We’ve had a very busy weekend of boxing worldwide this weekend, a legend finishing his career in America, a ferocious French knockout and some action from Russia with Love, and drugs.
Bernard Hopkins ended a 30 year career last night taking on American Joe Smith Jr in a strange state of affairs, please see our link for the full report of the fight. – BHOP V JOE SMITH JR REPORT!
On the undercard of Bhop v Smith Jr we also saw undefeated Ukrainian WBO Cruiserweight Champion Oleksandr Usyk knockout Thabiso Mchunu in the ninth round.
Usyk continues his impressive professional career with a record of 11-0-0 (10ko’s) and after last week revealing he will be moving up to Heavyweight in the next handful of years, all eyes were on him to produce an impressive performance. There was flaws shown in Usyk’s game but he did what he needed to do to set himself up for a big unification clash in 2017
Yesterday also saw the announcement of Gennady Golovkin v Danny Jacobs that will take place at Madison Square Garden on March the 18th 2017. The fight ended up going to pursebids after months of failed negotiations but it will finally be going ahead.
Golovkin holds the WBC, WBA Super, IBF & IBO Middleweight Titles whilst Danny Jacobs will enter the fight as the WBA Regular Champion. The undefeated Kazakh will enter the fight with an incredible record of 36-0-0 (33ko’s) and Danny Jacobs a record of 32-1-0 (29ko’s) so both are massive punchers.
Over in France Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam took on undefeated Venezuelan fighter Alfonso Blanco for the interim WBA Middleweight Title. N’Dam won with a devestating first round knockout, sending Blanco to the canvas bouncing on his nose.
Blanco was out on his feet before hitting the ground and repeatedly twitched whilst unconscious on the floor in what was a incredibly well timed punch, and due to that win N’Dam will now be in line to fight for the WBA Regular Title, and if Jacobs looses to Golovkin next year, he will face Golovkin for it.
Lastly over in Russia we saw Alexander Povetkin 31-1-0 (23ko’s) take on Johann Duhaupas 34-4-0 (21ko’s) in an incredibly pathetic evening for the sport of boxing. Povetkin beat him by a savage knockout in the 6th round but there should be absolutely no credit for the performance what so ever!
It was originally scheduled to be Povetkin v Bermane Stiverne however hours before the fight it was revealed Povetkin had failed ANOTHER drugs test after previously loosing his chance to face Deontay Wilder after failing a test previously. Because of the drugs test, the WBC withdrew their sanctioning of the fight and in turn Stiverne flew home.
They bought in Duhaupas with one day’s notice and despite failing a drugs test, Povetkin still celebrated with out a care in the world whilst opponent was sparked out on the floor. Povetkin should serve a lifetime ban from the sport! There is absolutely no place for drug cheats in boxing and he should be permanently banned!