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International Roundup - by Ron Jackson

The month of July has seen plenty of action on the international scene with the highlight for South Africa being the split decision win over Delvin Rodriguez from the Dominican Republic by Isaac Hlatshwayo to take the vacant IBF welterweight belt. Another standout was the win by Ghanaian Joseph Agbeko over the highly rated Vic Darchinyan to retain his IBF bantamweight belt.

In Poitiers, France, Panamanian Anselmo Moreno retained his WBA bantamweight belt against Mahyar Monshipour on a split decision at the Parc of Expositions. Judges Nelson Vásquez of Puerto Rico and Stanley Christodoulou of South Africa scored it 116-113 and 116-112 in favour of Moreno and judge Erkki Meronen of Finland had it 115-113 in favour of Monshipour. Moreno now has the record of
26-1-1 with 8 stoppages while Monshipour falls to 31-4-2, 21.

In Sunrise, California, IBF bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko 27-1; 22 won a hard fought unanimous decision over unified super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan 32-2-1; 26 at the Bank Atlantic Center. In a closely contested fight Darchinyan scored a flash knockdown in round seven. However Agbeko took Darchinyan out of his stride in the eighth, but Darchinyan rallied in the ninth. Darchinyan was quite marked up at the end. The scores were 116-111 and 114-113 twice.

In a WBC lightweight title eliminator Antonio DeMarco 21-1-1; 15 scored a ninth round knockout over Anges Adjaho 25-2; 14. Adjaho pressed the action and did well in the early rounds. DeMarco turned the tables in the eighth and Adjaho was down in the ninth as DeMarco grazed him on the back of the head while kneeling. Adjaho rolled over and was counted out at 2:59.

In an IBF cruiserweight title eliminator in a battle between former world champions, Steve Cunningham 22-2; 11 outpointed Wayne Braithwaite 23-4;
19 over twelve rounds. The scores were 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111.

In a WBC welterweight title eliminator Ivan Kirpa 23-1; 15 scored a hard earned twelve round unanimous decision over Miguel Rodriguez 29-3; 23. Kirpa will now meet another contender in a final eliminator. Scores were 118- 110, 120-108,119-108.

In Newark, New Jersey, Tomas Adamek successfully retained the IBF cruiserweight belt with a fifth round stoppage over gutsy but overmatched Bobby Gunn. Adamek was in control throughout as he battered Gunn into submission. On advice of the ringside physician, who felt Gunn had taken too much punishment, Referee Earl Brown called a halt to the contest.

In Nurburg, Germany WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm 33-1; 14 successfully defended his belt against European champion Khoren Gevor 30-4; 16 on a unanimous twelve round decision at the Ring Arena/Nürburgring Racetrack. Gevor applied great pressure keeping the fight at close quarters. The defending champion landed the cleaner shots in the later rounds to win with scores of 115-113 twice and 117-111.

Sebastian Zbik 27-0; 10 won the WBC interim middleweight championship with a twelve round unanimous decision over Domenico Spada 29-2; 14. In a closely contested fight all three judges scored it 115-114.

In Chiapas, Mexico, IBF featherweight champion Cristóbal Cruz 39- 11-1; 23 retained his belt by unanimous decision over Jorge Solís 37-2-2; 27 at the Palenque de la Feria. Scores were 114-110, 113-110 and 113-111 for Cruz, who avenged a 2003 loss to Solís.

In Tokyo, Japan, Elio Rojas 21-1; 13 from the Dominican Republic won the WBC featherweight belt with a unanimous points decision over defending champion Takahiro Aoh 17-2; 8 of Japan. The scores were 116-113, 117- 111 and 118-110. Rojas was in control through most of the bout as the southpaw Aoh battled to penetrate his guard. In Kobe, Japan, Nicaraguan Roman Gonzalez 24-0; 20 retained his WBA minimumweight belt when he scored a unanimous 12 round points decision over Japan’s former WBA and WBC champion Katsunari Takayama 23-4;
9. All three judges scored it 118-110.

On the same card Japan’s Hozumi Hasegawa 27-2; 11 retained his WBC bantamweight belt with a first round knockout over Nestor Rocha 21-2; 7. Hasegawa who was making his ninth defence hurt Rocha with a vicious southpaw right hook and put him down with another barrage of punches before referee Gary Ritter waved the fight off at 2 minutes 28 seconds into the round.

In Jalisco, Mexico, super flyweight Tomás Rojas 31-11-1; 22 claimed the WBC interim title with a ninth round stoppage of Everardo Morales 32-14- 2; 22 at the Centro de Convenciones in Puerto Vallarta.

In Manchester, England, Amir Khan 21-1; 15 won the WBA super lightweight belt when he outboxed champion Andreas Kotelnik 31-3-1; 13 at the M.E.N. Arena. Khan, who moved up from lightweight was too fast and strong for Kotelnik as he outpaced him to win with scores of 120-108 and 118-111 twice.

In Nayarit, Mexico, in a clash for the WBA interim lightweight championship Miguel Acosta 25-9-2; 19 stopped previously unbeaten Urbano Antillon 26-1, 19 in the ninth round. Acosta ended the fight with a right uppercut that dropped Antillon and left him unable to continue. Time was 1:47.

In his first defence WBA light flyweight champion Giovanni Segura 21-1-1; 17 stopped late substitute Juanito Rubillar Jr. 46-13-7, 22 in the sixth round.

In Windhoek, Namibia, WBA lightweight champion Paulus Moses 25-0; 17 retained his WBA regular belt by unanimous decision over the 37-yearold Takehiro Shimada 23-5-1; 16 at the Windhoek Country Club Resort. Scores were 119-109, 119-108 and 118- 110.

The WBA’s interim title in the same division was at stake in Nayarit, Mexico,
where Miguel Acosta knocked out Urbano Antillon in the ninth round.

In California, USA, Britain’s Junior Witter 37-3-2; 22 handed American Devon Alexander 19-0; 12 the vacant WBC light-welterweight belt when he quit at the end of the eighth round at the Rancho Mirage. The 35-year-old Witter was probably behind on the scorecards but his decision to quit came as a surprise. Witter said his elbow went in round four and basically he couldn’t keep Alexander off with his left hand. On the same bill, Timothy Bradley 25-0; 12 retained his WBO junior welterweight title when his fight against Nate Campbell 33-6-1; 25 was
stopped before the start of the fourth round after a clash of heads that resulted in Campbell being cut over one of his eyes.

In Uncasville, Connecticut, South Africa’s Isaac Hlatshwayo won the IBF welterweight belt by beating Delvin Rodriguez of the Dominican Republic on a split decision. The scores were 116-113 and 116-112 for Hlatshwayo and 115-113 for Rodriguez. Hlatshwayo picked up the pace in the later rounds to take a deserved decision. Rodriguez and Hlatshwayo had drawn in their first fight, in Kempton Park in November last year. Hlatshwayo improved his record to 29-1-1 with 10 knockouts and Rodriguez dropped to 24-3-2; 14.