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“Deyonce” Wilder Defends WBC Alabama Title against Bermane Stiverne

I wasn’t going to bother with this WBC farce, but the comedy value is just too temptingly great to pass up.

Yup, “Deyonce” Wilder Defends his WBC Alabamy Mudflats Title against Bermane Stiverne in Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, of all places, Saturday, November 4th. Expect the place to be heavily papered in free and reduced value tickets since he can’t draw more than a few flies in his home state of Alabama where he usually can be found fighting the latest TBA on short notice that Stiverne represents for a bag of peanuts and popcorn.

Yup, the WBC Alabamy belt represents the highest achievement of American heavyweights since his debut 9 years ago.

Oh, he’ll moan about phantom drug test failings, something that Stiverne himself is guilty of in the most incremental way of a fail possible when you understand that 90% of the American population couldn’t pass modern day drug testing including the kids who are so addled after being drugged up by modern docs and psychologists that the American culture is ready to implode yet again. So it ain’t like dear Deyonce is some kind of holy warrior only fighting clean fighters when in fact he’s been fighting guys who nominally failed drug tests like Stiverne who couldn’t make a top 20 ranking in Ring or Boxrec, but King can pay the WBC to make him a mandatory opponent in spite of the complete lack of accomplishments after he lost his title to Deyonce.

The 39 year old Stiverne is just a single fight above being retired after their last fight almost 3 years years ago, and that against a journeyman where he hardly distinguished himself. Let’s face it, at this stage of Don King boxing is just a hobby and Stiverne is perfect for him in that he’s about a lazy a ring presence as ever existed. Everything about his first fight with Deyonce stinks as most Don King fights do when Stiverne had to be admitted to a hospital afterward suffering from “severe dehydration”, a condition almost impossible to achieve in heavyweights from never needing to drop weight to make a division limit. Moreover, their fight like most are in climate controlled environments, and like most heavyweight bouts, their’s was slow paced because neither has ever in traditionally good shape because neither has ever aspired to fight the best in their division.

Stiverne turned pro in July 2005 and Deyonce in November of 2008, and allowing the typical 3 years of heavyweight development before fighting their first touted prospect or fringe contender types, Stiverne only shows two wins over former contender Chris Arreola in 2013-2014, 8 years AFTER his debut. Wilder made that jump in 2014 over former champ long past any credible ranking, Siarhoi Liakhovich in 2014, 6 years after his debut, and mostly fringe contenders since if even that. The Ring and Boxrec top ten heavyweights have never been targeted because in general those types of top 10 fighters tend to fight each other. Since both Stiverne and Wilder are basically fringe contender types who have made a decent living holding a corrupted WBC belt, their circle of fighters has been limited to the fringes.

This promises more of the same, and a well deserved pittance for an orchestrated heavyweight title fight for the WBC Alabama title. Deyonce has never fought much less beat a legit Ring or Boxrec top ten heavy. The list of top 10 names he has failed to even bother negotiations with would include a who’s who of top Ring and Boxrec contenders over the past 10 years since his debut that would only partially include:

RING:

Wladimir Klitschko
Vitali Klitschko
Ruslan Chagaev
Alexander Povetkin
Nikolay Valuev
Sultan Ibragimov
Samuel Peter
Oleg Maskaev
Juan Carlos Gomez
Alexander Dimitrenko
Eddie Chambers
David Haye
Denis Boytsov
Tony Thompson
Tomasz Adamek
Robert Helenius
Kubrat Pulev
Tyson Fury

Current BOXREC:

1 ➡ Anthony Joshua
2 ➡ Alexander Povetkin
3 ➡ Deontay Wilder
4 ⬆ 1 Luis Ortiz
5 ⬇1 Kubrat Pulev
6 ➡ Tony Bellew
7 ➡ Joseph Parker
8 ➡ Christian Hammer
9 ➡ Dillian Whyte
10 ➡ Adam Kownacki
11 ➡ Jarrell Miller
12 ⬆ 1 Dominic Breazeale
13 ⬆ 1 Malik Scott
14 ⬆ 1 Charles Martin
15 ⬆ 1 Andy Ruiz Jr
16 ⬆ 1 Johann Duhaupas
17 ⬇5 Lucas Browne
18 ➡ Eric Molina
19 ➡ Carlos Takam
20 ⬆ 1 David Haye

As you can see, he has at least fought and beat the current boxrec #13 and #18, hardly a Murderers Row in the Pantheon of all time feared heavyweights, and that’s it. Yet somehow in today’s heavyweight division where most fighters tend to avoid their fellow top ranked peers in the weakest heavyweight era in history, this 32 year old marshmallow has somehow wormed his way into a high Ring and Boxrec rating on dint of a long career @37-0, 36 KO where 3/4ths of his opponents weren’t above a 300th Boxrec rating.

