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Here’s Jhonny~~Gonzalez vs Abner Mares

The most exciting two-division champion of his era, Jhonny Gonzalez, looks to fight his way back to the top against undefeated WBC featherweight champion Abner Mares at the StubHub Center this Saturday.

The 27 year old Mares has won titles at 118, 122 and 126 pounds and currently the undefeated younger man as compared to the grizzled Gonzalez at 31 years with 62 career bouts and 300+ rounds of wear on him. By career record Mares is 24-0-1, 14 KO to Gonzalez 54-8, 46 KO, but more importantly Mares is the money fighter picked by Golden Boy and Showtime to be featured for as long as they can ride him. He also happens to be one of the dirtiest boxers of his era with a plethora of blatant old school fouls that he is almost never reprimanded for much less penalized, so he’s clearly the house fighter from every angle save one.

Here's Jhonny

Here’s Jhonny

It was a curse really when Hayman/GoldenBoy News of the Ring World “boxing experts” picked Mares by a 17-0 shutout to beat Jhonny Gonzalez. Early in the year they dismissed most of their “boxing experts” after some spectacularly blown shutout prognostications, so their latest team may have well set the stage for Jhonny Gonzalez for another one of his patented comebacks by blasting high flying favorites out of the sky like clay pigeons at a trap shoot.

Gonzalez has taken another step to improve his chances by employing legendary trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain to impart some of the Juan Manuel Marquez magic to the Gonzalez mix. He may have had spectacular wins over top competition Hozumi Hasegawa and Fernando Montiel, but it is Mares who will be the overwhelming darling of the sporting crowd who love a sure thing. The California referee is Jack Reiss who would seemingly favor the naturalized Californian over Gonzalez who primarily fights out of Mexico.

Could be a real stinker or could be a fantastic fight, all dependent on which version of Abner Mares turns up. He showed excellent natural talent and skills at the start of his career and seems to have a lot of heart, so we’ll have to see if he wants an all time classic between two top ranked Mexican fighters as part of his legacy.

Jhonny Gonzalez may be overmatched on paper, but he has shown a transcendental quality in his biggest fights, so Here’s Jhonny yet again loaded in the breech of destiny, waiting, waiting……waiting for those big looping punches to power him to yet another stunning upset as we await the opening bell. Can he?

Philipino/Japanese Southpaw Festival–Donaire vs Nishioka

Nonito Donaire was born in the Philippines, but he’s now a bonafide California boy looking to defend his WBO/IBF superbanty titles against the WBC champ, Toshiaki Nishioka in his home environs. Saturday, October 13 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

These are two highly skilled fighters with show stopping power looking to topple one another off their pedestals.

Meeting of The Great Champs

Meeting of The Great Champs

Donaire is the prime aged highly touted Ring P4Per moving up through four divisions with ease thus far. He looks poised and hungry enough to become the best Philipino, or is it Filipino fighter when Manny Pacquiao retires, but beating a top fighter like Nishioka is far from a given.

Toshiaki Nishioka, now say that real fast 10x in a row, he’s 39-4-3, 24 KO and is no joke as the more experienced Ring Superbanty #1. His  four losses were early in his career as he rose up the ranks through the tough as nails Japanese boxing system. The pity is that Donaire is only ranked #3 so that this won’t be for the Ring belt without editorial intervention. For mysterious reasons, Ring ranks Guillermo Rigondeaux #2 in spite of only 11 pro fights, so go figure since nobody else can figure their ratings.

Nonetheless, the 37 year old Nishioka could crack the Ring top ten with a competent win over Donaire, a nice plum to top off a stellar career and a great motivator that cannot be discounted.

Donaire should be the favorite as the hometown darling, but not by that much. Stylistically, Donaire is younger and incrementally faster with better defense, a traditionally good enough reason to pick him to win, yet both are technically astute boxer/punchers with game changing one punch KO power, particularly in their left hands as befits an all lefty matchup.

They could almost be each other’s shadows.

