Young Brooklyn Boy Teofimo Lopez Vs Japanese Interloper Masayoshi Nakatani

A young Brooklyn boy, Teofimo Lopez, 13-0, 11 KO, takes on Japanese Interloper, Masayoshi Nakatani, 18-0, 12 KO @MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, USA this Friday, July 19th in what looks on paper to be a highly flammable barn burner.

I haven’t seen much of Teo yet, but what I did see is a highly talented fighter only 21 years of age with ferocious punching power and mean streak in the ring where it counts the most on the record books and future purses. I’ve never seen the 30 year old Masayoshi fight, but looking at his record and knowing the extensive rigorous training he received in the Japanese school of boxing as an amateur, and knowing the Hell bent for leather style the typical Japanese fighter uses, hoooo, Daddy, this the kind of bout boxing deserves in the current spare climate that contenders generally employ to avoid each other.

Here’s Teo with 140 champ, Regis Prograis, a division he will likely move to this or next year.

In an oddly interesting ratings snafu, Ring ranks Teo at 5th while Masayoushi is unranked, yet on Boxrec, Masayoshi is ranked 8th and Teo at 12th. I suspect that since he’s never been out of Japan before, he simply remained off the radar of the US centric Ring panel. Hope he’s hungry and makes a good showing so he’ll want to return. Here he is in the prefight presser with Hurricane Futa who is the shorter fighter to give you the idea of the scale of height and reach he has over Lopez for their fight.

Another factor in the fight is rounds accumulated, Teo literally just above a novice level at 46 rounds, and Masayoshi with more than double at 119 rounds. Then again, big advantage for Teo in fighting in his natural time zone whereas Masayoshi has to fly in from Japan in need of a serious time zone adjustment in his biorhythms while dealing with a seriously different culture and cuisine.

Insert Culture Shock here!

As it turns out, Masayoshi arrived to no fanfare weeks before the fight and not a peep afterwards about him or Teo, an odd development for such an up and coming young star. Nary a press conference in the mainstream media between the two, and Top Rank is Teo’s promoter. They have to weigh in on Thursday which is today, so perhaps then we can see if they’re in fighting trim.

I would think Teo would be highly favored by the bookies over Masayoshi, but the simple fact that is emblematic of boxing today is that both these fighters are largely untested to be ranked so highly because of a shallow talent pool in most divisions. I pray that they get the best officiating possible so the best man can win.

SuperSized British Heavyweight Showdown!!!

British superheavyweights are starring this Saturday, July 13th when Joe Joyce, 9-0, 9 KO takes on former American title contender Bryant Jennings, 24-3, 14 KO, and Nathan Gorman, 16-0, 11 KO, a great nephew of famed Irish Traveler bare knuckler Bartley Gorman takes on Daniel Dubois, 11-0, 10 KO. The 3 Supersized Brits are all undefeated fringe contenders looking for their title shot, so fair play to them. The O2 in Greenwich is a top shelf venue and should be packed by boxing crazy Brits not wanting to miss out an an all English Super Dreadnought dustup.

THE LINEUP: Joyce, Dubois, Promoter Frank Warren, Gorman, and Jennings.

The “Juggernaut” as Joyce is known by has style is somewhat baffling in that he is slow and even ponderous both of feet and hands, but he sets a solid pace in a sorta grind em up and spit them out piece by piece style. Jennings the more expensive fighter is coming off a heavy knockout loss to heavyweight contender Oscar Rivas in January, so he must’ve been dangled so good $$$ to fly over to England to get heavily pummeled again. As a late comer in the boxing biz and as such a small heavy relying on speed of foot and hand and at age 34 entering those years of athletic decline of those attributes, I guess he feels now is the time to run circles around Joyce, and maybe he can. Big gamble type of fight for both if they want to progress.

Gorman is reputed to be fast of hand and a solid boxer whereas Dubois is noted as the puncher with both being light on opposition thus far, so this also a big step up for them. This is what prospects and fringe contenders used to do, ie fight each other for primacy, something that has too often been cast aside by the multiple ABC boxing orgs and the multiple belts in each division that has become the running joke.

No matter, this Saturday at the O2 in England is the place for the entire British boxing fraternity to shine, and so it shall be!

Centennial Celebration~4th of July 1919~Jack Dempsey Obliterates Jess Willard

On a blistering hot 4th of July in 1919 before the roaring 20s had a chance to kick off, the young challenger, Jack Dempsey, blistered the giant champ, Jess Willard, with 7 knockdowns Knockdowns in the opening round, a devastation so deadly that has happened in boxing through all these centuries that the officials in charge of the bout literally melted in their moment to become useless. Jack “Doc” Kearns, Dempsey’s manager had foolishly bet $10,000 of Jack’s $27,000 purse on a first round Knockout of the incredibly tough Willard, and of course there was the requisite “Bell malfunction” with the ref becoming so confused as to seemingly signal the bout was over. Dempsey had to be retrieved from his triumphal walk to his dressing quarters to return to the ring for more battle, but sadly the damage to Big Jess was only compounded with interest. Eventually Jess and his corner came to their senses to stop the fight after the 3rd round.

The Backdrop: Before the fight could be made, Willard wisely made Dempsey sign a waiver that his estate would not sue Willard in case big Jess obliterated Jack permanently from the earthly premises, something that had happened against 2 previous opponents. Jess was a wealthy man by then only wanting to look out for his own estate, so not only was it a smart legal move, it also served as an intimidating tool to upend Jack’s confidence in himself.

Jess a mighty man indeed even 100 years later, a 6-7, 240 lb cowboy out of Indian country in Kansas back when men were really men, and that lean, whipcord working man’s physique was naturally attained through much harder and more dangerous work than today’s coddled candied generations can imagine. Dealing with unpredictable, free range, half wild horses and cattle sometimes weighing in the thousands of pounds requires the highest attention, reflexes, instincts, strength, durability, and an outright ornery nature that can scarcely be imagined much less overstated. This weren’t PlayStation.

