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Ringside results from Bally’s Atlantic City: Tapia makes quick work of Collins   Leave a comment

Philadelphia, PA (June 14, 2014) – It only took 82 seconds for Glen Tapia (20-1, 12 KOs) to dispatch Keenan Collins (15-8-3, 10 KOs) in Tapia’s first prize-fight since coming out on the losing end of a war with James Kirkland 6 months earlier. Although Collins was certainly nowhere near the level of Kirkland, Tapia’s comeback was impressive nonetheless. There were no signs of psychological or physical damage from the 2013 “Fight of the Year” candidate, which culminated in one of the most brutal beat-downs witnessed all year. Fortunately for Collins referee Earl Brown was more cautious than Steve Smoger had been in December and the fight was stopped before Collins was truly separated from his senses. After the sole knockdown in the fight, Collins was stopped on his feet in Tapia’s corner moments later. This was Keenan’s 2nd straight TKO defeat. The once 12-1-1 prospect has been a designated opponent since 2007.

Incidentally UniMas, originally scheduled to televise Tapia-Collins as a part of their weekly “Solo Boxeo” program, may not have approved Collins as an opponent due to his lack of credibility. In any event the show was not broadcasted by any entity.

In the co-feature Jesse Hart (13-0, 10 KOs) had a mostly one-sided war with Shujaa El Amin (12-5, 6 KOs) until the abrupt conclusion in round 6. Hart and El Amin traded left hooks and Hart’s hook got there first. El Amin laid flat on his back for a few minutes before he was cleared to stand. Fortunately he was fine. El Amin took Hart’s bombs really well up until the finish. Early on Hart often got away from his jab and tried to take El Amin’s head off without laying the groundwork. However, considering Hart scored knockdowns in rounds 1 and 3 and all 10 of his prior stoppages came inside the first 3 rounds (7 in round 1), it’s not hard to understand why things happened the way they did. It’s “on to the next” for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials gold medalist.

As was the case with the feature fights, the “Red Corner” dominated each time out during the undercard as well. Only 2 fights went the scheduled distance and only 1 of them wasn’t in danger of being stopped. Unsurprisingly the opponent that gave the best account of himself also had the best record of anyone in the “Blue Corner.” Details follow…

Complete Results:

1. Angel Acosta [108.8] TKO3 Eduardo Valenzuela [109.2] (1:55)

Acosta (6-0) dropped Valenzuela (5-4-1) in round 1 and had him out on his feet in round 3. Left hooks did the trick each time. Valenzuela was dominated throughout.

2. Egidijus Kavaliauskas [146.6] TKO4 Larry Ventus [145] (2:13)

Kavaliauskas (5-0) dropped Ventus (6-5-1) in rounds 2, 3, and 4 (twice) before the referee stepped in. Trainer Robert Garcia, working the corner of Kavaliauskas, often reminded his fighter to jab. Kavaliauskas preferred to hook and brawl. Ventus was dropped by right hooks in rounds 2 and 3 and twice took a knee from the accumulation of punches in round 4. There was a large power and confidence gap between the 2-time Olympian Kavaliauskas and journeyman Ventus.

3. Mike Reed [140.6] UD6 Alberto Morales [142.8] (60-53, 60-53, 60-53)

Reed (9-0) dropped Morales (11-3-1) in round 6 with a leaping left hook out of the southpaw stance. Morales had to use his survival instincts to get to the finish line. For the first 3 rounds Morales put up a respectable losing effort. Then Reed did pretty much whatever he wanted to. The 2011 National Golden Gloves Champion is one to look out for in the junior welterweight division.

4. Toka Kahn Clary [127.4] UD6 Jose Haro [127.6] (59-55, 59-55, 59-55)

Kahn Clary (11-0) outboxed Haro (8-0) using his superior footwork, speed, and timing. But Haro was game and never stopped trying to win. He just needed to set his feet in order to get his punches off and Kahn Clary never gave him much time. It also didn’t help that Haro’s right foot was figuratively stuck in the mud. Still, Kahn Clary’s corner was not pleased with their fighter’s following of instructions. There were clearly more things Clary could have accomplished offensively, but he easily did enough to win. Both fighters were guilty of waiting too much.

5. Julian Rodriguez [140.8] RTD2 Angel Figueroa [142.2] (3:00)

Rodriguez (3-0) persuaded Figueroa (3-0-1) to retire in his corner after the conclusion of round 2. Figueroa was dropped by hooks 3 times in round 1 but stayed on his feet throughout the 2nd as the pace slowed. Rodriguez continues to live up to his moniker “Hammer Hands.”

6. Jesse Hart [169.6] TKO6 Shujaa El Amin [168] (1:36)

Hart dropped El Amin, formerly known as Dion Savage, in rounds 1, 3, and 6. The fight ended in highlight reel fashion (see above video).

