At least Dereck Chisora (15-2, 9 KO’s)emphatically signed his death warrant.
By slapping Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO’s)in the face during their “stare down”, Chisora all but guaranteed he will be KO’d. Chisora has made repeated claims of how he is going to knock out Vitali in their bout scheduled for tomorrow (Feb 18, Epix & EpixHD.com). Yet a much more accomplished fighter (and better power puncher) in Lennox Lewis all but hit him in the face with a sledgehammer and Vitali didn’t even get shaken.
Since the fight is tomorrow I’ll go ahead and throw my official prediction out there;
Chisora doesn’t have nearly enough experience, size, or punching power to do the damage necessary. Vitali will throw that thunderous jab and wait until Chisora opens himself up, allowing Vitali to exploit that opening and turn it into a barrage of unyielding power punches.
With news that Ken Hershman was scooped up by HBO (and away from Showtime) to be the new president of HBO Sports, it makes me feel hopeful that the debacle at HBO Sports and their problems with reaching their budget and forcing some non-PPV worthy fights onto PPV is over.
This hopefulness has me thinking of some fights that I would love to see. Not that any of these fights will or will not be made, just my current wish list.
I want to see two men* in the trenches, pouring their heart and soul into every punch. Refusing to give into the will of their opponent and fight as if it was their last chance in the ring.
*Or women, I don’t discriminate I mean I have watched women fight locally in Sarah Kuhn and Jaci Trivilino in fantastic, hard nosed battles that were extremely enjoyable*
5. Sergio Martinez vs. Miguel Cotto
I realize Cotto has a fight on HBO PPV coming up (I see a Cotto KO victory over Margarito, btw), but I don’t care. The styles that both men have would end in nothing less than fireworks. I understand and appreciate a fighter that is over skilled defensively and from time to time it’s a joy to watch someone so skilled in that craft do their work in the ring, but what I really enjoy in a fight above all else is a fight. I think these two have the potential to have a 5-star fight. I have almost no doubt Maravilla would win, but I am also sure that Cotto would give him everything he could handle.
4. Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Gary Russell, Jr.
Russell, Jr. is realistically about three fights away from being ready for someone of Gamboa’s quality. It’s just that to see Russell in the ring now you would think he’s a 10+ year veteran. He looks extremely polished with the whole package at his disposal. The 23-year-old has speed, power, defense and controls the ring like a grizzled veteran.
Gamboa is no slouch though. While I am high on Russell, I think Gamboa is the cream of the featherweight division. He, too, has almost unmatched speed and throws deadly accurate combinations. His major flaw is his ability to disappear for a minute or so in some rounds. He can get away with that against most because he is so superior in talent and quickness, but another grade A fighter would be quick to exploit that weakness. Continue reading “Five Fights Wishlist”→
Daniel Ponce de Leon vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa
From Atlantic City, NJ
I admit I was excited for this fight when it was announced. I envisioned a flash of a fight ending in a vicious KO.
What I got was mild action and a weak ending. I can’t complain about the ending too much. The clash of heads was certainly vicious, just not the KO I was pining for.
The fight was steady throughout with Gamboa winning every round except for the 1st which I gave to Ponce de Leon. Even though Gamboa won every round it was a closer fight than the score would indicate.
Ponce de Leon lunges way too much, especially against such a deadly accurate puncher like Gamboa, but Gamboa seemingly takes a good 30 seconds off every single round and Ponce de Leon took full advantage of those seconds with solid body shots and looping lefts. Some of those lefts gaining the attention of Yuriorkis.
The clash of heads came in round 8 as they were both coming in to throw a punch.
Gamboa was on his way to a semi-easy victory, but I have doubts to his ability to stay on point for all three minutes. Stepping his game up against the absolute best in the world and taking off 30+ seconds a round is not going to end well for him.
He called out Pacquaio, who he will not be seeing in the ring. Even though Juan Manuel Lopez lost his last fight against Orlando Salido I would still love to see a fight between him and Gamboa. Young up and comer Mikey Garcia would also make a nice match-up.
A fight I would absolutely drool over for Gamboa would be the young Gary Russell, Jr. I realize Russell Jr. is only 23-years-old and has fought a mere 65 rounds as a pro, but he has something special in him. If a year from now Gamboa and Russell are within 5 lbs of each other it needs to happen.
Matt Remillard had said this fight was going to be his coming out party and that he feels as if he can be this generations Micky Ward.
Um…about that, the coming out party was cancelled and Micky Ward took more beatings than he needed to and now has hearing loss in one ear and even he laughed at your prediction.
Garcia looked good. He was much faster and controlled nearly every second of every round. Remillard was game, but just being ‘game’ doesn’t usually translate into a victory. It didn’t this time either.
The fight could have and should have ended sooner. That was my one complaint with Garcia. I realize his job isn’t to entertain the audience, it’s to win the fight, but he could have ended the fight sooner if would have just amped up the pressure/aggression.
Garcia did turn up the dial a notch or two in round 9 when he dropped Remillard twice, then once more in round 10. That was all Remillard or his corner could watch and his corner told the ref that was all she wrote. Continue reading “HBO Boxing After Dark, 3.26.11”→
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”→