Boxing

Boxing

Fighting for the first time in 15 months, former welterweight world title holder Victor Ortiz (32-6-2, 25 KOs) destroyed journeyman Saul Corral (25-10, 16 KOs) in the 4th round of a scheduled 10 round fight on Sunday night on Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 at the Robobank Theater in Bakersfield, California.

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Garcia (37-0, 30 Kos) won a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision victory over a weight drained looking former four division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-3, 24 KOs) on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Garcia, 29, appeared to win every round. The judges scored the fight 116-112, 117-111 and 116-112. Boxing News 24 scored it 120-108 for Mikey. The only round in which Broner fought well enough to possibly win was round 10. Even in that round, Garcia landed the heavier shots and got the better of Broner.

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There’s something painful about watching a boxer fight long past their prime, but it’s also many times inevitable. Money doesn’t grow on trees and fighters fight until they can’t anymore. Sometimes they go out on their shield figuratively, and sometimes, like Bernard Hopkins, they literally go out on their head.

Seeing a great fighter get worked over by someone he would have beat in his prime recalls Rose Louis’s comments about watching her husband Joe wrestling. “It was like seeing President Eisenhower washing dishes.”

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In a disappointing fight, unbeaten former IBF junior middleweight champion Jermall Charlo (26-0, 20 KOs) destroyed an injured #1 WBC Jorge Sebastian Heiland (29-5-2, 16 KOs) by a 4h round knockout in a WBC title eliminator on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It was disappointing because Heiland appeared injured before the fight even started.

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Saul Canelo Alvarez will have his Ring Magazine middleweight title up for grabs in his fight against middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in 2 months from now on September 16. Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) will put up his IBF and WBA middleweight belts. Canelo doesn’t want any part in fighting for Golovkin’s WBC belt.

That belt will fall vacant should GGG lose to Canelo (49-1-1, 34 KOs. The winner of the Canelo-Triple G fight will be viewed as the best fighter in the 160 lb. division. Triple G’s WBC belt will become vacant if he loses to Canelo. It won’t go to Canelo, because he doesn’t want the belt.

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