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On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings

(Photo © German Villasenor)
(Photo © German Villasenor)

By Derek Bonnett

The world of professional fisticuffs yields plenty of surprises, typically the direct result of unprofessional behavior, poor officiating, or dubious scoring. However, one of the biggest surprises this weekend was produced from a very positive interaction. After decimating Nonito Donaire -- former Pound for Pound number three --, Jamaica’s Nicholas Walters engaged his vanquished foe yet again after the bout concluded. Only this time, it was a battery of praise and combinations of goodwill coming at the Filipino fighter. Then, in the heat of this exchange, Donaire countered back, reciprocating the kind words with his own praise for the new champion. The whole Walter-Donaire praise-fest was a welcome reminder that boxing is still a gentleman’s sport, even in the face of the brutality it often creates. Both champions offered support to the other for future training camps should the other’s style be critical in proper preparations. Instead of the common degrading of one’s opponent and belittling his resume or ability, we observed two men who perfectly illustrated the divide between boxing and business. Once the fight concluded and the better man was determined, the action went from combustion to celebration without any cause for degradation. After hearing Chris Algieri speak of his future opponent Manny Pacquiao during the HBO broadcast, fans will likely see a repeat of this positive interaction between boxers. After all, true fighters leave the fighting for the ring.

SecondsOut rated fighters On the Move:


On Saturday, October 18, at StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA, Gennady Golovkin scored a second round KO of Marco Antonio Rubio in a WBA middleweight title bout. A left hook dropped Rubio in round two. He was counted out at the 1:19 mark. Golovkin ran his record to 31-0 (28) in notching his twelfth defense of the title. Rubio fell to 59-7-1 (51).


Golovkin affirmed his number one ranking among SecondsOut’s top middleweights. Rubio fell out of the top ten. The previously ranked eight through ten contenders advanced one spot. Danny Jacobs re-entered to fill the void left by Rubio.


Also on the card, Nonito Donaire was stopped by Nicholas Walters in six rounds of a WBA super world featherweight title bout. Donaire was dropped in rounds three and six. The bout ended at the 2:59 mark. Walters went from regular to super champion with the win. His record improved to 25-0 (21). Donaire fell to 33-3 (21).


Walters shot up from seventh to second in the SecondsOut featherweight rankings. Donaire was dropped from the rankings as he promised a move back down in weight. The previously ranked eight through ten contenders climbed one place. Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar filled the void at the ten spot.


SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, October 26, 2014:


On Wednesday, October 22:

At Yoyogi Gym #2, Tokyo, Japan, Shinsuke Yamanaka versus Suriyan Sor Rungvisai in a twelve round WBC bantamweight title bout; Takahiro Ao versus Juan Carlos Salgado in a ten round lightweight bout (winner up for SecondsOut top ten consideration)


On Friday, October 24:

At Luzhniki, Moscow, Russia, Alexander Povetkin versus Carlos Takam in a twelve round heavyweight bout; Rakhim Chakhkiev versus Giacobbe Fragomeni in a twelve round cruiserweight title bout


On Saturday, October 25:

At Auditorio Centenario, Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico, Rodrigo Guerrero versus Jonathan Baat in a twelve round bantamweight bout

At Salle des etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Martin Murray versus Domenico Spada in a twelve round middleweight bout; Hekkie Budler versus Xiong Zhou Zhong in a twelve round WBA minimumweight title bout; Stuart Hall versus Randy Caballero in a twelve round IBF bantamweight title bout


At Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom, Paul Butler versus Ismail Garnica in a ten round super flyweight bout


To check out Derek’s SecondsOut rankings click on the link below


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