Eric Armit's Fight Reports: The Past Week in Action, 26 May 2015

Moscow, Russia: Cruiser: Grigory Drozd (40-1) W TKO 9 Lukasz Janik (28-3). Heavy: Alex Povetkin (29-1) W KO 1 Mike Perez (21-2-1). Cruiser: Rakhim Chakhkiev (23-1) W KO 8 Junior Anthony Wright (13-1-1). Heavy: Manuel Charr (28-3) W PTS 10 Alex Leapai (30-7-3). Cruiser: Dmitry Kudryashov (18-0) W TKO 6 Vikapita Meroro (28-5).

Drozd vs. Janik

Kosei Tanaka, a boxing prodigy

In sport we hear about prodigies on a regular basis. Recent notable examples include 17 year old like F1 driver Max Verstappen, 18 year old basketball player Thon Maker, 14 year old table tennis whizz Mima Ito and 16 year old soccer player Martin Odegaard.

Boxcino 2015 Ends An Era In Boxing

The Boxcino Finals on ESPN2’s Friday Night fights produced great action and superior stories. As John “The Apollo Kid” Thompson IV obliterated Boxcino veteran Brandon Adams, one could not help but to fall in love with the storyline.  Thompson, a last minute replacement, and only claim to fame prior to the tournament was getting crushed in the second round against Frank Galarza, took his Wally Pip moment all the way to boxing’s cat bird seat. The sky is the limit for Thompson now, and bigger pay days soon await for this talented pugilist/artist.

Weekend action: Five storylines and preview of Dirrell-DeGale

I've come to be a bit leery when approached with fights like those taking place this weekend.

Nothing particularly stands out about any of these match-ups. Most are good enough to watch on paper, but could just as easily be 36-minute snoozers. In one receiving more than it's share of press coverage, British star James DeGale crosses the pond for an unlikely clash with Andre Dirrell, an American fighter whose only just certainty is his ability to cloud the résumé of Carl Froch with a very curious result. His only defeat was very questionable, and his greatest victory, over Arthur Abraham, came by DQ.

GGG Slugs his Way to 20th straight KO

Willie Monroe Jr. tried to use the very generous ring, installed in California Saturday night, when he faced off against Gennady Golovkin.  From the opening bell the game plan was clear for the boxer Monroe, an American with very strong boxing bloodlines, use the ring and your superior lateral movement to disrupt the rhythm of the stalking slugger from Kazakhstan.

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