It’s been a little while since the last big boxing match, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been some awesome stories to come out of the sport lately. After all, boxing has an entire season just like baseball does, and with all that time comes to an awful lot of news. Here are three great stories from the past few weeks you might have missed.
Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder
On Saturday, December 1, 2018, Anthony Joshua fought Deontay Wilder in a long-awaited heavyweight title bout. The fight ended in a controversial split decision, with Joshua winning by two rounds on one judge's scorecard and Wilder winning by one round on the other two scorecards. The fight was entertaining and intense, with both men landing big shots throughout. In the end, Joshua retained his heavyweight titles and moved to 22-0 (21 KOs).
Carl Frampton vs. Luke Jackson
On Saturday, August 18, 2018, Carl Frampton faced Luke Jackson in a bout for the interim WBO featherweight title. The fight was held at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and was Frampton's first time-fighting in his hometown since 2015. It was also Frampton's first fight since losing to Leo Santa Cruz in January of this year. In the tenth round, it seemed as if Frampton had won but he ended up losing on points by a majority decision from two judges with one scoring 115-113 for Jackson and one scoring 114-114. After the fight, Frampton expressed his disappointment and frustration over the result. I didn't feel like I lost, said Frampton after the match. If there's anything that can go wrong then it will.
Jermall Charlo vs. Hugo Centeno Jr.
On Saturday, March 3, top-ranked middleweight contender Jermall Charlo (26-0, 20 KOs) faced off against Hugo Centeno Jr. (26-2, 14 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round bout.
Both fighters entered the ring with undefeated records, but it was Charlo who emerged victorious after a dominant performance.
Charlo controlled the majority of the fight with his superior boxing skills and movement, winning by unanimous decision on scores of 120-108, 119-109, and 118-110.
With the win, Charlo retained his WBC interim middleweight title and proved that he is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world today ข่าวมวย.
Isaac Dogboe vs. Hidenori Otake
Super bantamweight world champion Isaac Dogboe is set to defend his title against Hidenori Otake of Japan on August 25. The bout will be held at the Gamba Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium in Osaka, Japan. It will be televised live by ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes and streamed on the ESPN app beginning at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m PT.
Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares II
In a rematch of their 2015 bout, Leo Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KOs) defeated Abner Mares (31-4-1, 15 KOs) by unanimous decision Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The judges scored the fight 118-110, 119-109, and 120-108 all for Santa Cruz. This is what boxing needs, said Santa Cruz, who has won world titles at featherweight and super bantamweight. We need to give the fans more than one fight each year. There are too many champions that don't want to defend their belts. I was going to let this be my last fight, but I decided not to retire because there are so many good fighters coming up.
Lee Selby vs. Jonathan Victor Barros
On October 27, 2018, at the O2 Arena in London, England, Selby (26-2, 9 KOs) defended his IBF title against Jonathan Victor Barros (41-4-1, 22 KOs). Selby won by unanimous decision with scores of 118-110, 118-110, and 116-112. Selby was praised for his defensive abilities which he used to negate any type of offense from Barros throughout the fight. At the end of round eight, Barros hit Selby with a hard right hand that led to a point deduction because it landed after the bell rang.