By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
On Saturday night April 13, 2019 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Claressa Shields fought Christina Hammer in a battle of the two best female middleweights in the world with the winner being the undefeated unified champion. Hammer started fast in the first round boxing and her jab effectively took the round; but in the second round, it was Shields who dominated as she nailed Hammer with a left hook in the first minute and over the last minute, connected on a right hand.
The third round was closer than the second but it was a Shields round as she connected on the bigger shots and her excellent defense allowed her to slip punches. The fourth round was another round where Shields used her brawling style to force Hammer to move away but Hammer didn’t punch back effectively.
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America… contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008
Anthony Crolla faced Vasiliy Lomachenko in a battle for Lomachenko’s lightweight title belts. I wouldn’t use the word battle as Lomachenko chased Crolla throughout the bout, rarely in trouble. Crolla had very little answers and did very little in punching back. Using body shots along with jabs, Lomachenko dominated the action from the first round. At the end of the third round, Lomachenko landed a combination that was counted as a knockdown as the rope kept Crolla from hitting the canvas. After an eight count, the bell ended the fight. Crolla was Lomanchenko’s punching bag.
Lomachenko ended the bout with a right hand hook from his southpaw position as Crolla hit the canvas face first. Lomachenko is now 14-1 with 11 knockouts but this record is even more impressive since he has fought the best in his division. I doubt any fighter has as impressive a list of opponents over their first fifteen fights as Lomachenko who started his career fighting Jose Ramirez who was 25-3 and a title contender, winning by a knockout.
The “Gio Express” made another stop, Saturday night, at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, in a 10 round main event presented by Brian Halquist Productions. This was Halquist’s “Battle At The Boat 120” and the feature bout pitted Super Featherweights Giovanni “Gio” Cabrera Mioletti (16-0-0 w/7 KOs) Chicago, Illinois taking on Recky Dulay (11-5-0 w/8 KOs) Philippines.
Although scheduled for 10 rounds “Gio” made it an early night, first picking apart Dulay with crisp jabs and counter punching, as Dulay tried to close the distance and landed some shots of his own. In the third round Gio began battering him with power shots, which resulted in Dulay remaining on the stool and not coming out for the fourth round. He had enough of the “Gio Express”. In another dominant performance by “Gio” this one goes down in the record books as his 16th win, via a TKO in the 3rd round.
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America, and has contributed to dmboxing.com with expertise since 2008
Errol Spence Jr. dominated this bout and the only real close round was the second round. Spence won all rounds on all cards and quite frankly, Mikey Garcia was great lightweight, but he is not a true welterweight. He simply got out boxed and the second round was the only round which you could make an argument that he won but the judges didn’t even give him that.
Mikey Garcia is a great lightweight but he could not make the jump to welterweight and now he is considering going back to lightweight or junior welterweight.
Spence had the size advantage and he used it effectively as he controlled the distance between both fighters. The compubox numbers told the whole story as Spence landed 345 of 1082 punches and nailed 51% of his power shots. Spence connected on triple the power shots than Garcia got credit for connecting all of his punches! Garcia was merely a punching bag.
welterweight champion Shawn Porter (30-2-1 / 17 by KO) successfully retained
his title with 12 round split decision over Cuban Yordenis Ugas (23-4 / 11 by
KO) on Saturday night at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
the mark in the early rounds using his jab effectively, with Porter having
difficulty getting inside of Ugas long reach.
Round five saw both engage solid punches in the middle of the ring with Ugas backing up Porter to finish the round strong. Although two of the three judges gave Porter that round, I did not.
Rounds six , seven, and eight were close, and by all accounts were swing rounds either way; but it was Ugas who continued to beat Porter to the punch and simply out worked him.
Ugas stalked Porter in rounds nine and ten, as Porter developed a slight cut over his right eye.
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America … contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008
Leo Santa Cruz fought Rafael Rivera, who took the fight on a three week notice in his first shot at a title.
Rivera had a competitive first round as he launched combinations and body shots and looked sharp but it seemed to have little effect upon Santa Cruz. Rivera is a good fighter up against a great fighter and after the second round, the great fighter took over. Rivera had lost two of three his previous fights and was replacing Miguel Flores but this was supposed to be a tune up for Santa Cruz and it proved mostly that even though Rivera had his moment.
