By: Anthony Whitby
What an interesting week in boxing to cover and I’m glad to be doing it. I hope you’re ready for this week’s “PNB”. Let’s jump into the deep end head first shall we?
This week’s action has been great. It’s a testament that it’s the fighters that make for good fights. Not the names, not the marketing, not the talk outside rather the ring. It’s the hard work fought in the squared circle that matters. So many fights could have been judged as draws or actually were draws yet not even disappointed.
- Friday Nights Fights had a great opening televised bout between Chris Chatman (who, even with a modest scope of fighters, wasn’t on my radar) vs. Charles Hatley. What a brawl! This was not a skilled fight but an old brawl fight and got my blood pumping for the weekend. Majority Draw so okay I will buy that.
- The main event of Sergio Mora vs. Brian Vera: Let’s state as a fan of boxing, I dislike Sergio Mora and he owes me $25 from the Shane Mosley fight. There is something about the guy that just, well, irks me. I don’t know what it is. Regardless I was clearly for Brian Vera. However, I am strong enough to respect another man’s craft. Say what you will Sergio Mora is one slippery fighter to catch and even when you do hit him flush on his chin he is still holds his ground and I respect the heck out of that.
- Maybe Sergio Mora thought he was in a 12 round fight because he started to just pound the body of Brian Vera in the 9th round and it took its toll on Vera immediately. Still my card was 6 rounds to 4 for the Texas native Brian Vera. One thing to be said is he should be happy it was a 10 round fight and given the work rate Sergio Mora was doing late in the fight and on top of that how close the fight already was. I think Sergio Mora would have pulled off the win. But that’s the way it is and Vera gets the nod. Congratulations. Only you and the late Vernon Forrest hold a W over the Latin Snake.
- Ok next Lateef Kayode- (deep sigh) where to begin. Maybe I bought too much stock in this guy, maybe Nick Iannuzzi is that good, maybe I was simply wrong about how powerful Kayode really is. Maybe he had an off night. Maybe Nick Iannuzzi did too. What I do know is I had 6 rounds to 4 for Nick Iannuzzi but could see it either way. It was very close on the score cards but the two judges that leaned heavily in favor of Lateef Kayode clearly weren’t seeing the same fight the rest of people in the building did. I wonder if either fighter would be interested in a rematch
- As I am writing this I began to read up that BJ Flores is calling out Lateef Kayode. I am reminded of just hours before the Lateef Kayode’s fight on Friday night that Mark Ortega from FightFanNation Radio was talking how BJ Flores would “smash” Lateef Kayode. After our bantering for awhile this was my final response “Man, now I am hyped to see a Kayode vs BJ fight! Make it happen people!” and guess what, by Sunday mid-day BJ calls out Lateef Kayode. Funny stuff that’s all I am saying.
- Dyah Davis and Francisco Sierra in Maywood, California fight to a draw. I will watch the fights tomorrow so can’t provide too much insight on it.
- Carl Froch said he has no issues fighting Glen Johnson in America or Canada. My thought…..? It’s because Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson has no home (hence the moniker Road Warrior). There will be no real hometown crowd for Glen Johnson and to boot, he normally gets robbed of a decision wherever he fights. I digress and will wait to see where it lands.
- Am I the only one that finds it humorous that Juan Urango bought a Pig Farm?
- Kendal Holt vs. Julio Diaz is being rumored and I for one hope it comes to light.
- It will be interesting in my view to see how Amir Khan handles his condition without the efforts of Alex Ariza in the coming weeks of a fight. Of course, I do not imply that it will matter for his next fight. He is to match up in April because he is only looking for soft touches and attempting to pay with coins.
- It makes no sense on how Amir Khan’s team is managing him at this point instead of attempting to get a nation behind his back and generating marketing juggernaut, there seems to be a growing backlash from both sides of the pond due to his teams handling of his matchups.
- Besides, why wouldn’t Amir Khan’s team pay Lamont Peterson $400-$500k if they were going to make 5 million? I like Lamont Peterson but couldn’t see him winning that fight even though he would make it an ugly fight. So Amir Khan picked out the undefeated Paul McCloskey instead.
