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Beterbiev stops Gvozdyk … Unifies WBC/IBF Light Heavyweight Titles

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

In a much anticipated light heavyweight unification fight between two undefeated champions, Artur Beterbiev (15-0 / 15 by KO) scored a tenth round KO over Oleksandr Gvozdyk (17-1 / 14 by KO) at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.

Gvozdyk opened up round one impressively by using nonstop lateral movement and excellent combinations.

At the end of round one there was a call by referee Gary Rosato which ruled that Gvozdyk had gone down from a punch into the ropes. After a review on the TV replay it was ruled a push by Beterbiev and, thus, was not a knockdown.

In round two Beterbiev applied more forward pressure and stunned Gvozdyk a few times, gaining slight momentum.

In the third, Gvozdyk had a good round by landing nice crisp combinations, but Beterbiev took the shots and stayed content to just come forward with a few hard shots of his own.

Although I had Gvozdyk winning round four, Beterbiev hurt Gvozdyk with a solid right hand at the end of the round; but the bell rang before he could follow up with more damage.

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Cabrera – Mioletti Keeps His Undefeated Record Intact With a Split Decision Over Josh Hernandez

By Steve Corbo

In a junior lightweight battle which was the walkout bout on Saturday night’s show in Chicago, two young Chicago prospects, 25 year old Giovanni “Gio” Cabrera-Mioletti and 23 year old Josh Hernandez, battled it out for ten rounds with Gio keeping his undefeated record intact by walking away with a hard fought, split decision victory.

Gio (18-0-0 with 7 KOs) tipped the scales at 131 while Hernandez (9–3 with 7 KOs) weighed in at an even 130. Both fighters came up through the ranks of Chicago’s amateur boxing scene and it promised to be a war from the get-go. By the time these two Chicago rivals stepped into the ring, most of the crowd, who had come to see Ukrainian superstar and undisputed cruiserweight champion, turned heavyweight, Oleksandr Usyk, had left Chicago’s Wintrust Arena. What a shame, because those who stayed behind saw an action packed, closely fought 10 round battle that may well have been the best fight of the night.

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Golovkin edges Derevyanchenko by Decision

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

On October 5, 2019 at Madison Square Garden, New York, Gennady Golovkin faced Sergey Derevyanchenko for the vacant IBF middleweight championship. Golovkin began the fight dropping Derevyanchenko in the first round and a left hook open up a cut over Derenyuanchenko and it look like this could be an early night for GGG and visions of a third Canelo Alvarez-GGG fight. 

Derenyuanchenko sensing time was running out, came out fighting in the third round as he hit Golovkin from angles including body shots.  This round saw Derenyuanchenko sending a message, “I am not done yet.” 

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Errol Spence Jr. “Split Decision” Over Shawn Porter

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

The Welterweight division is the most competitive division in boxing today with every top fighter nearly equal to each other and when the elites of the division fight each other, it is often a dog fight.  On September 28, 2019 at Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, Spence versus Porter was just like many of the key fights in the division over the past few years.  It was a tight, tough event, not necessarily easy to score but in my view, the last two rounds determine the fight.

Spence is a technically sound fighter with all the classic tools that any boxer would want.  He can box, move but he also has the power to stop an opponent.  Porter is awkward fighter who bores in his opponent and throws punches from various angles and his punches are hard to always see coming.  Both styles were on display and Spence found himself getting hit with punches he rarely got nailed with in past fights, but Porter also found that there were many moments in which Spence boxing skills diffuse his inside game.  Another aspect of the fight was Spence ability to fight inside and this allowed to Spence to neutralize Porter.  This showed up in the last two rounds. 

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Tyson Fury Wins “Unanimous” Decision Over Otto Wallin

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America / contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008

On Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Tyson Fury found himself in a battle of survival against Otto Wallin.  Yes, Fury won the decision decisively on the scorecard but forget the scorecard, Wallin proved to be a tough competitor and not the easy tune up that Fury and pundits thought it would be.  While the first round was uneventful, the second round saw Fury using his reach and right hand to keep Wallin at bay.  The third round saw the dramatic moment of the fight as Wallin right hook open up a major gash over the left eye in around that Fury was winning.

The cut challenged both Fury’s corner, who had to stem the bleeding enough to keep their fighter in the bout and Fury, who now had to take his fight game to another level with the distinct possibility that the fight could be stopped. If the fight was stopped, Fury loses since this was caused by a punch. Throughout the fourth round, Wallin targeted the eye and started to connect.  By the end of the fourth round, Wallin even had a slight advantage over Fury with punches connected.

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It’s Lomachenko in Dominant Win Over Campbell

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-1 / 10 by KO) added the vacant WBC title belt to his current WBA/WBO lightweight title belts, in defeating Luke Campbell (20-3 / 16 by KO) by a twelve round unanimous decision in an entertaining fight with 20,000 watching at the 02 Arena in London, England.

After a feel out first round, won by Campbell, Lomachenko would control every round thereafter, with some of those early rounds being close. Round five was defining for Lomachenko who won that round huge.

The British fighter Campbell certainly fought as well as he could and stunned Lomachenko in round seven, but the Ukranian fighter Lomachenko asserted himself and turned it around to finish the round strong.

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Knockout Over Yarde… Kovalev Comes Through; Now What?

