Double Olympic Gold Vasyl Lomachenko vs El Nino de Oro Jorge Linares

Vasyl Lomachenko jumps yet another weight class in a gold mining dispute to tackle the most accomplished lightweight currently standing, Jorge Linares @Madison Square Garden, New York, New York this Saturday, May 12th. The double Olympic Gold Medalist Lomachenko last fought in the most accomplished fight by amateur credentials in the history of boxing when bout against another double Olympic Gold Medalist that turned into an humiliating rout against the now badly humiliated Guillermo Rigondeaux.

As the 30 year old Lomachenko, 10-1, 8 KO moves up through the divisions, it is inevitable that bigger, stronger, highly skilled fighters will be harder to topple. I expect this fight to be as Lomachenko’s most difficult fight yet next to his ill fated dirty title debut to the crooked underbelly of boxing’s well known dirty dealings against Orlando Salido. The 32 year old El Nino de Oro Linares, 44-3, 27 KO is no where near as dirty a fighter as Salido, but when punches start flying as Lomachenko establishes his dominance, sometimes a well timed wayward low blow has been known to reset the momentum.

Yeah, true enough on paper the Linares professional career record dwarfs Lomachenko in what would normally be a mismatch, more than 4x the victories, but you can toss away the record book with Lomachenko. He breaks all the known limits of the boxing universe to reset time and space in the most incredibly dominant performances anyone has ever seen from an 11 fight pro against some of the top fighters of his generation. Linares’ combination of size and speed and movement will perhaps puzzle him the first few rounds, but from then on I expect the fight to be all Lomachenko’s way whether be uninamimous decision or retirement by Linares.

Linares best bet is the curse of the “Ring Expert” pics of 19-1 for Lomachenko…yeah right! Boxing experts: Can’t live with ’em and could do very well without them mucking up the already fetid waters. The fighter who executes his style the best wins in the perfect world that Lomachenko inhabits, but if Linares watched the Salido fight empowered with the dirty ref, well, nobody does ugly better than boxing, so let’s find out when these furious fists of gold start flying with bad intentions.

 

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Skouser Tony Bellew vs Skynt David Haye~Bell & End Coming Together Again~Part III

Oh dear, it’s Play it again Sam time for Skouser Tony Bellew vs Skynt David Haye~Bell & End Coming Together Again, Part III scheduled at the O2 in London just like the first, only this time May 5th during Cinco de Mayo celebrations for the Americas, but not in Merry Aulde England.

Their first little snit fit had been prematurely kicked off two months early when the skynt Haye became overwhelmed by the immensity of their 1st prefight pressor and let fly ye olde sucker punch. Skouser Bellew giggled, shook it off, and lectured the skynt Haye for his lack of professionalism.

Call it a NWS Newspaper Win for Bellew, or an an ND No Decision in the unofficial books, neither result counting on their records. And of course in the real fight, Bellew not only humiliated skynt Haye with ring craft, but damn near knocked him out of the bleeping ring for the KO, a spectacular ending. As Bellew predicted, skynt Haye proved to be “A Broken Man.”

This will be is the 4th installment of the skynt Haye’s celebrity boxing reality show after coming back from the ignominy of yet another long retirement looking to make some easy money, but this time with skynt Haye and skouser Bellew both unranked in both Ring and Boxrec because of mutual inactivity. Remember though Bellew had a much higher rankings over skynt Haye in their first fight who Bellew called a “broken man.”

I am always fond of remembering my favorite skynt Haye farce here that made him ooodles of money along with howls of derision.

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/hush-hush-it%e2%80%99s-haye-vs-harrisonhandbags-shhhhhhhh/

Lead up to first fight here near the same as this time with Haye playing mum this go round:

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Bellew is still the true fighter here that the skynt Haye used to be. Skynt Haye in his celebrity comeback has yet to face a Ring ranked heavyweight, a streak several years in the making, and we have yet to know if skynt Haye’s little pinky toe is up for this rubber match, yet we shall soon see what we shall soon see and amen to that.

A Move to Plan B~Gennedy Golokin vs Vanes Martirosyan & Cecilia Too!

