With the momentum going back and forth throughout the fight and both guys getting their fair share of bumps and bruises, each fighter put on a tremendous performance in the championship rounds.
The fight was a rematch from their 2009 amateur battle, where Beterbiev won by way of stoppage in the second round. The rematch had Gvozdyk wanting to prove that he isn’t the same fighter as before and wanting to redeem himself and Beterbiev wanting to prove he’s still the better of the two.
The clash between Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (26-0, 21KOs) and “Showtime” Shawn Porter (30-3-1, 17KOs) delivered a unification bout for the ages. Both welterweights stepped in the ring as champions (Spence Jr., the IBF titleholder and Porter, the WBC titleholder), but only one fighter would leave with both belts.
This past Saturday we saw Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-1, 10KOs) win the vacant 135lb WBC title and capture his 3rd belt in the lightweight weight class as he had a competitive but very clear win over Luke Campbell (22-3, 16KOs).
Last night we witnessed a fight for the ages. Two lions in the welterweight division slugging it out to determine who would take his perch amongst the three titleholders at 147 pounds. We saw a 40 year old legend in Manny ‘PacMan’ Pacquaio (62-7, 39 KOs) take on a much younger undefeated Keith ‘One-Time’ Thurman (29-1, 22KOs) in his prime for Thurman’s WBA (Super) Welterweight Title.
After the fight, Charlo stated that he wants a big fight and he wants it with either of the two biggest names in the middleweight division…
At the final bell of the 12th round, it was evident to all in attendance and watching at home that they had just witnessed the coronation of a new junior middleweight champion.
On Saturday night we finally saw the long awaited showdown between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) and Daniel ‘Miracle Man’ Jacobs (35-3, 29 KOs) and to some fight fans the clash did not live up to expectations.
So it has been a few days since we saw two world champions and contenders in highly anticipated fights, all of which ended in clear one-sided victories. Now that the adrenaline and expectations of the fans has subsided and the dust has settled, lets take a look back on one of boxing’s most anticipated weekends so far in 2019.
Last night we saw an action packed fight from start to finish. One fighter’s career was elevated and the other’s came to an end. Sergey ‘Samurai’ Lipinets (15-1, 11 KOs) vs Lamont ‘Havoc’ Peterson (35-5-1, 17 KOs) was a big opportunity for both guys.
On Saturday night, March 16, 2019 we witnessed undefeated the WBC Lightweight World Champion – Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30KOs) – move up not one but two weight classes to challenge the boogeyman IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol Spence Jr. (25-0, 21KOs) in a huge showdown. A lot of fans, experts, legends and current fighters had Spence as the huge favorite given his significant size advantage over Garcia.
Shawn Porter (30-2-1, 17 KOs) defended his WBC Welterweight Title against Yordenis Ugas (23-4, 11 KOs) in what turned out to be a great fight. This fight was everything it was supposed to be due to the fact that both fighters had complimentary styles.
This past Saturday, February 16, 2019 we saw WBA super featherweight champion Leo “El Terrremoto” Santa Cruz (36-1-1, 19 KOs) easily outbox last minute replacement Rafael Rivera (26-3-2, 17 KOs) to retain his title, by a wide unanimous decision (119-109 on all scorecards) at L.A Live’s Microsoft Theatre.
On Saturday, January 26, 2019 Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) will face Josesito “The Riverside Rocky” Lopez (36-7, 19 KOs). Anything can happen in boxing. Although Keith Thurman is the heavy favorite we can’t say he’ll win.
On Saturday, we saw Manny Pacquaio (61-7-2, 39 KOs) take on Adrien Broner (33-4-1, 24 KOs) which was a huge event not only for boxing but for sports worldwide. We had a legend and all time great Manny Pacquaio who isn’t half of what he used to be but still respected because of his speed, power and experience. With him being 40 years of age and having fought multiple wars in his career, a lot of fans expected a good fight between him facing and the younger Adrien Broner, a former four-time world champion in four different weight classes.