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On the Move: December SecondsOut World Rankings

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By Derek Bonnett


Typically, I reserve this space in my weekly On the Move column for a single thought. Usually, by the week’s end there is something burning on my mind that I just have to get out in the open regardless of the popularity of my comments. This week, as the end of 2014 draws near, I happen to have a lot I would like to get off my chest and felt the best method of delivery would be to just let it all hang out there for better or for worse, structure be damned. So, here are just a few points, rants, or thoughts I’d like to share:Jim Lampley’s "Gatti List" sucks. In fact, it is rare that the fighters on the list even embody the salient traits which made Gatti so memorable. Gatti was Gatti because he had fight ending power that saved his hide time and time again in spite of being cut, down, behind on points, etc. If Lampley wants to honor somebody whose power and will carried him to victory in a Gatti-like manner than he need look no further than Andy Lee.


Max Kellerman was right last night. I too have trouble recalling Julie Lederman handing in a controversial scorecard. Her tallies are usually very reasonable and as her father often jokes probably are the best coming out of his household. However, her 116-112 account favoring Diego Chaves over Timothy Bradley was a travesty and earns her the distinction of being responsible for one of the top three worst decisions of 2014. Oddly enough, 2014 judges were doing all right up to the close of November, but since the arrival of December they really have been making up for lost time. The Worst Decision race is now as heated as the Fighter, Fight, and KO of the Year battles.

 

Mauricio Herrera deserves and award for handling two of the worst decisions of 2014 with dignity. Herrera lacks speed and knockout power. However, the efficiency of his punches have kept El Maestro at the world class level for the last several years. It’s obvious that there are two sports we are all watching "boxing" and "power punching". It is clear which one curries favor and protection from the promotional powers that be.

 

Diego Chaves is really not that great of a fighter. He’s not all that exciting of a fighter either. Right now, he’s shaping up to be the next Gabriel Rosado as far as receiving undeserved big fight exposure for not winning. Maybe it’s just be he’s from Argentina and it’s fashionable to have Argentine fighters on high profile cards these days. I have no problem with that. Just try to make sure the names are Matthysse, Maidana, Martinez, or Narvaez. I’d gladly welcome the names Reveco or Cuenca as well. I have seen enough of Chaves to know his name is not worth the space on the marquee.

 

Lastly, main events and featured bouts are not supposed to be scored 100-90 or 120-108.

 

SecondsOut rated fighters On the Move:

 

On Thursday, December 11, at Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, USA, Austin Trout defeated Luis Grajeda by seventh round corner retirement in a light middleweight bout. Trout dropped Grajeda in round five. The official time of the stoppage was 3:00. Trout lifted his resume to 28-2 (15). Grajeda fell to 18-4-2 (14).

 

Trout remained SecondsOut’s number seven rated light middleweight in the world today.

 

On Friday, December 12, at Palau Olimpic Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain, Kiko Martinez stopped George Gachechiladze in two rounds of a bantamweight bout. Martinez won for the first time since his second loss to Carl Frampton an lifted his record to 32-5 (24). Gachechiladze crashed to 16-16-1 (9).

 

Martinez is rated fourth at super bantamweight by SecondsOut. His rating will be monitored to see if a full-time move to bantamweight is in the cards.

 

At Illusions Theater, San Antonio, Texas, USA, Erislandy Lara dominated Ishe Smith in a twelve round WBA light middleweight title bout. The unanimous decision favored Lara 119-109 twice and 117-111. Lara defended the full WBA title for the first time since being upgraded from interim champion and improved his dossier to 20-2-2 (12). Smith fell to 26-7 (12).

 

Lara remained SecondsOut’s number two rated light middleweight in the world. Smith fell from eighth to tenth for the time being.

 

On Saturday, December 13, at Salon Las Palmas, Pesqueria, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, John Riel Casimero defeated Armando Santos in two rounds of a flyweight bout. Casimero dropped Santos once in the first and again in the second. Casimero increased his numbers to 21-2 (13). Santos fell to 14-4-1 (8).

 

Casimero retained his number nine ranking among SecondsOut’s top performing flyweights.

 

Also on the card, Francisco Vargas stopped Genaro Camargo in two rounds of a lightweight bout. The end came at the 1:12 mark. Vargas moved his record to 21-0-1 (15). Camargo crashed to 44-18 (34).

 

Vargas, rated number seven among SecondsOut’s super featherweight rankings, retained his standing with the tune-up victory.

