Behind The Results - worldwide boxing roundup with Eric Armit - 7th January

From Cabazon, where American golden boys Taylor and Dirrell both returned to the ring with knockout wins, to Magdeburg, where Denis Simcic beat Tomas Adamek (no, not that one) on points - the boxing action didn't stop for Eric Armit over the new year

December 30
Cabazon, USA Middle: Jermain Taylor (29-4-1) W TKO 8 Jessie Nicklow (22-3-3). Super Middle: Andre Dirrell (20-1) W TKO 2 Darryl Cunningham (24-3). Heavy: Mike Perez (18-0) W PTS 10 Friday Ahunanya (24-9-2). Light Heavy: Luis Garcia (12-0) W PTS 8 Alex Johnson (12-1-0). Super Feather: Jose Pedraza (6-0) W TKO 5 Herbert Quartey (7-7).
Taylor, 33, eases back with stoppage of club fighter Nicklow. Once he shakes off the rust Taylor has too much of everything for Nicklow. Finds the target easily with his jab and wears Nicklow down. Taylor loses a point for a blatant late punch after the bell to end the sixth. In the eighth Taylor hurts Nicklow with a right and the referee stops the fight. A bit premature, but Nicklow was getting a beating. First fight for the former IBF/WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight title holder since October 2009, when he suffered a last round kayo loss against Arthur Abraham in the Super six. That made it 4 losses in 5 fights, 3 by KO/TKO so Taylor took a break. Taylor has 18 wins by KO/TKO, but this was his first inside the distance win since 2005. Baltimore s Nicklow had been raised on a diet of undemanding opposition, and was out of his league. Taylor won a bronze medal in the 2000 Olympics, and another Olympic bronze medalist Dirrell (2004), had an easy night. In an all-southpaw fight The Matrix had shaken off his rust by the end of the first. He floored Cunningham with a left in the second. Whilst the referee was counting Cunningham s corner was signaling for the fight to be stopped. The referee either did not see, or ignored, their attempts, but when Cunningham was put down again this the referee acknowledged the towel and stopped the fight. For 28-year-old Dirrell this was his first fight since October 2009, when he was declared the winner on disqualification after being hit whilst on the floor from a slip in the eleventh round of his fight with Arthur Abraham in the Super Six. Now 14 wins by KO/TKO for Dirrell. His only loss was a split decision against Carl Froch in the Super Six. Cunningham, 37, had won his last 19, and this was the first time he had failed to last the distance, but again the opposition had been mediocre at best.
Cuban southpaw Perez, 26, remained unbeaten, and got some much needed rounds under his belt, as he went ten rounds for the first time in taking a wide unanimous verdict over Nigerian veteran Ahunanya. Perez was always first with his punches but could not find a finish. Ahunanya had a good fourth, but otherwise it was all Perez. Scores 100-90 from all three judges. A former World Junior Champion, Perez defected in 2007. The durable 40-year-old Ahunanya has lost his last four fights including going the distance with David Tua and Chris Arreola. Cuban Garcia, a stablemate of Perez, also had a good workout as he won every round against previously unbeaten Johnson. Scores 80-72 twice and 80-71. Garcia, 24, is trained by former IBF cruiser champion Glenn McCrory, and is also a former World Junior Champion. Johnson, 30, had beaten prospect Farah Ennis last April. Pedraza is a name to put in your book. The 22-year-old Puerto Rican won silver medals at both the World amateur Championships and the Pan American Championships and a gold medal at the Central American and Caribbean Championships. Pedraza dominated with a sharp jab and straight rights. Quartey enjoyed some success in the fourth, but in the fifth a two-punch combination put him down. Although he beat the count he was badly hurt and the referee stopped the fight. Five wins by KO/TKO for Pedraza. Quartey 23, was jumping-up from super bantam for this fight.

December 31
Yokohama, Japan Super Feather: Takashi Uchiyama (18-0-0) W TKO 11 Jorge Solis (40-4-2,1ND). Feather: Celestino Caballero (36-4-0) W PTS 12 Satoshi Hosono (21-2). Super Feather: Seiichi Okada (16-1-0) W PTS 10 Koji Umetsu (18-12-3). Straw: Ryuji Hara (10-0) W TKO 2 Marthen Lumoly (3-4-1). Bantam: Ryo Matsumoto (1-0) W TKO 1 Petchjomthong (1-4).
