The Week That Was (June 3-9, 2013)

By Teron Briggs on June 10, 2013
The Week That Was (June 3-9, 2013)
Whether he fights another champion or top contender, all eyes should be on Superman.

Stevenson unleashed a wicked overhand left that landed on the side of Dawson’s head, causing him to bend forward as if he were bowing to the challenger…

Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada

“I catch him, and that’s a beautiful punch.”—Adonis Stevenson

In less than one round, Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (21-1, 18 KOs) violently captured the linear light heavyweight championship of the world when he landed a game changing left hand that separated Chad Dawson (31-3, 17 KOs) from his senses and his WBC title.

After fighting top pound-for-pound fighters Andre Ward and Bernard Hopkins (twice) in his last three fights, former world champion Chad Dawson clearly didn’t think he had much to worry about against the little-known contender who calls himself Superman. Yeah, Stevenson sported a gaudy 80% knockout percentage but that came against weak competition and the one loss in his career was a shocking second round knockout against a veteran trial horse with a record barely above .500.

Both fighters came out looking a bit jittery to start the fight, which was surprising because Dawson is usually as relaxed in the ring as Leonardo DiCaprio is when surrounded by supermodels. Maybe after suffering a severe beatdown at the hands of Ward in his last fight he felt he had something to prove. Both guys tried to connect early with big shots as they circled around each other in the middle of the ring. Then, Superman unleashed a wicked overhand left that landed on the side of Dawson’s head, causing him to bend forward as if he were bowing to the challenger, before falling flat onto his back. Dawson got to his feet in time to beat the count, however referee Michael Griffin waved off the fight at the 1:16 minute of the first round.

Chad Dawson is only 30 years old, but it seems like his time in the spotlight has come to an end. Back to back knockout losses, in fights where he wasn’t competitive, can do that to a fighter. Add in the fact that Dawson doesn’t have a strong following or particularly television friendly style and it seems like his time at the top of the sport is over. For Superman, this writer thinks the future is a bright as a yellow canary diamond. Not only does he make for exciting fights because of his punching prowess, but he also has a huge fan base in Montreal. Whether he fights another champion or top contender next, all eyes should be on Superman.

Now if you want to crown him, crown his ass!

After blowing a huge lead and losing the game, former Arizona Cardinals coach Denny Green told reporters they could now crown what was considered to be a Super Bowl contending Bears team. When Olympic Gold Medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-0, 16 KOs) turned professional in 2007 he was widely considered to be the next great fighter in the sport because of his many accomplishments as an amateur. Flash forward to 2013—and people are still waiting for the 31-year-old Gamboa to become a great professional. I think it’s safe to say that after winning another uninspired 12-round unanimous decision, this time over tough competitor Darleys Perez (28-1, 19 KOs), that it’s time to jump off the Gamboa ship.

You don’t need to be Ms. Cleo to predict the way Gamboa’s fights go against good competition. He starts off really fast, regardless of whom he’s facing. Against a naturally bigger and possibly stronger man Gamboa initially used lightening quick combinations to keep Perez off balance. In the first round Gamboa was awarded a knockdown when it should have been ruled a slip, but since boxing refuses to acknowledge that instant replay exists, Perez was docked a point. Gamboa clearly was the aggressor in the early rounds when it became clear there was a huge disparity in talent between the two fighters. Perez was able to land some clean shots, but they were mostly one or two punches at a time.

In the seventh round HBO commentator Jim Lampley remarked that Perez had “a long way to go,” alluding to the fact that he was down on the cards but still had five rounds to turn things around. That comment should’ve been directed towards the fans that had to sit through those rounds, which went on longer than the Oscars. Gamboa, as usual, appeared to lose focus when he wasn’t able to knockout Perez early. He wasn’t nearly as intense or engaged in the latter rounds. He allowed Perez to come forward and land the majority of the punches, probably assuming he was ahead on the scorecards. On occasion he would throw a few punches to keep his opponent honest. In the 11th Gamboa appeared to be knocked down by a straight jab, but the referee ruled it a slip and of course instant replay couldn’t be used to verify it. By the round 12 I could no longer hear the commentators because the crowd was booing so loudly. When the scorecards were read Gamboa was awarded the decision 116-111 twice, and 115-112.

Perez might be a wonderful fighter but engaging in stink-fest like this one certainly isn’t going make anyone demand to see him fight again. Gamboa remains undefeated but in his last two fights he’s left the ring to catcalls from fans. If I didn’t see him fight again I assure you I wouldn’t lose any sleep.

Home Depot Center, Carson, California

Maidana stops a game Lopez in six

On Showtime Championship Boxing from the sold out Home Depot Center in Carson, California, Argentinean knockout artist Marcos Maidana (34-3, 31 KOs) claimed another victim when he stopped Josesito Lopez (30-7, 18 KOs) with 1:18 left in the sixth round. Maidana, the biggest puncher in the junior middleweight division, has knocked out four of the last five men he’s faced and 31 out of 37 in his career.