As to the fight, I’d expect Stiverne to get hit plenty as he did last fight, but this time they’ll call for an early stoppage to save Deyonce for the only big fight of his career where he might clear $5 million, and that’s over in England against Anthony Joshua who’s the hottest thing going in boxing these days. Of course Stiverne could catch Deyonce as he did last time, only harder, but I expect no favors for him by the judges or the ref. Watch it and weep for the good ol’ days when men were men and American heavies the real champs with nobody to dispute them. 

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Anthony Josua vs Kubrat Pulev AKA Carlos Takam

Josh 19-0, 19 KO, was to defend against an long established challenger in Kubrat Pulev 25-1, 13 KO, but alas, the best laid plans of mice and men and all that, so now Josh and Carlos Takam, 28-3-1, 15 KO, are gonna tangle for his belts. That would be Saturday, October 28th in olde Wales in a surprise, Principality StadiumCardiff, probably due to this being a short notice replacement for Pulev that was orignally scheduled in England in a much bigger fight than this.

Joshua vs Takam

Joshua vs Takam

This storyline follows the traditional Arab warning of being careful for what you wish for. Now that Wladimir Klitschko retired after a truly epic fight with Josh to cap an incredibly long and productive HOF career as long wished for by his numerous critics, the heavyweight division is indeed finally bereft of credible contenders or champs save Josh who is an unrepentant Englishman. Oh dear, and a Boo-Hoo-Hoo for the few American fans who had looked forward to reclaiming their rightful birthright as American heavyweight champions, only to see their hopes dashed upon the rocks of their own ignorance of heavyweight boxing.

Oh sure, they got their prison tattooed WBC chump, Deyonce Wilder, who has scarcely surfaced but for every 5th blue moon to take on some fringe contender in a TBA, short notice fight buried deep in the mud flats of Alabamy for few bags of salted peanuts stakes. Their chump can’t draw flies to his fights in spite of the fragrant fetid whiffs of stink fanned out to the press and unadoring public by his promoter AKA “manager,” yup, you guessed it, Al Haymon.

I’ll be honest here in that 36 year old Takam is better than anyone Deyonce has defended against, but he is so outclassed by the concussive form Josh has been showing in his thus far short pro career, that lasting 4 rounds would be a stretch for Takam’s survival. Boxing has truly sunk to it’s lowest ebb in history when they can’t even field a credible contender for a dynamic young champ as Josh has proven to be. Josh compares favorably to the greats, but what if a great showed up at boxing’s doorstep today and there was nobody of any credibility to fight him?

Well, praise be to boxing’s grazing herds of boxing experts, here we are…

1896~Modern Cinematography Birthed with Bob Fitzsimmons vs Peter Maher Heavyweight Title Fight

Yupsir, the first ever attempt to film a modern length full feature film was scheduled on a Friday, February 14th, a fight lover’s Valentine Day, 1896, over 121 years ago. The heavyweight title was in dispute after James J Corbett retired in a huff after a Dallas hotel lobby spat with Bob Fitzsimmons, thus the impetus for Thomas Edison’s attempt to film the first full length cinematographic feature in Langtry that Judge Roy Bean helped to put together as the “host” as it were. We could say thus began the love story over all things Langtry, Texas and Judge Roy Bean in Texas lore. You could read all about it here:

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The fight was an unadorned, unapologetic, unrelentingly savage beating with percussive punches mixed in the roar of thousands of fans perched on the canyon rim echoing off the walls of the Rio Grande canyon. Never before nor after has such a magnificent natural theatrical backdrop been staged in boxing. Waged pillar to post in the middle of a spit island floating atop the Rio Grande river on one side, the Rio Bravo on the other, the fight could never last but 60 seconds before Fitz popped the cork on the game Peter Mahrer with a counter right hand.

Modern boxing poseurs, with a few notable exceptions like Manny Pacquiao who is as old school as they come today, they simply can’t compare to the oak twisted hardwood of ol’ Timers like Bobby Fitzsimmons and Maher.

