The week that was in boxing: May 1, 2018
* Thoughts and prayers to the family of Jesse Reid Jr., who sadly passed away over the weekend in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Reid was in town with his father, working the ESPN card at Liacouras Center. Reed apparently collapsed at the airport and suffered an immediate and lethal stroke. Rest in peace, Jesse.
* Isaac Dogboe, 19-0 (13), captured the WBO junior featherweight title, by 11th round TKO, in a thrilling slugfest against Jessie Magdaleno, 25-1 (18), on Saturday night in Philadelphia. After the fight, Dogboe’s manager Mike Altamura said he’d love to see Dogboe defend the title back in Ghana, where the hugely popular champion is a one-man boxing revival.
Magdaleno was classy in defeat, saying, “(Dogboe) was the better man tonight. He did what he had to do. The inactivity got to me but I don’t want to take anything away from Isaac. He is a great warrior. He got a great opportunity and he took it. I wish nothing but the best to him.”
Also Philadelphia super middleweight Jesse Hart Jr. (son of legendary 1970s middleweight contender Eugene “Cyclone” Hart), scored a seventh round stoppage over Demond Nicholson, 18-3-1 (17), of Laurel, Maryland. Hart, who moved to 24-1 (20), is hoping to work his way back to a second world title shot.
Undefeated featherweight prospect Shakur Stevenson, 6-0 (3), looked impressive in beating Patrick Riley (12-1, 6 KO’s) by second round stoppage.
* Saturday night at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, in a WBA middleweight final eliminator, former world title challenger Daniel Jacobs, 34-2 (29), scored a 12-round unanimous decision over Maciej Sulecki, 26-1 (10).
Undefeated Jarrell Miller, 21-0-1 (18), beat Johann Duhaupas, 37-5 (24), by 12-round unanimous decision, in a WBA world heavyweight title eliminator.
Also in an IBF/WBA female lightweight title unification bout, WBA champ Katie Taylor, 9-0 (4), scored a 10-round unanimous decision to win the IBF crown from Victoria Bustos, 18-5.
* Saturday night, in El Paso, Texas, former WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell, 32-1-1 (24), beat Abie Han, 26-4 (16), by 10-round unanimous decision.
Also former WBA interim featherweight champion Claudio Marrero, 23-2 (17), drilled previously undefeated Jorge Lara, 29-1-2 (21), by KO in 33 seconds of the first round.
* Saturday, in Offenburg, Germany, former two-division world champion Arthur Abraham, 47-6 (30), scored a 12-round split decision over Patrick Nielsen, 29-3 (14).
* The IBF has reportedly given the OK for world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin to defend its version of his title against late-sub Vanes Martirosyan. However this requires “GGG” to face mandatory challenger Sergey Derevyanchenko in his next bout. Will we ever see GGG-Canelo Alvarez 2?
* Have a great week!