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The Past Week in Action 5 July 2017 - Part II

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London, England: Light Heavy: Frank Buglioni (20-2-1) W PTS 12 Ricky Summers (13-1). Super Welter: Ted Cheeseman (9-0) W TKO Matthew Ryan (14-2). Feather: Reece Bellotti (10-0) W TKO 8 Jamie Speight (15-12).Cruiser: Lawrence Okolie (4-0) W KO 1 Russ Henshaw (7-6). Welter: Conor Benn (9-0) W TKO 3 Mike Cole (4-1-1). Light Heavy: Joshua Buatsi (1-0) W TKO 2 Carlos Mena (4-7).
Buglioni vs. Summers
Buglioni wins unanimous decision over Summers and retains the British title in an excellent competitive scrap. Both fighters had some success in a close first round and Buglioni took the second as he hurt Summers with a snappy body punch. The third and fourth also went to Buglioni. The third was his best round so far as a right badly shook Summers and took the fourth as he finished the round strongly. Summers came into the fight more in the fifth scoring with rights of his own and he also took the sixth as Buglioni’s work rate dropped. The seventh was close but Summers seemed to outwork Buglioni. The champion hurt Summers with a left in the eighth as both fighters were trading hard punches in an exciting contest and the fight was poised to go either way as Summers had a good ninth and the tenth was too close to call. From there Buglioni staged a strong finish. He staggered Summers with a hard combination in the eleventh and as the two tired battlers swapped punches in the last round a punch from Buglioni again staggered Summers and the champion took that round also. Scores 118-111, 116-113 and 115-114 all for Buglioni. The 28-year-old “Wise Guy” was making the first defence of the British title he won with an impressive victory over Hosea Burton in December. Since losing to Fedor Chudinov for the WBA super middle title September 2015 and moving up to light heavy he has been comfortable at the additional poundage and will be looking for an international title now. Summers was going past the eighth round for the first time and stepping up in the quality of his opposition but he fought hard for all twelve rounds and showed he belongs at this level.
Cheeseman vs. Ryan
Cheeseman just punches too hard for Ryan. Cheeseman was stalking Ryan throughout the first round. Ryan was circling the ring stabbing out his jab but Cheeseman was ducking under the jab leaving his hands free to score with hooks and uppercuts and he hurt Ryan with a hard left hook to the body. Ryan stayed off the ropes at the start of the second and did some good work with his jab and straight rights. Cheeseman landed a couple of crunching left hooks and was working Ryan over on the ropes at the bell. An overhand right and a couple of short hooks dropped Ryan early in the third. He was up quickly and tried to hold Cheeseman off with a good left hook but Cheeseman walked through that and drove Ryan to the ropes putting him down with a right/left combination. Ryan landed on his side and although he made it to his feet the referee rightly stopped the fight. An outstanding amateur the 21-year-old from Bermondsey was coming off an impressive stoppage of Lloyd Elliott (20-1). He wins the English title and makes it seven victories by KO/TKO. First loss by KO/TKO for Ryan who was making the first defence of his English title.
Bellotti vs. Speight
Bellotti batters brave Speight to defeat in eight rounds. Bellotti hunted down Speight early getting close and landing some hurtful body punches. Speight survived some brutal punishment in the second as he lacked the power to keep Bellotti out. Speight boxed well on the retreat and showed some good defensive work but Bellotti landed some heavy stuff in the fifth and sixth as Speight tired. Speight spent much of the seventh with his back against the ropes as Bellotti pounded away to his body and when a right to the head rocked Speight badly the end looked near. Bellotti hunted Speight down in the eighth. He pinned Speight on the ropes and landed two heavy head punches and the fight was halted. The “Watford Bomber” Bellotti, 26, wins the vacant WBC International Silver title and has nine wins by KO/TKO, Fifth loss by KO/TKO for BBB of C Southern Area champion Speight.
