So let’s begin with what happen at Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia as we saw Guillermo Jones go up against a tough, and rugged Denis Lebedev for his IBF cruiserweight title. There are many who are calling this one fight of the year candidate as these two rumbled from the opening bell.
Jones who is from Panama, came into this one with grit and determination and fought a game Lebedev in a barnburner that nearly went the distance.
They were calling Jones the “champion in recess” before this bout because as some of you may know, he was stripped of the IBF title when he didn’t fight the mandatory.
Well that moniker had to be removed after what was witnessed by everyone last Friday night in Moscow.
Jones nearly closed Lebede’s right eye and put an exclamation point on the fight by dropping him in the eleventh and being declared the new champion.
And just when all the sceptics were counting Don King out, this bout said it loud and clear, that he is indeed back with two of his fighters having back to back victories (Bermane Stiverne three weeks ago defeated Chris Arreola).
Golden Boy put on an exciting show Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey where we saw Lamont Peterson go against Lucas Matthysse and get stopped in the third with a couple of devastaing shots that floored him causing referee Steve Smoger to call a halt to the bout at 2:14 in the third.
What made this an interesting match was the fact that Peterson’s IBF title, and Matthyesse’s WBC interim title, were not on the line for this one.
This now sets up a potential match with Danny Garcia who was being called out by Matthyesse after the bout. As I always say, we’ll see what happens.
Devon Alexander turned in a superb boxing performance as he went against a game Lee Purdy in a bout that eventually got stopped in the seventh at the orders of Purdy’s corner as he was getting pummeled by Alexander from pillar to post.
Alexander improved his record to 25-1 (with 13 coming by way of knockout) while Purdy drops to 20-4-1.
This fight started off as war of attrition with both guys looking to knock the others’ head off.
Alexander threw some devastating right hooks and upper cuts throughout the bout that eventually became too much for Purdy who showed a lot of heart, but his corner felt that enough was enough in the seventh.
The jr. welter, welterweight and jr.middleweight divisions are ripe with all kinds of talent and it seems that Golden Boy Promotions holds the keys to the doors of success for all who think they can challenge the likes of Saul ” Canelo” Alvarez, Danny Garcia, Adrian Bronner, Devon Alexander, Shawn Porter ( who by the way, turned in a spectacular performance against Phil La Greco garnering a unanimous decision after ten rounds), Alfredo Angulo, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillan, and not to forget, Floyd “Money” Mayweather.
These are just a few on the long list of warriors that are now being showcased by Golden Boy Promotions, and we’re all looking forward to seeing more of them.
“Sugar” Shane Mosley fought a rugged and tough Pablo Ceasar Cano in a bout that went all the distance of twelve rounds. Mosley showed that he still has it as he utilized combinations, solid body shots, and straight right hands, that eventually impressed the ringside judges enough to give him a unanimous decision at the end of the bout.
This was no cake walk folks, as Cano showed true grit throughout the fight. But he just couldn’t handle a well seasoned Mosley who sent a statement to all who doubted him, that he still had a lot left in the tank.
We’re only half way through the year and there’s still a lot of fights set on the horizon.
There’s Chad Dawson and Yuriokis Gamboa both set to fight on the same card in Montreal, Canada on June 8 that will be telecast live on HBO. Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley is set to go in September against Juan Manuel Marquez, and Manny ” Pacman” Pacquiao set to go against Brandon Rios in China this year.
So stay tuned folks. As I always say, we’ll see what happens.
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.