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Cinco de Mayo Canelo vs Miracle Man Danny Jacobs

Saul Alvarez continues to add to his P4P middleweight legacy by taking on the larger, rangier, Ring ranked #2, Danny Jacobs @T-Mobile Arena in Vegas this Saturday, May 4th as an integral part of Cinco de Mayo celebrations that Canelo is noted for.

Just to give you an idea of Canelo’s size disadvantage, at the prefight mandatory 30 day weighin, Canelo was 168.2 lbs and Jacobs was 175.4 lbs, a 7+ lb weight advantage for Jacobs that represents the next division up. Of course Jacobs risks being weakened by having to lose that much more weight to make the 160 lb middleweight limit come official weighin for the fight, but dollars to donuts he makes 160 limit to storm back to that 7 lb weight advantage after both rehydrate. He’s just that much bigger than Canelo and playing a dangerous game having to lose so much weight only to regain it come fight night, but of course such hidden physiologic dangers are the nature of modern boxing and always has been for those 16 divisions below heavyweights. Heavies have never had to meet any limit save being above the 200 lb modern minimum weight in an otherwise open class.

The 32 year old Jacobs, 35-2, 21 KO, is also a well skilled, well experienced boxer/puncher with the ability to “run” when needed that we will probably see in this fight. He earned his Miracle Man ring alias the hard way by miraculously cheating death after being diagnosed with a terrible form of bone cancer. Usually such a life draining illness extracts much of the starch out of any survivor, but Danny started in as a young healthy fighter in great condition, so  in cooperation with the mental and spiritual fortitude needed to supplement such horrific cancer treatments, Jacobs “Licked The Big C” to paraphrase John Wayne after losing a lung to cancer to fight his own way back, and Jacobs seems to have caught lightning in a bottle during his comeback. In short, Danny’s much better than before he came down with cancer, quite a comeback.

Stylistically this is a match between two primary boxer types with good power with Jacobs being significantly taller, rangier, and heavier, thus in theory stronger, but not necessarily. Other than than owning that greater range than Canelo and faster feet for running purpose, victory will come down to subtle boxing and or/fighting differences as each put the other through their paces. Many are predicting Canelo will knockout Jacobs who has been knocked out once before. Sure, anything is possible in any fight, but I don’t personally see that happening though he may get knocked down. Canelo has never tasted the canvas or even hurt for more than a nanosecond in comparison.

A notable element in the build up to this fight is Jacobs making much public noise about how he thought Gennady Golovkin beat Canelo those two times they fought that were officially scored a draw and UD for Canelo, and additionally that he, Jacobs, beat Golovkin in their fight where Jacobs was knocked down and took a decision loss. Going in that fight, Jacobs forfeited his IBF belt after skipping the same morning weighin the day of the fight, that morning weighin having recently gained traction in boxing’s futile attempt to limit the extreme weight losses to make weight before packing on weight gains during the 36 hour prefight interim that may add as 20+ pounds from the official weighin. At best this kind of talk is whistling through the graveyard on a moonless night, and at worst the boxing suits and officials may become irked in knowing that their decisions and actions are called into question after Jacobs himself declined to follow their regulations.

In short, you ain’t supposed to bite the hand that feeds you unless you fancy the dog pound accommodations.

I have long addressed the shambles of the illogical 10 point must system of scoring in boxing used as a smoke screen by disreputable boxing suits to gloss over their incompetent oversight of boxing that has driven not only core fans away, but also any new fans who quickly become discouraged over weekly outrages all over the globe. Such is what we the people expect these days In A World Run by Marketing with no ethical or quality control over the products they produce.

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2010/09/20/boxing-101-how-to-score-ugly-or-mora-vs-mosley-the-no-win-non-fight-of-the-year/

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/boxing-101how-to-score-ugly-part-iialvarez-vs-mayweather/

Moreover, Boxing’s failing hamhanded drug testing has riled up the boxing populace ill equipped to deal with the lack of transparency of these dubious sycophants. Here is there latest travesty of figuratively trying to put leg irons on this track athlete who has passed all their gender test and drug tests, yet by dint of what used to be seen as a happy accident of genetic endowment that so many of the greatest athletes are blessed with, they want to fill her with drugs and hormones so as to lower her naturally high testosterone count to typical female levels so the other gals can have a better crack at all the prize money she’s running away with. And when are these Nazi wannabees gonna start forcing us to dumb down to their level?

