Monthly Archives: September 2016

Mighty Joe Parker vs Alexander Dimitrenko

Heavyweight contender, Boxrec #8, Joseph Parker, 20-0, 17 KO, takes on a preparatory fight with Alexander Dimitrenko, 38-2, 24 KO, Saturday, October 1st @ Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau City, New Zealand.

Sascha vs Mighty Joe

Sascha vs Mighty Joe

Sascha, ranked 47th by boxrec, is a mighty big load as you can see. Listed at 6-7, he easily runs into the 250s with a big bone structure, seemingly ideal for a heavyweight, yet there was always something mentally missing from him at the top levels, so he never fulfilled being the next big thing that the 8th ranked Parker is currently striving for. He took a couple years off to return last year for some low level fighters, but now here he is with a hungry young buck, so what’s next?

Odds makers to heavily favor Parker, but Dimitrenko is only 34 years old and could find himself in the mix for this fight. Regardless, he serves the purpose of preparing Parker for the big guns of the division, Wladimir Klitschko or Anthony Joshua, rushing hard for a certain collision in 2017, so he’s got his work cut out for him. Banana peels need not apply.

Tommy’s Son Trey Lippe Steps Up vs Ed Latimore

Trey Lippe, AKA son of Tommy Morrison, turned pro to the tune of 11-0, 11 KO, goes against fellow prospect Ed Black Magic Latimore, 13-0, 7 KO on a big ShoBox card from Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma this Friday, September 23.

Good prospect step up fight for both where perhaps the slightly more accomplished 31 year old Latimore, ranked 91st on Boxrec and fighting out of West Virginia, ventures into the 26 year old Lippe’s home turf at the Buffalo Run. Can’t say I know much about either other than I’ve seen a few clips of Lippe, ranked 111st on Boxrec, and know he’s trained by Freddie Roach. Thus far he shows great power, natural ability, and instincts against the usual suspects, but now crunch time comes. Latimore runs about 6-1, 230 lbs to Lippe’s 6-2, 230 lbs, so size wise they’re evenly matched though judging by his record, Latimore is more boxer than slugger.

The winner makes a big splash in the boxing headlines thanks to the late, sometimes great Tommy Morrison connection, so I’m thinking both will be all in for this little doohickey.

Big George vs Tommy

Big George vs Tommy

 

 

 

And What Is This? Canelo Alvarez vs Beefy Smythe?

Damned if I or anyone knows what Saul Alvarez and Golden Boy are doing any more other than seeking to challenge the 154 lb WBO British champ Liam Smith on Mexican Independence Weekend, this Saturday, September 17th at Cowboy AT&T Stadium, aka Jerry World.

Only 0.00001% or less of the American population might even know who Beefy is, yet that lack of recognition doesn’t appear to be an obstacle to the anticipated near sellout of Jerry World, aka Cowboy stadium by crazed fans wanting to get in on a Canelo title fight according to Mr. Cowboy, Jerry Jones. Jerry says he’ll make his money on the popcorn sales, and of course Jerry knows more ways to Jimmy crack pop corn than anyone in boxing.

To cut to the chase, basically Beefy is a huge powerful guy as you can see from the prefight announcement publicity pictures of the two out of training in street clothes where Canelo is likely at 180 lbs. That must make Beefy near 200 lbs, and neither he or Canelo are looking fat, meaning a 26 lb weight loss for Canelo and a 46 lb weight loss for Beefy to make the 154 limit, absolutely astonishing as well as dangerous in an already dangerous combat sport.

Canelo vs Beefy

Canelo vs Beefy

Sadly, for whatever reasons which may have to do with building up the Canelo fan base even further with two British type fights in a row, such are the current shenanigans in use to avoid the seemingly big money Gennady Golovkin fight that gets put off for the 3rd time. That fight has supposedly been pushed back to 2017, but who can know these days of hard times for boxing that sees Oscar De La Hoya looking to save and rebuild his company after the razing by Al Haymon and Richard Schaefer.

And now in a luverly bit of English irony, we had Golovkin traveling overseas to Merry Olde England to battle welter champ Kell Brook the week before this fight, by easy as pie knockout of course, so by the end of September, there should be plenty of British interest whenever the belated Canelo/Golovkin bout gets made. Maybe that was the plan all along, and it sure sounds goofy, but perhaps hidden economic concerns are driving these actions. A civil lawsuit had previously been filed against Canelo and Goldenboy concerning a contract with All Star Boxing that Canelo is alleged to have been under when signed by Goldenboy. Right after the Khan fight when Golovkin negotiations seem all but done, that civil case was heard and ruled upon in Florida.