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) … contributor to dmboxing since 2008
Sergey Kovalev recaptured his WBO Light heavyweight title from Eleider Alvarez, who previously knocked the Russian light heavyweight down to win the title. He managed to revenge only the second person who defeated him and did so in dominating form. Kovalev began by winning the first two rounds, connecting on combinations while Alvarez slow in starting .
In the fifth round, Kovalev looked in control but in the
sixth, Alvarez got the better of exchanges with his right hand but the rest of the
fight, it was Kovalev who looked strong and in the last round, Alvarez looked
tired as he took big punches. The key
punch was a big right hand that nailed Kovalev in the sixth round, but Kovalev
didn’t budge or appeared hurt. From that point, Kovalev took over the fight and
won it easily.
The Compubox numbers tell the whole story as he connected on
the double the punches, was consistently more active. Kovalev landed 213 punches over those twelve
rounds, whereas Alvarez landed only 111, less than 10 per round.
I had the fight 58 to 56 going to the second half and Andre Ward of ESPN had it 59 to 55. The seventh round saw Kovalev pound Alvarez throughout the round and the rest of the fight was not much different. Kovalev not only took control of the fight, he dominated every aspect of the fight as he jabbed and box effectively while landing solid body punches. Alvarez simply couldn’t gain any momentum in the second half of the fight as Kovalev moved in with body shots before moving out boxing with effective jabs. Alvarez rarely connected on a right hand and that was why Kovalev easily won. There was only one round that Alvarez landed more punches and that was eleven. I gave the third and the sixth round due to Alvarez landed some big rights but those rounds could easily been given to Kovalev. While two judges had 116-112, this fight could have ranged from 117-111 to 120-108 in my view. I simply couldn’t find four rounds to even give Alvarez.
After a 22 month injury layoff, Keith Thurman (29-0 / 22 by KO) won a competitive fight against a game Josesito Lopez (36-8 / 19 by KO) by a twelve round majority decision at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
dropped Lopez with a left hook towards the end of round two and easily won the
first six rounds, before Lopez really came on in rounds seven and eight. In those rounds Lopez completely dominated
Thurman and was very effective with straight right hand leads, to win both
Round nine was the best round of the fight as Thurman would start to take back control of the fight and pull away.
As the twelfth began, it was apparent that Lopez needed a knockout to win and even though he won that final round, it wasn’t enough on the judge’s scorecards.
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
Manny Pacquiao showed
that at age 40, that he is still a very good and Adrien Broner is still a very
good opponent against elite fighters as he did very little, allowed Pacquiao to
set the pace, throw most of the punches and connect on most of the punches.
The most humorous aspect of the fight was at the end when Broner jumped on the
rope and acted like he won the fight. He easily lost the fight as
the Compubox numbers showed.
Pacquiao threw nearly
double the punches than Broner, including twice as many power punches and
nearly three times as many jabs. Can’t win fights if you moving
backwards, not throwing punches and incapable of hurting your opponent.
In the seventh round was an example on why Pacquiao won this fight easily. He chased Broner with jabs, forcing Broner to backpedal. When Broner did land a punch, Manny simply pushed the issue and kept up the relentless pressure. Manny landed a big flurry, hurting Broner. Broner try grabbed Pacquiao but Manny simply kept throwing haymakers and Broner just survived the round.
boxing website dmboxing.com picked Giovanni “Gio” Cabrera
Mioletti as one of 2018’s top prospects! On Friday, January 11, 2019 he showed
us why! In a 10 round main event presented by Brian Halquist Productions, at
the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, Gio took out former world rated
veteran Antonio Escalante in just 3 rounds.
The undefeated Gio, fighting out of Chicago, Illinois tipped the scales 129.2 while Escalante, fighting out of El Paso, Texas, weighed in at 128.8, but that’s as close as the fight ever got! Before a packed house, Gio went to work from the opening bell. His movement and ring generalship clearly sent a message to Escalante, that this wasn’t going to be his night. In the second round Gio dropped the veteran with a crisp left hand on the button. Escalante got up and survived the round, but the writing was on the wall. In the third, southpaw Gio stepped on the gas and midway through the round used a right jab to set up a picture perfect combination, left uppercut followed by a right hook. Escalante staggered back and as he was about to hit the deck, Gio added another left hand for good measure. Escalante, again, managed to get up. However he was in no shape to continue and referee Bobby Howard decided it was time to say goodnight to Mr. Escalente. The time was 1:48 of the third round. The win upped Gio’s record to 15-0 w/ 6 KOs while Escalante falls to 29-10 w/20 KOs.