Thoughts on Golovkin

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By Tom Donelson

Contributed to “dmboxing.com” since 2008

Member Boxing Writers Association of America

 

Gennady Golovkin destroyed what everyone stated would be his toughest test in Daniel Geales in less in three rounds.   Geales started boxing but by the third round, he was forced to stand his ground and fight.  The last knockdown showed the power and the chin of Golovkin all in once as Geale nailed  Golovkin with a perfect left hook but Golovkin simply shrugged off the shot and landed a perfect right that sent Geales sprawling to the canvas.  There are very few fighters who have not only taken Geales shot perfectly delivered but be able to shoot a right hand immediately afterwards to end the fight.

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Golovkin by “KO” over Geale to retain middleweight title

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

 

On Saturday night, Gennady Golovkin (30-0 / 27 by KO) stopped Daniel Geale (30-3 / 16 by KO) at 2:47 of the third round at Madison Square Garden to successfully retain his WBA middleweight title.

 

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The fight was short with Golovkin handling Geale throughout with ease. Golovkin recorded a knockdown in round two, but the beginning of the end actually came with a series of punches late in round three. Geale landed a right to Golovkin’s head, as he was instantly countered by a right hand to the nose that was followed by a left hand that sent Geale to the canvas, with referee Michael Ortega stopping the bout at 2:47 into the round.

 

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Golovkin is certainly the best today at 160 pounds, and in my opinion, would have no trouble moving up to 168 pounds to handle the bigger fighters at super middleweight.

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Current Boxing Champions

The current champions, as of July 25, 2014, in each weight class are listed below. Each champion’s professional boxing record is shown in the following format: wins–losses–draws–no contests (knockout wins), and date won title.

Heavyweight (200+ lb, 90.7+ kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Wladimir KlitschkoSuper champion  Ukraine 62–3–0–0 (52) July 2, 2011 Bermane Stiverne  Canada 24–1–1–0 (21) May 10, 2014 Wladimir Klitschko  Ukraine 62–3–0–0 (52) April 22, 2006 Wladimir KlitschkoSuper champion  Ukraine 62–3–0–0 (52) February 23, 2008 Wladimir Klitschko  Ukraine 62–3–0–0 (52) June 20, 2009
Ruslan Chagaev  Uzbekistan 33–2–1–0 (20) July 6, 2014

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Rigondeaux retains title belts by “KO” 1st round

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Undefeated southpaw WBA / WBO junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0 / 9 by KO) scored a first round knockout over Sod Looknongyantoy (63-3-1 / 27 by KO) on Saturday night at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, S.A.P., China.

In the opening round, Looknongyantoy was shaken by a unintentional head butt and went down. As action resumed, Rigondeaux immediately applied pressure and landed a combination that dropped the challenger, as referee Mark Nelson stopped it at the 1:44 mark of the bout. Continue reading

Sarah Cammann … A Jewel in Boxing

 By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

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When I think of women in boxing, the first lady that comes to my mind is Aileen Eaton. She was the legendary fight promoter at the historic Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles from 1942 to 1980. Her outstanding knowledge about fighters and the business of boxing earned her the first ever honor of a woman being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2002. She is also an inductee in the World Boxing Hall of Fame and the California Boxing Hall of Fame.

SC 2 195x300 Sarah Cammann ... A Jewel in Boxing I fully support women in boxing in any capacity and would like to bring to your attention a lady that is my friend – Sarah Cammann.

I met Sarah about five years ago while she was attending the University of California Santa Barbara. She would come into Duke’s Boxing every day for fitness, which led her into boxing. Owner Henry Calles opens his door and offers his expertise in the sport to all that come to Duke’s Boxing. From the moment Sarah entered the gym, we all “instantly” knew there was something special – very special – about her and this did manifest itself bigger than life right before our very eyes over the past years through her dedication.SC 3 150x150 Sarah Cammann ... A Jewel in Boxing

Sarah has become more than just another person in the gym with her hard work and her nothing is too meaningless to help attitude. She trains and is involved in everything in and out of the gym. Most importantly, last year when Henry became a professional in the ring and we needed a Team Manager, there was no one who came to mind but Sarah to fulfill those business duties and to be a hands-on figure in the gym, both training for Henry and helping others in the gym as well.SC 4 150x150 Sarah Cammann ... A Jewel in Boxing

She trains and boxes herself, and for a lady that is just 100 pounds strong – she is dynamite.

