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The 6-9 Tyson Fury Emerges From Hibernation vs Sefer Seferi?

The considerably self maligned and self abused Tyson Fury makes his return to boxing after his self imposed 3 year hibernation this Saturday, June 9th @ Manchester Arena (formerly M.E.N Arena), Manchester to defend his Gypsy honor and “Lineal” heavyweight title against a 39 year old Albanian listed on Boxrec as the 2nd rated Albanian cruiserweight, Sefer Seferi.

Yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus, and also a Tyson Fury as you can see here:

Before seizing the unified heavy title from future record setting HOFer Wlad Klitschko in the pink of condition and fight ready at 260 lbs.

Fit and ready to FIGHT!


First title fight and he’s Fit and ready to FIGHT!
Aftermath is time for SANTA EATS and EATS and Pies and Kebabs and Boars and ready to ROLY POLY PUDDIN’N PIE @ 360 lbs GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE YUM YUM YUM!

twitter javascript:; @anthony_joshua boring hay! We see who is boring when U face me! A big bully is what you are u big dosser. Big femi your bully street name. I’ve seen your type many times. The man who can’t speak his own mind, the plastic Nigerian 🇳🇬 I’m more Nigerian than you! I’ll fly the flag for Nigeria when we fight. GYPSY MAN. Represents the world 🌎. Ali had words for a man like you, they were Uncle Tom.

Ahem, returning to a sense of decorum, Seferi is being dismissed as a cruiserweight who lost his last fight to the now WBA “Regular” champ Manuel Charr, but make no mistake folks, I reviewed that fight. This the 2nd ranked Boxrec Albanian dwarfed by modern heavies used ring movement and fast aggressive flurries to burn the Charr off Charr who simply got whooped badly. Thing is Seri is a nobody in boxing and there’s more money to be made propping up Charr, so there it is, the dirty underbelly of boxing.

The 6-9 Fury dwarfs modern heavies, so the fight has that comic ridiculous aspect to it, and it remains to be seen if Fury has enough skills left to catch up with this quick little ethereal waterbug, so the potential for Fury looking like a clumsy oaf is there waiting.

I predict Fury is looking for a nice, really fast handed, fleet footed spar and will adopt that early motivation, however, after running through a few gears and shaking off cobwebs, he lowers the proverbial (((BOOM))) Then we’ll be graced with more of the live action Tyson Fury juggernaut as he moves towards his big Anthony Joshua rumble in Merry Aulde England for both a King’s and a Queen’s ransom.

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. 

Anthony Josua vs Kubrat Pulev AKA Carlos Takam

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

Joshua vs Takam

Joshua vs Takam

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

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

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

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

Fat Boy Andy Ruiz vs Mighty Joe Parker For WBO Honors

Andy Ruiz Jr steps up for a big fight for the vacant WBO title against Joseph ParkerVector Arena, Auckland this Saturday, December 10th.

Though this pairing of a fat Mexican against a packed Kiwi down under in New Zealand seems unlikely because of ample Ruiz girth that we rather enjoy our mirth with, this fatboy knows how to fight. He’s very much like Tony Tubbs, Buster Mathis, Tony Galento and Willie Meehan before him, but can he match the girth of achievements of Big George?

We’ll find out after a really bad bummer year for boxing. Both have been very active, so this early December Christmas present for we the fans will be the 4th fight for each this year. When the fight was announced, Parker immediately went public with a painful recollection of the first sparring encounter between the two that left him with a huge cut in his mouth that kept him from eating for a few days. That, of course, was then, with this being now and both more experienced. Parker has faced better opponents the past couple of years whereas Ruiz slacked off in 2015, perhaps due to personal problems. His weight this year has been between 248-253 lbs which is a good range for him considering his past fluctuations, but supposedly he’s targeting 245 lbs for this fight.

