Heavy-handed Lucas Matthysse of Argentina once again showed he is perhaps the hardest puncher in boxing, pound-for-pound.
Matthysse on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City stopped Lamont Peterson of Washington D.C. in the third round of their scheduled 12-round junior welterweight fight; actually, the bout was fought at one pound over the 140-pound limit.
Matthysse (34-2, 32 KOs) decked Peterson (31-2-1) once in the second round and twice in the third, the bout being stopped at 2:14.
In the semi-main event, Devon Alexander (25-1, 14 KOs) of St. Louis stopped Lee Purdy of England after the seventh round, when Purdy’s corner would not let him answer the bell for the eighth. It was originally supposed to be a fight for Alexander’s welterweight title, but Purdy (20-4-1) did not make weight Friday, so Alexander’s belt was not on the table.
“Sugar” Shane Mosley of Pomona on Saturday won for the first time in over four years when he took a unanimous decision over Mexico’s Pablo Cesar Cano in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Mosley, 41, won by three scores of 115-113. The last time he won a fight was in January 2009 when he stopped favored Antonio Margarito in the ninth round at Staples Center. Mosley is now 47-8-1. Cano, just 23, is 26-3-1.
Lee Purdy of England was supposed to have the opportunity of a lifetime tonight – his first shot at a major world title. But he could not make the 147-pound limit at Friday’s weigh-in, coming in a pound over and still not being able to make the weight on a second try.
Purdy (20-3-1, 13 KOs) will still be allowed to fight Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs) of St. Louis, but now Alexander’s welterweight title will not be on the line.
The two will tangle at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on a Golden Boy Promotions card that will be televised by Showtime.
Just received my advance copy of “The Bite Fight,” an in depth look at the June 28, 1997 heavyweight title fight rematch between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, during which Tyson bit off a piece of Holyfield’s ear.
I haven’t read it yet, but it has several photos – most of them in color – and the foreword is by Tyson. One of his quotes in the foreword says a lot: “When I look back on my second fight with Evander, I still can’t believe that I bit his ear. I mean, what was I thinking? I wasn’t. I just reacted – and badly at that. The world would never look at me the same.”
I will be reviewing this book. Check back for that. I’m expecting a great read because of the subject and because the author, George Willis, has been a terrific boxing writer for a long time. He currently reports for the New York Post.
It’s due out in book stores in June.
It’s too early to tell what Anthony Ogogo of England might amount to as a prize-fighter. He was good as an amateur, and won a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
One thing’s for sure, the 24-year-old from Lowestoft, Suffolk, seems to have the right emotional state to succeed.
“I’ve always loved sports,” said Ogogo, who Saturday will take on Edgar Perez (5-4, 3 KOs) of Chicago in a middleweight preliminary bout at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (on Showtime Extreme). “I came across boxing when I was 12-years-old and I fell in love with it. I fell in love with the intensity and passion of it. I knew that whether I was going to be any good or not, that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, and it turned out pretty well.
“I walked into the boxing gym when I was 12. I sparred that very first day and I’ve never turned back.”
Ogogo opened his pro career with a second-round TKO of Kieron Gray on April 27 in England.
All that said, we have to think of a nickname for this guy. Anyone with a last name as cool as his deserves one. Taking suggestions.
If you have yet to catch the work of Keith “One Time” Thurman, you’ll get another chance on July 27 when the heavy-handed welterweight takes on another hard-hitter in Diego Gabriel Chaves of Argentina in an interim title fight at AT & T Center in San Antonio (on Showtime).
Thurman is 20-0 with 18 knockouts. His moniker speaks for itself. He has nine first-round knockouts, eight of them coming consecutively at the outset of his career.
“I’m looking forward to fighting for an interim title and doing it against someone like Chaves,” said Thurman, of Clearwater, Fla. “I’m not going to have to chase him or get him to fight. We’re going to battle and I’m going to be the last man standing.”
After voicing his appreciation for this fight, Chaves (22-0, 18 KOs) became patriotic.
“We’re proud people and proud fighters in Argentina,” he said, “and I’m going to show this to the world July 27.”
Mikkel Kessler won a unanimous decision over Carl “The Cobra” Froch of England in Kessler’s native Denmark in April 2010.
On May 25, the two super middleweight champions will rematch, this time from London, England in a title-unification fight that will be televised by HBO.
Froch, 35, is 30-2 with 22 knockouts. Kessler, 34, is 46-2 with 35 knockouts. Both have a loss to fellow champion Andre Ward, who is considered the best in the world at super middleweight.
Welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the highest-paid athlete in American sports for the second consecutive year, according to an Associated Press story citing Sports Illustrated as its source.
According to SI, Mayweather is expected to make $90 million this year; he made at least $32 million for his May 4 title defense against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in Las Vegas.
Coming in way behind Mayweather on SI’s annual list is LeBron James of the Miami Heat. His 2013 earnings are projected at $56,545,000, with $39 million of that coming from endorsements. Interestingly, all $90 of Mayweather’s earnings will come from boxing. Mayweather is the only athlete on the top 10 list with none of his money coming from endorsements.
Two fighters who boxed on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Robert Guerrero welterweight championship tested positive for banned substances, Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, revealed Wednesday.
Matthew Garretson, a light heavyweight from Charleston, West Virgina, tested positive for furosemide, a diuretic on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list because it can be used to mask other drugs. Garretson was stopped in the fourth round by Lannell Bellows in a preliminary.
J’Leon Love, who won a disputed split-decision over Gabriel Rosado that night, tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide, also a diuretic. Love, an up-and-coming middleweight who fights for Mayweather Promotions, is 16-0 with eight knockouts. He is from Dearborn Heights, Mich. Depending on the disciplinary action taken, the win over Rosado could be changed to a no-contest.
Kizer wrote in his email that “complaint for disciplinary action will be issued” on both fighters.
Now that criminal gun possession charges against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero have been dropped, he can begin pondering what the future holds for him following his wide decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 4 in Las Vegas.
According to a story on BoxingScene.com, Guerrero could end up taking on former welterweight champion Victor Ortiz. Like Guerrero, Ortiz is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.
“If I’m a fan, I think the most interesting fight is with Victor Ortiz – two southpaws, both from the Cali area; they both beat (Andre) Berto,” Guerrero’s co-manager, Luis DeCubas Jr., told BoxingScene.com. “Victor got knocked out by Mayweather (in the fourth round in 2011), Robert went the distance and did a lot better than him.”
Ortiz has not fought since having his jaw broken by Josesito Lopez last June at Staples Center.
DeCubas said another possibility for Guerrero is a rematch with Berto. The two tangled last November at Citizens Business Bank Arena, Guerrero winning a unanimous decision in a brutal bout.