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SUNDAY, 20 JULY, 2008

HOLMES DEMOLISHES THOMPSON IN LONDON

Story by James Reynolds

Brooklyn's Maurice Holmes scored a stunning 2nd round stoppage of the Englishman Carl Thompson yesterday at Earls Court in London to position himself for a shot at Jeff Lampkin's world junior-heavyweight championship. The bout was part of competition in the IBL's World Championship Conference and was one of the biggest clashes of stage two, with 2nd-ranked Thompson returning to the ring for the first time since losing a world title eliminator to Torsten May in January and the veteran Holmes (ranked #4) looking to follow up on his February knockout of former world champion Carlos DeLeon. The fight was a rematch of a dramatic clash between the two men in December '06, where both made two trips to the canvas before it had to be stopped in round eight due to Holmes suffering a wrist injury. Since then, the New Yorker had run off a streak of six consecutive victories, a feat that Thompson also achieved before his loss to May.

Holmes, a former WBA light-heavyweight champion, retired from the sport back in July '04 but made a comeback to sign with the IBL as a junior-heavyweight in June '06. He'll turn 37 next month but looked anything but "past it" against Thompson, who is a decade younger than him. The Englishman entered the ring to huge applause and the expectation that he would not only confirm himself as the top contender for the world title, but also send Holmes into retirement. It didn't turn out that way. In fact, the fight, while it lasted, was a complete disaster for Thompson and his chances of a title bid, at least in the short term, are now in tatters. There were no knockdowns, but Holmes unleashed a dominant beatdown on the crowd favourite, starting with some crippling bodyshots through the top half of the opening round and then a crushing uppercut that buckled Thompson's knees late in the frame. The onslaught left the crowd, so boisterous only minutes earlier, stunned and silent.

Knowing that he had his man disorientated and hurt, Holmes maintained his aggressive mindset from the moment the bell sounded to start round two. He planted a succession of stiff jabs on Thompson's chin, keeping him off-balance and on the defensive before a left hook at the midpoint snapped his head around. It was the beginning of the end as a series of power punches followed: a left-right-left flurry, two smashing left hooks, a straight right and another left hook. The last of these sent Thompson stumbling backwards into the ropes and when Holmes chased him and connected with a right cross, referee Arthur Mercante jumped in and pulled the Brooklyn slugger aside. He had to support Thompson, who could barely hold himself up on rubberised legs. Realising the fight had been stopped, Thompson slumped to the canvas and lay flat on his back, dazed.

Holmes scowled at the crowd and made a throat-slitting gesture that did not go down well with them, but he didn't seem to care in the slightest. His corner crew flooded the ring and they celebrated a brilliant, destructive victory. Amazingly, when it was all over Holmes had landed 97 of 151 punches (64.2%), Thompson just 18 of 104 (17.3%). As heartbreaking as Thompson's January split decision loss to Torsten May was, this defeat was simply soul-crushing. Maurice Holmes (now 46-5-1(38)) took every bit of hope and optimism that existed within the arena in the minutes before the opening bell ... and simply smashed it into oblivion. Thompson fell to 31-6-1(20), but he's also going to take a fall in the world rankings after this defeat. The IBL's 200-pound division has now seen its #2 and #3 ranked fighters both lose in the space of seven days (following Frenchman Taoufik Belbouli's defeat to Angelo Rottoli last Saturday).

That comes on the back of Lampkin's 2nd round knockout of the then-#1 contender Torsten May, back on the 3rd of May. It's certain that May, Thompson and Belbouli will all surrender their positions when the updated rankings are released next month. It's also certain that Holmes will rise to #1 and could very well be challenging Lampkin for the world title in stage three. At this point it's either Holmes or Rottoli (who should move up to #2), although 5th-ranked Philadelphian Nate Gibbs will be an outside chance if he gets past Lee Roy Murphy on the 2nd of August. Whatever happens, stage two has been a chaotic one at the top of the junior-heavyweight division, even though Lampkin has remained a constant since claiming the inaugural championship in December '06.


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Sunday 20 July 2008

BENISTON BLASTS PALMA,
MOVES INTO CONTENTION


Story by Michael Jenkins

Nottingham featherweight Charlie Beniston recorded an upset 3rd round TKO victory over Argentina's Sergio Palma in Buenos Aires last night in an IBL World Championship Conference bout. Beniston came through the biggest fight of his career to date with flying colours. After surprisingly dominating the opening two frames, he dropped the hometown favourite with a sizzling uppercut one minute into round three and then pounded him into submission, referee Richard James Davies jumping in and ending the fight at the 2:47 mark. The result brought a stunned reaction from the crowd, who expected to see Palma further solidify his top-five ranking with a convincing victory. Instead, the former WBA junior-featherweight champion will now take a tumble down the rankings, undoing all the good work from his comfortable March win over Mexico's Juan Meza.

21 year-old Beniston brought a four-fight winning streak into the evening but the vastly more experienced Palma was assumed to be a proposition he wasn't ready for. Beniston has only lost once in his professional career, to Thailand's Withaya Paholpat in a defense of the IBL Inter-Continental title in April '07. He spoke confidently during the week leading into last night's bout of his determination to avoid a second defeat, although no one seemed to be listening to him. After his dismantling of Palma (32-3-1(26)), they certainly will be now. Beniston (15-1(6)) outlanded Palma by almost twice as many punches, 111-57, and was relentless in his pursuit of victory. Beniston revealed afterwards that the plan was to take the Argentinian out early, a strategy that would have been seen as unexpected by Palma's camp as seven of Beniston's first ten league contests have gone the distance.

