Pound4poundireland’s November 28th POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Andre Ward

2. Roman Gonzalez

3. Manny Pacquiao

4. Sergey Kovalev

5. Terence Crawford

6. Gennady Golovkin

7. Vasyl Lomachenko

8. Saul Alvarez

9. Guillermo Rigondeaux

10. Juan Francisco Estrada

  • Lomachenko enters at #7 after a very impressive, if somewhat boring, schooling of a reluctant, but unbeaten & until-now highly regarded, Nicholas Walters.
  • Despite a loss to Orlando Salido (and that’s a rematch I still want to see), it’s hard to see anyone in Lomachenko’s weight range who can now beat him.
  • Naoya Inoue exits for now.

 

Pound4poundireland’s November 20th POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Andre Ward

2. Roman Gonzalez

3. Manny Pacquiao

4. Sergey Kovalev

5. Terence Crawford

6. Gennady Golovkin

7. Saul Alvarez

8. Guillermo Rigondeaux

9. Juan Francisco Estrada

10. Naoya Inoue

  • There’s a new number one in town, as Andre Ward overcomes an early knockdown to box his way back into the fight & earn the closest of unanimous decisions. He bumps Gonzalez from the top spot.
  • The result was contentious, many believing Kovalev had won. He also earns a bump over Crawford in the ratings for a career best display, proving the Chilemba fight was an abberation and his punch isn’t the only elite attribute he possesses.
  • Let’s hope there’s a rematch.

Pound4poundireland’s November 7th POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Roman Gonzalez

2. Manny Pacquiao

3. Terence Crawford

4. Sergey Kovalev

5. Gennady Golovkin

6. Saul Alvarez

7. Guillermo Rigondeaux

8. Juan Francisco Estrada

9. Andre Ward

10. Naoya Inoue

  • Pacquiao returns to the top ten, after ending his faux retirement with a comfortable win over Jessie Vargas.
  • He’s not what he once was, but wins over Bradley & Vargas this year demonstrate that he’s still among the very best.
  • Carl Frampton exits as a result.

Named and Shamed: Judging the Judges (October 2016)

WBO representative Danny Leigh defended ref Marlon Wright’s botched handling of the Parker-Dimitrenko finish, bizarrely both conceding that it may have been an illegal punch that ended the bout (it was), while praising Wright for awarding the win to Parker as if the blow was legal (and openly labelling Dimitrenko a malingerer):

http://www.boxingscene.com/wbo-rep-on-dimitrenko-protest-he-looking-way-out–109345

 

Oct. 7th – The Kieran Smith vs. Robert Asagba undercard bout ended after 18 seconds, after another rabbit punch controversy.

There is seemingly no uniform way of dealing with the situation when this happens, and usually the illegal blow is ignored as in the Wright/Parker case, and here, by ref Kenny Pringle.

Surely a simple protocol can be put in place.

If it is to be considered an accidental foul, surely a set recovery time can be given to the damaged boxer? If he can’t continue, a no contest should be the only fair recourse.

Unfortunately, boxing lacks such common sense, and it’s decided on the discretionary whims of a case by case basis, usually in favour of the house fighter.

 

In that card’s main event, Jesus Cova’s 118-110 for Ricky Burns over Kiryl Relikh must be one of the worst cards of the year.

The fight could quite easily have been scored either way.

 

Oct. 8th – Ref Lee Cook’s 78-77 saved George Jupp from the embarrassment he should have suffered against journeyman Jordan Ellison.

 

Another scandal for the BDB commission in Germany, as Sam Soliman wins a legal battle, the German district court in Kiel ruling that he was wrongfully found to have committed an anti-doping violation after his first bout with Felix Sturm:

http://www.boxingscene.com/sam-soliman-over-moon-with-court-victory-germany–109935

Soliman’s manager further alleged that BDB president Thomas Putz had an improper “commercial involvement” with Sturm, which wouldn’t surprise me, as Sturm was once alleged to have paid the WBA to avoid being forced to fight his mandatory challenger…a certain Gennady Golovkin!

