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BeatsBoxingMayhem is providing a live stream of the weigh-in for Showtime’s double-header featuring Jermell Charlo vs. Austin Trout and Leo Santa Cruz’s rematch against Abner Mares. The link opens at 3 p.m. with the card airing Saurday night at 10 p.m. ET.



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LAS VEGAS — Showtime’s “Night of Champions” is in the books with WBA light middleweight champion Erislandy Lara settling the score with Vanes Martirosyan, and the Charlo brothers making history as the first twins to hold titles in the same weight class simultaneously. Yes, all the favored fighters won, but there was a bit of intrigue in every bout.

VIC DRAKULICH ENDS MARTIROSYAN’S BID: Despite all the trash talk between Erislandy Lara and Vanes Martirosyan headed into their rematch, anyone with common sense knew their matchup was going to be another tactical affair.

With that said, I found this bout much more entertaining than their first scrap nearly four years ago. Lara did less running and stood more in the pocket behind a southpaw high guard, looking to shoot the straight left down the middle (which he did to great effect). This allowed Martirosyan plenty of opportunities to get his left hook to the body working and keep himself in the fight.

I had the bout even after eight with Lara starting to creep ahead by closely winning rounds 9 and 10 on my card. Martirosyan’s chances then went off the rails when referee Vic Drakulich deducted a point in the ¬†11th for a “low blow.” Vanes was disgusted and rightly so. He had received previous warnings for hitting on the belt-line. Considering that Lara’s belt-line covered his belly button, those shots should have been considered legal.

The deduction totally took Martirosyan out of his game. He started lunging impatiently with head shots and abandoned his body work. Lara let Martirosyan outwork in the 12th, but the fight was already a foregone conclusion.

My score was identical to the one judge who had it 115-112. The other two, who had it 116-111, seemed a bit wide but justifiable depending on your scoring preference.

Lara mentioned wanting to get a rematch with Canelo or a middleweight showdown with Gennady Golovkin. The chances of either are minimal. More likely is a defense against fellow PBC fighter Kanat Islam, who earlier this month scored a sixth round TKO over Juan De Angel and is currently ranked #7 by the WBA.


JERMALL CHARLO UD12 AUSTIN TROUT: I came away impressed with both guys in this one. I really thought Trout was ripe for the taking from a younger, stronger and bigger man in Charlo, but he hung tough and kept it competitive all the way through. Trout was at his best when he shot counter straight lefts down the middle, and worked in southpaw right hooks after turning his foe. The insurmountable climb for Trout was the fact all of Charlo’s clean shots were heavier, causing more facial damage and knocking Trout off-balance.


Trout had to fight near perfect rounds to avoid this and more often than not, wasn’t able to do so. I scored the bout 115-113 for Charlo, giving Trout rounds 1, 2, 8, 9, and 11.

Thankfully, Charlo reneged on his promise to test middleweight and will stick aroound to face his mandatory challenger Julian “J Rock” Williams. It’s exactly the type of matchup that the PBC brand should be making their name on — two undefeated, young and ambitious fighters.



JERMELL CHARLO TKO8 JOHN JACKSON: Protect yourself at all times! John Jackson surprised everyone by electing to box instead of brawl with Charlo, holding a 69-64 lead on all three scorecards. Jackson counter-punched well off the backfoot and thoroughly confused Charlo with his switch-hitting. In the eighth, Jackson lingered in the pocket too long and got caught with a slashing overhand right, which stiffened his legs and made Jackson turn away in bewilderment.

Charlo wisely pounced with a hook and forced referee Tony Weeks to halt the contest. Jackson later claimed the shot dislodged his mouthpiece and he was turning away to readjust it. Look, when the only thing on your mind is fixing your mouthpiece after being clocked (think Tyson after getting floored by Douglas), you’re seriously hurt.

Charlo didn’t look impressive, but wins like this show a lot of character. He should learn a lot from this.


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LAS VEGAS — Tonight’s Showtime card is headlined by Erislandy Lara defending his WBA 154 pound title against Vanes Martirosyan in a rematch, and the Charlo twins in undercard bouts. Onto the predictions…

LARA: 153.5


PREDICTION: When I went over my wish list of fights for 2016, this rematch was not one that made the cut. Lara and Martirosyan’s first bout was filled with awkward exchanges and clinching that made rounds difficult to score simply from boredom.

