Monthly Archives: December 2018

Japanese Banty Tenshin Nasukawa To Whoop Floyd Mayweather?

Lot’s of Floyd Mayweather “he said/she said” trepidation going into this 3 round New Year’s Eve privately funded exhibition. He’s supposed to receive a small fortune, yet was willing to forfeit all when his feets suddenly got cold.

Everything murky about the fight as you can see in the brief history that follows, but here’s a link that may or may not work, and given it’s a 3 round exhibition, it’s so short that it’d be easy to miss:

Here’s Floyd, aka TUE 50-0, announcing his 3 round exhibition in Tokyo with his adversary, a touted Japanese MMA banty name of Tenshin Nasukawa. TUE promised Blood, Sweat, and Tears for his Toyko performance.

Tokyo Exhibition for New Years Eve

Tokyo Exhibition for New Years Eve

Here is Tenshin in training, reportedly exceedingly quick like lightning and very young, variously listed between 20 and 24 years old.

Quick as Lightning

Kung Fu Fightin’

Thing is, if you’re a Floyd Mayweather fan, might not want to book an expensive trip to Japan for the previously announced New Year’s Eve exhibition he had promoted at a news conference in Tokyo.

Mayweather on Instagram said he had never agreed to a formal bout with Japanese kickboxing phenom Tenshin Nasukawa, and that he had been “derailed” by the magnitude of the event…REALLY?

To Wit:

“Now that I am back on U.S. soil after a long and disappointing trip to Tokyo, I now have the time to address you, my fans and the media in regard to the upcoming event on December 31st that was recently announced,” Mayweather wrote. “First and foremost, I want it to be clear that I, Floyd Mayweather, never agreed to an official bout with Tenshin Nasukawa. In fact (with all due respect) I have never heard of him until this recent trip to Japan.”

Running TUE

Running TUE

“For the sake of the several fans and attendees that flew in from all parts of the world to attend this past press conference, I was hesitant to create a huge disturbance by combating what was being said and for that I am truly sorry. I am a retired boxer that earns an unprecedented amount of money, globally, for appearances, speaking engagements and occasional small exhibitions.”

Fled squalling back to his daddy in Vegas like he did in the Marcos Maidana rematch. Daddy Sr changed his Oopsie Poopsie sagging diapers with a pep talk, hence:

Yupsir, I gather TUE’s #1 Houseboy is gonna protect him from the superbad little Banty Tenshin as he’s done in so many of TUE’s MGM Vegas fights that was part of the bucking up needed, yet plenty of time left to go back squalin’ to Vegas. The good news is since it’s a private, exclusive exhibition, TV rights are supposedly blocked in the US and Japan, but perhaps can be found in other countries. Supposedly the extensive MMA undercard may be available in the US.

RIZIN Bantamweight Title fight [61.0kg / 134.5lb] 3 x 5 minutes *No Elbows
Kyoji Horiguchi vs Darrion Caldwell

RIZIN Super Atomweight Title fight [49.0kg / 108.0lb] 3 x 5 minutes *Elbows allowed
Kanna Asakura vs Ayaka Hamasaki

[93.0kg / 205.0lb] First round 10 minutes x Second round 5 minutes * Elbows allowed
Jiri Prochazka vs Brandon Halsey

[102.5.0kg / 226 lbs] 3 x 5 minute rounds *Elbows allowed
Gabi Garcia vs Barbara Nepomuceno

[70.0kg / 153.4lb] 3 x 5 minute rounds *Elbows allowed
Daron Cruickshank vs Damien Brown

[51.0kg / 112 lbs] 3 x 5 minute rounds *Elbows allowed
Mika Nagano vs Miyuu Yamamoto

[65.0kg / 143.3lbs] 3 x 5 minute rounds *Elbows allowed
Kazuyuki Miyata vs Erson Yamamoto

[70.0kg / 154.3lb] 3 x 5 minutes *No Elbows
Yusuke Yachi vs Johnny Case

[ / 132.2lb] 3 x 5 minutes * Elbows allowed
Yuki Motoya vs Justin Scoggins

[59.0kg / 130.0lb] 3 x 5 minutes *Elbows allowed
Ulka Sasaki vs Manel Kape

[57.0kg / 125.6lb] 3 x 5 minutes rounds * Elbows allowed
Shinju Auclair vs Justyna Haba

[70.0kg / 154.3lb] 3 x 5 minutes *No Elbows
Tyson Nobumitsu vs Tofiq Musaev

[49.0kg / 108.0lb] 3 x 5 minutes *No Elbows
RENA vs Smantha Jean Francois

If you want to know how TUE really wins his fights doing next to nothing, here were the headlines in his last “farce” against Conor McGregor, a UFC fighter making his boxing debut in August of last year.

