Boxing’s new name; Discordia

So many times in boxing a fight that should happen or is supposed to happen, doesn’t (see the most recent nearly 2-year-long saga between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao). It’s a gross injustice to their own sport.

I suppose that’s because there are too many hands in the pot. Too many voices wanting their share.

Too many vultures. Some of these vultures have names like HBO, Showtime, Golden Boy Promotions, Top Rank, Don King, Lou DiBella, Al Haymon and many, many more, I’m sure.

It’s not that there aren’t vultures in the UFC, but it’s a body that makes the matches. I know it’s probably just as political in some of the same ways that boxing is, but boxing is just a bunch of independent states trying their best to make all the money they can at the expense of their own sport. Cutting off their own nose despite their face.

The UFC has titles at weight classes, just like boxing, and for the most part those titles are respected. The titles in boxing? Well, the titles in boxing are almost worthless at this point. There should be one title at each weight class, this whole WBC, WBA, WBU, ABC, 123 is all crap. There was a time when some of the belts actually really stood for someone being the best. Continue reading “Boxing’s new name; Discordia”

Sergio Martinez; The Most Entertaining Fighter Alive

HBO World Championship Boxing, 3/12/2011

First televised fight up was a middleweight bout between Andy Lee & Craig McEwan.

It was a decent fight overall. The one most surprising thing to me was the fact that Andy Lee had a chance to look impressive against someone he should have had no problems with and he failed.

Yes, Lee did knock McEwan out in the 10th and final round, but it was just a save, in reality. He did not look impressive at all. He looked flat and his punches didn’t carry any power through most of the middle rounds. The sting didn’t really appear in his punches until around round 7.

Credit where it’s due, McEwan had all the heart in the world. In the end it wasn’t enough. There are fights every so often where a fighter loses (for whatever reason), but everyone except for the opponent believes he did so much right that the loser deserved to win.

Craig McEwan deserved to win in my book. My book doesn’t matter to fate though because Andy Lee plain old took him out in the last round.

This fight did nothing for my thoughts on Andy Lee, except to prove that he is not near ready for a real step up in competition.

(Side note: For what it’s worth, I had McEwan ahead 86-84 going into the 10th & final round.)

The main event of the evening… (said in my best Michael Buffer voice) Continue reading “Sergio Martinez; The Most Entertaining Fighter Alive”

2 years later, we finally (maybe) have Klitschko-Haye

It’s been two years.

That is how it’s taken for this heavyweight title fight to actually come to fruition. Two years of Wladimir Klitschko saying, “I’m ready to fight” and two years of David “The Ducker” Haye saying, “I am ready to fight too!, except my back hurts and if we do fight it has to be in the UK and if we do fight I deserve a 60/40 split…”

Well now it seems that the fight is actually going to happen. Like for real this time. As opposed to 2009 when he was supposed to fight Wladimir, but backed out because of a back ‘injury’ that he never actually provided any medical documentation for, then later in 2009 when he was suppose to fight Vitali, but just before the fight was to be signed Haye backed out and signed to fight Russian behemoth Nikolay Valuev (whom he had been secretly negotiating with).

All the while Haye has been talking smack. Now it’s time for his hands to cash the checks his mouth hopes he can sign.

Also, per ESPN’s Dan Rafael;

One interesting twist: Boente [Wladimir Klitschko’s manager] said the contract with Haye says he could fight Wladimir or Vitali.

The priority is Wladimir facing Haye, Boente said. However, if Wladimir is still injured, Vitali could step in, contingent on Vitali winning his March 19 defense against Odlanier Solis.

“Knock on wood, nothing happens. Vitali has to win his fight in two weeks against Solis, which is a very tough fight,” Boente said. “If he comes out of that fight, he is also a possibility. In the contract it says Vitali or Wladimir.”

That being said, I’m sure my pick will reside with whichever Klitschko brother he faces.

