Sunday, 11 November 2012

Mares Mauls Moreno - Now For Donaire

Abner Mares vs Anselmo Moreno - WBC Super Bantamweight Title

I am going to start this article with a moan. A massive moan in fact. James Jen-Kin one of the judges in the Mares-Moreno fight should be sacked right now. No messing about, SACKED. How an experienced judge can score the fight 120-106 for Mares just totally shocks me. This guy has been judging fights since the year i was born (1979 )going by boxrec records. Surely in 32 years he knows how to score a fight. Mares won every round? I'm sorry but NO. This looks like this guy has been paid (which i don't think he has) or he is just totally incompetent. I collected 34 press scores for this fight and not 1 of them had anything near the score that Jen-Kin displayed on Saturday night at the Staples Centre LA. I also collected over 50 scorecards from the boxing fans on twitter and on the numerous boxing forums I'm able to collect from and the biggest scorecards i got in favor of Mares were 117-109 and 117-110. These are not bad cards as they are only 1 round out from what many press and fans score this fight. But 120-106? No Chance.

Now onto the fight which for the first 1 or 2 rounds looked like it was going to be a messy affair with both fighters fouling and tackling each other to the canvas. Mares started like a man possessed. He went after Moreno setting a pace that the man from Panama probably has never experienced. Mares when he could tried to keep Moreno on the ropes and bash away at the WBA 118lb champions ribs. Moreno though was cute in the first few rounds as he was able to dance round the on rushing Mares landing some counter jabs and straight left hands. Mares had his first breakthrough in the 4th as for most of the round he was able to force Moreno to trade with him on the ropes. It was the type of fight Mares would need to win this fight.

The pressure continued in the 5th when near the end of the round under severe fire, Mares landed a quick straight right inside. Down went Moreno, he was hurt but luckily for him the round didn't have long left. The pro Mares crowd went crazy as in the 6th Mares continues to punish Moreno on the ropes. Body shots whacked in as Moreno covered up, Mares was in total control now as the light punching Moreno didn't have the arsenal to keep the marauding champion off him.

In the 7th the pace slowed. There was no chance Mares could have kept this up. The champion still moved forward looking for Moreno although this time he was being caught coming in with the right jab and the snappy straight left hand. Good round for Moreno keeping him in the fight. The 8th round was probably the best of the fight as both guys traded when inside. To the surprise of many watching the fight Moreno was getting the best of it landing some nice left hooks, one of them stopping Mares in his tracks. This brought Moreno even closer on my card (77-75 Mares).

The 9th and 10th rounds have went either way. Both were fighting hard although at a slower tempo. I can see how these rounds could have went to one or the other fighter though. Some fans and press liked the walk forward style of Mares, he could have won both rounds because he was the aggressor. I gave both fighters a round a piece as in the 9th i felt that Moreno was picking the now slower Mares off coming in and was matching his inside work.

Controversy reigned in the 11t as referee Raul Caiz Jnr took a point off Moreno for pushing Mares head down when inside fighting was taking place. It was a harsh call especially as Mares was guilty of more than a few low blows and was boring in with his head constantly. Wrong decision from the ref which could have caused Moreno the fight. Moreno to his credit rallied in the 11th and took a share on my scorecard 9-9.

The atmosphere was electric as the 12th round started. It had been an enjoyable fight from 2 very good champions. Mares looked tired though, his previous efforts especially in the first half of the fight seemed to take most of his energy. Moreno was now happy as he was able to catch Mares quite easily. Mares speed of foot was gone as he could only follow Moreno around the ring instead of drive him to the ropes. Moreno easily won the round as long jabs and hooks were by far the cleaner punches of the round. The final bell rang and on my scorecard i wasn't sure who had won. Below you will see my full scorecard, certainly nothing like THAT shocking 120-106 card posted by James Jen-Kin.

