Category Archives: Recent Fights

Ward vs. Kovalev – RECAP

 
By Tom Donelson 
Member Boxing Writers Association of America
 
Andre Ward faced Sergey Kovalev and like the first bout, this too ended in controversy.  Going into the eighth and decisive round, this was a tight fight according to many ringside observer.  (I had Kovalev up by one point but this was one of those fights with many close rounds which explains why Harold Lederman had Kovalev up by three points at the half way mark of the fight and others had it closer with Paul Malignaggi having it even.)
 
Kovalev took to the center of the ring in the opening rounds and used his jab to set distance and allow him to use his power shots. Both men didn’t land many punches and this was a tough one to score.
 
In the second round, Kovalev lands a nice right hand and his jab forced Ward off guard and kept Ward from effectively countering.  Just as in the first fight, Kovalev landed the heavy punches in the early rounds and Ward moved inside to land body shots and landed one low blow that garnered a warning.

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Brook vs. Spence – RECAP … and a Look at the Welterweight Division

 
 
By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America, and contributing writer for dmboxing.com since 2008
 
 
Last month (May 27, 2017), Errol Spence Jr. faced Kell Brook in Sheffield England in Brook’s backyard. For the first six rounds, Brook had a slight lead as he forced the action with his upper cuts and right hands against the southpaw Spence who tried to push the action but often found himself against a savvy fighter.  Brook at times even shook Spence but Spence showed a strong chin.
 
The second half of the fight, Spence took control of the fight with vicious body shots to go with effective jabs to set up combinations.  Brook slowed down and during the tenth round, Spence pushed Brook around the ring with body shots with quick combinations. Brook went down in the tenth from effective combinations. Brook’s left eye swelled from Spence’s jabbing, and going into the eleventh, Spence had his opportunity to end it and he did. Spence put on the pressure and landed a combination that forced Brook to sit down.  Spence fractured Brook’s left orbital bone and Brook could not continue as the swelling affected his vision. 
 

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Spence Jr. Wins Welterweight Title Belt By Knockout Over Brook


 

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Errol Spence Jr. (22-0 / 19 by KO) traveled to Sheffield, England on Saturday night and dethroned champion Kell Brook (36-2 / 25 by KO) to win the IBF welterweight title.

It was a action packed fight, with both fighters giving it their best.

My scorecard had Brook winning four of the first six rounds, before Spence gained momentum.

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Crawford Dominates Diaz … Inoue Wins in Japan

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Terence Crawford (31-0 / 22 by KO) was nothing less than brilliant in his WBC/WBO super lightweight title defense over Felix Diaz (19-2 / 9 by KO) Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York, the bout shown live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

Crawford was in complete control from the start before Diaz’ corner ended the one-sided bout at the end of round ten.

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Canelo Defeats Chavez Jr. by Unanimous Decision … GGG next – in September

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) and a contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008.

The big news about Julio Cesar Chavez-Canelo Alvarez fight was not what happened in the ring but what happened after the fight when Alvarez announced a September 16th match with Gennady “Triple G’s” Golovkin for the Middleweight championship. 

As for the fight itself, this was a one sided affair that had a rinse and repeat aspect to it with every round the same as the round before.  Alvarez treated Chavez as his personal punching bag and Chavez never really seem into the fight as he rarely threw punches, missed often when he did throw and despite being the bigger man, Alvarez consistently pushed Chavez around the ring.  The smaller Alvarez often beat Chavez to the punch, his punches had more sting to them and by the end of the fight, even the fans booed.

What was supposed to be the battle of Mexico with two of Mexico biggest names in boxing, the fight turned out to be a dull one sided affair in which one side looked prepared and the other side looked totally lost.

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Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko – RECAP

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Lets get straight to the point, this was a good and very entertaining fight. This is just what boxing and particularly the heavyweight division needed.

I picked Joshua to win, simply because of youth. But I knew the 41 year old Klitschko would be a true test for the young 27 year old champion.

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Joshua Defeats Klitschko by Knockout

 
 
 
By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Member Boxing Writers Association of America
 
 
Anthony Joshua faced his toughest battle against Wladimir Klitschko who was fighting father time along fighting Joshua. For Klitschko, this was a legacy fight for to win would put him among the elites of boxing history as a three time champion of the division.  No fighter had won more heavyweight titles and fought in more than Klitschko who along with his brother dominated the heavyweight for much of this century. 
 
From 2004 to 2015, there was Klitschko at the top of the heavyweight division and Wladimir Klitschko attempted to win back his title in front of 90,000 British faithful in Wembley Stadium.  Joshua had the home ring advantage.  
 

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Lomachenko vs. Sosa … Gvozdyk vs. Gonzalez … Usyk vs. Hunter … RECAP

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Last weekend on April 8, 2017, it was Ukrainian night at the fights as top Ukrainian fighters led by super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko who simply dismantled James Sosa with ease.  For every punch Sosa landed, he got nailed by four by Lomachenko.  Lomachenko simply looked impressive as he maneuvered around the ring and simply nailed Sosa whenever he wanted.  After nine rounds, Sosa corners decided that enough was enough as Lomachenko outclassed Sosa.  As Max Kellerman noted, Sosa didn’t even win any moment of the fight.

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Lomachenko, Gvozdyk, Usyk – Win on HBO Tripleheader Card

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (8-1 / 6 by KO) successfully defended his title in a dominating performance over challenger Jason Sosa (20-2-4 / 15 by KO) Saturday night at the MGM National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Lomachenko won every round from the start, until the fight was stopped after nine rounds when Sosa’s corner called off the fight.

Sosa showed heart, but was simply no match for the champion who is considered by most experts to be “pound for pound” one of boxing’s best.

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