There is still no venue chosen (probably Germany where the Klitschko brothers are basically God), no exact date set (either June 25 or July 2), and no American television network signed to show the bout. HBO and Showtime are obviously two options for the fight to land on, but according to Boente, “It could also be on pay-per-view in the U.S. if we can’t find an agreement.”

I have heard all this before from these Haye-Klitschko negotiations, hell, we’ve been this close to a Klitschko-Haye fight on a couple other occasions even. I am excited for the fight, just as I was in 2009 (twice).

As for now, though, I am holding back hope. When I will truly be happy for this fight is when I hear one of their respective entrance songs as they walk down to the ring.

HBO Boxing After Dark, 2.19.11


Donaire moments after referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight. (Photo:Chris Farina/Top Rank)

Nonito Donaire is well on his way to becoming a mega boxing star. In the same way that his Filipino comrade, Manny Pacquiao, has shot up the P4P rankings and won titles in 8 different weight classes on his way to becoming the most recognized man in boxing, this could be the beginning of a fantastic rise for the 28-year-old Donaire.


I don’t mean to infer that Donaire is going to win titles in 8 weight classes or become a congressman and totally destroy everything in his path.

Although he could destroy everything in his path as he has destroyed his last 9 out of 10 opponents by KO/TKO by the 8th round, the one exception being Rafael Concepcion when he won a unanimous decision in summer 2009.

Considering the man is now 26-1, 18 KO’s and his one and only loss came in his second career fight against, potential footnote in history, Rosendo Sanchez back in early 2001. Come next month the man will have gone 10 years without a loss. Add in that, to my knowledge, he has never been knocked down.

The last of that streak came last night on HBO’s Boxing After Dark when he completely obliterated Fernando Montiel who was, at the time, The Ring Magazine’s #1 ranked bantamweight.

I had expected at least a multiple round slugfest. What I got was less than a round and a half of domination from The Filipino Flash.

Thinking of the short-term Donaire would be best suited in challenging one of the alphabet title holders in the super bantamweight division before jumping up to featherweight. At featherweight waits a man named Yuriorkis Gamboa (19-0, 15 KO’s). That is a potentially great and infinitely action packed showdown. Continue reading “HBO Boxing After Dark, 2.19.11”

Thoughts on Bradley-Alexander (post-fight update)

This is a must see fight. Two of the best technical boxers in the sport going at it.

It’s also a fight that we as American boxing fans haven’t seen in some time. This fight will mark the first time in the last 24 years that two undefeated American fighters will fight to unify titles (in any weight class).

Surprising I have to admit.

As soon as this fight was announced I was overly excited for it. It’s not too often these days that two young fighters either in or near their prime (Bradley is 27, Alexander 23) have faced off in such a critical fight.

(Side note: I despise the fact that fighters and their promoters seem to be more worried about money than legacy and so they mortgage their current prime by facing a smorgasbord of mid- to low-level talent, think Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, or Andre Berto.

It’s not that I hate on fighters or their promoters for wanting to make money, but if you are as good as you say you are you’d put that money where your mouth is.)

I believe two things to be near certainties in this fight. Continue reading “Thoughts on Bradley-Alexander (post-fight update)”

Showtime/CBS get Pacquiao-Mosley

I love HBO’s production of a fight. They are the crème de la crème of boxing production. From their 24/7 features to their World Championship Boxing, Boxing After Dark, and PPV cards. All are done to the hilt, with a slight few exceptions of course. I mean no one is perfect after all.

All that being said, HBO has done little to expand on the boxing fan base. I’ve heard of possible deals before for boxing to return to broadcast television for years and they have all fallen flat. This seems to me to fly in the face of trying to re-establish your entire sport to a public that has, for the most part, disregarded boxing.

That is why I think this possible pairing of Showtime/CBS and the Manny Pacquiao – Shane Mosley fight is beyond exciting news. The reason it is so exciting to be is because a network station, CBS, is being brought into the fold. The magnitude that this can positively affect boxing is enormous.