I don’t make this kind of DUMB up:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/athletics/2019/05/01/caster-semenya-iaafs-testosterone-rules-explained-evidence-examined/amp/

For this fight both fighters are VADA enrolled, yet we also have the backdrop of Canelo’s 6 month suspension after testing positive for ghost nanograms of a legal substance in Mexico’s food chain. Now we have yet another report of our aquatic wildlife testing positive for “banned drugs” through no fault of their own other than being helplessly trapped in the modern drug addled global environment. The world has never been filthier, and worse, it’s getting filthier by the moment with no end in sight, an apt metaphor for boxing me thinks.

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/02/719600999/traces-of-cocaine-pesticides-detected-in-u-k-shrimp

Jacobs further heaped it on Canelo by saying he has lousy footwork that can be exploited. In particular, he noticed what I noticed during Canelo’s last fight, a crucial detail that may or may not play out in this fight, that of Canelo wearing an elastic knee wrapping, aka, a brace. It was not so long ago between the Golovkin fights that Canelo had knee surgery, so could his wheels indeed be flying off in his prime years to leave him stranded like a beached whale for this fight?

This will be Canelo’s 55th fight in his 15th year of boxing and logging 379 rounds in the ring in comparison to Jacobs 38th fight in 13 years while logging 157 rounds in the ring, less than half the ring wear and tear of Canelo. Few modern fighters today get to Canelo’s ring totals at the highest level of boxing save for Manny Pacquiao, so like Max Schmeling noted in the leadup to the first Joe Louis fight in Yankee Stadium that packed 60,000 fans back when boxing was more fan accessible, maybe Jacobs “zees zumtink.”

Canelo is still in full glow of his largest athletic contract in history, $365 million over 11 fights after signing with the broadcaster of this fight, DAZN. He made his DAZN debut by ostensibly winning his third division title with the World Boxing Association World Super Middleweight Title held by Rocky Fielding @Madison Square Garden that was also his New York debut. The fight seemed a bit orchestrated to me, but then given all the massive media splash, it could be Rocky was psychologically left as a deer in the headlights, a typical syndrome for anyone in any profession stepping up on the big stage for the first time. 

In spite of a sometimes acrimonious relationship with the WBC, Canelo has also inspired them to continue a series of one off championship belts for his fights that has resulted this Mayan belt replete with Mayan calendar symbology and copious Mayan religious figures carved out of native Mayan jade. Moreover, the belt seems to have been made large enough to encompass even El Gordo hisself, Mauricio Sulaiman.

*** Also note the staged theater of Mayan religious figurines in a colorful pantomime as the introductory fanfare of the new belt.

Like middleweight great Marvin Hagler once stated after he got used to sleeping in a cushy bed in silk pajamas, motivation becomes difficult to train as hard as he was accustomed to, and very much like Hagler, Canelo is always in first rate condition as is Jacobs who has earned enough purse money in his comeback to count himself a millionaire in silk sheets, just not in the same multiples class of Canelo.

I myself don’t feel I have a good handle on this fight due to the potential stinker factor if Jacobs chooses to run heavily, the bane of modern American boxing. Anytime a decision goes to the judges, it becomes less a carefully crafted decision and more akin to a dice crap shoot rolled against the grimy wall in a back alley, so let’s crunch some more comprehensive Boxrec numbers:

Canelo has been ranked #1 P4P on Boxrec for a while now as well as being #1 middleweight with Jacobs being #3 middleweight and # 17 P4P. Since losing to Golovkin, Jacobs has won 3 decisions over a collective opponent record of 56-0 who currently rank 26th, 10th, and 7th that averages a Boxrec 14th ranking, a respectable comeback. Canelo’s last 3 fights have been a draw, decision, and KO over a collective opponent record of 102-2 currently ranking 5th, 2nd, and 2nd(Golovkin x2) that averages a Boxrec 3rd ranking, so while Jacob’s 3-0, 0 KO record is technically better than than Canelo’s 2-0-1, 1 KO record, his overall competition pales in comparison.

