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Vasiliy Lomachenko Continues Comeback vs Anthony Crolla

Vasiliy Lomachenko looks to continue his post surgery comeback when he defends his WBA/WBO titles against a former title holder, Englishman Anthony Crolla, this Friday, April 12th@Staples Center, Los Angeles.

Bit odd having Loma fight on a Friday that makes me think his shoulder may still be a bother after shoulder surgery, hence a fight against a guy nobody has heard of in LA. In his last outing, Lomachenko was still pretty much a one armed fighter that sorta bodes ill for his future, so by necessity this is not designed as a superfight like most of his fights have been since he turned pro. By now he’s Ring P4P #1 and well established as a very rare, very elite fighter with very rare and very elite skills that have largely proved to be baffling to his previous opponents and absolutely amazing to boxing aficionados who understand the sweet science.

I expect the 32 year old Crolla to provide quality rounds as a benchmark to let us know where Loma’s health is. He’s well experienced, currently 34-6, 13 KO, and a bigger, stronger, and quite durable former title holder and won’t go meekly as many opponents did by their end against Lomachenko.

With over 300 amateur fights and competing to as near to perfection as possible in that venue, the 31 year old Lomachenko is generally acknowledged as the best ever amateur, so it may be time to prepare for a soft landing and retirement since all our mortal bodies, no matter how strong and well trained, eventually wear down before breaking down, and not necessarily in that order. That’s an unbelievable amount of time at the highest level obtainable. His pro record looks spare, 12-1, 9 KO, but it’s packed with 12 world title bouts. 

I’d think most fans and insiders in boxing appreciate the art of Lomachenko’s aggressive matchmaking that has upended the usual novice boxing developmental model. A bout with the 40+ Manny Pacquiao, currently ranked as the #8 P4P and #3 Boxrec welterweight just below Ring P4Per welters Terence Crawford and Errol Spence, has been floated by Bob Arum as a superfight for a few years now. It could be made at 140 lbs to provide the perfect vehicle for a well deserved retirement for both, but will they ever take it?

In the here and now, “Million Dollar” Crolla serves up a decent enough fight for a minor viewing spectacle showcasing sublime Lomachenko skills that kicks both he and boxing down the road for further development. Stay tuned.

Bobby Mac Sez This Ain’t Yer Pappy’s Top Ten Heavyweights in History!

A directive was recently issued to me, that of a compilation of the greatest top 10 heavyweights of all time, a daunting task for the serious aficionado full of disputation to be sure. The criteria ain’t specified other than the assumption of my own unique perspective, so with me and myself having seen and made so many such lists as to become fuzzy over time, I am going to recreate two lists based on two distinct criteria; that of the overall excellence of record, and that of looking at heavies who had the biggest impact on boxing and the world in which they lived, both leavened with the unique opportunities and obstacles of their eras.

The first list is the boxing and world impact, both of which have the biggest influence in boxing.

1.Joe Louis…It don’t get any bigger worldwide than the rematch with Max Schmeling on the eve of WW2 in a bout that was relayed worldwide via the nascent radio of the era. Joe was the first black American heavyweight the overwhelming white majority could rally around and set the stage for the post WW2 integration of Major League Baseball and the US armed forces and subsequent civil rights movements. Need I add that Joe was also a major inspiration in the development of Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King as young boys avidly listening to his fights on the radio?

2.The Klitschko brothers…Their collective was 109-7, 94 KO and never once took a ten count that averages ot to 55-4, 47 KO. Between them they moved the heavyweight division to Germany and knocked Don King out of the heavy division to usher in the continuing saga of East European dominance of the heavier boxing divisions.

3.Bob Fitzsimmons…A rare trifecta of being part the first proposed full length feature cinematographic project by Thomas Edison’s Black Maria Studio, the first title fight against James J Corbett to be held in Dallas, Texas, circa 1895 that was cancelled when the Texas Legislature made prize fighting illegal. The always overly dramatic Corbett publicly forfeited his title that was then fought over near Langtry, Texas by Fitz and Peter Maher.