If done right. Oh, and if the fight is actually entertaining. People who have no vested interest in boxing need to be engaged. They need to feel like they are emotionally involved in the people involved.

This is where network giant CBS comes in. Per;

According to sources, part of the deal will include CBS promoting the fight by running commercial spots advertising the pay-per-view during prime time programming. Also in the works is a series of preview shows that would run on CBS, or possibly Showtime, which would be similar to HBO’s hit reality series “24/7,” which it uses to stoke interest with weekly episodes during the month leading up to major pay-per-view fights. Pacquiao and Mosley have both had fights featured on “24/7.”

I cannot state enough how huge it would be for CBS to be involved with this fight. The fight itself will have a moderate to large PPV viewership (think 1-1.3 million viewers), but with CBS promoting the fight in the form of advertisements during their primetime programs and, hopefully, a short series in the light of HBO’s 24/7 shows, that could jump the PPV viewership up dramatically (think 1.5-2 million viewers).

This is exciting for longtime fans of boxing, such as myself. If done right, this could be a shot in the arm that semi-dead sport of boxing sorely needs.

HBO World Championship Boxing – 12/11/10

It was a decent night of boxing on HBO.

First up was the Victor Ortiz-Lamont Peterson fight.

This fight started slowly, very, very slowly.

Ortiz won three of the first four rounds on my card, but they were very hard to score. Little action with the exception of the 3rd which Ortiz knocked Peterson down twice and had an easy 10-7 round.

After the 3rd and a 10-7 round and a, seemingly, insurmountable lead on the scorecards Ortiz became comfortable. Too comfortable.

Peterson began gaining confidence starting in the last 30 seconds to a minute of the 4th, a round in which he lost, but showed vast improvement.

It showed in the fact that I had Peterson win the next five straight rounds.

Some think that if you are the aggressor, consistently coming forward and throwing power punches that you are winning the round. I am not one of these people.

Ortiz showed he was the aggressor, but he wasn’t coming forward effectively. Peterson was regularly dodging and ducking with fantastic head movement and danced around the ring beautifully.

When it was all said and done I had thought Peterson did enough to work a draw from the jaws of defeat.

Turns out I was right.

My score: 94-94
Judges scores: 95-93 Peterson, 94-94 twice

The main event of Marcos Maidana-Amir Khan was a great fight. One of the best of the year. Continue reading “HBO World Championship Boxing – 12/11/10”

Manny the Great

I found a way to watch the fight. I had to.

After seeing the video of Margarito mocking, Pacquiao trainer, Freddie Roach’s Parkinson’s Disease it was more than a little personal for me.

Manny Pacquiao is a stud. That’s the simplest way that I can put it.

He fought a man who (unofficially) outweighed him by 17 pounds and was 4 1/2 inches taller and yet that didn’t make a bit of difference.

The Congressman from the Phillippines simply and purely battered Antonio Margarito into a bloody mess. It was a beautiful and horrible thing to watch.

Unlike when Pacquiao fought Miguel Cotto and beat the soul of out of him and I (and everyone else watching the fight with me) was imploring the ref to stop the fight. It was hard to watch and it all seemed unnecessary. Cotto was beaten to a pulp, but because of his pride and refusal to say, “no mas” the fight continued longer than it should have.

This fight was like that, with the small exception of me and a lot of other people hoping the ref wouldn’t stop it because, really, it seemed as if Margarito had this coming to him.

One of the many punches landed flush by Manny Pacquiao. (Photo courtesy AP Photo/David J. Phillips)

And so, in the short term Manny Pacquiao has once again beaten a larger, physically stronger opponent. Not just beat these men though, he has completely destroyed them. Three have been sent to the hospital.

Even Margarito fell victim to this trend. After the fight he was immediately taken, by ambulance, to the hospital to get his various cuts and swelling checked out. Luckily for him, they found that Manny had fractured his right orbital bone and he will undergo surgery Tuesday in Texas.

