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 Say Hello to Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz Rematch

The regrettable rematch of Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz will supposedly be occurring Saturday, November 23rd that could be seen as an extension of Halloween from a few weeks ago, but truth be told this becomes a sorta rubber match trifecta for the two after our dear Deyonce skipped out of the first scheduled fight. The dirty deed will occur @MGM Grande in Vegas for the WBC title..

I advisably said “supposedly” occurring because of Wilder’s propensity in skipping out in high profile fights with gobs of money involved over the bane of modern boxing, drug testing! In this fight, Ortiz has a VADA CBP ID #528949, and Wilder #468841. What that means in the dirty world of boxing hooking up with a BALCO Vic Conte designed VADA program is anybody’s guess.

When they actually did fight last time, in typical Wilder fashion, he was getting the seven bells of hell blasted out of him and needed a fortuitous time delay by the regrettable New York based referee, David Fields that allowed him extra recovery. Ol’ man Ortiz was spent in fatigue as he emptied of most his arsenal to put Deyonce on the brink of knockout only to have the bell save him. Ortiz didn’t have enough left to KO Wilder the next delayed round, and not long afterwards succumbed to KO, but praise the heavens above!

Perhaps redemption is at hand with the unexpected rematch, and word floated in the street by the media is the Cuban southpaw King Kong Ortiz has been having a most excellent camp whereas Wilder has been struggling. Could just be more media codswallop to sucker the unwashed rubes into their tyny bets on the underdog Ortiz, but no matter, both are fighting for a fraction of the viewing audience compared to the celebrity pro debuts of Logan Paul fighting Olajide William Olatunji in a 6 rounder a couple of weeks earlier this November.

The real $$$ and bragging rights in boxing will be in Saudi Arabia December 7th when Andy Ruiz Jr defends his hard earned unified titles against the former great champion, Anthony Joshua looking for his own redemption. More than titles will be on the line with the future of their legacies at stake. Is Fat Andy just a one hit wonder, or has The Fashion Model Joshua arrived past his sell date at the championship level?

In that 2 week interim, nothing wrong with the grade B talent willing to glove it up, and given the open stance, aggressive styles of both Wilder and Ortiz, they are not likely to disappoint those knockdown, drag out aficionados, so in that regard, this becomes parental guidance recommended for violence, a must see for adult boxing aficionados.

The Other Ukrainian Oleksandr~Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs Artur Beterbiev

The other Ukrainian Oleksandr, Oleksandr Gvozdyk, WBC Lightheavy champ,  defends against highly touted Russian IBF champ, Artur Beterbiev, this Friday, October 18th @Liacouras Center, Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. 

This is a highly desirable unification bout between two Eastern Europeans whose countries are currently engaged in a low simmering war with multiplying long term casualties and displacements. The 32 yr old Gvozdyk, 17-0, 14 KO, and the 34 yr old Beterbiev, 14-0, 14 KO, don’t seem hold such deathly hostilities towards each other, yet nonetheless, these are two no nonsense fighters who will look to discombobulate the other within the legal rules of boxing. World leaders would do well to emulate that honorable part of boxing, but the corrupting spoils of war and glory have regrettably proven endemic throughout history.

You can also see that Beterbiev has a massive skull set that may well prove to be impossible to crack. While he knocked Gvozdyk in the amateurs, he also lost to the other Ukrainian Oleksandr, Oleksandr Usyk having beat him on the way to Gold in the 2012 Olympics in the heavyweight(Pro Cruiserweight) class. So here Beterbiev is now drained down to current pro era Lightheavy limit of 175 lbs that allows maximum rehydration after the weighin, that in his case may be well into the 190s. That advantage may well explain the overall thickness of his physicality, power, and perpetual scowl from having to make an unnatural weight class.

In short, Beterbiev is a Big Load for the division.

I suspect that Gvokdyk is the better boxer but for the handicap of his new trainer, the certified Loonytunes Teddy Atlas who is known to have pulled a gun on young amateur teenage Mike Tyson that got him booted from the Cus D’Amato stable, and years later and none the wiser, he grabbed his gun to go track down Donny Lalonde with bad intentions. Thankfully that search turned out to be fruitless, but nonetheless, Teddy is the wildcard in this fight and typically will viciously bait Beterbiev in the pressers hoping to get him off his team strategy.

Beterbiev is not the kind of guy to be put in a frenzy, so The Nail really does have his work cut out for him similar to the Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier first Fight of the Century. To paraphrase Joe during the post fight after beating up and knocking down Ali, “I knew Clay was gonna have to fight and run whereas all I had to do is fight.” Most assuredly, gonna to be some kind of an epic fight in Philly this Saturday night and near a guarantee Loony Teddy blows his top by the end.

