Posts Tagged ‘knockout’

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Juan Francisco Estrada moved closer to a WBC title shot with a thorough deconstruction of Anuar Salas last night at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

After a slow first round that saw Estrada buzzed by a hook, the former unified flyweight titlist began picking apart Salas with 1-2s and digging body shots. Salas attempts to counter were futile as Estrada’s left hooks and right uppercuts continuously caught him out of position.

The fifth round saw Salas hit the canvas twice. The first was off an angled left hook to the liver. The second and final knockdown came courtesy of a right uppercut to the solar plexus.

The victory gives Estrada the WBC silver super flyweight title and puts him in line for a much-anticipated rematch with WBC champion Roman Gonzalez, who defeated Estrada via close unanimous decision in 2012. Estrada is currently #3 in the WBC’s super flyweight rankings.

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CINCINNATI, OH — Marcus Browne overcame a point deduction for a second round foul to score three knockdowns and KO Thomas Williams Jr. at the Cintas Center.

Although both are southpaws, it was Browne who controlled the range behind a long, sturdy jab. Williams opted to lunge in with haymakers, making him susceptible to counters.

The bizarre first knockdown saw Williams badly stunned by a counter right jab. His knee and gloves touched the canvas, but Browne still unleashed a left hand. The referee credited the knockdown, but deducted a point from Browne for the foul and gave Williams five minutes to recover.

The time did little for Williams, whose equilibrium and punch resistance was noticeably diminished. Browne would score two more knockdowns off right hooks before Williams stayed down in the sixth.

Browne, whose record improves to 19-0 (14 KOs), called out WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson. Williams, who was knocked out by Stevenson last July, suffers his second straight defeat and falls to 20-3 (14 KOs).

 

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WILMINGTON, DE — Roy Jones Jr. scored a dominant eighth-round stoppage over Bobby Gunn last night at the Chase Center.

The 43-year-old Gunn, who came in winless since 2009, was completely overmatched by the 48-year-old Jones’s speed and skill. Jones kept Gunn subdued with snappy jabs, and scored at will with hard rights. Gunn was busted open in the sixth and badly wobbled by a 1-2 in the last minute of the seventh. Although Jones allowed him to finish the round, Gunn’s corner called off the bout before the eighth.

Jones picks up the fringe WBF cruiserweight title and improves his record to 65-9 (47 KOs).

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LONDON — David Price’s hopes of returning to heavyweight relevancy may have been dashed for the last time. Last night, Price ran out of gas against a determined Christian Hammer and suffered the fourth stoppage loss of his career.

When there was any distance between them, the 6’8 Price was able to work the jab and target the body. But in close, the bullish Hammer would smash away with clubbing shots when Price tried to rest on the ropes.

Price’s best moment came in the fifth when he floored Hammer off a counter right uppercut. But Hammer recovered and Price exhausted his reserves midway through the sixth. Over the next two rounds, Hammer battered him on the ropes and eventually forced the ref to call off the bout.


You can watch David Price and see the talent. His size and offense are formidable when he’s on. But his flaws, suspect stamina and chin, are absolutely fatal in the heavyweight division. At 33 years old, I see no point in continuing unless Price is ok being a stepping stone for domestic UK prospects.

Tonight, HBO’s latest edition of its Boxing After Dark series reminded us that boxing is a blood sport. The stars of the card, Takashi Miura and Francisco Vargas, shared the ring in 2015 and delivered a consensus Fight of the Year. This time, they were engaged in battle with younger, less accomplished foes. But instead of delivering showcase performances, both veterans gave the sport a pound of their flesh in savage, bloody affairs.

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MIURA KO12 ROMAN: This was 12 rounds of PAIN. Miura did great work to the body but was still hurt badly several times in the early rounds. Defense wasn’t a priority for either fighter and the fight started to favor Roman in the middle rounds. Miura looked exhausted and close to being stopped as Roman increased his combinations. But showing his heart, Miura hung tough and kept pounding away at the body.

The body assault’s effectiveness manifested in the late rounds. Roman was visibly slowed by the shots in the ninth and put on his knees in the 10th by a slashing left hook. He beat the count, but for the remaining roounds Roman was simply outgunned by the surging former champion. A barrage of punches on the ropes put Roman down again in the 11th, and two southpaw lefts floored Roman for good in the 12th.

