By Ruslan Chikov
At Georges Carpenter Hall in Paris, France, former cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck (now 35-4, 22 KOs) continued his surprising way up in the heavyweight ranks with a mind-boggling and highly controversial ten-round unanimous decision over WBA #10, IBF #11 and WBC #17 ranked Puerto-Rican Fres "The Big O" Oquendo, who now drops to 32-6 with 21 KOs. Shorter, smaller Mormeck (who stands just 5'11 1/2'') tried to engage bigger and higher Oquendo in close quarters but the Boricua moved well in the first and used his right hand to shake Mormeck with crosses and uppercuts on his way in.
The second one was also in his favour, though the Frenchman did his share of work when he was able to get close to Fres. Mormeck was rocked a bit in the beginning of the third but continued to fight on to give Oquendo a nice payback to win this round. Round for was also in favour of the guest fighter but in the fifth stanza Mormeck successfully moved in to work hard off Oquendo's body and head. It was a temporary success for a home hero, however, as in the next three rounds Oquendo redeemed and continued to counter Mormeck on his way in, while the punch output of the Frenchman considerably decreased down the stretch.
In round nine, Oquendo started to apply more aggression to his fading opponent. In the final stanza, the Puerto-Rican heavyweight went after Mormeck and was close to getting a stoppage win in the end. This, however, wasn't enough as all three judges voted for the local crowd-pleaser. Boxing Scene saw it otherwise 98-92 - for Fres Oquendo - in what can easily be claimed a robbery by team Oquendo.
Scores were 96-95 (twice) and 96-94 - for the Frenchman.
Beijing Olympics silver medalist Daouda Sow moved up to 4-0 with 2 KOs after a well-received six-round decision over journeyman Sebastien Cornu (8-5-2, 5 KOs). Sow was a better man throughout the entire fight using his boxing skills to continuously frustrate his less masterful foe. He was also to liquid to be touched by the more experienced man. There were no knockdowns, and all three judges gave it to Sow.
Another 2008 Olympics silver medalist Khedafi Djelkhir (6-0, 5 KOs) scored the third stoppage in a career of the rugged France-based Turk Osman Aktas (33-21-5, 6 KOs) in three one-sided rounds. The stoppage was a bit premature as Aktas, though on wobbly legs, was still firing back at the former amateur standout.
WBC #2 and IBF #5 lightweight Anthony Mezaache (18-5-3, 4 KOs), who vacated his European crown to seek for world title opportunities, tuned up with an eighth-round unanimous decision over Hungarian journeyman Istvan Nagy (12-7, 7 KOs). Frenchman Mezaache controlled the fight from the start and never really let his opponent get going.