In this sport there are a number of genuinely sensational fighters. Not a lot of them but a small minority of fighters are really exceptional. One of those fighters is Kazakhstan's WBA Middleweight Super champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27) who scored his 17th straight stoppage and recorded his 11th title defence just a few moments ago.
Golovkin took on what was supposed to be his toughest test so far, Australian Daniel Geale (30-3, 16). Geale was a former double world champion, in fact he was a former unified champion. That however didn't help the Australian who lasted less than 3 rounds against Golovkin and became just another victim of the man known as "GGG".
The opening round was the best round for Geale who came to fight and had several moments of success though was tagged late in the round by a flurry. Oddly the round seemed to last around 4 minutes though nothing too dramatic happened in the extra minute. Although Golovkin seemed to do enough to win the round it was certainly one of his more difficult recent rounds with Geale showing his confidence and slippery movement to make the Kazakh miss several shots.
Although Geale had a relatively comfortable opening round, barring the late flurry that stole the round for Golovkin, the second saw the champion starting to pick up the action and cutting the distance off more effectively. The extra work from the champion helped him score the first knock down of the fight, though it was a somewhat flash knockdown that occurred with Golovkin cuffing him rather than blasting him down.
The pressure of Golvokin seemed to be building round after round and around 2 minutes into round 3 Golovkin managed to force Geale into a corner where he managed to connect with several solid shots. Geale's footwork helped him out momentarily though he was quickly cornered on the opposite side of the ring. From there on the end was nigh with Golovkin landing two solid shots, one to the body and one to the head. Geale took them, just, and fired back a huge right hand that caught Golovkin clean, unfortunately for the Australian he was tagged himself almost instantaneously and sent down hard.
Geale, much to his credit, got to his feet, though shook his head when asked if he was okay to continue, effectively admitting defeat rather than taking a more serious and prolonged pounding.
After the fight Golovkin was asked who he wanted to fight and mentioned the names of the other 3 Middleweight champions, Sam Soliman, Peter Quillin and Miguel Cotto. Of the 3 it seems that Golovkin wants WBC champion Miguel Cotto though in all honesty we don't imagine that Cotto wants Golovkin and instead "GGG" will likely have to take on the less than attractive Sam Soliman or hunt other notable fights.
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Sometimes the most significant fight on a show isn't actually the "main event" and that was the case today in Macau as Zou Shiming headlined the card with his fight against Luis Dela Rosa whilst the most significant bout was the Super Bantamweight title fight between Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9) and Thailand's Sod Kokietgym (63-3-1, 28).
The bout, widely viewed as a mismatch of giant proportions, went the way many expected with Rigondeaux retaining his title though there was certainly an air of controversy surrounding the ending of the contest.
After 80 seconds of the fight starting there was a major headclash which saw Sod dropping to the canvas hard. It was a clear headclash and a hard one even though Sod wasn't left bloodied he was certainly groggy. Sadly the referee failed to give Sod reasonable time to recover from the accidental foul.
Moments after being told to continue Sod went to touch gloves though was caught by a hard left that sent him down hard. He was up at 9 though still groggy, a combination of both the stunning left hand and the head clash, and the referee waved off the bout immediately much to the anger of Sod who felt he had been sucker punched.
Whilst few will make a fuss about the ending, and in fact many will suggest that Sod should have "defended himself at all times", it still won't have done Rigondeaux any favours despite the result being very impressive. It was, as we suggested, a lose-lose situation for Rigondeaux especially if you, like Sod, feel Rigondeaux delivered a sucker punch.
Whilst some fans will have loved the "nasty side" of Rigondeaux others will have questioned the need for the shot that finished off Sod. Some will certainly suggest that Rigondeaux deprived us of a fight, though it was a fight that many didn't want to see anyway and we dare say some people just want to complain.
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Earlier today fans in Japan got the chance to see the wonderful Portopia Hotel make it's debut as a boxing venue. Unfortunately however the venue didn't manage to inspire Japan's Teiru Kinoshita (19-1-1, 3) to a career defining victory, instead it hosted Kinoshita's first professional loss as he was dominated by South Africa's talented and heavy handed Zolani Tete (19-3, 16).