To say I was happy with the result of this fight is beyond an understatement. I can honestly say I smiled for the near entirety of the fight, with every one of Manny’s blinding combinations broadening the smile on my face.

It was an A+ performance out of the Pacman.

Now…where is Floyd Mayweather Jr.?

I’m Pumped!

I just came across three boxing articles that made me smile.

First, I saw that Vitali Klitschko would be defending his WBC title for a fifth time against Shannon Briggs, who in his own right was a two-time champion, but neither reign (if you could even call them that) was all that spectacular.

In 1997 he claimed a controversial decision victory against a nearly 50-year-old George Foreman to claim the lineal championship, only to be knocked out by Lennox Lewis in his next fight.  Then in 2006 he was losing against Sergei Liakhovich for the WBO championship, but knocked him out with 1 second remaining in the 12th and final round, then turned around to defend his new belt against Sultan Ibragimov who won an easy unanimous decision.

Briggs laid out on the canvas, right where Vitali is going to put him.

Either way, I figured it would be a tough fight (although a fight he would easily win) for Vitali against a man (Briggs) who can really throw some powerful shots when he is properly motivated and in shape.

Second, the fact that the aforementioned Shannon Briggs (yes, THIS Shannon Briggs) would make the WBC champion, Vitali Klitschko, his “32nd first round victim”, saying, “That’s how a lot of my fights end.”

Whoa there buddy.

I’ll be honest here, short of Vitali hurting himself during the fight, there is no way Briggs is going to win this fight, BUT if he could have just kept his mouth shut and let a sleeping giant lie he might have, he just might have had a puncher’s chance.

He can forget all that now.  Vitali is entirely too smart and has tasted leather from some of the hardest puncher’s of today (i.e. Sam Peter, Lennox Lewis) and Briggs doesn’t have anything on them.  I could be wrong, but I do believe that Vitali has never even been down once in his career. 

Even in his two losses (Chris Byrd and Lennox Lewis) which are technically down as “KO’s” he never hit the floor.  One stoppage was a shoulder injury that Vitali needed surgery (and he was winning the fight by large margins by all three judges) and if Lennox hadn’t opened up the most ghastly cuts in the history of pro boxing, Vitali would have won that fight.

Yes, Vitali would have won that fight despite Lennox Lewis saying after the fight that, “I had him right where I wanted him.”

Shannon Briggs just shook a sleeping bear.  Stupid.

And lastly, I read that Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer is trying to put a deal together for a title fight between Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez and Australia’s Michael Katsidis.

This fight has all the makings and potential to be the 2010 fight of the year.

HBO gave Shaefer a November 27 date, which Shaefer wasn’t happy about, but what’s he going to do? Put the fight on Telemundo? I don’t think so.

So, hopefully, this fight will be finalized and I can sit down and watch a potential Fight of the Year for 2010 and I can be happy.

Montreal’s Newest Hero; Jean Pascal

The following is my account of each of the 11 rounds as they happened live.

Check after the round-by-round account to see my thoughts on Dawson’s reaction to what happened during the fight and what I think should occur that would be fantastic for boxing (if it could ever really happen is doubtful).

Chad Dawson-Jean Pascal
175lbs for the WBC, IBO, and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight Championship

Incredible to hear about Pascal having his shoulder dislocate THREE TIMES in his second fight against Adrian Diaconu. Simply incredible.

