Weekly Results 21 November 2017 -- Part II
By Eric Armit
Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Frampton throws a right at Garcia.
Las Vegas, NV, USA: Super Welter: Julian Williams (24-1-1) W PTS 10 Ishe Smith (29-9). Light Heavy: Lionell Thompson (19-4) W PTS 10 Earl Newman (10-1-1). Feather: Tugstsogt Nyambayar (9-0) W PTS 8 Hermonito Dela Torre (19-1). Super Middle: Lanell Bellows (17-3-1) W TKO 7 Fabiano Pena (15-10-1).
Williams vs. Smith
Williams gets wide unanimous decision over former IBF champion Smith. Williams led this from the start. He was getting his punches off first in the opening round with Smith not letting his hands go enough. A clash of heads in the second saw Smith cut over his left eye and he was thrown by that with Williams attacking hard and taking the round. Despite Smith shown more aggression in the fourth Williams took that one too. The fifth was possibly the best round in the fight as Smith dominated early with left hooks and Williams banged back over the second half of the round but Smith’s earlier work took it. Smith also had a good sixth but in the seventh Smith was again cut in a clash of heads as Williams took the round and finished strongly over the last three rounds to emerge a clear winner despite suffering a hand injury. Scores 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93 all for Williams. The 27-year-old “J Rock” from Philadelphia was knocked out in five rounds by Jermall Charlo in a challenge for the IBF title in December but had come back with a win June and is rated WBC 6/IBF 8(7)/WBO 13. The 39-year-old Smith just started too slow in this one. He had scored good level wins over Tommy Rainone and Frank Galarza but this was his first fight for 14 months and it showed.
Thompson vs. Newman
Thompson floors and decisions Newman to continue his good run. Although the smaller man Thompson was showing clever movement and getting his jab home quicker over the first two rounds whilst Newman was having difficulty in finding his range. Thompson shook Newman with a right in the third and then sent him into a corner with another right. He blazed away until the referee stepped in and gave Newman a standing count. Newman saw out the round with no more trouble. That could not be said for the fourth round where a left hook wobbled Newman and then another burst of punches saw Newman drop to one knee. He was up at eight and actually showed his best form so far as he had his jab on target and landed some rights. The fifth, sixth and seventh saw Newman pressing hard. He was varying his attacks but not throwing enough punches and Thompson was still quicker with his jab and picking up the points. Newman had a better eighth as he found the target with left hooks and right crosses. Newman also finished strongly on the last two rounds but could not make up for Thompson’s early dominance. Scores 97-91 twice and 96-92 for Thompson. The 32-year-old Thompson was coming off good wins over Donovan George and Steve Lovett. Newman, 26, had drawn with Paul Parker in his last fight and Parker had a win over Thompson on his record but Newman could not copy that result.
Nyambayar vs. Dela Torre
Nyambayar gets off the floor to win this clash of unbeaten fighters. After a fast, close first round Nyambayar rocked Dela Torre with a right but the Filipino gained revenge in the second. Late in the round as Nyambayar came storming in Dela Torre nailed him with a perfectly timed right counter sending Nyambayar to the canvas. Nyambayar was up quickly and as the bell had gone he was able to just walk back to his corner. A right from Nyambayar had Dela Torre stumbling in the third as the Mongolian began to have the better of the quick-fire exchanges and he was more accurate with his shots in the fourth. The Mongolian took the fifth with sharp accurate jabs and rights and opened a cut over the left eye of Dela Torre. The young Filipino pressed hard over the last three rounds trying to turn the fight his way but Nyambayar showed excellent defensive work and was outpunching Dela Torre in the exchanges. Scores 78-73 twice and 79-73 all for Nyambayar. The 25-year-old “King Tug” was an outstanding amateur but just came up short at both the 2009 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics having to settle for silver medals at both competitions. The 23-year-old Dela Torre showed some class skills but has failed so far to live up to his early promise and has disappointed in his three fights since relocating to the US.
Bellows vs. Pena
Bellows gets a much needed win as he halts Pena in seven rounds. The 31-year-old locally-based fighter had a ten bout winning streak until he lost consecutive fights to Decarlo Perez and Mike Snider. This is his first fight since losing to Snider in June and his tenth win by KO/TKO. Mexican-based Brazilian Pena falls to nine losses by KO/TKO having been stopped in three rounds by Blake Caparello in Australian five weeks ago.