WBA champion Uchiyama made a successful fourth defence of his WBA title by crushing interim champion Jorge Coloradito Solis in the eleventh round. Both fighters scored well in the early rounds, Uchiyama with fast combinations, and the Mexican with good left hooks. Uchiyama had Solis on the floor with a combination in the second, but the referee ruled it a slip. The 32-year-old Uchiyama swept the third and fourth and had Solis badly shaken in the fifth. Solis, also 32, was cut badly by a punch in the seventh, and the cut continued to bleed profusely in the following rounds. Solis rallied to share the eighth, but was now constantly under pressure. Solis spent most of the tenth taking a beating on the ropes and Uchiyama produced the perfect finish in the eleventh with a left hook at the start of the round. Solis was down and out and the referee did not bother to complete the count. Uchiyama was ahead on all cards, 98-92 twice and 99-91 at the finish. Uchiyama won the WBA title with a stoppage of Mexican Juan Carlos Salgado in January 2010. He has finished all of his title defences inside the distance. This was his first defence in exactly eleven months as an injured hand kept him out of action. Uchiyama did not turn pro until he was 25. A top amateur he lost to Hungarian Gyula Kate in the 2003 World Championships and to a Syrian in the Green Hill Olympic qualifying tournament before deciding to turn pro. Solis is the brother of IBF light flyweight champion Archie Solis.
Champion Caballero used his advantages in height and reach to keep WBA No 12 Hosono on the outside in the first round. The Japanese challenger had some success when he got inside the Panamanian s reach in the second. In the third the left eye of Hosono began to swell, and in the fourth Caballero again got through with heavy punches and smothered any attempts to counter by Hosono. The Japanese fighter had a better fifth, scoring with body shots, but again Caballero was more accurate with his punching. The sixth was one-sided and, with Caballero getting through with heavy shots, and Hosono hurt, it seemed likely that the fight would not go the distance. However, Hosono, 28, recovered and continued his aggression. In the ninth the 35-year-old Caballero looked to be tiring, and although his workrate was falling, he just stuck to his boxing. It was the same in round ten with Hosono becoming frustrated and landing a rabbit punch which resulted in a one point deduction. Caballero made a big effort to end it in the eleventh, but Hosono showed guts and was still there at the final bell. Scores 119-108 twice and 116-111. First defence of the WBA secondary title for the Panamanian, a former WBA and IBF super bantam champion. Former WBA super bantam challenger Bazooka Hosono, was lacking in basic technique, and had no answer to the much taller champion s reach and skills. As he comes from Fukushima, the area devastated by the earthquake/Tsunami last year, Hosono had hoped to give his fellow citizens something to cheer about. Challenger Umetsu, 35, nearly sprang an upset as Japanese champion Okada, making his third defence, and fighting in his hometown, only scraped by on a majority verdict. Scores 97-94, 96-94 and 95-95. Okada s only loss is to former WBA title challenger Takashi Miura. Umetsu is a former Japanese feather champion. Down the bill, but worth keeping an eye on, puncher Hara, 21, made it eight wins by KO/TKO by putting away Indonesian Lumoly and former top amateur Matsumoto, four times national champion, scored three knockdown in 94 seconds to mark his first pro fight.
Osaka, Japan Straw: Kazuto Ioka (9-0) W TKO 1 Yodgoen (8-1). Bantam: Nobuo Nashiro (16-4-1 W KO 2 Norasing (1-1-0).
A disgraceful excuse for a title fight saw Ioka retain his WBC title by stopping Thai novice Yodgoen in 98 seconds. A left hook flattened the poor Thai, and he had to be taken from the ring on a stretcher. Second title defence for 22-year-old Ioka. Yodgoen s opposition had been pitiful. Off his eight victims three had never had a fight, and one had never won a fight and the other wins were over nobodies with 3-0, 1-0, 14-8-1 and 8-7 records, and yet he was rated No 10 by the WBC. Ioka is better than this, and the Japanese TV and public deserve better than this farce. The main support was not much better as former twice WBA super fly champion Nashiro kayoed Thai Norasing in the second. Nashiro, 20, has already fought in nine world title bouts, most recently losing in November to Suriyan in a challenge for the WBC super fly title. Norasing s traceable record consisted of just one fight.
January 6
Indio, USA Light: Luis Ramos Jr (21-0) W PTS 10 Ray Beltran (25-6). Light: Omar Figueroa (14-0-1) W TKO 6 Mike Perez (15-1-1).
Ramos passes another tough test, but only just. The 23-year-old southpaw had to overcome two cuts to take an unpopular unanimous decision over Beltran. The 30-year-old Arizona-based Mexican was the aggressor throughout, but Ramos used accurate countering and good lateral movement to stay in the fight. A clash of heads saw Ramos cut over the right eye in the second and his left eye was swollen after another head clash in the seventh. Sugar Beltran forced the fight inside in the middle rounds and Ramos punched with him. Both fighters fought hard over the last two rounds with the decision seemingly in the balance. The judges saw it for Ramos on scores of 97-93 twice and 96-94 with the last score looking the more accurate reflection of the fight. Ramos wins vacant NABA title. Beltran, who is one of Manny Pacquiao s main sparring partners, and had Freddie Roach in his corner, is 3-3 in his last six, but the losses were to good opposition. Despite taking three efforts to make the weight, Figueroa proved too strong for Perez in a battle of unbeaten fighters. Perez was in the fight in the first two rounds as he scored well to the body. From there on Figueroa was in charge with his own body attack. The Texan took the fight inside as the work rate of Perez dropped. The Artist (Angelo is the middle name of Michael Perez) was in trouble in the fifth, and after taking a beating in the sixth he retired at the end of the round.