Okolie vs. Hanshaw
Okolie is yet to hear the bell ending the first round. This was another too easy job for him. Hanshaw’s tactics were to rush head down and grab Okolie. On one of his rushes Okolie caught him with a right to the body that sent Hanshaw down in agony. After the eight count he tried another rush which was again met by a right to the body from Okolie and Hanshaw was down again. When the action resumed a right to the head sent Hanshaw tottering back to the ropes and the fight was stopped. The 24-year-old 6’5” (196cm) former top amateur has won all four of his fights inside a round so they need to find him some stiffer opposition so that he gets some useful ring time. Henshaw gets his third loss by KO/TKO.
Benn vs. Cole
Cole certainly came to fight. He chased after Benn from the opening bell trying to land with his southpaw lefts. Benn was content to let Cole come and Benn then either showed some good defensive moves or cracked home rights to the head. An uppercut rocked Cole and Benn fired a burst of combinations but Cole kept trying to land punches of his own. Cole started the second at a frantic pace chasing a fleet Benn until a straight right from Benn put Cole down. Cole got up but then it was Benn doing the chasing. He landed some booming head punches one of which brought blood flowing from Cole’s nose but Cole was still trying to fight back at the bell. Benn cut loose in the third with a barrage of rights to the head and Cole went down. He made it to his feet and wanted to continue but the referee rightly stopped the fight. Injury meant this was the 28-year-old Destroyer’s first fight for six months and he really looks to be on his way to the top. Cole showed plenty of courage and determination but that was not enough against a puncher like Benn.
Buatsi vs. Mena
Buatsi gets his first pro win as he halts poor Mena. Buatsi dispensed with any handshaking before the action and went straight after Mena. The Olympian battered Mena around the ring landing hooks, uppercuts right crosses with Mena never knowing where the next thump was coming from. Mena tried to punch his way out of trouble but was rocked by a hard right. Buatsi settled down and began to pick his punches and a rib crunching left hook saw Mena down on one knee. Again he tried to punch his way out of trouble with wide wild swipes leaving himself open to heavy head shots from Buatsi but Mena was still there at the bell. A right to the head put Mena down early in the second. He made it to his feet but another body punch followed by a succession of head punches saw him drop to his knew to get out of the storm. When the count was over another left hook to the body saw the last vestige of Mena’s resistance crumble and the referee stepped in to stop the fight. The 24-year-old Ghanaian-born Olympic bronze medallist looked classy and powerful but it will need stiffer tests than this to judge how far he can go. He is an exciting prospect. Spanish-based Cuban Mena was a late selection and showed guts to keep getting up but has now lost his last 6 fights and this is his fifth defeat by KO/TKO.

Sacramento, CA, USA: Welter: Taras Shelestyuk (16-0) W TKO 3 Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez (15-3). Light: Jose Roman (24-1-1) W PTS 8 Miguel Mendoza (23-13-2). Feather: Ruben Villa (7-0) W PTS 4 Jonathan Alcantara (7-16-2).
Shelestyuk vs. Alvarez
Shelestyuk dismantles crude Alvarez. In the first round Shelestyuk had no problem in piercing Alvarez’s guard with long southpaw jabs and lefts to the body. He had even less problem dealing with the crude rushing attacks from Alvarez. Late in the round a straight left, a right and another straight left sent Alvarez back and down. He was up and took the count and although landing more lefts Shelestyuk ran out of time to finish it. Shelestyuk sent Alvarez staggering into a corner with a left in the second and landed plenty more lefts to the body. Alvarez fought back and managed to land some punches but he was taking more punishment at the bell. Alvarez came out swinging in the third and his sheer aggression put Shelestyuk on the back foot. Once the storm blew itself out a short right and a long left from Shelestyuk sent Alvarez stumbling back and down against the ropes and the referee immediately stopped the fight. The tall Ukrainian goes to ten wins by KO/TKO. As an amateur he won a gold medal at the World Championships and bronze medals at the 2012 Olympics and the 2010 European Championships. After 15 wins against low level opposition Alvarez suffered back-to-back inside the distance losses against Ruslan Provodnikov and unbeaten Sammy Valentin with the Valentin loss being a 70 second kayo defeat.
