Posts Tagged ‘#Lightweight’

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Last night on Top Rank Boxing on ESPN, we had a triple header of acton.  Shakur Stevenson (5-0, 2 KO’s) defeated Jonny Tapia (8-2, 3 KO’s) by an 8 round shutout unanimous decision victory.  All the judges scored the fight 80-72 in favor of Stevenson.  Tapia had no answer for Stevenson’s superior speed and his reach advantage, and just could not get any offense going.  Stevenson stays undefeated and continues to make a name for himself as one of boxings top young prospects.

The co-feature of the evening was not as exciting as everyone thought it would be, until of course it was.  Egidijus Kavaliauskus (19-0, 16 KO’s) defeated David Avanesyan (23-3-1, 11 KO’s) by TKO in the 6th round.  Rounds 1 through 3 were very uneventful in this fight, as both fighters were shy to pull the trigger.  In round 4, Kavaliauskus staggered Avanesyan with a big right hand, but was unable to capitalize on it.  In the 6th however, Kavaliauskus landed another huge right hand through the guard, and Avanesyan was badly hurt.  With no legs under him, and taking a barrage of punches, the referee stopped the fight in the 6th, as Avanesyan was clearly done.

The main event was an exciting back and forth rumble, as Ray Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KO’s) defeated Paulus Moses (40-4, 25 KO’s) to finally capture his first world title in boxing.  With the title also comes a green card, which Beltran has been fighting for, so that he could stay with his family in the United States.  The WBO title should all but ensure that for the 36 year old Beltran.  Beltran came out of the gate swinging, and dominated the first round.  The 39 year old  Moses however, found a home for the right hand in the second round, and would continue to land it throughout the middle rounds.  Beltran seemed to take some of the middle rounds off, perhaps saving his energy for later, but came alive with a vengeance in the late stages of the fight.  Beltran dominated the 10th and 11th rounds and he went down to both sides of Moses body, which opened up the head for his devastating left hook.  The final round was a close one, but not enough for Moses to pull out a viceroy.  The final scores were 117-111/117-111/116-112, all in favor for the new WBO Lightweight champion Raymundo “Sugar Ray” Beltran.




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For some strange reason, Adrien Broner (30-3, 24 KO’s) just doesn’t let his hands go against top fighters.  It was no different this past saturday night, as Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KO’s) was victorious in his first try at 140 pounds.  Broner won the first round, and then wouldn’t win one for a while after that.  Mikey Garcia started finding his range in the second, and once he found it, he had Broner on the ropes.

That would be the story for most of the fight, as Garcia would land with both hands and daze Broner a few times.  In the 8th round, Broner would finally wake up and start throwing punches.  He nailed Garcia with a blistering combination with the left hook stunning Garcia for a few moments.  The 9th was more of the same, as Garcia wasn’t looking so good.  At this point though, Broner’s only chance to win was by KO, and Mikey Garcia wasn’t having it.  Garcia finished off the last two rounds pretty strong, and cruised to a unanimous decision victory.  Is Broner’s career now in trouble?  I think so!



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Their first fight was amazing, in fact it was even on the score cards through the first six rounds.  The rematch told a different story.  On Saturday night March 25th, Jorge Linares (42-3, 27 KO’s) proved that he indeed was the superior fighter, when he defeated Anthony Crolla (31-6, 13 KO’s) again in their rematch.  Corolla looked great in the first round, and looked like he would make this another close fight.  Unfortunately, that was the only round he looked great in.

Linares completely took over the fight from the second round on, by controlling the distance and range with his jab, and landing vicious left hooks to the body that slowed Crolla down.  In the 5th round, Linares found the right uppercut, and landed it repeatedly throughout the rest of the fight.  The left uppercut would come as well, as Linares dropped Crolla with it in the 7th round.  Crolla actually came out strong in the 8th, perhaps feeling a sense of urgency, and did box a bit better in the later rounds.  On my card, Crolla won the 8th, but it would be the only other round besides the first that he would win.  All judges were in agreement at the end of 12 rounds, with a final score of 118-109 in favor of Jorge Linares.



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Tomorrow night, Saturday March 25th 2017, Jorge Linares (41-3, 27 KO’s) will defend the WBA and TheRing Lightweight titles in a rematch with Anthony Crolla (31-5-3, 13 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the Manchester Arena in Manchester England, and will air on Sky Sports and ShowTime International at 6pm ET.  In the co-feature, Martin Joseph Ward (16-0-2, 8 KO’s) will take on Maxi Hughes (16-2-2, 2 KO’s) for the British Super Featherweight title in a 12 round Super Featherweight bout.  Also on the card, Brian Rose (29-4-1, 8 KO’s) and Jack Arnfield (23-2, 6 KO’s) will go at it in a 12 round Middleweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Jorge Linares Tale of The Tape Anthony Crolla
41 Wins 31
3 Lost 5
27 KOs 13
0 Draws 3
44 Total Fights 39
61% KO% 33%
5’8″ Height 5’8″
69″ Reach 67″
Orthodox Stance Orthodox
Barinas, Venezuela Nationality Manchester, Lancashire, UK
Born August 22nd, 1985 Date of Birth November 16th, 1986



Brian Rose  —  def  —  Jack Arnfield  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Martin Ward  —  def  —  Maxi Hughes  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Jorge Linares  —  def  —  Anthony Crolla  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision



Terence Crawford mowed through the Lightweight division, and it was time to move up to Junior Welterweight for better competition.  But is he really getting that on April 18th with his first fight in this weight class?  He will take on Thomas Dulorme for the vacant WBO World Championship.  With his move up in weight, Crawford gets a huge present from the World Boxing Organization (WBO), as he automatically gets a world title shot.

Crawford was in the fight of his life against Yuriorkis Gamboa in June of 2014, but ultimately his boxing skill took over and he ended up with a TKO victory.  Then he face Raymundo Beltran and picked him apart.  He retained his WBO title and won TheRing title, and it was time to move up.  Thomas Dulorme is a virtually untested opponent for Crawford, and one  must wonder why exactly this title shot wasn’t given to Lucas Matthysse instead of Dulorme, because no one deserves it more at a 140 pounds.