Sweethands wins a title, Manny fights tomorrow, a big weekend for boxing

Last week I asked you to check out Ruben Villa.  He did win his fight against a 10-0 Ruben Cervera and in doing so has improved his record to 15-0.  Bigger opportunities on the horizon for this kid.  Keep your eye out for him.

Devin Haney won in the main event of that card.
And on that Sunday night card, Caleb Plant, the challenger pulled off the win!
It really was an entertaining fight and one were the boxer and not necessarily the puncher was the one who scored the knockdowns.  Fun to watch styles clash, and see the game plan of Plant work out so well.  The more technical “Sweet Hands” Plant established himself early, and while he got ruff’d up a bit in rounds 9 and 10 by the heavier handed Jose Uzcategui, his performance early on, including knock downs in rounds 2 and 4 that came off the timing and precision of Sweethands, were enough to win him his first world title belt.
He also proposed to his girlfriend, who is a broadcast interviewer for the PBC promotion, after the fight.  A memorable night indeed.
If you didn’t catch the fight on Sunday night, catch the highlights on YouTube.  You know what to do.
This Weekend
Dude, you got kinda a lot of options to watch some boxing this weekend.  Starting with tonight…

Jan. 18: New York (DAZN)

  • Title fight: Demetrius Andrade vs. Artur Akavov, 12 rounds, for Andrade’s WBO middleweight title
  • Jorge Linares vs. Pablo Cesar Cano, 10 rounds, junior welterweights
  • Title fight: TJ Doheny vs. Ryohei Takahashi, 12 rounds, for Doheny’s IBF junior featherweight title
  • Title fight: Amanda Serrano vs. Eva Voraberger, 10 rounds, for vacant WBO women’s junior bantamweight title
Demetrius Andrade, an American Olympian, will be defending his fresh title against a Russian.  I’m gonna be honest, I don’t know anything about this Russian.  Give me a break, there’s too many right now.  I know one thing though, he’s probably a HARD son of a gun. 
And you’ll get to see Jorge Linares, one of the most fluid boxers in the world, likely put together his second win in a comeback campaign after his 2018 loss to the one and only Lomachenko. 
TJ Doheny, perhaps one of the leaders in the Irish rennesance of boxing right now, will be defending his fresh title for the first time against Ryohei Takahashi of Japan.  I don’t know what to expect out of Takahashi, who will be making his US debut. 
And in another title fight you will witness the amazing Amanda Serrano contest for another world title.  If she wins tonight, this will be here 7th weight class to win a world title in.  Oscar did 6, Manny has done 8. Pretty wild stuff. 
If you don’t have DAZN subscription but somehow have an ESPN+ subscription, you can find this card to watch tonight…

Jan. 18: Verona, N.Y. (ESPN+)

  • Bryant Jennings vs. Oscar Rivas, 12 rounds, heavyweights
  • Shakur Stevenson vs. Jessie Cris Rosales, 10 rounds, featherweights
  • Jason Sosa vs. Moises Delgadillo, 8 or 10 rounds, lightweights
Eyes on Shakur Stevenson. 
OOoh that’s only tonight, dude.  We got a big one for you tomorrow night… 
Raise your hand if you want to see Manny Pacquiao make good on his promise to knock out Adrien Broner.  I do
He’s old, I know that.  I heavily dislike Broner, you know that.  
Actually I don’t really care who you are going for in this fight but you should watch this, because Manny Pacquiao is a legend who has entertained you for years and you never know this might be the last time you get to watch him in a fight like this. 
oh… it’s PPV though… So I’m still looking for a place to watch cuz I ain’t paying $75.  Hmu if you gotta spot.  Especially if your mom made the lumpia and flan for the party, I’m there!

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