So, pray tell us what they did after the one minute knockout? Well, they did what sports from time immemorial have done, they threw the biggest party Langtry has ever seen. With an able assist by Judge Roy Bean who had set up a sort of tarp city with some complaining it was a trapped city, he packed it with local adult refreshments, mystery meat jerky vittles, and plenty of freshly grilled mystery meat offerings, jackrabbit being the most prevalent.

Unfortunately, the making of the fight was a political and logistic nightmare, compounded by the furious action under misting conditions, net result being that either the fight never got recorded before the 60 second KO, or the footage was lost. Yet it may still be possibly existent in someone’s collection of fight or cinema memorabilia, or just in a dusty box in the attic of ol’ grandpa’s meager possessions.

Thankfully a year later in March of 1897, James J Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons put together a fight under ideal filming conditions in Reno, Nevada that did get filmed in it’s dramatic entirety of the first ever recorded “Phantom” one punch knockout that got all the “boxing experts” of day boiling over in competing theories of the moment.

Such were the days and history of boxing and the US of A with cinematography now completely democratized internationally and as local as the girl next door with a plethora of video enablers like YouTube one example of dozens.

Mighty Joe Parker vs Hugie Fury

This Saturday, September 23rd, Mighty Joe Parker defends his WBO heavyweight title against Irish Traveler Usurpist Hughie Fury, he of the notorious heavyweight champion Tyson Fury traveler stock @ Manchester Arena (formerly M.E.N Arena), Manchester, England.

This donnybrook of undefeateds has the prevailing look of the  “weird beards” of modern boxers, so of course the notoriously unreliable BBB of C enlisted the notoriously unreliable referee Terry O’Connor for 3rd man duties in the ring. Also, by modern heavyweight standards these are veritable kids, only 25 and 23 years old respectively, and Hughie ain’t even ranked by Ring or Boxrec, the two most dominant rankings. By WBO in house rankings which are bought by the fighters, young Hughie bargained his way into a mandatory ranking, so here we are with this the rescheduled version of the fight after Hughie literally left Parker in a lurch by pulling out two days before their last fight, citing a “back” injury.

By size these two are near equal, and by styles Parker has resisted the brutish Samoan stereotyping to become a very underrated boxer with some pop. Hughie is also a boxer type without any apparent pop, so this is not likely to be an action fight, but rather tit for tat moving smoothly about the ring. Parker has been in with vastly better competition though and should pull this off rather easily, but he’d better bring his knockout punch because the decision rendering business in boxing these days is more akin to crap shoot than a studied analysis, and the ref  certainly won’t be doing him any favors.

Nor will Big Tyson, the King of Verbose Gaseous Vapors missives will be suffocating Parker all night. It should be further noted that both the Furys may or may not have been involved in a minor Performance Enhancing Drugs mishap that the BBB of C seems to have had a hand in, but in that the alleged parties have largely remained mum on the issue, and thus ignored, the issue steadily receded to be now rattling around the dustbins of dubious history. But, wait, wait, the BBB of C cut a new stacked deck with the reassignment of O’Conner to judge duties with a new British ref, Marcus McDonnell.

Well, folks, it’s a new millennia, a new era of English heavyweight boxing, and such monkey shines are the current state of English boxing, indeed, boxing is just about every jurisdiction sad to say, but lookie-lookie, both the fighters properly shaved their beards!

 

Ace of Spades~Canelo vs Golovkin For The Glory

Saul Alvarez, 49-1-1, 34 KO and former WBC champ challenges unified middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin, for all his titles, HOWEVER, Canelo still holds the Ace of Spades in this dust ’em up, the Ring middleweight title he won off Miguel Cotto 2 years ago. That would, of course, be this Saturday, September 16th, in Las Vegas at T Mobile.

Canelo’s last fight was supposed to be an old school Mexican heavyweight shootout against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, but Canelo amazingly unveiled a new, high octane, bob and weave aggressive offense utilizing lateral in and out movement that proved to be way too much for Junior as the complete pounding of him demonstrated. This was the best anyone has seen out of Canelo, so now he risks health and legend going against a modern day MONSTER in Golovkin, 37-0, 33 KO who only just lost his 23rd consecutive KO streak, accumulated over a 10 year span in his last fight against a running Danny Jacobs. Speculation ran rampant when training pics 3 weeks out showed Canelo ripped to the gills as usual, and, gasp, the titanium forged Golovkin looking like the Pillsbury Dough Boy.

