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Canelo Challenges Sergey Kovalev For LightHeavy Supremacy

Grab all your family jewels for safekeeping on November 2nd this Saturday when Saul “Canelo” Alvarez jumps yet another division for the glory of taking on the Boxrec #1 Lightheavy in the world, the fearsome Krusher, Sergey Kovalev @MGM Grande, Las Vegas. This is part of the DAZN extravaganzas for the close of the year.

Hard to know who is the more hated panto villain in modern boxing fandom, Canelo or the Krusher. This becomes a sort of a “Quiet” Odd Couple pairing where Kovelev will sport a half foot of height and reach over Canelo, and face it, two more ethnically and stylistic disparate fighters could not have been picked for such a big fight. Their only similarities are both are fighters and quietly soft spoken outside the ring to let their fists do their talking inside the ring.

Finally, the much maligned Kovalev gets a payday commensurate with his contributions to the sport of boxing as Canelo gets another challenge to further enrage his growing legion of critics who simply cannot seem to stew enough in the bile of their self created hatreds.

And to be sure, Krusher is certainly no schoolboy here after being charged and perhaps ultimately sentenced to a US penitentiary for the crime of allegedly, ie horribly beating up a woman who spurned his sexual advances if no out of court settlement is forthcoming to compensate the victim for her injuries. And then the specter of Canelo in his slick, silk finery rubbing the noses of his critics in his myriad of championship belts begets an arrogance born of the excellence of his teenaged craftsmanship that has carried him to this point in time, a veritable Hater’s paradise!

VADA Drug Testing Trivia: Canelo #348759~~Kovalev #505927

By natural attributes and size, the fight reminds me a bit of IBHOFers Bob Foster vs Dick Tiger in 1968. The carefully crafted Tiger was around Canelo’s size, and Knockout artist Foster a bit taller than Kovalev at 6-3, but Tiger was the older Lightheavy champ with an excellent chin, and Foster the 9 years younger contender having been knocking over Lightheavies like bowling pins. In this fight, the shorter Canelo is the 7 year younger fighter, yet with more than double the pro rounds against the WBO beltholder Kovalev who is still on top of his game with an additional #2 Ring rating to supplement his Boxrec #1.

Foster ended up knocking out Tiger rather easily, but Tiger turned out to be not only on his last legs of his boxing career, but on his last legs here on earth with his departure a 3 years years later via liver cancer, as sick as a man can be. Me thinks this fight may well go the distance. Kovalev is an excellent long distance fighter fully capable of utilizing his height, reach, and jab advantage at his range, so the impetus will be on Canelo to figure out how to slip his punches to get inside that range for his shorter, more compact punches, because otherwise, he will just be target practice for Kovalev.

Nothing about this Mutt and Jeff fight will be easy for either because of the overall excellence of the fighters, but perhaps the wild card in play will be can Canelo get Krusher to respect his power? Canelo easily dismantled the towering Rocky Fielding for a minor 168 WBA title, and though Rocky still highly rated on Boxrec at #5, in no way can he compare to the legacy of what Kovalev brings to the table still at the top of his game no matter the frothing thrash of his bibby bedecked babbling critics.

Another harsh criticism of this fight making the antisocial media rounds is Krusher is having to fight too soon after a hard, damaging fight against Anthony Yarde, so let’s deconstruct that myth:

1. Other than a few minor contusions as in any fight, Kovalev suffered no injuries in a fight he was in command of for the 11 rounds it lasted. It was a good mental and physical workout against a strong, new young gun. There is also a 70 day gap between the Canelo fight that translates to 10 weeks worth of time.

2. Now, allowing that Kovalev was already in prime condition two weeks before the Yarde fight, and immediately afterward, but allowing 2-3 weeks judicious rest and relaxation in advance of the biggest fight of his life, that leaves him 7-8 weeks to train for Canelo, meaning that barring any training injuries, Kovalev may well end up in the best shape of his life. Allowing 4-5 weeks rest and relaxation, that would leave 5-6 weeks training, a standard minimum training time needed for most fighters not having to lose excessive weight or get into physical shape, a scenario not in play here. All Krusher needs is light exercise designed to maintain his already fine condition and specific strategy based sparring to work out his fight plans.

