Behind the Results - Worldwide boxing round up with Eric Armit - April 2nd

Just how does Eric keep doing this column? I'm not asking him - he might pack it in if he thinks about it.
From Kempton Park to Ascot, Mr Armit takes us through all the runners and riders in his latest global boxing digest.
March 26Kempton Park, South Africa
Straw: Hekkie Budler (20-1) W PTS 8 Shamila Kortman (2-1). Welter: Bongo Lipembo (7-2) W KO 2 Isaac Hlatshwayo (30-4-1).
IBO champion Budler was in a lose/lose situation. If he beat novice Kortman, he would get little credit, and if he lost it would be a disaster.
Budler, 23, fell somewhere between the two. He won a clear unanimous decision, but was unimpressive against an opponent who seemed set on survival. Budler scored heavily in the closing rounds and won on scores of 79-74 twice and 78-74. Kortman s record was given as 7-0 on the night.
Two kayo losses in a row for Hlatshwayo, and probably/hopefully the end of the road for former IBF champion. A right put the 34-year-old Hlatshwayo down by the ropes. He got up but was in no condition to continue. Apart from the IBF title, Hlatshwayo was also South African and IBO light champion and also held the IBO welter title. Lipembo from the Congo has won his last seven, six by KO/TKO.
March 27 Tokyo, Japan
Super Fly: Yota Sato (24-2-1) W PTS 12 Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (20-5-1). Welter: Akinori Watanabe (25-4) W TKO 11 Koshinmaru Saito (17-4-1). Super Fly: Teiru Kinoshita (14-0-1) W PTS 10 Go Onaga (17-2-2).
The elongated Sato, 27, wins WBC title with unanimous verdict over game Thai Suriyan in a furious contest. With big advantages in height and reach Sato was looking to fight on the outside. The challenger took the first two rounds and almost finished the fight in the third. A big right hurt Suriyan, and another volley put him down. The Thai got up, but later in the round another right put him down on his knees, and only the bell saved him. Suriyan showed amazing recuperation and took the middle rounds as Sato came off his game plan and let the champion inside. Sato was still ahead after eight rounds and took the ninth. The last three rounds were fought at a ferocious pace as Suriyan tried to find a kayo punch and Sato matched him blow for blow. Scores 114-112 twice and 116-110. Sato had racked up 19 wins and draw in his previous 20 fights.Suriyan, 23, was making the second defence of his WBC title, and but for the two knockdowns would have been able to take his title back to Thailand.
Southpaw Watanabe, 26, came from behind to halt Saito in the eleventh and retain his OPBF and Japanese titles. Now 23 wins by KO/TKO for Watanabe. He shares the distinction of the most consecutive wins by KO/TKO for a Japanese boxer at 15. Only two of his 29 fights have gone the distance. Saito, 33, had lost only one of his last 14 fights.
In an all-southpaw battle Kinoshita, 26, wins vacant Japanese title with split decision over 31-year-old Onaga. Scores 97-95, 96-95 and 95-96. First ten round fight for Kinoshita. These two had fought a technical draw in October. Onaga was unbeaten in his last 16.
March 30East London, South Africa
Straw: Nkosinathi Joyi (22-0, 1ND) W PTS 12 Katsunari Takayama (24-5,1ND). Super Fly: Zolani Tete (16-2) W TKO 1 Siphiwo Ntsangani (0-2). Feather: Sabelo Jubatha (9-1) W PTS 10 Wonga Ntoyakhe (5-6).
Joyi wins on points and retains his IBF title, but Takayama comes to fight, and Joyi had to be at his best to win. A hectic first round saw Takayama reveal his tactics early as he launched furious attacks right from the start. Southpaw Joyi used affective counters to make Takayama pay for his attacking style, and the fight was even over the early rounds. The fifth was a turning point as Joyi began to put his punches together, drive Takayama back and had the challenger down briefly. The Japanese fighter continued to try to bustle Joyi out of his stride, but paid for it time and again with some hurtful counters landed by Joyi as he swept the later rounds. Scores 116-111 twice and 117-110. Second defence for unbeaten Joyi who has wins over Sammy Gutierrez and Florante Condes. He just may be the best strawweight around right now. These two had fought a no decision in January 2011 when a cut suffered by Takayama in a clash of heads brought an early finish. Takayama, 28, is a former WBC strawweight champion, who earned the title shot by beating South African Tshepo Lefele in an eliminator in 2009.
