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Vilcans, Romanov, Baleni, Gonzalez, and Nunez Score Significant Victories
Pictured: new WBC International light heavyweight champion Ralfs "The Train" Vilcans

Yesterday, five bouts featuring fighters not currently ranked by TTR which may impact TTR's rankings, were held, respectively, in Serbia, Russia, South Africa, the United States, and Panama. The winners of those bouts were Ralfs Vilcans, Evgeny Romanov, Siphamandla Baleni, Jonathan Gonzalez, and Ricardo Nunez.

Belgrade, Serbia-

WBC International Light Heavyweight Title-
Ralfs Vilcans (IBO #40; 12-0, 5 KOs)
Split Dec. 10
Champion Nick Hannig (IBF #8, WBC #10, IBO #54; 9-1-1, 5 KOs)
- "The Train" floored Hannig in round 9.
- The scores were 96-94 for Vilcans, 95-94 for Hannig, and 97-94 for Vilcans.

Khimki, Russia-

WBC World Bridgerweight Title Eliminator/Vacant WBC Silver Bridgerweight Title-
Evgeny Romanov (WBC #4 at 224; WBO #9 at HW; 16-0, 11 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 12
Dmitry Kudryashov (WBC #3 at 224; IBF #15 at 200; 24-4, 23 KOs)
- The scores were 120-108, 119-109, and 119-109.

East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa-

Vacant South African Light Flyweight Title-
Siphamandla Baleni (WBO #5, WBA #14- both at 105; WBC #13, IBO #17- both at 108; 17-3-2, 6 KOs)
TKO-11 2:19
Nwabisile Cholani (7-10-1, 3 KOs)
- Baleni's WBO Global junior flyweight title was not on the line.

Tampa, Florida, USA-

WBO NABO Junior Flyweight Title-
Champion Jonathan "Bomba" Gonzalez (IBO #3, WBO #4, IBF #5, WBA #12; 24-3-1, 1 NC, 14 KOs)
Armando "Ichiro Ozeki" Torres (WBC #3, WBO #15- both at 108; IBO #14 at 112; 26-19, 19 KOs)
- In round 4, after the southpaw Gonzalez scored with a right hook, the two fighters' heads clashed together. The result was a nasty cut on Torres' forehead. The ringside physician examined the wound and allowed the bout to continue.
- When action resumed, Gonzalez went on the attack. Torres, after getting hit, turned his back, and it was over. The referee stopped the bout.

Panama City, Panama-

WBA Fedelatin Lightweight Title-
Ricardo Nunez (22-3, 20 KOs)
TKO-9 0:17
Champion Alfredo Santiago (WBA #13; 13-2, 5 KOs)
- Santiago's WBC FECARBOX title was not on the line.
- Nunez, fighting for the first time since July 27, 2019 when he was stopped in the second round by Gervonta Davis, knocked Santiago down in round 6 and in round 9.

The number of bouts held during the three-day period of Wednesday, May 19 through Friday, May 21 featuring fighters not currently ranked by TTR which may impact TTR's rankings will result in TTR gradually increasing the number of fighters ranked in each division from 15 to 20. It should also be noted that the Romanov-Kudryashov bout may lead to TTR establishing its own bridgerweight rankings and Baleni's victory coupled with his resume (especially his win over Ayanda Ndulani) will result in his inclusion in TTR's Top 15 at 108.
Article By: Ken Pollitt