By Tom Donelson
Member Boxing Writers Association of America
Andre Ward faced Sergey Kovalev and like the first bout, this too ended in controversy. Going into the eighth and decisive round, this was a tight fight according to many ringside observer. (I had Kovalev up by one point but this was one of those fights with many close rounds which explains why Harold Lederman had Kovalev up by three points at the half way mark of the fight and others had it closer with Paul Malignaggi having it even.)
Kovalev took to the center of the ring in the opening rounds and used his jab to set distance and allow him to use his power shots. Both men didn’t land many punches and this was a tough one to score.
In the second round, Kovalev lands a nice right hand and his jab forced Ward off guard and kept Ward from effectively countering. Just as in the first fight, Kovalev landed the heavy punches in the early rounds and Ward moved inside to land body shots and landed one low blow that garnered a warning.
Continue reading Ward vs. Kovalev – RECAP
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America. Our mutual friend Rusty Rubin (R.I.P.) was instrumental in connecting Tom to dmboxing.com in 2008.
Sergey Kovalev faces Andre Ward in their second bout. For Kovalev, this represents revenge as he felt that he won their first fight and he certainly had a good case. Ward managed to win a close bout on the judges’ score card but in their first bout, Ward did not look like the Ward of old using his speed and defense to avoid getting hit while countering effectively. Whether this was due to his age, past injuries or the early power of Kovalev, Ward did not look like the fighter who dominated the Super Middleweight division against some of the elite fighters of that division.
The question will be if Ward can recapture some of his youth and show the defensive skills that allowed him to prosper in the Super Middleweight. Kovalev is a solid boxer with power go to with his sound techniques. Throughout the bout, his punches had more pop and this was self-evident over the first four rounds in which he sent Ward down for an eight count while taking a big lead on the cards. Starting in the third round, Ward simply turned the fight into a brawl and fought on the inside of the powerful Russian.
Continue reading Ward vs. Kovalev – PREVIEW
By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America, and contributing writer for dmboxing.com since 2008
Last month (May 27, 2017), Errol Spence Jr. faced Kell Brook in Sheffield England in Brook’s backyard. For the first six rounds, Brook had a slight lead as he forced the action with his upper cuts and right hands against the southpaw Spence who tried to push the action but often found himself against a savvy fighter. Brook at times even shook Spence but Spence showed a strong chin.
The second half of the fight, Spence took control of the fight with vicious body shots to go with effective jabs to set up combinations. Brook slowed down and during the tenth round, Spence pushed Brook around the ring with body shots with quick combinations. Brook went down in the tenth from effective combinations. Brook’s left eye swelled from Spence’s jabbing, and going into the eleventh, Spence had his opportunity to end it and he did. Spence put on the pressure and landed a combination that forced Brook to sit down. Spence fractured Brook’s left orbital bone and Brook could not continue as the swelling affected his vision.
Continue reading Brook vs. Spence – RECAP … and a Look at the Welterweight Division
By Tom Donelson
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America, contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008.
Terence Crawford dominated a game Felix Diaz at Madison Square Garden to defend his 140 pound title. Crawford spent the first couple of rounds probing for weakness before instituting a savage beat down. Diaz, a former gold medalist, came into this fight with only one loss to Lamont Peterson in a close decision and even connected on some hard shots against Crawford but this was an easy victory for Crawford who simply fought as a southpaw the whole fight.
Diaz absorbed a beating as Crawford connected on nearly 60% of his power shots and connected on three times as many punches. Diaz may have been close to Peterson but Crawford proved to be too much for Davis. Crawford wants Pacquiao, Julius Indongo and Keith Thurman but Pacquiao at this stage of his career will want nothing to do with Crawford and Thurman just had surgery will be out until the end of the year. So look forward a unifying fight for all the junior welterweights’ title with Julius Indongo.
Undefeated Gervonta Davis traveled to England to face Liam Walsh and the southpaw Davis took control from the opening bell as he pounded Walsh into submission. He floored Walsh in the third round with a left hook after nailing the local hero with a serious of vicious inside shots. The referee stopped the fight with Walsh defenseless and on unsteady legs.
Continue reading Crawford, Davis, Russell Jr., Dirrell Win – RECAP
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) and a contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008.
The big news about Julio Cesar Chavez-Canelo Alvarez fight was not what happened in the ring but what happened after the fight when Alvarez announced a September 16th match with Gennady “Triple G’s” Golovkin for the Middleweight championship.
As for the fight itself, this was a one sided affair that had a rinse and repeat aspect to it with every round the same as the round before. Alvarez treated Chavez as his personal punching bag and Chavez never really seem into the fight as he rarely threw punches, missed often when he did throw and despite being the bigger man, Alvarez consistently pushed Chavez around the ring. The smaller Alvarez often beat Chavez to the punch, his punches had more sting to them and by the end of the fight, even the fans booed.
