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Miguel Cotto Defends vs Daniel Geale

After a long layoff from boxing, WBC middleweight champ Miguel Cotto will make his first defense against Daniel Geale, June 6, Barclays Center in Brooklyn. This is also Cotto’s debut under his new promotional banner, Jay Z’s Roc Nation.

The bout will be contested at 157 pounds which favors Cotto as the smaller man. Geale is an unlikely looking top contender in a physical sense, being tall and stringy with little muscle definition, but maybe not so skinny as to have problems with making 157. Then again, it’s been 9 years since he weighed in under 159, even fighting in the 160s on occasion.

Geale In Fighting Trim

Geale In Fighting Trim

Regardless, it’s another traditional catchweight fight that drives modern boxing fans crazy. Whatever Geale’s few flaws are, light punching being perhaps most prominent, he’s a true fighter at core and cannot turn down this title opportunity against a really big name with the so called “lineal” middleweight title wrapping up everything so beautifully.

Should be a good scrap though with a rare Puerto Rican vs Aussie rivalry backdrop and a chance to see of Cotto can continue to improve under his new trainer Freddie Roach. I favor Cotto, but this is definitely a potential banana skin slip up in the making if he ain’t firing on all cylinders.

The huge payday against Canelo Alvarez would then go kaputsky though they could still stage a fight for decent money. If he wins, I’d say he’s also in the running for the Floyd Mayweather Jr rematch at another catchweight, say 155 lbs for Cotto’s WBC “lineal title” middleweight belt, but Geale comes first.  

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With Fightin’ Ladies

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Gennedy Golovkin vs Mexican Style Fight of Marco Antonio Rubio

The Gennady Golovkin juggernaut looks to keep on steamrolling over longtime Mexican middleweight contender Marco Antonio Rubio at the Stub Hub Center this Saturday, October 18th. Rubio may have promised a “Mexican style fight,” but he didn’t obtain his long time contender status by fighting in the traditional mano a mano Mexican style.

Chavez Jr vs Rubio

Chavez Jr vs Rubio

Rubio is one strange cat cut from different fabric than most Mexicans, likely down to developing a non life threatening skin disorder that has randomly bleached his skin of pigmentation giving him a bizarre inverse raccoon look that stands out like a beacon in his largely homogeneous culture. Deceptive fighting looks like that seem almost preordained by his Creator who has also girded him with the gifts of patience, craft, and stealth combined with one of the sneakiest fight ending right hands in boxing today. No great physical phenom he, but rather he goes about his craft in such a meandering manner that his considerable list of victims are invariably drawn to the deadly strike of a viper that ends it all, his record currently being 59-6-1 with 51 knockouts.

Just ask the highly touted Canadian slugger David Lemieux how that works.

Triple G

Triple G

Good enough technique for Rubio to seize the WBC interim middleweight title which will be up for grabs along side Golovkin’s Super WBA  and IBO middleweight belts. Still, if anyone was ever cut from a different fabric, Gennedy Golovkin looks to be cut from titanium chain mail. The few who matter in his division want nothing to do with him, so of course he is somewhat flattered against the next tier of opponents willing to fight him, however his last fight against Daniel Geale was world class as far as showcasing his natural attributes. It must have been scary for those top fighters to behold, but not Rubio who may be winding down his career in one last harrah.

I look for Rubio to give considerable ground to Golovkin as he only looks to defend himself within his own self-imposed limits. He knows he can’t win a decision, attempting that level of offensive activity would prove fatal. What he can do is to give way and wait, and study and wait some more, and give way again and again until just that right moment arrives for his right hand to strike gold.

Marco Antonio Rubio awaits his big strike. Can he up end the juggernaut of Gennady Golovkin or will he be just more Mexican roadkill?

The WBA featherweight title will be on the line when Nonito Donaire takes on Nicholas Walters on the big supporting undercard that is supposed to open the HBO telecast.

How was it portrayed in the old Batman TV series? Wham, POW, Bam! Better look out all you sissies always crying in your ugly mugs over the success of Donaire. Nicholas Walters of Jamaica is undefeated, stronger than a nuclear garlic malt, and he’s got a chance to tear tender rear of Nonito Donaire a new one. Certainly I can understand why young up and coming Walters would want this fight, but there is no need for Nonito to endure another tough fight after having fought the toughest competition in boxing since 2010, 11 highly ranked and all but one a champion in a variety of boxer, puncher,  brawler and P4Per combinations. He prevailed in all but one and even in that one he knocked down Guillermo Rigondeaux twice late in the fight to lose a close decision.

