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Smith Pole-Axes Fonfara in TKO Upset; Warren Regains Crown over Payano with Dominant Win

by on Jun.19, 2016, under Boxing News

By Juan C. Ayllon

Photos by Nabeel Ahmad / Premier Boxing Champions

 

Joe Smith, at left, rocks Andrzej Fanfara.

Joe Smith, at left, rocks Andrzej Fanfara.

CHICAGO, June 18, 2016 — He was a crude banger whose record was built on nobodies, in nothing towns, and across the ring was the established king — a future hall of famer — who’d battered and nearly knocked out Muhammad Ali nearly two years earlier. However, this didn’t stop a young George Foreman from bludgeoning Joe Frazier into submission that night in Kingston, Jamaica in January 1973.

Fast forward to tonight at the UIC Pavilion. Although Joe Smith, Jr. was a well decorated amateur (he won the 2008 New York Golden Gloves with a victory over Seanie Monaghan) he is no George Foreman (who won the Gold Medal at the 1968 Olympics as an amateur), but he’s a heavy handed slugger with a record of 21-1 with 17 knockouts against second rate opposition. Tonight, he’s facing Andrzej Fonfara, an established contender who dropped and went the distance in losing a decision for Adonis Stevenson’s WBC title in May 2014 and stopped the former WBC Middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in April 2015. This should be a no-brainer.

Only it’s not. (continue reading…)

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Lara Dominates Rodriguez in Marathon 12-Round Win, while Beterbiev Crushes Johnson!

by on Jun.13, 2015, under Boxing News

By Juan C. Ayllon at ringside

 

Lara, at right, slams home a right hook to the chin of Rodriguez (photo by Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions)

Lara, at right, slams home a right hook to the chin of Rodriguez (photo by Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions)

CHICAGO, June 12, 2015 — This evening’s festivities at the UIC Pavlion were unwittingly axiomatic in its selection of principals: fighting in the main event for the vacant World Boxing Association’s, the International Boxing Organization’s and the World Super Weight titles, Erislandy Lara employed a style emphasizing deft movement, minimum risk and a calculated offense, and in the co-main event, rising light heavyweight puncher Artur Beterbiev (who’s won all eight of his previous professional fights by knockout) plied an approach favoring raw, unmitigated aggression.  The former style is most famously employed by sports megastar Floyd Mayweather, Jr., whereas the latter is a lynchpin of the popularity of Gennady Golovkin, (widely regarded as the best middleweight on the planet, holding the World Boxing Association Interim World Middleweight, World Boxing Association Super Middleweight, and IBO World Middleweight titles).  Coincidentally, some say that Golovkin is on the cusp of becoming the sport’s pound-for-pound king — a status that has been widely bestowed on Mayweather in recent years.

And tonight in this, the Windy City, which worships the smash mouth football of icons like Brian Urlacher, Mike Ditka and Dick Butkus, there’s no mystery here which style is more popular. (continue reading…)

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