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Week: April 28 – May 4
In case you were hibernating or sleeping under a rock last week, let us take you through the last seven days in the boxing world. The week had a full slate of exciting fights, breaking news and serves as an appetizer for the upcoming week, which features “The Moment” and the return of pound for pound King Floyd “Money” Mayweather to the ring. Strap in folks and join THE FIGHT VOICE in a bottomless buffet of boxing news and highlights!
Thursday, April 24 – ESPN2 (aired as a special edition of Friday Night Fights)
Josesito Lopez defeats Aron Martinez
The San Diego boxing outfit, House of Boxing San Diego, was well represented on Thursday night in Rancho Mirage, California as the “Riverside Rocky” Josesito Lopez made his return to ring on his home turf looking sharp and in complete control of his game. Punching behind his combinations, heavy body shots and relentless pressure, Lopez was able to secure a TKO victory in round 5 by forcing Martinez to turn his back, causing the referee to step in and wave off the bout. Lopez put together a nice combination with a body shot and vicious left hook that caused Martinez to concede.
Saturday, April 26 – ESPN
Wladimir Klitschko defeats Alex Leapai
As usual, Klitschko managed the ring by creating enough space to allow himself not to get pressured or hit by Leapai nearly the entire fight. The most exciting part of this fight was Klitschko’s entrance song and view of the hometown crowd (which consists of the entire continent of Europe when it comes to Klitschko) which came out in herds. The ugliness of boxing rears its ugly head again as fans across the world will never have the opportunity to see Klitschko challenged before he retires permanently. I was excited to see a manic, shirtless and yoked up Shannon Briggs interrupt the pre-fight press conference earlier in the week and for a second I wondered (and hoped) that I could see The Cannon fight one more time. Klitschko wins by KO in the fifth, tons of drunk European fans get to talk trash about their hero and boxing fans around the world will count the days until a American Heavyweight steps up and challenges Klitchsko…I am talking to you Deontay Wilder…
Saturday, April 26 – Showtime
The exciting triple header from Carson California’s StubHub Center, which was hailed as “Heavy Hitters” lived up to the hype as all three bouts had non-stop action from the opening bell.
Omar Figueroa defeats Jerry Belmontes
The rising star Omar Figueroa was able to successfully revenge five amateur losses to Jerry Belmontes and retain his title on Saturday night as his non-stop pressure and high-volume punching was enough to convince the judges to give him the decision. Belmontes, who claims to know Figueroa inside and out, was able to land at will and have some success in the early rounds. However, Figueroa, who was coming off two hand injuries and was shaking off some ring rust, was able to get into a groove and win the later rounds. Belmontes was unhappy with the decision and Figueroa was apologetic to the fans for not giving them the knockout they wanted. In the end, Figueroa moves on to bigger and better things, and Belmontes will most likely fall into the boxing Bermuda triangle.
Lucas Matthysse defeats Jon Molina
In the fight of the night, two brawlers with something to prove squared off in an action packed bout that ended in round 11 when Molina was put to the mat for good. Matthysse used excellent combination punching and landed huge shots to Molina in round 10 that put him down in what most thought would be the end of the fight. Molina survived the tenth and was out on his stool, which led to a heated exchange between the ring physician and Molina’s trainer Joel Goosen. Molina made it off the stool for round 11 but couldn’t handle the onslaught that ensued from Matthysse. This fight was better than expected and is a contender for fight of the year. Matthysse gains the most from this win as he gets himself back into title talks and a possible rematch with belt holder Danny Garcia.
Keith Thurman defeats Julio Diaz
Some called it a massive mismatch. Others called it the only fight Thurman could get. Regardless, fans were treated to the talents of a rising star in the boxing world who has the skills, potential and charisma to take over the reins from Mayweather and Pacquiao. Keith “One Time” Thurman lived up to name as he landed a body shot in round 3 that sent Diaz to his corner wilting in pain. Diaz couldn’t go on and the fight was stopped in between rounds. Thurman, who was headlining his first big card, has gained some public capital after the win and Golden Boy will be trying to setup a fight with Shawn Porter or even Floyd Mayweather at some point down the road. The ceiling is high for Thurman and the door for a blockbuster fight may swing open very soon.
