By: Anthony Whitby
Well, it was a weekend of resolution for most of the boxing world, many questions were answered that have been long overdue. First, Happy Fourth of July to all! Nothing says happy birthday America like using explosives for recreational purposes. So hand a child a sparkler and fill your pockets with M80’S and let’s get busy!
Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye:
Well the hype for this fight was great and you could see the social media outlets buzzing Saturday morning. It was great because it felt as if we were going to see a primo Heavyweight fight as to say history was going to be made (the innocent never learn). We haven’t seen a 200lb. plus fight built up like this in many moons. To be honest, I am not even sure the moon existed the last time a great heavyweight fight was not only exciting but also had belts on the line.
How many times have you watched a fight in Europe or Canada and said, “Man, they spare no expenses when it comes to ring entrances!” Even though having Lennox Lewis and George Forman participating with the antics may have felt synthetic I didn’t care… I still liked it.
From a fan base perspective, David Haye won the battle of crowd noise. The German fans like to think they are watching a tennis match and refrain from making noise except for a clap or two. Good thing the British Blokes act like it’s a match between Chelsea vs. Manchester United (look at me pretending to know my Soccer, and yes that’s two weeks in a row with a soccer reference!)
The real action was watching the security team walking David Haye into the ring as they would just toss drunken fans out of the way. How fun of job is that!
I was going to make a dumb joke about David Haye’s foil suit and a baked potato, but somehow I can’t mash it up (seriously, I can’t make a decent joke for the life of me but I have horrible puns filling up my closet as we speak).
Did anyone notice the camera went to a different shot when they were supposed to tap gloves?
As for the fight I had David Haye up on the cards after the fourth round but then he just went downhill from there. Final P”N”B card had it 115-111. This may not have been a typical Klitschko fight in a sense of level of competition and style matchup but it still fell in the same category of a dominating performance for the Ukranian.
I always wonder if large amounts of money beyond my comprehension can heal the regret that David Haye might feel for the rest of his life. I am being serious here it’s almost a philosophical question. The same may be asked of Shane Mosley and his recent performance though, I believe his is more based on some other outside factors such as a ridiculously large alimony payments. Money may heal any of the small digits (toes) but can it heal pride? Side note: Anyone who would like to smash my toe for around 20 million dollars in the name of research please contact me as soon as possible.
You will notice I talked more about the event leading up to the fight because quite frankly it was more exciting. To be fair the fight had its moments but they were few and far between.
I do believe David Haye had about 70% of game plan correct and with proper follow through he could have been the undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the world and the savior of the division, his consolation prize is millions of dollars or Euros/ Pounds whatever.
You think Adam Booths strategy on the inside game sounded like this?: “Okay mate, when you get inside rather than throw punches to the body and tiring the giant out, let’s have you fall to the floor and make the flop look like it’s his fault ensuring the referee will take a point away.”
I hate injuries as much as I hate excuses about injuries and it’s irrelevant to me which one really happened to David Haye. Either way it’s a cop out that only lessens the view from the fans.
Do you think Wladimir woke up Sunday morning thinking, “Why is my left arm so sore but my right arm feels like I didn’t even use it at all yesterday?”
I try and think that with so much pressure on this fight it must be hard to take the risks necessary to make it a great fight but that’s what great fighters do right? The opportunity was laid out for the world to see but neither of the fighters would capitalize on the moment.
On Telefutura you had Frankie Gomez taking out Khadaphi Proctor but the first knock down did look to be a clear foul and the referee did nothing to acknowledge it. Frankie’s wild punches truthfully look destructive; weather it’s a left hook or a straight right he looks to destroy his opponents and that means he is never in a dull fight. When I know a Frankie Gomez fight is on I know it’s going to be fun to watch no matter how long it lasts. (See below in the Arizona Boxing Beat for Randy Caballero vs. Alexis Santiago)
Friday Night Fights with Mark Melligen vs. Sebastian Lujan was an odd fight. I thought Melligen landed a great body shot in the second round. If Melligen exploited it, it could have made it an easy night. He didn’t and Sebastian kept pressing. It was crazy to see him duck his head so low and yet throw his overhand right in a strange position and it worked all night long until Melligen finally broke down. These are the small time TV friendly fights that keep the real boxing fans entertained if you ask me.
Can we agree that Argentinean fighters embody the phrase “bad ass”? Just look at Marcos Maidana, Lucas Matthysse, Sebastian Lujan, and of course Sergio Martinez, all 100% USDA Grade Argentinean Bad Asses.
I am sorry but a PPV fight with Chad Dawson vs. Bernard Hopkins, does it make sense financially? What I do know is you will need a really good undercard for this fight to sell. Also what stinks about this fight is that SHOWTIME can’t get back in the Hopkins business I assume because of the 3 fight deal Bernard made with HBO.
If you haven’t seen any of the video of Paulie Malignaggi calling out Devon Alexander and his trainer while Paulie is vacationing in Europe, it’s very comical. I actually am high up on this fight for both fighters. It will be a battle fought of wits and not the mitts that’s for sure. By the way is there a trainer that trash talks more than Kevin Cunningham?
So Floyd Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz press conferences began this week:
Did anyone hear the Floyd suck chants? Is Floyd Mayweather’s sincerity real when talking last week about how he has been dealing with his issues from the last year? It amazes me how easily he can let words fall out of his mouth and people began to drool over it. Please don’t ask me what led me to watch a Ustream of Floyd taking calls from his fans late last week but it felt wrong and felt dirty afterwards. It was like watching poor people of the country shaking hands and thanking President Bush (pick one) for helping them get back on their feet.
Can the Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Daniel Ponce de Leon be the Top Rank vs. Golden Boy Make-up bout? I really hope so and not only that, it’s a compelling fight.
