By Tom Donelson / Contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008
Renowed Boxing Writer / Member Boxing Writers Association
In the undercard of the Chavez-Vera fight featured former Olympic champ Vasyl Lomachenko in his second professional fight challenging the veteran Orlando Salido for the WBO featherweight. As for Salido, he was not ineligible for the title since he came into the fight overweight.
In the first round, Lomachenko moved but rarely punched and Salido didn’t set any records for throwing punches so this was a round hard to score. In the second round, Salido took advantage of his increase weight as he pushed the smaller Ukrainian fighter around.
By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association
Mikey Garcia faced Juan Carlos Burgos for Garcia’s junior lightweight championship. Burgos started the fight jabbing but halfway through the first round, Garcia left –right combination pushed Burgos back. Near the end of the second round, Burgos nearly sent Garcia down from a Burgos left hook. Garcia returned the favor in round three when he hurt Burgos with a big right and Burgos held on for dear life before the referee broke them up. From there, Burgos moved and boxed out of harm way.
From the fourth through sixth round, Garcia started to gain slight advantages as his punches were showing more pop whereas Burgos became tentative and unable to score effectively.
Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Assc. and Boxing Research Org.
HBO featured two of Canadian bests as Lucian Bute faced Jean Pascal but before the main event, Mike Perez faced Carlos Takam in a heavyweight bout. Perez was fighting his first fight since his last bout with Magomed Abdusalamov, who slipped into a coma after taking a beating from Perez. Many fighters when they have faced with tragedy aren’t always the same after being involved a bout in which their opponent is either seriously injured or dies from their injuries.
By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Assc. and Boxing Research Org.
2013 proved to be one of boxing best but what about 2014? There are some potential big bouts beginning with Floyd Mayweather who defeated Saul Alvarez in the biggest PPV bout as far as audience participation is concern, but now where does Mayweather go from here? Mayweather has plenty of suitors who love to step in the ring with him if for no other reason than for the big pay day. Among those who might challenge the great one includes Tim Bradley and Danny Garcia, both undefeated champions.
By Tom Donelson
Renowned boxing writer and author / contributed to this website since 2008
Adrien Broner challenged the tough Marcos Rene Maidana in a bout determining his place in the peeking order of elite boxers. Showtime began their last card of the year with Beibut Shumenov defending his light heavyweight title against the undefeated Tamas Kovacs. While Kovacs showed excellent boxing over the first two minutes and forty seconds, Shumenov nailed Kovacs with a solid left hook that sent Kovacs down.
By Tom Donelson / Member of Boxing Writers Association & Boxing Research Organization
The battle of Brooklyn between Paul Malignaggi and Zab Judah was less a battle than a skirmish. The bout pattern was settle in the first round and essentially stayed that way throughout the fight with very few exceptions. Paul “the magic man” Malignaggi simply out boxed and out hustle Judah, who appeared unable to pull the trigger throughout the bout with one exception in which a left hand sent Malignaggi down for a brief knockdown that was more of flash knockdown than a damaging blow. Malignaggi unleashed his jab which kept Judah unbalanced and confuse throughout the bout. Malignaggi added body shots to go with lightning quick combinations. Judah never seemed to have an answer for Malignaggi attacks nor did he ever seem willing to take risks but wait for one punch, the punch that never came. Even his knockdown was as much to do with feet tangling as it was with power.
By Tom Donelson
Member Boxing Writers Association & International Boxing Research Org.
Ruslan Provodnikov came close to winning a title when he had Tim Bradley down twice for his WBO welterweight title last march but Bradley survived the two knockdowns to win a close decision and maintained his title. Then the stone faced Provodnikov challenged Mike Alvarado for his WBO junior Welterweight title in Alvarado hometown of Denver.
By Tom Donelson
Member Boxing Writers Association and has contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008.
Tim Bradley came into his fight with Juan Manuel Marquez as an undefeated fighter who still had much to prove to the boxing world. His victory over Manny Pacquiao was a controversial split decision and he survived two knockdowns in a vicious toe to toe battle with Ruslan Provodnikov; thus he came into this fight with two very difficult victories and the questions; how good of a fighter was Bradley.
By Tom Donelson
Member Boxing Writers Association and International Boxing Research Organization
Miguel Cotto has had a good career with only four losses but those losses included soon to be half of fame Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather along with slick boxer Austin Trout. The one loss that may have rankled Cotto the most was to Antonio Margarito who later was found fighting with additional plaster before his fight with Shane Mosley. He revenged that loss later and now he was facing the tough Delvin Rodriguez in one of those cross road fights to see what he has left.
By Tom Donelson
Member Boxing Writers Association, International Boxing Research Organization and has contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008.
NOTE: Showtime will replay the fight this Saturday, September 21 at 9pm ET/PT
The audience starts howling when Alvarez and Mayweather begin their walk to the ring in a packed Buffalo Wild Wing where I watched a virtuoso performance by this generation’s greatest boxer. Mayweather won an easy decision that was more decisive in the ring than on the scorecard. Going into the match, Alvarez best shot was Mayweather’s legs turning old and the 36 year old Mayweather spending a significant portion of the fight on the rope. It didn’t happen as we are finding with Mayweather, 36 years is the new 26 year old as he moved comfortably around the ring. Alvarez made two mistakes in the early part of the fight. The first being trying to jab with a jabber and the second was his failure to cut off the ring as he chased Mayweather around the ring. All Mayweather did was to nail Alvarez with solid combinations.