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A Move to Plan B~Gennedy Golokin vs Vanes Martirosyan & Cecilia Too!

Gennady Golovkin , 37-0-1, 33 KO moves to Plan B after aborting the Canelo Alvarez rematch, instead fighting with Vanes Martirosyan, 36-3-1, 21 KO this Saturday, May 5th, the Cinco de Mayo weekend @StubHub Center, Carson, California. This fait accompli of an abortion was greatly assisted by the BALCO Victor Conte/VADA drug testing cartel, the Bob Bennet run Vegas commish cartel, and the tabloid boxing press bolstered by antisocial media monkeys, the perfect combination of storms slowly strangling boxing into a death spiral.

Vanes is a longtime 154 lb contender who will have had 6 weeks preparation as one of the host of contenders that Golovkin finally picked. It’s only a single division up the ladder as a mature, experienced fighter, but he has already fought over the 154 limit several times before, so it ain’t the big deal the antisocial media monkeys are making out. He’s a very competitive boxer/puncher type who is certainly not the rollover that the usual loutish critics make him out to be. This will be a hotly contested fight because Vanes really does come to fight and not to spoil, but of course that could change once Golovkin pounds on him enough rounds.

The wild card in play is that titanium superman Golovkin may be feeling the mortality of his age, 36 years, after his last couple of fights where his magnificent knockout streak ended against highly skilled champions Daniel Jacobs and Canelo. Of the two, Canelo was the first opponent I’ve seen to consistently drive Golovkin into a back foot retreat with his combinations. The other wild card in play is boxing’s dirty little secret, that of Golovkin being enrolled in the WBC VADA run “Clean Boxing Program” with convicted felon, BALCO Victor Conte providing his superduper BALCO PED’s SNAC vitamins, just a pitifully horrendous modern atrocity to a sport that more and more lacks transparency and credibility. And just as bad, Vanes, age 32, though not enrolled in the program, yet is clearly marketing BALCO Vic’s superduper SNAC PEDs.

Vanes has some power, but perhaps not the Canelo kind of power, but then he was perhaps a weight drained long and lean physiotype at 154, so doubtless will gain power and strength at 160, but can it ever be enough against the relentless power pressure fighting style of Golovkin?

That’s why they make the fights they do, so inevitably we get to find out. One thing about Golovkin fights that ensure a fairly officiated fight is that he has no need to rely on the American style of dirty spoiling, stinking type of fights that get taken to the cards for controversial decisions and has no need to referee intervention to protect him.

I predict a mid rounds knockout for Golovkin, but hey, I like any in this most historic of all the professional sports have been wrong before, so I’ll leave it to the fighters to sort out my prediction. More importantly by my credo, may the best man win, a result too often lacking in boxing these days because of poor and/or incompetent officiating.

On the undercard, The First Lady of Boxing, Cecilia Braekhus makes history with not only her American debut, but with HBO also using her stunning record and striking looks to compel the first ever HBO broadcast of a female boxing match. Her record is currently being 32-0, 9 KO in her 23rd consecutive title bout of every female boxing belt known to mankind. Or translated another way, that’s about 70% of her entire career.

Miss Cecilia

Miss Cecilia

Cecilia going casual

Cecilia going casual

As I often mention, I never have not nor never will watch female boxing, but nonetheless I have the utmost respect for Cecilia’s achievements that have made her the greatest female champion in history. And to think she started her first two years in an Colombian orphanage before being adopted by her parents, well, I’m humbled beyond belief. Any boxer regardless of sex should note the utter devotion to boxing and beyond belief class she exudes,The First Lady of Boxing indeed!

 

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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.

Ace of Spades~Canelo vs Golovkin For The Glory

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

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

Canelo 3 weeks away: 

Golovkin 3 weeks away:

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

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

Best Buds

Best Buds

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

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

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

 

 

Gennady Golovkin vs Daniel Jacobs~MSG, New York, New Yawk!

The WBC, WBA “super” and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, 36-0, 33 KO, and WBA “regular” middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs, 32-1, 29, KO, square off Saturday, March 18 at Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, or New Yawk as the locals are often want to squawk.

This is a good match even if most think this will be another Golovkin beatdown. Jacobs has solid skills, power, and credentials and will be much larger in the ring come fight night, as in bigger than the lightheavy 174 lb limit. Golovkin in comparison is old school size, maybe 168 lbs come fight night as what now passes as a small middleweight these days, yet here he is dwarfing Marvin Hagler though nothing dwarfs the massive knuckle set of Marv!