Fightscorecollector's Scorecard

Round 1.... 10-9 Moreno
Round 2.... 9-10 Mares
Round 3... 10-10 Draw
Round 4.... 9-10 Mares
Round 5.... 8-10 Mares...............Mares Scores Knock Down
Round 6.... 9-10 Mares
Round 7.... 10-9 Moreno
Round 8.... 10-9 Moreno
Round 9.... 10-9 Moreno
Round 10.. 9-10 Mares
Round 11... 9-9 Draw...........Point Deduction from Moreno, Moreno wins round
Round 12.. 9-10 Moreno


Judges Scores: David Sutherland (USA) 116-110 Mares
                         Marty Denkin (USA) 116-110 Mares
                        James Ken-Kin (USA) 120-106 Mares


Boxing Press and Fan Forums Scores

BoxingOpinions : 114-113 Mares

Steve Kim (Maxboxing) : 116-111 Mares

Mark Ortega (QueensburyRules) : 114-113 Mares

Michael Rosenthal (RingMagazine) : 116-110 Mares

Scott Christ (Badlefthook) : *113-113 DRAW*

Steve Zemach (QueensburyRules) : *113-113 DRAW*

Al Bernstein (Showtime) : 114-112 Mares

Steve Farhood (Showtime) : 114-112 Mares

Paulie Malignaggi (Showtime) : 114-112 Mares

Joshua McDaniel (Leaveitinthering) : 116-111 Mares

Alan Abramowitz (freelance) : *113-113 DRAW*

Ben Weisman (Boxingasylum) : 115-111 Mares

Jake Donovan (Boxingscene) : 114-112 Mares

Cliff Roid (Boxingscene) : **114-113 MORENO** : 116-111 Mares

Bernardo Osuna (ESPN) : 115-110 Mares

Billy Ferguson (UKFighthype) : *113-113 DRAW* : 116-111 Mares

Tommy Allan (Boxingasylum) : 114-112 Mares

Matthew Mojica (Fightsource) : *113-113 DRAW*

Ryan Bivins (Sweetboxing) : **114-112 Moreno**

Nigel Collins (ESPN) : 115-113 Mares

Andy Paterson (Boxingasylum) : 114-112 Mares

Steve Lillis (Boxnation) : 115-111 Mares

John Angus MacDonald (Thaboxingvoice) : 114-113 Mares

Ernest Gabion (Theboxinglab) : 114-112 Mares

Luis Sandoval (Theboxinglab) : 114-112 Mares

Paddy Cronan (Onthegrindboxing) : **114-113 Moreno** : 114-112 Mares

Mike Coppinger (USA Today) : 115-111 Mares

Ryan Burton (Theboxinglab) : 114-112 Mares

Eric Raskin (Ring Theory) : 115-111 Mares

Kieran Mulvaney (ESPN) : 116-110 Mares

Ray Markarian (Thesweetscience) : 116-110 Mares

Jenna Jay (Ontheropesboxing) : 115-111 Mares

No Holds Barred : 115-111 Mares

Cole Cristainsen (twitter fan) : 114-112 Mares (twitter fan) : **114-112 Moreno**

Per plex (twitter fan ) : 116-111 Mares

Peter Clarke (twitter fan) : *113-113 DRAW*

Jrosales13 (twitter fan) : **114-112 Moreno**

Pawel (Twitter fan) : 114-112 Mares

Chito Muniz (twitter fan) : 114-112 Mares

Saddo Boxing Forum (all for Mares) : 116-110 x2, 116-112

Boxing Asylum Forum (all fo Mares) : 116-110 x2, 114-112 x2, 114-113
                                                            *113-113 DRAW*

Fighthype Boxing Forum : 116-110 Mares

Fightjudge Boxing Forum (all for Mares) : 114-112, 116-110

Ringnews24 Boxing Forum (all for Mares) : 114-112, 115-111
                                                                      **115-111 MORENO**

Boxrec Boxing Forum (all for Mares) : 115-111 x2, 114-112, 116-110, 115-112, 117-110
                                                              **114-113 MORENO**
                                                              * 113-113 DRAW*

Eastsideboxing Forum (all for Mares) : 116-110 x3,  114-112 x2, 117-109 x2, 115-112, 115-114
                                                                114-113, 116-111
                                                               **114-113 x2 MORENO**
                                                                *113-113 x2 DRAW*

Boxingscene Forum (all for Mares) : 114-112 x3, 115-111 x2, 115-112, 117-112, 114-113, 116-110
                                                            **114-113 MORENO**
                                                             *113-113 DRAW*

Cheeckhookboxing Forum (all for Mares) : 114-112, 116-110

Theboxingpalace Forum : 115-111 Mares

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Dr Steelhammer Dominates Dr Iron Chin

Wladimir Klitschko vs Mariusz Wach - WBA, WBO, IBF Heavyweight Title

Tonight in Hamburg Germany Wladimir Klitschko was made to go the distance in a World Heavyweight Title defence for only the 3rd time as he pounded out an unanimous 12 rounds points win against over-matched but Iron Chinned Mariusz Wach. Klitschko won 35 of the 36 rounds on the judges cards, this easily showed how dominant a performance this was from the long time champ.

