“Knockout Kings 2” What we learned!
By Sotoman: Last night was a tremendous night of boxing. The cards lived up to its name “Knockout Kings 2”. The each fight was full of excitement and grueling back and forth exchanges. there are several things we learned from yesterdays results.
1. Keith Thurman (21-0, 19 KO’s) will now be avoided, welcome to the world of “GGG”, Mr. One Time Thurman.
With his impressive win last night, Thurman displayed his heart and stamina in finding the late KO of Diego Chaves. If anyone though Chaves was a walk in the park, I hope they saw differently after. Thurman fought through adversity for most of the fight and his constant pressure and boxing ability allowed him to find openings and tag the slow Chaves throughout the night, finally getting the KO 28 seconds into the 10th. I wonder who will step up against Thurman? Maybe Adrien Broner will stop stay at 147 and take the challenge, but many know its highly doubtful GP will protect what they believe is a future cash cow.
2. Omar Figueroa vs Nihito Arakawa deserves an encore.
These two boxers kept fans on there feet the second the bell rang. The constant pressure placed by both fighters was astonishing and quite possibly an all time high for punches thrown in a lightweight fight. Arakawa and Figueroa demonstrated their superior conditioning and heart the entire fight and gave fans the bang for the dollar. I am sure many will agree they would not mind watching a part 2. This fight reminded me of the first Israel Vasquez and Rafael Marquez fight. Respect to both fighters
3. Andre Berto needs to rethink his approach, after Jesus Soto Karass Stops him.
Lets give Berto alot of credit because he fought a barn burner for 12 rounds, ending with Soto Karass’s hand raised. Although Berto was landing early, the injury to the shoulder and Karass constant pressure seemed to be to much for Berto to handle. At times, Berto’s exchanges were too wide. Karass on the other hand was straight and crisps with his shots from the start. Fans knew it was a matter of time before Berto’s heart was too much for Berto. In spite of the loss, Berto will continue to get fights because he is a high end gatekeeper in that division. Lets just hope his goes back to the drawing board and realizes that his days of exchanging with brawlers should slowly diminish. Soto Karass will now move to a bigger name opponent, lets just hope its not Floyd Mayweather!
Great night of boxing, hope fans enjoyed it as much as I did!