Mobile Home | Desktop Version




The Past Week in Action 6th December 2022: Estrada Beats Gonzalez in Trilogy; Fury Stops Chisora in 10

By Eric Armit
PhilBoxing.com
Wed, 07 Dec 2022




Highlights:
-Juan Francisco Estrada regains the WBC super flyweight title with a majority decision over Roman Gonzalez
Julio Cesar Martinez turns back the challenge of Samuel Carmon with a majority decision in a WBC flyweight title defence
-Tyson Fury retains the WBC heavyweight title with a tenth round stoppage over Derek Chisora
Daniel Dubois has to climb off the floor three times in the first round before stopping Kevin Lerena in the third round to retain the secondary WBA heavyweight title
-Josh Kelly wins the British super welterweight title with a points decision over champion Troy Williamson
- New Zealander David Light outpoints Brandon Glanton in WBO cruiserweight eliminator
-John Riel Casimero’s return to action is very brief as his opponent Ryo Akaho is unable to continue after a punch to the back of the head in the second round


World Title/Major Shows

Newcastle, England: Super Welter: Josh Kelly (13-1-1) W PTS 12 Troy Williamson (19-1-1). Light Heavy: Lyndon Arthur (21-1) W TKO 2 Joel McIntyre (20-5). 
Kelly vs. Williamson
A brilliant display of skills and clever tactics from Kelly as he takes wide unanimous decision over champion Williamson to win the British title. Kelly set out his stall in the first round using his superior hand speed to put together some impressive combinations and landing hurtful uppercuts. Williamson did a little better in the second but again Kelly was landing more and better punches and the pattern was the same in the third. The fourth was closer as Williamson tried to rough Kelly up and take him out of his stride. Kelly was off his toes and trading punches more in the fifth. Williamson was focusing on the body to slow Kelly who has faded late in some fights and Williamson has a good sixth. The seventh round was untidy but the better work came from Kelly who was snapping Williamson’s head back with hooks and uppercuts and he outscored Williamson in the eighth. Williamson upped the pressure in the ninth doing a better job of pinning Kelly on the ropes but in the tenth Kelly was again landing some neck snapping shots and was back in control. Williamson was fighting rough on the inside in the eleventh but was sent back on his heels with a left late in the round and Kelly plays it safe in the last already assured of victory. Scores 119-109, 119-111 118-110 all for Kelly. His loss in six rounds against David Avanesyan raised question mark over Kelly but he has rebounded in style with this win over unbeaten Williamson who had won his last twelve fights and was favourite to come out on top in the all-North East clash.
Arthur vs. McIntyre
Arthur punches too hard for McIntyre. In a cautious start McIntyre was coming forward with Arthur backing up and looking to counter. Arthur twice shook McIntyre with rights in the only real incidents in the first. In the second a right from Arthur turned McIntyre’s legs to jelly. McIntyre tried to punch back but a series of right had him badly hurt and the referee stopped the fight. Arthur won and lost against Anthony Yarde in Commonwealth title fights. This was too much of an ambitious move for McIntyre.

Plant City, FL, USA: Cruiser: David Light (20-0) W PTS 10 Brandon Glanton (17-1). 



in this clash of unbeaten fighters Light is floored late but wins a split verdict over Glanton. Much of the fight was carried out at close quarters with Light scoring well when he could create a bit of space and Glanton using his superior strength to bully Light. Many rounds were close but Light had edged in front before Glanton staged a strong finish and floored Light in the tenth. Scores 97-92 and 95-94 for Light and 95-94 for Glanton. Light was No 5 and Glanton No 6 in the WBO ratings and the WBO have mandated Lawrence Okolie to defend against Light. Glanton was defending the WBO Global title and will aim to rebound next year.

Atlanta, GA, USA: Light: Chan Thonson (13-0) W TKO 2 Aelio Mesquita (21-9-1). Super Middle: Derrieck Cuevas (24-1-1) W TKO 2 Esneiker Correa (15-3-1).
Thonson vs. Mesquita
Thonson puts Mesquita down three times to get the win. Thonson used some strong jabbing to establish control in the first. A right forced Mesquita to briefly go down on one knee in the second and he was down again after a series of punches. He beat the count but Thonson drove him to the canvas again and although he made it his feet the fight was stopped. Seventh inside the distance win in his last eight fights for Canadian Thonson who was defending the NABA belt. Brazilian Mesquita has lost 4 of his last 5 by KO/TKO,
Cuevas vs. Correa
Correa ducks out of the fight in the second round. Plenty of movement and flashy but light punches from Correa in the first as Cuevas patiently hunted him down. A short left hook sent Correa down in the second. The punch did not look too hard and Correa was up quickly. He then went down from punch that missed with the referee ruling it a slip and signalling for a reluctant Correa to get up. It appeared that he had injured his knee in the first knockdown and had problems with his balance when avoiding the punch that missed. He arose but seemed to stagger and the referee waived the fight over. First fight for almost two years for Puerto Rican Cuevas who wins the WBA Fedecentro belt. Venezuelan Correa had won his last seven fights by KO/TKO. 

