Monthly Archives: March 2017

My Brother The Boxer, The Terry Daniel Story by Jeff Daniels

My Brother The Boxer, The Terry Daniel Story by Jeff Daniels

This interesting self published book follows 7 years of Texas heavyweight contender Terry Daniels from his brief debut with the Southern Methodist University Mustang football team to his title challenge of champion Joe Frazier in New Orleans the day before Superbowl V in 1972. 70 million viewers are estimated to have watched Frazier to defend against Daniels on free terrestial TV for context to today.

While not a pure biography, it can be seen as an authenic ethnographic record of a young man born into a loving middle class family during the Harry Truman presidency to mature during the Vietnam War torn, racial rioting America of the 1960s. Raised in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, he has to come to Texas for his first bar fights, first love and marriage, and rapid rise to stardom in boxing after a knee injury ended his football aspirations.

This coming of age in the mythologized ’60s is as much God, family, honor, and country as the machinations of a storied boxing era of Texas amateur boxing with Floyd Patterson, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, and of course Terry Daniels

Qudratillo Abduqaxorov vs Charles Manyuchi in Singapore

Qudratillo Abduqaxorov from Qorgontepa, Uzbekistan, fights Charles Manyuchi from Masvingo, Zimbabwe for the WBC Silver welterweight title in Singapore this Saturday, March 25th.

Boxrec ranked them 79th and 23rd, but don’t ask me to pronounce any of those names lest I tie my tongue into a permanent Gordian knot. Such names represent the future of boxing much more than the historical boxing power of the USA. Those days of world domination are in the dust bins of history, but the UK and US still represent most of the big money venues that all aspire to, but even that is slipping as Russia and China are developing rabid followings.

It’s a new world order in boxing playing out, so we shall see where boxing lands in the coming decades.

Gennady Golovkin vs Daniel Jacobs~MSG, New York, New Yawk!

The WBC, WBA “super” and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, 36-0, 33 KO, and WBA “regular” middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs, 32-1, 29, KO, square off Saturday, March 18 at Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, or New Yawk as the locals are often want to squawk.

This is a good match even if most think this will be another Golovkin beatdown. Jacobs has solid skills, power, and credentials and will be much larger in the ring come fight night, as in bigger than the lightheavy 174 lb limit. Golovkin in comparison is old school size, maybe 168 lbs come fight night as what now passes as a small middleweight these days, yet here he is dwarfing Marvin Hagler though nothing dwarfs the massive knuckle set of Marv!

Marv and Gennady

Marv and Gennady

Golovkin recently issued yet another fruitless 154 lb challenge to TUE, 49-0, who many expect to comeback for at least one more fight in the ring his protestations not withstanding. Interesting in that Golovkin refused to fight Saul Alvarez at the 155 Canelo catchweight he has created these past few years, an indication that Golovkin respects the power and danger of Canelo more than TUE. He righteously demands the full 160 limit for that bout that looks to be set for September if both get by their significant current tests.

First things first though. Canelo has the much bigger obstacle, that of taking on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr at a 164.5 lb catchweight. Many rightly perhaps sneer and deride Junior, but in spite of his lack of devotion to his training and career, he’s still a giant in good shape when compared to the more compact Canelo. Junior at the 160 limit utterly wrecked the health and career of Sergio Martinez, and blew by Andy Lee as if he was but a mosquito he splattered on his arm. Martinez soon retired with permanent immobility handicaps, but Lee won the WBO title shortly after the Junior disaster to bolster his relevance in the division, so if Junior wins this fight he’s definitely in the mix for a Golovkin fight at the 168 limit.

Nice announcement of the Golovkin/Jacobs, but will the fight turn out as good as the prefight cannon fire?

Nice announcement of the fight!

Nice announcement of the fight!

Oh no, the curse of Ring magazine strikes again with all 22 “experts” picking Golovkin! Man, that’s some heavy duty curse on the poor boy. Can he overcome all that bad mojo?

Will that curse also extend to Ring #1 P4Per, Roman Gonzalez, who takes on a formidable challenge after a very poor showing against then undefeated 115 lb champ, Carlos Barbie Doll Cuadras, to now go up against former 115 lb champ, Wisaksil Wangek, 41-4-1, 38 KO record. Wangek is from Thailand, who like Japanese fighters are often matched hard early in their careers instead of the pampered western world model. He also has another name like many Thais, that of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, and lost his first two fights by KO, and that’s it for vulnerabilities. I wish both fighters well as the stakes couldn’t be bigger for both, but I favor Wangek in what should be a great fight if the ref and judges don’t screw up their end as they are too often capable in New York.

Bottom line: Most all as well as myself are also picking Golovkin in a mid fight knockout, but I do think Jacobs will win new fans by acquitting himself well and won’t go out easy. Losing to a future HOF great in a good fight used to be honorable, but nonetheless, Jacobs always has that outside chance, and just maybe….

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

The first little snit fit, ostensibly scheduled for Saturday, March 4, at The O2 in London, was 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, so call it a No Decision, an ND in the unofficial books that won’t count on their records.

Mr. Buttinsky

Mr. Buttinsky

Another British bad boy lacking any breeding or manners, Dereck Chisora, recently tossed a table that sparked another little snit fit, but he was slapped with a 2 year suspension and 25,000 fine. Maybe the much belaboured BBB of C feels sorry for the skynt Haye and figures he doesn’t have the funds to pay such a fine, so they are letting him go. But later on skynt Haye called scrub of skousers at a press conference retards, so now it looks like the BBB of C will fine him for a word used in common jargon everyday around the world as opposed to assault and battery that he committed on the unsuspecting skouser Bellew.

