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Scorecard: Arreola rolls over hapless Hayes

Cristobal Arreola looked impressive in dispatching Thomas Hayes in three one-sided rounds and is ready to move on to bigger and better things, writes Dan Rafael.

Originally Published: September 24, 2007
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com


A roundup of recent notable boxing results from around the world:

Monday at Tokyo
Junior bantamweight
Alexander Munoz W12 Kuniyuki Aizawa
Retains a junior bantamweight title
Scores: 120-106, 120-107, 118-109
Records: Munoz, 30-2, 27 KOs; Aizawa, 13-1-1, 10 KOs
Rafael's remark: Munoz is from Venezuela, but Japan might as well be his home away from home. He has excelled there, and this was no different as he moved to 6-0 in Japan. Munoz, in his second title reign, was making the first defense of the 115-pound belt he won in Japan on May 3 by outpointing Nobuo Nashiro. Munoz, 28, dominated the fight and knocked down Aizawa, 28, a former Japanese national amateur champion, in the ninth round to punctuate his victory.

Friday at Ontario, Calif.
Heavyweight
Cristobal Arreola TKO3 Thomas Hayes
Records: Arreola, 22-0, 20 KOs; Hayes, 26-2, 18 KOs
Rafael's remark: It was an impressive performance for Arreola, who thrilled his hometown fans while headlining on Telefutura in his first-ever appearance in a main event. With his exciting style and promise, it's probably the first of many more main events to come for Arreola, who is one of America's brightest heavyweight prospects. Arreola is also Hispanic, which could make him extremely marketable if he proves that he can also become a serious contender.
Arreola
Arreola

Arreola, a seek-and-destroy kind of fighter, dominated Hayes from the outset and had him in trouble when he ripped him with a left uppercut and right hand against the ropes in the third round. Hayes, whose only previous loss came in 2003, stayed upright, but Arreola followed with another of the exact same combination, and Hayes was gone. He went down hard and referee Tony Crebs didn't even bother to count. Arreola, 26, was very patient and didn't waste any shots, which is good when you're a 6-foot-4, 235-pounder who probably will need to conserve energy when the fights get tough.

As good as Arreola looked, at some point he's going to need to step up his competition, which has been very limited so far. Promoter Dan Goossen says Arreola will fight again in November. Ideally, it will be on the Nov. 2 "ShoBox" card headlined by Goossen's other promising heavyweight, Eddie Chambers, who faces Calvin Brock in an elimination bout. Hopefully, Showtime will ante up and pay for Arreola, one of the few heavyweights we actually are interested in watching.

Middleweight
Ricardo Cortes W-DQ3 (excessive low blows) Fernando Zuniga
Records: Cortes, 21-1-1, 14 KOs; Zuniga, 26-9, 20 KOs
Rafael's remark: San Jose's Cortes picked up a painful victory in the Telefutura co-feature when Zuniga, who is from Ecuador but living in California, was disqualified for hitting Cortes with one too many blows below the belt. Zuniga, a very experienced fighter who has dropped decisions to Sam Soliman, William Joppy, Thomas Tate and Charles Brewer, was penalized a point in the first round for a low blow and two more points in the second. Finally, when Zuniga strayed low again in the third, referee Lou Moret DQ'd him. Why Zuniga killed his chances for the upset, only he knows, especially when he knocked Cortes down with a clean right hand in the second round just after losing a point. In Zuniga's defense, Cortes perhaps did a little acting when he was hit with the final low blow, which looked awfully borderline. Nonetheless, Cortes ran his winning streak to 11 since his only defeat, a seventh-round disqualification in September 2003.

Friday at Luebeck, Germany
Heavyweight
Odlanier Solis KO2 Marcus McGee
Records: Solis, 4-0, 3 KOs; McGee, 19-14, 9 KOs
Rafael's remark: Solis, 27, had a glittering record as one of Cuba's many standout amateurs before defecting to Germany with Olympic teammates Yuriorkis Gamboa and Yan Barthelemy and turning pro in April under the guidance of emerging German promotional company Arena Box-Promotion. So far, Solis has been flawless, including this destruction of American journeyman Marcus McGee, 36, who has fought notable opponents like Sultan Ibragimov, Jameel McCline, Vladimir Virchis, Malik Scott, Michael Grant and Roman Greenberg. Solis, who will keep a busy schedule by returning Oct. 19, ended McGee's modest three-fight winning streak, knocking him out at 2:49 of the second round.

Featherweight
Yuriorkis Gamboa KO1 Nestor Hugo Paniagua
Records: Gamboa, 5-0, 4 KOs; Paniagua, 17-5-1, 14 KOs
Rafael's remark: Gamboa, 25, was a 2004 Cuban Olympic gold medalist who defected to Germany with two of his teammates -- heavyweight Odlanier Solis and flyweight Yan Barthelemy -- and turned pro in April under the guidance of emerging German promotional company Arena Box-Promotion. Gamboa had no problems with Argentina's Paniagua, 28, knocking him out in 65 seconds. Arena's Ahmet Oner plans to match Gamboa with a top 10 opponent in his next fight and believes he can fight for a world title in his 10th fight.

Cruiserweight
Herbie Hide TKO1 Mircea Telecan
Records: Hide, 40-4, 39 KOs; Telecan, 5-17-2, 3 KOs
Rafael's remark: How do fights like this get approved? Hide is a former top heavyweight contender from England who once held the WBO title (although that was at a time when few considered it meaningful) and has now moved down to cruiserweight. Telecan, of Romania, is obviously cannon fodder who has now been stopped 10 times and lost seven in a row. What's the point of the fight? Hide dusted him in 76 seconds. In fighting woeful opposition, Hide has won five in a row, including four via first-round knockout.

Thursday at Suphan Buri, Thailand
Junior featherweight
Napapol Kiatisakchokchai KO10 Saenghiran Singwancha
Title eliminator
Records: Kiatisakchokchai, 44-2, 39 KOs; Singwancha, 20-1, 15 KOs
Rafael's remark: By stopping his Thailand countryman, Kiatisakchokchai became the mandatory challenger for 122-pound champion Israel Vazquez, who has a rubber match pending with Rafael Marquez before he will think about making a mandatory. The one time Kiatisakchokchai stepped up to fight a notable opponent, and the only time he has ever fought outside of Thailand, he was knocked out in the 10th round by then-champion Oscar Larios in Los Angeles in November 2003. This fight was fought under the WBC's miserable open-scoring system, so the fighters knew it was a close bout after the announcement ending the eighth round, when the judges were not in agreement. Each fighter held a slim lead on two scorecards and the third judge had it even. In the end, the scorecards didn't matter because Kiatisakchokchai eventually stopped Singwancha with body punches in the 10th round.

Bantamweight
Veeraphol Sahaprom W8 Reman Salim
Scores: Unavailable
Records: Sahaprom, 59-3-2, 42 KOs; Salim, 15-8, 4 KOs
Rafael's remark: Two-time bantamweight champ Sahaprom, 38, of Thailand, won his seventh consecutive bout as he continues to strive for a third match with titlist Hozumi Hasegawa of Japan. Hasegawa has already beaten him twice, but Sahaprom, who won his first world title in just his fourth pro fight in 1995, wants one more shot.

Dan Rafael is the boxing writer for ESPN.com.