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BERCHELT UPSETS VARGAS: There’s a good chance tonight was the end of Francisco Vargas as a top fighter. On the surface, that might sound strange when talking about a fighter who just suffered his first defeat. But the brutality of the 32-year-old Vargas’ last three fights against Miura, Salido and now Berchelt is more punishment than most fighters endure of their entire careers.

Against Berchelt, a fighter who was unproven at the elite level, Vargas looked slow. He couldn’t keep his head away from Berchelt’s straight right nor his left hook, which produced constant images of Vargas’ head getting snapped back.

To Vargas’ credit, he bravely battled and even hurt Berchelt with an overhand right in the second, and in the middle rounds with a sneaky body shot. But by the seventh, the contest ceased being competitive and turned into a bloodbath. Cuts were opened above both of Vargas’ eyes with the left being a ghastly injury leaving a flap of skin affecting the champion’s vision.

Based on Vargas’ pedigree as a comeback fighter, referee Raul Caiz gave him every opportunity to turn things around being finally calling it off in the 11th.

WHAT’S NEXT: Last night’s developments have shaken up the 130-pound division. Vargas will spend the rest of the year convalescing, eliminating the possibility of a quick rematch with Berchelt. Miura remains the #1 contender and will likely face Berchelt next in what promises to be another brutal shootout. Despite Roy Jones saying he favored Miura because of his punching power, I view Berchelt-Miura as 50/50 due to Berchelt’s speed, Miura’s lack of head movement and the tough fights he’s endured (including tonight).

This leaves Orlando Salido out in the cold. He was in attendance and no doubt hoping to get a rematch with Vargas, the man he battled to a draw in 2016’s Fight of Year. It’s still possible he can entice Berchelt to fight him since it would be a more lucrative contest than the Miura defense.

Also looming in the distance is WBO champion Vasyl Lomachenko, an HBO staple and the division’s most talented fighter. Then there’s Jason Sosa, who has a version of the WBA strap and has fought on HBO before. Don’t forget Jezreel Corrales, who holds the other version and scored another victory over former lineal champ Takashi Uchiyama last month. And finally young gun Gervonta Davis, who picked up the IBF strap earlier this month. Mix and match any of these fighters together and you have a compelling matchup.

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LAS VEGAS — Two fights into his comeback and Mikey Garcia can call himself a champion again. Earlier tonight, Garcia dominated WBC lightweight titlist Dejan Zlaticanin in route to a third round knockout on the undercard of Frampton-Santa Cruz II.

The normally aggressive Zlaticanin was defanged by Garcia’s sharp jab and footwork, which left the champion a sitting duck at long and mid-range. When Zlaticanin tried to lunge inside with his powerful left, Garcia met his shorter foe with counter rights.

It would be a wild left by Zlaticanin that began his undoing. Garcia countered with a right uppercut that sent Zlaticanin careening into the ropes. Dazed, Zlaticanin could not defend himself from a flush right hook.

 

The knockout gives Garcia a title in his third weight class and puts him in the conversation for a possible unification with the winner of the rematch between Jorge Linares and Anthony Crolla.

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Last year, Floyd Mayweather named Gervonta Davis as the future of boxing. Tonight, fans got to see why as the 22-year-old picked apart previously undefeated Jose Pedraza to score a seventh-round stoppage.

Davis started fast in sweeping the first three rounds behind fast counters and vicious hooks to the body. The success was due to Pedraza trying to fight inside, and the IBF titlist adjusted by using his superior reach at mid-range to out-jab and outwork the challenger in rounds four and five.

Davis regained control in the sixth with heavy power shots. He finished the fading Pedraza in the seventh with a monstrous southpaw right hook.

Coming in, many critics claimed Davis was stepping up too soon and not focused on fighting. In this writer’s humble opinion, we’ve gotten too adjusted to fighters having 30 bouts before taking a risk. At 17-0, this fight had perfect timing and Davis proved he’s special with an excellent performance. Now the IBF title-holder at super featherweight, Gervonta Davis is another formidable name in a strong division.