The Past Week in Action 25 July 2022: CP Freshmart Defeats Wanheng Menayothin; Isaac Dogboe Edges Joet Gonzalez
By Eric Armit
Mon, 25 Jul 2022
-Knockout CP Freshmart retains the WBA minimumweight title with points win over former WBC champion Wanheng
-Isaac Dogboe gets an important victory as he outpoints Joet Gonzalez in a featherweight eliminator
- Nikita Tszyu, Sam Goodman and Darragh Foley score wins
- Thomas Dulorme, Felix Varela and Lenin Castillo are victorious in Santo Domingo,
-Argentinian Evelin Bermudez retains the IBF and WBO Female light flyweight belts with points victory over Yairinth Altuve
World Title/Major Shows
Chonburi, Thailand: Minimum: Knockout CP Freshmart (24-0) W PTS 12 Wanheng ( 55-3,1ND).
CP Freshmart (Thammanoon Niyomtrong) makes yet another successful defence of the WBA minimum title with points victory over former WBC title holder Wanheng (Chayaphon Moonsri). CP Freshmart just proved too young and too strong for Wanheng. CP used plenty of jabs to outscore Wanheng in the opener but Wanheng landed the better shots in the second. CP then took over the fight pressing hard and scoring with solid body shots. Wanheng was working well enough to make the round close but CP swept rounds three to seven. CP had set a fast pace and slowed over the eighth and ninth but importantly he found some reserves and outworked Wanheng in the tenth. The eleventh was a tight round with CP just having the edge and he then held off a determined attack from Wanheng in the last. Scores 119-109 which looked too wide, 117-111 and 116-112 for CP. Ignoring interim title fights CP, 31, has held the WBA full title for six years and made twelve defences. Wanheng, 36, held the WBC title for six years and defended it fourteen times and won his first 54 fights before losing to Petchmanee CP Freshmart (Panya Pradabsri) in November 2020.
Hinckley, MN, USA: Feather: Isaac Dogboe (24-2) W PTS 10 Joet Gonzalez (25-3). Light: Giovanni Cabrera (21-0) W PTS 10 Gabriel Flores (21-2). Heavy: Guido Vianello (9-0-1) W TKO 4 Rafael Rios (11-4).
Dogboe vs. Gonzalez
Dogboe gets an important win that keeps his name in the frame for a title shot as he edges out Gonzalez on a split decision. Dogboe went ahead early. He scored well in the first landing with sharp rights and was busier and more accurate in the second. He also took the third with some choice body punches but Gonzalez finally caught fire in the fourth and he rocked Dogboe seriously. The fifth was close and could have gone either way with some fiery exchanges with Gonzalez just having the edge and Gonzalez dominated the sixth. Slowly Gonzalez was eating into Dogboe’s early lead and over the seventh and eighth Gonzalez did enough to be a round up after connecting with rights in the eighth. Dogboe rallied and landed some hefty lefts to even things up going into the last round. They both gave everything in the tenth with Dogboe marginally the better in the exchanges and that was just enough to win him the split verdict. Scores 96-94 twice for Dogboe and 96-94 for Gonzalez. Gonzalez was No 1 and Dogboe No 2 with the WBO the title fight is there for Dogboe but his two losses have come against title holder Emanuel Navarrete and it is difficult to see how Dogboe could win a third fight. Gonzalez’s losses have come in title shots against Shakur Stevenson and Navarrete but this was close enough for him being justified in calling for a return.
Cabrera vs. Flores
Cabrera score three knockdowns on the way to a very wide unanimous decision. Just seconds into the fight Cabrera landed a left which sent Flores down. He made it to his feet but then punches from Cabrera sent Flores dropping into the ropes and he was given another count. Flores regrouped and saw out the round and boxed through the second. Cabrera landed heavily in the third twice rocking Flores but Flores had a good fourth. Cabrera put Flores down with a right in the fifth and scored heavily in the sixth. Both scored jarring shots in the seventh and eighth and Flores could not find the punch he needed to turn the fight his way over the closing rounds. Scores 98-89 for Cabrera on all three cards. The Seattle-born Cabrera won a bronze at the Mexican national Olympiad and competed at the US National Golden Gloves and US Trials for the 2016 Olympics. Second substantial defeat in his last three fights for Flores.
