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Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report Weekly Recap (August 11-17)

By. BrotherJR

August 19, 2014

 

After taking a week off from the weekly updates (and if you know what took place on during that time you would understand why, still upset at that farce that was Danny Garcia – Rod Salka and that entire Showtime triple-header), boxing came back with a vengeance with a power packed triple-header this past Saturday on Showtime featuring the highly anticipated IBF Welterweight title bout between champion Shawn Porter and mandatory challenger Kell Brook. When I began the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report over two years ago, I touted Brook as a future world champion and a potential star in the making. Porter on the other hand came into this fight on a serious roll following wins over Devon Alexander to win the title and destroying Paulie Malignaggi in his first title defense Did Brook take advantage of his long-awaited title opportunity? Lets talk about it and other boxing that went down.

1. Kell Brook Realizes His Dream of Become a World Champ – Brook finally got his world title shot and made the most of it defeating Shawn Porter by majority decision (117-111, 116-112, 114-114) to win the IBF Welterweight title Saturday night in Carson, California in the main event of a triple header aired on Showtime. Both Porter and Brook suffered cuts with Brook receiving a cut over his left eye in round two and Porter cut over his right eye in round six (both cuts were ruled by headbutt). The difference in this fight was the skill and precision of Brook, who took control of this fight during the second half of the bout. Porter (24-1,15 KOs) threw more punches, but was sloppy in his attack and didn’t exhibit the same form he showed against Devon Alexander and especially during his destruction of Malignaggi in his last fight. Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) on other hand was calm and cool, using and efficient jab, precise counter-punching, and good footwork to thwart and neutralize the rushes of Porter. From round seven on, Porter started to show signs of fatigue while Porter got stronger. Brook rocked Porter twice in round eleven that pretty much cemented his victory. The question is now, where does Brook go from here. A huge mega-showdown with fellow Brit Amir Khan is already being discussed as well as a unification bout with WBA Welterweight champ Keith Thurman. After a long wait for the title, Kell Brook is now champ and his time is now.

2. Anthony Dirrell Impressively Defeats Sakio Bika – Some of you may read this and say what are you talking about, what do you mean impressive? While at first glance Dirrell’s rematch win over Bika to win the WBC Super Middleweight title on the under-card of Porter – Brook was a sloppy, ugly, and tough to watch, I beg to differ. Everybody knows that Bika makes for ugly fights because of his style. However, what has me excited about Dirrell’s performance was how he adjusted from their first fight (a 12 round draw December 2013). In their first fight Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs) and his rough-house (and many would argue dirty) tactics got to Dirrell. In the rematch, Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs) would not be denied and put on the best performance of his career. It wasn’t just that Dirrell out-boxed Bika, in this fight he out-fought Bika as well landing not just jabs and shots from the outside, he connected with more than his share of inside punches as well including very effective punches to the body as well. The fact that at the end of the fight it was Bika who was the fighter that was worn down shows you the kind of performance Dirrell put on. Given Dirrell’s story of being a cancer survivor (Dirrell was largely inactive in 2007 and 2008 due his battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma), this makes Dirrell’s performance even more impressive and more of a feel good story. While ugly to some, Anthony Dirrell’s win over Sakio Bika was highly impressive in my book.

3. Still Not a Fan Of Omar Figueroa, but You Gotta Give Him His Due – Look I’ll admit, I don’t think greatly of WBC Lightweight Omar Figueroa as a fighter. I’ve said it in the past on my show and on other boxing shows that Figueroa is vulnerable and ready to be beat. However, you have to give credit where credit is due and tip my hat to him for how he performed during his 9th round stoppage over Daniel Estrada in Carson California as the opening bout to Saturday night’s Showtime triple-header. This was arguably the most impressive performance of his career. The pressure from Estrada (24-0-1, 18 KOs) quickly turned this bout into a brawl as both fighters traded punches throughout. Estrada (32-3-1, 24 KOs) was fighting with a heavy heart as this bout took place less than his three weeks after his sister and niece died as a result of a car crash on their way home from a family vacation, but early on gave as good as he got. While Figueroa was very effective with body shots that Estrada clearly felt, the challenger landed his fare share of sharp counter punches in what was clearly the best fight of the night. The dramatic moment came in round eight as towards the end of the round Estrada got the attention of Figueroa only for Figueroa to come right back fighting. During the exchange a nasty gash opened up on Figueroa’s left eye. The fight was in danger of being stopped, but in round nine Figueroa exploded, knocking down Estrada courtesy of  a terrific right hand. A follow-up assault by Figueroa forced referee Raul Caiz to step in and stop the bout. Afterwards, Figueroa said that he want to move up to Jr. Welterweight. No, I’m still not the greatest fan of Figueroa, but on this night he was mighty impressive.

4. Don’t Sleep On Jorge Linares – Look, Linares (36-3, 23 KOs) win over Ira Terry (26-11, 16 KOs) was an expected easy KO as he took out Terry by way of a beautiful right had that dropped him face first. Here’s the thing though, in my opinion, Linares is without a doubt one of the most skilled fighters in the world. His only weakness (and it’s a pretty damn big weakness) is his questionable chin, but on any night he can give (and beat) any Lightweight in the world. Linares is now the mandatory contender for the WBC Lightweight title currently held by Omar Figueroa. Figueroa is planning to move up to Jr. Welterweight (smart move because I don’t think Figueroa beats Linares). Hopefully Linares will get a shot at the vacant title.

5. Deontay Wilder Tunes Up For His Upcoming Title Shot – Lets call it what it is. Wilder’s fight against, a fourth round stoppage over Jason Gavern, was nothing more than a set-up bout for his upcoming showdown with WBC Heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne. Give Gavern credit however as he came to fight and made Wilder go at least a few rounds. At the end, it was the size, speed, and power that was too much as he knocked down Gavern in round three by way of a right hand and finished him off in the next round. Now it’s on to the fight we really want to see, a fight with Stiverne which  is a guaranteed TNT, boom!

 

Now there were other bouts that went down this weekend, including Garbriel Rosado’s sixth round stoppage over Bryan Vera which was one of the strangest boxing setups that I’ve ever seen as well as WBC Cruiserweight champ Yoan Pablo Hernandez squeaking by Firat Arslan in Germany. Not much to speak of for this week of boxing. Shoot, the most notable bout is Austin Trout fighting on the season finale of Friday Night Fights. The next major weekend of boxing happens in two weeks as the beginning of September will be loaded with big bouts. Until next time, this my thoughts on The Sweet Science.

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