Nishioka has banked 292 pro rounds to 170 by Donaire, but there is no advantage for either in that statistic since both are at or near the top of their game and used to facing top fighters. It’s a risky fight for both, but both are fighters for whom risks are well worth the rewards, the type of great fighters boxing can never get enough of, especially in this era of fractured titles where a touted fighter can stay at home enjoying sumptuous home cooking rather than risk international travel.

The undercard features former WBA lightweight champ Brandon Rios finally doing the right thing and moving up to junior welter to challenge undefeated Mike Alvarado. The stakes are the WBO Latino title as part of an eliminator for the WBO title. Both are high action, undefeated slugger types, so look out Katy and bar the door, someone’s face is gonna be hurting at the end, probably both.

If you’re a fan of smaller division fighters as many are, you can’t miss this one.

Manuel Charr Tapped For Vitali Klitschko Rehabilitation

This Vitali comeback is from left shoulder rehabilitation after holding back charging Dereck Chisora with the remaining right arm earlier this year. Vitali made some noises last year about 2012 being his last in boxing, so he scheduled a favored Kiev soccer stadium venue in tribute to his avid Ukrainian support. It goes without saying that as a Kiev mayoral candidate in upcoming elections, the fight can also be seen as a political platform to upgrade his profile with voters. Upsets happen often in politics however, his Ukrainian political opponents coordinated their collective muscle to get his fight booted in favor of a rock concert.

Fast forward, and now the fight is scheduled for September 8th at the Olimpiyskiy in Moscow. The Russian capital has become a new mecca of professional boxing in Eastern Europe as befits the rich boxing history of Russia and the surrounding Eastern European states.

Vitali vs Charr

Vitali vs Charr

Manuel Charr is an excellent young prospect, age 27 with a record of 21-0, 11 KO, but he’s never beaten a ranked fighter. He has the usual faded names of former prospects and contenders on his record while fighting his way up the rankings in Germany. His background is unusual though, having been born in Lebanon, not a place with much if any boxing history to my knowledge.

His weight runs around 235-250 range, perhaps a little heavy for his 6-4 frame, but pretty much the standard for heavyweights these days who only have to go 12 rounds at most these days. The thinking is that fighters and their trainers may feel the need for more mass to stay on their feet in the new era of scored knockdowns where a flash knockdown or touched glove count the same as a hard knockdown.

This fight was made possible because Charr has a WBC #7 ranking and was signable since he is now self promoted. The WBC #1 Chris Arreola wasn’t ready to commit to a challenge after being strafed out of sight by Vitali in 2009.

On paper and in reality, Charr chances lay somewhere between rail thin slim and none. It’s worth noting that historically, there have been some great fighters upset by untested prospects, particularly ailing great fighters. Perhaps also Charr has untapped potential just waiting for the right moment in time to express itself as when Neon Leon Spinks upset the mighty Muhammad Ali so many moons ago in the last millennium.

Regardless, we won’t be seeing Vitali Klitschko in the ring too much longer, but maybe he’s hedging his retirement in anticipation of bigger bouts to come with his recent comments. His mind’s eye says it’s retirement time, but his pocket book says it always has room for another run of the Klitschko mint.

Not a bad dilemma to be caught in. We should all be so lucky.

A Failure to Fight–Rematch of Hopkins vs Dawson

Or alternately entitled, When Bad Chad Shrugged, Part II.

Officially the “event” is scheduled Saturday, April 28th at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Maybe a fight will break out this time, but the sad fact is that not many boxing fans wanted to see the original farce and fewer still likely to care about a rematch of what never was.

I predicted Dawson wouldn’t be getting any favors in the leadup article to the original, and sure enough the California commish overruled the referee decision of a 2nd round TKO of Hopkins to a NC, No Contest. The WBC ruled it a TD2, a Technical Draw, so Hopkins retained his title and million dollar purse and gets to reprise another day of moaning, crying, and rolling on the ring canvas for more millionaire pay.

