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May The Schwarz Be With You~Tyson Fury vs Tom Schwarz

The mercurial Irish rogue, Tyson Fury goes against Tom Schwarz this Saturday, June 15th @MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas.

Schwartz is a fringe level Euro contender out of Germany who’s fought a grocery list of “Who’s Thats,” yet only just turned 25. He’s unproven and undefeated, so that makes him an unknown dangerous quantity. One never knows just how hungry he might be and what untapped genius that may be pulled out of nowhere for the first time in the middle of a tough fight.

Fury in this Wilder interim seems to have had a major “Fancy Dan” style makeover. No shirt, no shoes, and, most probably no underwear. Those little squares are classic boxing photos, perhaps a couple of thousand in a one off suit. Compare the long and lanky Fury to the blocky, thickly built Schwarz. And no, I don’t know the significance of the eye candy staged between them, but she’s got that smirking satisfied “look” to her.

The Stats Zone Tale of the Tape more than a little bit off on Fury’s boxing stance. Fury has fought strictly lefty in a few bouts and has been generously switching seamlessly from righty to lefty and back and forth for a few years now. Not sure if that is a real advantage for him other than it seems to suit his nature which is a good thing for a boxer to feel in the ring, maybe like Ali and his Ali shuffle. Fury is still fresh off an epic fight with Deontay Wilder in California where he was widely leading on all the cards before getting careless that resulted in Wilder dropping him twice, definitely a thriller as Tyson made a big impression on Americans even if the final result was a draw.

Schwartz is also a big, strong fella, so if he can fight some and has a punch, well, “It Happens.” Meanwhile here’s Tyson is looking like that snappy choirboy in Church choir, apparently the soloist singing in the “gravel” range with more tiny squares of classic boxing photos embedded in his suit. I’d guess he loves boxing.

Also noteworthy is that this will be Fury’s first fight with Bob Arum’s Top Rank in a reputed multi-fight deal. And apparently Fury’s old promoter, Frank Warren, will be a co-promoter as he has been part of the team in every press conference. Sonny Conto as part of Arum’s newly acquired heavyweight stable made his splashy debut early in 2019 also says he will be fighting on the undercard and has been a training partner for Fury in the lead up to this fight.

May The Schwarz Be With You!

 

 

 

 

Tyson Fury and Tom Schwarz hit the jackpot as they make their Vegas debut @MGM Grande this Saturday, June 15th in a battle of undefeateds.

Schwarz, 24-0, 16 KO is a German native making his first foray out of Germany. He was ranked 41st on boxrec, the 5th ranked heavyweight in Germany when the fight was first announced. He’ll just have turned 25 years of age by fight night and held both WBO Youth & Intercontinental titles fighting at the top Euro level, so here an opportunity of a lifetime presents itself if he can pull an upset on the former Lineal Heavyweight champ. Fury, 27-0-1, 17 KO, is still young at age 30 and already fire stormed New York City and Los Angeles in two epic bouts against the best America has to offer. He recently dropped a bombshell onto the power broker’s applecarts by signing on to Bob Arum’s Top Rank and new streaming ESPN+ platform.

Ring Heavyweight Rankings vs Boxrec Heavyweight Rankings

With the shifting of the Earths Heavyweight Axis this last Saturday, the question of ratings were forced upon the now freshly concussed Ring staff in charge of ratings, ie: Dougie Fisher,  Anson Wainwright, Tom Gray, Brian Harty, Diego Morilla, Tris Dixon, Adam Abramowitz, Martin Mulcahey, Coyote Duran, Michael Montero. Boxrec had no such qualms since their ratings are based on an algorithm programmed into a computer that provides rating updates with every dispassionate bout results entered in the system.

Serendipity in play by having 10 panelists for 10 rankings, and so, you ask for the results por favor?

