*With so many fights being held all around the world this past weekend to talk about I don’t quite know where to start.
So why don’t I begin with the Chris Arreola vs Bermane Stervirne match up that was out in Ontario, California at the Citizens Business Bank Arena.
This one really turned into a sizzler as Stevirne came in determined to put on a superb display of boxing against a game Arreola. This young man surprised a lot of us at ringside with his combinations to the body and head throughout the bout. Arreola seemed as if he had no answers for Stevirne. He was getting battered all night with heavy shots to the body and face. He was dropped with a hard right to the kisser in round three, and every round after that he just couldn’t get it together.
This was a title elimination bout folks, and it seemed to this writer that Stevirne wanted it more than Arreola. At the end of twelve, all three judges scored the bout for him. And now he’s set to go against Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight title.
It’s interesting to note that at the pre fight press conference Stevirne was quoted as saying that he would “chop Arreola’s head off.” And after the bout was over that’s exactly what it looked like as Arreola’s face was literally covered with blood, and his nose was broken from a right hand that landed in the third. (See photo above and see more pics from the fight by German Villasenor here, at DogHouse Boxing.)
Another boxing spectacular took place Saturday night in New York at the Barclay’s Bank Arena in Brooklyn with Danny Garcia going against Zab Judah defending his WBC jr. welterweight title. This bout went the distance folks, as we saw a game Zab Judah attempt to snatch the belt from Garcia who wasn’t having it at all and was constantly nailing Judah with solid right hands to the kisser throughout the bout, and dropped him with one in the eighth.
Judah showed that he still had the heart of a champion and got back into the fight eventually winning the last three rounds. But it may have been too little, too late as all three judges scored the bout in favor of Garcia.
Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin put on a superb performance by stopping a game Fernando Guerrero in seven rounds by TKO, and improved his record to 29-0 with 21 coming by way of knockout.
Sergio Martinez outlasted a tough Martin Murray through twelve rounds in Buenos Aries, Argentina in a bout that was telecast live on HBO.
Southern California based Mohammed Mubarak’s Ringside Update column can also be seen in the Pace News, the Inland Valley News, and the High Desert Inland Valley News. Mohammed is a portrait artist as well. He can be contacted at [email protected] for your comments.