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YouTube Donnybrook~Logan Paul vs KSI

Folks, for better or farce, American Logan Paul to rematch his dubious civilian youtube fight against Englishman KSI(Olajide William Olatunji) from last year as they make their official pro debuts under the auspices of DAZN and Eddie Hearns.

It Happens!

They will relocate from the previously sold out O2 in merry aulde England to sunny California this November 9th, a Saturday in the Staples CenterLos Angeles with an undercard reputedly featuring new DAZN signee and WBO supermiddle weight champ, another Englishman name of Billy Joe Saunders.

Some of the previous action here.

The draw result.

WTF?

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Hype the rematch with the old match!

This example the way the bout pretty much went with Paul landing the biggest, cleanest shots while KSI stirred up the breeze, but of course this being a sorta Kiddie glitterboy boxing debut, a draw the best result to kick them down the road for their official “Pro” debut where they had to take a drug test and pass a physical.

 KSI and Logan Paul will turn pro for their November rematch in LA

Fast Eddie with freshly signed Billy Joe Sanders. Ouch, BJ on the undercard in support of fresh Noobs who couldn’t last 30 seconds against him…only in boxing folks!!!

 Billy Joe Saunders will be on the undercard for the YouTube fighters' scrap

Paul fired up the controversy in advance by threatening, “I’m going to f******murder that dude bro, actual murder bro. Deontay Wilder said this, boxing’s the only sport that you can kill a man in the ring and get paid to do it.”

Paul earned his previous Youtube notoriety by filming the dead body of a Japanese suicide victim to put on Youtube. Yeah, light in the loafers morbid with no respect for the dead or Japanese culture, but KSI not much better as a flash rapper wannabee, the new young generation of vacuous crotch grabbing, tongue hanging males.

Well, there it is, November 9th. Be there on DAZN or risk being the new Youtube boob on the block!

 

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.

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.

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?

Sergey Kovalev vs Eleider Alvarez in Atlantic City

Krusher Sergey Kovalev 32-2, 28 KO defends his WBO bauble against longtime Canadian lightheavy contender, Eleider Alvarez, 23-0, 11 KO @Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City this Saturday, August 8th.

Alvarez has fallen into the Montreal vacuum of boxing after his natural rival, Adonis Stevenson, avoided most every fight against legit contenders during his WBC run with the belt, a shameful stain on Canadian boxing and the WBC not to mention Stevenson himself, but of course this former pimp has proven throughout his career to be utterly shameless. The good news though is with Montreal being so close to Atlantic City, this fight has a feel of an easy regional commute with plenty of Alvarez’s Montreal fans showing up.

Have to figure Alvarez will be over matched here, but Kovalev is moving up in age, 35, and at least partially if not fully self trained these days though supposedly he hired a staff for this fight. Regardless, they still have to fight in the ring to prove their current mettle as boxing kicks the can down the road as they try to rebuild from their self created travesties marking a long decline in the public interest of boxing in spite of the general gameness of the fighters.

Enough already, let’s get it on!

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!

 

Alexander Ustinov Vs Manuel Charr

Alexander Ustinov,34-1, 25 KO, goes against Manuel Charr, 30-4, 17 KO, for the vacant WBA world championship at Koenig-Pilsener-Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. Charr is returning to action after having had hip replacement surgery in May, while Ustinov is a huge lump of a fighter generously avoided for that substantial reason.

Well, folks, such activity is probably needed to grease the skids for a Deyonce Wilder WBC/WBA unification down the line. Of course Anthony Joshua holds the real WBA title, the “Super” title along with the IBF title, but the WBC unification is probably way off in the future to 2019 if ever. Joseph Parker is the current WBO titlest looking for a big payday by leveraging Deyonce and Joshua for the best payday.

Regardless, Joshua is the consensus #1 Man of the division into the foreseeable future. 

Mighty Joe Parker vs Hugie Fury

This Saturday, September 23rd, Mighty Joe Parker defends his WBO heavyweight title against Irish Traveler Usurpist Hughie Fury, he of the notorious heavyweight champion Tyson Fury traveler stock @ Manchester Arena (formerly M.E.N Arena), Manchester, England.

