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BROOKLYN — Keith Thurman’s fast lead was enough to hold off a late surge by Danny Garcia and take a split decision to unify the WBA and WBC welterweight titles. Despite some early fireworks, this was a mostly a high-level chess match with Thurman’s athleticism being the deciding factor.

FAST START: Thurman came with both fists blazing. He wobbled Garcia in the first round with an overhand right and spent the majority of the opening two rounds walking down his smaller foe. Garcia got some traction in the second by countering off the backfoot with right hands, but Thurman erased his efforts withย heavy hooks at the bell.

Starting in the third, Thurman modified his attacks with lateral movement to exploit Garcia’s slow footwork. When Thurman decided to work the jab, Garcia’s offense was reduced to plodding forward and waiting for a Thurman mistake (which were few and far). By the end of the fifth, the only debatable round for Garcia was the second.

FINDING THE RANGE AND GAME PLAN ADJUSTMENTS: The sixth round was the first time Garcia looked comfortable with Thurman’s speed. With his left hook nullified, Garcia found openings with his right hand. He scored with a nice 1-2 at ring centerย and stayed busy in the trenches. The seventh was another close one with Garcia boxing well until the last 10 seconds when Thurman knocked him off-balance with a counter left hook. The eighth and ninth stanzas were all Thurman, who controlled the action by countering easily off the back foot with straight rights and uppercuts. thurman_garcia1 FROM ONE TIME TO RUN TIME: Remember how Oscar De La Hoya thought he had big lead and coasted the final four rounds against Felix Trinidad? It wasn’t that ridiculous tonight, but Thurman clearly was nursing his lead. His punch output dropped and his feet picked up the slack. Outside of the 12th were Garcia landed some good, sustained body blow on the ropes, Thurman didn’t take much serious damage. However, rounds 10-12 clearly went to Garcia and added some drama to the scorecard announcement.

 

SCORECARDS: Official scores were 116-112 Thurman, 115-113 Garica and 115-113 Thurman. I had it 116-112 Thurman and found Kevin Morgan’s score for Danny indefensible. Even with the most generous of scores, I can’t see this closer than 115-113 for One Time. Nonetheless, the right man won and hopefully this is a scare that Thurman learns from.

NEXT ORDER OF BUSINESS: Thurman’s win puts him inย line to unify with the winner of Errol Spence vs. Kell Brook. If that fails, the winner of Shawn Porter vs. Andre Berto is an option. Tonight’s fight was good, but not one that warrants an immediate rematch. Garcia might want to consider Luis Collazo for his comeback bout.

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WBC heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder used a sneaky right hand to erase a growing deficit and score a come from behind knockout of Gerald Washington.

The prevailing narrative before last night was that Washington, a former football player with limited experience at the elite level, wouldn’t be able to hang with a nine-year veteran like Wilder. But for the majority of the five rounds this lasted, it was Wilder who look indecisive and unable to deal with Washington’s offense. Washington outboxed Wilder by pushing him back with jabs and landing short power shots before clinches. The strategy had Wilder reluctant to get off first and dropping the first four rounds.

Lucky for Wilder, his immense power remains the equalizer. One short right hand dumped Washington on the canvas. He beat the count and was hit with a few more clean shots to force a debatable stoppage.

This was Wilder’s comeback fight from right hand and bicep surgery, so he’s entitled to a pass. However, there should be no more wasted time against no-hopers. Nine years in and having a competitive record comparable to Anthony Joshua is not a good look. The alleged plan of unifying with WBO titlist Joseph Parker and then against the winner of Klitschko-Joshua needs to be executed with no excuses.


 

 

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BIRMINGHAM, AL — Dominic Breazeale had to muster every ounce of will to survive a badly swollen right eye and a knockdown to floor Izuagbe Ugonoh twice and win a dramatic fifth round TKO last night at the Legacy Arena.

The previously undefeated Ugonoh stormed out the gate with an aggressive attack to Breazeale’s body. The multiple hooks to the body were loud, thudding shots. Breazeale retaliated by exploiting Ugonoh’s low guard with consistent jabs and overhand rights.

Breazeale’s counter right paid off in the third when he floored Ugonoh in an exchange. Undeterred, Ugonoh continued to press the action and hurt Breazeale badly with multiple overhand rights to score his own knockdown in the fourth.

With both men tired, the fight came down to who would land the next big punch. Breazeale took advantage of a backpedaling Ugonoh by feinting a left jab to the body and coming over the top with an overhand right that knocked the African challenger through the ropes.

The win improves Breazeale’s record to 18-1 (16 KOs) in his first return bout since losing by TKO to Anthony Joshua last June.


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WBC heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder met with the media today in NYC to promote his February 25 title defense against undefeated prospect Gerald Washington. Wilder spoke on a myriad of topics that included Washington’s chances, last year’s dominant KO wins over Artur Szpilka and Chris Arreola, and the desire for a big unification matchup before year’s end.

