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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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Shiming loses to Ruenroeng … Broner wins over Molina … Thurman defeats Guerrero

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (15-0 / 5 by KO) successfully retained his title with a unanimous 12 round decision over two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming(6-1 / 1 by KO) in Macau, China.

The undefeated Thai fighter overcame a second round knock down. He stuck to his game plan to box at a distance by using his jab, and counter effectively to outbox the Chinese fighter.

The judges all had identical scores of 116-111 … my unofficial scorecard was 115-112 for the winner Ruenroeng. The bout was televised by HBO2 from the Cotai Arena at the Venetian Resort in Macau, China.

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Golovkin by “KO” over Murray, retains WBA middleweight title

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

Martin Murray was supposed to give Golovkin competition for triple G’s title and for the first three rounds, he did.  Murray countered the advancing with Golovkin with solid rights and body shots while Golovkin was attempting to find ways around Murray defenses.   While it was obvious who was the more powerful puncher but Murray showed to be a tough fighter who could take GGG’s best.

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Going into the fourth round, this was close but Golovkin turned the fight around and turn a close battle into a battle of survival for Murray.  Halfway through the round, Golovkin threw a haymaker that Murray avoided but as Murray was attempting to escape; Golovkin nailed him with a body shot that sent Murray down.  Murray survived the count but Golovkin attacked with ferocity and as the Triple G’s landed solid combinations, Murray simply knelt down to avoid more punishment.  He survived the round but from this point; Golovkin had control of the fight.

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Rios “one-sided” win over Alvarado

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

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In their third “rubber match” fight it wasn’t even close.  Brandon Rios (33-2-1 / 23 by KO) stopped Mike Alvarado (34-3 / 23 by KO) in three rounds, at the 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, Colorado.

Rios started off quickly from the start and never looked back, punishing Alvarado almost at will in every round.  Rios dropped Alvarado with a left hook in round three, which proved to be the beginning of the end.  Alvarado survived the round (barely) but the fight was stopped after round three.

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Rios claimed the vacant WBO International welterweight championship and he has certainly put himself in line for some big bouts at 147 pounds.

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Wilder wins WBC title

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

Deontay Wilder won a unanimous decision but what impressed me was not his victory but the ease that he dominated the fight and showed himself to be a vastly improved fighter.  The first thing that was surprising was that the inexperienced Wilder showed more nuance in his fight game than the supposedly more experience Stiverne.  (While Wilder had more pro fights; Stiverne had fought the tougher fighters and had already been in two big events against Chris Arreola.)

Wilder used his longer reach and jab to set the real estate between the two fighters.  Stirvene, whose jab was an effective weapon against Arreola, fail to even effectively jab nor did he cut off the ring.  Repeatedly Wilder was able to escape and move away from the on charging Stirvene.  Stirvene attempted to walk Wilder down but he never attack the body of Wilder; which would have paid dividend in the later rounds against Wilder.  Instead, he rarely jabbed his way nor did he attack the body with much conviction or consistently. 

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Francisco “Chia” Santana by KNOCKOUT!

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On January 9, 2015 at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California, Santa Barbara native Francisco Santana (22-3-1 / 11 by KO) won the vacant WBA International welterweight championship belt with a first round knockout over previously unbeaten Kendal Mena (20-1 / 11 by KO).

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It didn’t last long, but it was a beauty with Chia scoring a first knockdown one minute and twelve seconds into the round.  Thirty seconds later came the knockout, a picture perfect left hook as referee Jack Reiss didn’t even have to count with Mena flat on his back, out cold on the canvas.

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The fight was shown on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights with a large viewing audience, and because of the spectacular knockout, it made the ESPN Sports Center “top ten” highlight reel that night of top sports events.

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Amir Khan wins big on Showtime … Timothy Bradley settles for a draw on HBO

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Amir Khan (30-3 / 19 by KO) looked absolutely brilliant scoring a lopsided 12 round decision over Devon Alexander (26-3 / 14 by KO) in their welterweight fight.

Khan was quicker and more accurate and out jabbed and out boxed Alexander. The scorecards were 119-109, 118-110, 120-108; with my unofficial score 119-109 (eleven rounds to one).

With the win, Khan puts himself in line for a “possible” bout with champion Floyd Mayweather.

On the undercard, WBA interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman (24-0 / 21 by KO) retained his title with a 12 round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Leonard Bundu (31-1-2 / 11 by KO); and former three division champion Abner Mares (28-1-1 / 14 by KO) won by fifth round knockout over Jose Ramirez (25-5 / 15 by KO) in their featherweight fight.

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On the same night, at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, Timothy Bradley (30-1-1 / 12 by KO) and Diego Chaves (23-2-1 / 19 by KO) fought to a “controversial” draw in their welterweight fight.

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