May 17th’s Random Boxing Rants

Amir Khan’s resume is deceptively excellent, and here’s just one way to illustrate that:

Britain currently has 9 world titlists, 10 if you count Jamie McDonnell’s WBA ‘regular’ belt.

Between them they’ve faced a total of 14 men who either held a title previously, or would go on to win one.

Khan, by himself, has faced 12.

 

Love Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez and was again impressed by his domination of McWilliams Arroyo, even if it wasn’t punctuated by his typical knockout this time.

But I’m starting to get impatient for a fight I can get my teeth into. What’s the hold-up in getting Juan Francisco Estrada or Naoya Inoue across the other side of the ring, HBO?

I’d also be interested in the miniature B-Hop Amnat Ruenroeng, but he’s got the skillset and style to make anybody look bad so is unlikely to get the call.

 

Povetkin on meldonium? So many Russian athletes with chronic heart problems these days.

I went on record long ago to say that Wilder-Povetkin was never going to happen, least of all in Russia.

 

David Haye and his team were seemingly outright lying when they stated Alexander Dimitrenko would be the opponent for Shannon Briggs on his undercard this Saturday.

I’ve never rated Dimitrenko, but he’d certainly be a test for a shot Briggs and is actually a much more accomplished boxer than the unpronouncable Swiss lad that Haye will be squashing.

Dimitrenko took to social media to express bafflement at the official announcements of the fight (as well as, amusingly, quotes attributed to him in the press release), saying he’d never even been contacted regarding it.

In reality, Briggs will, if he passes his medical, be bowling over a short-notice bum.

Can’t risk that Haye-Briggs showdown now, can we?

May 6th’s Random Boxing Rants

Missed this last year, but Vanes Martirosyan calling (ex-PED peddler turned boxing strength & conditioning coach extraordinaire) Memo Heredia out on Twitter for allegedly offering him an injection for $9k during their first, and only, meeting is interesting.

Especially interesting when you see Heredia clients like Lucian Bute and Rogelio Medina look so strong and revitalized under his program.

 

Interesting that Eddie Hearn is trying to steal Chris Eubank Jr. away (for a John Ryder fight, perhaps?) from Frank Warren for his June 25th undercard, which would once again derail plans for a Saunders-Eubank Jr. rematch.

 

Victor Ortiz really does have a chin made out of kinder egg.

He was boxing quite well in the Berto rematch until the first real punch Berto landed basically ended the fight. He needs to retire before he’s seriously hurt.

 

Who in their right mind could give a shit about Danny Garcia vs. Andre Berto?

Powers that be, don’t make this dreck #ThankAlHaymon

 

Looks increasingly as if Deontay Wilder is going to go through with his fight against Povetkin.

I’ll believe it when I see the ringwalks, but props if he can go into the lion’s den & beat the rejuvenated Russian.

 

Canelo-Khan is fun, outside-the-box matchmaking, which I’m all for, but it’s unfortunately a mismatch in the ring.

It’s also ludicrous as a 155lb. catchweight contest for the lineal middleweight title.

Khan will be on his bike from the first bell, possibly winning one or two early rounds, but will be in survival mode by halfway.

The most likely outcome is a lopsided decision, but it will be interesting to see if Khan’s (overly derided) chin can take Canelo’s (overrated) power.

Named & Shamed: Judging the Judges (April 2016)

February 19th – Belatedly caught a February Shobox card and had to air some gripes.

John Magda clearly lost to Christopher Brooker but it was judged a majority decision due to the incompetent even card of Donald Givens.

Givens was banned by the New Jersey commission and didn’t judge for four years for his hand in screwing Erislandy Lara in his high profile fight with Paul Williams.

So much for rehabilitation.

 

The main event of Adam Lopez vs. Mario Munoz appeared to these eyes a draw, but the cards (Ron McNair 97-93, Eugene Grant 98-92, George Hill 98-92) never gave the visiting Munoz a chance.

 

In last month’s edition (https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/named-shamed-judging-the-judges-march-2016/), I thrashed Lloyd Scaife for the worst card of the year in the Ortiz-Thompson fight.

Some excellent follow-up work from Boxingscene’s David Greisman sheds further surreal light on the matter: http://tinyurl.com/jdnvv44

The entire situation reads like a bad joke, and, sympathy for Scaife’s condition and all-too human error aside, it’s further evidence that nobody in their 80s should be allowed to judge a boxing match.

 

April 2nd – The Scott Cardle-Sean Dodd rematch managed to end in almost as much controversy as their first meeting, as the judges this time ruled it a draw.

However, I must admit that, while widespread sympathy seemed to lie with the non-establishment underdog Dodd, I thought that it was a perfectly fair decison and that Cardle deserved to hold onto his British title.

 

My mood soon changed though, as Christopher Rebrasse was thoroughly robbed against Rocky Fielding by the 114-113 scores of Juergen Langos & Daniel Van de Wiele.

