Friday, April 12th from Los Angeles California
Vasiliy Lomachenko/Anthony Crolla
WBO and WBA Lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko looked like the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world by destroying challenger Anthony Crolla in four rounds.
Lomachenko (13-1, 10 KO’s) danced and threw punches from awkward angles throughout the short fight. In the 3rd, referee Jack Reiss ruled a knockdown when a flurry of Lomachenko punches forced Crolla (34-7-3, 13 KO’s) to sit down on the ropes. Thinking the fight was over, Vasiliy celebrated with a backflip. Referee Reiss began to restore order as the television crews attempted to enter the ring. Crolla recovered in time and the bell rang signaling the end of the third round.
At the beginning of the fourth Lomachenko asked Crolla if he was OK to continue and Crolla assured him that he was. Lomachenko then floored him face first with a perfect right hook to the side of the head the referee jumped in and waved off the fight without a count.
At the end of the fight Vasiliy revealed that he dislocated his knuckle during the last punch of the fight. The injury will not keep him out of his scheduled bought in September. Lomachenko told the crowd that he wants to fight Mickey Garcia next.
Gilberto Ramirez/Tommy Karpency
In his debut fight at 175 pounds, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez stopped Tommy Karpency when Karpencys corner threw in the towel after the fourth round.
Ramirez (40-0, 26 KO’s) battered Karpency nonstop. Karpency (29-7-1, 18 KO’s) appeared to have a broken nose by Ramirez in the 2nd and a bruised left eye. Karpency kept trying to cover up but Ramirez pounded him with combinations that knocked him back repeatedly.
After the fourth round Karpency said he suffered a rib injury and his corner threw in the towel signaling the end of the bout.
Up next for Ramirez could be a title shot against Oleksandr Gvozdyk or Sergey Kovalev. Or he can return to the super middleweight division where he has not vacated his title yet.
Saturday, April 13th from Atlantic City, New Jersey
Claressa Shields/Christina Hammer
Claressa Shields unified the women’s middleweight division with an impressive 10 round unanimous decision against Christina Hammer.
Hammer started well by landing several clean shots in the 1st. Shields took the punches and calculated Hammer’s speed for the rest of the fight. Shields picked it up in the 2nd and gradually started landing right hands.
In the eighth round, Shields got Hammer along the ropes and knocked out Hammer’s mouthpiece with a series of blows.
The onslaught continued for the rest of the fight and in the end it was Shields holding all three belts in her hands and quite possibly the title of greatest (woman’s) boxer of all time.
Saturday, April 13th from Monterrey, Mexico
Jaime Munguia/Dennis Hogan
Jaime Munguia retained his junior middleweight title in a highly controversial decision victory over Dennis Hogan.
Munguia (33-0, 26 KO’s) was expected to walk through the smaller Hogan but was surprised by the Irishman’s footwork and jab. Hogan (28-2-1, 7 KO’s) controlled the fight through the first four rounds. In the fifth, Munguia started to apply pressure and Hogan began to wear down.
In the eighth, Hogan stayed in the pocket and traded punches with the much larger Mexican. In the eleventh round, Hogan blasted Munguia with an overhand right that appeared to stun him. Munguia came out firing in the 12th but couldn’t get the knockout that he may have needed had he not recieved generous scores from the judges.
Munguia hasn’t looked sharp in the last two fights which could be contributed to the weight cut he had make to get to154 pounds. Perhaps he should move up to middleweight or give Hogan the rematch he deserves.
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