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Who Won the Weekend? Fury or Frampton? Or Wild Card Nicholson?

Michael Woods

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Tyson Fury owns the biggest name of any boxer gloving up this weekend, and the Traveller positively owned the opponent in his second comeback bout after almost cracking up irrevocably.

So, did Fury get all the love from the NYF crew, after we asked Who Won the Weekend? Does our panel as warmly embrace him as the 25,000 convened in Belfast to see him and headliner Carl Frampton take down stay busy foes?

Kelsey McCarson, who gets your vote for WWTW? “Tyson Fury won the weekend,” McCarson answered. “He won every round in his second comeback bout against Francesco Pianeta to grab the win, but more importantly he announced after the fight he will take on Deontay Wilder in November or December on Showtime PPV. That’s what real heavyweight champions do. They make the biggest fights against the best competition. Both Fury and Wilder should be commended for taking each other on, but especially Fury because it would be within the confines of reason for him to seek out more comeback bouts first against less risky competition. But Fury, the lineal champion, wants the biggest and best instead. That’s what boxing is all about.”

I will pop in to say that two days after the Fury fight, I still felt a little let down. Why? Because Pianeta showed up to get that check and take selfies, and him and Fury acted like this was a friendly spar more than a real tango, which patrons paid good money to watch the faceoff.

David Phillips seems to be in a camp with me on this matter…

“I have it as 3-way tie,” Phillips said. “Carl Frampton looked very sharp against a second tier opponent and after topping a faded Nonito Donaire should be set up for a big fight against Josh Warrington. Bryant Jennings scored a good news/bad news win. He got knocked down by the second coming of Primo Carnera, and he will likely be chum to the slaughter against Parker, Joshua, or the Bronze Bomber, but he might have put himself in line for a big payday by knocking out that oaf tree. There are worse reasons to take a beating. Lastly, I think I won the weekend too by refusing to watch Tyson Fury shamble around the ring, throwing a few punches here or there, beat up on a tin can, and then make a spectacle of himself afterwards like he just did something great. How anyone can sit through 10 rounds of him is a complete mystery to me. Worse yet, people find him “entertaining”. I don’t get it.”

Our man Abe Gonzalez throws his vote to Mr. Carl Frampton. “Frampton won the weekend! The Jackal displayed the elite level skills that he has always been known to have against an undefeated fighter in front of 25 thousand fans. With the adjustment of him now staying in the pocket more versus fighting from the outside, it has boxing fans salivating from the mouth of what a fight with Josh Warrington (looks to be next), Oscar Valdez or the winner of SantaCruz/Russell Jr. would look like. The legend of the Jackal continues.”

Tom Penney, Who Won the Weekend on your ballot? “Jesse Hart (below, kissing his dad Cyclone Hart, in Mikey Williams-Top Rank pic)..

…. who continued to do exactly what he needed to do this weekend. Like Andre Ward pointed out, Hart SHOULD be knocking out guys like Mike Gavronski. He’s one step closer to getting back into the title picture at 168, suddenly one of the more interesting divisions. Since Ward left the division, the power vacuum he left has still not really been properly filled, and now Hart is one step closer to joining the likes of Zurdo Ramirez and David Benavidez.”

“I have been mulling this over and the more I think about it the more this makes sense – promoter Frank Warren won the weekend,” Colin Morrison tells us, after being asked #WWTW. “His Belfast stadium promotion was sold out and moving forward he has big fights to promote or co-promote down the road. Warrington vs. Frampton is an in house featherweight world title bout which will air on PPV in the UK and of course he will be involved in the Fury vs. Wilder show. He had a good weekend business wise, I’m sure promoters love it when business is good.”

My vote goes to Demond Nicholson; first off, his main event bout Saturday night on CBS Sports Network, from Live Casino in Maryland on a Jeter Promotions card..

Chrick Hernandez, Ray Flores, Michael Woods, Mark Fratto, the announce team Saturday night for the CBS show

..gave great bag for the buck and resulted in a slam-bang climactic finish. Nicholson’s body shots folded up Issac Rodrigues in round six, and he called out 168 top dogs Peter Quillin and David Benavidez after. Being that Nicholson was coming off a stoppage loss, to Jesse Hart, which had many folks writing him off, the stakes here were immense. His heart and his punching power were both jumbo-sized in Maryland, and thus, he takes Who Won the Weekend for me.

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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