Oh, and let’s not forget the curse of Canelo being favored 17-2 by Ring “experts.”

Ya basta! I’m full up with number crunching, so let’s see if these fighters can make a place in the Pantheon of Valhalla with a fight that reverberates for 100 years hence. If their dreams cannot exceed their grasp, than what is a Valhalla for?

Mexico War England-Canelo Vs Rocky Fielding

Saul Alvarez makes a huge leap of faith and size to challenge the new WBA supermiddleweight champ, Rocky Fielding in their mutual Madison Square Garden debuts in New York this Saturday, December 15th.

 

Fielding’s fellow Brit, Callum Smith, is actually the super WBA supermiddle champ if we want to parse supers in this regrettable era of multiple titles even within one boxing organization. Smith’s belt was well won as the victor in the highly lauded WBSS tourney, so it remains to be seen if Canelo or Rocky will ever challenge Callum. For the 28 year old Canelo, it’s all about the money and pleasing DAZN bosses after his monumental $$$365 million, 5 year, 11 fight deal with that streaming platform adopted by British Promoter Eddie Hearn.

Alvarez’s deal is the richest athlete contract in sports history, eclipsing the 13-year, $325 million agreement that New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton signed in 2014 when he was with the Miami Marlins. That makes him the highest earner in the history of boxing at his age, heady stuff indeed considering  earnings of the 28 year old Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather Jr, and Manny Pacquiao. In short:

“Canelo is the highest-paid athlete in the world. He’s extremely happy,” Oscar De La Hoya gushed after Alvarez signed the deal.

http://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/25003974/canelo-alvarez-signs-5-year-11-fight-deal-worth-365-million-dazn

Yeah, I guess so!

The staged face off pose favoring the size of Fielding is from the top of the Empire State Building upon their announcement of the fight. Canelo was fresh off his win over Gennedy Golovkin and not far removed from that fight weight of 180 lbs. The 6-4 Fielding, currently listed in boxrec as 6-1, would’ve been at least 2 months out of training probably at the 210-220 mark, meaning he’s been cutting about 50lbs just to make the division limit, so needless to say he dwarfs any previous Canelo opponents. Whether by Canelo contract demands or WBA oversight, sad to say there is a next morning rehydration limit of 10lbs the fighters have to weigh before full rehydration can begin, a new fad in boxing. I abhor any rehydration limit on fighters, many of whom have been made deathly ill by trying to squeeze in as much as 20lbs under their fighting weights just to make a division weight limit, 168 lbs in this case, however a complete staged 36 hour slice of time is much better than the 8 or so hours fighters had in the same day eras.

To win a fight like this, Canelo needs a new low crouch bob and weave style with a quick step inside range and to sharpen up his izquierda al hígado liver shots that will be in his biggest power zone. I predict a good, well waged fight of give and take after a cautious first few rounds. I obviously favor Canelo, but Rocky represents a mighty mountain he has never been tasked to climb, so this ring journey sure ain’t handed to him on a silver platter.

 

Terence Crawford vs Viktor Postol

Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol each make his debut at MGM Grand, Las Vegas,  Saturday, July 23. This looks to be a WBC/WBO unification fight which is always good news not to mention that both of these guys are tops in their division, something of a rarity in boxing these days when a fight between the #1 and #2  happens, so lets hope boxing can continue to fight it’s way out of the stinking abyss it had sunk into circa last year.

WBO Terence Crawford vs WBC Viktor Postol

WBO Terence Crawford vs WBC Viktor Postol

Crawford recently got into some kind of bad funk with a mechanic doing some work on his classic car that resulted several pending criminal charges filed against him, perhaps emblematic of the pressures of being Top Ranks newest darling. While I don’t think the incident will be a factor in the outcome of the fight, he’ll be frustrated over all the questions about it for sure. May also have dragged down his hereto steady promotional rise for glory. Then again, he may gain promotional traction as American boxing’s newest bad boy. Certainly never hurt TUE 49-0 and his little buddy, Adrien Broner.

