We had a couple solids fights this weekend in the wild and wacky world of Boxing. DAZN continued their streak of showcasing great fighters but not great fights, and over on FOX the PBC had to sweat out another close call for on of their A-Side Fighters. Here is my recap of all that went on inside the squared circle on Saturday.
Saturday March 9 – DAZN
* The first title fight we had on Saturday was for Maurice Hooker’s WBO Junior Welterweight Title. He defended against little known Mikkel Lespierre and dominated pretty much the whole time. He seemed to win every round and looks ready to fight the best in the division: Regis Prograis, Josh Taylor, Ivan Baranchyk, and Jose Ramirez. He struggles to get to the weight though and looks extremely skinny when he fights, so he might be better suited moving up 7 pounds.
* The Main Event was another defense for Dimitry Bivol of his WBA Light Heavyweight Title. He did what he normally does which was outbox an over matched opponent and basically shut him out over twelve rounds. He might not be the best TV fighter but he will be tough to beat for anyone from 168-175. I hope he finds his way into a bigger fight very soon.
*Keep an eye out for Israil Madrimov, he looks every bit like the top propect he is touted to be.
*Highlights of the card can be found here.
Saturday March 9 – Fox
*Efe Ajagba is still known as the guy who Curtis Harper walked out of the ring against, however the Nigerian Olympian is starting to make a name for himself at 9-0 every fight being a KO or DQ (LOL Curtis). Ajagba destroyed Amir Mansour and now will fight on the Deontay Wilder undercard on May 18 hoping for better competition.
*Highlights of the destruction are here.
*The Main Event was the first defense of Shawn Porter’s WBC Welterweight Title, and he defended against Cuban Yordenis Ugas. Ugas was aggressive but did not throw a ton, and Porter abandoned his usual style and became a step back boxer. So the styles did not really mesh to make this a great fight. This was an extremely close fight and there may have been a knockdown taken away from ugas in the 12th round….
Still though it was a very close fight and Shawn Porter pulled out the split decision by the skin of his teeth. Next up for Shawn hopefully is a Unification fight in a rematch Keith Thurman the WBA and former WBC title holder.
*Highlights of the fight can be found here.
Another fun weekend, but coming up we have Fox’s first Pay Per View with a fight between IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence and 4 division titleholder Mikey Garcia. Be on the lookout for that preview this week!
*My Pound for Pound list can be found here.