Dillian Whyte and Bryant Jennings both win – Results
By Jim Dower: Looking very powerful at 260 pounds, heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte (21-1, 16 KOs) smashed 38-year-old journeyman Malcolm Tann (24-6, 13 KOs) in a 3rd round TKO on Saturday night on the undercard of the Terence Crawford vs. Julius Indongo card at the Pinnacle Bank Arena, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Whyte, ranked #5 WBC, #7 IBF, #10 WBO, came out quickly landing big bombs on the chin of the 6’6” Tann. Whyte knocked Tann down 4 times in the fight in putting him down 2 times in round and another 2 times in round 3. The fight was quickly halted by referee Tom Anderson. The official time of the stoppage was at 2:36 of round 3.
The Whyte-Tann fight was streamed on the ESPN app. for the boxing fans that downloaded it.
Whyte came into the bout at a career high of 260 lbs. AAs bad as Tann looked, Whyte probably could have come in even heavier if he had wanted to. Tann was no match at all for the big shots from Whyte.
Whyte was landing well with body shots all throughout the fight. Tann took the shots for a while, but he eventually caved in to the power.
“I’m a natural body puncher and try to hurt these guys to the body,” Whyte said to ESPN. “Against Deontay Wilder, imagine those shots? With his thin, lean body he’d fall after three or four rounds. I believe in my power. If I land I can knock any of these heavyweights out.”
Whyte will have a tougher time landing his shots against a fighter like Deontay Wilder, who at 6’7″, is very rangy and mobile. Whyte would need to have a good set of wheels for him to catch up to Wilder. Whyte could walk into something big while pursuing Wilder. I think it would be a tactical battle. Whyte still hasn’t gotten a title shot against Wilder. He’s going to need to wait and see if he can get that fight in 2017 or 2018. With Whyte’s current #5 ranking with the World Boxing Council, he’s got to hope that Wilder will accept an offer from his promoter for a voluntary title shot.
Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn wants to get him an immediate title shot against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder if possible. Hearn has already made Wilder an offer. We’ll see if Hearn can get that fight put together. Whyte said this week that he’d like to fight WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker if he defeats #1 challenger Hughie Fury in their fight on September 23. That would be a big fight between Whyte and Parker if a deal can be made.
The ultimate end goal for the 29-year-old Whyte is a rematch against IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, who stopped him in the 7th round in 2015. Whyte vs. Joshua brought in big numbers on Sky Box Office at the time. If Whyte can win a heavyweight world title before he faces Joshua, their fight would be even bigger. Whyte gave Johua all he could handle in hurting him in the 2nd round before suffering a shoulder injury that limited his effectiveness for the remainder of the fight. Whyte staggered Joshua in the 2nd round. It was surprising. The injury for Whyte was a lucky break for Joshua because he might have lost the fight if Whyte had continued to punch the way he was.
Bryant Jennings vs. Daniel Martz results
Making his first appearance in 20 months, former heavyweight title challenger Bryant Jennings (20-2, 11 KOs) obliterated Daniel Martz (15-5-1, 12 KOs) in scoring a 2nd round TKO. Jennings, 32, knocked the 26-year-old Maltz down 3 times in round 2 before the fight was stopped by the referee Paul Perry. The official time of the stoppage was at 2:18 of round 2.
Jennings picked up his first win since 2014. He had lost his last 2 fights to Luis Ortiz and former heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2015. Jennings’ last win was a controversial 12 round split decision victory over Mike Perez on July 26, 2014. There are many boxing fans that thought Perez should have won that fight.
“I’ll be working my way towards that fight with [Joseph] Parker but right now I’m taking it one step at a time,” Jennings said via ESPN.
The 32-yer-old Jennings could be getting a heavyweight title shot soon against WBO champion Joseph Parker. Jennings’ new promoters at Top Rank want to get him a title shot after one more fight if possible. It would be a great comeback story for Jennings.
Mike Alvarado vs. Sidney Siqueira results
Former WBO light welterweight champion Mike “Mile High” Alvarado (38-4, 25 KOs) scored a brutal one-punch knockout in round 4 to defeat 40-year-old Brazilian journeyman Sidney Siqueira (26-13-1, 17 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round fight. Alvarado caught Siqueira with a perfect right hand to the head in the 4th round that flattened him on the canvas. Siqueira was badly hurt and it was clear that he was not going to get up from that knockdown in time to beat the count.
The fight was a back and forth war with neither guy showing much in the way of defense. The 37-year-old Alvarado started coming on in the 3rd round in nailing Siqueira with tremendous shots. Siqueira was catching Alvarado with haymaker punches. There were a number of times in the fight where it looked like Alvarado might get stopped He was getting hit way too much for his own good, and he looked very sloppy. It was not the performance you’d like to see from a former world champion fighting a 40-year-old journeyman. Alvarado made Siqueira look good.
It’s kind of troubling how hard of a time Alvarado had in beating Siqueira. He made this fight a lot tougher than it should have been by failing to block the wide shots the Brazilian Siqueira was throwing at him.
Alvarado didn’t look as good as he was 4 years ago when he was in his prime, beating the likes of Brandon Rios, Mauricio Herrera and Briedis Prescott. Alvarado is now fighting at welterweight, and his power isn’t quite as devastating at this weight. He still has very excellent power nonetheless.
The win for Alvarado was his fourth consecutive victory since his 3rd round stoppage loss to Rios on January 24, 2015. Alvarado looks a lot better now than he was in that fight and in his losses to Juan Manuel Marquez and Ruslan Provodnikov. Alvarado went through a rough period during that part of his life in losing 4 out of 5 fights from 2012 to 2015. It looks like Alvarado has turned things around. The only way we can really know for sure is if Alvarado can beat one of the top fighters in the welterweight division. The way that Alvarado looked against Siqueira tonight, I have my doubts whether he can beat the top fighters at 147. He had a lot of problems with Siqueira. This should have been an easy fight for Alvarado, but it wasn’t.
It’s unclear where Alvarado goes from here. Is Top Rank trying to get Alvarado ranked high enough to get him a world title shot? I can’t imagine Alvarado fighting for a world title with the way he looked tonight. I think he would get knocked out by any of the champions at 147 in a round or 2. He looked so bad tonight. The power is still there for Alvarado, but his defense is nonexistent. He can’t get hit the way he was tonight if he wants to be able to be competitive against the champions at welterweight.