The highly ranked No.2 World Boxing Council middleweight contender Jorge Sebastian Heiland (26-4-2, 14 KOs) kept himself in position for an eventual world title shot with a sixth round knockout victory over 35-year-old journeyman Claudio Ariel Abalos (29-14-3, 8 KOs) last Saturday night on September 19th at the Club Rivadavia in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The 28-year-old Heiland knocked Abalos to the canvas in the 6th round with a clubbing right hand to the head. The referee looked at the condition that Abalos was in and decided it was best to halt the fight.
Heiland, who holds the WBC International 160lb title, put steady pressure on Abalos throughout the fight in nailing him looping rights and lefts through the first five rounds. In the 4th, Heiland stunned Abalos with a right hand that had him backing off. Somehow Abalos was able to make it out of the round, but it was clear that it was the beginning of the end for the 35-year-old journeyman. Abalos looked like all the fight was taken out of him after the 4th round.
Heiland was able to hit Abalos at will in the 5th round with big power shots. It was surprising that Abalos’ corner didn’t step in to halt the fight because by then there was no point in allowing the fight to continue because Abalos was just soaking up one-way punishment. The beating continued into the 6th round with Heiland raking Abalos with shots to the midsection, chest and head. Heiland was basically hitting Abalos wherever he could find an opening in his defense, which was pretty much everywhere.
The win for Heiland was his fifth consecutive victory since losing to Mateo Damian Veron in 2013. Heiland has really turned his career around in the last couple of years, as he’s faced fairly good competition and looked good in winning. Heiland was previously beaten by Billi Facundo Godoy, Nilson Julio Tapia and Sebastian Zbik.
You can make an argument that none of those fighters would stand a chance against Heiland at this point in his career because he’s gotten so much better over the years. Last November, Heiland stopped Ireland’s Matthew Macklin in the 10th round of an impressive performance. It was an upset victory for Heiland, as many boxing fans felt that Macklin would win the fight. In the 10th round, Heiland nailed Macklin with a scorching right hand to the head that put him down on the canvas for the 10 count.
Heiland is ranked below #1 WBC Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in the WBC’s rankings at 160.
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Ricardo German Soria SD 4 Leonardo Ochenduszka
Gabriel Orlando Yapura UD 4 Esteban David Rocabado
Jorgelina Guanini draw 4 Lilian Dolores Silva