Errol Spence Jr. vs Chris Algieri, Marcus Browne vs Radivoje Kalajdzic, Krzysztof Glowacki vs Steve Cunningham
BY KID HERSH
PBC on NBC from Barclay's Center in Brooklyn. First up was Krzysztof Glowacki (25-0, 16ko's) vs Steve USS Cunningham (28-7-1, 13ko's). Glowacki is defending his title in this one. In the first round it was a real feeler from both men with nothing of note landed. Then in the second round Glowacki showed his awkwardness when he walked Cunningham into a left hand very early on that put him down. The shot clearly hurt him as he rose but was on wobbly legs and got dropped for a second time shortly afterwards from another left hand; this time as the Philly fighting heart got into him and he still continued forward aggressively instead of trying to buy time. Glowacki did not go for the kill, showing tha he is a very patient fighter and willing to bide his time to get the stoppage. The third round showed what we already know about Cunningham as he came out and showed veteran poise and had himself a decent round as he moved and Ickes his shots carefully despite the disastrous previous round. The fourth round was better for Glowacki has he edged the upper hand back with powerful left hands that he is not unleashing often but when he does they are the story of the fight. That being said he really isn't throwing much anymore and Cunningham could have edged the round - much the same as the fifth where neither man landed punches of note but it was Cunninghm pressing the action and Glowacki waiting waiting waiting but not throwing punches like he was earlier in the fight. This is likely due to the fact that Cunningham has adjusted to the man in front of him - giving different angles and keeping out of range instead of fighting in close like when he got hurt and dropped twice in the second round. The sixth round was pretty close like many of the previous but in the seventh round Glowacki pulled the momentum back in his favor by opening up more while picking Cunningham apart as USS looked like the more tired man, likely due to the knockdowns catching up with him. As BJ Flores said; it's not a video where you just get up from them and replenish the meter. Glowacki continued having the upper hand with his ring generalship for the next few rounds. Cunningham is still looking the worse for wear, but he is still boxing effectively in spots and putting in good body work quite frequently. Glowacki's left hand are simply too dangerous and he is very awkward in throwing them - to the point where they are very unpredictable due to angles and him unleashing them from all kinds of different spots as he crouches or stands up straight or turns his body different directions. In the tenth round Glowacki scored another knockdown off the momentum he has mounted about a minute into the round when he landed a right below/forearm that put him down. He rose and showed why USS fights are always entertaining and he is such an underrated fighter as he landed a beautiful overhand right shortly afterwards that buckled Glowacki's legs and hurt him for the first time in the fight very noticeably. Steve did now follow up as he should have, but he has never been too much of a killer and more of a boxer. Glowacki composed himself and bought time to recover in this thriller of a fight. In the championship rounds Cunningham went for the win as he knew he needed multiple knockdowns if not a knockout. He had a good eleventh round as Glowacki showed just how tired he was from this brutal fight and then the twelfth showed his fighting heart that cannot be surpassed as he went for the kill and got dropped at the end of the fight while gunning for the glory and putting everything on the line. Awesome finish, and Cunningham had the look that Manosour did when they fought and Mansour was in the exact same situation he is in now - needing a knockout and getting dropped himself in putting it all on the line. Glowacki would retain his title with a UD.
Next up was Marcus Browne (17-0, 13ko's) vs Radivoje Kalajdzic (21-0, 14ko's). The first round was very tight from both men as they were respecting each other's power. The only real thing of note was the terrible call by the referee about two minutes into the round when he ruled a knockdown against Kalajdzic when Kala slipped and fell down backwards, twisting his knee awkwardly, and Browne threw a punch when he was down that landed on kala's chest and the referee apparently thought it was a knockdown from his viewpoint. This is a prime example of why we need instant replay in boxing for rare occurrences like this - if anything Browne should have been docked a point from hitting while down, not gain a knockdown point! The third round opened up with fireworks as both men are still vying for the upper hand in this fight that means so much for both young, undefeated fighters, but yet is only an eight rounder. Both blasted away with their best punches but could not dangerously hurt the other man to put him in trouble. Kalajdzic is very "loosey goosey" I would say, as he is very relaxed - too relaxed - with his hands down by his waist and he swings his arms in a lackadaisical manner. Browne would end up taking control of the round and carry that momentum into the fourth where he hurt Browne for the first time in the fight with a straight right hand to the chin that I thought Browne was going to go down from. Good thing he didn't because he saved himself a point in this short fight and managed to stay on his feet and clinch his way through the last minute of the round. As I just got done saying; Kalajdzic is so lackadaisical that he did not unload in this opportune moment. In the sixth round it looked like Browne was just fighting to keep Kaladjzic off of him and this further showed when he went down from a right hand. Kaladjzic was not able to finish him off yet again but he is winning the fight now and in a more comfortable spot than he was just a few rounds ago. Browne looked like the man being hunted for the remainder of the fight as he kept his distance and tried to minimize damage. Surprisingly, Browne would end up winning the split decision by a single point margin. I had Kaladjzic winning.
Main event time featuring Errol Spence Jr. (19-0, 16ko's) vs Chris Algieri (21-2, 8ko's). The first round was a big time feeler round with both guys showing off their good footwork. Spence was sitting down on shots by the end of the round and started to really beat up on Algieri in the second round. This continued until early on in the fourth round Spence scored a knockdown from a beauty of a left hand that had him down on the canvas. As we know about Algieri though - he was up and recovered quickly being the great athlete that he is. He made it through the round as Spence bided his time. In the fifth round it was all over when Spence scored another knockdown early from a left hand and Algieri twisted his ankle going down. He got up was wounded prey and Spence jumped all over him - taking him out with a highlight reel left hand when Algieri was on the ropes. Beautiful performance and Spence has officially arrived on the scene.