Vianello vs. Rios
Vianello clubs Rios to defeat in four rounds. Vianello jabbed confidently in the first and then began to land solid rights to the head in the second shaking Rios a couple of times. He continued the same tactics in the third again scoring with long rights to the head. Rios tried to come forward in the fourth but was getting caught with rights. Late in the round a right uppercut had Rios badly shaken and Vianello piled on the punches until Rios dropped to his knees and the referee stopped the fight. First fight for thirteen months for Vianello. All of his wins have come inside the distance. Second inside the distance loss in a row for Rios and this was his first fight since November 2020
Sydney, Australia: Super Bantam: Sam Goodman (12-0) W TKO 8 Juan Miguel Elorde (29-3). Welter: Darragh Foley (20-4-1) W TEC DEC 5 Hunter Ioane (8-5-1) Super Welter: Nikita Tszyu (3-0) W PTS 6 Ben Horn 4-5).
Goodman vs. Elorde
Impressive victory for Goodman as he stops experienced Elorde for his seventh victory by KO/TKO. An aggressive Goodman took the fight to Elorde from the start getting through with useful rights. He built a lead over the first four rounds and was in complete control. He began to connect regularly from the fifth and had Elorde rocking in the sixth and seventh. A fierce attack in the eighth had Elorde reeling and the referee stopped the fight. The 23-year-old local was defending the IBF Inter-Continental and WBO Oriental belts. He is rated No 9 by the IBF but effectively the eighth rated fighter as the No 2 slot is vacant The WBO have him at No 14 and is rated No 25 by Box Rec. He was a bronze medallist at the World Youth Championships and represented Australia at the World Championships and turned pro after failing to qualify for the Commonwealth Games. After an early career loss Elorde, 35, put together an eighteen fight winning run before being stopped in four rounds by Emanuel Navarrete in September 2019 in a challenge for the WBO super bantam title and this was only his second fight in almost three years.
Foley vs. Ioane
Foley gets a technical decision over Ioane. The Samoan-born Ioane started strongly but was floored by a right in the second and hurt by a left in the third. In the fourth a push by Ioane sent both men to the canvas and they clashed heads. Both were cut but Ioane had the worse injury which sent blood coursing down his face from his hairline. The fight was halted in the fifth due to the cut and went to the scorecards with Foley victorious on scores of 40-35 twice and 39-36. The Kent-born Irish/ Australian Foley gets his fifth win in his last six bouts. Fifth consecutive loss for Ioane.
Tszyu vs. Horn
Tszyu gets some rounds under his belt as he outpoints Horn. Hand speed, accurate jabbing and some powerful body punching put Tszyu in control. He had to soak up a couple of hard shots in the third and looked to be badly rocked by a right in the last but won on scores of 60-54 twice and 59-55. The 24-year-old southpaw had taken less than three rounds for his previous two wins. Horn had lost in a fight for the Australian welterweight in April.
Toronto, Canada: Middle: Steve Rolls (22-2) W PTS 10 Shady Gamhour (13-1).
Rolls greater experience helps him work his way to a unanimous decision over US-based Swede Gamhour. Rolls, 38, lost in big fights against Gennady Golovkin and Edgar Berlanga but keeps his career alive whilst hoping for some big paydays. Gamhour took the fight at short notice and was competitive. Scores 97-93 twice and 96-94 for Rolls.
Masi Torello, Italy: Super Light: Arblin Kaba (14-3-1) W PTS 10 Daniele Zagatta (9-3-1).
