It was a jam-packed couple of days for boxing motion with major matches occurring in numerous places on the planet, and we’ve obtained your quick run-down of all the significant outcomes. Test it out:
In Sydney, Australia, Tim Tszyu, son of former tremendous light-weight king Kostya Tszyu, turned the tremendous welterweight champion of Australia with a unanimous choice over Joel Camilleri (17-5-1) at the Star City On line casino in Sydney. It was a fairly one-sided affair, signalling that the son of the famous “Thunder From Down Beneath” is likley ready for harder challenges. He improves to 12-0. On the Fantasy Springs On line casino in Indio, California, lightweight prospect Romero Duno nabbed a nine spherical technical determination over Juan Antonio Rodriguez (30-Eight) to annex the NABO title. It was a hard-fought duel that went to the scorecards after an unintentional headbutt in spherical 9. Duno had scored a body punch knockdown in round eight.
Former cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (41-5-1) continued his foray into the heavyweight division with less than spectacular results as he stopped journeyman Nick Guivas (14-10-Three) within the first spherical however solely after blatantly fouling him. The bout, held at at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut, was at first ruled a TKO win for Huck, however the outcome was immediately reviewed and altered as a result of an “unintentional” foul. Huck had scored a knockdown and was within the strategy of ending his man when the referee ordered them to break a clinch. Huck then proceeded to land two massive photographs on the break before the fighters have been separated, rendering Guivas helpless. Stylish stuff.
On Friday night time, Eye Of The Tiger held one other major show at the Montreal Casino to showcase their rising prospects and contenders and it was an excellent success on all fronts. The primary event noticed giant-sized heavyweight Arslanbek Mahkmudov (Eight-Zero) get some rounds in and rating a TKO over Jonathan Rice (10-Four-1) within the seventh stanza.
This was the longest bout in Mahkmudov’s fledgling career and as one of many aims of the match was to offer the transplanted Russian some expertise and work, it was the right outcome for those guiding the mountainous heavyweight they name “Lion.” Rice used constant movement and defensive footwork to outlive successive rounds, but at the end of the sixth a proper hand from Mahkmudov put him on the canvas. When he was harm again initially of the seventh, the referee halted the competition.
Eye Of The Tiger’s different skills additionally handed their exams with flying colours, boding nicely for the longer term as Raphael Courchesne (6-0), Kim Clavel (Eight-0), Clovis Drolet (10-0), Arutyun Avetisyan (13-Zero), Batyr Jukembayev (16-Zero), and Mathieu Germain (17-0-1) all notched vital wins. Additionally middleweight prospect Andrei Efremenko gained his professional debut and young tremendous middleweight Lexson Mathieu scored his third knockout in as many pro wins.
The excitement for the 20-year-old Mathieu is particularly loud and is just going to get louder if the Montrealer keeps scoring first round knockouts. He is scheduled to struggle twice next month and there’s little question he has the potential to be a new star on the Montreal struggle scene if he continues to dominate his opposition.
In the meantime, many in Montreal are wondering what’s required for both Germain and Jukembayev to realize some elevated recognition from the varied sanctioning bodies. Definitely each need to be ranked in the prime 15 on the planet in their respective weight courses. After scoring a shut-out factors win over extremely experienced trailhorse Jose Eduardo Rodriguez (29-6-2), Germain was notably outspoken about his having earned higher recognition.
“Critically, if I do not register within the standings, I don’t need their belt,” he declared. “I am not asking for favours. I have proved my value. I need to be ranked.”
On Saturday on the Centre 200 in Sydney, Nova Scotia, undefeated cruiserweight Ryan Rozicki scored his tenth pro win towards zero defeats as he manhandled Shawn Miller (18-5-1) in entrance of a raucous crowd. Thudding physique photographs have been Rozicki’s main weapon as he blasted Miller via the ropes in spherical three. The American recovered but another massive body blow put him down for the rely.
On the undercard, Canadian super welterweight champ Kevin Higson (17-2-0) gained an eight round choice over Jose Francisco Zuniga (13-13-2), whereas brothers Jessie Wilcox and Bradley Wilcox of Hamilton, Ontario additionally gained selections over their Mexican opponents. Also on the card, fashionable middleweight prospect Brandon Brewer of New Brunswick returned to the ring after a twenty month layoff to outpoint Isaac Mireles (8-7-0) in a really close bout that featured broad scorecards from all three judges.
