Weekend Results: Miller, Bazinyan, Butler, and Cieslak Return, Jardan Upsets Oganisyan
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
The weekend of Thursday June 23, 2022, to Sunday June 26, 2022, was an action-packed boxing weekend, with several significant returns, a major comeback, and one unanticipated upset with an underdog fighter who did the preparation work and defeated the favored fighter.
On Sunday, June 26, 2022, at Intersaal, Koln, France, Joric Luisetto, 12-4 with three knockouts, Echirolles, France, won an upset 10 round majority decision over Ilhami Ildemir, 20-2 with 13 knockouts, Cologne, Germany, to win the World Boxing Council Mediterranean Welter tight title.
In Saturday June 25, 2022 action, Former Minimumweight and Light Flyweight World champion Hekkie ‘The Hexecutioner’ Butler, 34-4 with 10 knockouts, Johannesburg, South Africa, scored a 12th round knockdown over Elwin Soto, now 19-3 with 13 knockdowns, Mexicali, Mexico, to barely win a 12 rounds decision in the main event at Palenque Flex, Mexicali, Mexico, enabling Butler to defeat Soto in his hometown by scores of 114-113, 114-113, 114-113.
At Eisstadion, Heilbronn, Germany, 16-0 super welterweight prospect Slawa Spomer of Heilbronn scored a one punch knockout over 11-2 Ionascu of Hamburg, Germany, to win the vacant World Boxing Organisation European Welterweight title. At Universum Gym in Hamburg, Germany, Artem Harutyumyan, 12-0 with seven knockouts, Hamburg, retained the World Boxing Council International Lightweight title, with a 10 rounds decision over Humberto Galindo, 14-2 with 11 knockouts, Riverside, California.
A loser of 12 straight, long forgotten super welterweight Victor Plotnikov, age 44, Lviv, Ukraine, 34-15 with 15 knockouts, won a 12 round split decision over Ronny Gabel, 39-7-1 with 20 knockouts, Berlin, Germany, to win the World Boxing Union (German Version) Super Welterweight title. Could the war in Ukraine have inspired Plotnikov to win his first bout in six years? Probably.
At Nuevo Gimnasio Nicarao, Managua, Nicaragua, 15-3 Freddie Lainez scored a seventh round knockout over Jeovanny Antonio Tellez, previously 12-0, to win the vacant World Boxing Association Fedecentro Super Bantamweight title, both fighters from Managua.
The comeback of 38-year-old Ryno Liebenberg, 22-9-1 with 14 knockouts, Krugersdorp, South Africa, failed, losing a 10 rounds decision in main event in Torun, Poland, losing a10 round decision to 8-0 Ihosvany Rafael Garcia, Poland by way of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, not winning a round.
At Skydome, Coventry, United Kingdom, Sam Eggington, 32-7 with 18 knockouts, Smethwick, United Kingdom, won the vacant international Boxing Organisation World Super Welterweight title, with a 12 rounds decision over Przemyslaw Zysk, 18-1 with six knockouts, Ostroleka, Poland. 14-2-3 Tyler Denny of Rowley Regis, United Kingdom, won a upset 10 round split decision over 12-0-1 River Wilson-Bent, Coventry, United Kingdom, to win the vacant BBBofC English Middleweight title in the preliminary to the main event.
At Tech Port Arena in San Antonio, Texas, Ukbekistan southpaw Murodjon Akhmadaliev dropped and stopped 33-4 Ronny Rios of Santa Ana, California, to retain the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation Super Bantamweight titles. Jesse Rodriguez Franco, 16-0 with 11 knockouts, San Antonio, Texas, scored an eighth rounds stoppage of ex-WBC champ Wisaksil Wangek, 50-6-1 with 43 knockouts, Si Sa Ket, Thailand. Jessica McCaskill, 12-2 with five knockouts, Chicago, Illinois, scored a third rounds stoppage of Alma Ibarra, 10-2 with five knockouts, Monterrey, Mexico, to retain the undisputed Female World Welterweight title. Raymond Ford, 12-0-1 with six knockouts, Camden, New Jersey, won a 10 rounds decision over 13-0 Ricard Medina of San Antonio, Texas, to retain the WBA Continental Americas and win the IBF North American Featherweight title.
In action from Friday, June 24, 2022, from Casino Buenos Aires, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Clara Lescurat, 7-0 with three knockouts, Buenos Aires, Argentina, won a 10 round split decision over Maribel Ramirez, 13-10-3 with three knockouts, Mexico City, Mexico, to win the WBA Female World Super Flyweight title.
22-2 cruiserweight contender Michal Cieslak of Radom, Poland, needed only 120 seconds to dispose of 28-5 Enrico Koelling in Kielce, Poland. Cieslak is ready for his third world title shot.
At Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, Florida, 26-3-1 with 14 knockouts, Caguas, Puerto Rico, retained the World Boxing Organisation World Light Flyweight title with a 12 rounds decision over Mark Anthony Barriga, 11-2 with two knockouts, Panabo City, Philippines.
On Thursday, June 23, 2022, at Casino Buenos Aires, Argentina, controversial heavyweight Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller, 24-0-1 with 20 knockouts, Brooklyn, New York, returned to the ring for the first time since 2018, winning a 10 rounds decision over Ariel Esteban Bracamonte, 11-8 with six knockouts, Corboba, Argentina. Ring rusty Miller had a point deducted in the fourth round, and at age 33, he is far from a shot at the world title after winning this comeback, but he heeded the rounds and needed the work.
From Montreal Casino, Montreal, Canada, super middleweight Erik Bazinyan won a 10 rounds decision over Marcelo Esteban Caceres, to retain the NABF and win the vacant NABA Super Middleweight regional title. 35-8 Dante Jardon of Mexico City, Mexico, dropped 13-0 Russian Artem Oganesyan in the first round en route to winning an upset 10 round decision and the NABF Super Welterweight title. Jardon also upset the then 13-0 Anthony Tomlinson by ninth round knockout in Sheffield, United Kingdom, in August 2021. Steven Butler, 30-3-1 with 25 knockouts, Montreal, Canada, outpointed Brandon Brewer, 25-2-2 with 11 knockouts, Nackawic, Canada, to win the vacant NABF Middleweight title, winning every round.