There’s no reason to think the rematch will be any different. Lara will be on the move and landing accurate, laser-sharp lefts hands whenever he decides to throw. Martirosyan will be stalking and hold an edge in the later rounds with a higher workrate. Don’t be surprised by wildly different scores, but Lara is a step above Martirosyan and should win this rematch by majority decision.



TROUT: 154

PREDICTION: Trout is a very capable fighter, but he’s outgunned in this one. He gets caught in every fight and in this case he’s facing the harder punching and more aggressive Charlo. To date, Trout has always got up from his knockdowns, but I feel his soft competition since losing to Lara means Charlo is catching him at the right time. Charlo KO somewhere in the middle rounds.



JACKSON: 153.5

PREDICTION: This is a solid fight for both guys. Jermell is the more technical boxer of the twins and will hold the advantage in most rounds. Jackson has good power, but not the otherworldly power of his father that he’d need to hurt Charlo with one shot. He’ll need an accumulation to get the job done, and Charlo will be a bit too elusive for him to pull it off. CHARLO WIDE UD.




PREDICTION: This a cruiserweight title matchup that’s fallen under the radar (probably because it’s for the WBA strap). Shumenov is more experienced, hits harder, and been in with the better competition. Yes, Shumenov is still crude, but Wright has a tendency to go to the ropes too easily and that’s where we’ll see his undoing. SHUMENOV KO4

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pbc, bethlehem PA Sept 22 2015

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BETHELEM, PA — Julian “J Rock” Williams moved a step closer to a desired showdown with Austin Trout stopping Luciano Cuello in just 93 seconds last night.

The undefeated Williams (21-0-1, 13 KOs) stormed out with hard right hands that whipped around Cuello’s high guard. It would end up being the punch that staggered him and lead to Williams raining down several more¬†to force the TKO.

“I may be the fastest super welterweight in the world, and I’m accurate enough to hit guys when I want to,” said Williams.¬†“I knew I was getting to him early and I just stayed vicious. It was a straight right that I landed on him to end things. I saw his left eye bubble up immediately.”

Earlier this month, Austin Trout scored a KO win over former J Rock opponent, Joey Hernandez, telling the cameras “That is how you do it, son.” Williams returned the favor by calling out Trout, who was ringside tonight¬†on commentary.

“I’ve fought undefeated prospects and former champions,” Williams stated.¬†“I’ll fight anybody. I don’t hate (Austin) Trout at all. He’s just higher ranked than me and one of the guys in my way.”

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pbc, bethlehem PA Sept 22 2015

FLORES WEARS DOWN CUSOLITO: The card opened with an absolute war between Moises “Chucky” Flores and Emanual Cusolito. The two combined to throw over 1700 punches. Early on, Cusolito’s better technical skill gave him the advantage as he landed harder and cleaner power shots. By the middle rounds, Flores non-stop pressure and high punch-put began to wear on Cusolito. The late rounds was a contest of wills with Flores ending matters dramatically in the 12th.

In his post-fight interview, Flores expressed his desire to move up in weight to challenger Leo Santa Cruz.

pbc, bethlehem PA Sept 22 2015

pbc, bethlehem PA Sept 22 2015

OTHER TV RESULTS: 23-year-old prospect Caleb Plant (10-0) remained undefeated with a unanimous eight-round decision over Jamar Freeman. Plant¬†scored a third round knockdown but struggled to put Freeman away after the latter started to move and rely on counter-punching. If you track this fight down, the most memorable thing will be Plant’s repeated use of the “Nae Nae” dance to showboat.


TEMECULA, CA — Austin Trout is back in the win column after 20 months with a unanimous decision win over Daniel Dawson last night on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

The win wasn’t the glorious return many envisioned for Trout, who was dropped twice by right hands in the third round. Dawson achieved these by making Trout lead and catching him in exchanges.

Despite the early trouble, Trout’s class began to take over. The former champion became more patient and turned the fight into a mid-range contest where he could work the southpaw jab, and catch the Aussie journey,am¬†with left hand counters when Dawson tried to replicate his early right hand success.

Dawson complained of a left calf issue at the end of the seventh, and Trout took full advantage in the 8th by firing off repeated 1-2s to score a big knockdown. Trout remained efficient and accurate for the remainder of the bout, winning via the score of 97-90 on all three scorecards.

As exciting as the fight was, it raises more doubts about Trout’s future as an elite fighter than it answers. While some of Trout’s early troubles can be attributed to ring rust, Dawson has not be a serious contender for years (if ever, for that matter). Trout is ranked #7 by the WBA, but several of the guys above him are either looking for big money matches (#1 Mayweather), or not interested in low-reward, high risk rematches with him (#1B Erislandy Lara, #2 Canelo¬†Alvarez).