As early as the first round it was obvious that neither fighter intended to try to establish a jab, or for that matter even bother to use one. The two began a fast and furious back and forth tug of war with each landing big power shots. Maidana had early success with his looping overhand right, while Lopez seemed to be the more accurate of the two.

Despite the action being pretty equal, what was clear was that Maidana was the much stronger inside fighter. When the two fought at a distance it slightly favored Lopez, but when they fought against the ropes, he didn’t have a prayer. In the third round the fight was so intense the crowd was on their feet cheering for the California kid Lopez who was experiencing some of his best moments.

A big left hook in the fourth round to Maidana’s body clearly hurt him as Lopez tried to step up his attack and finish his foe. With momentum on his side, Lopez went into the fifth round using subtle movement to prevent Maidana from setting his feet and loading up his shots. By the middle of the round, Maidana had regained control. A big left hand by Maidana in the sixth round dropped Lopez to a knee. It was fast becoming obvious that he couldn’t take this kind of punishment much longer. Now, with his back against the ropes Lopez attempted to shield himself from the nonstop assault but to no avail. Veteran referee Lou Moret rightfully stepped in to save Lopez from having to go out on his shield.

It was the second straight knockout loss for Lopez, who was stopped in five by Canelo Alvarez last year. He certainly deserves an easy fight after Jessie Vargas, Victor Ortiz, Canelo and now Maidana in his last four fights. Maidana will almost certainly be in a marquee fight if not a championship one the next time he steps in the ring.

Lara makes Angulo say No Mas

“He caught me with some good shots, but I fought too hard to get to this place in my career—through shark-infested waters of Cuba—to let a few knockdowns get in my way.”—Erislandy Lara

Former Cuban amateur star Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KOs) didn’t let two crushing knockdowns prevent him from beating crowd favorite Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round slugfest. Lara is one of the best counterpunchers in the game and he paraded that skill in during the fight. A southpaw, Lara benefited early from his unorthodox stance, as he was able to land clean right hands against the hard charging Perro. As Angulo pounded his ribs and midsection, Lara used his jab with scary proficiency as he repeatedly landed sharp punches to his opponent’s head. In the fourth round as the fighters were battling chest to chest, Angulo landed a quick short left hook that dropped Lara for the first time in his career. Angulo’s ability to attack both Lara’s body and head made it difficult for Lara to know where he would be hit next.  Though Lara went down, he wasn’t badly hurt. He used excellent footwork in the middle rounds as he stayed just out of punching range of Angulo. Despite being hit repeatedly, Perro remained undaunted in his attack, even though Lara’s movement was now troubling him more than before.

While trying to back up with his hands held low Lara was caught by another left hook that floored him in the ninth round. Once again the exuberant crowd was on their feet cheering on Perro, who had his one of his best rounds of the fight.

Despite both of eyes starting to close and his face beginning to resemble a slice of pepperoni pizza, Perro still fought like a man who believed he could win the fight. That was until a big left hand followed by a straight left visibly stunned and hurt Perro. To the shock of many, Angulo simply turned his back to Lara and started walking toward his corner. The swelling around his left eye had become grotesque and the referee signaled that the fight was over. At the time of the stoppage Lara was ahead on two cards 85-84 and trailing on another 86-83.

In Lara, Perro was facing one of the best junior middleweights in the world. I thought for much of the fight he held his own and despite losing by TKO his stock probably won’t see much of a drop. After the damage he received he’ll most certainly by out of action for a while. What a performance by Lara! Not only did he win but also arguably just as important he showed that he could participate in exciting fights. He’s the number one rated fighter in the WBA division, which is home to the popular Canelo Alvarez.

Charlo remains undefeated in snore fest

Junior middleweight prospect Jermell Charlo (21-0, 10 KOs) gained a unanimous decision over Demetrius Hopkins (33-3-1, 13 KOs) by scores of 115-113. Damn the USBA for sanctioning this fight as some kind of title bout for their unknown belt. Instead of a 10-round “fight,” fans were forced to sit through 12 rounds of clinching and hugging.

Charlo is one of the brightest and most talented young stars in the sport, so hopefully the next time he gets a chance to showcase his skills on a premium cable network he will take advantage of the opportunity. But another fight or two like this and boxing fans will write him off.

Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington

Ennis does just enough to edge out Hanshaw

Chiseled super middleweight contender Farrah Ennis sure has the look of a world-class fighter. Unfortunately for the fans at Little Creek Resort and those watching on ESPN Friday Night Fights, he doesn’t act like one.

