Posts Tagged ‘left hook’

 

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The first title-winner of 2018 is a young lion from Ghana. Before his countrymen last night at the Bukom Boxing Arena, 23-year old Isaac Dogboe scored two knockdowns off left hooks to capture the WBO interim super bantamweight title.

MAKING THE VISITOR UNCOMFORTABLE: Many of you will remember Juarez for his Fight of the Year-level battle with Nonito Donaire back in 2015. He’s highly durable, a relentless stalker and bruising body puncher. Dogboe made a statement in the opening minute by starting fast and backing Juarez up with heavy left hooks and blows to the body. The phone-booth fighting stunned Juarez and made him give ground.

Dogboe couldn’t maintain this the entire opening round, but he didn’t need to. He imprinted o Juarez’s psyche that he could hurt him and it made the Mexican slugger a more hesitant when he got inside. That allowed the faster Dogboe to control the action from the backfoot and time counter left hooks.

EXPLOITING THE DEFENSIVE HOLES: The left hook counter hit paydirt in the second. Juarez was dropping his right hand when throwing left jabs and hooks, and Dogboe detonated a left hook on the jaw for the first knockdown. Juarez was hurt but able to withstand Dogboe’s follow-up shots.

The pattern replicated for the next three rounds with Juarez continuing to come forward, but unable to trap the Ghanian long enough to work the body and slow him down.

The end came in the fifth when Dogboe launched a perfect left hook on an incoming Juarez. The Mexican fighter had a delayed reaction and staggered aimlessly before crashing to his back. Juarez beat the count, but his dazed demeanor prompted referee Tony Weeks to halt the contest.

THE LION OF GHAHA: The win gives Dogboe the interim WBO super bantamweight title and makes him the mandatory for Jessie Magdaleno, who is looking for an opponent on a March 10 card at California’s StubHub Center. Dogboe wasted no time in the post-fight interview in declaring his availability for that date.

“Jessie Magdaleno, I’m coming for you, baby!” Dogboe vowed. “I know you’re gonna run, but the Lion of Ghana is here! The Pound 4 Pound king is here!”

The fight is a no-brainer in terms of excitement; it’s pitting two undefeated guys in their athletic primes together. However, I’m not sure if the money can be put together to get this done by March. Also, I could see Magdaleno, who last fought in April scoring a second-round TKO over Adeilson Dos Santos, wanting a tune-up before facing a hard-punching dynamo like Dogboe.

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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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CARSON, CA — Jhonny Gonzalez has shaken up the boxing landscape at 122 and 126 pounds with a shocking first round knockout of previously undefeated Abner Mares to capture the WBC featherweight title.

Coming off a bad KO loss to Daniel Ponce de Leon, the 31-year old Gonzalez was viewed as a solid but ultimately overmatched and past prime fighter heading into the bout. Mares tried to confirm that in the figh’s first minute by getting off with a quick flurry of power shots to the body and head, forcing Gonzalez to retreat. Once there was sufficient space between them, Gonzalez shot a wide, arcing left hook that sailed past Mares’s guard to land flush on the chin.

Mares toppled backward to the canvas, looking bewilderd as the referee counted in his face. Mares rose and loudly affirmed several times his desire to continue as his limbs did a slow, spasmic dance. Referee Jack Reiss gave the champion the benefit of the doubt.

Gonzalez did not.

“I knew that Mares [after the first knockdown] was hurt and that sooner or later the fight would be over,” explained Gonzalez afterward.

Within seconds, Gonzalez tore into Mares with more hooks. Mares, in his retaliatory attempts and reaction to the punches he was receiving, looked to be moving in slow motion, as if his body couldn’t register the speed of the devastation it was receiving. Another left hook started Mares’ second descent to the canvas with a right cross snapping his head back mid-fall for good measure.

The disposed champion hit the canvas with his right knee folded under him. He immediately tried to rise on instinct, but this time Reiss recognized that all reasonable doubt had been removed and wisely saved Mares for further damage.

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THE POUND 4 POUND CURSE: Oh, the irony. This past Tuesday, one of the topics I posed on the Bad Culture Boxing Show was whether Abner Mares was #2 P4P (as Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer declared on a recent conference call). I said no, simply because he didn’t get the chance to unify against Nonito Donaire and/or Guillermo RIgondeaux. Ryan Bivins of Sweetboxing made this comment about my stance.

Based on the way those Gonzalez left hooks were landing, Mr. Bivins has a salient point. However, I don’t think this was a case of Mares believing his own hype and paying for it. He just ran into a fighter that exploited a big hole in his game.