Ring Ratings:

#1

Tyson Fury

10

KUBRAT PULEV
COUNTRY: BULGARIA
27-1-0 (14 KOS)
WEEKS ON LIST: 32
The conversation of the Ring Rankings panel can be found here:

BoxRec Ratings:

1 ➡ Andy Ruiz Jr 752.8
29 33 1 0
orthodox Imperial, California, USA
2 ➡ Deontay Wilder 622.2
33 41 0 1
orthodox Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA
3 ➡ Anthony Joshua 602.2
29 22 1 0
orthodox Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
4 ➡ Tyson Fury* 479.7
30 27 0 1
orthodox Wilmslow, Cheshire, United Kingdom
5 ➡ Alexander Povetkin 437.3
39 34 2 0
orthodox Chekhov, Russia
6 ➡ Dillian Whyte* 407.3
31 25 1 0
orthodox Brixton, London, United Kingdom
7 ➡ Jarrell Miller 367.3
30 23 0 1
orthodox Brooklyn, New York, USA
8 ➡ Luis Ortiz 363.8
40 31 1 0
southpaw Miami, Florida, USA
9 ➡ Kubrat Pulev 339.6
38 27 1 0
orthodox Sofia, Bulgaria
10 ➡ Joseph Parker 

***Boxrec rankings are only good for a moment in time. They could shift seconds after I publish this.

My take on modern ratings in context to the massive upset is as follows:

When Anthony Joshua KOed Wladimir Klitschko to unify the title for all 3 belts, the Bronze Deontay Wilder Bambi  was in the middle of a string of TBA short notice defenses that Floyd Mayweather Jr was infamous for in his latter years, apparently a part of the Haymon mantra now. Joshua became the Ring # 1

The next year he fought Ring #3 Joseph Parker that included a 4th belt, the IBO. At that time Bambi had already refused to fight Joshua, instead fighting Luis Ortiz whom he first ducked for having to take ol’man bloodpressure meds, now 40 years old who blasted him from pillar to post. The Bama Bambi needed the ref to buy Bambi extra time, at least 30 sec or more. Then Tyson Fury clowned the thug to a draw.

Ring’s own rules state that when #2 refuses to fight #1, then #3 shall suffice for the winner to take the Ring champion belt, so defacto not only was Josh the peoples’ champ, he was the Ring champion when he beat Parker by Ring’s own rules, his status when he fought Andy, but for whatever the reason, Ring refused to crown him.

Net result is Andy now has 4 belts, is the new people’s champ, and Ring’s own champion by their own rules save they ignored their rules, ignored being the root of their ignorance. Moreover not only was Wilder ducking Joshua by refusing a $100 million DAZN deal that included Joshua, but Fury ducking as well as Ortiz and Adam Kownacki were. Joshua already beat the rest of their list save Kubrat Pulev who probably turned him down and been circling the drain for some time now.

Andy the best thing that has happened to boxing since Joshua came along by exposing the sheer scale of idiocy of some of the top heavies and their promoters and media, and sadly the fans that drink this koolaide.

I’m fully locked and loaded for the Joshua and Ruiz rematch that cuts out them other fools for another year as they diddle each other over scraps, and super congrats Andy Ruiz. You stepped up as an emergency replacement when nobody else would.

The Modern Day Hercules, Anthony Joshua, Tumbled by Fatboy Andy Ruiz, The Postmortem

Anthony Joshua was The Colossus of the modern heavyweight division. Like Hercules when The Son of Zeus cleaned out the stables of King Augean and then killed him when he welched on their agreement, Joshua in this case cleaned out the nefarious Al Haymon stables of undefeated heavies, easily knocking them out of his unified title picture and otherwise exposing them badly, yet somehow, in some inexplicably perplexing way, he became terribly unraveled by Fatboy Andy Ruiz Jr this last Saturday in Joshua’s American Debut at Madison Square Garden. 

And it was more than just blunt force trauma as is typical in these situations although there was plenty of blunt force trauma on display between the combatants, the 3rd round being perhaps Ring Round of the Year.

After that third round in which Andy got dropped first followed by two knockdowns of Joshua, the stage was set in later rounds with perhaps this shot instructive as Joshua is awfully low like his legs can barely support him, and indeed it seemed like he never gained full use of his legs and was often left punching flat footed out of position where he had little leverage on his formidable power.

