With weekend’s like this we the fans are the real winners
Well if last weekend’s action was good, this weekend’s was fantastic. But the real winners are us the boxing fans.
Our action kicked off with the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament giving us another excellent fight for a second week in a row. Yunier Dorticos and Murat Gassiev contested in a unified title fight for the WBA and IBF titles. As reported by 3KingsBoxing.com Dorticos had been elevated to full WBA champion, giving this fight even more meaning. The fight started well for Dorticos but Gassiev showed his experience and underrated ability to adjust in the second half in winning by knockout in impressive fashion in the twelfth round.
Top Rank’s undercard fighter’s Teofimo Lopez and Jesse Hart both put on inspired performances. Lopez showed why he’s a highly talked about prospect in the lightweight division improving his record his record to 8-0. His potential and skills he showed leaves you with a reason to want to see him fight. Jesse Hart scored a first round knockout over an opponent over an opponent that had never been stopped. Hart showed his fighter’s mentality by bouncing back well from his first career defeat. In the post fight interview he made it clear he would like a rematch, be it for the title or not. He wants a chance to settle the score.
Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas made his American debut against a game Israel Gonzalez. Gonzalez certainly didn’t come to lay down and collect a paycheck. By the tenth it was over. Ancajas landed a beautiful straight left putting his opponent on the canvas. When Gonzalez got back up Ancajas finished the job. This performance gives us further reason why we should be excited about the entire 115lb division, it’s stacked with the potential for great fights.
Gilberto Ramirez looked impressive as he defended his title against number four ranked Habib Ahmed. From the moment the bell sounded he made it clear that he was the champion and that Ahmed wasn’t on his level. ‘Zurdo’ came with a great body of work and stopped Ahmed in the sixth round, retaining his WBO super middleweight title.
All this action providing further reason that in 2018, we the fans are the real winners.
By: Garrisson “Bo” Bland