Gennady Golovkin , 37-0-1, 33 KO moves to Plan B after aborting the Canelo Alvarez rematch, instead fighting with Vanes Martirosyan, 36-3-1, 21 KO this Saturday, May 5th, the Cinco de Mayo weekend @StubHub Center, Carson, California. This fait accompli of an abortion was greatly assisted by the BALCO Victor Conte/VADA drug testing cartel, the Bob Bennet run Vegas commish cartel, and the tabloid boxing press bolstered by antisocial media monkeys, the perfect combination of storms slowly strangling boxing into a death spiral.

Vanes is a longtime 154 lb contender who will have had 6 weeks preparation as one of the host of contenders that Golovkin finally picked. It’s only a single division up the ladder as a mature, experienced fighter, but he has already fought over the 154 limit several times before, so it ain’t the big deal the antisocial media monkeys are making out. He’s a very competitive boxer/puncher type who is certainly not the rollover that the usual loutish critics make him out to be. This will be a hotly contested fight because Vanes really does come to fight and not to spoil, but of course that could change once Golovkin pounds on him enough rounds.

The wild card in play is that titanium superman Golovkin may be feeling the mortality of his age, 36 years, after his last couple of fights where his magnificent knockout streak ended against highly skilled champions Daniel Jacobs and Canelo. Of the two, Canelo was the first opponent I’ve seen to consistently drive Golovkin into a back foot retreat with his combinations. The other wild card in play is boxing’s dirty little secret, that of Golovkin being enrolled in the WBC VADA run “Clean Boxing Program” with convicted felon, BALCO Victor Conte providing his superduper BALCO PED’s SNAC vitamins, just a pitifully horrendous modern atrocity to a sport that more and more lacks transparency and credibility. And just as bad, Vanes, age 32, though not enrolled in the program, yet is clearly marketing BALCO Vic’s superduper SNAC PEDs.

Vanes has some power, but perhaps not the Canelo kind of power, but then he was perhaps a weight drained long and lean physiotype at 154, so doubtless will gain power and strength at 160, but can it ever be enough against the relentless power pressure fighting style of Golovkin?

That’s why they make the fights they do, so inevitably we get to find out. One thing about Golovkin fights that ensure a fairly officiated fight is that he has no need to rely on the American style of dirty spoiling, stinking type of fights that get taken to the cards for controversial decisions and has no need to referee intervention to protect him.

I predict a mid rounds knockout for Golovkin, but hey, I like any in this most historic of all the professional sports have been wrong before, so I’ll leave it to the fighters to sort out my prediction. More importantly by my credo, may the best man win, a result too often lacking in boxing these days because of poor and/or incompetent officiating.

On the undercard, The First Lady of Boxing, Cecilia Braekhus makes history with not only her American debut, but with HBO also using her stunning record and striking looks to compel the first ever HBO broadcast of a female boxing match. Her record is currently being 32-0, 9 KO in her 23rd consecutive title bout of every female boxing belt known to mankind. Or translated another way, that’s about 70% of her entire career.

Miss Cecilia

Miss Cecilia

Cecilia going casual

Cecilia going casual

As I often mention, I never have not nor never will watch female boxing, but nonetheless I have the utmost respect for Cecilia’s achievements that have made her the greatest female champion in history. And to think she started her first two years in an Colombian orphanage before being adopted by her parents, well, I’m humbled beyond belief. Any boxer regardless of sex should note the utter devotion to boxing and beyond belief class she exudes,The First Lady of Boxing indeed!

 

An Irish Rhapsody~Carl Frampton vs Nonito Donaire

Carl Frampton vs Nonito Donaire is loaded in the queue and ready for firing this Saturday, April 21st @The SSE Arena, Belfast, Ireland.

As far as any of today’s fighters of note, these are of the more soft spoken, well mannered of champions, so they let their fists do their talking for them in the ring. Donaire, now 38-4, 25 KO was a long time Ring P4Per before suffering a few setbacks. Both have separated from high profile trainers and managers that brought them to the pinnacle of boxing’s greatest success. Frampton, 24-1, 14 KO and now age 31, can still be seen in the last years of his prime in spite of his only loss, a recent competitive setback against Leo Santa Cruz, but it’s hard to know how much heart he has invested in the sport after his somewhat traumatic separation from his longtime mentors, the great HOFer Barry McGuigan and his son Shane.

