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Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina–Sergio Martinez vs Martin Murray

Sergio Martinez has a dream homecoming come true when he puts his considerable ring accolades and WBC middleweight title up for grabs against the undefeated British contender, Martin Murray, 25-0-1, 11 KO. That’s almost a perfect half of the record of Maravilla, currently at 50-2-2, 28 KO. Not only is the paper record is owned by Martinez, but even more so the 50,000-seat Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires where soccer riot rabid boxing fans will be  howling for their legend to put a proper whipping on the dreaded English lackey.

Such fare salves grievous injuries incurred after losing the Falkland Islands to the British decades ago is the way this particular nationalist type rivalry goes. More importantly, the Argentine government is subsidizing this little shindig to the tune of up to 5 million buck$ to bring his title home, a nice tribute to the late blooming boxing star.

Maravilla vs Murray

Maravilla vs Murray

The experience discrepancy is further highlighted with 379 rounds for the 38 year old Martinez, almost triple the 132 pro rounds of Murray. The Martinez rounds over the past few years have been against the best boxing has to offer compared to the domestic oriented Murray who has only fought once out of the UK and only once against a world class fighter when he secured a draw against then world WBA champ, Felix Sturm in Germany in 2011.

Noteworthy are recent British challengers Matthew Macklin and Darren Barker being knocked out in late rounds by Martinez after significant struggles. Could be that Martinez wear and tear may be settling in after these many years of skyhigh Ring ratings as well as channeling the rabid hopes of fellow Argentines for whom he has become the number one sporting star of the entire country.

Martinez is coming off a very close encounter of the damaging kind as evidenced in his last bout against Son of the Legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Many so called “boxing experts” littering the media and antisocial media websites could never admit that Junior was dishing out some heavy punishment by the end of that bout much in the manner of his old man did to Meldrick Taylor in a truly epic battle. Martinez managed to hear the final bell with a wide decision win, but he was in no better shape than the all busted up Meldrick Taylor save a higher order consciousness and ring savvy that carried him to the end.

A 30 year old fresh boxer type might well be able to explore the recently exposed frailties of Martinez who sported wrecked out leg when he had to come off the canvas in the final round. I’ve heard rumors of shoulder surgery as well. No doubt Murray has a plan in place to box hard and smartly pressure to further exploit vulnerabilities, but as Joe Louis and later on Mike Tyson were fond of paraphrasing, “They all have a plan until they get hit in the mouth.”

Come this Saturday in Argentina, plenty of mouth to be smacked and jaw to be cracked as gum shields and game plans get knocked askew when these two tangle, either for further supremacy or a new legacy with a new sheriff in town.

VADA/Conte/Donaire vs USADA/Rigondeaux for the Cleaner Than Thou Crown

Nonito Donaire will be fighting Cuban Olympic Gold Medal legend Guillermo Rigondeaux at Radio City Music Hall in New York City this Saturday, April 13th. On paper, Rigondeaux has no chance but a puncher’s chance, and he’s not a big puncher though he is a skilled and shifty boxer. The bottom line is that he’s too small and still on a professional learning curve, a baby as it were.

Filipino vs Cuban

Filipino vs Cuban

Nonetheless, the boxing world has been agaga over Cuban Olympic boxers even though most of them simply never got further than where Rigondeaux is, a WBA strap holder for a short while with few wins of any significance on his ledger, currently a mere 11-0, 8 KO, with 59 pro rounds in the bank. His achievements are certainly admirable at a certain level, but nowhere near the top mark that  Cubans typically seem to think they rank. The best of the modern Cuban pro boxers has to be Juan Carlos Gomez, the well credentialed cruiserweight champ and heavyweight contender, yet he had numerous personal issues that set him back, including disputes with managers and promoters, drug use, suspensions, lack of training.

Most noteworthy is that Cuban fighters didn’t get rich like they were promised when they were lured into the pro game. Few want to see them box save some few other Cubans and the ever diminishing remnants of boxing aficionados due to their boring, light punching amateur styles, often showing no heart or guts in the ring and needing plenty of referee intervention and dubious points decisions to keep them going.

