In a bout which is certainly a candidate for Fight of the Year, three-weight divisional and IBF champion Naoya Inoue (19-0 / 16 by KO) defeated four-weight divisional and WBA super champion Nonito Donaire (40-6 / 26 by KO) in a twelve round unanimous decision on Thursday, November 7, 2019.
The fight was action packed from start to finish with both fighters giving hard fought performances with a crowd of over 20,000 witnessing at the Super Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The 26 year old Japanese fighter Inoue overcame major adversity with a cut over his right eye from a left hook in the second round and was rocked solid with a right hand in round nine by the 36 year old Filipino Donaire.
It was clear that Inoue was faster and the harder hitter, but the veteran Donaire was savvy, using an educated right hand, and was not intimidated making it a very competitive fight.
world was saddened to learn long time boxing icon Don Fraser passed away on
October 30, 2019. He was 92 years old.
Don was a
special man, and truly a giving human being to all who knew him.
I first met Don thirty years ago at the old Spaghetti Factory in Hollywood, California, when he hosted weekly boxing luncheons at that historic location.
I was so honored to be his close friend. Through the years we conversed frequently by phone, and he would often send me boxing trivia questions for my website.
Don was a great mentor to many and I consider him to be the “Mr. Boxing” of his era. His accomplishments in the world of boxing included promoter, matchmaker, publicist, writer, corner man, Executive Officer for the California Athletic Commission, President Golden State Boxer’s Association, and more recently, he was President and Founder of the California Boxing Hall of Fame. A position from which he retired in December 2018.
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) and contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008
Sergey Kovalev has been a different fighter since the first half of the first Andre Ward fight when he looked powerful, even knocking Ward down. Ward changed strategy and went inside Kovalev while nailing his body with shots. While you can argue who won that fight , it was close and Kovalev wore down in the second half of that fight. In their second battle, Ward stopped Kovalev in their second fight with a similar strategy of hitting the body and from that point, Kovalev was a different fighter.
Against Canelo Alvarez, he fought as much not to lose as oppose to win. He threw 70 plus punches per round while Alvarez threw on only 30 punches per round and going into the eleventh round, the number of punches connected were even as both landed an average of 11 punches per round. Alvarez landed a higher percentage and connected on more than double of power shots while nearly 78% of Kovalev punches were jabs. 63% of Alvarez punches were power shots and interesting this may have influenced scoring at ringside. Some like Dan Rafel had Kovalev up by three rounds going into the ninth round while Kevin Iole had the oppostive score.
On November 9th SOCA Fights’ fourth and final installment of The Gardens Casino Fight Night will be be one for the combat sports ages. You can only see it at one place and that’s The Event Center at The Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens, CA. Tickets are priced at $60 & $90 for front row and are available at www.socafights.com. The Gardens Casino Fight Night is without a doubt the most fun you can have on a Saturday night in the Southland!
Headlining this powerhouse fight card is Kazakstan’s Madiyar Ashkeyev 13-0 (6 KOs). Ashkeyev will be putting up his perfect record against Walter Wright 17-8 (8 KO’s) for the vacant WBC USNBC Championship in a 10 round war! This bout promises to be a slugfest from the opening bell so it’s the perfect bout to close out our 2019 Gardens Casino Fight Night season.
In a much anticipated light heavyweight unification fight between two undefeated champions, Artur Beterbiev (15-0 / 15 by KO) scored a tenth round KO over Oleksandr Gvozdyk (17-1 / 14 by KO) at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.
Gvozdyk opened up round one impressively by using nonstop lateral movement and excellent combinations.
At the end of round one there was a call by referee Gary Rosato which ruled that Gvozdyk had gone down from a punch into the ropes. After a review on the TV replay it was ruled a push by Beterbiev and, thus, was not a knockdown.
In round two Beterbiev applied more forward pressure and stunned Gvozdyk a few times, gaining slight momentum.
In the third, Gvozdyk had a good round by landing nice crisp combinations, but Beterbiev took the shots and stayed content to just come forward with a few hard shots of his own.
Although I had Gvozdyk winning round four, Beterbiev hurt Gvozdyk with a solid right hand at the end of the round; but the bell rang before he could follow up with more damage.
Let’s take a look at the three current heavyweight champions, Deontay Wilder (WBC), Andy Ruiz Jr. (WBA/IBF/WBO), and Tyson Fury (lineal).
Deontay Wilder has held the WBC belt since 2015, and in doing so became the first American in nine years to hold the heavyweight title.
His ring record is an outstanding one: 41 wins, no losses, 1 draw, with 40 knockouts. Since winning the title he has had nine successful title defenses, with his next scheduled fight a rematch with top contender Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz, on November 23.
Wilder will certainly have his hands full with Ortiz, as it was Ortiz who was leading on the scorecards in their first fight before Wilder stopped him in the 10th round in March 2018.
Andy Ruiz Jr. is the surprise amongst the three champions, pulling off a huge upset while becoming the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent with his 7th round stoppage over previously unbeaten Anthony Joshua in June 2019.
His ring record is a good one: 33 wins, 1 loss, with 22 knockouts. He has a rematch set with Joshua scheduled on December 7, with the bout, of all places, being held in Saudi Arabia.
In a junior lightweight battle which was the walkout bout on Saturday night’s show in Chicago, two young Chicago prospects, 25 year old Giovanni “Gio” Cabrera-Mioletti and 23 year old Josh Hernandez, battled it out for ten rounds with Gio keeping his undefeated record intact by walking away with a hard fought, split decision victory.
Gio (18-0-0 with 7 KOs) tipped the scales at 131 while Hernandez (9–3 with 7 KOs) weighed in at an even 130. Both fighters came up through the ranks of Chicago’s amateur boxing scene and it promised to be a war from the get-go. By the time these two Chicago rivals stepped into the ring, most of the crowd, who had come to see Ukrainian superstar and undisputed cruiserweight champion, turned heavyweight, Oleksandr Usyk, had left Chicago’s Wintrust Arena. What a shame, because those who stayed behind saw an action packed, closely fought 10 round battle that may well have been the best fight of the night.