Hanshaw is a 35-year-old gatekeeper whose most known for losing to an over the hill Roy Jones Jr. in 2007. Ennis was supposed to be the younger, hungrier fighter with everything to gain if he could look impressive against a guy just fighting out the string of his career. Ennis however failed to fight with any conviction early on, as he allowed Hanshaw to steal rounds simply by throwing a few punches, while Ennis just looked on. In the eighth round someone or something finally awoke Ennis from his slumber as he went on to capture the final few rounds, and nearly stopped the gassed out Hanshaw in the 10th. The final scorecards read in favor of Ennis 95-94 and 96-93 twice.

Ennis got the victory but did little else to increase his chances of getting a high profile fight.

Klimov upsets Molina to win a split decision

In a pretty good lightweight scrap, former title challenger John Molina Jr. (25-3, 20 KOs) came up short against undefeated contender Andrey Klimov (16-0, 8 KOs).

It was a slow start for both fighters as the favored Molina arguably gave away some early rounds. But when they did start fighting, Klimov displayed the higher skill set, as he seemed to have more tools in his toolbox and was able to land with a higher level of accuracy. Molina had a big fourth round where he battered Klimov, however the Russian came back strong in the fifth. They fought the rest of the contest at close range, exchanging hard leather at times. At the end of the fight two judges had Klimov ahead 97-93 and 96-94, while the third judge scored it even at 95-95.

A tough setback for Molina, but a couple of wins in his next few fights will probably get him back in line for a good payday. Excellent job by Klimov who should be able to make some compelling matchups at lightweight.

Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany

Huck successfully defends WBO belt against Afolabi

WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 KOs) retained his WBO title with a decision victory over longtime nemesis Ola Afolabi (19-3-4 9 KOs). The scorecards read 117-11, 115-113 and 114-114 at the end of 12 rounds.

It was the third time the two have faced each other since 2009. Huck won two decisions and one fight was declared a draw. The champion won this fight without breaking much of a sweat as he was simply the better fighter. It was Huck’s 11th successful defense of the WBO title. What’s next for him is still to be determined.

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Recap: Marcos Maidana vs. Josesito Lopez & Alfredo Angulo vs. Erislandy Lara - SHOWTIME Boxing

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Андрей Климов против Джон Молина-младший/Andrey Klimov vs. John Molina, Jr. (1/3)

Андрей Климов против Джон Молина-младший/Andrey Klimov vs. John Molina, Jr. (2/3)

Андрей Климов против Джон Молина-младший/Andrey Klimov vs. John Molina, Jr. (3/3)

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  1. Ted 02:34pm, 06/12/2013

    Rios exposed Gamboa as a guy who is very cautious about who he faces. Rios would have blown him out. I never liked Gamboa. His balance was never good though he did have great hand speed. But he lapses and/or takes too many rounds off.

    In summary, I would offer these two words for him:

    Adios amigo

  2. Ted 12:58pm, 06/12/2013

    Rax, Gamboa is yesterday’s news. He has become predictably boring. He will not get better.

    The two premier Cubans now are Rigo and Lara.

    Keep up the great work Teron.

  3. raxman 05:01pm, 06/11/2013

    i think you guys are being harsh on gamboa - and misjudging why his fights have taken the turn they seem to have. to me its obvious that gamboa’s push up the weight classes (the aim being the dream 50 cent inspired bout with mayweather) is going to be his undoing. gamboa clearly hasn’t taken his power above 126 - at featherweight he could still get his opponents out of there. but he should’ve let his body acclimatised to 130 before making the jump to 135; I think if given time to “learn”  how to fight with the extra weight we’d be seeing very different fights.
    it makes me wonder if we’ll see the same problem with broner - another who has quickly pushed up to 147 for the big dollar fights

  4. Bk Don 05:49am, 06/11/2013

    Thanks Irish Frankie. It’s been awhile since i’ve had the time to put one together, but i miss it and love the idea of wknd wraps. Especially like Ted said when we have so many great fights happen. I agree with you about Perro not having that kind of one punch power, especially at the elite level of the sport. I do have to say that Lara seemed to put himself into harm’s way more than usual. Maybe b/c he didn’t think he could be hurt by one punch from Perro?

    The verdict is in on Gamboa. When you’ve had as many fights as he has and you’re at the age he is you are what you are. You can’t tell me that the version we saw of Gamboa Sat night is going to get better than that.

  5. The Travelling Man 04:25pm, 06/10/2013

    Here is an interesting link that shows an article by Dan Rafael in which he compares Angulo’s “quiitin’” to what Duran did against Sugar Ray Leonard in the “No Mas.” affair. It comes after the Maidana story and is kind of hidden.

    Shame on Rafael. Shame!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Ted 11:40am, 06/10/2013

    Great week of boxing. One of the best in recent memory

    I must say, however, that I was not impresssed at all with Gamboa.

  7. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 10:57am, 06/10/2013

    Teron Briggs-Spot on round up once again…one caveat regarding Lara….IMO El Perro does not possess one punch KO power…..sooooo….when someone who does have that kind of pop touches Lara’s whiskers….he’s a goner!

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