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VADA/Conte/Donaire vs USADA/Rigondeaux for the Cleaner Than Thou Crown

Nonito Donaire will be fighting Cuban Olympic Gold Medal legend Guillermo Rigondeaux at Radio City Music Hall in New York City this Saturday, April 13th. On paper, Rigondeaux has no chance but a puncher’s chance, and he’s not a big puncher though he is a skilled and shifty boxer. The bottom line is that he’s too small and still on a professional learning curve, a baby as it were.

Filipino vs Cuban

Filipino vs Cuban

Nonetheless, the boxing world has been agaga over Cuban Olympic boxers even though most of them simply never got further than where Rigondeaux is, a WBA strap holder for a short while with few wins of any significance on his ledger, currently a mere 11-0, 8 KO, with 59 pro rounds in the bank. His achievements are certainly admirable at a certain level, but nowhere near the top mark that  Cubans typically seem to think they rank. The best of the modern Cuban pro boxers has to be Juan Carlos Gomez, the well credentialed cruiserweight champ and heavyweight contender, yet he had numerous personal issues that set him back, including disputes with managers and promoters, drug use, suspensions, lack of training.

Most noteworthy is that Cuban fighters didn’t get rich like they were promised when they were lured into the pro game. Few want to see them box save some few other Cubans and the ever diminishing remnants of boxing aficionados due to their boring, light punching amateur styles, often showing no heart or guts in the ring and needing plenty of referee intervention and dubious points decisions to keep them going.

It’s always a nice promotional PR stunt with a lot of political push when they get signed, Fidel Castro giving up ever more of his tired, his poor, and his hungry, capitalism starved fighters to come to America to set the world afire, but then? Into the virtual void of “Who Cares” they go.

The reasoning behind making this specific bout is that of convenience, both fighters being promoted by Top Rank, both highly rated, and both in need of a “big” fight, particularly Rigondeaux who has somewhat languished in spite of his heralded amateur success and obvious talents. Donaire  is wanting to silence the unceasing hordes of moaning critics littering the antisocial internet who insist he has been ducking the Cuban, the Mexican, the (insert nationality of your choice here).

In spite of  the positives for making the fight within Top Rank, it almost didn’t come off after stalling too many times to keep up with. Frankly, Rigondeaux  hasn’t looked pleased that he finally landed his signature big bout, perhaps upset with his manager and promoter and his purse, but that has been a longstanding problem with too many Cuban stars. Pro boxing is a cutthroat business and few pro fighters are pampered like the Cubans were used to in Cuba. Fighters in America have to be a star attraction to achieve the pamper level that Cubans were massaged with under the Castro regime.

Rigondeaux can last the 12 round distance if he shows up to spoil and run, but he won’t improve his future earnings with that strategy, see Timothy Bradley for how that works. He’s has to risk going out on his shield and really taking to Donaire in a controlled, clever way, fighting at a level much higher than he ever had to before.

Does Rigondeaux have the desire and the will to endure the big hurt Donaire is guaranteed to hit him with? Does he have the creativity and natural attributes to come up with a strategy that can really take it to Donaire offensively while protecting himself defensively?

Nobody knows what Rigondeaux has in him yet, not even Rigo, but wait, there’s the hope of a new development coming into this fight for him.

Donaire may somehow be weakened after the divorce from his ex-con BALCO trainer, Victor Conte. His tap of the majic swill elixirs that turn run of the mill store clerks into supermen able to leap over multiple divisions and rated fighters with a single bound has been turned off. Donaire may be in his Clark Kent mode for this fight.

Yes, folks, the sad truth is the boxing business has welcomed discredited trainers from the BALCO illicit performance drug operations that netted multiple felony convictions into their sordid, unseemly fold, a perfect fit if you study up on the history of boxing. Indeed, these n’er do well PED pushers have wormed their slimy hooks into top ranked fighter training camps everywhere. New supermen have been resurrected in the form of Nonito Donaire, Andre Ward, Andre Berto, Juan Manuel Marquez, Jorge Arce, Zab Judah, Brandon Rios, and too many others to keep up with. Give Conte and his hunched assistant Angel “Memo” Heredia your sickly, anemic, low testosterone count weaklings and voila, Showtime and HBO will come calling with big money in hand just to see their newly hulked out frames do a cartoon style seek and destroy on their opponent.

