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Bobby Mac Updates the Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn Scoring Travesty

Pacquiao vs Horn Scoring Update:

Folks will be getting a full Monty here using my simplified scoring system scoring points for fighters, not deductions of fighters as is the current incompetent system of scoring. Moreover, I eliminate 90% of the useless padded points boxing uses to cover up the incompetency of their current scoring system. I included abbreviated rd by rd notes that I take in watching every fight as I score it. I liked both fighters going into the bout and knew Horn wasn’t the expected patsy being portrayed. Fighters did their job and put on a real humdinger of a fight, but because of the judging, that great fight was quickly abandoned for an unjustified ugly scoring squabble. True fighters such as these deserve better no matter who wins.

The lack of boxing oversight credibility in this new age of boxing videos and big screens and boxing forums where fans can actually input their views pretty much dooms boxing to an ever diminishing market for a product the average sporting fan can’t understand any more than the idiotic announcers boxing chooses to run boxing in the gutter even further.

Here’s what Horn and Pacquiao looked like late in the fight. Being busted up is only one indicator of how the fight has gone, but Manny is bleeding from unintentional headbutts born of the orthodox/southpaw awkward footwork and body positioning, not legal punches. That’s the reason southpaws used to be converted to orthodox righty because they were a nightmare to fight because of that awkwardness. At any rate because of being so much older in so many fights, Pacquiao is the one that is supposed to have the busted facial features, not Horn.

1. Horn 1-0 Pac– P defense good, but H very aggress/hit on break-P knock H gum out-rough round for P but gains traction.

2. Pac 1-0 Horn-H broken rhythm style tuff to crack/exchange favor P-P combo as P show more aggress now-

3. Pac 1-0 Horn– Great action fight-H aggress but P box/move/good in exchanges/smiling at such a good fight

4. Pac 0-0 Horn– both aggress-H throw P down- H aggress but P with R Hooks, maybe tired.

5. Pac 0-0 Horn– H aggress and P box/pic shots- H prove tuff customer

6. Pac 0-0 Horn– H bull P to rope/maul- P OK- time for butt-P cleared by doc- P box-H good Rt-nobody hurt in fight yet

7. Horn 1-0 Pac– Exchange- H slow but bull P to ropes/exchange/time for P butt that hurt P/P to ropes

8. Pac 1-0 Horn– Ref good job- H aggress-P move and pic shots/H down from Rt but maybe feet tangle- No KD

9. Pac 1+1-0 H– H aggress but not as much-P pick shots/batters H around ring/H on shaky legs but not down

10. Pac 1-0 Horn– H aggress-P rest w/good combos/move-H still game

11. Pac 1-0 Horn– H aggress/grab/rassle- P sharp combos/H time for glove tape repair/tired trick by corner

12. Pac 1-0 Horn– H bull to ropes- P box well/H time for glove tape repair/exchanges favor P- H grab/bell and P with furious shadow flurry showing he’s ready for more

By rounds my score is Pac 7/Horn 2/Even 3. Pac dominated the latter half of the fight as Horn tired, and if I assign Even Rounds to Horn that makes it 7-5 still for Pac.

By my simplified rd by rd scoring, Pac scored 8 points(7+1), Horn scored 2 points, and 3 rounds were scored zero points. Current boxing rules ignore even rounds as other sports rightly score non scoring possessions as zero. There were no foul deductions or knockdowns to add any additional points to the fighter totals, just the one dominant round by Pac that netted him one extra point, so by my points scoring, 8-2 for Pac.

Of course the judges scores read like basketball scores where 90% of the points are useless padded points.

Official scores 117-111, 115-113, 115-113, all for Horn.

Aggregate judge cards here. First 4 rounds all match, and then all helter skeltor breaks out:

Horn’s Brisbane celebration 4 days later. Note both eyes still in recovery:

FULL FIGHT HERE:

***EDIT in WBO 5 judge panel results along with Compubox numbers:

The anonymous WBO scorecards yield Horn 3, Manny 1, and 1 Draw, meaning they scored the fight much closer, but no other big pro sport has 3 separate scores and scoring controversies every other week, sometimes a half dozen in the week save boxing.