New York, NY, USA: Bantam: Duke Micah (21-0) W PTS 10 Jose Santos Gonzalez (23-5). Welter: Freddie Lawson (25-1) W RTD 3 Fidel Munoz Monterrosa (38-15-1,1ND). Super Feather: Bryant Cruz (18-2) W TKO 3 Angel Luna (11-4-1).
Micah vs. Gonzalez
Micah has to fight hard to get win on his first bout in the US. The former Commonwealth champion from Ghana took the first two rounds with some solid boxing. A clash of heads saw Gonzalez with a cut over his left eye and fearing the fight might be stopped Gonzalez upped his pace. Micah allowed his jab to fall into disuse as he tried to worsen the cut instead of sticking to his boxing. Gonzalez’s corner kept the cut under control and Gonzalez was no longer worried by it. Micah pressed the action but that suited Gonzalez who showed slick moves in getting past Micah’s jab and scoring with quick counters. The rounds were close with Micah throwing more and Gonzalez showing greater accuracy and the decision could have gone to either fighter or ended all even but the judges just gave it to Micah. Scores 96-94 twice for Micah and 95-95. The 26-year-old “Baby Faced Terminator” is rated WBO 8/WBC 14 but Gonzalez is a different opponent to those he has met in the, past and this was a good learning fight and it showed weaknesses that can be worked on. Gonzalez suffered back-to-back losses to South Africans Mzuvukile Magwaca and Zolani Tete but no disgrace there and hopefully this showing will get him some more work.
Lawson vs. Munoz
Lawson continues his comeback with win over Muniz. Lawson had floored Muniz twice in the second round and looked on the way to a stoppage win. Munoz had indicated in the second that he had injured an arm and after surviving the third he retired at the end of the round. The 28-year-old from Ghana lost to Kevin Bizier on a tenth round retirement in November 2015. A win there would have landed him a shot at Kell Brook for the IBF title but he was pulled out of the Brazier fight due to a fractured jaw. That led to him being out of the ring until returning with a majority decision over Sakima Mullings in March this year. Colombian Muniz is competitive at a modest level but losses whenever he tries to step up.
Cruz vs. Luna
Cruz gets much needed wins as he has too much power for Luna. Cruz attacked hard over the first two rounds and that paid off in the third. A right from Cruz put Luna down heavily and he was too badly shaken to be allowed to continue. Cruz had won his first 16 fights but then went 1-2 in his next three with the most recent result being a stoppage by Ryan Martin in March. The 27-year-old “PeeWee” gets his ninth win by KO/TKO. Dominican Luna has now lost 4 of his last 5 fights but against good level opposition.
Tacoma, WA, USA: Super Middle: Mike Gavronski (25-2-1) W TEC Dec 8 Andrew Hernandez (19-8-1). Gavronski keeps up his good run with a split technical decision over a competitive Hernandez. Both worked their jabs in an even first with Gavronski taking the second as he pressed Hernandez hard. The third and fourth were close but Gavronski was rolling in the fifth scoring on the inside and he continued that impetus into the sixth. His inside work continued to give Gavronski the edge in the seventh and Hernandez was cut over his left eye. They were again fighting inside when late in the eighth they got tangled and Gavronski pushed Hernandez to the canvas. Hernandez had injured his right ankle and was unable to continue. Since it was an unintentional foul the result was decided by the cards with Gavronski in front 78-74 on two and Hernandez 77-75 up on the third. Now 11 wins in his last 12 fights for “Imagine Me” Gavronski who was coming off a good win over Brian Vera. Now three losses in a row for Hernandez.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Heavy: Guillermo Jones (41-3-2,1ND) W PTS 12 Ytalo Perea (10-3-2). Super Light: Alberto Puello (13-0) W KO 1 Ricardo Gutierrez (11-2-1). Feather: William Encarnacion (15-0) W KO 2 Julio Cesar Cruz (11-4). Heavy: Abigail Soto (9-0) W RTD 4 Frank Mola (8-11). Light Heavy: Lenin Castillo (17-1-1) W TKO 1Julio Cesar Cruz (11-4). Yomar Medina (17-0) W TKO 6 Alejandro Ramos (8-3). Middle: Carlos Adames W RTD 6 Adrian Perez (7-3)
Jones vs. Perea
