Weekend Roundup: Mrdjenovich wins in Edmonton, Nunez upsets Acosta, Marcos still unbeaten, more!
By Ben Rasofsky (15-Sep-2014)
Quick results from around the boxing world this weekend courtesy of Ben Rasofsky.
Edmonton’s Jelena Mrdjenovich (33-9-1, 17KOs) retained her WBC featherweight championship Friday night in Edmonton, Alberta, scoring a sixth round stoppage over Marilyn Hernandez (25-10-0, 16KOs) of the Dominican Republic. With the win, Mrdjenovich also retains her #1 ranking on Boxrec.com and showed why she is widely considered one of the best in the world. The bout was the main event of the latest from Edmonton’s KO Boxing Promotions.
Cody Ries (4-0-0, 2KO) of Edmonton showed he is the real deal Friday night at the Shaw Conference Centre, defeating two time national title challenger Paul Bzdel (5-6-1) of Saskatchewan via majority decision in their four round middleweight clash. The scorecards read 59-57, 59-57, 58-58.
It looked more like a Muay Thai bout than a boxing match, but Marisa Nunez (7-5-2) pulled off the upset in Argentina tonight, taking a majority decision over Monica Acosta (19-2-2, 5KOs) for the vacant IBF light welterweight championship of the world. Nunez landed left hooks throughout the fight, catching Acosta before many of the frequent clinches. Although Acosta seemed to be physically strong in the early going, Nunez eventually imposed her will, pinning Acosta to the ropes for much of the fight. The final scores were 97-93, 97-93, 95-95.
Argentinian light middleweight prospect Gabriel Orlando Duran (3-0-0, 1KO) remains undefeated after his four round majority decision win over Roberto Ariel Ledesma (3-2-0). Everyone got their money’s worth from this fight alone – an absolute war. Duran just seemed to land the cleaner shots, while Ledesma’s nonstop aggression made the fight a difficult one to judge. The final scores were 39 1/2-38, 39-37, 39-39
Yesica Patricia Marcos (24-0-2, 8KOs) remains undefeated after stopping Silvia Fernanda Zacarias (8-17-5, 1KO) via TKO4 in Argentina this weekend. The fight was all action from the opening bell, with the two women exchanging power shots consistently while the fight lasted. After trading shots in the fourth Zacarias took a knee. She beat the count, but the referee waved off the fight.
Undefeated Irish light welterweight prospect Paul Sutcliffe Jr. (6-0-0, 5KOs) of Dublin turned in a dominant performance Saturday in his hometown, dropping Martin McCord (1-4-1, 1KO) of Ayr, Scotland, three times before winning on points in a four rounder.
London’s Ahmet Patterson (13-0-0, 4KOs) is the new English welterweight champ after scoring a TKO4 victory over Chris Gaynor (15-2-0, 8KOs) of Rotherham today in Sheffield. Patterson was the BBBofC’s Southern Area regional champ.