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Week: April 21 – 28
Last weekend fight recaps in a sentence or less
Peter Quillin v Lukas Konecny
Undefeated rising star Peter Quillin remains perfect in a boring fight against Czech veteran boxer Luke Konecny. While Quillin remains undefeated some doubt about his ceiling may have come into question.
Shawn Porter v Paulie Malignaggi
Showtime Boxing brought you Showtime Shawn Porter in what turned out to be a beating of the Magic Man. Did Porter beat Paulie into retirement? That remains to be seen.
Bernard Hopkins v Beibut Shumenov
The ‘Alien’ Bernard Hopkins took the younger Shumenov too school by fighting the fight only B-Hop knows how to fight. It was a true chess game and the record-setting B-Hop picked his punches with astounding accuracy to earn the decision.
On the Docket
ESPN2 – Rancho Mirage, Calif. – Josesito Lopez vs. Aron Martinez, 10 rounds, junior welterweights; Thomas Williams Jr. vs. Enrique Ornelas, 10 rounds, light heavyweights; Immanuel Aleem vs. Michael Noriega, 6 rounds, super middleweights; Gervonta Davis vs. TBA, 6 rounds, junior lightweights; Moshea Aleem vs. TBA, 4 rounds, junior middleweights; Dennis Hasson vs. Arsenio Terrazas, 6 or 8 rounds, cruiserweights; Juan Funez vs. Edgar Flores, 4 rounds, lightweights; Maurice Lee vs. Eduardo Melendez, 4 rounds, welterweights
ESPN – Oberhausen, Germany – Wladimir Klitschko vs. Alex Leapai, 12 rounds, for Klitschko’s WBO/IBF/WBA heavyweight title; Oleksandr Usyk vs. Ben Nsafoah, 8 rounds, cruiserweights; Joseph Parker vs. Marcelo Nascimento, 10 rounds, heavyweights; Robert Tlatlik vs. Bihes Barakat, 8 rounds, junior welterweights; Roman Baleav vs. Fouad El Massoudi, 6 rounds, welterweights
Showtime – Carson, Calif. – Keith Thurman vs. Julio Diaz, 12 rounds, for Thurman’s WBA interim welterweight title; Lucas Matthysse vs. John Molina, 12 rounds, junior welterweights; Omar Figueroa vs. Jerry Belmontes, 12 rounds, for Figueroa’s WBC lightweight title; Antonio Orozco vs. Martin Honorio, 10 rounds, junior welterweights
Fox Sport 1 – At Bayamon, Puerto Rico – Michael Perez vs. Jorge Romero, 10 rounds, junior welterweights; McJoe Arroyo vs. David Quijano, 8 rounds, bantamweights; Jayson Velez vs. Miguel Soto, 10 rounds, featherweights; Prichard Colon vs. Javier Garcia, 8 rounds, junior middleweights; John Karl Sosa vs. Victor Perez, 6 rounds, welterweights; Jose Lopez vs. Roberto Rivera, 4 rounds, lightweights; Joshua Declet vs. Edgardo Marin, 4 rounds, junior featherweights; Rafael Gonzalez vs. TBA, 4 rounds, lightweight
Latest breaking stories from respected and trusted media outlets
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Turn it Up!
The Fight Voice crew goes “unfiltered” with some thoughts, opinions and chatter
• Shawn Porter is a man on a mission. The nature of his game and the power he brings to the table may be enough to push anyone in the weight class around with ease. Porter is already scheduled for a mandatory title defense against Kell Brook this summer, but look out for Broner and Mayweather chatter somewhere down the road.
• Beibut Shumenov, as smart as he may be with a pen and paper, needs to do some soul searching and determine if he really wants to be a contender. And if he does, than he needs to seek out a trainer who can take him to the next level. Shumenov sat in his corner sans trainer the entire fight and it showed.
• Peter Quillin gets the win on Saturday night and stays undefeated; however, some questions about his ceiling are beginning to break through the surface. While very talented and still undefeated, Quillin was challenged by an over-the-hill veteran in Konecny earning the win in a very ‘ordinary’ fashion.
• Bernard Hopkins is special. A true veteran who has learned and used every trick in the book. A possible matchup with Stevenson could happen and while the cards may favor the younger, stronger Stevenson, I have learned one thing from B-Hop…don’t bet against him…
• Showtime is winning the back and forth against HBO as we have just learned that the Cotto-Martinez PPV event boasts a truly unremarkable undercard. Conversely, Showtime is coming off of an impressive tripleheader, is giving the fans a second tripleheader this weekend with headliner Keith Thurman and then kicks off May with ‘The Moment’ as Floyd Mayweather steps into the ring with hard-hitting Argentinean Marcos Maidana.
See you next week on The Wheel!