This donnybrook of undefeateds has the prevailing look of the  “weird beards” of modern boxers, so of course the notoriously unreliable BBB of C enlisted the notoriously unreliable referee Terry O’Connor for 3rd man duties in the ring. Also, by modern heavyweight standards these are veritable kids, only 25 and 23 years old respectively, and Hughie ain’t even ranked by Ring or Boxrec, the two most dominant rankings. By WBO in house rankings which are bought by the fighters, young Hughie bargained his way into a mandatory ranking, so here we are with this the rescheduled version of the fight after Hughie literally left Parker in a lurch by pulling out two days before their last fight, citing a “back” injury.

By size these two are near equal, and by styles Parker has resisted the brutish Samoan stereotyping to become a very underrated boxer with some pop. Hughie is also a boxer type without any apparent pop, so this is not likely to be an action fight, but rather tit for tat moving smoothly about the ring. Parker has been in with vastly better competition though and should pull this off rather easily, but he’d better bring his knockout punch because the decision rendering business in boxing these days is more akin to crap shoot than a studied analysis, and the ref  certainly won’t be doing him any favors.

Nor will Big Tyson, the King of Verbose Gaseous Vapors missives will be suffocating Parker all night. It should be further noted that both the Furys may or may not have been involved in a minor Performance Enhancing Drugs mishap that the BBB of C seems to have had a hand in, but in that the alleged parties have largely remained mum on the issue, and thus ignored, the issue steadily receded to be now rattling around the dustbins of dubious history. But, wait, wait, the BBB of C cut a new stacked deck with the reassignment of O’Conner to judge duties with a new British ref, Marcus McDonnell.

Well, folks, it’s a new millennia, a new era of English heavyweight boxing, and such monkey shines are the current state of English boxing, indeed, boxing is just about every jurisdiction sad to say, but lookie-lookie, both the fighters properly shaved their beards!

 

Manny Pacquiao Hones In On Aussie Jeff Horn

Manny Pacquiao, 59-6-2, 38 KO defends his WBO welter title down under in the topsyturvy world of Australia this Sunday, July 2nd against Jeff Horn, 16-0-1, 11 KO @ Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland. That would be late AM hours in Oz as opposed to 11 PM US east coast time working through the time zones to the US west coast 8 PM time. Yes, such time zone warps are the bane broadcast programmers, but such is the modern age we live in.

As we can see, Horn looks to have not only advantage of youth, but that of size, well, except for the massive fist Pac sports. Pacquiao also has a massive number of rounds in the bank, 443 compared to Horn’s 94 professional rounds, but as we all know how ye olde boxing saw goes, Manny could also turn old overnight with all that wear and tear.

The usual hue and cry of derision echoes around the boxing world when when Manny or any acclaimed fighter doesn’t fight the fighters certain fans demand no matter the improbability of the impossible details unknown to them. And let’s face facts, Horn is scarcely known outside of Australia, but make no mistake, this a fighter behind that school marm background. In the last three years, the collective record of those 10 opponents has been 240-29-7 that averages to a 24-3-1 record when they fought him. And of those ten fights, Horn notched 6 KOs, so clearly he’s not one to pussy foot around the business end of boxing. He’s 29 years old, the traditional peak of athletic prime years, and is solidly experienced even if lacking championship experience. Though unranked by Ring, his Boxrec ranking is impressively #12, and Boxrec rankings are comprehensively inclusive of ALL of boxing and less biased because they are coldly formulaic without blind passions that “boxing experts” bring to rankings.

Trainer, Glenn Rushton, taught Horn in a sort of philosophy of fighting, an unpredictable boxing style he calls “broken rhythm pressure fighting.” Don’t know if such is an original idea or an old one put into modern terms for modern fighters, but I could see evidence of a very unique style Horn used to systematically take apart the still powerfully formidable and experienced Randall Bailey, a 3x champ, end result being he retired on his stool after the 7th round. Bailey had been down over half dozen times, a couple of KDs mixed in with obviously weakened legs leaving him off balance and skating around disastrously on thin ice.

