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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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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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MIAMI — There is another middleweight destroyer rising up the ranks. Sergiy Derevyanchenko cemented himself as a contender and possible future title-challenger to Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez with a 12th round knockout of Tureano Johnson last night at the Buffalo Run Casino.

Derevyanhenko made the swarming Johnson pay for his aggression by using lateral movement to get heavy hooks and uppercuts around the guard. The Ukranian also varied his offense between light, setup punches inside that lulled Johnson into a false sense of security before unleashing power shots.

The pace was grueling with both men alternating between weary moments, but Derevyanchenko’s superior power wore down Johnson, who was hurt badly in rounds three and eleven before crumbling in the 12th behind a barrage of hooks.

The win was an IBF title eliminator, and the 31-year old feels he’s ready for the winner of Golovkin-Canelo next month.

“I’m ready to fight the winner of Golovkin vs. Canelo for the title,” said Derevyanchenko. “I think Golovkin will win and I look forward to fighting him next.”

The win improves Derevyanchenko’s record to 11-0 (9 KOs).

 

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My coach told me he’s going to shoot those wild shots and I’ll be able to catch him in the middle. 

LINCOLN, NE — It took less than three rounds for Terence Crawford to make history. Before his hometown fans, Crawford scored a body shot KO of Julius Indongo to become the first four-belt unified champion in 12 years.

Crawford took immediate advantage of fellow southpaw Indongo’s poor balance and wide punches. Indongo was stunned in the first round from a counter left and forced to backpedal. Another straight left, this time behind the ear, floored Indongo in the second. Indongo continued to look in peril by lunging and found himself in dire straits by a counter left uppercut and right hook to the solar plexus.

The shots put Indongo on his back and writhing in pain for the ten count.

Crawford has possibly competed in his final bout at junior welterweight and spoke about an immediate jump to the welterweight division. The win improves his record to 32-0. The last unified champion in boxing came in 2005 with Jermain Taylor’s first decision win over Bernard Hopkins.

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If you’re a Manny Pacquiao fan, the Jeff Horn “defeat” might have been for the better because a Crawford fight would have been ugly…VERY UGLY. 147 presents some great matchups and I see Crawford’s technical skills serving him well against bigger fighters.

So let’s hear it, folks. What did you think of the performance and who is Crawford’s biggest threat at 147?

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Nearly a year out of the ring hasn’t dulled the potency of Adonis Stevenson’s straight left hand. The lineal light-heavyweight champion needed less than two rounds to repeatedly blitz Andrzej Fonfara to force a ring apron stoppage from trainer Virgil Hunter.

Fonfara never recovered from getting caught with a left-hand counter early in the first round. He was dropped by the shot and nearly stopped as the bell rung. The second was a continuation of the first before Hunter saved his client from a more brutal stoppage.

What would have been an intriguing rematch 2 years ago was rendered pointless by recent developments. Since Fonfara’s notable showing in the first bout, he’s had a brutal Fight of the Year candidate against Nathan Cleverly and got destroyed in one round against Joe Smith Jr. That wear and tear seemed notable in Fonfara looking more like a pinata than a fighter Saturday night.

As for Stevenson, we can say a lot about his putrid level of competition over the last 5 years. However, what can’t be debated is he remains one of the more lethal hitters in the sport (he hurt Fonara badly while backpedaling). Like most PBC fighters, he affirmed in his post-fight interview that he’ll fight whomever Al Haymon puts in front of him. Logically, that should be the winner of Kovalev-Ward II or Eleider Alvarez. Otherwise,  it’s just more of the same for a 39-year old champion whose time at the elite level can end at any given moment.


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ELEIDER ALVAREZ MD JEAN PASCAL: This was an entertaining scrap. At this stage, the 34-year old Pascal doesn’t have the same explosive athleticism that won him the light-heavyweight title from Chad Dawson. But he still has a huge heart, and it allowed Pascal to go the distance despite being rocked several times by Alvarez. Whenever it seemed like Pascal might be going out, he fired back with body shots and occasionally landed some flashy left hook counter upstairs.

In the end, it was Alvarez’s consistent jab that kept Pascal controlled to take a majority decision (117-111, 116-112, 114-114). The win positions Alvarez as a top contender for Stevenson’s WBC title.

 

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LONDON — Welcome to the Anthony Joshua era. The undefeated fighter staked his claim to heavyweight supremacy by overcoming a sixth round knockdown to stop former undisputed champion and future Hall of Famer Wladimir Klitschko in 11 rounds before 90,000 rabid fans at Wembley Stadium.

Although Klitschko displayed spry footwork in the early rounds, it was Joshua who was the active puncher. The titlist kept Klitschko backpeadling with pushing jabs and overhand rights. However, Klitschko remained dangerous by catching most of those shots on the gloves and landed several strong right hands in the second and fourth.

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A dramatic fifth round saw Joshua storm out and hurt Klitschko with a clubbing right hand. He continued the blitzing assault to cut Klitschko over the left eye and score a knockdown. The challenger proved resilient by crashing in multiple left hooks to stun a fatigued Joshua to close the stanza.

It would be the patented Klitschko 1-2 followed by a left hook that produced the most perilous moment of Joshua’s career in round six. He was dropped early in the round and forced to survive off the backfoot as Klitschko pursued with lead hooks. Klitschko built his momentum further by controlling the action with a ramrod jab in rounds 7-8.

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Gradually, Joshua worked his way back into the fight. He outworked Klitshko in rounds 9-10 by focusing his attack on the body. However, Klitschko still was in a position to close the bout, as evidenced by a heavy right hand that punctuated the 10th.

Joshua seized the final advantage in the 11th by exploiting Klitschko’s clinching. He rocked the former champion with a vicious right uppercut that lead to another knockdown. Joshua quickly floored Klitschko again with a right hand for a third knockdown. Klitschko rose again but was trapped in a corner and unable to hold, forcing the referee to call the bout.

Joshua improves to 19-0 and is now the unified IBF and WBA champion. A rematch clause is in place. Should Klitschko not exercise it, Joshua named-checked domestic rival and lineal champion Tyson Fury as a potential opponent.

 

 

 

 

 

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QUEBEC CITY — Lucian Bute’s 14-year career may be over after suffering a one-punch knockout loss to undefeated contender Eleider Alvarez tonight at the Centre Videotron.

Bute, who was making is debut at light-heavyweight, displayed a high activity rate over the first four rounds. An errant head butt benefited Bute dispute a cut nose, as Alvarez received a laceration that streamed blood down his face. The injury seemed to affect Alvarez’s focus and allowed Bute to get off first with straight lefts and inside-out offense.

The success proved to be fool’s gold. Bute lingered too long inside, allowing Alvarez to counter him with an overhand right. The punch froze Bute long enough for Alvarez to floor him with a short right hook. With Bute too dazed to continue, referee Marlon Wright waved the bout off.

As a WBC title-eliminator, the victory puts Alvarez in place to face champion Adonis Stevenson later this year. Stevenson has a voluntary defense against a yet to be determined opponent on April 29.