All Star Boxing won a judgement against Canelo’s contract in spite of the ruling they had no contract, so of course Canelo has to appeal the $8.5 million in damages. Immediately all talk of the Golovkin fight from Golden Boy ceased. Maybe they don’t want to risk a big fight until their appeal is heard. May also be gold in them Brit hills with Smith and Canelo both a family of boxers in the same general weight classes, so they could have a pretty lucrative family tourney together.

At any rate, Smith, who oddly seems to be prematurely graying at age 28, is undefeated and ranked like most Canelo opponents, 8th by Ring and 16th by boxrec. The original idea was to set up Canelo for Billy Joe Saunders WBO belt by having him defend it on the undercard, but this is boxing so back stabbers change the landscape daily. Saunders pulled out of the card, but the good news seems to be Golovkin working in cohoots to build up his share of the British market. However, we must also remember that Leoffler and Golovkin turned their backs and walked out of the arena after Canelo invited them into the ring after dispatching Khan. Not a very sporting gesture to promote their fight.

Then there is always the spector of Haymon settling Golden Boy’s $300 million lawsuit against him that might grease the path for Floyd Mayweather Jr coming out of retirement to exploit another PPV.  Canelo can add the 154 WBO title to his Ring middleweight belt as incentive on either side of the 154-160 divide for another megafight. Sad to say that makes far more money than the Golovkin fight, so logically, who could blame Canelo from keeping lucrative options open in these uncertain times for both Canelo and Golden Boy?

Nonetheless, we the unwashed masses do understand this is a dying professional sport that needs to take full advantage of any revenues generated, but at some point, like right about now, any of the fractional remaining good will that boxing may have had with fans has edged over into the red side of the ledger. The only way to rebuild boxing is do what the UFC did, that is to make compelling fights every fight cycle and build up fan base with easy to access terrestrial over the air networks and regular subscription cable channels.

And more importantly regarding the biggest current star in the sport, Oscar needs to stop trying to hammer the 26 year old Canelo like a square peg into the round PPV hole. Boxing has managed to effectively neuter their most lucrative business model from sheer greed in 2015 that has caused a serious backlash against PPVs and boxing in general. They might can pack Cowboy Stadium with favorable ticket prices, but this is not a traditional PPV fight, not even close. The resultant PPV numbers will only make boxing and Canelo(That would be Canyellow to his new detractors) look even worse, but of course boxing has too often proven to be irredeemably shameless, so it won’t matter to them since they don’t have to answer to anyone but themselves.

As to the fight, technically Beefy has 8 consecutive knockouts going into it albeit vastly inferior local competition. The best of those fighters was ranked 51st in the boxrec middleweight rankings a couple of weeks ago, and from there fighter rankings quickly digress, so Canelo with a huge advantage of being forged in the high heat of better competition and big favorite.

Stylistically, I’ve never seen Beefy fight, but he’s reputed to be an aggressive boxer type, so I suspect it will be bruising encounter between the two. Those Brits happen to have the most titleholders of any nation in the world now, so sneer at them at your own bloody risk.

Olexandr Usyk vs WBO Champ Krzysztof Glowacki

The latest Ukrainian juggernaut, Oleksandr Usyk, 9-0-0, 9 KO, will challenge the WBO World Champion, Krzysztof Glowacki, 26-0-0, 16 KO, at Ergo Arena, Gdansk in Poland this Saturday, September 17th.

Usyk won the Heavyweight Gold Medal at 2012 Olympics and looks like the real deal save for his inexperience. I wouldn’t give him much of a chance right now against most title holders, but then I don’t know anything of Glowacki’s ama background. What I do know about the Pole is that he looks a bit soft at the weight and may not have been the best boxer, but he’s been boxing professionally since 2008 and game as all get out. Also packs a big punch to make up for his shortcomings as he showed when he KTFO out of longtime cruiser champ Marco Huck to win his title. Then he defended against former champ and long time contender Steve Cunningham by means of multiple knockdowns and looked to have improved his ability and boxing style, so Krazy is in the serious hurt business to stay for the duration.

As you can see, Usyk has some good size in height and reach over Glowacki, so he’s at least got that going for him as well as the natural talent advantage. In short, might as well throw the dice for this fight. Looks like an ol’ fashioned ding dong slugfest to me, the fans’ favorite, so let’s hope Usyk gets a fair shake in Poland.

This is Glowacki’s homecoming as a champion, so I expect the absolute best out of him as you can see from the above photo. He’s pumped and Usyk looks ready to rumble, exactly the way it should always be in boxing.

Whoa, Nellie~Gennady Golovkin vs Kell Brook?