Has there ever been any”true” fighter who ever existed to turn down such a lucrative opportunity as this? 

I can only think of a few, but more importantly as pertains to this fight, certainly not this battle tested Russian who has completely upended the light heavy division ever since he was an up and coming unranked fighter. Unbelievably I’m hearing Canelo is a 4-1 favorite, meaning you reap 25 cents on every dollar bet for Canelo if he wins, yet earn $4 for every dollar you bet for Kovalev if he wins!

Myself never being the betting sort relying on such a shaky proposition as boxing officiating, it becomes beyond my comprehension as such odds in such an unknown type of fight can be determined, yet such were floated 6 days from the fight date!

I would think Kovelev holds most of the cards against a novice debutante to the Lightheavy division no matter the difficulties of parsing the unusual physical and style match ups, but if push comes to shove, well, then, I’m picking “The Good Fight, May The Best Man Win,” so that’s my choice and I’m sticking to it! 


Sergey Kovalev to Avenge His Eleider Alvarez Defeat?

Sergey Krusher Kovalev has bravely claimed his rematch clause against his victor, Eleider Storm Alvarez, to be held at The Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas this Saturday, February 2nd. That’s in the Dallas Cowboys headquarters compound and training facility for the uninitiated. The WBO Lightheavy title is the bauble at stake, but the pride of avenging a catastrophic loss against Alvarez may steal the show with another knock down, drag out fight like the first ended.

In that fight, Kovalev was mauling the game but hapless Alvarez until the worm turned. It was and is the only legit KO on Kovalev’s record, and Alvarez deserves all his accolades as he became dynamically explosive and concussively conclusive, the best kind of win to have with no shaky judges involved. In any rematch, especially an immediate one after such a devastating loss, the whole world changes for the fighters. The loser has to rebuild both his strategy and psychology as the winner navigates all the backslappers and new “friends” wanting to hang with his new eminence.

The tough Colombian Alvarez now resides in much cushier digs in Montreal than he grew up in. He’s 24-0 with 12 KOs, so he not a big puncher and thus cannot count on a return bout KO. Can he change his strategy to actually outbox Kovalev?

There have also been a plethora of rich and famous lifestyle changes for Kovalev that include a serious felony assault charge of causing a grievous injury to a woman that we found out belatedly was the unknown backdrop going into the first Alvarez fight. As to boxing adjustments, he had already ditched his long time trainer John David Jackson before the Andre Ward rematch. That left him without any gravitas in his corner when Ward commenced a comprehensive low blow body attack in one of the most shameless refereeing efforts seen in the sorry Vegas venue by Tony Weeks. The cards were split at the stoppage 67-66 x2 for Ward and 68-65 for Kovalev, so we can clearly see the illicit strategy was needed to quell Kovalev who was the “People’s” consensus winner in the first fight in spite of being saddled by the boxing suits with his first loss.

Kovalev didn’t need to take the pauper’s purse of those two Ward fights, and certainly didn’t need an immediate rematch of a hard knockout loss against Alvarez, but apparently the fighter in him left him with no other choices. Alvarez couldn’t just abandon his hard fought title and newly found respect without a fight, so here we go again.

For this fight Kovalev is under the tutelage of the respected former fighter now trainer, Buddy McGirt, so he’s got the corner gravitas back. The fighters only need to make weight today before resting up, and then on to Saturday and (((BooM))) as fists start flying. Who ya got?

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.

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?

Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba To Take Sergey Kovalev “Krusher” Test

Isaac Chilemba is poised to take the Sergey Kovalev Krusher test this Monday, July 11th, far and away buried deep in the exotic locale of DIVS, Ekaterinburg, Mother Russia in the wee, wee, early morning Western hours. Why such a distant place and why on a Monday you ask?