Anthony Joshua was 22-0, 21 KO  that included a unified title record of 7-0, 6 KO going into the Ruiz fight at age 29. Simply put, there is no heavyweight with a better record before winning the title since the turn of the 19th Century when in 1892 James J. Corbett with an 8-0-2 record knocked out John L. Sullivan. James J. Jeffries set the 20th Century record, 10-0-2, when he knocked out Bob Fitzsimmons in 1901. Corbett made 2 successful title defenses before succumbing to Fitz, and Jeffries made 6 defenses before retiring undefeated.

The modern day record Joshua holds: He has set the 21st Century heavyweight record, 15-0 when he won his title that he carefully unified along with 6 title defenses, so what could go so wrong for this modern day wunderkind seemingly sculpted out of bronze striding atop his Mount Olympus of solid gold?

Being naturally possessed of a predatory mind that fortunately I was able to get a handle on early in life thanks to my mom’s heroic efforts at civilizing me, I saw some alarming things in the lead up. The first being this amiable, happy go lucky lad has been making outsized riches and accolades beyond the pale of mortality as any proper Greek God might, so much so that his very creation was the impetus of the DAZN combine that put together the #1 subscription streaming boxing network in the world in short order.

Disclaimer: I subscribe to DAZN and have enjoyed it immensely and witnessed THE FIGHT.

Any investor(s) worth their salt want to maximize their investments with that being of going global by starting in America. They have completely wrecked the traditional broadcasting and PPV format by signing big stars like Canelo Alvarez for HUGE $$$. Thus they pushed for Joshua to make his American debut so they could further expand their foothold on the American market they started, Coming to America as it were

Now Joshua has probably cleared at least $100 Mil in his 22 fights previous and has set records by selling out Wembley Stadium with over 90,000 fans screaming like banshees at his every concussive blow. Only one fighter had ever gone the distance with him. Specifically, why make his US debut at Madison Square Garden, home of probably worst boxing commish in the US, that being New York? Most American champions stayed home within their own culture and made any foreign heavy contenders come to them.

Joshua is more than a record setting boxer, he’s a highly intelligent guy in love with boxing and it’s history, and at one time MSG was the place to go until Vegas cleaned their clock decades back. Joshua went to a lot of trouble to fly into the dangerous environs of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil just to support UK boxing during the 2016 Olympics. He supports all the local boxing programs and does his fair share of charity work that has made him into such a native boxing icon that has never been seen on British shores before.

Getting back to the fight, I felt something Rotten in Denmark during the opening two rounds as Josh looked puzzled at Ruiz slowly pressing him without throwing much. Just stick a jab with a lateral step and slowly work out your timing as you set up your traps, easy for Josh, but not on this Saturday. In his ring walk the golden boy was slapping all extended hands in a glow of accolades. Nobody extended hands or Ruiz to slap, so already Ruiz is majorly focused on that ring instead of lollygagging around. I also spotted Sam Watson, Haymon’s main man with Team Ruiz when Bob Arum has been his promoter, like forever. Now, that ain’t right!

Here he is in the prefight with the Ruiz team listening to the Mexican anthem with Sam:

This is just seconds after the fight was stopped. Ruiz team in the ring on top of him in celebration with Sam collaring the ref who hasn’t even had time to consult with officials yet, now that ain’t right!

Two officials have crawled through the ropes in Josh’s corner where he was stopped still in the same position. The officials haven’t even time to straighten up. Josh team outside the ropes, so what are they doing? Where’s his trainer, Robert McCracken. Had I a fighter I poured my blood and sweat into I’d be in the ring so fast someone might get knocked over if they were in the way.

In the post fight presser with Josh absent in the hospital for evaluation, Ruiz thanks his team and Al Haymon for this opportunity, so when did the changeover from Arum to Haymon happen and where was an announcement of a new contract? Was it buried in the media blitz? Three days after the fight, Boxrec updated their promoter/manager info showing Arum seemingly ending his contract with Ruiz in 2018 and Haymon his manager. McCracken absent at the presser and no mention of him. Was he at the hospital with Joshua? Will he even be with him for the rematch this November or December, probably at Wembley. Might be too late for a new trainer with the rematch coming in November, but like I say, the Josh was just off the whole night like he was fighting on Mike Tyson’s psych meds underwater. 

