REAL COMBAT MEDIA WEEKLY BOXING REPORT
By Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media Head Boxing Correspondent
The past few days in boxing have produced some highs and lows, but have yielded few surprises. Those expected to win did. Others struggled to continue their fading careers, in an era where everybody loves a winner, and nobody wants to tolerate even a single loss or two. Practically speaking, few fighters are a Rocky Marciano or a Floyd Mayweather Jr. All legitimate fighters, even the best of world champions and top ten contenders, will endure a loss on their way to the top in over 99 percent of all cases. Promoters have been throwing a great deal of money around of late, and they still retain venue advantage when promoters their fighters over opposing fighters form out of town.
When Gabriel Tito Bracero and Joey Dawejko won their televised bouts by first round knockout recently over the promoter’s fighters (Bracero beat Danny O’Connor, and Dawejko beat Natu Visinia), the era of the super power hitter was born. Tested and true, this is the only way to score a win in enemy territory, where decisions for the visiting boxer are a rarity.
Donavan ‘Don Da Bomb’ George did it by first round knockout over Cornelius White on Showtime at Bally’s Atlantic City by knocking him down three times in the first round in 2011. However, George failed to win big fights against Francisco Sierra, Edwin Rodriguez, Adonis Stevenson, and Caleb Truax. An IBO World title win for George over Diaz Davis by 12 round decision last year in his hometown Chicago got nullified when he failed the postfight drug test. Davis had won only one of his last four bouts.
Precisely why George and his dad Pete George, one of the top trainers in the business, felt he could move up to light heavyweight from super middleweight and defeat Sean Monaghan, 26-0, 16 knockouts, Long Beach, New York, a top 20 Top Rank fighter, in his home territory of Brooklyn last night, remains a mystery. Monaghan won the ten round by unanimous decision, receiving all but one round on one judge’s scorecard. It would not have mattered how well George did. Barring a knockout, George would never get a win on the cards over Monaghan, who has fought almost his entire career in New York and New Jersey, also with two bouts in Las Vegas and one at Foxwoods.
George injured his right hand during the bout early on, and Monaghan had a come forward with pressure feast, making George eat jabs and combinations. George, without a ‘Plan B’, opted to survive the bout with virtually no offense, and got tortured.
Monaghan won the WBO NABO and retained the WBC Continental Americas Light Heavyweight titles, meaningful if Adonis Stevenson or Sergey Kovalev are in your future.
Light Heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara won a hard fought decision over Nathan Cleverly over 12 rounds to go to 28-3 with 16 knockouts and retain the WBC International Light Heavyweight title. Fonfara, a Warsaw native fighting out of Chicago, was going to win in Chicago. Cleverly, a British native, who could not beat Sergey Kovalev or Tony Bellew in the United Kingdom, was not going to win over here. Cleverly has now lost three of his last six bouts, and Fonfara added the chagrin of giving him a broken nose.
25-0 welterweight prospect Brad Solomon of Lafayette, Louisiana, won a ten round decision over career misdirected Raymond Serrano of Philadelphia, now 21-3 with nine knockouts. Serrano got stopped by Karim Mayfield in 2012, and Emmanuel Taylor in 2013. His recent comeback had three wins. Against the favored Top Rank fighter, Serrano got out worked, but again, would never had gotten the decision on a Top Rank show anyway. Serrano, not a knockout artist, lost in a bout which was not a good career move, in a career where Serrano desperately needs wins at this point in the game. One judge scored it 100-90 for Solomon, and the bout was in the least fairly close, so how do you figure?
Las Vegas based top ten heavyweight Joseph Parker of Auckland, New Zealand is well on his way at a world title shot against Wladimir Klitschko, Deontay Wilder, or Ruslan Chagaev. Parker, 16-0 with 14 knockouts, scored a third round stoppage of 45 year old Kali Meehan to probably end Meehan’s career last night, retaining seven different regional heavyweight belts in the process. Parker won this one in Auckland, his hometown, where he always wins. Barring a magical knockout, which has never happened, there’s no sunshine for foreign fighters in New Zealand. Ever. Meehan did not change the reputation. Parker has money behind him. How else could he hold six different heavyweight belts!
In an all-Japanese world title bout fought in neutral Chicago, 31-8-1 Kohei Kono of Tokyo, Japan, retained the WBA World Super Flyweight title with a 12 round decision over Koki Kameda, also of Tokyo, Japan. Kameda, 33-2, also from Tokyo, Japan, a WBA World Bantamweight champion who felt the need to go down in weight class, got knocked down in round two. The real story of this bout was its dirty nature, with Kameda getting penalized for low blows, and Kono getting penalized for shoving Kameda to the canvas. Kono has seven world title bouts in this weight class, while Kameda has 11 world title bouts at flyweight and bantamweight but not at super flyweight. Each weight class has different connotations. Flyweight and super flyweight remain obscure. 679 punches were thrown in this bout, the second highest CompuBox total for a 115 pound world title bout.
Mexico welterweight southpaw Aaron Martinez, 20-4, won a ten round unanimous decision over Devon Alexander and secured himself a world title shot in the process. Martinez, robbed of a split decision against Robert Guerrero in his last bout, dealt Alexander his third loss in his last four bouts, in Glendale, Arizona, earlier this week.
Al Haymon 16-0-1 heavyweight prospect Gerald Washington fought to a ten round draw against aging Amir Mansour. Washington is ten years younger than the 43 year old Mansour, who failed to win the big fight for the second time, after losing to Steve Cunningham. Still Mansour might get a title bout against Wilder or Chagaev, the alternate heavyweight titleholders, given this performance and the state of the heavyweight division. It remains to be seen whose idea it was to put Mansour in with an Al Haymon fighter, against whom decisions are not won. Mansour failed to get the ex-football player out of there, in contrast to what Chris Arreola did to ex-football player Seth Mitchell.
13-7 super middleweight Josue Ovando of Mexico, a loser of five of his last seven bouts, outpointed pretender Ronald Hearns over six rounds. At 36, Hearns, also a loser of five of his last seven bouts, and son of legendary Thomas ‘Hitman’ Hearns, should retire. Ovando lost three bouts-all four rounders-in 2012. However, Ovando, a trial horse, has never been knocked out, and was still ‘good’ enough to beat Hearns, who sadly could not get him out.
Bouts of the Week Recap
Sean Monaghan Win 10 Don George, Light Heavyweights
Retains WBC Continental Americas Title, Wins Vacant WBO NABO Title
Retains WBC International light Heavyweight title. Cleverly incurs broken nose.
Joseph Parker TKO 3 Kali Meehan, Heavyweights
Retains WBA Oceania and WBO Oriental and WBO Africa titles
Retains PABA and OPBF Heavyweight Titles
Wins Vacant WBC Eusasia Pacific Boxing Council Title
Konei Kono Win 12 Kokei Kameda, Super Flyweights
Retains WBA World Super Flyweight Title
Aaron Martinez Win 10 Devon Alexander, Welterweights
Gerald Washington Draw 10 Amir Mansour, Heavyweights
Josue Ovando Win 6 Ronald Hearns, Super Middleweights
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