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Fall Fireworks~Gennedy Golovkin vs David Lemieux

The somewhat under appreciated David Lemieux has surprisingly agreed to put up his freshly minted IBF middleweight bauble against the WBC/WBA baubles of new age juggernaut Gennady Golovkin in what promises to be a fan friendly slug’em up. That would be at Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, Saturday, October 17th, supposedly on HBO PPV which ain’t shabby fare for an Armenian-Frenchman from Montreal and a refuge from Kazakhstan. Them fur’nrs is takin’ over American Boxing, and thank goodness for that or we would never have any decent fights in the US.

That said, Lemieux, who gamely fought his way back from ignominy after a couple of stinging losses, me thinks he’s well overmatched here. He used to be listed as having only has a 64 inch reach, meaning he has to be in pretty close to land any punches regardless of what his short reach really is. Golovkin is unfortunately for him the superior long distance sharpshooter who likely boxes in a technical, counterpunching way to let his natural power eventually take out Lemieux who will be charging in like a bull, but now a more mature and nuanced bull, so Golovkin needs to be very careful. It’s a shame really to see Lemieux sacrificed so early in his career just as he reached the top echlon, but then I get the feeling he’s near the best he’ll ever be and may not be planning on a long future in boxing. Then again he may prove to be the bull in this china closet, shattering the expectations of all his naysayers as he as been doing most of his career.

So take the money now and leave the rest to sort itself out later in the fight as the saying goes by real fighters, a dying breed in the boxing world these days.

The Hawaiian Punch

The Hawaiian Punch

The supporting undercard is a very dynamic and perhaps somewhat mysterious bout between the acclaimed, fast rising, undefeated, newly crowned Ring #1 P4P…whew…that would be Roman Chocolatito Gonzalez, and the always popular fan favorite, the Hawaiian Punch, Brian Viloria. The highly credentialed Viloria tends to fight very hot or very cold, usually up to the level of his opponent, so it’s hard to predict the nature of outcome other than to note Chocolatito will be a substantial favorite to defend his WBC flyweight title for the very good reason of consistency and youth. He has become the proverbial beast, and he sure better be ready come fight night, because if Viloria can work up a head of steam early, there may be no stopping him. I’m guessing this could also well be the fight of the night if not the year if Viloria is really dialed in.

Whatever the results on the night, this is an all action card with some serious hurt being doled out as limp bodies splatter the canvas for the count, the history of boxing packed in nutshell this one.

When Two Worlds Collide

When Two Worlds Collide

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!

 

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr & Nonito Donaire Usher in The New Year

Mark your calendars for February 4th when boxing’s first big card kicks off the new year in  old San Antone at the Alamodome when Nonito Donaire battles Wilfredo Vazquez Jr for the vacated WBO superbanty title that Vazquez used to own.

WBC middleweight belt holder and Son of the Legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr may or may not be sanctioned to defend against the extremely dangerous Marco Antonio Rubio, but the fight seems to be on regardless. Basically WBC El Jefe Jose Sulaiman is in a feud with Bob Arum over some such silly comments each has made about the other recently, so we’ll have to see if these two old frogs can kiss each other into princes again for the belt to be officially on the line.

The Presser

The Donaire/Vazquez fight is the intriguing one since Donaire is a Ring ranked P4Per moving up to his superbanty debut after a spectacular 2011, knocking out Ring P4Per Fernando Montiel and shutting out undefeated Argentinean legend Omar Narvaez.  

Vazquez Jr was the amazing son of a Puerto Rican legend making his 3rd defense of his title when upset by the even more amazing Jorge Arce last year, so 2012 is his comeback year. Punching is his signature, winning all his title fights by spectacular KO until being knocked out in the last round by Arce who made their encounter into a dogfight. Vazquez had his moments and now knows what to expect from this elite level. While I expect Donaire to prevail, he better be at his best for this or else.

I am truly astounded that Bob Arum is risking a future projected superbout and Chavez Jr’s undefeated record against a dangerous puncher in Rubio. It takes the size, strength and chin of a Kelly Pavlik to take the fight to Rubio without being knocked out. Rubio can also be outboxed by a wary quality boxer, none of the above the sort of traits the much maligned Chavez is known for.

Junior is as game a fighter in boxing today, fighting hard against prospects and fringe contenders as he was slowly rounding into championship shape. While he hits hard enough for respect, the knockout is not his specialty any more than sublime boxing skills are. His dedication to his craft and conditioning have been suspect in the past, but moving up to the middleweight division seems to have suited him perfectly. His trainer Freddie Roach must see a quality gemstone in this rough diamond to have tutored him all these years, so Rubio is the next step in the development.

David Lemieux was an up and coming knockout artist and contender being fast tracked to a title shot before he was mistakenly matched with Rubio last year. Rubio took some wicked shots and didn’t seem long for this world, but Lemieux’s weakness was his youth, 23 years, and lack of rounds, only 65 rounds in the bank due to his ferocious early round stopping power. When the steam ran out and he had to start moving in reverse, the wily ring veteran walked him down and finally got him with a right behind the ear that took his legs out and crashed the back of his noggin into the turnbuckle. Ricky Hatton couldn’t come back from his heading of the turnbuckle in the Floyd Mayweather Jr fight either, so perhaps Lemieux can get back into the mix once he gets his training issues sorted.

Chavez seemingly does have his training issues sorted with a solid 211 rounds in the boxing bank and having stepped up his recent competition. His biggest unknown will be the same as Lemieux’s though, never having faced a big puncher. Additionally he gets hit much more than Lemieux who has quick feet and defensive moves to go with his power.

At any rate, it’s a quality set of action style match ups to kick off the new year, so catch it if you can.