By Derek Bonnett: It was a quiet week of boxing action as five SecondsOut top ten contenders competed for advancement in their respective divisions. Two of them lost their SecondsOut ranking while a newcomer climbed aboard. Two new champions were crowned and rankings continued to shift due to world class boxers and their determination to be on the move.
At Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, Rodrigo Guerrero dropped Raul Martinez in the third round to capture the vacant IBF super flyweight bout by sixth round technical decision. A straight left put Martinez to the canvas, but he mounted a comeback before an accidental clash of heads opened up a cut over his right eye. The action was halted giving Guerrero the victory (57-56 twice and 59-55) and revenge over his split decision loss to Martinez last year. Guerrero improved his record to 16-3-1 (10). Martinez dropped to 28-2 (16).
Guerrero sprung into the SecondsOut 115 pound rankings at number ten. Leo Santa Cruz and Sylvester Lopez each were pushed up one ranking. Martinez exits the top ten for the time being due to the defeat and previous inactivity.
At University of St. La Salle Gymnasium, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines, Donnie Nietes defeated Ramon Garcia Hirales by unanimous decision and captured the WBO light flyweight title. The judges’ tallies read 118-110, 117-111, and 115-113. Nietes became a two-division world champion and lifted his ledger to 29-1-3 (16). Hirales dropped to 16-3-1(9).
Nietes jumped from ninth to seventh in SecondsOut’s 108 pound rankings. Hirales fell from seventh to tenth, pushing Jesus Geles out of the top ten. Sammy Gutierrez debuts at ninth after having been previously ranked at 105 pounds.
A Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, Kell Brook TKO’d Rafal Jackiewicz in six rounds of their welterweight bout. Brook scored his biggest win to date an likely secured a shot at WBA champion Viacheslav Senchenko. His resume now stands at 25-0 (17). Jackiewicz fell to 38-10-1 (19).
Brook climbed from tenth to eighth in the SecondsOut welterweight standings. Jackiewicz fell out of the top ten for now giving the defeat and a lack of victories over quality opposition since a disputed decision over Delvin Rodriguez in 2009.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, October 16:
On Friday, October 14:
At Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina: Jonathon Victor Barros versus Celestino Caballero II in a twelve round WBA featherweight world title bout
On Saturday, October 15:
At Centro Internacional de Convenciones, Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico: Cuello D. Singwancha (Denver Cuello) versus Carlos Perez in a twelve round minimumweight bout
At Gimnasio Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua: Juan Palacios versus Carlos Melo in a ten round light flyweight bout
At Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom: Nathan Cleverly versus Tony Bellow in a twelve round WBO light heavyweight title bout
At Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, United States: Bernard Hopkins versus Chad Dawson in a twelve round WBC light heavyweight title bout; Antonio Demarco versus Jorge Linares in a twelve round vacant WBC lightweight title bout; Danny Garcia versus Kendall Holt in a twelve round junior welterweight bout
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