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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
WHO SHOULD MAYWEATHER FIGHT NEXT?
12/13/14: Miguel Cotto 12/6/14: Saul "Canelo" Alvarez 11/22/14: Manny Pacquiao 11/22/14: Zou Shiming 11/15/14: Wladimir Klitschko 11/8/14: Tomasz Adamek 11/8/14: Bernard Hopkins 11/8/14: Sergey Kovalev 10/27/14: Alexander Povetkin 10/18/14: Gennady Golovkin 10/18/14: Nonito Donaire 10/18/14: Edwin Rodriguez 10/11/14: Carlos Molina 10/11/14: Cornelius Bundrage 10/4/14: Vanes Martirosyan 10/4/14: Chad Dawson 10/4/14: Jhonny Gonzalez 10/4/14: Jorge Arce 9/29/14: Johnathon Banks 9/27/14: Krzysztof Wlodarczyk 9/27/14: Arthur Abraham 9/27/14: Tavoris Cloud 9/13/14: Floyd Mayweather Jr. 9/13/14: Marcos Maidana 9/13/14: Miguel Vazquez 9/13/14: Leo Santa Cruz 9/13/14: Alfredo Angulo 9/6/14: Adrien Broner 9/6/14: Lucas Matthysse 8/22/14: Austin Trout 8/16/14: Yoan Pablo Hernandez 8/16/14: Deontay Wilder 8/9/14: Danny Garcia 8/9/14: Lamont Peterson 8/2/14: Brandon Rios 7/19/14: Guillermo Rigondeaux 7/12/14: Erislandy Lara 6/28/14: Yuriorkis Gamboa 6/21/14: Robert Guerrero 6/21/14: Gary Russell Jr. 6/21/14: Devon Alexander 6/7/14: Sergio Martinez 5/31/14: Carl Froch 5/31/14: Vic Darchinyan 5/31/14: Felix Sturm 5/24/14: Adonis Stevenson 5/17/14: Juan Manuel Marquez 5/17/14: Mike Alvarado 5/3/14: Amir Khan 4/26/14: Keith Thurman 4/12/14: Timothy Bradley 1/25/14: Miguel "Mikey" Angel Garcia 11/16/13: Andre Ward 10/26/13: Peter Quillin 10/23/13: Shane Mosley 10/12/13: Orlando Salido 9/14/13: Pablo Cesar Cano 9/7/13: Ricky Burns 9/7/13: Seth Mitchell 9/7/13: Chris Arreola 8/24/13: Abner Mares 8/23/13: Koki Kameda 8/17/13: Daniel Geale 8/17/13: Nathan Cleverly 8/17/13: Thomas Dulorme 8/12/13: Shinsuke Yamanaka 7/27/13: Andre Berto 7/27/13: Jesus Soto Karass 7/6/13: David Price 6/22/13: Paul Malignaggi 6/15/13: Juan Manuel Lopez 6/8/13: Josesito Lopez 6/7/13: John Molina 5/25/13: Lucian Bute 5/25/13: Jean Pascal 5/25/13: Mikkel Kessler 5/25/13: Isaac Chilemba 5/4/13: Daniel Ponce De Leon 4/28/13: James Toney 4/27/13: Luis Carlos Abregu 4/27/13: Zab Judah 4/27/13: Fernando Guerrero 4/20/13: Steve Cunningham 4/14/13: Chris John 4/8/13: Gamaliel Diaz 4/6/13: Roman Martinez 4/6/13: Brian Viloria 4/6/13: Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. 3/2/13: Richard Abril 2/23/13: Andrew Golota 2/22/13: Roman Morales 1/26/13: Juan Carlos Salgado 1/25/13: Serhiy Dzinziruk 1/4/13: Jonathan Gonzalez 12/1/12: Billy Dib 2/23/13: Kelly Pavlik
