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Lamont Peterson Upsets Amir Khan, Khan Is Upset He Got Robbed

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Lamont Peterson Upsets Amir Khan, Khan Is Upset He Got Robbed – Amir Khan’s crew probably wished they didn’t man up, and travel to foe Lamont Peterson’s homebase as they waited for the cards to be read after the main event which took place at the Convention Center in DC on Saturday night. Khan had two points deducted by ref Joe Cooper, for pushing, and it felt like Peterson was getting the royal treatment at home during the scrap. The result was up in the air, as Peterson had some solid luck against the flashy Brit, and all in the arena and watching at home held their breathe while the scores were added up.

Finally, after a lengthy delay, the tallies were in: 113-112 for Peterson, 115-110 (the card was first announced as 114-111) Khan and 113-112, Peterson. Peterson exulted, and the Khan crew shook their heads, and cursed DC more than most Americans do. And that’s saying something, as the approval level for Congress sits beneath that of the Kardashians. Did Peterson get helped by home cooking? Should Freddie Roach have read my Tweet after round eight, in which I opined that the trainer should tell Khan to go for the KO, because he could easily lose a decision? Perhaps those questions should be lumped together, and answered in rematch? (UPDATE: I texted Roach, and he answered me that he did indeed push for Amir to go for the stoppage. He also allowed that the fight was “close.”)

Here is yet another example of boxing being the road away from poverty, jail or death. As youths, Peterson and his brother Anthony were homeless in DC for long stretches, or left to fend for themselves while their dad was locked up for drug dealing and their mom was overwhelmed. They dealt drugs and pick-pocketed to stay afloat and were by and large destined for a horrid end, or a long career in a prison. But they found boxing, and a purpose. Remind yourselves of this example the next time you are told what a brutal and pointless exercise the sport is.

Stat-wise, Khan went 238-757, while Peterson went 226-573.

Peterson said after he worked hard for the win. The boxer, who was homeless along with his brother Anthony as a kid, said he didn’t regret turning down this opportunity last year, for $300,000, and accepting it now for $500,000.

Peterson was asked by Larry Merchant about the point deductions. He said he didn’t mind the pushing as much as his head being pushed down. “I wouldn’t mind doing it again,” he said, when asked about a rematch, and expressing his thanks for getting the shot at Khan.

Khan after said that the ref was against him. “I was against two people in there,” he said. He said he was the cleaner fighter, and said he’d do it again. The loser said “Peterson did what he did what he had to do” and reiterated he was the “cleaner” fighter.  I think he meant “more accurate,” for the record,  but Larry challenged him, saying the bout wasn’t about being clean.

The WBA and IBF junior welter champ Khan (25; 5-10; 139 pounds, tonight 149; from Bolton, Lancashire, England) entered at 26-1 with 18 KOs, while Peterson (27 5-9 140, 155 tonight; from DC) was 29-1-1 with 14 KOs.

In the first, Khan came out with the speedy jab. Merchant was on his game, offering DC-centric puns, about class warfare and flip flopping, before the first round ended.  A left hook put Peterson down, but the ref said it was a slip. Khan’s left hook was working, clearly. Peterson did go down, with 25 seconds left, off a right hand. Replay showed the first “knockdown” was off a slip, the second one was iffy, with a right hand landing, but the fighters’ legs got a bit tangled. You don’t see many fights featuring such speed and energy from the get go.

In the second, Peterson got his sea legs. He advanced on Khan, and landed some body punches. He nodded his head after the round, as if to say, I’m good, I’m in this.  It was a tight round, 20-67 for Khan vs 17-37 for Peterson.

In the third, left hooks by Pete, and a right hand upstairs had the crowd buzzing. A right hand had Khan running with 40 seconds to go. Khan roared back, gestured for the DC boxer to bring it. He brought it, and won the round.

In the fourth, Pete landed four lefts and Khan indicated that it did nothing to him. “Peterson’s a ninety nine percenter trying to beat a one percenter,” said Merchant, working with Jim Lampley and Max Kellerman. “I already want to see the rematch,” Merchant said at the end of the round. Khan went 22-72, versus 27-63 for Pete.

In the fifth, Lampley got in the act. “Hell of a fight so far. No filibuster in this ring so far,” he said. Pete’s D caused trouble. His head movement made Khan miss more than he is used to. Khan’s movement helped him take the fifth, a solid round for the Brit.

