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International Roundup - by Ron Jackson

The month of May provided some exciting action in world title fights with the
standout being the complete destruction of Ricky Hatton by the best pound-forpound fighter in the world, Manny Pacquiao.

In a rematch WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno 25-1-1; 8
once again scored a narrow points decision over former champion Wladimir
Sidorenko 21-2-2; 7 at the Halle 7, in Breman, Germany. However, this time it
was on a split decision. In the first six rounds the challenger pressed the champion
but from the seventh Moreno began to score with the more effective punches.
The scores were 115-113 for Siderenko and 115-113 twice Moreno.

Manny Pacquiao 49-3-2; 37 destroyed Ricky Hatton 45-2; 32 to win the
IBO junior welterweight belt at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Hatton
started aggressively but was dropped twice by Pacquiao in the first round and in round two Pacquiao dropped Hatton for the count with a southpaw left to the
jaw. The time was 2:59.

Humberto Soto 48-7-2; 31 of Mexico retained his WBC super featherweight
belt with a ninth-round stoppage of Benoit Gaudet 20-2;7 from Canada at
the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. Referee Jay Nady stopped the fight at 2
minutes 25 seconds into the round. Chad Dawson retained his IBF and IBO light heavyweight belts when he outpointed fellow American Antonio Tarver in Las Vegas. The judges scored it 116-112 and 117-111 twice.

Francois Botha 47-4-2; 28 beat Timo Hoffmann 38-7-1; 22 from Germany on a
split decision to retain his WBF heavyweight belt in Magdeburg, Germany. The
scores were 117-110 and 114-113 for the South African and 114-113 for Hoffmann. The 40-year-old Botha was making the first defence of the belt he won when he beat Ron Guerrero from the US for the vacant title at Potchefstroom last year.

WBO cruiserweight champion Victor Ramirez 15-1; 12 of Argentina retained
his belt in a closely fought 12 round split decision over Ali Ismailov 15-2-1; 11 at
the Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The bout was very competitive
for the first seven rounds but became untidy in the later rounds. Two judges favoured Ramirez 116-112 and 115-113 and one judge had it for Ismailov 115-113.

WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni 26-1-1; 10 retained his belt with a twelve round draw against former IBF champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk 41-2-1; 31 at the Gran Teatro in Rome, Italy. In a hard-fought battle, Fragomeni was the aggressor, and Wlodarczk the counter puncher for the first half of the fight, but from the seventh round, the challenger started pressuring Fragomeni and had him down for two counts in round nine. Scores were 114- 113 Fragomeni, 116-112 Wlodarczyk and 114-114.

Japan’s Daisuke Naito, 34, came back from a sixth round knockdown to retain
his WBC flyweight belt against China’s Xiong Zhaozhong in Tokyo, Japan. The
taller Naito won by unanimous decision, but suffered cuts above both eyes from
head clashes in the early rounds. The 26-year-old Xiong, 26, became the first Chinese male to challenge for a world title as he saw his record drop to 12-2-1; 8.
Naito improved his record to 35 wins, including 22 knockouts, against two defeats
and three draws.

WBA flyweight champion Denkaosan Kaovichit 47-1-1; 20 retained his belt on a twelve round split decision over Hiroyuki Hisataka 17-8-1; 6 of Japan at the
Central Stadium of Uttaradit Province, Thailand. The bout was a closely contested for the first six rounds but the champion from Thailand tired in the later rounds. The champion had a point deducted for repeated punches to the back of the head of Hisataka. South African judge Stanley Christodoulou and Kwang Tak Yoon (Korea) 115-112 both scored it 115-112 for Kaovichit, whilst Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) had it 115-113 for Hisataka.

In an action packed encounter Anthony Mundine 36-3; 23 won the IBO middleweight belt from fellow Australian Daniel Geale 21-1; 13 on a split decision at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Australia. Mundine a former two-time WBA super-middleweight champion used his superior speed to outwork Geale to win his third world belt. The scores were 116-113, 114-113 for Mundine and 115- 113 for Geale.

WBC strawweight champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai 31-0; 12 from Thailand
retained his belt on a technical decision against Indonesian Muhammad Rachman
62-8-5; 31 at the Bangla Stadium in Patong, Phuket, Thailand. The Thai fighter scored mostly from counterpunches and was well ahead when the fight was stopped at the end of the eleventh round after accidental head butts twice in the seventh round and once in round eleven rendered the challenger unable to continue. Although the uncut Sithsamerchai was deducted two points in terms of the WBC rules he won with scores of 106-101 and 105-103 twice. This was the champion’s third defence.

Andre Berto 25-0; 19 retained his WBC welterweight belt with a one-sided twelve round unanimous points decision over IBF junior welterweight champion Juan Urango 21-2-1; 16 KOs at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Berto outsped the aggressive challenger. The scores were 117-111 and 118-110 twice.