*There’s an old saying, “One Monkey don’t stop the show” and folks I got to tell you something, the eveidence is clear with Oscar De La Hoya back at the helm Goldenboy Promotions continues to put on classic boxing as we saw out at the Stub Hub in Carson, Calif. last Saturday night.
Earlier in the evening we saw “Bad” Chad Dawson make his triumphant return to the ring after a 13 month lay off going against George “Honey Boy” Blades whom he stopped at 2:53 seconds in the first round. This was a good victory for Dawson who hadn’t fought since being knocked out by Adonis Stevenson over a year ago.
Next we saw Devon Alexander “The Great” go against Jesus Soto Karass in a very competitive ten rounder.
Both these guys were coming off losses and were trying to make a statement that they were indeed back and still have a lot of fight left in them.
From the opening bell things got hot and they were going back and forth with each other with wicked shots to the head and body.
Alexander utilized his superb boxing skills throughout the bout by moving around the ring as he was sticking Karass with jabs and combinations so much so, that Karass just couldn’t come up with any solution or diagnosis to what was coming at him. And although he displayed true grit by hanging in there with a more skillful opponent, at the end of ten rounds it became apparent who the winner turned out to be, and that was clearly Alexander.
Next came Gary Russell Jr. going against Vasyl Lomachenko in a fast paced twelve round championship bout for the WBO featherweight title.
Russell went into this one with an undefeated 24-0 ring record and probably under estimated Lomachenko who had only 2 pro fights prior to this but fought in over 300 amateur bouts before fighting as a pro.
Russell was the busier of the two but he wasn’t landing a lot of power punches throughout. He was a lot quicker with combinations and jabs but Lomachenko connected with more powerful body shots and uppercuts to the head.
Folks, I got to tell you, I like Gary Russell Jr., but I really think that he went into this one with more confidence than Carter has liver pills. And there’s nothing wrong with that but it just goes to show you that you can’t underestimate anyone. He really had his hands full with this guy.
At the end of twelve, the judges were split with a majority of them awarding Lomachenko the win and thus crowning him the new WBO featherweight champion.
The punch stats showed that Lomachenko landed over 100 shots to Russell’s 83. And you can’t possibly count him out with only one loss to his record. He’s got to get back into the gym and do a little reinventing of himself, that’s all.
You can bet your bottom dollar that there’s probably going to be a rematch. As I always say, we’ll see what happens.
The main event turned out to be the most entertaining slugfest of the night as we saw Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero go up against Yoshihiro Kamegai.
This was one of those fights that you thought someone was going to die in. These two were in a real war with each other throwing solid power shots throughout to the head and body. At one point Guerrero’s face looked like it went through a meat grinder. This was truly a hard fought bout from both sides and I mean folks, these guys were clobbering each other bombs. This one turned out to be the fight of the night, in my opinion.
My hat goes off to Oscar De La Hoya and I certainly hope he continues to take care of business in the ring and out.
Coming up this weekend will be a much awaited clash between Yuriokis Gamboa and Terrance Crawford. This is being put on by Top Rank Inc., and will be telecast live on HBO Championship Boxing.