Tashkent, Uzbekistan: Super Welter: Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (11-1) WPTS 10 Jamshid Karimov (11-1). Super Light: Hovannes Bachkov (4-0) W TKO2 Marcos Gonzalez (22-3). Super Feather: Jono Carroll (23-2-1) W PTS 8 James Chereji (18-3).
Gaibnazarov vs. Karimov
Gaibnazarov, a gold medallist at the 2016 Olympics, outpoints fellow-Uzbek Karimov. The eccentric hands-down let punches fly from all angles style of Gaibnazarov caused Karimov some problems but he stuck to his conventional orthodox approach. It made for close rounds with Gaibnazarov’s showboating detracting from his performance. Despite that Gaibnazarov constantly pierced Kamriov’s guard with little bursts of punches and did some good defensive work that was just enough to get him the decision but no scores available. Southpaw Gaibnazarov beat Jose Ramirez on his way to the gold medal but as a pro lost a disappointing decision against Mykal Fox in May 2019. Karimov has score eight wins by KO/TKO.
Bachkov vs. Gonzalez
Armenian Bachkov’s heavy punching sees him beat Mexican Gonzalez in two rounds. Some heavy punches in the first quickly had Gonzalez on the retreat with Bachkov finding then target with hooks and uppercuts. The pattern was the same in the second with the compact, power punching Bachkov flooring Gonzalez with left hook. Gonzalez only just beat the count and survived the remaining seconds but did not come out for the third round. Bachkov won a bronze medal in Tokyo losing to Keyshawn Davis in the semi-finals. He also lifted silver at the 3021 World Championships losing to Andy Cruz but in other amateur fights he beat Gaibnazarov, Luke and Pat McCormack and Ivan Baranchyk. Despite reasonable looking statistics Gonzalez showed nothing in this fight. 
Carroll vs. Chereji
Carroll gets in eight rounds of work against Romanian Chereji. Carroll used his superior firepower to take charge of this fight from the start. Chereji showed good power and plenty of skill and came to fight but was a lightweight as far as punch was concerned. He was rocked a couple of times but never looked in any real danger and was willing to trade punches with Carroll always getting the better of the exchanges. Scores 80-72 twice and 78-73 for Carroll. He is No 3 with the WBA and his aim must be a second title shot after losing to Tevin Farmer in challenge for the IBF title in 2019. Chereji was 17-0 before suffering back-to-back losses against Liam Paro and Jaouad Belmehdi.

Sydney, Canada: Cruiser: Ryan Rozicki (16-1) W TKO 1 Mario Aguilar (22-9).
Rozicki obliterates Mexican Aguilar scoring three knockdowns before the fight is stopped 2:19 in the first round. Fourteenth inside the distance wins for Rozicki with his only loss coming against Oscar Rivas in a fight for the inaugural WBC Bridgerweight title. Sixth defeat by KO/TKO for Aguilar who came in as a late substitute and loses inside the distance every time he moves up
Vessoul, France: Cruiser: Brandon Deslaurier (15-5-1,1ND) W PTS 10 David Radeff (12-17-2).
Local fighter Deslaurier, “The Gypsy Bombadier”, holds on to the French title with a split decision over 41-year-old former kickboxer Radeff on scores of 97-93 and 96-94 for Deslaurier and 96-94 for Radeff. It was the first title defence for Deslaurier

Toulon, France: Cruiser: Siril Makiadi (14-2-2) W PTS 12 Faisal Ibnel Arrami (20-9-1). Feather: Jeremy Parodi 43-5-1 W PTS 6 Thomas Barbier 11-25-1).
Makiadi vs. Arrami
Two aging fighters clashed in this fight for the vacant WBFederation title. Makiadi took the unanimous decision with the judges turning in cards of 117-111 twice and 115-113. Arrami, 39, who is a former French champion, promoted the fight.
Parodi vs. Barbier
Parodi returns to action for the first time in four years and floors and decisions old foe Barbier. Parodi made a slow start and Barbieri went in front but Parodi dropped Barbieri with a right in the second and although Barbieri fought back Parodi finished strong to take the verdict on scores of 58-55 twice and 59-54. Parodi, 35, is a former French and European super bantam champion but lost in four shots at the EBU title. Barbieri. 39, is a former French champion.

Seshego, South Africa: Feather: Zolisa Batyi (7-2) W TKO 2 Jeff Magagane (16-6). 
Something of an upset as Batyi stops Magagane in the second round to win the South African title. There was some revenge in the victory for Batyi as Magagane had won the title with a win over Batyi’s stablemate Asanda Gingqi in September. Sixth win by KO/TKO for Batyi. Magagane had won the title in September.

December 3

London, England: Heavy: Tyson Fury (33-0-1) W RSC 10 Derek Chisora (33-13). Heavy: Daniel Dubois (19-1) W RSC 3 Kevin Lerena (28-2). Light: Denys Berinchyk (17-0) W PTS 12 Yvon Mendy (47-6-1). Cruiser: Hosea Burton (28-3) W PTS 6 Darryl Sharp (6-96-1). Super Feather: Isaac Lowe (22-2-3) W PTS 6 Sandeep Singh Bhatti (8-5).



Fury vs. Chisora
In a totally predictable outcome Fury stops Chisora in defence of the WBC heavyweight toile
Round 1
Chisora started out looking to land to the body and throwing rights to the head with a couple of the body punches getting through. Fury connected with a solid right and caught the crouching Chisora with a pair of uppercuts then scored with jabs.
Score: 10-9 Fury
Round 2
Chisora landed a good right at the start of the round. Fury then got through with a jarring right that knocked Chisora off balance and cracked Chisora with a fierce uppercut and followed with a right that visibly hurt Chisora. Fury was scoring strongly at the bell 
Score: 10-9 FuryFury 20-18
Round 3
Fury upped the pace staggering Chisora early with a right and a volley of punches rocked Chisora. Fury continued to pile on the punches. Chisora landed a right but Fury again scored with a series of punches before staggering Chisora with an uppercut. Chisora clutched Fury and they got tangled and both end upon the canvas.
Score: 10-9 FuryFury 30-27
Round 4
Chisora marched forward landing a couple of body punches and a right. Fury then used his longer reach to score with jabs and again with uppercuts. Chisora is having problems getting inside and has to absorb a hard chopping right. 
Score: 10-9 FuryFury 40-36
Round 5
The fight is going as predicted with Chisora having little to show except guts and perseverance. Fury putting together some hurtful combinations and using his larger frame to take Chisora to the ropes and lean on him. He again finds the target with an uppercut and Chisora looks unsteady. 
Score: 10-9FuryFury 50-45
Round 6
More punishment for Chisora in this one. Fury is yet again landing heavy uppercuts and straight rights. Chisora has a little success but only a little and has to eat a big right and then a burst of punches from Fury who briefly switched to southpaw.
Score: 10-9 FuryFury 60-54
Round 7
The only question now is how much punishment Chisora can take or should be allowed to take. He made a better start to the round getting through with some good body punches. Fury then battered Chisora with a succession of punches and was laying on Chisora to tire him. By the end of the round Chisora’s right eye is beginning to close.
Score: 10-9 FuryFury 70-63
Round 8
Fury in total control. He staggered Chisora with a heavy right. Yet again Fury landed heavily with uppercuts and Chisora buckled at the knees. Chisora refused to cave in and tried to fight back but another huge right rocked him before the bell.
Score: 10-9 FuryFury 80-72
Round 9
Chisora continued to try to stay in the fight but there are swellings around both eyes and he is bleeding from the mouth. Needlessly the fight continued although really it is target practice for Fury who lands almost every punch he throws. Fury connected with another big right and Chisora had nothing left at the bell.
Score: 10-9 FuryFury 90-81
Round 10
This pointless fight should already be over and Fury ends it by raking Chisora with punch after punch until the referee steps in and stops the fight.
Third defence of the WBC title for Fury but in the context of the current heavyweight scene a non-event. Fury was taller at 6’9” with an 84” reach against Chisora’s 6’1 ½” and 74” reach and Chisora had lost three of his last four fights. Fury vs. Usyk was the fight fans were hoping for and Usyk’s appearance at ring side will have boosted hopes for that happening. This fight gave Fury some useful ring time, gave Chisora a just reward for his long career of tackling whatever has been put in front of him and that’s all it did.



