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Wilder vs. Fury DRAW … Gvozdyk stops Stevenson

By David Martinez /

Last Saturday night, there was another decision in a high-profile boxing match that had me wondering about the state of judging in professional boxing.  Are these judges in the pockets of the promoters or are they simply incompetent?

Just when I thought the Canelo win over Golovkin might take the cake as the worst decision in 2018, here comes Wilder and Fury.  

At the Staples Center in Los Angeles, before a packed house of 18,000 fans, undefeated WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (40-0-1 / 39 by KO) and undefeated lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (27-01 / 19 by KO) fought to a split decision draw.

The official judge’s scores were, a ridiculous 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury, and 113-113 a draw … my scorecard was 8 rounds to 4.  I gave Wilder two 10-8 rounds due to the two knockdowns he scored, which totaled in points to 114-112 for Fury.

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Wilder vs. Fury is a Draw!

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

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fought an entertaining fight in which most pundits viewed Fury as the winner.  This was not the controversial decision everyone made it out to be.  Many of the rounds were close and while Fury fought a good defensive battle, most of the rounds were decided by one punch or two.  The closet to dominant rounds according to Compubox numbers for Fury was the third in which he connected on 11 punches to 4 for Wilder and the tenth in which Wilder was credited with only one punch landed to Fury’s ten punches. Contrast those rounds to Wilder dominant rounds in the ninth and twelfth round in which he sent Fury down. 

Dan Rafel of ESPN had the fight in favor of Wilder 114-112 and I could easily see that decision and the 113 to 113 draw was equally reasonable since this card had Fury winning 7 rounds but when you lose two rounds by 10-8, which is negative four points for those rounds.  115 to 111 card was reasonable since that judge had Fury winning 9 rounds and that is not reach either.  Could you give Wilder 7 rounds as one judge in his scorecard 115-111?  Yes, you could since many of these rounds were simply too close and throughout the bout Wilder was the aggressor.  There is no doubt that the two knockdowns matter since on the 113-113 card, those two knockdowns matter as the judge gave two 10-8 rounds as he should have.  Those two knockdowns allowed Wilder to keep his version of the titles as if Fury had not been knockdown twice, he would have won the fight.

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Chalk Up Another Win For The Now 14-0 Giovanni Cabrera-Mioletti


By Steve Corbo  


On Saturday night, unbeaten Giovanni Cabrera-Mioletti (14-0 with 5 KO’s) scored an impressive 7th round TKO over previously unbeaten Headley Scott (11-1 with 10 KO’s).  This was the featured main event on Brian Halquist Productions’, “Battle at the Boat 118”, at Tacoma, Washington’s Emerald Queen Casino.  This also marks the sixth time, in his short career, Cabrera-Mioletti has scored an impressive win over an undefeated fighter!  


The scheduled, 10 round, Super Featherweight (130 pounds) bout saw both fighters coming in trim and ready for action.  Cabrera-Mioletti tipped the scales at 129.9 while Scott weighed in at an even 130.  But from the opening bell, the superior skilled Cabrera-Mioletti dominated the tough, but awkward Scott.  For six rounds he battered, cut, and wobbled Scott. In the  7th he backed Scott into the ropes and unloaded  a barrage of punches, forcing referee Jeff Macaluso to call an end to the bout at the 2:27 mark.  To Headley’s credit, he never gave up and true to his record of 11 wins with 10 by knockout, he tried to turn out Cabrera-Mioletti’s lights right up until the very end.


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Jacobs Wins IBF Middleweight Title By Split Decision Over Derevyanchenko

By Tom Donelson

 Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America, Tom has been with “” with his expertise since 2008 through the recommendation by our mutual friend Ring Sports Magazine Editor Rusty Rubin (R.I.P.) … Rusty was the first contributor to this website upon its beginning in July 2007 with his award winning column “In Rusty’s Corner”.

Danny Jacobs edged past former sparring mate and undefeated Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the IBF Middleweight title.  He won by a split decision as two judges had him winning 115-112 while Julie Lederman had Derevyanchenko winning 114-113, disagreeing with her father who had Jacobs winning by a wider margin than the judges.  I had 116-111.
Both fighters knew each other after sparring over 300 rounds and while Derevyanchenko came in with a 12-0 record but he also had 20 plus fights in the World Series of Boxing that did not count in his professional record.  Derevyanchenko was noted for the being an aggressive fighter but over the first half of the fight, Derevyanchenko showed restraint in his attack and with good reason.  Throughout the bout, Jacobs launched vicious body shots and it didn’t help Derevyanchenko that he went down from a flash knockdown on a Jacobs’clubbing right hand near the end of the first round.  Derevyanchenko did manage a combination in the second round that shook Jacobs up but from that point on, Jacobs showed overall better skills and ring generalship as he moved and gave himself angles to hit Derevyanchenko.  Derevyanchenko fought a competitive fight and many pundits had the fight closer than I did.  Each round was competitive including the first round, until Derevyanchenko hit the canvas at the end of round one. 

