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January 28th~Carl Frampton vs Leo Santa Cruz~Boxing Shoots Itself Again?

You’d think the dramatic drop of fan interest in boxing after boxing’s epic 2016 bunglings might signal a shot across the bow of boxing overseers, but noooooo way Jose. These crooks make their money on the wagering and kickbacks, so why should they care about their inferior oversight of their product when it supports them so lavishly?

Here we have two of the finest, most honorable and well trained fighters in the world, the two best in their superfeatherweight division, Carl Frampton, 23-0 defending the Super WBA belt he won off Leo Santa Cruz, 31-1-1. They rematch this Saturday, January 28th @ MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, so what’s wrong with that you might ask?

Top O The World

Top O The World

Well, after the monumental fraud of 2015 that generated near a half billion dollars of lawsuits followed by a miserable 2016 scoring fights, boxing kicked off 2017 with another FAIL when they scored the James DeGale supermiddleweight unification against Badou Jack a draw. Jack not only knocked some of Degale’s teeth out that sent his gumshield flying through the air several times, but also burst his ear drum and had him looking like he’d just been run over by a Mack Truck. That New York transgression near replicated the 2015 Vegas fight and subsequent robbery of what  Sergey Kovalev did to Andre Ward in the biggest fight of 2016. That PPV bout could only command 160,000 PPVs, a pittance compared to the last 20 years of boxing PPVs thanks to sadistic matchmaking and officiating that continues to lose fans all while the UFC has grown into a 4 billion dollar business.

These are two game, highly competitive warriors with most in agreement of the scoring and results of their first highly contested fight. Frampton was a clear winner in a most excellent fight, and likely these two may provide another classic, yet it is never a given on the night if boxing can come up with a decent performance by the ref and judges who in this case tend to be the same 3 blind mice Vegas has been recycling for decades now.

OK, I’m done skewering the suits who run boxing and will let this fight play out. Last time I picked Frampton with no great conviction in my predictor league, but this time I’m picking Santa Cruz to make some adjustments to better leverage his physical imposition on the fight. Thankfully I never wager on such shady officiating, so let’s see what happens next.

Fall Fireworks~Gennedy Golovkin vs David Lemieux

The somewhat under appreciated David Lemieux has surprisingly agreed to put up his freshly minted IBF middleweight bauble against the WBC/WBA baubles of new age juggernaut Gennady Golovkin in what promises to be a fan friendly slug’em up. That would be at Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, Saturday, October 17th, supposedly on HBO PPV which ain’t shabby fare for an Armenian-Frenchman from Montreal and a refuge from Kazakhstan. Them fur’nrs is takin’ over American Boxing, and thank goodness for that or we would never have any decent fights in the US.

That said, Lemieux, who gamely fought his way back from ignominy after a couple of stinging losses, me thinks he’s well overmatched here. He used to be listed as having only has a 64 inch reach, meaning he has to be in pretty close to land any punches regardless of what his short reach really is. Golovkin is unfortunately for him the superior long distance sharpshooter who likely boxes in a technical, counterpunching way to let his natural power eventually take out Lemieux who will be charging in like a bull, but now a more mature and nuanced bull, so Golovkin needs to be very careful. It’s a shame really to see Lemieux sacrificed so early in his career just as he reached the top echlon, but then I get the feeling he’s near the best he’ll ever be and may not be planning on a long future in boxing. Then again he may prove to be the bull in this china closet, shattering the expectations of all his naysayers as he as been doing most of his career.

So take the money now and leave the rest to sort itself out later in the fight as the saying goes by real fighters, a dying breed in the boxing world these days.

The Hawaiian Punch

The Hawaiian Punch

The supporting undercard is a very dynamic and perhaps somewhat mysterious bout between the acclaimed, fast rising, undefeated, newly crowned Ring #1 P4P…whew…that would be Roman Chocolatito Gonzalez, and the always popular fan favorite, the Hawaiian Punch, Brian Viloria. The highly credentialed Viloria tends to fight very hot or very cold, usually up to the level of his opponent, so it’s hard to predict the nature of outcome other than to note Chocolatito will be a substantial favorite to defend his WBC flyweight title for the very good reason of consistency and youth. He has become the proverbial beast, and he sure better be ready come fight night, because if Viloria can work up a head of steam early, there may be no stopping him. I’m guessing this could also well be the fight of the night if not the year if Viloria is really dialed in.

Whatever the results on the night, this is an all action card with some serious hurt being doled out as limp bodies splatter the canvas for the count, the history of boxing packed in nutshell this one.

When Two Worlds Collide

When Two Worlds Collide

Miguel Cotto Challenges Sergio Martinez

The physically challenged 39 year old Argentine southpaw Sergio Martinez and the 33 year old well traveled Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto have agreed to a fan favorite fight at a “catchweight” of 159 pounds, Saturday, June 7th. Venue: Madison Square Garden if you had to ask, New York, New York if a reminder is needed for one of the hottest ” You got to be there” boxing events in recent MSG history.

Out of training street weight view

Out of training street weight view

There is no slur intended with the physically challenged descriptor of the very game Martinez, currently sporting a stellar 51-2-2, 28 KO mark. He just so happens to be in a continuous state of recovery after Julio Cesar Chavez Jr tore into him for one of boxing’s great all time 12th round moments that Martinez managed to survive only by his overstretched heart strings. After far too many patches, stitches, staples, and surgeries later, he will shock test himself against Cotto in an irresistible fight that not even virulent modern boxing politics could deny.

