They’ll Knock You Out: A Guide to the Heavy Hitters of the April 26 Thurman vs. Diaz Card

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From Showtime Boxing Analyst Steve Farhood
Saturday’s Showtime Championship Boxing card features several fighters who have scored one impressive kayo after another. Here’s a top 10 list:

  1. July 9, 2010, John Molina KO 11 Hank Lundy, Lincoln, RI: Molina scores the first of his miracle come-from-behind kayos, trapping Lundy on the ropes.
  2. July 19, 2013, John Molina KO 10 Mickey Bey, Las Vegas: Having lost virtually every round, Molina catches the unbeaten Bey with a monster hook and stops him 59 seconds from the final bell. One of the most memorable finishes in the 13-year history of ShoBox.

  3. January 6, 2012, Omar Figueroa KO 6 Michael Perez, Indio, CA: A star is born: In a brutal battle, underdog Figueroa scores the ultimate stoppage, forcing Perez to quit in his corner.
  4. April 20, 2013, Omar Figueroa KO 1 Abner Cotto, San Antonio: Figueroa swarms from the start vs. his undefeated opponent and scores one knockdown right-handed and another as a southpaw.
  5. June 23, 2012, Lucas Matthysse KO 5 Humberto Soto, Los Angeles: Until being floored in the fifth, how solid had Soto’s chin proven to be? In 68 fights, he had never been down.
  6. January 26, 2013, Lucas Matthysse KO 1 Mike Dallas, Las Vegas: The Argentinian’s reputation grows as he rids the ring of Dallas with a single right hand.
  7. May 18, 2013, Lucas Matthysse KO 3 Lamont Peterson, Atlantic City: In a fight that had been viewed as virtually pick-’em, Matthysse scores three knockdowns in a did-you-see-that blowout.matthysse-kos-peterson
  8. November 24, 2012, Keith Thurman KO 4 Carlos Quintana, Ontario, CA: After getting dropped in round one and stopped in the fourth, spoiler southpaw Quintana retires on the spot.
  9. July 27, 2013, Keith Thurman KO 10 Diego Chaves, San Antonio: In a scintillating battle of unbeatens, Thurman downs Chaves with a body shot in the ninth and drives him to all-fours with a right in the 10th.Watch the full length fight

  10. December 14, 2013, Keith Thurman KO 9 Jesus Soto Karass, San Antonio: After getting hurt in round one, Thurman scores a knockdown in the fifth and finishes the Mexican veteran in the ninth. Watch it below in instant replay.

Knockout David Lemieux vs. Fernando Guerrero & Unbeaten Junior Middleweight Jermell Charlo Bolster Undercard Of “Superman’s” SHO Debut

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Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (23-1-0, 20 KOs), the Sports Illustrated and The Ring Magazine 2013 Fighter of the Year, makes his SHOWTIME debut Saturday, May 24 at Bell Centre in Montreal in defense of his WBC Light Heavyweight World Championship against challenger Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara (25-2-0, 15 KOs), live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Montreal middleweight David Lemieux (31-2, 29 KOs) will face former world title challenger Fernando Guerrero (26-2, 19 KOs), of Sacramento, Calif., in the 10-round co-feature. World-ranked junior middleweights Jermell Charlo (23-0, 11 KOs), of Houston, and Charlie Ota (24-1-1, 16 KOs), of Tokyo, Japan, by way of New York, will open the telecast in a 10-rounder. Continue reading

Sadam Ali KOs Michael Clark

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Boxing fans who tuned-in to Showtime Extreme before this weekend’s Hopkins vs. Shumenov event, witnessed 25 year-old welterweight Sadam Ali’s stunning 1st round knockout of Michael Clark.

See for yourself (or watch it again) when Ali vs. Clark re-airs on Showtime Extreme, this Wednesday at 10PM ET/PT

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A Unifying Experience

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From Showtime Boxing Analyst Steve Farhood
Floyd Mayweather is the WBC welterweight titlist. Marcos Maidana is the WBA welterweight titlist. When the champions clash, their battle will be the seventh unification bout in division history.

The most notable 147-pound unification fight came in 1981, when Sugar Ray Leonard stopped Thomas Hearns in the 14th round.

The complete list:

Jackie Fields (NBA) W DQ 2 Joe Dundee (World) 7-25-29

Sugar Ray Leonard (WBC) KO 14 Thomas Hearns (WBA) 9-16-81

Donald Curry (WBA/IBF) KO 3 Milton McCrory (WBA) 12-6-85

Simon Brown (IBF) KO 10 Maurice Blocker (WBC) 3-18-91

Ricardo Mayorga (WBA) KO 3 Vernon Forrest (WBC) 1-25-03

Cory Spinks (IBF) W 12 Ricardo Mayorga (WBA/WBC) 12-13-03

Floyd Mayweather (WBC ) Marcos Maidana (WBA) 5-3-14

Hopkins Makes History Again. Porter Dominates Malignaggi. Quillin Retains Championship

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Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs), at 49-years-old, made history once again on Saturday night. He is now the oldest man to unify a boxing world championship and the oldest fighter to defend a world title-besting his own record-as he defeated Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9 KOs) via split decision to become the Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion. Judges Dave Moretti and Jerry Roth scored the fight 116-111 for the future Hall of Famer while Gustavo Padilla scored the bout 114-113 for Shumenov. Continue reading

Behind the Numbers of Hopkins vs. Shumenov

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Beibut Shumenov has fought 101 pro rounds, far less than Bernard Hopkins who has fought 301 rounds just in world title fights. However, those aren’t the only numbers to consider.

SHOSTATS® historical comparison report for both fighters was calculated from Hopkins’ last 6 fights, and Shumenov’s last 5 fights.

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Shumenov throws and lands above the average for the weight class including landing an average of 42% of his power shots.

Tonight, boxing fans will see a test of experience versus firepower when Bernard Hopkins takes on Beibut Shumenov.