By Scott Jarvis: Anthony Joshua is a new breed of title holder in that despite holding a major world title he’s relatively unproven. The towering Briton has fought just 17 times against limited opposition, knocking out everyone as he goes, yet it wouldn’t be entirely unfair to label the rising heavyweight star a “work in progress”. As exciting as he is, Anthony Joshua’s game appears to be somewhat incomplete. Yes the power is there and he certainly looks the part but there are a few things in his arsenal that appear to be conspicuously absent or lackluster.
Vs. Dominic Breazeale
In his most recent outing against fringe contender Dominic Breazeale, Joshua looked strong and walked away with a 7th round KO though this writer couldn’t help but notice that the champion utilized very little head or upper body movement. It would be foolish to expect Tyson-esque movement from Joshua but a little movement can keep an opponent guessing and adds another dimension to a fighters defense. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Tom Casino/SHOWTIME) By Jim Dower: Unbeaten WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 Kos) retained his WBA title in edging former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (26-2-1, 16 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The final judges’ scores were 115-113, 115-113 and 115-113.
Both fighters were hurt in the fight, but Thurman landed the cleaner shots. His movement and pot shots were the difference. The crowd at the Barclays Center didn’t like the decision and booed loudly. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Tom Casino/SHOWTIME) By Jim Dower: Unbeaten #10 WBA junior middleweight contender Jarret Hurd (18-0, 12 Kos) stayed unbeaten in stopping #10 WBC Oscar Molina (13-1-1, 10 KOs) by a controversial 10th round knockout on Saturday night on the undercard of the Keith “One Time” Thurman vs. Shawn Porter card on Premier Boxing Champions on CBS from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Hurd, 25, hurt Molina with a series of short punches in the 10th round. Referee Ricky Gonzalez then stopped in and halted the fight with Molina still on his feet and trying to fight back. It looked like a premature stoppage. However, Hurd was ahead of the fight at the stoppage of the stoppage, so he would have won even if the fight had gone to the cards. The official time of the stoppage was 2:02 of the 10th round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) won his 17th straight victory on Saturday night in stopping fringe contender #13 IBF Dominic Breazeale (17-1, 15 KOs) in the 7th round at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Joshua dropped Breazeale twice in round seven to get the stoppage. Breazeale, 30, was too hurt to get up after the second knockdown of the round. Breazeale was not happy with the referee attempting to assist him while he was down, as he pushed him away angrily. Referee Howard John Foster stopped the fight officially at 1:01 of the 7th round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: In a battle for struggling 168lb contenders, #2 WBC George groves (24-3, 18 KOs) defeated former four-time world title challenger Martin Murray (33-4-1, 16 KOs) by a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night in their WBA super middleweight title eliminator bout at the O2 Arena in London, England. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: British middleweight contender Chris Eubank Jr. (23-1, 18 KOs) made easy work of the previously unbeaten challenger Tom Doran (17-1, 7 KOs) in stopping him in the 4th round tonight at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Eubank Jr. knocked Doran down four times in the fight, dropping him once in round three and three times in round four. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: Unbeaten light welterweight prospect Conor Benn (3-0, 2 KOs) put on an impressive punching display in knockout out a game but limited Lukas Radic (3-7-1, 3 KOs) in the 1st round of a scheduled 4-round fight on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, England. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: Making his first appearance since undergoing left shoulder surgery last December, heavyweight Dillian Whyte (17-1, 14 KOs) defeated journeyman Ivica Bacurin (25-10, 14 KOs) by a 6th round knockout on Saturday night on the Anthony Joshua vs. Dominic Breazeale card at the O2 Arena in London, England. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: #8 WBA Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs) put in a great performance in defeating WBA World super featherweight champion Javier Fortuna (29-1-1, 21 KOs) by an 11th round knockout last Friday night at the Capital Gym, in Beijing, China. Sosa, 28, knocked Fortuna down twice in dropping him in the 10th and 11th rounds.
The fight was stopped by referee Raul Caiz Jr. in the 11th after Sosa had knocked Fortuna down with a big left hook to the head followed by two hard right hands. Fortuna, 26, made it back to his feet, but the referee Caiz Jr. decided to halt the fight anyway after seeing how hurt Fortuna was.
The official time of the stoppage was at 0:45 of round 11. Immediately after the fight was stopped, Fortuna was staggering around and seemingly in need of help by Caiz Jr. It’s good thing that the fight was halted, because Sosa would have flattened the badly hurt Fortuna with the amount of time remaining in the round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) wants to become a big star and make the big money that guys like Floyd Mayweather Jr. made during his career. Thurman will be getting a $1.4 million purse for his title defense tonight against former IBF 147lb champion Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) in their fight on Premier Boxing Champion on CBS from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Porter is getting $1 million. That’s good money for a challenger. For both of these fighters to get the kind of money that we saw from Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, they’re going to need to up their game to become more exciting. Read the rest of this entry »