Wilder vs. Washington airs live February 25 at 8 p.m. on Fox.
There are a lot of heavyweights who say they want me, but at the end of the day, do they really want this? Everybody knows that Deontay Wilder comes with power.
I fight for the people, that’s what I’m all about. I like to give the fans a great fight at a reasonable price. Each fight I’m in I’m always exciting and well-prepared. I come to give people what they want to see when they see a heavyweight, and that’s a knockout.
Gerald Washington is a big guy I’ve seen fight a few times. I don’t think he’s ready to fight me, but he thinks he is. We’ll find out on February 25. I chose him because he’s always been respectful while always wanting the opportunity. He’s going to come ready to fight.
My preparation stays the same, even with the opponent change. I’ve been in situations where I’ve had to change a lot after an opponent dropped out, but Gerald being as good as he is and similar to Wawrzyk makes it easier. They have different styles but we’ll work on how to break him down.
When I knocked out Artur Szpilka, I thought he was dead for a few seconds. That’s just from natural, Alabama country power.
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I’m still training while I’m here in New York. I have Mark Breland here with me helping me get a lot of good work in. I’m staying focused. When February 25 comes, I’ll be ready.
I definitely feel 100 percent, but we’ll see what it’s going to feel like in the ring when I apply this force to a human skull. When I’m in the gym doing work, I feel great.
I never really let my hand properly heal until this injury, because the bicep takes longer to heal than the hand. The time gave me an opportunity to really improve my left hand. I feel more polished now than I’ve ever been.
You have to have patience in this sport. The big fights that people want to see will be coming. I’m not scared of anyone and I won’t run for anyone. My team is on the same page and we’re going to keep working together and moving forward.
It’s all about adjusting. Each and every time I go through something inside or outside of the ring, it just makes me better and better.
Chris Arreola’s style was perfect for mine. Even with the injuries that I was suffering, I could still get the job done. I also had to fight through the injuries with Stiverne, because I hurt my hand in the third round of that fight. Being able to have these experiences has made my confidence even higher.

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On Saturday (July 30), two division champion Mikey Garcia ends a two-year hiatus against Elio Rojas. Forced into “business exile” over a contract dispute with former promoter Top Rank, Garcia returns to a boxing landscape markedly different from the one he left in 2014. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are in retirement (for now). Golovkin vs. Canelo is the sport’s new “delayed super fight.” Vasyl Lomachenko, Terence Crawford and Roman Gonzalez are universally recognized as top Pound 4 Pound fighters. The biggest change for Garcia is also the most humbling — he now has to prove himself all over again.

In this exclusive interview, Mike Garcia speaks on why the best is yet to come, and how becoming a smart businessman will enhance his remaining in-ring career.

BeatsBoxingMayhem: 140 is a new weight for you and brings a whole host of potential opponents like division champion Terence Crawford. Any chance you’ll stay at this weight depending on how you feel Saturday night?

Mikey Garcia: Around December and New Years I did gain some weight. That’s why we wanted to slowly bring the weight down. I’m very comfortable with my walk-around weight so I know there won’t be any problems making 140. But the goal is to get to 135 for a title fight after this return. That’s why we picked this fight so I can slowly get down.

I’ve had the WBO title at featherweight and super featherweight so I really want that third title in a third division. I don’t want to skip lightweight but I will eventually move up to 140. Crawford is the king of the division and that is who I’ll want. Maybe I’ll pick up a title before that fight to create even more pressure to see a unified winner. I’ll fight anyone that’s available that has a title.

I don’t want to waste time fighting nobodies. I don’t have time to be picking easy fights. The second half of my career will determine how I’m remembered.

BeatsBoxingMayhem: Since your target is lightweight, which champion are you focused on?

Garcia: I’ve kept a small eye out there. The name that sticks out more than the others is Terry Flanagan, who’s champion for the WBO and was at super featherweight. I want to gain another WBO title pretty soon.

BeatsBoxingMayhem: You know more than anyone that the “business of boxing” is just as important as what you do in the ring. With Top Rank, it seemed the business dispute got personal on both ends. You’re on record as stating you’d work with Top Rank again under the right circumstances. How did you not stay antagonistic towards Top Rank after being forced to sit out for two years?

Garcia: Well, it really is just business. I can’t see it any other way. I was a key business asset to Top Rank and a fighter they obviously did not want to lose. They attempted to starve me out and see if I’d accept whatever they offered. Clearly I was ready to fight until the very end and they finally gave up.

If they really believed I was still under contract they should have waited and gone through with the final ruling from the judge on the lawsuit. But they realized they were in trouble and didn’t want the final ruling to be public and have the judge rule in my favor. They negotiated a release that I accepted. We all walked our separate ways with no one having to pay anything.

With business, who knows the future. We might work together down the line to make a fight. This isn’t first time a fighter has had to go through this and won’t be the last time.

BeatsBoxingMayhem: I can’t think of any other fighter that was able to get out of a contract dispute with Top Rank. Have you had other fighters in similar circumstances approach you for advice?