Dubois vs. Lerena
Dubois climbs off the floor three times in the first round to floor and stop Lerena in the third. After some cautious probing from both fighters Dubois scored with some body punches. Suddenly with just over a minute remaining in the round a left from Lerena sent Dubois staggering back on wobbly legs and he went down on one knee. He was up quickly but a glancing left saw Dubois retreat a few steps and again drop to one knee. He was again up quickly before again staggering back in a delayed action for a third knockdown. He got up and the bell went before Lerena could land another punch. Lerena chased Dubois down in the second. He landed some lefts with Dubois looking unsteady. Dubois was circling the ropes firing jabs with Lerena just shadowing him but not cutting off the ring or putting Dubois under any real pressure. Lerena was just shadowing Dubois in the third. Dubois was on the back foot threading jabs through Lerena’s guard and scored with a heavy right to the body and a right cross. Dubois then fired a straight right that sent Lerena back and down on his rump. He got up but looked unsteady and when the action restarted, he tried to hold but was driven to the ropes buy a shower of punches and when an uppercut snapped back his head and sent him tumbling back into the ropes which held him up the referee stopped the fight. Many referees would have stopped the fight in the first after Dubois went down for the third time from punches that did not look that hard and Lerena threw away his chance when he failed to put Dubois under and pressure in the second. It was a brave effort from Dubois to fight back from that disastrous first round. He retains the secondary WBA title. Llarena came so close in the first round but did not build on that success.
Berinchyk vs. Mendy
Ukrainian Berinchyk wins the European title with a unanimous decision over champion Mendy. This fight started slowly and never really caught alight. Berinchyk was having his first fight for a year but he made a better start and edged the first two slow rounds. Mendy did better in the third and fourth but still the activity level was low from both boxers and Berinchyk had the edge in those early rounds and built a good lead was well in front. Mendy started to find the target more often over the fifth but Berinchyk was outworking him doing most of the scoring and had built a good lead by the end of the sixth. Berinchyk seems to slow and Mendy cuts into Berinchyk’s lead by taking the seventh and eighth. The ninth was close with Berinchyk outscoring Mendy at the start of the round but Mendy landing a heavy right as he closes the round strongly. Berinchyk had been roughing Mendy up regularly and was given a warning after throwing Mendy to the floor in tenth. Mendy needed a strong finish as he was clearly behind but he never raised his pace and Berinchyk was a clear winner on scores of 117-112 twice and 116-112 for Berinchyk. He was having only his second fight outside Ukraine and turned pro after winning a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics. Mendy, 37, was making the first defence of the European title and had won 17 of his last 18 fights
Burton vs. Sharp
Just a run out for Burton as he wins every round against the eight inch smaller Sharp. The referee scored it 60-54 for Burton who gets his second win since a defeat against Dan Azeez for the British title in November. Sharp closing in on 100 losses but only three by KO/TKO.
Lowe vs. Singh Bhatti
Lowe gats a much needed win as he decisions inexperienced Indian Singh Bhatti 60-54 on the referee’s card. After being unbeaten and world rated with a 21-0-3 record consecutive inside the distance losses against Luis Lopez and Nick Ball have derailed his career.

Glendale, AZ, USA: Juan Francisco Estrada (44-3) W PTS 12 Roman Gonzalez (51-4). Fly: Julio Martinez (19-2,2ND) W PTS 12 Samuel Carmona (8-1). Super Middle: Diego Pacheco (17-0) W TKO 2 Ricardo Luna (24-9-2). Fly: Cristofer Rosales (35-6) W PTS 10 Joselito Velazquez (15-1-1). Middle: Austin Williams (13-0) W PTS 10 Simon Madsen (13-1-0). Super Feather: Marc Castro (9-0) W PTS 8 Maickol Lopez (16-4).



