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What We Learned This Week In Boxing (Nov. 18-24)

By. BrotherJR

November 25, 2013

This past week, the boxing world was pretty much fixated in the return of Manny Pacquiao as he faced Brandon Rios in Macau, China. It’s certainly understandable because hell, the last time we saw “Pac-Man” in the ring, he was face first on the mat after being knocked out of his senses by Juan Manuel Marquez back on December 2012. The question coming into his return to the ring was how is Pacquiao physically and more importantly, mentally. Would he be the same old Manny, or would the KO loss to Marquez have a permanent affect on him.

However, the boxing world consisted of more than Pacquiao – Rios. I was just as interested (hell let me admit, if not more, in the intriguing WBA/IBF Super Middleweight title contest taking place in Manchester between champion Carl Froch and challenger George groves. Groves had plenty to say before the bout about what he would do to the veteran Froch who has been on a roll for the past 18 months. Will Groves fist live up to his words, or will he fall flat on his face? Here’s my analysis of what went down this week.

??????????????????????????  1. Pacuiao Returns to the Ring and Dominates Brandon Rios – No real surprise here with this bout. Let’s be clear, even though Pacquiao won virtually every round, there are still questions about Manny Pacquiao. Why? Because Brandon Rios offered NO REAL RESISTANCE Saturday night (well technically early Sunday afternoon in Macau, China where the bout took place). Going in, Rios was an opponent while tough, was made to order for Pacquiao. At the end of the day, Manny Pacquiao showed what most expected, and that he was too fast and too good for the likes of Rios who is not in Pacquiao’s league. And for this fight, there seemed to be no residual effects from the knockout loss to Marquez.  In short Manny did what he had to do which was dominate, looked good doing so, and now he’s back on the scene, with his next bout tentatively scheduled for April 12, 2014 back in the U.S. against an opponent to be determined.

2. Evgeny Gradovich Dominates Billy Dib, Stopping Him In Their Rematch – When Gradovich and Dib fought this past March, Dib was the talked about fighter, making his United States debut and looking to make his mark on the U.S. landscape. Defending his IBF Featherweight title, it was suspected that he would have a fairly easy time with last-minute substitute Gradovich, an unknown Russian fighter fighting and training out of Oxnard, California. Well Gradovich spoiled the apple cart as he outworked Dib by split decision and in the process win the IBF belt. Well, Gradovich and Dip fought a rematch on the under-card of Pacquiao – Rios and Gradovich made easier work of it in their return bout, this time stopping Dib by ninth round stoppage.  Dib got off to a decent start early, but by round five Gradovich, known as “The Mexican Russian” made his move and poured it on. From that point Dib was no match and was ultimately overwhelmed. Gradovich is known for his aggressive style, but it’s a mistake to pigeon him based on that. During the rematch with Dib, Gradovich not only out-fought him, but ultimately out-boxed him as well.  Gradovich is a rapidly improving fighter and right there in any of the top fighters from 122-130lbs. Early rumors have Gradovich possibly fighting Nonito Donaire early in 2014.

carl-froch-george-groves-boxing  3. Carl Froch Scores a Highly Controversial Stoppage of George Groves, and Folks Are Already Demanding a Rematch – This was the fight I was really looking forward to because I liked what I’ve seen from Groves and thought that he would give defending WBA/IBF Super Middleweight champion Froch a real handful. And a Groves indeed gave Froch a handful and then some as he knocked down the defending champ in round one, hurt him again in round six, and pretty much had his way throughout showing himself to be the better fighter. Froch was made to look old, slow, lethargic, and couldn’t avoid the right hand of Groves which seemed to be on radar as he landed that punch throughout the contest. Froch, known as “Cobra” finally struck in round nine, hurting Groves with a right hand. While hurt, Groves was fighting back and, then all of a sudden referee Howard Foster stepped in and stopped the fight leaving everyone outraged. The announcers were confused, social media (including yours truly) raised hell, and there was an immediate call that the stoppage was an outrage. I also wonder what in the world was referee Howard Foster thinking to step in and to stop the contest. You have to feel gutted for Groves as he backed up his pre-fight boasts and was on his way to victory and becoming champion of the world. Lets face it, Carl Froch received a gift here and was more than fortunate to leave the ring still the champion. In the immediate aftermath it seems that the camps of both Froch and Groves are talking about a rematch sometime during the first quarter of 2014. Speaking for boxing fans, I can only say lets hope so because what happened Saturday evening in Manchester left us with a sour taste and seemingly an injustice done towards George Groves.

Well this past week (or should I say weekend) was full of intrigue and controversy. Plenty of questions still remains regarding Froch – Groves stoppage (update, as of this morning the British Boxing Board of Control upheld the decision) and it seems that Manny Pacquiao is back on track. It’s on to this upcoming weekend as both Sergey Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson will be fighting on the same card in Quebec City, Quebec in what will hopefully lead to an eventual showdown between the two. In closing I want to say Happy Thanksgiving to everybody. Be safe, eat all the food you can, and continue to watch boxing because as you saw this weekend, the “Sweet Science” never ceases to amaze and you can always count on the unexpected.

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