Laid Back Errol Spence Jr vs Wildman Shawn Porter

Al Haymon brushes the rust off his stable of welterweights when Errol Spence Jr, 25-0, 21 KO, and Shawn Porter, 30-2-1, 17 KO, tangle @ Staples Center, Los Angeles over the baubles of the WBC and IBF.

This something of a rare fight in that both participates have not been covered in inglorious tattoos as is the modern era of young Americans in general. Both are quiet, consummate pros always in shape with no excuses to let their fists do the talking in the ring with contrasting styles. The laid back Spence is a careful, calculating boxer-puncher whereas the effusive, newly sprouted wildman Porter a squat, muscly, rugged in your face pressure fighter who can box some when the need arises. Neither has ever been KOed or seriously hurt as I recall, but that a bit of an illusion in that at this high level every fighter has been buzzed at one time or another. Nonetheless, Spence is the A side of this promotion and Porter the party pooper looking for his rightful place in the pecking order.

An interesting parallel is that both are trained by little known trainers, Shawn by his pop and Spence by a nondescript journeyman, Derrick James.

The boxing buzz has the victor winning the Senator Manny Pacquiao sweepstakes, as big a fight in the welter division that exists today. Porter as Manny’s #1 sparring partner during his early welter step up seems especially pumped up with his new wildman look.

So, I don’t have much to say other than the fighters and their Uncle Al want you to watch their fight that should be a good one, but only if absent the usual officiating blunders endemic to modern boxing.

Cinco de Mayo Canelo vs Miracle Man Danny Jacobs

Saul Alvarez continues to add to his P4P middleweight legacy by taking on the larger, rangier, Ring ranked #2, Danny Jacobs @T-Mobile Arena in Vegas this Saturday, May 4th as an integral part of Cinco de Mayo celebrations that Canelo is noted for.

Just to give you an idea of Canelo’s size disadvantage, at the prefight mandatory 30 day weighin, Canelo was 168.2 lbs and Jacobs was 175.4 lbs, a 7+ lb weight advantage for Jacobs that represents the next division up. Of course Jacobs risks being weakened by having to lose that much more weight to make the 160 lb middleweight limit come official weighin for the fight, but dollars to donuts he makes 160 limit to storm back to that 7 lb weight advantage after both rehydrate. He’s just that much bigger than Canelo and playing a dangerous game having to lose so much weight only to regain it come fight night, but of course such hidden physiologic dangers are the nature of modern boxing and always has been for those 16 divisions below heavyweights. Heavies have never had to meet any limit save being above the 200 lb modern minimum weight in an otherwise open class.

The 32 year old Jacobs, 35-2, 21 KO, is also a well skilled, well experienced boxer/puncher with the ability to “run” when needed that we will probably see in this fight. He earned his Miracle Man ring alias the hard way by miraculously cheating death after being diagnosed with a terrible form of bone cancer. Usually such a life draining illness extracts much of the starch out of any survivor, but Danny started in as a young healthy fighter in great condition, so  in cooperation with the mental and spiritual fortitude needed to supplement such horrific cancer treatments, Jacobs “Licked The Big C” to paraphrase John Wayne after losing a lung to cancer to fight his own way back, and Jacobs seems to have caught lightning in a bottle during his comeback. In short, Danny’s much better than before he came down with cancer, quite a comeback.

Stylistically this is a match between two primary boxer types with good power with Jacobs being significantly taller, rangier, and heavier, thus in theory stronger, but not necessarily. Other than than owning that greater range than Canelo and faster feet for running purpose, victory will come down to subtle boxing and or/fighting differences as each put the other through their paces. Many are predicting Canelo will knockout Jacobs who has been knocked out once before. Sure, anything is possible in any fight, but I don’t personally see that happening though he may get knocked down. Canelo has never tasted the canvas or even hurt for more than a nanosecond in comparison.

A notable element in the build up to this fight is Jacobs making much public noise about how he thought Gennady Golovkin beat Canelo those two times they fought that were officially scored a draw and UD for Canelo, and additionally that he, Jacobs, beat Golovkin in their fight where Jacobs was knocked down and took a decision loss. Going in that fight, Jacobs forfeited his IBF belt after skipping the same morning weighin the day of the fight, that morning weighin having recently gained traction in boxing’s futile attempt to limit the extreme weight losses to make weight before packing on weight gains during the 36 hour prefight interim that may add as 20+ pounds from the official weighin. At best this kind of talk is whistling through the graveyard on a moonless night, and at worst the boxing suits and officials may become irked in knowing that their decisions and actions are called into question after Jacobs himself declined to follow their regulations.