This was Klitschko's first fight since the death of legendary trainer Manny Steward. It was also the first time in 6 foot 6 Klitschko fought an opponent that was bigger than him. Wach Born in Poland but now fighting out of New jersey USA stood a massive 6 foot 7 and a half inches. Could Wach use his height and reach advantage to cause the upset??. NO, Wladimir took control from the first bell as he fired jab after jab at the slower Wach followed by hard right hands that were Knocking the bigger man's head back. The fight continued the same way with Klitschko moving around the ring landing at will with his jab and right hand. The only problem was that Wach was still there taking shot after shot.

Near the end of the 5th round Wach landed a huge straight right that put Wladimir to the ropes. Wach went for the kill but Wladimir showed all his experience by easily tying Wach up and seeing out the round. The crowd and the watching millions then expected Wach to go after the champion in the 6th. It wasnt the case as Dr Steelhammer came out faster landing even more jabs and straight right hands. In the 8th round Wladimir gave Wach that much of a beating it looked like American Ref Eddie Cotton might stop the fight. Wladimir battered Wach that much in round 8 that many press and fans scored the round 10-8. On my fightscorecollector card i gave Klitschko the extra point.

The 9th was a slower paced round as Wladimir probably feeling the effects of his efforts was content to jab and land the occasional straight right. Its at this point that i think Wladimir realised that Wach was not going to be stopped. Rounds 11 and 12 were mirror images as Kitschko moving around the ring well for a big guy (247lbs) landed his favorite combination , the 1-2 time after time. Wach was now a punching bag, his work rate dropping round after round. Wach in the last 2 rounds must have thrown less than 10 punches. When the final bell rang there was no doubt who the winner was. Wladimir Klitschko will now look for a viable challenger whilst Wach will probably land more big fights due to his durability.

Below is my scorecard along with all the press and fan scores i was able to collect for this fight.

Fightscorecollector's Scorecard

Round 1.... 10-9 Klitschko
Round 2.... 10-9 Klitschko
Round 3.... 10-9 Klitschko
Round 4.... 10-9 Klitschko
Round 5.... 10-9 Klitschko
Round 6.... 10-9 Klitschko
Round 7.... 10-9 Klitschko
Round 8.... 10-8 Klitschko
Round 9.... 10-9 Klitschko
Round 10.. 10-9 Klitschko
Round 11.. 10-9 Klitschko
Round 12.. 10-9 Klitschko


Judges Scores : Adalaide Byrd (USA) : 120-107 KLITSCHKO
                         Michale Ancona (USA) : 120-107 KLITSCHKO
                         Pascale Procopio (CAN) : 119-109 KLITSCHKO


Press and Boxing Forums Scores

Ritchie Woodhall (ESPN UK) 120-107 Klitschko

Ian Darke (ESPN UK) 120-107 Klitschko

EPIX TV : 120-108 Klitschko

Lem Satterfield (Ring Magazine) 120-107 Klitschko : 120-107 Klitschko

Phil D Jay (Worldboxingnews,net) 120-108 Klitschko

Scott Christ ( 120-107 Klitschko

Ryan Bivins (Sweetboxing) 120-107 Klitschko

John Chavez (Boxingtruth Radio) 120-107 Klitschko

Kevin Iole ( 120-107 Klitschko

FightGhost : 120-107 Klitschko : 120-107 Klitschko

Butch Doberman (IBRO) 120-107 Klitschko

Scott Smith (UK Fighthype) 120-109 Klitschko

Tris Dixon (BoxingNews ED) 120-107 Klitschko

Patrick Cassidy ( 119-109 Klitschko : 120-107 Klitschko

Danny Flexen (FightingFit Mag) 120-107 Klitschko

No : 120-107 Klitschko

Alan Dawson ( 120-107 Klitschko

Ryan Songalia (Freelance writer) 119-108 Klitschko

Michael Woods (The SweetScience) 120-106 Klitschko

Alex B (Twitter fan) 120-107 Klitschko

Per Plex (Twitter fan) 120-107 Klitschko

FlaviousMaximus (Twitter fan) Klitschko

Saddoboxing Forum : (all for Wlad) 120-107 x3, 119-109

BoxingAsylum Forum: (all for Wlad) 120-107 x2 , 120-108

Livefight Forum : (all for Wlad) 120-107 x2

Ringnews24 Forum : 120-107 Klitschko

Boxrec Forum : (all for Wlad) 120-107 x4

Eastsideboxing Forum : (all for Wlad) 120-107 x4, 120-106 x2

Boxingscene Forum : (all for Wlad) 120-107 x3 , 120-108 x2, 119-109

Checkhookboxing Forum : (all for Wlad) 120-108 x3, 129-107 x2

TheBoxingPalace Forum : 120-106 Klitschko

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Gavin wins British Title In A Snoozer

