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Deontay Wilder Retains WBC Title With “KO” Win Over Chris Arreola … Rigondeaux Wins Impressively

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (37-0 / 36 by KO) retained his title with a stoppage after eight rounds when the corner of challenger Chris Arreola (36-5-1 / 31 by KO) called a halt to the bout at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday night shown on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) Fox national television.

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After a slow first round Wilder was in command once using the jab against a squared up Arreola who was content to walk straight in without giving Wilder any angles.  At the end of round four Wilder dropped Arreola and had him out on his feet before the bell saved Arreola from being knocked out.

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Sergey Kovalev Retains Title By Decision Over Isaac Chilemba

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

WBO/WBA/IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1 / 26 by KO) successfully defended his title with a 12 round unanimous decision over Isaac Chilemba (24-4-2 / 10 by KO) on Monday night July 11, 2016 at the DIVS Palace of Sports in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

Kovalev wins the first three rounds by being a bit more effective and aggressive with his punches. Then he narrowly drops the fourth, the fifth and the sixth rounds to have the bout surprisingly even (on my scorecard) than most thought it would be at the half way mark.

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Anthony Joshua Retains Title by KO … Keith Thurman edges Shawn Porter in Epic WBA Welterweight Title Fight

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Member Boxing Writers Association of America

British heavyweight and IBF champion Anthony Joshua may be the best heavyweight in the world and last weekend, he demolished Dominic Breazeale as he handed the American fighter his first loss.   Breazeale is a big fighter with a tough chin but he couldn’t match Joshua’s skills or hand speed.  Joshua, the former 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, showed his hand speed as he simply punched Breazeale at will.  As one boxing writer noted, Breazeale “seemed to react seconds after the punch has already connect on his face” and while he was able absorbed much of Joshua’s punches; one doesn’t win fights by absorbing the other guy punches but you need to punch the other guy.

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Breazeale never threatened Joshua throughout the bout before Joshua finally ended the bout with a knockout in the seventh round.

His mandatory challenger is another undefeated fighter, Joseph Parker but Joshua has plenty of options including the winner of Fury-Klitschko bout, Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz.   A bout with Parker will Joshua’s third straight bout with an undefeated fighter.   The heavyweight division is now exciting again.

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Joe Smith Jr. “Upset” KO Win Over Fonfara … Warren Wins Bantamweight Title

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Lightly regarded light heavyweight Joe Smith Jr. (22-1 / 18 by KO) entered the ring last Saturday night on June 18, 2016 as huge underdog against top rated contender Andrzej Fonfara (28-4 / 16 by KO) .

The result was a first round knockout win for Smith in the main event attraction of the Premier Boxing Champions televised on NBC-TV card at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

Fonfara came into the fight winning three bouts (Doudou Ngumbu, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Nathan Cleverly) in a row and was in line for a rematch against WBC champion Adonis Stevenson, which he lost by unanimous 12 round decision in May 2014.

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Vargas – Salido Fight a War … Lomachenko Wins Title by Knockout Over Martinez

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On June 4, 2016 boxing fans live at the StubHub Center in Carson, California and those watching on HBO witnessed a strong candidate for “Fight of the Year”.  Francisco Vargas (23-0-2 / 17 by KO) vs. Orlando Salido (43-13-4 / 30 by KO) for the WBC super featherweight championship.

The fight was twelve rounds of toe-toe, non-stop action, with each fighter giving it their absolute best.

I had Vargas winning the early rounds, but midway in the fight you could just see Salido coming on and finishing the stronger of the two.

The fight was so close that the official decision was declared a draw . The scores were 114-114, 114-114 and 115-113 for Vargas.  My scorecard was Vargas 115-113, but a draw was justified for these two ring warriors.

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Charlo Twin Brothers Make History … Lara Wins Rematch

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008

The Charlo twins made history as both brothers hold titles in the same weight class. Jermell Charlo faced John Jackson, the son of former boxer Julian Jackson for the vacant WBC title.  John Jackson came out boxing and Jermell Charlo ineffectually tried to cut off the ring but he kept getting nailed with quick combinations.   Charlo struggled to close the gap as Jackson provided a boxing lesson to the young Charlo.

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Charlo worked hard in closing the distance, using his jab and body shots and in the eighth round, he handed a right hand that nailed the left side of Jackson’s head.  Jackson reeled backward with his hands down and Charlo jumped on his wounded opponents and the referee stopped the fight.  It was a good thing for Charlo since at this point of the fight, Charlo was down on all three cards.

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His twin Jermall fought the tough Austin Trout, a slick boxer and former junior Middleweight title holder.   Over the first half of the bout, Charlo used his height and reach advantage as he showed good defense while landing the harder punches.   Charlo pressured Trout and every time Trout landed solid combinations, Charlo countered.

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Canelo by “Knockout” over Khan

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008

Amir Khan started his bout against the hard punching Canelo Alvarez with a solid right hand while using lateral movement over the first three minutes of their bout.  He landed a couple of four punch combinations to take the first round.   Khan boxing showed Alvarez that he was the faster, more technically skilled fighter.

Alvarez stalked his opponent in the second round and threw two big punches that missed the quicker Khan.  Alvarez wanted to impose his power and size against the smaller Khan and Alvarez even lifted up Khan in a clinch.  Alvarez went to the body in an effort to slow Khan down but Khan concluded the round with a series of combinations as he maneuvered Canelo into the advantageous positions.

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Golovkin by Knockout … Gonzalez Goes the Distance … and Donaire Wins in the Philippines

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Gennady Golovkin (35-0 / 32 by KO) successfully defended his IBF/WBA, interim WBC middleweight championship belts  over Dominic Wade (18-1 / 12 by KO) on Saturday night in a televised HBO bout at the Los Angeles Forum, Inglewood, California.

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Golovkin ended the fight with a knockout in the second round after sending Wade to the canvas for a third time in the fight with a vicious right hand. The knockout was his 22nd straight, dating back to 2008.

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PacMan Ends an Era and Joshua Begins a New One

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By Tom Donelson 

Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

This past weekend, witness an end of an era and the beginning of another era.  Pacquiao defeated Tim Bradley easily and left no doubt who was the better fighter in their trilogy.  The fight was fought at a measured pace with Pacquiao averaging only 35 punches per round and Bradley 25 punches per round but the two Pacquiao knockdown of Bradley in the seventh and ninth round highlighted the difference between the two fighters.

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