In round six, Pete stalked Amir, but without mega success. He then landed bombs with 45 seconds to go, but Khan shrugged them off. A right uppercut when Amir had his back to the ropes was a clear scoring shot on replay.

Harold Lederman had Khan up 4-2 after six. “Nine thousand people want to see Lamont Peterson punch, punch, punch!” Lederman said.

In round seven, Pete ripped a hard right. He was generally waiting too much, for the perfect time and opening. His body work, the left hooks to the right side, scored well for Pete. The ref took a point from Khan for pushing at the end of the seventh. That maybe was a two point round for the DC guy.

In the eighth, Merchant said, “We’re not disagreeing enough Max. People want us to disagree more.” Khan got buzzed at the 1:50 mark. Pete’s sneaky quick right was a great option for him. He landed a low left, as well. Khan’s trainer Freddie Roach noted after the round that Peterson was punching wide, and wanted him to exploit that.

In the ninth, Pete was ripping shots. His body shots had more oomph on them than Khan’s. A right hand wobbled Peterson at 1:10. Peterson’s right eye was swollen but not Margarito bad. “This is everything you worked for,” Lamont’s trainer Barry Hunter told him after.

In the 10th, we heard Lederman say he had Khan up one. Khan was busier in this frame, and he won the round.

In the 11th, we saw both men looking a bit fatigued. Khan told the ref that Pete was butting, but the ref chided the Brit for pushing. Amir ripped and ran, again and again, and one wondered if the judges would appreciate the tactics. “Do you want your dream to die?” Hunter said after. “Put him on his ass,” said Roach after.

In the 12th, Khan fired and then jetted, leaving Peterson a step or two behind. The ref took another point for pushing at 1:55 from Khan. But the Brit was the busier man. We’d go to the cards.

Who do you think deserved the nod?

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Tanaka vs. Kimora: A Monday Morning Treat For Serious Fight Fans

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Kosei Tanaka was just 4-0 the first time he was appraised on The Sweet Science back in 2015; the question then was, is Tanaka the world’s brightest boxing prospect? The question now is whether or not Tanaka is about to add a strap at a third weight to an already glittering career that has seen him annex belts at 105 and 108lbs in just his first eight fights.

Now 11-0 with seven knockouts he prepares, this coming Monday, to duel Sho Kimura in Nagoya, Japan and with a lot more than just the WBO trinket on the line.

Hearts and minds, as always, translate into dollars and yen. The winner of this all-Japanese contest will find himself buoyed in fame, glory and gold in his home country, which also happens to be one of the few places on the planet where a boxer can collect a small fortune without ever leaving his native shores. Should the winner dare to dream a wider dream, then that too can be facilitated by the win.  Even fistic denizens of boxing strongholds in Japan and Britain feel a shiver run down their spines when the words “Las Vegas headliner” are whispered into their ear.

The favored man among the hardcore in the west is Tanaka. He is still very young at just twenty-three years old and is slick and quick, what the west expects of a Japanese force. Interestingly enough, however, the Japanese seem to be leaning towards Kimura: older, at twenty-nine, armed with a superb work-rate, good power, limited technique but the conqueror of Chinese superstar Shiming Zou who he stopped in the summer of 2017. Zou may have had his bubble burst by the Thai brawler Amnat Ruenroeng in 2015, but it was Kimura who sent him stumbling into retirement and at a time when the talk was of China stealing Japan’s thunder as boxing’s home in the east.

Kimura was indeed impressive that night in Shanghai. He maintained pressure with wonderful variety, eschewing the jab, perhaps, for spells, but filling those gaps with an assortment of wonderful punches, most of all his body attack, which was persistent, withering, and apparently went unscored by two of the three judges who somehow had the Chinese ahead at the time of the eleventh round stoppage. Zou had shown a skill for flurrying while fleeing and Kimura had shown him how to fight.

Now a strapholder at 112lbs, Kimura staged two defenses in the following twelve months. The first was against Toshiyuki Igarashi, the man who beat Sonny Boy Jaro, the man who had beaten the superb champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam before a softer fight against Froilan Saludar. He won both by stoppage.

Kimura, then, rather came from nowhere but made the most of his arrival. What he displayed in all three of these fights was a determination to offer pressure and footwork educated enough to do it while taking many fewer steps than his harried opponent. A tad overrated as a puncher, I suspect, he places himself in hitting position often enough that his default fight plan – chase, harass, throw – makes him capable of hurting his opponents by way of persistence and pressure.