Maher had previously claimed the forfeited Corbett title in November of 1895 against Steve O’Donnell with a 1st rd KO. Fitz and Maher were situated in 1896 on a spit island in the middle of the Rio Grande(Bravo) for the first failed full length feature cinematographic project by Thomas Edison. Tragically the crew could not not get properly set up in misty conditions before Maher became his own victim of a first round KO as his claims to the title transferred to Ruby Robert. Whatever may have been filmed has thus far been lost in time though hope springs eternal that it may possibly turn up.

The 1897 Corbett vs Fitz fight held in Reno, Nevada, the first ever successful full length feature film that additionally became the first ever national and international blockbuster that established art of cinematography permanently in the world. Subsequently James J Jeffries helped develop the art of cinematography further when he knocked out Fitz to claim the title though sadly almost all of the Jeffries film has be either lost or waiting to be rediscovered. The first non boxing blockbuster featuring actors was The Great Train Robbery 6 years later in 1903, a film of only 10 minutes for perspective that introduced the first ever silent screen star to the public, Bronco Billy.

4.John L Sullivan, 39-1-1, 33 KO. John L was the first and only unified Bareknucks and Gloved Queensbury champ and the first American to consolidate titles that had previously belonged exclusively to the British. John L first set up the worldwide heavyweight stage in a growing age of literacy and media expansion, where they remained save for a nanoblip by Ingemar Johansson for a century before Lennox Lewis upset the American monopoly.

5A.Jack Dempsey, 55-6-8, 45 KO. Established the modern spectacle of boxing that is seldom matched and never exceeded.

5B.Muhammad Ali, 56-5, 37 KO. Perhaps the 2nd best known fighter in the world only exceeded by the modern phenomenon of Manny Pacquiao and his 3 billion Asian population base enhanced with modern communication broadcasting.

5C.Mike Tyson, 50-6, 44 KO. Youngest ever champ who cleaned up the derelict post Ali era to unify the titles and temporarily wipe Don King’s slate clean. He had already held the record for career purse earnings before King and Robin Givens ever sunk their claws into him.

OK, now, and what about the greatest records?

1.Joe Louis, 66-3, 52 KO. Nominally his 26(27)-1 heavyweight title records were exceeded, but, overall never surpassed. The 27th was Lee Savold who claimed both the white heavy title and the BBBC heavyweight title that Joe is seldom credited with after knocking him out.

2.The Klitschko brothers, 109-7, 94 KO and bukos title fights with nary a 10 count between them. Collectively they smashed the Louis record, and though individually Wlad exceeded his total career heavyweight title fights, he fell short of the overall Louis record. They may well hold the heavyweight record of the most winning rounds scored as overmatched opponents seldom penetrated their defense.  More importantly they put down Don King for years of 10 counts and transferred heavyweight title fights to Germany-HERESY to be sure!

3.Rocky, 49-0, 43 KO. The most iconic record in all of boxing. My next door neighbor who knows shinola about boxing can recite Rocky’s record like a mantra.

4.Sam Langford, 178-29-39, 126 KO. Mere numerical records FAIL to capture Sam’s greatness, not the least being the sheer number of fights he had against HOF fighters that greatly exceed all such fights by other fighters.

5.Anthony Joshua, 22-0, 21 KO. Going into his 8th title fight as a unified belt holder, no heavyweight as yet has done as much with such a limited number of fights. I always like to include a current great in rankings just to PO dusty mossbacks not understanding that all the greats in the making were moderns in their day as Josh is.

Consolidating the two lists by working backwards using my fighter ratings as their points totals, that’s Josh with 5 points, Sam with 4 points, Rocky with 3 points, The Ks with 2, and Louis with 1.

Then we have Dempsey, Ali, and Tyson tied with 5 each, John L with 4, Fitz at 3, the Ks at 2 and Louis at 1.

Adding up the two lists with fighters not appearing on both lists being assigned a place value of 6 to keep my rankings on keel, That’s Louis 1+1 with 2 pts, the Ks 2+2 with 4, Fitz 3+6 with 9, John L 4+6 with 10, Dempsey, Ali, and Tyson, all 5+6 with 11 each, Josh 5+6 with 11, Sam with 10, Rocky with 7. Divided by 2 to get the final point rankings in numerical order:Louis 1, Ks 2, Rocky 3.5, Fitz 4.5, John L 5, Sam 5, and Dempsey, Ali, Tyson, and Josh 5.5

Translated into standard numerical ranking order:Louis 1, Ks 2, Rocky 3, Fitz 4, John L 5A and Sam 5B, Dempsey, Ali, Tyson, and Joshua 7A, 7B, 7C, 7 D.

