Khan dominates Alexander in unanimous decision victory
In one of the best performances of his career, Amir Khan, 30-3 (19), reduced former welterweight titleholder Devon Alexander, 26-3 (14), to a damsel in distress as he scored a unanimous decision victory by scores of 119-109, 118-110 and 120-108.
After scoring a one-sided decision victory over veteran tough guy Luis Collazo in May of this year, Khan returned to the ring and upped his game in this less-than-exciting but nonetheless dominate win. A partisan crowd of 7,768 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas cheered and supported Khan as he gave Alexander the kind of boxing lesson his trainer, Virgil Hunter gives his fighters. Using a combination of lead left jabs, nifty footwork and a high volume of punches, Khan virtually won every round of the fight. The Bolton, England native’s straight right hand scored at will on Alexander, though he rarely displayed his vaunted power and never appeared to hurt Devon. By the 10th round, I turned to Ariana Grande videos on WorldStarHipHop.com because the outcome was so evident.
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Khan’s hand speed caused Alexander trouble from the first round through the 12th as he was simply too quick for the St. Louis native. It was the second loss in three fights for Alexander who lost his IBF belt to Shawn Porter in December of last year.
Khan has been clamoring for a bout with the sport’s biggest star, Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr., for some time and a win like this only bolsters his credentials.
Thurman earns lackluster unanimous decision over Bundu
The thousands of booing ringside fans who witnessed the version of “One Time” Keith Thurman, 24-0 (21), who beat up the untested Leonard Bundu, 31-1-2 (11), hope it’s the last time they see that guy. Forced out of action since April of this year due to a shoulder injury, one of the sport’s most dynamic punchers, Thurman failed to impress as he recorded a humdrum unanimous decision via scores of 120-107 thrice.
Bundu entered the contest undefeated, earning the majority of his 31 wins in Italy fighting guys with names I couldn’t pronounce with an Apple app. Thurman was a huge favorite who was expected to record the 22nd knockout of his career against a 40-year-old marginal fighter. Though One Time did clearly outpoint Bundu, he seemed to settle for a decision when a knockout was conceivable. In the first round, Thurman switched into a southpaw stance and dropped Bundu to the canvas with a sharp left hand. Though the Italian resident appeared hurt, he survived the early onslaught of power and was unable to mount a serious challenge to Thurman. Bundu’s inability to cut off the ring allowed Thurman to box circles around him and pot shot him whenever he wanted to. As the rounds quickly began resembling each other with Thurman punching and Bundu trying to defend himself, loud boos could be heard from the crowd on the Showtime telecast. When you’ve knocked out 21 of the 23 fighters you’ve fought, unfair expectations for a knockout are a given . Thurman counterpunched a bit too much, when he should’ve taken the lead but ultimately he obtained the win and keeps his name in discussion for a world title fight. Thurman, like every other fighter from flyweight to heavyweight, has stated he would love to fight fellow welterweight Floyd Mayweather Jr. but that’s as likely to happen as a Bill Cosby presentation at the next NOW convention.
Mares stops the game Ramirez in five
Former featherweight titleholder Abner Mares, 28-1-1 (15), stopped the overmatched-but-valiant Jose Ramirez, 25-5 (15), in five boisterous rounds to record his second victory since being shockingly knocked out in one round in August of 2013 against Jhonny Gonzalez.
Sporting a beard in a possible attempt to look as little like Mario Lopez as possible, Mares slugged it out with the big underdog before the fight was waived off. Scoring knockdowns in the first, third and fifth rounds, Mares’ accuracy and punching power were too much for the limited Ramirez. Though he had a few moments in the fight, which could be chalked up to Mares’ inability to establish a jab, they came far and few between. As the rounds wore on, Ramirez ate more and more hellacious shots from Mares. If Abner is going to last long in this sport, he’ll probably have to avoid getting into these kinds of fisticuffs with the likes of Ramirez but he certainly gave boxing fans an engaging scrap.
Charlo scores knockout victory to earn IBF title shot
Undefeated middleweight contender Jermall Charlo, 20-0 (16), knocked out Lenny Bottai, 22-3 (9), in the third round of an IBF junior middleweight title eliminator in the opening bout of the “Showtime Championship Boxing” card. If the only part of this fight you watched was the knockout, then you essentially witnessed the fight in a capsule. Charlo landed a short left hook that dropped Bottai to his backside, like he had the rug pulled out from under him, only for Bottai to stumble around on his knees in an the effort to beat the referee Jay Nady’s count. Bottai’s corner, sensing he had suffered enough, simultaneously threw in the towel while he was being counted out.
Afterward, Charlo expressed his desire to enforce his mandatory title shot against current IBF titleholder Cornelius“K9” Bundrage.
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