In short, you ain’t supposed to bite the hand that feeds you unless you fancy the dog pound accommodations.

I have long addressed the shambles of the illogical 10 point must system of scoring in boxing used as a smoke screen by disreputable boxing suits to gloss over their incompetent oversight of boxing that has driven not only core fans away, but also any new fans who quickly become discouraged over weekly outrages all over the globe. Such is what we the people expect these days In A World Run by Marketing with no ethical or quality control over the products they produce.

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2010/09/20/boxing-101-how-to-score-ugly-or-mora-vs-mosley-the-no-win-non-fight-of-the-year/

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/boxing-101how-to-score-ugly-part-iialvarez-vs-mayweather/

Moreover, Boxing’s failing hamhanded drug testing has riled up the boxing populace ill equipped to deal with the lack of transparency of these dubious sycophants. Here is there latest travesty of figuratively trying to put leg irons on this track athlete who has passed all their gender test and drug tests, yet by dint of what used to be seen as a happy accident of genetic endowment that so many of the greatest athletes are blessed with, they want to fill her with drugs and hormones so as to lower her naturally high testosterone count to typical female levels so the other gals can have a better crack at all the prize money she’s running away with. And when are these Nazi wannabees gonna start forcing us to dumb down to their level?

I don’t make this kind of DUMB up:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/athletics/2019/05/01/caster-semenya-iaafs-testosterone-rules-explained-evidence-examined/amp/

For this fight both fighters are VADA enrolled, yet we also have the backdrop of Canelo’s 6 month suspension after testing positive for ghost nanograms of a legal substance in Mexico’s food chain. Now we have yet another report of our aquatic wildlife testing positive for “banned drugs” through no fault of their own other than being helplessly trapped in the modern drug addled global environment. The world has never been filthier, and worse, it’s getting filthier by the moment with no end in sight, an apt metaphor for boxing me thinks.

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/02/719600999/traces-of-cocaine-pesticides-detected-in-u-k-shrimp

Jacobs further heaped it on Canelo by saying he has lousy footwork that can be exploited. In particular, he noticed what I noticed during Canelo’s last fight, a crucial detail that may or may not play out in this fight, that of Canelo wearing an elastic knee wrapping, aka, a brace. It was not so long ago between the Golovkin fights that Canelo had knee surgery, so could his wheels indeed be flying off in his prime years to leave him stranded like a beached whale for this fight?

This will be Canelo’s 55th fight in his 15th year of boxing and logging 379 rounds in the ring in comparison to Jacobs 38th fight in 13 years while logging 157 rounds in the ring, less than half the ring wear and tear of Canelo. Few modern fighters today get to Canelo’s ring totals at the highest level of boxing save for Manny Pacquiao, so like Max Schmeling noted in the leadup to the first Joe Louis fight in Yankee Stadium that packed 60,000 fans back when boxing was more fan accessible, maybe Jacobs “zees zumtink.”

Canelo is still in full glow of his largest athletic contract in history, $365 million over 11 fights after signing with the broadcaster of this fight, DAZN. He made his DAZN debut by ostensibly winning his third division title with the World Boxing Association World Super Middleweight Title held by Rocky Fielding @Madison Square Garden that was also his New York debut. The fight seemed a bit orchestrated to me, but then given all the massive media splash, it could be Rocky was psychologically left as a deer in the headlights, a typical syndrome for anyone in any profession stepping up on the big stage for the first time. 

In spite of a sometimes acrimonious relationship with the WBC, Canelo has also inspired them to continue a series of one off championship belts for his fights that has resulted this Mayan belt replete with Mayan calendar symbology and copious Mayan religious figures carved out of native Mayan jade. Moreover, the belt seems to have been made large enough to encompass even El Gordo hisself, Mauricio Sulaiman.

*** Also note the staged theater of Mayan religious figurines in a colorful pantomime as the introductory fanfare of the new belt.

Like middleweight great Marvin Hagler once stated after he got used to sleeping in a cushy bed in silk pajamas, motivation becomes difficult to train as hard as he was accustomed to, and very much like Hagler, Canelo is always in first rate condition as is Jacobs who has earned enough purse money in his comeback to count himself a millionaire in silk sheets, just not in the same multiples class of Canelo.

