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Timothy Bradley vs Brandon Rios @ Crossroads

Current WBO welter champ Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, 32-1-1, 12 KO, and former titlist Brandon Rios, 33-2-1, 23 KO, will tee it up Saturday, November 7, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas in what is being marketed as something of a war.

Desert Storm vs Bam Bam

Desert Storm vs Bam Bam

Unfortunately, this may well turn out to be a track meet by Bradley who continues to suffer from serious blows to his noggin that seem to have diminished his former capacity to fight at the highest level. In his last outing, the light hitting prospect Jessie Vargas had enough in him to knockout Bradley had they been officiated in a fair fight. Unfortunately, California has it’s own pitiful referees to match Vegas, so after a big punch slumped Bradley badly to the ropes with just enough time to finish him off as Vargas flurried furiously in the waning seconds of the fight, referee Pat Russell waived off the fight to stop the punishment, a clear TKO victory for Vargas.

But wait, wait, this is boxing we’re talkin’ about. Boxing reserves the right to reverse any decision in a moments notice regardless of merit with no deference to the existing rules or to the resulting controversy.

The ridiculous Russell seemingly heard ding-dongs chiming in his noggin, claiming to have heard the final bell, which is quite loud and distinctive so as to be heard over the din of sound created by the crowd suddenly lurched to their feet by the impending upset after what had been a sure lopsided decision for Bradley. Russell’s TKO verdict was promptly overruled by, ahem, himself, and, whew, close call that one. The easily bruised, sacrificial lamb in waiting, Bradley, was successfully delivered up somewhat lopsided to this date for yet another banana skin slip’em up.

Sadly, Top Rank has been propping up Bradley past his sell date after Manny beat his legs and confidence out of him in their first fight only to lose the Robbery of the Century in Vegas. Bradley wasn’t a draw back then, but the controversy made him more marketable to other fighters and fans who saw the damaged goods as I saw him. It didn’t help Bradley that the public turned on him like rabid dogs complete with death threats and a dearth of hate mail that put him in a depressive funk as anyone would suffer, he has my sympathies in that regard, after all, the decision was rendered by the typical suspect boxing judges, not by him in an otherwise courageous fight just to survive on two injured legs.

Ruslan Provodnikov was next in line after Pacquiao to get robbed, yupsir, by the same goof Pat Russell who can’t ever seem to figure what the hell is ever going on the ring. Ruslan caught Bradley in the opening round with a shotgun blast that sent Bradley to his knees clutching at Ruslan in a futile effort to stay up. Incredibly, Russell ruled a slip, and no sooner had Bradley gotten up from his “slip” than he fell into the best drunken chicken break dance since Zab Judah got one punched by Kostya Tzyzu a several years back and went down again. That’d be two knockdowns by Ruslan with one punch if boxing ever kept score that way, but he never got credit for even the single knockdown for thanks to Russell’s boner that would’ve made Ruslan the victor, not Bradley.

Most reputable refs would have stopped the bout for a Ruslan KO win right then and there, but sadly reputable and referees and boxing seldom meet in this current boxing climate.

No siree, no commie Ruskie is gonna take down an American in Russell’s court of law, so then equally blind judges awarded the “close” bout to Bradley who mostly ran around to avoid getting creamed further until his legs finally gave out and he was caught again in the last round. In his next bout Bradley got the best of a very close exchange early on with the 40 year Juan Manuel Marquez, yet then chose to run for the rest of the incredibly boring, non-participatory bout by Bradley who used to relish the good fight, but no more. Marquez was disgusted at the tactics and the decision, but then again, why should Bradley take any unnecessary chances against this new BALCO trained monstrous version of Marquez?

I can sort of see his point of view for that, but then he lost the rematch to Pacquiao where he looked utterly clueless again, almost club fighter like, and then on to a draw against an awkwardly strong club fighter, Diego Gabriel Chaves. In spite of his stellar record on paper, he lost his Ring P4P ranking in their recent staff shakeup and has further dropped down to 15th in Boxrec. Bradley used to be the alpha dog in the ring, dictating the pace and the style, but no more. His destiny now seems hellbent to cultivating the beta side of him as his physical advantages over opponents slowly decline.

