The Sweet Science scene gave us another weekend of good action. This past weekend saw fans get a very anticipated match and a fighter finally showed the killer instinct. As always there is much news and much more action to come.
Terence Crawford has long been waiting for a shot at a top welterweight and this past Saturday he got it. Crawford took on tough former two-time champion Shawn Porter and delivered a great performance. Crawford and Porter had some very tense and back and forth moments through a top fight for the real fans. What they were rewarded with was a fight where the fighters dug deep and when needed Crawford took it to another gear and picked up the stoppage in round ten as Porter’s corner threw in the towel. This fight was the last on Crawford’s contract with Top Rank which now leaves him as a free agent. The attention quickly turned to a possible fight with welterweight kingpin Errol Spence Jr.
A fighter who has been a question of how good he truly is has been middleweight champion, Demetrius Andrade. He has been a lightning rod of discussions because of his call-outs of big-name fighters, but always facing a lower-tier fighter. Now, this last fight didn’t change with the name, but the outcome was different. Andrade has typically gotten off to a good start or hurt his opponents early to only let his foot off the gas and go all 12 rounds. On this night it was not the case as he took on Jason Quigley and following two first-round knockdowns stopped Quigley in round two. This was a major moment for Andrade as fans and media have asked for this type of performance and Andrade delivered. Once the fight ended, he asked for matchups with Gennady Golovkin and Jaime Munguia who would be a jump in the recent competition. Regardless of the opponent if Andrade produces a performance like this again it will drive fans to ask for the bigger names consistently and those fighters could not look away.
Top Rank made a splash this week as well as they signed a pair of Silver Medalists from the past Olympics. They signed Keyshawn Davis and Richard Torrez Jr. Each fighter performed great in the Olympics as they reached the Gold Medal match. With this signing Top Rank picks up two young possible future American stars as Top Rank is known for guiding young fighters and building them to the best they can.
• Light Heavyweight champion Joe Smith Jr after a battle with covid will return against perennial contender Callum Johnson on January 15th.
• Middleweight contender suffered an injury that has forced him to withdraw from a matchup against Chris Eubank Jr on December 11th. This leaves a void on a card that was drawing interest for Sky Sports since their deal with Matchroom.
• A fight that has been heavily discussed and has now been agreed upon is Jessie Vargas and Liam Smith in a light-middleweight battle. It will be the first for Vargas at 154 as Smith has previously held a title at this weight class.
• As reported by Dan Rafael it appears DAZN and Golden Boy Promotions will sign a new three-year deal. This is a good deal for both parties and it keeps a good American promoter for DAZN as some had talked of letting the service go because of lack of fights on the American front. With this deal being completed we have good news all around.
• We have two cards this weekend as the off-again on-again lightweight title match between Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos takes place on DAZN in New York. Over on Showtime the on paper match-up of the weekend has the Jr featherweight title match between Stephen Fulton and Brandon Figueroa. This is a fight fans’ dream as both fighters are battling to be considered the number one fighter at 122 and a victory here would solidify it for the victor.
Not to be a Rueda…. but
This week’s rant will be a little different as I would like to give a big thank you to Shawn Porter on a legendary career. Following his fight with Terence Crawford, he announced his retirement and feelings hit of a fighter who has given it his all and taken on every top welterweight since 2013. He ends his career with a record of (31-4-1 17kos) again while never shying away from the best. Porter always showed heart and massive grit and would not be deterred no matter the situation. I thank Porter for some great memories and as he showed what a true fighter is as he didn’t care who, when or where Porter was always willing to face the best. I’ll let you discuss amongst yourselves about the Hall of Fame as to me Porter should get a spot and he will go down as a great in my book. Enjoy retirement champ and keep shining.