By Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

The weekend of July 8 to July 10, 2022, featured several major bouts, with different outcomes, a bad head clash, the return of one of the sport of boxing’s most notable journeymen still in action, and an eight bout card of action on the island of Fiji with unbeaten 6-0 Junior Singh winning a 10 round decision over 3-9-1 Rahul Kamar in the Fiji main event. In Nice, France, unbeaten French 25-0 lightweight prospect Yazid Amghar won an eight round decision over 16-6 Columbian veteran Victor Julio in that main event. In Pierre Benite, France, 12-7 Ricardo Fernandez of Bilbao, Spain, won the vacant IBO Mediterranean Super Lightweight title with a 10 round split decision win over 7-3-1 Faycal Rezkallah of Lyon, France, in that main event. In Valencia, Spain-3-6-1 Nicaraguan super lightweight veteran Eduardo Valverde, winless in his last six pro bouts, won a six round split decision upset over 5-0 Federico Schinina of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

At 02 Arena in Greenwich, London, United Kingdom, on July 9, 2022, top ten heavyweight gatekeeper Derek Chisora, 32-12 with 23 knockouts, Finchley, London, United Kingdom, age 38, won a 12 round split decision upset to win the vacant World Boxing Association International over Kubrat Pulev, 29-3 with 14 knockouts, Sofia, Bulgaria, age 41, a two-time world title challenger, in a rematch. Pulev was inactive for 17 months after losing to Anthony Joshua at Wembley in 2020. Pulev is 0-3 on British soil, all significant title bouts, and at age 41, this rematch was not in the cards for Pulev. Both the careers of Pulev and Chisora are winding down. However, both could still get major fights if they want them.

In the preliminary to the main event at 02 Arena, a super welterweight confrontation between 8-0 Ukbek fighter Israil Madrimov and 35-3-1 Michele Soro of France, a rematch of their controversial bout in Tashkent in December 2021 favoring Madrimov, ended after an unintentional accidental clash of heads forced the ringside doctor to stop the bout at the start of the third round, ending in a technical draw.

Meanwhile, at Olympia, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 7-0 Southport light heavyweight prospect Jake Barton, got dropped and stopped in the sixth round by 13-4 Darwen veteran Mickey Ellison in the main event, who also captured the vacant BBBof C Central Area Light Heavyweight title. For Barton, a six round fighter trying to step up to the 10 rounds level, it was one bout too soon. Ellison had won two of three 10 round bouts by decision, losing the third by decision, so he had the edge on experience at 10 rounds.

On the undercard, 10-0 Liverpool cruiserweight prospect Nathan Quarless got taken the four rounds distance by southpaw professional journeyman loser Darryl Sharp, 6-93-1 with one knockout, Middleton, United Kingdom, Sharp’s 100th pro bout. Professional ringer Sharp, who won his professional debut in 2015 in Radcliffe, scored a third round stoppage win over Aidan Anderson in Leeds in February 2022. Sharp has lost his last eleven, ten of them losses by decision. A master of the dramatic points loss, Sharp won a 10 round decision over 9-3-1 Ben Davies in Manchester on May 2017 to win the vacant BBBofC Central Area Middleweight title, after winning a decision over 4-0 John Telford in Manchester a month earlier. Talented ringer Sharp lost a 10 round decision to middleweight contender Jimmy Kelly in 2016. Also in 2016, Sharp outpointed 9-0 Adam Ismail in Wigin over six rounds, and Sharp outpointed 4-0 Chris Monaghan in Oldham over four rounds. Sharp is no Archie Moore, but it’s a living in Great Britain.

At Whitesands Events Center, in Plant City, Florida, 11-0 Panamanian welterweight prospect Cesar Francis outpointed 37-10-1 faded contender Raymundo Beltran, Avondale, Arizona, age 41, to win the vacant WBO NABO Super Lightweight title. Beltran, a loser of three of his last five bouts, was fighting for only the second time in over three years.

