The son of one of boxing’s greatest stars was outclassed by an icon of the Octagon, Naoya Inoue continued his monstrous reputation as a body-puncher, and Floyd Mayweather has some very interesting thoughts on the current landscape of boxing. Here are five stories from inside and outside of the ring that you may have missed this weekend.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr Handily Beaten By UFC Legend Anderson Silva
Former WBC world middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr was handily beaten and out-boxed over eight rounds by UFC legend Anderson Silva in Mexico on Saturday night.
Chavez Jr, 52-5-1 (34) as a professional and the son of an all-time boxing great, was humiliated, losing on two of the three judges’ cards with scores of 77-75, 75-77, 77-75, giving the Brazilian MMA legend a split decision victory.
Former UFC middleweight champion Silva has now fought three boxing matches across his career, losing in 1998, winning in 2005 and adding a second win this weekend.
24 hours before the bout, Chavez Jr came in 2.4lbs over the 182lbs limit, which resulted in the Mexican paying a $100,000 fine to the opponent who then beat him. Ouch.
Naoya Inoue Lives Up To “Monster” Nickname With Devastating Third Round KO
Naoya 'The Monster' Inoue demonstrated once again why he is widely-regarded as the best bodypuncher in the sport, with a devastating three round flattening of Michael Dasmarinas in Las Vegas.
The three-weight world champion retained his IBF and WBA bantamweight titles after scoring a trio of nasty knockdowns from bodyshots on his Filipino opponent, who is trained by Manny Pacquiao, the third of which sent him crumbling to the canvas for a final time. Japan’s Inoue has now recorded 18 knockouts in 21 professional bouts.
"I prepare myself to knock them out, whether with a head shot or a body shot. I came prepared and to get a win by knockout is good for me,” said Inoue after the fight.
Nonito Donaire To Take On John Riel Casemiro In August
Elsewhere in the bantamweight division, WBC champion Nonito Donaire continues to impress despite being in what many would call the twilight of his career after signing on to fight WBO champion and fellow Filipino John Riel Casemiro on August 14 in a mouthwatering unification clash at 118lbs.
The four-weight world champion, 38, steps in for former adversary Guillermo Rigondeaux, who stepped aside from the fight with Casemiro, with the Cuban being set up to fight the unified winner instead. Rigondeaux pulled the brakes on Donaire’s rise to superstardom in 2013, ending a 12 year unbeaten streak by unanimous decision. Should Donaire pull off an upset against Casemiro, he will have the perfect opportunity to gain revenge.
Floyd Mayweather Blast Number Of Belts And Titles In Boxing
Floyd Mayweather Jr has blasted the current landscape of boxing, citing that the proliferation of world champions and belts are damaging the sport. The 50-0 boxing great has a history of dividing fight fans with his comments but on this, the self-proclaimed ‘TBE’ (The Best Ever) has hit the nail on the head.
"There’s too many champions in the sport of boxing right now," the former five weight world champion said at a Showtime Boxing event.
“Too many champions. It’s no such thing as a super champion, not at all. And I’m not taking anything away from no fighter. It’s too many belts.
"And the reason why it’s too [many], let me tell people what’s going on in the sport of boxing, why there are so many different titles and so many different belts. People don’t know you have to pay, for every belt you win, there’s a sanctioning fee.
"If a fighter wins an interim belt, he has to pay a sanctioning fee. If a fighter has just the regular belt, he has to pay a sanctioning fee. If a fighter is a super champion, he has to pay a sanctioning fee. This is not good for the sport of boxing."
“The WBC, the WBA, the IBF, the WBO - you’re gonna have to clean this sh*t up. You have to clean this up, this is bad for boxing. You guys are just taking extra money from all these fighters, getting extra money from sanctioning fees.”
Jermall Charlo Retains Middleweight Title, Calls Out GGG And Canelo
WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo handily outpointed Juan Macias Montiel in Texas on Saturday night to retain his title, and then turned his attention to Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
The American won by unanimous decision in a mostly one-sided bout in his hometown of Houston, scoring 120-108, 119-109 and 118-109 on the judges’ scorecards. Charlo, now unbeaten in 32 fights, then set his sights on IBF middleweight champion Golovkin and WBA, WBC and WBO super-middleweight champion Canelo.
"160 is my weight division. I want to unify. I want to get Golovkin in the ring. I want to get Canelo out here to Houston," said the 31-year-old after the fight.