I myself don’t feel I have a good handle on this fight due to the potential stinker factor if Jacobs chooses to run heavily, the bane of modern American boxing. Anytime a decision goes to the judges, it becomes less a carefully crafted decision and more akin to a dice crap shoot rolled against the grimy wall in a back alley, so let’s crunch some more comprehensive Boxrec numbers:

Canelo has been ranked #1 P4P on Boxrec for a while now as well as being #1 middleweight with Jacobs being #3 middleweight and # 17 P4P. Since losing to Golovkin, Jacobs has won 3 decisions over a collective opponent record of 56-0 who currently rank 26th, 10th, and 7th that averages a Boxrec 14th ranking, a respectable comeback. Canelo’s last 3 fights have been a draw, decision, and KO over a collective opponent record of 102-2 currently ranking 5th, 2nd, and 2nd(Golovkin x2) that averages a Boxrec 3rd ranking, so while Jacob’s 3-0, 0 KO record is technically better than than Canelo’s 2-0-1, 1 KO record, his overall competition pales in comparison.

Oh, and let’s not forget the curse of Canelo being favored 17-2 by Ring “experts.”

Ya basta! I’m full up with number crunching, so let’s see if these fighters can make a place in the Pantheon of Valhalla with a fight that reverberates for 100 years hence. If their dreams cannot exceed their grasp, than what is a Valhalla for?

Little Man Mikey Garcia Fires Up For Big Man Errol Spence

T’is the silly season raining down upon us for 2019 when Little Man Mikey Garcia challenges Big Man Errol Spence Jr for a whole lot more than his IBF bauble in Jerry’s World@Cowboy Stadium, Texas this Saturday, March 16th. To paraphrase a noted American political leader best forgotten, “It’s the legacy, stupid!”

Note the planned pose here when a surprise presser announced this unexpected fight. Mikey being out in front enhances his size while also reducing the comparative size of Spence.

Could it be fortuitous for Mikey and Boxing to duck that fateful Ides of March day when Brutus was fatally stabbed in the back by young lean and hungry Cassius?

Or more probably piling on disastrous? After all, they will conduct the weighin on the Ides of March where Mikey officially debuts his SNAC enhanced body for the literati and illiterati alike to carefully inspect so as to further shape their odds of winning.

And, yes, I must confess that I remain skeptical of Mikey’s chances, but I must applaud his reach. “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what’s a heaven for?” Or perhaps “How sad and bad and mad it was – but then, how it was sweet,” both courtesy of that great bard Robert Browning who was blessed with much wisdom before our times. Four division champ Mikey has been dancing around with lesser talents between lightweight and juniorwelterweight, but in both talent and size wise, the still untested  southpaw Spence would appear a bridge too far, or at least so say I in conjunction with most everyone who follows the sport.

My biggest regret of this fight is to see a super savvy family pro boxing team now headed by former champ Roberto Garcia spanning several decades of top level experience fall for the disgraced shaman of the notorious BALCO PEDs scandal, Victor Conte. The miscreant heads the physical training facility of the modern science of weight gains, strength, and speed enhanced with his VADA sponsored SNAC PEDs and high tech training routines, ie intermittent hypoxic training to simulate high-altitude conditions without the drawbacks of dangerous high-altitude climates. A hypoxicator mask pumps low levels of oxygen into Garcia’s lungs, literally starving him of oxygen before immersing him in yet another chamber infused with extra oxygen to rebuild him. There’s also the SNAC Dome, a huge structure capable of approximating altitudes as high as 20,000 feet for him to work out in. The idea is to artificially increase increase production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to the body.

Used to be athletes could steadily draw their own blood for storage, and then centrifuge a dense cluster out and inject their own blood back into their bodies, but athletes using their own blood is considered cheating, yet using VADA approved PEDs and a multimillion dollar facility to get the same is perfectly legal, I mean go figure how these modern scammers get away with this right in front of the public eye?

http://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/26220284/how-mikey-garcia-overhauled-training-fight-thought-take

It’s sorta like, “When is cheating not cheating?”

Answer: When cheating laundered through Uncle Vic’s SNAC supplements and training program sad to say. Poor third world boys need not apply, but rock and movie stars are always a welcome bonus in the off hours, especially when they come bearing grrls…only in boxing!!!

Nuevo SNAC Mikey

Nuevo SNAC Mikey

Win, lose, or draw, Spence will be the loser in that it’s already been near etched in stone that he will win the fight in a dominant way. In the Ring Poll of experts though, Mikey got surprisingly strong results, 15 for Spence, mostly by KO, with 8 for Mikey, and one Draw. Spence probably got more money to go to England to dethrone Kell Brook for the IBF belt, and although this will be another stellar payday and his biggest exposure of his career, the average American will be wondering. “Why is Spence picking on a little guy?”