REMATCH?: Mares didn’t rule it out in his post-fight interview, but didn’t exactly demand it either. He spoke about spending time with his family and letting Golden Boy decide when he’ll fight again. There is a rematch clause, but I don’t think anyone would begrudge Mares finally taking a soft touch for the first time in years.

As for Gonzalez, I’d love to see him try to get revenge on Ponce de Leon.

SANTA CRUZ MOWS DOWN TERRAZAS: Leo Santa Cruz won his second world in as many weight classes with a three-round massacre of Victor Terrazas. It’s becoming very apparent that anyone trying to trade punches and bang with Santa Cruz is suicidal. Terrazas tried it and found his right eye swollen shut after just two rounds from the assortment of left hooks and uppercuts. The outside wasn’t much better, as Santa Cruz was timing him with overhand rights.

A left hook on Terrazas’ damaged right eye crumpled him to the floor. Terrazas made a second canvas trip moments later and capitulated by telling referee Lou Moret that he couldn’t see out of right eye.

Santa Cruz revealed in his post-fight interview he’d like to make at least two defenses of his newly won WBC super bantamweight title before moving up again. That ensures he’ll be kept away from Gonzalez (which is wise at this point).

Sure, it would have been great to see Santa Cruz and Mares meet down the road as undefeated fighters, but when you’re consistently fighting elite competition, that ‘0″ will go at some point.

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UNCASVILLE, Connecticut — Last night’s Main Events card was capped by an explosive, potential middleweight title-shot earning performance from Brooklyn’s Curtis Stevens, who needed a little under two and half minutes to blast away Saul Roman at the Mohegan Sun Casino.

For a man that’s vowed to “bathe in the blood” of current middleweight destroyer Gennady Golovkin, Stevens needed to make a statement and did just that on a nationally televised main event. Stevens took advantage of Roman’s ponderous shots and countered with fast, vicious left hooks that short-circuited Roman’s senses from the first clean blow. It was a Stevens left hook that dropped Roman awkwardly to his knees. Roman couldn’t effectively clinch, and trying to fight his way out the round resulted in another left hook that left him prone on his back and without the referee needing to bother with a count.

“[I]Tried to set up the jab but the hooks caught him… NAAARRGGGH!” said an animated Stevens in his post-fight interview, complete with his own adlibs. “Nuclear warfare! Crunch! My finisher! Ahhh! Golovkin is gonna get caught just like that!”

Stevens made his intentions known that he wants Golovkin next, but cast doubt on if Golovkin’s team would be interested in making that fight. In addition, he dismissed GGG’s recent third-round KO over Matthew Macklin as Golovkin feasting on a scared fighter.

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MAKE IT HAPPEN HBO: The irony about this win is that Macklin has a similar first round blowout in his bout before facing Golovkin (in addition to also claiming GGG hadn’t faced a fearless opponent yet). With Golovkin having a November 2 date at MSG on hold, making this bout is a complete no-brainer. Golovkin has yet to face someone as explosive as Stevens so that’s a new look for the him, and Stevens would bring a nice hometown NYC crowd with him.

As far as who would win, Golovkin will and should be the overwhelming favorite. Roman was a solid opponent, but competing at middleweight was a stretch for him considering most of his career has been spent at 154 pounds. In an inside battle of power shots (because Stevens sure won’t be able to outbox him), I pick the guy who’s crushed better fighters with his power and also shown to have a sturdier chin (quiet as it’s kept, Macklin did crack GGG flush a few times).

 

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ADAMEK UD10 GUINN: Dominick Guinn is 1-4 in his last five fights and we saw why with Tomasz ADamek having an easy time in scoring a ten round unanimous decision (99-91 twice, 98-92). While Adamek is no spring chicken himself at 36, he still has much more left than the 38-year old Guinn, who was repeatedly beat to the punch in every exchange. Adamek didn’t have to take many chances, and took his time countering and moving back outside before Guinn, who’s reaction time reflected his age, could offer any significant return fire. Guinn remains a very durable guy (never stopped in any of his 10 losses), so Adamek’s punches never threatened a stoppage. For a replacement opponent, the fight was ok, but you wonder what’s next for Adamek as his career has been treading water since the KO loss to Vitali Klitschko back in 2011. You’d have to think fellow Main Events fighters like Bryant Jennings or Vyacheslav Glazkov should be on his radar.