Former Italian champion Kaba grinds out a unanimous decision over Zagatta. Kaba went in front with an aggressive start. Both suffered early wounds with Kaba’s left eye closed by a swelling and Zagatta showing a cut over his right eye but with Kaba ahead after the first four rounds. Zagatta fought hard over the next four rounds trying to close the points gap but clever boxing from Kaba increased his lead. The ninth was close but Zagatta has a strong last round but it was not quite enough to overcome Kaba’s lead. Scores 96-94 twice and 97-93 for Kaba. Albanian-born Kaba wins the WBC Mediterranean belt and repeats a win over Zagatta he scored in November 2021 which gives Zagatta back-to-back losses.
Auckland, New Zealand: Cruiser: Jerome Pampellone (13-0) W TKO 6 Joshua Francis (12-2-1). Middle: Andrei Mikhailovich (19-0) W PTS 8 Francis Waitai (5-2).
Pampellone vs. Francis
Local prospect Pampellone stops fellow-New Zealander Francis. Pampellone was scoring with sharp combinations with Francis tending to fire one punch at a time and by the fifth Pampellone was comfortably in control. He ended it in the sixth dropping Francis and although Francis made it to his feet a further volley of punches from Pampellone brought the referee’s intervention. Seventh inside the distance victory for London-born Pampellone. He is developing well. There is talk of a challenge to IBF title holder Jai Opetaia which is very ambitious as Box Rec rates him at No 76 and he has not yet faced anyone rated in the top 100..
Mikhailovich vs. Waitai
A tougher than expected night for unbeaten Mikhailovich. Experience and a higher work rate gave Mikhailovich the edge but southpaw Waitai made this close all of the way. Scores 77-75 twice and 79-74. A flat performance from Mikhailovich which put his IBF and WBO ratings at risk.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Cruiser: Lenin Castillo (23-4-1) W TKO 3 Wilson Santana (14-4,1ND). Light Heavy: Felix Varela (19-5) W Felipe Romero (21-20-1). Super Welter: Thomas Dulorme (26-6-1) W RTD 2 Abraham Peralta (19-12). Light Heavy: Ernesbadi Begue (7-0) W KO 2 Ronald Gonzalez (8-2).
Castillo vs. Santana
Castillo bludgeons Santana to defeat in three rounds. In the first round Santana was taking the fight to Castillo but was being caught by quick counters. Castillo began to let his hands go more in the second and sent Santana down with a powerful left hook to the temple. After the count Castillo shook Santana a couple of times but Santana survived. Santana went down under a series of punches in the third but the referee did not apply a count. Castillo then drove Santana to the ropes and a booming right to the head sent Santana down and the referee stopped the fight. Eighteenth victory by KO/TKO for Castillo, 33, who has been mixing with quality opposition losing to Marcus Browne, Dmitry Bivol and Callum Smith. Santana, 50, turned pro in 2007 and was inactive from 2011 until 2018. This is his fourth inside the distance loss.
Valera vs. Romero
Valera gets a stoppage over Romero. Valera was looking to blow Romero away from the start. He was firing jabs straight rights and left hooks to the body. Romero was under relentless pressure but he soaked up the punches. Varela was on top again in the second but many of his left hooks were going low. Romero went down under a low left hook and was given a little recover time- but no warning to Varela. When the action resumed Valera again landed a left below the belt and Romero went down on one knee. He beat the count and the bell sounded. In the third Valera knocked Romero’s mouthguard out with a punch that landed after the break call and by the end of the round both looked exhausted. In the fourth the boxers almost fell out of the ring between the top two ropes and the referee stopped the fight for running repairs. Whilst the problems were being sorted two stools were placed in the centre of the ring and Valera and Romero sat there for about nine minutes before the fight restarted. From there Valera wore Romero down, partially with low left hooks, until the fight was halted in the seventh. Former WBA interim title holder Valera has generally lost the big fights and he would have been thrown out for his low punches if he had been fighting outside of the Republic. Romero crude and loser of six of his last seven fights
Dulorme vs. Peralta
Dulorme beats Peralta on a second round retirement. Both fighters scored heavily in the first with Dulorme forcing Peralta back with his harder shots. Dulorme continued to drive forward in the second. Peralta went down but it was ruled a slip. Just before the bell a series of punches sent Peralta down again and he got up and the round ended as the eight count was completed. Peralta had had enough and did not come out for the third. Puerto Rican Dulorme snaps a three bout losing run. Fifth consecutive inside the distance defeat for Dominican Peralta.