Some good background info where Horn admits to being more nerd than natural fighter, so had to be molded much like Gene Tunney. Manny on the other hand, though of course taught at a high level, was a natural born fighter much like Jack Dempsey or Roberto Duran.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-39866485

That said, most think Manny dispatches Horn easily, perhaps notching a KO denied him in a couple of previous fights because of illicit maneuvers by dubious referees. Let’s face it, more and more refs are giving extended long counts as much as 20 or more seconds, plenty of time for fit fighters to recover, so let’s expand on that fitness theme. Manny signs his opponents about 4 months in advance that gives them extra time to train with an extended training camp needed to have any chance against Manny and do proper promotional preparations. Compare to the typical Al Haymon fighter like TUE 49-0 or Deontay Wilder who play TBA fighters off each other until the last minute before signing them for peanuts with insufficient time to train for a big fight. Although the rules of boxing were originally designed to provide fair officiating of fights, backroom skulduggery as often as not still has a place at the table of these shady fighter teams.

Horn is a ring centered fighter using angles and nifty footwork for his offense and defense, not the modern contemptible run and duck and stink style that has regrettably led to the sinking of American boxing. So all in all this promises plenty of fan friendly action, and more importantly, since it will be on a late Sunday morning in Australia, it’s gonna be on ESPN, not HBO PPV. 60,000 crazed Aussies are expected to pack Suncorp Stadium for the fight!

Manny’s Uncle Bob says he’s staging a world tour for Manny, ostensibly to  expand his worldwide profile even more than it already registers off the charts in advance of his anticipated Filipino presidential run in the coming years. As such, this may well be the last year for the 38 year old Manny who had a perfect attendance record in the Philippine senate before his last fight.

So why not have the fighting senator go up against the fighting teacher on the world stage? Both could bring home some honor to those professions currently under fire for long standing, seemingly intractable problems born largely of the the political system they operate in.

Former sparmate Jack Asis Presents Manny With Toowoomba Aboriginal Art Glove Charting His Life Journey.

Former Filipino sparmate Jack Asis Presents Manny With Toowoomba Aboriginal Art Glove Charting Manny’s Life Journey.

Old Lion Manny Pacquiao vs Young Lion Jessie Vargas

Jessie Vargas is the WBO welterweight champ holding Manny Pacquiao‘s old title he won from Timothy Bradley Jr back in April before retiring. Now Manny wants to reclaim it come Saturday, November 5th @ the Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.

The collective howls of derision from the antisocial media monkeys who were desperate for Junior Welt champ Terence Crawford to get the call promptly soiled any reasonable public expectations for this fight, but just looking at both the excellent title credentials of Vargas coupled with his natural attributes that include significant height, reach, youth, and presumably strength, this looks like a really good action fight. Manny turns 38 next month with 431 rounds waged professionally and Vargas is in a traditional range of athletic prime at age 27 with 189 professional rounds logged, so this the classic battle of the Old Lion against the Young Lion.

Manny’s PPV numbers for Bradley III were about the same as the Floyd TUE Mayweather PPV against the hapless Andre Berto, in other words the expected blow back of fans against both for their sham “Fight of the Century.” So is the public ready to embrace their former favorite again?

Old Lions vs Young Lions

Old Lions vs Young Lions

Boxing is in a major rebuild thanks to that pathetic grubbing of greed and corruption, so nobody should ever expect big PPV numbers again until some legit new crossover stars are born. The much ballyhooed Sergey Kovalev vs Andre Ward PPV that follows this probably won’t clear more than 300-400K if even that because Kovalev is Russian and Ward a P4P STINKER who has made himself irrelevant these past few years. And speaking of pathetic, Vargas should be undefeated after knocking out Bradley only to have the silly putty ref change his mind AFTER he stepped in to save Bradley. How could such blatant idiocy ever be more convenient than that? Amazingly Vargas seems not to have let it get to him, instead turning around disappointment for a very excellent upswing after that robbery, a vicious KO of the undefeated Sadam Ali that earned him this fight. That said, if Manny gets in a half decent camp, he should handle Vargas in a great fight for fans, but it’s hardly the given win his critics complain about. See the Bradley/Ali KOs for proof. Young Vargas has the lean and hungry look of being reborn with cracking power and confidence.

