July Reflections 2019

Uppercut Magazine looks back at a torrid July with volatile and important battles that took place. Our ace photographer Al Applerose was all over the boxing landscape this past month of July and shot all of the following epic battles.

WBA welterweight titlist Manny Pacquiao battled Keith Thurman at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The speedy southpaw jumped on the undefeated Thurman in the first round with his blinding quickness. 

Thurman made his move in the mid-rounds with his own attack once Pacquiao slowed down. Thurman was able to connect with his own style of attack and scored heavy from rounds six through nine.

Pacquiao was able to stop Thurman's momentum suddenly with a body shot in the 10th round. Thurman was nearly floored with the painful blow and turned his back briefly before realizing the fight was in jeopardy. He raced away from Pacquiao's attack and was able to survive the round. 

Mexico's Luis Nery was patient in sizing up the confusing attack by Dominican Juan Carlos Payano in a bantamweight world title fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Whenever two southpaws face each other it presents an awkward fight.

A battle between middleweights saw Tureano Johnson batter his way to victory over Ireland's Jason Quigley at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. Johnson proved too strong for Quigley and won by knockout in the ninth round on the Golden Boy Promotions card.

Pacquiao charged forward and caught Thurman with a short right hook that dropped the younger challenger to the ground in the first round. All Thurman could do was smile at the surprising development in the epic fight. 

Though Thurman was able to connect often in the fight, he was not able to seriously hurt the legendary Filipino southpaw. Despite massive blows sustained in the fight, Pacquiao remained on his feet and fought back.

Pacman's amazing victory over the younger Thurman could be the Fight of the Year or one of the sure candidates. The eight-division world champion showed he still has enough ability, skill and experience to compete with the best welterweights in the world today.  

Once Nery figured out the attack style of Payano it was over for the Dominican fighter. Nery floored Payano with a body shot in the ninth round then finished him off with another left to the body at 1:43 of the ninth round to win by knockout.

Former Olympian Marlen Esparza out-boxed Mexico's Sonia Osorio in an eight round flyweight battle to retain the NABF title at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio. Esparza remains undefeated.