San Diego, Calif., October 7, 2018 – Boxing results from around the globe on Saturday.
Rungvisai gets unanimous decision over Diaz
In Thailand early Saturday, WBC world super flyweight champion Srisikat Sor Rungvisai of Thailand (47-4-1, 41 KOs) defeated a tough as nails Iran Diaz of Mexico (14-3-3, 6 KOs) in a surprisingly entertaining fight. Diaz took Rungvisai to the final bell and although he lost a lopsided decision to the formidable Rungvisai by scores of 120-108 X 2 and 119-109, he put up a terrific battle and showed an impressive constitution. Rungvisai unleashed an impressive, balanced attack with every punch a power punch to body and head, but Diaz would not yield. The appreciative Thai fans gave Diax a round of applause, and he deserves a chance against any of the top names in the super flyweight division. Superfly 4 anyone?
British boxing results: Caterrall gets decision win over Davies
Jack Catterall (23-0, 12 KOs) retained his WBO Intercontinental junior welterweight title and remained unbeaten by defeating Ohara Davies (18-2, 14 KOs) in a 10 round unanimous decision. Scores were 118-110 and 115-113 X 2. He is now positioned for a title fight.
Prospect Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois (9-0, 8 KOs) was also taken all ten rounds by former world title challenger Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson of the United States (32-11-1, 16 KOs). Johnson, age 39, didn’t have enough to challenge the 21-year-old Dubois, but he made it to the bell on his feet and gave Dubois some much needed experience. All three judges gave Dubois the shutout, 100-91.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Nicola Adams of Great Britain (5-0, 3 KOs) won the interim WBO flyweight title belt by unanimous decision over Isabel Millan of Mexico (22-3-1, 8 KOs). Scores were 97-93 X 2 and and 96-94. Adams is part of the Olympic Class of 2012, which also includes Katie Taylor and Claressa Shields barnstorming into the women’s pro ranks.
Results from Mexico: Luis Nery gets back on track with third round stoppage
Former WBC bantamweight world champion Luis “Pantera” Nery (27-0, 21 KOs) returned from his round year with a thrid round TKO over Jason “Dillinger” Canoy of the Philippines (27-9-2, 19 KOs) to win the vacant WBC silver bantamweight title. After Nery tarnished his rising star by blowing through the weight limit and testing positive for a banned substance by VADA, this was the dominant effort he needed to re-establish himself as a serious threat in the bantamweight division.
In the co-feature, Kenia Enriquez (21-1, 9 KOs) successfully defended her interim WBC light flyweight world title against 19-year-old knockout artist Norleidys Graterol (7-1, 7 KOs) in an entertaining 10-round unanimous decision.
DAZN USA delivers as Vargas and Dulorme fight to a draw
DAZN’s first U.S. fight card at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago was worth the free trial and the full month’s fee with surprisingly entertaining action.
In the main event, former two-division contender Jesse Vargas of Las Vegas (28-2-1, 10 KOs) and Thomas Dulorme of Puerto Rico (24-3-1,16 KOs) fought an entertaining 12-round battle to a majority draw. One judge had it for Vargas; the other two scored the draw. The fight was up for grabs to the closing bell, with observers believing Vargas perhaps had a narrow edge due to an early knockdown of Dulorme in the fight. But in the last 10 seconds of the 12th round, Dulorme hiit Vargas hard enough to buckle his knees, and his glove touched the canvas, also scored as a knockdown. It ended up evening the score on two cards.
Vargas hoped to get an opportunity to fight WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter with the win. But Dulorme was fighting to keep his career alive, and he put on the best performance of his life. Rematch anyone?
Beterbiev gets knocked down, but prevails by stopping Johnson
In the co-main event, Russia’s Artur Beterbiev (13-0, 13 KOs) suvived a scare from undefeated challenger Callum Johnson (17-1, 12 KOs) of Great Britain to keep his undefeated record and 100 percent knockout rate intact. He keeps the IBF world light heavyweight title. Beterbiev landed hard, short punches at close range, dropping Johnson near the end of the first round. It seemed likely Beterbiev would finish Johnson off in the second round, but Johnson was not about to yield. In the third round, Johnson returned the favor, scoring a knockdown against Beterbiev. They were the first knockdowns of either man’s professional boxing careers. But Johnson could not avoid Beterbiev’s tremendous power. and a well placed right hook to the temple in the fourth round scored the knockout win for Beterbiev.
Beterbiev said he’s like a unification fight, but he’d fight anyone put beforre him. He is a potential opponent for the likes of Eleider Alvarez, Dmitry Bivol, and also the winner of the December 1 fight between WBC and lineal champion Adonis Stevenson and Badou Jack. There is also former champion Sergey Kovalev, who has no love for his countryman Beterbiev who beat The Krusher as an amateur.
In the opening fight, Daniel Roman of Los Angels (26-2-1, 10 KOs) successfully defended his WBA Super-Bantamweight crown against British challenger Gavin McDonnell (20-2-2, 5 KOs) with a tenth round TKO win.
Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller of Brooklyn (22-0-1, 19 KOs) walked through Polish veteran Tomasz Adamek (53-5, 31 KOs) as expected, winning by second round TKO. Miller weighed an eye-popping 317 pounds, 90 more than Adamek at 227 pounds. He was simply too big and too much younger for the accomplished Polish veteran, who hadn’t fought in the U.S. for four years. Adamek will now likely retire. Miller wants Anthony Joshua, but he’s more likely to get Dillian Whyte or perhaps the winner of the upcoming Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury bout.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is a veteran boxing observer covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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