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On the Move: MaxBoxing World Rankings 3-9-15

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By Derek Bonnett


For once, I am very glad to be wrong. Going into Amnat Ruenroeng’s defense of the IBF flyweight title against Zou Shiming, I did not see much hope for the champion retaining his title in Macao, China. For some time now, I have been proclaiming the Chinese boxing celebrity as "Too Big To Fail" spoofing the economic theory that some financial institutions need government bailouts to avoid crumbling and thus causing even greater repercussions to the entire system at large. Well, Shiming appeared to be the keystone to Top Rank’s venture into the Chinese boxing market and his bailout seemed inevitable against the far less known Ruenroeng, who will never make paydays in his career that Shiming has already pocketed. Thankfully, the three judges recognized Ruenroeng’s dominance over the former three-time Olympian and scored the bout justly. However, the Macao experiment does not seem likely to crumble as Top Rank has brought in copious other names to Venetian Resorts and Casino to support the blossoming economic boxing structure now in place.

 

It is my sincere hope that going forward, some of the prospective six figure purses anticipated to be heaped on the overrated commodity that is Shiming will now be broken up and shared in the promotion of more deserving fighters, particularly in and around Shiming’s weight class, who have already established themselves as true elites worth their collective hype. Macao’s place among the most important boxing metropolises is safe. All it needs to do now is bring in boxing’s real little giants such as Roman Gonzalez, Naoya Inoue, Shinsuke Yamanaka, and Kosei Tanaka. There will always be room for Shiming on a Venetian Resort undercard, but it is high time to recognize he is not the main attraction of the lighter weights and his abilities were never going to be enough to carry boxing’s smallest combatants into the limelight.


MaxBoxing / SecondsOut contenders On the Move:

 

On Wednesday, March 4, at Fantastic Casino de Albrook Mall, Panama City, Panama, Liborio Solis defeated Ronald Barrera by unanimous decision in a ten round bantamweight bout. Solis dropped Barrera in round one. The judges scored the contest 99-89, 97-91, and 96-92. Solis raised his record to 19-3-1 (9). Barrera fell to 30-13-2 (18). Barrera is 1-5 since 2012.

 

Solis maintained his number four SecondsOut ranking at bantamweight.

 

On Thursday, March 5, at Bangkok, Thailand, Knockout CP Freshmart defeated Mohammad Rachman by unanimous decision in a twelve round interim WBA minimumweight title bout. No scores available. Freshmart defended his interim title (equivalent to number one contender status) for the first time. He lifted his ledger to 10-0 (5). Rachman fell to 65-12-5 (35).

 

Freshmart held onto his number four SecondsOut ranking at minimumweight.

 

Also on this date, at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan, Ryo Matsumoto scored a second round stoppage of Thanuthong Chor Kangwal in a super bantamweight bout. The bout ended at :22 of the round. Matsumoto, typically, a 115-pounder, raised his record to 14-0 (12). Kangwal was making his professional debut and fell to 0-1.

 

Matsumoto remained SecondsOut’s number nine ranked super flyweight, but his weight will be monitored to see if he plans to campaign at a higher class.

 

On Friday, March 6, at Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom, Zolani Tete stopped Paul Butler in eight rounds of a IBF super flyweight title bout. Tete dropped Butler in the eighth. The time of the stoppage was 1:34 of the round. Tete posted his first defense and raised his dossier to 20-3 (17). Butler fell to 17-1 (8).

 

Tete climbed from fourth to third in SecondsOut’s super flyweight rankings. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai fell from third to fourth.

 

On Saturday, March 7, at Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China, Amnat Ruenroeng defeated Zou Shiming by unanimous decision in a twelve round IBF flyweight title bout. Ruenroeng was dropped controversially in round two. He retained his title for the third time by scores of 116-111 thrice. Ruenroeng goes back to Thailand at 15-0 (5). Shiming fell to 6-1 (1).

 

Ruenroeng’s steady run since the start of 2014 pushed him from fifth to third in SecondsOut’s flyweight rankings.

 

At MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Keith Thurman won a unanimous decision over Robert Guerrero in a twelve round WBA welterweight title bout. Thurman received a bad swelling on his forehead after a clash of heads. Guerrero was dropped and cut in round nine. Thurman retained his title for the first time in lifting his ledger to 25-0 (21). Guerrero fell to 32-3-1 (18).

 

Thurman’s victory pushed him from sixth to fifth. Marcos Rene Maidana fell from fifth to sixth.

Also on the card, Abner Mares defeated Arturo Santos Reyes by unanimous decision in a ten round featherweight bout. Mares received scores of 99-90, 98-91, and 96-93. Mares lifted his resume to 29-1-1 (15). Reyes fell to 18-5 (5).

Mares remained SecondsOut’s number three featherweight in the world.

 

SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, March 15, 2015:

 

On Thursday, March 12:

At Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas, USA, Francisco Vargas versus Will Tomlinson in a ten round super featherweight bout

 

On Friday, March 13:

At Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, USA, Shawn Porter versus Roberto Garcia in a ten round welterweight bout

 

On Saturday, March 14:

At Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Sergey Kovalev versus Jean Pascal in a twelve round WBA/WBO/IBF light heavyweight title bout; Vyacheslav Glazkov versus Steve Cunningham in a twelve round heavyweight bout

 

At Auditorio Municipal, Naucalpan, Mexico, Mexico, Julio Ceja versus Oscar Blanquet in a ten round bantamweight bout

 

To check out Derek’s SecondsOut rankings click on the link below www.digenie.net/sorankings/p_so_world.asp

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