By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
On Saturday, April 21, 2018 from Barclay Center, Brooklyn, New York – undefeated Gervonta Davis faced Jesus Cuellar for the super featherweight WBA title as Davis attempted to regain his 130 belt and he simply pounded Cuellar from the opening bell. Cuellar went down from body shots in the second round and during the third round, Davis mauled Cuellar on the rope, sending him down a second time. When Davis knocked Cuellar down a third time, the referee stopped the fight.
Jermall Charlo knocked Hugo Centeno, Jr. down with a vicious left hook in the second round. Former 154 pound championship is now ready to challenge Triple G’ Golovkin and Saul Alvarez when Alvarez comes back from his suspension. Charlo has won his first two fights at Middleweight with knock outs.
Jesse Vargas and Adrien Broner fought a determine battle that meant much for both careers. Vargas came out smoking and simply dominated the early rounds as he pounded every party of Broner’s body. While Broner managed to block many punches and rolled with others, he did very little to counter so he basically gave rounds away.
Over the second half of the fight, Broner stepped up his attack as he accurately nailed Vargas who continued to throw punches in bunches. Over the last five rounds, Broner accuracy took hold on the scorecard and two of the judges had Broner-Vargas even but one judge did give Broner the fight 115-113. I had the fight even but this fight could have easily been given to Vargas due to his activity or Broner due to his accuracy. Broner connected on nearly 40% of his punches but he gave away too many rounds in the early part of the fight. It was entertaining fight and a rematch is warranted.
Broner is one of those fighters who have a nice career but more was expected. As a lightweight, he had good power and could knock people out but as he moved up to junior welterweight and welterweight, the power never translated. While he had his defensive skills, he proved vulnerable to hard charging sluggers who throw punches in bunches.
As for Charlo, he looks ready to move toward the Triple G’s, Danny Jacobs and Saul Alvarez. Unlike Broner, whose power did not move up with him, Charlo has.