Monthly Archives: November 2019

First Lady of Boxing~Cecilia Braekhus Makes DAZN Debut

Yupsir, Boxing’s only First Lady, Cecilia Braekhus makes her  dizzy DAZN debut this Saturday @Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo vs Victoria Noelia Bustos of Argentina.

Sounds like some right fancy digs, thus a perfect place for a classy lady to debut. I do hope she makes her DAZN cash grab a short one before retiring unblemished to become a spokesman for women’s boxing through boxing broadcasts and various international corporate endorsements.

She was chosen to shutter HBO’s storied boxing broadcasts last year, so those of us who love boxing and classy women are hoping the best for her as she comes to the end of her record setting career after having turned 38 in September. We should all be so lucky!

 Say Hello to Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz Rematch

The regrettable rematch of Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz will supposedly be occurring Saturday, November 23rd that could be seen as an extension of Halloween from a few weeks ago, but truth be told this becomes a sorta rubber match trifecta for the two after our dear Deyonce skipped out of the first scheduled fight. The dirty deed will occur @MGM Grande in Vegas for the WBC title..

I advisably said “supposedly” occurring because of Wilder’s propensity in skipping out in high profile fights with gobs of money involved over the bane of modern boxing, drug testing! In this fight, Ortiz has a VADA CBP ID #528949, and Wilder #468841. What that means in the dirty world of boxing hooking up with a BALCO Vic Conte designed VADA program is anybody’s guess.

When they actually did fight last time, in typical Wilder fashion, he was getting the seven bells of hell blasted out of him and needed a fortuitous time delay by the regrettable New York based referee, David Fields that allowed him extra recovery. Ol’ man Ortiz was spent in fatigue as he emptied of most his arsenal to put Deyonce on the brink of knockout only to have the bell save him. Ortiz didn’t have enough left to KO Wilder the next delayed round, and not long afterwards succumbed to KO, but praise the heavens above!

Perhaps redemption is at hand with the unexpected rematch, and word floated in the street by the media is the Cuban southpaw King Kong Ortiz has been having a most excellent camp whereas Wilder has been struggling. Could just be more media codswallop to sucker the unwashed rubes into their tyny bets on the underdog Ortiz, but no matter, both are fighting for a fraction of the viewing audience compared to the celebrity pro debuts of Logan Paul fighting Olajide William Olatunji in a 6 rounder a couple of weeks earlier this November.

The real $$$ and bragging rights in boxing will be in Saudi Arabia December 7th when Andy Ruiz Jr defends his hard earned unified titles against the former great champion, Anthony Joshua looking for his own redemption. More than titles will be on the line with the future of their legacies at stake. Is Fat Andy just a one hit wonder, or has The Fashion Model Joshua arrived past his sell date at the championship level?

In that 2 week interim, nothing wrong with the grade B talent willing to glove it up, and given the open stance, aggressive styles of both Wilder and Ortiz, they are not likely to disappoint those knockdown, drag out aficionados, so in that regard, this becomes parental guidance recommended for violence, a must see for adult boxing aficionados.

YouTube Donnybrook on DAZN~Logan Paul vs KSI

Folks, for better or farce, American Logan Paul rematches his dubious civilian youtube fight against Englishman KSI, aka Olajide William Olatunji, from last year as they make their official pro boxing debuts under the auspices of DAZN and promoter Eddie Hearn this Saturday, November 9th @Staples CenterLos Angeles.

It Happens!

They previously sold out the O2 in merry aulde England to relocate to sunny California with an undercard featuring new DAZN signee and WBO supermiddle weight champ, another Englishman name of Billy Joe Saunders, 28-0, vs Argentinian Marcelo Esteban Coceres, who sports an almost identical undefeated record of 28-0-1.

The previous KSI/Paul draw result with amateur headgear will certainly be overturned under professional boxing rules in a 6 round fight in the Cruiserweight division. They had to take a medical exam and pass the physical and drug test to do the dirty deed, so good on them and Eddie for doing the right thing here. They were playing before, but now know the stakes are considerably more serious with this. After all, the loser could potentially be harassed in perpetuity if a catchy video highlight meme surfaces of his comedy moment before his demise that happens to some of the best fighters.