11/29/14: Terence Crawford 11/29/14: Tyson Fury 11/29/14: Dereck Chisora 11/22/14: Vasyl Lomachenko 11/22/14: Jessie Vargas 11/1/14: Andrzej Fonfara 10/18/14: Nicholas Walters 10/8/14: Jermain Taylor 10/1/14: Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam 9/27/14: Denis Lebedev 9/26/14: Anselmo Moreno 9/6/14: Carl Frampton 8/30/14: Marco Huck 8/23/14: Donovan George 8/16/14: Shawn Porter 8/16/14: Kell Brook 8/16/14: Sakio Bika 8/9/14: Daniel Jacobs 6/14/14: Ruslan Provodnikov 5/31/14: George Groves 3/1/14: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. 10/27/12: Sadam Ali 9/28/13: David Haye 9/13/13: Mike Jimenez 9/7/13: Rafael Marquez 8/24/13: Kubrat Pulev 8/17/13: Jhonatan Romero 8/16/13: Gabriel Campillo 8/16/13: Mike Mollo 6/29/13: Manuel Charr 6/14/13: Bryant Jennings 6/14/13: Ronald Cruz 6/8/13: Fres Oquendo 6/1/13: Hernan Marquez 5/18/13: Oliver McCall 5/17/13: Guillermo Jones 12/8/12: Mercito Gesta 12/8/12: Miguel Beltran Jr. 12/8/12: Brian Magee 12/6/12: Takahiro Ao 12/4/12: Hugo Ruiz 11/30/12: Joan Guzman 11/24/12: Ricky Hatton 11/17/12: Antonio DeMarco 11/17/12: Yusaf Mack 11/10/12: Robert Helenius 11/3/12: Firat Arslan 11/10/12: Jonathan Victor Barros 11/10/12: Mariusz Wach 11/3/12: Denis Grachev 11/3/12: Tomas Rojas 10/27/12: Marvin Quintero 10/27/12: Liborio Solis 10/20/12: Erik Morales 10/20/12: Randall Bailey 10/20/12: AJ Banal 10/20/12: Pungluang Sor Singyu 10/20/12: Hector David Saldivia 10/17/12: Omar Andres Narvaez 10/13/12: Toshiaki Nishioka 10/13/12: Audley Harrison 10/6/12: Jonathan Oquendo 10/6/12: Moises Fuentes 10/6/12: Ivan Calderon 10/6/12: Jorge Linares 10/6/12: Zaurbek Baysangurov 10/6/12: Lukas Konecny 9/29/12: Luis Orlando Del Valle 9/29/12: Zsolt Erdei 9/29/12: Hasim Rahman 9/29/12: Alexander Ustinov 9/29/12: Patrick Majewski 9/29/12: Julio Diaz 9/22/12: Kevin Mitchell 9/22/12: Francisco Palacios 9/22/12: Steve Molitor 9/21/12: Antwone Smith 9/21/12: Gabriel Rosado 9/21/12: Charles Whittaker 9/21/12: Efrain Esquivias 9/15/12: Robert Marroquin 9/15/12: Matthew Macklin 9/15/12: Joachim Alcine 9/15/12: Mike Lee 9/15/12: Eric Morel 9/15/12: Troy Ross 9/8/12: Vitali Klitschko 9/8/12: Ajose Olusegun 9/8/12: Luis Ramos Jr. 9/8/12: Ivan Morales 9/8/12: Luis Maldonado 9/1/12: Moruti Mthalane 8/24/12: Randy Caballero 8/24/12: Manuel Roman 7/21/12: Vicente Escobedo 7/13/12: Glen Johnson