Boxing for all it’s flaws seems to be shaking up the status quo this year with yet another fight that nobody ever thought to call for, Gennady Golovkin, 35-0, 32 KO vs Kell Brook, 36-0, 25 KO. What’s more, Glolovkin caught an overseas flight to Merry Olde England to enter into Brook’s stronghold heavily buttressed by his biased hometown BBB of C officiating. That would be Saturday, September 10th in O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), Greenwich, London.

Though the usual suspects howled mightily over the injustice of this fight, it has much historical precedent that has been lost to a new age of the new generations of softer metromen and yummies whose memory is limited by their narrow twittering nanosecond attention spans in a sport that traces as far back into the millenniums to ancient civilizations. Welts have always moved up to fight the middle champ, even the heavy champ in further bygone modern eras, and hopefully always will though modern junior divisions make that unlikely these days. Brook is considerably bigger than most welts moving up as we shall see in the weigh in and may well actually outweigh the traditionally sized Golovkin on the night of the fight.

Golovkin vs Brook

Golovkin vs Brook

The fight became a necessary no brainer when Golovkin had the 9/10 HBO date penciled in without a dance partner due to egregious boxing politics that serve to rob modern fighters of their true legacies. Brook had a dance partner, but spent too much time noodling over nickles and dimes to make the fight against Top Rank’s Jessie Vargas, so when he suddenly got a bigger offer to fight Golovkin…((BooM))…It’s on!

Though they have about the same number of fights and are undefeated, clearly Golovkin is more accomplished and more powerful. Brook’s only scalp of any note was a disputed majority decision against Shawn Porter, a fight Brook spoiled with a tepid dishwater performance that many if not most fans saw him losing since he was seldom the aggressor and landed few clean punches. Why after 10 years as a pro he put on on such a miserable show in his first title bout perhaps an indicator of his fighting mentality when faced with Class A adversity. As such, I’d imagine he use the same style against Golovkin who has seldom had to face a strong, determined clincher who might limit his always pressing, dangerous offense. Brook may appear to some Brit fans to be “culturally” brave to take the fight, but make no mistake that his plan will be going into pick and peck survival mode to make it to the final bell and hope for the BBB of C favorable ruling.

We need to thank Chris Eubank Sr and Jr who made this fight possible. They balked at making big money against Golovkin by making such demands as to presume to take over the promoter’s duties, Eddie Hearns in this case, without the assumption of the headaches working on the ground to put together such a complicated thing as a boxing promotion, so enter Brook to happily take the same terms.

Here’s the mandatory WBC 30 day prefight weighin where Brook was amazingly 176 lbs to Golovkin’s fight ready 165 lbs 30 days out from the fight. Of course these weighins are designed to insure the fighters have been dropping the weight off well in advance for health reasons, yet we can see here that Brook is bottom heavy in his torso, so how he ever made 147 is probably a story that shouldn’t ever be told.

176 lbs vs 165 lbs

176 lbs vs 165 lbs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This will be both Brook and Golovkin’s largest purses by far thanks to the maniacal devotion of British fans who not long ago packed 80,000 screamin’ meemies into Wembley for Froch vs Groves II. Gonna be hard to beat the primacy of that great fight though, so it’s ultimately up to Brook to decide if he wants to fight or to spoil. I say he spoils a perfectly good fight, but who can really know until the bell tolls and fighters get hit in the mouth? There will always be the mystery of the unknown when the champ travels into hostile hometown territory such as this even if the result seems preordained.

That was never more apparent at their fight weighin, Brook @ 159.4 lbs and Golovkin looking quite drawn @ 158.8 lbs, perhaps beat down by the manical British media attentions that are sure to exceed anything he’s seen before. Or maybe a touch of flu, or a collapse of his love life as happened when Manny Pacquiao was served divorce papers in his dressing room the hour before stepping into the ring for his rubber match against Juan Manuel Marquez. Now that can really screw up a finely tuned fighter, but it’s also quite possible that Golovkin overtrained and hit the wall so to speak, but regardless, something’s up with him. Good luck all.

London Town Square Golovkin Workout

London Town Square Golovkin Workout

Oh My, SuperFly TNT~Roman Gonzalez vs Carlos Quadras

Gonna be dynamite going off in them Golden Hills of California when #1 Flyweight Roman Gonzalez, 45-0, 38 KO challenges #1 Super Fly Carlos Cuadras, 35-0-1, 27 KO, for his WBC superbelt at the Forum, Inglewood, California on Saturday, September 10th.