Crawford has a chance to grow a few more fans, humility, and the understanding he won’t dictate the weights and finances like he attempted. Manny’s still the boss and most obviously as a welt if he wins back the WBO title. I didn’t see the alleged Crawford shutout of Postol, but I did see a very crafty Crawford using his speed and power to get the two knockdowns that insured in an otherwise well contested fight he would get the win. That was some smart boxing from the kid instead of trying to match brute strength against a bigger, stronger guy. Now he needs to better calculate his appeal after drawing 60K PPVs for that fight. At any rate, Manny is still the fastest in the division with power enough and more experience at top levels than any fighter going today. He too seems to be reborn after his shoulder surgery, so if the Vargas fight reestablishes his star power, he won’t go away quietly if he can come back once every year like clockwork. His greedy Uncle Bob is already talking about the Crawford fight next April, way too much return action for what is now a full time Senator.

And speaking of politics with this being a particularly low brow, low blow waged American presidential election year, the Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte is as harshly hard line conservative and vulgar as they come. He slandered US President Obama as the son of a whore and demanded US troops stationed there exit the Philippines post haste. America is not his friend, instead looking to Asia and especially China for economic and military allegiances. The last time Manny got caught up in presidential politics during an election year was 2012 when he was baited by the press into offering his negative views of gay marriage in the liberal state of Nevada. That faux pas cost him one of boxing’s worst decision losses ever against Tim Bradley that reduced his earnings by multimillions of dollars. So here we go again with Manny perfectly framed for an identical political crunching moment in time, literally a deer in the Vegas headlights against a really rough, tough, game Mexican for boxing promotional purposes, but who is as native born and endemically American as breakfast tacos have become.

It’s an embarrassment to have to broach the historic reach of boxing corruption in the land of the free and home of the brave where all are guaranteed Constitutional rights in theory, but not boxing decisions. A few days later the big Presidential election occurs, and a few days after that comes the “hated” Russian destroyer Sergey Kovalev  fighting the last American Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward in another title fight in Las Vegas. We will see with these two boxing events just how fair America is for honorable visiting foreign nationals these days.

The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple

An interesting development in this fight is the PPV structure will be in house on Top Rank’s own website where they have broadcast fights in the past. The results of this experiment should be interesting, but one problem I picked up early is that the promotion seemed a little weak, and on their website I saw no place to purchase the PPV stream just 2 weeks away from fight time, but we could purchase tickets to the fight, c’mon now Bob. I had to research to google to a completely different website, http://www.toprank.tv/index.jsp where the fight costs $59.99, and which is backlinked to the main Top Rank website. Why their main site has no forwarding link that I see can only be answered by their website designers, but dumb is still dumb by any other name. When I checked back days before the fight, Hallelujah, the forwarding link is there. Better late than never.

The backdrop of this in house PPV was that HBO had already committed to Kovalev vs Ward the very next week and didn’t have the funds left in their reduced boxing budget to finance this, and also didn’t want to have two PPVs on the same month for business reasons known only to them. Top Rank is desperate to develop alternatives after taking a financial bath on both the Manny/Bradley fight and the Crawford/Postal one as well, but criminy, next time put the freaking livestream link on their main site well in advance with the ticket sales for folks to buy the stream at their convenience…duh!

Of course after doing decuple duty, that’s 10x duty as Senator, husband, father,fighter, movie star, basketball player and coach, singer, lover, and the softest touch for money for the needy, Manny could get proverbially old overnight, but I say let him do it his way. He looked dominant in his last P4P battle against Bradley and has earned his chops at least as hard as any fighter in history and harder than most all. Jessie not only earned his opportunity, but is also the hungriest for it in the welterweight division. That counts for a whole lot more than just picking up a payday like many fighters do in big fights these days.

Here they were out of training 2 months away already looking in shape and fight ready. This is gonna be great, guaranteed.