The War Report: February 2018

WBO lightweight titlist Ray Beltran. Photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

 

Fights of the Month

 

Ray Beltran UD 12 Paulus Moses (vacant WBO lightweight title), February 16, Reno, Nevada

 

 

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai MD 12 Juan Francisco Estrada (WBC junior bantamweight title), February 24, Inglewood, California

 

 

Murat Gassiev TKO 12 Yunier Dorticos (IBF/WBA cruiserweight title unification), February 3,  Sochi, Russia

 

Recap video of the fight from WBSS – “The Day After”

 

 

KOs of the Month

 

Hurricane Futa KO 7 Vage Sarukhanyan (135), February 3 , Sochi, Russia

 

 

Danny Garcia TKO 9 Brandon Rios (147), February 17,  Las Vegas, Nevada

 

 

Jaime Munguia KO 3 Jose Paz (154), February 10,  Cancun, Mexico

 

 

Joseph Diaz Jr. KO 3 Victor Terrazas (126), February 22,  Indio, California

 

 

Roman Andreev TKO 9 Craig Evans (135), February 3, Sochi, Russia

 

 

Thomas Mattice TKO 7 Rolando Chinea (135), February 2,  Sloan, Iowa

 

 

 

RESULTS

 

World title bouts in order of weight

IBF/WBA cruiserweight title unification, Murat Gassiev TKO 12 Yunier Dorticos, February 3,  Sochi, Russia

 

Murat Gassiev, 26-0 (19), defends the IBF cruiserweight title a second time and wins the WBA version, from Yunier Dorticos, as well, making him and Oleksandr Usyk the two unified titleholders in the class. Usyk-Gassiev is set for May 11, 2018 in the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight final. Photo credit: World Boxing Super Series

 

WBC super middleweight title, David Benavidez UD 12 Ronald Gavril, February 17,  Las Vegas, Nevada

 

<strong>David Benavidez, 20-0 (17), defends the WBC super middleweight title for the first time. Photo credit: Chris Farina/Mayweather Promotions</strong>

David Benavidez, 20-0 (17), defends the WBC super middleweight title for the first time. Photo credit: Chris Farina/Mayweather Promotions

 

WBA super middleweight title, George Groves UD 12 Chris Eubank Jr., February 17,  Manchester, England

 

<strong>George Groves, 28-3 (20), defends the WBA super middleweight title a second time and advances to the World Boxing Super Series super middleweight final against Callum Smith, on a date yet to be determined. Photo credit: World Boxing Super Series</strong>

George Groves, 28-3 (20), defends the WBA super middleweight title a second time and advances to the World Boxing Super Series super middleweight final against Callum Smith, on a date yet to be determined. Photo credit: World Boxing Super Series

 

WBO super middleweight title, Gilberto Ramirez TKO 6 Habib Ahmed, February 3,  Corpus Christi, Texas

 

Gilberto Ramirez, 37-0 (25), defends the WBO super middleweight title for the third time. Photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

 

 

Vacant WBO lightweight title, Ray Beltran UD 12 Paulus Moses, February 16, Reno, Nevada

 

Ray Beltran, 35-7-1 (21), wins the vacant WBO lightweight title previously held by Terry Flanagan, who vacated to move up in weight. Photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

 

 

WBC junior lightweight title, Miguel Berchelt TKO 3 Maxwell Awuku, February 10,  Cancun, Mexico

 

Miguel Berchelt, 33-1 (29), defends the WBC junior lightweight title for the second time. Photo credit: Zanfer Promotions

 

 

WBA junior featherweight title, Daniel Roman UD 12 Ryo Matsumoto, February 24, Tokyo, Japan

 

Danny Roman, 24-2-1 (9), defends his WBA junior featherweight title for the first time. Photo credit: Thompson Boxing Promotions

 

 

WBC junior bantamweight title, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai MD 12 Juan Francisco Estrada, February 24, Inglewood, California

 

WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. Photo credit: German Villasenor

 

 

IBF junior bantamweight title, Jerwin Ancajas TKO 10 Israel Gonzalez, February 3,  Corpus Christi, Texas

 

Jerwin Ancajas, 29-1-1 (20), (left) defends the IBF junior bantamweight title a fourth time. Photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

 

 

WBC flyweight title, Daigo Higa KO 1 Moises Fuentes, February 4, Naha, Japan

 

Daigo Higa, 15-0 (15), (left) defends the WBC flyweight title a second time. Photo credit: Naoki Fukuda/THE RING Magazine

 

 

IBF flyweight title, Donnie Nietes TKO 6 Juan Carlos Reveco, February 24, Inglewood, California

 

