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Lomachenko vs. Sosa … Gvozdyk vs. Gonzalez … Usyk vs. Hunter … RECAP

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.

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The HEAVYWEIGHTS – A Preview Look 2017

 
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.
 

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Golovkin vs. Jacobs and Gonzalez vs. Srisaket … RECAP

 
 
 
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. 
 
 

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Thurman Wins Split Decision Over Garcia to Unify WBC / WBA Welterweight Titles

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 – he is truly respected and appreciated by all.

Thurman and Garcia participate in the first big fight of the year as they unified portion of the welterweight title.   Thurman came out aggressively in the first round and may have stunned Garcia with a left hook and a right hand with a minute left and Thurman added an upper cut. 

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Thurman vs. Garcia – Preview

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

This is an intriguing fight for there are factors that need to consider.  As a friend of mine observed, Al Hayman has matched Thurman well and his first big test was Shawn Porter and other hand, the last big fight Garcia was Lucas Matthysee and Robert Guerrero gave him trouble. 

Thurman may be the stronger fighter but Garcia in big fights have found a way to survive. Against Amir Khan, he had trouble with Khan’s speed before he was able to time Khan and win the fight by stoppage.  Garcia has a nice left hook and if he is able to time Thurman, he can land the hook but Thurman has good left hook of his own so Garcia has to be aware of that.

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Badou Jack (WBC) vs. James DeGale (IBF) Super Middleweight Unification Bout Ends in a Draw


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

Last Saturday (January 14, 2017) James DeGale and Badou Jack fought ta tough battle of attrition that ended in a majority draw.  This bout was close with DeGale dominating the early rounds and Jack controlling the second half of the bout.  For Jack, this was his second draw in a row but this bout was close with both fighters hitting the canvas once.

DeGale used angles to deliver sharp combinations over the first five rounds as Jack couldn’t cut the ring off effectively as DeGale often escape.  In the first round, a DeGale quick straight left sent Jack on the canvas in the first round. 

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Kovalev and Ward ~ RECAP

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008

Andre Ward eked out a controversial victory over Sergey Kovalev in a close fight but a fight that many at ringside felt he lost.  I personally had the fight 115-112 in favor of Kovalev but it is not a robbery that Ward won but you can make the case it was a stretch as Judges gave the benefit of doubt to Ward in many of the close rounds. 

Ward problem was two -old, the first being that he has not been as active as Kovalev and he was moving up in weight and the second that became obvious over the the first two rounds; he couldn’t match Kovalev in power as Kovalev piston like jab kept Ward off balanced and Ward had difficulty penetrating Kovalev’s defenses.  A straight right in the second round sent Ward down and he was down three points after the first two rounds.  

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Pacquiao Wins Welterweight Title With Unanimous Decision Over Vargas

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

Manny Pacquiao decided to add one more title to his resume as he fought for Jessie Vargas WBO welterweight title.  Pacquiao was the favorite but at this stage in the PacMan’s career, age could become a factor. Pacquiao does have another day job as a Senator in the Philippine Congress and at 37, the speed and quickness can quickly disappear.

After a non-eventful first round, Pacquiao speed took hold as he nailed Vargas with right hooks and a straight left that sent Vargas down for an eight count in the second round.  Vargas looked more angry than hurt as he arose from the floor, but PacMan drew first blood. 

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Throughout the third and fourth round, Pacquiao aggression was having its effect as his combinations were fast and hard.  Vargas didn’t seem to have any answers.  During the sixth round, Vargas stood his ground as he landed big rights as he put distance between himself and Pacquiao.  Vargas found that as long as he kept Pacquiao at a distance, he could make this a competitive fight.   Vargas left jab proved effective and allowed him to connect with straight rights. 

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Canelo Wins WBO 154 Pound Title Belt with “KO” Over Smith

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Gennady Golovkin defeated Kell Brook last week with a fifth round stoppage, and on Saturday night Saul “Canelo” Alvarez faced Liam Smith for the WBO Junior Middleweight title.

Before the main event, Gabriel Rosado and Willie Monroe, Jr. engaged in a snooze fest where punches were minimal and exchanges a rarity. The best you can say that when it ended, the audience yawned.

Joseph Diaz stopped Andrew Cancio in the ninth round as one boxing pundit tweeted, “Joseph Diaz doesn’t have a real hammer but he has a scalpel and he can cut you up many different ways.”  While the fight was competitive early, Diaz’ boxing skills and punching accuracy proved decisive over the second half.

Diego De La Hoya won an easy decision over Orlandito Del Valle with one judge having him blanking Del Valle and the other two judges giving one round to De Valle.

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Carl Frampton Edges Leo Santa Cruz in Classic Featherweight Title Bout

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Carl Frampton came into Brooklyn Barclays Center for a battle of undefeated against Leo Santa Cruz.   Cruz had his own cross to bear as his father is suffering from cancer and nearly didn’t make the trip but he proved to be the warrior in a classic battle between two equal boxers. Frampton B

Cruz hallmark has been high output with additional power punches but Frampton countered Cruz’s power and reach with excellent counterpunching.  In a battle of jabbers coming into the bout, a little over 80% of both fighters’ punches were power shots.  The jab ceased to be a weapon for either fighters.

Cruz did not use his reach to his advantage while lunging straight into Frampton vicious counterpunches.  Frampton turned this bout into a toe to toe battle.  The judges had it a majority 116-112, 117-111 and 114-114.  This was a bout that could have been scored either way but no one will complain that Cruz got ripped off or that Frampton was undeserving since he was the more accurate puncher.

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