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Gennady Golovkin vs Sergiy Derevvanchnko

Gennady Golovkin, 39-1-1, 35 KO, dresses back down to the middleweight limit after a brief flirtation with Supermiddle, but this time for vacant IBF/IBO middleweight titles vs Ukrainian Sergiy Derevyanchenko, 13-1, 10 KO @Madison Square Garden, New York, New York this Saturday, October 5th.

Sergiy, aka The Technician, hasn’t much pro experience, but what he has is solid including a disputed split decision loss to the highly regarded Daniel Jacobs, so this is no walk over for Golovkin. At soon to be age 35 this month, his Olympic credentials may not make a perfect match for Golovkin’s silver medal, but according to ESPN, he compiled a amateur mark of 390-20, which included him representing his country in the 2008 Olympic Games in China. He was “beat” in the semis by the eventual Cuban Silver medalist Emilio Correa Jr whose father won Gold in 1972 Olympics. Every one knows the host, China in this case, always gets favorable sway in the judging, and Cuba one of the few pure Communist countries left, so a lot of favoritism me thinks. Sergiy’s Ukrainian years included the company of current highly rated champs in Vasiliy Lomachenko, Oleksandr Usyk and Oleksandr Gvozdyk with whom he sparred with, actually holding a record of 1-1 against Usyk. In the “semipro” WSB” league, he was 23-1, 7 KO, so both his amateur and pro record is very deceptive indeed although I am still somewhat suspicious about that amateur mark ESPN reported.

Though Golovkin has not looked the sharpest ever since Saul Alvarez destroyed his mythical mystique in boxing while thus far snubbing their trilogy, instead preferring a bigger fight for a Light Heavy challenge against the harder hitting Sergey Kovalev. The 37 year old Golovkin came under fire for fighting the lightly regarded Steve Rolls, and though looking tubby and rusty and perhaps jaded in that fight, it’s hard not to see him as winning this fight, but then again Sergiy looks supremely confident unlike other Golovkin foes who looked dead on arrival as soon as he was able to crack them.

As to any knockout, Sergiy seems to be very durable, but Golovkin would be the biggest puncher he ever faced, so it could be a very good technical fight for both with perhaps some fireworks by the end. Props to both and perhaps best not bet the farm on the favorite for this one…just sayin!

Vasiliy Lomachenko Unifies Titles vs Luke Campbell

All Universe Lightweight, Vasiliy Lomachenko, will be unifying the WBC, WBA, and WBO titles against Englishman Luke Campbell, 20-2, 16 KO, @O2 Arena, Greenwich, England this Saturday, August 31st. Takes a brave champ these days to go into the challenger’s back yard, and more especially he will be giving up size and reach to Campbell, but then again, that’s what Ring’s #1 P4Per expected when he moved to lightweight.

Loma was never a big fella, yet well compensated with sublime skills and reflexes never before witnessed at the level he employs them. His reputation has so quickly grown so that his new moniker is “No Mas Lomachenko,” in honor of making his baffled opponents quit in maddening frustration of being hit again and again with no defense possible save that of running from the little guy. 

Campbell is currently Boxrec #5 and his only two losses have been by split decision again’t world class fighters, so on paper coupled with a great size advantage, he’s competitive. On the undercard, the 24 year old cousin and training partner of Tyson Fury, Hughie Fury, 23-2, mans up to a top ten contender and former WBA champ, Alexander Povetkin, 34-2, 24 KO. Povetkin is coming off a hard KO loss against Anthony Joshua while Hughie Fury is coming off his best win ever, a knockout of former WBA champ Samuel Peter. Povetkin still retains a high boxrec ranking, #5, while Hughie is #22, so that differential represents the hurdle Hughie needs to overcome, yet Hughie entering his prime years, 24 to 40 years that the now aging Povetkin has to overcome along with his last knockout loss. 

Last Chance Saloon Showdown?

If Povetkin wins, that may well create the grudge match against Tyson, grudge fights being the mother’s milk of boxing.

In the meantime, these are excellent viewing matches from a competitive standpoint, so sit back and enjoy boxing history being made.

2X Olympic Gold Robeisy Ramirez Turns Pro@Top Rank

The crafty Octogenarian Bob Arum caught smirking like the cat who ate the canary with his signing of the 2X Cubano Olympic Gold Medalist Robeisy Ramirez.

Young Ramirez will compete at featherweight for now, a perfect set up for Arum’s other two featherweight stars, Shakur Stevenson and Michael Conlan, always needing ever bigger fights on their path to glory. The kid should be fast tracked as a potentially greater talent, say 2 years before he catches up and fights the first of them. Some of his Ama and Olympic highlights here.

http://boxrec.com/media/index.php/Robeisy_Ramirez

With at least part of his family seemingly stateside who may or not be a good influence, he should have some grounding unlike some of the other Cubanos tossed into the American cultural overload. The kid won Gold at age 18 and repeated, so you can bet the farm on American based trainers to be scrambling for a chance to lead him to professional glory. 

Part of the previous Cubano failures seem to be with poor Cubano management and trainers who don’t understand the pro style and capitalist nature of the American fight game, so touted Cubano Olympic fighters thus far have never fulfilled their pro promise. That’s my generalization for better or worse.

The kid at age 26 in his full athletic prime years also looks telegenic enough to land some lucrative endorsements, so presumably Robby looks to exceed previous Cubano efforts, but only if he has the proper management and public grooming for that beyond the fight game. I’m thinking the most obvious training pairing would be as a sparring partner for Vasiliy Lomachenko, the most successful 2X Olympic Gold professional in history. If his father and trainer,  Anatoly Lomachenko, took on Robby, the Axis of the Earth might shift to Cuba.

Here’s hoping for The One, which is if I don’t say so, a super snappy moniker that could very well describe the kid. Make it so!

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.