Category Archives: Recent Fights

Canelo Wins WBO 154 Pound Title Belt with “KO” Over Smith

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Gennady Golovkin defeated Kell Brook last week with a fifth round stoppage, and on Saturday night Saul “Canelo” Alvarez faced Liam Smith for the WBO Junior Middleweight title.

Before the main event, Gabriel Rosado and Willie Monroe, Jr. engaged in a snooze fest where punches were minimal and exchanges a rarity. The best you can say that when it ended, the audience yawned.

Joseph Diaz stopped Andrew Cancio in the ninth round as one boxing pundit tweeted, “Joseph Diaz doesn’t have a real hammer but he has a scalpel and he can cut you up many different ways.”  While the fight was competitive early, Diaz’ boxing skills and punching accuracy proved decisive over the second half.

Diego De La Hoya won an easy decision over Orlandito Del Valle with one judge having him blanking Del Valle and the other two judges giving one round to De Valle.

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Yamanaka Stops Moreno To Retain Title in Japan

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2 / 18 by KO) remained unbeaten by defeating top mandatory contender Anselmo Moreno (36-5-1 / 12 by KO) by seventh round stoppage to retain his WBC bantamweight title belt. The bout took place Friday at the EDION Arena in Osaka, Japan.

The Panamanian challenger came out fast in the opening round throwing punches from all angles,  but the southpaw champion stunned Moreno with a left cross and dropped him in slugfest first round.

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The next two rounds were  action packed fight, and Moreno dropped Yamanaka with a surprising right hook in round four. Moreno would win round five.

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Golovkin and Gonzalez Win Big on HBO World Championship Boxing

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com 

Gennady Golvokin (36-0 / 33 by KO) successfully defended his WBC and IBF middleweight title belts (WBA belt was not at stake) with a fifth round stoppage over IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-1 / 25 by KO) on Saturday night in front of over 19,000 fans at the 02 Arena in London, England.

In round one Golvokin staggered Brook with a perfect left hook to the liver, but Brook held on with outstanding movement and quickness to end the round.

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Andre Ward Defeats Alexander Brand … Sets Up Mega Fight with Kovalev in November

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Former super middleweight champion Andre Ward (30-0 / 15 by KO) scored a twelve round “lopsided” decision over Alexander Brand (25-2 / 19 by KO) on Saturday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California in a bout that was televised by HBO.

Ward was in command from the start to end and when a fighter wins every minute of every round it makes for a very non competitive “predictable” boring fight.

The judges scores were all the same 120-108 … my scorecard was 120-108 – twelve rounds to zero for the winner Ward.

So enough said – the bigger news is that this now sets up the long awaited showdown between two undefeated light heavyweights to finally meet – champion Sergey Kovalev  and Andre Ward, scheduled for November 19 on HBO/PPV from Las Vegas.

Carl Frampton Edges Leo Santa Cruz in Classic Featherweight Title Bout

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

Carl Frampton came into Brooklyn Barclays Center for a battle of undefeated against Leo Santa Cruz.   Cruz had his own cross to bear as his father is suffering from cancer and nearly didn’t make the trip but he proved to be the warrior in a classic battle between two equal boxers. Frampton B

Cruz hallmark has been high output with additional power punches but Frampton countered Cruz’s power and reach with excellent counterpunching.  In a battle of jabbers coming into the bout, a little over 80% of both fighters’ punches were power shots.  The jab ceased to be a weapon for either fighters.

Cruz did not use his reach to his advantage while lunging straight into Frampton vicious counterpunches.  Frampton turned this bout into a toe to toe battle.  The judges had it a majority 116-112, 117-111 and 114-114.  This was a bout that could have been scored either way but no one will complain that Cruz got ripped off or that Frampton was undeserving since he was the more accurate puncher.

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Terence Crawford Dominates Viktor Postol in Title Unification Bout on HBO/PPV

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0 / 20 by KO) scored a brilliant unanimous 12 round decision over WBC junior welterweight champion Viktor Postol (28-1 / 12 by KO) in their 140 pound unification fight on Saturday night at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The bout was the main attraction on a card that was televised live on HBO/PPV.Z 6

Crawford fought in the southpaw stance throughout the contest and was absolutely the better fighter, dropping Postol twice in round five and seriously hurt Postol in round nine.

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Deontay Wilder Retains WBC Title With “KO” Win Over Chris Arreola … Rigondeaux Wins Impressively

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (37-0 / 36 by KO) retained his title with a stoppage after eight rounds when the corner of challenger Chris Arreola (36-5-1 / 31 by KO) called a halt to the bout at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday night shown on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) Fox national television.

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After a slow first round Wilder was in command once using the jab against a squared up Arreola who was content to walk straight in without giving Wilder any angles.  At the end of round four Wilder dropped Arreola and had him out on his feet before the bell saved Arreola from being knocked out.

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Sergey Kovalev Retains Title By Decision Over Isaac Chilemba

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

WBO/WBA/IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1 / 26 by KO) successfully defended his title with a 12 round unanimous decision over Isaac Chilemba (24-4-2 / 10 by KO) on Monday night July 11, 2016 at the DIVS Palace of Sports in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

Kovalev wins the first three rounds by being a bit more effective and aggressive with his punches. Then he narrowly drops the fourth, the fifth and the sixth rounds to have the bout surprisingly even (on my scorecard) than most thought it would be at the half way mark.

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Anthony Joshua Retains Title by KO … Keith Thurman edges Shawn Porter in Epic WBA Welterweight Title Fight

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Member Boxing Writers Association of America

British heavyweight and IBF champion Anthony Joshua may be the best heavyweight in the world and last weekend, he demolished Dominic Breazeale as he handed the American fighter his first loss.   Breazeale is a big fighter with a tough chin but he couldn’t match Joshua’s skills or hand speed.  Joshua, the former 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, showed his hand speed as he simply punched Breazeale at will.  As one boxing writer noted, Breazeale “seemed to react seconds after the punch has already connect on his face” and while he was able absorbed much of Joshua’s punches; one doesn’t win fights by absorbing the other guy punches but you need to punch the other guy.

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Breazeale never threatened Joshua throughout the bout before Joshua finally ended the bout with a knockout in the seventh round.

His mandatory challenger is another undefeated fighter, Joseph Parker but Joshua has plenty of options including the winner of Fury-Klitschko bout, Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz.   A bout with Parker will Joshua’s third straight bout with an undefeated fighter.   The heavyweight division is now exciting again.

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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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