Category Archives: Tom Donelson

Brook edges Porter to win IBF welterweight title

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By Tom Donelson (Member BWAA)

Showtime last Saturday night featured Shawn Porter defending his welterweight title.  The  evening began with fireworks, as Jorge Linares disposed Ira Terry in two rounds.

Then Jason Gavern, a last second replacement against Deontay Wilder (who was originally scheduled to fight Bermane Stivine) in a fight that Wilder didn’t look sharp or motivated against tough guy Gavern. Gavern stayed on his feet for four rounds but after hitting the canvas twice and only being in shape for a five or six rounds; he retired in his corner. Wilder did not look impressive and this may have been due to Wilder knowing Gavern hardly to be a top tier fighter.

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Garcia stops Salka in second round

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By Tom Donelson

Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

Danny Garcia faced Rod Salka in a ten round bout in which Garcia needed to win big just to restore his reputation after a controversial victory over Mauricio Herrera.  One big story of the evening featured  Daniel Jacob first shot at a title as he faced Jarrod Fletcher.  Jacobs had already one big fight, that one with cancer and now he wanted to be the first cancer survivor to win a title.   Jacobs nearly ended the fight in the first round as he nailed Fletcher with left hooks and right hand. Using a variety of punches landing in combinations that sent Fletcher down.

Fletcher proved tough as he survived the first round and make it a fight over the next three rounds.  Fletcher stepped up the pace but there were times that Jacobs would turn it on and simply out class Fletcher. As Showtime Paul Malignaggi noted, Jacobs was the better fighter and when he wanted to, he simply took over the round. Jacobs held back at times but in the fifth round, it came to an end.

Fletcher came out aggressively and landed some combinations but with thirty seconds left, a Jacobs‘ right hand sent Fletcher reeling into the rope.  A series of combinations sent Fletcher down with two seconds left.  The fight ended as the referee stopped the fight but Fletcher didn’t complain.  Jacobs now has a title to add to his victory over cancer.

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Rios wins by DQ … Vargas and Kovalev retain titles

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By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America

I am not sure what to make of last Saturday night fights in Vegas other to say Referee Vic Drakulich became the main story, not the fighters.  You could easily make the case that Jesse Vargas won his fight but the judges favor the hometown fighter with scores he didn’t deserve.  Vargas-Novikov was a close bout which I had in favor of Vargas, barely. However, Novikov could easily been rewarded the decision and I wouldn’t have complain simply because it was that close.  The judges had it 118-111, 118-111 and 117-111 in favor of Vargas.

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Thoughts on Golovkin

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By Tom Donelson

Contributed to “dmboxing.com” since 2008

Member Boxing Writers Association of America

 

Gennady Golovkin destroyed what everyone stated would be his toughest test in Daniel Geales in less in three rounds.   Geales started boxing but by the third round, he was forced to stand his ground and fight.  The last knockdown showed the power and the chin of Golovkin all in once as Geale nailed  Golovkin with a perfect left hook but Golovkin simply shrugged off the shot and landed a perfect right that sent Geales sprawling to the canvas.  There are very few fighters who have not only taken Geales shot perfectly delivered but be able to shoot a right hand immediately afterwards to end the fight.

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Canelo wins “close” split decision over Lara

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By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America
 

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez facing Erislandy Lara featured two fighters at their peak and at best weight.  Both fighters also featured two styles of making it to the top  Alvarez been a professional since he was 15 and now nearly 24, he is now at the top of his game whereas Lara has spent much of formative years fighting amateur boxing at the highest levels for Cuba before making his run for freedom and America.  Two fighters, approaching their careers in two different fashion, now fight in a statement fight that will determine their place in their careers and possibly boxing history. Continue reading

How Quickly to Move a Fighter

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By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association

The recent championship fight between Gary Russell and Vasyl Lomachenko brought up the question, how quickly should a prospect be brought through the ranks.  After a successful amateur career, Russell team brought him along slowly before his championship bout with Lomachenko whereas this was Lomachenko third professional fight and his second shot at a championship.  Lomachenko won and many, myself included, felt that Russell should have been challenged more before this bout.

