May 11th’s Random Boxing Rants

Cliff Rold’s post-fight analysis of the Joshua-Klitschko instant classic is well worth reading:

http://www.boxingscene.com/anthony-joshua-wladimir-klitschko-post-fight-report-card–116158

 

Some reflections on other recent fights:

Tyrone Nurse disappointed against Joe Hughes in their British title fight. Perhaps he wouldn’t outbox Jack Catterall if they ever meet, as I once forecasted.

Luke Campbell eventually figured out an unambitious Darleys Perez, but does anyone really pick him to beat Jorge Linares? That said, I commend him for pulling the trigger and taking on the challenge.

Porter-Berto was less fun than expected: Berto a shell of a fighter (his last significant payday?) & Porter the prototypical bruising mauler. Thurman-Porter II, now a mandatory with one of the sanctioning bodies, would be welcome.

John Ryder very unlucky to not win the British title against Rocky Fielding. He looks destined to be a perennial bridesmaid.

I’m in the minority in finding Murray-Rosado quite enjoyable, although far from the war that the Eddie Hearn & Sky had optimistically forecasted. I thought Rosado edged it and Murray doesn’t look to have much left. Another bridesmaid…how different his life & career would be had he gotten the decisions against Sturm and Sergio Martinez.

Gilberto Ramirez is an awkward stylist who might end up #1 at 168lbs., but he’s pretty boring.

Shakur Stevenson failed to shine in his pro debut, but he’s one of boxing’s star prospects so we’ll all watch with interest.

Oscar Valdez continues to look like an exciting fighter, but he’s unlikely to trouble the real elite boxers at feathweight…whom he probably won’t face because of the promotional divide.

Pound4poundireland Scorecards from April 2016

Christina Hammer 100-90 Maria Lindberg (rematch), officially UD, Hammer retains unified Middleweight titles

Mairis Breidis 120-108 Marco Huck, officially UD, Breidis wins vacant Cruiserweight title

Terry Flanagan 116-112 Petr Petrov, officially UD, Flanagan retains Lightweight title

Oleksandr Usyk 115-112 Michael Hunter, officially UD, Usyk retains Cruiserweight title

Julius Indongo 120-108 Ricky Burns, officially UD, Indongo unifies Jr. Welterweight titles

Scott Cardle 113-113 Robbie Barrett, officially Barrett by MD, Barrett wins British Lightweight title

Zolani Tete 120-107 Arthur Villanueva, officially UD

Darryll Williams 96-94 Jahmaine Smyle, officially SD

Tyrone Nurse 114-114 Joe Hughes, officially DRAW, Nurse retains British Jr. Welterweight title

Scott Quigg 117-111 Viorel Simion, officially UD

John Ryder 116-112 Rocky Fielding, officially Fielding by SD, Fielding wins vacant British Super Middleweight title

Gabriel Rosado 115-113 Martin Murray, officially Murray by MD

Gilberto Ramirez 120-106 Max Bursak, officially UD, Ramirez retains Super Middleweight title

Oscar Valdez 116-111 Miguel Marriaga, officially UD, Valdez retains Featherweight title

Named and Shamed: Judging the Judges (April 2017)

April 4th – Edner Cherry edged Omar Douglas at super featherweight, a result marred by Kevin Morgan’s 98-92 verdict.

Ron McNair’s 80-72 for Frank De Alba against Ryan Kielczweski on the undercard was even worse.

 

April 8th – Phil Edwards missed a third round body shot knockdown scored by Jack Catterall against Martin Gethin.

The mismatch ended shortly thereafter, so thankfully it didn’t alter the outcome.

This was a night of controversy in Manchester, with the majority of it surrounding the Liam Smith-Liam Williams clash.

It started at the weigh-in, with multiple sources, including Frank Warren himself, stating that WBO supervisor John Handelaar and others informed Liam Smith that he had one hour to shed the approx. two lbs. he was over when he’d initially missed the weight.

Whether he would have been able to do this is up for debate, but what is ludicrous is that it came to light shortly afterwards that the rules actually allow for two hours, by which point Smith had rehydrated and could no longer make a realistic attempt.

I’d like to know what in the hell someone like Handelaar is there for if not to have a knowledge of such a basic rule and make it clear to all parties involved?!

Only in boxing.

Then, in the fight itself, Williams was dominating, with Smith coming on in spurts, until a severe cut was opened up in the 9th round, which caused Williams’ trainer Gary Lockett to call a halt to the bout at round’s end.

The question is: what caused the cut?

In full view of ref Terry O’Connor, Smith blatantly connected with a deliberate headbutt to Williams’ eye. Honestly, there was a case to be made for a disqualification.

On replay, the eye appeared to have begun bleeding moments before the butt (how any initial damage was caused remains unclear), but was surely worsened to its grotesque state by it.

O’Connor acted as if no head clash had happened and when the fight was stopped it was simply ruled a tko win for Smith, essentially earned with his head rather than his fists.

We’ll never know what would have happened had O’Connor or the doctor stopped the fight between rounds rather than Lockett, but my best guess is that the result would have been the same.

Lastly, Steve Gray Marcus McDonnell & Don Trella were all primed to screw Williams anyway, all scoring what should have been a commanding lead as 86-85.

The cherries on top were the cards of Mikael Hook (120-108) & Zoltan Enyedi (118-110) in the nominal main event, which gave no credit to away boxer Petr Petrov’s decent challenge of 135lb. titlist Terry Flanagan.

 

In Maryland, USA, Oleksandr Usyk laboured to defeat Michael Hunter, only fully getting to grips with the challenger late, battering him in the final round to such an extent that it was very poor refereeing from Billy Clancy that allowed things to reach the final bell.

Salt in the wounds was provided by the matching 117-110 card of Dave Braslow, Lynne Carter and Jamie Garayua.

In the main event, Kenny Chevalier should have saved brave Jason Sosa in the 8th round from the punishment he was absorbing at the hands of Vasyl Lomachenko.

Thankfully, Sosa’s corner pulled him out after nine.

 

The Nevada State Athletic Commission are, as usual, making a show of themselves, this time through the comments of executive director Bob Bennett, practically falling over himself to green-light the Mayweather-McGregor fiasco: a U-turn from previous reticence on this issue, by the way…

http://www.boxingscene.com/nevada-commission-mcgregor-worthy-mayweather-fight–115389

 

48 year old James Toney, out of the ring for the best part of two years and winless since 2013, will be fighting soon (billed as his retirement bout) against heavyweight journeyman Mike Sheppard on May 13th in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Shame on everyone involved in this dangerous farce, especially the Michigan commission who are licensing it.

 

April 15th – Ricky Burns was completely outclassed by Julius Indongo in their 140lb. unification clash.

So Jose Roberto Torres’ 116-112 card was baffling — where did he find four rounds to give home boxer Burns?

 

April 22nd – Martin Murray edged a highly competitive bout against Gabriel Rosado by majority decision, however the 119-109 score of Leszek Jankowiak almost caused a post-fight melee to break out.

Horrible stuff and it will surely stand out as one of the year’s worst cards.

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