World Boxing: Quick Round Up!

Wednesday, 5 February 2014  |  Carl



Gennady Golovkin stops Osamanu Adamu in seven rounds. Credit to Golovkin for keeping busy but we’ve known for a while now how he fares against fringe contender types: He mashes them to pieces.
Even Matthew Macklin, a bona fide world class middleweight player, was banished inside three rounds last year. In an ideal world the likes of Sergio Martinez or Floyd Mayweather would be next. Even Felix Sturm would be preferable to Andy Lee, looking the likely next opponent for Golovkin in April. The affable and talented Irishman has done little to prove he deserves another shot since his loss to Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr. Ultimately though, Lee has shown he has the balls to face Golovkin – something sorely lacking among his 160lb rivals.

Okay, so Luis Collazo was a dangerously live underdog going into his 10-rounder with the comebacking Victor Ortiz but no-one – probably not even the fighter himself – figured he could win in two rounds.
All credit to Collazo for the victory. He has been a relevant welterweight for several years and is an exceptional fighter, but always seemed to lose the big ones, albeit sometimes unfairly. Following this success he finds himself back among the elite and that elusive world title could yet be his.
As for Ortiz, though, he looks finished at 27 after suffering his third successive loss. The latest in a long line of the gifted who could not quite fulfil their potential. His determination to come again in the aftermath is to be admired, but his oh so familiar ‘this is boxing, it’s a tough sport’ speech does little to suggest he will turn his career around.

Gary Buckland and Gavin Rees. The two Welshman gave their all in Cardiff and it looked too close to call after 12 rounds but Buckland – to the surprise of many – got the nod. But this was one of those rare bouts when a draw would have been the fairest conclusion. Fans are calling for a rematch but whether or not the battle-worn Buckland and Rees have it in them to deliver this kind of fury again remains to be seen.

Following the dormant Vitali Klitschko’s relinquishment of the WBC title, and the emergence of several young contenders seemingly willing to face each other, the heavyweight division appeared healthy for the first time in years.
But leader Wladimir Klitschko’s announcement that he will next defend against Alex Leapai seemed to snap any sense of progress. Expect plenty of ‘Buster Douglas’ and ‘42-1’ references in the lead up to the April mismatch.

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