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On the Move: MaxBoxing World Rankings

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By Derek Bonnett

As most fans, I imagine, I like free boxing. I am not talking about free seats in press row either, but, take it from me, that’s the way to go. No, I am talking about TV viewership. Boxing on ABC, NBC, USA, and ESPN was great an available on your basic cable packages. HBO and Showtime cost a small monthly fee, but might as well be free since I am paying for a larger package including movies and great dramatic series. Pay-Per-View sounds cool, but it ain’t. In fact, it never has been even though I spent many dollars various boxing cards deemed too good for regular or premium cable packages. From twenty-five to around sixty-five dollars, we got to see some pretty cool fights over the years. Whether it was your father’s dough or five of your college roommates’ combined, the sum for boxing pay-per-view rarely seemed worth it, but usually one fight redeemed the rest.


Then came the internet. For me, most boxing is free outside of my monthly cable fees. I haven’t purchased a televised pay-per-view since Pacquiao-Hatton and I don’t expect to pay for one anytime soon. After this weekend, I can safely say my mind has not been changed concerning this line in the sand. In four world class bouts featured on Top Rank’s latest boxing card in Macao, China three fights ended in virtual shutouts. In fact, Chris Algieri and Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym lost by margins of eighteen and seventeen points in twelve round bouts to Manny Pacquiao and Zou Shiming respectively. These bouts were so lopsided that Vasyl Lomachenko’s 120-107 scores across the board appeared like a close contest. Jesse Vargas unanimous scores of 116-112 was a draw in terms of relativity when placed beside these high-profile sparring sessions.

Bob Arum has been playing this game for awhile. Placing one high profile name on a card of mismatches does not a boxing extravaganza make. Matching world class fighters against glossy records does not warrant pay-per-view dollars either. The shame of it all was that boxing fans should have known what they were getting themselves into from the start. Why so many believed Chris Algieri was somehow spelled B-U-S-T-E-R D-O-U-G-L-A-S was beyond me. Maybe it was the 24/7 Reality TV nonsense? The tough talk? The acting and play fighting? Big boxing doesn’t need the dramatized build-up. The match-making does it already. On this night only Vargas-Demarco promised to be competitive after the opening bell rang; the rest determined during the contract signings.


SecondsOut rated fighters On the Move:


Saturday, November 22:


Yokohama International Swimming Pool, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan, Roman Gonzalez broke down Rocky Fuentes for a sixth round TKO in a WBC flyweight title bout. Gonzalez dropped Fuentes in round six before the bout was ended at the 2:11 mark. The victory marked Gonzalez’ first defense of the WBC title and raised his record to 41-0 (35). Fuentes fell to 35-8-2 (20).


Gonzalez solidified his number one ranking among SecondsOut’s top flyweights in the world.

Also on the card, Takashi Miura stopped Edgar Puente in six rounds of a WBC super featherweight title bout. The sixth round TKO came at the 2:15 mark. Miura dropped Puente in the opening round en route to his third title defense. Miura’s ledger improved to 28-2-2 (21). Puente fell to 23-5-1 (19).


Miura continues on as a strong number two in the SecondsOut super featherweight rankings.


At Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao, S.A.R., China, Manny Pacquiao dominated Chris Algieri for a unanimous in a twelve round WBO welterweight title bout. Pacquiao earned the victory by scores of 120-102 and 119-103 twice. Algieri rose from knockdowns in the second, twice in the sixth, twice in the ninth, and again in the tenth round for six in total. Pacquiao defended the WBO belt for the first time in his most recent reign. He lifted his dossier to 57-5-2 (38). Algieri was battered to 20-1 (8), but remained WBO light welterweight champion.


Pacquiao affirmed his number two position in SecondsOut’s welterweight rankings.

Also on the card, Vasyl Lomachenko defeated Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo in a twelve round WBO featherweight title bout after winning a unanimous decision by three scores of 120-107. Lomachenko defended his title for the first time in raising his record to 3-1 (1). Piriyapinyo fell to 52-2 (33).