Thing is, today Compubox and it’s copycats are just as viable as the shaky judges, and here is that summary:

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  • Compubox stats showed that Pacquiao landed 182 out of 573 punches thrown (32%), whilst Horn landed 92 of 625 thrown (15%).
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Manny Pacquiao Hones In On Aussie Jeff Horn

Manny Pacquiao, 59-6-2, 38 KO defends his WBO welter title down under in the topsyturvy world of Australia this Sunday, July 2nd against Jeff Horn, 16-0-1, 11 KO @ Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland. That would be late AM hours in Oz as opposed to 11 PM US east coast time working through the time zones to the US west coast 8 PM time. Yes, such time zone warps are the bane broadcast programmers, but such is the modern age we live in.

As we can see, Horn looks to have not only advantage of youth, but that of size, well, except for the massive fist Pac sports. Pacquiao also has a massive number of rounds in the bank, 443 compared to Horn’s 94 professional rounds, but as we all know how ye olde boxing saw goes, Manny could also turn old overnight with all that wear and tear.

The usual hue and cry of derision echoes around the boxing world when when Manny or any acclaimed fighter doesn’t fight the fighters certain fans demand no matter the improbability of the impossible details unknown to them. And let’s face facts, Horn is scarcely known outside of Australia, but make no mistake, this a fighter behind that school marm background. In the last three years, the collective record of those 10 opponents has been 240-29-7 that averages to a 24-3-1 record when they fought him. And of those ten fights, Horn notched 6 KOs, so clearly he’s not one to pussy foot around the business end of boxing. He’s 29 years old, the traditional peak of athletic prime years, and is solidly experienced even if lacking championship experience. Though unranked by Ring, his Boxrec ranking is impressively #12, and Boxrec rankings are comprehensively inclusive of ALL of boxing and less biased because they are coldly formulaic without blind passions that “boxing experts” bring to rankings.

Trainer, Glenn Rushton, taught Horn in a sort of philosophy of fighting, an unpredictable boxing style he calls “broken rhythm pressure fighting.” Don’t know if such is an original idea or an old one put into modern terms for modern fighters, but I could see evidence of a very unique style Horn used to systematically take apart the still powerfully formidable and experienced Randall Bailey, a 3x champ, end result being he retired on his stool after the 7th round. Bailey had been down over half dozen times, a couple of KDs mixed in with obviously weakened legs leaving him off balance and skating around disastrously on thin ice.

Some good background info where Horn admits to being more nerd than natural fighter, so had to be molded much like Gene Tunney. Manny on the other hand, though of course taught at a high level, was a natural born fighter much like Jack Dempsey or Roberto Duran.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-39866485

That said, most think Manny dispatches Horn easily, perhaps notching a KO denied him in a couple of previous fights because of illicit maneuvers by dubious referees. Let’s face it, more and more refs are giving extended long counts as much as 20 or more seconds, plenty of time for fit fighters to recover, so let’s expand on that fitness theme. Manny signs his opponents about 4 months in advance that gives them extra time to train with an extended training camp needed to have any chance against Manny and do proper promotional preparations. Compare to the typical Al Haymon fighter like TUE 49-0 or Deontay Wilder who play TBA fighters off each other until the last minute before signing them for peanuts with insufficient time to train for a big fight. Although the rules of boxing were originally designed to provide fair officiating of fights, backroom skulduggery as often as not still has a place at the table of these shady fighter teams.

Horn is a ring centered fighter using angles and nifty footwork for his offense and defense, not the modern contemptible run and duck and stink style that has regrettably led to the sinking of American boxing. So all in all this promises plenty of fan friendly action, and more importantly, since it will be on a late Sunday morning in Australia, it’s gonna be on ESPN, not HBO PPV. 60,000 crazed Aussies are expected to pack Suncorp Stadium for the fight!

Manny’s Uncle Bob says he’s staging a world tour for Manny, ostensibly to  expand his worldwide profile even more than it already registers off the charts in advance of his anticipated Filipino presidential run in the coming years. As such, this may well be the last year for the 38 year old Manny who had a perfect attendance record in the Philippine senate before his last fight.

So why not have the fighting senator go up against the fighting teacher on the world stage? Both could bring home some honor to those professions currently under fire for long standing, seemingly intractable problems born largely of the the political system they operate in.

Former sparmate Jack Asis Presents Manny With Toowoomba Aboriginal Art Glove Charting His Life Journey.

Former Filipino sparmate Jack Asis Presents Manny With Toowoomba Aboriginal Art Glove Charting Manny’s Life Journey.

Terence Crawford vs Felix Diaz

Terence Crawford defends his junior welter titles against Dominican Republican Felix Diaz @ Madison Square Garden, New York, New York. Now say Dominican Republican 10X real fast and see how stupid you end up.