One thing is always a certainty, a great fight absolves a fighter of any previous sins, not that Crawford had really committed any serious sins yet. The gold standard of modern 140lb fights would be the classic wildman Aaron Pryor vs gentleman Alexis Arguello, definitely in the running for greatest ever fights that featured more high end boxing skills and adjustments displayed, ebb and flow of action, and vicious slugging than any single fight I’ve ever seen, finally concluding with a brutally, conclusive, concussive ending in the 14th round that left us in awe of what we just saw.

I doubt this fight can live up to that, but both these boys came up hard, poor, and hungry, so I’m expecting a hard traditional scrap as Crawford comes in with 3 straight KOs and Postal with 2 KO of his last 3 fights. One thing for sure, Arum is the best at developing his fighters with both learning bouts and the toughest bouts possible that this represents.

The 32 year old Ukrainian born and raised Postol is in the current mold of the ubiquitous “nameless/faceless” Eastern European washing up on US shores these days attempting to make a Gennady Golovkin or Sergey Kovalev type splash. Haven’t seen any of him save his dismantling of Lucas Martin Matthysse which is about as top shelf as it gets at 140 lbs these days. Listed at 5-11 with a near 74″ reach, he will loom over Crawford like he’s never been loomed over before. He seems to be an excellent technician with an all around kind of style that poses problems for anyone, but perhaps more importantly, Freddy Roach has been further sculpting him into a modern pro style, and more worrisome for Crawford, adding more power. Needless to say, the difference in trainer credentials between Freddie Roach and Crawford’s long time trainer, Brian McIntyre, more colloquially known as BoMac, is monumental. Certainly we can’t summarily dismiss BoMac’s thus far stellar credentials that seemingly have roots based on a long standing mutual commitment to Crawford, an inherent trust between the two that may well be more important in a tough fight than technical instruction.

The stakes have grown also with this being the 28 year old Crawford’s first PPV, not that I think he’ll pull in much more than 100K numbers, but I’m hoping to be surprised on that front since this is such a good bout that boxing fans need to get behind. Both are being mentioned as front runners for the Manny Pacquiao comeback, the jackpot of boxing

Postol vs Matthysse

Postol vs Matthysse

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is reportedly planning a supporting exhibition match between two alltime legends, Roberto Duran and Julio Cesar Chavez, to take place on the undercard. According to Arum, the two ring legends would face off in a two-round exhibition match wearing headgear and 16-ounce gloves. Duran last fought in 2001 and Chavez back in 2005, and although the timelines of their divisions never overlapped, they seemed to have developed an intense rivalry, meaning this might well turn out to be a really short war. Both have won over 100 career fights, but Duran is significantly older at age 65 compared to 54 year old Chavez. Perhaps more important, Duran looks to have lost at least 70 lbs of late, putting him at 180 or so, meaning with some training he might get down to 170 and will still be bigger than Chavez who seems to have stayed reasonably close to his fighting weight, say around 150 or so.

Legend vs Legend

Legend vs Legend

Hard to know how the big main event turns out since it seems more likely than not to go to a Las Vegas decision, ie another crapshoot that riles up the ever diminishing fan base of boxing to quit the sport. We can only hope for the officiating to operate at as near at an optimal level which will still be well short of the level top fighters operate at. The public has been clamoring for some time now for more consistent, fairly officiated fights. Sadly, fairness is too often lacking since officiating amounts to a part time job. Judges are stuck tabulating an outdated, bloated points system that totals up to 119-108 or 115-113 basketball type of scores that never reflect what actually happens in the ring.

While I see the fight as basically even, Vegas reportedly gives 6-1 odds on Crawford making a Postol bet a jackpot winner as they try to guide the bets into the best results for them which probably explains the problems with officiating as mentioned above.

Crawford and Postol both need more divisional rivals to fight to become true crossover stars with the public, but anything is possible when the time is ripe, and boxing is desperately ripe for a fresh all time great trilogy type of rivalry to be birthed with ever increasing stakes to be reaped. We can still dream, can’t we?

Shock & Awe~Canelo vs Amir Khan

Now that seismic tsunami waves created by the Thunderclap announcement of Saul Alvarez vs Amir Khan have finally died out, here they’ll be on this Cinco de Mayo weekend to inaugurate the spanking brand new T-Mobile in Las Vegas @ 155lb catchweight, the new Caneloweight class. What comes next?