- The ball continues to roll if Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto can jump in the ring together.
- Is it smart for Tim Bardley to say he will fight Amir Khan in April or just lip service?
- This Friday will be another packed Friday night of action. SHOWTIME, Telefutura, and Friday Night Fights especially the Telefutura card that has Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin in a showcase fight.
- The following weekend February 18th Don Chargin and “The Boxing Truth Radio” present “War at the Wharf” in San Francisco, Eloy Perez, Mercito Gesta, will both be fighting in separate bouts. Also home town fighter Karim Mayfield Jr is on the bout sheet. No joke, these guys hold a lot talent in their gloves. Big thanks goes out to John Chavez from “The Boxing Truth” Radio Show for sending me clips of one of the fighters on the undercard who is a banger if I ever saw one, making his pro debut, Joe Gumina. I love it when people tell me about a fighter I haven’t gotten to research yet.
- Gary Russel Jr. starting to make some noise and at 14-0 I am interested how Golden Boy begins to transition him into the next level of competition.
- Dan Rafael reported that former SHOWTIME executive Mark Greenberg who is now CEO of the premium channel, Epix, may be flirting with idea of televising boxing. As a regular fan with no silver spoon in my mouth I will bet this idea does not come to light. HBO and SHOWTIME are enough on my budget as well as the occasional PPV. Let’s stay focused on getting Boxing back on mainstream TV and not additional premium networks.
- Best way to state the current state of boxing: “It used to be, a fighter would get tested and then get a title shot. Nowadays your first test is your title shot.”
- Paulie Malinaggi as often he does went off early in the week of the performance of Devon Alexander against Timothy Bradley. I actually think that would be an interesting fight for both fighters.
- Just so we are clear, if you can see far enough down the boxing landscape most of us should be rooting for timothy Bradley vs. Amir Khan if the fight does get made. The reasoning is easy if Timothy Bradley wins against Khan an easier case can be made to have Bradley fight Manny Pacquiao which is looking to be a better fight everyday that goes by. The problem is if Amir Khan beats Bradley we may have a stale mate due to being under the same stable of Freddie Roach. Hence why ladies and gentlemen; you only hear that Amir Khan says he wants to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr.
- Speaking of Freddy Roach, they showed a list of his fighters that he is currently training and Danny Jacobs is added to the list. This also brings up how many of the east coast fighters are coming out west due to the level of sparring and training that occurs on the left coast?
- On another note: Tomasz Adamek taking on Kevin Mcbride makes sense in many facets and if you are angry about Tomasz Adamek taking a tune up fight please keep in mind he just signed to fight in the “fight of his life” come September.
- Even though he calls out everyone; James Toney did call out Chris Arreola, which to me is another fascinating fight at Heavyweight.
- Rumors of Floyd Mayweather retiring… To be honest, I don’t even know why I wrote that because I couldn’t care less.
- Anyone think if Luis “Yori Boy” Campas gets to 100 W’s he will retire?
- You know how badly we wanted Timothy Bradley vs. Devon Alexander and then thought maybe too soon after the fact? What does that say with what Bob Arum is doing with Juan Manual Lopez vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa?
- Should HBO hire an outside (seriously, outside) consultant for advice on better match making and I am serious with my question.
- Sarcastic bit of the week: The Bantam weight tournament moves to Los Angeles! Why? Everyone knows L.A. is a ghost town when it comes to fans of boxing, there are no good gyms there, and sparring is probably the weakest in the nation. Everyone knows Tacoma is the best place for it!
- OK I knew this could be done. I checked the BoxingIQ.com Archives back in October or November and I said something to the effect of what I am about to say just a little switched up. We all know right now biggest rival in boxing is Mexico vs. Puerto Rico and just got my mind thinking about a big night of nationalistic pride Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio Margarito II -Main event, Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Rafael Marquez II, Giovanni Segura vs. Ivan Calderon II. I know the theory of spreading these fights over a period of time, I get it. Let a boxing fan dream please.
Beginning boxing heads to the pundits of pugilism, that’s it for now, throw a comment below and we can continue the conversation.