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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Saturday night recap: Hopkins, Porter, Quigg win


This Saturday night is fully loaded with boxing matchups starting from the UK all the way to US. If I could watch all these fights without getting myself groggy during my day job; I'll really do. But the time difference is just too much.

Most of the UK fights will start at 10PM and will finish at 1AM the following day. And my work starts at 8AM Sunday. We have work during Sunday's here in the middle-east. Sunday is the first day of the week and Friday is weekend (most of the time, I'm late during Sunday). Ok… enough with my rant… let's start.

Scott Quigg TKO 2 Tshifhiwa Munyai

Let's start with UK's AWE, Sky Sports, Matchroom boxing. When open my favorite live streaming site; the first round of Scott Quigg vs. Tshifhiwa Munyai fight has already started. Within a minute watching it, I can tell that the last minute substitute Munyai (24-3-1, 12 KO) will not last long against Quigg. And yes! Quigg dropped Munyan with a left hand counter shot to end the very first round.

Quigg (28-0-2, 21 KO) again blasted Munyan in the second round with a cracking right hand that send Munyan again to the floor. I bet this could be it. It's going to be a short night for the bomber from Bury, Lancashire. Munyan still in wobbly legs and groggy that made referee Howard foster to halt the fight.

At times it's very difficult to be a late substitute. You don't have time to prepare and study your opponent. But sometimes, late substitutes rise to occasion and score stunning upset. But this is not the case for Munyan last night. Pacquiao fought Ledwaba in 2001 with only two weeks' notice but stopped the 'hands of stone' capturing the IBF 122 pound title.

Anthony Crolla TKO 10 John Murray

My eyes were really closing when I tried to watch this fight. It’s not that the fight is boring -- I'm too sleepy. So I decided to close my laptop and sleep. It will be too late if I'll finish this fight and for sure I'll wake up late and might miss Hopkins Shumenuv at 6AM (Kuwait time). I read that this indeed a very good fight, and that Crolla (28-4-1, 11 KO) stopped Murray (33-3, 20 KO) in the 10th round.

It seemed that Murray gas out and was dropped with a punch that did not even fully connect. Now let me jump to Hopkins Shumenov. I am not able to neither watch nor read about the outcome between Josh Warrington (17-0, 2 KO) and Rendall Munroe (28-5-1, 11 KO). What happen in this fight? I heard Warrington retired Munroe on his sit.

Bernard Hopkins SD 12 Beibut Shumenov

I passed Crolla-Murray and slept to watch this fight. But I almost fall asleep again. Really! If not that strong coffee partnered with creamy Kuwaiti milk; I might fall down from my computer chair. However, I'm happy with the split decision win although other media outlets called it a 'bizarre' decision. It's a close fight, isn't it?

In the first three rounds it's really a snoozer. Both men simply staring each other. But it doesn't mean that you should give those rounds to Hopkins. The problem with judging: is that when a round is too close; the judges would blindly give it to the favorite fighter. Remember that both men here have titles.Well, I give credit to the judge that scored the fight 114-113 for Shumenuv. For sure he gave close rounds to Shumenov.

No Holds Barred also fell asleep during this fight. I don't know why? His asking if Hopkins looked good. Below is his FB wall status.

I commented and said: that I slept after the quigg fight and woke up just in time for the Hopkins-Shumenuv fight. Yes. Hopkins looked good in round 11. The same Hopkins style Ryan, potshots, 1-2-hug combination, for 12 rounds.

Although there's nothing to do about it, because this is the style of Hopkins. What would intrigue us to watch Hopkins is his ability to neutralize the power and strength of youth. He's fighting fighters ranging from 15 to 20 years his junior. But he's beating this guys mentally and physically. Now, I heard his calling out Stevenson (I'm not able to watch the interview; I went to the shower to get myself ready to work) during the interview. It seemed Hopkins will be fighting the best Light Heavyweights in his golden age. I thinks this guy is really an alien.

Shawn Porter TKO 4 Paulie Malignaggi

I hate this one. I'm still snoring when this fight takes place. We love KO' ending fights Anyway I saw a clip of the knockout. I think that will sum up the story.

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