Mayweather win helps Vegas avoid big losses

Las Vegas sportsbooks are rejoicing as Floyd Mayweather’s 10th-round TKO of Conor McGregor helped them avoid multimillion-dollar losses.

Japanese in general ain’t interested in promoting losing financial propositions, so I surmise this private enterprise to have some sort of private boxing decision for the big players, but who could know in such an opaque operation as this?

Some savvy old salts may recall the big exhibition back in Japan when Ali took on Japanese MMA fighter Antonio Inoki. Ali got cold feet when folks there started talking about Inoki shoving his hand down Ali’s throat to rip out his heart, so some hastily arranged neutering of Inoki limited him to just 10% of his arsenal that resulted in the farce that put Ali in the hospital in critical condition until Japanese Docs could get him stabilized. After this scary moment Ali replicated many more scary moments that left him a quaking shadow of what he started life as, a heartbreaking witness to a fighter who hung on to the sport too long.

Fight here. Judo legend and Hollywood stuntman/character actor Gene Lebell is the ref:

Last Rated Boxrec Heavyweight for 2018 is…

The last day of the 2018 year saw the last heavyweight in the Boxrec database as Alexis Ralfael Castillo Sanchez of Santo DomingoDominican Republic, currently at #1258 with zero points accumulated.

Keep in mind boxrec ratings  change daily according to fight results being entered into the data base and tweeks to the complex formulae used for calculations. The Sanchez ranking has steadily shrunk this past week from 1262 to 1258 as the number of ranked fighters fall off from inactivity or retirement.   Conversely new fights could swell his last ranked ranking, but no matter, he’s remained on the bottom of the oceanic boxrec rankings like a 500 lb anchor, so Alexis Rafael Castillo Sanchez is it for now.

Of course, there are approximately 500 boxers over him with 0 points, presumably various fractional points accumulations below 0.5 rounded down to zero. With 41 bouts, the missing bout of his record being recorded as NC, shorthand for No Contest, Sanchez has accumulated on 73 rounds of experience for an average of 1.8 rounds per fight. The only noteworthy opponent he has fought is fringe contender of Puerto Rico, Carlos Negron, who knocked the 5-6 Sanchez out in the first round as typical of these kinds of encounters.

With a record of 0-40, 0 KO, bolstered with 36 KO losses, well, words may fail, but I can wish him the very best, and thank you for at least gloving up to make the scratch line. 



A Charlo Bro Worms a WBC Title Shot

The nefarious Al Haymon and Jermall Charlo use the boxrec #20, Willie The Worm Monroe Jr, to wrangle a bogus WBC interim title against former contender and semi retired Russian Matvey Korobov in the clumsiest, most transparent part of the BALCO Vic Conte’s VADA Performance Enhancing Drug program.

The Backdrop:

Our dearest Uncle Al who dares not be seen in public in the light of day nor in the Vegas brights of night directs his Watson minions to Willie, “Here’s a generic testa booster not on VADA’s approved drug list for you with some extra step aside money. We’ll set you up a vacant title shot down the road.”

Enter a hated Russian for the Barclays CenterBrooklynNew York thug crowd, boxrec ranked # 53 a month from turning 36 years old Lightheavy circling the drain the past 4 years. Give him 6 days to make 160 lbs and we have perhaps the most transparent modis operandi of how Haymon is using BALCO Vic Conte designed VADA to control the results of boxing.

Can we cuff Korobov’s hands behind his back to make triple sure? Nah, we’ll just use the illicit NY ref and strip Willie of his rating until the smoke and mirrors clear up and set him up again.

The headlines after the last lucrative Haymon set up read, “Las Vegas sportsbooks are rejoicing as Floyd Mayweather’s 10th-round TKO of Conor McGregor helped them avoid multimillion-dollar losses.

Next up: Shooting fish in a barrel for more good sport…what are the odds…only in boxing…yup!

Mexico War England-Canelo Vs Rocky Fielding

Saul Alvarez makes a huge leap of faith and size to challenge the new WBA supermiddleweight champ, Rocky Fielding in their mutual Madison Square Garden debuts in New York this Saturday, December 15th.


Fielding’s fellow Brit, Callum Smith, is actually the super WBA supermiddle champ if we want to parse supers in this regrettable era of multiple titles even within one boxing organization. Smith’s belt was well won as the victor in the highly lauded WBSS tourney, so it remains to be seen if Canelo or Rocky will ever challenge Callum. For the 28 year old Canelo, it’s all about the money and pleasing DAZN bosses after his monumental $$$365 million, 5 year, 11 fight deal with that streaming platform adopted by British Promoter Eddie Hearn.

