A roundup of the past week's notable boxing results from around the world:
Daniel Jacobs TKO1 "Kid Chocolate" Peter QuillinRetains a middleweight titleRecords: Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs); Quillin (32-1-1, 23 KOs)
Rafael's remarks: Well, that was quick, wasn't it? The battle for Brooklyn turned out to be a mere skirmish as Jacobs, the underdog, blew Quillin away in just 85 seconds for the biggest win of his career. He retained his secondary 160-pound title for the third time (Gennady Golovkin owns the organization's top-tier belt) and he did it in supremely impressive fashion against his neighborhood pal.
Jacobs, 28, and former titleholder Quillin, 32, have been friends for years. They go back to their teenage years when they were top New York amateurs and even spent some time sparring with each other. But over the past few years, especially when the Barclays Center opened in 2012 and began hosting big-time boxing on a regular basis, the fight was something a lot of people talked about. It was inevitable and when the fight was made, both men put their friendship on hold, although they remained respectful throughout the buildup to the fight.
But once it began, both men -- who earned $1.5 million apiece -- came out with the obvious intention to hurt the other guy and the fireworks began immediately. But it was Jacobs who got through with a well-placed right hand that really hurt Quillin, who staggered into the ropes. Jacobs let his hands fly and continued to catch Quillin with punishing punches. He hurt him to the head with both hands and uppercuts and to the body and Quillin was in deep trouble as he attempted to clinch. But Jacobs kept winging shots and was particularly effective with his right hand. Quillin tried to fight back but Jacobs overpowered him and continued to land. The final punch was a brutal right hand on Quillin's temple that really messed him up. The punch took away his equilibrium and sent him hopping around in crazy fashion as he could not control his legs. Quillin was in terrible condition, unable to control his legs and his eyes were glazed over, and referee Harvey Dock did the only thing that he could do -- step in and call off the fight much to the disappointment of the 8,442 in attendance. But he did not have the option of issuing a standing eight-count because it's not permitted under the unified rules of boxing, which covers title bouts. So he made the right call because Quillin, who did not complain about the stoppage, would have likely been knocked out cold moments later.
It was a tough loss for Quillin (who landed only two punches to Jacobs' 27, per CompuBox punch statistics) but a glorious victory for Jacobs, who only three years ago did not know if would live or die as he battled -- and eventually beat -- a rare form of bone cancer. There was some talk about a rematch, which Jacobs said he would be happy to give Quillin, but that is unlikely. Quillin, who has had issues making weight at times, could move up to super middleweight. Jacobs could wind up in a unification fight next year with the winner of the Dec. 19 fight between titlist Andy Lee and Billy Joe Saunders. Whatever happens next for Jacobs, he is the King of Brooklyn and one of the best middleweights in the world.
Jesus Cuellar W12 Jonathan OquendoRetains a featherweight titleScores: 120-107, 116-111 (twice)Records:Cuellar (28-1, 21 KOs); Oquendo (26-5, 16 KOs)
Rafael's remarks: On paper this fight seemed like a good, solid match that would probably be entertaining. Instead it was a terrible fight. Its total lack of entertainment value was mostly on Oquendo, who basically ran and backed up rather than engage with Cuellar, a 28-year-old southpaw from Argentina who came forward and was much busier.
Oquendo, 32, of Puerto Rico, did not seem to want any part of him. This was a massive disappointment less than three months after his career-best upset win in a majority decision against former titlist Jhonny Gonzalez on Sept. 12 on the Floyd Mayweather-Andre Berto undercard.
Cuellar retained his secondary world title for the second time (Leo Santa Cruz is the organization's top-tier featherweight titleholder) and had little issue doing so. He went after Oquendo round after round, firing right hooks and straight left hands. It was a surprise that two of the judges could find a few rounds to give Oquendo. According to CompuBox punch statistics, Cuellar landed 237 of 994 punches (24 percent), and Oquendo landed 167 of 639 (26 percent).
Cuellar got credit for a knockdown by referee Ricky Gonzalez in the fourth round even though Showtime's television replays showed that the reason Oquendo hit the deck was because he tripped over Cuellar's foot. It says a lot about a fight when even a knockdown wasn't all that exciting. In the end, Cuellar won easily and could move on to a fight next year with Santa Cruz, which sounds great on paper. But where have we heard that before?
Chris Algieri W10 Erick BoneWelterweightScores: 97-92 (twice), 95-94Records: Algieri (21-2, 8 KOs); Bone (16-3, 8 KOs)
Rafael's remarks: Algieri, the 31-year-old former junior welterweight world titleholder and crowd favorite from Huntington, New York, looked good as he ended a two-fight losing streak that began with a one-sided decision loss challenging then-welterweight titleholder Manny Pacquiao 13 months ago, followed by a competitive decision loss to Amir Khan on May 29.
