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

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

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

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/ratings-ring-ratings-good-sport/

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

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

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

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

    1. Wladimir Klitschko Dr Steelhammer 1330 64-3 heavyweight

    2. Gennady Golovkin GGG 1078 33-0 middleweight

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

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

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

    6. Miguel Cotto Junito 887 40-4 middleweight

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

    8 Keith Thurman One Time 835 26 0 0 26 welterweight

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

    10 Adonis Stevenson Superman 777 27-1 lightheavy

    11. Terence Crawford Bud 760 26-0 jr welterweight

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

    23. Guillermo Rigondeaux 564 El Chacal 15-0  superbantamweight

    29. Roman Gonzalez 519 Chocolatito 43-0  Flyweight

    90. Shinsuke Yamanaka  342 24-0-2 Bantamweight

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

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

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

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

    TUE nose knows it!

    TUE nose knows it!

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

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

    Knocked Cold

    Knocked Cold

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

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

    Gone is Gone

    Gone is Gone

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

Historic First~Bermane Stiverne vs Chris Arreola For WBC Crown

“Racial” as well as boxing history is guaranteed to be made when Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola fight for the vacated WBC heavyweight title Saturday, May 10th at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California. Stiverne is Haitian born and Arreola is Mexican American Los Angeles born, neither racial demographic having ever held a heavyweight title before, but, barring a draw or double disqualification, one most certainly will after the smoke clears in what should be a huge battle for the honor as it should be in every fight.

Most boxing fans could give two hoots or a hollor about racial demographics unless it’s one of their own fighting for glory. They’d rather get behind a good fight that this promises to be. The WBC wanted to reprise the historical event deep in Mexico, but that was an obvious no go, so instead Stiverne, 23-1-1, 20 KOs, will rematch Arreola, 36-3, 31 KO, yet again in California. First go round Stiverne put up the best fight of his career, knocking down Arreola, breaking his nose, and otherwise staying in command down the stretch to cop the unanimous decision.

Since then Stiverne has been inactive while waiting for the boxing politics to play out for this opportunity. Arreola looked uncharacteristically serious in a concussive comeback of his own when he knocked out Al Haymon’s touted heavyweight contender Seth Mitchell in the first round. Both fighters have reportedly been in training since their first fight over a year ago in anticipation of this opportunity.

First Go Round

First Go Round

The paunchy 35 year old Stiverne may not look the part, but he has surprising power when he lands his big punch, a game changer. He’s too slow and lethargic for the purist, yet also quite relaxed with decent boxing skills and durability that have served him well. The 33 year old Arreola may be the goofiest, ugliest, funniest looking fat kid in any room, but he’s got predatory footwork and aggression with plenty of his own power that defines his all action pressure style. In shape given the nature of the stakes with his experience and held in his hometown, I do favor him slightly to win this thing.

Main thing going is the old school contrast of styles and power that will crown the new WBC champ, so it’s a good thing for everyone but Wlad Klitschko, the holder of every other heavyweight bauble, belt, and title under the sun. He wasn’t invited to this party, but he may be down the road when he gets a little older and longer on the tooth.

Be a great fight on ESPN that should drown out the usual ball sports on the TV down at the bar, so no excuses to miss this puppy.

 

 

Fighter of the Year–Yup, Manny Again!

Muay Thai Manny
Muay Thai Manny

Manny Pacquiao has dominated this category the previous 4 years, winning both the Ring and BWAA Fighter of the Year awards in 2006, 2008, and 2009, so it’s quite possible coming off of two dominant beatdowns of longtime highly ranked contenders Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito, he might be their frontrunner for 2010.

He even has his own venue now, the plush and sparkling freshly minted Dallas Cowboy Stadium, the premiere sports arena in the world where he’s attracted some 90,000 fans this year while minting his own pot of gold in between getting elected to the Congress in his native Philippines.

Manny was even nominated for consideration of a Nobel Peace prize!

http://www.rabbit-punch.net/manny-pacquiao-nominated-for-nobel-peace-prize.html

Is there anything this dynamic little firecracker can’t do?

Well, maybe Freddie Roach is secure in his job after also winning the same year 3 of 4 Trainer of the Year Ring awards, ya think?

That sorted, I’d like to look at some great fighters at this point in time who are worthy of consideration if anybody is tired of Pacquiao hogging the spotlight.

Juan Manuel Lopez, 3-0, 3 KO

Started the year moving up in weight against the consensus #1 featherweight, Steven Luevano, and put on a super solid boxing beatdown on #1, followed by another KO of contender Rafael Concepcion, and finished against formidable Ring legend, Rafael Marquez, knocking him out. About as good as it gets for one year, but there is plenty more to come.

