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International Roundup - by Ron Jackson

The month of June produced some entertaining fights and also a major upsets when Jean Pascal won the WBC light heavyweight belt and little known Gabriel Campillo took the WBA light heavyweight belt. Long reigning WBO flyweight champion Omar Narvaez of Argentina made the sixteenth successful defence of his belt and the WBO in their wisdom have now made him a super champion.

WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto 33-1; 27 won a twelve round split decision over Joshua Clottey 35-2; 21 to retain his belt at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Cotto had Clottey on the canvas with a left a jab at the end of the first round, but suffered a bad cut over the left eye from an accidental clash of heads in round three which hampered his performance. However, in a close fight Clottey let it slip away in the later rounds when he allowed the champion to box from the outside. The scores were 115-112, 116-111 for Cotto and 114-113 for Clottey.

On the same card WBO mini flyweight champion Ivan Calderon 32-0-1; 6 and challenger Rodel Mayol 25-3-1; 19 fought to a six round technical draw. The fight
was stopped due to a cut from an accidental clash of haeds in the sixth round. The
judges scored the fight 58-56 Calderon, 58-56 Mayol, 57-57. On advice from the doctor the fight was stopped at 1:50 in the sixth round. Under WBO rules the fight
goes to the scorecards, including the sixth round.

Jean Pascal won the WBC light heavyweight belt when he outpointed Adrian iaconu
over 12 rounds in Montreal, Canada. This was Diaconu’s first defeat. Diaconu was down in the fifth round of an action-packed bout. The scores were 115- 112,116-112 and 116-111. Pascal who improved his record to 23-1; 15 was having his first fight since losing to Carl Froch in December last year in a bid for the vacnt WBC super middleweight belt. Diaconu who was making the first defence of the belt fell to 26-1, with 15 wins inside the distance.

Making the ninth defence of his WBC light flyweight belt Edgar Sosa 36-5; 20
stopped Carlos Melo 19-9; 2 of Panama at 2.47 of the fifth round at the packed arena Mexico in Mexico City. Sosa was on top from the first round in an all action fight. However, the power of the champion wore down the challenger and in the fifth round a vicious hook to the liver put Melo down. He managed to beat the count but a further barrage of punches from Sosa forced referee Frank Garza to call the fight off.

Wladimir Klitschko 53-3; 47 scored a dominant tenth round technical knockout
over WBA heavyweight champion in recess Ruslan Chagaev 25-1-1; 17 in front of
a 60,000 crowd at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany to retain his IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight belts. Klitschko controlled the fight with his jab and
dropped Chagaev with a right hand in round two. Chagaev was game but was
never in the fight as the champion dominated throughout. Chagaev was cut over
the left eye in round eight and his corner called the bout off at the bell for the tenth round.

In a stunning upset little known Gabriel Campillo of Spain beat Hugo Garay of Argentina on a majority decision to win the WBA light heavyweight title in Sunchales, Santa Fe, Argentina. Garay 32-4; 17 outworked Campillo 18-2; 6 over the first six rounds as he backed up the challenger. However, the southpaw Campillo was able to block a lot of the punches and to score with the odd flurry. From round seven the champion began to tire as Campillo jolted Garay’s head back with some accurate jabs. The scores were 115-114 and 114- 113 for Campillo and 114-114.

Omar Narvaez of Argentina retained his WBO flyweight belt for the sixteenth time
when he stopped Omar Soto from Mexico in the eleventh round at the Estadio Luna
Park, Buenos Aires. Narvaez 30-0-2; 19 has held the belt for seven years and has
remained unbeaten for the past nine years. The slick Narvaez was in charge
throughout as he dominated Soto 17-5-1; 11 scoring with good shots to the body
and head. Soto had a point deducted for head butting in the eighth round after receiving numerous warnings from referee Roberto Ramirez Jr. throughout the fight. The champion staggered Soto with a series of lefts and rights to the head in round eleven before putting him down with a straight left to the head. He managed to beat the count but was in no condition to continue as the referee waved the fight off. Prior to the fight it was announced by the WBO that Narvaez has now been elevated to Super Champion. On the undercard Sebastian Rodriguez 9-1; 3 stopped Santos Marimon 12-11-1 in the ninth round in a contest for the interim WBC Latino title.

In a toe-to-toe war Marcos Maidana 26- 1; 25 scored a sixth round knockout over
Victor Ortiz 24-2-1; 19 in a battle for the interim WBA super lightweight title at the
Staples Centre in Los Angeles. Ortiz had Maiden down after an exchange of wild
punches in the first round, but on rising he put Ortiz down. In round two Ortiz dropped Maidana twice, but the rugged Maidana hung in to turn the fight around
with a big round five, opening up a cut on Ortiz and hurting him right hands. Maidana came out on attack in the sixth and floored Ortiz again before the fight was stopped at 1 minute 46 seconds into the round.

WBO junior featherweight world champion Juan Manuel Lopez 26-0; 24
scored an impressive one-sided ninth round technical knockout over Oliver Lontchi 18-1-2; 8 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Juanma had Lontchi down in rounds two and nine, and Lontchi was unable to come out at the bell for the ninth
round.

In a WBC super flyweight eliminator, Jorge Arce 52-5-1; 40 scored a third
round knockout against Fernando Lumacad 18-2-2; 7. Arce knocked out Lumacad with a counter right hand at 35 seconds into the round.

The IBF junior middleweight super welterweight eliminator between Yuri Foreman
27-0; 8 and Cornelius Bundrage 29-4; 17 ended in a no-decision after three rounds when Foreman was cut over the right eye by an accidental clash of heads.

In an exciting encounter Arthur Abraham retained his IBF middleweight belt
with a tenth-round technical knockout over German-based Turk Mahir Oral at the Max- Schmeling Halle in Berlin. After a quiet opening round Oral 25-2-2; 7 scored with some big left and right hooks, but Abraham came back to score with good shots of his own at the end of the round. The champion who was making his tenth defence had Oral down in the fourth round with a big right hand. He got up on shaky legs and did well to survive the round. Oral did well to come back into the fight in the fifth but was down again in the sixth round. He came back into the fight through rounds seven to nine. However, at the beginning of tenth after another flurry of blows Oral took a knee and soon afterwards was down on two more occasions before the fight was waved off at 1 minute 23 seconds into the round after Oral’s corner threw in the towel.

In a mismatch at the Plaza de Toros in Tamaulipas in Mexico Jorge Linares 27-
0; 18 from Venezuela retained his WBA super featherweight against Joasfat Perez
12-2; 7 as he dominated from the first round before referee Luis Pabon stepped
to stop the fight at 1 minute 42 seconds into the eight round.