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Boxing Results Roundup: Roman-Doheny steals the weekend, Estrada beats Rungvisai, Prograis and Donaire advance in WBSS, more

It was another busy weekend in boxing, featuring both the early Fight of the Year and the early Worst Fight of the Year on back-to-back nights.

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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 few days.

Recommended Fights

If your time is super limited when it comes to watching boxing, here are a few recommendations.

  1. Daniel Roman vs TJ Doheny (Early Fight of the Year candidate)
  2. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs Juan Francisco Estrada II (Very good rematch between the super flyweight stars)
  3. Nonito Donaire vs Stephon Young (KO of the Year candidate)

You can watch all three fights any time with a subscription to DAZN.

DAZN, Inglewood, CA (Friday)

DAZN, Lafayette, LA (Saturday)

World Boxing Super Series

Showtime, Las Vegas, NV (Saturday)


ESPN+, London, England (Saturday)

Boxing at the SSE Arena Wembley Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images
  • Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois stopped Richard Lartey in the fourth round to go to 11-0 (10 KO) and potentially move on to a fight with Joe Joyce for the vacant British heavyweight title. Check out highlights. Dubois took a few shots in this one, but got through relatively painlessly all in all. He’s still coming along, but doing so nicely.
  • In addition to Dubois’ win in the main event, we also saw tune-up type victories for Jack Catterall and Sunny Edwards, plus Lerrone Richards outclassed Tommy Langford to win the Commonwealth super middleweight title, and Zak Chelli dropped and outpointed Jimmy Smith to win the Southern Area super middleweight title.

Golden Boy, Indio, CA (Thursday)

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  • Yves Ulysse Jr and Steve Claggett first met in 2017, with Claggett taking Ulysse’s “0” via split decision in Montreal, where Ulysse is based. That was an upset — Claggett came in with four losses already and was the road fighter from Calgary. They met again on Thursday night in California of all the places, and once again it was competitive, with Ulysse getting the points nod this time. Style-wise, Claggett just seems to do well with this guy, who is otherwise a fair bit higher up on the chain than Claggett. The Golden Boy DAZN feed was an absolute mess starting halfway into the fifth round, so the latter half of the fight was literally unwatchable, and for once we just mean technically speaking, not in a Rico Ramos kind of way.
  • In another rematch, bantawmeight Joshua Franco edged out a split decision win over Oscar Negrete. Their first fight in October was good, and so was this one. There’s plenty of reason they could meet again at some point, but Golden Boy migh want to try and push Franco, 23, up the ladder a little bit. It’s really too bad about the signal issue they had, because this was a good rematch, the main event was a good rematch — we should be talking about Golden Boy having put on a quality Thursday night show. And they did, but you can only see half the main event.
  • Marlen Esparza also returned to action a year after her last fight and after the birth of her first child, beating Jhosep Vizcaino by decision over eight rounds. Prospects Alexis Rocha and Anthony Reyes also picked up wins.

UFC Fight Pass, Las Vegas, NV (Thursday)

  • Another Roy Jones Jr-promoted show for UFC Fight Pass, whose boxing coverage appears to be expanding with the news that they’ll have their first world title boxing fight between Kazuto Ioka and Aston Palicte live from Japan on June 19. Here, we saw Irish middleweight Connor Coyle improve to 10-0 (3 KO) with a decision win over Robert Burwell on scores of 77-74 across the board, or five rounds to three including a knockdown in the first round. But Burwell made this a fight, and being honest, Coyle is 28 years old and still at this level. It would be a stretch to call him a prospect you need to be watching.
  • 22-year-old super featherweight Antonio Williams ended up with a disappointing drew against Eduardo Garza, but welterweight Jerrico Walton, 28, and bantamweight Rosalinda Rodriguez, 32, kept their unblemished records.

DAZN, Florence, Italy (Friday)

  • I tried to watch this show, and it’s not even to crap on the matchmaking or anything, but I had been up for dang near 30 hours, had just gotten back from seeing Avengers: Endgame when the show was starting, and I zonked right the hell out on the couch for about two hours while trying to watch it. It all went about as expected. Unbeaten cruiserweight Fabio Turchi knocked out Sami Enbom in 76 seconds in the main event, unbeaten welterweight Alessandro Riguccini stopped Ivan Alvarez at 1:40 of the first round in the co-feature. Junior middleweight Orlando Fiordigiglio had a bit more trouble with Stephen Danyo, winning on unanimous scores of 96-93. Flyweight prospect Mohammed Obbadi finished Jerson Larios in the first round, and veterans Devis Boschiero and Emanuele Blandamura won six-round snoozers against no-hopers.