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Shields by Unanimous Decision Over Hammer

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

On Saturday night April 13, 2019 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Claressa Shields fought Christina Hammer in a battle of the two best female middleweights in the world with the winner being the undefeated unified champion.  Hammer started fast in the first round boxing and her jab effectively took the round; but in the second round, it was Shields who dominated as she nailed Hammer with a left hook in the first minute and over the last minute, connected on a right hand.

The third round was closer than the second but it was a Shields round as she connected on the bigger shots and her excellent defense allowed her to slip punches.  The fourth round was another round where Shields used her brawling style to force Hammer to move away but Hammer didn’t punch back effectively.

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Lomachenko by 4th Round Knockout … Retains WBA/WBO Lightweight Title Belts

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

Anthony Crolla faced Vasiliy Lomachenko in a battle for Lomachenko’s lightweight title belts. I wouldn’t use the word battle as Lomachenko chased Crolla throughout the bout, rarely in trouble. Crolla had very little answers and did very little in punching back. Using body shots along with jabs, Lomachenko dominated the action from the first round.  At the end of the third round, Lomachenko landed a combination that was counted as a knockdown as the rope kept Crolla from hitting the canvas. After an eight count, the bell ended the fight. Crolla was Lomanchenko’s punching bag.

Lomachenko ended the bout with a right hand hook from his southpaw position as Crolla hit the canvas face first. Lomachenko is now 14-1 with 11 knockouts but this record is even more impressive since he has fought the best in his division.  I doubt any fighter has as impressive a list of opponents over their first fifteen fights as Lomachenko who started his career fighting Jose Ramirez who was 25-3 and a title contender, winning by a knockout.

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Spence by One-Sided Decision over Garcia … Retains IBF Welterweight Title

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

Errol Spence Jr. dominated this bout and the only real close round was the second round. Spence won all rounds on all cards and quite frankly, Mikey Garcia was great lightweight, but he is not a true welterweight.  He simply got out boxed and the second round was the only round which you could make an argument that he won but the judges didn’t even give him that.

Mikey Garcia is a great lightweight but he could not make the jump to welterweight and now he is considering going back to lightweight or junior welterweight. 

Spence had the size advantage and he used it effectively as he controlled the distance between both fighters.   The compubox numbers told the whole story as Spence landed 345 of 1082 punches and nailed 51% of his power shots.  Spence connected on triple the power shots than Garcia got credit for connecting all of his punches!  Garcia was merely a punching bag.

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Santa Cruz by One-Sided Decision over Rivera … Retains WBA Featherweight Title

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

Leo Santa Cruz fought Rafael Rivera, who took the fight on a three week notice in his first shot at a title.

Rivera had a competitive first round as he launched combinations and body shots and looked sharp but it seemed to have little effect upon Santa Cruz.  Rivera is a good fighter up against a great fighter and after the second round, the great fighter took over.   Rivera had lost two of three his previous fights and was replacing Miguel Flores but this was supposed to be a tune up for Santa Cruz and it proved mostly that even though Rivera had his moment.

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Kovalev Defeats Alvarez to Regain WBO Light Heavyweight Title … Valdez by “KO” over Tommasone

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) … contributor to dmboxing since 2008

Sergey Kovalev recaptured his WBO Light heavyweight title from Eleider Alvarez, who previously knocked the Russian light heavyweight down to win the title.  He managed to revenge only the second person who defeated him and did so in dominating form.  Kovalev began by winning the first two rounds, connecting on combinations while Alvarez slow in starting . 

In the fifth round, Kovalev looked in control but in the sixth, Alvarez got the better of exchanges with his right hand but the rest of the fight, it was Kovalev who looked strong and in the last round, Alvarez looked tired as he took big punches.  The key punch was a big right hand that nailed Kovalev in the sixth round, but Kovalev didn’t budge or appeared hurt. From that point, Kovalev took over the fight and won it easily.

The Compubox numbers tell the whole story as he connected on the double the punches, was consistently more active.  Kovalev landed 213 punches over those twelve rounds, whereas Alvarez landed only 111, less than 10 per round.

