Boxing Recap: Spence is the Truth, Roman underrated, Manny Robles BIG WIN
Errol Spence is SOLID
IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr made his second title defense of his title in his home state of Texas, Frisco, Texas to be exact against Carlos Ocampo, whom he stopped in one round. It doesn’t take a boxing genius to understand Spence Jr’s nickname, “The Truth” is well deserved as he is one of the most talented fighters in the sport and one that boxing trainers have confided in me for years as being the future of boxing.
Spence, who had a homecoming on Showtime, displayed as much of skills as possible in one round of action as he stopped Ocampo in the last second of the first-round. Spence Jr. is truly a staggering talent in the sport of boxing and one we hope fights Terence Crawford in the near future.
Danny Roman = underrated
The very likable and humble WBA super bantamweight champion Danny Roman defended his title over Texan Moises Flores in his opponent’s hometown. Roman is one of the best fighters in the world, but criminally overlooked probably, because of his soft-spoken demeanor and being with a smaller promoter in Thompson Boxing Promotions, but even then it is a shame that one of the best American champions is getting criminally neglected by fans.
Roman will now look to unify against the fellow champions of the division as he has spent his entire championship run on the road against tough opposition, I hope he gets a hometown defense in the Ontario, California area in the near future.
Fortuna, Granados ugly
A battle of veterans between Javier Fortuna and Adrian Granados, which was a battle between two fighters looking to get a big opportunity turned into an ugly no-contest as Fortuna who had the early edge in the bout fell out of the ring and split his open, causing the bout to end in the third round.
The bout should bring to light some policies around best-protecting fighters at ringside in the future, such as padding around the ring or on the floor if possible, but the sad truth is sometimes accidents happen and this bout was overshadowed by an accident in which two fighters with not the prettiest styles, created a bout with not the prettiest outcome.
On the undercard Yordenis Ugas, the number one contender for the IBF welterweight championship picked up a second-round knockout. Ugas is the mandatory for Errol Spence Jr.
Robles shocks Valerio
In a terrific bout, featherweight Manny Robles III shocked a lot of onlookers as he beat the favored fighter Edgar Valerio by way of ninth-round technical knockout. Robles had the speed and skill advantage over Valerio as he boxed his way to healthy lead, even dropping Valerio in the process, Valerio was valiant and fought his heart out, but couldn’t land a shot that changed the fight. In the end, a tired Valerio sat on the ropes for far too long after getting dropped in the ninth round only for the referee to step in and stop it.
Very likable lightweight Mercito Gesta was pushed to limit as fought to a near stalemate edging a majority decision over Robert Manzanarez on Golden Boy Promotions main event on their Thursday night ESPN2 card from Indio, Ca. Manzanerez pressed the action, but Gesta appeared to be more accurate, neither took over the fight leading to confusion at the end as a majority decision was the outcome.
Fun UK heavyweight picked-up a quick first-round knockout continuing his trend of being a beloved fighter to those who are paying for parking by the hour as Joyce, a bruising banger is an enjoyable watch, who will be around for years to come.
Former lightweight world challenger Jose Zepeda picked up a fifth-round KO in Mexico to claim a form of the WBA lightweight title. Zepeda has been rebuilding since losing his world title fight to Terry Flanagan.
Angel Acosta wins world title on iPPV
WBO light flyweight world title has a new home as Angel Acosta now hold the belt after stopping Carlos Buitrago in the twelfth and final round of their bout in Puerto Rico for the world title. Acosta fought the bout on iPPV for fans of his wanting to see the bout.
Mijares stopped in final bout
We reported months ago, Cristian Mijares would more than likely retire and well we were wrong. Mijares got knocked out in the third round of his scheduled ten-rounder against Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. We hope this time Mijares stops as he should, he has nothing more to prove.
Former cruiserweight world champion Marco Huck made his heavyweight debut over the weekend picking up a fourth-round knockout. Huck will be undersized compared to the 6’7” heavyweights in the modern era, but potentially his speed and skill might save him and help him win a big fight.
Josh Kelly, Ricky Burns results
Bluechip prospect Josh Kelly continues to impress on his expedited path to a title as he pickeseventh-roundh round technical stoppage as Kelly was scheduled to go twelve rounds in only his sixth fight.
The likable two-division world champion Ricky Burns picked up a technical knockout on the undercard, which also was a six-round bout, which is a bit bizarre for a former world champion to only be fighting in a six-round bout.