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Lucas Matthysse vs. Manny Pacquiao Weigh-in

 

By. BrotherJR

July 14, 2018

 

As everyone knows the big fight this week is Lucas Matthysse vs. Manny Pacquiao set to take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Saturday night (late Sunday morning, Malaysian time) and will be televised here in the U.S. on the ESPN+ app. On Friday evening U.S. time, the weigh-in took place for the Matthysse vs. Pacquiao card. Here are the official weights for Matthysse and Pacquiao as well as the undercard bouts set to take place:

Lucas Matthysse vs. Manny Pacquiao (WBA Welterweight Title)

  • Lucas Matthysse – 146.7 lbs.
  • Manny Pacquiao – 146 lbs.

 

Carlos Canizales vs. Bin Lu (WBA Lt. Flyweight Title)

  • Carlos Canizales – 106.4 lbs.
  • Bin Lu – 106.7 lbs.

 

Muhammad Waseem vs. Murati Mthalane (vacant IBF Flyweight Title)

  • Muhammad Waseem – 111.3 lbs.
  • Moruti Mthalane – 111.5 lbs.

 

Jhack Tepora vs. Edivaldo Ortega (WBA Interim Featherweight Title)

  • Jhack Tepora – 125.4 lbs
  • Edivaldo Orgeta  – 125.6 lbs.

 

Both Lucas Matthysse and Manny Pacquiao appear to have made weight without any serious issue, looking in excellent shape. Each fighter appeared confident and relaxed during the weight-in and shook hands afterwards as opposed to engaging in the customary stare-down.

The vibe was quite the opposite as far as the weigh-in for Muhammad Waseem and Moruti Mthlane. Things got a bit testy as Waseem and Mthlane (as well as their camps) pointed fingers at each other and engaged in some trash-talking following an intense face-off. Based on the stare-down alone, both Waseem and Mthalane mean business.

 

 

 

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July 14, 2018 Posted by | Article, Blog, Boxing | , | Leave a comment

Carlos Canizales vs Bin Lu Preview

By. BrotherJR

July 13, 2018

 

Canizales vs. Lu1

 

I know Lucas Matthysse vs. Manny Pacquiao is the high profile fight of the week for obvious reasons. However, the fight that has really piqued my interest will take place on the undercard of Matthysse vs. Pacquiao as WBA World Jr. Flyweight title champion Carlos Canizales will make first defense of the title against Bin Lu. Why am I so interested in this bout? It’s mainly because of Lu who is making the audacious move of challenging for a world title in only his second professional bout.

In attempting to win a world title in only the second bout of his career, Bin Lu is trying to do something that Vasyl Lomanchenko attempted (when he fought and lost to then WBO Featherweight Champion Orlando Salido in 2014), but ultimately failed to accomplish. To say this is ballsy and bold move from Lu and his handlers is an understatement.

In Canizales (20-0-1, 16 KO’s) you have a fighter who is athletic and skilled with good punching power. Problem with Canizales is that during his draw against Roichi Taguchi and during his win over Reiya Konishia to win the WBA title in March of this year, the champ faded a bit late in both fights. When forced backwards and made to fight at a fast pace, Canizales is not as effective as he becomes sloppy defensively. And two of Canizales greatest weaknesses… he’s a poor inside fighter and does not know how to fight off the ropes. When put in those positions, his tendency is to grab and hold.

An amateur star who also had five bouts in AIBA (International Boxing Association), the 23-year old southpaw Lu (1-0, KO) while certainly lacking professional experience, is no doubt a skilled and talented fighter with terrific hand and footspeed  as well as excellent head movement. If this fight is based on pure ability and skill, dare I say that Lu has the advantage.

With so many unknowns in this fight particularly as it pertains to Lu, this is a fascinating matchup. Will the experience, power and guile of the 25-year old Carlos Canizales be too much for the young, upstart Bin Lu? Or is Lu more along the lines of a Naoya Inoue, a young prodigy who is so good and talented that it makes up for his lack of experience? If Lu pulls this off he will be set a record for winning a world title in the fewest number of fights. Oh, what intrigue, I can’t wait.

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Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report #211 – Inching Closer

 

By. BrotherJR

June 15, 2018

 

Boxing Recap
  • Jeff Horn vs Terence Crawford
  • Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares (rematch)
  • Jermell Charlo vs. Austin Trout
  • Tyson Fury vs. Sefer Seferi
  • Terry Flanagan vs. Maurice Hooker
Boxing News
  • Deontay Wilder accepts terms to fight Anthony Joshua in the UK.
  • The off again, on again negotiations of #CaneloGGG continues.
Boxing Preview
  • Errol Spence Jr. vs. Carlos Ocampo
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June 15, 2018 Posted by | Blog, Podcast | , | Leave a comment

Naoya Inoue… a superstar in the making

By. BrotherJR

May 25, 2018

 

 

Japanese boxing sensation Naoya Inoue’s is called the Monster. Ever since he made his splash on the international boxing scene winning the WBC Light Flyweight title in only his sixth professional just shy 21st birthday on April 6, 2014 (by way of a six round stoppage over Adrian Hernandez), Inoue has been building a reputation as a terror among the smaller weight fighters and a star in the making. In Dec. 2015 Inoue’s reputation increased as me moved up two divisions to win the WBO Jr. Bantamweight title taking apart Omar Narvaez in two rounds.

Among hardcore/serious boxing heads, Inoue was one of THE guys to keep an eye on and one of the more talked about fighters in the world due to not only to his talent, but his rapid rise up the ranks. And the word about Inoue reached the boxing mainstream as last September, Inoue was one of the fighters featured on HBO’s Superfly card at the StubHub Center in Carson, Ca. (Inoue defended his WBO Jr. Bantamweight with a 6th round KO over Antonio Nieves).

Given what we have seen yesterday, as Inoue moved up to Bantamweight challenge WBA “regular” Bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell in Tokyo, Inoue’s stardom is destined to reach new heights. Making the sixth defense of his title McDonnell ran into a buzz saw as Inoue took him apart, stopping him the first round to win the title in just 1 minute and 52 seconds! In arguably the best performance of his career Inoue took the initiative early, hurting McDonnell with a single left hook to the temple :80 seconds in the first round, and a follow-up left hook to the body put McDonnell down. McDonnell got up, but Inoue went on attack mode, swarming McDonnell with a power punches until McDonnell went down for a second time and at that point Ignacio Robles stepped in and called a halt to the contest.

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Even though Inoue was the favorite coming in, the calm, ease, precision and swiftness in which he disposed McDonnell was a surprise and only further enhanced his reputation and resume. Moreover, McDonnell reportedly gained 26 lbs between the weigh-in and fight, outweighing Inoue by 13 lbs when the fighters entered the ring, making Inoue’s performance that much more impressive. In short, Naoya Inoue showed today why he’s called the “Monster” with a sensational performance.

Now 25, it’s becoming clear that Naoya Inoue is entering his prime fighting years. Given all that he’s accomplished so early in career, the question becomes where does Inoue go from here? A couple of weeks ago the World Boxing Super Series announced that part of Season 2 will include a Bantamweight tournament and Inoue has announced that he has accepted an offered slot. This is fantastic news as this Bantamweight tournament will now feature all three Bantamweight current world titlists, Inoue as well as WBO champion Zolani Tete, WBA Super Champion Ryan Burnett, and IBF champion Emmanuel Rodriguez. The possibility of an Naoya Inoue – Zolani Tete matchup in particular is mouthwatering. The star of the “Monster” is shining brighter than ever.

 

May 26, 2018 Posted by | Blog | , , , | Leave a comment