Only in boxing!

This is the 3rd installment of the skynt Haye’s celebrity boxing reality show after coming back from the ignominy of a long retirement looking to make some easy money, so here we go again, this time sucking in skouser Bellew. Skynt Haye is ranked #7 heavyweight by Ring and Bellew #3 cruiserweight, so right off the bat we see Bellew more highly regarded in the profession. Boxrec ranks them #10 and #2 for another perspective, so clearly boxing values skouser Bellew over skynt Haye who Bellew calls a “broken man.”

Now skouser Bellew had a solid career in boxing going before this, finally winning a cruiserweight title in the kind of epic battle that provides the meat of substance fueling the legends of boxing, but has he thrown it all away for a much larger purse and fighter in the heavyweight division? I saw no mention of any contract weight or ring particulars, so here we go again blindly into the dark as befits the shady nature of the fight.

I am reminded of the richness of my favorite skynt Haye farce here that made him ooodles of money along with howls of derision. He seems to be one of those types who are utterly shameless about begging for more easy money.

Not many give Bellew a chance, yet the bottom line is he is the true fighter here in the fashion that the skynt Haye used to be. Skynt Hay in his celebrity comeback has yet to face a Ring ranked heavyweight, a streak going back to before his comeback several years in the making. In fact, he and his celebrity buddy millionaire Joe Fournier jetted off in his private jet for a cruise on his yacht. Joe is like skynt Haye in that he only boxes for the celebrity factor and is the undefeated 276th ranked Lightheavy on boxrec. Not only, but he now fight in the Dominican Republic after testing positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs in a Belgium fight and put on a 5 year suspension by boxing commissions. He also owns a string of International  Celebrity type Night Clubs, so he’s got his little pinky well turned into the sordid side of life.

In fact, he offered to buy top ranked English fighter Callum Smith a private jet or a house if he will fight Joe, in the Dominican Republic I suppose…snicker…

Millionaire turned boxer Joe Fournier offers to buy Callum Smith a jet if he fights him

We have yet to know if skynt Hayes’ little pinky toe is up for this fight as happened to him in the Wlad fight, and sho’nuff, just like clockwork days before the fight, skynt Haye threatened to pull out because of injury. He had a little twitter fun by flying over to Germany to see his Doctor to mess with promoter Eddie Hearns and skouser Bellew’s plans, or was it to get injections for his pinkie toe and his fortitude? We shall soon see what we shall soon see.


Keith Thurman vs Danny Garcia~Anyone Care?

Not to disparage Keith Thurman, 27-0, 22 KO, and Danny Garcia, 33-0-1, 19 KO, but these are two undefeated American Welters unifying WBA/WBC titles Saturday, March 4th, @ Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, so what if boxing threw a superfight and nobody showed up?

The Combatants

The Combatants

The current state of boxing as of this March 4th is such that little known fresh cruiser champ, Tony Bellew, fights celebrity heavyweight David Haye in London not for a title, but rather for oodles of pounds sterling after staging a feud. Saul Alvarez already notched one big money celebrity bout against Amir Khan and going for his 2nd straight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, likely the biggest fight this year as far as financial numbers go. Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao ran a twitter poll that overwhelmingly picked Khan as his next opponent, so actually the fighters are bringing the people the fights they want to see and thereby raising the stakes for all fighters. Can their light in the loafer promoters, broadcasters, and boxing commissions get their acts together to start making regular, compelling, fairly officiated fights?

Recent history, the only way we can judge our own era, suggests probably not if the powers that be can continue to make their money wagering on limited matchmaking and orchestrated results.

In the meantime, New York boriquas will doubtless show up in force given the Puerto Rican genealogy of Philly born and bred Garcia, and of course boxing hard cores will watch across the country. Thurman deserves kudos for taking this fight in the Garcia back yard so to speak, but will the public at large be watching? I hear this is only the 3rd time in history that two undefeated prime age welters are fighting to unify the title, yet there is no buzz to this fight because both are Al Haymon fighters having been kept out of the glaring limelight of any potential losses so they could be kept propped up for a potential TUE 49-0 fight. With that horse having bolted the stable for his umpteenth retirement, this fight represents their consolation tussle.

The two previous undefeated unifications were 1985’s Donald Curry vs Milton McCrory, not a big fight per say, but they split $1.5 million which was great pay for two good fighters lacking extra public appeal. Then the mega 1997 Oscar De La Hoya vs Felix Trinidad unification that guaranteed Oscar $21 million and Tito $8.5 million with $71 million of PPVs they each got a piece off. Boxing killed off those days after their major league fraud of 2015, so this fight to be closer to Curry/McCrory given it’s supposed to be on free TV, CBS they say.

The fighters have gotten in on the numbers game now with Thurman wishing for 6 million viewers and Garcia for 10 million. Wishful thinking for sure when today 3 million would be considered outstanding, but when Canelo fought the unknown British Liam Smith in Cowboy Stadium, over 50,000 fans packed the stadium and this was a PPV fight. Over 17 million in Mexico saw that fight broadcast over their own free broadcast networks, and Mexico no way close in population to the 300+ million of the US. Those numbers tell us just how far boxing has dropped as a credible sport in the US.

I gather the numbers will fill us in days after the dust settles, but for now I’m picking Thurman in a fight that could be dramatic or a stinker depending on how Thurman moves. He’s much more versatile with his footwork and faster with his fists than the plodding Garcia who is something of a one trick pony, but then again, a one trick punch is all a fighter needs in boxing, but what if nobody showed up to witness it?