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Dmitry Bivol defeats Joe Smith, Jr. by unanimous decision

By. BrotherJR

March 9, 2019

Tonight in Verona, NY WBA Lt. Heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol had to survive a couple of scary moments, but in the end had more than enough to successfully defend the WBA Lt. Heavyweight title for the fourth time with a unanimous decision win over Joe Smith, Jr. (118-110, 119-109, 119-109).

During the first three rounds Bivol (16-0, 11 KO’s) did a terrific job of boxing. Bivol used his advantages in hand and foot speed to land jabs and hard punches while staying defensively responsible against the hard punching Smith (24-3, 20 KO’s). The disparity in skill, talent, and boxing intelligence was obvious to see. Bivol boxes like he’s playing chess while Smith boxes like he’s playing checkers.

In the fourth, Smith seemed to stun Bivol with a right hand high on the head, but could not take further advantage as Bivol boxed smartly for the rest of the round.

During the middle rounds, Bivol continued his dominance outboxing Smith with ease. In rounds seven and eight, the champion stunned the challenger with solid left hooks.

The frustration was visible from Smith in the 9th as early in the round he hip-tossed Bivol to the ground. Bivol showed his professionalism by not getting angry; he instead got up and continued to box Smith and once again caught Smith with another solid left hook to the chin. However at the end of the tenth round Smith hurt Bivol with a right hand that had the champion shook and wobbly walking back to the corner.

Invigorated in the 11th, Joe Smith Jr. fought with renewed vigor landing right hands and pressing the action to win the round as Bivol seemed to be still affected from being stunned at the end of the previous round.

During the final round Dmitry Bivol rose to the occasion and closed the show like a true champ. Re-establishing control with the jab and creating distance, Bivol also showed late-fight power hurting Smith with right hands. Smith was in serious trouble along the ropes at the end of the final round.

After the fight Bivol admitted that the fight was a bit tougher than the scores acknowledged the punching power of Smith. Asked who he would like to fight next, Bivol stated that he wanted a memorable, significant fight and said he would welcome a fight against anyone at Lt. Heavyweight or Super Middleweight. Even in defeat, Joe Smith, Jr fought well enough to stay a viable name in the Lt. Heavyweight division.

March 10, 2019 Posted by | Analysis, Recap | , , , | Leave a comment

Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report #228 – Middleweight Unification Coming in 2019?

 

By. BrotherJR

October 31, 2018

 

Boxing Recap

  • Sergiy Derevanchenko vs. Daniel Jacobs
  • Alberto Machado vs. Yuandale Evans
  • Heather Hardy vs. Shelly Vencent
  • Regis Prograis vs. Terry Flanagan
  • Ivan Baranchyk vs. Anthony Yigit

 

Boxing Preview

  • Miguel Berchelt vs. “Mickey” Roman
  • Josh Taylor vs. Ryan Martin
  • Ryan Burnett vs. Nonito Donaire
  • Sullivan Barrera vs. Seanie Monaghan

 

Pound 4 Pound Boxing Info:

Opening by. Sydney G.

Music: “Pound 4 Pound Intro” by. Natty Turna and “Can’t Beat That Feeling” by. ALBM Production

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October 31, 2018 Posted by | Audio, Podcast, Recap | , | Leave a comment

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

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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

Talking #WardKovalev2 w/Zaire

 

By. BrotherJR

June 19, 2017

 

As all boxing fans know the showcase fight of the weekend was the rematch between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev. Their first fight last November in Las Vegas was controversial to many. While Ward won a razor-thin unanimous decision (by one point on all three judges scorecards) to capture the WBA, WBO, and IBF Lt. Heavyweight titles, many felt that Kovalev deserved the verdict. In the aftermath there were screams of robbery and a demand for a rematch of one of the best fights of 2016.

Ward and Kovalev fought their highly anticipated rematch Saturday night once again in Las Vegas with Ward winning once again, this time by 8th round stoppage to retain his Lt. Heavyweight titles. However the controversy many felt was part of the first fight extended to the rematch as in the aftermath with a lot of people feeling that this time Ward (32-0, 16 KO’s) got away with low blows on Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KO’s) that aided him en route to his victory.

Given a fight of this significance of this bout I was a busy brotha this weekend participating in two post-fight discussion of this rematch. This video is first of my post-fight discussions of the Ward – Kovalev rematch with Zaire*. While Zaire usually talks about all thing’s gaming, he is also a big boxing enthusiast (a former amateur boxing). Zaire and yours truly broke down Ward’s stoppage over Kovalev, discussed whether the bout was really controversial, talked whether Kovalev exposed as well as talked the future for Ward, the fighter known as “SOG” (Son On God).

 

*Zaire is the creator of Big Gamers Small Talk gaming podcast and has fought in over 100 amateur bouts. You can follow him on twitter on at @Zaire2005.

June 19, 2017 Posted by | Analysis, Recap, Video | , , , | Leave a comment