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On the Move: MaxBoxing Rankings 2-2-15


By Derek Bonnett

In 2014, Rocky Juarez did something he had not done in a long time; he strung two victories together for the first time since 2007. Sounds amazing when you put it that way. Not that he actually won two in row (the first was a 2012 stoppage of Antonio Escalante), but that it has been so long since the veteran Juarez has been able to do so. In between those wins, Juarez even took a year off. Juarez’ 2014 win was a surprise decision over Rene Alvarado. Alvarado was a genuine top ten guy after his ninth round TKO of Robinson Castellanos. Ah, Castellanos. "Robin Hood" is one of boxing’s Cinderella Men and when he crossed paths with Juarez this week, the bout figured to be an interesting showdown matching Castellanos’ big power against Juarez’ world class beard. Juarez entered the bout on a 2-6-1 streak. Castellanos was 12-1 following a 8-9 pro start. Outside of the Alvarado loss, Castellanos had been knocking off contenders by the handful in Ronny Rios, Celestino Caballero, Alberto Garza, and Christopher Perez. With twenty losses combined, Juarez-Castellanos made for an unlikely main event. However, the two veteran contenders put on quite a show, which saw Juarez down four times, but unwilling to accept his first loss by stoppage. Castellanos made the fight bill look like it had a typo on his record with his showing, but boxing gurus know that of all sports, boxing is the one which numbers tend to lie the most. Castellanos has laid the foundation for a Comeback of the Year run if he can maintain his new streak. With a stout ranking under Jhonny Gonzalez’ WBC contenders, an all-Mexican showdown could provide dark-horse Fight of the Year and Upset of the Year ramifications.


MaxBoxing / contenders On the Move:

On Monday, January 26, at Cowboys Dance Hall, San Antonio, Texas, USA, Rocky Juarez lost a unanimous decision to Robinson Castellanos in a twelve round featherweight bout. Castellanos dropped Juarez in the fifth and three times in the twelfth to prevail by scores of 118-107 twice and118-107. Castellanos improved his record to 21-10 (13). The tough Texan fell to 30-11-1 (21).


Castellanos returned to the SecondsOut featherweight rankings at number nine. Juarez fell out of the top ten.


On Thursday, January 29, at BB King Blues Club and Grill, New York, New York, USA, Luis Rosa stopped Noel Echevarria in the first round of a super bantamweight bout. The end came at the 2:36 mark. Rosa raised his ledger to 18-0 (8). Echevarria crashed to 11-5 (6), losing for the fifth straight time.


Rosa remained SecondsOut’s number ten ranked super bantamweight in the world.


On Saturday, January 31, at Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico, Francisco Rodriguez Jr. defeated Jomar Fajardo in a ten round light flyweight rematch. The unanimous decision avenged a draw from back in November. Rodriguez won by scores of 100-92, 99-90, and 97-92 in lifting his dossier to 17-2-1 (11). Fajardo fell to 14-6-2 (7).


Rodriguez, once SecondsOut’s top-rated 105-pounder, is now campaigning at 108. He enters the light flyweight rankings at number eye. Alberto Rossel exits to make room. Raul Garcia fell from eighth to tenth.


SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, February 8, 2015:


On Thursday, February 5:

In Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, Wanheng Menayothin versus Jeffrey Galero in a twelve round WBC minimumweight title bout

At The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California, USA, Mike Perez versus Darnell Wilson in an eight round heavyweight bout


On Saturday, February 7:

At Davao City, Davao Del Sur, Philippines, Genesis Servania versus Juan Hernandez in a twelve round super bantamweight bout; Arthur Villanueva versus Julio Cesar Miranda in a ten round super flyweight bout (Villanueva may re-enter top ten based on performance)




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