The final week of November provided boxing fans with a myriad of topics to talk about and discuss with fervor. A well-challenged champion kept his belt amid controversy. A well-protected champion did the same on the road. An exciting titlist returned to the ring after a long spell of inactivity and boxing icon proved he still had the desire left in his to lace up the gloves. All this, and much, much more, as boxing’s best remained On the Move.
On Tuesday, November 19, at Convention Center, Jeju, South Korea, Koki Kameda defeated Jung-Oh Son by split decision in a twelve round WBA bantamweight title bout. Kameda was put to the canvas in round ten. The champion retained his title for the eighth time with scores of 115-112, 114.5-114, and 113-115.5. Kameda improved his resume to 32-1 (17). Son dipped to 20-5-2 (6).
Kameda remained the number three bantamweight according to the SecondsOut world rankings.
On Saturday, November 23, at Stechert Arena, Bamberg, Bayern, Germany, Yoan Pablo Hernandez stopped Alexander Alekseev in the tenth round of a IBF cruiserweight title bout. The referee waved the contest off at the 1:35 mark. Hernandez marked the fourth defense of his title in raising his record to 28-1 (14). Alekseev fell to 24-3-1 (20).
Hernandez returned to the number one spot in the cruiserweight division after being removed for inactivity. The previously ranked number one through six fighters each fell one ranking. Alekseev fell from seventh to tenth. Ilunga Makabu exited the rankings for the time being.
At Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao, S.A.R., China, Manny Pacquiao defeated Brandon Rios by unanimous decision in a twelve round welterweight bout. Pacquiao received scores of 120-108, 119-109, and 118-110 in lifting his ledger to 55-5-2 (38). Rios fell to 31-2-1 (23).
Pacquiao kept his number three ranking among SecondsOut’s top-performing welterweights. Rios, who was removed from the 140-rankings to compete at 147, remains unranked at welterweight.
Also on the card, Evgeny Gradovich stopped Billy Dib in nine rounds of a IBF featherweight title bout rematch. Dib suffered a knockdown in round six before the referee waved the contest off at 1:10 of round nine. Gradovich defended his title for the second time in raising his dossier to 18-0 (9). Dib fell to 36-3 (21).
Daniel Ponce De Leon has been removed from the SecondsOut featherweight rankings to compete at 130 pounds. Gradovich climbed from sixth to fifth. Lee Selby entered the SecondsOut rankings to replace Ponce De Leon. The six through nine ranked fighters each climbed one ranking.
At Phone 4u Arena, Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom, Carl Froch climbed off the canvas in round one to stop George Groves in the ninth round IBF/WBA super middleweight title bout. The controversial ending came at the 1:32 mark. Froch marked the first defense of his unified titles and improved his record to 32-2 (23). Groves fell to 19-1 (15).
Froch held onto his number two SecondsOut ranking among super middleweights. Groves jumped from seven to third with his exceptional performance. The fighters ranked three through six each fell one ranking.
Also on the card, Andy Lee stopped Ferenc Hafner in round two of a middleweight bout. Hafner was put to the canvas in the first round and twice more in the second. The end came at the 1:19 mark of round two. Lee elevated his dossier to 31-2 (22). Ferenc crashed to 21-5 (12).
Lee retained his number nine ranking among SecondsOut’s top middleweights.
Also on the card, Scott Quigg stopped Diego Oscar Silva in two rounds of a WBA super bantamweight title bout. Quigg floored Silva twice in the second round before the bout ended at the 1:41 mark. Quigg notched the second defense of his title and lifted his ledger to 27-0-2 (20). Silva dropped to 29-3-4 (15).
Quigg kept his number five standing among SecondsOut’s top super bantamweights.
Also on the card, Jamie McDonnell stopped Bernard Inom in seven rounds of a bantamweight bout. The end came at the 1:47 mark. McDonnell moved his record to 22-2-1 (10). Inom fell to 22-4-1 (10).
McDonnell retained his number seven ranking among SecondsOut’s top bantamweights.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, December 1:
On Saturday, November 30:
At Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, Adonis Stevenson versus Tony Bellew in a twelve round WBC light heavyweight title bout; Sergey Kovalev versus Ismayl Sillakh in a twelve round WBO light heavyweight title bout
On Saturday, November 30, in Maguan, China, Xiong Zhou Zhong meets Omari Kimweri in a twelve round WBC minimumweight title bout.
On Saturday, November 30, at Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, Donnie Nietes versus Sammy Gutierrez in a twelve round WBO light flyweight title bout; Merlito Sabillo takes on Carlos Buitrago in a twelve round WBO minimumweight title bout; Milan Melindo also meets Jose Alfredo Rodriguez in a twelve round flyweight bout.
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