Crawford vs Diaz

Crawford vs Diaz

Crawford makes a strong case study for everything that is right in boxing and dangerously wrong for Crawford personally. Bob Arum has done his damnedest to promote him into the soon to be retired Manny Pacquiao PPV replacement slot by building his local Omaha fan base. Arum secured excellent, increasingly more difficult developmental fights for him, yet in his biggest coming out party and PPV debut at the MGM Grand in Vegas against Viktor Postol, it was a flop, only 50K PPVs if even that. OK, we have to acknowledge that boxing PPVs in 2016 sank to, what, a 30 year low that year with the exception of Canelo Alvarez of Mexico and Anthony Joshua of the UK.

Oh, most certainly, Crawford fought his most brilliant fight against his most formidable opponent that he got little credit for because of the 2016 blow back after the 2015 Manny/TUE record setting farce, but there’s more at play here. Coming up and just breaking into contender status, he was interviewed and told of taking a grazing scalp wound when a guy pulled out a gun during a craps game. The inference of the article was that he had matured past those dangerous lifestyle choices, a story of redemption leading to the fulfillment of his potential in a feel good rags to riches story. So, going into to his PPV debut, instead of his focus being on the grand fight, it was on “Bud” Crawford himself and his fellow “buds” ganging up on some overwhelmed auto body shop owner to hijack Bud’s car in the middle of paint job or some such nonsense. They damaged the guy’s equipment and put a big scare into him as we can imagine, so of course the owner pressed charges, won a settlement, and Crawford was put on 2 years probation. The net result was basically telling the larger, casual boxing public that boxing needs for big promotions that Crawford was just another 2 bit street punk soon to become unraveled and behind bars and hardly worth the effort.

Coming into this fight against Diaz, he had another incident involving a girl friend fighting another girl in a street fight where he pulled out a concealed, permitted gun to brandish that scattered the smattering of spectators watching, but landed him into hot waters again. So, while thus far his flawless boxing as been top of the heap, his personal judgement in his regular life is proving problematic and potentially life threatening had someone else pulled a gun in retaliation to start a shootout in his most recent self inflicted mishap.

That certain segment of the thug culture in the US may yet adopt him en masse as they did Mike Tyson and Floyd TUE Mayweather Jr, but that culture is heading for something of a bleak extinction given their lack of relevance in this new rapid fire information culture. At any rate, they are only a small segment of the market he needs to capture for financial success.

Now as to Felix Diaz, while not Ring ranked, he holds a worthy 20th Boxrec ranking, an impressive 2008 Olympic Gold Medal, and is a squat, tricky, 5’5″ southpaw, the kind of fighter that can cause any fighter problems. This matchup could further be seen as the longtime desire of Bob Arum to prep Crawford for the southpaw style of Manny Pacquiao fight. A potential problem with that is that Arum is in his mid 80s and has recently put on some weight and sounded less than lucid in interviews of late and may not have the control over boxing that he used to.

Just think how far Don King as fallen in relevance in his advanced years. Manny was supposed to fight Amir Khan in April, but that fell apart over money and control of Manny’s career when he and manager/advisor Michael Koncz independently tried to negotiate a fight outside the Arum loop with Khan in Dubai for fabulous money, so nobody to really know where the Golden Goose lays his next Golden Egg save Manny reluctantly committed to the Horn fight in Australia for about 1/6 of what he would have made in Dubai after that deal fell apart.

Certainly there’s not much spare money in this fight, but fight fans may be as well pleased as can be possible for such an unlikely demographic with this matchup. By rankings alone it’s a bit of mismatch, and by the bookies, 25-1, but by styles and caliber of talents, it could be quite interesting for as long as it lasts. Any early ending will be by Crawford, but straggling to decision is always a crap shoot in boxing. Crawford’s already dodged one bullet looking to put a hole through his noggin, so he best not push his luck with another crapshoot.

That POT ‘O GOLD at the end of the rainbow still remains within Crawford’s grasp, but rainbows quickly fade, so he best get to cracking in the ring and straighten up outside it. When Manny retires as expected for his campaign for the Filipino presidency, not even Manny Pacquiao can continue boxing.

Grizzled Aussie Green Eggs & Ham Grill Off~Danny Green vs Anthony Mundine

Danny Green, 35-5, 28 KO, tangles with arch enemy Anthony Mundine, 47-7, 27 KO, on Friday, Feb 3, @ Adelaide Oval, North Adelaide, South Australia.