Beniston is blessed with solid punching power but has built most of his wins on solid boxing fundamentals. Last night that approach was thrown out the window, with spectacular results. It was a bittersweet night for English boxing fans as earlier in London, Manchester's Carl Thompson was similarly obliterated by the American Maurice Holmes in an important junior-heavyweight clash. Beniston's unexpected triumph will have softened the blow of that somewhat. He was ranked at #12 coming into the fight and should jump to at least #6 as a consequence of his big win. The young man looks capable of breaking the stranglehold that the Mexican, Caribbean and South American fighters have on the featherweight division. Coming into stage two, the top seven ranking positions in the weight class were occupied by Latinos, but Beniston has now infiltrated that section of the division's standings. Beniston has always been a confident, ambitious young man, and it now appears his talent has caught up with his self-belief.


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Updated: July 26, 2008 11.15 AM ET

Davids tops Kameda in
Fight of the Year candidate


By Larry Holman
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South African flyweight Teko Davids recorded a hard-earned unanimous decision win over Japan's Koki Kameda in an IBL World Championship Conference bout in Tokyo today. Davids, the former IBF and IBO champion, took the verdict by identical scores of 113-110 from all three judges, despite dropping Kameda four times. In a back and forth thriller, Kameda recovered from trips to the canvas in rounds two and three to get back into the contest by dominating the middle rounds, during which he floored Davids with a left hook midway through the 5th. A look at the scorecards in the fight's aftermath showed that by the end of round seven, Kameda had reversed a five-point deficit that had taken Davids just the opening three rounds to build after his fantastic, barnstorming start to the bout. Davids took back the momentum when he sent Kameda to his knees with a stinging body shot early in round eight.

The South African then had the better of an action-packed 9th before seemingly securing the victory when he dropped Kameda for a fourth time with a right cross at the midpoint of round ten. Kameda finished strongly, though, punishing Davids in the 11th and 12th. The combatants received a standing ovation from the Tokyo Dome crowd as the final seconds ticked away. Davids actually looked the worse for wear afterwards, with a nasty mouse showing under his right eye. Despite his four trips to the canvas, Kameda was the busier fighter and outlanded Davids by a slight margin. Kameda connected with 277 of 1,254 punches (22.1%), Davids 268 of 823 (32.6%). While Kameda lost no fans with his brave performance, the result saw him drop to 2-4 in his last six bouts. Three of those losses were official IBL world title eliminators in December '06 (Willie Davison), June '07 (Yuri Arbachakov) and January '08 (Benny Lynch). In each case his opponent went on to claim the world championship.

Kameda came into today's fight ranked at #2, while Davids was #4. At the very least, they'll swap places, but whether Kameda's standing takes any more of a hit remains to be seen. He was simply superb, and if he had been able to stay on his feet he would have won the fight. Each fighter won six rounds, with the difference being that four of Davids' rounds were scored 10-8, due to the knockdowns. Davids (31-1-1(21)) is now the top contender for the world title, although it has been confirmed that Benny Lynch's first defense will be against the man he claimed it from, Yuri Arbachakov, in an October rematch. One can only wonder where Kameda (23-6(15)) goes from here. There is no questioning the 24 year-old's heart, courage and desire, but the reality is that he has now been defeated by four current or former world flyweight champions in the last nineteen months. Perhaps a move to the bantamweight division would be worth considering.

Larry Holman is ESPN.com's boxing writer.


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Sunday 27 July 2008

ZARATE STOPS FENECH,
ANNOUNCES MOVE TO
FEATHERWEIGHT FOR '09


Story by Miguel Trelles

In a decision that caught the entire boxing world by surprise (including his father and trainer Jorge), world bantamweight champion Carlos Zarate announced last night that he will be moving up to the featherweight division of the International Boxing League's World Championship Conference in 2009. Zarate revealed the news only minutes after scoring an amazing 4th round TKO of Australia's Jeff Fenech to retain his world title. Things looked grim for Zarate early as the fiery, aggressive Fenech dominated the opening frame and then floored the champion with a crushing uppercut shortly before the bell. Fenech maintained the momentum in round two and it appeared to be only a matter of time until the title was his. But Zarate turned things around in the 3rd, starting it strongly and holding out against a flurry of activity from Fenech late in the stanza.

What followed in round four was extraordinary, as Zarate hurt Fenech early and drove the advantage he gained all the way to a sensational stoppage. A succession of power punches caught the brave Australian flush on the chin and jaw and when Fenech stopped firing back late in the frame, Zarate was in complete control. A flurry of blows wobbled Fenech and when he staggered back into the ropes on heavy legs and almost went down referee Alan Moore jumped in and ended it at the 2:42 mark. It was Zarate's shortest fight under the IBL banner and his corner crew jumped between the ropes to celebrate the remarkable win with him while the large Mexican contingent at the MGM Grand chanted his nickname, "Canas", over and over. A stunned, shattered Fenech was led back to his corner on still unsteady legs, his second chance to claim the world championship ending just like the first, in defeat.

Fenech (21-2(17)) was the victor in the IBL's initial Challenger's tournament and as a result earned a title shot against inaugural champion Gilberto Roman in March '07. Fenech lasted much longer in that fight, which was stopped in the 14th round. He looked more dangerous against Zarate, though, and stepped between the ropes confident that he could join his compatriots Les Darcy and Peter Jackson as an IBL world champion. Unfortunately for him it has not turned out that way. Fenech outlanded Zarate 99-72, but it counted for nothing. Zarate improved to 35-2(25), and after praising Fenech's toughness and power and thanking the crowd and his team, he launched into announcing a decision that he has kept entirely to himself until now. Zarate reflected on his time in the bantamweight division, on his perfect run as WBA champion and then his triumph in capturing the IBL belt from compatriot Gilberto Roman in September and their February rematch which somehow bettered the first encounter.

