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Michael Rueda
Boxing: Kambosos Jr. vs Perez
Jan 19, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; George Kambosos Jr (white/black trunks) and Rey Perez (white/green/red trunks) box during a lightweight boxing match at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Kambosos Jr won via unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

A fascinating weekend in the boxing world. We had a fight of the year contender and a big upset that stopped a fast-moving train. A few fight announcements made and a busy weekend ahead again. It’s here in the Sweet Science Scene.

       “The Takeover” as Teofimo Lopez is nicknamed was taken over this past weekend as George Kambosos defeated Lopez by split decision and became the new unified lightweight champion. The fight was filled with so much leading up to the fight and everything that took place during and after the fight was just as hyped up. Kambosos withstood a quick charge from Lopez in round one and as the round was ending, he landed an overhand right that dropped Lopez to the mat. Lopez wasn’t hurt but was dropped and was now knowing he was in a real fight. The next rounds were a lot of back and forth with Kambosos getting the majority of the better of the exchanges. Lopez appeared to be coming on towards the late middle rounds and as the championship rounds began Lopez landed a chopping right hand that sent Kambosos down. Kambosos was hurt but withstood the follow up attack and made it through the round. Kambosos proceeded to win the next two rounds and pull off the big upset.

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       A super bantamweight unification took place, and these types of fights should happen more often. Stephen Fulton took on Brandon Figueroa in a battle of two undefeated fighters willing to face each other. The fight was well worth the hype as both men showed tremendous skill, heart, will, chin and conditioning. The fight was fought inside and out and both fighters showcased their best. Fulton showed his boxing skill as he adapted to Figueroa’s game plan and eventually helped lead to his victory. It was a fight that should be mentioned among the fight of the year. For Fulton he is in the conversation for fighter of the year with this victory. I know it will most likely go to Canelo, but that doesn’t mean you overlook what Fulton did this year.

       A fight that has passed its expiration date was finally announced. British stars Amir Khan and Kell Brook will meet in a fight that at the least is about 8 years past due. They will meet February 18th of next year and even though it is passed the fight could still draw big and lead to a good fight.

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  • The British middleweight showdown between Chris Eubank JR and Liam Williams has been rescheduled for January 29th of next year. The fight was postponed following an injury to Williams but with the date rescheduled the interest in this fight shouldn’t be lost.
  • The WBO ordered their middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade to take on Janibek Alimkhanuly so negotiations for that will begin and if nothing is reached then a purse bid will be announced.
  • A big fight in the super middleweight division was announced by Matchroom as Israil Madrimov takes on Michel Soro in a final eliminator December 17th. It’s a really good under the radar fight that will take place on DAZN.
  • The Super welterweight undisputed that took place over the summer which ended in a draw has a rematch now set. Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano will meet again February 26th according to multiple reports. Certain mandatories were ushed back to allow this fight to take place again.
  • This weekend we have two big cards in the lightweight division. First on December 4th we have undefeated Devin Haney defending his title against Joseph Diaz in a grudge match that has built up and drawn much interest. This fight will air on DAZN as both fighters look to place themselves in line for a match at a possible undisputed fight. December 5th Gervonta Davis will take on tough Isaac Cruz that will take place on showtime Pay Per View. The entire card is really solid and again the main event should be a banger of a fight.

Not to be a Rueda…. but

Hey fans and media do a better job of hiding your bias. Following the losses by Teofimo Lopez and Brandon Figueroa both showed a lack of class. They each interrupted their opponents post fight interview to claim victory and say they felt robbed. Both George Kambosos and Stephen Fulton were both respectful and didn’t let it get out of control. My issue here is that there wasn’t much of a backlash from fans and media when a month ago Deontay Wilder was crucified for not wanting to shake hands with Tyson Fury following their fight. There was talk and post of lack of class and how they lost respect for Wilder, but no such same talk for Lopez and Figueroa. Now I’ve heard of the thing Lopez was going through and I sympathize with him, but it doesn’t take away how it was disrespectful what he did. Both the fighters took away a moment from the victors to allow them to soak in the moment they had rightfully earned. If you are going to take shots at fighters for how they handle a loss make sure you are the same for each fighter. Be and do better as media and fans.