Monthly Archives: August 2019

Vasiliy Lomachenko Unifies Titles vs Luke Campbell

All Universe Lightweight, Vasiliy Lomachenko, will be unifying the WBC, WBA, and WBO titles against Englishman Luke Campbell, 20-2, 16 KO, @O2 Arena, Greenwich, England this Saturday, August 31st. Takes a brave champ these days to go into the challenger’s back yard, and more especially he will be giving up size and reach to Campbell, but then again, that’s what Ring’s #1 P4Per expected when he moved to lightweight.

Loma was never a big fella, yet well compensated with sublime skills and reflexes never before witnessed at the level he employs them. His reputation has so quickly grown so that his new moniker is “No Mas Lomachenko,” in honor of making his baffled opponents quit in maddening frustration of being hit again and again with no defense possible save that of running from the little guy. 

Campbell is currently Boxrec #5 and his only two losses have been by split decision again’t world class fighters, so on paper coupled with a great size advantage, he’s competitive. On the undercard, the 24 year old cousin and training partner of Tyson Fury, Hughie Fury, 23-2, mans up to a top ten contender and former WBA champ, Alexander Povetkin, 34-2, 24 KO. Povetkin is coming off a hard KO loss against Anthony Joshua while Hughie Fury is coming off his best win ever, a knockout of former WBA champ Samuel Peter. Povetkin still retains a high boxrec ranking, #5, while Hughie is #22, so that differential represents the hurdle Hughie needs to overcome, yet Hughie entering his prime years, 24 to 40 years that the now aging Povetkin has to overcome along with his last knockout loss. 

Last Chance Saloon Showdown?

If Povetkin wins, that may well create the grudge match against Tyson, grudge fights being the mother’s milk of boxing.

In the meantime, these are excellent viewing matches from a competitive standpoint, so sit back and enjoy boxing history being made.

Don’t Blink~Vergil Ortiz Jr vs Antonio Orozco

A blazing 21 year old Texas prospect, Vergil Ortiz Jr, 13-0, 13 KO, takes on Boxrec #19, supposedly USA born but self identified Mexican contender, 31 year old Antonio Orozco, 28-1, 17 KO, as the headline bout @Verizon Theatre in Grand PrairieTexas this Saturday, August 10th.

Why Vergil ain’t rated higher, Boxrec #50, is a mystery to me after his textbook dismantling of longtime contender and fighter boogeyman, Mauricio Herrera, in his last bout that can be seen one of today’s mysteries of boxing. If this kid can keep his noggin screwed on to ignore the collection of soothsayers, con men, sycophants, and women of dubious repute soon to be flocking to this charismatic dynamo, he can literally write his own future and fortune.

At a listed 5-10 height in the superlightweight division, his potential for division belts is potentially 5-6 divisions all the way up to lightheavy. Even if he accomplishes half of that, that is still a substantial career, but I’m here to tell you his talent level and ring maturity is far beyond substantial. The Herrera deconstruction was an old school fistic work of art against an experienced contender hungry for another title shot with a win over a young overblown prospect that Vergil represented.

Boxing has historically proven through more than a century of Marquis of Queenberry era rules to chew up and spit out more great talents than it has nourished, so now the unproven specter of out of the ring of intelligence and lifestyle discipline will have a say so in young Vergil’s development, which if you think about it, is a strong determinant of most of our fates, so boxing is no different than the everyday in that regard.

So his personal character will determine his fate more than individual opponents, but win, lose, or draw, guaranteed Vergil will put on a show, so stay tuned for this young fighter to wreck further mayhem in boxing during the coming years.

Announcing the 2020 Fighter of the Decade~Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao as the Fighter of the Decade from 2000-2009, opened up 2010 with successive resounding bombshells. First he knocked his main rival, Floyd Mayweather Jr, out of his scheduled fight date of March 13th at the MGM after their fight talks evaporated over the terms of drug testing. Manny then roared back with a huge flurry to debut both himself and brand new Cowboy Stadium that March 13th to establish Cowboy Stadium as the premiere stadium fight in all of America. Longtime welter contenders, Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito, both of whom were ducked by Mayweather and got what was coming to Mayweather instead…ouch!