So let’s Hype the rematch with the old match!

The first bout was pretty much the professional looking Paul landing the biggest, cleanest shots while KSI stirred up the breeze with his useless haymakers, but of course this being a sorta Kiddie glitterboy boxing rematch under professional rules with 10 oz gloves, the draw result is less likely. In fact, given the more expertise training both have undergone by now, a knockout may be more likely under those rules.

Paul fired up the controversy in advance by threatening, “I’m going to f******murder that dude bro, actual murder bro. Deyonce 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, stupid, 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 in LA or risk being the newest Youtube boob on the block!

Monster Alert~Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire=WBSS Ali Trophy

Japan’s “Monster” Banty, Naoya Inoue, 18-0, 16 KO, and legendary Filipino-American Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash,’ Nonito Donaire, 40-5, 26 KO, are set to go mano a mano for the WBSS 118lb Ali Trophy at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on this Thursday, November 7th. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday is an odd weekday to have a fight in most of the western world, but Japan has it’s own highly developed media programming and have always been unique in that  regard and too many other regards to mention in this history of this legendary Island Nation. As it pertains to this fight, that would include it’s own unique time zone, so this forewarning is for those connoisseurs of the sweet science who are insistent in watching a boxing match live if at all possible.

The 26 year old Inoue has generated Monster Alert Warnings ever since he turned pro, and after his thunderous quarter-final and semi-final performances in the WBSS Banty tourney, this fight promises to be a deja vu post-Halloween Monster Fest all over again.

In that vein, The Monster has scarcely had to fight in this tourney, logging only 5 minutes and 29 seconds ring time against the likes of Emmanuel Rodriguez and Juan Carlos Payano, dispatched as easily as any raging Godzilla might dispatch the fleeing population.

A trivial detail to Monster’s presence in this tourney; at age 23 and the younger brother of Naoya, Takuma Inoue is also undefeated and ranked 4th in boxrec, just under #3 Donaire, so for the sake of family diplomacy he wisely chose not to enter the tourney. I doubt they will ever fight, but we all know the kid has his work cut out for him following in his already legendary brother’s footprints.

Donaire was blessed to win his quarter-final when Ryan Burnett was forced to retire after four rounds due to a lower back injury. Donaire then got another break in the semis when IBF champ Zolani Tete pulled out with an injury, so instead Nonito fought late sub to feast on Stephon Young with a sixth round TKO. In essence, thanks to the luck of the draw, Donaire has had something of a rebirth with an Indian Summer of his stellar career that may be flattering his #3 Boxrec and Ring rankings.

This fight and fighters are so important to the international boxing fraternity that Ring commissioned Japanese manga author and artist George Morikawa to do their cover for Ring Magazine.

Alas, nothing for the future dead certain lock in the IBHOF, the Filipino Flash, but he’s been looking pretty fair for the former new kid on the block, so an upset here…well, it’d be mighty tasty when washed down with a farewell fight in the Philippines for his final sayonara. Sadly, Monster won’t let him out of the gate in this one, but I expect Nonito goes out magnificently on his shield in a firefight as so many greats by their end have done to hand over the flame of Valhalla to the new generation. C’est la vie.

Canelo Challenges Sergey Kovalev For LightHeavy Supremacy

Grab all your family jewels for safekeeping on November 2nd this Saturday when Saul “Canelo” Alvarez jumps yet another division for the glory of taking on the Boxrec #1 Lightheavy in the world, the fearsome Krusher, Sergey Kovalev @MGM Grande, Las Vegas. This is part of the DAZN extravaganzas for the close of the year.

Hard to know who is the more hated panto villain in modern boxing fandom, Canelo or the Krusher. This becomes a sort of a “Quiet” Odd Couple pairing where Kovelev will sport a half foot of height and reach over Canelo, and face it, two more ethnically and stylistic disparate fighters could not have been picked for such a big fight. Their only similarities are both are fighters and quietly soft spoken outside the ring to let their fists do their talking inside the ring.

Finally, the much maligned Kovalev gets a payday commensurate with his contributions to the sport of boxing as Canelo gets another challenge to further enrage his growing legion of critics who simply cannot seem to stew enough in the bile of their self created hatreds.

