ESPN+ Manny Pacquiao vs Lucas Matthysse, Jhack Tepora vs Edivaldo Ortega, and Carlos Canizales vs Bin Lu
By Kid Hersh
From Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, came ESPN+ boxing via Top Rank.
First up on my stream was Bin Lu (1-0, 1KO) going for the WBA World Title against Carlos Canizales (20-0-1, 16KO's) while looking to make history and do what Vasyl Lomachenko could not do. In the first round, Canizales was catching Bin with overhand rights that were snapping the green professionals head back. In the second round, Lu started to box a bit better as he circled Canlizales instead of standing in the pocket to trade punches. Both men were landing decent shots with the rounds being close but the feel to me was that Canizales was more in control as the stronger man and stronger puncher. His overhand right was still the best punch of the fight and he was landing it in spots, although you could tell that Lu was trying to move away from it. Lu was trying to matador the bull, but it wasn't quite working to his favor as he was not throwing combinations and you could see the inexperience seeping through. Canizales continued to turn up the heat on Lu, who was starting to look pretty weary in the ninth round from all the bodywork and the heavy hands of the champion. In the eleventh round, Lu was bleeding from his right eye and was knocked down from a left hook right-hand combination that was ruled a knockdown due to him holding onto the ropes as he was going down. Lu was trying his best to win in the championship rounds, coming out aggressive to start the twelfth and final round but Canlizales immediately took the round over, landing bombs throughout the round and scoring a knockdown and knockout win in the final round. Canizales looked great tonight - like a very rough, tough, strong, but yet polished fighter. Lu did himself no harm tonight.
Next up was Jhack Tepora (21-0, 16KO's) vs Edivaldo Ortega (26-1-1, 12KO's). It was a good first round, with Tepora being the aggressor and hurting Ortega to the body early on. The fight was closely contested and not exactly a thriller in the coming rounds, with Ortega getting his jab pumping and being the aggressor but Tepora having the better punch and doing damage over the rounds to Ortega. He would get the stoppage victory a bit suddenly in the ninth round off of a nice uppercut splitting the guard and sending Ortega to the canvas.
Main event time with Manny Pacman Pacquiao looking for his 60th victory while on the verge of being four decades old. In the first round Pacquiao still looked in good shape and pretty solid as he had Mathysse off balance and he was landing good shots. In the third round, Pacquiao scored a knockdown with a 45 uppercut through the guard that put Matthysse to the canvas. Matthysse rose and made it through the round, only to look frustrated in the coming rounds - as evidenced by him taking a knee at the end of the fifth round from a seemingly light temple shot, that may have been more of a frustration knee taken.