Answer: The little guy aggressively clamored for the challenge and brings the $$$$$$$$, so of course Spence has to take the money or look foolish for ducking the little tyke. On a P4P basis, they are oddly juxtaposed mirror images of each other in Ring and Boxrec P4P ratings with Spence being 10th and 7th respectively, and Mikey 7th and 10th.

Also interesting to note that Spence ain’t signed onto WBC’s clean boxing program that was alleged to be mandatory for champs and contenders, meaning that since he already owns the IBF belt, he falls into that gray area of WBC rules. According to Conte he’s got strict implementation of drug testing for Mikey who is signed on, but presumably Spence falls under a different set of rules, and none of this is what the boneheads in the media used to screech about when TUE 50-0 and Golden Boy first made false claims of wanting to do “Olympic Drug Testing” to clean up boxing, so this fight is not only highlighting their own ignorance of the science of drug testing, but that of the media and fans becoming so dumbed down these days they have to rely on illicit punch monkey stats to bolster their speculations.

An unknown to me, Derrick James, is the Spence trainer, so given the level of success they have had, he must be developing into a good trainer, but definitely as a larger team, Mikey has a massive advantage. I don’t know if Spence carries a physical trainer and nutritionist through his training camps to offset that Mikey advantage.

One of the better developments in boxing is the ongoing development of Ring’s new female wunderkind, Cynthia Conte, here interviewing the B side of this promotion in this youtube clip. She has a breathless, zany kind of disarming feminine charm to to draw out sometimes reticent fighters into the limelight for a good personality profile.

So, with Spence expected to win, just how does Mikey go about his craft to wrest the title from him?

I would suggest Mikey keep the action fast and furious inside to negate as much power as he can. He’s most open to being picked apart by power shots at distance. If he can aggressively make Spence move in reverse for some good punching space, that might look like Spence is running from the smaller fighter. Duran managed to carry a lead on the cards after 12 rds with Hagler that forced Marv into a furious rally the last 3 rds that pulled out that fight for him. Most were giving Duran no chance before the first bell, so sometimes the herding instinct in the boxing media to gather around the obvious can betray them. Yeah, on paper it’s all Spence, but Mikey ain’t gonna be reading no damn paper, so I don’t discount his chances no matter how slim they may look.

And 50,000 screaming yahoos bouncing off the roof in Jerry’s World may well have some say so too!!! This fight could well set the stage for more big stadium fights. 

How about some fun with some Mugshots? Spence looks like a lazy country boy ready to fall asleep on the job at the first lull, and Mikey looks like a serial killer destined for Death Row.

Regardless, both seem to have a high degree of respect for each other and for the art and the craft of boxing, so I expect no lowbrow monkey business between them at the weigh in, but of course the pressure dynamics of such a big fight as this may disrupt their tranquility for some unsavory outbursts, so we shall see.

We the people wish to pray for a fairly officiated boxing classic, so let’s see if our reach and their grasp can exceed that of the new boxing normal currently in derelict disarray to show us what God is for…

Chayaphon Moonsri Shines Brightly on Tatsuya Fukuhara

Chayaphon Moonsri, 52-0 continues to bury the Floyd TUE 50-0 Mayweather Jr perfect record as he defends his WBC minimumweight title against Japanese challenger Tatsuya Fukuhara, 21-6-6, 7 KO, Friday, March 29th in Thailand.

This is the tiniest division in boxing, but perhaps more notably is that Fukuhara is a southpaw and this a rematch of his decision loss two years ago. Fukuhara is boxrec ranked #10, and Moonsri is #1 or 2 depending on Boxrec’s daily updates. Fukuhara is ranked #9 by Ring, and Moonsri #2 by Ring, currently near 8 consecutive years of rankings, an outstanding achievement in consistency.

Oh, and Moonsri’s alias in the dizzying fashion of Thailand’s multiple naming cultures is Wanheng Menayothin, making it hard for Americans to keep up with Thai boxing even if they have an interest in the tiny division.

I guess it’s no secret that Moonsri is favored and likely to win, but I suppose there could be an upset. He’s only 32 years of age with 210 rounds in the bank, but the incessant call of wine, women, and song can topple the best fighter when he passes that tipping point, but for now, it’s Fukuhara he has to do the business on.

