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Kovalev Continues To Clean Out Division Waiting For Stevenson

Frank Lotierzo

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In the heavyweight division it’s Wladimir Klitschko. In the super-middleweight division it’s Andre Ward, while Gennady Golovkin holds that distinction at middleweight. Floyd Mayweather is the best fighter in between junior middleweight and welterweight. Terrence Crawford is the alpha fighter at junior welterweight and Roman Gonzalez is the junkyard dog at flyweight. As for the light heavyweight division, Sergey Kovalev is universally recognized as the fighter to beat in the division.

What separates him from the others is, there is a fighter out there who is supposed to be his rival and capable of beating him. His name is Adonis Stevenson and it’s not a given that Kovalev would beat him if they fought. Klitschko doesn’t have a rival at heavyweight, Ward doesn’t at 168, neither does Golovkin at 160 and Mayweather just beat his biggest rival, Manny Pacquiao, in his last bout a little over two months ago. In Kovalev’s case, based on his actions, Stevenson isn’t anxious to fight him and settle the debate regarding who’s the man at light heavyweight. So Kovalev has to move on and he forges his way to eliminate the top contenders, leaving Stevenson no one left to fight down the road.

Saturday night in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Kovalev will defend his WBA, WBO and IBF light heavyweight titles against Nadjib Mohammedi 37-3 (23) of France. Like Terence Crawford, Roman Gonzalez and Gennady Golovkin, Kovalev is an emerging star. The undefeated big hitter has stopped 10 of his last 11 opponents, with Bernard Hopkins being the only fighter who went the distance with him. Yes, Hopkins went the full route, but it must be duly noted that he was shutout and it took all of his guile to enable him to finish the fight on his feet. This tells you just how formidable Sergey Kovalev is.

Sergey is a boxing star in the making for many reasons. What stands out mostly to fans when they watch him is his legitimate two-handed power. He throws every punch with the intention of ending the fight, but what sets him apart is his patience. Kovalev doesn’t seek the one-punch knockout, he’s too smart for that. Sergey sets up his combos in threes and fours and does it with his strong jab. It’s a jab so deliberate and strong that he stopped Cedric Agnew with a single one to the body. Kovalev also applies steady pressure but doesn’t come out of the shoot looking to impose himself brutally on his opponent – instead he sets them up from the outside and once they are slowed and he senses trepidation, he goes in and looks to land finishing right hands and hooks.

Mohammedi isn’t thought of as being much of a threat to Kovalev. Nadjib usually moves straight back, something that is suicidal against Kovalev, who can move forward faster than he can go back. Some have suggested that he fights with his hands too low, and there may be some merit to that. Although I doubt that’ll be the case when he sees Kovalev coming at him this weekend. The best fighter Mohammedi has ever been in the ring with is Nathan Cleverly, and he lost a unanimous decision to him five years ago. Since then he’s gone 14-1 and was stopped in the second round by Dmitry Sukhotsky. So his prospects of taking Kovalev deep into the fight don’t look good.

Like most fighters of his stature, Kovalev is in a no win situation. If he steam-rolls Mohammedi, instead of getting credit for being efficient and good, the common theme after the fight will focus on how inept his opponent was. On the other hand if he struggles, everyone will suggest that Kovalev is overrated instead of considering that Mohammedi was better than advertised and really raised his game for the opportunity to fight for a world title. That’s the no win position Sergey is in this weekend. However, that’s professional boxing at the highest level.

When a fighter is as good as Kovalev or Klitschko, there aren’t many contenders or rivals around to test them. So they must fight the next best available or mandatory challengers and win. The race to greatness is a Marathon and not a sprint. Sergey has to take this type of fight and keep winning and hopefully impressively. Soon there will be no one left for Stevenson to fight and he’ll either be forced to fight Kovalev or give up his title. The main thing for Kovalev is to keep compiling W’s. Sooner or later Stevenson will step up and if that doesn’t happen, most likely Andre Ward will be in position to fight for the light heavyweight title. And that’s when Sergey will be rewarded for fighting these types of bouts along the way.

Frank Lotierzo can be contacted at GlovedFist@Gmail.com

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Fast Results from London: Joe Joyce Stops Daniel Dubois in the 10th

Arne K. Lang

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The historic Church House which sits in the shadow of Westminster Abbey was the site of tonight’s clash in London between unbeaten heavyweights Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce. The bout lacked the gloss of a world title fight, but didn’t need it. The oft-postponed match, originally slated for the 02 Arena in London on April 11 with promoter Frank Warren anticipating a sellout, was fairly hyped as the most anticipated fight since Fury-Wilder II which was the last big fight before the coronavirus clampdown.