Now, Jess may not have looked like the stock in trade, handsome Hollywood cowboy, but he could out wrangle all them Fancy Dans, out fight em, and out F em in other ways as well. Poor Jack was a scrawny 6-1, 185 lbs in comparison, as big a physical mismatch as could ever be conceived, giving up 6″ in height and reach and over 65 lbs in weight.

A few rapid fire chops are starting to level Big Jess closer to Jack’s level.

Early in the fight it’s still fun and games for Big Jess who never lacked for any confidence over his formidable physical talents. He was just getting warmed up and sooner or later Jack is gonna pay bigtime.

The fun and games phase has now passed into a fight for Jess’ survival. A Dempsey left hook has clearly caved in the orbital region of Big Jess’ right side resulting in as much pain as a human can endure. His right jaw line is also swollen with some blood running down his chest. It was alleged he broke his jaw. 

Here we see the start of the confusion as Doc Kearns is jumping into the ring thinking the fight is over. As mentioned previously, the Bell malfunctioned, and it wasn’t even electric, a poster child moment for the way the shady boxing business operates when they can’t even get the simplest things right. The ref had to rely on a puny whistle that only got muffled mute from the massive roar out of the monstrous crowd buried in their sea of “strawboaters”, who by the luck of the draw were witnesses to the most destructive bout in history.  Ollie Pecord was the ref of record in his first and this was his only fight as a referee.

After the shockwaves of that bout had finally subsided, Willard injuries were greatly exaggerated by the too often drunken press of the day, and in turn, Big Jess claimed Jack was carrying iron bars or that his wraps were plastered, both points refuted in a court of law in a handsome civil settlement and public apology by Time Inc., the media outlet that published the derelict Doc Kearn’s accusations.

Part of that testimony is certain to include Ring owner and editor Nat Fleischer who was still alive and bore witness to Dempsey’s hand being wrapped publically in his corner.

Longtime Heavyweight contender Cleveland Williams was employed by Boxing Illustrated to test the plaster theory on a hot summer day with 5 rounds on a heavy bag, the result being both he and his manager concluded the steaming mess of crumbles would have proven worthless in a fight.

Dempsey would go on to more big gate records as the most exciting heavyweight in history. Her he was literally pushed out of the Ring by the Wild Bull of the Pampas, Luis Angel Firpo, that naturally caused a lot of controversy because all the Knockdowns that proceeded that moment melts all logical thought processes. It was said that two spectators suffered heart attacks and died that day from all the excitement.

Net result was Jack became the biggest sports name in the Roaring 20s, even bigger than Babe Ruth because the heavyweight title is much more international than baseball. Facts are they once did some gentlemanly sparring and were good friends. On July 4th, 1919 Babe was still a pitcher with the Boston RedSox and making his first big splash with the larger sporting public by setting every new Homerun record the scattered press could conjure up that day. 

Jack stayed relevant on the boxing scene with his boxing themed restaurant next to the old Madison Square Garden where as a 74 year old stepping out of his cab in front of his restaurant, two young thugs with not enough “cents” to know what they were doing attempted a mugging on the elderly gentleman in his finely tailor suit. Jack flattened them and told the cabbie to go in his restaurant to call the police while he kept em down. Even the clowning charismatic Ali had to check out that mighty left hand that left so many down and out.

1969 Fight Of The Year~Joe Frazier vs Jerry Quarry

When Joe Frazier defended his title against Jerry Quarry June 23, 1969, little did these old school fighters realized just how momentous this year was to be. One month later on July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong rang Houston Mission Control to inform them that “The Eagle Has Landed” as the Apollo 11 NASA spacecraft first touched down on the moon for “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

While Joe and Jerry were fighting that momentous night in Madison Square Garden@New York, last ditch preparations were being made for the first ever visit of men to the moon, a public project that sorta flew under the radar of sports and Hollywood crazy Americans still reeling from the 60s assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King, and presidential contender, Robert F. Kennedy, so while many if not most Americans knew of the NASA Moon Landing plans, putting a man on the moon was pretty much dismissed as pie in the sky and thusly set apart from the hustle and bustle of daily life needing tending for everyday survival’s sake.

This was Joe’s 4th title defense that he won in 1968 against Cus D’Amato trained giant Buster Mathis in Madison Square Garden, an epic, gate busting 11 round battle as hundreds of Black Power protesters supporting the deposed Muhammad Ali agitated their disapproval outside the venue.

Here Quarry looks on top of things, but look closer. Already his left eye is showing damage and soon his right eye would follow.

Quarry has been forced into the ropes at the ring corner. They may look stationary in a still photo captured in the moment, but Quarry has shifted off his back right foot as the anchor to deliver the counter left hook that demolished so many opponents. Meanwhile Joe has jumped off his own right foot for his own left hook to catch Jerry in the heart in this mutual slugfest waged in 8oz merciless gloves of the day.

Head to head phone booth action may have thrilled the fight fans, but is as tough as it gets for the fighters. Quarry has been forced into his umpteenth corner fighting for survival.

Here Quarry nearing another corner back to the ropes as Joe in the middle of the bob and weave style first perfected by Jack Dempsey that has proven so effective over these many ages of boxing.

Jerry was eventually stopped in the 7th round by the ring doctor on a busted right eye, but nobody ever forgot the nonstop, ferocious toe to toe action that night where the better man won the fight as boxing was intended on one of it’s best nights in history.

A month later, “The Eagle Has Landed.” Heady times indeed in the midst of national tragedies that nobody is immune to.

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

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?