Fight Chatter

By Tarrah Zael

Fight Chatter May 27, 2018



David Lemieux (39-4) defeated Karim Anchour (26-5-3) by unanimous decision after 12 rounds but did not retain the WBC International middleweight title because he did exceeded the required 160-pound limit. The fight took place in Quebec, Canada. Lemieux is one of the candidates mentioned to face Saul Alvarez in September now that Gennady Golovkin will not be fighting against the Mexican redhead.

Japan’s Naoya Inoue (16-0, 14 KOs) blasted out Jamie McDonnell (29-3-1) in the first round to take the WBA bantamweight world title by knockout on Friday May 25. The world title clash took place in Tokyo. It was McDonnell’s seventh defense of the title since winning it in 2014. The win gives Inoue three world titles in three different weight divisions including light flyweight and super flyweight. Also, in another world title match, WBC light flyweight champion Ken Shiro (13-0) knocked out Ganigan Lopez (34-8) in the second round to retain the title for a third time since wresting it from Ganigan Lopez in 2017.

Javier Molina (17-2) meets Jessie Roman (22-3) in a super lightweight match between Southern California rivals on Friday June 1 at Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Also, San Antonio’s Joshua Franco (13-1) fights Isao Carranza (15-11-1) in a super bantamweight fight.

Toka Kahn Clary (24-1) meets Emmanuel Dominguez (22-6-2) in a featherweight match set for 10 rounds in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The bout will be televised by CBS Sports and is promoted by Real Deal Sports and Entertainment. Also, Rayonta Whitfield (28-2) fights Antonio Nieves (17-2-2) in a bantamweight eight rounder.

IBF super flyweight titlist Jerwin Ancajas (30-1-1) defeated challenger Jonas Sultan (14-4) by unanimous decision after 12 rounds on Saturday May 26. The match took place in Fresno, California. WBA super flyweight titlist Khalid Yafai (24-0) stopped challenger David Carmona (21-6-5) in the seventh round but did not retain the title. The British-based Yafai exceeded the 115-pound limit.

Tim Tszyu (9-0, 7 KOs) knocked out Larry Siwu (27-11) in the fourth round on Thursday May 24. The super welterweight fight took place in Sydney, New South Wales. Tszyu, 23, looks related to Kostya Tszyu the great super lightweight who also fought out of Australia. The win gives him the WBC Asian Council International title.

Wilky Campfort (25-3) defeated Rodrigo Mejia (14-11-3) by unanimous decision after 11 rounds on Thursday May 24. The super welterweight fight took place in Petionville, Haiti.

Jousce Gonzalez (8-0, 8 KOs) stopped Juan Sandoval in the fourth round of a scheduled six round super featherweight fight. The match took place on Wednesday May 23. Also, Ireland’s Aaron McKenna (4-0) chased down and stopped Darel Harris (1-2-1) in the third round of a super welterweight clash. Rommel Caballero (1-0-1) beat Daniel Bastien (4-8) by decision in a super featherweight fight. And Oscar Acevedo (3-0) won by decision versus Ricardo Fernandez (3-8-4) in another super featherweight fight.   

Female chatter

Ewa Piatkowska (11-1) won by majority decision after 10 rounds against Sweden’s Maria Lindberg (16-4-2) in a very close fight on Friday May 25. The WBC super welterweight world title fight took place in Warsaw, Poland. It was Piatkowska, 33, first defense of the world title. Lindberg, 41, is a former GBU and WIBF world titlist.

Ibeth Zamora (29-6) was the winner by majority decision after 10 rounds versus Melissa McMorrow (10-7-3) on Saturday May 26. The battle for the vacant WBC flyweight world title took place in Mexico City. Also, a flyweight elimination bout saw Lourdes Juarez (24-2) win by split decision over Jackie Calvo (11-3-2) after eight rounds. This was a rematch. Their first encounter took place in 2014. It was the last time Calvo lost a fight and once again she was defeated by the younger sister of legendary Mariana Juarez.