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Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report Weekly Recap (October 13 – October 19)

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By. BrotherJR

October 21, 2014

This past week in boxing, the majority of the discussion focused on Saturday’s HBO double-header that took place in Carson, California with Gennady Golovkin defending his WBA Middleweight title against Marco Antonio Rubio, and a highly intriguing matchup between Nonito Donaire and Nicholas Walters for Donaire’s WBA Featherweight title. The Walters-Donaire in particular had the so-called hardcore fans talking. Does Donaire still have the fire and is Walters as good as he’s looked in recent fights. As for Golovkin, could Rubio actually give the fighter known as “GGG” a decent scrap?

1. The “GGG” Train Keeps on Rolling – During last week’s episode of the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report podcast and YouTube show, I made an argument that Rubio could actually give defending WBA Middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin a decent tussle. Boy was I wrong as “GGG” (31-0, 28 KOs) opened up on Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs) early in round one, and took the Mexican veteran Rubio out in round two courtesy of a left hook. Rubio seemed to think about getting up and eventually did, but by the time he got up, he didn’t to beat the count as referee Jack Reiss called a halt to the count seventy-nine seconds in the round. The question now it, who will Golovkin fight next. During the post-fight interview, Golovkin stated that he wants 2015 to be his year and called out numerous fighters first and foremost Miguel Cotto. It’s obvious that at age 32, Golovkin is on a mission to become boxing’s next star and it will be a whole lot of fun to see where he goes from here because there are plenty of marketable fights for him at both Middleweight and Super Middleweight.

2. “The Axe Man” Has Arrived!!! – Truth be told, Nonito Donaire’s bout against Nicholas Walters, the co-main event to Golovkin – Rubio, was the most fascinating bout on the entire card. While Donaire was the favorite, Nicholas “The Axe-Man” Walters was as dangerous aND underdog. Anybody that’s seen Walters fight, particularly his destruction over Vic Darchinyan in May, knew that Donaire would be in for a tough fight. Would Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs) show the same fire and for from earlier in career that catapulted him to no. 2 on many Pound 4 Pound list, or will it be the passive, reserved, and one-dimensional Donaire of recent efforts. Early on, Donaire fought with focus and fire. After a pretty cautious first round, both Donaire and Walters opened up in round two. Towards the end of the round Donaire took advantage of an overly aggressive Walters hurting the Jamaican Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) with his vaunted left hook. From that point on, it was all Nicholas Walters as he knocked down Donaire down late in round three via a right uppercut. In the fourth, Donaire tried to employ the jab, but the bigger and stronger Walters was able to jab right with Donaire while still being the aggressor. Donaire tried his hardest, but had no answers on this night. Damage started to show on both of Donaire’s eyes and Walters began fighting with more and more confidence. After a decisive round five for Walters he ended matters by way of a right hand to the temple of Donaire towards the close of round six. Donaire was extremely gracious in defeat, giving all the credit to Walters (to quote Donaire “He beat the sh!t out of me”).  As for Walters, Bob Arum (who co-promotes Walters) is proposing a 2015 unification bout against WBO Featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko giving that Lomachenko is successful in his upcoming title defense on Nov. 22. A new star may be horixon in the suddenly hot Featherweight division, and that fighter may well be the guy they call “The Axe Man”.

3. Steve Cunningham Outclasses Natu Visinia – Two-Time Cruiserweight champion Cunningham out-boxed the limited Visinia before eventually the corner of Visinia decided that enough was enough. Though outweighed by 73 pounds, Cunningham (28-6, 13 KOs) used his advantages in hand and foot-speed as well as an overall class to pick apart Visinia (28-6, 13 KOs) as he landed punches virtually at will. Visinia’s only real moment when he was credited with a knockdown in round five, which replays showed was really a punch to the shoulder. Cunningham responded with a strong round six and seven. This is Cunningham’s first stoppage as a Heavyweight in a one-sided and pretty entertaining bout.

There’s the recap. I’m not gonna lie, this week is nothing more than a lead up to the big bout coming up to the Nov. 8 bout between Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev. Yeah, I know the bout is still nearly two weeks away, but let’s face it, from this point on Hopkins – Kovalev will be on the brains of boxing fans. I just wish it would get here already!

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