 

 

 

WBC Institutes Dangerously Draconian Rehydration Limits

                  WBC El Gordo Presidente For Life

Fat Sulaimán Jr pulls an assassination drive by shackling fighters with the most draconian weighin rules ever devised in boxing history. Larded Couch Potato Slugs devising weight rules for hardened combat athletes, now wrap your sensibilities around that new reality.

Some 30 years ago the boxing medical community became belatedly alarmed when they finally figured out fighters did not have time to properly rehydrate for same day weighins on the date of the fight, a big DUH moment for these low browed suits populating boxing.

Old Weight scale measurements

Old Weight scale measurements

Thus with legal liabilities growing in the background, boxing moved to day before weighins that resulted in healthier fighters entering the ring. They also created the last of the “Junior” divisions that yields the current construct of 17 weight divisions from the less than 105 lb minimumweight to the open class 200 lb+ heavyweights. Subsequently boxing entered into a golden age of fighting legends with lucrative PPV deals raining down like manna from heaven, but alas, no such largess can last without ever more suits dipping into the honeypot that soon became so despoiled and soiled that the public fled for more honorable sports with more understandable rules and transparent scoring.

In addition to the 152 lb catchweight, the WBC also sanctioned the 165lb rehydration limit

Canelo forced down to 152 lbs turning blue

In addition to the 152 lb catchweight above, the WBC also sanctioned the 165lb rehydration limit to further handicap the bigger Canelo. In contrast, Floyd Tue 50-0 Mayweather has had a free reign with the WBC and USADA drug cartel. These folks are utterly shameless in the fashion they construct the rules that they flagrantly flout.

The new rules require the fighters to bounce their weights around even more over short 30 day time spans with 5 total weighins, a recipe for disaster as any competent weight physician can testify, and how many bounces would that be for a Canelo with over 50 pro fights had they been in place? My math shows over 250 severe bounces in weight for an otherwise healthy specimen…only in boxing folks!!!

https://fightnews.com/wbc-announces-new-weight-management-program/37622

A Charlo Bro Worms a WBC Title Shot

The nefarious Al Haymon and Jermall Charlo use the boxrec #20, Willie The Worm Monroe Jr, to wrangle a bogus WBC interim title against former contender and semi retired Russian Matvey Korobov in the clumsiest, most transparent part of the BALCO Vic Conte’s VADA Performance Enhancing Drug program.

The Backdrop:

Our dearest Uncle Al who dares not be seen in public in the light of day nor in the Vegas brights of night directs his Watson minions to Willie, “Here’s a generic testa booster not on VADA’s approved drug list for you with some extra step aside money. We’ll set you up a vacant title shot down the road.”

Enter a hated Russian for the Barclays CenterBrooklynNew York thug crowd, boxrec ranked # 53 a month from turning 36 years old Lightheavy circling the drain the past 4 years. Give him 6 days to make 160 lbs and we have perhaps the most transparent modis operandi of how Haymon is using BALCO Vic Conte designed VADA to control the results of boxing.

Can we cuff Korobov’s hands behind his back to make triple sure? Nah, we’ll just use the illicit NY ref and strip Willie of his rating until the smoke and mirrors clear up and set him up again.

The headlines after the last lucrative Haymon set up read, “Las Vegas sportsbooks are rejoicing as Floyd Mayweather’s 10th-round TKO of Conor McGregor helped them avoid multimillion-dollar losses.

Next up: Shooting fish in a barrel for more good sport…what are the odds…only in boxing…yup!

Boxing On Notice~Canelo vs Gennedy Golovkin 3.0…Maybe…

Saul Canelo Alvarez and Gennady GGG Golovkin are scheduled in Vegas for all the belts in Vegas this Saturday, September 15th Mexican Independence Day weekend, but like so much of the hooey in boxing these days, we cannot know if the scheduled fight can actually take place. Their previous Cinco de Mayo weekend rematch was quashed by bogus drug accusations that resulted in Canelo’s backdated 6 month suspension by the Vegas commish.

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2018/08/21/canelo-vs-golovkin-againlet-the-poisoning-begin/

So yeah, hungover boxing suits, upon reflection in the dawn’s early glare after their Bacchanalian at the strip club, checked their empty pockets to find they had blown their paychecks. Now I see them in a desperate scramble of “treading on eggs” in the selection of officials for the rematch of the previously aborted rematch. The first Canelo/Golovkin fight was a good one  unfortunately marred by an outrageous 118-110 score by Adalaide Byrd, one of a host of horridly incompetent and/or corrupt judges and sundry officials across the global boxing world. Please also note that the 2020 Olympic committee banned “boxing” from those games after years of consecutive participation dating back to the first modern Olympic games, a shot across the bow of the ship of state of boxing that is no longer regarded as a fairly officiated sport in Amas or pros.