Horrible match saw southpaw Tete halt late sub Ntsangani inside a round. Tete s only losses have been to Moruti Mthalane for the IBF fly title and a majority verdict to Juan Alberto Rosas in an IBF super fly eliminator. South African champion Jubatha had to work hard to take a majority verdict over former victim Ntoyakhe. Jubatha s record was given locally as 14-1 with ten wins by KO/TKO.
Cologne, Germany
Heavy: Manuel Charr (21-0) W PTS 12 Taras Bidenko (28-5). Heavy: Christian Hammer (11-3) W KO 1 Alex Khal (18-8-1).
Syrian-born Germany-based, Charr took another step towards recognition as a serious contender. In the first defence of his WBC International Silver heavyweight title and his first fight as his own promoter, he showed poise and good boxing skills in defeating rugged and tough ex-contender Taras Bidenko by twelve round unanimous decision. Bidenko had a fast start, throwing lots of combinations. Most of his shots were blocked, while Charr threw less but with greater accuracy. At the end of the first, Charr exploded and caught his challenger with a couple of hard shots.
The same pattern continued in the second. Bidenko had some success to the body, while 27-year-old Charr landed a hard body-head combination. The action changed in the third and fourth when the Diamond Boy upped his pace and did some damage to Bidenko with sharp punches. Using the WBC's open scoring all judges had Charr ahead, twice by 39-37 and once by 40-36. In the fifth, Charr eased back and Bidenko was able to readjust and connected with some good body shots in a round he clearly won. The unbeaten Charr got back on track in the sixth, being the aggressor and scoring effectively behind the jab. Still, Bidenko went at high pace and proved to be a really strong and tough opponent, who was looking to win. In the following rounds, Charr moved forward and landed the cleaner and harder shots, while his Ukrainian foe was active, but not so effective. Scores after eight were 77-75 twice and 78-74.
At the end of the ninth, the German hurt Bidenko with good combinations. Charr tried to capitalize on this in the tenth but Bidenko, 32, showed a big heart and fought back. In the same round, the referee deducted a point from Bidenko because he repeatedly lost his mouthpiece. In the championship rounds, both fighters gave there all in a quest to score a knockout. Charr came close to a knockdown in both the eleventh and the twelfth, but it went the distance. There was no doubt about the winner, as all three judges had Charr ahead by a 116-111 score in a really interesting heavyweight battle. Charr proved to be a skilled boxer, who can impose his will on a tough fighter like Bidenko. He kept his perfect record intact and moves to 21-0 with eleven knockouts. Charr later stated that he had carried an injury to his right bicep from the fourth round. The durable Bidenko falls to 28-5.
In the co-feature of the evening Romanian Hammer, based in Germany, made the first defense of his German International heavyweight title against hard-hitting Alexander Kahl, from Stuttgart. Hammer caught his challenger cold dropping Kahl with a body punch early in the first. A second knockdown forced the referee to stop the fight. Time was 1:39 minutes. With the win, Hammer moves to 11-3 with 5 knockouts. Kahl falls to 18-8-1 with 16 stoppages. Khal, 34, has now lost five times in the first round. Under his real name of Ciocan, Hammer won a gold medal at the World Junior championships in 2006.Mashantucket, USA
Light: Henry Lundy (22-1-1) W PTS 10 Dannie Williams (21-2). Middle: Elvin Ayala (25-5-1) W PTS 8 Eric Mitchell (23-9-1).
Despite touching down briefly in the first and having to take a mandatory eight count, Lundy finishes strongly to win unanimous verdict. After that knockdown Lundy took a couple of rounds to get his plan working. A furious third saw both fighters landing heavily. From then on Lundy got his jab working and dominated at a distance, and giving Williams no punching room when the were at close quarters. A strong finish from Lundy saw Williams in deep trouble in the last. Scores 97-92 twice and 98-91. Lundy, 28, retains NABF title and gets fourth good win since stoppage loss to John Molina in July 2010. Lundy holds a win over WBA No 1 Richard Abril and had beaten Omri Lowther, Patrick Lopez and David Diaz in his last three fights. Williams, 27, had scored nine wins since losing to Eloy Perez in 2009. Lundy is No 4 with the WBC and Williams No 9.
