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Breaking News… Oleksander Usyk to fight Tony Bellew on Nov. 10

Eddie Hearn, Bellew, Usyk

 

By. BrotherJR

September 14, 2018

 

Earlier this morning promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sports announced on twitter that undisputed Cruiserweight champion Oleksander Usyk will next fight former Tony Bellew Nov. 10 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. The bout will be broadcasted on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and on DAZN in the United States.

A former WBC Cruiserweight champion, Tony Bellew (30-2-1, 20 KO’s) moved up to Heavyweight to fight two big money fights against David Haye (with Bellew winning both times) will be coming back down to Cruiserweight to challenge Usyk. For his part Oleksandr Usyk (15-0, 11) is on a roll. He has spent the last year participating in the WBSS Cruiserweight tournament and in the process unifed the Cruiserweight division collecting all four world titles (WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO). Not only is Oleksandr Usyk the only undisputed/unified world champion in the sport right now, he has established himself as one of the best fighters in the world pound for pound.

It was considered a great coup when Oleksandr Usyk signed a deal with Hearn and Matchroom Sports and this fight with Bellew comes at the perfect time for both fighters. This is arguably the biggest bout in the history of the Cruiserweight and is a great way to close out the year.

All boxing fans really want are great fights, the best fighting the best. Usyk vs. Bellew certainly meets that criteria, giving us everything that we as boxing fans want. November 10th can’t get here soon enough!

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September 14, 2018 Posted by | Boxing, Breaking News | , , | Leave a comment

Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report #218 – Upset of the Year?

 

By. BrotherJR

August 9, 2018

 

Boxing Recap
  • Eleider’s upset KO over Sergey Kovalev and the ramifications on the Lt. Heavyweight division.
  • Dmitry Bivol decision win over Isaac Chilemba.
  • Tevin Farmer’s win over Billy Dib to finally become a world champion.
  • Andre Berto’s close win over Devon Alexander
Boxing Preview
  • Jesus Rojas vs. Jo Jo Diaz
Pound 4 Pound Boxing Info:
Opening by. Sydney G.
Music: “Pound 4 Pound Intro” by. Natty Turna and “Tacos n’ Barz” by. ALBM Production
Twitter – @p4pboxingreport

August 9, 2018 Posted by | Audio, Boxing, Podcast | , , , , | Leave a comment

Top Rank Signs Japanese Jr. Welterweight Contender Hiroki Okada

Hiroki Okada

 

By. BrotherJR

August 9, 2018

 

Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report  has learned that on Tuesday, Top Rank announced the signing of Japanese Jr. Welterweight contender Hiroki Okada. The Tokyo, Japan born and raised Okada will make his Top Rank (and U.S.) debut on September 14 in Fresno, California on the undercard of WBC Jr. Welterweight champion Jose Ramirez title defense Antonio Orozco.

Top Rank signs Hiroki Okada

 

Currently ranked in the top 10 by all major sanctioning organizations (no. 9 by the WBC, no. 4 by the WBA, no, 5 by the IBF, no. 4 by the WBO), Okada’s (18-0, 13 KO’s) opponent for his Top Rank debut will be against Cristian Rafael Coria (27-6-2, 11 KO’s). Should Okada defeat Coria next month, could this lead to an eventual shot against WBC Jose Ramirez (if Ramirez successfully defends his title against Orozco) at some point in 2019? Only time will tell.

A former Japanese as well as WBO Asia Pacific Jr. Welterweight champion, the best win on Okada’s record is a 6th round stoppage over Jose Pagara in December 2017 in Tokyo. An orthodox fighter with good height for the Jr. Welterweight division (5’9”) Okada is a boxer-puncher who can fight on the front and back foot. The feeling among Japanese boxing observers has been that as good as Okada has looked, he the ability to raise his game and fight at higher level.

August 9, 2018 Posted by | Boxing, Breaking News | , | Leave a comment

Mikey Garcia Defeats Robert Easter To Unify the WBC & IBF Lightweight Titles

Garcia - Easter Jr1.

 

By. BrotherJR

July 29, 2018

 

In the highly anticipated WBC/IBF Lightweight unification showdown at Staples Center in L.A., Mikey Garcia defeated Robert Easter to unify the WBC & IBF Lightweight titles. The scores were 116-111, 117-110, 118-109 all in favor of Garcia.

During the first two rounds the IBF champion Easter (21-1, 14 KO’s) did an effective job using his height and reach, employing the jab and keeping the fight at distance. However, during the end of the second throughout Round 3 you could see the WBC titlist Garcia (39-0, 30 KO’s) stepping up the pace. Mikey began to close the distance and started landing his own jab. With :25 to go in the third round Garcia struck as he put Easter down by way of a right hand-left hook combination. The momentum continued for Mikey in round 4.

Round 5 and 6 went the way of Easter as he did a really good job of re-establishing the distance and pace. Starting in the 7th round however, Easter’s punch rate dropped as he did more moving around the ring than actual punching while Garcia kept up the steady pressure landing shots to both the body and head.

Round 9 was the best round of the fight. Easter stood his ground and fought toe-to-toe with Garcia. Big punches were landed by both men, but towards the end of the round you could see the pace of that round and of the fight in total had taken its toll on Easter fatigued as he walked back to the corner.

The last three rounds Easter was game and tough, but Garcia was in control. Continuing the theme all night, Garcia continued to continue the pressure slowly but surely chopping. After the fight, Garcia called for a champion against current IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence, Jr. That’s a daunting task for Garcia and the fight most boxing fans would really like to see for Garcia in the immediate future is a showdown with WBO Lightweight champion Vasyl Lomanchenko.

July 29, 2018 Posted by | Analysis, Boxing, Recap | , , , , | Leave a comment