The bout, which was aired on Sky A Sports in Japan was one we've not been able to see though all the reports we've read basically say the same thing. Kinoshita was bad beaten and suffered from a number of issues, not least his lack of power, lack of a game plan and an inability to get beyond the significant size differential.
The problems were apparently evident from the off when Tete landed a lang rangy jab from the southpaw stance and showed that he had the skill, size and speed to pick off Kinoshita from distance. Kinoshita tried to fight back but we've been informed that it was clear at that point that he had no answer to Tete who continued to fight at a distance doing as he wished.
Although Tete, knowing he was fighting in the same place that Kinoshita works a day job, knew he could have been on the rough end of the judges if it was close he really never had that issue arise in a bout that was simply too one sided to even think about giving to the home fighter.
For the vast part of the bout Kinoshita was more pre-occupied in trying to avoid the dangerous left hand of Tete than actually attacking and when he did attack his punches fell short far too often, leaving himself open to counters which came regularly from both the straight lefts and jabs of the South African.
Sadly for Kinoshita, a former Japanese national champion, this was a step too far though it was an opportunity that he'd have been not to take.
For those wondering the views of the Japanese press, we dare say that Boxingnews.jp summed it up with the phrase "Tei sato ga kanpai", effectively Kinoshita "was hammered". To his credit though not many people last the schedule with Tete and hat's what Kinoshita did, despite losing a lop sided decision with scores of 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109.
This was the first IBF Super Flyweight title bout since Daiki Kameda's controversial bout with Liborio Solis late last year. That bout caused the Kameda gym to be stripped of their license and later forced Daiki to vacate the belt.
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It's not often that we get all Asian world title fights in the US but that's exactly what we had on Saturday night/Sunday morning as Japan's Tomoki Kameda (30-0, 19) successfully defended the WBO Bantamweight title against former champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (46-3, 21) of Thailand. The fight, a mandatory defence for Kameda, saw both men making their US debut and both doing things to impress the US audience though it was clear that it was Tomoki that left the lasting impression.
Kameda genuine impressed from the opening round, a round that saw him boxing and moving, picking his spots and making the most of his exceptional hand speed. It was his handspeed combined with his jab that kept Pungluang at bay for the round. A round that really was one sided, as shown by the punch stats, despite Pungluang never being in trouble.
The second round was another where Kameda's speed seemed to be what won him the round. It was clear her wasn't sitting on his shots but he was easily landing more notable shots and the high number of shots with Pungluang often walking into punches as if to suggest they effective punches, for Pungluang however his own offence was lacking.
The Thai managed to finally get some notable success in round 3 as he started to land numerous body shots on to the Japanese fighter who appeared to be slowing for much of the round, in fact in the first 90 seconds it was hard to see many shots of note from the champion, though he did fire back well late in the round. Despite the late rally by the champion it was a Pungluang round with little to no argument. Likewise the 4th was also a Pungluang round after he wobbled Tomoki in the opening seconds with a huge right that saw Tomoki forced on to the retreat.
The small wobble for Kameda in round 4 seemed to waken him up and in round 5 he he got back to doing what he did so well early on, picking his spots and fighting at range, using his speed and making sure Pungluang couldn't have much in terms of sustained success. The action was slower though it was controlled, completely, by Tomoki who used the final minute to secure the round with numerous flashy combinations that were eye catching but likely not that effective.
In round 6 we had round that saw both men having some notable success. For Pungluang it was the body shots, which he had seemed committed to through out the bout, for Tomoki it was the flash combinations that all came from his sharp jab. It was clear that when Tomoki wanted to look sensational he did but it also seemed like Pungluang was having success with his grinding body shots that were likely to pay dividends later in the fight.