11/02/09

THE CONTROVERSIAL OUTCOME

Machida and Rua

While heading into the month of October, there were many intriguing match-ups prepared for our enjoyment. Although the sport of boxing had a variety of events including Latino Fury 12 and the Super Six doubleheader, it seemed like a good bet that the UFC would take the spotlight with its Machida-Shogun bout scheduled to headline UFC 104. Instead, the fight ended in controversy as the judges scored in favor of Machida even though it seemed that Rua was the better fighter that night.

 

Surely, the controversial outcome in the main event in UFC 104 brought much delight to boxing fans everywhere who argue with UFC fans on a regular basis. Arguments are based on everything from the death of boxing to the UFC fighters rolling around on the ground together. Sometimes the argument is made that boxing’s popularity has declined mostly because of the poor decisions made by judges at so many events. On the other hand, because of the controversy surrounding the Machida-Shogun result, the fingers are being pointed right back at the UFC fans.

 

Certainly this has not been the only controversial decision involved in a UFC fight. It seems that Clay Guida has been on the wrong side of a decision here or there. Many remember when Michael Bisping was given the decision over Matt Hamill at UFC 75. A few may even claim that the decision given to Forrest Griffin over Rampage Jackson was wrong. Now it is only a question of whether or not anything can be done with poor judging in the UFC. Well, boxing fans have learned over time that sometimes judges can not be perfect, and the same will apply for MMA judges every once in a while. Also look at who is having more events in a given time; the more events, the more bad decisions.

 

Even without a controversial outcome in the Machida-Shogun fight, there’s a good chance that the month would have belonged to boxing.

 

There was little to brag about on October 2nd, when Allan Green defeated Tarvis Simms by a unanimous decision on Showtime. It was a disappointing performance for a boxer who may be the first-choice substitution in case there’s a dropout from the Super Six super-middleweight tournament.

 

The next day, however, heavyweight David Tua made his return by scoring a 2nd-round knockout over Shane Cameron in New Zealand’s biggest fight ever. Perhaps there is hope for the heavyweight division, but we will see in due time.

 

On October 10th, at Latino Fury 12, super bantamweight titlist Juan Manuel Lopez surprisingly had much difficulty against Rogers Mtagwa while earning a close unanimous decision. A possible future opponent for Lopez, featherweight champ Yuriorkis Gamoboa, did what he was expected to do by stopping Wyber Garcia in the 4th round. Also, Odlanier Solis knocked out Monte Barrett within two rounds. Solis is another individual who could add a much-needed spark to the heavyweight division.

 

A week later, on Showtime, the Super Six tournament began as Arthur Abraham knocked out Jermain Taylor in the final round of their 12-round contest. Unfortunately, when Carl Froch was awarded the split-decision victory over Andre Dirrell, most fans frowned as it appeared that Dirrell may have deserved the victory, but few were surprised considering the location of the bout taking place in Germany.

 

Also that weekend, welterweight Antonio Pitalua scored a 5th-round TKO over Wilfredo Negron in a fight featured on Telemundo. On Azteca America, lightweight Brandon Rios defeated Manny Perez by a 7th-round TKO.

 

On October 24th, a pay-per-view card took place featuring TKO victories for Kermit Cintron, Jonathan Oquendo, and Jose Gonzalez, each against inferior opponents. Then again, it seemed that most of the boxing fans were more distracted by Tomasz Adamek who earned his first heavyweight victory by defeating Andrew Golota via 5th-round TKO.

 

Finally, on Showtime October 31st, boxing fans were treated to an explosive battle as Joseph Agbeko defended his IBF bantamweight belt against Yonnhy Perez. In a close contest, Perez was awarded the victory by a unanimous decision. It was definitely a good way to for the sport to end the month. Congrats to Perez, the new IBF bantamweight champion. Hopefully they will meet again.

 

Surely the Agbeko-Perez bout made up for the borefest a night earlier on pay-per-view as Hector Camacho Jr. defeated Yory Boy Campas by a split decision. The fight showcased a little more holding and dirty tactics than actual boxing.

 

Back to UFC 104, at least the event was not a total disappointment. Heavyweight Cain Velasquez stopped Ben Rothwell with punches in the 2nd round. Joe Stevenson stopped Spencer Fisher with his elbows in the 2nd round of their lightweight battle. Also, Gleison Tibau won by unanimous decision over Josh Neer in a welterweight match-up.

 

Plus, in other MMA action, Benson Henderson scored a unanimous decision over Donald Cerrone in the main event of WEC 43 on Versus.

 

Now that we are in November, the month is looking to be even bigger. There will be two UFC cards, a megafight between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, more Super Six action, and plenty of other excellent match-ups. Or perhaps the month won’t belong to boxing or the UFC. After all, neither have secured a spot on CBS like Strikeforce has with their Fedor-Rogers affair this Saturday. Then again, if Fedor loses, that alone could be a victory for the UFC.

 

 

As always, you can go to www.konews.net for updates, reviews, and of course, the KOnews.net fight schedule on the home page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







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