Posts Tagged ‘cruiserweight’

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Photo Credit: Stephanie Trapp/ Ringstar Sports

NEWARK — Murat Gassiev ended the World Boxing Super Series quarter-finals with a crushing third round stoppage of Krzysztof Wlodarczyk at the Prudential Center.

Gassiev stalked his foe behind a tight guard from the opening bell. Wlodarczyk tried to implement a countering strategy off the backfoot, but his ponderous movement allowed Gassiev to cut the ring off and line up the right cross. With his opponent now focused on that punch, Gassiev uncorked a double left hook to the head and body that put Wlodarczyk flat on his face for the ten count.

“I had a great opponent tonight,” said Gassiev. “I prepared myself for a tough fight but it is boxing and anything can happen. We do a lot of work in the gym and I just listened to my coach round after round and he told me what I needed to do. That’s all I needed.”

Gassiev’s semi-final opponent is a fellow undefeated power-puncher and IBF titlist Yunier Dorticos, who knocked out Dmitry Kudryashov last month.

“Dorticos is a very good fighter with great experience,” said Gassiev. “He’s undefeated and I can’t wait to give all the boxing fans the big gift of a great fight against Dorticos.”

Dorticos, who believes Gassiev’s record is the product of weak opposition, vowed to add Gassiev’s WBA strap to his collection.

“I really wanted Gassiev to win, because he’s going to taste the power of a real man against me,” said Dorticos. “His opponent tonight was past his time. I’m ready to show him what a champion looks like and give him a challenge he’s never faced before. I want to take his belt. I want to get in the ring and destroy Gassiev.”

Gassiev improves his record to 25-0 (18 KOs). The semi-final unification matchup between Gassiev and Dorticos is targeted for early 2018.

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SAN ANTONIO — The quarterfinal World Boxing Super Series battle between punchers Yunier Dorticos and Dmitry Kudrayshov ended swiftly and in brutal fashion with Dorticos’s right hand earning him a second-round KO last night at the Alamodome.

The fighters spent much of the first round exchanging power shots behind high guards. Dorticos scored most of his points by penetrating the guard with straight and overhand rights. In contrast, Khudryashov exploited Dorticos’ high hands by going to the body with short hooks.

Dorticos started quickly in the second with clusters of power shots that forced Khudryashov to give ground and exchange for breathing room. Within a minute, Dorticos’ faster hands were controlling the action.

Khudryashov made the fatal mistake of throwing a lingering jab. Dorticos came over the top with a snapping overhand right that sent Khudryashov to the canvas. With eyes rolling and rubbery legs, Khudryashov was ruled unfit to continue with 51 seconds remaining.

The victory comes in Dorticos’ first bout since defeating Youri Kalenga by knockout in May 2016. He advances to the WBSS semifinals and will face the winner of Murat Gassiev (IBF champion) vs. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, taking place on October 21.

 

 

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LIVERPOOL — Tony Bellew was dominant on Saturday in dispatching BJ Flores in three rounds to retain his WBC cruiserweight title.

Bellew played the role of counter-puncher while Flores was the stalking aggressor. In the first round, Flores was able to capitalize and catch the champion with wide right hands.

The momentum turned suddenly when a Bellew counter left strayed low. Flores turned to complain to the referee about the non-call, allowing Bellew to pounce with hooks for the first knockdown.

An enraged Flores pressed Bellew for the rest of the round as both men were stunned with haymakers. The American challenger would get the worst of the damage as Bellew’s better accuracy put Flores down twice more to conclude the round.

Flores would futilely attempt to drag Bellew into a brawl in round three. But the champion remained calm and moved away to create space when needed. A short exchange resulted in Flores crumbling to his knees from a left hook counter. The challenger was not up fully at the count of 10 and did not protest the referee stoppage.

The real fun happened seconds afterward with Bellew storming from the ring to confront David Haye. Did Bellew sell this potential fight for you?


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MOSCOW — Denis Lebedev is now the unified WBA and IBF cruiserweight champion after scoring a second round stoppage over Victor Emilio Ramirez at the Khodynka Ice Palace.

Although Lebedev had little trouble with Ramirez, the ending moments were scary due to the reluctance of referee Steve Smoger. Over the span of roughly 30 seconds, Lebedev battered Ramirez. He scored an uncalled knockdown when Ramirez’s glove touched the canvas, and made Ramirez turn his back in complete surrender. Still, Smoger just stood there and Lebedev got in more unnecessary shots before Smoger finally decided to halt a pending fatality.

This is the second time Smoger has stood by and let Lebedev beat on a helpless opponent. Do these two have some type of “brutality contract” we don’t know about?

 

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On Tuesday night’s edition of Premier Boxing Champions, undefeated Gennady Golovkin stablemate Murat “Iron” Gassiev delivered a chilling one-punch knockout of Jordan Shimmell. The left hook bomb came in the first round and is the latest example of why the cruiserweight division is criminally overlooked in today’s boxing landscape.

Remember Gassiev’s name. Jordan Shimmell definitely will.

 

 

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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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The guessing game about Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s weight ends later today with the official weigh-in. The browsing window opens at 5:45 p.m. with the undercard bouts starting at 6 p.m. ET. Chavez Jr. and Vera are expected to go on at 6:15 p.m. ET. The fight airs live this Saturday (September 28) on HBO. Click HERE to watch the live stream.