By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
On Saturday night April 13, 2019 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Claressa Shields fought Christina Hammer in a battle of the two best female middleweights in the world with the winner being the undefeated unified champion. Hammer started fast in the first round boxing and her jab effectively took the round; but in the second round, it was Shields who dominated as she nailed Hammer with a left hook in the first minute and over the last minute, connected on a right hand.
The third round was closer than the second but it was a Shields round as she connected on the bigger shots and her excellent defense allowed her to slip punches. The fourth round was another round where Shields used her brawling style to force Hammer to move away but Hammer didn’t punch back effectively.
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America… contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008
Anthony Crolla faced Vasiliy Lomachenko in a battle for Lomachenko’s lightweight title belts. I wouldn’t use the word battle as Lomachenko chased Crolla throughout the bout, rarely in trouble. Crolla had very little answers and did very little in punching back. Using body shots along with jabs, Lomachenko dominated the action from the first round. At the end of the third round, Lomachenko landed a combination that was counted as a knockdown as the rope kept Crolla from hitting the canvas. After an eight count, the bell ended the fight. Crolla was Lomanchenko’s punching bag.
Lomachenko ended the bout with a right hand hook from his southpaw position as Crolla hit the canvas face first. Lomachenko is now 14-1 with 11 knockouts but this record is even more impressive since he has fought the best in his division. I doubt any fighter has as impressive a list of opponents over their first fifteen fights as Lomachenko who started his career fighting Jose Ramirez who was 25-3 and a title contender, winning by a knockout.
The “Gio Express” made another stop, Saturday night, at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, in a 10 round main event presented by Brian Halquist Productions. This was Halquist’s “Battle At The Boat 120” and the feature bout pitted Super Featherweights Giovanni “Gio” Cabrera Mioletti (16-0-0 w/7 KOs) Chicago, Illinois taking on Recky Dulay (11-5-0 w/8 KOs) Philippines.
Although scheduled for 10 rounds “Gio” made it an early night, first picking apart Dulay with crisp jabs and counter punching, as Dulay tried to close the distance and landed some shots of his own. In the third round Gio began battering him with power shots, which resulted in Dulay remaining on the stool and not coming out for the fourth round. He had enough of the “Gio Express”. In another dominant performance by “Gio” this one goes down in the record books as his 16th win, via a TKO in the 3rd round.
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America, and has contributed to dmboxing.com with expertise since 2008
Errol Spence Jr. dominated this bout and the only real close round was the second round. Spence won all rounds on all cards and quite frankly, Mikey Garcia was great lightweight, but he is not a true welterweight. He simply got out boxed and the second round was the only round which you could make an argument that he won but the judges didn’t even give him that.
Mikey Garcia is a great lightweight but he could not make the jump to welterweight and now he is considering going back to lightweight or junior welterweight.
Spence had the size advantage and he used it effectively as he controlled the distance between both fighters. The compubox numbers told the whole story as Spence landed 345 of 1082 punches and nailed 51% of his power shots. Spence connected on triple the power shots than Garcia got credit for connecting all of his punches! Garcia was merely a punching bag.
IBF #1 heavyweight Kubrat (26-1, 13 KOs) will put his rating on the line against Bogdan Dinu (18-1, 14 KOs) in a 10-round showdown on Saturday, March 23 at The Hangar in Costa Mesa, Calif. In the co-feature, former world champions Jessie Magdaleno (25-1, 18 KOs) and Rico Ramos(30-5, 13 KOs) will clash in a 10-round featherweight bout with potential world title implications.
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By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America … contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008
Leo Santa Cruz fought Rafael Rivera, who took the fight on a three week notice in his first shot at a title.
Rivera had a competitive first round as he launched combinations and body shots and looked sharp but it seemed to have little effect upon Santa Cruz. Rivera is a good fighter up against a great fighter and after the second round, the great fighter took over. Rivera had lost two of three his previous fights and was replacing Miguel Flores but this was supposed to be a tune up for Santa Cruz and it proved mostly that even though Rivera had his moment.
Every 3 months on a quarterly basis, in February, May, August, and November dmboxing.com 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.