As a regrettable side note, Anthony Joshua defends his IBF heavy title against journeyman Eric Molina on the same date in Manchester, but the good news seems to be that finally all the wheels got greased to put both Josh’s IBF belt and a WBA Super belt tossed in for added incentive against Wladimir Klitschko in spring of 2017 in an expected sellout of Wembley, the current capacity of 80,000+. Not to worry for fans though since there are over 2000 toilets to choose from.

Here these dynamic former spar mates are in Las Vegas after attending the Pacquiao/Vargas bout. The size differential is deceptive because Parker as the bigger is out front when in fact Ruiz will come in 10 lbs + heavier:

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilepa Alono Sailele Mallelegaol is said  to have been the primary financier for the fight so it could be held in New Zealand. To wit: “We are proud to be able to support our son Joseph Parker in his quest to become the first Samoan world heavyweight champion, and believe he possesses the qualities required to succeed, strength of body, mind and soul. In addition to this, this event will be a great opportunity for Samoa to promote our beautiful country to what will be a massive international audience.”

An additional wrinkle to this fight is Bob Arum has obtained 50% of Parker and other Duco Event fighter contracts, so will be co promoting him and them for the immediate future including this fight. Top Rank, win, lose, or draw, are back in the heavyweight champion biz again.

I really like the pace and skills of Parker, so of course I think he wins, but I also think Ruiz may possess hereto untapped potential waiting to be released, like maybe for this fight? Regardless of the results, the die is cast. Either the first ever Samoan or Mexican will become a world champ, unless……unless there is a draw or other such monkey business that boxing too often brings to fight results, yet still…only in boxing!

255 lbs vs 246 lbs

255 lbs vs 246 lbs

 

 

The Eric & John Molina Underdog Factor

Forget about the Ring Divisional #1 and 2 divas, Eric Molina and John Molina represent the highest aspiration and noblest intent of the originators of the earliest boxing rules meant to clean up the outlaw, no holds barred nature of bareknuckle fighting that evolved into modern boxing.

These are effectively career journeymen who have fought hard and well, but fell short at the highest levels, but because boxing has so dishonorably self inflicted itself these many years, they are now contenders challenging 2 very strong champs fortified by their hometown setting. Eric goes against Anthony Joshua in Manchester, England, and John goes against Terence Crawford in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, tough tasks for even the best fighters to crack much less journeymen, but here we are.

So here’s atribute for all these journeymen who provide the fuel to keep boxing from further sinking in a down era where most fighters cannot support themselves on their poor earnings much less get proper training. I know Eric works as a teacher down in the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas. Boxing fans should thank all these undersung heroes who are the true keepers of the eternal flame of the originators of boxing.

And remember folks, there have been bigger upsets than what these two represent, so hope always springs eternal.

Thank you Eric Molina

Thank you Eric Molina

Thank you John Molina

Thank you John Molina

Tyson Fury Won Battle, But Wlad Klitschko Wins The War

Their big fight almost a year ago ended with a monumental upset as Tyson Fury took a solid unanimous decision over Wladimir Klitschko for the victory. Since then it’s been a slow spiral down the hill of ignominy for big Tyson as personal problems couched in the language as injuries and health issues have twice caused cancellation of the big rematch where he was reported to earn $10 million or more.

I’m reminded of the epic battle of undefeateds Ike Ibeabuchi vs David Tua back in 1997 that set the heavyweight record for most punches thrown, over 1700 of them in a 12 round fight. Tua was named 48th greatest all time puncher in a 2003 Ring all time top 100 list, and Ike was similarly predisposed as the proverbial bull in a china closet, so there was some long term damage. Ike complained of headaches after the bout as might be expected from eating hundreds of punches by Tua, but a hospital evaluation showed no immediate damage.