Jones gets split decision in slow, slow heavyweight fight. Jones had height and reach over Perea and boxed mostly on the back foot. Neither man will ever be accused of being fast. The fight started at a slow pace and that never really changed as neither fighter looked capable of lasting out twelve rounds at anything above walking pace. Perea was coming forward for most of the fight but Junes was slotting jabs and clubbing rights through Perea’s guard as he advanced. Perea had some success with his jab and also when he got close enough to fire punches to the ampler target the obese Jones presented. The pattern did not change much. Occasionally Jones would come forward and throw some punches and Perea showed some good defensive moves ducking and then countering. Perea had a slight edge in hand speed but Jones was too big and too heavy and Perea did not have the power to hurt Jones. Neither fighter was able to dominate and there was never much between them in any round but Jones just finished the better. Scores 107-102 and 105-104 for Jones and 107-102 for Perea. Jones wins the vacant WBA Fedelatin title. Typically for the WBA even though Jones had not fight for 16 months he was rated No 15 by them and this is a drugs cheat who tested positive for a banned substance in both 2013 and 2014 with the 2014 test forcing the cancellation of the return fight with Denis Lebedev. Jones had tested positive after they fought in 2013. When he turned pro Jones weighed 148 lbs supposedly for this he was 229lbs but from the size of him he must have only put one foot on the scales as he looked much heavier than that. Ecuadorian Perea, 24, was considered a good prospect when he beat Julio Cesar La Cruz, Dominic Breazeale, and Simon Kean in the amateurs but he has not looked anything like a prospect as a pro.
Puello vs. Gutierrez
Puello blows away Mexican Gutierrez inside a round. A right to the body was all that was required with Gutierrez going down for the count. “The Wasp” retains the both the WBC Latino and WBA Fedelatin titles and has eight wins by KO/TKO. He is one of the best prospects in the Republic. Gutierrez loses inside the distance for the second time and is really just a prelim fighter.
Encarnacion vs. Cruz
Former top amateur Encarnacion punches too hard for Mexican Cruz. Encarnacion was hunting Cruz in the first and put him down with a right to the head. Cruz beat the count and tried to fight back but only just made it to the bell. In the second Encarnacion took Cruz to the ropes and landed a left and right to the head that saw Cruz drop to the floor. He was up and ready to continue after the eight count. He tried to punch his way out of trouble but a right to the body put him down again and the referee stopped the fight. Now 13 wins by KO/TKO for the 29-year-old former Olympian Encarnacion .First loss by KO/TKO for Cruz but this was his first fight for over two years.
Soto vs. Mola
Soto wins the vacant Dominican title as Mola retires at the end of the fourth. This fight was fought at something even slower than walking pace. Soto was somewhat fitter than Mola and did what scoring there was. In the fourth he pinned Mola to the ropes and landed some head punches. Mola survived but he was too tired to even raise his hands. At the end of the round Mola’s seconds started unwrapping his gloves effectively pulling their man out of the fight. First ten round fight for Soto but he is too slow to get beyond national level. Nine losses inside the distance for Mola.
Castillo vs. Perez
Castillo crushes pathetic Perez. Castillo had a much longer reach and found Perez and easy target. Late in the round he forced Perez to the ropes with three stiff jabs and then landed a right cross that put Perez down. He made it to his feet but again dropped after a couple of head punches. He was up quickly but another right put him on the floor and the fight was stopped. The 29-year-old Castillo has 12 wins by KO/TKO. He drew with Travis Peterkin and lost to unbeaten Joseph Williams. As an amateur he competed at the 2008 Olympics and World Championships. Perez, 41, was a late substitute. He has lost 7 of his last 8 fights with all seven losses inside three rounds.
Medina vs. Ramos
Medina gets another inside the distance win as he is too slick and too powerful for the Mexican. Ramos just a prelim fighter was too crude with his attacks. Medina was able to score from the outside with his jab and evaded the wild swings of Ramos before countering. In the sixth there was a spat over what Ramos saw as a punch to the back of the head and he threw a punch at Medina on the break. Both fighters got angry and fought mad. After stepping back from some wild rights from Ramos Medina countered with a right uppercut that put Ramos down and knocked his mouthguard flying. Ramos made it to his feet but did not know where he was and the referee stopped the fight. The 23-year-old Dominican makes it 15 wins by KO/TKO including 12 in his last 13 fights but against low level opposition, Second loss by KO/TKO for Ramos.
