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Danny Garcia captures vacant WBC welterweight title with win over Robert Guerrero

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Member Boxing Writers Association of America

The Welterweights may be boxing deepest division and it certainly has it shares of promotable fighters.  Danny Garcia faced off against Robert “the Ghost” Guerrero for the WBC welterweight championship.  Robert Guerrero started out fast as he pressed the action with solid body shots and straight lefts to the head.  Garcia forced Garcia to retreat over the first four rounds but by the fifth round, Garcia figured out the Guerrero riddle.  Garcia started to control the bout from this point as he punished Guerrero with series of punishing right hands and from there, Garcia more accurate punches marked up Guerrero’s face.

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Through the second half of the fight, Garcia landed quick sharp rights and left hooks to the body and head as he moved backward from Guerrero’s pressure which became less effectual as the fight wore on.  The twelfth war was all action as both men went after each other.  Garcia was declared the winner by 116-112 margins by all three judges.  (I had the fight 115-113)

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Looking Ahead to 2016

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Does the idea of Pacquiao-Bradley 3 get the pulse pumping?  Well on April 9th, Bradley-Pacquiao 3 happens.  This will be a fun fight as both fighters have fought two good fights before but somehow the public will be asking, why? Simply because this is the biggest potential for money and a victory over Bradley might entice Mayweather to a rematch but this may be wishful thinking on Pacquiao part.  Bradley looked good in his last fight over Rios and with Ted Atlas working in his corner to sharpen their boxing skills.

Gennady Golovkin may fight Billy Joe Saunders for Saunders’ title along with Triple G’s belts. The ultimate goal is to have the big bout with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for probably biggest fight of 2016.

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Tyson Fury Upsets Wladimir Klitschko to Win Heavyweight Title

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Member Boxing Writers Association of America

But Saturday night, the Klitschko’s era ended as Wladimir fought a truly uninspiring fight against an opponent that he would have destroyed in his prime or even a couple of years ago.  Tyson Fury is big, strong but no one will view him as an all-time great but he dominated the fight simply throwing a few more punches than Wladimir who never seem to get off.   Wladimir average less than 20 punches per round and connected on an average of only 4 punches per round.  Fury was slightly better as he averaged slightly 30 punches thrown per round and connected on an average of seven punches per round.  This was hardly a classic but regardless, Klitschko did little in this fight and the question to ask, has father time finally caught up?

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Canelo Captures WBC Middleweight Title with Victory Over Cotto

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By Tom Donelson

Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

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The story about last Saturday Night’s fight was that Miguel Cotto simply lacked the fire power to defeat Saul Canelo Alvarez; and while the fight was closer than the scorecards, the reality was that the decision was hardly controversial.

Beginning in the second round, Cotto’s jabs and boxing skills opposed Canelo’s occasional bursts of power.  Canelo landed a left to Cotto’s body followed by a right to the head while Cotto pumped the jabs, some of which were slipped by Alvarez.

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Bradley and Rios ~ RECAP

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By Tom Donelson

Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

Las week Tim Bradley fought Brandon Rios and this would be his first fight with Ted Atlas, who returned as a trainer after years in the broadcast booth.  Atlas goal was to have Bradley use the ring and fight from angles as oppose to sit in front of his opponent and play warrior.  Bradley has always been a good boxer but he also shown to be a tough fighter who didn’t mind getting into fire fight.  This strategy didn’t always work out in his favor even in victory as his tough victory over Ruslan Providnikov showed in which Bradley survived knockdowns to win a close decision.

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Crawford and Golovkin ~ RECAP

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By Tom Donelson / Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), and has contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008

Last week Terrence Crawford showed why he has to be considered one of the best pound for pound fighters as he easily dismantled Dierry Jean over ten rounds.  Crawford showed that he was as effective out of the southpaw stance as he was in the orthodox as he pounded poor Jean from one end of the ring to the other. Rarely did Jean come close to hurting Crawford and Crawford boxing style made it too difficult for the challenger.

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GGG scores middleweight “unification” title win over Lemieux

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

Gennady Golovkin is the best pound for pound fighter in boxing today. His recent victory over David Lemieux simply reinforces the why.  The first round began slow but Golovkin landed jabs after jabs as Lemieux look hesitant to move forward.  Throughout the second round, Golovkin continued to jab, which set up two big one-two combinations. Throughout the third and fourth round, it was Golovkin using his superior tactical skills to set up big punches while Lemieux fail to land any big punch.  At the beginning of the fourth, Lemieux threw a five punch combinations that missed.  This temporally forced Golovkin to retreat but Golovkin simply return to his jabbing.  Near the end of the fourth round, the Golovkin jabs set up big combinations that had Lemieux reeling.

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Throughout the third and fourth round, it was Golovkin using his superior tactical skills to set up big punches while Lemieux fail to land any big punch.  At the beginning of the fourth, Lemieux threw a five punch combinations that missed.   This temporally forced Golovkin to retreat but Golovkin simply return to his jabbing.  Near the end of the fourth round, the Golovkin jabs set up big combinations that had Lemieux reeling.

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Floyd says good-bye

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

Floyd Mayweather wins his 49th without a lost as he simply took Berto apart, not that this was not predicated.  The best one could hope for going into this match was for Mayweather to act his age and maybe Berto strike lightening but alas, it did not happen.

Mayweather simply boxed around Berto and at times, Berto seemed mesmerized by Mayweather who seemed to hit Berto whenever he wanted and Berto had enough trouble finding much to hit.  As for the fight itself, it was even more one sided as the one-sided scorecards 120-108, 118-110, 117-111.  I suspect that two of judges gave Berto rounds for simply showing up but it was hard to give any rounds to Berto other than out of sympathy.

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Mayweather vs. Berto … and Other Thoughts

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By Tom Donelson  / Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America, and dmboxing.com contributor since 2008

The upcoming Mayweather-Berto is one of those fights that would have been attractive years ago when Berto was undefeated and whose career was on the rise.  Now, Berto career as an elite championship caliber fighter has been on life support for years and he lost to two of Mayweather previous opponents; so there is little chance that he will win.    The Berto who beat Freddy Hernandez five years ago might have the potential of producing a competitive fight but today’s Berto is not capable of providing a competitive fight unless Mayweather fights like he is 59 as oppose to the 39 he is presently.

A better question is why did Mayweather chose Berto for his “last fight” and his opportunity for 49 straight victories without a defeat.  The answer is maybe, he wanted a chance to pick a fight that he could paint one more Picasso against a fighter who would come to him but not be a major threat to win.  It is interesting who he didn’t pick including Keith Thurman, Kell Brook, or Amir Khan among others and some pundits have written that maybe Mayweather should have taken on triple G’s for the Middleweight title.

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Garcia dominates Malignaggi in workman like fashion … 9th round stoppage

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA) Member of Boxing Writers Association of America and has contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008

Danny Garcia faced the veteran Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi, who has spent as much as time behind mike as he has in the ring in the last few years.  Malignaggi biggest advantage going against the heavy favorite Garcia was his boxing skills but at 34, how much did he have left?

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