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Boxing Starting to Find Its Way

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Member Boxing Writers Association of America
Feature Writer for dmboxing.com since 2008

While much of the boxing world focusing on the aftermath of the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, what is being missed are the young boxing stars making their marks.  Saul Alvarez is one of those stars and his three round demolition of James Kirkland showed a young fighter developing into a star.  Since his loss to Mayweather, he won three in a row, two knock out victories and a close split decision victory over Erislandy Lara.

Despite being 24 years old, he is now 45-1, with his only loss to Floyd Mayweather.  While many pundits are not sure how to rate Mayweather, one milepost to judge him will be the career of Alvarez.  If Alvarez becomes an elite fighter in his own right, this certainly enhances Mayweather’s own legacy as he defeated Alvarez when Alvarez was 22 years old and coming off impressive victory over Austin Trout.   Mayweather gave the bigger Alvarez a boxing lesson and Alvarez may be that fighter that years from now that will cement Mayweather’s own greatness to higher heights.

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Canelo by “KO” over Kirkland on HBO … Figueroa & McDonnell win on CBS broadcast

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

In the aftermath of the Pacquiao-Mayweather, boxing is going through its normal “Oh my what is wrong with our sport!” but as I have mention, sometimes we fail to notice what is happening below the surface.

Watching Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight is watching boxing’s next superstar as he dispatched the hard hitting James Kirkland. Over seven plus minutes, Alvarez landed every punch ever invented in boxing as he just couldn’t miss and took whatever Kirkland threw his way. Kirkland is a hard punching fighter but he is not the technical skill fighter than Alvarez.

Kirkland came out smoking as he trapped Alvarez on the rope for the first minute but Alvarez came back to send Kirkland down for an eight count and spent the last minute trying to end the fight.   Kirkland, who is one of the toughest fighters but he not only lack the technical skills but Alvarez had the power to match Kirkland.  Alvarez threw a right hand that literally sent Kirkland body spinning 180 degree before he was sent to the canvas for the final time in the third round.

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Mayweather defeats Pacquiao by a unanimous decision

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

Floyd Mayweather did what no one expected, turn what was supposed to be the fight of the century into a sparring session.  His defensive wizardry was the key as he simply out maneuvered Manny Pacquiao.  Mayweather is one of the underestimated undefeated fighter as we pundits consistently find ways that this guy is supposed to lose and yet he simply uses his defensive wizardry and simply turn most fighters into putty in his hand.

From the first round Mayweather strategy became obvious; use his jab to establish real estate between him and the smaller Pacquiao while launching occasional right hand.  Rarely did Pacquiao ever trap Mayweather on the rope nor did he ever hurt Mayweather.  You can count on your hand the numbers of effective left hands that Pacquiao landed and Mayweather managed to nullify Pacquiao’s offense as he did to other past good fighters like Canelo Alvarez and Robert Guerrero.

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Klitschko over Jennings – retains title belts … Ali over Santana

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Wladimir Klitschko (64-3 / 54 by KO) successfully defended his IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight title belts for the 18th time in a row with a unanimous decision over Bryant Jennings (19-1 / 10 by KO) in a fight that was held in a sold out Madison Square Garden, New York and airing on HBO.

Klitschko used his lethal  jab to pile up points, as Jennings made it interesting in just lasting 12 rounds with the champion.  Jennings fought defensively for most of the fight with hands up high, but did have his moments by opening up and being first with his punches and becoming the aggressor.

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But at the end, Klitschko threw more and his jab was just right on target throughout the bout and there was never any doubt in what the out come was to be.

The judges scores were 116-111, 116-111, 118-109 for Klitschko, who had a point deducted in round 10 for excessive holding. … my unofficial scorecard was 117-110.

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Crawford wins 140 lb. WBO belt … Matthysee over Provodnikov … Fonfara by “KO” over Chavez Jr.

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

A HBO doubleheader began with Thomas Dulorme, coming down from welterweight to junior welterweight, facing one of the best pound for pound fighters, Terence Crawford who was moving up from the lightweight division.  Over the first six minutes, Dulorme threw the majority of punches and tried to push the action and Crawford worked at a relaxed pace while countering.  Dulorme punches rarely got through the Crawford defenses and looked more like flash than really be effective.

