By: Anthony Whitby
“Believe It Or Not” this boxing writer lives a 24-hour a day lifestyle where time is the hottest commodity on my planet and is more valuable than money as I learned this weekend. Buying a PPV event that I was slated to go watch with a couple of loyal boxing heads at their place and do an article on… y’know, “A night of PPV with fans and getting their reactions”. To simply just relax and enjoy having conversations about the one thing I to love talk about and with people I can go toe to toe in an educated verbal exchange about the sport of boxing. Finding “real” boxing fans in the desert is harder than finding rain on the forecast.
There will be no woe in my tale, but I will say I have done more hours of homework than I have slept in the last 7 days of my life. So rather than chilling with fight fans, I bought the fight and watched it about an hour behind everyone else… thank-you DVR.
Believe it or not, I was part of the 5% of the boxing world’s population who enjoyed the Paulie Malignaggi fight. I like to see a guy walk through land mines and at any moment, Paulie could have been bombarded with a shot that could have taken him down. Yes, I admit I like watching Paulie, so what? I am sure there is a cocky slick fighter you like and I don’t judge you.
I do think Paulie could beat Devon Alexander if for no other reason than experience in the ring.
Kendal Holt vs. Danny Garcia, AKA the recantation fight, I made it clear before that I thought this was a big jump for Danny Garcia to take on Kendall Holt and was a bad idea for the decision makers on Wilshire Boulevard. I thought Kendall Holt had enough zip left to seriously hurt Danny Garcia and send him back to the Illadeph.
Well I was wrong simply put… I did state earlier in the week that if Danny did win he deserves all the accolades and in my view he shall receive them. I know he is regular and throw shots only Chameleons can see (seriously any biologist in the house try to kick some lizard knowledge, DON’T). Still, Danny gritted out a clear win and should be up in the rankings in a few days. Does leave me to believe maybe it his next fight that he won’t be prepared for? Which I will restrain myself from doing. Big props to Danny Garcia for proving me wrong!
BTW; Shame on the Pseudo Judge who scored the fight for Kendal Holt.
As for Kendall Holt, I see an ESPN FNF date for you in my Magic 8 ball (A.D.D. Moment real quick what the heck was the liquid in those Magic 8 Balls? Wait don’t tell me, I would like to think it was something really cool and leave it at that)
As for getting Proved Right, Jorge Linares vs. Antonio DeMarco… can I say WOOOOOOOOOOO! This fight was by far the greatest of the night. Many pundits stated the potential of Linares was destined and only a matter time before he would be released and out of the bottle, it looked as it was going to be on Saturday night. Many say he does have all the aesthetic attributes and is well balance in his fight approach minus a few levels in the power punching category. One serious problem he had was his face wasn’t able to hold up for 12-rounds and you if don’t have enough power to get a hungry fighter out of there than it’s only a matter of time.
I held much stock on the notion that DeMarco went to war with Edwin Valero in Edwin’s last battle. He showed the world in that fight that even when unevenly he match he would put it all on the line no matter what and Saturday he did the same. I am not sure what he was falling into the early rounds when Linares was clearly dominating but I wonder if he knew the whole time what he was capable of doing or if he just hung on and waited for an opportunity to present itself.
Just looking at the size difference it looked as if it was DeMarco’s first lightweight and being fresh to the weight and Linares was taking his last fight at 135 pounds. The mass of Linares and the speed/movement made Demarco look inferior in the ring. It was pure Corazon and shear spitfire determination that pulled DeMarco out of the fire and turn the fight against Jorge Linares.
I will credit Jorge as well for putting his best foot forward as he showed that even as his face was as bloody as fictional horror film character, he attempted to stay in and fight the good fight it was until the ref claimed he saw enough to stop it. At first it may have been just a little premature but then watching the blood drip down from his face afterwards and plus knowing that it wasn’t like Antonio DeMarco’s punches were going to have a reverse affect and start slowing down the bleeding. In the end, it was a good move by the ref.
BHOP vs. Chad Dawson: I will start from the beginning a say going into the fight I haven’t seen BHOP seem so quiet and was much less animated than his last few fights. While quite the opposite for Bad Chad where I have never seen him so open and willing, to seem so natural with the media he seemed at ease and very comfortable.
For the next part I will say I admit I am bias, but I picked BHOP and yes I know “The Executioner” can be gritty in the ring but the stunt that Chad pulled was a foul (PUN INTENDED).
I don’t care if you hate BHOP and love Chad Dawson, you never want your fighter to win a strap like that and nor should Dawson. The in-ring post fight interview should have been to the effect of “I am sorry to all the fans it wasn’t fair to anyone here tonight. I think I was beating Hopkins but we should it again” and not sidestep BHOP and run out of the building with airplane tickets to Quebec City. That’s weak and shows no heart and no honor – a straight money grab belt snatching move.
I never seen anyone fake a dislocated shoulder by the way and at his age why isn’t the injury within reason? Oh wait… it is!
I pray by the time you read this we can celebrate that the commission overturns the heinous call from the Referee.
Why is it that every month we have Referee controversy? And even more shocking, why is it on the biggest fight of the month?
Bad Jokes I Said This Weekend…
Why are the fans booing they didn’t even pay for a ticket?
You won’t believe how many people got into the Staple Center for less than it cost to fill up a Scion XB gas tank.
If I ever become a promoter I am titling a fight and will call “Mayweather vs. Pacquiao” and get an African American fighter and Filipino fighter (just normal guys) and throw some gloves on them. I bet I could 200K buys on shear idiocy alone.
I will leave with this with no Arizona Boxing beat this week but I will be covering the FNF3 Fights in Phoenix this weekend. After last weekend that ended with a bad PPV main event, nothing is more cleansing of the palette than watching local fighters, who with every punch show more heart and warrior spirit than many top level guys.
I am excited to too see Emilio Colon Garcia and Victor Castro get some rounds in on separate bouts and also see the debut of Jesse Ruiz as well. Don’t worry folks I will provide a full report next time around.
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