In conversations with pundits, promoters and a world class trainer, I tried to answer the questions how fast does one take a prospect to the championship.  Let’s begin with two fighters who both won their first title in their ninth fight, Guillermo Ridgondeaux and Davey Moore.   So far, Ridgondeaux career is going strong but Moore’s career suffered a devastating defeat in his tenth fight when he faced Roberto Duran.   Duran pummel Moore and Moore was never the same.  Boxing writer David Martinez noted about “Like Rigondeaux, Lomachenko were rare top premier amateur. “  So sometimes, a fighter is totally unique athletic specie and both Rigondeaux and Lomachenko may just be that rare fighter where the rules don’t apply.

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Crawford scores four knockdowns enroute to “KO” win over Gamboa

 Crawford scores four knockdowns enroute to KO win over Gamboa

By Tom Donelson

Member Boxing Writers Association / contributed to “dmboxing.com” since 2008

On June 28, 2014 – HBO had a double header from Omaha with the first fight featuring Matt Korobov fighting Jose Uzcategui in a battle of undefeated Middleweights prospect looking for a possible title shot.  In the first round, the first big punch came from Korobov straight left against Uzcategui.   Korobov continued to follow through on his success with solid power punches but in the third round, Korobov started to slow down and looked fatigue even though he did land solid combinations throughout the third round.

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Guerrero, Lomachenko, Alexander win on Showtime triple-header championship card

June Fight Calendar Guerrero, Lomachenko, Alexander win on Showtime triple header championship card

By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association

Robert Guerrero returned to the ring after a loss to Floyd Mayweather thirteen months as part of  Showtime triple header.   The first bout was Devon Alexander faced Jesus Soto Karass, a tough brawler.  Alexander is one of those fighters that never have received the credit he deserve for a great career but the memories of his losses is what pundits remember.

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Chris Algieri wins WBO junior welterweight title vs. Ruslan Provodnikov

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By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association

Saturday night (6-14-14) featured two big bouts at the Brooklyn Barclay’s center. The first bout featured British Brian Rose challenging Demetrius Andrade for Andrade’s junior Middleweight title.   Within the first minute of the fight, Andrade nailed Rose with a straight left and sent him to the canvas. Rose managed to land a solid right over the final minute of the round but the first round was a 10-8 for Andrade.

Andrade used a variety of punches from different angle throughout the second round as Rose seemed perplexed on what to do.  Andrade continued to pummel Rose throughout the third round and one of his right hooks sent Rose down to the canvas for the second time in the fight. Throughout the fourth and fifth round, the fight continued its one-sided nature as Andrade simply landed one punch after another with ease.   Rose put his hands up high to keep from getting hit in the head so Andrade moved to the body as he attempted to wear his opponent down.   Near the end of the round, Andrade broke through Rose’s shell defense and landed four punch combinations that shook Rose.

At the halfway point of the fight, Andrade landed over five times of the punches than Rose and at the beginning of the seventh round, Andrade may have broken Rose’s noses as blood gushed out from the British’s nose.  Andrade continued to assault Rose, forcing the referee to stop the fight.

algieri Chris Algieri wins WBO junior welterweight title vs. Ruslan Provodnikov

Chris Algieri moved up in class against Ruslan Provodniko and in the first round, the difference in class became obvious as Provodnikov sent Algieri down twice. The first Provodnikov left hook swelled Algieri right eye and in less than thirty seconds, another left hook sent Algieri down a second time.  While Provodnikov may have been the better of the two fighters class wise, but Algieri showed to be a fighter with heart.

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Cotto stops Martinez to win “lineal” WBC middleweight title

 Cotto stops Martinez to win lineal WBC middleweight title

By Tom Donelson
Member Boxing Writers Association

 

Sergio Martinez came into this fight as the recognized champion and even though he was 39 and coming off knee surgeries; he was the favored.  His mobility would be the key factor against Miguel Cotto, who was moving up to Middleweight.  Martinez showed evidence of his age in his bout against Martin Murray and while he was winning against Chavez easily; he got caught in the last round and barely survived the round.  The quickness seemed to be slowing evaporating but he still found a way to win his bouts against Murray and Chavez despite hitting the canvas.

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