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Jarret Hurd & Danny Garcia “By Unanimous Decision” Over Francisco Santana & Ivan Redkach – on Showtime

Santana vs. Hurd
Garcia vs. Redkach

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) … Contributor to since 2008 with outstanding input and expertise – Thank You!

Jarret Hurd is coming back after losing his title and his first loss to Julian Williams.  (Williams lost to Jeison Rosario a week ago in a surprise knockout.)   Hurd now is looking to regain his titles, and this was the first step to that goal in the Barclay Center in Brooklyn against Francisco Santana.   The first two rounds, Hurd showed discipline as he jabbed and box against Santana, who seemed to follow Hurd around the ring.

Hurd boxing style over the first four rounds bothered Santana, who seemed more of a sparring partner than a serious contender in the early rounds.   Halfway through the fifth round, Hurd starting to throw serious punches as Santana move consistently to his right. This move negated Santana best punch, his left hook but protected him against the Hurd upper cut.

As Hurd entered the second half of the round, he was winning the fight easily but looking awkward in adopting a more subdued boxing style as oppose to his more aggressive style.  He never seemed comfortable and his boxing instinct reined in, he never appeared to go for broke.  As the fight progressed, there was little drama until the last thirty seconds of the tenth and final round.  Hurd landed six big hooks that Santana took but Hurd landed the upper cut that sent Santana down for the eight count.  As Santana rose up, the fight had but five seconds left so Santana survived.

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The Heavyweight Division

The Champions / as of: January 7, 2020

WBO: Anthony Joshua

IBF: Anthony Joshua

WBA: Anthony Joshua*

WBC: Deontay Wilder**

*Mahmoud Charr is the WBA “regular” heavyweight champion and Trevor Bryan is the WBA interim heavyweight champion

**Dillian Whyte is the WBC interim heavyweight champion


By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America / Contributor to since 2008

The heavyweight division is becoming an interesting division with some intriguing fighters and even more intriguing bouts.  Anthony Joshua won his title back by out boxing Andy Ruiz, who didn’t show the same ability to penetrate Joshua defenses as he did in their first fight, but then Joshua didn’t give him a chance in the rematch.  This bout reminded me of Lennox Lewis and David Tua. Lewis did not bother to give Tua, who had a devastating left hook a chance to hit him, and Lewis simply jab, jab, jab with occasional right hand while Tua could never get close to throw any meaningful punches.  After getting knocked around by Ruiz in their first match, Joshua showed adaptability and simply boxed Ruiz. Ruiz never got his chance to hit a home run but Joshua always had the technical skill and showed his boxing skills when he out boxed Joseph Parker in their match and he showed his ability to comeback off the canvas against Wladimir Klitschko to win that bout by knockout.

Tyson Fury is a big 6’9” fighter but he also has boxing skills and is not easy to hit.  Against Wladimir Klitschko, his defensive skills kept Klitschko off guard. Part of the reason sited at the time was Klitshcko age but after watching the Wilder fight, Fury frustrated Wilder equally.  Wilder nearly ended the fight twice with two powerful rights that sent Fury down but Fury both times manage to climb off the canvas.   Fury did have issues in his last fight as Otto Wallin opened up a massive cut over Fury eye and nearly stopped him in the early rounds due to cuts. This was the second fight that Fury had to struggle to finish the fight, but he did finish the fight and won the bout.

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Joshua dominates Ruiz to regain WBA/IBF/WBO Heavyweight Titles

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America / Contributor to since 2008 with expertise articles and input.

Anthony Joshua simply used his technical skills and boxing ability and dances his way to an easy decision. I had the fight 119-109 but this was a hardly exciting fight. Ruiz was incapable to get any consistent offense and only in the eighth round did Ruiz connect on power shots including a sharp right and nasty left hook, but that was about the explosive attack by Ruiz.  I gave the eighth round to Ruiz and it was the only round that Ruiz actually landed more punches than Joshua.  Ruiz only averaged 22 punches thrown per round and landed just five punches per round.  Joshua was hardly a throwing machine, but he averaged 36 punches per round and connected on nine punches per round.