Within the US, Showtime featured a gross mismatch of their co-feature at Barclays Middle, as part-time fighter and WBC featherweight titlist Gary Russell Jr. easily dominated former 122 pound champion Kiko Martinez. Martinez was recreation but had no answers for Russell, who managed the struggle and opened up a nasty minimize over Martinez’s left eye, prompting referee Ricky Gonzalez to name a halt to the match at the request of the ringside doctor. Time was 2:52 of spherical number five.
After the struggle, Russell Jr. said that he was inquisitive about a unification struggle with WBA champion Leo Santa Cruz, claiming he has been in search of this unification for four years. Russell also expressed interest in a battle down the street with Gervonta “Tank” Davis, the WBA champion at 130, who appeared on social media about the potential of such an encounter. Nevertheless, speak is reasonable for a fighter who has averaged one battle per yr since he gained the WBC title in 2015, and fans are understandably getting impatient with Russell’s tiresome schtick.
Within the Showtime major event, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder made due on his promise to knock out challenger Dominic Brezeale after the 2 shared immense dangerous blood in the build-up within the pre-fight build-up. Wilder’s ring stroll lasted longer than the struggle, as “The Bronz Bomber” harm Brezeale early with a right hand, however the challenger surprisingly fended off the ferocious punching champion with a right hand of his own. Nevertheless, Brezeale’s success was brief lived, as within the last minute of the opening round, Wilder related with a spotlight reel overhand proper that laid Brezeale flat out. Referee Harvey Dock reached the rely of 10 at 2:17 of round primary.
After the struggle, Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel expressed confidence in making the Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua fights within the near future. Additionally, Finkel boldly claimed that he would make these fights “on terms which are acceptable to Deontay, not begged by Deontay.” Finkel additionally claimed that he planned to lock in a type of mega-fights “this week,” though that might be a staggering accomplishment given the political obstacles at play within the present heavyweight landscape.
Across the pond in Hertfordshire UK, we had unbeaten heavyweight Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce rating a third spherical stoppage over Alexander Ustinov in another sluggish, but effective encounter. It’s no secret that Joyce has simply concerning the slowest hand-speed of any upcoming heavyweight in current historical past, however he has produced knockouts in each considered one of his 9 fights up to now and looks ahead to progressively harder competitors down the line.
In the primary event of the Hertfordshire card, Billy Joe Saunders gained the vacant WBO super-middleweight title with a one-sided unanimous determination over Shefat Isufi. Saunders managed the struggle together with his mixture punching and swift defense, but found himself in some problem in spherical six after being caught with a counter right hand off the ropes by Isufi. Saunders, who was clearly harm by the punch, managed to hold and survive, but with it comes a number of questions about how he would fare towards a puncher like Callum Smith in a unification struggle that Saunders referred to as for after.
“I actually hope we will make the Smith battle, it will be an excellent struggle for the fans,” stated Saunders, whose coach Ben Davison said that they might also be occupied with dealing with Canelo Alvarez at 168 as properly.
Also in the UK, Naoya Inoue and Josh Taylor picked up a pair of impressive victories within the WBSS semi-finals as they advance in the direction of unification fights with Nonito Donaire and Regis Prograis, respectively. Inoue appeared spectacular together with his assault on unbeaten IBF bantamweight titlist Emmanuel Rodriguez, forcing him to the canvas 3 times in spherical two. In many ways, the punching energy and ring generalship Inoue continues to point out within the ring is harking back to a younger Nonito Donaire, who was extremely ranked up until his defeat to Guillermo Rigondeaux in 2013. Towards Donaire, Inoue may need the prospect to showcase his fortitude towards another massive puncher, as “The Filipino Flash” is coming off a devastating knockout over Stephon Young.
Also in Glasgow, Josh “The Tartan Twister” Taylor faced a stiff check in 140 pound titlist Ivan Baranchyk. The champion fought nicely in the early rounds, holding his floor and touchdown efficient counters on Taylor as the Scottish challenger tried to close the space. Baranchyk managed to stun Taylor within the fifth spherical with a collection of punches, but Taylor reversed the tide in the sixth spherical by putting the champion on the mat twice. Taylor fought very nicely within the second half of the battle to safe a victory, and will get the prospect to face Regis Prograis in his next encounter. This must be the most effective matchups of the yr contemplating that both men are younger and unbeaten and wish to rumble. For extra on the WBSS present in Glasgow, take a look at Ronnie McCluskey’s full report.
— Alden Chodash
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