I had the fight 58 to 56 going to the second half and Andre Ward of ESPN had it 59 to 55.  The seventh round saw Kovalev pound Alvarez throughout the round and the rest of the fight was not much different.  Kovalev not only took control of the fight, he dominated every aspect of the fight as he jabbed and box effectively while landing solid body punches.  Alvarez simply couldn’t gain any momentum in the second half of the fight as Kovalev moved in with body shots before moving out boxing with effective jabs.  Alvarez rarely connected on a right hand and that was why Kovalev easily won. There was only one round that Alvarez landed more punches and that was eleven.  I gave the third and the sixth round due to Alvarez landed some big rights but those rounds could easily been given to Kovalev. While two judges had 116-112, this fight could have ranged from 117-111 to 120-108 in my view. I simply couldn’t find four rounds to even give Alvarez. 

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Pacquiao Wins Lopsided 12 Round Decision over Broner to Retain WBA “Regular” Welterweight Title

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Manny Pacquiao showed that at age 40, that he is still a very good and Adrien Broner is still a very good opponent against elite fighters as he did very little, allowed Pacquiao to set the pace, throw most of the punches and connect on most of the punches.  The most humorous aspect of the fight was at the end when Broner jumped on the rope and acted like he won the fight.   He easily lost the fight as the Compubox numbers showed. 

Pacquiao threw nearly double the punches than Broner, including twice as many power punches and nearly three times as many jabs.  Can’t win fights if you moving backwards, not throwing punches and incapable of hurting your opponent. 

In the seventh round was an example on why Pacquiao won this fight easily.  He chased Broner with jabs, forcing Broner to backpedal.  When Broner did land a punch, Manny simply pushed the issue and kept up the relentless pressure.   Manny landed a big flurry, hurting  Broner.   Broner try grabbed Pacquiao but Manny simply kept throwing haymakers and Broner just survived the round.

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Tony Harrison upsets Jermell Charlo … Breazeale by KO over Negron … Jermall Charlo by Decision over Matt Korobov

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member Boxers Writers Association of America

Boxing is the theater of the unexpected and one of the most unpredictable thing to predict is how a judge will view a fight.  Jermell Charlo / Tony Harrison fight was one of those fights that many of us watching the fight saw Charlo the winner but the judges had it for Tony Harrison.  Charlo was the aggressor throughout the fight and landed an average of three punches more per round and I had him up by 117-111.  While much of the audience were stunned, Charlo allowed Harrison to stay in the fight.  He never dominated the fight as the favorite he was and while he stunned Harrison in the last round, he could not finish off Harrison.  Compubox saw that Charlo landed more punches in 9 of the 12 rounds but many of these rounds were close and decided by a punch or two so we saw many close rounds, very similar to the Fury – Wilder fight in which there were many close rounds. The difference in the Charlo-Harrison fight was that Charlo never had Harrison in trouble until the twelve whereas in the Fury – Wilder fight, Wilder twice nearly stopped the bout but for the ability of Fury to remained standing against two very brutal knockdown that would have stopped most fighters.

Jermell Charlo may have shown that he would certainly be an underdog against Jarrett Hurd, who is probably the best Super Welterweight in the world and who stopped Harrison when they both fought.  Charlo fought a tactical fight and while he was the aggressor, Harrison did effective counterpunching at selected times in the fight.  In my view, there were four rounds easy to score but there were eight rounds that were close as Compubox numbers attest.  The judges gave most of those rounds to Harrison and they were more impressed with Harrison’s counter punching than Charlo aggressive tactics. 

Dominic Breazeale scored a one-punch knockout of Carlos Negron in the ninth round of an entertaining heavyweight bout. Breazeale, with his eyes on Wilder’s belt and with Wilder in the audience watching, was hoping to make a statement.  While Breazeale dominated most of the fight, it was not an easy fight as Negron landed a few solid shots of his own as a counter puncher.  Breazeale nearly ended the bout at the end of the fourth round when he landed a big right as the bell ended the round, but in the fifth and throughout the sixth, Negron came back with counterpunches of his own and gave himself a chance at an upset.  Breazeale finally got control of the bout in the seventh round as his strength took hold and in the ninth, he ended with one big right hand.