Here are the current Boxrec top 13 P4P fighters as of the date of this article:

1 Canelo middleweight
2 Terence Crawford welterweight
3 Gennady Golovkin middleweight
4 Errol Spence Jr welterweight
5 Vasiliy Lomachenko lightweight
6 Oleksandr Usyk cruiserweight
7 Miguel Berchelt super featherweight
8 Callum Smith super middleweight
9 Leo Santa Cruz featherweight
10 Manny Pacquiao welterweight
11 Shawn Porter welterweight
12 Sergey Kovalev light heavyweight
13 Andy Ruiz Jr heavyweight

The Ring has most of the Boxrec top 10 in a different order, but The Big Names having beat at least one P4P and/or HOF type fighter in Boxrec order are:

Canelo, 22-1-1 for the decade with 3 P4P/HOF fights, Golovkin, 21-1-1 for the decade with 2 P4P/HOF fights, Manny, 12-4 for the decade with 7 P4P/HOF fights, and Kovalev with 28-3-1 record for the decade and 3 P4P/HOF fights. So while the other prime big guns compiled larger numerical wins and less losses, by P4P/HOF criteria, the sheer density of the quality of Manny’s opposition screams out.

Let’s take a closer look at Manny’s record from 2010 to 2019 while he was pulling duties as an elected Philippine Congressman and then Senator, thus making him necessarily a part time fighter for the decade. In it you will find 7 P4P/HOF fighters, 11 or more ranked contenders, 6 undefeated fighters, Zero(0) Hometown fights. and 14 Knockdowns with one Knockout. We could allow a half dozen more Knockdowns with the Chris Algieri fight with 6 official KDs and at least 6 unofficial ones where Manny knocked him into the ropes the whole of the fight. The kid proved to be extra tough to last the distance, but it was a needless beatdown of a new contender who has struggled ever since. The cornball ref for that fight according to Boxrec was Genaro Rodriguez, but if you click on the link another name comes up, and if you do a search a number of identical names come up much like an Ed Smith or Tom Jones search, so no matter the ref’s true identity, for that fight that ref was a joke.

In short, Manny did not just dare to be great, he was insistent upon being great as an extension of his BWAA Fighter of the Decade 2000-2009.

At the start of 2010 Manny’s record was 50-3-2, and at the close of 2019, his record was 62-7-2. That translates to 16 fights resulting in a 12-4 record during the decade. He averaged 1.6 fights every year he’s been an elected member of the Filipino Congress, near half of them being against P4P/HOF fighters with the entire scope of his fighting and political life melding seamlessly into the whole of his life that is not only unheard in those two pursuits, yet scarcely comprehensible in the limited modern scope of understanding history in the making before our very eyes.

He has fought in Brisbane, Australia and Macao, China and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as well as inaugurating the brand new Cowboy Stadium with 2 epic shutouts over Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito to establish Cowboy stadium as the premiere boxing stadium in the US not to mention his epic forays in Vegas. He goes to where the $$$ is, wisely I would say.

There is no modern great who brought the “great” fight to so many diverse peoples in this decade.

We didn’t know him at the start of 2000 when he was still fighting as a super bantamweight in the Philippines, but by 2001 this skinny little Filipino made his US debut at the new MGM in Vegas with a sensational KO for his first superbantam world title, kicking off the irresistible, irrevocable Manny Pacquiao era that has been with we the boxing folk, ever since. He may well have become the most internationally known boxing icon since he has basically opened up the vast 3 billion Asian market to boxing beyond their traditional Southeastern Asian boxing that has always been there.

Manny’s opponent list for 2010-2019:

20 Keith Thurman 29 0 0 MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
W-SD World Boxing Association Super World Welterweight Title

2019-01-19 Adrien Broner 33 3 1 MGM Grand, Las Vegas
W-UD World Boxing Association World Welterweight Title

2018-07-15 Lucas Martin Matthysse 39 4 0 Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur
W-TKO World Boxing Association World Welterweight Title

2017-07-02 Jeff Horn 16 0 1 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
L-UD World Boxing Organisation World Welterweight Title

2016-11-05 Jessie Vargas 27 1 0 Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas
W-UD World Boxing Organisation World Welterweight Title

2016-04-09 Timothy Bradley Jr 33 1 1 MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
W-UD vacant World Boxing Organisation International Welterweight Title

2015-05-02 Floyd Mayweather Jr 47 0 0 MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
L-UD World Boxing Council World Welterweight Title
World Boxing Association Super World Welterweight Title
World Boxing Organisation World Welterweight Title

2014-11-23 Chris Algieri 20 0 0 Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao
W-UD World Boxing Organisation World Welterweight Title

