Mikaela Mayer dominates Helen Joseph, desires title shot

Junior light-weight contender Mikaela Mayer simply outclassed Helen Joseph in a one-sided 10-round unanimous choice in the primary occasion of a Prime Rank boxing card on ESPN on the MGM Grand Convention Heart in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

This was the primary time a ladies’s combat has been the primary occasion for a Prime Rank card on ESPN.

Placing forth a robust and targeted exhibition of boxing and mixture punching, Mayer started the combat at a quick tempo, and by no means let up. After 10 rounds the scores learn 99-91 and 100-90 (twice) for Mayer, who remained undefeated and on observe for a junior light-weight title shot.

Mayer (13-0, 5 KOs) who was preventing with out her lead coach Al Mitchell, got here out of the gate throwing fast, speedy hearth 1-2 mixtures down the center. Joseph (17-5-2, 10 KOs) methodically stalked Mayer at a measured tempo, and also you puzzled if her plan was to take over down the stretch.

[Mitchell] is my largest critic, so despite the fact that I gained each spherical, I in all probability did not work the physique sufficient,” mentioned Mayer after the combat. “I deserted my jab at instances, however I believe, all in all, he’ll be joyful.”

Sadly for Joseph, Mayer by no means relented in her assault. In actual fact, within the later stage of the combat, as Mayer began to combine in left hooks and proper uppercuts to her mixtures, Joseph’s willingness to march ahead waned a bit.

From begin to end, this was Mayer’s night time.

“[Top Rank promoter Bob Arum] mentioned, ‘Nice combat,’ and that the subsequent one can be for the title,” mentioned Mayer. “We have been making an attempt to get a world title combat for some time now.”

Takeaway: Mikaela Mayer lastly received her probability to benefit from a showcase occasion in 2020. Mayer defeated Helen Joseph and confirmed she might be able to contend for a significant title in opposition to a few of the sport’s prime names.

Mayer was in full management for practically the whole combat and was so dominant that Joseph’s nook reportedly thought of stopping the bout early. In arguably the hardest bout of her professional profession, Mayer cruised in a unanimous choice over Joseph.

Let’s put this in perspective for Mayer. Final November, Joseph misplaced to Delfine Persoon, one of many prime tremendous featherweights on the planet, who’s scheduled to combat Katie Taylor for all 4 main light-weight belts in August. Mayer beat Joseph by a wider margin than Persoon. Frankly, there are numerous attention-grabbing names within the weight vary round Mayer — particularly Persoon, Taylor and Amanda Serrano. It isn’t out of the realm of chance to recommend Mayer face a type of three earlier than the tip of 2020.

Mayer was set to be one among Prime Rank’s featured fighters in 2020, however Tuesday’s bout was Mayer’s first of the 12 months after two alternatives slipped away attributable to COVID-related problems.

As soon as Mayer lastly stepped into the ring, her dominant victory over Joseph confirmed why Prime Rank has been selling Mayer so closely. It is solely a matter of time earlier than she’s within the ring to check herself in opposition to a few of the prime ladies within the sport.


Collard’s stake retains rising with one other TKO victory

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Clay Collard punishes Lorawnt-T Nelson for 2 rounds, dropping him 3 times en path to a technical knockout victory.

Within the unfamiliar function as a favourite, middleweight Clay Collard stopped the overmatched Lorawnt-T Nelson in two dominant rounds, scoring 4 knockdown within the course of, in the primary occasion of Tuesday’s Prime Rank boxing card on the MGM Grand Convention Heart in Las Vegas. This was Collard’s fourth victory of 2020.

Collard (8-2-3, 2 KOs) received issues began within the first spherical as he scored a knockdown of Nelson (5-4, Four KOs) with a straight proper hand. Whereas each Collard and Nelson have backgrounds in MMA, the distinction in talent contained in the ring when it got here to boxing was very evident early on.

Within the second spherical, one other straight proper cross despatched Nelson down. Nelson rose, however was shortly despatched again to the canvas as he was struck by a counter left hook a bit later within the spherical. His nostril was bloodied and his face was exhibiting the injury of the two-fisted assault of Collard.

Lastly, as Collard hit Nelson with one other 1-2 punch mixture, referee Celestino Ruiz waved off the combat at 1:57 of the second spherical.

“I fought him much more like a boxer,” mentioned Collard after the combat. “I used to be selecting my photographs slightly higher, not crowding him a lot, conserving him on the finish of my punches and dealing my jab. I’ve simply been enhancing my boxing.”

Collard landed 61 of 137 whole punches, in comparison with Nelson who landed simply 12 of his 88 punches.

Collard has been a fan favourite and will return to “the bubble” quickly.

“As quickly as Prime Rank desires me again, I will be prepared,” Collard mentioned. “Subsequent month on ESPN, let’s go! This entire ‘A-side’ and ‘B-side’ factor would not matter to me. I am a fighter. I am going to combat anyone.”