Fernando Montiel, 4-0, 4 KO

Coming off his signature career win over the dominant Hozumi Hasegawa, Montiel filled in the rest of the year against fringe level contenders, but, Lordy, Lordy, now it’s gonna a new 2011 defense against the highly regarded P4Per, young Nonito Donaire, the other Filipino Flash.

Giovani Segura, 4-0, 4 KO

This little junior flyweight champ is coming off his signature career win over the dominant, undefeated, decade long champ, Ivan Calderon. Segura, like Montiel, filled the rest of year knockouts over fringe class contenders. He continues to move up or down to look for bigger fights. He’s within 5lbs of Fernando Montiel now, and what a Mexicano bullring classic that would be.

Sergio Martinez, 2-0, 1 KO

I can’t believe I initially left out Maravilla, remembering his sole loss since 2000 to Paul Williams, but I’ve rectified that now that I noticed their first fight was in December of 2009. What is truly remarkable about Martinez is the way he is coming on late in his career to tackle two of boxing’s certified monsters, the twin towers Kelly Pavlik and Paul Williams. The recent Williams rematch was an all time type of booming one punch knockout that will mark Martinez in the great pantheon forever. Nobody had come close to beating Pavlik in the middleweight division in spite of Kelly’s well documented alcohol dependence that unfortunately combined with a Micky Mouse corner that couldn’t handle a cut that blinded him in the later rounds just as he was beginning to time Martinez. Maravilla is a strong darkhorse type of candidate, and he’s penciled in for a defense next March, 12th at Madison Square Garden, so we’ll see how he handles his title reign soon enough.

Wlad Klitschko, 2-0, 2 KO

Two comprehensive beatdowns followed by concussive highlight knockouts of two highly ranked prime contenders, Eddie Chambers and Samuel Peter, the big Ring Champ is only just now receiving credit in the Ring and Boxrec P4P charts. Then there is the frightening specter of his bigger brother backing him up.

No wonder the few remaining contenders not yet obliterated by the brothers are fleeing to distant hills and dales and caves to escape certain bombardment and demise.

I dunno, I see Fighter of the Year awards up for grabs this year as boxing is likely to be taking Manny Pacquiao for granted after he’s pretty much cleared out the welters of any big fights and most of the contenders. There may even be a kneejerk boxing insider backlash from Golden Boy supporters after Shane Mosley was announced as his next fight. Mosley did a Judas and scampered away from his partnership with Golden Boy one supposes if he was free to make a deal with Arum that cut out GB.

I’d like to see Juan Manuel Lopez get some better recognition from Ring Magazine in particular. It’s been slow considering his achievements, but maybe not when you consider his promoter, Bob Arum, is Golden Boy Promotions primary rival and Oscar owns Ring magazine.

Then we have the underdog of all underdogs, the true ageless marvel, Glen Johnson. I’d be thrilled if he sneaked it, but he and the little guys are almost always given short shrift.

BTW, just a historical tidbit that I enjoy immensely, the first ever BWAA Fighter of the Year award went to Jack Dempsey in 1938, eleven years after his last official fight, The Long Count against Gene Tunney.

Now, that is some serious R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

Knockout of the Year– Sergio Martinez KO2 Paul Williams

~((BooM))~ The CHAMP:

Como se dice, "Adios, Amigo?"

Como se dice, "Adios, Amigo?"

Sergio Martinez shattered the glass ceiling that has kept him from the pinnacle of boxing by doing the unthinkable, airmailing the concussive force of a single short looping left handed grenade that blasted the immovable, unstoppable Paul Williams straight into dreamless Bolivia. Both were highly ranked in their multiple divisions for some time now and consensus type P4Pers, so this rematch was highly anticipated. The towering Williams come out hard with an evil blood in his eye glint to him as he went about the task of pounding Martinez into dust bunnies. Perhaps the only criticism might be it was too short of a fight with no chance for ebb and flow or drama, but it was a shocking, turnabout type of moment and absolutely the highest level signature KO of a fine bunch for me, one for the ages.

All 2 rounds of the fight here with the KO just after 5:30 mark. There seems to be a sound lag, so you will hear a huge bomb go off with the crowd roaring about 1 second before it happens on the tape.