Should be interesting by differing styles, sizes and advanced ages, Green being the older at 43 years as the bigger, more powerful slugger, and Mundine being the younger at 41 years as the anorexic, weaker, stinker style of boxer and personality. Supposedly he won’t be standing for the Aussie national anthem because of claims of Aboriginal heritage. Be interesting to see how the financials and public support end up being given Aussie welterweight Jeff Horn is likely to be fighting Filipino welter star Manny Pacquiao on these shores in one of the biggest Aussie fights in history.

First Fight

First Fight

Possibly the winner of Green/Mundine could advance to a minor world title shot, perhaps even in this fight given the plethora of belts floating around boxing these days. Supposedly the local Aussie Cruiser title is being defended by Green. For most of boxing, not many to care much about this bout. It’s more about Green and Mundine being the last of the top Aussie fighters of their eras with little to replace them save Horn, so there it is in a nutshell. 

Undefeated Austin City Councilman Fights For Top Rank In Vegas Tonight!

*** FYI, a superfeather/lightweight, Casey Ramos, 23-0, 6 KO, is fighting Andy Vences, 16-0, 10 KO, tonite in Vegas.

Casey is an interesting kid who graduated this year with a degree in economics at St Edwards. He’s with Top Rank and on election day a few days later may well be elected as a city councilman in his district, so I fibbed a little to get his great storyline going. Got a lot of irons in his fire he does, and morever sounds like he may have tapped in to his constituency much like Manny Pacquiao did in the Philippines. His moniker is The Wizard, and with only 6 KOs and giving up some big size to The Shark here, so he best bring his A+ game.

Might be worth a look tonite.

Casey Goes to Bat against Vences

Casey Goes to Bat against Vences

Whoa, Nellie~Gennady Golovkin vs Kell Brook?

Boxing for all it’s flaws seems to be shaking up the status quo this year with yet another fight that nobody ever thought to call for, Gennady Golovkin, 35-0, 32 KO vs Kell Brook, 36-0, 25 KO. What’s more, Glolovkin caught an overseas flight to Merry Olde England to enter into Brook’s stronghold heavily buttressed by his biased hometown BBB of C officiating. That would be Saturday, September 10th in O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), Greenwich, London.

Though the usual suspects howled mightily over the injustice of this fight, it has much historical precedent that has been lost to a new age of the new generations of softer metromen and yummies whose memory is limited by their narrow twittering nanosecond attention spans in a sport that traces as far back into the millenniums to ancient civilizations. Welts have always moved up to fight the middle champ, even the heavy champ in further bygone modern eras, and hopefully always will though modern junior divisions make that unlikely these days. Brook is considerably bigger than most welts moving up as we shall see in the weigh in and may well actually outweigh the traditionally sized Golovkin on the night of the fight.

Golovkin vs Brook

Golovkin vs Brook

The fight became a necessary no brainer when Golovkin had the 9/10 HBO date penciled in without a dance partner due to egregious boxing politics that serve to rob modern fighters of their true legacies. Brook had a dance partner, but spent too much time noodling over nickles and dimes to make the fight against Top Rank’s Jessie Vargas, so when he suddenly got a bigger offer to fight Golovkin…((BooM))…It’s on!

Though they have about the same number of fights and are undefeated, clearly Golovkin is more accomplished and more powerful. Brook’s only scalp of any note was a disputed majority decision against Shawn Porter, a fight Brook spoiled with a tepid dishwater performance that many if not most fans saw him losing since he was seldom the aggressor and landed few clean punches. Why after 10 years as a pro he put on on such a miserable show in his first title bout perhaps an indicator of his fighting mentality when faced with Class A adversity. As such, I’d imagine he use the same style against Golovkin who has seldom had to face a strong, determined clincher who might limit his always pressing, dangerous offense. Brook may appear to some Brit fans to be “culturally” brave to take the fight, but make no mistake that his plan will be going into pick and peck survival mode to make it to the final bell and hope for the BBB of C favorable ruling.

We need to thank Chris Eubank Sr and Jr who made this fight possible. They balked at making big money against Golovkin by making such demands as to presume to take over the promoter’s duties, Eddie Hearns in this case, without the assumption of the headaches working on the ground to put together such a complicated thing as a boxing promotion, so enter Brook to happily take the same terms.