Canelo 3 weeks away: 

Golovkin 3 weeks away:

Naturally the frothing, slobbering anti-social media experts concluded that Golovkin must be SHOT now at 35 years of age, but of course they already knew that Canelo would never fight him after savaging the Canelo name across the internet, pretty much exposing them had they any honor, which of course they do not.

Canelo and Golovkin have some favorable history together as sparring partners upon arriving in America to make their chops where the teenage Canelo actually had more pro experience. Anecdotal reports recall the teenager holding his own  as a welterweight in some lively spars, and now here he is all grown up in the greatest years of his prime as Golovkin enters his last prime years, so it’s a win/win for boxing if boxing can clean themselves up from the fetid mess they splattered themselves with a few weeks back with McGregor vs Mayweather. Yes, we have to hold our collective breath just to talk honestly about boxing these days as we scramble for our gas masks just to survive the outrages.

Best Buds

Best Buds

And, yupsir, that orchestrated hoax in advance took some of the wind out of the promotional sails of this fight. Canelo is still P4P #1 on boxrec while Golovkin is #4.

Golovkin, blessed with a naturally sunny disposition that belies his unceasing brutality as a fighter, is the expected favorite, the approximate odds 3 weeks out being Canelo +140 to Golovkin -160. I suspect the close odds reflect that he’s a slugger with all the attendant bias against sluggers who let their opponents go the distance as happened with Jacobs. Canelo is the money fighter in this donnybrook and could very well nab the decision in a corrupt jurisdiction as Vegas is whether deserving or not.

Forget the dubious scoring and prejudicial actions of the ref in Vegas.  For those wanting to actually enjoy boxing without being emotionally bound to a wager, it should rightfully be The Big Drama Show of a hotly contested ebb and flow of a classic that even the most pedestrian non-fan can savor. Who cares if one or the other wins the always dubious Academy Award by the end? If the combatants play out their roles as expected, we’ll have a fight to savor ’til the end of time.

 

 

Magomed Abdusalamov Settles $22 Million Claim Against New York State

— Always been a big critic of the endemic bogus premature stoppages of modern boxing, but this case a prime example of a commish completely inept in following their own regulations to protect boxers. Mago’s own corner also should have stopped the fight since every indicator was a fighter medically damaged beyond his capacity to win. 

NEW YORK — Nearly four years after boxer Magomed Abdusalamov suffered brain damage from a bout in the Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York State has agreed to pay him and his family $22 million in what is believed to be the largest personal injury settlement the state has made.

Court of Claims Judge Jeanette Rodriguez-Morick approved the agreement on Friday.

After Abdusalamov’s fight on Nov. 2, 2013, his family filed suit alleging recklessness, gross negligence and medical malpractice by the New York State Athletic Commission, NYSAC staff and the doctors it retained to work that night. The complaint said improper care crucially delayed diagnosis and treatment of a developing blood clot in Abdusalamov’s brain. He underwent emergency surgery, suffered multiple strokes, was in a coma for weeks, and was hospitalized for more than 10 months, including in-patient rehabilitation.

Now 36, Abdusalamov remains paralyzed on his right side and unable to walk. His speech is mostly limited to mumbling. His wife, Bakanay Abdusalamova, said doctors told her he’d likely never talk again, but now he occasionally delivers fully formed words with clarity. She cares for him and their three daughters — ages 11, 8 and 4 — in a Connecticut house provided by a friend.

Abdusalamov was paid $40,000 for the fight and received the full $10,000 payout from a mandatory minimum insurance policy. A year-and-a-half later, the incapacitated ex-boxer and his family were more than $2 million in debt, according to a 2015 court filing.

After a 32-month investigation, the state inspector general released a 48-page report last year that excoriated the NYSAC for mishandling Abdusalamov’s care and for an array of systemic problems, including its approach to medical emergencies.

The Abdusalamov family’s attorney, Paul Edelstein, characterized the $22 million settlement to ESPN’s Outside the Lines as “the state taking responsibility for its actions and paying an appropriate amount for the damages caused — it was handled by the attorney general’s office and Assistant AG Ross Herman in an extraordinarily professional and empathetic way.”

 More here:

http://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/20637676/magomed-abdusalamov-receives-22m-settlement-new-york-state

Super Prospect David Benvidez vs Ronald Garvril

Super middleweight prospects David Benavidez, 18-0, 17 KOs, and Ronald Gavril, 18-1, 14 KO, vie for the vacant WBC super middleweight belt from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, September 8th, this Friday night.