This “Axe Man” Walters may still be developing his career, but he’s highly ranked and well locked and loaded for bear as his undefeated record and high KO % attest to, 24-0, 20 KO. Not to mention that he’s also 28 years old, right in the traditional athletic peak years.

Different folks/different strokes and all that, so I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m looking forward to the stylistic matchup between Golovkin and Rubio, but most especially in the wild card shootout between Donaire and Walters. Amazingly Walters is a slight favorite over Donaire who has seemed to slipped from his top form. On the other hand, Golovkin is light years ahead as a favorite over Rubio, the most lopsided odds I can recall recently.

Choose wisely, but more importantly, enjoy!

 

Big Heavyweight Undercard: Bryant Jennings Vs Mike Perez

Undefeated heavyweight title aspirants, Bryant “By-By” Jennings and Mike “The Rebel” Perez contest a WBC heavyweight title eliminator Saturday, July 26th. They will be in support of the featured main card, middleweights Gennady Golovkin vs Daniel Geale at Madison Square Garden, New York, New York. Their fight was originally scheduled for May 24th in Corpus Christi, Texas, but Perez injured a shoulder, so it was rescheduled with an “upgrade” to Madison Square Garden, a mighty fine deal me thinks. 

Bryant Jennings vs Mike Perez

Bryant Jennings vs Mike Perez

Bryant Jennings is a highly touted Philly fighter in his second straight Madison Square Garden appearance and should be the “hometown” favorite after coming off his biggest win ever, knocking out Artur Szpilka in a fantastic heavyweight scrap that mixed in high level boxing, heady brawling, and heavy duty slugging. Jennings closed the show in old school Bob Fitzsimmons style with a classic solar plexus shot that Szpilka amazingly managed to beat the count, but could never recover from.

Too many stoppages in today’s boxing landscape are premature and perhaps this one was a smidgeon so, but clearly Szpilka looked done after a brutal fight of give and take. We can understand when the ref walks that fine line in juggling official rules with the spirit of the intended purpose of the rules. Referee  Mike Ortega deserves plaudits in overseeing an action packed classic by use of excellent judgement as he respected the fighters roles, something his peers would do well to take note of.

Mike Perez fights in a stark southpaw contrast, a Cuban refugee washed up in Cork, Ireland where he sheltered before launching his world tour in Germany, UK, Canada, and the US.  He is also in his second MSG appearance, the first being when he beat fellow undefeated prospect Magomed Abdusalamov  into a coma that left him on life support for many months and permanently damaged for life. Though Mago has recently shown signs of improvement, Perez and the boxing community have since struggled to deal with the backlash, most significantly the reputed lax oversight by the New York commission that has resulted in a nasty lawsuit. Perez returned to the ring only a couple of months later for an understandably lackluster showing against a big, tough prospect Carlos Takam in Canada that by hook or crook Perez managed to scrape out a draw.

All talents, ages, and experiences otherwise being somewhat equal, 29 year old Jennings at 18-0, 10 KO and 28 year old Perez at 20-0-1, 12 KO, the compromised mental state of Perez will be key to how this fight goes as he returns to the “scene of the crime.” I expect Jennings to use his speedy boxer/puncher form to take the early lead with the animated MSG crowd roaring in ecstatic delight. Will that be punishment enough to jump start Perez out of his recent ring lethargy to make the good fight for this golden fleece?

The main card is emblematic of two foreign nationals having top billing over Americans on American soil these days. One of the most formidable champions currently holding a title, 32 year old Kazakhstani Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin  and former IBF/WBA champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale Daniel out of Australia are top class operators willing to travel to wherever for a good fight. Geale is in the mold of a fancy dan stylist who can also fight if need be. He has some terribly hard work cut out for him as Govolokin makes his 11th defense of what has been upgraded to the Super WBA title, all previously won by knockout.

Nice Guys Scrapping For Glory

Nice Guys Scrapping For Glory

Overall these fights could prove to be quite interesting in their fashions, so boxing fans and any casual fans who happen to tune in could score big time, but only if the New York commish can oversee an equitable enforcement of their rules and regulations, sadly never a given in boxing…fingers crossed…XX…