Roman vs. Mendoza
Roman gets his tenth win in a row as he outpoints Mendoza. The aggressive “El Gato” forced the fight with Mendoza willing to exchange but being outworked. Scores 79-74 twice and 78-74 all for Roman who is being sensibly matched-not too tough, not too easy. Now 5 losses in a row for Mendoza including defeats against Ray Beltran and Giovanni Santillan.
Villa vs. Alcantara
Villa remain unbeaten as he takes every round against Alcantara. Scores 60-54 from all three judges. The 20-year-old Thompson Boxing team fighter has to be worth watching. He was National Golden Gloves champion and scored two wins over Shakur Stevenson almost derailing Stevenson’s march to Rio. Villa just missed out on a berth and was Olympic Alternate. Alcantara drops to 7 losses in his last 8 fights.

Doncaster: England: Bantam: Josh Wale (24-9-2) W PTS 12 Jamie Wilson (10-2). Light: Lee Appleyard (11-3) W TKO 5 Steve Brogan (10-1-2). Super Feather: Samir Mouneimne (17-2-1) W PTS 10 Razaq Najib (6-2). Super bantam: Gavin McDonnell (17-1-2) W PTS 6 Simas Volosinas (7-62).
Wale vs. Wilson
Wale finally gets his reward as he wins the vacant British title but this one was a very close call with Wilson pushing the more experienced Wale all the way. Wale made the better start working on the outside finding space and slotting home accurate punches. After that Wilson closed the distance and pressed Wale harder and the rounds were much closer. Wale built an early lead but Wilson cut that down with effective inside work over the middle rounds. Even then the rounds were so close it was hard to separate the fighters and the outcome was in the balance to the last round. Wale had been twelve rounds five times and that experience helped him overcome a cut eye in the last to stage a slightly stronger finish and get the decision. There were many dissenters although Wale probably just deserved the nod. Scores 115-114 twice and 116-112 all for Wale. In challenges for British, English, Commonwealth and WBC International titles Wale was 0-5-2 in title fights so it was good to finally see him win this one. Wilson, 25, was bidding to become the first British champion from Dundee and he came so close. He had lost to Anthony Nelson for the vacant Commonwealth super flyweight title in 2015 and had never gone past eight rounds before. He showed here that he could go the distance and still be strong but more important he showed he belongs at this level and it would be nice to think he would get a return but if not then another title shots sometime in the future is a certainty.
Appleyard vs. Brogan
Appleyard wins the vacant English title with stoppage of Brogan. Both fighters were looking to establish control from the start leading to some fiery exchange. Pressure from Appleyard saw Brogan dipping and touching the floor with his glove resulting in a standing count. They continued to thrill the crowd as they traded punches in the subsequent rounds. Appleyard had a big fifth with Brogan again touching down briefly and having to take a count despite disputing the legitimacy of the knockdown. Now Appleyard was on top and had Brogan under bombardment for the rest of the round. In the sixth a right from Appleyard sent Brogan reeling into the ropes and as Appleyard was unloading punches the referee halted the fight. It is a case of third time lucky for Appleyard. He had lost previously in fights for both the BBB of C Central Area title and for the vacant Commonwealth title and this win gets him his first title. Brogan had drawn each of his last two fights and this was a step up for him in both distance and opponent.
Mouneimne vs. Najib
Once again the English title found a new owner as Mouneimne took a close unanimous decision over Najib. The furthest Najib had been in a fight before this was six rounds and he lost that one. Here he went ten rounds well and was competitive to the end, Mouneimne was the more experienced and the more skilful but he was pressed hard by Najib so hard that the decision could really have gone to either fighter with that little bit of experience just giving Mouneimne the edge. Scores 97-94, 97-95 and 96-95 all for Mouneimne. As with Appleyard the 30-year-old from Hull wins a title at the third attempt having lost to two world rated fighters Josh Warrington and Ryan Walsh in fights for the vacant Commonwealth and vacant British titles respectively. He will be looking to build on this win. Najib belied his lack of experience and on the basis of this performance with a few more fights he will be back fighting for a title.
