Monthly Archives: May 2019

2X Olympic Gold Robeisy Ramirez Turns Pro@Top Rank

The crafty Octogenarian Bob Arum caught smirking like the cat who ate the canary with his signing of the 2X Cubano Olympic Gold Medalist Robeisy Ramirez.

Young Ramirez will compete at featherweight for now, a perfect set up for Arum’s other two featherweight stars, Shakur Stevenson and Michael Conlan, always needing ever bigger fights on their path to glory. The kid should be fast tracked as a potentially greater talent, say 2 years before he catches up and fights the first of them. Some of his Ama and Olympic highlights here.

http://boxrec.com/media/index.php/Robeisy_Ramirez

With at least part of his family seemingly stateside who may or not be a good influence, he should have some grounding unlike some of the other Cubanos tossed into the American cultural overload. The kid won Gold at age 18 and repeated, so you can bet the farm on American based trainers to be scrambling for a chance to lead him to professional glory. 

Part of the previous Cubano failures seem to be with poor Cubano management and trainers who don’t understand the pro style and capitalist nature of the American fight game, so touted Cubano Olympic fighters thus far have never fulfilled their pro promise. That’s my generalization for better or worse.

The kid at age 26 in his full athletic prime years also looks telegenic enough to land some lucrative endorsements, so presumably Robby looks to exceed previous Cubano efforts, but only if he has the proper management and public grooming for that beyond the fight game. I’m thinking the most obvious training pairing would be as a sparring partner for Vasiliy Lomachenko, the most successful 2X Olympic Gold professional in history. If his father and trainer,  Anatoly Lomachenko, took on Robby, the Axis of the Earth might shift to Cuba.

Here’s hoping for The One, which is if I don’t say so, a super snappy moniker that could very well describe the kid. Make it so!

Death Match~Dominic Breazeale vs Deontay Wilder

Dominic Breazeale takes a crack at the WBC belt held by Deontay Wilder @Barclays in BrooklynNew York this Saturday, May 18th, but that ain’t all he wants a crack at.

Breazeale’s long suffering dream of getting his hands on his cowardly attacker of his family has finally come to fruition. The backdrop was that after sharing the card in Birmingham, Alabama 2 years ago, in the lobby of the hotel where both were registered, Wilder, seemingly assisted his boxing sibling, Marsellos Wilder, and heavily reinforced with a dozen or so thugs of Wilder’s entourage, buffeted and battered Breazeale and terrorized his wife and two kids who were forced to flee for safety. Such is completely out of character of the Marquise of Queensbury Rules that boxing operates under that are supposed to fairly regulate applied rules of boxing, but defilement of such is too often the modern construct of today’s manhood both in and out of the ring.

Breazeale is supposed to have filed a lawsuit against Wilder, but basically the whole thing was quickly swept out of sight by their mutual overseer, Al Haymon. Wilder has also had similar results swept away after at least two arrests for battering women not of his “family” in other “hotel incidents.”

Breazeale also sued the hotel for not having proper security, but I’d have to think the lobby staff and or guests would also call the police as just a couple of security guards would’ve been unable to stop the extended melee. No word on what any of the terrified guests may have thought or any official charges being filed, and the only public eyewitness account I read about was filed promptly after the incident by one of the more reliable writers in boxing, Steve Kim.

Breazeale has mentioned his kids are afraid for his life all while the heavily prison tattooed Wilder goes full ghetto about literally killing his opponents in the ring in the lead up to this regrettable fight, something not seen since the public meltdowns of the mentally ill Mike Tyson propped up to be exploited for ages well past his best days. The boxing suits are always looking to squeeze every last buck to be made on a fighter as can be seen with this low brow promotion.

Here’s the news report of the Birmingham incident, but the footage is smartphone footage from a distance and it’s difficult to make out what’s happening other than clearly someone is getting accosted:

https://www.wvtm13.com/article/fan-captures-cellphone-video-of-hotel-brawl-after-deontay-wilder-fight-in-birmingham/8989188

Another report here:

https://www.tmz.com/2017/04/13/dominic-breazeale-deontay-wilder-fight-assault-hotel/

Neither one of these guys is noted for their fancy Dan boxing skills, but they are hugely tall men at 6-7 height and corresponding weights who can brawl a bit and hit fairly hard as can be imagined, but they also get beat up in the ring almost as much as they dish out their beatings. One factor going in is that Wilder has been strangely underweight compared to previous outings leading to rumors of some ongoing physical problem or disease.

