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Boxing | International

Arce scores knockout No 47



Former four-division champion Jorge Arce added a 47th knockout victory to his long career record at the weekend.

Fighting in his 71st professional bout, the 34-year-old Mexican knocked out Aldimar Silva in the fifth round of a featherweight contest in Nogales, Mexico, on Saturday night.

Silva, no novice after 25 fights, was knocked down in the third round and heard the count finish after 41 seconds of the fifth. His record dropped to 19-7, with 10 wins inside the distance.

Another veteran, Zsolt Erdei, remained undefeated and won another title when he beat Shalva Jomardashvili on points over ten rounds in Kecskmet, Hungary. Erdei, a former WBO light-heavyweight and WBC cruiserweight champion, won the vacant WBO European light-heavyweight title.

The Hungarian now has a record of 34-0-1, including 18 shortcut wins. Jomardashvili’s dropped to 36-7-2; 27.

Super-bantamweight Zsolt Bedak moved to 20-1; 8 when he stopped George Gachechiladze (13-10-1; 6) in the tenth round to win the vacant WBO European title.

Fighting on the same bill, former IBO junior middleweight champion Attila Kovacs beat Giorgi Ungiadze on points over four rounds to improve to 32-4; 19. Ungiadze dropped to 24-19; 11.

In the big tournament in Las Vegas, middleweight Jose Uzcategui retained his undefeated status by knocking out 56-fight veteran David Lopez in the sixth round to improve to 22-0; 18. Lopez now stands at 41-14-1; 23.

Junior lightweight Jerry Belmontes, a Texan, ended the unbeaten record of Australian Will Tomlinson when he won their ten-rounder 98-92 in two cards and 99-91. Belmontes improved to 19-3; 5 and Tomlinson fell to 21-1-1; 12.

However, Australian light-heavyweight Steve Lovett evened matters when he knocked out Mexico’s Francisco Molina in the second round. Lovett is undefeated after eight fights, having won six inside the distance.

Francisco Vargas, who represented Mexico at the 2008 Olympic Games, also remained undefeated (19-0-1; 13) by beating Puerto Rican Abner Cotto in a junior lightweight bout over ten rounds. Cotto now stands at 17-2; 8.

In Liverpool, bantamweight Paul Butler knocked out Oreste Nieva in the fourth round to move to 15-0, with 8 shortcut wins. Nieva’s record fell to 15-3-2; 6.

Commonwealth flyweight champion Kevin Satchell remained unbeaten – now 12-0; 2 – when he beat Isaac Quaye (25-5-1; 16) on points over twelve rounds to retain his title. The scores were 120-109, 120-108 and 119-110.

In Manchester, South African Michael Ramabeletsa lost in an “International Masters” featherweight bout when Ryan Doyle beat him 95-94. Ramabeletsa was deducted a point for holding. His record now stands at 11-11; 5 and Doyle’s at 9-0; 5.



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