Danny Garcia, Russell Lead the Weekend: Weekend Afterthoughts

Danny Garcia, Russell Lead the Weekend: Weekend Afterthoughts

For the principle time in more than eighteen months, Danny Garcia used to be as soon as once more in a boxing ring.

It wasn’t the best potency of his occupation nor a combat any person is much more likely to observe all over again or even so much recall going forward. For Garcia, what problems is the win and he got it. Where he’s going from proper right here at Jr. middleweight (or higher) is any person’s guess on the other hand Jose Benavidez is in the back of him.

Garcia beat Benavidez via protective it simple. Benavidez wasn’t ready to test Garcia’s procedure and Garcia saved a steady pace all over. His correct hand used to be as soon as smartly defended via Benavidez on the other hand the taller, higher man struggled to position together more than spot offense all night time. The stiffness of Benavidez’s correct leg, a reminder of a gunshot wound, used to be as soon as as obtrusive as it used to be as soon as towards Terence Crawford. Benavidez flashed a excellent, long jab. He once in a while landed some massive images on Garcia. Alternatively the skill to close the gap on his first step merely isn’t there and Garcia used to be as soon as ready to make the most of it.

After the combat, Garcia mentioned moving to a catchweight for a middleweight combat with Erislandy Lara. Is that where we’re headed?

Futures: Garcia used to be as soon as asked about Tony Harrison, mentioned he’d combat any person, on the other hand used to be as soon as very specific about Lara. He mentioned winning a middleweight belt and doing it at 155 lbs. That turns out like a conversation already in enlargement. Lara is the WBA sub-titlist at middleweight (their primary champion is Gennadiy Golovkin) and the WBA has already discussed Lara should combat anyone else for the whole strap if Golovkin elects no longer to return to middleweight after he tough scenarios super middleweight champion Saul Alvarez in September.

That doesn’t suggest Lara-Garcia can’t happen for regardless of belt Lara however has forward of we get to all that. Garcia hasn’t been overly full of life in recent years on the other hand now not anything else that happened Saturday would preclude being once more inside the ring this year. Garcia didn’t seem to be a viable chance to Jr. middleweight champion Jermell Charlo on the other hand an getting old Lara is usually a interesting combat.

Danny Garcia is once more to play out the once more 9 of his occupation. Saturday’s Showtime card opened with a promising talent on his private front 9.

Russell Stoppage Streak Gets a Boost 

Gary Antuanne Russell fights need upper officiating.

For the second combat in a row, a Russell combat ended with a really questionable stoppage and this one used to be as soon as worse than the general. In February, Russell handed Viktor Postol his first stoppage loss inside the final second of the combat with Postol every so often out on his toes. This time, Russell dropped Rances Barthelemy with a super shot inside the sixth on the other hand…

…Barthelemy got up briefly, walked it off since the ref counted to eight, and when the ref discussed walk to me he did. Referee Shada Murdaugh stopped the combat finally.

It used to be as soon as an absolutely horrible stoppage, most likely the worst of 2022.

The shame of it is we were seeing a excellent combat. Barthelemy rocked Russell two occasions inside the first and saved landing excellent images while Russell built a lead on the enjoying playing cards. Would Russell have stopped him finally? He would most likely have on the other hand it does him no favors to get saddled with calls out of his keep an eye on. However, upper to take the win. Where does Russell cross from proper right here?

Futures: Given the hint of controversy, they could always run this combat once more on the other hand that feels now not going. Russell is possibly no more than two fights from a reputation shot at Jr. welterweight now that two belts have change into vacant. Russell has such a lot to like: he’s aggressive, he can punch, and he’s useless game to scrap. That discussed, he however gets hit more than he should and would possibly learn to take something off his fastball. Towards Barthelemy, Russell used to be as soon as loading up shot after shot where just a bit industry in pace and trail would most likely have got him where he wanted to transport quicker.

Russell is a work in enlargement on the other hand it doesn’t seem to be we’ve noticed his absolute best however. After we get there, he could be one of the vital further exciting pressure combatants in the world.

Cliff’s Notes…

Adam Kownacki reached his ceiling inside the Chris Arreola combat. He’s going to make excellent undercard fights for a bit of bit longer on the other hand the improper matchmaking would possibly get him hurt badly…Didn’t get an opportunity to seem the Chris Billam-Smith win over Issac Chamberlain on the other hand the critiques are further particular. To search out it for those who haven’t noticed it however.

Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board, a member of the International Boxing Research Workforce, and a member of the Boxing Writers Association of The U.S..  He may also be reached at roldboxing@hotmail.com 

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