The Sweet Science’s Diego Morilla compiles a full weekend wrap-up of the most relevant boxing events in the worldwide scene with short recaps, links to videos and other articles, and all the info you need to keep up with the week’s most important results. Every fight that matters is right here, in one place, and at one click away. Follow us every Sunday on Twitter at #SRCatTSS @TheSweetScience @MorillaBoxing
Belfast, Northern Ireland, Saturday, November 18
Carl Frampton UD 10 Horacio Garcia, featherweights
Scary moment for “The Jackal” in front of his loyal flock. Frampton (24-1, 14 KOs) was trying to soak up the encouragement of his people after losing his title to Leo Santa Cruz back in January, but his plans were almost derailed by a strong performance by Garcia (33-4-1, 24 KOs)who never got the memo asking him to take it easy on the local fighter. The Mexican banger took all that Frampton, a former two-division world titlist, gave him in the early going, and surprisingly dropped him in the seventh after rallying to snatch a few rounds. But Frampton was not to be denied in his own backyard, and staged his own rally late to get the nod by the scorecards of 96-93, 98-93 and 97-93.
The winner goes on to: Frampton wanted to make the case for bigger and better matchups after his loss, a recent fight cancellation and a split with his former trainer, but it looks as if he’ll have to work harder in his next fight if he wants to be in a commanding position at the negotiation table for a potential new title bout.
Jerwin Ancajas KO 6 Jamie Conlan, IBF junior bantamweight title
A heartbreaker for the local crowd. The previously unbeaten Conlan (19-1, 11 KOs) had an uphill battle ahead of him in what many figured to be a homecoming and graduation night all at once for a beloved local fighter. But the Philippine’s Ancajas (28-1-1, 19 KOs) had other plans. With an ample repertoire of well-placed punches, Ancajas dropped Conlan four times (in rounds, one, three, four and six) to force a stoppage barely a minute into the sixth frame.
The winner goes on to: Plenty of possible matchups for the talented and tough Ancajas in a division that is currently enjoying its best run in many years. A spot in the upcoming Superfly II card would be terrific.
The loser goes on to: Conlan will have to wait to become the first one in his family to win a world title, and if the division stays as strong as it is now, his younger brother Michael will beat him easily in that race. But Jamie is an entertaining fighter who will get plenty of chances in the near future.
Zolani Tete KO 1 Siboniso Gonya, WBO bantamweight title
The bell rang more times than there were punches landed. You will spend more time reading this recap than what it took for the fight to be over. Yes, by this time you know it already: Tete (26-3, 21 KOs) needed only 11 seconds to annihilate Gonya (11-2, 5 KOs), in what is officially the shortest world title fight in history and the one with the lowest punch count as well. We’ll be generous and call Gonya’s “measuring jab” a missed punch (it was a one-rep warmup or stretching exercise, at best). But South Africa’s Tete was much more effective with the lone hook that landed square on his countryman’s chin, and the fight was over right then and there. Yep. One punch and Gonya was gone-y’all! And that was it. Compubox numbers will be 0 for Gonya and 1 for Tete, and boxing now has a record that will be impossible to break unless Darth Vader himself takes up boxing and starts dropping foes with the power of The Dark Side beamed from the palm of his black glove. Until then, Tete will forever remain the man.
The winner goes on to: Tete took this fight in Belfast trying to convince local hero Ryan Burnett that he is ready to engage in an eventual unification bout in hostile territory, but after watching the kind of punishment that Tete is able to inflict upon his own countrymen, I seriously doubt that Burnett will take the fight, anywhere in the world.
Las Vegas, Saturday November 18
Julian Williams UD 10 Ishe Smith, junior middleweights
Williams (24-1-1, 15 KOs) scored a unanimous decision victory in this winner-fights-on match with Smith (29-9, 12 KOs), a former IBF junior middleweight titlist, in an intense back-and-forth main event in which the 12-year difference between the pair was almost unnoticeable. Cut in the second round by an accidental headbutt, Smith pressed on nonetheless, scoring repeatedly and with a greater repertoire than the younger Williams, who imposed his youth and strength as he put more pressure and scored the more telling punches throughout the bout. The scorecards were eloquent in their verdict for J-Rock by tallies of 99-91, 98-92, 97-93.
The winner goes on to: The 154-lb division is full of talent and lucrative matchups, and we can consider Williams recovered from his one loss now and start viewing him as a threat to most of the champs in the division. Still, one more warm-up bout would polish him even further before a potential title bout.