Back to 2015 for context: Fans of both Miguel Cotto and Canelo were highly disappointed over that light sparring match for the legendary WBC/Ring/Lineal middleweight title after expecting a well waged WAR for the ages given their usually fan friendly styles. Fans of Khan have been long disappointed over his lack of top ten opponents since being knocked out by Danny Garcia in 2012. Upon announcement of this fight, based upon expectations on paper, ie their records, Canelo knocks Khan out all day every day and twice on Sundays, and true, that may well come to pass, but Khan does have some upside on Canelo starting with nominally better handspeed and the kind of fleet running footspeed that could dampen Canelo’s offense. If Khan manages to survive the distance, then according to unwritten boxing code, that means he exceeded expectations, meaning he may cop the decision regardless how many might think Canelo won it in a landslide. Decisions, sometimes even knockouts these days, are too often a crapshoot in boxing. Who could ever really win or lose when boxing’s officiating/scoring rules are so backward, corrupt, and unenforceable that they literally create negative feedback from fans every other fight week? Especially grievous are when Al Haymon fighters are on the cards, and guess what, Khan is currently one of 200 fighters “advised” by Haymon.

The Money Fighter: This fight was designed for the 25 year old Canelo, 46-1-1, 32 KO, to secure a big payday before the Gennady Golovkin fight that we all hope we’ll see later this year. Although Canelo was brought up hard in the traditional Mexican way, he now occupies a rare high niche as the future of high level boxing along with the newly minted Brit Anthony Joshua. His critics have long moaned over his supposed favored status, but critics are always moaning about everyone and everything anyway, especially Canelo even when he fights top contenders. Now he enters into the main of his prime still huge in Mexico, yet still developing internationally, so enter Khan and the potential harvest of new British fans who may like what they see in their first viewing if Canelo seals the deal.

The Hype That Didn't Deliver

The Hype That Didn’t Deliver

The Wannabe Money Fighter: The now 29 year old Khan, 31-3, 19 KO, was the sorta money fighter for a while, but Golden Boy could only keep him propped up so long. After his setbacks, he disappeared from the mainstream, only surfacing during petty twitter nonsense. As a former Olympic Silver medalist, he had turned pro with a lucrative contract and guaranteed popularity until he started opening his mouth to repeatedly insert his foot. Then came the humiliating 54 second first round knockout at the explosive hands of Breidis Prescott. Devastated personally by such a brutal loss and subsequent derision by Brits who loved his cocky comeuppance, he soon fled the British Isles for a productive maturing phase to be trained by Freddie Roach, but seemed to be off mentally in the ring the few times he was matched up hard as if he never actually learned to actually fight and strategize other than going through basic boxing mechanics that put him further back of the pack with a couple more losses. Recently completing a succession of interim and vacant WBC silver titles, he now goes for one of the most prestigious titles ever, the Lineal/Ring/WBC middleweight title held by Canelo, a humongous step from where he’s ever been before, but as legendary English Poet Robert Browning once asked three centuries back, “if a man’s reach can’t extend beyond his grasp, then what’s a heaven for?”

Canelo vs Khan

Canelo vs Khan

Khan has the sort of flashy hand and foot speed with eye popping combinations to dazzle judges, yet the individual talents never added up for the expected whole package down to the mental letdowns and somewhat fragile chin. In contrast, Canelo turned pro as a 15 year old kid Julio Cesar Chavez style and worked his way up a very competitive Mexicano food chain to the point where his startling looks in an otherwise mostly mono physiotypical culture combined with his youth and fighting ability to make him a huge star. He’s not blessed with flashy physical attributes that wow the casual fan, but every physical and mental attribute that he needs in boxing he has in plenty enough abundance, sorta like an all around B+/A- student beating out all the honor students on college entrance examines and in the workforce. The sum of his individual talents have thus far proven greater than the expected whole.