So here he is against Rios who is a big, strong, powerful, pressure fighter with reasonably quick feet when on pursuit. Bradley has to run to maybe survive since he can no longer handle this kind of punching power or pressure, but now he has to worry if his legs can carry him for all 12 rounds. I’d sure like to see a fair decision out of boxing once in a blue moon, but we might as well be baying at a lunar eclipse while praying for the winning lotto ticket. Rios has had some training issues of missing weight during his lower weight classes in the past that have made him a big target of critics, but since Robert Garcia has trained him, Rios has successfully moved up in weight and been drilled into better shape with better discipline and game plan.

Rios still has to make weight at 147, so can he do it first try? That may well prove to be the key in this matchup. Can Bradley survive the guaranteed onslaught? His new trainer, the loonytunes buffo Uncle Teddy, can he even make it out of training camp without blowing everyone’s head gasket? Bradley’s damaged legs aren’t saying much yet, but we’ll be finding out soon enough.

 

Money Mayweather Picks Wings Off Amir Khan~Fights Marcos Maidana

The official Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Marcos Rene Maidana fight takes place Saturday, May 3rd at the MGM Grand. The irony of Mayweather previously retiring to avoid competitive rematches against Oscar de la Hoya and Ricky Hatton  at the MGM Grand only to return there again and again these past 7 years to fight Golden Boy promoted fighters is lost on the average fan, yet many gleefully set their watches to his once a year Mexican Holiday bouts, perhaps twice this year, a rare Mexican Holiday hallelujah moment for his fans.

Team Mayweather to wit: “… it’s a great feeling for Floyd to be able to get up, get out of his 20,000 square feet mansion, and drive a couple of miles down the road and to just come and pick up $30 or $40 million…”

The convoluted history of this bout was set up on Mayweather’s “official” twitter account where he ran a poll asking fans to vote between Marco Maidana and Amir Khan for his next fight promoted as “Who’s Got Next?”  Maidana quickly rang up an insurmountable lead that also included kopykat polls at ESPN, Fightnews, ect, but then the international Khan nation took to voting enmasse on the official Mayweather twitter poll and Maidana was “knocked out” by Khan who had already agreed to terms at the beginning of the year with a signed the contract. Meanwhile back at Haymon/Golden Boy headquarters, “Boxing Experts” at Ring also picked Khan over Maidana by 18-10 result, and my o my, it was like a giggle of brain surgeons picking their favorite porn star whilst operating at the local medical school amphitheatre the dialogue was so choice:

http://ringtv.craveonline.com/news/317539-floyd-mayweather

Well???

Well???

 

If hay is for horses than Money is for Mayweather as he left not only the fans and aspiring challengers, but the future schedules of the entire combine of Golden Boy Promotions and Al Haymon dangling in the cruel gusts of MayweatherTwitter winds before boredom set in, so “Whats we gots do next?”

Why he and his one ton security squadron and select gofer buddies took an all expenses paid trip to South Africa in the wake of the passing of world legend Nelson Mandela. The top South African Poohbah lauded him as “the rose who grew from concrete” in a celebratory speech before Mayweather was asked what legacy he hoped to leave behind from this trip.

“A lot of fighters are looking at being the best. I’m looking at being the smartest outside the ring.”

Outside The Ring

Outside The Ring

“Everyone is gunning for me, from heavyweight down to 105.”

Of course when contract push came to shove, Mayweather promptly turned his back on the fans he was soliciting to pick Maidana to fight, his signature personal style of going back on his word as many opponents agreeing to his contract demands have discovered. Never mind that Maidana is Argentinian, certainly not the desired Mexican opponent for a Mexican holiday, bottom line is that Maidana comes cheaper than the egocentric, high maintenance British Khan. What Mayweather craves is the extra large percentage of the purse, probably around 95%.

