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By Tom Donelson
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Jorge Arce vs. Nonito Donaire on HBO
Jorge Arce is one of boxing more entertaining fighters and a fighter who has fun but against Donaire, he was against one of boxing toughest small guys. Donaire began the fight by chasing Arce, who played four corners as he contented to box and avoid getting into a fire fight with the strong punching Donaire.
In the second round, a Donaire right sent Arce down to the canvas with a right hand and from that point, Arce decided to become the aggressor and Donaire switched role and became boxer and counterpuncher. Arce decided that he couldn’t out box Donaire but if got inside, he might get lucky with one of his power punches. Arce began the third round by chasing and even nailed Donaire with a left hook to the body. For a brief moment, it looked like Arce might make it a fight.
Donaire countered Arce with a right hand and left hook that sent Arce down. This ended any chance of Arce winning the fight. Arce stumbled back up and Donaire jumped on him to finish him off. Donaire combination that ended with a left hook sent Arce down for the final time. Arce laid on his back as the referee stopped the fight.
In three rounds with Arce, Donaire showed why he may one of the best pound for pound fighter as he combines boxing style with power. Over the past year, Donaire has won four straight, knocking out three of them as he vies for fighter of the year. Donaire is now becoming the latest Philippine superstar as Pacquiao may be on the downside of his career.
Wilder wins a big one and Khan Saves His Career on Showtime
Former Olympian Deontay Wilder faced another undefeated heavyweight Kelvin Price in a fight that was scheduled to feature Wilder rise to heavyweight contender. The first round was a feeling process as neither fighter threw significant blows but Price landed three rights to the body but little commitment.
The second round was repeat of the first as neither fighter established anything but in the third round, Wilder threw a right hand that sent Price down like a sack of potatoes. Price didn’t beat the count and Wilder showed that he had the one punch that can send any heavyweight down.
The main event featured Carlos Molina and Amir Khan, who looked to come back as a title contender. Khan began the round with a fast jab and right hand open a cut over Molina’s right eye. Khan did do something that he didn’t do in previous fight; he moved away after throwing combination. In the last minute of the second round, Molina finally connected on two solid shots, a left hook and right hand but this paled in comparison to Khan blistering combinations.
Near the end of the third round, Molina had Khan on the rope but Khan fought back with uppercuts and hooks. Khan continued to use blazing speed to pound Molina in the fourth round, who never seemed to get untracked as blood once again began to flow for those combinations.
Khan continued his assault through the sixth and seventh round; Molina failure to cut off the ring allowed Khan not only to escape pressure but also permitted Khan to throw combinations. Molina showed the ability to take a punch but no the ability to hurt.
By the end of the ninth round, it was self-evident that Molina’s corner was ready to pull the plug on this fight as their fighter courage could not make up for the superior hand speed of Khan. As Molina fought throughout the tenth, his corner decided unless a miracle happen, this was it. When Molina return to the corner at the end of the tenth; his corner said “No mas” and decided to end a one sided affair to protect their fighter for another day. As for Khan, he won an impressive victory as he snapped a two fight losing streak. This fight saved Khan’s Career and allowed him to fight another day for another big pay day.