Alvarez’s deal is the richest athlete contract in sports history, eclipsing the 13-year, $325 million agreement that New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton signed in 2014 when he was with the Miami Marlins. That makes him the highest earner in the history of boxing at his age, heady stuff indeed considering  earnings of the 28 year old Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather Jr, and Manny Pacquiao. In short:

“Canelo is the highest-paid athlete in the world. He’s extremely happy,” Oscar De La Hoya gushed after Alvarez signed the deal.

Yeah, I guess so!

The staged face off pose favoring the size of Fielding is from the top of the Empire State Building upon their announcement of the fight. Canelo was fresh off his win over Gennedy Golovkin and not far removed from that fight weight of 180 lbs. The 6-4 Fielding, currently listed in boxrec as 6-1, would’ve been at least 2 months out of training probably at the 210-220 mark, meaning he’s been cutting about 50lbs just to make the division limit, so needless to say he dwarfs any previous Canelo opponents. Whether by Canelo contract demands or WBA oversight, sad to say there is a next morning rehydration limit of 10lbs the fighters have to weigh before full rehydration can begin, a new fad in boxing. I abhor any rehydration limit on fighters, many of whom have been made deathly ill by trying to squeeze in as much as 20lbs under their fighting weights just to make a division weight limit, 168 lbs in this case, however a complete staged 36 hour slice of time is much better than the 8 or so hours fighters had in the same day eras.

To win a fight like this, Canelo needs a new low crouch bob and weave style with a quick step inside range and to sharpen up his izquierda al hígado liver shots that will be in his biggest power zone. I predict a good, well waged fight of give and take after a cautious first few rounds. I obviously favor Canelo, but Rocky represents a mighty mountain he has never been tasked to climb, so this ring journey sure ain’t handed to him on a silver platter.


Say Adiós as The First Lady Shutters HBO Boxing

Es Adiós Tiempo as the First Lady of Boxing, Ms Cecilia Braekhus,  will close out HBO Boxing when she puts all her belts on the line vs Ms Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes @StubHub Center in south Los Angeles this Saturday, December 8th.

Only ONE of a Gazillion Titles

Only ONE of a Gazillion Titles

To Wit: International Boxing Federation World Female Welterweight Title
International Boxing Organization World Female Welterweight Title
World Boxing Association World Female Welterweight Title
World Boxing Council World Female Welterweight Title
World Boxing Organisation World Female Welterweight Title

Oh, and she’s already The Ring’s female 147 champ, but additionally Ring commissioned the first ever female P4P belt just for her. Kinda leaves ya breathless, eh!

The 45-year history of HBO boxing begins January 22nd, 1973 when Big George Foreman upset the Joe Frazier juggernaut to concussively usher in a new golden era of world heavyweights as fight # 1. Fast forward>>>>> and all’s well that ends as the last, yet certainly not the least of HBO’s final 1,118th bout when Ms Cecilia defends her title for the 24th time in an historic first as the boxing headliner.

Ms Cecilia ironically  starred in the first-ever women’s cofeature on HBO on May 5 when she survived a seventh-round knockdown and retained her title by unanimous decision over Kali Reis on the Gennady Golovkin-Vanes Martirosyan undercard, also at the StubHub Center.

Here we have a photographer’s dream photo op courtesy of Ms Lina Baker of 360 Promotions. Ms Cecilia thus far sports a perfect 34-0, 9 KO record. Is there nothing not to love about her?

Well, this ain’t the way I want to get to know her!

A sorta boxer’s yoga pose made yummier by Ms Cecilia.

Here is former trainer of record breaking heavyweight champ, Wladimir Klitschko, Johnathon Banks being the lucky bum working the mitts for her!

Yes you can Ms Cecilia!

The only fly in the ointment is if Ms Lopes can upset the First Lady’s heavily laden apple cart. Ms Cecelia is 37 years of age now and should be thinking a soft landing for retirement. She is said be highly sought for product endorsements by the marketing industry, most especially in Europe where she is worshiped as a goddess!

And then we have the background story of Ms Cecilia being orphaned as a newborn in Columbia before being plucked out of an orphanage by her kindhearted Norwegian adoptive parents.

Thus, this heart strung feel good story tain’t over til the Fat Lady sings, so ladies, good luck with that!






The Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder French Farce in LaLaLand

The former Ring heavyweight champ of all the title belts that counted for anything, Tyson Fury, continues his comeback from disgrace to challenge the All American cupcake Deontay Wilder for his TBA/WBC Cheesebelt @Staples Center, Los Angeles this Saturday, December 1st. 