 

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CHAMBERS A FLOP AGAINST MCHUNU:  One of the main attractions of this card was supposed to be Eddie Chambers finally being able to fight at his “natural” weight of cruiseweight. No longer would he have to struggle against bigger, stronger fighters, right? What we got last night was a listless, plodding fighter with no passion or seemingly concern that he was throwing his credibility and career in the toilet with every passing lackadaisical round.

The storyline going into this fight was Thabiso Mchudu being untested. But once the bell rang, Chambers was the one unsure of himself. Mchudu chose to box off the backfoot and counter. Chambers struggled mightily all night to find the range with his right hand and repeatedly got popped with counter rights and left hooks . Chambers never adjusted by utlizing his own left hook, or providing any significant pressure to get Mchudu out of his comfort zone. All it would take is a glancing shot for Chambers to back off, incredulously look at his gloves, and smile at Mchudu in acknowledgement of a landed punch.

It was an absolute pitiful display. Chambers is 31 years old and with cruiserweight having a talent fall-off after about the initial Top 5 fighters, he can definitely string together a few victories to get back into contention. However, if this is all he can muster against the good fighters of the division, then his prospects of making any serious noise are nil.

“Golden Boy and Al Haymon will get me that fight. I’m ready for that fight. I want to fight him.” – Lucas Matthysse on fighting Danny Garcia

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ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey — Lucas Matthysse promised that Lamont Peterson wouldn’t be able to handle his power. That vow was delivered in spades last night with Matthysse scoring three knockdowns in route to a whitewash, third round TKO victory last night at the Boardwalk Hall.

Peterson came out trying to box off the backfoot and work his jab, making the bout’s first two minutes a chess match in positioning. Matthysse took the stanza in the last 20 seconds via a hard left hook counter and straight right that put Peterson on his heels.

Matthysse upped his aggression in the second by stalking after Peterson with wild haymakers and roughing him up in clinches with clubbing hooks to the body and head. Matthysse mixed in a few unintentional rabbit punches, and Peterson soon tried to come forward to stifle the pressure. Matthysse immediately countered this with a thudding right cross.

A stunned Peterson stumbled into the ropes and then clinched for time. He tried to go back to boxing off the backfoot, but his legs had stiffened and he soon found himself with his back to the ropes. Matthysse threw a straight right to the body which slightly dropped Peterson’s guard and opened up a deadly left hook upstairs.

The shot caught Peterson on the top of his head. His brain told him to move, and he made the initial steps before the damage short-circuited any further upright movement.

Peterson toppled to the floor, but was up at four and affirmed to Steve Smoger his willingness to continue. With 18 seconds left, Peterson was barely able to clinch without falling. In the corner, trainer Barry Hunter implored him not to let Matthysse “over-rough him” in the clinches. This implied he wanted Peterson to turn on his aggression and move Matthysse backwards, much like he was able to do against Amir Khan, Victor Ortiz and Kendall Holt.

Matthysse isn’t those fighters.

Peterson was scoring in-close to start the third round, but Matthysse clearly had control with cleaner, harder and varied power shots. After receiving them, Peterson would quickly hold or move away. With 1:14 left, Peterson made the fatal mistake of trying to exchange hooks with Matthysse and found himself back on the canvas via a left hook with Matthysse’s full weight behind it.

Peterson stumbled back to his feet but within seconds was back on the canvas by his corner via another left hook. The fight was quickly stopped by referee Steve Smoger.

“The first round I was trying to find out what I was bringing to the fight. After the second round I started connecting with more force,” said Matthysse in his post-fight interview. “I had two and a half months of preparation for this fight and that was the difference. Now I know I am the best at 140 pounds because no one has ever dominated Peterson the way I did tonight.”

On the undercard, Devon Alexander made easy work of a clearly overmatched Lee Purdy. The southpaw Alexander, who hurt his left hand in the first round, kept up a high workrate and many times stood in front of Purdy firing off combinations. The slower Purdy tried to come in behind a high guard, but he was mostly a step behind with his offense and didn’t possess the power to trouble the IBF welterweight titlist. Seeing the writing on the wall, Purdy’s corner threw in the towel before round eight.

“There are going to be a lot of critics saying Purdy wasn’t all that anyway, but he’s a good fighter,” said Alexander, who scored his first knockout in nearly three years. “Over in the U.K. he beat some good guys and I think he was very suitable. He came to fight and he gave me a good fight. I got the win. I got the technical knockout.”

Alexander is rumored to be in line to face Amir Khan in December.