Adames vs. Perez
Adames has too much talent for inexperienced Perez. Adames tried hard to put Perez away but the Venezuelan took his punishment and in the end his corner pulled him out at the end of the sixth round. Adames, 23, was a top level amateur and looks destined to become a world title challenger in another couple of years. Southpaw Perez fought hard but now has two losses by KO/TKO.
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Super Feather: Matias Rueda (29-1) W TKO 4 Guillermo Soloppi (22-19-2,1ND). Super Fly: Juan Jurado (14-0-3) DREW 10 Lucas Fernandez (11-1-1).
Rueda vs. Soloppi
Easy win for Rueda. He had big edges in height and reach over Soloppi and used them to build a good lead over the first three rounds as he boxed on the back foot letting Soloppi walk on to counters. Just seconds into the fourth as Soloppi tried to move inside Rueda landed a vicious short right uppercut to the chin which put Soloppi on the floor. He managed to beat the count but was swaying and unable to stand straight and the referee stopped the fight. Third win for Rueda following his second round stoppage by Oscar Valdez for the vacant WBO feather title in July last year. The 29-year-old “Little Cobra” goes to 26 wins by KO/TKO and takes one round more than he did in beating Soloppi in three rounds in 2015. Soloppi, 32, drops to five losses by KO/TKO and also to six losses in a row. His South American title was not on the line.
Jurado vs. Fernandez
Jurado draws with Fernandez in defence of his WBO Latino title. The challenger made the better start as he edged the first two rounds. Jurado got into the fight over the next two rounds as he worked well with body punches. The middle rounds were close with Fernandez just looking to have edged ahead. Jurado made things close with a good last round. It did not look enough but the judges came up with a drawn verdict. Scores 96-94 for Jurado, 97-93 for Fernandez and 95-95. The 30-year-old Jurado is Argentinian champion but his national title was not on the line. Fernandez is his No 1 challenger so they should meet soon for the national title.
Brussels, Belgium: Super Light: Mohamed El Marcouchi (19-1) W PTS 8 Felix Matamoros (9-15). US-based Belgian hope El Marcouchi returns to his home city for a win. He has no problems in outpointing one of the Barcelona loser’s guild as he takes every round against Nicaraguan Matamoros. Scores 80-72 for El Marcouchi from all three judges. The Miami-based 29-year-old ABU champion has now extended his winning run to 17. Matamoros is 2-7 in his last 9 fights including two losses to Steve Jamoye in Belgium and to Brit Frankie Gavin.
Aix-en-Provence, France: Super Bantam: Sofian Bellahcene (8-13-1) W PTS 10 Thomas Barbier (7-20-1). Cruiser: Siril Makiadi (9-1) W TKO 9 Anthony Prunier (11-8-1).
Bellahcene vs. Barbier
Bellahcene retains the French title with close, controversial decision over Barbier. Neither fighter is ever going to get past domestic level but they put up a good entertaining contest in which the decision could have gone either way with local fighter Bellahcene favoured by the judges. Scores 96-94 twice and 96-95 for Bellahcene who was making the second defence of his title. He had lost twice to Barbier so he is now 1-2 and a fourth fight is required. Barbier, 34, almost had his career ended in 2014. He was ready to challenge the then champion but a brain scan showed a problem which was later clarified and he was relicensed but too late for that title shot.
Makiadi vs. Prunier
Makiadi makes it a good night for champions as he halts Prunier to retain the French cruiser title. Since losing his first pro fight in 2012 Makiadi has scored nine wins in a row four by KO/TKO. Prunier challenged for the French super middle title in 2009 but only returned to the ring last year after six years away. He was No 5 in the French ratings.
Laval, France: Welter: Jordy Weiss (18-0) W KO 4 Jonathan Valero (8-3).
Local hero Weiss wins the vacant WBC Mediterranean title with kayo of Spaniard Valero. After a cautious first round Valero had a strong second round forcing Weiss to the ropes and scoring well there. Weiss got off the ropes and finished the round stronger and dominated the third. In the fourth a right hook to the chin floored Valero and he was counted out. “The Gypsy” gets only his third win by KO/TKO. Second loss by KO/TKO for Valero.
