The Week That Was (December 3-9, 2012)

By Teron Briggs on December 10, 2012
The Week That Was (December 3-9, 2012)
The fighters engaged in a furious exchange of punches that even CompuBox couldn't count.

Marquez did what other Mexican greats like Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera couldn’t do. He knocked out Manny Pacquiao…


The second best knockout Saturday night

A beautiful one-two followed by a short vicious uppercut and heavyweight contender Bryant “By-By” Jennings (16-0, 8 KOs) said hello and goodbye to the game but overmatched Bowie Tupou (22-3, 16 KOs) at the 1:37 mark of the fifth round.

Before that television friendly knockout, Jennings experienced the first real scare in his career when a looping overhand right landed on the top of his head and sent him reeling to the canvas. The referee didn’t call it a knockdown but it was plain for all to see. What Jennings did next was what heavyweight contender Seth Mitchell and many inexperienced fighters fail to then when they’re hurt in the ring: hold on for dear life. With a little more than a minute left to go in the third round, Jennings was clearly rattled. However, he didn’t panic or try to outgun his foe. He simply tied up Tupou’s arms and avoided exchanges for the rest of the round. The next two rounds were academic as Jennings proved to be too quick and powerful for his middling opposition.

Tupou is a 6’2, 250-pound heavyweight with a limited skill-set who will continue serve as a litmus test for young heavyweights. Jennings recorded his fifth victory of 2012, all five occurring on televised cards. He just started boxing in 2009 but he seems to be picking up the intangibles of the sport quite well and could be headed for a showdown with undefeated former Olympic bronze medalist Deontay Wilder.


“The first shot he got me in the body hurt me bad and I couldn’t recover.”

Those words by former WBA super middleweight titleholder Brian Magee (36-5-1, 25 KOs) accurately sum up the one-sided beatdown Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KOs) administered in Denmark.

Magee, who was a huge underdog in the fight despite being champion, put up almost no resistance before relinquishing his WBA strap to Kessler. Magee was badly hurt and dropped to his knees with a series of crushing body shots in the second round. He mustered the strength to get to his feet, but was probably better off remaining on the canvas. Kessler immediately began targeting Magee’s body as he unloaded another barrage of body shots that staggered the champ before the end of the round. A mere seven seconds into the third round Kessler landed another debilitating body shot, this one a straight right hand that once again floored Magee. As he attempted to regain his composure, while struggling to his feet, the referee rightfully waived off the contest.

The 37-year-old Magee probably held his last world title in his 41-bout career, but he will more than likely continue to ply his trade outside of the spotlight. Kessler, a boxing star in Europe, has a number of lucrative options to choose from, with none being more attractive than a rematch with IBF titleholder Carl Froch. The two engaged in a thrilling scrap in 2010 and both have expressed an interest in fighting again.


Rock ‘em sock ‘em at the Mirage

Lightweights Raymundo Beltran (27-6, KOs) and Ji-Hoon Kim (24-8, 18 KOs) exchanged knockdowns like children exchange candy, as Beltran eventually won an enjoyable 10-round scrap.

Mix two limited but entertaining fighters together and you get the kind of fight that fans were treated to on this special Thursday night edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights. Both fighters hitting the canvas highlighted the opening round, a telltale sign we were going to have a fun fight on our hands. Beltran proved to be the more technically sound fighter as he landed the crisper and more accurate combinations throughout the fight. Kim, a brawler by nature, attempted to make up for his crude skills by throwing everything but the ringpost at Beltran, but ultimately landing very few clean shots. Beltran apparently hurt his hand during the fight—he complained to trainer Freddie Roach after the eighth round that it could be broken—conceivably from hitting Kim upside his head for most of the night. The lead on the scorecard that Beltran had built at that point was big enough that he was able to coast the last two rounds to win a unanimous decision on scores of 98-92 (twice) and 97-93.

Kim could seemingly get into a good fight with a paperweight, so he will more than likely be fighting on the televised undercard of some future ESPN or Telefutura level show. Beltran notched his second quality win in a row. He defeated top contender Hank Lundy in July, and we can expect to see him in another significant fight at lightweight.


Snooki could have done better

Featherweight contender Javier Fortuna improved his record to 21-5 with 15 KOs as he outpointed Patrick Hyland (27-1, 12 KOs) over 12 sleep inducing rounds on the undercard of Pacquiao vs. Marquez.

Patrick Hyland goes by the nickname the “Punisher” but the only one punished during this fight were the fans who were forced to sit through the listless affair. Hyland is best known for being promoted by reality star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi. Snooki gained her fame on the MTV hit series Jersey Shore bu doing a lot of boozing and fighting. I wonder if she could have given Fortuna a tougher fight than Hyland. She couldn’t have done much worst.

Hyland, at best a top-level club brawler, was obviously in way over his head with the talented southpaw Fortuna. For Fortuna the future is much brighter and hopefully the next time we see him he’s matched against someone who can challenge him.

“Blessedly” this fight is almost over

Those were the words of HBO announcer Jim Lampley in the 12th round of this unwatchable bore-fest. According to the few who were still awake when the scores were read, Miguel Vazquez (33-3, 13 KOs) successfully defended his IBF lightweight title against Mercito Gesta (26-1, 14 KOs) by scores of 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111.

It was the 12th straight win for the streaking Vazquez who hasn’t tasted defeated since losing to Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in 2008. With the IBF strap around his waist, Vazquez will certainly get another notable fight. For Gesta it was the first loss of his career and hopefully the last time we see him in a marquee fight for awhile.

