SAN DIEGO – December 15, 2012 – Santa Claus rewarded all the good little boxing head boys and girls with excellent boxing entertainment wrapped up pretty in a jam packed Saturday of boxing to end 2012.
Top pound for pound fighter Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire had little problem with veteran Mexican fighter Jorge Arce, taking him out with a smartly thrown left hook, set up by a right hand. The knockout took place at 2:59 of the third round. If that sounds familiar, Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Manny Pacquiao at 2:59 of the sixth round last week.
Donaire admitted his Filipino fans wanted revenge for last week’s loss by their hero Pacquiao. “You gotta get him, you gotta get him… Mexican fighters are rough and I have the most respect for him.”
What’s next for Donaire, now 31-1, 20 KOs? Fans want to see him fight Abner Mares if the cold war between promoters Golden Boy and Top Rank will thaw long enough to make it happen. With Top Rank’s Bob Arum standing in the ring, Donaire said, “I want to get Mares because of the fact he’s called me out.” But Donaire said he’ll gladly fight Cuban ex-patriot Guillermo Rigondeaux in lieu of Mares. Donaire will fight anyone. He loves to fight and the fans love him for it. He’s a legitimate candidate for Fighter of the Year.
Arce said he promised his family he would retire after the fight if he lost, and he will be good to his word. He ends his pro career at 61-7-2, with 42 KOs. He has a job waiting for him as a boxing analyst with TV Azteca in Mexico, and he’ll make a good one.
Amir Khan resurrected his boxing career by combining his trademark hand speed along with some new patience and ring generalship that led him to a victory against young Mexican challenger Carlos Molina, now 17-1, 7 KOs. Khan is now 27-3, 19 KOs.
At times, Khan looked like he was working the speed bag in the gym, throwing blazing fast combinations of punches seemingly at will against Molina. He had Molina so intimidated, Molina offered little offense of his own. Molina was cut over the left eye, had come up in weight class, and it was all too much for him. He took increasing punishment and his face was a mess. Before the 10th round, Molina’s corner told him “You gotta bring something.” When the round was over, Molina’s corner stopped the fight. Molina came up in weight for the fight and he was unable to keep up with Khan, who put on a smart exhibition of his top skills.
Khan said his new trainer Virgil Hunter is teaching him how to be patient. “I’m too brave for my own good.” Khan he’s ready for a rematch with Danny Garcia, who knocked him out earlier this year. Garcia, who was ringside for the fight, is scheduled to fight Zab Judah in February, who Khan has defeated.
Fellow British boxer Ricky Hatton offered some entertaining commentary throughout the Khan bout to the Showtime announcing crew via Twitter, which they read to the viewers. The next time Paulie Malignaggi isn’t available to provide color commentary, Showtime should consider giving Hatton a chance to join the team.
2008 Olympic bronze medalist Deontay Wilder (26-0, 26 KOs) had no trouble with Kelvin Price (13-1, 6 KOs), notching his 26th knockout in 26 fights. When Wilder threw a single straight right hand to take down Price at 51 seconds of the third round, he looked like a baseball player who knows he’s hit a walkoff grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to win the game. He knew from the second the punch connected it was all over.
Alfredo Angulo (22-2, 18 KOs) and Jorge Silva (15-3-2) thrilled fight fans in Los Angeles with an action packed brawl that never let up for one second in all ten rounds. Angulo took the unanimous decision by identical scores of 97-93. Silva would be welcome as an opponent again in the U.S. thanks to his willingness to engage.
Earlier in the day, bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz (23-0-1, 6 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Alberto Guevara (13-1, 6 KOs) in the first network boxing on TV in 15 years, shown on CBS. Santa Cruz looked terrible at the start of the fight, appearing to suffer damage to his nose. But he settled down, sucked it up and improved his performance round by round. Santa Cruz apologized after the fight to fans, saying he should have rested longer after winning in June. Fans seemed to enjoy it, but the truth is that many of them got in for free since it was so early in the day. Let’s hope the ratings were good enough for CBS to offer boxing coverage again soon in 2013.
Also victorious was 2012 U.S. Olympic boxer Joseph Diaz Jr. He won in his professional debut over Vicente Alfaro in a unanimous decision. His Olympic teammates Errol Spence and Marcus Browne also won their fights, both by TKO.
Showtime will repeat the Khan vs. Molina and Angulo vs. Silva fights at 10 a.m. Eastern and Pacific Time on Sunday, December 16. HBO will also show Donaire vs. Arce and the Pacquiao-Marquez IV replay on Sunday, December 16, at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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