Arce pounds Ler for 12 rounds; Pavlik stops Zertuche


Arce pounds Ler for 12 rounds; Pavlik stops Zertuche

Jorge Arce W12 Julio Ler... In Anaheim, California, little man Jorge Arce added to his growing legacy by passionately pounding out a unanimous decision over a game but outgunned slab of Argentinian beef named Julio Ler. Michael Buffer announced the judges' scores as 117-109 and 117-110 (twice), but whatever the correct scores were, it was clear Arce won easily. Although he fought in the 108-pound division earlier in his career, Arce seemed substantially bigger than Ler in this 115-pound match-up. Ler, a legitimate tough guy like most Argentinian boxers, employed a rope-a-dope-style that didn't win him many rounds but early on threatened to tire out Arce. Unfortunately for Ler, Arce never slowed down. After losing the first four rounds, Ler started to come on in the fifth, but never did quite enough to carry most rounds. By the eighth, Arce was taunting Ler to fight more agressively, and he backed up the braggadoccio, connecting on about four punches for every one landed by Ler. By the ninth round, Ler began to air out his offensive arsenal, and he did land some flush punches, but nothing was able to slow down Arce. Ler takes the second loss of his career while Arce, who has not lost since 1999, is now 46-3-1.  source: hbo boxing after dark

Kelly Pavlik TKO8 Jose L. Zertuche... In Anaheim, Calfornia, Kelly Pavlik demonstrated he belongs near the top of the middleweight division by stopping tough Jose Luis Zertuche in the eighth round. Pavlik dropped Zertuche in the sixth and had his foe absolutely out on his feet during the eighth round and the second referee Raul Caiz, Jr. stopped the bout, Zertuche dropped face first to the canvas. Now 30-0, Pavlik is behind only Jermain Taylor, Winky Wright, Arthur Abraham and perhaps Edison Miranda at 160 pounds. source: hbo boxing after dark

Zsolt Erdei TKO8 Danny Santiago... In Dusseldorf, Germany, Zsolt Erdei retained his WBO light heavyweight title in a soft defense over unqualified American Danny Santiago. Erdei floored Santiago twice on his way to an eighth-round technical knockout of Santiago. The talented Erdei is now 26-0, but since winning the title from Julio Cesar Gonzalez, he hasn't sought out unification or opponents of interest. In fairness, he does have a quality title defense against Thomas Ulrich, but in Santiago, he clearly sought out a journeyman. Let's hope that changes soon. Santiago's best wins were against Elvir Muriqi and Marlon Hayes, not impressive highlights for someone now 29-3-1. source: associated press

Lucian Bute TKO4 Sergey Tatevosyan... Super middleweight contender Lucian Bute put over 9000 fans in the seats in Montreal, and he delivered a convincing decision over Sergey Tatevosyan to remain near the top of the 168-pound division. Bute, 19-0, retained his regional title by scores of 120-108 and 119-109 (twice) over the very capable Tatevosyan, 25-7. While Bute has earned a world title shot, he will find it difficult going to land a bout against either world champion Joe Calzaghe or WBA/WBC titleholder Mikkel Kessker  source: slam! sports

Jean F. Bergeron TKO4 Chad Van Sickle... Also on the Montreal card, heavyweight Jean-Francois Bergeron (26-0) who has somehow undeservingly found his way to a top fifteen rating by the WBA, had little trouble stopping flabby cruiserweight Chad Van Sickle (21-5-3) at 2:50 of the fourth round. source: slam! sports