Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Fight That Never Was–Saul Canelo Alvarez vs Paul The Punisher Williams

Paul The Punisher Williams used to be known as the fighter who took over the mantle of the most ducked fighter in boxing from Antonio Margarito. Listed as 6-1 with a 79 ” reach on Boxrec for promotional purposes so as not to scare off potential opponents, he was noticeably taller and rangier than stablemate heavyweight Chris Arreola who was listed as 6-3. Fight teams all knew his data was heavily fudged and stayed away from the towering colossus in droves. Even the fearsome Kelly Pavlik looked none too anxious for a battle after twice signing to fight him before pulling out with a series of regrettable health problems.

Saul Alvarez has the opposite problem of Williams. The hottest undefeated darling of Mexico needs his team to beat back the hordes of fighters trying to get at him, so it seemed an incredible convergence of good fortune and opportunity for Williams when he was chosen by Team Canelo for a splashy September 15th defense of the Alvarez WBC belt.

The Punisher

Williams had been struggling according to critics, but of course his critics had him struggling all through his stellar career. Even Beethoven had to endure such ham handed reviews such as “It bodes ill for Beethoven if he continues down his current path.”

Sadly, this potential fight of the year turned into a tragedy when Williams was paralyzed from the waist down after a motorcycle accident, squashing the big payday and the chance for Williams to upset the boxing applecart again.

Lineal light heavy champ Julio Gonzales recently passed from a motorcycle accident as did former champ Diego Corrales a few years back. Going back, fellow Georgian and HOFer Young Stribling was near the same age as Williams is now when he passed in a motorcycle accident, so Williams should thank his lucky stars for surviving with mental faculties intact.

Might even be time for Alvarez to make a test run with his 190 MPH Maserati and decide how much longer fate needs to be tempted.

Ladies and Gents, if you are married with a young family, sell your bike or at least mothball it until they can fend for themselves.

Willie Pep was similarly injured in a 1947 plane crash and told he would never box again, yet five months later he resumed the last 3rd of his stellar HOF career. Paul Williams is not likely to ever be voted into the HOF, but he did have his signature moment when he stood in the pocket all night to carve up Winky Wright like a Thanksgiving Day turkey. There were other great showings like his first round knockout of Carlos Quintana, outworking and outslugging Antonio Margarito in a firefight, and a spectacular give and take fight with current middleweight champ Sergio Martinez that had HBO salivating for the rematch in a classic series.

Alas, far too few American fighters or critics ever took to imposing giants as Jess Willard, Primo Carnera and Nikolay Valuev knew, much less a gangling southpaw giant who was a nightmare to fight, so Williams was left scrambling to find the best of the few opponents willing to test themselves against his formidable reach and work rate. He finishes with a stellar 41-2, 27 KO record.

I wish Paul Williams and his family all the best in his recovery and adjustment to his new life. He has been a great fighter and ambassador for boxing who has been greatly underrated.

Golden Boy Promotions has a well stocked stable of talented junior middleweights available for substitution, but then replacement James Kirkland fell out after citing ongoing shoulder problems. The 3rd choice, Victor Ortiz, had his jaw broken by the unheralded Josesito Lopez in what was supposed to be a mopup fight for Ortiz after his choreographed dive to the canvas in the Floyd Mayweather incident.

So after 3 fruitless rounds of scrambling for an opponent, Golden Boy finally did the right thing and yielded to the inevitability of fate by tapping the surging new boxing hero, Josesito Lopez.

Canelo vs Josesito
Canelo vs Josesito

Naturally boxing critics were instantly set howling in derision since the soon to be 29 years Lopez has never fought at junior middle, but then again he never fought at welterweight before pounding Ortiz into the hospital to ponder next year’s comeback with a rebuilt jaw. As you can see, Lopez looks to have some height and range over Alvarez, so he has plenty of time to pack on some additional pounds if needed.

Canelo is closing in on Floyd Mayweather Jr‘s undefeated record, 43-0, 26 KO. He’ll just have turned age 22 at the Lopez bout and goes to 41-0-1, 29 KO if he wins, so he’s already surpassed Mayweather in knockouts. They have been through a series of co-promotions together and Alvarez holds Mayweather’s old belt, so perhaps next year they meet in the ring for the final say so.

It’s been a troubling year for Golden Boy Promotions. Their #1 star Floyd Mayweather Jr is doing a stint in the federal pen as two of their young stars, Victor Ortiz and Amir Khan suffered humiliating knockouts by unsung underdogs. Their oldest star, Bernard Hopkins is going nowhere faster every day at age 47.

The good news for this card is that Mexican featherweight honchos, Jhonny Gonzalez and Daniel Ponce de Leon, will collide in what promises to plenty of old school slugging. Gonzalez should be the slight favorite, but he’ll have to throw in some nifty boxing for good measure against the southpaw De Leon.

