May 20th Boxing Scorecard: Davis, Uzcategui, Crawford, Benavidez and More

The action was hot and heavy on the third Saturday of May. The festivities got under way at the Copper Box Arena in London where Gervonta Davis (pictured on the right) had an easy go in the first defense of his IBF 130-pound title. With Floyd Mayweather shouting encouragement, Davis TKOed Liam Walsh in the third frame. After two feeling-out frames, Davis cranked up the juice and the overmatched Walsh had no antidote. The official time was 2:11.

On the undercard Liam’s twin brother Ryan Walsh had better success, retaining his British featherweight title with an 11th round stoppage of Northern Ireland’s Marco McCullough. Also, 19-year-old heavyweight Daniel Dubois needed only 40 seconds to dismiss David Howe. As a pro, Dubois has yet to break a sweat. His three pro fights have consumed less than five minutes combined.

MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD

Gary Russell Jr., the most accomplished member of the fighting Russell clan, successfully defended his WBC lightweight title with a seventh round stoppage of Columbia’s Oscar Escandon. Russell dominated from the get-go. He dropped Escandon with an overhand right in the third and Escandon was seemingly fighting on fumes from that point on.

Russell is itching for a rematch with Vasyl Lomachenko, the man that saddled him with his only defeat.

In a fight that ended in controversy, Jose Uzcategui dropped Andre Dirrell with a three-punch combination in the waning seconds of the eighth round. In the opinion of referee Bill Clancy, the third punch landed after the bell. Earlier in the bout, Clancy had warned Uzcategui for a punch that landed after the bell.

The referee disqualified Uzcategui as Dirrell lay motionless on the canvas, face down. This precipitated an extra-curricular skirmish. As Dirrell’s brother Anthony was being restrained, a member of Dirrell’s team succeeded in getting to Uzcategui and punching him in the face.

It was a good action fight until the messy conclusion. Uzcategui had a big second round, but Dirrell had the best of it in the middle rounds. Through the eight completed rounds, Uzcategui was ahead on two of the scorecards while the third judge had it even. More than a few people thought that Dirrell wasn’t as badly hurt as he let on. The crowd booed him as he was being escorted from the ring by security.

Rances Barthelemy, a world titlist at 130 and 135 pounds, made his first start as a junior welterweight and scored a 12-round unanimous decision over Kiryl Relikh, winning on scores of 115-111, 116-110, and 117-109. Those tallies were unfair to Relikh as the fight was a lot closer than that. Relikh knocked Barthelemy down in in the fifth frame and had him in serious trouble. Barthelemy returned the favor in round eight, dropping the Belarusian with a body punch.

Barthelemy, now 26-0, has his eye on a match with WBA 140-pound champion Julius Indongo. If that fight were to happen (Indongo is also being rumored as the next opponent for Terence Crawford) and if Barthelemy were to win, he would be the first Cuban to win world titles in three weight classes.

Laredo Energy Center, Laredo, TX

In what was billed as a WBC 168-pound title eliminator, David Benavidez passed his sternest test with flying colors, taking out former world title challenger Rogelio Medina in the eighth round. During the contest, Benavidez pasted the brave but outgunned Medina with numerous uppercuts, one of which was a body shot that knocked Medina to his knees. The end came when Benavidez landed a series of punches that sent Medina sprawling through the lower strand of ropes. That referee didn’t bother to count.

Benavidez elevated his record to 18-0 (17). At age twenty, he may already be the best fighter in the world in his weight class.

In the co-feature, power punching super featherweight Jorge Lara returned to the ring after a 13-month absence and looked sensational while scoring a third round TKO over Mexican countryman Mario Briones. Lara, who knocked Briones down twice in the second round, was teeing off with an assortment of power punches when the referee appropriately intervened.

Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

WBC/WBO super lightweight champion Terence Crawford left no doubt that he ranks among the top pound-for-pound boxers by dominating Felix Diaz whose corner threw in the towel at the conclusion of the tenth round. The versatile Crawford, who fought virtually the entire fight as a southpaw, was too classy for Diaz, a former Olympic gold medalist who was moving down in weight.

In the main supporting bout, veteran Raymundo Beltran, a cat with nine lives, came off the deck in the opening round and sent Jonathan Maicelo into dreamland in the very next frame with a picture-perfect left hook. Maicelo was out before he hit the canvas. He left the ring on a stretcher and was removed to a hospital for observation.

