Monthly Archives: July 2018

Mikey Garcia vs Robert Easter Jr

This a traditional clash of undefeateds takes place Saturday, July 28th@Staples Center, Los Angeles with Mikey Garcia, 38-0, 30 KO looking to unify his WBC lightweight belt with the IBF belt held by Robert Easter Jr, who of course has his own plans for unification.

While this is a solid matchup of current champs willing to risk both their belts and undefeated records, facts are Mikey has looked like a million bucks in every one of his fights, whereas Easter, who in spite of looking tall and dangerous in the mold of a Thomas Hearns, has been looking quite fragile and vulnerable, needing at least a couple of questionable judging decisions to bump him down to this rocky landing.

Meanwhile, as great as Mikey has been looking, and as confident as he has been oozing in public, he may be making a mistake by overlooking this fight in anticipation of his welter debut against Errol Spence Jr, the most formidable monster currently serving time in the welter division. From my perspective from afar, that isn’t even a big fight in the risk vs reward assessment as neither fighter is known by the broader general public in this down cycle of boxing, so why bother with such a dangerous fight clearly out of your weight class?

All I know is Mikey better be ready for the best ever Easter who would be quite formidable enough if he ever got his act together, a relative Goliath in height and reach compared to Mikey. Dreams are a good thing for anyone, but they could quickly turn into a nightmare if not based on the realty of physics of boxing mixed up with the best laid plans of Mice and Men.

Everything could change on fight night the first time either gets hit on the jaw, but I’m going with Mikey here as he continues to move forward with admirable pace for any available big fights as an exceptionally well schooled, stellar P4P fighter extraordinaire in his era. Let’s do it gentlemen!

Mighty Joe Parker vs Dillian Whyte With Chisora vs Takam Too

The heavyweight clash between Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker has now officially sold out after final production holds were released this week. Whyte and Parker collide for the WBC Silver and WBO International heavyweight crowns this Saturday at the 20,000-seat O2 Arena in London.

Parker’s last fight against Boxing’s all everything Big Dog, Anthony Joshua, saw him lose his undefeated WBO champ status in a rather bland performance by both exacerbated by the Italian imported referee who refused to allow the big boys to fight, breaking up all their action.

The face first brawling Whyte has no such genteel notions as to adhere to instructions by a lowly ref and looks to muller pretty boy Parker anyway he can. Longtime top 20 contenders Derek Chisora fights Carlos Takam as the main supporting undercard, yet another all action heavyweight duke’em up.

I picked Parker and Takam in my predictor league, so it’s now up to my boys to prove my genius.

World Boxing Super Series Cruiser Final~Aleksandr Usyk vs Murat Gassiev

The World Boxing Super Series cruiser final between Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev got somewhat lost somewhere in the dying embers of boxing, but these big boys are definitely the top two cruisers currently fighting today. The battle takes place @Olimpiyskiy, Moscow the week after the World Cup Finals with Mother Russia being  the 24 year old Gassiev’s birth place. Such is a distinct officiating advantage for the Russian over the Ukrainian Usyk, the two countries currently involved in a low level war over territory that hopefully has entered into a diplomatic phase, the prize disputed being the stunningly beautiful Crimea.

Yeah, I know, the same ol’ folly of mankind ruining our paradise of this blue-green crown jewel that we live on, but on Saturday, July 21st in Moscow, we at least have more civil representatives of the combatant countries stripped down to the bare essentials for as close to a fair squabble as ever has existed in history.

Technically, Gassiev, 26-0, 19 KO has more experience and touted as the proverbial beast in this duke’em up, but at this highest level, the 31 year old Usyk, 14-0, 11 KOs holds more world class experience and touted as the arteest, bolstered by extensive Amateur credentials to make up for his delayed pro debut. It’s also his habit to visit the stronghold of his rivals as he does here to kick their tails.

Thus I’m picking the talent and intellect of Usyk to overcome his beastly hometown competitor. The four major trinkets, WBC, WBA, IBF, and WBO will consolidate for whomever wins the fight, ironically making it easier for those salacious organizations to strip their titles if the winner can’t immediately fight their separate mandatories.

Manny Pacquiao vs Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!

Filipino Senator and Living Legend Manny Pacquiao challenges Argentinian slugger Lucas Martin Matthysse Sunday, July 15@Axiata ArenaKuala LumpurMalaysia for the World Boxing Association World Welterweight Title

Though the official date of the fight is Sunday, July 15th early AM Malaysian time, it will be July 14th by at 9 PM Eastern Standard Time that New York operates on. That translates to 6 PM Los Angeles time. I’d imagine the fight will be broadcast internationally, but in the US will be put on by ESPN+ on some kind of web app that can be purchased from their main website.

Hard to know where to start with this fight since Manny has at least temporarily flown the loving nest of Bob Arum to stage this event under Manny’s own promotional banner with an assist from Golden Boy who promotes Matthysse. From the start it has been problematic to raise the money needed, but supposedly the money end has finally been settled, so here we land in a Malaysian crossroads type of fight. Presumably their political strife will presumably be put on hold for the honor of hosting a Manny fight. Manny has also departed from long time mentor, Freddie Roach, after some sort of acrimonious fallout from the regrettable Jeff Horn fight that never should’ve been staged in Australia by Uncle Bob. Oh, well, here we go again in Manny’s fightcom with a new cast of characters, yet longtime boyhood pal and confidant Buboy will be his trainer though I’ve no doubt a few name trainers flew over to the Philippines for brief private consultations.

Manny enters into his 40th year in December and currently 59-7-2, 38 KO. Matthysse is coming into his 36th year in September and currently 39-4, 36 KO, so we can see at least on paper he’s the slugger in this match up with plenty of experience. And like Manny, he’s been royally shafted by the boxing suits for some losses, and since both are aggressive fighters, it should be fan friendly with plenty of action.

Undercard has an interesting bout between two light flys scrapping over the much derided WBA belt that Venzuelean, Carlos Canizales, 20-0-1, 16 KO won in March. Bin Lu, 1-0, 1 KO, a Chinese Olympian from the 2016 Olympics aims to be the quickest to earn a title belt, a silly little record boxing likes to make up to sell to their shrinking fan base, but presumably still growing in China that may well become one of boxing’s capital destinations. Canizales only merits a 16th rating on boxrec with Lu worth a 110th ranking after knocking out a developing journeyman for his debut that mysteriously qualifies him for this title challenge.

Just DUMB, yet no other sport does DUMB with so much eloquent sanctimony as does boxing. Pacquiao, on the other hand, may find himself in a major league scrap as Matthysse is a slugger supreme with a good chin. He’s made a successful comeback from eye surgery thus far, so obviously he’s the hungrier, more unrealized fighter even if Manny is the favorite, but not prohibitively so. I’m picking Manny who still amazingly has his reflexes and fighting instincts after such a long career. Should be a great showcase for boxing if a fair and judicious referee can be found, sadly not a given in boxing.