It helps in the English speaking culture Canelo primarily operates out of these days that he doesn’t yet speak English very well, perhaps mitigating any potential “gotcha” stupid comments. The press takes great joy in baiting those unfamiliar with the dirty machinations of the media. Poor Khan in contrast, continues to step in one public mess after another because he does speak English and is not shy about expressing himself.

The Officiating: This being Las Vegas, you can bet your last dollar on it, the officiating is generally atrocious. Kenny Bayless is the assigned referee who most notably as far as Canelo is concerned, allowed TUE 49-0 to headbutt Canelo with impunity in the early stages of that fight as well as warning Canelo for a low tap he delivered to let TUE know he needed to release his simultaneous choke hold while lacing his face with the tape on his gloves, all while Bayless stood by pretending to be a statue until Canelo roused him from his stupor by issuing his love tap. So no love for Canelo by Bayless who would also appear to favor Haymon fighters. Judges are: Adalaide Byrd, Glenn Trowbridge and Glenn Feldman who is the only non Nevada resident of the bunch to make the officiating appear at least somewhat fair, yeah, right. Byrd is an horrific judge who favors light hitting/hard running American boxer types, an unholy alliance that has literally eliminated boxing as a traditional sport of combat and popularity. She seemingly would favor Khan, especially since he’s become an American trained, American based fighter. Trowbridge seems to be a low profile type on the right side of the scoring scale in the few big fights I used to establish context for him. Feldman operates normally in the northeast US, most recently in the Adrien Broner vs Ashley Theophane joke this April Fool’s 1st in Washington, DC, a place rife with specious officiating as one might expect from the seat of US government these days.

Bayless nets $4,150 as  the judges net $2,950 for the gig, but of course these are chump change figures released for the rubes. There is no telling what’s going on under the table behind the scenes.

So, stylistically, Khan has to implement an effective hit and run style to have any chance of surviving to win a decision. In contrast, Canelo is basically a well balanced fighter both on offense and defense who can pretty much do it all when needed. His style perhaps best described as counterpuncher/slugger against powerful fighters or a cautious boxer/counterpuncher in some of his less compelling fights against boxers where he concentrates on not making any mistakes, so in his fashion he boxes with boxers, and punches with punchers.

That would seem to indicate Canelo would box with Khan to put steady but careful pressure on him, making sure the public gets to see Khan running the extra mile in the ring to avoid contact. He surely knows he’s expected to knockout Khan and generally abhors disappointing his fans. Can he deliver this go round?

Young Canelo muscling up to Golovkin

Young Canelo muscling up to Golovkin

 

Good Sport Updated~Ring Ratings vs Boxrec Ratings~Who You Got?

Well folks, the “boxing experts” who purport to know all about boxing so as to fill our empty noggins with their boxing “expertise” seem to be completely at odds with each other here. No surprises there since boxing is a sport with rules that “boxing experts” often ignore so as to benefit “the chosen” for personal gain or other purpose. Nobody can even say with any degree of certainty from fight to fight which biases the referee will show or how close or far apart the fight scores will be. And for whom? Naturally this is passed on in their ranking systems, in this example being in dire opposition to each other, a perfect draw in boxing terms, but is it really?

You can see some fun I previously had with Ring rankings here, utter hilarity distilled just for you:

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/ratings-ring-ratings-good-sport/

Anyways, ahem, the current Ring P4Pers were elected by rather large committee circle of…”experts”…are thus:

  • 1. ROMAN GONZALEZ Record: 43-0-0 (37 KOs)
    Ranking:This Week: 1 | Last Week: 1 | Weeks On List: 68
    Title: RING, WBC flyweight
    2. Andre Ward Record: 28-0-0 (15 KOs)
    Ranking:This Week: 2 | Last Week: 2 | Weeks On List:
    No title
    3. Sergey Kovalev Record: 28-0-1 (25 KOs)
    Ranking:This Week: 3 | Last Week: 3 | Weeks On List: 28
    Title: WBO, IBF, WBA light heavyweight
    4. Gennady Golovkin Record: 33-0-0 (30 KOs)
    Ranking: This Week: 4 | Last Week: 4 | Weeks On List: 32
    Title:WBA middleweight
    5. Guillermo Rigondeaux Record: 15-0-0 (10 KOs)
    Ranking: This Week: 5 | Last Week: 5 | Weeks On List: 109
    Title: RING, WBO, WBA jr. featherweight
    6. Wladimir Klitschko Record: 64-3-0 (53 KOs)
    Ranking: This Week: 6 | Last Week: 6 | Weeks On List: 268
    Title: RING, IBF, WBO, WBA heavyweight
    7. Terence Crawford Record: 26-0-0 (18 KOs)
    Ranking: This Week: 7 | Last Week: 7 | Weeks On List: 21
    Title: WBO jr. welterweight
    8. Manny Pacquiao Record: 57-6-2 (38 KOs)
    Ranking: This Week: 8 | Last Week: 8 | Weeks On List: 617
    No title
    9. Shinsuke Yamanaka Record: 24-0-2 (17 KOs)
    Ranking: This Week: 9 | Last Week: 9 | Weeks On List: 19
    Title: WBC bantamweight

    10. Kell Brook Record: 35-0-0 (24 KOs)
    Ranking: This Week: 10 | Last Week: 10 | Weeks On List: 2  Title: IBF

    OK, now on to boxrec rankings for comparison. Boxrec uses computer accumulated points which are the first emboldened numbers to go along with each fighter record, the most unbiased rankings regardless of various human errors in assigning the points for various performance measures:

    1. Wladimir Klitschko Dr Steelhammer 1330 64-3 heavyweight

    2. Gennady Golovkin GGG 1078 33-0 middleweight

    3. Saul Alvarez Canelo 1075 45-1-1 super welterweight

    4. Sergey Kovalev Krusher 999 28-0-1 light heavyweight

    5. Manny Pacquiao Pac Man 913 57-6-2 welterweight

    6. Miguel Cotto Junito 887 40-4 middleweight

    7. Kell Brook Special K 863 35 0 0 29 welterweight

    8 Keith Thurman One Time 835 26 0 0 26 welterweight

    9 Erislandy Lara The American Dream 781 21-2-2 super welterweight

    10 Adonis Stevenson Superman 777 27-1 lightheavy

    11. Terence Crawford Bud 760 26-0 jr welterweight

    18. Andre Ward 637 Son of God 28-0 supermiddleweight

    23. Guillermo Rigondeaux 564 El Chacal 15-0  superbantamweight

    29. Roman Gonzalez 519 Chocolatito 43-0  Flyweight

    90. Shinsuke Yamanaka  342 24-0-2 Bantamweight

    OK, first most glaring contradiction in the two rating systems is Roman Gonzalez being first in Ring yet only 29th in Boxrec due to being in a lower weight class of a smaller population of fighters compared to the more populous larger divisions. In context to the way they do their rankings, the Boxrec #1 P4P female, Delfine Persoon who operates in the lightweight division with a population of only 115 total females, she has only accumulated 172 points in contrast to the Gonzalez 519 points with  a male flyweight population of 709. Cecilia Braekhus is the undefeated 27-0 female welter champ widely acclaimed, yet only 10th P4P due to an exceedingly low welter population of 37 females, so fighter population, ie competition, is important to Boxrec rankings.

    If we combine Choco’s two ratings and divide by two for an average, we’d get a 15th rank which seems appropriate even if he has proven to be a beast in his 3 divisions. He could continue to accumulate points in Boxrec to rise further, but let’s move on to other glaring abnormalities.

    Boxrec has Golovkin #2 which seems about right given a general public consensus that he should be #1, but Ring lists the inactive Andre Ward #2 in spite of his gross inactivity in the supermiddleweight division dating back at least 2 years. He also refuses to leave California except when he was forced one single time by the Super Six Tourney, yet he was still at home in New York against a true international fighter in Carl Froch. Boxrec rankings seem more justified in that regard as Ward, 18th, simply wants to sit on his hometown canned record like another American supposed great, TUE 49-0, did for 9 consecutive years.

    Ring has Kovalev and Golovkin ranked 3 and 4 to Boxrec’s Canelo and Kovalev as 3 and 4, so we have only a small measure of congruancy due to Canelo being unranked by Ring in spite of being previously ranked and only losing a majority decision to TUE 49-0, otherwise cleaning out the 154 division at 155lb catchweights as he built to the highly anticipated showdown with Miguel Cotto who is Boxrec ranked. Advantage Boxrec as the Haymon/Goldenboy News of the Ring world simply cannot justify not having Canelo somewhere at this point.