The 30 year-old then talked of new challenges, of new tests, and stated in a matter-of-fact manner that he will be moving to the featherweight division in 2009. Standing next to him, his father Jorge's countenance betrayed his surprise, but he stayed silent as his son continued to speak. Considering the quality of the field in the IBL at featherweight, it will be a great achievement if Zarate is able to win the 126-pound championship. There's a plethora of fellow Mexicans occupying the upper echelon of the division, including current champion Salvador Sanchez, former champion Gilberto Vasquez and Olympic gold medallist Vicente Saldivar. No doubt, Zarate's presence will add even more intrigue to one of the sport's strongest weight classes. It will be interesting to see the approach that the IBL takes once the bantamweight championship is vacated. It could be that they'll simply have Fenech and former champion Roman square off for it, although they may have something else in mind.

In the evening's co-feature, former featherweight world champion Gilberto Vasquez made a victorious return to the ring in his first fight since a January rematch with the man who dethroned him, Miguel Bautista. That fight ended in a draw although most observers believed Bautista was the better man. Last night, Vasquez faced the promising young Italian Loris Stecca and was given quite a fright before taking a unanimous decision verdict (115-112, 114-113, 116-111). Stecca really tested Vasquez, and held the upper hand going into the 9th round. Through eight rounds two judges had him ahead by two and four points respectively, while the third had it all tied up. Vasquez finished strongly, though, dropping the tiring Italian in rounds ten and twelve to score his first victory in more than sixteen months. The busy Vasquez landed 356 of 1,121 punches (31.8%) while Stecca connected with 240 of 585 (41%).

The win should be enough to keep 2nd-ranked Vasquez (31-3-1(19)) in the picture for a possible title shot in the first half of 2009. The recent losses suffered by fellow top contenders Vicente Saldivar and Sergio Palma, ranked 3rd and 4th respectively, also gives him some breathing room. Stecca (18-4-2(11)) was impressive in defeat, and might drop a place or two from his current position at #8. His February upset of Omar Calderon won't be forgotten when the IBL's rankings committee sits down to determine the updated divisional standings next month, but even so, a further loss in stage three will almost certainly see Stecca lose his place in the World Championship Conference for 2009.


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Pensacola, we have a problem
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 | Print Entry

For the last few years, trainer Roy Jones and his Pensacola-based stable of fighters have held a prominent presence in the world of boxing. Jones trained three of Team USA's medallists at the 2004 Olympics in James Ray, Holman Williams and Elmer Ray. He also guided Miami heavyweight Terone Haynes to both the WBO title and the IBL world championship, while James Ray came agonisingly close to claiming the world welterweight championship in a drawn bout against Emile Griffith last month. Jones's current roster of fighters, often refered to as the "Florida Alliance", is superbly talented, but more than that, they have always presented a united front. There's always been the belief that the success of any one of them is enjoyed and embraced by the entire group. That's how it has always seemed to be. In recent weeks, though, there has been tension in the camp, and somewhat surprisingly, it has been former world heavyweight champion Terone Haynes that is the source of it.

The first crack appeared on the night of July 12 in Las Vegas, when Haynes destroyed Joe Jeannette inside of two rounds in a WCC contest. Haynes was clearly agitated during the post-fight interview and vented his spleen on a number of issues. At one point he laid down a bizarre challenge to the entire heavyweight division and glared coldly at fellow heavyweight and stable mate Romy Alvarez, as if to indicate that he was including the Belle Glade native in his throwdown. Alvarez dismissed the incident, which was the first public indication that there might be some animosity between the two men. During the two weeks that followed, it seemed to appear that there really was nothing to it, that Haynes was just blowing off steam. That was until this past Monday night, when Haynes made it clear during an interview with a Miami sports talk radio show that he considers Alvarez a genuine threat to his chances of regaining the world title.

Currently ranked at #7 in the WCC, Alvarez takes on Olympic gold medallist Lennox Lewis (ranked #3) on the 9th of August in London. A win will elevate Alvarez into the top five and make him exactly what Haynes believes him to be: a genuine threat and a contender for the world championship. There has always been the possibility that this situation would eventually arise, with Jones training two heavyweights who are both in a position to become world champion. However, no one really believed that Alvarez would develop into such an excellent fighter so quickly. It was, after all, only seventeen months ago when the 1st round knockout defeat he suffered at the hands of Mike Hanson had him on a three-fight losing skid and looking to be out of his depth. However, the 24 year-old has turned his career around since then, and will take a five-fight winning streak into the Lewis bout, a streak that includes wins over former WBA champion Sergey Anyukov and an upset of Alexander Zolkin in stage one of the World Championship Conference.

During the interview, Haynes went on further to say that if Alvarez defeats Lewis, he might just have to "take the youngster out" in stage three. There is still an outside chance that Haynes will be challenging Peter Jackson for the world title in stage three, but if that fight does not eventuate he'll need an opponent. If it somehow ends up being Alvarez, one thing will have had to happen beforehand: either Alvarez or Haynes will have left the Pensacola stable. That's because it's not humanly possible for Jones to train both of them for a fight against each other. One would think that, as Alvarez's manager and trainer, Jones won't agree to a fight betwen his two charges anyway. But if Haynes puts him in a position where he has to choose between one or the other, what will he do? Who will he side with? The demolition machine who he led to the world title, or the promising youngster who probably has more "upside"? It's an interesting question, and a situation Jones will be hoping to avoid. As they say, "watch this space."