Marv and Gennady

Marv and Gennady

Golovkin recently issued yet another fruitless 154 lb challenge to TUE, 49-0, who many expect to comeback for at least one more fight in the ring his protestations not withstanding. Interesting in that Golovkin refused to fight Saul Alvarez at the 155 Canelo catchweight he has created these past few years, an indication that Golovkin respects the power and danger of Canelo more than TUE. He righteously demands the full 160 limit for that bout that looks to be set for September if both get by their significant current tests.

First things first though. Canelo has the much bigger obstacle, that of taking on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr at a 164.5 lb catchweight. Many rightly perhaps sneer and deride Junior, but in spite of his lack of devotion to his training and career, he’s still a giant in good shape when compared to the more compact Canelo. Junior at the 160 limit utterly wrecked the health and career of Sergio Martinez, and blew by Andy Lee as if he was but a mosquito he splattered on his arm. Martinez soon retired with permanent immobility handicaps, but Lee won the WBO title shortly after the Junior disaster to bolster his relevance in the division, so if Junior wins this fight he’s definitely in the mix for a Golovkin fight at the 168 limit.

Nice announcement of the Golovkin/Jacobs, but will the fight turn out as good as the prefight cannon fire?

Nice announcement of the fight!

Nice announcement of the fight!

Oh no, the curse of Ring magazine strikes again with all 22 “experts” picking Golovkin! Man, that’s some heavy duty curse on the poor boy. Can he overcome all that bad mojo?

Will that curse also extend to Ring #1 P4Per, Roman Gonzalez, who takes on a formidable challenge after a very poor showing against then undefeated 115 lb champ, Carlos Barbie Doll Cuadras, to now go up against former 115 lb champ, Wisaksil Wangek, 41-4-1, 38 KO record. Wangek is from Thailand, who like Japanese fighters are often matched hard early in their careers instead of the pampered western world model. He also has another name like many Thais, that of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, and lost his first two fights by KO, and that’s it for vulnerabilities. I wish both fighters well as the stakes couldn’t be bigger for both, but I favor Wangek in what should be a great fight if the ref and judges don’t screw up their end as they are too often capable in New York.

Bottom line: Most all as well as myself are also picking Golovkin in a mid fight knockout, but I do think Jacobs will win new fans by acquitting himself well and won’t go out easy. Losing to a future HOF great in a good fight used to be honorable, but nonetheless, Jacobs always has that outside chance, and just maybe….

Keith Thurman vs Danny Garcia~Anyone Care?

Not to disparage Keith Thurman, 27-0, 22 KO, and Danny Garcia, 33-0-1, 19 KO, but these are two undefeated American Welters unifying WBA/WBC titles Saturday, March 4th, @ Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, so what if boxing threw a superfight and nobody showed up?

The Combatants

The Combatants

The current state of boxing as of this March 4th is such that little known fresh cruiser champ, Tony Bellew, fights celebrity heavyweight David Haye in London not for a title, but rather for oodles of pounds sterling after staging a feud. Saul Alvarez already notched one big money celebrity bout against Amir Khan and going for his 2nd straight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, likely the biggest fight this year as far as financial numbers go. Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao ran a twitter poll that overwhelmingly picked Khan as his next opponent, so actually the fighters are bringing the people the fights they want to see and thereby raising the stakes for all fighters. Can their light in the loafer promoters, broadcasters, and boxing commissions get their acts together to start making regular, compelling, fairly officiated fights?

Recent history, the only way we can judge our own era, suggests probably not if the powers that be can continue to make their money wagering on limited matchmaking and orchestrated results.

In the meantime, New York boriquas will doubtless show up in force given the Puerto Rican genealogy of Philly born and bred Garcia, and of course boxing hard cores will watch across the country. Thurman deserves kudos for taking this fight in the Garcia back yard so to speak, but will the public at large be watching? I hear this is only the 3rd time in history that two undefeated prime age welters are fighting to unify the title, yet there is no buzz to this fight because both are Al Haymon fighters having been kept out of the glaring limelight of any potential losses so they could be kept propped up for a potential TUE 49-0 fight. With that horse having bolted the stable for his umpteenth retirement, this fight represents their consolation tussle.