    TUE nose knows it!

    TUE nose knows it!

    Boxrec has Manny Pacquiao ranked 5th, but Ring has dropped him down to 8th in between untested Crawford and Yamanaka in spite of Manny holding the P4P records by a long shot for the most P4P fights, wins, and longest duration in their P4P ratings. We’re talkin’ spiteful Ring ignorance squared x 10 me thinks.

    Moving on, Ring has their former #2, Wlad Klitschko, mysteriously demoted to #6 in spite of starting to tie and break Joe Louis’ heavyweight records set 8 decades ago. Axe to grind? What more can any fighter do than that? He’s sandwiched between the unusually gunshy, barely tested Rigondeaux who hasn’t fought a Ring ranked fighter in two years, preferring to be knocked down by international type journeymen for chump change, and the inexperienced Crawford who is a very good fighter becoming great, but not yet. Wlad has more knockouts than their victories combined and near 5x their combined title wins. Such “boxing experts” represent a gross American bias against foreign greats who have been supplanting their own greats, further magnified by the pitiful dirth of American fighters these days, especially at the contender levels.

    Knocked Cold

    Knocked Cold

    So now we’re down to Ring’s Yamanaka and Brook ranked 9 and 10, so there’s some overlap with Boxrec who ranks Brook 6th, but Yamanaka only ranked 90th down to being inexperienced in a low population of fighters. Yamanaka would be 50th if we combined rankings, not bad, but hardly a P4P top 10. What were Ring’s “experts” ever thinking, or were they? To think or not to think must be the burning question raging inside empty noggins.

    In Boxrec lower 10, they have Miguel Cotto, Keith Thurman, Erislandy Lara, and Adonis Stevenson, none of whom Ring ranks. Cotto I can see because of his long excellence and competitive losses, but Thurman and Stevenson are still relatively unproven being held back by their sugardaddy, Al Haymon. The always running, too scared to fight, feather fisted Lara barely has twenty wins to go with two losses and two draws in terrible performances, but again, there’s not a lot to pick from. Crawford, Ward, Rigondeaux, Yamanaka are all out of Boxrec’s top ten. I could see Crawford and Gonzalez squeaking in based on their startling performances and anticipated years of peak performances.

    Gone is Gone

    Gone is Gone

    I say Boxrec rankings are considerably better, so there it is, the mystery meat of sports, boxing, being served up on the public platter for consumption…yum…who’s on first, no, wait, he’s on third, wait, which way is up and where’s my candy bar and envelope? Only in boxing.

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.

Gennady Golovkin vs Martin Murray in Monte Carlo

Widely acclaimed WBA/IBO/WBC  middleweight champ Gennady GGG Golovkin, 31-0, 28 KO, looks to mug Martin Murray, 29-1-1, 13 KO, this Saturday, February 21 at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo. Thankfully HBO is willing to go international to cover the best fighters, ie Golovkin in this case.

Though their records are somewhat close, this fight is most likely a stylistic nightmare for Murray who is light in the power department and heavily dependent on a ring centered, low volume, counter punching style. Though Murray has never been knocked out, it’s almost inevitable that at very least the ref will be forced to step in to prevent anymore damage.

However, fighters are not always at their best in the moment and therein is the hope of Murray, that Golovkin will be off physically and mentally on the night.

The supporting card features British heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury, 14-0, 8 KO, up against Ukrainian prospect Andriy Rudenko, 26-1, 16 KO. The 20 year old Hughie is, of course, cousin and training partner of top heavyweight contender Tyson Fury. He’s making a comeback of sorts, his first fight since May of 2014 after reportedly becoming seriously ill and then suffering a death in the family when his uncle Hughie passed.

Rudenko was a developing nicely until he lost to Lucas Browne last year, so this also represents a comeback for him of sorts. Last year at their bests they would have been competitive with each other, but it’s hard to judge now given their setbacks other than the fight is likely heavy on action.

 

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…