Estrada vs. Gonzalez
Estrada regains the WBC title and goes 2-1 ahead this great series. Estrada dominated early then Gonzalez closed the gap before Estrada won the last round on all three cards to take the majority decision.
Round 1
Estrada makes an assured start as he works his jab early with Gonzalez on the back foot. Estrada is busier behind his jab and scores to the body but it is a low key, careful opener.
Score: 10-9 Estrada
Round 2
Gonzalez presses hard in the second but Estrada is letting his punches go also. Estrada scores with body punches then switches to the head. Gonzalez lands a couple of head punches and Estrada responds with a left to the body and a right to the head. They bump heads but luckily no damage to either fighter. 
Score: 10-9 EstradaEstrada 20-18
Round 3
A close round as Gonzalez is putting Estrada under pressure firing hooks to the body but Estrada is countering cleverly. Gonzalez again scores with left hooks before they clash heads but again no damage done and the round ends with Gonzalez having a slight edge.
Score:10-9 GonzalezEstrada 29-28
Round 4
Action all the way in this one. Both are letting their punches flow stepping up their output and trading shots. The exchanges are even until late in the round when Estrada lands a heavy right and follows with a left and although Gonzalez gets though with a counter it is just Estrada’s round.
Score: 10-9 EstradaEstrada 39-37
Official Scores: Judge Tim Cheatham 39-37 Estrada, Judge Chris Tellez 40-36 Estrada, Judge Dennis O’Connell 40-36 Estrada
Round 5
Gonzalez starts this one on the front foot going straight after Estrada. He is firing to the body but Estrada is again countering cleverly on the back foot with Gonzalez leaving too many gaps as he focuses on attack. Estrada score with lefts and rights and despite Gonzalez scoring with a strong righty and a left to the body Espada’s earlier work earns him the round.
Score: 10-9 EstradaEstrada 49-46
Round 6
The fight is slipping away from Gonzalez and his corner gives him an ear bashing sending him out to turn the fight his way. Instead, it is Estrada who is fired up and raking a sluggish-looking Gonzalez with flowing combinations. Gonzalez come on strong at the end of the round but it is not enough.
Score: 10-9 EspadaEstrada 59-55
Round 7
Estrada was again letting his punches fly in this round. He was digging to the body with punches from both hands and lands a good right to the head. Gonzalez banged back and had some success but Espada was getting the better of the exchanges and did enough to take the round despite another strong finish from Gonzalez.
Score: 10-9 EstradaEstrada 69-64
Round 8
Finally, the real Gonzalez shows up. He forces Estrada to fight off the ropes putting together some flashing combinations. Estrada is firing back but is more defensive minded and Gonzalez is getting through with hooks and uppercuts. Estrada scores with a good uppercut but Gonzalez responds with another burst of shots. 
Score: 10-9 Gonzalez Estrada 78-74
Official Scores: Judge Tim Cheatham 77-75 Estrada, Judge Chris Tellez 77-75 Estrada, Judge Dennis O’Connell 77-75 Estrada.
Round 9
Now Gonzalez is into his stride. He puts Estrada under relentless pressure landing more and harder punches than he was in the first eight rounds. He is showering Estrada with punches and Estrada is spending more and more time pinned against the ropes. Estrada is fighting back but being outscored.
Score: 10-9 GonzalezEstrada 87-84
Round 10
Gonzalez storming in again in this round Espada is fighting hard trying to take control with his jab but Gonzalez is banging to the body and keeping Espada on the back foot. Gonzalez slips on water in a corner but no knockdown and no injury. Is putting Estrada under relentless pressure and Although Espada finishes the round strongly his lead is evaporating.
Score:10-9 GonzalezEstrada 96-94
Round 11
Pressure, pressure and more pressure from Gonzalez. He is landing hooks and uppercuts and forcing Espada around the ring. Espada is landing some good shots but Gonzalez is throwing more and landing more until Espada makes the round a little close with a flurry of punches late.
Score: 10-9 GonzalezEstrada 105-104
Round 12
Gonzalez marched forward throwing hooks and uppercuts. Espada was on the back foot spearing the oncoming Gonzalez with accurate counters with many of Gonzalez shots blocked. it was head to head with both just pumping out punches until Estada slammed home a series of punches and then danced away from Gonzalez and pelted Gonzalez with punches. Gonzalez tried to walk the already celebrating Estrada down. It was Espada’s round. 
Score: 10-9 EstradaEstrada 115-113
Official Scores: Judge Tim Cheatham 116-112 Estrada, Judge Chris Tellez 114-114 Estrada, Judge Dennis O’Connell 115-113 Estrada
These two could fight each other every week and they would still be great fights which could go either way as this one could have. Estrada, 32, a three body two-division title holder, is 10-2 in title fights. He may now look to unify the WBC and WBO titles with a fight against Kazuto Ioka. What Gonzalez, 35, does may depend on what Estrada does. He would start a favourite against WBA title holder Joshua Franco or IBF title holder Fernando Martinez. The Nicaraguan is 16-6 in title fights and has been a four-division title holder four-division title and he is certainly still a very saleable commodity.