He left Zou, Igarashi and Saludar, broken in his wake.

In short, he is the type of opponent Kosei Tanaka has been waiting for.

There have been calls for Tanaka to be considered a pound-for-pound talent should he overcome Kimura this Monday. I understand the impulse. Tanaka, were he to triumph, would become a three-weight world champion and he hails from a boxing territory which has little direct control over the meaningful pound-for-pound lists, if such a statement is not a contradiction in terms.

In short, it is felt he would be undervalued.

Tempering these calls is the fact that he has never beaten a divisional number one and that Kimura would be, by far, the best opponent he would have bested, and the most proven. Some Tanaka opponents have come good after he defeated them, some were ranked in the lower reaches of their respective divisional top tens when he matched them, but none are scalps as impressive as those dangled by the likes of Errol Spence or Anthony Joshua, who populate the nine, ten and eleven spots in reputable lists.

But this is neither here nor there; the key is not what Kimura does not represent, it is what he does represent. He is the best that Tanaka has met and, I would argue, the first truly elite fighter that Tanaka has met. He is the litmus test and he is one with a stylistic advantage.

Tanaka can punch. Here we will find out whether or not he punches hard enough to keep Kimura off him. Personally, I doubt it and that means that Kimura is going to hand him a serious gut check.

Interestingly, it will not be Tanaka’s first. The first time I wrote about him I stressed that his chin was essentially untested. That is no longer true. Tanaka, who is reasonably sound defensively, can be lazy in minding himself and foolish in pursuing the attack.

Thai puncher Rangsan Chayanram checked him in 2017, delivering a serious eye injury among other ignominies before succumbing in nine; puncher Angel Acosta, a ranked fighter if not a great one, hit and hurt Tanaka repeatedly late in their 2017 contest. If Tanaka has been learning these lessons, expectations concerning his potential may be realized. If he is not, he will fall short. Kimura is the man to test him.

Kimura’s experience and seemingly limitless twelve-round stamina are to be pitted against Tanaka’s skill, proven heart and taut footwork. It sees a superior technician – Tanaka – who has shown a propensity for being drawn into a cruder fighter’s wheelhouse matching an aggressive stalker – Kimura – who specializes in drawing technically superior foes into knockdown-drag-out scraps.

It is framed both as a fight that is likely to finish a future pound-for-pounder’s education and a fight where a young pretender is found out by a grizzled veteran.

Best of all, it is a fight that fight fans can watch for free, simply by clicking here.  The Asian Boxing website has secured exclusive international rights to the fight and will broadcasting it, free of charge, to anyone with an internet connection. As can be seen here, the fight is due to start at 4pm Japanese time.

All the reader has to do is find out what that means for timing in their own corner of the globe and a potential fight of the year will unfold before his or her eyes free of charge.

World class boxing being broadcast for free and including two of the best below 115lbs; a stylistic crossroads contest that opens up the on-ramp to pound-for-pound recognition for at least one of the combatants – on a Monday.  All facts worth keeping in mind the next time that someone tells you boxing’s prime was any number of decades ago.

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Fast Results From London: Joshua Takes Out Povetkin in the 7th

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It was a very wet night at Wembley Stadium, but the dampness didn’t diminish the enthusiasm of the crowd which welcomed UK sporting hero Anthony Joshua into the ring with a thunderous ovation. And Joshua didn’t disappoint. After six relatively even rounds, he found his range in the seventh and became the first man to stop Alexander Povetkin. A three punch combo that began with an overhand right sent Povetkin sprawling into the ropes. The Russian beat the count, but Joshua smelled blood and as soon as the ref allowed the proceedings to continue he moved in for the kill. The official time was 1:59.

Povetkin started fast and in the eyes of many observers won the first three rounds. A sharp right hand in the waning seconds of round one reddened Joshua’s nose which leaked blood in the next round. The tide began to turn in round four when Povetkin suffered a cut above his left eye.

Povetkin (now 34-2), was the lighter man by 23 pounds. Joshua had a four inch height advantage and a seven inch reach advantage. And it mattered greatly that AJ was the younger man by 10-plus years. Povetkin wasn’t intimidated by Joshua and had several good moments but, at age 39, his reflexes betrayed him once the fight had crossed the midpoint.