It’s always a nice promotional PR stunt with a lot of political push when they get signed, Fidel Castro giving up ever more of his tired, his poor, and his hungry, capitalism starved fighters to come to America to set the world afire, but then? Into the virtual void of “Who Cares” they go.

The reasoning behind making this specific bout is that of convenience, both fighters being promoted by Top Rank, both highly rated, and both in need of a “big” fight, particularly Rigondeaux who has somewhat languished in spite of his heralded amateur success and obvious talents. Donaire  is wanting to silence the unceasing hordes of moaning critics littering the antisocial internet who insist he has been ducking the Cuban, the Mexican, the (insert nationality of your choice here).

In spite of  the positives for making the fight within Top Rank, it almost didn’t come off after stalling too many times to keep up with. Frankly, Rigondeaux  hasn’t looked pleased that he finally landed his signature big bout, perhaps upset with his manager and promoter and his purse, but that has been a longstanding problem with too many Cuban stars. Pro boxing is a cutthroat business and few pro fighters are pampered like the Cubans were used to in Cuba. Fighters in America have to be a star attraction to achieve the pamper level that Cubans were massaged with under the Castro regime.

Rigondeaux can last the 12 round distance if he shows up to spoil and run, but he won’t improve his future earnings with that strategy, see Timothy Bradley for how that works. He’s has to risk going out on his shield and really taking to Donaire in a controlled, clever way, fighting at a level much higher than he ever had to before.

Does Rigondeaux have the desire and the will to endure the big hurt Donaire is guaranteed to hit him with? Does he have the creativity and natural attributes to come up with a strategy that can really take it to Donaire offensively while protecting himself defensively?

Nobody knows what Rigondeaux has in him yet, not even Rigo, but wait, there’s the hope of a new development coming into this fight for him.

Donaire may somehow be weakened after the divorce from his ex-con BALCO trainer, Victor Conte. His tap of the majic swill elixirs that turn run of the mill store clerks into supermen able to leap over multiple divisions and rated fighters with a single bound has been turned off. Donaire may be in his Clark Kent mode for this fight.

Yes, folks, the sad truth is the boxing business has welcomed discredited trainers from the BALCO illicit performance drug operations that netted multiple felony convictions into their sordid, unseemly fold, a perfect fit if you study up on the history of boxing. Indeed, these n’er do well PED pushers have wormed their slimy hooks into top ranked fighter training camps everywhere. New supermen have been resurrected in the form of Nonito Donaire, Andre Ward, Andre Berto, Juan Manuel Marquez, Jorge Arce, Zab Judah, Brandon Rios, and too many others to keep up with. Give Conte and his hunched assistant Angel “Memo” Heredia your sickly, anemic, low testosterone count weaklings and voila, Showtime and HBO will come calling with big money in hand just to see their newly hulked out frames do a cartoon style seek and destroy on their opponent.

Currently we have WADA, VADA, NADA, and USADA all vying for a piece of the drug testing pie as slimy illicit drug testing cartel business operations merge with the sleaze of boxing. Do a web search on the dirty drug testing business after the recent upset by Sam Soliman over long time WBA middleweight champ Felix Sturm to see dozens of sordid press releases and updates all these many weeks later as both parties sling back and forth the kind of stuff you see slung by apes in zoos, and this just one fight!

One thing is for sure, these little banties are gonna be blood dripped bone dry in a head to head fight between VADA and USADA to see which operation is the sleaziest in the land. Nonito Donaire was extracted minutes before an early morning sparring session for example.

What kind of idiotic program is that?

Regardless, the new news is the same as the old news of hundreds of years prior with new fighters taking the most risks being ill advised or otherwise set up by neferious boxing “advisors.” The human condition never changes.

Ahem….is the time ripe for old school Panama Lewis glove tampering cheats to make a return to even up the balance on the PED ledger, ya think?