Sweet Science Scene: Boxing does not stop

Michael Rueda

The sweet Science Scene is back after another eventful weekend. The lightweight division stayed on the forefront with former champions doing battle. The fighter who is landing haymakers on father time is still going forward and one of the best women’s fighters continues to win. We also may have officially placed a prospect on the contender list following a huge knockout.

Vasiliy Lomachenko has been coming back from his loss to Teofimo Lopez and has won his two fights since. In this matchup, he took on former champion Richard Commey in a matchup to try and place themselves back in title contention. Lomachenko after a slow first round picked up the pace and began to work the head and body and he was picking up rounds.

Commey was throwing and working but wasn’t causing many issues to Lomachenko. The action was good even if it was a one-sided fight. Lomachenko had his moment to make a big statement as he dropped Commey with a left hook. Lomachenko started to swing his arm to Commey’s corner as he asked them to stop the fight. The corner didn’t stop the fight and they went all 12. Lomachenko won the fight clearly but didn’t close the show and many wonder if he now is lacking the killer instinct. Lomachenko did call for newly minted unified champion George Kambosos.

Nonito Donaire has been living a resurgence in his second run as bantamweight champion. After picking up a title over the summer Donaire made his first title defense against countrymen Reymart Gaballo. An exciting early going as both fighters exchanged early on and had fans in attendance excited.

Donaire even through the exchanges was getting the best of them and in round four landed a devasting left hand to the body that sent Gaballo to the canvas. Gaballo rose to his feet momentarily and dropped back down as the punch was too much. Donaire said he only wants the biggest fight and to challenge the best. With the win, Donaire continues his impressive run and places himself in a position to get that big unification up next.

Quick hits

  • A knockout of the year contender came in the form of Connor Benn against Chris Algieri. A fight that Benn was winning early on that included a knockdown. In round 4 Benn landed a perfectly placed 1-2 that had Algieri fall face first and cemented Benn as a legit fighter. He asked for a fight with former multi-time champion Adrien Broner. Katie Taylor also defended her titles as part of the undercard.
  • Japanese pound for pound stalwart Naoya Inoue defended his titles early Tuesday morning in the U.S. primetime across the globe against Aran Dipaen. The match was a mismatch as Inoue was levels above and just broke Dipaen until the fight was over in eight. I hope Inoue gets a big fight next year and gets a chance to unify or has a shot as undisputed.
  • French Heavyweight prospect Tony Yoka takes on veteran Martin Bakole. This is a good step up for Yoka who has been brought along slowly and this fight should help his career if he wins.
  • Keith Thurman will return to the ring and take on Mario Barrios. The matchup is a solid match-up, but the issue here is that it is being placed on PPV. The matchup is a solid fight especially coming back from a 2.5-year layoff.
  • Match-ups this weekend begin first with an ESPN plus card as Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne in a match that has picked up intrigue and many believe Browne can spring the upset.
  • DAZN will carry two cards first one will be a junior middleweight title eliminator between Michel Soro and Israil Madrimov in a very good match-up.
  • The second card on DAZN will be between Gilberto Ramirez as he takes on Yunieski Gonzalez in a light heavyweight eliminator as the winner will take on Dmitry Bivol.
  • PBC will have a card headlined by David Morrell Jr. and Alantez Fox in a super middleweight fight.
  • Showtime PPV will have the rematch between Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley. Women’s legend Amanda Serrano will take on Miriam Gutierrez.

Not to be a Rueda…but

Boxing: Davis vs Fonseca
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I’m tired of fans and media evenly speaking on Pay Per view numbers. Unless you get a percentage of the cut then whatever the number is shouldn’t matter to you. There has been much discussion of Gervonta Davis, and Isaac Cruz, and their fight numbers have not been released.

It should be released, but who cares unless you have a vested interest with money in the fight. The constant bickering back and forth over the numbers from fans makes no sense. I get people trying to discredit fighters as stars, but it makes no sense to bicker over it. Whoever paid for it was entertained and if you didn’t then oh well, but letting it affect you to where you argue with each other on social media is embarrassing, do better.