McDonnell vs. Volosinas
Just a bit of paid sparring for McDonnell as he wins every round against late selection Volosinas. Referee’s score 60-54. The downside to this one was a cut he suffered in the last round something he could have done without. This is his first fight since losing to Rey Vargas for the vacant WBC title in February. Eleven losses in a row for Lithuanian Volosinas.

Villa Mercedes, Argentina: Super Bantam: Diego De La Hoya (19-0) W PTS 10 Alan Luques (21-7). Light: Fidel Ruiz (12-0) W TKO 5 Guillermo Soloppi (22-17-2). Claudio Echegaray (18-0-1) W KO 9 Diego Santillan (23-2). Bantam: Carlos Sanrdinez (10-0) W PTS 12 Daniel Coronel (5-5-1).
De La Hoya vs. Luques
De La Hoya tops the card at this new venue for boxing and remains unbeaten with a decision over experienced Argentinian Luques. The speed and accuracy of De La Hoya’s punches saw him gathering most of the rounds over the first half of the fight. Luques showed some good counter punching but was being outboxed and outscored. Over the second half of the fight Luques had more success as De La Hoya’s work rate dropped occasionally. Luques did enough to earn a couple of rounds but De La Hoya added another victory. Scores 98-92 twice and 97-93 all for De La Hoya. The 22-year-old Mexican was making the third defence of his WBC Youth title and was accompanied by cousin Oscar. Diego has useful wins over Jesus Ruiz and Luis Orlando del Valle and is rated IBF 6(4)/WBO11. Luques, a former Argentinian title challenger, had won 3 of his last 4 fights.
Ruiz vs. Soloppi
Good win for Ruiz as he halts experienced Soloppi. After a rocky start Ruiz took control of the fight. Soloppi played very rough in the first round unsettling the less experienced Ruiz and some carless head work by Soloppi saw Ruiz cut on his right eyebrow. After that Ruiz controlled the action. Soloppi finally lost a point in the sixth for a deliberate head butt as he tried to stem the attacks of Ruiz. That did not work and as Ruiz continued to land with heavy punches the referee gave Soloppi a standing count only for Soloppi’s corner to throw in the towel during the count. The 24-year-old “King Ruiz”, the Argentinian No 3. wins the vacant South American title and gets his tenth win by KO/TKO. Four losses in a row now for former South American super feather champion Soloppi.
Echegaray vs. Santillan
In his sternest test so far local lad Echegaray came through a tough fight with favoured Santillan to retain the interim WBC Latino title. It was a hard-fought close battle but southpaw Echegaray showed better skills using his longer reach to pile up the points and scoring with strong hooks to the body. It was those body punches that were the undoing of Santillan as left hook to the ribs put Santillan down in the ninth and he was counted out. The 27-year-old “Serpent”, the Argentinian No 4 feather, now has 10 wins by KO/TKO. First fight for Santillan since losing on a seventh round kayo against Shinsuke Yamanaka for the WBC bantam title in 2015.
Sardinez vs. Coronel
Sardinez wins the vacant South American title with a unanimous decision over Coronel in a battle of novices. Sardinez bossed this one all the way and despite a gutsy display Coronel was never really in with a chance of winning with Sardinez a wide points victor. Scores 119-109, 119 ½ -110 ½ and 119 ½ -111 ½. Sardinez had never been past six rounds before and Coronel never past eight.

Pomezia, Italy: Cruiser: Simone Federici (11-1-1) W PTS 10 Francesco Cataldo (6-3). Federici wins the vacant Italian title at the second attempt as he takes majority decision over Cataldo in a battle of local fighters. In this one it was whether you went for the more aggressive and busier Cataldo or the better skills and more accurate punches Federici. In the end the judges just came down on the side of Federici. Scores 96-94 and 96-95 for Federici and 95-95. The 23-year-old Federici, the No 6 in the Italian ratings, lost to Nicola Ciriani for this title in 2015 and is now 4-0-1 in subsequent fights. Cataldo, 35, had won his last 4 fights and was No 7 in the ratings.