The Worthy Contenders:

Fernando Montiel TKO4 Hozumi Hasegawa

The Swarm

The Swarm

Fernando Montiel put together a 6 second highlight clip of his career with a stunning left hook that sent the monstrous Hozumi Hasegawa stumbling back to the ropes where Montiel leaped in to snap off a flash combination that caused the ref, Laurence Cole to stop the fight in the last second of round 4. Both highly ranked in their divisions and fringe P4Pers with Montiel stepping up in weight and flying all the way over to Japan to take on a dominant champ who had a string of KO defenses. What mars this bout for me is the poor reputation of the ref, Laurence Cole, who has uncanny habits of terrible timing among many bad habits, stopping what had been 4 rounds of a Hasegawa textbook masterclass performance after 6 of the last 7 seconds that remained of the 4th round. The champ was just starting to recover when Cole steps in, losing the one minute’s more rest time due him.

Longtime Japanese boxing icon, Joe Kozumi, reported alternately that Hasegawa suffered a fractured rib or fractured jaw either in training or during the fight, but, regardless, that was a booming counter left hook that stumbled Hasegawa and a brilliant flash combo that forced the stoppage of the unstoppable. I would also add that had to have been one of the most gentlemanly technical fights fought at such a high level with nary a thing for the ref to do, both showing complete respect to the other for any minor incidents common in lefty/righty clashes. Hasegawa was very tight at the weight and only trying to break the Japanese record for consecutive defenses. He subsequently moved up two full divisions to featherweight to stage a rough tough masterclass over a bigger, stronger, younger undefeated contender for that WBC title in spite of suffering a terrible cut from a butt early on. He must have been really tight at banty to jump 2 full divisions with such a strong performance.

Rounds 3-4 with the final punches just after the 6:00 mark:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpUf_mqg9Sg&feature=related

Glencoffe Johnson KO8 Alan Green

Put a Knot on Your Noggin That Grandpa Soap Won't Wash Out!

Put a Knot on Your Noggin That Grandpa Soap Won't Wash Out!

I like that ol’ man Johnson took this bout on somewhat short notice and made a weight he hadn’t been out for a decade and then knocked out a prime contender who had never been stopped. Thing is that Green was coming off a one of the most technical lopsided losses I’ve ever seen against Ward and was not a highly regarded contender, but still, it’s the Road Warrior for the HOF for me. Nobody comes close to his decade long quality of competition, not to mention being well into his 40s and still willing to travel and cede unfavorable conditions and short money just to get a crack at the cream of his division. He’s become the signature ol’ timer of boxing, more so than any of his contemporaries.

All 30 seconds of round 8, a complete carpet bombing:

Wlad Klitschko had 2 stunning highlight reel knock em dead K-Os of Chambers in the last 5 seconds of the 12th and Samuel Peter at 1:22 of the 10th.

Diced, Then Iced

Diced, Then IcedThe downside is there was no drama of a tough fight or necessity other than Manny Steward challenging Klitschko to stop his methodical beatings and go for it. Still, nobody had ever iced these guys stone cold before, so a combination of being young, highly ranked and rock solid durability type of contenders to be so utterly dominated before the icing, it’s quite an accomplishment in one of the great dominating heavyweight careers.

Entire 12th rd with the KO just after the 3:00 mark:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhKcVDfp9F8

My complete respect for the poor, unfortunate victims of these bombings. Takes a brave man to enter the ring and risk his physical and emotional integrity to end up on the down side of the latest highlight clip for schoolboys to giggle over, but such is the risk and nature of boxing.

Wlad Klitschko vs Derek Chisora, Robbing the Cradle?

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See updated Fightnews link:

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/klitschko-chisora-off-69636

Wlad is rightfully staying as busy as he can like his brother, Vitali, lining up as many challengers as their schedules will reasonably allow. So, for Wlad’s latest defense, he’s lined up Derek Del Boy Chisora for a December 11th defense at SAP-Arena, Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. 

 
 

Practicing Pirouettes

Practicing Pirouettes

 

Joe Louis famously took the busy route as he put up his heavyweight crown against a record number of contenders to let the people see the full measure of a great, undisputed heavyweight reign. The boxing writers of the day referred to this phase as his Bum of the Month Club, but looking back on that era, most were Ring ranked fighters at the time that he fought them.

It’s just that Louis knocked them out in such rapid succession, it followed that new names had to be dredged up to replace the knocked out old names, which made the new contenders seem less than they were to the boxing press.

Fast forward 70 yrs later and we have the great grandsons stocking this era’s boxing press whining about the poor state of the heavyweight division, an academic case in point refuting the theory of the advancement of evolution.