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Gary Russell Jr. vs Oscar Escandon

Terence Crawford vs Felix Diaz


-Skibbz :

Davis is a quick as lightning. I think he had a misstep when he came over to the UK with only a week to prepare for the weigh in, but a lesson should be learnt for his team. The exciting fights for him are above and below his weight for me, but we could see what happened to Floyd happen to Davis... Keep padding and protecting him until the titles are vacant or held by sub-par opposition. Dirrell looked like he got hit on the bell, it had not finished ringing before he was down.... I think? Haven't seen any more replays this morning... But his uncle... He should be banned from the ring and heavily fined/taken to criminal justice. He had no legal right to assault Uzcategui.

-brownsugar :

I feel like I've been waiting for this weekend like.... forever I've been restoring my new living quarters for the last two weeks in exchange for paying a deposit and was expecting Spectrum to install my cable and super high speed wi-fi a day before the fight. They say the postman always rings twice but Spectrum technicians only rings once as they totally botched the installation schedule...and lied about calling ahead and coming by the house. I had to watch the fight at my ex-wife's house on last minute notice. But seeing that I built her ultra lavish glass and steel intertainment center and installed her new mega-large smart 4k flatscreen for free just a week ago, she sort of owed me a favor. Which she thankfully obliged. (While my boxing hating 16 year old grandson surreptitiously took advantage of our focus on the action by pilfering wine coolers out of the case i bought over to enhance the fight nite mood) Yes...this was clearly a perfect saturday fight night sans the noisy gregarious fight party) I nearly fell out of my chair when Gervonta Davis entered the packed raucous arena wearing a Michael Jackson black (sequin encrusted) and silver band leader costume while wearing a fedora to the iconic tune: "Beat It" which was used for the entrance music. Yeah just Beat-it,.... With Floyd (not one to miss an oportunity) following behind Tank wearing an outfit that reminded me of what Dr Doom would wear if it were inspired by Michael Jackson's costume designer. Davis is always being compared to a compact version of Mike Tyson. But Tyson entered the ring looking like a murdering psychopath. Davis enters the ring looking as if its his birthday AND its the night of his honeymoon. Grinning and smiling abundantly as he's being introduced. I've never seen a fighter enter the ring looking so joyful. The ref was interfering way too much as he physically touched the boxers frequently as he attemped to break the fighters the first moment they came into clinching range and then he changed his mind when Davis began to punch during the confusion. (Much like the same way Paul Williams was able to do against Quintana during their rematch which resulted in a ko) I mean, either be decisive and clearly break the fighters or just let them fight out of the tangle/clinch. Walsh was trying to comply to the ref's feeble intentions while Davis was initiating a slaughter. I dont think it would have changed the outcome. But the ref's indecisiveness obscured and impeded Walsh defensively while Davis was ignoring the ref and bludgeoning him. But the atmosphere and showmanship was exceptional... Hype, excitement and the sprit of entertainment were well served. I still have many questions about Davis. His weight, will he be able to make 130? Or can he compete as ferociously at 135 against longer taller rangier and more fundamentally sound boxers?... Or was the weight incident a fluke? Anyway Tank made my day...and Dirrell (whom I felt was hurt legitimately against Abrahms) seemed to be going for the oscar award when he fell back onto the canvas(sure he was ko'd when he initially got hit but rising to his knees and falling back to his face was too much like deja vu, ....i will likely never know....but can lightning strike twice? And Do trainers flee a boxing event in mid progress like desperate felons? The guy should have turned himself in immediately and bonded himself out of jail a day later.. Regardless, Direll had his moments but the rust was apparent, I was telling my host that Direll would fall late in the fight. I doubt he holds the belt long. But at least he didnt pour gasoline on a 🔥 during his post fight comments....but he should have condemned his trainers actions least to a moderate degree.. But what do I care about political correctness? Hey!... its time for Crawford vs PBC...HBO, Hayman, ....make it happen.

-Kid Blast :

Raymundo Beltran made the show for me. All of a sudden, he has become a monster with two brutal KO's in a row. A late bloomer with a great story. What's not to like. Lampley even threw in a subtle dig at the Administration's ICE policy. Hmm.

-brownsugar :

Raymundo Beltran made the show for me. All of a sudden, he has become a monster with two brutal KO's in a row. A late bloomer with a great story. What's not to like. Lampley even threw in a subtle dig at the Administration's ICE policy. Hmm.
Yep Beltran was spectacular. David Benavidez was equally impressive. I listened to a podcast where the announcer interviewed Kelly Pavlik to get his thoughts about the future prospects of Benavidez several months ago. Other than saying "David was a good kid" Pavlik rarely spoke about his sparring sessions with Benavidez. I thought it was very conspicuous that Kelly had very little to say about the subject of the conversation. Probably because he didnt want to talk about who was getting the best of the sparring. As far as long, rangy Mexican Supermiddleweights, David is my favorite....step aside Ramirez, Jesse Hart and Callum Smith.

-Radam G :

Uncle Leon Lawson should be charged with assault. Holla!