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I can say so many positive things about Sarah in boxing, but what really stands out are her focus, loyalty, dependability and kindness in being willing to learn the trade of boxing. I might surmise this is brought on by her being an elementary school teacher and helping kids in her regular job.

SC 7 150x150 Sarah Cammann ... A Jewel in Boxing For those who know Sarah, you will certainly agree with me that she is a wonderful human being. I consider myself blessed to have her in my life. Sarah’s growing knowledge in a sport she loves will only get brighter in the years to come – like a jewel in boxing!

 

Jeff “Candy Slim” Merritt

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By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

He began his career in 1964 but it was not until 1973 that he crashed into the heavyweight ratings.  In between were periods of inactivity and a multitude of meaningless bouts.  He was a murderous, punching prospect that no worthy opponent wanted to chance his career against.  By the time he got his “shot” at the big time, he was 21-1 with 16 kayos.  He scored seven 1st round kayos and eight 2nd round stoppages.  Yet up to this point his claim to fame was being a Muhammad Ali sparring partner.  It is a shame that today very few remember Jeff “Candy Slim’ Merritt.  True, his tenure as a mainstream contender was less than a year but oh what a reputation he had.  Many at that time considered him the hardest puncher in the heavyweight division, bar none.

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Canelo wins “close” split decision over Lara

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By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America
 

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez facing Erislandy Lara featured two fighters at their peak and at best weight.  Both fighters also featured two styles of making it to the top  Alvarez been a professional since he was 15 and now nearly 24, he is now at the top of his game whereas Lara has spent much of formative years fighting amateur boxing at the highest levels for Cuba before making his run for freedom and America.  Two fighters, approaching their careers in two different fashion, now fight in a statement fight that will determine their place in their careers and possibly boxing history. Continue reading

How Quickly to Move a Fighter

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By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association

The recent championship fight between Gary Russell and Vasyl Lomachenko brought up the question, how quickly should a prospect be brought through the ranks.  After a successful amateur career, Russell team brought him along slowly before his championship bout with Lomachenko whereas this was Lomachenko third professional fight and his second shot at a championship.  Lomachenko won and many, myself included, felt that Russell should have been challenged more before this bout.

In conversations with pundits, promoters and a world class trainer, I tried to answer the questions how fast does one take a prospect to the championship.  Let’s begin with two fighters who both won their first title in their ninth fight, Guillermo Ridgondeaux and Davey Moore.   So far, Ridgondeaux career is going strong but Moore’s career suffered a devastating defeat in his tenth fight when he faced Roberto Duran.   Duran pummel Moore and Moore was never the same.  Boxing writer David Martinez noted about “Like Rigondeaux, Lomachenko were rare top premier amateur. “  So sometimes, a fighter is totally unique athletic specie and both Rigondeaux and Lomachenko may just be that rare fighter where the rules don’t apply.

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In Rusty’s Corner

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Rusty Rubin is an award winning boxing writer, covering the sweet science for more than 35 years and has offered his expertise to this website “dmboxing” since 2007

 

Short and sweet in this summer heat!

On July 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, it looks like a great card promoted by Golden Boy and shown on ShowTime PPV.

The fight is for the WBC/WBA super welterweight title and this is a fight card I would definitely buy (since I am limited to go in person).

Saul Canelo Alvarez, who suffered his only loss in 45 fights against Floyd Mayweather Jr., takes on dangerous southpaw Erislandy Lara who has only lost to Paul Williams by a very close decision.

Alvarez, who has been known to never turn down a fight is only 23 years old and boats a 43-1-1 record with 31 knockouts.

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