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International Roundup - by Ron Jackson

In what must be regarded as one of the finest performances by a South African fighter in recent years Simphiwo Nongyayi went to Mexico and upset local legend Jorge Arce to win the vacant IBF super flyweight belt.

Another standout performance in the month of September was the victory by Takalani Ndlovu over Spain’s Kiko Martinez in a final eliminator for the IBF junior featherweight title.

However, the highlight of the month was the return of Floyd Mayweather who completely outboxed Juan Manuel Marquez to score a 12 round unanimous points decision by wide margins.

In Cancun, Mexico, South Africa’s Simphiwo Nongqayi upset veteran Jorge Arce to win the vacant IBF super flyweight belt. Nongqayi won on all three scorecards, 117-112, 117-111 and 116-112 and improved his record to 17-0, with six knockouts, when he won the bout at the Plaza de Toros. The new champion’s awkward style and hand speed enabled him to beat the aggressive Arce, who dropped to (52-5-1; 40). The Mexican never stopped pressing forward but Nongqayi was clearly the better boxer on the night.

On the same card, WBC super featherweight champion Humberto Soto (49-7-2; 32) stopped previously unbeaten Aristides Perez (15-1-1; 8) in the second round. Perez was knocked down in the second round and was in no condition to continue as the referee waved the fight off. It was Soto’s third successful defence.

In Puebla, Mexico, Edgar Sosa (37-5; 20) making his tenth defence retained the WBC light flyweight belt when he knocked out Omar Soto (14-5-1; 6) in the sixth round.

In Rama, Ontario, Canada, Marvin Sonsona of the Philippines caused a major upset when he scored a unanimous points decision over defending champion Jose Lopez to win the WBO junior bantamweight belt at the Casino Rama. The 19 year-old Sonsona (14-0; 12) scored a knockdown in the fourth round and was just to strong and fast for the 37- year-old Lopez (39-8-2; 32) from Puerto Rico. Lopezhad two points deducted in the eighth round for low blows. The scores were of 114-111, 115-110 and 116-109.

On the same card former IBF junior featherweight champion Steve Molitor (30-1; 12) fighting at featherweight stopped Dario Azuaga 75-16-2; 64 in the fifth round. Azuaga was down in the fourth round and in the fifth round took another two counts before the fight was stopped at 1 minute 50 seconds into the round.

In Mexicali, Baja, Mexico, Celestino Caballero (33-2;23) retained his WBA and IBF super bantamweight belts when he stopped Francisco Leal (14-5-2; 9) in the eighth round at the Ciudad Deportiva.

In Panama City, Panama, the number two ranked WBA flyweight, Luis Concepcion (18-1; 13) stopped WBA number four Omar Salado (21-2-2; 12) in round twelve to claim the vacant WBA interim flyweight belt at the Arena Roberto Duran. Referee Luis Pabon waved the fight off at 39 seconds into the final round.

In San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ivan Calderon retained his WBO light-flyweight belt on a split decision against Rodel Mayol at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot. Calderon (33-0-1; 6) edged out Mayol (25- 4-1; 19) in a closely contested fight. The fight was once again stopped in round seven as in their previous encounter due to a clash of heads. Two judges scored it 68-65 for Calderon and the third judge had it 68-65 for Mayol.

On the same card WBO super featherweight champion Ramon Martinez (22-0-1; 13) stopped Feider Viloria 22-4-1; 15 of Colombia in the ninth round.

In Ferial, Tepic, Mexico, the bout between WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel (39-2- 2; 29) and Alex Valdez (22-2-3; 15) was declared a technical draw. In a rough and tumble fight Montiel dropped Valdez in the first round, but Valdez came back to floor Montiel in the second. Montiel was cut over the left eye in the first round that appeared to come from a punch. Because of the cut the bout had
to be stopped before the start of the fourth round. This was a non-title fight.

On the same bill in a WBA featherweight eliminator, former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (36-2; 31) outpointed Roinet Caballero (27-8-1; 19) over 12 rounds.

In a clash for the undisputed WBO mini flyweight championship, WBO champion Donnie Nietes (24-1-3; 14) scored a controversial twelve round split decision
over interim champion Manuel Vargas (26-3-1; 11). The scores were 116-112 for Vargas and 118-110 and 116-110 for Nietes.

On the same card middleweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (40-0-1; 30) stopped Jason LeHoullier (22-2-1; 8) at 2:43 of the first round.