Breazeale went on to challenge Wilder after the fight for a shot at his title but we won’t know whether Wilder will give him that shot or look for a bout with Anthony Joshua or rematch with Tyson Fury.  Regardless, Breazeale got himself in line for a title shot but right now, the heavyweight has a logjam as Fury draw with Wilder has produced a three way jam at the top with Fury established as a legitimate threat to Joshua-Wilder reign as the best heavyweight and Dillion Whyte late stoppage of Dereck Chisora puts him in the conversation as a title contender, maybe in front of Breazeale.

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Canelo by “KO” over Fielding to win WBA Super Middleweight Belt

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Last Saturday, Saul Canelo Alvarez defeated Rocky Fielding in easy style as he sent the taller Fielding down four times in three rounds and won a easy victory but the real story is Canelo’s next move as he is the main feature for the streaming DAZN  and in his first fight at 168 pound, he sold out the Mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden.

DAZN roared to the number one free app as result of the Canelo fight.  It was not that most people didn’t expect any different result of the fight but it does show that Canelo still is a big attraction and capable of carrying DAZN.  Golden Boy Oscar De La Hoya noted that at 168 and 160, he has expanded his opponents including British Callum Smith and Gilberto Ramirez at Super Middleweight, a rematch with triple G or a fight with Jacobs, all big money winners. 

With the demise of HBO as a boxing powerhouse and the rise of other alternatives like DAZN, we are seeing boxing entering a new world of streaming.  Boxing is now moving forward on all fronts to bring fights to a new generation of boxing fans. 

Wilder vs. Fury is a Draw!

By Tom Donelson  / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fought an entertaining fight in which most pundits viewed Fury as the winner.  This was not the controversial decision everyone made it out to be.  Many of the rounds were close and while Fury fought a good defensive battle, most of the rounds were decided by one punch or two.  The closet to dominant rounds according to Compubox numbers for Fury was the third in which he connected on 11 punches to 4 for Wilder and the tenth in which Wilder was credited with only one punch landed to Fury’s ten punches. Contrast those rounds to Wilder dominant rounds in the ninth and twelfth round in which he sent Fury down. 

Dan Rafel of ESPN had the fight in favor of Wilder 114-112 and I could easily see that decision and the 113 to 113 draw was equally reasonable since this card had Fury winning 7 rounds but when you lose two rounds by 10-8, which is negative four points for those rounds.  115 to 111 card was reasonable since that judge had Fury winning 9 rounds and that is not reach either.  Could you give Wilder 7 rounds as one judge in his scorecard 115-111?  Yes, you could since many of these rounds were simply too close and throughout the bout Wilder was the aggressor.  There is no doubt that the two knockdowns matter since on the 113-113 card, those two knockdowns matter as the judge gave two 10-8 rounds as he should have.  Those two knockdowns allowed Wilder to keep his version of the titles as if Fury had not been knockdown twice, he would have won the fight.

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Jacobs Wins IBF Middleweight Title By Split Decision Over Derevyanchenko

By Tom Donelson

 Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America, Tom has been with “dmboxing.com” with his expertise since 2008 through the recommendation by our mutual friend Ring Sports Magazine Editor Rusty Rubin (R.I.P.) … Rusty was the first contributor to this website upon its beginning in July 2007 with his award winning column “In Rusty’s Corner”.

Danny Jacobs edged past former sparring mate and undefeated Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the IBF Middleweight title.  He won by a split decision as two judges had him winning 115-112 while Julie Lederman had Derevyanchenko winning 114-113, disagreeing with her father who had Jacobs winning by a wider margin than the judges.  I had 116-111.
 
Both fighters knew each other after sparring over 300 rounds and while Derevyanchenko came in with a 12-0 record but he also had 20 plus fights in the World Series of Boxing that did not count in his professional record.  Derevyanchenko was noted for the being an aggressive fighter but over the first half of the fight, Derevyanchenko showed restraint in his attack and with good reason.  Throughout the bout, Jacobs launched vicious body shots and it didn’t help Derevyanchenko that he went down from a flash knockdown on a Jacobs’clubbing right hand near the end of the first round.  Derevyanchenko did manage a combination in the second round that shook Jacobs up but from that point on, Jacobs showed overall better skills and ring generalship as he moved and gave himself angles to hit Derevyanchenko.  Derevyanchenko fought a competitive fight and many pundits had the fight closer than I did.  Each round was competitive including the first round, until Derevyanchenko hit the canvas at the end of round one. 
 

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