By: Anthony “Zute” George
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero is a topic where everyone seemed to think they had a crystal ball on. First he was a shoe in to get the Floyd Mayweather sweepstakes (I for one said right after Miguel Cotto redeemed himself against Antonio Margarito he would get that fight on Zutes Boxing Talk, but what do I know?).
What was even more alarming was how many people were already giving “The Ghost” an easy win over Marcos Maidana, prior to that bout being cancelled… really? No disrespect against “The Ghost”, I interviewed him and he seems like a good guy, but he did not look spectacular against Joel Cassamayor and he could not stop Vincente Escobedo, but he was going to blow away Maidana?
The good news is we had the privilege of having “The Ghost” speak for himself on Saturday night when he took on the WBC 147 pound number one contender Selcuk Aydin.
Aydin had a reputation as a big puncher with little skills and “The Ghost” was moving up two weight classes. The fight lived up to the billing.
It was obvious “The Ghost” had the better pedigree; he came out strong and delivered an impressive arsenal of punches and took the first three rounds. The fight got much more interesting when “The Ghost” slowed down a bit and Aydin took the ear muffs off and started to punch instead of block.
Aydin was landed the cleaner harder punches for most of the fight after round three and should have gotten the decision. “The Ghost” fought a more skilled fight but for too much of the fight he was reluctant to throw at Aydin, who was in front of him and did nothing. He also held way too much down the stretch.
The fact that “The Ghost” put the first three rounds in the bank made it a very close fight and I do not have an issue with those who say Guerrero pulled it out. However, the scores were to lopsided. Not one judge felt Aydin won more than four rounds in the fight which I had an issue with.
Maybe I never noticed it before, but I was disturbed about how much Al Bernstein was referring to Sho Stats (their version of the silly CompuBox). Al, you have been great for years, a HOF’er. We want to hear what you think about the fight not want some faceless person at a computer has to say. No, I will never let this go.
It seems like The Ghost is not letting go of landing a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. either. He called out the cash cow of boxing right after his victory. He is persistent, you have to give him that much.
And poor Selcuk Aydin… to think one of the top items on his wish list is to be recognized in a public place, by the American people, as champ. I guess no one told him the common American public could not pick out 97 percent of today’s boxing champions out of a line up that included The Mad Boxing Genius, The Boxing Prophet and me in the line up. How misguided can he be?
This is no fault of boxing, it’s the product of a dumb country who rather watch golf than the great boxing action us smarty’s get treated to every weekend.
And it was another very nice weekend of the fists flying. Friday Night Fights provided action and a big upset on the scorecards. A wonderful Showtime boxing card that featured a commodity often featured over seas, George Groves, on American television.
Groves delivered the goods by stopping his tough foe, Francisco Sierra, after suffering a very bad cut. It was much more exciting than any birdie made by Tiger Woods… Birdie? That’s a 1980’s classic film not a sports term.
Shawn Porter also exciting Saturday night with a tough win over Alfonso Gomez. Porter stood in the pocket and got the better of most of the exchanges over a tough ten rounder. This is not to say Gomez was not as game as anything by taking what Porter through and landed several hard shots of his own.
The night was capped off by a great performance by Ronny Rios, over another tough hombre David Rodela, who started strong and was upset minded.
The victory’s did not come easy for those who won this past boxing weekend and main stream America has no idea what happened… plain stupidity!
As I write this former heavy weight champion Michael Dokes is fighting for his life battling cancer. I hear it is a battle he cannot win. Sadly, Dokes was a big name in my childhood, and even as I become a snotty young man.
While Dokes’ career has to be summed up as wasted talent, what could have been, he did provide us with some great moments nonetheless.
I remember all of his fights, the good with the bad. The bad outnumbered the good as he struggled with guys he had no business struggling against (Tex Cobb, George Chaplin) as he struggled in life.
It is often a mystery to regular folk like me when guys with such talent as Dokes lose their way. The human condition is a peculiar thing and Michael Dokes was as peculiar as it gets.
He had the legs and hands to go a long way, could have been as great as any heavyweight if it was all about what you had, and not how you used it.
Dokes had his wars in the ring. No one who saw it live will ever forget his battle with Evander Holyfield. However, Dokes missed the boat on how great he could be, and it had nothing to do with his boxing talent.
When life gets in the way people need help, if they do not get it, well then they are seen drinking beer out of a paper cup the week of a title fight.
Michael Dokes did not get the proper help he needed often through out his career because he was still good enough to make a buck off of, he was still good enough to want to be around him.
This is often how people who are held in high regard are treated. we let folks who we see as superior to us get away with abusing themselves, because we think it is their right, we think we are not good enough to tell them what time it is, we think they will no longer be our friends if we actually question their actions.
This is why guys like Elvis Presley die so young. This is why Michael Dokes’ tombstone will read “what could have been”.
This might not sound like the right time to talk of this, but it is the perfect time. I say this because if Dokes passes, we will not be able to talk about how great a champion he was, we will be talking about how great he could have been and that is sad and has to be discussed.