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 Center.

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 17-1; 4.

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.