A Fatman Fight II, Andy Ruiz vs Devin Vargas

After a few years delay of their first fatman fight:

A Fat Man Fight~Andy Ruiz Jr vs Devin Vargas

Andy Ruiz Jr, 29-1, 19 KO, looks to really be fighting Devin Vargas, 20-4, 8 KO @ StubHub CenterCarson, California this Saturday, March 10, 2018.

Should be all Ruiz though Vargas does possess some boxing skills and made a minor comeback in 2017 against the usual suspects. All four of his losses were by KO, and fat Andy does possess a bit of power, so there it is, a fight for fatties everwhere.

 

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Mikey Garcia vs Sergey Lipinets

Mikey Garcia, 37-0, 30 KO, faces what may well be the stiffest challenge of his star crossed career in the formidable Sergey Lipinets, 13-0, 10 KO, @ Freeman Coliseum in ol’ San Antone, Texas.

So, what’s a born and bred California boy doing fighting a novice Eastern European Russian native of Kazakhstan down San Antone way you might ask? I’d guess after humiliating the current clown prince of boxing and easy pickings of law enforcement, Adrien Broner @ Barclay’s in Brooklyn, his Uncle Al Haymon has grown wiser in the development of fighters and is now using the Bob Arum model of building a fan base across a wide swath of America. San Antone is the historical demographic center of Mexican descendants North of the Rio Grande who tend to be one of the largest fanbases of traditional boxing, so there it is on the promotional level.

However, in this fading day and age of boxing, Lipinets can hardly be called a novice given his tough early matchmaking and previous amateur experience. Russians have proven themselves at the highest level to be some of the toughest, most formidable fighters going. He’s literally the strongest, toughest, and most dangerous opponent of Mikey’s P4P caliber career, now in his 4th division after taking titles in Featherweight, Super Featherweight, Lightweight, and now Jr Welterweight.

I expect Mikey to come out carefully boxing as is his natural well tutored style, picking his shots with activity to pile up early rounds. At some point in the match, Lipinets will find a way to impose his strength and power, so can Mikey withstand the expected onslaught to finish up with a unanimous decision? The suits are certainly in his corner to assist in orchestrating the results, but Lipinets figures on also being in Mikey’s corner whaling away with everything he’s got. 

Thus far Mikey has needed no assistance from refs or judges even when they may stray to his side, but this fight looks to be a defining moment in both fighters’ careers at this moment in time. Let us collectively hold our breath and hope for good fight unspoiled by bad officiating, but understand that this is Texas, and in Texas the regrettable Laurence Cole tends to referee the biggest fights, so there hangs boxing at one of it’s finest gladiator moments dependant on whether The Fates will allow a fairly officiated fight.

Deyonce Wilder Looks To Reclaim Name vs “The Real King Kong” Luis Ortiz

The skinny: @Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Deyonce “The Bronze Bambi” Wilder defends his title against unbeaten contender Luis “The Real Old King Kong” Ortiz on Saturday, March 3.

As Wilder fights goes, this a less of a joke than his previous hilarious efforts, but only because it’s not a TBA short notice fight against journeymen as is his custom. Ortiz “was” a legit contender who gets 7 weeks of training camp, unheard of in prior Wilder opponent preparations. I say “was” a legit contender because Ortiz has been comparatively inactive because of so called “failed” drug tests. In his last failed attempt, his “typical lowbrowed management that all these poor, bedraggled Cuban refugees fleeing the Castro communist regime were suckered into signing with failed to declare his high blood pressure medication needed to pass a boxing physical. Joe Frazier is the most prominent example of high blood pressure almost doing him in despite professionally nurtured natural attributes and skills developed for his craft of boxing, so in summation, Ortiz has quite suddenly become elderly and damaged medical goods in advance of this alleged fight, hence the sudden rush of Deyonce to fight him.

Yeah, right! What’s a guy with high blood pressure doing in the fight business anyway you ask?

Well, it goes like this: The Real King Kong is a grizzled 39 years old now, and like most Cuban fighters is suspected of being older, like maybe 42 or 43, and like most fighters who never made any big money in the sport, wants to extend his career with a 2nd shot at a title belt since it would appear he has no other skills to make a living from. What more can we the public fight fans can say with any certainty in this dirty fight business without valid birth certificates that certainly won’t be forthcoming from the Castro Cuba regime and personally knowing more about his medical condition and training methods?