Vacant world bantamweight title
to be contested in November


Carlos Zarate's decision to vacate the world bantamweight championship and move up to the featherweight division for 2009 took the entire sport by surprise, including the IBL itself. However, the organisation has reacted quickly and decisively in its aftermath, announcing on Monday that Zarate will officially vacate the championship on Saturday the 16th of August, one day before the conclusion of stage two of the World Championship Conference. As a consequence, when the IBL releases the updated world rankings, the championship slot will be vacant, and only fifteen fighters will be ranked in the bantamweight division. The league has confirmed that Zarate will be placed at #10 in the featherweight division when the 2009 season commences on February 2. A bout to determine the new bantamweight champion will be held in November, most likely on the final Saturday of the 2008 season, which is the 22nd.

The belief is that the two top-ranked fighters at the end of stage two will contest the vacant title fight, with the indication being that Australia's Jeff Fenech, who was stopped by Zarate in four rounds on Saturday night, will not be one of them. Fenech himself came close to knocking out Zarate in their clash, but it essentially took the Mexican one superb stanza to defeat the Australian. When the fact that it was Fenech's second unsuccessful title shot (he was stopped in the 14th round by Gilberto Roman in March '07) is also taken into account, it seems unlikely that the league will allow him to challenge for the vacant strap in his very next fight after losing to Zarate. It's likely he'll need to go through the process of once again earning his next title bid. It's an unfortunate situation for Fenech, as many experts felt he had a great chance of dethroning Zarate, but he's now back in the exact same position he was in sixteen months ago.

That leaves former champion Roman, who steps into the ring on Saturday night against South Africa's Silence Mabuza in his first bout since the second loss to Zarate, and England's Owen Moran, who is scheduled to take on the Texan Orlando Canizales on August 9. If both Roman and Moran are victorious, they'll be the ones fighting for the vacant championship. The contest would be a rematch of a September '06 world championship tournament semi-final, which Roman won on the way to claiming the inaugural IBL title. It can't be denied that Zarate's move to featherweight will leave quite a hole in the bantamweight division, and the combatant who claims the vacant championship might feel that it is somewhat hollow. It is remarkable to think that the only man to beat Zarate under the IBL banner is the South Korean Jung-Il Byun, who followed up that shock victory with three consecutive losses against Roman, Jesus Pimentel and Johnny Bredahl and is now fighting to gain entry into the WCC as a competitor in the International Conference.

Marquez throws cold water
on possible Sanchez "super fight"


World lightweight champion Patricio Marquez hosed down the likelihood of an early 2009 super fight against current featherweight world champion Salvador Sanchez on Tuesday, stating that his November 21 title fight against Ben Villaflor could very well be his last bout at 135 - win, lose or draw. Marquez said that for some time he has been considering making a move to the welterweight division next year, reiterating that when he signed with the IBL it was only to compete in the lightweight division for 2008. In July, the 33 year-old extended his contract with the league through until the end of 2009, but there is no condition in it stating that he must remain in the lightweight division. Marquez had a taste of life outside of the weight class when he fought former WBC junior-welterweight champion Javier Gutierrez twelve months ago, and it's now possible that he could follow the lead of fellow world champions Les Darcy and Carlos Zarate.

Marquez moved up to the lightweight division six years ago, so one could hardly blame him for feeling his time there is nearing its end. However, the enticement of a showdown with one of the best young fighters in the sport today in Sanchez must be tempting. It would be a real chance for Marquez to prove that he still has what it takes. However, based on his recent comments it appears that the issue does not concern him. One must remember that Marquez has thrown curveballs before now, where he has given the impression that he's not terribly interested in certain matchups before eventually agreeing to them. It happened with the second Francisco Ortiz clash last year, and it could very well be happening right now with Sanchez. Of course, Marquez is only doing the respectful and logical thing in not looking past his next opponent, Ben Villaflor. A loss to the Filipino ends any chance of a Sanchez bout, and at 22 Villaflor is just as young, determined and hungry as Sanchez is.


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Friday, August 1, 2008

(Following are selected entries from the website's "Inside the Ropes: Fight Focus" section for the month of July 2008).

WEDNESDAY JULY 2: TAMPA, FLORIDA, USA
(*IC*) (MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION)
JAKE MORRISON (USA, 15-3(15)) KO8 GARY STRETCH (ENGLAND, 12-5-1(4))


After voicing his frustrations with the nature of the International Conference format following his May mismatch against Don Fullmer, Jake Morrison was on his best behaviour in the aftermath of his win over Gary Stretch. Morrison called it one of the most testing fights of his career, as Stretch put up some stubborn resistance before being dropped twice in the 8th and counted out after the bell. The first knockdown came from a body shot midway through the frame, before a smashing left-right salvo put Stretch on his back at the 2:57 mark. Morrison landed almost twice as many punches as him (227-118), but Stretch showed unexpected competitiveness at various times, mostly in the 1st, 4th and 7th rounds. Morrison's stoppage record remains perfect, and probably will for some time to come.