Surprisingly in round 7 we saw the tables turn as Tomoki held his feet and the two went to work up close. It was great back and forth early in the round with both men landing their own eye catching combination, this time however Tomoki's was effective cutting Pungluang around the eye. According to the Showtime commentary this was the first time Pungluang had been cut in 49 fights, we admit we find that hard to believe but he did look bothered by the blood in the seconds that followed. The cut was just the first of two major issues for Pungluang and the second was even more serious as Tomoki, now being cheered on by the fans, went to the body of Pungluang and connected with a perfect body shot that sent the Thai down in agony.
From the second Pungluang went down it was clear this fight was over, he was not getting up. Thankfully the referee realised that quickly and waved the bout off as Tomoki scored one of the best body shot KO's anyone will see this year.
Currently unable to fight in Japan we'd be shocked if Tomoki doesn't return to the US for his next defence, likely against interim champion Alejandro Hernandez. Hopefully that will help him spread the Kameda name stateside and open up opportunities for both Koki and Daiki to fight on either US shows, like the one Tomoki fought on, or on shows in places like Macau and Singapore under the Top Rank banner. For now however the future will be put on the back burner because this win is a moment to savour for the infamous Kameda family.
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An often made comment by boxing fans in recent years is that the Heavyweight division is dying. It, apparently, lacks excitement, action and characters. The fighters don't put on wars like they used, they don't have memorable contests like they used to and, worst of all, the fights don't capture the imagination like they did when the likes of Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield were at their primes.
On the whole we tend to disagree, two of the most interesting stories we've had on this site were related to Heavyweight boxing and there is, when the occasion is right, real excitement concerning the biggest weight in the sport.
Sadly when you mention "Heavyweight boxing" and the "WBA" in recent years you also need to apply the world "farce" to any complete and accurate sentence. It may seem harsh but really, it's true. The WBA have allowed more farcical title fights in the Heavyweight division than the other 3 major bodies have allowed, combined. The most recent of those farces came earlier today when former champion Ruslan Chagaev (33-2-1, 20) and the 41 year old Fres Oquendo (37-8, 24) fought for the WBA "regular title", a title that really should be re-named the "WBA-we want more sanctioning fees title".
On Friday night the bout was in serious jeopardy as Oquendo's promotional team seemed to refuse to allow him to fight. After a wrangle between the two parties a deal was thrashed out allowing the American to fight though delaying his journey to Chechnya where the fight was taking place. It seemed, for the first few rounds, that that delay in arriving took it's effect on Oquendo who started remarkably slowly.
By the end of the fifth round Chagaev looked to be in cruise control. He had won 5 rounds against a man who simply looked like he didn't want to be there. In round 6 however things started to turn as Chagaev appeared to tire and suffered a nasty cut that seemed to help Oquendo spring into life. Unfortunately for Oquendo he failed to really have the drive or desire to make the most of his opportunity, the skills were there but the determination to win wasn't and instead he ponderously went through the last few rounds against a man who lacked the energy to really fight back.
With Chagaev struggling his buddy, the president of Chechnya, came to his call and walked over to the corner to offer his words of encouragement. We kid you not Ramzan Kadyrov was giving the corner advise to Chagaev. We're unsure what was said but it appears that the words helped Chagaev see his way through the final few rounds, including a torrid 12th which saw him looking all in. Oddly it seems that the bell came to the saviour of Chagaev with the round ending 10 seconds early.
Despite the good start the Uzbek born fighter did see his lead away at by Oquendo's late charge. The charge saw one judge scoring the bout 114-114 but the other two both scored the bout 115-113 in favour of Chagaev, now an adopted Chechen, who celebrated with both the president and the president's child. In all honesty whilst the fight was relatively forgettable it did give Heavyweight boxing a new "character", that of Ramzan Kadyrov who appears to have more passion, desire and money than many others involved in the Heavyweight division.
With the WBA belt around his waist Chagaev becomes a 2-time WBA Heavyweight champion though he really is ripe for the picking and any fighter with the desire to win will beat him. Interestingly this may well see him offered a lot of money to leave Russia to fight someone like David Haye or Tyson Fury and we'd, sadly, favour both of those men to beat this version of Chagaev with out any real problems.
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World Title Results
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