Both Pulev and Beltran, attempting comebacks at age 41 in major high stakes bouts, were unsuccessful this weekend fighting at advanced age. As the late Muhammad Ali, Hector Camacho and Antonio Cervantes would attest, comeback attempts at advanced age at heavyweight and light welterweight are more complex than they seem. You can go the distance, but without the reflexes of youth, it becomes harder to execute the game plan and maintain a consistent offense as an experienced fighter could do in their peak prime.

On July 9, 2022, At 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the preliminary to the main event, 16-1-1 Philadelphia lightweight Damon Allen was outpointed and exposed by 5-8-1 Mexican journeyman Oscar Barajas of Zamora, Mexico, who won a six round majority decision. At 2300 Arena, some matchmakers do not learn their lesson, as Barajas previously won a majority six round decision at 2300 Arena over 11-6 Philadelphia southpaw Jerome Conquest in February 2022.

On July 9, 2022, at Galveston Island Convention Center, Galveston, Texas, the main event of a 12 bout card ended in an eight round draw between 18-2 Chaise Nelson of Mansfield, Ohio, and 13-1-1 Jose Edgardo Garcia of Houston, Texas, by way of Honduras, for the vacant World Boxing Council USNBC Featherweight title. Meanwhile at Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, WBC Super Bantamweight champion Rey Vargas, 36-0 with 22 knockouts, Otumba, Mexico, came off the canvas in the ninth round to win the World Boxing Council World Featherweight title from 24-0 Mark Magsayo of Metro Manila, Philippines. Vargas has brought the old Salvador Sanchez WBC Featherweight title back to Mexico. Johnny Gonzalez was the last Mexican to hold the WBC World Featherweight title before Vargas.

On the undercard, former WBC and WBA World Super Bantamweight champion Brandon Figueroa, 23-1-1 with 18 knockouts, Weslaco, Texas, dropped in the third round, and stopped Carlos Castro, 27-1 with 12 knockouts, Phoenix, Arizona, in the sixth round. Bantamweight contender Ramon Cardenas, 21-1 with 10 knockouts, San Antonio, Texas, outpointed Michell Banquez, 20-2 with 14 knockouts, Fort Lauderdale, Florida by way of Venezuela, over 10 rounds. 16-0 Indianapolis lightweight prospect Frank Martin stopped 19-2 late Dominican sub Jackson Marinez in the tenth round after dropping him in the ninth and tenth rounds.

On Friday July 8, 2022, at Steve Tshwete Banquet Hall, Middleburg, South Africa, 19-0 bantamweight prospect Ronald Malindi retained the South African Bantamweight title by 12 round split decision over 13-8-2 Rofhiwa Nemushungwa of Limpopo, South Africa.

Other Major Fight Results, Friday, July 8, 2022

Max Muaythai Stadium, Pattaya, Thailand

Emmeric Dewaele KO 5 Thoedsak Sinam, Middleweights

Dewaele wins vacant WBC Asia Middleweight title

Hebi Marapu Win 8 Pipat Chaiporn, Lightweights

Wins vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Lightweight title

Chaiwat Buatkrathok Win 8 Nort Beauchamp, Featherweights

Buatkrakhot wins vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Featherweight title

Romulea Stadium, Rome, Italy

Pietro Rossetti Win 10 Aaron Alhambra, Welterweights

Rossetti wins vacant International Boxing Federation Latino Welterweight title

Hector Gallucci Municipal Stadium, Santa Fe, Argentina

Jose Angel Gabriel Rosa TKO 5 Jesus Bravo, Super Lightweights

Rosa retains World Boxing Council Latino Lightweight title. Bravo down in fifth round.

Central Argentine Athletic Club, Cordoba, Argentina

Adrian Marcelo Sasso Win 10 Nicolas Ezekiel Jara, Super Welterweights

Sasso retains South American Super Welterweight title

Carla Ayelen Merino Win 10 Lucia De Los Angeles Ruiz (Two Minute Rounds)

Merino retains South American Female Super Flyweight title

Merino now ranked eleven in the world among BoxRec female super flyweights