Ayala gets win over late sub Mitchell. Ayala looking for quick win, but Mitchell, 42, stood up well considering he came in at three days notice. With former IBF title challenger Ayala pressing, Mitchell quickly tired, but used his experience to stay in the fight. Local favourite Ayala, 31, came close to a stoppage in the last but had to settle for a points win. Scores 79-73 twice and 78-74. Six wins for Ayala since being blown away in one round by David Lemieux in 2010. Murder Mitchell has lost 5 of his last six. Included in that loss total were fights against Joachim Alcine and Dmitry Pirog.
Malvern, Australia
Light Heavy: Togasilimai Leota W TKO 3 (12-9-1) Manny Vlamis (11-3).
Upset as Leota wins vacant OPBF title with stoppage of Vlamis. Leota scored a knockdown in the second with a right. Vlamis had the better of the action at the start of the third, but was knocked down again, and his corner threw in the towel. The 29-year-old Samoan southpaw had lost seven and drawn one of his last eight fights. PABA champ Vlamis, rated No 12 by the WBA, had won his last five including a victory over world rated Joel Casey.
Mexico City, Mexico
Light: Abdiel Ramirez (13-0-1). W TKO 2 Alejandro Barrera (21-11). Fly: Oscar Blanquet (31-4-1) W KO 9 Martin Tecuapetla (7-3-1).
Ramirez floors Barrera at the end of the first and puts him down in the second, and Barrera sits out the count. Ramirez has 13 wins by KO/TKO and his draw was with fellow prospect Mauricio Pintor. Barrera, 32, has lost his last 7 fights, 6 by KO/TKO. Blanquet pulls out a win with a left to the body in the ninth. Tecuapetla almost had Blanquet down in the second, and built a lead. The pace caught up with Tecuapetla, who resorted to spitting out his mouthpiece to get respite. The end came in the ninth when a right hook from Blanquet put Tecuapetla down heavily and he needed medical assistance before getting up. Blanquet has won 19 of his last 20 fights with 16 of those 19 wins by KO/TKO.
Cartagena, Colombia
Super Bantam: Oscar Escandon (18-0) W TKO 2 Tadeu Almeida Pantoja (12-2). Super Middle: Alex Brand (17-0) W KO 5 Luzimar Gonzaga (32-11). Light Welter: Fidel Monterrosa Munoz (29-5) W KO 5 Dunis Linan (17-20-2).
Former Olympian Escandon, 27, makes it twelve wins by KO/TKO as he halts Brazilian in second. Former star amateur, Brand, 35, too big and strong, and punches too hard for Brazilian Gonzaga. Brand moves to 15 wins by KO/TKO and retains WBC Latino title. Ten of Gonzaga s eleven losses have been inside the distance. Munoz, 23, has trouble early with Linan, but wins in fifth. Munoz, who impressed against Humberto Soto in a fight for the WBC light title in 2010, has 23 wins by KO/TKO.
Georgetown, Guyana
Welter: Simeon Hardy (8-0) W TKO 8 Mark Austin (7-4-1). Middle: Edmund DeClou (11-1-1) W TKO 3 Kelsie George (0-2).
Despite his lack of experience George gave Guyanan middle champ DeClou a hard time in this non-title fight before retiring at the end of the third with a shoulder injury. DeClou is unbeaten in his last eleven fights including a win in October over Howard Eastman. Punching power of Candyman Hardy just too much for Austin in the end. Austin was hampered by a cut on his right eyebrow in the third, but gave Hardy a tough fight until the last round when a combination put the exhausted Austin down. Seven wins by KO/TKO for Hardy.
Panama City, Panama
Super Bantam: Roberto Vazquez (30-5) W PTS 11 Mario Briones (21-2-1). Light Middle: Azael Cosio (14-1-2,1ND) W KO 2 Tomas Mendez (15-2).
The Spider won this one but it was far from easy. Mexican Briones was doing the pressing to negate the height and reach of the Panamanian. Southpaw Vazquez, 28, picked up cuts on both cheeks and spent too much time on the ropes. Briones looked to be worth at least a draw. Scores 105 -104 , 106 -105 and 107-104. The former WBA light fly champion wins vacant WBA Fedlatin title. Briones was having his first fight since losing to AJ Banal in October.
