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Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2018

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

I have assembled my personal choices in boxing for the past year, 2018, in six major categories.  Picks are solely my opinion, and I sincerely respect and welcome the opinions of others – thank you!

FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: 

Oleksandr Usyk (16-0 / 12 by KO) IBF/WBA/WBC/WBO Cruiserweight Champion

1-27-18 / vs. Mairis Briedis (26-0) / MD 12

7-21-18 / vs. Murat Gassiev (23-0) / UD 12

11-10-18 / vs. Tony Bellew (30-2-1) / KO 8

*** Runner Up’s:

Vasiliy Lomachenko (12-1 / 9 by KO) WBA/WBO Lightweight Champion

5-12-18 / vs. Jorge Linares / TKO 10

12-8-18 / vs. Jose Pedraza / UD 12

Naoya Inque (17-0 / 15 by KO) WBA Bantamweight Champion

5-25-18 / vs. James McDonnell / KO 1

10-1-18 / vs. Juan Carlos Payano / KO 1

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Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin – RECAP

 
By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
 
The second Golovkin-Alvarez was closer than their first bout and while I won’t say that Golovkin was robbed in this fight, he better understand he will never fbeat Alvarez short of knocking him out. I had Triple G’s the winner in the first bout 115 to 113 but this bout was closer as Alvarez pushed the action and as HBO Roy Jones noted that Alvarez pushed Golovkin and that unlike any previous Golovkin fights, Alvarez stalked triple G’s.   In their first bout, Golovkin threw 200 more punches as he did in the second bout but in the first bout, he landed nearly 50 more punches than Alvarez and power punches were nearly the same.  He out punched Alvarez in 10 of the 12 rounds and this was why many were disappointed he wasn’t awarded the decision.
 
In this bout, he landed twice as many jabs as he did in the first fight but Alvarez landed nearly twenty six more power shots than Golovkin and Golovkin landed more punches in 7 rounds as compared to 4 for Alvarez and one even.  The perception of Alvarez more aggressive stance gave judges the reason to award the fight to Alvarez and the closer nature of the rounds aided Alvarez in the decision.  There were rounds Alvarez won in which he landed fewer punches because he landed effective power shots. 
 

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Garcia vs. Easter – RECAP … Heavyweights Whyte vs. Parker in England

 
By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
 
Last weekend, Mikey Garica faced Robert Easter to unify portions of the lightweight title as two undefeated fighters faced off.  Easter provided a unique challenge as his reach and heights provided obstacles to the smooth boxing Garcia.  Garcia is a boxing technician with power but he needed to figure out how to get under the Easter’s reach.
 
Easter jab dominated the pace of the first two rounds as he used his height and reach to control the real estate between the two.  Garcia had very few success in penetrating Easter defense and lost the first two rounds.
 
The third round saw the fight changed as Garcia managed to land his own jab to counter the taller Easter’s jabbing strategy.  A right hand cross followed by left hook by Garcia sent Easter to the canvas and Garcia drew first blood. 
 

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Pacquiao vs. Matthysse – RECAP

 
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
 
Last weekend, Manny Pacquiao easily beat Lucas Matthysse and it looked more like a sparring session on a punching bag than a real fight as Matthysse could not handle Pacquiao quicker hands and as the fight progressed, he look more like a fighter who was looking for the right time to end it.  He quit trying to win after the third round and in the fifth, he simply took a knee after a right hand jab.  A Pacquiao upper cut ended the fight.
 
Pacquiao got the WBA regular title with the victory and yes, one has to be impressed by the easy nature of the victory.  Matthysse won his title by beating Tewa Kiram this past January but Matthysse is on his down side of his career and has not been an elite fighter for a long time. 
 

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Lomachenko vs. Linares RECAP … Golovkin and Middleweight Division … Munguia vs. Ali Result

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Last weekend, Vasyl Lomachenko found himself in a fight going into the tenth round that was close with one judge having it two points lead for Lomanchenko, another scoring a two round lead for his opponent Jorge Linares with final judge seeing it a draw. 

Lomachenko has been a champion since his third fight and in his twelve fight, he has moved up in weight from featherweight to lightweight, and considering most fighters are nowhere near to an championship belt  in their twelve fights and Lomachenko having already won eight championship fights coming into this fight.  He came into this fight with Linares seven knock outs in row, with the last four fighters retired in their corner.   This was his first attempt at the lightweight title and Jorge Linares was the first fighter since the Russell match that prove competitive with Lomachenko.

Linares landed more power punches where Lomachenko landed more jabs and Lomachenko was more accurate in his punches but the number of punches were nearly equal.  Linares even sent Lomachenko down for a quick knockdown in the sixth round.  In the tenth, Lomachneko unleashed a five punch combinations that sent Linares down for good. 