 

Oct. 15th – Raiko Djajic’s 117-112 card for Ryan Walsh in his unsuccessful big to become European champion against Dennis Ceylan was a very poor one.

 

Oct. 22nd – In the most foul-filled bout I’ve seen all year, Jamie Cox eventually decisioned Martin Fidel Rios.

Ref Phil Edwards should probably have disqualified both boxers (amusingly, a double DQ occured earlier in Rios’ career), and never had control of the bout, his frequent threats empty and toothless.

Most alarmingly, at one point Rios appeared to bite the shoulder of Cox, who retaliated with a blatant and quite vicious headbutt.

Both boxers were extremely dirty, but, to my eyes, Cox was the greater offender. No surprise though that the away boxer, Rios, was ultimately deduced the more points: 3 to Cox’s 2.

 

Elsewhere in the UK that night, Sam Eggington eventually wore down Frankie Gavin for an 8th round stoppage in a terrific fight.

However, in the 6th round, with Gavin on the verge of being stopped, ref Victor Loughlin gave him a standing 8 count, despite this being nowhere in the rulebook for bouts in a British ring.

What the hell was he doing? Thankfully it didn’t, but this stupidity could easily have changed the outcome.

 

Rian Scalia for BloodyElbow: “Fake fights & dangerous mismatches: Inside Argentina’s boxing underworld”:

http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2016/11/2/13482778/fake-fights-dangerous-mismatches-inside-the-underworld-argentina-boxing-feature-story

One of the most interesting boxing pieces I’ve read all year.

#TraffickingofHumanFlesh in the form of fabricated records, sham contests, corrupt conflicts of interest, a dirty Boxrec editor, gross safety hazards, and boxers fighting under the identities of other, deceased, fighters…sometimes against each other!

I’d say this was all hilarious if it wasn’t so disgustingly dangerous & money driven.

We already know that similar practices go on in Eastern European countries (and who knows where else), where boxers build up fake records so they can come to the UK & be bowled over.

Only in the wild west of fight sports.

I give credit to the Louisiana State Boxing and Wrestling Commission for stopping the Mason Menard contest referenced in the article from taking place. More commissions around the world should follow suit, rigorously fact-checking the context behind an import’s record, real or fake.

 

Speaking of sham contests, anyone going to this card in Georgia tomorrow?

http://boxrec.com/show/742202

Should be a good one.

Rian Scalia for BloodyElbow: “Fake fights & dangerous mismatches: Inside Argentina’s boxing underworld”

http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2016/11/2/13482778/fake-fights-dangerous-mismatches-inside-the-underworld-argentina-boxing-feature-story

One of the most interesting boxing pieces I’ve read all year.

#TraffickingofHumanFlesh in the form of fabricated records, sham contests, corrupt conflicts of interest, a dirty Boxrec editor, gross safety hazards, and boxers fighting under the identities of other, deceased, fighters…sometimes against each other!

I’d say this was all hilarious if it wasn’t so disgustingly dangerous & money driven.

We already know that similar practices go on in Eastern European countries, where boxers build up fake records so they can come to the UK & be bowled over, and who knows where else.

Only in the wild west of fight sports.

Pound4poundireland Scorecards from October 2016

Ricky Burns 115-114 Kiryl Relikh, officially UD, Burns retains Jr. Welterweight title

Macauley McGowan 77-74 Jez Smith, officially a DRAW

Liam Walsh 119-109 Alexey Klimov, officially UD

Ryan Burnett 120-109 Ryan Farrag, officially UD, Burnett retains British Bantamweight title

Dennis Ceylan 115-112 Ryan Walsh, officially SD, Ceylan wins vacant European Featherweight title

Paul Butler 100-90 Alexis Ruiz, officially 99-92

Jamie Cox 96-88 Martin Fidel Rios, officially 98-86