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Taylor Snags a Title

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By Tom Donelson (contributed to DMBOXING.COM since 2008)

Jermain Taylor was facing Australia Sam Soliman for Soliman’s Middleweight IBF title.  For Taylor, the fact that he was fighting for a title is miracle.   He is being investigated for the murder of his cousin plus he has suffered bleeding from his brain from past wars.  As for Soliman, he is one of those good fighters forever at the cusp of the elite fighters but never quite good enough. While Soliman is an awkward fighter, he is one of those older fighters who seems to stay competitive late in his career.  Fighters like Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson and Bernard Hopkins continue to win championship late in their careers and so did Soliman.

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Mayweather remains perfect in “rematch” win over Maidana

 Mayweather remains perfect in rematch win over Maidana

By Tom Donelson (Member Boxing Writers Association of America)

When Floyd Mayweather faced Jose Luis Castillo in his rematch, he learned from their first encounter and out boxed him to win an easier victory in their second bout.  The same thing happen last Saturday night as Mayweather learned all the right lesson from his  first bout with Maidana and out boxed the Argentine for an easy victory.

Starting in the first found, Floyd jabbed and maneuver around the ring as he slipped Maidana’s punches. When Maidana fired up a one-two, Mayweather merely blocked the punches.  Maidana attempt to jab his way in throughout the second round but Mayweather slipped them and he simply drilled Maidana with combinations. At the end of the round, he landed a solid right.

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Broner, Matthysse, Berto win on Showtime card

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

This was night of fight of redemption and reclamation as three fighters fought to get their career going again, beginning with Andre Berto fighting Stephen Upsher.

Berto fought a strong first round as he landed combinations and this continued into the second round but Upsher landed three left hooks as he got Berto’s attention.  Both fighters landed big punches against each other as Berto own defensive deficiency showed up.

Throughout the third and fourth round, Berto picked up the pace as he landed combinations at will while Upsher simply was contented to counter and never start any exchange.  Halfway through the fight, Showtime had Berto up by three rounds to two and the sixth round showed the Upsher dilemma as he found himself on the defensive when he allowed Berto to attack but for brief moments when he allowed his hands to go; he nailed Berto with left hooks and straight rights.

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Rogelio Medina scores “upset” win over J’Leon Love on Showtime

Media win pic Rogelio Medina scores upset win over JLeon Love on Showtime

 

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

 

In a rare Saturday night ShoBox telecast on August 30, 2014, from Las Vegas, hard hitting Rogelio Medina (33-6 / 27 by KO) scored a huge upset by knocking out previously unbeaten and world ranked J’Leon Love (18-1 / 10 by KO) in their super middleweight fight.
 
The knockout came after Love missed with a left hand, as Medina connected with a series of vicious punches that dropped Love face-first to the canvas. Love attempted to get up but referee Tony Weeks stepped in and stopped the fight at 39 seconds into round three.
 
This fight was supposed to be a tune up for Love, but Medina came to fight and pulled off the upset win.

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Brook edges Porter to win IBF welterweight title

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By Tom Donelson (Member BWAA)

Showtime last Saturday night featured Shawn Porter defending his welterweight title.  The  evening began with fireworks, as Jorge Linares disposed Ira Terry in two rounds.

Then Jason Gavern, a last second replacement against Deontay Wilder (who was originally scheduled to fight Bermane Stivine) in a fight that Wilder didn’t look sharp or motivated against tough guy Gavern. Gavern stayed on his feet for four rounds but after hitting the canvas twice and only being in shape for a five or six rounds; he retired in his corner. Wilder did not look impressive and this may have been due to Wilder knowing Gavern hardly to be a top tier fighter.

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Garcia stops Salka in second round

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By Tom Donelson

Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

Danny Garcia faced Rod Salka in a ten round bout in which Garcia needed to win big just to restore his reputation after a controversial victory over Mauricio Herrera.  One big story of the evening featured  Daniel Jacob first shot at a title as he faced Jarrod Fletcher.  Jacobs had already one big fight, that one with cancer and now he wanted to be the first cancer survivor to win a title.   Jacobs nearly ended the fight in the first round as he nailed Fletcher with left hooks and right hand. Using a variety of punches landing in combinations that sent Fletcher down.

Fletcher proved tough as he survived the first round and make it a fight over the next three rounds.  Fletcher stepped up the pace but there were times that Jacobs would turn it on and simply out class Fletcher. As Showtime Paul Malignaggi noted, Jacobs was the better fighter and when he wanted to, he simply took over the round. Jacobs held back at times but in the fifth round, it came to an end.

Fletcher came out aggressively and landed some combinations but with thirty seconds left, a Jacobs‘ right hand sent Fletcher reeling into the rope.  A series of combinations sent Fletcher down with two seconds left.  The fight ended as the referee stopped the fight but Fletcher didn’t complain.  Jacobs now has a title to add to his victory over cancer.

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Rios wins by DQ … Vargas and Kovalev retain titles

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By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America

I am not sure what to make of last Saturday night fights in Vegas other to say Referee Vic Drakulich became the main story, not the fighters.  You could easily make the case that Jesse Vargas won his fight but the judges favor the hometown fighter with scores he didn’t deserve.  Vargas-Novikov was a close bout which I had in favor of Vargas, barely. However, Novikov could easily been rewarded the decision and I wouldn’t have complain simply because it was that close.  The judges had it 118-111, 118-111 and 117-111 in favor of Vargas.

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Thoughts on Golovkin

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By Tom Donelson

Contributed to “dmboxing.com” since 2008

Member Boxing Writers Association of America

 

Gennady Golovkin destroyed what everyone stated would be his toughest test in Daniel Geales in less in three rounds.   Geales started boxing but by the third round, he was forced to stand his ground and fight.  The last knockdown showed the power and the chin of Golovkin all in once as Geale nailed  Golovkin with a perfect left hook but Golovkin simply shrugged off the shot and landed a perfect right that sent Geales sprawling to the canvas.  There are very few fighters who have not only taken Geales shot perfectly delivered but be able to shoot a right hand immediately afterwards to end the fight.

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Golovkin by “KO” over Geale to retain middleweight title

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

 

On Saturday night, Gennady Golovkin (30-0 / 27 by KO) stopped Daniel Geale (30-3 / 16 by KO) at 2:47 of the third round at Madison Square Garden to successfully retain his WBA middleweight title.

 

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The fight was short with Golovkin handling Geale throughout with ease. Golovkin recorded a knockdown in round two, but the beginning of the end actually came with a series of punches late in round three. Geale landed a right to Golovkin’s head, as he was instantly countered by a right hand to the nose that was followed by a left hand that sent Geale to the canvas, with referee Mike Ortega stopping the bout at 2:47 into the round.

 

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Golovkin is certainly the best today at 160 pounds, and in my opinion, would have no trouble moving up to 168 pounds to handle the bigger fighters at super middleweight.

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