Balaruc-les-Bains, France: Feather: Sofiane Takoucht (32-3-1) W PTS 8 Lesther Cantillano (3-9). Just a workout really for Takoucht as the former European and EU champion wins easily against Nicaraguan survivor Cantillano. Thirty-two-year-old southpaw Takoucht had only one fight in 2015 and was inactive ion 2016. He won the vacant IBF International title in February and is pencilled in for a defence in March so some useful ring time here. Now nine losses in a row for Cantillano, eight of them on points.
Neustadt Glewe, Germany: Cruiser: Tervel Pulev (6-0) W TKO 1 Mikheil Khutsishvili (44-36-6). Pulev blows away another poor opponent in a mismatch. Pulev towered over the dumpy Khutsishvili and immediately had the Georgian backing up with a series of jabs. A right cross to the side of the head shook Khutsishvili who half turned away complaining it had been a punch to the back of the head. Pulev then tracked Khutsishvili around the ring before landing some solid shots to head and body that dropped Khutsishvili. He was up quite quickly but leaning back against the ropes and did not protest when the referee stopped the fight on completion of the eight count. All over in 108 seconds during which Khutsishvili threw just one jab-and that missed. Pulev makes it six wins by KO/TKO taking less than 13 rounds for them but this was a farce and it was Pulev’s second fight in a week. He would have done better to go to the gym for some sparring. It was Khutsishvili second stoppage loss in 21 days and his nineteenth in his career.
Dusseldorf, Germany: Welter: Deniz Ilbay (19-1) W DISQ 7 Domenico Urbano (26-6-1). Cruiser: Kai Robin Havnaa (11-0) W PTS 8 Ramazi Gogichashvili (30-22-2).
Ilbay vs. Urbano
Ilbay retains his Global Boxing Union title for the second time when Urbano is disqualified. Ilbay was able to get through with quick combinations to head and body with Urbano too slow to be competitive. Urbano began to rough Ilbay up and was warned for hitting with his elbow before having a point deducted for repeating the offence. In the seventh the elbow went in again and Urbano was disqualified. Ilbay, 22, scored an impressive win when he went to Namibian and beat local favourite Bethuel Ushona for the vacant WBFederation title in June last year but never defended the title. His only loss was to unbeaten Egidijus Kavaliauskas in Las Vegas in April last year. He revealed after this fight that he had two screws in his right hand to help heal an injury. Urbano, 41, a former European Union featherweight champion was having his first fight for 19 months.
Havnaa vs. Gogichashvili
Norwegian Havnaa gets in some ring time as he goes the distance to win a unanimous decision over Georgian. It is the first time Havnaa has had to go the distance for a win and the first time he has gone past five rounds. The 29-year-old from Arendal is the son of the late Magne Havnaa the former WBO cruiser champion who died in a boating accident in 2004 at the age 40. He is trained by former WBA super feather and light champion Joey Gamache. Havnaa is hoping his next fight will be back home in Norway in February. Gogichashvili like most Georgian boxers does not travel well but earned his money here.
Essen, Germany: Cruiser: Serdar Sahin (27-2) W KO 3 Diego Sanabria (59-19-3,1ND). Sahin wins the vacant WBFederation title with kayo of Sanabria. Sahin was tracking Sanabria in the first keeping the Argentinian on the back foot with stiff jabs and landing some straight rights. Sanabria threw a couple of punches but that was all. Sahin continued to pace forward in the second mostly just stabbing with his jab and only late in the round throwing a combination. Sanabria did throw a few hooks but other that that was just going back and hiding behind a high guard. Thankfully it was over in the third Sahin landed a couple of good rights and as Sanabria moved inside a right to the body put the Argentinian down on his knees and he knelt and watched the referee count to ten. The 35-year-old “Berlin Bomber” gets win No 18 by KO/TKO. His two losses have come when he has tried to step up to better competition but was beaten by Robin Krasniqi and Tony Averlant, The 43-year-old Sanabria has good looking statistics but he is not licensed by the usually recognised Argentinian Boxing Federation. He is 48-3-3 in his last 54 fights but 31 of his victims had never won a fight and 7 others could only muster 8 wins between them and the rest were not much better.