Turbo Cosio retains WBC Latino title as he floors Dominican in the first and then finishes it with another knockdown in the second. Cosio, 30, has won his last five fights by KO/TKO and has eleven quick wins in total. His only loss was to current WBA light welter champ Johan Perez. First loss inside the distance for Mendez.
Belgrade, Serbia
Heavy: Jovo Pudar (28-3) W PTS 12 Marcelo Luiz Nascimento (16-3).
Bosnian heavy Pudar, 40, retains his PABA title with wide unanimous decision over tall Brazilian. Scores 118-112, 118-111 and 118-110. Nascimento s other losses have been to Tyson Fury and Manuel Charr.
Gandia, Spain
Light: Emiliano Casal (14-2-1) W TKO 2 Felix Soria (12-2-1). Heavy: Leif Larsen (16-0) W TKO 2 Gabor Farkas (6-23-5).
Argentinian Casal, 30, wins vacant Spanish title. He dominates the first. A right in the second has Soria staggering and the referee stops the fight. First fight since September 2010 for Casal. Soria, 28 looses inside the distance for the first time. Big Norwegian Viking Larsen, 36, makes it 13 wins by KO/TKO with easy stoppage of Hungarian. Nine losses in a row for Farkas.
March 31 Kiel, Germany
Super Middle: Arthur Abraham (34-3) W PTS 12 Piotr Wilczewski (30-3). Light Heavy: Eduard Gutknecht (24-1) W PTS 12 Tony Averlant (17-6-2). Cruiser: Mateusz Masternak (26-0) W TKO 10 Felipe Romero (15-4-1). Light Heavy: Robert Woge (8-0) W KO 3 Carl Dilks (16-5). Super Middle: Henry Weber (16-1-1) W PTS 8 Lorenzo Di Giacomo (41-6-1).
Former IBF middle champ Abraham, 32, cleared the way to a fight for the WBO title with a wide unanimous verdict over Pole Wilczewski. Abraham starts strongly scoring well with hooks from both hands. Wilczewski lacks the strength or punching power to match Abraham and spends most of the fight on the defensive. A powerful right from Abraham has the Pole in trouble in the eleventh, but Wilczewski shows a good chin and durability to last the distance. The Pole had a point deducted in the seventh for turning his back. Scores 118-109 twice and 119-108. Abraham retains WBO European title. He went to the hospital after the fight with a suspected damaged eardrum. Next up for Abraham will be a fight against with the winner of the Stieglitz vs. Groves WBO title fight. Wilczewski, 33, had lost the real European title to James DeGale on a majority decision in October.
Gutknecht, 30, retains European title, but looks lucky to edge out Frenchman Averlant on a split decision. A left from WBC No 3 Gutknecht put Averlant down right on the bell for the first round, and that proved an important element in the scoring. Although many rounds were close and Gutknecht built an early lead, Averlant was the busier fighter, using his jab and following rights to keep Gutknecht on the back foot. The Kazak-born champion scored with fast two-handed flurries, and finished strongly at the end of each round to catch the eyes of the judges. Instead of using his reach advantage Averlant was taking the fight to Gutknecht and landing hard shots from both hands. It was an untidy fight and both fighters tired towards the end. Scores 115-113, 114-113 and 113-115. Third defence for Gutknecht of the title he won from Danny McIntosh in May. European Union champion Averlant , 28, can consider himself unlucky not to have got at least a draw.
Polish prospect makes heavy work of finishing Mexican Romero but finally manages it in the last round. Masternak, 24, found the Mexican champion an easy target. In the fourth a right drove Romero backwards and down. The Mexican beat the count but was taking punishment. A sneaky uppercut floored Romero in the sixth, but the bell came to his rescue. The fight could have been stopped in the eighth or ninth, but Romero showed guts and was always trying to fight back with wild swings. In the last an exhausted Romero fell to the canvas. It was not a knockdown, but the follow up attack from Masternak brought the referees intervention. Now 20 wins by KO/TKO, for Masternak. He is rated in the top ten by all four sanctioning bodies, but he needs to face better opposition. Romero, 27, is Mexican heavy and cruiser champion, but has only basic skills.
