By: Anthony Whitby
Alright Boxing peoples and Peepettes, it’s about that time for another edition of P”N”B and after 2 weeks and a ton of fight cards we have a little bit of a surplus of boxing talk to get to so we are moving quickly don’t turn around or may just get “glassed”.
Well let’s start by saying that as I have to own up to a few things and first and foremost Punches”N”Bunches was and always will be intended to be a weekly column. The fact that the start of the year has been inconsistent is only a formality and I promise to the eight readers that I have, I will do better and my game has officially been stepped up. My kiss and let’s make up gift is a double dose edition. Truth be told I almost had my article done last week but got caught up with the inauguration episode of P”N”B Radio and put my colors away after that so last weeks unfinished master piece will be added to here. Enough crying already let’s get into this past weekend’s fights.
Taking it from the top, Devon Alexander vs. Marcos Maidana:
While my opinion is only worth about 1/100 of a cent, Maidana’s weight transformation to 147lb. wasn’t as successful as I thought it would be… seems only fitting saying this wearing hindsight glasses I know.
Maybe The recipe to beat the Argentinian is laid out on “how to beat “El Chino” one part speed, one part movement and add a solid chin as needed you or you can substitute chin with an incompetent referee (see Khan vs. Maidana for a reference)
For being an advocate of Marcos Maidana it’s troublesome to see how long it takes for him to have to be ready to fire off shots and it got to the point that I was zeroing in on the fact that he has some sort three step process or checklist that is calculated before he even throws his punches. In other words don’t expect him to fire off a barrage of punches off balance. Am I selling all of my “Chino” stock?? No but I hate to say it though, power and pressure only gets you so far. I love watching him fight and always will but now I think he will go back to “fun to watch status” until he can make a serious mark. He had the opportunity this weekend and wasn’t able to own the moment.
As for Devon Alexander, he looked his best since the Juan Urango fight. I will say that I was “hating” on his team for only taking this fight if it was a 10 rounder. I understand the danger that Maidaina is since he’s the Jason Voorhees of boxing but even though the late rounds favored the kid from “the lute”, in this case it robbed him of gaining the recognition of stopping a killer in the ring in Maidana who was looking very shaky towards the end. The Risk of the extra rounds was worth the reward.
I will also give Devon much respect for taking on such a brute force, keep that in mind when other fighters aren’t even willing to take on Paulie Malignaggi. Devon tamed a beast in the ring and made him look normal.
As for the Eloy Perez vs. Adrian Broner fight: this one pulls at my heart a bit because Eloy Perez, a classy fighter, got double clipped against the Bobby Brown microphone wearing Broner. Look I am never doubted Broner’s skills and attributes as the champ has the goods. I just hate when he has to know it. It’s like the hot girl who knows she’s hot, makes her a little less hot in my opinion. It’s odd because when in interviews at times he can sound humble and feels lucky to be where he is at and then a voice in his head tells him to flip the “Mayweather” switch and then he goes and says some heinous things for attention and I am completely turned off.
Eloy will go back to Salinas and regroup and I am sure he will be placed in a SHOBOX type card and will go back to climbing the mountain and quite frankly I am not sure how long Broner will stay in the wasteland division. If he stays long he will simply stay the king of a no man’s land. Some people are chanting a fight with Yuriorkis Gamboa, though it’s a solid match up they are on different paths and unlikely to ever meet. Gary Russell wouldn’t be a bad match up but he may be a little green and I am pretty sure they are homies; on top of that the Haymon connection is there, thus again unlikely.
Anyways any fans of flashy, slick, trash talking fighters who can back it up gain a new icon in Broner good for you guys, just a shame it came at the expense of a well-mannered kid in Perez. Hey this is boxing the nice guys rarely win. See Andre Ward as a clear exception to that rule however.
The Fight that had my blood pumping this weekend was The Alexander Povetkin vs. Marco Huck fight. Not to over shoot my enthusiasm but this was the best heavyweight fight in years… YEARS! One more time for effect best heavyweight fight in years, I am not saying it was The Thrilla in Manila. Simply supporting that this fight was awesome back and forth action a lot of punches thrown, great stuff.
Can’t believe I am going to do this but commentator Dan Rafael was correct banging on the referee for his constant involvement of breaking up the fighters. Shame on the rumors that Povetkin will be taking Hasim Rahman next rather than granting Huck a rematch which he rightfully deserves if that fight comes to fruition the guys at “In the Corner Radio” I am sure will bring up the crazy stat on how Rahman continuously gets tittle shots even though he is a hollowed fighter.
Marco Huck won that fight hands down. Huck’s hammering right hand was landing all night and even had a stiff enough jabbed to stun Povetkin at times. The Russian did well on the outside but his down fall was seemingly putting his head down time and time and when Huck timed it right he was able to inflict much damage on the WBA regular octane champion.
Alright so for last week’s fight let’s play a game of word association just for kicks;
Texas: Home to the best commission in Boxing.
Lies: See Example above.
Chris Arreola: Mistaking called Don King a Racist
Don King: Doesn’t discriminate on who he steals and cheats out besides that’s the American way. Truth be told if Don King did in anyway shape or form use a derogatory term against Mexicans, than screw Don King and the Latino Shrek had every reason to call him out, and hey anytime I can see Jim Grey squirm is a great day in my book.
Jim Grey: “No No No No we are not doing that” think he just did Jimbo (insert smiley face here)
Erik Molina: Gave it his best shot, to bad it woke up the Nightmare and he was the one put to sleep. (uhh probably worst use of puns ever)
Malik Scott: Fighter who looked good I want to see again and has an underrated trainer.
Alfonso Lopez: Forgot to cut or shoot in this case and biggest win probably ever for Justin Williams
SHOWTIME: Thank you for showcasing undercard bouts on SHOWTIME EXTREME
HBO: Step your game up
Williams vs. Ishida: Proof that 120 to 108 fight can be entertaining
Where does Ishida go from here: Undercards of Canelo fights I guess, oh and back in the rumor mills of how bad he looks in the gym. Truth is I like watching him fight not sure why but I do.
Where does Williams go from here: Well apparently the once most feared man in boxing has a fear of the one James Kirkland you know what I am saying.
PWilli: Is he back? Not a hundred percent more like 75% and that’s enough to make a sleuth of great fantasy fights that we won’t see.
Shawn Estrada: So the SoCal fighter came in at cruiserweight when he fights at 168lbs. Big deal there is this guy who is the son of a legend who can tops that going from Middleweight to Cruiser weight in one night. (Disclaimer only in Texas)
Mike Dallas: Rebound fight was good for him
EPIX: The network of heavyweights, which I am very content with I love how they pick the Euro fights, good for them and good for fans. From what I hear about their streams bad for boxing heads that don’t subscribe to the channel.
Klitschko Ring Entrance – Makes American fighters jealous
Derek Chisora – Crazy bloke who can sell a fight, fight 12 rounds with a one arm giant and then have the stones to get glassed by the Hayemaker.
David Haye- Chisora is Hood, and David Haye is Hollywood (in the actor sense) who throw’s a bunch holding a bottle like that. A man who blames his biggest moment of careers on his effing toe that’s who
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