 

April 8th – Bizarre stuff as usual in Russia, as ref Alexander Kalinkin (found culpable in this segment before) stopped the fight between Sergey Kuzmin and Konstantin Airich in the second round, but then changed his mind after mild protestation from Airich.

He stopped the fight for a second, and thankfully final, time moments later after a further barrage.

It made Ian John-Lewis look positively decisive.

 

April 9th – Ref Bob Williams allowed Ohara Davies to hold his glove without punching, Klitschko-style, in front of the face of Andy Keates for the duration of their fight without issuing a single warning.

 

Matthew Macklin can count himself a lucky boy.

Steve Gray did his best to help the veteran during his contest with Brian Rose by stopping the action with Macklin under pressure in the 11th, and then undeservingly docking a point from Rose for holding in the 12th.

Then Marcus McDonnell & Patrick Morley completed the job with BS 115-111 cards that denied Rose his victory, and barely kept Macklin’s career alive.

 

Marcus McDonnell’s night of incompetence continued when he almost disqualified Eric Hunter for basically no reason during his fight with Lee Selby, obviously influenced unduly by Hunter’s prior reputation of having been disqualified twice before.

Hunter lost widely, but had little chance of a fair shake from this referee.

 

April 16th – Ventsislav Nikolov’s 120-107 score was an absolute disgrace to the respectable challenge offered to John Warrington by the visiting Hisashi Amagasa.

How hard is it to get a good decision in the UK these days?

 

The Marcus Browne-Radivoje Kalajdzic fight in New York was another mess.

Firstly, a clear slip was ruled a knockdown in the opening round. Even the ref, Tony Chiarantano, seemed to acknowledge this with his comment of “you fell down” to Kalajdzic after he had risen. But still, a count was given and a crucial point deducted from his score.

Waleska Roldan (76-74) & Alan Rubenstein (76-75) ensured that the house fighter Browne escaped with the robbery decision.

 

April 30th – Marcus McDonnell’s nightmare month ended by being grossly late to stop the Anthony Yarde-Tzvetozar Iliev bout, which allowed Iliev to be badly knocked out and stretchered from the ring.

Thankfully, McDonnell missing an obvious knockdown scored by Anthony Nelson in round 7 of his war with Jamie Conlan couldn’t detract from, or change the result of, a top fight of the year contender.

 

VADA once again prove they’re the only testing agency worth taking seriously by catching Fernando Vargas for clenbuterol use in the lead-up to his highly-anticipated fight with Orlando Salido.

But will this stop the fight from going ahead?

Not in the world of boxing, where common sense never prevails and money dictates everything.

Boxingscene’s Jake Donovan reports on the full details of the California Commission’s resolution here: http://www.boxingscene.com/francisco-vargas-granted-temporary-license-submit-additional-testing–104011

Basically, Vargas will submit to supposedly thorough testing by the Commission from now until the fight, and only if he fails again, will he be punished and the fight cancelled.

Andy Foster and the other boobs in charge want us to believe that they lend credence to the now-routine excuse for cluenbuterol in one’s system: contamination through eating beef.

“We can’t and we won’t sanction a dirty fighter” says Foster, when that’s exactly what’s being done.

Laughable, and needless to say, I now have little interest in this Vargas-Salido freakshow.

Again, David Greisman provided further insight: http://www.boxingscene.com/fighting-words-on-francisco-vargas-positive-drug-test–104112

Pound4poundireland Scorecards from April 2016

Scott Cardle 115-113 Sean Dodd (rematch), officially a DRAW, Cardle retains British Lightweight title

Christopher Rebrasse 116-110 Rocky Fielding, officially Fielding by SD

Brian Rose 114-112 Matthew Macklin, officially Macklin by MD

Lee Selby 117-109 Eric Hunter, officially UD, Selby retains Featherweight title

Gilberto Ramirez 120-108 Arthur Abraham, officially UD, Ramirez wins Super Middleweight title

Manny Pacquiao 116-110 Timothy Bradley (trilogy bout), officially UD, Pacquiao wins vacant Welterweight Championship

Stuart Hall 117-111 Rodrigo Guerrero, officially UD

Josh Warrington 116-112 Hisashi Amagasa, officially UD

Krzysztof Glowacki 115-109 Steve Cunningham, officially UD, Glowacki retains Cruiserweight title

Jose Pedraza 117-110 Stephen Smith, officially UD, Pedraza retains Jr. Lightweight title

Roman Gonzalez 118-110 McWilliams Arroyo, officially UD, Gonzalez retains Flyweight Championship

Hughie Fury 70-64 Fred Kassi (technical decision), officially TUD

James DeGale 116-112 Rogelio Medina, officially UD, DeGale retains Super Middleweight title

Badou Jack 115-113 Lucian Bute, officially a DRAW, Jack retains Super Middleweight title

Nikolay Potapov 95–95 Stephon Young, officially a DRAW

 

From February:

Adam Lopez 95-95 Mario Munoz, officially Lopez by UD