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May The Schwarz Be With You~Tyson Fury vs Tom Schwarz

The mercurial Irish rogue, Tyson Fury goes against Tom Schwarz this Saturday, June 15th @MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas.

Schwartz is a fringe level Euro contender out of Germany who’s fought a grocery list of “Who’s Thats,” yet only just turned 25. He’s unproven and undefeated, so that makes him an unknown dangerous quantity. One never knows just how hungry he might be and what untapped genius that may be pulled out of nowhere for the first time in the middle of a tough fight.

Fury in this Wilder interim seems to have had a major “Fancy Dan” style makeover. No shirt, no shoes, and, most probably no underwear. Those little squares are classic boxing photos, perhaps a couple of thousand in a one off suit. Compare the long and lanky Fury to the blocky, thickly built Schwarz. And no, I don’t know the significance of the eye candy staged between them, but she’s got that smirking satisfied “look” to her.

The Stats Zone Tale of the Tape more than a little bit off on Fury’s boxing stance. Fury has fought strictly lefty in a few bouts and has been generously switching seamlessly from righty to lefty and back and forth for a few years now. Not sure if that is a real advantage for him other than it seems to suit his nature which is a good thing for a boxer to feel in the ring, maybe like Ali and his Ali shuffle. Fury is still fresh off an epic fight with Deontay Wilder in California where he was widely leading on all the cards before getting careless that resulted in Wilder dropping him twice, definitely a thriller as Tyson made a big impression on Americans even if the final result was a draw.

Schwartz is also a big, strong fella, so if he can fight some and has a punch, well, “It Happens.” Meanwhile here’s Tyson is looking like that snappy choirboy in Church choir, apparently the soloist singing in the “gravel” range with more tiny squares of classic boxing photos embedded in his suit. I’d guess he loves boxing.

Also noteworthy is that this will be Fury’s first fight with Bob Arum’s Top Rank in a reputed multi-fight deal. And apparently Fury’s old promoter, Frank Warren, will be a co-promoter as he has been part of the team in every press conference. Sonny Conto as part of Arum’s newly acquired heavyweight stable made his splashy debut early in 2019 also says he will be fighting on the undercard and has been a training partner for Fury in the lead up to this fight.

May The Schwarz Be With You!

 

 

 

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?

Japanese Banty Tenshin Nasukawa To Whoop Floyd Mayweather?

Lot’s of Floyd Mayweather “he said/she said” trepidation going into this 3 round New Year’s Eve privately funded exhibition. He’s supposed to receive a small fortune, yet was willing to forfeit all when his feets suddenly got cold.

Everything murky about the fight as you can see in the brief history that follows, but here’s a link that may or may not work, and given it’s a 3 round exhibition, it’s so short that it’d be easy to miss:

https://ok.ru/video/1204413538007

Here’s Floyd, aka TUE 50-0, announcing his 3 round exhibition in Tokyo with his adversary, a touted Japanese MMA banty name of Tenshin Nasukawa. TUE promised Blood, Sweat, and Tears for his Toyko performance.

Tokyo Exhibition for New Years Eve

Tokyo Exhibition for New Years Eve

Here is Tenshin in training, reportedly exceedingly quick like lightning and very young, variously listed between 20 and 24 years old.

Quick as Lightning

Kung Fu Fightin’

Thing is, if you’re a Floyd Mayweather fan, might not want to book an expensive trip to Japan for the previously announced New Year’s Eve exhibition he had promoted at a news conference in Tokyo.

Mayweather on Instagram said he had never agreed to a formal bout with Japanese kickboxing phenom Tenshin Nasukawa, and that he had been “derailed” by the magnitude of the event…REALLY?

To Wit:

“Now that I am back on U.S. soil after a long and disappointing trip to Tokyo, I now have the time to address you, my fans and the media in regard to the upcoming event on December 31st that was recently announced,” Mayweather wrote. “First and foremost, I want it to be clear that I, Floyd Mayweather, never agreed to an official bout with Tenshin Nasukawa. In fact (with all due respect) I have never heard of him until this recent trip to Japan.”

Running TUE

Running TUE

“For the sake of the several fans and attendees that flew in from all parts of the world to attend this past press conference, I was hesitant to create a huge disturbance by combating what was being said and for that I am truly sorry. I am a retired boxer that earns an unprecedented amount of money, globally, for appearances, speaking engagements and occasional small exhibitions.”

Fled squalling back to his daddy in Vegas like he did in the Marcos Maidana rematch. Daddy Sr changed his Oopsie Poopsie sagging diapers with a pep talk, hence:

Yupsir, I gather TUE’s #1 Houseboy is gonna protect him from the superbad little Banty Tenshin as he’s done in so many of TUE’s MGM Vegas fights that was part of the bucking up needed, yet plenty of time left to go back squalin’ to Vegas. The good news is since it’s a private, exclusive exhibition, TV rights are supposedly blocked in the US and Japan, but perhaps can be found in other countries. Supposedly the extensive MMA undercard may be available in the US.

