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FOX Sports 1 ‘Golden Boy Live’ debut recap

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It is less than one week old and Fox Sports 1 is already a favorite over here at Fight Booth. They followed up their awesome debut of the best free UFC fight card with the program that Jon Anik interviewed Oscar De La Hoya about, Golden Boy Live, which made its first broadcast on Monday night from Manhattan, NY. It was an exciting night of fights and just another example of why De La Hoya is at the forefront of some of the more exciting new ideas in boxing today.

It was refreshing to see De La Hoya talk positively about MMA even referencing it as one of the models for his new show on Fox Sports 1. He talked about using the blueprint from the UFC of putting together good, action packed and evenly matched exciting fights for the fans. Putting the fans first is something that does not always happen in boxing. These words are music to a fight fan’s ears and it also shows the forward thinking of De La Hoya. It is no surprise that as an ex-fighter he gets it. Whether you rooted for or against him in his fighting days you always respected him, his fighting spirit, heart, will and guts. He was always seeking out the best he could fight to prove his place amongst the greats. He has always understood that to truly be one of the legends you have to beat some of them yourself along the way.

We also learned that there would be twenty four live fights in the calendar year for Golden Boy Live. The first night lived up to De La Hoya’s billing as it was an exciting night of action packed fights. The fighters you will see during the year will be a mixture of rising prospects facing a test; young local fighters who might someday be prospects, and fighters that are on the verge of contending for the serious championships.

The action kicked off with former Olympian Terrell Gausha taking on Austin Marcum from West Virginia in a super middleweight clash scheduled for six rounds. Coming into the fight Gausha is 4-0 with 2 KO’s and Marcum is 5-3 with 2 KO’s of his own. Even though Marcum is the more experienced professional, he is the one making the big step up in competition. This showed quickly as Gausha used his jab to take control of this fight early in the first round. Both fighters were very active in this fight right from the beginning. Gausha was dictating the action but Marcum was game and fought back. Near the end of the first round Gausha really started to get comfortable with Marcum’s timing and movement. With about twenty seconds left in the round he started to selectively unload, landing several hooks to the body and head with some uppercuts mixed in. In the closing seconds of the round Marcum stepped to his right straight into a left hook. Gausha hit him with another glancing left hook, right hook, then a soft left hook followed by a nasty clean right hook to the chin as the bell was ringing. This one sent Marcum slumping into the ropes. He was able to beat the count and survive the round but just barely.

It was a credit to his toughness that he came out for the second round. Not only did he answer the call but he came out throwing punches to start the round. He may not have fully recovered but he was doing a good job of being active. The problem was it was a lot of busy activity but not very effective. He threw a flurry of fifteen to twenty body shots that did nothing to Gausha. By this point Gausha knew it was his fight as long as he did not get sloppy. He stayed sharp, focused and picked Marcum apart with crisp punches and combinations. With about 2:17 to go in the round Gausha threw a stinging jab and straight right combo that backed Marcum into the corner. From there he threw a couple to the head that missed before he landed a hard right to the body that hurt Marcum. He landed one to the head and five more to the body that sent Marcum crumbling down to the ground simultaneously spitting out his mouthpiece. No matter how tough he was there was no way he was getting up.

This fight would definitely fall under the exciting and action filled category. It was clear that Gausha was a notch above his oppnent technically and that was backed up by the numbers. Gausha threw 85 and landed 42, while Marcum threw more 90 but landed half as many with 21. You have to give Marcum a lot of props for his toughness, but Gausha was the better fighter on this night.

boxer Eddie Gomez

Next up was the co-main event, a junior middleweight bout that was schedule for eight rounds between Eddie Gomez (14-0, 9 KO – pictured) and Steven Upsher Chambers (24-2-1, 6 KO). This was the classic young prospect in Gomez taking on a tough veteran in Chambers, who with the right string of wins still could contend for a title shot. It is clear from the records, and their builds, that this will be a test for Gomez to see how he deals with a taller boxer. Gomez clearly had a power edge going into the fight but Chambers is not easy to take out.

Right away Chambers came out and established his jab. Both fighters showcased excellent movement, their technical abilities and excellent boxing skills. They are closely matched in this area but what became clear was the difference in power and speed. Very early in the fight Gomez showed no fear of Chambers and that never changed. Across from him Chambers proved that he is very hard to stop. During the last thirty seconds of the round Gomez just flurried all over Chambers. He was landing some big shots to the body and the head, but somehow Chambers stayed standing. Chambers did throw some of his own but nothing of significance landed and did not slow Gomez down. The fight was very close to being finished in the first round as it closed.