SATURDAY JULY 12: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, USA
(*WCC*) (BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION)
#7 RICARDO BEDIC (PHILIPPINES, 28-1-1(18)) TKO12 #9 JEFF CHANDLER (USA, 19-3-3(11))


In an absolute thriller on the undercard of the Haynes-Jeannette stoush, former WBO champion Ricardo Bedic climbed off the canvas twice in round two before fighting back to floor Philadelphia's Jeff Chandler three times on the way to a 12th round TKO. With both men positioned in the middle of the bantamweight division WCC standings it was a must-win contest and Bedic's champion qualities were the ones that shone through. He also gained some revenge for his compatriot Jerome Gustilo, who Chandler soundly defeated in stage one back in March. After Bedic had the better of the opening frame, Chandler dropped him twice in the last thirty seconds of round two: the first came from a liver shot and the second after a scorching left-right combo. Bedic did well to get back to his feet after the bell had sounded. The Filipino suffered a further setback when he was deducted a point for a low blow late in the 3rd.

Bedic launched his comeback in round four, and it was a fantastic one. He was just a bit better in an exciting stanza before dominating the 5th and 6th. Chandler gave a better account of himself in round seven, but he was beginning to tire and when Bedic controlled rounds eight, nine and ten, the writing was on the wall. Chandler was smothered by a barrage of punches midway through the 11th for his first trip to the canvas, and was dropped for a second time late in the round by a flush right cross. It appeared that the judges would determine the result as round twelve progressed, but Chandler was down for a third and final time just thirty seconds from the bell, a wild overhand right catching him. He took an eight count, but when the action resumed Bedic swarmed him and a half-dozen unanswered punches led to referee Wayne Kelly jumping in and ending it at the 2:49 mark. Bedic consolidated on his March win over Felix Machado and if he ends the year with another victory could be in a position to challenge for the world championship in early '09.

MONDAY JULY 14: JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, USA
(*IC*) (HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION)
JOHN FEHNER (USA, 13-2(11)) SD10 EDDIE MACHEN (USA, 22-7-1(14))


Promising Californian heavyweight John Fehner went ten rounds for the first time in his career, and in doing so scored his most impressive win to date. He outpointed fellow Golden State slugger Eddie Machen by split decision (95-93, 93-95, 95-93), and did it the hard way. Fehner started slowly and when a left hook floored him 45 seconds into round four he was in serious trouble. But he made it back to his feet at eight, survived the frame and mounted a remarkable comeback that saw him sweep rounds five to nine on two judge's cards. He dropped Machen with a short, flush uppercut at the end of round eight. A right cross had rocked Machen moments earlier and Fehner took advantage of the situation brilliantly. When it was all over Machen had landed 211 of 595 punches, Fehner 193 of 396, but the San Francisco slugger had done just enough to take the verdict and improve to 3-0 in the International Conference.

MONDAY JULY 14: JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, USA
(*IC*) (HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION)
SAM LEULUAI (NEW ZEALAND, 26-11-2(21)) UD10 SCOTT MUNDT (GERMANY, 19-3(12))


Connecticut-born German Scott Mundt's chances of earning a 2009 WCC berth hit a snag when he was floored five times on the way to a heavy unanimous decision loss against the hard-hitting but inconsistent New Zealander Sam Leuluai. In a remarkable opening to the bout, Mundt tasted the canvas in rounds one, two and four, and while he lasted the distance he was never in the contest. Leuluai dropped him with a crushing uppercut late in round eight, and for a fifth and final time at the end of round nine. Amazingly, even in the stanzas when there were no knockdowns Leuluai still dominated. He took the 5th, 6th and 7th convincingly and finished the fight strongly in round ten. While the punch totals didn't really indicate a one-sided fight (Leuluai outlanded Mundt 240-190), the final scorecards certainly did: 100-84, 99-85, 100-84.

Shattered and bemused afterwards, Mundt offered up no excuses. "He just kicked my ass in every conceivable way," he said, shaking his head. "Nothing I did made any difference. He was just way too good for me tonight." One interesting aspect of the defeat is that it is the third one that Mundt has suffered against a Polynesian fighter in the IBL. He lost a six-round unanimous decision to Leuluai's compatriot Neemia Sivivatu in his league debut back in June '06, a fight in which he was dropped four times. Mundt lost on cuts to the Samoan Kalolo Umaga in December '06. His only other loss has been to Brooklyn's Riddick Bowe in last year's WCC qualifying tournament. To illustrate Leuluai's hot and cold nature, this was only his fourth victory in eleven IBL bouts, and first in the International Conference since starting the year with stoppage losses to Leon Higgins and Cheetah Brown. Mundt must think himself unlucky to have run into the man when he was in such an inspired mood.

WEDNESDAY JULY 16: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA
(*IC*) (HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION)
LEON HIGGINS (USA, 28-8(20)) KO7 MARK LYONS (USA, 13-4(11))


Portland slugger Leon Higgins extended his winning streak to five fights with a 7th round knockout of Baltimore native Mark Lyons. It was a bout that Higgins was probably lucky to win, as besides the two knockdowns he scored, Lyons was the better fighter. Lyons started confidently and took the 1st convincingly. He was dominating round two before the momentum turned abruptly, Higgins dropping him with a left hook late in the frame. Lyons was back in control in rounds three and four, and by the end of the 4th some nasty swelling had erupted under Higgins's left eye. 27 year-old Higgins produced his best three minutes of the fight in round five, but Lyons was quick to wrestle back the upper hand with an impressive 6th.

