Category Archives: Recent Fights

Santa Cruz and Charlo win on Showtime … Crawford wins WBO Welterweight Title on ESPN+

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com 

On Saturday, June 9, 2018, before a capacity crowd of 12,505 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Leo Santa Cruz (35-1-1 / 19 by KO) retained his WBA featherweight title with a unanimous twelve round decision over Abner Mares (31-3-1 / 15 by KO).

After winning the first two rounds, Mares would give it his best effort but Santa Cruz clearly won nine of the next ten rounds on my scorecard in an action packed bout.  The official judges scoring was: 117-111, 115-113, and 116-112.  My score card was 117-111 for the winner, Santa Cruz.

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Russell Jr. vs. Diaz Jr. and Stevenson vs. Jack – Results

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, Showtime Championship Boxing offered a televised doubleheader from two different location sights.

In the first bout from Oxon, Hill, Maryland, Gary Russell Jr. (29-1 / 17 by KO) retained his WBC featherweight title with a 12 round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Joseph Diaz Jr. (26-1 / 14 by KO).

Russell was superb, using quickness and lighting jabs.  Diaz applied pressure, but was not effective in countering the overall ring generalship of Russell Jr.

The official judges scoring was 115-113, 117-111, 117-111 … my scorecard was, 9 rounds to 3, 117-111 for the winner Russell Jr.

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Lomachenko vs. Linares RECAP … Golovkin and Middleweight Division … Munguia vs. Ali Result

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Last weekend, Vasyl Lomachenko found himself in a fight going into the tenth round that was close with one judge having it two points lead for Lomanchenko, another scoring a two round lead for his opponent Jorge Linares with final judge seeing it a draw. 

Lomachenko has been a champion since his third fight and in his twelve fight, he has moved up in weight from featherweight to lightweight, and considering most fighters are nowhere near to an championship belt  in their twelve fights and Lomachenko having already won eight championship fights coming into this fight.  He came into this fight with Linares seven knock outs in row, with the last four fighters retired in their corner.   This was his first attempt at the lightweight title and Jorge Linares was the first fighter since the Russell match that prove competitive with Lomachenko.

Linares landed more power punches where Lomachenko landed more jabs and Lomachenko was more accurate in his punches but the number of punches were nearly equal.  Linares even sent Lomachenko down for a quick knockdown in the sixth round.  In the tenth, Lomachneko unleashed a five punch combinations that sent Linares down for good. 

The question now where Lomachenko go?  In the lightweight division, there are some good options to including fights with Ray Beltran and Mikey Garcia to unify portions of the lightweight titles. Lomachenko is one of those complete fighters who can box and slug and has eight knockouts in his twelve fights but these knockouts came against championship caliber fighters and not inflated by weak opponents.  So Lomachenko power is for real. 

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Lomachenko Stops Linares to Win Lightweight Title

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Madison Square Garden, New York, Vasyl Lomachenko of the Ukraine made boxing history by becoming the fastest fighter to win three world titles in a record twelfth bout, winning the WBA lightweight championship in a 10th round TKO over defending champion Jorge Linares of Venezuela. The bout was aired live on ESPN.

Lomachenko (11-1 / 9 by KO) had to come off the deck, as Linares (44-4 / 27 by KO) dropped him late in round six with a perfect straight right hand.

This was the most anticipated bout to date in boxing and when two great fighters like these meet, it can develop into a fast, action packed fight – which is exactly what happened.

Lomachenko, moving up in weight, was the smaller of the two, with Linares the bigger and stronger.  It was evident to this writer, however, that the difference in the fight was the quickness of Lomachenko.

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Showtime Championship Boxing: Broner and Vargas Draw; Davis and Charlo Win by KO

 
By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
 
On Saturday, April 21, 2018 from Barclay Center, Brooklyn, New York – undefeated Gervonta Davis faced Jesus Cuellar for the super featherweight WBA title as Davis attempted to regain his 130 belt and he simply pounded Cuellar from the opening bell.  Cuellar went down from body shots in the second round and during the third round, Davis mauled Cuellar on the rope, sending him down a second time.  When Davis knocked Cuellar down a third time, the referee stopped the fight.
 