Pro Boxing has no such far ranging committee oversight save for the American public who has been fleeing the sport for over a decade now such that it has become a fringe sport. There are less than a handful big names that “might” register with the public, and none are native born Americans. Recently some two bit you tube punks who couldn’t fight their way out of a wet paper bag staged a faux feud leading to a “boxing match” that garnered a reported 100 milion PPV buys if the high end numbers hype are to be believed. They made millions,  more than 99.99% of today’s boxers command for a match, so there it is as today’s state of boxing goes. They’ve scheduled their sissyboy rematch, and who knows, maybe a new fad, a two bit punk boxing league and their aspiring wannabes.

For this misbegotten, reinvented 3.0 rematch after the grotesque failure of 2.0, the Vegas Commish will only be using one Nevada official, the long time and now elderly, yet always guaranteed to toe the Vegas commish line, judge Dave Moretti. Moretti also worked GGG-Canelo I, scoring it 115-113 for Golovkin, a reasonable score to be sure in a fight most thought Golovkin won, but certainly not all including this observer who scores “even” rounds that are not allowed in boxing to understand where the endless controversies are. Giving Golovkin all my “even” rounds gave Canelo a 1 point win on my card, not so far apart from 2 of the 3 official cards. The official fight result was a Split Draw with 114-114 being the “splitter” between the previously mentioned 118-110 score for Canelo and 115-113 for Golovkin.

Point in fact: Adding up those “official” scores for each fighter yields 345 points for Canelo vs 339 for Golovkin, an obvious advantage for Canelo if used as a tiebreaker in the current outdated 10 point must system of scoring that boxing uses, but of course that kind of advantage weakens the control of the suits determination of the results, hence the “draw” of the 10 point swing between 118-110 for Canelo and 115-113 for Golovkin, all strategically penned for more lucre. Could you imagine the outroar if the NFL/MLB/NBA kept 3 such disparate scores for every game?

Net result is that such boxing monkeyshines expose boxing’s many fault lines to erupt a flaming, vocal set of bipolar antisocial media segment of fans only caring to see the loser of any big fight being banned from the sport, or at least restricted to the small halls away their volcanic awareness so as not to defile their winner with his lowly loser presence.

They “wuz robbed” in classic boxing vernacular!

The other two judges are Steve Weisfeld  from New Jersey, and Glenn Feldman from Connecticut. None of those jurisdictions have any more credibility than Vegas, but at least Vegas offloads some of the potential blame in case of further controversy, but again, the fighters still have to toe the scratch line and fight, something that has become more and more problematic in boxing today after cancelled big fight headliners.

The referee will be Benjy Esteves Jr, also from New Jersey after Kenny Bayless wisely developed “personal problems” in advance of this “hot patootie” assignment as the Vegas premium choice, and then Tony Weeks got axed by long time Golovkin trainer, Abel Sanchez as the 2nd choice. Usually opposing teams are thrilled to have a big name officiate such a high profile match as are the chosen ref, but not in Vegas this go round.

The fighters are making the usual noises about knocking each other out, but the one who carries the biggest grudge is Canelo who has already lost out on a big payday with subsequent suspension as his reputation got dragged through the antisocial media cesspool, and his sin? Why he made beef, a longtime staple of fighters in training a part of his, specifically Mexican beef.

Sacre Bleu Mon Dieu! Now, according to Canelo, he’s has to train on fish and chicken instead of beef…the only available choice left in the modern nanogram lite in the loafers world of boxing folks!

Ironically, though the long delay is the longest period of inactivity of Canelo’s very busy career, it favors a refreshed and vengeful Canelo. He only just turned 28 and is at the cusp of his peak athletic years, whereas Golovkin is 36 and now aging in dog years for boxers. Oh, to be sure, Golovkin still has plenty enough left to beat Canelo, but then all Canelo has to do is make his aggressive showy flurries a more regular occurrence and he wins…well, maybe only sorta.

Because of the corrupt way boxing scores fights, just about every other weekend brings new outrage by the few fans boxing has left, and even if I scored it by one point for Canelo, it was too close for the current ham handed, low brow 10 point must scoring system in place. I’ve written extensively about their vestigial padded 10 point must system that ends up like some kind of weird transcribbled basketball score and their refusal to score even rounds where most of the controversies arise. Another negligence is too often being too stupid to add up the points correctly resulting in changed scores, sorta like if football used movable goal posts benefiting the home team. No other pro sport has such a sloppy, incomprehensible system as boxing and I fear it’s only gonna get worse in this epic drought of integrity before it gets better, so we’ll see soon enough…err…maybe, sorta!