Fighting for the third time at the Barclays Center -- site of his world title victory against Ruslan Provodnikov in June 2014 and the loss to Khan -- Algieri had speed, straight punches and accuracy that carried the day against a game Bone. Although Algieri outboxed and outpunched Bone, he did get tagged. By the sixth round, Algieri was sporting a nasty shiner under his left eye courtesy of a solid connect from Bone.
Algieri widened his lead in the eighth round when he scored a clean knockdown, albeit on a right hand that landed on Bone's shoulder. But Bone, 26, of Ecuador, was knocked off balance and went down even though it was obvious he was not hurt by the punch. There were some exciting exchanges late in the fight that Algieri got the better of as he won in his second fight with trainer John David Jackson after firing Tim Lane in the wake of the disaster against Pacquiao. According to CompuBox punch statistics, Algieri landed 247 of 645 punches (38 percent) and Bone connected on 185 of 694 (27 percent). Algieri is bound to get another major fight while Bone, a good fighter, lost his second bout in a row. In March, he took a fight on two days' notice against former welterweight titleholder Shawn Porter and was stopped in the fifth round.
Marcus Browne TKO4 Francisco SierraCruiserweightRecords: Browne (17-0, 13 KOs); Sierra (27-10-1, 24 KOs)
Rafael's remarks: Browne, 25, a 2012 U.S. Olympian from Staten Island, New York, is an excellent-looking prospect who is steadily moving up the ladder and continues to fight experienced competition such as Sierra, 27, of Mexico. Although Browne campaigns as a light heavyweight he fought at 177.4 pounds while Sierra, who was 183, was way more than the contract limit of 178. Regardless, Browne looked very good and is probably not far away from facing a legitimate contender.
Browne dominated from the outset when he landed a sharp right hand in the first round to slice open a terrible cut over Sierra's left eye. It poured blood down Sierra's face and chest and got steadily worse as the fight went along. One second after the bell rang to begin the fourth round, referee Earl Brown called a timeout and asked the ringside doctor to examine the cut. It was deemed it too severe for the fight to continue, and Brown waved it off. It was another convincing win for Browne, who seems to be on his way to greater glory.
Jose Ramirez W8 Johnny GarciaJunior welterweightScores: 79-73 (twice), 77-74Records: Ramirez (16-0, 12 KOs); Garcia (19-4-1, 11 KOs)
Rafael's remarks: Ramirez, 23, was a 2012 U.S. Olympian and is one of boxing's brightest prospects. But in addition to his talent, he is also proving to be a serious draw. Ramirez, of Avenal, California, has become so popular in his home region that he drew a remarkable crowd of 13,120 to the Save Mart Center for a UniMas-televised fight against a basically unknown journeyman opponent in Garcia, who lost his second fight in a row and dropped to 0-3-1 in his past four bouts but also had one big moment in the fight.
In the second round, Garcia, 33, of Holland, Michigan, caught Ramirez with a right hand and sent him to his backside for a knockdown. Ramirez responded well and went on to dominate the rest of the fight as he busted Garcia up and claimed the clear decision.
"Fighting before a big crowd was awesome. In the ring I battled against a tough opponent," Ramirez said. "It was a hard fight, a real battle. Garcia took a lot of hard punches. I am going back to the gym and focus harder."
Moises Fuentes W12 Francisco RodriguezJunior flyweight - Title eliminatorScores: 116-112 (twice) Fuentes, 116-112 RodriguezRecords: Fuentes (23-2-1, 12 KOs); Rodriguez (17-4-1, 11 KOs)
Rafael's remarks: Fuentes, 30, of Mexico, a former strawweight world titleholder, and former unified strawweight titleholder Rodriguez, 22, of Mexico, were due to meet in a title eliminator for the right to challenge junior flyweight titleholder Donnie Nietes (37-1-4, 21 KOs), 33, of the Philippines. However, with Rodriguez missing weight -- he was 109¼ pounds, over the 108-pound weight limit -- only Fuentes was eligible to earn the title shot, which he did in rousing fashion in this excellent fight.
It should come as no surprise that these two turned in a tense, close barnburner that was heavy on action and light on running and holding. Both fighters had their moments during some exciting exchanges. By the 10th round, both guys were tiring but still winging shots as crowd cheered. Although the scores were divergent it was easy to see why both fighters got a lot of credit from the judges, although Fuentes, who did a bit more boxing than slugging, appeared to deserve the decision.
Fuentes has already had two shots against Nietes, a majority draw in 2013 and a ninth-round knockout loss in 2014, and should get a third bite at the apple in 2016, unless Nietes moves up in weight for a possible shot at flyweight champion and pound-for-pound king Roman Gonzalez, which has been talked about. Rodriguez, who outpointed Japan's Katsunari Takayama to unify strawweight world titles in the 2014 ESPN.com fight of the year, lost a unanimous decision to Nietes on July 11 but won't get a crack at the rematch.
