Mar 14, 4 years ago

Fight Results: Martinez, Cotto, Burns, Vazquez & Barros successfully defend their titles and more…

J.G Barrington – New York

Light Heavyweight: James DeGale – 5th Rd TKO – Alpay Kobal

Notes – Light Heavyweight Kobal was brought in on late notice for DeGale to beat up and look good in front of a pay-per-view audience on the undercard of Burns’ title defence (see below) in order to build up interest in his grudge match against George Groves next month. DeGale weighed-in at a professional career high of 174lbs which is presumably because he was only told he would fight this week.

WBC Diamond belt (Middleweight): Sergio Martinez – 8th Rd TKO – Sergiy Dzinziruk

Notes – Pound-for-pound slickster Martinez enhanced his reputation as one of the main attractions in the sport of boxing with a one-sided victory over formerly unbeaten Dzinziruk. Martinez was troubled by Dzinziruk’s weighty southpaw jab and there are rumours his vision was impaired by the middle rounds, however, the Argentine overcame any difficulty to knockdown the Eastern European five times.

Middleweight: Andy Lee – 10th Rd TKO – Craig McEwan

Notes – Lee, cousin of heavyweight Tyson Fury, tarnished McEwan’s undefeated record by teekayoing the Scot in the final round of their ten round fight. The scorecards were even at the time so Lee’s knockdown of McEwan was vital.

WBA Super Welterweight title: Miguel Cotto – 12th Rd TKO – Ricardo Mayorga

Notes – Boxing boo boy Mayorga was entertaining with his provocative style but Cotto was a league above in terms of talent. Both fighters had moments where they exchanged heavy blows and Mayorga looked like he had done enough to survive yet withdrew from the fight after getting felled in the 12th citing a thumb/hand injury.

Super Welterweight: Pawel Wolak – 6th Rd RTD – Yuri Foreman

Notes – For the second successive time Foreman was defeated ahead of schedule. Wolak looked impressive in a dominant display against a well known name. Wolak pressured Foreman from the off, finding success from range and had inflicted so much damage onto Foreman that he ended up retiring in his corner.

Welterweight: Joel Casamayor– SD – Manuel Leyva [97-92, 96-93, 94-95]

Notes – Leyva was decked mid-way through the fight. The scorecards were split but Casamayor had the edge in a ten round contest at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas. Casamayor started well with Leyva coming back at the end.

IBF Lightweight title: Miguel Vazquez – UD – Leonardo Zappavigna [118-110, 117-111, 118-110]

Notes – On the undercard of the Cotto/Mayorga contest, Zappavigna looked completely out of his depth against in an-form and imperious Vazquez who did everything but secure a knockout victory. It was the Mexican’s second defence of his IBF belt.

WBO Super Featherweight title: Ricky Burns – 7th Rd RTD – Joseph Laryea

Notes – Scotland celebrated another Burns night as their latest boxing star looked teak tough in forcing Laryea to retire. Burns, who himself is tall for his division, overcame a height disadvantage and was rarely troubled.

WBA World Featherweight title: Jonathan Victor Barros – UD – Miguel Roman [118-109, 118-110, 117-111]

Notes – Barros successfully defended his recently won belt against a contender who was on cloud nine following five successive knockout wins.

WBO Female Super Lightweight title: Fernanda Soledad Alegre – 6th Rd RTD – Diana Ayala

Notes – Alegre’s first defence was a successful won as Ayala was down in the fourth and retired after six.