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 fourth round.

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 round.

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 Classic” between former middleweight champions, Arthur Abraham (31-0; 25) scored a spectacular late twelfth round knockout over Jermain Taylor (28-4; 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, 41-year-old WBF heavyweight titleholder Francois Botha (47-4-3-(28) fought to a draw with 39-year-old former Cuban national 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.