Woge, 27, floors Brit Dilks twice in the third for win. Woge's technique is basic at best, but he comes to fight and can punch. Seven wins by KO/TKO for Woge. Dilks, 28, is normally the durable type, but he was also halted in a round by James DeGale in September 2010.
In his first fight since losing on points to Robert Stieglitz for the WBO title in January Weber, 23, is very lucky to be given a close majority verdict over experienced Italian Di Giacomo. Weber reportedly had problem making the weight, and he could not match the busier style of the 33-year-old Italian. Scores 75-74 twice and 78-74. Di Giacomo lost on points to Gutknecht for the European title in July.
Cancun, Mexico
Light: Sergio Thompson (22-2) W TKO 2 Jorge Linares (31-3). Super Middle: Marco Antonio Periban (17-0) W TKO 2 Gerard Diaz (12-4). Super Feather: Francisco Vargas (9-0-1) W TKO 2 Carlos Perez (12-3).
Short but explosive fight as Yeyo Thompson stops Golden Boy Linares in the second round. In the first Linares shook the aggressive Thompson badly with a right, but was constantly being forced on to the back foot, and also suffered a bad cut on his left eyelid. In the second a right cross from Thompson drove Linares into the ropes and the Mexican threw a fusillade of punches. Linares managed to get off the ropes only to be battered back on to them, and backwards along them on his way to the floor. When Linares got up his face was a mask of blood and the referee took Linares over to the doctor who ordered the fight stopped due to the severity of the cut. Huge win for local fighter Thompson over WBA/WBC No 2 Linares. The 26-year-old Venezuelan former WBC feather and WBA super feather champ was looking to bounce back after losing to Antonio DeMarco for the vacant WBC light title in October.
Super-middle prospect Periban has to climb off the canvas in the first to crush Diaz in the second. Periban, 27, who represented Mexico at the 2007 World amateur championships, has eleven wins by KO/TKO. Former top amateur Vargas finally getting into his stride as a pro. He halts Perez in two rounds and has now won his last six by KO/TKO. Vargas, who recently signed with Golden Boy, was Mexican amateur champion nine times. He also represented Mexico at the 2007 World championships and the 2008 Olympics.
San Antonio. Texas
Light Heavy: Kelly Pavlik (38-2) W KO 2 Aaron Jaco (15-3). Feather: Evgeny Gradovich (13-0) W KO 10 Francisco Leal (16-5-2).
The Ghost returns with a win. Former WBC/WBO middle champion Pavlik floored Jaco with a left in the first. Another left put Jaco down in the second and although he made it to his feet he was in a bad way and the fight was stopped. First fight for Pavlik since majority decision win over Alfonso Lopez in May last year. Hopefully he can put all of his troubles behind him. The Jedi Jaco, 35, was having only his second fight since November 2006.
Great fight has scary ending. Gradovich and Leal put on a great scrap full of close range exchanges. Slowly the Russian gained the ascendency and a left hook floored Leal in the last. Leal staggered to his feet but the fight was stopped. Following a doctor s examination Leal was stretchered out of the ring and taken to the hospital as a precaution. Gradovich, 25, has seven wins by KO/TKO. Mexican southpaw Leal lost to Celestino Caballero for the WBA super bantam title in 2009, and last year sprang an upset by beating undefeated prospect Robert Marroquin. Lela was reported to be conscious and answering questions at the hospital.
Espoo, Finland
Light: Edis Tatli (17-0) W KO 1 Sarfo Tyson (14-5). Super Middle: Niko Jokinen (17-0) W PTS 8 Mohammed Akrong (16-5). Light Welter: Jaakko Myllyla (12-0-1) W PTS 8 Iban Gallardo (10-3-2).
Finnish prospect Tatli, 24, wipes out Ghanaian in 95 seconds. Not a noted puncher, Tatli dropped Tyson with a left hook. Tyson made it to his feet only to be nailed with a right which sent him tumbling onto the ropes and the fight was stopped. Jokinen avoided a potential banana skin as he out boxed the crude but strong Akrong. Jokinen had the speed and skill to both counter Akrong and block the Ghanaian s punches, but Akrong was always dangerous. Scores 80-73, 80-72 and 78-74. As with Tatli, Jokinen is no puncher but showed impressive skills. Akrong had showed his strength when losing in a war to Marco Rubio in September.
