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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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Ward vs. Kovalev – PREVIEW

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.

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Brook vs. Spence – RECAP … and a Look at the Welterweight Division

 
 
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. 
 

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Crawford, Davis, Russell Jr., Dirrell Win – RECAP

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.
 

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