Both mentally and physically Josh finally looked dialed into his timing during that 3rd round when he caught Ruiz with that left hook that put him down for the first time in his career. Then upon a return to action he caught Ruiz with a full on flush straight right that would’ve finished any of Haymon’s heavies, save Ruiz. Normally Josh would return to careful boxing to look for the next big shot. He’s already near guaranteed a decision in a distance fight, but instead got greedy for a quick KO and got clocked and then clocked again. He sorta skeeters around for round 4 and 5 until the 6th starts as Ruiz is starting to bully him before the ill fated 7th.

In short, there is just too much monkey biz with this fight as I laid out. He has to take the loss and move on because these suits these days or a lot more clever than in the past.

Also hearing how Josh’s father had to be pulled off Fast Eddie in the dressing room after the fight and various rumors that Josh had been knocked out during a sparring session.

It wasn’t until many years later that all the monkeyshines surrounding that upset in Zaire by Muhammad Ali over George Foreman came out that cast a pall over that epic fight. Controversial calls are part and parcel of every sport, but no sport comes close to the weekly controversies and poor officiating than boxing. For now the fight is not controversial, but many if most felt from the first round something wasn’t quite right as the highly lucrative rematch looms. 

Anthony Joshua American Debut: Swaps Out Big Baby For Fatboy Andy Ruiz

Unified British heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua makes his American debut @Madison Square Garden in New York City against the emergency replacement for Jarrell Big Baby Miller, that new challenge being the long time contender Andy Ruiz Jr.

Questions, questions: Rankings, rankings, rankings, and who has their top 10 rankings one month out from this fight?

Answer: Just about any collection of Tom, Dick, Harry and Mary that may create a boxing website these days, but not Moi, though on occasion I may offer up my opinion. Mostly I rely on the two most easily verifiable systems, Boxrec and Ring that tend to have a lot of overlap in their rankings, thus their combination expanded with Boxrec’s complete rankings of the total thousands within each weight division makes for a more studied approach to fighter rankings and any evaluation of fantasy, but more importantly for evaluation of upcoming fights. Ring’s rankings are generated by a panel of, ahem, “boxing experts,” and Boxrec’s are generated by a dispassionate computer algorithm created by boxing enthusiasts with software expertise meant to “ape” what true experts might come up with.

Joshua is in a unique, legendary Wlad Klitschko position by those rankings in that by their “top 10” rankings at the May 1st announcement of Andy as a replacement, their top #2 and 3 collective of Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have refused substantial offers, ie what used to be a King’s ransom to fight Joshua, and Joshua had already beaten the previous #3, Joseph Parker, that would normally get him awarded the Ring belt save for the too often confusion of dolts who run that ranking system. He’s already beat Alexander Povetkin who was the longtime #2, and Dillian Whyte who’s still highly ranked, and the #6 Big Baby was popped for drug cocktails to forfeit his Josha fight. Luis Ortiz, and Adam Kownacki have both refused to fight Joshua, gambling that Wilder would get through his last fight against Dominic Breazeale, but no matter who won, the WBC would be the easiest belt to win with them positioning themselves well in their in house WBC rankings. The only top contender left is Kubrat Pulev who has always marched to a different drummer, and their #10, Oscar Rivas, only been in their ratings 3 weeks.

What we can say is that Andy, 32-1, 21 KO is fighting the best fighter he has ever faced, Joshua, 22-0, 21 KO with both being at the peak of prime athletic years, ages 29 born within a month of each other. The 2nd best Andy faced was Joseph Parker whom he lost to in a close fight. Andy last fought April 20th and seems to have had an easy time in knocking out a former supersized 6-7 contender, Alexander Dimitrenko, within 5 rounds while sustaining no injuries, so after a week’s relaxation as the Big Baby Drug Cocktail Bombshell blew up,  Bob Arum, who promotes Andy entered into negotiations with Josh that were quickly signed, sealed, and delivered to the Public on May 1st. That leaves exactly 4 weeks of light sparring for technique and fight planning with no need to get in shape since Andy hadn’t had a chance yet to fall out of boxing shape.

