Ding-A-Ling causes upset
Darnell Wilson produced one of the biggest upsets in recent months when he stopped unbeaten heavyweight David Rodriguez at the weekend.
Wilson, who had lost 14, drawn 3 and won 24 of his previous professional bouts, won the six-round fight in Atlantic City when the bout was stopped with one second to go. Rodriguez had won 34 of his 36 previous fights inside the distance.
Wilson, nicknamed Ding-A-Ling, was a light-heavyweight and cruiserweight contender. He lost to Firat Arslan in a shot at the WBA cruiserweight belt in 2008 before moving into the big-boys division. He has now won 21 of his fitghts inside the distance.
In another heavyweight bout on the same card, Amir Mansour remained undefeated when he stopped Kelvin Price in the seventh round. Mansour improved his record to 20-0, including 15 wins inside the distance. Price, who retired in his corner after the seventh, dropped to 14-2; 6.
Steve Cunningham improved to 26-6, with 12 knockouts, when he beat Manuel Quesada (29-8; 18) on points over eight rounds; also at heavyweight. The scores were 80-72 on each of the cards.
In a light-heavyweight ten-rounder, Lionel Thomson won 99-90 in each card against Ryan Coyne. Thompson now stands at 15-2; 9 and Coyne at 21-2; 9.
In London, Leonard Bundu remained undefeated and retained his European welterweight title when he stopped Lee Purdy eight seconds before the end of the twelfth round, taking his record to 30-0-2, with 11 knockouts. Purdy’s dropped to 20-5-1; 13.
Lightweight Kevin Mitchell moved to 36-2; 26 when knocked out Karim El Ouazghari (15-4-2; 4) in the ninth round in a bout for the IBF intercontinental title.
Martin Murray, the WBA’s interim middleweight champion, beat Sergey Khomitsky on points in a non-title super-middleweight bout. Murray now stands at 26-1-1; 11 and Khomitsky at 28-10-2; 11.
In Allentown, Pennsylvania, former IBF junior middleweight champion Kassim Ouma returned after an 18-month layoff to beat Rahman Mustafa Yusubov on points over six rounds – 59-55 on each scorecard.
Ouma improved his record to 28-8-1, including 17 wins inside the distance. Yusubov’s fell to 9-13; 7.
Lightweight Tevin Farmer (14-4-1; 3) stopped Carlos Vinan (10-12-5; 2) at the end of the sixth round.
Melbourne: Sam Soliman, the IBF’s No 1 middleweight, stopped Les Sherrington in the ninth round to move his record to 43-11; 18. Sherrington, No 8 on the WBO list, was down in the eighth and ninth rounds before his corner threw in the towel. His record fell to 33-7; 19.
Heavyweight Lucas Brown knocked out Clarence Tillman in the second round. Browne is now undefeated after 19 fights, of which he won 17 inside the distance. He is ranked No 11 by the WBC. Tillman now stands at 11-15-2; 6.
Quintana Roo, Mexico: Sergio Thompson knocked out Cesar Chavez in the second round to take his record to 28-3, with 25 knockouts. He is No 5 in the WBC’s rankings list. Chavez dropped to 21-5; 9.
Frankie Gomez (16-0; 12) stopped Prince Doku Jr (18-4; 12) in the first round of a welterweight bout.
Mexico City: Cristian Mijares, a former IBF super-flyweight champion who is now fighting at junior lightweight, knocked out Jiovanny Soto in the third round to take his record to 49-7-2, with 24 knockouts. Soto, who was knocked down three times, dropped to 38-15-1, with 32 knockouts.
Caguas, Puerto Rico: Gamaliel Rodriguez (22-2-3; 15) stopped Aldimar dos Santos in the eighth round to retain his NABO title and justify his No 6 featherweight ranking on the WBO list. Dos Santos dropped to 19-6; 10.
In a super-lightweight bout Anton Novikov remained undefeated when he beat Manuel Perez on points over ten rounds – 96-94, 98-92 and 99-91. Novikov now stands at 28-0, with 10 knockouts and Perez at 20-9-1; 4.
Tokyo: Yuzo Kiyota (24-4-1; 22) won the vacant OPBF super-middleweight title when he stopped Shintaro Matsumoto (10-4; 8) in the fourth round.
Suguru Muranaka (19-2-1; 5) won the Japanese flyweight title when he beat Takuya Kogawa on a split decision over ten rounds. Kogawa, No 5 on the WBO list, dropped to 22-3; 13.