International News - by Ron Jackson

Nino takes Mayol’s WBC title – June 19, 2010

Omar Nino won the WBC light-flyweight belt when he beat Rodel Mayol on points in San Juan del Rio, Mexico.

In a rematch after their controversial technical draw in February, Nino won by 115-112, 117-109 and 115-111, taking his record to 29-3-2, with 11 knockouts.

Mayol dropped to 26-5-2; 20 after a closely contested fight in which both boxers were cut over the eyes.

Myol opened up an early lead but Nino finished strongly to take the decision.

On the same card, former WBC superflyweight champion Tomas Rojas improved to 34-12-1; 24 when he beat Felipe Almanza (16-18-4; 7), who retired at the bell for the seventh round

Ward wins every round – June 19, 2010

Andre Ward beat Allan Green by unanimous decision to retain his WBA supermiddleweight belt in Oakland, California.

Ward, 22-0 who was making his first defence, won all 12 rounds from the three judges in front of his hometown crowd. The event was part of the 18-month long Super Six World Classic series.

Green, saw his record drop to 29-2.

Chavez wins in toe-to-toe clash – June 26, 2010

In probably the best fight this year Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. beat John Duddy on points in San Antonio, Texas, to win the WBC silver middleweight belt.

Chavez won a gruelling encounter by unanimous decision over 12 rounds with the judges scoring it 120-108, 116-112 and 117-111. The scores were not a true reflection of the fight, especially the 120 -108, as Duddy scored well in some of the earlier rounds.

Chavez moved his record to 41-0-1, including 30 knockouts by beating the 31- year-old Irishman, who now fights out of New York, in every department.

The 31-year-old Duddy stopped Chavez, 24, in his tracks with a big right hand in the third but superb fitness enabled Chavez to survive and come back at the Irishman at the end of the round.

Both fighters were marked around the eyes at the end of the fight, but the speed and youth of Chavez prevailed.

On the same card thirty-six-year-old Mexican ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera (66-7; 43), in his first fight in more than a year, out-boxed Adailton Dejesus (26-5; 21) over ten rounds in a superlightweight clash. The scores were 100- 90, 98-92 and 99-91.