Top Five – Cro Cop Avenges Another Loss

Cro Cop avenges

There weren’t any terribly big shows this week, but there was still some good stuff for the Top Five.

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Unfinished Business – Frampton vs. Martinez Full Report

Credit: Lawrence Lustig

Credit: Lawrence Lustig

Saturday Fight Night kicked off it’s new season in Belfast this past weekend with one of the biggest bills to ever take place on Irish shores. Headlining the night was the long awaited clash between European Champion Kiko Martinez and hometown boy Carl Frampton. The stacked card also featured a British and Commonwealth title match between Martin Lindsay and Lee Selby, as well as the return of world rated middleweight Andy Lee.

TV fights

Carl Frampton vs. Kiko Martinez
Lets take it from the top as Carl Frampton announced his arrival amongst the world’s best at 122 pounds with a 9th round TKO of Kiko Martinez to become European champion. I said in previewing this fight that Frampton would be properly tested in this one and there is no doubt that he was. The Belfast Jackal was forced to take shots from a real puncher for the first time in his career, but he did so without problem, controlled the bout and finished it in spectacular fashion.

Martinez to played his part in what was a fantastic fight. The pressure he brought during the first half of the bout, kept him in the contest, and would have likely broken the hearts of a lot of opponents. Not Frampton though, who stuck to his boxing, wore Martinez down gradually, and then turned up the heat as he felt his rival fade down the stretch.
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HBO Boxing – Andy Lee Vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

This is the main event of HBO’s double header. The first fight was the replay of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley fight from last weekend. I simply chose not to watch that again.

Our own Duan is predicting the upset tonight. He’s going with Andy Lee in this fight.

Here’s more on Duan’s prediction as sent to me in email:

But I give Lee a damn good shot at upsetting the applecart tonight. If he fights to his ability, he has the skills to do it. He had been fighting within himself for a long time after the loss (to Vera), but I think something clicked again that night he rallied to KO McEwan in the last round on HBO, when he had nearly given the fight away. He’s fought confidently since then, and revenging the loss to Vera in such a dominant way knocked another monkey off his back. I’m hoping tonight, win or lose, he will go out and fight to his capabilities.

Andy Lee vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

R1
Lee won the round simply with his jab. Chavez tried to duck his head inside and throw hooks. It’s was a weird round. I expected Lee to open up once Chavez ducked in, but he didn’t. He stayed with the jab.

R2
Chavez landed a nice left-hook and Lee reacted oddly. He should’ve seen it coming. Lee’s throwing the uppercut now when Chavez comes inside. He’s also pushing Chavez’s head down. Has to be annoying when Chavez ducks his head in there. Chavez is fighting a very careful fight, and yet he’s still taking jabs and sneaky left hands. Second round goes to Lee. Chavez needs to pick up the pace.

R3
Much better round for Chavez. A lot of fighting inside, and he started to let his hands go. The fight has the look of one in which Chavez just outlasts him. Lee needs to start landing more power shots. Chavez’s round.
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Moving Forward – Martinez and Cotto Edition

Is it possible that Sergio Martinez, at 36 years old and after 51 fights, is still getting better? It sure looked that way last Saturday night when he outboxed, outfought and just outclassed Sergiy Dzinziruk. After all, Sergio only started to Box in his twenties. We are talking about a guy who always keeps himself in phenomenal shape and who hasn’t had the years of wear and tear that a lot of these other fighters have had. The same set of rules just won’t apply to him. Another late starter in the game was Bernard Hopkins. He’s a decade older than the Argentinian and has no plans of quitting anytime soon. Father time just got sick of chasing B-Hop once he passed forty, so I wouldn’t count on any sudden decline from Maravilla either.
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HBO Boxing – Sergiy Dzinziruk Vs. Sergio Martinez Play By Play

After decimating Paul Williams with a nasty left hand, Sergio Martinez has become one of the dandies of the squared circle. With Manny Pacquiao and Andre Ward signed to Showtime, and Money Mayweather AWOL, Martinez is one of HBO’s most important fighters. Tonight, he faces the undefeated Sergiy Dzinziruk, who has moved up to fight at 160.

In the first fight on the HBO broadcast, Duan’s boy, Andy Lee came back late in the fight to knock out Craig McEwan in the very last round to win. He was getting out-pointed early on and started to make his comeback late in the fight by puttong McEwan on his butt in round 9, and then just unloading on him in round 10.

Sergiy Dzinziruk vs. Sergio Martinez

R1
Martinez looked really good in the round. He beat Dzinziruk to the punch and landed his jab at will. He held his hands down by his side for at least a 30 second span and Dzinziruk didn’t touch him.

R2
It was another strong round for Martinez. He’s too fast for Dzinziruk, but in this round Dzinziruk was starting to fire back. But still, he’s already down 2-0.
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