Posts Tagged ‘#Undefeated’

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Yesterday afternoon on ShowTime Boxing International, Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KO’s) defeated Joseph Parker (24-1, 18 KO’s) to unify the WBA WBO & IBF World Heavyweight titles.  The final score cards read 118-110/118-110/119-109, but the fight was actually a lot closer then that.  I scored the fight 116-112 for Joshua.  I had the fight even through the first 6 rounds, as there was really not much happening on either side.  Parker really let the fight slip away in the last 4 rounds, as his activity level really fell off.

Usually the first round or two are the feeling out rounds.  In this fight, the first 6 rounds were a feeling out process for both fighters, as neither seemed to be willing to fully commit to throwing power shot.  Perhaps they both were afraid to sell out due to the power of the other man.  Joshua did however take over in the second half of the fight, as Parker just stopped throwing and landing.  Joshua seemed to hurt Parker in the 8th round, and Parker became even less willing to throw big punches.  All in all, the fight definitely did not reach anywhere near the hype, but none the less, Anthony Joshua now hold 3 of the 4 major titles, and is the new unified Heavyweight champion if the world.



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On August 19th 2017, Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo will go at each other in this unification bout, for the Undisputed Junior Welterweight Championship.  Terence Crawford will defend his WBC/WBO/TheRing/Lineal Junior Welterweight championship, and on the flip side, Julius Indongo will be defending his WBAunified/IBF Junior Welterweight titles.  The fight will take place at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln Nebraska, and will be live at 9pm ET on ESPN.  This fight will be for all the marbles, as the winner will be crowned the first truly undisputed champion since Bernard Hopkins took all the Middleweight belts back in 2004.

Julius Indongo has arguably been the most pleasant surprise in the Junior Welterweight division.  Up until his 21 bout, no one was quite sure what to make of him.  He was running through all of his opponents, but the level of skill in the competition he was facing, was mediocre at best.  After going 20-0 against pretty much nobody, Indongo would finally get his title shot.  He was the underdog against the hard hitting and feared Russian Eduard Troyanovsky, and no one really gave him a chance in that fight.  Indongo accepted the tough challenge, and mashed Troyanovsky to record a 1st round knockout victory.  Was it a fluke many were asking.  Indongo then put his belt on the line in a unification bout against Ricky Burns, and took care of business as well, for a decision victory.  He now holds every other belt that Terence Crawford does not.

Terence Crawford on the other hand, has been unconscious in the ring lately.  He is simply fighting like a man possessed.  Crawford has always been the best fighter in his weight class no matter what weight he was at, but in his last few fights he has stepped it up even further.  There is such a huge gap between Crawford and the next best Junior Welterweight, that I honestly believe no one at 140 or even 147 stands a chance against him.  Crawford, a natural righty, has seemingly completely abandoned the orthodox stance, and is fighting exclusively out of the southpaw stance now.  And boy has it been working for him.  His power has seemed to go up even more, even though he is fighting on his less dominant side.  He seems to be truly ambidextrous.   Usually when fighters step up the level of completion they face, they don’t look as good or have as much power.  Crawford was built for “the moment”.  The better the fighter in front of him is, the better he looks.  It is simply amazing how he takes on top notch fighters, and makes them look like amateurs.  Indongo, will unfortunately just be another stepping stone for Crawford.



I always thought that Kell Brook was a good boxer.  Just how good?  I didn’t know for sure.  After his brilliant performance against Shawn Porter, when he won the IBF welterweight title, I was sold.  Brook is a great boxer, and he will no doubt get the big fight.  After last nights total destruction of Jo Jo Dan, I stand by my assessment that he is a great boxer.

Jo Jo Dan came into this fight having won the IBF title eliminator against Kevin Bizier, which is an accomplishment in itself.  Dan grinded out that victory in a split decision, but none the less, he earned his title shot.  Dan simply could not get his offense going what so ever against Kell Brook though.  After a pretty uneventful first round, Brook dropped Dan twice in the second.  Brooks defense was on point as he fired back at Dan with blazing combinations.  Dan seemed to never fully recover from the second round knockdowns, because he lost the third by a landslide.  Then in the fourth, Brook put him down 2 more times, and the second time Dan could not continue.

Brook has made it known that he wants to fight the winner of Mayweather and Pacquiao.  I don’t see that happening quite yet, but it would make for a very interesting fight.  There is also one other fighter that has been calling out Mayweather a lot recently.  His name is Keith “One Time” Thurman, another undefeated champion.  Thurman recently knocked off Robert Guerrero, who was also a Mayweather victim, so imagine this senario.  Kell Brook (34-0, 23KO’s) VS Keith Thurman (25-0, 21 KO’s) with the victor taking on the winner of Mayweather VS Pacquiao.  That is quite fascinating.