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Alexander-Matthysse was a pretty damn good fight with some suspense added after the fight while the score cards where read. This was a very close fight and I can see Matthysse winning by a point and I have no problem with Devon getting the nod. A draw would have been very fair too.
Devon started well but faded late under Matthysse’s steady pressure. Devon fights too tight and is short with many of his punches, his defense sucks, and he isn’t strong enough to keep fighters off of him all night. He’s hit a ceiling as it looks as that’s as good as he will get. He has a huge heart and will to win no doubt, and that will be enough to keep him in close fights. He needs to improve technically if he’s to win another World Title which I think he won’t.
Lucas defiantly landed the harder blows but I feel he could have and should have done more. look, he was fighting in Devon’s hometown, and Don King promotes Devon. Lucas had his chance to get Devon up out of there but didn’t. That’s his fault for leaving it up to the judges.
Lucas appears to have more upside. He needs to fight with more sustained urgency though. He has it all but that. Lets see if he finally gets it now and steps on it in his next big fight.
I give Devon and Lucas a B- for their performances in a fight that could have gone either way.
Tavoris ‘Thunder’ Cloud took care of business by icing Yusaf Mack last Saturday night in workman like fashion retaining his IBF title. Yusaf displayed good lateral movement early but Tavoris stayed with his body attack and that’s what took the fight out of Mack enough for Cloud to KO him.
Cloud could learn to cut the ring off a bit better and tighten up his head movement. All in all though, he keeps improving and what more can you ask for? Ah yes, him in a big fight. Pascal was there watching and if they fight, that’s guaranteed action!
Cloud gets an A+ for his performance.
RIP Nick Charles. A true boxing guy who displayed enormous passion for our sport. A genuine class act that charmed many with his personality and insight. I enjoyed him on Shobox and his work over the years with CNN was stellar too. He will be missed for all that he gave.
Mike McCallum was a very complete boxer/puncher and excellent technician in his prime. He was a viscous and relentless body puncher as he dubbed himself the body snatcher. He just didn’t attack the body, he systematically broke it down. Study Mike and you’ll see there’s more to a body attack than a couple punches down stairs.
He was a three division champion winning titles in the Junior Middleweight, Middleweight, and Light Heavyweight division. He was a smart fighter as well as savvy. He understood boxing and knew how to break fighters down.
Like Charley Burley though. he was too good for his own good as he never got the big fight with Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, or Duran. Mike beat some damn good fighters. He KO’d the then undefeated Julian Jackson, and beat Milton McCrory, Donald Curry, Sumbu Kalambay, Herol Graham ( to win the WBA Middleweight Championship in 89 ), Micahael Watson, Steve Collins, and Jeff Harding ( to win the WBC Light Heavyweight Championship in 94 ) he also drew with James Toney.
Mike arrived in boxing when he beat McCrory and Curry. From then on, he was a force to be reckoned with as many fighters ducked him. For the four horseman of Hagler. Leonard, Duran and Hearns, Mike was too much risk with little award.
McCallum is some what a forgotten champ today it seems. He had a very successful career that could have been more with higher profile fights. He is to be studied regardless of that. Now watch and learn the Body Snatcher at his best!
I liked the growth Canelo Alvarez displayed in his 12th round TKO of Ryan Rhodes last Saturday night. I liked Alvarez’s improved head movement and reflexes. He did not fight stiff, he was loose and viscous with his fast combinations. Canelo is starting to season with his impressive victory over the experienced veteran Rhodes.
Canelo also displayed a well timed upper cut. He didn’t look one dimensional with his ring generalship. If he keeps developing like this, he’s going to be quite good. Some people thought he has already reached his ceiling. I disaree, with more developing fights, he’s goining to be quite the machine.
My girlfriend thinks he’s one of the best offensive boxers fighting today. Manny Pacquiao is still king in my book, but Alvarez is only 20 years old! People need to let this kid grow and slow their roll on their expectations him in huge fights.
Making A Statement.
I’m not a fan of Adrian Broner that’s a fact. I was impressed with his 1 round destruction of Jason Litzau. Broner is a slick counter puncher no doubt, but he’s also a classless ass with his ridicoulous antics. This was a rare highlight reel fight for Broner; he is in fact a boring, cautious, safety-first counter puncher.
I’m not hating on him, he caught Jason with a hard right hand and finished the job. Lets see him in tough again and how he fights before we deem him anything. The jury’s still out in my opinion.