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International Roundup - by Ron Jackson

The month of April saw the crowning of several new world champions with Brian Viloria winning the IBF junior flyweight title, Timothy Bradley added the WBO junior welterweight title to his WBC title, Edwin Valero claimed the vacant WBC lightweight title, Cory Spinks won the vacant IBF middleweight title and Malcolm Klassen regained the IBF junior lightweight title in a classic match-up with Cassius Baloyi.

Vyacheslav Senchenko 29-0; 20 won the WBA regular welterweight title when he
scored a unanimous points decision over fellow Ukrainian Yuriy Nuzhnenko 28-1; 13 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

In a clash for the WBC interim flyweight title veteran Pongsaklek Wongjongkam 72-3- 1; 38 from Thailand beat Julio Cesar Miranda 29-4-1; 22 of Mexico on points over 12 rounds in Chachoengsao, Thailand.

Cuban Yuriokis Gamboa 15-0; 13 stopped Jose Rojas 25-7-1; 17 from Venezuela in the seventh round to take the WBA interim featherweight title in Primm, Nevada.

Raul Garcia of Mexico retained his IBF strawweight title for the fourth time, halting Colombian Roanld Barrera at 2 minutes 26 seconds of the sixth round in La Paz, Mexico.

Garcia is now 26-0-1; 16 and Barrera drops to 26-6-1; 16.

Nonito Donaire was in outstanding form when he stopped the previously unbeaten Raul Martinez in the fourth round to retain his IBF and IBO titles in Quezon City, Philippines.

Donaire 21-1; 14 who was making his third defence, was in complete control and had Martinez 24-1; 14 down twice in the opening round and again in the second before the referee stopped the bout at 2 minutes 43 seconds of the fourth.

On the same card the Hawaii-born Brian Viloria won the IBF junior flyweight title by
knocking out Ulises Solis in the eleventh round.

In a closely contested fight the former Olympian Viloria 25-2; 14 had Solis 28-2-2; 20 down for a count in the tenth round before the stoppage in the eleventh.

Former WBA junior lightweight champion Edwin Valero recorded his 25 stoppage win in 25 professional fights when he beat 39-year-old Colombian Antonio Pitalua to win the vacant WBC lightweight title in Austin, Texas. The 27-year-old southpaw from Venezuela sent Pitalua to the canvas with a short right early in the second round, and moments later knocked him down again with a combination. Pitalua regained his feet, but Valero continued to punish him before referee Laurence Cole waved the fight off at 49 seconds of the second round.

Pitalua fell to 46-4 with 40 knockouts. Valero was fighting in the United States for the first time since 2003 and for the first time in a nationally televised bout.

After a head injury that he suffered in a motorcycle accident in 2001 the boxing authorities in several US states declined to licence him.

Nobuo Nashiro of Japan making the first defence of his WBA regular super flyweight title stopped fellow countryman Konosuke Tomiyama at 1 minute 22 seconds into the eighth round in Osaka Japan.

Tomiyana, 25, who was down in the first and sixth rounds announced his retirement from the ring after the bout.

The 27-year-old Nashiro improved his record to 13 wins, one defeat and eight inside the distance wins, whilst Tomiyama dropped to 18-2; 6.

Timothy Bradley added Kendal Holt’s WBO junior welterweight belt to his WBC super lightweight title when he won their unification fight in Montreal, Canada.

The judges scored the fight 114-112 and 115-111 on the two other cards.

Bradley, 25, was knocked down in the opening round and was down again in the last round. However, he did well enough in the middle rounds to take the decision as he improved his record to 24-0, with 11 knockouts.

Holt, who dropped to 25-3; 13, landed solid punches throughout the bout but it was
Bradley who landed the more effective blows to score the most points.

On the same bill Librado Andrade beat Vitali Tsypko in an IBF super middleweight eliminator. The scores were 117-109 on two cards and 120-106 on the other one.

Andrade is now set for a rematch against IBF champion Lucien Bute.

Former two-division world champion Cory Spinks 37-5; 11 had to come back from a
first round knockdown to capture the vacant IBF junior middleweight title with a twelve round split decision over Deandre Latimore 19-2; 16 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Both fighters were cut but Spinks did just enough to take the decision with scores of 115-112 and 114-113 on two cards. Latimore was 115-112 on the third card.

Englishman Carl Froch recovered from a third round knockdown to stop American Jermain Taylor in the 12th round to retain his WBC super middleweight title in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Froch 25-0; 20 who was behind on two cards going into the twelfth round came back with a strong finish and dropped Taylor 28-3-1; 17 to the canvas with a big right.

The American managed to beat the count but Froch pounded him against the ropes as referee Michael Ortega stopped the fight at 2 minutes 46 seconds of the final round.

WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm of Germany retained his title when he stopped Japan’s Koji Sato in the seventh round in Leverkusen, Germany.

It was Sturm’s sixth defence of the title he won back from Javier Castillejo about two years ago.

The 30-year-old Sturm 32-2-1; 14 dominated throughout against the previously unbeaten Sato 14-1; 13 whose face began showing signs of damage as early as the fourth round. The outclassed Sato was being punished and not fighting back when with 14 seconds left in the seventh round, referee Luis Pabon stepped in as the towel was thrown in from the Japanese corner.

On the undercard, Karoly Balzsay 21-0; 15 of Hungary retained his WBO super middleweight title for the first time when he knocked out 42-year-old West Samoan Maselino Masoe 29-6; 27 in the eleventh round.

Juan Manuel Lopez 25-0; 23 scored an outstanding ninth round technical knockout over WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa 54-7-2; 36 at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico to retain his WBO junior featherweight title.

Lopez outpunched Penalosa for nine brutal rounds before his trainer Freddie Roach
stopped the fight between rounds nine and ten.

On the same card junior welterweight Lamont Peterson 27-0; 13 claimed the WBO interim title when Willy Blain 20-1, 3 suffered a hand injury and was unable to continue at 1 minute 47 seconds into the seventh round.

Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym 38-1; 27 attacked frtom the first bell wear down Rafael Hernandez 11-3-1; 10 of Venezuela before referee Raul Caiz stopped the contest in the ninth round at Patumthanee in Thailand..

Hernandez was not just strong enough to keep off Kratingdaenggym who will now possinbly meet the WBA Regular champion Bernard Dunne from Ireland who won the belt in March this year when he stopped Ricardo Cordova

Celestino Caballero of Panama was considered lucky to retain his IBF and WBA super bantamweight belts on a split decision against South Africa’s Jeffrey Mathebula at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City, Panama.

Caballero 32-2; 22 failed to impress in a closely fought twelve rounder against the underrated Mathebula 22-2-2; 12 who surprised his critics.

The champion edged four of the fist five rounds, but as he began to tire in the later rounds the awkward South African came back into the fight to score with his long left jab to pile up the points.

Judges Patricia Jarman (USA) and Hector Afu (Panama) had it 116-112 for Caballero whilst Deon Dwarte of South Africa scored it for Mathebula.

It was reported that some of the local press and even the commentators on the fight felt that Mathebula had been robbed of the decision.

After the fight Mathebula’s trainer Nick Durand expressed his dissatisfaction over the decision and the South African judge Deon Dwarte said he was comfortable with the card he handed in.