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Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report Weekly Recap (May 19-25)

By. BrotherJR

May 27, 2014

 

Yeah, I know the boxing weekly recaps have been few and not often enough by me and that I need to do this more. However, I’m back with a weekly recap of what’s happened in the boxing world. For those in the know, the focus this week was the triple-header in Montreal on Showtime featuring Adonis Stevenson defending his WBC Lt. Heavyweight title against mandatory contender Andrezj Fonfara. For boxing fans hiding under a rock, Stevenson jumped ship from HBO to Showtime after signing a deal with Al Hayman, a controversial move to many because this move by Stevenson apparently during (according to Kathy Duva and Main Events) negotiations for a bout with WBO Lt. Heavyweight champ Sergey Kovalev. Here’s what happened with Stevenson – Fonfara and other matters in boxing.

1. Stevenson Defeats Fonfara, but Struggles in the Process – This fight in Stevenson’s adopted hometown of Montreal was a tale of two moments. For the first seven rounds, Stevenson pretty much controlled the bout. Knocking down Fonfara in the first and fifth rounds and thoroughly out-boxing Fonfara and pretty much having his way. However, even as Stevenson controlled the action, Fonfara stood tough and made him work. And the dogged perseverance of Fonfara paid off as by the eighth round, Stevenson showed signs of fatigue. In the ninth Fonfara struck, knocking Stevenson down with right hand early in the round. Stevenson got up on shaky legs, however showed heart and toughness in fighting back as the two went to war over the last four rounds. Stevenson got the decision by unanimous decision, but question were raised about him after the bout. A proposed unification bout with WBA/IBF Champion Bernard Hopkins is likely looming in the future.

2. David Lemieux Equals Explosive – Fans, Networks, and Promoters love a guy that can punch and punch hard, and that’s one trait that Lemieux has plenty of. For those who saw Lemieux’s third round KO over Fernando Guerrero (on the undercard of Stevenson – Fonfara) and has followed him throughout his career, you can attest that Lemieux packs mega-power and one of the most dynamic and explosive punchers in the sport. Is Lemieux flawed? You better believe it (I don’t trust his chin). However Lemieux, a Middleweight from Montreal, can hurt any fighter in the division. A fight against WBO Middleweight champion Peter Quillin would be TNT dynamite and a fight guaranteed to end in a knockout. Look for that possible showdown to happen later on this year.

3. Jermell Charlo Wins, but Doesn’t Inspire – Charlo, and undefeated rising Jr. Middleweight contender from Houston, TX (and twin brother of another fellow Jr. Middleweight contender Jermall Charlo) defeated Charlie Ota, but was made to work a bit. No doubt that Charlo was in control and was clearly the better fighter in this bout which was first bout of the Showtime triple-header. However, he was knocked down in round three and seemed to lack a certain it factor. There were real opportunities to step up the pressure from Charlo and he didn’t capitalize. Charlo is still a talent who can fight and fight well, but his performance against Ota was less than desirable and a bit flat.

4. Jhonny Gonzalez Wins in a Snoozer – Gonzalez, the WBC Featherweight champ in his first outing since his shocking first round KO over Abner Mares last August, returned to the ring against Clive Atwell in Acapulco, Mexico. Gonzalez didn’t look great, in part to the fact that Atwell didn’t really put up much of a fight. Because of that, the bout became a bit of a bore and not great to watch. The highlights of this bout was a cut in round seven which caused a cut over Gonzalez right eye and another headbutt which caused a major gash over Gonzalez left eye in round ten that was so bad that it caused the bout to prematurely end. Gonzalez was leading comfortably on the scorecards at the time of the stoppage, so he won by technical decision. What’s next for Gonzalez, hopefully a better fight against a quality opponent. A rematch with Mares is still out there, as are rumors of a bout against Jorge Arce. Whoever it is, lets hope that his next fight will be better than what we saw against Atwell.

Well there’s the recap for this past week. As all of you boxing fans know, what’s going down this week is big, big, big! The highly anticipated rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves in London has boxing fans buzzing. Plus, Nonito Donaire is looking to win a title at Featherweight as he faces Simpiwe Vetyeka in Macau and on the undercard, one of the fastest improving fighters in the sport, Evgeny Gradovich will also be defending his title. Boxing is stocked full of good bouts and I can’t wait to see what goes down.

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