Al Haymon brushes the rust off his stable of welterweights when Errol Spence Jr, 25-0, 21 KO, and Shawn Porter, 30-2-1, 17 KO, tangle @ Staples Center, Los Angeles over the baubles of the WBC and IBF.
This something of a rare fight in that both participates have not been covered in inglorious tattoos as is the modern era of young Americans in general. Both are quiet, consummate pros always in shape with no excuses to let their fists do the talking in the ring with contrasting styles. The laid back Spence is a careful, calculating boxer-puncher whereas the effusive, newly sprouted wildman Porter a squat, muscly, rugged in your face pressure fighter who can box some when the need arises. Neither has ever been KOed or seriously hurt as I recall, but that a bit of an illusion in that at this high level every fighter has been buzzed at one time or another. Nonetheless, Spence is the A side of this promotion and Porter the party pooper looking for his rightful place in the pecking order.
An interesting parallel is that both are trained by little known trainers, Shawn by his pop and Spence by a nondescript journeyman, Derrick James.
The boxing buzz has the victor winning the Senator Manny Pacquiao sweepstakes, as big a fight in the welter division that exists today. Porter as Manny’s #1 sparring partner during his early welter step up seems especially pumped up with his new wildman look.
So, I don’t have much to say other than the fighters and their Uncle Al want you to watch their fight that should be a good one, but only if absent the usual officiating blunders endemic to modern boxing.
When Canelo was “forced” to vacate his slot in Las Vegas on Mexican Independence Day weekend, September 14th, for unknown reasons other than the problematic phenomena of becoming bigger than boxing, the Larger than Life Irish Traveler Tyson Fury, 28-0-1, 20 KO, vowed to take over the Mexican Holiday, and so here he be @MGM Grand, Vegas, going against the undefeated and untested Double Aught, Otto Wallin, 20-0, 13 KO, a Swede fighting out of Sweden…Viva Mexico!!!
Here’s Tyson with his new promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank.
It ain’t a stretch to say in Fury’s return as the so called “lineal heavyweight champion” to boxing after a 2 year absence has been mostly a charade, but it is also true he has looked weak as a new born kitty and needed to fight himself back into shape, so here he is against another undefeated lamb led to slaughter.
Insert a five foot diameter Mexican sombrero for his ring entrance, and we got a Mexicano fight stampeding in Furylandia as unruly Irish Travelers storm Mexican Independence Day.
To be fair to the promotions, there will be a ranked Mexican champ and contender on the undercard plus this lovely latina, Ms. Maricela Cornejo vying for a title:
No doubts about the Tyson Fury trademark. He will clown around while having fun as he slowly picks Otto apart to get in some much needed rounds for the Looming Giant Fight against Anthony Joshua, but only if Josh beats Andy Ruiz Jr their rematch this December.
Folks, for better or farce, American Logan Paul to rematch his dubious civilian youtube fight against Englishman KSI(Olajide William Olatunji) from last year as they make their official pro debuts under the auspices of DAZN and Eddie Hearns.
They will relocate from the previously sold out O2 in merry aulde England to sunny California this November 9th, a Saturday in the Staples Center, Los Angeles with an undercard reputedly featuring new DAZN signee and WBO supermiddle weight champ, another Englishman name of Billy Joe Saunders.
Some of the previous action here.
The draw result.
Hype the rematch with the old match!
This example the way the bout pretty much went with Paul landing the biggest, cleanest shots while KSI stirred up the breeze, but of course this being a sorta Kiddie glitterboy boxing debut, a draw the best result to kick them down the road for their official “Pro” debut where they had to take a drug test and pass a physical.
Paul fired up the controversy in advance by threatening, “I’m going to f******murder that dude bro, actual murder bro. Deontay Wilder said this, boxing’s the only sport that you can kill a man in the ring and get paid to do it.”
Paul earned his previous Youtube notoriety by filming the dead body of a Japanese suicide victim to put on Youtube. Yeah, light in the loafers morbid with no respect for the dead or Japanese culture, but KSI not much better as a flash rapper wannabee, the new young generation of vacuous crotch grabbing, tongue hanging males.
Well, there it is, November 9th. Be there on DAZN or risk being the new Youtube boob on the block!