Best Buds forever

Best Buds forever

The mercurially unstable Fury is now on his 5th trainer in 10 years of boxing. That time frame includes a recent 3 yr Bacchanalian where he blew up to near 400 lbs whilst being riddled with drug accusations, a spate of mental illness, and a nasty spat with his incompetent ruling commish, the BBB of C, yet here he is making his 3rd comeback fight far, far away from the green isles of Great Britain. Ben Davison is his fresh young trainer, he of the former middleweight champ and still undefeated fellow Irish traveler, Billy Joe Saunders. Davison has been tapped to bring broken Icarus back to the greatness he has fallen from.

Fury has been training like a fury to drop more than 100 lbs of pure blubber, but we’ve seen this before in the ill fated James J. Jeffries comeback against Jack Johnson more than a century ago. In this case, the just turned 30 year old Fury is much younger and not been retired for the 6 years Jeffries was. Perhaps more importantly, he also been working with Freddie Roach for a 4 week camp at the Big Bear high altitude before moving down to his famed LA Wildcard Gym, and Freddie is supposed to be working his corner as the cut man. More likely Freddie will be in the referee’s face anytime he sees officiating monkey business going on, something almost guaranteed in a bout this big, ie: Andre Ward  vs Mikkel Kessler in the inauguration of the original Super Six Tourney series where the appointed ref of this fight, Jack Reiss, allowed Ward to headbutt, lowblow, hit on the break and rabbit punch the tourney favorite Kessler into submission, a low water moment in American boxing that occurs near weekly these days.  

In 2015 Reiss stopped the TBA/short notice journeyman Johann Duhaupas on his feet after taking a few punches. That insured our dearDeyonce, who had been fighting with a completely shut eye for the previous 4 rounds that are normally grounds for a stoppage upset, would advance to bigger peanuts on the dollar paydays. Remember, California is the state so dysfunctional that it tried to secede not from the Union this year, but from itself by splitting into 3 states before being shot down by the courts! Those folks ain’t right in the head, so hence landing this French Farce!

Crafty boxing disguising that Fury is holding up his trunks to prevent mooning the fans…only in boxing!

Our Dearest Deyonce as he has become known to his critics who greatly outnumber his few fans, is finally stepping up to the big time after a 10 year career of fighting TBAs on short 1-2 weeks notice. For those needing an abbreviation translation, that’s “Too Be Announced” fight lingo for a fighter who steps in when the promoter has a venue with some fighters but no opponents that buys time to troll for the lowest bidders. He’s had the same 3 trainers for 10 years including former welter champ Mark Breland, and now he has 3 managers that include  Al Haymon these last 5 years, so his meager bags of peanuts get parsed up 6x plus the promoter for sparse earnings all around once Deyonce’s share comes around. This fight guarantees the proverbial jackpot for all concerned, yet is still peanuts compared to what the great Brit, Anthony Joshua, rakes in as the King of all he surveys in the boxing landscape. It’s been left up to The Big Goof to promote the thing, and here he does during a hilarious street stroll around downtown LA as he discovers only 2 of the few dozen people on the street have ever heard of Wilder.

As far as demonstrable skills, even club fighters of yore would greatly exceed Deyonce, but what he does have along with the referee in his pocket for every fight is his eraser, that wild right hand needing surgical repairs that bails him out trouble in all but one of his 40 TBA fights. And yup, he needed that ref to buy him extra recovery time after Ortiz had blasted him to smithereens,  thus booting him down the line to make the Fury fight.

Deyonce swings off balance ready to be easily countered

Pummeled into the corner ready for a nap

In Fury’s two comeback bouts, he was off balance needing to hold the ropes and punching weak as a new born kitty, so he may well be permanently lost as a top heavy. If indeed he can regain the use of his legs and balance, his hand speed appears to be intact, but it was the imposition of his massive size and strength as much as anything that enabled him to shrug off any Wladimir Klitschko clinches with furious flurries of punches. It remains to be seen if he can recover that formidable aspect of his game.

 The ebullient Fury is, however, still an apex predator in getting under opponent skins with his blarney, easily instigating a woefully weak two bit sucker punch from Deyonce to demonstrate just what a thug he truly is. If either gets stretched out on the canvas, there will be massive celebrations. It’s a fight for the haters as it were, so sadly, but it didn’t have to come to this, especially for Fury who for all his numerous flaws, is still an off the cuff comedian at heart.

Then we have the ultimate wildcard in play, the nanogram BALCO Vic VADA drug testing to consider that has derailed over $100 million in fight purses by now and ever counting!

Looking for Any Street Taco Residue!

Looking for Any Street Taco Residue!

Lord only knows what might happen of either fighter spontaneously partakes of an LA street taco!

Time to rumble young men, rumble and let the flac of two untested fighters fall where they may…