Category Archives: Recent Fights

Rigondeaux retains title belts by “KO” 1st round

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By David Martinez /

Undefeated southpaw WBA / WBO junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0 / 9 by KO) scored a first round knockout over Sod Looknongyantoy (63-3-1 / 27 by KO) on Saturday night at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, S.A.P., China.

In the opening round, Looknongyantoy was shaken by a unintentional head butt and went down. As action resumed, Rigondeaux immediately applied pressure and landed a combination that dropped the challenger, as referee Mark Nelson stopped it at the 1:44 mark of the bout. Continue reading

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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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 “” 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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Guerrero, Lomachenko, Alexander win on Showtime triple-header championship card

June Fight Calendar Guerrero, Lomachenko, Alexander win on Showtime triple header championship card

By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association

Robert Guerrero returned to the ring after a loss to Floyd Mayweather thirteen months as part of  Showtime triple header.   The first bout was Devon Alexander faced Jesus Soto Karass, a tough brawler.  Alexander is one of those fighters that never have received the credit he deserve for a great career but the memories of his losses is what pundits remember.

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Chris Algieri wins WBO junior welterweight title vs. Ruslan Provodnikov

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By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association

Saturday night (6-14-14) featured two big bouts at the Brooklyn Barclay’s center. The first bout featured British Brian Rose challenging Demetrius Andrade for Andrade’s junior Middleweight title.   Within the first minute of the fight, Andrade nailed Rose with a straight left and sent him to the canvas. Rose managed to land a solid right over the final minute of the round but the first round was a 10-8 for Andrade.

Andrade used a variety of punches from different angle throughout the second round as Rose seemed perplexed on what to do.  Andrade continued to pummel Rose throughout the third round and one of his right hooks sent Rose down to the canvas for the second time in the fight. Throughout the fourth and fifth round, the fight continued its one-sided nature as Andrade simply landed one punch after another with ease.   Rose put his hands up high to keep from getting hit in the head so Andrade moved to the body as he attempted to wear his opponent down.   Near the end of the round, Andrade broke through Rose’s shell defense and landed four punch combinations that shook Rose.

At the halfway point of the fight, Andrade landed over five times of the punches than Rose and at the beginning of the seventh round, Andrade may have broken Rose’s noses as blood gushed out from the British’s nose.  Andrade continued to assault Rose, forcing the referee to stop the fight.

algieri Chris Algieri wins WBO junior welterweight title vs. Ruslan Provodnikov

Chris Algieri moved up in class against Ruslan Provodniko and in the first round, the difference in class became obvious as Provodnikov sent Algieri down twice. The first Provodnikov left hook swelled Algieri right eye and in less than thirty seconds, another left hook sent Algieri down a second time.  While Provodnikov may have been the better of the two fighters class wise, but Algieri showed to be a fighter with heart.

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Cotto stops Martinez to win “lineal” WBC middleweight title

 Cotto stops Martinez to win lineal WBC middleweight title

By Tom Donelson
Member Boxing Writers Association


Sergio Martinez came into this fight as the recognized champion and even though he was 39 and coming off knee surgeries; he was the favored.  His mobility would be the key factor against Miguel Cotto, who was moving up to Middleweight.  Martinez showed evidence of his age in his bout against Martin Murray and while he was winning against Chavez easily; he got caught in the last round and barely survived the round.  The quickness seemed to be slowing evaporating but he still found a way to win his bouts against Murray and Chavez despite hitting the canvas.

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Froch wins “Rematch” by knockout over Groves

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By David Martinez /
      Carl Froch (33-2 / 24 by KO) knocked out British rival George Groves (19-2  / 15 by KO) In the eighth round to retain his WBA / IBF super middleweight titles in a rematch in front   80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium and shown on American television HBO, on May 31. Groves started the fight fast winning the first four rounds, on my scorecard,  before Froch came on in the fifth round.
       Although not in dominant fashion, Froch won rounds six and seven, on my scorecard, before flooring Groves with a huge right hand with less than 30 seconds remaining in the round.
       This rematch was in great demand after Froch’s win, last November, in a controversial quick stoppage when the referee stepped in too soon with Groves, although wobbling, but apparently still able to continue. This time no complaints from Groves and his corner people.

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Stevenson wins over Fonfara in light heavyweight title bout

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By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association  

Adonis Stevenson faced Andrzej Fonfara for the light heavyweight title and the winner would most likely face the ageless wonder, Bernard Hopkins.  Before the main event, there were two big fights featuring David Lemieux taking on Fernando Guerrero in the Middleweight division and Jermell Charlo challenging Charlie Ohta in a battle of junior Middleweights.

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