What was supposed to be the battle of Mexico with two of Mexico biggest names in boxing, the fight turned out to be a dull one sided affair in which one side looked prepared and the other side looked totally lost.
Continue reading Canelo Defeats Chavez Jr. by Unanimous Decision … GGG next – in September
By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Member Boxing Writers Association of America
Anthony Joshua faced his toughest battle against Wladimir Klitschko who was fighting father time along fighting Joshua. For Klitschko, this was a legacy fight for to win would put him among the elites of boxing history as a three time champion of the division. No fighter had won more heavyweight titles and fought in more than Klitschko who along with his brother dominated the heavyweight for much of this century.
From 2004 to 2015, there was Klitschko at the top of the heavyweight division and Wladimir Klitschko attempted to win back his title in front of 90,000 British faithful in Wembley Stadium. Joshua had the home ring advantage.
Continue reading Joshua Defeats Klitschko by Knockout
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America. Our mutual friend Rusty Rubin (R.I.P.) was instrumental in connecting Tom to contribute his expertise to dmboxing.com in 2008 – Tom is truly respected and appreciated by all.
Wladimir Klitschko is nearing the end of his career and he will be facing Anthony Joshua, who may be the heir to the Klitschko brothers’ former control of the title. From 2004 until Tyson Fury upset in 2016 of Wladimir, the Klitschko’s brothers have owned a portion of the heavyweight title Wladimir won the WBO title in 2000 but lost his title with a upset knockout by Corrie Sanders in and after regaining the title, he lost it in yet another knockout lost to Lamon Brewster.
Wladimir reputation was a big fighter with a glass jaw but when he teamed up with Emanuel Steward who directed Lennox Lewis’ career to the top. From that point Wladimir along with his brother dominated the heavyweight as they beat one opponent after another. Wladimir has participated in 28 title bouts and winning 25 of them, a heavyweight record but for many pundits, Wladimir has never been granted his place as a elite heavyweight as he fought in what many view as a weak era of heavyweights but like Larry Holmes before him; Wladimir and his brother Vitali may get their due years later. Holmes was never consider one of the elites until years later when he proved competitive in his 40’s.
Continue reading Joshua vs. Klitschko – PREVIEW
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
Last weekend on April 8, 2017, it was Ukrainian night at the fights as top Ukrainian fighters led by super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko who simply dismantled James Sosa with ease. For every punch Sosa landed, he got nailed by four by Lomachenko. Lomachenko simply looked impressive as he maneuvered around the ring and simply nailed Sosa whenever he wanted. After nine rounds, Sosa corners decided that enough was enough as Lomachenko outclassed Sosa. As Max Kellerman noted, Sosa didn’t even win any moment of the fight.
Continue reading Lomachenko vs. Sosa … Gvozdyk vs. Gonzalez … Usyk vs. Hunter … RECAP
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) and a contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008 … to view all of Tom’s articles – go to the Categories section of this website and click onto his name.
The heavyweight division is now the becoming the most intriguing division as new fighters fight to be the new king of the hill. Wladimir Klitschko makes his last stand against the younger Anthony Joshua, who has been simply knocking out one heavyweight after another. Klitschko looked like 50 in his last fight against Tyson Fury as he simply never could pull the trigger against the awkward Fury. When Fury imploded out of the ring and now his career is in jeopardy, Klitschko chance for avenging his loss died but now he is facing a younger opponent with power in front of 90,000 fight fans in Wembley stadium.
Joshua was 2012 Super Heavyweight Olympic champion and as a Pro, his record is 18 wins, 18 knockouts and with his Olympic background, he has technical skills matching the more experienced Klitschko. This fight could be that turning of the guards if Joshua wins. Joshua has the power but the question for Klitschko, what does he have left? Five years ago, I would favor Klitschko but not now.
Continue reading The HEAVYWEIGHTS – A Preview Look 2017
By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
Contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008
“Triple GGG” Gennady Golovkin took on what may have been his toughest opponent, Daniel Jacobs but only for WBA and WBC but not IBF as Jacobs refused to do his morning weight in. (IBF rules stated that the fighter can only gain up to ten pounds following the official weight in.) By refusing the IBF, Jacobs could rehydrate to higher weight for an extra advantage over Golovkin.
Before these two fighters get it on, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez faced Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai for Gonzalez, Super flyweight championship. Over the first two rounds Rungvisai dominated with his power and even sent Gonzalez down for eight count near the end of the first round.
Continue reading Golovkin vs. Jacobs and Gonzalez vs. Srisaket … RECAP