||04-01-2012 01:45 PM
Weekend Boxing RoundUp
Courtesy of Bad Left Hook-
Sergio Thompson TKO-2 Jorge Linares: The finish here wasn't completely conclusive, as Thompson (22-2, 20 KO) floored Linares, but it wasn't terribly hard. A bad cut opened up, which caused the doctor to stop the fight. Linares (31-3, 20 KO) didn't seem infuriated or anything, though. I don't know, the way it was going, it seemed inevitable that Thompson was going to find him at some point again anyway. Linares, 26, has a world of talent, but I'm going to go out on the limb now and say it's just not happening. However I won't be 100% stunned if they book the DeMarco-Linares rematch anyway, which was set for July 7.
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Kelly Pavlik TKO-2 Aaron Jaco: Pavlik (38-2, 31 KO) gets back into the mix with this win, but we still have to find out if he's going to campaign at 168 or try to move back down to 160. Jaco took a knee late in the first and was stopped in two with no trouble.
Evgency Gradovich KO-10 Francisco Leal: Leal is no pushover, so this is a good win for prospect Gradovich (13-0, 7 KO), a 25-year-old featherweight training with Robert Garcia, nicknamed "The Mexican Russian." Reports are that it was a good action fight. Leal was knocked out hard in the 10th, and taken out on a stretcher, but reportedly had consciousness and was responding.
Arthur Abraham UD-12 Piotr Wilczewski: Decent win for Abraham, as he widely outpoints former Euro champ Wilczewski (119-108, 118-109, 118-109) to win the WBO European super middleweight belt, which puts him in line, in theory, for a shot at the Stieglitz vs Groves winner, which would make sense for everyone. The WBO title scene is that step back from the real elite of the division, and they seem to be prepared to keep it that way. Abraham is now 34-3 (27 KO), while Wilczewski slips to 30-3 (10 KO), with his second loss in three fights.
Eduard Gutknecht SD-12 Tony Averlant: Gutknecht retains his Euro light heavyweight belt with the tight win over Averlant (17-6-2, 4 KO). Gutknecht is not ready for prime time, probably, but he's still a lot better than, say, the guys Nathan Cleverly fights.
Matuesz Masternak TKO-10 Felipe Romero: Another safe fight win for Masternak (26-0, 20 KO), a Polish cruiserweight prospect. He's only 24, so he's got plenty of time, and they're playing it cool so far. Romero (15-5-1, 10 KO) was coming off of two wins over faded Julio Cesar Gonzalez, plus a win at heavyweight over Saul Montana.
Stoked to see Pavlik and Abaham back on form (of sorts). People online have been knocking Pavlik's level of opponent, but you can't expect a man to come off of rehab and put him in there with the world's finest straight away. Good hooks from him, hope he takes a step up and gets a bit more regular with his fights.
Abraham seems to be stepping up his agression, hope he now found he can't be passive or he'll get Ward/Dirrell/Froch'ed all over again. I still feel he's too small for Super-MW and should get his ass back down to MW as he'd fit in just right with increased aggression.
Linhares was a shocker, the kid has so much going for him but got a couple of bad breaks, time will tell on whether he can string anything significant together, but he could still be a good one to keep an eye on.