By: The Mad Boxing Genius
This past weekend was a big weekend for boxing as “the future” of boxing came to throwdown and show the public what we had to look forward to. In my opinion, I’m not too terribly confident in what I saw with some, I’m afraid from what I saw with others but I saw some great potential in many . Let’s break it down…
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
For a 20 year old, he has insane maturity! He’s focused, uses his feet well, sets up his punches with his jab and doesn’t neglect the body. However, for someone who’s being hailed as a world champ, he’s being manoeuvred more like a prospect, not even a contender!
He’s not fighting better fighters’, he’s fighting men who are just in the middle – no better or worse competition. His last four opponents were Carlos Baldomir, Lovemore N’dou, Matthew Hatton and Ryan Rhodes – men who were either washed-up, not that good to begin with or both. My fear for this talented youngster is that he will fight mid-competition fighters then suddenly get thrown into the lion’s den with a real world class fighter who’ll take him to school and ruin him. Much like an amateur fighter, you want them to have a lot of experience but not to the point where they bring amateur habits into the professional ranks. Alvarez is not going to get better physically or mentally by fighting guys like Rhodes but will instead bring bad habits and a false sense of security in a real world championship calibre fight.
Golden Boy Promotions, you’ve been warned!!!
By far, his fight was the ugliest fight of all the matches that went down this weekend but I feel that he gained the most experience and showed the most potential. After round one, he knew he was in for a long and ugly fight against Steve Forbes. But he did what he had to do – still trying to use his jab, trying to separate himself when they were tangled up (which was a lot) and still tried to put his punches together. He kept his composure, didn’t complain and try to impose his will. Now, at the end, the stoppage may have been premature but he sensed that it was an opportunity to put the old war horse away and he did it by putting his punches together – it was enough to convince the referee to waive it off. Great instincts, great effort in making adjustments and a great effort overall!
All decked out for is pre-fight interview on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights Guerrero looked anything like a rising star by the end of it all. But, I won’t be so harsh with him because I truly believe his downfall was being too confident against a guy with 12 losses on his record. Of course, his chin is more suspected now than ever and he’s probably made a few more doubters, but much like Mayfield and Canelo, he tried to do the right things: using his jab, using his footwork, setting up traps etc…
We speak a lot on Zutes Boxing Talk on Roy Jones Jr and how his athleticism was able to create his in-ring success, but now his athleticism is more of a liability as he tries to will himself to victory with his eroding physical traits. Adrien Broner is a very athletic fighter and tries to use the Roy Jones style: lead left-hooks, lead right hands, single jab (when he uses it). But here’s the downfall Adrien…you’re not Roy Jones Jr.!!!
Broner should have convincingly defeated Daniel Ponce De Leon based on styles alone but didn’t (I had Ponce De Leon up by 2pts). Jason Litzau (Broner’s Saturday opponent) can bring it but let’s face it, he’s not special. His two signature victories came against Rocky Juarez who is a notoriously slow starter and the fight was stopped when he was coming on due to cuts. Celestino Caballero took on Litzau at super featheweight when Caballero was pretty much a career jr. featherweight (and please don’t cite Daud Cino Yordan because you have no legs).
His one round destruction of “The American Boy” may have been flashy to the untrained eye, but to those who understand the science behind boxing will tell you that Broner will be in for a world of hurt when he steps up. He was throwing one shot at a time throughout the match and continued to load-up shots instead of putting them together when he had Litzau hurt. A fighter with a little bit better instincts and defensive skills could of easily escaped or caught Broner flush on the chin and turning the tide.
Adrien Broner needs to work on fundamentals and the discipline that comes with that rather athleticism and trying to be flashy. If he can combine both traits then great, he’ll be a killer and has to potential to do it. But as it stands right now,” The Problem” has got a problem in my eyes.
Javontae Starks who caught a lucky break by being showcased on Friday Night Fights due to time, didn’t fight the smartest fight and was lucky to escape with a win, but his bad but exciting performance was a matter of inexperience rather than just pure non-sense. He needs to learn how to fight tall more effectively but in his see-saw battle he showed that he can box, bang and fight effectively on the inside- very rare for a “big man” (or at least someone much taller than his opponent). At only 5-0, he has a long way to go but if he can sit down and take time to learn from his past performances, he can be something really special!