Humberto Soto is a free agent is anyone interested?
WBC is going to be certifying boxing gloves, why do I feel it’s like saying Enron is going to be the head of the SEC (not the College football conference buddy).
KO of the week http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uBwqkmkk3U&feature=related
Austin Trout vs. Anthony Mundine is good fight for Austin who once again will travel across the globe for a fight and reports also state he is gunning for Sergiy Dzinziruk which is a fantastic idea. Why? Well I am glad you asked because Sergiy is promised an HBO date and if “No Doubt” Trout can fit that slot we may have a welcoming to HBO party for the New Mexico fighter.
Hey Austin Trout has a tough gig being a black boxer in New Mexico not exactly like coming out of Detroit or Philly now is it. Tim Bradley is dealt the same hand yet both men take it in stride and embrace their cities with much love and that’s a testament to their characters as grown men.
When reading the reports from writers about the travesty of scoring from the Sturm vs. Macklin, Alexander vs. Matthysee, and Herrera vs. Dallas Jr., some sided with the chalk others with the underdogs. My point is that it’s funny as writers and connoisseur of the sport we can share different views of the sports that may be 180 degrees from each other so what should we expect from judges? From what I gather they are just as human as anyone else (for the most part at least).
Arizona Boxing Beat:
Randy Caballero vs. Alexis Santiago was a bout close to home for me (figuratively and somewhat literally speaking) so I watched with much anticipation. For fear of being a homer and also for realistic scoring purposes I watched and scored the fight in a less than favorable way for Alexis because the reality is Randy is fighting in his home base of Indio California and all California judges were on the docket. I had it three rounds for Alexis vs. Randy’s five so even when I was attempting to be ultra bias against Alexis Santiago the California judges out do me with a full tilt scoring 80-72 and 79-73 scores. The fight itself was much more ebb and flow than a normal Alexis Santiago fight.
For what it’s worth Alexis stated he could take Randy Caballero’s power and he did just that. Alexis’ best shots were from the inside I believe and unfortunately for the Phoenician, Randy Caballero was leading from the outside and getting enough shots off when needed. Yet anytime it looked as if Randy was going to get greedy or if Alexis took more risk in letting his hands go he would shoot off rock-solid flurries.
I looked at this bout from many angles and come up with the same conclusions: Both men are very young only hours away from sharing the same birthday, both were undefeated going into the bout both had much to lose, at a young stage in both men’s career each should be commended for taking the fight. If that wasn’t enough pressure a WBC youth title was granted to the winner. A clear sign of how large the implication of the fight really was for these desert prospects.
Asking Beaver what he learned after the fight he said “he needed to work smarter especially when fighting in an opponent’s hostile territory”. It was interesting to hear him speak on how many fans from California actually walked up to him telling him they believed that he should of received the victory.
Congratulation goes out to Randy Caballero who fought a smart fight and will move forward on his blue chip prospect road with hardware around his waist to defend. The target on his back only gets larger now and I am sure he will be up for the test.
Monday morning I spoke with Alexis and we discussed the bout and how it went half jokingly about the judge’s scorecards. He said he received no serious or minor injuries and is ready to step back in the ring on July 22nd. Face II Face event (ticket info http://www.facetofaceevents.net/index.php ). He said he is also looking into following up that bout with another but no details have been laid down yet. This young man wasn’t designed to let excuses hold him down. Rather Monday morning back in the training and focusing on to the next stage of development.
I get the feeling he gained more in losing the fight than if he wouldn’t have taken it at all: TV experience, the politics, business, traveling in a highly touted prospect fan base, winning over additional fans in other markets. Why do I get the feeling these two fighters may have that ability to reconnect yet again in the distant future?
Other Arizona News is that I’m happy to say is on Friday Night Fights this weekend July 8th at US Airway Center ticket info http://www.usairwayscenter.com/calendar/events/view/1959/?page=1. Jesus Ernesto Gonzales is defending his NABF middleweight title.
I heard not only tickets are selling well but for tickets starting as low as $15 you can’t beat that, honestly folks. Word to the wise that you may want to come out and support your hometown champion if at the very least to ensure you get to some fireworks since most were cancelled last weekend.
Also caught wind that Fernando Vargas may be stopping by to check out the fight as well my spidey senses have some conspiracy theories on why that is, but I will leave it at that until I can solidify those notions.
It turns out Jesus Ernesto Gonzales will be taking on Francisco Sierra (24-3-1) who is actually a tougher and more entertaining fighter than the original opponent in Henry Buchanan so it’s a win for the fans that’s for sure. Ernie will have his hands full come fight night but I am sure he and his trainer Alan Viers will have him fully prepared.
Some lasting points of the week that made my week:
When roaming the world of Social Networks I ran into a conversation about the lockouts of other sports and how “awesome!” boxing doesn’t feel those same pains (never mind the Golden Boy vs. Top Rank grudge). However a great quote came out of it from none other than Showdown Promoter Gerry Truax “Rather have knockouts than lockouts.” I see a t-shirt print of this already in my head.
The last is a personal tear dropper for me personally (not really but makes me feel good none the less). Everyone who knows me knows my game. I got into this for the love and not much more and when someone wrote me saying “Thank you for posting up the fight information on the El Martillo fight. I would have missed it”, it was my first real teacher-esque moment of “If I can get one person to go to the fights and enjoy our local fighters” than I made all the difference in the world. Seriously, made my week.
Ok folks leaving the rest on the vine to ripen but for now let’s hear from you. I would appreciate some feedback on how you liked last week’s fights? What fights are you looking forward to this week? Anything pertaining to boxing leave a comment below and let’s chop it up!