Updates, 1 September 2015: *** Leo Santa Cruz, the “King of L.A.” is now sixth in the Transnational Featherweight Rankings. In defeating a ready and willing Abner Mares (who was ranked fifth), Santa Cruz displayed a surprising set of skills in an improved defense and effectively controlling the outside with strafing punches. Mares surprised most when he began the fight by charging across the ring and nearly matching the output of boxing’s best volume puncher, but his corner slowed him down and encouraged him to box. Mares regretted the strategic adjustment later but refrained from blaming anyone but himself. Teddy Atlas summed-up what he saw –a fighter who lost because he “never really found an identity in the fight.” Both Santa Cruz and Mares threw over 2,000 total punches in one of the most entertaining fights PBC has offered thus far.
–Even so, it was the second-best fight of the night. The best fight of the night belonged to Mexican Jr. Featherweights Julio Ceja and Hugo Ruiz. Ruiz was ranked sixth at Bantamweight until last November when he began campaigning in his current division. In the fourth round, he was well on his way to making a grand entry in the new division when he dropped Ceja with a perfectly-timed left-hook counter. Ceja got up and was unsteady, but survived. In the fifth round, Ceja then proved that a badly-timed blink is enough to turn the tables when a puncher is involved. He threw his own left hook and the crowd suddenly had a new narrative. Ceja’s hook snuck in behind Ruiz’s guard and Ruiz went down hard, got up to prove that he is as determined as his fellow Mexican, but could not survive the onslaught of a puncher hell-bent on going home early.
Twenty-seven-year-old Pungluang Sor Singyu knocked out Ryo Akaho (26-1) last month at Central Stadium in Ratchaburi, Thailand. He was unanimously voted into the tenth spot at Bantamweight as Ceja’s exit to Jr. Featherweight makes room for him. It’s been over two years since he’s been ranked; he was #10 until early March 2013 when he was defeated by Paulus Ambunda.***
The Champions as recognised by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board:
|Division||Name||Record - W-L-D (KO)||Nationality|
|Heavyweight||Wladimir Klitschko||63-3-0 (53)||UKR|
|Light Heavyweight||Adonis Stevenson||25-1-0 (21)||CAN|
|Super Middleweight||Andre Ward||28-0-0 (15)||USA|
|Middleweight||Miguel Cotto||40-4-0 (33)||PR|
|Junior Middleweight||Floyd Mayweather Jr.||48-0-0 (26)||USA|
|Welterweight||Floyd Mayweather Jr.||48-0-0 (26)||USA|
|Junior Featherweight||Guillermo Rigondeaux||15-0-0 (10)||CUB|
|Flyweight||Roman Gonzalez||42-0-0 (36)||NIC|