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Chavez Jr. wins by decision over Reyes

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

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. biggest problem is his last name and heritage.  If he was Julio Ramirez and didn’t have a famous Hall of Fame fighter as a father, we would say that he is a good fighter, a contender and note that he held for a brief time, a piece of the Middleweight championship.  The reality is that being Chavez Jr. is a curse since we expect so much more and certainly seeing him losing to Andrzej Fonfara by not coming out for the tenth round was a stunner for those who remember his father for the warrior he was.

Marco Reyes was picked as the comeback fight for obvious reason, he was a natural Middleweight who had not fight the quality of opposition Chavez has and from the first round, it was obvious that while Reyes knocked out 24 fighters in his 33 wins;  that his punch did not match Chavez’s power at Super Middleweight. And Chavez did came in overweight; leaving many questioning how does a fighter who supposedly trained like he never before and sparred 100 rounds under the guidance of Robert Garcia, come in overweight?

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The first round saw Chavez retreating almost the entire round until near the end before he unleashed his first offensive volley. From the second round through the fifth round, Chavez put the pressure on and while Reyes would box and connect on combinations; it was Chavez who would take control of the round with his piston like jab followed by left hooks and right hands. Throughout the sixth round, Reyes boxed his way as he landed combinations and Chavez didn’t use the jab or punch his way. Chavez tried to steal the round with a four punch volley at the end of the round. Showtime Steve Farhood had Chavez ahead halfway through by 58-56.

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Bradley wins – with controversy at end of bout – unanimous decision over Vargas

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Other than the last twenty seconds, Tim Bradley boxed in a workman like fashion as he pressured Jesse Vargas throughout the first ten rounds before he decided to box his way to victory over the last two rounds.  There were no knockdown in this event but Vargas landed a right hand  in the final twenty second of the fight that sent Bradley reeling and nearly out.  Bradley regained his legs and as Vargas came close, Bradley held on for dear life. The referee mistaken the ten seconds click for the end of the fight and ended the bout prematurely.  Vargas thought the referee had stopped the fight in his favor but after the confusion, the fight went to the scorecards with Bradley winning 115-112, 117-112, 116-112.

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Shawn Porter defeats Adrien Broner & other weekend results

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

Adrien Broner faced Shawn Porter in a battle of former world champions and this was declared the battle of Ohio as both fighters were from the Buckeye State.  Broner only loss before this fight was in the Welterweight division against the hard punching Marcos Maidana and Broner lost to another hard punching Welterweight.  While the fight was fought at a 144 pound catch weight, it was obvious that Porter swarming unorthodox style troubled Broner.

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Erislandy Lara by “easy” decision … Deontay Wilder by “KO”

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author / Member of Boxing Writers Association of America

Fighters find themselves in a position, how much risk do I take to entertain the public? Erislandy Lara for example had a cakewalk against Delvin Rodriguez as he simply dominated Rodriguez with his superior boxing skills but what he truly needed in the eyes of his promoters and fans was a impressive knockout victory.

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Lara simply was satisfied with a win and while he is still the WBA Super Welterweight champion, there was nothing in the fight that said, “ Let see this fighter again.”  The one past fighter that Lara reminds me of is Winky Wright, a smooth boxer who often embarrassed more marketable fighters and he was often ignored.  Wright finally got his chance for a title and Lara has received his but Lara wants bigger paydays.  Lara is the type of fighter that other fighters ignore or stay away from since he not only can upset a bigger name fighter but the amount of money to made fighting Lara pales in comparison to other fighters.

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Amir Khan defeats Chris Algieri – is Mayweather next?

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29:  Chris Algieri punches Amir Khan during their Welterweight bout at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on May 29, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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

Chris Algieri has proven to be an adoptable fighter as he moved away from his usual boxing maneuvering and fought an attacking style against the favorite Amir Khan.  Algieri has fought three of the top fighters in the welterweight division defeating Ruslan Provodnikov in a close controversial decision and losses to both Khan and Pacquiao. Continue reading

DeGale defeats Dirrell to capture IBF super middleweight title

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Member Boxing Writers Association of America

James DeGale and Andre Dirrell fought for the vacant IBF Super Middleweight title as part of the Premier Boxing Championship Memorial day special.  For Dirrell, this was a second shot at a title when he failed by a split decision to take Carl Froch’s title in the Super Six tournament.  Dirrell has been out of the public eye since he was injured when Arthur Abraham nailed him with an illegal punch that caused Abraham’s disqualification.  Meanwhile, Andre brother, Anthony, recovered from cancer, won a title and lost it.  While Andre Dirrell has won five straight fights, this was the bite at the apple since the Super Six tournament.

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Boxing Starting to Find Its Way

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Member Boxing Writers Association of America
Feature Writer for dmboxing.com since 2008

While much of the boxing world focusing on the aftermath of the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, what is being missed are the young boxing stars making their marks.  Saul Alvarez is one of those stars and his three round demolition of James Kirkland showed a young fighter developing into a star.  Since his loss to Mayweather, he won three in a row, two knock out victories and a close split decision victory over Erislandy Lara.

Despite being 24 years old, he is now 45-1, with his only loss to Floyd Mayweather.  While many pundits are not sure how to rate Mayweather, one milepost to judge him will be the career of Alvarez.  If Alvarez becomes an elite fighter in his own right, this certainly enhances Mayweather’s own legacy as he defeated Alvarez when Alvarez was 22 years old and coming off impressive victory over Austin Trout.   Mayweather gave the bigger Alvarez a boxing lesson and Alvarez may be that fighter that years from now that will cement Mayweather’s own greatness to higher heights.

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Canelo by “KO” over Kirkland on HBO … Figueroa & McDonnell win on CBS broadcast

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

In the aftermath of the Pacquiao-Mayweather, boxing is going through its normal “Oh my what is wrong with our sport!” but as I have mention, sometimes we fail to notice what is happening below the surface.

Watching Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight is watching boxing’s next superstar as he dispatched the hard hitting James Kirkland. Over seven plus minutes, Alvarez landed every punch ever invented in boxing as he just couldn’t miss and took whatever Kirkland threw his way. Kirkland is a hard punching fighter but he is not the technical skill fighter than Alvarez.

Kirkland came out smoking as he trapped Alvarez on the rope for the first minute but Alvarez came back to send Kirkland down for an eight count and spent the last minute trying to end the fight.   Kirkland, who is one of the toughest fighters but he not only lack the technical skills but Alvarez had the power to match Kirkland.  Alvarez threw a right hand that literally sent Kirkland body spinning 180 degree before he was sent to the canvas for the final time in the third round.

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Boxing Is Not Dead

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Feature Writer for dmboxing.com since 2008

The big fight is over and now the obituary for boxing has begun as the fight fail to live up the hype. Many pundits misses important points. I have already heard how big events like Mayweather-Pacquiao is bad for boxing but that is like saying the Super Bowl is bad for Football and how many times will we read how this particular fight will do little to increase boxing?  That is the equal of saying that a Super Bowl blow out will destroy the interest in football and we already know that not to be true.  Football proved to be as popular even after the Seattle Seahawks devastation of the Denver Broncos two years ago.  There have been many big boxing events that fail to develop upon the hype and yet, boxing still survived.

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