2014-04-12 Timothy Bradley Jr 31 0 0 MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
W-UD World Boxing Organisation World Welterweight Title

2013-11-24 Brandon Rios 31 1 1 Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao
W-UD vacant World Boxing Organisation International Welterweight Title

2012-12-08 Juan Manuel Marquez 54 6 1 MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
L-KO

2012-06-09 Timothy Bradley Jr 28 0 0 MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
L-SD World Boxing Organisation World Welterweight Title

2011-11-12 Juan Manuel Marquez 53 5 1 MGM Grand, Las Vegas
W-MD World Boxing Organisation World Welterweight Title

2011-05-07 Shane Mosley 46 6 1 MGM Grand, Las Vegas
W-UD World Boxing Organisation World Welterweight Title

2010-11-13 Antonio Margarito 38 6 0 Cowboys Stadium, Arlington
W-UD vacant World Boxing Council World Super Welterweight Title

2010-03-13 Joshua Clottey 35 3 0 Cowboys Stadium, Arlington
W-UD World Boxing Organisation World Welterweight Title

With Pacquiao soon to be 41 years of age and entering his 4th fight decade, he will be looking in 2020 to make another great fight if he can, great being how he always tackles a brutal, blunt force sport in such a joyous manner against the best. He is the embodiment of The Alpha and The Omega of Boxing wrapped up in the most compactly framed welterweight in history.

Folks, Thurman was a young gun at the top of P4P lists until his health recovery interim, 29-0 in the full flower of his rejuvenated youth, yet Pacquiao steadily took the fight to him for 12 rounds, charging and prodding and then firing himself at Thurman with superhuman energy. Thurman, whose face was blotchy and bleeding before the end of the first round, did not know what to make of it; there’s no chance he’d ever experienced this form of relentless mayhem. He was in the ring with a maniacal fighter fighting for something nobody else can see, his beloved Filipino peoples.

Manny’s superhuman P4P strength is like that of the great Achilles, born flesh, blood, and bone to be controlled magnificently by a one off fighting brain and neurons that ultimately must succumb to the ravages of mortality as all mortals must do in their stages. So, in the interest of his health and that of his family, I propose he take the riches that an Amir Khan fight in Dubai would bring to settle the score against another fighter Mayweather ducked before riding off into the sunset of our yesteryears.  He will always be the most riveting fighter of his generation and for generations well past this one.

 

 

Adam Kownacki vs Chris Arreola~The Loser’s Bracket?

Heavyweight title contender Adam Kownacki  goes looking for more experience against former contender Chris Arreola at Barclay’s in Brooklyn, New York this Saturday, August 3rd.

This is the first of current “Loser’s Bracket” fight series even if Kownacki, 19-0, 15 KO, is undefeated. Poor Arreola, 33-5-1, 33 KO, has never in his career defeated a top 10 fighter, and at age 38 ain’t likely to start now, so now Kownacki’s judgement and willingness to fight the best has been called in for critical review after he turned down a life changing $5-6 Million to fight the undefeated British juggernaut and unified champ, Anthony Joshua. Kownacki has also never beat a top 10 contender, so his lack of confidence seems to be part of the spreading wildfire to ever more American based fighters also turning down Joshua life changing money such as the Cubano defector, Luis Ortiz, and Deontay TBA Wilder who may well qualify as the Biggest Idiot in America after turning down a stupendous $100 Million three fight deal offered by Eddie Hearn, more than 10X Deyonce’s career earnings. Brooklyn based Jarrell Big Baby Miller previously got the royal boot in his homecoming challenge against Joshua at Barclays when he stupidly got popped for multiple PEDs in advance of his title challenge.

Big British names Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte also turned down the Joshua title challenge, all of the above names angling to fight the more winnable WBC beltholder, Deyonce, in the future, the weakest link of the heavyweight titles. Folks, no need to lament the long gone glory of the American heavyweight era, it’s still there in film and print for those of us devoted to this once great division possessing scarcely a nanogram of public awareness in the American psyche in today’s modern construct. These current heavyweight scavengers are all circling their future roadkill emanating from the growing stink emanating from his WBC/TBA defenses.

Gonna be a whole lotta jigglin’ at Barclays when these two fatboys belly buck up to the scratch line. At least we still have Andy Ruiz Jr and Joshua soon hopefully hammering out a deal for the lucrative unified rematch between them. The first was a very underrated great fight, and the 2nd promises to be even better…In Boxing We Pray…

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