Begue vs. Gonzalez
Begue crushes Gonzalez in two rounds. In the opener Cuban Begue, who was five inches taller than Gonzalez, boxed on the retreat using his jab to score at distance and connecting with some long rights. Gonzalez tried to work his way inside in the second but Begue was starting to be more aggressive landing heavily with both hands. As Gonzalez came forward Begue connected with a left to the ribs that had Gonzalez turning away and dropping to his knees and he was in too much pain to even try to beat the count. Fifth victory by KO/TKO for Begue with all of those wins coming in the second round. Venezuelan Gonzalez 38, has yet to go the distance whether winning or losing. And at 5’7 ½” he is too small for a light heavyweight.
Ontario, CA, USA: Super Feather: George Acosta (13-1) W PTS 8 Isaac Avelar (17-5). Richard Brewart (12-0) W PTS 8 Ramon Ayala (25-7-1).
Acosta vs. Avelar
Acosta comes out on top in an entertaining fight between two well-match boxers. Acosta was busy over the first two rounds and although rocked by a left late in the second looked to have taken those rounds. Southpaw Avelar did a better job of closing Acosta down in the third and fourth but there was a turning point in the fifth. Acosta was scoring heavily and two left hooks to the body sent Avelar into retreat and he went down on one knee. He was in trouble and had to hold desperately to get to the bell. Despite that Avelar rebounded to score well in the sixth but Acosta outscored him over the seventh and eighth. Scores 77-74 for Acosta from the three judges. Sixth win in a row for Acosta with Avelar heading in the opposite direction having now lost 5 of his last 7 fights.
Brewart vs. Ayala
Brewart wins all the way against Ayala and scores a knockdown in the eighth. Although conceding a little height and reach Brewart controlled the action. He used a strong jab and some clubbing rights to dominate the action with the slower Ayala never really able to pose any problems. Brewart stepped up the pace over the sixth and seventh. Ayala was trying to wind himself up for a big finish in the eighth but was knocked off balance by a left jab to the chest and went down. He was not badly shaken and Brewart eased to victory. Scores 80-71 from all three judges. Brewart was in his first eight round contest. Ayala falls to 2-5 in his most recent outings.
Villa de Mayo, Argentina: Light: Agustin Quintana (17-1-1) W TKO 6 Jose Acevedo (13-4-1).
Argentinian No 1 Quintana breaks down Uruguayan Acevedo and stops him in six rounds. Quintana was in charge from the first bell and punched too hard for Acevedo. He was ramming home jabs, straight rights and hooks to the body with Acevedo fading from round to round. Acevedo was in deep trouble in the fifth before Quintana ended it in the sixth He dropped Acevedo with a left hook to the body and although Acevedo made it to his feet a right to the head and a left to the body sent him down and the referee waived the fight over. Quintana, 25, the South American champion, gets his twelfth victory by KO/TKO and has won his last ten fights. Acevedo, really just a six and eight round prelim fight suffers his first inside the distance defeat.
Hermosillo, Mexico: Super Bantam: Jesus Ramirez (21-1-3) W TKO 4 Anthony Jimenez (17-4-1). Fly: Sergio Mendoza (17-0) W TKO 5 Francisco Gomez (14-9).