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Crawford Stops Benavidez to Retain Welterweight Title

By David Martinez /

On Saturday night before a capacity crowd of 13,323 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska, undefeated WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford (34-0 / 25 by KO) scored an impressive twelfth round stoppage over previously undefeated Jose Benavidez, Jr. (27-1 / 18 by KO) to retain his title.

After a slow first two rounds, Crawford became the fighter that everybody knows he is by taking charge in round three.  After what might have been perceived as a close fight, Crawford to clearly pulled away from round six on. 

Benavidez was very mechanical and had terrible footwork which allowed Crawford to master his craft by slipping and managing his distance to perfection.

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Joshua Retains Titles by 7th Round Stoppage over Povetkin

By David Martinez /

Last Saturday night in front of 80,000 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium, WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (22-0 / 21 by KO) scored a seventh round knockout over former champion Alexander Povetkin (34-2 / 24 by KO).

Povetkin started off by winning rounds one and two, with Joshua apparently sustaining a broken nose.

However, the rounds wore on the 39 year old Povetkin started to show his age.

The beginning of the end came in round seven when Joshua connected with a huge left hook, followed by a big right hand which dropped Povetkin.  He managed to gather and get to his feet, when Joshua ended it with a brutal right hand that dropped Povetkin for a second time.  The fight was stopped at 1:59 of the 7th round.

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Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin – RECAP

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
The second Golovkin-Alvarez was closer than their first bout and while I won’t say that Golovkin was robbed in this fight, he better understand he will never fbeat Alvarez short of knocking him out. I had Triple G’s the winner in the first bout 115 to 113 but this bout was closer as Alvarez pushed the action and as HBO Roy Jones noted that Alvarez pushed Golovkin and that unlike any previous Golovkin fights, Alvarez stalked triple G’s.   In their first bout, Golovkin threw 200 more punches as he did in the second bout but in the first bout, he landed nearly 50 more punches than Alvarez and power punches were nearly the same.  He out punched Alvarez in 10 of the 12 rounds and this was why many were disappointed he wasn’t awarded the decision.
In this bout, he landed twice as many jabs as he did in the first fight but Alvarez landed nearly twenty six more power shots than Golovkin and Golovkin landed more punches in 7 rounds as compared to 4 for Alvarez and one even.  The perception of Alvarez more aggressive stance gave judges the reason to award the fight to Alvarez and the closer nature of the rounds aided Alvarez in the decision.  There were rounds Alvarez won in which he landed fewer punches because he landed effective power shots. 

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Canelo Wins Majority Decision over Golovkin

By David Martinez /

Last night, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, a sellout crowd of 21,965 along with thousands more watching on HBO Pay-Per-View, witnessed a far more competitive fight than the first time these two warriors met.   Although the rounds were closer, I still scored the rematch exactly as I scored the first encounter; Golovkin the winner 7 to 5 in rounds or 115-113 in points.  The judges scores were 114-114 and 115-113 twice for Alvarez.

With the win, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (50-1-2 / 34 by KO) took the WBA/WBC World Middleweight Crowns from Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1 / 34 by KO) via a 12 round majority decision.

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“12 Questions For a 12-0 Fighter” … Now 13-0

By Steve Corbo

On June 30, 2018  ran an article about a young undefeated fighter, Giovanni  “Gio” Cabrera Mioletti, entitled “12  Questions for a 12 – 0 Fighter”.  Saturday night, in front of a packed house at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington,  Gio put his 12 – 0 record on the line in a scheduled 10 round Main Event against former WBA Super Featherweight Interim World Title Challenger Carlos Padilla of Colombia.  

To the delight of those in attendance,  Gio put on a boxing clinic before ending the affair and sending Padilla home early.  He decisively out boxed his opponent in the first three rounds, then opened up in the fourth, rocking Padilla near the end of the round.  Although hurt, Padilla managed to survive the round, but it would take more than a 60 second break for him to recover.  After being checked over by the ringside physician, and with no opposition from his corner, the Doc pulled the plug, keeping Padilla from coming out for the 5th round.  For Gio it is his fourth win this year and ups his record to 13 – 0 with 4 KOs.  Padilla drops to 16 – 8 – 1 with 10 wins by KO.  

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Shawn Porter Wins WBC Welterweight Title by Decision over Danny Garcia

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
Contributed to since 2008
Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter fought a tough, close bout that could have been scored either way.  I had the fight even and so did Showtime Steve Farhood but the judges gave the edge to Porter.  Garcia was the more accurate puncher, Porter the more active fighter.  Most of the rounds were close, close enough that a punch here and a punch there decided those rounds.  It was a tough fight to score.
Both fighters fought to their strength as Porter starting in the third round fighting on the inside in a brawling fashion while Garcia counter punch effectively, in particular with his left hook.  The fight came down to which style the judges preferred and what they were able to see.  They gave Porter credit for his body shots and his activity versus Garcia counter punching.
In the fourth round, Porter brawling style pervaded as he landed solid rights to the head after connecting with body shots whereas in the last round, Garcia landed solid punches including left hooks that connected cleanly and slowed Porter assault down.

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