Takeaway: His approach is not essentially the most elegant, and he is not essentially the most swish fighter you will ever see, however there’s a methodology to the insanity. Collard is greater than prepared to combine it up, and his means to throw punches no matter the place his toes are aligned troubles extra classically educated boxers who usually are not used to that rhythm.

Collard received the sort of layup he hasn’t loved for many of his profession in going through Lorawnt-T Nelson, and it seems Prime Rank could also be making an attempt to construct Collard as much as money in on the momentum he is constructed up. Generally you needn’t see a Terence Crawford or Vasily Lomachenko, however slightly simply an trustworthy to goodness brawler who offers everybody an trustworthy effort and by no means stops coming ahead.

Collard has additionally moved past merely being a novelty act who as soon as fought Max Holloway within the UFC. Previous to this victory, Collard’s final three wins got here in opposition to undefeated prospects with a mixed mark of 20-0. Title the final boxer to perform that. Outdoors of Bektemir Melikuziev (a real blue-chip prospect at gentle heavyweight), no one has had a simple time with Collard.

His ceiling could also be restricted due to his age and preventing background, and inside due time he might be again within the extra acquainted environment of a cage, however on the very least Collard will proceed to make some cash as a troublesome hard-nosed gatekeeper to younger prospects on the best way up. — Steve Kim


Cervera choices Burns

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Ruben Cervera connects with a left hook and drops Clay Burns within the first spherical.

Ruben Cervera defeated Clay Burns in what was a aggressive, six-round, light-weight contest. After scoring a knockdown within the opening seconds, it appeared as if this could be a brief night time for Cervera, however Burns received up from the canvas and made a combat out of it.

Cervera (11-2, 10 KOs) got here out on prime by the scores of 58-56, 59-54 and 59-54.

Burns hit the canvas early in Spherical 1 as he charged at Cervera, whose again was in opposition to the ropes after a left hook clipped Burns’ chin and despatched him down. As a substitute of being discouraged, Burns — who fought on June 25, dropping an in depth, six-round break up choice to Reymond Yanong — gained confidence because the combat went on. Burns started to strain Cervera, backing him up and making him uncomfortable.

The combat appeared nearer than the scorecards indicated, however on the finish, the judges favored the more durable punches of Cervera.

Takeaway: No person goes to confuse Ruben Cervera or Clay Burns as fighters of consequence within the long-term way forward for boxing. Earlier than Tuesday night time, Burns had already misplaced as soon as within the MGM Bubble this summer time. He did so once more in opposition to Cervera, who had by no means gained a combat in the US and whose résumé features a stoppage loss to Miguel Marriaga (who fights on ESPN subsequent week).

Cervera picked up the unanimous choice victory over Burns (9-9-2, Four KOs), and with all of that being mentioned, give Cervera (11-2, 10 KOs, 1 NC) and Burns credit score for the hassle they confirmed in a six-round combat. Burns wasn’t discouraged from being knocked down within the first 10 seconds and even confirmed a little bit of counterpunching and had success inside.

If Burns continues to evolve, he may doubtlessly carve out a profession as a viable membership fighter. In the meantime, Cervera might want to add instruments to his sport with the intention to be extra aggressive in opposition to higher competitors. — Ben Child


Martinez wins professional debut

It was a profitable professional debut for middleweight Javier Martinez, who outpointed Ryan Burrs for a four-round, unanimous choice victory by scores of 40-36 on all three playing cards.

The 24-year-old Martinez, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, received off to a sluggish begin, however within the second spherical, he began hitting Burrs (2-2, Zero KOs) to the physique persistently, mixing in a proper hook to the top. Martinez is called a strain fighter who will come ahead and break his opponents down steadily, and that was evident on this combat.

It was a strong, if not spectacular, effort from Martinez, who buzzed Burrs on the finish of the third spherical with a proper hook to the top simply earlier than the bell sounded. Burrs gave a robust effort and supplied Martinez with a strong 4 rounds of labor in his maiden voyage as knowledgeable prizefighter.

Takeaway: Javier Martinez wasn’t spectacular in his professional debut, however he was strong sufficient. He confronted a reasonably sturdy man in Ryan Burrs, who supplied an honest check for Martinez, however I might wish to see extra from Martinez transferring ahead.

The e book on the 24-year-old Martinez is that he is a strain fighter who goes downstairs early and infrequently. You noticed a few of that after the second spherical in opposition to Burrs following a tentative first spherical. He mixes up his physique assault with each fingers, and he likes to punctuate issues with a proper hook excessive.

It would not appear to be he is essentially the most heavy-handed fighter, or a man with one-punch KO energy, however Martinez may definitely be somebody who stops guys via attrition. You get the sense that as he will get extra comfy within the professional sport, Martinez’s model will translate higher in longer fights. Like a snowball, it would take time for him to roll downhill and actually construct momentum, and you will not essentially see him shine as brightly in these four- and six-round bouts.

If I needed to examine him to somebody, and venture forward, I might go together with WBO junior middleweight belt-holder Patrick Teixeira, who like Martinez is a quantity punching southpaw that depends on a gradual work fee and wears guys down. — Steve Kim

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