Garcia: Not quite but I’m always reminding fighters that there’s nothing wrong with fighting back. Don’t let them take advantage of you and make sure to have the right people around you. You need real attorneys that can back you up and fight to make sure the promoters are doing their job.

While I was in litigation, I was never offered a fight from Top Rank. If they really felt the contract extension was valid, they should have been doing their job and offering fights to me. We’re the ones getting in the ring and putting our lives on the line. Not the managers. Not the promoters. And not even the fans.

At the end of the day, the business has to be worth it.

BeatsBoxingMayhem: You’re fighting on Showtime/PBC card but as a free agent. What do you need to see from a promoter to sign another long-term deal?

Garcia: It’s got to be a fair deal. I know the promoter has to make money putting together and running the show. Yes, I get that they have expenses. But on a long-term deal everything has been to shown. No hidden agendas — everything up front. I need to know exactly where the revenue comes from and what is being spent.

When a promoter doesn’t want to show you want you’re gonna make, promises a certain purse and then comes back with less, or even lying about what your opponent makes and pocketing the extra money, it’s a problem. They don’t even want to tell you how much money is being brought by the sponsors, international licensing fees, or how much is available from the gate. These categories will be blank or marked as zero on the contract disclosures. Those are red flags and I will not accept anything blindly.

How can we have a working business relationship when the fighter doesn’t know the money available? The promoter knows — they’ve been doing it for years. They should be able to give you a close estimate on what money will be coming in.

BeatsBoxingMayhem: Floyd Mayweather is the best example we have of a fighter that mastered the business side of the sport. However, it came with a detriment to his in-ring legacy. We’ve spoken a lot about the business side being right for the rest of your career. Does that take precedent over your in-ring legacy?

Garcia: I think I can be successful in both ways. I want to leave a good legacy by fighting all the champions. I want to be right there with the best. What I learned through litigation and discovery can be balanced to make a great career. The money will be there by going for the big fights.

Mikey Garcia vs. Elio Rojas will be on the undercard of Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton, airing July 30 on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET.

 

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Premier Boxing Champions is headed to Florida next Sunday (June 12) with a crossroads fight main event between veteran Phil “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco (27-2, 15 KOs) and Joseph Elegele (15-2, 11 KOs) live on Bounce TV from the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Florida.

Fans will recall Lo Greco for his brave stand last year against blue-chip prospect Errol Spence. Lo Greco was stopped in the third round, but has bounced back with a fifth round stoppage win over Pablo Munguia last October. Next Sunday’s fight will mark Lo Greco’s first welterweight bout since 2010.

“I don’t know much about Elegele but I will not take him lightly,” said Lo Greco. “I am always in the gym. I enjoy fighting. This is what it’s all about, fighting on television and making a name for yourself. A win here will get me one step closer to the bigger fights.”

Although the same age as Lo Greco, the 31 year old Joseph Elegele is a latecomer to the sport, having turned pro in late 2009 at 25. With two decision losses in his previous step-up fights against Aaron Martinez (2011) and Javier Molina (2013), Elegele is acutely aware this may be his last opportunity to reach the next level.

“People should watch me, because after this fight, I am ready to show the world that I am ready for the big fights,” declared Elegele. “This win will put me towards the top and in a position to fight top fighters. This is the best I have felt in my whole career. Lo Greco is a game fighter. This is my hometown and I will have a lot of people coming out to support me and I can’t wait.”

On the undercard, Australian light-heavyweight prospect Steve Lovett (15-0, 12 KOs) takes on Craig Baker (16-1, 12 KOs). The matchup has a bit of intrigue in the Ronnie Shields trained Lovett being one of the chief sparring partners that prepared Edwin Rodriguez in his matchup against Baker last May.

Rodriguez scored a third round knockout and this will be Baker’s first fight on the comeback trail.

“A win here will get me in the mix with the top contenders,” said Lovett. “I expect an entertaining fight and I am ready to go. Training camp is always good and I will be in the best shape possible on June 12. I helped Edwin Rodriguez prepare for his fight against Baker so I know him well. I am at the stage to step up to the next level.”

“I’m excited about this opportunity to take on a fighter like Steve Lovett,” countered Baker. “He’s highly regarded but I know that I have the skills and experience to beat him. I’m leaving it all in the ring. A win here puts me in position to get big fights so I plan on being impressive.”

Tickets are priced from $35-$75 and available at http://www.thelakelandcenter.com or calling 888-397-0100, or visiting the Lakeland Center box office between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on weekdays.

The card airs on Bounce TV at 9 p.m. ET.

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Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz both weighed in at 146.8 pounds for tomorrow’s long-awaited grudge rematch. Both were in great shape with Berto wanting no parts of Ortiz’s playful antics after the staredown.

For my vantage point, we have a ย 50-50 fight that won’t go the distance. I’m still not sold on Berto’s durability against a southpaw puncher Ortiz’s size. On the other hand, Ortiz’s layoff might result in him being caught cold early as he was several years back against Luis Collazo.

We’ll find out tomorrow night on Fox starting at 8 p.m. ET.