While the misanthropic anti-social media monkeys bemoaned the lack of offensive effort by Wlad, according to Fury, “You all heard about Doctor Steelhammer, about how hard he punches, how strong he is, you know…he caught me flush on the button with a straight right hand; I never felt it. He caught me in the temple, I didn’t feel it at the time, but I’ve been feeling it for two days after (smiles) I’ve been taking pain killers, my head has been going, ‘bang, bang, bang.’ “

Ike fought 3 more times, but he was a goner just 2 years later, hustled off to prison after repeated incidents such as kidnapping his girlfriend’s teen aged son and crashing his car into a highway pillar down Texas way to battering a Vegas escort he called into his room for a strip show. He blamed demons and evil spirits that were talking to him, so he was hustled off to a maximum security facility for 20 years and released right around the time of the Fury/Klitschko fight. In short, David Tua lost the battle but won the war. He ruined Ike and had a long storied career that could’ve been so much better with honest management than the crook who managed him.

The Fury/Klitschko was considerably less compelling than that fight, but no less hard hitting to Fury’s health. Tyson did well to survive, but he came to various post fight press conferences with a headache that wouldn’t go away in spite of liberal use of pain killers. And now he needs therapy.

Just like Ike who was just undefeated as well.

We can’t say if Fury can overcome these humiliating setbacks, but in the meantime a Wlad Klitschko vs Anthony Joshua fight is being mooted for both the IBF and WBA titles as Fury seems destined to be further stripped of his titles. Shame such an anticlimatic upset as this ends with a nary whimper, but many good things can still happen in boxing and there’s always next year.

As for now, Wlad vs Joshua…make it so and much outrage over boxing this year can be forgiven.

Fury vs Klitschko

Fury vs Klitschko

Mighty Joe Parker vs Alexander Dimitrenko

Heavyweight contender, Boxrec #8, Joseph Parker, 20-0, 17 KO, takes on a preparatory fight with Alexander Dimitrenko, 38-2, 24 KO, Saturday, October 1st @ Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau City, New Zealand.

Sascha vs Mighty Joe

Sascha vs Mighty Joe

Sascha, ranked 47th by boxrec, is a mighty big load as you can see. Listed at 6-7, he easily runs into the 250s with a big bone structure, seemingly ideal for a heavyweight, yet there was always something mentally missing from him at the top levels, so he never fulfilled being the next big thing that the 8th ranked Parker is currently striving for. He took a couple years off to return last year for some low level fighters, but now here he is with a hungry young buck, so what’s next?

Odds makers to heavily favor Parker, but Dimitrenko is only 34 years old and could find himself in the mix for this fight. Regardless, he serves the purpose of preparing Parker for the big guns of the division, Wladimir Klitschko or Anthony Joshua, rushing hard for a certain collision in 2017, so he’s got his work cut out for him. Banana peels need not apply.

Joseph Parker To Tangle With Carlos Takam

Joseph Parker, 18-0, 16 KO, takes on his most difficult challenge yet when he tangles with Carlos Takam, 33-2-1, 25 KO, in a 12 round heavyweight IBF elimination bout, Saturday, May 21 at the Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau City, New Zealand. The winner gets a crack at the winner of the upcoming Anthony Joshua IBF title defense against Dominic Breazeale.

Carlos Takam vs Joseph Parker

Carlos Takam vs Joseph Parker

Takam, a 35 year old France based Cameroonian, gave former WBA champ Alexander Povetkin one of his toughest fights in 2014 before succumbing. Listed on Boxrec just under 6-3 and in the 240 lb range, here he is standing slightly back from the listed 6-4, 240 lb Parker, so even allowing for that diminishing perspective factor, likely Takam is slightly shorter than listed and/or Parker slightly taller.

No matter, it’s who wins that matters to the fighters, not size differences which are but one of a myriad factors in any fight. New Zealand born and recently relocated to Las Vegas,  the 24 year old Parker is the young gun projected to be the favorite and the winner, but even at his best it’s likely to be a tough bout for him. It goes without saying that Takam is the hungrier, more experienced fighter here, a very dangerous proposition for any heavyweight no matter how credentialed.

We’ll see how well Parker responds to this new challenge of Takam that both need to advance further through the ranks, so fair play all and a big thanks from the boxing public for making such a good bout.