International Roundup - by Ron Jackson
During August we saw the crowning
of three new “world champions when
Robert Stieglitz stopped previously unbeaten
WBO super middleweight
champion and hometown favourite
Karoly Balzsay in the tenth round and
Marco Huck became the new WBO
cruiserweight champion with a hardfought
win over Victor Emilio Ramirez.
Another new champion was crowned
when Tavoris Cloud outpointed former
champion Clinton Woods to win the
vacant IBF light heavyweight title.
On a rather sad note South Africa’s Malcolm Klassen lost his IBF junior lightweight belt when he was outpointed by Robert Guerrero in his first defence.
In Biloxi, Mississippi, former multiple
world champion Roy Jones Jr.
stopped Jeff Lacy in the tenth round
to win the vacant NABO light heavyweight
belt at the MS Coast Coliseum
in Biloxi, Mississippi. The 40-year-old
Jones 54-5; 40 was in outstanding
form as he pulled back the years to
completely outpunch and outbox the
younger Lacy 25-3; 17. After taking a
sustained battering, Lacy’s corner
pulled their man out at the end of round ten.
On the same card in a clash for the vacant IBO cruiserweight belt Danny Green 27-3; 24 from Australia scored a fifth round knockout over Julio Cesar Dominguez 20-5-1; 14.
In Kazakhstan, WBA light heavyweight
champion Gabriel Campillo
of Spain 19-2; 6 retained his belt for
the first time with a hard-fought 12
round points decision over Beibut
Shumenov 8-1; 6. Shumenov was
the aggressor from the beginning but
the more experienced champion scored with some good counterpunches as the challenger began to tire. However, Shumenov floored the champion with a hard left to the jaw in round nine. Campillo was hurt but managed to regroup and put the challenger down with a left hook to the body in round twelve. The three judges scored the fight 114-112 twice and 114-113 in favour of Campillo.
In Las Vegas, in a clash for the vacant
WBA interim super flyweight title,
former IBF flyweight champion Nonito
Donaire 22-1; 14 won a close
twelve round unanimous points decision
over ex-interim champion Rafael
Concepcion 13-4-1; 8 at the Hard
Rock Hotel/Casino. Concepcion was
unable to win the title as he came in
2.05 kg over the limit. Concepcion stalked Donaire throughout but Donaire
landed more scoring punches to win with scores of 117-111, 115-113 and 116-112.
WBO featherweight champion
Steven Luevano 37-1-1; 15 retained
his belt on a seventh round disqualification
when challenger Bernabe
Concepcion 29-2-1; 17 hit him after
the bell. Luevano the counter-puncher
was in control throughout. The fight
ended when Concepcion floored Luevano
with a big right hand that landed
after the bell.
In Quintana Roo, Mexico, in a
closely contested bout Juan Carlos
Reveco 21-1; 11 of Argentina beat
Francisco Rosas 20-7-2; 12 from
Mexico on a split decision to win the
interim WBA light flyweight title at the
Palacio Municipal in Cozumel. Rosas
was very aggressive throughout but Reveco scored with counter punches. The scores were 115-113 twice for Reveco while the third judge had it 116-112 for Rosas.
In Houstan, Texas, South Africa’s
Malcolm Klassen lost his IBF junior lightweight belt when he was outpointed
over 12 rounds by Robert
Guerrero of the US at the Reliant
On the same card in a clash for the
WBO NABO junior welterweight title
former unified lightweight champion
Juan Diaz 35-2, 17 scored a rather
controversial twelve round unanimous
decision over former IBF junior welterweight
champion Paulie Malignaggi
26-3, 5. The scores were 116-112,
115-113 and a way out 118-110.
In Budapest, Hungary, Robert Stieglitz 36-2; 22 stopped previously unbeaten WBO super middleweight champion and hometown favourite Karoly Balzsay 21-1; 15 in the tenth round.
On the same card Jürgen Brähmer
34-2; 28 won the WBO interim light
heavyweight title with an eleventh
round stoppage over Aleksy Kuziemski
In Baja California Sur, Mexico, in
a clash for the vacant WBC interim
super featherweight title Humberto
Gutiérrez 26-1-1; 19 won a hard
fought twelve round majority decision
over Sergey Gulyakevitch 26-2; 12
at the Municipal Auditorium in Cabo
San Lucas. Gutiérrez won with scores
of 113-113, 115-111 and 116-110.
On the same bill unbeaten IBF minimumweight
champion Raul Garcia
27-0-1;16 successfully defended his title with a twelve round majority decision
against Sammy Gutiérrez 21- 5-2; 12. Ring announcer Jimmy Lennon originally announced a draw, but later amended that to 116-112, 115-113 in favour of Garcia and 114- 114. Gutierrez had his best moments in the first six rounds while Garcia
came on strong in the later rounds. It was the third time they have fought with the results being a majority decision and split decision for Garcia and a draw.
In Kadcheongdoi in Chiangmai, Thailand, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam 73-3-1; 39 retained his WBC interim flyweight title when he stopped Takahisa Masuda 20-9-3; 5 in round six.
In Florida, USA, Juan Urango 22-
1-1; 17 retained his IBF junior welterweight
belt when he stopped veteran
former two time champion Randall
Bailey 39-7 and 35 stoppages at the
Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood.
In an evenly matched slugfest
Bailey had the champion down and
nearly out in the sixth round with a big
right hand to the head. However,
Urango just managed to beat the
count. Urango fought back with left and rights to the body and had Bailey down for counts on two occasions in round nine. Bailey was down again in the tenth round and after taking a battering in the eleventh round his corner threw in the towel at 1 minute 51 seconds into the round.
On the same card in a clash for the vacant IBF light heavyweight belt Tavoris Cloud 20-0; 18 dominated former champion Clinton Woods 42- 5-1; 24 throughout twelve rounds to score a unanimous points decision. Cloud, 27, had too much power for the 37-year-old Woods as all three judges scored it 116-112 in favour of Cloud.
In Halle, Germany, Marco Huck
26-1-1; 20 became the new WBO
cruiserweight champion following an
extremely hard-fought unanimous decision
over tough Argentinean Victor
Emilio Ramirez 15-2; 12 at the Gerry
Weber Stadium. The scores were 116-
111 twice and 115-112.
In Honolulu, IBF junior flyweight champion Brian Viloria 26-2; 15 retained his belt with a unanimous twelve round decision against Jesus Iribe 15-6-5; 9 at the Blaisdell Center. The scores were 118-110, 117-112, and 117-111. Iribe broke his right hand early in the fight.