This weekend went basically to script. All four favorites got the job done; though some provided more entertainment than others.
Jermell Charlo took a big step in his boxing career by completely dominating Gabe Rosado for ten rounds. Charlo boxed intelligently and made Rosado look amateurish at times. Charlo managed to look better against Rosado than either Peter Quillin or Gennady Golovkin. From here, look for him to continue to step up the competition, possibly against Demetrius Andrade later this year. Some other possible opponents include Austin Trout and Cornelius “K9” Bundrage.
Lamont Peterson returned to form tonight. He out-boxed the talented but raw Dierry Jean. Jean started the fight off well by throwing in combination and pushing Peterson back. Peterson adjusted well though, and by the middle rounds he had completely taken over the fight. Peterson won a wide unanimous decision and managed to do so without taking much punishment. From here look for Peterson to target a unification with Danny Garcia sometime later this year.
Bryant Jennings looked great tonight as he stopped Arthur Szpilka in the tenth round. Szpilka seemed to give Jennings some trouble early mostly with his awkward style. Jennings did very little in the first three rounds of the fight, but then stepped on the gas in the middle rounds. Jennings floored Szpilka with a hard body shot to the solar-plexus in the fifth round. From that point on the fight turned in Jennings’ favor. He dominated him for the rest of the fight, then in the tenth round dropped him with a hard shot to the head. Szpilka managed to beat the count, only to be stopped by the referee a few moments later. This is arguably the most important win of Jennings’ career. He got the KO of an undefeated fighter in his first appearance on HBO. Look for him to target Wladimir Klitschko in the near future.
In the only bad fight of the evening, Mikey Garcia won a unanimous decision over Juan Carlos Burgos in a mind-numbingly boring fight. Burgos never appeared to have any desire to win the fight and Garcia seemed fine with that. From here look for Garcia to continue to be matched easy.
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