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Thoughts on Golovkin

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By Tom Donelson

Contributed to “dmboxing.com” since 2008

Member Boxing Writers Association of America

 

Gennady Golovkin destroyed what everyone stated would be his toughest test in Daniel Geales in less in three rounds.   Geales started boxing but by the third round, he was forced to stand his ground and fight.  The last knockdown showed the power and the chin of Golovkin all in once as Geale nailed  Golovkin with a perfect left hook but Golovkin simply shrugged off the shot and landed a perfect right that sent Geales sprawling to the canvas.  There are very few fighters who have not only taken Geales shot perfectly delivered but be able to shoot a right hand immediately afterwards to end the fight.

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Canelo wins “close” split decision over Lara

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By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America
 

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez facing Erislandy Lara featured two fighters at their peak and at best weight.  Both fighters also featured two styles of making it to the top  Alvarez been a professional since he was 15 and now nearly 24, he is now at the top of his game whereas Lara has spent much of formative years fighting amateur boxing at the highest levels for Cuba before making his run for freedom and America.  Two fighters, approaching their careers in two different fashion, now fight in a statement fight that will determine their place in their careers and possibly boxing history. Continue reading

How Quickly to Move a Fighter

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By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association

The recent championship fight between Gary Russell and Vasyl Lomachenko brought up the question, how quickly should a prospect be brought through the ranks.  After a successful amateur career, Russell team brought him along slowly before his championship bout with Lomachenko whereas this was Lomachenko third professional fight and his second shot at a championship.  Lomachenko won and many, myself included, felt that Russell should have been challenged more before this bout.

In conversations with pundits, promoters and a world class trainer, I tried to answer the questions how fast does one take a prospect to the championship.  Let’s begin with two fighters who both won their first title in their ninth fight, Guillermo Ridgondeaux and Davey Moore.   So far, Ridgondeaux career is going strong but Moore’s career suffered a devastating defeat in his tenth fight when he faced Roberto Duran.   Duran pummel Moore and Moore was never the same.  Boxing writer David Martinez noted about “Like Rigondeaux, Lomachenko were rare top premier amateur. “  So sometimes, a fighter is totally unique athletic specie and both Rigondeaux and Lomachenko may just be that rare fighter where the rules don’t apply.

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Crawford scores four knockdowns enroute to “KO” win over Gamboa

 Crawford scores four knockdowns enroute to KO win over Gamboa

By Tom Donelson

Member Boxing Writers Association / contributed to “dmboxing.com” since 2008

On June 28, 2014 – HBO had a double header from Omaha with the first fight featuring Matt Korobov fighting Jose Uzcategui in a battle of undefeated Middleweights prospect looking for a possible title shot.  In the first round, the first big punch came from Korobov straight left against Uzcategui.   Korobov continued to follow through on his success with solid power punches but in the third round, Korobov started to slow down and looked fatigue even though he did land solid combinations throughout the third round.

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Guerrero, Lomachenko, Alexander win on Showtime triple-header championship card

June Fight Calendar Guerrero, Lomachenko, Alexander win on Showtime triple header championship card

By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association

Robert Guerrero returned to the ring after a loss to Floyd Mayweather thirteen months as part of  Showtime triple header.   The first bout was Devon Alexander faced Jesus Soto Karass, a tough brawler.  Alexander is one of those fighters that never have received the credit he deserve for a great career but the memories of his losses is what pundits remember.

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Chris Algieri wins WBO junior welterweight title vs. Ruslan Provodnikov

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By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association

Saturday night (6-14-14) featured two big bouts at the Brooklyn Barclay’s center. The first bout featured British Brian Rose challenging Demetrius Andrade for Andrade’s junior Middleweight title.   Within the first minute of the fight, Andrade nailed Rose with a straight left and sent him to the canvas. Rose managed to land a solid right over the final minute of the round but the first round was a 10-8 for Andrade.