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This picture of Danny Garcia ringside after the Matthysse KO was the highlight of my night. Note Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin to his right looking at him with genuine concern for his well-being.

Most people aren’t giving Garcia any shot. I’ll go against the hype and say Danny Garcia has a solid chance of beating The Machine. Is he the favorite? No. Would I bet on him to win? Hell no. But he’s shown the ability to stick to a game plan even when hurt, and the Judah fight showed he can maintain movement (which he’ll have to do to blunt Matthysse’s power). Peterson didn’t have the power to gain Matthysse’s respect. Garcia might not either, but it’s possible a few of those powerful left hooks could give pause to Matthysse’s pressure. But as of right now, Lucas Matthysse is looking like an unstoppable force at 140 pounds.

At press time, Golden Boy is looking at reserving the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. for a Matthysse-Garcia main event supported by Judah-Peterson. I might have to make that trip.

Nonito Donaire, Jorge Arce

HOUSTON, TEXAS — WBO super-bantamweight titlist Nonito Donaire did what was expected of him in delivering a quick and vicious knockout of an undersized and outgunned Jorge Arce last night at the Toyota Center.

Arce attempted to box off the backfoot in the opening round, but that just left him open for right hands due to Donaire’s reach and height advantage. Arce began coming forward in the second and started to get timed by sweeping left hooks. However, it would be the right hand that scored the first knockdown. Arce rose and started going for broke, taking more power shots and tapping his gloves to taunt Donaire into delivering more punishment.

The proud Mexican was granted his wish in spades.

Arce walked into a sharp jab and straight right that landed behind the ear and badly wobbled him. Donaire followed up with two merciless lefts, an uppercut and hook, while Arce was trying gather himself with one glove on the canvas. The third and decisive knockdown came quickly with a left hook separating Arce’s fighting spirit from his frame and sprawling him on the canvas.

Arce commended Donaire on the vicory and confirmed his retirement.

“I promised my family if I lost I would quit,” said Arce. “I’m a gentleman and have a family to take care of.”

Donaire, who still has formidable challenges in his weight class, made his strongest statement to date in verifying who his next opponents will be.

“Bring ’em all on!” stated Donaire. “I want to get [Abner] Mares because he called me out. If not we’ve got [Guillermo] Rigondeaux.”

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We’re going to hold you, and you’re promoter Bob Arum, to these words Nonito. Nobody took this Arce fight seriously, but having fought four times this year, it was no reason to crucify you over it as your competition overall has been solid. However, to consider yourself a top Pound4Pound fight, and a credible champion for that matter, fighting BOTH Abner Mares and Guillermo Rigondeaux should be your top goals for 2013. These two are far and away the best fighters in your division. And in Mares’s case, he has a valid claim that to have faced better competition recently.

Will Top Rank and Golden Boy put side their BS to make Mares-Donaire? Will Nonito keep his word and remain up for a Rigondeaux unification?

LOS ANGELES, CA — Leading up to last night’s showdown, WBO flyweight titlist Brian Viloria described this fight as his only only road to continued success. His performance mirrored this mentality, as Viloria showcased his power, a consistent body attack and lethal counter-punching to drop Hernan “Tyson” Marquez three times to unify the WBO and WBA titles with a 10th round TKO at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

Viloria carried the first four rounds with hard right hooks to the body and slashing left hooks upstairs. Marquez stunned Viloria with a counter left and pounced with a series of hooks on a rope-trapped Viloria. However, Marquez quickly found himself on the canvas courtesy of a Viloria right hook. Although considered a big puncher, Marquez spent the majority of these rounds moving away from Viloria’s shots. The southpaw Marquez found limited success with his straight left downstairs, but was forced to hold several times from the effects of Viloria’s body assault.

Marquez would land a huge left hook counter that wobbled Viloria, who again was pinned on the ropes. Marquez unloaded his best shots, but Viloria remained calm, kept his guard high and moved his head to slip shots. Once Marquez’s punches slowed, Viloria went to work with a left hook and right cross to score his second knockdown.

Marquez’s confidence was stalled from the comeback, and Viloria was able to take the sixth and seventh stanzas by jabbing more and continuing to work right hands downstairs. Marquez got his second wind in the eighth and ninth as Viloria punched less and lingered too long inside. Marquez gave a final big push to start the 10th only to be dropped badly by a counter left hook. Although he beat the count, his corner wisely called the contest.

Brian Viloria improves to 32-3 (19 KOs) with his third straight knockout win. Hernan “Tyson” Marquez falls to 34-3 (25 KOs).