Monthly Archives: February 2019

Chayaphon Moonsri Shines Brightly on Tatsuya Fukuhara

Chayaphon Moonsri, 52-0 continues to bury the Floyd TUE 50-0 Mayweather Jr perfect record as he defends his WBC minimumweight title against Japanese challenger Tatsuya Fukuhara, 21-6-6, 7 KO, Friday, March 29th in Thailand.

This is the tiniest division in boxing, but perhaps more notably is that Fukuhara is a southpaw and this a rematch of his decision loss two years ago. Fukuhara is boxrec ranked #10, and Moonsri is #1 or 2 depending on Boxrec’s daily updates. Fukuhara is ranked #9 by Ring, and Moonsri #2 by Ring, currently near 8 consecutive years of rankings, an outstanding achievement in consistency.

Oh, and Moonsri’s alias in the dizzying fashion of Thailand’s multiple naming cultures is Wanheng Menayothin, making it hard for Americans to keep up with Thai boxing even if they have an interest in the tiny division.

I guess it’s no secret that Moonsri is favored and likely to win, but I suppose there could be an upset. He’s only 32 years of age with 210 rounds in the bank, but the incessant call of wine, women, and song can topple the best fighter when he passes that tipping point, but for now, it’s Fukuhara he has to do the business on.

 

 

 

All Brit Grudge Match~Chris Eubank Jr vs James DeGale

Fallen Rising Star Chris Eubank Jr finds himself in a handbag slanging match against former champ, James DeGale this Saturday, February 23rd@O2 ArenaGreenwich  “mean” time, the standard reference point by “wich” the 24 global time zones use to set their own 24 hour day.

The southpaw DeGale, who turned pro as a lauded Olympian gold medalist, won and then defended a vacated IBF title a few times before losing, but then winning it back before vacating. Stylistically he was a lackluster snoozer in his boxing performances and may be a bit jaded by now, perhaps only motivated by the barbarous slings and arrows hurled his way by Junior.

As to Junior, he seems to have the requisite summation of fine physical attributes and conditioning to be a well regarded champ, yet also has under performed, seemingly never having learned how to fully box and utilize sound ring strategy, nor being a “natural born” fighter to pull him out of the abyss, an attribute that most of the greats had. Blame is generally offloaded onto Chris Eubank Sr, a brilliant and stylistically and intellectually bizarre boxer of British legend who stands accused of stealing all the limelight in Junior’s fight corner by his incessant ring posing and posturing in his role as manager and trainer.

Not all has been woe and gloom and doom for Junior, after all he did win an IBO supermiddleweight bauble with a somewhat credible performance over the ancient German great, Arthur Abraham before defending and then losing his title much like DeGale lost his. It is this “lost” IBO title that will be fought for.

The undercard features latest of the supersized British heavyweight prospects when Olympic silver medalist Joe Joyce aims to step sprightly down the well trod path of the grizzled 40 year old former WBC champ circling the drain these past few years, Bermane Stiverne. “B’Ware” seems to have lost most of his few skills and punch resistance, yet remains hungry for another dance on the championship stage that he held for a nanosecond. The boxing aphorism here is that power is the last thing to leave a fighter, so the thought is Stiverne may have a slight punching chance, but that’s pretty much it for him barring that miracle.

Junior in his last week before the fight announced he’d signed a 3 fight deal with mogul puppetmaster Al Haymon, so perhaps now has more financial motivation than ever on paper, but if DeGale upsets him, DeGale could cash in on his next fight if he chooses. That’s the way boxing works, so here the fighters only need to step to the scratch line for a mighty fine opportunity.

 

 

 

 

Sergey Kovalev to Avenge His Eleider Alvarez Defeat?

Sergey Krusher Kovalev has bravely claimed his rematch clause against his victor, Eleider Storm Alvarez, to be held at The Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas this Saturday, February 2nd. That’s in the Dallas Cowboys headquarters compound and training facility for the uninitiated. The WBO Lightheavy title is the bauble at stake, but the pride of avenging a catastrophic loss against Alvarez may steal the show with another knock down, drag out fight like the first ended.

In that fight, Kovalev was mauling the game but hapless Alvarez until the worm turned. It was and is the only legit KO on Kovalev’s record, and Alvarez deserves all his accolades as he became dynamically explosive and concussively conclusive, the best kind of win to have with no shaky judges involved. In any rematch, especially an immediate one after such a devastating loss, the whole world changes for the fighters. The loser has to rebuild both his strategy and psychology as the winner navigates all the backslappers and new “friends” wanting to hang with his new eminence.

The tough Colombian Alvarez now resides in much cushier digs in Montreal than he grew up in. He’s 24-0 with 12 KOs, so he not a big puncher and thus cannot count on a return bout KO. Can he change his strategy to actually outbox Kovalev?

There have also been a plethora of rich and famous lifestyle changes for Kovalev that include a serious felony assault charge of causing a grievous injury to a woman that we found out belatedly was the unknown backdrop going into the first Alvarez fight. As to boxing adjustments, he had already ditched his long time trainer John David Jackson before the Andre Ward rematch. That left him without any gravitas in his corner when Ward commenced a comprehensive low blow body attack in one of the most shameless refereeing efforts seen in the sorry Vegas venue by Tony Weeks. The cards were split at the stoppage 67-66 x2 for Ward and 68-65 for Kovalev, so we can clearly see the illicit strategy was needed to quell Kovalev who was the “People’s” consensus winner in the first fight in spite of being saddled by the boxing suits with his first loss.

Kovalev didn’t need to take the pauper’s purse of those two Ward fights, and certainly didn’t need an immediate rematch of a hard knockout loss against Alvarez, but apparently the fighter in him left him with no other choices. Alvarez couldn’t just abandon his hard fought title and newly found respect without a fight, so here we go again.

For this fight Kovalev is under the tutelage of the respected former fighter now trainer, Buddy McGirt, so he’s got the corner gravitas back. The fighters only need to make weight today before resting up, and then on to Saturday and (((BooM))) as fists start flying. Who ya got?