Tokyo, Japan: Super Feather: Kenichi Ogawa (22-1) W TKO 2 Hirotsugu Yamamoto (20-13-3). Ogawa defends his title with ease as he blows away challenger Yamamoto inside two rounds. Ogawa almost ended it in the first. As Yamamoto stormed forward a left hook put him on the floor. He was up within the allotted ten seconds but was down again from a right and was saved by the bell. A batch of punches put Yamamoto on the canvas in the second and although he again made it to his feet he was under fire and the referee halted the uneven contest. Ogawa, 29, the WBC No 8, was making the fifth defence of his Japanese title. He has 17 wins by KO/TKO. From a child he practised Nippon Kenpo, a form of martial art, and some of the moves he learned there make him a difficult and unpredictable fighter to face. Yamamoto, 33, was knocked out in one round by Jhonny Gonzalez in a challenge for the WBC Silver title in September.
Gomez Palacio, Mexico: Welter: Roberto Ortiz (35-1-2) DRAW 12 Diego Cruz (17-5-2). The vacant WBC Fecarbox title remains vacant after these two fought to a unanimous draw in a bloody contest. Ortiz seemed to make the better start opening a cut on the right cheek of Cruz in the second and shaking him badly in the third. However Diaz fought had hard enough to make the first close and the fourth. After four rounds the judges had scored it 39-38 for Ortiz, 39-37 for Cruz and 38-38. They scrapped hard over the middle rounds trading punches and generally busting each other up with Ortiz getting the better of the exchanges. After eight it was still close with Ortiz 77-75 and 77-76 in front on two cards and the third standing at 77-77. Ortiz tired badly over the closing rounds. Cruz finished the stronger with a right causing a swelling on the left cheek of Ortiz and Cruz looked to have done enough to edge in front. Scores 114-114 twice and 113-113 for that rare thing a case where the three judges all scored the fight a draw. “Massa” Ortiz, 31, was unbeaten in his first 32 fights and won the WBC Silver title so was high in the ratings before being knocked out in two round by Lucas Matthysse in 2014. He is 4-0-1 since then against a reasonable but not outstanding level of opposition. Cruz, 23, had good wins over Jose Lopez and Ivan Cano before losing consecutive fights to Carlos Molina and unbeaten Alejandro Davila but he certainly re-established himself with this performance.

Guadalajara, Mexico: Super Bantam: Luis Cusolito (25-2) W TKO 6 Victor Proa (28-3-2). Argentinian Cusolito beats Proa in a match where both shed quite a bit of blood. In the first round a punch from Proa busted open the nose of Cusolito and he had problems breathing from then. Despite that early set-back Cusolito began to take control of the fight and soon Proa was bleeding from cuts. By the end of the fifth the Mexican’s right eye was completely closed and in the sixth his vision was too limited and when he was knocked down the fight was stopped. The 29-year-old Cusolito, the South American champion, wins the vacant WBC Latino title. He has lost only one of his last 12 fights and that was a last round stoppage against Moises Flores for the interim WBA title in 2015. Proa was unbeaten in his first 28 fights but then lost inside the distance to Raul Martinez and Joseph Diaz.

Kempton Park, South Africa: Fly: Jackson Chauke (13-1-1) W TKO 9 Sibusiso Twani (11-9-1). Chauke climbs back into the ring after almost two years away and gets a win. Twani was unrated and a not too demanding choice for a comeback but it took nine rounds for Chauke to get the win over Twani. The 32-year-old Chauke was a Commonwealth silver medallist and competed at the 2008 Olympics so he was expected to rise to the top quickly when he turned pro. All went well until he lost in a challenged against Lwandile Sityatha for the national title in 2013. After that he had just one more fight in 2013 and one in 2015 and seemed to have given the sport up so it will be interesting to see if he continues his comeback. Twani also had loads of rust to shed as this was his first fight since March 2015 and his first loss by KO/TKO.

