Category Archives: Recent Fights

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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Andre Ward Wins Light Heavyweight Debut vs. Sullivan Barrera

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

After a 27 month layoff,  in his debut at 175 pounds, former super middleweight champion Andre Ward (29-0 / 15 by KO) dropped and completely dominated previously unbeaten Sullivan Barrera (17-1 / 12 by KO) to win a 12 round unanimous decision in their light heavyweight fight.  The bout was televised on HBO from the Oracle Arena, Oakland, California, on Saturday night.

The official scores were 117-109, 119-109, 117-108.  On my score card, Ward was the clear winner 118-108, ten rounds to one with one round even – a point was taken away from Ward for a low blow in round eight.

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Ortiz wins by KO and Vargas wins vacant welterweight title

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

 
As expected, WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz (25-0 / 22 by KO) knocked out challenger Tony Thompson (40-7 / 27 by KO) Saturday night at the D.C. Armory in our nation’s capitol.

The fight was so one sided and lackluster, that I almost turned off my TV. I kept watching hoping for something that never happened, I’ve seen better sparing sessions.

I kept thinking to myself that if Ortiz is one of the best heavyweights in the world today (as HBO commentators kept reminding us) I thought of a few that never won the heavyweight title that would have cleaned his clock – Earnie Shavers, Ron Lyle, Jerry Quarry, Mac Foster, Gerry Cooney, Oscar Bonevena.

Ortiz sent Thompson to the mat three times in the fight. The third knockdown, a hard left from his southpaw stance, was the end for Thompson in round six.

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Crawford and Santa Cruz Impressive with KO Wins

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

In a televised bout shown on HBO, undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford ( 28-0 / 20 by KO) successfully defended his title over Henry Lundy (26-6-1 / 13 by KO) with an impressive fifth round stoppage on Saturday night in The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York.

Lundy came out fast winning the first round, but after that it was all Crawford. He landed the harder more accurate punches and was most effective in his southpaw stance using the jab.

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