Writer: Stan Wenners
Date:Monday April 13 2015
Overshadowed by #Maypac, some of April's US bouts still make the mouth water.
So massive is #Maypac that every card before the May 2nd mega-fight pales under its all-consuming shadow.
Nonetheless, there are some tasty bouts coming up in the weeks before that here in the great boxing Mecca that is the US of A. Here’s a rundown:
Just this past Saturday night at the Brooklyn Barclay’s Center in the second of NBC’s lavish Premier Boxing Champions programs, middleweights ”Irish” Andy Lee and Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin fought to an uncontroversial split-decision draw.
The fight was to have been for Lee’s WBO belt, but Lee failed to make the weight so it became a non-title affair.
Both fighters gave each other a taste of canvas with Quillin’s blows looking the more hurtful. But the Chicago-born fighter seemed to let Lee off the hook and “squandering” the fight according to several observers.
In the night’s headline fight, Puerto Rico’s Danny “Swift” Garcia battled to a majority victory over Lamont “Havoc” Peterson from Washington DC. Though neither Garcia’s WBA or WBC light-welterweight titles, nor Peterson’s IBF version were up for grabs, the fight, called for NBC’s public viewership by the mellifluous Marv Albert and superstar pugilist Sugar Ray Leonard, was a mini-barnstormer. Garcia easily won the early rounds and Peterson came late but not sufficiently so to sway the judges.
And so this coming Saturday night’s Showtime encounter (April 18th) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Chicago-based Pole Andrzej Fonfara.
Fonfara lost his WBC light-heavy championship bout to Canada’s Adonis Stevenson by unanimous decision 11 months ago, while Chavez needs little introduction. This will be Chavez’s first fight under Al Haymon’s banner. It’ll be interesting to see if the prodigious eating that has pushed Chavez out of even super-middleweight contention has kept his fighting abilities intact.
For this reason, Fonfara – not the sternest test available – will at least show Harmon if the 29-year old Mexican has what it takes to challenge Stevenson, another Haymon fighter.
Meanwhile over on HBO the same Saturday night - top-flight boxing fare from two venues - one in New York the other, Texas. In the NY bout, at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, we’re promised an all-out war with the two most aggressive punchers in the jr welterweight division – if not any division – butting heads, so to speak.
Argentine Lucas Matthysse, nicknamed ‘La Maquina’, has won all but two of his 36 fights by KO, while his opponent Ruslan Provodnikov, “The Siberian Rocky”, has knocked over 17 of 24. Those numbers speak for themselves, but whether the bout will reach quite the Himalayan-like pugilistic peaks of Corales – Castillo 1 as some, including co-promoter Oscar De La Hoya, believe, remains to be seen.
The other action on HBO’s Boxing After Dark ticket that Saturday night is at the University of Texas' College Center in Arlington featuring ESPN.com and BWAA (Boxing Writers of America Assoc) 2014 fighter of the year Terence Crawford taking on Puerto Rican Thomas Dulorme for the vacant WBO light-welterweight title.
27-year old Nebraskan Crawford goes 27-14-0 and carried all before him last year – taking Ricky Burns’ world lightweight title in Scotland by unanimous decision last March and defending it v. unbeaten Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa and then Raymundo Beltran of Mexico.
The 5’ 10” Dulorme, two inches taller than Crawford, has one loss on his record. That was a 2012 seventh-round TKO courtesy of Luis Carlos Abregu. Billed by ESPN.com as the then 16-0 Dulorme’s “coming out party”, the Puerto Rican’s protective corner threw in the towel - somewhat precipitously, some thought - after the hard-hitting and wily veteran caught their charge with some nasty flak. That 'loss' shouldn't detract from what is likely to be another humdinger from HBO.
HBO stays center-stage the following Saturday, April 25th, with Wladimir Klitschko’s latest defense of his world heavyweight titles, this time against Bryant “By-By” Jennings at The Garden in New York City.
Unbeaten Jennings, with 10 KOs in 19, fancies his chances against the 3 inches taller, all-around bigger and heavier Ukrainian legend – as have a previously unsuccessful 63 others.
