Weekend Boxing Results, Jan. 21

By James Kinneen Jan 21, 2019

Jorge Linares Stopped in First Round by Cano

Jorge Linares moved up to 140 pounds after Vasyl Lomachenko stopped him and took his WBA lightweight title. Unfortunately for Linares, his ability to deal with power punchers did not translate well to the new weight class, as he was dropped multiple times and ultimately stopped in the first round by Pablo Cesar Cano. Linares was a huge favorite in the fight, Cano had gone 3-3 in his last six fights, so getting destroyed the way he did was terrible for Linares, who had been angling for a rematch with Lomachenko at 135 while simultaneously fighting at 140.

After the fight, Linares indicated he recognized 140-pound fighters are too strong for him and would likely have to move back down to lightweight, a nice reminder that some fighters possess self-awareness following a fight.

Demetrius Andrade Wins Bad Stoppage in Easy Fight

Demetrius Andrade wanted to fight a bigger name and better fighter than Artur Akavov. But, with no other option he took the fight against the 33-year-old Russian. Andrade dominated the fight, proving to be too good for the Southpaw that once gave Billy Joe Saunders problems over the course of 10 rounds. Andrade would “stop” Akavov in the 12th round of the fight, but the stoppage was a terrible one. It didn’t matter as Andrade was way up on the judge’s scorecards, but it still made it seem like the referee was trying to help Andrade’s future promotional opportunities, rather than Akavov’s future health.

After the fight, Andrade said “At the end of the day, you put GGG [Gennady Golovkin] in front of me and I am going to destroy him,” which was an interesting callout because GGG has not yet signed with DAZN or any other network. That could be an interesting fight, but one in which GGG would be heavily and rightfully favored.

Oscar Rivas Stops Bryant Jennings in Final Round

Going into the final round of their fight, Bryant Jennings led 106-103 on one judge’s scorecard, while Oscar Rivas led on the other two, 105-104 and 106-103. That means, if Jennings won the last round, he would have earned a draw, and if he knocked Rivas down in the final round he could win the fight.

However, Rivas wanted no part of either of those options, and dropped Jennings with a couple of right hands before stopping him after Jennings rose moments later. This was a big win for Rivas, as the only other man to have stopped Jennings was Luis Ortiz, while only Ortiz and Wladimir Klitschko had beaten him. Rivas will still have plenty of critics that say he’s not good enough to be a top ten heavyweight never mind a world title holder, but after this fight he will have a lot more believers than he had before.

Shakur Stevenson Gets Rare Stoppage Win over Jesse Cris Rosales

While he is well known for his Olympic silver medal and his boxing abilities, Shakur Stevenson isn’t very well known for being a big puncher. So, while he was expected to beat Filipino Jessie Cris Rosales, having stopped only five of the nine incredibly limited fighters he has faced as a professional, he was not expected to get a stoppage.

Credit to Shakur Stevenson for showing his power, stopping Rosales in the fourth round after pinning him against the ropes and dropping him with a straight left hand. After the fight, both Stevenson and his promoter Bob Arum seemed inclined to face Josh Warrington, the undefeated Brit who was last seen retiring Carl Frampton. That would be a colossal step up for Stevenson, but at this point it’s clear any more fights against opponents like Rosales would be a waste of time.

Badou Jack Suffers Disgusting Cut in Loss to Marcus Browne

Badou Jack suffered a gash on his forehead that will rank high on lists of boxing’s all-time most disgusting cuts. Worse, he would go on to lose to Marcus Browne via a unanimous 119-108, 117-110, 116-111 decision. The cut was caused by a headbutt in the seventh round, but Browne rightfully claimed that he was beating Jack before the cut. Still, it’s hard to think that having to endure 15 minutes of boxing with half of your forehead torn apart would not play a role in how the later stages of the fight would have gone, especially with Jack being the wily veteran that’s been in far more 12-rounders than Browne.

After the fight, Browne who had previously spoken of how boring the other fighters in his division are, called out Teddy Atlas and his fighter Oleksandr Gvozdyk, saying “Teddy Atlas, you think you have the best light heavyweight? (Oleksandr) Gvozdyk, let’s go.” That would be a telling fight for both men, with Gvozdyk one of the Ukranian former Olympic medalists (he won bronze) that are taking over boxing, and Browne being a cocky American who wants to prove Gvozdyk isn’t Lomachenko or Usyk.

Adrien Broner Loses Wide Decision, Gets Killed on Twitter for Jim Gray Interview

As you’ve probably heard, this weekend 40-year-old Manny Pacquiao won a wide decision over Adrien Broner. And while the possibility of Mayweather-Pacquiao 2, or Manny facing someone like Keith Thurman has boxing fans excited, it is Broner’s postfight interview that had social media abuzz. Broner told Jim Gray that he won the fight, that he would beat Jim Gray in a boxing match, and that “the hood” was behind him and that this performance was for the hood.

These comments, especially the one about the hood lit up twitter, with users posting memes implying the hood would like to drop Broner and adopt Pacquiao, that the hood cannot support his lies, and that the hood could never support a man that loses a fight to someone who shoots a basketball like he’s doing a soccer throw in. How Broner missed how much “black Twitter” made fun of him for his loss to Maidana, and didn’t realize this would happen to him again, is mindboggling.

Say what you will about the man who calls himself “About Billions,” while he consistently fails when placed in the ring with an elite fighter, Adrien Broner’s ability to embarrass himself is truly world-class.


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