Manzano, Italy: Super Bantam; Luca Rigoldi (16-1-1) W TKO 6 Daniele Limon (16-6-1). Rigoldi continues his winning run with stoppage of Limone to retain the European Union title. The young Italian southpaw made his usual aggressive start but over the first two rounds Limone stayed cool and countered well particularly with rights. Rigoldi upped the pace and began to get on target with hooks to the body. Limone already looked to be fading over the fourth and was badly shaken by a right in the fifth. In the sixth Rigoldi landed a hard left hook that floored the challenger. Limone tried to make it to his feet but the referee stopped the fight. The 24-year-old Rigoldi was making the first defence of the EU title and has now won seven on the bounce. Limon, 33, is now 1-5 in title fights with the one win have earned him the Italian feather title in 2013. He has lost twice in shots at the EU title.
Ciudad Obregon, Mexico: Light Fly: Gilberto Parra (26-3.1ND) W TKO 4 Leyman Benavides (13-6-1). Parra has too much power for light punching Benavides. The Nicaraguan came out punching putting Parra on the back foot and to the ropes with a shower of hooks and uppercuts and straight rights. The round was half over before Parra found space to throw any punches and even then Benavides again forced him back to the ropes and threw a cluster of punches. Over the last minute Parra cut loose with left hooks to the body and scored with a couple of right uppercuts and it was Benavides on the ropes at the bell. Parra really worked Benavides over in the second before dropping him late in the round with two left hooks to the body. Benavides was up at nine and stood and traded with Parra for the three minutes of the third but there was no real power in his punches and Parra was scoring with spectacular right uppercuts. It was over in the fourth as Parra trapped Benavides on the ropes and blasted away with both hands until Benavides dropped to one knee. He arose just a s the referee reached ten. Local fighter Parra wins the vacant WBC Silver title and has 21 wins by KO/TKO. He was beaten in nine rounds by Donnie Nieto for the WBO light fly title in 2015 and has rebuilt with seven wins. He is rated IBF 10(8) and WBC 12.Benavides gets his second loss by KO/TKO. He was a poor level fighter to be fighting for what is considered to be one of the star prizes in the WBC trophy collection.
Czestochowa, Poland: Heavy: Tomasz Adamek (52-5) W PTS 10 Fred Kassi (18-7-1).Welter: Lukasz Wierzbicki (14-0) W PTS 10 Michal Zerominski (13-2-1). Cruiser: Adam Balski (11-0) W PTS 8 Demetrius Banks (9-3). Light Heavy: Robert Parzeczewski (18-1) W TKO 3 Sais Mbwela (43-25-5).
Adamek vs. Kassi
Adamek gets close unanimous win over Kassi in a slow paced fight. Kassi spent most of the first round just circling the perimeter of the ring pushing out right jabs as if he had decided to fight southpaw. Adamek did the chasing and the scoring. Kassi changed guard often in the second but was still only throwing occasional jabs. A clash of heads opened a cut high on the forehead above the left eye of Adamek. Adamek was still coming forward in the third and managed to land some heavy rights. Kassi was still going backwards still switching guards and just stabbing out his jab until the last minute of the round when he became more adventurous and moved to the ring centre and threw more punches. Kassi continued that impetus into the fourth and outscored Adamek even cornering the home fighter at one point. The blood from Adamek’s cut was running down the left side of his nose and affecting his vision and he kept pawing at it, Kassi again did most of the scoring in the fifth. He was warned twice to keep his head up and the referee had the doctor examine Adamek’s cut but the fight continued. A clash of heads at the start of the sixth saw Kassi cut over his left eye. That encouraged Adamek who scored well for the rest of the round. Kassi was given a final warning over carelessness with his head. Adamek had the better of the seventh and the eighth as he outworked and outlanded Kassi. A tiring Kassi was a bit more active in the ninth but Adamek chased Kassi down and did the scoring in the tenth. Scores 96-94 twice and 97-93 all for Adamek. The 40-year-old Pole looked better than when beating Solomon Haumona in June but will struggle against younger and faster fighters now. Kassi 38, is strong but limited. He has now lost 5 of his last 6 fights but the losses have been to Amir Mansour, Dominic Breazeale, Hughie Fury and Jarrell Miller so all fights he would be expected to lose anyway.
