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Who Won the Weekend? The NYF Squad Picks Their Champion



Every Monday, posts The Who Won the Weekend column.

That time again…Monday comes round, and we offer the take on what transpired over the weekend.

Today, we have little clarity on the issue of Who Won the Weekend. Different strokes for different folks…

Have at it, NYF Squad

“I am going to give Miguel Angel Gonzalez some shine and say he won the weekend and not because we share the same last name either,” said Abe Gonzalez. “Saul “Neno” Rodriguez came into this fight as the heavy favorite with the hopes of a landing a title shot against Miguel Berchelt next, however those plans came to a screeching halt when he was knocked out in the third round. Gonzalez wasted no time when the fight started and when he landed that first big shot, I said to myself at ring side “oh my, this is not what was expected.” You have to give Saul credit because he could have stayed on the outside but his inner warrior spirit got the best of him and he slugged it out, unfortunately it got him knocked out. Here is a toast to a veteran club show guy that made everything of his ESPN+ opportunity.”

“I’m going with Demetrius Andrade,” said David Phillips.  “He probably had the best opponent of any top fighter over the weekend, and he pretty much pitched a shutout. No one is going to mistake Sulecki as a world beater, but he’s no weak sister either. Andrade completely outclassed him. The only question is whether he was so dominant that some might find it boring. Because, you know, exciting fighters make bank.”

Richard Commey (below, in Mikey Williams pic) won the weekend – he becomes the first man to stop Ray Beltran in explosive style and firmly establishes himself as the most exciting lightweight on the planet at the moment and likely one of the world’s most humble world champions,” said Chris Glover.

Who won the weekend, Jonathan Leir? “While both Jermall and Demetrius won their fights, it would be hard to say that their victories did much to aid in their attempts for bigger opponents or to add clamor for their next fights. So while the main cards left many fans wanting more, I found Mark DeLuca to be a real winner this weekend.

In a real physical, stylistically pleasing bout versus Brandon Brewer on the Andrade undercard, the Marine did not disappoint. Both fighters suffering cuts, landing power shots and never giving up space to the other. Mark displayed maturity in handling a difficult bleed and simultaneously an exuberance to exchange no matter the cost. At the end of the fight, after being deemed the winner by unanimous decision, DeLuca was quoted as saying “He was bleeding. It turned me on.” Where the other fights this weekend seemed lackluster, Mark Deluca (24-1) delivered.”

Canelo won the weekend…

because he is the one being mentioned by these middleweights, yet he’s probably going to put them on hold for another division,” said Liliana Ulloa. “The thirst is real 🙁  But actually, maybe not so much because of the ridicule of being a “Franchise” champ. Charlo didn’t really prove anything spectacular, and neither did Adams other than he has a chin, maybe? Andrade started strong and I liked how he used the jab to maintain distance but also set up aggressive punches in the early rounds. He turned “boring” again towards the end of the fight, so hard to be marketable to the casuals who also follow Canelo a lot. And fighting two tactical guys back-to-back isn’t the best idea for Canelo also marketably speaking because again, casuals won’t like that style. Some will say Boo Boo is running, while the rest will say Canelo looked awful and lost, like with Jacobs. So I don’t think Canelo fights Boo Boo any time soon. Lubin did cool, but that other guy’s bicep looked FUCKED.”

Chad Dawson won the weekend for me. Coming back after 26 months off, he picked a quite decent foe, someone who’d studied for a long spell on how to fight him and wasn’t going to be a gimme. YOU CAN WATCH THE FIGHTNIGHT LIVE FIGHT HERE.

Dawson gave himself a C plus or B, but to me, he wins the weekend…and you can watch this post fight video interview to see why. Humble guy, no airs about him, and he once again shows us on the outside that some people are born for this. So, when someone busts on a comebacker, or opines that someone should stay retired, I ask that they keep this in mind: fighters fight. It is what they are born to do, and it’s not so easy to simply switch the gears and angle to another vocational lane.

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 New York, RING, and he was editor of 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.