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New Ruskie Roy Jones Jr vs Enzo Maccarinelli In Moscow

Future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr, 62-8, 45 KO, and Enzo Maccarinelli, 40-7, 32 KO are scheduled to meet December 12th this Saturday at the VTB Arena in Moscow, Russia.

Y'all musta forgot...

Y’all musta forgot…

One scarcely knows how this will go since both are past primes but still game fighters as their strengths and weaknesses play into each other’s hands. The soon to be 47 years old Jones recently obtained Russian citizenship in a move that surprised many US fans. Then the 35 year old Macca signed to fight Jones in a move that surprised many UK fans. Since nobody ever contemplated this matchup, most are just scratching their noggins. Can the freshly minted Roy even be considered the hometown favorite?

One big advantage Macca has over Jones is 6-4 height, size, and reach advantage even if box rec speciously lists their reaches the same at 74″. He also has a big power advantage being a natural cruiserweight. Jones still has the hand speed advantage even if his foot speed and balance are down, and he’s still got his top level experience to guide him.

Macca

Macca

May the best man win and may both consider finding a nice soft place to land for retirement. They’ve given quite enough to boxing without further risking their health.

Kimbo Slice Replaced By Chauncey Welliver vs Alexander Ustinov

Kimbo Slice for whatever reason has backed out of his scheduled fight against Alexander Ustinov and officially replaced by longtime fringe heavyweight contender Chauncy Welliver. That would be Saturday, December 11th at the Dynamo Palace of Sports, Moscow

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/chauncy-welliver-replaces-kimbo-slice-272568

Be interesting to see Ustinov against any number of American contenders, but there’s a reason both Tyson Fury and now Kimbo Slice backed out of fights with him as he’s very high risk and low reward, the kiss of death for otherwise worthy fighters of every era going back to the beginning of time.

What was going to be a fairly high profile fight of contrasts might well still be a decent fight from a technical perspective with the blubbery Welliver lasting longer, but the end result looks just as inevitable as the Kimbo fight with Welliver to be knocked out. The 38 year old Ustinov has been a credible top 20 contender who’s time is quickly running out and such will be the hope of the 31 year old Welliver who is quite experienced at 55-9-5 with 22 KOs, that youth and experience will be served.

 

Here We Go Again~Guillermo Jones vs Denis Lebedev II

WOW is about all anyone could sputter after seeing the first war between Guillermo Jones and Denis Lebedev held in Moscow last year, so here we go again in Moscow, April 25th, a Friday, Jones vs Lebedev II for redemption.

Their first fight was a hands down fight of the year save for one niggling detail. The massive 6-4 Jones from Panama who really should be fighting as a 220 lb heavyweight, why he is supposed to have tested positive for diuretics, a variety of common pharmaceutical weight loss substances long used by boxers but banned under modern rules. Their fight hearkened back to ye gory days of yore with massive shots being given and taken back and forth and even a massive Lebedev body slam of Jones.  Lebedev’s right eye progressively became so grotesquely swollen that he could not see to get up after an 11th round knockdown by Jones.

Yes, That Kind of Fight!

Yes, That Kind of Fight!

The amazing 41 year old Jones has been promoted for a long time now by Don King which means he is notoriously inactive for long stretches of years even, yet still holds his emeritus WBA strap in spite of that inactivity and failed drug test. Then there is the matter of infamously long banned Panama Lewis being his trainer, or at very least he used to be. The rematch should do big numbers in Russia and will be picked up by international hardline aficionados who appreciate the strong warlike attributes of Jones and Lebedev inside the squared ring. This is also a good guy/bad guy scenerio being played out where the Russian Lebedev is cast as the Russian good guy against the evil empire of Don King and the “drug cheating” Guillermo Jones.

Perhaps more amazing is Lebedev miraculously acquiring legendary trainer Freddie Roach who has more on his plate than any two trainers could handle. Lebedev is not a big star and could have been easily dismissed by Roach who is old school all the way down to his creaking bones, but he must have liked what he saw in Lebedev, a southpaw like Manny Pacquiao who can be further developed. The challenge of going against such an experienced big, strong guy in Jones who also knows how to fight in spades and is not easily discouraged no doubt also piqued Roach’s interest who is not shy about taking on challenges.

Jones should enter as the favorite, but facts are that Lebedev was outboxing and outworking him the first fight and should be in even better condition this go round. As to Jones? Be nice if he could pass the drug test this time around if he wants any accolades from fans. We already know he can fight.

Sure to be another tough, all action give and take bust’emup to add on to the already great start to the new year, so here, here, may the trend continue.

UPDATE: Fight called off and may 0r may not be rescheduled due to positive Jones drug test for weight loss diuretic Furosemide, a real shame that and yet another kick in the teeth of boxing:

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/guillermo-jones-tests-positive-again-243332

Mr. Klitschko Goes To Moscow for Mr. Povetkin

Maybe Wladimir Klitschko goes to Moscow to look up Alexander Povetkin for a score to settle, or maybe not. Povetkin has already pulled out of two signed deals from years back, leaving the Klitschko promotional team scrambling for last minute replacements.

