By Brandon Chacon (@brondoo34)
Showtime Boxing returned this Saturday to Las Vegas, Nevada with an exciting card. In the main event Mexican Featherweight Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KO’s) attempted to defend his WBC title for the third time, in a fight against American Featherweight contender Gary Russell Jr (25-1, 14 KO’s).
Russell made a big statement in the boxing world tonight with a very dominating 4th round KO win over Gonzalez. Most boxing analysts already knew coming into this fight that Russell had the hand and foot speed advantage, but not many saw Russell knocking out Gonzalez that quickly.
From round 1, Russell dominated the fight with his lighting quick jab and his footwork. Gonzalez never had a good moment during the whole fight and barely landed any shots at all. Round 2 saw Russell continue to use his speed advantages to overwhelm Gonzalez and finally towards the end of round 3, Russell landed a devastating counter right hook that dropped Gonzalez.
Gonzalez was never able to fully recover from this shot, but subsequently beat the count and made it to round 4. In round 4, Russell came out swinging and was able to drop Gonzalez again with a flurry. Gonzalez had very shaky legs and once he got up, Russell continued his onslaught and dropped Gonzalez for the third and final time.
Russell improves to (26-1, 15 KO’s) and now becomes the WBC Featherweight world Champion. Russell has many options in front of him and with the performance he put on tonight, he would be considered the favorite against the likes of Abner Mares or Leo Santa Cruz.
In the co-feature of the night, American Junior Middleweight Jermell Charlo (26-0, 11 KO’s) outpointed Vanes Martirosyan (35-2-1, 21 KO’s) in an entertaining tactical fight. The score cards for this 10 rounder read 97-93 and 96-94 twice, many ringside members had the fight closer compared to the 97-93 card, I personally had it 95-95.
The fight overall was a very tactical, pure boxing fight that featured two highly skilled fighters. This fight was very close and was a hard fight to score. Martirosyan was the more active fighter throughout the fight, while Charlo focused more on the counterattack and his jab. Martirosyan came out strong in the beginning due to his body attack, but towards the middle rounds he stopped attacking the body.
Charlo however, was very good at timing Martirosyan and landed the clearer shots throughout the fight. In round 8 after an accidental head butt, a cut opened up on Martirosyan’s left eye which blurred his vision for the remainder of the fight. Martirosyan was the busier and more aggressive fighter, but Charlo was able to land more clean and more precise. The final punch stats were Charlo landing 92/307 and Martirosyan landing 79/355.
In other notable undercard fights, Jermell Charlo’s twin brother Jermall Charlo (21-0, 16 KO’s) beat former Top Rank prospect Michael Finney by UD. J’Leon Love (19-1, 10 KO’s) won a dominating UD over Scott Sigmon in an 8 round affair. And Mayweather Promotion’s prospect, Romanian Ronald Gavril (11-1, 9 KO’s) was upset by American journeyman Elvin Ayala in an 8 round fight.by