Wilder already backed out of  fights with both Ortiz and Povetkin because of the most infinitesimally minute level drug test results, a few parts in the billions by Povetkin of a substance that had been perfectly legal since the beginning of time until one month prior to the tests as one example. They would have been only legitimate contenders our Dear Deyonce ever would have fought with both favored to beat him given his plethora of weaknesses he has displayed against his parade of TBA knockouts, so he could well back out of this fight again at the last moment as has been his previous style he has displayed in the past.

My interpretation of this situation is that his Uncle Al Haymon finally took a hard look with more experienced eyes than he had before all of Deyonce’s previous joke promotions to realize that Deyonce himself is criminally damaged goods soon to implode. He is in constant legal scraps outside the ring and could soon ring up a whopper to put him away in the Big House at any time.

As the current WBC champ, he makes piddling purses fighting TBA journeymen setups compared to the tens of millions former champ Mike Tyson made for every fight that the current real Heavyweight champ, Anthony Joshua now commands in England. The whole world knew who Mike Tyson was, but it’s debatable if 50% of Deyonce’s hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama know who he is.

So Wilder trades for peanuts on the dollar in the open market of boxing compared to what he could make if he was a legit champ. Nobody cares about his infantile undefeated record against his sissy TBA setups, but he could make a few extra BIG BUCK$ against the great Brit, Anthony Joshua, so this is his first baby step to make that fight happen. Perhaps, but only perhaps if he don’t back out of this fight again to end up squatting over his self imposed potty waiting, waiting, waiting for his big moment to arrive…snicker…

A Little Man Fight~Wisaksil Wangek vs Juan Francisco Estrada

Wisaksil Wangek, 44-4-1, 40 KO is the hottest little guy in boxing today after twice manhandling Ring P4P #1, Roman Choco Gonzalez. He defends his well earned WBC Superflyweight title against onetime Gonzalez rival, Juan Francisco Estrada36-2-0, 25 KO the Forum in Inglewood, California this Saturday, February 24th.

This is as top flight boxing match as can be made today with a natural, ever developing Thai/Mexican rivalry on display. Neither one had been picked to be the touted savior of their tiny divisions, but they are as good as most any top fighter in boxing today, so in a sport that too often sees one or both of the best in their divisions avoiding fights with each other, that they make a fan friendly fight and then step into the ring to actually fight according to established rules of boxing becomes like manna falling from the heavens above for the starving fight fan populace, a refreshing no boxing stinkers allowed zone…

Estrada has never been knocked out, but then again neither had Choco before Wangek cleaned his clock. He has 40 KOs, most all against Thai and other Asian type journey men, but has really stepped up his game in his last three fights in America to become #1 in his division and upsetting all the odds and expectations stacked against him against the top guys. He’s 31 years of age, and so is nearing the end of traditional prime years for these tiny divisions, but thus far has proven invulnerable in these latter few years.

I had to make a pick in my predictor league, so I chose the better, more compelling style shown of late by Wangek. Estrada as accomplished and respected as he is, has thus far been just short of the championship form shown by Wangek…Enjoy…

 

Gorgeous George Groves vs Chris “Daddy’s Boy” Eubank Jr.

George Groves, 27-3, 20 KO defends his new shiny WBA supermiddleweight belt against usurper IBO champ Chris Eubank Jr, 26-1, 20 KO this Saturday, February 17th @ Manchester Arena (formerly M.E.N Arena)Manchester. As fights go in 2018, this British donnybrook to be one of the biggest due to the British public, against all the odds of the last few years of depravity afflicting boxing, still largely love the sport and flock to the venues.

Both Groves and Eubank are a bit fragile as representatives of the weak top echelons of boxing these days as a dying sport, so in a turnabout for fans who might in other more golden years poohpahed such a limited title bout, fans are expecting to be packing the rafters. I picked Groves in my predictor league due to greater experience at the top and overall maturity. Both have some talents, but both also have limited mental faculties needed for a truly top flight fighter as Eubank Sr was.

So, from the first bell the match will slowly progress into an all action fistic crap shoot that fans can only hope the notoriously bad BBBC officiating doesn’t screw up. At least these guys will mostly put on a decent scrap since both are hungry for some much bigger bouts to come.

