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Boxing Starting to Find Its Way

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Member Boxing Writers Association of America
Feature Writer for dmboxing.com since 2008

While much of the boxing world focusing on the aftermath of the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, what is being missed are the young boxing stars making their marks.  Saul Alvarez is one of those stars and his three round demolition of James Kirkland showed a young fighter developing into a star.  Since his loss to Mayweather, he won three in a row, two knock out victories and a close split decision victory over Erislandy Lara.

Despite being 24 years old, he is now 45-1, with his only loss to Floyd Mayweather.  While many pundits are not sure how to rate Mayweather, one milepost to judge him will be the career of Alvarez.  If Alvarez becomes an elite fighter in his own right, this certainly enhances Mayweather’s own legacy as he defeated Alvarez when Alvarez was 22 years old and coming off impressive victory over Austin Trout.   Mayweather gave the bigger Alvarez a boxing lesson and Alvarez may be that fighter that years from now that will cement Mayweather’s own greatness to higher heights.

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Canelo by “KO” over Kirkland on HBO … Figueroa & McDonnell win on CBS broadcast

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

In the aftermath of the Pacquiao-Mayweather, boxing is going through its normal “Oh my what is wrong with our sport!” but as I have mention, sometimes we fail to notice what is happening below the surface.

Watching Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight is watching boxing’s next superstar as he dispatched the hard hitting James Kirkland. Over seven plus minutes, Alvarez landed every punch ever invented in boxing as he just couldn’t miss and took whatever Kirkland threw his way. Kirkland is a hard punching fighter but he is not the technical skill fighter than Alvarez.

Kirkland came out smoking as he trapped Alvarez on the rope for the first minute but Alvarez came back to send Kirkland down for an eight count and spent the last minute trying to end the fight.   Kirkland, who is one of the toughest fighters but he not only lack the technical skills but Alvarez had the power to match Kirkland.  Alvarez threw a right hand that literally sent Kirkland body spinning 180 degree before he was sent to the canvas for the final time in the third round.

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Boxing Is Not Dead

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Feature Writer for dmboxing.com since 2008

The big fight is over and now the obituary for boxing has begun as the fight fail to live up the hype. Many pundits misses important points. I have already heard how big events like Mayweather-Pacquiao is bad for boxing but that is like saying the Super Bowl is bad for Football and how many times will we read how this particular fight will do little to increase boxing?  That is the equal of saying that a Super Bowl blow out will destroy the interest in football and we already know that not to be true.  Football proved to be as popular even after the Seattle Seahawks devastation of the Denver Broncos two years ago.  There have been many big boxing events that fail to develop upon the hype and yet, boxing still survived.

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Mayweather defeats Pacquiao by a unanimous decision

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

Floyd Mayweather did what no one expected, turn what was supposed to be the fight of the century into a sparring session.  His defensive wizardry was the key as he simply out maneuvered Manny Pacquiao.  Mayweather is one of the underestimated undefeated fighter as we pundits consistently find ways that this guy is supposed to lose and yet he simply uses his defensive wizardry and simply turn most fighters into putty in his hand.

From the first round Mayweather strategy became obvious; use his jab to establish real estate between him and the smaller Pacquiao while launching occasional right hand.  Rarely did Pacquiao ever trap Mayweather on the rope nor did he ever hurt Mayweather.  You can count on your hand the numbers of effective left hands that Pacquiao landed and Mayweather managed to nullify Pacquiao’s offense as he did to other past good fighters like Canelo Alvarez and Robert Guerrero.

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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!

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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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