Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. Full Results
Shifting the focus away from the main event to the full card itself, the June 1 Matchroom Boxing card proved to have one of the deepest cards from top to bottom in the United States this year. A total of six fights, three of which were for world titles, were streamed on DAZN with plenty to talk about.
Perhaps the most noteworthy result was the conclusion to the Katie Taylor vs. Delfine Persoon fight to crown the first-ever undisputed women’s lightweight champion. As expected, the fight ended up being arguably the best fight of the night and arguably one of the best women’s boxing fights of 2019 thus far. But even that couldn’t save it from the controversy that was the scorecards.
Taylor ended up winning the fight by majority decision when most thought Persoon won. The fight was gritty and physically-demanding for both women, but the two ended up having what resembled more of a street fight than an actual boxing match. The two women’s faces were very bruised and each had multiple cuts across their faces, but Persoon’s face was the one that looked worse for wear.
In the end, Taylor ended up winning the fight, but to say that the rivalry between the two is over would be premature. If anything, an immediate rematch should be done later this year when both are fully healthy and recovered from the fight. It would at the very least give Taylor and Persoon one more chance to prove who is undoubtedly the best lightweight in the world and give boxing fans another excellent fight.
However, should that rematch not happen immediately next, the fight to make for Taylor’s first outing as the undisputed champion is against seven-division champion Amanda Serrano. Serrano did sign a three-fight deal with DAZN several months ago and has only fought once since then. Aside from the three women who are undisputed champions in their respective divisions (Taylor, Claressa Shields and Cecilia Breakhus), Serrano is not only the best pound-for-pound boxer in women’s boxing, but also the biggest star in the United States and a fight between the Taylor and Serrano could end up becoming a barnburner and make a legitimate case of not just being one of the best women’s boxing fights of 2019, but one of the best boxing fights overall of the year when it is all said and done.
The co-main event of the card featured WBA “Super” super middleweight champion Callum Smith steamrolling Hassan N’Dam in what was easily the biggest mismatch of the entire card. Smith dropped N’Dam three times in the fight before ultimately stopping him with a straight right in the third round.
More than anything, this fight served as a way for Smith to shake off the ring rust (Smith hasn’t fought since September 2018 in Saudi Arabia), but also serve as a bit of an audition for a potential fight against Canelo Alvarez down the road.
It’s abundantly clear that the plan for DAZN is to have Alvarez face Gennadiy Golovkin on September 14 in a trilogy fight, but if for whatever reason that fight isn’t made, Alvarez could simply move up in weight to 168 pounds for a fight against Smith. A matchup against Smith would be an intriguing matchup giving Smith’s size and ability to use his length to his advantage. Smith is arguably the best super middleweight in the world (sans Alvarez), but the fight might end up being a little too risky for DAZN to make before Canelo-Golovkin 3. After all, we’ve seen what happens when one of DAZN’s biggest stars loses in anticipation for a bigger fight down the road, so putting Smith up against Alvarez might not be in the cards for 2019 at the very least, especially since the WBA is showing no signs of ordering Smith to fight Alvarez, who also holds the WBA “Regular” super middleweight title to go along with the unified WBA “Super,” WBC and IBF middleweight titles.
The rest of the undercard also featured the likes of Chris Algieri, who managed to stop Tommy Coyle to move one step closer to a potential WBO junior welterweight title fight down the road, and Josh Kelly, who fought Ray Robinson to a draw, and light heavyweight contender Joshua Buatsi. Algieri, Kelly and Buatsi provided some solid depth on the undercard, but even in the best of scenarios, neither man is really going to sniff a world title opportunity within the next 12 months.
June 1 Matchroom Boxing on DAZN Full Results from Madison Square Garden, New York:
- Andy Ruiz Jr. defeated Anthony Joshua by TKO, round 7 to win the unified WBA “Super,” WBO and IBF Heavyweight Titles: The first two rounds saw Joshua pace himself throughout the fight, landing the left jab and move back to avoid Ruiz's fast punches. The third round, now a candidate for "Round of the Year," saw Joshua start by dropping Ruiz first with a left uppercut. Ruiz got back up and returned the favor by dropping Joshua twice in the same round. Joshua was slow to get up after each knockdown but survived the round. As the fight progressed, Joshua showed little signs of recovery as he was still reeling from the two knockdowns. Ruiz found a lot of success connecting with the hooks and body shots and Joshua did not do much to get back in the fight. The seventh round saw Joshua get dropped twice more and after getting back up the final time, the referee decided to stop the fight.
- Callum Smith defeated Hassan N'Dam by TKO, round 3 to retain the WBA "Super" and Ring Magazine Super Middleweight Titles: The fight was one-sided from the start as Smith dropped N’Dam with a check left hook in the first round and N’Dam struggled to get back up. The second round was almost a mirror image of the first round with N’Dam getting knocked down by Smith from a hook and N’Dam having trouble in getting up. N’Dam recovered in the third round by fighting better than in the first two rounds and having some success landing punches on the inside. But with just seconds remaining in the round, Smith connected with a straight right hand to the side of N’Dam’s head and the challenger dropped to the canvas and his head bouncing off the mat. Although N’Dam managed to will himself back up, the referee decided to step in and stop the fight, awarding Smith the win.
- Katie Taylor defeated Delfine Persoon by majority decision to become the Undisputed WBA, WBO, WBC, IBF and Ring Magazine Female Lightweight champion: The action was ugly and bloody as both women bruised each other's faces throughout the 10 rounds. Taylor started off well by landing better jabs and cleaner punches in the first round, but Persoon quickly turned the tide in her favor. Persoon's aggressive and scrappy fighting made the fight awkward for Taylor, who struggled to land many clean shots. Persoon's left eye was swollen shut as the fight progressed, but still pressed the action forward. The two champions landed several big shots and had moments where both fighters stood in the middle of the ring and traded hooks and jabs. In the last few rounds, Taylor kept moving back and forcing Persoon to give chase and make her run out of stamina. By the end of the fight, Persoon believed she was the winner of the fight, but after the scorecards were read, Persoon was in utter disgust and immediately left the ring in frustration. A rematch should be ordered given how great the action was at times and how controversial the result ended up being.
- Josh Kelly and Ray Robinson fight to a majority draw, Kelly retains the WBA International Welterweight Title
- Joshua Buatsi defeated Marco Antonio by TKO, round 4 to retain the WBA International Light Heavyweight Title
- Chris Algieri defeated Tommy Coyle by TKO, round 8 to retain the WBO International Junior Welterweight Title
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