Junior Witter vs Frankie Gavin - British Welterweight Title

In his 13 fights previously and I'm guessing for the rest of his career, Frankie Gavin will not come across a more awkward and frustrating fighter in Junior Witter. Tonight at the famous York Hall Bethnal Green, Birmingham's Gavin ground out a 12 round unanimous decision over the former WBC lightwelterweight champion.

They say styles make fights??. Well  this fight will not be on any highlight reel although in Gavin's case it was more important to get the win, rather than look good. In fact as John Rawling mentioned on the Boxnation televised show," Does anybody look good vs Junior Witter"?.

The first 3-4 rounds were fought at a very slow pace with little or nothing landing of quality. These rounds could have went either way although on my card i had Gavin winning 3 of the first 4 rounds due to the right hook landing once in a while. Round 5 started with a double straight left from southpaw Gavin. Witter responded with his own straight left. Was it finally heating up? NO it wasn't as Gavin began to push the 38 year old Witter back but again nothing of note was really landing.

From the 7th round onwards it was all Gavin who continually pushed Witter back lunging in with crude body shots followed by the odd right hook. By this time Witter started clowning about probably knowing the fight wasn't going the way he wanted. This prompted Referee Marcus McDonnell to deduct a point in the 10th as Witter stopped the action on numerous occasions.

In possibly the last round of his career Witter danced, switched his feet constantly and basically began messing Gavin about. For some strange reason it worked as Gavin didn't land any effective punches. Witter won the round as he was able to land his jab, something that he was unable to do for the previous 11 rounds.

After 12 rounds that many would rather forget, Frankie Gavin was proclaimed the champion by the 3 judges. Gavin will now hope to more active and at 27 must be hitting the peak years in his career. Witter must now retire. I cant see many younger guys wanting to fight him due to his style. Witter has done himself proud though winning the WBC 140lb Title along with the British, European and Commonwealth straps at 140. Add another British title at 147 and you can see that Witter has had a more than decent career.

Fightscorecollector's Scorecard

Round 1.... 10-9 Witter
Round 2.... 9-10 Gavin
Round 3.... 9-10 Gavin
Round 4.... 9-10 Gavin
Round 5.... 9-10 Gavin
Round 6.... 10-10 Draw
Round 7.... 9-10 Gavin
Round 8.... 9-10 Gavin
Round 9.... 9-10 Gavin
Round 10.. 9-10 Gavin...................Witter Deducted 1 point in this round
Round 11.. 9-10 Gavin
Round 12.. 10-9 Witter


Judges Scores: Ian John Lewis - 119-109 Gavin
                        Mark Green       - 117-112 Gavin
                        Dave Parris        - 117-110 Gavin


Boxing Press and Fan Forums Scores

Steve Lillis (Boxnation) - 116-113 Gavin

FightGhost - 117-110 Gavin

Tommy Allan (BoxingAsylum) - 119-108 Gavin

Billy Ferguson (FighthypeUK) - 117-110 Gavin

John A McDonald (Thaboxingvoice) - 116-111 Gavin

Adam Abramowitz (SN Boxing) - 116-111 Gavin

Tom Gray ( - 115-112 Gavin

No Holds Barred - 116-111 Gavin

Kevin Mitchell (Guardian Newspaper) - 117-110 Gavin

Boxing Opinions - 117-112 Gavin

Phil D Jay ( 116-110 Gavin

Boxingasylum Forum (all for Gavin) 119-109, 117-110, 118-109

Livefight Forum - 118-112 Gavin

Ringnews24 Forum (all for Gavin ) 116-112 x2

Doghouseboxing Forum - 116-111 Gavin

Boxrec Forum - 116-110 Gavin

Eastsideboxing Forum (all for Gavin) 115-112 x2, 116-111 x2, 118-110, 116-112, 118-109

Checkhookboxing Forum (all for Gavin) 117-110, 118-110

Saddoboxing Forum - 117-110 Gavin