Sunday, 22nd April, 2012
Wow! What a weekend for the sport. Where to start? First things first, you can catch up with most of the fights listed below on our dedicated YouTube channel. Click on the video link on the posts, or simply visit the channel where you will find playlists for both Friday and Saturday’s fights. So lets take a look at another wicked weekend in the sweet science………
Friday, 20th April, 2012
Jermain Taylor scored another comeback win in what was looking to be a routine outing, until he was floored in the ninth round by a right hook which had been threatening to land from the previously undefeated Caleb Truax all night long. Taylor has some way to go to recapture days and glories gone by, and still possesses rudimentary defensive flaws which were exposed at the tail end of his great career, at both middleweight and super-middleweight, and again last night. He stated post-fight that he wants a top ten ranked opponent next, but it is clear to see that he is still there for the taking. Taylor is confident, I will give him that. But we wait to see who his next opponent is, as Truax was well below the still-ranked Taylor in the boxing hierarchy and managed to land big shots all night long.
On the undercard of Taylor V Truax, son of legendary Kronk fighter Thomas Hearns, Ronald, was ruthlessly knocked out by a rejuvenated Erislandy Lara. Both fighters were coming off big losses in 2011 to Felix Sturm and Paul Williams respectively, but it was Lara who turned up on the night, knocking down Hearns before he took a standing count and was subjected to a barrage of punches which prompted the referee to end the contest after only 90 seconds of action. The rated Cuban is certainly back amongst the best at light-middleweight, but Hearns needs to re-evaluate is a career after his third stoppage defeat.
The explosive Adonis Stevenson registered his 15th career KO victory, dispatching Noe Gonzalez in two rounds. The Uruguayan was rated number two by the WBC coming into the fight, and to be fair the stoppage was slightly premature, but it reaffirms the notion that Stevenson is on his way to mixing with the top super-middleweights, and possibly a massive clash with fellow son of Canada Lucian Bute. Stevenson packs power, puts bums on seats and is a thoroughly entertaining fighter. A perfect mix it seems. It is strange that the fight was stopped even though Gonzalez had not actually hit the canvas, but nevertheless, expect big things from Stevenson for the rest of 2012.
Saturday, 21st April, 2012
James DeGale further cemented his case to be placed amongst the best at 168 lbs after an easy four-round outing against the limited Cristian Sanavia. I remarked in the fight report below that if this is the best that Europe has to offer, then he should go for the jugular and fight current WBO king Robert Stieglitz (without an opponent after Groves withdrawal) or go for that rematch with old foe and fellow Briton George Groves. DeGale knocked Sanavia down 3 times in the fourth session before he tumbled over again for the fourth and final time. The referee agreeing with most watching fans, that enough was enough. You cannot say much more on this, than that DeGale hardly broke sweat against poor opposition; and I hate saying that about boxers.
Derry Mathews dethroned the rated champion Anthony Crolla in a thrilling and potential UK fight of the year in Oldham, England. Crolla, promoted under the Hatton banner, was a heavy favourite going into the fight and did look to be in control for the first two sessions, before Mathews grabbed the fight by the scruff of the neck and floored the Manchester fighter with a big right at the end of the third. It was a glorious next three rounds for boxing fans, as the high paced fight exploded with both men being hurt, before the referee waived off the contest with Crolla hanging on for dear life at the end of the sixth. Crolla could definitely have fought on, and we were left to ponder what might have been had it been allowed to continue. A rematch will have to be made for this British classic. Fight fight report
A super card in Texas featured the main event between former bantamweight boss Abner Mares debuting at 122 lb’s against the rated and experienced Eric Morel. It was a masterclass from the classy Mexican, as he outclassed the Puerto Rico from start to finish. It was a near shutout on most cards, and the array of boxing skills on show was unbelievable at some points. Great power, superb conditioning and a relentless work-rate ensured Mares won a title in his second weight class. No shame in Morel’s performance, the veteran fought well and displayed a great chin, and simply fought a fresher, younger and stronger fighter on the night.
The undercard fight featured an equally impressive performance from the superb Anselmo Moreno who dominated the lacklustre David De La Mora over 9 rounds. The Mexican challenger was dropped in the second and the sixth by excellent head and body-shots which were being implemented by the brilliant Panamanian all night, before Mora quit on his stool at the end of the ninth. Moreno was simply awesome again, and his style and range of punches were too much for the Mexican who strangely was running around the ring as early as the second session. The above two performances by Mares and Moreno might just set up a clash between the two, that my friends, I will await with great expectation.
Rest of the World………………….
Former IBF/WBA/WBC super-flyweight champion Cristian Mijares kept busy before his July clash with Nonito Donaire, knocking out the over-matched Eddy Julio in four rounds. The Mexican southpaw landed a big left hook which immediately floored the inexperienced Julio who was kept on the canvas for a good few minutes. Mijares improves to 45(21)-6-2, whilst the brave Julio drops to 13(11)-4-1.
Omar Narvaez, who was coming off a dire 12 round loss to Filipino star Nonito Donaire last year, won the WBO super-flyweight title, beating Jose Cabrera over 12 rounds. The Argentinian Narvaez, now 36(19)-1-2, dominated his Mexican opponent throughout the fight, and retained the WBO belt for the fourth time. He kept the belt when he challenged Donaire for the WBC and WBO bantamweight titles, keep up. Cabrera drops to 20(8)-3-2.
On a stacked card in Germany, Karoly Balzsay retained his WBA super-middleweight title, stopping Dimitri Sartison with only 5 seconds left on the clock. Sartison was dropped badly towards the end of the round, but recovered, with the referee intervening when another assault came his way. Balzsay improves to 25(18)-2, and Sartison drops to 29(18)-2. On the same card, former WBO light-heavyweight king Jürgen Brähmer improved to 38(30)-2 with a UD victory over 10 rounds against Vikapita Meroro (who drops to 21(9)-4. Meroro was dropped the fourth round. Rakhim Chakhkiev remains undefeated and improves to 13(10)-0 after stopping Jaidon Codrington (20(16)-3) in the first minute of the first round of their cruiserweight clash. Former WBA heavyweight boss Ruslan Chagaev knocked-out Billy Zumbrun in the third round. Chagaev improves to 29(18)-2-1, and Zumbrun drops to 25(15)-13-1.
Jose Miguel Cotto, older brother of Miguel, dominated Eric Cruz during a 10 round welterweight contest in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Cotto has not fought since his April 2011 loss to Brooklyn slickster Paulie Malignaggi, and dropped the Puerto Rican twice in the first two minutes, although he did recover well to manage it to the judges scorecards. The cards read 89-99, 90-98, 87-97. Cotto improves to 33(24)-3-1, whilst Cruz drops to 13(13)-9-3.