Sergio Garcia 118-110 Ted Cheeseman, officially UD
Sergey Kovalev 118-110 Eleider Alvarez (rematch), officially UD
Jose Ramirez 114-114 Jose Zepeda, officially Ramirez by MD
Omar Figueroa 99-92 John Molina, officially UD
Leo Santa Cruz 119-109 Rafael Rivera, officially UD
Chris Eubank Jr. 117-108 James DeGale, officially UD
Brandon Rios 115-113 Humberto Soto, officially Soto by UD
Anthony Dirrell 96-94 Avni Yildirim, officially TSD
Full TG4 broadcast of the IABA Men’s & Women’s Senior Elite Championship Finals 2019, for those interested:
Same old Eubank Jr. last night, but it was more than enough to beat a faded James DeGale, who surely needs to retire now after a very successful career.
Despite his chronic limitations, I’d favour Eubank Jr. to beat an average beltholder in Anthony Dirrell.
I’d stay away from Caleb Plant, or any of the non-Haymon 168lbers.
Joe Joyce vs. Manny Charr isn’t a bad next step for the heavyweight prospect, but the fact that a WBA ‘regular’ bauble would be at stake is vomit-inducing.
AJ-Miller is the fight that nobody asked for, but, viewed in a vacuum, it’s not too bad.
However, I don’t expect it to be very competitive and it will probably look something like Joshua’s wrecking of Breazeale.
Viewed in the context of today’s heavyweight landscape, it’s actually better than the rumoured Fury-Pulev (is there a worse fight that can be made in the division?) and Wilder-Breazeale matchups.
Dillian Whyte is playing a risky game by turning down a career best payday to rematch Joshua and instead presumably fight another credible opponent to try to increase his stock.
That said, I’d still favour him to be Joshua’s dance partner for late 2019, and for a bigger purse than he was offered this time.
Congrats to George Groves on his retirement.
He’ll be remembered fondly and stepped away at the right time, finances and legacy intact.
His knockdown of Froch in the opening round of their first fight is a truly indelible moment from the past decade of boxing.
Andrew Cancio (a real feel-good story) may have upset Machado since this article was written but its premise holds true.
Keith Idec outlines the WBA’s latest $anctioning $cam: