Boxing Recap 5/4

Another fun weekend of Boxing for Cinco De Mayo all over the country. Knockouts galore on ESPN+, and a continued path to greatness on DAZN. Here is my recap of all the action from the squared circle this weekend.

Saturday May 4 – ESPN+

The card in Stockton, CA started with Jerwin Ancajas defending his IBF Super Flyweight title against Ruichi Funai for the 7th time by the fight mercifully being stopped in the 7th round. Ancajas beat the hell out of him each round, leaving Funai in a trail of blood. It is clear Ancajas needs to step up his competition or his division.

*Highlights of the bludgeoning can be found here.

The co main event had another major prospect, Gabriel Flores Jr. showing off his skills in front of his hometown crowd. Eduardo Reis never stood a chance and Flores floored him in the 3rd round. He looks like a great prospect, but he is still raw so Top Rank needs to take it slow with him.

*Highlights of the fight can be found here.

The main event was the second defense for Artur Beterbiev’s IBF 175 lb. title. He knocked out Hot Rod Kalajdzic in the 5th round after dropping him 3 times. He looks like a beast and is read for the big dogs at 175. Kovalev, Gvozdyk, Bivol, Ramirez are all great names and I hope ESPN starts to put these fights together.

*Highlights of the bout can be found here.

Saturday May 4 – DAZN

The first exciting fight on this card was the Co-Main event featuring red hot prospect Vergil Ortiz. He fought tough veteran Mauricio Herrera and looked ready for the big time while knocking Herrera out in the 3rd round. He is ready to take on the best fighters at 140 and 147 lbs. I truly believe that.

*Highlights of the knockout can be found here.

The Main Event of the weekend was the Middleweight Unification fight between WBA and WBC Champion Canelo Alvarez vs IBF Champion Daniel Jacobs. This was the best on paper match up of the year and it turned out to be a pretty solid fight. Both fighters were tentative at first with Canelo being a little more accurate. Jacobs inexplicably switched form Lefty to Righty and back multiple times and it seemed to not make the most of his abilities. Slowly but surely it felt like Canelo was banking rounds and soon had an insurmountable lead. I had it 116-112 on my cards and that was closer than it could have been.

Canelo looked incredible and will be extremely hard to beat by anyone at 160 and 168. He is a special fighter and is worthy of being the biggest star in the world.


*Highlights of the fight can be found here.

*My pound for pound list can be found here.



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