And so Lyons appeared to be on track for a solid win at the start of round seven, but it all ended shockingly and suddenly when Higgins caught him with a sizzling left-right salvo late in the frame. Lyons fell face first to the canvas and did not move for the duration of the count, the bout over at the 2:38 mark. Only a minute earlier, Lyons had connected with a right cross that wobbled Higgins, but was unable to follow up. Lyons outlanded Higgins 149-106. Unfortunately, it counted for nothing, and he is now 2-4 in his last six fights and, with his second consecutive IC loss, is out of the running for a WCC berth in 2009. Now 13-5(11), Lyons is a maddening 6-5 since coming to the IBL, a record that includes a four-fight winning streak that now seems a distant memory. The story of Leon Higgins in the IBL is a similar one, as he lost four of his first six league bouts before his current string of victories. He is now 29-8(21).

WEDNESDAY JULY 16: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA
(*IC*) (HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION)
RON E. VINCENT (USA, 15-1(8)) KO5 FRED FULTON (USA, 15-5-1(8))


Virginia's Ron E. Vincent improved to 3-0 in the International Conference after a scorching 5th round stoppage of Kansas native Fred Fulton. Much like Leon Higgins earlier in the night, Vincent made a slow start but three minutes of explosiveness was enough to win him the fight. Fulton had the better of the opening four rounds before Vincent awoke from his apparent slumber in the 5th, tagging Fulton with a succession of power punches before dropping him twice in the final minute. Both knockdowns came from smashing left hooks that snapped Fulton's head around and brought a roar from the crowd. Fulton was counted out after the bell. Vincent maintained his impressive career start, his record now 16-1(9) with the only loss being to Indiana's Mike Hanson in last year's WCC qualifying tournament.

SATURDAY JULY 19: LONDON, ENGLAND
(*WCC*) (LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION)
#6 CORNELIUS BOZA-EDWARDS (UGANDA, 23-2-2(18)) TKO11 #9 TERUKI NAKATA (JAPAN, 31-4(21))


This action-packed clash featured a somewhat controversial ending, as it was stopped late in the 11th round due to a cut on Nakata's right eyebrow. Admittedly, it was a serious wound, and the decision to stop the fight was probably the correct one, but Nakata was in the bout right up to his eyeballs, as the scorecards showed going into round eleven. Two judges favoured the Japanese fighter by one point, while the other favoured Ugandan-born Boza-Edwards by the same margin. A right cross almost finished the London-based African early in round six, as he literally made it to his feet as the count reached nine. It was Boza-Edwards's first WCC clash, with his last outing being a world title eliminator against Mexico's Hector Hernandez back in January. Hernandez went on to lose to IBL champion Ben Villaflor, while Boza-Edwards sat out stage one of the WCC.

He could not have picked a tougher opponent than Nakata for his return bout, as the former IBL title challenger brought a four-fight winning streak into the clash, with his most recent victims being Azumah Nelson and former IBL champion Enrique Bolanos. Despite making a slow start, Nakata gave him fits for much of the evening. Round eight was perhaps the most dramatic of the fight, as Boza-Edwards was deducted a point for rabbit punching before then opening the gash that eventually ended the fight. The ringside official gave the wound a lengthy examination later in the frame, and then again in round elven, when the fight was called off. At the time of the stoppage, Boza-Edwards had landed 271 of 792 punches, Nakata 254 of 969. Some ringside observers were discussing the possibility of a stage three rematch, as it was one helluva stoush that probably deserves one. In my opinion, Boza-Edwards should steer well clear of Nakata. He dodged one bullet with the stoppage, no use will come of putting himself in front of another.

MONDAY JULY 21: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
(*IC*) (BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION)
SERGIO MILITO (ARGENTINA, 22-2(15)) TKO4 JUNG-IL BYUN (SOUTH KOREA, 41-9-2(28))


Former IBO champion Sergio Milito fought in his homeland for the first time under the IBL banner, but his clash with South Korea's Jung-Il Byun turned out to be somewhat anti-climatic. Milito opened a nasty cut on Byun's left eyebrow early in round one and the wound led to the bout's stoppage early in the 4th. Milito dominated proceedings while it lasted, but Byun was clearly affected by the cut. It was the South Korean's first loss in thirteen months, ending a four-fight winning streak. Byun has fought hard to recover from starting 2007 with three consecutive losses, including a stoppage loss to Gilberto Roman in the inaugural IBL title fight, but this defeat to Milito could very well end his chances of earning a place in the 2009 WCC. As for Milito, he is now 3-0 in the International Conference, with all three wins coming by stoppage inside of four rounds.

MONDAY JULY 21: KINGSTON, JAMAICA
(*IC*) (JUNIOR-HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION)
ELMER RAY (USA, 13-4-1(11)) MD10 JOHNY JENSEN (DENMARK, 17-5-4(8))


Florida Alliance member Elmer Ray avoided a second consecutive defeat, but was far from convincing against Denmark's Johny Jensen on his way to a majority decision win (97-94, 95-95, 98-93). It was something of a controversial decision, as many observers felt the fight closer than the scorecards indicated. Jensen outlanded Ray 234-165 and was the busier fighter, but the verdict shows him being soundly defeated. He was deducted a point for a low blow in the 5th, but that did not cost him the fight. It was rumoured that Ray may have been distracted by the problems between his fellow Pensacola stablemates Terone Haynes and Romy Alvarez. If true, there may be more to the issue than has been publicly revealed to date. Even so, Ray is now 3-1 in the International Conference but will need to win his final bout to have a chance of clinching a berth in next year's World Championship Conference.