Ramirez vs. Jimenez
Jesus "Koreano" Ramirez extends his unbeaten run to 15 as he floors Jimenez in the second and stops him in the fourth.
Mendoza vs. Gomez
Mendoza retains the WBC Fecarbox belt with stoppage of Gomez. The smaller fighter struggled to deal with Mendoza’s longer jab and was dropped with a body punch in the fifth bringing the stoppage.
Mexico City, Mexico: Light Fly: Angel Ayala (15-0) W TKO 1 Miguel Herrera (22-5-5). Bantam: Luis Rodriguez (11-0) W RTD 4 Jose Estrada (12-3-1). Super Welter: Hector Reyes (20-0) W KO 3 Edgar Mora (11-16-3).
Ayala vs. Herrera
Flyweight prospect “Chameleon” Ayala continues to impress as he blows away Herrera in just 79 seconds. Ayala was had Herrera retreating as he scored with strong jabs and straight rights. A left hook to the head set of a series of hard punches from both hands that had Herrera rocking. A clash of heads saw both fighters cut over their left eye but the action continued with Ayala driving hole a powerful right to the head and the referee stepped in and stopped the fight. The cut suffered by Herrera was enough to stop the fight but it was the power punching of Ayala that forced the finish. His good form and a win over former WBC champion Cristofer Rosales has seen Ayala rise to No 1 in the WBC ratings but whether at this stage he is ready to challenge Julio Cesar Martinez is open to question. First loss by K/TKO for Herrera.
Rodriguez vs. Estrada
Bantam Rodriguez adds another win as Estrada retires after the fourth round. The 21-year-old southpaw has won all of his fights by KO/TKO including five first round finishes. Estrada had lost a majority decision against South African Ludumo Lamati for the IBO super bantam belt in June 2021.
Ekaterinburg, Russia: Super Bantam: Asror Vokhidov (10-1) W TKO 10 Evgenii Liashkov (10-3). Super Feather: Mark Urvanov (21-3-1) W PTS 8 Dmitri Khaslev (12-4-2). Light: Elnur Samedov (14-1) W TKO 1 Javokhirbek Karimov (6-1-1).
Vokhidov vs. Liashkov
Tajik southpaw Vokhidov upsets the locals with late stoppage of Liashkov. Vokhidov boxed cleverly scoring with strong counters as Liashkov marched forward and scored a knockdown with a hard right to put himself in the driving seat. Liashkov drove forward in the last and paid for it as a thunderous left counter sent him face down on the floor. Liashkov managed to get up but the fight was stopped just thirty seconds before the final bell. Vokhidov was coming off a split decision loss to unbeaten Mukhammad Shekhov for the WBO European title in September 2021. Liashkov had won 10 of his last 11 fights.
Urvanov vs. Khasiev
No real problems for Urvanov as he floors Khasiev twice and wins the unanimous decision. Urvanov put Khasiev on the canvas in the first with a body punch. Khasiev came through that crisis and competed well but clever tactics by Urvanov saw him hoover-up the rounds. Both tired late with Khasiev on the floor from a left hook to the head in the seventh and had heavy swelling around his right eye his right eye as Urvanov won the decision. No scores available. Urvanov lost a split decision against Angel Rodriguez in a WBA eliminator in February. Khasiev had won 4 of his last 5 fights.
Samedov vs. Karimov
Samedov blows away Karimov inside the first round. Samedov dropped Karimov twice with left hooks to the body and he was counted out on the second knockdown. Eighth win in a row for Azeri-born Russian southpaw Samedov. Uzbek Karimov was 4-0 in his most recent contests.
Nashville, TN, US: L Heavy: Jarrell Miller (25-0-1 W TKO Derek Cardenas (8-10).
