Category Archives: Recent Fights

Garcia dominates Malignaggi in workman like fashion … 9th round stoppage

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA) Member of Boxing Writers Association of America and has contributed to since 2008

Danny Garcia faced the veteran Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi, who has spent as much as time behind mike as he has in the ring in the last few years.  Malignaggi biggest advantage going against the heavy favorite Garcia was his boxing skills but at 34, how much did he have left?

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Kovalev by “KO” over Mohammedi … Pascal wins “disputed” decision over Gonzalez

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By David Martinez /

Sergey Kovalev (28-0-1 / 25 by KO) defended IBF/WBO/WBA his light heavyweight titles with ease over Nadjib Mohammedi (37-4 / 23 by KO) by a third round knockout.

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The bout was never in doubt from the opening bell, as the unbeaten Kovalev dominated every second of every minute of every round.  Kovalev dropped Mohammedi with a series of right hands in round two and finished him with right / left combination in round three.

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Chavez Jr. wins by decision over Reyes


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

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. biggest problem is his last name and heritage.  If he was Julio Ramirez and didn’t have a famous Hall of Fame fighter as a father, we would say that he is a good fighter, a contender and note that he held for a brief time, a piece of the Middleweight championship.  The reality is that being Chavez Jr. is a curse since we expect so much more and certainly seeing him losing to Andrzej Fonfara by not coming out for the tenth round was a stunner for those who remember his father for the warrior he was.

Marco Reyes was picked as the comeback fight for obvious reason, he was a natural Middleweight who had not fight the quality of opposition Chavez has and from the first round, it was obvious that while Reyes knocked out 24 fighters in his 33 wins;  that his punch did not match Chavez’s power at Super Middleweight. And Chavez did came in overweight; leaving many questioning how does a fighter who supposedly trained like he never before and sparred 100 rounds under the guidance of Robert Garcia, come in overweight?


The first round saw Chavez retreating almost the entire round until near the end before he unleashed his first offensive volley. From the second round through the fifth round, Chavez put the pressure on and while Reyes would box and connect on combinations; it was Chavez who would take control of the round with his piston like jab followed by left hooks and right hands. Throughout the sixth round, Reyes boxed his way as he landed combinations and Chavez didn’t use the jab or punch his way. Chavez tried to steal the round with a four punch volley at the end of the round. Showtime Steve Farhood had Chavez ahead halfway through by 58-56.

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Bradley wins – with controversy at end of bout – unanimous decision over Vargas


By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Other than the last twenty seconds, Tim Bradley boxed in a workman like fashion as he pressured Jesse Vargas throughout the first ten rounds before he decided to box his way to victory over the last two rounds.  There were no knockdown in this event but Vargas landed a right hand  in the final twenty second of the fight that sent Bradley reeling and nearly out.  Bradley regained his legs and as Vargas came close, Bradley held on for dear life. The referee mistaken the ten seconds click for the end of the fight and ended the bout prematurely.  Vargas thought the referee had stopped the fight in his favor but after the confusion, the fight went to the scorecards with Bradley winning 115-112, 117-112, 116-112.

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Shawn Porter defeats Adrien Broner & other weekend results


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

Adrien Broner faced Shawn Porter in a battle of former world champions and this was declared the battle of Ohio as both fighters were from the Buckeye State.  Broner only loss before this fight was in the Welterweight division against the hard punching Marcos Maidana and Broner lost to another hard punching Welterweight.  While the fight was fought at a 144 pound catch weight, it was obvious that Porter swarming unorthodox style troubled Broner.

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Erislandy Lara by “easy” decision … Deontay Wilder by “KO”

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author / Member of Boxing Writers Association of America

Fighters find themselves in a position, how much risk do I take to entertain the public? Erislandy Lara for example had a cakewalk against Delvin Rodriguez as he simply dominated Rodriguez with his superior boxing skills but what he truly needed in the eyes of his promoters and fans was a impressive knockout victory.


Lara simply was satisfied with a win and while he is still the WBA Super Welterweight champion, there was nothing in the fight that said, “ Let see this fighter again.”  The one past fighter that Lara reminds me of is Winky Wright, a smooth boxer who often embarrassed more marketable fighters and he was often ignored.  Wright finally got his chance for a title and Lara has received his but Lara wants bigger paydays.  Lara is the type of fighter that other fighters ignore or stay away from since he not only can upset a bigger name fighter but the amount of money to made fighting Lara pales in comparison to other fighters.

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Henry Calles fights to a “sensational” DRAW

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By David Martinez /

After two months of serious training and a disappointing postponement of his fight scheduled for Simi Valley two weeks earlier, Henry Calles moved on to a larger venue and tougher opponent on Thursday, June 11, 2015.

The Hangar at The Orange County Fair and Events Center in Costa Mesa, California, was the site.  The nine-bout fight card was attended by a standing room only crowd of 1600 plus fans. The card was promoted by Roy Englebrecht / Fight Club OC.

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The opponent for Henry would be local favorite Reece Bennett in a super middleweight bout, scheduled for four rounds.

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As a member of Team Duke’s working Henry’s corner, it was an honor for me to be in such good company for the fight along with trainers Oscar Gracia Sr., Oscar Gracia Jr., and team manager Sarah Cammann.

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Guerrero gets scare from Martinez … Cotto by “KO” over Geale to retain title


By David Martinez /

Robert Guerrero (33-3-1 / 18 by KO) came on strong to win a ten round split decision over Aron Martinez (19-4-1 / 4 by KO) in their welterweight fight at the StubHub Center, Carson, California, in a bout televised nationally on NBC TV on Saturday, June 6.

Guerrero survived a fouth round knockdown right as round was ending. He rallied in the second half of the fight against a game Martinez who came to fight and decisively won the early rounds with harder, more damaging punches. Guerrero adjusted to fight from the outside, using his jab most effetely. Guerrero closed the show by winning the tenth and final round – to win a very close fight.

The judges scores were 97-92, 95-94 for Guerrero and 95-94 for Martinez … my unofficial scorecard was 95-94 for the winner Guerrero.

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Amir Khan defeats Chris Algieri – is Mayweather next?

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29:  Chris Algieri punches Amir Khan during their Welterweight bout at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on May 29, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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

Chris Algieri has proven to be an adoptable fighter as he moved away from his usual boxing maneuvering and fought an attacking style against the favorite Amir Khan.  Algieri has fought three of the top fighters in the welterweight division defeating Ruslan Provodnikov in a close controversial decision and losses to both Khan and Pacquiao. Continue reading

DeGale defeats Dirrell to capture IBF super middleweight title

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Member Boxing Writers Association of America

James DeGale and Andre Dirrell fought for the vacant IBF Super Middleweight title as part of the Premier Boxing Championship Memorial day special.  For Dirrell, this was a second shot at a title when he failed by a split decision to take Carl Froch’s title in the Super Six tournament.  Dirrell has been out of the public eye since he was injured when Arthur Abraham nailed him with an illegal punch that caused Abraham’s disqualification.  Meanwhile, Andre brother, Anthony, recovered from cancer, won a title and lost it.  While Andre Dirrell has won five straight fights, this was the bite at the apple since the Super Six tournament.

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