IBF flyweight titlist Donnie Nietes (left) vs. Juan Carlos Reveco. Photo credit: German Villasenor

 

 

Vacant WBA flyweight title, Artem Dalakian UD 12 Brian Viloria, February 24, Inglewood, California

 

 

WBA flyweight titlist Artem Dalakian (right) vs. Brian Viloria. Photo credit: German Villasenor

 

 

Notables

 

In order of weight

 

200+:  Simon Kean KO 8 Alexic Santos, Tom Shwarz TKO 4 Samir Nebo, Bryant Jennings TKO 3 Akhror Muralimov, Joe Joyce TKO 1 Rudolf Jozic, Filip Hrgovic UD 8 Sean Turner, Daniel Dubois TKO 3 DL Jones

 

200: Roy Jones Jr. UD 10 Scott Sigmon, Lawrence Okolie UD 10 Isaac Chamberlain,  Fabio Turchi TKO 1 Dario Balmaceda, Maksim Vlasov RTD 10 Olanrewaju Durodola, Mike Perez TKO 1 Pablo Magrini

 

175: Joshua Buatsi TKO 2 Jordan Joseph, Edwin Rodriguez UD 10 Lionell Thompson, Humberto Torres KO 4 Thomas Williams Jr., Anthony Yarde TKO 7 Tony Averlant

 

168: Callum Smith UD 12 Nieky Holzken, Ronald Ellis SD 10 Junior Younan, Jesse Hart TKO 1 Thomas Awimbono, Rohan Murdock RTD 4 Frankie Flippone, Fedor Chudinov RTD 7 Timo Laine, Caleb Plant UD 12 Rogelio Medina,  Vincent Feigenbutz TKO 6 Ryno Liebenberg, Zach Parker TKO 2 Adasat Rodriguez

 

160: Steven Butler KO 1 Uriel Gonzalez, Tommy Langford UD 12 Jack Arnfield, Austin Trout UD 8 Juan De Angel

 

154: Ted Cheeseman UD 10 Carson Jones, Jose Benavidez TKO 8 Matthew Strode, Jaime Munguia KO 3 Jose Paz, Kermit Cintron No-Contest 3 Marquis Taylor , Maxime Beaussire TKO 7 Lenny Botai, Mikael Zewski UD 8 Juan De Jesus Macias

 

147: Danny Garcia TKO 9 Brandon Rios,  Yordenis Ugas TKO 7 Ray Robinson (IBF title eliminator), Devon Alexander MD 12 Victor Ortiz, Egidijus Kavaliauskas TKO 6 David Avanesyan, Thomas Lamanna MD 10 Gabriel Bracero

 

140: Montana Love MD 8 Samuel Teah, Teofimo Lopez UD 6 Juan Pablo Sanchez, Mikkel LesPierre UD 10 Noel Murphy, Mathieu Germain TKO 8 Cam O’Connell, Pedro Campa UD 10 Ivan Alvarez, Vergil Ortiz Jr. TKO 3 Jesus Alvarez

 

135: Roman Andreev TKO 9 Craig Evans, Thomas Mattice TKO 7 Rolando Chinea, Hurricane Futa KO 7 Vage Sarukhanyan, Carlos Balderas UD 4 Jorge Rojas, Lewis Ritson TKO 1 Joe Murray, Masayoshi Nakatani KO 6 Amphol Suriyo, Rey Perez UD 8 Christian Gonzalez

 

130: Miguel Roman KO 4 Aristedes Perez, Masaru Sueyoshi TKO 8 Ken Osato, Ronnie Clark MD 12 Zelfa Barrett

 

126: Joseph Diaz Jr. KO 3 Victor Terrazas, Ray Ximeno UD 8 Eugene Lagos, Ryan Walsh SD 12 Isaac Lowe, Shakur Stevenson UD 8 Juan Tapia

 

122: Omar Narvaez UD 10 Jesus Vargas, Juan Miguel Elorde UD 12 Likit Chane, Carlos Castro TKO 10 Alexis Santiago, Joshua Greer Jr. KO 3 Basilio Nieves

 

118: Hiroaki Teshigawara UD 12 Jason Canoy, Josh Wale TKO 9 Bobby Jenkinson, Mikhail Aloyan SD 10 Alexander Espinoza, Nico Hernandez TKO 5 Victor Torres

 

115: McWilliams Arroyo MD 10 Carlos Cuadras,  Andrew Maloney UD 12 Rene Dacquel, Sho Ishida KO 3 Ratthapon Sawangsoda

 

112 : Komgrich Nantapech UD 12 Naoki Mochizuki, Jonathan Gonzalez SD 10 Ricardo Rodriguez

 

 

 

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