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Munguia Retains WBO Title and Machado “Brilliant” over Mensah to Retain WBA Title on HBO

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On Saturday, July 21, 2018 two bouts of importance took place on HBO from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas.

WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (30-0 / 25 by KO) successfully defended his title over Liam Smith (26-2-1 / 14 by KO) with a twelve round unanimous decision.

Smith was on target and won the first two rounds, but even after fighting his heart out he would not win another round in the fight.  Munguia was dominant and just too powerful; that was the difference.

Smith was certainly gutsy and definitely exposed Munguia’s defense. Munguia dropped Smith in round six with a left hook and after that, there would be no question as to the outcome of this fight.

The judges scores were 116-111, 119-110, 119-108 … Harold Lederman’s score was one-sided at 119-108 and my scorecard was 118-109.

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Pacquiao vs. Matthysse – RECAP

 
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
 
Last weekend, Manny Pacquiao easily beat Lucas Matthysse and it looked more like a sparring session on a punching bag than a real fight as Matthysse could not handle Pacquiao quicker hands and as the fight progressed, he look more like a fighter who was looking for the right time to end it.  He quit trying to win after the third round and in the fifth, he simply took a knee after a right hand jab.  A Pacquiao upper cut ended the fight.
 
Pacquiao got the WBA regular title with the victory and yes, one has to be impressed by the easy nature of the victory.  Matthysse won his title by beating Tewa Kiram this past January but Matthysse is on his down side of his career and has not been an elite fighter for a long time. 
 

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Pacquiao by “KO” Over Matthysse to Win WBA Welterweight Title

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com 

On Saturday night, July 14, 2018 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2 / 39 by KO) dominated and knocked out WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (39-5 / 36 by KO).

Pacquaio came out on fire in round one and never let up throughout the fight. He scored a knockdown in round three, and Matthysse took a knee in round five after a short punch to the temple by Pacquiao.

The beginning of the end was actually at the opening bell, as Manny ended this one-sided affair by dropping Lucas for a third time in round seven with a left uppercut. The time was 2:43.

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Saucedo Stops Zappavigna in Potential Fight and Round of the Year

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Alex Saucedo (28-0 / 18 by KO) stopped Lenny Zappavigna (37-4 / 27 by KO) in a sensational super lightweight fight.

Both boxers were cut in the bout and covered with blood like an old time Rocky movie.

Saucedo dropped Zappavigna in the third round, but Lenny amazingly fought back with a tremendous will to win.

In round four Zappavigna battled back fiercely non stop, with the round certainly a contender for Round of the Year.

Saucedo regained his composure and used his jab effectively to win round five.

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Santa Cruz and Charlo win on Showtime … Crawford wins WBO Welterweight Title on ESPN+

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com 

On Saturday, June 9, 2018, before a capacity crowd of 12,505 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Leo Santa Cruz (35-1-1 / 19 by KO) retained his WBA featherweight title with a unanimous twelve round decision over Abner Mares (31-3-1 / 15 by KO).

After winning the first two rounds, Mares would give it his best effort but Santa Cruz clearly won nine of the next ten rounds on my scorecard in an action packed bout.  The official judges scoring was: 117-111, 115-113, and 116-112.  My score card was 117-111 for the winner, Santa Cruz.

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Russell Jr. vs. Diaz Jr. and Stevenson vs. Jack – Results

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, Showtime Championship Boxing offered a televised doubleheader from two different location sights.

In the first bout from Oxon, Hill, Maryland, Gary Russell Jr. (29-1 / 17 by KO) retained his WBC featherweight title with a 12 round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Joseph Diaz Jr. (26-1 / 14 by KO).

Russell was superb, using quickness and lighting jabs.  Diaz applied pressure, but was not effective in countering the overall ring generalship of Russell Jr.

The official judges scoring was 115-113, 117-111, 117-111 … my scorecard was, 9 rounds to 3, 117-111 for the winner Russell Jr.

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Lomachenko vs. Linares RECAP … Golovkin and Middleweight Division … Munguia vs. Ali Result

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Last weekend, Vasyl Lomachenko found himself in a fight going into the tenth round that was close with one judge having it two points lead for Lomanchenko, another scoring a two round lead for his opponent Jorge Linares with final judge seeing it a draw. 

Lomachenko has been a champion since his third fight and in his twelve fight, he has moved up in weight from featherweight to lightweight, and considering most fighters are nowhere near to an championship belt  in their twelve fights and Lomachenko having already won eight championship fights coming into this fight.  He came into this fight with Linares seven knock outs in row, with the last four fighters retired in their corner.   This was his first attempt at the lightweight title and Jorge Linares was the first fighter since the Russell match that prove competitive with Lomachenko.

Linares landed more power punches where Lomachenko landed more jabs and Lomachenko was more accurate in his punches but the number of punches were nearly equal.  Linares even sent Lomachenko down for a quick knockdown in the sixth round.  In the tenth, Lomachneko unleashed a five punch combinations that sent Linares down for good. 

The question now where Lomachenko go?  In the lightweight division, there are some good options to including fights with Ray Beltran and Mikey Garcia to unify portions of the lightweight titles. Lomachenko is one of those complete fighters who can box and slug and has eight knockouts in his twelve fights but these knockouts came against championship caliber fighters and not inflated by weak opponents.  So Lomachenko power is for real. 

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Lomachenko Stops Linares to Win Lightweight Title

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Madison Square Garden, New York, Vasyl Lomachenko of the Ukraine made boxing history by becoming the fastest fighter to win three world titles in a record twelfth bout, winning the WBA lightweight championship in a 10th round TKO over defending champion Jorge Linares of Venezuela. The bout was aired live on ESPN.

Lomachenko (11-1 / 9 by KO) had to come off the deck, as Linares (44-4 / 27 by KO) dropped him late in round six with a perfect straight right hand.

This was the most anticipated bout to date in boxing and when two great fighters like these meet, it can develop into a fast, action packed fight – which is exactly what happened.

Lomachenko, moving up in weight, was the smaller of the two, with Linares the bigger and stronger.  It was evident to this writer, however, that the difference in the fight was the quickness of Lomachenko.

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Showtime Championship Boxing: Broner and Vargas Draw; Davis and Charlo Win by KO

 
By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
 
On Saturday, April 21, 2018 from Barclay Center, Brooklyn, New York – undefeated Gervonta Davis faced Jesus Cuellar for the super featherweight WBA title as Davis attempted to regain his 130 belt and he simply pounded Cuellar from the opening bell.  Cuellar went down from body shots in the second round and during the third round, Davis mauled Cuellar on the rope, sending him down a second time.  When Davis knocked Cuellar down a third time, the referee stopped the fight.
 
 
Jermall Charlo knocked Hugo Centeno, Jr. down with a vicious left hook in the second round. Former 154 pound championship is now ready to challenge Triple G’ Golovkin and Saul Alvarez when Alvarez comes back from his suspension.  Charlo has won his first two fights at Middleweight with knock outs. 
 

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Hurd Defeats Lara to Unify WBA/IBF Super Welterweight Belts

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

IBF champion Jarrett Hurd (22-0 / 15 by KO) scored a twelfth round knockdown with less than 40 seconds left in the bout and went on to win a split decision over WBA champion Erislandy Lara (25-3-2 / 14 by KO) on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The younger and bigger Hurd was the aggressor and stalked Lara with punishing punches, although Lara countered well but not nearly enough, in their 154 pound title unification bout. 

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