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Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report Weekly Recap (September 1-7)

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Nicaraguan challenger Roman Gonzalez returns to his corner after knocking down Japanese champion Akira Yaegashi, foreground, in the 10th round of their WBC flyweight boxing title match in Tokyo, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. Gonzalez won the title after defeating Yaegashi by a technical knockout in the round. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi) The Associated Press

 

By. BrotherJR

September 9, 2014

 

If you’ve heard me on my podcast recently, then you would know that I was really looking forward to early September because it’s loaded with not just a lot of boxing, but plenty of high quality, world-class boxing full of big fights. Well this past week certainly didn’t disappoint as you had significant fights covering the globe. What went down this last week was a hardcore boxing fan/boxing geek’s dream. Here’s an analysis of all that went down.

1.  Roman “Chocalatito” Gonzalez Is Elite!!! – I’ve been saying for quite a while now that Roman Gonzalez is one of the best boxers in the world, and possibly the most slept on great fighter in the sport. A former Strawweight and Jr. Flyweight champion, Gonzalez (40-0, 34 KOs) moved up to Flyweight scored a ninth round stoppage over Akira Yaegashi on Friday in Tokyo to capture the WBC Flyweight title. Yaegashi (20-4, 10 KOs) fought his heart out and proved to be a warrior. However, the skill, class, precision and power of “Chocalatito” proved too much as he beat down and wore out Yaegashi. Quiet as kept, Flyweight is one of the strongest divisions in the sport and there are plenty of terrific fights there for Gonzalez. What’s on the minds of fans the most is a rematch with current WBA/WBO Flyweight champ Juan Francisco Estrada who over the weekend defended his titles (we’ll talk about that later) as well as a potential bout with WBC Jr. Flyweight Naoya Inoue who defended his belt on the Yaegashi – Gonzalez undercard.

2.  And Speaking of Naoya Inoue… – Inoue made the first defense of his WBC Jr. Flyweight title on the undercard of the Akira Yaegashi – Roman Gonzalez bout Friday in Tokyo, stopping Samartlek Kokietgym (17-5, 5 KOs) in eleven rounds. This was little more than a showcase bout for Inoue, and the defending champ displayed all his skills as he dominated Kokietgym from beginning to end as he knocked down Kokietgym in rounds four and six in route to the eventual stoppage. Inoue (7-0, 6 KOs) is a 21 year-old Japanese phenom who may be the best young fighter in the world with an array of skills that’s already at an elite level. Nicknamed “Monster” in Japan, Inoue is probably already the best Jr. Flyweight in the world, but because of his youth and size, look for him to move up in weight pretty soon. Could an eventual showdown with the likes of Roman Gonzalez or Juan Fransico Estrada happen in the future? Oh boy, we can only hope so!

3.  Emmanuel Taylor Really Made Adrien Broner Fight, and “The Problem” Responded – Kudos to Taylor (18-3, 12 KOs) for coming to Broner’s hometown of Cincinnati and putting on an excellent effort. He came forward all fight long and brought the fight to Broner. However Broner (29-1, 22 KOs) did enough to come away with a unanimous decision in a hard-fought battle. What folks will remember is the terrific last round in which Taylor fought with real fire and Broner responding in kind, knocking down Taylor down courtesy of a wicked uppercut with fifteen seconds to go. After the fight, Broner called out Lucas Matthysse, who scored a KO on the  and early indications that potential fight may indeed happen.

4.  Carl Frampton Impressively Defeats Kiko Martinez In Their Rematch – Going into their rematch Saturday in Belfast, Martinez was riding the momentum train and because of that, many felt he would turn the tables, pull out the victory and gain revenge. These two fought in Feb. 2013 with Frampton stopping Martinez in nine rounds in a very competitive and tough battle. Since then, Martinez  has (31-5, 23 KOs) been on a real role, winning the IBF Jr. Featherweight title stopping Jhonatan “Momo” Romero in Aug. 2013, then impressing in title KO defenses over Jeffrey Mathebula and Hozumi Hasegawa. All the momentum that Martinez carried into the rematch with Frampton (19-0, 13 KOs) meant nothing as Frampton won in lopsided fashion. Martinez tried to apply the same pressure that caused Frampton so much trouble in their first fight, but Frampton refused to be denied. Inspired by 16,000 of his hometown supporters, Frampton’s performance was outstanding. Frampton used an excellent jab, terrific movement and sharp combinations to thwart the Martinez attack including scoring a knockdown in round five by way of a right hand. With this win, there are options all over the place for Frampton in the deep and talented Jr. Featherweight division. Frampton has already called out Scott Quigg of England in a bout which would be big on the other side of the pond. Other significant bouts could be a battle with WBC Leo Santa Cruz or even an eventual showdown with the kingpin of the division Guillermo Rigondeaux.

5.  Juan Francisco Estrada Dominates Giovanni Segura – Estrada had his way with former Jr. Flyweight champion Estrada before stopping him in eleven rounds last Saturday night in Mexico City defending the WBA/WBO Flyweight titles for the fourth time. Since losing to then Jr. Flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez in an outstanding bout in Nov. 2012, Estrada (27-2, 20 KOs) has been arguably the hottest fighter in the world. Since that loss, Estrada defeated Brian Viloria in Feb. 2013 to win the titles and has made three defenses in dominant fashion. Segura (32-4-1, 28 KOs) fought as he usually fights, looking to land bombs. However, if you’ve ever seen Segura fight you know that he’s very much a one trick pony, and Estrada easily evaded the onward rushes of Segura as he easily out-boxed Segura. The defending champion landed punches from all angles and never gave Segura a set target to land his power shots. While this was a crowd pleasing fight, Estrada was in complete control has Segura’s face began to lump up and swell early and as the toll of the punishment took a toll and eventually forced referee Raul Caiz Jr. to step in and stop this one-sided fight at 1 minute, 33 second just when Segura’s corner decided enough was enough and was throwing in the towel. In the aftermath, all the talk among hardcore fans and throughout boxing social media was will there be a rematch with Roman Gonzalez? Right now, Estrada and Gonzalez are the two best Flyweight in the world and Estrada – Gonzalez II would be a tremendous fight and without a doubt one of the best matches that could be made right now irregardless of division. Lets hope it happens and if it does, it needs to be as big as possible. That would of course mean that either HBO or Showtime steps up to the place and put a possible rematch on their network. The question is would they be willing to step up to the place. I’m banging the drums not only for a rematch, but also for either HBO or Showtime to do the right thing?

What a week it was in boxing, arguably the best week of 2014 so far. Well, it’s on to this coming week and the rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana which highlights this week’s action and of course we will preview that bout on the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report podcast/YouTube show. Will the rematch be as good as their first fight? How will each fighter adjust? Can Maidana pull out the upset, or will “Money” Mayweather stay undefeated? Also on that card, Leo Santa Cruz will be defending his Super Bantamweight title against Miguel Roman and Miguel Vazquez will defend his Lightweight title against Mickey Bey. Let’s hope this week in boxing can match all that went down last week, we can only hope.

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