Joshua, who owns three of the four meaningful heavyweight title belts, improved to 22-0 with his 21st stoppage. His next fight is penciled in for April 13 of next year against an opponent to be determined. His promoter Eddie Hearn has reserved that date at Wembley Stadium.

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In a 12-round lightweight bout, Joshua’s Olympic Games teammate and fellow gold medalist Luke Campbell (19-2) avenged the first loss of his career with a unanimous decision (119-109, 118-111,116-112) over France’s Yvan Mendy (40-5-1). This was Campbell’s second start since coming up short in a bid for Jorge Linares’s lightweight title and his first fight under his new trainer Shane McGuigan.

In their first meeting in December of 2015 at London’s O2 Arena, Mendy won a split decision that should have been unanimous. Campbell insisted that he had improved greatly in the interim and tonight’s fight bore witness. However, he needs to develop a harder punch to rank among the top lightweights in the world, a list headed by Mikey Garcia. As this fight was framed as a WBC title eliminator, Campbell is next in line to meet Garcia, but Mikey has indicated that he will pursue bigger game.

Lawrence Okolie, a 2016 Olympian who trains with Anthony Joshua, won a Lonsdale belt in only his 10th pro start with a 12-round decision over defending BBBofC cruiserweight champion Matty Askin in a messy fight. The undefeated Okolie had a point deducted in round five for leading with his head and had two more points deducted for holding, but banked enough rounds to get the nod on all three cards: 116-110, 114-112, and 114-113. Askin, who declined to 23-4-1, had won five straight heading in.

A 10-round heavyweight match between Sergey Kuzmin (13-0, 1 NC) and David Price (22-6) ended suddenly when Price retired on his stool after four relatively even rounds. The six-foot-eight, china-chinned Price claimed to have aggravated a biceps tear.

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Michael Dutchover Remains Undefeated in Ontario, Calif.

Transplanted Texan Michael Dutchover needed a little time to figure out Costa Rican Bergman Aguilar but when he did it was over quickly on Friday.

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ONTARIO-Calif.-Transplanted Texan Michael Dutchover needed a little time to figure out Costa Rican Bergman Aguilar but when he did it was over quickly on Friday.

Lightweight prospect Dutchover (11-0, 8 KOs) knocked out southpaw Aguilera (14-4-1, 4 KOs) in the fifth round with a barrage of body blows that left the Costa Rican limp at the Doubletree Hotel.

For two rounds Aguilar used an awkward counter-punching style that had Dutchover a little tentative. But once he figured out that combination punching was the key, he opened up with barrages and floored Aguilar with body shots at the end of round four.

That signaled doom for Aguilar.

The fifth round saw Dutchover target the body with impunity as Aguilar tried holding, running and covering up with no success. Referee Wayne Hedgepeth signaled the fight over at 2:31 of the fifth round giving Dutchover the win by knockout.

In a bantamweight clash Santa Ana’s Mario Hernandez (7-0-1, 3 KOs) and Mexico City’s Ivan Gonzalez (4-1-2, 1 KO) fought to a majority draw after six back and forth rounds.

Hernandez targeted the body against the taller Gonzalez who relied on long range counters. Both found success but neither could prove superiority after six turbulent rounds.

After six rounds one judge saw it 58-56 for Gonzalez but the two other judges saw it 57-57 for a majority draw.

Other bouts

South Central L.A.’s Ruben Torres (7-0, 6 KOs) extended his undefeated streak with a knockout over Mexico’s Eder “El Koreano” Amaro (6-6, 2 KOs) in a lightweight fight. But it wasn’t easy.

Amaro switched from southpaw to orthodox and was matching Torres for two rounds until the taller local fighter began blasting away to the body and head with precision. Many in the crowd cheered “Koreano” in unison but it couldn’t help once Torres zeroed in.

At the end of the fourth round Amaro could not continue and the fight was stopped giving a knockout for Torres.

Richard Brewart Jr. (2-0) mowed through Edward Aceves (0-5) flooring him with body shots in the first round then overwhelming him in the second. After seven unanswered blows referee Eddie Hernandez stopped the fight at 1:32 of round two giving Rancho Cucamonga’s Brewart the win by knockout in the super welterweight bout.

Southpaw David Ortiz (1-0) won his pro debut by unanimous decision after four rounds in a welterweight match against San Diego’s Mario Angeles (2-11-2). Ortiz lives in Bloomington, Calif. and is trained by Henry Ramirez. No knockdowns were scored.

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