The week that was in boxing…: Oct. 27, 2015

Photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Promotions

Photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Promotions

 

* Undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford did his part to set up a possible April 2016 showdown against Manny Pacquiao with a 10th round TKO over Dierry Jean on Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.

 

* On the Crawford undercard, unbeaten heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr. out-worked and out-punched Raphael Zumbano Love, en route to an eighth round, unanimous decision win. Ruiz moves well, is getting in better shape all the time and has very fast hands. But questions remain about his power. Will he have the artillery to keep the big, top-tier heavyweights off him when they tangle?

 

* According to BoxNation (in the Crawford-Jean pre-fight banter telecast), Bob Arum told Crawford before the Jean fight that if he wanted “Pac-Man” in April 2016, he had to win – and win impressively. “He has to win well to get the Pacquiao fight,” said Arum.

 

* Former IBF featherweight champion Evgeny “The Russian Mexican” Gradovich won an eight-round split decision over Aldimar Silva. This was Evgeny’s first bout since losing his world title to Lee Selby in May.

 

* WBA “interim” middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr. demolished Tony “Mo Better” Jeter in two rounds on Saturday night at the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, England.

 

* The WBA Championships Committee has stripped the WBA interim junior lightweight belt from Mexican Emmanuel “El Pollo” Lopez due to 180 days of inactivity.

 

* The biggest small fighter in the world, Momo Koseki from Japan, defended her WBC female world atomweight (strawweight) title for the fifth time and added the WBA belt to her collection by closely outscoring fellow Japanese world champion Ayaka Miyao by 10-round unanimous decision, Thursday night at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

 

* The numbers for the HBO Pay-Per-View broadcast featuring IBF/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin versus David Lemieux last Saturday night in New York are coming in at around 150,000 buys.

 

* WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has been awarded the “Medallistas Olímpicos.” The medal is the highest honor bestowed by the Olympic Medalists Association and the Mexican Olympic Committee for the work and passion Sulaiman has shown in leading the largest boxing sanctioning organization since his election.

 

* On Tuesday, physicians for injured boxer Prichard Colon completely removed sedation and informed Colon’s parents that they had done everything possible for their son. Now they’re waiting for him to wake up. Thoughts and prayers are with the Colon family.

 

* Former WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov will fight unbeaten Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez of Mexico in Monte Carlo on Nov. 7.

 

* The Briscoe Awards again honored the best of the Philadelphia boxing scene last Sunday. During the awards ceremony, Steve “USS” Cunningham announced that he was “going to go back down to cruiserweight and become a three-time world champion. My next fight, in January, is going to be at cruiserweight.” Cunningham received two Briscoe Awards Sunday. He, along with Amir Mansour, were part of the “2014 Philly Fight of the Year” and Steve was also recognized for the “Performance of the Year” for the same fight. Since its inception eight years ago, Cunningham has won a record total of five Briscoe Awards. Amir Mansour also took home a second award, “Knockout of the Year,” for his KO of Fred Kassi. Bryant Jennings was named the “2014 Philly Fighter of the Year” at the event; Joey Dawejko grabbed the “Breakout Fighter of 2014” Award and Olympic hopeful Darmani Rock took home the “Amateur of the Year” Award. Other winners included welterweight Ray Robinson (“Prospect of the Year”), junior welterweight Milton Santiago (“Rookie of the Year”), super middleweight Taneal Goyco (“Upset of the Year”) and amateur Jaron Ennis (“Everett Brothers Award”). Cunningham’s daughter, Kennedy Cunningham was also recognized with a special honorary Briscoe Award for her bravery and inspiration during a 2014 heart transplant surgery.

 

Questions and comments can be sent to Bill Tibbs at hwtibbs@shaw.ca and you can follow him at twitter.com/tibbs_bill.

 

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