Undefeated American heavyweight Seth Mitchell looks to earn respectability against fellow American Johnathon Banks who has been fighting in Germany on the Team Klitschko cards. All out sluggers Marcos Maidana and Jesus Soto Karrass lock up for contender status, so it’s a pretty good card for free viewing.

That’s September 15 at the MGM Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for those interested in the manly art of self defense otherwise known as prize fighting.

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The Men of Luxembourg Say Oui to Haye vs Chisora

The men of the Luxembourg Boxing Federation have said “Non” to the imperious British Board of Boxing Control (BBB of C) and the European Union by saying “Oui” to the sanctioning of the all British rematch of the brawl between Mr. David “Pinky ToeHaye and his fellow outlaw boxer, Mr. Derek Chisora.

The tiny Luxembourg commission only has a few sanctioned fights to show for their existence thus far, yet were threatened with strippage of their office by the European Bully Boys aligned with the raging BBB of C who rule like Kings of Yore over British boxing.

The BBB of C have further threatened permanent suspensions for any the fighters and promoters of the event, scheduled for July 14 at Upton Park London, the hometown of the BBB of C if further insult is needed to further tweak injury.

HOF legend Frank Warren may be near the end of his career, but seems to have found renewed vigor with this battle in and out of the ring. The bully boys first refused to sanction the fight after the rather unseemly videotaped brawl by Haye and Chisora in Germany brought British boxing into “disrepute.”

But what about the fighters you ask?

Separated at birth and press conferences!

Separated at birth and press conferences!

Well, to be generous, both have some excellent talents and abilities, but to be quite frank about it, all the talent and fighting ability in the world counts for little when their mentality is more attuned to a thug’s cartoon character.

Mr. Pinky Toe is attempting what no fighter has ever attempted in the history of boxing, coming off a morbidly injured pinky toe that was blamed on his loss against Wlad Klitschko, a rather comical rendition of a British prizefighter, looking like a drunken sailor on shore leave whilst upright when not crawling around on his hands and knees looking like a tipsy flophouse floozie. It was a baker’s dozen times that Mr. Haye hit the canvas during the fight after Wlad took his legs away early in the bout with a big flurry on the ropes as the bell sounded.

The controversy over the extent of injury to the aggrieved pinky toe still rages with some MRI experts claiming poor pinky had a broken back. Others saw a ruptured bowel while others claim the appendage suffered mental injuries leading to a loss of self esteem, but to be fair, pinky toes have been poorly studied, so critical functions, organs and skeletal structure are just too tiny to detect serious injury with any accuracy.

Still, what a brave, unprecedented comeback this would be for Mr. Pinky Toe.

Now Mr. Chisora had a fine 14-0, 9 KO record going for him while holding the storied British Commonwealth belt, but, alas, he showed up hog fat in his defense against Tyson Fury who easily dismissed him as if he were no more than a tubby school boy. Then Chisora showed up double dumb against fellow heavyweight contender Robert Helenius in Finland by headbutting and then clowning around at critical points in the fight when he should have been winging punches against the injured Helenius who pulled out the decision. Somewhere he didn’t get the email explaining he was being paid as a professional boxer, not a professional clown.

Chisora somehow managed to compound that error of judgement by showing up triple thick, ruining a credible performance against WBC champ Vitali Klitschko who also injured his shoulder and needed an operation like Helenius. The net result his implosion left him short of victories, the Giants of Boxing 3 to Mr. Chisora’s zer0.

How did Chisora ruin his performance you ask?

He slapped Vitali during the obligatory face off, a stupid sucker shot, then spit at Wlad Klitschko who is part of Vitali’s team during the ring introductions for starters. Then, instead of basking in well deserved accolades for a gritty fight, he flew off the podium during the post fight presser to attack the taunting Mr. Pinky Toe, The Brawl I as it were, leading to his current BBB of C suspension. Look up apt descriptors and you’ll find “Seizing defeat from the jaws of victory” with Mr. Chisora’s boxing pose.

Look up “Hoist upon his own petard” and you will find Mr. Pinky Toe’s posing in stripped suggestive poses for various of the British glossy mags. He promised to clean out the heavyweight division, yet has only been able to sweep up a few tyny dust bunnies in far away corners.

No guarantees that the Men of Luxembourg will have enough power to pull off this event. Boxrec hasn’t even put it on their schedule even as their British boxing media arm has been updating the latest details.

British interest is spiking with the gate reported as approaching 30,000. Suffice to say with the multitudes of metrosexed dandies mixing in with the throngs of thuggish tuffs, this event may well be better known for the rabbit punches, low blows, and blindsided sucker punches both in and out of the ring than any adherence to the Marquis of Queensbury rules.

Could be a riot going on in the home of the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Summer Olympics!