In Herning, Denmark, at the MCH Messecenter, Mikkel Kessler retained his WBA super middleweight belt for the second time when he stopped Gusmyr Perdomo of Venezuela in the fourth round to take his record to (42-1; 32). Perdomo dropped to (16-3; 10).

In Temecula, California, the 2004 Olympic Games gold medallist Andre Ward 20-0; 13 stopped Shelby Pudwill 22-4-1; 9 in the third round in a super middleweight bout.

In Nuevo Leon, Mexico, WBA interim bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeno (18-0; 10) defeated former unified super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares (36-6-2; 15) on a twelve round unanimous decision to retain his WBA belt at the Arena Monterrey. Cermeno previously won a split decision over Mijares in March.

In Puebla, Mexico, WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa (37-5; 20) made the tenth successful defence of his belt with a sixth round knockout over Omar Soto (14-5-1; 6) at the Auditorio Siglo XXI. A big right hand sent Soto down and out in the corner.

In Las Vegas, USA, Floyd Mayweather was just too good, too big and too fast for Juan Manuel Marquez as he won a lopsided twelve round points decision at the MGM Grand. Mayweather made it look so simple against the older, smaller and slower Marquez and it seemed as if he had never been out for 21 months. He sent Marquez down in the second round with a perfectly timed left hook and controlled the fight throughout the 12 rounds. The scores were 118-109, 120-107 and 119-108. At the opening bell Mayweather (40-0; 25) from Michigan looked a least a class, maybe even two bigger than Marquez (50-5- 1; 37). Mayweather refused to be weighed on the HBO unofficial scale on the night of the fight, but his trainer said he possibly weighed about 152 lbs (69 kgs). Marquez agreed to be weighed, and he was 148 lbs (67.12 kgs). Mayweather had to pay a forfeit of $600 000 for coming in over the agreed weight of 144 lbs (65.30 kgs).

On the undercard WBA featherweight champion Chris John (43-0-1; 22) retained his belt with a twelve round unanimous points decision over Rocky Juarez (28-5-1; 20). John was in control through the first eleven rounds as he outworked Juarez, but tired badly in the last round as the challenger buckled his legs. The scores were 114-113, 119-109 and 117-111.

In a clash for the vacant WBO interim lightweight title, Michael Katsidis (26-2; 21) won a split decision over Vicente Escobedo 21-2; 13. Two judges scored it 115-113 and 118-110 for Katsides and the third judge had it 116-112 for Escobedo.

In Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, Sebastian Sylvester (32-3; 15) won the vacant IBF middleweight belt on a 12 round split decision in a hard fought bout against Dominican Giovanni Lorenzo (27-2; 19). Lorenzo was dangerous early on and stunned Sylvester in the second round, but the slick Sylvester gradually took control to win on two cards 116-112, 115-113. The third judge had it 116-111 for Lorenzo.

In Los Angeles, USA, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (38-2; 37) retained his belt when he stopped previously undefeated Cristobal Arreola (27-1; 24) in the tenth round at the Staples Center. Boxing from behind his jab Klitschko was able to control the fight throughout as he punished the challenger with accurate rights to the head. The fight became one-sided in rounds nine and ten and referee Jon Schorle stopped the punishment at the end of the tenth round.

In Dublin, Ireland, at the O2 Arena, WBA interim champion Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (39-1; 27) from Thailand stopped reigning WBA super bantamweight champion Bernard Dunne (28-2; 15) in the third round. Dunne did well in the first two rounds, but Kratingdaenggym dropped him three times in the third round before referee Jean-Louis Legland waved the fight off. The time was 2:57 and Dunne was taken to the hospital afterwards for observation.

In Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Jean Pascal retained his WBC light heavyweight belt when he scored a tenth round technical knockout over 43-year-old Silvio Branco of Italy at the Bell Centre. Branco (59-10-2; 36) went down for a count near the end of the seventh round.

Pascal (24-1; 16) dominated through rounds eight and nine and had the challenger down twice in the tenth round before his corner threw in the towel for the referee to call the fight off at 2 minutes 19 seconds into the round. This was Pascal’s first defence of the belt.

In Osaka, Japan, Japan’s Nobuo Nashiro retained his WBA super flyweight belt with a split draw against Hugo Cazares. In a gruelling affair both boxers fought toe-to-toe through the first eight rounds with very little in it. However, Nashiro began to score with some solid rights to the head as the Mexican challenger began to fade in rounds eleven and twelve and many at ringside felt that champion had done enough to take the decision. The scores were 116-112, 112-116 and 114-114. Nashiro makes his record to 13-1-1; 8 and Cazares drops to 30-6-2; 22.