 
Jermall Charlo knocked Hugo Centeno, Jr. down with a vicious left hook in the second round. Former 154 pound championship is now ready to challenge Triple G’ Golovkin and Saul Alvarez when Alvarez comes back from his suspension.  Charlo has won his first two fights at Middleweight with knock outs. 
 

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Hurd Defeats Lara to Unify WBA/IBF Super Welterweight Belts

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

IBF champion Jarrett Hurd (22-0 / 15 by KO) scored a twelfth round knockdown with less than 40 seconds left in the bout and went on to win a split decision over WBA champion Erislandy Lara (25-3-2 / 14 by KO) on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The younger and bigger Hurd was the aggressor and stalked Lara with punishing punches, although Lara countered well but not nearly enough, in their 154 pound title unification bout. 

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Joshua Defeats Parker, Unifies WBA/IBF/WBO Heavyweight Belts

 
By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America, and has contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008.
 
Anthony Joshua faced Joseph Parker in yet another big heavyweight bout, occurring after three weeks fight when Deontay Wilder stopped Luis Ortiz in a thrilling bout that saw Wilder championship nearly derailed in the seventh round as Ortiz nearly knocked him out.  A tenth round knockout preserve his championship.
 
When I grew up, the heavyweight was the glorious division and from the Ali era through Lennox Lewis we saw two different golden era of the heavyweight division, the first being Ali era from 1964 through 1978 when Ali won his original title before Joe Frazier defeated him in the fight of the century before George Foreman won the title from Frazier.   When Ali defeated Frazier and Holmes began the heavyweight champion after Ali first retirement and defeated Ali in his comeback.  The first golden era ended when Holmes defeated Gerry Cooney and after a short break, the second golden era truly began when Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis and Riddick Bowe fought for the Heavyweight championship with Mike Tyson.
 

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ESPN Fight Card – Good St. Patrick’s Show in New York

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com 

In the first televised bout from the Hulu Theater inside Madison Square Garden, New York, Oleksandr Gvozdyk (15-0 /12 by KO) scored a 12 round unanimous decision over Mehdi Amar (34-6-2 / 16 by KO) to capture the vacant WBC interim light heavyweight championship belt.

Gvozdyk was in control throughout the bout against a game and tough Amar.  The official judges scoring was: 117-111, 116-112, 118-110 … my scorecard 10 rounds to 2, 118-110, for the winner Gvozdyk.

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Garcia Over Lipinets to Win 140 lb Belt … Valdez Retains Featherweight Title Over Quigg

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com 

Unbeaten WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (38-0 / 30 by KO) moved up in weight to challenge unbeaten IBF junior welterweight champion Sergey Lipinets (13-1 / 10 by KO) on Saturday night and won a unanimous 12 round decision.

Garcia now joins the elite company of Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez as the only fighters in boxing history to win World Titles in four different weight classes, 126, 130, 135 and 140. 

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Wilder KO’s Ortiz – Retains WBC Heavyweight Title

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

Every boxing champion finds that one moment when the belt is on the line and your opponent has you on the rope, it is that moment in which the boxer must dig deep to win or lose the belt.  In the seventh round, Deontay Wilder faced that moment with thirty second left in the round.  Over the previous two rounds, Wilder took control of the fight so it appeared as he knocked Luis Ortiz down in the fifth and dominated the sixth.  He was looking to end the fight and nailed Ortiz with a solid right but then out of nowhere, Ortiz landed a right hand hook from his southpaw stance and suddenly Wilder looked stunned as he reeled backward.  Ortiz jumped on Wilder with three solid lefts and Wilder attempted to wrap the Cuban fighter.  Wilder survived the barrage but it was obvious that as he went back to the corner, he was a battered fighter with his title in jeopardy. 

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