Golovkin was looking tubby at the scheduled pre fight weighin several weeks ago where both were well within the maximum weight allowed. I’ve never seen Canelo out of shape even though his walking around street weight is probably in the 180s, not that far removed from his fight night weight. Golovkin pulled in a handsome purse last time and now lives a pretty good life between them proverbial “silk sheets” that Marvin Hagler used to talk of, hence the tubbiness. He and his manager Tom Loeffler now have enough sense of royal entitlement to have lobbied Vegas to have have Canelo suspended for perfectly legal nanogram ghost traces of Clenbuterol found in the Mexican food chain, and now return to the scene of their crime begging for more?

If Canelo was really a drug cheat, then why are they fighting him? And if they were really worried about drug cheating, why did they signup for BALCO Vic VADA “clean boxing” program that makes them eligible to access his BALCO vitamins? Do they even realize that by supporting the architects of an extortion racquet that forces Canelo to join the same program with access to the same BALCO vitamins, that the playing field is actually level this go round?

Seems to my predatory eyes like Team Golovkin may be the ones in a crisis of confidence that they could even win such a tough fight that most fighters shy away from in these padded record days. Still plenty of time to pull the plug on this doohickey as feets gets colder.

But wait, wait, “A hell-broth boil and bubble, Double, double toil and trouble, Fire burn and caldron bubble” in the Golden Boy paradise that has been instrumental in Canelo’s development, accolades, and riches. Oscar De La Hoya tells us he may become our new Hail to the Chief president in the 2020 election!

http://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/24649705/oscar-de-la-hoya-says-consider-run-president-2020

The undercards are also telling of the current state of boxing in that a top 10 American cannot be found, but thankfully we have plenty enough top 10 foreigners boxing. We have French Canadian David Lemieux going against Gary O’Sullivan, an Irishman from Cork in a slugging donnybrook, then a fresh Mexican slugger junior middle, Jaime Munguia vs another Canadian, Brandon Cook, and finally recently deposed Ring P4P # 1, Roman Gonzalez from Nicarauga fights Mexican Moises Fuentes in a flyweight spat.

Picked Canelo in my predictor league again, but in the last fight he could’ve been much more offensively active to edge out the fight, and conversely Golovkin could’ve been more aggressive, but both fought a good fight showing skillsets not always appreciated by the unwashed public. A dash of more heart displayed please coupled with good officiating and we could be looking at a classic trilogy instead of canceled fights and soiled reputations, so let’s go!

 

 

English Dillion Whyte vs Aussie Lucas Browne

Englishman Dillian Whyte defends his WBC Silver Heavyweight title against Aussie Lucas Browne for the unofficial Commonwealth title at The O2 in London, March 24. The 29 year old Whyte last beat the inactive, comebacking former contender Robert Helenius, so no surprises to see him as the #1 ranked WBC heavyweight with their WBC champion ducking him to take on an old man on blood pressure medication.

Boxing has been in a slow soak of the steaming hot mess they have made of their sport for a number of years now, just a pitiable oversight of the sport in total disrespect of the majority of honorable boxers only wanting fairly officiated matches in a fairly run sport and rabid fans only wanting the same.

Ain’t no chance in Hell that will happen in my lifetime except for occasional exceptions, so we the fans are gonna have to die and go to Valhalla to see the best face the best in a fairly run sport.

The WBC champ, Deyonce Wilder makes peanut purses fighting TBA journeymen setups compared to the tens of millions former champ Mike Tyson made for every fight that the real Heavyweight champ, Anthony Joshua, now commands in England. The whole world knew who Mike Tyson is, but it’s debatable if 50% of Deyonce’s hometown of Tuscaloosa know who he is. No matter, the winner of Whyte vs Browne is the WBC mandatory challenger to his peanuts purse.

Browne is undefeated, 22-0, 22 KO, as the former interim WBA champ after having been caught in the vise of the incompetent drug testing cartels for some infinitesimally tiny drug infraction of disputed results. He has some size and strength over Whyte, 22-1, 16 KO, who is hardly a wilting flower, but their different boxing styles and fighting mentalities, Browne being more the traditional upright style and Whyte more the awkward slugger style, make this one of the better fights that could be found in the division…Hallelujah…