RIZIN Bantamweight Title fight [61.0kg / 134.5lb] 3 x 5 minutes *No Elbows
Kyoji Horiguchi vs Darrion Caldwell

RIZIN Super Atomweight Title fight [49.0kg / 108.0lb] 3 x 5 minutes *Elbows allowed
Kanna Asakura vs Ayaka Hamasaki

[93.0kg / 205.0lb] First round 10 minutes x Second round 5 minutes * Elbows allowed
Jiri Prochazka vs Brandon Halsey

[102.5.0kg / 226 lbs] 3 x 5 minute rounds *Elbows allowed
Gabi Garcia vs Barbara Nepomuceno

[70.0kg / 153.4lb] 3 x 5 minute rounds *Elbows allowed
Daron Cruickshank vs Damien Brown

[51.0kg / 112 lbs] 3 x 5 minute rounds *Elbows allowed
Mika Nagano vs Miyuu Yamamoto

[65.0kg / 143.3lbs] 3 x 5 minute rounds *Elbows allowed
Kazuyuki Miyata vs Erson Yamamoto

[70.0kg / 154.3lb] 3 x 5 minutes *No Elbows
Yusuke Yachi vs Johnny Case

[60.kg / 132.2lb] 3 x 5 minutes * Elbows allowed
Yuki Motoya vs Justin Scoggins

[59.0kg / 130.0lb] 3 x 5 minutes *Elbows allowed
Ulka Sasaki vs Manel Kape

[57.0kg / 125.6lb] 3 x 5 minutes rounds * Elbows allowed
Shinju Auclair vs Justyna Haba

[70.0kg / 154.3lb] 3 x 5 minutes *No Elbows
Tyson Nobumitsu vs Tofiq Musaev

[49.0kg / 108.0lb] 3 x 5 minutes *No Elbows
RENA vs Smantha Jean Francois

If you want to know how TUE really wins his fights doing next to nothing, here were the headlines in his last “farce” against Conor McGregor, a UFC fighter making his boxing debut in August of last year.

Mayweather win helps Vegas avoid big losses

Las Vegas sportsbooks are rejoicing as Floyd Mayweather’s 10th-round TKO of Conor McGregor helped them avoid multimillion-dollar losses.

Japanese in general ain’t interested in promoting losing financial propositions, so I surmise this private enterprise to have some sort of private boxing decision for the big players, but who could know in such an opaque operation as this?

Some savvy old salts may recall the big exhibition back in Japan when Ali took on Japanese MMA fighter Antonio Inoki. Ali got cold feet when folks there started talking about Inoki shoving his hand down Ali’s throat to rip out his heart, so some hastily arranged neutering of Inoki limited him to just 10% of his arsenal that resulted in the farce that put Ali in the hospital in critical condition until Japanese Docs could get him stabilized. After this scary moment Ali replicated many more scary moments that left him a quaking shadow of what he started life as, a heartbreaking witness to a fighter who hung on to the sport too long.

Fight here. Judo legend and Hollywood stuntman/character actor Gene Lebell is the ref:

Terence Crawford Debut @Welter vs WBO Champ Jeff Horn

 

Terence Crawford in his full Welter debut will challenge the new Aussie WBO champ Jeff Horn for his title @ MGM GrandLas VegasNevada. That would be June 9th this Saturday.

Omaha vs Oz

Omaha vs Oz

Horn in a unique position of being extraordinarily highly ranked by dint of an extraordinarily dubious decision over Manny Pacquiao in down under topsy turvy land of Oz, so now he takes on a top 5 Ring and Boxrec rated P4Per in Crawford. He’s a big strong, exceedingly awkward lad being trained in a unique “Broken Rhythm” style that traditional boxers have difficulty in solving. He’s a taught fighter in the mold of Gene Tunney who was not a natural fighter like a Dempsey or Louis who only needed grooming. He’s a school teacher for crimony’s sake made good and national Aussie hero, but here he lands in the Oasis of Officiating Oafery, that of  Vegas whose transgressions are legion in history.

Not that the exceedingly talented Crawford really needs such help. Horn looks much like a lamb led to slaughter with Bud having a completely different style from Pacquiao who quickly solved Horn and delivered a beating only to lose a laughable decision. When Horn looks to impose himself, Bud will be boxing and sharp shooting on the back foot as he assesses the bigger, stronger, fighter. It may be sooner, or it may be later, but I figure Bud to finish what Manny came within a split hair of finishing, a knock out of undefeated Horn.

Regardless of which fighter wins in this Omaha vs Oz confrontation, guaranteed the winner will supplant long time P4P #1 Canelo Alvarez on Boxrec, a win, win for his critics. Welcome to boxing 2018 style…only in boxing!

 

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.