Category Archives: Recent Fights

Canelo Wins Majority Decision over Golovkin

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

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  dmboxing.com  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 dmboxing.com 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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Tyson Fury and Bryant Jennings Win Heavyweight Bouts

 
By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America
 
Last weekend, Tyson Fury won his match versus Francesco Pianeta but this was hardly a fight and more of a dance.  Fury actually looked fluid as he jabbed and then occasionally landed a power shot.  His jab objective was to define the real estate against Pianeta as his longer reach kept Pianeta off him.  Pianeta only threw 228 punches whereas Fury threw 394 jabs, most of which missed their target.  64% of Fury punches were jabs and while he nailed 44% of power shots, he never hurt Pianeta. 
 
Fury has been out of boxing due to depression for nearly three years since he upset Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.  He fought two fights in his combat with this first one coming against Sefer Seferi who lasted four rounds before his corner ended it.  Against Pianeta, Fury looked relaxed but he was not against an elite talented but a heavyweight who was beyond his prime as Seferi.
 

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Alvarez “Shocks” Kovalev by KNOCKOUT … Berto Edges Alexander

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

Eleider Alvarez was down on the scorecard and it looked like Sergey Kovalev had taken command of the fight.  A heavy underdog, the undefeated Alvarez who had only 11 knockouts in his previous 23 fights, showed unexpected power when he sent Kovalev down with a big right hand at the start of the seventh.  Kovalev came up wobbly and Alvarez jumped on Kovalev with a left hook followed by a right that sent the Russian down for a second time.  Kovalev was still shaking on his feet and Alvarez finished Kovalev up for a final time as a few short punches landed. 
 
 
Alvarez stunned the boxing world with the biggest upset of the year.  Alvarez career had been marked with damaged right hand from his amateur days that reduced his power and for the first two rounds, Alvarez boxing skills confused Kovalev but his punches were hardly intimidating Kovalev.  In the third, Kovalev power started to show as his punches had more snap than Alvarez. In the fourth round, Kovalev threw 80 punches and landing over 25 of them.  Alvarez kept himself from being trapped in the corner and off the rope but he didn’t appear to give Kovalev a reason to be concerned.  What many of us watching were not noticing, Alvarez started to wear down Kovalev and not the other way around.

 

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Garcia vs. Easter – RECAP … Heavyweights Whyte vs. Parker in England

 
By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
 
Last weekend, Mikey Garica faced Robert Easter to unify portions of the lightweight title as two undefeated fighters faced off.  Easter provided a unique challenge as his reach and heights provided obstacles to the smooth boxing Garcia.  Garcia is a boxing technician with power but he needed to figure out how to get under the Easter’s reach.
 
Easter jab dominated the pace of the first two rounds as he used his height and reach to control the real estate between the two.  Garcia had very few success in penetrating Easter defense and lost the first two rounds.
 
The third round saw the fight changed as Garcia managed to land his own jab to counter the taller Easter’s jabbing strategy.  A right hand cross followed by left hook by Garcia sent Easter to the canvas and Garcia drew first blood. 
 

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Mikey Garcia Defeats Robert Easter Jr. to Unify Titles

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

In a lightweight unification bout between two undefeated boxers, WBC champion Mikey Garcia (39-0 / 30 by KO) won a unanimous twelve round decision over IBF champion Robert Easter Jr. (21-1 / 14 by KO) on Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and was shown on Showtime.

After losing round one, Garcia picked up the pace and knocked Easter down in round three with a perfect right cross, left hook combination.  Easter would fight in the retreating mode with staying on the outside using a lengthy 8-inch reach jab to his advantage.

Easter did well enough to win rounds five and six – close on my card – but from the seventh round on Garcia would not lose another round.  Round nine was the most entertaining action round of the fight with Garcia and Easter going toe-to-toe.

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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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