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2017-05-02
TTR RANKED FIGHTERS IN ACTION- April 28 & 29- Joshua and Nietes Among Weekend's Winners
Pictured: IBF, WBA Super, and IBO World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua, TTR's #1 contender for the vacant Lineal World Heavyweight Title


During the two-day period of Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29, eight fighters ranked by the participating members of TTR as being among the best currently campaigning in their respective weight classes were in action. Seven, Kubrat Pulev, Ilunga Makabu, Felix Alvarado, Donnie Nietes, Luke Campbell, Scott Quigg, and Anthony Joshua, added victories to their ledgers while one, Darleys Perez, had a defeat added to his.

Friday, April 28, 2017-

Sofia, Bulgaria-

WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title-
Champion Kubrat Pulev (IBF #2, The Ring #3, WBC #3, TTR #5, Transnational #5, WBO #5, WBA #9; 25-1, 13 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 12
Kevin Johnson (30-8-1, 14 KOs)
- The scores were 119-109, 120-108, and 120-108.

Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa-

Cruiserweight Bout-
Ilunga "Junior" Makabu (TTR #9, The Ring #9, WBC #9; 20-2, 19 KOs)
KO-5
Chamunorwa Gonorenda (7-12, 4 KOs)

Managua, Nicaragua-

Non-title Flyweight Bout-
WBC Latino light flyweight champion Felix Alvarado (WBC #5, IBF #5, WBO #6, Transnational #10, WBA #10, TTR #11- all at 108; 28-2, 24 KOs)
KO-1
Karluis Diaz (23-7, 15 KOs)

Saturday, April 29, 2017-

Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines-

Vacant IBF World Flyweight Title-
Donnie Nietes (TTR #2, Transnational #3, The Ring #3, IBF #3; 40-1-4, 22 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 12
Eaktawan Krungthepthonburi (birth name: Komgrich Nantapech; AKA Eaktwan BTU Ruaviking; IBF #4; 22-4, 15 KOs)
- The scores for the hard-fought contest were 117-111, 117-111, and 115-113.
- Nietes captured his third divisional world championship having previously held the WBO titles at 105 and 108. He is now 15-0-1 in world title contests.

Wembley, London, England-

WBA World Lightweight Title Eliminator-
Luke Campbell (WBC #2, WBA #7, IBF #9, TTR #10; 17-1, 14 KOs)
TKO-9 1:28
Darleys Perez (WBA #1, TTR #11; 33-3-2, 21 KOs)
- Campbell's WBC Silver title was not on the line.
- Campbell weighed in at 134 3/4; Perez at 136 1/4. Perez was therefore ineligible to retain the WBA's #1 ranking. The #1 spot was available to Campbell only.

IBF World Featherweight Title Eliminator-
Scott Quigg (WBC #5, IBF #5, TTR #8, WBA #8, Transnational #9; 33-1-2, 24 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 12
Viorel Simion (IBF #4; 21-2, 9 KOs)
- Quigg's WBA International title was not on the line.
- The scores were 117-111, 117-111, and 115-113.

IBF, Vacant WBA Super, and Vacant IBO World Heavyweight Titles-
IBF champion Anthony Joshua (TTR #1, Transnational #1, The Ring #5; 19-0, 19 KOs)
TKO-11 2:25
Wladimir Klitschko (The Ring #1, WBA #2, IBF #3; 64-5, 53 KOs)
- The IBO #1 ranked Klitschko was down in round 5 but rallied and floored Joshua in round 6.
- After ten rounds, two of the judges had Joshua ahead by the respective scores of 96-93 and 95-93 while the third judge had Klitschko leading, 95-93.
- Both Steve Farhood of Showtime and I had Klitschko ahead by one point, 95-94, going into the 11th round.
- In the 11th, Joshua decked Klitschko twice and had him under pressure again when referee David Fields stepped in and stopped the contest.




 
Article By: Ken Pollitt