7. Glen Tapia [154.8] TKO1 Keenan Collins [156] (1:22)

Tapia initially hurt (and dropped) Collins with right hands and kept attacking until the fight was waved off. Unfortunately one of the punches that landed was a left uppercut that split open Tapia’s left thumb. It is unclear if the injury will impact his July 26th fight against Boyd Melson on the Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Geale undercard. That being said, he should be able to defeat Melson with 1 hand either way.

But I digress. Tapia had an 8-9 week training camp to prepare for Collins and 7 of those weeks were spent in California with Freddie Roach, Miguel Cotto, and Ruslan Provodnikov. Collins never stood a chance…

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Ryan Bivins is the creator of Sweet Boxing Ratings and a member of the voting panel for the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame. You may email him at rgbivins@gmail.com and listen to him Tuesday nights on The Ruckus, part of the BadCulture Radio Network

June 2014 – Heavyweight Update   Leave a comment

Carlos Takam, an obscure heavyweight prior to 2013, crashes the rankings with an upset victory over perennial contender Tony Thompson (5). Thompson drops out but could easily be back soon given his “fight anyone, anywhere” mentality. New WBC champ Bermane Stiverne (6) also got a bump after notching another victory against a “no-more-excuses” version of Chris Arreola.

Things should shake up even more after a huge July 26 (for the heavyweight division).

1)      Wladimir Klitschko

2)      Kubrat Pulev

3)      Alexander Povetkin

4)      Tyson Fury

5)      Bermane Stiverne

6)      Carlos Takam

7)      Dereck Chisora

8)      Deontay Wilder

9)      Vyacheslav Glazkov

10)   Bryant Jennings

Waiting in the Wings: Steve Cunningham, Tony Thompson, Odlanier Solis, Mariusz Wach, Chris Arreola, Amir Mansour, Luis Ortiz, Andy Ruiz Jr, Lucas Browne, Robert Helenius, Anthony Joshua, Alexander Ustinov, Antonio Tarver, Lateef Kayode, Mike Perez, Tomasz Adamek, David Price, Eddie Chambers, Joey Dawejko, Charles Martin

Fight Schedule:

2014-07-06 Ruslan Chagaev vs Fres Oquendo (shameless WBA world title fight)

2014-07-12 Anthony Joshua vs Matt Skelton

2014-07-26 Dereck Chisora vs Tyson Fury II

2014-07-26 Eddie Chambers vs TBA

2014-07-26 Bryant Jennings vs Mike Perez

2014-08-01 Lucas Browne vs TBA

2014-08-09 Vyacheslav Glazkov vs TBA

2014-xx-xx Bermane Stiverne vs Deontay Wilder

2014-xx-xx Wladimir Klitschko vs Kubrat Pulev

June 2014 – Cruiserweight Update   Leave a comment

No ratings change but the fight schedule is very interesting… Entertainment approaches.

1)      Yoan Pablo Hernandez

2)      Marco Huck

3)      Krzysztof Wlodarczyk

4)      Ola Afolabi

5)      Ilunga Makabu

6)      Thabiso Mchunu

7)      Firat Arslan

8)      Grigory Drozd

9)      Pawel Kolodziej

10)   Rakhim Chakhkiev

Waiting in the Wings: Dmytro Kucher, Troy Ross, Mateusz Masternak, Nathan Cleverly, Tony Bellew, Ovill McKenzie, Oleksandr Usyk, Glen Johnson, Roy Jones Jr, Krzysztof Glowacki, Danie Venter, Juan Carlos Gomez, Yunier Dorticos

Fight Schedule:

2014-06-21 Mateusz Masternak vs Youri Kayembre Kalenga

2014-06-28 Ilunga Makabu vs Glen Johnson

2014-07-06 Juan Carlos Gomez vs Goran Delic

2014-07-12 Tony Bellew vs Julio Cesar Dos Santos

2014-07-12 Nathan Cleverly vs Alejandro Emilio Valori

2014-07-26 Ola Afolabi vs Pawel Kolodziej

2014-08-16 Krzysztof Glowacki vs TBA

2014-08-16 Yoan Pablo Hernandez vs Firat Arslan

 

June 2014 – Light Heavyweight Update   Leave a comment

No ratings change since Dawson finally scheduled a fight. The opponent isn’t worth a damn, but, whatever… Chad’s with Al Haymon now so we’ll see him against a relevant fighter next surely. Significant fights get made in this division on a regular basis as of late. Check out the schedule.