The two previous undefeated unifications were 1985’s Donald Curry vs Milton McCrory, not a big fight per say, but they split $1.5 million which was great pay for two good fighters lacking extra public appeal. Then the mega 1997 Oscar De La Hoya vs Felix Trinidad unification that guaranteed Oscar $21 million and Tito $8.5 million with $71 million of PPVs they each got a piece off. Boxing killed off those days after their major league fraud of 2015, so this fight to be closer to Curry/McCrory given it’s supposed to be on free TV, CBS they say.

The fighters have gotten in on the numbers game now with Thurman wishing for 6 million viewers and Garcia for 10 million. Wishful thinking for sure when today 3 million would be considered outstanding, but when Canelo fought the unknown British Liam Smith in Cowboy Stadium, over 50,000 fans packed the stadium and this was a PPV fight. Over 17 million in Mexico saw that fight broadcast over their own free broadcast networks, and Mexico no way close in population to the 300+ million of the US. Those numbers tell us just how far boxing has dropped as a credible sport in the US.

I gather the numbers will fill us in days after the dust settles, but for now I’m picking Thurman in a fight that could be dramatic or a stinker depending on how Thurman moves. He’s much more versatile with his footwork and faster with his fists than the plodding Garcia who is something of a one trick pony, but then again, a one trick punch is all a fighter needs in boxing, but what if nobody showed up to witness it? 

Gennady Golovkin vs Willie Monroe Jr

The fast rising, always smiling, always affable Gennady Golovkin goes against a hungry southpaw, Willie Monroe Jr this Saturday, May 16, The Forum in Los Angeles being the place to be.

Triple G

Triple G

The WBA/IBO/WBC beltholder Golovkin is coming off a somewhat difficult bout against the game, well skilled Martin Murray was difficult to hit cleanly, making reverse his primary gear until Golovkin finally managed to catch him solid for the stoppage. Monroe will likely provide more of the same, but can that light hitting, spoiler style ever be enough against the new beast from the east who’s modis operandi is a distinctive bong of the big noggin gong, separating every mental sense of his overmatched opponents.

Thing is, it’s always a dangerous fight against these spoiler types from a prospective loss stand point for a slugger, especially one as acclaimed as Golovkin. If he fails to knockout the spoiler, he “failed expectations” and the spoiler will have “exceeded expectations,” thus claiming credit for surviving on some scorecards in spite of generating next to no offense, offense supposed to being by far the most important factor in judging a fight.

Boxing judges tend to be like beauty contestant judges with preferences for a certain style of a fighter, American judges in particular rewarding a stinker/spoiler style regardless of lack of their offensive capabilities. Golovkin may be the fresh rising star here, but he’s a foreign interloper, (re: a no good Russian to certain types of the low brow American anti-social media fan base, never mind his Kazakhstan origins) as opposed to Junior being the American heir prince to the royalty of Willie The Worm Monroe who holds a win over the magnificent Marvin Hagler among his many other wins in his day.

Lord only knows how American judges will view this fight if Golovkin can’t knock out Monroe. Thank goodness the Canelo/Kirkland ref that night got it right in Texas this past Saturday. The internet would have melted had Laurence Cole got his grubbies on that fight.

Though not a compelling fight on paper, maybe Monroe can be more aggressive, but I doubt it, so here we go again, holding our baited breath against the next officiating travesty. Or maybe just be pragmatists and refuse to watch like most fans turned off by the current state of modern boxing. You be the judge.

Floyd Mayweather Jr–Will He Really Fight Victor Ortiz?

The fight has been officially announced with attendent press conferences and 24/7 tapings and is now less than a week away. Floyd Mayweather will be coming out of his latest retirement to challenge Vicious Victor Ortiz for the WBC welterweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this Saturday, September 17th.

Apparently Mayweather has a residency at the MGM Grand since his last 5 fights spread over these past 5 years have been fought there starting with his hotly contested win over Oscar de la Hoya in 2007. He skipped the previous 5 years at the MGN Grand after his hotly contested win there over Jose Luis Castillo in the first fight, so maybe he has a numerology thing goin, but wait, there’s more.

Mayweather vs De La Hoya
Mayweather vs De La Hoya

Mayweather’s last 5 fights will have also been promoted by Golden Boy, so he has definitely settled into the comfy confines of scheduling in his advancing years. He’s become the proverbial “house” fighter after a career of consecutive WBC belts, flitting in and out of retirements and fights on personal necessity.

