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On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings

By Derek Bonnett

Jermain Taylor and Cornelius Bundrage are once again world champions. There, I said it. I wish I would have said it last week, but at that time the very notion of Jermain Taylor and Cornelius Bundrage regaining their former world titles seemed highly unthinkable. In Taylor’s case, the notion seemed laughable to me. Group that with boxing’s persistence to prove itself the “Theater of the Unexpected” and the fact that I haven’t been able to pick a boxing match to save my life these last few weeks and I should have known all along. Right now, I should be changing my Golovkin-Rubio pick to a comfortable win for the Mexican fighter after scoring eight knockdowns, but I am not. My questionable wisdom tells me this is a safe bet. Yes, that same wisdom told me Curtis Stevens would be able to catch and finish Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam when Peter Quillin failed to do so. Well, I am going to go right ahead and listen to the same voice that botched these other calls because, in reality, it is the only voice I have. Unfortunately, it’s not helping me make a clear call with the Nonito Donaire-Nicholas Walters pick, but I’ll get there. Of course, regarding all these ill-fated calls in the last month or so, I certainly have had plenty of company.


SecondsOut rated fighters On the Move:

On Wednesday, October 8, at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA, Sam Soliman suffered a surprise upset to Jermain Taylor in a twelve round IBF middleweight title bout. Taylor poised himself for Comeback of the Year honors by dropping Soliman in the seventh, eighth, ninth, and eleventh rounds to win by scores of 116-109, 115-109, and 116-111. Taylor raised his resume to 33-4-1 (20) and regained a portion of the middleweight crown he once held undisputedly. Soliman crashed to 44-12 (18).


Taylor re-entered the SecondsOut middleweight rankings at number nine. Soliman exited the top ten. The previous four through nine contenders each climbed one ranking. Felix Sturm exited the top ten to compete at super middleweight. Dmitry Chudinov reclaimed the top ten position.


On Saturday, October 11, at Oasis Hotel Complex, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Carlos Molina also suffered an upset in his defense against Cornelius Bundrage in a twelve round IBF light middleweight title bout. Bundrage dropped Molina in the first and tenth rounds to regain the title by unanimous scores of 117-106, 117-109, and 117-110. Bundrage improved his dossier to 34-5 (19). Molina fell to 22-6-2 (6).


Bundrage climbed from ninth to fourth in the SecondsOut light middleweight standings. Molina fell from fourth to eighth. Andy Lee exited the rankings to move back up to middleweight. Vanes Martirosyan climbed back into the tenth spot.


At Davao City Recreation Center, Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines, Rey Loreto stopped Heri Amol in seven rounds of a light flyweight bout. Loreto improved his ledger to 19-13 (11). Amol fell to 34-20-4 (14).


In spite of the win, Loreto fell out of the SecondsOut light flyweight top ten. Akira Yaegashi dropped down to light flyweight and bumped him for now. A repeat victory over Nkosinathi Joyi should position him for a return to the top ten.


At O2 Arena, Greenwich, London, United Kingdom, Lee Selby stopped Joel Brunker at 2:49 of round nine in a featherweight bout. Selby secure a shot at the IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich with the victory. He lifted his record to 20-1 (8). Brunker fell to 27-1 (15).


Selby maintained his number eight ranking among SecondsOut’s top featherweights. It will take a win over Gradovich for him to advance further at this point.


Also on the move, Andre Ward fell from first to tenth in the SecondsOut super middleweight rankings after eleven months of inactivity. He will be removed next month. The two through nine contenders each advanced one ranking.



SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, October 19, 2014:

On Saturday, October 18:


At StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA, Gennady Golovkin versus Marco Antonio Rubio in a twelve round WBA middleweight title bout; Nonito Donaire versus Nicholas


Walters in a twelve round WBA super world featherweight title bout

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