WEDNESDAY JULY 23: MILAN, ITALY
(*IC*) (BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION)
RUBEN OLIVARES (MEXICO, 13-3(13)) KO7 FREDDIE GILROY (NORTHERN IRELAND, 31-8-2(21))


Power-punching Mexcian Ruben Olivares maintained his perfect stoppage record, flooring veteran Northern Irishman Freddie Gilroy three times in the 7th round. In an absolute slugfest that had the crowd on their feet, Gilroy gave as good as he received for much of the first six rounds, but Olivares destroyed him in round seven. The first knockdown came from an overhand right forty seconds in, the second from hard right cross just after the two minute mark and the third from a wicked left hook to the liver that had Gilroy down and unable to get back to his feet. He was counted out at the 2:48 mark. When it was all over, Olivares had outlanded Gilroy 202-177 and both men were displaying puffiness around their eyes. Olivares heaped praise on his opponent during the post-fight interview, giving special mention to Gilroy's fantastic opening round, where he came close to ending it with a barrage of power punches.

SATURDAY JULY 26: TOKYO, JAPAN
(*WCC*) (WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION)
#13 MELDRICK TAYLOR (USA, 28-5(17)) UD12 #5 SHOJI OHASHI (JAPAN, 21-2-1(14))


Philadelphia's Meldrick Taylor scored a considerable upset in taking a unanimous decision verdict over former world title challenger Shoji Ohashi in Tokyo. The hometown favourite appeared set for a second consecutive WCC victory as the fight entered the 8th round, but Taylor came home with a marvellously wet sail, sweeping the final five frames on two scorecards to take a 115-113, 116-112, 115-113 verdict. Not only was it a win that should move him out of the welterweight division's relegation zone, it was also a breakthrough victory for the Pennsylvanian. He has failed to come up with the goods in previous big fights against Emile Griffith, Ifeani Adamu and the New Yorker Marcelo Smith in their stage one clash. This victory will give Taylor the confidence and belief that he can mix it up with the top contenders at 147. As for Ohashi, he has now lost three of his last four fights going back to his world title challenge against Griffith in March '07, and will surely take a tumble in the rankings.

SATURDAY JULY 26: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, USA
(*WCC*) (JUNIOR-HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION)
#9 CARLOS DELEON (PUERTO RICO, 33-4-1(23)) SD12 #12 ROBERT DANIELS (USA, 25-7-2(19))


Former world cruiserweight/junior-heavyweight champion Carlos DeLeon was given all he could handle by Florida native Robert Daniels, but did enough to secure his first win in fourteen months, taking a split decision verdict (115-114, 112-116, 115-114). It must be said that some ringside observers had DeLeon a more comfortable winner than the official cards indicate, with the verdict of judge Eva Shain in Daniels's favour being heavily criticised. DeLeon actually outlanded Daniels 319-194, with the total punches thrown being comparable. A combination to the jaw dropped DeLeon with a minute remaining in the final frame to have his corner crew with their hearts in their mouths, but he made it to the bell and that knockdown obviously made the scores closer. The Puerto Rican was winning the round before being planted on his backside, so the incident represented a three-point turnaround.

Almost twenty months have now passed since DeLeon was dethroned by Jeff Lampkin, and the time in between has been a frustrating period for him. He rebounded from that shock December '06 defeat to score stoppage wins over Piet Crous and Torsten May, but was then sensationally disqualified in the 14th round of his rematch with Lampkin. He had dominated the fight, building a winning lead and only needed to stay out of trouble in the final two rounds to reclaim the championship. But he committed one foul too many, and when Maurice Holmes dominated him on the way to an 8th round knockout in February DeLeon's fall from the mountain was pretty much complete. This month's win over Daniels probably won't be enough to convince his doubters that he is back to his best, but it will see him rise a couple of places in the rankings and move further away from that dreaded relegation zone.

***

(Following are selected entries from the website's "Inside the Ropes: Results at a Glance" section for the month of July 2008).

7/2: TAMPA, FLORIDA, USA

(*IC*) (MW) MAURICE HOPE (ENGLAND, 18-4-2(13)) SD10 MARVIN BLANKS (USA, 30-9(20))

7/7: BERN, SWITZERLAND

(*IC*) (FLY) CHOKCHAI CHOCKVIVAT (THAILAND, 14-7-1(11)) KO10 YOKO GUSHIKEN (JAPAN, 17-1-2(10))

7/9: PARIS, FRANCE

(*IC*) (FLY) PANCHO VILLA (PHILIPPINES, 22-3(15)) UD10 ISIDRO PEREZ (MEXICO, 22-7-2(14))
(*IC*) (FLY) BRAHIM ASLOUM (FRANCE, 34-8(24)) UD10 OCTAVIO GOMEZ (MEXICO, 35-9-1(24))

7/12: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, USA

(*WCC*) (FW) #14 NOBUHIRO YOKOYAMA (JAPAN, 18-5-2(13)) KO6 #7 WITHAYA PAHOLPAT (THAILAND, 14-3(5))

7/14: JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, USA

(*IC*) (HW) FRANCESCO DAMIANI (ITALY, 14-4-2(7)) TKO5 DAVID KANE (USA, 14-5-1(12))
(*IC*) (HW) JACK JOHNSON (USA, 20-2-1(12)) KO8 FRANKIE GODDARD (USA, 36-11-2(24))
(*IC*) (HW) RAY MERCER (USA, 37-8-2(24)) KO3 KALOLO UMAGA (SAMOA, 14-6-1(11))

7/16: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA

(*IC*) (HW) ADAM BROOKS (USA, 11-4-1(5)) MD10 GARY MASON (ENGLAND, 30-6-2(23))
(*IC*) (HW) CHEETAH BROWN (USA, 15-2(11)) UD10 ALFREDO EVANGELISTA (URUGUAY, 15-8-2(10))

