Ten quick thoughts on this past weekends boxing action.
Written by Jon Uddin✍️ | 10/11/2021
1.) What a fight. Whether we wanted the trilogy or not we came out of Saturday night with a Fight of the Year candidate. Tyson Fury (31-0-1, 22KO) overcame two knockdowns and Deontay Wilder (42-2-1, 41KO) proved he wasn’t lying when he said he wanted to go out on his shield no matter the cost. The trilogy now stands 2-0-1 in favor of Tyson Fury. There’s nothing left to be said, thanks for a great fight, but on to the next for both men.
2.) The corner work for both fighters was great to listen to. While Malik Scott didn’t reinvent anything with Wilder, he had a calm but assertive tone between rounds. Even after the third round when Wilder was dropped, Scott had zero panic in him, immediately getting Wilder focused back on the plan of attack. I don’t know when or if we see him back with Wilder but I’d be interested in seeing how he works with fighters in the future.
Across the ring Javan “Sugar Hill” Steward was reaffirming to Tyson Fury that everything was falling into place perfectly just as they had worked on. Steward was a pillar of confidence in both his fighter and the game plan, knowing that Wilder wasn’t bringing anything new to the ring Saturday night.
3.) Super-Middleweight prospect Edgar Berlanga moves to 18-0-0 with 16 knockouts after defeating Argentina’s Marcelo Esteban Coceres 96-93 on all three judges scorecards. After clearing out his first 16 opponents by first round knockout, Berlanga is seeing that they all don’t fall so easily, as he has now been taken the distance in back to back fights.
However, Coceres (30-3-1, 16KO) didn’t just go all ten rounds Saturday night, he gave Berlanga his toughest test to date in the ring including putting him on the canvas in the 9th round. Strong effort by Coceres, and Berlanga now has plenty to take from this learning experience in his development when he returns to the gym with trainer Derrick James.
4.) Robeisy Ramirez (8-1-0, 4KO) coasted past Puerto Rico’s Orlando Gonzalez Ruiz (17-1-0, 10KO) by scores of 99-91, 99-91, 97-93. Ramirez is coming along nicely in the ring but he goes a bit heavy on the showmanship at times for me and I want to see a lot more substance over the flash.
5.) Heavyweight Jared “Big Baby” Anderson (10-0-0, 10KO) took out Russian Vladimir Tereshkin (22-1-1, 12KO) in two rounds. This was a bad fight for Tereshkin after two years out of the ring, and he gave referee Kenny Bayless the look to say “get me out of here”. The 21 year old Anderson from Toledo, Ohio has plenty of time to develop but is already one to watch and fun to watch.
6.) Congratulations to Robert Helenius. I thought his first win over Adam Kownacki was a fluke that would be corrected in the rematch Saturday night. He would have none of it as he picked up where he left off picking Kownacki apart from the start, leaving Kownacki with ugly desperate low blows leading to a DQ from Celestino Ruiz.
Now Helenius (31-3-0, 19KO) finds himself in the position as the WBA mandatory for Oleksandr Usyk. No matter what you think his chances are in that matchup no one pictured that type of opportunity in his future when he found himself as a victim of a Gerald Washington TKO.
7.) That brings us to Adam Kownacki (20-2-0, 15KO). This was a fight that he under no circumstances lose. I figured that after losing to Helenius the first go around that the plan would be to win the rematch and set up a fan friendly fight with Andy Ruiz. Now, who knows what the brain trusts of the PBC have in store.
8.) Cuban heavyweight Frank Sanchez (19-0-0, 13KO) proved to have to much experience for Nigerian Heavyweight hopeful Efe Ajagba (15-1-0, 12KO) at this point taking a unanimous decision (98-91, 98-91, 97-92). As Sanchez settled in to the fight the only real threat he had of losing the bout was if referee Mike Ortega disqualified him for landing a punch after Ajagba had been put down. A pleading Kay Koroma, who trains Ajagba, couldn’t get him to let his hands go in the fight and Ajagba’s face told the story that he was out of his element. Sanchez is one to watch as he continues to work out of the Eddy Reynoso stable and has the skills to make for some interesting matchups in the HW division.
9.) Liam Smith (30-3-1, 17KO) overcame a slow first round that saw him take a bad cut over his eye, to win the “Battle of Liverpool” and the WBA International Super-Welterweight title over local rival Anthony Fowler (15-2-0, 12KO).
Fowler started fast in an attempt to dictate his pace but once Smith got things rolling he had the fight fitting his style and put Fowler down for the first time in the fifth round. Smith kept things going from there, pressing the action before finishing Fowler in the eighth round.
10.) I can always count on a Ted Cheeseman (17-3-1, 10KO) fight to deliver on action. And that was no different on the Smith-Fowler undercard as he traded blows with Troy Williamson (17-0-1, 13KO). Unfortunately for Cheeseman who got the better work in for the majority of the bout, Williamson delivered a crushing blow that folded him up in the 10th round. With the win Williamson took home the British Super-Welterweight title.