Groves vs Eubank Jr

Groves vs Eubank Jr

 

American Graffiti~Errol Spense vs Lamont Peterson

This All American donnybrook takes place this Saturday, January 20th at Barclays, a shiny new entertainment venue located in what used to be the graffiti covered working class neighborhoods of Brooklyn before New York suits upended the residents for upscale gentrification.

The 28 year old Errol Spense, 22-0, 19 KO is the newest American hotshot in the welter division with high hopes of greatness. The 33 year old Lamont Peterson, 35-3-1, 17 KO has generally been an honorable contender and minor beltholder for this weak American generation of 3rd millennium boxers. While having some good natural physical attributes such as quickness and durability melded with the current negative defensive skills taught to modern American boxers to the exclusion of offensive excellence, he could never enter into the mix of greatness. And like many fighters in the fight game, he was led astray with some bad advice, the worst being that illicit doctor’s prescription for a testosterone implant that led to his unfortunate public moniker of Cheaterson when he failed a drug test.

Sadly, this low key fight seems to be the best fight boxing can put on in January. While a decent fight from a boxing enthusiast point of view due to Peterson’s ability to make Spence work hard for his victory, a true fan might wonder why some bigger fights couldn’t be made in such an open month as the barren January traditionally is?

Well, folks, here it is as the naked truth, there really are no really big all American fights to be made in boxing, and the boxing suits are also loath to go viewing head to head against the NFL Superbowl build up and the NBA regular season.

Spense has already needed to go overseas for his biggest fight where he acquitted himself quite well against long time British contender, Kell Brook, but physically Spense is really tight at the weight and will need to go up to middleweight for a Canelo fight if he wants a really big payday. That shining beacon of hopeful purses is not likely to be hanging around that much longer, maybe 3-4 years, and Canelo certainly doesn’t need Spense to make his money, so good luck to Spense spinning his wheels in what is left of Boxing’s barren landscape. Money Mayweather and the boxing suits sucked out all of what was noble and good about boxing, leaving vast shadows in an empty cavern of what used to be a plethora of hardnosed contenders now defensively shadowboxing each other for the privilege of a fight with what used to be the great champion, now pretend belt holders. Spense holds one of those pretend belts, the IBF.

But for boxing fans in this bitterly cold winter, it’s Spense vs Peterson who will almost certainly be boxing in a negative defensive style to take Spense deep into rounds where he may show some stamina vulnerability. In turn, I would interpret Spense’s ambition and professionalism to show up in top shape with a savvy game plan to highlight both his boxing skills and his formidable power, and more importantly, enhance his boxing media marketability. In just the battle of natural attributes, Spense wins hands down before we ever get into his excellent all around skills shown thus far. I don’t see Peterson going past 6 rounds, and will likely be whacked out by the 4th round in spite of his durability, but maybe early on he could bust up Spense’s eye or break his nose to force Spense to gut out a gritty fight. It happens.

I do hope Peterson puts up a credible fight for as long as he lasts. He may not realize it, but he could well make his best purses as a credible gatekeeper test for up an coming fighters due to the woeful lack of quality boxers these days, but he ain’t doin’ a damn thing to promote fights with that mangled mess of a crow’s nest glued to his face, another reason boxing has been on the decline. Too many modern fighters don’t look and act professional anymore.  The best Americans can do for Spense is hope and pray he keeps his head screwed on as he continues his ascent. He is one of the few bright hopes American boxing fans have in these barren depression years of boxing.

Many in the archived boxing annals were the talented American fools succumbing to the temptations of wine, women, and song, and now they have to pass through the gauntlet of suits who determine fight outcomes more than the fighters do these days, so good luck gentlemen. Your futures await you.

Boxrec’s Last Ranked Heavyweight for 2017

Here we are on the verge of the New Year of 2018, and according to Boxrec’s database, the largest boxing database in the world also ranking current and past fighters in every weight division, Brandon Johnson, 1-1-0, 1 KO ranks dead last, #868 out of 868 internationally ranked heavyweight boxers with zero points accumulated.

He’s a prime 27 years of age from St. Louis, Missouri, additionally ranked #239 of 239 American boxers, so there’s plenty of time for him to turn his career around to become the #1 ranked heavyweight boxer.

All hail to Brandon Johnson for the courage to lace up them gloves and fight the good fight. I’ll check back in on January 2nd to see if anything has changed in Boxrec’s fluid, day to day rankings.

