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FIGHT CALENDAR for May 2015

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May 1 *** FRIDAY

At Las Vegas (truTV): Takahiro Ao vs. Raymundo Beltran, 12 rounds, for vacant WBO lightweight title; Mikael Zewski vs. Konstantin Ponomarev, 10 rounds, welterweights; Jessie Magdaleno vs. TBA, 8 rounds, featherweights; Egor Mekhontsev vs. Hakim Zoulikha, 8 rounds, light heavyweights; Victor Pasillas vs. Marcelo Gallardo, 6 rounds, featherweights

At Tokyo: Takashi Miura vs. Billy Dib, 12 rounds, for Miura’s WBC junior lightweight title; Ryota Murata vs. Douglas Damiao Ataide, 10 rounds, middleweights; Akira Yaegashi vs. TBA, 10 rounds, flyweights

May 2 *** SATURDAY

At Las Vegas (HBO PPV/Showtime PPV): Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao, 12 rounds, WBC/WBA/WBO welterweight unification; Leo Santa Cruz vs. Jose Cayetano, 10 rounds, featherweights; Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Galamlier Rodrguez, 12 rounds, for Lomachenko’s WBO featherweight title; Chris Pearson vs. Said El Harrak, 10 rounds, junior middleweights; Jesse Hart vs. Mike Jimenez, 10 rounds, super middleweights; Andrew Tabiti vs. Anthony Caputo Smith, 8 rounds, cruiserweights; Brad Solomon vs. Adrian Granados, 8 rounds, welterweights

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Hey Harold!

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My friend Harold Lederman of HBO World Championship Boxing kindly provides this website with his video clips regarding upcoming fights. Here’s a look at this Saturday, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas – Floyd Mayweather Jr. (47-0 / 26 by KO) vs. Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2 / 38 by KO) mega championship fight, 12 rounds, WBC/WBA/WBO welterweight unification – airing on HBO/ Showtime PPV

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Hey Harold!

Harold

My friend Harold Lederman of HBO World Championship Boxing kindly provides this website with his short video pieces regarding upcoming fights. Here’s a look at the IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight championship; Wladimir Klitschko (63-3 / 53 by KO) vs. Bryant Jennings (19-0 / 10 by KO) … airing on HBO this Saturday, April 25,  from Madison Square Garden, New York , NY … the co-feature will be:  Francisco Santana (22-3-1 / 11 by KO) vs. Sadam Ali (21-0 / 13 by KO), 10 rounds, welterweights.

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Crawford wins 140 lb. WBO belt … Matthysee over Provodnikov … Fonfara by “KO” over Chavez Jr.

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By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

A HBO doubleheader began with Thomas Dulorme, coming down from welterweight to junior welterweight, facing one of the best pound for pound fighters, Terence Crawford who was moving up from the lightweight division.  Over the first six minutes, Dulorme threw the majority of punches and tried to push the action and Crawford worked at a relaxed pace while countering.  Dulorme punches rarely got through the Crawford defenses and looked more like flash than really be effective.

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Crawford relax style allowed Dulorme to press the action and Dulorme had a reputation of fading in the second half of fights; explaining Crawford’s strategy of allowing Dulorme to press the action and play defense.  Harold Lederman had Dulorme in the lead three rounds to two but Dulorme’s activity could easily have influenced the judges to give all five rounds to the Puerto Rican fighter.

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Hey Harold!

Harold

 

My friend Harold Lederman of HBO World Championship Boxing kindly provides this website with his short videos regarding upcoming fights. Here’s a look at Terence Crawford vs. Thomas Dulorme, 12 rounds, for the “vacant” WBO junior welterweight title – airing on HBO Saturday, April 18, from Arlington, Texas. The co-feature same night coverage from Verona, New York will be Ruslan Provodonikov vs. Lucas Matthysse, 12 rounds, top rated junior welterweights.

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https://youtu.be/N87-YkDeGeQ

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Kell Brook retains title by “KO” … Gary Russell Jr. wins WBC featherweight title by “KO”

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By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

Kell Brook defended his  IBF welterweight championship against Jo Jo Dan in Great Britain.  Brook had yet to test defeat and his Romanian opponent was a southpaw, a style that Brook has not fought nearly in six years.   Brook got off to fast start as he nailed Dan from various angles in the opening round.    Brook sent Dan down with an upper cut within the first minute of the second round and Dan got back up; only to go down from another quick right.  Dan went into survival mode as he hold and threw punch from any angles from close in.  Brook nailed Dan with three big rights over the final two minutes but Dan survived.

Brook continued his assault as he unleashed power shots, in particular his right hand throughout the third and fourth round.   Late in the fourth round,  Brook’s right sent Dan down and Brook tried to finish the job.  Brook connected on power shots, forcing Dan to retreat.  At the 2:59 mark of the fourth round, a Brook left hook sent Dan down.  Dan wobbled back to his seat and his corner stopped the fight as they saw that he has taken enough punishment.

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Book Review

Sharkey
By Adam Pollack / Guest Post

Win By KO Publications is pleased to announce its publication of Jack Sharkey: A Heavyweight Champion’s Untold Story, by James Curl, with a foreword by Jack Sharkey III.

When Jack Sharkey retired in 1936 after twelve years of boxing, he had carved out a career that was both exciting and controversial. But, despite having been the world heavyweight champion and enormously popular, sadly he is almost completely forgotten today…until now.

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Current Boxing Champions

The current champions, as of March 18, 2015,  in each weight division are listed below. Each champion’s professional boxing record is shown in the following format: wins–losses–draws–no contests (knockout wins) and the date they won title.

Heavyweight (200+ lb, 90.7+ kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Wladimir Klitschko
Super champion
 Ukraine
63–3–0–0 (53)
July 2, 2011
Deontay Wilder
 United States
33–0–0–0 (32)
January 17, 2015
Wladimir Klitschko
 Ukraine
63–3–0–0 (53)
April 22, 2006
Wladimir Klitschko
Super champion
 Ukraine
63–3–0–0 (53)
February 23, 2008
Wladimir Klitschko
 Ukraine
63–3–0–0 (53)
June 20, 2009
Ruslan Chagaev
 Uzbekistan
33–2–1–0 (20)
July 6, 2014

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Kovalev stops Pascal by “KO” retains light heavyweight title

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA) Boxing Writers Association of America

Sergey Kolalev faced Jean Pascal in Pascal’s backyard, Montreal, for all of Kolalev light heavyweight belts.

Kolalev was coming off a big victory over Bernard Hopkins and now he was facing the awkward fighter, Pascal. Kolalev started to find the distance in the second round with big rights and forcing Pascal to retreat.  Kolalev continued to pressure in the third round but Pascal started to land big rights but with a minute left, Kolalev landed a big left hook that forced Pascal back to the rope to stop Pascal’s rally.   Kolalev landed another big left hook followed by a big right that sent Pascal almost through the rope, forcing the referee to issue an eight count and Pascal was saved only by the bell.

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Kolalev started hard at the beginning of fourth round as he trapped Pascal and pounded him.  While Kolalev dominated the first part of the round but Pascal made a comeback down the stretch as he landed five big punches to send Kolalev reeling for the first time in the bout.  Pascal continued to pound with counters in the fifth round that forced Kolalev to occasionally retreat as he did over the second half of the fourth round. Pascal continued to land off balanced shots throughout the sixth round and ended the round with a big left hook.   HBO Lederman had the bout 58 to 55 at the halfway mark.

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