And to be sure, Krusher is certainly no schoolboy here after being charged and perhaps ultimately sentenced to a US penitentiary for the crime of allegedly, ie horribly beating up a woman who spurned his sexual advances if no out of court settlement is forthcoming to compensate the victim for her injuries. And then the specter of Canelo in his slick, silk finery rubbing the noses of his critics in his myriad of championship belts begets an arrogance born of the excellence of his teenaged craftsmanship that has carried him to this point in time, a veritable Hater’s paradise!

VADA Drug Testing Trivia: Canelo #348759~~Kovalev #505927

By natural attributes and size, the fight reminds me a bit of IBHOFers Bob Foster vs Dick Tiger in 1968. The carefully crafted Tiger was around Canelo’s size, and Knockout artist Foster a bit taller than Kovalev at 6-3, but Tiger was the older Lightheavy champ with an excellent chin, and Foster the 9 years younger contender having been knocking over Lightheavies like bowling pins. In this fight, the shorter Canelo is the 7 year younger fighter, yet with more than double the pro rounds against the WBO beltholder Kovalev who is still on top of his game with an additional #2 Ring rating to supplement his Boxrec #1.

Foster ended up knocking out Tiger rather easily, but Tiger turned out to be not only on his last legs of his boxing career, but on his last legs here on earth with his departure a 3 years years later via liver cancer, as sick as a man can be. Me thinks this fight may well go the distance. Kovalev is an excellent long distance fighter fully capable of utilizing his height, reach, and jab advantage at his range, so the impetus will be on Canelo to figure out how to slip his punches to get inside that range for his shorter, more compact punches, because otherwise, he will just be target practice for Kovalev.

Nothing about this Mutt and Jeff fight will be easy for either because of the overall excellence of the fighters, but perhaps the wild card in play will be can Canelo get Krusher to respect his power? Canelo easily dismantled the towering Rocky Fielding for a minor 168 WBA title, and though Rocky still highly rated on Boxrec at #5, in no way can he compare to the legacy of what Kovalev brings to the table still at the top of his game no matter the frothing thrash of his bibby bedecked babbling critics.

Another harsh criticism of this fight making the antisocial media rounds is Krusher is having to fight too soon after a hard, damaging fight against Anthony Yarde, so let’s deconstruct that myth:

1. Other than a few minor contusions as in any fight, Kovalev suffered no injuries in a fight he was in command of for the 11 rounds it lasted. It was a good mental and physical workout against a strong, new young gun. There is also a 70 day gap between the Canelo fight that translates to 10 weeks worth of time.

2. Now, allowing that Kovalev was already in prime condition two weeks before the Yarde fight, and immediately afterward, but allowing 2-3 weeks judicious rest and relaxation in advance of the biggest fight of his life, that leaves him 7-8 weeks to train for Canelo, meaning that barring any training injuries, Kovalev may well end up in the best shape of his life. Allowing 4-5 weeks rest and relaxation, that would leave 5-6 weeks training, a standard minimum training time needed for most fighters not having to lose excessive weight or get into physical shape, a scenario not in play here. All Krusher needs is light exercise designed to maintain his already fine condition and specific strategy based sparring to work out his fight plans.

Has there ever been any”true” fighter who ever existed to turn down such a lucrative opportunity as this? 

I can only think of a few, but more importantly as pertains to this fight, certainly not this battle tested Russian who has completely upended the light heavy division ever since he was an up and coming unranked fighter. Unbelievably I’m hearing Canelo is a 4-1 favorite, meaning you reap 25 cents on every dollar bet for Canelo if he wins, yet earn $4 for every dollar you bet for Kovalev if he wins!

Myself never being the betting sort relying on such a shaky proposition as boxing officiating, it becomes beyond my comprehension as such odds in such an unknown type of fight can be determined, yet such were floated 6 days from the fight date!

I would think Kovelev holds most of the cards against a novice debutante to the Lightheavy division no matter the difficulties of parsing the unusual physical and style match ups, but if push comes to shove, well, then, I’m picking “The Good Fight, May The Best Man Win,” so that’s my choice and I’m sticking to it!