On the Docket
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
ESPN2 – Hialeah, Fla – Special Thursday edition of “Friday Night Fights,” Robert Garcia vs. Victor Cayo, 10 rounds, welterweights; Jonathan Gonzalez vs. Rogelio Medina, 10 rounds, middleweights; Yunieski Gonzalez vs. Jaison Palomeque, 8 rounds, light heavyweights; James McGirt Jr. vs. Larry Smith Jr., 6 rounds, middleweights; Juan Velasquez vs. Joseliz Cepeda, 6 rounds, featherweights; Carlos Velasquez vs. Carlos Vinan, 6 rounds, junior lightweights; Vilier Quinonez vs. Edgar Perez, 6 rounds, light heavyweights; Ahmed Elbiale vs. Rashad Jones, 4 rounds, light heavyweights; Jeff Souffrant vs. Jorge Quintero, 4 rounds, welterweights
Fox Sports 1 – Las Vegas, NV – Ishe Smith vs. Ryan Davis, 10 rounds, junior middleweights; Mickey Bey Jr. vs. Alan Herrera, 10 rounds, lightweights; Jesus Cuellar vs. Rico Ramos, 12 rounds, for Cuellar’s WBA interim featherweight title; Rau’Shee Warren vs. Martin Alvarado, 10 rounds, bantamweights; Robert Easter Jr. vs. TBA, 8 rounds, lightweights; Jamel Herring vs. Rogelio Cazarez, 8 rounds, lightweights; Raynell Williams vs. TBA, 4 rounds, lightweights; Javonte Clark vs. TBA, 4 rounds, welterweights
Showtime PPV – Las Vegas, NV – Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana, 12 rounds, WBC/WBA welterweight unification; Luis Collazo vs. Amir Khan, 12 rounds, welterweights; Adrien Broner vs. Carlos Molina, 10 rounds, junior welterweights; J’Leon Love vs. Marco Antonio Periban, 10 rounds, super middleweights; Anthony Ogogo vs. Jonuel Tapia, 8 rounds, middleweights; Andrew Tabiti vs. John Shipman, 6 rounds, cruiserweights; Ronald Gavril vs. Tyrell Hendrix, 8 rounds, super middleweights; Ashley Theophane vs. Angino Perez, 8 rounds, welterweights; Lanell Bellows vs. Thomas Gifford, 6 rounds, super middleweights; Ladarius Miller vs. Richard Colas, 4 rounds, welterweights
Latest breaking stories from respected and trusted media outlets
Turn it Up!
The Fight Voice crew goes “unfiltered” with some thoughts, opinions and chatter
• May kicks off with a bang as Floyd “Money” Mayweather steps into the ring and defends his perfect record against hard-hitting and unpredictable Argentine, Marcos Maidana. In what is being dubbed, “The Moment,” boxing fans are treated to the last few years of boxing perfection as Mayweather is winding down his career inside the ring. In addition to this exciting main event, the undercard consists of exciting matchups as Amir Khan and Adrien Broner return to the ring against dangerous opponents.
• If you are looking for a sleeper fight on the May 3 Mayweather PPV, look no further than Khan-Collazo. Luis Collazo can punch. And he likes to punch hard. Khan, who is known for extremely fast hands and good technical skills seems to get punched a ton. His chin acts as a magnet at times and when his opposition connects he often goes down.
• The Fight Voice will be doing a special five-part post in a few weeks previewing 5 Fights Boxing needs to make happen. We won’t reveal them all at this time, but after Keith Thurman’s decisive win this past weekend many people think Shawn Porter is would make a great matchup. We do too. This fight needs to happen.
• While watching the Showtime series All Access: Mayweather-Maidana, I cant help but notice the absence of Floyd’s father Floyd Mayweather Sr. A presence in camp and gluton for attention, Floyd Sr., while obtrusive and outspoken, knows boxing. And he knows his son even better. I am not sure of the reasoning and this could be a non-factor altogether, but this is unusual when it comes to Floyd’s camp. In addition, we learned that Floyd and his fiancé have parted ways. While I don’t believe Floyd is the type of guy who lets this get to him (as he demonstrated with a private jet full of beautiful ladies during episode 2 of All Access) inconsistencies like these are the things people will point to after the bell rings and the decision is read.
• I think this could be a bad weekend for Adrien Broner. Coming off his only loss, Broner appears to be taking this camp serious and avoiding the spotlight at all costs. This could be good for him, however, that is not who Broner is. He needs to the fuel of the media and the fans to get him going. Also, coming off of a loss it tough enough, but when it is your first and you are beaten handily it is even tougher to get back on track. While Broner has the talent, his ego and false sense that he is the predecessor to Floyd could be the things that make his path to the top tougher than he may expect.
See you next week on The Wheel!