Chad Dawson is largely blameless in the travesty save signing on to fight the geezer legend who more and more often doesn’t fancy a good fight anymore when he made his name against Tito Trinidad and Kelly Pavlik. All Dawson did was shrug his shoulders in an attempt to release himself from the clawing death grip Hopkins had placed him in after coming in hard with a UFC flying knee for his offense.

Hopkins is definitely NOT in the old school vein of his “role model,” Archie Moore, who swept the floor of his era with relevant heavyweight contenders in between defending his lightheavy title for a storied decade as one of the most revered P4P fighters in history. Moore was putting big guys on the canvas with their lights turned out, not moaning to the ref who could’ve cared less in an era where men were fighters and not wearing silly little Halloween fright masks into the ring like schoolboys looking for candy handouts.

You can read about the stark contrast between Archie Moore old school tough and skilled against the modern softie, Bernard Hopkins:

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2010/05/03/listen-up-without-peer-the-one-the-only-archie-moore/

Tears for Punches

Tears for Punches

I’m generally not one to disparage a fighter for mere losses or one off poor performances, but Bernard Hopkins has been milking the boxing world for a while now. Dawson has to play along in the WBC fun and games if he is ever to return to his formerP4P status that he lost with the dubious stoppage by the Montreal ref on a minor cut in the Pascal fight.

Training with contraptions

Training with contraptions

What a 6-3 highly skilled boxer Dawson is doing ducking below his waist to avoid an old guy with no teeth in his mouth or punches in his mitts is something he and his trainer Ice John Scully will have to address if they ever hope to make Dawson the household name his skills and talents deserve.

You’ve been forewarned, so watch at your peril.

The Green Machine Takes on Diablo Krzysztof Wlodarczyk

Krzysztof Wlodarczyk puts his cruiserweight WBC title on the line in Australia November 30th against local legend Danny Green.

Diablo vs Green Machine

Diablo vs Green Machine

Wlodarczyk has been a class operator in the division for the last 6 years or so against many of the best fighters in the division, so Green seems to have his hands full with this bout. I did not see Wlodarczyk’s last fight against Francisco Palacios, but it was a hometown split decision which means the fight was very close, but truth of the matter is that many of Wlodarczyk’s fights are close spirited battles, so perhaps there is no concern there.

I’ve heard rumors that he had some serious health problems that may be a concern, but most rumors in boxing are mean spirited attempts to degrade a fighter and need be taken with a grain of salt. It was no rumor that Green was coming off a serious scare of appendicitus not too long ago, and was subsequently knocked about and out by Antonio Tarver in their last fight.

Green is the hometown fighter with the “power of the purse” and he uses that to set catchweight bonus incentives, so we’ll have to see what weight Wlodarczyk comes in at, but Diablo is not a big cruiserweight, that is certain.

Wlodarczyk is 8 years younger than Green, but with more fights and rounds,  45-2-1, 32 KO in 278 rounds of boxing to 31-4, 27 KO in 177 rounds of boxing, so perhaps the age advantage is moot.

Should be a good solid action fight if you are up early in the AM Western time.

Canelo & The Killer Collide–Saul Alvarez vs Kermit Cintron

Mexican phenom Saul Canelo Alvarez makes his most dangerous fight yet, defending his WBC lightmiddleweight belt against former titlest Kermit The Killer Cintron November 26 in Mexico.

Killer Kermit Cintron used to be the young phenom, a KO artist coming up, but once in the mix against a better class of fighter, his knockout has almost disappeared, only a single KO over the past 4 yrs.

In a twist of boxing fates, Cintron won the WBC eliminator in 2009 against an ailing Alfredo Angulo before literally taking a dive off the deep end onto the ring floor against Paul Williams and then dropping a noneffort against Carlos Molina. Angulo has won some big bouts since and is currently WBC #1 while Cintron has slumped to 14th and has never fought for the WBC junior middleweight title until now.  

