Good – Keith Thurman returned victorious on the weekend with a decision win over Josesito Lopez. His reintroduction after a hiatus due to injury showed a little ring rust but glimpses of brilliance, especially early in the contest.
Lopez, as we envisaged, proved a decent yardstick to measure against showing that Thurman will perhaps need another durable fight before testing the division’s elite in one of boxing’s hotbed of talent.
WHAT YOU TALKING ABOUT WILLIS?
The facial expressions of referee Steve Willis again sent Social media into a frenzy following a punch landed from Lopez on Thurman, I suppose it’s easier for me to drop the video below than to describe it but this most definitely deserves to be in the good category.
OFFENCE IS THE BEST FORM OF DEFENCE
Jaime Munguia showed his all-action approach in the defence of his title on Saturday night, hitting Inoue with everything except the kitchen sink.
It was another showing of pressure and power, two traits synonymous with the Mexican who defended his title for the third time.
STAR IN THE MAKING
Vergil Ortiz continued his ascent to his inevitable final stop of becoming a world champion taking another step by stopping Jesus Valdez.
Ortiz was once again impressive in needing just five rounds to clock out of this particular shift with a cut halting the contest which in retrospect may have been a blessing in disguise.
A SLUGFEST IN TEXAS
A tip of the hat in direction of both the new champion Xu Can and Jesus Rojas on an enthralling encounter which was like ‘rock ’em sock’em robots at times.
The Chinese fighter claimed the WBA featherweight title from the now former champion Rojas as both put on a spectacle only for the scores to slightly sombre the contest which was surprisingly wide, 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112.
Bad – Coming into the bout with six wins against twelve losses, Willian Deets was apparently of no danger to the overwhelming favourite in Cruiserweight Marsellos Wilder, but it was with shock and horror that it seems that little brother wasn’t blessed with the same attributes of Deontay Wilder in that he lacks the defensive traits and a chin as he collapsed like a cheap tent in windy season under a heavy barrage from Deets.
Should he have gained victory, Uk fight fans would have been able to get a closer look at the outspoken younger brother of the WBC Heavyweight king as he was scheduled to appear on the undercard of DeGale vs Eubank but sadly now that won’t be the case after having to administer a waiting period of a 28-day suspension from being stopped.
WHO NEEDS DEFENCE? MUNGUIA DOES
Jamie Munguia’s defence finds itself in the Bad category due to its non-existence, a worry going forward especially if he is to go in search of bigger game, It isn’t the first time that we have seen him take a shot to give a shot which has worked in his favour up until now but you have to air on the side of caution against a genuine puncher.
Ugly – There wasn’t much to put in this category but for all the talk of commendation of Takeshi Inoue’s ability to take the heavy artillery that was thrown his way courtesy of Jamie Munguia, but it became hard to watch at times as the Japanese fighter proved nothing more than a heavy bag.
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