Natasha Jonas 15-2-1; 9 retained her IBF female welterweight title on a ten-round split decision against former unified junior lightweight world champion Mikaela Mayer 19-2, 5 on Saturday night at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England.
Mayer finished strongly but this was not enough as the 39-year-old Jonas just edged it on a split decision with scores of 96-94 and 96-95 against the 97-93 for Mayer.
In a super middleweight bout, Zak Chelli 15-2-1; 7 outscored and won the British Commonwealth title against “Little Lever’s Meat Cleaver” Jack Cullen 22-5-1; 10 over twelve rounds in a rematch after their 2020 draw. The scores were 116-113, 116-112, and 115-114.
Oswaldo Nieto Camara wins in one round.
In a bout between unbeaten cruiserweights, Oswaldo Nieto Camara 4-0; 3 from Mexico stopped Blake “Shake n’ Blake” Anderson 5-1; 4 in the first round on Saturday night at the River Cree Resort & Casino in Edmonton, Alberta,
Camara stunned Anderson in the first round and then after a barrage of punches, the referee stopped the fight at 1:52 into the round.
Victor Ezequiel Rodriguez decisions Jose Hugo Acevedo
Junior middleweight Victor Ezequiel Rodriguez 13-0-1; 7 from Uruguay won on a majority ten round points decision against Jose Hugo Acevedo 14-6-3; 8 of Argentina on Friday night at the Estadio Polideportivo Carlos Saul Menem, La Rioja, La Rioja, Argentina.
Last October they fought to a ten-round draw and in another closely contested fight, Rodriguez won with scores of 96-94 twice for Rodriguez and 95-95 even, giving Rodriguez the majority decision.
Rodriguez won the vacant WBA Federation junior middleweight title.
Cuellar maintains unbeaten record
WBC No 4 bantamweight David “El General” Cuellar 26-0; 17 won on a one-sided ten-round unanimous points decision against Pablo Ariel “Huracan” Gomez 18-15-3; 1 on Friday night at the Centro de Convenciones in Chetumal, Quintana Roo,
The scores were 100-90, 100-90, 98-92.
Former Japanese welterweight champion passes away
Shoji Tsujimoto, 75, a former Japanese welterweight champion, passed away on 23 December after an outstanding amateur career with a record of 92-10, 46.
As a professional, the southpaw won against former world champion Eddie Perkins but was stopped in the sixth round by Jose Pipino Cuevas in 1976 in a challenge for the world welterweight title. Although he passed away in December, Tsujimoto’s death was not announced because of the Japanese culture of not announcing ominous news before the coming of the New Year.
Slim chance that SA amateurs will qualify for 2024 Olympics
It has been reported that there is a slim chance that South African amateur fighters will qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games to be held in Paris from 26 July to 11 August, according to Siyabulela Mkhwalo, President of the SA National Amateur Boxing Organisation (SANBO)
The last time South Africa had a representative at the Olympics was in 2008 in Beijing when the flyweight representative Jackson Chauke was eliminated in the first series.
According to Mkhwalo “There is an arrangement that our fighters will go to the second qualifiers towards May and beginning of June.