Donaire, who will turn 36 this year, has looked somewhat lethargic and clueless at times to take a couple of losses since his separation from HOF quality trainer Robert Garcia and switching his management to his new wife. This also coincided with his release of the infamous BALCO Victor Conte as his personal nutritionist, something that could be seen as suspicious in this era of performance enhancing drugs, but then he enrolled in voluntary year round testing by VADA, so maybe his uncle Vic is still providing him with special shakes designed to pass VADA screening. Who can say in the crooked world of drug testing yielding infinitely infinite nanograms of results for nanogram boxing expert IQs to froth and gnash teeth about.

Yeah, I know, boxing can never get their reputations out of the gutter because of the seedy, corrupt way the sport is run. It was always the individual great fighters who lifted the sport to keep it alive, and now the fighters are getting shafted with cancelled bouts and extra expenses of the criminally negligent drug testing cartels who can no more pass their own tests than the man in the street can. The net result being any of the really good fighters need high powered, ethically sound nutritionists supervising their diets year round in some cases going beyond that of a training camp.

So, in a fight between two somewhat damaged fighters in a grossly mismanaged, damaged sport, I’m going against the hometown odds that favor Frampton to pick Donaire. Frampton has recently gone on a splurge of tattoos that suggest something of a hurt, fragile inferiority complex after his separations from the McGuigans, If nothing else Donaire still has his formidable power not to mention his higher level experience if he can just get his mind set properly on this fight.

And oh my stars, it’s gonna be well lubricated Lions and Tigers and Bears in that Belfast crowd roaring away Saturday night. Good luck gentlemen and may the best man win.

Donaire vs Frampton

Donaire vs Frampton

 

Heavyweight Unification~WBA/IBF Anthony Joshua vs WBO Joseph Parker

Coming up on the boxing rails like two head on locomotives colliding, Anthony Joshua, is the favorite in his home country going against a Samoan interloper out of the former British Commonwealth of New Zealand down under in the Oz hemisphere, Joseph Parker, this Saturday, March 31st @ Principality StadiumCardiff, Wales.

There it is, the top fight that could be had thus far in this new year of 2018 and likely the top fight by the end of the year the way the derelict Nevada State Athletic Commission has been neutering themselves in their unholy quest to control boxing by emasculating the sport through bogus drug testing.

By the numbers, the 28 year old Joshua, 20-0, 20 KO can be seen as the modern immaculate holy conception of perfection save for the irrefutable fact that he is thankfully quite human and modest in his bearing of his considerable accomplishments.

Check for verification: 

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The 26 year old thick necked Parker, 24-0, 18 KO is just now starting to mature as one of the new age of supersized heavyweights, yet still a bit more modest than the 6-6 foot tall Joshua at only 6-4 in stature, but by the first bell, we’re talking about a collective 500 pounds of pure muscle, bone, and heart tangling up in a never say die bout for this year.

The only fly in the ointment of this magnificent fight for the ages is the dirty overseer of the BBB of C and it’s drug testing apparatus that has fallen into utter disrepute over the Tyson Fury debacle. A more pathetic combination of stupidity, incompetence, and filth could not be found save in American jurisdictions of Las Vegas and New York City.

Joshua is rightly the modestly large favorite in the modern betting culture at something like 6-1, but the boxing press has been rumbling about large numbers of Brits putting their money on Parker, an indication of what, I’m not even sure the gaming houses can account for.

No matter, I expect a high end fight that sees both fighters run through all their substantial gears, and hopefully a fight to bookmark that moment where we were in our collective memories, not that I expect such an ideal outcome to immediately improve the reputation of boxing. That looks to be taking at least a decade of steady progress that may not even occur, but for now in our immediate moment, it’s Best vs Best Heavyweight Sweepstakes Showdown for dominance…Enjoy…

 

English Dillion Whyte vs Aussie Lucas Browne

Englishman Dillian Whyte defends his WBC Silver Heavyweight title against Aussie Lucas Browne for the unofficial Commonwealth title at The O2 in London, March 24. The 29 year old Whyte last beat the inactive, comebacking former contender Robert Helenius, so no surprises to see him as the #1 ranked WBC heavyweight with their WBC champion ducking him to take on an old man on blood pressure medication.

Boxing has been in a slow soak of the steaming hot mess they have made of their sport for a number of years now, just a pitiable oversight of the sport in total disrespect of the majority of honorable boxers only wanting fairly officiated matches in a fairly run sport and rabid fans only wanting the same.