Normally these types of fights would part of the development of a fighter on his way to becoming a contender, but boxing is so weak these days, they have to round up their kids to make a title fight in many cases. Benavidez is 20 yrs to Gavril’s 31 yrs, but their pro comp is about similar, meaning on paper this could be considered near even. However, Benavidez is a touted prospect looking mighty promising in a weak era if he can hold it together mentally. Most talented guys in the history of boxing can’t and so never pan out.

Great opportunity for both, so should be a good fight since this will be the biggest fight both in media exposure and talent that either has had.

UFC & Conor McGregor Looks to Neuter Boxing & Floyd Mayweather Jr.


A resurrected Greatest Show on Earth invades the scene of serial crimes, Las Vegas, a sorta Barnum & Bailey Three Ring Circus with Conor McGregor vs Floyd TUE Mayweather Jr @ T-Mobile ArenaLas VegasRobert Byrd the circus master will be cracking his bull whip on Mac’s overdeveloped torso. Gotta keep them boys in line, wink, wink with May safely swaddled away from any application of brute force, bolstered by his personal judges and drug testing cartel, so on paper Mac ain’t got a chance.

However, in a street fight or in the octagon, we know Mac would quickly bulldoze May without any monkey business help, so the UFC fans are betting BIG on him, over 90% of total bets placed to have his 10 seconds needed to do the dirty job.

Not gonna bother really writing about this, the biggest hoax in boxing history, but rather harvesting the little gemstones scattered about, so in a pottymouth 8th grade schoolboy disassociative freestyle streaming as befits the demographic being tapped into, so here we go:

F***, Bitches & Hoes, F*** You, You F****** Bitch, You Bitch Hoe…..

May expected to net $300 million  and brags about making near $10 million a minute for a 12 round fight.

Mac expected to net $100 million win/lose or draw

Big Mouth Paulie knocked down in sparring:

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http://fightnews.com/easy-money-bettors-back-mcgregor/1286

*** Bookies going crazy with all the surges in betting that keeps changing the odds. Who could ever bet on such a farce when the outcome will probably only be known but a dozen privileged insiders.

Wahhhhhh, my little pinkie boo boo.

Wahhhhhh, my little pinkie boo boo.

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IE: Unbeaten former P4P champ Floyd Mayweather should probably be a 100:1 favorite to defeat UFC star Conor McGregor on Saturday night in Las Vegas. The current -475 odds are laughably close considering Floyd is shooting to go 50-0 for his Hall of Fame career against an MMA fighter making his pro boxing debut. Nevertheless, wagers have been flowing in heavily on McGregor +325, and if McGregor wins, Vegas casinos stand to get creamed.

Zach Jornlin, sportsbook supervisor at MGM Resorts, told The New York Post: “This would be a really, really bad loss for us.”

Jay Rood, VP of MGM Resorts Race and Sports, told ESPN: “This could be the worst loss in the history of MGM Resorts.”

http://fightnews.com/mcgregor-also-ko-vegas-sportsbooks/3462#comments

Mac calls May a half fighter, maybe because he’s been part time since his first retirement in 2006.

May says he’s a $800 million fighter going against a $3 million fighter

Mac: I’ll be a god of boxing…this is some Bruce Lee shit!

Black Power ESPN article slaps The Great White Hope on Mac.

May to surpass a billion dollars in earnings after collecting the proceeds from this farce.

May throws up a rain of 1000 $1 dollar bills as Mac picks up his back pack to pronounce May running around like a schoolboy who can’t read.

Mac says it takes 3 sec to choke out a UFC fighter, but reckons he can do May in a 2 count, so what’s Byrd gonna do?

Face value of tickets is 500, 1500, 2500, 3500, 5000, 7500, 10,000. What they go for on the street? Who knows, but they ain’t sellin’ like hotcakes.

Have to preregister—

Tickets for the fight between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and “The Notorious” Conor McGregor, taking place Saturday, Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, will go on sale Monday, July 24 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. However, you must register in advance to buy tickets.

Here’s how it works. To thwart bots and scalpers attempting to buy tickets, fans must request a unique offer code and link to purchase tickets. To receive the code, fans must first be verified through a registration process. Registering still does not guarantee you will receive a code, nor have the ability to purchase tickets. However, only fans who do register can receive their unique code and have the chance to purchase tickets — limited to two (2) per offer code.

May calls Mac a quitter because he once tapped out of a UFC match.