Here’s the mandatory WBC 30 day prefight weighin where Brook was amazingly 176 lbs to Golovkin’s fight ready 165 lbs 30 days out from the fight. Of course these weighins are designed to insure the fighters have been dropping the weight off well in advance for health reasons, yet we can see here that Brook is bottom heavy in his torso, so how he ever made 147 is probably a story that shouldn’t ever be told.

176 lbs vs 165 lbs

176 lbs vs 165 lbs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This will be both Brook and Golovkin’s largest purses by far thanks to the maniacal devotion of British fans who not long ago packed 80,000 screamin’ meemies into Wembley for Froch vs Groves II. Gonna be hard to beat the primacy of that great fight though, so it’s ultimately up to Brook to decide if he wants to fight or to spoil. I say he spoils a perfectly good fight, but who can really know until the bell tolls and fighters get hit in the mouth? There will always be the mystery of the unknown when the champ travels into hostile hometown territory such as this even if the result seems preordained.

That was never more apparent at their fight weighin, Brook @ 159.4 lbs and Golovkin looking quite drawn @ 158.8 lbs, perhaps beat down by the manical British media attentions that are sure to exceed anything he’s seen before. Or maybe a touch of flu, or a collapse of his love life as happened when Manny Pacquiao was served divorce papers in his dressing room the hour before stepping into the ring for his rubber match against Juan Manuel Marquez. Now that can really screw up a finely tuned fighter, but it’s also quite possible that Golovkin overtrained and hit the wall so to speak, but regardless, something’s up with him. Good luck all.

London Town Square Golovkin Workout

London Town Square Golovkin Workout

Oh My, SuperFly TNT~Roman Gonzalez vs Carlos Quadras

Gonna be dynamite going off in them Golden Hills of California when #1 Flyweight Roman Gonzalez, 45-0, 38 KO challenges #1 Super Fly Carlos Cuadras, 35-0-1, 27 KO, for his WBC superbelt at the Forum, Inglewood, California on Saturday, September 10th.

Chocolatito vs Cuadras

Chocolatito vs Cuadras

Again, boxing seems to be having an exceptional year of sorts regarding top prime matchups that too often failed to be made in the recent past. I guess they had to do something by default after driving their collective state of ship into the rocks with their poorly regulated, past prime, mega blockbuster of Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr, aka TUE 49-0. The most lucrative fiasco in boxing history generated multi million dollar lawsuits as boxing was exposed nakedly before their largest audience ever as the seedy, greedy, corrupt sport that has been driving away fans in droves these days. Gonzalez is in full HOF sway at 29 years of age and thus far scarcely missed a beat, usually completely outclassing his foes by judicious use of his formidable skills and 84% KO ratio. He is also moving up to his fourth division after holding titles in the 3 lower divisions, so clearly he has been aiming high and means to take no prisoners. Life in boxing has been good to him thus far, currently ranked Ring #1 P4P over all the big boys.

Cuadras has been much steadier at this weight and may possibly be the naturally bigger man though his 5-4 height is not much over the 5-3 of Gonzalez, nor is his 66″ listed reach much over the Gonzalez 64″ just using boxrec listings that tend to be more in a general range of accuracy rather than specific. This will be the 7th defense of Quadras’ title he won back in 2014 and by far the best opponent he’s ever faced, so he’ll be the underdog in this scrap. He seems to be fairly heavy handed also with a KO% of 79%, which given the often hellish pace the little guys usually set, means there’ll be plenty of TNT charges going off in this one in between careful boxing while looking for openings.

Quadras got off the first combination in this fight just days before the weighin when he anointed himself, “I’m faster, more handsome than Chocolatito!” He does have a tall, urbane look to him and maybe in another era might have been a flashy bullfighter moving his red flag with aplomb around the angry beast before dispatching him in an artistic dance of death. So this fight looks to be the movie star against the dumpling playing the role of the bull, except this dumpling much more intelligent and experienced than any bull could be. And one more thing, these little guys bust up the glass ceiling of US boxing headliners not only by dint of their diminutive sizes, but by their nationalities, Gonzalez being Nicaraguan and Quadras being Mexican.

These are two foreigner intruders brought over to American soil to thankfully to provide a real fight for typically soft, modern, plus sized Americans who have rather unfortunately gravitated to the ignoble stink science of the sport rather than the ennobling traditional sweet science of boxing. Let’er rip as the chips fall where they may!

Manny Pacquiao Giving Free Passes to Title Fight?

Manny Pacquiao, the esteemed Senator, fighter, fight promoter, pro basketball player and coach, recording artist and movie star and all around raconteur seems to be opening the doors of his latest fight promotion in the Philippines.