1)      Adonis Stevenson

2)      Sergey Kovalev

3)      Bernard Hopkins

4)      Chad Dawson

5)      Isaac Chilemba

6)      Juergen Braehmer

7)      Jean Pascal

8)      Andrzej Fonfara

9)      Blake Caparello

10)   Eleider Alvarez

Waiting in the Wings: Thomas Oosthuizen, Erik Skoglund, Ryno Liebenberg, Thomas Williams Jr

Fight Schedule:

2014-06-21 Nadjib Mohammedi vs Anatoliy Dudchenko

2014-06-21 Thomas Oosthuizen vs Doudou Ngumbu

2014-06-21 Chad Dawson vs George Blades

2014-06-28 Harry Simon vs TBA

2014-08-01 Thomas Williams Jr vs Gabriel Campillo

2014-08-02 Sergey Kovalev vs Blake Caparello

2014-08-02 Isaac Chilemba vs TBA

2014-xx-xx Adonis Stevenson vs Bernard Hopkins

June 2014 – Super Middleweight Update   Leave a comment

James DeGale (5) takes the former spot of George Groves (3) after an impressive (yet premature) win over Brandon Gonzales. Groves only drops 1 place due to once again giving Carl Froch all he could handle, something Arthur Abraham (4) wasn’t able to do.

In other news the fight schedule is bogus for this division.

#FreeAndreWard #FreeAndreDirrell #GiveChavezJrTheBallsToFightAnyoneInThe168Top10

1)      Andre Ward

2)      Carl Froch

3)      James DeGale

4)      George Groves

5)      Arthur Abraham

6)      Sakio Bika

7)      Robert Stieglitz

8)      Edwin Rodriguez

9)      Anthony Dirrell

10)   J’Leon Love

Waiting in the Wings: Maxim Vlasov, Andre Dirrell, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Willbeforce Shihepo, Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna, Brandon Gonzales, J’Leon Love, Jesse Hart, Derek Edwards, Callum Smith

Fight Schedule:

2014-06-14 Jesse Hart vs Shujaa El Amin

2014-07-12 Callum Smith vs Vladine Biosse

2014-07-26 Robert Stieglitz vs TBA

2014-08-23 Don George vs Dyah Davis

 

June 2014 – Middleweight Update   Leave a comment

With the Sturm-Soliman II and Martinez-Cotto upsets, the rankings went nuts. Martinez looked shot against Cotto and is rated accordingly. Fighters outside of the top 10 could take him out at this point but we’ll wait for that to happen, or for him to retire, or for new blood to prove themselves while he stays out of the ring for another year with no plans in sight…

In any event a faded, blown up welterweight is the new lineal middleweight champion of the world. Such is boxing.

1)      Gennady Golovkin

2)      Peter Quillin

3)      Miguel Cotto

4)      Sam Soliman

5)      Daniel Geale

6)      Martin Murray

7)      Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam

8)      Felix Sturm

9)      Sergio Gabriel Martinez

10)   Matthew Macklin

In: Miguel Cotto

Out: Marco Antonio Rubio (10)

Up: GGG (2), Kid Chocolate (3), Sam Soliman (6), Martin Murray (7), Hassan N’Dam (8)

Down: Maravilla (1), Felix Sturm (5), Daniel Geale (4), Matthew Macklin (9)

Waiting in the Wings: Billy Joe Saunders, John Ryder, Bryan Vera, Ryota Murata, David Lemieux, Jermain Taylor, Dmitry Chudinov, Curtis Stevens, Tureano Johnson, Antoine Douglas, Sergio Mora, Matt Korobov, Jose Uzcategui, Willie Monroe Jr, Marco Antonio Rubio

Fight Schedule:

2014-06-21 Martin Murray vs Max Bursak

2014-06-28 Matt Korobov vs Jose Uzcategui

2014-07-11 Tureano Johnson vs Mike Gavronski

2014-07-25 Antoine Douglas vs TBA

2014-07-25 Caleb Truax vs Rogelio Medina

2014-07-26 Gennady Golovkin vs Daniel Geale

2014-07-26 Billy Joe Saunders vs Emanuele Blandamura

 

June 2014 – Junior Middleweight Update   Leave a comment

No ratings change. Miguel Cotto, the lineal middleweight champion of the world, simply rates in 2 weight classes for the time being. Cotto probably does defend his middleweight title next, but let’s wait and see. Besides, it’s too difficult to figure out who deserves to enter the top-10 with him gone, at the moment…

Upsets in the fight schedule could shake things up.

1)      Floyd Mayweather

2)      Erislandy Lara

3)      Saul (Canelo) Alvarez

4)      Austin Trout

5)      Miguel Cotto

6)      James Kirkland

7)      Carlos Molina

8)      Ishe Smith

9)      Demetrius Andrade

10)   Jermell Charlo

Waiting in the Wings: Sergey Rabchenko, Brian Rose, Javier Francisco Maciel, Willie Nelson, Damian Jonak, Jermall Charlo, Cornelius Bundrage, Julian Williams, Zaurbek Baysangurov, Vanes Martirosyan, Joshua Clottey, Andy Lee

Fight Schedule:

2014-06-14 Demetrius Andrade vs Brian Rose

2014-06-14 Glen Tapia vs Keenan Collins

2014-07-12 Saul Alvarez vs Erislandy Lara

2014-07-26 Liam Smith vs Navid Mansoori

2014-08-xx Austin Trout vs Daniel Dawson

2014-09-13 Floyd Mayweather Jr vs TBA

2014-xx-xx Carlos Molina vs Cornelius Bundrage