split verdict against world class opposition.
Cloud barely hung onto his number four ranking at 175. Beibut Shumenov was bumped from seventh to fifth. Campillo climbed from eighth to sixth. Zsolt Erdie dropped from fifth to seventh. Nathan Cleverly dropped from sixth to eighth.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, February 26:
On Friday, February 24:
At Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Jesse Vargas versus Lanardo Tyner in a ten round light welterweight bout
At Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, Dover, Delaware, USA: Juan Carlos Burgos versus Cristobal Cruz in a ten round super featherweight bout
On Saturday, February 25:
At Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany: Alexander Povetkin versus Marco Huck in a twelve round WBA heavyweight title bout
At Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom: Nathan Cleverly versus Tommy Karpency in a twelve round WBO light heavyweight title bout
At Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA: Marcos Rene Maidana versus Devon Alexander in a twelve round welterweight bout; Adrien Broner versus Eloy Perez in a twelve round WBO super featherweight title bout
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