Terence Crawford stood out as the top name to glove up this weekend, but a prospect looking to make the leap to contender made the strongest impression on our NY Fights crew…
Read on, and hear from the gang on who floated their boat, and why…
So, Who Won the Weekend, Tom Penney? “Francesco Patera! A sizeable underdog coming in, Patera comprehensively took Lewis Ritson apart in the second half of their fight this weekend. I’d also like to shout out DAZN for having these great, mid-tier sort of cards. Allowing fighters who aren’t necessarily stars to be on this kind of platform is going to be great for the health of the sport.”
“Terence Crawford won the weekend and more hearts in middle America,” said John Gatling. “No one ever wants a fight to go the distance, and when a pound-for-pound fighter – under the pressure of a new deal in front of a home crowd, is adamant about ending things at the risk of being ended in desperation, that’s hard to beat. Remember, Benavidez unleashed his own clean-up right uppercut; and in a game of inches and split seconds, Bud produced a dime bag in the clutch.
Kelsey McCarson tosses another vote to an underdog sensation. “Huge undergo Francesco Patera (20-3, 7 KOs)…
..won the weekend when he soundly defeated unbeaten rising star Lewis Ritson (17-1, 11 KOs) by a 12 round split decision to win the vacant European Boxing Union (EBU) lightweight title on Saturday night at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, UK,” said McCarson. ‘What an amazing performance in front of a hostile crowd. A close second to me was the the ringside performance of Ray Flores and Brian Campbell who called the fight on DAZN. They were a solid combo and I loved how they called the fight.”
And what say you, Colin Morrison? “I’m nominating young Scotsman Lee McGregor this week. The 21-year-old was matched hard in his fifth pro outing against Thomas Essomba. An entertaining scrap ensued with McGregor perhaps being drawn in to more of a brawl than his handlers would have liked. However he prevailed, stopping Essomba in the twelfth round and picking up the Commonwealth bamtamweight title in the process. Definitely a man to watch moving forward.”
“Angel ‘Tito’ Acosta won the weekend! He continues to give what fans are always looking for..KNOCKOUTS! Saturday night was no different as he knocked out his veteran opponent in the second round with a savage left hook,” said Abe Gonzalez. “The Cotto and Golden Boy Promotions partnership continues to produce fan friendly results. I can see a unififation fight in the near future with one of the other light flyweights.”
And David Philips, your nomination for#WWTW, please…”I’m tempted to say anyone who saw the 12th round of the mostly competitive Crawford-Benavidez fight. Crawford pulled out some Sugar Shane/Ricarardo Mayorga 1 magic out of his glove. That uppercut was an all-timer against a guy who before that had been taking his shots rather well. I also liked the continued ascension of Mikaela Mayer as she took her first belt on the undercard. But for this Who Won the Weekend, I’m going with Shakur Stevenson. The 21-year-old lightweight took on hardy veteran Viorel Simon, he of two losses to A level comp, a former title contender, who had never been knocked out, and put him on the canvas three times in the first round before the ref mercifully waved off the fight. It may not have been a coming out party, but that young fella is definitely on the map now. I can’t wait to see him again.”
My nomination goes to Shakur Stevenson. While Bud Crawford did the expected, his bout with Jose Benavidez didn’t fiercely jazz or jolt me, until that endgame bad-assery. But Shakur’s technically sound thrashing on Viorel Simion upgraded fan perception of the Newark, NJ hitter by leaps and bounds. He stopped a guy that Scott Quigg and Lee Selby hadn’t been able to, and sent a signal that critics can pipe down some. Shakur Stevenson, the 21 year old 9-0 featherweight promoted by Top Rank, Won the Weekend on my card.