By: Anthony Whitby
In truth I don’t no where to begin in writing this week’s column. There is just so much I want to write all at once. So I am going to just run with it and let’s see where it goes, fair enough?
As the Showtime fights Saturday night they were the last ones I watched and quite honestly I am still in shock. Real quick lets mention that the undercard bout Cruz vs. Honorio was a good one. Martin Honorio not only did well against the young Puerto Rican prospect but the veteran Mexican did everything he could to keep the fight entertaining and take Luis Cruz’s “0” in a very close bout.
Juan Manuel Lopez fans who want to say that the fight was stop prematurely due to “Juanma” still capable of getting shots off and that his toughness in the ring was simply being tested. I grant you the argument and will not disagree with the stance. I will counter however by saying that he was taking clear constant destructive shots to the dome, how many more would you have wanted him to take I ask?
The Boricua boxer just had an off night and got caught with too many blows. At first I commended his heart and his tapping of his fist got me excited to witness more action. That feeling went away however just as fast as it came when the punches really began to land flush, and land at ease for Orlando Salido who took advantage at every opportunity as only a world class boxer could do.
I am sure a rematch is doable and going to happen but does anyone thing Yuriorkis Gamboa watched the fight and was upset to see a huge future pay day get derailed?
Anyone who thinks Juanma and even Andre Berto are done because both received their first loss of their careers is a fool. Fighters deserve to lose, just as they get knockdown in the ring they may get knockdown in life. Boxers earn the right to not be perfect and to be honest earning a defining loss is important for a fighter’s career.
Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz- First off who was the guy that fought Andre Berto? That wasn’t the same guy that fought Nate Campbell in a snoozer of a bout or the man who struggled with Lamont Peterson? This guy was fierce from the start of the bell that looked to be first with his punches and was intelligently aggressive. On the other hand Andre Berto sitting on the ropes telling Victor Ortiz “Hey Vic come on over here and tire your arms by hitting my face” clearly wasn’t the game plan needed to win the fight.
SIDENOTE: As Peanut Butter is to Jelly, Victor Ortiz is to Brandon Rios so has anyone ever seen this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55xV6dcW1Fc&feature=youtu.be I thought it was interesting.
Can we agree that both Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto took some clear hardcore shots last night, round 6 was great and both fighters earned stripes in my book. Don’t believe me? Check out my book on Amazon.com the called “How to Earn Stripes for Fighters Who Were Viewed as having no Heart or the Overpaid Al Haymon Hype Job Boxer” $14.95 plus tax.
If you weren’t hip to whom the ring announcer was for the Berto vs. Ortiz bout. David Diamante is a longtime fixture in east coast bouts.
Seriously though congratulations to Orlando Salido and Victor Ortiz for doing what most thought wasn’t possible and more importantly doing it in a fan friendly way because then there is the next topic… segway please….
Amir Khan vs. Paul McCloskey- What can be said about this fight is this debacle started and ended with the promotion. I am not going to get all super investigative reporter on you but the bottom line is a week before the fight if there are more headlines about the travesties of the preparation of the event rather than fight itself what else should we expect as fans?
Amir Khan looked big and fast, some are going kill me in my next statement but there were a few little glimpses of Many Pacquiao in the ring as well. I am not talking about when Amir Khan raised his hands above his head leaving him open. More geared from a few of the combinations he threw and the spring in his step when jumping into the pocket to land shots.
I will say I was impressed with Paul McCloskey’s defense at times; I can’t be the only one?
Oscar De La Hoya (sigh) where to begin, saying Amir Khan can win 5 titles in 5 weight division’s, even if grabbing straps is accessible as a 25 cent slot candy machine at the grocery store yet I am still interested hearing what other four division he had in mind for the Bolton Boxer? I wonder if the Golden boy believes the super welterweight division is a separate division from junior middleweight?
Can we just all agree that Friday Night Fights is really something special not only can we be ensured for at least 3 dates a month of boxing but it also rarely disappoints in entertainment value. With the budget they work with and still put on a great show consistently is half amazing.
Ruslan Provodnikov’s team matched him very well with Ivan Popoca. Ivan had no snap to his jab but I did feel that he didn’t work Ruslan’s body either and the end result was a typical ending for a fight with Ruslan Provodnikov. If I was going to put the Russian in a real sink or swim fight this soon while still on a comeback track trail I would put him in with the likes of Audriy Kotelnik. Or let’s turn him into the ESPN champ and feed him c+ fighters and watch the fireworks.
Juan Diaz, a man who in my opinion hasn’t won a bout since beating Michael Katsidis in the fall of 2008 goes on record and calls out Brandon Rios? Not sure that’s a good idea there sir.
With the weeks winding down until the Mega event of Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley a few things to note: Right about now is when the slow build up “hype” that comes into fight like these and that is, “hmm you know what Mosley actually has a chance!” and then fight comes and the reality sets back in. Just saying as boxing fans we like to trick ourselves sometimes to even out a match up maybe to make us feel better for purchasing a PPV event.
Karim Mayfield is currently a sparring partner for Many Pacquiao I wonder if he can parlay it into getting a big fight sometime soon. At 13-0 and 30 years old this welterweight will need to step on gas pedal career wise.
No offense to Brother Nazim Richardson who I think is one of the greatest trainers in the game right now but I think Tracey Morgan would be a great impersonator of Nazim Richardson.
On Telefutura Friday night Gary Russel Jr. now 15-0 took on Adolfo Landeros 21-18-1 who has 2 wins-10 losses since 2007. According to my punch count tracker (P”N”B BOX) stat sheet Landeros threw 3 punches a round. Seriously though I like Gary Russel Jr. and I understand there is value in proper growing or moving a fighter a long but with the exception of a few seconds of each round it look more like Gary Russel Jr. had better battles in sparring. To stay positive I will say Gary Russel Jr. is fast and saw some impressive combos; his right hook to the body is getting sharper.
Ladies and Gentleman this is my KO of the week http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV74hVB2Atc oooh double knockdowns are so great I wish they happen more often.
Can we please take a moment and realize what is happening right now in the sport: Not only are fight calendars filling up, we are getting extremely competitive bouts especially in last several weeks. I can’t see how this up coming week could be any different with the Bamtam weight tournament coming to an end.
Raise your hand if you’re disappointed with Humberto Soto dropping out of the rematch with Urbano Antillion?
When is Don King going to book a fight for Tavoris Cloud?
Better yet, will we ever see Ishe Smith in the ring again, I like watching this guy gut out fights but this guy gets no love from the match makers.
I am astounded that with the combined aged of 79 these two American heavyweights, Tony Thompson and Maurice Harris haven’t fought each other already. They will though in late May, finally answering the dispute you and your buddies had over the years on who is better Tony T or Mo Harris.
Lastly I will leave you with this, as Andre Berto was walking in the ring Saturday night you may have heard him name some fighters off and if you were really listening you heard the name Jesus “El Martillo” Gonzales. Now at super middleweight the fighter is looking to bring a world title to the desert. I caught up with Jesus recently and be sure to check a P”N”B exclusive that should be released later on this week.
Remember to share your thoughts below and tell us what you think.