The WBC has been perceived as being the weak sister in the heavyweight proliferation of ABC belts these days after the retirement of Champion Emeritus Vitali Klitschko, so no matter who the owner is after the fight, nobody but Wilder’s entourage will ever be calling him champ after his string of TBA short notice defenses. Breazeale at least gets a full 6 week training camp for this no matter how much the ref on the night may be handicapping him, and make no mistake that nobody is calling for a rematch of Breazeale and Joshua. Thus far the suits have made peanuts on the thuggery of Wilder, aka the Bronze Bambi aka Deyonce on boxing forums in derision of his bogus belt and TBA short notice defenses in Birmingham, Alabama. TBAs and short notice fights have become an Al Haymon trademark along with being bunkered out of sight deep in Las Vegas as he relies on his spokesmen to do his bidding.

Aside from all the suits lined up against him, an unstated obstacle against Breazeale remains, that of sporting a set of titties that would do a 12 year old adolescent girl proud. Now, no offense to the man booby world of today, but I can’t recall off hand any champion fighter of note sporting such a rack as Dominic. Maybe he can train them off for this fight, we shall see.

Besides Wilder, the only other big $$$ in the heavyweight division to be made would be undefeated Tyson Fury against Anthony Joshua, but thus far neither fighter has been keen on that fight that is not surprising given the utter dominance and classy global appeal Joshua has shown over the division, good enough to make Boxrec’s P4P top 10 at #6.

So, tomorrow will be a day of reckoning for Boxing to see what direction the Grade B heavyweights will take. Thuggery or Family Man? Wilder or Breazeale?

Ring Tribute On The 105th Anniversary of Joe Louis’ Birth

Sweet tribute to Joe Louis in Ring Magazine with classic Ring Covers of that era being used to tell the magnificence of Joe Louis who remains in the highest order of the Great Pantheon of fighters.

The Ring Archives: Born on this day: Joe Louis – part one

Sadly the tribute gets somewhat soiled in the social commentary section by a self-inflated blowhard hoist upon his own petard name of Barley, a long time Ring critic. The poor feller don’t understand the history of what he waxes hysterically about, the most grievous being that Joe did not grant a title shot to a black contender until 1947, when in fact he defended his title against the former Lightheavy Champ John Henry Lewis in 1939.

John Henry never lost his title in the ring, instead being stripped in a classic blunder of a gaggle of boxing suits in dispute with each other. John Henry fought strictly as a heavy in 1938 and entered the Louis fight with his own magnificent record of 100-10-5, 56 KO. He may have made the Ring rankings in 1939 but for Joe knocking him out in January before Ring could publish their annual top 10 ratings for the year as I would presume their schedule back when. That was John Henry’s only KO loss and last bout of his career. Of course WW2 would soon put most all titles on hold for about 4 years as the fighters either joined the armed forces or worked in support of the war at the factories.

Joe Louis record: http://boxrec.com/en/boxer/9027

John Henry Lewis record: http://boxrec.com/en/boxer/17914

My own tribute to Joe here in all his magnificence:

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2010/12/29/joe-louis—born-on-the-4th-of-july-2/

Cinco de Mayo Canelo vs Miracle Man Danny Jacobs

Saul Alvarez continues to add to his P4P middleweight legacy by taking on the larger, rangier, Ring ranked #2, Danny Jacobs @T-Mobile Arena in Vegas this Saturday, May 4th as an integral part of Cinco de Mayo celebrations that Canelo is noted for.

