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Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report Weekly Wrap-Up (Feb. 16-22)

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By. BrotherJR

February 24, 2015

What a week!!! Not only did we get to see the best Middleweight in the world Gennady Golovkin conquer and overwhelm another foe, we received breaking news that the fight that all boxing fans have been waiting to see for years is finally (and I mean FINALLY) going to happen as last Friday it was announced that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will face each other on May 2. There will be plenty of time devoted to discussing that fight, so in the meantime let’s breakdown what went down this weekend.

1. “GGG” Extends His Current Knockout Streak to 19 – Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) showed once again why he may well be the best Middleweight in the world breaking down and beating up Martin Murray (29-2-1, 12 KOs) Saturday night in Monte Carlo, stopping Murray in eleven rounds retaining his WBA Middleweight title for the 13th time. Murray got off to a good start during the first three, but once Golovkin started focusing on the body in round four the bout was all in his favor. Golovkin knocked Murray down three times (twice in the fourth and once in the tenth) and basically administered a beating on Murray who to his credit showed tremendous toughness and heart too much. However, you need more that to beat GGG and ultimately, the pressure and power proved too much for Murray. Where does Golovkin go from here? Well he wants a unification bout against WBC Middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, but that looks unlikely at this point. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. went to twitter to call out Golovkin (excuse me while I laugh and Chavez acting so bold). His next bout is rumored to be on May 16. Until Golovkin gets the big fight he desires, look for GGG to continue to mowing Middleweights down.

2. Hekkie Budler Defeats Jesus Silvestre to Retain His WBA Strawweight Title – Budler, a 26 year-old from South Africa and WBA Strawweight titlist made the third defense of his title on the undercard of Golovkin – Murray with a unanimous decision win over Silvestre. Budler, fast become the darling of the Rodney Berman promotional stable was given a pretty tough go by Silvestre. Other than having issues with low blows early in the fight (including referee Stanley Christodoulou taking a point away from Silvestre for a low blow in round two) Budler (28-1, 9 KOs) had pretty much control of this contest even though Silvestre (30-6, 22 KOs) gave the defending champ a tough go of it throughout. The speed, greater technique and boxing ability of Budler proved the difference.

3. Arthur Abraham Decisively Defeats Paul Smith in Their Rematch – When these two fought last September for Abraham’s WBO Super Middleweight title, Abraham won by what many called a controversial unanimous decision. The controversy wasn’t that Abraham was awarded the decision or even that the decision was unanimous. What was controversial to many was the wide margin that Abraham was given by each of the judges. A close and competitive fight that could have gone either way was given to Abraham was seven points on two of the judges cards and an amazing ten points on the third judges scorecard. All hell was raised to the point og Abraham granting Smith a rematch. Well, there was no controversy this time around. Defending the title for the second time in Berlin, Germany, “King Arthur” (42-4, 28 KOs) had his way this time with Smith winning by unanimous decision without any controversy whatsoever. Abraham fought with a greater sense of purpose and more force this time around. Smith (35-5, 20 KOs) fought hard throughout, but it was clearly evident that Abraham was simply the more talented fighter and superior technician who also had the edge in power and physical strength. With the matter of Paul Smith over and done with, look for Abraham to possibly fight either a fourth fight with long-time former Middleweight titleholder Felix Storm or a fourth fight against Robert Stieglitz, both fights would mean big money in Germany.

Well, that was the wrap-up of last week. Of course all of those fighters were overshadowed by the news Mayweather and Pacquiao finally getting in the ring. However, we did get to see the best Middleweight in the world display his talents and continue his knockout streak. We got to see one of boxing’s mighty mites perform and come through in a tough fight as well as Arthur Abraham overcome a controversial first fight by emphatically winning a rematch. On to the next boxing fans!

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