That leaves possibly Joshua Clottey, who’s ranked #3 following his win over Anthony Mundine, or Ishe Smith, who’s ranked #10. Neither matches would be a joy to watch from an aesthetic¬†standpoint, but a fighter in Trout’s position can’t be picky without a title as a bargaining chip.

You can watch the full fight below.

Note: BeatsBoxingMayhem¬†continues its¬†10 Award/Distinction lists on the Sweet Science in 2013. You can read the #10 award list, The “Sink or Swim Fighters,” HERE.

When the end of the year rolls around, the first lists fans look for are the Knockout and Fight of the Year. Let’s be honest — we boxing observers by nature are a bloodthirsty bunch and nothing is more fun than reliving the brutal wars and conscious-separating blows from the last 12 months.

But what about the masterclass? What about those fights of technical wizardry that show the science behind the violence? Watching a fighter use his legs and upper body to evade punches and set counter-punching traps might not be as exciting as watching two men slug¬† it out¬† in close, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any boxing fan that doesn’t at least respect the skill that goes into being an elite technician.

The “Masterclass” Award List is recognition of the elite fighters who study their opponents with¬†meticulous attention to detail and make good to great fighters look like utter novices. Too often, these craftsmen find their exceptional work lost among armchair discussions about ratings and drawing money. There will be no such spinning here — today, the boxing technicians get their due.



For most fans, Omar Narvaez is only known for his losing effort to Nonito Donaire in 2011. The fight was tough to watch as Donaire was befuddled about how to attack the much smaller Narvaez, who showed a tight defense and still managed to keep Donaire honest with his counter-punching abilities. Unsurprisingly, Narvaez was not invited back to HBO airwaves, but his work since then and before tells the story of his true ability.

This past August, the 38-year-old¬†Narvaez made the eighth defense of his WBO¬†super flyweight, a belt he’s held since 2011. The challenger, the 28-year-old¬†Hiroyuki¬†Histaka, is a solid fighter from Japan who’s much better than his 22-10 record indicated. Unfortunately for him, the old master Narvaez needed only the first round to figure out that Histaka¬†would be easy prey after neutralizing his straight¬†right hand.

Narvaez is not particularly¬†fast, but his punch accuracy and timing gave Histaka¬†fits throughout the early rounds. By the middle stanzas, the punches became more punishing as Histaka¬†was now taking flush shots to the body and head. Histaka tried to make it a brawl in the seventh, but Narvaez remained calm and continued evading all of Histaka’s power shots.

The old man went about his business in the late rounds with cool, assassin-like efficiency, delivering a methodical beatdown¬†without malice¬†or urgency. Histaka¬†was saved in the 10th, leaving Narvaez with another dominant title defense and supremacy at super flyweight. He might not be Bernard Hopkins’ age in reality, but in “flyweight years” Narvaez is as old as B-Hop, making his continued dominance one of the more remarkable and underappreciated¬†feats this year in boxing.


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Austin Trout, the man who¬†gave Miguel Cotto¬†and Canelo¬†Alvarez all they could handle, was reduced to a plodding and clueless mess when he tangled with Erislandy¬†Lara earlier this month in Brooklyn. Trout had vowed to overwhelm and “retire” Lara from the 154 division during a conference call last month. Instead,¬†Lara gave him was what he deemed “The Cuban Method,” an exhibition of nifty footwork/lateral movement and lethal counter-punching. The normally active Trout was reduced to single-digit connects¬†in many rounds. When he tried to get brave, a laser-sharp Lara straight left slumped Trout on the seat of his pants (with legs and arms splayed in all directions). Lara has had his flat performances (Molina and Martirosyan come to mind), but when he’s on like we saw a few weeks back, he’s head and shoulders ahead of the rest of the junior middleweight class.





Andre Ward rightfully got a lot of flack for looking at guys like Caleb Truax for his 2013 comeback fight. All that talk ceased when he selected Edwin Rodriguez, recent winner of the Super Four 168-pound tournament. In Rodriguez, Ward would be facing a larger man with a significant punch. If Rodriguez could make it a tough fight, there was a slim chance he might get lucky.

Slim left the building quite early that night in Ontario, California.