There have been questions about his heart and dedication to boxing, but here he is in arguably his biggest fight ever, a Puerto Rican taking on the undefeated Mexican legend in the making. We should all be so lucky as to have such a grand opportunity fall into our laps

The Canelo Crunch
The Canelo Crunch

Meanwhile, young Saul Alvarez may have his own demons to conquer as Mexico’s latest undefeated darling. He is only 21 yrs old, but he owns the WBC title, a 200 MPH Maserati and seemingly has his pick of the bevy of beauteous Mexican senoritas flocking to see him.

Femme fatales have been the bane and downfall of many great historical figures through the ages, and someone who cares about his future should show him the  death scene of the great Mexican legend, Salvador Sanchez , who crashed of his mere 130 MPH Porsche on the way home early one morning after a late night tryst.

vs Archie Solis

vs Archie Solis

Now Canelo is being accused of beating up former light flyweight champ Archie Solis for making time with his girlfriend, a charge he denies although it seems at very least his “camp” was involved.

Where will it all end with the young phenom?

Cintron's Big Right Hand

Cintron's Big Right Hand

Cintron would like it to end with his big right hand crashing over the defense of Alvarez.

Young cocky boxing phenoms are the historical mothers milk of boxing, making for some all time great fights with plenty of spectacular crashes. Alvarez thusly to be quite confident going into this bout as will the oddsmakers in his favor. A Cintron upset wipes out many of his previous boxing sins and make him a major player again. It wasn’t that long ago that Cintron was being talked about as the opponent for Floyd Mayweather Jr, so how much more motivation does a fighter need?

If Cintron manages to stink out the place as he did against Paul Williams and Sergio Martinez, this would be the third recent Golden Boy promoted fight featuring their biggest stars tainted by what could best be described as incompetant travesties or worse.

Such are the precarious road hazards in the fast lane of a young Mexican boxing star.

Undefeated Mexican Standoff
Undefeated Mexican Standoff

The ever clamoring critics want Alvarez to fight whomever their favorite fighter is as boxing holds it’s breath with fingers crossed until the big superfight can be made with the Juniors,  Julio Cesar Chavez Jr or Floyd Mayweather Jr.

We may call it boxing, but the historical roots are prize fighting, so in the scramble for the big money fights, look for Saul Alvarez to make his mark at the Monumental Plaza de Toros, Mexico City so he can mint his fortune at a future date, TBA.

The Polish Heavyweight Challenge–Tomasz Adamek vs Vitali Klitschko

There are reports out of boxrec of another rumor putting off the heavyweight challenge by Tomasz Adamek to Vitali Klitschko‘s WBC title.

http://news.boxrec.com/news/2011/snips-and-snipes-10-august-2011

The fight was originally mooted for March 8 in Madison Square Garden in tribute to the 40th anniversary of Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier I, but yes, Virginia, there is a Grinch who stole Christmas. WBC El Presidente for Life Jose Suliman queered that celebratory tribute, instead forcing the Cuban dancing bear, Odlanier Solis to fight Vitali as the enforced mandatory in a farce of a fight.

Adamek and Vitali both operate on a much higher plane than any boxing org and certainly deserve better treatment, so lets hope the Ukrainian political situation stabilizes so the fight can come off as scheduled Saturday, September 10th.

Lots of firsts, a historic Polish heavyweight challenge for the WBC belt held by the great Ukrainian champion at Stadion Miejski, Wroclaw, Poland.

Goral

Goral

While Vitali will be the big favorite, “Goral” has proven to be a P4P quality boxer through an outstanding career that has seen him as a ranked fighter since 2005. That’s six years of excellence in the top 3 divisions in boxing.

But Adamek is more than a top boxer, he’s a top fighter who adjusts to any situation as well as the best fighters in history, and his 44-1, 28 KO record ain’t too shabby neither. Only the single decision loss to Ring P4Per Chad Dawson sullies the perfect record, and he closed that fight strong with a hard knock down, so Adamek has some serious fighter to him.

He’s primarily a offensive fighter, but like Manny Pacquiao he picked up a lot of technique and nuance as he aged and is now at the top of grand career. This is the chance he’s prepared his whole professional life for and he won’t be as easily dismissed as Vitali’s previous foes were.