Myllyla remained unbeaten with a unanimous decision over Spaniard Gallardo.Scores 78-73, 78-72 and 77-74. The Quiet Gentleman Myllyla, 27, like Tatli and Jokinen, is a former top amateur. He took the first four rounds, but had problems with the Spaniard over the second half of the fight, but rallied to take the last round. Gallardo, who committed numerous infractions, lost a point in both the second and sixth rounds for low blows. Scores 78-72, 78-73 and 77-74.
Noisy-le-Grand, France
Heavy: Carlos Takam (25-1) W TKO 11 Frans Botha (48-7-3,1ND). Light Welter: Ali Oubaali (26-3) W PTS 12 Bastien Laforge (14-4-1).
Big win for 31-year-old Takam as he wears down South African veteran. Botha, 43, made a good start and had Takam shaken at the end of the second. After that The White Buffalo slowed and his work rate dropped off as Takam gained in confidence. The Cameroon fighter found Botha an easy target for heavy rights and lefts. Botha was talking the punishment whilst looking for a punch to swing the fight. Takam remained focus and stuck to his game plan of breaking Botha down with out taking chances. In the ninth with Botha still taking punishment the referee stops the fight. Takam retains WBO African title and has 20 wins by KO/TKO. He has won seven fights since losing to Gregory Tony in 2009. Botha has now lost 3 of his last 4, having also been beaten by Evander Holyfield and Mike Grant, and retirement looks. On the credit side he had a win over previously unbeaten Flo Simba.
Oubaali wins vacant WBC Mediterranean with unanimous decision over Laforge. Oubaali builds an early lead coming forward and being first to the punch. Oubaali, 34, tries to finish the fight in the eighth. Laforge refuses to crumble and stages a strong finish, but nothing like enough. Scores 117-111, 117-112 and 116-112. Eleven wins in a row for Oubaali, including a victory over Ashley Theophane in 2008. Laforge, 33, lost to Abdoulaye Soukouna for the French title in November.
Los Cabos, Mexico
Bantam: Hugo Ruiz (30-1) W TKO 8 Yonfrez Parejo (11-1-1). Light: Alejandro Sanabria (32-1-1) W PTS 10 Balweg Bangoyan (17-6).
Little Twin Ruiz, 25, retains WBA interim title for the third time. A right uppercut put Parejo down in the second, and only the bell saved the Venezuelan. Ruiz stayed in control using his jab and looking for an opening to finish it. In the seventh a shot to the body put Parejo down again, but he got up and again was saved by the bell. Ruiz came out firing from the bell in the eighth and body shots took all of the fight out of Parejo and the referee stopped the fight. Now 27 wins by KO/TKO for Ruiz and 16 wins in a row. He is now looking for a shot at either Koki Kameda or Anselmo Moreno. Venezuelan Parejo out of his depth.
Skinny Sanabria overcomes a bad cut suffered in the fourth, to outpoint game Filipino. Sanabria was in charge thanks to his better skills and more accurate punching, but Bangoyan played his part in an exciting scrap. WBC No 5 Sanabria retains WBC Silver title. The Davao Hitman Bangoyan, 25, is 2-6 in his last eight fights. He lost in five round to Toshiaki Nishioka for the WBC super bantam title in 2010.
Merida, Mexico
Light Middle: Rogelio Medina (27-2) W TKO 1 Jose Pinzon (20-3-1). Light: Silverio Ortiz (24-13) W TKO 3 Mahonri Montes (25-1-1).
Porky Medina destroys hometown fighter. A right puts Pinzon down and the follow-up attack sees the referee stop the fight. Medina, 23, has 21 wins by KO/TKO.All three of Pinzon s losses have come inside the distance. Experienced Ortiz, 29, takes away the unbeaten tag of Montes. Ortiz scored well in the first two rounds. In the third a punch opened a bad cut over the left eye of Montes and the fight was stopped. Ortiz has been in with world class opposition and can look forward to more good paydays on the back of this win. Ruso Jr Montes is only 22 and can come again.
Managua, Nicaragua
Light Fly: Eliecer Quezada (12-2-1) W TKO 4 Leo Torres (3-3). Super Bantam: Rene Alvarado (14-1) W PTS 8 Roberto Rodriguez (4-8-4). Super Bantam: Luis Perez (26-5) W PTS 6 David Reyes (3-2-2,1ND).