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Crawford relax style allowed Dulorme to press the action and Dulorme had a reputation of fading in the second half of fights; explaining Crawford’s strategy of allowing Dulorme to press the action and play defense.  Harold Lederman had Dulorme in the lead three rounds to two but Dulorme’s activity could easily have influenced the judges to give all five rounds to the Puerto Rican fighter.

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Garcia wins close decision over Peterson … Quillin vs. Lee declared a DRAW

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

WBA/WBC champion Danny Garcia (30-0 / 17 by KO) opened up an early lead against IBF champion Lamont Peterson (33-3-1 / 17 by KO) and hung on dearly to win a majority 12 round decision in their super lightweight non-title bout at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York and aired on NBC-TV.

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Fighting at a catch weight of 143 pounds, Garcia won the early rounds, with Peterson early content staying on his toes and keeping his distance. In the later rounds Peterson turned things around and was the better puncher as Garcia tired.

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Stevenson dominates Bika to retain WBC light heavyweight title … Donaire by “KO” in the Philippines

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (26-1 / 21 by KO) scored a “lopsided” unanimous decision over Sakio Bika (32-7-3 / 21 by KO) in a bout shown nationally on CBS, from Quebec City, Canada.

Bika gave the champion some problems early, but Stevenson came on and dropped the challenger in round six, after a strong round prior. Then Stevenson scored another knock down in round nine. He suffered a bad cut over his right eye from a head butt in the final round, but it was never in doubt who the winner was to be when the fight ended after twelve championship rounds.

The judges scores were 115-111, 116, 110, 115, 110 … my unofficial score was 116-110, eight rounds to four for the winner Stevenson.

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Kell Brook retains title by “KO” … Gary Russell Jr. wins WBC featherweight title by “KO”

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

Kell Brook defended his  IBF welterweight championship against Jo Jo Dan in Great Britain.  Brook had yet to test defeat and his Romanian opponent was a southpaw, a style that Brook has not fought nearly in six years.   Brook got off to fast start as he nailed Dan from various angles in the opening round.    Brook sent Dan down with an upper cut within the first minute of the second round and Dan got back up; only to go down from another quick right.  Dan went into survival mode as he hold and threw punch from any angles from close in.  Brook nailed Dan with three big rights over the final two minutes but Dan survived.

Brook continued his assault as he unleashed power shots, in particular his right hand throughout the third and fourth round.   Late in the fourth round,  Brook’s right sent Dan down and Brook tried to finish the job.  Brook connected on power shots, forcing Dan to retreat.  At the 2:59 mark of the fourth round, a Brook left hook sent Dan down.  Dan wobbled back to his seat and his corner stopped the fight as they saw that he has taken enough punishment.

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Kovalev stops Pascal by “KO” retains light heavyweight title

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA) Boxing Writers Association of America

Sergey Kolalev faced Jean Pascal in Pascal’s backyard, Montreal, for all of Kolalev light heavyweight belts.

Kolalev was coming off a big victory over Bernard Hopkins and now he was facing the awkward fighter, Pascal. Kolalev started to find the distance in the second round with big rights and forcing Pascal to retreat.  Kolalev continued to pressure in the third round but Pascal started to land big rights but with a minute left, Kolalev landed a big left hook that forced Pascal back to the rope to stop Pascal’s rally.   Kolalev landed another big left hook followed by a big right that sent Pascal almost through the rope, forcing the referee to issue an eight count and Pascal was saved only by the bell.

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Kolalev started hard at the beginning of fourth round as he trapped Pascal and pounded him.  While Kolalev dominated the first part of the round but Pascal made a comeback down the stretch as he landed five big punches to send Kolalev reeling for the first time in the bout.  Pascal continued to pound with counters in the fifth round that forced Kolalev to occasionally retreat as he did over the second half of the fourth round. Pascal continued to land off balanced shots throughout the sixth round and ended the round with a big left hook.   HBO Lederman had the bout 58 to 55 at the halfway mark.

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