Martinez vs. Carmona
Martinez retains the WBC title on a controversial majority decision over brave challenger Carmona who boxed for most of the late rounds with a hand injury
Round 1
Carmona edged the first round with some quick rights to the head of Martinez. Both fighters switched to southpaw and Martinez scored with a right to the head. Martinez landed an uppercut but Carmona came back with left uppercut and some snappy jabs.
Score: 10-9 Carmona
Round 2
Carmona had shown some good skills and quick hands, both were jabbing strongly with Carmona able to thread straight punches through Martinez’s guard. Martinez was having trouble finding the target as Carmona constantly circled then choose his moment to slide home his punches and he scored with a strong straight right.
Score 10-9 CarmonaCarmona 20-18
Round 3
Martinez had been having troubled pinning Carmona down but he did better in this round. He was getting through with body punches and cutting down the ring better. Carmon continued to show some quick clever moves but now Martinez was pressing harder and focusing on his hurtful body punches. 
Score: 10-9 MartinezCarmona 29-28
Round 4
Carmona landed a peach of a right early in the round. Martinez replied by landing left hooks to the body and then a blazing right to the head. Carmona was still moving and jabbing and when he chose to trade with Martinez, he was fast and accurate but Martinez was landing more scoring blows. 
Score: 10-9 Martinez TIED 38-38
Official Scores: Judge Javier Camacho 39-37 Martinez, Judge Kevin Scott 39-37 Carmona, Judge Chris Flores 39-37 Martinez.
Round 5
Martinez was constantly changing guards and getting through with left hooks to the head. Carmona was working hard circling Martinez and slotting jabs through Martinez’s guard. Martinez was chasing down Carmona but still eating jabs as Carmona changes angles and was frustrating Martinez’s attempts to pin him down.
Score: 10-9 CarmonaCarmona 48-47
Round 6
Martinez does a better job of hunting Carmona down. He was able to get in close and score to the body. He then chased Carmona around then ring throwing punches. Not all land but Martinez continued to attack and closed the distance enough to score with hooks with Carmona getting very few chances to attack. 
Score: 10-9 MartinezTIED 57-57
Round 7
Still plenty of movement and quick if light punches from Carmona at the start of the round. There was a suggestion due to concern in Carmona’s corner that he might have injured his right hand. Martinez seemed to think so and was taking advantage of that to press hard and score with left hooks to head and body and did enough to take the round. 
Score: 10-9 Martinez Martinez 67-66
Round 8
It is evident Carmona has injured his hand. His work was all with the left. Martinez was being made to look pedestrian by the speedy foot work of Carmona but when he did catch up with the Spaniard, he was landing some good body punches. For a spell Carmona just circled the ring avoiding Martinez and with Martinez not fast enough to catch him the crowd started to boo the lack of action. Martinez did enough when he could catch up with Carmona to do what scoring there was.
Score: 10-9 MartinezMartinez 77-75
Official Scores: Judge Javier Camacho 78-74 Martinez, Judge Kevin Scott 77-75 Carmona, Judge Chris Flores 77-75 Martinez.
Round 9
With Carmona’s injury Martinez was able to put more pressure on the challenger and Carmona was at a disadvantage whenever they stood and trade punches. When he used his quick footwork to avoid Martinez he was again barracked by the crowd and more importantly it was Martinez doing most of the scoring.
Score: 10-9 MartinezMartinez 87-84
Round 10
Carmona changed tactics. Instead of trying to just jab and run he is standing and trading more and even just using his left having success. Martinez was still digging in left hooks but Carmona’s quicker hands gave him an edge as he deservedly clawed a round back
Score: 10-9 CarmonaMartinez 96-94
Round 11
A gutsy effort from Carmona in standing and trading with a puncher like Martinez with just one hand. He was having success spearing Martinez with jabs and moving too quickly for Martinez to close him down. Carmona kept circling landing his lefts and not staying around for Martinez to respond and Martinez was swinging wildly.
Score: 10-9 CarmonaMartinez 105-104
Round 12
Carmona simply outboxed Martinez in the last. He was slotting home jabs moving then darting in with another jab. When he did stay inside, he was landing smart left hooks. Martinez was just too flat-footed to put Carmona under any real pressure and although he did land a couple of flurries it was Carmona’s round.
Sciore: 10-9 CarmonaTIED 114-114
Official Scores: Judge Javier Camacho 117-111 Martinez, Judge Kevin Scott 114-114 TIED, Judge Chris Flores 116-112 Martinez.
A laboured, pedestrian performance from Martinez in the fifth defence of the WBC title. He may now go on to face interim title holder McWilliams Arroyo or No 1 Angel Ayala although a fight with IBF champion Sunny Edwards would be an interesting contrast in styles. Carmona had no qualifications as a challenger being No 18 in the WBC ratings and never having fought a fighter anywhere remotely near being rated. Despite that he showed excellent skills and very quick hands and can now look towards some big fights.
Pacheco vs. Luna
Pacheco halts Luna in the second round. In the first Pacheco was able to keep the smaller Luna on the end of his jab and scored with some dangerous rights. A booming right sent Luna face down on the canvas early in the second. He made it to his feet but a cluster of hooks sent him down again. He beat the count and bravely tried to take then fight to Pacheco but Pacheco landed heavily again sending Luna down on his back on the canvas. He struggled to rise then stumbled a few steps towards the ropes and was obviously finished but the referee was satisfied he could continue and was brushing Luna’s gloves against his shirt when Pacheco the decision out of the referee’s hands by running to a corner and jumping with arms up to celebrate his victory making the decision the referee should have made. Fourteenth win by KO/TKO for 21-year-old Pacheco who was defending the WBC US title. Luna had drawn with 21-2 Vyacheslav Shabranskyy in 2021 but this was a massacre.
Rosales vs. Velazquez 
The greater experience of former WBC title holder Rosales proves vital as he takes a unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Velazquez. It was Velasquez who led early as he took the fight to Rosales looking to get inside to nullify the longer reach of Rosales and he took the first two rounds. Rosales began to find the range in the third and there was a growing bruise around Velazquez right eye. Velazquez battled back to make the fourth and fifth close but Rosales had the edge and his punches were marking up Velazquez face. There were signs of Velasquez tiring in the seventh and eighth. He was still landing some heavy shots but his punch output was down and Rosales was outscoring him. Rosales had paced the fight well and swept the ninth and tenth for a clear victory. All three judges scored it 97-93 for Rosales. Losses in title fights against Charlie Edwards and Julio Martinez and a wide points loss against relative newcomer Angel Ayala in June this year may have made Rosales look vulnerable but he revived his fortunes with this win. Velasquez had won gold medals at the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games and competed at the World Championships and in the WSB but his professional opposition had not been of high quality.

December 2

Sydney, Canada: Cruiser: Ryan Rozicki (16-1) W TKO 1 Mario Aguilar (22-9).
Rozicki obliterates Mexican Aguilar scoring three knockdowns before the fight is stopped 2:19 in the first round. Fourteenth inside the distance wins for Rozicki with his only loss coming against Oscar Rivas in a fight for the inaugural WBC Bridgerweight title. Sixth defeat by KO/TKO for Aguilar who came in as a late substitute and loses inside the distance every time he moves up
Vessoul, France: Cruiser: Brandon Deslaurier (15-5-1,1ND) W PTS 10 David Radeff (12-17-2).
Local fighter Deslaurier, “The Gypsy Bombadier”, holds on to the French title with a split decision over 41-year-old former kickboxer Radeff on scores of 97-93 and 96-94 for Deslaurier and 96-94 for Radeff. It was the first title defence for Deslaurier

