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Kovalev and Ward ~ RECAP

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008

Andre Ward eked out a controversial victory over Sergey Kovalev in a close fight but a fight that many at ringside felt he lost.  I personally had the fight 115-112 in favor of Kovalev but it is not a robbery that Ward won but you can make the case it was a stretch as Judges gave the benefit of doubt to Ward in many of the close rounds. 

Ward problem was two -old, the first being that he has not been as active as Kovalev and he was moving up in weight and the second that became obvious over the the first two rounds; he couldn’t match Kovalev in power as Kovalev piston like jab kept Ward off balanced and Ward had difficulty penetrating Kovalev’s defenses.  A straight right in the second round sent Ward down and he was down three points after the first two rounds.  

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Pacquiao Wins Welterweight Title With Unanimous Decision Over Vargas

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

Manny Pacquiao decided to add one more title to his resume as he fought for Jessie Vargas WBO welterweight title.  Pacquiao was the favorite but at this stage in the PacMan’s career, age could become a factor. Pacquiao does have another day job as a Senator in the Philippine Congress and at 37, the speed and quickness can quickly disappear.

After a non-eventful first round, Pacquiao speed took hold as he nailed Vargas with right hooks and a straight left that sent Vargas down for an eight count in the second round.  Vargas looked more angry than hurt as he arose from the floor, but PacMan drew first blood. 

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Throughout the third and fourth round, Pacquiao aggression was having its effect as his combinations were fast and hard.  Vargas didn’t seem to have any answers.  During the sixth round, Vargas stood his ground as he landed big rights as he put distance between himself and Pacquiao.  Vargas found that as long as he kept Pacquiao at a distance, he could make this a competitive fight.   Vargas left jab proved effective and allowed him to connect with straight rights. 

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Canelo Wins WBO 154 Pound Title Belt with “KO” Over Smith

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Gennady Golovkin defeated Kell Brook last week with a fifth round stoppage, and on Saturday night Saul “Canelo” Alvarez faced Liam Smith for the WBO Junior Middleweight title.

Before the main event, Gabriel Rosado and Willie Monroe, Jr. engaged in a snooze fest where punches were minimal and exchanges a rarity. The best you can say that when it ended, the audience yawned.

Joseph Diaz stopped Andrew Cancio in the ninth round as one boxing pundit tweeted, “Joseph Diaz doesn’t have a real hammer but he has a scalpel and he can cut you up many different ways.”  While the fight was competitive early, Diaz’ boxing skills and punching accuracy proved decisive over the second half.

Diego De La Hoya won an easy decision over Orlandito Del Valle with one judge having him blanking Del Valle and the other two judges giving one round to De Valle.

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Carl Frampton Edges Leo Santa Cruz in Classic Featherweight Title Bout

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

Carl Frampton came into Brooklyn Barclays Center for a battle of undefeated against Leo Santa Cruz.   Cruz had his own cross to bear as his father is suffering from cancer and nearly didn’t make the trip but he proved to be the warrior in a classic battle between two equal boxers. Frampton B

Cruz hallmark has been high output with additional power punches but Frampton countered Cruz’s power and reach with excellent counterpunching.  In a battle of jabbers coming into the bout, a little over 80% of both fighters’ punches were power shots.  The jab ceased to be a weapon for either fighters.

Cruz did not use his reach to his advantage while lunging straight into Frampton vicious counterpunches.  Frampton turned this bout into a toe to toe battle.  The judges had it a majority 116-112, 117-111 and 114-114.  This was a bout that could have been scored either way but no one will complain that Cruz got ripped off or that Frampton was undeserving since he was the more accurate puncher.

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Anthony Joshua Retains Title by KO … Keith Thurman edges Shawn Porter in Epic WBA Welterweight Title Fight

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Member Boxing Writers Association of America

British heavyweight and IBF champion Anthony Joshua may be the best heavyweight in the world and last weekend, he demolished Dominic Breazeale as he handed the American fighter his first loss.   Breazeale is a big fighter with a tough chin but he couldn’t match Joshua’s skills or hand speed.  Joshua, the former 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, showed his hand speed as he simply punched Breazeale at will.  As one boxing writer noted, Breazeale “seemed to react seconds after the punch has already connect on his face” and while he was able absorbed much of Joshua’s punches; one doesn’t win fights by absorbing the other guy punches but you need to punch the other guy.

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Breazeale never threatened Joshua throughout the bout before Joshua finally ended the bout with a knockout in the seventh round.