Instead, the Philly-born challenger is likely to be spending much of the bout at the end of the Ukrainian's long, formidable broom-handle jab – but, hey: stranger things have happened than the quicker Jennings ducking underneath and testing the resilience of the big man’s whiskers.
Word has it that for Klitschko the bout is an opportunity to re-connect with an American audience; not least thanks to his wife and mother of his baby, diminutive Nashville tv show star Haydn Panettiere. It remains to be seen if Mrs Klitschko will drive a brand new audience to watch her 39-year old hubby at the office.
And those are my highlights of April. Some tasty appetizers before May 2's main course, but just appetizers all the same.
Date:Monday April 13 2015
Klitschko Wants Joshua Re-Match (Sunday April 30 2017)
You Voted for a Joshua Win (Sunday April 30 2017)
Joshua Wants Fury Fight (Sunday April 30 2017)
Joshua Comments on His Dramatic Win (Sunday April 30 2017)
Joshua KO’s Klitschko in Round 11 (Sunday April 30 2017)
Wembley Stadium – Running Order (Saturday April 29 2017)
Politics Will Prevent a Unified Division (Friday April 28 2017)
Joshua Weighs in Heavier than Klitschko (Friday April 28 2017)
Cordina Following in Joshua’s Footsteps (Friday April 28 2017)
David Fields Will Referee Joshua v Klitschko (Thursday April 27 2017)
Vitali’s Backing Wladimir (Thursday April 27 2017)
Wladimir the Memory Stick Man (Thursday April 27 2017)
Roach Impressed with Quigg’s Preparations (Thursday April 27 2017)
Campbell Expects Hard Fight against Perez (Thursday April 27 2017)
Lewis Tips Joshua to Win (Wednesday April 26 2017)
Is Tyson Fury on the way back? (Tuesday April 25 2017)
Has Father Time Caught Up with Klitschko? (Monday April 24 2017)
Quigg Fight Now a World Title Eliminator (Monday April 24 2017)
Hughie Fury v Joseph Parker Off (Monday April 24 2017)
Murray Wins on Points Against Rosado (Sunday April 23 2017)
Langford KO’d in Five Rounds by Khurtsidze (Sunday April 23 2017)
Getting Tyson Fury Back into the Ring? (Saturday April 22 2017)
Murray v Rosado – Liverpool Tonight (Saturday April 22 2017)
Joshua Ready for All-Comers (Saturday April 22 2017)
Barnes Set for WBO European Title Fight (Friday April 21 2017)
Langford Bids for WBO World Title Chance (Thursday April 20 2017)
Conlan to Fight in Chicago (Thursday April 20 2017)
Fourth Time Lucky for Saint George? (Thursday April 20 2017)
Fowler Makes Pro-Debut on Bramall Lane Promotion (Thursday April 20 2017)
Taylor Set for WBA World Title Eliminator (Wednesday April 19 2017)
Joshua and Fury in Social Network Blast (Wednesday April 19 2017)
Edwards Claims British Super-Flyweight Title (Sunday April 16 2017)
Fury v Parker – Set for UK Move? (Sunday April 16 2017)
Okolie Makes It 2 KO’S out of 2 (Sunday April 16 2017)
The Views of the Boxers (Sunday April 16 2017)
Burns Beaten by Indongo in Unification Fight (Sunday April 16 2017)
Burns Confident of Victory in Unification Fight (Friday April 14 2017)
Indongo Confident of Beating Burns (Friday April 14 2017)
Frampton Wants Credible Opponent for Next Fight (Thursday April 13 2017)
BBC to Show Joshua Build-Up Documentary (Thursday April 13 2017)
Touting Rules the Roost (Wednesday April 12 2017)
Campbell Added to Wembley Show (Monday April 10 2017)
A Bad Week for Frampton (Sunday April 9 2017)
