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Kovalev dominates Pascal over seven rounds

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

In a one-sided fight, WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (29-0-1 / 26 by KO) completely walked through top contender and former champion Jean Pascal (30-4-1 / 17 by KO) over seven rounds to retain his title belts. The bout was televised on HBO from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.

Kovalev clearly dropped Pascal with a hard jab in round one, but it was ruled a slip by referee Michael Griffin. He battered Pascal in every round, before trainer Freddie Roach finally called it off, keeping Pascal from further punishment.

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Danny Garcia captures vacant WBC welterweight title with win over Robert Guerrero

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Member Boxing Writers Association of America

The Welterweights may be boxing deepest division and it certainly has it shares of promotable fighters.  Danny Garcia faced off against Robert “the Ghost” Guerrero for the WBC welterweight championship.  Robert Guerrero started out fast as he pressed the action with solid body shots and straight lefts to the head.  Garcia forced Garcia to retreat over the first four rounds but by the fifth round, Garcia figured out the Guerrero riddle.  Garcia started to control the bout from this point as he punished Guerrero with series of punishing right hands and from there, Garcia more accurate punches marked up Guerrero’s face.

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Through the second half of the fight, Garcia landed quick sharp rights and left hooks to the body and head as he moved backward from Guerrero’s pressure which became less effectual as the fight wore on.  The twelfth war was all action as both men went after each other.  Garcia was declared the winner by 116-112 margins by all three judges.  (I had the fight 115-113)

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Wilder by “KO” over Szpilka and Martin wins IBF Heavyweight Title

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

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Undefeated WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0 / 35 by KO) scored a devastating knockout in round nine over Artur Szpilka (20-1 / 15 by KO) on Saturday at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, televised on Showtime.

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Wilder delivered a right hand that sent the game challenger Szpilka down and out cold at 2 minutes, 24 seconds of the ninth round.  All three judges had Wilder ahead entering the round. Scores were 78-74, 78-74, 77-75 … my scorecard was a bit wider 79-73.

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Luis Ortiz stops Bryant Jennings and Walters vs. Sosa Result is a “Controversial” Draw

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz (24-0 / 21 by KO) was impressive scoring a seventh round stoppage over Bryant Jennings (19-2 / 10 by KO) in their bout televised by HBO from the Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York.

Ortiz came out in the first round blazing with hard punches, battering Jennings at will.  Round two was Jennings best round of the fight as he was able to calculate his punches and keep Ortiz in close to avoid the hard hitting puncher. But after round two, it was all Ortiz who was most effective with his power punches and right jab in a southpaw stance.

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The end of the fight came in the seventh round when Ortiz caught Jennings with a uppercut that dropped him and he seemed out, but was up to beat the count.

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Daniel Jacobs by KO over Peter Quillin

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

It was quick. Daniel Jacobs (31-1 / 28 by KO) defended his WBA middleweight title in just 85 seconds by knockout over Peter Quillin (32-1-1 / 23 by KO) on a nationally televised bout shown on Showtime Championship Boxing from the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York.

From the opening bell both fighters exchanged hard blows with Jacobs coming out on top catching Quillin with two clean right hand punches sending him wobbling across the ring. Referee Harvey Dock took a good look at Quillin and seeing him not responding called the fight off with him visibly hurt still on his feet.

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Henry Calles Fights To (Another) Sensational DRAW

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Last Saturday night, November 28, 2015, Henry Calles (1-0-3) fought Lucius Johnson (2-0-1) to a majority draw at the Los Angeles Westin Bonaventure.

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I was a second in Henry’s corner and so certainly had the best ringside seat in the house to clearly see it wasn’t a draw and I did not agree with the judge’s scorecards. Their scores were 39-37 in favor of Calles, with the two other judges scoring it identical 38-38 … my score was 39-37 … three rounds to one for Calles.

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Tyson Fury Upsets Wladimir Klitschko to Win Heavyweight Title

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Member Boxing Writers Association of America

But Saturday night, the Klitschko’s era ended as Wladimir fought a truly uninspiring fight against an opponent that he would have destroyed in his prime or even a couple of years ago.  Tyson Fury is big, strong but no one will view him as an all-time great but he dominated the fight simply throwing a few more punches than Wladimir who never seem to get off.   Wladimir average less than 20 punches per round and connected on an average of only 4 punches per round.  Fury was slightly better as he averaged slightly 30 punches thrown per round and connected on an average of seven punches per round.  This was hardly a classic but regardless, Klitschko did little in this fight and the question to ask, has father time finally caught up?

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Canelo Captures WBC Middleweight Title with Victory Over Cotto

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By Tom Donelson

Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

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The story about last Saturday Night’s fight was that Miguel Cotto simply lacked the fire power to defeat Saul Canelo Alvarez; and while the fight was closer than the scorecards, the reality was that the decision was hardly controversial.

Beginning in the second round, Cotto’s jabs and boxing skills opposed Canelo’s occasional bursts of power.  Canelo landed a left to Cotto’s body followed by a right to the head while Cotto pumped the jabs, some of which were slipped by Alvarez.

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Bradley and Rios ~ RECAP

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By Tom Donelson

Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

Las week Tim Bradley fought Brandon Rios and this would be his first fight with Ted Atlas, who returned as a trainer after years in the broadcast booth.  Atlas goal was to have Bradley use the ring and fight from angles as oppose to sit in front of his opponent and play warrior.  Bradley has always been a good boxer but he also shown to be a tough fighter who didn’t mind getting into fire fight.  This strategy didn’t always work out in his favor even in victory as his tough victory over Ruslan Providnikov showed in which Bradley survived knockdowns to win a close decision.

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Bradley Brilliant in “KO” Win Over Rios

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

In a WBO welterweight title fight Timothy Bradley (33-1-1 / 13 by KO) was simply brilliant under the watchful eye of new trainer Teddy Atlas scoring a 9th round knockout win over Brandon Rios (33-3-1 / 24 by KO) at the Thomas Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Rios was one dimensional, plodding straight forward and stepping right into the quicker, more accurate punches of Bradley.

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