Khan gets the consolation prize of Luis Collazo on the Mayweather/Maidana undercard. The tea leaves are predicting that winner gets Mayweather for his planned  September Mexican holiday, Diaz y Seis at the MGM Grand.

Floyd Mayweather vs Puerto Rican-American Luis Collazo anyone?

History will record whether the 37 year old Mayweather, currently 45-0, 26 KO, is able to shrug off the prime aged 30 year old Maidana to “match” the 46-0, 32 KO record of recently retired Joe Calzaghe. Here are notable undefeated records of other modern fighters for comparison starting with Super Joe:

http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=5364&cat=boxer

Samson Dutch Boy Gym of Thailand. 43-0, 36 KO with 36 defenses of World Boxing Federation superflyweight title:

http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=8222&cat=boxer

Sven Ottke, he of 36-0, 6 KO and 21 defenses of IBF super middleweight title with an additional 4 defenses of his WBA title added in the mix:

http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=7203&cat=boxer

Joe Mesi, 36-0, 29 KO:

http://www.boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=016554&cat=boxer

Deontay Wilder, 31-0, 31 KO, also of Golden Boy Promotions.

http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=7203&cat=boxer

Ali Raymi, pro debut at age 39,  20-0, 20 first round KOs, all against undefeated minimum weight fighters compiled inside the 2013 timeframe. No titles yet, but a boxrec #10 ranking:

http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=7203&cat=boxer

As to the fight itself, Mayweather goes in as a huge favorite in his cozy MGM Grand sleep over with the referee and judges working out of his corner. Maidana is used to being handcuffed against touted money fighters, yet he still managed to manhandle  Mayweather protege Adrian Broner who had referee Laurence Cole riding shotgun for him down the stretch in San Antone when they tried to tag team Maidana, tried being the operative failure of their objective. Still, many were surprised he won the decision against Broner who had been clearly outboxed and outworked before, yet always copped the unpopular decision.

Tony Weeks has become one of the regular rotation of 3rd man concierges assigned to make Mayweather feel comfortable during his MGM Grand forays, so what would be his likely style based on previous Golden Boy promoted fights at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas?

Hows about we start with the Weeks’ pro style WWE bellyflop on poor old Joel Casamayor who had counterpunched the counterpunching JMMarquez into a draw on the cards before suffering the flash knockdown. That smartly moved JMM along to the big money Pac rematch much like Weeks prematurely stopping Afredo Angulo did for Canelo Alvarez though that could be rationalized as rescuing Angulo from from his one sided beating. Lucas Matthysse had a completely closed eye fight for the last 6 round against Danny Garcia that Weeks allowed to continue to the finish. Compare to Marcos Maidana completely shutting Morales eye into a sickening state early in the first round, yet Weeks allowed the favored past prime money fighter to take Maidana punches as Maidana grew progressively queasy at the damage he was doing to this all time Mexican legend. No merciful early stoppages there, but pitterpatting Mayweather has been making noises about needing knockouts to enhance his self esteem, so if anyone gets the early stoppage, well, Money talks so fine and Maidana will walk the line.

Another interesting by line is that trainer Robert Garcia is actually a contemporary of Mayweather, winning his superfeather title months before Floyd did before fighting undefeated Diego Corrales back when Corrales could still make the weight and Casamayor whom Mayweather never faced. This should be the first time Garcia in any role faces Mayweather, so I’m guessing his losing experiences against Freddie Roach in big Pacquiao fights makes this a more competitive match than the usual opponent training teams. We’ll see if Garcia can stand up to Weeks’ favoritism early in the fight. 

Maidana has been hooked up with Robert Garcia for his last few fights and by results they seem destined to be a perfect match. The newly motivated Maidana is getting the best sparring and ring advice of his career and it shows in improved footwork, punch selection, accuracy, and ringmanship not to mention conditioning. When added to his naturally instinctive awkward slugger style that Garcia looks to retain in him, Maidana spells more hurt, trouble, and menace in the ring than ever before in spite of the long odds against him.

And if those long odds weren’t enough, reports are that his purse may be detained pending settlement of a manager spat dating all the way back to 2004. OUCH, life ain’t never been easy outside boxing for Argentinian bad-asses, but there’s always the solace of the ring.