Miller continues his comeback with stoppage of vastly overweight Cardenas. Too easy for Miller as the much shorter Cardenas only had guts and no ability. Miller scored a knockdown in the third and another in the fourth with the referee waiving the fight over despite protests from Cardenas. Miller, 34 and 6’4” weighed 328lbs for this fight and it told us nothing about where he can go as Cardenas has failed to survive past the fourth round in any of his last four fights.
Villa Mercedes, Argentina: Light: Fabricio Bea (19-0-1) W TKO 2 Leonardo Uzcategui (14-7-2).
Bea gets another quick win as he disposes of Uzcategui in two rounds. Bea scored a knockdown in the first and two more in the second to force the finish. Bea, 24, has scored 18 victories by KO/TKO. Venezuelan Uzcategui suffers his third defeat by KO/TKO.
San Lorenzo, Argentina: Light Fly: Evelin Bermudez (17-0-1) W PTS 10 Yairinth Altuve (13-4).
Bermudez retains her IBF and WBO Female belts with unanimous decision over Venezuelan Altuve. The visitor had a good first round but it was all downhill from there. Bermudez started using her longer reach to score with punches from distance. Mainly it was her jab and right crosses with very little in the way of body punching. Bermudez scored heavily in ever round and a very tired Altuve did well to last the distance under the punishing shots from Bermudez. Scores 99-91 twice and 98-92 for Bermudez. She was making the sixth defence of the IBF belt and the first of the WBO. Altuve’s losses have all come on points.
Fight of the week (Significance): Isaac Dogboe’s win over Joet Gonzalez should earn him another title chance.
Fight of the week (Entertainment): Dogboe vs. Gonzalez was entertaining in a flat weekend
Fighter of the week: Knockout CP Freshmart for his twelfth defence of the WBA minimumweight belt. Honourable mention to Isaac Dogboe for his win over Joet Gonzalez
Punch of the week: The counter left from Asror Vokhidov that put Evgenii Liashkov face down on the canvas was spectacular.
Upset of the week: None
Prospect watch: Australian super bantam Sam Goodman 13-0 showed real promise in beating the more experienced Juan Miguel Elorde
Rosette: Knockout CP Freshmart. A title holder for six years through twelve defences
Red Card: For the refereeing that allowed Felix Varela to land low left hooks in every round
-Just when you think you have seen everything….it was so strange in the fourth round to see Felix Varela and Felipe Romero sitting face to face on stools in the centre of the ring chatting away for nine minutes whilst repairs were made to the ropes. I’ve never seen that before but it seemed right not to allow them to go to their corners where advice and help could be given or to let them stand in neutral corners for nine minutes.
- I noted another boxing family at the weekend as Evelin Bermudez retained her IBF and WBO light flyweight titles. Usually it is fathers and brothers who make up much of the boxing family but sister Daniela was WBO super fly, bantam and super bantam title holder and sister Roxana challenges for the vacant Argentinian Female flyweight belt next month. The male representative is Gustavo who fought for six years but never climbed to the boxing heights of his sisters.
About the Author
Born in Scotland, Eric Armit started working with Boxing News magazine in the UK in the late 1960’s initially doing records for their Boxing News Annual and compiling World, European and Commonwealth ratings for the magazine. He wrote his first feature article for Boxing News in 1973 and wrote a “World Scene” weekly column for the magazine from the late 1970’s until 2004. Armit wrote a monthly column for Boxing Digest in the USA and contributed pieces to magazines in Mexico, Italy, Australia, Spain, Argentina and other countries. Armit now writes a Weekly Report covering every major fight around the world and a bi-weekly Snips & Snipes column plus occasional general interest articles with these being taken up by boxing sites around the world. He was a member of the inaugural WBC Ratings Committee and a technical advisor to the EBU Ratings Committee and was consulted by John McCain’s research team when they were drafting the Ali Act. He is a Director and former Chairman of the Commonwealth Boxing Council. Armit has been nominated to the International Boxing Hall of Fame the past two years (2019 and 2020) to which he said, “Being on the list is an unbelievably huge honour.”
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