Nothing has changed!

This being the uber-modern 3rd millennium era where the various champions are often challenged to fight even twice a year, generally the fans appreciate when an active champion comes along. What has happened with the brothers is that Wlad and Vitali have by necessity split up Louis’ duties, dividing the belts and the fighters according to need. They will have fought 11x in the two year period since Vitali made his return to the ring before year’s end.

Like Louis, they have quickly exhausted the supply of ranked name fighters, so now it’s Wlad’s turn to select a heavyweight challenger that some claim is unqualified, Derek Chisora, 14-0, 10 KO. Chisora steadily crept up to a # 12 boxrec ranking and 10th by the WBO, so he certainly does hold some qualifications and also titles, the British and Commonwealth, even if he is unable to pass the sniff test of the usual long nosed suspects still shameless enough to pass themselves off as critics these days.

The BBC even went so far as to pen a piece proclaiming “Brave Chisora in too deep.

”Oh dear.

Yet nary a whimper when  game local domestic Rendall Munroe flew all the way over to Tokyo to take on a dominant Japanese champion with one punch knockout power. Must be OK when a happy little hard working binman takes a beating in beeb world one supposes, but let’s be worried about big, strong, unruly probationers now, eh?

Well, such are the misguided sensibilities of many in the newest blinkered era, and since it has been previously proven that boxing writers don’t evolve, but only breed successors, what’s say we skip past all the nonsense and break down the fight and the fighters?

You can check out the current consensus top 25 heavy contenders in a previous article addressing the “Klitschko dilemma” here. Not much has changed:

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2010/10/06/the-heavyweight-dilemma-vitali-klitschko-vs-shannon-briggs/

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2010/05/28/the-battle-of-the-weakest-links/

Using historical context from the much acclaimed “Golden Era” of boxing as a base level of comparison, Muhammad Ali defended against Sir Henry Cooper who was the British, Commonwealth, and EBU heavyweight champion, the first two titles of which Chisora already holds. Cooper only sported a 33-11-1 record, hardly the kind of superior record modern boxing fans demand in fighters these days.

Ali followed that by defending against Brian London, 35-13, who had been beaten twice by Cooper for those titles. In his 2nd reign as heavyweight champ, Ali defended against Richard Dunn, 33-9, who also held a couple of those titles. Cooper and London were 32 yrs of age for those bouts, Dunn was 31 for his.

Derek Del Boy Chisora is undefeated and only a couple of weeks from turning 27 by fight night, the start of traditional peak years for athletes. Whatever ring experience he may lack, he’s certainly more qualified than a Pete Radamacher, he of the zer0 wins-zer0 losses-zer0 ties record, and Leon Spinks, 7-0-1 when they challenged Floyd Patterson and Ali for their undisputed titles as two more examples of heavyweight title history.

At a blocky 240 lbs, Chisora is 40 to 60 lbs stronger than any of the above mentioned Ali challengers were, which is exactly what is needed in modern 12 rd fights against supersized champions where knockdowns are scored and fights are often stopped quicker than in the past.

Speaking of stoppages: Unlike the 8 stoppages(Dunn), 5(London), and 5(Cooper) sported going into their Ali title challenges, Chisora has never been stopped as another point of comparison. This also happens to be Wlad’s 11th straight title match since 2006, so it becomes impossible to keep unplucked top ranked fighters propped in place at that pace of activity with his brother also picking from the rankings tree.

It may be heresy to suggest the obvious, but I’d reckon Chisora to knock out the above mentioned three brave British contenders at the point of their Ali title challenges, even if all were scheduled on the same night if he shows up as ready and fit as he was for the Sexton rematch if I fancied playing the silly card.

The good spin: Chisora’s promoter is the highly experienced Frank Warren who will make sure Chisora is properly prepared. All of Wlad’s belts would be a huge prize to take back to the Warren stable. Chisora is coming off a short but competitive fight in September, so he’s had plenty of time to recover and plenty of time for training that should see him in the condition of his prime life.

The bad spin: Wlad is coming off a dominant beating and knockout of Sam Peter, a championship fighter in the same size, shape, and approximate style of Chisora.

Chisora has something of a punch though, so if he can keep himself in the bout long enough to land it, he will have more of a puncher’s chance in this fight than many in the division would. Nobody has ever successfully outboxed Wlad, so power and stamina has proven to be the key to the few wins over him, that and the durability to soak up one of the most damaging offensive arsenals in history, certainly not a task for everyone.

Thing is, does Del Boy have the proper motivation?