Lomachenko retained his number six ranking amid SecondsOut’s best featherweights in the world.


Also on the card, Jessie Vargas defeated Antonio Demarco by unanimous decision in a twelve round WBA world light welterweight title bout. All three judges saw the contest 116-112. Vargas notched his second title defense and lifted his ledger to 26-0 (9). Demarco fell to 31-4-1 (23).


Vargas climbed from eighth to seventh in the SecondsOut light welterweight rankings. Thomas Dulorme fell from seventh to eighth.


At Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom, James Degale stopped Marco Antonio Periban in two rounds of a super middleweight bout. The bout was hastily waved off at the :30 mark. DeGale dropped Periban once in the second round. DeGale upped his record to 20-1 (14). Periban crashed to 20-3-1 (13).


DeGale passed by his lone conqueror, George Groves, in the SecondsOut super middleweight rankings. DeGale now sits at third, up from fourth.


Also on the card, George Groves stopped Denis Douglin in the seventh round of a super middleweight bout. The bout was waved off at the 2:54 mark. Douglin was floored once in the seventh. Groves improved his record to 21-2 (16). Douglin fell to 17-4 (10).


Groves fell behind old rival James DeGale in the SecondsOut super middleweight standings. Groves dipped from third to fourth.


Also on the card, Scott Quigg outpointed Hidenori Otake in a twelve round WBA world super bantamweight title bout. Quigg won by scores of 119-109 twice and 118-110. Quigg made the fifth defense of his title and lifted his dossier to 30-0-2 (22). Otake fell to 22-2-3 (9).


Quigg remained SecondsOut’s number five rated super bantamweight in the world today.


Also on the card, Jamie McDonnell broke down Javier Nicolas Chacon in ten rounds of a WBA world bantamweight title bout. The tenth round TKO came at the :39 mark. McDonnell made the first defense of his title and improved his resume to 25-2-1 (12). Chacon fell to 20-3 (5).


McDonnell kept on as SecondsOut’s number two bantamweight in the world and has possibly cleared the last hurdle before a unification bout with number three rated Tomoki Kameda.


At Plaza de los Martires, Toluca, Mexico, Mexico, Adrian Hernandez scored a second round TKO of Armando Torres in a flyweight bout. The time of the stoppage was 2:27. Hernandez lifted his ledger to 30-3-1 (19). Torres crashed to 21-13 (15).


Hernandez, rated fifth at light flyweight by SecondsOut, will remain so for the time being. He is rumored to be making a permanent move to 112.


Also on the card, Hugo Ruiz scored a first round KO of Carlos Medellin in a super bantamweight bout. Medellin was floored thrice in the opening round. Ruiz improved to 35-2 (31). Medellin was sent sailing to 23-18-2 (16).


Ruiz held on to his number nine ranking among SecondsOut’s top 122-pounders.


Also on the card, Julio Ceja scored a fifth round KO over Lionel Mark Duran in a bantamweight bout. The stoppage came at the 2:51 mark. Ceja increased his numbers to 28-1 (26). Duran plummeted to 13-11-2 (5).


Ceja maintained his number nine ranking at SecondsOut in the bantamweight division.


Also On the Move, Daiki Kameda fell from ninth to tenth after eleven months of ring inactivity. He will be dropped from the rankings next week.


SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, November 30, 2014:


On Friday, November 28:

In Luzhniki, Moscow, Russia, Ruslan Provodnikov versus Jose Luis Castillo in a twelve round welterweight bout; Rakhim Chakhkiev versus TBA in a ten round cruiserweight bout


At Nonthaburi Pier, Nonthaburi, Thailand, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai versus Mateo Handig in a twelve round super flyweight bout


At ExCel Arena, Dockland, London, United Kingdom, Tyson Fury versus Dereck Chisora in a twelve round heavyweight bout


At CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, Terence Crawford versus Raymundo Beltran in a twelve round WBO lightweight title bout; Evgeny Gradovich versus Jayson Velez in a twelve round IBF featherweight title bout


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

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