Ain’t no chance in Hell that will happen in my lifetime except for occasional exceptions, so we the fans are gonna have to die and go to Valhalla to see the best face the best in a fairly run sport.

The WBC champ, Deyonce Wilder makes peanut purses fighting TBA journeymen setups compared to the tens of millions former champ Mike Tyson made for every fight that the real Heavyweight champ, Anthony Joshua, now commands in England. The whole world knew who Mike Tyson is, but it’s debatable if 50% of Deyonce’s hometown of Tuscaloosa know who he is. No matter, the winner of Whyte vs Browne is the WBC mandatory challenger to his peanuts purse.

Browne is undefeated, 22-0, 22 KO, as the former interim WBA champ after having been caught in the vise of the incompetent drug testing cartels for some infinitesimally tiny drug infraction of disputed results. He has some size and strength over Whyte, 22-1, 16 KO, who is hardly a wilting flower, but their different boxing styles and fighting mentalities, Browne being more the traditional upright style and Whyte more the awkward slugger style, make this one of the better fights that could be found in the division…Hallelujah…

 

A Fatman Fight II, Andy Ruiz vs Devin Vargas

After a few years delay of their first fatman fight:

A Fat Man Fight~Andy Ruiz Jr vs Devin Vargas

Andy Ruiz Jr, 29-1, 19 KO, looks to really be fighting Devin Vargas, 20-4, 8 KO @ StubHub CenterCarson, California this Saturday, March 10, 2018.

Should be all Ruiz though Vargas does possess some boxing skills and made a minor comeback in 2017 against the usual suspects. All four of his losses were by KO, and fat Andy does possess a bit of power, so there it is, a fight for fatties everwhere.

 

Mikey Garcia vs Sergey Lipinets

Mikey Garcia, 37-0, 30 KO, faces what may well be the stiffest challenge of his star crossed career in the formidable Sergey Lipinets, 13-0, 10 KO, @ Freeman Coliseum in ol’ San Antone, Texas.

So, what’s a born and bred California boy doing fighting a novice Eastern European Russian native of Kazakhstan down San Antone way you might ask? I’d guess after humiliating the current clown prince of boxing and easy pickings of law enforcement, Adrien Broner @ Barclay’s in Brooklyn, his Uncle Al Haymon has grown wiser in the development of fighters and is now using the Bob Arum model of building a fan base across a wide swath of America. San Antone is the historical demographic center of Mexican descendants North of the Rio Grande who tend to be one of the largest fanbases of traditional boxing, so there it is on the promotional level.

However, in this fading day and age of boxing, Lipinets can hardly be called a novice given his tough early matchmaking and previous amateur experience. Russians have proven themselves at the highest level to be some of the toughest, most formidable fighters going. He’s literally the strongest, toughest, and most dangerous opponent of Mikey’s P4P caliber career, now in his 4th division after taking titles in Featherweight, Super Featherweight, Lightweight, and now Jr Welterweight.

I expect Mikey to come out carefully boxing as is his natural well tutored style, picking his shots with activity to pile up early rounds. At some point in the match, Lipinets will find a way to impose his strength and power, so can Mikey withstand the expected onslaught to finish up with a unanimous decision? The suits are certainly in his corner to assist in orchestrating the results, but Lipinets figures on also being in Mikey’s corner whaling away with everything he’s got. 

Thus far Mikey has needed no assistance from refs or judges even when they may stray to his side, but this fight looks to be a defining moment in both fighters’ careers at this moment in time. Let us collectively hold our breath and hope for good fight unspoiled by bad officiating, but understand that this is Texas, and in Texas the regrettable Laurence Cole tends to referee the biggest fights, so there hangs boxing at one of it’s finest gladiator moments dependant on whether The Fates will allow a fairly officiated fight.

Deyonce Wilder Looks To Reclaim Name vs “The Real King Kong” Luis Ortiz

The skinny: @Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Deyonce “The Bronze Bambi” Wilder defends his title against unbeaten contender Luis “The Real Old King Kong” Ortiz on Saturday, March 3.

