By Cameron Gillon: I’m a big fan of both Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux, and I feel they are both in divisions that are hugely underrated with a lot of very good talent. But because they are much smaller, the great fighters in these lower divisions don’t get the recognition they deserve simply because of their size, which is wrong. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Junior middleweight Ramon Alvarez (20-4-2, 12 KOs), one of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s older brothers, easily defeated #5 WBO Omar Chavez (32-3-1, 22 KOs) by a 10 round unanimous decision last Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Omar Chavez is the son of boxing great Julio Cesar Chavez.
The final judges’ scores were 96-94, 96-94 and 98-92. The 98-92 score was by far the most accurate score of the three judges because it was a really one-sided fight from start to finish with the 28-year-old Alvarez dominating the lanky and skinny Chavez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: In a card littered with mismatches, 40-year-old former two division world champion Ricardo Mayorga (30-8-1, 24 KOs) stopped little known 36-year-old journeyman Allen Medina (9-24-1, 1 KOs) in the 1st round of a scheduled 8 round fight last Saturday night at the OKC Downtown Parkway, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says he’ll be appealing to the World Boxing Organization to have his beaten fighter Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) made the mandatory challenger to WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) so that Smith can get an immediate rematch.
Hearn isn’t happy that Smith lost to Abraham by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 117-110, 117-111 and 119-109 last Saturday night at the Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Hearn thought that it’s a fight that could have done either way, but by much closer scores. Since the scores were too lopsided for Hearn’s liking, he wants a rematch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: It was reported that as a result of the WBA – WBC – IBF Summit there could be changes on the scoring system. A pilot program to score a half point on close rounds that is currently been used in Argentina could be implemented in not title bouts. But, can a half point avoid further scoring controversies such as the Arthur Abraham vs Paul Smith 119 -109 fight score? Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #9 WBC Matthew Macklin (31-5, 20 KOs) had to struggle hard last night to beat little known 2nd tier fighter Jose Yebes (12-5-1, 5 KOs) by an 8 round majority decision on the undercard of the Arthur Abraham vs. Paul Smith fight card at the Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
Macklin was shocked after the fight to see the scores of 77-75, 77-75 and 76-76, because he thought that he easily won the fight. But in looking at the fight, I had the 35-year-old Yebes edging Macklin by a round.
A draw would be fine as well, but the reality is that Yebes completely took over the fight from the 4th round on and swept the last 5 rounds. He really got the better of Macklin with his high work rate, and his ability to catch Macklin again and again with head-snapping shots. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Sebastian Heger) By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it looks like Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) is going to need to get in line and wait his turn for another crack at WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) after losing to him by a 12 round unanimous decision last Saturday night at the Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
Abraham said after the fight that he’s more interested in facing the winner of the November 8th fight between Felix Sturm vs. Robert Stieglitz fight at the Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Abraham says he would be interested in fighting Smith a second time under the fight circumstances. What those circumstances are is unclear. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Artur Beterbiev (6-0, 6 KOs) put the 175lb division on notice tonight in obliterating former IBF 175lb champion Tavoris Cloud (24-3, 19 KOs) via a 2nd round knockout at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
Beterbiev, 29, knocked the 32-year-old Cloud down 4 times in the fight before the fight was halted in the 2nd round after Beterbiev knocked Cloud down with a right uppercut after flurrying on him in the corner. Referee Michael Griffin stopped the fight at 0:38 of the 2nd round with Cloud down. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: A deal has reportedly been reached between WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) and #1 WBC mandatory challenger Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs), according to theboxingtribune.com.
The agreement calls for the Wilder-Stiverne fight to take place on December 13th or December 20th. If Wilder and Stiverne weren’t able to put an agreement together then there would have been a purse bid on October 1st. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) put in a workmanlike performance in defeating #5 WBO Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night to retain his WBO title at the Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. The final judges’ scores were 117-111, 117-111 and 118-109.
The 117-111 scores were fair because Smith wasn’t doing enough in each round, and he was getting really nailed by the much stronger Abraham. The fight was one-sided for the most part until the 6th and 7th rounds in which Smith fought well and got the better of Abraham with his body punching and his high work rate.
Abraham came back and dominated the 8th and 9th rounds in landing some heavy right hands. In the 10th, Smith showed new energy in nailing Abraham repeatedly with right hands and left hooks to the body. Abraham controlled the 11th and 12th rounds to cruise to victory. Read the rest of this entry »