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Fast Results From Madison Square Garden: Lomachenko UD 12; Dogboe Upset

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  • Fast Results From Madison Square Garden: Lomachenko UD 12; Dogboe Upset



    By Arne K. Lang

    Vasiliy Lomachenko successfully defended his WBA lightweight title and added Jose Pedraza's WBO 135-pound belt with a unanimous decision. The scores were 119-107 and 117-109 twice.

    Through the first 10 rounds, the bout was somewhat monotonous. Lomachenko landed the cleaner punches and was clearly ahead on the scorecards. The fight was redounding well to Gervonta Davis who handled Pedraza more handily than what Loma was doing. But then in the 11th, the Ukrainian solidified his reputation as an elite fighter, perhaps worthy of being considered #1 P4P. He strafed Pedraza with combinations to the head and body, landing 42 power punches according to CompuBox, and twice knocked Pedraza to his knees.

    Pedraza weathered the storm and made it through the 12th, but when the final bell sounded there wasn't a shred of doubt that Lomachenko had won his 11th consecutive fight, improving to 12-1. Pedraza fell to 25-2.

    DOGBOE-NAVARRETE

    In a big upset, Mexico’s unheralded Emanuel Navarrete, in his U.S. debut, wrested the WBO 122-pound title from previously undefeated Isaac Dogboe with a unanimous decision. The scores (116-112, 115-113 twice) did not reflect Navarrete’s dominance. At the end of the fight, both of Dogboe’s eyes were swollen and he was bleeding from his nose. In the late stages, the fight became so one-sided that referee Benjy Estevez would have been justified in stopping it. However, Estevez will be faulted in some quarters for missing a knockdown. In round nine, Navarrete went down hard from a punch that glanced off his shoulder and hit him in the face. Estevez ruled it a slip.

    Navarrete was somewhat awkward, but he was bigger and stronger, four inches taller with an eight inch longer reach. With the victory, his twenty-first straight, he improved his ledger to 26-1. Dogboe lost for the first time in 25 starts.

    LOPEZ-MENARD

    In the first TV bout, Teofimo Lopez (11-0, 9 KOs) scored a spectacular one-punch knockout of Mason Menard (34-4). It was all over in 44 seconds.

    Lopez, born in Brooklyn and raised in south Florida, tagged Menard on the jaw with a looping overhand right. The fighter from Cajunland fell face first to the canvas and was unconscious before he hit the floor. He was still woozy as he was helped from the ring.

    OFF TV

    Welterweight Alexander Besputin stepped up in class and made a very strong showing. Besputin (12-0, 9 KOs) took tough Juan Carlos Abreu of the Dominican Republic to school, knocking him down twice en route to winning a lopsided decision. Besputin won every round on all three cards. His showing was far better than that of the more ballyhooed Egidijus Kavaliauskas, the Lithuanian knockout artist who won a hard-fought 10-round decision over Abreu in Abreu's previous bout.

    Italian heavyweight Guido Vianello, a policeman in Rome, won his pro debut with a second round stoppage of Luke Lyons. A 2016 Olympian who was 7-5 as a pro-am in the World Series of Boxing, Vianello has been training at Abel Sanchez’s compound in Big Bear where he sparred with Tyson Fury. Lyons brought a 5-1-1 record but it was compiled on the disreputable West Virginia circuit.

    Twenty-year-old Bronx junior welterweight Josue Vargas, in his first appearance at Madison Square Garden, stopped Panama’s John Renteria (16-6-1) at the 32 second mark of round five. It was no contest as Vargas, who improved to 12-1 (8), knocked Renteria to the canvas three times before the bout was halted.

    In the opening bout, slated for eight rounds in the junior welterweight class, Mexico’s Abdiel Ramirez (24-3-1, 22 KOs) scored a mild upset with a 7thround stoppage of Newark’s Michael Perez. There were three knockdowns in all with Perez hitting the deck in rounds one and seven. Ramirez was ahead on the cards at the time of the stoppage.

    Check back tomorrow for Thomas Hauser's ringside report.

  • KO Digest
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    Was that 44 second job the KO of the year?

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  • Kid Blast
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    He seemed to wait fro the right opportunity to test his right hook and when it came,, he unleashed it and wow, that was the end for Pedraza. I was ready to conclude that it was still mending and then, BAM! he cuts loose. This guy is the nuts.

    However, Tim Bradley drove me to the mute button. With just two seconds into the fight he had " Pedraza backing Loma up and dictating things" or some such drivel. This guy is terrible, Get him and Stephen Smith out of there pronto.

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  • oubobcat
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    If anyone didn't watch Perez-Ramirez, check out the fight on ESPN+. An absolute all out war. Michael Perez can't help but always be in shoot outs it seems and took a beating in the final round before the fight was stopped. Hopefully, he receives the right guidance and hangs up the gloves. He has given us a lot of thrills but has taking a lot of punishment in doing so.

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