Posts Tagged ‘body shot’

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FRISCO, TX — It was a short homecoming. IBF welterweight titlist Errol Spence took the fight out of Carlos Ocampo with two body shots to score a first-round knockout at the Ford Center at The Star.

Ocampo looked to be a formidable challenger early in the round by timing Spence’s aggression with right hands. But Spence was undeterred, walking through the offense in a dogged effort to work the body. That singular determination paid dividends when Spence caught Ocampo on the ropes and thudded home a corking southpaw left followed by a right hook to the body.

Ocampo immediately doubled over on the canvas for over two minutes.

“I was a little disappointed. I wanted to give the crowd their money’s worth,” said Spence afterward. “I wanted him to sustain a bit and give him some punishment, but the body shot got him and I dropped him… called me the body snatcher.”

The win comes just one week after WBO welterweight title-holder Terence Crawford scored a dominant late stoppage over Jeff Horn. While public rumblings for that cross-promotional showdown are still in their infancy, Spence is targeting fellow PBC fighters.

“I want to fight the best,” Spence promised. “Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter are fighting each other (for the WBC title) and I definitely want to make that a unifying fight. We both have the same management, we both fight on SHOWTIME. Why not make that happen? I definitely want that fight whenever it’s available.”

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With Keith Thurman inactive, you have to view Errol Spence as the consensus #1 at welterweight. I rate the Kell Brook win high and the destroying Lamont Peterson, a solid contender, is better than anything the other champs and contenders have done recently. Crawford passes the eye test, but his resume has yet to be established at this weight. I’d favor the naturally bigger Spence over him.

Going by the weigh-in pictures, I don’t see weight being an issue for Spence though the end of 2019. That leaves enough time for a decent chance at unifying all the belts.

Time for your guys to chime in — where do you rate Spence and who has the best chance to beat him at 147?

 

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TOKYO, JAPAN — There is a new king at super flyweight and his name is Naoya¬†Inoue. With just seven pro fights under his belt coming into this title matchup, Inoue overwhelmed WBO champion Omar Narvaez with speed and crushing power to¬†force the 14-year veteran to capitulate on his knees in round two.

In round one, Inoue needed less than a minute to put Narvaez on the canvas with a succession of right hands. Narvarez rose and tried to gain respect by leading with southpaw right¬†hooks.¬†He soon found himself floored again, this time via Inoue’s quick counter left hooks.

Inoue’s nimble footwork, coupled with the accuracy and speed of his long-range offense, forced Narvaez into more risk-taking in the second. The aged champ was caught lunging in with another counter left for a third trip to the canvas. Narvaez got up clear-headed, but a digging left hook to the body broke his fighting spirit and put him down for a fourth and final time.

The victory gives Inoue the WBO super flyweight crown and improves his record¬†to 8-0 (7 KOs). Narvaez’s (43-2-2, 23 KOs)¬†three-year title reign comes to end with 11 successful defenses.

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There’s already a significant number of observers who have taken to social media to proclaim Inoue as the 2014 Fighter of Year. Those sentiments are not hyperbole. Narvaez has never been stopped and had been the dominant force in his weight¬†for several years. He’s so much of a defensive master that when he moved up to challenge Nonito¬†Donaire¬†at bantamweight¬†in 2011, the Filipino Flash struggled mightily¬†to land clean let alone hurt Narvaez despite holding a significant reach and weight advantage.

This wasn’t a case of an aged¬†champion getting outworked by a less talented, but younger and fresher fighter. This massacre¬†was the result of a young fighter outmatching¬†a formiable veteran in every facet of pugilism.

We just might be witnessing the start of a great run.

 

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Roy Jones Jr. notched his second stoppage of the year last night with a left hook to the body on Hany Atiyo. The knockout came with 1:35 left in the first round.

Jones was the aggressor in the fight, coming forward behind a high guard and looking to bang away with hooks. Atiyo’s brief offensive forays¬†where telegraphed shots the Jones easily caught on his gloves before the finishing blow.

The bout was Jones’¬†third venture to Russia and improves his record to 59-8. Atiyo falls to 14-3.

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This was definitely not Roy Jones destroying Virgil Hill, but not horrible for any 45-year old boxer not named Bernard Hopkins. Let’s just hope that Roy keeps his senior tour somewhere around this level of competition. If so, he can probably rack up wins until he’s 50. But he dares to fight a credible guy, another frightening KO defeat is on tap.

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Marcos Maidana (33-3, 30¬†KOs)¬†had an easy stay-busy fight last night, dispatching Angel Martinez (19-4, 9 KOs)¬†in three rounds at Luna Park Stadium in Bueno Aires, Argentina.¬†The outgunned Martinez managed to avoid Maidana’s¬†wide right hands in the first round¬†with deft movement, but the power behind Maidana’s¬†shots prevented him for taking chances on offense. Maidana¬†began¬†inflicting¬†damage in the second with heavy hooks to the body and head mixed with upper body movement to stop clinches.

Maidana ended matters in the third by cornering Martinez and dropping him with a body left hook.

Maidana is targeting is next big fight to be in the U.S. against either Robert Guerrero or Paulie Malignaggi.

NOTTINGHAM, UK — IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch wasted no time battering an overmatched Yusef Mack from the opening bell in route to a third round KO at the Capital FM Arena.

Fighting again before his hometown fans following a signature TKO of Lucian Bute, Froch hurt Mack in the opening round with a massive left hook and right hand through the guard to score a knockdown. Mack survived the round and did marginally better in the second but still lost the round handily by absorbing an array of power shots. Froch continued the pressure in the third, landing a digging right cross to the body followed by a compact left hook that kept Mack on his knees for the 10 count.

“If anyone comes to the ring below par, that’s what’s going to happen to them,” said Froch, who called out Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler, the only two men who hold victories over him.

Froch will first be required to face Lucian Bute in a contracted rematch in Montreal for early 2013.

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Well, at least Carl Froch got a decent workout from this. No one gave Mack much of a chance despite his pre-fight bravado, and just a minute into the fight we were reminded why most, including myself, knew this was going to be a short night. Mack already wasn’t the most durable guy and thinking he could move down in weight after not competing at 168 since 2007 was foolish. After Froch gets done with Bute, a Kessler rematch would be a great option. I know Froch really wants to avenge the Ward loss, but Andre is just a class above everyone in the super-middleweight.