Just to give you an idea of Canelo’s size disadvantage, at the prefight mandatory 30 day weighin, Canelo was 168.2 lbs and Jacobs was 175.4 lbs, a 7+ lb weight advantage for Jacobs that represents the next division up. Of course Jacobs risks being weakened by having to lose that much more weight to make the 160 lb middleweight limit come official weighin for the fight, but dollars to donuts he makes 160 limit to storm back to that 7 lb weight advantage after both rehydrate. He’s just that much bigger than Canelo and playing a dangerous game having to lose so much weight only to regain it come fight night, but of course such hidden physiologic dangers are the nature of modern boxing and always has been for those 16 divisions below heavyweights. Heavies have never had to meet any limit save being above the 200 lb modern minimum weight in an otherwise open class.

The 32 year old Jacobs, 35-2, 21 KO, is also a well skilled, well experienced boxer/puncher with the ability to “run” when needed that we will probably see in this fight. He earned his Miracle Man ring alias the hard way by miraculously cheating death after being diagnosed with a terrible form of bone cancer. Usually such a life draining illness extracts much of the starch out of any survivor, but Danny started in as a young healthy fighter in great condition, so  in cooperation with the mental and spiritual fortitude needed to supplement such horrific cancer treatments, Jacobs “Licked The Big C” to paraphrase John Wayne after losing a lung to cancer to fight his own way back, and Jacobs seems to have caught lightning in a bottle during his comeback. In short, Danny’s much better than before he came down with cancer, quite a comeback.

Stylistically this is a match between two primary boxer types with good power with Jacobs being significantly taller, rangier, and heavier, thus in theory stronger, but not necessarily. Other than than owning that greater range than Canelo and faster feet for running purpose, victory will come down to subtle boxing and or/fighting differences as each put the other through their paces. Many are predicting Canelo will knockout Jacobs who has been knocked out once before. Sure, anything is possible in any fight, but I don’t personally see that happening though he may get knocked down. Canelo has never tasted the canvas or even hurt for more than a nanosecond in comparison.

A notable element in the build up to this fight is Jacobs making much public noise about how he thought Gennady Golovkin beat Canelo those two times they fought that were officially scored a draw and UD for Canelo, and additionally that he, Jacobs, beat Golovkin in their fight where Jacobs was knocked down and took a decision loss. Going in that fight, Jacobs forfeited his IBF belt after skipping the same morning weighin the day of the fight, that morning weighin having recently gained traction in boxing’s futile attempt to limit the extreme weight losses to make weight before packing on weight gains during the 36 hour prefight interim that may add as 20+ pounds from the official weighin. At best this kind of talk is whistling through the graveyard on a moonless night, and at worst the boxing suits and officials may become irked in knowing that their decisions and actions are called into question after Jacobs himself declined to follow their regulations.

In short, you ain’t supposed to bite the hand that feeds you unless you fancy the dog pound accommodations.

I have long addressed the shambles of the illogical 10 point must system of scoring in boxing used as a smoke screen by disreputable boxing suits to gloss over their incompetent oversight of boxing that has driven not only core fans away, but also any new fans who quickly become discouraged over weekly outrages all over the globe. Such is what we the people expect these days In A World Run by Marketing with no ethical or quality control over the products they produce.

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2010/09/20/boxing-101-how-to-score-ugly-or-mora-vs-mosley-the-no-win-non-fight-of-the-year/

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/boxing-101how-to-score-ugly-part-iialvarez-vs-mayweather/

Moreover, Boxing’s failing hamhanded drug testing has riled up the boxing populace ill equipped to deal with the lack of transparency of these dubious sycophants. Here is there latest travesty of figuratively trying to put leg irons on this track athlete who has passed all their gender test and drug tests, yet by dint of what used to be seen as a happy accident of genetic endowment that so many of the greatest athletes are blessed with, they want to fill her with drugs and hormones so as to lower her naturally high testosterone count to typical female levels so the other gals can have a better crack at all the prize money she’s running away with. And when are these Nazi wannabees gonna start forcing us to dumb down to their level?

