Category Archives: Tom Donelson

Wilder Defends WBC Heavyweight Title with 1st Round Knockout over Stiverne

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
 
Last week, it was Anthony Joshua who won with a ten round stoppage victory over Carlos Takam and this week it was Deontay Wilder turn as he faced Bermane Stiverne, the only fighter who went the distance with Wilder.  Before the main event, Adrian Granados faced Shawn Porter in a key welterweight division and Sergey Lipinets challenged Akirhiro Kondo for the IBF Junior Welterweight title vacated by Terrance Crawford, who went up to welterweight.
 

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Joshua stops Takam to Retain IBF/WBA Heavyweight Title Belts

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Anthony Joshua prepared to face French heavyweight Carlos Takam, knowing full well that a victory could propel him to a meeting with Deontay Wilder. For Joshua, this is one of those fights that prove to be instrumental in comparison as Takam has already lost to New Zealand undefeated Joseph Parker by decision and was knocked out by Russian heavyweight Alexander Povetkin three years ago. If Joshua stopped Takam, this could send a message that he is indeed the man and certainly, he is a popular heavyweight as he filled out a 78,000 stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
 
 

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Mares, Santa Cruz, Hurd, Charlo, Lara – Winners on October 14, 2017 – RECAP

 
By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
 
Abner Mares started his bout against Andres Gutierrez with solid boxing, as he used angles to get the better of Gutierrez over the first five rounds. As Gutierrez came out of the sixth round, the ring doctor checked the cut over Gutierrez’s left eye and Gutierrez pushed the action but it did little to stem the tide as Mares continued his assault.  The one thing that Gutierrez had going for himself is that he took Mares best and he kept moving forward in an effort to change the bout.   The seventh thru the ninth, Mares simply pounded Gutierrez and blood continued to spurt out of Gutierrez’s left eye.  During the tenth round, Gutierrez moved forward only to absorb punches from Mares. The eye continued to bleed and the referee stopped the fight in the middle of the tenth round.   Mares looked impressive as he took every round with his boxing skills and never got tempted into going toe to toe with Gutierrez.  His discipline allowed him too easily prevail.
 
 
Leo Santa Cruz faced Chris Avalos for Cruz’s featherweight title. The first round was action pack as Santa Cruz fights tend to be and both fighters let loose.  Santa Cruz was the most accurate.  Through the first four rounds, the fight on compubox was close but Santa Cruz punches had the more pop.  Near the end of the fourth, Santa Cruz buckled Avalos knee and continued to do so in the fifth round as his punches buckle Avalos knee but Avalos continued to fight back.
 

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Golovkin vs. Canelo … Battle to Controversial Draw

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America

There is nothing like the anticipation of a big fight and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez faced ‘Triple G’s” Gennady Golovkin in the most anticipated fight of the year with two of the best Middleweights fighting, adding to the history of one of most celebrated division.

The first round began with Triple G’s coming forward as Alvarez boxed and using his feet to set up his punches.    Triple G’s jabbed while Alvarez countered with two big rights of his own. A close round to score with Alvarez showing defensive skills.  Lederman had it for Golovkin but could easily been scored for Alvarez. 

The second round saw Golovkin showing respect for Alvarez and Alvarez landed single punches but punches had yet hurt Triple G’s and Triple G’s failed to land the big punch.  Golovkin, like Alvarez, had yet to land a combination.  This round easily went to Alvarez as he landed twice the power shots.  Could have been Alvarez two to zero or an even fight.

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Mayweather – Clear Cut Winner – Stops McGregor in Round 10

 
By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America
 
 
The big fight proved to be closer than expected and even had some drama before Mayweather finally ended it in the tenth.  In the early rounds, Conor McGregor proved a riddle that it took Mayweather nearly half of the fight to solve and the Irish MMA fighter managed to land a few blows against Mayweather. Over the first five rounds, McGregor landed 51 punches to 40 for Mayweather as his style confused the boxing master but from sixth round to the end, Mayweather landed 130 punches to 60 punches, many of them power punches. From the fifth round, the fight started to change as Mayweather connected more consistently but it wasn’t until ninth that the fight entered its end phrase as McGregor wore down under the Mayweather pressure.
 

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Crawford Unifies Titles at 140 – Impressive “KO” Over Indongo

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Our mutual friend Rusty Rubin (R.I.P.) was instrumental in connecting Tom to dmboxing.com in 2008

Terrance Crawford and Julius Indongo fought to unify all the belts in the 140 pound division with Crawford the heavy favorite.   Indongo may have been the underdog but he did defeat soundly Ricky Burns and knocked out Eduard Troyanovsky to win his share of the titles; so it would not have been out of ordinary for an upset to have occurred.  Crawford goal was to win the titles and then move up to the very crowded, talented 147 pounds but Indongo was the final obstacles and not the easy obstacles many thought going into the fight.

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Mikey Garcia vs. Adrien Broner RECAP … Victor Ortiz wins by KO!

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Mikey Garcia dominated Adrien Broner last Saturday night with a technically sound performance.  Broner is the colorful fighter with the flashing combinations but it is Garcia who simply wins by being workmanlike. From the beginning and throughout the fight, Garcia jabbed his way inside Broner and then landed body shots that scored. From the very beginning, Garcia outworked and out hustled Broner.

Broner had his moment like the eighth round when he started with succession of combinations and over the last three rounds, he landed some big shots but he never landed with any consistency whereas Garcia would simply throw and land punches and as Garcia noted after fight, “I think that I controlled the fight in this early rounds and I kept the activity up … Broner is a great fighter and he has great skills but I was the superior fighter tonight.”

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Barrera over Smith Jr. , Corrales over Costellanos, Berchelt over Miura, Figueroa over Guerrero – RESULTS

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

 (To view all Tom’s fine work on this website – go to Categories section and click onto his name)
 

On Saturday, July 15, 2017 – Sullivan Barrera gave heavy punching Joe Smith a boxing lesson from round two thru the end of the fight as he landed three times as many punches.   Smith stunned Barrera with a left hook that sent him down to the canvas but after that it was Barrera fight as he simply out boxed Smith with blistering combinations to go with vicious body shots.  He won an easy victory despite hitting the canvas in the first round.

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Pacman Down Under – In “Upset” Loss

 
By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
 
Manny Pacquiao faced Jeff Horn in Brisbane Australia and his goal was to look impressive to get a big pay day, with the goal to entice Mayweather for a big money rematch.  For Jeff Horn, this was his opportunity to become a known entity in the Welterweight and even win a title in front of his fellow countrymen. Horn came into this fight as a significant underdog.  Horn hoped that age would benefit him as he was the younger fighter by nine  years.

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Ward vs. Kovalev – RECAP

 
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.

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