Ward looked like he never left, smacking Rodriguez at will with left jabs and using his better form to land first with hooks in exchanges. And when Rodriguez made it dirty in the fourth, Ward responded with his own fouls, leading to deductions on both sides. Ward adjusted and continued to make it rough inside, but never stopped connecting with clean shots. On the other hand, Rodriguez was prone to spells of complaining to the res, no doubt frustrated by his inability to show any of his talents outside of a strong chin.

‚ÄúI don‚Äôt think he came to win. I think he came to make it ugly and try to land something big,‚ÄĚ said Ward after the bout. ‚ÄúI was in here with a bigger man. It is what it is.”

What it is for boxing is that Ward remains the undisputed kingpin of the super-middleweight division and the clear #2 Pound 4 Pound fighter in the world.




A split decision in name only, Timothy Bradley followed up his blood and guts battle with Ruslan¬†Provodnikov¬†by outboxing¬†future Hall of Famer Juan Manuel Marquez. Bradley made the counter-puncher the pursuer, and this tactic made the Mexican great’s deficiencies in hand and foot speed highly exploitable. Marquez found himself running into jabs and right hands before he could¬†respond in kind, as Bradley would already be reset just outside of range. Marquez went for the KO in the last round and¬†found himself flailing to desperation to avoid the canvas’ embrace courtesy of a well-timed Bradley left hook.

This was one fight where Marquez’s cries of robbery appropriately fell on deaf ears.




You know you’ve completely dominated a fight when people forget that you suffered a late knockdown in it. Sans that moment in the 10th round, class was in session for Nonito¬†Donaire. You knew this fight was different when Rigondeaux¬†set the tone in the first with a pinpoint straight left counter that knocked Donaire back on his heels.

From there, Rigondeaux went to work in all facets of pugilism. Here’s what I wrote the morning after in recapping the bout:

Clean punching? Rigondeaux¬†repeatedly caught Donaire¬†with lead southpaw right hooks and counter lefts to the body. Ring generalship? Rigo’s¬†superb footwork kept Donaire‚Äôs offense ineffective while he peppered him off the backfoot. Defense? Again, the footwork aided by smooth upper body movement had Nonito‚Äôs famed left hook hitting nothing but air and gloves. And with effective aggression, Rigondeaux was the one usually getting the better of the¬†exchanges.

The crowd didn‚Äôt always love it ‚ÄĒ as we all know, Rigondeaux¬†will coast on his leads and he didn‚Äôt break that bad habit tonight. He was content to throw a few jabs to keep Donaire¬†honest and Walcott shuffle his way out of any danger. The crowd boos didn‚Äôt faze him. As I said last night, be mad at Donaire for not being able to adjust.

While you can’t say a “star was born” after this bout considering the way HBO and some fans have treated him, you can say Rigondeaux has proven he’s just as good as advertised.




We all knew Canelo¬†was in over his head, but few expected the complete whitewash Mayweather¬†delivered to him last September in Las Vegas. Canelo, no doubt trying to conserve stamina, came out trying to box and got a mouth-full of counter left hooks and right hands for his trouble. Mayweather¬†stayed in the pocket starting in the fifth and dared Canelo¬†to throw his right hand. When Alvarez obliged, Mayweather’s¬†flawless upper body movement behind the shoulder roll¬†had Canelo’s normally dangerous shots floating harmlessly off Floyd’s arms, shoulders and gloves.

The seventh was probably the most embarrassing for Canelo. He¬†layed¬†on the ropes in a vain attempt to get Mayweather¬†to make a mistake. The¬†strategy got him hit at¬†will by combinations. The late rounds didn’t change the pattern, and at times Mayweather seemed to be winning the fight on his feints alone.

Aside from the blind and/or corrupt judging from CJ Ross, who’s since been put out to pasture, Mayweather notched another landslide victory and addition to his sizable list of flawless performances.

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Catch the weigh-in for tomorrow’s Showtime Sports/Golden Boy quadruple-header with Paulie Malignaggi facing Zab Judah in the main event of a all-Brooklyn showdown. The weigh-in for the undercard includes three title bouts: Devon Alexander (IBF)¬†defending against Shawn Porter, Erislandy Lara¬†defending his interim WBA Super Welterweight belt against Austin Trout ,and Sakio¬†Bika putting his WBC Super Middleweight crown on the line against Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell.

The weigh-in stream opens at 2:45 p.m. ET with fighters hitting the scale promptly at 3 p.m. ET. The card airs Saturday night (December 7) at 8 p.m. ET.