Selby Ordered to Fight Barros (Sunday April 9 2017)
Three Olympians Added to Wembley Under-Card (Sunday April 9 2017)
Smith Stops Williams in Controversial Bout (Sunday April 9 2017)
Adams Makes Winning Start on Professional Debut (Sunday April 9 2017)
What Next for Flanagan? (Sunday April 9 2017)
Flanagan Retains WBO Lightweight Title (Sunday April 9 2017)
Chisora Set for Second Fight with Helenius (Sunday April 2 2017)
Bellew Wants 3 More Fights Before Retiring (Sunday April 2 2017)
Breidis Claims WBC Cruiserweight Belt (Sunday April 2 2017)
It’s Huck v Breidis Tonight (Saturday April 1 2017)
Brook v Spence – Heading for a Sell-Out (Saturday April 1 2017)
Adams Set for Professional Debut (Saturday April 1 2017)
Kessler Set for Ring Return. (Saturday April 1 2017)
Bellew Appointed WBC Emeritus Champion Status (Thursday March 30 2017)
Saunders Gives Golovkin a Deadline (Tuesday March 28 2017)
Quigg Added to 29th April Wembley Bill (Tuesday March 28 2017)
Flanagan Talks of Meeting Linares Next (Tuesday March 28 2017)
McGoldrick Wins Professional Debut (Monday March 27 2017)
Friday Recap – Taylor Stops Joubert (Monday March 27 2017)
Crolla Soundly Beaten by Linares (Monday March 27 2017)
Okolie’s Super-Quick Debut KO (Monday March 27 2017)
Post-Fight Views from Crolla’s Camp (Monday March 27 2017)
Katie Taylor Makes It 4 out of 4 (Monday March 27 2017)
Taylor v Joubert – Meadowbank, Scotland (Thursday March 23 2017)
Brook v Spence Press Conference (Thursday March 23 2017)
Taylor on Under-Card of Crolla v Linares Promotion (Wednesday March 22 2017)
Crolla Looking for a HUGE Manchester Night (Wednesday March 22 2017)
Golovkin Wants Saunders Next (Monday March 20 2017)
Lee Wins on Ring Comeback. (Sunday March 19 2017)
Golovkin Retains Titles with a Unanimous Verdict (Sunday March 19 2017)
Golovkin v Jacobs – Weigh-In (Saturday March 18 2017)
Conlan Wins on Professional Debut (Saturday March 18 2017)
Conlan Set for St Patricks Day MSG Debut (Friday March 17 2017)
Crolla Primed for His Big Night (Friday March 17 2017)
Bellew Requires Hand Surgery (Wednesday March 15 2017)
Okolie Set for His Professional Debut (Tuesday March 14 2017)
Burns Takes the Dangerous Option (Tuesday March 14 2017)
Frampton Intent on Fighting at Windsor Park (Sunday March 12 2017)
Barnes Wins on Points (Saturday March 11 2017)
Conlan Wins by Split Decision (Saturday March 11 2017)
Cleverly v Jack in the Pipeline? (Friday March 10 2017)
A 16 Boxer Shoot-Out (Friday March 10 2017)
Haye Willing to Pay Fine (Thursday March 9 2017)
Parker v Fury Date Confirmed (Wednesday March 8 2017)
Haye Set to Fight On (Wednesday March 8 2017)
Is Bellew Set to Call it a Day? (Wednesday March 8 2017)
Taylor Back in the Ring on March 25th (Wednesday March 8 2017)
Pacquiao v Khan ISN’T Happening (Wednesday March 8 2017)
Selby Wins Non-Title Fight in 10th Round (Sunday March 5 2017)
Eggington Stops Paul Malignaggi in Eight Rounds (Sunday March 5 2017)
Thurman Beats Garcia by Split Decision (Sunday March 5 2017)
Hearn Wants World Title Shot for Bellew (Sunday March 5 2017)
Haye on Losing to Bellew (Sunday March 5 2017)
Bellew on Defeating Haye (Sunday March 5 2017)
Bellew Stops Haye in Round 11 (Sunday March 5 2017)
When Two Welterweight Champions Collide (Saturday March 4 2017)
Selby Set to Become a Free Agent (Saturday March 4 2017)