Big and Bigger?

Big and Bigger?

It may be revealing that in spite of both fighting mainly out of Germany and having signed contracts for the third time now, Wlad says he never actually met Povetkin until weeks before they step into the ring. This promotional poster follows the precedent of Mayweather/Alvarez promotions that had Floyd in two inch lifts to make him incrementally the bigger fighter. Povetkin will actually be dwarfed in the ring come fight night contrary to the illusion of the poster above.

Meanwhile, if boxing couldn’t get any more blatantly ridiculous after the refereeing of Alvarez/Mayweather and subsequent scoring controversy, the WBA which seems to have the say so in the officiating of Klitschko/Povetkin, well, one of their judges, Ted Gimza, he’s on probation confined to his house, yet will be released for duties for the duration of this match. We couldn’t make this up. The WBA provides all necessary materials for our horror:

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/klitschko-povetkin-judge-on-probation-wears-electronic-ankle-bracelet-227825

Slipped a Super Mickey

Slipped a Super Mickey

Lot’s of potentially ugly nationalist politics brewing for this fight. “Russian agents” were thought to have poisoned the former Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko a few years back that almost killed him and most certainly knocked him back many rungs in his ability to function. The Klitschko team had a similar experience, claiming Wlad was drugged in the the Lamont Brewster fight. He dominated the action and was on the verge of an early stoppage of Brewster before a mysterious collapse left him weak as a newborn lamb before Brewster ever landed the few glancing blows on him that weren’t even necessary at that point.

Add in the suspicious financing of an incredible $23 million purse bid for this fight that seems to be the largest purse bid in history, lots of potential for the usual monkey business of boxing for this fight. Then the controversy on whether a Russian or German drug testing cartel would be doing the drug screening for this match, the validity of often nebulous drug testing procedures and the dubious ethics of the “cartels” being as much a question mark as the athletes themselves. Let’s be clear though, Wlad is a huge favorite over Povetkin who was never that well experienced or accomplished and has been on a downward spiral from the promise he showed as a hot prospect several years back. I can’t see anything but monkey business being able to derail Wlad for this fight, so we’ll see soon enough what kind of sportsmanship is on display by the promoter and local commish.

Late breaking news shows big players greatly reducing the odds with a surge of Povetkin bets. A tsunami of Brewster bets from the UK actually shut down the bookies several days in advance of his “upset” of Wladimir, so the duplicitous history of boxing seems to be in full swing for this promotion.

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/late-money-flowing-in-on-povetkin-227994

Previous international type of fights in Russian have been pretty much above board that I can recall, so there you have it, October 5th in Moscow. Tune in to bear witness on the current health of boxing.

Manuel Charr Tapped For Vitali Klitschko Rehabilitation

This Vitali comeback is from left shoulder rehabilitation after holding back charging Dereck Chisora with the remaining right arm earlier this year. Vitali made some noises last year about 2012 being his last in boxing, so he scheduled a favored Kiev soccer stadium venue in tribute to his avid Ukrainian support. It goes without saying that as a Kiev mayoral candidate in upcoming elections, the fight can also be seen as a political platform to upgrade his profile with voters. Upsets happen often in politics however, his Ukrainian political opponents coordinated their collective muscle to get his fight booted in favor of a rock concert.

Fast forward, and now the fight is scheduled for September 8th at the Olimpiyskiy in Moscow. The Russian capital has become a new mecca of professional boxing in Eastern Europe as befits the rich boxing history of Russia and the surrounding Eastern European states.

Vitali vs Charr

Vitali vs Charr

Manuel Charr is an excellent young prospect, age 27 with a record of 21-0, 11 KO, but he’s never beaten a ranked fighter. He has the usual faded names of former prospects and contenders on his record while fighting his way up the rankings in Germany. His background is unusual though, having been born in Lebanon, not a place with much if any boxing history to my knowledge.

His weight runs around 235-250 range, perhaps a little heavy for his 6-4 frame, but pretty much the standard for heavyweights these days who only have to go 12 rounds at most these days. The thinking is that fighters and their trainers may feel the need for more mass to stay on their feet in the new era of scored knockdowns where a flash knockdown or touched glove count the same as a hard knockdown.

This fight was made possible because Charr has a WBC #7 ranking and was signable since he is now self promoted. The WBC #1 Chris Arreola wasn’t ready to commit to a challenge after being strafed out of sight by Vitali in 2009.

On paper and in reality, Charr chances lay somewhere between rail thin slim and none. It’s worth noting that historically, there have been some great fighters upset by untested prospects, particularly ailing great fighters. Perhaps also Charr has untapped potential just waiting for the right moment in time to express itself as when Neon Leon Spinks upset the mighty Muhammad Ali so many moons ago in the last millennium.

Regardless, we won’t be seeing Vitali Klitschko in the ring too much longer, but maybe he’s hedging his retirement in anticipation of bigger bouts to come with his recent comments. His mind’s eye says it’s retirement time, but his pocket book says it always has room for another run of the Klitschko mint.

Not a bad dilemma to be caught in. We should all be so lucky.