There was no shortage of action this past week as the Sweet Science excited fans with some great fights and a glimpse of the sports superstars of today and tomorrow.
- Gervonta “Tank” Davis (25-0, 24 KOs) returned to action this past Saturday and defeated Super Lightweight Mario Barrios by an 11th-round stoppage. It was a difficult fight early for Davis as he mentioned his worry about the size difference between him and his opponent. In the end, following a great fifth-round, Davis seemed to be destined to get a stoppage. However, sweet science fans left salivating over options for Davis and what fights could be next.
- Vasyl Lomachenko (15-2, 11 KOs) returned from his defeat last October with a resounding thumping of rugged and tough Masayoshi Nakatani (19-2, 13 KOs) with another stoppage in Round 9. Lomachenko wanted to make a statement and did so by being the first to stop the tough Japanese opponent. Lomachenko has now set up a possible rematch with Lightweight Kingpin Teofimo Lopez, who defeated him last year.
- WBC flyweight champion Julio Cesar “El Rey” Martinez returned to the ring with a sixth-round stoppage of countrymen Joel Cordova. The fight was a brawl from the onset and after some close rounds, Martinez began to break down Cordova and, in the sixth round, landed a barrage of punches that caused a stoppage by the referee.
Sweet Science: The buzz around the ring
- Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe made a lot of news as he downplayed any opposition from 140, namely undisputed champion Josh Taylor. Although they are great fighters, Ellerbe said they bring nothing in the sense of money for a fight. The reception was not well received on social media.
- With the last couple of weeks of multiple cards on multiple platforms, fans of the sweet science can rest this week. Chris Colbert (15-0 6 kos) takes on Tugstsogt Nyambayar (12-1 9Kos) in an Interim WBA Super Featherweight title fight. At first, Colbert took on long-faded veteran Yuriokis Gamboa and the fight received flack, but following Gamboa pulling out, this has become a better fight and option. Colbert is one of the young guns in boxing who many have their eyes on, and in Nyambayar, he should be properly tested.
I don’t mean to be Rueda…but
- Without, pardon the pun, pulling punches, I have to say the number of titles in the WBA is ridiculous. This weekend’s fight between Gervonta Davis and Mario Barrios was for the “regular” title and was billed as a title fight. Just a little over a month ago, the undisputed title was won by Josh Taylor. It makes no sense that the WBA has three titles per weight class. It impacts the casual fan and does more damage to the sport and its marketability than YouTubers do for the Sweet Science.