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Roy Jones Jr vs Pawel Glazewski
Atlas Arena, Lodz, Poland - Late replacement Pawel Glazewski (17-1, 4KOs) came close to getting the biggest win of his undefeated career, but fell short with a ten round split decision loss to former four division world champion Roy Jones Jr. (56-8, 40KOs). The scores were 95-94 for Glazewski and 96-93 and 96-94 for Jones.
The 43-year-old Jones had a pre-fight agreement to face WBC champion Krzysztof "Diablo" Włodarczyk in the fall. The 29-year-old boxer Glazewski, who campaigns as a light heavyweight and took the fight with Jones a week ago when original opponent Dawid Kostecki fell out, was alot busier in the fight and made Jones look very old before the Polish crowd. Jones was dropped in the sixth by winging hook and his corner was pressing him to pick up the pace in the second half of the bout.
WBC #9 light heavyweight Glazewski, by no way a world-beater, was faster than Jones Jr. and landed heavier blows in the first three rounds. Roy's reflexes just weren't in place, he was missing his punches and he ate some well-placed and pretty hard blows in exchanges. Glazewski pressed the action, played the aggressor and was putting his punches together very well.
Jones experienced a short revival in rounds four and five by showing glimpses of his former greatness. He landed several combinations right on the Pole's chin and he dug deep into his body with wicked blows. Glazewski was forced to move backwards, losing points, and didn't look very good. Jones looked like a winner in these rounds but he quickly got tired in the rounds that followed and didn't have enough gas left in the tank to continue his tricks.
A major change shook the crowd in the sixth. Roy started it well but than Glazewski landed a major left hook flush on Jones' chin. Roy went down hard, shook his head, gave a grin and... was never the same again. The end of the round was in Pawel's favor, and so was the rest of the fight. From round seven Jones has concentrated on survival. He was often pinned to the ropes, took punishment and hardly delivered anything of note to his onrushing opponent. In round seven he was hit hard before the bell and came back to his corner on unsteady legs.
In round eight he was pressed hard at the ropes, and this pattern was repeated a round after. Glazewski, a former BBU International champion, was also the aggressor in the tenth and final round, and he can be very proud of his ring actitivities.
"I'll come back", said Jones Jr. afterwards in a post-fight quickie. "This kid is a good fighter, and his future is great but I won the first four rounds of the bout easily."
Jones is just painful to watch thes days, if I had a penny for every time I hear "Jones shown glimpses of his former glory"...
Cory Spinks vs Cornelius Bundrage
It wasn't as one-sided as last time, but the result was the same, with Cornelius Bundrage recording a another TKO victory over Cory Spinks. Bundrage dropped Spinks hard in the opening round with an over-hand right, though struggled through several messy rounds, before breaking through again in the seventh to record the stoppage.
Spinks had managed to work his way back into the fight after the early trip to the canvas, frustrating Bundrage by initiating a number of clinches, while scoring with his jab and the occasional left hand. Spinks also held his own in the frequent wrestling sessions, with Referee Ray Corona instructing the fighters to work their way out of the clinches, rather than constantly resetting the action.
Bundrage, who suffered a cut eye after a clash of heads in the third round, was on the receiving end of a few stern scolding from Emanuel Steward in the corner, though kept it together, and secured the victory in the seventh round. Closing the distance with a couple of jabs, Bundrage sent Spinks crashing backward to the canvas along the ropes with a hard right hand. Spinks was up at nine, though never had his legs back. Another right hand sent him down shortly after, and after a frantic minute, that saw Spinks get drilled low, and slip down to the canvas twice, yet another knockdown saw Corona call a halt to the action. The time was 2:32.
After the bout, Bundrage expressed an interest in the September 15th date against Saul Alvarez. "We want Canelo." Bundrage told Showtime's Steve Farhood. "He's a fighter, I'm a fighter. Let's get it on."
Canelo vs Cornelius Bundrage? I could go for that, sure better than an aging Mosely...Cotto could work too. Although Cotto is eyeing up 160lb WBO Interim Champion Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam (27-0, 17 KOs) as he looks to become the first Puerto Rican to become Champion in four different weight classes.
Enzo Maccerinelli vacated his British Cruiserweight Title with a "training injury" heading into a rematch with Shane McPhilbin. I'm a BIG Enzo fan, but his win was laughable at best. It actually scares me a little to see this guy continue fighting, from World Champion to almost getting KO'd in the 1st round for a British title?!!!
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