Jesse Vargas says Mac KOed in sparring based on insider rumors.

WBC making a belt and title for the fight, ie: The Money Belt with 1.5 kilograms of 24 karat gold, 3360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, 160 emeralds, all set off center on the crocodile leather strap.

May guarantee alleged 100-120 mil, Mac guarantee 75 mil.

Mac previously fined $150,000 by the Nevada Commish for throwing a water bottle at Nate Diaz that was later reduced to $25,000, so FYI boys!

May been spending all nights at his personal strip club opened last year to complement his personal gym:

Stamina issue:

UFC title fights last 29 minutes with 5×5 minute fighting rounds in between 4×1 minute rest time, Total rest time is about 1/7th of rest, 6/7ths of fighting, ie: 4/29=0.14 rest, 25/29=0.86 fighting.

Boxing title fights last 47 minutes with 12×3  minute fighting rounds in between 11×1 minute rest time, Total rest time is about 1/4th of rest, 3/4ths of fighting, ie: 11/47=0.23 rest, 36/47=0.77 fighting

Boxing ring dimensions are seldom publicly disclosed, but most fights likely use 20’x20′ dimensions yielding 400 Sq Ft fighting area. The largest sanctioned ring is 24’x24’=576 Sq Ft.

Championship Octagon dimensions are a 31′ diameter approximating 754 Sq Ft of fighting area, net result being boxing rings are 53%-76% the size of the much larger Octagon.

Translation: UFC bouts are more cardio intensive using a larger fighting area over a shorter time whereas boxing bouts are slower paced in a smaller area over a longer time. I look for McGregor to be more explosive under these conditions, but could he ever chase down a caged running chicken stinker? That’s what we’ll find out.

 

Terence Crawford vs Julius Indongo For All The Marbles

Terence Crawford, 31-0, 22 KO and Julius Indongo, 22-0, 11 KO will be unifying the 140 division @ Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska, Saturday, August 19th. The whole kit and kaboodle consists of WBC World super lightweight title, 
WBA Super World super lightweight title, IBF World super lightweight title, 
WBO World super lightweight title, and International Boxing Organization World super lightweight title.

Not to mention the Ring belt, so that’s a YUUUUGE handful of belts in this modern age of split titles, and the winner will hold them all, as blessed win/win/win/win/win/win for boxing and fans in this otherwise dismal year for boxing that sees the next week the greatest all time hoax in boxing history, Conor McGregor bum rushing Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The pity is that boxing has sunk so low that these two undersung fighters are at the top of their game raring to unify in an all time classic on the level of this year’s Wladimir Klitschko vs Anthony Joshua, my current favorite for the Fight of the Year, yet only a few of the dwindling numbers of boxing aficionados left in this world will be watching. The Junior Welter division has never been a glamour division, further exacerbated by Crawford possessing a bland personality sullied by repeated brushes with his hometown law enforcement.  With Indongo being a late maturing, locally sourced African fighter out of WindhoekNamibia, he cannot help the public demand much since breaking into the top rankings less than a year ago.

No matter the lack of a greater public appeal, a great fight is still a great fight by any other name in Billy Shakes’ world. Indongo a longer, stronger, awkward southpaw who thus far has been perfect in blasting the smithereens out of hometown favorites, so how does the switch hitting, mecurial Crawford adjust? 

Tonight: Vasyl Lomachenko vs Miguel Marriaga

Probably not gonna be much of a fight, but Vasyl Lomachenko defends his WBO World super featherweight title tonight against Miguel Marriaga @ Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California. Marriaga is ranked 29th by boxrec at featherweight, but a solid fighter with power who’s never been knocked out…until tonight I suspect.

Basically, none of the big dogs are willing to fight Lomachenko because he makes them look really stupid in the ring. Nobody in boxing today or recent memory has his command of footwork, distance, timing, and offensive arsenal needed to land punches from any angle while maintaining a magnificent defense.

I interpret this bout as a stay busy showcase for future prospective fights with Jorge Linares likely huge in Japan or southern California against Mikey Garcia.

Here he is with fellow P4Per, Mikey Garcia who is willing to move back to 135 lbs to fight Lomachenko who is willing to move up to 135. As you can see, Lomachenko is of a diminutive stature compared to the huge Garcia who last fought at 140 and is probably around 155lbs for these shots. We’ll see who steps up next, but Marriaga first.

Little Big Man vs Big Man

Little Big Man vs Big Man

Happy Days!

Happy Days!