McJoe Arroyo, 17-0, 8 KO, defends his newly won IBF superflyweight title in Taguig City on the outskirts of Manilla September 3rd against Jerwin Ancajas24-1-1, 16 KO. Sounds like a really great fight, but the language used on the fightnews article made it sound like a freebie. Could it be yet another example of the legendary largess of Pacquiao passed along to his people?

Sounds great even if I have to pay, but alas, that round trip air fare and hotel fare is killer. Oh to be a Filipino for one day. Maybe some day!

“”The fight will be held at the Philippine Navy Gymnasium in Taguig City and will open to the public as a gift of Sen. Manny Pacquiao to fight fans.””

McJoe Arroyo arrives in Manila

 

 

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?

Fatty Chris Arreola Jumps In Against Toothpick Deontay Wilder

Yes, Virginia, the little known, lightly regarded Deontay Wilder plans on defending his ill begotten WBC heavyweight title in the Mecca of Alabama Boxing, Saturday, July 16 from the Legacy Arena in Birmingham against the congenital fatty livewire, the always entertaining and often hard slugging Chris Arreola, 36-4-1, 31 KO.

Wilder vs Arreola Video Conference

Wilder vs Arreola Video Conference

This little in house stag do is part of Al Haymon‘s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX and FOX Deportes and typical of Wilder’s short notice defenses against fighters seen as fringe contenders at best. Actually, most all of Wilder’s entire career was built against short notice TBAs because he flew so far under of the radar of public notice. The formerly ranked Arreola has been unranked by Ring for some time now, and currently ranked 46th by the expanded boxrec rankings, so he would be the 2nd highest ranked defense of the four fighters Wilder has defended against. Conversely, PBC viewing numbers have been sinking like a rock from this poorly conceived business model that looks to bleed investors dry. They did manage to get a big numbers boost 3 weeks ago from the Keith Thurman/Shawn Porter fight that actually pitted 2 top fighters in a compelling fight compared to the usual Haymon dross. Utterly amazing that they never seemed to think about matching their top fighters this before.

The Canary That Ate The Cat?

The Canary That Ate The Cat?

A comparison between Wilder’s and Arreola’s most recent common competition saw Wilder struggle mightily against a suspiciously sick Don King fighter, Bermane Stiverne, a terribly sloppy affair. In stark contrast, Arreola had been whoopin’ a much healthier Stiverne a new one before getting coldcocked in the 6th round. Not sure of Deontay could take a tenth of that damage Arreola doled out, but if Wilder happened to be caught, he and Haymon will be forever known as the two dolts who backed out of a $20 mil fight with Povetkin because of a few nanograms of a common prescription drug and they may well still be regardless of this outcome.

Arreola is both literally and financially a massively “hungrier” fighter than Wilder and would take that fight in a nanosecond. And speaking of nanos, a nano gram is one Billionth of a gram folks, more properly expressed as 1/1,000,000,000. If Wilder was entirely made of meldonium, the exotic drug in question, 229 lbs in his last fight, and was divided by a billionth, he wouldn’t be big enough for a microscopic mite to eat, but if that mite accidentally inhaled him, why that mite would test positive in illicit drug testing cartel laboratories, perhaps leading to a suspension by The Mighty Mite Kingdom until Mr. Mite could find a meldonium free zone to do his mighty mite work.  That’s how ridiculously worthless this unholy marriage of Boxing and the illicit drug testing cartels has been. Worse, if Arreola lifts the title and test positive for marihoochi as he’s done twice before, well, it couldn’t happen to a pair of more deserving goofs.

Fortunately for Wilder, the reason Arreola is ranked so low these days is because in his three 2015 fights, he looked lethargic even if he got his weight down to 236 for his last fight. Could be all the spark has gone out of him after Stiverne starched him?

The only thing left is to hope for is a good fight and let boxing sort out if they really want to continue their ever dwindling business model that couldn’t even competently officiate their highest grossing all time fight in history, Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2015. The UFC was recently sold for 4.2 billion dollars, that after an investment of a $2 million some 16 years ago that has consistently posted higher earnings than boxing and pro wrestling for about a decade now. The reason for their success is so simple as to beggar belief: They actually made competitive fights that were fan friendly, it was that simple, so here we are stumbling into Wilder vs Arreola in Birmingham, Alabama, only in boxing!

Mutt & Jeff

Mutt & Jeff