Lightweight is on a run and news is always coming in the Sweet Science Scene

Michael Rueda

The run the sweet science has been on over the last couple of months has been great. This past weekend provided another solid group of cards. The young guns of the lightweight division were on full display and the typical news popping up. That and another round of cards this weekend.

First things first the lightweight division is on fire. One of the best fighters and youngest in the division in Devin Haney took on his toughest test in Joseph Diaz Jr. Haney came in as the favorite and he said he would show that he is a dog, and he did just that. Haney and Diaz put on a great fight with ebbs and flows of action with each taking moments of momentums.

Haney took some massive shots but used his jab and consistent body work to get the lead and hold on. The 12th round Haney seemed to be wobbled, but Haney was able to hold on and fight back to secure the victory. Haney following the match called for the new lightweight kingpin George Kambosos for a match next year.

Devin Haney lands a right hand on Joseph Diaz photo by Ed Mulholland Matchroom Boxing

The next up of the young guns was Gervonta Davis as he took on tough rugged Isaac Cruz. The match was a replacement option when Davis’ original opponent Rolando Romero was forced to withdrawal. Davis and Cruz gave a solid fight as Davis showed his all-around skill with fast hands, movement defensively and counter punching ability. Davis said he hurt his hand in round six and Cruz took his chance and made the fight close as his relentless pressure made Davis not as active as he wanted to be. Davis was given the decision victory in a close fight as Cruz felt he won, but regardless the fight was close, and the fans went home knowing the fight was good. Davis said every fighter in the division is easy work and that he is the man at 135.

Gervonta Davis landing a shot on Isaac Cruz photo by Esther Lin Showtime Boxing

The Hall of fame announced who was voted in this year. They are certified legends Roy Jones Jr., James Toney and Miguel Cotto who have no reason to be questioned. I want to congratulate these men as they all left a great mark on the sport. 

Quick Hits

  • Two big fights that were due to take place in japan have been postponed. The middleweight unification between Gennady Golovkin and Ryota Murata set for the end of December was as of now postponed following the issues with covid in Japan as they have closed their borders. Also, the 115-pound unification between Kazuto Ioka and Jerwin Ancajas was also postponed because of the same issue.
  • In a rematch in the light heavyweight division Anthony Yarde took on Lyndon Arthur and Yarde exacted his revenge. He took the matter and closed the fight in four rounds and picked up the stoppage and has placed himself in the 175 division.
  • The WBC has mandated a match between champion Tyson Fury and British rival and number one contender Dillian Whyte. They are currently in a free negotiation period and if a deal is not reached then a purse bid will be ordered. 
  • This weekend brings three major cards across the pond and here in the United States. First up from Liverpool, England on DAZN. Up and coming prospect Connor Benn puts his undefeated record on the line against veteran former champion Chris Algeri. Women’s champion Katie Taylor takes on Firuza Sharipova as Taylor puts her unified lightweight championship on the line.
  • On ESPN from New, York former lightweight king Vasilly Lomachenko takes on former champion Richard Commey. Lomachenko will look to stake his claim as the number 1 lightweight in the world as he continues to rebuild from his loss to Teofimo Lopez. Commey looks at this opportunity to lay his claim as well. 
  • On Showtime from Carson, California Nonito Donaire defends his Bantamweight title versus number one contender Reymart Gaballo. Donaire is defending his title he picked up earlier this year and Gaballo is making a big jump in competition.
  • Other fighters in action include light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol against Umar Salamov. In Dubai Sunny Edwards defends his Flyweight title against Jayson Mama. John Riel Casimero defends his bantamweight title against Paul Butler. 

Not to be a Rueda…. But

Can we please stop paying attention to things that won’t happen right away? First until Ryan Garcia steps in the ring we don’t need to hear who he will fight or when he will fight. After every card Garcia makes a tweet and gets attention, but due to injuries and mental health issues he hasn’t been in the ring since January, so until he returns don’t pay attention to a Gervonta Davis match or any other top lightweight until it’s made.

It’s not a shot at Garcia, but I’m tired of getting excited of a possible match and then have it crash down. We need to stop paying attention to when Floyd Mayweather goes off on Canelo. Mayweather has a beef with Canelo over who knows what and honestly just don’t ask questions about Canelo to him or pay attention when he randomly spouts off about him. It’s frustrating to hear him speak on Canelo when he should’ve been speaking glowingly of his fighter Gervonta Davis.