Well now, if any additional incentive is needed, the WBC is inaugarating it’s first ever vibrinium belt as the prize, whooo-hooo!

Brand Spanking New Vibranium Belt

Brand Spanking New Vibranium Belt

I kid you not:

http://news.boxrec.com/news/2014/mayweather-and-maidana-contest-vibranium-title

Ahem, on a more sober note, mo’ mum is still the word from Mayweather and his team concerning noted boxing author Thomas Hauser’s long standing drug testing allegations here:

http://www.maxboxing.com/news/max-boxing-news/the-ped-mess-part-one

Then the TMZ story where two contractors hired by Mayweather claimed to have been beaten within an inch of their lives and put into the hospital by Mayweather’s personal security behemoths. The two seemed to have smartly hired lawyers before leaking their story, seemingly to pursue the inevitable private settlements that Mayweather has been paying out of his monumental boxing purses when he’s not losing millions wagering on his favorite college or pro sports team.   The worse the screw turns on Mayweather, the more money he makes much like Mike Tyson was able to do post prison. Americans and perhaps now the world just love to see a good train wreck in breaking slow motion.

http://www.tmz.com/2014/03/12/floyd-mayweather-kidnapping-brutal-beating-suspected-jewelry-heist/

To top the outrage, a brand new boxing website, Boxaldia, came out with an article claiming the FBI is investigating Mayweather’s promoter, Golden Boy Promotions for “fight fixing.” Could that be the reasons for GBP honcho Oscar de la Hoya’s repeated celebrity substance abuse rehabilitations? Add on Nevada State Athletic Commission stating they will no longer rubber stamps fights after Mayweather vs Alvarez brought their roofs crashing down over them, and could be we have a perfect storm brewing going into this fight.

Stir in some heat and venom from Top Rank honcho Bob Arum when he slammed MGM as a company struggling in debt while putting up giant Home of the Champion Floyd Mayweather banners for Top Rank’s big Pacquiao/Bradley promotion.  For sure The Fates are stirring up some kind of evil  mumbogumbo in boxing for devious purpose, but for whose purpose?

MGM Promo @ Pacquiao vs Bradley Fight

MGM Promo @ Pacquiao vs Bradley Fight

Permanent Home of Floyd Mayweather

Permanent Home of Floyd Mayweather

 

What’s really going on behind the ozzy curtains of Wizard Al Haymon’s stealth management empire that has secured the services of most of the name fighters operating in the US? Does Haymon have the Watson brothers’ feet stuck in the door as he looks to corner the market for on vibranium also? Has Marcos Maidana has arrived at this point in time like so many years ago when Joe Louis took on Max Schmeling and the Hitler global megalomania for the future survival of the free world? Can Maidana save our free world from future Haymon domination?

Stay tuned for the finale…only in Las Vegas…only at the MGM Grand…only on Mexican holidays…only on Showtime…and now only for you, the fans…

…well, maybe not Khan fans…

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Revenge? Vic Darchinyan vs Nonito Donaire

Say what you will about Vic Darchinyan being the prototypical Aussie bullyboy, but he never gave up wanting to rematch his first career loss to Nonito Donaire, a devastating highlight reel knockout  for the ages. The rematch will be Saturday, November 9th in Corpus Christi, Texas. This will also be something of a comeback fight for Donaire who suddenly went from being the toasted P4P darling in the fashion of fellow Filipino Manny Pacquiao to boxing’s “Who knows ya and wadda ya done lately kid?”

First Meeting

First Meeting

Darchinyan was a tiger at 28-0, 22 KO who had the boxing world by the throat going into that first Donaire fight. He left the fight in tatters after scary minutes on the canvas in recovery from Donaire’s perfect counter left hook. Raging Bull was born to fight though and has been in against top competition since then, as good as any fighter currently operating, but things didn’t always go his way as his current 39-5-1 record attests. Yet that sole KO loss burned ever so brightly as a brand on his soul that he had a fever to avenge, so finally, here we are.