Golden Boy

Golden Boy

Beats me other than to note this is a Kovalev homecoming of sorts staged in a much different culture than the standard American boxing culture, so maybe Monday is hot stuff there. At any rate, Chilemba, 24-3-2, 10 KO, is a classic light swatting, rangy, spoiler/boxer type with a Ring rating and tougher than his record might appear since he has yet to be knocked out. He was born into the impoverished Malawi region of Africa, turned pro in South Africa, and embarked on a world wide quest as the true definition of the ultimate International road warrior. He was served a steep learning curve in the early going, yet his last two losses were close decisions against top fighters, so he knows his way around the ring pretty well these days.

Such attributes are perfect for giving Kovalev, 29-0-1, 26 KO, a preview of the touted yet somewhat tainted light swatter swatting boxer Andre Ward, 29-0, 15 KO, projected to be his next bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Vegas. Chilemba is expected to provide competitive rounds and is good enough to cause an upset if Krusher has an off night even if the odds makers have made him a 100-1 underdog. In turn, The Ward of the State of California will be fighting a near 40 year old supermiddle, Alexander Brand, in Oakland of course, always Oakland as befits this Son of Gob. Not exactly the sort of prep to prepare for a beast like Kovalev, but perfect for the new lite in his loafers era he has entered into the past few years, basically acquiring an Imelda Marcos quality shoe collector fetish supported by a dreary series of TBA short notice fights.

Oh, my, be still our beating hearts.

It’s a shame that myself and others are actually looking forward to the Chilemba fight while cringing at the thought of the sheer ugliness that constitutes most every Ward fight. If the poor wunderkind  wonders why he doesn’t have any fans outside of Oakland and can’t make any big money, it’s because the wonder of the last US 2004 Olympic boxing gold medalist has got a tarnish to him these days that can’t be wiped away with his present faint hearted efforts.

Ekateringburg also notably happens to be the site where in 2011 Kovalev brutalized a highly regarded Russian prospect, Roman Simakov, knocking him out in the 7th round. Unfortunately Simakov never recovered and passed 3 days later, requiring Kovalev to take time off from boxing when he was charged with the death and sued by the fighter’s family. We cannot know how that affects this fight to go back to that night. Reportedly the lawsuit and maybe even the charges are still pending.

Putting Hopkins on his can

Putting Hopkins on his can

Issac Chilemba first though. Taking care of necessary business at hand first always works, so lets see who’s got it on the night.



Good Sport Updated~Ring Ratings vs Boxrec Ratings~Who You Got?

Well folks, the “boxing experts” who purport to know all about boxing so as to fill our empty noggins with their boxing “expertise” seem to be completely at odds with each other here. No surprises there since boxing is a sport with rules that “boxing experts” often ignore so as to benefit “the chosen” for personal gain or other purpose. Nobody can even say with any degree of certainty from fight to fight which biases the referee will show or how close or far apart the fight scores will be. And for whom? Naturally this is passed on in their ranking systems, in this example being in dire opposition to each other, a perfect draw in boxing terms, but is it really?

You can see some fun I previously had with Ring rankings here, utter hilarity distilled just for you:


Anyways, ahem, the current Ring P4Pers were elected by rather large committee circle of…”experts”…are thus:

  • 1. ROMAN GONZALEZ Record: 43-0-0 (37 KOs)
    Ranking:This Week: 1 | Last Week: 1 | Weeks On List: 68
    Title: RING, WBC flyweight
    2. Andre Ward Record: 28-0-0 (15 KOs)
    Ranking:This Week: 2 | Last Week: 2 | Weeks On List:
    No title
    3. Sergey Kovalev Record: 28-0-1 (25 KOs)
    Ranking:This Week: 3 | Last Week: 3 | Weeks On List: 28
    Title: WBO, IBF, WBA light heavyweight
    4. Gennady Golovkin Record: 33-0-0 (30 KOs)
    Ranking: This Week: 4 | Last Week: 4 | Weeks On List: 32
    Title:WBA middleweight
    5. Guillermo Rigondeaux Record: 15-0-0 (10 KOs)
    Ranking: This Week: 5 | Last Week: 5 | Weeks On List: 109
    Title: RING, WBO, WBA jr. featherweight
    6. Wladimir Klitschko Record: 64-3-0 (53 KOs)
    Ranking: This Week: 6 | Last Week: 6 | Weeks On List: 268
    Title: RING, IBF, WBO, WBA heavyweight
    7. Terence Crawford Record: 26-0-0 (18 KOs)
    Ranking: This Week: 7 | Last Week: 7 | Weeks On List: 21
    Title: WBO jr. welterweight
    8. Manny Pacquiao Record: 57-6-2 (38 KOs)
    Ranking: This Week: 8 | Last Week: 8 | Weeks On List: 617
    No title
    9. Shinsuke Yamanaka Record: 24-0-2 (17 KOs)
    Ranking: This Week: 9 | Last Week: 9 | Weeks On List: 19
    Title: WBC bantamweight

    10. Kell Brook Record: 35-0-0 (24 KOs)
    Ranking: This Week: 10 | Last Week: 10 | Weeks On List: 2  Title: IBF

    OK, now on to boxrec rankings for comparison. Boxrec uses computer accumulated points which are the first emboldened numbers to go along with each fighter record, the most unbiased rankings regardless of various human errors in assigning the points for various performance measures:

    1. Wladimir Klitschko Dr Steelhammer 1330 64-3 heavyweight

    2. Gennady Golovkin GGG 1078 33-0 middleweight

    3. Saul Alvarez Canelo 1075 45-1-1 super welterweight

    4. Sergey Kovalev Krusher 999 28-0-1 light heavyweight

    5. Manny Pacquiao Pac Man 913 57-6-2 welterweight

    6. Miguel Cotto Junito 887 40-4 middleweight

    7. Kell Brook Special K 863 35 0 0 29 welterweight

    8 Keith Thurman One Time 835 26 0 0 26 welterweight

    9 Erislandy Lara The American Dream 781 21-2-2 super welterweight

    10 Adonis Stevenson Superman 777 27-1 lightheavy

    11. Terence Crawford Bud 760 26-0 jr welterweight

    18. Andre Ward 637 Son of God 28-0 supermiddleweight

    23. Guillermo Rigondeaux 564 El Chacal 15-0  superbantamweight

    29. Roman Gonzalez 519 Chocolatito 43-0  Flyweight

    90. Shinsuke Yamanaka  342 24-0-2 Bantamweight

    OK, first most glaring contradiction in the two rating systems is Roman Gonzalez being first in Ring yet only 29th in Boxrec due to being in a lower weight class of a smaller population of fighters compared to the more populous larger divisions. In context to the way they do their rankings, the Boxrec #1 P4P female, Delfine Persoon who operates in the lightweight division with a population of only 115 total females, she has only accumulated 172 points in contrast to the Gonzalez 519 points with  a male flyweight population of 709. Cecilia Braekhus is the undefeated 27-0 female welter champ widely acclaimed, yet only 10th P4P due to an exceedingly low welter population of 37 females, so fighter population, ie competition, is important to Boxrec rankings.

    If we combine Choco’s two ratings and divide by two for an average, we’d get a 15th rank which seems appropriate even if he has proven to be a beast in his 3 divisions. He could continue to accumulate points in Boxrec to rise further, but let’s move on to other glaring abnormalities.

    Boxrec has Golovkin #2 which seems about right given a general public consensus that he should be #1, but Ring lists the inactive Andre Ward #2 in spite of his gross inactivity in the supermiddleweight division dating back at least 2 years. He also refuses to leave California except when he was forced one single time by the Super Six Tourney, yet he was still at home in New York against a true international fighter in Carl Froch. Boxrec rankings seem more justified in that regard as Ward, 18th, simply wants to sit on his hometown canned record like another American supposed great, TUE 49-0, did for 9 consecutive years.

