WBA TITLES SUMMARY
Chris John Returns To Dominate Fernando Saucedo
(by wbanews.com, by Jhonny Gonzalez)
Jakarta, Indonesia - Undefeated Indonesian star, Chris "The Dragon" John retained his featherweight championship under the World Boxing Association after winning a unanimous twelve round decision over Argentina's Fernando "El Basque" Saucedo. The scores were 119-109, 120-108 and 119-109. John's boxing abilities were too much for Saucedo. With the victory, John (44-0-2, 22 KOs) has been ordered to face Yuriorkis Gamboa in his next fight.
Barros wins WBA feather belt
Jonathan Victor Barros of Argentina (31-1-1, 18 KOs) defeated Irving Berry of Panama (18-2-2, 9 KOs) to win the vacant WBA world featherweight title. The bout was fairly close for he first three rounds but Barros broke through at the end of round four stunning the southpaw Berry with a straight right. Round five saw Barros keeping up the pressure and hurting Berry with some more powershots upstairs. A straight right hand to the chin of Berry by Barros in round seven had him staggering and Raul Caiz Jr. had seen enough and stopped the fight. The bout took place at the Polideportivo Vicente Polimeni, in Las Heras, Mendoza, Argentina with Osvaldo Rivero promoting the event.
Francisco wins WBA 115 lb crown
(by wbanews.com, by Damrong Simakajornboon, Photo by Siamsport)
Drian Francisco (20-0-1, 16 KOs) became the WBA interim super flyweight champion as he scored a tenth round TKO over WBA #2 Duangpetch Kokietgym (52-2-1, 21 KOs) on Tuesday at the Bungkan school in Nongkhai, Thailand. This was an impressive victory of a hot Filipino prospect over an experienced Thailander who had not been beaten since 1997. This bout was a closed affair in the opening round with Francisco being considered a little better with his more accurate punches. But the show turned to Duangpetch starting in round two when he displayed vicious body attacks, although a low blow caused referee Steve Smoger to pause the contest for a minute in round four.
Marquez stops Katsidis
(by wbanews.com, by Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer)
WBA lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1, 37 KOs) retained his title with a ninth round TKO over Michael Katsidis (27-3, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Katsidis sought to draw Marquez into a brawl and Marquez accommodated him. Katsidis dropped Marquez in round three with a left hook to the chin. Marquez, however, recovered and for the most part was in control of an action packed bout before it was waved off at 2:14 of round nine by referee Kenny Bayless.
Ward retains WBA title
(by wbanews.com, by David Robinett and Robert Hough)
WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (23-0, 13 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Sakio Bika (28-5-2, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Although Ward already had a pass into the Super Six semi-finals, he chose to face the rugged Bika to his credit. As always with Bika, it was a tough, physical fight. Ward, however, showed his class in winning a twelve round unanimous decision. Scores were 120-108, 118-110, 118-110.