Chocolatito vs Cuadras

Chocolatito vs Cuadras

Again, boxing seems to be having an exceptional year of sorts regarding top prime matchups that too often failed to be made in the recent past. I guess they had to do something by default after driving their collective state of ship into the rocks with their poorly regulated, past prime, mega blockbuster of Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr, aka TUE 49-0. The most lucrative fiasco in boxing history generated multi million dollar lawsuits as boxing was exposed nakedly before their largest audience ever as the seedy, greedy, corrupt sport that has been driving away fans in droves these days. Gonzalez is in full HOF sway at 29 years of age and thus far scarcely missed a beat, usually completely outclassing his foes by judicious use of his formidable skills and 84% KO ratio. He is also moving up to his fourth division after holding titles in the 3 lower divisions, so clearly he has been aiming high and means to take no prisoners. Life in boxing has been good to him thus far, currently ranked Ring #1 P4P over all the big boys.

Cuadras has been much steadier at this weight and may possibly be the naturally bigger man though his 5-4 height is not much over the 5-3 of Gonzalez, nor is his 66″ listed reach much over the Gonzalez 64″ just using boxrec listings that tend to be more in a general range of accuracy rather than specific. This will be the 7th defense of Quadras’ title he won back in 2014 and by far the best opponent he’s ever faced, so he’ll be the underdog in this scrap. He seems to be fairly heavy handed also with a KO% of 79%, which given the often hellish pace the little guys usually set, means there’ll be plenty of TNT charges going off in this one in between careful boxing while looking for openings.

Quadras got off the first combination in this fight just days before the weighin when he anointed himself, “I’m faster, more handsome than Chocolatito!” He does have a tall, urbane look to him and maybe in another era might have been a flashy bullfighter moving his red flag with aplomb around the angry beast before dispatching him in an artistic dance of death. So this fight looks to be the movie star against the dumpling playing the role of the bull, except this dumpling much more intelligent and experienced than any bull could be. And one more thing, these little guys bust up the glass ceiling of US boxing headliners not only by dint of their diminutive sizes, but by their nationalities, Gonzalez being Nicaraguan and Quadras being Mexican.

These are two foreigner intruders brought over to American soil to thankfully to provide a real fight for typically soft, modern, plus sized Americans who have rather unfortunately gravitated to the ignoble stink science of the sport rather than the ennobling traditional sweet science of boxing. Let’er rip as the chips fall where they may!

Fatboy Andy Ruiz Steps Up Vs Franklin Lawrence

Andy Ruiz Jr, 28-0, 19 KO, steps up in class for the first time Vs Franklin  “Yah Yah” Lawrence, 22-2-2, 16 KO Saturday, September 10th @ Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California.

Yeah, Yah Yah may be a funny name, yet Lawrence had been highly regarded briefly during his 2010-11 years before entering a phase of torpor that sees his once top 10 boxrec ranking dip to 54th. He’ll be just a couple of weeks short of his 41st birthday on the day of the fight. He got a somewhat delayed start at age 30 for reasons I’m not privy to with little amateur background, so he had a lot of ground to make up to get to this point. He’s been in the mix from his first year when being knocked out by fellow novice and future WBC beltholder Bermane Stiverne, and later holding his own in a close decision loss to former WBC champ Oliver McCall, before knocking out former contender Lance Whitaker. His major problems have been periods of inactivity, again for reasons I’m not privy too, but then again, he’s recorded 9 straight knockouts since the McCall loss, so at least he’s a warm body for Ruiz who may heat up to actually put him into a fight.

Ruiz is also an unlikely looking heavyweight contender, being born in the Baja California border town of Mexicali, yet currently staying comfortably close to his roots with a hop, skip, and a jump across the border to nearby Imperial California. Like former contender Buster Mathis of the Muhammad Ali era, he turned pro at a roly, poly near 300 lbs, both sweet natured looking fellas hardly looking like any kind of fighters, and like Buster he has bounced his weight around trying to get a handle on it. For the past few fights I see he’s been at or under the 250 mark which sounds about right for him. Some folks were genetically predisposed to be fat, so no use in fighting mother nature when your bigger immediate fight is in the ring. Of course there is a healthy weight for him to be at that he seems to have reached. Anyone calling him a fatboy will be relying on his good humor, because make no mistake, this soon to be 27 year old kid knows how to handle himself in the ring. He’s beaten a couple of highly regarded prospects, a former belt holder and a former contender, so he and Lawrence are right about the same level of experience and success with Ruiz being the busier fighter in the 7 years he’s been fighting and, more obviously, being the money fighter with a future sure to include a lucrative title fight leveraged by the strongest, most experienced promoter in the business, Bob Arum of Top Rank.

Oh, did I mention that Andy also works with future HOF trainer Freddie Roach, so need I say more if the very busy Roach found time to prepare him for this bout?

The winner of this fight takes a major step forward, perhaps even straight to a title fight, so for the fighters the stakes could not be higher. I expect both to eventually end up in a slugfest looking to impress the judges if not take it out of their hands with a knock out.