Joshua threw the double of jabs than Ruiz and landed three times as many jabs and even landed a slightly more power shots plus he was more accurate with those power shots.  The jabs allowed Joshua to control the space between Ruiz and him, denying Ruiz opportunities to nail Joshua with power shots.

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Wilder by KNOCKOUT over Ortiz – 7th Round

By Tom Doneslon / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

Wilder needed one punch to erase a four-round deficit on two of the judges’ scorecard and a two-round deficit on the other card.  (I had it 59-55 and many others had it 60-54.)  Ortiz seemed in control and connected on counter punches as it would appear that Wilder hesitated to throw punches. In their first fight, Ortiz stunned Wilder in the sixth round and like in this fight, was ahead on the scorecards when Wilder stopped him. Ortiz had the power to stop Wilder and Wilder understood that, so he played it safe.

When looking at the Compubox data, the actual connect rates were close. Going into the seventh round, Ortiz only connected on three more punches, but he had a 20-8 advantage in power punches through six rounds.  Interesting enough, Ortiz only landed more punches in three of the first six rounds and Wilder landed more punches in two of those rounds with both landing two punches in the fourth round.   Ortiz was winning rounds, but he was not dominating the fight.  He succeeds in keeping Wilder off balance and never allowing Wilder to set on his punches, in particular his right hand.

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Pariah: The Lives and Death of Sonny Liston

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America / Contributor to since 2008

Showtime special on Sonny Liston, Pariah: The Lives and Deaths of Sonny Liston, reveals the various controversy and conspiracy theories surrounding Liston career and death.  Liston, like Joe Frazier, George Foreman and even Larry Holmes were overshadowed by Muhammad Ali and his talent has often been ignored and never truly appreciated.   He was not just a powerful puncher or brawler, but he had good boxing skills to go with that awesome power. 

The problem with Liston is that the truth about his life often overshadowed his skills in the boxing ring and often led to various conspiracy stories.  There is no doubt of his connection to organized crime and his rise to prominence occurred during the time in which Mob controlled boxing and he did work for the mob as an enforcer outside the ring.

During the 50’s, mob control of the boxing became part of congressional investigation and Liston connection to the mob became part of the hearing.  This did two things.  It first delayed his shot at a title as Cus D’Amato had a good reason to keep Liston from fighting Patterson despite Liston defeating top contenders. The second thing is that reinforce Liston as a villain.

As the 1950’s ended and the 60’s begin, the Civil Rights movement was in full swing, challenging the racism existed and the documentary made it clear that many in the Civil Rights movement didn’t want Liston as a representative of their movement, a man perceived as a thug by much of American. Floyd Patterson was the polite gentleman who many viewed as a role model plus he was the heavyweight champion.

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Golden Boy Promotions Brings Two Title Fights to Upcoming Show – Orange County, California

Roy Englebrecht and the entire Fight Club OC crew are honored to welcome Golden Boy Promotions Thursday Night Fights to The Hangar on Thursday, December 5th. With two great title fights and the show being streamed live on DAZN and the world will see what a great fight venue The Hangar is. Doors to the event open at 5pm with first bout set for 5:15pm.

Canadian 140-pound contender Yves Ulysse Jr. (18-1, 9 KOs) will return to the ring against tough Venezuelan puncher Ismael Barroso (21-3-2, 20 KOs) to fight defend his WBA Gold Super Lightweight Title in the 12-round main event of Thursday Night Fights on Dec. 5 at the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. The fights will be streamed live DAZN, and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page beginning at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time Zone and at 7:00 p.m. West Coast Time Zone. The series will also be available on regional sports networks around the nation.

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Current Champions

Every 3 months on a quarterly basis, in February, May, August, and November offers this feature – the current Boxing Champions in each weight division.  They are shown in their respective world title belt organization, with their native country, and each champion’s professional ring record listed in following format: win-loss-draw-no contest (knockout wins) and the date of winning their title.

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Canelo by “KO” over Kovalev, 11th Round, to Win WBO Light Heavyweight Title

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) and contributor to 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.

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