By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Sergey Kovalev faced Andrew Yarde but it also appears that he was facing Father Time as an opponent for at 36, he has been involved in a few wars recently and in the eighth round, he nearly saw his boxing career ended.  The eighth round was the dramatic round of the fight as Kovalev came within a punch or two as former champion and Andre Ward observed from being stopped.  Yarde dominated the round and hurt Kovalev with a series of punches including body shots.

Kovalev used his jab effectively in the beginning of the fight but as the fight wore on, Yarde used a body shot, a strategy that worked for Ward in his two fights against Kovalev, and started to make an impact.

The eighth round looked like a repeat of his first fight with Eleider Alvarez who won by a stoppage in their first bout, but Kovalev survived the round. Buddy McGirt told his fighter, either show signs of life in the next round or he stops the fight.  Kovalev went on the attack and it was the older fighter who started to wear out the younger challenger as a left jab in the eleventh round stopped Yarde.  From the ninth to the end, Kovalev looked like the Kovalev of old, using his jab to set up punches and it was a slam hammer left jab that ended the fight.

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Pacquiao “Split Decision” Over Thurman

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

Tom Brady, though past the age of 40, can still sling a football for the Patriots and may still be the best quarterback in the NFL, and a 40 year old Manny Pacquiao showed that he can still win a tough fight against an undefeated younger opponent. This was a close fight in which Keith Thurman reversed his usual M.O. of being a fast starter and often finding himself in pitched battles over the second half of fights.  Part of the reason for that was Pacquiao, who came out smoking, moved side to side while landing his jab which set up a right-hand hook that sent Thurman down in the first round.

Pacquiao dominated the early rounds and I had him winning the first three. Thurman’s jab was ineffectual throughout the bout and that is one of his key weapons.  By winning the early rounds, Pacquiao had a nice lead on the scorecards going into the second half.  In the fifth round, the Pac-Man nailed Thurman with vicious body shots. 

From the sixth, the momentum seemed to change as Thurman connected on power shots.  In the ninth round, Thurman forced Pacquiao briefly onto the ropes but Pacquiao landed a vicious left to Thurman’s body at the two-minute mark of the tenth round that hurt Thurman and forced him to retreat. This disrupted Thurman’s momentum and allowed Pacquiao to regain control of the fight. Both fighters landed a flurry of punches in the final round but Pacquiao won the round and clinched his victory.

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The Gio Express Rolls On … Cabrera Mioletti Now 17-0

By Steve Corbo

The “Gio Express” pulled out of Chicago on Wednesday Morning and landed Friday Night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington where undefeated super featherweight Giovanni “Gio” Cabrera Mioletti (17 -0 – 0 with 8  wins by KO)  kept his perfect record intact by earning a unanimous decision, in a 10 round super featherweight bout, over previously unbeaten Luis Porozo (14-1-0 with 7 wins by KO). The official judges scores were 98 to 92 twice and 97 to 93. For Mioletti (129.5) this was the 11th time he fought on Promoter Brian Halquist’s Battle At The Boat. He and Porozo (129.5) opened the show as the first bout which was nationally televised on Showtime’s “Showbox: The Next Generation”.

In Porozo he faced an undefeated pro, who as an amateur was a member of the Ecuadorian Olympic Boxing Team and fought in 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. And, for the first couple of rounds there was no doubt Porozo came to fight. He dominated the action, scoring almost at will with lead right hands to the head of Mioletti. But as the fight progressed Mioletti’s superior skills came to the forefront as he took control by making the necessary adjustments to dominate Porozo.  Despite his amateur pedigree and  undefeated pro record, Porozo was content to run, throw wide, awkward, punches, hold and often seemed more intent on surviving than winning the fight. From the third round on Miloetti took control and never looked back.

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Tyson Fury Demolishes Tom Schwarz in Two Rounds

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America and contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008

Tyson Fury put on a show in Vegas on Saturday night and sent a message to the rest of the heavyweights. Fury faced Tom Schwarz, an undefeated German heavyweight.  Schwarz was a heavy underdog but he probably thinking that maybe lightening would strike like it did Anthony Ruiz upset of Anthony Joshua.  The different between the two is Ruiz had faced top competition whereas Schwarz had not faced any topflight competition and stayed in his native Germany to fight plus two fights in the Czech Republic.
Fury threw jabs after the jabs at Schwarz as the German pursued Fury but not with effectiveness.  Fury jabs were accurate, and he had no problem hitting his target with his jab.  As the round progressed, the right hand followed the jab and he looked relaxed. 

In the second round, Fury came out in a southpaw stance and Schwarz looked totally confused as he chased Fury, but he looked more like he was chasing a ghost.  Fury unleashed the right jab with occasional right hook and straight left.  Schwarz thought he had Fury trapped in the corner, but Fury managed to deflect or dodge every punch. Six punches came in Fury’s direction but Fury using his upper body, dodge every punch.  A jab followed by a straight punch sent Schwarz down for a five count, but it was only a matter of time as Schwarz’s nose looked a bloody mess.  Fury trapped Schwarz in the corner as time was running out of the round and landed multiple punches.  Schwarz merely covered up and the referee stopped the fight.

This was a mismatch from the opening bell and Schwarz looked the part of an opponent, but Fury foot movement looked divine as he merely danced around the ring with no worry.  He had no worry of being knocked out since he was barely touched.  Against Schwarz, Fury had an easy time and certainly, he found out quickly that he had nothing to fear.

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