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49-0: un-defeated, un-beaten, un-challenged, and un-touchable.
Floyd Mayweather 49-0 26KO’s did exactly what the world expected him to do as he out-boxed and outfoxed Andre Berto 30-4 23KO’s in front of a crowd of 13,395. There was much criticism of Mayweather for choosing Berto as his opponent resulting from Berto being 3-3 in his last six fights.
Nevertheless Mayweather demonstrated once again why he is undefeated and ready to retire with nothing left to accomplish. Mayweather used check left hooks, a stiff jab to the sternum, and counter right hands over the double and triple-jab of Berto to keep him off balance for most of the night.
Referee Kenny Bayless had to interfere as the two were doing too much talking in the ring telling the fighters to end the chit-chat. In the ninth round Floyd complained to his father in the corner that he had hurt his hand.
Following the fight Mayweather told Jim Gray about his hand “It doesn’t matter what hand I hurt, my career is over”. Gray used the opportunity to ask Floyd about his intentions to retire in which he responded “I’ve been in this sport 19 years and a champion for 18 of them it’s time to hang it up.”
“Now I just want to spend time with my family and my kids.”
“I’ve accomplished everything there is to accomplish, there’s nothing left for me to prove.”
Berto was gracious in defeat “He’s difficult to hold on to- real slippery.” When asked what him and Mayweather were telling each other in the ring Berto said “Every time I caught him, I told him here I come- I’m here to fight.”
If this truly is Mayweather’s last fight, it caps a stellar career that has seen him remain unbeaten while fighting every major star in boxing’s welter-weight and lightweight division for nearly twenty years. He has defeated everyone’s heroes, or became everyone’s hero.
He is the most controversial champion since Mike Tyson and created a persona that has people around the world pretending to be part of The Money Team.
Badou Jack 20-1-1 12KO’s followed up his impressive win over Andre Dirrel with a close split decision victory over George Groves 21-3 16KO’s of London, England on scores of 115-114 for Groves and 115-112, 116-111 for Badou Jack.
Groves came out aggressive and was boxing his way to winning the first round until two right hands from Badou Jack put him on the canvas. The fight would show Jack firing lead right hands over Groves’ jab and and dictating the tempo of the fight.
Coming out in the third Groves had regained his bearings and landed a hard right uppercut that stood Jack up. So many rounds were close the fight could have gone either way- Groves protested the result claiming he deserved the victory saying “I thought I won the fight decisively. All credit to him though scoring the knockdown in the first round.” “I thought I controlled the fight with my jab and that I was in control throughout it appeared closer to the judges.”
Jack was quoted: “I tried to get the knockout, but I didn’t. I didn’t go to the body enough.”
“Haven’t thought about my next fight yet, but there’s a lot of big fights for me. I heard Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. wants to fight me.”
Jonathan Oquendo 26-4 16KO’s notched a victory in the first Puerto Rico versus Mexico rivalry bout of the evening for Puerto Rico as he got past Johnny Gonzalez 58-10 49KO’s by majority decision on scores of 94-94, 95-93, 98-90.
Starting the fire-fight early Oquendo went down in the first round from a hard right hand to get up and return the favor to Gonzalez with a right hand of his own. The two fighters went back and forth with Oquendo landed the cleaner punches of the two.
Gonzalez now finds himself at a bit of a crossroads after dropping two of his last three fights. Since a sensational knockout victory over Abner Mares—Gonzalez was destroyed by Gary Russel Jr. and now with a loss to the less skilled Oquendo it may be a sign for the Mexican warhorse to hang it up.
After the fight Gonzalez said: “The judges favored him too much.
“He kept head butting me. It just didn’t go well.
“As soon as he knocked me down, nothing happened. I just got right back up.”
Oquendo said: “I feel very happy. Jhonny Gonzalez is a great champion.
“I knew I had to throw a lot of punches and work to get inside to get the victory.
“I was able to implement that game plan tonight.”
Vanes Martirosyan 36-2-1 21KO’s can put himself back in the mix at 154lbs after winning a unanimous decision over Ishe Smith 27-8 12KO’s on the High Stakes under-card.
Martirosyan was coming off a loss to Jermell Charlo and looking to get back into the win column. Ishe Smith- notoriously doesn’t come out fast, or fight with a lot of activity- was a busier fighter tonight and landed good shots in a failing effort to keep himself relevant after having now lost three of his last five fights.
Martirosyan landed his right hand effectively when it counted and dropped Smith in the third and eighth rounds. The victory comes after Jermall Charlo successfully dispatched champion Cornelius Bundrage to bring another title into the Haymon stable. A potential matchup of the two could be made and considering Jermell Charlo the twin brother of Jermall already beat Martirosyan it would add a little chili to the storyline as the two had no love lost for each other.
After the fight Martirosyan said: “I feel awesome, I worked hard and it paid off. I hadn’t seen my family in 10 weeks, I was in training in the Bay Area.
“Ishe was eating 100 jabs a round. I knew he was a Mayweather fighter and I was going into the fight already down five rounds.
“I knew I had to win, my corner told me to go in and have fun, but I wanted to knock him out.
Ishe Smith said: “The first knockdown wasn’t serious. He just caught me in the back of the head. The second one was legit, but I got up ready to come back at him.
“Six points is ridiculous. I thought it was closer to 95-95 or 95-94. I just thought it was a lot closer than those two judges, and my corner kept telling it was real close. But we expected a tough fight out of (Martirosyan).
“He’s long, rangy and a good puncher, but that’s why I wanted to get inside and fight him there.
“I just fought a hell of a fight against the # 3 ranked fighter in our division. I have a lot left. I’m pushing these guys to the limit. I take nothing away from him. He’s one of the best in the world and I’m a former world champion. We gave the fans a great fight tonight and I’ll be back again soon.”