By David Martinez
In a match all about styles, Saul Canelo Alvarez (43-1-1 / 31 by KO) battered a game but outclassed Afredo Angulo (22-4 / 18 by KO) last Saturday night in their junior middleweight bout.
Canelo never was able to put down Angulo, but he hit him at will throughtout the fight with acurate combinations. Round 8 was the only round I had Angulo winning on my scorecard, and was the best round of the fight.
The end came 47 seconds into round 10, Canelo landed a hard left uppercut that prompted referee Tony Weeks to have seen enough and stepped in to hault the “one-sided” bout and under protest from Angulo.
The fight between the two Mexican boxers was shown via Showtime (pay-per-view) from the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Canelo was guaranteed $1.5 million to $850,000 for Anguelo. The purses were adjusted because Canelo agreed to pay $100,000 to Angulo to raise the weight limit to 155 pounds from 154 because he could not make the contracted weight.
By Tom Donelson / Contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008
Renowed Boxing Writer / Member Boxing Writers Association
In the undercard of the Chavez-Vera fight featured former Olympic champ Vasyl Lomachenko in his second professional fight challenging the veteran Orlando Salido for the WBO featherweight. As for Salido, he was not ineligible for the title since he came into the fight overweight.
In the first round, Lomachenko moved but rarely punched and Salido didn’t set any records for throwing punches so this was a round hard to score. In the second round, Salido took advantage of his increase weight as he pushed the smaller Ukrainian fighter around.
By Armando Cabrera
(Results from Hawaiian Gardens, California / February 15, 2014)
In the Main Event of a scheduled 10 rounds lightweight bout, Diego Magdaleno knocked out Jorge Pazos in the fourth round.
Magdaleno [25-1, 10 KO’s] of Las Vegas, NV had a good night against Pazos [14-7-1, 8 KO’s] of Mexico. Diego demonstrated good defense as Pazos become the aggressor in the second round but ultimately Diego was able to counterpunch his way out. Next round Pazos wasn’t giving Diego any slack he was fighting a fight when a furies of punches thrown by Diego stunned Pazos and down he went. Pazos did managed to get up after what it appear he would stay down, also the referee made sure he was okay before continuing the fight. The fourth round Diego follow up with pressure and Pazos goes down by a shot to the body and take a knee as the referee count him out.
Another Magdaleno fought in the undercard, Jessie Magdaleno the younger brother of Diego with an undefeated record kept his winning record intact.
By David Martinez
There was another explosion this past weekend other than the Seattle Seahawks. Unbeaten Gennady Golovkin successfully defended his WBA middleweight title with a convincing 7th round knockout win over contender Osumanu Adama. The bout was held on Saturday night, February 1, 2014 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Golovkin dropped the Ghanaian fighter in rounds one, six and seven; when, finally, referee Luis Pabon had seen enough, he wisely stopped the one-sided contest one minute and twenty seconds into round seven.
Golovkin defended his belt for the 10th time to improve to 29-0 with 26 by knockout. Adama’s record dropped to 22-4.
By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association
Mikey Garcia faced Juan Carlos Burgos for Garcia’s junior lightweight championship. Burgos started the fight jabbing but halfway through the first round, Garcia left –right combination pushed Burgos back. Near the end of the second round, Burgos nearly sent Garcia down from a Burgos left hook. Garcia returned the favor in round three when he hurt Burgos with a big right and Burgos held on for dear life before the referee broke them up. From there, Burgos moved and boxed out of harm way.
From the fourth through sixth round, Garcia started to gain slight advantages as his punches were showing more pop whereas Burgos became tentative and unable to score effectively.
Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Assc. and Boxing Research Org.
HBO featured two of Canadian bests as Lucian Bute faced Jean Pascal but before the main event, Mike Perez faced Carlos Takam in a heavyweight bout. Perez was fighting his first fight since his last bout with Magomed Abdusalamov, who slipped into a coma after taking a beating from Perez. Many fighters when they have faced with tragedy aren’t always the same after being involved a bout in which their opponent is either seriously injured or dies from their injuries.
By Tom Donelson
Renowned boxing writer and author / contributed to this website since 2008
Adrien Broner challenged the tough Marcos Rene Maidana in a bout determining his place in the peeking order of elite boxers. Showtime began their last card of the year with Beibut Shumenov defending his light heavyweight title against the undefeated Tamas Kovacs. While Kovacs showed excellent boxing over the first two minutes and forty seconds, Shumenov nailed Kovacs with a solid left hook that sent Kovacs down.
By David Martinez
On December 6, 2013, the Chumash Casino, in Santa Ynez, California showcased a terrific night of boxing. The entire card was filled with action and it was the night that Henry Calles won his light-heavyweight rematch (vs. Zlatko Ledic ) by a four round unanimous decision.
Calles won three of the four rounds on my card (39-37 on points) as I viewed the fight at ringside working his corner.
At the opening bell, Calles came out on fire and twice came close to a first round knockout, winning that round big. He won rounds two and three, but there was concern about midway in round three, as Calles seemed to fade with his stamina. I would attribute that to maybe being over-trained, leaving the peak of his fitness in the gym. Just a week before the fight he was so pumped up that he stated “I’m so fired up I almost kicked my office door down today” which leads me to believe this was the case why Calles had his lapse in conditioning.
By Tom Donelson / Member of Boxing Writers Association & Boxing Research Organization
The battle of Brooklyn between Paul Malignaggi and Zab Judah was less a battle than a skirmish. The bout pattern was settle in the first round and essentially stayed that way throughout the fight with very few exceptions. Paul “the magic man” Malignaggi simply out boxed and out hustle Judah, who appeared unable to pull the trigger throughout the bout with one exception in which a left hand sent Malignaggi down for a brief knockdown that was more of flash knockdown than a damaging blow. Malignaggi unleashed his jab which kept Judah unbalanced and confuse throughout the bout. Malignaggi added body shots to go with lightning quick combinations. Judah never seemed to have an answer for Malignaggi attacks nor did he ever seem willing to take risks but wait for one punch, the punch that never came. Even his knockdown was as much to do with feet tangling as it was with power.
By David Martinez
Unbeaten WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (27-0 / 14 by KO) returned to the ring after a fourteen month layoff to win a one-sided twelve round decision over previously unbeaten Edwin Rodriguez (24-1 / 16 by KO) in a nationally televised bout in Ontario, California.
The bout became a non-title fight after Rodriguez failed to make weight at 168 pounds. The fight was marred in round four as referee Jack Reiss took matters in his own hands to deduct two points from each fighter after roughhousing and grappling tactics. Ward was in command in every round though out the fight with quicker and sharper punches.
The judges scorecards were: 118-106, 117-107, 116-108 … my scoring was 118-106, giving every round to Andre Ward, as did Harold Lederman on HBO.