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Pacman Down Under – In “Upset” Loss

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
Manny Pacquiao faced Jeff Horn in Brisbane Australia and his goal was to look impressive to get a big pay day, with the goal to entice Mayweather for a big money rematch.  For Jeff Horn, this was his opportunity to become a known entity in the Welterweight and even win a title in front of his fellow countrymen. Horn came into this fight as a significant underdog.  Horn hoped that age would benefit him as he was the younger fighter by nine  years.

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Hey Harold!


My good friend Harold Lederman of HBO World Championship Boxing kindly provides with his short video links regarding upcoming fights.

Here’s a look at the rematch – Andre Ward (31-0 / 15 by KO) vs. Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1 / 26 by KO) WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight championship, scheduled for 12 rounds – airing on HBO/PPV this Saturday, June 17, 2017 from Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino Events Center, Las Vegas. 

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Ward vs. Kovalev – PREVIEW

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America. Our mutual friend Rusty Rubin (R.I.P.) was instrumental in connecting Tom to in 2008.

Sergey Kovalev faces Andre Ward in their second bout.  For Kovalev, this represents revenge as he felt that he won their first fight and he certainly had a good case.  Ward managed to win a close bout on the judges’ score card but in their first bout, Ward did not look like the Ward of old using his speed and defense to avoid getting hit while countering effectively.  Whether this was due to his age, past injuries or the early power of Kovalev, Ward did not look like the fighter who dominated the Super Middleweight division against some of the elite fighters of that division. 

The question will be if Ward can recapture some of his youth and show the defensive skills that allowed him to prosper in the Super Middleweight.  Kovalev is a solid boxer with power go to with his sound techniques.  Throughout the bout, his punches had more pop and this was self-evident over the first four rounds in which he sent Ward down for an eight count while taking a big lead on the cards.  Starting in the third round, Ward simply turned the fight into a brawl and fought on the inside of the powerful Russian.

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Brook vs. Spence – RECAP … and a Look at the Welterweight Division

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America, and contributing writer for since 2008
Last month (May 27, 2017), Errol Spence Jr. faced Kell Brook in Sheffield England in Brook’s backyard. For the first six rounds, Brook had a slight lead as he forced the action with his upper cuts and right hands against the southpaw Spence who tried to push the action but often found himself against a savvy fighter.  Brook at times even shook Spence but Spence showed a strong chin.
The second half of the fight, Spence took control of the fight with vicious body shots to go with effective jabs to set up combinations.  Brook slowed down and during the tenth round, Spence pushed Brook around the ring with body shots with quick combinations. Brook went down in the tenth from effective combinations. Brook’s left eye swelled from Spence’s jabbing, and going into the eleventh, Spence had his opportunity to end it and he did. Spence put on the pressure and landed a combination that forced Brook to sit down.  Spence fractured Brook’s left orbital bone and Brook could not continue as the swelling affected his vision. 

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Crawford, Davis, Russell Jr., Dirrell Win – RECAP

By Tom Donelson
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America, contributor to since 2008.
Terence Crawford dominated a game Felix Diaz at Madison Square Garden to defend his 140 pound title.  Crawford spent the first couple of rounds probing for weakness before instituting a savage beat down.  Diaz, a former gold medalist, came into this fight with only one loss to Lamont Peterson in a close decision and even connected on some hard shots against Crawford but this was an easy victory for Crawford who simply fought as a southpaw the whole fight.
Diaz absorbed a beating as Crawford connected on nearly 60% of his power shots and connected on three times as many punches. Diaz may have been close to Peterson but Crawford proved to be too much for Davis. Crawford wants Pacquiao, Julius Indongo and Keith Thurman but Pacquiao at this stage of his career will want nothing to do with Crawford and Thurman just had surgery will be out until the end of the year.  So look forward a unifying fight for all the junior welterweights’ title with Julius Indongo.
Undefeated Gervonta Davis traveled to England to face Liam Walsh and the southpaw Davis took control from the opening bell as he pounded Walsh into submission. He floored Walsh in the third round with a left hook after nailing the local hero with a serious of vicious inside shots. The referee stopped the fight with Walsh defenseless and on unsteady legs.

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Women Bring Home the Hardware

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on on August 11, 2012

By Adam Pollack (GUEST POST) for 

As expected, in the semifinals, the fix was in once again in Marlen Esparza’s bout with the Chinese boxer. When Marlen was down 3-2 after the first round, a round in which the Chinese boxer did absolutely nothing but wait and step back and occasionally throw a counter that missed, and never came close to landing a punch, I knew then they were going to “do” Marlen. Afterwards, when asked if she should have been more aggressive and tried even harder, Marlen made a poignant, insightful, and accurate comment, whichwas that if she took more risks and threw more punches, they would have had her down by even more. And that is a sad but truthful commentary on amateur boxing, and also explains why these bouts have utterly lost their entertainment value. The more you try to be aggressive against these boxers who look to wait and jump back and only throw quick arm-punch counters, the more the international judges will have you losing. So Marlen tried to play their game as best she could, but nevertheless, she was an American, which meant that if it was close she was going to lose. You damn near have to kill your opponent to win in this tournament.

Claressa Shields did what she needed to do to get into the final, which was beat the living hell out of her opponent. She has blazing fast hands, plenty of pop on her punches, and I love the way she puts together her punches in bunches, firing fast and hard combinations. She works the body and head. I also like the way she does not allow her foes to clinch her much, for she really works that inside short right very well and makes them pay for trying to lay in on her. And as soon as she gets some room, she follows up with more blows.

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Current Champions

Every three months on a quarterly basis offers this feature – the current boxing champions in each weight division. They are shown in their respective recognized world title belt organization. Each champion’s professional ring record is listed in following format: win-losses-draws-no contest (knockout wins) and the date of winning their title. 

 ***  As of May 12, 2017  ***

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