Wierzbicki vs. Zerominski
Wierzbicki wins the Polish title with split decision over Zerominski. Southpaw Wierzbicki boxed well on the retreat over the first couple of rounds but with Zerominski having a slight edge. In the third a left from Wierzbicki had Zerominski buckling at the knees but Zerominski came back with a good attack at the end of the round. The fourth was a quieter round but in the fifth a left to the body had Zerominski in trouble but he took it well and had a strong attack to take the sixth. The seventh and eighth both saw Wierzbicki start the round well on top only for Zerominski to fire back over the closing minute. Wierzbicki looked to have taken the ninth and Zerominski had the better of the tenth making a very close contest. Scores 96-94 and 96-95 for Wierzbicki and 97-93 for Zerominski. The 26-year-old Wierzbicki makes it two good wins in a row as he beat 20-0 Robert Tlatlik in June. Zerominski, 30, was 6-0-1 in his last 7 fights.
Balski vs. Banks
Balski wins every round against Banks. Balski was doing the attacking over the first two rounds with Banks often forced to work with the ropes against his back. Banks came to life early in the third catching the Pole by surprise with his furious attack but Balski rode out the storm and ended the round the stronger. A right from Balski sent Banks to the boards in the fourth and after the eight count a low punch from Balski gave Banks some additional recovery time. Balski seemed content to just outscore banks over the next three rounds and the fight did not come alive again until a hectic last when both were letting their punches go. Scores 80-70, 80-71 and 79-72 all for Balski. Initially it was looked on as a not very impressive performance for Balski but later he went to hospital with a fractured jaw that he suffered in the second round. Now three losses in a row for Banks.
Parzeczewski vs. Mbwela
This one was too easy for Parzeczewski. He had over 5” in height over the ancient Tanzanian and sent Mbwela into the ropes with a right early in the first. He continued to attack Mbwela but the Tanzanian hid behind a high guard. Over the second Parzeczewski went to the body trying to bring Mbwela’s guard down. That worked and in the third a right floored Mbwela. He was up and after the eight count a short right hook put him down for a second time. Once again he got up but when he was shaken by a left the referee had seen enough and halted the massacre. The 24-year-old Parzeczewski fighting in his home town has now won 7 of his last 8 fights by KO/TKO against some reasonable level opposition. Mbwela, 39 falls to 12 losses by KO/TKO.
Ezkabarte, Spain: Middle: Ruben Diaz (25-1-2) W PTS 12 Rafal Jackiewicz (49-18-2). Diaz and Jackiewicz clash in a battle of veterans that sees Diaz retain the EU title in a hard fought contest. Diaz pressed the fight hard and Jackiewicz was willing to stand and trade. It made for an exciting fight with both having spells of dominance. Jackiewicz was too often pinned to the ropes and outworked and Diaz landed the harder punches but there was never much in the rounds and Jackiewicz was competitive to the end. Scores 116-112 twice and 117-111 all for Diaz. The 37-year-old Basque is unbeaten in his last 24 fights going back to 2002 in a career with a few interruptions. This is his first defence of the EU title. Jackiewicz, 40, is a former undefeated European champion who lost a majority decision to Jan Zavcek for the IBF title in 2010.
Manchester, England: Middle: Reece Cartwright (19-1) W Darryl Sharp (5-25).
Cartwright continues his busy schedule with points victory over Sharp. Although not managing to win a round Sharp gave his usual competitive performance but the 6’3” (191cm) Cartwright was too slick and had too big a reach advantage for Sharp to be a real threat. Referee’s score 80-74 for Cartwright. The 23-year-old from Leeds gets his third win in six weeks as he rebuilds after shock loss to Rafael Chiruta in July. Sharp has lost eleven on the bounce but gave Matthew Ryan a good fight for the BBB of C Central Area title two weeks ago.
Fight of the week: Carl Frampton vs. Horacio Garcia with Frampton pushed hard all of the way
Fighter of the week: Jerwin Ancajas a classy and powerful show against Jamie Conlan with honourable mention to the devastating Zolani Tete
Punch of the week: .Has to be the right from Zolani Tete that knocked Siboniso Gonya out cold in 11 seconds with honourable mention to Paddy Barnes body punch that halted Eliecer Quezada and the right uppercut from Martin Rueda that ended his fight with Guillermo Soloppi
Upset of the week: None
One to watch: Dominican Alberto Puello 13-0
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