Category Archives: Recent Fights

Lomachenko Easily Defends Title Over Walters

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

There have been wizards in boxing, one that immediately comes to mind is the great Benny Leonard. But today, Vasyl Lomachenko is just that – a wizard in boxing!

On Saturday night at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Lomachenko (7-1 / 4 by KO) defended his WBO super featherweight title with a one-side seventh round stoppage over previously unbeaten Nicholas Walters (26-1-1 / 21 by KO).

Lomachenko, is a two two time Olympic gold medalist and a two division world champion as a professional.  He completely dominated the fight before the end came after seven rounds, with Walters calling it quits.

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Kovalev and Ward ~ RECAP

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008

Andre Ward eked out a controversial victory over Sergey Kovalev in a close fight but a fight that many at ringside felt he lost.  I personally had the fight 115-112 in favor of Kovalev but it is not a robbery that Ward won but you can make the case it was a stretch as Judges gave the benefit of doubt to Ward in many of the close rounds. 

Ward problem was two -old, the first being that he has not been as active as Kovalev and he was moving up in weight and the second that became obvious over the the first two rounds; he couldn’t match Kovalev in power as Kovalev piston like jab kept Ward off balanced and Ward had difficulty penetrating Kovalev’s defenses.  A straight right in the second round sent Ward down and he was down three points after the first two rounds.  

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Andre Ward Wins Light Heavyweight Title With Decision Over Sergey Kovalev

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Andre Ward (31-0 / 15 by KO) defeated Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1 / 26 by KO) by a close, but  unanimous, 12 round decision in Las Vegas on Saturday night  to capture the WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight title belts.

Kovalev led early – dropping Ward in round two – to take full command of the fight, but Ward came on midway in the fight to take control of the tempo and made it close on the scorecards.

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Pacquiao Wins Welterweight Title With Unanimous Decision Over Vargas

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By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Manny Pacquiao decided to add one more title to his resume as he fought for Jessie Vargas WBO welterweight title.  Pacquiao was the favorite but at this stage in the PacMan’s career, age could become a factor. Pacquiao does have another day job as a Senator in the Philippine Congress and at 37, the speed and quickness can quickly disappear.

After a non-eventful first round, Pacquiao speed took hold as he nailed Vargas with right hooks and a straight left that sent Vargas down for an eight count in the second round.  Vargas looked more angry than hurt as he arose from the floor, but PacMan drew first blood. 

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Throughout the third and fourth round, Pacquiao aggression was having its effect as his combinations were fast and hard.  Vargas didn’t seem to have any answers.  During the sixth round, Vargas stood his ground as he landed big rights as he put distance between himself and Pacquiao.  Vargas found that as long as he kept Pacquiao at a distance, he could make this a competitive fight.   Vargas left jab proved effective and allowed him to connect with straight rights. 

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Canelo Wins WBO 154 Pound Title Belt with “KO” Over Smith

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Gennady Golovkin defeated Kell Brook last week with a fifth round stoppage, and on Saturday night Saul “Canelo” Alvarez faced Liam Smith for the WBO Junior Middleweight title.

Before the main event, Gabriel Rosado and Willie Monroe, Jr. engaged in a snooze fest where punches were minimal and exchanges a rarity. The best you can say that when it ended, the audience yawned.

Joseph Diaz stopped Andrew Cancio in the ninth round as one boxing pundit tweeted, “Joseph Diaz doesn’t have a real hammer but he has a scalpel and he can cut you up many different ways.”  While the fight was competitive early, Diaz’ boxing skills and punching accuracy proved decisive over the second half.

Diego De La Hoya won an easy decision over Orlandito Del Valle with one judge having him blanking Del Valle and the other two judges giving one round to De Valle.

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Yamanaka Stops Moreno To Retain Title in Japan

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2 / 18 by KO) remained unbeaten by defeating top mandatory contender Anselmo Moreno (36-5-1 / 12 by KO) by seventh round stoppage to retain his WBC bantamweight title belt. The bout took place Friday at the EDION Arena in Osaka, Japan.

The Panamanian challenger came out fast in the opening round throwing punches from all angles,  but the southpaw champion stunned Moreno with a left cross and dropped him in slugfest first round.

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The next two rounds were  action packed fight, and Moreno dropped Yamanaka with a surprising right hook in round four. Moreno would win round five.

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Golovkin and Gonzalez Win Big on HBO World Championship Boxing

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com 

Gennady Golvokin (36-0 / 33 by KO) successfully defended his WBC and IBF middleweight title belts (WBA belt was not at stake) with a fifth round stoppage over IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-1 / 25 by KO) on Saturday night in front of over 19,000 fans at the 02 Arena in London, England.

In round one Golvokin staggered Brook with a perfect left hook to the liver, but Brook held on with outstanding movement and quickness to end the round.

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Andre Ward Defeats Alexander Brand … Sets Up Mega Fight with Kovalev in November

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Former super middleweight champion Andre Ward (30-0 / 15 by KO) scored a twelve round “lopsided” decision over Alexander Brand (25-2 / 19 by KO) on Saturday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California in a bout that was televised by HBO.

Ward was in command from the start to end and when a fighter wins every minute of every round it makes for a very non competitive “predictable” boring fight.

The judges scores were all the same 120-108 … my scorecard was 120-108 – twelve rounds to zero for the winner Ward.

So enough said – the bigger news is that this now sets up the long awaited showdown between two undefeated light heavyweights to finally meet – champion Sergey Kovalev  and Andre Ward, scheduled for November 19 on HBO/PPV from Las Vegas.

Carl Frampton Edges Leo Santa Cruz in Classic Featherweight Title Bout

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Carl Frampton came into Brooklyn Barclays Center for a battle of undefeated against Leo Santa Cruz.   Cruz had his own cross to bear as his father is suffering from cancer and nearly didn’t make the trip but he proved to be the warrior in a classic battle between two equal boxers. Frampton B

Cruz hallmark has been high output with additional power punches but Frampton countered Cruz’s power and reach with excellent counterpunching.  In a battle of jabbers coming into the bout, a little over 80% of both fighters’ punches were power shots.  The jab ceased to be a weapon for either fighters.

Cruz did not use his reach to his advantage while lunging straight into Frampton vicious counterpunches.  Frampton turned this bout into a toe to toe battle.  The judges had it a majority 116-112, 117-111 and 114-114.  This was a bout that could have been scored either way but no one will complain that Cruz got ripped off or that Frampton was undeserving since he was the more accurate puncher.

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Terence Crawford Dominates Viktor Postol in Title Unification Bout on HBO/PPV

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0 / 20 by KO) scored a brilliant unanimous 12 round decision over WBC junior welterweight champion Viktor Postol (28-1 / 12 by KO) in their 140 pound unification fight on Saturday night at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The bout was the main attraction on a card that was televised live on HBO/PPV.Z 6

Crawford fought in the southpaw stance throughout the contest and was absolutely the better fighter, dropping Postol twice in round five and seriously hurt Postol in round nine.

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