Still talented but very flawed

Olympic gold medalist Yuriokis Gamboa (22-0, 16 KOs) captured the interim WBA super featherweight title with an inconsistent 1- round unanimous decision victory over Michael Farenas (34-4, 26 KOs).

After the first two fights on the televised undercard of Pacquiao vs. Marquez, watching the immensely talented Gamboa shadowbox would’ve been thrilling. Farenas, who was suppose to be a tune-up for Gamboa and hadn’t fought in over a year, ended up giving the Cuban prodigy a tougher test than anyone expected.

Gamboa’s lightning fast hand speed certainly wasn’t adversely affected by his time off, as Farenas had no answer for the rapid-fire combinations thrown at him. Gamboa, who looks as relaxed as a fat cat in a litter box, balanced that calm with an at times aggressive attack. What Gamboa didn’t do was use his jab or keep his hands up to protect himself. The latter ended up almost costing him his undefeated record, as he was knockdown in the 10th round by a counter left as he tried to blitz Farenas. Obviously stunned by the knockdown, Gamboa quickly recovered and eventually earned the nod over tough challenger. The final scorecards read 117-109, 118-108 and 117-108 in favor of Gamboa.

At 28 years old, with a good chin and decent power, Farenas could conceivably earn himself another shot at a world title. Gamboa needs to work on his careless defense, as it was at least the fourth time in his career he’s been dropped. Whether he chooses to or not won’t prevent him from getting another high profile fight in 2013

Legendary Night

One of my favorite boxing programs of all time is the HBO series Legendary Nights. The series chronicles some of the greatest fights to take place in the history of the sport. Juan Manuel Marquez’s (55-6, 40 KOs) sixth round knockout of Manny Pacquiao (54-5, 38 KOs) is what that series was built on.

By the time the fighters finally touched gloves in the ring, it was after midnight on the East Coast. If you were weary by then, the first round of this fight was like a Starbucks doubleshot espresso. Pacman started off very aggressively as it was clear he wanted no doubts about the outcome of this match. Marquez seemed very patient, as he was unable to find any openings for his counterpunches. In the second round Marquez was outlanded 12 punches to 6. Buoyed by his early success, Pacman continued his seemingly unending onslaught, until Marquez unleashed a perfectly time right hand that dropped him to the seat of his pants. It was the first time Pacman had been down in their 37 rounds of action. In the fourth, Pacman’s aggressiveness had been curtailed as Marquez started to beat him to the punch and appeared better prepared to handle his opponent’s offense. In the fifth round the fighters engaged in the round of the year, and possibly one of the most legendary rounds ever. Marquez’s glove touched the canvas when Pacquaio connected with a straight left hand. It was the fifth time in their four-fight series that Marquez was knocked down. It was on like Donkey Kong then. The fighters engaged in a furious exchange of punches that I doubt even CompuBox could count. Pacman appeared to get the better of this and was up on all three scorecards heading into the fateful 6th round.

There was great two-way action before Pacman appeared to take control as the round winded down. He once again resembled the aggressive stalker in the first two rounds as he backed Marquez against the ropes. Then, it happened. Just seconds before the bell, Marquez unleashed a sick counter right hand that almost literally stopped Pacman dead in his tracks and left him face down on the canvas, like a corpse. A legendary knockout produced by a legendary right hand.

If you’re still talking about it, let’s end all talk of Pacman retiring right here. Not happening. He’s still a top-level fighter. Though his skills are deteriorating, he’s still a huge draw and according to many reports still needs the money. After a much needed break we’ll see him against Marquez again, or another top 10 fighter. For Marquez, who was already a great fighter, he should now be considered a legendary one. He did what other Mexican greats like Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera couldn’t do. He knocked out Manny Pacquiao. Much like Pacquiao he can look forward to a lucrative fifth fight between the two, or another marquee match.

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  1. bkdon 03:30pm, 12/11/2012

    I agree w/you to a certain extent bodyshots. Yeah,  Dinamita made those guys pay for charging at him, but none of them had/have the kind of power and speed that Pacman does. I think Pacman was taking over this fight in the 6th rd and he was starting to land some really crisp clean shots on Marquez. Obviously he jumped the gun on going for a KO, but it’s not like he threw a wild punch. I actually applaud Pacman for yearning for greatness.

  2. Bodyshots 09:57pm, 12/10/2012

    Btw STROM, why compromise your own credibility and hammer the “juicing” angle regarding Marquez while completely ignoring the same angle with Pacquiao*? after all, Marquez repeatedly challenged (taunted?) his critics by asserting “i will take ANY test, ANY time. i have nothing to hide”, while Pacquiao* has repeatedly rejected random and mutually-applied testing. even for $50 million to face his primary P4P rival. if there is a cloud of suspicion it’s been hovering around Pacquiao’s* inflated melon for years now.

  3. Bodyshots 09:49pm, 12/10/2012

    Roach has consistently erred in favor of Marquez slipping but based on the KDs, he’s only become better each and every time culminating with one of the top-5 KOs in Boxing history. guys like Juan Diaz, Katsidis, and a tough s.o.b. named Terdsak “Pit Bull” Jandaeng paid a steep admission price to charge Marquez and be introduced to every punishing punch in the Boxing arsenal. a combustible inside and counter game is what “Dinamita” is notorious for. why would a trainer encourage his fighter to charge into that?

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