April 29th’s Random Boxing Rants

Cork-based heavyweight Mike Perez says he was entering the ring drunk in each bout since the Abdusalamov tragedy:

 https://twitter.com/Irishboxingcom/status/857220864085032961

 

The Fury family continue to cement their reputation as a joke, firstly by Hughie predictably withdrawing from the Joseph Parker fight, as well as this truly offal excuse for their failed drug tests for nandralone in 2015:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/boxing/article-4449148/Tyson-Hughie-Fury-blame-failed-drug-test-offal.html#ixzz4fOTLiLJm

 

Some reflections on recent fights:

Tete-Villanueva a boring contest, but superb boxing display from one of my hardcore favourites, the rangy Tete.

Who else would be interested in seeing him eventually move up to 122 & play boxing chess with Rigondeaux?

Smyle-Williams a true war for the English title. British fight of the year contender that I’d recommend anybody to check out.

Another hardcore favourite, the eccentric Avtandil Khurtsidze blasted past Tommy Langford to set up a Billy Joe Saunders shot.

Either he gets outboxed by a form Saunders or he exposes Saunders lack of fitness and overwhelms him.

 

AJ-Klitschko thoughts:

We’re just hours away now from the biggest heavyweight fight since Lewis-Tyson.

I’m tempted to side with Joshua by decision as he’ll likely find Wlad hard to tag clean and I don’t see Klitschko throwing very much in return.

Training videos seem to suggest Klitschko is going to try to box from the outside and be elusively awkward in a similar way to Fury’s display in defeating him. Certainly, while Fury made Wlad look old with his movement, AJ’s far more straightforward style won’t present the same puzzle.

The result largely depends which Klitschko shows up but I find it hard to bet on a 41yo coming off an 18 month layoff and poor performance, against a form guy, with home advantage, four ko wins in the interim and bags of talent in his own right.

Named and Shamed: Judging the Judges (March 2017)

February 24th – Thomas Essomba lost to Jay Harris in a highly competitive Commonwealth title bout, marred by the 117-112 card of Robert Williams to the home boxer, Harris.

 

March 4th – Judges sure do love Danny Garcia.

Kevin Hunter was the latest to fall under his curious spell, scoring him an improbable 115-113 winner over Keith Thurman. Thankfully the other two got it right.

 

March 17th – David Grayton got screwed out of a win over veteran Kermit Cintron, being forced to settle for a technical draw after scores of 47-47 twice (Adam Friscia & Steve Weisfeld) & a crazy 46-49 turned in by Tony Lundy.

In the night’s main event, Amir Mansour almost suffered the same treatment against Travis Kauffman, Steve Weisfeld continuing his bad night with a 114-114 score.

Mansour walked away with the majority verdict.

 

March 18th – Carlos Cuadras-David Carmona could have gone either way.

Cuadras escaped with the decision, including 97-93 cards from John Poturaj & Robin Taylor that did little to reflect the fight.

 

March 23rd – Jason Quigley had to fight hard to beat Glen Tapia over ten rounds, but Tapia’s effort wasn’t recognized by poor cards of 100-90 (Carla Caiz) and 99-91 (Zac Young).

 

March 25th – Joe Gallagher, and ref Victor Loughlin, deserve ire for failing to protect Marcus Morrison from himself as he received a bad beating from Jason Welborn down the stretch.

Perhaps in an attempt to make up for this, Gallagher then played to the cameras in the night’s main event, making a faux move to pull Anthony Crolla out with one round to go against Jorge Linares, when his charge appeared to be in no serious danger of being stopped.

The prevailing feeling was one of embarrassment.

Podcast – Lou DiBella joins Chris Mannix in heated discussion on the state of boxing

https://art19.com/shows/boxing-mannix/episodes/733a32e7-b76d-4eb1-a611-75a14fce018c

Joining Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports is longtime boxing promoter Lou DiBella.

Mannix and DiBella have a spirited discussion on the state of boxing, including the impact of the PBC, HBO’s future and what Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor would do for the sport.

Video – How one fight changed Prichard Colon’s life

http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=19160967

Outside the Lines tells the story of up and coming boxing prospect Prichard Colon, who after a bout in 2015 was left in a persistent vegetative state.

Also, further bad news with regards to the state of another boxer who recently suffered a brain injury, Eduard Gutknecht – http://www.worldboxingnews.net/2017/04/18/news/eduard-gutknecht-s-wife-updates-on-condition-opens-funding-page-for-fighter-who-ll-never-recover

Pound4poundireland Scorecards from March 2016

Keith Thurman 116-112 Danny Garcia, officially SD, Thurman unifies Welterweight titles

Yader Cardoza 96-93 Jamie Conlan, officially Conlan by UD

Suriyan Sor Rungvisai 114-112 Roman Gonzalez, officially MD, Rungvisai wins Super Flyweight title

Danny Jacobs 115-112 Gennady Golovkin, officially Golovkin by UD, Golovkin retains unified Middleweight titles

Jorge Linares 118-109 Anthony Crolla (rematch), officially UD, Linares retains Lightweight title

 

From February:

Jay Harris 115-113 Thomas Essomba, officially UD, Harris wins Commonwealth Flyweight title