Ortiz won the WBC  title from Mayweather stablemate Andre Berto, outboxing, outworking, and outslugging the surprisingly game Berto who looked tired and out on his feet at times but couldn’t be stopped. Then Ortiz shocked the boxing world by announcing via Twitter that he would be fighting Floyd Mayweather who promptly shot down that idea as foolish in a fluster of twitterings that pass as the fighters’ press releases these days.

Mr. Muscles

Mr. Muscles

Then lo and behold, a month later the big announcement that the fight’s on, so Vicious Victor wins the opening salvo, but wait, you just had to know, there’s more.

Mayweather as most know is highly compromised legally, facing down more than a half dozen criminal and civil lawsuits in what may prove to be the meltdown of his career. He has pulled out of fights before and now he’s back needing a new cash infusion, so what happens in the ring?

The usual suspects will run off on the sublime boxing skills of Mayweather, dismissing any chance by the 24 year old Ortiz as too raw, too crude, too inexperienced to properly match up against the highly credentialed Mayweather.

This of course ignores the rich history of aging all time greats being beat by lessor fighters too many times to be counted. Stuff happens, and sometimes it happens for well known reasons that are ignored or glossed over.

The talented Victor Ortiz was heavily promoted by Golden Boy as the new star in the making. Things then came unstuck when he was matched against the huge hitting Marcos Maidana in an entertaining slugfest that saw them swap knock downs until Ortiz pulled the plug. Howls of outrage followed with no shortage of insultive suggestions regarding what Ortiz could do with himself.

Since that time, he’s been sucessfully matched against light hitting, top boxer types, Nate Campbell, Vivian Harris,  Lamont Peterson and Andre Berto, all but former champ Harris being Ring ranked. Ortiz pretty much had his way with them though he was most unfortunate to only secure a draw against Peterson who was knocked down twice. Again Ortiz took criticism for backing off and not going for the kill, but that’s the typical unsupported bias through boxing history used against sluggers when they sucessfully use their boxing skills instead of slugging. We seldom see boxers criticized for knocking out opponents, so go figure the average boxing critic if you dare.

But guess what folks, Mayweather is the tip of the top boxer types who has proven to be a featherduster since he moved to welter. He needed an assist from the turnbuckle to finish off the game Ricky Hatton, a fluke accident rarely seen and not likely to happen again in his career.

Ortiz is still a developing fighter, so it’s hard to gauge his realistic chances, but he has the raw size, strength, and talent to win the fight against the 34 yr old Mayweather who may be losing his focus. Ortiz has at least made the first part of his dream come true, a signed fight with Floyd Mayweather who ain’t the easiest guy to get a pen to.  

The short of it is that the 24 year old Ortiz is in ascendency whereas Mayweather may or may not be in decline, but now is when their career timelines intersect. Does Ortiz have the heart and skill to finish what Sugar Shane Mosley started? Will Mayweather be distracted by legal woes and handicapped by ring rust or will he outclass the kid at every turn? Has Ortiz’s recent stint at modeling underwear gone to his head?

Or my favorite Mayweather question: Any controversial reffing or judging decisions?

I know this, Mayweather was rocked harder than he had ever been rocked by Shane Mosley who has modest power at the weight. He showed great instincts to not only survive, but have Mosley on the back foot by round’s end.

Can he do it again?

The southpaw Ortiz was a very powerful junior welter, so he’s a dangerous fight for anyone, but maybe team Mayweather see the typical flaws of a young gungho fighter still trying to please everyone yet pleasing no one yet. Ortiz has shown he can be put down on a regular basis, so if Mayweather can put Ortiz down, could be he could showboat his way to victory with no further effort.

In an special Golden Boy promotional co-PPV arrangement, unbeaten Mexican sensation Saul Canelo Alvarez will be making his WBC defense of his light middle title against Alfonso Gomez in what should be a breezer. Is this the setup for Mayweather’s challenge to his old WBC belt that he never defended, a battle of undefeateds against Alvarez?

Here they are looking rather chummy as they keep their options hot:

Canelo y Money

Canelo y Money

It’s up to the fighters now. Could well be the kind of fight you’ll remember for the rest of your life or one of the worst, so let’s hope for the best and leave the worst for later.