Toulon, France: Cruiser: Siril Makiadi (14-2-2) W PTS 12 Faisal Ibnel Arrami (20-9-1).
Two aging fighters clashed in this fight for the vacant WBFederation title. The 42-year-old Makiadi dealt with the reach advantage of the 6’4” neighbourhood fighter Arrami and took the unanimous decision with the judges turning in cards of 117-111 twice and 115-113. Arrami, 39, is a former French champion.
Seshego, South Africa: Feather: Zolisa Batyi (7-2) W TKO 2 Jeff Magagane (16-6). Super Light: Crispin Moliati (25-12-4) W Tshifhiwa Munyai (35-7-1).
Batyi vs. Magagane 
Something of an upset as Batyi stops Magagane in the second round to win the South African title. There was some revenge in the victory for Batyi as Magagane had won the title with a win over Batyi’s stablemate Asanda Gingqi in September. Sixth win by KO/TKO for Batyi. Magagane had won the title in September.
Moliati vs. Munyai
Moliati Malawian, 5’11”,33yo Spider, 11 wins id 5 losses id, LKO4 Munyai 2018won last 3
Munyai 37yo The Atomic Spider 20 wins id 3 losses id, former CBC & IBO lost Scott Quigg WBA secondary 2014

Newcastle, England: Super Welter: Josh Kelly (13-1-1) W PTS 12 Troy Williamson (19-1-1). Light Heavy: Lyndon Arthur (21-1) W TKO 2 Joel McIntyre (20-5). 
Kelly vs. Williamson
A brilliant display of skills and clever tactics from Kelly as he takes wide unanimous decision over champion Williamson to win the British title. Kelly set out his stall in the first round using his superior hand speed to put together some impressive combinations and landing hurtful uppercuts. Williamson did a little better in the second but again Kelly was landing more and better punches and the pattern was the same in the third. The fourth was closer as Williamson tried to rough Kelly up and take him out of his stride. Kelly was off his toes and trading punches more in the fifth. Williamson was focusing on the body to slow Kelly who has faded late in some fights and Williamson has a good sixth. The seventh round was untidy but the better work came from Kelly who was snapping Williamson’s head back with hooks and uppercuts and he outscored Williamson in the eighth. Williamson upped the pressure in the ninth doing a better job of pinning Kelly on the ropes but in the tenth Kelly was again landing some neck snapping shots and was back in control. Williamson was fighting rough on the inside in the eleventh but was sent back on his heels with a left late in the round and Kelly plays it safe in the last already assured of victory. Scores 119-109, 119-111 118-110 all for Kelly. His loss in six rounds against David Avanesyan raised question mark over Kelly but he has rebounded in style with this win over unbeaten Williamson who had won his last twelve fights and was favourite to come out on top in the all-North East clash.
Arthur vs. McIntyre
Arthur punches too hard for McIntyre. In a cautious start McIntyre was coming forward with Arthur backing up and looking to counter. Arthur twice shook McIntyre with rights in the only real incidents in the first. In the second a right from Arthur turned McIntyre’s legs to jelly. McIntyre tried to punch back but a series of right had him badly hurt and the referee stopped the fight. Arthur won and lost against Anthony Yarde in Commonwealth title fights. This was too much of an ambitious move for McIntyre.

Plant City, FL, USA: Cruiser: David Light (20-0) W PTS 10 Brandon Glanton (17-1). 
in this clash of unbeaten fighters Light is floored late but wins a split verdict over Glanton. Much of the fight was carried out at close quarters with Light scoring well when he could create a bit of space and Glanton using his superior strength to bully Light. Many rounds were close but Light had edged in front before Glanton staged a strong finish and floored Light in the tenth. Scores 97-92 and 95-94 for Light and 95-94 for Glanton. Light was No 5 and Glanton No 6 in the WBO ratings now the WBO have ordered Lawrence Okolie to defend the WBO title against Light. Glanton was defending the WBO Global title and will aim to rebound next year.

Atlanta, GA, USA: Light: Chan Thonson (13-0) W TKO 2 Aelio Mesquita (21-9-1). Super Middle: Derrieck Cuevas (24-1-1) W TKO 2 Esneiker Correa (15-3-1).
Thonson vs. Mesquita
Thonson puts Mesquita down three times to get the win. Thonson used some strong jabbing to establish control in the first. A right forced Mesquita to briefly go down on one knee in the second and he was down again after a series of punches. He beat the count but Thonson drove him to the canvas again and although he made it his feet the fight was stopped. Seventh inside the distance win in his last eight fights for Canadian Thonson who was defending the NABA belt. Brazilian Mesquita has lost 4 of his last 5 by KO/TKO,
Cuevas vs. Correa
Correa ducks out of the fight in the second round. Plenty of movement and flashy but light punches from Correa in the first as Cuevas patiently hunted him down. A short left hook sent Correa down in the second. The punch did not look too hard and Correa was up quickly. He then went down from punch that missed with the referee ruling it a slip and signalling for a reluctant Correa to get up. He did so then went down from a punch that missed him! He arose but seemed to stagger and the referee waived the fight over. First fight for almost two years for Puerto Rican Cuevas who wins the WBA Fedecentro belt. Venezuelan Correa had won his last seven fights by KO/TKO but was pathetic here. 

Tashkent, Uzbekistan: Super Welter: Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (11-1) WPTS 10 Jamshid Karimov (11-1). Super Light: Hovannes Bachkov (4-0) W TKO2 Marcos Gonzalez (22-3). Super Feather: Jono Carroll (23-2-1) W PTS 8 James Chereji (18-3).
Gaibnazarov vs. Karimov
Gaibnazarov, a gold medallist at the 2016 Olympics, outpoints fellow-Uzbek Karimov. The eccentric hands-down let punches fly from all angles style of Gaibnazarov caused Karimov some problems but he stuck to his conventional orthodox approach. It made for close rounds with Gaibnazarov’s showboating detracting from his performance. Despite that Gaibnazarov constantly pierced Kamriov’s guard with little bursts of punches and did some good defensive work that was just enough to get him the decision but no scores available. Southpaw Gaibnazarov beat Jose Ramirez on his way to the gold medal but as a pro lost a disappointing decision against Mykal Fox in May 2019. Karimov has score eight wins by KO/TKO.
Bachkov vs. Gonzalez
Armenian Bachkov’s heavy punching sees him beat Mexican Gonzalez in two rounds. Some heavy punches in the first quickly had Gonzalez on the retreat with Bachkov finding then target with hooks and uppercuts. The pattern was the same in the second with the compact, power punching Bachkov flooring Gonzalez with left hook. Gonzalez only just beat the count and survived the remaining seconds but did not come out for the third round. Bachkov won a bronze medal in Tokyo losing to Keyshawn Davis in the semi-finals. He also lifted silver at the 3021 World Championships losing to Andy Cruz but in other amateur fights he beat Gaibnazarov, Luke and Pat McCormack and Ivan Baranchyk. Despite reasonable looking statistics Gonzalez showed nothing in this fight. 
Carroll vs. Chereji
Carroll gets in eight rounds of work against Romanian Chereji. Carroll used his superior firepower to take charge of this fight from the start. Chereji showed good power and plenty of skill and came to fight but was a lightweight as far as punch was concerned. He was rocked a couple of times but never looked in any real danger and was willing to trade punches with Carroll always getting the better of the exchanges. Scores 80-72 twice and 78-73 for Carroll. He is No 3 with the WBA and his aim must be a second title shot after losing to Tevin Farmer in challenge for the IBF title in 2019. Chereji was 17-0 before suffering back-to-back losses against Liam Paro and Jaouad Belmehdi.