Jack Culcay W12 Dennis HoganRetains an interim junior middleweight titleScores: 119-109, 117-111,116-112Records: Culcay (21-1, 10 KOs); Hogan (22-1-1, 7 KOs)
Rafael's remarks: Culcay, 30, of Germany, claimed the interim belt in May by unanimous decision against Maurice Weber and made his first defense against Hogan, 23, of Australia, cruising to a decision victory. Culcay more or less outclassed Hogan as he consistently landed the more telling punches.
"It was a good fight. Hogan was a tough opponent and pushed me over the distance," Culcay said. "Looking back, there are a few things I could have done better, but overall, I was pleased with my performance. Now, I want to fight (titleholder Erislandy) Lara for the World title."
Technically, Culcay's is Lara's mandatory challenger and the prospect of that fight being ordered will be addressed later this month during the WBA's annual convention.
Two heavyweight contenders, both of whom are former world title challengers, won by knockout on the undercard. Kubrat Pulev (22-1, 12 KOs), 34, of Bulgaria, knocked out Newark, New Jersey, journeyman Maurice Harris (26-21-3, 11 KOs), 39, at 1 minute, 59 seconds of the first round for his second win in a row since Wladimir Klitschko crushed him in the fifth round of a world title fight for the 2014 ESPN.com knockout of the year. Also, England's Dereck Chisora (23-5, 15 KOs), 31, who signed with promoter Sauerland Event two weeks ago, stopped Peter Erdos (9-9-4, 3 KOs), 39, of Hungary, at 1 minute, 4 seconds of the fifth round.
Joseph Parker TKO1 Daniel MartzHeavyweightRecords: Parker (17-0, 15 KOs); Martz (14-3-1, 11 KOs)
Rafael's remarks: Parker, 23, of New Zealand, is one of boxing's two best heavyweight up-and-comers, along with England's Anthony Joshua. Parker continued to cruise along as he wiped out Martz, a 25-year-old Clarksburg, West Virginia, club fighter in a predictable result. Parker, who is 6-foot-4, 237 pounds, patiently went after Martz in the early going, especially to the body, before he landed a thudding overhand right to the side of his head and dropped him face first. Martz struggled to get to his feet, but got up at nine. But he was unsteady and had a vacant look on his face, causing referee Marlon Wright to wave the fight over at 1 minute, 57 seconds. Parker's next fight was already lined before he even faced the 6-7, 237-pound Martz and figures to have a similar result. On Jan. 23 in Apia, Samoa, Parker will face Pittsburgh's Jason Bergman (25-11-2, 16 KOs), another journeyman opponent.
Alexander Brand W10 Medzhid "B-52" BektemirovLight heavyweightScores: 98-91 (twice) Brand, 95-94 BektemirovRecords: Brand (25-1, 19 KOs); Bektemirov (16-1, 12 KOs)
Rafael's remarks: Brand, 38, of Colombia, was supposed to face former super middleweight champion Ander Ward on the Miguel Cotto-Canelo Alvarez undercard on Nov. 21 in Las Vegas as Ward made his move up to light heavyweight. But when Ward hurt his knee and the fight was canceled, Brand was quickly moved by Roc Nation Sports into this bout against Russian's Bektemirov, 28, who lives in Houston, on its HBO Latino-televised card.
Brand survived a first-round knockdown -- he got dropped to all fours by a clean straight right hand -- and claimed the split decision, although having Bektemirov ahead seemed awfully questionable despite him scoring a knockdown. By winning, Brand preserved the possibility that he might still get a fight with Ward, who likely will fight in the first quarter of 2016, assuming his knee is OK.
Also on the card, former junior featherweight titlist Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (24-6-1, 19 KOs), 31, of Puerto Rico, scored a third-round knockdown but lost his second fight in a row and third of his past four bouts as Rafael Rivera (21-0-2, 14 KOs), 21, of Mexico, got the nod by split decision for the most notable win of his career. Two judges scored the fight for Rivera, 96-93 and 95-94 while the third judge surprisingly had Vazquez winning easily, 98-91.
Jhonny Gonzalez W12 Futa Nakagishijunior lightweightScores: 119-112, 119-109, 119-104Records: Gonzalez (59-10, 49 KOs); Nakagishi (20-6-1, 11 KOs)
Rafael's remarks: On Sept. 12, Gonzalez, 34, of Mexico, lost a majority decision in a big upset to Jonathan Oquendo on the Floyd Mayweather-Andre Berto undercard. In his first fight since, Gonzalez, a former bantamweight and featherweight world titleholder, took on Nakagishi, 28, of Japan, who also goes by the name Hurricane Futa.
Although the fight lacked the usual fireworks that Gonzalez fights usually produce, he rolled to the lopsided decision against Nakagishi, who was fighting outside of Asia for the first time.