After a long, entertaining day of boxing, here's a look at how some of the bigger stars in action fared in Saturday's bouts:
It was a masterful and very "Mayweather-esque" performance for the 23-year-old on Saturday night. The Cincinnati native completely dismantled the tough defending WBC lightweight champion, bit by bit, until closing the show in the eighth round. Now a two-division world champ, Broner performed like a pound-for-pound master and, best of all, still has a full career ahead of him. If the boisterous new lightweight champ keeps up this level of execution, even the most conservative of hardcore fans might gladly overlook all the silly, juvenile things he says and does.
Viloria walked away from his TKO 10 win over Hernan "Tyson" Marquez with both the WBO and WBA flyweight titles and, in doing so, became the undisputed top dog in the 112 lb. class. Scoring three knockdowns along the way, Viloria merely outclassed the game, heavy-handed Marquez en route to the title unification victory. The 31-year-old Filipino-American from Hawaii may now be on course to meet the 25-year-old offensive prodigy and reigning WBA junior flyweight champ, Nicaragua's Roman "El Chocolatito" Gonzalez.
The defending IBF super middleweight titlist did what he was supposed to do and did it quite well. He disposed of former light heavyweight world title challenger, Yusaf Mack, in brutal fashion. Not many people were giving Mack much of a chance to upset the Brit in his hometown of Nottingham (or anywhere else for that matter), but few thought that Froch would just walk right through him en route to a KO 3 victory.
How could you not give an "A" to Banks, who pulled off the major upset by stopping mega-hyped heavyweight, Seth Mitchell in the second round? Inspired by the memory of trainer, Emanuel Steward and helped by an obviously crystal-chinned Mitchell, Banks performed well above his pay grade in Saturday night's WBC semi-final eliminator. He's now one step closer to a title shot against WBC champ, Vitali Klitschko-- an odd situation since Banks is currently Wladimir Klitschko's full-time head trainer.
DeMarco was DeMarco and fought up to his level of ability. Unfortunately, he came across a supremely talented Adrien Broner who was performing at 100% capacity. The now-former WBC lightweight champ is still a dangerous opponent for anyone else at 135 lbs.
"El Chocolatito" made his fight with unknown, inexperienced Juan Estrada a lot harder than it had to be by fighting half-bored during the first half of the bout. Estrada showed himself to be solid, but the Gonzalez who has been ripping opposition apart recently should've done better. The fight was a lot closer than the fairly one-sided unanimous decision scores given (118-110, 116-112, 116-112), but Gonzales did enough to win and moves on, possibly, to a flyweight title shot against Brian Viloria.
Bellew is supposed to be a British light heavyweight prospect, just starting to reach the world class level. On Saturday, as chief support to Froch-Mack, he fought Argentine heavy bag, Roberto Bolonti-- and somehow managed to get busted up over the course of the bout. Bellew may have taken the one-sided unanimous decision, but he showed himself to be still far from world class.
"Tyson" was completely outclassed by Brian Viloria and surrendered his WBA flyweight title because of it. When he fought tentative, he was out-boxed; when he fought aggressively, he was busted up and sent to the canvas. There's no shame in losing to a better fighter. Marquez is only 24, so there's plenty of time to regroup and work on fine-tuning some technical and tactical rough spots in his game.
Like in the Chazz Witherspoon fight, Mitchell was wobbled early during Saturday night's clash with Johnathon Banks. Unlike the Chazz Witherspoon fight, Mitchell was not allowed to regroup and get himself back into the contest. Dropped three times in the second round after a do-nothing first, Mitchell was never really in the contest. The "Great Hope" of the American heavyweight scene will now go back to the drawing board.
It's hard to give any fighter an "F" -- especially if they put forth an effort in their bout. So, let's give Mack a "D-" for his one-sided loss to Carl Froch. Hurt and befuddled by the very first punches landed on him, Mack looked dead in the water thirty seconds into the contest and was never able to recover. Most thought he'd be more competitive, but as the fight progressed, it became amazing that he even lasted three rounds.
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and The Boxing Tribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing.
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