Sunday, April 10, 2016
Pacquiao decisions Bradley,Joshua destroys Martin-Boxing Challenge
I added eight points over the day to R.L.Malpica's six and moved the overall lead to 31-22.
The glamour fight of the weekend might have involved Manny Pacquiao,but we might look back in time at this evening and realize that that the most newsworthy bout of the day was Anthony Joshua's two round demolition of Charles Martin to win the IBF Heavyweight title.
Joshua knocked Martin down twice in round two on his way to ending the title reign of arguably the least deserving heavyweight champion ever.
Martin,who won a vacant title when his opponent (Czar Glazkov) tore his ACL (knee) in the third round,deserves some credit for going to the UK to fight the former Olympic gold medalist and for being a good businessman for cashing in,was clearly out of his league against Joshua,who may still need some polishing,but has the most talent in a suddenly interesting heavyweight division.
Joshua will likely make his first defense against another talented prospect-New Zealand's Joseph Parker,who needs to get through a title eliminator against Carlos Takam first and with a win has options against David Haye in a huge fight for the UK,Tyson Fury in a bout to unify three of the four titles in an even bigger UK bout and maybe even down the road-American Deontay Wilder,should he keep his belt after a tough fights vs Alexander Povetkin.
R.L and I each earned two points for the Joshua win.
Lee Selby defended his IBF featherweight title on the Joshua undercard with a unanimous decision over Eric Hunter.
Selby was knocked down in the second,but controlled the rest of the fight and gave Ramon and I two more points...
In the glamour pay per view fight,Manny Pacquiao took a unanimous decision over Timothy Bradley in the unwanted third fight between the two.
Pacquiao knocked Bradley down in the seventh and ninth in cruising to the win.
Pacquaio claims this was his last fight and it may be,but I'm not sure it's because of that,but a lack of bigger fights for him.
Most of the talent in the division seems to be on the Al Haymon side of the ledger and unless Top Rank wants Pacquiao against Jessie Vargas (WBO champ and only champ promoted by T.R),which might have less buzz than this one,Pacquiao might be better suited to take time and see what opens up..
R.L.and I each added two more points.
Gilberto Ramirez won every round on the co-feature to win his first world title with a unanimous decision over Arthur Abraham for the WBO Super Middleweight title.
Ramirez is expected to be the latest star for Top Rank and was the first ever Mexican fighter to win a title heavier than 160 pounds.
The Ramirez win gave me two points,while R.L. picked Abraham.