December 3

Incheon, South Korea: Super Bantam: John Riel Casimero (31-4,1ND) ND 2 Ryo Akaho (39-2-2,1ND). Super Feather: Takuya Watanabe (39-11-1) W PTS 10 Jhonny Gonzalez (69-12-1). Welter: Jin Su Kim (9-5) W TKO 7 Hiroki Okada (20-3).
Casimero vs. Akaho
An unsatisfactory finish sees AKaho unable to continue due to a punch behind the head. Both were looking aggressive in the first with Akaho scoring well with hooks late in the round. Casimero launches a wild attack at the start of the second and was caught with a couple of punches and he tumbled down off balance. He was given a count then went back on the attack throwing wild sweeping punches and with Akaho against the ropes landed heavily Akaho escaped but Casimero drove him across the ring with scoring shots. Again, he forced Akaho to the ropes and unloaded punches. As they came off the ropes a right from Casimero curled around Akaho’s head with Casimero’s forearm making very light contact with the back of Akaho’s head. The referee stopped the action to warn Casimero and then Akaho started rubbing the back of his head and walked to a corner and crouched against the ropes still rubbing his head and eventually it was clear he was not going to continue and the fight was declared a No Decision. Casimero was badly in need of ring time not having fought since August 2021 so this was disappointing for him. Akaho had won his last thirteen fights but already had a swelling under his right eye and was finding Casimero a handful.
Watanabe vs. Gonzalez
Watanabe gets a majority verdict over an aging Jhonny Gonzalez. Watanabe showed a sound defence an accurate left hook and scored with some excellent body punches. Gonzalez was always dangerous and rocked Watanabe badly in the ninth but Watanabe recovered and boxed his way to the final bell winning on scores of 97-93 and 96-94 and an even 95-95. Former OPBF title holder Watanabe had lost two of his last three fights. Gonzalez, 41, a former WBO and WBC title holder, was having only his third fight in three years.
Kim vs. Okada
Kim stops former Japanese super lightweight champion Okada in the seventh round. Okada was down in the first round and then again in the third from a straight left. Okada looked to be getting into the fight and attacked hard but was consistently caught by heavy counters from the tall Kim. With Okada pinned against the ropes and under fire in the seventh the referee stopped the fight. Former Korean champion Kim is 3-1 in fights this year whereas Okada was having his first fight for two years.

Vienna, Austria: Middle: Marcos Nader (25-2-1) W PTS 8 Milos Janjanin (16-38).
Nader outboxes a tough and resilient Janjanin. Nader was too quick and too accurate for Janjanin but the Bosnian was continually marching forward. He was stopped in his advance by a great uppercut in the second that shook him but he survived that. Nader landed heavily again with uppercuts in the third and fourth. He stepped up his attacks over the second half of the fight but Janjanin soaked up punishment. He was rocked a few times but was still there at the end. Scores 80-72. 80-73 and 79-73 for Nader. The Spanish-born former European Union (EU) champion was kayoed in the fifth round by Marten Arsumanjan in a challenger for the EU title in April but has rebounded with two wins. Just one win in his last ten fights for Janjanin
Valdivia, Chile: Super Fly: Daniela Asenjo (13-3-3) W PTS 10 Linda Lecca (15-5-2, 1ND).
Fighting in her home city Asenjo retains the IBO female title with a comfortable points victory over Peruvian Lecca on scores of 98-92 twice and 99-91. First defence for Asenjo who previously fought a draw for the WBA belt. Lecca is a former WBA title holder. 

Munich, Germany: Light: Alex Rat (16-5-2) W PTS 10 Howik Bebraham (19-3). Heavy: Edi Delibaltaoglu (11-5) W TKO 2 Hueseyin Akdemir (12-2).
Rat vs. Bebraham 
Spanish-based Romanian Rat goes into the lion’s den and outpoints Bebraham in his home town on scores of 96-94 twice and a bizarre 100-91. Rat has won 8 of his last 9 fights with the loss coming against unbeaten Archie Sharp in Leeds in June. Bebraham was also in good form having won 8 of his last 9 outings.
Delibaltaoglu vs. Akdemir
Turkish-born German Delibaltaoglu wins the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental title with a second round kayo of Akdemir in a bout fought at a funerial pace. In the first Akdemir dropped against the ropes after a series of punches from Delibaltaoglu. He made it to his feet but was driven to the canvas again by rights. He got up and the bell went on the completion of the eight count A right from Delibaltaoglu dropped Akdemir early in the second and although he arose the referee completed the eight count and waived the fight over. Delibaltaoglu is in good form as he gets his seventh consecutive inside the distance win. The three losses for Akdemir, 40, have all come inside four rounds but both boxers were verging on obese and none of Delibaltaoglu’s fights have gone past four rounds whether winning or losing.

Flensburg, Germany: Super Welter: Freddy Kiwitt (23-3) W KO 3 Ali Hasso (5-2).
Liberian-born German Kiwitt massacres poor Hasso in three rounds. Kiwitt floored Hasso early and handed out an unacceptable level of punishment with Hasso’s head being consistently snaped about by heavy punches before he was dropped again in the third and thankfully the fight was over. Kiwitt,32, wins the German title and is 11-1 in his last 12 fights. Poor Hasso was allowed to take a dangerous level of punishment. 

