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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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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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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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Crawford scores four knockdowns enroute to “KO” win over Gamboa

 Crawford scores four knockdowns enroute to KO win over Gamboa

By Tom Donelson

Member Boxing Writers Association / contributed to “dmboxing.com” since 2008

On June 28, 2014 – HBO had a double header from Omaha with the first fight featuring Matt Korobov fighting Jose Uzcategui in a battle of undefeated Middleweights prospect looking for a possible title shot.  In the first round, the first big punch came from Korobov straight left against Uzcategui.   Korobov continued to follow through on his success with solid power punches but in the third round, Korobov started to slow down and looked fatigue even though he did land solid combinations throughout the third round.

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