By: Anthony “Zute” George
After the last Zutes Boxing Talk, MBG and I were extremely enthusiastic about the upcoming boxing weekend. It was a weekend of promising young stars, legendary veterans, and some very enticing match ups on paper. However, this is boxing, and once again we were blind sided.
My enthusiasm subdued a bit when it was reported that the legendary veteran, Erik Morales, did not make weight for his match with the promising young talent, Danny Garcia.
I have been following this sport too long to not suspect that this was just a sign of things to come.
The bad sign, the one I was blind sided on, was that the big HBO fight was taking place in Texas, hence the dreaded Texas athletic commission would be front and center in what was suppose to be a memorable boxing weekend.
So many things went wrong in Texas Saturday night, it doesn’t really matter what you might think was worse than the other.
Two things stuck out for me on Saturday. One, any causal boxing fan, or maybe a disgruntled boxing fan trying to give the sport one last chance, would laugh at what took place in Texas and equate to what goes on in the WWE, and never bother with the sport again.
Second, when will the sport turns its back on Texas? If the Texas Athletic Commission is everything we think it is, what does it say about the powers that be if they keep going back to them to host events?
Remember, it was also reported by HBO that James Kirkland failed to turn in a urine sample, yet was still allowed to step into the ring. This is off the fact that Texas forgot to do drug testing in a fight not that long ago, even after the fight. Texas is a mess for boxing and has been for a long time. Texas cannot exist as it is now for a home for boxing. But well all know this will not happen.
The biggest winner in Texas for me was Ann Wolfe. She was the most honest and straight up person in the arena… Bravo!
Main Events had a much better night in Brooklyn. They hosted a solid card with a high octane main event. Zab Judah is a tough cookie to crack. Let us not dismiss his talent because he hasn’t been able to beat some of the most talented people in the sport.
Zab looked good, and will get, and deserve, another big fight on a big stage. That is all there is too it. If he didn’t deserve it, Vernon Paris would have backed up his big mouth with a big win. But he didn’t.
Instead he just keep circling into Zab’s power hand and keep hitting himself, and continued to talk, every time he did get tagged.
Bert Sugar was a rarity in Boxing, a household name. Most of my friends could care less about boxing. But they all expressed their sorrows to me about the passing of Bert, as if he were same kind of relation to me or close friend.
If I did know Bert, I would tell him how I felt he was way off in his ranking of Marvelous Marvin Hagler in his top 100 rankings.
While I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, and have Marvin number one to ever lace em up, he is a no brainier to be in the top 15, at least. The last time I checked out Bert’s ranking he had Hagler somewhere in the 70’s. Come on man.
Regardless of that, Bert was a great boxing mind. He loved the game and was well known and brought legitimacy to the sport. He crossed over. He also did not Sugar coat, pardon the pun, when boxing would have one of its many lapses.
Some people defend something they love without conviction, some hold things they love to higher standard, and speak out when that standard is not met. Thankfully, Bert Sugar was the latter.
A good ambassador for the sport is now gone, and will be missed. However, Bert will be the first to tell you, if boxing does not straighten itself out and deal with the whole picture of what went on in Texas, and beyond (if it was all just Texas, I would be happy) there will be no main stream to ambassador boxing to.