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On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings


By Derek Bonnett:

After looking forward to this week’s Showtime triple header at UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois, USA (a card I considered flying out to from Connecticut to attend), I was left with both feelings of disappointment and great relief. Disappointed that the favored fighters failed to put forth division shaping performances, but relieved I did not spring the few hundred dollars it would have likely cost me to book a flight and hotel. Both Andrezj Fonfara and Tomoki Kameda put forth ho-hum performances which earned them unquestionable, but unimpressive victories. That’s a pretty common risk one must face with professional prizefighting; the bigger stage doesn’t always equate to better entertainment. But what the hell was that match-making farce between Javier Fortuna and Abner Cotto?


Fortuna, once regarded as one of my brightest prospects and future champions, has done nothing but tarnish his reputation over the last year or so with sub-par showings and sloppy efforts. In Chicago, he summoned a fight ended punch eventually, but he literally had Cotto looking ready to fall at the mere sight of a punch from the first round on. Then came all the fouling and playing acting. The name Abner Cotto has never prompted much in the way of fight drawing power, but after his middle school drama performance after being grazed by a punch after the bell, I honestly don’t want to see him fight again. Cotto, also guilty of fouling, was barely touched by a punch after the bell. He complained to the referee and posed a little, but once he saw his corner-man entering the ring, on cue, he flopped down face first as if he had devastated by the blow.

I actually don’t know what the rule books state, but I think flopping needs to be looked at as an infraction of the rules. Had I been the referee on the job in that ring, instead of the incompetent official on the clock that night who scored a knockdown against Fortuna and then penalized Cotto for the punches behind the head which produced the knockdown, I would have taken a point from Cotto for bad acting. Possibly two. This act of deceptively laying down to induce point penalties or steal victory is just as bad as spitting out one’s mouthpiece to survive a knockdown as we also saw this weekend in Argentina.


In case you missed it, top-rated cruiserweight Victor Emilio Ramirez was twice knocked down by Deon Elom in the first round. After receiving his count, Ramirez casually spit out the mouthpiece and was brought to his corner, where it was not only replaced, but the referee actually allowed Ramirez’ team to give him some water. Elom, little more than a club-level fighter, was perhaps denied the biggest win of his career. Ramirez promptly KO’d Elom in the second.


The act of judging will always be subject to interpretation, but a flop is a flop and a cheat is a cheat. We get enough of this stuff from professional futbol and basketball. We aren’t drawing fouls here; last time I checked, boxing was still dubbed the “manly art of self-defense” and there ain’t nothing manly about Cotto’s or Ramirez’ actions this weekend.


SecondsOut rated fighters On the Move:


On Thursday, October 30, at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan, Ryugi Hara was stopped in ten rounds by rising prospect Kosei Tanaka in a minimumweight bout. The official time of the TKO stoppage was :50. The give and take action produced yet another Fight of the Year candidate at 105 pounds. Tanaka, 19, raised his record to 4-0 (2). Hara, 24, fell to 18-1 (10).


With the victory, Tanaka claimed the ten spot among SecondsOut’s top-rated minimumweights. Hara proved a top-ten ranking for himself may not be too far in the future. Eduardo Martinez exited the rankings to make room.


On Saturday, November 1, at UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA, Tomoki Kameda won a split decision over Alejandro Hernandez in a twelve round WBO bantamweight title bout. Two judges saw the seemingly lopsided bout 115-113 for the champion while the third somehow concocted a score of 115-113 for Hernandez. Kameda defended his title for the third time and lifted his ledger to 31-0 (19). Hernandez fell to 28-11-2 (15).


Kameda retained his number three ranking amid SecondsOut’s top ten at bantamweight.


Also on the card, Andrej Fonfara won a unanimous decision over Doudou Ngumbo in a ten round light heavyweight bout. Fonfara hurt Ngumbo in the fifth and went on to bring home scores of 98-92 and 97-93 twice. Fonfara improved his dossier to 26-3 (15). Ngumbo fell to 33-6 (12).


Fonfara remained SecondsOut’s number seven rated light heavyweight in the world today.


Also on the card, Koki Kameda scored a fourth round TKO of Omar Salado in a bantamweight bout. Kameda broke a year of inactivity with the win and raised his numbers to 33-1 (18). Salado flopped to 24-9-2 (15).


Kameda, previously ranked tenth in the SecondsOut super flyweight division, has been removed to compete at bantamweight. At present, he is unrated due to a very active and deep bantamweight division. Coincidentally, Daiki Kameda replaced his brother in the top ten, stepping into the ninth spot.


At Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Rey Vargas scored an eighth round of Sylvester Lopez in a super bantamweight rematch. Vargas repeated his win of Lopez to raise his record to 22-0 (19). Lopez crashed to 22-9-2 (16).


Vargas climbed from ninth to eighth in the SecondsOut super bantamweight rankings. Hugo Ruiz fell from eighth to ninth.


Also on the move, Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr. was dropped from the SecondsOut super flyweight rankings for one year of inactivity. Luis Concepcion climbed in to the ten spot.

SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, November 9, 2014:


On Thursday, November 6:

In Bangkok, Thailand, Oswaldo Novoa versus Wanheng Menayothin in a twelve round WBC minimumweight title bout


On Saturday, November 8:


At Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemburg, Germany, Robert Stieglitz versus Felix Sturm in a twelve round super middleweight bout


At World Trade Center, Naucalpan, Mexico, Mexico, Andres Gutierrez versus TBA in a ten round super bantamweight bout


At Krakow Arena, Krakow, Poland, Tomasz Adamek versus Artur Szpilka in a ten round heavyweight bout


At Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, Bernard Hopkins versus Sergey Kovalev in a twelve round WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight unification bout; Vyacheslav Glazkov versus Darnell Wilson in a ten round heavyweight bout


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

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Hopkins-Kovalev set to collide this week (Hogan Photos)
Hopkins-Kovalev set to collide this week (Hogan Photos)
Novoa goes on the road to meet Menayothin in Thailand
Novoa goes on the road to meet Menayothin in Thailand

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