As Wilder fights goes, this a less of a joke than his previous hilarious efforts, but only because it’s not a TBA short notice fight against journeymen as is his custom. Ortiz “was” a legit contender who gets 7 weeks of training camp, unheard of in prior Wilder opponent preparations. I say “was” a legit contender because Ortiz has been comparatively inactive because of so called “failed” drug tests. In his last failed attempt, his “typical lowbrowed management that all these poor, bedraggled Cuban refugees fleeing the Castro communist regime were suckered into signing with failed to declare his high blood pressure medication needed to pass a boxing physical. Joe Frazier is the most prominent example of high blood pressure almost doing him in despite professionally nurtured natural attributes and skills developed for his craft of boxing, so in summation, Ortiz has quite suddenly become elderly and damaged medical goods in advance of this alleged fight, hence the sudden rush of Deyonce to fight him.

Yeah, right! What’s a guy with high blood pressure doing in the fight business anyway you ask?

Well, it goes like this: The Real King Kong is a grizzled 39 years old now, and like most Cuban fighters is suspected of being older, like maybe 42 or 43, and like most fighters who never made any big money in the sport, wants to extend his career with a 2nd shot at a title belt since it would appear he has no other skills to make a living from. What more can we the public fight fans can say with any certainty in this dirty fight business without valid birth certificates that certainly won’t be forthcoming from the Castro Cuba regime and personally knowing more about his medical condition and training methods?

Wilder already backed out of  fights with both Ortiz and Povetkin because of the most infinitesimally minute level drug test results, a few parts in the billions by Povetkin of a substance that had been perfectly legal since the beginning of time until one month prior to the tests as one example. They would have been only legitimate contenders our Dear Deyonce ever would have fought with both favored to beat him given his plethora of weaknesses he has displayed against his parade of TBA knockouts, so he could well back out of this fight again at the last moment as has been his previous style he has displayed in the past.

My interpretation of this situation is that his Uncle Al Haymon finally took a hard look with more experienced eyes than he had before all of Deyonce’s previous joke promotions to realize that Deyonce himself is criminally damaged goods soon to implode. He is in constant legal scraps outside the ring and could soon ring up a whopper to put him away in the Big House at any time.

As the current WBC champ, he makes piddling purses fighting TBA journeymen setups compared to the tens of millions former champ Mike Tyson made for every fight that the current real Heavyweight champ, Anthony Joshua now commands in England. The whole world knew who Mike Tyson was, but it’s debatable if 50% of Deyonce’s hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama know who he is.

So Wilder trades for peanuts on the dollar in the open market of boxing compared to what he could make if he was a legit champ. Nobody cares about his infantile undefeated record against his sissy TBA setups, but he could make a few extra BIG BUCK$ against the great Brit, Anthony Joshua, so this is his first baby step to make that fight happen. Perhaps, but only perhaps if he don’t back out of this fight again to end up squatting over his self imposed potty waiting, waiting, waiting for his big moment to arrive…snicker…

A Little Man Fight~Wisaksil Wangek vs Juan Francisco Estrada

Wisaksil Wangek, 44-4-1, 40 KO is the hottest little guy in boxing today after twice manhandling Ring P4P #1, Roman Choco Gonzalez. He defends his well earned WBC Superflyweight title against onetime Gonzalez rival, Juan Francisco Estrada36-2-0, 25 KO the Forum in Inglewood, California this Saturday, February 24th.

This is as top flight boxing match as can be made today with a natural, ever developing Thai/Mexican rivalry on display. Neither one had been picked to be the touted savior of their tiny divisions, but they are as good as most any top fighter in boxing today, so in a sport that too often sees one or both of the best in their divisions avoiding fights with each other, that they make a fan friendly fight and then step into the ring to actually fight according to established rules of boxing becomes like manna falling from the heavens above for the starving fight fan populace, a refreshing no boxing stinkers allowed zone…

Estrada has never been knocked out, but then again neither had Choco before Wangek cleaned his clock. He has 40 KOs, most all against Thai and other Asian type journey men, but has really stepped up his game in his last three fights in America to become #1 in his division and upsetting all the odds and expectations stacked against him against the top guys. He’s 31 years of age, and so is nearing the end of traditional prime years for these tiny divisions, but thus far has proven invulnerable in these latter few years.

I had to make a pick in my predictor league, so I chose the better, more compelling style shown of late by Wangek. Estrada as accomplished and respected as he is, has thus far been just short of the championship form shown by Wangek…Enjoy…