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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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Ruiz Upsets Joshua to Win IBF/WBA/WBO Heavyweight Championship

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

Anthony Joshua left the British Isles and made his first visit to Madison Square, once the mecca of boxing but still a venerable boxing location.  His opponent Anthony Ruiz was four inches shorter and Joshua had an eight-inch reach advantage. Ruiz previous loss was a majority decision loss to Joseph Parker in Parker’s native New Zealand.  Ruiz is hardly looking the part of the fit heavyweight with a flabby middle, but he had won 32 heavyweight fights and going into the fight, had 21 knockouts.  Four weeks ago, Ruiz was told that he would be Joshua’s opponent as Jarrell Miller flunked drug tests.  Joshua was the heavy favorite, and this was to be a tune up for a future Wilder fight, and coming to the Garden was his introduction to American fight fans. 

Joshua’s job was simple, win big and start the countdown to a big fight with either Tyson Fury or Wilder. The first round was a feeling out round, as Joshua threw jabs; and the height and reach looked obvious.  The sculptured, well-built Joshua looked the part of the Champion, but in the third round, the fight changed.

Joshua knocked Ruiz down early in the third round and all looked right with the world except Ruiz got back up. Joshua smacked a right hand to Ruiz’s jaw, but Ruiz moved forward and landed a right on Joshua, sending Joshua down.  Ruiz turned into a battering ram as he kept nailing Joshua and one more big right sent Joshua down a second time. Joshua looked in serious trouble.

Ruiz kept the pressure up in the fourth round, but Joshua survived. In the fifth round, Joshua appeared to have weathered the storm and won the round with his jab and landed the best punch of the round with a left hook. In the second half of the sixth round, Ruiz let his hand loose and started to hurt Joshua.

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Wilder by 1st Round Knockout over Breazeale

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

On Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, Deontay Wilder faced Dominic Breazeale for Wilder’s WBC heavyweight championship.  It lasted all but 2 minutes and 10 seconds with Wilder starting fast and ending the fighting almost as quickly.  Within the first minute, a Wilder right sent Breazeale reeling into the corner.  Wilder effectively jabbed and even landed a hook. Breazeale did land one right hand but that did little to turn the tide. 

Wilder shot out a left jab that Breazeale took a step back to avoid before Wilder threw a perfect right hand which nailed Breazeale, sending Breazeale tumbling down.  The referee stopped the fight as Breazeale wobbled back to the ropes. 

This was one of the most brutal right hands one has witnessed in the heavyweight division in a long time.  These two minutes showed Wilder’s strength, improvement and weakness. The weakness is stepping straight back to avoid punches and the tendency to throw wild haymakers.  The strength is his piston like jab and right hand. The improvement was his use of two left hooks.

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Williams Wins WBA/IBF Junior Middleweight Belt over Hurd … Korobov vs. Aleem a DRAW … Berchelt Stops Vargas to Retain WBC Super Featherweight Title

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

On Saturday night (May 11, 2019) Julian Williams, fighting in his opponent’s backyard and a big underdog to Jarrett Hurd, carried out the perfect game plan to produce the big upset.  Williams put the pressure on Hurd throughout the bout and took advantage of Hurd’s habit of starting slowly to build up a big lead.  After three rounds, I had Williams up by four points, including a second round knock down.

The Compubox numbers told the story. While Hurd threw more punches, Williams was the more effective fighter as he handed more punches, more jabs, more power shots and was the more accurate puncher.  Every phase of the bout favored Williams. 

From the very beginning, Williams used his accurate punches to take advantage of his opponent’s wider punches and his body shots aided his overall attack. Over the second half of the bout, Hurd tried to turn the tide but Williams kept his cool and, while both fighters were shaken by power shots, both fighters remained on their feet. 

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Canelo Unifies WBC/WBA/IBF Middleweight Titles … Decision Over Jacobs

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) … Contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008

Daniel Jacobs did what he normally does in the big fight vs the best of his division, he came up short.  Jacobs is one of those fighters one can easily admire, a man who conquered cancer  but he has yet to conquer the two elite fighters of his generation in Middleweight division, Canelo Alvarez and the triple G’s.

Compubox numbers show the story accurately.  Jacobs threw nearly 200 punches more than Alvarez but landed nearly sixty less punches as Alvarez connected on two out of every five punches compared to Jacobs who connected only one out of five punches.   Over the last half of the fight Alvarez averaged 20 punches connected per round versus 13 punches per round for Jacobs.  Alvarez connected more jobs and power shots in particular body shots. 