 

At Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Timothy Bradley fought to a dubious draw with Diego Gabriel Chaves in a 12 round welterweight bout. Although seemingly in control of the fight, Bradley could only muster a 115-113 scorecard with one judge. The remaining cards favored Chaves 116-112 and saw the bout even 114-114. Bradley’s resume stalled at 31-1-1 (12). Chaves’ number benefited at 23-2-1 (19).

 

Bradley was not penalized in the SecondsOut welterweight rankings and remained the number three ranked contender. Chaves was not rewarded by the poor scoring and remained unranked.

 

Also on the card, Mauricio Herrera was robbed against Jose Benavidez in a twelve round interim WBA title bout. For the second time in 2014, Herrera was prevented from earning a comprehensive victory against a quality opponent. Benavidez took the win by unanimous scores of 117-111 and 116-112 twice. Benavidez saw his record climb to 22-0 (15). Herrera was pushed to 21-5 (7).

 

Benavidez crashed the SecondsOut ratings at number four in an increasing unstable 140 pound division. Herrera fell from third to fifth. Lamont Peterson jumped from fifth to third. The previous five through nine contenders each fell one ranking. Adrien Broner was dropped from the top ten for the time being.

 

 Also on the card, Denis Shafikov defeated Miguel Angel Mendoza in an eight round lightweight bout. Shafikov won by three scores of 79-73. The highly rated contender improved his resume to 35-1-1 (19). Mendoza fell to 21-5-2 (21).

 

Shafikov kept on as SecondsOut’s number five rated lightweight in the world.

 

At MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Keith Thurman defeated Leonard Bundu in a twelve round welterweight bout. Thurman dropped Bundu in the first round and prevailed by scores of 120-107. Thurman raised his record to 24-0 (21). Bundu fell to 31-1-2 (11).

 

Thurman climbed from seventh to sixth in the SecondsOut welterweight rankings. Kell Brook fell from sixth to seventh.

 

Also on the card, Amir Khan dominated Devon Alexander in a 12 round welterweight bout. Khan earned the victory by scores of 120-108, 119-109, and 118-110. Khan lifted his ledger to 30-3 (19). Alexander fell to 26-3 (14).

 

Khan climbed into the SecondsOut welterweight rankings at number eight. Alexander fell out of the top ten for the time being. Shawn Porter fell from eighth to ninth.  

 

Also on the card, Jermell Charlo defeated Mario Alberto Lozano in a ten round light middleweight bout. Charlo won by scores of 100-90 across the board. He raised his dossier to 25-0 (11). Lozano fell to 28-6 (22).

 

Charlo upheld his number five SecondsOut ranking among the world’s best light middleweights.

 

Also on the card, Abner Mares scored a fifth round corner retirement of Jose Ramirez in a featherweight bout. Mares dropped Ramirez in the first, third, and fifth rounds. Mares won for the second time since his lone defeat and raised his record to 28-1-1 (15). Ramirez crashed to 25-5 (15).

 

Mares remained SecondsOut’s number three ranked featherweight in an increasingly competitive 126 pound class.

 

Also On the Move, Jermall Charlo entered the SecondsOut 154 pound rankings at number ten following an impressive KO of Lenny Bottai. Charlo follows his brother into the SecondsOut ratings at number ten. Ishe Smith stepped out of the top ten for the time being.

 

SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, December 14, 2014:

On Friday, December 19:

 

At Polideportivo Gustavo Toro Rodriguez, San Martin, Mendoza, Argentina, Juan Carlos Reveco versus Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep in a twelve round WBA flyweight title bout

 

At Coliseo de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, Adonis Stevenson versus Dmitry Sukhotskiy in a twelve round WBC light heavyweight title bout; Artur Beterbiev versus Jeff Page Jr. in a ten round light heavyweight bout; Andre Dirrell versus Derek Edwards in a ten round super middleweight bout

On Saturday, December 20:

 

In Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Bryan Vasquez versus Sergio Thompson in a twelve round interim super featherweight title bout

 

At Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington, USA, Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar versus Ruben Tamayo in a twelve round interim WBA title bout

 

 To check out Derek’s SecondsOut rankings click on the link below www.digenie.net/sorankings/p_so_world.asp

For further boxing discussion, contact Derek DBO Bonnett on Facebook. Be sure to "LIKE" SecondsOut on Facebook!

 



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