Sweet Science Scene: YouTuber Paul wins again and the WBA moves on reducing number of belts

Michael Rueda
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Jun 3, 2021; Miami Beach, Florida, USA; YouTube star Jake Paul looks on at World Famous 5th St. Gym. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

It’s another week and another update in the Sweet Science Scene. Who says there is no Sweet Science news when there isn’t a full fight weekend?

This week with only the Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley event, there has been a good trickle of news. In the world of the Sweet Science, there is never a dull moment, week, or month.

This past Sunday, from Cleveland, Ohio, YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul (4-0, 3 KOs) had his toughest pro match thus far facing MMA veteran and longtime UFC champion, Tyron Woodley (0-1) in the main event of a Showtime pay-per-view. We finally witnessed Jake Paul get pushed as he had to go the distance in this fight.

Paul was given the fight by split decision with the scores going his way 78-74, 77-75, while Woodley was given one score of 77-75. The fight created a big buzz on the Sweet Science scene and Paul was rocked but earned the victory. Paul said following the fight that he will take a bit of a break and think through his next steps.

The biggest winner on the card wasn’t Paul; it was undefeated junior welterweight contender Montana Love who put on a dazzling performance against former champion Ivan Baranchyk. In a competitive match, where both fighters were stunned and wobbled, Love came out on top. Love (16-0-1, 8 KOs) caught Baranchyk (20-3, 13 KOs) with an uppercut at the end of round seven, leading to a corner stoppage even though Baranchyk beat the count.

The performance marked Love’s presence and made him a legit contender. Other winners on the card were Amanda Serrano, Daniel Dubois, Tommy Fury, and undefeated junior middleweight contender Charles Conwell to wrap up the only big event of the Sweet Science weekend.

Sweet Science Scene Quick Hits

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Gervonta Davis
  • With the WBA saying they’re going to reduce the belts in the Sweet Science, many knew some fighters may vacate. Gervonta Davis who held a 130 lb. title vacated his version and Roger Gutierrez and Chris Colbert were ordered to fight. Davis will fight one more time before having to pick if he will campaign at 135 or 140 going forward.
  • Following their reductions in titles again, the WBA ordered a fight between newly crowned regular champion Leigh Wood and interim champion Michael Conlan. If a deal isn’t reached by September 27th, then a purse bid will be ordered. The winner then be ordered to face Leo Santa Cruz.
  • Budding Star Jarron “Boots” Ennis has agreed to face off with veteran Thomas Dulorme on Showtime Boxing. Ennis is coming off a stoppage victory of Sergey Lipinets. In Dulorme he will take on a tough veteran in Dulorme who has always been in contention, but never passed the line to cross over. Ennis is high on the list of the next greats in boxing, and he will get another chance to impress.
  • Featherweight champion Emanuel Navarrete will face contender Joet Gonzalez October 16th on an ESPN+ card. It will be the second chance for Gonzalez to become a champion while it will be the second defense for Navarrete. It’s a good match up and another chance for both fighters to show case something in this crazy year.
  • The David Benavidez vs. Jose Uzcategui fight has been rescheduled for November 13th. The fight was originally supposed to take place August 28th, but Benavidez tested positive for Covid. With the fight going on November 13th, it will be one week after Canelo vs. Plant which could be bringing in the future opponent should Benavidez win.
  • Oscar Valdez tested positive for a banned substance Phentermine – a central nervous stimulant. It’s used to assist in weight loss and helps burn calories. It had been reported previously that it was a diuretic which we know can be used for other things. Both products are banned but have very different uses. As of now, the card is in question while the “B” sample is tested and reviewed. He was due to face Robson Conceicao September 18th and now we will wait to see if it proceeds.

Not to be Rueda…but

A please to fellow boxing media: please have the right information before reporting on it. Oscar Valdez tested positive for a weight loss supplement, but it was reported as a diuretic and as soon as that was posted social media ran with it. It quickly went with he had been juicing and how long could he have been doing this.

Then other Sweet Science reporters posted about it as well, making you wonder how long he has been on it. Many reporters talked about it, ran with the story, said similar accusations, and tried to present it as facts. Later, the substance was Phentermine, a stimulant used for rapid weight loss, but not the same as the drug to mask as a diuretic. As boxing media, it must always be reported correctly and quit worrying about being first or anything. It needs to be correct. Issues with the sport nowadays is media always trying to be first, then correct, and it needs to be worked on quickly.