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Estrada Captures WBC Super Flyweight Belt – Decision Over Rungvisai

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On Friday, April 26, 2019 at the Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood, California, Juan Francisco Estrada  (39-3 / 26 by KO) won the WBC Super Flyweight title by a unanimous twelve round decision over Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1 / 41 by KO).

Estrada lost narrowly to Rungvisai by decision back in February 2018, but on this night in their rematch he did not wait and dominated right from the opening bell. On my scorecard Estrada was far ahead after the first eight rounds by simply being on target in every phase of the art of boxing mechanics.

Knowing he was behind, Rungvisai made a fight of it by winning a few of the late rounds to make it interesting, but it was the overall superior performance of Estrada that imprinted his name on this fight.

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Danny Garcia RECAP and The Welterweight Division

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On Saturday, April 20, 2019, FOX / PBC televised, from the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, a ten round main event between former two division World Champion Danny Garcia (35-2 / 21 by KO) and Adrian Granados (20-7-2 / 14 by KO). On paper this looked to be an interesting comeback fight for Garcia as Granados is a tough customer, with an awaked style, who can spoil anybody’s evening! But once in the ring it turned into a lopsided shutout for Garcia. He won every round, dominating and dropping Granados three times en-route to a seventh round stoppage.

Garcia dropped Granados twice in the second round. First with a beautiful counter left hook midway through the round, and then, with a few second left in the round, dropped Granados with a straight right hand. In that second round, I saw Granados age before my eyes. The outcome of the fight as well as the ending of Granados career became clearly evident. Both were just a matter of time.

After that second round Granados never got on track and was dropped again in the fifth round from a left upper cut. All the while Garcia remained patient, kept his composure and simply delivered a dominating performance round after round.

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Danny Garcia Stops Adrian Granados … Terence Crawford Stops Amir Khan

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

On Saturday night, while Terrence Crawford was preparing to enter the ring against Amir Khan, Danny Garcia had already put on a show by pounding Adrian Granados, a tough fighter who never been stopped and came into the fight with a reputation as a pressure fighter who threw punches in bunches.  First round saw Granados do what he does best, box and then move forward while throwing volume of punches, winning the first round on my card.

Second round saw the fight turn badly for Granados as halfway through the round, Garcia threw the short left hook that sent Granados down.  Garcia continued to press the action as Granados looked wobbly.  With seconds left in the round, Garcia launched a right hand that sent Granados down.  Garcia dominated the action in both the third and fourth round as he pressured Granados and throwing the most accurate punches.  Granados was not throwing punches in bunches but fought in survival mode as he moved away from Garcia. 

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Shields by Unanimous Decision Over Hammer

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

On Saturday night April 13, 2019 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Claressa Shields fought Christina Hammer in a battle of the two best female middleweights in the world with the winner being the undefeated unified champion.  Hammer started fast in the first round boxing and her jab effectively took the round; but in the second round, it was Shields who dominated as she nailed Hammer with a left hook in the first minute and over the last minute, connected on a right hand.

The third round was closer than the second but it was a Shields round as she connected on the bigger shots and her excellent defense allowed her to slip punches.  The fourth round was another round where Shields used her brawling style to force Hammer to move away but Hammer didn’t punch back effectively.

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Lomachenko by 4th Round Knockout … Retains WBA/WBO Lightweight Title Belts

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

Anthony Crolla faced Vasiliy Lomachenko in a battle for Lomachenko’s lightweight title belts. I wouldn’t use the word battle as Lomachenko chased Crolla throughout the bout, rarely in trouble. Crolla had very little answers and did very little in punching back. Using body shots along with jabs, Lomachenko dominated the action from the first round.  At the end of the third round, Lomachenko landed a combination that was counted as a knockdown as the rope kept Crolla from hitting the canvas. After an eight count, the bell ended the fight. Crolla was Lomanchenko’s punching bag.

Lomachenko ended the bout with a right hand hook from his southpaw position as Crolla hit the canvas face first. Lomachenko is now 14-1 with 11 knockouts but this record is even more impressive since he has fought the best in his division.  I doubt any fighter has as impressive a list of opponents over their first fifteen fights as Lomachenko who started his career fighting Jose Ramirez who was 25-3 and a title contender, winning by a knockout.

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