So technically that 11 heavyweights if we split the Klitschko brothers, but they were such a dominating force in boxing that they really have to be consolidated as one unit to understand their impact.

Honorable mention goes to Manny Pacquiao who has a super duty heavyweight heart encapsulated into that compact frame. He’s become a huge name both here and in the largest potential boxing market in the world, the Asian culture. His dynamic style and willingness to take on, beat, and knock out the most Ring P4Pers in history at the start of the 3rd Millennium after being born into one of the poorest families in history in the 3rd world resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars of career purses, most of which was returned to his native peoples in the forms of schools, hospitals, and other desperately needed infrastructure developments as well as holding Congressional duties as well as too many other interests to stagger reality.

Yeah, I know it ain’t yer Pappy’s top 10 heavyweight rankings, but I ain’t much for feeling like your pappy. It’s my list and the one I’m sticking with for now since their is no agreement on how to rank fighters. I at least gave my methodology combining two important elements. Another ranking method many use is who beats who in a fantasy fight. While interesting from various physical and stylistic attributes, seldom do these rankers specify uniform rules and rounds that would average out the wide ranging eras of  the competing fighters and always disputes as to who beats who even before fighters glove up with each other today.

Fighting is the nature of boxing!

Words Fail~Nevada Commish Bumbles To Stumble Into Bloodfest

Nah, this ain’t some sappy Texas Chainsaw Massacre remix for ghoulish teens, this the real life Nevada Commission Honcho Bob Bennett stumbling on the job into a cruel bloody pool of his own doing.

Lightheavy contender and former champion, Badou Jack, was in tough against new kid on the block, Marcus Browne, when the tragedy occurred in the 7th round, compounded when the ring doc, insert quack-quacks here; Albert Capanna, allowed the game Jack to fight on. With blood spurting everywhere on this international undercard to the Pacquiao/Broner fight, the needless carnage was beamed around the world for another horrific 6 rounds.

https://www.ringtv.com/552786-nevada-commish-bob-bennett-on-why-badou-jacks-cut-didnt-end-the-fight/

Referee Tony Weeks gave Jack a chance to retire with grace, but I gather neither he nor his corner would pull the plug, fighter retirement being routine in these situations to protect the fighters and boxing’s credibility. So, no one stood up for the health of Jack and that of boxing, least of all Honcho Bob Bennett, yet in this Vegas jurisdiction we can all recall bogus stoppages by the dozens based on tiny nicks or feather dusted punches. Perhaps a dyslexic function of this, the wealthiest and most corrupt commission in the world incapable of fairly officiating a boxing match when it counts the most?

No matter the splatter and gore, poor Browne managed to quell the natural disturbances to his own biologic system to literally gut out a decision.

Words may fail to give due justice to this gross negligence bordering on criminal, yet when the fighters are held to some of the highest, overbearing standards in the world as these officiating lucre siphoning hacks get free passes…well…only in boxing folks…

Canelo vs Golovkin Again~Let The Poisoning Begin

Or alternately titled, Poisonous Euphemistic Derivatives, or perhaps more aptly PEDs in nano miniatures in shorthanded modern lingo.

If Canelo does fight Golovkin again this September 15th in Vegas, and that is a Supersized “Big IF,” his purse stakes are considerably greater than the previous still birthed agreement after getting stiffed by Golovkin and his boxing suits. Be a shame if this historically well fought first match of this rivalry was killed by the poisonous boxing politics of modern bogus drug testing results.

Golovkin’s self chosen smaller fight with Vanes Martiroysan was fought for small patooties, so the question is does Golovkin have the cajones to man up to the rematch Canelo for the fortune he previously walked out on? His ring courage has never been questioned before, but here it is with at least myself if not others questioning his desire to make the rematch lest he lose a close fight.