And remember, having a safe New Year means having a happier New Year, so keep them gloves up and eyes open for any of the drunken incoming.

Sayonara 2017, Buenos Dias 2018

 

 

Vasyl Lomachenko vs Guillermo Rigondeaux~Four Gold Olympic Medals

Vasyl Lomachenko defends his titles against Guillermo Rigondeaux this Saturday, December 9th @ Madison Square Garden in New York City.

This “event” is sadly a narrowly confined, amateur boxing aficionado only fight of double Olympic gold medalists in the lighter, less prominent weight divisions. Both, obviously, were superb amateur boxers, but only one has stepped up to the professional rank of greatness with ambitious matchmaking and results, and that’s Lomachenko. Rigondeaux has been a festering canker forever at 118, ignoring the bigger fights that could be had at that weight, nor willing to move up a division for more lucrative fights, such that Bob Arum finally had to wash himself of building stink. Anybody who knows the history of Arum knows he loves a good fight and is stellar in bringing his fighters along the developmental path as he makes increasingly tougher fights in trying to maximize the potential record and purse of both he and the fighter.

Rigondeaux grew up in the communist Cuban system where he was top dog in his division, thusly coddled with perks that presumably gave him a certain status with the Cuban people. American pro boxing is a much tougher task than coddled amateurs can handle no matter how talented as Rigondeaux may be claimed. As a personality, he has a sour puss demeanor and was never regaled by the larger populace in America, and point in fact, I don’t see many Cuban American’s rallying to his cause. Yeah, he has more spending money, and that’s great for him, but not the millions he was promised in making his decision to defect from Cuba. And worse, he has yet to come to grips that it’s his own damn fault for not wanting to fight. Maybe he has a great painter’s mental makeup or that of a great jockey miscast as a fighter, who can know though other than he ain’t no great fighter in the traditional sense of boxing history, nor is more talented than the thousands of talented fighters in history that got nowhere with their talents because of personal limitations such as he possesses, so he gets paid like lowly American fighters these days who have largely moved into the run and stink style so popular in this new generation while being so abhorrent to true professional boxing fans.

For such a supposed superb boxer, Rigondeaux also seems to have become habituated to being knocked down by journeyman types that bodes ill for his prospects for this fight. Lomanchenko, whilst taking an early loss in a dirty Texas jurisdiction where he had to literally throw off the joke of the referee hanging on his back, he had his dirty mugger gasping for his life and begging help from the jokester ref  in the waning minutes of the fight. Lomachenko has otherwise been absolutely stellar, nay, say perfectly dominating in his ring performances as to leave both boxing connoisseurs as well as slugging aficionados swooning in desire. Anyone who knows anything about boxing knows those two camps of fans  seldom coalesce around a single fighter, but Lomachenko has proven to be the exception that breaks all the rules. He just loves to step into the ring and run through the gears, and of late has become somewhat brawly in his haste to eliminate his opponent.

Such is the hope for Rigondeaux that he has become dependent on. He chokes, hits off the break, low blows, you name it, it’s in his dirty repertoire against the hapless journeymen he’s been facing, and he’s sure to use it against Lomachenko. Moreover, Rigondeaux has something of a run and stink style when faced with a warm body.

Somehow, in some way, Rigondeaux is going to create one big stink of a controversy to end the fight on, so I predict no sublime excellence on display, but I do think Lomachenko maintains his cool to do the business that needs to be done to move on to greater things. I was rather sad the fight was ever announced, but the good news is boxing has already sunk about as low as a pro sport can get, so this just more of the same with no improvements in sight.

Victorious

 

Alexander Ustinov Vs Manuel Charr

Alexander Ustinov,34-1, 25 KO, goes against Manuel Charr, 30-4, 17 KO, for the vacant WBA world championship at Koenig-Pilsener-Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. Charr is returning to action after having had hip replacement surgery in May, while Ustinov is a huge lump of a fighter generously avoided for that substantial reason.

Well, folks, such activity is probably needed to grease the skids for a Deyonce Wilder WBC/WBA unification down the line. Of course Anthony Joshua holds the real WBA title, the “Super” title along with the IBF title, but the WBC unification is probably way off in the future to 2019 if ever. Joseph Parker is the current WBO titlest looking for a big payday by leveraging Deyonce and Joshua for the best payday.

Regardless, Joshua is the consensus #1 Man of the division into the foreseeable future. 

“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.