Boxing

This weekend in boxing was low on marquee names but still held plenty of action.  Ryan Burnett (17-0, 9 KOs) of Northern Ireland continued his ascent through the paid ranks, capturing the IBF Bantamweight title from England’s Lee Haskins. It was a dominating performance, with Burnett dropping Haskins in the 6th round and again in the 11th round.   Unfortunately there has been more talk about the absurdity of judge Clark Sammartino’s scorecard than about the fight itself.

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Fighting for the first time at cruiserweight, former heavyweight contender Mike Perez (22-2-1, 14 KOs) obliterated a badly over-matched Viktor Biscak (10-1, 7 KOs) in the 1st round of a shceduled 6 round fight on Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

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Unbeaten Ryan Burnett (17-0, 9 KOs) unseated International Boxing Federation World bantamweight champion Lee Haskins (34-4, 14 KOs) by a 12 round split decision on Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Burnett dropped Haskins twice in the fight in knocking him down in the 6th and 11th rounds. Both fighters were cut from a clash of heads in the 2nd round.

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The Marquis of Queensbury Rules for boxing were written long before Andre Ward’s parents were born. The  World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association were formed long before Andre Ward was born. The ideals of “clean punching”, “effective aggression”, “ring generalship”, and “defense” were placed into the verbiage of scoring a professional boxing match long before Andre Ward laced up his first glove.  Therefore the “blame” for his ability to win within the rules of the sport by which he has made his living cannot be placed on his shoulders.

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