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Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report Weekly Recap (November 24 – 30th)

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By. BrotherJR

December 2, 2014

After being out for a while to observe Thanksgiving and just being busy, I’m back talking boxing and bringing another installment of my boxing weekly recap. This past week was highlighted by a couple of grudge matches over in the UK and a pretty intriguing battle between Lightweight champ Terence Crawford and top contender Ray Beltran. A pretty interesting week with high-profile bouts from all over the globe that had boxing fans talking and talking a lot. Let’s recap how things went down.

1. “Bud” Crawford outclasses Ray Beltran – Heading into this bout this past Saturday in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska there were plenty of folks who felt that Ray Beltran would give reigning WBO Lightweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford, a tough fight. You would certainly think so comparing each of their performances against Ricky Burns. Truthfully, Beltran performed just as well against Burns in a disputed draw with Burns in Sept. 2013 than Crawford did when he defeated Burns to capture the WBO Lighweight title this past March. By the end of the fight it was clear that Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs) was the vastly superior fighter as he dominated mandatory challenger Beltran (29-7-1, 17 KOs) by unanimous decision ( 120-108, 119-109 (twice))to retain the WBO Lightweight title for the first time. This was a complete and thorough performance by Crawford as he used an excellent jab, longer reach, his outstanding skill set, and his competitiveness to put on a terrific display of boxing. Beltran fought hard throughout, but every time he tried to gain some momentum, Crawford came right back to take the play away from him. As impressive as Crawford’s exciting win was over Yuiyorkis Gamboa was last June, this was arguably an even better performance by “Bud”. The question now is what’s next for Crawford? After the fight, Crawford announced that this was his last fight at Lightweight and is moving to Jr. Welterweight, a division that is loaded. There are plenty of fights at 140 for Crawford including fights with Jesse Vargas, Ruslan Provodnikov, Chris Algieri, and maybe Pacquiao should he move back down to 140. One thing is for sure, watch out Jr. Welterweights, Terence Crawford is coming and he’s getting better and better with each fight.

2. Evgeny Gradovich and Jayson Velez Battle To a Draw – This was a high action and fast paced bout as IBF Featherweight champion Gradovich, known as the “Mexican-Russian” and Velez fought to a draw (117-111 Gradovich, 115-113 Velez, 114-114) on the undercard of Crawford – Beltran. Velez (22-0-1, 16 KOs) got off to a hot start throwing and landing more punches than Gradovich through the first four rounds. From that point on Gradovich (19-0-1, 9 KOs) stepped up the pace and gained control landing his customary punches to the head and body providing steady pressure. While Velez threw plenty of punches, he didn’t land a lot of those punches. Though scored a draw, I scored the fight on my personal card 116-112 for Gradovich. Though an exciting fight, Evegeny Gradovich should have walked away with a decision win.

3. Tyson Fury makes Easy Work of Dereck Chisora in Their Rematch – This fight was a rematch of their bout from July 2011 in which Fury won by decision. In the three years since that bout there has been plenty of bad blood and trash talk. During their first bout, it was a competitive bout even though Fury won a well deserved decision. Competitive was the last word to describe the rematch Saturday in London as Fury made easy work and completely dominated Chisora dominating en route to a tenth round TKO to win the European and British Heavyweight titles.  The jab, be it the left jab when fighting out orthodox stance or the right jab from the southpaw stance, was the key for Fury (23-0, 17 KOs) as controlled and punished Chisora from start to finish. Chisora tried everything to get close and land punches on Fury, but nothing worked. Fury steadily wore down Chisora and beat him up causing damage to Chisora’s right eye which was nearly closed shut and cut. After being hurt badly in round ten Chisora’s trainer, Don Wilson, had seen enough and told referee Marcus McDonnell to call a halt to the bout. Where Chisora goes from here is up in the air while with this win Fury is now a mandatory challenger for Heavyweight kingpin Wladimir Klitschko.

4. Billy Joe Saunders Outpoints Chris Eubank Jr. in Their Grudge Match – Just the fight between Fury and Chisora was fueled by bad blood and trash talk, so was this fight held on the undercard of Fury – Chisora II, last Saturday in London. At the end of the day, Saunders showed himself to be the better fighter as he defeated Chris Eubank Jr. by split decision (115-114, 115-113 Saunders, 116-113 Eubank). Early the southpaw Saunders used his right jab and side to side movement to keep Eubank Jr. at bay to gain a lead early in the fight. Eubank Jr, son of former Middleweight and Super Middleweight champion Chris Eubank Sr., seemed to be looking to land only power shots and didn’t do much to set his shots up. His lack of experience showed. Meanwhile, it was Saunders experience and professionalism  showed through as anytime Eubank tried to land a power punch Saunders would slip, counter, and move out of harms way. Through the first half of the bout, it was Saunders all the way. During the second half of the bout Saunders was not as effective and showed fatigue while Eubank got back in the fight through sheer aggression and will. Eubank landed a nice left hook that got Saunders attention in round ten, and had a big round final round. However, it was too little too late for Eubank as he came up just short. This loss should not deter Eubank. He’s talented and tough, but needs some seasoning and more experience. As for Saunders, it’s anticipated that a world title fight is next as he is supposed to fight the winner of the upcoming December 13 vacant WBO Middleweight title fight between Matt Korobov and Andy Lee.

Boxing was filled with bad blood bout and scores being settled over in the UK and a possible star in the making in Terence Crawford. Kudos must be given to Fury as he easily handled Dereck Chisora in a bout that turned out to be easy work. Billy Joe Saunders set himself up for a world title opportunity with a career best performance over Eubank Jr. However let’s face it, the weekend belonged to the fighter known as “Bud” as he put on a display against Ray Beltran has folks thirsting for more. His potential and talent is obvious. With Crawford announcing that he’s moving up in weight, all kinds of big fights await for him. And boy we can’t wait where his career will go. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

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