Miguel Cotto’s middleweight title-winning victory over Sergio Martinez shook-up THE RING’s 160-pound ratings and the magazine’s pound-for-pound rankings. Cotto ascends to THE RING’s middleweight champion status. Martinez drops from the mythical rankings.
RING and WBC flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi vs. Roman Gonzalez could be on the horizon after their respective opponents, Odilon Zaleta and Juan Purisma, fell last night in Tokyo.
In the often-overlooked lighter weight classes, Roman Gonzalez has forged a path of dominance over the 105- and 108-pound divisions, and is now aiming to do the same at flyweight. He’ll face Juan Purisma on Sunday in Japan, with the goal of fighting RING and WBC champion Akira Yaegashi next.
Japan hosts two world title doubleheaders in April. On April 6, RING flyweight champ Akira Yaegashi and WBC 108-pound titleholder Adrian Hernanez co-headline; and on April 23, WBC bantamweight king Shinsuke Yamanaka and IBF 122-pound boss Kiko Martinez share the bill.
The last two weeks have been slow ones but many RING-rated fighters saw action, including the magazine’s top-ranked flyweight, Roman Gonzalez, top-10 middleweight Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam and junior lightweight contender Diego Magdaleno, all of whom notched KOs.
Roman Gonzalez, a former strawweight beltholder, has vacated his WBA junior flyweight title earlier this week as he gets ready to (formally) campaign as a full-fledged flyweight contender. The undefeated Nicaraguan’s next fight is on Feb. 15.
Ultra-talented flyweight Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez debuted at No. 1 in THE RING’s 112-pound rankings following an impressive second-round KO of Oscar Blanquet. Demetrius Andrade climbed the junior middleweight rankings with a points victory over Vanes Martirosyan.
Participants of the packed Nov. 10 card in Tokyo featuring Shinsuke Yamanaka-Alberto Guevara, Jorge Linares-Francisco Contreras, Roman Gonzalez-Oscar Blanquet, and Takahiro Ao-Edgar Lomeli. Photos by Naoki Fukuda.
A deal has been reached for a catchweight five pounds above the original limit for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Bryan Vera on Saturday, raising questions of fairness and fighter safety. HBO’s Jim Lampley gives his take on the son of Mexico’s most famous boxer.
Not much happened this past week that caused significant movement within THE RING’s divisional ratings but there were some results worth noting, mainly Carl Froch’s victory over Mikkel Kessler, which solidified his No. 1 spot at 168 pounds.
Brian Viloria is about to take a well-earned vacation after his thrilling flyweight title unification victory over Hernan Marquez. When he gets back he will consider options for his next fight, including a showdown with 108-pound beltholder Roman Gonzalez.