The Fight

The Fight

Vitali the Elder now has a better sense of his own history than when he first turned pro and has targeted Adamek as the best he can fight, a perfect end to a stellar career perhaps. Adamek has to take the fight to Vitali to keep from being overwhelmed on volume and aggression, so his footwork and combinations will go directly against Vitali’s great offensive onslaught in a fight that could produce the dramatic ebbs and flows that great fights have.

Let’s hope it comes off without a hitch, otherwise some great heavyweight history will be lost, so update to follow.

August 24th update:

Good news is Vitali has released a sparring tape and talked about his upcoming bout with Adamek, so the fight looks like a go.

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/klitschko-predicts-ko-93480#more-93480

FIGHT DAY UPDATE:

Incredibly Vitali is the big favorite over Adamek who is by far the best fighter in the division not named Klitschko.

Odds aren’t fully reflective of the fighter’s abilities since large betting swings can make odds disappear or spike as the fight nears when the betting base backs one fighter more heavily as the fight day approaches. Doubtless that’s why the Wlad/Haye bout had near even odds. Here’s the Fightwriter’s odds which are reflective of the oddsmakers at large.

Over 9.5 +140; under 9.5 -180
Klitschko -650; Adamek +400
Over 10.5 +110; under 10.5 -125
 
They weighed in with Vitali being unusually light at 243 lbs to Adamek who is 216 lbs. Looks like Vitali trained down for speed and stamina and Adamek is perfect for him. Look for these guys to mark up come mid rounds.
 
If Adamek was ever knocked down in a fight, I don’t recall it, and technically Vitali has never been down though it’s arguable that Corrie Sanders knocked him down early in their fight years back that was ruled a slip. I look for a high action bout conducted like a chess match as both look for their spots to make the points while exploring for weakness which could be cuts.
 
Well done to the organizers and fighters that made this big challenge happen.
Dr. Ironfist vs Goral

Dr. Ironfist vs Goral

 
   

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr Goes For The Full Monty

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr toes it up tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles against the WBC interim Champ, an undefeated German middleweight  making his US debut, Sebastian Zbik. The full WBC title is on the line.

Zbik vs Chavez Jr.

Zbik vs Chavez Jr.

Both fighters are actually undefeated, a  modern development in the fight game as promoters often nurse prospects carefully against overmatched opponents until they can get a crack at one of the dozens of ABC title belts available these days.

Chavez is 42-0-1, 30 KOs with some decent pop, but Zbik’s 30-0-0, 10 KO record suggests a light swatter more comfortable in the Germanic concentric zone he fights out of, relying on the good graces of German appointed officials.

I’ve never seen Zbik fight, but at very least he should have good boxing skills and a decent enough chin to last quite a few rounds, so we might see a good fight before all is said and done.

I’ve seen Junior develop from the scratch beginnings of his pro career with little to no amateur experience to draw upon. His critics are voracious in reminding us that he’s no Senior Chavez, yet they are equally ignorant in understanding that nobody else around is either, so most criticism of junior is worthless or worse.

To be sure, Freddie Roach would not be working with him if he didn’t see some potential, but one thing is certain, the kid can fight and shows some heart even if he wasn’t always showing enough championship discipline during training or in the ring.

Look at that overdeveloped middle knuckle on his left hand and tell me the kid doesn’t put in some hard time in sparring and on the heavy bag these days though. Now is his time and big fights await him if he prevails even if the glory and respect is lagging. With his undefeated brother Omar still waiting in the wings for his first title shot, it’s gonna be a Chavez family affair for a while longer

I’m thinking this proves to be an interesting fight that sees Chavez Jr prevail, so if you want to see a little bit of the Chavez family history at work, tonight is the the night.

WoW–Hozumi Hasegawa vs Jhonny Gonzales.

Two technically well schooled, exciting boxer/punchers toe it up when  IBO champ, Jhonny Gonzalez challenges WBC featherweight champion Hozumi Hasegawa in the World Memorial Hall in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan, Friday, April 8th. 