He only turned to boxing as part to please a probation officer after a life of petty crime. After he gutted out the early stinging pain of the ring and started to rise through the ranks, he has scarcely availed himself of the sizable opportunities that come with being an acclaimed British heavyweight, preferring to land on the wrong side of the law and the British Board of Boxing Control, so it’s possible that he may lose the prize plum that fell into his lap, a challenge to the most heralded heavyweight champ of this era.

Hundreds of strong, talented heavyweight contenders through the eras have fought their guts out in the ring, yet never were granted such a stellar opportunity.

Chisora’s latest crime of tossing his “girlfriend” on the bed for a spanking would be good for some laughs with the bad lads he hangs out with but for the string of previous assaults on his record. The visage of a hulking professional boxer slapping down a petite lass at either end with his prize knock out mitts is not something the authorities can just blindly ignore in the face of such a long rap sheet.

Perhaps Chisora should look carefully at his own words in a recent interview:

“Let’s not kid each other. David doesn’t want to fight the Klitschkos. He hasn’t got a chance against them and he knows that. Haye is a good guy but he’s in the wrong sport. Let me fight Wladimir or Vitali. I ain’t scared.”

Can his promoters keep the young miscreant on a leash to keep him out of jail long enough to make it to the scratch line come fight night?

That’s how Mike Tyson finally came to be handled during his comeback from prison. He was given a minder who kept up with his every move, alerting the team when he was trying to scale the fences so he could be contained from yet another public assault charge until the fight could be completed and everyone got paid.

Wlad has gotten to be an old pro at finding emergency replacements after so many challengers have fallen out before the first bell sounded for various reasons, so he has a few names in training with contract terms agreed upon at this very moment hoping to hear the call for an opportunity of a life time if or when Chisora falls out.

The Consummate Pro @Training
The Consummate Pro @Training

Del Boy locked and loaded in the Klitschko breech. Time to Rumble pending countdown of the endless legal woes and suspensions of Chisora.

A dud or a live round?

Stay tuned on December 11th and all to be answered.

The Heavyweight Dilemma, Vitali Klitschko vs Shannon Briggs

The longtime hue and cry over the current state of the heavyweight division has only intensified these past few months as top contenders, David Haye, Alexander Povetkin, and Thomsz Adamek have refused to fight Vitali Klitschko or his brother Wladimir.

Shannon the Cannon

Shannon the Cannon

Instead, Vitali will defend his WBC belt against a very hungry and now very lean and mean Shannon The Cannon Briggs. Briggs has managed to maneuver into a #9 WBC ranking, but is otherwise not highly ranked by the various orgs and websites. Basically, the complaint is that he has done nothing to warrant a title shot, the same complaint leveled at Vitali’s last opponent, Albert Sosnowski.

Read my previous musings on those claims here, inserting the formidably muscled up Briggs for the muscled up Sosnowski.

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2010/05/28/the-battle-of-the-weakest-links/

Typically,  overemoting critics fail to understand the dynamics of leveraging a big heavyweight promotion, nor do they have any sense of the rankings or depth of the heavyweight division, preferring the easier job of bigging up the one or two names of their favored fighters as if that was all that was needed to make a prizefight, much less a title fight, the mere suggestion of personal desire.

Here are some recent Boxrec rankings as of September 5th while Vitali, Wlad, and David Haye were all putting together their fights. Keep in mind that Boxrec is the largest of the few ranking orgs that rank more than 10 or 15 fighters in a division.

The (notes) are mine of course:

1. Wlad

2. Vitali

3. Haye (already backed out of one signed and sealed contract and refused recent 50/50 offer by the Klitschkos, signing to defend against Audley Harrison in spite of repeated denials that he was even in negotiations)
4. Adamek (pending to allow cuts to heal, but apparently fighting Maddalone in Dec)
5. Chagaev (beat badly by Wlad and currently Haye’s mandatory)
6. Povetkin (refused to sign negotiated agreement to challenge in Wlad’s last defense, thus losing his 2 yr long mandatory ranking, not to mention his trainer, Teddy Atlas, says Povetkin is not yet ready to challenge for the title.)
7. Valuev (interesting deal was almost put together against Vitali, but out into next year with left shoulder/wrist surgery)
8. Peter (beat badly by Wlad 2x/Vitali 1x)
9. Thompson (beat badly by Wlad with no following)
10. Chambers (beat badly by Wlad and still rebuilding)
11. Arreola (beat badly by Vitali and still rebuilding)
12. Dimitrenko (new EBU champ, but turned down Klitschko offers, maybe building into a much bigger promotion in the next year of two)
13. Gomez (beat badly by Vitali and a last ditch opponent for now)
14. Sexton (busy being knocked out by Chisora)
15. Boytsov (maybe in the future, but only 24 and shaking off the rust after coming back from hand surgery, now is not his time, maybe a year or two in a bigger promotion)
16. Austin (beat badly by Wlad with no following)
17. Helenius (very promising prospect recently breaking into fringe contender. Maybe a year or two away in a much bigger promotion)
18. Solis (chubby growing into a blimp with promoter problems looking like he’s moving to challenge for the WBA cheese belt, not the Klitschkos)
19. Pianeta (who dat?)
20. T Ibragimov (The lesser talented of the Russian Iggys, his cousin already lost a shutout against Wlad)
21. Sosnowski (beat badly by Vitali and rebuilding against Dimitrenko)
22. Ustinov (undefeated Russian Bigfoot monster promoted by Ks and wants a Kbro. I’m guessing Vitali’s retirement fight if he makes it past Briggs and can’t sign Haye or Valuev)
23. Holyfield (Oh, brother, where art thou buried? Jeez…..)
24. Platov (who? See Pianeta!)
25. Johnson (beat worse than badly by Vitali……..please, watching Vitali try to stuff a giant squash into a blender would be better stuffing for a Saturday night turkey……..nevermore…….nevermore…….)

So, thusly informed, now say HELLO to one Shannon The Cannon Briggs, lifelong asthmaholic, part time wastrel, yet all while breaking the all time first round KO record first officially recorded by Jack Dempsey in his all time tear through the heavy division. Briggs has 31 first round KOs, unofficially 32 but for failing a post fight drug test, probably a positive test result for ganja. Briggs is unabashedly Jamaican after all.

Briggs is a strange one alright. He was a dynamic, charismatic young personality who won the ‘Dream’ “Lineal” heavyweight title with a dubious decision over the nearing 50 yr old Big George Foreman, then was knocked out in a ferocious slugfest against WBC champ Lennox Lewis in his very next bout. Instead of rebuilding, he partied hardy and let his training and weight go, thus was written off as a wasted talent.

In spite of all the above shortcomings, many years later he managed to renew “The Dream” when Briggs lifted the WBO title from the then highly regarded Siarhei Liakhovich with a Hail Mary last second knockout in the 12th round, a title that Briggs promptly dropped in his first defense. He then retired to hit the all you can eat buffets for 2 yrs before coming back hard with 4 straight 1st rd Kos.

Now Briggs finds himself square in the middle in his 3rd opportune “Dream ” when Haye, Adamek, and Povetkin all shut down and beat strategic retreats rather than to fight the brothers in a losing cause. As the “2x” champ with an established name, Briggs should bring in the business once the promotion starts touting his KO record.

Der Knock-outers

Der Knock-outers

Brigg’s may be much older and slower of hand and foot than Sosnowski, but hugely larger and stronger, remaining a danger from rds 1-12. He’s already been making the right noises about knocking Vitali out, and while his overall boxing skills may be lacking for a top contender, he has the top experience, hunger, guile, and the natural talent and power to pull off the kind of spectacular upset that nobody else in the division would be capable of.

Bigger upsets have happened in the one punch Big Boy division, that’s for sure.

Der Braumeistrisses

Der Braumeistrisses

Vitali is self promoted and has chosen a juicy date in Germany after all the Oktoberfest lederhosen has been put away, Saturday, October 16th, at the O2 arena in Hamburg. Apparently he will be throwing a rock concert before and after since the bout appears to be the sole fight on the card.

It was quite the slap in the face of Haye that Vitali chose a weekend of WBC boxing festivities in London to do the initial promotion of the bout, but Haye appears to be quite shameless in avoiding any true challenge to his WBA belt he acquired under dubious circumstances. He instead kept himself squirreled away in a secret bunker in London, all while exchanging bitter twitter tweets with The A-Force, Audley Harrison in the Great ’10 Tweet Street War of Sweet Nothings & Handbags.

Yet there is also much reputation and respect to be lost for Vitali if he were to lose to Briggs who is widely derided as previously mentioned in spite of his obvious danger, but Vitali had little choice given the limitations of his division that has seen the Klitschkos dominate their opposition in a fashion never before seen in the history of the division.

Dr. Ironfist

Dr. Ironfist

Both are aging fighters born only months apart for whom the wheels may go flying off without warning. Briggs has many more fights, but owing to his impressive 1st round KO record, they have logged near identical pro rounds, 196 for Vitali and 194 for Briggs.