Berne, Switzerland: Middle: Ramadan Hiseni (8-0) W PTS 10 Jacob Maganga (9-5-5). Super Middle: Mirzet Bajrektarevic (18-4) W KO 3 Bruno Tavares (10-1-1).
Hiseni vs. Maganga
Youngster Hiseni gets another win as he earns wide unanimous decision over Maganga. Hiseni dominated the fight with his superior skill set with Maganga never really in the fight but showing a good defence. Hiseni had Maganga down in the tenth but just could not find the punch to end things. Scores 100-89, 99-89 and 99-90 all for Hiseni. The 20-year-old Swiss-based Kosovon was up at ten rounds for the first time. Tanzanian Maganga is an experienced journeyman who was 3-0-1 in his last 4 fights.
Bajrektarevic vs. Tavares
Southpaw Bajrektarevic shows his power with stoppage of Tavares. The locally-based Tavares made the mistake of standing and punching with the dangerous Croatian and paid the price being knocked out in the third round. The 36-year-old Bajrektarevic makes it ten win by KO/TKO. He has won 7 of his last 8 fights with the loss being to Martin Murray in2015. For Tavares, who hails from Portugal, this is obviously a setback but he is good skilful boxer and at 26 has time to rebuild,

Paisley, Scotland: Feather: Declan Geraghty (15-2). W PTS 10 Michael Roberts (19-1-1). Super Feather: Jordan McCorry (13-3-1) W PTS 10 Jamie McGuire (8-2-1).
Geraghty vs. Roberts
This was a case of the substitute being better than the original opponent. Former Irish amateur stand out Geraghty answered a late call to come in as a substitute and the Dublin southpaw outboxed local fighter Roberts all the way to emerge the clear winner. Referee’s score 98-92 for Geraghty. “Pretty Boy” Geraghty had been stopped in four rounds by James Tennyson in a fight for the Irish super feather title in March so he needed a win and made sure he got it. He won Irish titles at every level from Cadet through Junior and Seniors, won a silver medal at the European Union Championships and competed at both the European and World Championships. The late change of opponent did not help the 30-year-old Glaswegian Roberts as he gets his first loss as a pro. As an amateur he was Scottish champion and a quarter-finalist at the Commonwealth Games now he has a rebuilding job to do.
McCorry vs. McGuire
McCorry wins the vacant BBB of C Scottish Area title with points decision over McGuire. Things started badly for McCorry as he was on the floor in the first round. He survived that scare and then dominated the fight to run out a clear winner. Referee’s score 98-93. McCorry, 26, has won 4 of his last 5 fights. McGuire, 28, was 3-0-1 in his last 4 fights.

July 2

Brisbane, Australia: Welter: Jeff Horn (17-0-1) W PTS 12 Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2). Super Fly: Jerwin Ancajas (27-1-1) W TKO 7 Teiru Kinoshita (25-2-1). Light Heavy: Damien Hooper (13-1) W PTS 10 Umar Salamov (19-1).Middle: David Toussaint (11-0) W PTS 8 Shane Mosley Jr (10-2). Feather: Michael Conlan (3-0) W TKO 3 Jarrett Owen (5-5-3)
Horn vs. Pacquiao
Horn stakes a claim to getting the best ever result for an Australian fighter as he get controversial unanimous decision over Pacquiao
Horn vs. Pacquiao
Round 1
Horn made a positive start. He took the fight to Pacquiao and used his reach advantage to score with some jabs and had the Filipino rattled when he worked him over on the ropes a couple of times.
Score 10-9 Horn
Round 2
Pacquiao tried to force the fight more he was throwing more and having more success but was also having difficulty landing cleanly with Horn showing quick movement. The Australian was cleverly side-stepping Pacquiao’s attacks but not landing enough.