And, yeah, Canelo even volunteered the hair sample that incessant nanogram IQ antisocial media were screaming about, reportedly the first boxer to ever do so, and in spite of no clenbuteral traces, it still wasn’t enough to secure the rematch with a couple of ghost nano grams being one billionth of the ant that moved the proverbial mountain, the mountain in this case being, what, a $60+ million dollar purse lost forever? The main professional sports of MLB/NBA/NFL wouldn’t let Conte within’ spittin’ distance of their operations, but now he’s King Rat running a premium drug testing extortion as the 3rd millennium boxing racket and their unwashed, untutored anti-social fans shoot themselves in the foot yet again. I can’t make this stuff up, it’s already done happened, settled history!

The deplorably infamous Conte ratted out his BALCO client list in a US Justice Department plea bargain to reduce his felony sentence of money laundering and steroid peddling, yet his supposed expertise proved to be so incapable of finding new cheats for the FBI such that they stopped following his leads and set him loose again to prey upon the soft public underbelly of boxing. Now he fishes the waters of boxing for minnow nanogram testing results, that’s one billionth of a gram, proclaiming he caught a whopper…only in boxing!

https://www.si.com/vault/2017/06/27/victor-conte

In short, if a fighter signs up for his nuevo BALCO program where he sells designer Peformance Enhancing Drugs guaranteed to pass VADA drug testing, it’s now WBC certified legal!

Canelo has maintained his popularity with his Mexican culture who has seen that these officiously damaging actions represent a war on their culture where clenbuterol is legally used by Mexican ranchers in the raising of their beef, thus entering the food chain legally. We live in a drug addled world so full of  prescription drugs that they now contaminate the waters we and our wildlife drink from. Are we to ban ourselves and our wildlife too?

Apparently in this crooked boxing world of today.

Manny Pacquiao already took on the scions of boxing to little credit. As it turned in the end, it was his accuser, Floyd Mayweather allied with the deplorable Travis Tygart and the Vegas Commish that were the drug cheats, officially pardoned by themselves!

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/lance-armstrong-vs-the-world-manny-pacquiao-vs-boxing/

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2015/09/18/travis-tygart-usada-vs-thomas-hauser/

We know that Conte and the WBC, VADA, and Vegas honchos could never pass a VADA test, but here it is like the King of England’s tax henchmen sent out into the populace to shake down tribute.

It’s now a brave new world order where the vacuous suits can now order equality in women’s track and field by forcing this woman, who has passed dozens of their sex tests and drug tests to ingest their poisonous meds so as to reduce her above normal testosterone count. In short, we are all being dumbed down drugged into perfect bureaucratic equality.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/26/606039409/iaaf-sets-new-limits-on-testosterone-levels-in-women

Nothing like watching a good gaggle of gelded gerbils come together for a public cluster fest, and only in quasi criminal drug testing cartels!

Terence Crawford Debut @Welter vs WBO Champ Jeff Horn

 

Terence Crawford in his full Welter debut will challenge the new Aussie WBO champ Jeff Horn for his title @ MGM GrandLas VegasNevada. That would be June 9th this Saturday.

Omaha vs Oz

Omaha vs Oz

Horn in a unique position of being extraordinarily highly ranked by dint of an extraordinarily dubious decision over Manny Pacquiao in down under topsy turvy land of Oz, so now he takes on a top 5 Ring and Boxrec rated P4Per in Crawford. He’s a big strong, exceedingly awkward lad being trained in a unique “Broken Rhythm” style that traditional boxers have difficulty in solving. He’s a taught fighter in the mold of Gene Tunney who was not a natural fighter like a Dempsey or Louis who only needed grooming. He’s a school teacher for crimony’s sake made good and national Aussie hero, but here he lands in the Oasis of Officiating Oafery, that of  Vegas whose transgressions are legion in history.

Not that the exceedingly talented Crawford really needs such help. Horn looks much like a lamb led to slaughter with Bud having a completely different style from Pacquiao who quickly solved Horn and delivered a beating only to lose a laughable decision. When Horn looks to impose himself, Bud will be boxing and sharp shooting on the back foot as he assesses the bigger, stronger, fighter. It may be sooner, or it may be later, but I figure Bud to finish what Manny came within a split hair of finishing, a knock out of undefeated Horn.

Regardless of which fighter wins in this Omaha vs Oz confrontation, guaranteed the winner will supplant long time P4P #1 Canelo Alvarez on Boxrec, a win, win for his critics. Welcome to boxing 2018 style…only in boxing!

 

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%).

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