As to the recent Donaire downfall, he mysteriously fell apart during the leadup before his last fight, a dastardly loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux. Reports had him being mostly self trained with Robert Garcia phoning in a some instructions before compounding his dissolution by divorcing his BALCO associated physical trainer Victor Conte. Reduced boxing preparations on top of being  deprived of those secret magic potions left Donaire very vulnerable with his expectant wife as his only soulmate going into a difficult fight. Indeed, the focus in interviews seemed to be Donaire’s preoccupation with the development of his son and his wife’s health, not his chosen profession.

He looked foolish trying to chase down the rapidly fleeing Rigondeaux as any fighter might appear and was additionally ill prepared for those moments when it came time to trade punches. Though he came to held his own as he adapted to the wily Rigondeaux, he was well off his 2012 Fighter of the Year form. In the 10th round insult would be added to injury when he wasn’t credited by referee Benjy Esteves Jr. with two clean consecutive knockdowns that would have put him up on the two close cards with more impetus going into the last two rounds. Instead he was only credited with one knockdown and completely gave up the last round to protect his damaged eye.

To add intrigue to this rematch, Donaire has recently made amends with his dad who happened to be in his corner when he avenged the brutal loss by his brother Glenn to Darchinyan. A nasty dispute later separated the family as the Nonito star ascended, but now Dad is splitting duties with Garcia in the lead up to the rematch. How the “co-training” works for Nonito is unknown, however on his worst night Donaire could have won his last fight but for poor circumstances, thus he will be the odds on favorite.

Darchinyan may be near the end of his career at almost 38 years of age, but he recently signed a deal with Top Rank to make this fight, so it’s impossible to measure the boost that this opportunity may bring him. He operates out of an awkward lobster like southpaw style and it’s not like he has ever been terribly outclassed in the ring save that thunderous night against Donaire.

Now both are in a different place looking a bit vulnerable, but you can bet on seeing a genuine fight.

The Brandon Rios Challenge of WBA Champion Miguel Acosta

Bam Bam Brandon Rios challenges the newly crowned WBA lightweight champion Miguel Acosta in his first bid for world title this Saturday, February 26th at Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Combatants

The Combatants

The 32 yr old Venezuelan Acosta has been boxing since 1999 in an up and down career going nowhere until he caught fire in two consecutive away bouts, torching the undefeated records of Urbano Antillon and Paulus Moses with big knockouts in their home environs for the WBA interim and regular titles in Mexico and Africa respectively.
 
Moreover, Acosta, 28-3-2, 22 KO, has been undefeated since 2004, so now he arrives at the apex of his career, his first defense of his title in another away bout as the headliner in the capital of boxing.

Quite a career turnabout by Miguel Acosta that merits big time respect, harkening back to the days of Danny Little Red Lopez going over to Africa to dethrone champ David Kotey and defending his title against a series of thrilling hometown challengers.

The 24 yr old Rios is just as easily undefeated since his pro debut, 2004, and already nailed his signature win over the equally undefeated Anthony Peterson at the Palms Casino Resort in a WBA title eliminator, so now he has his own fireworks showcase just for him in a comfortable home style setting not that far from where he lives and trains in Oxnard, California.

I’m guessing Acosta will be the favorite, however I’ve learned that odds can be strangely puzzling sometimes. Mainly the fighters seem evenly matched and I only note projected odds as part of the sport, not wishing to direct any betting.

In the Rios corner will be Robert Garcia, the hottest up and coming trainer in the biz. One notable attribute about Rios is his size, entering the ring bigger than most middleweights in history, but Acosta is hardly a dainty flower himself and may be the hungrier, more self made fighter than Rios who still has a bit of the kid in him needing direction.

The undercard features fast charging 21 yr old featherweight prospect, Robert Marroquin, stepping way up in class against an experienced Mexicali fringe contender, Gilberto Sanchez Leon along side some other Top Rank prospects.

Great card to see some of the future names in boxing, so peel your eyeballs off in that direction this coming Saturday if you like action packed knockout type of fights.