Key West, USA Super Middle: Dyah Davis (21-2-1) W PTS 10 Alfonso Lopez (22-2-0). Light Middle: Denis Douglin (14-1) W PTS 8 Steve Martinez (11-1). Light: Dannie Williams (21-1) W TKO 6 Fernando Trejo (33-18-6).
An awful fight saw Davis win a wide unanimous verdict over a disappointing Lopez. After a quiet first round, with very little action and plenty of clinches, the fight went downhill from there. The styles did not mix with Davis doing what scoring there was, but with no sustained exchanges. The lone contribution from Lopez, 29, was hurting Davis in the eighth, but this was a poor fight. Scores 100-90 twice and 99-91. WBA No 9 Davis, 30, the son of former Olympic gold medalist Howard Davis, has lost only one of his last 13 fights, to Aaron Pryor Jr, and scored a good win over previously undefeated Marcus Johnson last April. Lopez lost a majority decision to Kelly Pavlik in May last year, but apart from that his record has been built on poor opposition. Southpaw Douglin, 23, won a split decision in a good fight, which was made to seem even better due to the poor main event. Douglin hurt Martinez in the second, but the 21-year-old from the Bronx had the better of some of the middle rounds. It was always close with the faster counter punching of Douglin giving him a slight edge over the inside attacks of Martinez. A punch from Douglin knocked out Martinez s mouthpiece in the seventh, and they fought hard over the last round with Douglin just having the edge. Scores 77-75 twice and 75-77. St Louis prospect Dannie Williams, 27, makes it 17 wins by KO/TKO as he halts Mexican veteran Trejo in six rounds. Williams lost to WBO No 1 Eloy Perez in September 2009, but has won eight in a row since then, including victories over Manuel Leyva and Antonio Cervantes. Trejo, 37, has only lost inside the distance once, and that was due to an injury.
Opelusas, USA Light: Mason Menard (18-1-0) W PTS 8 Rynell Griffin (6-8-1). Light Middle: Bobby Bryant (13-0) W TKO 4 Tony Middlebrooks (9-7-2). Menard 23, has nothing in front of him in Griffin but has to go full eight rounds for unanimous decision. Scores 80-72 twice and 80-71. Now 15 wins in a row for Menard who beat former WBO super feather challenger Joseph Laryea in his last fight. Six losses in a row for Griffin. The Prodigy Bryant, 19, takes first three rounds and then launches sustained attack which brings the referees intervention. Nine wins by KO/TKO for Bryant but poor opposition. One win in his last nine fights for Middlebrooks.
January 7
Mexico City, Mexico Fly: Edgar Sosa (44-7) W TKO 7 Rolio Golez (13-8). Light: Ramon Ayala (23-2-1) W PTS 10 Carlos Winston Velasquez (19-14-1).
Golez starts well and takes the first with effective jab and good movement. The second sees Sosa take over and force Golez to fight off the ropes. Sosa applies the pressure again in the third. Golez starts the fourth well using his jab again, but again Sosa takes him to the ropes and scores heavily. It was more of the same in the fifth and sixth with Golez tiring and Sosa getting through with head shots. Sosa stepped-up his attacks in the seventh and with the gutsy Golez exhausted and taking punishment the referee stopped the fight. Former WBC light fly champion Sosa, 32, retains WBC International title in first fight since losing to Pongsaklek for WBC title in October. Golez, 24, is 6-7 in his last 13 and not in this class. Golden Boy Ayala, 22, wins unanimous verdict over Nicaraguan. Velasquez tried to deny Ayala room and had some success when he could get Ayala to trade. With accurate jabs and hooks Ayala dominated on the outside. Over the last two rounds Velasquez tired badly and Ayala came close to a stoppage win. Scores 99-91 twice and 97-93. Ayala beat 31-year-old Velasquez on points in 2010 and has lost only one of his last 17. Velasquez has lost 3 of his last 4, but the combined record of his three opponents added up to 64-2-1.
Hollywood, USA Light Middle: Ed Paredes (28-3-1) W KO 3 Michael Lozada (39-9-1). Feather: Jesus M Rojas (18-1-1) DREW 8 Jose Luis Araiza (29-5-1).
