I know. It’s a football weekend. But it’s Friday morning and you clicked on this email, so that mean’s it’s boxing time for the next few minutes! I’m pumped your here.
Anyone catch the fights last weekend? No? I got you covered.
There were a lot of fights to cover last weekend, but I’m gonna start off with my favorite one.
Jesus Rojas vs. Xu Can
(or Can Xu, surname and given name have different order in China and media has been indecisive on which to use)
An undercard fight on the DAZN show. You never know what you’re gonna get. Who is Xu Can? I had no idea. I don’t think anyone really did to be honest, not even the commentators had much intel. This was the Chinese national’s second fight in the United States. While the victor, it was a very competitive fight. Non stop back and forth beatings, incredible pacing, amazing displays of real boxing. Real defend punch, defend punch boxing, no taking rounds off. Sometimes you don’t need the superstar swag, but just two non-famous studs putting on a hell of a show. Nothing particularly spectacular other than the beauty of unrelenting competition.
The Main Event Jaime Munguia vs. Takeshi Inoue was an interesting one if you like the style match ups like I do. Jaime defended his title in a unanimous decision victory, but the shorter bull rushing Inoue had his moments too.
With over hand rights and always come forward style, he presented a stylistic test for the superior Mungia, who was able to show us that he truly is a boxer and a puncher. He’s got the vicious power, but can box too. How the hell can you beat that?!
News is that the 22 year old will make the next defense of his title in Mexico. Buddings of another young Mexican star. I looked into my crystal ball and I saw that he and Canelo will be fighting each other at 160 lbs when the money is right on a big September 16th* weekend event sometime in the future.
I don’t know, all I’m saying is if you wanna be the cool guy at the bbq, in the know, keep watching guys like Jaime Munguia (and keep reading Boxing TL;DR)
*(biggest money weekend in boxing, Mexican Independence Day for all you uncultured plebes)
That other card on Fox…
Gerald Washington vs. Adam Kownacki
Washington looked like he had no idea what he was doing. I mean, he didn’t. He stood right in and let Kownacki tee off on him without doing anything about it! I never really liked Washington and maybe it’s because he went to USC. But he definitely showed he was not at the level of now 19-0 Adam Kownacki of Poland. Gave away way too much free punishment in round 1 with out any moving of the feet, or you know responding, and then quickly into round 2 there wasn’t too much left for Kownacki to do.
In the Main Event between Keith Thurman and Josesito Lopez, Thurman came out with a victory after his almost 2 year injury layoff.
Josesito gave more than I was ready to give him credit for. I told you last week he was a real fighter, but man there where a few moments where Lopez had him. I didn’t think Thurman was going to have that much trouble with him. Keith Thurman retains his WBA title, and we will see what lays ahead for him. Still a lot of good welterweights right now that need to fight each other.
We’ll see what happens between Errol Spence Jr. and Mikey Garcia 😁…(excited emoji, if you’re not pumped for that fight yet, it’s time to start getting pumped up)
That’s about all I’m going to say for those recaps, I want to keep it short and sweet and still leave you enticed to go back and watch the highlights on the YouTube. If you don’t feel like you can catch them live all the time, I’ll screen them for you 😉.
QUICK BREAK: The podcast is really close to launch guys, I’m excited and I hope you are too. My buddy Trevor Sambrano and I will be doing a weekly show with news, commentary, and in depth interviews (not going for the generic type interviews boxers always give where they use the “royal we” too much lol) We have some great confirmed guests I’m excited to share conversations with. Stay tuned. There will be another email update to make sure everyone knows to subscribe and not miss the first episode.
I know you’ll be watching some pig skin this weekend so I won’t fight too hard for your viewing time. But there are 3 cards being broadcast, you can check out if that peaks your interest.
February 1: Rochester, N.Y. (Showtime)
- Ronald Ellis vs. DeAndre Ware, 10 rounds, super middleweights
- Thomas Mattice vs. Will Madera, 10 rounds, lightweights
Feb. 2: Frisco, Texas (ESPN/ESPN Deportes/ESPN+)
- Title fight: Eleider Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev, rematch, 12 rounds, for Alvarez’s WBO light heavyweight title
- Teofimo Lopez vs. Diego Magdaleno, 10 rounds, lightweights
- Title fight: Oscar Valdez vs. Carmine Tommasone, 12 rounds, for Valdez’s WBO featherweight title
- Title fight: Richard Commey vs. Isa Chaniev, 12 rounds, for vacant IBF lightweight title
Feb. 2: London (DAZN)
- Sergio Garcia vs. Ted Cheeseman, 12 rounds, for Garcia’s European junior middleweight title
- Jake Ball vs. Craig Richards, 10 rounds, light heavyweights
Thanks for reading folks, love you all.