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Amir Khan wins big on Showtime … Timothy Bradley settles for a draw on HBO

boxing 300x182 Amir Khan wins big on Showtime ... Timothy Bradley settles for a draw on HBO

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Amir Khan (30-3 / 19 by KO) looked absolutely brilliant scoring a lopsided 12 round decision over Devon Alexander (26-3 / 14 by KO) in their welterweight fight.

Khan was quicker and more accurate and out jabbed and out boxed Alexander. The scorecards were 119-109, 118-110, 120-108; with my unofficial score 119-109 (eleven rounds to one).

With the win, Khan puts himself in line for a “possible” bout with champion Floyd Mayweather.

On the undercard, WBA interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman (24-0 / 21 by KO) retained his title with a 12 round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Leonard Bundu (31-1-2 / 11 by KO); and former three division champion Abner Mares (28-1-1 / 14 by KO) won by fifth round knockout over Jose Ramirez (25-5 / 15 by KO) in their featherweight fight.

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On the same night, at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, Timothy Bradley (30-1-1 / 12 by KO) and Diego Chaves (23-2-1 / 19 by KO) fought to a “controversial” draw in their welterweight fight.

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Manny Pacquiao ~ RECAP

 Manny Pacquiao ~ RECAP

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On Sunday, November 23, 2014, in Macau, China, Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2 / 38 by KO) successfully defended his WBO welterweight title by knocking down Chris Algieri (20-1 / 8 by KO) six times en-route to a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision victory.

Pacquiao was so dominant that all three judges gave him every round in the fight.  If it were bowling, it would be a perfect score of 300.  My unofficial scorecard was 120-102 on points.

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Pacquiao wins lopsided decision to retain welterweight title belt

PAC Pacquiao wins lopsided decision to retain welterweight title belt

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

 
It was self-evident that Pacquiao was the better fighter than Chris Algieri, who showed the same great chin he displayed against Ruslan Provodnikov, when he survived two knockdowns in the first round and a swollen shuteye.  Algieri advantage was supposed to his jab, the same jab that saved him against Provodnikov but in this battle,  Pacquiao neutralized this jab with his quickness and power.

By the fourth round, Pacquiao experience in big events showed up as he started to attack the body to go with head shots and Algieri at this point was down by four points with a 10-8 round in the second round due to a flash knockdown.   Aligieri showed some life in the fifth round with late shots including the rights down the stretch of the round but this brief revival ended in the next round.   Pacquiao picked up the pace as he decided to be Hall of Fame fighter he is as he sent Algieri down with a straight left at the halfway point of the round.  He followed this up thirty seconds later with another left sending Algieri down a second time in the round.  Algieri showed resilience but resilience don’t win fight when you are the one getting hit.

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Klitschko retains title by “knockout” over Pulev

 Klitschko retains title by knockout over Pulev

By David Martinez / www.dmboxing.com

WBO/WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Wladimar Klitschko (63-3 / 54 by KO) defended his title by fifth round knockout over challenger Kubrat Pulev (20-1 / 11 by KO) in Hamburg, Germany on November 15, 2014.

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Klitschko recorded three prior knockdowns in the “one-sided” fight before the final knockdown,  in round five, with a tremendous left hook to end the fight.

 Klitschko retains title by knockout over Pulev

It was a sensational performance by Klitschko, who retained his title for the 17th time in his second regin. He now stands just three defenses away from Larry Holmes for second place for most consecutive heavyweight title defenses at twenty. Joe Louis holds the record with twenty five .

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Hopkins loses lopsided decision to Kovalev in light heavyweight unification title fight

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By Tom Donelson / contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008

Member of Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

 Hopkins loses lopsided decision to Kovalev in light heavyweight unification title fight

Bernard Hopkins is the old man of boxing, a man who is nearly half a century age, trying one more time to cheat father time.  In Sergio Kovalev, he faced his one of his toughest opponent.  Before the main event, prospect Sadam Ali faced Argentina Carlos Abregu.  Abregu had only lost to Tim Bradley and would provide a test for Ali.

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Gennady Golovkin ~ RECAP

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

On October 18, 2014, Gennady Golovkin did to Marco Antonio Rubio what he has done to every other fighter he faced, he pounded Rubio into submission.  This fight lasted less than six minutes and never really was in doubt despite Rubio coming into the fight overweight.  Rubio weighed two pounds over the contracted weight and made no effort after the weigh in to try to lose the extra two pounds.  Rubio figured the extra bulk would allow him to better withstand Triple G’s power but alas, it didn’t do Rubio much good.

 Gennady Golovkin ~ RECAP

Golovkin is the best Middleweight in the world today and so far, he has made the Middleweight division his personal fiefdom and the question is who can stand up to Golovkin?  Miguel Cotto recently defeated Sergio Martinez but Cotto has his eyes on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and the big payday that comes with it, so Cotto is not going to fight Golovkin.  And if he did, he would lose.

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Taylor Snags a Title

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By Tom Donelson (contributed to DMBOXING.COM since 2008)

Jermain Taylor was facing Australia Sam Soliman for Soliman’s Middleweight IBF title.  For Taylor, the fact that he was fighting for a title is miracle.   He is being investigated for the murder of his cousin plus he has suffered bleeding from his brain from past wars.  As for Soliman, he is one of those good fighters forever at the cusp of the elite fighters but never quite good enough. While Soliman is an awkward fighter, he is one of those older fighters who seems to stay competitive late in his career.  Fighters like Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson and Bernard Hopkins continue to win championship late in their careers and so did Soliman.

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Mayweather remains perfect in “rematch” win over Maidana

 Mayweather remains perfect in rematch win over Maidana

By Tom Donelson (Member Boxing Writers Association of America)

When Floyd Mayweather faced Jose Luis Castillo in his rematch, he learned from their first encounter and out boxed him to win an easier victory in their second bout.  The same thing happen last Saturday night as Mayweather learned all the right lesson from his  first bout with Maidana and out boxed the Argentine for an easy victory.

Starting in the first found, Floyd jabbed and maneuver around the ring as he slipped Maidana’s punches. When Maidana fired up a one-two, Mayweather merely blocked the punches.  Maidana attempt to jab his way in throughout the second round but Mayweather slipped them and he simply drilled Maidana with combinations. At the end of the round, he landed a solid right.

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Broner, Matthysse, Berto win on Showtime card

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

This was night of fight of redemption and reclamation as three fighters fought to get their career going again, beginning with Andre Berto fighting Stephen Upsher.

Berto fought a strong first round as he landed combinations and this continued into the second round but Upsher landed three left hooks as he got Berto’s attention.  Both fighters landed big punches against each other as Berto own defensive deficiency showed up.

Throughout the third and fourth round, Berto picked up the pace as he landed combinations at will while Upsher simply was contented to counter and never start any exchange.  Halfway through the fight, Showtime had Berto up by three rounds to two and the sixth round showed the Upsher dilemma as he found himself on the defensive when he allowed Berto to attack but for brief moments when he allowed his hands to go; he nailed Berto with left hooks and straight rights.

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