Mexican Lozada made a mockery of the agreed weight of 150lbs by coming in at 162lbs. From the beginning Paredes, 26, was able to score, getting through with his left jab and right uppercuts. A farcical finish saw Lozada hit with a solid right, and the referee count him out whilst the apparently unhurt Mexican complained that the punch landed on the back of his head. The Lion , rated No 12 welterweight by the WBA, now has 19 wins by KO/TKO. His only loss in his last 20 fights was to Carlos Molina. Lozada, 28, was destroyed in 72 seconds by Edwin Valero in a WBA super feather title fight in 2007. Rojas looks lucky to get a draw with the more experienced Araiza. Rojas had problems with the awkward style of the Mexican, who also had height and reach over the young prospect. Araiza looked to have done enough and one judge had it for him 77-75, but the other two each came up with a score of 76-76, making it a majority draw. The 25-year-old Rojas took 18 months out after losing to veteran Jose Angel Beranza in 2008 and has failed to impress on his return. Mexican Araiza, 32, lost in his pro debut, but then went on to win his next 29 fights. He is 0-4-1 in his last five, but all to very good opposition.
Heredia, Costa Rica Light Welter: Elvin Perez (22-5-4) W KO 5 Genaro Trazancos (22-16-1). Super Feather: Berman Sanchez (26-3-3) W KO 4 Francisco Dianzo (23-9).
Perez takes a while to break down the aggressive Trazancos, but is well in front when a left hook ends the fight in the fifth. The 21-year-old Costa Rican based Nicaraguan has 16 wins by KO/TKO. Perez won only one of his first five fights. Trazancos, 37, has won only one of his last twelve fights. Vicious body attack by Sanchez slows Mexican veteran who took the count on his knees after a left to the liver in the fourth. The Cobra a 27-year-old Nicaraguan based in Costa Rica has 19 wins by KO/TKO. Dianzo, 40, was inactive from March 2006 to January 2011.
Magdeburg, Germany Light Heavy: Robin Krasniqi (36-2) W TKO 12 Hakim Zoulikha (16-2)). Light Heavy: Denis Simcic (26-1-0) W PTS 10 Tomas Adamek (17-5-1). Heavy: Francesco Pianeta (25-0-1) W PTS 8 Zack Page (21-38-2).
Robin Haxai Krasniqi retains WBO European title with a stoppage of Frenchman Zoulikha. This was a close fight right up to the end. Krasniqi was the stronger, but Zoulikha was faster and pressed the action. Zoulikha had Krasniqi in trouble at the start of the fifth, but Krasniqi battled back to hurt the Frenchman in the seventh. It was an equal battle until the last third when Krasniqi began to use his height and reach to score at a distance. From then the Frenchman s workrate began to drop. Despite this the fight could still have gone either way as the last round started. The outcome was decided by a heavy right from Krasniqi which had Zoulikha staggering around the ring, and brought the referee s intervention with only five seconds to go to the final bell. The 24-year-old Serbian born Krasniqi, rated No 6 by the WBO, has won his last 35, but the opposition has been mediocre at best as 14 of those opponents had never won a fight. Zoulikha had won his last 13, but also against poor opposition, and was rated No 17 in the EU rankings, and No 5 in France, both at super middleweight. WBO No 11 Simcic, was forced to go all the way against Czech Adamek, and without really impressing, won a unanimous verdict on scores of 97-93 twice and 98-92. Simcic had problems with the longer reach and sound defence of Adamek, but had the better workrate and was more accurate. Simcic built a good lead and a strong finish from Adamek was too late to turn things around. Simcic ran out a clear winner on a unanimous verdict. He lifts the vacant WBF International title. The 30-year-old Slovenian also has a padded record with more than half of his victims never having won a fight. There was talk after the fights by their manager of either Krasniqi or Simcic challenging Nathan Cleverly for the WBO title. My feeling is that Cleverly would say yes please. Czech Adamek, 31, has twice lost in shots at the European Union title, and has now lost 3 of his last 4 fights. Big Italian Pianeta won all the way against durable Page. The 27-year-old southpaw had Page down in the first and won on scores of 80-71. Page 38, has lost his last nine fights, but is unpredictable and can be a dangerous opponent when in the mood.
Caseros, Argentina Light Welter: Hernan Leandro Carrizo (12-0-1) W TKO 5 Sergio Escobar (15-15-2).
Southpaw Carrizo, 25, took control from the first scoring well with right leads and left hooks. A hard combination shook Escobar in the second. Escobar tried to turn things around in the third, but lacked the punching power. The fourth saw Escobar with his back to the ropes and taking punishment. The referee gave him a standing count. Escobar survived, but was finished. At the bell for the fifth he stayed in his corner, sitting on his stool, whilst the referee counted him out. Six wins by KO/TKO for Carrizo. Escobar, 29, was given a chance in this one after an upset win over Daniel Dorrego in October. Carrizo and Escobar had fought a draw over four rounds in 2010.