Cotto himself has left no stone unturned in his quest to become the first Puerto Rican fighter to win titles in four weight divisions, the highly coveted WBC middleweight belt adorned with the abundant scalp of Martinez being the ultimate prize. As such whether by hook or crook, he managed to secure the services of renown trainer Freddie Roach well in advance for the fine tuning needed to exploit the vulnerabilities of the aging Argentine fighter. Cotto brings his own stellar record against the best in boxing, 38-4, 31 KO, yet brings his own frailties to the fight. He not only gives up height, reach, strength, speed, and mobility, but his face tends to bust up very early in fights and Martinez is just the kind of slashing southpaw sharpshooter keep him leaking red and lumping blue and purple.

I personally don’t see how Cotto can beat a healthy Martinez, but he may well be able to beat the injured Martinez who barely scraped by his last outing against Martin Murray and was lucky beyond belief to survive Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, so there it is with no ifs, ands, and butts come fight night. Something or someone has to give, but what will give first and by whom?

 

Heavyweights Bryant Jennings & Artur Szpilka Vie For Top 10 Ranking

Finally, after near a decade of corpulent lethargy, the first of America’s big men this year will actively look to crack what used to be their native born birthright as heavyweight contenders and champions starting Saturday, January 25th at Madison Square Garden in New York. Rising fringe contender American Bryant “By-By” Jennings, 17-0, 9 KO goes against Polish rival Arthur “The Pin” Szpilka, 16-0, 12 KO in a 10 round battle of closely matched undefeated records.

Artur Szpilka

Artur Szpilka

If nothing else their ring aliases will breathe a some fresh air into the run of the mill copy cats Cobra, Hitman, and other standard fearsome aliases that seldom match the fighters. They’re also matched well by size with Szpilka at 6-3, 230+plus to Jennings 6-2, 220+plus. Szpilka reach not noted in boxrec, but certainly Jennings’ listed reach of 84″ is in the very highest range of heavyweights, so he’ll have that significant advantage, but only if he knows how to make use of it. Jennings is also at the traditional peak age at 29 years, so he needs to move fast to develop for a title shot within a couple of years. Szpilka is 24 years, just now entering the traditional prime years and and what a gig he landed on HBO. Not bad for a wayward Polish tough only recruited to boxing after a coach noticed his form in a brawl of soccer fans. Form good enough to land him an 18 month incarceration.

Bryant Jennings

Bryant Jennings

Significantly Szpilka is also a southpaw with a diverse range of styles. He can box upright or in a free flow, or brawl as he showed against Mike Mollo in a pair of knock down, drag out classics. Oddly enough I’ve seen less of Jennings who has been on NBC broadcasts, but he seems like the classic American boxer/puncher mold maybe with a touch of Philly dark arts he may use. Also significant after his booming year of 2012 with five fights, Jennings only fought once in 2013 and seems to have realigned with a new promoter, broadcaster, manager, and trainer. How that works for him is unknown, but this fight looks very competitive on paper. I’d favor Szpilka slightly as a fighter since he’s already been mixed into the American scene against slightly stiffer competition overall, but it goes without saying that Jennings is the home money fighter for this nontitle 10 round bout.

I’d imagine HBO hopes to leverage Jennings for a subsequent American world title challenge they can broadcast. The Jennings team has also arranged a top five ranking in both the WBC an WBA if proof is needed about how highly he’s regarded by the suits. If he has any fans in Philadelphia, it’s only a quick skip over to New York, however Polish fans usually outnumber Americans at these types of venues. Szpilka should have plenty of moral support if he can clear Homeland Security after a snafu sent him packing back to Poland to secure more papers. Be a shame if Homeland Security killed what could prove to be the most important American heavyweight fight of the year, but such are the signs of the despairing times in the American big man division now desperate for a resurgence.

The anchor fight of the HBO broadcast also reflect a sign of the times featuring two half sized, very game and skilled fighters, undefeated two-division world champion Mikey Garcia (33-0, 28 KO) defending his WBO junior lightweight title against current #1 contender Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (30-1-2, 20 KO).

The big man war has a chance to go head to head against the little man war for the best fight of the night, a perfect duke’em up session for die hards. Might even see an early contender for fight of the year, so don’t be shy now. Best two fights of the month of January me thinks.

All Cleared~Jennings 225~Szpilka 223

All Cleared~Jennings 225~Szpilka 223

Tomasz Adamek vs Vyacheslav Glazkov

Saturday,  November 16 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, heavyweight contenders Tomasz Adamek and Vyacheslav Glazkov fight for future title challenges to the Klitschko brothers. The NBC “regular” network is the broadcaster, a big boost for any American fight fans even if both are Eastern Europeans. They fight in America or wherever they can make a good fight and this promises to see plenty of action with both being offensive minded boxer types.

*** This fight has just been officially canceled. Garrett Wilson substitutes for a flu ridden Adamek. Details here:

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/glazkov-to-face-garrett-wilson-on-nbc-231042

Young Lion vs Old Lion

Young Lion vs Old Lion

The soon to be 37 years old Adamek at 49-2, 29 KOs, would love to round off that figure at 50-2, 30 KO with a big knockout of the 29 year old Glazkov at 16-0, 11 KO, easier said than done since the young lion usually wins these types of age matchups. 

Adamek is still has most of his powers even with the long mileage. His problem is staying motivated as he stays busy waiting for his chance at title redemption. Glazkov has his hands full with the cagey experience Adamek brings, a huge step up, but the kid is game and the time is now for all concerned. A 12 rounder on NBC, easy to catch most anywhere.