Currently we have WADA, VADA, NADA, and USADA all vying for a piece of the drug testing pie as slimy illicit drug testing cartel business operations merge with the sleaze of boxing. Do a web search on the dirty drug testing business after the recent upset by Sam Soliman over long time WBA middleweight champ Felix Sturm to see dozens of sordid press releases and updates all these many weeks later as both parties sling back and forth the kind of stuff you see slung by apes in zoos, and this just one fight!

One thing is for sure, these little banties are gonna be blood dripped bone dry in a head to head fight between VADA and USADA to see which operation is the sleaziest in the land. Nonito Donaire was extracted minutes before an early morning sparring session for example.

What kind of idiotic program is that?

Regardless, the new news is the same as the old news of hundreds of years prior with new fighters taking the most risks being ill advised or otherwise set up by neferious boxing “advisors.” The human condition never changes.

Ahem….is the time ripe for old school Panama Lewis glove tampering cheats to make a return to even up the balance on the PED ledger, ya think?

Miguel Cotto Goes Trout Fishing In America.

The expedition begins December 1st at Madison Square Garden, New York when Miguel Cotto casts into the waters hoping to hook, fight, and land the undefeated WBA champ, Austin No Doubt Trout.

Cotto vs Trout

Cotto vs Trout

Upstate New York is known for it’s crystalline cold waters, but this fight is probably going to be a down and dirty affair since Trout is a prime aged 27 years of age and looking for his first respect in boxing in spite of holding the WBA junior middle title for two years. Now he’s in his 4th defense against a fighter who could be in the Hall of Fame some day.

You want to talk about respect, that’s something the 32 year old Miguel Cotto used to have a lot of before losing his way after an all time beatdown against Antonio Margarito. His personal life further took a beatdown, and then the beating by Manny Pacquiao.

These are the kinds of beatings that lesser fighters have to retire on, but Cotto stormed back with 3 straight knockouts as he claimed the WBA super lightmiddle title to find new respect and Ring ratings.

Then he manned up for Floyd Mayweather Jr’s Go To Jail fight and waged a battle against Mayweather who had no choice but to fight the pressuring Cotto. It was entertaining for the crowd, and oddly enough, Cotto came out scarcely marked unlike his big wins where he always emerged tattered. Mayweather suffered a badly bruised and bloodied nose and looked the loser by fight’s end for the first time in a long time, but the judges saw it different and kept his unbeaten streak alive….for now.

Mayweather was an easier fight for Cotto than his Margarito/Pacquiao fights since Mayweather is not a puncher, so of course Cotto thought he won the fight. I would tell him he lost the fight when he faded as Mayweather faded in the late rounds. He should know from experience that the money fighter almost always gets the even rounds by typical judging standards.

To be fair, Cotto only had a 6 week training camp due the emergency nature for the fight to take place before Mayweather went to jail. He trained at double that figure for Pacquiao and the Margarito rematch.

The Mayweather fight did excellent PPV numbers, so naturally he’s thinking, “What if I get the Mayweather rematch for my old super WBA belt with more time to train?”

Austin Trout holds the regular title, wanted a big fight, so in boxing like in any human concern, when two folks get together and like what they can do for each other, the deal gets done. Austin Trout lacks the pedigree of Cotto, but he’s a natural at the weight, something Cotto is not, and he’s got that yon Cassius lean and hungry look to him that was so fatal to Julius Cesar.

Trout doesn’t have much pop in his fists considering the lower tier opposition he’s been fighting, but at this level, any of these guys can land a sharp shot to turn out the lights. Problem for Trout is he’s got one of boxing’s all time bruisers who can box as good as he slugs. Perhaps the saving grace for Trout will be that he happens to fight as a southpaw.

Cotto got knocked out by the last southpaw he faced, but that was Manny Pacquiao. Got to go back to 2007 for the next southpaw, a competitive fight with Zab Judah whom Cotto brutalized in that run over by a truck fashion that he specializes in. The year before it was Carlos Quintana, an undefeated southpaw that he mashed up, and both Judah and Quinatana are still around making some noise.

Someone’s gonna have a fight on his hands if he wants to land the big whopper, so get your gaff ready and stay tuned.