Score 10-9 Pacquiao 19-19
Round 3
Horn made a good positive start to this one coming forward and letting his hands go. and scoring with some sharp left hooks to the head. Pacquiao then took over and ended the round strongly timing his punches better and scoring with hooks.
Score 10-9 Pacquiao 28-29
Round 4
Pacquiao was having trouble settling into any kind of rhythm as Horn was constantly moving. Pacquiao landed a couple of counters but Horn landed a leaping left hook through the champion’s guard and he outscored Pacquiao in this one.
Score 10-9 Horn 38-38
Round 5
Pacquiao had a better round here. Horn forced the action but Pacquiao was moving slickly and showing his old hand speed and getting home with quick counters.
Score 10-9 Pacquiao 47-48
Round 6
A clash of heads early in the round saw Pacquiao suffer a vertical cut in the hairline above his right eye and as is common with cuts to the head in bled freely but Pacquiao survived a doctor’s inspection and landed some sharp counters.
Score 10-9 Pacquiao 56-58
Round 7
Pacquiao started the round well landing a sharp jab and catching Horn with some quick counters. Horn then drove forward and landed some good shots of his own. Once again heads clashed Pacquiao now had another cut again in his hairline but over his left eye. Horn had Pacquiao on the back foot and scored with some good rights to take the round.
Score 10-9 Horn 66-67
Round 8
Pacquiao had a good round. He was quicker to the punch timing Horn’s attacks and countering and then quickly stepping back to avoid getting entangled with the bigger Australian. A clash of heads opened a cut over Horn’s right eye and he was thrown to the canvas but rightly it was not counted as a knockdown
Score 10-9 Pacquiao 75-77
Round 9
A big round for Pacquiao. Horn made a promising start to the round but then Pacquiao shook Horn with a right/left combination and he drove the Australian around the ring with rights and lefts. Horn looked unsteady and very tired.
Score 10-9 Pacquiao 84-87
Round 10
Horn came out with fresh legs for the tenth. He resumed his lunging attacks scoring with straight rights. Pacquiao got through with a couple of counters but he was outworked.
Score 10-9 Horn 94-96
Round 11
Pacquiao showed his skills in this one. Horn drove forward but the Filipino was catching him with right jabs and straight lefts and edged the round
Score 10-9 Pacquiao 103-106
Round 12
The action was frantic in the last with both fighters tired but trying to find the energy to get a decisive edge. Horn started the round strongly, Pacquiao countered well in the middle of the round but for me Horn just produced the stronger finish.
Score 10-9 Horn 113-115
Official scores: 115-113 twice and 117-111 all for Horn.
I thought Pacquiao just edged it but I have no problems with the judges who had it 115-113 for Horn. Apart from Pacquiao’s big ninth many of the rounds were close enough to have gone to either fighter. This was no robbery as some have claimed it was a close; hard fight all of the way. Horn fought an intelligent fight. He showed excellent side-to-side movement and used his strength to off-set the craft of Pacquiao and roughed the champion up in the clinches. His attacks were crude at times but effective. This was a disappointing performance for Pacquiao. With his huge extra experience, his much higher level of opposition and with Horn only having gone twelve rounds once this should have been a routine job for Pacquiao at his best but perhaps at 38 this is just the natural erosion of time on a great fighter. Horn wins the WBO title which is an impressive achievement for a fighter with only 17 fights. This is easily the biggest ever win by an Australian fighter and it was great to see the huge crowd for a sport that sometimes finds itself lucky to get any coverage in the Australian media. It also drew excellent cable figures for ESPN. Hopefully the 29-year-old local teacher’s win will give the sport a boost in Aussie land.
