By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America
After his defeat of Chad Dawson four years ago, Andre Ward was one of the top pound for pound fighters but after only two fights over the previous four years; Ward is now moving toward a match against the best light heavyweight in the world; Sergey Kovalev. Ward faced a number one contender, Sullivan Barrera, and won an easy decision but the fight left more question than answers.
Ward inactivity showed itself as Ward did not look like the old fast quick self of four years ago. Ward was the quicker of the two fighters against Barrera but to the naked eye, it looked like Ward was millimeter slower than he was against Dawson. The old boxing skills was in place and Ward looked healed from shoulder surgery as he nailed Barrera with both right hands and left hooks with ease. Barrera connected on less than 20% of his punches and while he went down from a left hook, he was back up quickly.
Continue reading Ward Wins, But Can He Beat Kovalev?
I have assembled my personal choices in boxing for the past year 2015 in the five major categories and my “pound for pound” ranking for the year ending 2015. Picks are solely my opinion, as I sincerely respect and welcome the opinions of others – thank you!
FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Gennady Golovkin
WBA Super World / WBC interim / IBF middleweight champion (34-0 / 31 by KO)
Three successful title defenses and unification win: Martin Murray (KO 11) February 21, Willie Monroe (KO 6) May 16, David Lemieux (KO 8) October 17
*** Runner Up – Canelo Alvarez
Continue reading Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2015
By Tom Donelson
Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)
Las week Tim Bradley fought Brandon Rios and this would be his first fight with Ted Atlas, who returned as a trainer after years in the broadcast booth. Atlas goal was to have Bradley use the ring and fight from angles as oppose to sit in front of his opponent and play warrior. Bradley has always been a good boxer but he also shown to be a tough fighter who didn’t mind getting into fire fight. This strategy didn’t always work out in his favor even in victory as his tough victory over Ruslan Providnikov showed in which Bradley survived knockdowns to win a close decision.
Continue reading Bradley and Rios ~ RECAP
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), and has contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008
Last week Terrence Crawford showed why he has to be considered one of the best pound for pound fighters as he easily dismantled Dierry Jean over ten rounds. Crawford showed that he was as effective out of the southpaw stance as he was in the orthodox as he pounded poor Jean from one end of the ring to the other. Rarely did Jean come close to hurting Crawford and Crawford boxing style made it too difficult for the challenger.
Continue reading Crawford and Golovkin ~ RECAP
Recap from dmboxing.com
I am pleased to report that Steve Corbo, a guest writer who often contributes to this website, recently returned from Germany, where he was the Ring Announcer for a couple of title fights. The main event, on July 11, 2015, was the WBA Heavyweight Championship Ruslan Chagaev (34-2-1 / 21 KOs) vs. Francesco Pianeta (31-2-1 / 17 KOs) at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany.
Continue reading Ruslan Chagaev Retains WBA Title by “early” Knockout
By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
I have assembled my personal choices in boxing for the past last year 2014 in the five major categories and “pound for pound” ranking for the year ending 2014. Picks are solely my opinion, as I respect and welcome the opinions of others.
FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Terence Crawford
WBO lightweight champion (25-0 / 17 by KO)
three successful wins: Ricky Burns (UD 12) 3-1-14, Yuriorkis Gamboa (KO 9) 6-28-14, Raymundo Beltran (UD 12) 11-29-14
*** Runner Up’s (in order) : Sergy Kovalev, Naoya Inoue, Roman Gonzalez, Wladimir Klitschko, Carl Froch
Continue reading Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2014
By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
On Sunday, November 23, 2014, in Macau, China, Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2 / 38 by KO) successfully defended his WBO welterweight title by knocking down Chris Algieri (20-1 / 8 by KO) six times en-route to a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision victory.
Pacquiao was so dominant that all three judges gave him every round in the fight. If it were bowling, it would be a perfect score of 300. My unofficial scorecard was 120-102 on points.
Continue reading Manny Pacquiao ~ RECAP
By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)
On October 18, 2014, Gennady Golovkin did to Marco Antonio Rubio what he has done to every other fighter he faced, he pounded Rubio into submission. This fight lasted less than six minutes and never really was in doubt despite Rubio coming into the fight overweight. Rubio weighed two pounds over the contracted weight and made no effort after the weigh in to try to lose the extra two pounds. Rubio figured the extra bulk would allow him to better withstand Triple G’s power but alas, it didn’t do Rubio much good.
Golovkin is the best Middleweight in the world today and so far, he has made the Middleweight division his personal fiefdom and the question is who can stand up to Golovkin? Miguel Cotto recently defeated Sergio Martinez but Cotto has his eyes on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and the big payday that comes with it, so Cotto is not going to fight Golovkin. And if he did, he would lose.
Continue reading Gennady Golovkin ~ RECAP
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.
Continue reading How Quickly to Move a Fighter
By Tom Donelson
Member Boxing Writers Association and has contributed “dmboxing” since 2008
Keith Thurman last Saturday night victory showed constant growth as he used all his arsenal against Julio Diaz. The first round showed the mismatch quickly as Thurman showed he was more than ready for the grizzly veteran Diaz as he simply hit Diaz at will. The second round saw Thurman throw punches from different angles as Diaz had no answer defensively. One combinations forced Diaz to his knee and it was a matter of time. The only drama was when the end was coming.
In the third round, Diaz managed to land the his only real meaningful punch of the night as he nailed Thurman with a left hook but a Thurman right to the body hurt Diaz’s rib. Diaz went back to his corner and he was barely able to breathe; leading his corner to stop the fight. Thurman showed defensive nuance and able to avoid many of Diaz’s haymakers and he showed quick hands to go with the power.
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