It’s the Monday War Report, where we review the previous weeks boxing action. Navarrete claims another title. Brandun Lee punishes Jimmy Williams. Maxi Hughes is surging. Liam Williams positioned for Andrade fight.
Wednesday October 7th
Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut
BRANDUN LEE RUNS THROUGH JIMMY WILLIAMS
The ShoBox series shook things up and moved off their usual Friday night broadcast and provided fans with boxing action midweek.
The televised portion of the card kicked off with undefeated 21 year old Welterweight 🇺🇸Brandun Lee (144 lbs.) quickly dispatching 🇺🇸Jimmy Williams, 34, in the first round. Lee took the action right too Williams (143¾ lbs.) right from the opening bell, confirming that Williams 21% knockout rate would not earn his respect.
Williams (16-4-2, 5KO) would be laid out across the ropes for good in what was the third knockdown of the round, and honestly a brutal knockout was predictable after Lee (20-0-0, 18KO) dropped him the second time and Williams was clearly still reeling when the referee let him continue.
CHARLES CONWELL STOPS WENDY TOUSSAINT IN NINE
In the main event, Junior-Middleweight 🇺🇸Charles Conwell’s (154 lbs.) performance was solid yet the action felt repetitive round by round for the viewer, on his way to knocking out opponent 🇭🇹Wendy Toussaint (153 lbs.) in the ninth round.
The 22 year old former Olympian hasn’t made his way into the top end of the rankings for any of the alphabet crew, but Conwell (13-0-0, 10KO) continues to look like a respectable contender at 154, and with the win over Toussaint (12-1-0, 5KO) he keeps rolling two fights removed from the tragic encounter with the late Patrick Day in October of 2019.
Also on the card, Detroit, Michigan’s 🇺🇸Janelson Bocachica (16-0-0, 11KO), 21, stopped Puerto Rico’s 🇵🇷Nicklaus Flaz, 24, in the first round in a Welterweight scrap scheduled for eight rounds.
In the untelevised portion of the card, Los Angeles Featherweight 🇺🇸David Navarro, 20, made a successful debut as a pro, stopping France’s 🇫🇷Nathan Benichou, 33, in the first of four rounds.
Friday, October 9th
The Bubble, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
NAVARRETE CLAIMS ANOTHER TITLE
Former WBO Junior-Featherweight Champion 🇲🇽Emanuel Navarrete (126 lbs.) has won a world title in a second division after defeating 🇺🇸Ruben Villa (125 lbs.) by unanimous decision Friday night (114-112, 114-112, 115- 111).
Villa (18-1-0. 5KO) had a couple of solid rounds in the fight where he was able to use his boxing ability to capitalize on Navarrete (32-1-0, 27KO), but it wasn’t anything that reflected the three judges scorecards as the southpaw Villa was unable to hurt him. Navarrete, with his awkward style, heavy hands and constant pressure, still won handedly. With the two knockdowns (left uppercut in first round, left straight in fourth) Navarrete notched, The Combat Project scored the bout 117-109.
With the win Navarrete finds himself in the top four of the Featherweight division and has called for a fight with IBF Champion Josh Warrington. Navarrete provides good action and makes for a solid fight with any of the top Featherweights right now, whether its Warrington, Can Xu, or Gary Russell Jr.
On the undercard, Super-Lightweight prospect 🇩🇴Elvis Rodriguez (10-0-0, 10KO, 141½ lbs.) of the Dominican Republic continues to bring the heat, delivering his tenth knockout in as many fights as he took out 26 year old Honolulu native 🇺🇸Cameron Krael (17-17-3, 4KO, 141¼ lbs.) in three rounds. Rodriguez will be right back in action on the undercard of the November 14th Welterweight matchup between Terence “Bud” Crawford and Kell Brook.
Also on the main undercard, Kazakhstan southpaw Middleweight 🇰🇿Zhanibek Alimkhanuly (159½ lbs.) served up a second round knockout on Argentina’s 🇦🇷Gonzalo Gaston Coria (158½ lbs.).
Friday, October 9th
The Rotunda at Caesars Bluewater Dubai
THE RUN OF MAXI HUGHES CONTINUES
🇬🇧Maxi Hughes (136¼ lbs.) showed his upset over Jono Carroll in August was no fluke. The 30 year old picked up the WBC International Lightweight title after putting previously unbeaten 🇰🇿Viktor Kotochigov (12-1-0, 5KO, 135¼ lbs.) on his rear in the third round and beating the Kazakh by unanimous decision.
Hughes (22-5-2, 4KO) entered 2020 with five losses, two by knockout, but is 3-0 on the year and continues to position himself for big fights as the international title should place him in the WBC top 15.
Saturday, October 10th
BT Sports Studio, UK
LIAM WILLIAMS POSITIONED FOR SHOT AT WBO CHAMPION ANDRADE
In the 2nd defense of his British Middleweight title, 🇬🇧Liam Williams (23-2-1, 18KO, 160 lbs.) shook off the blood rolling down his face from a head clash, to take out 🇬🇧Andrew Robinson (24-5-1, 7KO, 159½ lbs.) with a crippling left to the body at the 1:28 mark of the first round.
The knockout brings Williams stoppage streak to seven, and puts him in mandatory positioning for a fight with WBO Champion Demetrius Andrade in 2021.
On the undercard, Heavyweights 🇬🇧Nathan Gorman (17-1-0, 11KO) and 🇬🇭Richard Lartey (14-3-0, 11KO) squared off in a ten round bout. Gorman cruised past Lartey for the unanimous decision (100-90, 100-90, 99-92).