When they came out for the second round Gomez was even more confident but he showed good poise. He did not get sloppy and wild. Instead he stayed sound and worked the body as well as the head. He still utilized his movement but he was just not afraid of Chambers. He was not trying to get hit, but he was not too concerned about it. He knew one punch would not hurt him. For his part, Chambers gave him no reason to be scared and was content to absorb the punishment and hope Gomez punched himself out. Bernard Hopkins informs us that Gomez has done exactly that in the past. It seemed like this was something they worked in his camp as Gomez was patient and started to pick apart Chambers. He consistently worked the body and the head together especially with his jab.

This was the story for the rest of the fight, Gomez could hit Chambers whenever he wanted without fear. Chambers took a lot of punishment but kept coming forward throughout the fight. This played right into Gomez’s strengths as a counterpuncher. When Chambers tried to let his hands go in the fourth it had little effect on Gomez. It was moments later that Gomez turned up the heat and started to punish Chambers. With just under thirty seconds left in the fourth round the ref stepped in and brought an end to the fight. It was a good showing for Gomez who easily passed this test. He looked ready for his next challenge on his way to a title.

dannyjacobs

The main event featured New York fighter and cancer survivor Danny Jacobs (25-1, 22 KO’s) taking on Giovanni Lorenzo (32-5, 24 KO’s) in a scheduled ten round bout for the vacant WBC Continental America’s Middleweight title. Jacobs survived osteosarcoma, a rare life threatening bone cancer which paralyzed him at one point. He was told he would never box again which provided part of the motivation for him while he fought the cancer. This was his fourth fight since he successfully defeated the cancer.

This was considered step in competition for Jacobs and was supposed to be a big test for him. His opponent had only lost to champion caliber fighters in the past and had gone the distance in all of his losses. Lorenzo came into the fight with plenty of power and a stronger desire of his own for the win. They started out throwing short little combos, not quite at full speed, as they tested each other’s reactions. Jacobs was using his jab to the body and the head consistently. He also would double and triple up on it. His movement was also on point as he started to use it to control the fight moving in and out, not staying in the pocket. He circled away from Lorenzo’s power and was able to nimbly avoid trouble. Throughout the first round Jacobs was one to two ticks ahead and saw everything easily. It was more like a spirited vigorous sparring session for him.

In between rounds both corners seemed happy with how the first round had went. There was a lot of movement in the round with the majority of the punches that landed though were jabs. Neither fighter caught the other one clean and flush with a power punch. Jacobs landed one good right but Lorenzo saw it coming and ducked away from most of the damage.

The second round was a slightly amped version of the first one. Their punches were a little crisper and movement was slightly quicker. Jacobs has the ability to make it look effortless when he dances away from Lorenzo. As the round unfolds Jacobs was still using his jab frequently but Lorenzo had slowed with it. He was throwing more hooks and power type punches. Jacobs avoided them without trouble. He was growing more comfortable in the fight that was being matched by Lorenzo’s increasing discomfort. This led to Jacobs having a little fun in the ring as he shuffled and switched stances. That led to Lorenzo getting a little rough on the inside. The tone of the fight changed in this round.

Lorenzo was more aggressive to start the third round, seemingly a little desperate. Early in the round he caught Jacobs with a low shot to nuts and things got a little chippy as Lorenzo acted like nothing happened. When they restarted the intensity had increased. After some exchanges, but nothing with damage, they got tangled up when Lorenzo put Jacobs in a headlock. Jacobs slipped out of it and the off balance Lorenzo stumbled into the ropes. They exchanged a few more punches as they moved around the ring when Lorenzo tied him up and threw several punches. It also looked like they may have bumped heads. This exchange spurred Jacobs on as it appeared that Lorenzo was starting to get desperate.

With 1:17 left in the round Jacobs landed a short overhand right that started the end of the fight. He set it up masterfully, moving to his right he paused and threw his right hand as Lorenzo was moving in. This added Lorenzo’s momentum to the punch. It was further aided by Lorenzo being slightly off-balance. Jacobs swarmed him with controlled chaos. He caught Lorenzo with a good left hook as he backed him up into the ropes with a machine gun like burst of flurries. Lorenzo bounced off the rope right into a three punch flurry of hooks that landed flush each time and sent Lorenzo hurtling face first to the canvas. It was even more impressive on the super slow motion replay as you saw Lorenzo’s face ripple from the impact.

It was a great fight for the hometown fighter. Jacobs walked away with the belt and the attention of fight fans with his spectacular knockout of the tough veteran Lorenzo stopping him for the first time in thirty seven career fights. It was quite the statement in front of his hometown fans. The knockout capped off another fantastic debut for Fox Sports 1 as it looks like Golden Boy Live will quickly become a fight fan favorite. The night of fights was filled with action. If you missed out on the action do not worry this will be shown repeatedly over the next few weeks on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 – check your local listings.

via Dwayne Wolff

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