Ancajas vs. Kinoshita
Ancajas retains the IBF title with stoppage of fellow southpaw Kinoshita. In the opening round Ancajas was landing some nice straight right jabs and following with straight lefts with Kinoshita not throwing much at all. Ancajas was again getting through with his jab and scoring with left hooks to the body in the second. Kinoshita was not quick enough and a swelling and small cut opened around his right eye. Ancajas scored with a nice right to the body and left to the head. They stood and traded at the end of the round with Kinoshita getting home some hooks but being outpunched by Ancajas. The referee had the doctor examine the damage around the right eye of Kinoshita before the start of the third round but he ruled it was OK for the fight to continue. Ancajas outboxed Kinoshita in the third and fourth. He was getting through with his right jab/straight left combinations and scoring with clusters of punches with Kinoshita throwing too little and lacking power. Kinoshita had a better fifth as he took the fight to Ancajas and had some success with his own rights and lefts to the body. Kinoshita was also more competitive in the sixth scoring with his straight right and left hooks but Ancajas landed some strong straight lefts as the round ended. In the seventh Ancajas landed a couple of hooks to the head and a right to the body and Kinoshita went down on his knees. He made it to his feet but there was blood coming from his nose and his right was closed and despite his protests the referee stopped the fight. The 25-year-old Filipino “Pretty Boy” was making the second defence of his IBF title. He makes it 18 wins by KO/TKO and 14 wins on the bounce since losing a majority decision to Mark Anthony Geraldo in 2012. Kinoshita was having his second shot at this title having lost a clear decision to Zolani Tete for the vacant title in 2014.
Hooper vs. Salamov
Huge win for Australian Hooper as he gets points decision over WBO No 8 Salamov. An early cut over his left eye dictated that Hooper should curtail some of his usual aggression and box more on the back foot. The slow but strong Salamov had height and reach over Hooper and rocked Hooper badly in the eighth but the Australian battled back and provided a storming finish in the last to cement the close win. Scores 96-94 for Hooper from all three judges. The 25-year-old from Toowoomba is finally realising the promise he showed as an amateur. He won a gold medal at the Youth Olympics, silver at the World Youth Championships and going into the 2012 Olympics he was the No 2 rated in the world at 82kg. He beat Marcus Browne in London but was then eliminated by the eventual gold medallist Egor Mekhontsev. He won his first nine pro fights but then his career came badly off the rails. He was flattened in 21 seconds by unheralded Rob Powdrill and was then found guilty of an assault on a policeman-spitting was considered an assault- and then assaulted a guy who tried to stop Hooper berating Hooper’s partner and because of his earlier offence he was jailed. He was out of action for 15 months and is adamant his bad boy days are behind him. Russian Salamov had beaten reasonable level opposition in Doudou Ngumbu and Bob Ajisafe and at 23 can come again.
Toussaint vs. Mosley
Australian middleweight prospect David Toussaint remained undefeated, improving to 11-0 (8 KO) with a decision win over Shane Mosley Jr, who falls to 10-2 (7 KO). Scores were 77-75 Mosley and 77-76 twice for Toussaint.
Conlan vs. Owen
Easy work for Conlan. He was stalking Owen over the first two rounds starting orthodox then changing to southpaw from half way through the first round. Owen made some rushing attacks but they were ineffective and in the second after going back to orthodox Conlan shook Owen with a right to the head and scored with a hard body punch. In the third some rib benders had Owen badly hurt and a left/right had him rocking before another left hook to the body sent Owen back to the ropes in a half crouch. He was on his way to the canvas but Conlan was on to him too quickly for him to drop and Conlan unloaded some more hard punches looking for the referee to step in and he did. Now three wins by KO/TKO all ending in the third round for the 25-year-old from Belfast a former European, Commonwealth Games and World Champion

Fight of the week: Horn vs. Pacquiao was the biggest fight but for entertainment Brian Castano vs. Michel Soro was best with honourable mentions to Karo Murat vs. Dominic Boesel and Frank Buglioni vs. Ricky Summers
Fighter of the week: Has to be Jeff Horn
Punch of the week: The straight right from Eduard Troyanovsky that put Michele Di Riocco down in the first round
Upset of the week: Jeff Horn’s win over Manny Pacquiao
One to watch: Yet another British prospect Joshua Buatsi

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