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Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report Weekly Recap (May 26 – June 1)

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By. BrotherJR

June 2, 2014

 

As all boxing fans know, this was a huge weekend in boxing featuring high-profile bouts all over the globe. Hardcore fans were all over social media discussing what went down this weekend.

The big bout of the week was the rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves which drew 80,000 fans to Wembley Stadium. While that bout was mega, there were also other bouts worthy of our attention with a triple-header in Macau, China and a Middleweight Championship rematch that took place in Germany. Here is a recap of what went down:

  1. This Time Carl Froch Leaves No Doubts – When Carl Froch and George Groves fought last November, the bout was riddled with controversy as Froch scored a questionable ninth round TKO stoppage. In their rematch Saturday , there was no controversy as Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) scored and emphatic eighth round, one punch KO over George Groves retaining his WBA and IBF Super Middleweight titles. After a slow start, Froch found his way and worked Groves’ body. Groves (19-2, 15 KOs), who started fast during their first fight, made the mistake of letting Froch find his groove and as the fight went along, Groves started to show fatigue. At the 2 minute 34 second mark of round eight, Froch, known as “The Cobra”, struck with a hellacious right hand that sent Groves crashing to the canvas. The fight was immediately called off by referee Charlie Fitch.

Afterward, Froch talked about fighting in Las Vegas for his next fight.  Froch has options all over the place for rematches. There is Super Middleweight kingpin Andre Ward, another all-Brit showdown with James DeGale. (This fight will probably never happen, but can’t we can wish, can’t we?) There are potential big clashes with the likes of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. or current WBA Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin. Whoever is next, fans are sure to watch. The Super Middleweight landscape is his oyster.

2. James DeGale Is Ready For a Title Shot – On the undercard of Carl Froch – George Groves rematch, DeGale (19-1, 13 KOs) was impressive in a four round stoppage over Brandon Gonzales (18-1-1, 10 KOs) in an IBF Eliminator. Sure the stoppage may have been a little early, but that doesn’t really matter as DeGale was clearly the better fighter and was going to end matters soon enough. DeGale, who lost by decision to Groves back in 2011, has improved greatly and is now a complete fighter ready for the big dawgs at 168 pounds.

3. Nonito Donaire Wins a Featherweight Title, Yet Is Disappointed – In the main event of a triple-header in Macau, China, Donaire challenged WBA “Super” Featherweight Simpiwe Vetyeka and won the title via fourth round technical decision. Why is Donaire disappointed? Because of how the fight was ended.  Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs) was ruled unable to continue as a result cut suffered over his left eye in the opening round that progressively grew worse as the fight went on. Sad thing is that the cut and subsequent stoppage ruined what was turning out to be a very intriguing bout. Vetyeka (26-3, 15 KOs), the underdog heading in, was giving as good as he received and even though he was knocked down in the third, was very competitive throughout. After the bout, Donaire was very apologetic of how matters ended and promised Vetyeka a rematch. Let’s hope the new champ lives up to his words and the fight happens.

4. Nicholas Walters Is On the Come-up – Walters, the WBA “regular” Featherweight Champion fought former Flyweight, Super Flyweight Champion and the always tough Vic Darchinyan… and wiped the floor with him! Walters (24-0, 20 KOs) was clearly the most impressive fighter of the night as he emphatically stopped Darchinyan (39-7-1, 28 KOs) in round five knocking down Darchinyan, known as “The Raging Bull” twice in the process (once in round two and again in round five). Walters is a big, strong Featherweight who can bang and is improving with each fight. Walters may be in line for an eventual showdown with Nonito Donaire in what would be a terrific fight. Should that fight come off, that would be guaranteed TNT.

5. Sam Soliman Dethrones Felix Sturm – 40 year-old Australian Sam Soliman went into enemy territory and defeated local champion Felix Sturm by unanimous decision to win the IBF Middleweight title Saturday in Krefeld, Germany. This was a rematch of a 2013 fight in which Soliman defeated Sturm by unanimous decision, but the bout ruled a no-contest and Soliman was subsequently suspended for nine months for testing positive for the illegal stimulant Methyl-synephrine. This was a case of the old adage of styles making fights. Soliman has one of the most awkward styles in the sport, never letting Sturm get a foothold of his bout as he simply outworked Sturm and used his unorthodox style to full advantage. Will there be a third fight between these two? Probably so. However, unless Soliman gets old and breaks down, I don’t see what Sturm could do to change the outcome.

 

Well, there’s the recap of a long and fun weekend in boxing. It’s on to next week and the big fight between Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto on June 7 at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Has age, injuries, plus the wear and tear of a long career taken a toll on Martinez? Does Cotto, moving up from Jr. Middleweight have the strength and power to dethrone the defending champ? We will all find out this coming Saturday. Get your popcorn ready boxing fans!

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