Dubois, 15-0 with 14 KOs heading in, was a consensus 7/2 favorite in man-to-man betting, He was younger, faster and punched harder, but ultimately it would be his “O” that had to go. Joe Joyce, an inch taller at six-foot-six and 15 pounds heavier at 259, emerged victorious with a 10th-round stoppage in what was a good back-and-forth fight with a divided opinion as to who had the edge through the completed rounds.

Joyce really didn’t do much but throw a jab, but he landed that jab consistently and it was a hard, thudding jab that caused Dubois’s left eye to start swelling during the mid-rounds of the fight. The damaged eye eventually shut and when Joyce reached it with another hard jab in the 10th, Dubois surrendered by taking a knee. The presumption was that he had suffered a broken orbital bone.

The 35-year-old Joyce, nicknamed Juggernaut, is of Scotch-Irish and Nigerian descent. He lost by split decision to Tony Yoka in the semifinals of the 2016 Olympics and had to settle for a silver medal. Prior to turning pro, he was 12-1 in the semi-pro World Series of Boxing with his lone defeat coming at the hands of Oleksandr Usyk. With today’s career-defining win, he upped his pro ledger to 12-0 (11).

Other Bouts

Top-rated WBC super lightweight contender Jack Catterall (26-0) won a predictably one-sided 10-round triumph over 33-year-old Tunisian Abderrazak Houya (14-3). Catterall scored two knockdowns en route to winning by a 99-90 score. This was a stay-busy fight for the Lancashire man who was the mandatory challenger for title-holder Jose Carlos Ramirez and accepted step-aside money with the promise that he would meet the winner of the unification fight between Ramirez and Josh Taylor which is expected to come off in February.

The lead-in fight was a 10-round contest in the super welterweight division between 21-year-old Hamzah Sheeraz and 33-year-old Guido Nicolas Pitto. The fight was monotonous until Sheeraz (12-0, 8 KOs) kicked it into a higher career in the final stanza and brought about the stoppage. Pitto, from Spain by way of Argentina, declined to 26-8-2. The official time was 1:11 of round 10.

In an 8-round cruiserweight bout, Jack Massey improved to 17-1 (8) with a 79-74 referee’s decision over Mohammad Ali Farid (16-2-1). Massey was making his first start since losing a close 12-round decision to Richard Raikporhe in December of 2019 for the vacant BBBofC title. The well-traveled, one-dimensional Farid had scored 16 knockouts in his previous 18 fights while answering the bell for only 33 rounds.

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Daniel Jacobs Edges Past Gabe Rosado on a Matchroom card in Florida

David A. Avila

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Former world champion Daniel Jacobs needed the last round to win by split decision against upset-minded Gabe Rosado and keep his place in line on Friday for lucrative super middleweight matchups.

But when the ring announcer erroneously announced the winner was from Philadelphia, confusion reigned for a moment until Jacobs was correctly called the winner.

Brooklyn’s Jacobs (37-3, 30 KOs) jumped out ahead against Philly fighter Rosado (25-13-1, 14 KOs) and held on for the win in front of no fans at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. For a second, many thought Rosado had won.

Both were careful during the first three rounds measuring each other’s distance and looking for openings to counter. There were very few.

It was the kind of fight expected by those who know boxing: two veterans with immense experience against top-flight world champions. Mistakes were few.

Jacobs, a former middleweight world champion, had fought Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in close but losing efforts.

Rosado had battled Golovkin too, six years ago in a bloody affair that ended in a loss. He had also lost to other champions like Peter Quillin and Jermell Charlo. But none were able to knock him out.

Both were aware of each other’s reputation. Bitter words had been exchanged for years and now they finally got their chance to prove their mettle and they did.

Though Jacobs was recognized as a knockout puncher, Rosado’s resilience was just as well known. Both neutralized each other for most of the fight with their feints and jabs to the body. Neither was willing to leave openings for each other.

Jacobs scored big with a left uppercut at the end of the seventh round. While Rosado wowed viewers with a sizzling right cross in the 11th round.

It was 1950s style, boxing with intelligence. Each found it difficult to land combinations, let alone find openings to score knockout blows. Instead, they had to be satisfied with scoring enough to convince three judges the actual winner.

Neither was able to pull out ahead with any conviction.

