By Jose Muradas: Last night’s fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (47-1-1,32 KO’s), and Bryan Vera (23-7, 14 KO’s) was a new low for the sport. Chavez Jr. was awarded a unanimous decision by the judges. The three judges scored it 96-94, 97-93, and 98-92, which prompted a torrid round of boos from the fans at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California. Vera came into the fight in-shape, and with a game plan. Ronnie Shields, Vera’s trainer, had his fighter throwing his jab, and avoiding exchanges with Chavez Jr.
The young Chavez Jr. did manage to land some big shots, but not enough to mount any serious danger to Vera. In fact, Vera was able to take control of the fight by landing multiple shots throughout the fight.
Chavez Jr. did not make the 168 pound limit, and paid Vera an undisclosed amount of money to fight at 173 pounds. Vera seemed to carry the extra weight better than his opponent. Chavez Jr. was lethargic, occasionally landing a hook or overhand right, but was never in control of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Fresh off of his controversial 10 round unanimous decision win over Brian Vera (23-7, 14 KO’s) tonight, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (47-1-1, 32 KO’s) says he want to fight for a world title at super middleweight champion in his next fight in December if his supposedly fractured right hand has healed by then.
Chavez Jr. won a very controversial decision in this fight, and it’s a wonder that he’s not doing the right thing and volunteering to give Vera an immediate rematch to clear up the controversy over the win.
I don’t know how Chavez Jr. could possibly live with himself after a victory like this because everyone who saw that fight will continue to remember it each time they hear Chavez Jr’s name mentioned. Chavez Jr. should focus on trying to clear it up so that fans will have peace of mind. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In a predictable robbery, former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (47-1-1, 32 KO’s) won a highly questionable 10 round unanimous decision over Brian Vera (23-7, 14 KO’s) tonight at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The judges’ scores were 96-94, 97-93 and 98-92. The last score was as controversial as the score given by C.J. Ross in the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight. I had Vera winning by a 97-93 score.
I figured going into the fight that Vera would need a knockout to get the victory over the much more popular Chavez Jr., and I guess I was right. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ciaran McKinney: Tonight from the Bell Center in Quebec, boxing fans were witness to two complete mismatches and some of the most one-sided boxing you could not wish to see. First up, we got a look at Jean Pascal, who was placed in a ‘get the rounds in’ bout against a poor but strong willed fighter by the name of George Blades, the fight was most memorable for the haircut of Pascal.
The fight was simply there to give the home fighter a morale boost and get some minutes under his belt. This bout ended by way of TKO with Blades falling to the 3 knockdown rule. This fight should have been stopped as soon as the the journeyman touched the ground for the second time, with him still reeling and visibly out on his feet after a brutal upper-cut from the massively pumped up Pascal. With little under 5 rounds done and dusted, Pascal will soon begin his camp for his dust up with Lucian Bute. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ciaran McKinney: The dethroned light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly has given a revealing interview as he sat in the SkySports studios acting as a pundit for the card headlined by the Adonis Stevenson and Tavoris Cloud. It was the first time the public has really been able to get an in depth look at the crestfallen Welshman. In between bouts, his fellow pundits took their opportunity to pick his mind, and Cleverly was not shy. He spoke about how, in his short and unproven time as World Champion, he had the tendency to take his foot off the gas.
This is not a surprise given the low caliber opponents served up to him by his promoter. He spoke freely about his emotions after his crushing defeat against Sergei Kovalev, stating that he considered retirement in the aftermath of the bout and honestly admitting that his game-plan to absorb the Russians power shots and break his heart failed miserably. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (22-1, 9 KO’s) made Tavoris Cloud (24-2, 19 KO’s) look like a sparring partner tonight in getting a cut stoppage after the 7th round at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The fight was stopped just moments after the 7th round ended.
Cloud walked to his corner and instead of sitting down, he stood up and had his eye inspected. The fight then stopped. Cloud was cut over his right eye, and it was too one-sided of a fight for the bout to be continued. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (26-1, 12 KO’s) revealed tonight that he’s thinking about moving up to the cruiserweight division rather than sticking it out at light heavyweight following his 4th round destruction at the hands of Sergey Kovalev last August.
Cleverly said he’s at 14 stone [196 lbs] right now. Cleverly may weigh as much as a heavyweight, but he looked puffy in the face like he’s put on some flab since his last fight. Cleverly’s not like a solid cruiserweight. He looks more like a fat light heavyweight right now rather than a genuine cruiserweight.
Cleverly would have to put on more muscle for him to fight at cruiserweight because a lot of those guys drain down from 210-220 lbs. to fight at the cruiserweight limit of 200. Cleverly would be giving up weight each time he fights unless he were to bulk up. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Next Saturday night in Moscow, Russia, IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KO’s) has a decent test in WBA champion Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KO’s) on October 5th. For Wladimir, this could a really easy fight because Povetkin is small, slow, not powerful and he lacks stamina to fight hard without gasping for breath.
Povetkin has never been in with anyone half as good as Wladimir, and this is going to be a huge step up for the 34-year-old Povetkin. He probably would have been beaten long ago had he fought good opponents.
It’s really been a long time since Povetkin was in with a good opponent because the last 5 years, Povetkin’s promoters have been taking it easy on him by putting him in with weak opposition. Read the rest of this entry »
By Kieran Stapleton: It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen. Muhammad Ali. This weekend see’s the latest installment of HBO’s reality TV series 24/7 featuring Juan Manual Márquez and Timothy Bradley.
No doubt the two episodes will heavily focus on the intense training camps of both fighters and also each fighter’s recent victory over boxing’s cash cow Manny Pacquiao.
Many boxing commentators predict a close fight but almost all agree it will be a great one. On the surface it is difficult to separate the two. It could be argued that Bradley has his youth, better footwork, stamina, fast hands, and ability to throw combination punches with pace, but these qualities are equally mirrored by Márquez’s experience, timing, reserve and various angle punching, accurate hands, and ability to adjust to his opponents game plan. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: 30-year-old former WBC Silver welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin (26-2, 19 KO’s) battered and stopped 39-year-old journeyman DeMarcus Corley (39-21-1, 23 KO’s) in the 4th round on Friday night to capture the vacant WBC Mediterranean light welterweight title at the Atatürk Spor Salonu, Tekirdag, Turkey.
After the 4th round, Corley quit on his stool rather than come out for the 5th round.
It had been 11 months since Corley last fought, and he didn’t show the stamina and conditioning that he had in the past. Corley stood directly in front of Aydin in all four rounds, and was getting hit with some big shots. Read the rest of this entry »