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Monsters are real. Just ask Jamie McDonnell, who was relived of his WBA bantamweight title in merciless fashion as Naoya Inoue needed less than two minutes to score a crushing knockout victory.

At 5’9 to Inoue’s 5’5, McDonnell sought to made it a long-distance affair by pumping the jab and and circling. But Inoue easily breached the distance gap by darting in with a lead left hook to the body. The shot pushed McDonnell to the ropes where Inoue let loose with a quick combination.

McDonnell attempted to regoup by targeting the stomach with a body jab, but was quickly countered by a left hook to the top of the head. The shot wobbled him and a knockdown, via a left hook downstairs, quickly followed.

McDonnell rose and was met with a series of shots punctuated by a left hook for the final knockdown with 1:08 remaining.

The win is improves Inoue’s record to 16-0 (14 KOs) and gives him a third title in as many weight classes at the age of 25.

Expect this to just be the beginning of his reign of terror as the new title-holder will participate in the World Boxing Series bantamweight tournament.

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After a two-year sabbatical, Amir Khan needed only 40 seconds to drop Phil Lo Greco twice for a first-round TKO and begin the hype for an eventual showdown with rival Kell Brook.

Lo Greco, who’s been active with his trash talk throughout the prefight buildup, was completely overmatched by Khan’s speed. A right uppercut preceded a 1-2 that put Lo Greco down 15 seconds in. A flurry of hooks, punctuated by a left, put Lo Greco down again for good.

With less than a minute’s work, you can make any definitive decisions on how much Khan has left or what improvements new trainer Joe Goossen has brought. But it was good to see him aggressive and not wasting time with a lower tier opponent.

As for Khan vs. Brook, I still have to favor Special K. Khan’s speed and combination punching will trouble him, but I can’t see Brook not being able to land something big at some point over 12 rounds. Regardless, I see their styles and the hometown atmosphere making for an exciting fight however long it lasts.

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Kell Brook is back in win column after two years after a dominant second round KO over Siarhei Rabchanka at the Sheffield Arena.

Book, who came in stating he was “reinvigorated” for a comeback, found the range early and often with the straight right hand. The plodding Rabchanko was kept stationary by the left jab which allowed Brook to add right uppercuts to his attack.

In the second, the right uppercut served as the perfect counter to begin Rabchanko’s downfall. The shot wobbled him and Brook quickly floored his foe with a massive straight right.

The fight marks Brook’s official debut as a 154-pounder after his previous two fights against Errol Spence (welterweight) and Gennady Golovkin (middleweight). He took no damage, looked sharp and did exactly what we’d expect from a former champion against an overmatched foe.

Brook will be closely following next month’s contest between rival Amir Khan and Phil Lo Greco. Most expect a Khan fight before year’s end, but another attractive option at 154 would be WBO title-holder Sadam Ali, who’s coming off retiring Miguel Cotto last December. Unlike the announcers, I’d advise Brook to steer clear of WBA title-holder Jermall Charlo, whose size and punching power could ruin what’s left of Brook’s reserves.

What did you think of Brook’s performance? Should he stay the course and look for a Khan showdown, or go for the belts against either Ali or Charlo? Sound off in the comments.

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Callum Smith displayed a formidable jab to easily defeat last-minute replacement Nieky Holzken and advance to face George Groves in the World Boxing Super Series finals.

Holzken, in his 14th fight on less than a week’s notice following an injury pullout from Jurgen Braehmer, displayed good power in his hooks when he sporadically positioned Smith on the ropes. But the more experienced Smith took full advantage of Holzken’s lack of counter-punching and jabbing to get off first and glide out of danger. When Holzken lingered too long in range, Smith would fire eye-catching lead right uppercuts.

But the fight’s most telling weapon would be Smith’s jab. He broke the super middleweight record for jab’s thrown with 852, and moved into second place all-time for jabs landed at 241 behind Hall of Famer Mike McCallum.

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Final scorecards were unanimous for Smith — 118-110 and 117-111 twice. George Groves, one week removed from his impressive win over Chris Eubank, was ringside to observe and engage in a staredown. The exact date of the finals remains unclear as Groves is recovering from a left shoulder injury.

Groves, who is more fluid in his offense and in possession of the longer, faster and more powerful jab, remains the favorite to win the tournament as the #1 seed.

 

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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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Jermell Charlo told Erickson Lubin that he wasn’t ready. It would take the WBC super welterweight title-holder less than three minutes to make those words true as he scored a shocking one-punch KO.

What looked to be a feel-out round with each fighter probing jabs evaporated when the southpaw Lubin ducked a jab and ran blindly into a right uppercut. The shot crumpled Lubin sideways on the canvas, where the former Prospect of the Year convulsed rigidly in an unsettling, arms-outstretched pose. The referee killed the count midway to give Charlo the second successful defense of his title.

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There was a little drama afterward with Jermell claiming someone ringside threw a chair at his twin brother Jermall. In an emotionally-charged scene that resembled the aftermath of Jermall’s KO win over Julian Williams, Jermell yelled into the mic about taking on all comers and how Lubin was not in his league.

There are those who will be turned off by the Charlo’s “sore winner” antics. I’m not because it’s clear they take the prefight hype personally to fuel their fire inside the ring. You can’t argue with the results — both brothers are knocking out all comers, including wiping out fellow young guns that most observers predicted would give them tough fights (J-Rock, Lubin).

Like it or not, the Charlos are legit and a danger to any fighter competing from 154-160. You’ve been warned.

As for Lubin, this crushing defeat will start raising more questions about how the PBC has moved their prospects. For all his natural talent, Lubin didn’t have any competition to prepare him for a champion like Charlo. Not even a decent gatekeeper on the level of a Gabe Rosado or Vanes Martirosyan. He’s still young and probably more embarrassed than sustaining any significant physical damage, but you never know the psychological effects of that first defeat on a fighter.

 

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Fans in the United States and Canada can now watch the full Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 2 KOs) vs. Willie Monroe (21-2, 6 KOs) WBO middleweight title matchup via an exclusive stream from Banner Promotions. The link goes live at 5:30 p.m. with the fight beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.