Andrade used a variety of punches from different angle throughout the second round as Rose seemed perplexed on what to do.  Andrade continued to pummel Rose throughout the third round and one of his right hooks sent Rose down to the canvas for the second time in the fight. Throughout the fourth and fifth round, the fight continued its one-sided nature as Andrade simply landed one punch after another with ease.   Rose put his hands up high to keep from getting hit in the head so Andrade moved to the body as he attempted to wear his opponent down.   Near the end of the round, Andrade broke through Rose’s shell defense and landed four punch combinations that shook Rose.

At the halfway point of the fight, Andrade landed over five times of the punches than Rose and at the beginning of the seventh round, Andrade may have broken Rose’s noses as blood gushed out from the British’s nose.  Andrade continued to assault Rose, forcing the referee to stop the fight.

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Chris Algieri moved up in class against Ruslan Provodniko and in the first round, the difference in class became obvious as Provodnikov sent Algieri down twice. The first Provodnikov left hook swelled Algieri right eye and in less than thirty seconds, another left hook sent Algieri down a second time.  While Provodnikov may have been the better of the two fighters class wise, but Algieri showed to be a fighter with heart.

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Cotto stops Martinez to win “lineal” WBC middleweight title

 Cotto stops Martinez to win lineal WBC middleweight title

By Tom Donelson
Member Boxing Writers Association

 

Sergio Martinez came into this fight as the recognized champion and even though he was 39 and coming off knee surgeries; he was the favored.  His mobility would be the key factor against Miguel Cotto, who was moving up to Middleweight.  Martinez showed evidence of his age in his bout against Martin Murray and while he was winning against Chavez easily; he got caught in the last round and barely survived the round.  The quickness seemed to be slowing evaporating but he still found a way to win his bouts against Murray and Chavez despite hitting the canvas.

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Stevenson wins over Fonfara in light heavyweight title bout

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By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association  

Adonis Stevenson faced Andrzej Fonfara for the light heavyweight title and the winner would most likely face the ageless wonder, Bernard Hopkins.  Before the main event, there were two big fights featuring David Lemieux taking on Fernando Guerrero in the Middleweight division and Jermell Charlo challenging Charlie Ohta in a battle of junior Middleweights.

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Tale of Two Fighters – Post Fight: Mayweather and Arreola

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By Tom Donelson  

Member Boxing Writers Association and has contributed to dmboxing since 2008.

This is the tale of two fighters, one still on the top oft the world and the other may have seen the end of his career as a title contender.

There are several things to consider about Floyd Mayweather beginning with his age. Over the first half of Mayweather’s fight with Maidana, Maidana continuously trapped Mayweather but was this strictly due to Mayweather’s age or simply due to Maidana toughness?  Maidana has shown over his career a fighter who could take a punch and to continue his pressure style. He is a fighter who can’t be denied and Mayweather difficulty with Maidana could be related to his style as much as Mayweather’s age.

What intrigue me was the second half of the fight as Maidana slowed down just enough to allow Mayweather to escape.  It is usually Mayweather who controlled the pace but in this fight; Maidana set the pace and forced Mayweather to fight a quicker pace.  Over the last six rounds, Mayweather was able to escape from Maidana pressure and keep the fight in the middle of the ring.  For a 37 year old fighter, he appeared to be the fresher of the two.  The one thing positive for Mayweather was his 54% accuracy of punches connected but the negative is that Maidana connected on as many punches as Mayweather.  While Maidana connected on only 24% of his punches, Mayweather got hit with more punches than in the past decades and one reason is that Maidana threw twice of punches and kept moving forward throughout the fight.  So are we witnessing the slow erosion of the Mayweather skills or was it a case that Maidana had the right style to fight Mayweather?

Who does Mayweather fight next?   Rule one for Mayweather, which opponent bring in the big bucks?  I suspect that a Maidana rematch or Cotto if he gets past Sergio Martinez are the two opponents who will guarantee some big bucks.  Another fight is Amir Khan but this only works if Mayweather thinks there is more money in fighting Khan as oppose to Maidana or Cotto.  Plus if Mayweather wants to fight in September then Khan is out due to Ramadan.

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