Category Archives: Tom Donelson

Lomachenko vs. Linares RECAP … Golovkin and Middleweight Division … Munguia vs. Ali Result

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Last weekend, Vasyl Lomachenko found himself in a fight going into the tenth round that was close with one judge having it two points lead for Lomanchenko, another scoring a two round lead for his opponent Jorge Linares with final judge seeing it a draw. 

Lomachenko has been a champion since his third fight and in his twelve fight, he has moved up in weight from featherweight to lightweight, and considering most fighters are nowhere near to an championship belt  in their twelve fights and Lomachenko having already won eight championship fights coming into this fight.  He came into this fight with Linares seven knock outs in row, with the last four fighters retired in their corner.   This was his first attempt at the lightweight title and Jorge Linares was the first fighter since the Russell match that prove competitive with Lomachenko.

Linares landed more power punches where Lomachenko landed more jabs and Lomachenko was more accurate in his punches but the number of punches were nearly equal.  Linares even sent Lomachenko down for a quick knockdown in the sixth round.  In the tenth, Lomachneko unleashed a five punch combinations that sent Linares down for good. 

The question now where Lomachenko go?  In the lightweight division, there are some good options to including fights with Ray Beltran and Mikey Garcia to unify portions of the lightweight titles. Lomachenko is one of those complete fighters who can box and slug and has eight knockouts in his twelve fights but these knockouts came against championship caliber fighters and not inflated by weak opponents.  So Lomachenko power is for real. 

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Showtime Championship Boxing: Broner and Vargas Draw; Davis and Charlo Win by KO

 
By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
 
On Saturday, April 21, 2018 from Barclay Center, Brooklyn, New York – undefeated Gervonta Davis faced Jesus Cuellar for the super featherweight WBA title as Davis attempted to regain his 130 belt and he simply pounded Cuellar from the opening bell.  Cuellar went down from body shots in the second round and during the third round, Davis mauled Cuellar on the rope, sending him down a second time.  When Davis knocked Cuellar down a third time, the referee stopped the fight.
 
 
Jermall Charlo knocked Hugo Centeno, Jr. down with a vicious left hook in the second round. Former 154 pound championship is now ready to challenge Triple G’ Golovkin and Saul Alvarez when Alvarez comes back from his suspension.  Charlo has won his first two fights at Middleweight with knock outs. 
 

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Joshua Defeats Parker, Unifies WBA/IBF/WBO Heavyweight Belts

 
By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America, and has contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008.
 
Anthony Joshua faced Joseph Parker in yet another big heavyweight bout, occurring after three weeks fight when Deontay Wilder stopped Luis Ortiz in a thrilling bout that saw Wilder championship nearly derailed in the seventh round as Ortiz nearly knocked him out.  A tenth round knockout preserve his championship.
 
When I grew up, the heavyweight was the glorious division and from the Ali era through Lennox Lewis we saw two different golden era of the heavyweight division, the first being Ali era from 1964 through 1978 when Ali won his original title before Joe Frazier defeated him in the fight of the century before George Foreman won the title from Frazier.   When Ali defeated Frazier and Holmes began the heavyweight champion after Ali first retirement and defeated Ali in his comeback.  The first golden era ended when Holmes defeated Gerry Cooney and after a short break, the second golden era truly began when Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis and Riddick Bowe fought for the Heavyweight championship with Mike Tyson.
 

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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 
WBC WBA IBF WBO
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
1. NOT RATED
2. NOT RATED
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 dmboxing.com 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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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 dmboxing.com 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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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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Mares, Santa Cruz, Hurd, Charlo, Lara – Winners on October 14, 2017 – RECAP

 
By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
 
Abner Mares started his bout against Andres Gutierrez with solid boxing, as he used angles to get the better of Gutierrez over the first five rounds. As Gutierrez came out of the sixth round, the ring doctor checked the cut over Gutierrez’s left eye and Gutierrez pushed the action but it did little to stem the tide as Mares continued his assault.  The one thing that Gutierrez had going for himself is that he took Mares best and he kept moving forward in an effort to change the bout.   The seventh thru the ninth, Mares simply pounded Gutierrez and blood continued to spurt out of Gutierrez’s left eye.  During the tenth round, Gutierrez moved forward only to absorb punches from Mares. The eye continued to bleed and the referee stopped the fight in the middle of the tenth round.   Mares looked impressive as he took every round with his boxing skills and never got tempted into going toe to toe with Gutierrez.  His discipline allowed him too easily prevail.
 
 
Leo Santa Cruz faced Chris Avalos for Cruz’s featherweight title. The first round was action pack as Santa Cruz fights tend to be and both fighters let loose.  Santa Cruz was the most accurate.  Through the first four rounds, the fight on compubox was close but Santa Cruz punches had the more pop.  Near the end of the fourth, Santa Cruz buckled Avalos knee and continued to do so in the fifth round as his punches buckle Avalos knee but Avalos continued to fight back.
 

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Golovkin vs. Canelo … Battle to Controversial Draw

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America

There is nothing like the anticipation of a big fight and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez faced ‘Triple G’s” Gennady Golovkin in the most anticipated fight of the year with two of the best Middleweights fighting, adding to the history of one of most celebrated division.

The first round began with Triple G’s coming forward as Alvarez boxed and using his feet to set up his punches.    Triple G’s jabbed while Alvarez countered with two big rights of his own. A close round to score with Alvarez showing defensive skills.  Lederman had it for Golovkin but could easily been scored for Alvarez. 

The second round saw Golovkin showing respect for Alvarez and Alvarez landed single punches but punches had yet hurt Triple G’s and Triple G’s failed to land the big punch.  Golovkin, like Alvarez, had yet to land a combination.  This round easily went to Alvarez as he landed twice the power shots.  Could have been Alvarez two to zero or an even fight.

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