After 12 rounds one judge saw Rosado the winner 115-113 while two others saw Jacobs the winner 115-113 to give him the win by split decision.

“It felt just a little weird. It felt like a sparring match,” said Jacobs about fighting without fans in the audience. “This wasn’t a valiant effort.”

Rosado was certain he was the true winner.

“I thought I won the fight. I surprised him,” said Rosado who trained with Freddie Roach for this fight. “I’m a veteran, I know how to fight.”

Indeed, he does.

Jacobs now stands poised to fight one of many super middleweight champions in need of a marquee name.

“I live to see another day,” he said honestly.

Other Bouts

Kazakhstan’s Daniyar Yeleussinov (10-0, 6 KOs) proved he was not an easy touch and knocked out former world champion Julius Indongo (23-3, 12 KOs) to march forward in the welterweight division while grabbing the vacant IBF Inter-Continental title.

In a fight featuring southpaw versus southpaw Yeleussinov caught Indongo with a roundhouse left the first time they exchanged and down went the former super lightweight world champion. Indongo beat the count and survived the round.

Indongo wasn’t as lucky in the second round as Yeleussinov again connected with a left and down went the fighter from Namibia again. He would not get up at 1:24 of round two giving the knockout win for Yeleussinov.

A battle between undefeated heavyweights saw Azerbaijan’s Mahammadrasul Majidov (3-0, 3 KOs) use roundhouse rights to stagger the heavier Sahret Delgado (8-1) to win by knockout in the third round. Majidov actually helped Delgado get to his stool after knocking him out on his feet at 47 seconds of the third round.

Emmanuel Tagoe (32-1) defeated Mason Menard (36-5) by majority decision after a 10- round lightweight fight that saw a lot of clinching and leaning.

Nikita “White Chocolate” Ababiy (10-0) out-fought Detroit’s Brandon Maddox (7-4-1) to win by unanimous decision after six rounds in a middleweight clash. Ababiy hurt Maddox with body shots but found Maddox more resilient than expected.

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Pradabsri Upsets Menayothin, Ends the Longest Unbeaten Streak of Modern Times

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During the wee hours in the Americas, a big upset was brewing in Thailand. In Nakhon Sawan, a city roughly 150 miles north of Bangkok, Panya Pradabsri (aka Petchmanee CP Freshmart) out-pointed Wanheng Menayothin (aka Chayaphon Moonsri) in a domestic clash with international significance. Manayothin entered the bout with a 54-0 (18) record and was making the 13th defense of his WBC world minimumweight title.

Pradabsri had been defeated only once in 35 previous starts, but only 11 of his 34 victories had come against fighters with winning records. According to ringside reports, he kept Menayothin at bay with good fundamentals, a stiff jab, and good lateral movement. All three judges had it 115-113. The fight wasn’t without controversy as Menayothin finished stronger and many folks scoring off the live video thought that he had done just enough to retain his title.

How good was/is Menayothin? That’s a question that serious boxing fans will likely debate for decades.

In the summer of 2019, Menayothin signed a co-promotional deal with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. At time, GBP president Eric Gomez described him as one of the best fighters in the world. “We really want to bring him to the U.S. so people can see how talented he really is,” Gomez told England’s Sky Sports.

Menayothin was expected to make his U.S. debut in April of this year, but the pandemic ruined that plan. Earlier this year, he announced his retirement, but rescinded it after only two days.

Scottish boxing historian Matt McGrain, who has an exclusive arrangement with this web site, had lukewarm opinion of the Thai mighty-mite although he rated him the second-best 105-pound boxer of the decade, trailing only his countryman Thammanoon Niyomtrong (aka Knockout CP Freshmart).

“He is disciplined, strong, brings good pressure and is armed with a very decent range of punches,” said McGrain, “(but his record) is comprised mostly of men any competent fighter would be expected to beat.”

Although only one boxer from Thailand has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (Khaosai Galaxy, class of 1999), the Southeast Asia nation has produced some outstanding boxers over the years – Chartchoi Chionoi, Sot Chitalada, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai to name just a few. The difference between these fighters and Wanheng Menayothin is that they all left the comfort zone of their homeland to score one or more important wins on foreign soil.

Menayothin may yet display his wares in a U.S. ring. But at age 35, an advanced age for small fighters in particular, we won’t get to see him at his best and now that his bubble has been burst, disinviting further comparisons to Mayweather and Marciano, the curiosity factor has been tempered.

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