It’s beautiful to see the Japanese right themselves after a horrific all time earthquake and tsunami knocked their island nation down for a terrible count, so greatest respect to the fighters, their teams, promoters, and fans for finding a way to carry on.

Japan and Mexico have an underrated historical rivalry in boxing, and this bout ranks up there in the pantheon, so thanks guys.

These are top shelf professionals, so I can’t say there would be a clear favorite in this matchup though Hasegawa should be favored slightly due to his more credentialed title reign. Both fairly easily handled top P4Per Fernando Montiel on the technical side, but the tight at the weight Hasegawa got caught in a highlight knockout flurry for the ages and had to jump up 2 divisions for redemption.

Hozumi Hasegawa

Hozumi Hasegawa

Hasegawa was the long time WBC banty champ at the tail end of an impressive streak of defenses, and Gonzalez was the two time WBO banty champ also tight at the weight and having to move up, so here we are in the middle of arguably the most talent laden division currently in boxing, the featherweights, with undefeateds Juan Manuel Lopez, Yuriorkus Gamboa, and Chris John ruling the division.

Both Hasegawa and Gonzalez came up the hard way, in Japan and Mexico respectively, so in their fashion they are almost independently derived carbon copies of each other which what makes this fight tough to call since they may well be boxing their own shadows.

Call him KD Jhonny

Call him KD Jhonny

Gonzalez would seem to have an edge in the excitement factor as his style tends to highlight his long looping punch style puntuated by dramatic knockdowns. Make no mistake however, both Gonzalez and Hasegawa are excellent boxers with excellent power and know their way around the ring. This could be tightly fought bout that could feature all the elements of boxing coming into play.

Finding a viewing link may be problematic as well as being up and alert enough to watch in the wee early morning hours on a Friday work day for those of us in the Western nations, but it should be worth it if you can.

The Nightmares–Robert Helenius vs Samuel Peter

The ambitious heavyweight contender Robert Helenius takes the big leap forward against former WBC champ Samuel Peter in a crossroads type of fight for both on Saturday, April 2nd.

Nordic Nightmare

Nordic Nightmare

The bout takes place in Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany with the 27 yr old Helenius being closer to home evirons than Peter who has taken 2 of his 4 career losses in Germany against the Klitschko brothers.

The Nordic Nightmare Helenius hails from Finland, a land seldom associated with top level pro boxing, but he has proven himself in both the amateur and professional ranks thus far, currently sporting an undefeated 14-0, 9 KO pro record.

Nigerian Nightmare Samuel Peter counters with a 34-4, 27 KO record with the stakes being a title shot to the winner and claims on the nightmare moniker. 

Nigerian Nightmare

Nigerian Nightmare

Interesting bout in that Peter has been effectively shut out by the tall Klitschko brothers, but of course 6-7 Helenius is nowhere near as accomplished as they are. Helenius does have fundamental boxing basics with determination and some power which was on display when he impressively whacked out former WBO champ Lamont Brewster not too long ago.

Brewster was getting on in boxing years however, whereas Peter is still young for the division and could well be the first to nip the developing Helenius in the bud if he is motivated enough. Training issues in the form of excess poundage have plagued him much of his career, though in today’s 12 round climate with point scoring knockdowns and premature stoppages, it’s an advantage to pack on a few extra pounds.

Helenius himself is not exactly a svelte heavy, not looking much like an athlete at all, but he seems to have been bringing his weight down from a recent high of 252 into the 230s of late

Both Peter and Helenius are straight forward offensive oriented fighters with plenty to test each other, so I see this as a fairly entertaining fight with Peter being the slight favorite.

What remains unknown is how much the beating by Wlad Klitschko last year took out of him, but Peter’s taken some time to recover so should be good enough for a hard go at Helenius, which is really what the fans really want to see, an oldfashioned heavyweight slugfest.

Mainly, it’s good to see two top contenders fighting for a change and not the tiptoe through the tulips falsetto arrangement the regrettable WBA title holder has been tickling his soft English public with in recent years.