Vitali has a very long amateur record compared to Briggs and was also a championship kick boxer for several years, so his odometer has significantly more miles on the clock, making him more vulnerable in theory.

The promotion should be a success overall with the European, ie, German public for whom this fight is being targeted.

Briggs 262 - Klitschko 251

Briggs 262 – Klitschko 251

This was supposed to be Vitali’s last year before retirement, after all, he will be 40 yrs old next year, but like Manny Pacquiao’s last year, it may prove to be impossible to walk away from all the money on the table for his fights.

We shall see what The Fates deal out in a couple of weeks. It could be a prototypical methodical Vitali beatdown, or an upset for the new age, so tune in if you want to see knockout record setting heavyweights still in full command their game.

 

A Message From the Boss

A Message From the Boss

 

9/11, Wladimir Klitschko vs Sam Peter Reprised

This coming Saturday, September 11th, Wladimir Klitschko and Sam Peter reprise their classic IBF eliminator match in 2005 that saw Klitschko hit the deck several times against the greatly feared, wide swinging, undefeated clubber who entered the bout at 24-0, 21 KOs.

Peter was on a horrific tear through the division back then and the general feeling in boxing was that Wlad had no heart for combat, and worse, was afflicted with a glass jaw that would quickly shatter.

The Champ

The Champ

It Seems like a distant, fuzzy era light years removed from the current heavyweight scene that has seen Wlad on a fine current run of dominance, going for his 10th straight title win and his 9th knockout. He not only holds the IBF title, but also the WBO, IBO, and more tellingly, the Ring belt, finally fulfilling the promise he held as a gangly 20 yr Olympic Gold Medalist, touted as the savior of the heavyweight division when he turned pro.

The Belts

The Belts

Wlad won that first confrontation with Peter, doing something that his critics said he couldn’t do, and that is overcoming adversity by regrouping his form and going about the task of picking Peter apart until the final bell ended the 12th round.

Peter disputed the decision, wanting a rematch, but the Fates had already set each out on separate paths, only to come back full circle after having run 5 years of boxing’s tortuous gauntlets.

Peter returns as a former WBC champion, having dropped his crown to Wlad’s older brother, Vitali, a couple of years ago. After a lethargic loss to Eddie Chambers in his next bout, Peter has won all 4 of his last bouts by knockout, and, just having turned 30 years of age a few days before the rematch, Peter is near the age of a traditional athletic peak.

Wlad will rightly be a big odds favorite due to his near invincible form since the 1st Peter fight in contrast to Peter’s pair of failures against Vitali and Chambers. Wlad is also 34 yrs old in his 58th career bout which is pushing the envelope for modern heavies.

Nigerian Nightmare Lite
Nigerian Nightmare Lite

Meanwhile, Peter has transformed himself since those losses, dropping some 25 lbs of weight from his ample frame as can be seen in this training photo.

Potentially he should be about as quick afoot or quicker than he was in the first bout, but the question arises as to what style he will utilize?

Since that first bout Peter has reformed his style from crude clubber into a boxer of sorts, but finally was outboxed by Vitali and Chambers. His “Wild Bull of the Pampas” style was effective the first time, putting Wlad in dire straits and needing every fiber of his being to right the sinking ship.

Assisted Boxing

Assisted Boxing

 Of course by the bout’s end, it was Peter hanging on he was so spent. Peter was lucky to hear the final bell.

There is no way Peter can ever outbox Wlad in a million years. Wlad has won almost every round he has boxed in his professional career, so Peter has to outslug him, plain and simple. Can he do it? Peter may be in his 2nd “Reformation” as a fighter, but Wlad has steadily improved his game fight by fight, and more importantly, has earned a bit of swagger in his walk and talk that he lacked before. Whether he has gotten too far afield from his humble Ukrainian roots with the videos and brash talk remains to be seen. Understandably Wlad has been frustrated by dubious antics that saw top contenders David Haye and Alexander Povetkin fall out of scheduled matches that resulted in Wlad being placed in the position of having to search and sign replacement fighters for his defenses these past few years.

I guess it can be seen as a backhanded compliment that the top heavies would rather withdraw to endure the scorn of fans than risk the typical methodical beating followed by a knockout that Wlad lays down on his overmatched opponents.

I don’t recall this phenomena afflicting previous champions, though. Usually top contenders can’t get a title shot soon enough for their satisfaction, but it’s a new era and a softer way of doing business I guess if fighters can move to pick up a weak cheese belt.