Easy for Quezada against limited Mexican. Quezada floored Torres with a right in the first and had him reeling in the fourth when the referee stopped the fight. Now seven wins by KO/TKO for 20-year-old Quezada. Torres, 18, a total novice. Prospect Alvarado, 23, holds off the frantic early attacks of Rodriguez and then, with his better skills and harder punch, boxes his way to a unanimous decision. The fight could have been stopped in the later rounds as Rodriguez just soaked up punishment. Former IBF super fly and bantam champion Perez, 33, has his first fight since October 2010, and outpoints novice Reyes. Perez dropped Reyes in the first, but Reyes survived, and gave Perez problems with his good defensive work and counter punching. Southpaw Perez could not find the punch to finish the fight and settled for a points victor.
Colon City, Panama
Feather: Nicholas Walters (17-0) W PTS 10 Hector Marquez (30-24). Feather: Ric Cordoba (39-3-2) W KO 5 Eduardo Garcia (21-8-1).
Jamaican Walters hands out a steady beating to Mexican veteran Marquez. Walters almost ended it in the ninth, but despite extensive facial damage, and a bad nose injury, the wily Marquez used his experience to survive to hear the final bell. Axe Man Walters, wins every round. Scores 100-90 from all three judges. Walters, 26, is No 2 with the WBA. Marquez, 38, has won only 2 of his last 13 fights. Maestrito 28 disposes off Mexican journeyman Garcia with a left hook to the body, and wins vacant WBC Latino title. The Panamanian southpaw lost a split decision to Guillermo Rigondeaux for the WBA interim title in November 2010. His only loss inside the distance was against Bernard Dunne for the WBA secondary title in 2009. Former WBA super fly challenger Garcia has lost three in a row by KO/TKO, but all to world rated fighters.
Burbank, USA
Light Heavy: Gregory Soszynski (21-1-1) W PTS 10 Rayco Saunders (22-15-2).
Pole Soszynski, 30, outboxes Saunders and puts him down in the ninth to cap a good win. Soszynski stuck to his game plan of setting a face pace, throwing lots of combinations, and outmaneuvering the experienced and durable 37-year-old Saunders. Scores 99-91 from all three judges. Soszynski wins vacant IBF North American title.
Huntington, USA
Welter: Chris Algieri (14-0) W Winston Mathis (7-5-1). Light Welter: Emmanuel Lartei Lartey (12-0-1) W TKO Carlos Ramos (4-5).
Local favourite Algieri marches on. After dominating the first two rounds with his jab Algieri floored Mathis with a left to the body and the fight was stopped. The tall 28-year-old has seven wins by KO/TKO. The Rochester Reaper Wallis has won only one of his last seven fights and needs a new nickname. Unbeaten Ghanaian southpaw Lartei Lartey, 30, halts Puerto Rican southpaw Ramos in four.
April 1 Ascot, Australia
Heavy: Kevin Johnson (26-1-1) W TKO 9 Alex Leapai (25-4-3).
Samoan Leapai looked on his way to a win when he took the first round and had Johnson reeling in the second. However, not for nothing had Johnson had taken Vitali Klitschko the full twelve rounds for the WBC title in 2009, and he survived. In the third it was Johnson s turn to wobble Leapai. From then Kingpin , 32 had the edge scoring well with both hands and breaking Leapai down bit by bit. In the ninth Johnson floored Leapai. After the Samoan got up Johnson drove him into his own corner and battered away until the referee stepped in just as Leapai s corner were about to throw in the towel. Scores at the end of the eighth were close at 77-75 for Johnson from all three judges. Fourth win for Johnson since that loss to Klitschko and he wins IBF Australasia title. Leapai, also 32, was unbeaten in his last 17 fights, including wins over Travis Walker, Owen Beck and Peter Okello.
Agoncillo, Philippines
Super Feather: Roberto Gonzales (20-0) W TKO 1 Dante Paulino (14-22-2). Fly: Lolito Sonsona (16-1-2) W TKO 5 Mark Costa (4-5-2).
Philippines No 4 rated Gonzales, 21, makes eleven wins by KO/TKO with first round stoppage of Paulino. Now 13 losses in a row for Paulino. Sonsona, also rated No 4 nationally, bounces back from first pro loss with stoppage of inexperienced Costa.