Tokyo, Japan: Feather: Reiya Abe (24-3-1) W PTS 12 Jinki Maeda (10-1).
Southpaw Abe retains the Japanese and Asia Pacific titles with a majority decision against Maeda. Abe used some accurate jabbing and great defensive work to sweep the early rounds and a straight left in the third saw Maeda suffer a suspected broken jaw. Abe was in front on all three cards after the fourth. Both suffered cuts over the middle rounds that were more even and then Abe held off a late Maeda rally to win on scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114. Abe won the Japanese title at the third attempt and was making his first defence.

Rosarito, Mexico: Fly: Tania Enriquez (20-0) W PTS 8 Edna Maltos (5-9-1,1ND). Bantam: Victor Reyes (21-2-1) W TKO 6 Lamberto Macias (16-7-1).
Enriquez vs. Maltos
Enriquez registers another win as she outpoints fellow-Mexican Maltos. Enriquez was connecting with southpaw right jabs and straight lefts from the first bell and had Maltos blooded early. Maltos stayed in the fight and had some success with right counters also drawing some blood but Enriquez cruised to victory on scores of 80-72 twice and 79-73.
Reyes vs. Macias
“Scarface” Reyes notches his eleventh consecutive win with a sixth round stoppage of Macias. Reyes has a totalof fourteen inside the distance victories but Macias suffers his fifth loss in a row.

Malaga, Spain: Super Light: Samuel Molina (23-2,1ND) W PTS 10 Jon Fernandez (23-3).
A much anticipated Spanish title fight sees Molina outpoint champion Fernandez. The first three rounds saw Fernandez in charge with Molina struggling to make any impression. Things changed from the fourth as Molina took over and although the rounds were close Molina gradually ate into Fernandez’s lead then edged ahead to emerge a good winner. Scores 96-94 twice and 97-93 for Molina who has lost only one of his last eight fights and that was majority decision against Francesco Patera for the European title. Fernadez’s other two defeats have come against O’Shaquie Foster and Michael Rivera.

Fight of the week (Significance): Hopefully Tyson Fury’s dismissal of Derek Chisora means we can expect a fight with Olek Usyk early next year
Fight of the week (Entertainment): Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman Gonzalez went to war again
Fighter of the week: Joint award to Estrada and Gonzalez
Punch of the week: The right from Diego Pacheco that put Ricardo down was special.
Upset of the week: No huge ones.
Prospect watch: Armenian super lightweight Hovannes Bachkov showed good power and has excellent amateur credentials

Observations

Rosette: Estrada and Gonzalez for a great episode III and Spaniard Samuel Carmona for fighting on for the full twelve rounds against Julio Martinez despite being practically one handed from the seventh round.
Red Card: The referees who showed every intention of letting an obviously finished Ricardo Luna continue after he could hardly stand after being floored by Diego Pacheco. It was just as well that behind the referee’s back Pacheco climbed the ropes celebrating leaving the referee with no choice but to do what he should have done and waive the fight over.
-Two trilogies at the weekend. One was a fiercely competitive close and entertaining fight with a pulsating finish which could have been scored either way-the other one was Tyson Fury vs. Derek Chisora
-Darryl Sharp might have a unique record. He has reached fight No 103. His record is 6-96-1 but only 3 of those losses have come inside the distance and he has clocked up 507 rounds.
-Only in boxing do you get such widely differences in how an event is judged by those appointed to decide. In the Alex Rat vs. Howik Bebraham fight two judges scored it 96-94 and the other 100-90-and they were watching the same fight and only a few feet apart!

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.”


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Eric Armit.

Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • Viva Las Vegas: Jimuel Pacquiao headlines Amateur Boxing Benefit Card- “Fights of Fury”
    By Emmanuel Rivera, RRT, Fri, 27 Jan 2023
  • ROCHA VS. ASHIE PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
    Fri, 27 Jan 2023
  • Cebu-based Acope to fight in Pacquiao's Blow-by-Blow show
    By Jun Migallen, Fri, 27 Jan 2023
  • FIERRO FACES ESTELA AS MATCHROOM RETURN TO MEXICO
    Fri, 27 Jan 2023
  • Racasa, Cu off to good start in Indonesia
    By Marlon Bernardino, Fri, 27 Jan 2023
  • Press Conference Notes: Artur Beterbiev & Anthony Yarde Ready for Wembley Showdown
    Fri, 27 Jan 2023
  • JESUS SARACHO WINS WBO LATIN SUPER LIGHTEIGHT TITLE, OSCAR ALVAREZ JR KEEPS UNDEFEATED RECORD INTACT ON WEDNESDAY’S, PROBOX TV CARD
    Fri, 27 Jan 2023
  • April 1: Robeisy Ramirez-Isaac Dogboe Interim Featherweight Title Showdown & Xander Zayas-Ronald Cruz Headline Loaded Card at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa LIVE on ESPN+
    Fri, 27 Jan 2023
  • Injury forces Silva to withdraw from upcoming bouts
    Fri, 27 Jan 2023
  • YANKIEL RIVERA SIGNS PROMOTIONAL DEAL WITH MATCHROOM
    Fri, 27 Jan 2023
  • Warriors buzz Grizzlies, 122-120, in razor-thin Thriller
    By Emmanuel Rivera, RRT, Thu, 26 Jan 2023
  • Asia's Top Boxers Today (Second and Last Part)
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, Thu, 26 Jan 2023
  • ROCHA VS. ASHIE FIGHT WEEK MEDIA WORKOUT  QUOTES
    Thu, 26 Jan 2023
  • Brilliant Herlan Gomez Stops Thai Foe in 2 in Highland Show in Thailand
    By Carlos Costa, Thu, 26 Jan 2023
  • Kimura, Wulan Fight to a Draw in Thailand; WBA Int’l 112 Belt Stays Vacant
    By Carlos Costa, Thu, 26 Jan 2023