    Ring has Kovalev and Golovkin ranked 3 and 4 to Boxrec’s Canelo and Kovalev as 3 and 4, so we have only a small measure of congruancy due to Canelo being unranked by Ring in spite of being previously ranked and only losing a majority decision to TUE 49-0, otherwise cleaning out the 154 division at 155lb catchweights as he built to the highly anticipated showdown with Miguel Cotto who is Boxrec ranked. Advantage Boxrec as the Haymon/Goldenboy News of the Ring world simply cannot justify not having Canelo somewhere at this point.

    TUE nose knows it!

    TUE nose knows it!

    Boxrec has Manny Pacquiao ranked 5th, but Ring has dropped him down to 8th in between untested Crawford and Yamanaka in spite of Manny holding the P4P records by a long shot for the most P4P fights, wins, and longest duration in their P4P ratings. We’re talkin’ spiteful Ring ignorance squared x 10 me thinks.

    Moving on, Ring has their former #2, Wlad Klitschko, mysteriously demoted to #6 in spite of starting to tie and break Joe Louis’ heavyweight records set 8 decades ago. Axe to grind? What more can any fighter do than that? He’s sandwiched between the unusually gunshy, barely tested Rigondeaux who hasn’t fought a Ring ranked fighter in two years, preferring to be knocked down by international type journeymen for chump change, and the inexperienced Crawford who is a very good fighter becoming great, but not yet. Wlad has more knockouts than their victories combined and near 5x their combined title wins. Such “boxing experts” represent a gross American bias against foreign greats who have been supplanting their own greats, further magnified by the pitiful dirth of American fighters these days, especially at the contender levels.

    Knocked Cold

    Knocked Cold

    So now we’re down to Ring’s Yamanaka and Brook ranked 9 and 10, so there’s some overlap with Boxrec who ranks Brook 6th, but Yamanaka only ranked 90th down to being inexperienced in a low population of fighters. Yamanaka would be 50th if we combined rankings, not bad, but hardly a P4P top 10. What were Ring’s “experts” ever thinking, or were they? To think or not to think must be the burning question raging inside empty noggins.

    In Boxrec lower 10, they have Miguel Cotto, Keith Thurman, Erislandy Lara, and Adonis Stevenson, none of whom Ring ranks. Cotto I can see because of his long excellence and competitive losses, but Thurman and Stevenson are still relatively unproven being held back by their sugardaddy, Al Haymon. The always running, too scared to fight, feather fisted Lara barely has twenty wins to go with two losses and two draws in terrible performances, but again, there’s not a lot to pick from. Crawford, Ward, Rigondeaux, Yamanaka are all out of Boxrec’s top ten. I could see Crawford and Gonzalez squeaking in based on their startling performances and anticipated years of peak performances.

    Gone is Gone

    Gone is Gone

    I say Boxrec rankings are considerably better, so there it is, the mystery meat of sports, boxing, being served up on the public platter for consumption…yum…who’s on first, no, wait, he’s on third, wait, which way is up and where’s my candy bar and envelope? Only in boxing.

Sergey Krusher Kovalev vs Nadjib Iron Jab Mohammedi

All everything light heavyweight champion Sergey Krusher Kovalev, 27-0-1, 24 KO, takes on IBF mandatory challenger Nadjib Iron Jib Mohammedi, 37- 3, 23 KO, Saturday, July 25 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

No need to be smug, but let’s face it, we already know how this goes. Fairplay, maybe Iron Jib can wing in some good shots as he seems to have a smidgen of power and a bit more experience. It’s Kovalev’s opportunity to stay busy with a highlight result as his promoter Main Events maneuvers for a bigger fights after fighting two consecutive stinker styles in Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal.

We’ll just have to see for ourselves how it goes for them.

Here T'is Here T’is

Dead Man Walking~Bernard Hopkins vs Krusher Sergio Kovalev

I vowed to never watch at another unwatchable Bernard Hopkins fight after he was TKOed for quitting the first Chad Dawson fight, but here we go again. Truth be told I wouldn’t be able stomach this light heavy unification fight but for the recent surge of unrelenting slugger, Sergey Kovalev, who deserves much better than the usual Hopkins stink and mirrors circus side show. The suits have placed the thing at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey this Saturday, November 8th, so let’s see what kind of fight we get out of the boxing “establishment” in these parts as their casinos are starting to shut down.