Although Peter is a replacement fighter, he is a worthy opponent who has retained a ranking and is very hungry after going on a long diet. He may no longer be the fan favorite on a rampage through the division as he was in the first match, but he does provide the potential for some spectacle that Wlad’s defenses have lacked IF he can connect with a clean shot.

The first fight was one of the most dramatic heavyweight fights of the decade, so I plan on being glued to the rematch.

The "Right" Way

The “Right” Way

The Remaking of Tomasz Adamek Into a P4P Fighter.

 For the record which can be confusing, Polish heavyweight Tomasz “Goral” Adamek is the champion being referenced as opposed to his namesake who lost his “z,” Tomas “Jumbo” Adamek who fights in Goral’s old lightheavy division.

Tomasz "Goral" Adamek

Tomasz "Goral" Adamek

Goral is becoming something of a modern day boxing legend as a former fight of the year type lightheavy and cruiserweight champion who is being groomed for a major heavyweight title challenge. As a relocated Polish national living and fighting in the US in a waning era of boxing, he may not tick all the ideal celebrity boxes to be marketed to the larger American general public yet, but he has become a celebrity to Poles across the globe and has serious respect from the boxing community.

Since moving up to heavyweight, he’s picked up a new trainer, Ronnie Shields, to complement Roger Bloodworth, both widely respected in the boxing community, and they are adding even more nuance to Goral’s underrated boxing skills as they transform his body into the ideal targeted heavyweight form they have selected, currently 217lbs.

With all the moaning about the heavyweight division that has gone on for well over century now, the handwringers now have a heavy to soothe their tortured souls if they can only dry their eyes as to watch. Adamek really shows up to fight and he is the most decorated prime fighter in the division not named Klitschko, which is good news for next year when it looks like he will want to challenge one or the other.

Goral vs Grant

Goral vs Grant

First he has to get through the intimidating size, strength and power of Michael Grant, a former highly ranked contender who’s career started to sputter after Lennox Lewis demolished him so many years ago. Standing 6-7, 261 lbs of solidly packed muscle, Grant cannot be so easily dismissed as his critics are want to do with careless language.

Even more impressive is the astounding 86” reach of Grant, somewhere approaching off the scale in heavyweight history. Michael Grant was chosen because of that size that is similar to the Klitschko brothers, with a chin dismissed as glass as is a common Wlad descriptor. The assumption is Grant will fight cautiously to protect that fragile chin, looking for his experience to pick a spot for his big shots which are his only chance in this fight.

Which is pretty much the way the Klitschko brothers fight at a higher level of precision and acclaim, thus the need of Adamek to promote his title challenge to them as a genuine threat with a stellar performance ending in a knockout.

Now, Adamek took a little stick when he announced this fight, and maybe a little more when the when even his own team has confessed to turning down title offers from the brothers, but they feel that they are on a fast enough track by being ready next year, so it’s up to them to take care of business to make it so.

As it is, both the brothers are having to defend against inferior opponents, having previously knocked out all the available highly ranked contenders, leaving them bereft of ranked contenders for the big fights they desire.

So everyone has to take care of business since between the three of them, Wlad, Vitali, and Tomaz. They will be facing big punchers weighing in the 240-270 lb range, and surely everyone knows the biggest danger in the BigBoy division is the Big Punch which has derailed many aspirations.

This is the opportunity for Grant to make one last splash in the heavy division and he has Eddie Mustfa Muhammad in his corner, the former lightheavy champ who trains Chad Dawson among other to counter Ronnie Shields. They have their own dreams and have girded their preparations accordingly.

Adamek won’t win many accolades by winning this fight because he is a wide favorite to do it. However, if he fights one of the brothers and does manage the near impossible, to derail their near impregnable defense and near unmatched offensive capabilities, I would imagine putting him near the top of any p4p list as a 3 division record setting champ knocking off one of the all time champs near his best and giving up considerable size to do it.

That is the definition of what an elite pound for pounder is supposed to stand for. Or Adamek could take an easier route to a mega Klitschko bout by picking up the weak WBA belt.

We shall see soon enough where the dreams and Big Money sweeps the fate of Tomasz Adamek to, but he’s already exceeded many expectations and given inspiration to many, not the least being that he has a pronounceable and easily spelled name, a rarity for a Pole, so there ain’t nothing not to like.

Adamek and Grant are two of the nicer gentlemen of boxing, so we wish them well with a good showing by both in their fight tonight.

Goral

Goral