Lionell Thompson UD 10 Earl Newman, light heavyweights
Mild upset here, as Thompson (19-4, 11 KOs) ended Newman’s (10-1-1, 7 KOs) unbeaten run with a pretty devastating win, sending the previously undefeated fighter to the canvas twice (rounds three and four) and winning most of the early rounds to score a solid win by scores of 97-91 (twice) and 96-92.
Tugstsogt Nyambayar UD 8 Harmonito Dela Torre, featherweights
Kudos for both unbeaten prospects for taking this high-risk, early-crossroads bout, which was decisively won by Mongolia’s Nyambayar (9-0, 8 KOs), a former Olympic silver medallist who had to survive a rocky start and a knockdown in the second round to beat previously unbeaten Dela Torre (19-1, 12 KOs) of the Philippines with a unanimous decision by scores of 79-73 and 78-73 (twice).
Czestochowa, Poland, Saturday November 18
Tomasz Adamek UD 10 Fred Kassi, heavyweights
Adamek (52-5, 30 KOs) succeeded as a champ in the 175 and 200-pound divisions, but has always struggled to leave a mark as a heavyweight. He is still trying to achieve that and came one step closer to securing a big fight in this win over New Orleans’ Kassi (18-7-1, 10 KOs) by scores of 97-93 and 96-94 (twice). Adamek survived a cut over his left eye that bled profusely throughout the bout, and got the W in front of his adoring countrymen to keep his career alive. And if I may, I do have a question: what is the “Republic of Poland International Heavyweight Title” that was a stake between a Pole and a man born in Cameroon? No, seriously…
The winner goes on to: At the age of 40 and being a short, stocky heavyweight in a land of giants, Adamek may still have a shot to earn a title shot against a champ trying to make lumber out of his fallen tree, but time is running out.
Ciudad, Obregon, Mexico, Saturday November 18
Kenia Enriquez UD 10 Jessica Nery Plata, interim WBC light flyweight world title
Big action in the smaller division in female boxing this weekend, with Tijuana’s “Jaguarcita” Enriquez (20-1, 9 KOs) keeping her interim female belt in an all-Mexican matchup against Mexico City’s Nery Plata (22-2, 3 KOs). The fight was competitive throughout but Enriquez rallied to drop Plata in the final round to cement a points win by scores of 96-93, 97-93 and 97-92.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Saturday November 18
Guillermo Jones SD 12 Ytalo Perea, heavyweights
“The Feline” roared again! Jones (41-3-2, 30 KOs), fighting out of Panama, is a notorious slacker who takes one fight per year and has a string of cancellations, postponements, missed weights and other disappointments to his credit. But this time, he got the job done against Ecuador’s Perea (10-3-2, 6 KOs) notching a win by an inexplicable split decision in which he got two scorecards of 107-102 and 105-104 while Perea grabbed the remaining one by107-102.
Flint, Michigan, Friday Nov. 17
Anthony Dirrell Tech D 6 Denis Douglin, super middleweights
Dirrell (31-1-1, 24 KOs), the former WBC super middleweight champion, made a comeback after a 10-month hiatus to beat Douglin (20-6, 13 KOs) with a sixth-round technical decision.
Jamontay Clark MD 8 Domonique Dolton, welterweights
Clark (13-0, 7 KOs) stayed unbeaten with a majority decision over Dolton (19-2-1, 10 KOs), surviving a cut over his right eye to grab the win by scorecards of 76-76, 78-74 and 77-75.
Ontario, California, Friday Nov. 17
Giovani Santillan TKO 4 Dodzi Kemeh, welterweights
Santillan (23-0, 13 KOs) superbly took care of Kemeh (13-2, 12 KOs) in a fourth round stoppage to keep a regional title and stay unbeaten in his quest for bigger and better challenges.
Avellaneda, Argentina, Friday Nov. 17
Yesica Bopp TKO 7 Debora Rengifo, WBA mini-flyweight title
In a fight in which she was able to comfortably display her impeccable technique in the ring, Argentina’s Yesica “Tuti” Bopp (33-1-0, 13 KOs) won by stoppage in the seventh round against Venezuela’s Debora “Pantera” Rengifo (9-4-1, 5 KOs) and retained for the 19th time her WBA minimumweight title. Bopp dropped Rengifo in three separate occasions before the challenger’s chief second jumped into the ring to halt the carnage.
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