A lot went down this weekend in boxing, and you probably missed at least some of it. So here’s a quick-and-dirty recap of the fights we saw the past couple of days.
ESPN PPV, New York, NY (Saturday)
- The big fight of the weekend was Terence Crawford vs Amir Khan, as ESPN entered the boxing pay-per-view game. Last fight we watched, weirdest ending, no doubt, as Crawford hit Khan with an accidental low blow in round seven, which was followed by Khan’s corner pulling him from the fight, resulting in a TKO-6 win for Crawford, who retains his WBO welterweight title. To say the crowd at Madison Square Garden was displeased would be something of an understatement.
- Hotshot prospects were featured on the undercard, and both lightweight Teofimo Lopez and featherweight Shakur Stevenson did their jobs. Lopez stopped Edis Tatli in the fifth round on a body shot, while Stevenson dominated Christopher Diaz over 10 rounds.
- A guy who once was a hotshot prospect, lightweight Felix Verdejo, also fought on the pay-per-view, attempting to get his career back on track. Reviews of his performance were mixed, but Verdejo outpointed Bryan Vasquez.
- Prelim action: Susan Sarandon’s very good friend Frank Galarza was stopped by Carlos Adames in the fourth round, and Edgar Berlanga, Vikas Krishan, and Larry Fryers also picked up wins. Tim Bradley and Bernardo Osunda did not like Krishan.
FOX, Carson, CA (Saturday)
- Competing with a PPV, even one as heavily-criticized as Crawford-Khan, is not easy, but PBC was back on FOX on Saturday with its own welterweight main event, Danny Garcia vs Adrian Granados. Granados had never been stopped, but Garcia put it on him, dropping Granados repeatedly before the fight was stopped in the seventh round.
- Heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr had spent his entire career with Top Rank, but made his PBC debut a good one, forcing Alexander Dimitrenko to quit after five rounds.
- Brandon Figueroa stayed unbeaten and grabbed the WBA interim title at 122 pounds, with Yonfrez Parejo quitting after eight rounds.
- FS1 ran fights after the FOX card, but admittedly, we missed them. Well, I had the TV on still, so I glanced over here and there to see the crowd dwindle down to dozens by the end, but I was focused on the pay-per-view show. Jeison Rosario beat Jorge Cota by 10-round split decision; Alfredo Angulo knocked out Evert Bravo in the second round; Karlos Balderas knocked out Luis May in the fourth; and Omar Juarez won a four-round decision over Dwayne Bonds.
- Totally off of television, John Riel Casimero knocked out Ricardo Espinoza to win the interim WBO bantamweight title. Espinoza was down in the sixth and 12th rounds, and was stopped standing. Scores at the time of stoppage were 105-103 Casimero, 105-103 Espinoza, and 104-104. Sounds like maybe it should have been televised.
DAZN, London, England (Saturday)
- A true fan favorite, heavyweight Dave Allen, got the big main event win at the O2 Arena, knocking out Lucas Browne with a nasty body shot in the third round. The 27-year-old “White Rhino” had always come up short against bigger-name opponents, and he wasn’t delusional about where Browne, at 40, is at in his career, but it was just a nice thing to see Allen win in a main event. There’s talk of him facing David Price next.
- Basically the exact opposite of that fight was the Dereck Chisora-Senad Gashi co-feature, a 10-round turd that by the ended sounded as though it were taking place in a library. Chisora won by clear decision as Gashi spent most of the fight refusing to engage.
- Welterweight prospect Josh Kelly perhaps opened up more questions than he gave answers, outclassing and putting Przemyslaw Runowski down three times en route to the decision win, but doing so with the sort of style that makes you think he might get goomed when he steps up.
- Joe Cordina added the British lightweight title to his Commonwealth belt, taking Andy Townend apart and stopping him in six. Of all the prospects in action this week, Cordina’s performance was as impressive as any of them.
- Conor Benn got back in there and took a decision over Josef Zahradnik. The second-generation welterweight has battled various injuries in his young career.
- Nikita Ababiy won and danced poorly, while Shannon Courtenay won and didn’t dance at all. It’s really crazy the differences we have as people.
Thompson Boxing, Ontario, CA (Friday)
- Me and a couple other dudes watched some fights from a DoubleTree Hotel on Friday evening, with featherweight Erick Ituarte beating tough journeyman Jose Estrella in the main event. It was an enjoyable show if you don’t need everything you watch to be elite level boxing, or at least what you perceive to be elite level boxing.