The question now where Lomachenko go?  In the lightweight division, there are some good options to including fights with Ray Beltran and Mikey Garcia to unify portions of the lightweight titles. Lomachenko is one of those complete fighters who can box and slug and has eight knockouts in his twelve fights but these knockouts came against championship caliber fighters and not inflated by weak opponents.  So Lomachenko power is for real. 

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Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2017

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com 

I have assembled my “personal” choices in boxing for the past year 2017 in five major categories, and my “pound for pound” ranking for the year ending 2017. Picks are solely my opinion, as I sincerely respect and welcome the opinions of others – thank you!

 

FIGHTER OF THE YEAR:  Vasyl Lomachenko / WBO Super Featherweight Champion 

vs. Jason Sosa (RTD 9) April 8, 2017 / vs. Miguel Marriaga (RTD 7) August 5, 2017 /

Guillermo Rigondeaux (RTD 6) December 9, 2017

*****  Runner Up’s:

***** Terence Crawford  

*****  Andre Ward 

 

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Lomachenko, Ogawa, Roman, Truax – Winners on December 9, 2017 – RECAP

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America … contributing writer for dmboxing.com since 2008. 

This past weekend, action occurred around the world beginning in Madision Square Garden where Vasyl Lomachenko simply took Guillermo Rigondeaux apart and forced Rigondeaux to quit on his stool.  Rigondeaux moved up in weight and Lomachenko was the bigger fighter, who bullied Rigondeaux throughout the bout. 
 
What was supposed to be a bout between two of the better technician, Rigondequx hardly looked disciplined or technically skill as he rarely could connect on punches much less through combinations.  He ended up holding and delivering low blows, a tactic that cost him a point in the sixth round. Both men had won gold models in consecutive Olympics and this was a bout between two former two time Olympic gold medalist but alas, Rigondeaux looked every bit of his 37 years of age and never was in the fight.  Lomachenko made the case that he is one of the best pound for pound.
 

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Mares, Santa Cruz, Hurd, Charlo, Lara – Winners on October 14, 2017 – RECAP

 
By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
 
Abner Mares started his bout against Andres Gutierrez with solid boxing, as he used angles to get the better of Gutierrez over the first five rounds. As Gutierrez came out of the sixth round, the ring doctor checked the cut over Gutierrez’s left eye and Gutierrez pushed the action but it did little to stem the tide as Mares continued his assault.  The one thing that Gutierrez had going for himself is that he took Mares best and he kept moving forward in an effort to change the bout.   The seventh thru the ninth, Mares simply pounded Gutierrez and blood continued to spurt out of Gutierrez’s left eye.  During the tenth round, Gutierrez moved forward only to absorb punches from Mares. The eye continued to bleed and the referee stopped the fight in the middle of the tenth round.   Mares looked impressive as he took every round with his boxing skills and never got tempted into going toe to toe with Gutierrez.  His discipline allowed him too easily prevail.
 
 
Leo Santa Cruz faced Chris Avalos for Cruz’s featherweight title. The first round was action pack as Santa Cruz fights tend to be and both fighters let loose.  Santa Cruz was the most accurate.  Through the first four rounds, the fight on compubox was close but Santa Cruz punches had the more pop.  Near the end of the fourth, Santa Cruz buckled Avalos knee and continued to do so in the fifth round as his punches buckle Avalos knee but Avalos continued to fight back.
 

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Mikey Garcia vs. Adrien Broner RECAP … Victor Ortiz wins by KO!

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Mikey Garcia dominated Adrien Broner last Saturday night with a technically sound performance.  Broner is the colorful fighter with the flashing combinations but it is Garcia who simply wins by being workmanlike. From the beginning and throughout the fight, Garcia jabbed his way inside Broner and then landed body shots that scored. From the very beginning, Garcia outworked and out hustled Broner.

Broner had his moment like the eighth round when he started with succession of combinations and over the last three rounds, he landed some big shots but he never landed with any consistency whereas Garcia would simply throw and land punches and as Garcia noted after fight, “I think that I controlled the fight in this early rounds and I kept the activity up … Broner is a great fighter and he has great skills but I was the superior fighter tonight.”

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Ward vs. Kovalev – RECAP

 
By Tom Donelson 
Member Boxing Writers Association of America
 
Andre Ward faced Sergey Kovalev and like the first bout, this too ended in controversy.  Going into the eighth and decisive round, this was a tight fight according to many ringside observer.  (I had Kovalev up by one point but this was one of those fights with many close rounds which explains why Harold Lederman had Kovalev up by three points at the half way mark of the fight and others had it closer with Paul Malignaggi having it even.)
 
Kovalev took to the center of the ring in the opening rounds and used his jab to set distance and allow him to use his power shots. Both men didn’t land many punches and this was a tough one to score.
 
In the second round, Kovalev lands a nice right hand and his jab forced Ward off guard and kept Ward from effectively countering.  Just as in the first fight, Kovalev landed the heavy punches in the early rounds and Ward moved inside to land body shots and landed one low blow that garnered a warning.

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