The week that was in boxing: Oct. 19, 2015
* Thoughts and prayers are with junior middleweight Prichard Colon, who suffered a brain bleed as a result of an injury on Saturday afternoon against Terrel Williams on the Premier Boxing Champions card headlined by Lamont Peterson. Colon was rushed into surgery after the bout and remains in critical condition.
* Undefeated featherweight contender Jessie Magdaleno scored an impressive KO 1 over Vergel Nebran on Saturday in Phoenix, Ariz.
* WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (post-fight on Saturday night): “I want all the belts. Now I have two. The winner of [WBC titlist Miguel] Cotto-Canelo [Alvarez], for sure. I’m not sure who will win that fight but I want to fight the winner next. I’m staying at 160 until I have all the belts!”
* In their middleweight title unification showdown, Golovkin won via eight-round TKO over Montreal, Quebec’s David Lemieux at a sold out Madison Square Garden in New York City. Golovkin was in charge from the get-go, dropping Lemieux in round five and punishing him throughout the fight. The fight was stopped at 1:32 of round eight.
* Undefeated WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez won via ninth round TKO over former two-division world champion Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria. Gonzalez hammered a game, very tough Viloria throughout the fight until it was halted in the ninth.
* Now fighting at junior middleweight, two-time former middleweight world title challenger Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin won a 10-round unanimous decision over Jason Welborn on Saturday in Birmingham, England.
* Former world junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson won a close one over previously unbeaten 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz Jr. on Saturday in Fairfax, Virginia.
* “Irish” Seanie Monaghan defended his WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight title and won the vacant NABO belt via 10-round unanimous decision over gutsy Donovan “Da Bomb” George on Friday night in Brooklyn, NY. George severely hurt his right hand in round three but gamely continued fighting for the remaining seven rounds. Chicago’s George had his eyes on the rest of the Top Rank Promotions stable but his loss was a true setback. Not only losing to undefeated Seanie Monaghan but also hurting his hand, an injury that could see him on the shelf – again – for a while. Before the fight, George showed little concern for Monaghan, or anyone else from Top Rank, saying, “I want to wipe out Top Rank’s stable. It starts Friday with ‘Irish Stew’ Seanie Monaghan, the easiest fight of the three Top Rank fighters I’m declaring war on. Then I want to get my hands on Jesse ‘Out of Work’ Hart. I want to shut his trap. Philadelphia hasn’t been a fight town in decades and Hart is softer than a tub of Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Finally, I want Top Rank’s Mexican darling Gilberto ‘Zero’ Ramirez – a fighter who lives up to his ring name.”
* Undefeated Mexican knockout artist and No. 1 world-rated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez returns in a 10-round WBO International/NABF super middleweight title defense against Gevorg Khatchikian on Nov. 20, at the Chelsea Ballroom inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. This is no easy, stay-busy tune-up; Khatchikian’s only loss is a late stoppage by IBF super middleweight world champion James DeGale.
* In a slugfest, WBA junior bantamweight champion Kohei Kono defeated Koki Kameda by unanimous decision on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Ill.
* WBO No. 6, WBA No. 13 and WBC No. 14 heavyweight Joseph Parker scored a third round KO over 45-year-old former world title challenger Kali “Mean Hand” Meehan on Thursday night in Auckland, New Zealand.
* Andy Lee’s WBO world title defense against Billy Joe Saunders has finally been rearranged for a third time, with the two middleweights set to do battle at the Manchester Arena on Dec. 19.
* The Eighth Annual Briscoe Awards were presented on Sunday in South Philadelphia. Congratulations to the toughest fighter out of Philly in a long time – honorary Briscoe medal winner Kennedy Cunningham, daughter of heavyweight contender and former cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham, who survived life-saving heart surgery this past year.
* Sad to report that former WBA junior featherweight world champion Ricardo Cardona passed away last Sunday at the age of 63 in Barranquilla, Colombia after a battle with cancer. Cardona retired with a record of 26-10-1 (13). Ricardo’s brother Prudencio was a WBC flyweight world champion.