On another busy weekend, there was some great action with some vicious stoppage wins including a contender for knockout of the year. So, here’s a look back at the best action –
- George Groves vs Jamie Cox –
Groves put down an early mark in the Boxing super series and sent out a message to all other contender’s with a 4th round stoppage win over Jamie Cox. The fight was evenly balanced up to round 4 as they both went to war early, with Cox backing Groves up and buzzing him with some big left hooks. But it was all over in round 4 when Groves blocked a shot from Cox and countered with a savage right hook to the body, dropping Cox heavily who couldn’t beat the count. The win sets up a mouth-watering January showdown for Groves against Eubank Jnr in the semi-finals of the super series.
- Jermell Charlo vs Erickson Lubin –
In a fight that was billed as the highlight of the weekend, it pitted one of boxing’s top prospects against the ever-improving Charlo. After an initial slow start to round 1 with both fighters feeling each other out, Charlo suddenly unleashed a flurry of punches and connected with a savage right hook right on the chin of Lubin, leaving him dazed and stunned on the canvas. With his knockout of the year win, Charlo moves to 30-0 (15 ko’s) and firmly stamps his place at the top of the light-middleweight division.
- Jarrett Hurd vs Austin Trout –
A brave Austin Trout tried to roll back the years and trade with Hurd, but Hurd was too big, fresh and powerful for the experienced former champion. Hurd hurt Trout throughout the fight and really started landing his power punches in the 2nd half of the fight. He was buzzing Trout as the fight progressed and looked to have him out on his feet from round 8 , and continued to land big shots up to round 10, until a ringside doctor examined a battered and beaten Trout in his corner and instructed referee Eddie Claudio to stop the fight following the 10th round.
Best of the rest –
- Leo Santa Cruz retained his WBA featherweight belt with a dominant 8th round stoppage over Chris Avalos. Santa Cruz controlled things from the start and hurt Avalos throughout the fight and nearly had Avalos out in round 4. Santa Cruz finally got the job done in round 8 after over-whelming Avalos with a flurry of punches. Santa Cruz is eyeing up a potential match with Abner Mares early in 2018
- Abner Mares stayed in the hunt for major title fights at featherweight with a convincing points win over Andres Guttierez. The fight was stopped in the tenth due to bad cuts on the face of Gutierrez. Initially it appeared to be ruled as a TKO win for Mares, but then it was announced that some of Gutierrez’s cuts were caused by head clashes, so they went to the scorecards, giving Mares the win by scores of 100-90, 99-91, 99-91. .
- John Ryder claimed the biggest win of his career with a 5th round stoppage over Patrick Nielsen in their super-middleweight bout. Ryder 25-4 (13 ko’s) stays in contention for a title fight as he aims for a bout with WBA champ Tyrone Zeuge
- Erislandy Lara claimed yet another boring points win. This time the Cuban defeated Terrell Gausha. Lara claimed a wide points win in a fight that most fans walked out of before the final bell. Lara still remains a major player in the light-middleweight division but his style certainly wont win him many new fans.