His mandatory challenger is another undefeated fighter, Joseph Parker but Joshua has plenty of options including the winner of Fury-Klitschko bout, Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz.   A bout with Parker will Joshua’s third straight bout with an undefeated fighter.   The heavyweight division is now exciting again.

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Ali – Frazier: Ghosts of Manila

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

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Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America

Contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008

(Excerpts from my book on black fighters, Boxing in the Shadow)
 

Fighters know how to suffer.  They demagnify pain and seldom talk about it.  Though some fighters have been called “bow-wows” within the sport, thresholds of pain are hard to detect in fighters….Eyes, nose, ears, larynx, kidneys, they all take horrific beatings.  But their faces tell where fighters have been, the potholes over which they had to rattle, from the small arenas with the single light bulb and a backed-up toilet in the dressing rooms to the flooding light of the big time”

 

Boxing heroes are usually defined less by the ease of their victories, than by their defeats and their various comebacks in the course of a career. Fighters are made through the brutal confines of their sport, in which they nearly see death approach, in which their blood is splattered; and yet they somehow persevere.  Brutality sells tickets, but more importantly, it seals one’s fame.   For Ali, Joe Frazier was his ticket to fame.

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Sonny Liston: Ali’s First Big Foil

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

Contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008

(Excerpts from my book on black fighters, Boxing in the Shadow)

 

Ali jumped all over Liston after Ali sent Liston down in their second fight, yelling for him to get up. Jersey Joe Walcott, the referee, totally lost control as he tried to get Ali to a neutral corner.  Liston stayed on the canvas as Walcott tried to restrain Ali. Liston eventually got up as Walcott went to the corner to talk with Ring Magazine editor Nat Fleischer. Ali started nailing Liston with more shots.  Meanwhile Fleischer told Walcott that Liston should be counted out, so Walcott called the fight and gave the bout to Ali.  Years later, Liston told Sports Illustrated Mark Kram that he stayed down because, “Ali was a crazy man.”  The great intimidator was intimidated.

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Charlo Twin Brothers Make History … Lara Wins Rematch

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008

The Charlo twins made history as both brothers hold titles in the same weight class. Jermell Charlo faced John Jackson, the son of former boxer Julian Jackson for the vacant WBC title.  John Jackson came out boxing and Jermell Charlo ineffectually tried to cut off the ring but he kept getting nailed with quick combinations.   Charlo struggled to close the gap as Jackson provided a boxing lesson to the young Charlo.

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Charlo worked hard in closing the distance, using his jab and body shots and in the eighth round, he handed a right hand that nailed the left side of Jackson’s head.  Jackson reeled backward with his hands down and Charlo jumped on his wounded opponents and the referee stopped the fight.  It was a good thing for Charlo since at this point of the fight, Charlo was down on all three cards.

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His twin Jermall fought the tough Austin Trout, a slick boxer and former junior Middleweight title holder.   Over the first half of the bout, Charlo used his height and reach advantage as he showed good defense while landing the harder punches.   Charlo pressured Trout and every time Trout landed solid combinations, Charlo countered.

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PacMan Ends an Era and Joshua Begins a New One

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By Tom Donelson 

Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

This past weekend, witness an end of an era and the beginning of another era.  Pacquiao defeated Tim Bradley easily and left no doubt who was the better fighter in their trilogy.  The fight was fought at a measured pace with Pacquiao averaging only 35 punches per round and Bradley 25 punches per round but the two Pacquiao knockdown of Bradley in the seventh and ninth round highlighted the difference between the two fighters.

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Pacquiao – Bradley: Who Wins?

Tom -cropBy Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America

Contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008

Manny Pacquiao says good bye to boxing after his next fight with Tim Bradley in the final act of their trifecta.  This trifecta has its share of controversy, in particular the first fight that many observers felt that Pacquiao won and there was no doubt who won the second bout.  Since that last bout, he defeated Chris Algieri before losing to Mayweather and sustaining shoulder injuries.  At 37, Pacquiao is not the same fighter at his peak, much less than his last bout with Bradley and this fight will be decided less on the physical talent of both fighters than on what Pacquiao has left.

Bradley has defeated Jesse Vargas and stopped Brandon Rios in nine and looked sharp as he was coached by Teddy Atlas in his Rios.   Atlas goal was to make Bradley more of a boxer and less of a slugger who would go toe to toe when provoked by sluggers.  He didn’t always use his boxing skills but Atlas wants Bradley to get hit less while countering.

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