Rd 1, good body work from Dawson early, Pascal very aggressive with about a minute left, and again with a right uppercut with under 20 seconds left

10-9 Pascal

Rd 2, Pascal very active, not a lot of lands, but some shots are definitely getting through, Dawson has Pascal on ropes, throws a bunch, lands very little, Pascal is dominating this round from start to finish, round won easily by Pascal

10-9 Pascal

Rd 3, slow first half of round, then flurry of very good body shots by Pascal, some big shots from Pascal, nice work, Dawson has small flurry, but answered immediately by Pascal

10-9 Pascal

Rd 4, good work from both fighters in first half of round with one big shot from Dawson, Dawson using ring well and the distance between the them is perfect for him, Pascal flurries at the end, lands some big shots, not enough to win the round though

10-9 Dawson

Rd 5, good back and forth, but Pascal landing the better shots, very solid round from Pascal

10-9 Pascal

Rd 6, Dawson using the ring well, jabbing, Pascal good flurry, Dawson answers with solid hook as Pascal comes in, Dawson good 1-2, Pascal answers well with hard straight right

10-9 Pascal

Rd 7, Pascal with HUGE punch, Dawson stumbling, knee buckled against the ropes, Dawson throwing back hard now, warned for low blow, then rounds slow considerably, Pascal seems slightly fatigued

10-9 Pascal

Rd 8, Pascal’s hands are hanging much lower than they should be, but Dawson isn’t engaging, strange, HUGE punch from Pascal, Dawson stumbling, is definitely hurt, Pascal against the ropes and is working Dawson’s body

10-9 Pascal

Rd 9, Pascal’s right hand is fantastic, HUGE right from Pascal, Dawson FINALLY throws some meaningful punches back, Dawson SHOULD be pushing the action with Pascal looking exhausted at times, but he does light jabbing, maybe a left, not gonna cut it, Dawson hurts Pascal, Pascal against the ropes, Dawson lets him off easy

10-9 Dawson

Note: If Dawson would just press the action he would certainly knock out Pascal, because Pascal is completely exhausted and fighting off what little adrenaline he has left

Rd 10, though Pascal is tired he is still landing good punches, Pascal hammering Dawson up against the ropes, Dawson turns it and retaliates and lands good punches on Pascal against the ropes

10-9 Pascal

Rd 11, Dawson comes out with hard shots pushing Pascal up against the ropes, Dawson working Pascal hard, Pascal is hurt & tired, may go soon, Inexplicably Dawson lets Pascal bounce around the round and rest and recoup, odd, Dawson with a FANTASTIC counter, Pascal stopped dead in his tracks, surprised he didn’t go down, now a HUGE cut over Dawson’s right eye, gushing blood, accidental butt, DOCTOR STOPS THE FIGHT BECAUSE OF THE CUT!

10-9 Dawson

Going to the scorecards, my card reads 107-102 for Jean Pascal.

Judges cards read, 108-101, 106-103, 106-103 for the winner and new Ring Magazine, WBC & IBO Light Heavyweight Champion, Jean Pascal in an absolutely stunning upset!

Chad Dawson (left) lost this 'stare-down' and then lost the fight.

Dawson a poor sport in his interview with Larry Merchant. Says, “He held and hit me all night, head butting me all night”…WEAK!

One thing I absolutely hate with a passion is when a fighter loses, and loses fair and square, but wants to complain about having something hurt, or the other fighter fouled him or cheated. It’s weak and it’s, honestly, a bitch move.

You lost. It happens, no one is perfect. Take it like a man and go on your way. Don’t make excuses, don’t make back-handed compliments, admit what happened and move on.

All that being said, it was a very, very entertaining fight. Pascal did what most people didn’t think he could do and that’s beat the uber-favorite Chad Dawson.

Dawson just couldn’t or seemingly wouldn’t attack. He was content to just pick a spot, throw a flurry of punches and then just let Jean Pascal back away and bounce around the ring and compose himself. It’s just inexplicable to me that Dawson allowed that to happen.

If Dawson had just amped up his aggression even 25% he would have knocked Pascal out before the 8th round, guaranteed.

I doubt it will happen, but imagine this; Tavoris Cloud vs. Chad Dawson & Lucian Bute vs. Jean Pascal with the winner of each fight facing off against eachother to be the Ring Magazine 175lbs Champion.

But, alas, this is boxing and good things like that just don’t happen.

It’s sad really.