Perhaps it’s telling that long time boxing icon Larry Hazzard has been reinstated as commissioner of the New Jersey Athletic Control Board coming into this fight, but what it says as applies to this fight is unknown. The economy has gotten so bad in Atlantic City that “The Donald” Trump has filed a lawsuit to remove his name from the Trump casinos after they’ve fallen into disgrace. Who could have ever thunk up such capitalistic heresy?


As to the fighters I’ll start on a positive note with the A-side, Kovalev, who is getting B-side money because his division is so weak overall and his era so weak that precious few want to be brutalized and knocked dead cold out of the rankings. When his promoter, Kathy Duva of Main Events, was putting together the deal, naturally she contacted his manager who relayed the terms to Kovalev. His response was as blunt force, take no prisoners  style inside the ring, “Make the fight, make the fight, make the fight,” and so she did.

HBO Bound

HBO Bound

These Russians know what it’s like to be hungry. What else is non English speaking Russian immigrant in America to do but to say yes to the terms before the ceremonial jaw breaking commences?

Now with the negative B-side, Hopkins, who is getting A-side money for being the nastiest, dirtiest, not to mention the oldest, rankest fighter of his generation, a puredee rotten spoiler who may shamelessly crawl about on the canvas like a kicked cur puppy howling to the ref for special needs recompensation at the drop of a hat as needed. He was knocked out by Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones who received no credit because of the hamhanded misanthropic manner that boxing conducts it’s public business if you want to talk about why boxing is dying with the general public. Chad Dawson saw his TKO victory overturned to a No Contest if anyone need contemplate the pull Golden Boy has in California as another example.

When a congenitally dirty fighter turns his back and refuses to fight so as to feign receiving a single payback foul, not once, not twice, but rather a gruesome thrice in big fights, this sure ain’t no all time great no matter what his Golden Boy minders and their News of the Ring World tabloid may spin out in his behalf. He has been recently flattered against weak opposition that has allowed him to alter his prefight Halloween masked entrances that are so important to his self absorbed identity. He should cut holes in a pair of Big Boy training diapers to wear over his mug for his ring entrance as a truth in marketing prop if he had any honesty as to his intentions.

It’s no wonder he and Andre Ward never gloved it up in the ring. That would be an utter promotional and boxing disaster that might well signal a death knell of boxing if not set it back even more generations than it is currently.

I’m not saying Krusher is such a great fighter either. He too is flattered by his weak opposition as well, the sad truth that top level boxing has finally come to in the most historically competitive division in boxing, but at least he yanks the rug out from under unscrupulous judges and give fans infinite more value for the modest purses he claims for his signature knockouts.

These Eastern Euro, African, and Latino nationals know they seldom get any favors with US and British officiating and make no excuses for their straight forward destroyer styles. They can goof off in the gym playing out the running, jabbing, jiving Ali for fun as well as anyone to relieve the stress of training camp, but when the bell rings they assume an aggressive, hurt you badly business model in contrast to the typical modern American floating stink bomb style that needs substantial “in house” officiating to survive. Apologies to raging P4P offensive American fighters Kelly Pavlik and Paul Williams who were throwbacks to the traditional American style when men were men and fought like lions, not pattycaking pettycoats pushing out marshmallows while bleating incessantly to the ref like Mary’s little lost lamb. Alas, the time of Pavlik and Williams has come and gone with their potential replacements  being nonexistent at this point.

So here we are well into the third millennium and it would be a major upgrade to see American refs and judges step up to the fair play and justice that boxing rules were designed so as to give legitimate form and function to the public nature of the sport. Or do we get more of the same seedy backroom deal officiating boxing is renown for?

I know Sergey Kovalev comes to fight out of a pretty nifty boxing style for the purists, but will Bernard Hopkins actually man up for a good fight or is this just another in a long list of stink’em ups for him as he feathers out his pension well beyond his sell date?