Cue in all the fat boy jokes you want, this fatboy knows how to fight and stepped up when higher rated fighters were not game to. At the announcement of the fight, the always changing Boxrec rankings pegged Andy at 11th which is a fine rating no matter how anyone may dice it up. Andy fought for Mexico in the Olympics even though he was born in Imperial, California located approximately 40 miles north of the Mexican border and 70 or so miles east of San Diego, so I have to wonder if Saul Canelo Alvarez ever drove up in his new Lamborghini that he was recently clocked at 200 mph in France during The Run To Monaco to pay Andy a visit at his training camp for moral support?

This being such a sudden fight made out of the blue with such blatant contrasting physiques and records on display, Joshua sculpted out of bronze and Ruiz a completely different breed of cat, it’s difficult for me to get a handle on the fight. My instincts tell me Andy will prove to be a game and tough customer for as long as the fight lasts if he keeps his chin tucked in. He lasted the distance against Parker in a tough fight, but Joshua is so much bigger, stronger and such a concussive puncher that I’m thinkin’ maybe midrounds, say 7-10 is where Joshua finally drops the hammer. 

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?

Rances Barthelemy vs Robert Easter Jr For The WBA Lightweight Belt

A former two division champ, Rances Barthelemy, 27-1, 14 KO, and former lightweight champ,Robert Easter Jr, 21-1, 14 KO, duke it out for the vacant WBA lightweight title on Saturday, April 27 @The Chelsea inside of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. 

Of all the Cuban defectors turning to professional boxing, in spite of their accomplished amateur credentials, they have uniformly been unable to catch on with the American public as pro boxers. I saw the Kid Blast Rances as not only gifted in natural attributes, but possessing a pleasing, flashy American style, but for whatever the reasons, he like most Cubanos simply never fought enough fights, and now he’s 32 years of age, so it’s come time to step on the accelerator before his time is done.

As to the 28 year old Easter, he looked great against the usual suspects coming up, but against better competition he was somewhat exposed as lacking higher boxing skills or natural attributes. He’s still young enough to turn things around and now is supposed to start using his Dad as his trainer, but can he do it? I’d say Rances can do everything better than Easter, but will he?

Such is boxing in a nutshell, and it’s a good scrap, so enjoy!

REMATCH~Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs Juan Francisco Estrada

The bruising Wisaksil Wangek, aka Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 47-4, 41 KO, puts his Ring P4P ranking and WBC junior bantamweight titles on the line against Juan Francisco Estrada, 38-3, 27 KO in an hotly anticipated rematch at the Forum in Inglewood, California this Friday, April 26th.

The combatants fought at the Forum last year when the Thai held off the hard charging Mexican former champion in an all action bout. Because of the dynamic intensity of that fight, both agreed to a rematch, and we the people agree.

Estrada is best known for his hard charging losses against then Ring P4P #1 Roman Gonzalez. Poor Roman unfortunately met up with a fighter he couldn’t beat in Sri, taking consecutive horrific beatings against the emerging Thai star. Perhaps Sri took a worse beating than even that when his long time girl who had been him through all their impoverished times suddenly abandoned him as he reached the pinnacle of the his division, leaving him adrift and anchorless in that dark, forbidding place that men in love with women know so well. He was so thoroughly immersed that he was unable to train to fight for an extended time, but he finally roared back for more good fights, and so here we are yet again locked and loaded in the fight queue.

Was it a curse or a blessing when Ring “experts” surprisingly picked Estrada by a 10-3 margin? Do they have inside information that we the public don’t know about? We’ll for sure find out this Friday night in compelling toe to toe action as two little banty cocks rock the Forum as only little banty cocks know how to do.