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Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report Weekly Recap (10/6/14 – 10/12/14)

Sam Soliman - Jermain Taylor 2

By. BrotherJR

October 14, 2014

 

Interesting week in boxing this past week highlighted by a couple of upsets in the Jr. Middleweight and Middleweight divisions and what looks to be a possible emerging Heavyweight star coming from England. With that being said, let’s recap this past week in boxing.

1. Jermain Taylor is Once Again a World Middleweight Champion – Heading into his fight last Wednesday against reigning IBF Middleweight champ Sam Soliman in Biloxi, Mississippi, a large part of the focus was on former undisputed Middleweight title Taylor. Many thought that Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KOs) didn’t even deserve a shot at the title. At age 36, Taylor has a medical history as result bleeding of the brain that was discovered following his knockout loss to Arthur Abraham back in 2009. Taylor took a two-year layoff and went through a series of test before being allowed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission in 2011. Taylor has had five wins since his comeback in 2011, but was coming into this bout not having fought in ten months. And on top of that, Taylor is facing felony charges for shooting his cousin outside of his home in a dispute this past August! Soliman (44-12, 18 KOs) is a gritty, hard-nosed fighter who finally broke through and won a world title defeating Felix Sturm last May to win the IBF belt. For the first five rounds of this fight, Soliman used his ultra-awkward style and activity to gain a lead. Taylor had trouble finding his rhythm and couldn’t quite time Soliman’s onward rushes. After a solid round six for Taylor, things drastically changed in round seven. In that round, Taylor knocked down Soliman in the round via a straight left hand. Later in the round, Soliman injured his knee and from that point on, the fight was all Taylor. Round seven was the start of three consecutive rounds (rounds 7-9)in which Taylor scored knockdowns as he took advantage of Soliman who didn’t have full usage of his legs. Taylor scored another knockdown in the eleventh and ultimately, it was the knockdowns that proved the difference in the fight. Was the fight hampered by Soliman’s injury? Yes. However, don’t take too much away from Taylor who fought well. What’s next for Taylor? Either a mandatory fight with Frenchman Hassan N’Dam or a bout with former WBO Middleweight champ Peter Quillin. Kudos to Jermain Taylor who came out of nowhere to surprise us all and is once again a world champ.

2. Andre Dirrell Continues His March Back on the Comeback Trail – Dirrell (23-1, 16 KOs) fought for the second time in two months stopping Nick Brinson (16-3-2, 6 KOs) in four rounds on the undercard of Soliman – Taylor. No great insight needed as Dirrell showed patients before doing what he had to do to take Brinson apart. The bigger story here is that Dirrell is back, is hungry, and is on a mission to win a world title. Bottom line, Andre Dirrell may be the most dangerous fighter around in the Super Middleweight division would give any of the champs (and that includes Andre Ward) a serious challenge. Beware Super Middleweights, because Andre Dirrell is coming!!!

3. Anthony Joshua Looks Like an Emerging Heavyweight Star – Joshua (9-0, 9 KOs), the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist from England just oozes potential, and his talent was on full display in his two round destruction over Denis Bakhtov (38-10, 25 KOs) Saturday in London. On paper Bakhtov looked to be the toughest opponent of the 24 year-old Joshua’s career and would take some rounds. Well, that wasn’t the case as Joshua showed his dominance from the opening bell and had his way with Bakhtov, stopping him in two rounds. What’s impressive about Joshua is not just the size and power, it’s his skill-set and he is rounding out to be a terrific all around fighter who throws every punch in the book to the head and body. Joshua is set to return to the ring on the undercard of the upcoming rematch between Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly on November 22. It’s obvious that while Joshua needs to step up in competition, his future is as bright as any young Heavyweight in the world right. Keep and eye on Anthony Joshua folks!

4. “K9” Brundrage Surprises Us Again!!! – Fighting for the first time in thirteen months, Cornelius “K9” Brundrage knew that he was up against it going into his fight against IBF Jr. Middleweight champion Carlos Molina. Fighting in Molina’s home country in Cancun, Mexico Brundrage (34-5, 19 KOs) fought one of the best fights of his career as the took control early and never really let Molina (22-6-2, 6 KOs) in the fight as Brundrage became the new IBF Jr. Middleweight champion defeating Molina by unanimous decision. Brundrage put Molina down in round one, hurt him again in rounds two and eight, and put Molina down again in round ten in what turned out to be a fairly dominant performance. At age 41, Cornelius put on a terrific performance, kudos to the fighter known as “K9”.

Well there you go boxing fans. On to this week and the terrific upcoming HBO Double-Header on Saturday in Carson, Ca. featuring Gennady Golovkin versus Marco Antonio Rubio and Nicholas Walters fighting Nonito Donaire. I expect both fights to be terrific with the Walters – Donaire fight having the potential to steal the show and be the fight of the night. Bottom line, I’m really excited at what’s going down this coming Saturday on HBO, can’t wait!.

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