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*UPDATE* 3:13AM – That’s all from fight night. More news from this night of boxing will be published on Sunday.

NEW YORK CITY — Tonight, BeatsBoxingMayhem will be live from Madison Square Garden providing live updates for every fight. Check back often here and on Twitter for commentary on the entire night of boxing.

GOLOVKIN GETS CONTROVERSIAL DECISION OVER JACOBS: This one lived up to the billing of “Big Drama Show.” There was high tension throughout the 12 rounds. Was Jacobs gaining momentum? Was Golovkin one shot away from ending it? I had Jacobs surging in the championship rounds to even it up at 104 headed into the 12th round.

The 12th was a clear GGG round; I felt Golovkin’s shots had more impact. That and the earlier knockdown (also controversial), was enough to give Golovkin a narrow 114-113 win on my card.

Neither guy’s stock should drop. GGG pressed the fight and attempted to walk down a much larger man with a dangerous punch. And Jacobs utilized a sound strategy of movement and switch-hitting to confuse Golovkin. If those boos directed at Golovkin during his post-fight interview are any indication, Jacobs will finally get some respect in his  hometown.

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RUNGVISAI STUNS CHOCOLATITO: What a war. Chocolatito was dropped by a balance shot to the body in the first, cut by a butt in the third, and facing the brute strength of a natural super flyweight. Gonzalez looked to be in trouble banging with the bigger man, but his accuracy and combinations got him back in it by the middle rounds.

From in the arena, I thought the critical mistake Chocolatito made came in the late rounds. I had him getting outworked in rounds 9-11, but sealing the deal with a strong 12th to take it 114-112. Instead, the judges had it 114-112 twice for Rungvisai and 113-113.

I couldn’t cosign the booing for Rungvisai. Yes, the favorite lost, but we got a great fight from both men. One thing that can’t be questioned is that Chocolatito is completely maxed out at this weight. This is around the age smaller fighters start to decline, so K2 needs to maximize the elite-level fights he has left, namely the Inoue and Estrada fights should Gonzalez get by Rungvisai in the rematch.

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CARLOS CUADRAS UD10 DAVID CARMONA: Carlos Cuadras’s decision win over David Carmona may have given Roman Gonzalez a blueprint for an easier rematch. The normally fleet-footed Cuadras opted for a more stationary approach that allowed him to counter with power. Unfortunately for Cuadras, he’s not used to leading, making for awkward exchanges and him lunging to initiate offense.

Cuadras never got out of first gear and it nearly cost him. In terms of excitement, the most interesting moments in the late rounds came from Carmona getting rough. He stunned Cuadras with a hard overhand right in the seventh and hurt him to the body in the eighth. Carmona also was the more active over the last two rounds. The judges saw it differently, giving Cuadras the unanimous decision with scores of97-93 twice and 96-94.

This Cuadras was a far-cry from the one we saw lump up Gonzalez last year. Maybe he underestimated Carmona. Whatever the reason, Cuadras better get it together before the inevitable Gonzalez rematch.

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RYAN MARTIN TKO8 BRYANT CRUZ: Ryan Martin improved his undefeated record with a dominant stoppage over Bryant Cruz. Martin used his size and reach advantage to keep the bout at mid-range where his size and reach allowed for repeated left hook counters and body work. Although Cruz remained scrappy, the punishment began visibly taking a toll in the fifth when he was hurt by a straight right.

The remaining action was one-way traffic with Cruz getting strafed any time he went to the ropes. It was this scenario in the eighth that put an end to the fight. Martin’s record improves to 18-0, 11 KOs.

 

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ANDY LEE UD8 DE’ANDRE LEATHERWOOD: 14 months of inactivity resulted in a disappointing return for veteran Andy Lee, who won a lackluster unanimous decision over unheralded De’Andre Leatherwood. Lee spent most of the fight waiting for big counter punching opportunities that never came. While Leatherwood’s output was equally low, the career journeyman did manage to land at least one or two clean right-hand counters per round that kept Lee cautious.

The crowd began letting both men have it just two minutes into the fight. Yells of “Wake up, Andy!” and ‘C’mon, Andy!” were heard periodically throughout the night from diehard supporters.

Sensing the fight slipping away, Lee took m0re chances in rounds 6-8. Lee got the better of their sporadic exchanges via his formidable left hand, but Leatherwood was never in serious danger. Nonetheless, Lee aggression was viewed favorably by the judges, and he won the decision via scores of 80-72, 78-74, and 79-73.