7/19: LONDON, ENGLAND

(*WCC*) (LHW) #7 JAMES FRANKLIN (ENGLAND, 31-2(23)) MD12 #13 FREDDIE MILLS (ENGLAND, 14-1-2(7))

7/19: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

(*WCC*) (BW) #4 ERNESTO MIRANDA (ARGENTINA, 29-6-1(17)) UD12 #14 FELIX MACHADO (VENEZUELA, 29-6(19))

7/21: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

(*IC*) (BW) JIMMY KRUG (USA, 11-2-2(5)) TechUD7 KATSUHIGE KAWASHIMA (JAPAN, 33-6-1(21))

7/21: KINGSTON, JAMAICA

(*IC*) (JHW) ORLIN NORRIS (USA, 17-3(10)) UD10 YOAN PABLO HERNANDEZ (CUBA, 22-8(17))

7/23: MILAN, ITALY

(*IC*) (BW) CARMELO ALEMAN (USA, 10-2-3(7)) DQ5 VIC FOLEY (CANADA, 28-10-3(17))
(*IC*) (BW) ALPHONSE HALIMI (FRANCE, 23-6-3(14)) SD10 CASPER LEON (ITALY, 24-4(13))

7/25: LONDON, ENGLAND

(*IC*) (JHW) MARK ELWOOD (USA, 17-5-1(12)) KO5 WAYNE BRAITHWAITE (GUYANA, 25-8-1(18))

7/26: TOKYO, JAPAN

(*WCC*) (LW) #11 JIM WATT (SCOTLAND, 17-4-1(11)) KO3 #10 IWAO OTOMO (JAPAN, 13-1-1(10))
(*WCC*) (BW) #6 ATSUTO HASEBE (JAPAN, 23-1(15)) UD12 #12 JEROME GUSTILO (PHILIPPINES, 21-3(13))

7/26: ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, USA

(*WCC*) (WW) #12 ERIC BENGTSON (USA, 13-2-3(7)) UD12 #10 VIRGIL AKINS (USA, 17-2-1(11))
(*WCC*) (WW) #6 MICHAEL LINCOLN (USA, 27-2(21)) UD12 #14 IKE QUARTEY (GHANA, 31-7(25))

7/26: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, USA

(*WCC*) (LW) #15 VICENTE SANTANA (BRAZIL, 14-4-1(9)) TKO8 #12 ENRIQUE BOLANOS (MEXICO, 24-5-3(18))

7/28: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO

(*IC*) (WW) ELFORD COLES (USA, 12-0-1(4)) UD10 CARLOS HERNANDEZ (VENEZUELA, 11-6-3(6))
(*IC*) (WW) WILFRED BENITEZ (PUERTO RICO, 19-3-2(12)) UD10 ALEXIS VALDERRAMA (COLOMBIA, 11-6-2(5))
(*IC*) (WW) ORLANDO SIERRA (PUERTO RICO, 26-2-1(20)) TKO9 SILVANO BERTINI (ITALY, 11-5-2(4))

7/30: PONT AUDEMER, FRANCE

(*IC*) (WW) ASHLEY JACKSON (ENGLAND, 15-2-1(11)) KO2 GLENWOOD BROWN (USA, 9-8-3(5))


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BOXING MONTHLY

VOLUME 30, ISSUE 7 - JULY 2008

(following are selected entries from the magazine's "Rings Around the World" section)

((*) denotes defending champion in title bouts)


Friday July 4, Bronx, NY, USA
Frank Galvano (USA, 15-0(12)) TKO6 Tony Janiro (USA, 12-4(5))
(middleweight division)

Friday July 4, Bronx, NY, USA
Eduardo Briceno (Venezuela, 4-0(2)) TKO3 Dal Hawkins (USA, 6-4(3))
(featherweight division)

Saturday July 5, Panama City, Panama
Roberto Duran (Panama, 12-0(12)) TKO4 Jose Alfaro (Nicaragua, 15-9-1(8))
(lightweight division)

Saturday July 5, Houston, TX, USA
Frank Tate (USA, 22-0-1(12)) UD12 Alan Minter (England, 26-3(16))
(vacant WBA middleweight championship)

Saturday July 12, Detroit, MI , USA
James Sinclair (USA, 26-2(18))* MD12 David Lester (USA, 35-6-1(27))
(WBC cruiserweight championship)

Saturday July 12, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Leroy Jenkins (USA, 28-3(18)) TKO5 Brandon Mitchem (USA, 19-5-1(10))
(super-middleweight division)

Saturday July 19, Mexico City, DF, Mexico
Francisco Esqueda (Mexico, 27-3-1(19))* KO8 Francisco Bojado (Mexico, 21-2-2(14))
(WBA welterweight championship)

Saturday July 19, Mexico City, DF, Mexico
Erik Velazquez (Mexico, 25-1-1(21))* TKO11 Akeem Anifowoshe (Nigeria, 22-0(19))
(WBA bantamweight championship)

Friday July 25, Akron, OH, USA
Michael Dokes (USA, 36-11-2(24)) TKO7 Emmett Rocco (USA, 21-10-2(13))
(heavyweight division)

Saturday July 26, Berlin, Germany
Ronnie Hayes (USA, 30-5-1(20)) KO9 Thomas Schmelzer (Germany, 30-2-1(20))*
(WBA cruiserweight championship)


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Nice! I picked up a win.


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