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Wilder KO’s Ortiz – Retains WBC Heavyweight Title

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

Every boxing champion finds that one moment when the belt is on the line and your opponent has you on the rope, it is that moment in which the boxer must dig deep to win or lose the belt.  In the seventh round, Deontay Wilder faced that moment with thirty second left in the round.  Over the previous two rounds, Wilder took control of the fight so it appeared as he knocked Luis Ortiz down in the fifth and dominated the sixth.  He was looking to end the fight and nailed Ortiz with a solid right but then out of nowhere, Ortiz landed a right hand hook from his southpaw stance and suddenly Wilder looked stunned as he reeled backward.  Ortiz jumped on Wilder with three solid lefts and Wilder attempted to wrap the Cuban fighter.  Wilder survived the barrage but it was obvious that as he went back to the corner, he was a battered fighter with his title in jeopardy. 

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The Welterweight Division is Stacked High

Welterweight (147 lbs) Division 
Keith Thurman
Keith Thurman
Lucas Matthysse
Errol Spence Jr. Jeff Horn
1. Shawn Porter
2. Danny Garcia
3. Manny Pacquiao
4. Jessie Vargas
5. Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo
6. Kudratillo Abdukakhorov
7. Ray Robinson
8. Konstantin Ponomarev
9. Brandon Rios
10. Adrian Granados
11. Egidijus Kavaliauskas
12. Bradley Skeete
13. Jamal James
14. Ahmed El Mousaoui
15. Kerman Lejarraga
1. Danny Garcia
2. Manny Pacquiao
3. Jessie Vargas
4. Jamal James
5. David Avanesyan
6. Qudratillo Abduqaxorov
7. Kerman Lejarraga
8. Fabian Maidana
9. Egidijus Kavaliauskas
10. Samuel Vargas
11. Zhankozh Turarov
12. Valentyn Golovko
13. Konstantin Ponomarev
14. Alexander Besputin
15. Ivan Matute
3. Carlos Ocampo
4. Jessie Vargas
5. Bradley Skeete
6. Devon Alexander
7. Qudratillo Abduqaxorov
8. Keita Obara
9. Konstantin Ponomarev
10. Rashidi Ellis
11. Ray Robinson
12. Zhankhozh Turarov
13. Carlos Molina
14. Yordenis Ugas
15. Laszlo Toth
1. Terence Crawford
2. Manny Pacquiao
3. Bradley Skeete
4. Egidijus Kavaliauskas
5. Giovanni Santillan
6. Keita Obara
7. Taras Shelestyuk
8. Carlos Ocampo
9. Sammy Valentin
10. Stephen Danyo
11. Gabriel Angel Ledesma
12. Custio Calyton
13. Konstantin Ponomarev
14. Ray Robinson
15. Mikka Shonena

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America

Our mutual friend Rusty Rubin (R.I.P) Ring Sports Magazine was instrumental in connecting Tom to back in 2008 and his expertise is much appreciated by all – thank you!

The welterweight is where the action is as the division is filled with great fighters who are very even in talent.  Keith Thurman beat Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia in close bouts while Porter also lost another close decision to Kell Brook who lost to undefeated Errol Spence.  Spence most recent pasting of Lament Peterson showed that Spence may be the best of the Welterweights but you can’t forget Terrance Crawford who is moving up after cleaning out the junior welterweights.

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Spence Jr. Dominates Peterson


By David Martinez /

Errol Spence Jr. (23-0 / 20 by KO) successfully defended his IBF welterweight title by stopping Lamont Peterson (35-4-1 / 17 by KO) after seven rounds of action in a nationally televised bout on Showtime, from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night.

The performance from start to finish by Spence was nothing less than spectacular over a game Peterson.  He connected with clean combinations and was precise with his body shots.

Spence was issued a warning by referee Harvey Dock in round four after a series of punches that appeared low.

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Saunders by Unanimous Decision Over Lemieux

By David Martinez /

In a match of the classic boxer vs. the classic puncher WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (26-0 / 12 by KO) completely dominated David Lemieux (38-4 / 33 by KO) in a twelve round one-sided bout on Saturday night in Lemieux’s home town of Laval, Quebec, Canada.

It was a fight made to order for Saunders who made his first trip for a fight over the Atlantic Ocean from his home in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. As a southpaw, he used an excellent lead right hand jab along with outstanding footwork and was impressive in every phase of the fight.

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Lomachenko, Ogawa, Roman, Truax – Winners on December 9, 2017 – RECAP

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America … contributing writer for since 2008. 

This past weekend, action occurred around the world beginning in Madision Square Garden where Vasyl Lomachenko simply took Guillermo Rigondeaux apart and forced Rigondeaux to quit on his stool.  Rigondeaux moved up in weight and Lomachenko was the bigger fighter, who bullied Rigondeaux throughout the bout. 
What was supposed to be a bout between two of the better technician, Rigondequx hardly looked disciplined or technically skill as he rarely could connect on punches much less through combinations.  He ended up holding and delivering low blows, a tactic that cost him a point in the sixth round. Both men had won gold models in consecutive Olympics and this was a bout between two former two time Olympic gold medalist but alas, Rigondeaux looked every bit of his 37 years of age and never was in the fight.  Lomachenko made the case that he is one of the best pound for pound.

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Lomachenko Brilliant … Rigondeaux Quits!

By David Martinez /

The hype was certainly there for a much anticipated match-up between two decorated 2-time Olympic gold medalist  (southpaw) champions, but the hype wasn’t near the competitiveness of the fight itself.

WBO junior light champion Vasiliy Lomachenko (10-1 / 8 by KO) dominated previously unbeaten Guillermo Rigondeux (17-1 / 11 by KO) over six rounds before Rigondeux quit on the stool before the bell rang for the seventh round, reportedly due to a injured left hand.

A sold out crowd at The Theater in Madison Square Garden, New York and the millions watching on ESPN were treated to Lomachenko in perfection.

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Ancajas Retains Title Over Conlan by Knockout!

By David Martinez /

On Saturday, November 18, 2017 IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (28-1-1 / 19 by KO) retained his title by knockout over previously unbeaten Jamie Conlan (19-1- 11 by KO) in round six.

Ancajas traveled from his native country the Philippines to Belfast, Northern Ireland the home town to Conlan, to make his third title defense.

It was a one-sided affair, in which I gave every round to the Filipino fighter.

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Wilder Defends WBC Heavyweight Title with 1st Round Knockout over Stiverne

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
Last week, it was Anthony Joshua who won with a ten round stoppage victory over Carlos Takam and this week it was Deontay Wilder turn as he faced Bermane Stiverne, the only fighter who went the distance with Wilder.  Before the main event, Adrian Granados faced Shawn Porter in a key welterweight division and Sergey Lipinets challenged Akirhiro Kondo for the IBF Junior Welterweight title vacated by Terrance Crawford, who went up to welterweight.

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Joshua stops Takam to Retain IBF/WBA Heavyweight Title Belts

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Anthony Joshua prepared to face French heavyweight Carlos Takam, knowing full well that a victory could propel him to a meeting with Deontay Wilder. For Joshua, this is one of those fights that prove to be instrumental in comparison as Takam has already lost to New Zealand undefeated Joseph Parker by decision and was knocked out by Russian heavyweight Alexander Povetkin three years ago. If Joshua stopped Takam, this could send a message that he is indeed the man and certainly, he is a popular heavyweight as he filled out a 78,000 stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

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