 

 

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Before the “Big Drama Show” commences, BeatsBoxingMayhem is providing a live stream of the full untelevised undercard. Starting at 7 p.m. ET, you’ll be able to watch the following fights for free:

Serhi Bohanhuk (2-0) vs. Yasmani Pedroso (1-1) – Welterweights, 4 Rounds

Jay McFarlane (2-0) vs. Matt McKinney (3-2-2) – Heavyweights, 4 Rounds

Andy Lee (34-3-1) vs. KeAndrae Leatherwood (19-3-1) – Middleweights, 8 Rounds

Follow me tonight on Twitter @Ismael_BBM_NYK for full coverage live from Madison Square Garden.

 

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Watch the live weigh-in for this Saturday’s big middleweight matchup between Gennady Golovkin and Danny Jacobs. The stream opens live from Madison Square Garden Friday morning (March 17) at 9 a.m. BeatsBoxingMayhem will be providing on-site coverage of the event including a preliminary undercard stream. Check back throughout the weekend for updates.

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Gennady Golovkin made a surprise appearance this morning on The Breakfast Club. The middleweight champion talked extensively about needing the Canelo fight, past negotiations with Andre Ward, Danny Jacobs and even his last boxing defeat. He also dispelled a ridiculous rumor that he was “holding back” in the Kell Brook fight.

An interesting point he made was that fighting Jacobs has renewed his interest in boxing. For the last year, he said the lack of dangerous opponent had lowered his passion for the sport. Regarding Canelo, he said he’s talking too much and could make the fight if he truly wanted it.

K2 Promotions promised to go all-out in promoting this fight and they’re living up to their word. Not many fighters have graced The Breakfast Club and this is great to help build pay-per-view interest. Hopefully Jacobs, as a Brooklyn native, can get a spot as well in the next month.

Golovkin-Jacobs will air on HBO pay-per-view March 18.

 

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BeatsBoxingMayhem is streaming today’s opening press conference for the March 18 middleweight title matchup between Gennady Golovkin and Danny Jacobs. The event starts at noon.

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MANCHESTER — Securing two knockdowns in the third round proved decisive for Billy Joe Saunders as he defeated Andy Lee tonight for the WBO middleweight title at the Manchester Arena.

What was billed as an all-action fight turned out to be a slow-moving chess match with little sustained punching. After two close opening rounds, Saunders dropped Lee twice in the third via counter right hands. Although badly hurt, Lee managed to survive. Rather than capitalize on his advantage, Saunders would maintain a wary respect for Lee’s punching power for the remainder of the fight.

In the championship rounds, Lee was the aggressor but he couldn’t land any clean shots outside of sporadic hooks to the body. One judge had it even (113-113), but was overruled by scores 114-112 and 115-111. The majority decision win gives Saunders his first world title, and options to unify with fellow titlists Danny Jacobs (WBA World) and Gennady Golovkin (WBA Super and IBF), or a rematch with Chris Eubank Jr.

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The fight wasn’t a dust-up, but you have to be happy for a hardworking guy like Saunders. As with any new titlist, the task switches to finding the right opponent for the first title defense.

Canelo? Highly unlikely. The newly-crowned WBC champion, who’s on a September 2015 collision course with Gennady Golovkin, will take a showcase bout in May. Alvarez probably eyes tonight’s Joshua Clottey-Gabe Rosado winner.

Gennady Golovkin? Also not likely. GGG’s goal is to unify all the belts, but it’ll take a huge amount of money to make Saunders come to the U.S. Golovkin was able to entice David Lemieux by offering him a career-high payday, which is why that fight had to be on pay-per-view. That card broke even with 150,000 buys. Unlike Lemieux, Saunders has never fought on HBO and is relatively unknown to most U.S. fans. A pay-per-view to up Saunders’ purse wouldn’t give the promoters a profit.

Danny Jacobs? This one is possible. The fact that Showtime aired this contest lets you know they have interest. Danny Jacobs just destroyed Peter Quillin on their airwaves and could up his stock even more by adding the WBO title to his ledger. Showtime might not be willing to pay Saunders big bucks, but PBC creator Al Haymon might be willing to part with the money necessary to make this happen. But again, Jacobs-Saunders isn’t going to bring in huge ratings whether on PBC or Showtime due to Saunder’s name value in the U.S.

Chris Eubank Jr.? Consider this one highly probable. In recent statements, Saunders has given off the impression he’d rather keep the title in the UK. Eubank is coming off a big win over Sullivan and a Saunders-Eubank rematch would do numbers as a domestic grudge match. In addition, Saunders being the champion and winning the first bout gives him a bigger slice of the money split. The fight makes perfect sense financially and style-wise for Saunders. I’d be shocked if this fight isn’t made by the spring.

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Watch the live stream for the “Battle for Brooklyn” as WBA world middleweight titlist Daniel Jacobs defends against Peter Quillin. The weigh-in show will also cover Jesus Cuellar vs. Jonathan Oquendo, and Chris Algieri vs. Erick Bone.

The card airs Saturday December 4 at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime.