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Golovkin by Knockout … Gonzalez Goes the Distance … and Donaire Wins in the Philippines

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Gennady Golovkin (35-0 / 32 by KO) successfully defended his IBF/WBA, interim WBC middleweight championship belts  over Dominic Wade (18-1 / 12 by KO) on Saturday night in a televised HBO bout at the Los Angeles Forum, Inglewood, California.

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Golovkin ended the fight with a knockout in the second round after sending Wade to the canvas for a third time in the fight with a vicious right hand. The knockout was his 22nd straight, dating back to 2008.

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PacMan Ends an Era and Joshua Begins a New One

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By Tom Donelson 

Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

This past weekend, witness an end of an era and the beginning of another era.  Pacquiao defeated Tim Bradley easily and left no doubt who was the better fighter in their trilogy.  The fight was fought at a measured pace with Pacquiao averaging only 35 punches per round and Bradley 25 punches per round but the two Pacquiao knockdown of Bradley in the seventh and ninth round highlighted the difference between the two fighters.

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Andre Ward Wins Light Heavyweight Debut vs. Sullivan Barrera

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

After a 27 month layoff,  in his debut at 175 pounds, former super middleweight champion Andre Ward (29-0 / 15 by KO) dropped and completely dominated previously unbeaten Sullivan Barrera (17-1 / 12 by KO) to win a 12 round unanimous decision in their light heavyweight fight.  The bout was televised on HBO from the Oracle Arena, Oakland, California, on Saturday night.

The official scores were 117-109, 119-109, 117-108.  On my score card, Ward was the clear winner 118-108, ten rounds to one with one round even – a point was taken away from Ward for a low blow in round eight.

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Ortiz wins by KO and Vargas wins vacant welterweight title

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

 
As expected, WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz (25-0 / 22 by KO) knocked out challenger Tony Thompson (40-7 / 27 by KO) Saturday night at the D.C. Armory in our nation’s capitol.

The fight was so one sided and lackluster, that I almost turned off my TV. I kept watching hoping for something that never happened, I’ve seen better sparing sessions.

I kept thinking to myself that if Ortiz is one of the best heavyweights in the world today (as HBO commentators kept reminding us) I thought of a few that never won the heavyweight title that would have cleaned his clock – Earnie Shavers, Ron Lyle, Jerry Quarry, Mac Foster, Gerry Cooney, Oscar Bonevena.

Ortiz sent Thompson to the mat three times in the fight. The third knockdown, a hard left from his southpaw stance, was the end for Thompson in round six.

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Crawford and Santa Cruz Impressive with KO Wins

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

In a televised bout shown on HBO, undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford ( 28-0 / 20 by KO) successfully defended his title over Henry Lundy (26-6-1 / 13 by KO) with an impressive fifth round stoppage on Saturday night in The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York.

Lundy came out fast winning the first round, but after that it was all Crawford. He landed the harder more accurate punches and was most effective in his southpaw stance using the jab.

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Frampton Defeats Quigg to Unify Title Belts

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On Saturday night at the Manchester Arena, Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom, IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (22-0 / 14 by KO) won a split decision over  WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (31-1-2 / 23 by KO) in their eagerly anticipated unification title fight.

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Kovalev dominates Pascal over seven rounds

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

In a one-sided fight, WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (29-0-1 / 26 by KO) completely walked through top contender and former champion Jean Pascal (30-4-1 / 17 by KO) over seven rounds to retain his title belts. The bout was televised on HBO from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.

Kovalev clearly dropped Pascal with a hard jab in round one, but it was ruled a slip by referee Michael Griffin. He battered Pascal in every round, before trainer Freddie Roach finally called it off, keeping Pascal from further punishment.

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Danny Garcia captures vacant WBC welterweight title with win over Robert Guerrero

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Member Boxing Writers Association of America

The Welterweights may be boxing deepest division and it certainly has it shares of promotable fighters.  Danny Garcia faced off against Robert “the Ghost” Guerrero for the WBC welterweight championship.  Robert Guerrero started out fast as he pressed the action with solid body shots and straight lefts to the head.  Garcia forced Garcia to retreat over the first four rounds but by the fifth round, Garcia figured out the Guerrero riddle.  Garcia started to control the bout from this point as he punished Guerrero with series of punishing right hands and from there, Garcia more accurate punches marked up Guerrero’s face.

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Through the second half of the fight, Garcia landed quick sharp rights and left hooks to the body and head as he moved backward from Guerrero’s pressure which became less effectual as the fight wore on.  The twelfth war was all action as both men went after each other.  Garcia was declared the winner by 116-112 margins by all three judges.  (I had the fight 115-113)

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Wilder by “KO” over Szpilka and Martin wins IBF Heavyweight Title

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

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Undefeated WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0 / 35 by KO) scored a devastating knockout in round nine over Artur Szpilka (20-1 / 15 by KO) on Saturday at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, televised on Showtime.

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Wilder delivered a right hand that sent the game challenger Szpilka down and out cold at 2 minutes, 24 seconds of the ninth round.  All three judges had Wilder ahead entering the round. Scores were 78-74, 78-74, 77-75 … my scorecard was a bit wider 79-73.

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