Year begins with KO in 10 seconds
The first fights of the new year produced a full range of results as boxing got under way in several countries.
In a flyweight bout in Bangkok, Yuchi Carryboy recorded what cannot be beaten as the fastest knockout of the year. He stopped debutant Namsuk Or Payakmuangtrang in ten seconds flat to improve his record to 17-15, with 10 knockouts.
And in Tokyo a rank novice knocked out Thailand’s light-flyweight champion, Ngaoprajan Chuwattana, in 1 minute 50 seconds.
Naoya Inoue has now won his first two professional bouts by knockout. It must be pointed out, though, that Chuwattana, despite his national title, has a rather unimpressive record of 10-11; 9.
Close calls, a run-away points victory, a technical decision and a little controversy also marked the first tournaments of 2013.
Super-featherweight Rances Barthelemy, rated No 6 by the IBF, was the beneficiary of what some spectators regarded as a doubtful result. He beat Arash Usamanee by 116-112 on two cards and 115-113 in an elimination bout in Miami, Florida.
Barthelemy, fighting in his home town, remained undefeated after 18 bouts, with only one knockout. Usamanee, who did well in the later rounds, lost for the first time as his record dropped to 20-1; 10.
Junior middleweight Jonathan Gonzalez moved to 16-0-1; 13 when he beat Derek Ennis (23-4-1; 13) by majority decision over ten rounds. The scores were 98-92, 97-93 and 95-95.
In Bangkok, Thailand, Denkaosan Kaovichit cruised to victory – 119-109 on two cards and 118-110 on the third – in a super-flyweight bout against Galih Susanto of Indonesia.
The Thai veteran retained his PABA title and his record now stands at 58-3-1, including 24 knockouts.
In Tacoma, Washington, the fight between welterweights Rob Frankel and Jermaine White was stopped in the fifth round after a clash of heads. Frankel who was leading 49-44 on two cards and 50-43 on the third, was awarded victory on a technical decision and improved to 32-12-1; 6.
Adonis Aguelo defeated Cirilo Espino on points over 12 rounds in a featherweight bout in Iligan City in the Philippines to improve to 18-7-1; 11. Espino dropped to 17-11-2; 11.