International Roundup - by Ron Jackson
The highlight of the month is no doubt
the fighting machine Manny Pacquiao
who stopped Miguel Cotto in the twelfth
round in Las Vegas on November 14 to
prove he has no equal in the world.
The Filipino superstar won the WBO
welterweight belt to make it six belts in
six different weight classes.
Cotto, from Puerto Rico, was knocked
down twice in the first half of the bout
and literally beaten to a pulp by the pinpoint
accuracy of Pacquiao.
The champion started off confidently to
land with his copybook left hooks to the
body to take an early lead.
Cotto took an eight count in the third
with a southpaw right to the head that
put him on the canvas when he was unbalanced; and was badly hurt when going down again in the fourth. He never really recovered after the knockdown in the fourth and was systematically beaten up until referee Kenny Bayliss stepped in to wave the fight off in the twelfth round.
He must now fight Floyd Mayweather to
establish his legacy.
The other highlight was David Haye
winning the WBA heavyweight belt when
he beat Nikolai Valuev on a majority decision
in Nuremburg on November 7.
The Briton, who was 44 kg lighter than
the giant Russian, won with scores of
116-112 on two cards. The third judge had it 114-114.
The 29-year-old from London used his superior speed and movement to stay away from Valuev as he piled up the points and was able to dominate in the last round.
In Las Vegas, unbeaten Yuri Foreman
(28-0; 6) won the WBA super-welterweight
title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Puerto Rico’s Daniel Santos (32-3-1; 23).
In Hartford, USA, IBO light heavyweight
champion Chad Dawson (29-0,
17 KOs) defended his IBO belt and won
the vacant WBC interim belt with a
twelve round unanimous decision over
Glen Johnson (49-13-2; 33). The scores
were 115-113 twice and 117-111.
In a clash for the vacant WBO interim
junior middleweight title Alfredo Angulo
(17-1; 14) stopped previously unbeaten Harry Joe Yorgey (22-1-1; 10) in the third round.
In New York, WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez overcame the toughest challenge of his career to score a narrow twelve round unanimous points decision over Tanzanian Rogers Mtagwa at the WaMu Theatre in Madison Square Garden, New York City. Lopez (27-0; 24) struggled against the rugged brawler Mtagwa (26- 13-2; 18) as the boxers fought toe-toe.
On the same card WBA featherweight
champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (16-0; 14)
stopped Whyber Garcia (22-7; 15) in the
In Osaka, Japan, WBA flyweight
champ Denkaosen Kaowichit (48-1-
1; 20) from Thailand retained his belt
with a majority decision over Daiki
Kameda (15-2; 11) from Japan.
In Donetsk, Ukraine, Vyacheslav
Senchenko (30-0; 20) retained his
WBA welterweight belt with a lopsided
unanimous decision over Japan’s Motoki
Sasaki (32-8-1; 20).
In Tokyo, Japan, Mexican Juan Carlos
Salgado (22-0-1; 16) shocked the
boxing world when he stopped previously
unbeaten WBA super featherweight
champion Jorge Linares (27-1;
8) at 73 seconds into the opening
On the same card Toshiaki Nishioka
(35-4-3; 22) who fights from the southpaw
stance retained his WBC super bantamweight
belt when he broke the jaw
of Mexican challenger Ivan Hernandez
(25-4-1; 15) early in the fight with
a left hook which forced him to retire at
the end of the third round.
In Nottingham, England, WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (26-0; 20) retained his belt on a split decision against previously unbeaten Andre Dirrell (18-1; 13) in round two of the “Super Six World Boxing Classic” at the Trent FM Arena.
In Berlin, Germany,
in the first round of the
“Super Six World Boxing
Abraham (31-0; 25)
scored a spectacular
late twelfth round
knockout over Jermain
17) at the sold out O2
World. A huge right
hand knocked Taylor
out at 2 minutes 54
seconds into the round.
In Dessau, Germany,
Francois Botha (47-4-3-(28) fought to a draw
with 39-year-old former
team member Pedro Carrion (8-2: 6) at the Anhalt Arena.
Botha had difficultly at times with Carrion’s
height and the bout resembled a
sparring session as it proceeded at a
slow, mostly uneventful pace.
In Veracruz, Mexico, WBC interim
super flyweight champion Tomás “Gusano”
Rojas (32-11-1; 22) retained his
title via a unanimous twelve round decision
against previously unbeaten
Evans Mbamba (16-1; 8) from South
Africa at the World Trade Center.
Scores were 117-109, 117-109 and
119-108. Rojas is now in line to face
Vic Darchinyan for the full WBC title on
December 12 in Rancho Mirage, California.
In Las Vegas, Yonnhy Perez (20-0;
14) won the IBF bantamweight belt
when he beat Ghana’s Joseph Agbeko
(27-2; 22) by unanimous decision.
The scores were 117-110 on two
cards and 116-111 on the third.
On the same card, Mexico’s Antonio
DeMarco dominated Nicaragua’s Jose Alfaro en route to a tenth-round technical knockout in a fight for the WBC interim lightweight title.
In Stoke, England, IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou (47-11-2; 31) barely retained his belt against Matthew Hatton (37-4-2; 14) of England at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex when he fought to a draw. The judges scored the bout 115-114 for Ndou, 115-114 for Hatton and 114-114.