I don’t make this kind of DUMB up:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/athletics/2019/05/01/caster-semenya-iaafs-testosterone-rules-explained-evidence-examined/amp/

For this fight both fighters are VADA enrolled, yet we also have the backdrop of Canelo’s 6 month suspension after testing positive for ghost nanograms of a legal substance in Mexico’s food chain. Now we have yet another report of our aquatic wildlife testing positive for “banned drugs” through no fault of their own other than being helplessly trapped in the modern drug addled global environment. The world has never been filthier, and worse, it’s getting filthier by the moment with no end in sight, an apt metaphor for boxing me thinks.

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/02/719600999/traces-of-cocaine-pesticides-detected-in-u-k-shrimp

Jacobs further heaped it on Canelo by saying he has lousy footwork that can be exploited. In particular, he noticed what I noticed during Canelo’s last fight, a crucial detail that may or may not play out in this fight, that of Canelo wearing an elastic knee wrapping, aka, a brace. It was not so long ago between the Golovkin fights that Canelo had knee surgery, so could his wheels indeed be flying off in his prime years to leave him stranded like a beached whale for this fight?

This will be Canelo’s 55th fight in his 15th year of boxing and logging 379 rounds in the ring in comparison to Jacobs 38th fight in 13 years while logging 157 rounds in the ring, less than half the ring wear and tear of Canelo. Few modern fighters today get to Canelo’s ring totals at the highest level of boxing save for Manny Pacquiao, so like Max Schmeling noted in the leadup to the first Joe Louis fight in Yankee Stadium that packed 60,000 fans back when boxing was more fan accessible, maybe Jacobs “zees zumtink.”

Canelo is still in full glow of his largest athletic contract in history, $365 million over 11 fights after signing with the broadcaster of this fight, DAZN. He made his DAZN debut by ostensibly winning his third division title with the World Boxing Association World Super Middleweight Title held by Rocky Fielding @Madison Square Garden that was also his New York debut. The fight seemed a bit orchestrated to me, but then given all the massive media splash, it could be Rocky was psychologically left as a deer in the headlights, a typical syndrome for anyone in any profession stepping up on the big stage for the first time. 

In spite of a sometimes acrimonious relationship with the WBC, Canelo has also inspired them to continue a series of one off championship belts for his fights that has resulted this Mayan belt replete with Mayan calendar symbology and copious Mayan religious figures carved out of native Mayan jade. Moreover, the belt seems to have been made large enough to encompass even El Gordo hisself, Mauricio Sulaiman.

*** Also note the staged theater of Mayan religious figurines in a colorful pantomime as the introductory fanfare of the new belt.

Like middleweight great Marvin Hagler once stated after he got used to sleeping in a cushy bed in silk pajamas, motivation becomes difficult to train as hard as he was accustomed to, and very much like Hagler, Canelo is always in first rate condition as is Jacobs who has earned enough purse money in his comeback to count himself a millionaire in silk sheets, just not in the same multiples class of Canelo.

I myself don’t feel I have a good handle on this fight due to the potential stinker factor if Jacobs chooses to run heavily, the bane of modern American boxing. Anytime a decision goes to the judges, it becomes less a carefully crafted decision and more akin to a dice crap shoot rolled against the grimy wall in a back alley, so let’s crunch some more comprehensive Boxrec numbers:

Canelo has been ranked #1 P4P on Boxrec for a while now as well as being #1 middleweight with Jacobs being #3 middleweight and # 17 P4P. Since losing to Golovkin, Jacobs has won 3 decisions over a collective opponent record of 56-0 who currently rank 26th, 10th, and 7th that averages a Boxrec 14th ranking, a respectable comeback. Canelo’s last 3 fights have been a draw, decision, and KO over a collective opponent record of 102-2 currently ranking 5th, 2nd, and 2nd(Golovkin x2) that averages a Boxrec 3rd ranking, so while Jacob’s 3-0, 0 KO record is technically better than than Canelo’s 2-0-1, 1 KO record, his overall competition pales in comparison.

Oh, and let’s not forget the curse of Canelo being favored 17-2 by Ring “experts.”

Ya basta! I’m full up with number crunching, so let’s see if these fighters can make a place in the Pantheon of Valhalla with a fight that reverberates for 100 years hence. If their dreams cannot exceed their grasp, than what is a Valhalla for?