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Been a while.

Watched a card from England on Saturday on ESPN+.

The headline bout was the grudge match between Kell Brook and Amir Kahn. Lot of bad blood between the two British fighters. Brook won on a TKO in the 6th round.

Kahn tried to move and throw quick combinations, while Brook was looking to land big shots. Brook caught Kahn with a solid right hand in the 1st round that seemed to shake up Kahn. After that, the rest of the fight was Brook stalking and trying to throw haymakers, while Kahn did a lot of clinching and covering up. Kahn landed a few punches, but never did any damage.

Finally in the 6th, Brook backed up Kahn on the ropes and kept firing until the ref stopped it.

probably the best fight on the undercard was a women's event. Natasha Jonas won the WBO women's Super-Welterweight Title over Chris Namus on a 2nd-round TKO after Namus was knocked down for the 2nd time.

coming up next Saturday, it's Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall from Scotland in a junior-welterweight fight with Taylor's 4 belts on the line.
 

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oh, boy, another judging controversy.

On Saturday Josh Taylor faced Jack Catterall in Scotland. All 4 of Taylor's title belts at 140 pounds were on the line.
I watched the fight on ESPN+.

Taylor won a split decision. The CompuBox numbers had Catterall landing 120 punches to 73 for Taylor. Catterall also outworked Taylor, throwing 525 punches to 306 for Taylor. Taylor got cut over one eye and Taylor got knocked down once. The referee had some controversial rulings. He took a point away from Catterall for excessive holding, and took a point away from Taylor for a punch that came after the bell at the end of the 11th round. Several times during the fight, the referee stopped the action and admonished both fighters.

The ESPN crew didn't like the decision. Judges went 114-111 and 113-112 for Taylor. The other Judge went 113-112 for Catterall.

Taylor has talked about moving up from 140 to 147 to go after some big-money fights. based on how he looked Saturday, he might want to rethink that.
 

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Me again.

Friday night, there was a card on ESPN+ from Fresno, CA.

Headline bout at 140 lbs between two former champions in Jose Ramirez vs Jose Pedraza. Ramirez won a Unanimous decision - all 3 judges scoring the fight 116-112. I can't argue with the decision. Ramirez was generally more aggressive and landed the more solid shots. Pedraza tried to counter-punch and and some good moments, but not enough of them. If Josh Taylor moves up to 147, Ramirez will be in line for a possible title bout at 140.

on the undercard, Gabe Flores Jr squeaked out a majority decision over Abe Montoya at 130 pounds. One judge had it a draw, but the other two judges had it 96-94 for Flores. Flores had some good moments, but he got hit a lot. After the fight, Flores and his dad/manager indicated he will move up to 135 because he's struggled to make weight at 130.

best fight of the night was Joet Gonzales wining by TKO over Jeo Santisima in the 9th round at 126.

And then there was a clown show. Richard Torrez, Jr - USA Silver-medalist at the last Olympics, made his pro debut at Heavyweight against Alan Melson, aka Bozo. there was more holding and pushing than punching, along with some head butts. Torrez won by TKO in the 2nd round when Melson was hit with a not-so-solid punch and decided to stay down.......
 

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So, I was too cheap to pay for the PPV for the Tyson Fury fight Saturday with Dillian Whyte. From what I read, Fury controlled the fight. Whyte might have won one round, but Fury outpunched him by a wide margin. ended it on a TKO in the 6th. Fury knocked Whyte down with an uppercut. Whyte beat the 10-count, but he was wobbly and lost his balance, so the ref waived it off.

Fury is making a lot of noise about retiring. we'll see what happens. from what I could tell, the undercard was fairly underwhelming.

Next Saturday, Shakur Stevenson goes up against Oscar Valdez with 2 Junior Lightweight title belts on the line.
 

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Fight card Saturday night (Apr 30) from Vegas.

Headline bout - Shakur Stevenson wins WBO & WBC Junior Lightweight titles with Unanimous Decision over Oscar Valdez. Stevenson controlled fight, with one knockdown. Valdez won 1 round on 1 scorecard and 2 rounds on the other two judges' cards.

on the undercard:
Keyshawn Davis wins a lightweight bout on 6th round TKO over Esteban Sanchez. Davis pounded Sanchez until the ref stepped in to stop it. Davis now 5-0 and a fighter to watch.

Nico Ali Walsh had possibly the most impressive fight of his young career at middleweight, winning on a huge 1st round KO of Alejandro Ibarra. Ali Walsh definitely showing improved boxing skills, and he has a big right hand.

preliminary fights:
Raymond Muratalla def. Jeremy Hill by KO - Lightweight - impressive win
Andres Cortes def. Alexis del Bosque by TKO - Junior Lightweight
Troy Isley def. Anthony Hannah by TKO - Middleweight
Abdullah Mason def. Luciano Ramos by TKO - Lightweight - Mason is a fighter to watch
Antoine Cobb vs. Jaylan Phillips – majority draw - Junior Welterweight (bad judging - Phillips won the fight)


Coming up - May 7, Canelo Alvarez fights for a Light heavyweight title.
May 14 - Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano for the Unified Junior Middleweight title
 





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